Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mary Matryoshka.

Hey, all! This is the design that Lynzie so graciously put together for me for my next tattoo. I'm not sure if you've heard me mention it before, but I have had plans for a couple of years now to get a Mary tattoo in honor of my grandmother. Instead of getting a traditional religious tattoo, I wanted something a little more original + feminine so I chose to base it off of a matryoshka, and this is what I/we came up with. I am in LOVE with this design, and I can't wait to get it. Right now, I plan on getting it on my upper right arm, fairly large. I am pretty sure I like the left side better, with no outline, but I thought I would get some input from the peanut gallery :) Let me know what you think!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Today is the first day of the first quarter that I don't have to go to school.

Just thought I would pop in to point out that today is the first day of the first quarter that I don't have to go to school. I don't have to work until 3 o'clock, and I am feeling pretty awesome here, snuggling on the couch with my puppy and watching Gilmore Girls until then (I just got to the part where Lorelai and Luke broke up and then got back together!!!!). And, when I do go back to work? I am in the salon :) I can't wait to start looking forward to work again!!


  • I had strawberry ice cream for lunch. We got it for free from Kroger last night. 
  • Tattoos are in the works: a Mary matryoshka doll for my grandma, and a Harry Potter creatures themed half sleeve. I'm thinking: whomping willow, hippogriff, centaur... any ideas??
  • Having Indian food + MORE thrifting with some lovelies on Friday afternoon.
  • WE GOT GUILLERMO SOME NEW BOWLS! They are so cute. And ceramic. And a bunch of new toys, and a new blue collar. We thought he deserved some presents. He might be spoiled.
That's all for this post. Happy Monday!! :) 


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday: Melt, Thrifting, and Roller Derby.

Today has been pretty fantastic, so far. We woke up kinda early since we have Penny staying with us, and then while Nick showered and meandered around, I watched an episode or two of Gilmore Girls; I've been hooked lately. Then we got ready to have lunch at Melt, a really fantastic, organic deli that has tons of DELICIOUS vegan entrees and desserts. Today I had a custom vegetarian burger, which was their homemade seitan with tomato, cheese, mayo and dijon mustard with a side of rosemary redskins. TOTALLY regretting not taking pictures, now!!

Afterwards, we headed over to the new thrift shop that opened up in February, and I found, yet again, some really awesome stuff. We got a reading lamp for the night stand near the bed, a few awesomely colorful kitchen towels, and I got tons of books that were on my Amazon wish list. I also got a really, really old version of the Parker Brothers' board game, Pay Day, annnnndddddd.... Harry Potter Trivia! Woo! And double win? ALL of the pieces to both games were still in the box. This hardly ever happens...!!

Then, later tonight, we'll probably have dinner with some friends before heading to the roller derby. I've never been, but I hear it's pretty fun, so I can't wait!! :) 

happy weekend!

Friday, March 25, 2011


It's finally Friday, and with Friday comes Sunday, and with Sunday comes my last day of training for training at work! I am so excited to be finished. Don't get me wrong, I am loving this new part of my job, but I miss the salon so much. The first 5 hours of my shift during training are spent working the floor, selling classes, helping people, which I like, but I miss being able to spend my whole day with puppies :) 

Last night (Thursday) my best friend, Lauren, dropped off her puppy, Penny, for the weekend. Yes, we are dogsitting! It's been really fun so far (except the crying during the night ;)) Guillermo has been having a TON of fun. (By the way, did you SEE the new pictures of him? SO cute.) They just tumble around the living room for hours, then get tired and lay down for a few minutes, gulp some water, and start all over. Considering we were getting worried about Guillermo's weight (he's 9.5 lbs and should be 8 lbs, haha!) I'm hoping all of this exercise will do him some good in that department! 

