Baking homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch- me.  Tearing apart my bathroom and ripping out walls- me.  Building custom wood projects and puppy proofing the back deck- me.

Designing a vanity base on my style (the tom-boy with dirt under her nails)- now that’s a challenge.

One Kings Lane recently threw me a curveball and asked ME (they know who I am?) to design MY dream vanity based on one of their fantastic mirrors.

So…….   naturally I agreed.  I never back down from a challenge.

Wanting to knock this out of the park, I took some cues from mi casa and got to work. If you’ve been following for a while (high five to you!) you may remember a certain mirror project of my own. When I was flipping through the mirror options I spotted the wooden beauty below, which they accurately name the “Line Mirror”, that closely resembled my very own DIY mirror.

It was love.

That blue swatch over on the right…? Thats a pretty accurate sample of the ACTUAL color of my bedroom. So, I figured if I’m making this for me, I better design it where it’s actually going to go, right?

My bedroom right now it the dark navy & teal color, with loud pops of color. I have a HUUUUGE Red-Orange Ikea mirror that I absolutely LOVE.  So when I saw the Coastal Retreat Desk in orange I knew it was a perfect fit. Then came the accessories.

Reflect your style_OL-01I’m NOT a fan of crap all over my surfaces (you’d never know it though). I knew I wanted to go light with the accessories, maybe a vase of flowers here, a tray with all my miracle mixes there… You know, clean and simple. I love the white Earthenware Planter for some bright fresh flowers (peonies seem to really be the buzz right now), and when it comes to the “tray”, well… I didn’t pick a tray at all. Would you after seeing the Metal Lazy Susan? I’m pretty sure my exact words were “I’m totally buying one of these. Wait, It’d be great for art supplies too, so maybe two”. You can quote me on that. Go ahead. This sweet carousel will be perfect for holding my “can’t live without” items like my Style Prep & Face Lotion from Aveda (have you smelled their products? TO DIE FOR.) and my absolute favorite perfume from Fresh.

For some, beauty routines are quick, easy, five minutes “let me just fluff my hair, and put on some mascara”, but for the rest of us… we’re going to need to take a seat for the whole procedure. I didn’t want something that protruded into my room (It’s Marley’s playing area, duh.) So finding something that would pack away easily under the desk was a must. But so was comfort! The Farha stool accomplished both of these goals, with the added benefit of disappearing into the walls and light colored carpet when stored.

All this though, started from the mirror. I fell in love with a mirror (not a lamp, sorry san diego). A mirror with raw untreated wood, and a wavy line edge. What an accurate name indeed.

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I’m getting super pumped. Starting this Sunday, Ann Arbor’s Summer Restaurant Week begins and it’ll be the first time I’ve ever been.

Crazy right? Since I’m only like 15 minute away… Regardless I’m ready for amazing meals out with that handsome boy, and looking to try new things and new places.

Ann Arbor is such a hub of amazing food. There’s so many restaurant that even most of the people living and working down there everyday haven’t even tried.

I’ve only touched a small handful of the amazing restaurant down there and with the set $15 lunch and $28 dollar dinner prices I’m excited to see what the chefs have prepared.

If you head to the Participating Restaurants tab on the AARW site you can click each participating place and see what they have for you this week. Most places will still also have their regular menu for those not partaking in the RW set menu too.

I really like having a checklist or a place I can write down the places I’ve been to and what I thought about them. I made myself a little tour guide/ score card and thought I’d share with the rest of you (you can download it below).

Can wait to hear everyone’s thoughts!!

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Click Here To Download This Score Card

Be sure to check out Restaurant Week!

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Phone Dump | 1

May 16, 2014 — 1 Comment

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good phone dump. And M’s been particularly adorable lately so for your enjoyment today here are *mostly* all M pictures.

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The second picture is M and Diesel, who is basically her best dog friend. These two could run and play for hours and then spend the rest of the night snuggled up.

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Lily smiles are probably one of the best things on earth. This is after a few cidermill donuts, and it’s almost like she was saying “cheeeeese”.

