Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Baby Dennis

Dennis is the nickname of our Mom's long-hair dachshund Gracie. Dennis is short for Dennis the Menace. That says it all. I just came across these baby Dennis pics and was Awwww-ing so I thought I'd share.
Is she not the cutest! That was a little over a year ago. Here's Dennis now.
What a crazy monkey. No joke she sleeps like that. She is the cutest. She has many talents. One being that she can talk. She talks to our Mom to tell her what she wants. It's hilarious. She also bobs for ice cubes. We throw a couple of ice cubes into her water bowl and she bobs for them, blowing bubbles and all and comes up with a soaked snout and wet ears. Then she proceeds to drop the cube on the ground and go in for the rest. Precious.

My Mom's want list was a little black mini dachshund girl. She came home on her first search with a brown little standard girl (although we didn't realize that minor detail until she kept getting bigger) with a black racing stripe and a mohawk. I'm not exaggerating she had a black stripe running down the back of her body and all of her hair stands on end along the back of her neck in the shape of a mohawk just like her Dad's. This is what happens when you send out my mother and the cat person (aka M) on a find a puppy hunt. I typed up strict instructions, did they bother to print the instructions, no.

O well. She has a crazy personality and we love her to death. Rather frequently I think my Mom is talking to me and I say "What Kitty?" she says "Nothing." I'm like "Didn't you just say something?" Kitty "No I was talking to Dennis." "O" Yes this happens regularly.

It's difficult to describe this canine of ours. Maybe we will post a video someday so we can do her some justice. Or just tell some stories about her antics from time to time.

Love ya Den!

Happy Summer everyone!


I Simply Remember My Favorite Things...

Hello Hello!
Riz, Cat(our mom), and myself are having ourselves a pool day tomorrow--can't wait!
Here is a (random) list of my favorite things...
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  • Amazon Kindle--perfect to bring to school or work, and the books are cheaper than printed ones
  • Vibram Five Finger Shoes--Amazing, feels like you are walking around barefoot (present from my big sister a.k.a. the worlds best present giver)
  • Witch Hazel Astringent--my skin is oily and prone to breakouts, this stuff is way cheaper than all the Neutrogena/Clean and Clear/etc. astringents and it is great on my skin.  Totally removes dirt and oil while being gentle and not drying me out
  • Extreme Couponing on TLC--it is like CRACK! I find it fascinating.  These ladies bring anywhere from $600-$1,000+ orders down to less than $50 usually.  It makes me sick that I pay the same if not more than they do when I go to the grocery store and walk out with half a cart full of stuff and they leave with like 9 full carts. Jealous...
  • Cute/sad vegetarian posters--as a relatively new vegetarian (my boyfriend and I started this past February), I do sometimes get the occasional craving for meat (stupid McDonald's/Burger King/Taco Bell{my fav} on every street corner).  These posters are my gentle reminder of why I gave up meat
So there you have it, a few of my favorite things. Enjoy your 4 day work week (glass half full people)!

Monday, May 30, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things...

  • Raybans - prescription
  • Lovely by SJP
  • OPI- Cajun Shrimp
  • VS- foldover leggings
  • Ortho elastics - for hair!
  • Nike running shorts - built in underwear people
Happy Memorial Day!


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Recovering Shop-aholic

(My closet, ya right I wish)

Well you see I used to be a bit of a spender. It is still difficult to fight these urges. I think it started when I graduated from High School early and was working full time so I had plenty of mula at my disposal. Also with a lack of anything else to do and my High School size 0 self it seemed like the perfect activity to partake in.

Once college hit along with the freshman 15 (eventhough I commute to college so I shouldn't even have technichally gained 15 lbs, so there comes my theory of college makes you gain weight no matter what, or at least thats what I'm telling myself) (unless you're my sister of course who is similar to a fine wine, gets better with age), I wasn't rolling in the dough anymore and had to cut back on the spending.

