Um What?

30s are the new 20s?

Now that I’ve finished up my first year of being in my 30s, I’ve begun to notice that my tastes and actions have become way more ‘adult-like.’ Not sure if this is a good or a bad thing…..but I’m trying to embrace it the best I can!

20s: Single tall vanilla 1% latte OR a super fancy flavored mocha with whipped cream. I liked ’em sugary and sweet!
30s: Triple grande americano with two ‘Sugar in the Raw’ and a splash of cream OR a french press in a pinch. Less calories, more caffeine. I’m officially addicted.

20s: Driving way too fast and aggressive. You’d think I was a race car driver.
30s: Driving a bit too slow. Cruisin’ the right hand lane more often and disliking driving at night or in bad weather.

20s: Consume, consume, consume. Closet out of control…clothes for days. Who cares if I only wear it once? I LOVE SHOPPING.
30s: Less is more. De-clutter. Looking at what’s most flattering for my body. Paying a bit more for quality items. But, I still LOVE SHOPPING šŸ™‚ That will never change…..

20s: Gimme all the technology I can get! Facebook, Twitter, iphone, laptops, Kindle, Pinterest, Instagram. Gotta be connected at all times and document every thing I do. Maj brain stress!
30s: I need a tech timeout. Starting to disconnect more, especially on the way home. Brain feels way less stressed šŸ™‚

20s: Diet, exercise then diet some more. Counting every little piece of food consumed.
30s: Exercise, exercise, exercise. Goal is to stay active and MOVE. Walking lots more. Gym time is flexible. No food monitoring.

Have you noticed any changes in your behaviors/actions/tastes during a milestone birthday year??? Do you feel like an ultra-adult person these days like I do?

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Hurricane Leslie

Total and utter messiness coming to a space near you! Happy Friday. Glad I have the weekend to straighten this ‘ish up. Sheesh.

Closet clutter.
Desk disaster.
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Random.

Haven’t really had much to blog about lately. Just trying to get back into the day to day stuff after the holiday season. Work has really picked up so I’ve had less brain cells to devote to creativity. Seems like all I really do is commute, cook, clean then repeat. Not terribly exciting. Hoping to get a Valentine’s Day craft project in this weekend to liven things us. Here’s to the upcoming three day weekend!

Clean, clean, clean. That’s all we seem to be doing these days. 
Cold. It’s been maj cold here in Seattle lately. Sometimes even a double ice scrape day. I hate those. 
 Sick. Back to the vet for a check up. Poor puppy hates me šŸ™
Meat. First, and might I say, successful attempt at a pot roast. 

Treat. Seahawk doughnuts for the big playoff game. They lost, but I won with these babies. 
Commute. My view every morning and afternoon. Ugh. 
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My weekend in review….

It was a jam packed weekend, so jammed in fact that I hardly had time to take any photos. Seems like every time I wanted to snap a shot, I was 1) in a sad looking church, 2) floating in a tank of salt water or 3) balls deep cooking 4 meals at once while simultaneously being a photographer’s assistant…..you know, the usual things people do on the weekends šŸ™‚

Popcorn Friday!
I started off my weekend with a canning class on Saturday. I was all ready to get hands on – I’ve helped my grandma make jam before but she seemed to skip steps, which made me a bit nervous. I wanted to see what an expert had to say and learn a few tips on how to pickle vegetables.

Unfortunately, I didn’t pay close attention to the fine print and on the way to class, I noticed this was more of a lecture class and less of a demo class. Womp womp. Regardless, I was committed and made my way to class in an old church in SLU. Yeah, this class was nothing like I had pictured. Let’s just say it was a bit, um, ghetto hence the lack of photos – it def was not the scene to be busting out my phone. BUT, I did learn a lot and do feel comfortable tackling my first canning project: pickled green beans and/or asparagus. I know, I know….it’s totally out of season but I just want to try it once so I’ll be ready to really can come spring!

After the canning class, we had a late lunch at Brave Horse Tavern, one of Tom Douglas’ newer establishments. Yeah, yeah Tom Douglas blah blah owns too many restaurants in Seattle….but WOW. I loved this place – communal tables, 2 shuffle boards!, endless beers on tap AND the best warm pretzels around. This restaurant makes me want to move to SLU just so I could waste away my Saturday afternoons there. Nuff said.

