Wednesday, February 15, 2017

4 weeks in...and update on no carbs...

 So 4 weeks ago I decided I had a sugar addiction problem.  I decided one day I would give up carbs and sugar to the best I could and I did.  This is the deal.  I know there are pros and cons to all diets/life style changes.  I am not saying this the best thing to do on the earth and I know it isn't for everyone.  However, this is working better than anything else I have tried for me.  I am strictly limiting the amount of carbs I eat each day and eating as little sugar as possible.  4 weeks in I am down 11.8 pounds.  This is without exercise as I have some malfunction going on with one of my toes and can't wear real shoes.  (so lame, I know).  I am not going to go in to the details with what I do or not do....cause I am basically doing my own thing that is working for me.  I will show you some of my food I have been eating, though!

 I have never had anything to eat at 5 guys before.  One night while waiting out the ballet schedule I headed to the mall.  There aren't a lot of no/low carb options but I did wander in to 5 guys.  They make bunless burgers....SOLD!  And. It. Was. AMAZING!!!

I am trying to figure out how to make omelets.  I have no idea how to make one.  I have tried 2 times now....both have turned out like scrambled eggs with a few extra foods tossed in.  I added broccoli, cheese, ham cubes, asparagus and avocado.  (Not all in one omelete!!)


This was probably one of my most favorite things I have made...chicken tacos.  I made my own hard shell taco shells by using low carb tortilla shells and baking them.  I added chicken mixed with salsa and then added some cheese and sour cream.  Yummy! 



I made these chocolate chip cookies....they gave me horrible stomach pains and "other" issues.  I won't be making them again!  We (Dan is helping me try new recipes) made some cauliflower bread sticks. They looked SO good on Pinterest.  So good that I made a huge pan of it.  And....it was nasty.  So gross.  Good thing we have chickens.  They loved the low carb cauliflower breadsticks.  Bleh. 


We have gone out a few times for birthdays.  While the others eat huge birthday Sundaes, I munched on steamed broccoli.  


Eating no/low carb doesn't allow for many crunchy things like chips.  A friend told me she made her own tortilla chips so I gave it a try!  They don't taste like the good ole' store ones, but they tasted good enough to eat and make nachos with!  

Here are the changes I have noticed 4 weeks in.  I am not really that hungry anymore.  I don't really crave sugar or sweet things anymore.  I did crave puppy chow for a few days.  My late night snack tonight was cauliflower and dill dip....not oreo cookies and milk.  I can't really explain why/how this is working for me.  I just know I feel better and my head doesn't seem as clouded.  I would say I have more energy too.  I have a lot more weight to drop and I am hoping with some exercise I can gain some more momentum and drop some more pounds.  

We will see what the next month brings for me.  I'll keep you posted!  Happy belated Valentine's Day!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

REAL MILWAUKEE Craft Segment and tutorials! (updated with full tutorials!)


I will be airing on REAL MILWAUKEE on Monday January 30th 2017 at 9:20 with these super cute felt crafts!   

Well, Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it is by FAR my most favorite "holiday" to decorate for.  I simply can't get enough Valentine's Day decorations in my house!  So it is only natural for me to craft along with my favorite "holiday" too!  I will be airing on Real Milwaukee this coming Monday (January 30th) at 9:20 with some super cute Valentine craft ideas!  I am SO excited to be going back!  I have truly missed doing my segments and I am thrilled they are welcoming me back!! Here is a little sneak peak of what I will be bringing.    Happy heart day!  


I have a weird obsession with wool felt lately.  I love everything about it.  The look, the feel, the end result.  In fact, I made many of my Christmas gifts using wool felt.  Trust me, once you use a wool felt brand,  you will never look at felt the same way again!  All of my Valentine's crafts have been created using the wool felt blend.  I order all my felt from Benzie Design.  I have been extremely happy with their quality so to be honest I haven't even tried anywhere else.  They are a small business that is located in a small town in Illinois so whenever I order I get my shipment quickly.  Most times, they ship out the same day!  They probably know real well now as I have placed quite a few orders over the past few months!!  If you are doing a search for felt, make sure you try out the wool felt blend....I promise you, you will fall in love!!
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Handmade Spiral Rosettes

I am SO happy with the way these flowers turned out!  The best part is...they are super easy to make! The first few I struggled with a bit to find my groove, but once I had a rhythm down, they were easy breezy!  You can make a bunch and use them as a centerpiece or put a cute little flag around the stem of each one and hand them out for Valentine's Day.  (My older girls helped me make these and will be giving them out for Valentine's day!) 

