Monday, May 28, 2012

just 10 things - seafoam

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between "mint" and "seafoam."
but maybe that's just me.
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

my instaweek #16

my husband and i haven't been able to get health insurance since we both quit our 9-5 jobs, because of pre-existing conditions. blah!

some of you know that my health has been whack lately. my parents recently found out that their family insurance still covers me until i turn 26, even though i'm married. my mom was so happy about this. she wants me to get as many tests done as i can before i turn 26, just to give her peace of mind. i don't blame her.

the problem is, i turn 26 in a month. and during the whole month of june, i'll be working at a summer camp. so that means i had 3 weeks to get in as many tests and doctor's appointments as possible.

this week was dentist week. BLEH!! i hate getting my teeth worked on so much. it was so awful, and i felt so silly in that chair the whole time. i was literally shaking (and i mean, my body was convulsing) and i couldn't help it. they kept asking me if i was okay, or if it hurt, or if i needed to take a break. and it was freezing in there, but i was sweating bullets. isn't that ridiculous?!

i barely ate for a full day after the dentist. my jaw was so sore. it still hurts to even yawn. wow, i'm such a baby. :)

so with all my appointments this week, i barely did anything else. here are my boring instagrams for the week:
1. i got a new bible recently. i love it when a new translation sheds light on scripture i've known for years.
2. i have the cutest dog ever!
3. starfish fun at the houston aquarium. look how colorful!
4. you know you live in the city when you have to park under the interstate. :)

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Friday, May 25, 2012


when your blog is your business, or something really important to you, it's a good idea to have a blog plan.

i have so many notebooks filled with dates, post ideas, and reminders. i finally got tired of flipping through pages of my notebooks trying to remember where i jotted down this week's blog plan. so i started to search for blog plan printables.

everything i found, though was only a week's worth of blog post plans. i usually schedule out my blog two weeks in advance, and sometimes more. so i made my own.

now for me, i decided to order this on a dry erase board so i don't have to waste sheet after sheet of paper. if you're curious on how i did that, e-mail me and i'll help out.

but for now, here's a blog planner, free for your taking!

how to use this blog planner:
1. day listing - this list is comprised of two weeks, starting on sundays. there is enough room on the line to the right of the day in order to do whatever you like. i usually write the date, title/idea of the post, and maybe a reminder of something i need to do for that specific post, like "edit photos." sometimes, i also remind myself to link to certain parties if need be.
2. to-do list - this is easy. write what you need to do for those two weeks. i am doing a guest post soon, so on my to-do list, i have "edit photos for guest post" and "e-mail guest post to host by may 30."
3. post ideas - this is for any amazing ideas you may have for future posts. easy enough.
4. reach out/promote - we all need community. this is here to get me to actually plan for that. maybe e-mail some other bloggers about ad swapping. or guest posting. or buying ad space. or just e-mailing to connect with other like-minded bloggin women.

remember, e-mail me if you'd like to know how i got mine on a dry-erase board. also, if you'd like something different, like a "notes" section instead of to-do, or only a one-week planner, e-mail me and we'll chat.

hope you like!
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

exodus 35 creativity party #31

i'm so excited about all of the summer projects linked up last week! if you didn't get a chance, go check out last week's party. it was a good one. very hard to narrow down my favorites.

i asked for summer projects, and i got 'em! just look at all that green!
1. check out this hallway reveal from paint speckled pawprints! and here's the tutorial for the board and batten. amazing!
2. my girl janel got this itty bitty toadstool terrarium just right. it makes me want to jump in my favorite fantasy book, or alice in wonderland, or the video game kingdom hearts (sorry, nerd alert!). check it out at hating martha. (link no longer available)
3. talk about a project perfect for summer. check out these wine bottle mosquito-repelling torches from little house in the big d.
4. i'm in love with this succulent and ranunculus bouquet from park house love. so beautiful. makes me wanna get married all over again! ;)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


father's day is coming up. dads (and ALL men) are hard to buy for, aren't they?

my dad is a golf addict. growing up, around christmas time, father's day, or my dad's birthday, if we saw something that had to do with golf, we snatched it right up to give to my dad.

we thought we found the best gift in the exploding golf ball ("can i get it for him, mom? he could play a joke on his friends!"), or a golf-themed desk zen garden ("he needs it for his office, mom!"), or the potty putter ("he spends so much time on the toilet, he could practice his putting skills and get sooo good! isn't that perfect, mom?!").

