Real Wedding Talk

No, I'm not getting married anytime soon, however, reading about weddings is a different story. Wedding Babylon-Confessions of a Wedding Planner, is a book of pure laughs, giggles, and "OMGSH" moments. Written by Imogen Edwards-Jones and Anonymous (don't ask questions, just read), the life of one of the busiest wedding planners in Europe takes you for a ride you won't forget. Take a step into a week of a wedding planner, deal with the crazy brides, over-priced cakes and catering halls, massive amounts of alcohol, and some other ridiculous events. Honestly, I didn't think I would be too into the book, however, I am still reading it, and had to put it down because if I don't, I wouldn't get any work done, let alone write this quick review.
  If you're in the United States, or even Canada, you may not be able to find this book, however, Amazon has it for £ 5.99, which is about $7.50 (at least today). You may think I'm crazy, but it's really a good book, especially if you're not sure as to what to read. My advice? Click the link below and take a peak. You never know what you might find!

Click Here: Wedding Babylon-Confessions of a Wedding Planner

Cuisine in Praha

    When traveling to different countries, it's always important to try their traditional cuisine. In Prague, you can eat a lot for very little (the Czech Republic does not operate on the Euro). I have to say, within the last week, I've loved every bit of food I've tried here. Not only are the prices great, but so is the service. Below is a photo of a kebab with three different types of meat (beef, pork, chicken), onions, mango, pineapple, and saturated in a sweet and tangy sauce (I haven't a clue what it is, but I do plan to find out!) as well as their Margherita pizza (cheese, fresh spinach and tomato) if you are a simpler person.

For my friend and I, both the kebab, pizza, and four cokes (they're really small servings), we spent maybe  $25 = 500 Czech Crowns. Needless to say, we got back to our apartment and fell asleep! We were so full from our dinner that we couldn't move. This goes to show that yes, the portions are smaller, but they can be heavier. 

     A traditional Czech specialty was one that I was hesitant to taste, wasn't too crazy about it, but I have to try everything at least once. Czech dumplings and Goulash  are a traditional cuisine, and can be found at almost every restaurant in the city. I tried the meal at three different restaurants, and they were are a little better than the one before. They may not look exactly appetizing, but don't let the presentation fool you because one of my roommates did in fact really enjoy it. Have fun!

This was the first try at the Goulash. Not too bad when you drink a cola with it!

Hooplah for Kofola!

I know what you're thinking, "It's Europe. They drink beer, right?" Yes, they drink beer (not so much hard liquor), but they also keep to their history from under the Communist ruling. The Czech's have a cola-like beverage called Kofola. It's kind of like the U.S.'s Pepsi or Coke, but not as quenching. Having been in the Czech Republic for a week, I figured it was time to give it a try. To me, it tasted like a Coke with gummy candy extract, but to my friend, the taste wasn't so pleasant. As with many foods and beverages, it's all a matter on how your body reacts to the substance. If you're ever in the Czech Republic, it's a must try. For 45 crowns (about 22cents), you can't go wrong. Just make sure you order the small (it's not as small as you think it is, but you'll understand why to get the small once you try it).


A Brownie-Affair

   So, you're in the Macy's Household sector of the store looking for new kitchen appliances (okay, maybe not Macy's, but you get the idea). The household appliances are a staple in any household, big or small. One appliance that I use all the time, as I am an avid baker, is the Martha Stewart Collection Brownie Pan, Slice Solutions, which my grandmother bought me before they discontinued the product. The good thing is that this pan is available by other brands in stores across the United States. But before I move on, let's talk about the product at hand!

  Using either a homemade recipe or a box brownie mix, using the brownie slice pans are very simple and easy. Just blend the ingredients together, spray the ban AND dividers generously, and place in the oven for about 30-35 minutes. After they're fully baked and cooled, you'll have not only delicious brownies, but almost no mess of crumbs on your counter-top!

  To find a brownie slice pan, visit the links below. Enjoy!

Home Change Up

Totally not the norm, but for the past week that I've been in Virginia Beach, I have been recruited to help redecorate my grandparents' house. The project? The mid-decade paint job. Yes, I know five years is a little long, but the average person probably doesn't redecorate that often anyways. However, I have been to every Home-Depot and Loews in the area, and have learned a lot. So, what's the point of this article?

   Stepping up in the game of life!

  The most important thing to do in a home or apartment is make it brighter and bigger. Just because you have large furniture or lights in the area doesn't mean the space is just right. In my grandmother's house, the master bedroom has dark, cherry-wood furniture, light beige colored walls, and white trim, however, she and I both know the room isn't lit enough for our liking. The key to ensuring a home you can be proud of is going to the home improvement store, walking to the paint section, and snag color swatches. Crazy, yes, but it will save you money in the long run.

  Currently, the goal I have set for the next week is to finalize the paint colors for the bedroom, bathrooms, and living spaces. When I make a decision, I'll let everyone know! If you're in the mood for some redecoration, get to the stores during the week (it's less crowded), grab an associate, and go to town. It'll be the best 30-60min you've ever spent in the paint section!


Oh My, It's Cupcake Time!

More than 41 flavors, custom "adult" cake, and some of the cutest cupcakes in town, Cupcake Central, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is probably the best cupcake spot on the beach. Why do I love this place so much? Well, when there's Happy Hour on Wednesdays, and there is always something new to see and taste. For $2 a cupcake, over 80 flavors (different every day), cupcake cakes, frosting shots, and more, I can guarantee that this is probably the Crumbs Bakery of Virginia.