Blog Funk


A few months ago, I remember reading more than a handfull of posts by some of my favorite bloggers discussing their own blog funks and dissatisfaction.  Most of them rebounded quickly and have continued to be some of my favorites.

Working 30-40 hours a week in retail is exhausting, I’m not going to lie to you.  I absolutely love it, but a lot of human contact means a very tiring day.  I’m kind of an introvert (I’m an INFJ, if you’re curious) so this work leaves me wanting to do a little more hibernating.

The best thing about my job is that I get to spend hours nearly every day helping people.  Maybe selling someone a rabbit vibe isn’t quite like serving them dinner at a shelter, but if I can help someone’s relationship with themselves or their partner(s) evolve, I consider that a human service.  I’m proud to do what I do.

Truthfully, this has left me with way less time for blogging.  I think it would be a good idea for me to plan out 1-2 good, meaty posts per week, in addition to regular Lazy Sundays (which, did you know, is actually a Lonely Island song!?  Legit, I had no clue).  I’m not a big time blogger, but I hope that I won’t be losing anyone if I try this schedule out.

I’m definitely in no way abandoning the Darling Mothership.  Bear with me while I adjust to this crazy awesome new life schedule??



Sick & Lazy Sunday

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Hi darlings,

So apparently retail is a danger to your health and well-being.  Not like, shopping, but working in retail.  But actually, it’s probably just my weak-ass immune system, which essential works about 70% of the time.  If there’s something going around, I will come down with it.  My throat hurts like the dickens.

Luckily for you, this means I’ve had plenty of time to sit in bed looking for Sunday links!  Hoorah!

Throwback: This guest post by Kyla Roma on My Girl Thursday was one of the first posts I read about starting a blog and how to do it your way.

&  As you probably know, I love all things Instagram.  I’m an Instawhore.  Ergo, I was completely giddy when Gala posted Ten Ways to Make Your Instagram Photos Pop, because Gala ‘grams with the best of ’em.

&  I’m always freaking out over being “an adult” – mind you, I have a Hello Kitty toaster and received an Easter basket this year – and the blog Adulting makes it so much easier.  If you feel underprepared to be an adult, go.  There are tons of tips on everyday things life throws at you that you will need to take care of because mum & dad are no longer responsible for you.

&  Stela always posts amazing tutorials on her blog Stelabird; one of my favorites is this zippered mini pouch.  Also, she’s a small business owner, so she automatically gets +500 cool points.

&  Have you been following Sarah’s 6 Weeks to a Better Blog series?  I’m addicted!


I think the rest of today will be spent cleaning and shopping at H&M.  I’m in major need of some new summer dresses and skirts, and I’ve noticed that my old clothes just don’t fit my body like they used to.  Instead of cramming myself into them and feeling awkward and guilty, I think I’m going to try shopping for my new hips instead.  (I gained about 7lb this year, and it all settled on the hips, boobs, and butt… I’m counting myself lucky!)  Anyone else in need of a seasonal wardrobe update?




New Job Announcement + Instagrams!


I know it’s been ridiculously long since last I posted, and I even neglected Lazy Sunday (because ironically, it wasn’t lazy at all).  I’m a failure.  Except I’m not a failure because I’ve been working at my new job for around 25 hours a week!  It’s pretty fantastic, and now I can actually tell you about it!

I just started at Adam & Eve Pittsburgh!  If you’ve never heard of Adam & Eve, it started in the 70’s as a mail delivery service for condoms, and grew until it became a well-known and trusted brand for toys, contraception, and even lingerie.  The Pittsburgh store is pretty heavily lingerie based, and caters particularly to women and couples.  In the two weeks since I started, I have to say, it’s been a great experience.  I’m loving the staff, I have fun at work, and I really feel like I’m helping people in an under-served niche.  If you’re in Pittsburgh but you’ve never been to a “sex toy store” or you’ve been to Adult Mart and found it just a little too skeevy for your tastes, I think you would like Adam & Eve.  Full disclosure: The store did not pay me to write this, and I do not receive any special perks for it.  I legitimately am really enjoying my new job!  

