Saturday, July 30, 2011

Israel: Cave Crawling and Awesome Excavation

Soo, I found the notes that I made about Israel and that restaurant that we went to in Tel Aviv is called Boccoccio-again, really good, pretty authentic Italian food; I really enjoyed it.

So my first full day of Israel was our archaeological dig. We got to crawl through caves and actually help dig in caves that were in theprocess of excavation. I actually did this on my first trip to Israel and I thought it was really cool. Most of the people who I was on that trip with (except a few) thought that this activity was really dorky; maybe it is, but it's SO interesting and cool. I'm kind of a history nerd and this just makes it so real. So we got to crawl through a cave that was in the process of being excavated and went t to a room that they were digging in and got to dig. My cousin, J, and I found some really awesome relics in there-serious like legit stuff that had not been planted-it was awesome! After that, we went into a fully excavated cave which they have restored to give us a look into how people used to live. We also got sh'd that day by our guide, Avi. It was kind of funny and he was a sarcastic little bitch and definitely hated me. Not going to lie, I was highly amused by him, and we definitely ignored the sh'ing.

Anyway! Here are some pictures from our cave crawling adventures, enjoy!









Friday, July 29, 2011

Shoegasm!







I'm not sure if I would wear these boots regularly, but they're really pretty to look at and the workmanship looks awesome (Lucchese)



I love these Sam Edelman Espadrille Wedges. Brown is great for the summer because it's not too dark or heavy. These would be so cute with a sun dress.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Music Monday



Check out Brandi Carlile's tour dates here and get a free download of her EP here

Check out Matthew Mayfield's tour dates here

Grab a free download of Mr. Don Trip and Starlito's official le
ak of Karate in the Garage here

Check out Kelly McRae's tour dates here

Get a free download of the Mishara Music Sampler here

Check out Peter Bradley Adams' tour dates here

From Noisetrade, get free music from Leagues, The Wooden Birds, Hey Rosetta, Josh Garrels

Watch Stars Go Dim's video for their single, Hesitate here and check out their tour dates here

Check out Susan Enan's tour dates here

Shwayze and Cisco Adler have released You Could Be My Girl and Island in the Sun, buy it on iTunes and Amazon and check out the dates for the Seedless Summer Tour here

At Spin! get a free download of Spin's tribute to Nirvana here, and a free download from M83 here,

You can buy The Endless Summer's Fairweather EP on iTunes and

Check out Sara Swenson's upcoming tour dates here

Grab a free download of Outasight's Setting Sun here

You can preorder Pepper Rabbit's new album, Red Velvet Snowball on their website or on iTunes

Check out the rest of the dates on the Friday is Forever Tour featuring We the Kings, The Downtown Fiction, The Summer Set, and Hot Ch
elle Rae here and check out their video for Thanks for Nothing on MTV




Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Standard of College Casual

I came across this article about casual sex on CNN and was kind of intrigued by it. Here is the link to the article if you would like to read it: My Take: There's Nothing Brief About a Hook Up.

In college, everyone, guy or girl, has the same goal when they go out on the weekends: they want to hook up. Hooking up has different meanings to different people, so it could go from just a heavy make out session to having sex during or after a party. Everyone wants to score and most people try to do this without any feelings involved. I envy the person who can, "do it like a dude" (seeing as it's a lot easier for guys to hook up and move on than girls), because unless you really have no feelings for the other person to begin with, it's really difficult.

A lot of my friends have had casual hook ups in college; some of them were too drunk to care and others were really heart broken that the guy who they hooked up with had no desire to have anything to do with them again. Of coures this is a double standard, I'm sure some of you have the idea that my friends are sluts and should have not gotten drunk and not slept with those guys. Not true; while it's happening, it's fun, it's like a game. At that time, you're not thinking about later until later comes and you're looking for a facebook request or message or text and nothing comes. The guy tells all of his friends (most of the time) and he looks girl, while the girl is labeled a slut and sometimes picked apart for her appearance or what she did.

