Happy Friday – I hope you are having a great week! The good news? We have almost made it to the weekend, friends! In case you are new, my “Friday Favorites“ posts are where I share products, music, websites, etc. that I am loving currently. I LOVE hearing about your favorites in the comments, so share away!
In general, I love when pop singers release positive songs! When I first heard this song, I liked it, but I LOVED it after I saw the video. Justin Timberlake is so cute!
I made these treats from the adorable “Sugar & Soul” blog for our pup, Hank, who turned 4 in May. He LOVED them – apples and peanut butter are two of his favs! My batch was pretty moist, so I would recommend refrigerating them.
A good friend (hi Vivian!) recently shared explore.org with me. Have you seen this site?! There are cameras on all sorts of wildlife habits, streaming live, so the viewer can watch the animals in their natural habit. My friend is following along with the eagles in Iowa. I love so many, I haven’t been able to pick a favorite yet!
If you are in Arizona, or planning a trip here, I would HIGHLY recommend visiting the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. It is part botanic garden, part aquarium, part zoo and it is AWESOME! There is so much information about the desert and is fun for people of all ages! The photo in this post is a view from the beginning of the loop around the grounds there!
Alright! Your turn! Let me know what you are loving in the comments!🙂
Flower photographed at the Tucson Botanical Garden
Hello again! I don’t remember when I first heard the phrase “Don’t quit your daydream,” but it is something that continues to resonate with me. Throughout my life I have had different daydreams and I think they are important, because they keep me thinking about the future, setting goals and challenging myself to do new things.
The Sunflower Paperie shop will turn 3 years old on May 1st of this year. When I opened the shop, I had no idea how many sales I would make or what customers would think. I remember my first sale so clearly – the customer was a mom from Mississippi and she wanted me to make the decorations for her son’s first birthday. I was SO excited to help her and had so much fun creating the order. After that first sale, I was hooked on helping people celebrate life’s special occasions!
I am constantly thinking of new items I want to make or services I want to offer through Sunflower Paperie. What started as a hobby, has turned into something I would love to be able to do full time. Maybe your daydream isn’t career or job related. Perhaps it is retiring early or traveling abroad each year. Whatever it is, I would encourage you to write it down and make it happen. Share your daydream with friends or family members who will encourage you to pursue it! With a little work, consistency and dedication many daydreams are more obtainable than we realize.
What is something you are dreaming of currently?! What is a daydream you had for years that you made happen?! I would love to hear from you in the comments!
The last couple of weeks I have been thinking about habits (both big and small) and how they impact our lives. This past January, I decided to stop drinking soda. While I had previously stopped for months on end, I would eventually fall back into the habit of drinking soda. This may sound harmless enough, but when I drink soda, that is what I drink the most of over the course of the day. I have always been a diet soda drinker, so calories weren’t the issue, but the more I read about artificial sweeteners, the more I knew I needed to cut soda out.
Prior to the new year, I started drinking more unsweetened iced tea and less soda, so by the time January rolled around, it was relatively easy to stop drinking soda “cold turkey”. The more consistently I drink tea, the less I even think about soda. I have also noticed that the more I drink tea, the more water I drink, because water isn’t the sharp contrast to tea that it was from overly sweet soda.
What does all this have to do with this weeks “Words of the Week” you might ask? Well, I am using my success with eliminating soda as motivation for developing other positive habits in my life. The soda example is also motivating to me, because I have a tendency to see the “big” end result and feel overwhelmed, but with giving up soda I am now able to look back over the months and see that the small, consistent decision to drink tea or water has led to me no longer drinking soda. Small, consistent changes I can handle!
What examples do you have of becoming consistent and developing a habit? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments!
P.S. I am sure there is some lesson about consistency and the Saguaro Cactus (pictured), so feel free to comment on that too!😉
Last weekend I was home in Kansas working on a t-shirt quilt with my Mom. My Mom has been quilting for several years now (and sewing most of her life), but this is only the second quilt I have worked on. We watched the t-shirt quilt tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company several times before we started my first quilt last December (pictured above). We have since ordered fabric from them and my Mom subscribes to their magazine publication “Block“. I could go on and on about what an awesome company MSQ is – all sewist’s should check them out!
I don’t know why it took me so long, but I have recently gotten really into podcasts! I listen to them when traveling (flying), commuting (no headphones, just the speaker) and when working on Sunflower Paperie orders. My current favorite is “The Way I Heard it” with Mike Rowe. Mike is crediting Paul Harvey (who I also loved) as his inspiration for the program. All of this, plus the historical nature of the stories and short length make this series perfect!
Other favorite podcasts include: “Build a B@d@ass Business” with Diane Sanfilippo, “Serial Season 1” with Sarah Koenig (I know I am SUPER behind the times on this one!) and “Undisclosed” with several attorneys looking at all of the evidence from the case introduced in Serial. If you are an iPhone user, look for the purple “Podcasts” icon – it is SO easy to search topics and subscribe!
