my 2012 goals


20120103-125533.jpg it’s 2012 people. a new year with new possibilities. here’s what I’d like to accomplish this year:

1. run a full marathon
2. volunteer more and help my local communities
3. donate blood at least once
4. get married to my best friend
5. celebrate my 30th birthday with a JAWesome shark tattoo
6. inspire others to embark upon a healthy lifestyle
7. start a recipe newsletter
8. strive to be even more eco-friendly in my lifestyle
9. blog more and continue to make people hungry
10. plan some kickass events

the shark


my #sharkweek party


here’s my shark week recap post:


first of all, you HAVE to make sure your guests no what they are in for.


chum stew!

chum stew:

  • 3 fresh chicken sausages, grilled, and diced
  • 1 lb of shrimp
  • shredded carrots
  • diced onions
  • diced red, orange, and yellow peppers
  • shredded red kale
  • 1 can of diced adobo chiles
  • 2 large cans of diced tomatoes
  • 3 cans of tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lime squeezed
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa

add all of the above and have the stew brew for approximately 5 hours. top with aged cotija or parmesan and cheddar goldfishes.


fresh jumbo lump crab dip (mixed with spicy cocktail sauce, greek yogurt, cream cheese, and diced peppers)


shark teeth sugar cookies


i tried to incorporate shark related things everywhere! i was waiting for my bestie's homemade sun-dried tomato 'chummus' for the finishing touches!


i made mango bites: Naked mango juice, basil, lime juice, and vodka (shaken with ice in a martini shaker) then poured over lemon-lime High Ball.

we had a ton of fun with the shark week drinking game rules i found as well:
1. anytime someone is referred to as a ‘shark expert’ – 2 drinks
2. begin drinking when any shark becomes airborne, don’t stop until it is all the way back in the water
3. anyone speakers with an Australian accept – 1 drink
4. someone gives advice on how to survive a shark attack – 2 drinks
5. anytime you hear the jaws theme music – 3 drinks
6. reenactment of an attack – 2 drinks
7. someone dies – finish your drink in honor
8. anyone gets submerged in a steel cage – 3 drinks
9. you see a shark caught or trapped – 2 drinks


my friend Mike, my little sharkie, Pixel, and I giving our best 'shark faces'!

speaking of shark faces, here are a couple of my lovely friends and their best ferocious looks:

Chrissy has double shark! so intense!

Lucas looks like he's a Muppet! he's to cute to be scary 🙂

my bestie, Seana, even looks hawt with a fin on her head!

it almost looks like Greg is giving me an Owen Wilson impression!

happy shark week to all!

❤ the shark

Karen (Lucas' mommy) is the sly shark. watch out!

shark mit!


shark bite oven mitt from FredFlare just announced the Shark Mit, which is not available yet, but you can put your name on the waitlist:

Believe it or not, sometimes the safest place for your hands is between the jaws of a ferocious great white! These hilarious oven mitts transform an every day occurrence like taking a casserole from the oven into something sequel-worthy. Polyester/neoprene/nylon blend. 15.75″x9.25″

$18 for a Shark Mit, not too bad! I might have to invest in one 🙂


❤ the shark

cocoa sharks!


nom nom cocoa sharks! i would eat these, and they are healthy! good job P&W. 🙂

P&W Wins Pentaward for Fresh & Easy Kid’s Cereals


The three-strong range, Cookie Bites, Cocoa Sharks and Apple & Cinnamon Smiles, have been designed to achieve cut-through in a category replete with bright colours, artificial flavours and cartoon characters, including well-known licenses such as The Flintstones, and TV “stars” such as Count Chocula.

The Fresh & Easy products are free of artificial colourings and flavours and contain less sugar than many of the mainstream brands, but we wanted to promote these core Fresh and Easy values with a sense of fun. We transformed the boxes into individual characters, each one about to guzzle back a bowl of their favourite cereal. Their bold, graphic style is unique to the market and stands apart from the more visually cluttered branded competitors. To increase engagement and repeat purchase, and imbue the packs with Fresh & Easy’s personality, we also created games, such as mazes and fun word-finders, to feature on back of pack.

healthy FTW!!!



a friend of mine led me to this glorious post:

No, it isn’t turning bisons into burgers; the latest movie monster is terrorizing Buffalo, NY as SNOW SHARK: ANCIENT SNOW BEAST is currently shooting there under writer/director/cinematographer Sam Qualiana. Read on for his comments on his new creature feature.

The 24-year-old Qualiana, who received a “Filmmaker to Watch” award at the Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival, came up with the title, poster and even the first teaser (one of two you can see below) for the project before the script was finished. Said screenplay begins with a group of biologists making a discovery that turns tragic; years later, a bunch of cryptozoologists team up to track down the truth about the Snow Beast that appears to be claiming human lives. The cast includes Jackey Hall, Michael O’Hear, Robert Bozak, Chris Wroblewski and John Renna, the latter of whom is also providing makeup FX.

“Production has gone smoothly so far,” Qualiana says. “It’s been rough with the cold weather and trying to keep snow out of the camera lens, but we’ve had a pretty good setup so far to prevent the snow from ruining any shots. I’m hoping to have it filmed before May and ready for the festivals soon after.

“I always have had a fear of sharks,” he continues. “Not a lot of things scare me, but sharks terrify and fascinate me at the same time. I can’t go very far into the ocean without turning around, and even swimming in a lake gives me the willies. No other creature has freaked me out so much. Crocodiles never even bothered me, and they can go on land and water. But the thought of a shark on the land seemed like something insane but horrifying to me. It was going to just be a short to reboot something I had made years ago, but all the buzz and support I got made me turn it into a feature.”

Qualiana is still raising money to complete that transformation. “We have started a fundraiser on, where we are asking for a goal of $3,000 to put toward helping fund the film. It’s a great way to get in touch with other independent filmmakers and fans who want to help support the film even if they can’t be around to lend a hand.”

You can learn more about SNOW SHARK: ANCIENT SNOW BEAST at its Facebook page.