Also! I told you guys how I graduated last week, remember? Well, all of my grades are finally in, and not only did I get an A in the hardest class I had this quarter (with the hardest professor, ever) I also made the Dean's List. (!!!) AAANNNNDDD (drumroll, please!!) after slacking off Freshman and Sophomore years (and I do mean slacking off. I never went to class, and when I did, I either read a book or played on my computer the entire time) and then taking two and a half years to undo that damage, I reached my goal of graduating with a 3.0! (actually a 3.055 for the university and a 3.144 for the college!) I know I could have done MUCH better had I put the work in from the very beginning, but since it took me so long to realize my GPA was actually important to my life, I am really proud of this. I was convinced I wasn't going to make it, and when I saw that I did, I was SO happy. It's one of those achievements that you get super, SUPER excited about, but no one really understands just how proud you are of yourself. I might have to treat myself to something special this weekend :) 

I am so excited to have Saturday completely off tomorrow, and to get to spend the entire day with my boys and Penny. I think we'll go to the park, have lunch, and maybe do a little thrifting. CAN'T WAIT! 

Happy weekend, everyone!
xoxo S

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bloggin' Dudes: Keep It Up, David

I'm David Garcia, I'm 31 years old, and I blog at [www.keepitupdavid.com].
What is something interesting about you? 
I enjoy candlelight dinners, and long walks on the beach...Ha!  For a little over a year, I've been working hard to change my life and take control of my health.  When I began my weight loss journey in January 2010, I weighed 402 pounds.  Now, I'm at 241, and I'm not stopping yet!  Oh, and my guilty pleasure is SyFy Channel monster movies, and I hate being without my Oral B electric toothbrush.

How long have you been blogging, and why did you start?
By September 2010, I had lost about 125 pounds, but I was beginning to notice that the weight was coming off slower, and the process was getting tougher.  Friends, co-workers and perfect strangers had also, by that time, started asking about what I was doing, so I decided to create a blog where I would share my day-to-day struggles and successes.  My goal was to create an outlet that would ultimately serve as a continual source of motivation for myself, which is why I end every post by reminding myself to "Keep it up, David!"  I published my first post, about being able to ride roller coasters for the first time in a decade, on September 13, 2010. 

Who is your inspiration for writing?
I'm continually awed by the supportive and encouraging the online weight-loss/health/fitness community.  I've been able to connect with so many other bloggers on Twitter and Facebook who are also working toward weight-loss goals, and I love reading what they're doing, and trying, and what's working for them, and what's not.  I wouldn't say I feel pressure to "keep up with the Joneses", but I enjoy contributing, and being an active member of that community! 

Where do you get your ideas?
Luckily for my blog, losing weight is not easy, so that, all by itself, is a constant source of ideas for the blog.  But I like trying new things, whether it's produce I've never eaten before, or recipes I've never made before, or new types of exercise, and I love sharing all that with my readers.

Do you have any advice that you want to share with fellow lady (or gentleman) bloggers?
Be true to yourself.  It sounds silly, but write about what interests you - don't publish posts about nothing just so you can have a new post on your page.  If you're bored reading your own blog, chances are, others will be too! 

What is one thing you are looking forward to most in your future (blog or otherwise)?
I'm looking forward to learning more about my readers and their stories - they leave the best comments, messages, and suggestions for me - a wonderful daily reminder that I'm on a great path and doing wonderful things.  Speaking of my path, I'm working hard to reach my next weight loss goal, which is to get down to 220 pounds, so I'm looking forward to seeing the number on the scale get smaller and smaller!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Guillermo Garcia Gomez is the cutest.

Just thought I would help start your Monday off right with some new pictures of my lovely little pup!

I think blue is his color :)

<3 s

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy Sunday, everyone!

So far, this weekend has been fairly eventful! Yesterday was my first official day as a college graduate, and I spent the morning/afternoon with my family getting professional pictures taken. There were some REALLY awesome ones. I especially love the ones of me and my sister and brother. I love them so much!! Here is a teaser (aka the only one I have) until my mom gets the rest!

There are some really great ones of the three of us together, and ones of just Tony and I that I really love. It was not a great experience at the place we chose, but the pictures turned out pretty great! 

Then, last night, my immediate family, some very close friends of the family, Nick, and I went to Olive Garden to celebrate my graduation, and it was so fun :) I didn't take any pictures, unfortunately, but I DID have eggplant parmesan which is my FAVORITE. It was very yummy. 

