The Weekly Geekly: 08.26.16

So the whole two blog thing is beginning to wear thin again. Thinking about consolidating back down at least mostly. Thoughts? Do you like blogs centered around one topic or mish mash blogs that reflect the whole person?

Critic & Fangirl

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a weekly link round up, but I’ve got a pretty great assortment just waiting to be shared and more than five minutes to tell you about them, so let’s get this party started?

My friend shared this article about 2 basic personality types on Facebook and a lengthy discussion followed: Are you a round or a pointy? Unsurprisingly, I’m as pointy as they come.

Who wants to go on vacation to Prince Edward Island with me? Caroline shares all the deets on her recent trip there and it’s swoon worthy.

The new IKEA app is perfect for those of us who cannot simply “imagine” a piece of furniture in our home. Now you can see exactly what it looks like and confirm it will fit before you drive out, buy it, drive it home and put it together.

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What’s Saving My Life Right Now: Back to School Edition.

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The kids went back to school on Monday and I’m trying not to be too smug about it while I happy dance through Target amidst the sea of families still back to school shopping. I know some of your kids don’t go back for a week or two (sorry, we’ve been out since Memorial Day weekend though so I’ve def. paid my dues) like the public schools in our town and I also know that many of you are maybe getting a little misty eyed about your kids going back or having gone back and I feel you. I’ve had my share of the misty eyed years.

Whether you are happy dancing in Target like me or wiping away brave tears in the drop off lane (or waiting to do one of those things), here are some of the things saving my life right now in this first week back:

    1. Firstly, let’s talk about Target and how much more fun it is by yourself than with kids. I felt like a freaking super hero the first time I sauntered into those beautiful double doors on Monday – without the weight of a heavy mom bag or a sticky hand perpetually making me walk lopsided and half a pace too slow – I felt invincible. I leisurely perused the clearance pajama aisle, looking at every piece for as long as I wanted. Several minutes were spent debating color choices and price points and I even grabbed two tops because nobody made me move on due to extreme boredom or hunger. It was bliss.
    2. I’ve worked out two times this week and have plans to work out again tomorrow. Major shout out to my work out buddy who is holding me accountable and laughing with me as we lament how out of shape we’ve gotten this summer. We’re kicking it old school, busting out our favorite work out DVDs like every soccer mom in the 1990’s. So far our favorite has been Leslie Sansone’s Walk to the Hits Party Songs. I love her DVDs because it’s high energy but not impossibly difficult and you really don’t need anything except maybe some sneakers and some spare time. She never makes me crawl around on the floor and that’s always a plus in my book.
    3. 14117723_1286206678091233_3580621848589295060_nI finally found a purse that meets all my current needs for size and comfort and of course being super cute. I’ve been trying to find a new bag all summer and some of you might know how horribly, horribly wrong my last purse shopping adventure was. Less than one week into the school year and I was able to find something perfect on sale.
    4. I’m finally getting caught up on all the shows on tv that are not quite appropriate to watch with the kids who have just been constantly under foot for the last three months. Nobody is asking to monopolize the television so they can play Minecraft or watch some lame tv show for, like, hours. I finally watched the first episode of Penny Dreadful and oh my word – good stuff but terrifying. On a side note: I’m falling hard for Fixer Upper and I kind of want to be Chip and Joanna when I grow up. It might be my ten year old’s new favorite show and this makes me way too happy.
    5. I’m slowly working my way towards getting the house in better shape. I folded laundry like a madwoman on Tuesday and today I bought a little plastic drawer to implement an idea I saw at Polished Habitat for organizing Tupperware. I think next week I might tackle organizing my bookshelves and if I’m feeling very brave, my office.
    6. I eat snacks when I want to and I don’t have to negotiate eating habits with anyone. I don’t have to hide in the bathroom with cookies or explain why mom might want to get a coffee but that doesn’t mean we should all get cake pops, too. I can get lunch wherever I want, even if they don’t serve mac and cheese.
    7. Next week the rest of the city will go back to school which means I’ll start getting subbing job requests soon. I’ve loved having this week off to do literally whatever I want, but I’m looking forward to picking up some shifts, too. Because eventually I’m going to run out of legitimate excuses to go to Target. Probably.

