A Few of my Favorite (Fall) Things

It’s officially fall, and it’s (for many obvious reasons) the majority of the female population’s favorite time of the year. I have not decorated for fall yet even though I do so every year on September 1st because I love summer so much I’m in denial of the cold and refusing of letting it go. Otherwise the orange leaf garland and the pumpkins are out by now, and October 1st the Halloween decorations come out to join the party.

Here are some of my fall must haves:

Tall slippers. They are like Uggs but better for the animal kingdom and cost about $20. You can get them anywhere women’s clothing are sold. Even Costco. Leave them by the bedside and put them on the second you get up. Small slippers won’t do. Your ankles will get cold.


These are from Target for $20

Coffee Mug warmer. I like to have tea on it almost all day. It keeps my beverage warm and for only $7. You can even get a candle warmer and use that for your coffee mug. Great for your desk at work or an end table at home.

-Halloween movies. You have to have access to these in the fall season! I’ll probably do a post on my favorites. I’m a movie nut so I’ve got quite a few. If you have cable you are lucky and there will be many channels playing fall and Halloween movies all day come close to Halloween.

-One of my favorite things overall is Iliza Shlesinger’s comedy special for “Freezing Hot” on Netflix. See below her take on the fall season and women.

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Laughs! The whole time! She has 2 comedy specials on Netflix. Do yourself a favor and have a girls night, get some wine, and watch them both. Followed by Jen Kirkman’s comedy special “I’m Going to Die Alone and I Feel Fine” on Netflix.

-Tazo Chai. The liquid mix is at Costco for a 3 pack for less than $8. Or you can get one for $5 at other stores. It’s my favorite, hot or cold.

-Something I like to call a “Sweater Blanket” is a must. It’s a large cardigan that you can wrap around yourself like a blanket. I don’t wear this in public, but I love to wear it around the house. It opens up like a large square and is very cozy.

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Image link here. I love this sweater!

– A fall wardrobe. You can go to Pinterest and type in “Fall Wardrobe” and you’ll get hundreds of photos and advice. You don’t need me to do that! I live in hoodies and sweats all fall. I’m not a fashion guru. I love me some thick chunky scarves, leather boots, hoodies with faux leather jackets over top of them and comfy skinny jeans like the ones I have from Jessica Simpson. She makes great clothes for girls with curves! Here’s my Pinterest Board for Style. It’s pretty much all fall style and cozy layers.

Happy Fall everyone!

Week One of 60 Day Challenge

So week one has come to a close of my 60 day challenge and I have to day, I’m tired. I’ve gained 3 pounds, and I just want to take a nap, like all day long. But I’m not giving up! According to Beachbody.com  you gain weight when you start working out for one of 4 reasons. One of which is water weight due to inflammation because of the micro-tears your muscles go through when you work out. Once the inflammation goes down, you will lose the weight. You can also be eating the wrong things because working out, you get hungrier than normal, and may be reaching for the wrong foods. Which isn’t my problem. I am eating about 1500 calories a day and working out for an hour each morning.



I’ve started to do P90X, and a week in, my body is sore! But I’m going to stick to it, and I know my body will get stronger. I’ve taken 32 years to put on this weight, and let my muscles take the back seat to fat cells, and I’m ready for them to switch roles. And no you are NOT seeing my before pics until I have some awesome after pics to compare them to.

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Bogey loves when I’m on the yoga mat. He thinks it’s cuddle time.

I also had my first massage last week, with a gift certificate I had won, and it was amazing! (I WILL go back!) I learned a lot about my body too, which parts could use more work, why my back gets tight when I get anxious, and how my hips need some work, my bones are being weird and probably because of my weight. I carry my weight in my hips and backside. So I’m getting fit for my health.

So far this week, (5 of the 7 days)

  • Every morning I drink a glass of hot honey lemon water.
  • Eat a bowl of oatmeal with Almond milk for my pre workout carbs.
  • Workout! (P90X – following the schedule for “P90X Lean”)
  • Eat 200 calories of protein, either scrambled eggs or a protein shake.
  • Set a goal to accomplish something around the house and do it.
  • Try to eat more protein and veggies than carbs for my other meals.
  • Track my meals with the “Lose It” app.
  • Take a multi vitamin with dinner.
  • Brush teeth and wash face before bed!
  • Get 8 hours of sleep!

Note: These are ALL things I did not do before so positive results are expected to come!

These are habits I’m starting to grow into, and I want to keep them for the rest of my days.

Progress to come!



