Showing posts from June, 2018

The Secret to Making Friends As An Adult

Popular, you're gonna be popular. I'll teach you the proper poise when you talk to boys. Little ways to flirt and flounce, ooh! I'll show you what shoes to wear, how to fix your hair. Everything that really counts... I was very popular today.
Popular, I'll help you be popular. You'll hang with the right cohorts, you'll be good at sports. Know the slang you've got to know... I stopped at the grocery store and instantly regretted it once I saw the crowd, realizing too late it was too close to Memorial Day for a quick stop. I grabbed one of those little carts with an upper and lower basket and squeezed my way in, planning to grab just a few things and get the heck out of there. I hate crowds. I suppose everyone hates crowds, at least at the grocery store.
Popular, I know about popular. And with an assist from me to be who you'll be...
While walking toward the watermelon, I noticed two shopping carts full of wine with clearance stickers. I randomly picked up…

Champagne Brunch, Anyone?

I have the next 9 days off from work (woo hoo!) and am planning to use my free time to revamp this site. Stay tuned for the "new and improved" (exciting, right?) Kitty Deschanel: A Sexy (Nerd) Humor & Lifestyle Blog. Or is it Kitty Deschanel: A Sexy (Nerd) Lifestyle & Humor Blog? I can never remember which order to use. Perhaps that's one of the things I should work on. In the meantime, here is a super-relevant and nifty archived post that received almost no traffic initially. Show it some bloggy love, my bloggy friends! It features hipster chipmunk art.

Oh, and for my readers in the USA, please have a safe 4th of July. SN and I have made plans to spend the week paranoid, diligently protecting our new mountain dream home from burning to the ground. Fireworks are banned here, but there are a lot of idiots around...

Which reminds me, a few years ago, a guy playing with fireworks did start a fire here. I'd been his babysitter back when he was the cutest 2-year old…

3-Minute Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream (Diet-Friendly)

When we crave ice cream, what comes to mind tends to be an unhealthy, albeit delicious, pint from the grocery store. Unfortunately, even the ones that market themselves as 'wholesome' are often full of chemicals. (I'm looking at you, Bluebell, with your phony baloney almonds.)

Great news - it doesn’t have to be this way.

It looks so indulgent, doesn't it? But this homemade ice cream has a secret...
It’s possible to create ice cream, or “nice cream,” out of whole ingredients and make it taste just as good (or better!) than the unhealthy junk from the store. With fresh bananas and good-for-you ingredients, it won’t leave you feeling sluggish or guilty afterward either. In fact, you can even enjoy this frozen treat for breakfast and be well fueled for your day. Oats or your favorite cereal can be added as a topping for more substance and texture.

If you’re feeling really bold, I've heard you can even try sneaking some veggies into your ice cream, like kale and carrots…

How to Transform Your Yard for Meditation

Today I have a terrific guest post full of relaxation tips to share from a reader in Australia, Derek Lotts. I might be slightly biased, as I'm from Perth and my husband is named Derek*, but it really is terrific.

*Confession: Sexy Nerd is not his real name. Gasp!

How to Create a Blissful Backyard Meditation Space
Another confession: I'm skeptical that the woman above is in her yard. I dig her peaceful, zen vibe though. Okay, on to the guest post...
Meditation is about finding peace within, even when you’re under a tremendous amount of stress. Sometimes meditation is easy, but sometimes it’s difficult, and we have to concentrate hard in order to get to the place where we feel free and unburdened. Where you choose to meditate is important; the setting should help you find your own inner balance.

Can I meditate at home? Yes, and if you have a yard, large or small, you can transform it into a meditation oasis using the following tips.

Creating a Meditation Space: The Groundwork


Cake Mix Pancakes

Red Velvet pancakes. Chocolate pancakes. Butter Pecan pancakes. Funfetti pancakes. (Yes, Funfetti pancakes!)

With this 2-ingredient recipe, you can turn your favorite cake mix into your favorite pancakes.

Closeup of the best napkin ever. You're welcome.

It's Sunday morning and you're planning to do all the things today - scrub those grody baseboards, polish your quartz countertop that was supposed to be low maintenance but actually isn't at all, sort through the disaster that is the freezer. While on your superhuman kick, you think I'm going to make my family pancakes for breakfast. Not just any pancakes - the best pancakes ever. I may even serve them as breakfast in bed! Yeah, you're awesome sauce. But oh no! You're out of eggs. No pancakes today, right?

I was once like you (minus all that junk about cleaning and organizing), dreaming of pancakes that could never be. Well, guess what? It turns out that you don't need eggs to make pancakes. No, you do n…