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March 25th, 2014 at 11:11 am

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Hello 2014.

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Hello sweet neglected blog. It’s a new year. Happy 2014. On tumblr, everyone did selfie roundups, but my selfie game is weak. Since I’m all about new beginnings (that is to mean a new beginning of blogging), I am going to blog a bit about my 2013. I’ve been thinking a lot about the past year and it wasn’t that great. I mean I had some milestones, but the year was pretty awful. I think a lot of the awfulness was internal and I want to work on that for this year.

goodbye2013Full disclosure, I have no clue where I found this girl illustration. I tried really hard to find it again on deviantart because it was from some hipster Photoshop brush set and I cannot find it again, so if it’s yours, please let me know I and I will give you full credit. However, since I randomly found it in my photoshop brushes, I honestly couldn’t resist using it to this purpose.

11 things that happened in 2013

  • I left my part time library position and took a full time position at a local credit card processing company.
  • I finally got my own apartment.
  • I visited Chicago.
  • I went to Nashville solely to see the Chicago Blackhawks play the Nashville Predators.
  • I rode a carousel in Chattanooga.
  • I saw Fall Out Boy (twice!). I also saw some other bands too, but Fall Out Boy is most imporant.
  • I read some cool books. The Darkest Minds was my favorite.
  • I went rafting. It was terrible (seriously, I had a panic attack.)
  • I won a Twitter competition for a Taylor Swift signed Diet Coke 6 pack.
  • I took a lot of pictures of my parents’ dog, Ellie.
  • I also changed my twitter handle. Is that important?

So that’s a quick & dirty summary of important or interesting things that happened last year. I have plans for 2014. You’ll be hearing from me more.

unicorn love and glitter kisses,

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January 6th, 2014 at 11:11 am

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Tuesday Trifle: Felines, Lean In, and Stefon

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Hi pals! Here’s some quality entertainment for you this week.

For some reason, Doree Shafrir on BuzzFeed offers a list of 65 books you need to read in your 20s. I’m sort of over book lists of books you HAVE to read. Why 65 books? And some of the explanations of why I neeeeeed to read certain books (especially in this list) are flimsy at best. Sixty-five books is quite a large amount of books to expect anyone to actually read. If you read a book a month, it would take more than 5 years to work through this list. Also I am well into my 20s but I’ve only heard of maybe a third of these books and I’ve only actually read 2 of them. And from Shafrir’s descriptions, I only want to read one of the books I hadn’t previously heard of. (For the record of most the books I had heard of, I attempted to read at some point in my life, but never finished.)

Liz Cook at the Kansas City Star discusses the expanded readership of young adult novels.

BeerBrarian Jacob Berg talks about the four-and-a-half types of people he met while doing job interviews.

Oh My Disney is a cute Disney sponsored Buzzfeed-like blog. I’m fond of We want to give Flounder a hug and What your favorite Disney prince says about you.

Mindy Kaling writes about kissing.

Every time I read an article from The New Yorker, I am reminded of this poem (solely because it was published in The New Yorker) but the poem is awesome: Terrible Things Are Happening… by Maureen N. McLane

Hello, Kitty: Fashion’s Feline Craze.

These heels are purrfect!

Femke at Me & My Ego has 20 things to do when you’re feeling uninspired.

Advice from Nicole Antoinette: Do Whatever You F*cking Want

The Science Behind Colors in Marketing.

More science! Happiness comes easier with upbeat music (obviously).

Right now I’m reading Lean In. It’s resonating with me so much. Here’s Sheryl Sandberg’s 2010 TED Talk on why we have too few women leaders.

Another good and more recent TED Talk: Meg Jay on why 30 isn’t the new 20.

This might hurt, the trailer for Teen Wolf season 3.

And on Saturday I said I was going to cry if they didn’t do a Stefon for Bill Hader & Seth Meyers’s last Weekend Update. To be honest, this made me cry a little anyways because I loved it SO MUCH.

And that’s it for this week. Has anything caught your eye this week on the web? Share it in the comments. xoxo

Written by Sarah

May 21st, 2013 at 11:11 am

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Adventures in Story Time: DINO-mite

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Earlier this month, I did story time for the first time ever. I was asked to do it a few weeks ago so I had plenty of time to prepare. Despite my preparation, advice from others and practicing, I was still incredibly anxious about it. I think I’m innately anxious about doing anything for the first time. However, it seemed to go well.