Happy weekend, friend! I hope your days are filled with love and fun! 🙂
Hello friend! I hope you had a nice holiday weekend and a solid Monday. I have some exciting news to start the week with… I am officially “re-launching” the Sunflower Paperie shop today!This might be somewhat confusing, because my shop never officially closed, but frankly, I have been feeling unmotivated and, dare I say, uninspired the last several months.
Sunflower Paperie – Mini Banner DIY Kit
Let me back up… After a couple of years in business, I had multiple items in my shop that sold well, but weren’t that fun, or fulfilling, to create (confetti, I am looking at you!).Since one of the major goals of my shop is to help people celebrate, I thought I should be having fun while making my products!
Happy Wednesday everyone!This weeks Words of the Week is a phrase that I have found myself repeating frequently this year – “Start TODAY or Start NOW!”. The older I get, the faster time seems to pass. My boyfriend gives me trouble, because I frequently say “I feel like it is either a Monday or a Thursday, the rest of the days just fly by!”
Start Today resonates with me in several areas of my life currently.As I indicated a couple of weeks ago, I am trying to lose weight this year. Start Today, may seem like a strange mantra, since once I start losing weight, I should just need to “continue” losing weight. I find these words motivating when I consider each day a fresh start towards my goals. Since I can’t go back in the past and prevent myself from gaining this weight, I find it more motivating to focus on the single day in front of me.
I am a little late sharing my “Friday Favorites” this week (oops), but for a good reason… Yesterday was my birthday, so I have been busy celebrating! In the spirit of birthdays, I thought it would be fun to share a bunch of things from my birthday wish list. 🙂
I have admired theses Concrete Cacti for quite a while now! Gore Design Co. is based right here in Tempe and does larger scale concrete pieces too.
This item is going to seem SO random, but I want a set of Yoga Toes! A massage therapist once mentioned that I curled my toes under and ever since I have noticed that I do! Even while sitting or standing, my natural reflex is to curl my toes – which is not good at all! The reviews I have read about this product seem like they would help my overall foot health.
I have gone back and forth about whether I wanted a fitness tracker for a couple of years now. With my goals for this year, and my specific action items, I have decided I want one and have done some research. I would like the Fitbit Charge HR, now I just need to decide on a color!
Seriously, how cute is this cactus phone case?! I have been checking it out since I got my phone last November and I still think it is super cute!
This choice might show my age, but I really want a new pair of glasses from Warby Parker! I like these, these and these! The company lets you select up to 5 pairs to send to you to try on at home, but one of my students recently told me there is a store in Scottsdale, so my plan is to go there soon, so I can try on more than 5 pairs!
What have you been loving lately?! I would love to check out your picks, so leave them in the comments!
This year I have been listening to and reading a variety of motivational and positive messages (both personal and professional in nature). I thought it would be fun to share a quote or phrase I am focusing on for a particular week each Monday with a little background about why the phrase is meaningful to me. This weeks phrase is “focus on the positive.”
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Welcome back! Today I am excited to share my first Friday Favorites post of 2016! Feel free to share what you are loving in the comments and I will check your suggestions out.
I have followed Diane Sanfilippo for quite awhile via Instagram and her blog. I recently started listening to her Build a Bad@ss Business podcast and LOVE it! Each episode ranges from 15 – 60 minutes, so they are perfect to listen to while driving to and from work. Prepare to be motivated!
I don’t know how I missed this while he was in space, but Scott Kelly’s Instagram accountdocumenting his year in space is AMAZING! Some of the vibrant colors in his photos are unbelievable! I have also enjoyed seeing his posts since he has returned to earth.
I am such a sucker for dog stories (both happy and sad) and this is one of the best I have heard in quite some time! There is something so touching about this man’s story about his relationship with two rescue dogs. Grab your tissues and learn from my experience and don’t watch this at work (or in public)! 😉
Now it’s your turn… Tell me what your are loving (and what I should check out!) in the comments! Happy weekend, friends!
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Hello! Happy 2016 (yes, I fully realize it is February, make that March, not January 1!)! 🙂 I hope your year is off to a wonderful start. As you might have guessed by my absence from the blog, 2016 is already going quickly!
I have spent the first part of this year thinking about and focusing on what I want to achieve in 2016. Last year, I had a somewhat complex list of goals, that I reviewed quarterly and tried to post about as I met milestones along the way. While I liked this structure in theory, it proved to be difficult to keep up with. When I posted my end of year recap, I realized there were goals I had identified in January, that I had completely forgotten about by December (“Learn How to Sew Paper” – I am looking at you!).
Last December, my friend Jennifer Kennedy recommended I read The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to set goals, but doesn’t ever quite achieve them all. One of the main concepts of the book is that we should start viewing a year as only 12 weeks. By shortening the amount of time we have to achieve a “yearly” goal, every day, every hour and every minute counts more. This also allows us to adjust goals more quickly than waiting until November and realizing we still have a long way to go and subsequently getting bummed and not working towards the goal any longer. This 12 week concept really resonated with me, since I have previously liked setting quarterly goals!