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Using leaves for craft projects is one way to capture the beauty of autumn! I hit Pinterest to find an easy, DIY project to bring fall to my dinner table.
I found a blog tutorial from All Things G&D that uses leaves as stamps to decorate a tablecloth or napkin.
Here’s what you need:
First things first, step outside and pick some leaves! Turn it over so the more veiny side is facing up. Apply paint sparingly and practice on a paper towel or sample fabric. (a little paint goes a long way!)
Turn leaf over and carefully position it on your cloth napkin however you’d like it. I bought “flour sack” dish towels at Target… (I like the oversized napkins). Place a paper towel over the leaf and firmly roll over your leaf with a rolling pin
Lift.. and you’re done!
Martha Stewart-like crafts in no time! Let me know how your leaf crafts turn out and read the full tutorial here!
Whether you’ve had a bad day or you’re running late, going to the grocery store for supplies isn’t always an exhilarating experience. UNLESS- you land in Mary’s check-out line. Mary is the reason a lot of people shop at the Reasor’s on 15th and Lewis and she always brings a smile to my face! From “BABY!” to “Twinkle Toes”, Mary’s colorful language has a way of making you feel calm and relaxed in an otherwise rushed situation.
I spoke with many Reasor’s employees and shoppers, they all agree. Mary’s sweet nature and joy for life is INFECTIOUS! Want to learn a thing or two about living each day to the fullest? Pay Mary a visit.
The banjo isn’t exactly a chick-magnet, it’s more like a chick repellent”, jokes Rob Bishline. Nothing can phase Rob and his love for banjos, he was bitten by the “banjo bug” years ago! Rob was just a little boy when he saved his lawn mowing money to start his life-long career of playing, teaching and building banjos. These banjos are truly works of art and he sells these treasures all over the world!
Avocado face masks are one of the best and most nutritious masks that you can use on your skin. I’m always looking for new ways to keep my skin youthful and healthy. So, I searched Pinterest for a refreshing mask that I can make at home!
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, avocados are moisturizing without clogging pores… What you may not know is that avocados also contain Vitamin C, a natural skin brightener for any sunspots you may have recently acquired. JACKPOT!
I found a DIY Face Mask by the Beauty Munsta… and it only calls for two ingredients, Avocado and Yogurt. Easy enough.
What You’ll Need:
1/4 cup yogurt
1. Cut an avocado into two halves. Using a clean spoon, scoop out the avocado and place it in a small bowl.
2. Add yogurt.
3. Mash and mix up the two ingredients until you form a thick & creamy paste.
The original recipe called for one teaspoon of avocado and one teaspoon of yogurt, I went ahead and used the whole avocado… that way there is plenty to smear around!
So, what’s the verdict?
Pros: It’s easy and doesn’t require many ingredients
Cons: It’s messy! Prep to get the mixture all over the place during application.
Overall- I’d say it was a Pin-It! It’s going to take some time to see the results as far as skincare goes, but a recipe this easy to do to is worth trying! Click Here for the Deep Hydrating Avocado Mask.
What is your favorite at-home remedy? Share it with me, maybe I can give it a try on my blog!
“It’s cool to be a nerd!”
These cosplay and anime lovers are proud of their nerdness and love the theatrics and craftsmanship of dressing up and becoming their favorite animated characters. This interest group in no longer a “fringe group” it is growing in popularity. It’s great that their imaginative play is no longer frowned upon! Acceptance is where it’s at!
It’s the ultimate summer hairstyle that takes you from the office to happy hour or the gym to the beach, a cool braid will never let you down. Let’s be honest though, can you create one of these luxurious looks without a visit to the stylist?
I searched Pinterest for hairstyle tutorials that were beautiful and easy for me to do in a pinch. I found a lot of different looks that could help me get out of this ponytail rut. A blog called “Twist My Pretty” posted this gorgeous style with a tutorial.
The blogger says, “This is probably the prettiest hairstyle I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Not only is it simply gorgeous, but it’s incredibly easy. I learned a new technique on getting braids to look fuller, so make sure you checkout the video tutorial. You’re just going to die!”
I can do a single braid in a snap, but can I pull off the “Braided Crown”?
I watched this tutorial, followed her the step-by-step directions… and…It’s not perfection, but for my first time… I think it turned out fabulous! DID I MENTION IT ONLY TOOK ME ABOUT 45 SECONDS?!
Ladies, this is a hairstyle anyone could tackle, and it’s perfect for medium/long hair.
So, without further a-do… This is a PIN-IT!
Check out Twist Me Pretty’s blog for other glamorous styles that can take your hair from boring to daring. Braid on, gals!
“I encourage everyone to get out of their comfort zone, because you might just find a new one”. I did, half way around the world!”
Just a few short years ago Myra Grayson bought two goats to clear the brush on her property and now she has a new found passion for goats. She refers to her herd as her “kids” and each goat has a name. She and her high school sweetheart care for these animals at their own oasis, Grayslland Acres.
