About Arbine

When she isn't stuffing her face with sweets or watching Doctor Who Arbine can be found blogging at My Shiny Life. She pretends to be clever on G+, Twitter, and Facebook. Oh and she pins like it's her job.

My Brain Won’t Let Me Sleep

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I’m a huge fan of sleep. It’s one of my favorite things in the world. You know, after my husband, daughters, Doctor Who (I’m loving Capaldi’s outfit), rainbow sprinkles, and crispy bacon. But some nights I can’t go to sleep. Actually, it’s more like my brain won’t LET me sleep. That’s right. It keeps talking. [...]

Enjoy the Moment

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I like technology. I like it a lot. Without it, we wouldn’t have the internet, smart phones, or social media. Three things that I have grown greatly accustomed to. There are so many wonderful things that can be said in favor of smart phones and social media. Smart phones can help us navigate to somewhere [...]

I Felt Like a Kid Again

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When my husband and I started tossing around the idea of surprising our daughters with their first trip to Disneyland* during our vacation in San Diego I felt unsure and excited at the same time. I knew the holiday crowd was probably going to be a little crazy but I was almost certain that my girls would [...]

Our Beautiful Differences

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A few weeks ago I went with my husband and my two young daughters to watch Disney’s latest animated feature film Frozen. I had no idea what the movie was supposed to be about. All I remembered from the trailer I saw was that there was a lot of snow, a snowman, and a reindeer [...]

Being Good Enough

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At least once a month I write a piece for Aiming Low’s Miss Unlimited. I write about a myriad of things. Relationships. Being yourself. Confidence. My mission is to inspire. To give hope. To let those young girls know that everything they are going through, all the awkward and difficult stuff, I’ve gone through too. [...]

What We Can Learn From Parks and Rec

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I’m a huge fan of the television show Parks and Rec. If you are unfamiliar with it, it’s a comedy on NBC that is shot documentary style, like The Office. It follows the lives of the Parks and Rec department of Pawnee, Indiana. Not only is it a very funny (without a laugh track) show, [...]

S’mores-ish Cookie Bars

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London, England. Home to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. As well as Diagon Alley, The Leaky Cauldron, and Gringotts Wizarding Bank. It’s also where Sherlock and many Doctor Who episodes take place. You know what my hubby said when we saw a commercial for the Olympics? “I hope that David Tennant lights the Olympic flame.” And that is just reason 5,486,902 why [...]

Peanut Butter Creme Sandwich Cookies

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Let’s take a walk, my friends. A walk down memory lane. When our biggest worries included things like a spelling test or possibly getting picked last for dodge ball. When sites such as Twitter or Facebook didn’t exist. Heck, the internet wasn’t even around. When there was such a thing as appointment television. When slap [...]

I Wanna See You Be Brave

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Confession: I have a huge girl crush on singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. She is uber cute and I totally want to be BFFs with her. For the past couple of weeks I have listened to her album The Blessed Unrest at least once a day. Sometimes twice. I am completely obsessed with her song Brave. It’s [...]

The Other Guys

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The sidekick. The companion. The BFF. The non-lead character. Today I’d like to take the time to celebrate all those who, for the most part, play second (or third or fourth) fiddle. Those who just don’t get enough time in the spotlight. Because sometimes the other guys and gals are just as awesome. Toph Beifong [...]

Failure: A Lesson in Disguise

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Those cupcakes up there? The ones with the heart shaped strawberries? I thought they looked quite pretty. As for taste, I gave them a big thumbs down. They ended up on my list of recipes that I thought were going to be good but ended up turning out to be complete failures. You would think [...]

Are You Ready For Some Fantasy Football?

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Now that summer is dwindling down, we are entering one of the most beloved times of year in my household…football season! That’s right. This food loving Whovian is also a football fan. Almost everyone in my family is into football. My husband is a New York Football Giants fan. My brother-in-law loves the Cowboys. My [...]