Friday, December 6, 2013

Instagram + Site Updates!

Since I've been home sick (with the flu + pneumonia -- it is a sexy combination, lemme tell ya) I have spent a lot of time missing what it feels like to be a functioning human. This has resulted in me looking at a lot of my older pictures on Instagram. Since I unfortunately haven't posted a lot on this blog in the last year (something that is definitely going to be changing!) I thought I would share some of my favorite pictures from the last couple of months to give you all an idea about what I've been up to.

At the end of July I went on vacation to Sanibel Island, which was lovely.
John and I at the beach at Sanibel.
I started work at my new job in September.
My really mean and awful coworker that I cannot stand (joking, obviously!)
I went as a really lazy Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time for Halloween.
And I got to go hiking with my boyfriend and my brother just right before the tailend of fall.

And, unfortunately, that's pretty much it for pictures! If you'd like you can always follow me on instagram: my username is sparklingwhine. I've been really busy the last few months with my new job, getting a place to call my own (closing's in a few weeks!!!!!!), and other "grownup" shenanigans, so I haven't had a ton of time to gather up any super cool content for this blog. I'm working on it, though, and I have some super neat things coming up in the future like a return of pictures taken with a camera that's not my phone, home decor, ootds, worth your washingtons, and even a giveaway! Stay tuned!

Also, as you may have already noticed, during my sick downtime I've updated Fat Budget Bitch's layout! I think it looks splendid, don't you? Take a look around!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

3 Sites Where You Can Seriously Save $

Just in time for the holiday season, I bring you three sites that I use to help save some moolah. All of these sites are completely legit (I promise - I've used them myself extensively!) and all of them are seriously magic.

Sidenote: If you wanna sign up for any of these fun things please use the link I provided! If ya do you'll get extra stuff at some of these places and I get extra stuff for referring you! DO EET. :)


Did you know that Bing will literally pay you to use it? Seriously: it's true. Sign up with Bing Rewards and every time you search something on Bing you get a credit. You can then trade these credits in for all sorts of giftcards and goodies: Amazon giftcards, Sephora giftcards, Redbox rentals, and a lot of other fun stuff! I signed up for Bing Rewards back in September and I'm a little over halfway towards earning a $5 Amazon giftcard. Yeah. You've got to search for stuff anyways: why not literally get paid for it?


I freaking love Groupon! I want to shout it from a mountain. There is literally a Groupon for everything: vacations, local eats, concerts, electronics, spa treatments, clothes, accessories, everything. I have gotten all kinds of groovy Groupons for everything from putt putt at a local course ($8 for 3 games for 2 people!) to a delicious sushi dinner date with my boyfriend ($30 worth of food for $15!) to getting an oil change for my car ($19 at Valvoline versus the ridic amount they usually charge!) I've gotten to try so many cool things (for super cheap!) that I might have not otherwise tried just because of Groupon. Seriously: sign up and take a look around. There are SO many rad deals that change daily!


Ebates is like a weird gift from God. If you do a lot of shopping online (or even just a little bit of shopping online!) it is SERIOUSLY worth it to get an Ebates account - ESPECIALLY if you're going to be doing a lot of online holiday shopping in the next coming weeks! Not only do they offer lots of discount codes for a plethora of stores but they also offer cash back, no strings attached, for a HUGE list of online stores. Every store has a different percentage (usually ranging from 2% to anywhere as much as 25% cash back). It really adds up quick, especially if you do a lot of shopping online. All you have to do is sign in with Ebates and make your purchase from whatever store you'd like and BAM - cash back! And when I say that they offer cash back for a HUGE amount of stores? I mean it -- they have everything from ASOS to Sephora to Amazon to Groupon. I personally chose to get my cash back added to my Paypal account -- it's super convenient and they pay your Big Fat Check quarterly. Their customer service is WONDERFUL and I seriously cannot gush about it enough. Sign up here and give it a try!

Are there any other cool sites that I don't know about? Lemme know about them in the comments! :)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lentil Tabbouleh Recipe.

Hey folks!

So I've been pretty absent on the bloggin' front, which, like I'm sorry. I started a new job (which is pretty rad) where I'm on the computer all the livelong day, so when I get home at night being on the computer is just... not something I wanna do for very long most of the time. Sorry!

But I've got a recipe for you all that is pretty great. It's basically a variation of tabbouleh with lentils and other good stuff. It makes a great main dish or side dish and it packs one hell of a nutritious punch with veggies, protein, and still some yummy carbs all in one dish. Bam!

This recipe is both vegetarian and vegan friendly, so everyone can eat it! (well, mostly everyone. Sorry paleo weirdos).

This recipe serves 4 (as a main course). You can easily double it to feed a small army.

You'll need:
  • half a package of israeli couscous (i use trader joe's brand because i'm obsessed) ($2.35)
  • half a pack of trader joe's ready lentils (or the lentils of your choice!) ($2.00)
  • a couple handfuls of shredded lettuce (romaine or iceburg works best) (.20c)
  • half a tomato, diced (.44c)
  • 1 whole cucumber, seeded and diced (.65c)
  • 6 or so stalks of green onion, diced (.40c)
  • 1 whole lemon worth of juice (.80c)
  • about a tablespoon of virgin olive oil (.15c)
  • a shit ton (yes, that is a unit of measurement) of parsley (.04)
  • a sprinkle of mint if you're into it (.02)
  • a dash of salt to taste (.01)
TOTAL: $7.06

Some of these prices are approximate because I just straight up don't remember. But the point is: it's seriously not expensive.


