Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ten on Tuesday - January 31, 2012

Today's Ten on Tuesday is 10 Favorite Superbowl Foods.

Now, I can't say I've ever had a Superbowl party, nor actually watched the Superbowl (although I do enjoy watching the Superbowl commercials online afterward). So, I'll see what I can find for healthy Superbowl ideas online! Here's what I found. (click on the pictures for recipe links!)

1. Boneless Buffalo Wings

2. Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip

3. Black Bean Dip

4. Kale Chips

5. Zucchini Fries

6. Green Bean Salad

7. Three Layer Dip

8. Pearl Balls

9. Cactus Chile

10. Apricot Chicken

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Treasures - January 30th, 2012

Today's colour is (drumroll please) Indigo! The only difference between last week's and this week's posting style is that I have been asked not to add the prices if I'm not writing a description, so I'll give that a try.


1. Wings of a Dragonfly Earrings by Kozlova

2. Carved Fruit Bowl by Crane Pottery

3. Abstract Art by Viviana Fleing

5. Tsunami & Birds Kimono Cushion by Lynn Watt

6. FairyHouse Pendant by Fizzy Claret

7. Greek Leather Bracelet by Elizabeth and Maxine

8. Vintage Distressed Bachelor's Chest by The Southern Mermaid

Friday, January 27, 2012

Pin of the Week - January 27th, 2012 (late edition)

Wow, I'm really bad at getting things out on time this week! I'm sorry.

Today's pin is a great smoothie recipe that can also be frozen to double as popsicles! Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Monday Treasures - January 23, 2012

I just wrote that the year was 3045. Can you imagine? I wonder what the world will be like in 3045. I wonder whether the world will exist in 3045. Heh. You don't see that kind of thought in the old imaginings of what 2012 would be like (unless you look at the Mayan calendar). It just goes to show how the world has changed. How we are destroying it.

Anyway, I digress. Today's Monday Treasures is the colour blue. :) My favorite colour.

(My apologies for the lack of descriptors today, and that this is late... but I simply didn't have the time again. I hope you enjoy it anyway).

1. Stained Glass Heart by DesignsStainedGlass ($9 USD)

2. Modern Contemporary Folk Art by jeanvadalsmith ($244.30 USD)

3. Bead Embroidered Bracelet Cuff by PreciousHeartBeads ($75 USD)

4. Bridal Necklace by Azure Treasures ($36 USD)

5. Charaxes Butterfly (Real) by Real Butterfly Gifts ($29.99 USD)

7. Infinity Dress by Restoration Threads ($92 USD)

8. Tiffany Blue Wedding Shoes by Parisxox ($184 USD)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pin of the Week - January 19, 2012

Today's Pin is wonderful in it's simplicity.

FrankFarm on Flickr came up with this wonderful idea for storing gift wrap - they are on the ceiling! I will be doing this right away!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ten on Tuesday: January 17, 2012

Today's Ten on Tuesday is very suitable, as the weather just turned from a balmy -5 celcius last week, to a frigid -35 today... -50 after wind chill! Today's subject? Ten things to do inside, when it's too cold to go outside.

1. Curl up in a blanket and go to sleep. I wish I could do this more!
2. Curl up in a blanket and watch a good movie.
3. Curl up in a blanket and read a good book.
4. Curl up in a blanket and do some knitting.
5. Curl up in a blanket and cuddle with the cat.
6. Curl up in a blanket and do some cross stitching.
7. Curl up in a blanket and drink some hot chocolate.
8. Curl up in a blanket with your loved ones and visit and tell stories.
9. Curl up in a blanket and work/play on your computer.
10. Curl up in a blanket and thank your lucky stars that you don't have to go outside!

:) I seem to have a bit of a theme for this one. I am going to get to curl up in a blanket, and work from home this afternoon!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Treasures - January 16, 2012

Moving on to one of my favorite colours, we see Green this week! Take a look...

1. Swarovski Crystal Necklace by DorotaJewelry

There are lots more pictures of this necklace on the site, but I especially like this one, because it shows off the main crystal so beautifully. This gold necklace features several beautiful swarovski crystals, as well as a darling clasp (this was my other choice to show off for the picture!) It is difficult to see how the main crystal is being held on to the piece in this picture, but it is fitted perfectly into a gold piece shaped like a twisted vine. It is really worth checking out. This piece sells for $32 USD.

DorotaJewelry is run by Dorota Sularczyk, out of Virginia, Maryland (although she is originally from Poland!) Dorota cites her main sources of inpiration as being her mother, who paints and restores antiques, and her hometown of Krakow, Poland. Dorota began selling her jewelry in "boutiques across Europe as well as the United States" in the 1990s, and has been running her Etsy shop since March of 2010.