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M goes to work with me every day, and I’ve brought in a chair for her that she basically snoozes in all day. It give her the perfect height to stare out the window, and it’s the perfect size for a little stretched out nap. I recently built a gate for my deck (DIY to follow) M’s loving her new outdoor deck freedom.

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After a particularly playful day at the park M called for a afternoon snoozefest.

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Another project underway, coming to the blog soon! Nerd and Diesel cuddle session.

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Lily is such a graceful sleeper. Honestly, I wish I looked that graceful while sleeping.

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Nerd and I hit up our first Eastern Market trip of the summer last weekend. We made sure to grab some delicious authentic perogies as a snack. That tongue. Kills me every time I look at this picture.

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M’s *NOT* a graceful sleeper. At all. But she is REALLY GOOD at looking out windows.

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Probably my favorite M picture to date. Love this little munchkin.

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May 9, 2014 — Leave a comment

COOK — something I found that looked yummy that I plan on re-creating.
MAKE — something I want to make.
WANT — something I don’t “need” but want.
NEED — something that I NEED.
WOOF — something for Marley or Ziggy.
SPACE — a place that inspires me.
LAUGH — something that made me chuckle.
WEAR — something new to add to the closet.

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COOK/ I was searching around pinterest yesterday looking for the perfect light springtime dessert and stumbled upon this cake and strawberries idea. Looks tasty and plan out for the first time on Sunday!

MAKE/ The Nerd requested to make a giant Jenga set, so we hit up home depot and cut down some 2x4s. All that’s left is to sand and paint the ends. Tutorial coming up soon!

WANT/ They always say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. And I’m not about to disagree with them. This diamond would make and EXTRA COOL terrarium.

NEED/ I made a vow to myself this summer to buy most of my produce from farmers markets. It’s way more affordable, fresh and good for the city. So I’m clearly going to need a new tote or three to carry all that fresh produce in… right?

WOOF/ I’m so into baking for friends, family and myself, but have YET to bake for M. Well that’s about to change. Two of her favorite “people foods” are in this recipe for homemade dog treats.

SPACE/ I’m really on a bedroom kick it feels like and I’m happy to announce that a lot of these bedrooms kinda look similar to my own. I need to get my butt in gear, finish my bathroom and FINALLY start to show you guys some pieces of my home.

LAUGH/ I definitely had a chuckle or two recreating the songs these totes are created for. Thumbs up. You can never have too many totes.

WEAR/ Love this very basic top, and I think it’s really versatile.

Well today’s the last day of dog sitting Lily and Diesel and while I’m going to miss their furry butts, I’m ready to have my life back and to have my furry snuggle buddy back at night. Tomorrow is a 5K and Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you haven’t gotten your mother a gift yet, GET ON THAT. If you need help coming up with some gift ideas check out this post from last year for some great ideas!!

Also being that it’s Friday…. it’s time to…..

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The purpose: To start our weekend with some fantastic jams.
The station that inspired it: “Back That Azz Up” on Pandora Radio.
The rules: Link your jams up and have a jam sesh with all of us!
I’ve been pretty much listening to the Macklemoore & Ryan Lewis Pandora Station non-stop for weeks.

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Well yesterday may have been The Nerd’s day… but TODAY…. ohhh boy. TODAY is JUSTYNN’S DAY. CINCO DE MAYO!

And for everything that knows me… even the slightest bit, know that I’m a tequila drinker. (I’ve heard that I “got it from my Mama”)

Put the Star Wars away today babe, we’re having a FIESTA! And with any good Fiesta, you’re going to need some supplies and inspiration.

 

And Tequila. Lots of Tequila.

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EIGHT // NINE // TEN // ELEVEN // TWELVE // THIRTEEN (broken link)
FOURTEEN (broken link) // FIFTEEN // SIXTEEN // SEVENTEEN

Off to drink some tequila… cya :)

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So, I’m going to confess something. There may have been a bit of more silence around these here parts recently due to… well…. someone.

