Life Update…Winter…Bleh

Well it’s officially spring. The winter blues blew out the open windows into this spring storm. This past winter was….CRAZY! I was very busy with works, helping to coach cheerleading, and just being a person. I didn’t get to the gym much not just because I was busy…more because it was just cold and I hate driving when there is snow! Some good things happened over the winter…..

  1. We got a new couch! (Except that they gave us the wrong kind…the chase is supposed to be on the other side! New one is coming in April)IMG_8113.jpg
  2. I got lots of crafting projects done including….our dining room light, frame wall above our bed, repainting our dressers, the book shelf I bought in August is almost done, and I decorated a window for our bedroom! (Pictures to come later!)
  3. I continued to loose a little weight and then as I got worse at working out and cooking I continued to maintain my weight! I didn’t gain it back! (I even managed to get back in my wedding dress this past weekend!!!!!)IMG_7974.jpg

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    Left: March 26, 2016 Right: November 8, 2015

  4. We went to one of my bestest friends weddings in Chicago!!!!IMG_8024.jpgIMG_8025.jpg
  5. And a few weeks later we went back to Chicago to spend a long weekend with a couple we are good friends with!IMG_8248.jpgIMG_8276.jpg

Over the last few weeks I have found my grove back into eating better and being active! I think a few things have helped with this.

  1. The nice weather! We have had more beautiful days than crappy one the last month!
  2. My realization that I need to lean on God when I am struggling and realize I cannot do it all myself! ( I bought this book/journal called the Daniel Plan and it has helped me change the way I view my body!)
  3. I had another realization that I watch way too much TV. I’ve been known to make the excuse that I don’t have time but then realized for not having time I sure do watch alot of TV. I have made the decision to not let myself watch TV unless I have done some kind of activity whether that is a legit work out or taking the dog on a walk with my awesome co-worker over lunch! I am currently on week three and I have been working out 5-6 days a week! So I think it is safe to say that it is working and I am getting more done on my to do list!

Now for Spring!!!!!!

I have big plans for this spring! I hit the ground running with being active and I want to just keep running! I have decided to do another 24 day challenge through Advocare! I have gotten much better at being active but my nutrition game could use a little work after that long winter! Therefore to jump start the nutrition part this spring I am starting the challenge on April 11th! That way I have time to prepare and shop and really be ready to be on my game! If I can loose just 4lb during this challenge I will be back in the 170’s which means I am back in the top of the weight range I was in college! AHHHH that is so exciting!

I am soooo thankful that I took the challenge last summer! It has helped me loose 25lbs! I am ready to really commit to loosing again rather than just maintaining! Spring Challenge here we come!!!!

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Left to Right: Before Advocare 24 Day Challenge(7/16/15), After Advocare 24 Day Challenge(8/8/15),  This Past Weekend (3/26/16).

**I would love for some people to join me in this challenge! If you are ready to make a lifestyle change and be a healthier you message me! I would love to tell you more about the challenge and how it has helped me and can help you take a step towards a healthier life! **

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DIY Wedding Invitations

 

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This photo was taken from our friend and wedding photographer Sabrina Nohling’s instagram/facebook!

(If you are searching for a photographer Sabrina is awesome! There is a link to her facebook!)

Implied by the title of this blog I am getting married soon. Part of planning a wedding is sending out the invitations. I looked for months at different websites, on pinterest, in stores, on etsy, and could not find what I wanted that wouldn’t cost us an arm and a leg. (We are both still in school and poor) So I decided I was going to make my own because I wanted white writing on kraft paper. To my surprise printers do not print white ink! Who knew?  So plan B, I decided I would do a fun stamp design in white on the kraft paper. These wedding invitations were a hassle I will admit but I couldn’t be more happy with how they turned out!

I designed the different cards on a FREE website called picmonkey! Once I had the design I wanted I saved them to my computer and printed them on my printer!  It was super easy and they printed very clear on my printer! I can’t wait to read all of the mad libs we get back!

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I sent Stamp Out Online the photo on the right and they took the border and made it into a stamp! How cool! The photo on the left is the design that I printed for the actual invitations we used!

That whole process of cutting the paper and designing the cards took awhile but sadly that was the easy part. I decided to stamp and emboss the invitations! For those of you that do not know what embossing is it is a pretty simple time consuming process. You stamp the paper with ink or a sticky ink, the sprinkle powder on top (kind of what you would do with glue and loose glitter), then you tap off the extra powder, and heat the design with a heat gun. The stamp I used I got from a wonderful and quick Etsy company called Stamp Out Online. I designed the stamp myself and they turned into an actual stamp! I would highly recommend them to anyone! I was able to borrow the heat gun from one of my Bridesmaids – shout out to Tegan! Now I had never embossed before so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Some people even told me I was crazy!

When I went home for spring break I took about 120 of the invitations cards with me home to work on. (I didn’t have any of the other cards printed yet). I bought the embossing powder and the sticky stamp pad that they say to use and tried it out with my soon to be sister-in-law Christy. Sadly it was bad. The powder wouldn’t stick to the ink and it left the invitations really blotchy. So we re-grouped the next day after some intensive reading of online reviews of stamp pads. Perfect way to spend an evening! 😉 Just kidding! We ended up getting white ink this time rather than the sticky pad thanks to some reviews and man it made a difference! Over the next 6 hours I stamped and powdered the invitations while Christy heated them under the heat gun. I came back to school with 119 invitation cards done and way to many more to do.

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Me with the 119 invitations I got done over break.

We had to get our invitations done in the next two weeks and there was way too much other stuff going on including school and a trip to Indianapolis for a Student Affairs conference. So over the next two weeks any time Jacob, my fiance, came over to visit he got dragged into heating the invitations. I figured he couldn’t screw that up because he just had to hold the paper under and watch the powder melt! He sure did complain alot though! I must already be good at blocking that out! :] We eventually got all 160 invitation cards, reply postcards, and accommodation cards done! Not to mention stuffing and addressing all of them as well! I’d probably still be working on them had it not been for Jacob’s help!

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Stuffing all of the invitations! It took forever!

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All three cards together

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The invitation card

Although they were a pain to do I couldn’t be more happy with how they turned out! So many people have already told me how awesome they are and it makes all the time and work that went into them worth it! And now I am done and they are long gone and in the mail!

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Special thanks to all those who helped me make these invitations – Tegan, Christy, and Jacob!

Lamp Makeover

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So I love to craft. After moving to Warrensburg this fall and getting everything unpacked I decided I needed a lamp next to my bed. So unlike most normal people who would go to Walmart and buy a lamp I hit up good will and found a lamp that I didn’t really like but could make my own. My bedroom furniture is shades of blue and my sheets are coral and black so the pink did not match at all.

The supplies I needed for this project:

  • 1 lamp shade
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • A paint brush
  • Lots of printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue

Step 1: Paint your lampshade white.  Depending on what your lampshade looks like you may need more than one coat. If you get lucky and find a white lampshade you obviously wouldn’t need to paint it. :]

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Step 2: Make a ton of paper flowers. You will want to make them different sizes too so you will be able to fill in the gaps.

I got directions to make them here.

*The link tells you what size to cut your paper. I didn’t get that technical I just freehanded the spirals on the paper. Also it saves time if you cut multiple sheets of paper for each spiral you make.

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Step 3: Hot glue them to the lamp. You need a variety of sizes so you can fill the holes. Once your done gluing them all on you are left with a beautiful and unique lampshade!

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