Woaaaah, that is one good looking chair!
I've always liked the idea of having a mirror like this, but one with cat ears is just way too cute. 
Perfect mug? Sure is!
 (via: Cherry Pie Lane)
Ah! How cute are these fanny packs!?
 (via: Merrimaking)
Love the pattern on this dress.
 (via: Modcloth)
Such a gorgeous bracelet.
 (via: Praxis Jewelry)
Love this scarf. It even comes in two other color combos as well!
Well if this isn't the cutest place setting...
 (via: Yvonne Ellen)
Always and forever a fan of quirky socks.
 (via: Modcloth)
Oh my goodness, this ring! Holy smokes. Opal is so beautiful.

Hope you're having an amazing Friday!

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A while back, on my six month in Cleveland anniversary, I visited a new to me abandoned building. So needless to say, I've been holding on to these photos while I tried my hardest to research more about the building. I'm finally throwing in the towel. I can't seem to find much at all. This is an abandoned factory that did metal plating, aside from that I have no dates or history. It was still an interesting building, and I'm rather pleased with my photos so here they are...
All the machinery has been removed since this place closed its doors but the upstairs offices have tons of paperwork, books, and records strewn about. That kind of stuff is always my favorite but I am always curious who was the one to make such a mess in these places. Was it a former employee trying to prove a point before he left the place for the last time? Young kids just having fun making a mess? I mean, you can't deny it would be fun to just go nuts in place like that, let out a little steam.

PS. If you're as curious as I was when I first saw it, that "hot!!!" file tab literally had nothing exciting in it. I was hoping for juicy office gossip, or maybe some nudie pictures (we found some fairly graphic ones in another part of the building!) but it was just regular old paper work! Booooring.

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Last week I spent one afternoon hiking with my pal Anthony. Fall in Ohio is so insanely beautiful. It was such a great day for a hike. Perfect weather, the colors all seem to be peaking, plus it had been raining for nearly a week straight beforehand so mushrooms were abound!
The mushrooms were great but the find of the day had to be that wood frog. I don't think I've actually ever seen one, or maybe if I have it wasn't such a vibrant color. Of course, since I didn't know much about them Anthony, who teaches over at CSU, went into full on teacher mode and told me alllll about them. Did you know that the male wood frogs' call sounds like a quack? Or that they're extremely freeze tolerant? In the winter they hibernate in leaf litter or soil close to the surface. They're able to survive freezing the whole winter then just thaw out in the spring. Isn't that super incredible?

Pssst. Prints available on Society6

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I only recently discovered my love of nutella. I had seen people rave about it online for years but never given it a second thought. Jeff made me try some on an apple and since then I've been wondering how I got this far in life and didn't know how amazing it was. What else have I been missing out on!?! So, obviously, I've been making up for lost time. I'm trying nutella on everything and thinking of every possible way to include it in things. Then it hit me, I need to bake with this goodness! I'm not a huge muffin fan, cupcakes are meh, but I love me some banana bread! Not only does banana bread taste amazing (especially this banana bread!) but it's quick, and easy to make.
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large ripe bananas mashed
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
very generous 1/2 cup Nutella
half bag of chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch loaf pan and set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in the banana and then beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined. Divide 1/2 of the batter into a separate bowl and stir in the Nutella.

Alternate layers of regular batter and Nutella batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips generously on the top.  Bake 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into bread comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool 10 minutes in the pan before moving to a wire rack. Let cool completely before slicing.
Jeff and I killed this loaf in no time at all. It's incredible delicious. I think this is only the second thing I've baked in my new apartment, really makes me want to get back at it. I always forget how relaxing baking is, especially in the fall.

Recipe found on What Megan's Making.

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