Thursday, November 29, 2012

What's Your Back-up Plan?

Many people hear all the time that they should back up their images, but they never get around to it because they either forget, or think that a computer failure could never happen to them. Have you ever experienced this? 

I have learned my lesson the hard way, twice.

With all of these recent natural disasters occurring these past few months, backing up my photos has been one of many things on my mind. What happens if there is a BIG earthquake or a fire in the building where I live? Yes, I know, in the grand scheme of things, they are just photos; but nonetheless, I would still be upset I didn't do something more when I had the chance. At the moment, I have all my photos on my laptop, most of them on my external hard drive and some on my boyfriends computer, and a few of them backed up onto my Flickr account.

Although the main purpose of Flickr is to share you photos, this online service allows you to safely store the original file you upload -- providing you have purchased their Pro account. The cost is very reasonable, $24.95 for one year, and it removes any upload or storage limits. It also lets you save and access the very large resolution files. For these reasons, I have chosen Flickr as one of my main back-up plans. The downside is that I have a very large photo library and the process of uploading my photos is very time consuming.

Althought Flickr seems like a reliable service, I have my concerns over Flickr's parent company, Yahoo. I don't think it would be a bad idea to look into other alternatives. However, I suspect they may all cost significantly more than $24.95 per year. I don't mind spending a little more than I currently am, but am not prepared to drop a couple hundred per year. Until I figure out another plan, I guess I will continue to back-up my photos to Flickr.

Do you currently back-up your photos to an online service? What's your back-up plan?

Monday, November 26, 2012

My Weekend via Instagram.

I work six days a week, so my weekends are fairly low key! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I Love My Online Friends 'GFC' Hop.

I am super excited to about today because I am co-hosting the I Love My Online Friends 'GFC' Hop. This is an awesome blog hop that I have been linking up to for quite some time now. Blog hops are a great way to help network your blog and to meet some amazing ladies in the process. For more information on this fantastic blog hop and guest hosting, please read >> HERE.

Well, are you ready? Let's go hopping!


1. Please follow your host and the fab five on Google Friend Connect (GFC).

Chelsea @ Life Unpublished

2. Link up your homepage and start hopping around. Remember, this is a blog hop, you've gotta do some hopping in order for it to truly be worth your time. When you get a new follower it's always nice to return the favour. Visit their blogs, leave them a comment and/or return the follow.

3. You are not required to, but it would be great if you could tweet/like/pin/share this post and/or grab the button and share it on your blog. The more people that see this hop, the more blogs for us to visit and the more followers we gain.

Happy Hopping!

The Things We Find Inside

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Full Moon?

Full moon tonight? Not quite. After my day today, I would have thought it was, but it's not. Not for another 4 days at least.

This is what happened to me today....

#1. On my drive to work, there is this little bridge that is under repair. The city has some traffic lights set up on either side to control the traffic through the one lane. As I approached my red light, there were two vehicle and a bicycle in front of me. However, the first of the two vehicles was at least two car lengths onto the bridge so that traffic coming from the opposite side could not drive though. Our side had a red light, so I have not idea what was going through his head and all I could do was laugh at the idiot. 

#2. The work computer continued to get the blue screen of death today, and would then crash and tell me there was a boot drive error. I have no idea what happened to it because it was working fine on Wednesday. All I know is that it wasn't me who broke it, thankfully.

#3. Driving home from work, I was approaching an intersection. Keep in mind, there is a bus two cars behind me, there is a bus stop is just before this intersection and a side road just after the intersection. So ... I am approaching this intersection, the light is green, the car coming the opposite way appeared to be turning left to go down the side road, but nope ... he has stopped right in front of the bus stop, blocking me from driving in my lane. Seriously buddy? WTF are you thinking? It was dark out so I shined my brights on him to see what the hell he was doing, and if he was okay -- he appeared to be fine so I passed him and later noticed in my rear view mirror that he was backing up to get out of the way of the bus. 

#4. I am a few blocks away from my house and this pedestrian wearing all black decides to run IN FRONT of my vehicle to cross the street. He is lucky that I saw him and slammed on my breaks because otherwise he would have been a hood ornament. And, it would have been 100% his fault. Didn't his mother teach him not to J-Walk, or to look before he crossed the street? I hate to admit it or even say it, but if people can't be bothered to look before they cross in the middle of a busy street, they deserve what ever consequences may come their way and should realize it will be their fault. 

Needless to say, by the time I walked in the door, and to only find out the shopping hadn't been done like I had asked, I immediately put my cranky pants on. I was not impressed and not in the mood for any BS. Thankfully they didn't stay on for too long...! :)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday's Letters.

Dear blog friends, I hope you all had a fantastic thanksgiving..! I thought it was about time to get into the spirit of the holidays, so I wanted to share a photo of our little Christmas tree that we just decorated. Dear blog, I'm sorry I have neglected you this week. I've been taking some time away from the computer to relax and catch up on some much needed sleep!! Dear body, I am so ready to start feeling better, hopefully soon. Dear boyfriend, why are you so challenging to shop for this holiday season. Dear bank account, I'm sorry, the next month or two is going to be very expensive! Goodbye savings!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Favorite Finds.

