This post is sponsored by Stonyfield as part of my participation in the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club.
I’ve had snapchat for quite a while, using it mostly for communicating with friends in a fun, fresh way. There are quite a few pals who I keep in better contact with throughout the months because of our snapping to one another. This social media medium is just another tool in my long distance friendship arsenal.
Lately I’ve been loving following people I’m a true fan of on snapchat, too. Three of my favorites are Heather Waxman, Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean, and Katy Hill of The Girl and The Good. [by the way, Katy has one of the most cohesively styled instagram feeds I have the pleasure of following.] Each of their updates are inspiring, entertaining, and just downright fun.
Being a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club, I got the chance to give the new Oh My Yog! individual cups a try. These Organic tri-layer fancy cups of creamy yogurt deliciousness are brand new to the grocery coolers and it took me a LONG time to track them down. We’re talking months of asking market staff to bring them in and venturing to other towns to search the shelves. If you can find them in your neighborhood consider yourself lucky!
Once I did track them down, it was totally worth the wait. The three layers include a whole milk yogurt, cream top, and fruit/flavor on the bottom. I grabbed three flavors to taste – orange cranberry, Madagascar vanilla bean, and wild Quebec blueberry. All three were delicious, but the blueberry was my favorite for sure – I’ve been in a berry phase lately, like I am every summer, and this cup totally made the case stronger. Getting a spoonful consisting of all three layers is definitely a perfect bite situation worth reaching for in my eyes.
The cups and labels are totally recyclable – or even reusable; I’m using one of my cups as a paper clip holder on my desk as you read this. And on the inside of the label wrapper is a sweet “moment” which totally hits me in my soft spot heart.
In celebration of the release of Oh My Yog, the Stonyfield Clean Plate members were challenged to talk about what brings a splash of color to our lives and I couldn’t help but think about the major #RainbowIsMyFavoriteColor phase I’ve been going through.
I’ve always had a thing for bright colors and multicolored styles, but I’ve noticed a definite gravitation to basic rainbow in the past 5 years or so of my adult life. Maybe I’m trying to hold on to some sort of youth as I fight my way through adulthood or perhaps I just feel that rainbows best symbolize the optimism I try to cling to on the regular.
Now that I’ve become aware of my color preference and downright embraced it, a bunch of the stuff I’ve been loving lately have been rainbow in nature, naturally.
Back to social media I’m loving lately, I somehow stumbled across this amazing account, which is on a quest to post 100 days of rainbow collections: Hey Jules Studio. I can’t even tell you how many of the photos made me swoon as I was scrolling through the account.
I’ve been decorating different areas of my life in rainbow order over the years – a book shelf, my washi tape, lots of office color coding, and mugs on the shelf. Jules is totally inspiring me to add some rainbow order to my day to day more often, too.
Lately I’ve been loving planning fun birthday gifts for good friends, like this 30 beers for 30 years gift I put together for my IPA-loving friend Steff. I went to a local beverage center – Glenville on Freeman’s Bridge if you’re local – and was happy to find probably 50+ single beers in the “build your own pack” section. I was able to collect 24 IPAs, plus 6 other “fun summery flavor” bottles and then I got crafty.
I really loved spending several hours focused on a creative project with my art supplies – it’s been a long time since I got my DIY on! I covered the six packs in paper and created some “30 Beers for 30 Years” birthday decorations.
I knew I had a 6-pack of Summer Flavors and I classified the other four 6-packs into West Coast, Local NY State IPAs, New England IPAs, and Big City Brews and sketched out cute labels for each pack. I really loved the way this gift turned out, especially because Steff loved it even more than I did. Gift giving win!
I’m obsessed with HBO Go and I don’t care who knows it. Since first logging in about a month ago, I’ve watched two series in completion [Girls and How to Make it in America] along with a handful of movies and comedy specials. Nick and I have also started a few other HBO series including Silicon Valley and The Newsroom.
Both are good and completely different. Silicon Valley is perfect funny and when it comes to The Newsroom – gosh I love Sorkin, but nothing beats The West Wing. Though I will again make a plea for you to watch Sports Night if you haven’t already. It’s available on Hulu+ and oh so good.
Other Hulu+ viewing recently includes a whole lot of reality contests of sorts.
Top Chef Season 4 – the one in Chicago with Richard Blais, Stephanie Izard, Spike, Antonia, Dale and so many other super memorable chefs. I’m a big fan of a few of these celebrity chefs and have loved rewatching this season. I think once I finish I will keep watching the other available seasons on Hulu+.
I’m still in the middle of my #RealWorldRewatch, but am in the middle of a season of the challenge [Free Agents, if you’re interested.] I try really hard not to put Nick in the position where he feels he HAS to watch MTV programming with me, so I have been watching this mostly when he is gone.
I’ve also been watching Sing it On, a docu-style reality show about college acapella groups. Yup.
And I’m still loving my weekly trips to the bar for trivia night with my team, Trivial Minds. I can’t say enough what this new tradition has done for me this year and I’m so thankful to have had these past 6 months of drinking nights to build my friendships with my awesome teammates.
I received product coupons from Stonyfield as part of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club; all opinions and content are my own.