I Buy Pretty Things #008 – Silly Cow Farms Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate. Autumn. What could be better?

Oh right, this adorable tin that some seriously delicious hot chocolate is in. Have you heard of Silly Cow Farms? I’ve bought hot chocolate from them in the past (because of the cute little jar it comes in – surprised?), so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with the actual product. The package, however comes equipped with the best type of reusable aspect…

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10 Drinks at Starbucks that aren’t Coffee

I am one of those people who doesn’t like coffee. Believe me, I’ve tried. My Dad has been a Starbucks fan for most of my life; at least when it finally got big near me when I was in junior high. Yes, there was once a time where Dunkin was the only option aside from a local coffee shop. The smell of coffee is comforting to me, so I’ve always appreciated it, I just don’t like drinking it.

Instead, over the years I have found most of the alternative drinks at Starbucks so I can still go “grab coffee” with friends or colleagues. It’s not only tea, either. Though there’s some tea on this list, I won’t lie to you.

However, you will not see a Pumpkin Spice latte on this list, I can promise you that.
(…but I’ll be damned if I didn’t love that pumpkin cream cheese muffin.)
Okay – onto the list.

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I Choose You, Summon Loot Crate!

I made an unboxing video for this month’s Loot Crate because I was crazy excited about it.
I felt like Ralphie waiting for his decoder ring the whole week before it’s arrival.

“Be sure to drink.. your… ovaltine.”

This conclusion was more exciting than his was. Also I love putting stuff on my head.

As an aside, I should have fact checked the dumb license plate on the dumb car before I put up the video because it WAS in fact a used license plate in like what, ONE Episode? Come on. Everyone knows KAZ plate is best plate. WHAT. EVER.

Comment with what pokemon you would like as a hat, or shaming me for my license plate knowledge.


How I Relate Real Life to Gaming

Over the course of my 26 years on this earth, there are several games that I have played that I imagine happening in my real life. I’ve also started using gaming metaphors for my daily life. UI’s are leaking into my brain when I close my eyes, it’s a designers virtual reality dream.

Basically my life is Scott Pilgrim, but without the extra lives, exploding people turning into coins and the sweet sweet power up graphics. A girl can dream.

Also have you ever accidentally said delete out loud while throwing something away? That’s awkward.

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Mug Stories

While I was making my tea the other night, I thought about how most people I know have an excess supply of mugs – but would never really want to get rid of any. I imagine goodwill sees a good amount of mugs with random company logos on them and novelty mugs shaped like an animal or something crazy.

I was thinking about how many stories my mugs hold, and how I’ve really only bought 4 mugs that came with my dishes without considering why I might want those mugs. I can tell you about 80% of my mugs have stories, whether they are short odes to the places I’ve traveled or a nod to another time in my life where I deemed that mug important. Or gifts from people past & present. There’s totally a mug phenomenon too, since Grace Bonney talks about her relationship with mugs in her podcast with Megan Auman. 

For this post, I’ve gathered up some of my favorite mugs.

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I Buy Pretty Things #007 – Awake Chocolate

Here you can see a dimly lit set of packages by two super swell lantern lamps I got in China Town San Fran. I’m working on it. These photos are old and they don’t sell this chocolate in the grocery store anymore, so I’m sorry for the poor quality.

Anyway, Awake Chocolate. I found these suckers in the candy aisle right next to your standard M&M’s and Hershey’s chocolates, and they stood out right away. Why? Well let’s think about this: super modern design and a giant owl. Next to other industry-saturated candy packages. I think you get it. Also, being October and in the mindset of Halloween, I did get excited about the brown/orange color scheme and the adorable Owl. I hope the Owl’s name is Cocoa and he’s sassy. (Edit: Turns out the owl’s name is Nevil ;) Thanks @awakechocolate twitter!)

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Cinnamon Blondies

(Originally Posted March 13th 2015 when there was still an intense amount of snow in Connecticut)
Scene: Quick! We’re going to game night and I need to bring something that’s not overly rich and doesn’t have chocolate in it. Also if it’s warm that’s a plus because there’s too much snow outside!

Cinnamon Blondies. Boom. All bases covered, and your kitchen smells like heaven.

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I Buy Pretty Things #006 – Ramuné

When transferring old posts over from my original blog, I found that I either miscounted or my blog ate the post. I never bought a fifth pretty thing. For shame!

But haven’t you heard designers can’t count? I was told there would be no math.

The good news is that I do in fact, have a pretty thing to share with you. Have you ever heard of Ramuné? It’s the most interactive drink experience you’ll ever have. I think.

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