Category: Personal Thoughts

Painted Days: You Can’t Scare Me!

I started to get back into painting about a year ago. I haven’t painted much in the last few month due to other projects and commitments.

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However, I started seeing someone new. I think he’s really great.

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I painted him this picture, to let him know that there is nothing he can do to scare me.

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Between our nightly phone calls and late night rants, I grow to like him more and more.

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There’s nothing he can do to scare me aware.

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Places to Play: Ohio Pinball Show

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (or know me in real life), you know that one of my interests is pinball. I have to be honest, I started a post about pinball in Ohio MONTHS ago, and (obviously) it has not gone to “press.” I have gone back and edited the post SO many times and every time I think it is so hard to talk about pinball in Ohio in just one post.

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Arcade Super Awesome: Columbus, OH

I got to thinking, why do I need to limit myself to just one post? I don’t! This is when I decided to scrap the idea of just showcasing ALL pinball in Northeast Ohio and spend an entire post about some of my favorite places to play!

I know what you may be thinking…is there really that many places to play pinball? Answer: Yes! My friends and I often talk about how we never thought we would say “there is almost too much pinball!” I digress…

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Super Electric Pinball Parlor: Lakewood, OH

Where is a place to play this month? Currently this weekend is the Ohio Pinball Show! Only happens in North East Ohio twice a year.

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The show started on Thursday and goes through tomorrow at 5pm. It’s $20 for entry, but well worth the price (cash only). There is over 150 tables all set to free play for your enjoyment. You can also take you hand in the tournament, $10 for 4 entries and $20 for 9. More details on entry and rules on the Ohio Show website.

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Don’t feel like it is too late to go! The show is open today from 11am to 11pm and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm! You can totally pay at the door. Local to Northeast Ohio? Check it more details at the Ohio Pinall website! Maybe I’ll see you there!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Thrifty Life: Six Dresses for under 20

I would like to think of myself as a thrifty person. One of the things I don’t like spending tons of money on is clothing. Not that I don’t like to treat myself here and there, but I really don’t like spending hundreds of dollars on my wardrobe. Here’s my dilemma: I LOVE clothes! I find myself in a catch twenty-two. How do I get the wardrobe I want and not spend my entire paycheck? Solution: second hand stores!

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I started shopping at second hand stores when I was in high school. My first job was at Plato’s Closet, a teen resale clothing store. Working there made shopping for clothes so easy! I would usually shop after I got off work on days I didn’t close. Plus, I got a nice discount! After I quit there, I started working at a coffee shop so my outfits shifted to jeans and black polos. I worked there for YEARS so I didn’t deviate much. This was also my band t-shirt phase, so I wasn’t purchasing much clothing.

Finally, after graduating college and getting my first big girl job, I had to learn how to dress “business casual.” Being on limited funds (thank you student loans), I had to reteach myself how to dress nice inexpensively. I quickly found myself at home again in secondhand stores!

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One of my favorite places to shop is the Village Discount Outlet. I found the best time to go is Saturday morning right when they open. It’s not crowded and they often have early bird discounts. The secret is the half-off colors of the day. I always make note of the colors as soon as I walk in that way when I am picking out clothing I stick to those color tags.

I also stick to a budget. I keep in mind how much I want to spend and once I have picked out enough clothing to hit that budget I stop and that’s when I head to the fitting room.

My last trip I wanted to stock up on dresses. My budget: $20. I was able to find six dress and still be within my budget! Here is what I scored:

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Cost: $2.50

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Cost: $3.00

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Cost: $2.50

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*Favorite!* Cost: $4.00

I was very pleased with my finds from my last trip! Remember to thoroughly wash the clothing before wearing! I think my next trip I’m going to try and score some jeans.

Do you have any tips to thrifty clothing shopping?? I would love to know!!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Update #13: Oh, how the goes by…

Well, hello there. I have to admit that I have by very bad about keeping track of the time these days. I was so amped for 2017, I had so many plans to kick off the year. I took my annual “start of the year vacation.” Then, I have no idea what happened! I’m staring at my calendar and it currently says “February 2nd.” Is this a joke? Obviously not. Time just really gets away from me these days. Not to mention I have been SO sick this week. I literally slept…for 24 hours. I don’t think I’ve done that, ever!

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I really am looking forward to this year. I had a great 2016 and planned on making the next year even better. It started off great with a super hero pinball tournament a few weeks ago. Bucket list: Get gas for my car dressed like a super hero. Check. Although the night took a turn when I got a flat tire on the way home and my phone was dead. At least there are still decent people in the world. Thank you mysterious Jason who helped me change my tire at 1 in the morning. You are a life savior.

