Archive | July, 2012

I love the Olympics!

29 Jul

It’s the Summer Olympics, hooray! To celebrate I decided to make my very own Team USA Olympic wreath. I’m also looking forward to using it for¬†4th of July. I actually had hoped to purchase a 4th of July wreath prior to the holiday this year, but could never find one. It was a lot more fun making one myself anyways ūüôā It took around $20 worth of materials (although I can re-use the glue gun and glue) and an hour of my time. I’m really looking forward to making a Fall themed¬†wreath next!


Plants to brighten up the home

16 Jul

I’ve been on a big plant kick lately trying to add some green to the house. I found a nice stonecrop plant at a local fair that should be easy to care for. For plenty of sunlight I placed the stonecrop plant in the window. If this plant experiment¬†goes well, maybe I could even get another. If not I’ll stick to my plushie plants ūüôā

Long Hair Goal Update

15 Jul

I blogged in December about wanting long hair again and after not cutting it for almost a year, it feels like something is finally happening! Today I looked in the mirror and thought ‘Wow, my hair looks long!’

This in fact may be the longest that my hair has ever been! After having short hair for probably 90% of my life it feels really good to try something new.

Summer is here!

12 Jul

Summer has arrived for Seattle and I’m rocking my summer dresses. The weather has been fabulous lately, in the 70s and 80s, and I’m making good use of my closet full of warm weather clothes.

The picture is of one of my all time favorite dresses and I actually wore this one today. The picture is of me in Hawaii though. I wish Seattle’s beaches were a bit more Hawaii-like sometimes….

Remember my old¬†blog post about trying to be more fashionable at work (i.e., not wearing jeans everyday)? It’s happening! I’ve been wearing nice dresses¬†and have been getting some super nice compliments in return. One person told me I was one of the most fashionable people at work; that alone is worth dressing nicely all the time.

I must enjoy the sun and warmth while it’s here!




Mini Home Project: The Utensil Drawer

5 Jul

I’ve been really getting into¬†reorganizing things around the house lately. My latest goal was fixing up our utensil drawers. We’ve been using an old IKEA plastic unit which was becoming unruly.

We decided to invest in some nice new bamboo utensil containers from Bed, Bath, & Beyond. With our handy coupons this home project only cost around $18. I especially love that they had a standalone container that was the perfect size for chopsticks. Here are the before and after pics.



This was also a good chance to move some less frequently¬†used kitchen gadgets into a different place as well as find items for donation. I still can’t believe we had 3¬†vegetable peelers!

 Next project: The closets

World’s Best Peanut Sauce (and you can make it too) !

2 Jul

I’ve long been searching for that special peanut sauce recipe. Most recipes call for a lot of peanut butter and many times mine ended up tasting more like a PB&J rather than a¬†taste of Thailand. I have finally found that special recipe! It’s a slight variation on the amazing Chloe Coscarelli’s peanut noodle sauce recipe. The other part I love? It’s vegetarian and extremely east to make!

All you need is….

1 cup coconut milk

1/3 cup water

1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth)

1/4 cup maple syrup (I like to use maple flavored agave syrup to save money)

1/4 cup soy or sushi sauce (I like sushi sauce)

2 tablespoons lime juice

1-2 cloves garlic (minced)

Combine coconut milk, water, maple syrup, soy sauce, PB, and garlic in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat and whisk frequently until sauce is nice and thick. Remove from heat and add lime juice.

Pour on noodles or rice and enjoy!

Goals & Goals!

1 Jul

I own you!

I’m constantly trying to figure out how to save more money without actually making more money. In fact lately, I’ve spent more money than ever, but only to save more money. I¬†finally paid off¬†my Acura¬†TSX so that I now¬†own it outright. It seemed silly to continue paying interest on something that I could pay off, although it was really hard-working up the nerve to hand over the final $9,000 chunk. In the¬†end though, it feels great not having¬†a car payment and even better knowing I saved $1,000+ in interest charges. Also, having less money in the ol’ bank account makes me want to save even more ūüôā

Looking over recent credit card statements, my biggest weaknesses when it comes to spending are coffee, eating out, and random goodies (plants, pedicures, beauty products, other things I likely don’t need). Thoughts:

  • Coffee I can limit, but never restrict. Starbucks and other local coffee makes me happy and helps me work better (I swear!).
  • Eating out is probably one of the easiest items I can control. Work provides lots of tasty food and I’m trying to cook more at home. I should just save my eating out money for coffee.
  • Plants, goodies etc.: DONE! (my one exception is pedicures….$20 every other month is more than worth it for pretty feet)

Money savings ideas I’ve put into action and will continue to use:

  • Coupons! My husband is such an amazing coupon clipper and we always find the best deals.
  • Cheap or free weekend activities. We always see movies before noon to get the $6 ticket deal and partake in free festivals, museums deals, and other non-pricey options for fun.
  • Not cutting my hair;¬†a good Seattle haircut appears to range anywhere for $40-$75. I’m growing mine out!
  • Enjoying the clothes I own (and the free shirts I get from work). I have a closet full of amazing clothes so¬†I try to remind myself that I really don’t need any new clothes. Not wandering into my favorite stores helps too!
  • Library! Having¬†a Kindle makes it easy to buy $10 books on a whim, but the library also makes it easy to get free¬†e-books too.

Where will all this saved money go???

Travel and a special piece of jewelry I’m hoping to get one day!


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