Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Findings Whilst Thrifting..

This past weekend Snavey Snave Snave and I thrifted our lives away! Literally. But I found some awesome finds which I'm superbly stoked about!  On friday{a day after this beautiful piece was put on craigslist}, I found the PERFECT chair for my dorm [you know a place for all my franss to place their bums while enjoying some good fellowship] but to my dismay it was sold THAT.DAY. I know I was kind of traumatized[my mom always told me I was over-dramatic, no wonder where my sister get's it from].

Moi Findings:
--An antiquey vintage chair. eight dolla dolla bills.
--A beautiful holder for all my junk necessities[A SHELF!]. fifteen dolla dolla bills.
--Stunna Shoess. two dolla dolla bills[each]
--THREE, Count 'em THREE embroidery hoops. fitty cent[each].

[retro chair in Snave's rollin machine--her subaro]

[hopefully I can make something as cool as Janel did]

Snave's Slick Findings:
--A gold chain with the graduating class of '77 pendant.
--A vintage bathing suit. six dolla dolla bills.
--and she ALMOST(but no cigar) purchased an original batiking painting....of a camel...for TWENTY dollaaas. [Probs not her thriftiest find in the Blue Mountain thrift store{obviously it was ginormous, MOUNTAIN is in the name for geesh sakes!}]

[Snave's bringing back the sheexxy with her suit]

I am officially moved back into college!!!!
Exciting right? Sort of bittersweet. Summers over and the fam's at home but I get to reunite with some pretty rad frannnns.
{and I'm redecorating my room..I'm gonna make all the peeps jealous with my wood paneling TV--kickin' it old school right herrre.}

Hope you have a thrifty-decorating Tuesday!!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

27 Dresses.. More like 2, but close.

HEY HEY HEY! {Say it so well, Fat Albert would be jealous}

So now two of my friends are engaged and are both planning on getting married within the next six months.  I am SO stoked and cannot wait.. I mean I was given the honor to be a bridesmaid in both of their weddings [maid of honor in one..YEAH BUDDY!]!  I'm seriously overly excited!  They are both so creative and are going to have the most AHHHMAZING WEDDINGS EVER.  I love hearing stories of how people met and were proposed to [you know, the corny lovey dovey stuff]. But it for reals strikes a cord in my heart and could spend countless hours listening to peoples stories.  Did I mention I'm really excited!? Well, yes, of course I am!  I just never thought I'd be beginning my bridesmaid dress collection so soon. I mean it's not like I'm at TWENTY-SEVEN or anything but two in six months seems like a mighty lot!

Bee Tee Dubs.. I AM glad my franss are stylish because these lovely dresses are nothing like the lovely Katherine Heigl had to wear in that hilarious movie.

My beautiful [Bride-to-Be] friends picked out some pretty rad dresses if I must say so myself.

I have finally reached the age where my friends are actually getting married.. both strange and exciting.

What stepping-stone/mile-marker of life have you reached???

Hope you have a lovely flower-blooming {it's raining in good ol' PA} day!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Excuse me, Could you spare any change?

So I got to thinking and have come to realize I am an antsy person by nature. I've moved from state to state too many times to count on one hand, which isn't a bad thing at all. I loved it. I got to see new things and reinvent myself into whoever I wanted to be. Ultimately I found myself over these changes.

