Archives For January 2014

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January 31, 2014

Whelp. It’s official. I’m a total slacker and didn’t get the VDAY meal posts, the sweets posts or the DIY post up this week. Major blogger fail. It’s my fault. I over- planned this week and didn’t leave myself any time to get that shizz done. SO.. this meant next week will be WEEK TWO of the Valentines Day “Love Week” here on CLA. Sorry to those V-Day haters.

Anyways, today is Friday so that means we are completely LISTED. Being Love Week it’s got a bit of a red theme…


COOK
— something I found that looked yummy that I plan on re-creating.
MAKE — something I want to make.
WANT — something I don’t “need” but want.
NEED — something that I NEED.
WOOF — something for Marley or Ziggy.

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COOK/ Guys I’m super effing excited. THIS WEEKEND. I am going to attempt to my my first Creme Brûlée. GET AT ME. I’m so excited. Like $50 bottle of Grand Mariner excited. Okay, maybe that wasn’t exciting… that was more shocking. BUT I’M GONNA DO IT. Wish me luck…. Recipe will hit the blog next week if all works out… Photo from here.

MAKE/ I’m not really huge into making specific holiday decorations for the house other than for the major holidays. Why? Because you just have to take them down right away. And I’m lazy about that. But this is a CUTE idea that can work for Valentine’s Day or just in general decor. Guess I’m buying more letters… It’s not like my house doesn’t ALREADY have enough typography prints.

WANT/ I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been seeing these blocks of phrases EVERYWHERE lately and I cant help but laugh at a bunch of them. This one is extra cool though because it has a purpose too as a pen/ pencil holder. PERFECT.

NEED/ I’m a self-proclaimed Pen/ Pencil/ Marker/ Sharpie hoarder and always needs new places to stash my… stash… in bags/ purses/ backpacks. Lately I’m looking for a cute classic pencil case for my planner pens and highlighters. Love a good chevron.

WOOF/ I swear if I put red glasses on Marley she would look IDENTICAL to this print. Thus it’s a must-have, right?

 

PS — HALLELUJAH ITS FRIDAY! Which means it’s time to Back That Azz Up with Whitney.

Take it away, Whit-

#backthatazzup with Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants to Work
 
The purpose: To start our weekend with some fantastic jams.
The station that inspired it: “Back That Azz Up” on Pandora Radio.
The rules: Link your jams up and have a jam sesh with all of us!
Today’s Selection:
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Amour for Him

January 28, 2014

Back for more eh? Today is DAY TWO of Valentine’s Day here on the ol’ blog. If you missed yesterday’s gift ideas for her go check ’em out. There’s some cool items on that list. Today however we are talking all about the guys.

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Generally I have a hard time buying gift for any of the men in my life. And that’s not for a lack of trying. Overall I’m so selective on gifts. I don’t like buying gifts that I don’t think the person would generally love or wouldn’t continue to use or enjoy. So make that twice as hard when it comes to guys/ men… Yeah. My dad is the HARDEST person to buy for. Because when he wants something, he just goes out and buys it. Leaving you NO TIME to get it yourself.

When I asked my male friends what would make their Valentine’s day they pretty much unanimously said “booze”. So this list is definitely geared more toward that common response. That and I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that anything techy, made out of wood/ leather or contains the words “beer or bacon” and you’re good.

Continue Reading…

Amour for Her

January 27, 2014

So unless you’ve been living under a rock, avoiding all stores, or avoiding the topic entirely– you may have noticed that Valentine’s Day has officially taken over the world.

Ok, maybe not the world… but MOST retailers/ online retailers and majority of bloggers are all talking about the big V.

Not Vagina… get your head out of the gutter. Geez…

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This week it’s going to be ALL VALENTINE’S DAY here on CLA. So if you’re purposely avoiding the day, you have my permission to skip the blog this week. Just come back next Monday ok?

