Memphis, TN September 2011

I really want to blog about our trip to Memphis Tennessee back in September 2011. Its going to require some digging though to find the photos! I also put together a cute scrapbook from the trip. I'll blog about that too. So stay tuned!
Memphis sky

cat dog dog

From left to right...
Sammy, Lulu, and Piper

They are adorable and bark.
Dog cat dog

Doner Yum

I did mention I was on a diet, right? I sure am posting a lot about food! Anyway, Clarke and I went to this German beer garden in Leesburg, VA the other day. We went there a few weeks back for his brother in laws birthday party and we were excited to go back again. The place is called Done Bistro.

What we got is called a Doner Box. Here is a little blurb from their site: "Döner meat and Pommes - our hand cut signature fries- topped with our garlic-yoghurt sauce with fresh cucumbers (Tzatziki)."
Look at these cool walls!

Welcome back old friends

A long time ago I used to work on my craft shop "The Cupcake Girls" religiously. It was so much fun for me to do with my great pals Lillian and Ann. It kinda lost its fun for me. I guess because I set certain goals for myself with it and I was lucky enough to reach the goals. So then my mind wandered and I was just doing other things and watching reality tv. haha

Since I have been working on this yocourtkneeyo blog it has kind of inspired me to start selling some of my old "the cupcake girls" products. I still have a good stash of items and I might as well just throw some stuff up on etsy. 

Lillian and I both agreed it made more sense if I sold on my shop because I have been away from the cupcake girls for so long now it just didn't make sense to throw my stuff back in there when my "style" is so different from Lillian's and would confuse the heck out of her new customers. You know?

So without any further ado. Here is the first of the old products I have decided to list!

The Donna and Lorraine sticker set! These ladies heads could be yours! One of each for 2.50. 
Donna sticker

Lorraine sticker

The link to the shop is on the top of the blog but you can also click this!

New Drink

Check this drink out? It had all these seeds floating around and we had to try it out! Gosh I think it was 4 dollars. 
I don't know
I hated it! Yuck! I have never liked pulp in my orange juice, why did I think I would like seeds floating around and shooting down your throat!?

Family Vacation

I am beyond thrilled to go on vacation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need a break from work work work work... We will be going to our favorite family location, Bald Head Island, North Carolina. We used to have a time share down there and we would go four times a year if we weren't busy. So, next week I hope to have some photos for you!

On the island cars are not allowed and your only mode of transportation is the golf cart. And your feet. Actually back in the 80's the movie Weekend At Bernie's was filmed there. OK, not the entire thing but some of it was. Did Bernie die in real life at this point? Hummmm

I will be making the long long drive down to Wilmington, NC and catch the ferry in Southport, NC on Wednesday, August 8th. I haven't driven that far in a longtime! Fingers crossed.

Kayak ak ak ak ing

My parents would not stop talking about how cool kayaking was...And I had an awful additude about it.. There was no way I would enjoy being in a tiny boat all by myself. Last fathers day (2011) my dad's fathers day demand was that I give kayaking a shot. So I obliged.

And then I kind of got hooked. Now, I wouldn't say I am like a pro by any means... but I find it very relaxing.

Here are some photos of my adventures.




Drink boat

New York June 2011 Part Four

Obivously much more happened during the AIU London Reunion 2011 trip but... I can't remember it all and I'm not organized enough to find all the photos from a year ago.

Here are some of my artsy shots I took around town.





And a good time was had by all! I can't wait till we can all get together again.

New York June 2011 Part Three

One fun little side trip I took was with Robyn over to her friend, Tara Mcpherson, shop.The shop was super cool tons of her own work and she exhibits other artists there. It is called The Cotton Candy Machine.

UntitledRobyn by some of the posters.

The main plan for going to Brooklyn that weekend was because of Brooklyn Renegade. I have been TRYING to go every year. Doesn't always turn out that way. I was suppose to hang out with my besties, Lillian and Mare, the entire weekend but I had to move some things around for the London reunion. But I was able to meet up with them for a few hours at the craft show though. 

UntitledHere they are...looking cute. 


God I love this cat. Look how funny he is.

UntitledWhy so serious, Sammy?

New York June 2011 Part Two

One of the coolest times of the trip was waking up some what early and going next door to the hostel to the little coffee shop and just sit there and talk to Kal. Here are a few snap shots from that. I think it is called Cafe Orwell.





Another great breakfast spot the gang all stopped at was Juliette. Thank you Robyn for the suggestion. It was very nice and felt fancy even though we were sitting on the sidewalk.

I'm not sure what this but it was good and I ate it.


Untitled After brunch smoke, as you do

New York June 2011 Part One

A long long long time ago I went to NYC to meet up with my old AIU London friends. It was a long overdue reunion. It was amazing and it only took a few minutes until it really felt like old times.

Robyn Joy and myself drove up together from the DC area and we were having a foursquare war the entire time. Even when we were not together we were checking in all over town trying to beat each others scores.

This trip was over a year ago so bare with me the details are hazey.