I have nothing against hooking up, but as far as the emotional pain that comes with it when nothing comes of it, it really sucks. The casual hook ups could happen every time the two are at the same party, but who knows who else each of them are hooking up with. That's the scary part for me; it's losing the dignity, the self respect, and the uncertainty. It's a safety thing as well, you never know who has an STI that has not been detected. I'm not saying ooo, don't hook up, you'll get diseases. I just want to see women (and men) respecting themselves. College IS the time for experimentation and finding yourself, but I personally don't see how you can find yourself through mindless drunken hook ups when you aren't even completely aware of what's going on.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Shoegasm!






I love these Lucchese's Classics in Chocolate and Nubuck. They have a nice sleek look and would go with a lot of different outfits and occasions.



These Calvin Klein espadrilles are cute and summery; i love the simple yet trendy look to them.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Basic Guacamole


Being from Texas, I have grown up around Tex-Mex food and it has become some of my favorite comfort and snacking food. My stepmom makes great guacamole all the time, so I wanted to start. It's really simple to make and here is a great basic recipe from Glamour for yall to try. Mine came out awesome!

Basic guacamole

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red or Vidalia onion
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped, optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, optional
  • Salt to taste
  • Tortilla chips, for serving
Scoop avocados from shell. Cover with lime juice and mash (a potato masher works great). Stir in onion, jalapeño and cilantro; season with salt to taste. Eat immediately, or cover with plastic wrap placed directly on surface of the guacamole so it doesn't discolor. Makes about 2 cups.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Music Monday





Check out Katie Danielson's video for Monster on her YouTube channel

On Noisetrade, get free downloads of music from Joe Pug, Pepper Rabbit

Nathan Angelo and Steve Means have announced dates for their Summer Lovin' Tour here and grab some free downloads from Nathan here, a free download from Ra Ra Riot's Mathieu Santos' solo project here.

At Spin! get a free download of their Pitchfork Festival Mix here, listen to their 15 must hear songs right now here,

Check out Andrew Belle's upcoming tour dates here

Download Cut Off Your Hands' latest single, Hollowed Out for free here


The top ten tracks for free download on Tweet for a Track are

Mr. Don Trip and Starlito leaked part of their Stepbrothers mix tape; download it for free here

Like Graham Colton's Facebook page here and get a free download of Our Store-Live from the Hotel Cafe





Sunday, July 17, 2011

Israel: Getting Shh'd and Italian Restaurants

After 14 hour of travel by air and maybe 4o or so minutes by car, I finally got to the Sheraton, Tel Aviv. There are some days that I believe I am at my best when I am delirious; that day was not one of them, but as I've learned through my traveling, napping before the new time zone's "bed time" is a bad idea. I guess I should paint the scene of this whole trip for you also, just so that yall will understand the group I was with. We have my aunt and uncle and their 4 children, mom and dad B and their 3 children, me, my aunt P, uncle B and his sister, and both sets of the B's grandparents. Later, my dad and stepmom, cousin A and her grandparents also joined us. Needless to say, throughout the trip, we were a big and loud group.

For dinner the first night, we went to an Italian restaurant right down the street from our hotel. Of course no one can remember the name of this restaurant, but if I do ever remember it, I will post it. I really liked it because the food was more authentic since Israel is closer to Italy than America. It did remind me of the amazing food I had while abroad in Italy. The food also had an Israeli spin put on it; it was so good! The servings were closer to family style, so we all ended up sharing between 2's and 3's of us. We were also the biggest, so consequently the loudest group there. We definitely got glares and shh'd from other tables. Unfortunately, this is not abnormal for us, but this was the worst we had every experienced. It was more comical than anything, because between having so many people there and the excitement of all being together in Israel, there was no way we were going to be as quiet as this other table wanted us to.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Shoegasm!







These Wedge Sandals from Fashion Bug are perfect for summer, and since they are cork, they are light, making them perfect for shorts or breezy dresses without being too formal.

