Reasons You Shouldn’t Steal

phoneDo I really have to go on? Nobody should steal! It always sucks when someone steals from you. The worst is when it’s something irreplaceable. Family heirlooms, computers with personal photos/info, pets – all things that get stolen and make you wonder what kind of world we live in. Well that brings me to someone who sort of made lemons out of lemonade. At least they found humor in a grim situation. This person had their iPhone stolen. Yes, that sucks for everyone who has had this happen. Thank goodness for iCloud but still! Unfortunately, it happens a little too often. So the phone gets stolen but the clever little thief starts using the phone and doesn’t delete the Dropbox app. That means every photo and video he takes gets uploaded into Dropbox where the phone’s true owner can see. That brings me to the site “Life of a Stranger Who Stole My Phone”. It’s a blog with all the thief’s pics and a nice little narration of his life. Go here to see and read all about him. Good stuff!    ~Dutch

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James Franco Roasted

francoWho didn’t love the short lived TV show Freaks and Geeks? James Franco played the good looking stoner and he made high school burnouts look pretty hot. These days he seems to interchange really impressive work with other projects that have everyone rolling their eyes. He made a perfect James Dean, cracked us up in Pineapple Express, and got serious in 127 Hours. But then he co-hosted the Academy Awards and bombed, got into “art”, started a band called Daddy, and played that corn-rowed, gold-grilled rapper in Spring Breakers. So you could say there’s a lot of material for him to be roasted, right? That is exactly why I have to watch his Roast on Comedy Central. I’ve only watched two before and cringed the whole time. I had to watch the Donald Trump episode because he’s the WORST and Steve-O was on the panel, then I watched Charlie Sheen’s because everyone wanted to know what he had to say after that whole troll/tiger blood phase. Now I have to watch again to see how bad James Franco, the face of Gucci, gets it. I’m guessing it will be a lot about his recent time at UCLA or his art endeavors. Whatever it is, I’ll be tuning in. The Roast of James Franco is September 2nd on Comedy Central, set your DVR!   ~Dutch

30-A Giveaway!

30AScenic Highway 30-A area is a very popular place down here in Florida. Besides the beaches and art galleries, it’s home to the incredible restaurant Red Bar. I love the area, the shopping, and the food. So there’s no surprise that 30-A stickers are seen all over the country. I remember years and years ago living in Knoxville, Tennessee and seeing my mom’s boss with the Red Bar sticker on her Range Rover. And at the time I thought, “Who puts a BAR sticker on their car?” But Red Bar is amazing and the food there is to die for. Anyway, back to the stickers. I’ve seen them everywhere and stacks of free ones in many stores. I just saw on 30A.com that whoever picks up the 500,000th sticker is going to be a very lucky person. Along with winning $500 to 30Agear.com, they also will get gift cards to Another Broken Egg and Shades restaurants here in town among quite a few more exciting prizes. More are to be announced too. So find that sticker!   ~Dutch

Thrift Store Runway

It’s no secret I love thrift stores. There’s a Goodwill right by my house and I’m just recently in the habit of checking it regularly. They have a great book selection and lately have a lot of new clothes from Target. Since Target is about 30 minutes from my house, this works out perfectly for me. And of course, I find plenty of vintage gems. Well, I just now heard about thriftstorerunway.com and wish I had heard of it sooner. Basically, people send in photos of their thrift store outfits and vote on the best ones for cash prizes. In January, there was a contest with the grand prize $100 to your favorite thrift store! Music to my ear holes. This girl is going to have to step it up so I can win something. And don’t forget our older post about how to find stores where you live and when you travel.   ~Dutch

