1. I made a million batches of Amanda’s brownies last week. #rollmehome

2. We all need to love life this much. Don’t.ever.stop.

3. The last few nights I’ve had like, the worst sleeps EVER. We have a constant battle because I like to be freezing (all the time) while my husband likes to be hot (all the time). It’s been warm at night and he refuses to leave the ceiling fan on (which I, of course, turn on after he falls sleep) even though I watch him toss and turn all night long because he gets too hot (throwing the covers off, laying across the bed). Sometimes I feel like there is a toddler sleeping next to me.

4. I’ve also taken to phone-recording his snoring in the middle of the night, because I like him to listen to what it’s like to sleep next to what sounds like a hairy old grandpa. I don’t know where the hairy part comes in but thank goodness I’m not dealing with that (yet).

5. Someone’s been eating cookie butter every night straight from the jar like it’s peanut butter, but the problem is that IT IS NOT PEANUT BUTTER. I wonder if this will ever stop.

6. I don’t care what dayo de mayo it is, I am dying for a mango jalapeno margarita and some cilantro limeade. Ugh. I can’t even stand it.

7. Speaking of margaritas I made the dumbest move a few weeks ago and grabbed some of that Skinnygirl margarita stuff in the liquor store because, well… I’m a marketer’s dream and can’t say no. It may have been the foulest thing I’ve ever tasted. Actually, I think it tasted like disgusting watered down garbage. Never ever again. Ever.

8. Since I’ve talked about it the last 3 weeks, I must scream from the rooftops that I just think Girls keeps getting better and better. But this is coming from a 15-year HBO worshipper.

9. Should I be using some sort of serum crap on my face at night in my late twenties? I feel like I should, and I feel like I need to be much more of an adult and do things like that which are very adult-like. Someone halllllp me. What should I use? Because I’m not going to be an adult in any other way. I’m looking at you laundry and dishes.

10. These shoes keep falling into my shopping cart. Definite problem.

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94 Responses to “Tuesday Things.”

  1. #
    Stephanie — May 8, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    um those brownies…totally sinful. can i hire you as a personal trainer so i can fit in my wedding dress? countdown days 102 days. ahhh!

    and for #9 i got conned into using the Mary Kay line for basically the same reason. shouldn’t i be doing this now? i don’t mind it. i haven’t really noticed anything but its only been a few weeks.


  2. #
    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — May 8, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    I now use miracle worker from philosophy. It’s pricey but if you want you can go to sephora and get a sample–so worth every penny! And girls? YES! That is all.


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    Yum Yucky — May 8, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    Lemme tell ya somethin’. My husband is more hairy now than when I first married him. And now he randomly gets these superlong eyebrow strands (like one or two) that need to be plucked. I call them antlers. At 39, I just started taking care of my face. Wrote an anti-aging post about it right here: http://www.yumyucky.com/2012/03/fitness-facial-anti-aging-docu-drama-hold-onto-your-granny-pannies.html xo


  4. #
    Catalina @ Cake with Love — May 8, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    OMG you phone-recorded your husband snoring LOL, thanks God mine doesn’t snore yet, does it come with age?? mine is 26 so I would love to find out when he will start!!! Check Whole Foods for the night serum, they have a great organic line that I use, and they have testers too! I actually almost bought the Skinny Girl margarita, I am so happy you wrote a review, not spending money on that now!


  5. #
    Liz — May 8, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    I adore cilantro and lime so I’m going to make those limeaids stat! I agree with you about the Skinnygirl, but if you zhush it up with some sparkling water, fresh lime juice, and crushed ice, it’s not so so bad. But, I err on the side of laziness and therefore will do anything not to dig my blender out of the depths of the cabinets. :)


  6. #
    Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement — May 8, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    Thank you about the honesty regarding the Skinnygirl….I thought I was the only person who didn’t like them. I found some stevia flavored margarita mixers that are 1000x better called Sinless cocktail mixer and they are amazing. Mostly, I just make my own….skinny or not.

    My husband likes to sleep with all the blinds and curtains closed…DRIVES ME INSANE! I like to wake up and see the sun. If he snores, I yell at him to stop in the middle of the night and HE DOES. It’s magic.


  7. #
    lc — May 8, 2012 @ 4:23 pm


    I cannot stop watching this. On repeat, seriously. We are the ladies.


