Throwback Thursday: People Magazine Edition

You’ll never believe what I found among the hoards of things in my old closet at my parent’s house. Magazines over 10 years old. HELL. YES.

I love magazines, always have. Fun fact: Changed my major only once so I could target my degree at a magazine career, but then I was sewing clothes because it was part merchandising and I switched back because you should’ve seen the baby clothes I made. I have a pic of it somewhere… I’ll work on finding that for your viewing pleasure.

Anyway, I found the People magazine from December 1, 2003.

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The features Include:

  • The infamous “Sexiest Man Alive” grazing the cover and it’s none other than Johnny Depp (Plus: Brad, George, Russell Crowe, Nick Lachey, & Justin). Dang, We had it good then, now it’s like Justin Beiber or someone from One Direction. Bleh.
  • Bachelor Bob and Estella TELL ALL!!!! OMG YOU GUYS!
    “We want to make it last” – Estella
    hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahaha
    I believe he has been married and divorced from someone else and just got engaged with a new chick.

Let’s dig into this mag and laugh at 2003, shall we?

OMG! Ashton and Demi – together! I didn’t realize the were married that long ago…

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Okay, tear. Brittany Murphy at a Lakers game. 🙁 RIP

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EW LOOK AT DAVID BECKHAM! That hair cut is hideous, David.

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Ohhhh yeahhhh this was when Christina Aguilera got all “dirty

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BRITNEY IS SO HEALTHY!! This was 4 years before she went bat cray (but now she’s BACK!!) <3 Also, excuse me People Mag for 2.5 stars. HOW DARE YOU.

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…whoa. This was when all of that was happening… :/

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Haha!! Who remembers Average Joes?!

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Alright, we’re moving into the epic “Top 10”. We got…

  1. Brad Pitt
  2. Ashton
  3. George
  4. Lenny Kravitz
  5. Justin Timberlake *drools*
  6. Hugh Grant
  7. Russel Crowe
  8. Hugh Jackman
  9. Denzel
  10. Colin Farrell

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Ah yes. This. Never watched that show, actually.

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OH YES OH YES!!!! A young 21 year old Andy! EEEEEE!!

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P.S. He dated Mandy Moore????

Peter Dinklage! For all you G.O.T. fans out there…

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Here you go, Bachelor fans!

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Aw, Trista and Ryan planning their wedding!

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Last but not least, let’s all reminisce when these bodies made their way down the V.S. runway!

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Hope you enjoyed your trip down memory People magazine lane 🙂

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I Tried B12 Shots for 6 Weeks and Here’s What Happened

Oh my gosh, I hate titles like I just created above where it ends in “…and here’s what happened” but I wanted to try it out myself to see if that actually gets people to click. 🙂

First off, I’m going to ruin the parade right off the bat by saying I didn’t lose any weight from doing this. I think it’s a common misconception that it’s only a weight loss aid. It probably could work really well, but mixed with diet and exercise and maybe more vitamins. Also, you will probably have to do it for many months before noticing a drastic (if any) weight loss.

BUT it did do something pretty cool 🙂

So how did I get to the point of walking in and getting one? Well, I’ve always wanted to try it and I saw one of those local deals of a company in Lincoln giving five shots away for $25 – HECK YEAH! So I signed up. I went to Regeneration, P.C. which I highly recommend! I loved it there and was in and out in like 5 minutes and the same lady always did my shot and was super nice.

I did not realize it was the same place you go to get botox, so that was a shocker! Ha! I went every week at the same time and like I mentioned, it literally takes a couple minutes – you’re in and out so fast so it’s perfect for before work or during your lunch break.

Now, why B12 shots???

If you’re lacking in B12, this is what you get! You can take B12 supplements, but the shots goes straight into your muscle tissue to help make healthy red blood cells. You also retain almost all of the shot! This source states “none of it gets lost in the digestive process. For comparison’s sake, a B12 tablet leave you with only 1.2% of the B12 tablet. A shot will lose very little, if any.”

It also helps your functioning cardiovascular system and central nervous system (this would explain the mood-boosting element of the shot).

And of course, it increases your metabolism, which can help aid in weight loss (IF you are already on a proper diet regimen, it can help speed up the weight loss).

What happened to me?

