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Friday Fave’s

Howdy dudie, friends!

TGIF! 🙂

It’s been a longgggg week over on my end–a long and fun week–but a longggg week nonetheless, and I am sooooo looking forward to a few days to just decompress. I am just getting over a nasty cold so it’ll be nice to have a couple of days to catch up on some much needed zzzz’s. Although those zzzz’s will have to come after tomorrow. My baby sis is moving into her new apartment and, being the best older sister in the history of ever, agreed to help her move all of her crap things. *There may have been pizza and wine promised at the end which I am ALL FOR.

Besides that, I don’t have any real big plans, which, tbh, is kind of nice. It’s been go-go-go for me for what seems like the past month, which I have LOVED, but a girl needs a weekend every once in a while to do absolutely nothing. And by nothing I obvies mean watch all the Netflix and eat all the cookies (or dough–because yum).

Whatever you have on the agenda for this weekend, I hope it’s a fantabulous one! But before you ride on off into the sunset, be sure to check out my finds from around the web and more in this week’s Friday Faves!

Favorite funny: Men Try Liquid Eyeliner. I have probably watched this video 100 times and just keeps getting funnier. You must press play!! (Unless you find profanity unfunny – in that case, well, don’t.) 🙂

Favorite find: You Cook, I will Drink Wine. It’s like they read my mind! Such an awesome print for the kitchen or bar area.

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Favorite flair: 15 Super-Easy Hairstyle for Lazy Girls Who Can’t Even. I am completely hairstyle challenged so this article is a God-send, plus the title made me giggle. 😉

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Favorite travel: Lake Morraine, CA. No filter alert, people! My jaw dropped when I saw this stunning photo on Jana414’s Insta-account. Another addition to my ever-growing bucket list.

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Favorite Song: 10 Feet Tall by Afrojack is my jammmmm! I embarrassingly enough first heard this song on Dancing With the Stars and it’s been on the repeat ever since. The chorus give me chills. LOVE!

Favorite fashion. How adorable is this look? Cozy sweater, cute stripes, navy pants – even love the hot pink lip.

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Favorite face-plant: Chocolate Buttermilk-Frosted Brownies. Between work being a nut house, me getting sick, and everything in between, it has been a WEEK! Nothing these epic brownies can’t fix though, right? This picture makes me giddy!

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Favorite read: Essentialism. My friend recently recommended this book and I read the whole thing in about 4 hours – it’s unbelievable. If you find yourself saying yes more than you’re saying no, feeling pulled in a hundred different directions, doing 10 things at once and none of them well, having your time dictated by anyone other than you, READ THIS BOOK. One of my biggest takeaways was constantly asking myself, what’s important NOW? Like, right this very second? Then doing that. 🙂

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Favorite truth. I believe!

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Favorite road trip guide: Ultimate Irish Road Trip. Ireland has been on my travel bucket list for as long as I can remember and I can’t think of a better way to see the rolling hillsides, crumbling castles, and beautiful coastline than on this ultimate road trip.

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Friday Faves

Helllooooooo! La la la.

Friday, Friday, Friday – we made it! Is anyone else looking at their calendar just absolutely horrified that October is well underway, and dunh, dunh, dunhhhhh, the holidays are quickly approaching? I mean, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the holiday season, but I feel like I haven’t had time to fully enjoy the pumpkin spiceness of fall yet. Which is exactly what I plan on doing this weekend. Some end-of-the-season softball, a beautiful autumn hike with friends, football (duh) and maybe a little (or a lot) of some HQ baking action are the makes of a couple of fantabulous days, my friends.

Whatever your plans are for the weekend, I hope you have a wonderful time, but before you get started in on all of the fun, be sure to check out my finds from around the web and more in this week’s edition of Friday Faves!

Favorite travel: 50 Trips to Take in the United States. This is a great list, and I was happy to see I’ve been to a bunch of the places in it. I still have high hopes and dreams of getting my booty overseas soonly, but this is a good reminder that we don’t always have to travel far to get a wonderful experience!

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Favorite find: 3/4-Sleeve Color Block Sweater. This is one of the sweaters I recently got at Old Navy. The detail down the center + color blocked sleeves is super cute plus it’s just. so. comfy (and 50% off right now – dangit!) A must for me and my life motto: life is short – wear comfortable clothes!