  8. #
    Liz — May 8, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    My traders does NOT have cookie butter. such a disappointment. everytime I see it here I get a pang of jealousy.


  9. #
    Katie — May 8, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    Hah, dayo de mayo. I say bring on the margaritas annnny old dayo de yearo, too.


  10. #
    Erin @ The Speckled Palate — May 8, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    Super sad I no longer live near a TJ’s to experience this Cookie Butter phenom.

    And ditto on Girls. Loving that show.


    • Lauren — May 8th, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

      Erin, try looking for Biscoff cookie butter in your regular grocery stores. Not sure where you’re located; I’m in the south and buy mine at Publix and Kroger. I’ve never had TJ’s Speculoos spread but I’m guessing they’re pretty similar. You could always order online if all else fails. I encourage evvveryone to jump on the cookie butter bandwagon- it is some life-changingly awesome stuff!


      • Erin @ The Speckled Palate — May 8th, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

        Thanks so much, Lauren! I’m in the South, as well, and while my town doesn’t have a Kroger OR a Publix (booooooooo!), I’ll definitely check the local groceries to see if they’ve got it. I appreciate the tip!

  11. #
    Lisa — May 8, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    Very true about skinnygirl margs; disappointing. I like the jose cuervo light with tequila then i add some more!


  12. #
    Eliza — May 8, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Someday we shall trade stories because I also have multiple videos on my phone of my boyfriend snoring away on the couch, as well as still photos of him sleeping, sitting up, mid-type on his laptop, in a seriously uncomfortable position. It’s great because then I get to watch whatever I want on tv instead of being subjected to shows like West Coast Customs. And I get to go to bed first and take up 3/4 of the bed. Ohhhh yeahhhh!


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    Lauren | Hippie Dog Company — May 8, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    OMG – that is TOO FUNNY that you phone recorded your husband snoring! I have wanted to do that so many time but was worried I was demented! LOL :)


  14. #
    Sarah — May 8, 2012 @ 4:46 pm


    Miracle face stuff! I love it. It got rid of the fine lines on my forehead. I use other avon face stuff too so I don’t know if the combination helps but I’ve never been disappointed by an anew product from avon.

    Must start watching this Girls show!


  15. #
    Calee (@chimes) — May 8, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    ahh those brownies look craaaaaay … yikes! :)


  16. #
    Sarah @ Smart-Mouthed.com — May 8, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    I, too, recently wondered about a face serum. I noticed some eye wrinkles starting that I’m not okay with. Loreal Youth Code seems good. My older lady friend (who has the skin of a baby’s behind) recommended it.

    As for the sleep situation. (hilarious!) I recommend falling asleep with an ice pack. Learned that from NYC summers.

    Must get in on the Girls phenom. That and the cookie butter. …it’s good to have goals.

    Love the blog!


  17. #
    Katie K — May 8, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    Serums: Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Serum and Eye Serum (they also have Lip Serum). And while you’re at it get some of the beta hydroxy pads! In the past 6 months I have completely converted to their skincare and makeup lines, though they bankrupt me. Highly recommend.


  18. #
    debbie — May 8, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    omg, that picture looks amazing!! Oreos and choccy!! jees :-)


  19. #
    tracy — May 8, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    friend!! i’m super into dr. weils night repair stuff right now.
    it’s super good

    girls is the shit. I watched it twice last night because i couldn’t get enough. THE WRITING IS SO GOOD.

    cilantro limeade. get your drink on. thanks for the linkage!


  20. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — May 8, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    Oohh those brownies!!! They look amazing!!


  21. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 8, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    I want to make those cookie brownie goodness bars soooo bad. I’ve been told I’ll have to eat them myself. though.


  22. #
    Jessica — May 8, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

    There’s no TJ near us – someone started a FB petition. Yeah, that’ll make them change their minds…

    And YES on the serum in your twenties. I started with Mary Kay in my 20s, and now that I’ve begun a far more adult decade, people tell me I look way younger than my age. Just build the habit of using it, and you’ll see the benefits when you really want them.


  23. #
    Barbara — May 8, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    I made those brownies a few weeks ago from a recipe I got on another blog (Blog is the New Black). AMAZING!!! Need to make them again. They’re delicious hot or room temp. I gave away half the pan though, as I live alone and could have eaten the whole pan – no problem!! Other blogs are calling them “Slutty Brownies” though :) That name went over well with my friends and family! Oh yeah, and apparently Jessica Simpson spoke about them on Jay Leno.