Now, a Hallmark holiday that it is– I actually kinda like Valentine’s Day. Yes, even when I’m single. It’s a period in time that it’s FULLY acceptable for me to eat my body weight’s worth of chocolates. I can send myself flowers and it’s not weird. And that baking addiction is generally fully appreciated by friends and family.

Even though I’m not celebrating with someone in particular this year I still genuinely like to shower friends and probably Marley with gifts and sweets. Continue Reading…

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January 24, 2014


COOK
— something I found that looked yummy that I plan on re-creating.
MAKE — something I want to make.
WANT — something I don’t “need” but want.
NEED — something that I NEED.
WOOF — something for Marley or Ziggy.

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COOK/ The parentals are currently int he middles of a house remodel– cool things happening– So for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year I kinda hosted at my house for the 4 of us. My step-mom brought over this super delish breakfast casserole and I’ve been dreaming about making my own since then. This one looks QUITE scrumptious.

PS: I finally made the Philly Cheesesteak Mac and Cheese from Listed/ week one and it’s SO YUMMY. Definitely recommend it.

MAKE/ My madre gifted me an iPad mini for Christmas this year and I’ve been scouring Etsy for a stand for my kitchen. After spotting ones like these I think this is something I TOTALLY can DIY and plan to in the next few weeks with the help from the padre.

WANT/ I’ve always been completely Harry Potter obsessed, but lately I think I’ve been taking it to the next level. With QuizAp challenges, my choice in movie marathons and pretty much my Etsy searching. I want a HP piece of Art that doesn’t SCREAM kids movie/book. Love this girly organic piece.

NEED/ I know, I know… it’s like the middle of winter– so WHY am I looking at coats now? Well, it’s become blatantly obvious that I DONT have a nice dressy coat that can be worn with everything. And while we are not he topic of coats/ jackets. I’d love a classic trench, a classic leather and this one from Coach is TO DIE FOR. Clearly all are out of my budget at the moment… but a girl can dream eh?

WOOF/ Last but certainly NOT least. I’ve mentioned these guys before but the AMAZINGLY talented couple at Yellow Brick Home are not only crazy design and art good– but clearly in love with dogs. In fact a portion of Kim’s income from their shop gets donated every month to a local dog rescue. Those are definitely MY kind of people. And the dog food stand they made for their main man is definitely MY kind of style. This probably also clarifies as a “Make”, but Marley’s dishes would look Oh So Chic in a custom stand.

Dont be surprised to see a custom portrait on a future Listed… It’s definitely on my wish list for 2014. Maybe get one of Marley now while she’s young, and then another when she’s old <3.

PS TGIF— it’s been Polar Vortex Part II around these parts and I’m SO DONE with the BITTER COLD. In fact It’s currently sitting at -17°F with the windchill. Yeah. That’s effing cold.

#backthatazzup with Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants to Work
 
The purpose: To start our weekend with some fantastic jams.
The station that inspired it: “Back That Azz Up” on Pandora Radio.
The rules: Link your jams up and have a jam sesh with all of us!
Today’s Selection:
Mary Jane’s Last DanceTom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Party on Wayne.

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I Hate the Gym

January 20, 2014

Confession time:

Much like 70% of the worlds population (or at least those in the Greater Detroit Area), one of my GOALS for this year was to be healthier. To exercise more, to run, to go to the gym and make it a habit.

You know, so I don’t have to stop eating really terrible things like this, this, and definitely these. Thus convincing my body I’m not getting older and my metabolism isn’t slowing (it is).

But, I’m one to admit that I just generally really hate the gym. I feel weird being there. Out of place. I don’t know the names of the machines. I don’t even know how to use half of them. I generally just pretend I do and then either end up hurting myself or looking like a complete and total dumbass. Usually the latter… And being January you have to wait 15 effing minutes before you can get a treadmill.

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That being said, it’s the middle of the effing winter in Michigan. It just snowed…. AGAIN. And I don’t care who you are, running outside when it’s cold is for the birds. Cant do it. I give huge props to my cousin training and running in the cold, cuz there’s no way in hell I’d be doing it.