I don’t believe I am actually lacking in B12 so I was curious if I would even notice anything. The lady giving me the shots said it would take a couple weeks to really notice anything. Honestly, it wasn’t a drastic difference but I did feel a tad different after the second week. I noticed that my mind was a little sharper (but I was also reading more, so I just figured that had something to do with it), then I mentioned that to the nurse and she said it helps improve memory, so maybe it was the B12! I did feel that for the weeks following to.

I was only supposed to have 5 shots, but they messed up and said I still had remaining shots, so I just went with it (hehe) so I had 6! After the fourth one, I noticed that I would be in a pretty great mood after the shots. I always got them done on Thursday mornings before work, so I always tried scheduling work calls after because I was always pretty dang chipper!!

Would I do it again? Heck yes, I do think it does good things to your body that you will notice, but not drastically. It’s not a flick of a switch type thing, you just start to notice you feel good after the shots. They aren’t that badly priced either, but still too much for me to pay and drive every week. If I could walk there each week, I wouldn’t stop getting B12 shots! (I work and live blocks away from each other – so I never drive) 😉

*I forgot to mention, for those who don’t like shots, these are pretty quick and painless. I had my shots in the arm, but I’ve heard that you can get them in other places. I usually barely felt the poke, minus a couple times, but it wasn’t bad.

I wanna know, though, has anyone else had these and did you notice any changes?

 

Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

Alright, can someone just give me an award for #Adulting right now? I’m cooking, PEOPLE! ME! I did it!

“I’d just like to thank my mom for teaching me everything I know about pre-packaged meals like instant potatoes and boxed dinners, Brandon for always believing in me, and for all the haterz out there who laughed at me when I failed to show up when it came to cooking.”

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*Just kidding, my mom makes more than boxed goods. However, I do prize in the fact that she doesn’t waste time slaving away when something can be pulled apart, put on a pan and pushed in the oven (I’m talking about pre-packaged, ready-to-go cookies).

I’m almost averaging a recipe post a month on this blog at the rate I’m cookin’. This little recipe found its way to me thanks to the eMeals app that I started a couple weeks ago…

I gave in to the free 2-week trial and I decided to give it a little spin and keep for a month to see if it does wonders for me. The beauty of it is supposed to make you spend less money (Dave Ramsey endorses it!) because you’re cooking at home, not eating out and at the same time making your life simpler with recipes and grocery store checklists to the store of your choice. I chose Walmart (holla, it’s so cheap) and the vegetarian option for two – even though it’s just for me. With this one meal, it easily lasted me for four plus meals.

I want to rant and rave more about eMeals, but I’ll save it for another time. Let’s just get to the recipe, shall we?!

INGREDIENTS:

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  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 (11 oz) package of veggie protein crumbles 
  • 1 cup chopped onion 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 (32 ounce) carton vegetable broth
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes 
  • 1/2 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup uncooked lasagna noodles, broken into 1-inch pieces 
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat oil in large Dutch oven (ignore my non-Dutch oven I used, not adulting hard enough to own a Dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Add crumbles, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning: cook 8 to 10 minutes or until brown. 

Ignore the mess of that stove. I literally tried using the "healing brush" tool on Photoshop, and that couldn't even clean it.
Also ignore the mess of that stove. I literally tried using the “healing brush” tool in Photoshop, and that couldn’t even clean it.

2. Stir in broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and brown sugar. 

3. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Add noodles, and simmer 10 minutes or until pasta is tender. 

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4. Top each serving with (a generous or not so generous) amount of mozzarella cheese. 

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Thoughts? It sounded like a crazy dish at first but it was delicious!!! Definitely going to make again. I give it a 5 out 5 stars.

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This Week, Vol. 1

Throughout the week, I always have a gazillion thoughts, finds, random new interests, and everything in between. Some call it ADHD, I just call it bein’ Steezy. I tried to remember to collect all of these things and dish them out here.

So here we go. “This Week” AKA things that don’t deserve an entire blog post by themselves, volume one.

Movie: Nightcrawler

On Valentine’s night, Brandon and I just stayed home and ate dinner at our table for the first time EVER. We got our table around October (I think). So yeah, it was a big deal! We made dinner together for the first time (I’m no cook) so it was a pre-made bag of garlic shrimp and pasta that you literally just throw in a skillet and heat (mad props to the genius who invented that), but we did outdo ourselves by making bruschetta… 😉 even though it’s one of the simplest foods to make.

