Tuesday Things.


1. I actually believe that sprinkles make food taste better. I am not kidding. I actually BELIEVE that. Because they do. Duh.

2. Why is this cake not in my kitchen right now, huh huh huh??? I’m having cake issues lately.

3. Oh and this is going to be my lunch today. I have figs AND prosciutto! Winning.

4. I’m not getting involved with consuming pumpkin things yet… but I cracked and lit some fall candles. I want to say it’s my favorite season, because it is, but how annoying is it that everyone in the world is like omgit’smyfavoriteseasonyayfall and it’s technically still summer? It’s definitely MY season though.

5. Why can’t I just be an adult and keep my car clean? After cleaning it last weekend, I got in it this past Saturday and it looked like a bomb had gone off. The worst part is that it’s not like my job requires me to drive everyday, so I’m not constantly in the car. Give me your tips for clean cars. Like maybe a magic car fairy will come visit every night.

6. The above is just a clue on how I’ve been trying to declutter my life and it feels amazing. Even though my husband says I overuse the word “amazing.” He’s no fun.

7. I should mention though that the real extent of my fall cleaning has been to clean out and switch purses. You know, priorities.

8. Can’t even handle this pic of my favorite face baby. I just want to cuddle the crap out of him.

9. No TV talk this week. Except that I’m freaking out over Boardwalk coming back and I might just watch the Homeland trailer every single day. And yes, of course I’m dying over the return of Nashville. In the meantime, I get a ton of stuff done in the evenings since I’m not glued to my DVR.

10. I’m perturbed. All I see everywhere is camo, camo, camo – camo jackets and pants and tanks and scarves and… gah. Just last year I got rid of my highschool Abercrombie camo skirt (I even wrote about the wretched experience here) and now I’m like whyyyyy. I mean I’m sure a cargo camo skirt that was max 6 inches long would be appropriate for a 30 year old to wear.

11. I don’t really know how to have fun (no, seriously, I’m a control freak/oldest child/worry wart/loser – see #9) so this list of 25 things that get harder after 25 was made for me. Except some of those things were me at, like, age 19. I’d pretty much rather stay in and hang out than go out to a bar… ever.

12. Pretty sure I say it every year, but I’m quite terrified of the new horror movie commercials that are on now that we are nearing Halloween. Like I can probably watch the movie and be fine, but the commercials are awful. They give me nightmares and cause me to scramble for the remote and WHY are they on nickelodeon (i.e. when I’m watching friends) in the evening? I’m a child.

13. Whatcha reading? I know I ask you every season… but I find it challenging to find books to read in the fall. Because I don’t want to read about summer. How weird am I? I’m currently reading this.

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65 Responses to “Tuesday Things.”

  1. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — September 3, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    Totally true about horror movie trailers being terrifying. I saw Cabin in The Woods in theaters a few years back, and while the movie wasn’t that scary (and it was super good!!) the trailers before were ridiculously scary. The entire time they played I kept thinking why am I here?!


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    Janelle — September 3, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    The Language of Flowers! My book club picked it and I was all “seriously people? flowers? ugh” but then I started it and was hooked by chapter two. I read it in about 48 hours which never happens so there’s that. It’s by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.


    • Autumn — September 3rd, 2013 @ 11:48 am

      I read that book in my Book Club too and wasn’t expecting to like it and I LOVED it!!


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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — September 3, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    I am with you on that cake! Passion fruit and chocolate need to be bake more together. OH.. camo? really? Gosh I thought I left the 90s behind me but I guess that is fashion for you.


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    Jenna @ www.sensationallyseasonal.com — September 3, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    My car cleaning tip is my husband. He is my car fairy. Like proof it’s clean!


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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 3, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Thanks lady! :) I wish I could send you a big fat slice of it right now! But somehow, I think it would get even uglier in the process.

