Pendant Lamp DIY

Would you like to be able to boast that you made a lamp in your house? Well, if you do, then this is the DIY for you! Not to mention that you it's modern, personalized, and can be a fun group activity.


Like my fake warning sign?
Just getting your attention.
Let's get started!

Basically all you need is a paper lantern, string lights, an extension cord and a few other random things to hang it up (I'll mention these later). Now, since amazon links are AWESOME, I'm going to give you some. That means I've done all the research for you!

For this project, you can use a plain white lantern and decorate it, or you can choose whatever color you'd like. Here are some white ones and colored ones. You can get different sizes but to make one that is more like a lamp, I'd suggest at least 12 inches. Again, you can get colored lights if you want, but I'd suggest just white lights. The more light you want, the mo…

Downtown Chicago Pictures+Touring German Cousin Around...

Just recently, my cousin came to stay with us from Germany and it's been a blast! We've done a lot of photography together but I think the best so far is from downtown Chicago. Normally, I pictures of mostly nature and food. But recently, I got inspired from my friends instagram: She takes AMAZING photos of the city! Anyways, we went downtown with my cousin to show her some cool Chicago and I was like...

Time for camera action.

And I took that.

A lot of times I feel like the city is so ugly why would I want to take a freakin' picture of it? But, I realized it was time to embrace were I live.

Those towers were so weird and cool I just couldn't resist. Cars were parked in those little cubby areas farther down the building. What a view to come home to and look out of your garage at!

I am NOT trying to be political guys I just accidentally got Trump tower in there. After we walked for like a mile we finally got to the bean. Then I took …

Guest Post: Easy Mocha Mix by Bethany Kimball

Hey everybody!
Today I am going to show you one of my favorite recipes.  It is super easy and I love it!   The recipe makes a lot of cups, because you only use three teaspoons of it per cup of water :).  So here is what you need:

Dry Creamer (I used hazelnut creamer, but you can do whatever)CocoaInstant coffeeSugarChocolate pudding mix (optional, but fun)
Ok, so put one cup of the dry creamer into a bowl (I used a jar so it looked fancy).  Next add the chocolate pudding (or just skip this step if you want).
Add four tablespoons of cocoa.

Now add one cup sugar.

Last but not least add in one cup instant coffee.

Now mix it all up; I could not mix it in the jar so I mixed it in a bowl and poured it in.

To make the actual mocha put three teaspoons mocha mix in a cup with cold water. 

Microwave for one minute (If you want it really hot you can microwave it more), and stir.

Your mocha is complete. Yum!
Okay, for all of you people who like to skip all the dillydallying and get to the point he…

Makeup and Hair in the 1800's

Hey guys, I haven't been blogging as much since Summer came on! I'd much rather be outside swimming, walking, and getting sun because I'm completely famished of it from the winter. I literally could move to California because all this depressing cold 6 months of the year in the Midwest just isn't working for me!

Anyways, recently I've been getting really into 18th and 19th century reading. More specifically, authors from that time like Jane Austen, George MacDonald, and Charles Dickens.
Somehow I just cannot ever remember Charles Dickens name when I need to because I read his book David Copperfield and it just mixes me up so bad!

So, after reading all this about the 18 and 1900's, I just got really curious about their real life like hygiene, makeup, and hair. You know, like everyday things that you don't hear much about in books and movies because the story os  generally known to be more interesting.
But, not for me.
It started with a HUGE curiosity about …

Pigs in a Blanket

This is an easy recipe that I remember being a favorite in all my childhood.
I mean, what's better than a crescent-roll covered cocktail sausage DIPPED (my relationship with all dipped things is quite attached) in whatever suits your fancy?!? And in a kids eyes, it's just a hotdog you can grab and devour without much mess.
It takes literally 20 minutes to make and bake; bonus! And since we're using crescent rolls and cocktail sausages, it isn't a gross little kid snack that all the adults eye with disgust as they feed it to their children.
When you make this for parties, picnics, lunch boxes and picky kids, you'll be sure to succeed! I set this down on the counter and within an hour they were completely gone and I have no recollection of any leftovers whatsoever.
The best thing about this is that you only need two ingredients: crescent rolls, and cocktail sausages.

That is IT.


Ingredients: Crescent rolls in a can Twice as many pre-cooked cocktail sau…

No-Problemo Fried Donuts

I've shied away from fried donuts for sooo long because I was always afraid they'd turn out burnt on the outside, doughy on the inside, and irregularly shaped.
Talk about mistake-making trauma!
My terrible history with deep-frying food has already been explained in my fried chicken post. However, I love to repeat it.
In a nutshell, no matter how many blog posts, cookbooks, youtube videos and lectures from experienced grandmas I carefully noted, my frying would end up in a giant mess of greasy, burnt, terrible tasting articles of unidentifiable food.
Recently, I got up the courage to try fried chicken, once again! I hit a treasure trove when I found this AMAZING video by Divas Can Cook. She was so mind opening, I have no idea what clicked, but somehow I suddenly knew how to fry. So, donuts will be no-problemo, right?
Right, except for My Big Mistake of leaving my test donut in over-heated oil for 10 minutes while I got utterly absorbed in meticulously cutting perfect circles r…