And that someone might possibly be a boy. Who might possibly be stealing a large portion of my time… recently. I’m not going to complain. And hopefully you wont either. See he actually really likes my weirdness. And he likes my craftiness. And even send me project ideas and inspiration.

 

Bonus points.

Plus M is basically in love with him and I think it goes both ways….

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Why am I bringing this up now? Well he’s a big nerd. To the core. In fact… lets just call him “The Nerd” from this point forward. Nerd is a big Star Wars fan, and today… you *MAY* (punny) have noticed is May the 4th.

See, I know what this day is… I’ve known it for years from past friends. But I pretended that I didn’t in front of Nerd so he wouldn’t have any clue that I had actually planned a surprise for him. I made him this:

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Kinda silly huh? But hopefully delicious.

So Nerd, just for you I searched the web for some Star Wars inspiration for myself.

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Happy Star Wars Day,

XOXO - J

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May 2, 2014 — Leave a comment

COOK — something I found that looked yummy that I plan on re-creating.
MAKE — something I want to make.
WANT — something I don’t “need” but want.
NEED — something that I NEED.
WOOF — something for Marley or Ziggy.
SPACE — a place that inspires me.
LAUGH — something that made me chuckle.
WEAR — something new to add to the closet.

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COOK/ If you don’t think these are the most delicious looking brownies in the world, you should probably stop reading this blogs. Our friendship is going nowhere. But seriously though, I’m making these for a party coming up…

MAKE/ These look TRES CHIC and I could total make these. Going on my “Items to Create” list for sure.

WANT/ This is the PERFECT sign for a perfect home studio. And I want it. Badly.

NEED/ I love this genius idea of how to organize my huge collection of tape. But I wonder if it’ll dry out if not used often? Maybe imply the fold over technique for the laser used varieties.

WOOF/ M chewed the crap out of her leash one day when i left her home for a few hours. In protest? Maybe. Not that this one would be any safer from her grasp. But, I do really like this, so maybe when she’s a bit more mature?

SPACE/ Oh My Gosh. Where to start? I love so many things about this room. The brick, the white bedding, the pops of color, the black windows….it looks so comfy to wake up to.

LAUGH/ I feel like this planter was made for me. Somehow even with the best of intentions I always kill houseplants. BUT NOT ANYMORE. I’m determined. I want more green in my life. And house. And this time I might actually research them first.

WEAR/ I’m in the very slow process of updating my wardrobe. Taking it from Early 20s Ts and jeans and party outfits to more day/ evening going out outfits. More professional work outfits…. Its a slow process…

TODAY is AWESOME…. why? Because I’m getting two of my favorite puppies to dog sit for the week while the old rookie heads out for vacation. Pretty pumped. :)

Also being that it’s Friday…. it’s time to…..

#backthatazzup with Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants to Work
 
The purpose: To start our weekend with some fantastic jams.
The station that inspired it: “Back That Azz Up” on Pandora Radio.
The rules: Link your jams up and have a jam sesh with all of us!
DOLLHOUSE — Melanie Martinez

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April 25, 2014 — Leave a comment

COOK — something I found that looked yummy that I plan on re-creating.
MAKE — something I want to make.
WANT — something I don’t “need” but want.
NEED — something that I NEED.
WOOF — something for Marley or Ziggy.
SPACE — a place that inspires me

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COOK/ Summer is fast approaching which to me always symbolizes camping, bonfires and smores. While it’s not quite warm enough here yet, unless you like freezing your ass off… this might be a good alternative until it is… you know… to keep to peace… ;)

MAKE/ I’ve messed around myself with cutting pegboard, and it’s definitely not for the easily wavered type, it’s actually quite difficult. But this looks a fun craft room project. Maybe one that spells out MAKE or CRAFT or CREATE? Totally worth a try. PRO TIP: Cut out the smaller inside holes first.

WANT/ I completely fell in love with this HelpInk print when I saw it on YHL’s post about their office. It’s meaningful and bright and perfect. Totally on my Christmas list… or you know… gift list in general.. hint hint… in like a large size.

