A dose of healthy inspiration

Today couldn’t be a better day to feel inspired and motivated to get in shape. I signed up a while ago to be a blogger at the Daily Hiit blog and I just got all of my login information. This makes me an official blogger at The DailyHiit! I guess this means I should really step up my workout game, eh?

While I do try to practice yoga daily, I have a hard time completing any workouts. I’ve done a few resistance band and kettle bell workouts, but I haven’t exactly been keeping up with it. I found a lot of workouts that I could do on this website, and some good recipes, too. I love any fitness site that also includes recipes. As we all know, this girl can eat!

I feel like this is the perfect way to get inspired and start back on the right track.

I just signed up for the Beginner Challenge from the Daily Hiit to get me started in the right direction so we will see how that goes! I’m thinking it’s time to start a 365 days of fitness challenge now and hopefully I won’t lose too many friends on Instagram and Twitter!

So now that I have rediscovered my love for the Daily Hiit, it’s time to find a new clean-eating website, too. Don’t get me wrong. The Gracious Pantry will continue being my go-to clean eating site, but there’s always room for more healthy recipes!

Here’s a good resource on what’s viewed as clean eating and what’s not. It’s pretty simple. All the good, whole food is clean. But anything that has been chemically treated, had sugars added to it or just simply has no nutritional value at all, is not so clean.

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Image belongs to CARE New England

And here’s my new clean eating and fitness site that I found on Pinterest: Whole Foods New Body, she has a lot of good recipes, including a meatloaf that I think even my boyfriend will like. Which is always a score for me! I like these mommy fitness sites because they are geared towards moms, who have little time to work out.

Sure, I love having my baby rolling around me every chance I get, but let me tell you, when you’re trying to do a plank and she’s getting in your way every time you try to lay down, it can get challenging. I need workouts that I can do while she’s napping and, you know, after the house is cleaned, laundry is folded and put away, and all of my homework and work are done.

If you have any clean eating and fitness inspiration that you would like to share, feel free to do so in the comments or share on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #sofreshsoclean. You can also check out my Pinterest more fitness and clean inspiration.

Hoping to hit up Trader Joe’s this weekend for some goodies!

This week at the weekly treat

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Usually when I do a weekly treat post, I have an ingredient in mind. But after the day I had today, I had no inspiration left in me. So I did what any normal person would do when they were at a loss, I went on Pinterest. And there I found the source of this week’s inspiration: lemon and blueberry.

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Lemon Blueberry Streusel Muffins from the mommy games

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Image belongs to Epicurean Mom

Lemon blueberry cheesecake bars from Epicurean Mom

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Lemon frozen yogurt with blueberry swirl from fancyfoodfancy

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Lemon Blueberry Pie Cupcakes from Beyond Frosting

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Clean Lemon Blueberry Scones from Sincerely, Kinsey

If you love baking or are just getting into it, check out our Weekly Treat group for some recipe inspiration. Share your lemon and blueberry treats in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #lemonblueberry You can find more of my lemon blueberry inspiration on Pinterest!

 

Momma’s garden project

Sadly, a lot has changed since I last wrote about my garden, and it’s rather depressing. My potatoes didn’t last in the ground, and they did not make it through the transplant into my pots. After I planted those dang things, I read up on them a bit (yes, I know it’s better to read before planting, but obviously I don’t roll like that) and learned that they are actually very tender plants and need some TLC to correctly grow.

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So, I’m hoping that the next time I try to plant them, they will actually survive, now that I know what I need to do. My tomatoes are going good but the sun pretty much destroyed a huge chunk of the plants. I was able to get rid of a lot of the burnt parts, and now they’re growing better. We have been lucky enough to pick tomatoes whenever we need them, so I shouldn’t complain.

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And I had to get rid of my broccoli because the sun also destroyed that plant to the point of no return, and I realized that I never really use broccoli in my cooking. Maybe for a stir-fry or something, but I could definitely do without it.

The only plants that have lasted through this heat without too much maintenance are all of the peppers. We literally just pick the peppers when we use them, and they have lasted for a long time. Thinking of making some good salsa and hot sauce! Every time family members come over, I usually send them off with some peppers. Even if they don’t like them.

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My basil also made a surprising comeback, and is flourishing out of control right now. Hooray for pesto upon pesto upon pesto! I’ve also been able to use it for a bunch of other dishes, so I’m really happy it’s growing so well, cause it ain’t cheap. And the compost is doing it’s thing and, you know, composting.

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This week seemed to mesh really well with the last prompt on the Grow Write Guild, which is: This Plant is Driving Me Nuts. The potatoes were definitely driving me nuts, and sometimes the tomatoes can make me frustrated! I did what I could with the potatoes, but luckily I was able to resurrect what was left of the tomatoes and they are still harvesting.

