183 Living Summer Issue is here!

4 Jun

We’re back! Wondering where we were? You know, vacationing, sipping margarita’s poolside, being fed grapes by shirtless men. Who has time for blogging with a rigorous schedule like that?

Just kidding, the only one being fed grapes is my one year old.

The truth is that we’ve been busy and blogging had to take the back seat for awhile. We’re sorry to leave you hanging. Let us make it up to you with the summer edition of 183Living!

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We’re excited about this issue! We have all kinds of great editorial including sizzlin’ summer drinks from some of our favorite local hangouts, homemade popsicle recipes,an exclusive with Summer Kitchen Soaps, tips for protecting yourself from ticks, all you need to know about owning an ATV, interviews with Chuck Seese from 93.5SBG, the Theatrical Gems and Sara Hassell, a Beachbody coach and fitness guru. Go check it out!

And don’t miss one of my favorite pieces, “You Know You’re From the 183 If…” If you can relate to half of the items on this list then you can proudly say you’re a local!

We hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to give us your feedback!



what’s going on?

22 Apr

I know. We haven’t been the best bloggers lately. We’re sorry! We promise that it’s not because we don’t love you anymore – we do. We’ve just had a lot going on. Wanna see!?

Here are a few of the things we’ve been working on lately…

1. We just redesigned a website for Destination Landscaping. We were excited about designing this site because of the great color scheme. Check out the real thing here.

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2. We had fun creating some ads – here’s one of them…

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3. Our friends at the Scranton Chamber of Commerce needed some new brochures which we helped them with.

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4. The Rotary Club of the Pocono Mountain’s Golf Tournament is coming up on June 6th. You’ll soon be seeing these posters around town. Anyone interested in golfing?

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5. You might also see this poster around if you live near Allentown.

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working out with kids

15 Apr

I’ve been seeing all kinds of blog posts, Facebook updates and new stories lately about getting in shape. If you’re looking for a workout that’s guaranteed to get your body ready for the upcoming swimsuit season then look no further.

To complete this workout you will need some uhhmmm….equipment.

This equipment is VERY expensive. You won’t be able to get rid of it for at least 18 years either. And it might just spit up on your during your workout.

That’s right, grab your kiddos – it’s workout time! Here are a few moves we’re sure will get your heart pumping.

1. Bench Press


2. Push Ups

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3. Tricep Extension

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4. Lunge


5. Squat (Please remember to switch up your weights if one is getting too heavy)


While you may have trouble concentrating with the constant laughter and puddle of drool steaming from your little ones mouth it will undoubtedly be your most enjoyable workout yet!

toddlers and drunk people

5 Apr

The other day my friend Jamie emailed me a link and said “Saw this on Pinterest and HAD to send it to you.” I’m so glad she did too because it’s hilarious and SO TRUE.


The link Jaime sent was to a blog called Motherhood on the Rocks and this is her list of reasons why taking care of a toddler is like taking care of a drunk person.

1. No personal boundaries
2. Falls over A LOT. Gets up, yells “I OK!” and keeps going
3. Poor decision-making skills
4. Spontaneous vomiting
5. Speaks gibberish
6. Gets belligerent if you take away their beer (insert favorite toy here)
7. Cries for no apparent reason
8. Streaking (see #3)
9. Philosophical conversations with inanimate objects
10. Short attention span
11. Argumentative
12. Poor short-term memory
13. Zero inhibitions
14. Loses everything
15. Will pass out anywhere
16. One track mind
17. Demanding
18. Getting them undressed (or redressed) is like wrestling an alligator
19. Runs into things that haven’t moved…ever
20. One volume setting – LOUD!

I would also like to add a few of my own to this list….

21. Occasional bed wetting
22. Reckless driving
23. Often puts shoes on the wrong feet
24. Wakes up in a stupor
25. Requires a bib or change of clothes after eating
26. Frequently passes out in my back seat

Happy Friday everyone – have fun acting like a toddler this weekend!

Smart Blonde & Crafty – Apr/May Issue is here!

2 Apr

First of all let us first apologize for disappearing last week. It was a crazy week! But we’re back and ready to share with you the April/May issue of Smart Blonde & Crafty!


This issue we’ve added more feature pieces, some free downloads (if you’re a fan of the movie The Sandlot then you’ll love the free downloads), a list of great blogs to check out and more. Now go check it out!

