Hey so I'm trying to lose weight and eat healthy. I work 9-5 during the week and try to bring my lunch which everyone goes out to eat which 1. I can't afford and 2. They eat bad. Anyway I'm trying to cut bread/pasta out of my system and I normally pack sandwhiches. What would you recommend for lunch that one has to make/bring? — Anonymous

Hi! First of all, kudos to you for being able to resist the urge to go out to eat all of the time. I’ve been struggling with the same thing since living in DC - I literally CANNOT afford to eat delicious DC food every day.

I don’t know how much help I’ll be because I’m fortunate enough to live walking distance to work and often times I’ll head home quickly for lunch! A lot of these things I’m sure you could fix beforehand and bring to work though. Here are some regular lunch/dinner staples of mine:

  • Spicy black bean burgers, generally over a bed of greens (kale or spinach) with a sliced up tomato, topped with pepper and maybe a little italian dressing if I’m feeling crazy
  • SOUP. All kinds. I am a big fan of the organic roasted red pepper and tomato from Trader Joe’s!
  • I really like the blazing buffalo chicken lunch meat from Harris Teeter. A lot of time I’ll roll up the lunch meat with a little bit of cheese, avocado, and spinach.
  • I eat this more for breakfast, but I’m a pretty big fan of hard boiled eggs and tomatos topped with pepper.
  • Tuna fish or grilled chicken? I’ll eat that over a salad.
  • Lettuce wraps are great as well… any sort of toppings, probably the same things you would normally use on your sandwiches!

These are just a few things… to be totally honest I am a reeeeally boring eater. I can’t cook so I rotate a lot of the same things over and over, but a lot of those include bread/pasta! I’d check Pinterest as well - I’m sure there are so many good ideas there too!

Good luck! Proud of ya!



My birthday is coming up soon and I requested a lot of books that you have reviewed on here! Super exciting:) — Anonymous

Hooray!! Did you request “We Were Liars?” I finished that one last night and I still haven’t stopped thinking about it… not TOO great for my Monday morning productivity, but at least it’s keeping me from thinking about the Panthers loss to the Steelers -___________-

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hey, happy early birthday! :) I hope it’s wonderful!



Recently Read: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I just killed this book. Like literally devoured it in two and a half hours. Hhhhhooooolly God.
I have nothing and everything to say. I’m not unaware of the strong grasps at poignance and the choppy metaphorical writing but damn. This book was really, really tantalizing.
It’ll be better if I don’t say too much about it. Dark and well crafted and very sophisticated for a young adult book. I won’t be forgetting this one soon.

Recently Read: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I just killed this book. Like literally devoured it in two and a half hours. Hhhhhooooolly God.

I have nothing and everything to say. I’m not unaware of the strong grasps at poignance and the choppy metaphorical writing but damn. This book was really, really tantalizing.

It’ll be better if I don’t say too much about it. Dark and well crafted and very sophisticated for a young adult book. I won’t be forgetting this one soon.



I know what wind tastes like,
and I’m not scared anymore.
Last spring,
I was the fallen down tree
and the kicked in window,
but this time around,
I’m the chimes with a song to sing.
Everything was so quiet back
when I was convinced everyone hated the sound
of my voice,
but I have learned since that I am not
here to make music for anyone other than myself.
If you came here to tell me
you don’t love me like you did yesterday,
then I’m still not sorry.
That was last week’s poem, baby.
It’s your fault for never showing up on time.
Today,
I only know how to say my own name,
and for the first time in years,
it isn’t standing next to a full moon
with an ocean chasing it.
Today,
it is standing alone,
and today,
I am the least scared I have been in my entire life.
Y.Z, forgiving the broken dollhouse (via flannel)

(Source: rustyvoices)



any make up must haves or beauty products list coming? or just book recommendations (which are awesome, by the way) — Anonymous

oh gosh! Any sort of makeup/beauty product list I could come up with would be the most boring list ever. I take 5 seconds in the morning to dust on some powder and apply mascara - the world is reeeeally lucky if I get liquid eyeliner on. Nivea chapstick is my only must have! The rest of the things I use are basic drugstore brand. I really like my Kate Moss lipstick that Kristin got me! It’s Rimmel. Oh! And I use Rimmel mascara so there’s a theme. 

And thank you!! I haven’t picked out my next book yet but I’m sure I’ll have another review up on here soon! If you have anything specific in mind I’d be happy to make you a recommendation list :)



AND THEN ON THE VERY EVE OF OUR FRIENDSHIP ANI I come home from work to the best surprise mail from the best girl.

I love this the most. Right on the wall it goes. 💖💖💖

AND THEN ON THE VERY EVE OF OUR FRIENDSHIP ANI I come home from work to the best surprise mail from the best girl.

I love this the most. Right on the wall it goes. 💖💖💖



Kristin told me that today marks our one year anniversary of friendship and love and happiness. We have lots of pictures together but this is one of the only ones of just the two of us!
Happy that this girl is in my life and that we had a year of being near each other and eating good food and drinking good wine and reading good books and learning about forgiveness and gratitude and encouragement and true friendship. 
Now instead of feeling sappy I’m gonna go back to texting her about how to learn how to pencil in my eyebrows so I can also be beautiful like her.

Kristin told me that today marks our one year anniversary of friendship and love and happiness. We have lots of pictures together but this is one of the only ones of just the two of us!

Happy that this girl is in my life and that we had a year of being near each other and eating good food and drinking good wine and reading good books and learning about forgiveness and gratitude and encouragement and true friendship. 

Now instead of feeling sappy I’m gonna go back to texting her about how to learn how to pencil in my eyebrows so I can also be beautiful like her.



Recently Read: The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
Read this for a Chick Lit book club meeting that took place last night!
It was an okay read, not the best ever but certainly enjoyable after having just finish up the dark read that was “The Devil’s Knot.”
I think it was a text at times that tried to be a lot more profound than it could be - all of the main characters being some sort of “nontraditional” woman gathering together around this more traditional hobby. Jacobs potentially had a little bit of a plot writing problem… there was a moment when I was SURE the book was getting ready to wind down but then there were 3 or 4 more random plot twists. 
And the ending is so crazy. And with one character there’s this HUGE ethical issue that they masquerade as strength and determination. That I was not okay with.
Overall, an easy read. You’re not missing out if you don’t pick it up though.

Recently Read: The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Read this for a Chick Lit book club meeting that took place last night!

It was an okay read, not the best ever but certainly enjoyable after having just finish up the dark read that was “The Devil’s Knot.”

I think it was a text at times that tried to be a lot more profound than it could be - all of the main characters being some sort of “nontraditional” woman gathering together around this more traditional hobby. Jacobs potentially had a little bit of a plot writing problem… there was a moment when I was SURE the book was getting ready to wind down but then there were 3 or 4 more random plot twists. 

And the ending is so crazy. And with one character there’s this HUGE ethical issue that they masquerade as strength and determination. That I was not okay with.

Overall, an easy read. You’re not missing out if you don’t pick it up though.



The Spare Change Chronicles - Midday Pure Barre break Edition!

The Spare Change Chronicles - Midday Pure Barre break Edition!



Random question - is your blog through tumblr or is a site you purchased? That may seem weird but I notice it is connect to tumblr but doesn't have the "tumblr" part in your URL. Thanks! — Anonymous

hay hay hay.

Not weird at all! My blog is absolutely connected through tumblr. I purchased the domain name (or rather, my friend Josh helped me do it) and I think it’s like $10 a year. This was all done in an attempt to make my blog more ~legitimate~.

If you put the tumblr part in it will still bring you here, it’ll just redirect you to the new URL. :)