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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — May 8, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    Oh, those brownies!!!! I’m thinking if I made those they wouldn’t even make it into the oven. The whole thing raw looks great to me!
    And yes, use the serum from a REALLY good skin care line. You don’t want to go with the cheap stuff. I now have a (ugh!) 20 year old and many people think we’re sisters (or maybe they’re just trying to be polite, especially those old men who like to flirt with younger women. :-/ ) It will save you in the long run and you will be grateful. That’s my two cents.


    • Jessica — May 8th, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

      Lynne! Do you have any recommendations??


      • Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — May 9th, 2012 @ 9:14 am

        I’ve been using Arbonne and LOVE the stuff, specifically their RE9 anti-aging line. Like I said, it is pricey, but well worth it. I bought the whole set in the beginning, but then stopped buying the night cream because it was too heavy, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the eye cream – that is my favorite product!

  25. #
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — May 8, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    My husband rarely snores, but he sometimes does … and he swears he NEVER snores. So I finally got so annoyed one night that I filmed him sleeping. I had no problem whatsoever showing him the video the next morning. ;)


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    Randilea @ Life As I Bake It — May 8, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

    I also tried that skinnygirl margarita! DISGUSTING! I took one sip and poured the rest down the sink. What a disappointing waste.


  27. #
    Sarah @ The Cyclist's Wife — May 8, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    OMG. I am phone recording my husband’s snoring too! I swear it only started after we got married – I didn’t buy into that!! As far as night time face serum, take it from an (almost) middle 30’s lady that yes, you should. I like this one http://reviews.burtsbees.com/8993/-45/radiance-night-cream-reviews/reviews.htm and this blog http://www.delightedmomma.com/ has great DIY skin care tips.


  28. #
    meg — May 8, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    Hah! I can relate so much to your problems with your husband! Mine actually likes it SO cold at night and I am freezing, but the bed is too hot! It’s like sleeping in bed with a furnace.

    I think that I might be allergic to retinol (I bought some anti aging cream and it gave me a HORRIBLE rash all over my face for a week) and am wondering if 26 is too young to think about botox. First I guess I’d need to find funds for that. ;)


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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — May 8, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    This cracks me up. And AMEN SISTAH to foul skinnygirl margaritas! I couldn’t agree more. But the question is if you are eating pans of brownies, why the skinnygirl? You might as well splurge all the way :)


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    Cookbook Queen — May 8, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    Girls. Love. Loooooove. Even in it’s super awkward glory, it’s totally amazing. I only wish the episodes lasted an hour. Half hour a week is NOT enough.

    Do you own a Clarisonic? Get one. Pricey, but sooo worthsies. Exfoliating is one of the most important parts of skin care, and this does the job HUGE. I use mine with some Cetaphil cleanser that I buy at Walmart, but you can also use their Clarisonic cleanser but it’s expensive.

    I remove my make up every night with Dermalogica Pre Cleanse. It’s an oil, you use a tiny bit and rub it all over then wash off. Takes that make up right off. All natural too, which is a huge bonus.

    After that, I put on Hope In a Jar for Dry Skin. I don’t really HAVE dry skin, but that kind is creamier than their normal formula, so I can use less.

    Sorry for my mile long comment. I get passionate about face stuff.


  31. #
    Michelle — May 8, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    All this cookie butter consumption and no recipes yet involving cookie butter? Please post some recipes!!

    We have a serious cookie butter problem in my house. I am in desperate need if other ways to consume cookie butter (besides straight from the jar) so I can feel better about our household rate of consumption.


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    Rebecca — May 8, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    I am 24, but I’ve been using serums for a couple years now since my dermatologist said they are the best thing for preventing lines/wrinkles besides a retinoid. I’m using the “A Perfect World” serum from origins and I love it. I’ve also used the one by Boots (which is sold in Target). It was top rated in the Good Housekeeping anti-aging review and I really liked it too.


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    Amanda — May 8, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    genius idea to record the snoring. i am starting that in T-6 hours! i will play it all day long for my husband so he can listen to it as long as i have to listen to it. also, i don’t use fancy adult serums, and im in my late 20s, so i don’t think it’s necessary! maybe i should? the adult things i prefer to do are drink margaritas and beer. and going to bed when i feel like it (which is wayyyy earlier than it was when i was in my teens). to each their own.