fast forward 10-15 years, and while cleaning his closet to find things for a garage sale, we find every one of those gifts unopened. oops. ("but i thought he liked all golf things, mom!")

luckily, in the past 15 years, i've learned that my dad is a simple man, and doesn't expect much. if he wants something expensive (like an ipad), he'll buy it himself. he loves john grisham books, and those come out every year. he likes experiences with his kids and loved ones, so a ticket to a game is perfect. he's also a little sentimental. two christmases ago, i found out that my dad's high school was doing retro t-shirt designs, so that's what i bought him for christmas. he wears it all the time.

but the best thing about my dad is that he loves food. manly food. he loves to grill, especially with his boys (my older brother, my hubs, and my bro-in-law) and his friends. and he loves meat. i think all of the above statements are true for about 95% of men, don't you think?

that's why these dry rubs are a perfect gift for father's day! i've got 3 different dry rub recipes for ya. your dad/husband/etc will LOVE them.

What you need:
3 one-cup canisters or jars
1 cup mesa steak dry rub (recipe below)
1 cup santa fe rib rub (recipe below)
1 cup fajita chicken rub (recipe below)
1 self-adhesive printer sheet
jpeg download of labels (download below)

What to do:
mix the different dry rubs, one at a time, and put them each into their own canister (i got mine from the container store), making sure you know which mix is which. print out labels, cut them out, and stick them on their respective lids of canisters or jars. wrap them up (doesn't have to be pretty, dads don't care about, and give the gift of yumminess!

right click and "save image as"
to download: 

Mesa Steak Dry Rub (makes 1 cup):
1/4 cup paprika
1/2 cup chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp coriander
1 tbsp sea salt
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp black pepper

Santa Fe Rib Rub (makes 1 cup):
2 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp sea salt
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp white pepper
2 tsp cayenne pepper

Fajita Chicken Rub (makes 1 cup):
3 tbsp chile powder
1.5 tbsp cumin
1.5 tbsp coriander
1.5 tbsp dried ginger
1.5 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1/2 tbsp allspice
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp cloves
1/2 tbsp ground fennel seeds
1 tsp cayenne pepper

mmm, yum.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

my insta.week #15

for those of you who don't know, i'll be spending the month of june and part of july at a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities, called camp blessing.

i've been going crazy with preparations. not only with camp, but for the blog as well. i won't be able to update as much, answer e-mails as much, check other blogs as much, among other things. so i've been kinda pre-planning for my blog posts. a lot of what you'll see on my blog in june will have been written a month before! i'm sure you won't mind, though. :)

needless to say, my work has been mostly INDOORS. and when i'm indoors too much, i get a little stir crazy. and my back starts hurting from being at the computer too long. and then before you know it, i'll be asking for a back massage. and with a back massage, i must have some chocolate. and when i have chocolate, i must have something good to drink with it....ok, i'll stop before i write my own "if you give a mouse a cookie." we don't want children reading, "if you give a crazy lady some chocolate," do we?

anyway. i'm glad i made myself (or rather, i have a part-time job that makes myself) go outdoors for a bit this past week. PLUS we got to be guests at a wedding!! (if you didn't know already, the hubs is a professional wedding singer/DJ, and we never go to weddings as mere guests.) the hubs still found a way to get a hold of the mic somehow, though, to sing a few songs. but that's okay. everyone loves "my girl" and "unchained melody," right? no harm done. :)

1. the hubs made carrot cake and banana bread french toast! GF of course. wow. so good!
2. my favorite food ever: artichokes! mmm.
3. one of houston's hidden gems: deussen park, also known as buffalo park.
4. on the boardwalk.

5. a pup in trouble. hehe. (note the ears back, the tucked in shoulders/elbows, and the tucked tail. so funny!)
6. friday's wedding: blue sky, pretty church, texas hill country, awesome bride and groom. perfect.
7. the wedding reception was at the historic faust hotel in new braunfels, tx. i miss living in this town.
8. so glad we got to see some of our best friends this weekend! aren't they cute? :)

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

exodus 35 creativity party #30

i'm still waiting on some summer projects, y'all. it's hot down here in houston. let me know how you cool off in the summer time! :)
it was so hard to pick my favorites for features this week! so many good projects, and so many creative people. how does the bloggy world hold them all? ;)
here are my faves from last week:
1. don't you just love the color of this antique sewing cabinet from hooked on decorating?
2. art doesn't have to be super hard! check out how natalie painted these canvases at natalie's sentiments.
3. wow!! i love penny projects. see how ashley did this penny countertop at domestic imperfection.
4. i love the delicacy of these embroidery hoops from about blogging time, and the colors go great together.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

my insta.week #14

i had car trouble this week, so i didn't get to do everything i had planned. :(

but i had a good week. i went on a lot of walks with my pup, and started some spring cleaning! a little late, but better late than never!

