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Goodbye from Honesty Time.

Dear Friends,

As your most recent Friday Honesty Timer it is my duty to inform you that Honesty Time will be retiring.  We’ve had so much fun with the blog and all of you but unfortunately as our lives take new directions with grad school, full time jobs, etc. we have realized that we don’t always have the time to produce the quality content that we would like and that we feel our readers deserve.

We would like to thank all of you who followed us on this journey.  It’s been a great way for us to keep in touch after college (and then some) and we’re so happy to have had people who have connected to our crazy little corner of the internet.

Most importantly, thanks to my bros.  This, of course, does not mean the end of our friendship.  Honesty time is more than just a title for a blog, it’s the notion that your friends will be there to offer support, guidance, and a shoulder to lean on no matter what, traditionally with an adult beverage.

For those of you concerned about the void that our departure will leave – have no fear, if you want to hear more from all of us (and some other wonderful ladies), we’ll still be kicking over at Food365 until at least mid-August.

Also, Allyssa and Lori have decided to take our blogging venture onto a new website, which will launch next week. They’ve deemed it our “Honesty Time spinoff blog,” but it’s officially called “Truths with Lori and Allyssa” (read about what that means in the EncycBROpedia or Lori’s interview from back in the day with Big Al herself). Here’s a rundown of what is going to be covered there:

Moo Point Mondays: On Mondays, we will review whatever book/music/movie/TV show we are into (or not) at the moment. Who cares about our opinions? No one. Our opinions are like cow’s opinions. They are moo points.

Tuesday Truths with Allyssa: Every Tuesday, Allyssa will break down what she’s thinking about that week.

Whatever Wednesdays: For weeks when there is too much truth to be contained, we will expand into writing on Wednesdays.

Thursday Truths with Lori: Tune in every Thursday to see what Lori has to say about the world.

Flashback Fridays: Nostalgia is so in right now. On Fridays, we’ll take a look back at stuff from our childhoods, or the more recent past, and reminiscence about how much better things were when we were young. We are 25 going on 90.

They’ll cover similar topics that we do on here, just in a different format. And maybe, if they ask really nicely, Amanda, Rachel and I will even stop by every once in a while.

So thanks again everyone – we will miss you very much! And remember, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay.


Honesty Time



Solo Travel

Cambodia Travel Guide: Grand Tour of Asia : Condé Nast Traveler

Hi everyone.  So I’m looking for some advice… I’ve been thinking about planning a trip to South East Asia for a few years now.  It looks like it might finally work out this summer since I’ll be out of school and still have a little bit of money saved.  It’s basically the last time I know that I’ll have the time to take such a long trip.

I’m really excited but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get anyone else to come with me.  I’m not so concerned about the safety (within reason) because it’s a well traveled area and I trust myself to be responsible.  My biggest hesitation is not having someone to share the experience with.  There are definitely pros and cons to doing it either way like being able to see whatever you want whenever you want, but all of the traveling I’ve done so far has been with a companion and I love being able to reminisce years later, and be reminded of details that I’ve forgotten.

What do you think?  Have any of you ever traveled alone?  I think I want to go badly enough that I will do it by myself but we’ll see!

photo from conde naste traveler

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Yes or No: Baths

An Overflow Bathtub with Fireplace

So last week, at the beginning of my break I decided that I would start off right by taking a nice relaxing bath.  And I was super excited because I used this soap to give it a nice peppermint-y smell and it was going to be great.  And it good for about a minute until I realized that I hate taking baths.  After about a minute of “relaxing” I could already feel the water starting to get cold, I was thirsty, I couldn’t ignore the incessant dripping from the faucet, I couldn’t get to a place that my entire body was submerged up to my neck so I was always a little bit cold in some spots, and I was distracted by how dirty the tub looked from that close.  I could stay in a nice hot shower all day (but don’t worry, I won’t because of the environment).

So, what am I doing wrong?  Someday if I get a nice big, deep bath tub (like above) will I find this relaxing?  Or will baths always be kind of boring?  Maybe I need more toys like when I was a kid, I’m pretty sure I liked baths then.  Do any of you bath people out there have any tips?  Or maybe there are just two kinds of people…

Bathtub photo (that I’m pretty sure I could learn to love) from pinterest.com

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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! And happy one more week until Spring!  I’m excited to be on spring break from school for the next week and heading to Vermont for a long weekend.  Here are a few things from the internet that have made me laugh, made me think, and helped me procrastinate this week.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

This song has been stuck in my head all week.

