Dissin’ the bros

I saw a new commercial on TV yesterday and I immediately loved it. It is a commercial for Heineken called “Moderate Drinkers Wanted,” and is basically telling guys to get their act together (click here to see the commercial). It features the song I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tylers and shows women leaving the club/bar where the guy they were with is passed out drunk. The final scene shows a man walking away and saying he’s all set to the bartender who’s giving him another drink (hint: he’s the hero!).

Let’s face it, women don’t want to be with men who get sloppy drunk, no matter where they are. Maybe it was acceptable in college when we all willingly walked into those house parties together and knew that we’d all come stumbling back out a few hours later. But now, it’s just not cute, handsome, or chivalrous.

I love this message, and love that Heineken has taken the bold step to not only say the mandatory “please drink responsibly,” but to actually praise it. Unlike their mega-brand competition, Anheuser-Busch, whose recent Bud Light campaign “Up For Whatever,” tells people that they’re “the perfect beer for removing the word ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”

Bottom line: Responsibility is attractive.

Cheers (but not if you’ve already had too many)!

Five Cheers


These macaroons [salted caramel and pistachio] from Thinking Cup in Boston. Perks to getting to night class early. Also, isn’t that the most perfect-looking latte?


A night out with family to celebrate my brother’s birthday, and also him doing BIG things in the finance world.


Book Heaven. I can’t stay away from my all-time favorite bookstore, Brookline Booksmith.


The lazy-girl’s makeup. I just discovered this and I love it already! Nars makes this tinted moisturizer that works perfectly as a makeup, moisturizer, and also has spf 30 to keep your skin safe throughout the day. My tone is called Groenland. 


My new PJ pants. E got these for me at the Can-Am hockey tournament he was at all weekend in Lake Placid. #TeamHenduus


Don’t you worry child

“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.”

Michel de Montaigne

Same. Studies say that 85% of things that we worry about, never happen. I had heard that before but never really paid attention to it, or did anything with it. Recently, I decided to test it out. Each time a situation came up that made me anxious, I made a cognitive decision to let go of that stress, until the situation is right in front of me. It was crazy to see how many of these instances I could have spent time worrying about, never even happened! I actually had a hard time believing it at first, and just decided I was #Blessed. While I do feel fortunate in my life, that’s not it at all — it is simply true that majority of these things we get so worked up about, are just our imaginations creating situations that likely may never occur.

I challenge you to also try this tactic, let go of initial worries, and see if the situations you would have been stressed out about even end up happening. Create more space for happiness and peaceful thoughts, rather than cluttering your mind with negativity and stress.

“Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.”

Michel de Montaigne


Five Cheers

not soap

The message on this sample size of Not Soap, Radio bath gel. No. More. Comparing.


Birthday cake pancakes – and it’s not even my birthday.


This ‘hydrate’ face mask by Patchology. My skin has been so dry lately because of the cold weather. This face mask = Heaven for your pores, and it only takes five minutes!


Sorel boots. I was finally able to put my new boots to use over this snowy weekend.


This flower finally bloomed, and it’s beautiful!


Extra tissues please

Hang on while I get emotional…

I know this commercial is old news, but if you have not seen the entirety of the new Extra Gum commercial, do yourself a favor and watch it. First of all, kudos Extra, you absolutely crushed this. You took something as basic as gum and made it personal, emotional, and into a story. You also made a lot of people tear up, and get the beautiful song “Cant Help Falling in Love” by Haley Reinhart stuck in quite a few heads.


But what I love the absolute most about this commercial is how normal it is. There is nothing extravagant about these two people, what they do, or what they have. The emotions that we watch them share together are raw human emotions; emotions that all of us can relate to.

It admits that love makes you vulnerable, it can have hard times, sometimes even life can get in the way. But in the end, love wins.

Absolute perfection in the most imperfect ways.

Extra, Cheers!

Namaste here

Relax. Release. Restore. Renew.

Life just keeps going, which is actually an amazingly beautiful thing. But it can get exhausting. I sometimes need to take a step back from my own thoughts and just chill, technology not invited. We recently moved and have a sun room that we’re not too sure what to do with. I think it’s the perfect opportunity to make a zen room — good vibes only, radiates positivity and relaxation. Here’s some inspiration I’m using to make our room calm AF.













*Photos from Pinterest

Cheers to positive ZENergy+++

Five Cheers

Monday’s are such a bore. So, I decided that each Monday I’m going to make a list of five things to ‘cheers’ that brought a smile to my face this past week. Here are my five cheers this week:


Stroopwafels –  um, yum. I’m a caramel addict, so when I discovered these I couldn’t get my hands on them quick enough. These Dutch cookies consist of a thin layer of caramel-like syrup sandwiched between two wafers. Put it over your coffee mug so that they melt a bit, you’re welcome. You can buy them on Amazon.


