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I’m going on a temporary-ish Shenanigan Recess/Haitus/break from “Hard Core” blogging. I’ll still be blogging, just not as often and as much in depth stories as I’d like. I’ve been slacking this last month and I need to call attention to it.

Currently I’m balls to the wall trying to get TidBits: A Choice Morsel (FroYo & Treats) up and running full throttle.  Between TidBits and work it’s been hard to remember what I ate for lunch, let alone a good juicy funny to share with you all.  Let’s put it this way, my hair has suffered dearly. I have roots that are three inches unacceptable and a mane that could be mistaken for a horse.  I need time to get a haircut, then I can blog about the disaster & tears that will follow.

I’ll definitely post updates, random bits of information or things that catch my attention, perhaps even a funny if worthy of the adventures in Shawnanigans title.  However, they will be spontaneous and sporadic for the next couple weeks.

But continue to check in often as you never know what you’ll find;)  My twitter is constantly updating so make sure to follow me or check in to the TidBits blog page for the updates on the side bar.

Don’t leave me – just be patient for the time lapse that may happen in between. When I dangle free batches of brikkle and FroYo you’ll be quick to forgive. 🙂

I’ll be keeping you posted soon!


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Collar Me Pretty & Hiking My Way To A Foodie Paradise!

The other day we (Roxy and I) got the most awesome package from our Bestest (Suzanna & Razzle). I think it’s safe to say that it was a prezzy for Roxy for MY 30th bday.  That bitch is always stealing my thunder. 😉 I guess Razzle didn’t want Roxy to feel left out of the spotlight, heaven forbid. Can I just say (again), It is the most awesome hand painted/embossed gorgeous leather collar. Susan’s sister, Nicole, owns the shop – Four Robins – where she custom makes all different kinds of hand crafted leather dog collars! So freshy cute.  They size them perfectly to fit the girth (such an obnoxious word but it was fitting-ish) of your pupster’s neck! We Love Love Loved. Roxy will be rocking her sugar skulls like you wouldn’t believe. Putting the Rox in Roxstar!
Check her stuff out if you have pups!

Hand painted Sugar Skull Collar - Four Robins, Ltd.

On that note, I’m uber excited to take Roxy hiking up Fryman so she can showcase her new collar.  It’s a fantastic & new favorite hiking spot.  I’m pretty sure it’s only new to me – which has had me kicking myself that I’ve spent the 1-2 years stuck in a Runyon rut. Although it’s quick and easy and was fun at first – Runyon isn’t really as ‘amazing’ as it’s cracked up to be.  I say that now – HA!  I suppose It’s partially because I take the boring part, that being said – again – it might just be me.  A few weeks ago my twin (Amy) told me about her awesome hike up Fryman in Studio City.  We went last weekend and BAM!  It had me at beautiful trees, wide looping trail, gorgeous views all around, an intermix of moderate and intermediate levels, the LACK of urine, dust, mobs of annoying people & off leash dogs plowing into me…Runyon is a thing of my past.  HELLO to FRYMAN HIKE!  It rocked.  A nice cherry on top was being spit out into a neighborhood of gorgeous homes on a tree lined street that I didn’t even know existed in LA.  It felt like I was in Northern California again.  Sigh of delight.

Amy stretching w/Frank-Kay b4 Fryman Hike last weekend

Me and Amy halfway point at Fryman last weekend.

Tomorrow morning my memories of last weekend’s hike-a-pades, will soon become a reality again. I have a date hike w/Twin (Amy) and Frank-kay!  YAY!  A gorgeous calorie burn with our pups and hanging with a besty- can’t beat that.

And then, let there be cake…cake ingredients…or any baking/cooking ingredients of the sort.   I’ll finally be hitting SURFAS in Culver City to go check out their packaging supplies so I can package up my brikkle & Fro.  I have a few other specialty items on my list like cheesecloth and coffee extract and from what I hear, I’ll end up with a lot more than what’s on my list if I’m not careful.   Brandy told me that I had to check this place out, ‘divine’ she said.  It’s been hard to get over there – Culver City is so close yet so far away.  So I’m really excited to finally check it out and start the creative packaging ideas flowing for TID BITS: A Choice Morsel; which by the way – has locked on a logo.  Woot woot.

