Thursday, December 20, 2012

Go do good. #26Acts

I cannot shake all my thoughts and heartache over Friday's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.  I cannot imagine what those teachers, students, and families are going through right now.  I simply can't fathom how someone could do such a terrible thing to innocent children. I remember feeling so safe at school when I was little.  I never worried that something bad would happen at school (outside of forgetting my lunch or my mom forgetting to pick me up).  These children will never be the same. They will be fearful. They will be anxious. And most of all, the way they look at the world will be forever changed.  

Have you heard about the 26 Random Acts of kindness that people are doing to honor the victims?

Thanks to Ann Curry, the #26Acts movement has really taken off. Some people are also doing #27Acts to include the mother of the gunman.

TG and I have decided to participate as well.  Yesterday we dropped off gifts for our angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. It felt so great to know that we could help make someone's Christmas a little better. 

I'm trying to think of 25 more creative acts of kindness to honor those lost in this senseless tragedy. 

To start, I'm thinking I will buy coffee for people behind me in line, bring hot chocolate to the homeless man I pass everyday on the street, and take christmas goodies (and introduce myself) to our (hall) neighbors. 

I'd love love love some suggestions so please share!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Lately, we have:

Decorated our city apartment sized Christmas tree

Informed folks of the tree rules:

"Chip, this is one tree we most definitely do not pee on."

"Barkley, you have eaten ornaments in the past. Let's not repeat history."

Had a visit from Joz (complete with dinners at Trenchermen & Maude's Liquor Bar)

Read deep thoughts on the Pops for Champagne menu

 Made a trip to the Doughnut Vault

Snapped pictures of Christmas decorations

P.S. I didn't realize when I snapped the picture that the homeless person was standing there.  Oops.  Real Chicago, guys.

Any December activities I'm missing out on this month?

Is it just me or does Christmas seem to be approaching even more quickly than normal this year? 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hair Straightener Review

TG always laugh at me about straightening my hair.  I'll say something like "I'm almost ready, I just have to straighten my hair." Without fail, he will yell back from the next room "Your hair IS already straight!"

No sir, it is not.

In order for my hair to look smooth and properly done, it must be straightened.

My current flat iron is 4 years old and starting to be temperamental.  So when Misikko contacted me to review one of their Hana Pro 1" Flat Iron, I was more than happy to do so!

When I opened the package, I was surprised to see they had added some extra goodies for me. (Thank you! It felt kind of like Christmas.)

The flat iron heated up really fast which was a plus.  I think my favorite aspect was the cord. The flat iron has a cord that swivels so that it doesn't get tangled as you straighten your hair.

This flat iron totally beats my other one. My hair looked a ton smoother and much more shiny after using it.  I also found it to be more efficient in that I didn't have to continuously iron the same parts of hair over and over.  I think it will save me a little bit of time in the morning, which is always nice.

Another little bonus is that it comes in a heat proof storage pouch. When I'm traveling, I always hate putting my flat iron back in my bag while it's still hot.

I don't really have any negatives to report.  I can't really say how this product would work for someone with super curly or frizzy hair but it works great for me.  My hair is what some might call naturally "straight".  However, I still use a flat iron daily.  This one is perfect for me as I'm after straight, shiny hair.

*The Hana Pro 1" Flat Iron was sent in exchange for my review.  However, all opinions are truthful and based on my own experience. 

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Anthropologie, you are drunk.

I want to preface this post by saying I love Anthropologie.  I do. I love their clothes and I love their home decor stuffs. But after browsing their site this morning, I'm thinking things are getting a little out of hand over there.

For instance.

I'd really like a copper bicycle ($6,000). Said no one ever.

I'll admit that I do like this Walrus piece. But, it is still a paper walrus. Well, a paper and metal walrus. A $1,250 paper and metal walrus.  (Ok, I like the paper walrus.)

The Branches & Fur Chair ($9,800). 

The iTree Docking Station ($15,000).

Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking book set ($625) This must be some sort of mistake. Did they mean to list the price as $62.50? 

I still love you Anthro. Even though that love comes with some major side-eye.