Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hi there! I've missed your beautiful face!

I'll just start with, I'm not even going to try to justify, but here's the list of excuses...
  1. Bought a house 1000 miles away from where we were.
  2. Settling in to said house.
  3. New job, lots of travel, lots of "high priority" work.
  4. Living the good life on an island.
  5. Let's just say... Most of this happened... A year ago.
I know, I know, no excuses.  But you know what?  We're FINALLY settling down from the "movers here, leave for work, come home for two days, leave for work again, blah, blah, blah" and getting ready to do some projects around here.  So that means... blogging!  I've only done a couple of things here so far, and actually, it's all one room (the same one with the fabulous craft closet!), so I'll be gathering all of that to share.  If you follow Boho Willow on Facebook or Instagram, you've seen little hints, but I haven't shared the WHOLE process anywhere just yet.  Plus, there's a ton coming up - and I really can't wait!

I really have missed writing, playing with photos, and hearing from YOU, so I will be back.  Soon, I promise.  Until then, I share my happy place with you :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I lost a closet, but I gained so much!

First thing's first... Happy New Year!  I hope that 2015 is your best year yet!

We've been in our new home for about 4 months now and I FINALLY had some time to get a much needed project complete and have something to share!!

This is the closet in my home office.  I really work, like for a paycheck from an employer, from home, well, when I'm not traveling. Because of this, one of the "musts" when we decided to move back to FL was to find a three bedroom home so that we could also have an actual guest room and an office.  As we were settling in, I realized I would need to carve out a little space somewhere for my creative mess, so the craft closet was born!

I am so thrilled with this little space!  I initially thought the closet would be great because I could close the doors when I wasn't using it, but I've got to admit, leaving them open looks much better than closed, anyway!  I love the view!

It all started with a day off and a little paint and a little Mod Podge and fabric to add some detail.  I love this color - it's very inspiring!  And pretty close to what I used when I redid the bathroom in the last house.

I had no idea what I was actually going to do for desk space, but a trip to Michael's to pick up some storage boxes turned a vision into a reality when the Recollections storage cubes were 60% off.  I picked up six and spent a couple of days putting them all together and soon had a place to store all of my vinyl for the little machine that started it all!


The storage boxes were 5 for $10, so with them, everything has a place and I don't even miss not having a desk drawer.

I picked up some plug-in under cabinet LED's from Home Depot to add a little light, and a shelf from the closet section to make a desktop.  A gooseneck lamp helps add the light needed from the Silhouette to cut properly.

Once I had the cubes in place, though, I realized the desktop wasn't quite high enough, so one more trip to Home Depot for some MDF and quarter round cut to size (love that they do that for you!) and some ball feet, I made some bases for the cubes which also make it look just a little bit, I don't know, custom! I wanted something fun for the walls, and some DIY pin boards fit the bill. In another post, I'll share some of the details, but here's a little glimpse.  And I'll just say, a little spray paint makes things easy!

Now I realize that most people can't just give up a closet.  But, with just me and the huz in this three bedroom home, I can.  So I did.  And it makes me happy!  I encourage you to do something that makes you happy on this first day of a new year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The 2014 Blur. Time to reset!

Well, hello there!  It's been quite some time!  I hope you all had a great December holiday of your choice!

As I prepare for 2015 and refresh the closets, cabinets, and inboxes, I thought it was high time to refresh my love of writing and blogging again!

Quick recap... I got a new job, we put our house in PA up for sale, had a buyer, moved to Florida, they backed out, I travel a lot, we found a new buyer, and Florida is beautiful!

There, you're all caught up.  

I thought I'd ease back into this blogging thing a bit.  I started this blog two years ago as a way to share my projects with my family and friends far away.  I will have more of that, in fact, there are some posts already in the works.  But first, I wanted to share some of what has kept me away.  I think once you see, you'll fully understand!

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Recipes? I thought this blog didn't "do" recipes!

If you've been here before, I've told you that I don't cook much.  I can make a few things well, most of which have been shared here before.  Before I get into why I'm going to be sharing some things with anyone who stops by, let me give you a little background...

