Jam-packed weekend

This weekend was surprisingly busy. It was one of those that we didn’t really have any plans, but got a lot done in just a couple of days. It all started Friday, when I got home a little bit late from work and all I wanted to do was relax. So, we spent some time outside. Olivia and I took a little walk around the yard before it was her bedtime.

OMA flowers

Then Ryan grilled some steaks and we had dinner outside with some good beer. We had steaks and the couscous mix from Trader Joes. It’s delicious and I think they should finally build one over here already. My closest one is a little over two hours away.

Grill Friday

Saturday, the first thing I did was get groceries. A whole bunch of fruits and veggies cause we really should eat more of those.

Groceries

Then, it was Olivia time again. The day was so nice that we got a blanket out and spent some time outside. We all loved it.

Outisde Saturday

A little while later we went over to Cedar Lake for a walk around the trail. i wanted to check it out as a possibility of trail I can use with the jogging stroller and it seemed like a possible candidate. I tried to run for a bit and it felt so good. Definitely need to get back on it.

Cedar Lake walk

We stopped at one of the shelters to get Olivia out and give her some fresh air. She was pure joy.

Cedar Lake break

The evening was spent over at Ryan’s cousin’s house where we had some dinner and hung out with their almost two-year old. Olivia just loved watching him run around.

Sunday morning Ryan wanted a big breakfast, so we went to try a new place for us. After some online research, we ended up at Breakfast House. It was a pretty small place, with great food and a sort of hectic service. After waiting at the door for a while without a word from the waitresses that were walking around, we ended up sitting ourselves at the only empty table and getting service a bit later.

Breakfast House

I ended up ordering a waffle and chicken sandwich. This is normally way out of my comfort zone, but for some reason it was very appealing. Well, it was delicious. One of the best waffles I’ve ever had and the chicken was pretty spot on as well. So, we’ll definitely give this place another try.

Chicken Waffles

Then it was back to the house to get things done around the house: meal prepping, laundry, cleaning, cutting Ryan’s hair, getting things ready for the week, etc. Olivia also got to work her little legs out. She loves being held up so she can stand.

OMA leg workout

Somewhere in between there, we headed out for another walk. This time, we went to Cherry Hill Park and took a stroll around it. This one is a crushed stone path, but it was very steady, so another great contender for running. Plus, it has the aquatic park right by it, so it got us excited to get Olivia in the water this summer. It was another sunny day, so Ryan and I rigged up the stroller with an umbrella. You might call us ridiculous, but this way she was protected from the sun, was still able to look around and get a nice breeze, contrary to closing her up with the stroller canopies. It worked like a charm.

Cherry Hill walk

Finally, we ended the day relaxing at home and watching Game of Thrones. Shocker! In other news, Olivia found her legs this weeks. They haven’t made it to her mouth yet, but it’s still super fun to watch her try to grab them. She’s a ball of joy!

OMA feet

Have a great week!

Summer Projects

I don’t know about you, but these sunny days and warmer temperature have me ready for summer. Days last longer and everyone seems to be in a better mood. The sun is the best mood booster out there. With that said, I’m looking forward to everything summer brings: crisp citrusy flavors, flowers, outdoor walks, cold beer, bunnies in the yard, farmer’s markets, fresh tomatoes, the feeling of the rays of sun on your skin, road trips, visits to the lake, etc. I’m already brainstorming what projects I’ll be working on this summer, but for now, here’s some ideas to get you started.

Coconut Lime Cookies

These are so good and embody the best flavors of summer: lime and coconut. They’re simple to make and a delight to eat. Perfect for a picnic or backyard BBQ.

CoconutandLimeCookiesrecipe

Cosmetics Pouch with Personalized Picture

I made this as a gift for my mom, but it’s perfect for summer. There’s a link to the tote bag tutorial in there as well. A perfect carryall with a nautical print to tote everything you need for a day out in the beach or lake this summer.

ToteBag

Multi Strand Cascading Necklace

Time to replace your scarfs with pretty necklaces. This one is a perfect companion to a simple maxi dress or white top.

Multi-Strand-Necklace

Canvas Cutout with Paper Background

Fun weekend project to add some pop of color all summer long. The nautical theme is a plus!

CanvasCutoutwithPaperBackground

Running Medal Holder

Need some motivation through the summer to get to your Fall race goals? Here’s one! A personalized medal holder so you can display all your bling. Let’s be honest, it’s one of the top reasons we run.

Race-Medal-Holders

Nautical Rope Rug

This one might take a little longer than a weekend, but it’s so worth it. I still have my rug by the patio door and it’s perfect. It looks great, it’s sturdy and keeps my house clean. I might just make another one this summer!