Motherhood on the Rocks

toddler are like drunk peopleIf you are thinking about starting a family, maybe you babysit a friend’s kid to see how you do. Or hang out with other parents and see how they act. But did you ever think of preparing yourself by hanging out at a bar? Over at motherhoodontherocks.com there is a great list of ways taking care of a toddler is like dealing with a drunk person. Now I almost said just go hang out with your friends when they are drunk but…if you have drunk friends you thought of, you shouldn’t be starting a family. So I changed it to bar, parents have drinks too! Some of the ways a toddler is similar to a drunk person include: no personal boundaries, falling over a lot, poor decision making skills, etc. It’s a pretty funny list. They also have ways to tell if you’re raising a diva and how having children is like living in a frat house. This site isn’t all comedy though. There are some personal stories about postpartum illness as well as recipes and saving money tips. I find it a good read, maybe you will too. Sorry for the lack of posts lately. It’s been a busy week before the holiday weekend and I’ll be out of town. Next week will be back to normal. Have a safe weekend!   ~Dutch

To Ink or Not

Trying to decide on that bit of ink you want forever on your body? I’m not gonna lie, I think tattoos are great. When they are the right thing in the right place, some are amazing art and I’m an artsy girl. But that doesn’t mean I necessarily support the process. However, if you are debating on whether or not to get one, weigh the pros and cons. Here’s a good article I came across with details of the process and how to avoid some huge mistakes.   ~Dutch

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The Lion and the Weenie Dog

Remember that old movie Milo and Otis? It was supposed to be a cute kid’s movie about the unlikely friendship of a dog and a cat. I didn’t like it. A dog and a cat can be unusual but not as much as a dog and a lion. Milo and Bonedigger are getting famous from their strange friendship. Bonedigger is a 500 pound lion at an Oklahoma park and Milo is a cute little dachshund, my favorite! Bonedigger has some kind of disability which could contribute to his temperament and he has been best friends with a pack of dachshunds since they were all young. Now, my dachshunds are sweet as can be but even so, we have to separate them for feeding time because one gets real mean when anyone tries to share her food. It’s crazy to see this giant lion sharing piles of meat with these little dogs and even letting them sleep on him! There are a few videos out there from this park but I will post a sweet one of when they were younger. Enjoy!   ~Dutch

The Photoshop Blues

cruzPhotoshop is an amazing program. When it comes to making ourselves look better, we love it! The downside is when you look through a magazine and get depressed about how everyone in the world looks so much better than you. Do you ever flip pages and find yourself saying, “Didn’t she just have a baby?? Aren’t they 10 years older than me??” Well guess what? It’s all Photoshop! So that actress in her 40’s DOES have way more wrinkles than you and everyone has fly-aways on their head and most women DO have cellulite somewhere. I love this blog about before and after edited pics. You’ll feel a lot better when you see how much work goes into making people look flawless. Take it from me, you are way better than that false perception you have. You know why? Because you are real!   ~Dutch

When the World is Your Canvas

frogWhat a busy week! Happy it’s finally Friday. Something that I am really into these days is street art. From cool graffiti to sidewalk chalk masterpieces, it’s all pretty awesome. 3D sidewalk murals are amazing, go here to see some that will really blow your mind. Also, over at street art utopia, they have a list each year of great pieces. I’ve been scrolling through today and realizing how completely not talented I am. That’s ok, I can cook some great Mexican food. Everyone has their own niche. Happy Friday peeps!   ~Dutch

Everything is Better in a Fort

fortBefore I get started, you aren’t too old, too young, too rich, too poor, too busy, or too mature to build a fort. So read this to get your gears going on your next architectural exhibit. I hadn’t even thought about forts in a long time until I saw a picture of a little guy with his fort around a box fan that made it a HUGE fort. That’s brilliant. Mom and Dad, why didn’t you ever think of this?? (Like my parents read my blog…or any blog…or get online…) Sometimes I get in those moods where I have to hide out in the bathroom because either my house is too messy to look at or my dogs both have to be sitting on my stomach and I just need to get away. But now, I’m totally sheeting up my own little fort and having a mini-mini vacation. Look here for some great fort ideas. I’m looking forward to making a beach fort this weekend. No seagull poop or creepers ogling us, YAY!   ~Dutch