For All You Animal Lovers...

Someone at work showed me this video and I really liked it.  I'm posting it not really so much to make a statement or to speak out about global warming, but just because I loved the story towards the end about the Leopard Seal.  I hope you like it too!

Gray Days

So things have been quiet around here lately.  Maybe its the weather, or that I still feel like we're coming down from the holiday-high, or maybe even just because my mind has been busy chewing away at other things lately - I don't know, but I haven't felt like doing much lately.  On my way home from work everyday I think about "How quickly can I get home and either get in bed with my book or cozy up on the couch to watch tv?".  I've even gotten lazy with cooking - frozen pizza and frozen skillet meals have been the staple as of late.  Pathetic!

I'm working on coming out of my funk though.  Its been pretty the past couple of days and I'm trying to get out and run more - its my own personal form of therapy these days.  I've also been doing a lot of "looking" for new fun things.  I thought I'd share some of my latest internet finds. 

First... Some new music for inspiration
Black Eiffel posted a list of its favorite albums from 2011 - check it out and see if there were any that you missed! {Image from Florence & the machine's website}

Next, some new dishes for the new year
Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Chilli Butter from PW- Yum!  I'm a little afraid of cooking/touching raw fish, but this doesn't look toooo scary to make and the end result looks amazing!

I'm Whitney and I love eggs.
I posted this website, Spoon, Fork, Bacon a while ago, but have forgotten to check back in.  You must check it out if you're looking for some new creative cooking ideas.  The recipes look decadent and savory, but not overly complicated.  I can't wait to try making these Baked Egg Boats!

Another find! 
I vowed after living in Kuwait and becoming completely obsessed with their hummus, that I would learn to make it.  I tried once - failed miserably - and have not tried again.  I still have not given up hope though.  Maybe I should try this recipe, I'm sure the more I practice the better it will get, right?  Making my own chips flatbread chips seems a little overly ambitious, but Sweet Potato Hummus sounds delicious!

Some new fun accessories
Modern fabric used on useful things like totes, makeup bags, and placemats.  Check them out at Outside Oslo's etsy shop

I love Aubepine's etsy shop.  I have bought at least a half dozen things from them in the past year and each piece is excellently made, unique and beautiful.  Plus the prices are completely reasonable.  They're the perfect girl-gift and better than any jewelry I would find in a mall.  I have no complaints, its an awesome find that I'd like to continue to support!

Last, things worth getting crafty with

This website How About Orange has some really cool crafty ideas!  I've saved a ton of cool ideas for later from this site.  The above picture is a tutorial on how to make this, and a couple other really cool lamps, yourself!

Some Humor for Your Monday

Someone over at Unhappy Hipster has taken it upon themselves to add captions to some of those uber trendy home interior photos.  The above image is captioned: "The plant wandered over to see what he could do to help."

I liked these too:


Today's post is dedicated to my Grandma.  One of my biggest fans and followers.  She was always looking for a way to stay connected with us.

I'll miss you.

I Love Weekend Mornings

I'll overlook the fact that I was woken up by a coughing/sneezing fit at 6:45 on a Saturday and instead appreciate the fact that it has just given me more time to sit cozy with my laptop, sipping my coffee out of my new mug that my husband got me for Christmas (have I said how much I love Anthropologie lately?). 

Something to Make you Smile

I have brought in the New Year with some sort of sinus infection :(  I'm home taking a sick day to hopefully kick whatever this is once and for all, and to go to the doctor finally.
My friend Jill showed me these videos above and they're awesome.  The first one is the original of two little girls singing Nikki Minaj, and the second one is of them getting the chance to meet her.  You have to watch both!