Monday, May 13, 2013
Hey everyone, just a quick note to let you know I am doing an auction tomorrow at 1pm PST on Tophatter. You have a chance to bid on items from my jewelry shop Crafty Little Gnome. I have most of my best sellers and lots of other great items up for grabs. Bidding starts at $1 for everything and shipping is free in the US. Can't beat that!
You can check out my items here and RSVP for the auction if you like!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
|Classy bathroom shot!|
First of all, happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there! Hope you are having a great day!
I have officially entered the third trimester! It's very exciting. My August due date seems so close yet so far! I'm sure time will go by quickly though. The past few weeks have been a little more challenging for me. I'm tired and cranky and have so much stuff that I want to get done yet I physically cannot do it. It's very frustrating! I feel like I can't walk more that 15 minutes without getting winded.
I started getting leg cramps a couple weeks ago. I will wake up in the morning with horrible charlie horse cramps in my legs and then my calf muscles stay stiff for the rest of the day while I am at work. My midwife recommended a magnesium supplement and I think it may be helping. Those charlie horse cramps are pretty much the worst thing ever, especially when you are cozy lying in bed and they suddenly strike.
We had a bit of a heat wave over the past week which is unusual here in the pacific northwest. My whole body decided to swell up and my feet and legs started retaining water like crazy. I started trying some natural remedies to reduce the swelling but it still hurt my feet really bad to walk. Now that the weather has started to cool over the past 24 hours I am already starting to feel better. I'm a little scared for the rest of the summer though. It will start to heat up here in mid July so it should be interesting...
I got the results from my glucose test and I am in the normal range which means I do not have gestational diabetes. Yay! My iron is low so I need to start taking an iron supplement. It feels like I am taking about a hundred different vitamins lately. It's fine though, whatever it takes to make sure my baby is healthy!
If you have any tips for me to help with my cramping muscles or swelling please let me know in the comments. I'll keep you updated in the next couple weeks!
Posted by Adrienne Audrey at 11:04 AM
Sunday, May 5, 2013
|At the Tulip Festival last week|
Happy weekend. Hope you are having a good one so far. We have beautiful sunshine here in Washington and it is supposed to last all weekend long! Goody! I have been working a bit in the garden and spending time outdoors in the sunshine. We went to my parents house in White Rock for a family dinner last night. Good times! We are almost done putting in the new flooring in the nursery and the room is painted so we can put together the furniture and start decorating soon.
I'm happy to report my potato plants are doing well. So far the Potatoes in burlap sacks experiment is a success!
I've also got broccoli and onions going strong and lots of herbs growing. Soon it will be time for pumpkins, sunflowers and tomatoes!
Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Here are some posts you may have missed from this time last year
Natural allergy relief with a Neti pot
The truth about pigs
Bathroom makeover gross to glam
Posted by Adrienne Audrey at 10:47 AM
Thursday, May 2, 2013
|My front yard fall 2012|
Remember a couple months ago when I showed you some photos of my ugly front yard? I decided my focus this spring would be on making my front yard presentable and making some updates to the fence and front porch. Next spring will be the backyard but for now it's all about the front.
I've ordered a few things and have other items picked out so hopefully there will be some significant progress over the next few weeks.
Funny story- after I posted those photos of my front yard I got an email from one of the producers of the show America's Most Desperate Landscapes on DIY network. She stumbled upon that blog post and wrote me. Basically the email went like this: "No offense, but your yard would make a great candidate for our show Desperate Landscapes. You should enter our contest for a $25,000 front yard makeover."
If anyone can laugh at them self and not take anything personally it's me. My husband and I decided to make a video and enter the contest. Here is our video- yes I look like a total nerd- ignore my dorkyness please
Sadly after all that we didn't get chosen, however, having a producer of a show called Desperate Landscapes emailing you telling you that you should apply to be on their show will light a fire under your ass like no other. So- it's on. Here are some of my ideas:
I bought three of these planters from Amazon for under the front windows. We installed them yesterday and I filled them with flowers. Once the flowers grow a little more and get full I will take some photos.
this bench off Amazon and assembled it today. It looks great under my Japanese Maple tree. Since we get so much rain here in Washington I decided to go with metal benches and planters to avoid rotting wood. Everything is supposed to be rust resistant so hopefully they hold up. Oh an make sure you read the reviews on this one. The name of the bench is the Lexington Steel park bench. Apparently Lexington Steel is also a male porn star. Hilarious.
To replace the chicken wire fence we have that separates the front yard from the back I think I am going to go with these no dig panels from Lowes. They look ridiculously easy to install and they aren't too expensive either.
For the walkway up to the front porch I am thinking of doing something like this simple paver path. Home Depot has the instructions. It doesn't seem too difficult. Of course I will be sitting on my garden bench relaxing while my husband does all the work.
We also need new front porch steps and a new railing but I don't have any inspiration photos for that yet.
I'm going for structural changes first- then adding shrubs and plants. Unfortunately being pregnant puts a bit of a hindrance on my physical abilities. Also, babies are expensive so I don't have all the financial means I was hoping for to get all this done. I have lots of help from family and friends so I'm just going to do the best I can. Any improvements are better than none!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Over the weekend we made a trip about 40 minutes south to the Skagit County Tulip Festival. It's a fun event I try to go to every year. Basically all over part of the county there are fields and fields and fields of tulips and daffodils for as far as the eye can see. Some of the fields you can just drive by and stop to take pictures and there are also a couple of gardens full of flowers professionally landscaped. We checked out both. Here are some photos from the day!
