Sugar Free "Keto" Pixie Sticks

March 5, 2019

I've been doing the keto diet for two months now. There are so MANY things I can discuss about THAT. For now I want to just "sprinkle" this fun goodie. Keto Pixie Sticks! Now, I don't want to get in a debate about using artificial sweeteners for keto purposes. I understand that some people think it totally hinders their progress while others use it in order not to fall into bad sugar habits. I like to think I fall into the latter. I've also heard a lot of people say that eating artificial sweeteners keeps them craving sweets and I DO think that there is something to that.
That being said, I've eaten these and it has not kicked me out of ketosis. Maybe you're different. I've heard so many different things from people who've had totally different experiences than me doing this. At the very least this is a much healthier alternative to processed sugar pixie sticks. I used real freeze dried strawberry powder. You can use any kind of fruit powder though! Mango, lime, lemon, apple, grape, raspberry, blueberry, etc. Though, those will have varying amount of carbs. The strawberry powder has very few net carbs. Only 4 per TABLESPOON! Using the measurements in my recipe below that's only 1.11g of carbs per stick. PS. These DO have a small amount of natural sugar from the strawberry powder but it is free of processed sugar.

The Perfect Gift for that Girl Who's Hard to Buy For

November 22, 2018

 Looking for a creative Christmas gift to give? Can't find a gift for that person who has everything? Gwynnie Bee may be your answer. Give two months as a gift and only pay for the second month.

Here are a handful of the dresses I've worn these past few months. I always have something new to wear going out to a party or just going out to lunch.

DIY Wood Porch Planters

November 1, 2018

I made these Ana White planters with some leftover scrap wood from a project that I'll post about next week. But these planters were SOOO fast and easy. No kreg jig required. Just glue and brad nails. With no distractions you can easily bang these out in a day. Really makes the porch POP! Ana White says if you use picket fence panels you can make this for under $20! Get the plans here. I altered the tops of mine from her plan but it required little effort.

Plus don't you love the hello mat on top of the buffalo check mat? My new favorite front porch detail.

Honeycomb Ombre Hexagon Accent Wall

September 25, 2018

Last fall I worked on a honeycomb ombre hexagon accent wall with a friend and never got around to posting the pics. We used this tutorial from Thistlewood Farms to do it! Definitely took a little math and planning but anyone can pull it off with a little patience

Get Free Frocks for at LEAST One Month!

September 17, 2018

WANT FREE CLOTHES FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH? I haven't spent a lick on clothes this entire summer and yet I always had a cute new outfit to wear when going out or meeting friends for lunch or coffee.
For the summer I decided to give Gwynnie Bee a try. And I have to say I LOVE it. You can try it for FREE too! If you use my link below you can get one free month PLUS $10 off the next month if you decide to continue the service.

Window Alcove to Daybed Makeover

September 10, 2018

Since we moved into our new house I've been promising the girls that I would add daybeds to their matching alcove windows. It's a perfect space for beds. It's only 22 shorter than a twin bed and only 2 inches wider. But others projects came up and it just never happened. Everytime I'd look at the space I'd lament the possibilities. Every so often one of them would say "Weren't you going to make beds here? What ever happened to that?" I'd sigh and say "Yeah. I know. I WANT to." Then this summer we weren't sure if relatives were going to spend the night and I decided once and for all that I was going to make those beds. (The room has matching alcoves so the "before" photo is the right version. The "after" is the left but they're basically the same space.)

Ikea Hack Tarva Drawers and Desk

July 18, 2018

Henri and Eloise's room is pretty small. Really it's only meant for one person but both of them have to make it work. It's been hard to fit necessary things in like a desk for homework and dresser drawers along with twin sized beds, especially considering I need two of everything. Finally finished this IKEA hack yesterday. I hacked them to match the farmhouse beds I made earlier.

It's basically just the Tarva dresser with some extra moulding embellishments on the front face and new pulls. The desk portion is two pieces of wood laid flat and connected between the two dressers with L brackets screwed into the studs in the wall. I also white-washed it like I did with the headboards. It works for the room because it's not too deep but deep enough for a desk. I plan on buying two orange stools for the set up the next time I pop over to Ikea.

Modern Calligraphy Brush Lettering (Free alphabet worksheets)

February 23, 2018

This past month I have fallen deeply for modern calligraphy.
There's so much to cover and I'm feeling overwhelmed just thinking about it. But I thought this blog would be a great place to start with just an intro post. If any of you have been contemplating giving it go I want to urge you to try. It's a lot easier than you may think. First let me give you my personal recommendations for beginners. First get yourself a Rhodia notepad at Michaels.
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