Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August Musings 2016

Welcome to my Monthly Musings. I thought it would be fun to start a monthly post recapping highlights, random thoughts, and news of interest. I also love hearing from you, so please comment below with feedback and suggestions!

Image by Slim Aarons


First, Jessica from Lycette Designs and I would like to announce the winner from the Cheeky Needlepoint contest we launched earlier this month... There were so many good ones from which to choose! It was a tough decision, but everyone loved Meg Hosler's "I may not be a good example, but I'm an excellent warning!" Here were our top five #cheekyneedlepoint favorites:
  • Meg Holser, "I may not be a good example, but I am an excellent warning!"  
  • PreppyPuppy, "The bigger the hair, the closer to God." 
  • Marie, "Too Fabulous for Your Negativity!" 
  • Bibbylady, "Blondes prefer gentlemen."  
  • JeanScottKnight, "Don't Mistake Endurance for Hospitality." 
Congratulations, Meg! Jessica will reach out to work with you in creating this fun new canvas!


Who else is feeling overwhelmed by Snapchat and now the new Instagram Stories? I do have a Snapchat account (theglampad) but I have no idea how to use it and honestly, zero desire to do so. Maybe I'll jump on the Instagram Stories bandwagon eventually. I do love Instagram for daily inspiration and for meeting incredibly talented people. Here is an article questioning if Instagram Stories can compete with Snapchat. What do you think? 

On a related note, I have been mourning the old Pinterest due to the irritating changes they implemented this spring. A new algorithm forces loads of advertising through your feed and hides the content of the accounts you actually have chosen to follow. You can read more (and rant) here.  I really, really, REALLY miss the old Pinterest. However, I am still active, and you can follow me here.


Speaking of Pinterest, I have been on the lookout for easy and delicious One Dish dinners... I found this one, which looks yummy. My 14-month-old son keeps me so busy these days, and I have found it difficult to keep up with cooking. We tried Green Chef, and while the food was delicious - and all organic! -  the recipes were just too time consuming. Does anyone have any super-easy recipes to share or super-speedy home delivery options? 

Image via Mad Men

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8 comments:

  1. Andrea, we've been using Veestro home delivery for the past 3 months and absolutely love it. It's vegetarian, organic, and the meals are already prepared. Simply heat or microwave and eat. Tasty and satisfying. The meals look small, but, amazingly, they really stick with you. Not meant to be diet food, but we have all lost weight - 9 pounds for me and 20 for my brother. But I should mention that I also gave up sugary foods. My digestive system loves me for it. :-) The company is out of California. Cost works out to about $8 per meal. Totally worth it for the time savings, convenience and great meal options, not to mention the good taste.

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    1. This sounds PERFECT!! Thank you!!!

      XOXO,
      The Glam Pad

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  2. Oh, you are too fun! so glad I subsribed, sibcribed, sicribed, (just enjoyed my 2nd relaxation tonic of the evening, pardonnez-moi-doctors orders). You are very clever an on the mark. And, love those 'In-the-Know' discount sites! merci!!!

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  3. GREAT post - I love your musings and hope you keep doing this regularly!! xoxo

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  4. I miss old Pinterest and old Instagram. It is all getting too much and I wonder why I subscribe to anyone at all when they force-fed me ads and people I don't know at all...

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  5. Hi Andrea,
    Jessica reached out to me yesterday and told me that I won the needlepoint contest. Wow!!! Very flattered. I actually read this quote years ago, many years ago, but cannot remember who the originator was. I googled to try to find out, thinking it was Mae West, nope. Seems my name just keeps showing up with it. Anyway, very excited!

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