Category: General

GeneralABC’s Once Upon a Time: Have You Seen It?

So, here’s the story:
 
Prince Charming (Josh Dallas, Thor) is engaged to some beezy princess from another realm, but falls in love with Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin; He’s Just Not That Into You, Something Borrowed), who is on the run from the evil queen and tries to ambush the prince’s carriage.
 
 
The Queen is now uber pissed, Snow White eats the apple, Charming saves her, yada yada.
 
 
The wedding day arrives, and everybody is happy and celebrating.
 
 
Okay so there’s the story we all know. Here’s how it changes. On their wedding day, the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla; Swingtown, Boomtown) curses them, saying that all of the Enchanted Forest would be taken to a place where time stands still and where there are no happy endings. In their bliss, they kind of ignore it until Snow gets pregnant and freaks out. She goes to see Rumplestiltskin, who is locked up in the castle dungeons. He says there is nothing they can do to prevent the curse, but that their unborn baby would show up when she was 28 years old to save the day.
 
 
Eek! So, when they have their baby, they hide her in a magical tree (of course), which transports her to the Real World, while the rest of the Enchanted Forest is covered with a spell that makes them all forget who they are and places them in the Real World:  the town of Storybrook, Maine.
 
Fast forward twenty-eight years. Emma, (Jennifer Morrison, House M.D.) a bounty-hunter, is confronted by ten-year-old Henry (Jared Gilmore, Mad Men), who claims to be her son whom she gave up for adoption ten years ago. He shows her a book of fairytales, which he believes are all real, and tries to convince her that she is really Snow White’s daughter. 
 
 
So, long story short, Emma tries to return Henry to his home, which is, of course, Storybrook. Upon arrival, Emma meets Henry’s adoptive mother, Regina, who is the mayor of the town and the Evil Queen herself. She, and Rumplestiltskin (who gave her the curse in the first place) are the only people besides Henry who know what’s going on.
 
And then we meet the rest of the characters:  Jiminy Cricket is a pyschiatrist, Little Red Riding Hood is a slutty bar waitress, Rumplestiltskin is still a creep, Snow White is a teacher, and Prince Charming is in a coma. Of course.
 
 
Regina tries her best to get rid of Emma, pulling stunts like booting her car and throwing her into jail. Luckily, there is a hotty mcgee for a Sheriff. 
 
 
And, she has a chainsaw. Awesome.
 
 
The problem is, Regina doesn’t want to admit that Emma really is Snow White’s daughter and that she is here to break the curse. Duh. Once she realizes who she really is, her effort to get rid of Emma increases…at the same rate that Emma begins to believe that the stories are true.
 
We’re only four episodes in, so if you haven’t started watching yet, you still have time. Last week we were introduced to Cinderella, who also makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin (you’d think they’d learn…). And soooo much more! Can you tell that I love this show?
 

 
So, enough! I can’t give you any more spoilers! Go watch for yourself at abc.com and tell me what you think!
 
(Pics courtesy of abc.com.)

GeneralEasy Vegan: Homemade Cranberry Sauce


If you’ve ever wanted to make your own cranberry sauce from scratch, now is the time! This is honestly one of the easiest recipes in the world, and can be made with a variety of sweeteners and optional ingredients like herbs or citrus. Check it out:
 
Ingredients:
1- 12 oz. Bag of Cranberries
1/2 Cup Water
Your Favorite Vegan Sweetener*
1 Sprig of Fresh Rosemary
1 Sprig of Fresh Thyme
 
Directions: Tie the rosemary and thyme together with a bit of pure cotton twine or string. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium/high heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. The berries will begin to burst and create a jam. Stir often for about 15 minutes, and sweeten to taste. Cool and store in the fridge. Sauce will last for weeks!
*Popular vegan sweeteners include agave nectar, demerara sugar and maple syrup. Regular white and brown sugar is sometimes processed using non-vegan methods. See a list of vegan friendly sugar companies here.
 