I'm quirky, the one to laugh at my own jokes, the one who breaks out in uncontrollable giggles when I'm nervous, the one who admires Suzy Homemaker and looks up crafts in Martha Stewart's: LIVING magazine, the one who is first to make fun of myself before anyone gets the chance, the one who trips going UP the stairs, the one who loves the chill atmosphere of coffee shops [and the people watching opportunities], the one who will some day take a hot air balloon ride, the one who ran her Bampa's lawn mower into the garage because she thought the gas was the brake [only to find out it would only bring her Bampa closer by bonding over a common secret], the one who gives complete and utter control to the hair dresser [because hair grows back, right?], the one who is itching to take pictures and photo documen-tate(?) her friends every move, the one who dreams over her future husband [even though she has no man in sight], the one who the one who runs around her house with her little brother [pretending to be dinosaurs], the one who will live some portion of her life in the city [a BIG city], the one who plays Butt Munchers and Sneaky Nuggets with the little sibs [it's a game passed down from sibling to sibling], the one who will quietly sit and watch her mom cook [taking in all her magical cooking ways], the one who can never save a dime [yet somehow is grasping the idea of it and is actual accumulating a savings], the one who has mastered her people skills at the mall [so much so that she can put stories to every stranger], the one who wants to be 'that girl' with a sweet motorcycle, the one who will one day step to the edge of an airplane/platform...and JUMP [I'll have a parachute/bungee cord silly], the one who can inhale more chocolate-peanut butter icing cupcakes in a minute than any other hot dog eating world champion, the one who aspires to venture around the world [maybe the moon!], the one who has a heart for missions [and fighting human trafficking(random, but true)]. I am me, and I am still learning about me.  I know I love the spontaneity of change and although I can't hop on a plane to Europe [or Egypt, or  Africa, or wherever] but I can... get a hair cut! And that is what I did yesterday.

[DISCLAMER: Were these pictures taken in the work bathroom?]
[Why yes, yes they were. Thanks for noticing.]

What is something on your heart that you want to do before it's too late?

Hope you have a thought-pondering and wonderfully wild Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I Ate. and Died. and went straight to Heaven.

Good 'Fill-Your-Tummy' Morning!

At work, all of my lovely co-workers are baking PHENOMS. And that's an understatment. Today a co-worker brought in Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies. Please just take a guess as what the main ingredients are... CINNAMON {mmmmmm}, OATMEAL, and CRAISINS. Probably the epitome of greatness in edible form. UPDATE: These are my newest, delectably, sweet and savory favorite cookie! A little overdramatic? Well, it was well worth it. So go on and sink your nibblers into this treat. Golly-gee, sink them into the whole batch. No one has to know. And just to save you from googling your heart out for this recipe [which isn't even a family-guarded recipe that was passed down from generation and generation of cinnamon harvesters, oh no this is a recipe for the public].

Prep Time: TWENTY [20] precious minutes
Cook Time: TEN [10] magical minutes


1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Cinnamon Chips {tasty good-ness}
3/4 cup craisins {delectableeee}


Heat oven to 350°F.

Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in bowl until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour and baking soda; add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in oats, cinnamon chips and raisins (batter will be stiff-a-liff). Drop by HEAPING teaspoons unto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes on until lightly browned{beauty}.
Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
About quatro [4] dozen.

GET CREATIVE! Make it into a BAR. 
Spread batter into lightly greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake at 350°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool; cut into bars. About 3 dozen bars.

Go on with your bad self a bake these little buddies up!
Have a finger-lickin', cookie-nibblin' TUESDAY.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Weekend Shmeekend.

Why Hello There!
This past weekend I was blessed by reuniting with a friend from college. We ventured downtown for the monthly FIRST FRIDAY, with the little seester and her comrade in crime. It was a magical time captured by photography of my dear friend, Tony [aka Tone Tone].  It was a blast filled with delectable treats and refreshments found at my haven, Prince Street Cafe.  After filling our tummys, we hiked over to Queen Street to explore some galleries [sketchy galleries at that.. pretty creepy but SOOOOO worth it for these legit pictures] and all the heavenly vintage shops. I was in my glory friday night.

{one day I will own one of these puppys}

Hope you have a tea-drinking Monday!

Friday, August 6, 2010

More of the world is GOOOD.

"I believe more of the world is good, rather than bad."
--the lovely words John Mayer spoke at his Battle Studies concert last night, It. Was. Epic.

So yesterday while I was at work my mom texted me an URGENT MESSAGE telling me to call her right away, [heart drop]. Yeah, I know. Freaked me out too, but I dialed her digits and come to find out we were given John Mayer and Train tickets! And my sister and I were the ones who got go. {Oh yeah another side note my sister got her drivers permit} Scary, right? --Anyways. FOCUS. Train was legit and quite the entertainer if I must say so my self. He was busting out moves Michael Jackson would be jealous of! And John Mayer was Mr. Rico Suave. He had the crowd jamming to a little jazz that he mixed into the show for a little spice and everything nice. 

