Your Whims Wednesday #158 {And Features}

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | | 6 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

Here are some of my favorites from the last party!

Vintage Window Chalkboard by Atkinson Drive
Vintage Window Chalkboard | Atkinson Drive

Floral Stamped Earrings by My DIY Corner

Beaded Bowls by Etcetorize
beaded bowls, polymer clay bowl

Gold Fringe Earrings by Everyday Bijoux
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
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Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)


Bead Fest Spring 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014 | | 1 comments
 Bead Fest Spring came to town again this weekend, and I was very excited to attend this year! Bead Fest is a HUGE bead show that comes to the Philly area two times a year and only hits up a select other number of cities throughout the year.  The very best part is that I live only 20 minutes away from the expo center it's held in so I easily zipped over this weekend to get some shopping on!

To see some recaps of past shows and the goodies I bought you can check out these past posts:Bead Fest 2011, Bead Fest 2012, Bead Fest 2013
 
Bead Fest Philadelphia

Bead shows can be overwhelming.  There are SOOO many beads and SOOO many shoppers.  It's way too easy to spend WAY too much time there and also spend WAY too much money!!! As I am not made of unlimited funds I tend to stick to the cheap strand sections.  You can get some really cool beads for $1-$3 a strand and not break the bank while doing so.

At some tables there are just literally PILES of bead strands to dig through.  I kind of wanted to jump up on the table and have someone bury me under the beads - THAT'S how many there are.  I don't think the vendors would have really appreciated that thought so I refrained haha :)
 


I stopped to say hello to some of the vendors this year such as the Beadalon booth.  I found out recently that Beadalon is actually based out of Eastern PA, only about an hour away from where I live! Wyatt from the Beadalon team was there demonstrating some of their new finding creation tools.  They really have some neat new products out! (Shout out- you can find many of the Beadalon products online at Prima Bead with no shipping!)

I also stopped by the Jesse James Bead Booth to got to meet Candie Cooper! It was great to connect with another jewelry maker in the industry to actually makes her living making jewelry and teaching others.  Jealous much??? :) She was also insanely nice and let me interupt her lunch to chat a bit!

One of her necklaces was on display at the Jesse James booth that she had recently posted on her blog. It's pretty cool to follow a blog and see a project posted one week like this Statement Necklace and then show up the next week at bead fest and see it in person!  

Here's the haul that I took away this year:

A good amount of strands and some metal accent findings and components. I just love this close-up shot of my beads. These are the things that make my heart go pitter patter....  

I probably spent about $110 on everything.  Beads are little but they sure do get expensive real quick!!!

Lastly, I thought I would do a round up of some of the tutorials I've posted over the last year that were made with supplies I grabbed at Bead Fest in the past:


 

  
 


So many pretty necklaces! Hopefully I'm able to make lots more of pretties and post about them over the next couple months with the new supplies I got.  If I'm still lacking for inspiration, Bead Fest Summer is coming back to town in August and I mayyyyy just have to go again for another visit!

One Month to Jamaica: Weight Loss Update

Thursday, April 10, 2014 | | 4 comments
It's official: one month from today hubby and I will be on our way to Jamaica!!!

Booking that trip two months ago was the kick in the pants I needed to say enough is enough and start getting myself healthy. (If this is news to you catch up here and here). Last month I left off with an update of 16 pounds down (11 in the first month and 5 in the second) and I'm happy to report that as of today I'm down a total of 24 pounds! (8 pounds since last month). According to My Fitness Pal I've reached a 10% loss. Woot!

I'm glad this month I "picked the pace up" and lost more than 5 pounds. I think one thing that helped was I ate much better this past weekend. Er, or just less calories. I may have had alcohol and cake for dinner last Saturday night. Priorities people. Haha no, I normally eat very healthy dinners during the week but I knew I wanted to drink and we were celebrating a friends birthday that night...so it was cake and alochol for my dinner!! haha.

I'm still trying out new healthy recipes during the week, staying away from things that have a lot of cheese, cream cheese, cream (sensing a pattern??) as those are my downfall. I even cooked fish for my first time EVER this week. I was a little nervous, but it actually turned out really yummy!


Mahi Mahi with Breadcrumbs, Garlic and Herbs

This was my sad face from Tuesday night. Every Tuesday hubby has plans so I have the night to myself to make mac and cheese and watch all the girly shows he hates. I really just wanted to sit on the couch and eat lots of food and drink wine but instead I went out to exercise and HAD NO WINE. UGH. Why must wine have calories.



