Thursday, April 16, 2015

Who Do You Follow?

I am looking for blog recommendations!  I want some more blogs to follow, so tell me what your favorites are.  I like craft and cooking blogs, but I really like fashion blogs.  I especially want to find some up-and-coming blogs (as opposed to the monster blogs everyone is following).

So, what do you recommend?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DIY Expletive Coffee Mug

DIY Expletive Mug

Because before coffee, an expletive is sometimes all you can muster.

DIY Expletive Mug

To make your own, you will need:

  • White coffee mug (IKEA is where I got mine)
  • Pink and black acrylic enamel paint
  • Straw
  • Sticker symbols (I found mine in an alphabet pack at Michaels)

Stick your expletive in the center of your mug.  Then, add a dot or two of paint to the surface.  Use your straw  to blow the paint around.  I did a few test runs on a piece of styrofoam just to get a feel for it, but be prepared for the paint to behave differently on different surfaces.

Keep adding paint and blowing it around until you like the general look.  Then, remove the stickers carefully.  Scrape off any unwanted paint that seeped under the stickers.  Finally, bake according to your paint instructions.  This will typically include a dry time along with heating your oven with the mug inside- this keeps the temperature from going from one extreme to the other too quickly, which may cause the mug to break.

Allow it to cool, and then enjoy your bleeping mug!

DIY Expletive Mug
DIY Expletive Mug
DIY Expletive Mug
DIY Expletive Mug
DIY Expletive Mug

Thursday, April 9, 2015

DIY Puppy Paw Mug

DIY Paw print mug

I love mugs.  If I had the room, I'd have a million!  Fortunately, they make great gifts, too.  So, even the ones I don't have room for end up in loving homes ;)
DIY Paw print mug

To make this paw print mug, you will need:

  • White coffee mug (try IKEA!)
  • Acrylic enamel paint in bright green and blue (or whatever colors you like!)
  • Paw print sticker
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

First, take your paw print sticker and cut it out around all the lines.  Next, stick it to your mug- aim for the middle, but don't worry if it's not perfectly centered!  Then simply paint stripes over the paw print!  I started with my green and filled in with the blue afterwards.  This ensured that my lines stayed evenly spaced.  Use your tweezers to remove the stickers carefully, then touch up the paint if any peeled off.  Finally, follow the directions on your paint bottle for how to bake the mug.  Typically, you want to be sure and place the mug in a cold oven, then heat it to temperature while the mug is in.  This prevents any cracking from sudden temperature changes.
DIY Paw print mug
DIY Paw print mug
DIY Paw print mug
DIY Paw print mug
DIY Paw print mug
Ta da!  So simple!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Eating Right

...and exercising.  Two things that I do not frequently feature on this blog.  I'm more likely to be sharing cookie recipes.  But, truth be told, as much as I would like to, I do not subsist on cookies alone.  Instead, I eat a lot of healthy foods.  The exception seems to be this past week.  As I mentioned, I just got back from a trip to New Orleans, and I'm pretty sure I ate my weight in beignets.  However, it is back to reality.  Which means, it is also back to eating salads and working out.

A while ago, a reader suggested that I share my workout schedule and what better time than when my resolve to get in shape is back in full force.  So, here you have it: some of my favorite healthy dishes and my general workout plan.  :)
I love potatoes!  Eating them with lots of greens is a great way to enjoy something a little less than healthy 
I love this twist on a classic tuna and avocado salad- lots of radishes add a delicious crunch

I try to make sure all of my salads have protein!

My take on a nicoise salad- no sardines because of the sodium, and lots of tomatoes!

I like to workout most days of the week.  I'm not always perfect, but I try to stick with a routine as much as possible.

Mondays: Run.
Tuesdays: Run, weights, hangboard
Wednesdays: Run
Thursdays: Run, weights, hangboard
Fridays: Rock climbing
Saturdays: Yoga (if I can make myself)
Sundays: Rock climbing

On Mondays and Wednesdays, I go for a longer run.  This is usually about 50 minutes, but sometimes I aim for a set distance instead.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I go for a shorter run- 20 minutes or so.  Then I do about 30 minutes of weights.  I do both arms and legs and I mix it up between hand weights and a medicine ball.  I love looking on Pinterest for workout moves, and I usually put together some of my favorites from a few different sites.  One of my current favorite moves is using the medicine ball to do offset push ups.  After weights, John and I do a hangboard workout.  Hangboards are a training tool for rock climbing- it's like a pull up bar but with little pockets and slopes to hang onto instead.  It's super hard, but also awesome :)

Fridays and Sundays are my favorites: we rock climb.  We go to a gym called Vertical Endeavors.  It's amazing and tons of fun.  Some days feel terrible, but even the worst days are good days if you love what you're doing!

Saturdays are my nemesis.  It's not that I don't like yoga- I do!  I always feel better after I do it, but it's SO HARD for me to make myself start.

So, what are your favorite (and least favorite!) ways to stay healthy?

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saturday Snapshot: Sucre Opening Night

Sucre French Quarter

John and I just got back from a five day trip to New Orleans.  We stayed in the French Quarter, ate a ton of amazing food, and walked until our feet dropped off.  While I was researching places to visit eat and things to see  eat, Sucre popped up time and time again as an amazing sweets shop.  I was resigned to miss out on it though, because it was just a little too far away.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was (I literally skipped across the street, clapping my hands) when we stumbled across a new location for Sucre, right in the French Quarter!

We walked past it over and over, waiting to see if it would open before we flew home.  As luck would have it, we were there for their opening.  It was delightful and delicious!  John and I shared one of their world renowned eclairs and picked up a box of macarons to take home with us (my favorite was a special spring flavor: Carrot Cake).  And if you just can't wait for a trip to New Orleans to try their macarons, you're in luck: you can order online!

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