Trending In My Life – January 2015

Hello all!  I’m back for January trends, as promised.  Looking through last month’s trends made me realize all over again why I’m doing this so frequently – things change all too fast around here.  This month I started working full time for the first time in my life, so I haven’t been able to play games or watch TV much.  However, I do have some things that seem to be in the forefront.  Without further ado:

Game: Casual Mobile Gaming.  I haven’t had a lot of time to play the consoles lately, so I’ve taken to casual gaming on my Android phone.  I’ve been staying entertained with games such as Farm Heroes Saga, Sim City Buildit, Words On Tour, and little bit of Trivia Crack.  They are easily put away when I get busy, and easy to spend a little more time on when I have time to burn.  However, I do have an Xbox 360 game to spotlight in February.

TV Show: Parenthood.  Parenthood follows the lives of the Braverman family, which consists of Mr. Zeke and Mrs. Millie Braverman, their 4 adult children and their spouses, and all the grandchildren. The series addresses many real-life issues such as mental illness, addiction, relationship problems, sibling rivalry, health concerns, and so much more, all wrapped up into one loving family that is always there for one another.  The characters are easy to love, and fascinating to follow.  The actors have outstanding chemistry together, and the writing is spot-on.  I cannot say enough about this show.  It must be one of my absolute all-time favorites. Parenthood is currently in its 6th season on NBC and only 1 episode remains – the series finale – which will air on Thursday, January 29th.  However, the first 5 seasons are currently available on Netflix.  I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!

YouTuber: Laci Green. I am a big fan of Laci Green. She is amazing at what she does. She is a vlogger on YouTube and has her own site. She promotes safe, consensual sex, sex education, women’s rights, and so much more! If you haven’t already checked her out, I recommend it. You may even learn a thing or two.

Music: Spotify. So last month I wrote about how annoying Pandora was being for me, and was asking for suggestions for other music services to try. I tried a few, but the one I have enjoyed the most is Spotify. It has the same feature of music station creation that learns from your likes and dislikes. But it also has unlimited skips, playlist creation, and even offline listening. Normally it runs $9.99 per month, but since I signed up just before the end of the year, I got my first 3 months for $.99! I like that I can follow my friends’ listening habits too, to discover new music, or it will suggest bands like the ones I’m listening to. It’s just what I wanted out of a music service and more.

Interest: Dreadlocks. Yep, that’s right, dreadlocks. For those of you who followed me from the beginnings of Ink & Earth, you may know I’ve given them a couple of short tries before. I took out my first serious set of dreads only 3 months into the journey to look presentable to officiate a friend’s wedding. Between then and now I have done tons of research and even joined a group to learn from others’ experiences with dreads. (Best group of people I’ve ever met, by the way – The Dread Den on Facebook) And finally, in December, I took the plunge again and started a new set of dreadlocks. I told myself I would not give up on them easily this time, and that if I did I would force myself to cut my hair as a consequence. And if you know me, you know I like having longer hair. I’m 4 weeks into my journey now, and there are good and bad days. But the point is, I’ve stuck it out so far. Some days I feel like my head is a mess and I’d just like to be “normal” again, especially at work. And other days I am so happy to have so little maintenence, and not to have to brush my hair or wash it as often. I do believe with time I will grow to love it more and more. As my desktop computer took a dump and I’m posting from my phone, I can’t make embedded photos look proper in my blog post this time. But I will post updates and share photos along the way of my dread journey.

So that’s my post for January. I’ll seeya again for another trending post on February 28th!

Recipe: Totchos


– 2 bags (16 oz each) frozen tater totstotchos
– 1 lb lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
– 1 package taco seasoning mix
– 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
– 1 cup salsa
– Shredded lettuce
– Sour cream and guacamole, if desired

Heat oven to 425°F. Line cookie sheet with sides with foil or cooking parchment paper. Place frozen potatoes on cookie sheet. Bake as directed on bag.

Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Add taco seasoning mix and water. Cook about 2 minutes or until hot.

Sprinkle potatoes with beef mixture and cheese. Bake 3 to 5 minutes longer or just until cheese is melted. Top with remaining ingredients. Serves 6!

This is a slight variation from the original recipe, found here.

Recipe: Crash Hot Potatoes

crashhotpotatoesCrash Hot Potatoes

– Boil some baby potatoes (red pictured) until fork tender.
– Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
– Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet, set potatoes on sheet and using a potato masher, gently smash each potato down, rotating masher both ways (so it looks like a thick cookie).
– Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt/pepper and sprinkle cut fresh herbs and garlic over each.
– THEN top with some lovely grated Parmesan cheese.
– Bake for 20 minutes.

Crispy on the outside, soft in the middle, salty, garlicky, herby and cheesy goodness. :-)

Found on and shared from Columbia Guarino.

Facebook Changes

For those of you who follow my blog page on Facebook, I’m making changes.  I have been following activity on there closely the last few days, and have discovered that only between 2-10 people see each of my posts.  For having nearly 250 subscribers on Facebook, that is a very measly percentage.  So small in fact that I don’t see the point in maintaining the page any longer.  So here’s the change:  I am deleting the page, and I’d like everyone instead to follow my personal profile.  My blog posts will now automatically post publicly to my timeline.  That way people can actually see what I post instead of wondering whether or not they will ever see anything I post.  And if you really don’t wanna miss my posts, subscribe to notifications of my updates.  Here’s the link to my personal profile: Seeya there!

2015 Microadventures

I happened across a tweet about microadventures the other day.  I’m not entirely sure who retweeted it, but I just had to check it out.  My last couple of years has been stressful on my whole family, so I wanted to find things we could all do together to create happy memories.  And so I’m thinking we will put our own spin on this microadventure idea.  Let me give you more details about what I’m talking about.  Check out the full website if you’d like to know even more.



So what do you think?  Are you going to give it a try?

I’m not at all a seasoned camper, nor is anyone else in my house.  So for the super-cold months we may figure out how to have a camp out or some sort of adventure either in our house or a friend’s house.  Somewhere we wouldn’t normally sleep or visit perhaps.  Or if our budget is right, perhaps even just an overnight in a hotel with a pool.  Just some sort of escape.  We’ll figure it out, and definitely make a point of getting away and having some fun once a month.

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