I just have to keep reminding myself that this is my first time with a garden that houses more than just herbs, so I need to cut myself a little slack. But just a little. I’m excited to move these plants out when they’re done and try this shtick all over again.

Fridays are for Favorites

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When I grow up, I want an art studio. And I want it in my gigantic garden that is bustling over and over with plants and flowers everywhere. I know that my dream will have to wait a while, at least until we have our own place, and until I have a backyard big enough to hold all of dreams.

Luckily, I have some time to plan for my most perfect garden shed art studio! I already know that it will have to be big enough to be a potting shed as well as an art studio and I will probably have to house all of Cecilia’s toys in there as well since we’ll be spending a lot of time in there.

I searched both Pinterest and Google to look for some inspiration, and sadly, I was only able to find two art sheds that really revved my engine, but all of the inspiration I gained from them is enough!

First off, we have this amazing garden shed art studio from Rob Mason Art:

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Image belongs to Rob Mason Art

Image belongs to Rob Mason Art

Image belongs to Rob Mason Art

Ok, so I might be aiming a little too high with this one. Obviously, he has some property and this is technically just a little larger than a garden (read: a lot larger) but it is packed full of inspiration and I could definitely do a smaller scale of this version.

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Image belongs to Rob Mason Art

This next shed is definitely more up my alley as far as size and location, and it is so gorgeous! This shed was featured on Offbeat Home and Life, a website dedicated to interesting living spaces, and one of my newfound favorite sites. I love the colors, the outside seating, and all of the decor. Everything is perfect.

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This beautiful shed belongs to Victoria from found and sewn, who makes new items out of vintage fabric and lace that she finds at flea markets, or wherever she happens upon them. Her Etsy shop is as beautiful as her quaint garden shed. No joke.

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Image belongs to Victoria Borondo

Image belongs to Victoria Borondo

(you can see her items hanging up on the wall, ready for their new homes)

 I hope these mini-tours were as inspirational to you as they were to me. If you know of any garden shed art studios, or if you are lucky enough to have your own, please share! You can post in the comments or share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #gardenartstudio. Check out more of my garden shed art studio inspiration on Pinterest!

Thrifty Thursdays

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Wallets! I love wallets. They can literally hold your entire life in just one pouch, which might be why they can be so dang expensive when you need a new one! I’ve been using my grandma’s old wallet for a long time, but I think it’s more intended for people who have money, and cards to use. And frankly, I don’t have any of that!

So, I was looking into getting something a little smaller that doesn’t take a whole lot of space. And since my daughter’s diaper backpack is doing double-duty as my purse, I want to be able to hold all my stuff in one pocket if need be. So, I looked up how to make your own wallet, and there are some pretty cool ideas out there!

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Image belongs to Imagine Fabric

How to Sew a Wristlet, by Imagine Fabric: Appropriately named, Imagine Fabric is an online fabric store that also offers tutorials on how to make items by hand. This wristlet tutorial is very detailed, and has pictures for every step, which I love and need. And their fabric is super cute too! Both are worth checking out.

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Image belongs to Noodlehead

Zippy Wallet Tutorial from Noodlehead: I found this cool tutorial from another awesome site, How About Orange, which I found on Pinterest. Did I mention how much I love Pinterest? This is another detailed tutorial, with pictures for each step. You have no idea how many tutorials I come across with no pictures. I NEED PICTURES! She also has tutorials for diaper pouches and other fun stuff, it’s totally cute.

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Patchwork-y Bifold Wallet Tutorial from All wrapped up: Mel, who runs this blog, lives in Melbourne, Australia and is a fourth year medical student! Maybe that’s why her tutorial was so detailed and awesome! She has a lot of different craft tutorials on her blog, and she also has an account at Cut Out & Keep, another awesome resource if you haven’t checked it out yet.

I hope you have enjoyed these wallet tutorials and that you check out all of the blogs I linked. They are definitely worth it. I can already see my mom cringing at the thought of having to do another project that I get frustrated at and give up. But  hopefully that won’t happen…again! I’m working at clearing out the craft side of the room so it can be more reserved for my daughter and less for crafts! So hopefully I’ll be posting some new projects soon. Hopefully.

Please feel free to share any DIY wallet ideas in the comments here or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #diywallet. And check out my Pinterest for more DIY wallet tutorials!

So fresh and so clean

Current weight: 153

Monthly goals: No fast food/ Yoga + Workout daily

So, I’ve decided that instead of calculating and sharing my weight every week, I’m going to do it monthly. In between my monthly check-in’s, I’ll share some food and exercises that I find inspiring and hopefully even profile some inspiring people who have made huge lifestyle changes for the better.