If you haven't already noticed, I am becoming more and more addicted to sharing photos via instagram. I am not sure how I stumbled upon this fabulous find, but I am sure glad that I did. 

Have you seen these patterns in people's photos on instagram? 

Top Left: via Top Right via
Bottom Left: via Bottom Right via

When I first saw these patterns blended with images, I was in love and had to find the app that would allow me to do the same. The only clue that I could find was a common tag in all the photos: #ndpatterns. I searched and searched iTunes and the internet for the app that would create these cool patterns. In the process, I may have dropped a few dollars here and there in the app store, maybe even a few too many that I didn't need to.

Thankfully, late Sunday night I figured it out. It wasn't an app I was looking for, it was a website. A website that offers instagram pattern images, for free. If you want to check them out for yourself, head on over to nealdieker's website here. There are two packs you can download, and they are both free! 

I absolutely love the idea of blending your photos with these cool patterns. The below image is something I quickly threw together. 

Perhaps I am behind the times with this whole image blending trend; if you are curious how its done and what apps to use, leave me a comment and I will share in another post!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sunday Confessions.

One. This is my first time linking up with Sunday Confessions. I have been meaning to for awhile now. 

Two. I have somewhat neglected my blog this week. I am sorry. But it has been nice not staring at a computer screen, especially with the way I have been feeling this past week. I think I have sorta got the pain under control and am being pro-active next week by booking appointments with my family doctor and massage therapist.

Three. I have already started my Christmas shopping and have already spent way too much on one particular family member. Dad, you better like the present I got you! I also have no idea what to get my boyfriends family, especially his nephews. One is 4-years and the other is 6-years old. I want to get them something fun, but educational. Hmm... 

Four. I have been really lazy the past few weeks, okay months, with not exercising. In my mind, my excuses are justified, but in reality, I have been really lazy and should push myself more. Maybe in the next week or two I will. 

Five. I was talking to my mom tonight and she was telling me that she splurged and went and got her hair done at the salon. I am tired of my hair and have no idea how to style it any more. No matter what I do, I don't like it. 

Six. I just got my drivers license renewed the other week and my new one arrived in the mail this week. The photo is horrible. Absolutely horrible. When I did my hair that day, I had bangs but in my photo, I don't have any. What the heck? 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sponsor Love.

I wanted to officially introduce the lovely ladies that have been swapping buttons with me this month, and most of them in October and September.

Anyways ... I must say, they are all very amazing and I love following their blogs! If you have a spare moment or two, please head on over to their blogs and see just how amazing they are! 

Kerri @ Life Always

English @ Be Freckled
Blog // Twitter // Pinterest

Britta @ The Boots Parade
Blog // Twitter // Pinterest

Kelly @ Kelly Elizabeth
Blog // Twitter // Pinterest // Facebook // Bloglovin

Kristen @ A Day in the Life of Me
Blog // Twitter // Pinterest // Facebook // Instagram // Bloglovin

Elizabeth @ Moonlight Goodbyes

Rachel @ Rachel Roaming

Beatriz @ Daily Living In Geneva
Blog // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I have really missed...

... this sharp, shock like pain in the side of my face. It hasn't bothered me much over the past year, thankfully, but for whatever reason it has returned. Back in the summer of 2010, I managed to damage the nerve in my face and ended up with Trigeminal Neuralgia.  For approximately five-months I dealt with this pain because nobody could figure out what it was. Long story short, I managed to get the pain under control and it hasn't bothered me much over the past year. Perhaps its this cold, winter weather that has triggered it; either way, I am not thrilled about it being back. 

... spending a ridiculous amount of money on prescription drugs. The only medicine that helps with the nerve pain is VERY expensive. To keep the pain away, I have to take one pill three times a day. The below $ amount is only for 17 days, and its for the smallest amount of mg's per pill. If my doctor decides to increase the dosage, which I suspect will happen as the weather continues to get colder, I'm looking at $200 for a month. Not cool.

** I haven't actually missed the pain and spending ridiculous amounts of money, I just needed to rant about it. 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

How to Survive a Cranky Day.

We all have cranky days. Right? 

Some days when I wake up in the morning, especially if I am feeling overtired, I will often find myself feeling cranky for most of the day. When I am cranky, I am also easily irritated by stupid little things that I should know better than to let them get to me. I really don't like it when I get like this because I find myself taking it out on the ones I love -- I'm sorry boyfriend..!

I recently discovered a few insights from the MindBodyGreen website on how to deal with my crankyness in a positive manner, without damaging too many relationships along the way. I found these tips to be very helpful, so I thought I would share them.

6 Tips to Survive a Cranky Day:

  1. Notice how you feel, be the observer and watch the emotions flow through you and how they affect you physically.

  2. Avoid judging yourself.

  3. Don't pretend to be happy and put on a fake smile, that only suppresses the feelings, bottling them up causing you to have a massive blow up at someone who least deserves it. 