5 signs you have spring fever.

21 Mar

Yesterday may have been the first day of Spring but for most of us Spring is one of those believe-it-when-we-see-it kind of events.

Living in the Poconos you learn not to fall for Mother Nature’s trickery. She’ll throw you one warm, sunny day and then BAM, a snowstorm. She’ll convince you to turn down your thermostat and then WATCH OUT, freezing rain. She can be a nasty, old bird, can’t she?

Despite her efforts to keep us wondering if Winter will ever end it’s too late – we’ve already caught the fever. Here are five signs that you have a serious case of Spring Fever.

1. You refuse to wear a jacket. A heavy sweater or sweatshirt will suffice – it’s not THAT cold out. 

2. You start dreaming of all the things you’re going to grill this year.

3. You’re sure that your next electric bill (or gas, oil, etc.) will be MUCH cheaper.

4. When did this house get so stuffy?? Must. Open. Window.

5. You refuse to cut anymore firewood.


What are sign of Spring Fever are you suffering from?

 **We hope this mildly offensive card doesn’t offend anyone – we thought it was too hilarious not to share. 




what’s going on?

19 Mar

What’s going on in the Smart Blonde Creative office lately, you ask? Well, let me tell you. Here are a few of the things we’ve been working on…

1. This happened on Friday. And I’ve driven by every day since then to admire its beauty.


2. The Friendly Community Center’s website went live! As the center gets closer to its Grand Opening the site will continue to grow – be sure to check back regularly.

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3. We whipped up this brochure for our friends at the Scranton Chamber of Commerce. They’re awesome, by the way.


4. We designed a poster to help promote this great event. 530515_501942326532861_65038569_n

5. And we’re working on the next issue of Smart Blonde & Crafty – coming April 1st!

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how I spend my time.

11 Mar

In response to daylight savings, Hillary @ Folk Magazine wrote ”Our time is our life and how we spend it defines who we are.”

Well geez, I never really thought of it that way. Most of my days are lived in a whirlwind of work and kids. If how I spend my time defines who I am – am I ok with that?


Like all parents, I continually question whether or not I’m spending my time wisely. Am I on the phone too much? Do I use my computer too often? Should I be on the floor playing trucks with my 2 year old more frequently? Can my baby tell that I’m distracted when I’m rocking him to sleep? Are my kids going to grow up and be addicted to technology because of me?

While I do sometimes wonder if I’m doing it right, my answer is yes – I am ok with it. I’m happy about it, actually.

Right now, my time is spent balancing all the things I love in life – growing our business, working with our graphic design clients, making magazines, crafting, working on diy projects, playing with my babies, taking care of my family, spending time with my hubby. It’s crazy and chaotic but also very fulfilling.

One day, when my babies are on their own I plan to redefine myself and start doing all the things I’m not able to do right now – travel to exotic places, grow a huge garden and start canning like my grandmother, fly around by the seat of my pants,etc..

How about you? Does how you spend your time define who you are?


who wants a free website?

6 Mar

183Living is giving away a FREE website and YOU could be the lucky winner!

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To win, you need to follow 3 simple steps.

1. Subscribe to 183Living. Click here and then enter your email address on the left side where is says “Enter your email address”

2. Like 183Living on Facebook and then post a link (www.183living.com) on your Facebook page for all your friends to see.

3. Send an email to amanda@183living.com confirming that you have completed steps 1 & 2 and a brief explanation of what the website will be used for and why YOU should be the lucky winner.

Piece of cake, right?

Certain restrictions do apply, view http://www.183living.com/contest/  for more information.

Good Luck!

the way our parents raised us…

4 Mar

raisedKelly and I may have degrees in graphic design and business but when it comes to running SBC the lessons we apply most are those we learned from our parents.

Here are the top 5 lessons we strongly believe in and practice each and every day.

1. Be patient.

2. Always say please and thank you.

3. Work hard.

4. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

5. Be kind because what goes around comes around.

Other lessons they taught us that we don’t necessarily practice or believe in include the following:

1. If you pee in the road you’ll get a stye in your eye. What?

2. Eat whatever you want if it’s not nailed down. Would love to but my love handles say “fork down!”

3. Don’t be like a fart in a mitten. Really, mom? I don’t even know what that means. 

On another note, did you check out 183Living yet? I still get excited just thinking about it!