Monthly Archives: August 2012

Day trips and friend visits – Summers almost gone

Guess who’s been in hiding? This gal! When I say hiding I really mean “super busy doing awesome things.” So forgive me for forgetting all about this little corner of the internet I take up. (But don’t really forgive me, it’s nothing worth asking for forgiveness.)

So what’s been going on! This past weekend my bestie friend of 14 years came to visit me. I’m very sad she doesn’t live in the same city as me but she’s close enough to hop on a bus and see at least once a month. The moment her feet touched Massachusetts soil, I stole her away to New Hampshire.

Kh and Cara had never been to Portsmouth, NH so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to take a quick day trip. The best part about it? We were only really going up there to eat at The Friendly Toast (even though there’s one much closer to us) and walk through the park.

Give it to me, again! It was so delicious. Black beans, avocado, salsa in scrambled eggs? Delicious! I also blame Kh for getting me into such foods. I never would have liked such a mixture until I started stealing food from her plate and got hooked.

The best part about having your friend around? Making her do silly model things for you. Kh isn’t always willing to model for me, especially not in poses like this.

Yaaay, talk about a fun (quick) day trip. Which are my favorite. We haven’t done nearly as many as I’d have liked to this Summer. Probably because it’s been SO hot and our car doesn’t have AC. Whamp-whamp. My body is also doing this fun little thing where it gets car sick if I’m not the one driving. Awesome right?

I love it when friends come visit me. I’ll love it even more when it’s no longer Summer and I’m sweating my bum off. The mornings are starting to feel like Autumn, and so are the evenings. I can’t wait.


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Instalife: slacking the last days of August away

1. Sophia was caught snoozing under her favorite blanket.
2. That’s me! Before seeing Bruce Springsteen.
3. And that’s Kh and myself. I have the handsomest girlfriend.
4. I found this gigantic moth fluttering on the sidewalk. I thought it was a bird at first, but saved it from one of my dogs snacking on it.

5. My local craft store is starting to stock up on Halloween decorations. I’m so excited! It’s my favorite time of year.
6. Sneaking photos on date night, a few too many Dark and Stormy’s at our favorite bar.


I’ve been slacking in my instagram-ing lately. Will you ever forgive me? I’m getting caught up in real life stuffs, as usual. I’ve had a strange come and go stomach bug for the past week or so and it’s really not much fun. I was up until 5am the night before last with the BG’s (or bubble guts if you aren’t familiar with it). I got caught up on a lot of blog reading, but not so much in the sleep department.

I was convinced all day it was Thursday. I kept doing a happy dance in my head thinking about how soon Friday afternoon would be here, when the realization that it’s only Wednesday hit me. Muy sad-o was I. Why am I so excited for Friday? My two best friends will be in town this weekend! Yeehaw. I’m excited.


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Whats in my August birchbox

Oh August. This makes the 4th month since I signed up for Birchbox.  My favorite part about Birchbox would have to be getting beauty product samples, and well I just haven’t been getting as many as I’d like. I love getting things in the mail, so I of course want to keep getting prizes. I have so many perfume samples I could fill an entire bottle. It may smell terrible, but I could do it.

:: Schick Hydro Silk Razor
It’s a real shame I just bought a razor! I had been using the same razor for.. well… lets just say a real long time. Longer than any human should naturally use a razor for, that’s for sure. Kh got sick of seeing it in the shower and finally made me get a new one. I do love the fact this month they included a razor. They can be a little pricey at times, and it’s nice to be able to try out a new brand of razors without spending a fortune just to find you don’t like the brand.

:: per-fekt Beauty Last Perfection Gel
I haven’t tried this yet, but after this description -“This innovative lash enhancer may look like an ordinary mascara, but the similarities end there. The high-tech gel formula combines a flattering black pigment with a nourishing cocktail of ingredients to prime, condition, darken, and lengthen your lashes.” Sign me up! I’m only sad the bottle is a tiny sample size. I have a feeling I’m going to like this.

:: Caldrea Hand Soap
I got the lavender scented one. Ekk.. If there’s one scent that makes me cringe a little on the inside, it’s lavender. I’m coming off as super bratty in this run down of my goodies. I’m really not, I’m just a little picky when it comes to the products I put on my skin. But this soap is eco-friendly, comes in 6 scents, and it’s priced at $10.50. I’m liking the sounds of that.

:: Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur
Hey, look it’s a perfume sample. This time it’s Juicy, so I’m a little ok with it. I still won’t wear it. I’ve got my au naturale fragrance that I stick to.

:: DDF Brightening Cleanser
What this is: A cocktail of potent active ingredients works to fade the look of brown spots, scars, and redness while also leaving skin fresh and smooth. I love it when product descriptions use the word “cocktail” to describe it’s ingredients. With most products it recommends extended use for best results, which always makes me hesitant. Extended use for me usually translates to skin irritation and breakouts. I have muy sensitive skin. But for $38, it’s a pretty reasonably priced cleanser.



