30 Things to do Before I’m 30


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I’ll be 30 next year. No biggie really; to me it’s just another year. However when you get to that point in your life, people start asking questions.

“Oh no, the big ‘3-0’. So what are you going to do now?”

What am I going to do now? Same thing I did everyday for the past 29 years hopefully!My life has been wonderful, fulfilling, and blessed. I have traveled abroad on more than one account, backpacked Europe, moved across the country, volunteered with many organizations that share my passions, and have let myself really appreciate and enjoy what life has to offer.

However there are those things I still wished I always did…just to try. Things people say they do all the time but for some reason or another, whether it scares me or I just don’t have the time, I never do.

So here it goes…


[Feel free to track my progress on My Page. I’ll be posting updates]

  1. Go to the movies by myself.
  2. Take a spur-of-the-moment day trip to the coast.
  3. Try a new and exotic food.
  4. Try something I know I used to hate and refused to eat (I’m thinking beets or brussel sprouts).
  5. Go to my favorite restaurant and order something other than “my usual”.
  6. Pet a sheep. (I am dying to see if they feel like what I think in my head.)
  7. Spend an entire day pampering myself. Mani & pedi., facial, massage, the works.
  8. Wear everything in my closet, at least to try it on to see if it’s worth keeping.
  9. Sell some of my nice, designer handbags (I have been saying that for years but it’s about time.)
  10. Write love letters to my husband.
  11. Catch up on Drs appts. Physical, dental, eye, etc. I always put off the Dr.
  12. Eliminate one cause of stress in my life.
  13. Catch up with an old friend.
  14. Take a fun class; either at the community college or a one-time weekend class, just something I’ve never done.
  15. Go two weeks without spending a penny (eating what’s in the cupboards and spending time at home). This excludes paying standard bills of course; I don’t want my power shut off!
  16. Learn Spanish.
  17. Be “disconnected” for one day. No phone, no Internet, no computer, no TV…just appreciate nature and human interaction.
  18. Do a detox body cleanse.
  19. Read a classic that I was always too stubborn to read in school, like Catcher in the Rye or Little Women.
  20. Forgive everyone that has ever hurt me in the past. I need to let go of anger and disappointment.
  21. Write a Will, death letter, etc….I know it’s morbid, but by 30 I think it needs to happen.
  22. Run a 5K; actually run the whole time.
  23. Find the perfect LBD.
  24. Pick a random Living Social deal just to try something new.
  25. Give something or someone a second chance.
  26. Incorporate color into my wardrobe; buy a few signature pieces with flair. Maybe a yellow blazer or teal skinny jeans?
  27. Cry while watching a sad movie and eating an entire container of  Ice Cream…every girl has to do that at least once in her life, right?
  28. Get PRK or Lasik eye surgery. I am so sick of contacts and glasses.
  29. Learn something new through watching a YouTube video.
  30. Get digitally organized. I am already very organized and keep track over everything, but I hardly keep digital files of anything.

I’ve got about 8 months, wish me luck!


If Wine Were a…Book


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This week I wanted to change things up a bit. After my first sip of this Noble Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, a certain book series came to mind.

If Noble Vine 337 were a book, it would be 50 Shades of Grey.

IMG_3829Talk about seductive, this wine screams for dark chocolate covered strawberries (which we enjoyed while sipping this delicious treasure). It’s rich fruit and cedar taste makes you feel like you are doing something naughty. This wine is perfect for a quiet night in with that special someone. Don’t forget the tie.


*Drink Responsibly. All wines reviewed are intended to be enjoyed by those of age.


Let’s Make a Small Change Today


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Happy Earth Day everyone!


I love Earth day…well I just love our planet Earth. It’s the only one we have so we may want to start thinking about trying to make it last. I know, I know most people recycle. You do your part, right? Today I challenge people to do a little more. Walk somewhere instead of driving, REDUCE the amount of waste/recycling you produce (even recycling takes processing which requires energy and causes waste in itself), eat something that came from our Earth (not a factory) and plant something in its place. These are very small things that we can do to help ensure a sustainable planet for future generations.




