Like any twenty-something middle class white woman with a Pinterest account, I love mason jars. I want to organize and compartmentalize my entire life in a collection of artfully arranged mason jars. I firmly believe there is no such thing as too many mason jars. I will always say yes to mason jars. So when Jarden Home Brands contacted me and asked if I’d like to give their 100th anniversary green mason jars a spin, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Of course I said yes.
I opted for the pint size jars, which are perfectly proportioned to use as drinking glasses, for DIY projects, or storing a wide variety of foods, cosmetics, toiletries, or large spiders that you don’t want to kill but are too scared to put outside. The green tint is so eye-catching and ideal for decorating around the house. Also they’re made in the USA. What’s not to love?
Here is a brief sampling of the ways I’ve used my mason jars so far, none of which are earth-shatteringly original, but damn if these things aren’t versatile: Keep reading »
I am one of those people who doesn’t mind messiness as long as I don’t see it. This is why many of my drawers are stuffed with receipts and knick knacks, my bathroom cabinets are horrifically disorganized, and the top of my TV has never known the sweet touch of a dust rag. This is also why I love carpet — dirt, hair, dust, and a multitude of other slovenly sins can just be crammed down into it until you get around to vacuum. Out of sight, out of mind. Gross? Maybe, but it’s the truth. Keep reading »
After this brutal winter, I was so, so excited when the sun finally came out and the average temperature rose from 6 to 76. “Ahh, spring is here!” I sang merrily as I busted out my flowy tank tops, lopped all the legs off my jeans, and hung a hammock in my backyard. After pouring myself a glass of iced tea, I went out to enjoy the first warm afternoon, but my fantasy was promptly interrupted by a terrible, ugly reality: MOSQUITOES. MOSQUITOES EVERYWWHEEERRRREEE. I fought them off for a few minutes before finally retreating inside to scratch my bites, clean the spilled tea off my shirt, and glare at the cloud of blood-suckers buzzing around my sad, empty hammock.
Mosquitos are like childbirth: you never remember how awful they are until you’re right in the midst of them. And, like clockwork, I had forgotten about the horrors of mosquitoes until they were upon me, ravaging my legs and arms and ruining my idyllic spring lifestyle.
But luckily, in spite of my mosquito amnesia, I did remember something else. Keep reading »
In my continuing quest to become a runner, I’ve conquered a number of mental obstacles, but until recently, had yet to figure out the solution to a more tangible challenge: finding running clothes that are comfortable and functional for my big-busted, short, curvy body (not exactly the shape most athletic companies cater to). After finally tracking down my dream sports bra, my next goal was to find a pair of running shorts. The requirements:
- Thick spandex, because those flimsy nylon running shorts just don’t cut it.
- Don’t fall down, ride up, pinch, sag, or require any adjustments while running.
- Don’t make my thighs look like freshly stuffed sausages.
- Have a zip pocket for my keys, gym ID card, etc.
- Not too short.
That’s not too much to ask, is it? After buying and trying many different types of running tights, leggings, and shorts with results that ranged from “god, no!” to “meh,” I took Moving Comfort’s 7.5″ Endurance Shorts for a test run (literally), and fell in love. They meet all my requirements and more. Here’s why they’re awesome: Keep reading »