Weekly Wishes // 68

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Happy Wednesday, folks! I’ve been doing this weekly wishes thing for over a year, apparently. Which is pretty stinkin crazy. Commitment, folks. It’s a lovely time.

I think short term goal setting is a really fun way to check off more menial tasks & feel accomplished, and setting intentions for the week is a great way to keep myself accomplishing what’s important to spend my time on.

Last weeks goals…

1. Start studying a self mastery program I’ve been told is excellent. My friend and I discussed it! But that was all haha

2. Share a new recipe on the blog. I can’t remember if I did. I made one! I was gonna share it over this weekend because I was really busy last week. 

3. Bike 20 more miles on the exercise bike. I did 15 miles, but I have plans to do much more over the next few days.

4. Get another task done for project41. I seriously got a lot more done than I even thought I would.. I should probably write a post about this project haha

5. Spend a few hours on the paintings I’ve recently started. I didnt! Ooooops.

This week’s goals…

1. Spend an hour (at least!) on the commissioned painting I’ve got going. It looks like my weekend might be rather busy, but I need to devote at least an hour to that painting!

2. Do some embroidery. That’s that.

3. Get some exercise every day. Whether it’s yoga, biking, squats, anything!

4. Enjoy time with all the wonderful ladies I have plans with this weekend. My nieces and cousin are coming over for a night this weekend for a girls night sleepover. I’m super excited to have a night to just be goofy and play around. I think I might set up my backdrops so we can do a little photobooth style shoot. Then, the following night, I have an evening planned with one friend I’ve known for twenty years, and another I’ve known for 17. It will be a happy weekend!

What are your goals for the week?

Vanilla Sugar Lip Scrub

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Anybody else feelin’ the winter cold drying your lips out? I use lip balm pretty generously, but my lips still peel in winter. I’ve been trying to exfoliate them in order to not pick at them when they’re peeling, and this scrub seems to help a lot! And it smells (and tastes haha!) delicious.

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Ingredients and supplies

  • 1/4 cup sugar – I used certified vegan raw cane sugar. The finer the granules, the gentler it is on your skin. As you can see, my sugar had larger granules, but I used what I had and just scrubbed gently.
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (more if needed – you might need to adjust depending on the size of your sugar granules)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional, but sure makes this smell amazing)
  • a small jar or container for storing

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Just mix all the ingredients together, it should stick together and not be crumbly, but not be super greasy either. Put mixture into storage container. Use once a week to exfoliate your lips, then wash off, and apply lip balm (my favorite lip balms are from Hurraw! – I have the green tea scent, vanilla chai, vata, and grapefruit).

Happy winter lip care!

Friday Faves

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I’ve currently got some plastic straws like this… But I think these glass straws would be a whole lot better. Except that it’s incredibly likely that I’ll break more than one.

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These are soooooo cute. I want some for a project I’m dreaming up.

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I want some quartz points for a suncatcher idea I’ve been thinking of.

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These are seriously cute!!

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I built a weaving loom last year… And I’ve never used it because I made it wayyyy to huge and too far spaced apart. I supposed I should at least try!

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I love this dress!!! The squirrels are so cute.

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I think something like this would be super cute to make for my nieces!

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This fabric is amazing!!!!

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How stinkin cute is this?!

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Seriously, this is an amazing video!

Happy weekend, folks!

Weekly Wishes // 67

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Happy Wednesday, folks! I’ve been doing this weekly wishes thing for over a year, apparently. Which is pretty stinkin crazy. Commitment, folks. It’s a lovely time.

I think short term goal setting is a really fun way to check off more menial tasks & feel accomplished, and setting intentions for the week is a great way to keep myself accomplishing what’s important to spend my time on.

Last weeks goals…

1. Actually finish an embroidery piece. I got closerrrr… eeeeep.

2. Do yoga. Ummm… I didn’t at all.

3. Bike 20 miles on the exercise bike. I did! I so did!

4. Do something out of the ordinary. I did. I hung out with one of my nieces alllll day one day, including snuggling in a child sized sleeping bag for two hours or so. I started a massive project. I’ll write about it soon! I also went out to dinner with my dad and one of his best friends that I haven’t seen in 4 years. 

