Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mood Board No. 4

Mood Board No. 4
(brought to you by Pinterest)
P.S. Ran 30 minutes straight this morning.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

New Home and a Clean Ride

A sneak peak of our new home. Jesse and I downgraded from a two bedroom and one bath apartment to a one bedroom and one bath house. It is technically a garage of a larger home (see the house that has the A bubble on it) that was converted into a rental space. We are excited about living in a more condensed space for many reasons: not connected to anyone else, for our finances  and the lower impact on the environment. I will include interior pictures in a later post and show some space saving ideas that we are using to maximize our new dimensions!
(Thank you Google Maps)

On another note, I wanted to point out that I hand washed my car this weekend. I tried to take a few green steps in this endeavour. I parked in the grass of my parent's house so the soapy water would not be added to the sewer system and I used biodegradable soap. Whatever flows into our storm drains here in Tacoma goes straight (no treatment) into local lakes, rivers, streams and the Puget Sound.  Thanks, Mom, for letting me use your lawn and the idea that is better for the environment!
My car- Doesn't she look great? 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pinterest is...

                         ...really inspiring me into action

Items that I have seen on Pinterest and have now completed! 
(with review)

1. Homemade Cleaners made with simple ingredients-
No more chemicals!
Pinterest ...          



My Review- I have now used three of the cleaners and can whole-heartedly say that I am hooked.  The antibacterial and the all purpose do great; they clean and maintain with a great smell to boot. The bathroom actually cleans better then store purchased cleaners and gets into the nooks of faucets, etc. and cleans out dirt you did not even know was there.  Awesome!                                                                                                                                  
2.  Home made Laundry Detergent
     & Mine
My Review- I have only made this one and will give you an update when I use it.  However, very easy to make and I even cut it in half because I do not have a 2 gallon pot believe it or not. 

3. Ball Pendant using string, tacky glue and a kids ball

       &  Mine

My Review- As you can see, on this one I changed it up a bit. My boyfriend and I did some cleaning out a bit ago and came up with a entire box full of old electronics cords. Yikes! I took them and re-purposed them. The only change to the directions are to tie the cords end to end and wrap around ball (like a ball of yarn)  and then apply tacky glue all over the cords. I applied 2 coats of tacky glue (ended up using an entire medium bottle of glue) to be on the safe side.  It came out really nice. It's  more flexible but still holds it's shape. Want me to make you one? 

Bonus item:

A painting I completed this weekend, it is the first one completed on my artist's easel that I received for Christmas from my boyfriend. 

This was indirectly inspired by Pinterest. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Veggies & Running

Simple Post today, top photo is some of our harvest from our box at the community garden and bottom photo is of a lovely little pumpkin starting to grow. Both of our pumpkin plants have jumped out of the box. Opps! 
image from
I have started my fifth week of my running program detailed in a previous post. I can now run for 12 mins. together and 28 of the 30 mins. total. 

My inspiration picture of the week~~~~>

And a bit about the picture-
"More research led me to K.V. Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with an issued number (Roberta Gibb had run the race the year earlier, 1966, without a number. She had hid behind a bush at the start). By using her initials, Switzer had gone unnoticed as a woman until two miles to race. That's when Race director Will Cloney and official Jock Semple physically tried to remove her from the race."- The Sew Weekly, Vintage clothing piece

Thank you Ms. Switzer for pushing those limits for us women!