2016, blog, debbie, myblog, october, theatre

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors is one of my favorite musicals. It was one of the first musicals I was exposed to as a kid and I just wore out the soundtrack, listening to it over and over. 
Now, I have most of the songs memorized and even the movie dialogue committed to memory. 
I’ve lived in Columbus for so long and never been to Shadowbox Live. So, when I saw Little Shop of Horrors was coming to Shadowbox Live, I was stoked. 
My positive experience with Shadowbox Live started before I even arrived. I needed to exchange tickets that I’d bought online for the 2pm show to the 7pm show. I went out of town Saturday and worried I wouldn’t be back in time on Sunday for the 2pm show. 
When I called Shadowbox, it was a painless process to get the tickets exchanged. I was worried this exchange wouldn’t even be possible but it was not big deal. What a relief.
When my mom and I arrived, the staff was very knowledgeable and professional in directing us to our seats. Our waiter was very friendly. It’s pretty unique how the waitstaff is part of the production. It was a bit weird to see them with all their stage makeup on and wait for our checks after the show was over. 
This Little Shop of Horrors was the best production I’ve ever seen! The actors and actresses were so engrossed in their characters. Their facial expressions and movements were hilarious. For example, Audrey would stand in the doorway of the flower shop and make a dramatic face after saying an important line. They made it into a fun musical and didn’t take it too seriously, which is perfect. 
You could tell they were having fun on stage and it just radiated off them. 
The live band was phenomenal. They have found some of Columbus’ most talented musicians and performers.
 I can totally see why The Dispatch gave the show such a favorable review. 
I can’t wait to go back to Shadowbox again and I’d strongly recommend seeing a show there.
Seymour, the dentist, and Audrey 
2016, blog, cooking, debbie, graphics, myblog, photos, recipe

Individual Baked Eggs recipe

Bacon wrapped eggs 
I had some time in the morning, so I cooked myself a breakfast of Individual Baked Eggs. 
I used a recipe from the AllRecipes magazine but it can also be found online.  
It was pretty simple to make but next time I make them, I won’t add the bacon grease to the muffin pan. It was greasy enough. 
Recipe I used

Ingredients: 

  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 6 eggs
  • Cheddar Cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F 
  2. Cook bacon
  3. Wrap bacon slice around the inside of a muffin cup. 
  4. Place a little bacon grease in the bottom of muffin cup. 
  5. Drop in egg.
  6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  7. Place a little cheddar cheese over egg after about 10-12 minutes 
  8. Continue cooking until cheese is melted and egg is cooked.

Wrap bacon around muffin tin and add an egg inside
I cooked my bacon in the oven at 350 for 12 minutes 
Eggs inside the bacon circles
Almost done cooking
Cook at 350, adding some cheese after about 12 minutes

I used shredded cheese from Trader Joes
Individual Baked Eggs
2016, blog, cooking, debbie, graphics, myblog, photos, recipe

Individual Baked Eggs recipe

Bacon wrapped eggs 
I had some time in the morning, so I cooked myself a breakfast of Individual Baked Eggs. 
I used a recipe from the AllRecipes magazine but it can also be found online.  
It was pretty simple to make but next time I make them, I won’t add the bacon grease to the muffin pan. It was greasy enough. 
Recipe I used

Ingredients: 

  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 6 eggs
  • Cheddar Cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F 
  2. Cook bacon
  3. Wrap bacon slice around the inside of a muffin cup. 
  4. Place a little bacon grease in the bottom of muffin cup. 
  5. Drop in egg.
  6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  7. Place a little cheddar cheese over egg after about 10-12 minutes 
  8. Continue cooking until cheese is melted and egg is cooked.

Wrap bacon around muffin tin and add an egg inside
I cooked my bacon in the oven at 350 for 12 minutes 
Eggs inside the bacon circles
Almost done cooking
Cook at 350, adding some cheese after about 12 minutes

I used shredded cheese from Trader Joes
Individual Baked Eggs
2016, august, blog, debbie, good makery, graphics, myblog, november

Good Makery’s One Last Memory Before School Email

I’ve been helping Good Makery  with their digital marketing and back in August I wrote this blog post and designed in MailChimp this cute email that went out to all of the email subscribers. I’m proud of the playful image, on-brand color scheme, and the educational content of the blog. Before writing this, I didn’t know what a Schultüte was but it’s actually a really neat tradition.

Make one last memory before school!
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How to relieve your child’s back to school jitters

In some European countries, parents give their child a Schultüte (pronounced shool-too-tuh) meaning “school cone” in German. It is filled with candy and school supplies and is meant to sooth the child’s nerves.

