• Baking and Cooking,  Recipes

    Three(ish) Ingredient Crock Pot Chicken

    We’re switching it up this Monday with a recipe instead of a mani – my nails are in TERRIBLE condition, and I just wasn’t feeling any of the already photographed polishes I’ve got. So instead, today we have another of those lazy day recipes that I’m so fond of. It’s super fast to prep, super flexible depending on what kind of mood you’re in that day, and it seriously couldn’t be easier. Three(ish) Ingredient Crock Pot Chicken Ingredients: 1 jar tomato-based pasta sauce of your choice (I used Vodka Sauce this time) Chicken (Breasts or Tenders both work great, just make sure whatever you get is boneless) Mushrooms Salt, Pepper,…

  • Book Love,  Holidays,  Life

    What’s Up, Thursday?

    Because we’ve had a bunch of pre-scheduled posts in a row, I wanted to do a quick “currently” post yesterday (The title “What’s Up, Wednesday?” just sounds SO MUCH BETTER), but I kiiiinnnndddd of let yesterday get away from me. It all started when I started trying to find the text of the eyewitness testimony by John S. Smith about the Sand Creek Massacre to share with my students. Then before I realized it was happening, I found myself in the middle of a four hour primary document bender. Historian problems. Psh. But anyway, better late than never, I guess. Currently I’m… …working on: some book reviews for on here.…

  • Nail Polish Love

    Mani Monday: Butter London Aston

    Just a super quick Mani Monday here today with Butter London’s Aston. This polish is one of my tried and true favorites, and one of my favorite “professional but still fun” colors ever. I’m lucky that in teaching college I don’t really have to conform to any office standards regarding wild nail color, but occasionally I’ll have a meeting or a gig where, well, blue with multicolored glitter just isn’t appropriate. And when that’s the case (and I actually have my nails done instead of bare), Butter London Aston is usually what I grab first. I will admit the color works a little better on me when it’s not the…

  • Holidays,  Links,  Lists

    Last-minute DIY Valentine’s Day Roundup

    I don’t do roundups much, but with Valentine’s Day coming up TOMORROW (I know, right? When did that happen, and what happened to January?) I figured a quick roundup of fast, last-minute DIY projects from around the web might be just the ticket. Starting with these adorable heart-shaped friendship bracelets from HonestlyWTF (pictured above – not my photo, clicking will take you to the original)… … This adorable printable from The Dating Divas. … These cute little DIY fabric heart valentines from Flamingo Toes. LOTS of other awesome ideas on this site as well, and these particularly would make an adorable scrap-busting project. … This quick and easy crochet heart…

  • Book Love,  Life,  Other Crafty Stuff,  School School School

    Magpie’s Adventures in Bullet Journaling

    Bullet Journaling has really fascinated me ever since Jenn from With Luck Blog brought it to my attention way back when I posted about planners. The concept seemed to work really well with the system I was currently using for my to-do lists, but there was one big issue with it – the inability to plan ahead by more than a month or so. As a freelance musician, I sometimes book weddings and masses months and even years in advance (funerals, not so much), so the lack of a static monthly calendar in the system was a major flaw for me. But everything else seemed so great… so I decided…

  • Nail Polish Love

    Mani Monday: Color Club You’re So Vain

    Today I have for you a Color Club polish I picked up out of a bin at The Christmas Shoppes called You’re So Vain. I was initially suuuuppppeeerrrr disappointed in this polish, mainly because I did not know at the time I used it that it was part of the Seven Deadly Sins collection, which is all textured polishes. So I judged it all assuming that it was a normal, smooth finish polish. I bought it because I was super excited about the lovely holo sparkle it had in the bottle – I’ve heard very good things about Color Club’s holo polishes, but have never actually seen one in real…

  • Humor,  Life

    Shark Art

    You’ll have to excuse my absence over the past few days – I ended up getting snowed in at my parent’s place without my camera (and the memory card I had all the blog post photos on), and haven’t had a chance to do all the editing I wanted to do. As an apology I photoshopped Left Shark into some great pieces of art for your amusement*. First, the Vitruvian Shark: Left Shark Crossing the Alps: Nightsharks: School of Sharkthens: American Sharkic: And finally, The Creation of Left Shark: In other news, I think there may be something seriously wrong with me. *Oh who am I kidding, I did it…