Tools Needed: 

Wool Felt Blend (In varying colors) 
Fabric covered stems (I found my at Hobby Lobby in the floral department) 
Sharp Scissors (I would recommend a fabric cutting scissors)
Hot Glue





You can find the Tutorial for these Felt Rosette Flowers HERE
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DIY Cute Cactus Plants

Anything Cactus themed right now is super trendy!  It seems everywhere I go, I see something cactus themed.  So, why not make your own felt cactus plants?  Again, I enlisted the help of my girls to create these.  We are going to put a sign on it that says "Hug Me" and give them to our teachers for Valentine's Day!  I know....they are adorable!!  

Tools Needed:

Wool Felt Blend in Cactus-y colors
Sharp Scissors
Sewing Machine
White Puff Paint
Cactus Template
Stuffing
Pots/ Wool felt balls as needed



I followed THIS TUTORIAL from Benzie Design to the "T" to make these super cute Cactus sets!  I had my favorite Designer make me some cute tags to hang on our plants as we are giving them as gifts to teachers!  You can find them HERE for a free download!  They say "Lookin' Sharp!"
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DIY Coasters

Ok, these are about the cutest things ever.  I have made these in the past and absolutely love love love them!  The best part is....they are the easiest things to make!!!  I have one sitting on my desk that I put my cup on all the time and each time I rest a cup there, the coaster makes me smile!  We tried to get creative and create some Valentine designs this time!  What a great gift idea for teachers or co-workers for Valentine's Day! 

Tools Needed: 

Plain Cork Coasters (I got mine at walmart)
Felt wool pom poms ( I use the 1cm ones from Benzie Design) 
Hot Glue
...yes, that is all you need!


These are so easy they don't need a tutorial...really, you buy some plain coasters, but some 1 cm wool felt poms from HERE, get your hot glue gun out and glue and squish the poms down!  Not. Even. Kidding!   
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Felt Heart Lollipops!

I simply love this idea!  These felt heart lollipops were super easy to make and the outcome was way cuter than I expected.  Again, this is another creative idea for class valentine's!  Put a cute little tag around the lollipop stem that says "Stuck on you" and you have a Valentine that will be treasured and kept!! 

Tools Needed:

Wool Felt Blend 
Stuffing
Sharp Scissors
Embroidery Floss
Needle
Hot glue
Lollipop covers and stems (I used the Wilton brand)

I crafted these while sitting at the admissions table at a basketball tournament!  So many people commented on how cute they were!  I took pictures along the way to give you a tutorial, but don't mind the photo quality!  

First, I cut out two hearts from the felt.  If you use sharp enough scissors you can cut out both at the same time!
 Next, I started stitching around the hearts using a simple straight stitch.  (I used embroidery floss)
 Once the two hearts were almost sewn together, I used some batting/stuffing to make the heart poofy!
 Finally, I stitched the heart all the way closed and tied it off with a knot on the back of the heart.
 (I told you I was doing this at the admissions table!  I was also switching over my calendar at the same time!)  I used THESE lollipop sticks and THESE cake pop bags to use as the wrapping on the heart pops!  I slid the lollipop stick in the bottom of the heart (Make sure to leave a small opening when you are stitching) and hot glued the stick inside!  Put the covers on and tie a sweet bow and you have a Valentine's treat that won't get sticky!!!

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Felt Heart Key Rings

A month or so ago, my key ring broke.  I was so sad.  I like to have something cute on my keys because I spend a lot of time in the car running my kids all over Wisconsin.  I also tend to lose  misplace my keys quite often so having something that catches my eye helps me find them just a little quicker!  These felt heart rings are so easy to create and would also make cute Valentine's Day gifts for friends and teachers!  I plan to crank some more of these out as gifts as well! 

Tools Needed: 

Wool Felt (I used precut out Fun-Fetti heart shapes by Benzie Design)
Embroidery floss or crochet thread
Needle
Ribbon
Small Key Ring (I found mine by the jewelry section of any craft store)
Scissors

 

























These would make cute luggage tags or tags for sport bags to help you or you kids know right away which one is yours!!  

For these key chains, I simply placed three hearts together in a color pattern I liked.  I sewed the smaller heart to the medium sized heart.  I tried both a straight stitch and a blanket stitch using needle and floss.  Once the small and medium hearts were combined I sewed the medium heart to the largest heart.  Then I used a second large heart and sewed the 2 large hearts together to give the keyring a bit of thickness.  As I stitched the two large hearts together, I also stitched in a pice of ribbon that I looped.  I made sure my stitches landed through the ribbon a couple of times to hold the ribbon in!  After I secured a knot at the bottom of the heart, I put the ribbon through the key ring!  I personally like the blanket stitch look better than the straight stitch look, but the straight stitch was way easier and much quicker!