I decided on using a dinosaur theme. Dinosaurs are awesome so it was an easy choice to make. I read Dazzle the Dinosaur and Dinosaur Roar.


I had practiced on my sister and nephew, but somehow even with my practice & timing, I managed to reader quicker during storytime despite the kids wanting to touch the shiny part of Dazzle. The kids were so cute when they did that!


After I read the stories, we shook our sillies out and played a dino-stomp game where I placed dinosaur footprints on the floor and I played a few seconds of music and when the music stopped the kids had to stomp & roar on one of the footprints. Miss Tonya (who usually does storytime) suggested it to me.


For the craft, we made moveable dinosaurs. I had found the template online and cut out the pieces for the kids to color.

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Some of the dinosaurs made by the kids!

Then it was snack time and that was the end of my storytime experience. I think it went okay. I never went into librarianship thinking I want to be a children’s librarian and this experience definitely cemented that thought. I had fun and I enjoyed the learning experience, but I’m in absolute awe of people do do that every week! I’ll definitely fill in if need be, but I don’t think I could do it every week.

Also later in the day, I saw a really terrifying bug. I learned that I am definitely more numbingly terrified of unidentified bugs than the prospect of a room full of toddlers. Good to know, right?

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May 20th, 2013 at 11:11 am

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Tuesday Trifle: Affirmations, Coverflip and Fictional Friends

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Hi pals! Here’s some awesome stuff to entertain you this week.

Literally the best thing ever: daily affirmations.

Admittedly we’re probably Gatsby’d out by now but look at these fan-created Gatsby book covers!

Iheartdaily has you covered for affordable Gatsby style if you’re ready to be a flapper.

And bask in the love that is the great bromance of Leo & Tobey.

MENS_LAME_TEE_ASPHALT__92626.1368204792.768.1280I need this shirt. Unicorns are Lame by Skip N’ Whistle.

Everyone’s angry about this What is a Library article.

HuffPo talks about and provides examples of Maureen Johnson’s Coverflip. (Genderswapping as a fandom trope is something I will never really understand the appeal [except for Joan Watson in Elementary but that's mostly because of Lucy Liu], but this project & it’s motivations, I can understand at least.)

This Century’s Biography of a Heartbreak dropped today!

I am OBSESSED with this Lady in the Lake Bridal Shoot. It’s so gorgeous.

Why Time’s Millennials Cover Story Says More About Joel Stein Than It Does About Millennials Also Time’s How Millennial Are You Quiz is one of the most obnoxious online quizzes I’ve ever taken and doesn’t make sense to me. Why is the first question “Have you ever stood in line to buy cupcakes?” Why yes I’ve been to a bakery to buy cupcakes and had to wait my turn, scandalous, gosh, I’m totes a millennial. I mean obvs I am a millennial, but I hated that quiz, it was all yes/no questions. The Mighty Ducks question should’ve had a “DUCKS FLY TOGETHER” option because I said that as I marked yes. Also I never read the comments to a post, but the comments to this quiz are hilarious. And wow that is a lot of commentary from me for a link, soz.

Cringe at The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks.

The Bloggess has some rules for life.

And in case you need it, How to Keep from Being a ‘Creeper’ on Social Media

Kylie Minogue as She-Ra!

And Danisnotonfire talks fictional friends and how TV shows can suck you in.

That’s it for this week. Catch you on the flipside!

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May 15th, 2013 at 2:00 am

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Super Mega Edition of Trifle this week! Gilmore Girls, dinosaurs and life advice

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Hi pals! Welcome to a super deluxe double edition of Trifle. (Mostly to make up for this being late and missing last week.)

take-two-07_142715531381Cara & Tom photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue

How gorgeous is this Vogue spread with Cara Develingne and Tom Hiddleston?!

Fashion bunnies, I love this talk with Victoria Beckham! Hearing her speak on the progress of her brand is very inspiring.

Buzzfeed has 31 reasons why Isabella Blow is the best (spoiler alert, half of them are Issy’s headwear choices). I read Detmar’s biography of her, Blow by Blow and it was riveting.

Lauren Graham released a book recently; Check out this adorable interview with her.

And then reminisce and quote Gilmore Girls by reading these Lorelai & Rory exchanges on Thought Catalog.