Should-a, Could-a, Would-a, 60 Day Experiment

We all have our should-a could-a would-a’s. I should drink more water. I should take more vitamins, get better sleep, wash my face more often, eat better, spend less money. I should keep in touch with my friends and family. If I only worked out more I could be in better shape. I could have saved more money if I didn’t buy this and that. Can it make you happier? Well friends, I’m going to embark upon a should-a could-a would-a 60 day experiment and document my progress, trials, and successes. I’m going to do all of the things that I tell myself ALL OF THE TIME that I should do more of.

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Now that I have some time in my schedule to do what I want, when I want (other than the craft fair schedule, that one isn’t adjustable), I’m going to do the things I always tell myself I “should” do and do them. A lot of these things just means incorporating healthy habits into my daily life. Things I’ve shoved to the wayside that I should get back. They say it only takes 21 days to form a habit. Let’s see about that.

My “should” list that I will do for the next 60 days:

  • Drink more water. (Some days I realize I didn’t drink ANY water. That’s bad!)
  • Drink more green tea / tea in general.
  • Take a vitamin / vitamins every day.
  • Work out 5 days a week / get healthier and feel better.
  • Use the Spin bike I got off of Craigslist.
  • Read the piles of books I have sitting around.
  • Meditate / Do some cognitive behavioral therapy to better my self esteem.
  • Get 8 hours of sleep.
  • Wash my face at night with the expensive anti-aging face wash I bought and use the even more expensive night creams. I bought them and I barely use them. I lazily use those wet wipes for your face and then fall into bed.
  • Save money and not spend it on silly things.
  • Organize the bins and bins of things I’ve kept forever in the basement.
  • Eat less meat.
  • Eat more greens / fruits and veggies.
  • Eat out less, cook at home more.

And how will I accomplish such feats? How will I stay on track?!

Ok, here’s how.

  • I’ll start a blank book / journal to keep a checklist of the things I want to do, and make sure I check them off throughout the day. Smartphones have alarms for a reason. To remind you to do things. And they have apps you can download that help with almost all of the things I wanted to do.
  • Go to the vitamin store and get 60 days of some awesome all natural multi vitamin. And maybe some vegetarian protein powder for my post workout shakes.
  • I will pre-fill water bottles in the morning and make sure I drink them throughout the day with either timers or times of the day taped to the bottles. I will set out the Green Tea packet in a mug ready to be filled with water in the mornings.
  • I will set alarms to get up in the morning to work out, and sleep in my workout clothes if I have to. I will come up with a routine to stick to and post a dry erase board on the wall of the workout room with a calendar drawn on it to stay motivated. I have the P90X DVD set, weights, yoga mats, a spin bike, rubber band thing-ys… what am I waiting for?! Oh, I know, I need direction. I don’t just want to go at this whole workout willy-nilly and make up a routine. I’ll find one online or ask a personal trainer friend to help me out. It’s time to end the excuses! (Did anyone else just picture Susan Powers screaming “Stop the Insanity!)
  • Spending less: If something is not detrimental to my survival, it will not be purchased. Sorry friends that want to go out to eat! Sorry new nail polish! Sorry Target clearance sweater, I know you’re only $5.99 but no! Not for the next 60 days… Sounds boring, I know. But I also have a fiancée that may be kind enough to pay my admission into a $5 movie on a Tuesday so I won’t die of boredom. To help I’ll even make a sleeve for my Debit card that says something like “Will you literally DIE if you don’t buy this?” on it. The only thing I can answer yes to is food.
  • Make a “once a week” goal for something around the house I want to get done. Donate things to Goodwill, clean certain rooms, paint other rooms… And put those goals into my calendar app!
  • Watch less TV at night and pick up the books I have laying around and read them at night. Maybe during breakfast and lunch too instead of browsing Pinterest.
  • Do daily affirmations. No, not like Stuart Smalley. Like, look up ways to raise self esteem and follow the experiments. Make lists of things I love about myself, banish bad thoughts, and use the app I downloaded for that, Happify.
  • Eating out less and at home more will be easy when I go grocery shopping for some great food that will help me stay on my healthy eating schedule when I work out 5 x a week! Also, if I want to go out to eat because I’m too lazy to cook, that’s what the organic microwave burritos from Costco are for. Ten of them in a box for $11, it’s literally just over a dollar a burrito. I can manage that.