NEED/ Well, I advent told my saga yet over the dryer and installation, but lets skip to the end part where the dryer is slightly deeper than my old one. Making it impossible to put the doors back on the closet. Thus being the case I’m on the hunt for fun easy curtains. I’m 90% sure I’m going to buy this print, hem it and hang on a rod. It’ll match well with my mirror I think…

WOOF/ M just received this gorgeous collar in the mail this week and I’m completely over the moon about it. Love that it’s girly without being straight up pink. Plus she looks fancy and ready for spring in it. Plus metal buckles without an additional charge? <3 <3.

SPACE/ My parents just underwent a huge reno on their house which has me thinking all sorts of “things I would do” in my forever home. Actually was having that conversation last night also. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the tile in this kitchen, and how bright it is. Definitely a MUST HAVE for the future.

And I’m out for today!! Glad it’s Friday, I have some fun plans this weekend…

Also being that it’s Friday…. it’s time to…..

#backthatazzup with Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants to Work
 
The purpose: To start our weekend with some fantastic jams.
The station that inspired it: “Back That Azz Up” on Pandora Radio.
The rules: Link your jams up and have a jam sesh with all of us!
Downloaded this last night and can’t quit it:
AM I WRONG – Nico & Vinz

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Life Update

April 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

Wahoo!! I’m feeling like I’m finally over the death plague that’s been keeping me down lately. Hacking up a lung and everything. But it’s gone, I’m muuuuuuuch better and back with some good things!

It’s been restaurant week lately in these parts, Detroit and in Ferndale so I’ve been hitting up those places to review the food a bit. Those reviews coming soon! I’ve also pretty much have had plans after work every day in April. Which lead to less blogging and a whole lot of this:

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Those dots are some plan other than work. Yeah. I love my friends and family, but I’m pretty sure I’m taking May off to do some quality time. I advent even finished removing the wallpaper in my bathroom yet! Horrible DIY Blogger. Also towards the end of march my dryer moved past the pearly gates and I had to find a replacement, stat. Luckily I was able to, but the installation process was incredibly difficult seeing as the home builder decided to put the units in a closet.

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What else…. what else… Oh, I have a few Marley updates for you. Those will come in the next two weeks. Some new recipes… Super Yummy. Um a few small tutorials, a larger project that’s being finished up. A product review, and some site updating to do. All coming in the next few weeks. Sorry to have a non- bloggy blog post today, but wanted you guys to know I was still here, just things in the works and I’ll be back to more blogging shortly!

Leaving you with my go-to quote right now:

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So back in January…ish? I talked about my resolutions and goals. One of those was to get fit again. Where have I gone with that? Well, I was exercising a few days a week. And then I was playing co-ed soccer for a few games. AND THEN I SPRAINED MY ANKLE. And I’ve barely done anything since then, because it still hurts like a mother-f’er. So, now that it’s starting to heal up, I plan on getting back into a routine more. I was doing bikram yoga for a while. Guys that shit is no-joke. Super sweaty afterwards. I’ve been taking Marley out more to play, trying to go on more walks when the weather cooperates and trying to find simple workouts that I can do when I get home quickly before the rest of my life takes over. Stumbled upon this greatness today and have immediately fell in love with the humor, design and ideas: Capture Absolute GENIUS coming from Neila Rey who has a whole series of your favorite characters, books, movies and tv shows for you to workout as. Definitely go check her out here. I also love her 30 Day Challenge and plan to start TODAY. Once it’s through you can do it again and LEVEL UP to make it a bit harder.

Beach/ bikini body get ready… I’m coming for you.

PS: LOCAL PEEPS: DON’T FORGET TO ENTER TO WIN SOME FREE PIZZA (Nothing like pizza when you’re trying to get into shape right?)

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Great ready for another fun new series on CLA! This series is all about things happening around Detroit & the surrounding areas. Conveniently it’s going to be called “Around Town“. I’ve vow’d to myself to be more of a tourist of my hometown this summer and I’m hoping to bring all of you the down-low of what’s fun/ new and worth seeing in the area!

