We Can’t Stop (Crafting)

Although we live 7 hours apart for nine months of the year, and 7 minutes apart for the other three, my best friend Sam and I can spend hours together running errands, sharing recipes, and trading stories without skipping a beat.

Today we went on another one of our marathon adventures, with an agenda that brought us to Forever 21, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and pretty much everything in between.

We made some quick lunch, then some not-so-quick-but-oh-so-yummy vegan brownies and got to work. Sam ended up making these AH-DORABLE  Lilly Pulitzer picture frames and coasters for her Ohio apartment, while I set out to make this string art I saw on Pinterest (shocker).

A long time and some sore fingers later, I had completed my project! They say home is where the heart is, so obviously I left my heart in Syracuse.

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I also put together a collage of my favorite inspirational Mary Engelbreit sketches from an old daily calendar. I definitely recommend keeping calendar pages for use in future crafts!

photo 2My favorite is the top-most left one, “There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going“. So true.

I ended the day with a nice walk around town with my mom, and a brownie with some raspberries while I watched Pretty Little Liars. They even mentioned Syracuse in the first minute of the show! #cusenation.

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Have YOU tried any cool crafts recently? Share them below! I’m always looking for inspiration.


Baby, you a song

Day 29: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them.

1. I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing- Aerosmith

I have to say, I have been one lucky girl when it comes to romance, and I guess you could say my experience with this song set the precedent. I was at a school dance with the boy I had had a crush on for years a little while, and during the last slow song of a perfect evening (he even wore a pink tie to match my dress), this song came over the speakers. We danced close and my heart fluttered with anticipation. When Steven Tyler sang, “I don’t wanna miss one smile, I don’t wanna miss one kiss…” it was like a sign from God Steven Tyler. The boy pulled back, gazed down at me with those piercing baby blues, delicately moved a lock of hair behind my ear, and delivered the most perfect movie-like kiss probably ever. Bravo.

2. You’ll Be In My Heart– Phil Collins, the Tarzan Soundtrack

For some reason, my mom always cleans the house to old Disney soundtracks, and Tarzan has always been her favorite. I can still picture her dancing a broom around the kitchen singing, “When destiny calls you, you must be strong. I may not be with you, but you have to hold on. They’ll see in time, I know, we’ll show them together ‘cause you’ll be in my heart.” The older I get the more I appreciate the message of this song, and it will forever make me think of the love and support I get from my mom 24/7.

3. Fade Into Darkness– Avicii

Avicii may not be a master of lyrics, but even the first couple seconds of this song will forever remind me of my freshman year at Syracuse. “Looking up there’s always sky. Rest your head, I’ll take you high. We won’t fade into darkness, won’t let you fade into darkness.” After the expectedly emotional first couple days of college, I can distinctly remember the day I fell in love with Syracuse and never looked back (September 11, 2011). Avicii was playing at our outdoor fall concert, Juice Jam (as seen in the video), and the song has made me smile ever since.

4. Drunk On You– Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan is my favorite country artist, and I’ve seen him perform this song in concert twice. I’d heard a few of his hits before, but seeing a video of this song performed acoustically in a Wal-Mart of all places made me fall in love with the Luke beyond the music. “Girl, you make my speakers go boom boom. dancin’ on the tailgate in the full moon. That kinda thing makes a man go mmm hmmm” Mmm hmm is right. Too bad he’s married…

5. #1- Nelly

This song has been my inspiration for many different situations. I listen to it when I need an extra push before a big presentation, to run that last mile, before a fun night out, or even just when I’m feeling less than self-assured. “I am number one. Two is not a winner, and three nobody remembers.”



Day 27: A letter to your readers

Thank you, thank you. You’re far too kind.

Really, I appreciate anyone and everyone who has ever read this blog. Whether it is one entry here and there or all my posts (hopefully the latter), it makes me happy to know that people, maybe even strangers I will never meet, are taking a couple precious minutes out of their days to read what I have to say.

I’m off to Spain pretty soon, so keep checking back for updates on my European adventures!

I Feel Pretty

Day 25: Something someone told you about yourself that you’ll never forget (good or bad)

Good Great: Someone once told me that I looked like a mix of Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell from Pretty Little Liars. THANK YOU KIND STRANGER.

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale

Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell

I also heard Mila Kunis once… but I think he was trying a little too hard.