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summer favorites 2017

Hello! It’s been a hot second (summer?) since I wrote on anything beyond a paragraph AT ALL, so the monthly favorites that happened throughout the spring are now being encompassed into a full season…in no particular order.

Revolution Artisan Pops

When you’re on a pretty restrictive diet like I currently am, any sort of cold treat that you’re able to have automatically becomes your favorite. Revolution Artisan Pops is a must if you’re planning on strolling through Old Town Fort Collins anytime soon! They’re made with real fruit and come in a variety of flavors, I think last week when we went I got raspberry hibiscus and it was divine. At roughly $3.50 each, they don’t  break the bank either! Plus, you might be able to score a free one at a CSU game.

Color Dip Nail Powder

I’m a sucker for nail polishes and ways to make my manicure last longer, and a chance meeting with someone at a networking event left me hankering to try this. While it took a few tries to get it right (and learning that clipping your cuticles is a must before applying), it’s really pretty once you are finished with it! While it says up to 21 days of use, so far I’ve been able to get about a week and a half of great wear out of it and then it starts to look a little iffy. But still! A week and a half with minimal chipping is a great deal in my book.

Popcornopolis Nearly Naked Popcorn

Admittedly, this has been a favorite for awhile, BUT it’s even more so after a summer of limited snacking. I love that their ingredients are literally just popcorn, coconut oil, and salt. We get the gigantic bag at Costco and I pretty much inhale it over the course of a week. I’ve tried to replicate it by making it myself, but it’s just not the same!

Birkenstocks

I know I’ve posted about these when I got them in April, but I’m so much more in love with them now then I was then! After a few years of working as a hostess in high school whilst wearing flats (bad idea), I’ve wrestled with plantar fasciitis, and it gets worse every summer as flip flops are the only thing cool enough to wear. This year, I haven’t had issues with it at all when I’m wearing these and it has been a game-changer. I wear them around the house (wood floors), to work, on day trips, on small hikes…they’re not the prettiest shoe around but they’re definitely a classic for a reason.

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Camping Stoves

Where have you been all my (adult) life?? My husband is an avid undeveloped camper and I’m still warming up to it, especially the food and cooking aspect of it. Trying to figure out how to cook on the fire without either scorching it or giving yourself food poisoning has been tricky! Nate received a camping stove for his birthday at the beginning of the summer and it has been so amazing- it opens up so many cooking options and coffee in the morning is so much more possible! As a bonus, you’re able to still cook when you arrive at your destination only to find that there’s a fire ban or first thing in the morning when the only thing on your mind is coffee. The addition of this to our camping box has made me much more willing to go off the grid for a few days…now we just have to tackle toilets and showering.

Califia Creamer

While still on dairy-free, sugar-free, everything free-ness, short of putting straight unsweetened coconut milk in my coffee I wasn’t able to find anything. Enter Califia. I found it at Sprouts and legitimately squealed when I read the ingredients list and found out that I could indeed have it! I’ve tried their vanilla one as well and haven’t had any sort of reaction, so a definite win in my book. It’s not exactly cheap…but as it greatly increases my daily happiness, I would say that it’s worth it.

Magic Loop Knitting

This summer I tackled a long-held knitting goal: sock knitting. At first, I went with the first suggested method, typical double pointed needles, and while it worked, several of my lovely followers on Instagram suggested trying magic loop for a faster sock, and an option to do them two at a time. I found Peony and Thyme’s video on Youtube, and while it took a few tries to get it down, it made knitting so much easier and so much faster! I definitely recommend checking out her tutorials, and if you’ve been looking to try sock knitting I used the Knitting Pure & Simple Beginner’s Lightweight Socks pattern.

Hoopla

Library cards come with many wonderful perks, and Hoopla is among the finest. It’s literally a site for free audiobooks! In July, I listened to American Fire and Hillbilly Elegy (which will get a section of its own) and it was so nice to get it as a loan from the library instead of having to pay. I’m trying audible this month but it’s honestly not a good deal…$14.99 for ONE audiobook per month. I would go through that in a week as I’m driving at least 40 minutes a day and like to listen to podcasts/books as I’m designing at work.