1. Get the couscous goin' - cook it according to the package directions (keep in mind that sometimes the package instructions call for too little water, so top it off just in case!) Also get the lentils goin' if you're using lentils that need to be cooked (sidenote: if you're a human sloth like me Trader Joe's Ready Lentils are a great gift from God. You can eat 'em cold or hot. I throw them in everything -- boom, protein with exactly zero effort! I'm so into it).

2. Get cuttin' on your vegetables! Start with whatever veggie you'd like - tomato, cucumber, or green onion. Make sure to get the seeds out of the cucumber and tomato because imho they are a nuisance and unnecessary. For the cucumber, I typically carve out the uber gushy middle (with the seeds) and just toss it and focus on dicing up the outer edges. This is just my own weird personal preference, but I do think getting rid of the more watery part of the cucumber helps it keep better, but do whatever you want! Make sure you dice them up pretty finely -- it doesn't have to be perfect, but you don't want any big chunks. Throw all your cut up veggies into a big bowl.

3. Shred up some lettuce and throw it in the bowl (these instructions are so dumb, I'm sorry, I am not a professional).

4. Hopefully by now your couscous is done (well, it probably is if you're me and you take forever to cut up anything). Throw it in the bowl!

5. Open up your lentils (or hopefully they're done cooking if you're not using ready lentils) and throw them in the bowl!

6. Chop the lemon in half and juice up that bowl! I really like lemon juice, so I pretty much bleed that sucker dry, but do it to your taste! Mix it all together so everything's evenly coated in lemony goodness.

7. Drizzle a tablespoon or so of virgin olive oil into the bowl and mix it up!

8. Add a shitton of parsley (or a more conservative amount if you're just not feeling a shitton). Mix it up!

9. Throw in a little bit of mint and mix it up!

10. Sprinkle some salt and keep on mixing it up!

11. Boom, you're done! Eat it up!

This is just the recipe that I used -- but you could totally spice this up and make it your own by modifying it to suit your tastes. I think in the future I'd love to try throwing some spinach or avocado in there.

Are there any recipes that you're obsessed with right now?

Friday, August 2, 2013

My Anxiety Story.

All right, y'all, it's time for some real talk.

Mental health is a subject that is never talked about enough. Having a mental health issue or illness is still something that is hugely (wrongly) stigmatized and that is a fact that bothers me a lot. I've dealt with extreme anxiety and depression my entire life, so this is a subject that is close to my heart. My experiences struggling with my mental health have greatly impacted my life, both positively and negatively. While the negative includes crippling panic attacks, struggling to just get out of bed some mornings, and having great difficulty talking to people (a fun little batch of crap!) there have been positives too. My experiences with anxiety and depression have given me a greater sense of understanding and compassion for other people, it helped prompt my interest in my degrees (psychology and sociology, for reference), and it also helped me search for a sense of community with people on the internet who have helped me immensely when it comes to advice and support in dealing with my mental health issues.

I want to give back to this, so I've started to do vlogs specifically dealing with my experiences with anxiety and depression. In these videos I aim to be painstakingly honest when it comes to talking about my experiences (which, although I joke around a lot and tend to be a pretty open person, was a lot harder than I would have ever dreamed!) I hope these videos help someone, somehow, or at least let people know that they're not alone. Anxiety and depression can be very isolating phenomenons, but community and communicating are perhaps some of the best weapons to use against them.

Here's my first (awkward) video. I hope to make more soon!

Thanks y'all -

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Graduate (and a FIRE SALE!)

So, once I complete this big ole' paper for my internship, I will have officially graduated! The last 4 years have been quite a whirlwind and I am SO happy to be done with everything! I am officially walking away with two B.A.'s to my name - one in Psychology and one in Sociology, plus a minor in Criminology. Whoosh!

As always, I apologize for being such a bad blogger and not posting! I was almost disgustingly busy during my final semester and things are just now winding down. Now all that's left is moving the rest of my stuff from Bowling Green back to my lady home city of Louisville... and finding a job. Oof!

In an effort to be more professional, I started up a new Twitter. Feel free to follow it! Tweet, tweet!

As a quick little add-on, Eloquii is closing and having a MASSIVE sale on all their stock. Seriously - it's huge. Everything is at least 70% off, which brings down their originally super high prices to total affordability!

Here's a peep at what I've snagged:

My total ended up being $51.43 -- not too bad considering the original non-sale total would have been over $177! Are there any major sales going on that you know of?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

5 Favorite Frocks (Golden Globes Edition).

So, I didn't watch The Golden Globes. In my Vicodin-induced haze (courtesy of getting my wisdom teeth taken out) I honestly forgot it was even on (even though two of my favorite ladies -- Tina Fey and Amy Poelher -- were hosting). Despite this gaff, however, I was all over the Internet today looking at what everyone wore. While I could give two shits about who was wearing what designer (it's not like I could ever afford or fit into any of those gowns anyways), I do love to look at people looking fancy. Typically, for award shows, I like two different things: exciting, bold, "risky" looks and flawless Hollywood glamour done right. I am typically not here for boring prom dresses (I'm looking at you, most of Hollywood).

Here are my 5 favorite looks!

1. Kate Hudson in a black and gold, floor length, boob canyon baring frock.

2. Marion Cotillard in a sharp orange asymmetrical frock with black and gold accents. 

3. Amy Adams in a pale pink fishtail frock with vintage-inspired curls.

4. Lucy Liu in a romantic rose-patterned floral frock and a beautiful braid. 

5. Tina Fey in a black and white frock with that Garnier Nutrisse hair going strong.