"He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can't see it. So quietly submit to be painted."
-Leah Darrow quoting C.S. Lewis
Friday, 10 May 2013
"He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can't see it. So quietly submit to be painted."
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Now we all know that in a perfect world, when you are done working out (if the working out part even happens), you would have a cute outfit in your bag and you would shower, change, fix your hair, put make-up on and you would be fabulous before running your errands. But how often does that happen? Ain't nobody got time for that! I took some pics of my adorable yoga instructor, Keleah, the other day to show you how to go from your workout to real life without anyone even knowing (except for maybe the smell of stale sweat). Seriously...how cute is she?
Sunday, 17 February 2013
I am partly preaching to myself here. Clutter can cause more stress than the activities in our lives. Have you ever just been sitting on your couch and looked around at your dis-organization and felt a tightening in your chest? This happens to me often, and I have to spend a day getting my house in order.
I know I have mentioned this before, but I clean out my closet four times a year. At the beginning and end of each season. So that is actually one place in my house that stays organized. I can't, after all, tell clients how to organize their closets, and not do it myself.
I was reading an article in Yoga Journal about how you can't really practice yoga in peace when you have piles of mail everywhere and a sink full of dirty dishes. I took away some wisdom from this article and wanted to share it with my 2 readers ;) "...I try to apply the 'one in, one out' rule: If I bring something home, I have to get rid of something else. And yet clutter still manages to sneak through. When I'm trying to pare down my belongings, i ask the classic questions: Is it beautiful? Is it useful? Is it deeply meaningful? Have I enjoyed it in the past year? Plus, I invoke a freeing gem from a friend: 'It's possible to accept the essence of a gift but let go of the object."
I love this statement! I will be using this forever with clients. I can't tell you how many times I have had people hold onto something that they never use/wear, because it was a gift from a loved one. This make so much sense to be able to hold onto the love from the giver, but let go of the tangible gift.
Lent is a perfect time to get rid of things that separate us from God. How about trying to get rid of one thing a day for the next 40 days? Or how about each week during lent, tackle a different area of your house (pile of mail, kids closet, email inbox, bookshelf, etc). Maybe even incorporate prayer while you are doing it and then give away the things you no longer need to those who do need them (almsgiving). Simplify your life and see if you are able to breathe a little easier.
Thursday, 17 January 2013
Ok, not really. But it was for me yesterday. My dear friend sent me this link on how to make a sweater skirt. I loved the idea and immediately found the sweater I was going to work with. I also knew that I didn't have a good enough sewing machine, nor the time, desire or energy to make it the way she did. So here is the lazy, impatient way to make your own skirt out of an old sweater!!!
Tuesday, 8 January 2013
I don't know about ya'll, but I'm not much for New Years Resolutions. I set myself up for failure, never seeming to go through with my supposed "plan." However, our family has decided to tighten up the finances. Get on a strict budget and see where we can cut back to really start saving. We really want some land so we can have chickens and grow a garden (and have some horses if you ask Hadley). In order to achieve this goal, we have to be radical and different. We're going to be "weird" like Dave Ramsey says.
So my big cutback is to not spend family money on myself for clothing this year. I know...crazy. My sister says I'm aiming too high and I should maybe just shoot for doing this for a month. But I need to be radical. And oops...I just told you all about it, so I guess it's for real now and I have to stick to it. I do have the rule for myself that I can spend money given to me for Christmas or Birthday...trust me...I'll be holding onto that money for when I REALLY want something.
This fall, I hosted a clothing swap, and I really think that doing another one of these in the spring will help me with my goal. I usually find myself only wanting/needing a few items to freshen up my wardrobe each season, and if I'm smart, I can do this for little to no money.
Here are the steps to take if you'd like to host a clothing swap yourselves:
1) Send invitation: I sent an email inviting friends to clean out their closets and bring them over earlier in the day, or the day before for me to organize. Be sure to invite people of all shapes and sizes so you have plenty of options. And if people are self conscious about their size, encourage them to clean out their accessories drawer and shoes. Make all feel welcome!!!
2) Set a time that works for you: Once organized, I set a time. I did a few hour span (like 5-7:30 pm). People could come and go as they pleased. However, the "early birds got the worms."