SHAMELESS PLUG: you should definitely consider supporting her as she trains to run 13.1 Miles (like a crazy woman) in support of Leukemia and Lympoma. Definitely check out her story as to WHY she’s training.

So I pack my growing ass in the car and drive down to the gym just to wait 15 minutes for a damn treadmill. I hate it. I actually like doing the 30 min circuit (obviously I work out at Planet Fitness) but the rest… is “eh”.

Personally I hate running. But it’s the one thing I push myself to do. I’m a terrible runner, but it WORKS for me. So how do I convince myself to keep running?

I sign up for stupid races. edit: stupid as in, not timed, no pressure to even finish before the coming apocalypse.

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I HATE RUNNING. But I LOVE running 5Ks. Figure that one out. Maybe it’s because when I get to the end I feel like I actually accomplished something other than looking like a sweaty hot mess letting water dribble down my face because I don’t have the muscles to keep it INSIDE my mouth (what a concept).  A few months ago I did a post about prepping for your first 5K fun run… There’s some good tips in there. Like making sure you don’t destroy the inside of your car…

This year I’m already signed up for The Warrior Dash in Mt. Morris and The Color Run in Yipsi. But I’ve been thinking about pushing myself to add a few new races this year just for fun. Plus, my t-shirt collection is in massive need of some revamping and my 5K shirts make me look athletic.

I ran Color Me Rad in Detroit last year, and I think I’m going to move that one to Grand Rapids this year just to space out the races a bit. Plus then I can convince some new friends to run it with me. I’m also a proud Polak so the Paczki Run kinda just feels like it’s a given…

Then there’s the Hot Cocoa Classic which is new this year, The Corktown Race, and The Bootlegger Run is just minutes from my house.So, I’ve got some good options coming up. Plus I might venture into the running in other states/ vacation places for maybe a long weekend?

The gym isn’t just about running though. Yes it’s good exercise, but you need to work on other muscles to keep your body and metabolism running smoothly. Lifting weight, abdominal machines… that’s all find and dandy, if you like the gym. But if you’re like me.. You’re all “eff that crap” find me something else to do.

Kayaking. Your arms will about feel like they are falling off after a good 2 hour kayaking trip in normal conditions. Add a little bit of wind to that and you won’t be able to drive home. Not to mention– works out your back and abdominal muscles.

Roller Blading. It’s my goal to get myself a pair of these this year and not only get back in the swing of using them but also teach Marley to run with me when I’m blading… Which, could possibly end my life, but– that’s ok.

Hiking. Walking on flat surfaces is fine, but try hiking in the woods. You’re not only using the same muscles as you would on a stair-stepper, you’re also getting a pretty view.

Kickball/ Soccer/ Co-Ed Sport (Yes, the beer leagues). Great way to meet new people, get drunk and have some fun. Oh yeah… and exercise too.

Get a Dog. Not a yip yip mutt. A DOG. Once you add that little bit of responsibility they’ll guilt trip you into fun outings faster than you can stuff that cupcake down your throat. Well, ok. Maybe not faster…

Kickboxing. SO WANT TO TRY THIS. I want to picture a certain sales persons head every time I kick the damn bag…

The point is, I hate the gym. I’d much rather be outside doing any number of these other races/ activities. But I go to the gym now in order to be able to run the races when you know… it’s not -40° out.

Rant over. I’m going to pack my shit up and head to the gym now… maybe.

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Listed |2

January 17, 2014


COOK
— something I found that looked yummy that I plan on re-creating.
MAKE — something I want to make.
WANT — something I don’t “need” but want.
NEED — something that I NEED.
WOOF — something for Marley or Ziggy.

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COOK/ I found this recipe for Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls from Bakerella last week and I pretty sure I groaned on the spot. How much of a superstar would you look like making this for your guy/ girl in the morning?