2. Water-Resistant Nylon Bag by tippythai

This adorable bag could be used for almost anything you like! Featuring both a handle and a shoulder strap, it is nothing but versatile. At 11.5" tall and 14" wide (at it's widest point), you can fit almost anything in it as well. Do you remember the leather-bound notebook from the Orange Day? I can easily visualize carrying that notebook, as well as various writing and drawing tools onto campus, and sitting down under one of the big trees... Oh wait, I've told you this fantasy already, haven't I?! :) This bag sells for $42 USD.

tippythai is run by Tippy, who lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tippy makes a wide variety of items, including "soaps, picture frames, jewelry boxes", cards, oil paintings, and sewing - although she restricts her site to the bags and pouches that she makes to sell. Tippy has been running her shop since 2008, and has seen well over 10,000 sales since, and has over 20,000 "admirers" on Etsy.

3. "Moody Green" Print of Ireland by APCphotocreations

While I understand that this print is intended to be 'moody', I feel completely serene when I look at it. I can picture myself walking in that ancient graveyard, watching the moss and greenery springing back up after every step. I can see myself laying down on it when I got closer to the former church, and watching the clouds. Speaking of the clouds, they have incredible movement in this piece. They look like they are drifting by, just looking at the image of it on my page :) APCphotocreations sells this in four different sizes; this one in particular is an 8x10 selling for $35 USD.

APCphotocreations is run by Arlene Carley, out of Torrance, California. Her shop features well over 100 stunning pieces, all worth a second look. Arlene is a self-taught photographer, and creates a blog to go along with her photos: "Finding Zen Through my Camera Lens". Her blog tells the story behind each picture.

4. Knitting Bowl by JulieKnowlesPottery

This gorgeous bowl allows knitters/crocheters to make a statement about their craft. It is a beautiful, modern, and fully functional, providing a practical, usable decoration for ones' room. Can you tell that I am trying to justify purchasing one of these? But mommy... it's just so... practical! The best part is you can use it for anything. You could use it for yarn, ribbons, twine... You could even use it as a pretty candy dish! No one would stop you. :) This sells for $30 USD.

JulieKnowlesPottery is run by Julie Knowles, out of the Verde Valley. She creates every item from scratch, meaning that each piece is one of a kind. Her pottery is microwave and dishwasher safe, and durable enough for frequent use.

5. Soft Baby Shoes by SweetpeasBumblebees

These little baby shoes are just so darn cute. The sole is made of suede, and they are lined in fleece. The cute design is meant for a boy, but could certainly also be worn by a little girl. There is elastic at the heel to keep these cute little numbers from falling off. They can be made to fit newborn to 18 mos. They sell for $12.50 USD.

Sweetpeas & Bumblebees is run out of Gulf Breeze, FL. The owner created this particular pair of shoes for her son. The shop specializes in custom orders, specifically custom size, fabric and embroidery. The shop features a wide range of baby items, including onesies, shoes, burpies, blanket sets, etc.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pin of the Week - January 12, 2012

Pinterest has lots of great inspirational pictures/sites pinned to help lose weight/get fit. Here is one of my favorite pictures:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Starting to see results :)

A while ago, I wrote about how I was eating healthier, and feeling great about it. This was great, except I continued to eat portions that were far larger than what I need. I was hardly losing weight, despite eating healthier and feeling better from attending the gym. While I wasn’t admitting this to many people out loud, this was frustrating me quite a bit.

As a result, I restricted my daily calories to 1200 in November. When I did this I started to lose weight, however I was still eating a lot – Sometimes I would be so hungry that I would sit down and eat an entire tray of vegetables in one sitting. This would result in my being bloated and uncomfortable, and usually an upset stomach as well. On days when I was not doing this, I would be so hungry. It just wasn’t quite working. But, I am determined. Over Christmas I increased my calorie limit to 1500/day, to try to make it feel like I was limiting myself a little less (and help prevent me from falling off the bandwagon). But as you know from my post at the beginning of the year, this was difficult because I didn’t want to ask everyone whose home I ate at for their recipes so that I could track the calories, plus I wasn’t able to exercise as much. Luckily, I only gained a pound over the holidays, even though it felt like I should have gained several.

Long before the holidays began, I found a meal plan on SparkPeople.com. I promised myself that in the new year, I would take advantage of Gilles being away for school (and thus, not having to make meals for him during the week), and try it out. I have been doing this. For those who have been watching the ticker at the bottom of the page or reading my tweets, you’ll know that it is working. Since I started this meal plan (A week ago today), I have lost just over four lbs. This brings me to a total lost since the end of November of 10 lbs! I know it is a far cry from the total of 85 that I want to lose, but it is still great encouragement.

I also received some fitness games for my Wii for Christmas, which I have begun to use regularly. This will help 
me reach my goal of working out for at least 20min/day on my off days from the gym.
For those of you who are wanting to lose weight but are new at it, or just want to have some inspiration, there is a great blog out there – priorfatgirl.com. I find her story very inspirational and have been an avid reader of her blog for some time now.

