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New Adventure… We bought land in Upstate NY! And this is how we closed on it.
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Making Birthday Boxes for Kids Who Need Them
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Escape The Room, anyone else try it?
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I Love Labels and I Cannot Lie, Tips to Organize Documents and Taxes for a Small Business
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Christmas Dreaming with a Modern Kitchen and Decorations
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How to Make a Whale Tissue Box, Hello Mr. Whale!
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How to Throw a Inside Out Party! Ready for JOY?
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Making of new Brooklyn Farm Girl Banner – lots of cats!
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Apple Picking + GIVEAWAY for a $120 JORD Watch for YOU!
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DIY Black Cat Halloween Garland
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Must Have Halloween Decorations to Spookify Your Home
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Our trip to Doha, Qatar – Part 2
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What I Love: Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter + Giveaway for you!
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Show Someone You Love Them With a Unicorn
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Monday – Friday Breakfast Schedule – What do you eat?
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What I LOVE: My Awesome Dad and his Garden Peppers
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Cozy in California
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Our trip to Doha, Qatar – Part 1 – Food and friends!
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The Great Big Bacon Picnic, What a Ride.
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Is Your Laptop Your Best Friend? Meet My YOGA 3 Pro + I’m giving away one! (Worth $1499!)

New Adventure… We bought land in Upstate NY! And this is how we closed on it.

I’ve been so excited to tell you…. we bought land!

Did you notice the new menu category up above called “P+M Upstate Adventure“? Well if not I’m here to tell you about it! Our new adventure we’ll be starting is the journey of starting a once in a while getaway in Upstate New York. This is somewhere we’ll escape the hustle and bustle of NY, where we can expand our garden and eventually build a small home and maybe even a pond!  We won’t be leaving NYC, this will be a place we run away to maybe 30 days out of the year,  some place to call our own for the first time.  

We’ve lived in a big city since we were 18 years old and sometimes you grow tired of all the rules and not being to do what you want.  Plus there’s the issue of space, does anyone know of 7 acres of open land we can buy in Brooklyn? Unfortunately Prospect Park won’t sell us any.  We have the garden on the rooftop and that’s  awesome (and we’ll be keeping it) but in the past years our building has gotten stricter and in reality any day they could tell us we can’t garden on the roof anymore and it would be gone.  So we set out to see if we could purchase land that we would be able to do all sorts of things with that we wouldn’t be able to in the city.   

I will be posting every step of the journey, from buying the land (below) to building to figuring out how the heck we’re going to build things and make it all work.    We will be trying to do everything ourselves, but thankfully Matthew is Mr. Handy Man!  We are first time land owners so this will be full of ups and downs. I hope you enjoy the ride and I hope if you’re visiting the page for the first time and are in the same situation you’ll find some helpful info.
I’m excited!

What we wanted:
-At least 5 acres
-A section of open meadows
-About 3 hours max drive from NYC
-In budget
-In the Catskills
-Amazing View

The dream:
A large garden full of fruits and vegetables
Fruit trees along with pine trees
A modern shipping container home with deck with full view of Catskills
A pond
A place for friends to stay when visiting
A basketball court (I can dream!)
Lots of animals (I can dream!)

I think it was in late August that we seriously started to think about buying property.  We’ve always tossed it around but not seriously because at the time we couldn’t afford it.  Plus it seemed far fetched.. we could own land? This is something that many people own all over the world but living in a city often erases that possibility from your mind.    We looked at our finances, figured out our max budget, named our wishlist, drew a map of where we’d want to settle and then started to look at endless listings of land online.   

