Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July Workout Diary - Getting Ready to Head Home

The kids and I are heading back to my home state of Alaska in 9 days! I'm super excited to see family and friends, and to ditch my kids with the grandparents ;) 

That's actually what it looks like :) 

It's been 3 years since the last time I was home. Miss M was 9 months old, and I think I was pregnant with Mr. C but I just didn't know it yet. So of course my family who hasn't had a chance to visit us here in Hawaii are very excited to meet him. 

We'll be staying for a whole month, the longest I'll have been home since leaving for basic training back in 2007. Wow! Those six years really seemed to fly by. It was six years exactly on the 4th of July this month, and I can't believe it! 

Going home, of course, means seeing friends I haven't seen in ages, and I want to look good! So this month I've really been trying to focus on working out and ditching the junk food. 

Have I been successful you ask? Err...

Hey, at least I'm trying! 

Here's a look at what I've been doing to tone up and drop a couple pounds before we leave. 

Back in April I posted about Mark Lauren's Body by You workout plan. I had a lot of success with it but totally dropped the ball after Mr. Eight began having gall bladder attacks and eventually was admitted to the hospital to have it removed. What a nightmare.

This month, when I was ready to pick the ball back up again, I decided to just go with the more difficult workout plan featured in his first book, You Are Your Own Gym. I actually just follow the workouts on the app, which I love! 

Check out the app, it's available on Android and iPhone. The app is completely free and even comes with a free video pack of Mark Lauren performing each exercise with descriptions on how to do them. FREE!

I'm not sure if I've made any progress on the scale, or even with the measuring tape, but I do know that I feel stronger and better about myself. That's what's important right?

I noticed this week that my core is really weak (I'm blaming the kids), and that's seriously got to change. I saw this article from FitSugar in my BlogLovin' feed today and I think I'm going to add it in a few days a week! 

Looks pretty killer.

Have you been working out this month? Need some inspiration? Either way, let me know, I want to hear about it!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wordless Wednesday July 24th


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DIY Photo and Font Wood Transfer or Cute Little Soap Sign For My Bathroom

This is one of those projects that's been sitting around my house waiting to be finished. I began it months ago, set it down, and didn't pick it up again. It's been sitting in the living room collecting dust for ages. I'm surprised my kids haven't destroyed it now that I think of it!

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This project is a combination of photo to wood transfer and font to wood transfer. Plus some painting.

I apologize in advance for not having photos of the whole process! 

I started with a plain piece of wood from the craft section at Wal Mart. I painted it white with craft paint and sanded the edges a little to wear it down. 

Next, I found this cute image at The Graphics Fairy, saved it to a USB stick and took it to Office Max to have it printed. Follow the directions at Photojojo to transfer the picture to the wood.

For this step you need:

  • Laser printed photo (hence the trip to Office Max)
  • Matte gel medium (I found this on Amazon, my craft store didn't carry it)
  • Mod Podge 
The font to wood transfer is a little easier. Pick out a font you like, I forget which free font I used here (sorry! It was months ago, shoot me) but you can find a million free fonts online to choose from

  • Print it out in the size you need for your project.

  • Turn the paper over and color over the area you want to transfer to the wood with a lead pencil. I wanted to paint the letters, so I simply traced the font. Hold the paper up to the window if you have trouble seeing the print. 

  • Flip it back over again so you're looking at the printed side. Tape the paper to your wood piece and use a pen or pencil to outline the font again from printed side. Check after a letter or two to make sure your transfer is working.

  • When you're finished, remove the paper and the tape carefully.

  • Pick out some lovely craft paint and use a small brush to paint in the letters. 
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You're finished! 

I think this little guy is going to hang in my bathroom.

I'll share it hanging on the wall once I've finished organizing it. 

There are so many cool graphics at the The Graphics Fairy! Look around on the site and see what inspires you!

If you liked this project, check out my Beach Access font transfer board I made for my bathroom! It's actually a Christmas decoration disguised as beachy bathroom decor, shh!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

DIY Totoro Sharpie Mug

Where are my Totoro fans at? This one is for you! 

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If you have no idea what or who Totoro is..well, I don't know what to tell you. It's a classic Hayao Miyazaki film, which means it's kinda weird, devoid of most plot, yet enchanting and beautiful! 

I've been planning this Totoro mug for months, and it wasn't until I saw my previous Sharpie Mug Tutorial linked on a Harry Potter subreddit page that I decided it was time to bust it out. 

I'm going to take a moment here to share the amazing piece of mug art (is that a new niche?) that this person made. Harry Potter fans get ready to drool! 

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I found this cute Totoro art by JoshikoseiSnak on DeviantArt and decided it was the perfect size for a coffee mug. 

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Cute, non? You can find it here.

Alright, let's get to it. 

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1. Print of the image you would like to use. Make sure it's the right size for the cup.

2. Cut out the image. Then cut out a piece of graphite paper the same size. 

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3. Place the image on top of the graphite paper and tape both to the mug where you want the image to appear. 

4. Use a pencil or pen to trace over the image, press firmly.

5. Carefully remove the image and graphite paper. Your image should be traced onto the cup. Go over the image with a Sharpie pen. (If you mess up, which you probably will, have some rubbing alcohol on hand. You can use a Q-Tip to make any small corrections. I didn't have any rubbing alcohol and used Goof-Off to completely remove a soot sprite I was unhappy with.)

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6. When you are finished tracing your image and adding any finishing touches, follow the instructions here to bake it. These instructions are for a dishwasher safe image, HOWEVER, I highly recommend hand washing only just to be safe. 

