Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
This past year, I went with "Present" as my word for 2016. While there is still room for improvement, I think I did pretty well. In April, I identified my phone as a major distractor and worked to stay present. I'm often in my own head, thinking of other things so this was quite a goal for me.
This year, my word is "Release". I'm going to work to release the pain and anger around my parent's health and death. I'm gong to work to release stuff from my home. I'm going to release the negative from my life. Release!
In 2015, I worked hard to get my Sh*t Together and 2016 was a continuation on that theme. I am in a much better place now than I was at the start of 2015. Our country is not but I am. I lost almost 20 pounds this year, read 60 books, got super fit, improved my photography, traveled a lot and wrote a bunch. I plan to do a recap of this year later.
This year, I'm focusing on 10 solid goals, two of which are repeats.
1. Workout 217 times in 2017. This works out to 4.5 times a week which is totally do-able!
2. Participate in the Year of Creativity - I signed up for the Year of Creativity with Coffee + Crumbs where we'll have writing assignments based on monthly themes. I've also decided that I'll do a photo essay based on the monthly themes.
3. Shoot one roll of film a month.
4. Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I - This is a goal that I've been working on for almost 10 years. This is the year that I WILL COMPLETE THIS GOAL! (this is a repeat from last year)
5. Finish my Miter Square Blanket. I started this blanket in 2007 and it's almost 10 years later! I can't wait to lie under the cozy-ness of this blanket so I'll be finishing this up in 2017!
6. Read 52 books. I read 60 books this year so this might not be a hard goal to accomplish.
7. Finish up various House Projects - I have a few lingering house projects that I want to get done. I'll be painting the bathroom and kitchen. I really need to paint the back deck and finish up the basement re-do.
8. Catch up on my yearly photo books of the girls. Sadly I've only done one for Molly's 1st year so I have a lot of catching up to do. (this is a repeat from last year)
9. Become more politically active and work to be the change in my community.
10. Learn how to make a really good stock.
Bonus Goal: Grow two new crops in my garden and add some chickens to my flock.
Bonus Goal: Grow two new crops in my garden and add some chickens to my flock.
Labels: 2017 Goals
Friday, December 16, 2016
Friday, December 09, 2016
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Starting on Thursday when you wake up, take a photo every hour (or more) to document your day until you fall asleep that night. You can join the Flickr group and/or tag your photos #adayinthelifephotochallenge on Instagram.
Here are some guidelines (adjust as needed for YOU!)
From the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep...
- Take at least one photo an house (but you can take more!).
- Post your photos to the "A Day in the Life" Photo Challenge Flickr group when you can. Posting your photos throughout the day as you take them is great (so we can see what everyone is doing in real time), but no worries if you cannot post until later.
- Your photos do NOT have to be self-portraits.
- Include the time of the photo either as the title of the photo or in the description. (i.e. 9:45 am Hilarious Hand Holding! My friend and I had to walk really, really close to each other.)
- Use your phone or camera - whatever you want to use to capture your day, however ordinary or extraordinary it may be.
- Have Fun!
Since this is my 1 billionth time doing this challenge and I'll be away from home, I'll be shooting on my DSLR and posting later in the day, possibly all at once at the end of the day. I've set up a new album on my Flickr photostream for December 8th challenge which you can follow here: A Day in the Life 12.8.16. Can't wait to see your photos and your day on Thursday!
Labels: Day in the Life
Monday, December 05, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Donate Books to Prisons I know where my read books are going!
Fake a photo of Santa! So much fun!
Monday, November 28, 2016
The Holidays are in full swing and that means celebrations, parties and gatherings. I love putting together a quick cheese plate for my guests and have even found it to be a great appetizer to bring along to parties. I especially love using Stella cheeses in my platters as their selection is superb and delicious!
A good cheese plate can be a conversation starter and a fantastic centerpiece. It may look complicated but a winning cheese plate can be simple to put together if you follow a few guidelines.
1. Mix up your cheese textures - have a soft, semi-firm and hard/aged cheese - to provide a wide selection. Stella cheeses are available in many different varieties and textures to match any celebration.
2. Have different types of cheese - cow, goat, cheese. I always include Stella Parmesan Cheese in my cheese plates. It's got a great flavor.
3. Go nuts with nuts, fresh fruit, olives, dried fruit and jam.
4. Offer 2 or three different crackers.
5. Give your plate 30 minutes at room temperature before serving to your guests.
Cheese Lovers Rejoice! Stella Cheese is hosting a contest to win a trip to Napa Valley - 'Enter Here To Win A Trip To Napa Valley With Stella Cheese'
Looking for more great and easy recipes? Check out the Stella Cheese website!
Saturday, November 26, 2016
For the past few years, I've created an Advent Calendar full of activities for the girls. This year is no exception and I'm really excited about what I've put together this year. May the girls cry when they meet Santa, squeal with excitement at the Gingerbread Houses and end the season with delightful memories of the Advent Season.