3) Set Rules: I set rules, like if you brought ten items, you went home with ten items. But by the end of the night, I wanted people to take as much as they wanted! Also encourage folks to bring things that are not dated, stained, or ripped. You are looking for good closet items that may just not fit anymore, or you are tired of wearing. Also, decide if you are going to just do one season, or all types of clothes. We decided to stick to fall clothes, but some brought spring. Either way is fine. Just decide and tell your guests.
4) Decide on a place to donate items: Make sure nobody there is too attached to their items and will freely let it go! I had a few items left over when all was said and done. I took the name brand stuff to a consignment shop (where I have a store credit waiting for me....whoop, whoop!), and we donated the rest of the items to our church.
Once I got all of the clothes, I got to organizing. I didn't have hanging racks, so I just made piles on my furniture. One couch for Smalls, one for mediums, one for larges. My dining room table housed accessories and shoes and some wine and cheese :) I planned it last minute, so I only had 6 participants. But all had a great time and went home with clean closets and a few new items each. Here are some pics of what I came away with. I even got some spring things that will be new to me when the weather warms up! Also, (not pictured) scored a pair of peep toe black heels, a scarf and a handful of jewelry.
Monday, 24 December 2012
Wow, I'm just going to say that Christmas time (or any holiday in general) is really hard on us mamas with kids with food allergies. The gluten free part has become second nature since Hadley has been GF for several years now. This is our first year having eliminated gluten, yeast, dairy, egg yolks and limited sugar. I decided before all the parties and madness started, I wasn't going to allow all the candy and junk that turns my daughter into a different person. But I also wasn't going to allow her to be sad about it and feel left out. Our days of making cookies this year were totally different than years past. Before, I would've stocked up on butter, flour, sugar, more butter, more sugar, and lots of milk chocolate. This year, it was nuts, dates, dried fruit, GF flour and agave. I doubted how this day of baking would turn out, but I've got to say...not bad. And the best part? We have all been snacking on the healthier desserts instead of wolfing down a whole pan of fudge in an evening. I feel so much better than I usually do this time of year, and can actually button my jeans. So here are some of the treats we made this year.
We made these grain free sugar cookies today. We put red and green sprinkles on them and left some out for Santa. Mama loved these...we'll see if santa likes healthy sugar cookies ;)
These were my favorite. I grew up making pecan sandies with my mom. She always made them in a ball and rolled them in powdered sugar after they cooled a little. I didn't miss it a bit. In fact, I liked this version better! Shhhh...don't tell my mama. Oh, and Alex even liked these, and he usually turns his nose up at my GF treats.
The kids absolutely loved this version of gingerbread people. I actually didn't have tiny gingerbread cookie cutters, so I just rolled them into balls and served them in little mini-muffin paper cups. These have such a wonderful ginger flavor, and they were fabulous! I packed these in a sandwich baggie for the park, and they are a great little snack. We have also made many of the other larabar recipes on this site, and are quite in love with them.
These blondies were da bomb dot com. For reals. One problem. They had brown sugar in them, and made my daughter cra cra. I really wanted to try to substitute the sugar for agave, but they were already so gooey, that I don't think it will work. I loved these so much, and they were Eli's fav. And I promise, you can't taste the chick peas...pinky promise.
These pillow cookies were a hit with the kids, but not my favorite. I substituted the whole wheat flour for my GF flour mix I keep mixed up in my pantry. I also didn't roll the cookies in the sugar/cinnamon mixture since I was avoiding sugar. Instead, I added cinnamon to the dough, and it turned out tasting like a snickerdoodle. If you haven't noticed, I'm a bit smitten by Chocolate Covered Katie. She doesn't know it, but she's my new bestie, and has made my daughter very happy.
By the way, I had the nerve to serve all of these healthy cookies for dessert at bunko last Tuesday night. Unless my friends are great liars, they loved them! If anyone is interested at all in recipes, I'll share with you all what I served for dinner that night too. Ya'll just let me know.
And last, but certainly not least, I made these lemon cranberry coconut muffins for breakfast on Christmas morning. Hadley thought these were so pretty that she had to have one for dessert tonight. She chose that over a cookie. Eli had one too, and both of them gobbled them up. So I guess they are good. We usually cook a really big brunch on Christmas morning, and I thought it might be nice to mix it up for my girl as she is probably getting tired of egg whites and sausage.
Merry Christmas ya'll! Enjoy celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with your loved ones!