At Good Makery we model our packaging after this darling tradition.

You can make one last summer memory with your child by bringing them in to make a gift for themselves, such as a personalized “Good Luck Charm” for back to school or magnet to hang up their “A+” papers.

© 2016 Made For You, LLC + Good Makery® is a registered trademark

Our mailing address is:
1250 Grandview Avenue
Grandview Heights, OH 43212

lesliek@goodmakery.com
614-563-7321

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2016, blog, debbie, debbie gillum, graphics, instagram, myblog

Instagram posts

Recently, I’ve been helping a local Grandview small business called Good Makery with their marketing and I wanted to share two Instagram posts that I helped make.

Celebrating Grandparent’s Day

Leslie helped find this cute picture of a little boy with ice cream and I added the text using Canva.  

Sharing new charity collaboration 

I made this image also using Canva and wrote the copy.

2016, blog, debbie, debbiegillum, myblog

Everyone is getting soap for Christmas

On Sunday afternoon, Nate and I walked around Grandview and we stopped in Glenn Avenue Soap Company. 

I’d heard about Glenn Ave. from their commercials at The Gateway film center. I’d also seen them in some local bar’s bathrooms (like Zauber, across the street) and from when I went to a Zumba class at the Brickhouse Cardio Studio that’s right next door.

Walking inside, we were immediately greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable young woman. She explained to us about the organic locally made soaps and answered our questions when we were looking at the beer soaps. She told us that no, they don’t smell like beer but are made with beer that’s given to them by the bars that they have soap dispensers in. The beer soap is supposed to be very good for your skin.

I was kicking myself because I just bought some more bodywash at Ulta Beauty. As soon as I start to run low, I’m going to try one of their beer bar soaps.

I treated myself to a bottle of their famous foaming hand soap in Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil. 
“You and your peppermint,” said Nate, when I bought it.
What can I say, I love peppermint.

I totally want to go back here and give all my friends and family soaps for Christmas. Whether it’s bars of soap, foaming soap, lotion or something else, I think it’s a nice, practical, locally-made gift.

2016, blog, debbie, halloween, myblog, october

Halloween Costumes Over the Years

Halloween is coming up soon and I wanted to reminiscence about all of the fun Halloween costumes I’ve done in the past.
(Because I don’t know what I want to go as this year. I made a Pinterest board of ideas I like, but I still don’t know)
Cereal killers in 2007
For marching band during my sophomore year, we had a home football game that was close to Halloween so we all dressed up for the game. I had just met Emily last year and we were already best friends. 
We went to Wal-Mart and bought white sweatshirts, plastic silverware, red paint/ fake blood, puffy T-shirt paint and little cereal boxes.  We went back to her house and had a lot of fun making the sweatshirts. Everyone loved our costume. 
Leaf blowers

The next year, we went Trick-or-Treating (as juniors in high school) as Leaf Blowers.

We bought blue sweatshirts, brown hats, fake leaves from Michael’s, and hot glued the leaves onto our outfit. Most importantly is the hat and where the leaf is placed. 
Leaf Blowers 
Fun fact: I still wear those shoes. I looked closer at those pictures and thought, yup those are the shoes I wore this weekend. 
Leaf Blowers
Freshman year of college, I simply reused my Cereal Killer costume. 
Freshman year of college 
Cereal killer again in 2010
Carving a pumpkin in 2010
In 2012, I went as a hippie. It was part of a group costume with my roommates. We  all went as different decades and it was agreed upon that I should be the 60s. 
Junior year of college 
I think Liesje is the 20s, Monica is the 40s, I’m the 60s, and Miaja is the 50s. 
Decades group costume 
Halloween party junior year

Being a hippie 
Senior year I went as a horse for Halloween. Not my best costume. 
Going as a horse during senior year
In 2014, I went as a Ceiling Fan. I didn’t take pictures of myself in that costume, but here’s the inspiration I used from Pinterest. 
Ceiling Fan: Channel your high school days and grab some pom-poms for this easy peasy get-up. The only thing missing is a custom t-shirt that says ceiling. Go team!   Source: Instagram user kayleebay123:
Ceiling Fan (not me.)
I bought a T-shirt, some iron-on letters and made a shirt that said GO CEILING! I also had pom poms and wore pig tails and a skirt. At the Halloween party I went to, most people chuckled once I explained my costume to them. 
Ceiling Fan | 23 Halloween Costume Ideas For The Pun-Lover In You:
Not me. 
Another year, I was a Smarty Pants by taping Smarties candies onto my pants.

