Boyfriend Buying Guide

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Buying gifts for people is always hard. They either never talk about what they want, have everything already, are extremely picky, or you want the gift to be perfect for them. I’ve come up with what I think is a solid buying birthday guide for boyfriends or husbands. I’ve tried to keep this post pretty vague celebrating all different kinds of men.

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Fall Wishlist Products


It’s my boyfriend’s birthday so I thought I’d make a list of all the things I want this upcoming season. I want all the things! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a lot of products lately and can’t wait to be able to review them in the future, but I thought I’d put together a list of all the products I’m hyped about trying. Mostly new releases, but I’ve discovered some old news products that I’d love to play around with.

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Garlic Honey Soy Salmon with Baked Summer Squash, Zucchini and Rice Pilaf

SalmonZucch.pngGuys. I never cook. I don’t want to say I hate it, but I do. I have zero patience for cooking and I’m usually too hungry while cooking that I just end up very, very irritable. Yesterday I told Matt I’d cook while he did his fantasy draft and I made a thing of beauty.

Here’s a super easy salmon, rice and veggies recipe for a healthy dinner that will leave your with plenty of leftovers.

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A Week in the Life of a Puppy Sitter


One of my friends got a pitbull/lab mix puppy named Emmy last weekend and I fell in love with pibbles all over again. I have two adult pitbulls and babysitting a puppy for a week taught me a lot about the experience of raising a puppy, as well as the tendencies of my own dogs.

This by no means is a post complaining about taking care of a puppy. It’s just a few things I’ve experienced during the week and learned about the way I react to a situation like this.

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Nexplanon One Month Review

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PSA: Planned Parenthood is 100% necessary and I am grateful for the people that dedicate their lives to fighting for it, and for everyone who works at every location around the country. Here’s how to get involved if you feel the same or want to learn more.

Alarm goes off, roll out of bed, make some coffee, look in the mirror and realize you’ve got a lot to do. First things first, where’s my birth control? You’re two pills behind… again.

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Recent Benefit Favorites

BirchBox has blessed me with all of my favorite Benefit products and I can’t wait to try more. So first I have to shout out to BirchBox for adding in some of mine, and a ton of others, favorite products to their boxes.

Concealer, mascara and lipstick – that’s my magic makeup trio. In this post, I’ll be talking about two of those things. Concealer and mascara are some of my favorite makeup products because: 1). Covering your under eyes makes you feel like a real, alive person and 2). Mascara is a game changer.

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Blame It On My Unstraight Line

I realized a few weeks ago that one of the most satisfying things that I can do is to create. I drew up a design and wrote out a new 15-foot menu board for my boyfriend’s sandwich shop and even though I wanted to cry when I finished at 2 in the morning, the next time I walked into The Shop I felt satisfied. I felt proud and accomplished and realized I need to work on bringing that feeling into my life more.

I started drawing a couple days after that. Let me tell you, it ain’t easy. It’s easy to look at a picture and see the lines and know you have the ability to do that, it gets hard when you put your pencil to paper and realize you can’t even draw a straight line never mind try and draw someone’s face. Here are a few things I’ve learned over the last couple weeks:

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What Do A Pack of Happy Cubbies Look Like?

Brian Cassella | Chicago Tribune
Brian Cassella | Chicago Tribune

“I wish I could go back to the beginning of the season and put some money on the Cubbies.” – Back to the Future II

My social media timelines are plastered with Back to the Future screenshots of October 21, 2015. Today is the day Marty shows up from the past and the Cubs win in a sweep. All this seems a little reminiscent to me of the Lincoln/Kennedy similarities that everyone likes to refer to when things kinda-sorta blow your mind. But really, listen to this:

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