The End

It is the end of an era. Say goodbye to Orange Is A Good Color. I'm a little sad inside :-) However - I'm excited about the next adventure! Salt For Flavor at saltforflavor.org. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!



Lot's of moving happening this month. The biggest move of all involves my family - they are moving out of the area to be closer to my dad's job. They will be gone by the middle of May :-( I'm pretty sad about them moving - but I know it will be better for everyone to live in the same area. My dad won't have to work away from the family anymore! Besides - my sister Rosie is staying here and my sister Hannah is staying for the summer!

The other move that's taking place is... My blog is moving to Wordpress! New style. New name.
Keep an eye out for the reveal!


Foodie Penpals

I am so excited! I am participating for the first time in a fun new program called Foodie Penpals! Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean started the program back in September with around 30 participants as a way for foodies all over the country to connect and try new things. This month the program has grown to 600 participants in the US and Canada - not counting the new branch in the UK. How cool is that?!

Here's the short version of how it works (sort of):
 - On the 5th of the month you find out who you're matched with. - You have 72 hours to get in touch with them and figure out any food preferences. - You go shopping with 15 bucks and try to find all the cool stuff you can! - Before the 15th you mail your package. - You wait in anxious anticipation by the mail box until your package arrives. - You open your box and jump up and down with joy and excitement! - You resist temptation and take pictures of everything you got before devouring the wonderfulness. - On the 30th of the month you do a post on your blog about all the awesome stuff you got! - Then you start watching your Inbox for the next e-mail from Lindsay telling you who your new foodie penpal is!

Sound like fun? Visit The Lean Green Bean - Foodie Penpals for detailed information and to sign up!

Stay tuned for more adventures with Foodie Penpals!


Book Giveaway!

I'm giving away this excellent job hunters guide! Check out my review in the previous post. Don't be intimidated by the fact that this book is last years model - it is still a great reference book for anyone interested in finding that new source of income!
Just comment, share or re-tweet in order to be entered. Good luck and good hunting!

Overdue Book (Review)

I was going to review this book last year and didn't. It is now technically "out of date" but I'm going to review it anyways!

Knock 'Em Dead - The Ultimate Job Search Guide (2011) by Martin Yate   

Although my procrastination means that there is already a newer version of this book out - I feel that it is still very relevant to today's job hunters.
With five sections covering everything from productive resume writing to networking, the interview to closing the deal - this book covers it all! Written in an interesting and easy to read style, Mr. Yate takes a look at the most effective methods to use when looking for a job as well as what the interviewer sees and is looking for during the brief time you have to make an impression.
This book is great for today's job market! Because more people are hanging onto their jobs longer and employers are more willing to cut costs by working with less - good jobs seem to be harder to find. It is more important then ever to be able to "sell" yourself and your skills and this book gives you the tools to do that!
This 25th Anniversary Edition of Knock 'Em Dead even contains a brief summery of each of the thirty fastest-growing occupations in the current job market.
Whether you are fresh out of high school looking for your first job or have many years of experience under your belt and are trying to land a better one - this is a great book for you!

*I received this book for free from booksneeze.com. I was not obligated to write a good review - just my honest opinion.* 


And The Winner Is...

As promised - I am giving away the book "Love Food & Live Well" by Chantel Hobbs!
It was a tough decision considering that only ONE person other then my mother re-posted or commented in order to be entered into this giveaway.

So thank you and CONGRATULATIONS to Annika! You win!!!

(Stay tuned for another giveaway in the near future!)


Once again I have fallen down on the blog writing job. Maybe this will cheer you up... A post - with pictures!

March 17th (Saint Patrick's Day) was also my brother Kealen's 16th birthday! In honor of this momentous occasion, we (the siblings) decided to continue our newly begun tradition and take the birthday boy out for a fancy dinner at a snazzy local restaurant. This tradition first started when Kealen, Noah, Rosie and I surprised Hannah for her 18th birthday by getting all dressed up and going out for an amazing meal... I think that may have been the first time we'd ever done something together, without the rest of the family or countless friends tagging along. In any case - we all agree that this is a tradition worthy of continuing! We also agree that it is just way to expensive to do for every birthday, so we're limiting it to 16th, 18th and 30th birthdays (I had to talk them into that last one.)
These evenings have been full of silly conversations, delicious food (very important on a Farris outing) and for some odd reason - bathroom rating?

Kealen's celebration took place at the little Prospect Street Cafe in downtown Bellingham.

Here are a few pictures to show you the fun we had, good food we ate and the following horrible games we bowled!

Happy birthday Kealen-boy!