I’m Pretty Proud of Myself Right Now

I know that I just got a new phone case, but this is pretty cool and I really want one.

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Photo from @bagather on Instagram.

I had seen a few photos of lettered phone cases like this before, but I hadn’t been able to nail down where they were coming from until the other day.

@bagather on Instagram issued a list of Valentines day gift ideas and the phone case made the list. Upon seeing her post, I investigated immediately and played with color options for my own initials.

It’s so hard to choose just one! I want all of the color options!
I swear there are differences between the two pinks and purples, but it is subtle.

So here’s why I’m proud of myself. Instead of buying a new $80.00 phone case, I just printed out my initials and slipped it into my existing phone case! Just put a little DIY into it and I think it looks pretty fantastic.

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Here’s how I did it:
1. I took a screen shot of the mock up I wanted. | 2. I pasted that screen shot selection into Word and sized the image to 5.5 inches to fit my iPhone 7/8 case. | 3. I cut out the case with scissors and slipped it into the back of my $14.00 phone case. | 4. I didn’t use any adhesives. I just stuck my phone right in on top of the slip of paper and VOILA!

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I had to borrow someone’s phone and text a picture of the final product to myself.
It looks pretty darn good for a cheapo hack! I will probably splurge on the real thing when my current case craps out, but for now I’m really happy with the way this turned out and it gives me the flexibility to try all of the colors!

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Lincoln’s Haberdashery

If you live in Charlotte, North Carolina and you aren’t following The Charlotte Agenda, you need to be. They have their finger on the pulse of what’s new and interesting in Charlotte and I’m taking notes.

A couple weekends ago I decided that when I visit my parents in Gastonia, just outside of Charlotte, I’m going to pick a new place in Charlotte and just go. That weekend I went to Moo & Brew with my mom and we enjoyed yummy hand burgers and beer. Our absolute favorite item on their menu was the truffle fries. We were so into what we were eating that I completely forgot to take photos! Now that we have had those fries, there’s no keeping us away from that place so next time I’m there, I’ll post pics.

This weekend we brunched at Lincoln’s Haberdashery.

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This place is pretty trendy and looks like something you would find in Asheville. Even the people who work there look like they blew in from Asheville. I was beginning to think this place was all hype… and then our order came up.

SO. DANG. GOOD.

I ordered Avocado Toast (left – obviously) and my mom ordered Take It To The Bridge (right) and both plates knocked our socks off. The avocado toast was far more substantial than I had expected. It had great flavor and there was a mini arugula salad between the slices that was lightly seasoned and went so well with the toast. Mom’s salmon toast was so good she didn’t even bother to offer me a bite. I didn’t offer her a bite from my plate either. We ate at a communal table and took our time, enjoying our meal. As we were leaving we both said this was somewhere we would definitely go again.

Check out their menu here.

Here Comes the Sun: The Sequal

And now for the arms….

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If you have been following along, you will have seen the results I posted on the Nivea’s Sun-Kissed Radiance Fair to Medium Gradual Tanning Lotion on my post Here Comes The Sun. I figured if my legs were going to have color, then I had probably better apply some to the other limbs that are often exposed too. I applied the lotion three days in a row to try and catch up to my legs a bit and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

It is worth mentioning again that my walls are wood paneled and it makes everything look orange so the results aren’t orange in real life. It’s also difficult to get the lighting conditions to be the same photo to photo.

The underbelly of my arms (the whitest part) now has a nice subtle golden tone where it was super white before and I love how even the color is across the board. I’m still glad I got the light to medium versus the medium to dark version of the lotion. I very much doubt that I would have liked the results as much if I had gone with the darker version.

If you are looking to get ahead of the warm weather and build your sun free tan now, give Nivea’s lotion a try. It’s pretty great.

Apple HomePod – A Valentine to Myself

Apple is releasing a speaker and I’m very excited.

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I now have a new Apple MacBook, Apple Watch, Apple AirPods, and Apple iPhone. Something I have been impressed with across the board, especially with my new MacBook and AirPods, is the quality of sound.

I had been looking for quality speakers for my house and hadn’t found anything that could compare to the sound experiencing I was getting with my Apple Products. The closest quality I could find was from Sonos. My sister and her Fiancé have a couple Sonos speaker in their apartment and I love how those speakers operate in that space. I was about to buy a couple when I saw Apple was releasing their HomePod product.

Because I’m still a bit broke from Christmas and all of my car crap last year, I’m going to have to save a bit before I can get this, but I’m totally getting one as a Valentines present to myself. If you are looking for the perfect thing to get your Valentine, this would make a killer gift. Skip the shitty Pandora and heart shaped jewelry and get your special someone something they will really enjoy.

BECK!

Beck is coming to Charlotte on April 29th of this year and I’m going.

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Tickets open up to the general public tomorrow morning at 10am through Livenation.com so mark your calendar and set an alarm so you don’t miss it! As a Citi card holder, I was able to score tickets this morning through the Citi pre-sale promotion. I’m locked in and can’t wait to hear him in person. Oh, and I’m totally buying a T-shirt at this one.

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Daily Harvest

I have been ordering from and enjoying Blue Apron for two years now. It really doesn’t feel like it has been that long, but it has. Blue Apron has been an incredible resource for me. I live twenty or more minutes from a decent grocery store and at the end of a long day, I just can’t motivate myself to go grocery shopping let alone be bothered to cook whatever it was that I purchased. I needed my meals planned out and I needed to improve the range of foods that I was eating. Blue Apron took care of all of that for me and still does.

I am a loyal Blue Apron customer, but I’m looking to mix things up and have decided to try Daily Harvest.

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You have probably seen the ads for Daily Harvest in your Facebook and you may know someone already who has tried it. I know one other person who uses it and they like it a lot. I’m really excited about this new service and hope it is filling enough for me to begin flip flopping weeks between Daily Harvest and Blue Apron.

My first order arrived Wednesday and I can’t wait to report back on the flavors I picked and what I think about each. I’m going to try every option they offer over the coming weeks so stay tuned!

Below you will see what I will be trying and when.

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AirPods. Get some.

I don’t know about you, but I spend a heck of a lot of time on the phone at work.

In an effort to keep my hands free, I have used both headphones and speakerphone, but there are downsides to both. Too much of what I am on the phone about is confidential and shouldn’t be played over speakerphone and the sound quality is garbage. I like the sound quality of the headphones better, but I get tangled up in it and that is super frustraiting. At one point I took a giant rubber band and attached my desk phone to my head. I really needed my cell phone attached to my head without a cord.

The solution:
Apple AirPods

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I thought AirPods were silly at first and I was so sure that I would lose them. That was until I got a pair for my sister for Christmas. I started thinking about them more seriously once I tried them for myself. I can sum them up in one word: DOPE.

A month after Christmas I had a particularly intense day of phone calls and I was having trouble keeping up with what I needed to be doing while on the phone. Pinching my phone between my ear and shoulder was sending my back into spasms and I knew it was time to cave and get a pair of Apple’s AirPods.

Because I live in the middle of nowhere, I had to call a few places before I found somewhere that sold them. I picked up a pair that same day and I am not exaggerating when I say that these things have changed my life.

Now my company’s CFO, COO and Construction Director all have them and we can’t believe we didn’t get them sooner. We all have Apple Watches so we can see who is calling and with the AirPods, we can accept the call on our wrist and the audio goes straight to the earbuds. By wearing them one at a time we can switch throughout the day as we ware down the battery and need to recharge. These are a game changer.

If you are on the fence about this product, take this as your push to get a pair.
They are truly fantastic.