Monday, October 23, 2017

3 tips to getting over a breakup

Breakups are never easy. Even when a relationship ends with no hard feelings or ill wishes towards the other person it's normal to morn the end of a relationship. When the person that's been your best friend suddenly is someone that you can't text anymore life is rough. Simply put breakups suck, but maybe they don't have to suck so badly. Today I wanted to share my 3 tips to getting over a breakup.

1. have a pity party - Breakups are sad and you deserve your time to morn. I once read somewhere that you should take a day for every month you were together and I think that's fair. Maybe you need to take a bubble bath with wine and listen to depressing music (I actually have a love sucks playlist on Spotify for these times) or maybe you're more into watching sappy movies and crying about how that'll never happen for you. You should also indulge in as much junk food as you want because all that crying has to burn some calories, right?

2. deep clean - You don't need to go all Taylor Swift Picture to Burn, but you should probably box together all the things that remind you of your ex. If you think you'll truly never use them again, list them on Poshmark, but it you think they're things you'll enjoy again just put that box in the back of your closet until you're ready. I also think it's helpful to do a general cleaning of everything, almost like a spring cleaning of your life.

3. think about all the things you couldn't do before that now you can - Did your ex hate that Thai restaurant you love or that classic country station that's your secret guilty pleasure? Well now you can enjoy all those things without feeling guilty. You can enjoy more girls nights and more nights where cooking dinner is really just a bag of popcorn and bottle of wine in front of the tv.

The most important tip is to just take it a day at a time and remember there was life before your ex and there will be life after too. What are your tips to getting over a breakup?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Recent Netflix Picks

I took an extra half day off work this week. I had an off-site training and just didn't want to drive back the opposite way to go into the office. This meant that not only could I wear comfy jeans and a flannel but that I also was able to take the rest of the day lazily watching Netflix. I'm always interested in what everyone else is watching on Netflix, so today I'd thought I'd share my recent Netflix picks, both good and bad.

1. The Queen - Have you ever watched a movie and as you're watching it don't think you're enjoying it that much, but once it's over you discover you really enjoyed it? Because that's exactly how I felt about this one. It's explained as being about how the Queen deals with the death of Princess Diana, but it's really about how the Queen and Tony Blair deal with each other after the death of Princess Diana. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars

2. Beauty and the Beast - After watching Moana every single night for two months while I went to sleep I've decided to switch it up and watch another Disney princess. I didn't want to like this one when I first saw it in theaters, but the more I watch it the more I love it. Is it better than the animated classic? I think it just might be. I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars

3. Easy Virtue - The description for this one is correct, yet it wasn't anything like what I was expecting. Jessica Biel is an American who's just married an Englishman and trying to fit into his family who includes Colin Firth. If you're a Colin Firth fan, and let's be real who isn't, I'd suggest this one. The period outfits are fun too. I'd give this 3 out of 5 stars

4. Cable Girls- The plot of this one sounds so good but it just didn't deliver for me. It centers around 4 women working as cable operations in 1920s Spain. I struggled to make it through the entire season, but ultimately finished so it would get off my "continue watching" tab. I think the fact that it's dubbed into English and the mouths don't exactly match up also threw me off. I'd give it 1 out of 5 stars.

5. The Giver - I've never read The Giver, because of that I honestly had no idea what to expect, but it wasn't this. I usually really like this type of dystopia story, but I just couldn't really get into this one. I fell asleep halfway into it the first time I tried watching, so I think I need to watch it again. I'd give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

6. Adventures in Babysitting - This one had been in my list to watch for so long it had gotten to the point where I needed to either watch it or remove it. And y'all I'm so glad I watched it! This was easily my favorite on this list. Some parts were pretty predictable but it was still funny. I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars

7. Desk Set - Anything with Katharine Hepburn in it is bound to be good. She is a reference librarian who's job is in jeopardy when Spencer Tracy tries to modernize the department with a computer. I thought it was really interesting that even in the 1950s the idea of machines taking jobs of humans was a thing. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I'm also working my way through the West Wing, and I'm so obsessed I honestly have no idea why I waited so long to watch it. What have you watched on Netflix lately?

See my other Netflix suggestions here and here

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Five Stages of Grief as Told by Taylor Swift Songs

I always say there's a Taylor Swift song for everything. Regardless of how you feel about her as a person, you have to admit the girl is talented. I am a huge Taylor fan (don't believe me? Just type taylor swift in that search box on the left and look at all the results pop up) so no matter what emotions I'm feeling you can bet I know a Taylor song to play on repeat to get me through it. I recently went down rabbit hole of Taylor Swift videos on Youtube so I thought I'd put my knowledge to use and share the five stages of grief as told my Taylor Swift songs.