Starting off this new series is a fun trip towards the north-east side to Royal Oak. Myself and a fun group of bloggers hit up Blaze Pizza (Opened October 2013) to give it a try.

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Blaze pizza is the brain-child of Executive Chef Bradford (Brad) Kent, a man that grew up with a passion for food. Kent started cooking at the wee age of seven and quickly learned that food was more than just ingredients thrown together. We were told that his natural talent quickly evolved from dorm room creations at the University of Southern California to his first small plate catering company. Kent later went on to study at the culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and then studies at Cal State Long Beach earning a food science degree. So basically this guy knows his shit stuff.

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Darla, the Marketing Director for Blaze in Royal Oak told us that the company is super proud of their penchant for not only healthy, quality, fresh ingredients but also for their dough. We were told that their dough ferments for over 24 hours before being put to use. Then it’s rolled out, topped and thrown in the oven for 180 seconds (yep, 180 seconds… crazy fast!) before being pulled out, sliced and delivered to you.

The pizza dough here is a thin crust, making it quick to cook. Kent’s whole idea behind blaze was not only giving his customers a quality delicious, CUSTOM pizza, but giving them a pizza that they could order and eat on their lunch hour. Speaking of custom pizzas, one of the biggest winning points about blaze for myself was the ability to customize your pizza in smorgasbord of different ways all for $6.95 a pie. Yep, that’s right. There are no additional fees for 20+ ingredients. It’s unlimited ingredients, your way, all for $6.95.

But enough about the pitch stuff. Lets talk about my experience.

Being the over anal person that I have then tendency to be, I showed up WAY early to the event and was the first person to arrive. This worked for me because it gave me the chance to really check out the place and chat with Darla before anyone else showed up!

One of the biggest things for me with restaurants is BRANDING. And I’m pleased to say Blaze totally passed my branding test. From the exterior to the bathrooms the restaurant kept to a modern industrial theme with high integration of typography. Below are samples of the to-go pizza boxes & menu.

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The interior of the restaurant was definitely industrial & modern with the wood and metal mix of the tables, chairs & benches. The lighting was fun industrial lights in mural colors on the outside and fun pops of red on the inside. Right now Michigan has two locations in Royal Oak and Novi (with one coming soon to Kalamazoo), and this location had a private room up front for events. The wall of windows even open up for the classic RO restaurant feel during the warmer days.

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Once we arrived we strapped on wristband (showing we were part of a special party) and hopped into line. Blaze has some signature pizzas on it’s menu with fun names such as the Meat Eater, Art Lover, Link In and Green Stripe. All looked very appetizing but I felt like being my own chef and decided to Build My Own.

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The best way I could describe the building process is to say it’s very Chipotle-like. You start at one end with a staff member and choose your dough. Blaze has gluten-free dough available and they are quick to find out if your choice of the dough is for allergy reasons or a preference. Which is great, because those with allergies know that even the slightest mistake could ruin your perfectly good afternoon. Once you pick your dough and give your name you’re passed down to the next staff member to choose your sauce and cheese. (Another item to point out is that it’s great that once person doesn’t do all the pizzas, thus keeping any allergens separate for those allergic.)

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Just like with the sauce and cheese after choosing your options you’re passed onto the meat station and then onto the veggie station. I should also mention that at each station the staff member made sure to call you by your name. Which at first was weird, but is definitely a nice touch after the first time.

Blaze also has a nice selection of salads near the checkout and I grabbed a small caesar to taste test. Once you get to check out they ring you up and offer you a smores cookie for dessert. GET ONE. And have them warm it for you by the oven (Note: maybe get the cookie after you eat and have it warmed, because it tends to cool down while you’re eating.)

You wait all of maybe 3-5 minutes for your pizza to cook. Those ovens are gunning anywhere from 400-600 degrees on any given day, talk about HOT!

