Friday Favorites #39

November 30, 2012

Since I missed last week, I’m doubling up today’s Friday Favorites post and sharing TEN things that I’m loving right now, instead of only five.
I’m just that generous.



Litographs is a company that prints the entire text from books onto posters, using different colors and shading to create pictures from the story. They also have a kickstarter going to start printing these designs onto t-shirts.



Alternate Ending by Andrew Kolb

I love this Alternate Endings posts that Andrew Kolb designed for an upcoming art gallery. It even says, “Hold onto your butts”. XD



Big Lizard Dreams via Neatorama

Dream big little lizard. Dream big. (via Neatorama)



Dear Hug Paper Cut by Nikki McClure

Gorgeous paper cut by Nikki McClure. You can purchase some of her designs here.



Geeky Patches from Storied Threads
[clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4]

I wish I still carried around a backpack so I could make use of these awesome patches from Storied Threads. I think the Galaxy Quest one (upper left) is my favorite. Although, I am kind of partial to the Hawkeye one (bottom right), but that may have more to do with Jeremy Renner than the actual Avengers movie.



Godzilla Wood Idol by Amanda Visell

Amanda Visell’s wood idols are so amazing. I’m kind of in love with this Godzilla one, but she also has a figure of Barf from Spaceballs and E.T. that I’m pretty smitten with as well.
If her styles seems familiar, it may be because I featured her Build Better Boys poster set a while back.



Happy Hands Club by rageteez

In case I ever want to share my love of Napoleon Dynamite with the rest of the world...
(via rageteez)


Star Wars Han Solo and Leia Mug Set from LennyMud

I’m pretty sure I need these mugs in my life. (by LennyMud)



Tentacle Monster Potter by Wild Card Pottery
[clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4]

I seem to have a soft spot for anything with tentacles, including these awesome mugs and spyglass (bottom left) from Wild Card Pottery.



I saved the best for last. This Twilight video from Bad Lip Reading is even better than the first. I cannot stop watching it.
“Wait! I need your hairspray!”
Ahh! So funny.


Ooooh, enjoy your weekend. :)

Thanksgiving Day 2012

November 27, 2012

You probably were not expecting to see pictures of a bunch of animals in a post about Thanksgiving, but that’s what you get in our family! It’s a tradition in Andrew’s family to go to the Cleveland Zoo on Thanksgiving morning – free admission for the holiday! I usually skip out on this because November weather in Ohio is kind of a nightmare. At least that’s usually the case. Luckily this year we had a beautiful Thanksgiving day so I was willing to participate in the zoo time merriment.

We didn’t have a whole lot of time since we all needed to be back for various dinner arrangements, so we spent the majority of our time in the Primates, Cats, and Aquatics building.

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So pretty.

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Just keep swimming…

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The lights changed color every few seconds in the jellyfish tank. I wish I could have gotten a picture of them with each different color. They’re so fun to watch!

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Thanksgiving Day 2012 |

Creepy monkey will stare deep into the depths of your soul.

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Thanksgiving Day 2012 |

Thanksgiving Day 2012 |

We had fun watching the fossa (that’s what that ^ is) run back and forth doing back flips off the side of the tree. That was until Andrew showed up, then it decided to lunge at the glass.
It was exciting.

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Red pandas are just fantastic.

Thanksgiving Day 2012 |

Aside from the primates, cats, and aquatics, we also got to spend some time with the wallabies and the elephants – which are one of my favorites to see.

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Thanksgiving Day 2012 |

After the zoo, Andrew and I headed over to my sister’s house to eat our first meal with my family.

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This little bug decided to make the food box her new home. =(^.^)=

I didn’t really take any pictures from the actual dinners to share with you – does that make me a bad blogger? I’m just not used to stopping the festivities to snap pictures of everything. I did manage to get a few shots of some of the dishes I made though.

Thanksgiving Day 2012 |

Top: Pumpkin Bread // Bottom: Peanut Butter Pie
I also made a double layer pumpkin cheesecake, but no pictures of that. Sorry!

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We’re goof balls.

After dinner we played Scatergories and Catch Phrase with my family then headed over to Andrew’s parent’s house for our second Thanksgiving meal. Once the feasting had finished we gathered back around the table for our traditional game (or 4 games) of BANG!.

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I won 3/4 times. :)


Hope you all had fantastic Thanksgiving Day celebrations as well!
Do you have fun holiday traditions?