  34. #
    Karen — May 8, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    I too fell victim to the Skinnygirl margarita! I LOVE Bethenny Frankel and all her TV shows.. so I thought I’d try her margarita. Big mistake. I did not like. Yet I haven’t been able to make myself pour it down the sink so it sits in my fridge as a reminder of it’s nastiness.


  35. #
    Amanda — May 8, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    I use Olay products – I recently bought the Total Effects night cream and it’s great. They also have a Regenerist line serum which is great. It is not crazy expensive and it does the job. Plus you can get it at Giant Eagle or Walgreens or wherever. And Carrie Underwood recommends it :)


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 8, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    Forget the serum and just cut straight to the botox. There’s really no middle ground. Kidding. :)

    Seriously though I have spent so much money on lotions, potions, serums, toners and the like and honestly, some Cetaphil, water, and Olay drug store toner work pretty darn well. However, there is nothing like a little La Mer ($200 for a jar) or there’s a few Lancome products, Absolu and that line, about $100ish, that I really like. But I like camera lenses and purses and dishes and cremes that are super pricey cut into my slush fund. If you find one you like, blog about it!


  37. #
    Meghan — May 8, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    Trader Joe’s won’t open in CO until next year…. seriously contemplating driving to New Mexico to get some… see what you are doing to me with these cookie butter references??! ;)


  38. #
    Amanda V — May 8, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

    I wish I had read this before this weekend (time travel?) so I would have known to avoid Skinnygirl when I went out.. alas, I got it and was equally disappointed :(


  39. #
    Danielle — May 8, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    Those brownies look AMAZING. I don’t know why I haven’t made them yet. I only see them on Pinterest everyday. lol.

    That’s sad to hear about the skinny girl. I’m always tempted to buy it and try it out.


  40. #
    luv what you do — May 8, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    I am obsessed with the Slutty Brownies. I’ve made them a few times and everywhere I go people love them. Is there anything better than cookie dough, Oreos, brownie and ice cream. I haven’t found it yet : )


  41. #
    Kelly — May 8, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    When I go to bed I lay on top of the covers for a few minutes while I relax, then I’m nice and chilly and ready to get under the blankets. Where as my fiance loves to put the fan on and then sleep with all the covers on right away, and begs me to get under the covers too so we can cuddle. we are constantly at odds over this putting blankets on business.

    Thanks for saying Skinnygirl was gross before I went out and bought some!

    And I definitely agree on the laundry and dishes front.


  42. #
    Baking Serendipity — May 9, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    I love those shoes! And brownies…and love life face :) Seriously, though, who likes to sleep warm?! I don’t even think that’s a thing.


  43. #
    Lauren — May 9, 2012 @ 1:53 am

    I just turned thirty two weeks ago and love how Murad’s Complete Reform works! It leaves my skin smooth after just one use. I highly recommend!


  44. #
    Christin — May 9, 2012 @ 2:22 am

    I’ve heard that vicks vapo rub on the bottom of a snorers (or coughers) feet before bed stops it from happening. I tried it when I had a cold and couldn’t stop coughing and it actually worked for me. I was a serious doubter. You should try it with Mr How Sweet once to see if it helps.


  45. #
    Zee — May 9, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    No doubt these brownies are heavenly. I too made these few days ago and I had a tough time staying away from these babies.. they’re SO good!


  46. #
    Amanda — May 9, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Are we married to the same man??? I like to be cold and he has to curl up into the fetal position under 3 blankets, all year. Plus he snores like a buzz saw! Have I mentioned that I absolutely HATE being hot? Can’t stand it.

    PS: I’ve made your ‘crack brownies’ so many times that they’ve been requested as birthday presents. And people at work burst into song when I bring them in.


  47. #
    Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy — May 9, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    I’m 23 and I still have to use Proactiv on my face at night. Because apparently I’m actually 16…


  48. #
    Karli — May 9, 2012 @ 7:59 am


    Just a little comment about #9, I can send you some samples of Arbonne brand collection. I love the stuff, no animal by-product and really shows improvements quickly! It’s like a miracle…I use the FC5 because I still have problems with acne (ugh, in my mid 20s)…just a suggestion before you go a spend a ton! It’s worth it but you should try it out :)


  49. #
    CINDY CONIGLIO — May 9, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    I love you!! You are such a great friend.



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