My hoarding of candles. (an extra: I love the board in the back, ESP since it’s made in Éire, Evan picked it up while we were there last March).


Cooper & Bentley – Cutest baby cousins! E&I got to babysit this new member of our family [Bentley, on the left] during the Pats game while MattyD&Kree were at the game.


Cuckoo clock – My Grandpa recently handmade this for me, and I just love it. Yes, the bird really does come out each hour.


Nighttime fires.


Enjoy your week. Cheers!

Assabetchya didn’t know this

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I went hiking in an area that he found in Sudbury, Mass. called Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. The 2,230-acre refuge is beautiful and once we stopped walking over the crunching ice that our cold New England nights brought, it was completely silent. Think: totally serene, without another person, car, building, or iPhone in sight. We had only been on the trails for a few minutes, when we came across this huge bunker. We went over to check it bunker311out, and its steel door was welded shut, making us even more curious to its use. Mid-hike, I had to know what these were since they were popping up everywhere along our trail (so yes, an iPhone became in sight at this point). It turns out that before the refuge was turned over to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 2000, the land belonged to the U.S. Army and was known as Fort Devens. These bunkers were used as ammunition bunkers in the World War II era. How cool is that? That’s all I needed to know to become so interested in the history of the land we were walking on, but we kept calm and carried on.

Once we were home and relaxing after our three hours of exploring the outdoors, I researched this area a little bit more. I found that there were actually 50 of these bunkers, officially referred to as “igloos,” and each has an inside dimensions of 81x26x12 feet, with a curved roof. Bunker #303 is sometimes open for tours – I will need to find out when and go back!


The site was chosen because of its convenient railroad shipping to the Boston Navy Yard, yet far enough inland so that a German battleship could not attack the area. Seriously, I just think this is so cool.

After WWII this site served as a troop training ground, ordinance testing and laboratory disposal area. A 1980s assessment led to this being categorized as an EPA “Superfund” clean-up site in 1990, as the site was contaminated with arsenic, pesticides and other chemicals. Extensive Army clean-up efforts continued for years, ending with the site being turned over to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 2000 and opened to the public in 2005. So wear a hazmat suit when hiking. Kidding, but seriously for anyone who either loves WWII history and/or hiking, I’d definitely recommend stopping by here – it’s beautiful, and filled with so much history. If you’re as interested as I was, you can learn more about the land and its history here. Cheers!


The “supposed to” theory

25. What an odd age. We spend our Friday nights out at the bar and then have to stumble with a hangover to our friend’s baby shower the next morning and try not to down the whole tub of mimosas. (Side note: if you do happen to have either a baby or bridal shower while still in your twenties – you better have a tub of mimosas for the friends who aren’t quite on your level yet and had to have a whole army, a few ibuprofen’s and about three Gatorade’s to help her out of bed to make it to these events.) Life in your twenties feels kind of like being stuck as the rope in a game of tug-of-war – one side is trying to get you to take shots on a Tuesday and dance on the bar while the other side is pleading you to settle down and stop spending so much damn money on “fun”! What is up with this never-ending battle?

Us twenty-somethings have a lot going on. But for the first time in our lives – there are no deadlines. We went our whole lives being told what to do and when to do it, but they never told us that once we graduate from college it’s like we’re just thrown off of the high speed ferry we’ve been on our whole lives and are left to either sink or learn how to swim real fast.

I think we often get caught up in the thought that we’re “supposed to” be somewhere other than where we are. We’re supposed to love our job, supposed to wear the perfect outfit, supposed to travel, exercise, volunteer, study – but when?! That’s the thing, there is no answer. The only thing you’re supposed to be doing is exactly what you are doing: figuring it all out – one step at time. We all know that mistakes are the stepstools to success – when we find we’re doing one thing wrong, we change it up until we get it right. That’s what your twenties are about, some are mistakes we learn from and others turn out to be a beautiful part of your life. Forget about the “supposed to” and start thinking about how the experiences you’ve created for yourself – whether good or bad – have showed you who you are and where you want to go.

Being a twenty-something is a beautiful thing in itself. We are old enough to make decisions on our own, old enough to work full time and make our own money, even old enough to fall in love and start a family. But we’re also so young. We have so many opportunities at our fingertips, so much space to grow, things to learn and so much time to decide what we want to do. Where we are “supposed” to be is exactly where we are: on a never ending journey of self-discovery and creating happiness in our own lives. Instead of thinking you should be doing something else, be thankful for the roads that lead you to where you are today and look forward to the beautiful memories you are going to make with the rest of your tomorrows.