Hi guys! I have been awol over here since i have been working on my company (!!!) blog as well as my personal/studio blog. I never really posted on here about art and what i love doing (i dont know why cause its my blog and i can do what i want..) anyway so this is just a heads up post to let you all know where you can now find me:) i’ll still be posting recipes and fitness info, especially since i am getting my personal training certs this semester!! And of course pictures of my cute puppies:)
I started a stationary company called Seahorse Paper Co. and i do custom wedding invites and i am working on Christmas cards that will be sold online as well as in stores (hopefully!!) So contact me if you know someone getting married that needs custom handpainted invites! My studio blog will document all of the work i am making for my senior portfolio show (December 8th!!) as well as any other art related stuff that i do.
My stationary blog is seahorsepaperco.wordpress.com
and my studio blog is allisonforshey.wordpress.com
Check them out:) I will also have my professional portfolio site back up soon and i will link that to both of my blogs which i will also have link as well so you can always check up on things (non-stalkerish hopefully..) Have a lovely day and yay for September and FALL!!!
So immediately after getting back to Florida from my wonderful trip home to see my family, I had to find a place to live! I could have stayed at the house i currently live at but one of my roommates had waaaaaaaay to many guest over (as in there was atleast 1, normally 2 people there for 25/30 days a month!) So i kinda wanted to get out of the hotel! So at first we found this perfect cottage right off the beach!! it was super adorable and had so much POTENTIAL! I would have loved it….if i was buying it! The house would have required a bunch of work that i would have loved to do and would of had a blast doing it, but since we were just renting and I wouldn’t have gotten anything back financially from any remodels, it wasn’t really the best choice. Actually the day we were supposed to sign the lease we went and visited a charming apartment thats on the second floor of an old victorian house and we fell in love with it!! The house has so much character, and all of the windows in the house are different! Its super eclectic and awesome! There is a little private yard, room for a garden (and they have bees!!!! which my garden was sorely lacking…and just to clarify, not hives just “visiting” bees lol a necessary component of pollination) their is also a pretty big balcony which is great for watching all the happenings going on downtown and dinner parties:) Its one bedroom and a loft which is mine!! Im super excited about it lol my grandparents lived in a log cabin when i was a kid and i LOVED the loft!
So my life is currently being swallowed by boxes, and all the clutter is DRIVING ME INSANE!!!! I do not function well when things are a mess so ive been taking lots of naps (cause duh when your eyes are closed you cant see the mess!) and working extra. But very very soon it will be over and ill be in my awesome new place and i am already so inspired about different things i want to paint and make!!! And another reason im thrilled to be moving is that the oven in my house is broken and i have no idea when it will be fixed so no baking for me:(:(:( I made a batch of donuts before i realized it was broken and i had to try to pan fry little donut holes instead. Still good but not as good as if i had baked them:(
I’m off:) I’ll leave you with some lovely photos of my trip:
tea container/vase from the thrift store for $1!! I thought it was vintage but its actually from tj maxx haha
A forever 21 sweter wrap thing for $1.50!! Oh thrift stores how i love you:)
Me and my sister played skip-bo everyday i was home lol we always get super competitive and play a million board and card games. We made it even more complicated by playing bo-skip lol where you can either but the card above it OR below it lol
My church is a block from Trader Joes and they always donate a ton of bread and produce to the church for the members to take. Dont worry, we left some for the other people;)
Did i ever tell ya that i played the organ? A friend gave it to us when they moved and so i played from 8-15 and my sister was actually a music major for a year before switching to a theater major. My moms parents and my dad’s stepdad and mom are on the left and an old family picture from when i was a kid and my dad’s father and stepmom are on the other side. I refurbished the old picture thats hanging up. It was a 2×3 inch snapshot of my grandmother, her sister, and their grandmother! It was super wrinkled and faded and i fixed it up in my photo class last year:):)
Anyways have a lovely weekend! Dont forget to stay active! I went for a great run this morning and my appetite has been ridiculous so im gonna find something to stuff my face with:):)
I have been MIA once again. This time its a good reason (well its always a good reason…) anyway…..I”M HOME!! Yay!!! ***insert fake applause*** I left florida at 9 pm on Tuesday after working 4-8 am, then working out, then babysitting 9:30-4pm (we went to the beach! yay tan!) and then spending time with my favorite boys who were not happy to see me go:(
I had a lovely lay over in Atlanta for an hour and then got back on the same plane and flew up to philly. I landed at 1 am and my awesome awesome amigo Lauren picked me up!!! And of course our first stop was WAWA:):):) <- If you dont know what that place is, i am so sorry because your life is so much more difficult! It really is the bestest convenience store and they have great coffee (and a really good deli if ya eat that kinda stuff..)
Wednesday i woke up bright and early (after only a few hours of sleep) and went to the dentist! A great way to start off my vacation! I hadnt been in a few years but i had super clean teeth (i brush, rinse, and floss many times a day) and he told me that i have my wisdom teeth but since they are straight and i have enough room, there is no need to take them out! Praise Jesus:):):) I did NOT want to have to deal with that (or pay for it!!) so i am super thankful that they are all right! After that my mom and i went to some farm stands and got fresh veggies! South Jersey has so many farms and in the summer they all have stands but the road and sell all the produce! I forgot how much more lush vegetation there is in the north! Florida really cant compare! I would totally live in Florida September-April and live in Jersey from May-August!! That way i would get the best of both climates:)
After hanging with lauren more that afternoon, we went with my sisters to our community group at church and we met at The Pop Shop for a fun night of food and fellowship. I had a ginormous bowl (seriously an entire pint!) of chocolate soy ice cream with Oreo crumbles and it was delicious!