Helping Others in Times of Tragedy-The Berry Children

Please, open your hearts and help me pass this on. The community that I grew up in has suffered a huge loss. The Berry family was driving back to Houston 4th of July weekend. They got into a huge car wreck. Robin and Josh Berry passed away during the accident, leaving their three children, Peter, Aaron ,and Willa (10, 8, and 6). As of now, Peter and Aaron are paralyzed from the waist down and Willa has a broken arm and ankle. Willa was conscious through the entire accident and was able to tell the police the names and phone numbers of her grandparents so that they could be notified. The Berry children were taken to a hospital in Lubbock for initial treatment. Last week, they were able to return to Houston, their family, and friends to be treated there. In a few days, the boys will be on their way to a Chicago rehabilitation hospital in hopes that they will regain use of their limbs.


Article on how the Berry children are doing, July 14.

My heart breaks for the Berry family; the boys were my campers and were two of the best kids that I got to take care of. Every time that I would see them at synagogue thereafter, even if they didn't remember me at first, I always got a hug and a big smile. I can't imagine what I would be going through, and there is so much for their friends and family to take care of and think about. Their friends and family have set up a fund to help offset medical costs for the children. If you are interested in donating or sharing the Berry children's story, you can click or share this link


for an easy tweet, just copy and paste one of the following:

Please RT: http://t.co/pTTtqIy the Berry family was in a horrible car accident; the 3 children are the only survivors, please help in anyway

Help support 3 injured kids who lost parents in car crash a few weeks ago! Read their story and get more info here: http://t.co/pTTtqIy

Remember, any posting of this link helps! You never know may be looking at it and may want to donate. Even if you cannot donate, please spread the word, maybe someone else can.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Parent of the Year"

Just an email that my friend D sent me...it's kind of awful, but kind of amusing...but more so in the wow, why are you a parent...type way


Parents of the year...





















Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Israel, the Land of Milk, Honey, and Fantastic Memories


Last April, I got to go back to Israel after 6 years. Israel is such a wonderful, vibrant country; it's gorgeous, interesting, and so full of culture and histories. I love it. I'd go back there today, I'd go back tomorrow, and I am looking forward to going back for the next family occasion in a few years.

On both of my trips, we traveled up and down the country, seeing, learning, and experiencing it all different kinds of ways. The first time I was there, I spent a month and a half traveling on a program with my camp. It was probably the best summer of my life, full of fun and different experiences. This second time, I traveled for about a week with my family in honor of my cousin's Bar Mitzvah. They had the ceremony at Robinson's Arch, an excavated part of the Western Wall.

I definitely think that everyone, no matter what your heritage is, where you're from, or what you believe, should visit Israel at least once in their lives. If you're interested in hearing about what I did this time around in Israel, keep checking back. I'll be posting blogs about the major activities and cities that we visited with pictures and what we did.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pappasito's is Sweet for Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston


Hey everyone, small update for those of you who are in or who will be in Houston this week, July 11-17. Pappasitos on S. Loop W at S. Main is donating a portion of the proceeds from every dessert purchased this week to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston. Do some good in your community and enjoy the deliciousness of Pappasitos. If you've eaten there, you don't even need me to tell you how amazing this restaurant is, so grab your family or your friends and let Pappasito's take care of dinner one night this week.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Music Monday




At Spin! check out the must hear bands from the Pitchfork Festival here

Grab a free download of Don Trip's newest mixtape here

Here is a free download of Graham Colton and the Counting Crows, live, singing Cigarettes and check out Graham's upcoming tour dates here

Check out Ocean Is Theory's upcoming tour dates here

Pick up Breathe Electric's new single, Talk to Me on iTunes


The top 10 tracks for free download on Tweet for a Track are

At Noisetrade, download free music from Nathan Angelo, Scoundrels, and Poor Rich Folk.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Skinny Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries are so decadently delicious that most of us save them for special occasions only, spending a decent amount of money on a dozen or so. I'm not one to save deliciousness for a once in a while occasion or keep myself from something just because it's meant for something else. I love chocolate covered strawberries, so I decided to find a recipe and make some for myself. They're a fraction of the cost of the professionally dipped fruits, but just as tasty.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries


Makes 4 strawberries

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 4 large fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds

PREPARATION

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe glass bowl in the microwave on high until chips melt, 20 to 30 seconds. Dip each strawberry into chocolate, then almonds. Set on a sheet of wax paper or a plate until cool. Serve 2. (Refrigerate other 2 in a resealable plastic bag for Friday's dessert.)