 

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Anyway, afterwards we watched Nightcrawler on Netflix and you guys… I don’t think I liked it. Jake Gyllenhaal was soooo creepy, I’m surprised I haven’t had a nightmare with his bulging eyes and skinny self in it yet. I prefer my movies happy and fun and that did not do it. Which reminds me… The Revenant, have you seen it? So nuts and not one good part about it, but it’s such a good movie production. Nightcrawler is just freaky. Good acting and great story line, though – it doesn’t surprise me it has a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. But definitely won’t watch it again.

 

New Find: Billion Dollar Shipwreck TV Show

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HOW IS THIS SHOW NOT A BIG DEAL? It has a crazy storyline and holy crap, I just want to know what happens so bad. When I first started watching it, I thought it was a documentary and I would find everything out by the end, but nope. It just turned off and I almost cried. I was so invested. There are two storylines going on. One about finding the “treasure” and one about the family’s falling out (hint: someone kills someone, but don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler because it’s all we know so far!) A dad (pictured above lookin’ like a true pirate) and son are on a quest to recover gold coins from a shipwreck back in 1865 that was mysteriously hidden from shipwreck maps and this guy (the Dad) knows why – because it’s hiding gold. The ship is the SS Republic and also a White Star Line (HOLLA! #Titanic) so I’m hooked. I LOVE a good conspiracy theory and history.

You can watch this show on the History channel and I think it just started, so you shouldn’t miss much. Oh, and it’s super intense because every day they are out to sea trying to get the gold, it costs over $50k A DAY. One diver is almost dying right now because of a malfunction from going down in the ocean and coming back up. It’ll leave you on the edge of your seat, people. (Maybe. It’s a little slow and has lots of commercial breaks FYI).

 

DRANK: McDonald’s French Vanilla Iced Coffee

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(Stephanie, ignore my chipped nail polish plz) 

WHERE. HAS. THIS. BEEN. ALL. OF. MY. LIFE. It’s delicious and it’s like $1.80. Hell ya! I’ve heard people rave about how good McDonald’s coffee is but I figured it probably didn’t have a high standard anyway, so it was probably just o-kay. But people of coffee land, I now understand. This stuff is bomb. I don’t even really like coffee! And I like the iced version I’m coming to realize. I hate hot things (except for Brandon. See what I did there?) But this stuff I can get used to.

 

Book: Finished Devil in the White City, Picked up On Writing Well 

Ya’ll, I finally finished Devil in the White City. Remember when I started it like a hundred years ago?

 

Or just seven weeks ago. But it wasn’t the easiest read. It gets a little dry, but it was still good! I would rate it a 3.5 out of 5. For those who have read it, this next part is for you (So move to the next paragraph if you don’t want spoiled): I kept wanting more about Holmes and less about the building of the fair but then once I read all of the Holmes stuff at the end, it was probably okay. How creepy is that all? I’m spooked out for life. Especially about the part where they mention how after he dies, all of the people related to his death die from all different causes. I literally just got goosebumps after typing that. SCARY stuff.

I’ve now moved on to On Writing Well by William Zinsser.

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I actually tried reading this over a year ago but now it’s time. I’m SO excited to read this now because, after Devil in the White City, I need a quicker read. That book put me way behind on my lofty 2016 goals. (See, this is why you don’t do resolutions!!!) I’ve only read a few chapters and I have already noticed so many things about writing. P.S. I’m super embarrassed if there’s bad grammar in here now but hey, at least I’m trying! I love writing, but I like writing how I talk and I don’t always have an attention to detail, even though I try so I’m beyond ready to step up ma game. Wish me luck!

 

Mindblown: KATE WINSLET HAS A SONG?

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You guys!!! I was sifting through NOW albums on Spotify today. Yes, you read that right – I was sifting through NOW albums, like the NOW 34 that played all your Britney and S Club 7 hits! But I got to one of them and a song started playing and the singer was Kate Winslet. Um, what? Where was I when Kate Winslet was singing? Apparently it was in 2000 and it’s called “What If” and featured in Christmas Carol: The Movie. Then I began discovering she has a few other songs! WHAT IS THIS?! She has some serious pipes. Man, I already knew I loved ya Kate, but this takes it to a whole new level. Can I just be you?

