Work out 6 days a week, even if I can’t restart BBG yet. -Complete! I am so happy I managed this one. This is still an ongoing goal, but this is a great start. Plus I didn’t even hurt myself!
Continue working on my photography, but with more focus. I would really like to build up my skills and create some stock-style photos for my blog. – I did pretty well with this one, but not great. I was hoping to work on this on a daily basis and didn’t quite manage that. I do think that I have been making progress with my photography skills!
The following photos were not taken by me, but are some of my favorites for this month. Boyfriend is wonderful and helped me get some photos that could be used for profile/general ones of me for the blog and other social media sites. I’m not a big fan of having my photograph taken, but I really like how these turned out!
Continue working out 6 days a week using Kayla Itsines’ guide.
Incorporate the “active” into my active rest day. Do a stretching or yoga session to work on flexibility and decrease stiffness.
Wake up on time to do my workout before work. This has been a pretty irregular thing for me so far, but I know that my day goes so much better when I do this!
Finish at least 3 DIY projects
That’s it for this month’s recap and November’s goals! I’m excited to see what November brings!
How did your goals for October go? Any new goals for November?
Confession time: I love jewelry! Like, seriously love jewelry. It might be a problem….but it’s one I’m okay with. Even more so if it is unique jewelry, and at Grandma’s Attic there is plenty of that!
Grandma’s Attic is a store in Ames, Iowa and has so many awesome offerings including handmade jewelry, belly dancing scarves, incense, jewelry repair and custom pieces! This shop is not a new one for me, but instead an old favorite. I’ve only made jewelry here a couple times, though I’ve shopped here many times. Some of my favorite jewelry is from here! This time was especially fun because I got to introduce one of my friends to the joys of jewelry making!
Salina and I decided to spend a Saturday afternoon in the store exploring the beads and making some new jewelry. It was so much fun!
Narrowing down the choices and deciding what style I wanted to make was so hard! I knew I wanted a necklace, but I went in with no idea of what style/colors to put into that necklace. On the other hand, Salina seemed to know right off she wanted to make a bright, colorful bracelet.
Once we had our beads selected and laid out in the pattern we wanted, it was time to start stringing them!
Once we were done stringing the beads and making sure the fit was what we wanted, Christy would finish off the pieces, adding the clasp and other necessary things to turn it into actual jewelry. And voila! A beautiful piece of jewelry, ready to take home!
Here is how our pieces turned out!
Review of Experience:
This is probably one of my favorite ways to spend some time with a friend! Not only is it fun and relaxing, but you get something unique to take home and wear! Plus I love that unlike going to a movie or something similar, the conversation just flowed all throughout our time at Grandma’s Attic. We had a great time!
Christy is great with both beginners and repeat visitors. Whether someone needs a rundown of how to start, feedback on a design or help when stuck, she’s always there to help!
This is the other great thing about Grandma’s Attic. You pretty much choose the cost. Beads are priced individually and are wide-ranging. You can make something to suit any budget! You saw a few of the beads available above, but here are a few more!
Other Services Offered:
As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of different offerings at this store! In addition to offering the make-your-own-jewelry, Christy does jewelry repairs, custom designs and her own jewelry is there for sale too. In fact, her jewelry is usually the case I head straight for! All of the pieces I have bought over the years are ones she has made herself, but she also carries a large inventory of other jewelry as well. Some of it is antique, others just unique, but all of them are pretty awesome!
Other items for sale include, but in no way are limited to, belly dance scarves, a few wall tapestries, incense, perfume bottles, Egyptian-themed artwork and statuary, along with wooden boxes. There is more, but it would be impossible to list them all!
Have you ever made your own jewelry? Did you go to a store like this one, or make it at home? Do you have any stores like this near you? Let me know what you think!
Hey everyone! Welcome to this week’s meal prep! I’ve been keeping it pretty simple lately, focusing on budget-friendly meals, utilizing items from our freezer and making sure to only cook as much as we can eat in a week.
This week I made a couple new recipes and they turned out great! So without further delay, here is this week’s meal prep! Enjoy!
This week Boyfriend actually made a request, so we are having spaghetti! I’m trying my hand at recipe development, so this sauce is a brand-new recipe. While I have improvised and created sauce recipes before, this was my first attempt at recording it while cooking. As such, it still needs some tweaking…but it turned out great (if a bit thick) and filled with veggie-goodness! (It did make a lot of sauce, but if there is some left over we can freeze it or make some more pasta)
I made Balsamic Brown Butter Asparagus as a side for these. Check out the recipe below!
That’s it for this week! I’m really enjoying trying to create my own recipes, so expect this to be the first of many! Hopefully!
Have any of you tried creating your own recipes from scratch? Any tips for a newbie like me? I would love to hear from you!