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Making Birthday Boxes for Kids Who Need Them

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Create the Good for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I think it’s fitting that before Thanksgiving this is a post saying thanks and helping out others. I found out about the Birthday Gift Project from looking on the Create the Good website.  The website allows you to enter your zip code and gives you ways to give back to your Community from searching in your area, in your state or doing work from home. Honestly, I haven’t done much charity work in person.  It makes me feel like an awful person. I always look at those people who volunteer 2 times a week with such envy.  I’ve always wanted to volunteer at an animal shelter but I know deep down inside I wouldn’t be strong enough. Maybe you can handle that, or maybe you’re good at talking to seniors, or maybe you’d do great at a phone bank for getting food donations, or maybe you’d be great at helping make a kid smile at a distance or providing a school a new dictionary. 

The Birthday Giving Project is designed to give kids a birthday party that their families might not be able to afford. These boxes go to children in need, including a large amount going to kids in battered women shelters. The idea is to put in the box party supplies for them to celebrate a small party as well as a little gift to make them smile. Then you wrap it up and send it to the Charity who forwards it to the kid who has a birthday soon. You will help these families by providing a small “party in a box” for a child in need and at the same time gives children with “more” the opportunity to learn empathy in a concrete way by helping another child.

As soon as I heard about this opportunity I went out on the same day and got my box supplies ready. I mixed and matched the party supplies to try to make it as colorful and festive as possible.  A little goes a long way here and everything counts.  If you can only buy $10 worth the supplies, that’s totally amazing and you’re awesome.  If you can buy $25 worth of supplies and gifts, you’re equally amazing. 

Now time to get the birthday box together!  

I was putting together a box for a girl, aged 6-10. Colorful party supplies plus pretty cool Animal glasses.  Making Birthday Boxes for Kids Who Need Them

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Escape The Room, anyone else try it?

Have you heard of Escape The Room adventures? They’re getting popular in big cities. The basis is that you get locked in a room for usually an hour (sometimes more) and you have to figure out a bunch of different puzzles for the door to unlock win the mission. The room isn’t scary at all, it’s usually Detective or Space themed. The puzzles aren’t easy and they take alot of brain power and team work. They also make you work quick. Weirdly enough it’s a good stress reliever because while you’re in the room, you think of nothing else. It’s like this escape into another dimension. It’s awesome.

This was us after our first Escape The Room experience, look at how excited we still are.  Also that camera flashed totally didn’t work with my shirt… ooops!
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With the holidays coming up you might be thinking about what to get your boy. There’s video games, new gadgets, the never ending pairs of socks and the other usual items on a male’s Christmas list. But you know what I think is some of the best gifts? Experiences. For example, last year for Christmas, the last gift I opened was tickets to see Aladdin, the Broadway musical, in just a few days. It was a present where we got to get dressed up for, go to a new place, enjoy a few hours together and then chat about it after. Right now I am all about date nights. I’ve been trying to set something up for once every two weeks as it’s really easy to fall into a routine with home life. Over the past few weeks I took Matthew to Escape The Room and then a few days ago we went to see the Ghost In The Shell movie (only in theaters for 3 days) and ate at Malaysian restuarant that we never tried. Oh and then we got cake truffles from Milk Bar which always makes me think “How can something be so delicious?”.

One night when Matthew got home I gave him a piece of paper with a smile. With a raised eyebrow he opened it up.
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I Love Labels and I Cannot Lie, Tips to Organize Documents and Taxes for a Small Business

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PutALabelOnIt #CollectiveBias

I know, what a title.

Why’s the end of the year great? Holidays, decorations, food, family, gift giving, smiles, lots of fudge and tea.
Why’s the end of the year terrible? I’m a small business owner (outside of the blog) so that means figure out expenses, organize 1099s to freelancers we have to send out, know if I have to spend, know if I have to save and start organizing my taxes.  And add up lots and lots of receipts. And cry. And continue adding up lots more receipts.

First, let me tell you a little bit about my other business besides this sweet little Internet home.  I don’t post much about work because I worry it causes confusion with my readers.  There’s recipes, gardening and then what happens when I post a wild fashion video?  Does that confuse readers?  Do readers like that?  Can you just tell me in the comments if you’d like to see more work that I create, including behind the scenes stuff? I hope you say yes as I’d love to start posting more, but I totally understand if you aren’t into it either. 