They call out your name when it’s pulled from the oven. And your handed your very own pizza. Pretty much maybe 10 minutes after you get in line. SUPER FAST.

I was so hungry at this point I almost forgot to take pictures. But don’t worry! I caught myself after I saw others making sure to get their shot!

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Delicious looking isn’t it? Well It tasted even better than it looked. I’m pretty much a huge fan of thin crust pizza, but this was definitely by far some of the better thin crust I’ve had in a long time. The outside crust was crunchy enough that it held up the weight of the ingredients, but not overly crunchy that you broke a tooth just trying to get a bite. The dough was sweet, and flavorful and divine!

Before I knew it more than half my pizza was gone! I swear someone was stealing my slices. I definitely couldn’t have eaten all that myself, right? I tried the salad and was please that it tasted fresh and the caesar was one of the dressings I liked. But the star of the show was definitely the pizza and the crust.

Suddenly I found myself with only two slices left and I made myself put down the rest so I’d have something for lunch later this week. Plus I still had my cookie to try.

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I thought the cookie was pretty good, but I wish I had eaten it earlier, because it and cooled down by this point and was a bit harder to bite into.

One of the bloggers attending had gluten allergies and made a custom gluten free pizza. Once we had all started eating the staff brought out more of their signature pizza pies for us to try. They also made sure to bring out a gluten-free version to compare. I was so impressed that the gluten-free version was so similar to the regular that I found it hard to distinguish the two. Can you?

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Because of her allergy this blogger couldn’t eat the smokes cookie that contained graham cracker. She mentioned (along with others) that Blaze should server dessert pizzas as well and the staff graciously offered to make her a dessert pizza. In fact they made dessert pizzas for everyone. This is an item totally not on their menu, but they were so eager to please and make sure that we were satisfied that they went above and beyond. Behold, the very first Smores Dessert Pizza from Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak.

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I basically wanted my own. But, I shared. #stupidmorals. I doubt they’d make these for just anyone, but maybe if they get enough feedback they’ll add it to the menu??

Overall we had a really great time. A HUGE shoutout to Chef Kent, Darla, Jeff & Tim for making us feel oh so welcome and for the wonderful meal. I will most definitely be back for more.

And here’s the kicker… Not only will *I* be back for more… but a few of you will be headed to Blaze pizza for a free Pizza Pie of your own! Courtesy of Blaze Royal Oak, 3 winners are going to win a pair (that’s two ;)) of free pizza coupons to Blaze Pizza Royal Oak! And ONE lucky winner will win a pair of Free Pizza Coupons AND a Free Blaze hat! Just like the one Chef Bradford Kent is wearing below. Great date night out spot!

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To enter to win a pair of Blaze Pizza Coupons just click the link below (it’ll jump you over to Rafflecopter). Giveaway is open until Tuesday April 15th 11:59PM and the Winners will be announced Wednesday! You can enter daily! Good luck!!

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Until next time,

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** I was offered a free meal to test out Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak without the expectation of a post or social media integration. All opinions are my own. Giveaway made possible by Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak**

 

HAPPY OPENING DAY!!

March 31, 2014 — Leave a comment

Hey guys, it’s opening day, and in Detroit that’s a statewide holiday.

It also happens to be my birthday. :)

So I’m out celebrating!

Go tigers!

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** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, CONGRATS TO KATHRYN!**

You know that feeling you get when you feel like you’ve somehow stumbled upon something really cool and you just can’t wait to share it with EVERYONE.

I feel that way today about today’s guest on the blog.

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I’d like for you guys to meet Song, of Song Yee Designs

A few weeks ago Song contacted me asking if I’d like to try a review of her jewelry. Pretty necklaces? Definitely peaked my interest. So I hopped over to her Etsy shop to see what all the fuss was about and literally started favoriting items within a few seconds.

