Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas DIY Treats

Now that I finally have a few days off, it's time to get busy making a few holiday treats! Like last year, I'm making body lotion bars. I love these! They make excellent gifts and are very easy to make in a short amount of time. They also have limited ingredients and are healthy for your skin! Last year, I wrote a post that included all the ingredients and the step by step process for creating them. Visit the body lotion bar page to find out more!

Materials: silicone molds, double boiler pan (not pictured)
Ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax, apricot oil, and essential oil of your choice (I used peppermint)

Cooling in the molds.....

Time to package everything and give it as gifts!

In addition to the lotion bars, I wanted to find a recipe for a more natural body lotion with limited ingredients. Searching Pinterest there were many great choices.  Life From the Ground Up had a great recipe with few ingredients. Using this recipe, I made three small glass jars, with a small amount left over for me! 

Creamy lavender body lotion
Decorative lid (scrapbook paper attached with matte medium gel),
and ribbon. I haven't quite decided how I will package this one, but I'll post a pic later.

A few other DIY recipes I'll be creating soon include lip balm from , sea salt bars from Happy Mothering, and one gift baskets from the DIY Mommy. I'm going to be busy the next several days and will have more to share!

Monday, November 24, 2014

DIY Hair Treatment

After being sick all last week, I decided to pamper myself over the weekend. I slept in, spent some time doing yoga and gave my hair a nourishing oil treatment. One of my favorite oil treatments for hair comes from the book, Organic Beauty.  I love this simple recipe that requires just three ingredients: jojoba oil, sage essential oil, and tea tree essential oil. Jojoba oil is useful whether your scalp is dry or oily. Sage and tea tree oils both have anti-bacterial and cleansing properties, which make them both good choices for an oily scalp.

Oily Hair Treatment
4 tsp Jojoba oil
10 drops sage oil
10 drops tea tree oil

Directions for Use
Mix ingredients together and apply to dry, unwashed hair.
Comb through hair and blow dry for 2-4 minutes. 
Leave on hair 20 minutes (min.) to overnight (max.)
Apply shampoo, wash, rinse, repeat...condition if desired 

For those of you with dry hair give this a try....

Banana Hair Mask
1 ripe banana
1 tbs olive oil

Directions for use:
Mash banana and mix with olive oil. 
Massage mixture into hair.
Wrap hair in plastic or warm towel for 15 minutes.
Rinse, shampoo, condition

I hope you enjoy this treatment as much as I have over the years. It's simple to create, has limited natural ingredients, and is healthy for your hair!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Homemade Granola Bars

It's always nice to have a healthy snack on hand...something you can grab when in a hurry...something that will provide good nutrition and keep you going until the next meal. I found just the thing on Angela Liddon's Oh She Glow's website. Last weekend, I decided to make the Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars and I was not disappointed! They were easy to assemble, pop in the oven, and crazy good to eat! 

Finished bars cut into various sizes for snacking on later. I even saved a few for the freezer to have on
hand for the following week.

I made a few substitutions as I didn't have everything in the recipe on hand. Since I was one banana short, I used a 1/2 cup of applesauce. I used pecans instead of walnuts, and whole almonds instead of sliced almonds. I loved the taste and didn't feel like it needed anything extra.

I wrapped each bar in wax paper, taped the ends, and stored a few in the fridge and the others in the freezer.

I really enjoyed this recipe. I don't think I have tried anything on her site or within the cookbook that I didn't like. Some other favorites from her site, Italian Bean Balls (time consuming but SO worth it!),  the Perfect Veggie Burger, and the Easy Overnight Buckwheat Parfait

Do yourself a favor and check out her book, The Oh She Glow's Cookbook or the Oh She Glows website for fantastic recipes. Your taste buds will thank you!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Imaginary World

It's been several years since I created something crazy with Keri Smith's book titled, Mess: The Manual of Accidents and MistakesHer book was SO MUCH FUN and I always hoped to start another one. Just recently, The Imaginary World of (fill in your name) was published. So...I bought it!

Today I did the first project! To get started in the book, I needed to record some of my favorite things...books, weather, artists, landforms, and so on. I completely filled the page in a short amount of time. After I recorded my favorites, I spent some time just doodling on the page. I had some new colored pens that I wanted to use and couldn't resist brightening the page!

Building the database for my future Imaginary World.....

I decided to personalize the front cover by using collage and and a few Posca Pens.

I couldn't resist decorating the cover with my Posca Pens!

I'm looking forward to creating and exploring MY IMAGINARY WORLD!! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tulsa Run

We signed up to participate in the 15K at Tulsa Run months ago. I can't believe it is already here. My training has been a lot of ups and down over the last month or so. Some weeks I was able to get in speed work and tempos and other weeks it just didn't happen. It is always a challenge to train in the heat, which never truly seems to let go until November.  I recently saw on the news that this October is one of the top 10 hottest on record for the state....we are still having temps near the 90's in October!  (Thankfully a cool front rolled in late today!!)