In the words of Mary Katherine Gallagher…

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You might even provoke some after breakfast activity… ::winkwinknudgenudge::

sidenote: Bakerella was the first blog I ever started to follow on the reg. So, you know— shout out to that lovely genius woman. ❤

MAKE/ Guys I love Anthropologie like any other home obsessed blogger, but their prices… seriously? I’m no Bill Gates. Athro has been inspiration for bloggers everywhere to create their own homemade version of items. Seriously just search Anthropolgie Knock Off… you’ll be amazed at what people have made. That being said I love the idea of this makeup brush holder, and totally think it’ll help me keep my bathroom more organized, but I’m not paying $34 plus shipping for a hunk of wood with some holes drilled into it. Totally a DIY, and probably would make a cute gift for your girly friends…

WANT/ I seem to have a harder time with the “want” category. I’m always struggling with this one when I come to write this post. Which is hilarious because I can walk into Home Depot looking for only Caulk and some duct tape and walk home having spent $160. How the eff does that happen each time? 

Back to topic: I love to decorate my home with some very classic basics, and then use colors in pillows and accessories to make it more “me”. Along with that I add a LOT of quirky accessories. I’m a weird Quirky person and I want my home to represent that. So yeah- I have a tequila sign in my dining room, a bright yellow pig to hold jewelry, a Buddhist head in my office and these eyeglasses pillow covers would make a fun addition to my bed.

NEED/ I’m sure every baker/ cook out there has a specific tool they always reach for when in the kitchen. Mine happens to be a bright yellow silicon spatula that I’m constantly washing. I’ve been on the hunt for ones EXACTLY like it for over a year now, and it seems everyones moved onto this new “style” shape. I don’t want that new shit. I like the old style. So when I found these that are VERY similar, and the Middle size of this one that is almost exactly the same I immediately added it to my cart for the next time I’m in the mood to spend money. Which, who am I kidding? That’s pretty much every damn day…

WOOF/ Marley is pretty awesome at playing with her toys, which is great for Mom when she needs to catch up on blog posts, both writing and reading. I have noticed though that she loves any toy that can roll away from her best. She has this large orange ball that she loves. Loves it even more if you kick it around like playing soccer. So I’ve been thinking the next time I get the urge to buy her a new toy I might look into some type of actual soccer ball. Maybe a kids one? This one’s pretty cute too, although I don’t know if it’s big enough to last…

What’s on your list this week? Anything I should add to mine?

PS TGIF– in a huge way. No seriously, I barely was able to get out of bed all damn week.— it’s FRIDAY BITCHES. Which means it’s officially time to…

#backthatazzup with Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants to Work
 
The purpose: To start our weekend with some fantastic jams.
The station that inspired it: “Back That Azz Up” on Pandora Radio.
The rules: Link your jams up and have a jam sesh with all of us!
Today’s Selection:
Birds of A Feather — The Civil Wars

Party on Garth.

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11 Points

January 16, 2014

This is probably my second easiest DIY ever. It pretty much explains itself. Being a typography nerd I love having numbers and letters spelling random things out all over my house so small wall art projects like this one and this one are plentiful. I’m also a scrabbler. Love playing it on my phone, board game, computer game… I’m fairly decent… 😉

I’ve always been looking for a way to tie scrabble tiles into my home. I love the letter pillows, the coasters, and even these holiday ornaments. So when I decided to spruce up a set of practically unused cabinets for my new “bar area” I figured I’d tie in the scrabble letters in an art piece.

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I like to have friends and family over to hang out, which generally includes something boozy (go-figure). It’s become a fairly well known fact between my friends that I have beer drawers in my fridge (does anyone actually use the veggie and meat drawers for what they’re actually for? Mine hold beer). Basically my bar is always open for guests and I want them to know that. So I decided an “open bar” sign would be a fun touch for friends.

Easy. Way too easy.

