Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Grad School Barbie

For those of you currently Christmas shopping (I wish that I had come up with this) ....

A new gift idea for your loved ones: Graduate School Barbie (TM).
Graduate School Barbie comes in two forms: Delusional Master’s Barbie (TM) and Ph.D. Masochist Barbie (TM).
Every Graduate School Barbie comes with these fun-filled features guaranteed to delight and entertain for hours: Grad School Barbie comes out of the box with a big grin on her face that turns into a frown after 2 weeks or her first advisor meeting (whichever comes first). She also has adorable black circles under her delightfully bloodshot eyes.
Comes with two outfits: a grubby pair of blue jeans and 5-year-old gap T-shirt, and a floppy pair of gray sweatpants with a matching “I hate my life” T-shirt. Grad School Barbie talks! Just press the button on her left hand and hear her say such upbeat grad school phrases like, “Yes, Professor, It’ll be done by tomorrow”, “I’d love to rewrite” and “Why didn’t I just get a job, I could have been making $40,000 a year by now if I had just started working with a Bachelor’s. But noooooo, I chose to further my education, I wish somebody would drop a bomb on the school so that I’d have an excuse to stop working on my degree that’s sucking every last drop of life force out of my withered and degraded excuse for a soul…” (9V lithium batteries sold separately)
Grad School Barbie is anatomically correct to teach kids about the exciting changes that come with pursuing a higher education. Removable panels on Barbie’s head and torso allow you to watch as her cerebellum fries to a crispy brown, her heart race 150 beats per minute, and her stomach lining gradually dissolve into nothing. Deluxe Barbie comes with specially designed eye ducts. Just add a little water, and watch Grad School Barbie burst into tears at random intervals. Fun for the whole family!
Other accessories include:
Grad School Barbie’s Fun Fridge (TM) Well stocked with microwave popcorn, Coca-Cola, Healthy Choice Bologna (99% fat free!),and a small bottle of Mattel Brand Rum ™.
Grad School Barbie’s Medicine Cabinet comes in Fabulous (pepto-bismal) pink and contains Barbie sized bottles of Advil, St. Johns Wort, Zantac, and your choice of three fun anti-anxiety drugs! (Barbie Medicine Cabinet not available without a prescription).
Grad School Barbie’s Computer Workstation. Comes with miniature obsolete PC (in pink of course), rickety desk, and over a dozen miniature Mountain Dew cans to decorate your workstation with (Mountain Dew deposit not included in price. Tech support sold separately).
And Grad School Barbie is not alone! Order now and you’ll get two of Barbie’s great friends! GRADUATE ADVISOR KEN, Barbie’s mentor and advisor in her quest for knowledge, higher education and decreased self-esteem.
Grad Advisor Ken ™ comes with a supply of red pens and a permanent frown. Press the button to hear Grad Advisor Ken deliver such wisdom to Barbie as “I need an update on your progress,” “I don’t think you’re ready to defend yet”, and “This is nowhere near ready for publication.”
Buy 3 or more dolls, and you can have Barbie’s Thesis Committee! (Palm Pilot and tenure sold separately.)
REAL JOB SKIPPER, When Barbie needs to talk, she knows that she can always count on her good friend Real Job Skipper ™, who got a job after getting her bachelor degree. Press the button to hear Real Job Skipper say, “Sometimes I wish I went for my masters degree” and “Work is so hard! I had to work a half an hour of overtime!” Real Job Skipper’s Work Wardrobe and Savings account sold separately.
WARNING: Do not place Grad Student Barbie and Real Job Skipper too close to each other, as there have been several cases of children leaving the room and coming back to find Barbie’s hands mysteriously fused to Skipper’s throat.
Author: Unknown

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

DIY Inspiration: My Kind of Christmas Tree

Are you looking for a tree without the mess? Well look no further my friend!

Family Sponge has an adorable idea for a book tree. Just be careful about using heated lights, Family Sponge recommends using LEDs.

(Source: Family Sponge)

Ho ho ho!
- J

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Exam Crunch

Hello All,

My apologies for the lack of postings this month. It has been the first time that I have had to juggle my own course work with a teaching assistant role and all of the marking that comes along with it.

