Maty’s Healthy Products- Review

Maty’s All Natural Cough Syrup came to my rescue at BlogHer this year. It made my sore throat disappear and helped me get through my day connecting with brands and bloggers. Continue reading

Quotes I live by-Pt. 1

An introduction to some quotes that I tend to keep in the back of my mind as I make my way through life. Some of these have been abbreviated and paraphrased to fit with Britely’s character limit.

Britely is a company I met at BlogHer12. I’m so glad that they had a kiosk where I could learn more about their company and what they do. I’m loving the ability to create something that is visual and challenges me to be more succinct in what I say. I must also say that I was very impressed with the gentleman that was working their kiosk booth. He was very easy to talk to and very passionate about his product.

The Host- Book Review

The Host (The Host, #1)The Host by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book at the BlogHer12 convention. And while it was originally on my books to read, I kind of had gotten over the whole Stephenie Meyer thing, so it was on my list of maybe someday when I’m really bored. Well, I wasn’t really bored, but a free book and time to read it while traveling home, meant that I was going to start this book.

The concept is intriguing- body snatchers take over Earth. Body snatcher get’s a reverse Stockholm Syndrome. And in the end, I felt like I got a bit of Stockholm Syndrome. I ended up liking the body snatcher way more than I liked her human host. And let’s be honest, that’s a lot like reading a Stephanie Meyer book.

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Half the Sky- Book Review

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women WorldwideHalf the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall this book shed more light on issues that I was very aware of happening. As mentioned in other reviews, it would be great to have more how to get involved options. I would have also appreciated information on the issues of women in America too. Not to sound too ethnocentric, but if this world is truly about empowering women across the world,than it needs to be said that there are still women that face oppression in the US, while granted in different forms than those mentioned in the book.

Overall,a very informative book that was nice to read.

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Being picked up

No- not like that.  Jeeze, I’m going to be a married woman, I don’t go trolling in bars trying to get picked up.

What I’m actually talking about is the experience of getting picked up by someone you love at the airport.  Whether it’s a fiance, mother, son, brother, etc.  The experience is not one that I’m overly familiar with.  In all honestly, I never flew too many places on my own before I was a working gal. However, in the recent years, I’ve been able to experience that exhilarating feeling of having someone wait for you at the arrivals baggage claim- and it’s amazing.

Walkway at O'Hare International Airport

The most magical (since I was 5 years old) airport walkway ever!

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Central Park



This morning I thought I’d grab some quiet time and a quientiscential piece of New York.  So I walked up 7th Avenue to Fluffy’s Deli- grabbed a Bagel and Veggie Cream Cheese and continued onward to Central Park. There I grabbed a bench, watched some birds stalk me for my bagel, and enjoyed the light breeze and shade.  What I love most about Central Park is the massiveness of the park itself.  Of the Nature. I love the huge trees, the rock formations and the vastness of the park.  These two things (the bagel and the park) are definitely areas where NYC excels over Chicago.

But don’t worry Chicago- I’m coming home.  I’m only just flirting with New York a bit.

My Carry-On


I love Thirty-ones’s expand a tote. This bag has 3 pairs of capris, 3 dresses, my retro metro bag, undergarments, and 4 or 5 (can’t remember what I packed). Plus it has my carry-on eligible toiletries.

I have a bag checked with a crap load of swag, and of course, I have my computer bag. All and all, I’d say I’m a master packer.

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The Anthem of my 20’s

Alanis has been in my life, as an artist for as long as I can remember.  My first memory iS of listening to You Oughta Know with my babysitter when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Since that memory,  I’ve grown with her different songs, ranging from Perfect and Not the Doctor and more. 

But in the last few years it’s Hand in my Pocket that I’ve most identified with. The lyrics can be found here.  Personally I love the contradiction of this song. I feel like it mirrors the contradictions one commonly faces in one’s 20’s.  The openness to leave one hand out of you pocket while obe. Hand stays in reminds me of the cautious natu many of us find ourselves in as we grow older and wiser (to both dangers and the possibilities of new ideas and experiences).

Some of my favorite lines include:

I’m broke but I’m happy

I’m sane but I’m overwhelmed

I’m lost but I’m hopeful baby

I’m young and I’m underpaid

I care but I’m restless 

What it all comes down to

Is that everything’s gonna be quite alright


The beauty of this song, is that despite the ups and downs of life at this age,  everything will “be quite alright” when everything pans out.  And that’s another thing I started to take to heart and tried to do, to let things turn out okay. To let go of the worry and just try to trust the process of life.

It’s worked wonders- and that’s why this song  is the Anthem of my 20’s.