February 29, 2016

5 Ways Fitness Can Boost Other Areas of Your Life Too

I read a while ago that when you want to lose weight, the food you eat is much more important than exercise. So I pretty much stopped exercising. Makes sense, right? If it doesn't really help me lose weight, and it pretty much sucks, then why do it? Well, I'm starting to figure that out. Here are some big reasons I've come up with to make fitness a priority.

February 27, 2016

11 Things To Start Doing For Yourself NOW // SELF-CARE SATURDAY

illustration by Geninne
It's so easy to let self-care slide. We get busy. We get down. We get behind. We feel lost. Seriously, there is nothing like late February in Minnesota where we have gray day after gray day to make you feel like there will never be sunshine again. I needed a reminder to take good care of myself and have pledged to do these 11 things for myself right now!

February 26, 2016

12 Tips for Successful Thrift Store Clothes Shopping

Almost every stitch of clothing that I own has been purchased at my neighborhood thrift store... and I have a closet FULL of designer clothing! How? Here are some of my top tips for successful clothes shopping at a thrift shop, along with some of my top scores!

February 25, 2016

The Beauty of Pysanky at Easter: Ukranian Decorated Eggs


One of my newest obsessions is PYSANKY. What is Pysanky? To put it simply, it is an Easter egg decorated using a wax resist (aka batik) method. Its name derives from the Ukrainian verb “pysaty,” meaning “to write.” (“Pysanka” is the singular form; “pysanky” is plural.)

But it is much more than that. Ukrainians have been decorating eggs - creating these miniature jewels - for countless generations. There is a ritualistic element involved, magical thinking, a calling out to the gods and goddesses for health, fertility, love, and wealth. There is a yearning for eternity, for the sun and stars, for whatever gods that may be.

February 22, 2016

Simple, On the Go Treats: Honey & Cereal Nut Bar Recipe

from marthastewart.com
When I saw this recipe today on the Martha Stewart blog, I knew it was a "keeper" because #1 - this type of bar is like crack to me, I love them so much. #2 - they are incredibly quick and easy to make. #3 - even though they aren't exactly HEALTHY, they are better than the candy bars or cereal bars that you buy in the store.

February 18, 2016

A Whole New Chalk Rock! Art with Liquid Chalk Markers

I remember when I was a young girl, I would look for white rocks that I could use to "write" on our blacktop driveway and I called them "Chalk Rocks". As an adult, I am what some might call a rock hoarder! We camp on Lake Superior and I come home after every trip with tons of stones that I've collected. My favorites are the black rocks that are worn smooth by the lake. They are abundant and I have a ton of them.

February 17, 2016

Radical Self-Love // A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dreams by Gala Darling

I've never seen a "SELF-HELP" book like this before, and it has the ability to completely change the way that you view the industry! Gala Darling is amazing!

February 12, 2016

What I'm Reading // February Releases

When the weather is cold and the days are short, there is nothing like a good book, a cup of tea, and a fire in the fireplace. Does life get any better? I have read some amazing books over the last few weeks and thought I'd share.

February 10, 2016

Easy Mod Podge Valentine Tins

I am a total packrat and I can never seem to throw away things like these empty tea tins... Today I'm thankful for that because I'm making some super cute Valentine's Day Gift Tins!

February 9, 2016

30 Favorite Celebrity Pixie Cuts

So many celebs over the years have embraced the pixie cut that it's hard to stop selecting my favorites... but here are 30 that I love.

Agyness Deyn

February 8, 2016

Don't Take Decorating Too Seriously! 22 Seriously Unserious Homes

I swear, if I see one more professionally decorated room online that has white walls, a white and black moroccan rug, (you know the one...) and a fiddle leaf fig in the corner, I'm going to throw up!
Are all of these rooms beautiful? Of course they are! The one that I pictured above has much more personality than most... and I do ADORE that turquoise sofa. But do they all have to basically look the same? I can't wait for a new trend to come along in home decor. One that has colored paint on the walls. One that has some character and features rooms that celebrate the people that inhabit those walls.

February 5, 2016

Can You Dye Microfiber? YES! My Shibori Experiment

Let me start by saying that I'm no expert on Shibori. I am certain that this appears to be Shibori-like, but it is not actually Shibori by any means... My inspiration for this post is this beautiful duvet set from Anna Joyce Design that I am head over heels for!

I want this duvet set SO BAD, but at $120 (pretty reasonable, yes!) I can't quite rationalize it, so I thought I'd try to see if I could do a similar design myself using a microfiber duvet set that I received from an amazon.com seller at a discounted price for review. I paid $1.20 for it and received free shipping. I paid another $5.00 or so for the dye, so for under $10.00 I thought I'd give it a shot! Here's what I ended up with.

February 3, 2016

Buy Me Once Shopping // The New Way to Spend

I recently came across a newly launched website and I knew I had to share it. It's called BuyMeOnce. BuyMeOnce finds and promotes products that don't break the bank, don't break the planet... that don't break at all! They also challenge manufacturers to break their habits and build stuff that really lasts.