4 Reasons You Should Give Handmade Gifts This Holiday Season

4 Reasons You Should Give Handmade Gifts This Holiday Season

I hope you’re recovering from your sugar rush (or maybe from something a little stronger than sugar 😉 ) from Halloween because IT’S NOVEMBER, which means IT’S THE HOLIDAYS! This is my favorite time of the year by far.

About a week before Halloween through New Year’s Day is filled with friends, family, food, magic, love, and so many moments of happiness. It’s truly magical. I love spending time with everyone, and I especially love giving gifts. Finding the perfect gift takes time and careful thought, and I love watching people unwrap their gifts. Continue reading “4 Reasons You Should Give Handmade Gifts This Holiday Season”

10 Songs to Make You Feel Like a Bad Ass In the Gym

10 Songs to Make You Feel Like a Bad Ass In the Gym

I don’t know about you, but I need some good music (and some good pre-workout) to get me through a session at the gym. When I forget my headphones, it’s seriously the worst.

Over the past several years I’ve created a go-to list of music, and it’s changed a lot. In fact, I have 49 playlists in Spotify because I have so many different moods, even different gym moods. I listen to all of them. Haha.

My recent go-to music is a pretty wide range of styles from rap and hip-hop to Disney and country, I have some bi-polar gym sessions. If you need a fresh set of tunes to get you through your HIIT session or through a heavy lifting set, try these out. Continue reading “10 Songs to Make You Feel Like a Bad Ass In the Gym”

I Spent the Summer Doing Yoga, and This is What Happened

I Spent the Summer Doing Yoga, and This is What Happened

I’ve always dabbled around with yoga, but earlier this year I decided I would make yoga a part of my fitness routine. I was in such a slump (and some days I still am!), but yoga felt like a good fit. To me, a yogi is strong, courageous, and a little more in-tune with themselves. I wanted to be those things. Continue reading “I Spent the Summer Doing Yoga, and This is What Happened”

Crochet Hugs Booties – Darn Good Yarn Box

Crochet Hugs Booties – Darn Good Yarn Box

Last month’s Darn Good Yarn box came, and I was excited to find out what June’s pattern would be. I had only experienced one box so far, which made the cutest hanging planters, so I knew it wouldn’t be something boring.

When my box came, I opened it and found beautiful blueish green yarn and…butterflies? I was so confused! It turns out they were magnets and were June’s surprise gift. I was pretty excited about that because now I get to find places to put them in our apartment!

Now onto the pattern… Continue reading “Crochet Hugs Booties – Darn Good Yarn Box”

American Flag Themed Egg Collecting Apron

American Flag Themed Egg Collecting Apron

I am so excited to share my latest egg collecting apron with everyone! The inspiration for this apron came from a post my friend, Made by Molly, tagged me in on Facebook of a red, white, and blue beach bag. With it being Independence Day, I knew I had to find a way to make a patriotic version of an apron. And you know what…the apron pattern is PERFECT for an American flag!

I giggled with excitement every time I worked on it. All 15+ hours. Continue reading “American Flag Themed Egg Collecting Apron”

REVIEW: Darn Good Yarn Subscription Box – May 2017

REVIEW: Darn Good Yarn Subscription Box – May 2017

I love subscription boxes. They’re so fun and so many of them give you a taste of certain products or foods. I have a whole list of makeup and beauty products from my ipsy subscription that I plan to buy at some point (I have to get through my samples first!).

A few months ago when I discovered the Darn Good Yarn subscription box, I immediately signed up. A yarn subscription box!? How have I never even thought to seek one out before!? And for $10 + shipping, how could I say no?

Here’s what you get. Continue reading “REVIEW: Darn Good Yarn Subscription Box – May 2017”

REVIEW: Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue Mascara

REVIEW: Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue Mascara

I finally received another Influenster box!

For the last few weeks I’ve been trying Maybelline’s #GreatLashBlue mascara. I was a little nervous because it’s BLUE. Then I got really excited to try it because it’s BLUE.

I don’t wear a ton of makeup consistently. I’m straight up too lazy most days. I stare at a computer and go straight to the gym most days anyways. Not a good equation for wasting some quality goods, huh? Continue reading “REVIEW: Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue Mascara”

Five Crochet Patterns for Beginners

Five Crochet Patterns for Beginners

As a crochet beginner, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of crochet patterns out there. THERE ARE SO MANY. Luckily we can narrow it down by what we actually know how to do, right? 🙂 But even then, let’s say you’ve master single and double crochets, and now you want to try out a pattern with one or both of those stitches. There are still so many to choose from!

I’ve been crocheting since about 2012. My first project was an infinity scarf, and my mom didn’t give me a pattern. I just double crocheted around and around. Pretty easy, but after that I was hungry for more!

The patterns below are some of my favorite crochet patterns for beginners, and the instructions are so easy to follow! That was a huge thing for me. If the pattern wasn’t easy to read, I was moving on. All About Ami is one of my favorites, so I would highly suggest taking a peek around her site for some inspiration! Continue reading “Five Crochet Patterns for Beginners”

2017 Goals Check In

2017 Goals Check In

Hello! Long time, no talk. 😊

I can’t believe it’s already the end of March. It’s been a busy, but also kind of lazy, couple of months. Work-wise, super busy. Everything else, not super busy. To be honest, I feel like I’ve taken a step back in certain areas. Maybe deep down I need it, or maybe my laziness is making an appearance and won’t go away.

Because I’ve been feeling a little disconnected with the things that I love to do, I started thinking about my goals from the beginning of the year and where I am with those (UGH). I realized I haven’t made huge strides, but instead of giving up like a lot of people might do, I’m revisiting them!

Now, I don’t want to “go easy” on myself to make the goals easier to achieve. No way Jose. Instead, I’m going to reevaluate what I need to do in the next 9 months to reach them.

Let’s take a look! Continue reading “2017 Goals Check In”