The amount of flowers is absolutely amazing. If you are ever in Northwest Washington in April the festival is a must see. I can't wait to go back next year!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
|Humming bird nest!! So tiny!|
Happy weekend friends. Hope you are having a relaxing spring weekend. We've got lots drizzling rain in northern Washington but it's still fairly warm and pleasant.
I had a great week. On Wednesday my husband and I attended an author event at the Wild Buffalo bar hosted by Village Books in Bellingham. It was called Adult Bedtime Stories and there were three authors there: Chelsea Cain, Monica Drake and the famous Chuck Palanhuik. Chuck Palanhuik is the author of a little book turned movie called Fight Club. You may have heard of it? He's also written a ton of other awesome books. Attendees were encouraged to show up in their pajamas and bring blankets and pillows. It was a ton on fun. Sadly I had to leave right after the event because I work in the middle of the night and I needed to go home and sleep but my husband stayed and got his book signed by Chuck Palahnuik. Here is a super blurry bad photo of the two of them:
|The flash on the camera wasn't working :( Sadness|
This upcoming week I have an appointment with my midwife and I get to do the super fun gestational diabetes test where you drink a bottle of weird orange liquid and then have your blood sugar tested. Hopefully the results come out okay from that.
In other news I have a new Facebook page. Feel free to follow me here on Facebook
I have finally joined Instagram. My screen name is Crafty Little Gnome. Follow me and I'll follow you back!
Here are some posts you may have missed from this time last year on Crafty Little Gnome
Simple Mirror Makeover
How Not to Cut Your Dogs Hair
Project Complete: Lovely Laundry Room
Friday, April 26, 2013
I'm happy to share an awesome guest post for you today from Michelle of Skana Day Spa. Michelle has some great ways for you to de-stress in 20 minutes or less all in the privacy and comfort of your own home. We would all love to head to the spa on a regular basis to relax and rejuvenate, but lets face it, most of us just don't have time for that. Read on for some great tips from Michelle!
Four DIY Ways to De-Stress in Twenty Minutes or Less
Most busy moms don't have the time to go get a massage whenever they're feeling stressed. Heck, a lot of us barely have twenty minutes to steal for ourselves, let alone an entire afternoon. This is why it's important to have a few quick and easy tricks up your sleeve to de-stress in a very short amount of time. Whether you have twenty minutes or two, these DIY tips will help you calm down and relax.
You Have Twenty Minutes To Spare
If you can spare twenty minutes for a relaxing shower, get energized and glowing. Swipe the used coffee grounds from your morning coffee and mix them with a moisturizing body wash to create a rough body scrub. The caffeine will promote circulation and diminish cellulite, while the rough texture with slough away dead skin cells. Afterwards, you'll feel refreshed and energized.
You Have Ten Minutes To Spare
Give yourself a very mini facial over the bathroom sink. Cleanse your skin with your daily face wash to begin.
In a small dish, mix:
-1/4 cup of white sugar
-2 TBSP of olive oil
-1 TBSP of honey
Massage this DIY scrub over your face and neck in small, gentle circular motions. When you rinse the scrub away, you'll feel a slight moisturizing film from the olive oil. Don't worry - olive oil won't cause breakouts and does absolute wonders for tired and dry skin. Plus, because of the moisturizing effects of the olive oil, you don't even need to follow with a face lotion or serum. Just pat your skin dry and you're on your way.
You Have Five Minutes To Spare
Saturate two cucumber slices in water and pop them in the freezer for three minutes. Afterwards, remove them from the freezer, lay back, and let them sit on your eyes for two minutes. When you take them off, any puffiness or dark circles under your eyes will have disappeared and you'll feel energized and rejuvenated.
You Have Literally One Minute To Spare
While preparing dinner or cleaning the kitchen, steal one minute for yourself. Grab your favorite scent from the kitchen cabinet, e.g. vanilla, almond or mint extract, and unscrew the lid. Bring the bottle under your nose, close your eyes and breathe deeply for sixty seconds. This DIY aromatherapy is the simplest and quickest way to de-stress in a minute or less and will give you a little energizing boost before you get back to your household tasks.
As you can see, you don't have to run out to a spa to de-stress. Instead, with these simple DIY tricks, you can treat yourself cheaply and quickly in the comfort of your own home.
Michelle Pino, is a Spa Manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise, and all things related to skin care. If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact Michelle via email at email@example.com.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Today's recipe comes from my Mom, Nicole. She has been making this smoothie lately and thought some of you might like it too! Considering you can pretty much never go wrong with anything mocha flavored I have to agree.
The recipe is originally from "The Weight Loss Prescription" by Ali Zentner MD
Mocha Latte protein shake:
1 scoop chocolate flavoured protein powder
1/2 cup cold coffee
1 cup chocolate flavoured almond milk
1 tsp instant coffee
1/2 cup Greek non fat yogurt
4 ice cubes
1packet splenda or stevia
place all items in a blender and blend until smooth
calories = 245, fat = 5.5g, carb= 15gr, protein = 43gr, fibre = 3g
Low fat and lots of protein! Looks pretty tasty to me. What's your favorite breakfast smoothie?