I work with my partner Matthew in a creative team.  We direct films for fashion brands, advertising, music videos and lots of online spots.  Our work has substantially grown in the past few years with new clients, bigger budgets and lots more hands in the cookie jar.  For one of our most recent jobs there was over 50 people on set.  With that many people involved, you can only imagine all the contracts and invoices that were involved.  Thankfully we have an agent that takes care most of that, but we still have to take care of all of our own paperwork.  

I love labels, I love labeling everything.  If you look in my closet you’ll see shoe boxes are labeled.  In our freezer, all the garden veggies are labeled.  So it probably comes as no surprise then that my label writer helps me stay organized with our business too.  Because gosh.. there’s alot of paperwork that we have to file.
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Christmas Dreaming with a Modern Kitchen and Decorations

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Insight for this post was provided by GE Café™ Series.

Modern Christmas Decorations

I know it’s only the second week of November, but Christmas is in the air.  I went into a store yesterday and they had a life size Santa Claus dancing to a beat.  Ok first of all, I have no idea how tall Santa would be to be life size but I would imagine he’s “average”.  Also the dancing Santa was a bit creepy, especially because his eyes followed you.  But that’s besides the point.  I’m really excited for the holidays and I can’t wait to start decorating, so enter the planning phase.

I’ve given you peeks into our home here and here.  We live in a loft with 12 foot ceilings and a wide open living area.  When it’s Christmas we get a giant tree (that always is a adventure getting it out of here) and decorate our hearts out.  We love color, we love kitsch but we also love modern  lines.   That’s why when it comes to decorating I like to do a mixture to bring the worlds of smiling snowmen and sleek trees and lighting together. 

Here’s our home sweet home.
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 I love our home, but my dream list is a bath tub (I know – 10 years without one!) and a updated kitchen.  Have you seen GE Café™ Series?  Gosh, I want all of their appliances!  Looking at them just makes me cry with jealousy and happiness.  Maybe Santa will read this and know I’ve been a very good girl for Christmas.  Can we take a minute and marvel at how great these would look in our place? Imagine the sweet smell of cookies and savory casseroles that I could make with these. 
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How to Make a Whale Tissue Box, Hello Mr. Whale!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kleenex Brand. Winter is coming.. get ready!

This weekend was a chilly one.  Last week I was saying how confusing the weather was and this stayed true.  Over the weekend I was in Upstate NY where the temperature was in the 40’s and I was spending much of my time outside.  With a Ninja style face scarf on, double pants and a pocket full of Kleenex Facial Tissues, I was ready to brace the cold.

I’ve been lucky the last few years without getting sick in the Winter.  Last year Matthew didn’t get his flu shot and long and behold, he got hit with the flu mid Season.  The things I can never control in Winter though is a runny nose and dry skin.  When I think back to being a kid my Mom would have tissues stocked and ready to go everywhere, how did she always have one within grabbing distance?  As a I grow up I’ve turned into that… anyone need a tissue? I got your back.

What else do I love with my tissues?  Like everything else in our home, I need a cute tissue holder.    So let me introduce you to Mr. Whale.
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Matthew and I teamed up on a weekend project a few weeks ago to make him.  Not to brag, but I got myself a handy man.  I told him I wanted a tissue box and it was cut and put together in about 2 hours.  So by “teaming up” with him I mean telling him I want a whale box and picking out the color.  Any ideas for complicated projects I can give him next to test him?  

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How to Throw a Inside Out Party! Ready for JOY?

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InsideOutEmotions #CollectiveBias

Guys, have you seen Inside Out? Isn’t it AMAZING? Kids love it but adults really love it. When I first saw it I think there was more adults smiling in the crowd than kids.  I was one of them.

