Five Favorites

This week has been pretty great. I got a day and a half off from work because of snow, so I got to spend some extra time with my boyfriend 🙂
Also, I was at a conference for work on Thursday, and I got to hear from a really interesting man named Jaime Casap. He works for Google in their education department and thinks through how google products can be used in education. He was talking to some Philadelphia students about college and beating the odds.
He was a very dynamic speaker and I was completely engaged the whe time. The most poignant thing he said was that he never asked people what they want to do in the future; rather, he asks them “what problem do you want to solve?” And from there you plan what field to go into, what to study, and where to work in order to solve that problem.
 As someone who is still wondering what to do long term in my life, it really got me thinking about what problem I wanted to solve. You can read Mr. Casap’s blog at http://www.jcasap.com
Anyway, all inspirational speeches aside, here are five things I’m loving this week.
Dr. Jart’s Black Label Detox BB Cream
After searching endlessly through paulaschoice.com (a super helpful makeup review website) I finally found a moisturizer/brightener/anti-aging BB Cream that was rated “Best” on their website and didn’t cost a fortune. I love the light tint to this moisturizer, it leaves my skin looking flawless and helps lighten the red marks on my face! Also, I bought this with my Birchbox points so it only cost me $6 instead of $36.
Eco Skin Rescue Serum
I bought this serum on a whim from Marshall’s, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with it. I like the smell of it and it’s been doing a good job of helping to moisturize my super dry winter skin.
Peanut Butter Patties (Tagalongs) Girl Scout Cookies
It’s Girl Scout Cookie season and time for my favorite of all the cookies, the Tagalongs. What’s not to love? I get my chocolate/peanut butter/baked good fix while supporting young, female entrepreneurship, at least that’s what I tell myself when I suck down a box of these.
Semi-Homemade French Onion Soup
Fact: French onion soup can be eaten for any meal (trust me, I’ve had it from everywhere for brunch to 2AM drunk munchies); it’s transcendental.  Fact: you can buy crocks for about $1 each at your local thrift shop. Fact: French Onion soup is easy to make at home. You just need some French Onion soup mix or premade (we added onion slices to Pacifico’s Organic FOS), a crusty baguette, and some gruyere cheese. We broiled these suckers on low for 5-6 minutes. Voile! 
Why Oh Why? Podcast

At first I thought I was just going to love to hate Andrea Silenzi, the host of this podcast. The first episode was cringe-worthy awkward in many different ways. But as I listened to the second and third podcasts I realized I was beginning to really enjoy this podcast.

The podcast is about Andrea and her friends’ trials and tribulations of being young 20-somethings in Brooklyn looking for love. Think Girls mixed with Sex and the City. A lot of the podcast is filmed while Andrea and her friends share hilarious dating debacles over brunch or sitting on a couch. You feel like you’re one of the girls, and the stories are both relate-able and completely ridiculous. I recommend you give this podcast a try! (Even my boyfriend enjoyed listening to some of it 😉

Drinking Buddies (and a Recipe!)

So yesterday I had a very extensive list of things I wanted to do. While I got to some of them, I didn’t get around to all of them. My boyfriend took the day off work (yay) which means that I didn’t get to do everything on my list because we live in a small apartment. I did get in some workouts and yoga though and we cooked the chicken with root vegetables and kale.

We decided to brave the weather outside and go for a lovely walk through historic Philadelphia, including St. Peter’s cemetery. It was cold (10 degrees Fahrenheit)!
We also watched Drinking Buddies on Netflix (while drinking). I’ve wanted to watch the movie since I heard about it. I love Anna Kendrick and Jake Johnson (Nick from New Girl) and the cast included Olivia Wilde and the guy from Office Space, Ron Livingston.

It’s about two friends, Wilde and Johnson, who work at a brewery. The movie is almost completely improv-ed and it comes off as really honest. I recommend drinking during the entire film! I had 2 Angry Orchard Traditional Dry Ciders, and 1 glass of Skinny Vine Wine Chardonnay (and a bunch of Trader Joe’s Cheddar Rockets).
After watching the movie, we started dinner. I was pretty buzzed, and I totally recommend cooking a fancy dinner that way, as long as you have strong knife/safety skills!

Roasted Root Vegetables
~40 minutes @375 degrees
We cut up purple potatoes, carrots, Yukon gold potatoes, turnips, and Idaho potatoes.

Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and roast, turning occasionally.

Roasted Chicken Thighs
35 minutes @ 375 degrees

Rub olive oil over chicken. Season with paprika, garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mist with olive oil and roast for 35 minutes or until juices run clear.

Sauteed Kale
~5 minutes

Heat about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in a sautee pan. Add kale (remove thick stem segments). Sautee with salt and pepper for 2 minutes, add about a teaspoon of lemon juice, sautee until wilted.

Today Brought to You by Pinterest

Well, I finally started using Pinterest. Welcome to 2010(ish?) I tried using Pinterest before, but I just don’t get it. So you pin a bunch of things to a board and then what??? If I’m going to use Pinterest then I actually want to use the things that I find and not just pin it and forget it. 
So, yesterday night, when I found out that today would be a snow day for my office, I immediately began making a list of all the things I wanted to do today, inspired by Pinterest. Here it is:
  • Wake up
  • Do a workout challenge
  • 30 Minutes of yoga for flexibility with Yoga Studio App
  • eat breakfast
  • check email
  • paint toes
  • blog
  • do another workout challenge
  • eat lunch
(Found this on Pintrest from here)
  • stretch & watch tv (maybe catch up on Revenge)
  • clean-up around the house
  • do a Lithe workout (it probably won’t make much sense unless you belong to Lithe)
  • 15 min post-run yoga
  • more blogging
  • do my Coursera work
I’m taking two courses. This one is for my own personal interest. You can still sign up for it now!
This course is one I’m taking for my job. I’m really learning a lot!
  • watch some shows
  • roast root vegetables with chicken and sauteed kale for dinner
I’m a little over zealous, but I wanted to make the most of my day off!

What are you up to today? Have you had any Pinterest success?