June 26, 2009
Jasper's First Photo Shoot
June 17, 2009
On top of juggling a few too many pups in your hands you can enjoy this beautiful area with a walk on the pier. There is nothing comparable to the fresh lake breeze either.
Pronto Pups are these tasty deep fried dogs that come either naked or with ketchup or mustard. That is it. Whoever came up with this concept 61 years ago is genius.
Whoever wishes to join on my Pronto Pup run, please let me know. It will entirely be worth our time.
For further info visit their website: http://grandhavenprontopup.com/
Now, if you can't make it to Grand Haven, you could certainly try making these at home. If you do, I need to know how they turn out.
1 1/2-2 c. milk
1 c. corn meal
2 c. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 c. sugar
June 2, 2009
Welcome to 342L: Laboratory in Basic Visual Principles.
I am currently taking a couple of summer classes, so I chose to finally take subjects that peaked my interest. My first creative project is a 16X20" poster for the Des Moines, Iowa Farmers' Market. If you are interested in ever visiting the midwest, farmers' markets are about as Iowa as one can get.
Cheap mascara you say? Of course. I have long since forgotten the days of purchasing cosmetics from the array of choices in the beauty aisles, but last night I ventured up and down the aisles of the local Target in search of something special. What I found was better than I could have expected. You all remember the plush pink tube of mascara with the neon green lid? That is right. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. America's #1 selling mascara, according to Maybelline.com. Oh, this little tube of $3.99 goodness has made this make-up aficionado very happy. I forget how wonderful simplicity is. At first the wand felt too tiny. Compared to the other mascaras I have been using, the brush was a tad on the limp side. Since I typically pay upwards of $14.o0 for a tube of black goo that inevitably ends up boring me within weeks, I've tried a lot. For the most part I haven't been as pleased as I feel I should be with such an expensive splurge. Not so with this little gem. I opened the tub up this morning.
May 29, 2009
May 26, 2009
May 21, 2009
This Fekkai Salon Color claims to give the user salon quality results at home. The price tag: $30. I want to try this... but it isn't like I can return it if I am not happy with the color. Other users have given it excellent results.
May 20, 2009
Sweet dreams are created in beautiful bedrooms. My current style began as something Middle Eastern meets thrift store finds and has snowballed into a conglomeration of impulsiveness. As my iridescent plum and pink quilt slowly becomes more threadbare and my cheetah sheets scare me from sleeping on them, I have begun creating a new bedroom ambiance. This is what I have come up with thus far.
Philosophy's newest eye cream lives up to its claims. According to Philosophy.com, Eye Hope delivers clinically proven results in six weeks. The cream is a true multi-tasker as it claims to address just about every eye concern I have spent hours staring at in the mirror (over my lifetime): darkness, puffiness and fine lines. As soon as this bad boy arrives I plan on keeping everyone who will listen updated on the results.
- Plus, I restocked my Hope in a Jar and splurged on Beach Party body wash. As a thank you for my patronage I also got a FREE gift!
May 10, 2009
I now have an entire week ahead of me with no major commitments! What is a girl to do?
Here is what I have been thinking:
- It has started to warm up in Ames. Therefore, I feel that dress shopping is necessary.
- I may order something brand-new and exciting from Sephora (Eye Hope by Philosophy).
- I also plan on reading a book just for fun. I am going to try to get a A Lion Named Christian from the library. I am total pushover for animals.
April 22, 2009
We are down to the final 11 days until the KY Derby. My lovely pals at Steak & Cakes and Mass for Shut-Ins host the annual derby party. Who knows what sort of memories will be made this year. I've got my eyes on Pioneer of the Nile. All of you who know the reference to the Egyptian toodle know this must be fate of some sort.
As for the ever important question: Do you pick a hat and then your dress or does the dress come first with a hat to match afterwards? Decisions. Last year I waited too long for a fabulous hat, so this year I've splurged on a fine hat fit for church (if I make it on the Sunday after Derby). My hat reminds me of Kate Winslet's character, Rose, from Titanic right before she boards the ship. "It's been 84 years, and I can still smell the fresh paint. The china had never been used. The sheets had never been slept in. Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams, and it was. It really was." Cheers!
