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hey cincinnati! you must gogh to the art museum!

Posted on: 12.01.2016

there's a never ending list of activities going on around this city all the time, but right now let's focus on one event specifically; the Cincinnati Art Museum. For the next few weeks, until January 8th, the Cincinnati Art Museum is showcasing a Van Gogh exhibit. I remember in third grade, writing a report on Van Gogh for my art class. I was about 4 feet tall, had giant glasses and didn't really know what I was writing about at the time. but now as a grown up (and one that works with actual pieces of art at work daily) I was excited to get to the exhibit tonight. The entire building was practically empty, just us and the Christmas carolers singing away, and the museum has numerous areas with a wide variety of art pieces to look at. But do yourself a favor and hit up the Van Gogh exhibit to see his early work, a timeline of his life, and so many beautiful things he's said over the years.

"I dream of painting and then I paint my dream." 
                                                                        - Vincent Van Gogh

Too good. There's even a gift shop at the end of the exhibit that is filled with books, t-shirts, candles and tote bags that feature numerous Van Gogh prints and quotes so you can take them home with you. On Thursday nights, the exhibit is free BUT the Cincinnati Art Museum was kind enough to throw a giveaway on the blog to some lucky readers who would like free admission to the exhibit. 

send an email to to get tickets for free admission, from me and to you! 

this post is sponsored by the Cincinnati Art Museum
photo via here

how to clean your UGG boots

I'm going to let everyone in on a little secret. I've had the same pair of Ugg boots for almost ten years and I've never washed or cleaned them. So feel free to stop being my friend and judge me all you want. They've been through more snow and rain and dirt than I care to admit but they still get the job done. and I know what you're thinking and I agree- Uggs are not cute and they look ridiculous. But, when I'm scraping ice off of my windshield in the middle of a midwestern snowstorm and my feet feel like I'm walking around on warm cats, I throw my fashion sense out the window.

So the other night when I took off my boots, I gave them a quick once-over and realized how sad they were. They're stained and dirty and let's not even talk about how bad the insides of them smell. I don't have to go into too much detail, but Uggs are meant to be worn barefoot. Bare feet sweat when they're hot (remember? the warm cats?) so inevitably, they didn't smell or look good anymore. and even though they're UGGly (HA), I figured it was high time they got a little TLC. So I'm going to explain quick and painlessly how to clean the inside and outside of UGG boots.
--you will need--
baking soda
vacuum cleaner with an attachment
laundry detergent
paper towels
a sink/tub/wherever you want to do your dirty work

First a WARNING: this is not a tutorial for someone that 1. has no patience 2. needs their boots cleaned quickly or 3. doesn't want to put in a little elbow grease. Thick wool and suede are not exactly famous for drying quickly after being dunked in water and that's exactly what we're about to do. and I promise it's worth it, but expect the drying process to take a few days. 
here we go!
start out a day early and sprinkle baking soda into the inside of your boots. this will already start to eliminate odors and little germies that have been growing in there (so disgusting, i could die) 

the next day, take a vacuum attachment and suck out the baking soda from the inside of your boots. some of you might be able to stop right there but my boots were in rough shape and they needed to actually be scrubbed. 

-  start by filling your bathtub or sink with warm water and add a few tablespoons of laundry detergent. slowly spray the outside of your boots and rub the laundry detergent into the exterior. I can't even express to you how satisfying it is to watch dirt and crud come off of these boots. it was glorious. 

- after you've used your fingers to rub a little love into the outside of your boots, it's time to tackle the inside. spray the water in, dump the water out, and pour in a little detergent. Use your fingers to massage the soap into the wool inside of your boots and be warned, it aint pretty!! some of the wool will probably come out, that's the price you pay, I guess. Keep rinsing them until the soap is completely removed from the inside and outside of your boots. 

(another warning- expect to see some bleeding from the color of your boots. the bathtub water was super brown and most of it was just color. again, this is ok!)

- ring out your boots as well as you can and i promise, they're still gonna be damp as hell. 
- fill the inside of each boot with paper towels (stuff them full!) this will soak up most of the water inside and will also keep your boots shape while they start drying. the next day, replace the paper towels. you'll probably do this another day or two. 

DO NOT put them in the dryer, on a heat vent or in front of a blow dryer. Direct heat on wool boots is a no no. this is where patience comes in. put those babies somewhere with lots of airflow and sunlight, preferably upside down if you can. 

and there ya have it! they will be back to their beautiful selves, soon. i promise. mine are now almost completely dry and smell like a field of wildflowers (it's been two days) and i'm so happy with the results. these boots deserved some lovin' and i'm so glad they are back to tip top shape. happy scrubbing!!

Every man jack

Posted on: 11.28.2016

whether you prefer puppies or kittens, how much money you make or how you feel about the world at large- we can all agree that few things are better in this world than a good smellin' man. I've recently embarked on a brand spankin' new romantical relationship and I'm telling you- there's nothing that will make me melt into the floor faster than receiving a big bear hug and getting a nose full of a guy that smells good, especially when he's yours. hubba hubba! there were countless times that I would smell him and say "mmm you smell like Andrew" and he would smirk and it was cute but I eventually decided it was time to ask what exactly that smell was. Unfortunately for me, it's store bought and not his natural pheromones. But fortunately for the rest of the world, your man can smell like this right out of the shower, too.

Once I asked Andrew what exactly it was that I was smelling, he immediately responded with Every Man Jack. A masculine bath and body line that features numerous scents that are ... earthy smelling? you know what i mean. Sandalwood and eucalyptus and cedarwood and stuff like that. i mean, how is a girl supposed to focus on anything when her dude is walking around smelling like a sexy lumberjack? hanging up drywall and saving kittens out of trees? it's almost not fair how good these smell. so once i spoke with the guys running Every Man Jack, I knew I was happy to jump on board with their brand. They're well priced and available at numerous stores such as Target, Walgreens and Whole Foods and online as well. So for any ladies out there looking for some easy AF stocking stuffers this season, or any guys just looking to smell deeeelicious around the office, check out Every Man Jack !!  

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