So, to start things off, let’s talk about my most favorite thing ever. FOOD! Yesterday, I wrote about some awesome grapefruit treats that I found. And one of them was grapefruit brulee, which might actually become my new favorite treat. Super easy to do, minimal ingredients, and so very good.

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Feeling inspired (and too tired to make anything strenuous) this morning, I decided to try out this grapefruit brulee, and it was seriously everything I could ask for. The grapefruit was soft and warm and the cinnamon melted so perfectly into every little bite that the grapefruit tasted more sweet and any remnants of bitterness was gone.

IMG_4954And, now for the exercise part, of course. I am still continuing with my 365 days of yoga challenge and I have seen a huge change in how much easier it is for me to do all of the poses now. I also don’t feel as stressed out as I used to and I don’t have as much pain anymore. Of course, I take a couple days off here and there, and I can feel it every time I do. Last week, I injured my knee at my brother’s wedding (long story) so now I’m rockin a knee brace, but I still stick to my practice as much as I can.

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I have to say, my favorite yoga inspiration, by far, has been Erin Motz with Do You Yoga. She’s just so easygoing, and her practices aren’t long at all, which fits in perfectly with my lifestyle. She has really inspired me to look into becoming a trainer, after I get a few more hours under my belt, of course.

And for some more workout inspiration, I found this awesome exercise online.

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Image belongs to Women’s Health

This kettlebell workout from Women’s Health doesn’t look like it would be that hard, but man did it make me sweat! This is perfect to do while your little one is crawling around, or something quick while he/she is napping. I would not suggest using your baby as a kettlebell though. That could end badly.

Please share any “clean living” and/or exercise inspirations! Post them in the comments or share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #sofreshsoclean. You can also check out my Pinterest for more clean and fit inspiration.

This week at the Weekly Treat

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A couple weeks ago, I bought a huge bag of grapefruit at the store, assured that I would eat every last one of them. When I got them, they weren’t that ripe. I figured I would give them some time and by the time I checked them again, they were nearing their expiration date.

Not wanting to lose my grapefruits, I thought I would find a couple of treats I could make with them. And here they are!

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Grapefruit scones from Arctic Garden Studio

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Grapefruit Sorbet from Squirrel Bread

Perfect for this friggin heat!

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Pink grapefruit cupcakes by Completely Delicious

The name serves the blog well. These look completely delicious. Definitely trying this recipe

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Grapefruit brulee from Eat and Relish

This makes me feel fancy just looking at it

If you want to add to our weekly treat group, find us on Facebook. Share your favorite avocado treat recipe in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #grapefruitreats. You can find more of my avocado inspiration on Pinterest.

This week at the weekly treat

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Anyone who knows me knows my insane love for avocado. I’ve gone through the avocado on toast for every meal phase at various points of my life, and when times have gotten rough, I’ve been known to eat avocado with a fork and some black pepper. That being said, I still have yet to use it in any of my baking recipes. Silly, I know.

Here are some amazing looking treat recipes that use the beloved avocado:

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Avocado Cupcakes from Will Cook for Smiles – This is actually the picture that inspired this week’s treat. I love just about anything that comes in the form of a cupcake, and I love avocado more than cupcakes. So to me, this is the perfect pairing. I think the only problem I’ll have is the ability to keep an avocado long enough to bake with it.

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Image belongs with A Dash of Compassion

Gluten-free chocolate avocado cupcakes from A Dash of Compassion – I love myself a good vegan recipe. But sometimes, there are a bunch of ingredients that I’m starting to believe don’t actually exist, and it gets both exhausting and obnoxious. Luckily, this recipe has none of that. Now, I’m not a big fan of gluten free flour, so I’ll stick to my whole wheat flour for this recipe. But if you do enjoy the gluten free way of life, you can definitely follow the recipe for the flour at the bottom.

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Avocado Ice Cream from Some the Wiser – When I was pregnant last year, I was ADDICTED to frozen yogurt. It was insane. Whenever we passed by somewhere that had frozen yogurt – we had to stop. And when frozen yogurt wasn’t around, I happily settled for ice cream. My obsession got so deep that I bought an ice cream maker. Only thing is, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t work. So, once I get this whole frozen yogurt/ ice cream making thing under my belt, I’m making this. And then gaining a subsequent 20 lbs.

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homemade avocado nutella from the lone home ranger – I love chocolate so much, I would put it on everything if I could. Now, it can’t be that stinky ol milk chocolate, I will have none of that. Only dark chocolate for me. I can’t wait to make this spread and put it on my toast in the morning. Maybe I could use this spread and then top it with even more avocado? Hmm….

