Tara Talks: Episode Thirty Seven (The One with Things Every Basic Girl Likes)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

A few weeks ago I posted a video about everything I love about Fall, and someone asked why I didn’t mention the obvious Pumpkin Spice Latte. Well, here’s a shocker – I don’t like them. Not because it’s super basic but because I don’t like pumpkin. Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Pumpkin Spice

(Image Credit: Masson)

(Image Credit: Masson)

Dear Pumpkin Spice,

First, welcome back! It seems like just yesterday we were reuniting at Dunkin’ –  hard to believe it’s been ten months already! Few flavors match your cinnamon and nutmeggy goodness. You’re a classic comfort in the chilly fall. Most of the time, as embarrassed as I am to admit it, my week feels oddly incomplete if I haven’t had my fix in some way. I know, I’m borderline obsessed. But despite my love for you, we need to talk.

At first, your need to enhance things like coffee and cookies and various baked goods was a welcome gesture. Don’t get me started on what you’ve done for the world of hand soaps, sanitizers, and candles. It’s incredible. But Pumpkin Spice, you’ve started to get, well, a little out of control.

I walked into the grocery store the other day and ran into a giant display of pumpkin spice Oreos. OK, maybe not a terrible idea, but Oreos are best as is. Everyone knows this. All these modifications to the classic cookie are decent at best. It was when I turn the aisle and saw pumpkin spice potato chips that I begin to grow concerned.

Really, pumpkin spice on fried slices of potato? It just doesn’t go. I wanted to catch you before you went too far, but I was too late. I’m saddened to say I saw you on the evening news last night, Pumpkin Spice. The reporter announced, and I can’t believe I’m even saying this, that your latest victim was dog treats. Or should I say Pup-kin treats. You, my friend, belong nowhere near dog food and you know it! I fear that you’ve begun to spread yourself too thin and are willing to exploit yourself by whatever means possible. This isn’t you.

I’m concerned about you and wish that you would get back to your roots that worked so well in coffee, cookies, and candles. Follow the example of your cousin, Vanilla Chai. They knew when to stop, enhancing only lattes, ice cream, and the occasional cocktail. You’re fantastic, there’s no doubt about it- but back down and do what you know is right. I love you and want you to be at your best; don’t spread yourself too thin. Less is more, and when done right, you remain special.

 

Love,

Sarah

Are You Smarter than a Zombie? Grading ‘The Walking Dead’ Characters

(Image Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC)

(Image Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC)

With Season 6 of The Walking Dead now underway, we thought it might be fun to highlight some of the most popular characters from AMC’s hit show. Please remember that the below grades are totally my opinion. I know there are strong arguments for each character, but I’ve spent a lot of time making theoretical plans for a zombie apocalypse, which means I’ve also spent a lot of time finding what I think are the good and bad in each character. Continue reading

Best and Worst Trick or Treat Candies for the Perfect Candy Haul

(Image Credit: Samantha Grandy)

(Image Credit: Samantha Grandy)

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. What’s not to like? The whole spooky atmosphere, celebrating all things paranormal, dressing up and of course, most importantly, the treats. Sadly, nearly everyone – except me – considers me too old for trick or treating, so I don’t get as many treats as I used to. But believe me, I still know what I’m taking about when it comes to trick or treat candy. Continue reading

Ashleeeybash: Let me talk to you about ‘shipping’

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(Image Credit: Nickelodeon)

SHIPPING. No, I’m not talking about the kind of transportation you use on water. I’m talking about the new, hip term which basically means, you really, really like a certain couple together. Look, I love shipping and all but don’t make the show all about shipping! THERE ARE MORE CHARACTERS AND STORYLINES UNDERNEATH ALL OF THAT! Continue reading

5 Reasons Waitressing is the Worst

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(Image Credit: Scott Griessel)

To waitress or not to waitress? That is the question.