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Leaf Earrings // Quartz Necklace // Feather Necklace
Agate Slice Necklace // Czech Glass Necklace // Lotus Necklace

I mean, I think it’s pretty obvious why I like her shop. The pieces are unique, fun, in-style with trends, but classic enough to dress up and down. For example, the Agate Slice Necklace, go open up another browser and type in agate slice and see what pops up. Pretty much every home store and DIY blogger has SOMETHING with agate slice going on right now. Imagine bringing that trend to your day to day style.

Clearly I’m not the only one that thinks her pieces are crazy good either. This lovely lady was just featured on Etsy’s home page and sold-out of the featured piece (edit: this item is back in stock!!)! I love also that she offers both gold and silver options of almost every piece. Gold is really *in* right now for jewelry, but I generally stick to silver so it’s really nice having that choice. My other favorite feature of her shop is the ability to customize your piece’s length. Women are made in all shapes and sizes and I’ve fallen in love with pieces off Etsy before that I’ve ordered only to be disappointed in the length of the piece. Being able to customize your piece so it works for you and your body type is a definite plus.

I had weddings the last two weekends so I was really looking forward to purchasing a few pieces that I might be able to wear and take with me to those events. I selected the gorgeous Crystal Quartz Necklace & a fun Arrow Necklace and then impatiently waited until they arrived.

Luckily I didn’t have to wait long, Song shipped the items and they arrived to my door just a few days later! Talk about quick service.

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I’m incredibly in love with the Quartz Necklace. I dressed it up for the wedding, and then dressed it down a few days later for date night. It’s so versatile for almost any outfit and I’m really glad I bought it longer in length. The chain itself is thick enough to let me adjust the size to whatever level I like best for the outfit. It’s definitely my new favorite piece.

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The arrow necklace is light and fun and adds charm to a plain t-shirt. I definitely recommend going long for this one though, I think I underestimated the length I’d like for it which limits my outfit choices for it. However I love the fun quirky feel of it and think it looks great with a colorful crew neck tee.

You know I didn’t just get to try on some pretty necklaces. I’m always wondering what makes creatives tick and I decided to quiz Song a bit to find out more about the designer behind the jewelry…

Justynn: Tell me about yourself…
Song: I grew up in Gold Beach, Oregon. Which is a tiny coastal town in Southern Oregon. I was always creative when I was younger  but never thought to pursue it as more than a hobby. I loved drawing, painting, and I even use to make simple beaded jewelry pieces. I went to college at Cal Poly in beautiful San Luis Obispo, California and I majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. I know, completely unrelated to jewelry making… but I think my education has really helped me to understand how to run a small business from the marketing aspect to finances and bookkeeping.

J: How/ When /Where did you get your start? What motivated you? Where did your creative gene come from?
S: A little over a year ago I was shopping around for some simple, quality jewelry pieces for myself and I had such a hard time finding exactly what I was looking for. So I decided to order some supplies to make a few necklaces for myself. After that I was hooked and eventually I opened my Etsy shop in April 2013.

J: What do you primarily concentrate on with your business?
S: I love working with gemstones and wire wrapping techniques, but I also love creating simple everyday pieces that can be worn with all your outfits. Sometimes I feel like I have so many design ideas floating around and not enough time to create them all!

J: Is this Etsy shop a full time or part time job?
S: I recently moved from San Diego up to Orange County so I have been looking for a full-time job, but in the meantime my jewelry business really has become a full-time job and I love it! I wake up in the mornings excited to start working on my business and it doesn’t even feel like work!

J: What piece is your favorite and why?
S: Oh my gosh I don’t think I could choose just one! There are so many that I love but I’ll try to narrow it down to a couple. I love these Quartz Arrowhead necklaces, the color is so unique and vibrant! I also love these Moonstone necklaces, I just think Moonstone is so gorgeous in how it catches the light with flashes of blue!

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J: Who are some of your favorite other Etsy sellers?
S: I love AvonnieStudio (www.avonniestudio.etsy.com) which is also located in Southern California. She makes really cute coffee mugs and other custom gifts. If you’re in the market for a custom coffee mug, check out her shop!