    Laughed outloud at that Buzzfeed post, that is totally made for me too. Especially the one about having plans for a Friday AND Saturday night –> i.e not gonna happen…


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    Emily @ The Good Era — September 3, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Horror movie commercials…..what the hell. They are AWFUL and I usually end up having to mute the TV/close my eyes until it’s over. The worst!! But I do love Fall :)


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    Janelle — September 3, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    By the way (related-unrelated I guess), did you see that one of your recipes was included in BuzzFeed’s 30 Delicious Things to Cook in September? Congrats! http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/things-to-cook-in-september


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    Tracy — September 3, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    Easier said than done, but take EVERYTHING out of your car as soon as you get home. (even the trash) That’s the key! Don’t just think you’re gonna come back out for it, cause you don’t. Next thing you know…messy hoarder car. It’s taken me years to learn this!


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    Natalie Rose — September 3, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    Just love this feature! I always feel like I’m having a conversation with you over a cup of coffee or a slice of cake or some other delicious thing I can consume. Anywho, I am OBSESSED with books. It’s bad. I read this cute book called “Why we Broke up.” I loved it. But today, I’m getting my hands on “Where’d you go Bernadette,” and I CAN’T WAIT! Everyone and their mother have read it; I’m almost positive.


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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves — September 3, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    I hate those scary movie commercials. One of the downsides of autumn.
    That prosciutto fig panini looks like it will be fantastic!


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    Rachel — September 3, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    Doing lots of books on tape while I crochet, would work with cooking too.

    Me Before You – amazing and I did the ugly cry.
    Gone Girl – I know, I’m late but it was good, as is Sharp Objects by the same author.


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    Elizabeth — September 3, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    #12 about the commercials – that is sooo me! I try to close my eyes and change it really fast, lol. I’m a loser too :)


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    Jessica M. — September 3, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    I’m just starting on the Wicked series, and I’m also reading a few books on the Edwardian era. And because of my obsession with Regency Romance, I am reading anything that Grace Burrowes publishes.


  14. #
    Ashley — September 3, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    1 word – Homelaaaaaaand!


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    Christina — September 3, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    I’m also trying not to go all Fall crazy as it’s everyone’s favorite season…but I also lit my Fall candles!! I’m old too and would rather stay in and hang out than go to a bar…I just can’t do bars. Can’t wait for Fall TV to start!


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    sally — September 3, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Read Husband’s Secret over the weekend & also Fin & Lady. Read that, I think you’ll like it.


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    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — September 3, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    #4 Cassie told me that pumpkin spice lattes were back. I wanted to get excited, but I was sweating while literally just standing around, so I just couldn’t. Totally still summer (though fall isn’t really real in SD).

    #5 you and Cassie are a perfect co-godmama match, but neither of you are allowed to teach Cora how to take care of her car. She emulates your bomb style, it’s kinda ridiculous.

    #8 you’re the coolest … and there’s another one of him with a ridiculous T-rex arm going on. It’s fantastic.


  18. #
    jackie — September 3, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    All I could think of when I read #5 is Tracy’s (Shutterbean) post at Homefries about cleaning her car. Maybe you’ll get inspired? :)



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    Vicki — September 3, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    I still have one of those 6-inch skirts that I can’t bear to toss out! And I totally want a camo jean jacket, or these way too expensive camo pants from Rag and Bone… http://www.rag-bone.com/RBW23__Desert_Camo/pd/np/300/p/5435.html


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    Lauren — September 3, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    I am not digging camo fashion. I don’t like walking around like GI Jane. Can’t neon be forever?


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    Leslie — September 3, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    I keep my car clean by taking everything out of it immediately. I never leave anything that doesn’t permanently reside in my car. This is easier if you don’t bring more than what you need. I also always carry a big purse or backpack, so I just throw everything in that and bring it inside. Or you could leave a cheap bag under the seat for the same purpose.


    • Sue — September 3rd, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

      Me too and I never have to clean my car (except for vaccuuming…which I only get around to about 2x a year). You just have to grab your empty coffee mug, McD bag, whatever as you get out and handle accordingly. I promise it’s not hard.

      P.S. I HATE scary movies too and will never understand why people think they, along with haunted houses, are fun ways to pass the time.


