Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bicicyle Art

My Black Bicycle Vinyl Canvas was featured again! I've neglected my poor little shop for so long, maybe this will motivate me to make some more things for it! Check out the full feature here.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Follow Me on Bloglovin'

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Hello, Friends! I've decided to start a Bloglovin' account, since Google is slowly phasing out GFC. If you'd like to follow me using Bloglovin', click the link above!

Friday, February 24, 2012

74% Discount at ShoeScandal

I recently discovered ShoeScandal, a shoe company specializing in high-quality Australian-style boots. They are currently running an awesome sale until the end of May. You can get 74% off their boots, bringing them down to just $26 (and, shipping is less than $6 for all states, except Alaska and Hawaii)!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cake in a Mug

I got home from Zumba last night and was craving something sweet big time! Apparently flailing your arms and legs around for 45 minutes creates quite the appetite. We didn't have anything sweet on hand, but then I remembered seeing a recipe online for Cake in a Mug.

I thought it was too good to be true. How could anything one throws together and microwaves for 3 minutes actually taste good? Well, it was... pretty good. Not awesome, but pretty good. It would have been awesome had I any cream to make whipped cream. Or icecream. Or caramel syrup. Or... okay I have to stop because I'm making myself hungry again! If you want the recipe, you can click here.

I did a few things different. First, I used actual cake flour (not sure if this made it better or not because I have no other microwave cake recipes to compare.) Also, I used half oil, half applesauce instead of all oil. I usually make this substitution so that at least I'm "trying" to be healthy.

So, will I make this again? Maybe. But only in a pinch, when I'm craving something sweet and there's nothing else in the house. Otherwise, I'll be making a drive to Sonic.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February Photo-A-Day: Fav Pic of You & Where You Work

Yesterday's photo challenge involved posting your favorite picture of yourself. This picture was taken at Potbelly's Sandwich shop when G was just six weeks old! He makes this my fav photo (and I think my hair looks rad in this pic!)

Today's challenge is to take a picture of where you work. This is it. We've been spending tons of time outside as of late due to the awesome Spring-like weather blessing Texas. It's where G is the happiest. And not throwing fits. He really likes throwing fits lately. :(

Out of Alabaster Giveaway

Have you seen the amazing custom silhouette designs from Out of Alabaster? I'm such a fan! Check them out her blog here and enter for a chance to win one of her custom creations!

Monday, February 20, 2012

February Photo-A-Day: Drink

Ok, I've really been slacking on my photo challenge! A few days ago, the topic was "drink." So I thought I'd share some pics of what I start my day with (coffee), and water. I literally drink water ALL day long. No sodas for this girl :)

As you can tell, I'm really digging the bokeh filter on picfx. Thanks to my SIL for introducing me to it!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

What We're Eating This Rainy Day

It has been raining ALL DAY here in Fort Worth. And everyone knows the best thing to do on a rainy day (besides jump in puddles) is bake new recipes. So, I decided to try out these Creamy Baked Taquitos. They are de-lish. Click here for the recipe. I did make a little substitution. Instead of corn tortillas I used whole wheat. Next time, I'll definitely buy the corn tortillas, though.

February Photo-A-Day: Hearts and a Tutorial

I made this cute heart garland in honor of Valentines Day. Garlands are so cute and easy, you can make one for every holiday. I plan on starting an Easter Garland next, and I'm really excited about it! I thought I'd post a tute so you can make your own, even though it's so easy to make, you can probably figure it out!

To make a heart garland, you'll need the following materials:

You'll need the following tools:
Good scissors
A larger than normal needle

Begin by cutting out tons of hearts, or whatever shape you'd like. St. Patrick's Day is coming up, so maybe you could cut out shamrocks!

Use your needle and yarn to thread your shapes together. I tied a knot after each heart. I highly suggest doing that!

Make your garland however long you'd like. I made mine super duper long, and hung it on our mantle. Our Valentines Day was low key (just the way we like it), but at least our house looked festive!

Monday, February 13, 2012

February Photo-A-Day: Closet and Blue

Yesterday's Photo Challenge was to share a picture of your closet. So here's a peek inside my very messy closet. It's so messy, that this is all that I was willing to show you!

Today's theme is blue, so here are my blue shoes. I wear them so much that they are very close to falling apart! As soon as they officially fall apart, I think I'm going to try one of the tutorials I've seen on various blogs where you customize your Tom's by adding fabric to them.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Anthropologie Finds

I received a 15% off card in the mail from Anthro the other day. I bought this cute little jar with chalkboard label and large ceramic berry bowl. I decided to store sea salt in the jar (yes I know how to spell salt, I decided to write the spanish word for salt on the jar :) And for the berry bowl, I'll use it to showcase some 4 in. instagram pics that I plan on ordering soon. Yay for somewhat cheap finds at Anthropologie!

