10 Best // Life Lately

June 12, 2014

1. street fest season is back!  i'm so glad, i've missed it.



2. date day at navy pier.  he did not let me win at mini golf.


3. pinterest - my pin boards are beautiful.  i went through and majorly overhauled everything and deleted 200 pins so now everything has the correct link and is on the right board and the board covers make sense and it's all in alphabetical order.  #ocd.  i don't care, i love when everything is organized!

4. netflix - did anyone else binge the new oitnb?  oh right, everyone.  i love that show.  i guess my real question is, did anyone not binge watch it?  is anyone actually spacing them out, taking it one at a time?  because that would be the ultimate test in willpower right there.  which i would fail, obviously.

5. simplifying - i promise i'm alive, for those of you who've asked (and yes, people have actually been concerned or at least noticed my slowed down pace of posts.  that's cool.)  i call this 'summer hours,' where i'm really only posting 3 times a week instead of 4.  ok, sometimes it's been 2 times a week.  i claim street fest busy-ness and a myriad of other things (oitnb, for example) but it also has to do with simplifying.  i think the blog should reflect my more minimalist life, so i'm phasing out 4/5 days a week posts and also sponsors.  1 more month, then bye bye!  ahhh simplicity.  it's good for you too, less to read and also the quality of each post goes up the more time i have to work on it (novel concept, i know.)

6. surprise, no reason flowers - they also came with chocolates and bath salts.  love that man.


7. giveaway - if you haven't entered yet, i posted a giveaway yesterday for $35 to starbucks.

8. swagbucks - safe to say, i'm obsessed.  i love free money.  i cashed in $100 to amazon and bought john a blackhawks beer pong table for his birthday (july 5, he already knows though.)  i've almost got christmas 2014 paid for.  i started swagbucks on april 10 of this year and so far my earned, cashed in total is $325.  yes, in 2 months.  over $300 in free money.  if you're not signed up yet, quit waiting.  if anyone is interested, i can definitely do more posts on how i earn or answer any questions.

9. 101 in 1001 list progress - i'm at 68/101!  i think the ones i checked off since the last update were regularly getting my nails done (i alternate each month either getting them done or doing them myself), setting up a hawkeye savings account for vet bills, and going to see a psychic, which my friend julie and i randomly decided was a good plan while we were at happy hour at rush and division and saw a sign above a subway.  seemed legit.  she was dead on with julie but way off for me.  it was still really fun though!

10. "you can't sit with us."


happy weekend!

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46 comments

  1. More Swagbucks tips! I cannot watch anymore of those videos.

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    1. You got it! I'll do one this weekend or next for sure! (with nothing about videos, I promise)

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  2. Just because flowers are the best and I have got to jump on this OITNB train!

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  3. We have been binging on West Wing OMG love that show ( and The Fall, and The 100 basically netflix in general) So miss OCD I will give you my password and can you fix my Pinterest oh yeah and my email account???

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    1. I definitely did West Wing, but not the other two, I'll have to add those!
      And yes, yes you can :) haha actually I offer virtual assisting services on my advertise page, if you ever need e-mail help, it's my specialty!

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  4. I havent binged watched it yet but I plan to this weekend!!

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  5. I watched all of OITNB in three days... Oops. And I started Swagbucks-ing when you posted on it. I'm not as faithful as you are, but I'm already up to $40 - so THANKS! :)

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  6. OITNB... OBSESSED. I've got Cory into it now so we started the first season over so he could catch up, haha.

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  7. I definitely have NEVER gone through my Pinterest and reorganized everything. Not once. Nope. haha. Now I've realized how long ago it was that I did it and am itching to start right this moment.

    I would love more tips about Swagbucks!

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  8. oh my gosh - that picture of Hawkeye - looks like a big old grin - love love love
    And I am slowly cleaning up my pinterest board - I finished chicken, but i have so many its going to take awhile.

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  9. You can organize my Pinterest boards please! Lol.

    I miss blogging. I just can't get my head into it right now.

    And I've never watched OITNB. I'm the only person who has a blog that doesn't have netflix.

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  10. I tired organizing my Pinterest boards but gave up so awesome job on organizing all of yours !

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    1. It was so much harder than I thought it'd be! Who knew?!

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  11. I have not organized my Pinterest so I am in awe I need to do it. Love flowers for no reason. I totally binge watched OITNB! Love Hawkeye and I see a summer cut!

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  12. I haven't been binge watching OITNB because I saw a tweet from some watcher while I was going through the hashtag... she said she wished she didn't watch the whole season over the weekend. So now I am just spacing them out and watching them once awhile. I watched 2 episodes yesterday, so I won't watch any at all today or this weekend. I will get around to it later.

    I just cleaned up my Pinterest boards too. Had to!

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  13. I haven't binged on OITNB yet, but only because C is watching them with me. He doesn't like to binge-watch TV (who did I marry??), but we have been watching 1 or 2 episodes every night this week. I'd say by the time the weekend's done, we'll be done with it.

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  14. Um, first of all... impressive on the Pinterest overhaul. That is something I have been meaning to do for a while now. Just never get around to! And Ive managed to make OITNB last a full week so far, I still have the last couple of episodes to finish and I can't wait!