Well now it’s time to bring the fun into your home as Inside Out just came out on DVD last week (11/3 to be exact – I might have been waiting for it to arrive that day)!  Who’s ready for a party?
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If you haven’t seen Inside Out, it’s a 3D animated film made by the always amazing Pixar.  The film is set in the mind of a young girl, Riley.  Throughout her life there are 5 emotions that try to help her out in life problems, especially when moving to a new city.  The emotions are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust.  I’m not going to tell you more because you have to watch it. 

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Because I was excited for the film to come out and I had many friends (and Matthew!) who haven’t seen it I decided to throw a rainbow filled party to celebrate the release and get everyone to think about their feelings. No, don’t worry, we’re not getting psychological deep here where we’re going to sit around and talk about our darkest hours, but instead it’s a time to celebrate joy but also totally be ok with sadness and fear too.  

Throwing a Inside Out party is pretty easy because it’s all about color. For not much money you can have a entire party zone set up.  You want to keep in the colors of Yellow, Blue, Red, Green and Purple.  

Things you’ll need:
Inside Out  DVD (to have a viewing party or to play throughout the entire party)
Inside Out Toys
Crafts section – colorful markers and paper
Streamers
Balloons
Tablecloths – to be used on tables and walls
Napkins, Plates, Cups
Food!  Have a good selection of vegetables, hand food, sweets (cake, candy, cupcakes, popcorn balls (see below)), and then something easy like pizza or sandwiches.

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Making of new Brooklyn Farm Girl Banner – lots of cats!

Have you guys seen my new banner yet?  If not, take a look up top on the main page! If you’re not seeing the new one, make sure to refresh.

I shared my banner a few days ago on Facebook and your comments were so nice I thought I’d make a post about the banner and the process of  how you get a custom made banner for your blog.  

I love supporting the Etsy community and I’ve had success there with a bunch of custom work so I relied on it on finding someone who could make me a banner in a fun style.  I came across LaurynGreen‘s shop and fell in love.  She had the exact aesthetic that I wanted.  I wrote to her immediately asking her to do a custom job and she said yes.  Just a quick side note if you’re looking to get a custom banner done, Laura is awesome, creative, talented and very patient with every change I wanted.  She never discouraged me from wanting something changed and was timely in sending me the assets.  I’m already thinking of contacting her again for a holiday project!

Now banner making time…!
(PS, you can click the images to enlarge if you want to see the changes bigger)

My blog is called Brooklyn Farm Girl so the banner was pretty easy on the content.  I wanted rooftop gardening in the city with me and the cats.  That’s pretty much one half of my life.  Besides that I wanted something colorful, customized and fun.  After I told Laura a little bit about my blog and what I wanted to see on the banner, then I sent her some reference photos. She asked about the color palette and I wanted something more on the pastel side that popped at readers.  I sent one photo of me and about a million photos of my cats.  The silly part is that I was more concerned about the cats looking perfect than me.

Here’s my cat photos with short descriptions.

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A few days later she sent me this sketch.   Besides some image changes I needed Brooklyn spelled right (lol), I wanted tomatoes instead of a pineapple on Goblin’s head, we were missing a cat and I needed water towers on the roofs in Brooklyn.  Also I wanted long sleeves because my arms kinda looked chubby. :D)
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Apple Picking + GIVEAWAY for a $120 JORD Watch for YOU!

I’m going to take you on a apple picking adventure and give away a beautiful $120 JORD watch so you know when it’s apple time in this post!  Make sure to read the entire post on how to win the watch!

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It’s Fall so that means it’s time to go on our annual trip to the apple farm.  There we pick bushels of apples, eat way too many Fuji apples going down the rows and rows of beautiful trees, and picking up a few pumpkins in the nearby patch. I think we have a hundred apples which we’ve been nibbling away a few at a day.  Oh and there’s the delicious apple cider donuts that we ate within a day and apple cider that I’m about to break into. Right now would be the time where I text you emojis of apples and hearts in eyes.  