I took a frame found at a garage sale for some stupid cheap price. Painted it black (this was done ages ago with a ton of frames) and then ordered some extra scrabble tiles online.

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I ditched the glass for the frame and used colorful scrapbook paper as my background. Hot glued my letters on and called it done.

Stupid easy, but a fun cute touch.

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And that’s today’s stupid easy craft.

Do you guys have anything thats so terribly easy to do like this?

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Marley

January 13, 2014

At LAST I have found the camera battery charger, which means proper photos of my baby hyena*.

Happy Monday….

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* Marley really isn’t a hyena. Well, I mean, she could be. But people constantly ask me what she is, and quite frankly- I have no fucking idea. Part pit bull, part shepherd, part…. tiger? She kinda acts like a cat.

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Listed

January 10, 2014

So part of my blogger resolutions list was to get a Friday series going. I thought about it over and over what I could possibly want to make it about– things I wanted? Stuff about Marley? Nothing seemed “right” with CLA, which is still mainly a craft/ DIY/ Cooking blog. So after much thought, I figured I’d do it all.

COOK — something I found that looked yummy that I plan on re-creating.

MAKE — something I want to make.

WANT — something I don’t “need” but want.

NEED — something that I NEED.

WOOF — something for Marley or Ziggy.

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COOK/ I’m always adding random things to homemade mac and cheese (like bacon and peppers) so this Philly Cheesesteak recipe looks like it’ll hit the spot. I might make this Monday for friends dinner night.

MAKE/ I’ve been collecting corks since I started drinking wine. I’ve got quite the collection right now and have been looking for a fun creative way to use them. I like this simple craft.

WANT/ Marley’s such a wimp when it comes to noises and the metal basket that I bought for her toys ends up causing her to bark more than it keeps my house clean. So I’m thinking a cloth basket like this one would do the trick. The pattern is awesome too.

NEED/ When I found this awesome tutorial for this gigantic calendar last year I was completely smitten (ps, if you don’t follow Yellow Brick Home you should start, it’s the first blog I look for in my reader). I wanted it. But it made no sense to make it halfway though 2013. So I’ve been (I’m)patiently waiting for 2014 to hit so I could build the frame and get this up in my home. Definitely on my short list of projects. However to get this project done I’m going to need new drill bits. Mine have kinda seen better days.

WOOF/ Marley’s really attracted some attention with her unique coloring. She looks like a wild dog, a hyena, a tiger and someone that’s been rolling around in the mud all day all wrapped into one coat. And because of the color often gets mistaken for a boy. I’m not huge on pink, in fact I made a statement that my dog would not wear pink, but I’m possibly willing to take it back if people recognize her as a girl quicker. So, if I’m going to go pink, it’s going to be modern and I’ve spent way too many hours looking for the right pink collar and I think I found it with this one. Girly, but not overly in your face feathery, pink, sparkles, fluff crap.

So there you have it. My first Friday series. I like it. It was easy to come up with because I find this stuff all throughout the week and just have to go back to re-tag something I’ve already pinned.

Regardless— it’s FRIDAY BITCHES. Which means it’s officially time to…

#backthatazzup with Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants to Work
 
The purpose: To start our weekend with some fantastic jams.
The station that inspired it: “Back That Azz Up” on Pandora Radio.
The rules: Link your jams up and have a jam sesh with all of us!
Today’s Music:
Katy Perry – Dark Horse

Lets get this weekend started!

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Phone Dumps

January 8, 2014

You know what my favorite message ever to receive is? This one:

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NOT.

That message is like Satan. That message occurs at the least convenient time ALWAYS. Like when Marley decides finally to hold her butt still and I’m able to get a non-blurry iPhone pic (because my SLR battery was dead as a doorknob), and I go to take a picture of her adorable furry tush and then…

WAHBAM.

