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friday funnies

I've lived in my new place for just about a month now, and I haven't met any of my neighbors. I'm totally fine with it because I am a painfully shy person, but I think it's time to open up a little bit. I may need to borrow sugar one day, or have baked goods to give away, or have a…

reflections

The new year is creeping up quickly. It's silent as it comes towards me. It wraps its arms around me, as a way of saying goodbye. The past year holds a strange feeling of brevity, but so many reflections pass through my mind as I sift through the memories.

There were certain conversations I te…

sparkly new year

The new year is quickly approaching, which means it's time to celebrate the past year and celebrate the comings of a new one. Whether you're staying home with your honey, going out with your ladies, or attending some amazing party, it's always fun to ring in the new year in something sp…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. New hair It's going to feel great bringing in the new year with a new do. 
2. Champagne There is no better way to welcome a new start than with champagne and good friends.
3. Resolutions It's always nice to map out how you're going to embark on the new year. New adventures, new promise…

champagne and cupcakes

The new year is quickly approaching, which means it's time to celebrate with dear friends and pop some bubbly. I love champagne, but I don't love the headache that follows, which is why I was so excited to find this yummy recipe for raspberry cupcakes with champagne frosting. I can still en…

sunday spark

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” -Kahlil Gibran [click on image for source]

friday funnies

The second installment of this funny video series...

Ice cream really does make me cough. These creators are genius.

diy: charm bracelets

I love simplicity, especially when it comes to jewelry. It's not too late to make a little trinket to give to your gal pals. When I saw this post on the BLDG 25 blog, I just had to share.

All you need is silk thread, beads, charms, and scissors. Not bad, eh?


Pick pretty colored threads and some…

what would you do...

This seems like a simple question. A question that's become comfortable with sitting in my mind as I try to scrounge up the answers. It should be easy, right? Some would choose a career or making it big, a marriage or a family, the lottery or a diet, a dangerous activity or a new hobby.

They a…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Wrapping presents It's always fun finding that pretty paper to wrap around the goodies you bought. I like to add little knick-knacks to spruce up the look; glitter, ornaments, pictures, and personal trinkets.
2. Online shopping I get a bit claustrophobic at the mall around this time of year. …

cheerful touches

It's always a pick-me-up when you see the decorations for the holidays. Streets are lit up, storefronts are turned into winter scenes, and homes have little cheerful touches. Everything is sparkly, bright, and festive. Here is some last minute inspiration, or at least something to put you in th…

puppy chow

I just whipped up a batch of puppy chow. No, it's not for pups. It's actually a really simple, sweet treat to whip up for the human kind. You can pass it out in little baggies to friends, family, and co-workers. Perfect for the holidays. It's seriously addicting.
Here is what you need.…

sunday spark

"Follow your heart, but be quiet for awhile first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart." -Unknown [click on image for source]
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