Brat for days at Brave Horse.
We capped off the afternoon with a complimentary ‘float’ at our friend’s new business venture, Floasis, in Greenlake. Also known as floating, floatation therapy, sensory deprivation and/or isolation tanks, floatation involves lying in a super-saturated Epsom-salt solution about 10ā€³ deep. The salt-water solution is heated to skin temperature (93.5Ā°F). Once you are settled, it’s pretty hard to tell what parts of you are in the water and which aren’t.
The float tank looks like a large, enclosed bathtub. They are specifically designed to block out all external distractions, such as sights, sounds, tactile sensations and gravity. A private shower is provided in each room to clean yourself before entering and remove salt upon exiting the tank, which I did not seem to use properly. I kept finding patches of dried up salt on me the rest of the night. Note: always rinse well.

I must admit, I spent the first 15 minutes of my hour long session giggling. That complete feeling of weightlessness was strange at first, but I did finally settle in and found the latter part of my session to be quite relaxing. I can see how it would be really beneficial for people with chronic pain or high levels of stress.

The float tank, womb-like.
Sunday was spent at my parent’s house where I simultaneously prepped 5 dinners for my crockpot while also helping out my fav pet photographer, Jen Hutter, with her holiday shoot. We had lent her the garage space for the day so she could accommodate all of her clients for holiday card orders and such.
It was pretty freakin’ fun to watch all of the dogs parade through. French bulldogs, poodles, mutts, retrievers…they donned Santa hats and posed their mug shots. You think your dog is well behaved but once you get them in front of the camera, it’s a totally different story! Jen had to kick quite a few owners out of the space since they were too distracting šŸ™‚ Of course, Stella got her camera time and did quite well. Obviously as soon as I get those pics, they will be posted STAT.

Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend! Was it as nuts as mine?

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Holistic Healing

I would consider myself a traditionalist when it comes to health and beauty. I’m quick to go to Bartell’s to meander their aisles for products and have no problem with a prescription or two when needed. But after 10 years of using the same stuff over and over again, I’m not seeing the results I’d like.

I’m not sure if this has to do with my age or with my face/hair/extremities getting used to what I currently use…..either way, I’ve starting looking into more holistic options in hopes that they might be able to keep me youthful, sharp and healthy šŸ™‚ A girl can only dream, right?

Here are a few things I’ve picked up recently based on research I’ve found. Obviously, there are many opinions out there so find what works for you. *Note: I am not a professional or expert in regards to any of this. What works for me, may or may not work for you.*

Apple Cider Vinegar
A common folk remedy that seems to be the cure all for just about anything. Not sure exactly what I want to get from drinking this, but I wanted to give it a try for a few weeks. I’ve been mixing 2 t. vinegar with 1 T. organic honey, 1/4 packet of apple cider mix and hot water for my morning beverage. I’ve also heard mixing it in oj works too. I’d like to find a way to not to have to incorporate sugar with it, but I figure baby steps are better than no steps at all.

Tea Tree Oil

This is probably TMI, but I have had tinea versicolor, which is a superficial fungus in my underarms and chest area. I’ve had it for many, many years and no prescription from my dermatologist has seemed to fix it. It’s not contagious and it really doesn’t bother me, but it just ain’t pretty darn it! I’m hoping this oil mixed with olive oil will help clear it up for good.

Eucalyptus Aromatherapy
I’m a naturally a sleepy person – I seem to always run on a semi permanent level of tiredness to which no amount of coffee or exercise can fix. To keep my energy levels up at work, I’ve started spritzing eucalyptus around my office and so far, it does seem to perk me up a bit. Plus, it makes my office smell like a spa šŸ™‚

Organic Coconut Oil
The BF has been sick this week and I found a recipe on Pinterest for GOOT, which is suppose to be a home cold remedy that includes garlic, coconut oil and olive oil that are all blended together and slathered onto the bottoms of your feet. This sounds nuts, but I’m very curious to see if it’ll work. I’ve also read a ton of other health benefits of coconut oil so it’ll be good to have on hand for future uses. *Note: I caught his nastiness over the weekend and did apply GOOT twice and I swear it helped. I feel a million times better.

Spirulina

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It also makes your smoothies turn a wicked green color if you use the powder form like I do! With all of the hype about dark green veggies, this seems right on board with that train of thought.
Chia Seeds
Rich in omega 3 fatty acids and fiber, these seeds have also been a new addition to my morning smoothie. At first I found it weird to be eating what are found on those Chia Head thingys, but I’m over that now. So far, I’ve noticed that they do seem to keep me fuller longer, which is a good start. And let’s just say, I’m um, feeling more ‘regular.’ TMI! I know, I know!
Are there any holistic remedies or supplements that you’ve found to work well? Are they all hype or is there actually more to them?
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