We always head to Hurd’s Family farm that’s about 90 minutes away from NYC.  It’s a big apple and Christmas tree farm that has a bunch of activities for the kids, but also so many rows of apple trees you’ll get a workout. Most people only stay up front in the orchard but the real treasures are the trees in the back which are just covered with hundreds of apples. 

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DIY Black Cat Halloween Garland

DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland.  Super easy to make with a die cut machine or laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!

Cats and candy, who doesn’t love in that combo?  I’m going to show you how to make Halloween Black Cat Garland, perfect for decorating this holiday while I eat a bunch of candy.
DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland. Super easy to make with a laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!

Nibble Nibble.
Reese’s Pieces, yum.
Twizzlers, yum.
Jolly Rancher lollipop, yum.
Kit Kats, Peanut Butter Cups, yum.
Please help. 
It’s Halloween time and I can’t stop nibbling on candy.


DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland. Super easy to make with a die cut machine or laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!Make your mason jars shine with some lights inserted in them!

 This Halloween I wanted to have fun making some new decorations that fit my cat love, so I decided to make some black cat garland.
DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland. Super easy to make with a die cut machine or laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!

DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland. Super easy to make with a die cut machine or laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!

At our studio we’re lucky enough to have access to a laser cutter.  If you aren’t familiar with laser cutters it uses a laser to cut out materials, very quickly and very precise.  It can cut through practically everything from acrylic, cardboard, rubber, nylon, paper, aluminum, mdf and more.  Think of the possibilities!  I made 40 cutouts of cats within minutes that have very intricate details.  If I was hand cutting this would have took me forever and never would have looked as good.  I do love using die cut craft machines as well but for this cat garland I wanted a specific customized design that I couldn’t already find a die for.

First you’ll need to find a design you like or custom create it as a vector file in Adobe Illustrator. There you’ll define the lines on the design on what gets cut out and what doesn’t.    Once it’s set up, you’ll send it to the laser cut, put your material in and watch the magic.
DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland. Super easy to make with a die cut machine or laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!

The laser cutter is a serious machine that has to be watched.  It’s very powerful so everyone at the studio needs to be trained on how to use it.  If you look closely here you’ll see the laser is cutting out the design very quickly. At this time I was a little worried that the whiskers would get cut off as they were very thin.
DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland. Super easy to make with a die cut machine or laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!

But when the laser cutter finished I saw the whiskers worked out!  This cat was cut out in seconds, I can’t imagine how long that hair on it’s back would have took me to cut out by hand.  After this I keep putting paper in the laser cutter and letting do it’s job until I have the amount of cats I need (I never can have enough cats).
DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland. Super easy to make with a die cut machine or laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!

Once I got home I turned it into garland with some black and white twine I found in the dollar Halloween aisle. 
DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland. Super easy to make with a die cut machine or laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!

DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland. Super easy to make with a die cut machine or laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!

Along with some mason jars I filled with lights and candy I quickly had a fun decorated area.  I’ve been putting this garland all over from the windows to the doorway to walls to around Matthew’s bike.  He doesn’t appreciate that, I have no idea why.
DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland. Super easy to make with a die cut machine or laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!

Hope you guys liked this quick tutorial and I hope you’re getting excited for Halloween!
DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland. Super easy to make with a die cut machine or laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!

DIY on how to make black cat Halloween garland. Super easy to make with a die cut machine or laser cutter. All you need is paper and string!

Must Have Halloween Decorations to Spookify Your Home

Halloween is near! Are you excited? I am! Yup, it’s time to dress in all black with your Halloween socks and bags! Its always Halloween in my heart! #halloween

Right now we’re in the process of getting all the Halloween decorations out of storage and start to put them up around the house.  Right now I have a great spooky face on our front door, ghost lights hung by the window (that Goblin wants to knock down so bad), Caution! tape up on the walls and a spooky ghost that sits on the floor (that Goblin wants to knock down so bad). Don’t you love these giant googly eyes I found? IMG_20151008_115447 Read More

Our trip to Doha, Qatar – Part 2

 

Did you miss Part 1 of our Doha, Qatar adventure with lots of food and friend pictures? Then check it out here.  