So now I just have mental lists of things that I desperately want.

Wish List:
Van's Lo-pro's
Glass Teapot
High waisted everything, shorts, jeans, skirts.
Ikea everything

Book Worm Update:
In response to my sister. I really enjoyed Three Weeks with my Brother. I unlike her did not have an issue with the beginning. I realized after reading her post today that exactly what happened with her with Stephenie Meyer happened with me with Nicholas sparks. The main male character was now Nicholas Sparks' voice in my head.

I have finished Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin. It was really good. I would highly recommend all of her books.

I am now reading The Witches Daughter by Paula Brackston. Its about a witch who is running from the evils of her past, befriends a young girl and decides to teach her what she knows.

I am working on getting us a Pinterest. I'll keep you updated!

BodyRock TV:
I have discovered this website called BodyRock.TV. It's really good. I'm going to start doing these workouts. I did my first one today. We will see how it goes.

Tirajeh Travels:
Check out my friend Tirajeh's blog called Tirajeh Travels. It's amazing.

Later Gators,



Happy Sunday!

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 I finally finished Three Weeks With My Brother by Nicholas and Micah Sparks in the wee hours of this morning. (sidenote, kinda liking the name Micah. Am I alone in this?) I've been reading this book for a minute now and last night just sat down and read and read and read until I was done.  I know Riz didn't give it a rave review but I must disagree. 

The beginning was a little slow for me, I wasn't super interested in his early childhood.  However, the book definintely picked up and I got into it.  I love his style of writing and he brought me to tears a few times towards the end and overall kept me entertained. 

I am on the same page as my sister in the fact that I don't like when my mental image is influenced. I totally ruined the Twilight series for myself when I obsessively read the Stephenie Meyer website during a summer waiting for the next book to come out.  After that I could hear her "voice" in her writing and it was no longer my Bella narrating her love story, it was Stephenie Meyer impersonating the Bella I had created--bummer.  However, Three Weeks With My Brother didn't ruin my image.  It just gave a little background info, like "huh, that's where he got that idea". 

Anywho, I give it my stamp of approval and would definitely recommend it if you are in need of a book to read poolside!

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Book Worm

I love to read. I love to read anything that is NOT a textbook for school. I HATE reading for school (sorry Grammie I know I'm never supposed to use hate and use strong dislike instead but I had to just this once). No matter what I do I cannot stay awake while I'm reading textbooks. No matter how much sleep I have had or how uncomfortable I position myself. If I do somehow manage not to fall asleep while reading I still find a way not to read. I cannot absorb the material. I end up reading the same paragraph over and over and over again and still could not tell you what that paragraph said. So bottom line I don't read my textbooks, just reference them. Sorry if that makes me look like an irresponsible student but I'm just not cut out for textbook reading. Kudos for those out there that read their textbooks cover to cover, I really wish I could.

Ironically I LOVE to read otherwise (except for magazines, which I treat as a picture book, Lyd loves this about me, not). Right now my books of choice are sappy love stories and supernatural books. I know I'm probably the coolest kid on the block. Just trying to be honest.

My love for supernatural books can be completely credited to J.K. Rowling. I have loved Harry Potter ever since my teacher started reading them to us in 4th grade (I think it was 4th grade, don't quote me on that one). I have read all of those books too many times to count. J.K. Rowling is the reason why I love to read. Fun fact. When Lyd and I were younger and a new book would come out, our Mom would get off her shift as a waitress and go wait in line at midnight with all the crazies and get us both the new HP book. She would come home and hide them so when Mel and I would wake up we would have to search and find them, like our easter basket routine. What a good Kitty she is (nickname for our Mom). We would then proceed to read the books without a break until we were finished. Good times.

My love for sappy love stories can probably be blamed on the lack of romance in my life. HA! The author that can be credited for my love for love stories is Nicholas Sparks. No fun facts with that one, just my sister and I going to the Kingston Mall and seeing the Notebook, balling our eyes out while an old man in front of us in a wheel chair laughed his ass off while Ally and Noah kiss in the rain. Clown.