Game over sucker. Then she gets up and leaves and I’m stuck muttering over my iPhone and it’s capacity limits because I take iPhone photos like its my job. And you can’t just DELETE THEM. What if you needed that picture you took last Friday night at 3AM that’s so damn blurry it’s like Helen Keller took it (rude, I know).

Anyways… the whole point of this is– then when you finally do take a moment to clear out the ol’ camera roll (why is it called that BTW?) there are inevitably some amazing gems to be found. I’m going to share just a handful of those from my Phone Dump today. And seeing how I’m apparently an iPhone picture-aholic this will most likely become a series.

Feel free to judge, I judged myself — ::shrugs::

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What’s on here? Well… starting from the top going left to right…

Reminders of saying that I want to create at home (inevitably there’s always 20 or so of these randomly throughout my pics). Gross reminder picture of things I need to replace at home. My dog that has no manners. An LOL picture about what kind of stuff you can find on Groupon’s “goods” page… seriously? Humor. Moose(s)? More Humor. New friends. More Groupon crap. THAT GUYS FACE, I about died. My standard level of wine consumption… per glass. My co-worker looking for the object that he flung at my head. Twerking. Super drunk UM Fan after they lost to MSU. Marley sleeping. More sayings. A weird movie and drink night. Zig pictures x 1 billion, Marley too. A project that I’ll talk about soon enough. Seester and Jibril dinner night. Rolling in the D. Friends that hate their picture being taken. Marley’s new bling. Annnnnnnnnd Miley’s life as told by emojis.

Great stuff.

Overall my phone is just packed full of dog pictures. I might have an obsession or something. Maybe. But Z & M are pretty much the cutest damn things you’ve ever seen. So they obviously deserve to have their picture taken at 17 different angles for the SAME EXACT SHOT.

Ok, maybe I have a problem.

Whatever.

What weird things would be found on your phone? Dare to share? Do your own phone dump and link back. I want to snoop.

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Snowpocalypse 2014

January 6, 2014

** THIS POST HAS BEEN INTERRUPTED TO BRING YOU THE FOLLOWING URGENT MESSAGE **

It has come to my attention that even though this isn’t the first snow this year, many of you still do not know how to drive in said snow. Even though you live in Michigan. Really people?

That being said I thought I’d give some awesome driving tips from the chick that lived in the Upper Peninsula for 2 years (where they get a shit ton more snow, and it’s so cold sidewalk salt doesn’t work there). Grab a notepad people, this is pure genius flowing right now.

GENIUS SNOW TIPS:

1. As snow accumulates the heavier and denser it gets. To avoid spending 17 hours shoveling your driveway and sidewalk with snow, make quicker trips every few hours while it’s still falling. Seems counter productive, but trust me, by shoveling an inch of snow every 2-4 hours during a large storm vs. a foot after the storm ends you’ll save your back, and probably fingers and toes from frost bite.

2. Make sure you salt. And make sure you use the RIGHT salt. None of this shiiiiitz:

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You laugh, but I actually saw someone “salting” their driveway with this once. Speaking of salt: If you have fur babies make sure you use salt that wont kill their paws. The typical rock stuff is a no-go. Get the blue shit.

3. The key to driving in snow is momentum. Once you get going use that momentum to KEEP YOU GOING. Do not drive at a snails pace, you’ll end up getting stuck on hills and snowy patches and make yourself a target for people that are actually capable of driving in the snow. Which brings me to #6.

4. When there’s snow on the ground there is no such thing as braking, or braking hard. You’ll slide and skid. Give yourself enough room between you and the cars around you so you can COAST to slow down and brake slowly.

5. PLEASE FOR THE CHILDREN, DO NOT  try to jerk your steering wheel to avoid objects. You grip that sucker with all your strength and coast it from lane to lane. Sudden movements are not your best friend.

6. Try to brush off as much snow off your car as possible. Being hit with a blanket of snow getting on the highway because the idiot in front of you was too lazy to brush off his car is not the most pleasant of occurrences.