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I will be walking through some of the steps on Real Milwaukee too!  I have one more craft I want to make by Monday as a bonus....tune in to watch!  Happy crafting and Happy Heart Day!!!

***many of these crafts I made, I simply followed other people's tutorials....I am not super creative with ideas, but I can just about copy any idea I see!  Also, Benzie Design has not paid me at all...in fact, they don't even know I exist outside of ordering from them!  I just simply have fallen in love with their product! ***

Felt Flower Rosette Tutorial! (As seen on Fox 6 Real Milwaukee)


Felt Flower Tutorial

Here is my tutorial on how I created these felt flower rosettes.  I didn't use a pattern which I ended up really loving because all my flowers came out just a little different and unique!
 I used this felt for making these flowers.  The color palette is called Sweetheart Ombre from Benzie Design.  

I first cut a square shape out of the felt.  I would say it was approximately 4 inches by 4 inches.  Again, I just winged this part.  Some squares ended up as rectangles and some were bigger and some were smaller. 
Next I started at one side and cut a spiral leaving a nickel sized circle in the center.

Then I trimmed off the square edges of the felt to give all the sides a rounded corner. 
 Then I was ready to start making the flower!  I used my fabric covered floral stems and put a small dab of hot glue on the end.  *Make sure the rounded side of the felt is at the top of the stem to create the rosette look. 
 Then you just start winding the felt around itself on the stem.  I didn't use any hot glue for this process.  It took me a few times to master this so if you don't like what your flower looks like, unwind and try again! 

 This is what my flower looked like when I had it all wrapped around the stem.  
 You will have that nickel sized circle left which I put a larger dab of hot glue on and wrap it around the bottom of the flower.  This held the flower together just perfectly!  
 I wanted to add a little leaf to the bottom of my flower as a final touch.  I used pre cut Fun-Fetti from Benzie Design for this as well.  I used the large oval shape in the color fern.  You can find them HERE
 I folded the oval in half and cut a small slit in the middle of the oval.  
 I slipped the oval onto the stem and slid it up to the base of the flower.  
 I put some hot glue on the leaf (don't do this until it is close to the flower base or else the hot glue will get all over the stem) and push it up on the bottom of the flower.  
And...there you have it!  These flower are easy to make and I just love how they turned out!  If you want to give each flower out individually for Valentine's Day you can find a FREE tag HERE to cut out and wrap around your stem. (Thanks Nellie Design for your special final touches once again! )  Real flowers die....Felt flowers last forever!  

 Happy Flower Making!  

Friday, January 27, 2017

FOX 6 Segment Preview! Tune in on Monday at 9:20!!!

Well, Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it is by FAR my most favorite "holiday" to decorate for.  I simply can't get enough Valentine's Day decorations in my house!  So it is only natural for me to craft along with my favorite "holiday" too!  I will be airing on Real Milwaukee this coming Monday (January 30th) at 9:20 with some super cute Valentine craft ideas!  I am SO excited to be going back!  I have truly missed doing my segments and I am thrilled they are welcoming me back!! Here is a little sneak peak of what I will be bringing.  I will be posting tutorials on how you can create each one of these crafts for my air date!!  Happy heart day!  


I have a weird obsession with wool felt lately.  I love everything about it.  The look, the feel, the end result.  In fact, I made many of my Christmas gifts using wool felt.  Trust me, once you use a wool felt brand,  you will never look at felt the same way again!  All of my Valentine's crafts have been created using the wool felt blend.  I order all my felt from Benzie Design.  I have been extremely happy with their quality so to be honest I haven't even tried anywhere else.  They are a small business that is located in a small town in Illinois so whenever I order I get my shipment quickly.  Most times, they ship out the same day!  They probably know real well now as I have placed quite a few orders over the past few months!!  If you are doing a search for felt, make sure you try out the wool felt blend....I promise you, you will fall in love!!
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Handmade Spiral Rosettes

I am SO happy with the way these flowers turned out!  The best part is...they are super easy to make! The first few I struggled with a bit to find my groove, but once I had a rhythm down, they were easy breezy!  You can make a bunch and use them as a centerpiece or put a cute little flag around the stem of each one and hand them out for Valentine's Day.  (My older girls helped me make these and will be giving them out for Valentine's day!) 

Tools Needed: 

Wool Felt Blend (In varying colors) 
Fabric covered stems (I found my at Hobby Lobby in the floral department) 
Sharp Scissors (I would recommend a fabric cutting scissors)
Hot Glue





You can find the Tutorial for these Felt Rosette Flowers HERE
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DIY Cute Cactus Plants

Anything Cactus themed right now is super trendy!  It seems everywhere I go, I see something cactus themed.  So, why not make your own felt cactus plants?  Again, I enlisted the help of my girls to create these.  We are going to put a sign on it that says "Hug Me" and give them to our teachers for Valentine's Day!  I know....they are adorable!!  