So here is a list of my recent reads:


1. Love the One you're with by Emily Giffin: It is good so far. It's about a woman who is happily married and runs into an ex that she used to be infatuated with and is having issues getting him out of her head.

2. Something Borrowed and Something Blue also by Emily Giffin: Something Borrowed was made into a movie with Kate Hudson and is either out already or coming out soon. When it comes to books becoming movies I have to read the book and then see the movie or just see the movie. My favorite part of reading is creating your own mental image for the characters so when the watching and reading is done in any other order it ruins it for me. I didn't realize that Something Borrowed was coming out as a movie till I was about halfway through the book so it didn't spoil it for me.

Something Borrowed is about best friends who have an unhealthy relationship and end up having guy problems. I don't want to give too much away.

Something Blue is the sequel to Something Borrowed and I loved it.

3. The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain: I attempted to read this book. I hate to start things and not finish them, thats just my personality, but I couldn't do it. This book got boring. Probably not romantic enough for me. Too old school. O well, not really o well because I bought it on my kindle but whatevs.

It's written from the perspective of Ernest Hemingways wife documenting their story.

4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: Loved this book. It's awesome. I can't wait for the sequel.

It's about a witch who has tried her whole life to suppress her powers and then meets a vampire and is being threatened by fellow witches.

5. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith: I love these books. I don't watch the series. I have finally finished them all. I used to wait for them at the library but finally caved and bought the kindle versions because I was sick of waiting. Also, cannot wait for the sequel, team Damon all the way. I have not read the Stephan diaries and I don't think I will. I don't know if its the team Damon thing or just because I have a feeling they won't be as good, who knows. Unrelated fun fact, team Jacob, Lyd is team Edward, typical.

6. Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale: This is another series like Harry Potter that I have been reading since Elementary or Junior High I can't remember. I finally read the last installment and was very sad that its over. Which is exactly how I felt when I read the last HP book. While your reading you can't wait for it all to end so you can find out how it all ends and see how everything connects and unfolds together, but once you're at the end you realize that its all over and there is nothing else to look forward to.

7. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks: This was the last of the Nicholas Sparks books for me. I have read every other one that I have not seen the movie of. I love Nicholas Sparks. So much so that I have pre-ordered The Best of Me which doesn't come out till October 11th. If you are a Nicholas Sparks fan, the only book I would suggest not reading is Three Weeks with my Brother. It was good and all but it basically told the life story of Nicholas Sparks which basically shows where all the ideas for his books come from. This kinda ruined my whole mental image thing, Lyd is reading it now.

I prefer to get library books (except when I have to "shop" in the teen section, kinda awkward when everyone already assumes I am a senior in high school, not college). However, our library is pretty amazing but all the books I want are always checked out.

So since I am an instant gratification person I have been buying the kindle versions. Hate that. Just because I know I could be getting them for free at the library. But the kindle books are just so easy! You don't even realize your spending money!

I use the kindle app on my PC and iphone. I still would prefer to actually have a kindle or ipad but that debate will have to be postponed until I'm raking in the corporate dollar bills. We can only hope.

Until next time,



While I like Beyonce, she is never the first person I think of when people ask what artists I really like.  I think she has an amazing voice but I am not always obsessed with her song choice.  That being said, I love her new song that she sang on the American Idol finale.  It totally showed off how amazing her voice is.  And then I just found on the yahoo homepage little news articles (is anyone else addicted to those?? Just me?) this video that Jay-Z took of her warming up before that Idol performance.  I couldn't believe it, it sounds like you are listening to her song on the radio!  So talented! Check it out on you tube, you will be blown away, I promise!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Well hellooo there!!