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  15. Wooo for being out at multiple fests already this summer! Go me! I still can't believe your boards weren't alphabetized before. I finally had something one up on you in the organizing department.

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  16. Totally bingewatched OITNB with the rest of the bloggers. It's just so readily available, how could I not? I totally appreciate quality posts over quantity so way to put that out there!

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  17. J and I were just saying last night that we wished we had not binge watched OITNB because now we are at a TV loss!

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  18. Ugh...my husband had to work last night and the next two nights so OITNB is on hold at the moment. We try to not watch the whole season at once and spread it out but I think we only have like 4 episodes left. haha. And I'm definitely trying out that Swagbucks!! Anything free is good for me!!

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  19. I wondered where you've been, yayy for simplifying!

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  20. I always love your lists! I loved Navy Pier when we went years ago! I think we need to plan a trip back! And I so wish I had time to organize my Pinterest boards! Oh well! Life gets in the way and that is ok :) Hence why I am down to posting 3-4 days a week as well!
    And don't hate me, but I have never watched OITNB and don't really feel the need to. Sorry!

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  21. I have more work to do on the recipe portions of my pinterest. I need to start being realistic there.

    I'm dropping down a day in posts soon. Summer Hours, yo.

    #10. Yes.

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  22. if people are spacing out the show i'm gonna wanna know HOW. looks like you've been having a lot of fun lately!

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  23. Yeah noticed you slowed down but that's always a good thing :) It can get overwhelming and damn well demanding, no time for that. Need to join swagbucks cuz who doesn't like free money? Just so many sign ups, I'm tired of constantly signing up! :) You and the bf are sooo cute! :) I JUST joined Pinterest, it's too much overload for me - so I'll ease into it over the next few weeks.. I'm not much for being the web more than I need to, lol. Hope you have a great weekend Stephanie! -Iva

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  24. I'm slowly but surely getting through my Pinterest boards. Although right now I'm just deleting broken links. I've actually never seen OITNB. Bad I know!

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  25. I've had "organize my Pinterest board" on my list forever. Every time I start, I get distracted by new pins! I've never watched OITNB but it's on my netflix list. And I agree that fewer posts with better content is the way to go!

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  26. Street Fest looks like fun. I have a Pinterest account but don't ever look at it because I'm already swamped with tons of stuff and know I'd spend a TON of time on there. I still have yet to figure the whole 'Pin' thing out. I've heard great things about OITNB but have never seen it. How nice that your guy got you flowers for no reason!

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    1. Pinterest is the black hole of time. I can't even believe how lost I get on there, but there's so many good things! Save yourself!

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  27. Please do some posts on swagbucks!!! I need to utilize it more, I keep forgetting about it and I would love to know how in the hell you racked up SO MUCH cash already!! I want all the things on Amazon and if it is already paid for then even better!

    I have not seen a single episode of OITNB. Shocker, I know. Maybe I will binge on it this summer.

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  28. Like Nadine, I have not watched any OITNB... But we do have Netflix, so I am wondering if it will Gabriel's next obsession once all he does is watch Netflix right now. It looks like you are having a ton of fun enjoying life!

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  29. Swagbucks drives me nuts/confuses me, so if you can shed some light on how to make money without selling my soul, I'd love it!

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  30. I'm still holding off on OITNB b/c we will binge watch it, I'm currently "saving" it. Aww that is os sweet you got a little just because gift...little unexpected presents are the best!!

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  31. Oh my gosh it's IMPOSSIBLE for me to NOT binge watch Netflix shows!

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  32. Okay so epic girl fail here but I haven't watched a single episode of oitnb! I'm considering getting Netflix just for the show. Love the flowers chocolates and bath salts. Xo

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  33. i'm thinking of doing "summer hours" blogging too. it seems like everyone slows down with posting/reading, so why not? i have a swag bucks account but don't do much with it. would love to read your tips of how you've got that much money!

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  34. Okay, I still haven't watched the new season yet! Trying to wait for a night where I don't have anything on my schedule so I can actually enjoy it. Hopefully this weekend...

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  35. I actually am spacing out OITNB, but not on purpose, only because I have not had any time. I would if I could!

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  36. I have yet to watch a complete episode of OITNB...season 1 or 2.

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  37. Looks like you are having an amazing summer so far!! I totally binged on OITNB, but still need to watch season three of Scandal.

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  38. aww look at Hawkeye and her boyfriend :) yes i thought about spacing out oitnb...but nope couldn't do it...i also watched the entire season in between medicine induced sleep. this swag bucks you speak of...i'm signing up now!! and most importantly i miss you!!!

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  39. Street Fest looks awesome! And oh yes, I just finised OITNB..I died at the season finale. Now I want more!

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    1. I have no idea how to wait for Season 3. I'm already impatient!!

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  40. So far, I've earning $100 in six weeks with Swagbucks. I'd always love to hear your tips for earning more. Possibly a day in your Swagbucks life? I tend to follow the same route - 50 SBs on SBTV mobile, Daily poll, daily crave, NOSO, and toolbar, and then trying at least 5 surveys for the DQ SBs. Some weeks surveys are really great for me, others I can barely make my daily goal. Would love any tips that increase the earnings without taking all of my time!

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  41. I am proud to say I've been pacing myself with watching OITNB. I've only watched 5 episodes since about June 10th!

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