I’ve been complaining a lot about how busy I’ve been lately, this article reminded me about why it’s important to disconnect once in a while.

Levain Bakery is right next door to my laundromat, so I just had one of these for lunch because I’m an adult.  #sorrynotsorry

What to watch on Netflix, for anyone else who just finished watching House of Cards Season 3.

I laughed a little too hard at this.

Excited about going to this restaurant for dinner tonight, mostly because of the lights.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Ross spring break gif from tumblr.


Eating like a grown up

So, I have to admit — I’m not a very good grown up.  What I mean by that is mostly that I’m not good at feeding myself.  Between having an internship, going to school, doing homework, trying to get to the gym once in a while, and trying to occasionally have a social life, there is no time for dinner.  Sometimes I scroll through my Facebook and am genuinely amazed at people who have kids or even pets and manage to feed them nutritious food on a regular basis, let alone themselves.

I wish that I was one of those people who could say that they love cooking, and it relaxes them after a long day and blah blah blah.  Apparently, I’m not one of those people.  I hope to one day become one of those people, like when I have a kitchen that I can’t stand in a reach my arms out and touch both wall, or that has at least 2 sq. ft. of actual counter space, and when I don’t have to lug bags of groceries 5 blocks and up 2 flights of stairs every week.

But in the meantime I’m going to make an effort to cook a little more, and a little better.  Starting with some of these easy recipes:

Pad Thai – I usually stay away from homemade pad thai recipes because of the number of ingredients that they require, but this one looks like I already have most of the stuff!

Vegetable Pad Thai

One pot pasta, all day everyday.

One Pot Pasta Primavera

Homemade pizza is another weekly staple for me, any one of these 50 options would help to mix it up a bit.

If I can find the ingredients, I would love to try cooking Indian.

 Image: ShutterstockI’ve made something similar to this Mexican dish using rice, but I love quinoa also.  I also love anything that can be made entirely in one pan.

One Pan Mexican Quinoa - Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And it's so easy to make - even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan!

Happy cooking!

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A Trick

So, this isn’t the most exciting of posts, but I’ve had an unusually messy week and I learned a new trick that I’m going to share with you all. I’ve usually considered myself a pretty together person, I don’t usually spill things very often, or you know, step in gum and then sit on my foot.  Nevertheless, my week began with a massive paper cut and blood stain on my white duvet cover and ended with a lime green bubble gum stain on right in the crack of my favorite black pants.  Miraculously, no stains!   I know you’re dying to know the secret…in both cases – cold water right away and Dr. Bronner’s castile soap.  I’m not really sure what the trick is with this product, but I think it’s strong enough to remove the stain but natural/mild enough not to bleach or otherwise ruin the fabric.  All I did was soak both items in ice cold water and the scrub the spots with a diluted solution of 1/2 soap and 1/2 water with a flat toothbrush.  I’m not especially domestic but I’ll definitely be keeping this product around for other clumsy moments.  My new favorite thing.  I’ve also started using it as regular soap in the shower because it smells so good, my favorite right now is the rose scent.  Apparently this soap has 18 uses, I’ve discovered 2 so far, but I’m looking forward to figuring out the rest.  Have you ever tried it?  I definitely suggest keeping a small bottle around for, well, everything.

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We now return you to your regularly schedueld programming.

Happy Friday the 13th/Galentine’s Day Honesty Timers!  Kaely here, reporting for duty.  I know what you’re thinking, “Where’s Rachel?”, “It’s Friday and it’s almost baseball season, seriously, we need to talk to her”, and also maybe, “Kaely?  We thought she died.”  Never fear, Rachel will be returning on Wednesdays for the time being and I’ll be taking over her Friday spot.

For anyone who’s paying really close attention, I mentioned a few months ago that I was moving to a new city and beginning a graduate school program.  Not only has the work load been taking its toll on my free time, I’m actually taking a full day of back-to-back-to-back classes this semester on Wednesday so clearly, blogging just hasn’t been happening for me.  Being the excellent bro that Rachel is, she has agreed to swap days with me for now.  I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and coming up with some new ideas to share!

Sending lots of love to all of our bros and lady friends on this freezing cold Galentine’s Day!

Photo from smexybooks.com