 

Food: Mayo + Ketchup

Omg, you’re totally going to stop reading this blog now that you know my dirty trick. This was actually over a week ago, but I fully committed to it this week. But mayo and ketchup – you read that right. It’s a beautiful combo to dip your french fries in. I don’t know if I should be proud or ashamed of myself for figuring this out but have you ever tried Freddy’s “fry sauce”? I swear this is what they do. They might add something else, but it tastes almost similar!!! Don’t knock it till ya try it!

 

Thoughts: The Pope Calling Out Trump

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HAH HAAAA! How beautiful that was. Click here if you haven’t heard/seen. “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”

Not to get all political up in here but that was awesome and disturbing that the Pope had to even address it. Also, just discovered this article tonight and WOW. Pretty good read. I want so badly to write a novel about this campaign season, but those posts don’t get published 😉 So I’ll just leave these there.

Welp, that’s all I got folks! Have a great weekend everyone!

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The Stars I Saw in California (and Then Some)

I’m still not over the trip to California I went on a few weeks ago. I have another (long) post coming on it all later, but this post is the best I can do where I can concentrate on the Nebrasketball game and write at the same time. So if you see typos, that’s why 😉 Just leave a grammar or typo error in the comments and I’ll be sure to fix it!

So when you think of stereotypical California, you think celebs and as much as that isn’t all that true, I think it is. I bet 1 out of every 10 people you meet is famous in some shape or form. JK, that’s not true but I mean check out all these stars I found while in galavanting around the Golden State for 4.5 days.

Tom Cruise’s Piano in Top Gun

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I even conveniently placed my bud light on top of the piano not knowing. Totally not staged, people.

San Diego’s KC BBQ‘s claim to victory! Top Gun was filmed at this hole-in-the-wall but flipping awesome bar and BBQ joint. To be completely honest this was my all-time favorite bar we went to. I felt at home at that place! The bartender loved me!

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Seriously. Fantastic night. We even played Panic! at the Disco on the jukebox. (I’m going through a pop-punk rock phase again and Panics’ new album is LEGIT). They only sell beer and wine here too – they keep it simple, but lit. It’s an oddly hidden place close to the water, the Cheesecake Factory and hotels. It looks like it belongs in Raymond, NE but it just pops right up in thriving San Diego.

Dave Grohl

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This one was the most “legit” star I found. Completely unplanned destiny. So here’s the deal. You probably look at that pic above and go “really Stephanie? First off, you’re a creep. Second, that’s probably some random guy who looked like him.” NOPE. No, it’s not ya skeptic. I gotta tell ya, I’ll do anything and not be embarrassed or shy. But seeing celebs, I shrivel up. I just don’t want to act like they’re better than me because in my head IMMA STAR! (I totally envisioned this in my head just now) so I didn’t get the guts to ask for a pic…

But okay, so here’s the story. Brandon and I walked into a beach bar at Mission Beach (which is my new favorite beach – besides Coca-Cola Beach in South Padre of course) 😉 for those who know what I’m talkin’ about… I hope you’re nodding your head yes right now. But we sat down at this table and started ordering, looking around, lovin’ life, ya know – California things. I kept looking at the guy directly across from us. He’s famous I kept thinking in my head. I can picture him in magazines and rock album covers. WHO IS HE? He totally noticed that I kept staring at him too. But to be fair, he was literally in my view, it wasn’t a huge place and he was RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!

So I started googling “90’s alternative rock bands” – I knew he had something to do with rock and more 90’s. Then WAM! I found it. Foo Fighters. Which then led to finding a wonder assortment of Dave Grohl pictures when the real Dave Grohl was right there. It was like magic. Like everything in the world started to make sense. I saw the light…Dave Grohl. He’s a pretty big deal you guys. ALSO, we read somewhere that he doesn’t listen to Nirvana because it makes him sad and “Smells like Teen Spirit” played while we were all sitting there. Oops. I, of course eavesdropped for him to validate the fact that I knew it was Dave Grohl in the flesh and he talked about touring. So I was right. Then he talked about how his wife cheated on him back in the day (we’re pretty close now, we tell each other secrets – even if we’ve never talked). He even mentioned how he’s surprised no one has recognized him yet. HAH! I KNOW YOU DAVE! When he was leaving I was going to ask for a pic, but he turned to talk to the lady he was with and I was a wuss. So instead, I creepily took a pic of him leaving and getting into his car, which you guys, it was some old car! How cool, he’s down to earth AND nice? WINNER.

