Friday, January 30, 2015

I Do Spy | Tea + Pots

We've reached the end of Hot Tea Month. I didn't realize it was Hot Tea Month until about a week ago but seeing as how I drink at least one cup a day, I celebrate Hot Tea Year so, yah me!

Hot tea fun fact: drink one cup of green tea a day to raise your metabolism!

Tea Rex Tea for One Set — Print and Clay
Sea for Two Tea Infuser — ModCloth
Crumpet Course Ring Set — ModCloth
Woodland Whimsy Teapot — ModCloth

Song of the Blog: Pennyroyal Tea by Nirvana

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Coming Soon | Into The Pint Glass: A Beer Drinking Link-Up

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to announce a new link up that is all to do with beer.

We are all going to learn and grow in our beer knowledge, whether you've been drinking beer since your brother and dad first started home brewing when you were 18 years old (that's me!) or if you're a vodka and tonic lady but just want to get to know different beer styles other than piss-water light lager *.

How much do you know about beer? Have you ever been on a brewery tour? Do you know the four main ingredients? What's the difference between an IPA and an American Pale Ale? What should a porter's clarity look like? What is clarity?

Every two week, the lovely Mariah from Food, Booze & Baggage and I are going to select a beer style and you get to go find that type of beer from whichever brewery you choose and, well, drink it! You can talk about whatever you would like with beer: rate it, compare it to another you've had, or even judge against the BJCP style guide (that's what I'm going to do).

Ask yourself:
What flavors do you taste?
What does it smell like?
What color is it? Is it clear or murky?
What do you like about it or what do you not like about it?

Get creative:
What activity or scenery does tasting this beer remind you of?
What setting do you think would be ideal for enjoying this style of beer?
Does it make you crave a certain food?
When was the first time you tried a similar style?

Tell us your experience of seeking out this beer:
Did you try it at a local brewery?
Did you get it at your favorite beer store?
Was this your first time setting foot in a beer store?

Mariah and I love beer and we want to share that love with all of you. We want to help you grow in your beer knowledge and, really, challenge your palate. And along the way, we'll give you fun facts about beer.

We invite you to jump Into The Pint Glass with us starting next Thursday, February 5th as we try a German Pilsner, or Pils. Examples include Pilsner Urquell, Sam Adams Noble Pils and Full Sail Cascade Pilsner. You're welcome to try any type you can find. I will be staying local and tasting an ATX brewery's Pils. I've included our button below so you can grab it for your post or blog button scroll. We can't wait to see what beers you've tasted!

*trust me, there is so much more to beer than Bud Light

Into The Pint Glass

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Currently Loving | Three

This song is incredible — it takes it back to the Stevie and Michael days. But, guys, have you seen this video? It's almost as good as the song.

Emma Watson is the most incredible young lady who has used her celebrity for the bettering of human beings. Here she goes again with being awesome and promoting gender equality.

Speaking of awesome young women, you know who's even more #bosslady than Miss Watson? The character who started it all. But what if Hermione Granger was the main character in Harry Potter? #bosswitch

Let's just call this the praise Emma Watson hour. Because she *just* announced that she is going to be playing Belle in a live-action update of Beauty and the Beast. This was my reaction.

Cinque Terre: I'll be there this summer.

My love for cookies is pretty much even with my love for beer. These are beer pairings with Girl Scout cookies! (pstt. big announcement involving beer coming Thursday. stay tuned.)

Damn. Who knew Ed Sheeran could dance?!

What are you currently loving?

The Happy Type

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book Review | Choose Your Own Autobiography

Choose Your Own Autobiography
By Neil Patrick Harris

Goodreads SynopsisTired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?

Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life, you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht...Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!

ReviewI first want to say that I thought this book was great. Neil Patrick Harris is hilarious. And while I was reading it, I couldn't put it down. 

But, a strange thing happened when I stopped reading it. I had no desire to pick it back up again. And I have no explanation. It's funny and witty and is like a variety show in a book. But for some reason when it wasn't in my hand, it couldn't keep me hooked. 

Other than that, though, I thought it was brilliant. 

His life story, alone, is pretty fantastic. He's the child star who didn't ruin his life from drugs but, instead, went on to continue to have an incredible career. He is honest about his sexuality and he doesn't play around with "his struggle to find his identity" but more a struggle of coming out. His love and devotion to his husband, David, is one for the books and their story to have what ends up being twins is beautiful. 

But then there's the rest of the book! There are card tricks and cocktail recipes interspersed throughout the novel. There are stories of what could have happened (the choose your own adventure part) that always end up with NPH dying and a wonderful little drawing of this event. There are funny letters from famous people and a few pages that don't actually follow from another page. 