You know what amazes me? How out of all of the expenses that we have as adults, one of the only essential ones we have any control over is our grocery budget! We have control over all non-essential costs (or at least most), but when it comes to essential costs like bills, food and gas, we are pretty much out of luck. The grocery budget can make a huge impact on weekly costs…I know it does on ours.
So this week I decided to rejuvenate my efforts to reduce our grocery expenses while still keeping a focus on healthy eating. No easy task! That being said, I think I did a pretty good job this week! I did try a couple things this week I’ve never done before in my attempts to keep our budget lower and still healthy. I made homemade vegetable stock and cooked a dish using chicken drumsticks. I know, neither of these sound particularly adventurous, but I have never cooked either of these before. I have never even cooked chicken with any sort of bone in.
In my re-focusing on budget as well as health, I did some extra research when creating my menu this week. A few of the recipes came from this site and while I was originally unsure about how good recipes coming from a government resource would be, I was pleasantly surprised by how well these turned out! The Barley Jambalaya, Couscous with Peas and Onions and Quick Tuna Casserole all came from free cookbooks on this site. 🙂
So on to this week’s meal prep! Enjoy!
For the Molly’s Chicken, make sure to read the comments section. There are a lot of good ideas in there! As for the Saucy Green Beans, check out the recipe below if you have missed it in previous posts!
These are quite possibly the best smoothies I have ever made and sadly I can’t tell you how to make them. I kinda just threw things in, blended it for a long time (I really need a new blender) and voila! Very Berry Smoothies! I promise, I will try to record the ingredients and amounts next time!
For these, I used vegetable scrapes from previous meal preps that I had frozen with this in mind. I love that I could make all of this stock out of scrapes that would have otherwise just gone in the trash can!
That’s it for this week! What have you been cooking? Do you focus much on budget meals? I would love to hear some of your healthy budget-friendly meals!
Those of you who have been following my journey for the past couple of months know that these last couple months have been rough for me, fitness-wise. Two injuries and a flare-up from a recurring back problem have made it very difficult to do much more than cardio on the treadmill.
But I’m back! Yesterday was Day 1 of Kayla Itsines’ BBG1 and I’m so glad to be back to doing the program! It was definitely rough with my lower activity since I stopped, but I didn’t seem to lose much progress during my down time. I’m a little worried about arm day since I don’t have full mobility or comfort back in my finger yet, but I’m pretty sure it should be fine.
I also decided to participate in a wellness challenge through my work called the ZP Challenge. I am participating in 2 out of the 4 possible categories; fitness and food. This basically is a month-long challenge in which you track how well you do by checking off if you made healthy food choices that day and had more than 30 minutes of exercise. I figured I’m already focusing more on my healthy and wellness, so why not participate?! It definitely has provided that extra level of motivation and I love checking off the box for the day saying I met my goals!
That’s all for this month’s fitness update! Now that I’m back at it I hope that I will have more to say this time next month, including progress photos from my first month doing BBG!
How are you doing on your fitness goals? Find any new tools or programs to help with motivation lately?
I honestly don’t have a huge amount to say for this week. I made a few new recipes, all of which turned out delicious! This week was a week of firsts…First time cooking with mushrooms and first time cooking with pizza dough. I’m a little behind on my skills, huh?
Now on to the meal prep! Make sure to check out the new recipe at the bottom!
That’s it for the week! I’m having a lot of fun trying out new recipes right now. Mixing it up is really making my meal prep so much more enjoyable! Do you do anything to make your meal prep fun or more enjoyable? I love cooking, but hours in the kitchen can get a little monotonous. Trying out new recipes adds some excitement for me!
Do you like making lists? I love making lists. Lists of chores, errands, goals, plans, projects….pretty much anything I can make a list of. But this list was even more fun than all of those others!
I had seen this project a few times on different bloggers sites, but mostly thought “Oh that’s neat. Good for them.” and moved on. But the project stuck in the back of my head, not really gaining ground, but still there. When I was wandering around on the internet last week I stumbled across another blogger’s list and instead of the previous “Oh that’s neat” I thought “That sounds really fun! I should do this. Just think of all the things I could get done!” After that decision, I checked out the website for this project, Day Zero and started working on my list.
Now, I don’t know if I will get everything done on the list. I would love to think so, and I’m certainly going to try, but realistically at least a few things won’t get done. I tried to make the items challenging and/or something I had been putting off doing without choosing items that were completely unreasonable.
With all that being said, enjoy!
