A Few of My Favorite Things

Life has been crazy busy since I returned from Washington, DC a couple weeks ago. Actually, life is always crazy but you know what I mean.

I’ve been working on some really awesome projects – likehel ping with the rebranding of Tottums.com – and also just trying to survive the end of the school year and baseball season. I’m really looking forward to summer, friends. Things have GOT to calm down then, right?

Favorite Things

Because I always find these posts fun to read, I thought I’d share some of my most favorite things this week. Beware, some of these are affiliate links but that’s not why I’m posting them – they are all within arm’s reach RIGHT THIS MINUTE.

Fitbit Flex – I’ve had several versions of the Fitbit, but I haven’t worn one in quite some time. After spending 3 days with my sister and brother-in-law and being totally jealous of theirs, I decided to invest in a new one. It really is pretty motivational. I especially love being able to see how badly I sleep. Sort of.

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And then there’s this. I fell in love with this Tory Burch Fitbit Bracelet the moment I saw it. It was kind of my Mother’s Day gift to myself. A little pricey but I’m wearing it every day so I’m telling myself that makes it totally worth the investment.

modal case iphone 6

I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to iPhone cases. I’ve been a fan of Speck forever (and I still am!) but their cases tend to be a little pricey. The thing I love about them is that they are light and compact but provide a ton of protection for the phones I am prone to dropping. When I found the Modal line at Best Buy, I was so excited because they are everything I love about Speck but at about half the price.

benefit roller lash

I was sent this Benefit Roller Lash as a Klout perk. I’m always on the hunt for a new mascara and this one definitely did not disappoint. True to its word, it pretty much eliminates the need for me to use an eyelash curler, which is convenient because I can never seem to remember where I put mine. I’m somewhat fickle when it comes to cosmetics so I can’t promise I’ll be using this for life but I’m liking it for now.

advocare rehydrate

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I’m gonna say it again. Because I can. I’m really loving the Key Lime Cherry Rehydrate from Advocare. The color is . . . odd, but it tastes delicious. And bonus, it can be mixed with sparkling water and vodka for a really refreshing cocktail.

So, tell me, what are your favorite things this week?

Avon 39 – On the Walk Essentials

In a week, I will be headed to Washington, DC to walk my third Avon 39 walk. I’m not as well prepared as I’ve been in the past, but I think it will be okay. For me, finishing all 39.3 miles always comes down to what’s in my head (and heart). I mean, at some point, you cease to feel your legs anyway. :)

One thing I’ve learned in 12 years of working and walking these events is that you should come armed with certain essentials to make the whole event more pleasant. It’s been a learning process, though, for sure. In the beginning, I think you are tempted to bring too much and then you decide to keep it light and don’t bring enough. There’s absolutely a sweet spot, though.

Tackling the 39.3 miles of the Avon 39 is no joke but you'll definitely be better off if you are well prepared.

Things you DON’T need:

  • Your own water – They have gallons. And gallons.
  • Your own snacks – Generally speaking, there’s a huge selection and something for everyone. In the unlikely event that they don’t have something you want, you can always duck into a store and find it.

Things they have, but you may want YOUR OWN:

  • Tylenol and Ibuprofen – Sometimes these are in short supply or, especially later in the walk, the tables to get them are mobbed.
  • Blister supplies – Self explanatory. Also, see above.
  • Gatorade substitute – I don’t love Gatorade but it’s a necessary evil on the walk. This year, I will be drinking a combo of Advocare Spark and Rehydrate. I’m more comfortable with the ingredient lists on those, plus they taste good.

Other things I will be carrying on walk day:

  • Hydration Pack – I’ll be honest. I didn’t always think this was a good idea but it’s definitely the easiest way to carry water and the other things you might need. Don’t get a huge one because then you will be tempted to fill it up but this one is kind of the perfect size. Plus, its not crazy expensive.
  • Extra socks – Sometimes you just need a change of socks.
  • Flip flops – At the very end of the day, your feet might be over the confinement of athletic shoes.
  • Water bottle – I am a water purist when it comes to my hydration pack. I don’t want to put sports drink in it so I always carry a water bottle for those. And since I will be mixing my own, I love this shaker cup (with a straw!) from Contigo.
  • Gum – Because it’s a great distraction at about mile 17.
  • Money – All your needs can technically be met at the walk stops but sometimes you just need to stop for a Diet Coke or an ice cream or a “Fuck Cancer” button.
  • Portable Phone Charger – Phones get used a ton on the route, despite the rules to the contrary. You take tons of photos, check in on social media and touch bases with the fam. I really like this one which will provide 2-3 charges to my iPhone.

Have you walked before? Do you have anything to add to my list?

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I have a confession. We don’t have a home phone and haven’t in years. For a long time, I was okay with that. But now, we are getting to that point in our lives when we often leave the kids home with a sitter and sometimes I think it might be nice to have a phone in the house – just in case. Also, my parents’ phones don’t work at the house so if the wi-fi were to go out while they were there watching the kids, they’d be stuck without a way to get in touch with us.

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On a recent trip to Walmart, I was kind of thinking about this and wandered into the electronics section. That’s when the T-Mobile Simply Prepaid™ section caught my eye. We live in something of a black hole when it comes to cell service, but T-Mobile always seems to work there. We don’t really want to pay another monthly phone bill, so the convenience of buying prepaid cards made sense to me. And just $40 dollars a month to get 4G LTE data with unlimited talk and text? Sign me up!

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I ended up picking up the Samsung Avant phone. I brought it home and loaded it up. And then I made a babysitter info/reference card to keep with it. I’m always so scattered when I go out the door that I forget to say all the important things I meant to say to the sitter. Usually, it’s no big deal but I think it’s nice to leave all the really important stuff in one spot, you know?

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Click here to download the printable info card we use or click here to use the editable version on Canva. I print on cardstock and keep a copy on the fridge and another with the Samsung Avant. This way, if ever anyone is panicking they should still be able to find whatever info they need. The kids also know where these things are in case I ever forget to say. It’s SUPER simple but I figure that’s really all that’s needed.

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How To Make Coffee

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Making the perfect cup of coffee isn't as easy as you think. Follow this video tutorial for easy instructions.

By now, you all know how much I love a good cup of coffee. I mean, I’ll drink a bad one but I prefer the good kind. Making the perfect cup at home isn’t as easy as you might think. It requires specific steps and just the right ingredients.

The Keurig 2.0 is key in the process, but it’s not everything. There’s a certain order in which the perfect cup should be made. Rather than trying to explain, I decided I’d make you all a little video to describe my process. Otherwise, you might miss an important part of the technique, you know?

First, you will need to gather your materials. A Keurig, a K-Cup, a coffee mug, your favorite creamer and a spoon are all necessary. If you add sweetener to your coffee, you will want to grab that as well. I used to be a big fan of sweetened coffee but I gave it up a couple of years ago.

And that, my friends is all there is to it. Nothing fancy. Just follow those easy steps and you will have yourself one amazing cup of coffee right in the comfort of your own home.


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