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How to talk to guys: a guide to (not) failing at being awkward

1. Don’t make jokes if you are a terrible joke-teller. This also goes for the guys. If you get a “…?” response, don’t make another joke.

2. Don’t reference movies, music, or quotes over 25 years old – unless you know they’ll get what you’re trying to say. Just don’t do it. This also goes for the guys.

3. Talk about your future! Future schooling, future jobs, future destinations… etc.

4. Be serious. Unless they’re joking around. If I want a straight answer, I want a straight answer.

5. Ask questions. Nothing is more awkward than saying “oh yeah I want to be an accountant when I grow up” and having them not respond because you didn’t ask “what about you?” or because, really, what can you say to that?

6. Talk about exotic places. And what you would do if you live there. I don’t know about you, but if I lived in London and had unlimited cash (because my cohort in crime hunted down a leprechaun [to have as a pet] in Ireland and took money from it – uh, haven’t had this conversation before, nope…), I would definitely buy a truck-load of Maltesers and Toblerone.

7. Pretend like you’re talking with a friend. It’s much easier to talk about random stuff (like making London guards laugh and re-naming Jamaica “JAMaica”) than to freak out about saying the wrong thing or not.

Until next time, Em 🙂

This is what I do with my life.

Today I went to a super amazing town near my house to get (a) fabric for my pillows (b) BRITISH CANDY OMGASDFGHJKL and (c) gluten free muffins – my mom’s doing.

I made some super cute pillows using some old pillows that we had on hand (shown in the picture) and a new pillow-form. I used the toaster fabric that I got a while ago and made shorts out of, and some stripy fabric, Paris fabric, and typewriter fabric. Yay!

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Maltesers yay!!! (cuz you know… danisnotonfire said they were good so I had to get some… okay that’s an understatement. He didn’t talk about them… he poured a whole box of them all over himself in one of his videos)

Until next time, Em 🙂

P.S. ~ I totally forgot to post my weird dream this morning! I was going to lunch at my school and there was bubble tea (sometimes we have it, but it sounds more exciting than it actually is – it’s just really thick smoothie with tapioca bubbles – not the real thing), and this time they had jelly (yay! no more tapioca!) and I scooped a lot into my little cup and went over to get my smoothie put in, but my eyes wouldn’t open (it was actually really scary – it’s like when you’re super sleepy and your eyes legit can’t open) and so I kept moving the cup around and couldn’t get any of the smoothie. Then I walked down to the place where I eat lunch with my friends and THERE WAS A GREEN BABY RAM. Like, wtf?! And my friend petted it. And then I went to English class where I have a super scary teacher (who is actually really nice,  but she just has an angry tone of voice even when she’s happy) and I couldn’t keep my eyes open so she thought I was sleeping and I got in trouble. Yep.

P.P.S ~ Check out my youtube channel! Yay! http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9OtEatbM7wnI2BxpcOZe8Q

Chocolate Mug Cake: Heaven in Two and a Half Minutes

Today I’m having a serious craving for chocolate covered shortbread cookies. Sadly, though, we don’t have butter. Sigh. But then I remembered, what about mug cake? It doesn’t require any butter, and it’s super delicious…. so I decided to stop by Ariel’s blog and check out the recipe that she posted a while ago… but I decided to change it up a bit.


  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 3 tbs of sugar
  • 2 tbs of cocoa powder
  • Half a ripe banana, mashed
  • 3 tbs of milk
  • 3 tbs of oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • a little vanilla
  • 15 or so chocolate chips


Combine ingredients in a mug and stir for a minute or so, making sure all the ingredients are mixed – you don’t want to end up with lumps of flour (uh, I wouldn’t know this from personal experience. Nope.)  Next, microwave for about two and a half minutes – I have a 1150 watt microwave and it worked perfectly. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from http://www.lotsofloveseattle.wordpress.com


Until next time, Em 🙂

I now have five dozen cookies waiting to be eaten

My church had our cookie exchange yesterday, and can I just say I am in H-E-A-V-E-N!

10 different kinds of cookies… om nom nom

ermahgerd huge pile of cookies

ermahgerd huge pile of cookies

ermahgerd huge plate of cookies

There are so many delicious kinds… including peppermint  bark, chocolate mint cookies, molasses crinkles  ginger snaps, white & milk chocolate chip cookies, icebox cookies, sugar cookies with peppermint white chocolate drizzle, oatmeal raisin toffee cookies, and sugar cookies with peppermint pieces and frosting!

And of course the ones I made.. homemade snickers bars!

Until next time, Em 🙂

Secret Santa and Delicious Tea

At my school, a yearly tradition is giving another student “secret santa” gifts. This year, the themes are “warm/cozy”, “tasty”, and “first letter of their name”.

For warm and cozy, I made a hat (snowflakes, if you can’t tell):

EDIT: I also knit a cute little bow tie! I’ll post a a picture sometime 🙂


For tasty, I’m giving her Starburst (her favorite candy) and some homemade snicker bars:


For first letter of her name, I compiled a bunch of “spa essentials” from Ulta’s Black Friday Sale (5 for $5) and from Target’s $1 section:


Fairisle socks, snowflake socks, a face mask, red nail polish, a pumice stone, and Frosted Sugar Plum face wipes.

I also made some bags to package the gifts in – and for family gifts also. It was super convenient that Green Club at my school (which I co-lead) had a sewing party today, because I got to make 9 bags today. Hehe.


I’m using the maroon shapes bag, the holiday lights bag, and the green holiday decorations bag.

Also, my dad got me some new tea! This is one of my very favorite teas, Market Spice Cinnamon Orange Black Tea. It’s super cheap when you buy loose leaf, which is great. I found this tea when one of my mom’s friends introduced me to it. Ever since, I’ve been in love with it.


Until next time, Em 🙂

Recipe Time: Deck the halls with peppermint steamed milk!

A few days ago, my friend walked into school with a steaming Starbucks cup (love those cups, btw. I wish they had tumblers with the same designs as the cups. Sadly they only have mugs… and not very cute ones this year)… of course I had to ask what she was drinking. She replied, “a peppermint steamed milk”. To be honest, I’m kind of a tea girl. But hey, when I’m confronted with a delicious mug of flavored milk, I just have to drink it. Which is why I decided to make my own version of the delicious drink.

Recipe from www.sideofsneakers.com/ and www.coffeetea.about.com/

Peppermint Steamed Milk:

8 fl oz (1 cup) of hot milk

3 tbs of peppermint syrup

1. Heat up the milk, either in the microwave or on the stovetop.

2. Pour in 3 tbs of peppermint syrup and stir it up.

3. Enjoy!

Peppermint Syrup:

1 cup white granulated sugar

1 cup water

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

1. Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat on low-medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Take off the stovetop and pour in the peppermint extract.

3. Let cool and then pour into a glass jar or glass bottle.

4. Pour into hot milk/coffee and enjoy!

You could also easily adapt this drink to make any flavor of steamed milk you want… imagine all the possibilities!

Until next time, Em 🙂

Jenny Matlock