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…And can’t believe I just wrote a novel about my Dave Grohl sighting. Is that pathetic?

Laurence Fishburne

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We went to the Lakers/Bulls game on a Thursday night and my celebrity goggles were locked and loaded. I was really hoping to see Leonardo because he supposedly has season tickets but no Leo… 🙁

However, I did spot other friendly faces! Like Laurence Fishburne. He was sitting down on the floor (of course) but I didn’t spot him until half when everyone was walking around. I love the show Blackish so I noticed him right away!

We also found…

Mark Wahlberg

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We were pretty sure he would be there because he’s Jimmy Butler’s good friend. But boy, did Marky Mark work the crowd! He only walked through a couple times and everytime, every person would stop to talk to him – he seemed pretty coo! He is also very much RIPPED.

And then there’s the obvious, but biggest celebs in my eyes.

Kobe Bryant

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UM, WHAT. Da Black Mamba. He even played! It was so awesome. What a thing of beauty…

D. Rose and my boy Pau (and the rest of the Bulls)

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Seriously, I consider Pau a good friend of mine. Because that one time he was in Lincoln, I saw him eating at Single Barrel and told him, “welcome to Lincoln.” He said, “thanks” and smiled and the rest was history… “History” meaning that I never saw or talked to him again. Wah wah.

Reggie Miller

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YES! REGGIE!!! Love that guy.

Laguna Beach

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*As this song plays* I actually did play this song as we drove through and made Brandon really annoyed. Hehe! But the cast wasn’t the only star of the show. While Kristen was yelling “Ste-PHEN!” the scenery of Laguna was hanging in the background the entire show. I swear I took the pic above at one of the spots where they would awkwardly meet up by the beach and talk about life or breakup at.

Laguna Beach was so cool, though! I totally get the hype of that place. It’s beautiful. Reminds me of a Colorado town, but on the beach. Just cute and cozy with lots of scenery.

Okay, that’s all I got folks. Prepare yo self for many more California posts coming. 🙂

P.S. We’re down to the final hours of the giveaway! Enter if you haven’t yet!

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Win All-Natural Face Care Set + $25 Gift Card

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Consider this my Valentine’s gift to you! You could win ALLL of this above! What is the grand prize you ask? Only the amazing products from MyChelle all natural skin care that includes:

  • Fruit Enzyme Cleanser
  • Fruit Enzyme Scrub
  • Pumpkin Renew Cream (I hope I know who wins this so I can try this stuff!)

AND a $25 gift card to the brand new Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Lincoln! (However, can be used at any location)

Just sign up below by “liking” Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market on Facebook and following me on Instagram 🙂

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*Giveaway ends 2/17 at midnight and must be in the U.S. or Canada to win – Sorry, S&H is just too expensive!

The Best Grocery Thyme I’ve Ever Had + GIVEAWAY

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First of all, apologies for the horrible pun, but I couldn’t resist! I had the opportunity to check out the new grocery store in Lincoln, NE – Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market. Not gonna lie, when it was first getting built I wondered why because there’s a Whole Foods nearby and a Natural Grocers, so I was a little confused why there would be another health-inspired grocery store, but now I know why…

IT’S SO CHEAP! Think: Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s gave birth to a baby, but the baby was raised by HyVee. That’s Fresh Thyme. It’s cheap, lots of produce, meats, cheese, fish, and tons of vitamins and healthy things like makeup, hygiene stuff and errthang. They also have “regular” food too (as Brandon likes to call it), seriously. Brandon’s example of “regular” food was mini hotdogs wrapped in buns that you can microwave.

He even found cheese for $2!!!!! That’s a huge chunk for $2! Call us budget savvy but that’s a steal!

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I bet we could actually buy a couple wheels of that cheese with our tax refund and have enough left over to buy…

3 BOTTLES OF WINE FOR $10!! The deals just keep on comin’ people! Gonna live the lavish life at Fresh Thyme.

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I really liked the fish selection and all of the pre-made foods you can buy. CUZ AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME TO COOK.

