meet riley

Meet one of the most amazing men in my life: Riley.

When I turned ten, I had an insatiable need for a little, white fluffball of a dog that I could carry around in a bag just like Elle Woods did in Legally Blonde. The second I met him, I knew I had found the one. It was love at first sight.

Now, Riley was almost a Colby. It was quite the decision. You see, I always loved the name Riley – not only was the name occupied by a cute boy in my fourth grade class, but there is also a TV show called The Life of Riley. Buttttt, the year I began the adoption process, Colby Donaldson won Survivor, which happened to be my all-time favorite TV show at the time. I had a huge crush on Colby. This complicated things.

After much contemplation, my heart told me this little white fluffball was a Riley.

It fits perfect.

He has dog birthday parties.

He sleeps in a little canopy-covered crate in my room.

I think I may have an unnatural obsession/adoration/love for my little boy. Isn’t he the cutest?

it’s so fluffy

So this weekend I went to the county fair…and I just HAD to show you a few pictures of the cutest, fluffiest animals I have ever seen.

Too cute? Try this one.

It was love at first sight with this one. I realized that my love for this furry, ragamuffin rabbit is its strong resemblance to my own furry, ragamuffin four-pound dog, Riley. I’ll devote a post to him sometime soon!

Now one of my favorite movie quotes is “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die” – yes, this quote is from Despicable Me. While I have yet to partake in all of its glory, I have seen the trailer maybe one hundred times, and thought this quote was very fitting for the bunnies at the fair. Hence the title of this post.

My friends observed that every time I saw a fluffy, miniature, or disfigured animal, my eyes would widen and glisten with an extreme urge to grab the animal, sprint to my car, and then promptly take it home to pamper it for the rest of its life.

They were a little bit scared to say the least.

I so badly wanted to adopt this baby piglet. Just like Wilbur.

Sidenote: Since reading Charlotte’s Web in 1st grade, I have yet to have a single bite of pork…that means bacon, sausage, ham, anything that could have come from Wilbur. I was an extreme little 6-year-old!

The rest of the weekend was spent on the boat with my family. I am finally starting to lose my zombie-like, transparent skin color!

I am trying to become a better photographer like all of you lovely ladies! So I will be taking lots of pictures of all my adventures from here on out.

I love little duck families!

I spent about 20 minutes while we were docked on shore taking pictures of these rocks. I was infatuated.

Thank you all so much for all of your sweet comments and for becoming my Google Friends! I can’t tell you how much this blogging community means to me – you are all amazing!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!


bridal shower weekend

Happy Friday!!!

This weekend is a busy weekend for me! All fun stuff, finally. No more of this school on the weekend thing! At least not for a month or so. There’s the county fair with some friends of mine. Boating with my family. Baking pineapple upside down cake – I’ve been craving it for months! Reading another trashy chick flick on the beach. Clearly my weekend is very busy with very important stuff.

I’m also going to a bridal shower for one of my closest friends! I’ve had a hard time deciding what to get her for the shower…a gravy boat from the registry just doesn’t seem very special. Call me crazy.

So I decided on a big stack of Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa cookbooks, a super cute apron, and a homemade card. Her hubby-to-be is going to be very happy with this gift!

On a different note, I finally figured out how to add the Google Friend Connect on the sidebar of my blog! It took me a while…I’m still getting familiar with this HTML stuff. I’d love for you to add me as a friend!

Here’s the card I made. I hope she likes it!

tidbits from san francisco

What a whirlwind of a trip my Mom and I had on Tuesday! I felt like the entire trip was one comedic event after the next. It started with waking up at 4:30 am…

We were not very happy campers.

But we made it to the airport on time and got pumped up about spending the day shopping and eating yummy food and having some much-needed girl time!

We even got over the fact that the Starbucks barista at the airport yelled at my mom and dumped a bunch of coffee grinds in her coffee.

We made it up to San Francisco and to our point of interest: the Indian visa office. My family may or may not be going to India at some point in the next six months, so it was us girls’ job to secure our visas! And who would’ve guessed it was SO much work! I had no idea that India was so picky when it came to giving out tourist visas.

After dropping off our papers, we headed over to Tartine, one of the best bakeries in San Fran! We could tell the second we walked in. There was not a table to be found in the 100 degree, packed restaurant!

Just look at the dessert case.

I wanted to try this cake/meringue/unidentifiable treat so badly! But opted for a double chocolate cookie with walnuts instead.