These acres are picturesque, goats grazing the open land is Myra’s happy place. She soon found another use for her goats and began making soap and lotions out of their milk. Goat milk is wonderful because it has the same Ph as human milk.
Last year, she was invited to go Kenya with a mission group called Centerwill. Myra and the missionaries taught women the trade of making goat milk soap. This forever changed her life and now Myra goes annually to share her love of these sweet animals with women half way around the world. Myra proves it is never too late to find your joy… and sharing your joy is one of the greatest fulfillment’s ever!
Here’s latest adventure with Myra “crazy goat lady” that’s making the world a better place!
If you’re having a party or simply searching for a dish for dinner, Pinterest is a great platform to find the perfect recipe. I pin 10 or 15 recipes every time I log-on the addictive site and RARELY go back and actually make any of these dishes. Not any more! I decided to bite the bullet and whip up one of these summer salads.
Like a lot of busy-home-chefs out there, I tend to choose the recipes that are quick, healthy and requires minimal or no cooking. I found a Cucumber, Avocado and Feta Salad recipe from a blog called “Two Peas and Their Pod”. It has few ingredients, it’s healthy, and it’s supposed to taste like summer. Let’s do this.
What You Need:
• 1 large, seedless cucumber
• 3 large avocados
• Juice of 1 lemon
• ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
• 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
• Salt and black pepper
Stir together chopped cucumber, avocado, feta cheese, fresh lemon juice and dill. Season with salt and pepper and voila!
Now for the fun part, the taste test. This salad is delicious! The flavors are bold and tangy; it’s a perfect mid-afternoon snack or side dish. Best part? It only took me 5 minutes to make!
Cue the fireworks, alert the press,
the Cucumber, Avocado and Feta Salad is a…
Click here to find the full recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod”. Enjoy!
It’s never too late to learn to read! [Read more…]
My baby who is not really a baby, but will always be my baby got her wisdom teeth out recently.
Once she had eaten all the ice cream and mashed potatoes she could stand, I remembered my best friend’s mom has the best apple sauce recipe and it’s completely healthy!!!
20 apples and 1/4 water is ALL you need!! (I prefer Jonathan or McIntosh because they are tart).
Quarter the apples and discard the core. Put them in a pot with 1/4 cup water turn stove to high and cover. Let them steam for 20-30 min or they will begin to fall apart.
Put them in a colander that is placed inside a larger bowl.
Take a spoon and mash away!
Let cool and ENJOY!!! You can even freeze this yummy deliciousness!
Kittens grown into cats, beans sprout, tides change and ca ca happens.
It’s not just about being an empty nester, it’s about LIFE—finishing something really big and saying “Now, what’s next????”
I remember this feeling vividly! During life’s transitions it is so important to take care of ourselves. We must take the time to tap into our heart and focus on what it is we are passionate about because our passion and purpose are closely linked! Sometimes our identity becomes our children and we lose site of ourselves.
The Lowest Point
My personal low point happened to be when I realized my chicks were actually gonna take flight. The day I had occasionally dreamed of but more often times dreaded was rapidly approaching. Then WHAT?? What about me? And Oh yeah, What about them? Had I done a decent job? Had I appropriately packed their parachute?–armed them for the wild blue yonder? YIKES!
Certain transitions in life can leave us feeling empty and cause us to innately search for something to fill that emptiness — i.e. excessive drinking, working, gossip, shopping, eating, exercise, gambling, drugs, etc…. I was in a panic while attempting to avoid a false void-filler, so I consulted a therapist who told me I had “left my self WAY behind” and it was my turn to think of me.
Think of ME? Seriously???
Time for Some Self Examination
So, I allowed myself the luxury to ponder this seemingly SELFish, ultimately unSELFish act of SELF examination. I highly recommend doing this especially during times of difficult transitions.
What else could give me that rush I get from charging those fabulous shoes at Nordstrom or the euphoria I get from polishing off an entire family size jar of Nutella, or downing the 2nd or 3rd glass of wine? Where could I get that same surge without the self-loathing that follows those false fillers? My definition of passion and purpose—what gives you that same high without the after gunk?
After months of prayer and pondering (and occasionally partaking in some false fillings), I learned my personal surge comes from meeting and talking to out-of-the -ordinary people about their out-of-the-ordinary passions. Why do they love what seems so strange to the norm? I know it’s a weird juxtaposition that my passion happens to be others’ passions—so that’s why I decided to fly the coop and meet these fascinating people.
Time to Fly
So here I am, 3 years later with a VLOG of my adventures. I hope you come fly the coop with me—I never met a strange bird I didn’t love. I promise they will make you laugh (sometimes with them and sometimes AT them), they will challenge your notions of acceptance, and hopefully they will inspire and show you it’s ok to chase your passion no matter what anyone thinks! Don’t leave your self “behind!” What is your passion?