What was the most exciting part of the night you ask?

Could it be...
Riding the [free] ride at Chocolate World.. all for a [free] hershey bar at the end of the ride (just to kill time before the show)

{those were some MONSTEROUS bottles of choco-choco syrup}
Could it be...
singing with random peeps in the JAM PACKED parking lot of the Hershey Stadium?

Could it be...
the chinese fire drill that may or may not have happened while waiting for traffic to move?

Could it be... .
being given free tickets to this stinkin concert?

Could it be...
sneaking to the front of the concert when eveyone else thought it was over ONLY to find out Senor Mayer was coming out for an encore?

{introductions: Gio-little sis that got her permit; Me; Heid; Hannah-Heid's little sis with the photo skills}


I hope you all have a jazzy friday! 

Oh yeah, thanks to Hannah--Heid's sis-- for these photo documentations of a rad time last night!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

You SNOOZE you lose.. literally.

Hello Hello Hello,

Last night I thought I would be smooth and set my alram clock earlier than I usually do, this way I could get in a morning run [great way to wake up the senses, right?] Not so much. Instead, this is how it went down.
1.ALARM! [at approximately 6:00 am]
2.snoooze. [Tell myself I'll lay here until I figure out what I'm going to wear]
3. sleeeeeeep.
4.Mom asking if I have work today. [at approximately 8:40 am]
5. MINOR FREAK OUT SESSION! [at approximately 8:41 am]
6. Drag my butt out of bed to call the boss. [who was ever so kind might I add]
7. Worky work time. [at approximately 9:15, you know.. only an hour and fifteen minutes late. No biggy]

Anywho that's how my morning went.
But enough of Debby Downer!

Tonight I'm meeting up with a dear friend, that I have yet to catch up with since he's been home from the "Land Down Under" [ahem. Australia] and "World Cup 2010" [South Africa, mates!] I'm pretty stoked to say the least. It shall be a good time indeed.  We may or may not hit up a local coffee shop {tea time for me, yummm}.

Which reminds me! If any of my fellow bloggers are in the neighborhood [pennsylvania?? Amish-land??] then you should definitely hit up the Prince Street Cafe they have the most amazing food (vegetarian to meat lovers), delectable desserts (faaaavorite), and tea/coffee to die live for [Peach Mango Tea, may be a personal fav]. And it's a super chill place to catch up on life with friends, plus listen to some live music.

Check it!
Courtesy of Prince Street Cafe

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

1..2..3. CHEESE!

Sorry to break it to you friends but this is not another post about cheese, even as delectable as it is. This is a post about PICTURES! On sunday night a dear friend of mine [also a photographer] invited friends over to test out her sweet/new/peachy and keen Smilebooth, it's just like an old school photobooth but so much more. So in the spirit of smiley smiles and happiness here are a few snap shots from the party.

Smilebooth photo courtesy of Brooke Courtney Photography


Monday, August 2, 2010

A Series of Magnificent and [insert other describing words here] Events.

Alright so there was waaaayyyy too much that was passed over the weekend, SO as a result I will be resorting to pictures to tell my story. They're more fun anyways, right?? So here it goes folks! A series of *magnificently* wonderful outRAEgeous STUNNING tramatic smelly WiLd and quite frankly rad events.

On friday [aka: day two of meatless Rae] Snave and I stumbled upon a fried chicken restaurant food supplier and I had a small mental break down but nothing major [no worries] and continued on my merry way.

The fraaanss and I celebrated Heids birffday we a celebratory "PICK-UP-THE-FRIEND" ceremony, sadly the event ending with a crash and a BOOM!
[uh oh].
 In the end we still loved each other.

The Fam-A-Lam decided we would cook up some good ol' free entertainment and fill our lives with some treasured bonding time. And what better way to do that than chin puppets, water fights[yes, we come to conquer], and home-made piggy faces.
Don't mess with this Zohan family!

