What little boys are made of

I stumbled across this amazing wallpaper and immediately needed to share it. Designed by Victoria at Paper Boy Wallpaper, this classic yet edgy wallpaper appealed to me immediately. Victoria explains that she came about this ingenious design while trying to redecorate her sons bedrooms. She wanted a pattern that would appeal to boys ranging from pre-school age to teens while also maintaining a classic wallpaper design. And may I say, it appeals to {cool} girls too.

I’m the kind of gal who enjoys skulls coupled with cute things. Then skulls on wallpaper? Quite possibly the ultimate. Animal Magic wallpaper shown above, detailing the ins and outs of turtles, dogs, rabbits, and oh yes – cats. The PaperBoy Wallpaper also have the creative Hand Made wallpaper inspired by late night silhouettes, and D’ya-think-e-saurus sporting a cheeky boy interacting with various dinosaurs.

If such a bold wallpaper is too much of a design leap for you, why not opt for some of their fabric designs? Said cheeky paper can also be purchased on fabric, should you like their style, but are a little too shy to commit to wallpaper. Or, a punch of two pillows to go with your new backdrop? I will most certainly be purchasing some of their wallpaper in the future. When I actually own some property.

My favorite picks – getting in the mood

1. Image Interiors – January/February 2011 issue. My perfect bus accompaniment at the moment. 
2. Tron Legacy soundtrack. I’m not a Daft Punk fan, but this album is pretty tight. It is helping me stay in the right mindset for my final college project.
3. Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish. Perfect for hurried painting – ie. on the bus or at your desk.
4. I love you like blank loves blank. Creative Valentine’s cards by The Hungry Workshop. Let your imagination go wild. Like Mario loves Luigi, like peanut butter loves jelly, even like Steven Seagal loves bad hair plugs. 
5. Bonjour.com. My new years resolution is to relearn French. My previous knowledge has deteriorated horribly. 

Hug in a mug

By this time if you haven’t heard of the ‘cake in a mug’ (or ‘cup cake’), you’ve been living under a rock. My boyfriend and I used to make cup cakes a lot, but then we stopped. It’s sad that we forgot to make them so much. Good for our waist-lines, but probably for the best in the end. 

I can’t help but compare this cup cake to those belts you see on American teleshopping – the ones you strap on which supposedly gives you a six pack while you sit on your couch and watch tv. Half assed – that’s the phrase I’m looking for. The cup cake is very half assed. I feel like I’m cheating my way out of making a cake, but none-the-less, it is genius.
This simple delight is very straight forward. No more messing about, details are below …


3 tablespoons of all purpose flour
3 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of coca powder
1 egg
1 tablespoon of milk
Dash of Bailey’s/Cointreau/brandy/rum {optional}

Mix all the dry ingredients in a mug together with the egg. Mix in with milk and dash of booze (if you like). Microwave for between one and two minutes – depending on the strength of your microwave. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t sprew out of control. Curl up on the couch, and enjoy.