Ok so you probably wonder why I’m spilling my goals into my blog. It’s because once I post this, It’s PUBLIC. Others know about it! That keeps me motivated. Knowing I told someone I was going to do something makes me feel more obligated to do it. So here goes! Starting September 1st and for 60 days after. I’ll also log my progress with all of this and let you know how it’s changed my mentality / mood / body. Wish me luck!


Craft Fair Trial and Errors

So life lately has been a little crazy… I quit my second job to become a crafter FULL TIME. It’s scary, but it’s my passion, and I LOVE it. I recently did a craft fair in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and got some great advice from a fellow crafter. “Do not give up!” She saw it was my first time at this fair and I was struggling with the wind from the lake affect almost blowing my tent to the next county and she had some kind words for me. I love the crafting community, they (so far) are very kind, welcoming, and helpful people. They watch your tent when you have to use the bathroom, they chat with you during the fair, and help save parking spaces for you afterwards.

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The view from my tent in Lake Geneva was very gorgeous! It was also soothing to hear the water all day. The sun was shining, and the boats were buzzing. The wind was blowing… On day 2 the wind was so bad we were holding the legs of the tent with our full body weight to keep it from bending and breaking. Stuff was blowing off the tables left and right. Other crafters were giving us advice, like taking the sides off the tent to let the air through, and lowering the tent a few notches to strengthen the legs which actually helped a lot. We even tied weights to the top of the tent and let them hang to the ground, and some crafters had long ratchet ties from the tops of their tents at an angle into the ground with spiral dog leash steaks and that seemed to help them too.

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We had bags displayed on peg board and the wind wanted to take that thing home! The weight of the pegboard was doing damage to the tent, since we hung it from the top. Some other crafters had metal racks that were free standing, and the air flowed through them much more freely. I’ll be ordering those soon!

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There were a LOT of great crafters to check out. I saw so many dogs, and it was great for people watching.

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There were gorgeous buildings along the coastline, and a paddle boat giving tours all day.

After much trial and error, I’ve compiled a list of the things I bring to the fairs. Here’s a PDF of my checklist for the craft fairs. —> Craft Fair Check List Sheet

I know my list is specific to what I do at the fairs, but it may help some people! I compiled it from a bunch of other lists I’ve seen. Washing your hands with your drinking water at your tent after eating an apple and letting your hands air dry -vs- wet wipes… no brainer.

Some other advice we got from other crafters- Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to sell wholesale. Make connections and talk to the people around you, always. Build those relationships, you’ll be seeing a lot of the same people around!

I hope this helps some of you!

Wheatgrass Juice without a Juicer

Being the fiancé of a specialty farmer/gardener there are a lot of interesting edible greens growing in the back yard. Micro-greens, edible flowers, produce, and, wheatgrass. According to Wikipedia: “Wheatgrass is a good source of potassium, a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E(alpha tocopherol), vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, iron, zinc, copper,manganese and selenium, and has a negligible amount of protein (less than one gram per 28 grams). Adding other foods with complementary amino acid profiles to this food may yield a more complete protein source and improve the quality of some types of restrictive diets.

Wheatgrass proponent Charles Schnabel claimed in the 1940s that “fifteen pounds of wheatgrass is equal in overall nutritional value to 350 pounds of ordinary garden vegetables”,[3] a ratio of 1:23.[6] Despite claims of vitamin and mineral content disproportional to other vegetables, the nutrient content of wheatgrass juice is roughly equivalent to that of common vegetables.”

Wow! You get a lot of nutrients from wheatgrass, and if we have access to it, why won’t I use it?

We have a juicer, which you will see in one of the photos below, but when we do wheatgrass in it, it just clogs up the blades and makes it hard for other things to get through. You need a special wheatgrass and greens blade to juice greens, which we don’t have. I’ve heard of being able to blend wheatgrass with water and strain it, but I wanted to get more nutrition out of that process, so I used coconut water.


First, take your wheatgrass and cut it at the base with scissors.


Cut the wheatgrass, and cut it into about 2″ long pieces and put it in the blender. I was able to blend about a half of a flat at once.


I found that with a full blender, you need about a cup of liquid to really blend it.


Once you blend it, on high speed, and for a while, until it blends smooth, you’ll have a small amount of liquid in your blender along with some pulp of wheatgrass.


I used a simple strainer to strain the juice. Use a spoon to push the wheatgrass into the strainer. You’ll end up with some pulp that looks like what a cat will hack up in the yard, so I’ll spare you the photo.


The finished product! It smells like a fresh cut lawn, so I recommend mixing it with some juice, or into a smoothie. Enjoy!