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Foodie Friday – berry cobbler

On my most recent grocery shopping trip I picked up a bunch of strawberries, and even more blueberries. I had this grand idea of making something tasty out of them, but really I had no idea what that tasty thing may be. I remembered a strawberry rhubarb crumble recipe I had posted in a roundup from last week and decided to do my own twist on it. I’ve never made a cobbler before, and I couldn’t find a recipe for strawberry/blueberry cobbler. So I did what any self respecting queen of her own kitchen did.. I made it up as I went along!

I don’t quite have a recipe to give you, cause like I said, I made it up. I was pretty satisfied with the end result. It was a little messy, and the one picture I did get of it is worthy of the “mushy foods you don’t know what the hell it is” instagram award. See below if you need a reference.


Ok since I don’t have a recipe for you, I thought I’d find a few cobbler recipes by others that are a little more put together than I am in the kitchen. I’m telling you this dessert is amazing if you’ve never had it before. I put mine on frozen vanilla yogurt that Kh lovingly got for me, and well it’s all gone now. Delicious!

sour cherry cobbler, with heart shaped biscuits on top. so cute.

mixed berry cobbler in mini dishes, perfect size so you don’t have to share.

I’d probably die a happy woman after trying this strawberry cobbler.

brown sugar berry cobbler.. amazing!

I think I’ve found my new favorite dish. I know I say that every foodie Friday.. but maybe this time I really mean it. For the moment at least.


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What I’m up to – my Tuesday night

Want to take a guess at what I did Tuesday night?

Still unsure? Well let me tell you. Kh and I went to see Bruce Springsteen at Fenway Park! A little birdy scored us some tickets and we had to take advantage of it. We had seats right on the turf and the whole place was packed.

The show itself was fantastic. The Boss barely stopped to even catch his breathe. We had these two women standing next to us the whole time that couldn’t contain their excitement. They shook it like they were at a high school dance and loved chatting Kh up.

You like the picture of us? I think it really brings out my eyes. We took another one that was brighter but I didn’t quite like how my chin looked like there were 3 of them.

We had a few beers, at a million dollars a cup and I was sure to buy my mom a little souvenir. I won’t say what it is, it’ll ruin the surprise.

And that’s that. We left a little early to make sure we missed the crowd. I hate the after a concert rush of people, so I always make sure to sneak out a little early. There were tons of people sitting out on the curb listening to the show, as you could hear it all over the streets. I even saw a few people with their dogs, aww!



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Instalife: a little bit more of August

1. 5 random facts about me
2. We spent an afternoon shopping and treated ourselves to reeses peanut butter cup blizzards. Delicious.
3. My mason jar candle holder DIY went live yesterday. Check it out.
4. I love a geometric pattern.

5. This months birchbox contents.
6. Little man passed out on the couch. This is the view from the floor. ha!
7. It was a hot day for buttbutt.
8. I rekindled my love for my favorite earrings. I need to find a replacement, I dropped one of them and it broke the tip off. So mad.

9. My favorite theater has these owl lights everywhere. Wonder why it’s my favorite.
10. And they serve beer at the theater.
11. Dinner and.. a beer!
12. Kh and I went to our first roller derby bout. It was great and they served… beer!


I’ve been working on the layout of the blog lately, which in turn is allowing me to have larger format pictures. Especially collages! You may even notice a new header.

The next couple of weekends are crammed full with activities. Day trips to Western MA, burlesque shows, and girl friend visits. Summer is slowly coming to a close, and I can’t really wait. I want to wear boots and sweaters!

Want to follow me on instagram? Find me here – Marieohno.


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Make it Monday: mason jar candle holders

If you want an easy craft that uses minimal supplies and gives you tons of options, look no further. This whole project took me less than 20 minutes to make, and the supplies were under $8. I loved the end result and really can’t make up my mind if I want to put them on my table as a center piece or use them on my porch when sitting outside.

What you’ll need..

  • 2 mason jars
  • tea light candles
  • marbles/large beads/your choice of what to put in the jar
  • adhesive (I used e6000)
  • candles
  • yarn/ribbon

Notes: the candles you choose should be wide enough to fit inside of the tea light candles once you remove the candle from the metal tin.

Now what you do..

1. Remove the tea light candles from the metal tin it’s placed in. Take off the lid to your mason jars, and put dabs of the adhesive on the bottom of the metal tins. You may not be able to reach the bottom of the mason jar with your hand, so I took a pair of scissors and pinched the side of the tin to hold onto it, and put it into place at the bottom of the mason jar. Using a pen, push the tin down to make sure it lays flat for the adhesive to stick.

2. Let the adhesive dry. Pour the marbles, or whatever it is you decided to use into the mason jar.

3. Turn the jar sideways, placing your hand at the opening to make sure none of the marbles fall out. With the marbles on the side of the jar, take your candle and put it into the metal tin that’s not glued down to the bottom.

4. Now hold onto the candle and turn the mason jar back to it’s upright position.

5. Take the yarn or ribbon (or even a piece of clothe!) and wrap it around the top of the mason jar. Tie a little bow and you’re done.

Now tell me that wasn’t easy.


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