Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's '14

Check out the Google homepage today. This might be the sweetest one yet!

Cue: Collective "Awwwww"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Ah, that age-old question. It's OK if you haven't figured it out yet. If you need some ideas, check out the answers given below by New York City students. 

Malia: A teacher
Alexander: A scientist
Alexa: A princess
Rosalee: A superhero
Kaitlin: A doctor
Julia: A teacher
Milly: A teacher
Dylan: A smoothie maker
Pia: A ballerina
Victor: A train driver
Ella: A doctor
Ria: A teacher
Eliza: A doctor for animals
Alexandra: A construction worker
Elizabeth: Santa
Molly: A doctor
Sophia: A doctor
Ava: A teacher
Kristin: A doctor
Cameryn: A pirate
Ingrid: A mommy
Maggie: A fairy

Nicky: I want to be a magician because I want to disappear.
Salvatore: I want to be a superhero because I want to fly.
Zoe: I want to be a singer when I grow up.
Charlotte: I want to be a painter.
Kate: I want to be a dancer when I grow up.
Katie: I want to give pets to everyone.
Elena: I want to be a ballerina and a princess, but a princess more.
Alexia: I want to be an artist.
Michael: I would like to take care of animals.
Skye: I would like to be a ballet dancer.
Piper: I would like to be a vet and take care of animals.
Danica: I want to surf!
Charlotte: I want to be a doctor that takes care of doggies.
Athena: I would like to be a volleyball coach.
Moni: I want to be a rock star and work in a hair salon.
Lucas: I would like to be a dinosaur because I love dinosaurs.
Blair: I would like to be a veterinarian.
Avery: I want to be a hairdresser and a manicurist. I also want to be a babysitter.
Nehcopee: I want to ride a horse.
Julia: I want to be a rock star because I like to sing songs.
Chloe: I would like to be a mommy when I grow up because I like taking care of kids.
Marianna: I want to be a ballerina.
Cassidy: I would like to be a face painter.
Eliana: I would like to knit clothes for everyone, including poor people.
Ava: I would like to ride horses when I grow up.
Lily: I would like to be a face painter and a mommy.
Abigail: I want to train horses.
Cyra: I would like to be a rock star, a teacher, and a mommy.

I mean, someone's gotta be Santa. Right?

I don't recall what I used to say as a tike that I wanted to be, but I do remember telling my parents over and over again that I was going to build/live in a 52 story building and that they could live on the 52nd floor. The offer still stands, M&P!

What did you want to be "when you grew up"? Did it happen?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Nutella Nut

Yesterday was World Nutella Day and ever since I saw that mentioned, I can't get my mind out of the Nutella gutter.

I was well aware of this delectable treat waaaaaaay back in the 80s. My mom worked in an international department and after spying it in Europe, was able to source a jar every once in a while in some specialty shop. Honestly, it isn't quite as fun now that you can find it at any big box supermarket. 

The latest commercials do crack me up as they tout Nutella as a healthy breakfast choice with its "simple, quality ingredients likes hazelnuts, skim milk, and a hint of cocoa". Yep. Almost the equivalent of a chia seed and kale shake in the morning.

I chose not to attempt any of these recipes this go round, mainly because my dad is visiting and...please, don't judge, he really is a good person, but...he doesn't like Nutella. At all. I know. If our baby pictures weren't spitting images of each other, I'd wonder. But you should make a batch of your favorite selection below. Isn't that what you are supposed to do the day after World Nutella Day?

Nutella Cookies - The Zoe Report
                                                  photo: @THEZOEREPORT

Crunchy Nutella Ice Cream - Dash and Bella

Dark Chocolate and Nutella Puppy Chow - The Kitchn
                                                                                   photo: Leela Cyd Ross

Nutella and Pretzel Brownies - Bakingdom

S'mores with Nutella - Simply Delicious

Of course, you could skip all of the above and choose to devour some Nutella in the most popular form...directly out of the jar with a big spoon into your mouth.

No recipe needed.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

January Favorites

After some technical difficulties, here is a video of my January 2014 favorites (says the girl who doesn't like to see herself on camera).

I now know that I say "um" and "aaaaand" way too many times to be well-spoken.
Lesson learned.

For those not interested in all of the products, skip to 13:30 to see the bloopers.
Products mentioned:
Physicians Formula Happy Booster™ Bronzing Veil:
Maybelline Color Whisper™ - A Plum Prospect:
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm - Voluptuous Violet:
Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm - Plum Twist: COVERGIRL Lipperfection Jumbo Gloss
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil:
Weleda Products:
Essie Chinchilly: Essie Nail Polish - Chinchilly (696) - 0.5 oz
Essie Miss Fancy Pants: Essie MISS FANCY PANTS Nail Polish 809 Lacquer .46 oz Salon Manicure Pedicure
Fresh Sugar Lychee Rollerball:
Organic Coconut Oil: Organic Coconut Oil 14 oz.
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap - Sunflower:
The Pioneer Woman - Chicken Tortilla Soup:
Top Chef Season 11: Top Chef Season 11
Sixpoint Brewery - Global Warmer:
Kindle Edition of Room - Emma Donoghue: Room: A Novel
Audible Edition of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
The Mindy Project: The Mindy Project: Season One