Friday, April 17, 2015

Have a relaxing weekend

Good evening, friends, and welcome to the weekend! Got anything fun going on? The weather is supposed to be beautiful and spring-y, so perhaps I'll kick off Patio Sitting Season in style -- and yes, I just made that a thing! I hope you all have a great weekend, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web...

Sareh Nouri designed the prettiest wedding dresses for spring.

Some of the best inventions were made by kids.

Spring gardens in bloom are one of my favorite things.

An evolving view of animals.

How-To: Flash tattoo festive nails.

Great round-up of free blogging resources.

Inspirational dog portraits.

Great tips for sending snail mail.

Here's how to annoy your friend on his/her birthday.

Yikes, I really should stop doing this.

Loving this timeless black-tie wedding in Nashville.

Dream Home: 1900s farmhouse.

World's most mysterious soda vending machine.

How cute is this gift wrapping for spring?

Twelve healing crystals and their meanings.

Not sure if this wool cat hat is genius or just plain scary...thoughts?

Fun fact: This year is off to the warmest start in at least 136 years.

Smithsonian's annual list of the top 20 smallest towns.

Looking for life and career inspiration? These blogs should help!

YAY!!! Women are owning more and more small businesses!

And as always, feel free to connect with me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube! See you there, friends! xoxo

[Photo via bippity boppity boo]

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Science Behind Puppy Photos

Have you read Robert M. Sapolsky's article about why we melt at puppy pictures? Well, it turns out the real reason may have more to do with science than with emotions.

Those mushy feelings go back to our evolutionary instinct to protect our young. You know how it is when you see a cute baby with its little bald head and its rosy, chubby cheeks; even if the baby isn't yours, you feel this instinct takes over, and you just want to scoop the little thing into your arms, right? It just comes naturally and you don't even think about it. Scientists also know that face time with cute babies releases the feel-good chemical dopamine in our brains. It sort of like a cycle: The cuter the baby, the higher dose of dopamine and the more we want to take care of the baby. The same is true in our response to puppies...
It turns out that our brains aren't great at differentiating between our own cute babies and those of animals....In other words, the neural circuits that update what counts as cute do not pay attention to what species we are looking at: It’s not as if we’ve had to evolve distinctive safeguards against parenting the wrong species. The brain as a whole has no problem distinguishing human from nonhuman, cute or otherwise. Nevertheless, among humans, when it comes to adorableness, on a certain neurobiological level human baby = puppy = calf = fawn = piglet.
How fascinating! It's cool to think of our brain like that, isn't it? Do you find some puppies cuter than others? Do you have a puppy right now? You all know how much I love Harry and Stella, but I still could totally stare at puppy photos ALL DAY LOOONG!! xoxo

My Diaries (The Remix): Reading #65

World's Largest Basket Building

How would you like to work in a gigantic basket? That's right, this basket building is actually a thing. It's home to the Longaberger Company headquarters in Ohio and was built in 1996. Last fall, the company listed half of its space for lease. Wouldn't it be fun to drive up to that building every morning?

So...who wants to go in on a co-working space, friends? xoxo

[Photos via My Modern Met]

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Three Movies That Make Me Feel Nostalgic

Are there movies from your childhood that always give you all sorts of feels, no matter how many times you've seen them? It's those feelings of pure nostalgia that send you back in time to your childhood -- a time when life was simpler, less complicated and basically an endless Candy Land come to life. Here are three movies of late that have me riding the Nostalgia Train...

My all-time favorite, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, just celebrated its 30th birthday last week. I couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 when I first saw Sarah Jessica Parker shimmy across my TV screen. That's all it took. I was no-going-back hooked on the story of Parker's Janey, a talented dancer who dreams of being a regular on a local TV dance show, despite her strict parents. I mean, this movie has everything (imagine Stefon's voice...): A young Helen Hunt, eye-popping '80s fashion, a dreamy hunk, the kind of over-the-top dance scenes that rival anything Fame ever did. Even better? The movie is on Netflix, so I can relive the magic -- and sequin leotards -- to my heart's content.

The Breakfast Club, everyone's favorite film about a group of high school hoodlums, also celebrated its 30th birthday a couple months ago. True to its nostalgia-inducing form, I distinctly remember seeing that movie for the first time as an early teen, maybe even a few years younger! I was so impressed that virtually the entire student body was represented in those five students: The popular girl, the loner, the jock, the nerd and the outsider. I saw it as a blueprint for my future in high school, and even now, I miss those days whenever I catch the movie on TV.
I was flipping through the TV channels last night and caught a glimpse of a young Leonardo DiCaprio wooing Kate Winslet on the deck of a ship. Their wide-eyed optimism and free-spirit abandon matched my own (supposedly...) worldly outlook when I saw Titanic for the first time. I was a naive young thing of just 17 at the time, but, oh boy, did I ever feel older. I had my own "I'm King of the world" visions, and even today, that movie still has the power to make me feel that same sense of wonder and awe -- like I can accomplish anything and everything. It's a nice feeling, and I have no doubt that it's a good motivating force too!

