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Friday Faves

Well hello, friends! And a very happy TGIF to ya!

How is everyone doing today?

This week has been a doozy, let me tell you. But a doozy in the best possible way. The end of the spring term here at the college is inching ever closer which means stressed out students, cranky professors and a very jam-packed library. WHICH I LOVE! Not the stressed out students or cranky professors part, but the whole party-in-the-library part. I hate to admit it, but it’s usually pretty quite in here, which makes it all the more exciting when they stop on by, even if it is to use the computers to do research Google.

I have to take the little victories when I can.

We also had a huge book drive today which went really well! I absolutely hate the idea of throwing away books; in fact, if I could take them all home, I would in a heart beat! But something even better than taking them home myself is giving them to people who could really use/need/want them. We ended up donating over 100 books to local area high schools which was amazing! I’m so glad that we were able to give back and truly make a positive difference—and what better way than through books! 🙂

This is the first weekend in a long time that I really don’t have a lot planned, which is SO GREAT! I’m telling you, the pants are off, the Netflix is queued up and the pizza guy is on speed dial the moment I walk through the door of my apartment tonight.

I hope you guys have a fun-filled and relaxing weekend ahead of you, but before you get started on your very own pantsless pizza fest, be sure to check out my finds from around the web and more in this week’s edition of my Friday Faves!

Favorite OMG Moment: This week my new BFF Zooey Daschenal shared one of the articles I wrote for HelloGiggles over on her Facebook page. I’m still in a state of “holy-guacamole-did-that-just-happen-oh-my-gosh-how-frickin’-cool” shock. WHAT?!


Favorite treat: Easy Homemade Funfetti CupcakesNormally I’m a 4:1 ratio of cupcake to icing kind of gal, but holy buckets I would totally reverse the rule for these babies. Mouthwatering, and adorable!


Favorite woah: Once in a Lifetime Shots. I’ve seen a bunch of these slideshows before, but this one is pretty cool and includes a flock of flamingos in the shape of, wait for it, a flamingo!


Favorite gift: Hand-Stamped Gold Disc Charm. Wouldn’t this be a cute Mother’s Day gift? A chain with the first initial of all her children looped through?


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


Favorite #TBT: Goo Goo Dolls. I was OB.SESSED with this band in middle/high school and even got to seem them in concert twice (ahhhmazing show, btw). This whole week, the GGDs have been on repeat–at work, in the car, rocking out with me at the gym. I almost forgot how much I loved these guys. Almost. P.S. Iris makes me cry every. damn. time.

Favorite furball. Call me crazy (go ahead, we’ll wait) but I have always thought dog noses and mouths are so CUTE! Right?! Awww. 🙂


Favorite guide: 101 Places Every Traveler Should Know. I’m a big fan of crossing off and highlighting the places I’ve been to and seen in my 1,001 Places to See Before You Die book, but I really like this easier to manage list.

Famous Acorn Street in Beacon Hill, Boston Massachusetts USA. Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.

Favorite bite: Cinnamon-Sugar Sweet Potato Fries with Brown Butter Marshmallow Glaze. Ok why have I never thought to toss my Sweet Potato Fries with cinnamon-sugar, and why oh WHY have I never drizzled them with brown butter marshmallow glaze before?!


Favorite place: The Oasis – Lake Travis, Austin, TX. What a view! The Oasis is a popular restaurant perched on a bluff 450 feet above Lake Travis in Austin, TX, Would you dare?


Favorite Funny: If you haven’t been watching Lip Synch Battle, you are losing at life. The show, based on a hilarious Jimmy Fallon sketch is my new favorite thing ever. And it will soon be yours. Trust. I mean, John Krazinski in a dress, people!


Somebody Pinch Me

Hey guys!

I hope you all are having a fantabulous hump day so far!

So I’ve kinda got some really, super, awesome humble-brag worthy news to share with you all today. As some of you may know, I am a contributor to one of the most amazing websites around (in my opinion, although I may be biased). Founded by Molly McAleer, Sophia Rossi and my BFF Zooey Deschanel, HelloGiggles is a positive online community covering everything from relationships and career advice to pop culture and inspirational stories. It’s a site that is definitely not short on the laughter, the smiles and the feel-goods, and I am so proud and honored to be a part of such a wonderful community.

I recently wrote a fun piece right here on This, That and the Other Thang about 28 things that I learned at 28. I just found out that not only did HelloGiggles run the piece on their site today (you can check it out here), but that the one and only, the talented and beautiful and funny and all-around kick-ass (and my new BFF) Zooey Deschanel shared the post on Facebook.


I mean….


Somebody pinch me.


But not the pinching part because I do bruise easily.

Writing silly stories like this, sharing them with you all and the world, it really is so incredible. To be able to connect with readers everywhere, readers who are going through similar things, who are looking for inspiration, or are simply in need of a virtual hug? I feel so extremely lucky and honored to be able to do that.

That’s really the whole reason why I began this little ‘ol blog that could in the first place. It was a place where I could share my wacky and sometimes always bonkers ideas and thoughts, but more importantly is was a place where I could connect with you guys, to in some way brighten your day and give you some food for thought (even if more often than not that food consisted of Ben & Jerry’s and Cheetos). I never thought I would be given this opportunity, or that I could become BFF’s with ZD (we’re on an abbreviated nickname basis now. Because that’s what BFF’s do.)

If you’ve got a dream, any dream at all, big or small, don’t be afraid to go after it. To try. To put yourself out there and shout a big, fat, “WHY NOT?” out the car window. You never know what will happen.

At least that’s what me and my girl ZD were talking about over some froyo the other day. 😉

You all rock my socks off and I just wanted to thank you so much for being there with me through all of it; the weird and strange and sometimes always hilariousness hijinks.

And I also wanted to let you know that there will be much, much more to come!

So hold on to your shorts!


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