New Emoji Explained

My brain lately has been all emoji, all the time. Believe it or not, my most popular post on this blog is all about emoji meanings! Each time a new set of emoji is released, I get requests to update my original Emoji Defined post. Well, I finally caved and put together this all-encompassing post to explain what all the new (as of late 2018) smiley and people emoji mean.

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Want to perfectly describe your mood? There’s a round yellow face for that! They’ve gone way beyond grinning and winking. Which emoji should you use in a text when you’ve had too much to drink? Try woozy. Want to express skepticism to your teenagers about their behavior? The raised eyebrow emoji is a good option. Check out other “smiley” emotions below! Click on each emoji picture to see the emoji meaning.

Smiley Emoji

Those were they typical “smiley” emoji, but what if you’re feeling impish or…feline? They’ve come up with ways for you to explain things as well. Not to mention the popular poop emoji! Check out the meaning of these emoji…

Random Smiley Emoji

If you can’t explain your thoughts or emotions through faces or cats, maybe body parts will help. What do all these hand positions mean? Find out those meanings and silhouettes below.

Body Part Emoji

If you’re wanting to refer to your grandmother in a text, why write an 11 letter word when you could just use the old woman emoji? Whenever I quote Zoolander, you know I’m using the merman emoji. Basically, any person or occupation you can think of may have an emoji to represent it, not to mention actions to match.

People & Action Emoji

If the single life isn’t for you, emoji represent relationships with couples and families. Men and women, men and men, women and women…all the people!

Relationship Emoji

At the very end of the Smileys and People section of emoji are the accessories. Hats, gloves, shoes, and…a ball of yarn. (Hey, who am I to judge?)

Accessory Emoji

Can you believe that these are just the first section of emoji? There are still animals and nature, food and drink, activity, travel and places, objects, symbols, and flags. Daaaaaang, that’s a lot of little images to describe our lives. More emoji explanation posts to come for all your emotional descriptive needs!

Simplify Dinner with Gobble

Thanks so much to BrandCycle for connecting me with Gobble and letting me try their service for free!

Before I had kids, I would cook dinner every night. With each child, those night got fewer and farther between. I feel like I'm constantly on the hunt for simplified dinners for my family, so when I was asked to try Gobble, I jumped at the chance.

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If you haven't heard of Gobble, it is a meal subscription box for the busy home cook. You select meals each week that are made in just one pan. They're 3-step recipes that you can get on the table in less than 15 minutes. Seriously.

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Everything comes in a box, even the meat. Large frozen packs are included to keep everything nice and cool during shipping.

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The three meals I chose were Thai Basil Chicken with Brown Jasmine Rice, Balsamic Glazed Flat Iron Steak with Oven Roasted Zucchini Fries, and Grilled Flank Steak and Fajita Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing. Each serving size is between 500-700 calories. Not bad for a quick home-cooked meal.

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The seasoning packet for the flank steak was delicious and not too spicy for my kids' picky palates. I hadn't grilled yet this season and was reminded of how nice it is to not heat up my whole house to cook one steak!

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My kids only wanted to eat the steak (big surprise), but I made them eat the salad too and they didn't complain one bit. The cojita cheese added a great freshness to an already bright, summer salad.

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A couple days later I made the balsamic steak. I was curious about the zucchini fries, since they were breaded with a garlic-seasoned coating. I sort of forgot they were in the oven, but they didn't burn and still turned out amazing.

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The balsamic glaze was delicious. Based on my previous experience with balsamic vinegar, I was nervous it would overpower all the other flavors, but it didn't compete at all. It actually complemented the zucchini fries beautifully. All in all, it was a great dish.

I am a serious Gobble convert! The meals were healthy, quick to prepare, and tasted amazing. Gobble wants YOU to try their service too and have offered my readers $50 off the first week of meals! Just visit Gobble.com and enter code SECRET50 to receive your discount. You'll have to let me know which meals you choose!

My Favorite Finds for Frames

Some of the links I include in my posts are of the affiliate variety. That means if you order from them, I get a teeny portion of your purchase to help run this site. Just wanted you to know! :*

I was blessed with some crazy, allergy-ridden eyes. I can't wear contacts without my eyes throwing a fit, so I have a few pairs of glasses. I'm always on the hunt for inexpensive, but super cute frames, so I decided to branch out from my regular optics shop and try out Warby Parker's Home Try-On program.

The concept is simple. Visit their site and select five different frames you'd like to try on. They ship them to you and you have five days to decide if you love any of them before you return them in the same postage-paid box they arrived in. If you can't live without a pair, just order the same pair from their website. Here are three of the five I chose.

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This pair is the Laurel in Peacock Green. I LOVED the color with my current red hair, but I feel like they're too round for my already round face. Maybe if the eye opening were larger, they would have worked. If you're wondering which frames look best for your face type, go with the opposite shape in the frame as the shape of your face is. My face is long, but also round, so I tend to go for more square or rectangular frames.

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This was probably my favorite pair of the five. This is the Ames in Whiskey Tortoise. See how the wide browline helps balance out my cheeks?

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This pair is the Louise in Elderflower Crystal. The size was borderline too small, but still worked. I thought I'd try these since most of my frames are pretty bold. After seeing them on, I realize I like to draw attention to my glasses. These were just too simple.

After my five days of trying on were over, I decided to stick with my favorite way of getting quality glasses inexpensively.

Here's my trick. Are you ready?

Nordstrom sells reading glasses starting at $38! "That's nice, Jill, but I need a prescription stronger than that!" Don't fret, my pet. Here's the secret...

You can purchase whatever frames you like and take them to your optometrist. Just ask him to put your current prescription in said frames and voila! Affordable, trendy glasses. My vision insurance pays for a new pair of glasses each year, so I only have to pay for my frames.

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This is my current favorite pair: The Brooklyn from Bobbi Brown. They don't have this color anymore, but they do have a lot of other options. Another favorite brand of mine is Corinne McCormack. If any of you remember my leopard-print frames, they're from her!

I love ordering from Nordstrom because if they arrive and you just don't like how they look on you, just send them back or return them to any Nordstrom store. Easy peasy! Also, watch for sales. Every so often, they'll have their reading glasses on sale two for $88. I wait and buy my frames then. I'm all about a bargain!

Be warned, not every optometrist will do this for you. Also, they can't fit every frame. The more curved the glass would have to be, the more difficult it is to create. Basically, try to choose a more straight frame and you'll have a better chance of getting your glasses!

Would you consider an alternative source for your frames?