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Favorite bite: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies. I attempted to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies last year for Thanksgiving and, while I thought they were okay bordering on good, my family took one bite and said they had the texture of cotton balls. Thanks, guys!! Think I’ll stick with this recipe instead. 😉

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Favorite song: No, YOU’RE ugly crying! Jamie Lawson is incredibly talented and just signed with my forever fave Ed Sheeran’s label. Just try not to use all the tissues while listening to this song. I double-dog dare you.

Favorite photo. Wherever this is, I want to go to there.

Favorite funny: Bat Dad (click then scroll down for videos.) Oh my gosh, these videos of a Dad who disciplines his kids while wearing a batman mask are HYSTERICAL. I dare you not to laugh. 

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Favorite festive: Balloon Dipped Mason Jars. I adore this super simple idea for turning plain old mason jars into “candy corn”. Perfect festive decor for a Halloween party!

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Favorite sip: Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz. I’ll take 47, thanks. Shaken, not stirred.

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Favorite pooch. Can you handle the cuteness?

Favorite indulge: Skillet Brownies. DYING! Love the fact that this recipe can be made from start to finish in a cast iron skillet. Totally trying this sooner rather than later.

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Howdy dudie, guys—welcome to the frickin’ [three-day] weekend!

I cannot tell you how positively, over-the-moon, do-a-little-dance, get-down-tonight excited I am. It’s supposed to be absolutely beautiful here in Denver this weekend and you can bet your bottom dollar (I never really understood that phrase but we’ll role with it because IT’S FRIYAY!!!) that I will be soaking up every last minute of the unofficial end to summer in style.

I’ve got big plans that include pool time, a Rockies game, downtown Denver shenanigans, a BBQ and some major hikage/bikage action, all with my fantabulous friends of course. The smile is already plastered on my face and I haven’t even done anything yet (always a good sign of a great weekend to come–most likely with a lot of stories to share on Monday Tuesday).

My motto for the next three days: “Let’s do some ‘we shouldn’t be doing this’ things.”

Whatever you’ve got planned over the holiday weekend, I hope a lot of fun, food and friends/family are involved! But before we get the party started, check out my faves from around the web and more in this week’s edition of Friday Faves! 🙂

Favorite travel: America’s Best Swimming Holes. Nothin’ better than a good ol’ swimmin’ hole, right? Bahahaha. Seriously though, what an awesome list. I’ve actually included a bunch of these in past Friday Faves. That’d be a fun bucket list – visit all of America’s favorite swimming holes in one summer.

Sawtooth National Recreation Area of Idaho where a red canoe is beached on the shores of Little Redfish Lake

Favorite frosty: Birthday Cake Milkshake. Wow! No need for it to be anyone’s actual birthday to dig into this puppy. In fact, I think it might be mandatory that this be had everyday. Drooling.

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Favorite help: 10 Ways to Wear Ankle Boots. I bought my first pair of ankle boots last fall and have worn them exactly once because I have no idea how…until now! This is so helpful for the style challenged (aka me!)

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Favorite indulge: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Scotcharoos. I didn’t think scotcharoos could get any better but clearly I was wrong – to the tune of two additional layers of deliciousness. 🙂

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Favorite jam: Panic At The Disco’s Hallelujah. Ob.sessed with this song. Like, ugly-dance-behind-my-desk-on-the-regular ob.sessed.

Favorite furball. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! Hopefully I’ll be able to do a bit of the same this weekend.

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Favorite find: Counter-Height Fire Pit. I have never seen one of these (am I crazy?!) Would love, love, love to have one for the back yard. My future back yard, that is.

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Favorite DIY: Map Page Letters. CHEAP and so cute.

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Favorite photo. Bright barn + long exposure = wonderful. 🙂

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Favorite breakfast: Banana Bread French Toast. Banana bread pancakes I’ve heard of, but french toast?! Come to mama!

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Favorite funny. I can’t even handle the cuteness… 😉

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Happy Friday, guys – welcome to the weekend!