J: Ok, lastly, what do you want CLA readers to know about your business?
S: All aspects of my business are run by me and only me. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in my little “studio” corner of my apartment in Southern California. I’m a perfectionist and I always make sure each piece is a high quality product!

I feel like Song’s energy is just absolutely contagious. She seems to really have found her niche and calling in the art world and I for one can’t wait to see where she goes from here. I also have my eye on a few other pieces in her shop that might just be making their way to my doorstep in the near future.

Have you checked out her shop yet? Find a piece that you just can’t live without? Great, as a fun little bonus Song is offering up 10% off any Creative Life Antics reader’s purchase from now until April 25th. Just use the promo code: CREATIVELIFEANTICS at checkout to take advantage. That’s a whole month of savings! Mother’s day is just around the corner. Don’t wait till last minute to buy your wife or mom something sparkly.

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And if that wasn’t enough Song’s also going to giveaway her favorite necklace, the Moonstone Necklace to a CLA reader! Entering to win the Moonstone necklace is really simple, just click

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to jump over to rafflecopter. The winner will be picked on April 2nd!

Well, that’s about all I’ve got for you today. Pretty good day so far huh? New jewelry, new friend… I’d call that a winner.

Don’t forget to enter and best of luck to all of you!

Until next time…

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March 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

COOK — something I found that looked yummy that I plan on re-creating.
MAKE — something I want to make.
WANT — something I don’t “need” but want.
NEED — something that I NEED.
WOOF — something for Marley or Ziggy.
SPACE — a place that inspires me

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COOK/ I stumbled upon this recipe yesterday and immediately went out to buy the ingredients. I love mac and cheese, but as well al know it’s just not the healthiest thing in the world. So hopefully if this go well I can substitute this in time to time to balance it all out. Trying it tonight!!

MAKE/ I found this really sweet hanging sign while searching for the items for my gift guides the last two weeks here, here, here and here. And fell in love with this one. But for the price, I think I could replicate really well on my own with this trick. Wish me luck!

WANT/ So really for spring and green and plants and OMG warm weather (it’s still snowing here in the mitten some days) that I’m really getting into having plants out in the home. I’m pretty sure I’m going to jump on the fiddle leaf fig train and pop one of these babies into my house. Here’s to not killing the thing…

NEED/ I can’t believe something like this doesn’t already reside in my paint supplies. How freaking genius is this? I need like 4 please… that way I stop buying brushes every time I go to paint…

WOOF/ While it’s not QUITE spring-like yet, I’m prep-ing for some bit time dog park dates and muddy potty breaks by adding these boots to my collection. Not the most glamorous looking pair in the world, but you can’t beat the price, and I won’t feel terrible getting them completely dirty. Plus with that color, you might not notice the dry so much… right?

SPACE/ I’m pretty certain my office is my next HUGE project so I’m pinning inspiring office spaces like crazy. Absolutely in love with the giant calendar and cork board in this fun office.

So glad it’s Friday. Mar’s driving me crazy wanting to get outside for some fresh air… I honestly can’t blame her so we’re hoping to swim by the park on our way home from work today! Hope you have a great weekend!!

Also being that it’s Friday…. it’s time to…..

#backthatazzup with Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants to Work
 
The purpose: To start our weekend with some fantastic jams.
The station that inspired it: “Back That Azz Up” on Pandora Radio.
The rules: Link your jams up and have a jam sesh with all of us!
Today’s Selection:
Ain’t Easy  – Rachel Farley
Pretty much sums up my life right now.

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So last week I revealed my next big project has gotten underway, and I started to remove the old gross wallpaper from my bathroom.

And… that’s about where I’m still at.

With a wedding last weekend, and one this weekend and a crazy few weeks in-between I haven’t been able to get back to the wall-paper removal process. But I plan to, soon. Because this picture just makes me a bit too happy still:

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That being said, I think it’s high time to share the direction I’m planning on heading with this mini renovation. I say mini because, I’m not removing or changing out tile (i don’t think…) and I’m definitely not pulling out/ removing the cabinet and nice granite counters (even though, they’re not really my pick). Continue Reading…