Monday, March 10, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
It read 182. My goal for the reward was 180 so 2 pounds wasn't terrible. In fact, 2 pounds may equal my clothes.
Naturally, I stripped out of my clothes and tried again.
This time it read 183!!!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I happened to be in Northern California spending time with some of my biggest loves and so I thought, "I don't get this opportunity very often, I want to do a little something." So, the BFF and I headed out to the stores after the kids went to the school and got creative.
My niece, aka "Princess" is like her mom and I in that she loves all things peanut butter. So her jar is filled with peanut butter M&Ms and her card says, "You're the peanut to my butter."
My nephew JP likes just about any candy so I got him Starburst and told him he was my "shining star." Awww!
And my other nephew, who I don't really have a nickname for without giving away his name, likes chocolate mint stuff so I got him York Peppermint Patties and told him we were "mint" to be together. Schmoop!
(The Reese's hearts were from their mom.)
I also made similar ones for my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew - theirs just had different kinds of M&Ms. Oh, and my sister and bro-in-law got a bottle of wine with theirs too. And then they fed me a delicious steak dinner.
Monday, February 24, 2014
- Flip flops. (We got ours from Old Navy and Target.)
- Leather Hole Punch Tool
- Baseball beads
- Some rhinestone embellishments (from the scrapbooking section)
- Super Glue
The only thing we did different on these is instead of 5 holes, we punched two. One on each side of the thing that goes between your toe then tied off the ribbon into a bow. They are both really cute, but the less busy is just my personal preference.
Friday, January 31, 2014
I also didn't add onion like they suggest.
- Preheat oven to 425 and spray a baking pan w/cooking spray. (I used a 9x13 Glass Pyrex.)
- Cut six red potatoes into bite-size cubes and put them into a gallon sized zip lock.
- Dump the following ingredients into the bag w/the potatoes:
- 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1.5 teaspoons Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoning Salt
- Sprinkle in some pepper. (I use McCormick's Peppercorn Medley.)
- Shake it all up until the potatoes are nicely coated and dump it into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until golden to your liking. Stir occasionally. (I stirred about every 10-15 minutes.)
I don't really get along with this project and it seems so simple to do!
1.) Drink some beer and save the bottle caps. (I'm really good at this part.)
2.) Use a 1" circle punch to punch the pic.
3.) Glue pic to bottle cap and allow to dry.
4.) Put glossy substance over pic and allow to dry.
5.) Add magnet on the back of the bottle Cap.
Or so it should be. The first time I attempted these, I half assed glued them down and didn't allow for drying time so when I added the glossy substance the pictures moved and sort of floated into weird positions. And there were bubbles in the glossy substance. This attempt, my glossy substance was a liquid glass of sorts I use for scrapbooking.
So this time, I filled the cap with a layer of glue and let the glue dry overnight. It still didn't really seem like it was dry but I'm impatient. Plus if it didn't dry in 12 hours I'm nit convinced it was gonna dry. Haha Anyway, I added the glossy substance. This time I used Mod Podge Magic Dimensions (or something like that) and, well, it dried wierd. Kind of concave. And with bubbles. :o|
Whatever. I was over it. I slapped a magnet on the back and sent them off to their unexpected recipient. She'll love them because she's not the anal critic I am and probably won't see all the flaws like I do. :o)
Not sure where to give the original credit to because the idea came from multiple pins on Pinterest and I probably checked out all of them to see where I was making mistakes sooooo - for original cred see various pins and blogs on Pinterest.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
This is a left over from my pay it forward post from 2012. ("Pay it forward 2012. I promise to make something hand made to the first 5 people that comment. Then post this to your status and do the same... It can be as simple as a coffee, hand written note, or something more. Just has to be done in 2012.") The beauty of being a procrastinator is that the people that were promised these things have likely long forgotten that they've had it coming. So when it does finally come, they aren't expecting it and it becomes a random act of kindness that hopefully puts a smile on their face.
She likes the "Live, Laugh, Love" saying so I threw in those cards to go with it. I think she was pleasantly surprised since this is the Facebook post that followed after she got it:
Friday, January 24, 2014
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 stalks of celery, diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced (I used 3 cubes of Dorot frozen garlic.)
- 8 cups good-quality chicken stock or broth
- 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
- 2 bay leaves
- 5-6 fresh basil leaves, chopped (I used 3 cubes of Dorot frozen basil.)