Getting back to Surfas…it’s a hybrid store that caters to restaurants, gourmet foodies, and home chefs.  Bulk spices are ridiculously cheap, and there is also an extensive selection of professional bakeware along with kitchen appliances. Chocolates, cheeses, cured meats… I’ve been told that this is a great place to go to if you are making cupcakes, candies, favors, for weddings, baby showers, or bridal showers.  I wish I would have known that when I was juggling the bridesmaid duty in 5 weddings last year – wah wah.   I’m so excited to go there as they also have a cafe (looks divine) to break and feed our bellies, a test kitchen where they have classes/demonstrations galore and I can’t wait to find all those specialty chocolates and cheeses that are damn near impossible to get anywhere else.  The jackpot will be hit –  you betcha by golly.

The word on the street is that this place is dangerous…for your wallet!  Uh oh.  Go with a list and a friend to help lock it up and regulate – that’s what I am doing.  I plan to hopefully report back with good finds & Adventures in TidBits Shenanigans.  Until then, enjoy your weekend – I know I will be 🙂


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Bright Now Whitening….RIGHT NOW…

Did you know – Century Romans used human urine imported from Portugal to whiten their teeth?  Seriously.  Now your thinking those Crest White Strips aren’t that bad.

Well actually, for most of us those Crest White Strips are a pain in the arse because you can’t talk and do normal things even though we all fearlessly attempt to do so – the generation of multi-taskers.  If your like me and are hell bent on walking the dog while the strips are on and then get stopped by the cute neighbor to chat it becomes a bit aWKward.  Trust;)  That’s not all, those suckers make my teeth uber sensitive.  Sensitive teeth mean issues with all things hot and cold.  And if you think about it, that means FroYo is going to be a big issue.  Not an Option!!! Okay, maybe I’m the only one that has this specific problem, but you get the picture.   So all this talk of FroYo, coffee and red wine is leaving me scared to smile.

Let’s cut to the chase.  My friend Andra and I are chatting on IM at work and she casually asks my opinion on some photo options for her new biz.  New Biz??  Come again?  Where have I been?  She’s been slaving all the live long day to get this thing up and running and managed to keep it on the DL.  Crafty yet smart.  I’m insanely stoked!

The Tid Bits:  It’s called Bright Now Whitening – it’s mobile whitening so she (awesome Andra) comes to you!  You had me at BRIGHT NOW!  7 shades lighter in 20 minutes, zero sensitivity and I can drink my white wine sitting on the couch watching the latest chick flick all at the same time…and FroYO??  YES PLEASE.  Pure Genius!  Especially because it’s much more affordable and convenient and my teeth don’t hurt!  I told her I wanted to bring her to my office – everyone would love it.

And honestly, I can’t afford $500 dentist office visits  for these pearly whites and forking over the dough for the strips that I forget to use is a giant waste of money.

Then I get a call from one of our mutual friends inviting us all over to her house so Andra can show us what it’s made of.  AWESOME.  It really does work.  Really.  And we really sat around drinking white wine, eating FroYo (courtesy of moi) and getting our teeth whitened.  She sent me home with a whitening pen that ROCKS.  Love love love.

I don’t have the pricing packages because I’m too impatient to wait for it and I wanted to post.  But give her a call at (800) 267-7608 and check out her site:

Host home or office parties and she’ll give you a discount and/or free teeth whitening. Tell her yours truly sent you 😉  If nothing else, Andra is hilarious and awesome – she’ll keep you entertained while your making those pearls sparkle.  DO IT!  You will seriously be happy.  7 shades happier.

For your viewing pleasure I’m providing some pics and a fun video link of our teeth whitening shenanigans party! Enjoy!

Andra working her magic on Daylens teeth

Andra and Daylens wife, Amy, refill while Daylen whitens.

Would you like some Wine with your whitening??! Yes please!

Andra and Sarah hug it out

Daylen relaxin!

These CHEEKS Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!


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Since I’m counting down the days to my Dir-Tay 30 (2 to be exact), I thought it was only fitting to revisit an old blog post that still holds strong!  It tells the tail of 2 cheeks and how they’ve kept it together for 30 years and counting.

It’s Time to Get Cheeky!

For an interesting and perhaps amusing read, check out the post below. If it’s for the first time around or for a second go, enjoy!



Thong The Thong Thong Thong!

