Monday Blues

Monday, July 30, 2012

What a fun weekend! I was hoping it wasn't going to be over so soon :( Saturday we went to the waterfront and watch everyone on their sailboats. It was so relaxing. There were even some very excited sparrows flying around us. We stopped at the mall and walked around and my daughter bought some blue hair extensions. It was a pack of 2 and I wore one and so did she. You can see it in the picture below in my daughter's hair. My work doesn't let me have crazy hair color so I'm glad they make cute little hair clips you can take right out. The blues are really pretty too, I wish I could dye all my hair. Anyway, I hope this Monday finds you in a good mood, I know I struggle with Mondays and trying to get back in the swing of things. Tonight I have an Art exhibit for my sculptures. It's the last day of class for the summer and now we get to show off all our hard work! 

I hope everyone has a great day, and here are some blues that will brighten your day!

I told my daughter that the blue matched her earrings :)

Annie Spandex
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Flickr: ugg-off
How awesome is her hair?! I love all the different hues! The nails above are cute too. I think it's cool when you can paint your nails one color but different shades. Whats your favorite color to dye your hair? OR paint your nails?

Giveaway Winner And Another Award!

Friday, July 27, 2012

This week I was given the Liebster Award (again!) 


This time by Miss Dina over at Oh So Hearty


Thanks for the love! 


To accept this fun award you must follow the rules below:
1)  Each person must list 11 things about themselves.
2)  Answer the 11 questions that the tagger has set for you plus you MUST create 11 questions of  your own for the 11 people you will nominate with this award, which brings me to rule 3.
3)  Choose up to 11 bloggers linking them to your post.
4)  Go to their page and inform them of the nomination.
5)  Absolutely NO tag backs.
6)  Remember to ONLY tag bloggers with less than 200 followers




My 11
1. I'm a home-body
2. I love to wear dresses as much as possible
3. I also love sweat pants....probably more than dresses
4. I love chocolate
5. I love cartoons
6. I could take pictures all day long if I was allowed
7. I miss living in California sometimes.
8. I miss the Beach
9. I still wish on stars
10. I love nature
11. I really want to go on another cruise!


Here are my questions from Dina:
1. What is/are (they could be the same thing or different things) the: craziest, bravest, most daring thing you have ever done? 
I was once a Correctional Officer , I think that speaks for itself.


2. How did you start blogging and what are your goals from it? 
One of my college classes required to start a blog and I fell in love with blogging. It's a hobby/archive for me. I like to share my ideas and fun inspirational things in hopes to inspire others.


3. Do you have any nicknames or "alternate" names? If so, what are they? 
Yes my nickname is Eeka. When my nephew was little he couldn't pronounce his r's so Erica came out as Eeka and it stuck.


4. If you could take back one moment from your life and re-do it, would you do it? What would it be? I left a career that I was really good at. Instead of acting in haste I would have thought it through first. I really regret it.

5. Have you ever experienced a "eureka!" "aha!" or a sense of closure at least that was fulfilling? What did you learn from it?
I have had many "aha" moments....none that I can remember right now.


6. Do you have crushes on literary characters or characters in films? If so, list 2 and explain why you like them.
Not at this moment. 

7. Would you change your name? If so, what would you like to be called? 
Princes Consuela Banana Hammock 


8. If someone were to write your memoir, what would you like readers to take away from your story? 
That no matter how much I have struggled, I have always found happiness through friendship, family and the kindness of strangers.


9. Have you ever misinterpreted or misheard the lyrics of a song before? If so, what were the lyrics and what did you think they were? 
So many!!! Or I would just make up words and pretend I knew them.


10. List your favorite band from your teen years.
No Doubt  

11. If you were to be defined by an EP of five songs, what would they be? 
-Wide Awake by Katy Perry
-Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
-Good Life by One Republic
-Paradise by ColdPLay ...I'm convinced they wrote this song for me ;) 
-The Show by Lenka

My questions for you:
1.What is your favorite hobby?
2. Do you have any pets?
3. What is your favorite style of fashion?
4. What are some of your favorite crafts?
5. If you could have a super power what would it be?
6. What is your favorite TV series?
7. What is your favorite Movie? Why?
8. If you could be any animal, which animal and why?
9. Where is your favorite place to vacation?
10. What kind of art is your favorite?
11. If you could have any career what would it be and why?

