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A Twist on a Classic

By: Souwan

Are you guys sick of this upward gas hike? I am! With all my money going towards gas, I decided to be resourceful and change up a classic “Jack & Coke.” My 2nd favorite soda besides Sprite is Cheerwine, so why not “Cheer Jack!”.

Cheer Jack!

2 oz Jack Daniel's® Tennessee whiskey
10 oz Cheerwine

Pour Jack Daniels into large glass filled with ice. Pour Cheerwine into the glass. Stir lightly.


little black dress

dress: gift belt: thrift shoes: off broadway
Happy Wednesday friends. Its almost the weekend. And its current obssession Wednesday.

1. Biltmore. My friend told me about the garden here and I want to make a trip up to see it!
2. Of course gardens. I love taking pictures of nature especially flowers.
3. Panda cookies. Those things are addictive.
4. Tokidoki Tees. I ordered mine to aide Japan, did you?!
5. Skincare. I have an enemy and its on my face!
6. Anoop Desai's album. Love it.
7. Sporty stripes for the Spring
8. Steve Madden's sandals
9. Jessica Alba's white dress and red belt. Hot!
10. My Nikon camera. I take pictures of everything.

where are you panda?!

This is late. I have been busy today. We {brother} were on a mission to find these panda cookies. No luck. Do ya remember the movie White Castle? It was this, but with cookies and 0 smoking. We gave up after an hour. People have to work tomorrow. It was a disappointment not to get these delicious cookies. {its not in my diet, but shhh!} The panda cookies defeated us. Dinner just wasn't the same without it. Shame on Souwan for eating the rare boxes of panda cookies at work! Well I just got off the phone and now sitting here thinking wow its late. Good night Sweet Dreams! Or Good Morning to you!

mondays with mark: mark must haves for spring!

Since spring is here gals it's time to change up the makeup from winter to spring! Here are my must haves for the new season. There is warm weather ahead of us so our makeup needs to change. The new it color eyeshadow is green. Dragonfly and retro peacock are the perfect shades of green. Another eye makeup trend I adore is colored liquid eyeliner and pastel eye colors. What a line felt tip eyeliner has various great shades. As warm weather approaches you may want make up that lasts through the heat.The Face primer and eye primer will help keep your makeup lasting for your busy spring/summer days. Don't forget your waterproof mascara for those fun filled days poolside! That is definitely a must have. Check out the rest of my must haves below.

the garden

Its been rainy here this weekend. Rain is good for the garden. Hopefully the tulips will start blooming! Although we have been getting 80 degree weather, it gets chilly at times. It was pretty chilly out this weekend. We keep all of the plants inside during the winter. The plants will be planted out in the garden very soon. Rainy and chilly is the time to say in. During rainy weather I like to stay in and lounge around watching lots of tv. That can be a good thing for my pocket. No outing means no spending monies.We stayed in and watched rented movies. Souwan & I watched love & other drugs, morning glory, and you again. All good movies!

                                                                    the new lamp post

                                                                           Peach tree

Koi pond

new persimmon tree

home grown rice

thai basil is the best!

lemon grass

Tomatoes and green peppers. So excited about this one!

Warning: Extreme Happiness is Hazardous to Your Health

By: Souwan

How do you define happiness? Is it by how much money you have in the bank? How many ‘toys’ you have at your discretion? The number of parties/events you attend or get invited to? Merriam-Webster defines happiness as “a state of well-being and contentment.

Dr. Ed Diener of the Academe of the Academe of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researched happiness for two decades stated that "the most pleased people may not live as long as moderately pleased individuals.  Some of his findings can be found at

My friends and family are what makes me happy; everything else is just a catalyst. Lets take a moment and reflect while we drink one my favorite drinks "Long Island Ice Tea."

Long Island Ice Tea


1 part vodka
1 part 1800® Tequila
1 part rum
1 part gin
1 part triple sec
1 1/2 parts sweet and sour mix
1 splash Coca-Cola®

Mix ingredients together over ice in a glass. Pour into a shaker and give one brisk shake. Pour back into the gl…

not everything is black & white

shirt: f21 skirt: thrift shoes: f21 belt: f21
Well except for this outfit here! This is my casual- dressy look. I did not want to be dressed up, but we cannot wear tees and sweats at work. The angles may be a little funny looking. Souwan and I are still working on learning the new camera.
I'm going to take part on another blogger's current obsessions wednesday. It sounds fun. Here we go.

The things i'm currently obsessed with:
1. floral scarves
2. wedges
3. ruffled blouses
4. bangs {i won't get them because it may cause my face to look rounder and fuller.sad face.}
5. katy perry's 50s good girl chic look
6. hiking trails
7. cherry blossom festival
8. nude shoes
10. helping Japan

just go with it

We celebrated Ross's (cousin) birthday at Outback for dinner. It was so packed with people. I'm thinking that the ribs are the best. I tried their salad & they drowned it with dressing. Too much for my taste. If we eat there again, it must be ribs.

After dinner we continued with a family movie night. We saw the movie "Just Go With It" starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker & Nicole Kidman. This movie is a MUST see! Our family laughed the entire time. And I mean the ENTIRE time! Kind of embarrassing, but the movie was hilarious.

A plastic surgeon (Sandler) meets his dream girl. He decides to stop playing his bachelor games all for a school teacher (Decker). She finds out he is "married" {not} and will not continue their relationship. He convinces his assistant (Aniston) to pose as his EX wife. And the lies keep building where it takes them all to Hawaii! Even with fake kids. This movie is in theaters now, go see it!

monday's with mark: night out look

Get the look:

mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eye shadow in glitterati, corset
mark on the dot eye color -grey
glow baby glow luxe in flirty luxe
mark powder buff in honey
mark get a tint in honey
mark make it big in raven
mark good glowing in star glo

Last chance! Get this mark Making Eyes Eye Shadow Duo in Got the blues or Down to Earth for ONLY $2.99. See all the other sale/ last chance items HERE.

brats and schnitzel

On Saturday we had our first taste of German food. The restaurant is called Old German Schnitzel Haus and is located in Hickory, North Carolina. Our German friend Dina heard good things about the restaurant. Old German Schnitzel Haus was named the best German food here in North America. It made all of us want to take a small hour trip to get this authentic German food for lunch. As we walked in there was German decor everywhere in sight.  I loved that the waitress was able to communicate with Dina in German. All of us ordered a type of schnitzel, except for me, I tried the Bratwurst. Souwan and I shared the schnitzel and brats. I really enjoyed both dishes. We even saved room for German chocolate cake, apple strudle with ice cream, banana pudding cake, and blackforest german cake. They were all delicious desserts! The apple strudle was a favorite of mine. Two thumbs up for this restaurant and German food.

P.S I got a brand new camera! A Nikon d3100. It took a long time for me to come a…

a bloggers silence

Today I will not post a blog. I will join bloggers from around the world in silence for those in Japan. Please visit For Japan with Love for more information or make a donation to help shelter those in Japan here.