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Anyway, I’m going entering into a new phase in my adult life right now, which I hope is going to help for the best. I need change. I’ve been stuck in a rut I feel like for the past couple weeks. Time for me to be on my own again (but not without the support of my friends and family). Unfortunately, good ole’ Punxsutawney saw his shadow so I have six more weeks of winter, but I make my own luck and spring cleaning will be coming sooner.

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Tonight is casual pinball night. Got to get all the practice I can get if I’m going to make states next year!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Explore My Etsy: Holiday Ornaments *Updated*

Happy Happy Thursday everyone!
I don’t know about you other makers out there, but Holiday is my busiest time of the year. Not only am I making inventory to sell, but I also make all my Holiday gifts.
About six months ago I relaunched my Etsy with my summer inventory. After a few months of sale, I closed the shop to get ready for Holiday. Today, I want to share the special holiday items I have for sale!

I have two specialty ornament lines: cupcakes and pizza!
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My pizza ornaments are available in two styles: slices and whole hearts.
Heart Pizza Ornament
Pizza Slice Ornament

The cupcake ornaments have multiple flavors available.
Red Velvet Cupcake Ornament
(only grey background available, white SOLD OUT) Red Velvet

Cherry Vanilla Cupcake Ornament
Cherry Vanilla

Strawberry Cupcake Ornament
(SOLD OUT) Strawberry
Double Chocolate Cupcake Ornament
Double Chocolate

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcake Ornament
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Cookies n' Cream Cupcake Ornament
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Pink Vanilla Cupcake Ornament
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Each ornament is hand sewn and made from 100% felt stuffed with polyfiber microfill.
Sizes range but most are no more than six inches tall.

Questions? Don’t be afraid to ask!!
Shipments go out every Wednesday and Saturday, however if orders need to go out sooner, please let me know.

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Update #12: Why don’t you blog more?

Great question!

Hi! How are you doing?? I am doing awesome!!

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I’ve been blogging for almost three years now and a lot of my friends still are shocked when I tell them I have a blog. I started blogging in 2014 as a way to keep my close friends and family posted on what was going on in my life. Slowly, it shift and evolved to something that I am still trying to figure out.

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Believe it or not, I do get asked why I don’t blog more. I wish the answer was more exotic than it is, but truth be told I’m human too. I have dishes, laundry, a 9-5 job, and social life! Don’t get me wrong, I want to share EVERYTHING I do in life, but I’m only one person! As much as I say I’m a robot, I’m really not and I do require sleep sometime.

So what do I do outside of creating stuff and blogging? Another great question!
I’m a very eclectic individual!

Trivia!

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I’ve been part of Cleveland Awesome Trivia for a little over nine months now. At my height, I was going three times a week. However, with the holiday here, I usually go on Tuesday’s and Sunday’s. I’m not going to reveal my current team name (because it’s sad and embarrassing and motivated by heartbreak) but tomorrow will be my second championship I have qualified for and am super excited!! I have been studying during all the free time I have!

Pinball!

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I play in two pinball leagues. Belles and Chimes is my lady pinball league of Cleveland, which just had our season two tournament last week (I didn’t win, but I made the sashes!). My co-ed league meets at Stonehedge in Akron on Monday’s. Season five ends in a few weeks (we’ll see how I do!). In between, I also help organize Sirens of Stonehedge, the ladies tournament in Akron. Our next tournament should be in January. In summation (sounding smart), I play pinball at least once or twice a week!

Music!

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Occasionally, there is a concert I like to attend. Last month there happen to be two back to back. Yes. I saw Good Charlotte (don’t judge!) But my favorite was Set Your Goals. Perks of being an adult? I have an income! I splurged and bought VIP tickets (#SYGVIP #All3OfYa) and I had a blast! Light up swords? Silly string circle pit? Mutiny? Best party of 2016! #10YearsOfMutiny

So! This is my life! I’m a social butterfly! Why don’t I blog more? Because when I get home my head hits the pillow and I fall asleep (or I watch Gilmore Girls).

#HereWeGo (I’m a Steelers fan too! Season ticket holders since 1986)

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I want to be more present!! I’m still trying to find that balance? If that makes sense. 2016 was wonderful! I really made it MY year. Who wants to welcome 2017 with me? It’s going to be PHENOMENAL! GOLD BIRTHDAY!!! HURRAY!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Blog Update #9: It’s been a while!