My tags:

I know I cheated a little on that last one by not tagging 11. To be honest there are so many more awesome blogs I could tag, but I've got a lot on my plate this weekend...and I'm kinda exhausted from this week and my kids are waiting so patiently for me to finish my post so I can spend time with them.

Also I need to mention our winner for the Random Giveaway:

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So that makes our winner Ms. Melissa over at Vegan Grrrl !
These awesome shakers will be headed your way soon!
Congratulations!









Random Photo Dump

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Random Pictures and a little of what I have been up to....


 For some reason I always end up with lots of pictures on my iPhone. A lot don't even make it to my Instagram because I'm pretty picky on which photos I post. Her are some that I didn't want to get lost among the hundreds of pictures I have. The picture I have above is from the break room at work. some one had picked some flowers outside and placed them on the table...so pretty :)


Here is my favorite Hello Kitty top. The back is open and looks as if its knotted with yellow fabric. Perfect for the summer....I love it :)


These pictures were taken during my art class. I'm not an art major but I thought it would be fun to take some art classes this summer. That holder is for my butterfly relief piece which is made of plaster. I found that stand at a thrift store and then painted it. The next picture is my owl...and I love him! I made him from clay and I can't wait to take him home! He has to stay in class until after our art exhibit coming up this Monday. I can't wait :)


These pictures are from date night with my wife. We went into Burlington and hung out. Our kids went to Jersey to stay with family and we had been kid-less for the last week! It's been nice, like a second honeymoon, but I'm ready for them to come home. We pick them up in New York in a couple days, and I can't wait! I miss them.

 ...and if your wondering about the winner of out Random Giveaway, I will have that posted This Friday.

I hope your all having a great week!



Gradient Nails

Monday, July 23, 2012



I'm so excited about this! I always look for fun and creative ways to do my nails and this is my favorite by far! I hate that it's messy but I like that it's really simple to do . I found this through the blog-grapevine, I'm sure I saw it on Pinterest too. Here is the tutorial: The Nailasaurus Gradient Nails Any color combo really works and I chose Ashley and Niecy by Julep Maven because the colors are so summery. They are my favorite nail polish line right now.
The colors remind me of a Popsicle

 This was my first attempt and I'm totally excited about this new (new to me!) technique. I'm going to try a bunch of different color combinations and mix in some glitter too. Do you have a favorite way to decorate your nails?

You still have one more day to enter our giveaway! You find it HERE ......Good luck!

Cupcake Sunday

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Via: Thrifty Rittenhouse
I see so many people getting tattoos lately and I have to say that I am quite jealous! So I've been scouting the internet for fun ideas and of course you know that cupcakes are on the top of my list for tattoos. Some are cute and some are just really strange. I like to get ideas and sit on them for awhile, probably about a year or two, before I go out get inked. It's a big deal to me, so before I fill up all the space on my body I want to make sure I have what I want. I have 2 tattoos that need to be fixed, so those will be getting done first. But for now I like to day dream and find inspiration.


So this tattoo is a pretty common cupcake tattoo, it's cute and girly :)
Via: Cafe Mom

I really love her sleeve and the cupcake at the top is cute and fluffy.
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This Hello Kitty cupcake tattoo is cute too. But i'm not sure I'm lovin the outline part in the top right. It's still cute and simple.
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I think this tattoo is very cute! Though the bird doesn't quite look like an owl. Still it is amazingly done.
Via: Cupcakes take the Cake
This T-Rex cupcake tattoo is pretty awesome. It has amazing detail. I personally wouldn't get it but I think it's really cool. 
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Any whooooo, that's it for today. Do you have any tattoo ideas? I would love to know yours :)
Also my giveaway is still open and closes Tuesday at midnight (East coast time) you can find it HERE.
I hope everyone is having an awesome Sunday!

Friday, July 20, 2012

TGIF my friends! I'm so glad I made it to Friday. I felt like this week was never going to end! I actually have made a lot of personal choices this week that I'm very proud of. One is that I'm going vegetarian, and this time for good. Two is choosing to use products that were not tested on animals. I normally do, but I just saw a recent post about a couple brands that I use. Not cool! Any way, I'm really enjoying this series by Janette the Jongleur so on with the cool-ness!