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I actually do, I don’t know what I’m saying. I will have a (hilariously-awful photographed) spring roll recipe coming soon from ingredients I bought at Fresh Tyme for a whopping $10. In fact, when I checked out I had the “Walmart Effect”. What is the Walmart Effect you might ask? It’s when your total is cheaper than you thought it would be. Every time I buy groceries at Wally World, the total is ALWAYS cheaper than I thought, but when I shop at say, Russ’s, it’s the opposite. ALWAYS more money than I thought. So I love the “Walmart Effect”.

You know what else is cool about Fresh Thyme? They are from Chicago and even sell Goose Island and Chicago hot dogs! ULTRA BONUS.

And you bet your booty we purchased a pack.

Now. For the fun part. A giveaway! My very first giveaway! I’ve always wanted to be a legit blogger and do a giveaway!

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Here it is…

MyChelle Dermaceuticals skin care Fruit Enzyme Cleanser, Fruit Enzyme Scrub, Pumpkin Renew Cream, AND a $25 gift card to Fresh Thyme Farmers Market!

It’s an awesome clean, natural product line that you can purchase at Fresh Thyme! BUT, of course, you have to do something for me first – but it’s so simple. Just “like” Fresh Thyme on Facebook and follow me on Instagram below 🙂

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*Giveaway ends 2/17 at midnight and must be in the U.S. or Canada to win – Sorry, S&H is just too expensive!

My First Year on Instagram

It was a mere four years ago…but I remember it like it was yesterday.

Kinda.

First off, you’re probably wondering how I got to this post topic. Well, I decided my Instagram account needed a little clean up because I’m trying to step up my Insta-game and even though I HIGHLY doubt anyone would scroll through 600+ photos but in case they do, I want to be prepared.

So I endlessly scrolled until I hit “229 weeks” ago. And boy did it get ugly. It got so ugly that I could not let these photos go unnoticed – they’re way too epic!

So I screenshot the pic, deleted it, and now I’m sharing it on here. I can’t wait for this you guys. It’s bahaddd. Now, I’m no Instagram expert, but I know these filters, lack of description for questionable pictures, and blurry images are taking advantage of Instagram’s coolness.

Ready? Here we go.

Exhibit A:
“The Bad Filter Conundrum”

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I had the filter world in my hands and I chose the worst options. I was a huge fan, as you can see, of the darker shadowy filters with rounded images. And don’t even get me started on the “vintage polaroid-esque”. I loved that shit. By the way, those are all of the first Instas! ^

Let’s start to break it down a little more.

“SJP”

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Did I…Did I seriously just take a picture of Sarah Jessica Parker and Instagram it? Yup, I did. I actually remember this, it was a magazine cover and I had just got my first iPhone so I thought I was hot shiz and could do anything I wanted (news flash: not cool enough to randomly and creepily Instagram random stars you like).

“Memorial Stadium…balloons?”

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Goodness. Is this really worth throwing out on Instagram? AND THERE’S ZERO DESCRIPTION ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON. Ugh. This is going to annoy me throughout this post. Tell me, were descriptions not available four years ago?? I don’t remember. I hope so, because I could’ve at least said something.

Speaking of, I remember thinking this pic below was the bee’s knees. But oh so blurry now. Be grateful your iPhone photo quality upgrade, kids.

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“The Framed Ducks”

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Actually, cool picture – funny. But that black frame’s gotta goooo.

“The Shelved Pumpkins”

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So many Instagram offenses in this. First of all, why? Second of all, there’s that polaroid frame again. Third of all, WHERE IS THE DESCRIPTION? How can you expect people to take your photo seriously when this makes absolutely zero sense.

Shoutout to Christen for liking this picture!!!! Real Insta-homie right there!

And to roll off “The Shelved Pumpkins” I would like to present to you…

“The Crispy Hexagons” 

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…If you want to revoke my Instagram card right now, I won’t take offense to it. 218 weeks ago was such a confusing time for me.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it might have gotten weirder with…

“Toliet Paper Boot”

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This really could’ve used a description. I remember this was at Main Street and we were gathering in the big back stall like always and slinging back shooters, laughing, and I guess taking Instagram pictures…Oh my, look at how far we’ve come!

Also! My Insta-homie shining bright once again. THANK YOU CHRISTEN!

But, I saved a good one. This might win the weirdest Instagram picture, and mainly because it doesn’t have a description so it leaves a whole lot of questions.

*Drumroll, please…*

“The WTF?”

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Yup, I told you it was good. I have no words. Actually, I do. I can explain everything. This was my pottery from high school (surprisingly, I passed the class and went on to make a bust of my head my senior year – I was going places PEOPLE!)