Tools Needed:

Wool Felt Blend in Cactus-y colors
Sharp Scissors
Sewing Machine
White Puff Paint
Cactus Template
Stuffing
Pots/ Wool felt balls as needed



I followed THIS TUTORIAL from Benzie Design to the "T" to make these super cute Cactus sets!  I had my favorite Designer make me some cute tags to hang on our plants as we are giving them as gifts to teachers!  You can find them HERE for a free download!  They say "Lookin' Sharp!"
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DIY Coasters

Ok, these are about the cutest things ever.  I have made these in the past and absolutely love love love them!  The best part is....they are the easiest things to make!!!  I have one sitting on my desk that I put my cup on all the time and each time I rest a cup there, the coaster makes me smile!  We tried to get creative and create some Valentine designs this time!  What a great gift idea for teachers or co-workers for Valentine's Day! 

Tools Needed: 

Plain Cork Coasters (I got mine at walmart)
Felt wool pom poms ( I use the 1cm ones from Benzie Design) 
Hot Glue
...yes, that is all you need!


These are so easy they don't need a tutorial...really, you buy some plain coasters, but some 1 cm wool felt poms from HERE, get your hot glue gun out and glue and squish the poms down!  Not. Even. Kidding!   
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Felt Heart Lollipops!

I simply love this idea!  These felt heart lollipops were super easy to make and the outcome was way cuter than I expected.  Again, this is another creative idea for class valentine's!  Put a cute little tag around the lollipop stem that says "Stuck on you" and you have a Valentine that will be treasured and kept!! 

Tools Needed:

Wool Felt Blend 
Stuffing
Sharp Scissors
Embroidery Floss
Needle
Hot glue
Lollipop covers and stems (I used the Wilton brand)

I crafted these while sitting at the admissions table at a basketball tournament!  So many people commented on how cute they were!  I took pictures along the way to give you a tutorial, but don't mind the photo quality!  

First, I cut out two hearts from the felt.  If you use sharp enough scissors you can cut out both at the same time!
 Next, I started stitching around the hearts using a simple straight stitch.  (I used embroidery floss)
 Once the two hearts were almost sewn together, I used some batting/stuffing to make the heart poofy!
 Finally, I stitched the heart all the way closed and tied it off with a knot on the back of the heart.
 (I told you I was doing this at the admissions table!  I was also switching over my calendar at the same time!)  I used THESE lollipop sticks and THESE cake pop bags to use as the wrapping on the heart pops!  I slid the lollipop stick in the bottom of the heart (Make sure to leave a small opening when you are stitching) and hot glued the stick inside!  Put the covers on and tie a sweet bow and you have a Valentine's treat that won't get sticky!!!

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Felt Heart Key Rings

A month or so ago, my key ring broke.  I was so sad.  I like to have something cute on my keys because I spend a lot of time in the car running my kids all over Wisconsin.  I also tend to lose  misplace my keys quite often so having something that catches my eye helps me find them just a little quicker!  These felt heart rings are so easy to create and would also make cute Valentine's Day gifts for friends and teachers!  I plan to crank some more of these out as gifts as well! 

Tools Needed: 

Wool Felt (I used precut out Fun-Fetti heart shapes by Benzie Design)
Embroidery floss or crochet thread
Needle
Ribbon
Small Key Ring (I found mine by the jewelry section of any craft store)
Scissors

 

























These would make cute luggage tags or tags for sport bags to help you or you kids know right away which one is yours!!  

For these key chains, I simply placed three hearts together in a color pattern I liked.  I sewed the smaller heart to the medium sized heart.  I tried both a straight stitch and a blanket stitch using needle and floss.  Once the small and medium hearts were combined I sewed the medium heart to the largest heart.  Then I used a second large heart and sewed the 2 large hearts together to give the keyring a bit of thickness.  As I stitched the two large hearts together, I also stitched in a pice of ribbon that I looped.  I made sure my stitches landed through the ribbon a couple of times to hold the ribbon in!  After I secured a knot at the bottom of the heart, I put the ribbon through the key ring!  I personally like the blanket stitch look better than the straight stitch look, but the straight stitch was way easier and much quicker!

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I will be walking through some of the steps on Real Milwaukee too!  I have one more craft I want to make by Monday as a bonus....tune in to watch!  Happy crafting and Happy Heart Day!!!

***many of these crafts I made, I simply followed other people's tutorials....I am not super creative with ideas, but I can just about copy any idea I see!  Also, Benzie Design has not paid me at all...in fact, they don't even know I exist outside of ordering from them!  I just simply have fallen in love with their product! ***