My very good friend and old London roomie, Kal, stayed at the New York Loft Hostel. What can we say? We are poor! No fancy hotels for us. Whatever.
UntitledThis place was nice though! I don't have any complaints. I guess the only one would be sharing a room with 12 other people. haha. Listen I wasn't murdered and that means it was successful!

After we checked in we made our way over to a bar called Union Pool. It was a cool hipster place. LISTEN TO ME---go there for the mexican food truck in the back! OMG! Amazing. The corn! OMG! Don't share one! Get one for yourself! SO GOOD!
UntitledI still dream about this corny

UntitledI mean come on...this is life!

Oh and here is a picture of the truck itself. God bless you mexican food truck! El Diablo Tacos

Cool wall at the bar in the back.

Also, side note, holy hell there are alot of hipsters in brooklyn/williamsburg. Maybe too many?

More to come


Very excited about my new Converse All Star sunglasses! I am anxiously waiting for them to come in. These are prescription ones! After years of frying my eyes with Ultraviolet rays... I thought this year is the year that I will stop that.. a little bit.
New style

Help! I'm nauseous!

How cool is this packaging at Target? They are little emergency kits for different situations. They are like 4 dollars a piece and so not worth the money but design wise. Thumbs up!
Wow! At target

I just googled it. Apparently other people are talking about it too and it looks like its a whole company...not just a target brain child.

Weiner Cheesers

One of my favorite things to do when I go visit my parents in PA is going to the local farmers market. It is similar to the Philly market but less overwhelming and more down home if you will. There are Amish families that have stands.

My favorite Amish treat. I think they call them little cheesers?

Decadent Desserts

Here are some gorgeous and YUMMY desserts I have taken pictures of over the past few months.  OH MY OH MY

Franklin Fountain -Philadelphia, PA
Clarke got the Mt. Vesuvius and I got the The Franklin Mint. They both were incredible in person. After tasting both we agreed the Mt. Vesuvius was the yummiest BUT the detail on that Franklin Mint is amazing, isn't it? Clarke likes to watch many of the restaurant shows on TV and always has great places for us to try out when we travel around.  Menu NOTE: You really only need to order one sundae for two people but we didn't want to try just one!
Ice creams

Random Pub - London, England
Sticky Toffee Pudding Oh man, oh man, right? If you ever do travel to England, you know they all say make sure you get a pint? or fish and chips? Well what they should be saying is get a sticky toffee pudding. (Note: Pudding means dessert over there)
Sticky toffee pudding

9:30 Club - Washington, DC
The 9:30 club cupcake is amazing but apparently its the people over at the Buzz Bakery that actually makes the treat.

The Melrose Hotel, Washington DC
My company is very kind and lets me stay in a hotel once in awhile when I am working in DC. The room service lava cake. SO GOOD. Not the best photo or the best looking but trust me in person it is perfection.

London March 2012 Part Five

The wedding was amazing. It started off at Saint James Paddington and here one of the beautiful stain glass windows. 
After the wedding was done..we all threw beautiful purple potpourri at the bride and groom. It was very messy and I accidentally threw it right in one of the girls hair. Sorry! Then we sipped champagne while we waited for the buses (coaches as the brits say). The buses drove us to the reception site, Pembroke Lodge.
This place was magical. Definitely one of the best parts of the trip. It was just so cool to go to a wedding internationally. Oh, and did you know they call wedding receptions there the "wedding breakfast?" I didn't! Who knew!

And finally here is the beautiful cake that was at the wedding we attended. How gorgeous!

Horse Lovers!

How funny is this app? Lillian told me about it and she put these wonderful photos together for me. I am no horse lover...but these photos are dreamy... Oh and here is a link to the app.. because you know you want it too.

Me and a tiny horse in my car

Omg I love this app

Dreams do come true

Bedroom Clean

A nice moment in my bedroom. Not always looking this clean. BUT I did catch it clean real quick.

My grandmother, Mimi, gave me this mirror years ago. I am blanking on who originally owned it, maybe her mother in law? Clarke got me the stuffie off of etsy for my birthday one year. Alarm clock was my dad's in college. Also, you will see my tiny owl collection.

Summer Foods

So I have been on a diet for about 3 months now and I am happy to report it has been going very well. You will also notice in the picture a can of diet dr. pepper. This has saved my life during the dieting process. I have always hated diet soda BUT this one I can do.

Ingredients: Cherry tomatoes, roasted corn, salt, pepper, rice vinegar

Triangle Card

So I got this idea from The Beautiful Mess blog. Its amazing how their blog inspires me to get off my butt and be creative.. once in a while...other times I am motivated to watch reality television.


SHABA! Is a word my friend Lillian and I created after numerous times of saying "haha" and our iphones auto correcting it to Shaba! So it kinda stuck. Try it out. It feels very international. Shaba everyone!

Here is a link to her project tutorial. Thank you Elsie and crew.

Hanging Salt and Pepper Thingy

How cute is this salt and paper shaker? My sister took us to her favorite coffee shop cafe place in Harrisburg called Breads and Spreads. OH NO! Sis just said it has closed up. That is very sad it was really a cute place and had yummy food. I found a bunch of them on sale on ebay. There are purples ones, green ones, and yellow ones too!