Velvet Isn’t Just For That Elvis Picture You Have Secretly Hung in Your Boudoir….

You can take something casual like velvet leggings & glam them up or take a swank frock & dress it down.

Here are a couple of easy & comfie style ideas for dressing this Christmas Season. LOVE velvet, it’s so delicious to touch.

Velvet Leggings, Crisp White Shirt, Over Sized Bulky Knit Sweater, Short Booties w/ 2″ Chunky Heel, Brass Accessories

Velvet Dress, Skinny Jeans, Silver Concho Belt, Tall Black Studded Boots, Turquoise Accessories

FASHION NOTE: Remember leggings aren’t pants….cover your butt Sister.

I truly need to befriend Polyvore. This was painful being the model, photographer & blogger….arggggg, someone please help me!

Are You A Health Nut & Hungry! This Banana Bread Recipe Is For You & It Will Make Your House Smell Delicious!!!

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar free applesauce
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 mashed overripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan or a muffin tin.. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan or cupcake tin. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes for loaf or 18 minutes for cupcakes.

Enjoy People….YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!!!! You are sooooo Healthy!

Advice Day….

You are on the right page, I just changes my name to be shorter….still learning to Blog.

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Wintery Wonderland Urns….How to Make ‘Em & How To Show Them Off!!!

Are you tired of looking at your summer urns lacking ompf, sick of seeing the squirrels burying their winter snacks in the dirt, well I have the perfect Winter Urn Project for you!

You will need :

4 bundles of boughs (preferably 2 spruce & 2 balsam)

3 Birch Sticks (or you could use willow branches)

1 set of Twig Lights (22.00 @ Walmart, 20.00 @ Superstore)

2 or 3 sprigs of Berries (go to Michael’s, every week they have a discount of some sort)

3 Big Shiny Balls on Sticks (6.00 @ Walmart)

First start by sticking Spruce greenery in, sticking it everywhere in the pot to fill all space. Then start placing  randomly the other greenery under the lip of urn (draping) & then sporadically through the pot to create dimension. Make sure the branches are not sticking to far out that they will scratch the car or Daddy won’t be happy. Push Birch branches in the centre towards the back of the urn. Stick twig lights in….most have 3 sticks in a package, so place in the middle spreading them out 3 0r 4 inches from each other. Now you need to bend then into greenery so that you can see the lights but they are not all clumped together. Stick the shiny pick balls in, use the left over branches (cut small) to stick into centre to cover any imperfections.

A good idea to help keep things in place & to hold down in a wind storm (Thxs Calgary), is to pour a bucket of water into urn on a cold day. It will freeze everything into place & be heavy enough not to blow into your neighbor’s yard.

Below is the Before & After Picture….makes quite a statement don’t you think. This took all of 20 minutes to put together. The bonus is next year when you go to do, you will only need to buy the boughs and every year you could add something interesting….large acorns, a bow, a bird, a summer garden ball. The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy your urn & please let me know how yours turns out.

What I Know For Sure……..Swill To Swell How Physical Fitness Changed My Life!

Five years ago I started a journey that I didn’t realize  at the time. I knew my life was not going in a positive direction. I was unhappy, I was out of shape, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be, I had no dreams, I had lost my mojo. All of us sadly experience low times. No one is immune to this in life but it is how long we allow ourselves to swim in the swill. I believe we get little nudges of opportunity that are a start to working our way out of the rabbit hole. Mine happened to be a BootCamp sign on the side of the road.  Not sure how it all happened really….I had not thought about working out….this was my nudge & I friggin took it!!! Best thing that has ever happened to me.  I gotta tell you swimming to the top is “Totally The Best”!
I discovered how exercise could shift my “Grey Cloud” to “Happy Cloud”. When I started BootCamp, I could do 2 loser sit ups & 1 badly performed push up & I couldn’t jump but I was laughing, my body was sore but I was laughing, I was struggling & exerting but I was laughing. Driving to BootCamp I could be sad or mad & by the time the hour of ass kicking was done I would struggle to remember why my mood was Kerflunk on the way there.  I have gone from physically challenged to being strong in anything I do, which pretty much could be anything as I have the confidence in myself to do anything. A tremendous bonus is I have met the most amazing women along the way.

Get off the couch my friend, there is a whole world out there that you have not discovered!!
What I know for sure is any kind of exercise wether it is hard core exerting or walking will put a smile on your face & give you the confidence you have never ever experienced before. Exercise forces you to become a healthy eater.

What’s Red, Packs A Punch, but no one eats cuz it’s hard to get into…..

Pomegranate my friends, that’s what!!! We associate or maybe just me a pomegranate as a decorative addition to a martini…but to put a bowel of these luscious fruit out or incorporate into an interesting salad, no one does cuz its like trying to get into Pandora’s Box. Until I found the secret to get into said fruit, I thought the same thing. Here’s a simple, easy way of getting to these potassium packed gems, low cal (a whole pomegranate is only 100 calories) & they are only 99 cents.

Cut fruit in half starting from the top, then immerse pome into water. Under water pull away membrane to release seeds. Seeds will fall to bottom of bowl, membrane will float to top…strain water.

Great Health benefits in these little gems, either in a martini or a salad…enjoy !

It’s Looking A Lot Like Christmas, So Let’s Set The Mood Shall We

An easy to put together centre piece. It emits perfecto ambience.

You will need:

A Base (I used an antique Pepsi Crate but you could use a wooden wine box, a tray…endless possibilities)

Battery operated candles (I got my from Home Depot, they are pretty cool. 3 in a pkg for 14.99). The best thing about them is you can set on the timer mode which stays on for 5 hrs shuts off for 19 then turns back on same time as the day before. I use outside as well. It says for interior use only but what are they going to do to me throw me in Home Depot jail….haha I am a rebel.

2 or 3 Plants (I used 2 small Norfolk Pine 6.99 ea at Home Depot)

Berry Sprigs (I have 3 in mine. If you go to today you can buy 1 get 50% off one & 20% off entire purchase)

Acorns

Now the fun part…stick plants in & start tricking out w/Didi’s! You have just created what a florist would charge over $100.00 for under 40.00. The real beauty of this is that next year, spend 15.00 for the fresh plants & voila an inexpensive looking display for practically nothing.

Tell me how yours turned out.

Stay tuned for next Tuesday, I will show you how easy it is to build a Wintery Christmas Outside Urn. Here is one I have in my yard.

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