it's getting sooo hot in houston lately! i just want to jump into a body of water every day. which i only did once this week. :)

here's a little peek into my life last week:
1. i heart kiwi!
2. these weird flowers seem like something from a dr. seuss book! edit: found out that they are sleeping grass blossoms!
3. it was a perfect day for an outdoor lunch.
4. gluten free cupcakes! victory!

5. "you comin, mumma?"
6. taking photos of items for my online store.

happy mother's day!
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

exodus 35 creativity party #29

hello everyone, and happy wednesday! i'm loving all the creative projects that have been linked up lately.

but i'm ready for some summer activities, summer crafts, and summer food! i know, i know, it's technically still spring. but it doesn't feel like it in texas with all of this 88-95 degree heat!

and since i can't beat the heat, i might as well join it. so tell me how! what are some fun things to do on hot days? link it up!

here are my favorite projects from last week:
1. learn to be eco-wise with this "paper-free" towel tutorial from meremade.
2. check out how cute this bowling party is from vixenmade.
3. check out this spruced up hand-me-down bench from the creative paige.
4. this tutorial over at park house love makes DIYing a mason jar soup dispenser look so easy!

Monday, May 7, 2012


this past week has been kinda crazy. not crazy busy or anything, but crazy with my health. i've been having bad days, which i do have often because of fibromyalgia and other things, but it's just getting out of hand.

i've been trying to distract myself from my pain by doing things, but it's not really working. i feel like i am getting worse, even with all the precautions i take.

i feel like i do everything to heal myself! i've become a gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free, sprouted-grain-eating vegetarian. i take multitudes of supplements and vitamins. i juice every day. i do yoga. i work out (but not too hard because of pain - per order of nutritionist). i get enough sleep. i go to the chiropractor. what else can i do (for someone who can't get health insurance)?

i also pray. i read the word. i worship. and though i am usually thankful for my life and for what god has given me, sometimes i just need a day to mourn the health that i have lost. that day is today.

i do believe that god can heal me. he totally has the power to do so. but i also know that he may choose not to, despite all the precautions i take and how well i take care of my body. i always have hope, but he has a plan for my life. and i may never be rid of this pain. because he has a reason for it. maybe so i will long harder after heaven, maybe so i will call after him at all times, maybe so i can have compassion and sympathy for others in pain, or maybe all three.

but it still sucks having this pain! can i hear an amen?!

well, enough with my whining. here are some of the things i did to help distract me from my pain this past week. :)
1. you know what they say about big feet...that they belong to big dogs!
2. this smell is like heaven.
3. "sound! i heard a sound! must be predators. i will ward them off with my woof. WOOF!"
4. a texas-sized tree.

5. a landscaped garden of eden.
6. just look up sometimes. even indoors you may find something bright.
7. my new favorite toy. play ukulele ALL the time!
8. my client's first ever cache. he loves geocaching now! :D

9. hello, starry floor. i want you in my kitchen someday.
10. a lovely natural archway.
11. what the what kind of flower is this?! (edit: i have found out it is called a passion flower)
12. a new dawn, a new day, a new life, and i'm feeling good.  

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have a great week!
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Friday, May 4, 2012


okay, i know jenga is already a fun game. but play it two or three times, and you're done with it for months. am i right?

well, i have a way to make jenga just a little bit funner! (yes, i said funner!)

here's what you gotta do:
1. pull your jenga blocks out.
2. write some fun commands on each block. (see examples below)
3. invite some friends over and set up the newly vamped jenga to play.
5. during each person's turn, pull a block from the tower.
6. obey the command that's on your jenga block.
7. if it's blank, write a new fun command.
8. if there are commands on both sides, choose which one you'd rather carry out.
9. repeat numbers 5-8 until the tower falls.
10. have fun!

