June 2017 | Not Entirely Perfect

How to Make Layered Shots for the 4th of July

June 30, 2017

Independence Day is almost here!  The 4th of July is definitely one of my favorite holidays.  And what better way to celebrate than with red, white, and blue layered shots?


And I don't mean layered like the jello shots I did for the last 4th of July.  Those don't need a tutorial, you wait til one layer is solid and then put the next one in.  Easy.  No, this layering just the booze without the solidity of jello to help you.  Which is harder but the results are worth it.  I'm not going to lie - making layered shots isn't easy and it takes practice.  It's all about mastering the slow, controlled pour.  But once you get it, they end up so stinking pretty!

Three on Thursday

June 29, 2017

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.

Keeping Up With Life Part 2

June 28, 2017

This post is a continuation of yesterday's, so if you haven't read that yet, I would start there.  It'll make much more sense that way!

Keeping Up With Life Part 1

June 27, 2017

Finally time for that 'keeping up with life' post I promised a couple of weeks ago!  I meant to post one last week, that was my intention when I originally decided to tackle this, but Tara had been in town that weekend so it was anything but normal.  Instead, I started tracking my days on Saturday, June 17.  This particular post is going to be in two parts, with the second half coming tomorrow.  I typed it up altogether as one but it was so long, it had to be split.  I do plan on doing another one of these at least, just to give you more ideas because the next will be more traditional and have more meal ideas, and that won't be nearly this length.  This first go-around just had a lot of background explaining that had to happen, but won't be needed in the future.


Childhood Home Tour

June 23, 2017

I gave you the tour of our own home, and I've glossed over my parents' place a few times through pictures, but since I was pet sitting their two dogs on Wednesday (our house is a mere 2.5 miles from my parents), I thought it would be a great opportunity to just pick up the camera and do a complete walk through like I did with our house.   

Three on Thursday

June 22, 2017

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.

What's In My Makeup Bag?

June 21, 2017

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Makeup is one of those things that was the last to be downsized when I decluttered my stuff. I don't think it's truly minimal at this point even, but it's leaps and bounds from where it used to be. I mean, I had a solid 40 lipsticks at one point, at least! My makeup collection is always changing, but I wanted to share what I'm working with right now until something runs out.

minimalist_makeup_collection

Like I mentioned in last week's Three on Thursday post, my makeup bag is from Target and it fits my entire makeup collection.  (Side note, I have a matching little one for my nail supplies.)

Our Favorite (Frugal) Date Ideas

June 20, 2017

John turns 30 in two weeks, I can hardly believe it.  I wanted to mark the occasion on the blog in some way, but I already did facts about him for his last birthday, so I decided instead to list some of our favorite ways to spend time together when we actively plan for a date night.  John is a typical 'guy's guy' so a lot of things on the suggested date night lists floating around the internet get major eye rolls from him - dance class?  art gallery?  scrapbook together?  yoga?  Nope.  I mean, to be perfectly honest, those things get an eye roll from me too.  Fancy girly girl I am not.  So if you're anything like us, read on for some of our favorite and relatively inexpensive dates.


Products I Regret Buying

June 19, 2017

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Yes, products I regret buying is hardly the 'recommendations' type post you're looking for... but maybe it is.  If you've been around here for any amount of time, you know that I like to give you my recommendations of favorite products (and other much loved non-monetary things, like fun YouTube videos) on Thursdays with my Three on Thursday posts.  But I haven't yet offered my opinions on things I don't like - I always figured I would just share the good stuff but now I'm realizing that you need to know about the stuff that didn't work too.  Because, man, some of these things really had me fooled: they get glowing reviews!  And now I feel like I just wasted my money, and I wish I had seen some more honest/negative reviews before making the leap.  Hopefully I can save you from making my mistakes with these products I regret buying:


A Short Summer To Do List

June 16, 2017

These seasonal goals linkups are every 3 months and yet I somehow feel like I just wrote out my spring goals list, so 3 months passed for me in the blink of an eye.  Not sure how, but here we are and here's how I did with the spring session.  Spoiler: not good.