GeneralCreative Packaging: Unique Designs for Everyday Items

While it doesn’t take much to convince me to eat a pound or two of pasta, I would be even more eager to chow down if I could buy it in packages that look like this:
 
 
 And really, who wouldn’t want a salami cd?
 
 
Parents, despair no longer about getting your kids to eat their fruit and drink their milk:
 
 
Drink your juice? What a bright idea.
 
 
Lady Gaga would get a kick out of this:
 
 
Multitasking Wonder:  Work out while you clean up.
 
 
 
 I don’t even know what to say about this one. Haha!
 
 
 
Here’s one way to make sure nobody steals your lunch:
 
 
(Pics courtesy of youthedesigner.com, boredpanda.com, and toxel.com.)

GeneralInterior Design How-to: 7 Fun Wall Decor Ideas


 
I recently moved and realized how hard it was to fill up the blank wall space in my apartment. After reading multiple magazines for sources of inspiration and careful creativity, I finally found some awesome ways to spruce up my home. You will absolutely love these creative ways to liven up your walls, and they will be sure to keep you busy!
 
1. Full on Art Walls
 
 
 

 
Looking at walls full of different pictures in various frames reminds me of being in an antique shop, and I absolutely love the vintage feel it gives any room. Grab all sorts of different frames varying in color, shape, and size and frame anything from photos, newspaper clippings, art, or fashion magazine pages. This brings a sort of liveliness to a room that just can’t be beat. 
 
2. Actual Book Shelves
 
 
 
I absolutely love the concept of these bookshelves. Just get a shelf hook and place your favorite books on them. These are so cute and extremely simple to execute!
 
3. Arranging Photos in Specific Ways
 
 
Anyone can just hang up pictures in a straight line on a wall. But to me, that can get very boring and calls for a makeover. I love the concept of arranging photos on the wall in anyway you wish. One of my best friends just did this in the shape of a peace sign, and it was amazing!
 
4. Painting the Walls
 

 
If you are a good painter, then feel free to do something a little more complex than the picture that is shown above. However, painting is a skill I lack, so I prefer easy things that are hard to mess up. If you are still weary of painting on your walls, try wall decals. They vary from text to pictures but are extremely easy to use and look just like you painted them on!
 
5. Buttoning the Walls 
 

 
I did this in my grandma’s craft room upon her request. I simply hot-glued vintage buttons on the wall, and it turned out great! It can be time-consuming, and make sure you have a level and a ruler if you want to keep the buttons in an even line!
 
6. Empty Frames on the Walls
 

 
Something I love to collect are vintage picture frames. I realized that I had so many lying around without pictures in them and something needed to be done. Some picture frames are so ornate that they speak for themselves. I love the idea of just putting these up without anything in them because it allows the viewer to fill in the blanks and imagine something themselves. Try painting the frames to match an accent color or use the same color as your wall to just add some texture!
 
7. Plates on the Walls
 

 
As an avid thrifter, I love to collect vintage plates. If you go to Michaels, you can get wire plate hangers that clip on to the plate and allow you to rest it on a hook. I love this interior design idea because it is definitely a conversation starter and adds so much color to a room without painting the walls. 
 
Now start decorating!
 
(photos courtesy of pinterest and weheartit)

GeneralSite to See: Draw a Stickman!

If you haven’t already received the link to drawastickman.com, then now is your chance to go have about three minutes of good wholesome fun!
 
Created by hitcents.com, Draw a Stickman is “a creative interactive project that demonstrates how animation can be used strictly [sic] with JavaScript on the web and mobile devices. A year project in development, Drawastickman.com was built with a sharing and viral strategy in mind”. And viral is right, with well over five million hits, this fun little project has hit it big!
 
Below is a scene from my own stickman, followed by snippets from the Draw a Stickman Gallery.
 

 

 

Try it out and be creative today!