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February 18, 2014

So I’m here to ask you all the age old question.

If a man speaks in the forest and no women hears him…is he still wrong?

Hah. Kidding.

But we are going to talk about wood today.


Come on guys, not that kind of wood. Your head’s in the gutter again… I thought we talked about that?


Anyways, so last week— maybe the week before? I had a mini panic day, the day my iPhone died. So I had to go get a new one. which of course means spending ten zillion dollars on new accessories. One of which being a new case.

I’m pretty particular about cases. I like the hard cases, but not the ones that add a ton a bulk to my phone. The thing is large enough already, we don’t need to go adding to the size.

Anyways, I spent a day or two really searching online at cases and I kept coming back to a thin wood/ bamboo case. It just felt right. So I found my case on Etsy, it’s from a store call Tmbr, which, if I do say so myself has some pretty freaking cool items. I listed a few 2 weeks ago on my gift guide for guys. I still want one of those sunglasses. Maybe for my birthday. You know, if I’m good.

I’m not going to talk much more about Tmbr, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. I highly recommend buying from this shop, the case is absolutely rocking quality, and they shipped it out the same day. Which, on Etsy, is kinda unheard of.

Check ’em out here….

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Basically I pretty much love my phone case.

That’s it for today, I’m going to dig myself out of 8 fresh inches of snow now. WHERE THE HELL IS SPRING?!


oh ps, this post isn’t sponsored. I’m sure Tmbr doesn’t even have a clue I did this little write up and photoshoot. I just like the product.


The Double Feature Divide

September 3, 2013

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When I started this blog, I thought my whole idea was to do all crafts all the time. But after struggling to craft 24/7 for several months taking a week or two off to read a few trashy novels and sneak in some “me” time, I’ve realized that I need to open myself up to more options to write about. So when I came across the opportunity to review a movie for Hallmark I jumped on the chance.

Now, I know what you are going to say… “Really Justynn, a HALLMARK movie?” Yes. Believe it or not I actually do watch Hallmark movies. I like them because it’s like seeing the characters in my trashy novel act out what I see in my head while reading. Plus I like putting them on while I’ve working on projects. I was fully expecting to receive one movie, but was actually sent a double feature… Meddling Mom starring Sonia Braga & Tony Plana and The Sweeter Side of Life starring Kathryn Morris.

When I received the movies I immediately made a judgement call and decided to watch “The Sweeter Side of Life” first as I pegged that being something more my style. Basically the story is about this woman named Desiree Harper (played by Kathryn Morris from Cold Case– Which I LOVE) who plays a wealthy woman living in NYC with her surgeon husband, who suddenly divorces her out of the blue. She’s forced to move home to live with her father that runs a bakery in a small New Jersey town. Whiles she there she starts helping out with the bakery and is reminded of her love of baking– something passed down from her mother. She ends up taking a big role in the leadership of the bakery making new friends (one particular hunky one) and is forced to decide between her new life and her old life.


Okay, so like I said I watched this movie first, thinking it would be something I’d closer relate to and would be more my style. I have to say, while the story itself intrigued me, the way the movie was shot definitely turned me off. Hallmark movies are make to be shown with commercials and it felt very choppy. I loved the characters and the acting was pretty decent, but while watching it I felt as if there was a whole bunch of scenes cut out to make the movie fit into a specific time slot (movie was 80 minutes). Kathryn plays the part of a helpless socialite very well and it was nice to see her out of the Cold Case storyline. I look forward to seeing her in other movies.


But wait, remember– This was a double feature DVD. The second movie “Meddling Mom” starting Sonia Braga & Tony Plana was left to watch. Meddling Mom is a movie about a woman named Carmen Vega (Sonia Braga) an overbearing widow who’s only goal in life is to marry off her daughters. After her youngest’s daughter is married off she sets her sights on the older daughter- an architect named Ally, and attempts to match her up with the son of a family friend. Carmen’s attempts to help are anything BUT helpful and she ends up driving her daughters away. Ally & her sister take one last attempt to stop their mother’s meddling attempts by setting Carmen up with a friend.


I was actually pleasantly surprised with this movie. I not only liked the story (everyone has a meddling mother) but I also enjoyed the characters, the acting and the chemistry each of the actors had with each other. I truly believe Sonia in her part as the mother and thought she was brilliant. Tony plays the lovable and persistent dance instructor very well. You find yourself rooting for him throughout the movie. I do wish there was a bit more scenes with Ally and her love intrerest, but again it goes back to fitting the movie into a specific time slot for TV.


Overall both movies were entertaining for different reasons. Out of the the two though I’m picking Meddling Mom for the win. Overall the story flowed well and was easy to follow.

Do you have any favorite Hallmark movies? Which on should I check out next? They’re like guilty pleasures right? I know I’m not the only one!

** Just a quick reminder that I’m participating in SYTYC. Go check out the Kitchen projects up on the blog this week and vote for your favorites!! **


New Phone Case!

July 25, 2013

Hey guys! I thought I’d let you in on a small improvement to my day to day life!

A little over a week ago my friend Leslie reached out to her fellow bloggers to test out her new vendor for cell phone cases. Since mine just happened to have a nice big scratch in it I was happy to check them out.  Leslie was so sweet and emailed me right away to find out what I would like! I told her that lately I’ve really been on a geometrical pattern kick, and I’m a sucker for humor and fun phrases.  She emailed me a cool design and the order was placed!

Today I arrived home to find my case in the mail. It arrived SO FAST, I was amazed!!  I pulled it out of the packaged and found the case in its very own handy sleeve. (Which is great to have when you just throw your phone in your purse with key like I do.)


The case itself is a very hard/ durable thin case. Which after all the types of cases I’ve tried, I’ve come to realize these are my favorite kind. I like that it’s visually not imposing, and it doesn’t add a noticeable amount of weight or “visual weight” to the phone. Half of the time my phone is in my pants pocket. So you know it has to be slim fitting!

combo-01One of the features I really liked about this case that is different from some of my past cases is the size of the hole for the back camera. Past cases had a larger hole on the back for the camera lens, which always worried me that it would be easier to scratch with items from my purse.

Overall I’m really satisfied with the design and the case. I like the slim look, the geometrical print and the fun quote! I fully recommend checking out Leslie’s Etsy shop for a custom phone caseIf you haven’t done so already go check out her blog!

Thanks again Leslie!

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Disclaimer: I was given a discount on the case reviewed for providing photographs and a truthful review on the product. I also just REALLY needed a new phone case and jumped at the chance. 🙂 Need more legal jargon? Head to my disclaimers.