This week marks the official beginning of the holiday season. There’s plenty of things that I look forward to during this time (the lights! the decorations! the parties!), and the great food is near the very top of that list. This is why it’s the perfect time to tell you all to one of my guilty pleasures: Foodgawker. It’s an amazing site that allows you to scroll through pages of mouth watering photos that bloggers have submitted of their culinary creations. (A little warning, though, these photos have the tendency to trigger an appetite.) When you spot a dish that looks tasty, just click on the photo and it will take you directly to the blog with the recipe. Not only will you discover some delicious new recipes, but you’ll find some new food blogs as well! As someone who only recently began cooking, Foodgawker has quickly become my go-to source for recipes of all kinds – including my Thanksgiving dish! Are you making anything special this Thursday? I would love to hear!
You know how a certain song just makes you crave some cocktails more than others? Head over to Drinkify to find your answer. This simple site will find a cocktail to match perfectly with your musical tastes. All you have to do is type in what you’re listening to and the site immediately comes up with a beverage (along with the recipe) to accompany the tunes coming out of your speakers. Just like the site says: “Never listen to music alone again.” Cheers!
I’ve always loved keeping a journal. It’s a good way to de-stress (at least for me), and I like the idea of being able to look back through the pages years from now. Lately, however, journaling seems like “work” (sometimes looking at a blank page feels daunting, you know?) and my entires have been few and far between. Last Christmas, however, I received a journal from a friend that I can actually stick with: Keel’s Simple Diary. This little book takes the “work” out of keeping a diary by filling the pages with various prompts. Each page begins with a multiple choice question on how your day was (A. a freakshow; B. a no-show; or C. a showdown), followed by a combination of quirky (Are you at peace with your hair?) and thought-provoking (Why is everything so complicated?) fill-in-the-blanks, and mini-checklists. It’s the perfect way to give a clear – and quick – snapshot of your day. And it’s a great gift idea, if you ask me!
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