Sunday, November 27- Attend the Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker
Monday, November 28- Visit Swansons Nursery to see the Reindeer
Tuesday, November 29- Make a Paper Garland for the Tree
Wednesday, November 30- Drop off Socks at the WeCount Box of Sox
Thursday, December 1- Decorate for Christmas
Friday, December 2- Visit the Sheraton Gingerbread Village
Saturday, December 3- Visit Santa Claus at University Village
Sunday, December 4 - Make Christmas Cards for the Preschool Teachers
Monday, December 5- Visit Lahaina’s famous banyan tree wrapped in Christmas lights
Tuesday, December 6- Go Whale Watching
Wednesday, December 7- Go to a Luau
Thursday, December 8- Sing Christmas Carols on the Beach
Friday, December 9- Collect Sand and flowers to make Hawaii Ornaments
Saturday, December 10- Celebrate Grandpa’s Birthday by floating candles in the ocean
Sunday, December 11- Listen to a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas
Monday, December 12- Make Paper Bag Reindeers and Eat Reindeer Poop (Chocolate)
Tuesday, December 13- Make Christmas Treats for the neighbors
Wednesday, December 14- Collect Gifts for a Giving Tree
Thursday, December 15- Walk Olympic Manor and check out the Christmas Lights
Friday, December 16- Visit Snowflake Lane in Bellevue
Saturday, December 17- Watch the Christmas Ships at Carkeek Park
Sunday, December 18 - Drive Candy Cane Lane to look at Christmas lights
Monday, December 19 - Celebrate Mommy’s Birthday and take pictures of the Christmas Tree Lights
Tuesday, December 20 - Make Christmas Cards for Grandparents
Wednesday, December 21 - Celebrate Maggie’s Birthday!
Thursday, December 22 - Watch a Christmas Movie and eat Popcorn
Friday, December 23 - Buy Christmas Cookies for Santa at Larsen's Bakery
Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Church Service
Labels: Advent Fun 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Give Big with Pure Gratitude PureBarre is hosting a day of Gratitude on Nov. 20th! Join in!
Barre3 Bring 3 Cans of Food for a free class between Nov. 17 and Nov. 24th
Get Involved! Reach out to Your Representatives! @karawrite has put together this great google doc with information on what to say when you call your representatives whether you want to thank them or ask for a call to action. Democracy is about getting involved and this election season has really awoken me to the importance of doing just that. I've always emailed my reps but not enough. I'm making this a priority in 2017.
13 Children's Books that Encourage Kindness Adding these to our library! STAT!
Don't Let 2016 End Without Reading These Books Must READ FASTER!
How Your Family Can Give Back this Thanksgiving I love all these suggestions!
Monday, November 14, 2016
A few days ago, a long anticipated app, Filmborn was launched. I was so excited about it that I wrote an article on it for Seattle Refined and decided to do my 10 on 10 in November using only the Filmborn app. It helped make a depressing day, much more fun.
Labels: 10 on 10
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Exercise was great these past two weeks. I ended my Transformation program with a lost of almost 7 lbs and a 1 1/2 inch loss from my bust and waist along with a 2 inch loss from my hips. I kept up my 3 day a week boot camp sessions and pushed myself to lift higher weights.
I also attempted a cycling class after a month off for my hip bursitis. I've pretty much graduated from PT for it and wanted to see where I am. I left early but only 10 minutes early. My hip is sore today but otherwise I'm good. I think I'm almost back in the game with much stronger hip muscles.
I took Molly to Family Boot Camp at my gym where she said she wasn't going to participate but then ended up having so much fun.
Since my Transformation program has ended, I've been indulging a bit more which needs to be nipped in the bud. I did discover that the Magnolia Metropolitan Market has some awesome sushi and a poke bar. I may have gone there twice this week for lunch.
I also received the largest head of cabbage I've ever seen from Full Circle Farms last week. I am preserving some kraut with it and making so many meals of cabbage slaw.
I participated in a filming last week and had the opportunity to try Heritage Distillery Brown Sugar Bourbon. It was delicious!
Our big news with the girls this week is that Maggie has potty trained. After talking with her preschool teachers, we decided to do the three day plan and she did awesome! She's had a few accidents but is really doing great!
I also took our family portraits this past weekend and while we got a great shot (which I will reveal later), it was so hard! Next time I attempt this, I'm going to ask someone to come and stand behind the camera tripod to engage the kids.
Other Goings On
At the end of my Transformation program, I was giving an awesome book, "You are a Badass" and I can not wait to dig into it. I just need to finish my parenting book club book and then I'm going to learn how to be a better bad ass!
Labels: week in review
Friday, November 11, 2016
Dear Molly and Maggie,
We held elections this week and it was disappointing to say the least. I had really hoped that our nation would have elected in our very first female president. Instead we did not. I've been crying all week, trying to make sense of it all. I want to raise you two to be strong women, women who get things done, women who are respected for their work. Our current culture means this will be an uphill fight but you see, your Mom is a strong woman who gets things done and doesn't let adversity get in her way.
Because I have few words at this time, I'll end this note with Hillary Clinton's words in her concession speech. Believe these, my girls.
"and to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams."
Friday, November 04, 2016
Tuesday, November 01, 2016