Most people have seen the movie Waitingwith a young Ryan Reynolds and the hilarious Anna Faris. They play servers at Shenaniganz, and throughout the movie they encounter rude and needy customers, ridiculous co-workers, and hard decisions. And I can tell you, that movie hit the nail on the head when it comes to the service industry. Continue reading

Halloween Costumes for Slackers Like Me

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(Image Credit: Zinkevych)

Here we are, in October, and I’m thinking, “How did I get here?” As I have this seasonal existential crisis, I search through my closet for warmer clothes and catch a glimpse of the singular costume I own—a sexy pirate costume– which I have tucked away in the back of my closet. I’m one of those girls that jerry-rigs my Halloween costume together with pieces I own or can quickly pick up the day before, because let’s face it, you know I am not planning that far in advance. “Oh, Halloween is tomorrow? I guess I can go pick up a yard of fur fabric and call myself a cave woman.” But in all seriousness, let’s take a deeper look into how we can go from Last Minute Lillies to the Belles of the Ball this Halloween. Continue reading

Tara Talks: Episode Thirty Five (The One with Why I Love Fall)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

I asked my twitter followers what topics I should talk about and someone suggested best and worst things about fall! Here’s why I love fall! Let me know in the comments why you love fall, or why you don’t that’s cool too.

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Tara Talks: Episode Thirty Four (The One with Why I Hate Growing Up)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

I recently spoke to a friend of mine about how I hate growing up and how I don’t know how to “adult.” I seriously don’t know why I don’t know half of these things. I guess I’m just going to be like in my forties living in my parents attic for the rest of my life. But anyway, here’s me talking about it to y’all.

If you have any topics you want to see me talk about let me know on Twitter or in the comments below!! Continue reading

An Open Letter to Anthropologie

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(Image Credit: Anthropologie)

Dear Anthrolpologie,

Um, yes, hi. Hello.

Not to be too forward or anything, but I basically love you. And I think it might be accurate for me to say that my love is borderline obsession, but unlike many people who develop obsessions over time, this kind of happened overnight. Continue reading

Tara Talks: Episode Thirty Three (The One with Roommates)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

Happy start of a new school year! In this video I discuss the different types of roommates you might encounter. Hopefully you don’t have any crazy roommates this year!!! But if you do, I try to attempt to give you some advice on how to deal with their craziness and try to stay sane throughout the school year! Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Date a Girl Who Reads

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(Image Credit: Djoronimo)

Everyone, ok mostly everyone, remembers the original “You Should Date a Girl Who Reads” by Rosemarie Urquico. It’s this great piece of writing that beautifully describes the characteristics of a girl who reads and how wonderful a life with her would be. I’m an avid reader, and like every other avid reader who read it, I was all like “YES, THIS IS ME, SOMEONE GETS IT! MEN OF THE WORLD COME HITHER AND BEHOLD THIS READING VIXEN!” Continue reading

Tara Talks: Episode Thirty Two (The One with the Friendzone)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

We’ve all been there! Either having to friendzone someone or having someone put you there. Unfortunately, I have no advice to give you. Sorry there, but hey I can at least tell you to just get over it and find someone who actually wants to be with you and can give you 100%! Continue reading

Easy-Bake, ‘Parent Trap,’ and Beanie Babies, Oh My! (What I Would Put In My Nostalgic Memory Crate)

Easy-Bake Oven (Image Credit: Hasbro) / Lindsay Lohan in THE PARENT TRAP (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Easy-Bake Oven (Image Credit: Hasbro) / Lindsay Lohan in THE PARENT TRAP (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Before writing this article I’d never really sat down to think about all the things I loved from my childhood and what happened to them. Turns out, most of them have been taken off shelves and replaced with something “better,” but if you ask me, these things are as good as it could get. The folks over at Man Crates asked if I could put together my own personal memory crate and what it would be filled with. If I could have anything from my childhood delivered to my doorstep, what would it be? Continue reading