Simon Amstell is hilarious: read this HuffPo interview with him about being in America

Gala shares 20 Ways to Celebrate Spring! I think this year may be the year where I make a flower crown.

A Pair & A Spare shares illustrator Kelly Smith’s process. The final project is to die gorgeous.

il_570xN.456888785_e4cwWild Entwine by Kelly Smith

Scientists want to ruin your vision of dinosaurs. Everything about Land Before Time is wrong visually. Check out this excerpt from My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek.

And speaking of dinosaurs, I can’t stop laughing at this Dinosaur Comic.

BBC News talks OED and gives the history of some of our favorite words, including my recent favorite friendly noun (pal).

Life advice from Thought Catalog: 7 Steps To Being Confident & How Can A Cactus And Clean Laundry Change Your Whole Life?

HuffPo posted an old Glamour list of 30 Things Every Woman Should Know/Own by 30. I prefer Lauren Conrad’s take: Ten Things Every Girl in Her 20s Should Know

Yes & Yes has a 4-step plan to feel better.

25 Signs You’re Addicted to Diet Coke

Allie Brosh is back with Adventures in Depression Part Two. Read part one too. I love the contrast between Brosh’s art style and the subject matter.

I know we’re all so over hipsters but the illustrations accompanying this Refinery 29 article about the 6 Hipsters You Might Find in Brooklyn is definitely worth the click through.

Publishers Weekly article about what librarianship truly means: So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian?

50 Tattoos Inspired by Books (nice tattoos but some of them are movie-version related–I’m looking at you Burton’s Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat.)

Is This A Line From “The Great Gatsby” Or An Angsty Tumblr User?

gatsbyssI quite like this Gatsby monogram maker.

Even though I plan to use these two songs in a mix soon, here are my two new favorite songs.

Just Desserts


I love Stephen Colbert, but this segment of Tip of the Hat Wag of the Finger is literally the best. Hipster Jesus and Stoner Dogs, I laugh just thinking about it!
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This TED talk from last year about book design is interesting.

I love Rita Ora and she is so adorable in this launch video for the British Designers’ Collective in Bicester Village.

And I’ll leave you with the trailer for Now You See Me. I am so stoked for this movie. First rule of magic, always be the smartest guy in the room.

That’s it for this super deluxe mega special edition of Trifle!

Written by Sarah

May 10th, 2013 at 11:11 am

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Tuesday Trifle: The Lonely Doll, Kelly Kapowski & Little Mix

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Hi lovelies! So many good things for you in this week’s Trifle. I think the world’s been so sad lately that there has to be awesome cool things on the internet to cheer us up! I was going to tell you there was nary a mention of Fall Out Boy too, but that would be a lie. Check out Patrick’s cover of Bowie’s Life on Mars further down–it’s so good.

lonelydollCollage by Sonja Ahlers, drawing by Brooke Nechvatel via Rookie.

Sonja Ahlers tells us why Dare Wright’s The Lonely Doll is literally the best thing ever on Rookie.

Style lessons from Kelly Kapowski.

Speaking of Kelly Kapowski, I have a t-shirt with her on it and if I had any sewing skills, I would definitely do this DIY Crochet Trim Seam to the shirt.

I’m totes guilty of doing 4 of these: 5 Things Girls Say On The Internet That Bug Me

Lisa-Levy-Self-Portrait Self Portrait by Lisa Levy.

7 Disney Princesses that never came to be.

Advice from Gabby Bernstein: How to Follow Your Passion When You’re Just Trying to Pay the Bills.

Lissa Rankin offers 10 Health Habits They Don’t Teach You in Medical School

resizeI pretty much haven’t shut up about these $25 leopard print kitten heels from Target since I saw them last night online. I will also probably not shut up about them once I finally buy them too.

Two awesome posts from Flavorwire this week: Clever French Literacy Ads & The Most Playful Libraries in the World.

And I posted this on In The Know, but it deserves to be shared here too: Library Science Jargon that Sounds Dirty.

And I really want to read this article about the history of librarian identity, however, I don’t have database access. Locating librarianship’s identity in its historical roots of professional philosophies: towards a radical new identity for librarians of today (and tomorrow)

Jimmy Kimmel asks people at Coachella about bands that don’t even exist. Awkward, but hilarz.

This is an older video of Little Mix, but it shows off their amazing singing skills. I love Little Mix and I’m so glad they’re finally getting some airplay in the USA.