Posted on June 11, 2010 by sotidbits

Dumps like a truck truck truck
Thighs like what what what
Baby move your butt butt butt
Let Me See That THONGGGG…..

I often feel like the only person that will not give in to the Thong! Call me crazy, old school, granny panty wearer, whatever! I like to know that those cheeks are held in tight, secure and are not left to have a mind of their own. Baby got back and I’ve got to ensure that the booty stays in tact. I even don’t care what kind of panty line may show, regardless of working out/formal event/night on the prowl, bring on the panty line!
All that being said, I was given some Thong action for my bday. And no, not from a hot sexy significant other. More like a friend possibly hinting that I may need to tap into a more sexy, spontaneous, get some action side of me. Well, let me tell you, those babies have stayed perfectly crisp and new in my drawer. UNTIL……
…Last night!!! This is how it happened, basically, I’m at the end of my clean underwear. I have only a few left. And those few, are being saved for those upcoming events and night on the town where I need to lock them in tight and keep those cheeks in check! Yes, I could just do my laundry already but please…Laundry is a pretty penny in my building so until I can make a big trip to the Fluff and Fold, I’m stretching what I have out as long as possible!
In this hour of desperation I stumble across the dreaded Thong. I’ve tried to wear prior and have only made it through 5 minutes of hell. Friends insist that there are certain kinds of thongs that make all the difference. Perhaps. Not on this ass. I’ve been open, I’ve listened to the arguments, I’ve forked over a few bucks and purchased that mini piece of fabric. NO BUENO! But I consider it. Maybe it’s like shrimp or mushrooms, where I kept trying and trying for years to like, and finally, it hits you – it’s AMAZING. So…..I tried again……
1. First, let’s just say for the record, my ass does not look good in a thong. I mean seriously. Seriously. No, Seriously! Mad props to those V-Secrets ladies, but after countless hours, days, years of working out and hiking, it has only made a difference in how good these girls (butt cheeks – I don’t have boobs) look in granny panties. I’m just sayin. True story.
2. I think I attempted to pick a wedgie for a good solid three hours.
SIDE NOTE – I did put these on a few hours before bed thinking I’d warm into them and get used to the feeling knowing I’d be asleep for most of it. Yeah, not so much.
3. The girls (butt cheeks) thought they had free reign. Honest, I got nervous to let my dog out for fear someone would catch a glimpse – and yes, I was wearing pants. I felt so naked, so exposed! And the girls were huge! I caught a glimpse in the mirror. Every so often, I would feel them give each other a high-five! WTF.
4. I continued to pick a wedgie through the night, I think I finally got to the point where I just moved “it” (aka-the thong) over onto one butt cheek. Ahhhh. Seriously relief and sleep!
Some people are not meant for the Thong TheThong Thong Thong! I feel like I try and try and I’m sure I’ll try again – but every time I make this attempt, a little piece of my Butt-Esteem is flushed down the toilet. I find myself having nightmares of the girls (butt cheeks) giving high-fives when I least expect it and I keep happening upon the lipo listings in the yellow pages. So for now I’d like to remain in my ignorant bliss….because I do believe my ass looks fab in those tight Gillian O’Malley granny panties with the super hot waistlines that keep those babies together, comfortable, perky. Done and Done!

Makeover or Makeunder

Trying out some new face lifts for the blog.  I have two more in mind.  What are your thoughts on this one?

Lazy Bakin’

My Saturday began at the wee hour of 6:45am when a furry lil chocolate terrierpoo named Henry thought it would be funny to pounce on my face.  I’m watching my friends fluffy lil pupsters and apparently, they don’t appreciate the art of sleeping in like my dog Roxy does.  Roxy had a look on her face like, Bi&%! don’t bother me! Needless to say, I was up and running at mock speed the rest of the day. After a busy day of pups, vet, groomers,  lunch at The Corner Cafe (where everyone knows our name) with my besty, mean clean apartment machine shenanigans, grocery shopping and a Fro Yo run (had to get er done) I’m officially pooped!!  Running on no food since lunch and too tired to cook – what does one do?  Whip out my lazy bake shenanigans!

My Lazy Girl’s (no bake) dinner:

Lazy Bake Dinner

Shockingly, this was really filling and quite satisfying.  Well, almost.  It wasn’t quite complete until….

