Okay, I won’t lie to you….I am NOT one of those girls who spends an hour after showering lotioning my entire body, that is just not me. Ain’t nobody got time for that! If I’m going on a date or something, sure I’ll send the extra time but everyday? In your dreams. If you’re one of those girls then I give you mad props, I don’t know how you do it you’re lucky that I wash my face twice a day! Let’s get to the real reason for this post, I found the best sugar scrub EVER. Normally I’m just a body wash kind of gal and we’re off to the races but not anymore, this has rocked my world. It’s mixed with shea butter so it’s the perfect amount of gritty without me thinking I’m rubbing my skin with a freaken pumice stone or a handful of sand. It exfoliates and softens at the same time which I love, I’m all about that 2 for 1 life (unless it comes to shampoo & conditioner but that’s another story). The scent subtly lingers which I enjoy right after showering, especially if I’m showering or taking a bath at night since a subtle scents calm me down. Not to mention, this coconut lime scent is a extremely relaxing, makes me think I’m on vacation! Normally this scent would not be my jam, after being awoken in college numerous times by my freshman year roommate (love you Michelle!) spraying coconut lime verbana from Bath & Body Works as she walked out the door I never thought I’d see the day where a coconut lime scent made me happy but holy moly here it is! All I can say is get this damn scrub by Tree Hut! I bought mine at Walmart and there were a variety of other scents if this one doesn’t jingle your bells! (Who says that?!….apparently me now)
(….and yes, I know it’s not Thursday when I’m posting this)
Does anyone else have a weird obsession with planning out their meals for the week? I love a good meal prep session but what I really love is making the meal plan! Thursdays are when the Big Y flyer comes out (and the sneak peek of the Stop & Shop flyer) and so starts my meal planning hour. I follow a healthy amount of food blogs in addition to pinning away on my Pinterest boards so the ideas are always flowing so sometimes I already have ideas in my head and my plan comes together in 10 minutes. Let’s be real here also, I don’t always shop the flyer sales. If I want to make something and the item isn’t on sale well then too bad, it’s happening anyways and I’ll cut my grocery bill somewhere else. I aim to be around $35 a week, which I know may seem super small but I’m just one so don’t be discouraged by that and if I’m buying things outside of my meal plan like staples I’ve run out of then I’ll definitely cross that threshold.
As I sit here and look over to my planner as I type this there is a list of meal ideas to incorporate into my upcoming meal plans, it will take me awhile to get through since I need to be mood for some of these items, especially in the summer time and it’s a heartier item (ex: chili cornbread bake). Do you guys like meal planning? What sites do you look at? The good thing is I only have to plan 2 or 3 items a week since it’s just me, I just eat the same things throughout the week. I do have a hard time planning out my breakfasts though, leave me your go to breakfast ideas in the comments (If there are actually people reading this).
When I’m an adult (says the girl who’s almost 30) I definitely want one of those cutesty pinterest home décor chalkboard meal planning things. The ones that list all the days of the week and you just write in what’s for dinner that day…ahhh the dream. That will have to wait until I’m planning for more than 1!
But I digress…is it Thursday yet? I’m ready to plan my week ahead!
Main image from farmviewmarket.com, just for reference! I’m no photographer so don’t let that gorgeous photo fool you, I google image searched.
You know that feeling you get when you walk into your house at the end of the day? Just that complete sigh of relief? Well I get that the second my plane touches down in Chicago. There is just something about that city that I love so much, maybe it’s the fact that I spent 5 nights there with two of my best friends about three or four years ago now and we were not bored for a single second, I was dying of the most disastrous hangover of my life but I wasn’t bored!
Something about a city where I can walk to a majority of things just makes me so happy. It’s probably why I love Blue Back Square so much, everything you’d want is right there and you just walk to it, that sounds awesome to me….well I don’t ever visit when it’s tremendously cold or snowing so I can see THAT being a downfall because I become more of a hermit in that weather but I digress. This last trip to Chicago did rain a whole crap load but I still had a good time despite the wind & rain.
So let’s talk Chicago food for a second, it’s the damn best. I feel like every restaurant I’ve ever been to has been amazing and this time was zero exception. Mind you, I ate pizza twice and donuts twice so maybe my judgment call on amazing food is different then other peoples. So donuts…in Chicago Stan’s Donuts is a big thing, there is about seven locations and everyone raves about them and yes, they’re good I won’t deny that BUT I found a donut in Chicago that was even more delicious than Stan’s and I ate it first so that made my Stan’s donuts mediocre in comparison. Do Rite Donuts & Chicken has everything I could ever want or need…donuts & chicken sandwiches and good lord they’re both delicious. I had a blackout chocolate donut and the original chicken sandwich. I had zero intentions of eating a chicken sandwich at 9am but there was an article posted on the wall about it being the best chicken sandwich in Chicago so you better believe I was about to try that and thankfully for me they serve all of their menu items all day long. It was the perfect beginning to my weekend vacation and I’m pretty sure I’d eat that combo daily if it wouldn’t make me gain 5 lbs every week. So I HIGHLY recommend you stopping there if you ever are in downtown Chicago, skip Stan’s and scope out Do Rite Donuts & Chicken.
