Bedroom Decor

FINALLY after living in our house for over a year, I feel like our bedroom is decorated. As I’ve mentioned before, we have left the walls in our rental white, partly because I’m scared of committing to color, but mostly because we don’t want to put in the effort to paint. That said, I’ve decorated our home with colors and fun items hanging on the walls here and there. And our bedroom was last on our list. It was SO WHITE and was really bugging me, so I finally cracked and went for it.

A few things that helped spruce it up.

1. Painted Canvases. Couldn’t have been simpler. I bought white canvases, and used blue, green, grey, and white paints to literally throw color all over them. Good enough for me! (I am NOT a perfectionist…)

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2. Curtains. WHAT A DIFFERENCE these have made. We have this big window, on a white wall, with white blinds, and it just always looked so naked to me. Now, I’m on a budget, so while I could have bought fancier curtain rod and such, I’m SUPER happy with this pop of color.DSC_0006

3. Random decor. These are things I already had, but didn’t have a place for. A few chalkboards from the wedding. An “R” that wasn’t being fully utilized. An embroidery hoop with random fabric in it. A sweet little paper Wisconsin from my mom on our first anniversary.

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4. My upgraded piano bench. Still one of my favorite projects, besides the house divided wreath, of course. I love this bench, and have used it as the color inspiration for the rest of the room. (It’s not in the photos above – sorry – but it’s in the room!)

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#walk

This month, I’ve been participating in Larabar’s photo challenge on instagram. I haven’t been spot on, missing a few days here and there, but it’s still fun to try and do most days. Well, yesterday’s word was walk. Here is what I posted:

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@larabar photo challenge day 28: my #walk with Christ has been lifelong, since before I was even aware of Him. That walk looks different with every phase of my life. Right now, it includes a church of people who meet in a movie theater and praise God with rock worship music. Through the successes and failures and joys and sorrows, Jesus has always been at my side. He is at yours too, even when you don’t acknowledge Him. He loves you as His son or daughter!

We all go through seasons in our life. As Joyce Meyer says, you are always heading into the fire, currently in the fire, or on the way out of the fire. Our relationships with the people we love ebb and flow along with these seasons. In particular, I feel like the way I view my relationship with Jesus ebbs and flows as well. But the most wonderful aspect of that relationship is that His love for me never has seasons. It is CONSTANT. He is always there for me, even when I ignore Him. And while our faith journey is just that – a journey – He is always right where we leave Him.

No matter which season you are in right now – or which side of the fire – I encourage you to have hope today. To remember that this life IS a walk. Sometimes we run. Sometimes we stop for a breather. But one thing – ONLY ONE THING IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE – is constant, and that is God’s love for you. Let Him love you today. I pray for you, my wonderful readers, all the time!! Peace as you begin this new work week.

Social Media Shaming

So several of my college theater friends (and other friends) have been playing fantasy football together for the last few years. If you play fantasy football, you know that often a team could be projected at 135 points, and end up with like, 80, based on fluke underdog wins, injuries, etc. And every year, we have a gmail chain going to make fun of members of our league (sometimes me) who have scored particularly low.

This year, we are upping the anty. Our first week, my friend Clare was the biggest loser with only 83 points. Meanwhile, the biggest winner was Molly with 155. Through a number of emails, the group decided that each week, the lowest scorer (now known as “The Clare”) will be faced with social media shaming, which will be chosen by the highest scorer of the week.

Make sense? Here’s the simple version.

Week 1: Clare was The Clare. She was forced to post this to facebook with the “♥ her” comment:

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Week 2: Ironically, Molly became “The Clare” and was required to post a selfie, in a bathroom, toilet visible, with the comment “everybody poops lol”

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Week 3, when I ALMOST BECAME THE CLARE, Brett actually became The Clare, and had to post a throwback photo to Vanderbilt Theater with the hashtags #tbt #college #missthis #tightiewhities… As you might could assume, it’s a VERY tighty whity picture that, no offense Brett, I’d rather not post on my blog.

It’s very possible that this will be me, sometime soon. My team did NOT look good last week when I lost miserably to friend Andy. So if you follow me on facebook, and something you would consider “embarassing” appears, you know why.