  4. Avoid people as much as you can. 

  5. Go into the backyard or the nearest park and scream and yell. 

  6. Say thank you.

The first three tips describe me to a tee...

  1. When I am overtired and cranky, it really affects me physically. I get headaches, I'm clumsy, and my muscles tense up which in turn triggers the neuralgia to flair up in my face. And when my face flairs up, it triggers even more emotions. Knowing that my negative thoughts affect my body has been a huge help because I have learned how not to let myself get to that point. But, I am not perfect and sometimes I do let my cranky behavior get the best of me. 

  2. When I am irritated, I am always really hard on myself. As mentioned, when I am overtired, I can become very clumsy, especially when cooking dinner. Over the years, many fingers have been burned, and dishes or food have been dropped. When this happens, I curse and always blame myself for anything that goes wrong. Learning not to judge myself is something I still need to work on. 

  3. Massive blow up, oh yes. That usually happens after number two. Thankfully, when I have these moments, my boyfriend is really amazing and knows how to calm me down and make me feel less cranky so that I can get past it. 

To read more about how to survive a cranky day, head over to the full article here. I found this article to be very insightful, so I highly recommend that you read it. 

What do you do to survive a cranky day?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Moving all ads to Passionfruit.

I don't know why I didn't do this sooner...!

For the sake of my sanity, I have decided to move all of my current ad swaps to passionfruit. Why? It's free and it's simple ... Passionfruit takes care of all the mundane details (for example, it automatically rotates your ads for you, do I need to say more?) so I can focus on the important stuff.

For those of you who didn't swap ads through Passionfruit, I have manually imported your ads. Thankfully I kept past email correspondence and knew when we started swapping ads. I hope you don't mind that I have made this switch.

If you are thinking about signing up, I recommend you read this tutorial from Heather at Just -- it really helped me because I had no idea I could import ads, etc. I would also be more than happy to help anyone get set up with Passionfruit. 

Thank you all for swapping ads with me!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lest We Forget.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we will remember you.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Facts on Kissing.

Source: via Chelsea on Pinterest

Did you know that kissing is good for you and your health? 

Kissing that special someone is not only great for romantic bonding, it's also just as awesome for your heath -- it makes us happier, it promotes all sorts of amazing chemicals to go flooding through our body, and it helps to make us smile! 

Here are my five favorite facts about kissing: 
  1. Kissing naturally relaxes you; it also significantly reduces the effects of stress.

  2. It keeps your facial muscles strong; kissing uses 29 facial muscles and is also a very effective exercise to reduce wrinkles!

  3. Kissing burns calories; a quick kiss burns three calories, and an energetic kiss can burn more than 10 calories.

  4. People who kiss their partners goodbye before going to work live longer than those who shut the door. 

  5. When kissing, the body produces a substance that is 200 times more powerful than morphine, releasing a powerful narcotic effect on the body.
So, what are you waiting for? Go give that person you love a great big KISS!

If you want to read the full article, 10 things you didn't know about kissing, jump on over to the MindBodyGreen website here. It's worth the read!


I also have my own Instagram profile now. You can visit me at

And, lastly ... there is still one more day left to enter the sponsor giveaway over at Be Freckled? Have you entered yet? Head on over to English's blog to enter the giveaway, don't forget to follow her blog, she is pretty amazing!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Follow Me Maybe Blog Hop.

We are so excited that it's our first Follow Me Maybe Blog Hop went so well! Thanks to everybody who participated with us! We hope to make this week even bigger! 

Let's get this party started! :)

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  1. Follow the Host publicly on GFC- This will help us expand the blog hop and our blogs which in the long run helps bring more exposure to YOU :)
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  4. Go say Hello to the blog in front and behind you!
  5. Have Fun and join us every Thursday! 
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Butter Chicken.


1 pkg of fusion spice works butter chicken sauce mix
1 cup of milk
2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup of diced onion (optional)
4 tbsp butter
basmati rice


1. Cut up chicken breasts into small pieces.

2. Stir fry chicken pieces in 4 tablespoons of butter on medium to low heat. When chicken is almost cooked, add diced onions and continue to cook until chicken no longer pink.

3. Mix half of the fusion spice works butter chicken sauce mix into 1 cup of milk.

4. Gradually whisk mixture into pan with chicken and onion; continue to whisk and bring to a boil over medium heat.

5. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute, whisking frequently.

6. Add to some cooked basmati rice and enjoy.

Up until maybe 2 or 3 years ago, I never would have touched rice, let alone any type of Indian dish. Rice, I never cared too much for the taste and I had this preconceived notion that I would not like the taste of butter chicken. Thankfully, my amazing boyfriend slowly introduced me to new food and now butter chicken and basmati rice is one of my favorite dinners! We have tried several different butter chicken sauces, but recently came across this fusion spice works butter chicken mix. It is by far our most favorite. I also really like how the recipe only calls for half the package of the sauce mix; for each half package, we probably get 6 meals out of it. 

Tip: we usually start cooking the basmati rice while the chicken is cooking on low heat, the rice that we make takes approximately 15 minutes to cook. 

Do you make butter chicken from scratch, or do you buy a pre-made sauce?