I chose to read the book straight through (because reading a book out of order makes my heart beat fast in a fearful, anxiety way) and I loved it. It still pretty much followed the order of his life (and his later years are much more interesting than his youth years) but there were those segments in between so that I didn't get bored. 

My favorite chapters were when he talked about anything to do with him being in musicals (I had no idea he played Mark in Rent!) and when he spoke of Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog, only because that's my favorite thing he's ever done. And when he spoke honestly about the celebrities he's met or worked with and didn't like. That was hilarious.

Oh, and the whole thing is presented in second person. So YOU get to experience his life. And YOU get to choose your own adventures. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 goats

Buy Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography here (or borrow it from me)

I received a copy of this book for free from Blogging for Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Clearly. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Four Eyes | Firmoo Review

I remember when I first needed glasses. I was sitting in my math class freshman year of high school and I couldn't see the board. My teacher had me sit in the front row and I still...couldn't see it. My parents took me to the optometrist the next day.

Throughout these years, I've gone through many pairs and I'd even made the switch to contacts. My prescription just recently changed for the first time in 12 years (is that when happens when you get older?) and I was like, ugh, now I have to find new glasses when I had had my Warby Parkers for years.

And, lo and behold, an angel appeared by the name of Firmoo.

They have a wide variety of options. The prices are beyond reasonable. And you get to try on the glasses on your computer.

Yeah, I said it.

They have that cool feature where you line your face up with the glasses to see how they will look. And the surprising part is that how they looked online is actually how they looked in person.

I loved the way the package arrived. The case is sturdy with a great map design, instead of the usual company's logo being spotlighted with glitter and gold. The glasses cleaner is thick and is actually the best one I've ever received. And THEN it came with a keychain attachment with a little teeny tiny screwdriver to fix your your glasses. 

It really is the little things. 

Firmoo also has a First Pair Free program, where if you're a first time customer, guess what?, you get your first pair for free! That program isn't always valid so check often to see if it's open! (Hint: it's available now!)

I received a pair of Firmoo glasses for free but all opinions are my own. For serious. 

Song of the Blog: Vision of Love by Mariah Carey

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Why the Gilmore Girls' Finale Was Perfect

I understand that people aren't going to agree with this but the season finale of Gilmore Girls is pretty much perfection. Why? Because Lorlelai and Rory ended up exactly where they were supposed to.

It opens with Rory meeting her one true idol: Christiane Amanpour. That, in and of itself, was amazing.

Lorelai spent the entire series going back and forth with Luke. He made mistakes. She made mistakes (oh Lord, did she make mistakes). She already had her successful inn and Rory was moving on — all that was left for her (in TV land) was to end up with the man that loved her with all he had. And that man was Luke.

And then there's Rory. I get why a few of you were upset that in the penultimate episode, Rory and Logan broke up. He was mostly good for her. They grew up together. But he wanted her to move for him. And that was never going to happen with Rory. Think about it. While there's Team Jess and Team Dean, that never really mattered. We were always rooting for Rory to succeed in her education. That's what we were working toward from the start. And that's what she got: complete freedom to follow her dreams. Little did we know that this senator running for presidency would go on to become the President of the Unites States. It makes me so happy to know that Rory Gilmore continued her career in TV Land.

It was perfect. The i's were dotted and the t's were crossed, especially for such an unexpected cancelation.

And even more perfectly, it ends with Lorelai and Rory having breakfast and coffee at Luke's — just like the ending of the very first episode.

Song of the Blog: Where You Lead by Carole King

Did you like the ending of Gilmore Girls?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Best Gilmore Girls Moments

Oh, Gilmore Girls. How I love you so.

Last week I finished my three-month binge watch of all seven seasons. It seriously is the greatest show. And I discovered one episode that I had never seen before (I know, shocking). After hours upon hours of watching every episode again, I think I've found the top five moments in the series.

When Lorelai Graduates
This episode always makes me cry. Emily is bothering Lorelai the whole day with filming her graduation and embarrassing her in front of her fellow classmates. But then as she gets her diploma, the look on Emily and Richard's faces can only be seen as proud.

When Emily Confronts Shira
We all have our moments with Emily. She is selfish and entitled and will do anything to get her way. But when she verbally accosts Shira Huntzberger at the DAR party, she wins every point in all the books. She owns that night. 

The Arguments
Season six is arguably the series' least best season. But this scene had me laughing for an hour. I love how many fights they can fit into one night and how we get to see the dynamics of every relationship between these four.

This Kiss
Yes, I am on Team Jess. And even if you're not (which I know is a lot of you), you cannot deny that this kiss is fantastic. Jess + Rory 4ever.

This Kiss
And then there's Luke and Lorelai's first kiss. Ah, if this isn't completely epic and romantic than I don't know what is.