Here’s where I make my promises:
1. I will continue to follow my meal plan until the end of February. I may continue at 1200 cal/day, or may reduce that number to 1000, depending how I feel after a few weeks.
2. I will exercise as often as possible – at very minimum, I will exercise every day that I am home.
3. I will work to improve my self-image, both internally and externally. This includes many facets – not just weight. While this is primarily a weight loss journey, I will take advantage of its momentum to improve myself in other ways, even as simple as flossing daily.

I will continue to post results on here sporadically, as well as keep the tickers at the bottom of the page updated. However, those who want more immediate updates or who want to join me (or encourage me!) on this journey, I recommend following my Twitter. My username is CParentSK. I will likely make several comments here in between posts.

Finally – To myself, and all others who strive to become healthier, better versions of themselves, I wish the best of luck, and an unending determination. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ten on Tuesday - January 10th, 2012

Soup Soup Soup!

Today's Ten on Tuesday - can you guess it? - is your 10 Favorite Soups. (Yum...)
Unlike my husband who is a chicken noodle only (and ramen noodles, not homemade chicken noodle :( ) soup fan, I love all things soup. So this list came very easily. Ready? Let's go... (click on links for recipes!)

1. Lasagna Soup

2. Hamburger Soup

3. Italian Wedding Soup

4. Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
5. Hot and Sour Soup

6. Minestrone Soup

7. Cream of Broccoli Soup

8. Tortilla Soup

9. Ginger Soup

10. War Wonton Soup

Monday Treasures - January 9th, 2012

Edit: Oops! Sorry this is late guys... I forgot to hit publish!

Welcome to the much anticipated yellow post for Monday treasures! I have some great items lined up for you today, so without further ado - enjoy!

1. Burnt Umber Blossom Infinity Scarf by VintageDutchGirl

I was drawn to this scarf from the moment I saw it. I don't know if it was the pleasant way that VintageDutchGirl has it depicted, or if it was because I know that it would look fabulous with my new wool coat, but I could almost feel the scarf sitting around my neck. This scarf is very reminiscent of the 70s in its styling - but keeps the style toned down and sophisticated. I love it. This scarf sells for $24.00 USD.

VintageDutchGirl is run by Amanda, out of the Pacific Northwest. Amanda calls herself "a music junkie with an embarrassing penchant for gangsta but [she] digs a country twang". She blogs, crafts and sews, and speaks fondly of both her husband and children.

2. Giraffe Print by ThePaperNut

This cute picture is very versatile - it's great for a nursery, or could be paired with a bold black frame and placed in the living room! This print is available in a multitude of sizes - check out the page for more details (prices differ based on size). Can you see them smiling at you?

ThePaperNut is run by Jeanie Nelson, out of Spokane Valley, Washington. She features art and stationary on Etsy, and focuses on custom wedding cards and announcements on her personal website (thepapernut.com). She also has a interesting design blog worth checking out at jeanieandjewell.blogspot.com .

It's difficult to overestimate the appeal of a handmade wallet. Not only are they often far more useful (ie/ they don't fall apart quite so quickly), but they are also often made out of recycled materials that are oh, so soft and hug to your curves perfectly. I particularly like that this artist is so flexible. Want an id slot added? Sure! Want a different fabric? Sure! Want another closure? Sure! The wallet sells for $47 USD.

happykathy is run by Sarah Brown out of Astoria, Oregon. (Which, according to Sarah is the filming location of both Kindergarten Cop and the Goonies!) She works as a teacher part time, creates items for her Etsy shop part time, and raises her three children full time. The shop name, she explains, is in honour of her late mother.

4. Yellow Rose Necklace by PrettyNecklaces

This necklace would look absolutely fabulous classing up a sundress, or as the artist suggests, as party of your wedding jewelry set. The rose is hand-sculpted, resulting in a unique (but similar) piece every time. The pearls are Swarovski, and the whole thing is held together by a silver plated chain and closed with a lobster clasp. The necklace is currently selling for $20 USD.

PrettyNecklaces is owned and run out of Marlton, New Jersey. It is a fairly new shop, popping into the Etsy scene at the beginning of December. However, the shop has a number of beautiful items, and several pieces of positive feedback already.

5. Rubber Ducky Soap by LoveLeeSoaps

How cute! These little duckies make me smile just looking at them. These little guys are banana-scented, so they would be great even as a decoration in your bathroom rather than actually being used. These would also be the perfect finish to a baby gift. 4 oz of soap (8 ducks) is sold for $5 USD, and the artist is more than willing to adjust the quantity as necessary.

LoveLeeSoaps is run by Leeana Provan, out of Daytona Beach, Florida. Leeanna makes all sorts of bath products, each of which is more adorable than the last.

**Note: You will notice that I have five items on this page instead of ten. The time commitment required to put together this particular feature has continued to be an issue, and instead of removing the comments (at your request), I have decided the next best thing would be to cut back and feature less items. I hope that this will mean that I can provide more in depth, thought out comments as well - we will see.

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