Flashback to Mixed CDs

Here’s a little flashback for your Friday! Remember making mixed CDs on your computer, decorating them with sharpies and giving them to your friends?

Mixed CDs were the perfect way to compile your favorite songs, reflect on a specific time period and connect with friends or a loved one. But, newsflash — CDs are dying, and so are CD players (so sad). So, what is a girl to do when she wants to share a few specific songs with someone special?

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I’ve discovered by trial and error, that YouTube playlists are the way to go. Over the past year, I have made several private playlists on YouTube for differnt genres of music and for different activities like working out or a road trip. With one click of a button you can easily add a YouTube video to a new or existing playlist. You can also keep your playlists private or share them with the world. And there’s no memory limit like there is with CDs! One of my all-time favorite playlists is full of songs from John Mayer, who I’ve loved since I was thirteen.


As Will and I have dated, there have been several songs that represent our relationship or make me think of him. Creating a YouTube playlist gave me a way to compile these in one place and a way to listen to them wherever I am. One of my favorite things about YouTube playlists is also that you can give the people you share it with the permission to edit the playlist and add their own songs.

Sharing a playlist like this can be a fun way to feel connected to a friend or loved one when you are apart. And of course, music has that wonderful way of taking us right back to a special moment. I’d love to hear if you’ve found a similar way to share playlists online.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. I’ll be baking up a storm with the dozens of apples I got at the orchard last weekend. Please share any favorite recipes you have.

Cheers!

SC

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A Hilarious Book

Books have an awesome way of taking us away from our stressful day and transporting us to a different world. I usually gravitate towards crime and drama novels, but right now I’m reading Mindy Kaling’s book “Why Not Me?” and LOVING it. I feel like I am listening to my best friend who is hilarious and so down-to-earth as I read it.

First of all, let’s state the obvious – Mindy Kaling is awesome and hilarious. But what I love most about her is she has remained true to herself throughout her career. You can tell as you read her book that she has a strong sense of who she is. She also maintains this careful balance of self-deprication and confidence.


Now enough of about my girl-crush, let’s get back to the book. “Why Not Me?” is a great, easy read for vacation or if you’d like to pretend you are on vacation, like me! Kaling talks about everything from her show The Mind Project, which has a new season airing soon on Hulu, to her thoughts on sororities and sharing a list of things she can no longer do since she became famous.

I found Kaling’s writing style really refreshing. It seems like her personality really shines through the words. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Mindy Kaling.

“The best kind of laughter is laughter born of a shared memory.”

“Remember the kid who showed up forty-five minutes early to the SATs with eleven pencils and a huge black coffee? That was me.”

“Hell is Whole Foods on a Sunday. It’s hordes of moms in lightweight fleeces pushing one another away to get to bins of dry lentils.”

“This was the kind of place that a girl could leave her glass slipper with the reasonable hope that a prince might track her down. Or, in my case, my Jimmy Choo size 39s with orthotic inserts.”

“I tip great, I try not to swear to much, and I remember to thank people and be grateful. And all that stuff I do to “appear” better has actually made me a better person. I wish I had always acted like I was a little bit famous.”

Let me know if you have read any hilarious books recently too.

Cheers to the week being over halfway complete!

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Fall Cleaning with ThredUp

Let’s be honest, spring cleaning is that deep-clean we do once a year, and when we do it we say, “Wow! Look at all this junk. Hmm… I should probably do this more often.” Then, of course, we do nothing. Fast forward one year, and we repeat this thought process. It’s a vicious cycle, or not-so-vicious cycle for those of us who despise cleaning.  😉

Since fall is a couple days away, I had a lightbulb moment this weekend as I thought about getting out my clothes for cooler weather. What if I did an annual fall cleaning?! I change out my closet from summer to winter clothes in the fall, so it is the perfect time to purge things I didn’t wear over the summer or know I won’t wear during the winter (because I haven’t worn them for the past three years).

If this sounds like something you want to try and you are looking for some extra motivation to clean out your closet, I reccomend checking out thredUP. ThredUp is an online consignment and thrift store that will sell your gently used clothes for you.

Here’s how it works: you order a free Clean Out Kit online, it is shipped to you, you clean out your closet, place your gently used clothes in the bag and mail it back to thredUp. Then, thredUp will sell your clothes (you don’t have to do anything) to it’s online shoppers. When someone buys your clothing, you get a portion of the sales in your bank account.

The best thing about thredUp is that if your clothing is deemed to old or worn to sell, thredUp gives it to charity. You can opt to have clothing sent back to you, but I personally love how low maintenance the whole process is.

You can also use the money you earn from selling your clothes to buy gently used clothes through their online thrift store. ThredUP has everything from handbags and designer clothes and shoes to children’s clothing.

If you use the code below, you will get a $10 credit to use on your thredUp order.

http://www.thredup.com/r/VBYRIB

Have you ever done fall cleaning or tried thredUP? If you do try it out, I’d love to hear how it goes. Hope everyone has a happy happy week!

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