Saturday Morning Energy Boost Smoothie

Every Saturday I have this horrible habit of sleeping in until like 11 AM. Then by the time I get up, get moving, and am ready to be productive, most of the day is already history. But not today! Today I got up at about 9 AM and was ready for the day. Surely this fresh smoothie will kick me into high gear!

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Saturday Morning Energy Boost Smoothie:

Makes 1 tall glass

 

1 large handful of fresh spinach

5-6 fresh strawberries

1 banana

3 large spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt

about 10 large ice cubes

Throw everything into a blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

 

Easy peasy, right? Cheers to a productive Saturday!

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I’m slowly finding my way around the blogging world. I feel like “claiming” my blog on bloglovin is an essential next step. 🙂 If it fits your fancy, follow my little blog over at bloglovin!

Bulky Mountains Colors 2And for a little added fun… how adorable are these crochet mountains by The Dapper Toad? I’ve totally got snowboarding and mountain tops on my mind lately. These cushies are the perfect winter essential – I just might make some up this weekend!

Happy New Year! Past and Present Goal Lists

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a happy celebration of the New Year. 2013 was quite the year for me. Pretty much all my time and energy went into planning our wedding and spending time with family and friends who helped us become the couple we are today. I’m looking forward to using 2014 to relax and reflect on all the fun we had in 2013. I’m also looking forward to getting back to all my pre-wedding hobbies such as reading, making ice cream, crocheting, scrapbooking, and camping.

I don’t know if I’m the odd one out, but new year resolutions never work for me. I can’t seem to stay focused on one or two long-term goals for an entire year. Eventually (like about two months in) the excitement of a new resolution fades into oblivion and I’m off gallivanting the world as if I never made one. I’m much more motivated by lists, goals, and things that I can “check off.” The satisfaction of checking something off a list is extremely rewarding to me for some reason. A few years ago, I came across this post and was so inspired by all the greatness of it that I decided to make my own.

23Before24Although I didn’t check off all of my goals, I’m pretty proud of how many I did check off. My vintage Schwinn bike has a super cute teal paint job; I taught myself how to crochet (actually hundreds of great crochet bloggers and youtube videos taught me); I went snowboarding exactly two times; created some DIY pillows; and went to visit a friend across the state. And those are just the ones I took pictures of.

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In 2013, I decided if I kept going with the “(insert age here) before (insert following age here)”style goal list, it would eventually get too big to handle. So I went with 13 (plus a 14th and 15th just for fun) goals for 2013 list instead.

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Sadly, I did so poorly on my goal list last year. In retrospect, I should have made all the goals wedding related and I would have been much more successful. It’s okay, the good thing about goals is they’re almost indefinite. You can always keep reaching for them. Even though I only checked a few off my list last year, I’m still feeling pretty satisfied. If you saw the amount of handmade wedding related things I did, you’d agree… maybe I’ll blog about it someday.

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When writing my 2014 goals, I did a lot of reflecting on my past lists. Here’s a few tips I found while reflecting:

  1. Choose goals that are realistic.
  2. Choose goals that are measurable. By doing these first two, you avoid setting yourself up for failure or uncertainty of actually reaching a goal.
  3. Keep a healthy balance between goals that cost money and goals that don’t. Let’s face it: we’re not all as rich as we would like to be.
  4. Keep the list in a place where you’ll always see it. I have been keeping mine on the refrigerator so not only do I see it every day, but I also found that friends and family ask about it when they see it. So I’m constantly aware of it, and sometimes get the instant gratification of talking about my completed items before the end of the year.
  5. Celebrate reaching a goal! Tell your friends. Post it on social media. Be happy and proud!

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Do you make yearly goal lists for yourself? Or do you prefer resolutions? I’d love to hear what your 2014 plans are!

Christmas 2013: Homemade Gift Roundup

HomemadeGift3I have a longstanding habit of “over doing it” on Christmas. It’s never enough to simply get one single gift for a person. As you can imagine, this often results in me scraping for pennies, time, and sanity leading up to Christmas. You would think that after 26 years I would learn my lesson… you would think.

Since we got married in September (and proceeded to take a 10 day honeymoon to Hawaii), my bank account isn’t as fluffy as it normally is this time of year. With that in mind, I thought this would be the perfect time to test my ability to exercise self control and NOT buy 42 gifts per person on my list. Making 42 gifts per person is much cheaper. 😉

Every year I make a couple homemade gifts for friends and family, but this year, with my self control exercises and all, I decided to make a couple more than normal.

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1. Slouchy beanies for two of my friends. This pattern is super simple and quick! I liked that it’s an easy one to modify. I shortened the length, added pompoms, and played with alternating colors.

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2. Boot cuffs for my sister and mom. Seems like all the cool girls are wearing boot cuffs these days. I can’t tell if it’s going to be a short lived fad or something that sticks around for awhile, but regardless I figure we better keep those legs in style! This pattern is another super quick and easy one.

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3. A giant pompom beanie for my nephew. I forgot to take a picture of this before I wrapped it all up… hence the weird cutout picture. ha. I’m kind of loving pompoms these days. While this pattern is super cute and simple (with a step-by-step picture tutorial!!), I think I made it a hair too small for him (get it? get it? hair too small?? because it’s a beanie… and it goes over hair… HAHA. ugh)… Oh well. Now I have an excuse to make another one!

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4. Hand painted dino ornament. Cute, right?!! I really like to give my family ornaments with their gifts. Not everyone gets one every year, but there’s always bound to be at least 3 or 4 people who get them taped to their presents. I want to make a tradition of giving my nephew an ornament every year. So far I’m two for two! I kind of just winged this hand made gift. You can find a similar tutorial here.

Truth be told, there should be fifth and sixth gifts on this list but I didn’t finish the crochet blanket for my sister. And I totally failed to take pictures of the (super adorable) reindeer ornaments I painted at Painted Plate.

Accomplishment is a good feeling.

A weekend full of firsts

This past week has been your typical busy holiday week. Between work, social events, Christmas shopping, and general adult life tasks (such as grocery shopping – ugh), I feel like I’ve been on the go-go-go! All things considered, this past weekend was an especially fun weekend, though. It was full of first-time experiences!

On Saturday, some friends from work and I got up way too early for a Saturday morning to run an Ugly Sweater themed 5k. I’ve never ran any distance longer than 2 miles before, so I’m pretty proud of myself for signing up to do this 5k “dash”. I finished in 40 minutes… a good first start, I’d say. I’m looking forward to signing up for another fun run in the spring or summer! 

ImageAfter the fun run, we headed back home to attend a local matinee performance of The Nutcracker. We have another friend from work who’s daughter had two major parts in it. I know everyone has their feelings about ballet and musicals and whatnot, but I had never been to The Nutcracker before so it was really exciting for me! Plus, knowing someone in the performance made it even more exciting. It’s like rooting for your home team!

ImageAfter the amazing Nutcracker performance, my husband and I went to dinner with is parents at a local restaurant that we’ve been wanting to try for years. If you’re ever in the Olympia area, you’ve got to check out Gardner’s. It’s a fabulous little seafood and pasta place. Well worth your time and money!

And the last “first” I have to share is that I finally took a stab at making homemade marshmallows. As a kid, it never occurred to me that you could actually get marshmallows from anywhere other than the store. Realizing now that not only can you make them at home, but you can make them any flavor you want, is fantastic! I used a recipe from this really neat book written by the folks at Bi-Rite Creamery. I made mine orange flavored to accompany a candied cranberry homemade ice cream. 🙂

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Phew! As you can imagine, I’m feeling quite accomplished after my epic weekend of firsts. What are some things you’ve tried for the first time recently?