Category: General

GeneralVamps Brings Back The Clueless Crew

If you loved Cher and Dionne, then wait ’til you meet Goody and Stacy...

I’ve watched/memorized enough Clueless to know: Amy Heckerling + Alicia Silverstone = GOLD. So, when Vamps drops later this year, I can overlook any misgivings about vampire movies and embrace Cher Horowitz as a New York City bloodsucker (as long as she’s not premasticating it). Add Krysten Ritter and Sigourney Weaver… I’m sold. Also joining the warm fuzzy reunion: Wallace Shawn, aka Mr. Hall.



(Images courtesy of Oyster, BAM, & Collider)

GeneralSite to See: Hello Giggles

If you love Zooey Deschanel, then you are going to swoooon over this site:
 
“Founded by actress/musician ZOOEY DESCHANEL, producer SOPHIA ROSSI and writer/Internet Sensation MOLLY MCALEER, hellogiggles.com is the ultimate entertainment destination for smart, independent and creative females. Everything hosted on the site will be lady-friendly, so visitors need not worry about finding the standard Boys Club content that makes many entertainment sites unappealing to so many of us.”
 
 
This site has articles on pretty much everything you could ever want, from awesome recipes to outfit inspirations, to video games, art, and work-related topics. I seriously can (okay, fine, have) spent hours perusing everything on here, and I love the quirky off-beat humor that threads through every article and has Zooey and her friends written all over it.
 
 
In addition to music, videos, shopping, and discussion forums, the individual categories include Entertainment, Treats, Beauty, Fresh Giggles, Cuteness, Home, Social Studies, Rants, Raves, How-Tos, Hot Moms, Hee Haw, and the Daily. You need it, they have it!
 
Intrigued yet? Head on over to Hello Giggles to check it out for yourself, or find them on Facebook and YouTube!

GeneralEnchanting Wisteria Tunnel of Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan

No, these aren’t paintings you’re looking at! These are the totally unreal photos taken of the Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan. From April to May, this beautiful tunnel explodes with magnificent color and look as if it was taken from some fairytale fantasy. 
Imagine yourself walking through this lush wonderland of beautiful flowers . . . absolutely breathtaking.
I really need to book a trip to Japan, ASAP! Who’s coming with me?!
(All photos courtesy of JeannieJeannie.com)
 

GeneralInterior Motives: How To Decorate Antique Eclectic

 
This week I’m celebrating my favorite style of interior design, Antique Eclectic, where vintage furniture and knick-knacks are mixed with modern pieces, and textures and color abound. One of the best things about this style is you can do it on a budget. Second-hand pieces can be brought to their full glory, and if you are at all crafty, you’ll have fun repainting furniture or making your own throw pillows or curtains.
 

 

 
 
Pick a Color, Any Color: Like any space, you’ll want to start by picking a color that is interesting but not overwhelming for you. You can take inspiration from a piece of art or decor that you already own. Below is a great example of working around an aqua blue. The color shows up on an accent wall, as well is in the painting, vase and throw pillows.
 

 
Create Space: You’ll want to start by adding interesting shelves and tables in solid colors. Feel free to choose interesting colors that tie into the room, maybe mint, red or cream. If you’re not sure, brown or white is a perfectly acceptable and neutral way to begin.
 
 
Containers and Trays: Now that you’ve got the big surfaces taken care of, you can start filling them in. Vintage apothecary jars and painted trays are great for storage as well as “layering” the eclectic appeal of your space.
 
 
Add a Granny Square!: Use the vintage color palettes in your favorite afghan to pull out other colors in your space, and don’t forget to add plenty of throw pillows!

GeneralGet Your Nom On: Cake in a Mug

I love cake.
 
Sprinkle cake, vanilla cake, lemon cake, chocolate cake, strawberry cake, butter cake, red velvet cake . . . deep breath . . . banana cake, poppyseed cake, rum cake, cheesecake, crumble cake, almond cake, layer cake, and well, pretty much any cake I can get my hands on.
 
I love cake so much that waiting the hour it takes to make it is just painful…or so I thought. That’s what I thought until I discovered the 
 
CAKE IN A MUG
 
 
And it takes no more than five minutes. Yeah, you heard me. Five minutes. All that deliciousness you see up there . . . you can make it and be eating it on the couch in the time it cakes for the commercials to be over. I’m pretty sure this stops just short of magic in my book.
 
Now, there are about a billion recipes for mug cake floating around the internet, and I’ve tried several at home in attempts to create the perfect one. While many were delicious and all were eaten, this recipe by Laine of It’s Just Laine has found its way into my mug and my mouth forever:
 
 
What You Need 

1 box angel food cake mix
1 box cake mix
2 boxes instant pudding mix  

What You Do 

1) Mix cake mixes and pudding together in a bowl until well blended. (Store unused mix in an airtight container…it’s a lot, so you’ll have dessert on standby for a while!)
2) Add 3 tbsp. mix to a cup and 2-3 tbsp. of desired liquid.  Mix well. 
3) Microwave for 1 minute and let cool. 
4) Top with whipped cream, ice cream, fruit, caramel, chocolate syrup . . .use your imagination!

The great thing about this recipe is that you can really play around with ingredients to create whatever kind of cake you like and add any toppings you want. If you’re feeling really domestic, you can even make a different flavor for all your friends or your family!
 
Tip for the lazy like me:  If your cake cravings are sometimes so intense that ripping open the plastic on the mix seems like an eternity, try this:  mix all the dry ingredients in a large Ziplock and store in your freezer. Whenever you feel the urge, simply pull out your favorite mug, add water, milk, coffee, etc., and cook! Ta-da!
 
P.S. Here are two more great recipes for cake in a mug:
 
(Pics courtesy of Babble, iVillage, Kirbie Cravings, and The Hidden Pantry.)