Today I had to work most of the day, but I got to teach my first class at work, and I sold a class all on my own! So proud of that :) I got to leave a little early, too, and Nick and I did a little shopping where I got a new filter for my Bobble water bottle and a refill for my Kindle account. :) 

Also, on Friday, one of my very good friends, Chelsey, told me that she is getting herself and me a new pair of TOMS for a graduation gift! I chose the olive colored ones:

!!! I can't wait to get them. We made a deal that when she graduates in June, I'm going to get each of us a pair, too :)

That's all for today!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Remember the time

I graduated from college? THAT WAS TODAY. I wish you all could come to the party! <3

P.s. Shortest blog post, ever.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


St. Patrick's day, friends!

Today was my first day off since last Monday, so I have spent it catching up on homework, exams, CLEANING, and visiting my grandma at her new home! I brought her a picture of Nick, Guillermo, and me as well as some muffins (of the bran variety; we used to make them together when I was little!):

In other news...*
The boyf and I each got a new tattoo over the past weekend. Mine is an ampersand at the very top of my spine, right below my neck. Nick's is a rabbit for his Chinese zodiac! (sorry of the picture quality of Nick's, I don't have a better one, yet! Also, I am home alone, so I had to take the ones of mine myself... weird angle, I know.)

I also wanted to get my nose re-pierced, but since PetsMart won't be very happy about that, I decided not to spend the money just to maybe have to take it out in a week. 

OH! OH! OH! Also! I have officially lost 18 pounds, total. I want to try for 14 more. But as of last week, the weight on my driver's license was no longer a fabrication, and as of yesterday, it is, again! But in a good way :)

That's all for now! Have a great night! <3

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's been one crazy week.

This has been my busiest week in a very, very long time. I know I have been unusually absent lately, and there is good reason why. This week I am:
  • graduating from college
  • studying for and taking exams
  • full-time training to become a dog trainer at work
  • and helping/dealing with my grandparents being sick and going to a nursing home. 
It has been rough. I mean really rough. I have had very little time to even spend with Guillermo, let alone study, write papers, take exams, while being at work so often. 

Training has been just OK. To become accredited, I had to complete 16 hours of book-work on top of my regular schedule last week; complete 40 hours of observation hours this week; and 40 hours of teaching hours next week. I AM TERRIFIED. The longer I watch, and the close it gets to teaching time, the more nervous I get and the more I miss the salon. Don't get me wrong, I love being able to teach pups these behaviors that will only help them and their parents, but it is SO overwhelming learning a completely new job in only two weeks. Granted, I will only be teaching classes on Saturdays for the time being. I am nervous that I am not going to do a good job at it. Luckily, for now I am only going to be teaching puppy and beginner classes, which have the same curriculum, at first.

School has been moving along pretty nicely. I have two exams and a paper left before I am finished, and officially officially graduate on Saturday. Of course, since it's winter quarter, there is no ceremony until June. If I am in town, I will definitely walk, but if not, we'll just have a party to celebrate! I am excited to be done with this chapter of my life, and to move on to the next one. It's just a little overwhelming since loans and things are asking to be paid already! My mom is planning a graduation party for me, and I am really excited for that, too! 

My grandparents are doing well. I didn't want to post about this on the blog until there was a little more of a sense of certainty with this, but my grandpa spent all of last week in the hospital. He was released yesterday, and is now home. Since he was not home to take care of my grandmother, my family and my grandfather decided that it was time for an assisted living facility to help. While she is a little upset, and misses my grandpa, I have heard that she is doing okay since she moved in on Monday. I plan to go see her and bring her some muffins tomorrow :) The plan is for my grandpa to move with her, and to eventually live with her when he gets strong enough to do so!

That being said.... after talking with Nick, we agreed to take my grandmother's cat, Mittens, in until we can find her a good home! Even though Nick is allergic, he is being amazing [per usual] and letting me do this for my family. While I am really, really happy that I am able to help, and excited that Guillermo will have a kitty friend, again, I am also a little nervous! I can't wait to see how it plays out :) 

Sorry for such a long entry, and if you made it this far... well... that's why I love you guys :) Words of encouragement are always welcomed and appreciated. <3 <3 <3 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Hey, all! Just wanted to direct you towards the feature I did today over at Pixie Mama! <3

P.s. Don't forget to check out Jay from MoonVsTheWorld's feature below!


Bloggin'... er.... dudes/guys/fellas: MoonVsTheWorld

Happy Tuesday! I wanted to personally introduce my friend, Jay, from MoonVsTheWorld as our very first bloggin' dude. Or guy. Or fellow. I haven't exactly worked out the catchiest name for the male version of this yet :) Either way, he's awesome, and you should check him out! 