Saturday morning we left early 5:45 a.m., heading to Tulsa.  Several car loads full of friends traveled along with us.  A group of guys, including Roger, signed up to participate in the Masters Championship. They were speedy enough to take second place and win $50 each! Congrats guys!

Jason B., Roger, and Jason H. take second place at the 15K Championships at Tulsa Run.

The course is usually hilly, but this year it was extremely hilly! After we had signed up, they changed the course due to road construction. I'm pretty sure it was 85-90% hills. I felt like the entire run was uphill with a few downhills. It was definitely the toughest Tulsa Run that I've ever ran! Not only was the course tough, the weather was very warm. I was proud of finishing with a 1:15:27, which averages out to about 8:09 pace. Not a PR run for me, but a good confidence builder! (Secretly, I was feeling rather tough after running all those hills!)

After the run, the large group of us went to eat at Blue Moon Cafe. It was a great time to visit and enjoy some tasty food after a long run. If you are ever in the Tulsa area, I would recommend it!

Thinking about running Tulsa Run in the future? Find course details and more at the Tulsa Sports website.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Update and Return to Blog! took me a long time to get back into writing and posting on the blog.  The summer was enjoyable but very busy and the start to the school year, well, it's been a challenge as always. I've pretty much put everything creative on hold as other things were more important. I feel like it is time to get back into doing some of the things I love, so I'm putting my words into action with my first post in a very long time.

Much has happened since my last post...even prior to that post, so I've chosen a few of the highlights, some of my favorite things, amongst the last several months to share.

In June, we traveled to Sequim, WA (xoxoxo) and decided we were close enough to Seattle to run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Well, it actually wasn't that close, as we had to get up at 3:00 AM...(YES 3:00 AM!!) and drive to Seattle. Even with the long drive and challenging course, we had a blast! It was the first time that we signed up for the VIP tent and it was definitely worth it. We met fellow runners while there and enjoyed hanging out before and after the run. The day was absolutely beautiful!

                                                 Seattle Rock and Roll Half Marathon, June 2014

Rog and I hanging out after the run...

After the run, we enjoyed many things in Sequim. There's so much to do! We visited two different Lavender farms (Purple Haze and Victor's Lavender Farm), ran along a trail to Port Angeles one afternoon, hiked to waterfalls, spent time on the beach, visited Hurricane Ridge and Dungeness Spit...and so much more. I could probably write a blog post about each day and what we saw along the way. I always love visiting the Pacific Northwest and this was definitely another amazing trip. There's nothing better than the ocean, the mountains, and perfect weather....

Purple Haze Lavender Farm. Lavender ice cream, lotion, spray, just about anything you could
dream of...made of LAVENDER! I would love to work here. 

My favorite running trail....right beside the ocean. It was incredible listening to the waves
and the rustle of the leaves in the trees (along the side not in photo). I wish I could run on this trail every day! 

Running along the trail to Port Angeles....we stopped in town and shared a
Dairy Queen float before running back!

Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park
Located behind the rental we stayed was a beautiful rocky beach and amazing Protection Island. There's a really interesting story behind this island if you'd like to read it. I loved sitting on the porch and listening to the waves. I also loved watching the wildlife. During our visit we saw a killer whale the first day! We also saw bald eagles, seals, and a variety of other birds.

Ocean view of Protection Island one evening...I'm in love. xoxo

Leaving all that beauty behind was hard! I often wonder if people who live in such beautiful places take the nature for granted or if they truly enjoy it each day.

After arriving home, "Project Declutter" began. It's always a long process, but I did clean out and reorganize a closet and several drawers. We even did a little decluttering in the garage. I'm still not done with this project and hope to work on it more next summer as we have a lot of clutter!! 

Everything pulled out of the closet....

Two very cute beagles, but not such good helpers. ha!
We also had an extra job or two that we worked during the summer. Seems like there was something to keep us busy every day! 

It wasn't long before it was time to start back to school. I'm thankful for the time we had to journey to other places and get some much needed maintenance done around the house. I was also thankful for a little extra time with family.

The days since August have flown by quickly and I'm in denial that it is nearly November! A few things to look forward to in the coming months....Tulsa Run, Tulsa Half Marathon, a new book adventure with Keri Smith's The Imaginary World of ___________,(remember Messy Book?) and more of Life Book 2014. I'm looking forward to sharing each of these and more!

Take care and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blogging Break Coming to an End

I didn't intend on taking such a long break away from the just that life happened to get ultra busy and I had more to keep up with than possible. Things are slowing a bit and I have so much to share on the blog. A few things that are on the way.....race report from the Seattle Rock and Roll Half Marathon, a tutorial on creating your own painted coasters, and a DIY easy lotion. I'm excited to be sharing some of this very soon! In the meantime, I hope everyone is doing well and having a great summer.

A view from my sister's pool. We had a great time swimming
Sunday afternoon!