February Photo-A-Day: Self Portrait

So I missed another photo challenge. Oopsy. I think the day before yesterday I was supposed to post a picture of our front door. I'll describe it instead. It's green and has a handmade wreath on it. There. My friend thinks I should paint our door Robin's Egg Blue. I totally agree.

Yesterday's challenge was to post a self portrait. I don't really like taking pictures of myself, so I made G take one with me. He's much cuter than me anyways. :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February Photo-A-Day: Sun

Today's photography assignment is to take a pic of the sun. It looks like this is as close as I'm getting to a sunny day any time this week.

I'm drinking my troubles away today in the form of a Caramel Brulee Latte. I had no idea how tasty these things were until just now. Man, I've been missing out.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February Photo-A-Day: Button

Today I'm showcasing my cute mini collection of buttons and pearls. I usually add these to felt flowers, necklaces, just about all my crafty projects.

I took this picture on my NEX-3 HD camera using f 4.5 for the aperture setting and a shutter speed of 1/40. The ISO was set at 1600 because the room was not very well lit.
I still don't understand what half this jargon means, but I am learning!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Makin' Banana Pancakes Pretend Like It's the Weekend (Or February Photo A Day, Dinner)

We had a friend over Friday night and made him Blueberry and Banana Nut Pancakes. Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day, and I take full advantage of every opportunity to have it for dinner. My husband found the best recipe for homemade pancakes a few years back, causing me to throw my Pancake Mix box in the trash and never look back.

Diner Style Pancakes Recipe:

First, mix your dry ingredients together:
1.5 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar

Then, mix your wet ingredients in a separate bowl:
2 eggs
1 and 1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla (I was out of vanilla Friday night, so I substituted a dash of cinnamon)
Beat together until foamy (about 3 mins) You can use a blender for this part.
Then add 3 tablespoons melted butter.

Then, incorporate your dry mix into your wet mix. If your batter looks a little thin, you did everything right. These pancakes turn out a little thinner than other recipes, but I think they are so much better! If your batter is not thin, it's ok, they will still taste great, but you can add a little milk to thin them out if you like.

Let the batter rest a little (It's been working hard!) You can even set it in the fridge overnight and have less work to do in the morning.

Pour batter onto hot skillet and add fruit (if that's your thing!) I wait to flip the pancake until I see a few bubbles begin to pop on the surface.

What are you waiting for?! Go make some pancakes for dinner!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

10 am

This is what my 10am on a Sunday morning looks like in the 5-7 year old Discipleship Class. Today we learned that God is jealous for His glory and He will not share it with another! The kids in that class are so super cool.

Yesterday's challenge was to take a picture of a stranger. I missed that one and will not be making up missed challenges because I want this endeavor to be fun and never become a burden.

It's actually a shame I missed yesterday's challenge because I was feeling like a spy after watching Mission Impossible 4 last night (my first trip to the movies in I don't know how long!) when I ran out of the theater with my hands pointed like a gun singing "dun dun da da dun dun..." (that would be the Mission Impossible theme song, in case you didn't catch it) all the while "shooting" the guy in front of me. Er, sorry mister, didn't know you would turn around and see me shooting you. Should have been shooting a picture of him instead.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens

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February Photo-A-Day: Hands

Two of the cutest hands I ever did see. Today they have played with toys, wiped themselves on me, and wrapped themselves around my leg.

My First 26.2: Need Help! Will Run for Food!

My First 26.2: Need Help! Will Run for Food!

My friend's husband is preparing to run his second marathon and is planning on helping the people of West Africa at the same time. Please take some time to visit his blog and decide how you can help!

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Today's task in the February Photo A Day Challenge is to post a picture of words. I turned this old frame into a chalkboard a while back and wrote the lyrics to this song on it. It's been on top of the bookcase in our living room ever since.

I couldn't decide which words I liked better, so I posted this one also. Hey, it's my blog. I can do what I want. :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Photo A Day in February

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to learn photography. I haven't really been taking many pictures lately, but today I am committing to the February Photo a Day Challenge. Each day I'll take share a different picture. I'll probably use my phone to take most pictures, but days when I'm feeling all photographer-y I'll use my Sony NEX-3 HD and try to remember to share things like aperture, shutter speed, etc. Listen to me, trying to sound like I know what I'm talking about! ;)

Today's challenge is to take a picture of your view. This is the view of the field behind our house where we play.
I used the Picfx app on my phone to give this picture a Bokeh effect. I've been kind of obsessed with Bokeh ever since my SIL introduced me to it!

So, I hope you enjoy the pics, and if you want to join in, here's the link to challenge.