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Blog: ZooBorns
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Two deadly African Snake species have taken up residence at the Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles (LAIR) exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo for the first time in the Zoo’s history. The Zoo also welcomed a baby boom of 50... Continue »
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UPDATED FEBRUARY 1, 2017 I have pulled my lucky random winner....Geneva! Hi crafty friends! I have been thinking up ways to do some giveaways and prizes starting with the new year, and brainstorming business ideas too! I wanted a way to say thank you to you, my blog readers, and also say thank you to my shopping affiliates! I am grateful to the companies that allow me to be part of their businesses all year and I am grateful to you for the love and support you show me! ***On a personal note, I only link to companies that I... Continue »
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A race is won, A life begun, Another ends It all depends Upon the Wheel. Continue »
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Happy New Year Sale! Take $10.00 off your order of $50.00 or more! Use the coupon code happy at the check out. The sale starts today Dec. 30, 2016 and ends Thursday Jan. 5, 2017 at noon! Sale starts today! Continue »
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This Marvelous The Little Match Girl Cake was made by Catalina Anghel from Catalina Anghel Azucar arte. These Christmas Cakes were made for Home For The Holidays which is a cake collaboration where bakers shared edible creations based on Christmas time stories. Here is Catalina’s description of this Fabulous cake:... Continue »
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How to make your list of resolutions magical. Paint a picture or several pictures of your resolutions and take a photograph . Find a photograph of each resolution and make a vision board Type up your list and use an appropriate photograph as a watermark. Turn your goals into a rap or a mantra and say or sing them over and over. Make a recording of yourself -speaking your resolutions and listen to it daily. Create a dance of your resolutions and feel how your life is improving for the better. Write the list in your best handwriting on some special paper. Continue »
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Blog: Vinyl Pulse
Kidrobot has just unleashed their new Mad Balls vinyl blind box series, the latest addition to their growing Mad Balls collection. The series features 16 classic designs from the OG series, each with its own handy-dandy display stand. These look great – check out the close-up shots (after the jump),... Continue »
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My phone is telling me Typepad needs to update its currently unavailable app. So apt. A friend asked me recently if I was participating in something all the bloggers do, and I recoiled in surprise because it's been almost a decade since I really identified as a blogger. I'm talking to myself at this point. I started 2016 by getting a plate and six screws put surgically in my leg. By March, I could run again. In July, my cat almost died for the fifth time. In August, my convertible got T-boned and I got laid off from what was once my dream job. I finished paying for the cat's emergency vet about the same time unemployment kicked in. It maxes out at $288/week after taxes and lasts about 20 weeks, if you've ever wondered. I'll run mine out in 8 more weeks. Then, Trump. Friends, 2016 has been the biggest test of my life. I'm scared. I'm frustrated. I'm so pissed off. This is what you realize after you survive double maternal cancer, an eating disorder, being valedictorian, bungee jumping, graduating early Phi Beta Kappa, moving to Chicago, flying to Australia, moving to your parents' basement, long months of loneliness in Kansas City, falling in love with your husband, grad school writer's workshop fever dream, Internet bubble, bubble bursting, husband lay-off #1, marriage, downstairs neighbor found dead, house purchase, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum depression, start up #2 falling apart, vacations, vasectomy, move before housing collapse, husband lay-off #2, massive credit card debt, cats, trips, I'm an author!, dream job, another acquisition, lay-off, five months of low-level terror. And I am pissed. And I am scared. And I am still here. Please, 2017, be better. Continue »
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This Terrific Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cake was made by Jean Schapowal from Cakes With Character. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is one of my favorite Christmas cartoons. Here’s Jean’s description of this Terrific Cake: I chose Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as it has been my favorite TV show since... Continue »
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Blog: Laurelines
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(Please click on images to see them in full.) The days after our return from Bavaria and Austria raced by. I felt breathless trying to get everything ready for the holidays. But part of me is still there, in lively... Continue »
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Blog: Oh Joy!
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How is it half-way through December already?!? If you're prepping for holiday visitors and entertaining, we have a fun table decor idea for you today! It's wintery and glittery and full of things that make adults happy and children sing...... Continue »
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Blog: Oh Joy!
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One of my favorite gifts to give someone that has everything is an edible treat! Pretty much everyone loves donuts AND sprinkles...so, today, we're sharing how to make these seriously cute sprinkle party donuts and how to package them up... Continue »
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Blog: Oh Joy!
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Wow...how am I writing this post already?! We've spent the last couple days moving to our new Oh Joy studio (see peeks on Instagram stories if you'd like to see!). As we get ready to head out for a much... Continue »
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Blog: Oh Joy!
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...from my family to yours and from the whole Oh Joy team to each and every one of you! 2016 was filled with some lows as well as some highs. It was a roller coaster of a year for sure,... Continue »
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Note: This post was created in partnership with Voya Financial. All thoughts and fantastic pom pom making skills are my own. I love switching up our Christmas decor each year in some small way so I've learned to get resourceful. It allows me to respect the budget and spend that... Continue »
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INGREDIENTS 1-small yucca root (yuca) or 1 medium yucca root (yuca)! 2 -3tablespoons butter (1 knob)! salt, to taste! DIRECTIONS Skin the yuca using a potato peeler or a knife. Cut the yuca into 2-3 inch chunks and then cut those chunks in half. Boil the yuca until it is... Continue »
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