Patrick Stump singing David Bowie’s Life on Mars.

Two of my favorite things: Diet Coke & Taylor Swift.

And since we’re talking about 22, here’s BBC Radio 1′s Greg James singing about why 22 sucks.

Hope you have an awesome week!

Written by Sarah

April 23rd, 2013 at 10:40 pm

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Tuesday Trifle: beautiful libraries, zoo portraits and Ignition

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Late night Tuesday Trifle!

This week is National Library Week! So go to local library and show it some love. Also check out this PDF of library facts!

Also ABC News has rounded up some beautiful libraries.

Lucas introduced me to the most amazing blog series from Bon Appétit magazine, My Morning Routine which details what celebrities have for breakfast.

If you can’t wait until the end of the month, watch the first episode of Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central. Amy Schumer is hilarious during her stand up, I’m still waiting for episode two to determine how much I like this show though.

tumblr_mk9rs3Mmjh1s7aky5o1_500Lemur by Yago Partal for Zoo Portraits!

Sport Balls replaced with Cats.

This wikipedia article about Pixar film references is pretty intense.

Danielle LaPorte offers 11 Pointers on Good Digital Manners.

A Beautiful Mess lets us visit Diana La Counte’s pink kitchen! It’s to die gorgeous, I want a pink kitchen!

Painfully Hips offers some ideas to spring clean your life.

Lifehacker shows us how Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel works.

This Century has a new single!

Watch Fall Out Boy play would you rather… I love Dan & Phil and y’all know I LOVE Fall Out Boy but this so awkward.

Though my favorite video on this week has to be R. Kelly and Phoenix doing Ignition.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Written by Sarah

April 16th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

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ULTIMATE CRUSH: Jessica Williams

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Jessica Williams is my favorite Daily Show correspondent. She’s hilarious and super pretty which makes her ULTIMATE CRUSH worthy. She’s adorable, I want to be best friends with her. Her Pinterest bio pretty much cemented my love for her (not that I didn’t already love her from her work on The Daily Show)!

I love outerspace and glitter and pizza. I also really like geometric shapes, arrows and fantasizing about cooking. I love food that tastes good and meeting my friends’ parents. I, I, I, I, Me me Me.

She is without a doubt too cool for school. I love her blog and her instagram account!

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She is a delight in this interview!

And here are three of my favorite Daily Show pieces (I limited myself to three, otherwise I would just share all of them because she is literally that awesome and funny–it’s no surprise that’s she the youngest Daily Show correspondent ever)!

So for being my favorite Daily Show correspondent since Ed Helms and for easily being one of the coolest people around, Jessica Williams is this month’s ULTIMATE CRUSH!

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April 12th, 2013 at 11:11 am


Tuesday Trifle: books, music, and self-improvement

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Hiya. It’s Tuesday! How’s your week so far? I’m on tenterhooks waiting for a very important phone call this week. Here are some links that I have entertained me while waiting!

il_570xN.417170822_raixI love this mermaid top. Actually I LOVE everything from I’m Your Present!!!

I still really want this coloring book. Unicorns are Jerks by Theo Nicole Lorenz

There are two sides to every story, Slate offers these on getting a Ph.D. in literature. Getting a Ph.D in literature will turn you into an emotional wreck and It’s not a waste of time.

I thought this article was interesting, mostly because the subheadline I read on HuffPo Books mentioned using Grindr to promote books (LOL). It’s a good commentary on trendsetting and reading. The Future of the Literary Gay

I’ve rediscovered Hello Giggles–here’s two of my favorite recent posts. 6 Signs It’s Time To Start Taking Better Care Of Yourself and Spiritual Life Tips Even An Atheist Will Love

hollie09Image copyright Hollie Chastain

Flavorwire introduced me to the work of Hollie Chastain.

I love this article in the Times Magazine about the resale value of fashion coffee table books! The Bibliophile’s 401(k)

Book Riot offers 7 Classic Cocktails for Classic Books if you fancy a drink.

And some music for you!
Some of my favorite brothers have new songs out!

And you can stream the new Fall Out Boy album here!!! it’s so good! My favorite track (Where Did The Party Go) is below.

And one last music related link, my favorite band Empires has released a new live EP! Listen below & then show them some love by buying it!

That’s it for this week! Lots of unicorn love & glitter kisses!

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April 9th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

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