As I mentioned earlier, this week I started noticing a change in the air. One of my best friends who works in the school system, went back to work after having the summer off, and that, coupled with less kids floating around the playgrounds and pools makes it feel like summer is really coming to a close. Do you feel it too? Cue eyes shut tight, fingers in my ears, and intense singing of LA LA LA!

Actually, I’m kind of excited that fall is right around the corner. But that certainly doesn’t mean that I’m wishing the good solid few weeks of summer that we have left away. No siry Bob! I will be rompering and summer dressing it up as long as I possibly can!

Luckily I still have one quintessential summer event coming my way—Labor day! This year a bunch of my friends and I are headed down south to the Great Sand Dune National Park for two solid days/nights of camping, hiking, sand surfing, eating and some QT with the besties.

AND I CANNOT WAIT!

You know what I also CANNOT wait for? This weekend. Three of my friends from Wisco recently moved out to Colorado and we all getting together tonight for some putt-putt action and then tomorrow, I taking me, myself and I to my happiest place on Earth–The Tattered Cover Bookstore. It’s been way too long since I’ve just taken a “me day”, a day to sleep as long as my growling stomach will allow, a day to read, to relax and to of course buy all of the books.

Whatever you’ve got planned for the weekend, I hope that you have a fantabulous time! But before you get a jumpstart on the fun, be sure to check out my faves from around the web and more in this week’s edition of Friday Faves!

Favorite fashion. I adore this whole fall-inspired outfit. The shirt is too cool with the fringe, and I love that bell bottoms are making a comeback…just when I got into skinny jeans. #storyofmylife 😉

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Favorite treat: Big Soft M&M Cookies. Delicious cookie pillows would have also been a good name for these babies, I think. YUM.

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Favorite DIY: DIY Shelving. I love the industrial, “I didn’t try too hard” look of these shelves, and especially how they’re styled. Awesome find!

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Favorite Jam: I’ve always been a fan of Maroon 5 (hellllloooo Adam Levine), and I know that there V album has been out for almost a year now, but I still cannot get enough. Unkiss Me has been my jam as of late and it is all of the amazing. Obsessed.

Favorite Take Me There: Hold the phone and shut the front door. There’s an Airbnb for bookstores. IN SCOTLAND!! Yespleaseandthankyou.

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Favorite indulge: Snickers Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake. Wow. Just, WOW!

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Favorite furball. Maddie does it again! Her caption had me cracking up: “Ahhhhh! It’s summer and I’m gonna eat all this water!” Can I join you? : )

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Favorite bite: Churro Bites. Oh. Mah. Gah. I was this close to ordering a churro at Costco this week. It smelled sooo good! I got a hot dog instead. I know.

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Favorite funny. Story of my life.

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Happy Friday (more like Fri-YAY amiright?!!?) Wait, did I use that joke last week? Doesn’t matter, still totally applicable.

I’ve been kicking butt and taking names over the past couple of days and, after heading into Monday a little more overwhelmed than I had anticipated, I’m dancing out of Friday and heading into what is sure to be an ahhhhmazing weekend! Once the clock hits 4:30 this PM, I’m heading on up to beautiful Breckenridge, CO with two of my favorite weirdos in the history of ever…my sister and good friend Joe for two solid days of mountain biking, zip lining, hiking, hot tubbing and shenaniganing it up!

I could not be more excited!

I hope that whatever you’ve got shaking for the weekend, that you have a fantabulous time! And in the meantime, refill your coffee cup, grab that last remaining donut that was left in your office break room, and enjoy a round up of my finds from around the web and more in the week’s edition of Friday Faves!

Favorite set of wheels: GUYS! GUYSGUYSGUYS! I got a bike! After my old mountain bike finally went to the big mountain bike trail in the sky a few years ago, I’ve been itching to get another one. And I finally did! And hot damn is it nice! I’ve never had a specialized bike before now but I don’t I’m ever going back to any other bikes. It rides like buttah. Buttah I tell you! I can’t wait to get it out on the trails this weekend and get it dirty!

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Favorite swirl: Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo. I’m not sure what I’d do if I ever had to give up pasta. Sit in a corner and cry, probably. This dish looks so inviting – I can taste a big fat swirly forkful just by looking at the picture.

