DIY stands for Do It Yourself - however, it means much more than that to me. It has shown me a simple way to experience happiness in decorating and creating.
Since my husband and I built a new home less than a year ago, I have put a lot of thought into decorating ideas. Unfortunately, it can get pretty expensive to purchase everything you want right away.
Around the same time I was beginning to decorate our home, the Pinterest craze was in full swing. I must admit, I got A LOT of ideas from posts on Pinterest (and still do) but some I came up with on my own as well.
Below, I have shared a few images of DIY projects I have completed. (Keep in mind I am new at this!) I look forward to sharing future projects with you, with step-by-step directions and photos.
What are some of your favorite DIY projects?
One day, a 5 year old asked her big brother, "What is love?"
He replied, "Love is when you steal my chocolate from my school pack everyday and I still keep it in the same place."
In our house, we eat a lot of chicken. Although, that is a healthy choice, it can also get a little boring. So, I went searching for new chicken breast recipes - and I found one I just had to share! Not only did I love it, but so did my husband! Definitely a dish that I will make again and again.
Try it out and let me know what you think!
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
See directions with corresponding photos below...
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2) Combine ingredients (except the chicken) in a bowl
3) Line baking sheet with foil and place chicken breasts on foil
4) Coat each chicken breast in Greek yogurt mixture
5) Bake for 45 minutes
A friend of mine recently moved into a new home. Naturally, I wanted to give her a housewarming gift, but I wanted to be more creative than the classic bottle of wine. (Don't get me wrong, wine is nice too!) I thought it would be nice to do something a little different.
Around the holidays I remember coming across several posts for homemade stove top potpourris, but I didn't want to give my friend a potpourri in February that smelled like Fall or Christmas. After searching, I found a simple recipe that would be perfect for a housewarming gift... Lemon & Rosemary Simmering Potpourri.
1 lemon, sliced
1 large sprig of rosemary
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 cups of water
In a small saucepan add lemon, rosemary, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla extract. Fill with about 1-2 inches of water. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer on low and add water if necessary.
To give this as a gift, I simply put the ingredients in a Ball jar, made a gift tag in Word and printed the tag on thicker paper. Then, I tied the tag to the jar with twine.
Refrigerate until ready to use. You should be able to get a few uses out of it before you need to replace it.
There you have it - a calming scent of lemon, rosemary, and vanilla that simmers on your stove top...and makes a wonderful housewarming gift!
motherthyme.com, Jennifer (Mother Thyme), January 18, 2013
“Don't get so busy making a living
For many of us, with the new year comes new goals. I am no different. A main goal I chose to attack was to have fun while working out. Crazy, right?!
I grew up being an athlete, and I remember how much fun I used to have playing sports and working out with my teammates. After the team sports were over, it was difficult for me to continue activities on my own. Therefore, I decided I wanted to try new workouts that I ENJOYED! (While still trying to burn maximum calories and build strength, of course).
Not only did I enjoy my first Spinning class, I fell in love with it.
Yes, some days my legs dread it and some instructors are better than others, but after each class I walk away dripping of sweat and feeling good about myself. All in all, spinning has become one of my favorite workouts. With a combination of the motivating instructors, the invigorating music, and the feeling of accomplishment I get afterward, I keep going back for more because I ENJOY the benefits of the vigorous workout and the time spent in the class.
If you've been curious, like I was, about trying out a Spinning class here are a few things you should know:
What: Spinning is an exercise that is done on a specific stationary bicycle, called a Spinning bicycle (go figure). Instructors will lead the class by playing music throughout the workout phases. Phases might include: warm-up, sprints, climbs, cool-down, etc.
Who: Anyone can benefit from a Spinning class! Because you are in control of the resistance on the bike, you are in control of your workout.
Where: Spinning classes are usually held in fitness studios or gyms.
What you need: Comfortable workout clothes, a sweat towel, and a water bottle.
Have you tried a Spinning class? If so, what did you think?
iVillage, The Scoop on Spinning, 2010
About.com, Bicycling, By David Fiedler
Photo: lafitness.com, Photo Gallery
I have been thinking about starting my own blog for awhile now, but I could never land on one topic to write about. I finally decided I don't have to write about only one interest of mine, I can write about anything on my mind! That is exactly what I intend to do.
This blog will be used as a way of sharing with others things that help me keep up with (and get through) life. I plan to write and collect posts that feature a variety of topics. Some topics might include: recipes, workouts, DIY projects, marketing ideas, faith, inspirations, and just the plain old hustle and bustle of life.
I expect this to be a learning experience for me to say the least, but my hope is that you can learn a little from my blog too!