OMG! It’s been a while!

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As I was enjoying a cup of coffee and a much needed day off work, I realized that it has been a while since I posted an entry. I mean, it has been on my to-do list, however it keeps being pushed further and further down as other things come up that I don’t want to say were more important, just a little more time sensitive.

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I blinked and August was gone. I blinked again and there went September. Now, I cannot believe that October is almost over! I seriously have no idea where time has gone! I’ve had so many plans and ideas an no time to accomplish them! I cannot wait to share them!

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Just wanted to do a quick update and say that I’m not gone forever! I promise! I know it’s been forever. Holiday is usually a busy season for me so I may be slowing down on here over the next couple month (probably just till the end of the year).

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I do eventually plan on sharing the reasons behind why I have not been present. I’ve been working on a few pretty big projects in addition to building my inventory for holiday. As most of you know (or may have read) I also have a full time day job that keeps me busy 40 hours a week, so life is one big juggling act for me. Although, I don’t know how to juggle so this is a bad analogy, balancing act? That’s probably better.

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Talk soon,
Jennifer

Explore Ohio: Favorite Brunch Spots

Whenever I am getting to know someone, one of the questions I always ask them is “what is your top five favorite food?” Then, of course, they ask me in return. I love food, and it can be hard to come up with your top favorite foods on the spot. Not for me: potatoes, breakfast, pizza, butter, chocolate. It took a while to nail this down, but I’ve been asked that question so many times!

I eat #1 and #2 on my list a least once a week. Today, I am here to share my favorite brunch places in Northeast Ohio (Akron/Cleveland). Author note: restaurants are in no particular order! (now THAT is asking a lot!!)

Inn on Coventry2785 Euclid Heights Blvd # 2, Cleveland, OH 44106

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This is probably our “go-to” spot when we am in Cleveland. They have a traditional menu, but they also have a few fun combinations! This is a pretty popular spot, so expect a wait at peak times on Saturday and Sunday mornings (10am – 1pm).

Jack Flaps 3900 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

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Calling all waffle and pancake lovers! This is your place! Jack Flaps features a diverse menu of both sweet and savory waffle and pancake recipes. I’m a little kid when it comes to food, so what do I recommend? The Belgium waffle with peanut butter mouse, fresh bananas, and candied bacon…yum!

Garrett’s Mill 4226 Hudson Dr, Stow, OH 44224

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This is my “go-to” spot in Akron. From the minute you walk in, you feel welcomed. Every time I have been there, the owner greets each and every person who walks through the door. Again, traditional breakfast menu with a few unique recipes. What’s so special? You have to try their ice cream!

XYZ the Tavern6419 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

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XYZ in located in Gordon Square and is more than just a brunch spot. They are usually a lunch/dinner spot, butoffer brunch ONLY on Saturdays and Sundays. This spot is known for their BBQ, but they have a fantastic weekend brunch too! This is also a very popular spot, seating is first come, first serve so expect a little bit of a wait, but very worth it!

Nosh Eatery5929 Darrow Rd #2, Hudson, OH 44236

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My favorite thing about Nosh is that the menu changes every month, so there is always a different menu when you visit! It’s a very cozy spot and the menu is somewhat limited, so don’t expect to get your traditional eggs and bacon (not that it’s a bad thing!). They also source local ingredients and you can tell that the head chef is very passionate about what they do because the food is delicious!! Brunch Club Members beware: they are CLOSED on Sundays 🙁

If you know of a great brunch place in the Cleveland/Akron area, please let me know!! I LOVE trying new brunch spots probably more than any other type of restaurant. I can eat breakfast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! After writing this posts, now I am craving breakfast!!

Happy eating!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

February Mini Album!

I am slowly but surely getting my 2016 mini albums together! I finished my January album back in March. This month I finished February and March!

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I used this Mint 4X4 Album and added some jewel flair to the front.

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I really like using these phrase stickers with my February album! It kept the pages simple yet fun at the same time!

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I love looking through these albums! I cannot believe I was wearing a sundress in the middle of February!

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I’m excited to read and re-read some my E-courses that I’ve purchased to incorporate some new techniques! I may even have to look through some of my past art journals! At some point, I will be caught up on the months and can release my post in conjunction with the end of the month.

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What about you? What is your favorite way to document some of your favorite life moments??

Talk soon,
Jennifer