Lazy Bake Dessert

…Until NOW! When dessert baking is a no go – then Fro Yo!

That’s my motto and I’m happily sticking to it.  And no, I didn’t eat the whole quart but at 8cals per 1 ounce, I could and it would still be less than most snacks!  That’s chocolate, banana and creamy peanut butter flavors in my belly.   Now, my Lazy Girl’s No Bake night is complete!

I can go to bed a happy Fro Yo Girl.

Just for fun – here’s a pic of the pup squad I got going on – fresh out of the grooming wagon sprinkled with a little Roxy on top 😉  They had a great day at our favorite Doggy Daycare & Grooming – The Dog House (on 3rd)  Thanks for tiring out the pup squad – they left happy happy joy joy 🙂

Pup Squad: 1 and 2 and 3

Tid Bits…and Pieces

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These days, it seems like everyone is looking for the cliff notes to even the most basic breakdowns.  Or maybe it makes me feel better to believe that is the case.  Regardless, new information is constantly changing, in and out, hot and cold, yes and then no…you get the picture.  I can barely get through a magazine fast enough before the info I’m reading is already old news on a blog somewhere.  All that being said, I like it short-sweet-and-to-the-point!  I retain information better that way.  Reading through my Dad’s, Men’s Health Magazine – I jotted down some fun random Tid-bits that apparently I thought were worth repeating. I guess you could call it, the cliff notes on fun ‘shawna’ facts.

I actually think Men’s Health Magazine is one of the Best magazine for ladies – You get all the tips, advise and priceless information that just might help in understanding this insane creature we love to hate called ‘man.’ And let’s not forget to mention that there are really hot gorgeous men throughout AND guys always seem to have the best fit tips and exercises.

Take a gander and a mental note – you’ll have random fun tid-bits to talk about this weekend instead of the usual “how bout them apples?…I mean Dodgers!” :

Food For Thought:

  • For all you beer drinkers that want healthy options…really?  Well in case you are one of them, heres some knowledge that will help quench your thirst…If you want a healthy beer option, stick to a STOUT.  Guinness is a great option – Rich taste and helps reduce blood clots and heart attacks.  What’s not to love, bigger bang for your buck.
  • Did you know that once you hit the point of being thirsty, you’re already dehydrated?  Which means that once you are dehydrated, the amount of water in the body has already dropped below what’s needed for normal body function.  So make sure to grab your Water Bobble and suck it down!  My personal trick – Try adding part of an EmergenC vitamin pack for  a light great taste that will give you energy, ward off the flu and help you drink up faster!
  • Unnecessary weight gain isn’t about eating too much food, it’s about eating too much food that’s NOT food.
  • Wednesday is the best day to shop for groceries.  Besides the fact that running into Trader Joe’s on a Sunday or Monday evening will make you want to cause bodily harm – Wednesdays can help save your wallet and your insanity.  Most promotions start on Wednesdays, less people do their shopping mid week which results in more to choose from and faster in/out .  There’s also an interesting study that showed people using a credit/debit card spend 70% more on junk food.
  • Try eating a meal in silence.  People eat more when distracted and the quality in taste goes down. A food quality study showed diners who ate in noisy settings reported that the food TASTED less appealing. Hmmm…
  • If you really think about this, it totally makes sense and works: Planning responses to hunger help you stick to your diet. (ie.  If I get hungry in 5 minutes, I’ll have gum.  If I get hungry in 15 minutes, I’ll eat some carrots)

Fun Facts:

  • Put those phones down texty mctextersons! Apparently, frequent texters are more likely to be lonely and more anxious – according to a recent study.
  • 33% of married women think their pets are better listeners than husbands.  Is this why I’m still single?  Is it because I can picture a lifetime with my dog Roxy and can be somewhat okay with that?  Oh geez.  Not only Fro Yo Girl but I’ll add Dog Lady to my resume 😉

Until my next Friday night in (that I love and often prefer over a night on the town) of stuffing my face with a big bowl of air popped popcorn, Roxy at my side, watching David Tutera’s ‘My Fair Wedding’ and Say Yes to the Dress and then stuffing my face again with my 8cal/oz AHH MAY Zing FRO YO, all while sifting through a stack of magazines collecting random tid-bits for you – I bid adieu!

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