1. Denial

2. Anger

3. Bargaining

4. Depression -  (if you can watch this without tearing up you have emotions of steal)

5. Acceptance

All Taylor Swift songs are so emotional there were a few I was torn between for each stage. Do you agree with my picks? Which would you have switched?

Monday, October 9, 2017

five easy weeknight recipes

One of my 2018 goals was to start cooking at home more and overall I've been pretty successful. I've always enjoyed cooking but cooking for one is a little intimidating and seems like so much more effort than just throwing a Lean Cuisine in the microwave. While that initial cooking is obviously more work it's always worth it plus you end up with leftovers for the rest of the week! Today I wanted to share five easy weeknight recipes. These are some of my favorites that I keep going back to, perfecting my recipe.

1. Stuffed Bell Peppers - My current favorite meal to make. I cheat and always make these after I've made ground beef tacos because it is the perfect way to use the leftover meat and Mexican rice. There are tons of great recipes for these all over Pinterest so you can experiment until you find your favorite. I bake mine empty for about 25 minutes at 400 than fill with leftover taco meat, mexican rice, salsa, and cheese and pop back in the oven for about another 15-20 minutes.

2. Cowboy Casserole - This is one of my favorite meals because it's so simple yet so filling, plus it freezes well for leftovers down the road. It's one of those meals that you can serve by it's self for an entire meal or with a side salad or cup of soup if you're trying to be fancy.

3. Foil Sausage Packets - The easiest clean up that exists in cooking. Just combine chopped veggies and smoked sausage with some seasoning and EVOO in little tin foil packets throw in the oven on 400 for about 40 minutes (depends on veggies / chopping size). I really like sweet potatoes, bell pepper, and zucchini with garlic salt and red pepper flakes.

4. Stuffed Mushroom Caps - One of my favorite dishes to prepare when I'm trying to add more veggies to my diet and cut the carbs. This version is stuffed with spinach, bacon, and cheese, but you could do so many variations. Recently I've been opting for the mini caps instead of the giant ones because eating three little caps is more fun than just one big one.

5. Crockpot Pork Chops - This is one of my favorite crockpot meals because you can easily switch up the sides depending on what's on sale at the grocery store. Not ideal for a day you have to work because they only take about 6 hours to cook, but oh so perfect on a day when you're bogged down with little errands and house chores.

What are some of your favorite easy weeknight recipes?

Friday, October 6, 2017

October Goals

Can you believe it's already October? We've already gotten our first snow fall of the season here in Vail and full blown winter is just around the corner. Today I'm going to share my October goals, but first I wanted to talk about my September goals. I'd say I was successful about 50% of the way with each one, except for eating healthy. I did a really good job at this one because I had a vacation planned at the end of the month. Just by watching what I was eating and incorporating more salads and less sweets and alcohol I lost 9 pounds last month! So hopefully that willpower will transfer to my October goals!

1. Continue to eat healthy - I did so well last month I'm hoping to do just as well in October and lose another 9 pounds. Now this is going to be hard because October is the start of pumpkin everything season, and I love pumpkin. But I'm going to continue to eat more broccoli and less ice cream and hopefully all the pumpkin yumminess I enjoy won't do as much damage.

2. Read a book - I read about 3/4 of my book last month, but didn't love it. Honestly if it hadn't been my goal I wouldn't have read that much. This month I'm go to reread a favorite which I think might be what I need to jump start my reading habit again.

3. Grow my Instagram - I've been hovering just under 700 followers for so long it's not even funny. I'll go up to 700 and then drop back down 666 (I wish this were a joke) and then go back up and back down. It's been a never-ending cycle and I'm ready for it to end. To make it to 700 and stay there is my goals for October. I'm really going to focus on posting quality content and engaging with other users to grow. Plus I bought this book which will hopefully make me Instagram famous.

4. Declutter - I never did a good spring cleaning of my closet so October seems like the perfect time to do one before winter really sets in. Now that I don't have to wear a uniform to work I need to take a good look at my closet and make sure I have things to wear when it's below freezing. One way I'm doing this is through Poshmark. I've been going through my closet and listing things I no longer wear and making a little cash! Go share my closet (user name hill_goodfellow) and help me declutter!

And those are my goals for October. Hopefully with just four goals it'll be easier to make them happen. What are your goals this month?