My belly has always been problem area and will be for awhile...but I've noticed my waist a little more prominent lately :) And I think I can see a little difference in my face. I few people have started to notice and comment on some changes so that makes me happy :)

Here's a shot from about 8 months ago (when I had just started a diet that lasted for...oh...a week???) and 2ish weeks ago when I just hit the 20 pound loss mark. Besides the fact that I had bangs back then I think I'm starting to notice a few subtle changes.


Both are gym bathroom slefies before Zumba class. Keeping Classy.

One of the newest thing's I've been doing is going for runs outside. It has been getting into the 50s and 60s around here which feels glorious after the VERY cold and VERY snowy winter we had. I live right up the street from an awesome biking/walking trail so Jefferson and I have been going out for runs/walks a lot more.



This doggie may not be too big but he has ENERGY! He is always out as far as he can on his leash pulling away. He thinks I'm too slow haha :)

I'm still not very good at jogging for long distances outside (I can only seem to do that on the treadmill right now) but I guess you have to practice to get better at everything and even if I'm not running the whole time I'm still buring a good amount of calories. Plus, I'm pretty happy while doing it because THIS is the view along a lot of the trail!!



I've still been using my Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor to track my calories. For my Zumba class and doing at home workouts it works really well, but I've been having troubles with it when I go running. It keeps on losing my heart rate! Maybe because of the strap that goes right under my sports bra...and the girls really bounce allll around when I'm running.... So I bought the ePulse2 Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Watch & Calorie Counter to use just for running. You wear it around your forearm and it doesn't require a chest strap which seems to work better for me.



I wore BOTH trackers my first time - there is a little spread between the calories they calculate but not that much of a difference.

So I've got one month left until Jamaica. I don't want that to be the end of this journey by any stretch, but it does feel like a good milestone I'm trying to get too. I really would like to be down 30 pounds before we leave, so that would mean I only have to lose six pounds this next month! Very attainable. But then I'll be eating ALLZEFOODS and drinking ALLZEALOCHOLS while in Jamaica (you have to live it up on vacation!!!) so I'll have to get back to work when I get home!

Finding my Style with Kleenex

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | | 0 comments
I'm still trying to refine and develop my home decor style.  We've been in our house for two year now and I think that as each season passes I'm getting a littllle better with my decor choices and placement, but there is certainly still room for improvement.

I was excited to see that for Kleenex’s 90th anniversary, they’re coming out with an innovative first: The Kleenex® Style Studio. It’s a fun, inspiring way to discover more of the Kleenex® Brand designs and products you love!
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It was really cool to discover all the awesome new patterns that Kleenex has come out with - blowing your noes no longer has to be boring and mundane - it can be super stylish as well!!

Kleenex is even DESIGNER stylish now - Kleenex partnered with Isaac Mizrahi to create 4 designs to help you express your personal style and to incorporate all the latest fashion trends.  Check out the Style Finder to watch videos featuring Isaac Mizrahi providing his latest style advice!

After checking out the awesome designs online at the style finder I headed out to Target to pick up a few of my own boxes to style in my space.  I got a pretty metallic box, a graphic floral print (one of the Isaac Mizrahi designs!) and a watercolor floral box.
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I decided to use the metallic box to style in one the bookshelves in my family room.  I rearranged a few things and pulled in some extra pieces to give it a fresh spring look. I'll never be a "professional stager" but for my beginner experience I think it turned out cute :)
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I love how the Kleenex box looks stylish AND is functional: I go through a LOT of tissues and it's so much nicer to have them blend in and actually contribute to my decor rather being a dingy looking box on the coffee table that looks like it came straight out of my grandma's apartment.
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Styling with Kleenex helped me push my design style - my favorite shelf I styled was this bottom one with the candle/book combo - so cute!! Even this shelf is functional too - I'll never be one of those bloggers who buys old books to use in their decor, I've got enough of my own laying around I need to store! I just pulled out a couple of blue books (and frantically scrapped off the ugly orange price sticker leftover from one I bought used!!) and sans pricetag I think they look nice on display.
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So what do you think - can Kleenex help YOU develop your own style? Visit the style finder to get started and to play the Catwalk vs. Kleenex game for an exclusive coupon!

This post is sponsored by Kleenex but all opinions are my own!

Your Whims Wednesday #157 {And Features}

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | | 6 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

Here are some of my favorites from the last party!

Baking Soda Easter Eggs by The DIY Dreamer
Baking Soda Easter Eggs - Easter Crafts

"Loved by You" Pallet Sign by The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom


Easter Egg Tree by Restoration Redoux

DIY Tea Towels by Cherished Bliss
Create these fun DIY Tea Towels with this simple tutorial! via cherishedbliss.com

Bunny Bunting by Cottage Gal Style
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Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



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