7. Go out and buy yourself a shovel. Put it in your car and be prepared to use it. You’ll get stuck in areas that haven’t been plowed well— use it to shovel out your tires. Use it to help OTHERS shovel themselves out.

8. Just because you have 4-wheel drive, doesn’t make you invincible. More likely than not the cars in the ditches have 4-wheel drive and end up there because an idiot behind the wheel thought he was GOD.

9. Don’t get angry after a HUGE STORM if your plow guy doesn’t have your driveway cleared right as you get ready to leave in the morning. Those guys have been up all night clearing stuff and generally have done the same places at least twice. Just be patient. It’ll get done. Get some exercise and use the shovel from #7 to do what you can to get to work in the morning and leave the rest for the snow team.

10. If you are terrified of driving in the snow, do everyone a favor and just stay inside. Use sick days, call carry out, use Amazon to buy groceries, but please please please hibernate until the roads are plowed. Or until spring– that works too.

Thank you— J

** NOW WE RETURN TO THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED POST **

Yes that’s right ladies and gents, it’s Michigan living at it’s best. The weather and news stations don’t have enough to report about so they talk up this HUGE SNOWSTORM and bitter cold temperatures for the next few days and the people literally go mad.

Saturday was my step-moms birthday, so we went out to dinner to celebrate to Bonefish in Novi… DELICIOUS FOOD. Never been before but will definitely be going back. I think honestly my favorite part of the meal was the decadent Creme Brûlée with Grand Mariner for dessert.

So good that I immediately texted this upon leaving the restaurant…

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My friends know me too well. As you can see above, it wasn’t just the East side of the state in pure panic over the snow. The west siders were panicking too.

Anyways, I got to the grocery store later– since it was proclaimed a “zoo” earlier in the day, and literally shelves were BARE. Soups? Gone. Chicken? GONE, GROUND HAMBURGER… G.O.N.E.

Freak out much people?

I mean even the bananas were gone. You would think that in a snow storm people would want the hearty foods. But no. THE BANANAS WERE GONE.

I was pretty upset. How am I supposed to pretend to be healthier if I can’t even buy bananas? Guess I’ll just have to eat a Dove Bar instead.

I also decided to Redbox it, clearly. Although it seems every single person on the planet had the same idea. That’s ok, I found the movies that had the hottest men in them and called it a day– Redemption with Jason Statham in it? No Idea what its about. I just watch him the whole movie.

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Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling? It was in subtitles. Didn’t care.

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ANYWAYS. It’s like 0 Degrees right now. No, seriously. Actually with the windchill it’s much lower. I feel bad for Marley having to pee outside. That’s gotta be a bitch.

The good thing about cold winter days though are more projects being completed inside the home. Like– My house no longer looks like WWIII. Christmas has packed itself back into the black hole of my basement. I’m getting crafty again.

I FOUND MY CAMERA CHARGER. Thank the lord. I was going crazy not being able to take pictures. Finally was able to get a few good ones of Marley. I’ll get them up here soon.

Sorry for all the rambling today. It’s not my usual, but my heads all over the place with some fun ideas that I’m about to go work on.

Please stay warm, keep your kids (furry and non furry) all bundled up while outside and take this time to drink a lot of wine and watch movies (or just half naked men, either works).

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So with bringing in the New Year myself as well as EVERYONE ELSE makes resolutions for the new year. Nothing new, right?

Well, this year I decided I wanted to make it more “Goals” than resolutions. I’m bad a resolutions. I always fall off the bandwagon and feel that once I do, it’s done. But if it’s a goal… I’m allowing myself to make mistakes and get back up on my feet.

That being said, here are some of my “resolutions” for this new year.

Goal and Resolutions 2014

What were some of your goals?

xoxo Justynn & Marley

She’s Baaaaaaaaack

January 2, 2014

Woahhhhhhho ho ho….

Blogland, it’s been a while. How’s everyone doing out there?

