Wayback Wednesday: Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell cast

I’m not even a little embarrassed to admit how (re)obsessed I am with Saved by the Bell. It’s so fantastically 90s! I’ve been watching it almost every morning on Netflix before I go to work, and okay, sometimes I have marathon nights when Stan isn’t around.

zack morris saved by the bell

I had a major crush on Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who’s still pretty hot today). I remember my friends and I actually kissing the TV once or twice when he came on. We were such dorks!

Apparently, Lifetime is going to be making a behind-the-scenes movie about the show to air later this year, but it will probably be awful because a) it’s Lifetime and b) based on Dustin Diamond’s (Screech) scathing memoir about his fellow cast members. I’m just going to continue nerding out and wishing I had Lisa Turtle’s closet.

Lead image via New York Post.

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¡Cinco de Mayo party essentials!

cinco de mayo party essentials via @poorandpretty

Cinco de Mayo is next Monday! Inspired by the beautiful bright colors I saw during my family trip to Mexico last year, here are a few party essentials you can buy or DIY to make your fiesta muy auténtico (very authentic)!

1. Papel Picado Banner — This is the traditional Mexican paper banner you will see at fiestas or as year-round decor. Buy here via La Fuente or make it here via Frog Prince Paperie.

2. Vintage Mexican Dress — Gorgeous! Pull your hair back, stick a flower or two in it, and it’ll be like you’re really in Mexico. (via trashyvintage on Etsy)

3. DIY Tissue Paper Flowers or Pom-Poms — These are so easy to make and will add lots of color and flair to your party. Make them here. (via Poor & Pretty)

4. Cans and Bottles as Centerpieces — Another simple DIY. Wash out cans and bottles from Mexican food or alcohol and place vibrant flowers in them. (via Ruffled)

5. Recycled Verano Margarita Glasses + Pitcher — What’s a Cinco de Mayo party without margaritas? Serve them in these beautiful glasses and pitcher, hand-blown in Mexico with recycled glass. Glasses and pitcher sold separately. Grab the glasses here and the pitcher here. (via UncommonGoods)

6. Ribbed Glass Lanterns — Available in a bunch of festive colors and sizes, these would make great indoor or outdoor décor. (via World Market)

7. DIY Mexican Table Linens — Sew your own table runner, napkins, or placemats with these bold Mexican fabrics from MexFabricSupplies on Etsy. Use this tutorial from HGTV to help you out.

Don’t forget the fiesta food and drinks! See even more ideas on my Cinco de Mayo Pinterest board.

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4th Annual Trashion Show this Saturday!

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It’s that time of year again! The 4th Annual Trashion Fashion Show is this Saturday, April 19th 6-9pm at Hartford City Hall. Get your tickets here. (All proceeds support the Sustainable Farm School.)

I’ve been lucky enough to vend at the past two shows, but this year will be a little different. I will be teaching a demonstration on how to make your own sugar scrubs and have tons of info about some of the toxic chemicals you can find in your brand-name cosmetics. Did you see my article on the Evergreen Design Co. blog?

Trashion Show Hartford CT

I am so pumped to see this year’s trashion fashion! It keeps getting better and better every year!

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Valentine party essentials

Valentine’s Day is a week away! Do you have everything you need for partying? Here are my top picks:

Valentine Party Essentials via poorandpretty

1. Party Banner via Urban Outfitters. 2. Valentine’s Mix Cupcake Liners via sweet estelle’s baking supply. 3. Pink Glitter Origami Heart Cupcake Toppers via Pelemele. 4. Valentine’s Day Krazy Straw via Party City. 5. DIY Valentine Party Crowns via mom’s best. 6. Plantable Paper Heart Confetti via Paper Sprouts. 7. Cookie Stamp via UncommonGoods.

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Stamiversary Trip to Florida, Part Two: Universal

Despite what you might think after my first post-Florida update, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is actually just a tiny piece of the Universal experience. It was certainly our favorite part of the trip, but we had lots of fun in the rest of the two parks, too. Here are a few highlights:

Universal IOA - Seuss Landing - poor and pretty

Seuss Landing is so colorful and fun! The rides are definitely geared more toward young kids, but we loved The Cat in The Hat ride and The High In The Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride. But we’re kind of big kids.

Universal IOA - Seuss Landing - Once-ler's house - poor and pretty

I can’t watch The Lorax without crying, but I was able to contain myself at the Once-ler’s house.

Universal IOA - Lost Continent - Poseidon - poor and pretty

Also in Islands of Adventure — sandwiched between Seuss Landing and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — is The Lost Continent, which I think is supposed to be inspired by Atlantis. There aren’t any rides here, but there are a few interactive shows. We did Poseidon’s Fury which starts as a “museum tour” and then, surprise! You’re in the middle of an epic battle between Poseidon and Lord Darkenon (who I’d never heard of before). It’s kind of hokey, but still amusing. The special effects were certainly neat.

Universal - Stanosaur - poor and pretty

One of Stan’s favorite activities was creating his own dinosaur in Jurassic Park. Is it weird that he looks even more like Harry Potter as a dinosaur?

Universal IOA - Toon Lagoon - poor and pretty

This was in Toon Lagoon :)

Universal - Patrick Spongebob - poor and pretty

Speaking of cartoons, we met a friendly starfish named Patrick over at Universal Studios!

Universal - Shark attack! - poor and pretty

But Stan was also eaten by a shark :(

Universal HHN - Dale's Winnebago RV Walking Dead - poor and pretty

But after napping briefly at Dale’s Winnebago… (Fans of The Walking Dead will recognize this)

Universal - Wall climbing - poor and pretty

…He was back on his feet, even climbing up walls!

Universal HHN - Entrance - poor and pretty

Halloween night, we went to Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights. After reading about how crazy the lines have been in the past years, we decided to wait outside the park for an hour and a half. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t that impressed. We were first in line into the event and we still had to wait 45 minutes to get into the first haunted house. Then we waited another 40 or so minutes to get into another haunted house. The haunted houses were cool and had great design, but at the end of the day, they were still just haunted houses. Luckily, we didn’t pay a whole lot for the tickets, but I wouldn’t do it again. The only thing that made it worth it was…

Universal HHN - Rocky Horror Tribute - poor and pretty

The Rocky Horror Picture Show tribute! The show was really crowded, too, but still lots of fun.

And those are the highlights from Universal! Next week, I’ll share our Disney highlights. :)

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