Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

So, I have to admit, this week has turned out to be pretty darn amazing. Super productive all around! Not only did I work out and eat healthy all week, but I got a bunch of new stuff make for my shop! New designs! I’m so excited! Today turned out to be decent weather wise so I could actually get them photographed and listed today as well!

I made my first shawl/cape which I love, and will be making one for myself haha Plus it kind of makes me feel like a super hero.

ignore the wall outlet haha totally missed that when i was editing. oops

I have also been working on more lightweight scarves more spring appropriate since it’s been warming up … okay it never really got cold here, but still 🙂

Well, this is my quick weekend post, we’re going to a friends house for game night! Yay! LOVE Munchkin! and not just because I always win ❤

xoxo

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Well it’s been a week

Somehow I’ve managed to survive Jillian Michaels all week. My legs put up quite a fight, and I hate even the thought of having to walk down stairs to the living room, let alone down another flight of stairs to the basement to do laundry.

Honestly though, it’s only been 5 days and I feel so good! I’ve changed my eating habbits as well. No junk, no processed foods. Only healthy stuff. All in all things are going well! I also just got some Whey Protein to mix in with my breakfast smoothies. It’s delish and fills me up until lunch.

Coffee right now is my only vice, and I don’t plan on giving that up … ever.

I’d love to share my smoothie recipe with you, but i’m lazy and don’t measure anything haha.
But I can tell you what’s in it and how I do it.

First I add plain non fat yogurt. I don’t buy any yogurt, or anything with Aspartame so check out the ingredients list, we read the ingredients lists of everything, it’s a pain in the butt, but as a general rule, if you don’t know what it is don’t put it in your body. And I’ll gladly take the few extra calories  than put artificial anything into my system. (Even read ingredients lists of meat, added color and stuff is not a good sign)
So Yogurt, then I add some frozen strawberries, and a banana cut up. Then some milk, right now i’m using skim but I think I’ll pick up some almond milk or soy next time we’re at the store. You could also use apple juice or something but that adds a lot of sugar. Then I add a scoop of whey protein.

Yum Yum Yum

It usually makes more than a glassful so I stick it in the refergerator and drink the rest with lunch or  as a snack between lunch and dinner.

For dinner last night we had fish and salad. It feels so good to be healthy! And it will be much easier to do once I get the garden going again. Fresh fruit and vegetables! My plan this year is to grow enough to can and store enough to get us through the winter. Fingers crossed 🙂

 

Mocha Cupcakes

So for Valentines day I figured I’d made some cupcakes for James’ office. I know I already posted today, but this is just the recipe so 🙂

 

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes Baking Time: 17-20 minutes

1-1/3 all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup whole milk
½ cup strong brewed coffee
1½ teaspoons espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 egg, at room temperature

1. Mix the espresso powder into the brewed coffee until dissolved; set aside to cool to room temperature.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard-size muffin tin with paper liners.

3. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4. Beat the butter and both sugars together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until combined. In a measuring cup, combine the milk, brewed coffee mixture and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture, alternating with the coffee mixture, ending with the flour mixture.

5. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 liners. Baking for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting cupcakes.

 

 

 

The frosting I used was just basic white frosting with hot pink food coloring. Then I topped them all with an espresso bean ❤ ❤ ❤

Oh Monday you are so unwelcome

Last night while lying in bed I decided I would no longer put off working out … So bright and early this morning *before coffee* I popped in my Jillian Michaels DVD and got to work. The theory being if I start my workout before i’m fully awake I wont have a chance to talk myself out of it. And when i’m finished there will be a fresh hot pot of coffee waiting downstairs for me. Well, so far so good. I did Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, and then continued to punish myself with the 6 week 6 pack. Tomorrow i’ll be surprised if I can even walk. My thighs are already killing me.

 ^I used to be able to do that … I’d like to be able to do it again…

I’m not working out to be “skinny” or whatever. I’m thin, i’m just horribly out of shape. I want to eat better, do yoga more, and be more fit. Working from home has allowed me to slack off more and i’m now working to correct that. Laziness is not a habit I want to have.

Well in other fun things, I got some more yarn!

The craft room is getting a tad bit out of control haha. That’s just the full skeins of yarn… the rest is in baskets under the desk. I’ve started making lists at the begging of each week of what I want to accomplish as far as projects go. This week, it’s a custom order headband (which i just finished this morning) I got some new cotton yarn for dish cloths so i’d like to get those done, and a purple and coral scarf I started last week that needs to be finished. And any custom orders I get this week take priority of course but that’s the plan so far. Also still trying to make one coffee cozy or bracelet every day so I have something new to list daily. Helps keep the shop moving I think.

At the beginning of last week I also got in 700 new buttons, on top of the 500+ I ordered a few days prior to that. They are all now sorted by color into their respective little baggies =) Sorting buttons might just be one of my favorite things of the week!

So, since it’s Monday, another cup of coffee is required, and i’ll start in on some dishcloths!! ❤

 

 

 

 

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Knitted Bracelets

So, follow up to my New Yarn post! … I made a bunch of new bracelets with the tshirt yarn.

Now if I could just get rid of this migraine all would be right with the world.

Oh, and we’re still doing free shipping until valentines day ❤ so if you need anything 😉

Got some new yarn!

So … last week, it was rainy and gross all week long, and by the end of the week I was suffering from some mild cabin fever. Not having a car and working from home has its downfalls. So … what fixes a sour mood … well other than Darren Criss without a shirt … Shopping. So not having a car and all I did some online shopping, which started at Forever21 searching for some new accessories. I really want to get some new rings, maybe a skinny belt, and I’d love a new watch. Well I found all those things and more, some cute tops for only $6 how can you pass that up, plus the belt was only $1.50! It’s not exactly high quality but at the rate I lose things I don’t really mind. So I was all set to check out and for whatever reason paypal was being glitchy and wouldn’t let me check out and I didn’t want to use my debit card. So I didn’t get anything and I was in an even more sour mood because I had found the cutest stuff. So I went to the only place I knew my paypal card worked. Etsy. And finally got some of the yarn on my wish list.

These were my first purchase, then it kind of just snowballed, but everyone is having such good deals!!! I couldn’t pass it up
The torquoise yarn is 100% cashmere and was only 8 Dollars, It arrived today, and I ordered it on Friday! Talk about awesome customer service!

So after my yarn craving was satisfied I went over to Miriiams shop for some more buttons….

And I ordered about 700 more buttons …. I have a slight addiction … I can’t seem to help myself. I also ordered some more T-Shirt yarn since I started making these for the shop.

I’m so happy the shop has been doing really well this month, and it’s only the 6th, we’ve already had a few international orders, and I just finished up another Custom Order! So busy, and it’s so terrific!
I just finished the yellow scarf, it’s soooo long!!! It’ll be perfect for the spring collection!

We’re still doing free shipping until February 14th!
And I’m taking customer orders!
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Feel free to drop me a line ❤

xoxo

Hair Chalking

So … being the Pinterest addict that I am I came across the “chalking” basically you color your hair with pastels. So since my hair is now bleach blonde, I figured i’d give it a shot!

So today, I did my hair, and my makeup.
and unfortunately it was rainy and gross today so the lighting blows, but take my word for it my makeup is pretty rad, it’s not black, it’s this pretty teal blue. Anyway .. onto the pictures. The pastels I used were red, blue, and purple. I didn’t too too much because I wanted to see how it looked first. I have to say i’m pretty darn pleased!

 

Dont’ judge me too harshly on the crappy quality pictures haha. So yes, Chalking Approved!!