Three years ago, on this special day…

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Thanks for the best three years social media has ever given me, Pinterest. ❤

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The Ferguson Fire that Won’t Go Out

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Although I tend to agree with the arguments presented by left wing politicians and activists, I like to think of myself as an unbiased neutral Switzerland. I don’t like to get into arguments over politics because I see bias in both sides. But I especially don’t get involved when it comes to racial injustices, because I nor my ancestors have not endured what most African Americans endured in the past and present, and don’t feel educated or experienced enough to argue on their behalf, although I support them 100%. But I fully and wholeheartedly believe that an injustice has been made in this case, and something must be said. I think we’ve gotten to a point where some have forgotten what happened nearly sixty years ago, or chose to dismiss it as something we have overcome, whatever the case may be… but writing off racial injustice in the Michael Brown case is just adding fuel to the fire of history repeating itself.

As my friend Isabel ever so eloquently put it:

“What’s happening in Ferguson is not just about this one tragedy, but a much bigger and deeper problem within the community – for them, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I have been privileged enough to grow up in an environment where I haven’t had to experience the kind of pain and frustration these people are so obviously feeling, and I hopefully never will. While I may not understand or agree with some of the protesters’ actions, I will do my best to empathize. Maybe if peace is what we all are looking for, we should stop judging and watching, and start listening.”

Long Time No Talk

FINALMENTE!

After a long school year, I have returned and I apologize for the lack of posts to all my avid followers. (I know you’re out there!) My last year at Penn State has been nothing short of unforgettable. I’ve learned a lot and finally believe I’m ready to enter the real world. Aside from the job search and paying off loans, I am going to make every effort to get back into blogging regularly because it’s something I really love doing. I also want to expand my categories outside of just food and crafts, even though they will always be close to my heart and will probably outweigh anything else I post on the blog.

NEW NAME!

In addition to new categories, I have come up with a new blog name as well…

The New Hampshire Nonconformist

What does this mean, you may ask? I felt it was important to bring a little piece of home back into the equation. Now that I’m leaving school (my second home) and searching for a new job that might come with a new city, I wanted to give myself a constant reminder of where I come from: good ol’ New Hampshire town.

And anyone who knows me well would describe me as anything but ordinary. I have a lot of strange quirks that usually only come out when I’m comfortable with someone. I tend to live on the edge and don’t follow the well-traveled path. Hence: nonconformist.

THE NEW AND IMPROVED…

As always, if you have any suggestions or comments about the new blog please contact me. You can access all means of communication to me through my Contact Me page.

ENJOY and I’ll talk to you soon!

I’m baaaaack!

Hi all!

Long time no talk… The past month has been crazy busy with all my touristy travels with Fran, I’ve had zero time to dedicate to my DIYs. Instead of using my college budget for my crafts I had the opportunity to travel to NYC, Boston, go camping in Mt. Washington, spend a week with my family in Maine and see about four different movies in theaters. Safe to say I kept Fran pretty busy. 🙂

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¡Bienvenidos a todos!

¡Bienvenidos!

Hello, world! My name is Sarah (I had no other selfie to post other than this one with my mom’s chicken, Gladys.) I’m currently a senior at the Pennsylvania State University studying Spanish, Business and International Studies. That being said, if you know of any positions in the corporate world abroad feel free to drop my name. 🙂

After an unsuccessful attempt at a travel blog, I’ve decided to expand into the world of Foodies and DIYers. I’ll mainly be posting about triumphant and disastrous attempts at new recipes and crafts, mostly found on Pinterest. (Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to cite the owners!) And perhaps, after a bit of experimenting, I’ll be posting my own ideas. Please leave me comments with your suggestions and constructive (but friendly) criticism so I can learn!

To catch you up on what you’ve been missing over the past couple of months, here are a couple projects and recipes I’ve tried out.

Used this recipe:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/chicken-enchiladas-recipe/index.html

…I withheld some ingredients and added my own. Top with sour cream and you’ve got a Mexican masterpiece!

DIY Jewelry Holder

I got an idea to do this from Pinterest and added my own touches. All I needed was a $5 frame from Walmart, some paint, a few hooks and virtually any kind of paper to insert in the frame (I used wrapping paper). This makes a cute, easy way to organize all those necklaces that always end up in huge balls of chains.

Chicken Stir-Fry

An easy college go-to with frozen veggies and chicken. All you need to do is find a packet of stir-fry seasoning and VOILA!

Jewelry DIY

Sorry for the poor quality pic, but I wear this to my job at Loft Outlet and get so many compliments on it, and it’s pretty easy to make! I got the directions at this website:

http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/04/boden-boulevard-necklace-knockoff/

(and, like always, I added my own personal touch!)

Until next time!

XOXO, Sarah