Did you miss me? Probably not. I’m okay with that. Lets be honest, that break was NEEDED. I was completely uninspired, completely un-orangized, and completely a mess. Recap: Life was great, until a breakup that sent my crazy world a tumbling down, left me uninspired, and pretty much created a need to get out of the freaking house and go out with people. I needed to find some inspiration again.

So I did. And it was a grand ol’ time. I met up with awesome friends, played a lot of laser tag, went out to dinner a lot, started cooking more with a buddy (much easier to cook for two than one, right?), went to movies, drank too much, helped those less fortunate, partied in Grand Rapids, and added to my little family.

Yup, that last one was a pretty big item. I am now officially a mother. Dear friends/ family and avid readers (anyone that’s left)– I would like to introduce you to Marley.

Marley

It’s pretty safe to say that I’m 100% obsessed. And as you can see from the last picture Ziggy (very much a huge part of my life still) is learning to like her too. He’s a bit less obsessed or impressed with her, but overall there hasnt been any issues.

So, I’m sure you’re just dying to learn a little about my new leading lady… (if not, best find a new blog to follow, shes here for the long haul).

Marley is 16/17 weeks old. She is a marvolous mutt (as mindy calls her), meaning we have an *idea* of the breeds she has in her, but dont know 100%. She’s part American Stafforshire Terrier, possibly Plott Hound, maybe some Dutch Shepherd? Who knows. She a GORGEOUS (I might be biased) reverse brindle (Zig man is typical brindle coloring). Slightly thicker fur than the Zig, but not somehting that has been shedding much. She’s about 25lbs right now, so the hope is that she’ll be around 50-60 full grown.

Her story isnt really all that interesting. She was an owner surrender at about 10-12 weeks to a shelter that unfortunately was about to put her down due to being part pitbull. Luckily she was found by an absolute amazing team of women running Heaven After Hell Rescue in Indianapolis, Indiana. These lovely ladies (Kelly and Miranda took her in, got her spayed, dewormed (she had worms badddddd) and started her on her first set of shots. She was posted on their facebook page which happened to be frequented by my lovely former roommate who then forwarded her picture to me and said “she’s perfect for you”.

And that folks is the beginning to the end. I applied, waited not so patiently to be approved and then waited three agonizing weeks before she was fit to come home. Mindy and I road-tripped it down to pick her up and she’s made herself quite at home for almost the last two weeks.

Life Outside of the Dog:

Honestly, sucked for a while. But overall I’m feeling good right now, I’m feeling insipred and I’m excited for things to come. After some soul searching I realized that my expectations were too high for CLA and not in a bad way— just in a way that was less obtainable at the moment. I felt like I picked up so much momentum and then just flopped. So as with the new year, I’ve made some resolutions and one of them was to get back to blogging and set myself an obtainable schedule and goal.

We’re going to have a weekly post on Fridays, and I’m going to mix in some Marley/ Ziggy dog stuff. And I’m going to continue to craft and to bake. But — while we’re being real here– its just not possible for me to do big projects all the time. Blogging is a hobby, and a fun hobby. But it was turning into work giving by myself deadlines on huge projects and it just burned me out. BlogPal— yeah, that kinda flopped to. It’s my own fault. I was a bad blogpal myself. I’m going to get back into not only being a good blogger but a great reader. Commenting and linking up. That’s the fun stuff. Meeting new people. A few months ago I stopped it completely almost.

And you know what, if I forget to post one day– oh well. Post it the next day, dont feel the guilt.

I’ve got more blogging resolutions for you next time, a whole list full. All of my wants and goals and plans for CLA. I’m excited. Really excited.

Until then though, I’ve got one MAJOR GOAL for today/ tonight: Find my damn SLR Camera battery charger. Seriously guys, I cant find it anywhere. And part of good blogging is GREAT PHOTOS. Wine and hunting it is. Maybe Marley will find it for me?

Until next time: this new puppy mama is out!

xox Justynn, Marley & Ziggy ❤