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Friday favorites: volume 15?

How the hell is it August? Wasn’t it just June like yesterday? No? Well, that’s okay because August means school starts soon and while I love my daughter, if she doesn’t get out of my house, I’m going to lose my mind. And is it wrong that I’m already planning what I’m going to do the first day she’s back at school? (Pedicure and nap, if you were wondering.)

That said, it’s time for another round of Friday favorites except I don’t know exactly what edition this is because I have become an blogging slacker as of late (and I apologize to my blogger friends for the lack of commenting I’ve been doing. I can’t get my shit together long enough to write a comment). So I’m picking edition 15 because it seems like a good choice and maybe an approximate value. Math has never been my strength.

Favorite song

Rise Against, Audience of One. There are not enough words for how much I love this song. I feel music the way some people feel paintings or poetry and this song brings out all the emotions for me. It’s not a life changing song but it definitely changes my mood each time I listen (also, I love that it’s one of those songs that about one thing but it can be interpreted to mean so much more)

Favorite frugal find

I am in the midst of a makeup bag overhaul and when I was cleaning out old lipgloss, eye shadow, and the like, I realized I had 6 MAC items that desperately needed to go. Enter MAC’s Back To MAC recycling program where if you return 6 (or more) eligible items, you get to pick out a free item (lipstick/gloss, eye shadow, or something else I’m not remembering). I purchased new lipgloss recently but I definitely needed an eye shadow refresher. And I got one. For free.photo (26)

Favorite book/TV thing

Rick Springfield, “Jessie’s Girl” singer extraordinaire, wrote a memoir. So of course I have to read it. And I picked it up from the library yesterday. Along with some others:

I have no favorite TV thing this week because quite frankly, I’m pissed with TV. More specifically, I’m annoyed with On Demand And Netflix. Because none of them are showing any of the episodes of any show I need to catch up on. Complete first world problem but that’s okay because Ebola is no joke and I’ll take no new episodes of The Following on On Demand any day.

Favorite internet reads

So many good finds on the internet this week (and weeks past. Big ups to Pocket for being a great place to store these posts so I can use them). Like this post on Mashable about 90s song that are darker than you think. Some I knew, some I didn’t. Or this post on how to quickly travel through all 50 states (if I had a bucket list, this would be on it). Or if you need to waste kill some time, take this quiz, Which 80s Cartoon Are You? (I got Muppet Babies, which, given my Muppets obsession, is perfect). You can also check out this post I wrote on Monday detailing promises I made to my friends without kids

Favorite quote

Favorite funnies

I shed a golden retriever every day

Bryan is genius.
This made me laugh so hard
It’s better that we get along
It’s all about the tactic


Have a great weekend y’all! If you need me, I’ll be on my couch, binge watching the final 6 episodes of The Killing

Linking up with AmandaFriday Favorites


Friday favorites, volume 13

I don’t know about you guys, but this summer is wreaking havoc on ability to get shit done. Ordinarily, I’m pretty productive, staying on top of everything I need to do and accomplish but as of late, I do nothing of value. Let’s rephrase–I do nothing. It’s not like I don’t try but I get about halfway finished and then say fuck it and go about my day, reading the internets or a book or playing RummiKub on my iPad or binge watch White Collar. I keep telling myself that school starts in a few more weeks and everything will get back to normal. 

It’s good to have dreams.

As for my Friday favorites, it’s the one streak I’ve kept alive this summer so let’s dive into that so I don’t feel like a complete failure. 

Favorite song

When you’re home all day with a 7 year, what you listen to pretty much goes down the crapper and I treasure the few moments each day when we actually agree on a song. Like this one.

Favorite frugal find

When we went to pick up our painted ceramic figures from a paint your own pottery place in our town, we found out that they have tye-dye. I was not spending $15 for one shirt (especially knowing she was going to want to do more than one) so I went to the craft store, found 2 shirts and a kit, and I had a 25% off coupon. That means we got two projects for roughly $10 instead of $30. I don’t even mind the fact that I have blue hands now.

On other note, the craft store had Halloween projects on display. HALLOWEEN. For shame, Michael’s. For shame.

Favorite internet thing

Steph mentioned it yesterday but it’s worth repeating because my inner grammar nerd freaked out with glee when I saw the Weird Al Word Crimes video. I’m sure you’ve seen it but if not, here it is:

Also on my list of internet things I loved are this BuzzFeed post on sister tattoos (one of my sisters is on board. We need to work on the other) and this Huffington Post post (because flying with a kid is hard enough without people hating you simply because you need to bring your child with you. Trust when I say, most of us are trying our hardest to control them. Those who don’t, well, they deserve the hate).

Favorite book/TV thing

This one’s a combo.

As if Gone Girl and Dark Places being released as movies this year isn’t enough for me as a Gillian Flynn fan, I read that Sharp Objects is going to be a TV show!!! I don’t invest in many new shows (because inevitably the ones I like get canceled) but I will be giving time to this one. Because Gillian Flynn. 