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Favorite furball: Shelter Dogs in a Photobooth. This idea is so wonderful – an animal shelter in Utah gave their dogs super cute and quirky photoshoots to help them get adopted faster. This would definitely work on me!

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Favorite indulge: Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies. YOU’RE WELCOME!! Oh my  gosh, that chewy caramel!!

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Favorite ‘that’s my jam!!”: I’ve been on a serious Cold War Kids kick lately and am not even mad about it. Their whole Hold My Home album is pretty awesome, but my jam du jour as of late has been First. So good!

Favorite home: 12 Things Every Home Should Have. Great little list of home essentials. I especially love the art @ 57″ rule – great tip!

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Favorite shirt: Dip Dyed Linen Tee. Is this as cute as I think it is? With chino shorts and a jean jacket?

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Favorite idea: Cookie S’mores. S’mores made with chewy chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers. All together now – YES! (Also, I want to go camping.)

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Favorite travel: 32 States in 55 Days. This guy mounted a time-lapse camera to his rear-view mirror then drove in a huge loop across the country, taking photos all along the way. Even if you don’t look at the map of his route, you can tell what region he’s in based on the landscape. Pretty cool!

Favorite find: Don’t Grow Up Poster. This whole adulting this is hard, guys.

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Bonjour mon amies! Joyeux vendredi!

Fun fact: I took six years of French and have used that skill exactly not at all. Actually, I can’t say that. It does come in handy when I’m trying to read the back of that fancy shampoo or perfume bottle. Which happens exactly not at all because who buys fancy shampoo and perfume? Not this girl (although maybe I should start–it’d give me a chance to put that French to good use).

But I digress. How was your week? Any fun plans for the weekend?

Tonight I’m going out to dinner with some friends to celebrate my baby sister’s birthday. I refuse to believe that she’s 24 because that means I’m 28 and I can’t be that old. Seriously though. How and when did that happen?! Good gravy. I used to roll my eyes when my grandpa and grandma would tell me to enjoy every last minute, every single second because time only speeds up as you get older. Gran and gramps, I think I owe you a “You were right” and some pitted prunes because you definitely hit the nail on the preverbal head with that one.

Other than that, I’ve got the world weekend at my fingertips. I’m hoping to maybe catch some rays by the pool tomorrow (if it ever stops raining) and I REALLY want to see the new Jurassic Park movie. Wicked dinosaurs + Chris Pratt = yes please. I’m also having a cookout with the fam on Sunday. Anyone else think that grilled food just tastes so much better than regular food? It’s probably one of my favorite things about summer. And none of that electric grill crap; I’m all about that bass charcoal.

Whatever you’ve got up your sleeve this weekend, I hope you have a great one! But before you dive into the fun, be sure to check out my funky finds from around the web and more in this week’s edition of Friday Faves!

Favorite Flick: Like I mentioned earlier, I am DYING to see the new Jurassic World! Another fun fact: I was ob.sessed with the first Jurassic Park. So much so that for most of my childhood, I had this dream of becoming a paleontologist. I also reenacted the Jello scene on the regular. I’m hoping that the fourth Jurassic is mucho better than the last three because ugh.

Favorite splurge: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake. I love the looks of this dense and fudgy peanut butter cake. YUM!

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Favorite Daily Dose of Sheeran: It’s no secret that I have the biggest, hugest (I’ve just decided that needs to be a word), most epic crush on Ed Sheeran. He’s extremely talented, humble, grounded, has the most beautiful accent and that red hair. Oh that red hair. In an interview he gave recently, he opened up about his past struggles with stuttering and showed us all how to own our own weirdness and be proud of who we are.

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Favorite Flashback: 32 Pictures That Will Give You Intense Elementary School Flashbacks. “Holy cowing” over this roundup! Seriously shouted YES to every single one. Especially these stamp markers and especially #14. #2 is gave me instant anxiety.

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Favorite pooch: Baby Frenchie! JUST TOO MUCH CUTENESS!

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Favorite ‘Q: Chicken Beer Sliders. Saucy, scrumptious, and perfect for a summer BBQ.