A House Divided Wreath

This has been one of my favorite projects to date. Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time… And recently, on my birthday (which was a Sunday), I ACTUALLY took the time out to dive into this project, and I TOTALLY LOVED IT.

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If you’re feeling crafty, there are a million tutorials out there for ribbon wreaths and many beautiful ideas for house divided wreaths. This is not a tutorial. This more of a “show off my good work” post and direct you to my etsy store if you’d like me to make one for you… What can I say – just trying to get more merchandise in there as promised in my 30 before 30 list!

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So what do you think?? It’s a little pricey to make, due to ALL THAT RIBBON, but I kind of love it.

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And the Green Bay / Titans ribbon?? That’s what happens when you’re hubby is home sick and bored – he orders it for you as a surprise and it appears in your mailbox one day. PRETTY RAD, AM I RIGHT?!

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Cardio Mania Month {On Fitness Goals}

If you read my blog like, ever, you’ll know that I TRY really hard to have a healthy life. I make healthy meals (but also cupcakes) and I workout (but also netflix). I probably read too many blogs of these hardcore women who lift weights like a beast and compete several times a year. Compared to them, I’m CRAZY inconsistent. They have intense goals, and have to be extremely disciplined to reach them. We all have our priorities.

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So let’s talk about goals.

I don’t play a sport. I have no plans to compete. I’m at a pretty comfy weight (though can pretty much always afford to lose 10 pounds or so). I’m healthy (seriously, my good cholesterol is through the roof and all my “bad” numbers are crazy low). So what goals do I set to keep me moving? Because “not getting fat” is not really a goal. I mean, kind of, but not.

I’ve started to realize that what works for me is constantly changing it up. I sometimes feel that I jump from plan to plan (8-weeks of this, one month of that), but you know what? That works for me! It’s okay that I don’t go 52 weeks a year with a leg day, a back/bi day, a chest/tri day, a shoulder day…etc. OH MAN I could not do that. Instead, I commit to different plans for a certain period of time. And while I’m far from crazy athletic, it helps keep me motivated, and I sincerely LOVE working out because of it.

So all this takes me to my point. This month, I’m doing MAJOR CARDIO. I love lifting weights, but lately was feeling a little, well, puffy, which usually means I’ve put on a solid 10 lbs or so, and NOT of lean muscle mass. Basically, as I got more into weight lifting, I let cardio slide away. And let’s be real – I do not eat consistently lean enough to totally take cardio out of my regiment.

This month, along with a few friends, I’m following a “triathalon” plan. Don’t freak out – it’s not a real tri. The goal is to essentially complete a triathalon throughout the course of the month – run, bike, and swim (well, row) enough to equal one tri. So that’s 26.2 miles of running (or walking, or elliptical, etc), 112 miles of cycling, and 16,000 meter of rowing.

Here’s a glimpse of the blank form I’ve been using to track what I accomplish:

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And I’ve actually really liked it! I mean, not the running part, but I feel great once I’m finished of course. And I seriously had forgotten how much I loved spin classes – plus they knock out 17 miles of biking a piece.

Next month, it’s on to the next thing. Time to get back into weights. I plan to do Bite Sized Fitness’s 12-week challenge. Offers more variety than doing it on my own!! Anyone want to start with me on October 1?

Good times had by all! If you read all this, you deserve a prize!!

#winning

I write this post with a big ol’ KNOCK ON WOOD, in hopes of totally not jinxing myself. Even though I don’t even believe in jinxes. But still.

A few years ago, when my friends and I started a fantasy league, I won. I had no idea what I was doing, but I WON THE LEAGUE. It was awesome. But then nobody paid the entry fee and I got none dollars. But still. I won.

I have NOT won since. Not even close.

Well, after two weekends of football, I’m one of only two teams in my league to have a 2-0 record. YAY!! I’m enjoying it while it lasts, because as you can see below, my “points for” (PF) are not the highest by any means. As soon as I play a few high-scoring teams, I’m sure I’ll drop. So for now, loving it while I can!

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Do you play fantasy football? Are you lucky at it, or do you actually know what you are doing? I’ll update you later in the season…see if I’m still riding so high and mighty :)