Favorite quote



Favorite funnies

I need to be prepared








Thanks to Nadine, I understand why this is funny.

turn down









#sorrynotsorry if this song is now stuck in your head

adam scott


















Next week, I’m on vacation (sort of) so I’ll be sharing some older posts with you guys. I hope you like them! I’ll be sharing lots of pics (provided I remember) on Instagram so if you don’t already, follow me over there!

Have a great weekend!

Linking up with Amanda.

Friday Favorites


Friday favorites: Special edition

We have a special guest poster for this week’s edition of Friday favorites. She’s not a blogger, she’s super cute, painfully smart, and she’s my 7 year old daughter, Erica.

Erica makes rare appearances on the blog both in name and picture but we talked about it and she’s completely fine with me sharing that information for this post. So before we go on to the Q&A portion of today’s favorites (because getting her to sit still long enough to write the post herself was an exercise in just how much patience I don’t have), here’s a picture:

She’s obviously the yellow M&M.

In an effort to keep this on track and not go completely awry, I had her make a list of her 10 favorite things and then asked her to tell me why she likes them. She loved being interviewed and if she ever becomes famous, the talk show circuit will not be a problem for her. So that’s good. I suppose.


Let’s take it away with Erica’s Friday favorites:

1. Spotify. Erica says: It has songs I like and I like listening to music. Jana says: this is proof she is my child.

2. Toys. Erica says: I can be creative and make my own games and fashions with my Barbies. Jana says: take out the fashion part, and this is further proof she is my child.

3. TV. Erica says: My favorite shows are Sam & Cat, the Haunted Hathaways, Every Witch Way, The Thundermans, and My Little Pony. Hey, Mommy, why didn’t you write down Spongebob? Jana says: Because Spongebob is horrible. We’ve covered this before. Also, Nickelodeon is always on in my house. I think my TV is even sick of Sam and Cat.

4. Gummies. Erica says: My favorite gummies are fruit snacks and Gummi Bears. Jana says: I don’t know how the hell she is my child. Gummy snacks are the worst. But this picture of cannibears is hilarious.


5. School. Erica says: I like school because I can learn and be smart. Math and writing are my favorite subjects. Jana says: I’m fairly certain this is my one allotted parenting victory of the year.

6. Ocean City, MD. Erica says: It’s my favorite place because it has the beach and the boardwalk and good French fries. Jana says: this is my proudest moment ever.

7. Our dogs and cat. Erica says: I like to play with Dobie and chase Barkley with the football. Jana says: it’s more like she enjoys annoying the shit out of Dobie until he walks away and playing keep away with Barkley’s football. He, too, gets pissed.

8. Cooking. Erica says: My favorite thing to cook is oatmeal raisin cookies. Jana says: this about sums it up:

9. Rarity. Erica says: She’s my favorite My Little Pony because she has purple hair and is fancy. Jana says: Rarity is actually kind of an asshole. Pinkie pie, however, is hilarious.

10. Woofie. Erica says: He’s my favorite stuffie because he’s cuddly. Jana says: He’s her favorite stuffie because I forced it on her when she was a baby since he was one of the biggest yet portable and durable stuffed animals we had. But they’re really cute together.

That’s all she said. I hope you enjoyed getting to know my little girl (though I am surprised she left out cheerleading and ice cream and Frozen). She (and I) want you to have a great weekend!

Linking up with Amanda.

Friday Favorites

Friday favorites, volume 10

Alright. Friday favorites. Let’s get to it so I’m not taking up too much of your Fourth of July time (unless you’re in another country, (Krystal), then by all means, take your time).

Linking up with Amanda, as always. 

Friday Favorites

Favorite song

I really struggled with picking a song this week. Not because I don’t like any but it’s because I like too many. Which I guess is not a horrible problem to have. Ordinarily I pick a rock song but this week’s pick, Hozier’s Take Me to Church, is pretty dark and not quite rock. It has an Elton John vibe to it, and it’s seriously cool to listen to. Unfortunately, it has a really disturbing video so I’m just sharing the song. 

Take me to church by Hozier on Grooveshark    

Favorite frugal find

This has been a shit week for me financially. EZ Pass decided it was going to change how much we have automatically deducted, due to an off month of lots of travel; Amazon charged me for an item I returned AFTER I returned it; and something else crappy happened but I can’t remember so clearly it was too awful. However, I did happen to remember that we had a gift card for gas, given to us by my in-laws, so I used that to buy gas this week. Not having to pay for gas at $3.69/gallon? Yes, please.

Favorite Internet thing

So many good Internet reads this week. 
For instance, you can check out the list of 55 movies your kid needs to see before they turn 13 (even if you don’t have kids, it’s a great list). Or you can read this list of 50 greatest things done by Americans. Or maybe check out 42 money saving tips for makeup addicts.