And one time I was a veterinarian.

Halloween candy receptacle 
CANDY!!
2016, blog, coffee, debbie, debbie gillum, myblog, october, restaurant

Fox in the snow

Ham and cheese croissant
Beautiful latte

One of the best coffee shops/ brunch spots in all of Columbus is Fox in the Snow. With 296 Yelp reviews and nearly 5 stars, clearly I’m not the only one who stands by this statement.


The staff is so friendly and just plain cool. They take such pride in their work. You can see the pastries being made in their kitchen which is behind glass and visible when you first walk in. 

The coffee and pastries they make are like pieces of art. All of it tastes as amazing as it looks. 

There’s a nice patio and indoor seating there too. 

Word has spread about how great this place is so it gets pretty crowded on the weekends. In the mornings, the crowd is more reasonable. 


Foxy Debbie 
To-go coffee in the morning
Dark roast coffee
Nom nom nom

2016, blog, columbus, debbie gillum, food, myblog, october, restaurant

Koble Grill

Gyro

I went to Koble Grill for lunch today because I’m trying to work my way through Columbus Monthly’s Guide to Uptown Westerville. This morning I went to Java Central and got a Nitro coffee and fruit salad. I’d been to Java Central before and I’m glad I tried their Nitro coffee but it’s still not like my favorite coffee shop or anything. I always have mediocre experiences there. 

At Koble Grill, I ordered a gyro and spanakopita. I think I’ve had a gyro from a street vendor before but that’s about it so I was looking forward to giving gyros another try. I’d also never has spanakopita either and thought it sounded yummy.

I sat at the bar because of what I’d read on Yelp about ordering being awkward. I wish they had a usual set up with servers taking your order at your table. You need to sit down at a table, then order near the back of the restaurant and they’ll bring your food to you. 

Columbus Monthly guide to Uptown Westerville 


My gyro was messy but delicious. I enjoyed the meat and sauce they used. The spanakopita was also messy but yummy. I made the mistake of taking a bite out of it right when it came out and it was extremely hot. I thought it was a bit unusual that my appetizer and meal came out at the same time, but I’ve read that’s happened to other people too.
It’s a beautiful atmosphere inside and a lot of Westerville locals like it. 
They play loud pop music which I didn’t mind but seemed strange for an Italian/ Greek restaurant.

spanakopita
2016, blog, debbie, debbie gillum, music, myblog

What I’m Listening To:

Top 5 fav songs right now:

Kids by OneRepublic

I’m a sucker for OneRepublic. The lead singer reminds me of Adam Levine with his pop falsetto voice that could sing the phonebook and I’d still love it. In their latest song, my favorite part is when he sings “SWORE we would never die…” because he sings it in this really high pitched voice that reminds me of a Fetty Wap song. It made me chuckle the first time I heard the song.
I recommend the acoustic version of the song, which can be found on Spotify.

Perfect Illusion by Lady Gaga

Ah, she can do no wrong. Another perfect pop song. And, that key change at the end. Ahh!
I like the repetitive lyrics (“It wasn’t love.”  “It was a perfect illusion.”) It’s a stellar breakup song, for sure. How relatable are those lyrics? You think you’ve found the one but then it falls through and you realize how wrong you were.
I enjoyed reading about how the song was made on Wikipedia (because I’m a nerd.)

Sit Still, Look Pretty by Daya

This girl has such a smooth-like-chocolate voice but a fresh salty attitude. It’s a fun feminist anthem about wanting to do more than just be judged on looks. Beauty isn’t everything. I wish we had more of these female empowerment songs. I look forward to hearing more from Daya. With her strong voice, I know she can go far.

Mrs. Hippopotamuses by Relient K
O-H…I-O! What a perfect song for anyone in Ohio. I already loved Relient K and now I love them even more for writing an awesome song about Ohio. I can’t wait to see them in concert in October.
I like this song mostly because of the Cleveland references and because he sings O-H-I-O. It’s also a well produced song.

New Obsession by Frankie

I heard this song on WNCI this summer because she was performing at Zoombezi Bay for an iHeart Media concert.  At first I thought it was really generic and annoying sounding. The second time, I got it stuck in my head and then I was hooked. Now it’s one of my go-to sing-in-my-car songs. It’s such an upbeat, cheesy, flirty, girly, fun song. If you look at pictures of Frankie or watch her music video, she is what I picture it would look like if Claire’s and Justice created a live teen girl.