It is so so so nice when I actually get to be home when there’s sunshine.
Everything in my house looks brighter, and I get in a certain mode where I want to be productive.
Sitting on my couch over the weekend reading magazines in direct sunlight is where it’s at.
Watching the kittys lay and be crazy in sunbeams is the best.
Getting to take actual pictures in natural light is also one of the greatest parts.

Sadly, working from 8:30-5 (especially during this fall/winterish season) doesn’t allow me to see enjoy the sun at all.
I wake up in the darkness all cold and miserable NOT ready to start getting ready for depressing work.
I take the annoying CTA home in the darkness, so when I actually get back there’s no way I feel like cleaning or organizing or doing anything productive that the natural light usually makes me feel perky about.
I realized that this is part of the reason that it seems like EVERYTHING else sucks during the day; it’s cold, windy, and gross outside, and I’m trapped inside the tallest building in Chicago an office at my little desk where I have no freedom to really do anything but get some crazy rage on when I talk to legitimate helpless idiots all day long.

ALAS, the one day of the week where I have to work the “late” shift (from 10:30-7) I get to wake up to the bf coming home from work (he works the midnight shift), and then slowly get ready while the sun is rising higher and brighter in the sky… it’s absolutely wonderful.
It is seriously crazy how much better of a mood I’m in on these late shift days where I get to spend time in the sun in the morning, not feeling like I’m just living in cold darkness.

That being said, it is currently 25 degrees here right now, and I absolutely loathe Chicago’s winter weather because it is seriously the windiest place ever in the City and of course that’s where I do all of my walking…. I am not excited about that, but the fact that I have my sunshine this morning can probably make up for it : )

Now I have to try and keep my positive vibes going as long as humanly possible, which for me in my job probably means about 45 minutes into sitting at my desk.
Not looking forward to staying until 7 tonight, but at least I got my natural sunlight this morning to keep me happy for half my day.

Thank you Sun, for shining so bright and making me feel productive!!!!!! : )
So blessed to be living this life.

all love & smiles,


Tyler Florence Fancy Box October 2013 Review


This month was my first shipment of the Tyler Florence Fancy Box and I am so glad that I signed up! This subscription promises: “Get a collection of the best home goods hand-picked by celebrity chef Tyler Florence each month. Each box includes $80.00+ of products.” I’ve been reading reviews on these boxes for months and absolutely love all the kitchen products and gadgets included in each one. Definetly a perfect box for someone who wants to branch out in the kitchen! : )



$39/month, + shipping costs (mine is $7.95). The value of the products inside is almost always double the cost of the box, if not more. We’re always talking full sized items people!!


the goods

Included is an envelope with some silly stickers & also cards about each product selected for this month’s box, along with the explanations of why Tyler chose each and every item in this month’s box! This is a great feature as it’s interesting to see why he thought the items would be great for people.

Whats inside

1 • Waiter’s Friend by Gentlemen’s Hardware
This could be a really nice gift for someone, as it comes in some great packaging and has all three features of a quality bottle opener.

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2 • Doomed Crystal Skull Shot Glass
This was the “Happy Halloween!” gift in this month’s box. This shot glass actually looks really cool and even when it’s not Halloween season this is still a great glass for a party!

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3 • Tyler Florence California Cabernet Marinade
This can be used as a marinade or sauce… I think it’s safe to say that I will love this flavor! It says once you use it you’ll never go back to your last steak sauce, excited to give this a try making a brand new recipe in my crock pot!

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4 • Tyler Florence Brown Sugar Pork Rub
A perfect balance between sweet and savory, this is not only a pork rub but would go good on things like french fries too! Excited to give this a try.

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5 • Wide Grater by Art & Cook
I don’t have a nice grater so this is a great kitchen surprise! It comes in a bright green and a red also, but I’m stuck with the blackish grey one.. that’s okay, not everything I own needs to be rainbow colored!

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6 • Fox Run Vintage Double Timer
This timer is absolutely adorable! I usually use Siri on my phone to set my alarms for me, but this will be a nice change.

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7 • Tyler Florence Pewter Oven Mitt
Hopefully I will be doing a lot more baking now that the holidays are coming near, so this should come in handy! The other mitts I have are just a random mixture of ones that I’ve stolen from my Ma, so it’s nice to start my own lil collection haha : )

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product valueCorkscrew: $20
Shot glass: $10
Marinade: $6.50
Pork rub: $5
Grater: $11.99
Timer: $20
Oven mitt: $19

* This box doesn’t have the  greatest value, but it’s definitely much more than I paid for it and I can see myself using everything in the box! All the items are packaged and made with great quality – certainly great for my first Tyler Florence box! : )

all love & smiles,


Best New Music Tuesday of All Time.

Today, two of my favorite artists released new albums that I have been not so patiently waiting for for MONTHS. Finally, the day has come!! Eminem and Avril Lavigne. On the same day. On the way home from work today we had to of course stop at Best Buy so I could get the physical copy of the CD’s (picked up these both and then also Katy Perry’s new CD because I’m a week behind on that one!).

