[Friday] Friends in Need

As you guys may know, I’m originally from Long Island, NY and I spend quite a bit of time traveling back and forth from my old hometown to my new one. Unfortunately, Sandy is preventing this from happening for a little while.


Luckily, all of my family and friends were graced with good fortune and still have a home, but many around us cannot say the same.  I don’t want to grace your readers with a bunch of sad pictures of the devastation,  you can find that anywhere right now. But as my Facebook newsfeed quietly fills with stories of sadness and frustration, I feel like I should make a quick mention towards how you can help for today’s post.


The American Red Cross is currently accepting donations! Items aren’t as helpful at the moment so they are looking for money or blood donations.

  • Visit this page to find out where you can donate blood.
  • Visit this page to make a donation online.
  • You can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 via your next wireless bill. Couldn’t be easier!
The Human Society’s Animal Rescue Team is currently in NY and NJ helping to find animals in need of rescue. Unfortunately, not all families were able to take their pets with them to their shelters. If you are looking to donate to the cause they are looking for money donations.
  • Visit this page to donate money online.
  • You can also text the word HUMANE to 80888 to donate $10.

If you’re in the area and looking to lend a hand, New York Cares is currently looking for volunteers to work on some of their relief projects. They are “the city’s largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools.”
  • Visit this page to find out how to volunteer
  • You can also text iCARE to 85944 to donate $10.
Edit: Sandy was especially nasty to Rockaway.  Locals are hoping for donations through Graybeards, a trusted local organization in the Rockaway area.
Visit graybeards.com/ for more information on their organization and to donate.

Looking for more ways to help? NBC put together a great list of different groups who are active in the relief effort with direct links for how YOU can help.  From the bottom of my heart, my friends and I can’t thank you enough.

Hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Weekend Recap: Spooky Walk!

Happy Halloween!!
(Enter evil laugh here)

I like to picture this man (Frank) reading this post out loud to you.
I’m not sure if you enjoy that thought or not.

But really, Happy Halloween! I really enjoy Halloween. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because dressing up is fun? Maybe it’s because I really like candy? Maybe it’s because I really enjoy scaring people?…Yep! That last one might be the winner!

Unfortunately, I don’t like being scared too much, so I typically steer clear of scaring others. However, Halloween time is a whole different ballgame. Back at home on Long Island, I’ve been taking a part in the Spooky Walk every year since high school. My friend’s family runs this local  Halloween haunted walk through the woods and cabins at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck.100% of the proceeds go to the camp for special needs children and adults each year!

It’s an awesome cause, and if you live on Long Island I highly suggest checking it out next year!

Anyway, so as a kid we all used to scare in the woods, then when I got a little older I lent a hand with the food services. This year, my friend turned one of the cabins into a “Haunted Hostel” exhibit and I tried my hand in scaring once again. I have to tell you — it’s HILARIOUS to be on the other side of a scary event. I claim to have yelled, screamed, and stared creepily in our guests directions, but I must admit that I also spent a lot of my 4 hour shift laughing my butt off. It’s really fun to scare people!
I’ll include some pictures for you behind the cut-but I’ll warn you, they aren’t my typical blog photos. I don’t usually like to truncate my posts, but I feel like my creepy makeup just doesn’t blend in with the rest of my blog. Feel free to read on for some pictures!  If not, that’s okay too.

What are your Halloween plans?
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Weekend Recap: Cancertacular Fall Fest

I first wanted to start this post with a “Happy Tuesday” message, but in all honesty, I hate Tuesdays. I think they are the worst days of the week.
Let’s think about it:  
Monday’s your just coming down from your weekend-high.
(The weekend may be over, but you feel relaxed or maybe excited at the thought of your last two days.)
Wednesday is “hump day”, you’re halfway through!
Nobody can argue that Thursday and Friday are two of the better week days.
So that leaves us with… Tuesday.
 Poor Tuesday gets the short end of the stick.

I thought I would brighten up Tuesday by recapping the highlight of my weekend. Let’s give it a try!


This weekend Dean and I attended an event for a non-profit organization titled Cancertacular. They are a wonderful organization in Northeast PA that works with children & the families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer. They work with their “golden families” to help with anything and everything that they can. They run fundraisers, they help them get to doctors appointments, they pick up dinner for the family just to make their day a little better and a little easier.  Cancertacular is run by volunteers only and these folks are really some of the best people I have met since moving to PA. It was my pleasure to be able to attend their 3rd Annual Fall Fest.

The farm had a cute little stand called “Java Jenn’s”!
This picture is not a “why?” face but a “how did they know?” face.
If you’re unaware, I’m a bit of a coffee addict.

This little area had me cracking up!
I never knew bunnies were so funny!
(Note: We have no idea how many bunnies were
actually located in this little habitat.)
Cancertacular reserved a campsite for their event and supplied everything we needed to make s’mores!
I forgot how much I like s’mores.
They may be one of the best summer night snacks ever!
At 8pm they released these wonderful Chinese lanterns into the night sky.
It was beautiful to see all of the people come together to get everything set up
and then watch the lanterns gently float away.
We had such a great time.
Thanks for all you do, Cancertacular!

What did you guys do this weekend?