Monthly Faves: February 2013

by agirlandhermutt on March 1, 2013

March! The month of my people…The Irish! Before we jump into the month full force, lets take a minute to look at some of my fave food, fitness, fashion and fun items from the past month….February Favorites!




*Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning– I was perusing the spice section at Trader Joe’s, which isn’t that big but always has something interesting, when this caught my eye. I gave it a try and I love it! It is a mixture of sea salt, black peppercorns, mustard seeds, coriander, onion, garlic, paprika, and chili pepper.  It just mixes with every food perfectly and it has become my go-to seasoning.



*Market Pantry Lean Turkey Meatballs- These suckers are so easy it is stupid. Just stick them in the oven for 20 minutes and you have dinner. I use these for those long days at work when I want to eat at home but don’t want to do ANY prep. Perfect.



*Trader Joe’s Butter Lettuce– Who knew you could have a favorite lettuce? Well, you can and it is not frisee. Ugh. When a menu says “mixed greens” I immediately shudder. Butter lettuce is where it is at and this bag of just that is the perfect base for my salads.




*Real Ryder Cycling– My love of spinning is still strong. I finished 5 weeks of class and signed up for another 5 at Sweat & Soul Yoga. I love the feeling of being completely wiped out after class and look forward to it each week! Check out my review of the class here.

*Wii Zumba-So much fun and a great workout! Check out my review of the game here.


*Tone It Up Weekly Workout Schedule– After TIU’s last challenge, they started sending out weekly workout schedules on Sunday afternoon. I absolutely love this idea and it provides a great way for me to plan my workouts. Best of all…it is free!



*Alex & Ani– I’m in love with these bracelets. They are simple, easy to stack, pretty affordable, and have a great message of positivity.

*Naked Palette– I’m in love with Urban Decay eye shadows and fell in love with the Naked Palette 2. I finally tried out the original and I think it might be even better!


*Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick– These chunky lip pencils not only are moisturizing, but have a great color pay off. They last for a pretty long time (though not all day) and are a great drugstore make-up find!



*The Hobbit Song- I must have listened to this song about a million times. When it becomes viral on YouTube it will because of all my views. This is the super long version and I can’t get enough.


*Top Chef– I love this show and all forms of it. Original, Masters, Just Desserts, All-Stars…all of it. I’m sad this season is over! I haven’t watched the finale, but know who won thanks to an overzealous Tweeter and I’m pleased. It was my favorite from the beginning. 😉



Let me know what some of your favorite products from February are! Any good food or make-up finds?!

Talk to  you on Monday!!!

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January Currents

by agirlandhermutt on January 8, 2013

I completely forgot to mention on yesterday’s post that a BIG event happened on Sunday, 1/6/13. My parents celebrated their 40th anniversary! 4-0 years. How insane is that?!

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I will be celebrating the big milestone with them in March while we are on vacation together. Can.Not.Wait.


Yesterday my buddy Lauren, from Oatmeal After Spinning, posted a fun blog called Currently. I loved the idea and totally am copying it for today. It would be fun to see how these changes month to month, wouldn’t it? I can’t promise I will remember to do this each month so I won’t. 😉 Lets just enjoy this month and see how it goes.

Currently: January

Current books: Uglies by Scott Westerfield. Yes, I am almost 33 and reading YA novels. What of it?!

Current music: I am obsessed with 3 songs right now.
-Scream & Shout by and Britney Spears
-Little Things by One Direction
-Sail by Awolnation

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Current guilty pleasure:Prison Wives. I discovered it on Netflix and just can’t stop myself from watching.


Current nail color: Vamsterdam from OPI. I am still rocking the gel manicures!

Current drink: water, water, water. I’ve cut out the booze for a bit and I’m amping up the hydration.

Current food: Trader Joe’s Just Grilled Chicken with Sriracha. So easy, so hot, so good. Sometimes I add in a wedge of Laughing Cow, Braggs Liquid Aminos and garlic powder to make a sauce of sorts. It looks disgusting, but it tastes amazing!