P.S. In case you missed it, here’s Hugo in his Thanksgiving day outfit. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving

Giveaway with Flat Iron Experts! [closed]

November 19, 2012

Flat Iron Experts Giveaway on

Flat Iron Experts is an online beauty shop that offers free beauty tips and advice on choosing the perfect hair styling tool fit for any hair type. They specializing in selling and reviewing the best flat irons, but they also offer a ton of other great hair products, including hair dryers, curling irons, extensions,  and so much more.

FIE recently sent me a couple of their hair care products to try out and tell you all about. But here’s the best part, YOU have the chance to win these products as well! Here’s what’s up for grabs.



Flat Iron Experts Giveaway on

Description (taken from FIE’s website): White Sands Infinity Hairspray has become the hairspray of choice for hairdressers around the world. Because of its versatility and infinite options when designing. White Sands Infinity Hair Spray is a flexible finish spray that works with any iron and allows you to create and recreate with ease. White Sands Infinity also increases the amount of shine in the hair when used with an iron. It can be combed and repels moisture, even in the harshest weather condition. Infinity Hairspray enhances your design and finishes with long-lasting styles.

My thoughts: The description says it all really. This hairspray was easy to apply and held my curls throughout the day without leaving my hair all hard and crunchy. My hair was soft and shinier after applying the hairspray and my curls were still looking great by the end of the day.

Flat Iron Experts Giveaway on

See how much fuller, softer, and shinier my hair looks when using the Infinity Hairspray?


Flat Iron Experts Giveaway on

Description (taken from FIE’s website): KQC Thermal Shine Spray is an ion enriched polishing complex formulated for superior heat protection and ultra gloss hair shine. Lightweight, non-greasy micro mist spray that eliminates frizz, softens and polishes hair without build up. Designed for all hair types. Use with flat iron, curling iron or hair dryers. KQC Thermal Shine spray is great for all hair types.  Whether your hair is normal, oily or dry, you can prevent infrared heat damage resulting in split-ends, frizz, and so forth.  This is also a great way to help detangle your hair as the thermal shinespray allows for easy & smooth comb-throughs.

My thoughts: It’s definitely not a secret that I like to experiment with my hair. Bleaching, coloring, curling, straightening, teasing… it goes through a lot. So I was really excited to get to try out a product that would protect my hair and keep it healthy. And I was not disappointed with  KQC Thermal Shine Spray. I sprayed a little through my hair before blow drying and then sprayed each section before straightening. My hair was so soft and shiny all day. Even my sister noticed how much better it looked. And it didn’t make my hair look or feel greasy at all! It even kept my hair from getting tangled throughout the day.

Flat Iron Experts Giveaway on

Flat Iron Experts Giveaway on

FIE even has a great video teaching you the basics to prepping your hair for flat iron use, including the best way to apply the KQC Thermal Shine Spray.


Okay, okay, enough of my blabbing. Here’s how to enter to win your own bottles of White Sands Infinity Hairspray and KQC Thermal Shine Spray! (it may take a few moments for the the Rafflecopter widget to load , so please be patient!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you've never used Rafflecopter before, don't worry, it's super simple. Just click on "LOG IN" and you can use the information from your facebook account. I promise it wont steal your identity or spam up your FB page or anything like that. It's just an easier way to enter giveaways since it provides all the links you'll need right there without you having to go to a separate page.

The giveaway is only open to US and Canadian residents and will close on Tuesday, November 27 at 12:01 am. The winner will be chosen and notified the same day. They will then have 48 hours to get back to me before the prize is forfeited and another winner is chosen.

Good Luck!


P.S. If you’re bummed that you missed out on the flat iron giveaway mentioned in the video, then make sure you check back here next month. ;)

*Flat Iron Experts did not pay me to write this review and all opinions are my own.

DIY Polka Dot Sweater

November 18, 2012

DIY Polka Dot Sweater |
  • sweater
  • fabric paint
  • circle sponge
  • tape
DIY Polka Dot Sweater |
1. tape off the seems // 2. create a grid with the tape // 3. load your sponge up with paint // 4. make polka dots in every other row // 5. remove vertical tape strips and stagger the dots in the remaining rows so they’re not all lined up // 6. remove the tape
Let the paint sit for the allotted time – mine was three days – before washing. I washed mine inside out, on delicate, in cold water, inside one of the mesh bags for lingerie, then hung it up to dry, and I didn’t have any issues with the paint washing off.
DIY Polka Dot Sweater |
DIY Polka Dot Sweater |
DIY Polka Dot Sweater |
So happy to finally own a polka dot sweater. Even happier to be able to tell people that I made it!