Naturical-Rope-Rug

Lemon Basil Mint Sorbet

Summer without ice-cream? Impossible! This sorbet is magical. The inspiration came from a smoothie Ryan and I tried at a farmer’s market once. If you feel up to it, you should definitely try this flavor combo!

Lemon-Basil-Mint-Sorbet

Enjoy the weekend!

Photo transfer on wood and canvas

Good morning and happy Wednesday to you! I got a pretty simple and fun project today. I though it was time to expand my gallery wall, so I made a couple of photo transfers to go on it. One is on wood, the other on canvas. They turned out perfectly.

Wood and Canvas Photo Transfer

Materials:

Wood Photo Transfer materials

First, make sure you have your picture printed to size and on an dry-toner printer. Also, if necessary, print a mirror image of your pictures, critical if you have words, otherwise you’ll have a flipped image. Also, clean the surface of your wood slab. I worked on the canvas one at the same time, but I’ll be showing you the process with the wood one. On the front of the picture, lather a generous amount of photo transfer medium with a sponge applicator. The idea is to cover the picture completely so it can’t be seen.

Wood Photo Transfer apply medium

Carefully, place wood over the picture and turn over. With firm pressure, smooth the printed image and remove any air bubbles. You could use a rubber squeegee or spatula for this step.

Wood Photo Transfer  smooth out

For the canvas one, I wrapped the image around the surface.

Wood Photo Transfer  canvas sides

Let dry over night. With a wet rag, moisten the surface of the paper and gently start rubbing the paper off.

Wood Photo Transfer wet and rub

As the paper gets wet, it will naturally tear off into pieces leaving the printed image behind.

Wood Photo Transfer  peel

Do this with enough pressure to lift the paper, but gently enough to leave the image undisturbed.

Wood Photo Transfer peeling

Let dry. See if you need to go over with a wet rag once again. I usually do. In the picture below you can see how both turned out after one passing.

Wood Photo Transfer dry

Cut off the excess paper and/or dried photo transfer medium from the sides by shaving with an Xacto knife.

Wood Photo Transfer edges

Once completely dry and finished, you can apply a coat of gloss sealer for extra protection.

Wood Photo Transfer gloss

I only did this with the wood one since I like the rough matte finish on the canvas one.

Wood Photo Transfer  apply gloss

If necessary, place a picture hanger on the back and display in your favorite spot. They look pretty cool!

Wood and Canvas Photo Transfer

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Ups and Downs

This was a tough weekend indeed and it’ll still be tough for a while. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to our best friend, Boone. He lost his battle with lymphoma in just five months. Even though he was taken from us too soon, we cherished every single moment with him. We’ll miss his company in car rides, being right by our side whenever we did anything in the kitchen, his uncanny ability to get in the way when doing anything just so we would pay attention to him, his cuddles and desire to cuddle, his clumsiness, how he would rather be by our side in any situation (we could literally leave him outside and he would wait by the door to come back in instead of running away), how he was most happy in the water, his smile. He was a very respectful dog and incredibly selfish with his toys. Definitely lived to make us happy every day. He was in our thoughts this whole weekend.

Friday, we went home early to say our goodbyes to him and spend his last hours together. Afterwards, We just relaxed for the rest of the night.

Boone love

Ryan also got some beer for us to sample. Since I’m a lightweight still, I only had half a beer, but it was delicious. We tried Goose Island’s Four Star Pilsner.

Beer Friday

Saturday morning was all about cleanup. Ryan tackled the garage which was a mess and I took care of the house and Boone’s items. I had The Lion King playing while we did so and it was great. Olivia will learn to love Disney’s best movie decade, the 90s.

Lion King

Ryan’s parents then came over for a visit. They hung out with us for a while and we went out for lunch. They spent the rest of the afternoon playing with Olivia until it was time to head back. You could tell that they loved every second of it. It’s also great that she’s starting to interact more. She loves attention.

OMA grandparents

While Ryan mowed the lawn in the evening, I took care of baby duty. She was quite fuzzy in the evening, maybe too much excitement during the day and it took a while to get her to fall asleep. Then, Ryan and I kept watching True Detective. That series is pretty good.

OMA mommy and me

Sunday was spent relaxing, meal prepping and playing with Olivia. Ryan loves holding her up so she can exercise her muscles. I think she looks to big and needs to hold on a bit on the growing part.

OMA squats

Throughout the whole weekend, we never stopped noticing Boone’s absence making sure we wouldn’t step on him when getting out of bed, not having him waiting for us when it’s time to go to bed, not having him beg for lettuce when we’re making a sandwich, not having him by my feet when I nurse, not having him open the door and wait for you while you shower, not having to take him outside and play for a while, not having his warmth at our feet when we lay down to watch TV, not having him bark at the mail carrier having him pay attention to every single thing Olivia does, not having him to share our day with. He truly was the best and will be missed, but most importantly loved.

Have a good week and hug your dog today and everyday.