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Favorite LOL: Betty White decided to prank-call James Corden from the Late-Late Show and it was all of the amazing. Still hard-core laughing.

Favorite view. Are you smiling? Me too. 🙂

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Favorite fashion: Nellore Blouse. Loving this sweet and flowy blouse, right? Can I please look as cool as this girl does when I wear it too? Pleaseandthankyou.

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Favorite bite: S’Mores Dip. No campfire required. Love this!

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Friday Faves

Well hello there, friends! In the words of my middle school Principal (shout out to Mr. Schuman!) who would blast this through the loud speakers at John Muir every Friday morning…”Yippy skippy! Ittttttt’s FRIDAYYYYYYY!” He may have smelled like onions and feet, and I swear he wore the same two pairs of pants throughout my three years at the school, but he did have a ceratin way of getting the student population pumped up for the weekend.

I’m YIPPY SKIPPYing it to you all today because it’s not just a regular Friday, but a three-day weekend Friday. (Only my favorite kind of Friday.)

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I’m looking forward to the next couple of days, even if it’s supposed to *rain all. weekend. long.

*Yes. It’s still raining. Grr. For realsies though. Just sooooo over this weather.

This weekend is the kickoff to what is looking to be a very busy but very amazing summer! Tonight I’m meeting up with the BFF and the sister for a celebration dinner–my sister just accepted a job offer (and I couldn’t be more proud of and excited for her) and my bestie Jill turned the big 2-7 last week so we’re doing a belated bday thang. On Saturday morning I’m hiking it up with a pal and then later than night I’ve got a blind date (insert nervous giggles here. I’m actually really excited about it–more so about getting a chance to wear my new LBD that I got a few weeks ago and trying out this new Mexican restaurant downtown. And hey, if they guy ends up being super great, it’ll be the cherry on top of the whipped cream on top of the sundae. Wish me luck!) Sunday night I’m meeting up with my cousin and his wife for dinner; I haven’t seen them in over a year so it’ll be really nice catching up and then on Monday, another hike (hopefully—weather, I’m looking at you). Phew! Now that is what I call strawberry jam-packed!

I hope you guys have an equally fun weekend planned, but let’s all be sure to remember the real reason of this holiday. Join me in taking pause in between your barbeques and pool parties, and take a moment to thank and pay respect to those men and women in uniform who lost their lives so that we could be safe and have a chance at an incredible life. They selflessly gave their lives for our freedom, happiness and safety and for that, we will forever be grateful.

To kick off this holiday weekend, let’s take a look at some of my finds from around the web and more in this week’s Friday Faves!

Favorite bikini buster: Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars. As if the 5 (yes, FIVE) things of Oreos I  bought last week weren’t tempting enough…

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Favorite Funny with a cause: Yesterday was #RedNoseDayUSA, a day dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help combat childhood poverty in the US and around the world. NBC ran a telethon featuring some of our favorite celebrities, bringing the laughs to bring the funds! Below is one of my favorite sketched of the night. It was an incredible telecast which helped to raise more than $35 million dollars! If you didn’t get the chance to donate, there’s still time. Go to rednoseday.org for more information. Remember, every little bit helps!

Favorite fashion: Nellore Blouse. Love this sweet and flowy blouse, right? Can I please look as cool as this girl does when I wear it too?

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Favorite “why didn’t I think of that?”: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Krispies. My favorite cereal on earth in krispie form!

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Favorite view: Ariel view of Angel Falls (click on the picture on the website). This is THE sweetest view of the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls, in Venezuela. Check this out!

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Favorite DIY: Personal S’mores Roasters. I think these personal s’more roasters made out of mini terra cotta pots are so adorable – plus, no bon fire required! Crap. Now I want s’mores.

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Favorite new to me: I just discovered Cold War Kids and let me tell you: Ob.Sessed. Check out their song First and just try not to ugly karaoke to it! I dare you!

Favorite furballScrub-a-dub-dub. What a sweetie!!

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Favorite travel: 29 Surreal Places in America You Need to See Before You Die. I am drooooling over this list. Anyone down for a road trip?

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Favorite print: United Stereotypes of America. Tee hee – this gave me a little giggle. 😉

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