However, in my free time, I have been steadily working on crocheting a couple baskets to use as Christmas presents. Here's a picture (source unknown) that I used for inspiration. I will upload pictures of my baskets as soon as I am done!

- J

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Wish List: Hanging Cookie Cutters

Ladies and Gentlemen! Let me introduce to you, the perfect cold weather mood assistant...(Drum roll please)... Cookie cutters that cut cookies to sit on the rim of your mug! 

Coffee Cup Cookie Cutters
Image courtesy of Creating Clever.

This adorable hot chocolate accessory can be easily purchased in many different shapes...

Baker's Secret Hanging Cookie Cutters 4pc
Available on Kitchen Direct for $5.95

Available on Amazon for $1.39.

For those of running low on time, funds, or space to store another cookie cutter - it is also super easy to DIY your own version. Just whip out your Exacto-Knives and follow this tutorial by The Bearfoot Baker.

- J

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Thought of the Day

 "Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you're wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore." - Lady Gaga

Friday, 1 November 2013

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

A couple of years ago, I had written a post with an awesome crocheted Hamburger Costume that I had found online. I promised that I would follow with my own version of the costume and then completely forgot to do it. 

This year, I was a little bit short on time and ended up reusing the hamburger costume and adding a robber mask and gloves. I was a Hamburglar!

Happy Halloween!
- J

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Thought of the Day

What can be done at any time will be done at no time.
- Scottish Proverb

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Cake Decorating: The Zebra Cake

Lately I've been loving prints, they can add a little pizzazz to an otherwise simple fondant cake.

(Photo from http://artzcool.net)

Here is a link to a great tutorial by Artzcool's on how to DIY your own Zebra Cake.

This technique could easily be used for any type of pattern. Think - hot pink cow print or retro flower...


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Wish List: Thumb Page Holder

School has just started up and, as a new Grad Student, I am discovering just how much of my time will be spent with my nose in a book (Hint: A Lot!).

Through the wonders of Pinterest, I came across this nifty wish list addition -

Available on Amazon .

This of the possibilities... being able to stand on the bus and read! It's a wonderful world that we live in ;)

- J

Monday, 9 September 2013

Makeup Trick - Mix Your Own 2-in-1 Foundation

In the hot summer months, I often find that wearing makeup can be a pain. Who wants to constantly worry about doing touch-ups when everything melts off of you face anyways?

However, in Canada, we're already starting to transition into cooler temperatures and it's easy to get caught in limbo between wanting to show off your summer bronzing but needing a bit of colour correction as well.

There's a simple trick to this. When applying your regular foundation, mix it with a small amount of moisturizer. The moisturizer will do its usual job and it will also lighten the opacity of the foundation. These means that it will allow the foundation colour to blend closer to your current skin tone, despite the addition of your summer tan.

Things to Consider
1. Make sure that you have a good quality foundation. Ones with higher pigment ratios will produce better results despite being diluted with moisturizer.

2. Seek out makeup/moisturizer with built in SPF, any additional sun protection is always beneficial for your skins long term appearance. Switch your 2-in-1 trick to a 3-in-1!

3. I currently use Covergirl's Outlast and The Body Shop's Seaweed Mattfying Day Cream. However, finding the best combination is based on your skin type. Play around and find out what works best for you.

Yay Fall!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Thought of the Day

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.
G. K. Chesterton

Monday, 2 September 2013

Elastic Ball

Who doesn't love a good homemade elastic ball? Here is the result of a weeks worth of brochure deliveries..

** For anyone who did not start hundreds of these during your childhood - Elastic balls like this are made by simply wrapping elastic bands around a small ball, marble, or knot of other elastics. Keep wrapping until you reach a desired size, run out of elastics, or get board.

- J

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Cord Organization

Here's a super quick and inexpensive project!

Over my undergraduate degree, I accumulated a mass amount of electrical cords and connectors. Between moving to and from school and co-op placements, it can be difficult to keep track of where they are and which cords belong to which device.

To assist me in moving back to school this Fall, I have updated an old cardboard box to help keep all of my cords from tangling.

Materials Needed
- Toilet Paper Rolls
- Shallow Cardboard Box
- Decorative Adhesive Sheets (Optional)

1. (Optional) Using decorative adhesive sheets cover your cardboard box. This is not really necessary but it does make the project more aesthetically pleasing.

