tuesday tips & life latelies.

by Janetha on December 20, 2011

in random rambles,tips

it’s that time again! tuesday tips.. which are random tips that most likely will not really help you, but i am going to tell them to you anyway. because i can. and because i love alliteration.

tip 1: never, ever buy allure magazine.


this magazine was delivered to my mailbox by accident. the address on the actual magazine was far from my house, so i have no idea how it ended up in my mail! i thought “cool, a new, fun magazine to read while stairmilling it up!”…

new? yes.

fun? no.

unless “fun” to you means discovering a “superpractical” $5,995 coat…


…or a $425 burberry snowsuit for your toddler.


just.. no.

my tip: don’t buy allure. it sucks.

tip 2: see full blog feed in your google reader.

i rely heavily on google reader. yes, i try to click out to comment and give my blog friends page views when i can.. but if i am reading blogs from my phone, clicking out of google reader is just more trouble than it’s worth.. plus, the ads wouldn’t show up on my phone anyway (and in turn wouldn’t give my blog friends any money for the page view.)

SO.. i really hate it when my favorite blogs don’t show the full feed in my google reader. it basically means i miss out on reading a lot of their posts. sad, but true.

anyway, here’s a solution! simply copy and paste the URL of the blog that doesn’t show the full feed into the bar on this website.


once you hit submit, the website will generate a custom URL to put into your google reader so you can view the full-text feed! it will even give you a preview before using the link so you know it’s a working, valid URL.


yes, GC, that’s you!

after putting the custom URL into your google reader, you will start seeing the full posts instead of just a snippet.


ah, so awesome.

tip 3: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

i was buying 18 jars of biscoff spread the other day. yes, 18, you read that right. they were on sale (2 for $7!) so i had to stock up!  well, next to the biscoff was this random jar that intrigued me:


i looked at the nutrition label.. calorie free?!


i bought it (it was nearly five bucks, shoot me!), brought it home, took one taste, and tossed it STRAIGHT in the trash. ew. ew. ew. don’t buy it. EVER.

moving on.

life latelies.. yes, i made that word up.

didn’t know if i should spell it “latlies” or “latelies” or “latelys” –i guess since it’s a fake word, spelling doesn’t matter.

anyway! two things to note.

one: we made gingerbread houses on sunday night! you may recall last year when we did this at kristen’s mom’s house. well, she was kind enough to invite us over again and it was a blast! here is the house marshall and i made:


and the one kristen & rory made:


i wish we could have ours on display at our house, but we all know that penny and randy would destroy it in a heartbeat.. so it’s on display at momma b’s.

speaking of destroying things.. that brings me to number two: the pups are at it AGAIN.

we have made an extra effort to get all food out of paw-reach.. but we didn’t take into account the corn kernel heating bag that marshall has been using for his sore neck.  don’t worry, they destroyed it yesterday! corn all over the bed.


not sure what’s gotten into those two pups. very strange behavior. i guess they don’t want christmas presents. who am i kidding? they are going to get spoiled either way. they’re irresistibly cute and lovable. and spoilable.

well, hate to jet without mentioning anything worthwhile, but i have a whole lot of stuff to do to get ready for christmas.. and i am sure you do, too, so why are you even reading my blog right now anyway?!


is there a product you bought thinking you’d love but hated?

xo. janetha g.

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~Jessica~ December 22, 2011 at 5:24 am

Oh God, those calorie-free spreads! I tried the PB and the Chocolate One, and they tasted absolutely vile. It’s even worse because I’m from the UK and so had to buy them from Amazon – argh, the expense, I couldn’t even choke them down for the sake of not wasting money. And that’s saying something, because believe me I have tried some crazy sh…stuff in the past to try to lose weight.


Susan December 22, 2011 at 6:41 am

First, this has nothing to do with this post, but the Nickelback CD from the white elephant party is hilarious.

Anyways, moving on to this post. I don’t think I could ever trust anything that’s calorie free. The best flavours have calories. Also, I never considered corn kernels would be appetizing to dogs! Are they getting into the garbage too? Maybe we need to get the Dog Whisperer on your case.

janetha December 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

Oh, randy has been getting in the trash his whole life. I do need the dog whisperer!!

Tiffany @ Snack Snark Bark December 22, 2011 at 7:41 am

Oh my god, the babies are out of control! Whats up with them lately??

I dont buy Allure for that reason alone or the fact that they pimp out *cheap* face creams that are only $75! Um, cheap in my mind, is $7 thanks Allure. However, I do like reading their issue when they come out with the “best of” products because they usually do highlight ones that are more in line with my budget. I still havent tried Biscoff spread but I love their cookies and hoard them whenever I fly on Delta or United (forget which one gives them out).

Nicole December 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm

OMG – I bought a different calorie-free peanut butter. I have been addicted to peanut butter for the last few years and I thought this was what God had sent me as an answer to my prayers.

Uh. No.

I did the EXACT same thing as you. One taste and threw it out! I scraped my tongue with a spoon to get the taste out of my mouth….just ass-awful!

Sami December 23, 2011 at 10:36 am

agreed. allure sucks.

andddd you just gave me a brilliant idea for hanging out with the bf tonight! i must pick up a gingerbread house (;


Lara December 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm

WORD on the reader/previewed posts issue! Some of my favorite blogs do this and a lot of times it means I have to wait until I have a lot of time to read them, which usually means I’m reading them days (or weeks) after they are posted :(

Becca January 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Thank you so much for the RSS feed site, I hate when I find a blog that I’m really interested in and then find out they end up as little snippets!

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