So…We Got A Dog.


You know when you walk in to Petsmart just "browsing" and come out with a dog? Yeah…my husband and I know that feeling. We have been throwing around the idea of getting a small dog in the future and the more we talked about it the more I was warming up to the idea. I never grew up with a dog and so I was a little reluctant to jump on board. When we saw the cute little Beagle/Lab mix with the most beautiful color, we knew we got ourselves into trouble by walking into Petsmart. 

We applied to adopt him, got accepted and brought him home! We named him Dirk (after the Maverick's basketball player, if you are a fan). He is 7 months old and they didn't know too much about him at the adoption place except he was probably abused as a smaller pup and he was most likely attacked by a larger dog due to his tail size and a knick on his head. 

He was so timid at first coming home and gets scared really easily, but he is playful and lovable and just too cute to have around. I guess I'm turning into a dog-lady now...

Pad Thai Curry | Recipe


I'm no food blogger, but I have been finding a lot of new recipes I love and want to share with you! While trying out this Pad Thai recipe, I wanted to experiment by adding a red curry sauce. I searched all over for a Pad Thai Curry recipe and had no luck, so I took a chance and I was so happy with the result! I have made it a few times already and love the extra flavor the red curry sauce gives the already basic pad thai recipe.

I know I'm no Minimalist Baker or Martha Stewart on the cooking scale, but trust me on this one. It is easy, delicious and makes great left overs!

8 ounces rice noodles
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 can coconut milk
3 tbsp red curry paste
Lime juice
6 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove
2 eggs
Peanuts (optional)

Follow the instructions on the rice noodle package to cook the noodles. While they are soaking, in a small bowl combine brown sugar, lime juice and soy sauce. To make red curry sauce, add half a can of coconut milk, 3 tbsp of red curry paste and 1 tbsp of brown sugar in a small pan and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat on low.
In a pan, heat oil and add the minced garlic clove and white scallion ends. Let it heat and become fragrant and add eggs. Scrape eggs back and forth until they are almost finished and transfer to a plate. Add noodles (after they are completely finished), green scallions and soy sauce mixture to the pan. Cook and toss until the noodles are soft and then add in the egg mixture. Add in the red curry sauce and serve!

*Adapted from Brownies For Dinner

For more fool-proof recipes, check out my "Taste Tested" Pinterest board!

Leather Travel Wallet | New Product!


I have some exciting news today…I am launching a new product in my shop, Shop Always Rooney! I was given the opportunity to help launch Fund on Etsy by coming up with a new shop product so that I can raise money to invest back into my business.

Through this awesome opportunity, my goal is to raise $1200 so I can invest in an arbor press and brass stamps that will deboss into leather to make a bold, clean impression. This not only increases the quality of my products but creates room to partner with special events and companies to personalize their passport covers in a new way!

To reach my goal, I've created a new product called the Leather Travel Wallet. This holds everything you need for easy travel. There is a pocket for your passport, boarding pass, photo I.D. and the right side includes a journal. I felt the journal was an important addition to the wallet because traveling brings so many new memories that you want to have in writing, or even tape in a photo or bus stub!

This is an "all-or-nothing" campaign. Meaning, in thirty days if I don't raise the complete total of $1200 I don't receive any of the funds. There are bundle options available when you purchase more than one wallet at a time. So, if you are super woman and want to plan ahead…go ahead and buy a few Christmas presents while you are at it ;).

You can fund my campaign here. While you are there, follow along because I'll be sending out updates throughout the thirty day funding period!

Don't forget to browse through other campaigns here. There are some really great new products coming out because of these funding campaigns and I am excited to see how it impacts not only my business but the community of Etsy!