2. Stand toilet paper rolls inside of the box and arrange them in the way that best suits your needs. These rolls can be used to store your smaller cords and to keep them visible for easy access. In my case, I decided that I only needed two rows of rolls and that I would used the rest of the space for larger bulkier cords. 

3. Once you have found a layout that you like, staple the rolls together to hold them in place. 

 4. Fill your box with all of your assorted cords and feel proud of yourself for being so gosh darn organized!

- J

Monday, 26 August 2013

DIY Inspiration - Necklace Holders

If your anything like me, your necklaces are consistently kept in a big stringy clump. How can you avoid it? It's so hard to decide which goes best with a specific outfit!

Every time I get dress it feels like i have to experiment with 3+ necklaces before I can find one that works. By that point, I am usually late for something meaning that I have to throw all of the unsuccessful candidates into a pile and run out the door. Is it any wonder that my collection looks like this? (On a good day!)

As you can see, it's not an awful set up but it is VERY far from being tidy. So what do contemporary people do when faced with an organizational problem? We turn to Pinterest!

Here are a couple of my favourite necklace organizers...

1. Branch Necklace Holder by Simple Mom

** Easy to prepare! I think that it would also look very nice if drift wood was used.

2. Clothes Pin Organizers by Power Tools and High Heels

On-wards and organize!
- J

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Kincardine, Ontario

Just a quick picture post of a small town that I stopped in for dinner... Enjoy!
- J

Friday, 23 August 2013

Tried It - Mint-Chocolate Fudgsicles

I recently came across a recipe by Chocolate Covered Kate for Mint-Chocolate Fudgsicles with a healthy twist and had to try it for myself.

I should note that I have been making yogurt popsicles since I was young. My parents were fairly health conscious and refused to buy us the regular (sugary) versions. My brother and I would regularly freeze different flavours of yogurt to make our own summertime treats. Therefore I can promise you that ANY type of yogurt that is frozen on a popsicle stick is automatically delicious!

That said, I found this recipe delicious and very easy to prepare. I was able to mix everything in mini smoothie blender so it created almost no dirty dishes as well. My family is already placing requests for another batch!

mint chocolate pops

The recipe, taken directly from Chocolate Covered Kate, is as follows...

-  1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt of choice, or 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk (I used Silk soy yogurt, and Wholesoy works too. I’m sure many other brands work, but I’ve only tried these pops with the two brands mentioned.)
-  1/16 to 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract (or more), depending on desired mint strength
-  1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
-  1-3 stevia packets or 1-3 tbsp sugar or liquid sweetener of choice (Sweetener amount will depend on your choice of yogurt, as well as your personal taste preferences. Remember that the pops will be less sweet once frozen.)
-  scant 1/16 tsp salt
-  optional: packed 1/2 cup spinach (20g), or food coloring as desired (The pictured pops have spinach, not food coloring. You cannot taste it at all!)
-  optional: handful of chocolate chips or mini chips

If using spinach, blend all ingredients until completely smooth. (If not using spinach, combine all ingredients in a large bowl or pyrex measuring cup.) Pour into popsicle molds, or paper cups with spoons as the sticks. Freeze completely, then pop out and enjoy.

Things to Note
1. I am never a fan of adding salt to my recipes and omitted it went making my version. It still tasted great!
2. If using full spinach bunches, as I did, cut or break the steams off before adding them to your blender. The steams are often the most difficult to blend evenly and can cause lumps.


Thursday, 22 August 2013

Thought of the Day

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple 
- Dr. Seuss

Thursday, 15 August 2013

DIY Inspiration (Scalloped Shorts)

I've been a little bit busier than expected lately so, until I can find the time to do some crafting of my own, here is an interesting alternative to cut-off jean shorts. Check it out and let me know what you think or if you've tried it!

- J

Thought of the Day

It's not just a daydream if you decide to make it your life. Motivational Quote Typography Print // The Motivated Type, London

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

French Breakfast

An ideal French breakfast - Fresh Croissants and Brie.

With a gorgeous Parisian view...

Good Morning World!
- J

Monday, 5 August 2013

Thought of the Day

Project in Progress - Travel Boxes

Upon returning from backpacking through Europe I have been in search of a way to commemorate my experiences within the confines of my student apartment.