101 Things in 1,001 Days
Start Date: October 6, 2015
End Date: July 3, 2018
Get $2000 in Emergency Savings
Take a day trip to a state park I’ve never been to
Complete Kayla Itsines BBG1
Complete Kayla Itsines BBG2
Take a trip to another state (for at least 3 days)
Attend a BBG Meet-up
Start my business
Blog 5 days a week for a month
Take a weekend trip with Mom
Meditate daily for a month
Complete a 365-day photo project
Take a cooking class
Take a metal-working class
Upgrade my camera
Take a photography class
Run a 5K
Attend a blogging conference or workshop
Go to a jazz festival
Make a piece of wood furniture
Complete a pull-up
Do 30 consecutive full push ups
Learn to can vegetables
See a ballet
See an opera
Write a recipe ebook
Have a picnic
Learn to sew
Finish 5 crochet projects
Go to an art museum
Attend the local crochet & knitting group
Learn Japanese to a conversational level
Take a pottery class
Bake a birthday cake
Get dressed up for a special dinner
Go to the Omaha Zoo
Get a massage
Take a ballroom dancing class
Go rock climbing
Take a yoga class
Create a gallery wall
Read a book of poetry
Wear a two-piece swimsuit
Go to a drive-in movie
Bake a pie from scratch
Make a new friend
Find and buy the perfect LBD
Find and buy the perfect shoes to go with the LBD
Complete a coloring book
Learn basic HTML
Wear a skirt or dress every day for a week
Have fresh flowers in the house every week for a month
Have a date night once a month for six months
Learn how to make sushi
Do something special for my 30th birthday
Build a snowman
Wear nothing black for one week
Meet an online friend in person
Save $10 for each task completed
Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
“Re-learn” how to ride a bike
See 2 stage productions
Visit Hindu Temple and Cultural Center
Pick 10 books by unknown (to me) authors and read them
Go to a personal clothing stylist
Do a handstand
Send in a card to PostSecret
Do henna on someone else
Take parents out for a nice dinner
Do yoga outside in a public place
Go ice skating
Go to a local town festival
Plant and maintain a raised garden for one summer
Plant a fall garden
Visit two friends from college
Make a meal entirely from the garden
Learn to play the guitar
Take another bellydance class
Do an outdoor photo-a-month project: Ada Hayden
Go to a poetry reading/event
Write a letter to my college mentor
Go on the Boone Scenic Valley Railroad
Make a healthy pizza from scratch
Go canoeing or kayaking
Find a daytime job
Go to an arts festival
Go to a crafts fair
Attend a holiday service with my parents
Attend a religious service of a religion I’m unfamiliar with
Run a charity race
Donate any clothes I don’t use anymore
Go to a big fireworks show
Declutter and organize basement
Go to hot balloon festival
Take a floral arrangement workshop
Read 100 new-to-me books
Make treats for everyone at work for no reason
Go to 2 cultural festivals
Have you seen this project, maybe even made a list of your own? How did it go? Do you like the idea of a multi-year goals project like this one?
This week has a few really good new recipes, but sadly not quite as good of pictures as I usually try for. With the trip to the ER right after this meal prep got done (check out the beginning of this post if you are confused), I didn’t get the photos taken until about halfway through the week. I’m sure you aren’t surprised to hear that the delay meant a decent amount of the food was mostly gone!
So without further delay, enjoy this week’s meal prep!
I did have a funny incident with this soup! I was separating it into containers, picked up a mason jar filled up for the freezer and it split in half! Soup everywhere! The dogs were pretty happy about that. To say I was a bit startled would be an understatement! I got the mess all cleaned up and got back to cooking, but it just goes to show that not everything goes smoothly each weekend! 🙂
And that’s it for this week! Make sure to check out the recipes below!
To say that this month did not go as planned is a bit of an understatement. That being said, I am not really upset about that either.
I started off the month in good spirits, sure that I would be telling you I had made it 4 weeks through Kayla Itsines’ BBG. This did not even come close to happening! First my back, neck and shoulder locked up. Then, just as I got cleared to restart the program and was all excited about starting the next day, I sliced my finger open. Another ER visit, more stitches, and not being able to put pressure on my finger for at least another week, possibly longer.
I am really pleased that I am still managing to work out some, both on the treadmill and with some BBG workouts (modified when needed). I do hope that I can restart this coming month though!
I can’t say that the above pic is a “fav” but it does represent something that matters to me. I am pretty proud of myself for not giving up or having a mental setback of sorts with this most recent injury. This is the third injury in a row and it honestly feels like my body has turned against me sometimes. But I know I can keep at it, do what workouts I can and I will get back on track! I just have to remember that this is a journey and that will include times where things don’t go as I would like.
And now that I’m done whining about my setbacks 😉 On to the September Favorites!
I did pretty good about my second goal this month, which was to photograph something every day. I did take at least one photo most days!
Work out 6 days a week, even if I can’t restart BBG yet.
Continue working on my photography, but with more focus. I would really like to build up my skills and create some stock-style photos for the blog.
How was your September? Did you reach the goals you set for yourself? Any goals for October?