It’s been a few weeks since my last “Things Loved” post, so let me catch you up on some of the things I’ve been enjoying lately! From helpful kitchen tools and tips, to a no-chip manicure, lunch & life breaks and my current photo obsession – read on to discover more!
I’ve always had an issue with my old large colander. It sits in the sink, elevated less than an inch from the bottom, so when I drain a large pot, I have to do it super slowly at the speed my sink drains so it doesn’t fill up with water, seeping up into my colander and getting sink germs all over my pasta.
I’ve been doing this for years – but not anymore!
I spotted the Squish Over-The-Sink Colander while shopping at Target and had to have it. There are arms on each side of it that pull out, balancing beautifully over the top of my sink, leaving plenty of space between its bottom and my sink’s bottom – no more sink germs in my penne! With a 6 quart capacity, it’s large enough for even my biggest batches of pasta, and if all that wasn’t enough, it also collapses into itself so it can be stored FLAT. No more giant old colander taking up valuable storage space in my kitchen!
2. Using my KitchenAid Mixer to shred meat:
I learned this great little tip last year after spending hours shredding pork by hand for our 4th of July BBQ sandwiches, and now that I have a KitchenAid Mixer I was finally able to put it to the test! I roasted up a huge pork loin, pulled it apart into large chunks to put in my mixing bowl, and then used the paddle attachment to shred it. All it needed was a few spins on low, and I had perfectly shredded pork – I couldn’t believe it! I’ve also tried this quick and simple shredding technique with chicken and it works like a charm. Give a try the next time you’re shredding meat, and save yourself a ton of time!
3. Shellac nails
Before heading to Atlanta at the end of July to attend the 2nd annual Haven Conference, I decided to give a shellac manicure a try. I love having painted nails, but I hate dealing with chips – especially if I’m traveling. Shellac manicures promise to stay chip-free and shiny for at least two weeks, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was true! I chose a very light color so it’s a little hard to see, but I took the above photo of my shellac manicure one week later and it still looked great! Another thing I loved was how quickly the polish dries and “cures.” Once the shellac polish was applied I rested my nails beneath a UV light and within seconds they were done! I instantly was able to dig around in my bag to find my wallet and pay without having to worry about damaging my brand new manicure. It was fantastic! Handbag digging was the first test, but the real test came when I got home and tackled an afternoon of cleaning. I hand-washed a sink full of dishes and scrubbed two bathrooms, and afterwards my nails still looked as perfect as they did before I left the nail salon. This is truly one tough – and lasting – manicure!
4. Yoga at lunch.
It’s been a goal of mine to give yoga a try this year, and as fate would have it, my office started offering a free yoga class on Fridays! I have the flexibility of a telephone poll and am absolutely terrible at it…but I already love it. I’ve been working a lot lately and struggling to find balance with it all, but these Friday afternoon lunch (and life) breaks when all I need to focus on are stretching, bending, and breathing seem like a good place to start.
If you’re obsessed with Instagram (like I am), prepare yourself to become obsessed with Printstagram, too (like I am).
Printstagram is a great little online company that takes your Instagram pictures and turns them into prints, greeting cards, posters, stickers, mini-books – all sorts of fun stuff! I placed my first order about a week ago and my prints arrived in just a couple of days! I ordered a few sets of the large squares (they come in sets of 24 for $12) and the quality is fantastic. The pictures look exactly how they appear in my Instagram account, and the cardstock they come on is surprisingly thick and sturdy. Kate loves carrying family photos around with her, and these are perfect! I’m so impressed with Prinstagram that I’m already eyeing up some of their other products for Christmas presents!
Have you given any of these things a try lately? I’d love to hear about it!
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