Weekly weigh-in: Week 21

Hmmm… Perhaps I should start calling these “monthly weigh-in’s”… 😉 Thanks for sticking with me through this process! Have you ever heard the sayings, “you can’t out train a bad diet” or “abs are made in the kitchen”? I have heard (or read) these phrases more times than I can count, but the sentiment never really sunk in. Until last week. My boyfriend and I had worked out a couple of times, I was trying to take the stairs regularly at work and yet my weight wasn’t decreasing at all. I think far too often I use exercising as an excuse to “indulge” in edible treats. Of course when one “indulges” regularly, it stops being a treat and turns into habit (that often continues on days when there is no exercising!). Ha.

Beginning - Tom's Thumb hike

The rock outcropping straight ahead is Tom’s Thumb!

This week I am focusing on eating low carb foods and eating within an 8 hour window of time. The time frame method was first mentioned to me by a good friend and is kind of like “intermittent fasting,” if you are curious. So far I have been doing Noon – 8:00 p.m. or 12:30 – 8:30 p.m. and it is working for me (I am surprisingly not hungry in the mornings). While at work, I am walking outside to another building and going to the 3rd floor for my bathroom breaks, with the goal of going to the 4th floor each time next week and the 5th floor the week after that. I am trying to take small steps daily (both literally and figuratively!) that will add up to the results I want.

Continue here…

State Capitol Series – Phoenix, AZ

It’s hard to believe that almost two years ago we moved from Kansas to Arizona. Having lived in Topeka (the state capitol of Kansas) for almost 10 years, I was excited to move to another state capitol! We technically live in Tempe, but Phoenix (and the state capitol building) are only about 20 minutes from our house. Of course it took us almost a year to visit and tour the capitol.

Arizona capitol exterior 3

The capitol only does guided tours for groups of 10 or more, so we opted for the self-guided tour. I should clarify that the part we visited is technically the “Arizona Capitol Museum.”

Click HERE for the complete tour!

Party in a box!

As I have mentioned before (only 1 million times or so!), one of my favorite parts of Sunflower Paperie is making custom products! 🙂 Often with bigger custom orders I will send the customer a photo with several paper options to pick from and we will discuss flag shape, banner wording, etc. While this is super fun, it also requires extra time, because each item is made to order.

Bow Tie and Mustache confetti

I also receive a good deal of order requests with timelines that don’t accommodate custom work. I hate telling people that I can’t meet their timeline, so I am super excited to announce a new product offering in the shop – “Party in a Box“!

The idea behind my “Party in a Box” option is that you can purchase one listing, get several coordinating items and save a bit of money! These items are also already cut and packaged, so they will ship very quickly.

Bow Tie banner

Right now these sets are dominated by bow tie and neck tie themed parties, because they continue to be some of my most popular items. This is definitely a shop section that I plan to add to this summer, so let me know if you have any ideas for party in a box themes you think would be cute!

Party in a Box

Weekly Weigh-in: Week 17

Hello, and thanks for dropping in for my weekly weigh-in! This past week went well! I did a good job of sticking with low carb selections and didn’t have any sweets (!!!). For those of you familiar with Atkins, I am not doing strict “induction,” because I have allowed myself a potato item here and there. I only had one meal that I consider “bad” and that was when I indulged in some tortilla and pita chips and dip. Otherwise, I have focused on veggies and protein. The mindset I mentioned last week of focusing on making good decisions each day is working well! I definitely need to get more exercise into my routine, so that is what I will be focusing on next.

Week 17 weigh-in (May 5, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since April 28): 3.5

Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 3.5

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

Click here to check out my previous weigh-in’s.

Happy 2nd Anniversary!

Two years ago today, I opened my Etsy shop with a handful of listings and a head full of dreams! Fast forward 24 months, 629 sales and thousands of pieces of paper later and I couldn’t be happier with my little business. I have learned so much over the last two years and am very excited for what the future holds for Sunflower Paperie.

Sunflower Paperie 2nd Anniversary

I know I have said it before, but none of this would be possible without YOU! The support and encouragement of my friends, family and customers has truly made this a fun and life changing experience. Working on custom order requests, seeing pictures of Sunflower Paperie products at parties and getting feedback from customers about their orders has been rewarding and so fun. I always joke that even though I don’t have any kids of my own, I sure have “celebrated” a lot of baby showers and first birthday parties! 🙂

All this is to say – thank you. Thank you SO much for your continued support of Sunflower Paperie! To celebrate this 2nd anniversary and my wonderful customers, I planned several fun things…

First, how about $5.00 off of your purchase of $20.00 or more?! Use promo code 2YEARS any time this May in the Sunflower Paperie Etsy shop to claim this deal (limit 1 code per customer).