here's what it might look like while you are playing:

here are some super fun and funny things to write on the jenga blocks:
- say the alphabet backwards.
- sing the alphabet to a different "mary had a little lamb."
- play a lightning round of "i spy."
- tell your competitors something they don't know about you.
- sing "twinkle twinkle little star" with your tongue out.
- tell the person to your left something you like about them.
- tell the person to your right what your first impression of them was.
- take a camera phone photo of the game + competitors right now.
- wear your shirt backwards for the rest of the game.
- make up a song about your day to the tune of "i want it that way."
- play a quick round of truth or dare - everyone gets a turn.
- random scavenger hunt! everyone has to find: a bobby pin, a piece of paper, something with the letter "M" on it.
- during this round, everyone must pull out the blocks with their non-dominant hand.
- do your best impression of someone you are playing with.
- take an extra turn.
- you must refer to yourself in third person for the rest of the game.
- play "thumb war" with the person to your left.
- dance your best jig.
- random duck duck goose!!
- no matter what the person to your right says or does, you must actively disagree.
- vogue...strike a pose!
- make the loudest fart noise possible.
- balance the jenga box on your head for as long as you can.
- throw this tile across the room.
- "boop" someone on the nose.
- say "i love you" in three different languages.
- give the tower a name, and only talk to it for the rest of the game.
- make the first animal sound that comes to your head.
- for the rest of the game, you must overly motivate everyone as they pull out their pieces.
- make up and recite a poem on the spot.
- do your best ballet move.
- do your best beat box for 10 seconds.
- call your mom and tell her that you love her. right now.
- play two truths and a lie.
- interpret the artistic meaning behind the outfit worn by the person to your right.
- etc.

there are many routes you can go with this idea, of course.

the jenga workout:
1. pull your jenga blocks out.
2. write some work out commands on each block. (see examples below)
3. invite a girlfriend over and set up jenga for a good (and fun) workout.
5. during each person's turn, pull a block from the tower.
6. everyone that is participating should obey the command that's on your jenga block.
7. if it's blank, write a new command.
8. if there are commands on both sides, choose which one you'd rather carry out.
9. repeat numbers 5-8 until the tower falls.
10. take a 5 minute break, stretch, and play another round.

here are some workout ideas for the jenga blocks:
- do 20 jumping jacks.
- downward dog for 20 seconds.
- do a headstand.
- high-knees for 30 seconds.
- 20 push ups.
- 30 crunches.
- etc.

and there you have a workout that takes you by surprise the whole time! also, if you're a mom, you could also use jenga to make your kids do some chores. :)

use jenga for chores:
1. write "small chores" on the jenga blocks. (see examples below)
2. have your kids play jenga (letting them know they have to clean, though. don't wanna be too sneaky). also, you can play along with them.
3. during each person's turn, pull a block from the tower.
4. obey the command that's on your jenga block.
5. if there are commands on both sides, choose which chore you'd rather carry out.
6. repeat numbers 3-5 until the tower falls.
7. when the tower falls, each person must complete a "big chore" (see examples below). that way, everyone will work super hard to make sure the tower doesn't fall for as long as possible. 

small chore examples:
- dust one piece of furniture.
- clean one dish.
- pick up 3 things off your floor and put them in their rightful place.
- recycle 3 items.
- empty the bathroom trashcan.
- get the mail.
- pull weeds in the garden for 5 minutes.
- etc. 

big chore examples:
- clean your room for 15 minutes straight.
- sweep the entire kitchen.
- vacuum the entire living room.
- fold clothes for 15 minutes straight.
- mow the front yard for 15 minutes straight.
- pick up all the dog poop in the backyard. (teehee...)
- etc.

and pretty soon your house will either be clean, or your kids will be hiding in the attic with their iphones. ;)

so now you know how you can make jenga more fun! or less fun, if you're going the chore route. jk!

that's all i've got for you today! i hope you've gotten some good ideas out of this. but it looks like the game's over, so i gotta go:

happy jengaing! (jenging? jengling?)
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012


happy wednesday!
with love from:

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p.s. (correct) lyrics courtesy of a-ha. :)

exodus 35 creativity party #28

hello all! happy may! can you believe that it's may already? sheesh.

i loved looking through everyone's creative wonders they linked up from last week. thanks!! and i can't wait to see what you have for me next, but for now, here are my favorites from last week:
1. check out how janel spruced up her front porch over at hating martha. (link no longer available)
2. i love this unique wreath from tousled day! the green fabric reminds me of leaves, and i love the asymmetrical look of it. check it out!
3. you can PAINT a utility rug?! well, obviously. check out how at vixenmade.
4. again from tousled day, check out these super-cute and super-simple flower rings.