July 21, 2014

How to Make Your Internet Pretty

The other day I had to reformat my phone. I was in the process of trying to figure out how to configure all my settings back to connect with all of my Google Chrome tabs from my computer and my Nexus and I stumbled upon a startling discovery....

There are THEMES for your Chrome page!

As I looked, I realized there was a Lilly theme so naturally I chose that.
You can choose anything you want and here is how:

First you have to have Google Chrome. If you don't...well download it because I am afraid to ask what you are using..
Internet Explorer? Are you stuck in 2006?
Firefox? Are you stuck in 2008?
Opera? Are you stuck in 2009?
Safari? Why stay stuck in Apple?!?
You Apple people can even get themes for it to LOOK like an Apple. 

Every theme you could possibly want and more is on there!
I excitedly showed Kevin who thought I knew how to do this already.

No tech savvy husband, I did not. Thanks for letting me live un-colorfully for SO long!

Anyway the steps to getting your theme after you have Google Chrome...
1) Go to the three little bars in the very top right of the browser.
2) Click Settings
3) Click Get Themes and pick your favorite!!!

That easy folks.
What theme are you going with?

July 18, 2014

Packing Tips

So I have the opposite problem most women do...I am a chronic under-packer (I think I just came up with a new word!). Ladies you cannot deny that my problem is so much worse! Getting on my vacation and needing something to wear and having nothing is not good! And crazy enough, I even under pack on road trips where I have all the room in the world to bring anything and everything I want!!
Packing tips: they're in Spanish but hey, google translate was invented for a reason ;)
This trip I decided I was not going to under pack. I was not going to over pack. (checking bags is expensive yo!) I was going to pack just right! I think I succeeded and thought I would share what I did that helped me out. I think these tips will help under and over packers alike!

1. Make a list. I know this sounds obvious, but I always made my list in my head and putting it on paper helped me from forgetting any necessities.

2. Mix and Match. This one can save you over packers too! Pack outfits that can be mixed and matched with other things. Especially with your jeans and shoes. Pack your classic ones that go with everything because they are heavy. They way this helped me as an under packer pertains to the next tip.

3. Plan your outfits. I think a lot of the reason I would under pack would be I couldn't decide what to wear or may have not known exactly what I would be doing so therefore what would be appropriate attire. Put all our outfits on, lay them out, whatever you need to do to ensure you have everything you need. 
Closet Illustrated
4. On that note though, look at the weather. Trust me, you won't need those cute boots in 80 degree whether. This will also help you determine some appropriate outfits even if you may not know what will be happening everyday on your itinerary. 

5. Use up your beauty samples! All those tester perfumes, creams, etc...use those! It is a great way to pack because it leaves me more room and I have always been super scared to break my whole full-sized bottle of Juicy Couture. 

6. Don't bring a lap top. Unless you absolutely have to. It takes up a lot of space. Most of us have smartphones and tablets and those should suffice. 

7. Proper Placement. Stuff your undies into your bra cups. Some of you have more room than others ;-) but it worked for me! I also stuff my socks into my shoes. That is where they will be one day anyway! I also use the fold method with what clothes I can and put them in airtight ziplock bags.

8. Be conservative with shoes. This is probably the hardest one to abide by, but shoes take up a lot of space and weigh you down.

9. Remember what you are wearing. My mistake would also be fitting everything I need into a suitcase and wearing my biggest shoes or thickest clothing or combo of the both to go. But remember if that is not what you plan to wear back, there has to be space for it! (Did that make sense? It made a lot more sense in my head and while I was packing...)

wasting a good outfit...
10. Used Dryer Sheets. I know this doesn't help you pack the right amount of things, but putting them in your suitcase can ensure your clothes stay smelling fresh but don't leave a residue.

What are some of your tried and true packing tips?

July 17, 2014

I'm not in to you

Going to the gym after work...or before work really.
I'm sorry but after I've been working for 8+ hours, I am NOT going to the gym. Just count me out. Too many people. I would much prefer to work out before work but then I end up over sleeping. Which means I rarely work out. You are more apt to convince me to go on a run after I have rested a little bit at home after work and run around the block.

Blow drying my hair.
My arms get tired, my hair gets caught in the brush, my hair is thick and it takes forever. So I just skip it. 
I take a shower at night...every day. 

Gift Wrapping.
Mine is atrocious. Bags are my friend. And if something needs to be wrapped at least that is one of my husband's strengths and he does it.

The Beatles, Songwriters turned Singers, My Fair Lady, and Jurassic Park.
Sorry. I think that The Beatles were way over-rated. Here Comes the Sun is their only good song. They turned the simplest of melodies into gold because they were easy to sing along to it. So easy a caveman could do it. I prefer listening to intricacies and harmonies.
Songwriters turned singers have proven one thing to me. They are good at writing...not singing. PLEASE stay that way. 
My Fair Lady and Jurassic Park are two of my husband's fave movies that I just cannot get into!

Target and Apple Products.

I know, I know #antiblogger. Whatev.

Random Bonus:

Churches that don't Sing Christmas Music at Christmas Mass.
The new church I was going to didn't sing any of the songs this last Christmas...Guess it may be time to look for a new one. I am very particular about this as you can tell... #christmasinjuly

What are some things that you don't like that it seems everyone else does?

July 16, 2014

Handling Criticism

There are times especially in my professional job where I make choices and have criticism of my choices placed upon me regularly.
Sometimes there are times where I am so criticized and all I can think of is 
"what complete nonsense."

But I believe that anytime you try and do something that matters, criticism is on its way.
Just remember no matter how much it hurts to rise above.

Doing something that breaks the mold, makes people uncomfortable.
Getting criticised will make you uncomfortable. You will ask yourself if every step and choice was the correct one. 

Usually you don’t get hit on the sidelines. The only people that get hit, are the ones on the field.
There’s no criticism in being the spectator. It’s easy know which receiver was open from your living room.

Babe Ruth once said “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!"

Although that quote is about overcoming the fear of failure, I believe it also can be applied to dealing with criticism.

You won’t be criticized if you don’t swing the bat.
Nobody will criticize your calling if you don’t step up to the plate.
Dreams won’t attract haters if you’re still in the dugout.
That’s why I’m going to keep swinging.
Hebrews 4:16 - Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace...

I think you should too.
Not everyone is going to agree with you.
Not everyone is going to support you.
Not everyone is going to be cheering you on.

I always remember to be a better person than the person bestowing criticism.
Let only God criticize me.

July 15, 2014

Alaska Recap II

So I have already bragged about most of my Alaska Trip with tons of photographic evidence. There were three more days as part of this vacation that I didn't cover. First there were two Scenic Cruising days and then there was the Summer Solstice which we spent in Anchorage. It was so much fun.

I had only been on one cruise before this and it didn't include any scenic cruising days. I didn't think I would enjoy them but I really, really did.

The first day was Glacier Bay and the second College Fjord.

It is weird to see the sun setting at almost midnight!


Selfie time!

And as you can see, you will have enough pictures to choke a horse.

But at least you have so many you can make a gif or two.

With the two scenic cruising days, the ship made those the two days that you have "formal" dinners.
He cleans up nicely!

Then you can go to Anchorage and realize it is the day of the summer solstice. It was bright! (Literally lots of light seeing as it is the longest day of the year!)
The downtown was bustling with parades, games, farmers markets, and fairs!

Alright that is enough down memory lane. Usual programming resumes tomorrow.

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