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30 Day Photo Challenge – Update 3

Hello Friends –

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since I started the 30 day photo challenge and it’s time for my last post. You can read about the challenge here, here, and here. Enjoy!

Day 21 – Whatever I Want – 2/5/13 I love me some Wawa French Vanilla Cappuccino. I’m not supposed to have any coffee at work; the effect is almost like someone on speed.

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Day 22 – Daily Routine – 2/6/13 I’m a list maker. Almost every day, I write a list of what I hope to accomplish that day.

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Day 23 – Drink – 2/7/13 It was pizza night with my pals at RRCW. So I enjoyed some sassy wine with some of my favorite sassy runners.
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Day 24 – A Smile – 2/8/13 I was going through old pictures and I found this of my niece Dana. I miss the high-pitched, squeaky laugh that accompanied this smile. She’s all grown up now (insert sad face).
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Day 25 – Eyes – 2/9/13 Here’s my eyes, wonderous as usual.
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Day 26 – Blast from the Past – 2/10/13 I was out at the thrift shop (anyone else obsessed with that song?) looking for frames for a gallery wall I want to create in my family room and I happened to stumble upon a collection of cassettes and this fine gem. Anyone down for the New Kids Dance?? If only I had my Sony Sports Walkman (sad to think that my nieces/nephews will never know what a cassette tape is).
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Day 27 – Messy Hair – 2/11/13 I let my hair air-dry and it’s half straight, half-wavy and looks like crap. Here ya go; just keeping it real folks (and I look like I’m posing for a glamour shot with my 80’s Jersey mall hair).
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Day 28 – Morning – 2/12/13 Here’s the sunrise on my way to work; I was just thankful it looked so pretty.
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Day 29 – Gratitude 2/13/13 Since I’m a list-maker, I made a list of everything I’m thankful for. Sometimes writing it down/verbalizing it, is just necessary to remind yourself that life is good and the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere.
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Day 30 – Me 30 days later – 2/14/13 Happy Valentines Day. While waiting for my morning tea @ Starbucks, I took this master. I wonder if my niece Dana would be proud of my duckface (disclaimer – I was in line waiting and the car was in park; safety first folks).
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I have to admit it was kind of fun doing this everyday! I may have to do this again, if I ever get a fancy pants DSLR camera (Hint, Hint Eddie). Enjoy your weekend!

101 in 1001 update – January 2013

Greetings Friends. So I’m back, pretty dedicated as I’m nearing the end of this challenge. Here’s what happened in January 2013:

#11 – Take a Cooking Class – this is something I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m officially signed up, with one of my BFF’s Megan. We are scheduled for a 2/25 class and I’m looking forward to the hilarity that’s to come of this. I have a feeling we might end up like this clip from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (for the record, I would not be the one with the soap on the chicken):

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 2 – Soap on a Chicken – Video – Bravo TV Official Site.

#18 – Take a picture every day of a month and blog about it – so right now I’m just over halfway through my 30 day photo challenge. You see the first 10 pics here, the next 10 should be posted by the end of next week. If you have Instagram, you can follow along by searching #shannonsshenanigans30dayphoto

#54 – Try 10 New recipes – I’m sure I probably had this complete last year, but since I was lazy on a blog hiatus, I can’t quite remember what I may have made that was “new”. So a few weeks ago, I made Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup. It was fantastic. I even made my own garlic croutons (I took rolls that I had in the freezer, thawed them out, cut into cubes, and mixed with melted butter/garlic powder. Baked at 350 for 10 minutes) and they were awesome too. I’m thinking about making it again this weekend, except this time I would puree the veggies for a smooth soup. Also, I found out that the soup freezes well too, just make sure you thaw it out slowly in the refrigerator.

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I also tried this Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers recipe from Skinny Taste. I used the exact ingredients, however, I decided to cook it in the crock pot (chalk it up to my love affair with my crock pot). Um, it looked and tasted like dog food. Maybe next time (that is IF I try this again), I will follow the recipe exactly. It sounds like it would be good.

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#96 – Paint a piece of pottery to display in my house – Back on January 12th, I had a girls day out with my sister Kelly and my niece Makenzie. I had bought Makenzie a gift certificate for a local pottery place (she is quite the little artist) for Christmas with the intention of having day out with them. I painted a vase, complete with a monogram ‘M’ (because I’m obsessed with all monogrammed things) for my front hallway. Kelly painted a chocolate bunny and Makenzie made a heart trinket box. Here’s pics from the day:

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Any new recipes worth trying? Feel free to share!!! Take care until next time!

30 Day Photo Challenge – Update 1

Hello friends. So I’m here with my first update of the 30 day photo challenge. You can follow along on Instagram using #shannonsshenanigans30dayphoto. Here’s what I captured during the first 10 days:

Day 1 – Self Portrait 1/16/13. Forgive me, it was 6:45AM and I about to head out the door to work.

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Day 2 – Someone I love 1/17/13. It’s Eddie. He’s the best (and although he hates when I take his picture, he went along with it – and he’s studly)

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Day 3 – Where I live 1/18/13. Good old Washington Township. I thought about taking a picture of my house, but everyone seems to know where this water tower is. I thought this was much cooler than my house.

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Day 4 – Family Pets 1/19/13. Here’s Mario & Mia. Cue the collective “awwwww.” I love my furbabies.

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Day 5 – Best Friends 1/20/13. I actually snapped this pic about 2 years ago, but I love it. We’re the three best friends that anyone can have. I love these girls – they are like sisters to me!

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Day 6 – Childhood Memory 1/21/13. I grew up down the street from Piskers Bakery. I was the queen of buying day old stuff. It was just as good as fresh and it was always 1/2 off. (See Eddie, even I can be frugal)!

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Day 7 – Nature 1/22/13. It snowed the night before, so here’s the rose-bush I planted last fall all covered up in the snow.

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Day 8 – Transportation 1/23/13. Here’s my ride, a 2012 Nissan Rogue or “Ro” as I lovingly call her.

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Day 9 – Something I love 1/24/13. Getting pedicures. Check out my awesome pedi-sox (great for winter). In case you’re wondering, the color is called “Russian Navy” by OPI

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Day 10 – Night 1/25/13. It was cold and snowy. Even though I generally hate the snow, this actually looks pretty (and most of it has melted away already).

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