April 20, 2009
In reality, the closest thing to public and water that you'll find me is floating on the mighty Mississippi while praying that a dead something doesn't touch my legs.
March 27, 2009
March 19, 2009
February 22, 2009
DKNY has added a new version to its Be Delicious line! This fragrance is Fresh Bloom. Apparently there is a scent sample in the March 2009 issue of Glamour. I can't wait to give this a whiff. I've always liked more fruity citrus scents, but the DKNY Be Delicious has always been a personal favorite. Since I just used up my last bottle I've got a tough decision ahead of me. Do I Be Delicious or Be Delicious Fresh Bloom?
According to Sephora, this fragrance has notes of grapefruit, cassis, apricot, muget, rose, jasmine, apple, blond wooods, and smooth skin accord (whatever that is). Its style is bright, alluring, and sophisticated.
Perfect. I aspire to be all three.
Now, on to one more somewhat entertaining thought. Who didn't have a Barbie growing up? I had an insane Barbie family with dolls ranging from Kelly, Skipper, Stacie to a knock off with chopped hair that the neighbor girl dubbed Shanae O'Connor. Well, as Barbie celebrates her fabulous fiftieth, she helped to inspire fashion icons like Bob Mackie, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Betsey Johnson and Vera Wang at the 2009 Mercedes Benz Fasion Week. If you have a chance to watch the show featuring fifty well known designers know it will be worth your time. Barbie Loves Stila is also available at Sephora. Four sets featuring Ponytail Barbie (1959 - this is the one that started it all ladies), Malibu Barbie (1971), Foxy Barbie (1980), and Jewel Barbie (2000 - this looks like a Britney Spears knock-off). Which one do you choose? I like the classic Ponytail Barbie, but Malibu Barbie is just too fun.
February 17, 2009
The fastest way to this feline's heart is through salmon snacks. Yummy, salmon.
February 10, 2009
February 5, 2009
Shade. She came from a less than savory breeder somewhere north of Iowa. She was shipped via an airplane and became another member of our family. Her hunting days eventually came to a halt after an especially difficult season. Once she officially retired, Shade became my best friend. She slept on my bed. The softness of my ears soothed my bad days. She was intense in her loyalty towards me. She loved nothing more than being with me. She was my constant companion. She was my shadow.
Her favorite task was retrieving, stick mostly. She'd roll in dirt and lay in the sun. When it was time for her to be heard she'd softly yip. It sounded like water dripping from a faucet.
Shade developed bone cancer. My dad brought her to Ames, Iowa to be treated by the veterinary staff at I.S.U. Since treatment would only endure the inevitable, I ended up spending the next three months as close to my companion as possible.
The one evening my friend finally talked me into going out with her was the last night I could have spent with Shade. Instead I went to a sleep over and upon returning home the following morning had to hear that a difficult decision had been made. Our veterinarian was going to wait for our family after his office closed. On the ride to his office, I sat with Shade's head on my lap. Stroking her ears, tears welled up in my eyes and my chin quivered. Her passing has been the saddest memory in my life. I've never witnessed life slip away, so easily.
Today, I can only vaguely remember how happy she made me. I know the feeling was there, and I can't say I have felt something as strong as it since.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
January 31, 2009
Everything from the collection was very floral and feminine. It inspires springtime feelings of warmth, blooms and happiness. Since I was on the prowl for some gift wrapping inspiration I discovered that this line even extends into the stationary department. If anyone has a birthday, shower, wedding or they just want to give a pretty little something to someone they love, check it out. I actually ended up picking out a gift bag with matching tissue.
January 30, 2009
I just had to share this response to a question posed by Iowa State Daily staff writers.
Question: What have you done in the dorms that you wouldn't have done if you had known a camera was near by?