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Sometimes shopping can do some good, and Sevenly is the place to do it. I have been following this site’s progress over the last few years and it has gotten HUGE! What used to be a site that sold only 2-3 T-shirts now has accessories, home decor, and kids apparel. It features brands like bkr, Dogeared, Jellycat, Pure Vida and Krochet Kids intl.


Each week a charity is chosen and $7 from each purchase is donated toward that charity. It’s simple…just shop and know that you are doing something toward the greater good. What I like about this site, and what I hate to point out about other so-called “charities”, is that this site promotes non-profit organizations that use the donations toward it’s cause not advertising. Most organizations that have gained notoriety use 60-70% of donated funding toward advertising and merchandise, not toward the cause they are promoting. It’s sad when you start to do the research. Thanks to Sevenly, these charities gets the advertising they need to raise funds on a huge scale. It has definitely grown into a success.

Check out this week’s charity, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, to help fight childhood cancer. CLICK HERE

Some of you may have noticed that I wrote about this group last year. Check it out HERE.

Start shopping and make a difference. ~Christina

I NEED these shoes!



I first saw these cool shoes on Kingdom of Style , a Scottish fashion blog that I love. The only way to order these shoes, as the company is based in Thailand, is through facebook and a foot measuring template. I would love to have a pair but at 200 dollars if they don’t fit I will be quite upset. For now I will just admire and share with you.



Cute DIY that I can’t wait to try!

Originally posted on Measured & Slow:

One of the many fun things we do at the Modern Quilt Guild is swaps; everyone makes a small project, puts it in a paper bag, and puts it on a table. Then everyone picks a random bag so that they end up with someone else’s project. It’s fun to see what everyone comes up with, and you end up with something cute to take home! This month’s swap was pincushions, and I had a lot of fun following Yellow Spool ‘s tutorial for this one with a cute embroidery hoop:


The fabric is from a Michael Miller line called Just My Type (in “Letterpress”). I am somewhat obsessed with these prints at the moment; my love for Michael Miller’s cottons is well documented, and the colors are fantastic. I used a bunch of them for the hexie quilt (coincidentally they were just the colors I needed!) and have plans…

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How to Say Goodbye


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This weekend sucks. Not only do I have to say goodbye to one of my dear friends (left) who is moving far away, I also have to say goodbye to my husband (right) who will be “leaving for an extended period of time” (he’s military).  I don’t want to say goodbye to either one of them. Having to say goodbye to both of them in the same day is killing me inside.

I’ve been thinking about how to say goodbye to each of them in the right way so they know how much I love them and so that they know how much I will be thinking about them. I can’t find words. Even sitting here blogging about it, I can’t find words, funny huh? I’m not going to give them sappy pictures of me, we do all have Facebook for goodness sake, nor am I going to make a mix CD of our favorite songs (although I did think about doing that one evening), instead I’m going to do the complete opposite.

I’m not going to say goodbye….I’ll simply say “See ya later”.

Life is about remembering the amazing memories you create with your friends, spouses, children, pets…it should never be about that brief moment you have to say goodbye. So I refuse to say it. Whether or not I get to see my good friend again, I will always remember our adventures and fun times together. And while my husband is away, I will think of all the good times we had…not the things we are missing out on together.

So if you have to watch someone hop on a plane to leave for a long, long time…don’t say goodbye, it’s too permanent, just say ‘See ya’ and remember that life is about the moments.


How to buy Wine


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There are many ways to select and purchase wine. One of my favorite ways is to go to Binny’s with $100, walk up to the wine expert desk and inform the always enthusiastic employee that you would like to select 5 to 6 bottles of wine. I know many people do not have $100 dollars to spend on wine at one time but it is a great way to stock your wine rack. I recieved this tip from Alpana Singh’s book, Alpana Pours.