Friday, July 8, 2011

Shoegasm!






These Mod Style Wedges are from Fashion Bug-they're subdued yet trendy and could go with a lot of colors and outfits and are perfect for professional and fun events. I am loving the cutout style of the shoe too!



Still looking for my boots! Obviously still in love with Lucchese's-here is a break from the brown with this vintage Black Soft Ice Leather pair.

Fawk You Friday

Joining in on Fawk You Friday with J at Boobies, Babies, and a Blog and Christy at My Mad Mind

Fawks you's to:
  • anyone who thinks it's "okay" to beat on anyone for any reason...violence is not and never the answer
  • reliant's bad customer service commercials..okay, they're annoying now...next campaign please?
  • people who pretend to care just to get something out of you..or in your pants

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rosa's Cafe




One of my favorite Dallas/Fort Worth area casual Mexican restaurants is Rosa's Cafe. It's cheap, quick, fun, and delicious. Rosa's has great quality meats which makes their tacos and other dishes flavorful and just plain good. They also have a salsa bar so that you can dress your own platters to your spice preference. Usually, I go on Tuesdays with my friends for Taco Tuesdays. You can get a taco platter which consists of 3 tacos (hard, soft, or both, beef, chicken, or both), rice, and refried beans for just $3.99.

On other days, their prices are just as low and the food is just as delicious. Rosa's has a very casual and fun atmosphere, perfect for catching up with friends and grabbing a great meal at the same time.

Rosa's has several locations all over Texas and one in California. For more information, check out their website.

Deal Breakers

I was seeing this guy for a few weeks, and I was cool with what we were, but every few days, a red flag would pop up...I tried to put it out of my mind because he liked me, thought I was smart and beautiful and a good person. Last night, the red flags kept me waking up all night because they were bothering me so much.

Regardless of the nature of this or any relationship I have or had, these 3 statements are complete deal breakers...tell me what you think

  1. "Anxiety is a made up condition, no one needs to be on medication for it, it's not difficult to deal with and the medicine is just a crutch"
  2. "I think that it's okay to slap a woman if she publicly embarrases her man"
  3. "I don't think that there is a problem with belting a child every now and then"
Dear sir:
  1. How would you know the nature of my anxiety, you are not me, you may get anxious, but until you get that crippling anxiety attack that keeps you out of commission for hours or even days, you will never understand. Who are you to judge what is and is not a real legitimate condition?
  2. It is NEVER okay to be violent towards anyone that you love; it's not okay for a man to lay a hand on a woman or for a woman to lay a hand on a man. PERIOD. Things can be solved in other ways and that is not okay. I get silly in public sometimes, what if I had done that and embarrassed you? You kept saying that I was different, but what if? You lay a hand on me, I will hit you back, and slap a restraining order on your ass. NO ONE has the right to do that.
  3. See above. Also, disciplining a child to the point where it leaves a welt or a bruise for any amount of time, to me, is child abuse. It's emotionally crippling to a child and no child should sustain any type of injuries from their parents who love them. I have no issues with the occasional spanking; a red tush for a little while is no comparison to the welts, bruises, and gashes left by belts and etc. You can discipline a child in other ways, belting/whipping/etc does not fly with me

Monday, July 4, 2011

Music Monday


Check out Caitlin Canty's upcoming show dates here

Here are Brooke Annibale's August tour dates

Joe Brooks is working with PledgeMusic to help make his next EP; you can help! Check out his PledgeMusic Project here

Sandra McCracken and Derek Webb released their TN EP, check it out here, and check out their upcoming tour dates here

From Noisetrade, get free downloads from Brooke Waggoner, and Brandi Carlile

The top 10 tracks for free download on Tweet for a Track are

Check out Kitten's tour dates here

Strem Every Avenue's new single, Fall Apart on AltPress and buy it here

Check out Paul Dempsey's upcoming tour dates here

Fan Graham Colton on Facebook here and get a free download of his cover of Tom Petty's Learning to fly

Friday, July 1, 2011

Shoegasm!


I love the darker color of these criss cross wedges from Fashion Bug. They're a little more dressed up which makes them good for work and going out when you want to look a little less casual without getting too dressed up.