Ready for some Instagrams??


I totally forget what this is called, but it’s delicious. //  I hung out with lingerie models at my new job.  Nbd.

Fresh mozz and roasted tomatoes on bruschetta.  //  Me, in the car, being washed out.

My new 1970’s era typewriter.  It needs some TLC.  (No Scrubs)  //  My faaaavorite flowers are yellow roses.  So pretty.

I finally learned how to use a framing app for my Instagrams!

Whew!  Be back soon with more, including an actual real Lazy Sunday post!



Reading on My Nook to Avoid Judgment

Any of my darlings have e-readers?  I’m kind of obsessed with my Nook.  Anyone staunchly opposed to e-readers?  Then you obviously don’t do any guilty pleasure reading outside your own home.  Don’t look at me like that.

This morning, I caved.  I bought the first 4 books in the Pretty Little Liars series by Sarah Shepard.  After watching the first two seasons of the show in less than a semester (hey, I’m not proud), and upon realizing I have nothing to read that’s not intellectually enriching, I thought, hey, why not?

I could have bought the paperback boxed set, but then I would have had to become a hermit and read them only from the confines of my own room.  Let’s be serious – this is basically what the Nook was created for: embarrassing reading.  I want to be able to sit at the little corner coffee shop, sip a chai latte, and hope that everyone else thinks I’m reading a masterpiece.  And if anyone asks, I will lie.  And I will do whatever I have to, including read some SparkNotes, to keep up with that lie because I’m a proud little bitch.

Ah-hem.  The point of this post is that I will be updating you accordingly if these books are worth reading.  Because I can’t possibly be the only one looking for light summer material, right?

What are you reading this summer?  Did your spring semester kick your ass, too?  Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey yet?  Tell me!

Marvelously and with her nose deep in a Nook,



Lazy Trader Joe’s Sunday (!!!)

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Oh yeah, Darlings.

I FINALLY WENT TO TRADER JOE’S.  That’s right.  There’s been one literally five minutes from my apartment for 8 months now and  I had no idea because I’m directionally challenged.  Luckily, the fella that’s been taking me out recently (also known as NerdyRG if you follow me on Twitter) knows his way around the Pittsburgh neighborhoods better than I do.

What did I get? All things that are good!  Goat cheese brie, Joe Joe’s sandwich cookies, almond cocoa spread, fish sticks and chicken strips that aren’t packed with sodium or preservatives, and a buttload of veggies (and hummus!).  It was pretty incredible.  I piled a plate high with celery and carrots and hummus as soon as I got home, and ran around my apartment handing out Joe Joes like some the Cookiemonster on crack.

Luckily for you, I was still able to rustle up some lazy Sunday linkage to keep your night exciting.  I know, you can thank me later.

& Gina has mad smoothie swagger and wants to share her magic with you!

& Kira made some amazing desktop and iPhone wallpapers for May!  Is anyone else obsessed with having a calendar on their wallpaper or lock screen?  It makes my life 10x easier.  If you haven’t tried it yet, grab hers!  It’s gawgeous.

& Whether you blog or journal privately, August Empress has some fantastic and unique promptsfor your next entry.

& Batzey shared 3 separate easy-peasy tutorials on how to jazz up a camera strap.  Make yours stand out!  I’m really dying to try one of these.

& Do you know Sarah Von?  Do you love Yes and Yes?  You should.  You know what else you should do?  Check out the Post-College Survival Kit  !  If you’re just graduating, or maybe you’re like me and you have a semester or two left, and you feel like you could really use some help figuring out what all this “real world” stuff is about… the masterminds behind the Kit are there for you!  I’ll be signing up!

Love, goat cheese, and sandwich cookies to all!

– Sarah