Thursday, January 17, 2019

Storytime: Extreme Road Rage?! 😨

Hey cupcakes! I was brainstorming some post ideas the other day and realized that I haven't written a storytime post since JULY of last year (when I was attacked by a bird LOL). Oops. That is probably because nothing too crazy has happened in my life that would inspire me to write a storytime post, but that all changed about three weeks ago....

Alright, so this interesting event took place when I was home for winter break. This is my favorite break for multiple reasons:

1. No homework - all of the fall semester classes are over and the new ones haven't started yet. This makes winter break the only one where there is absolutely no chance of homework! 🎉
2. I get to relax and spend time with friends and family
3. My boyfriend is only an hour instead of 2.5 hours from me

As the third bullet point mentions, my boyfriend is a lot closer when we are both home (long story short: we went to the same high school and my parents moved to a different town about an hour away after we went off to college in two cities about 2.5 hours apart). After spending the day at his house, I was driving home at 11:30 PM...

The ride is pretty easy and at that time of night there aren't usually many other people on the road. When I was about 15 minutes away from my house, I was on a 55 mph road with four lanes (two for each direction). As I enjoy thinking while I drive and don't tend to speed, I was going about 58 mph in the right lane.

A car passed me on the left (as they should have), and in about 3 minutes another car also passed me.

The first car that had passed me was still in the left lane, and (apparently) wasn't going fast enough for the second car. But, mind you, the whole right lane was completely open if the car really wanted to get by.

Me pointing at the other lane
The second car drove super close to the first and proceeded to turn on their brights multiple times.

After about three minutes of this, I guess they had a change of heart and proceeded to get in the right lane to pass them. I was only a little bit behind this and was watching this all go down... When the second car was in line with the first I saw something fly from it and arc in the air, glittering in the moonlight.

IT WAS A WINDSHIELD WIPER FLUID BOTTLE!!!! They literally threw a full bottle of windshield wiper fluid at the other car. 😂

The bottle went no where near the first car (they clearly could not aim), and I drove by the bottle emptying itself in the left lane - now it was both pollution and a road hazard but there was no way I was going to stop to pick it up in case something else went down with those people. 😬

What crazy things have you witnessed on the road? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Jenna ♥

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Best Places to Buy Sustainable Products!

Hey cupcakes! As many of you know, I have been on a journey towards zero waste since May of 2018 (if you are interested in reading all of my posts on sustainability, check out the full list here!). If you also embark on a mission to live a more sustainable lifestyle, you might be curious about where I buy my sustainable products. Look no further - this post is dedicated to a list of my favorite places to shop! 😊 Let's jump right into it!

1. Family and friends! - When you have a list of sustainable items you would like to buy (such as stainless steel containers, reusable produce bags, etc.), try to find them from people close to you! This will ensure that you get it for a better price (or even for free) and is best for the environment, as the product that they might not use will be heavily used by you instead of ending up in the landfill.

2. Freecycle (or Facebook Marketplace) - This is basically the same idea but with strangers in your town/city! If you don't know what is, it is a website where people can post things that they would like to get rid of. This stuff is all free, which is amazing, and it prevents perfectly good items heading to the landfill. In my city there is currently a dining room table, TV, firewood, etc. being offered.

3. Amazon - When I first started my journey, I was looking for many products to replace the plastic or unsustainable ones in my life. I found that Amazon sells almost all kinds of stainless steel, bamboo, and other sustainable products that you can think of... It is definitely a great place to start to at least understand how much certain things will cost you! If you plan on buying a lot from Amazon, I would recommend making a list and buying everything at once, which will reduce the amount of environmental impact when it comes to shipping materials and carbon used for shipping.

4. Ebay - Like Amazon, this website has some great sustainable products, but I like Ebay because you can buy more things used... Again, this prevents any excess waste from going into the landfill (but make sure you try to avoid as much shipping pollution as possible!).

5. Thrift stores - After looking for a product on Amazon and Ebay, why not try to find it in your local thrift shops? I am a huge promoter of the Salvation Army (see why here!), but you should be able to score some great finds where ever you go! Hint hint - thrift stores tend to carry lots and lots of glass containers for a perfect zero waste pantry!

6. Yard sales - Just like the thrift store, yards sales are a great place to find great deals.


7. Craigslist - I never usually use Craigslist (as I have been able to find sustainable goods from the above places), but it is another way to find products close to you for decent prices. Make sure you don't meet people at their home or sketchy locations!

8. Zero waste/plastic free websites - There are a bunch of websites that specialize in sustainable products that will even use as little packaging as possible. Here are some of my faves:

Where do you like to purchase sustainable goods? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Jenna ♥

Thursday, January 10, 2019

My Recent Reads & Reviews

Hey cupcakes! Over my relaxing winter break I got to (finally) do some reading! I haven't done a book review post since The Heretic Queen back in October, so I figured I would compile some mini reviews into one post for you all today. 📖 I hope to continue reading this semester instead of spending so much time looking at computer/TV screens, so look for more book review posts in the upcoming months!