Spring Goals


1. Make Hawkeye an Easter basket.  My parents went to Florida over Easter so I pet sat for their dogs and all three musketeers got an Easter basket.
2. Plan a visit to the Botanical Gardens.  It's on my 101 list to go and Betsy's taking me as part of her Christmas gift to me.  We haven't gone yet, luckily I was smart enough to just say 'plan' this trip, not actually go.  Betsy is still waiting on dates on her end, but I sent her my list of when I can go, and I have a back up plan if she can't make it before September.  So I consider that planned.
3. Plan and book John's birthday party.  He turns 30 on July 5 and the way his schedule worked out best was to have the party on July 8.  The planning part is pretty much done, so the next two weeks is just execution.
4. Make alcoholic granita.  Easy and delicious.  It's literally as simple as mixing a good flavored vodka with ginger ale and letting it freeze for a couple hours, scrape it up with a fork, and eat. Yum.
? 5. Set up an annual home maintenance calendar.  I started this and meant to finish it before this link up, but I didn't.  It's almost there.
X 6. Get my next Invisalign tray.  HA.  I'm ridiculous.  This should have been an easy one but I didn't even consider it.  Well, that's not true - I considered it, and promptly ditched it.  Whoops?
X 7. Get halfway to my goal weight.  I have been working on it but not hardcore, and then I made the goal slightly lower, I don't know why, I like to punish myself I guess!  I pushed this one on to summer goals, I WILL make it.
X 8. Schedule Mom's birthday dinner.  Haven't set this up yet.  Her birthday is in January but she hates the cold and everything she wanted to do was warm weather activities. But with Mother's Day and Father's Day and then John's birthday, we just haven't set up a dinner or anything for her half birthday in July.  But I will!
9. Check one 'go to' place off the 101 list.  We went to the Shedd Aquarium back in April.
X 10. Go to country night with Megan.  We haven't had time!  She works crazy hours and while we did hang out (we set up her blog, we decluttered her apartment, we saw our friends' band at a street fest), we just didn't make it to country night at a bar.  But we will definitely do it soon.

Woof.  Only 50%.  I told you I'm so much less productive in spring and summer.  I just don't have the same sort of motivation that I do in fall and winter.  Although I do think if I had just one more month for these, I could have made a little more progress.  Ah well.  On to summer goals!

Summer Goals


Like spring, summer is particularly hard for me when it comes to being productive.  I still wanted to do 10 goals because I really, really like the evenness of the number.  But I wanted a good balance of easy goals with some more time consuming things that have been nagging me (re-organize my Bloglovin/Feedly readers), so I could be productive but still get some quick and fun things done.  Now, to be totally honest, I thought I had done that with my spring goals so....

Wish me luck!  What are your goals this season?

Linking up with Steph and Sara.  It might not be today but maybe next week! 


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Three on Thursday

June 15, 2017

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.

7 Easy Cocktails You Must Try This Summer

June 14, 2017

You know I'm normally a winter lover and not a fan of summer at all.  But.  Summer cocktails are absolutely something I can get behind.  Fall and winter drinks are always warming and full of sweet, comforting flavors like vanilla or cinnamon.  Summer has none of those things, it's all about the bright citrus and berry flavors, which I'm actually a big fan of.  Here are some of my tried and true favorites for all your light, refreshing summer drink needs.  And none of them are complicated because who has the time or patience for muddling and 13 ingredients?  Not this girl.


Summer Binge Watch Recommendations

June 13, 2017

I know, I know, summer is about getting outside and trying to enjoy the weather.  But I really don't like summer and being hot so I understand the need to just stay indoors sometimes.  I mean, a Netflix or Hulu binge watch weekend is just as good in July as it is in January, isn't it?!  Here's some that I definitely recommend adding to your list this season.

Hawkeye's Guide To Summer

June 12, 2017

Make mommy get you a fresh summer hair cut.

Three on Thursday

June 8, 2017

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8 Tips to Make Clothes Last Longer

June 7, 2017

I very, very clearly remember wearing my beloved teal tank top to a friend's birthday party.  Not just any birthday party, her 16th birthday party.  (Hi Katie.)  Yes, we are currently 32.  So I've had this dang top for 16 years and tell me it doesn't still look fantastic, I dare you.  And it's not like I haven't been wearing it over the years, it gets regular rotation given my very small wardrobe.  I mentioned last week that I would share my best tips on how to make clothes last longer, so if anyone can help you, it's this girl who's been keeping and wearing the same clothes for 16 years.  (Side lesson - don't buy trendy things.)

How To Sneak Alcohol Into Places You're Not Supposed To

June 6, 2017

Yeah, that's right, I said it.  I bring alcohol into places all the time because I loathe paying those wildly marked up prices like at, say, street fests.


That Harry Potter Life

June 5, 2017

One of the gifts John got me for Christmas was the entire set of Harry Potter movies on iTunes, so I can marathon them whenever I want.

How You Can Help Me

June 2, 2017

Blogging is work.  Some days it leans mostly towards the 'fun hobby' side of things, but there is always work involved, no doubt about that.  There's work involved in anything you choose to actively spend your time on.  And I like seeing some sort of benefit come from that, I think you can understand that.  So let me just get really, really honest here for a minute and tell you exactly how you can help me with that.

Three on Thursday

June 1, 2017

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