Next, I am giving away one of my “Grateful” banners! Simply leave a comment on this post about what you are thankful for and I will randomly select a winner on Monday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m. Arizona time. Giveaway CLOSED – Congratulations, Vicki B. you won (check your e-mail for details about receiving your banner!)! 🙂

Sunflower Paperie - Grateful Banner

Finally, what would you think about FREE shipping on your next Sunflower Paperie order?! Sign-up for my weekly newsletter (below) and receive a promo code once you have confirmed your membership (I promise, I don’t send too many e-mails!). If you think you have already signed up for my newsletter, but don’t remember the promo code, just let me know.


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 Thanks again for all of your support! Have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. Don’t forget about the favor bag and paper straw sale, that is happening right now in the SP shop!

Sunflower Paperie Turns 2!

SP Birthday Sale

This Friday, May 1, the Sunflower Paperie Etsy shop turns 2 years old!!! In honor of this milestone, I have some fun things planned for the blog and the shop, but I simply couldn’t wait until Friday to start the fun!

I just listed a bunch of party favor bags and paper straws for $2.00 per set (50-60% off of their original prices!). Head on over there now, to grab this deal, while supplies last!

Happy Shopping! 🙂

(Not So) Weekly Weigh-in: Week 16

My goodness, where did the last 5 weeks go?! If you remember, my last weigh-in was week 11 and I was taking a “free pass” because of all the celebrating I was doing. I didn’t mean to not check-in for 5 weeks (eek), but that seems to be what happened. I am checking in today with some good news. This week I have re-focused my efforts to eat a low carb diet and honestly, I am already feeling better.

I am also approaching my health with a little different attitude. As evidenced by my opening sentence, time flies by so quickly. Instead of focusing on my long term weight loss goal (which can be depressing and overwhelming), I am going to focus on making good and healthy decisions each day, with the confidence that those days are going to add up to weeks, months and years and that over time I will see the results I want. I am going to keep logging my weight daily and checking in here once a week with an update.

Week 16 weigh-in (April 28, 2015): 

Pounds lost (since last week): 0

Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 0

Total number of workouts: 0

Total number of weekend hikes: 0

Click here to check out my previous weigh-in’s.

Anyone else have weight loss or health and wellness goals they are re-focusing on?!

Live music and a free burrito

Happy Wednesday friend! I hinted at another concert post last week, but it has taken me some time to get this past weekend documented (my apologies!). On Friday, my boyfriend and I saw the country group Reckless Kelly at Harold’s Cave Creek Coral.

Sunflower Paperie blog - Reckless Kelly

We had missed Reckless Kelly when they came through AZ in August, so when we saw they were coming back through the area we grabbed tickets. Harold’s is a restaurant, bar and live music venue that is about an hour north of where we live. Harold’s had three ticket options: VIP reserved seating (3 rows), reserved general admission seating (3 rows) and general admission (standing). We “splurged” and got the reserved general admission seating and ended up being 4 rows from the stage!

Sunflower Paperie blog - Reckless Kelly 2

The crowd was a little more subdued than I expected (not much standing or dancing), so we had a great view of the stage all night long! Reckless Kelly just released their 8th album, so they have tons of materials to choose from. The show was very high energy and entertaining! I especially enjoyed the lead guitarist – he was GREAT!

The stage was set up outside of the bar and it really wasn’t crowded at all. Plus, the AZ spring time weather was perfect. I would highly recommend catching a show at Harold’s just make sure to wear your jeans and cowboys boots! 😉

The fun continues HERE!

State Capitol Series – Helena, MT

Now that I have finally started documenting our state capitol travels (see my Madison, WI post here), I can’t stop re-living all of our trips in my mind! Today I am excited to write about our trip to Helena, Montana.

SP blog - Montana capitol exterior

Last October (2014), we traveled to Montana because my boyfriend presented at a conference at the University of Montana in Missoula. Let me start by saying that Missoula was an absolutely adorable town! We used airbnb to find a charming place to stay, enjoyed their First Friday Art walk and had the best pizza of our lives at Biga Pizza. Although this post is NOT sponsored by the Montana Visitors Bureau, I wish it was, because we would totally go back and visit!

Click here to read my full recap!

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