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    Amanda — September 3, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    What am I reading? I just finished Gone Girl and could not put it down!


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    April — September 3, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    I keep my car clean by always having a plastic bag in there for trash. I keep it in the backseat usually but just throw everything in there, especially when I am running errands or run through the drive through–easy to dump in the trash!

    Book recs: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts, Orange is the New Black, anything by Jonathan Tropper.


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    AJ — September 3, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    I’m reading “Girls Like Us,” a book about Carole King, Carly Simon, and Joni Mitchell. Oh, and it includes lots of James Taylor.

    As for keeping your car clean…I now live in NYC and don’t have a car. But when I come home and drive my parents’ cars, I think of it as transportation, not an in-between storage space (I used to have several sets of gym clothes, snacks, etc. in my car). So maybe it’s a change of mindset, rather than an act of decluttering?


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    heather — September 3, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    I am also a control freak/oldest child, etc… My car is always clean thanks to one easy trick. Every time I get out of the car, I always take out everything that I brought in that needs to be taken out (water bottles, papers, purse, groceries, mail, whatever). Taking the couple seconds to do it right then prevents me from spending a lot of time later picking up!


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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — September 3, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    I’m with you on #7 – the fall cleaning idea. Wish I could get by with just the purse thing! I think that should be good, don’t you? ; )


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    Rachel — September 3, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    I can’t wait for Homeland, Nashville and Boardwalk Empire, too! Fall TV is going to be insane. Are you going to watch Masters of Sex? Looks like a fun Mad Men-type period comedy.


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    Ruth — September 3, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    Try The Sandcastle Girls and The Golem and the JInni. Enjoyed both.


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    CarrieLovesKeith — September 3, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    This isn’t much of a tip, but I always keep a Trader Joe’s bag in my car to put trash in, then when I’m waiting to pick up my kids or whatever, I try to just grab as much trash as I can and throw it in the bag.

    Last year, I was waiting to pick up my kids at school, and the lady in the car in front of me got out of her car, pulled Windex and paper towels out of the trunk, and proceeded to wash all her windows before the kids came out! I didn’t know whether to mock her in my head or aspire to be her!


    • Rachel — September 4th, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

      hahah I love that – didn’t know whether to mock her in your head or aspire to be her. That is great lol. I’ve definitely had the same line of thought many times!!


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 3, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    Sprinkles DO make things taste better. Fact.

    And donating a piece of clothing only to find you wish you hadn’t. I did that with an appliance (well I sold it for dirt cheap on Ebay) and now I am actually considering re-buying said item. But it was bulky and I used it like…never. But now that I dont have it, I have this burning desire to use it. Lol


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    Liz — September 3, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    I’m reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and it is a MUST read. It’s being made into a movie (with the amazing Shailene Woodley) so read it now so you can be one of the cool ones before it’s a fad.


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    Emily — September 3, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    I LOVED Me Before You. Also Attachments was really cute. I just finished Girls in White dresses and flew through it. I also loved Gone Girl but you MUST have read that by now.


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    Amy Kowbuz — September 3, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    Read “Dear girls above me.” I laughed so hard, ppl thought I was crazy.


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    Tieghan — September 3, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    So about #4? Yeah, I am doing the very same thing! My yankee candles have been seriously shouting my name. Especially with all this rain and cool weather we have been having. It’s kind of awesome. I love fall and I love my fall candles!

    Oh and as for the pumpkin, I have not start yet….but I will be soon I am sure!


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    Jenn G — September 3, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    I am so glad I am not the only one afraid if the scary movie commercials on nick. Come on Nick I just want to fall asleep to the nanny and friends and not take the chance of waking up terrified!


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    Shani — September 3, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    Jessica –

    1000 thank yous to you for not jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon. Thank you, thank you! I have nothing against pumpkin, I just don’t want to eat things flavored with it, or read about it, from now until December. So many coffee shoos have busted out the pumpkin stuff and it just makes me not want it, ever.

    And I’m older than you but share similar traits like the oldest child, like to be in control, worry wart etc, so I’m right there with ya. I rather hang out home too. The only thing I like about going out is shopping for something to wear and thinking about where to go, based on what they have to eat and/or the cocktail selections.