The wine expert at Binny’s will walk you around the huge selection of wine will ask you what you like, the wines you typically drink and any food you may be serving with the wine or any special occasions coming up. It is ok if you don’t know the answer to any of these that will not defeat the wine enthusiast. Next time you need to re-stock your wine selection – and you don’t live near a wine growing region, give this a try. Also if you don’t live near a Binny’s go to your local wine shop and talk to the owners there as well. There is a fantastic one near me that sells artisanal cheeses as well.

Other ways I have selected wine: by the label (beware this can have disasterous results) by the price ( price does not dictate quality many great wines are around 10 dollars) at a wine tasting ( the best way to really know what you are getting)

Happy wine shopping!


Always Eat The Doughnut


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This is one of my favorite quotes to live by. I’m not saying that we should all eat poorly- in fact I try to eat well and exercise most days- BUT- on the occasion that I am offered a fresh morning doughnut I rarely turn it down – eat that doughnut! Basically it is a metaphor that life is short and you should be free at times. Live and enjoy life. For others living might be doing somthing dangerous like sky diving or swimming with sharks – for me it is to eat the doughnut. This advice helped me through these horrible past 2 weeks where seemingly everything around me was breaking. First it was my laptop, then our internet, then our toilet that overflowed so horribly that it flooded our basement requiring my husband to punch a hole in the ceiling and that ruined the couch, then the dryer broke, the oven stopped working, our family room couch broke, and finally my husbands cell phone stopped working 2 days after the warrant expired. Ughhhh! Unbelieveable. Now I really try to keep life in perspective and to stay positive but I have to admit to a few child- like tantrums these past 2 weeks. All of these things are just that “things” they don’ really mean anything in the grander picture if life but when they all break at the same time it is like- ok – universe wtf. lol. But I am happy to say that the oven, toilet, and internet are fixed. I am sorry I was MIA from blogging but I am happy to be back. As for the rest – we will get to it when we get to it- for now, I’m enjoying my doughnut!



Pantry Chili


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This is a super easy chili recipe that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients or time but packs a powerful flavor.
1lb ground beef ( or ground turkey)
2- 15oz cans tomato sauce
1 – 15oz can dark red kidney beans
1- 15oz can diced tomatoes
1- tsp cumin powder
5- tbls chili powder
2- tbls minced onions
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp cinnamin powder
1/2 tsp black pepper

brown and drain ground beef. Mix all remaining ingredients in a large chili pot amd add the ground beef. Stir and simmer on low for at least 45 minutes – I have simmered mine for up to 2 hours stirring occasionally.

For Christina it may be odd to make chili in April, here in Chicago on Friday when I made this chili it was 40 degrees with wind gusts at 30mph so it was fitting.



April Must-Haves


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Spring is almost here…well some days it feels like spring and then others feel like we are stuck in winter. Be ready for any weather condition with these practical April Must-Haves. april

  1. The classic trench with a Military twist! Camel Military Twill Trench Coat @ Dorothy Perkins $55.
  2. Spring cleaning the natural and healthy way. Meyer’s Clean Day Cleaning Products @ Amazon.
  3. Bold print + a pop of color = the perfect Spring bag.  Poverty Flats by rian Flap Satchel @ Nordstrom $90.
  4. Comfy lounge to soak up the sun @ Amazon $135.
  5. Protect your face and embrace it’s glow. Olay Moisturizer, Youth Code BB Cream, and Nars Illuminating Serum.

Wine Wednesdays are MIA…


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Kathy typically writes “If Wine were a Movie” Wednesday but she’s unfortunately been MIA. Why? Because her wonderful husband…my brother…broke their computer! So this is a public plee to get Kathy back up and running.



We are with you. Make that man of yours (it’s ok for me to say because he’s my brother and I can pick on him all I want) fix your computer! And if he can’t I think you deserve a new one. And I think the rest of the blogging community would agree.




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