9 Things To Do On A Snow Day

Raise your hand if you live in a state that gets to experience winter. Keep it raised if you are not a fan of going out in cold, snowy weather.

If so, this post was created just for you. We’ve compiled a list of fun things to do in the comfort of your home when you don’t feel like enduring the blistering cold weather.

Here’s 9 of our favorite wintry recommendations:

1.Read:

Catch up on that book that is currently collecting dust on your bookshelf. There’s nothing better on a cold, snowy morning than a cozy blanket, a cup of coffee (or tea!), and a good book.

To check out some nifty novels that you can read in one day, click here. (Courtesy of Buzzfeed)

2. DIY Spa:

Set up your bathroom to act as an at-home spa. Light some candles and turn out the lights. Turn on your favorite Pandora station (Norah Jones is a good one!). Grab some bubble bath, bath bombs, or bath salts to add to your bath water.

Out of your favorite bath bomb? Try our simple DIY sugar scrub recipe here.

3. Paint your nails:

Get fancy with it! Look on Pinterest for some new ideas, or click here for creative nail designs that require minimal effort. (Courtesy of Buzzfeed)

4. Netflix:

Binge watch a new show. Or you know, keep re-watching your favorites. We’ve only been watching The Office non-stop for the past 3 years…

5. Chores:

Ahhh, those “adulthood” obligations…but maybe after this episode…

6. Board Games:

If someone is home with you, break out some Monopoly or another childhood favorite!

7. Make Hot Cocoa:

Mmm… add some marshmallows and whipped cream for some extra deliciousness.

8. Karaoke:

Despite what you may think, you don’t need fancy equipment for this one.  In one easy step, open YouTube on your phone and search the karaoke version of your favorite song… and belt it out! A glass of wine may also help with this one…

9. Take a nap:

A snow day provides a perfect opportunity to kick back and relax. Take a break, you deserve it. Zzzz…

 

 

What do you like to do when it’s too cold to go outside? Leave a comment below with your ideas!

Maple Bacon Cronut Recipe

Who doesn’t love a dessert that doubles as tomorrow’s breakfast?

There are few things in life that equate to pure happiness, but this bundle of sugary carbs is certainly one of them.

Today’s blog is all about how to make the perfect cronut. For those of you who may not know, a cronut is an incredible combination of a croissant and a donut (a.k.a. a blissful bite of heaven).

This recipe is pretty simple (we are not cooks by any means…Lean Cuisines are the main priority on our shopping list) and can be completed in no time at all!

Here’s what you’ll need…

-2 cups of Canola Oil

-1 can of Pillsbury Crescent Dough (8 oz)

-1 cup of powdered sugar

-4 tbsp vanilla

-2 tbsp butter, melted

-Bacon Bits

Seven Simple Steps…

  1. Pour canola oil into heavy saucepan, place on stove-top, and heat on medium heat.
  2. Spread out crescent roll dough… and cut dough into six 3 inch circles (and cut out 1/2 inch circles in the middle).
  3. Stack two circles on top of each other to create thickness in the cronut (you should have 3 cronuts when complete).
  4. Before you place cronuts in the heated oil, we recommend placing a piece of spare dough in the oil to test the temperature. If the oil is too hot, the dough will burn on the outside, but not cook in the middle.
  5. Once temperature is set correctly, place cronuts in oil until golden brown (about 2 minutes per side).
  6. Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, and butter in a medium mixing bowl. Mix with spoon until the icing reaches a thick consistency (you may need to add more powdered sugar to thicken consistency).
  7. Spread icing on cronuts in the middle and on top…and generously sprinkle with bacon bits.

Enjoy your moment of bliss! If you try this recipe, leave a comment and let us know what you think!

New Year’s Blackberry Mint Champagne Cocktail

Looking for a way to use up that leftover champagne?

…Just kidding, we know it’s impossible to use the words “leftover” and “champagne” in the same sentence.
However, if you are looking for a festive, January-inspired cocktail, you’re reading the right blog. Check out our recipe below for our New Year’s Blackberry Mint Champagne Cocktail.

What you’ll need:

1 bottle of champagne

1/3 cup of blackberries (set aside 3 per glass for garnish)

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup of sugar

8 mint leaves for garnish

How to prepare:

In a pan combine blackberries, water, and sugar.

Bring mixture to a boil.

Turn heat down to low for about 10 minutes.

Strain the mixture into a bowl.

Let it cool.

Once mixture is cool, add 2 tbsp of it to each glass.

Top glass off with champagne and garnish each drink with 2 mint leaves and 3 blackberries.

Enjoy! If you try this, let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

DIY Warming Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Oh, the joys of winter…

Freezing temperatures, dry skin, and a severe lack of motivation to do anything that requires leaving the warm comfort of your bed.

For those of you who are suffering like we are, here’s a warming vanilla sugar scrub that will provide a moment of warm bliss amidst the wrath of winter.

What you’ll need:

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil*

1 tsp vitamin E oil

1 tbsp vanilla extract

*Now, we know what you’re thinking…”Putting oil? On my face? That’s just asking for a major chain reaction of brutal breakouts!” We both have super sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin…and trust us, this sugar scrub worked wonders without a single breakout!

How to create it:

-Mix all ingredients together in one bowl. Mix until it is all evenly blended.

-Take as much as you want to use and warm it in the microwave. We did if for about 10 second, but depending on how much you use, you may need to warm it longer.

-Apply scrub to your face and gently massage as you would an exfoliator.

-Rinse face and pat dry with a towel.

Et voila! Your face should feel fresh, moisturized, and hydrated! If you have particularly dry skin, apply moisturizer afterwards for better results.

If this doesn’t work for you, the scrub could also double as a vegan cookie recipe!