Favorite book/TV thing

I have been binge watching White Collar (if you’re not, I totally recommend. It’s a basic, formulaic cop show but it’s fun and has a bit of different twist, with one of the main characters being an ex-con now working for the FBI so they use his con man skills and that’s cool) and I forgot who mentioned Drop Dead Diva but I did find that one on Netflix and since it was a show I had always planned to watch but forgot was on, I’m stoked to watch it next. 

As far as books, I didn’t really find any good books this week. What I’m currently reading, Things We Set on Fire, is a great book and if you’re looking for something to read, I suggest it. I did find lots of fun posts about reading and I’ve been sharing them on FB so why don’t you go ahead and join us over there so you can see for yourself?

Favorite quote

I’ve decided to start sharing my favorite quote along with everything else. This is the one for this week:


Favorite funnies
The least they can do is be efficient


Don’t tell anyone


They know what they’re doing


And it was delicious


I definitely want to try it and I don’t even like meatballs


And just in case you can’t get to see fireworks, here you go. Just image they’re bigger. And louder.

fireworksHappy 4th of July! Enjoy your weekend!

Friday favorites, volume 7

Seven weeks in a row of favorites! I have never, EVER done anything blog related for seven weeks in a row. Except, you know, post.

Friday Favorites
Before I get started with my weekly favorites, I just wanted to thank everyone for their input on my blogging identity crisis. I’ve decided to move all content from this site to my dormant one simply because there’s less posts to move (55 as opposed to 400) and the header on the other one is simply lovely. A friend is going to revamp it a bit for me with some fresh categories, and I’m hoping to have it all done by next week. I’ll keep this site up for a bit and just redirect everything to the new/old one. I’ll have an official announcement when the time comes. 

Also, I need to get sappy for a minute. I started blogging in the personal finance niche and while I still have a soft spot for it, I never really felt like I fit in. Then I switched to whatever this is and it’s been such a different experience. I liken it to changing schools and, instead of feeling like an outsider, you finally feel like you have a group of friends you can relate to. So I just want to thank everyone who comments, shares, and follows along here. It means more to me than I can say. 

Now, having said all that, it’s time for favorites, and linking up as always with Amanda.

Favorite songs

Nadine’s post about summer songs got me thinking about my own summer song memories. Most of mine are from sleepaway camp but occasionally, a summer song memory will slip in that has nothing to do with camp. One of those songs is Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer”. Except I love, LOVE The Ataris version as well, and when I think of that song, I think of that version. Which is odd but that’s okay. I also think of Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue” when I think of a summer song and it’s hard for me to pick which one I want to share. So I’m sharing both.
The Boys of Summer by The Ataris on Grooveshark               

Ocean Avenue by Yellowcard on Grooveshark            

Favorite frugal find

Now that I’ve made it through all of season 2 of Orange is the New Black (anyone else? Because I need to discuss!), I can resume watching TV like a normal person. Which means watching Redbox movies on the weekends, too. Well, as long as there good movies we haven’t seen yet. But I’ve gotten to the point where I cannot rent a movie if I do not have a coupon code. I love getting them in my inbox or in a message on the app or as a text. It’s a little money saving present just for me. And this weekend, I got a code for a free rental! Completely free! Since we’re spending the day at the beach on Saturday as an early Father’s Day celebration for my husband, it’ll be nice to relax at night with a free movie.

Favorite internet thing

A total soapbox issue for me is how fathers are portrayed on modern sitcoms. I am so tired of seeing them as either stoic emotionless dicks or bumbling douchebag buffoons. Sure, we’ve got the Eric Taylors peppered in there but they’re few and far between. Which is why I loved this post from Buzzfeed so much. It shows that dads are willing, and completely capable, of taking care of their kids. Without help. Because they love their kids, too. And I know this firsthand, both as being raised by a dad like that and being married to one. In fact, after our daughter was born, my husband took 2 months off work when I went back so that he could spend time with her and so we could put off daycare for a bit. And he did fine. 

You probably wouldn’t see that on TV, either.

Favorite pet moment

So I have 2 dogs, Barkley and Dobie. Barkley is a Bichon Frise and Dobie is a mix of Bichon, poodle, and something else we can’t figure out. While Barkley is our smart dog, Dobie is our lovable meatball. He’s sweet and harmless and has a penchant for eating everything he sees (except olives. He hates olives) and also a small foot fetish and he’s too lazy to lift his leg when he pees and he’s also our problem child (heart murmur, arthritis, allergies, aforementioned eating issues). But we love him anyway and he’s totally MY dog. He’s also a weirdo and the other day, I was finally able to get him on video doing his digging thing and then at the end, he just looks totally startled and I didn’t even call his name. It’s like he knew what I was doing. 

That video wouldn’t upload properly so instead, here’s a picture of my second favorite Dobie moment of the week where he’s staring at me from the floor while I’m on the bed because even now, at 8, he still can’t figure out how to jump on the bed. You can see in his eyes how he’s pleading for help.

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Favorite funnies

Mila Kunis on Jimmy Kimmel. It’s all so true.

The Oatmeal’s pie chart on dieting


When I’m not speaking, be very, very careful


How I usually make plans


Have a wonderful weekend!