Cackalacky

The year was 2011- I got Phil a membership to a hot sauce of the month club for valentine’s day. Because our love was on fire- obviously.

In one of his gifted months, he got a bottle of Cackalacky. and this stuff. IT’S CHANGED ME. It goes with everything. Literally EVE.RY.THING.

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Eggs
Baked Chicken (cooked this last night)
Tacos
Beef
Nachos
French Fries

chocolate cake- NO
But almost everything else. Just think to yourself..do I normally put a condiment on this? If yes, use Cackalacky.
If no, consider whether or not you just haven’t been being adventurous enough.

Go! Try it! and come back and tell me what you think.

Personality Tests

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It might just be me but when I learn about a new personality test, I have to take it within 24 hours of hearing about it. The funny thing is, I’ve yet to be surprised over the results. You know yourself right? Maybe it’s just a matter of having it voiced by someone other than your internal monologue mic?

Neither here nor there. My friend told me about one I hadn’t tried yet called Enneagram through the Enneagram Insitiute.

They say people fall in to 9 different personality categories. The free test link is here.

I ended up scoring very high in:

Type Seven in Brief

Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also misapply their many talents, becoming over- extended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems with impatience and impulsiveness. At their Best: they focus their talents on worthwhile goals, becoming appreciative, joyous, and satisfied.

  • Basic Fear: Of being deprived and in pain
  • Basic Desire: To be satisfied and content—to have their needs

Key Motivations: Want to maintain their freedom and happiness, to avoid missing out on worthwhile experiences, to keep themselves excited and occupied, to avoid and discharge pain.

There you have it! I can relate to it quite a bit. Crazy right? Just a few short questions can seemingly hit spot on to my personality. So bizzare!

What do you think? Give it a whirl and tell me how accurate you find it!

Perspective

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I saw this video last night and LOVED it. I haven’t even seen Frozen yet but recreating this car scene quickly jumped on my bucket list.  The article on Babble where I first saw the video had a blurb at the bottom linking to Diana’s blog- Diane Wrote where she talks about life, parenting, and the loss of three sons in just 18 months.

I read that twice too. Three sons in 18 months. The people in this video. Read their story here.

I know this is a deviation from normal content here but their story and these people really stuck to my brain and I wanted to share.

I hope to carry these words in my head for a long time yet-

“Sometimes you just have to really look for the light – like get out a telescope. “

 

Have a wonderful Thursday.

 

No-Sew Shamrock Sweatshirt

We’re 6 days away from one of the year’s best holidays! Blimey I’m excited! So excited that I started prepping my outfit this past weekend. I’ll take you through the full ensemble by Friday. To kick it off- The No Sew Shamrock Sweatshirt. This isn’t your patterned vests of old. It’s the rock star version.

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The whole project took me 20 minutes. You’ll probably be faster than me. I’m a bit of a tedious cutter.

To assemble this festive garment you’ll need:

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A sweatshirt you don’t mind snipping up (I found mine in the Target clearance section for $7.)

Shamrock Fabric

A shamrock outline. I used this one and blew it up to 250% before printing it out.

Scissors

Fray Check. This can be found in the sewing section of almost any crafting store. It’s used to help ‘glue’ the edges of fabric together so they don’t fray while you’re wearing the sweatshirt. I used it on both my shamrock fabric and my sweatshirt so I highly recommend finding it!

e6000 glue

 

Let’s get going!

Cut out your shamrock and lightly trace it on to your sweatshirt with a washable marker or pencil. In hindsight, I could have just traced this on the inside of my sweatshirt. I’ll pass that knowledge on to you.

To see the outline I had to really blow out the picture but you get the idea.

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Now you’re ready to cut that shamrock out! I promise, this is the longest part of this project.

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TA-DA! Use this time to Fray Check your sweatshirt outline. I was impatient and used a blowdryer to make the drying process hurry up.

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Lay your fabric over your newly minted shamrock and cut a sizable piece of the fabric. FLIP YOUR SWEATSHIRT. This almost didn’t happen for me. I want it to happen for you. Take your e6000 and go along the perimeter of your shamrock. In the narrow parts, I ended up using a toothpick to make things easier. Once the whole thing is edged, place your fabric on top and let it dry!

Walk around town or down an alley with a brick wall and strut your St.Patty’s luck around.

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If you’re feeling a little extra ambitious, you can glue your sweatshirt cutout to a white tee and have twice the festive outfits for the same amount of work!

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Ipsy vs. BirchBox Throwdown

Screen Shot 2014-01-18 at 10.19.40 AMI’m 100% in on the monthly box craze. It’s awesome to get a $10 ‘present’ in the mail once a month. I’ve subscribed to the beauty boxes because the thought of walking in to Sephora without a guide makes me feel a little shaky. Like I’m not supposed to be in there? I’m alone? Either way, that’s my reason for the boxes. A monthly schlep of everything I wouldn’t have the guts to pick out/would have no idea what its for until I read the directions.

I was a Birch Box gal until my friend Carolyn came in town and told me Ipsy was the way to go. Before committing 100% to the change, I got a box of each… here’s what I found.

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This was actually a pretty decent BirchBox. I have to admit, they have steadily been decreasing in quality in my eyes within the last 6 months. It was like they knew I was trying to compare them to someone else. Either way- it looks like their A-game made it.

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Our lineup includes:

Nail Rock- a popping bright polish with an included party nail. I happen to LOVE party nails.

Serge Normant Dry Conditioner- Yes I used this once. No I don’t know what it did.

Zenmed Gentle Cleansing Creme- I have 0% feelings on this. It’s facewash?

Ahmad London- Soothing for bed time

100% Pure Fruit Mascara- for my recycling days. You know the ones..where you feel extra obligated to recycle.

 

Ipsy

I was surprised to find a reusable pouch in the envelope. Apparently it’s a monthly thing! I love pouches and everything I can cram in them.

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Pro-activ solution towelettes- it felt a little like an infomercial. However, I happened to be traveling the week after I got the pack so ended up using them.

Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil- I don’t exactly know how to ‘highlight’ but it’s been great to use after I stay up too late reading.

Epice exfoliator- I gave myself a quick facial and felt pretty special about it

Healthy Sexy Hair Leave-In Conditioner- Great size bottle! Mediocre hair conditioning….but my hair is fine so the less conditioning the better in the end.

MICA Beauty- a rouging of sorts.

 

In the end for me, IPSY won. The samples were larger and brands I would more likely use in my day to day routine. Canceling BirchBox felt a little like canceling on a friend but I haven’t looked back.

I encourage you to give it a whirl.