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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. ūüėČ 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 ūüôā


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 ūüėČ

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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My cousin Rachel, or as I like to call her, Rachie, is pretty fabulous. ¬†I like to take credit since I held her in my arms when she was a baby and I claimed her as my own. ¬†Ever since, she’s been the Phillips to my Wilson (“hold on for one more day…”), my bff and of course, my butt-warmer. ¬†I’ll explain later.
She’s a hard working, driven and talented individual. The woman doesn’t ever seem to tire and it’s fabulously motivating!
So naturally, when Talbots (Talbots as in the store – just in case you were wondering) had a contest to win a trip for four to Paris (PICK ME! PICK ME!) – so she entered!
Her mission was to create a story about Denim in six words or less. ¬†Using her smarts, wit and her personal love with denim jeans – voila. ¬†A young Hemingway in the making. ¬†Even better, she was able to include pictures with her story to help give it that extra spice and always going that extra mile! Suck up ūüėČ I bet she was the girl always doing extra credit.
Check out the link below- pretty darn clever if you ask me.  What can I say, I like to toot her horn!
Rachel doing this inspires me to get out of the norm, think outside the box and whatta ya got to lose? Not much! So on that note I’d like to say…Be Comfortable, Be Creative, Be driven, Be of NO Fear and Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough!!!!
Rachel’s Story is the one titled: My commitment to Love…and Denim
Rachel’s Story: No matter the occasion I’m Committed

I’ve included further evidence of her ‘extra credit’ (coughing) Suck up;)

Rachel w/Nana on our recent visit. She gave our Nana an awesome scrapbook from her wedding. ¬†There goes my candy jar gift ūüėČ


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Let’s face it, I’m no spring chicken anymore. ¬†I’m getting ready to hit my 30’s – my 20’s will soon be a thing of the past. That being said, I’m starting to see the lovely signs of aging. Getting older + my wacky intense facial expressions = a fabulous forehead of lines. ¬†Ugh. Lately, I’ve actually been entertaining the idea of Botox. Okay, more like thinking about it. ¬†I’m not quite there yet and frankly, I am happy to report that I might not be needing it anytime soon! ¬†I found my new BFF in the world of beauty products.¬†¬†Seriously….this is it! I’m in love. ¬†It rocks! ¬†BOOTS No7INTENSIVE LINE FILLER. ¬†Botox in a bottle indeed! I’ve been hearing awesome things about this brand from numerous people and have wanted to try it for awhile. ¬†It’s been hard for me to fork over the cash and risk trying a new brand when I ¬†still love my Kiehl’s. ¬†Then I heard about botox in a bottle. ¬†I took a chance. ¬†I love. ¬†It works!

It’s not super expensive. ¬†Once you apply it, rub your fingers along your lines and you will immediately feel how it fills in. ¬†Super soft, not greasy. After a few applications, I definitely noticed a difference! I’m converted. I’m totally digging on Boots Products and can’t wait to try the anti aging night cream that the spokesperson told me about. You can get¬†BOOTS products at¬†Target.¬†Don’t get me wrong, I’m still all about my Kiehl’s too, but it’s nice to switch it up and have a new love in my life! All in all, I am a very happy camper and just felt like sharing my latest beauty find. ¬†If you decide to try it, let me know what you think!

BOOTS No7 –¬†Intensive Line Filler.

Intensive Line Filler

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