In April we flew over to Qatar to teach a class in relationship to what Reed + Rader does, make fun videos and gifs! The experience was one of a kind and amazing in all sorts of ways.  Part 3 will be coming soon where I show you what the students made and how the class went.  But for now, Part 2, I want to show you around Doha and show you how they do everything big and beautiful.  Actually that’s a understatement, they do everything bigger than big.    The trip was long but comfortable.  I had the tea flowing and the entire season of Downton Abbey was available to watch for me to catch up on.
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What I Love: Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter + Giveaway for you!

A little weekend post with some love…

If you visit this blog then you probably know I love all things pumpkins. I love growing pumpkins. I love eating pumpkins.  I love hugging pumpkins.  I love doing the pumpkin dance.  It’s a great time of the year.  I mean who can’t love me in my pumpkin sweater (great eBay find, I was the only bidder, I have no idea why)?
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Show Someone You Love Them With a Unicorn

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CloudPetsForever #CollectiveBias

I know, what a title right? Show someone you love them…. with a unicorn! So grab your unicorn (they’re easy to find) and let’s get loving.

 The truth is I love Matthew. Kissy faces and “oohs and ahhs” from the crowd. Stop it you guys.  So when I heard about CloudPets™ that allow you to give someone a stuffed animal that sends voice messages to them and for them to return them back to you, I knew I had to surprise Matthew with one.  What says I love you more than hearing my voice every morning with a new surprise?  

Watch below for how it works.  When there’s a new message the heart blinks red. Then you press it’s hand and the message is heard!

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Monday – Friday Breakfast Schedule – What do you eat?


I don’t really like to get out of bed when my alarm goes off.  For one it’s still Summer and the air conditioner is on and I don’t feel like braving 90 degrees today.  For another, I’m tired and I want to sleep in 2 more hours. And most importantly I’m usually surrounded by my cuddle bears who try to lure me back to sleep with their soft purrs and gentle paw taps.  Xanadu is like “Come back to me Mom..”
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What I LOVE: My Awesome Dad and his Garden Peppers

In this new series, I’m sharing current things that I love.  Maybe it’s cats, maybe it’s a new restaurant, maybe it’s a new cookie, maybe it’s… anything!

The title of this should also read: Dad’s Green Peppers, AKA My Dad Is Cool

We grow peppers and they do pretty good.  We grow bell peppers and jalapeno peppers and we pick multiple pounds a week.  But then my dad shows up and shows me how he grows them in Pennsylvania.  Goodness gracious, Pennsylvania grows them good.  

Every year my dad starts a garden in the back yard.  As a kid we had a very small yard but he would still grow tomatoes.  The tomatoes would grow so tall they would block the kitchen window.  It also made it easy because we could use the sink hose to water these tomatoes out the window.   My dad moved into a new house a few years ago and he has a much larger garden area now.  Every Spring he buys his plants from farmers and he always buys alot more than one person usually buys.  And every year halfway during the Summer he tells me he’s never buying them again because he has too many.  And then the next year comes around and he does the same thing.  And this Summer he continued this tradition and bought even more.  My dad has over 20 pepper plants, for one man.  I laugh because it’s funny, cute and amazing all at the same time. 

A few weeks ago when he started planting the peppers he made a joke that he would ship me them as they started to grow. I laughed.

So you can imagine that I burst into laughter when a big box appeared at my door and when opening it up, I saw this:

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 That’s right, my dad shipped me peppers.

