An Afternoon At Phipps Conservatory

We’ve been going to Phipps Conservatory since ohhhhhhhh 2009 when we started dating. It’s one of those Pittsburgh places we keep going back to no matter what time of year it is. It’s a great place to go on a date, or take family when they’re in town. It’s also a good place to take kids but I uh, would not know about that kind of thing.

This year after we went and saw the corpse flower (Romero stiiiiinks) we decided to go ahead and become members so we can come anytime we’d like. We made a trip recently to see the butterflies before they’re gone for the year- here are a bunch of photos from the day!

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Reasons I’m Not a Fashion Blogger

I thoroughly enjoy *reading* fashion blogs, don’t get me wrong. But there’s almost no way I could run one myself. I mean, if I showed you a room full of people who would describe me as “trendy” it would be a completely empty room. But that’s fine because I’m okay with it! Here are 10 reasons why:

  1. I think remembering to put on earrings is a good day.
  2. My body’s proportions are not conducive to fashion trends. I’m 1″ shy of a perfect hourglass shape, and my bust makes it impossible to buy anything without trying it on first. Forget about anything with a high neck/crew neck/boat neck/turtle neck. V necks and scoop necks only, unless I want to look pregnant and/or 10 pounds heavier.
  3. I’m pretty awkward in front of a camera. My uncle has a decade worth of candid photos taken of me throughout the years that are some of the most unflattering photos of all time.
  4. My fiancé is not down to be a husband of Instagram :P Even if I could get past the hideous awkwardness of myself.
  5. I hardly ever shop anymore (hello, money issues!) I’d rather buy a house than buy clothes at this point. #Priorities
  6. I am much more about function than fashion. If it’s uncomfortable or itchy or I can’t breathe or I need Spanx to pull it off, I’m not buying it.
  7. I wear heels (and by heels I mean wedges) approximately twice a year. Not tryna get plantar fasciitis if I can help it y’all. You can find me in Birkenstocks/sneakers looking like a complete dweeb.
  8. I gravitate toward jeans and a t-shirt, always. Having to put on ‘work pants’  every day makes me die a little.
  9. I consider lipstick an accessory.
  10. I’m not organized enough to paint my nails on a regular basis.

Reasons Im not a fashion blogger and you dont have to be either! jseeksjoy.com

Bless this Mess

My mom recently bought a house and her closing date was on her birthday, so it only seemed fitting that I get her a housewarming gift /birthday present. I remembered that I had a blank cross stitch canvas already on a frame so I decided to design a little something myself.

I knew I wanted it to say ‘Bless this Mess’ and I went from there. I  put a bunch of found patterns together and this is the end result. Pretty fancy, huh? And I MADE IT WITH LOVE. If you’re into cross stitch, you can download the free pattern below.

Bless this Mess Free Cross Stitch Pattern Download

This is the perfect sentiment for anyone’s home and/or life, because we’re all a mess one way or another. And that’s okay, because we’re enough.

Download the free Bless this Mess Cross Stitch Pattern here!

100

You know how some people talk about keeping it 100? I’m trying to keep living to 100.

No, really.

Obviously I can’t decide how long I live *per se* but 100 seems like a legit goal.

I want to be that old lady you see and you think, “Wow, she’s so sharp. Oh look, now she’s doing a CARTWHEEL.”

I want to be mobile. I want to know about the world around me. I want to keep up with wherever the hell technology goes in the next 74 years.

I want to read forever and ever. I want to keep learning things. I want my mind to never stop working. I want to travel. I want to see the world.

I want to age gracefully. I want to stay strong and flexible. I want to fuel my body with whatever it needs to keep going and going and going.

I’m 23% sure how to do all that, but I know that tomorrow technically starts today. It’s never too early to start planning for the future.

Just lemme have one last doughnut first ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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One Month with Project Fi

It’s been one month since we signed up with Google’s Project Fi service and said BOY BYE to Verizon Wireless.

Project Fi uses a combination of T-Mobile and Sprint’s networks, and it connects you to trusted open wifi when it can (to save you that data).

We both have the Nexus 5X with 16 GB of RAM, and since we bought them as part of signing up for Project Fi we only paid $200 per phone. (It’s worth noting that you can only use Nexus devices with a Project Fi SIM card for now.)

It costs $20 a month for “talk and text” and data is $10 a GB, plus taxes and fees (about $5 a month). You pre-pay for an amount of data you select when you sign up, and if you don’t use all of your data you’re refunded the amount you didn’t use at the end of your data cycle down to the dollar. I saved so much money this month you guys!!!!! Here’s the lowdown on everything:

  • Cell/data service can be crappy. Mack has had some static on phone calls and no service where I have full service simultaneously, and occasionally we’ll only have 3G rather than LTE (which is like traveling back in time) but it doesn’t last long. My mom says she has a hard time hearing me sometimes. But I never have trouble hearing her  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • The battery life on this phone is okay. But. It charges fully in 2 hours, and it does a ‘rapid charge’, which is nice if you need to charge quickly. It uses C type cables, which means you’ll either need adapters to use your old cords (which will not rapid charge the phone) or to pony up and buy all new cables if you’d like more than the one it comes with.
  • I thought the fingerprint sensor was a stupid gimmick but I’m so obsessed with it now I don’t think I’d give it up.
  • The speakers are pretty meh compared from the HTC One M8 we were coming from (meh is a technical term) but I can live with it since I usually use headphones anyway.
  • The camera is legit (see photos here and here and here).
  • Visual voicemail! I had this years ago with Sprint and I have missed it so. You don’t have to call and put in your password and do the whole schtick just to hear a voicemail.
  • Since this phone is unlocked and not technically on any carrier, there are no bloatware apps (think Verizon’s NFL app or Sprint’s NASCAR app that you simply cannot ever delete). It’s simple and beautiful.
  • My first month with Project Fi, I used .25 GB of data. *You can call me the data miser* I have that shit turned off 90% of the time and I strategically ride wifi at home and at work.
  • I paid $28 for one month of data and cell service. Considering we were paying $140 a month with Verizon to share 8 GBs of data, I just saved $42 in a month. YAH. I’ll take that. That’s $500 a year you guys. MATH IS FUN. I <3 MONEY!

So, all in all, I’ll take the okay cell service and mediocre battery life if it means saving enough money each month to get a mani/pedi, or a dinner out, or a 35 lb bag of dog food, or four bananas.