I'm a Sales Manager in real life.  This often requires putting on a suit, heels, and makeup.  At the end of May and beginning of June, I did it every day for two weeks - to sit in conference rooms.  The meetings were great - they weren't the issue.  The issue was that I didn't have time in my car between stops where I could remove my jacket and maybe unbutton my pants.  I couldn't take off the heels that were squeezing my feet and slip on my trusty flip flops.  I had to sit in those conference rooms and feel the waistbands cutting into me, knowing that I would even be able to see the thread holes from the buttons marked on my skin at the end of the day, trying to hide my belly behind untucked shirts or buttoned jackets.

So, I decided to do something about it!  Two dear friends had just shared some "before and after" photos on Facebook from a fitness challenge they had completed.  Both of these ladies had babies last year, and they looked absolutely amazing.  I decided to jump in on the game.  One of them had become a Beachbody coach, so she sent a ton of info and suggested I try 21 Day Fix as I hadn't really exercised anymore than walking from parking lots to my car for quite some time.  I checked it out and decided it was the good way to go!

I won't get too much into the details of the plan, though if you want more info, you can get it by clicking on the banner down there at the bottom of the page or shoot me an email.  Suffice it to say that it makes eating right and exercising very, very simple with color coded containers.  No counting calories, and the best part, no eating a bunch of cardboard for a few weeks to drop some pounds only to put it back on (and then some) within a week.  If you can buy it at a farmers' market, it's probably OK.  What I really like about the program is that it's full of foods I already like, it just teaches portion control and makes me get up off my booty for at least 1/2 hour a day for the workouts!

In these last couple of weeks, I've seen lots of Pins, posts, and blogs about plain boiled chicken, brown rice, and basically cardboard.  No way!  Eating healthy does NOT have to mean tasteless "fuel." You can still enjoy food and lose weight.  I'm proof - since June 7, I've lost 15 inches overall and though I don't know exactly where my weight was because I didn't buy a scale until after I started, I know what the scale said at my last doctor appointment a couple of months back, and I'm 12 pounds lighter than I was then.  Maybe I'll share some before and after photos here when I'm done, too.  We'll see!

This program focuses on fresh, healthy foods, which for the most part, I already love.  However, one of the primary groups is protein, and with needing to eat 4 servings a day (red container - which is 3/4 cup, which is more than you think it is), I was struggling to reach my goal each day even with my breakfast shake counting as one and with eating two more by having chicken, turkey, beef, or pork loin with lunch and dinner. Beans fall into a different color category, I'm allergic to shellfish, and I have a phobia about eating fish that wasn't caught that day (ok, call it being spoiled from my years in Florida), so I had to revisit the list of approved foods for that red container. In comes the need to incorporate some yogurt.  No, not fun, sugary Peaches n' Cream, either.  Straight, plain, nasty Greek yogurt.  Show me someone who says they love to eat plain Greek yogurt, I'll show you a liar. Seriously, the first couple of times I tried to eat it, even with fruit mixed in, it was rough.

So, I checked the book AGAIN, and came up with a winner - and there's no cooking required!

This has quickly become one of my favorite snacks.  Actually, there's so much goodness in here, you could almost make this one of your meals!  

3/4 C plain Greek yogurt  (1 Red)
1 small apple, cut into small cubes (1 Purple)
Cinnamon to taste
Homemade toasted oats (1 Yellow) recipe below - so easy!

It's that simple.  The cinnamon is what got me to be able to actually enjoy the yogurt, and when I load it on, I don't hold back.  Seriously - there's an overload of cinnamon here.  It's a good thing you can have as much of it as you'd like (along with most other spices!)

Top it off with some toasted oats - YUM!  If you're fending off a major sweet tooth, add a teaspoon of local, raw, organic honey and consider that craving curbed! I just finished one of these, and now I want another.

Toasted Oats:  
Preheat oven to 350°.  
Spread 1 Cup of oats in single layer on cookie sheet (I also stirred some up in 1 tsp of coconut oil to make some clusters.)
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Bake 15 - 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes
Store in sealed container

Have you found a favorite healthy POWER food?

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