Current favorite show: Top Chef! Love that show. I am constantly amazed at how quickly they can whip together these amazing meals out of the weirdest items.

Current wish list: A Magic Bullet. I need a personal blender. When I say need I really mean that I really really want it, but can totally get by without one. These shoes are also on my wish list. Heh.

Current needs: A pet proof trash can. Korky has developed a new habit in his old age and it involves driving me nuts by knocking over the trash can. Over and over and over.

Current triumphs: I sewed up my own tote bag!

Current bane of my existence: Leftover snow and ice. Every now and then I hit a patch of ice and it takes me by surprise. Plus, I almost kill myself on it.

Current celebrity crush: Joseph Gordon Levitt. Such a cutie patutie.

Current indulgence: Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

Current blessing: I have a million and one blessings. I have a wonderful family, set of friends, love, and dog!


Current slang: Okey Dokey Artichokey.

Current outfit: I’m writing this Monday night so I’m in a pair of duck pjs and a tank. I took a picture to show you but then I realized that this pair of pants has one too many holes in it. I promptly threw them away. Ugh…no I didn’t. I continued to wear them. Fail.

Current excitement: There are a few birthdays coming up, including my wonderful friend Karen!

Current mood: Motivated.

Current link: (just a little news watching 😉 )


Have a great day! Let me know what your Current Music is. I’m on the lookout for some new songs for the ipod!


Girl Talk Concert

by agirlandhermutt on August 22, 2012

Can you pinpoint times in your life when you heard a song over and over? Like a song will come on the radio and instantly you can remember a specific moment or time in your life. Whenever I hear The Wallflowers One Headlight (which is more often than you would think) I immediately think of a summer I spent almost every waking moment at the beach with my BFF in high school. When I hear No Doubt’s I’m Just a Girl I am instantly transported back to high school when I was driving down the street in my red Chevy Nova (with a No Fear sticker across the front window…don’t hate!) with the sunroof opening.

I also have some weird songs that I connect to my parents like Poison’s Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Barbara Streisand’s People, and off the Nilsson Schmilsson album, Coconut. You know, “She put the lime in the coconut, she drank ‘em both up.” My family is a bit weird.

Most recently though my big music association is anything and everything Girl Talk. I listened to two of his albums, Night Ripper and Feed the Animals,  back to back to back while training for the Avon Walk. I was training to walk 39.3 over two days and I needed music to pump me up. Girl Talk was perfect for that.

Just in case you don’t know who Girl Talk is and you are imagining some silly girl band. Fear not. It is really just one nerdy white guy named Gregg Gillis. He is the master of digital remixing and mashing up songs. Check out him talking about who he is and what he does.


Last Friday, while everyone was partying it up at the HLS cocktail party, I was jumping around like a lunatic at the Girl Talk concert. I had heard rumors that it was like a big rave party. They weren’t lying. It was hot, sweaty, loud, obnoxious, and filled with confetti. It was FANTASTIC.

The concert was at this outdoor venue that is partly-covered. The stage and most of the seats have a roof, but there is some totally exposed seating too. It is right on the water and the perfect spot to become a complete and utter sweaty mess.

I didn’t realize that everyone and their mom would be wearing neon so I just wore an old grey tshirt, shorts, and my converse. Do you understand how much neon I have?! This was the perfect time for it and I totally missed the boat.

Throughout the show they threw out confetti, huge rolls of toilet paper, balloons and big tubes filled with water. It kept people screaming all night long!

I took some video but it was really pathetic. Mostly because I was jumping around so its just a hot mess. Instead I’m including some video that will give you an idea of what his concerts are like. My fave part is when he mixes Kelly Clarkson’s song. If you fast forward to the 2:00 mark in this video you can get an idea of how excited people get for this mix! Oh, if you don’t care for some dirty language then consider yourself warned. 😉


If you get a chance to go to a Girl Talk concert I totally recommend it. It is so fun and just is a HUGE party! Wear that neon too. Make this girl proud!

Oh, and if you are looking for really fun workout songs…YOU.MUST.LISTEN. to Girl Talk!