Things We Love This Week – 4/24/15

It’s that time of the week! Here are Things We Love This Week…

Brittany:

I JUST finished a really great book which had been on my “to-read” list for quite some time. Big Little Lies is a story of whodunit and didn’t disappoint. Without giving too much away (I’m definitely doing a book review next week), the story opens the night of a trivia night fundraiser at a school in Australia, where someone is tragically killed. Of course with school politics, the police are unable to get a clear answer on what happened from the parents. Liane Moriarty did an amazing job of going back to the beginning when the school year started and in developing the characters. Her character and story development really turns Big Little Lies into a page-turner. Definitely a book I’d recommend to everyone!

Big Little Lies

Rose:

While I’ve been listening for awhile, I’ve been really addicted to the Strangers podcast lately. The show is a really intimate look at love, heartbreak and the lives of people all around the world. The idea of the podcast is to get listeners to feel compassion for complete strangers. Lea Thau, host, has a really compelling voice. Its scratchy and sexy and, I think, easy to listen to. Which is really funny because she had been told by many people that her voice would never work on radio. If you’re familiar with The Moth, a storytelling program, Lea was a big part of the creation of it and was a director for many years.

The podcast is an interview of someone different every week, with Lea’s insights and feelings woven throughout. Some stories are really uplifting, while others make you just want to climb under blankets and have a good cry. If you have some free time, check out some of the older episodes – especially the ones Lea does about herself (the Love Hurts series chronicles Lea’s love life and investigates why she is single, she even calls old boyfriends!) Check it out online or wherever you get your podcasts!

Photo Credit: KCRW Strangers

Photo Credit: KCRW Strangers

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Things We Love This Week – 4/10/15

Hope you didn’t miss us too much! We’ve been super busy and crazed over the past two weeks. As a treat, we’re giving you a double dose of the Things We Love This Week.

Brittany:

So technically both of my things started last week but they’ll be around for awhile….I’m sure.

First off, Younger premiered on TV Land last week and stars Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar and Hilary Duff. It’s also by the creator of Sex & the City so I figured why not give it a shot? I mean I’ve always been a Hilary Duff for years! Hello, Lizzy McGuire! So Younger follows the life of Liza Miller, a 40-year-old in the middle of a divorce with a teenage daughter, who tries to get back in the working world only to discover she’s too old. Thankfully, she has very youthful skin and looks 26, which a cute guy (Nico Tortorella) in the bar believes. Yes, they do start dating. Don’t want to give away any spoilers but it’s definitely interesting to see Sutton try to figure out Twitter and how to make a hashtag trend. The show mainly takes place in Brooklyn and midtown Manhattan. I’ve actually seen some of the signs near my office in Brooklyn, so you know I’m hoping I run into them one day. 😉

Credit: TV Land

Credit: TV Land

Another show premiered last weeks and it’s FILLED with laughs. If you’ve ever watched the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, you know he’s known for creating sketches that are shared all over the internet the next day. One sketch was lip synch battles, which would pit him against his celebrity guests for the night lip synch songs. Since it was a huge success, they turned it into a show on Spike TV. Lip Sync Battle is hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen and two celebrities go head-to-head each week performing two songs. The first episode was Jimmy Fallon against The Rock and you have to watch this video The Rock posted. Overall the show is worth watching and the celebs pull out all the stops in the hopes of being the Lip Sync Battle championship belt.

Credit: Spike TV

Credit: Spike TV

Rose: 

I’ve always loved yoga, but after I got hit by a car a few years ago (another story for another day), I’ve been pretty inflexible, especially in my back and hips. I did some physical therapy and it helped a bit, but I’ve been a little embarrassed to go to classes because I’m working my way into poses at a totally different speed than others. But, I discovered Yoga with Adriene, a YouTube yoga class, and I am totally obsessed. Adriene, the woman leading the videos, is super relatable and not at all over the top like some other yoga videos I’ve tried to do, and she really encourages you to do what feels good. So if my back is being iffy one day, she has one or two modifications that really do feel great. And she has a bunch of different videos – some for beginners, some short, some long, some for if you’re feeling sick, some for when you’re at your desk and need a stretch – you will definitely find something your speed. If you’re new to yoga, or at all intimidated by it – I would absolutely check out her channel. It is my new favorite way to start the day!

Credit: Yoga with Adriene

Credit: Yoga with Adriene

Another thing i’ve been obsessed with lately is Padmapper. This is not at all a new tool, but has been a great tool for us as we get closer to our move date. I’m an over-planner and, while we’ve narrowed down where we want to live to two neighborhoods, I want to know more about the walkability, the price range, what the apartments look like etc. Padmapper pulls in posts from several housing-posting sites (including Craigslist) and lays them all out on a map and you can overlay a “Walk Score” so you can see which areas are more walker-friendly. We’re heading to Columbus in May to hopefully find an apartment and sign a lease, so I am anxiously looking forward to that moment.

Source: Padmapper.com

Source: Padmapper.com