This week’s goals…

1. Start studying a self mastery program I’ve been told is excellent. It shall be great!

2. Share a new recipe on the blog. That’s that.

3. Bike 20 more miles on the exercise bike. I did 20 miles last week, I want to do another 20 this week!

4. Get another task done for project41. My cousin and I started a project we’re calling project41. I’ll write more about it soon, but I want to get another piece of it accomplished this weekend.

5. Spend a few hours on the paintings I’ve recently started. I have a commissioned piece I need to spend some time on!

What are your goals for the week?

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There was so much goodness to be found on etsy this week!

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This is great!

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I’ve been wanting to make something like this. I really oughta!

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This is the prettiest moon necklace I’ve ever seen!

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Oh my goodness and this necklace too!

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I’ve been loving linen lately. This apron is adorable. I’d love to use it for gardening.

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This is the prettiest darn magnet. Frida!!

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I love earthy oils – cedarwood and juniper. This blend sounds amazing.

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This series of cards are all friggen awesome.

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Frida Kahlo lavender sachets? Amazing! Where does one get Frida Kahlo fabric in the first place?

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There are some amazing textiles in this shop. Really beautiful patterns.

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I love this! They’re selling it as a ring box, but hey, I’ve got plenty of small treasures to store.

Weekly Wishes // 66

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Happy Wednesday, folks! I’ve been doing this weekly wishes thing for over a year, apparently. Which is pretty stinkin crazy. Commitment, folks. It’s a lovely time.

I think short term goal setting is a really fun way to check off more menial tasks & feel accomplished, and setting intentions for the week is a great way to keep myself accomplishing what’s important to spend my time on.

Last weeks goals…

1. Spend some time in intentional quiet and stillness. I did. Not as much as I’d hoped because my dad came back to town over the weekend, but I had a little time.

2. Paint somethin’. I diddddd. I started a few and finished a few watercolors.

3. Go for a hike. I didn’t… Cus my winter boots suck.

4. Take my camera out for fun, not just work. I didn’t.

5. Finish an embroidery piece. I didn’t finish one, but I’m about to go sit down and work on it.

This week’s goals…

1. Actually finish an embroidery piece. I oughta.

2. Do yoga. That’s that.

3. Bike 20 miles on the exercise bike. I did five miles last night and felt great… I want to keep on it!

4. Do something out of the ordinary.

What are your goals for the week?

Adventures in Homemade Vegan Yogurt

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I have always been a yogurt lover. I don’t like taking straight probiotic capsules, but I love consuming probiotic rich foods. Vegan yogurt, though… gets so expensive. I purchased some yogurt starter a few weeks ago and began researching making homemade yogurt. I was afraid that I’d need a lot of equipment and that it’d be really complicated. It’s simpler than I thought it would be, and I’d love to share with you what I’ve learned.

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Supplies and ingredients

  • Vegan yogurt starter – I use this one – it’s important to get one that’s made just for plant based milks
  • Milk alternative – 1 qt per yogurt starter packet
  • Thickener – I use 2 Tablespoons organic cornstarch, but from the research I’ve done, I’ve read that you can use agar agar, xantham gum, arrow root, tapioca flour, guar gum, and lecithin
  • Stockpot
  • Thermometer
  • Oven with a warming setting
  • Oven safe ceramic or glass container

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Begin by whisking your thickener with a quart of milk. Pour into stockpot and bring to a boil, then down to a simmer and whisk until it begins to thicken. If there are any clumps from the thickener, try to break them down, or, once the yogurt cools down to 110ºF, blend until smooth, or wait till it’s totally cooled and cultured.

Preheat oven to 110ºF or to a warming setting.

Once yogurt cools to 110ºF, whisk in cultures. Pour into an oven safe container. Place in oven and keep warm, ideally at 110ºF for 8-9 hours.

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When I remove mine from the oven, I like to whisk it or blend it until smooth. Sometimes in the culturing process it gets a little lumpy or gets a layer of skin on top. Once smooth, I pour mine into a mason jar and seal it up in the refrigerator. My favorite way to use it is in smoothies, but you can use it in parfaits, etc. Remember, if you’ve followed this recipe, it’s currently unsweetened, so you may want to add some maple syrup if you’re going to eat it with fruit or granola.

The blog post I found most helpful when I was first researching how to make vegan yogurt was this one, so if there’s something you’re wondering about that I haven’t mentioned here, check this post out!

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