- 1 cup dried orzo pasta
- Heat olive oil in a large cooking pot over medium-high heat.
- Add carrots, celery and garlic then stir for 60 seconds.
- Stir in chicken stock, chicken, and bay leaves.
- Let simmer for an hour (or 30 minutes if you're rushed).
- Bring soup back to a boil.
- Add basil and orzo - cooking according to package directions.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
All I did was remove the wire hanger. Then I Mod Podged the paper to the plaque. Let it dry, then put a couple more layers of Mod Podge to seal it. Once that dried, I pushed a tack through the paper where the holes already were on the plaque and re-threaded the wire. Then I put the photo corners on on the picture and attached the picture to the plaque.
I could definitely be embellished more if you wanted to. I love that the picture can be changed out. Once I started this project, it took everything in me to not run out to the dollar store and buy 16 more plaques because I suddenly had several pictures I could use and multiple ideas for gifts for people!
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Isn't it weird how the mind works? Sometimes when I see things that I don't think bother me at the time, days later, it will randomly pop back into my head.
The other day... not sure where I saw it - if it was on Pinterest or Facebook, but there was a picture of a toilet paper roll loaded the wrong way (under not over.) On the bottom side of the toilet paper roll, there was a spider. Then there were the words, "This is why you load the toilet paper the RIGHT way," or something along those lines.
So now it seems, every time I go to the bathroom at work, where the toilet paper is loaded the wrong way, that pic of the spider pops into my head. And my overly anxious, imaginative mind takes it even further and sees a spider go flying across the stall as I spin the toilet paper roll. One time I even envisioned a freak out when the spider landed on me somewhere.
I have issues, I know.
Now, I will admit, I have a completely irrational fear of spiders. Even when they are enclosed in cages. One time I went to a friend of a friends house (because no friend of mine would have spiders as pets) and they had two giant tarantula spiders in a glass aquarium. When I saw them, I immediately became dizzy and had to sit down. They terrify my.
Just now, I went to look for the picture I mentioned. I started with Pinterest and searched "toilet paper with spider" and it pretty much just gave me a bunch of ways to make a spider with rolls of toilet paper.
So I braved Google. I searched "toilet paper spider". And I nearly died. My eyes started watering. Weakness started seeping into my limbs and I found I could no longer scroll. My thumb flailed to the bottom of the screen where I attempted to hit home and threw my phone down. I took a couple deep breaths to calm myself and picked the phone back up. You can imagine my dismay when I picked up my phone and it was STILL ON THE SCREEN OF SPIDERS!!!! Before the watery eyes and uncontrollable weakness could set in, I hit home and got the hell out of there!!
Like I said, I have issues.
Does anyone else's mind work this way? Or is this just one of the perks of being the conductor of the crazy train?
Needless to say, I don't have the picture with the spider to show you. But I will leave you with this one so you know the right way to load your toilet paper:
Friday, January 17, 2014
The other day, I was spending some quality time with my virtual BFF, Pinterest and came across this pin for a weight loss chart with rewards. I realize this is not a new concept, but I thought it was a great way to keep me motivated and reward me in a healthy way. Usually, I would reward with myself with a soft serve ice cream or a McDonald's Big Mac. And well, that just seems counter productive... doncha think?
Here's what I came up with:
5 lbs = New Scale (I want a digital. The dial one we have now sucks!)
10 lbs = New Book
15 lbs = New Jeans
20 lbs = New Shoes
25 lbs = New Hair
30 lbs = New Tops
35 lbs = New Outfit (I may substitute this with a pedicure or massage.)
40 lbs = Dress Shopping (Me? Dress shopping? Only for a special wedding! :o)
45 lbs = Weekend Getaway
50 lbs = New Bathing Suit
55 lbs = TATTOO!!!
Ok, so, after breaking it down that way, apparently my math skills need a little refreshing. I guess I want/need to lose 55 lbs to get to 130.
All of these things will cost a good chunk of money so, obviously, it will depend on how quickly I lose the weight and how quickly I make some money.
I hung this baby on the back of the closet in the bathroom so it's a daily reminder to keep working towards being healthier.
I have been watching what I eat for about a week now. The first few days were excruciating because I constantly felt hungry. Then a good friend suggested I incorporate more protein into my foods and that seemed to help. I am not seeing results yet, but I'm not giving up just yet either. I have a plan B if what I'm doing doesn't work. If plan B doesn't work then I guess I am just meant to be fluffy.