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Hillbilly Elegy

This book was so fascinating to read and I learned so much from JD Vance’s experiences. It’s fascinating to learn about how vastly different our lives can be from other people even when they live in the same country! It really encouraged me to check my privilege as well, to not take my education or upbringing for granted, and even more, as a student of history, to appreciate the unique backgrounds that everyone has.

If you’re still here, thank you! I hope you find something that you love and that you have a wonderful labor day weekend.

What were some of your favorite things this summer?

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miss harper

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Meet Harper, the newest member of our little family!

Named for the author Harper Lee, she turns 3 months old tomorrow and is a little ball of energy! As Alice’s niece, she’s already displaying some huntress tendencies and we’re a little nervous at the potential of having two huntresses in the house.

We brought her home a month ago and the adjustment has gone well for all save for her actual blood relative- Alice can still be pretty hissy and impatient with her while Gatsby tolerates her jumping on him pretty well. She put Indi in his place and seems to enjoy messing with him (and let’s be honest, the pooch needs it).

I love her little chirps when she starts to play with Gatsby, her contented purrs while cuddling, and her crazy bounciness after finding a toy that she likes. We’re excited to watch her grow!

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shop update!

Hello friends!

After a spring and summer of designing new things and (falling way behind on blogging), my shop update is live! Visit it here.

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project bag

Hello hello!

Confession: I’ve been lugging my knit projects to and fro in a plastic ziplock bag. And my needles frequently bust through, leaving me with a pretty janky looking system.

I’ve been eyeing other Etsy shops and their lovely pattern bags and loved the idea of having something actually pretty to carry my stuff in without having to worry about tangled yarn! (Case in point: I spent 10 minutes untangling my socks yarn from my purse today) I’m also toying with the idea of selling them for fellow makers as taking your yarn with you is pretty much a given, amiright?

Anyway. After perusing Pinterest, I came up with a basic idea and headed to the Loopy Ewe to get some fabric. At fist I had considered JoAnne’s, but the quality and patterns at LE were so much more fun…and I use any excuse I can to get over there. Continue reading “project bag”

braver still

 

“The world is just as scary as I thought it was, but Your love makes me braver still.” -JJ Heller

Real Talk: The last several months have been crazy hard as my family has shifted and splintered into something we never could have predicted, leaving us grappling with the pieces left behind. While it has made the remnant stronger, we are still hurting, and grief is a long and winding process.

On a particularly emotional day last week, this song spoke life and comfort and reminded me once again that God is with us and promises to work all things together for good.

If you’re also facing hard situations, as goodness knows everyone is, I encourage you to give “Braver Still” a listen. It can’t fix what is broken, but can be a balm for a hurting heart. Healing is coming, friends.

first socks!

I finished my first pair of socks! So excited that I finally checked this off of my knitting bucket list. 🙂

 

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I used Knitting Pure and Simple’s Beginner’s Lightweight Socks using Cascade Heritage Wave in Nightshade/504.

Have you tried to make socks before? How did it turn out?

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yarn bowl

Prior to this weekend, I had never used a yarn bowl, but as soon as I saw a beautiful display I knew that I wanted to try one. The bowls were all hand thrown, glazed and baked by a local elderly couple and it was so cool to ask them questions about the process and see their work. Now I’m wondering why I hadn’t used one before…yarn will no longer be falling off my lap to roll across the floor! 

earth laughs in flowers 🌺 

-emerson 

autoimmune-paleo life

Recently, I found out that the reason I’m always tired, have a growing list of food intolerances, frequent migraines, and rough periods (TMI?) is that I have leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, anemia, hypoglycemia, a vitamin d deficiency…the list goes on.

The main culprit behind all of this is that I was born with hypothyroidism, and the leaky gut and non-thyroid were feeding off of each other, not allowing my body to absorb the medication properly and making me feel like a walking zombie! It also meant my body was in a constant state of catch-up and stress, intensifying the zombie effect. I knew something was wrong but since I’ve lived my whole life as a tired little thing having known nothing different, it was harder for me to catch.

The great news is that I can feel better and that each of those problems can be fixed, leaving me feeling better than I have ever felt! And I can eat dairy within a year if everything goes well (cue the confetti!!)! I’ve already had a few days where I had way more energy than I’m used to and it was a crazy feeling (is this how normal people feel??). Continue reading “autoimmune-paleo life”

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