Time to talk pizza. Now everyone has their favorites – Lou Malnati’s, Gino’s East, Pizzeria Uno, Giordano’s, etc. There are so many deep dish pizza places in Chicago all worth trying but my absolute favorite is Pequod’s Pizza! You’ll need to take a cab/uber/lyft there from downtown but it’s worth the $9 ride. The crust at Pequod’s is different than the other deep dish crusts it’s not as buttery so it makes for more of a crunchy crust rather then a doughy flaky crust which I like because it doesn’t make me feel like I’m in a food coma after eating two slices. Also the top of their crust is caramelized cheese, did you people hear me? CARAMELIZED CHEESE CRUST. Need I say more? I didn’t think so.
It’s also worth noting that I ate at Bar Siena which was incredibly awesome. If you’re a fan of Top Chef, Food Network Shows, or a Chef geek like me than you know Fabio, this is one of his restaurants and Christ it was good. We scoped out brunch and I got the pecorino biscuits & gravy and it came with chicken sausage and a fried egg. It got served in a mini cast iron skillet to contain all of that gravy and lord it was good. The guy next to me got the short rib hash that was I was eyeballing and oh my gosh I can’t wait to get that next time. If I wasn’t going to spend the rest of my day walking around I would have got that, not that biscuits & gravy is a much lighter meal let’s be honest. The BomboBar is another place I wanted to check out but the weather hadn’t been cooperating with me. The BomboBar is a window on the outside of Bar Siena that sells Bombos, which are essentially another donut option for me to eat, and what they call hotter chocolates which are basically hot chocolates with crazy rim jobs (keep your minds clean kids) think of like one of those crazy shakes that has a brownie, frosting, whipped cream, and candy attached…it was essentially that but with hot chocolate. With the rain I didn’t want to stop at a window and eat/drink that in the rain so that’s why we went into Bar Siena BUT I was happy to see I could get a “cooler chocolate” which was a similar version but icee and you better believe I got the smores version, isn’t it so cute?
But anyways, I guess I should go back to what I was doing and stop thinking about food…sigh.
If you’re ever looking for Chicago recommendations or a travel partner let me know!
Did you guys know that they make stackable laundry baskets?! I don’t know about you but I was REALLY excited when I found these bad boys online. I’m not sure why it brings me such joy, it’s the little things in life.
I live in a perpetual state of leaving clothes in the dryer because I’m too lazy to take them out and fold them so my laundry basket is always sitting on my kitchen floor infront of my stackable washer/dryer so the dirty clothes just gather in a pile on my floor…and I know what you’re thinking, just get another laundry basket! You see, I live in a small condo, that is precious floor space so having one that stacks is a godsend.
Thank you Sterilite & The Container Store for this genius creation.
I don’t know about you guys but I freaken love online shopping. I don’t have to put a bra on and the items will get delivered to my door in less than a week? Umm, yes please – sign me right up!! Now those of you that know me already know this fun fact since I’m always getting something delivered from Amazon or some other online retailer. But did you know that you can online shop AND get money back? Cue my newest obsession: Ebates.com. All you have to do is go to Ebates.com, make an account, and then search for a store through the site and shop directly in the tab that it opens for you & you start earning rewards. Ebates produces a check quarterly and I’ve already made over $100 since I’ve started using it all because I bought things through the site that I would have otherwise purchased! Just for reference in my second quarter using Ebates and I’ve already made that much so whether you shop online frequently or not I suggest signing up and getting some money back into your pocket!
I do have a referral link if you’d like to use it, otherwise you can sign up directly at Ebates.com
Ever find something you love and buy it in every color? Well my favorite shirt is kind of like that, except it automatically comes in bulk. The men’s Hanes comfort tee, specifically a gray vneck version, is my mother effing jam!
This obsession started a few years back when I needed a black shirt for working in the kitchen at my restaurant job. I walked into the local Walmart and veered to the left (for reference my Walmart got remodeled so now this area is non existent but pretend it’s still the same) and there he was…staring at me…calling to me. It was a beautiful pack of 4 men’s tagless tees – 2 gray and 2 black and it’s been straight up love ever since. His 3 siblings have gone missing for various reasons but my lone soldier gray vneck stays strong, despite its stains and my repeated wear.
Most people’s favorite shirt is because of the color or flattering shape, but not me! I love my men’s Hanes vneck solely for its comfort and ease. Was I just working out? Was I painting the spare bedroom? Did I just wake up and put this on? Was I stuffing my face 5 minutes ago with a Taco Bell quesadilla on the couch? While the answer remains a mystery (most likely the last option) the t-shirt is plain & versatile leaving the possibilities endless and me feeling comfortable all day long.
Want to see what I’m talking about? Try it out and let me know what you thought!
Guess what shirt is making an appearance in this Snapchat? You guessed it!
How’s that title for kicking things off? I guess I should start off my introducing myself, right? I’m Karly, a late twenty something (soon to be thirty something), who loves to share the things she loves – whether it’s food, fashion, fun, etc. so strap on in if this something you’re interested in. My goal is to show you the things I love and where to get it yourself! I might mix in some personal stories & life updates as they happen…if they don’t bore you too much!
I should preface by saying I’m in no means a photographer or a writer, just your average girl looking to share her thoughts with those of you that want to read this, so bare with me while we go through & start this journey together! I have a tendency to word vomit in real life so hopefully I can reign that in when it comes to my writing…here’s hoping!
Let’s do this!