I came across these adorable boxes on Martha Stewart and thought that they would be a perfect way to store my memories. I will post my progress shortly!

- J

Thought of the Day

Blarney Stone

I recently was lucky enough to kiss the Blarney Stone. It is supposed to make the kisser more talkative - Maybe this means that I will become a more regular blogger?

Fingers Crossed!

- J

Recipe: Summery Sangria

After a recent stay in Spain, I have developed a love for Sangria. How could I not?

Here is a simple recipe that I have used with excellent results..

Summer Sangria
- 1 Bottle of Red Wine (Any type/price range will do!)
- 1/2 Apple (diced)
- 2 Handful's of Blueberries
- 6 Strawberries (Diced)
- 1/4 cup White Sugar
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- Ginger-ale (to taste)
Note: Sprite or Soda Water may also be used.

1. Start by mixing wine, fruits, sugar and cinnamon in a pitch. Let it sit for a couple hours or overnight in the fridge.
2. When preparing to serve, mix with ginger-ale and pour!

Hint - I did not want to drink a whole pitcher at once so I mixed my sangria based in wine glasses right before serving. This way you can save the rest of the sangria mixture for another day. I used a 1:1 ratio with the base and ginger-ale.

- J

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Tried It - Chocolate Garnishs

As you can see, I love cake decorating. Dare I say, even more than I love eat eating. Weird right?

I'm always looking for neat tricks to simplify or revolutionize the decorating process and happened across this little gem.. Squeeze Bottle + Melted Chocolate + Wax Paper + Image Printout = Wow

Hostess with the Mostess gives a great step-by-step tutorial for creating stunning abstract chocolate pieces (Here). They are super easy to create and add a gourmet touch to simple deserts.

You can use this same technique to model chocolate toppings as well. Simply switch parchment paper for wax paper and place a print out image of your choosing underneath. Then, with the squeeze bottle full of chocolate, trace over the printed image and let it cool. I've previously used this method to make heart shape toppings for valentines day cupcakes and trees for a black forest cake. The possibilities are endless!

(Sorry about the photo quality!)

- J

Monday, 1 April 2013

Tried It - Breakfast Protein Shake

If you know me at all, you know that I am not a morning person. People are just not meant to be awake before the sun rises!

That said, there are some days when early rising is not avoidable. The Fit is the New Black blog has managed to do the impossible, to create a simple recipe for a good tasting breakfast protein shake :)

Here is the link to the original recipe.

The recipe calls for ice, 1 scoop of protein powder (chocolate or vanilla), 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup of brewed coffee, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, and Truvia or Stevia to taste. Blend all of these together et voila!

When trying this myself, I used vanilla protein powder and regular 1% milk because that was what I had on hand. I also found that I did not need the banana or sweetener. I am normally the type of person that loads up on cream and sugar whenever I have coffee. However, I found that when protein powder was added to this drink, no other sweetening is required.


Sunday, 31 March 2013

DIY Inspiration (Clutches)

Here are a couple of neato, easy to whip up clutch ideas for any DIY fashionistas out there...

1. Portfolio by Maya*Made

2. Bow Clutch by Elm Street Life

3. Gathered Clutch by Noodlehead

Happy DIYing
- J

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Baking Inspiration (Easter Eggs)

It keeping with the holiday spirit, here are a couple egg-citing treats for celebrating Easter..

1. String Eggs by Crafty Endeavor

2. Cadbury Easter Creme Egg Cupcakes by Key Ingredient

3. Cheesecake Easter Eggs by Hungry Happenings

Happy Holidays!
- J

Friday, 29 March 2013

Dance - Wade Robson's Slow Dancing in a Burning Room

I have known about this routine for several years now, every time I re-watch it I am blown away by how well done it is. I hope that you enjoy..

Concept - Wade Robson & Amanda Robson
Choreography - Wade Robson
Director and editor - Wade Robson. 
Choreographer assistant - Dana WIlson
Music - John Mayer/Slow dancing in a burning room

- J

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

DIY Inspiration (Pillows)

Here is a quick DIY round-up!

1. Pleated Bundt Pillow by Skirt As Top

pleated pillow tutorial

2. Starburst Pillow by  Noodlehead

3. Recycled Rose Pillow by Bromeliad

Happy Sewing!
- J