Jay Moon, age 37, MoonVsTheWorld

Why did you begin blogging? 
I’ve always tried to have a creative outlet in life, whether it’s playing music or spray painting train cars (one of those outlets might be a bit of a fib).  When I stepped back from music I really felt like I needed something to keep my brain moving that wasn’t work related and was something I did because I wanted to do it.  To be honest, my brain doesn’t need much to keep it in shape, not because I’m particularly intelligent but because I’m convinced it’s the size of a walnut.  A glance through US Weekly usually does the trick, but I decided to try blogging to see what I could come up with.

What is something interesting about you?
I don’t drink, smoke, or do drugs of any kind.  I’m too much of a control freak to trust my judgement when I’m under the influence of a foreign substance, so I just avoid them, period.

How long have you been blogging? 
As it appears now, MoonVsTheWorld has been up and running for a little less than a year, although when it first started it was more of an all around pop culture blog.  One of my first posts was about Mickey Rooney walking the red carpet at last year’s Oscars.  Today it’s much more centered on music, which I guess is me following the old rule of ‘write what you know’.  I definitely know more about music than I do about Mickey Rooney.

Who is your inspiration for writing? 
At first I didn’t have to look too far outside my own little bubble for inspiration, but as the site has grown and I’ve met more and more bloggers and writers online it’s their work that really makes me want to keep doing what I do.  There are some phenomenally talented and generous people out there!

Where do you get your ideas? 
Since I write mainly about music, my personal CD/download collection is usually my go-to for post ideas.  MVTW covers the good and bad sides of music, so YouTube is always a daily stop to see what folks are coming up with.  As the site has become better known in the music community, bands and artists have started sending their songs and albums in for possible coverage.  However, in order for that to happen I have to personally enjoy the material.  MVTW is not a ‘news’ site-if something is there it’s because I think people need to hear it, not because a PR or management company asked me to write something in exchange for ad placement somewhere.

Do you have any advice that you want to share with fellow lady (or gentleman) bloggers?
Never assume an idea is too ‘out there’ or not worth pursuing.  As huge and expansive as the web is, originality is a difficult thing to find online.  You’re also probably far more interesting than you think, so never feel that writing about personal experiences are going to bore people.  If you need to, throw in the odd car chase to keep the reader excited.  Not to get too Zen on you, but don’t be afraid to let your blog flow naturally.  What you start off with may not be what you end up with.  If your blog keeps steering itself in a particular direction, go with it.

What is one thing you are looking forward to most in your future (blog or otherwise)
I’m really looking forward to not having to rely on spell check so much.  I also want to keep tuning people in to artists they might not have heard of before, or even remind them of bands they used to love but haven’t listened to in a while.  If somewhere down the line Rolling Stone comes looking for a column chock full of sarcasm, I’m in.  As long as I can keep blogging, that is.

Happy Tuesday, friends! <3

Sunday, March 13, 2011



Happy Sunday! 
xoxo S

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Meet one of my best friends.

Please press play before continuing ;)

I wanted to take a moment to write a post dedicated to one of my very best, best friends. I don't know that I have ever connected SO well with anyone else, in the way that I have with Nicole.

As some of you know, I worked at Cost Plus World Market for three years, until our location closed almost two years ago. Nicole began working there about one week after I did, as a supervisor. I was instructed to train her, as a lowly cashier, on how to work the register. I was pretty nervous, but immediately relaxed as soon as I met her. Want to know why? The first thing she said to me was: "You're wearing Chuck Taylors. We're going to be best friends." And you know what? We were. And we still are.

I don't think that I am more alike any one of my other friends than I am Nicole, and it's so awesome to have that type of person in my life. And, if you don't remember, she just happens to be the one who introduced me to that fancy boy who turned out to be the love of my life. She's THAT GOOD of a friend ;)

After CPWM closed, she moved to Dayton with her now fiance, and shortly after, had a baby. Then she moved back to Cincinnati, playing with my heart and emotions. ;) Not too long after, she moved back to Buffalo, her hometown, to live near her family with her almost-husband and beautiful baby girl, Cecelia.