Next up, this slew of disasters.

May I present to you…

 

“Apple Core” 

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Now I want to quickly share my other foodie picks. We’re all victims of food porn, but at least it’s good looking. Mine? Not so much.

We got…

“Goons”

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“Questionable Fish Taco”

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AND I mention it’s from Taco Johns. Nice. How clazzy.

Last, but not least. Another creepy celeb picture Instagrammed.

“MA MAN. Jeezy”

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I’ve never done a #mcm (man crush monday) but this is the closest it ever got.

Now I would like to take a moment to thank those who follow me on Instagram and put up with these sometimes questionable, sometimes laughable, sometimes “oh no she did not just post that”. This one’s to you guys!

Cheers!

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The Cheapest, Easiest, Healthiest Meal Ever

First off, where’s the snow at? $100 says we get nothing but a little snow and a whole lot of rain! I’m okay with that, though because after basking in the San Diego sun, I can’t handle this cold let alone crappy snow!

I’m also totally going through a vacation hangover right now (a more successful trip than this one). So much in fact that I’m pushing through with my blog post consistency goal and keeping it light, but useful.

And what’s more useful than a recipe?! AND an easy one at that!

Are you ready for this? I’m coining it as ‘the easiest recipe you’ll ever find on a blog’. It’s the true definition as “I’ll never make it as a food blogger”. But it’s simple, easy, and lazy. In fact, you might even think this recipe is a parody to real food bloggers, but it’s not. I’m being 110% serious (so don’t judge).

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Half of an Avocado
  • Brown Rice (or wild)
  • California Veggies
  • Spice Blends (I use garlic salt and Mrs. Dash Garlic Herb – so much garlic. Yum.)

Step 1:

Sautee da veggies

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Step 2:

Once they start getting softer, blend the spices *talking in British accent to add drama while I say “blend the spices”*

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Step 3:

Microwave your brown rice. (Or prepare you how like, but I use minute rice – BA-ZING!)

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(Ignore nasty, dirty microwave)

Step 4:

Add the rice (I only add half a cup), veggies and avocado in a bowl and mix

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Step 5:

EAT.

Yup, that simple. 🙂 Enjoy! And if we do inherit a ton of snow from the west, happy snow day teachers and students!

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Traveling Isn’t a Luxury, It’s a Necessity.

Twas’ the night before vacation and all through the apartment, two creatures were stirring and packing their things… Okay, sorry. I thought I had a good thing going there but it fell a little flat. My bad.

This is a post I actually wrote Tuesday night and scheduled for Wednesday. (Check out me being all on top of the blog!) We’re heading to San Diego (Anchorman’s voice, “a whale’s vagina”) today and I can’t wait! It’s the first legit vacation we have had since the honeymoon.

I LIVE off travel. So I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve right now. And this isn’t just some work trip or quick shindig, this is a real-deal, turn your email away message on, and don’t check in on anything but when your next drink or meal is kind of trip.

Quite the life right now. Or as Drake would say, “WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.”

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But it got me thinking… I’ve noticed some people have this perception that a vacation is a luxury, not easily obtainable and rare. Vacation can not be a rare thing. You’re living life wrong if it is. Unless you literally don’t like leaving your home, then this post is invaluable to you. But back to what got me thinking. You shouldn’t feel like traveling is something you can’t have. You NEED it. And it doesn’t have to be something extravagant either. Take a road trip to a town an hour away, search for Groupons there and just hang out and see what the place has to offer. It will make you so rich in so many ways. I truly believe that.

Also, if you want to take a bigger trip, save money. It’s not impossible, it just might take you some time to get there, but that’s okay. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen at all.

I have felt that those who don’t experience the world or life outside of their “normal”, they have a bitterness towards the world and feel unsafe. The world is a beautiful place and you have to enrich your life with it so you can see awesome things and meet people of all walks of life.

There was this quote thing I came across once and I had to save it because it was so on point, I COULDN’T EVEN. Check it out…

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That’s all I got for this post. Just get out there and see the world (or your own backyard) 🙂 HEY! And feel free to plan your next trip on Travefy! 😉 Shameless plug. I had to do it.

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P.S. In other news, I saw The Big Short tonight. WOW. Pretty good. I suggest checking it out!