What’s saving your life right now?

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16 Peeps to Follow on Instagram.

I overheard two girls talking about Instagram at a coffee shop the other day. One clearly had mad Insta Game and the other didn’t have an account. Other Girl lamented to Insta Girl that she really should join Instgram, but then she laughed and said, “But you’d be like the only person I would follow!” There was much chuckling about this and the conversation ended. I kind of wanted to run over to her and gush about all the amazing people you can follow on Instagram and demand she set up her account immediately, but that would seriously violate all the rules of people watching.

If I had gone over, I would have told her about how cool Instagram is because unlike Facebook where we really only follow the people we know and we sometimes get stuck in that trap of “I don’t really want to follow this person on social media but they follow me and I’d feel guilty for being a jerk like that…” This isn’t a thing on Instagram. I feel no pressure to follow people whose Instagram feeds aren’t filling me with joy – and the majority of the people that I follow I’ve never met. There are so many amazing people – dig deep enough and your feed starts to look pretty amazing.

Here are some of the majorly cool accounts I’m following:

Artsy Accounts To Make You Ohhhhhh and Ahhhhhhh

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There are so many beautiful pics by artists of every medium:

@aishaaaaah shares her gorgeous Disney inspired illustrations.

@uggoff is a hair stylist sharing her customer’s beautiful after pics.

@cocolavine posts pictures of her life as a prima ballerina.

@houselarsbuilt shares gorg pics that may give you life envy.

#Bookstagram or #Bujolife For The Glory!

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I get majorly sucked into the worlds of bookstagram and bujolife:

@myriadinklings will give you shelfie envy for sure!

@twirlingpages is awesome! I want her pink camera!

@nicoles.journal brings her bujo to a new level.

@itslahe makes my flower doodles look like preschool.

People Much Funnier Than You

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Sometimes you need a good LOL:

@gemmacorrell shares illustrations all girls can relate to.

@averageparentproblems is meme-tastic (by Mommy Shorts).

@obviousplant likes to leave pretend signs in real places.

@briankesinger illustrates for Marvel and posts hilarious mashups.

People Watching Upgraded

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Follow all the celebs and hear all the funny things:

@kristenanniebell is one of my fave celebs on and off Instagram

@michelleobama makes you want to be a better person.

@hotdudesreading proves a picture really does last longer.

@overheardla never ceases to be funny in a face palm kinda way.

Bonus For People Who Read The Whole Post!

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You seriously rock! If you are feeling that Kindred Spirit connection, check me out at @thingsmommaloves!

It’s a seriously mashed up assortment of bookstagram, cute kids, travel pics and more.

Are you on Instagram? Leave your user name in the comments so we can check it out!

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Mama’s Losin’ It

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Currently (08.16.16).

22840421Reading several books tbh but the one I’m picking up most frequently these days is My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. It’s sort of historical fiction and sort of young adult fantasy and totally awesome. The writing is fresh and snappy and I love basically everyone in the book. Hysterical and thoroughly enjoyable. Featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

Eating this end of summer pasta dish tonight. We haven’t had it in awhile but it’s one of my favorite things to cook. Cherry tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, eggplant and garlic all get together to top whatever pasta you have on hand. Easy to cook and so delicious.

Watching The OC on CW Seed. How have I never watched this? I’m obsessed with this kind of soapy teen drama that has such fun blast from the past cameos and a surprisingly meaty story line. Also hooked on The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. You can also watch online at pbs.com if you are ready to move onto other seasons.

Listening to whatever is on my phone’s playlist like Lost Boy by Ruth B which is my kids’ current fave song.

Thinking about getting rid of cable. I’ve been making spreadsheets and having lengthy convos with the hubs at night. We’re also trying to really up our diet and exercise game this fall.

Looking forward to school starting on Monday. I know a lot of my friends are ambivalent about the coming school year but I’m stoked to get back to a real schedule and looking forward to all the thing the new school year will bring. MM has a new teacher, I’m totally ready to start volunteering at the school again and getting into a regular exercise routine. We’ve had an awesome summer but it’s been long enough for me and I am ready for fall!

What have you been up to lately?

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