Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Laura Loves {May 2011}

Its that time again! Here are some of the items, links, and other things I’ve loved during the month of May!

Tervis Tumblers
A few years ago, my friend, Patti, got me a cup decorated with a turtle because she knew I loved turtles. The cool thing about this cup was that due to its double lining and an air barrier (where the turtle patch was applied) the cup resists condensation. Turns out that works really well! Awesome right?

It gets better! Earlier this month…I started making more of an effort to eat breakfast…well in some form. I decided to make myself Carnation Instant Breakfast each morning to drink on the way to work. The trouble is carrying the drink…because I wasn’t necessarily ready for it immediately in the morning.

I tried a travel coffee mug. However, complex lid + milk based drink = hard to clean = YUCKY!

Then one day I was at Bed Bath & Beyond and I saw a ton of cups matching my turtle cup with different designs inside. I realized they were called Tervis Tumblers…AND they actually made lids for them! These lids are really basic = really easy to clean. I bought one more cup with the letter “L” and 2 lids (one for each of my tumblers). These cups work great for my instant breakfast in the morning! The lid keeps them contained…and the technology keeps condensation out of my purse if I need to hide it on metro!


JPMetz Advice the Hell Podcast
I don’t really listen to Podcasts. I tried to a while ago…but I never get around to keeping up with them and putting them on my iPod.

All of that changed recently. Over the past few years, some of my peers from high school have become pretty popular on YouTube. If you are into subscriptions on YouTube they are all pretty funny. RustyDaRockStar has some funny characters and works on a collaborative channel. He also collaborates with SoundlyAwake whose character skits are pretty darn awesome (if I do say so myself)! JPMetz has a mock tutorial/review channel where she is pretty critical and doesn’t find too many positive things to say (in a funny way!).

However, recently JPMetz decided to start a call-in advice podcast she calls Advice the Hell. She takes questions from teens and young adults who need advice and tries to answer their questions the best she can, often drawing upon her own personal experience. While the show is geared toward teens and young adults, I find that the honest and caring advice she gives can really give me some perspective relating to my own problems or problems I remember from my teen years. Even if it’s a problem I can’t relate to, I think the advice she is giving listeners is pretty awesome. I think she speaks to her viewers in such a way that their questions seem valid, and that someone is listening and genuinely cares about helping them with their problem. In the teen world...that can seem pretty hard to come by. I can’t help but think of all the people she is helping who look up to her, even those who don’t call in can probably relate to the questions she answers. All in all, I listen to her podcast…regularly…it’s the only one I’ve kept up with in a long time.

If you know any teen who might benefit or enjoy listening to an advice show or hear other things other teens across the country are going through, you might want to recommend her podcast. I think they would really like it! I really think its awesome! She recently decided to do the podcast twice per week and puts them out on Tuesdays and Fridays. I really hope she keeps it up because I think she can do a lot of good!!

Lady Gaga
Earlier this week, Lady Gaga released her sophomore album, Born This Way. I listened to a few previews on iTunes and was pretty convinced that I wouldn’t care too much for the album as a whole. However, when Amazon decided to sell the album, one day only, for $0.99…I decided to try it…what the heck right? I’d pay more than that for only 1 song on iTunes ($1.29). Turns out, I liked the album WAY more than I thought I would. Now, I’m not saying its my favorite album ever, but as a whole…I really have been enjoying the album…and its been a great album to work out to!

However…I decided to make Lady Gaga a feature in Laura Loves because I’ve really liked 2 videos I’ve found recently from her. The first one, many people have probably already seen…but I really enjoy the Google Chrome commercial featuring Lady Gaga and her song Edge of Glory.

The second video I’ve really enjoyed has been her acapella version of Born This Way done for an HBO special. I think she sounds great and I like the different sound of the song sung a bit slower…

Anyway…I don’t know that I would call her my “mother monster” quite yet…but this month I am loving Lady Gaga.

Amazon Cloud Player
Recently, Amazon came out with something called a Cloud Drive where you can store documents, music, photos, etc. This goes along with their new Cloud Player which can play music stored on your Cloud Drive.

Now…I use Google Docs so I really don’t need the full out Cloud Drive…but I was curious about the Cloud Player. At first I was a bit skeptical…but after purchasing the Lady Gaga CD for $0.99 and having it downloaded to my Cloud Drive…I fell in love!

Not only could I listen to the album at work right away using the Cloud Player, but later that day I was also able to listen on my phone using the Amazon MP3 Player App during my commute home! When I got home, I used the Cloud Downloader to put the CD I purchased onto my computer. The album went straight into my iTunes library without doing anything weird or special! One step! It was so simple! The music stayed on the Cloud as well so that I can still listen on my phone or at work…and I can upload music to the Cloud Drive to listen there as well. The best part is that I’ve been able to make a workout playlist to listen to on my phone as I also get coaching from RunKeeper while I do my interval runs!

Milo Loves - National’s Pups at the Park
I’ve already posted a bit about this, but this month Milo really loved Pups In The Park put on at National’s Stadium! There were so many dogs there that he got to meet and he loved getting to go somewhere new! The staff at the stadium handled the event really well. We got a bunch of free samples of food and treats as well as a new tote bag! They had plenty of water stations and even a relief station of some sod for the dogs to use! They had picnic tables within the fenced in area as well so that it was easier for pup owners to eat some lunch.

A great time was had by all! And all of the pups were on their best behavior! Best of all…the pup ticket proceeds went to the Humane Society! There are two more Pups In The Park events scheduled for this season at National’s Stadium. I’m hoping to get Milo to at least one more!

Well…that’s all I have for this month!Check back in June for another edition of Laura Loves!


  1. if you've heard Britney's "hold it against me", there's a cover by Sam Tsui which is *amazing*. Better than the original IMO. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxTDK1S5qJ0

  2. WOW Brenna that is really good! I agree!