If you want to add to our weekly treat group, find us on Facebook. Share your favorite avocado treat recipe in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #avocadotreats. You can find more of my avocado inspiration on Pinterest.

Now go get some avocados! STAT!

Fridays are for Favorites

fridays are for favorites

I’ve always been one to be a little late to jump on the bandwagon. And my newest obsession is no different. ARROWS! Oh, I love them so much. When I searched for them on Pinterest, I realized that again…I was late. It seems like everyone on the interwebs is also loving this neat design. Whether they’re on jewelry, clothing, skin, or a digital design, arrows are everywhere right now. And while I might be late to this party, I’m totally staying for a while. Here are some of my favorite arrow things…

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Arrows & Stars seamless pattern from Shh! Maker Design – Ah, seamless patterns. I can’t wait until I finally feel comfortable making something like that. Amanda Shoemaker, who owns this Etsy store, has loads of cute designs for good prices. These 12 seamless patterns are going for $7 right now. And you can use them for both digital and print. I also liked her vintage flower designs so I’ll be checking out that shop more.

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Fitted crib sheet from Ivie Baby – As a new mom on a budget (and I mean, a big budget), it made me gasp a little to see that these sheets were $55. But then I thought about it, and they’re made by hand. Can’t say the same for the sheets I got from Babies R Us. And we wash our sheets plenty, so we have yet to return to the store to get any more. So, if they are well-maintained, they could last a while. And they’re so very cute! There’s a lot of other cute baby stuff in her store, and all of it is gender-neutral. Even boppy covers!

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Arrows t-shirt by hello apparel: I’ve seen that “hello” logo around a lot lately, but I never knew what it was about. So when I saw this shirt on Pinterest, I followed the link to see if I could learn more. Turns out, hello is an independent outlets for artists to make and sell their merch while on tour, without signing any crazy contracts. Pretty cool, eh? This specific shirt has the “fit, feel and durability of a vintage shirt, in a brand new version.”

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Arrow bangle bracelet from Frosted Willow – As someone who has always dreamed of making jewelry (even though I hardly ever wear it), I look up to anyone who can do it. Katrin, who owns this shop, said that the bracelet is themed after Hunger Games, and even though I’ve never seen Hunger Games, I’m still really attracted to the bracelet. She makes everything by hand and custom orders are available.

Do you have any favorite arrow themed stuff that you want to share? Post in the comments or share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the the hashtag #arrowsisarose and follow more of my arrow inspiration on Pinterest!

Thrifty Thursdays

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I love thrifting. I love the feeling I get when I find something amazing that you just don’t really see anymore. I love getting old clothes and thinking about all of the ways I can transform them into something new (actually doing it is another story) and I love finding out stories behind antiquated items. And I love the word antiquated. But what always creeps me out is old silverware.

I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about eating off something that has been around the block that I don’t like. Sure, I go to restaurants and eat off that silverware, but for some reason…I just can’t bring myself to buy old, beautiful silverware.

Luckily, there is something I can do with all that wonderful silverware. Turn it into jewelry, yo!

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Spoon Ring Tutorial by Through the Front Door: I found this image while perusing the Pinterest. It took a little tracking down, but I was finally able to find the source of this tutorial, Through the Front Door/ Kristen Danielle Design! Hooray! She has a bunch of DIY and craft stuff on her blog, and it’s truly inspiring to look at. This tutorial was found through More Design Please, one of my favorites.

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How to Make a Fork Bracelet by Stars for Streetlights – When I started blogging, and following blogs, this was one of the very first blogs that I followed. I fell in love with it, and then almost completely forgot about it until I saw this tutorial on Pinterest. Thank you, Pinterest, for bringing the love back to me! This post also offers a video tutorial on how to do them, and you can check out her super cute style, to boot.

And as an added little bonus for you, remember those super sweet free e-books I posted about a while back? Well, Tiffany Warble from Cloth Paper Scissors contacted me and wanted me to share two free e-books with y’all!

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Relief and Block Printing Techniques from Cloth Paper Scissors – I never got into relief and block printing, but this looks awesome! I absolutely cannot wait to try it and see what I cool little blocks I can make with these! They would be a perfect addition to Cecilia’s room, and if I get really good at it, I could make some little building blocks for her. Cool!

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Children’s Sewing Patterns from Sew Daily – This free e-book includes four free sewing patterns for kids, and they’re all so very cute! Looks like I have some sewing to practice….

This is totally getting me all jazzed up for crafty day on Saturday! If you have some silverware jewelry to share, please post in the comments or share your photo or link on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #silverwarejewelry. Find more thrifty inspiration on Pinterest page. And happy thrifting!