Saturday, June 9, 2012


It's my mama's birthday today! Instead of being all boring about picking out a gift, I compiled a few mock BirchBoxes I called "MomBox" and stuffed them full of goodies I know she'll like. Included inside: a cute summer tank top, cupcake liners & patterns for decorating them with sprinkles, EOS hand lotion & a mini makeup bag from Le SportSac

I'm glad I got to recycle my Birchboxes in the process, too- they've been piling up in my closet for the past few months! Despite BirchBox being a pretty green company already, I always feel good about re-using things I have around the house :3

Thursday, June 7, 2012

raspberry chocolate chip scones

Let me start off by saying that this recipe took about 15 minutes to put together, and the result was one of the most delicious desserts I've ever eaten. I found it on Jess's blog the other day and made some last night- boy was I impressed (:

For a more detailed recipe check out her post, but here's the basics:

3 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp + 1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup raspberries
1 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
2 cups cold heavy cream
2 tbsp butter/ melted
sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375. Mix the first six ingredients in a large bowl, then add heavy cream until you have a sticky dough. Lightly flour a clean surface and roll out your dough into a log, then divide it into three equal parts. Don't worry if it seems like the dough isn't sticking together enough- crumbly, barely together dough makes for crumbly pastries! Pat and roll these sections into round, flat discs about 6-8 inches in diameter, then use a pizza cutter to slice into triangles (should make 4-8 per disc). Paint with melted butter, sprinkle sugar on top & bake for 20 minutes, until the tops are golden.

Trust me- for the time and ingredients these require, they are SO worth it!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

thrifting finds

In Weare, NH it was town-wide yard sale weekend, here are a few snapshots of what I snagged!

Painting: $2
Books: $8
Hello Kitty + Pony ornament: $1

Also not pictured are 4 coloring page wallpaper landscapes of animal & forest scenes I grabbed for 50 cents, and a DMB cd for another 50 cents

Thrift anything awesome lately?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

bleach blonde 2.0

Hey all, I dyed my hair again! Went a little higher on the tips than last time with the bleach, I might add some color eventually but I like the way it looks now (especially when I put it up in a ponytail). Here are some pics of the process- I just used a cheap $7 home bleach kit I picked up at Sally's, left it in for a little over an hour and it did the job well!

Top left is what I started with, and bottom left is the finished product
What do you guys think?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

winner winner

Check it out- I won Gizmodo's Shooting Challenge this week! The Memorial Day themed challenge was pretty broad, so I submitted a pic from the beach, where I spent my day. Here's the winning photo, along with a few others from our trip.

Any other photography-lovers out there? These challenges are a great way to learn new camera techniques & have fun with friends, let me know if you give it a shot! (no pun intended)