DIY Chalkboard Pitcher & Summer Brew

Yesterday was one of those days. One of those days that is going extremely well and falls apart fast. I was having fun working, getting things done, then in 5 minutes it was ruined. Well not completely ruined but there was a significant bump in the day. So after the long day I came home to relax and have a nice, cooling summer drink: Summer Brew!

Want to learn how to make this delicious drink and the beautiful pitcher that it is in?

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9 Keys to Job Searching

It has been a long week of burying myself in a huge pile of applications. The bad job market is not just a topic for the news, it’s my reality. I’m convinced that there are too many “right brain” creative people in this world because those jobs are impossible to find whereas “left brain” scientific jobs are plentiful. If only I understood biology!

On top of the job hunt I am also solving the, “Where am I going to live?” crisis. “The world is your oyster” saying has taken on a whole new meaning. I envy those who have been able to find a full-time salary job, that they’re actually interested in, straight out of school. Then from that, they get to live in a super cool place. I’m still living in my college town and its job market is definitely not cutting it. So, to reiterate, “The world is my oyster.” Well, at least, the continental United States. I couldn’t imagine searching for a house and job worldwide.

Luckily, I’ve had two little buddies to aid in my job search frustration by providing an adorable distraction.

Back to the point….. Finding a good job with a decent salary in a cool place with a perfect house is just not playing out for me yet. Journalism is not an easy career path right now. So I have had to deviate a little a lot from my desired jobs. Journalism turns into event planning which gets me thinking about public relations which reminds me of being a communication director and that leads me to consider human resources or a secretary which slowly turns into, “Hey, I guess I could work at a grocery store. That could maybe lead to what I want to do….” So in the interest of not working at a grocery store for the rest of my life I have compiled some tips for job hunting….

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Poor Puppy

Being naked is embarrassing.

Japhy is focusing all his attention on growing more hair.

It’s hard to believe that he was once so fluffy.



Your search yields no results.


I am in the process of searching for many things: a new home, a new job, new projects, new things to focus on, new hobbies. Inspiration and writing are on the back burner this week. Tune in soon for more details on all of these things. The next month will be very exciting.

In the meantime I will leave you with this picture of two best buddies who are garnering as much of my attention as possible.

“Taking Care” of the Animals

In our house, if the animals are happy so are we! So for this week’s edition of “Taking Care,” we’re talking about my pets!

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Family Love

Family is the best medicine. Their love is eternal, their support is unfailing, embarrassing moments are nonexistent, their silence is comforting not awkward, plus about 10 million other reasons. I don’t get to see mine very often so I soak it all up when I do.

I am currently on vacation visiting my entire family. I’m the only one who has moved away from home so it takes one awesome stop to visit every single one of them. The last few days have been filled with conversation, Lego building sessions, giggling, kitty cuddling, happy faces, memorable stories, and, most of all, happiness, particularly when running like wild people through a field.

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Best Friends, Wine, and Beautiful Scenery

I’m off on holiday! I am so happy to be on my first paid vacation from my job. My stress level had hit the roof so this was definitely in order. I started it off right with a trip to St. Louis to visit my girls from college. We are all excitedly preparing for my friend’s wedding to her boyfriend of 11 years. And what better way to spend a Saturday than “researching” for the upcoming bachelorette party? And by research… I mean hitting the local wineries!

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“Taking Care” of the Body

I have never enjoyed running. I don’t understand the “runner’s high.” All I can think about when running is making it stop asap. But in an effort to keep in shape and exercise my dog I have started running.¬†

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Jumping In

After spending Day 1 at the cabin out of the water because of cold weather we could not wait to swim when it was warm out. Seriously Missouri? What is with this weird May/June weather?

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Summer Bliss

Last weekend we packed up the car and headed toward my favorite place in the world thus far, my family river cabin. There is no internet, no phone reception, no traffic, no neighbors, and, especially, no worries. In place of all these annoying everyday distractions is quality time with friends, delicious food making, time to relax and read a book, compelling conversations, and, most importantly, wonderful memories in the making.

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