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I have just recently discovered a replacement for my beloved Duck Tape, and it’s many uses.  A couple of weekends ago, I and another friend threw our dearest friend a baby shower.  We were hanging up decorations in her house but were in the midst of a dilemma: how to hang without using thumb tacks would leave those annoying microscopic holes or harsh tape that would remove paint from walls?  Our dearest friend pulled out Washi Tape and told us to “have at it!”  I had heard about it, but never seen it in action to realize how truly wonderful it was.  

Ever have that happen to you?  Where you see something being used once and then all of a sudden you see it being used. all. the. time.?!

Here are a few reason why you should invest in some Washi Tape!

-Curb appeal–it’s aesthetically pleasing!  Washi Tape comes in countless colors and patterns!

-Stickiness–It sticks to anything and everything, but also removes easily (including paper!)

In addition to hanging decorations on furniture and walls, I’ve seen it used in a planner, such as this one:

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But this past weekend, I used Washi Tape to spice up our laundry room door!  Check it out!

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For the love of Washi Tape,

Ash

If Europe’s “It’s the Final Countdown” doesn’t bring a smile to your face and get you pumped to stay up late, study hard, and finish strong, I don’t know what will.  Actually, scratch that.  I do.  Thanks to one of my grad friends over at Mason, I have been introduced to a life-changing app.  And by life-changing I mean study-changing, because let’s face it people, our lives right now are centered around cramming countless pieces of information into our brains.

Bueller?  Anyone?

Now it’s my turn to spread the love.  Allow me to introduce you to Coffitivity.  It’s free and it can be played on your mobile device, laptop, tablet, or whatever you’re rocking these days.

What is it?  Coffitivity plays coffee shop sounds that allows you to feel like you’re at a coffee shop from the comfort of your very own home.  Apparently, the mix of calm and commotion in an environment like a coffee house has been proven (scientifically–that’s right!  Check out the research on their site here: http://coffitivity.com/) to be just what you need to get those creative juices flowing.

Anyone else suddenly excited to feel like they’re at a coffee shop while rocking their pjs?!

For the love of a coffee-shop-feel in my pjs,

Ash

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Home sweet home.

April 3, 2014 | Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

Chances are you are probably not from the great Northern Virginia area.  Wherever you are, I bet there is a restaurant somewhere in the DMV area that takes you home.

After much searching, that place for me is: Hill Country Barbecue.  Location? Chinatown–the closest Metro stops are Gallery-Place/Chinatown & Archives.

They have Shiner Bock (beer made in the great state of Texas), the best smoked brisket, sweet tea, and most importantly, Blue Bell ice cream.  For those of you who haven’t had Blue Bell ice cream, my sincerest condolences.  It’s an amazing Texan delicacy and life changing.  Word on the street is it’s making it’s way up the coast.  Until that day, you’ll have to go to Hill Country BBQ to see for yourself.

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What restaurant takes you home?  My friends from NOLA say Bayou Bakery is pretty spectacularly nostalgic.

For the love of BBQ spare ribs.

Ash

Busy & Hungry

April 3, 2014 | Uncategorized  |  Leave a Comment

If you’re like me, you know that being a busy graduate student means being hungry.  All of the time.

In terms of busyness and hunger, my worst days happen to the beloved “Hump Day.”  On Wednesdays, I am at work and school for 13 hours straight.  I pretty much pack all 3 meals for the day into my lunch box, because we also know that being a busy graduate student means being poor.

Allow me to introduce you to my newest hunger-saver: the green smoothie.  It is a gift to all graduate students.  Consume daily at breakfast to keep yourself energized and full until meal #2!

I spent a lot of time on Pinterest (who doesn’t?) looking for various green smoothie recipes until I found the secret formula from Popsugar:

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Need to save even more time?  Pack all of your green smoothie combos in a sandwich bag on the weekend and store in the freezer.  Take out right when you wake up in the morning to let thaw a little before blending!  Enjoy.

For love of kale, when it doesn’t take like kale.

Ash

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