Friday Favorites #38

November 16, 2012

Nathan Fillion is Captain Canada

Nathan Fillion is “Captain Canada”



Amy Sullivan
[clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4]

Amy Sullivan’s prints are the best things I’ve ever scene.



Our Adventure Book by AlbumOptions

Our Adventure Book” photo album, like in Up – from AlbumOptions




Natalya Lobanova’s tumblr is full of her, kind of cynical, but completely hilarious drawings/quotes.
I love it.



Marcus Walters
[left, right]

Marcus Walters’ prints are so colorful and happy. They make me smile.



Enjoy the weekend, friends!

Who Wants Free Glasses?

November 15, 2012

Firmoo Glasses |

When I first found out that I would need corrective eyewear, I never thought I’d be happy about wearing glasses. But, now I almost feel lucky for having such poor vision because it gives me another cute accessory to add to outfits. I already have two pairs, a basic black pair and my purple granny glasses, but it’s been years since I got new glasses, so I was thrilled when Firmoo contacted me about trying out their eyewear. Besides, you can never have too many pairs of glasses.

Firmoo is an online optical store that offers fashionable glasses at affordable prices. Seriously guys, they have glasses for as low as $8.00! I don’t know of anywhere else that has prices like this.

Firmoo Glasses |

I picked out these pretty blue glasses (they’re no longer available – sorry, guys!) and received them within 2 weeks even with all the delays from Hurricane Sandy.

Firmoo Glasses |

Firmoo Glasses |

Firmoo Glasses |

Firmoo Glasses |

The color is gorgeous, the fit is great, and they even got my prescription right!

Firmoo Glasses |

Now to the good part! You can also get your own pair of glasses from Firmoo for free! Firmoo offers all of their first time buyers a FREE PAIR OF GLASSES!, you just pay the shipping! Just follow that link for more details and start browsing!

They have so many cute styles. I’m currently loving this pair and this pair (what can I say, I love color!). Even if you don’t need glasses to see, you can order them without prescription lenses and just wear them as an accessory!

If you’re new to buying glasses online, here are a few tips:

  • know your measurements – if you already have a pair of glasses, you should be able to find the lens width and bridge distance (they should be next to a little box) as well as the temple length printed on the inside arm. The temple length is probably the most important because if it’s too long, the glasses will slide off your face whenever you look down. The bridge distance is also important because you don’t want it too small and squeezing your nose all the time. If you don’t have a pair to go buy, grab a tape measurer! Just make sure you measure in millimeters.
  • know what colors and shapes look on your face
  • or skip all that jazz and use Firmoo’s virtual try on! Just upload a picture and you can “try on” any pair from their site to get an idea how they will look!
  • be daring! Don’t be afraid to try a fun color or shape! After all, these glasses are free! Why not have a little fun with them?

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Firmoo and take a look around – and if you see a pair you like you’d better snatch ‘em up because they sell out fast!

*Firmoo did not pay me to write this review and all opinions are my own.
I promise I really do love my glasses this much! I'm even wearing them right now while I type this! :)

Pumpkin Pasties [like in Harry Potter]

November 13, 2012

Harry Potter Inspired Pumpkin Pasties Recipe |
Okay, so I don’t actually know what the pumpkin pasties from the Harry Potter series look or taste like, but I image these might be pretty close.
INGRDIENTS (makes 12-14 pies)
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 packs pie crust dough
  • 1/3 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • mini pastry pie press
  1. mix cream cheese, egg, brown sugar, sugar, salt, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon together until creamy
  2. slowly mix in canned pumpkin
  3. roll out the pie crust dough, cut circles to fit in pastry press, and fill press with dough
  4. fill pies with 1-2 spoonfulls of pumpkin filling and press the dough together
  5. combine 1/4 c sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and graham cracker crumbs
  6. lightly brush the the tops of the pies with butter and sprinkle the graham cracker mixture on top
  7. if wanted, add cut out stars for embellishments
  8. bake at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes
  9. serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Harry Potter Inspired Pumpkin Pasties Recipe |
If you don’t have a pastry press you can easily make these into turn overs instead. Just cut out squares from the dough instead of circles. Then fold the square in half and press one side together with a fork to create a pocket. Fill with 1-2 spoonfulls of the pumpkin filling, then press the other side together with a fork to seal it all in.