Archive | October 2012

Spotlight Post: My favorite apps for NOT procrastinating

We all procrastinate at some point. Don’t try to deny it.

To try to combat this terrible habit, I found some really good apps that keep me on track with school-work and such.

1. Wunderlist: This is a task list creator, but it’s also great for use as a planner. You can even change the background design :3

2. Simplenote: This is a list maker, sort of like Evernote

3. Evernote: This is another list maker

4. Clearly: This app lets you see articles without the ads and such, and it connects with Evernote so you can save your highlighted article for future use!

5. Evernote Web Clipper: This app is just like Clearly, but it saves the article you’re reading right to Evernote (without ads), instead of letting you highlight them

6. Weekplan: This is a planner, I used it last year for school-work and it works really well! You can make things “important” and even cross things off your daily list of tasks!

7. StayFocusd: With this app, you can limit the amount of time you can spend on certain sites each day – for instance, you can give yourself 40 minutes a day to use Tumblr, Facebook, and Youtube  (all together). This is great for keeping you from procrastinating!

8. Noteboard: An app that lets you create sticky notes!

9. Springpad: This is a list maker, but in the form of notebooks (AND YOU CAN DESIGN YOUR OWN!!! MAKING THE COVERS DIFFERENT COLORS!!! *FAINT*)

10. Wishpot: This isn’t a very productive app, but it does let you create wishlists and add things via the web using a button provided on their website

If you have any other good websites/apps to share, please do! 🙂

Until next time, Em 🙂


Tea Review #1

Yesterday I received a Very Special Package. The Very Special Package included seven kinds of tea… om nom nom.

I ordered: “Organic Root Beer Float,” “Strawberry Shortcake,” “Birthday Cake” and “Ice Cream Cake” teas.

But guess what? I got three free samples!

I sampled: “Love Tea #7,” “Organic White Tiger” and “Green and Fruity” teas.


The “Ice Cream Cake” tea includes: Black tea, carob, ice cream bits, white chocolate pieces, vanilla, rainbow sprinkles, natural and artificial flavouring.

The “Ice Cream Cake” tea smells like chocolate and vanilla. It tastes sort of like Neapolitan ice cream – vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. It’s a little milder in the cup than in the bag.

The “Love Tea #7” tea include: Chinese black tea, dark chocolate, freeze-dried strawberry, red rose petals, natural and artificial flavouring.

The “Love Tea #7” tea smells like chocolate, rose, and a tiny bit of strawberry. It tastes like chocolate and black tea, with a hint of rose and strawberry. It’s much milder in the cup than in the bag.

The “Organic Root Beer Float” tea includes: Organic: black tea, vanilla, cinnamon, white chocolate, safflower, organic and natural flavouring.

The “Organic Root Beer Float” tea smells just like root beer – vanilla, cinnamon, and safflower. It tastes like hot, flat root beer – a delicious but acquired taste. It’s a little milder in the cup than in the bag.

***All ingredients are copied from

I hope you enjoyed my tea reviews! I will be trying the other four teas soon so I’ll upload reviews for them as soon as possible.

Until next time, Em J

Wacky Weather in Washington

Today I decided to write about the wacky weather we have over here on the west coast.

There were some wildfires on the other side of the mountains recently, so we had a red sky in the morning… usually it was more red than this

Not really “wacky weather,” just a nice picture of a sunrise

Not really “wacky weather,” just a nice picture of a sunrise

This looks like snow, doesn’t it? It’s actually hail… on Sunday it was hailing so hard that when I walked outside I felt like I was being stabbed in the head…

More hail

More hail

Until next time, Em 🙂

Jenny Matlock

Recipe Time: Dublin Fog and Vanilla Syrup

This is a recipe near and dear to my heart. I drink this whenever I want a flavored drink that isn’t coffee and isn’t tea. A Dublin Fog is steamed milk, concentrated tea, and syrup mixed together. Here’s my favorite recipe!

Recipe Time: Dublin Fog

¼ cup hot water

1 Irish Breakfast tea bag (I use Stash Super Irish Breakfast)

1 cup 2% milk

1 tbsp vanilla syrup

  1. Take a glass measuring cup and put in ¼ cup of water. Microwave until hot enough for making tea, or use a hot water dispenser.
  2. Pour the hot water over the tea bag and let steep 3-5 minutes, depending on the strength desired.
  3. Microwave 1 cup of milk for around 48 seconds, using the glass measuring cup from step one.
  4. When the tea is done steeping, take the tea bag out and pour in the hot milk.
  5. Add 1 tbsp (or as much as desired) vanilla syrup. Stir.
  6. Enjoy!

Inspired by the London Fog recipe on

Recipe Time: Vanilla Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

3/4 tsp vanilla extract (1/2 tsp if a lesser strength is desired)

  1. Heat the water and sugar over low/medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Stir in the vanilla extract
  3. Pour the mixture into a glass jar or bottle and cover. Refrigerate until needed.

Inspired by vanilla syrup recipes on A Beautiful Mess and Annie’s Eats

Until next time, Em 🙂

Only at my school… mood lighting and elevator rides

Today in English class, my teacher told us to write a monologue about how we would feel if we lost a person that is important to us. She wrote what we were supposed to write about up on the board, and then she turned off a few of the overhead lights. “Mood lighting,” she said. “Strange,” I said.

Later, I noticed that the compost, recycling and garbage bins weren’t in their normal spot in our lounge, so I asked the dean of students person where they were. It turns out they were upstairs, by my English classroom (which I had noticed before, but I had just thought “oh cool, we got more bins!”) Well, being a good citizen and all (read: not wanting people to throw away recyclables – the horror), I volunteered to go get them. Mimi got the wonderful idea that we should take the Forbidden Elevator back downstairs, because it would be tricky to carry the huge bins down the stairs. I suggested closing all of the bags and then sliding down the stairs in the bins, but she vetoed that idea. Anyways, we got in the elevator with these huge bins, and THE DOORS STARTED CLOSING while Mimi was trying to shove the bins in the elevator. I pressed the “open front door button” but the door wouldn’t open. Lo and behold, I found the “open back door” button and it worked (why the elevator has two doors, I have no idea. There isn’t anywhere to go using the other door). When we were all safe and sound in the elevator, I pressed the “1” button, to get back downstairs. And that’s when I noticed it. The Basement Button. Who knew we even had a basement?! So today after school, two of my friends and I are going to take a trip down there… using the Forbidden Elevator of course… hopefully we won’t get in trouble…

Until next time, Em 🙂

Spotlight Post: Mug Collection

So I’ve decided to do a little series about collections I have… the first collection I’m going to cover is my mug collection!

This is the mug that started my collection, it’s from my mom’s old work, and I love it because it’s a pretty off-white color, like vanilla bean ice cream, and it has a black rim

I got this mug for my birthday, it definitely fits my personality 🙂

This is the back of the “Give me chocolate or give me death” mug

Obviously I got this mug for my birthday

I got this mug for my birthday, currently it’s holding chocolates that I also got for my birthday

This is a mug cozy I got for my birthday, it’s made from an old sweater sleeve

This is a cat mug that I got for my birthday

When you turn the cat mug upside down it looks like this! 🙂

Until next time, Em 🙂