My goodness, bet you were starting to think I didn’t exist.  Riz (my nickname for R) has definitely got the jump on me as far as posting.  But that’s just the way she is, organized with all her ducks in a row, type A personality to the max.  I on the other hand cannot make my own decisions for the life of me and constantly need my big sisters input to get through my days.  (I’ll have her read this over and get her opinion before posting it, it’s a problem people!) Anyways, after my ridiculous accounting test last night (summer school is a form of cruel and unusual punishment in my opinion), I’d like to add a little sunshine into everyone’s day by introducing my two little balls of love. 

Meet B and G (short for Boy and Girl, strange I know).  They are my adopted kitties and bring me so much happiness it’s probably a little unhealthy.  B meets me at the door every day and climbs my leg until I pick him up and ask him how his day was.  (Don’t judge I know you all have conversations with your animals too!)  They both have personality for days which I find hilarious!  They also have a birth defect where they only have two toes on their front paws which makes them walk a little funny which is super cute! Anywho, after a hectic week of school and work and the Idol and Oprah finales (totally on team Lauren), B and G just make everything better.  So I figured I'd share a little bit of my sunshine and maybe they will make you feel the same way!


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The Hangover Part 2

Well I am not much of a movie critic and not much of a movie buff however, The Hangover was probably one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. That being said I had to go see part 2 ASAP. So I took our little brother on his first day of summer and first day as officially being a senior (congrats J!) to go see it today, sorry Lyd you had to work :(.

So if I had to rate part 2 I would probably give it a B+. Yep folks a B+. It was funny, and I wanted it to be just as good as the first but it just wasn't. Don't get me wrong there were some great parts but it just wasn't as consistently funny as the first one.

They kept referencing the first movie which is fine and all but we already know that one was funny and they were trying to bring back the funny from the first. This one was a bit more vulgar I would say than the first as well.

So ya there were some funny parts, but it's sure not has funny as part 1. Definitely go see it anyway though and form your own opinions.

Hopefully M will have time to post today, I'm excited to see what she's going to say ;)



Thursday, May 26, 2011


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Howdy Guys!

Sister #1 (1 = older by 14 months) here! This will be my very first post. Yipee! I am so psyched that M also thought it would be a good idea to start our blog early. You see our original plan was to start our blog after we had graduated (#1 in Dec. 2011, #2 in May 2013), but then we were like what the heck why not! We are busy with work and school but hey who doesn't have time for a couple blog posts?!? And besides we knew we would have a bunch of fun.

Anywho...as the title reveals, my post today will be a compiled list of my recent etsy wants. If you are not familiar with etsy, it is a site where folks sell their vintage and handmade items. It's AWESOME. Hopefully Lyddy (#2's nickname since childhood) and I will be able to get our etsy store up and running sometime in the near future. It is another item on our to-do list. We will alert the media (aka you guys) when it is up and running. In the meantime I will be posting my etsy must have list every week and share my new found treasures with you all (we grew up in MA I swear it!).


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Nice to meet you!

Why start a blog you ask?
Good question. 
1. We decided to start a blog because we were so inspired by all the interesting blogs we visit almost every day including (but not limited to):
The Daybook, A Cup of Jo, Knit1Slip1, Stylizmo, and The Beauty Department. Thanks ladies for introducing us to the world of blogging!
2. A blog seemed like the perfect fun project that we could create together. As sisters so close in age we have done almost everything together, but now as we get older we do not get to spend as much time together as we would like. So what better way to do that than document our everyday happenings!
Our goals with “Give It A Go” are documenting our many crafting adventures, clueing you guys in on some of our favorite goodies, random everyday life that we feel other people can relate to, and whatever else happens to come up along the ride!
Blogging has been something that we have thought about doing for some time now, but we were always coming up with reason after reason not to.  "But we don’t have enough time! What the heck are we going to talk about? And who is going to want to read what we have to say anyway?" Well finally folks we have decided to bite the bullet and just....

Give It A Go!