Dude. You can eat the peanut shell.

Seriously, how did I not know this was a thing? — Did you know this was a thing?

So you know, there is basically no nutritional value to eating peanut shells, just salty goodness and a little bit of dietary fiber, but you’re good to eat them if you want!

Just not too many, or they’ll get stuck in your intestinal tract.

Also, watch out for pesticide poisoning.

And if you crave too many, you may actually have a serious eating disorder.


So, maybe you can eat peanut shells. At your own risk. For basically no good reason.

via Livestrong // Peanut photo by SugarLumpsDesign


Would you eat the peanut shell?

Let me know in the comments below.




The Best Tea in the Silicon Valley

So, I’m a startup junkie.

I don’t know when it happened – maybe it was finally watching (and actually really enjoying) The Social Network. Maybe it was the neat opportunities I’ve come by to dig into grunt work for growing companies (and the fact that I currently work for an uberly successful startup). Maybe it’s just the perfect melding of my love for novel ideas, indie culture, supporting the underdog, my incessant digging around the interwebs, and the instant gratification of having a thing already made (and done well to boot).

I’m also (as you well know) an on-again off-again coffee and/or tea addict (depending on the day, my mood and the weather).

Which is what makes Pooki's Mahi Tea & Coffee Logo such an exciting find.

They are an “e-tailer”, which means you can buy their goods, but you can’t walk into their store — it’s only available online, but they also offer noice Coffee & Tea Subscription Plans at Pooki’s Mahi for anyone like me who a) loves getting packages in the mail and b) routinely forgets to buy essentials before they run out.

Flipping through their online catalog, I found a few standout gems:

  1. Award-Winning Banana Cocoa Blossom Tea – which they mention “can be enjoyed as a hot cuppa chillaxation” (and I’m thinking with a piece of peanut butter toast for a delicious lazy breakfast).
  2. LION 100% Kona 24-Karat Light Medium Roast Whole Bean – guaranteed to have you dancing (one imagines for joy at its wonderful wonderfulness). Have you had quality Kona coffee? Try it and you’ll understand.

  3. Pooki’s Mahi Gourmet White Truffle Salt – because I like to be fancy sometimes and caviar is gross.

While I may grumble a bit that they don’t have any cool giant images of tea blends in perfect piles or delightful steaming mugs of coffee, I can certainly appreciate their attention to only the best ingredients (click through a few products and check — mostly organic!), a pay-it-forward responsible business mindset, and just a hint of lux in their growing list of celebrity fans (who choose this when they can go find it anywhere, so I like what that says about this Market Street marketplace.

In their Twitter bio (@PookisMahi) they pose the question,

“Why not drink the very best?”

And frankly, I see no reason not to.

Plus, did I mention Free Shipping to the Lower 48? Yes, please!

You may need to pee every 15 minutes for the rest of your life, but you’ll do so with only the best liquids in your system.


So try it, then report back in the comments:

What do you think of Pooki’s Mahi?




This is the Magic Formula for Happiness.

You need two things in this world to find happiness.

Not money.

Not fame.

Not food.

Not luck.

Not sex, drugs or rock-n-roll.

Not marriage.

Not puppies.

Not otters (though they come close).

These aren’t all bad things, necessarily. They just won’t make you happy, not by themselves.

Can you guess? What two things do you need?

(I’ll give you a hint. You can haz anytime and it’s not a cheezburger).

Love is all you need



Cake Helps

Thank you God for this food and this life


Get this man to Heaven. That is my purpose.

Oh you know, and he is the love of my life. That helps. :) Amazing photography by Tim & Madie btw.

Simple, right? Certainly.
But simple doesn’t make it easy. We are complex creatures. We don’t always get it. We don’t know what we are doing.
Don’t be discouraged. These things are attainable. Do not let your heart be troubled.

Try hard to love selflessly, and know that you will be loved. In fact, you already are.

1 John 4:19 – We love, because he first loved us.

Try hard not to be overwhelmed – you do not need to do and be everything. You can’t.
Settle quietly into your heart and soul and your purpose will surface. Let other things be someone else’s purpose.

Light the fire and let it burn beautifully. Invite others to warm themselves in the glow of your purpose and take a spark to light their own path. Love not because you expect love in return but because we were loved into existence and in loving someone else, you are sharing in that gift. Love someone else because that is what they need to be truly happy.

In related news, as you’ve probably surmised by now, my man and I were recently married. Waxing more on this thought, I think that’s what I love about legit heartfelt Catholic weddings. It’s not the trappings or the cupcakes (though they are quite delicious), but it’s the whole beautiful thing. It’s the small snippet of each of these disparate lives, coming together to celebrate the union of two into one, a promise of everlasting devotion and special graces from God.

My husband, my family. They help me find my purpose. They show me love. This wasn’t a party. This was a celebration of a new life as one. Forever. No matter where our journey takes us, our purpose will be intertwined. This was also a coming together of our extended family, to say thank you, to say, I’m glad you’re with me. Which is not to say that you can only find happiness the way that I did. That’s not it at all.

Find that fire. Something that makes you get out of bed grinning deep down in your soul (even if you wake up grumpy and frowny-faced).
Spread the love. Everyone deserves to be loved and you can give that to them.

I don’t know what your journey or your life will look like, but you can be happy in the deepest most fully alive sense of the word.

Go find your happiness.


Can’t Get Over It: Pop Culture Tees

If there is one thing in this world that I struggle with style-wise, it’s my love-hate relationship with funny tee shirts and other printed clothing.

They are dumb. They are fun. Sometimes hilarious. I shouldn’t wear tees at all if I want to convey any semblance of being an adult (plus the principle of the thing, using yourself as a billboard for a silly laugh.) Nonetheless, I do kind of love them.

Even better when one reflects a piece of my childhood. Anyone have a Fraggle Rock and/or Eureka’s Castle tee for me? Pleeeeeease?
Here are some recent faves I found, courtesy of Skreened:

P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney-Unisex Athletic Blue T-ShirtImage
I solemnly swear I’m up to no good-Unisex Black T-ShirtImage

Because, let’s face it — your life is better because of Hey! Arnold, Finding Nemo and Harry Potter.

Am I right or am I right?


What are your favorite vestiges of yesterday’s pop culture?

(Anyone still have band/movie posters from their tweenie years?)
Let me know in the comments below!

####### Brownie points if I am not the only one in the world who watched “Under the Umbrella Tree”.