…Just kidding…don’t do that…although all the ingredients are edible and the scrub smells heavenly.

DIY Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub

If you are interested in giving our warming vanilla sugar scrub a try, leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Our “Paw-some” Experience at Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe

One might ask…is there anything better than cats and coffee?

Columbus is packed full of unique, local coffee shops. Being coffee enthusiasts ourselves, we are eager to try as many as we can and tell you all about Ohio’s potential*.
Eat, Purr, Love is Columbus’ first cat cafe. The concept is as amazing as it sounds. Coffee, cats, and baked goods all rolled into one cat-tastic afternoon!

What you need to know…

Location: 3041 Indianola Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43202

Basically, here’s how it works:

You set up a reservation, as they only allow about 12 people in at a time to avoid overwhelming the cats. There were about 15 cats to visit with when we attended the cafe. Eat, Purr, Love asks that their customers pay a $10 cover fee per hour. This money goes toward operational costs and cat care. After you pay and grab your delicious local brewed coffee/baked goods, you’re escorted into the room with several curious cats and provided with a brief tour of the location. All of the cats have a certain color tag on their collar to let you know how comfortable they are with human interaction. The whole premise of the cafe is to (hopefully) find these homeless cats a forever home. It’s also a place for people who maybe can’t have a cat (because rental fees are outrageous) and just need a place to love on one (or 15!) felines for a short time.

Our experience…

After paying the cover fee and grabbing our caffeine fix, we were ushered to the magical room full of cats (each visitor is equipped with a toy mouse timer to track the hour. This particular feature is convenient because you don’t have to concentrate on keeping time yourself). As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a couple cats right away. Each cat had their own unrivaled personality and approach to humans. We bonded with a few of the sassy felines, despite their initial hesitation (Hazel, Bella, Molly, Nemo, Midnight, and Johnny…just to name a few). We spent the next hour attempting to win over their affection with cat toys and laser pointers. As it turns out, cats don’t typically dish out love on a gold platter, but we were determined and persistent. Overall, we loved the concept of the cat cafe and we would definitely recommend it to all our cat-loving friends. Whether you’re looking to adopt or just need a pal for the afternoon, Eat, Purr, Love is at the top of our list.

Our Purrrfect Photo Gallery…

 

Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe

Meet Midnight!

Hanging out with Hazel

…And Hazel isn’t having it.

Time for a cat nap

* Yes, Ohio actually does celebrate more aspects than cornfields, cows, and football.

Book of the Month: Riveting Reader Reviews | January 2017

“Great books can help you understand, and they help you feel understood.”
-John Green

As we’ve mentioned in our previous post, one of our New Year’s resolutions for 2017 is to make more time for leisurely reading!
Lindsay is an English teacher, so her reading materials are often mandated or assigned. Despite the fact that she lives her dream of teaching literature, sometimes it’s still difficult to come home and pick up another book.
I (Danielle), on the other hand, simply don’t make time for it. I come home from work only to be burdened with chores and other adult responsibilities. Then, I end up on Instagram, following the latest drama with the Kardashians. Super valuable use of my time, right?
Therefore, our goal is to read and review a book each month. We will select a book together and then…well, read it! At the end of the month, we’ll discuss it, blog about it, and pick a new book.
January 2017’s Pick- Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

What books are you currently reading? Let us know if you have any good suggestions for our upcoming picks!

New Year’s Resolutions and How to Achieve Them

Ah,

New Year’s resolutions AKA the series of elusive and seemingly unattainable goals that we set for ourselves at the start of every year. After all the excitement of the new year fades, they become the goals that we forget about or guiltily give up on. Thinking over the failed resolutions from past years, we realized our resolutions this year must have TWO qualities in order to be successful:

1. They need to be goals we can actually achieve. We have this flawed mentality that “we can achieve anything we put our mind to”. However, those lofty goals don’t factor in a full-time job, a social schedule, and other inevitable facets of life. It’s important to know what you are capable of achieving (i.e. don’t make a resolution to travel to every country in Europe if you’re broke without a passport).

2. It is essential to draft of plan in order to reach our “resolutions”. Every successful victory needs a plan of action.

Lindsay’s 2017 New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Build up savings with an reasonable plan. Let me clarify, reasonable within the limits of my pay scale. Pinterest has thousands of saving plans, but make sure they work for my budget. Essentially, don’t put an excessive monthly amount into my savings account without factoring in rent, utilities, student loans, etc.
2. Drink more water. I am certain I was a camel in a past life because I definitely don’t drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day and somehow, I’m still sustaining life. However, the health benefit of staying hydrated are clear enough to make this goal an important resolution this year.
3. Read 30+ non-required books. Essentially, forcing myself to put aside other concern and make time to complete an activity I greatly enjoy.
Danielle’s 2017 New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Eat healthy and develop a constant workout routine. Let’s be honest, who hasn’t had this on their resolution list at some point in their lives? My plan is to sign up for Weight Watchers (…again) and start utilizing the two (yes, two) gym memberships I have.
2. Regular doctor checkups. I am terrible at this. I know it’s very important and beneficial to go to the doctor more regularly, but I just don’t. There’s no real reason for it. I don’t dislike my doctor. I don’t fear needles. So, I guess I would boil it down to pure laziness. Enough is enough. I will make a list of all the doctors I should see and schedule the appointments.
3. Buy a new car. I don’t know about you, but for me, thinking about the process of getting a new car stresses me out! My car is definitely ready to retire. It’s passed through my sister-in-law, my sister, my dad, and now me. It’s been a good car, but it’s time for me to move on.

Our Resolutions for this Blog…In Case You Were Wondering.

We are determined this year to continually update our blog with captivating, new content focusing on those little things that give us enjoyment in life.
What resolutions have you made this year? How do you plan to stick with them?