Do you have any favorite movies that bring on those waves of nostalgia? What sorts of movies did you love as a kid? Do they still hold up now, or do you look at them and cringe? Let's chat, friends! xoxo

How I Feel (In 5 Photos) Wednesday.

"Oh I can't keep it in, I can't keep it in, I've gotta let it out...I've got to show the world, world's got to see, see all the that's in me." --Cat Stevens

[Photos via My Summer Twist]

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An Open Letter To Hillary Clinton

Dear (future President) Clinton...
Well, I just can't keep it in anymore. I'm bursting at the seams. My excitement is spinning out of control faster than those wild teacups at Disneyland. I can feel change a-brewing in the air, the sort of change that makes you think, "Yes! This is it! We are on the cusp of something great -- it's the beginning of a life-changing revolution.

You announced your presidential bid for 2016.

Translation: It's an amazing time to be alive.

I still remember clearly how excited I was back in 2008 when President Obama was elected, so I'm preparing myself for that level (if not more...) of pure joy.

I'm sure you already know this, but your announcement couldn't have come at a better time. You've got millions of people across the country -- and the world! -- cheering for you. The little girl in elementary school who wants to be president when she grows up? Well, now she's got someone to look up to. The young lawyer who wonders if she'll ever make it in her male-dominated office? She now has someone to inspire her to push forward. And the CEO who still makes less than her male counterpart? She can smile knowing that you're on the case.

As the political season gets underway, your days will quickly fill up with meetings and speeches and more meetings and more speeches. It must be enough to make your head spin, though something tells me you'll handle it all like a pro, never even breaking a sweat or letting anyone ruffle your feathers. You're just that good, as the rest of the world is about to learn. But I got to thinking over the weekend, and here are a couple things I'd like you to keep in mind...
*Don't change: I don't know about you, but I'm getting quite fed up with the male/female double standard when it comes to politics. A man is tough and strong, and he's seen as hard-working and the perfect leader. But a woman who is THE SAME WAY? She's labeled aloof and cutthroat and a certain word that rhymes with witch. I also hear that people are getting on your case, saying that you need to show your softer side, hold more babies, etc. Would someone ever advise a man to do that? My suggestion? Don't listen to them. Keep being you and doing what you've been doing. As Taylor says, "Haters gonna hate..."
*Enjoy the ride: You're embarking on a journey that very few women in the political realm have experienced. Take pride and joy in that. Make sure you take some time to really breathe that in and smell the roses along the way. You're a trailblazer who is making history. Don't forget the magic in that.
And now? Your (hopefully!) future win isn't just yours anymore. Your win is now a win for women everywhere. We can see a part of ourselves in you. Thank you for representing us so well.
Because something we all know -- something we've known for years, actually -- is that you'll never back down. You've built up this resilience of being unafraid. We know that you'll fight the good fight on behalf of women everywhere. We know that you'll always be in our corner.

We may not be able to predict what's going to happen at the polls 16 months from now, but you've already made one thing abundantly clear: You've come to fight. I hope the rest of the world has their gloves on... xoxo

P.S. Remember the Hillary Clinton action figure?

[Top photo by Kamran Jebreili; bottom photo by Thomas Whiteside]

Aww alert: Photo booth for dogs

While I'll always be a steadfast tried-and-true Cat Lady For Life, my heart certainly has enough room for these adorable dogs. Check out those fierce poses!

P.S. An Open Letter to a certain presidential candidate is coming up this afternoon! :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

New series: Blogging Club

Over the last six years, I've enjoyed sharing a peek inside my life as a blogger. We've talked about things like Internet niceness, blogging misconceptions, my day-to-day routine, lessons learned and even goal setting. These posts have always sparked awesome conversation, and I've loved hearing your stories and blogging advice.

So! I got to thinking a few weeks ago: What if we started a Blogging Club. A virtual water cooler, if you will, where we can chat about all things blogging, swap tips and tricks and inspire each other along the way. The blog community is an amazing force, and I'd love to celebrate that spirit on So About What I Said -- everything from generating post ideas to the wonders of social media.

What do you think, friends? Would you like to see more behind-the-scenes posts as a regular feature on So About What I Said? What are some topics you'd like to see me write about? Leave your suggestions in the comments or email me at with your thoughts! I'm so excited and can't wait to hear from you, friends!! Happy blogging!! xoxo

[Photo via We Heart It]

An easy way to bake cheesecake

Heather has finally solved the age-old baker's dilemma: Making a delicious cheesecake in less time! Her solution: Waffle pans. She simply poured the cheesecake batter into her Belgian waffle maker, and after a few tweaks, she found the perfect recipe for the mouth-watering dessert. Doesn't her waffle cheesecake look yummy? xoxo
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