Am I really a “healthy living blogger?” (Holiday Crafting, Baking, & Gifting)


I’m a healthy living blogger. At least that’s what the business cards I ordered say.

What does that mean? Balance.

Lately, I’ve posted about cookie swaps, craft events, blogger meetups (food bloggers and general blogging), and today’s post is about holiday gifting.

So after some thinking, I decided that I can still be a healthy living blogger. How? This is all a part of finding balance and living life healthier.

Crafting is healthy and therapeutic, as is baking. Joy the Baker found a post that supports this theory. If you read this post, no wonder I picked it up in 2010 when I was anorexic/exercise bulimic and depressed.

Crafting and baking yield something satisfying, almost immediately.

Giving breeds happiness. See, it’s #4.

So I mixed them up and for the holidays, I crafted and “baked” my way to holiday gifting.

Cake batter chocolate bark Everyone will want these so make a few extra batches. Take care and don’t rush because you’ll burn the white chocolate, fail to let the white chocolate melt and glue onto the dark chocolate, and the sprinkles will fall off. I used Ghirardelli (2 bags for $5).

DIY Sharpie initial mug I used Sharpie paint pens! Michaels always has a ridiculously good coupon. The mug was $2 from Michaels too!

Ceramic tile coasters This was a 5AM project. It took an hour to Mod Podge. Then I went to work and came home to put on the EnviroTex seal… now they have to dry for 72 hours?! I used paper from Paper Source that I got from a co-worker.

Cards I’ve never had personalized cards made. I usually go and pick out the best one.

When I had more time (at TJ Maxx)…

When I was in a crunch and Target’s selection was lacking…

Gift wrap I never quite plan ahead enough for gift wrap so I just pick the best ones at the store. I look for quality paper (TJ Maxx and Marshalls have good ones) because I hate struggling with ripped paper.

Other gifts: chocolates from Trader Joe’s, local food items (from all those craft events), and Starbucks because it’s a staple and I got 3 of them as gifts.

What are your go-tos for people you must get gifts for but aren’t sure what to get them? I’m usually a pro at getting good gifts. 🙂 However, this is a struggle when the other person doesn’t talk as much as I do.

What’s your favorite holiday DIY?

Treat Yourself Tuesday: A Week of Being Sick


Its been a whole week since I last posted. Even before then, I was posting intermittently.

I have this entire week off! Woohoo! I actually took last Friday off because I was am deathly sick.

Well, what does one do I do when they are sick? TREAT YOURSELF!

Sleep at 7 PM, 6 PM, and then 5:30 PM.

Take a day off work.

Eat spicy sushi.

Do yoga but have to stop because downward dog made me congested.

Go to Friendsgiving. I skipped the dessert though.

(Photo from my friend Elle.)

Imbibe in cranberry mimosas. Antioxidants right?

Lay on the couch and watch “Frank the Entertainer Basement Affair.” All of it.

Workout watching said show. That tea towel is for Paige’s #FitandFestive workout and those run capris are from Fabletics!

Craft. I finally found and dyed bottle brush trees.

Have you started decorating for the holidays? I can’t wait to share all of my DIY wreaths!

Five Things Friday: Wine Cork Wreath & Other DIYs


I made this list one morning during breakfast. It’s similar to my August goals list but it’s ongoing since I can’t do all those things this month.


I’m on a DIY kick! Here are 5 DIYs either I or others have made:

1. I made strawberry jam. It’s the most American thing I’ve ever done?


It actually looked decent after sitting in the fridge. #FreezerJamFriday


2. I made a mixture for oil cleansing. 50% castor oil, 50% grapeseed oil.



3. We work next to the department with yarn. They made us all these flowers.



4. We have our own DIY station where I taught people how to make bead bracelets. I haven’t made one since middle school.

My design is on top. Chris made everybody one. #FriendshipBraceletFriday


This is Chris.


5. I’m not a lush. The local wine society gave us tons of corks so I made a wine cork wreath for all seasons.

#WineCorkWreathWednesday would be more appropriate even though it’s not Wednesday.

 5 DIYs I want to make

1. Wine corkboard

2. 4th of July clothespin wreath

3. Clothespin garland

4. Simple clothespin garland for pictures for the wall in my bedroom

5. Wine jelly

What are you itching to make?