We poked around the Mission District, Fillmore Street, and ultimately ended up at Union Square (we made it back 5 minutes before the taxi strike began!) and spent the rest of the day shopping. This fox was one of our finds on Fillmore Street. We weren’t quite sure why, but something about a little fox wearing plaid pants like this was too cute to pass up.

I just had to take pictures of these flowers outside Tartine. They were too pretty!

And this pooch parking spot…too cute!

I can’t forget to mention the two-story Williams-Sonoma.

Here’s a picture of me at Anthropologie. My feet hurt! Yes, I’m a wimp…

We shopped until we literally dropped into the plush couches in the Bloomingdale’s women’s lounge where we promptly fell asleep. If you are ever in San Francisco and need a quiet, comfy hangout spot, check the women’s lounge! My mom and I clearly don’t do too well on four hours of sleep.

We got our visas and made it back home late that night. I slept like a rock!

Thank you so, so much for all of your sweet suggestions!!! I wish we could have done all of them – maybe I’ll have to do a longer trip in the future! 🙂

mba lesson of the week #10

dorkiness…and a trip to san francisco

I hope you had a happy Father’s Day weekend! We had a perfect day with family, VGs donuts, and Phil’s Barbecue.

Here’s my brother and me on the boat.

Realizing that I’m a major dork, I tried to make up for it with the cool kid “pout.” This is the hip/trendy/cool thing to do when you take pictures. Not that I’d know, as it’s clearly just a little bit awkward on this girl. So glamorous, right? Not at all dorky.

Tomorrow my lovely mom and I are taking a day trip up north to San Francisco! We have a little bit of business to take care of, but the rest of the day should be breakfast at Mama’s, lots of antique shopping, and lots of pictures. I’m most excited for the two-story Williams Sonoma in Union Square. I start hyperventilating just thinking about it!

Any suggestions for our ten hours in San Francisco?

Image taken from Pinterest.

beaded gift tags

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you girls, but I am so looking forward to slightly warmer weather now that it’s (almost) officially summer! I’m so excited to get rid of my sports bra tanline. Don’t worry, it’s not from exercise! I have a much better excuse – it’s from the day I spent painting my hopeless romantic sign!

I saw this idea for beaded Christmas ornaments years ago in Martha Stewart’s magazine and have been making them as gift tags ever since. They’re cute as Christmas ornaments, but so special as gift tags to be tied on top of a brightly wrapped birthday present! I hang all of my extra letters on my bulletin board.

To make them, all you need to do is bead tiny glass beads on some pliable wire, and bend the wire into the letter or word you want! Make sure to seal the ends off well with pliers. I hope you like them!

It’s much harder to make words than you’d expect! This was my third try – the trick is finding words without ‘a’ or ‘i’ – I couldn’t figure out how to bend the wire into those letters!

I just love these colored beads. So much fun!

These are for my Dad for Father’s Day…I know he’ll love such a manly gift 😉

mba lesson of the week #9

words to live by

I just love this list of words to live by. I found it a few months ago and have been meaning to dress it up in a pretty document to hang on my bulletin board and look at each day. I added a few of my own too!

Adapted from Elements of Style.

chocolate dipped marshmallows

My cousin, aka the cutest baby in the world, is turning one this week! And she is one lucky girl to have the cutest butterfly birthday bash in the world, organized and planned to perfection by her lovely mom, my amazing aunt!

As a treat for the party, I spent the entire day yesterday – 8 hours straight – standing in the kitchen, dipping dozens of marshmallows in dark chocolate, white chocolate, pink chocolate, butterfly sprinkles, and decorations galore! It definitely trumps the mounds of homework I have to do before my weekend class tonight.

I thought I’d share the pictures from the marshmallow dipping – they make such cute party favors and eye candy on the dessert table!

Aren’t these cute? Be warned though – individually wrapping each marshmallow stick is VERY time-consuming!

Lots of sprinkles and decorations.

More sprinkles.

Here’s my kitchen, pre-dipping.

Lots of marshmallows!

These are three jumbo marshmallows on lollypop sticks, dipped in dark chocolate with rainbow sprinkles!

Here is a close-up. So good!

I also dipped them in pink and white chocolate too! The white with rainbow sprinkles are my favorite.

Lots of pink!

Love these! The all white ones have little frosting flowers on top.

These are five miniature marshmallows on a lollypop stick. I like this marshmallow to chocolate ratio more than the jumbo marshmallows – it’s a little bit less overwhelming to eat in one sitting!

I love these miniature marshmallows!

Miniature marshmallows with chocolate sprinkles – yum!


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