Anyways, we have known each other for about five years now, and we are still THISCLOSE. I love, love, love her, and she loves me back. Who could ask for more? The answer to that question is ME. I would love to actually SEE her in person, so after I graduate, and while she is on break from her job at an elementary school, I AM GOING TO SEE HER! I'll be driving the six hours to Buffalo to spend three days with Nicole and her lovely little lady, and her awesome, awesome fiance. Also, did I mention she has a pug? A girl after my own heart.

I love you, Nicole! <3 S

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Bloggin' Ladies: Mary Rebecca

This week's bloggin' lady is Mary Rebecca! She is super talented and gorgeous. Get to know her, pls! <3

Mary + 26 + http://hellomaryrebecca.blogspot.com

What is something interesting about you? I really enjoy doing special fx makeup and would love to take some classes to learn more!

Why did you begin blogging? I started blogging on LiveJournal back in high school because I wanted a place to share all the photos I took. I've always been a highly visual person, and I even got a B.F.A. in Photography, so that need to post imagery hasn't waned! Also, I love being able to find and connect with people that share similar interests from all over the world. 

How long have you been blogging?A little over 10 years, but only on my blogspot for about a year.  Actually, my blogiversary is coming up at the end of March!

Who is your inspiration for writing? Having a blog has always been a creative release for me. I post things I enjoy writing about, and the day that changes, is probably the day I hang up my blogging hat.

Where do you get your ideas? I have a really hard time getting my brain to shut down at night so I find myself coming up with a lot of ideas while in bed. I also just like sharing experiences from day-to-day life--whether it's an event, a craft, or just some cool thing I found that I think other people would enjoy knowing about.

Do you have any advice that you want to share with fellow lady bloggers? Make some time to comment. I read a lot of blogs through Google Reader and I've talked myself out of going through the "hassle" of leaving a comment on more than one occasion. That was just me being lazy and this year I've actually been really good about it.  I'm not saying you should comment for the sake of commenting, but as bloggers we all like to be reminded that we're not just yelling into the dark. ;)  Also in that same vein--try to acknowledge people that come to your blog and comment!  You might not have a long-winded follow-up comment to reply back with, especially if you get a lot of comments, but even a general "thank you" to everyone shows people that the time they are investing in you is being appreciated. :)

What is one thing you are looking forward to most in your future (blog or otherwise)?I'm taking some steps right now to better my career in photography and I'm pretty excited about that. As far as my blog goes I'm just looking forward to posting a lot more as the weather gets warmer. [I tend to turn into a hermit when it's chilly outside!]

Monday, March 07, 2011

It's Monday

and I am finally, finally getting around to writing that post where I tell you what I've decided about school ( and probably a bunch of other meaningless news about my life that is nice to get out on paper). Also, you guys should know that I am writing this blog post while watching Gilmore Girls. I am doing these things when I am supposed to be writing a 7-10 page paper that is due tomorrow morning. That I have not started on.

Anyways, on with the task at hand. I have decided that I am definitely going to stay in school. I am going ahead with graduating this quarter (next week, to be exact!) and will begin the vet tech program in the fall. That being said, I want to say a huge, huge, huge thank you to everyone who took the time to share a similar experience, give me advice, or just plain words of encouragement when I posted about this the first time. My readers friends are amazing, I don't know what I would do without you!

I've decided that after such a disappointing and difficult student teaching experience, I still love teaching, but I am not ready to go ahead with it at this point. Hopefully someday I will come back to it, but I don't want to subject students to my lack of enthusiasm for my job, because like my friend Jay said, they will definitely pick up on that, and that's not fair to them. I plan on giving it a whole-hearted go at a later time, and am excited to get ready for that!

In the meantime, I have about 6.5 months until school starts again, and in that time I plan on starting and completing training for dog training at work, going to "groom school" (which is just four weeks of training at another salon), and working as close to full time as possible. I plan on saving up as much money as possible for school, and working hard to pay towards my student loans. I am really excited to get started with the program in the fall, but I am excited for this [much needed] break from school over the spring/summer.

Happy Monday, everyone! I am off to do some paper writing :)
<3 Stephanie

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Happy World Book Day!