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Cozy in California

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I’m sorta obsessed with socks.  I have a giant drawer full of them that I can’t really close.  If you open it up, you’ll see a rainbow of patterns and colors, and every holiday possible in sock form.  For Christmas, I’m guaranteed to get at least 3 pair of cat socks, so you can imagine I’m always equipped with cats under my shoes.  I treat socks a a luxury item so I try to buy the best.  From buying handmade wool socks on Etsy to buying the softest socks in the store, I always need comfy and Ultra Soft, Oh. So. Soft.
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Our trip to Doha, Qatar – Part 1 – Food and friends!

I have been waiting to make a trip post for weeks but I was unsure how to do it, so I’ve decided to break it up into sections.  The first part – food and animal friends!

In March, Matthew and I were traveled on a  journey across the world to Doha, Qatar.  While there we would be teaching a GIF, VIDEO, ANIMATION, EVERYTHING COOL workshop to students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.  The trip was amazing and so much more. We were in Doha for almost 2 weeks so got to see alot which means I have a ton of pictures to share.  Instead of making one looooooong post, I’m going to break it up into sections which will be more concentrated.  

The flight to Doha was about 13 hours and thankfully nonstop.  We flew with Qatar Airways which had a night flight which worked nice to sleep on.  On the flight there and back our row of 3 only had 2 (us!) so I was able to take up to  2 seats, eat some decent airplane food and catch up on nearly the entire season of Downton Abbey.   

Almost there…
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The Great Big Bacon Picnic, What a Ride.

After you attend a picnic called “The Great Big Bacon Picnic” you say things like “What a ride” afterwards.  You’re in a different state. You’re not the same person you were when you walked into that picnic.  Your taste buds are going wild.  You tell yourself you can’t eat anything else.  You need a nap.  

Brooklyn’s FIRST bacon festival, The Great Big Bacon Picnic, happened May 16th and May 17th.  The event featured three different sessions of inspired bite-sized bacon dishes with the best in craft beers and local craft spirits, giving bacon lovers a truly unique culinary experience.  Also, The Great Big Bacon Picnic had the FIRST EVER “Bacon Bar” – yes, a bar supplied only with different varieties of bacon.  I won’t tell you how many times I stopped by that bacon bar.  
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(This is 1/3rd of the bacon bar!)

There was even a “Boss Hog” awarded to Bareburger who received the highest percentage of Licks (votes) for all the sessions.  Other awards went to Streets who had a Tuna-Bacon-Truffle Roll With a Roasted Jalapeño- Avocado Creme Fraiche and a Kimchi Aioli. Goodness, that was good.  For Creativity URBO won with their Smoked Bacon Stuffed Oreos which was well deserved.  I wanted to go back for Oreos every 2 minutes but I feared they would tell me “no more!”. 
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Is Your Laptop Your Best Friend? Meet My YOGA 3 Pro + I’m giving away one! (Worth $1499!)

First, I’m so happy to make this post because I’m giving away a Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro Laptop (worth 1,499.99) to one of my readers.   Please make sure to enter because I know you’ll love it as much as I do!  Now keep reading….

There’s a photo of me taken once.  I’m at a party, dressed like Hello Kitty sitting on a couch.  Sitting on my lap isn’t a drink, it’s a laptop.  I’m on a laptop at a party dressed like Hello Kitty.  If we had some cats sprawled out on my lap too it would be the perfect description of my life.

My laptop is one of my best friends, I can’t live without it.   It goes to work with me, it travels with me on flights, it goes to bed with me, it helps me in the kitchen, it inspires me, it lets me create films and animations and it lets me communicate with you guys on Brooklyn Farm Girl.  It’s the perfect fit for my artist + blogger + cat  mama lifestyle. 

If my laptop is reading this, because it totally is because I’m typing this on it, then this is for you.
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 Are you guys ready to meet my BFF? Ok, here she is (yes, it’s a girl).  Her name is Computer!  She enjoys tea and cats too.  Of course my beloved Essy is on my desktop photo. 🙂
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