~This Modcloth Dress is soooo cute! It's on my must-have list. I love the stripes and the belt!
Via Modcloth
~I love this ring! I think I'm going to have to buy one!
Via Deebedo
~Were having a giveaway from our Etsy shop! Enter and win vintage mushroom shakers :)
Live.Love.Random. giveaway

~ People who are mean! I just discovered recently that someone at my work isn't as nice as they appear to be...and that can be kinda scary.
~Companies still testing on animals.....seriously?!?! It's cruelty no matter what you say.

On the bright side,this website is an awesome resource for everyone: http://www.care2.com/


Not sure about my hair straightened...
Funny how my eyebrows disappeared in these pictures!

I hope everyone has had a fabulous week! 
The weather is suppose to be beautiful here so I think this weekend we will be out enjoying as much of it as we can....I'm so excited!

Have a great weekend!

Random Giveaway

Wednesday, July 18, 2012




Giveaway Time! The winner will get these cute vintage Mushroom Salt & pepper shakers From Live.Love.Random.Vintage.

You have until July 24th to enter.

What you have to do -   
Visit Live.Love.Random.Vintage. then come back and leave a comment telling us which items are your favorite. 
Be one of our lovely readers via GFC or Bloglovin (make sure to leave a comment for an additional entry)
Please make sure there is a way to contact you if you win.
Winner will be chosen through a random number generator.

Optional bonus entries...  
• tweeting about the giveaway:
win a pair of vintage salt & pepper shakers http://ericaliveloverandom.blogspot.com/2012/07/random-giveaway.html 
• share the giveaway on facebook, tumblr or your own blog!
(Come back and make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry!)



This giveaway is open to everyone,
Good Luck!

Pretty As A Picture

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Here is some of my photography. I love taking pictures of anything and everything. Especially if I can find the perfect angle. If you follow me on Instagram (eeka_cupcake_ninja) you can see that I love nature pictures!
Especially of flowers and bugs. If you look closely at the picture above you can see a bee on it! He was moving around too much for me to get a good picture of him. The picture above was taken at the Vermont Arts Council in the sculpture garden. I was on a field trip with my art class and couldn't help but stop and take pictures of these beautiful flowers.
These flowers were taken in the front of my work. We have a beautiful flower bed.
This is a picture of the sun setting where I live.
Hi Mr. Llama! He lives just down the road at a farm :)
these are more flowers from my work's flower bed, just a different spot.
And here is lovely Cupcake, chill'in on my bed. I cried with laughter when I saw her sitting like that! 
I hope you all are having an awesome week! 

Monday Blues

Monday, July 16, 2012


Is it really Monday again ?
Via: LoveLandArtGallery
Isn't that mason jar painting beautiful?! I love it! Anyway here are some beautiful blue items I found last week that I wanted to share with you!

Via: Modcloth
I'm in love with this Modcloth dress! It's called : Date with Fate Dress and it looks so girly and comfortable.
Via: Fancy Lucky Vintage
This clutch is adorable and vintage! I would love to have it :)

Via: The Dainty Squid
These are Kaylah's nails from The Dainty Squid. she does a weekly nail feature and I have to say this design is my favorite so far.

Via: Amigurumi Kingdom
How cute is this little guy?! I've been practicing and hopefully I will have some little amigurumi to share too. I have a little penguin that is almost finished. I can't wait to post it!

Have great Monday :)

Cupcake Sunday

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer Fun!
Via:Bakerella
It is definitely summer out there! I don't know where you are, but it has been so hot here in Vermont, but luckily we have air conditioning in our house. Anyway, I just found out about a week ago, that there is a girl at my work that loves cupcakes as much as I do! From what I know, she will be baking those cute cupcakes featured above. Aren't they adorable!! They are simple and easy to make, just add your imagination........here are some more inspirational cupcakes with a cute summer theme:

Via: Gracescakes
Via: bubolinkata
Via: Sweet Elite Vegan Cupcakes
Via: Martha Stewart 
Aren't all these cupcakes awesome!! I know that I will be making some of these :)
I hope you found some inspiration from these beauties...I know I probably got your taste buds going!
Have a great Sunday!