    Oh – and my car …. looks like a bomb went off inside it, at all times. My dad’s too. And we both are waayyy older than 30. Save yourself the agony of making yourself feel bad and just embrace it. You don’t have to like it, but fighting it might also be futile. Just own it – it’s part if your charm!


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    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — September 3, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    Re #4: I’ve been secretly celebrating fall weather for a little while now — every time it’s not been blistering hot I put a sweater on (even if I get too hot and have to take it off 20 minutes later…). Also, PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES TODAY!

    I’ll withhold my yayit’sfallmyfavoriteseason in public for a while yet :)


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    Becky — September 3, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    I just re-read The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo. It’s one of my all-time favorites. It is good to read any time of year, I think. Since you mentioned you are cleaning out your car, purse and closet lately, this is a book you will likely be grateful for reading now. I don’t know a single person who has read it and not loved it. xo


    • Sara — September 3rd, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

      That is one of my favorite books, too!!


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    Sara — September 3, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

    Love the book ideas- just ordered the Husband’s Secret and GIrls in White Dresses from Amazon!

    One of my other favorite non fictions is called the “Invisible Thread”- true story about NYC ad exec who meets a homeless boy on the street and they become lifelong friends. Read it in 2 days!!


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    Sues — September 3, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    Must eat that doughnut NOW! I’m waiting on pumpkin too :)

    I just read Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand. it wasn’t my favorite of hers, but good… she is one of my favorite summertime, light reading authors!


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    Alexis @ deliciousfoodideas.net — September 4, 2013 @ 12:21 am

    I can’t believe I didn’t know about baby face! So much cuteness.

    Also you can have Autumn. Spring and Summer all the way!


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    Nichole Livengood's — September 4, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    I am totally obsessed with books by Maya Banks. I’m working my way through every series she’s written! Check it out!


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    Debbie V — September 4, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    The Fault in our Stars by John Green is the best book I have read in years!! You will love it! Check out the reviews on Amazon (how many there are and how consistently high they are) but don’t read too much about the book before digging in … it’s a book best read without plot details or spoilers. And no worries about a slow start – I was hooked from the first chapter. Please report back if you read it and love it too!!


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    Heather — September 4, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    I am reading The Husband’s Secret too! I am about 60% of the way into it (reading on the kindle, don’t know page number). I love this book! I haven’t read any other books by this author, but I really like her writing style and it makes me want to read others by her though. Before this, I read Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan. LOVED IT!


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    LouAnn — September 4, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    love your posts


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    Victoria — September 4, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    Please let me know how the Husband’s Secret is when you’re done! It got great reviews on Goodreads, so I’m thinking it’s definitely worth the read. (Does it remind you of Gone Girl, by any chance? The story is about a marriage full of secrets–and the wife seems innocent…) I’m currently reading the Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. I just started but I love the way he writes so much, I know I’ll love the book. Besides, who doesn’t like a love story every now and then? ;)


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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — September 4, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    Right now I’m reading The Fault in our Stars. So far , so good. I also highly recommend Beautiful Ruins – it’ll make you want to book a trip to the Italian Riviera! http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/review/summer-reading


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    Myra Holer — September 4, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    I keep small rugs in my car on top of the floor mats… Can easily remove o shake away dirt and/or wash them…. Saves replacing expensive mats. Especially nice for rainy days.


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    Natalie — September 4, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    Just started reading “never let me go” not sure how I feel about it just yet as I didn’t realize is was kinda about a meld of worlds that us yet science fictiony… oh well i will committ! @bianca – the fault in our stars is next on my list, glad you give it a thumbs up!

    the 25 after 25 was getting texted to everyone earlier this week – all totally true… as for the car… i have a trunk organizer and a standard trash bag for all of the receipts that just kind of appear… both big time savers…


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    La Torontoise — September 4, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    Love the fig Panini; I used Gorgonzola instead of Brie and the result was sublime:-)
    All the best!!



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