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7. Admire and brag! Also, share it here with me :) 

The Totoros I traced from the image above, but the soot sprites are my own. Aren't they adorable?? The soot sprites have always been my favorite. (I secretly want a soot sprite tattoo, shh!) 

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Wouldn't this make a great gift for that Totoro lover in your life? 

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Monday, July 15, 2013

7 Simple and Sweet Summer Wreaths - Roundup!

It's full on summer and if you haven't gotten that wreath up yet now is the time! (That totally includes me by the way, I'm still rocking my Valentine's wreath LOL.) 

These wreaths are all so cute I can't decide which one I want to try. Check them out! 

Being stationed in Hawaii I was tickled to see this both adorable and frugal wreath at Fox Hollow Cottage! I may have to try this one first ;) 

On the other hand, this Burlap and Pinwheel wreath from the Happy Housie is adorable! 

I love this navy blue and yellow colors in this fun summer wreath from Christina's Adventures, especially that big flower!

Want some color to brighten your doorway? This Summer Rainbow wreath may be just what you're looking for! You can find it here at Wine and Glue.

You can never go wrong with a floral wreath, and this one from Uncommon Designs is gorgeous!

I had never even heard of Mod Melts until I saw this Mini Wreath tutorial at Happy Clippings. Mini wreath in a frame? CUTE!

Say hello to that summer sun with this simple and fun paper wreath from I Heart Nap Time!

Do you have a cute summer wreath adorning your door? Share it here! I'd love to see it!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer Meals Roundup - Six Savory Summer Meals!

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Mmm! Summer is here and I've been cookin like a crazy person. What about you? Here are some yummy summer meal ideas to get you going!

(Have you ever had pineapple salsa? I used to get it at Trader Joe's all the time. SO GOOD!)

Made any delicious summer meals this year? Let me know!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Kids Outdoor Chair Makeover

I picked up an ugly little plastic, kids patio chair last summer for free. We're really lucky to have a fantastic Airman's Attic on Hickam AFB here on Oahu, which is where I got it. Picking up free junk from here and transforming it into awesomeness is a favorite past time of many military moms here on the island. 

For a whole year I've been looking at this ugly little guy. I think it actually was getting worse in the end. Toys get so sun damaged and molded here in Hawaii that it doesn't take long before you're ready to toss 'em. Which is probably how this one ended up at the Airman's Attic. 

I started reading about spray painting plastic last week. I'm looking into painting Mr. C's cozy coupe and the kids Step 2 cottage. I wanted to give it a try on something I didn't care about as much, and cost a lot less though. 

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So here it is. Ugly, sun faded, moldy, kids chair got a makeover! In purple! 

Not bad right? I'm pretty proud of it. I gave it two coats, plus a clear coat that supposedly protects from UV rays. We'll see. 

Seems to be holding up pretty well, but the first time I set it out Miss M threw it across the lanai and some of the paint on the arms scraped off. Other than that though I'm lovin it! 

Much better, non? 

Ever spray painted a plastic toy? How did it work out for you? 

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Super Simple 4th of July Flag Cake

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This is a super simple 4th of July cake that anyone can whip together. It looks nice, it's patriotic, and it takes almost no time at all.

I have really fond memories of making this cake with my aunt at my grandparents house one summer when I was a kid. I'm pretty sure we only did it the one time, but it was so much fun and I thought it was so beautiful that it stuck with me!

I feel like this cake warrants no direction, the picture pretty much explains it all. However, here are some tips.

1. I use a box of white cake mix for this cake. Mostly because it's light and fluffy, perfect for a BBQ dessert.

2. Cut up the fruit and bake the cake the night before. The next day the cake is perfectly cooled for icing, and the fruit is ready to go.

3. Wash and pat dry all the fruit.

4. The icing is just full fat cool whip. Don't skimp on the fat, it stays together better than the fat free variety :)

5. Let your kids help! Even a toddler/preschooler can line things in a row. Unless you're really trying to impress someone, let them help. Who knows, maybe they'll cherish the memory and blog about it some day!


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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Wordless Wednesday July 9, 2013

I haven't done a WW in so long! Excited to be back!

We went to Ko'olina last night and I played around taking shots of the sunset and my kids. These are my two favorites.

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Dual Decor Board: Christmas and Beach Bathroom

Last Christmas I made a board for hanging our stockings under. I'm not particularly fond of how the painted words turned out, but that's neither here nor there. The fact is I had this piece of Christmas decor laying around my garage when I decided I wanted to spruce up my bathroom a little. 

I hated my downstairs bathroom. It's very blah because I live in military housing and refuse to paint anything (yes we can paint, but when we move out of this house we'll have lived here a grand total of two years, not worth the effort). It was also crowded with a random assortment of Eastern Seaboard lighthouse decor I picked up at a yard sale a while back. I was so sick of it I didn't even bother taking a picture to post here haha. 

I decided going from one coastal aspect to another was pretty simple. I live in Hawaii after all. This time though I wanted it to be a little more personal, by using things that I made, rather than bought. 

So far I've hung up pictures I took myself while in Kailua last year, as well as this sign that I am immensely proud of!

I remembered seeing these cool decorations on Pinterest last year. This was posted at Over The Big Moon a couple years ago. Aren't these great? I thought if I could use the back of the stockings board for something else, then at Christmas I could just take it down and move it to where our stockings are. 

I used this tutorial from Jenna Sue to create this Beach Access sign. I didn't take any step by step photos, hers is pretty good, so check it out if you need help. 

I bought eye hooks at Home Depot and spray painted them white, drilled small holes in the top of the board and screwed them in, then tied twine to both. I also painted a small cup hook and screwed that into the wall to hang it. 

Here's the front and back. Now I can't wait for Christmas! :D