In honor of World Book Day, I wanted to do a special feature of the book I'm reading right now! If any of you read Laura over at Lollipop Loves, you know that she does some pretty fun book reviews. In fact, when I stumbled on her blog, I had already read a bunch of the books she reviewed, except for the Lindsey Kelk series! So, of course, I instantly put it on my Kindle wish list. Since Laura loves Sophia Kinsella just as much as I do, I didn't see how it could be a fail. And anyways, who doesn't like some good British chick lit every once in a while? You guys know that I really, really do :)

So, I have just started the first book in the series, I Heart New York. It's really, really good so far, in a way that means I have read 60% of it in the last two days. I love it, and I plan to read the rest of the series, afterwards! So far, Lindsey Kelk has a really awesome, quirky, and funny style mixed with just the right amount of drama and suspense that makes you want to find out more. I'm loving this book.

I don't want to give away too much of the book, in case you guys decide to read it, and I'm terrible at that on my own, so here' the Amazon synopsis:

"In Kelk's debut novel, rife with familiar chick-lit tropes, Londoner Angela Clark discovers her fiancé Mark's infidelity at her best friend Louisa's wedding and impulsively hops a plane to New York the next day, funding her trip with cash from their joint account. After checking into a fancy hotel, she's befriended by concierge Jenny Lopez, who seems to have nothing better to do than take Angela on shopping sprees and gush about how she's become her hero. Meanwhile, bland Angela curiously attracts several charming, attractive men, eventually having to make a rich man poor man choice between banker Tyler Moore and musician Alex Reid, equally handsome. Angela begins making a startling amount of money writing a blog that documents her experiences in the big (sex and the) city, and soon she's faced with a dilemma: stay in NYC with her new life or head back to England, where she's been offered a fabulous magazine job? Will she hold the interest of those amazing men? Will she have to grow up and face people from her past? Perhaps designer bag-crazy, extraordinarily lucky Angela has something else going for her. Unfortunately, readers will never know."

Do you have a Kindle? What's on your wish list? Is there a book you've read that you think I'll like? I'd love some suggestions!! 

xoxo Happy Thursday, everyone :)

P.s. I have added a "follow" button to the right sidebar. This link houses Bloglovin', Google Friend Connect, and email subscriptions. I won't be mad if you click it ;)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Bloggin' Ladies: Cornflake Dreams

jillian :: 25 :: www.cornflakedreams.com

What is something interesting about you? 
i grew up in a very small town way west of chicago. my parents live on 10 acres and they have a mini-farm with horses, cows, sheep, chickens and a small garden. we also had a llama for about three years until he started spitting on the cows (i wish i was joking...my dad had to send tony the llama to another farm). i have been living in the city for a few years and i love it but there are times when i do miss wide open spaces. 

Why did you begin blogging? 
i started cornflake dreams as an outlet for my desire to be creative outside of work. it's a catalogue of all of the things that inspire me in the city, around the world and the web. blogging also (surprisingly) reduces my desire to shop! 

How long have you been blogging?
the end of september 2010-- almost to the six month mark!

What inspires you? / Where do you get your ideas?
i am inspired by a lot of things! life in the city- chicago has lots of lovely architecture and people, nature, old family photos, magazines (h and i go on saturday library dates so i can look through lots), online zines (lonnymatchbook), film (i love documentaries), television (hgtv, the food network, mad men, fashion police-don't judge), etsy, my friends and other lovely lady bloggers-- cup of jo was the first blog i ever followed and it's still my favorite.

Do you have any advice that you want to share with fellow lady bloggers?
please, please, please remove your captcha codes on your comment box. i am willing to bet not too many readers will leave nasty messages...and if they do you have the power to delete these messages- bam! 

What is one thing you are looking forward to most in your future (blog or otherwise)?
  • traveling with the bf :: we have a travel wishlist and this year we're crossing portland, barcelona and madrid off that list. next year we're thinking turkey and paris. 
  • starting a family :: i can't wait to make me some babies :) im not really a baby crazy lady, promise. but i DO think having children will be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences and i am absolutely looking forward to it. 
  • meeting more ahmazing lady bloggers:: i have only been at this a few months but i have "met" so many inspiring women who have the ability to make me smile everyday. eventually i want to arrange a real-live get-together/blogger meet-up. i'm sure we'd all learn a lot from each other and have a lotta fun. 

thank you to the lovely stephanie for having me :)