Thursday, March 31, 2011

Laura Loves {March 2011}

I do a LITTLE too much internet surfing and impulsive shopping. But I wind up finding some fun stuff to watch, read, and try! And I often share these things on various social media outlets…but I thought it would be fun to do a monthly post about things I recently found that I LOVE. My goal is to do this toward the end of each month…so everyone can share in my personal best of the best!
So here are the things I loved in March!

Snickers Peanut Butter Squared
A lot of times, candy brands will come out with alternate versions that don’t always survive. When Snickers came out with Snickers Peanut Butter Squared…I had my doubts. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE peanut butter and chocolate. I also love Snickers. I actually suggested a Halloween Whoopie Pie flavored after both Reese’s and Snickers (MonsterMashup). But I just know how I’m usually never 100% satisfied with *new* versions of an already good candy…no matter how good it sounds.

Let me tell you…this Snickers Peanut Butter Squared was WAY better than my expectations. It is seriously delicious! I think what really makes it work is that the peanut butter they used wasn’t exactly like a heavy Reese’s peanut butter…but more of a peanut butter flavored nougat. And they even left some regular nougat in there too! I love it! If you need a second opinion…Rebecca highlighted it as a Snack of the Week on her blog!

Blog: Born This Way
Born This Way started a few short months ago (before the release of, and not related to, the Lady Gaga single). It features one person each post who is either gay, lesbian, or transgendered with a picture from when they were young showing how obviously (or sometimes not obviously) they were “born this way.” In their own words, the individual writes a short explanation of how that picture speaks to them and their journey with self acceptance. In the creator’s own words:
…Some of the pix here feature gay boys with feminine traits, and some gay girls with masculine traits. And even more gay kids with NONE of those traits. Just like real life, these gay kids come in all shades and layers of masculine and feminine…Thus, the "Born This Way" blog is not about furthering stereotypes. It is, simply: 'This is me and this is my story' - in living color and black & white. And this blog only speaks for each person here, as their nature and their truth.
~ Paul V., Creator
This might be one of the more political things I write about on my blog…but I absolutely love this blog. I think it is a great way for happy gay adults to reach out to a younger generation dealing with being teased or bullied. It was a great idea for a blog and I’m so glad it has exploded to become so popular in such a short time! You might love it like me…you might hate it…but this post is called Laura Loves…and I love it!

I found Runkeeper from an old college friend James (who is awesome because we are birthday buddies AND we were old Aussie mates!). He posted one of his dog walks on Facebook using Runkeeper’s handy phone application and website. I decided to download it and try it this past weekend walking around town with Milo. It rocks! Using the GPS on my phone and Google Maps, it automatically maps our walks, keeps track of my pace, and the elevation. If I want to stop and let Milo play in the park, I can “pause” my activity so that it doesn’t mess up my data. During the workout, the app can give you updates…and at the end it tells you how many calories you burned! The updates have motivated me to walk further just to see how far I can go or to try to get to that extra mileage point.

walk screenshot

You can also connect with other friends who use the site to motivate each other! (Don’t worry…you can keep some or all workouts private if you want as well). This weekend, Milo and I walked a total of 10 miles! This work week we have walked over 4 additional miles. This coming weekend we may attempt to go further down the Mall than we ever have! I love this thing! And the best part? The app and basic account are FREE!

Hoodies with Earbuds
My mom got me a white zip up hoodie sweatshirt from Old Navy that had earphones in the drawstrings of the hood. At first I thought it was a little odd. But since trying it out…I love it! They are decent earphones and you can keep your iPod or phone in your pocket without worrying about the wire hanging out all over the place. Not only does that help with accidental tugging…but the “thud” noise that tends to happen when you hit the cord on headphones…doesn’t really happen with these sweatshirts. It is perfect to use with my phone to listen to Pandora and Runkeeper at the same time!

Oh did I mention you can wash it??? Yea even with the earphones in! You just can’t throw it in the dryer.

The other day I was on Hautelook (another site I’ve been loving) and one of the deals was for a pullover hoodie with headphones! Yup…I ordered a navy blue one….and I can’t wait for it to get here!

The only downside? A few double takes from the occasional passerby wondering why the drawstrings of your hoodie are in your ears…

One Man Disney Movie ~ by Nick Pitera
The other day, I found this video by Nick Pitera. If you haven’t heard of him…he is a Pixar employee who has an absolutely amazing vocal range. I’m talking female soprano to male bass. Its crazy! If you don't believe his range from this video...check out the rest of his channel! I am in love with his new video (it’s a little long…but worth every second!):

If you love old school (and 90s) Disney movies…his medley is bound to be nostalgic. I even got on a Disney kick and have been nonstop listening to my Disney Pandora channel!

That’s all I have for my first installment of “Laura Loves.” It was sort of hard to narrow this down to only a few things…and truth be told…I already have a few items that have started to make an impression on me for April!

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