Thursday i worked 9-5 at my gym up here. My manager is awesome and always asks when I’ll be home and gives me whatever shifts i want:):):) While i waited for my sister to pick me up i ran 15 minutes of interval sprints (1 minute on 11mph, 1 min 4 mph) and then foam rolled and did one set of lat pull downs with 100 lbs. Lol i would have done more but my sister arrived:)
Friday, i finally got to sleep in for the first time since christmas and i took full advantage and didnt get up till 11:30!!!!! I did a Bodyrock workout (LOVE these workouts!! I found this site last february and they have gotten so much more popular and the workouts get better and better!) and then got ready and went to my cousins wedding.
This is my cousin and her dad during their dance and everyone was dying of laughter!! My uncle is hilarious and they danced to Aint no Mountain High (is that the name?) and they did the traditional sway during the verse but during the chorus they went crazy! it was pretty awesome:):)
Saturday i slept in, did a quick 6 minute Bodyrock workout, walked up town for the parade only to arrive too late so we walked around town for awhile and then at night walked downtown to see my town’s fireworks:)
Sunday was church:):):) I love my home church and i wish i could take it with me to florida!! (i love my church in florida too) The people here are so so so friendly and they have great teaching! Thankfully i can download the sermons so its kinda like im there even when im not:) After the service my sister and i went to our favorite thrift store, Village Thrift! We just call it The Village;) Its a huge building stuffed with everything and on Sundays they have 1/2 off deals on different color tags. Ill show ya later what i got since the clothes are still in the wash:)
After dinner we headed over to the Haddonfield fireworks with our friend Kristin. Haddonfield apparently spent $25,000 on fireworks this year and you could definitely tell cause they were amazing! We got there at 7 and staked out a great spot on the lawn right near the front and then walked down to starbucks for some iced coffee (why i am still up at 1:16 am writing this post lol). We then hung out on the blanket playing card games and skip-o until it was dark enough for the fireworks!!! My favorite are the gold drippy ones and the gold sparkly ones lol and i realized as i was looking at my pictures that i got one which has a smiley face in it!!
Thats it for me! Im off to sleep:):) I still have to share my super exciting (more like harrowing!) adventure from last week, stay tuned for that!
Have a safe and happy 4th, and make sure you thank a service member or two for all the do to keep our country free!!!
Just so you know, i spelled finally and friday wrong (and spelled too lol) so i definitely know its time for some relaxing!! The funny thing is that i went to bed at 10 last night! Normally im in bed by 11 and i wake up at 4 am. Five hours of sleep is not enough and i always end up taking a nap during the afternoon. Now let me just say that i LOVE naps! Albert Einstein took naps and they are proven to give you a mental boost! I really got hooked on taking naps after living in Argentina where there was a lovely siesta from 1-4pm and every store was closed! When i dont get enough sleep i get sick and never get better! When i was nannying+working at a gym for over 40 hours a week+plus taking 18 credits a semester i would get maybe 6 hours a night but i didnt get to take a nap so i was always sick:( Now i have learned my lesson and i value as much sleep as i can get!!
Anyway enough moaning! Its friday:):):) Woohoo!!! Though i work tomorrow, i we open 2.5 hours later so i get more sleep! The rest of this month is going to be crazy busy!! We are going to my boyfriends parents house this weekend for fathers day, and then next weekend we are helping his brother and sis in law move up to savannah:):) And then in 11 days i am flying home to jersey:):):) so ya see what i mean about it being packed! But i’m excited!! I love taking trips (esp. with the boyfriend!). And tomorrow while he is hanging out with some of his friends having guy time, i get to go over to a camp i use to work at and hangout with some of my good friends who are working there this summer:):):)
Well im off to ice my hand…or maybe heat it. I whacked the median nerve, its right between the index finger and thumb, (i googled to find out the name lol) right on the corner of a metal filing cabinet as i walked by and it still hurts to touch it or to move it, 2 hours later:(:(:( I really just want to curl up in a ball in my nice comfy bed and take a looooong nap! Happy friday everyone! Hopefully you’ll have time to get a nap sometime this weekend:)
So I’m sure that you are all dying to know how I’m doing with the no-sugar “diet.” Its riveting info, isn’t it? Anyway, I’m doing really well. My body adjust to change pretty easily so there was no big sugar crash or crazing cravings. I did have a few lemon bar cookies, the kinda processed junk thats accidentally vegan lol and some amazing sorbet on Sunday when we were walking around town. But i felt kinda crappy after that so it was a nice reminder of what that kinda junk does to your body!
I’m still tracking my calories cause i LOVE charts and graphs and very detailed info:) If you dont like tracking calories or it stresses you out, then dont do it:)
Ok, on a totally different topic, I have decided I want to raise chickens:) The boyfriend isn’t a vegan and if he is going to be eating egg, milk, etc, I would like him to be eating ones from a responsible and kind source. And what better way to insure that the animals were treated well and not fed chemicals then to raise them myself:) Contrary to popular misconceptions, New Jersey (especially South Jersey where i’m from) is covered with farms, and woods, and parks! After all, it is called “The Garden State”!!! Also, i want to start canning!! These are both things that i have wanted to do for awhile but probably wont happen until after i graduate. So in january expect me to be in all my hippie glory, with chickens running around, studying up on canning for the summer, and of course I’ll be busy illustrating kids books and painting and drawing for my very popular etsy store, all while training clients at the gym:):):) Lol a girl can dream:)
Inspiring my chicken and canning dreams are:
Do you guys ever raised chickens or canned anything? I’d love any advice that you have!