my essential apps (and what I love about them!)

Most of us today live in a technology driven world. And while there is some backlash to that (and there should be, but that is a topic for another day), I think we can all agree that there are many things about that reality that improves our lives. Many of us find new friends and hobbies, organize our lives, find answers to important (and not so important) questions, make, track and spend our money, find random entertainment and so much more….all online. This very blog and the majority of the content within it are due to the online world.

More and more we use apps to make our lives easier and more streamlined. It’s amazing when you step back and realize just how many apps you use within a day. And today I want to share some of my favorites with you! For today, I’m going to ignore the social media apps themselves. We all know about Instagram, Facebook, and such, so I’m not going to focus on those.

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etsy shop launch!

I have been looking forward to announcing this for MONTHS and it’s finally here! Guys, I have launched my Etsy store!

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I started dreaming about making gorgeous glass fusion and wire jewelry 1 1/2 years ago and, after gaining access to a kiln a while back, have been hard at work designing and creating just that! It’s been a great experience so far and I am so excited to start this next step and being able to provide these beautiful pieces to others!

I have 20 items available right now, but I will be adding a couple every 1-2 days, so make sure to check back in!Read More

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sunday meal prep 6/26/16

Hey all! Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Ours was pretty good here, though busy. A few things are still being caught up on from me being sick last week, but I think I’m getting close to caught up! ย Speaking of me being sick last week….This meal prep is quite possibly the shortest I have ever done. (keep in mind these are staggered by one week, so this post is for last Sunday’s prep) I was still feeling not-too-great, so I planned for quick prep meals and the bare minimum of active cooking. I also forgot to photograph the salads and the picture of the main prep isn’t my prettiest picture by far ๐Ÿ™ All that being said, I am really glad I still did my prep! I started feeling better on Monday and was back up and active by Tuesday and I’m so glad that I didn’t have to worry about the cooking then! All the food I did make was really tasty too, so at least there is that!

So with all that being said, enjoy this week’s prep! I even have a couple recipes that I don’t think I’ve shared on the blog before, so make sure to check them out below!

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links I love 6/24/16

Happy Friday everyone! Did you have a fantastic week? Any exciting plans for the weekend? I know that I had a MUCH better week this week than last week…not being sick can do that ๐Ÿ™‚ After spending 4 days pretty much sleeping and laying around, it feels so good to be up and active again! Plus I have been getting a bunch of things sorted out here for the blog and for the upcoming Etsy store (we are talking in the next week or so people! Just finishing up the last few details.) so I am pretty happy overall. And right now, I’m happy to be sharing the links I love this week with you!

Enjoy!

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My favorite pic of the week! I am so in love with how this new pendant turned out!

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DIY coffee rack

We all love to make our homes our own. To display the things that we love and create spaces that welcome us. That can be done a lot of different ways…thrift store shopping, antiquing, DIY, just regular shopping and more! And I would guess many of us like to do a mix of all of those. I know I do! For this project I decided to go the DIY route ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s no secret that I love DIY decor. What you may not know about me is that I absolutely LOVE coffee! So when I realized I could make a space that combined those loves, I was all for it!
Our kitchen is one of the last rooms in the house that hasn’t really been remodeled. A few changes here and there, most of which were caused by changes in another room, but not an actual remodel. And well…my kitchen is not the prettiest kitchen ever! It’s stuck sometime from the 60s or 70s, with some of the weirdest woodย panelingย I have ever seen, no windows and dark cabinets. But we have made a few positive changes to it so far and one of them (recessing the refrigerator) opened up a space that I could play with!
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Super easy to make and gorgeous to look at, this DIY coffee rack is one of my favorite DIYs so far!

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sunday meal prep 6/19/16

Having a good weekend? I did, though I’ve not been feeling the best the last couple days to be honest. I am starting to feel better now though, so hopefully things will be back to normal this coming week!

Now on to the meal prep ๐Ÿ™‚ One thing I really like about this week’s meal prep: it’s short! Ok….it’s not 2 hours or anything, but it didn’t take too much time, made a lot of food and tasted wonderful! And I still had time for an hour bike ride with Draz and made a new pendant (guys, it’s super pretty!). And if you aren’t as treat-obsessed as I am, this meal prep would only take 2-3 hours. But I am treat obsessed, so it took longer than that ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy!

Meal prep: Eat healthy, delicious food all week long and spend less time in the kitchen!

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links I love 6/17/16

Happy Friday everyone! I know that this week has been tough on all of us, especially those in the US. I do hope that, even with the tragedy in Orlando, that your week went well. Mine did for the most part.

I actually do want to touch on the subject of Orlando for a moment. I’ve thought about writing a post talking about how I’m feeling, but I’m honestly having a hard time putting it into words. When I found out, I just sat in my living room and cried. And this week has been a roller-coaster of emotions since. I don’t know that I can really say my thoughts and feelings on this very well…I have a hard time understanding how hate like that can exist (even though I know it does). I have friends who have been effected by this far more than I have, and I almost feel like I don’t have the right to talk about how I feel because it doesn’t directly effect me like it does them.

So I’m just going to say this: My heart goes out to those in Orlando, to those around the world who live with this fear and with the danger of violence daily. I’m thankful that none of my friends or family where there that night and saddened for those who can’t say the same. And I am heartened by the outpouring of compassion and love I have seen in the wake of this massacre. There is good and hope and light out there in the darkness.

Ok, now let’s move on to some lighter things. I don’t want to make this post sad, or about my personal feelings, but I felt the need to talk about it a bit. But now, we can go on to the whole reason for this post: The links I loved this week! There aren’t as many as normal, but I think I found some pretty great ones ๐Ÿ™‚

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2016 goals check-in

Can you believe it’s halfway through June already!? I know I can’t. This year seems to be flying by! And with that realization, I want to do something I think it really important to goal setting. I want to do a check in on my goals for 2016. ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe it will inspire you to do the same?!

A lot of annual goals are set and then forgotten. To achieve them, it really is important to check in on them throughout the year and see how you are doing. It can be really easy after a few months to forget what you even set as your goals!

So here is how I’m doing on mine!

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sunday meal prep 6/12/16

Hey all! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I know I did! The week in general went pretty great, which was in large part due to being back on my workout schedule ๐Ÿ™‚ I knew I had missed it, but I didn’t realize just how much. It felt great to be pushing my body more again! Another great part of this week was this meal prep. I loved trying (and creating) some new recipes, plus a throwback to one of my favorite jar salads to mix things up even more!

How you can use meal prep to eat healthy, tasty food all week, no matter how busy you are!
Enjoy!

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links I love 6/10/16

It’s Friday!! *dances around a bit like crazy* Ok, now that’s out of my system ๐Ÿ™‚ Guys! I am so happy to say that this week went SO much better than last week! Whatever funk was going on that set me into a weird space, it’s over for now. I’m back on doing a little bit more intense workouts, back to creating, just back in general. Maybe I just needed a break, but whatever it was, I’m glad it’s done with. Did you have a great week?! I hope so ๐Ÿ™‚

Another thing that got done this week other than my workouts is both pups went to the vet for a checkup and their shots! Crystal did better than Achilles, since he is a big baby…He actually got stuck hiding under a chair in the waiting area! He tried to stand up while under it and well…he is taller than the chair, so suddenly it was on top of him! Freaked him out a bit, but he’s ok. And he did well for the rest of the visit!

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Aren’t they just too cute!

I also found a lot of great articles this week, including a few from new-to-me blogs! Enjoy!Read More

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