 Hope you have a merry cheery weary wild-raspberry smoothie day! YUM!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Vegans and Dorms and Birthdays Oh MY!

DAY TWO is complete and although I endured temptatious dinner my amigos parents made me... I denied the meat. Whhhaaaat?! OKAY! Yes, me. I passed on the meat portion of the meal. As delectable as it smelled/looked and probably tasted I was a-okay with my mac-and-cheese and peas please. I just filled this rumbling tummy with some tasty pineapple and watermelon to top this baby off. PLUS or minus the choco-choclately chip cookies and chocolate peanut butter icing cake. I have realized that without meat, cheese in any form has filled in the appropriate spot in my heart and may or may not be found at some point with each meal I devour.  Three cheers for cheese! cheese! Cheese! CHEESE! From grilled cheese, cheese quesoDILLas[like Napolean Dynamite?], mac-n-cheese, grapes and cheese I have experienced and cherished it all. Personally, I feel like I've accomplished something.. granted it may not be world hunger, but shooooot you gotta start somewhere!

On a completely different topic, I'm working with producers for a new reality show. Extreme Makeover: Dorm Edition. Okay well the working with producers part is a false statement BUT it would be pretty cool I must admit. Instead I'm recruiting the help of my stylish and expert amiga who is also an interior designer and my artsy, over-flowing with creations, unorganized (like myself) friend Snave.  With our brains there's bound to be some creative juices flowing.  I'm not gonna lie to you I'm pretty stoked. I even bought carpet for the room. KRAAAAZY. And I'm doing this project for under.... well cheap. I haven't figured out a spending cap for a poor college kid like myself. I do have tons of DIY projects that I'm going to take under my belt.[thanks to Design*Sponge--who is also publishing a book of sweet stuff like DIY [obviously], city guides, trend forecasting, recipes, and much moreeee.] {This should be interesting} I'll be sure to photo document that

One final note for the lads and lassies tuning in. Yesterday. Yes, not today the 30th of the month July but indeed the 29th was my dearest/best friend/roomie/fellow RA/dormer's BIG NINETEENTH birthday. Her last year being a teen [mine too but enough about me]. So I only saw it fitting to wish her a big ol' BLOGGY BLOG birthday and share that with my bloggy friends! Wish you could've shared in the delicioso cake with us, but it was indeed homemade and made my tummy tum tum happy.

{we know how to bring the FUNK!}

{True Roomie Love}

{Real Happy Camper}

I wish you all happy--days/DIYs/birthdays{to come}/challenges!!
Peace and blessings to all and to all a good night day.
Smiles all around.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

To eat meat or NOT eat meat..{that is the question}

So I'll lay it out to you flat folks. Let's be real here, I'm a lover of food. BIG, small, sweet, salty, fruitilicious, veggified, even MEAT-- I apologize to all my vegetarian pals out there. Anywho, what I'm trying to say is I'm going to take on the challengy challenge of eating entirely NO MEEEAAAT <|-- [Please say this in your slowest/deepest/dramatic voice possible, thank you] for a week, two weeks, (okay I won't take it too far until I see what I'm getting myself into). Heck! I might as well try some tofu while I'm at it. I'm ready for the challenge! Bring on the works, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes--yummy!, blueberries, mango, raspberry! I want it all.. and will stop at nothing. One more thing. Why start this week of meatless feasting on a wednesday, you ask? Because I like to keep you on your toes, plus I'm a wee bit out of the ordinary.

[good-bye dear meat--disclaimer do not fret, NOT really dear meat, just a term of endearment]

[It's time to put down the steak knife]
{Special appearnce by a dear friend, pal, buckaroo, encourager, curly-headed gal that answers to the name of Snavey Snave Snave}

{Peace out Big Mac!}

[here's to veggies! hopefully my face will show a little more enjoyment next time]

So family, friends, young, old wise, short, gigantic, average, extravagant, bland, outraaaegeous
(...is that enough? I think, yes.)...
lend me your questions, comments, and concerns.. and any EDIBLE recipes, (preferrably best ways to approach the tofu epidemic).

Peace and blessings partners,