#DoNotDisturb: How I Ghosted My Cell Phone to Take Back My Life by Jedediah Bila

As I mentioned above and in my Resolutions post, I am trying to cut back on my screen time. This book was a great eye opener (and was the inspiration behind this resolution), as Jedediah discussed her extremely relatable experiences with cell phones and technology in the modern age. It definitely made me aware of how often I mindlessly scroll through social media pages or avoid social interactions by looking at my phone. This book made me realize that I want to live a life that isn't defined by my phone, so I would recommend it to all of you!
Rating: 9/10

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk W. Johnson

At my library, there is a section in the front with new fiction and nonfiction books. As I love nonfiction, I always stop there first to see if anything catches my eye... Which this one did! The novel focuses on the heist of Edwin Rist, who stole 300 dead birds from a Natural History museum in England to sell for Victorian fly ties. While I had never heard of this event (even though it happened in 2009!!!), the book was an awesome read. It goes through the history of bird feathers in fashion, Victorian fly ties, and the crime (which is mainly unsolved to this day as there are about 100 birds still missing). Overall, it was just a super interesting book about something I have never read about before!
Rating: 10/10

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Each chapter of this book focuses on a "lie" that women may believe (ex. I am not beautiful) and, through stories of her own life, Rachel shares how to realize that these things are not true. Rachel's stories were often quite hilarious, but there were so many that are relatable for so many people. While I am usually not a huge fan of motivational books, this one was a good read. I felt truly inspired after I finished!
Rating: 7/10

JELL-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom

Ok, this was another random book that caught my eye... The JELL-O patent was bought for only $450 and is one of the most rewarding business transacations in American history. The family who benefited from this purchase had quite a bit of troubles: cancer, suicides, alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness, etc. This book basically goes through the lives of Allie's grandmother and mother to share what she calls "the JELL-O curse". For me, there wasn't really any conclusion or resolution of the "curse", but it was still interesting to read all of the juicy family secrets. 😁
Rating: 5/10

The Joy of Less by Francine Jay

If you have been reading my posts for awhile, you will know that I have begun a journey towards lower/zero waste. Through this journey, I have started to realize that a life of simple living is something that I want in my future. This book shares tips and tricks for decluttering and minimalizing, and I found it super insightful. Definitely a must-read for anyone looking to simplify, as each chapter goes through a specific room to make the process easier to do!
Rating: 8/10

What books have you read recently? What books should I read next? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Jenna ♥

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Fashion: Activewear to Jumpstart the New Year

Hey cupcakes! Unfortunately, I am back at school 😢 BUT, that means I only have one more semester of my undergraduate degree, which is just unbelievable! Definitely look forward to some fun college themed posts the next few months 🤩 Because many resolutions are exercise/gym related at the start of the new year, I wanted to share some of the cutest activewear I have seen recently... Let's jump right into it!

~Rainbow leggings (Shein, $10) - I have always been a huge fan of the stripes on Adidas sweatpants, so I think these rainbow leggings are super cute!

~Seamless Quarter Zip (PINK, $55) - I think PINK clothes are really good quality, and I absolutely love the design of this quarter zip! Even if you don't plan on wearing this quarter zip to exercise in, it would be super cute for lounging.

~Pink Shorts (Lululemon, $58) - While Lululemon is known for their amazing leggings, I thought these shorts were really stylish. Most athletic shorts look basically the same, so it was nice to see some variation.

~Tie Back Tank (Old Navy, $15) - While Old Navy always has classic products that don't go out of style, I usually don't fit in their clothes (as I am small and fit into juniors/petites). However, they have a great activewear top section with some really great prices! I thought this tank was particularly cute.

~Nike Air Zoom Winflo 5 (Nike, $90) - Nike shoes have always been my go to for working out, as they support my flat arches and don't wear out easily. I think these shoes are gorgeous!

What is your favorite activewear currently? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Jenna ♥

P.S. The new year has also got me thinking about how long I wanted to write on The Chic Cupcake. While I don't see myself stopping in the near future, real life is going to start soon... In order to up the quality of my posts here on The Chic Cupcake (and ensure I don't get behind), I will now be posting twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday) instead of three times a week. I hope you all understand where I am coming from, thank you for all of your amazing support! ♥

Friday, January 4, 2019

Recipe: Easy Turtle Pretzels

Hey cupcakes! I realized recently that I haven't done a recipe post since my Homemade Flour Tortillas back in OCTOBER, so I wanted to share a fun snack with you all today! These turtle pretzels are such an easy treat to make, and I must admit that they are quite addicting.... Let's get baking! 👩‍🍳

What You Need:
-A bag of mini pretzels (can be any shape but squares work the best!)
-A bag of Rolos
-A bag of pecan halves
-Baking tray
-Parchment paper

What To Do:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. While the oven is preheating, you will need to unwrap the Rolos. This is by far the most time consuming step...
3. Place parchment paper onto the tray; lay pretzels on top of the paper (leaving a bit of space between them).
4. Put a Rolo onto each pretzel.
5. Bake for about 3-5 minutes, until the Rolos have been softened but NOT completely melted.
6. Take the tray out of the oven and squish a pecan half onto each Rolo.
7. Let cool completely and enjoy! 🍴

What snacks are you enjoying currently? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Jenna ♥
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