Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cross Stitch Complete (Finally!)

Guess what? I finished it. I finished my cross stitch finally! I actually finished it last month just in time for my mom's birthday at the end of September but I forgot to take a picture of it in the frame. Before you get to see the finished project, here's a walk down memory lane of every month since I started the project (almost two years ago!) up to its completion last month.

DECEMBER 2012


JANUARY 2013


FEBRUARY 2013



 
MARCH 2013



 
APRIL 2013


MAY 2013


JUNE 2013



JULY 2013


AUGUST 2013



SEPTEMBER 2013



OCTOBER 2013



NOVEMBER 2013


DECEMBER 2013


JANUARY 2014


FEBRUARY 2014


MARCH 2014


APRIL 2014



MAY 2014

 
JUNE 2014

No change recorded.

JULY 2014

No change recorded.

AUGUST 2014

No change recorded.


SEPTEMBER 2014 - COMPLETE!


Feel free to click on the pictures for a larger version.


Here it is framed!


Is it time to start a new one yet?

Friday, October 17, 2014

A WaterWipes Workout + Peanut Butter Energy Bars

This post is sponsored by WaterWipes and Mommy Bag Marketing. Although I received product and financial compensation, all opinions are entirely my own.

Working out is hard. I hate it. There, I said it. But it needs to get done. When you work 9-5 Monday through Friday and have class 2 nights a week plus you try to have something that resembles a social life, it gets hard. It's easy to make excuses. Luckily, I have a great support group at work. Together, we've been going to the gym during our lunch break.

But even then it's still easy to make excuses. Working out makes you sweaty and smelly (at least, if you're doing it right). It's easy to pass by saying, "Nope, I want to smell good when I go to happy hour tonight", or "I've got class, I don't want to be gross" or "I've got a meeting later and want to look nice." When I get back from the gym, I just want to stay in my workout clothes the rest of the day. Like this:


But that's just not a reality. Enter WaterWipes, the only natural baby wipes on the market containing absolutely no chemicals, just 99.9% water and 0.1% Grapefruit Seed Extract.


WaterWipes can be used by anyone with sensitive skin: babies, toddlers, teens, or adults! After I get back from working out, I use WaterWipes to give myself a quick wipe down.


Then I can get dressed right away and get back to work!


Just so you know, anyone with a skin condition like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc. can use WaterWipes. I love this because I have sensitive skin.

Now, I don't know about you, but working out makes me hungry. I always need a snack before I go to keep me energized. So I whipped up some energy bars.


Peanut Butter Energy Bars
-6 TBSP peanut butter
-1 TBSP coconut oil
-3 TBSP honey
-1/2 cup oats
-2 TBSP shredded coconut
-2 TBSP crushed peanuts

*Recipe makes about 9 bars

In a saucepan, mix peanut butter, coconut oil, and honey. Once melted and mixed together, remove from heat and add remaining ingredients.


Spread into a wax paper lined baking dish* and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm. You can then remove it to cut it into bars. Store in freezer or fridge.


*When I first made this recipe I did about one third of the size and I used a loaf pan. I made thin, larger bars but making it again I would make thicker, skinner bars and still use the loaf pan.



The energy bars stay pretty solid if you keep them refrigerated. However, I imagine the peanut butter could get a bit melty if left in the sun. The WaterWipes are great for cleaning up messy fingers as well! Just so you know, if you're going to use them for a more traditional approach, aka wiping your baby's bum, they also prevent diaper rash! Be sure to check WaterWipes out on Facebook and Twitter! WaterWipes are now available at your local Giant Eagle, Martin's, Stop N Shop, and Giant Food in CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY, RA, RI, VA, and WV.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Friends are the Chocolate Chips Free Printable

Hello friends! I've got another free printable for you today. This is the last one I have scheduled for now. More may come but I'm hoping to try to focus on energy on some holiday crafts once I get inspired. Today's quote is:
"Friends are the chocolate chips in the cookie of life."

Cookies and friends. Does life get any better? Well, maybe if it were brownies and friends.


You can download this free printable here. Have a great week!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Honey Bee Free Printable

Before I get into things, I want to wish a VERY happy birthday to my wonderful Mom!

Last week I shared a free printable for Kacey Musgrave's song "Silver Lining".  As I mentioned, I love the lyrics of the whole song. It was so hard for me to just choose pieces of it. So, I had to make two free printables. As much as I love the parts from last week's printable, this is definitely my favorite section of the song. The lyrics are:
"If you wanna find a honey
You can't be scared of the bees
If you wanna see the forest
You're gonna have to look past the trees"
I decided to make two versions of this printable. The first is a bit more playful:


You can download that here. The second is a bit more serious I suppose:


You can download that one here. I hope you'll give the song a listen. It's a great one!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Silver Lining Free Printable

If I had to pick my favorite album that I discovered this year, it would be Kacey Musgrave's album, Same Trailer Different Park. On that album, one of my favorite songs is called "Silver Lining". You can listen to it here. I took bits and pieces of the song to create this free printable:
"If you're ever gonna find a silver lining
It's gotta be a cloudy day
If you wanna fill your bottle up with lightning
You're gonna have to stand in the rain
If you're ever gonna find a four leaf clover
You gotta get a little dirt on your hands
If you wanna find a head that fits your shoulder
You're gonna have to go to the dance"
You can download the free printable here!

This is one of my favorite songs. In fact, I love it so much that I couldn't even fit all of my favorite parts of this song on the printable so next week I've got the rest of it. Stay tuned!
Update: Here it is!