Healthy Eats

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If I were given the option to have a salad or something else, most of the time the something else wins. I like salads, but in my mind they just aren’t as filling. I am sure my stomach would say otherwise though.

Lately I feel like I’ve been needing a good healthy change when it comes to my eating. I still juice occasionally, but nothing like I used to. My plan is really simple; to eat fresh as much as possible and to cut back on fast food.

Today I threw together a yummy salad that I thought would be fun to share. Plus, it is dressing free! I hear most calories you gain from salads come from the dressing, so I chose to omit it and it was still so delicious!

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Here is a list of the ingredients I used…

Spinach
Avocado
Mushrooms
Garbanzo Beans
Shredded Carrots
Strawberry Slices
Sunflower Seeds
Salt and Pepper

Just some notes: I didn’t measure anything. All I can tell you is I used half an avocado, three strawberries, and a small amount of salt (the sunflower seeds were already salted). And the bonus, zero dressing! It was so good!

Enjoy.

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Quick Minute Project No. 3

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Here we meet again with another QMP! I just love a simple project that requires little time and money but that is loaded with fun! And another bonus with this project is it is kid-friendly. Below are the step by step instructions with photos to guide you through the simple process. Just a few notes before we get started though…

First off, I painted the pots without my little assistant. I was really going for a certain look and if I let him help, the pots would have been blobs of color. Not bad, but just not what I wanted this time around. I think I will let him have at it with some outdoor pots.

Next, we bought three succulents in different styles and sizes, but I misjudged the pot size for one of them. This is pretty obvious, but be sure to buy pots big enough for your plants. Silly me.

Lastly, the cost of each pot with a base came to about $1.50 a piece and the succulents varied from $2.98 to $4.98. I had all the acrylic paints on hand, but you can purchase a tube for less than a buck a piece and even cheaper with a coupon.

And that’s a wrap! Enjoy.

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A Fresh Start

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Before I had my son (almost 3 years ago!) I use to sell handmade goods on Etsy. Things like wallets, leather bracelets, and magnetic fridge clips. I really enjoyed my small creative outlet and was especially grateful when others purchased my goods. It was such a wonderful feeling to know others enjoyed my work enough to purchase it.

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But things changed after I became pregnant. I guess all my creativity went into creating the small life inside me. I had almost no desire to craft, sew, and create. It was really sad. Even after my son came into the world I still had very little time and energy to make anything. I kept praying and asking God to bring back my creativity, and he did but in a new way. These past few years have been spent training and teaching my son. Showing him how to use the talents God has given him. It has been such a treasure and a joy!

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Although I have done a little crafting here and there, it is nothing compared to the amount I used to do. And I understand times have changed because I have a little life who needs a lot of time and attention now. But lately, I feel as if my creative juices have started to flow once again. I have been dreaming up ideas and working on some fun accessories! I hope to share the final products soon along with a link to my new (old) Etsy shop!!

Seeds

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When one year ends and another begins, one thing I like to do is jot down a list of goals for the new year. It helps me to see things and check them off the list as I go. So far I have about 50 goals and I haven’t even finished yet! Most goals are pretty simple. My plan is to share some of those goals here and document my progress.

Planting and caring for a garden is one of my goals this year. First off, I have no clue how to grow vegetables but I plan on learning. My son enjoys being outside, so I figured why not teach him some useful skills that will then teach him how to tend to and care for something.

So to get things started, we checked out a few books from the library. Each book suggested we write a list of vegetables we plan on growing. Here is our list:

Spinach
Kale
Carrot
Potato
Zucchini
Oregano
Green Onion

I wanted to keep it simple yet useful. Since we like to juice, I figured we should plant some juicing resources. Also, I should mention that I am not 100% sure we will be able to plant all these vegetables yet and I don’t even know the time of year these vegetables need to be planted. Like I said, I am clueless. But no worries, I will get these things figured out soon enough. Last year we planted two peach trees along with a tangerine tree and some blackberries. I look forward to enjoying some fresh fruits and veggies from our yard this year!

Quick Minute Project No. 2

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Recently I found a blank canvas in my craft stash and decided to put it to work. I wanted to keep it simple because this mom is always short on craft time.

Here are the supplies I used…

-long, skinny canvas

-black chisel tip Sharpie

-painter’s tape

-foam brush

-one tube of paint

First off, I had to practice writing on an equal sized scrap of paper before writing on the canvas just to save myself heartache. Once I decided on wording, spacing, and sequence, I went for it.

After all the writing was complete, I taped off the sides and painted the outer edge of the canvas with a fun color. Done!

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And there you have it! Another quick minute project that anyone can do! Enjoy.

Quick Minute Project No. 1

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One thing I have come to realize about being a mother is you have very little time to do things for yourself. The few hours (if you’re lucky) of nap time are pretty much the only time I get to pamper myself; which usually means a shower and some clean clothes.

With all that being said, I wanted to start sharing some quick minute projects that anyone can do!

So let’s begin with some nail polish and some keys. This project is super simple and super cute. All you do is paint the keys. I did two coats with some dry time in between. And just like that, you have a flirty set of keys!

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Anthro-Throws

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We all know by now how much I love a good bargain; whether it be trash I find on the sidewalk or thrifty goods fancied up a bit.

On the flip side, I have a big, fat crush on this lovely store called Anthropologie (which is far from bargain prices). One thing I love about Anthropologie is all the colorful textiles. The bedding, pillows, aprons, towels, cutrains, even the chairs and sofas are all so beautiful and full of charming colors. But like I mentioned before, the prices are a bit too high for me.

Once in awhile they have a pretty decent sale and if your lucky you can find some cute stuff for cheap. It just so happened that I visited the store on the right day. I found some cloth napkins that were marked down, priced at $4.95 a piece! So I picked out 6 different napkins and decided to make my own throw pillows for my new sofas.

I bought 6 pillow inserts from Ikea and then used some extra fabric I had stashed away for the back of each pillow. All I did was cut the napkin and the backside fabric to measure the size of the pillow insert. I sewed along 3.5 sides, leaving the last part open to insert the pillow. Once it was stuffed, I hand stitched the final half closed.

The price for my simple Anthro-throws came out to about $9 a piece! $5 for the cloth napkin, $3 for the Ikea pillow insert, and $1 for the extra stuffing I added to the pillow inserts (I wanted the pillows a little more fluffy than they came).

Now that is what I call a bargain!

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