Becoming a Plant Person over Quarantine

When quarantine started, I had one plant: a fiddle leaf fig. I had seen occasional pictures of it on Instagram and Pinterest, and thought it would look cute in our apartment. Fast forward one year and here I am today, with 10 plants 11 plants (I bought another while writing this post)! While I originally bought my first plant because it looked cute, I’ve done a ton of research over the past few months and have become that annoying plant person that points out the name of each plant in the restaurant (sorry Tony).

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Why I Bought 3 Laptops in a Week

Last September, I decided I was going to sell my laptop and live off a combination of my iPad/phone/work computer. I wasn’t using my MacBook Air very much, and figured it was worth more sold. I quickly realized my mistake, and began looking for laptops after only a few months.

Since my previous laptop was a MacBook and I’m familiar with them, I looked on Apple’s website to see the latest versions. After looking at the prices, I figured I could find a PC for much less money with the same, or better specs. My work laptop is an HP and I enjoy it well enough! And that’s where my issues began…

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Coping Strategies, Advice from my Mom

Yesterday was a pretty terrible day for me. Although I was able to wake up and make it through the first few things on my to do list, after watching the news in the morning, then scrolling through Twitter, everything hit me like a brick wall. I laid down on my bed and just started bawling. I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was that triggered this, or why exactly today was the day it hit me, but everything seemed so overwhelming. The insurrection at the US Capitol, the hatred and division our current President is supporting, dealing with quarantine for almost a year, and on top of all that, having to be a “normal” adult and deal with work stress. I called my mom hoping she would have some suggestions to calm down or how to deal with this until we get to the other side, and in typical mom-like fashion, she did (and she’s especially knowledgeable on the topic, considering she’s published an entire book about coping strategies!). I know I’m not the only one feeling this way, so I wanted to share my mom’s advice, in hopes these suggestions will help someone else as well.

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My Reading List for 2021

I’ve always been a big reader, and I’ve used my time at home to ramp up my reading time. In 2020 I read 37 books (you can see what they are here), and in 2021 my goal is 40!

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Ask A Mechanic: Do I Really Need Winter Tires?

As we get closer to winter (or if you’re like us in Minnesota, where winter has already begun), the talk of winter tires versus all season tires begins. But what’s the real difference, and do you really need to spend a couple hundred dollars on a set of tires you’ll just need to store half of the year?? Read on to find out the real deal from a mechanic who has seen cars come in in February with summer tires on.

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Google Pixel 2/3a/4a/5 Camera Comparison

I finally bought the Pixel 5, and since we have almost all generations around the house, I figured it would be worthwhile to compare the most popular feature of the Pixel family: the camera! Check out the differences below!

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Review of Prose Haircare

Most of the time when I find a great beauty product, I share it with my mom and sister, and possibly Twitter. But this product I found is good enough I felt compelled to write an entire blog post!

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