Soooo I shall be off listening to these new CD’s for probably months on repeat in my car… Perfection 🙂



Avril’s new self-titled album. The best part of the entire album: the fact that NUMBER EIGHT 8!!! (which I’m obsessed with) is called Hello Kitty and it’s a crazy EDM mashup with her saying MEOWWWW and it’s just so weird and strange and perfect for me. Made me smile and was the first song we loved from the album!



and OF COURSE, the best of them all… Eminem. I have always loved his music so much and I am sooooo excited that this entire album already sounds amazing. It’s full of excellent new songs with old beats and just make to his amazing ways of rapping. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! ❤

happy listening,


Spoiled Rotten October 2013 Box Review


Spoiled Rotten is a subscription box for your pets (cats OR dogs) from the pet food delivery company, This was my first box from them and I COULD NOT BE MORE HAPPY WITH IT!!! I have been searching for an amazing kitty box (because almost all the pet boxes I see are only for dogs) and since I have 3 kittys at home and they seem to be obsessed and curious about all my other boxes I open, I just knew I needed a service that sent me new treats and toys and food and fun for my little bubbas.


Spoiled Rotten is only $24.99/month, and you can get $5 off your first month with the code SRB9 soooo only $20 bucks for a great box that literally made my kittys go crazy!


It came with a card that covered the descriptions of everything in the box, not to mention how nicely wrapped everything was! This is the way they describe the box: “Every edible product is MADE IN THE USA. All products are made by premium companies and each box is stuffed with almost $40 worth of products for $24.99 a month. This is the best way to make their tails wag and discover brand new, amazing products from amazing companies that love your pet as much as you do.”


1 ~ By Nature Grain Free Entrees – Ocean Whitefish Farrago
Always love some new delicious food for the kittys to try! They love getting new flavors.


2 ~ One Pet Planet Fun Ball Cat Toy
They were running around like crazy with these lil wool ball – super cool how it’s all natural : )


3 ~ Pounce Tartar Control Tuna & Salmon Crunchy Cat Treats
Treats are of course my kittys favorite thing, but it’s nice when there are added benefits, like these for tartar control. Really happy about these and the kittys of course love them.


4 ~ Fuzzy Bug Cat Toy
This toy made my cats absolutely CRAZY. It is self propelled by pulling the string and then it kinda slithers a bit. All my kittys were attacking it but also very scared every time it moved. GREAT toy : )


5 ~ Natural Balance LIT – Rabbit & Potato Formula Treats
These are some excellent grain free treats! The kittys love ’em!


6 ~ HealthPro VitaGravy – Salmon Skin & Dry Coat Food
I’m interested to see if my cats will like this… they’ve tried a gel-like food in the past and didn’t really care for it, but this should be good for them and their coats this winter!


7 ~ HealthPro VitaGravy Chicken Hairball Formula
This is sopposed to go on top of their dry food for a healthy hairball remedy… hopefully they like the flavor of this one too!! : )

product valueVitaGravy Hairball Remedy: $4.99
VitaGravy Skin & Coat: $4.99
Rabbit & Potato Treats: $5.92
Fuzzy Bug Cat Toy: $5.99
Tuna & Salmon Treats: $3.99
Ball Toy: $3.99
Ocean Whitefish Farrago: $1.19

*Although this isn’t quite the $40 worth of product that they promised, I thought this box had a GREAT value and it’s fun to get treats and toys to keep my crazy kittys occupied and excited!


all love & smiles,


Best Friend Box October 2013 Review


Best Friend Box is the second box that I found for pets that actually has an option for cats too!! I was so happy to receive this box and was certainly pleased with all the items inside (and of course my kittys also loved it more than anything!!!) All the products are vet approved, and you get natural treats, adorable toys, and grooming supplies in every box. It’s all natural and all safe so your pet can stay as healthy and happy as possible! I aboslutely love this about the box.


You can choose to get a box for cats OR dogs, and the price is only $30/month with free shipping! You will always get 3-6 hand picked products for you and your furry friend that you are sure to love each month. Also, 10% of all proceeds from the box go to animal charities accross America, so another great reason to sign up!


This was my first Best Friend Box and I couldn’t be more pleased with the items included. It was wrapped up all nice and since there were toys included with cat nip, my cars were LITERALLY going CRAZY all around this box trying to get inside and see what was all in there. There was a card included with descriptions of all the products.


This paper was just in the box and apparently was just touching one of the cat nip toys and my cats were going crazy rolling around on the paper and biting at it… love that my cats don’t even need toys to be excited, they can just eat at the cat nip covered cards! haha


Whats inside

1 ~ West Paw Design Catnip Pouch
They LOVED THIS POUCH. Such a great toy!


2 ~ Cranberry Cabernet Cat Treats
These are super interesting treats… it’s like having a wine night with the kittys.. hahaha can I even become a crazier cat lady!?


3 ~ Pawbreakers – Catnip Candy for Cats
This is such an adorable candy/toy! They absolutely LOVE this thing and went crazy for it.


4 ~ Cloud Star Grain Free Buddy Biscuits – Tuna
Can never have enough treats for my lil fattys! Love finding new brands like this too : )


5 ~ Crazy Cat Lady Litter Box Room Fragrance – Strawberry Orange Lemonade
This is SUCH a good idea! We keep our litter boxes in the back den and sometimes it gets pretty smelly in there so this is such a cute little spray to have…. it’s so me I love it!


product valueSpray: $8.99
Treats: $3.95
Pawbreaker: $3.24
Cabernet Treats: $3.51
Catnip Pouch: $5

*Although the value of this box was $6 less than the price I paid for it, I don’t mind because I discovered new brands and products that I was excited about! The kittys love their new cat box! A great little service for getting new treats and toys delivered!


all love & smiles,