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Monday, May 13, 2013


this year i turned 26. i'm getting real old.

but i had a great little birthday that included a night at hotel fifty with my love.


drinks at teardrop lounge with great friends. thanks again to everyone who came out!!!!




i took my actual birthday off from work and spent it with my mom and sis shopping and then went out to dinner with jason at por que no. yum.


and this was my desk when i returned to work.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


first attempt...

and the final product. 
i took the skirt apart a couple times so sorry but i gave up on the tutorial.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013



a little while back i went as my friend carrie's date to the dinner detective an interactive dinner and a show at the courtyard marriott in portland. it was really fun and my alter ego natasha wellington was even played into the story line. i wasn't a murderer or victim but i was suspected. 


i love trying new things so when i heard about coconut oil being the cure all for everything i thought why not and i gave it a try. i haven't done everything on the below list only the highlighted things but the possibilities are endless.

1.             in cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter. as a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
2.             in healthy snacks: coconut clustersbrain powder smoothie, mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do not take this at night!), and coconut cream concentrate

1.             it’s high lauric acid and mcfa content helps boost metabolism, taken supplementally for daily energy.
2.             can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
3.             can help improve sleep when taken daily
4.             some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
5.             rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose or ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
6.             blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold, flu, or sore throat
7.             after initial heat is gone, it can help speed healing of sunburn
8.             can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally
9.             to help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
10.         internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth, by itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
11.         can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea
12.         homemade vapor rub
13.         can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
14.         on cuticles to help nails grow
15.         naturally clears up cold sores
16.         it is said that taking a spoonful will help reduce and eliminate migraines
17.         massage into tired, achy or sore muscles to help relieve the pain
18.         ingest a small amount and let it dissolve in your mouth and run down the back of your throat to ease the discomfort of a sore throat

1.             on the skin as a basic lotionin homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin,  homemade lotion recipes
3.             in homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
4.             as a naturally spf 4 sunscreen,  homemade sunscreen
5.             topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
6.             as a delicious tropical massage oil
7.             mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower), mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
8.             on feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
9.             can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
10.         in homemade natural bug-off lotion bars, can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
11.         can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
12.         as a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
13.         when used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
14.         by itself as a natural deodorant

1.             as an intensive nighttime facial moisturizer
2.             as an eye-makeup remover
3.             many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
4.             to lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
5.             rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
6.             can help resolve acne when used regularly

1.             a tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of frizz
2.             as an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours.
3.             can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth

1.             as a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
2.             a small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
3.             for pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
4.             mix with baking soda to create a non-toxic form of goo-gone
5.    use to condition your wooden cutting boards

Monday, May 6, 2013


i used an over baked clay available at michaels or any craft store. i cut equal strips and put them between wax paper and used my rolling pin to flatten. i then used a regular kitchen knife to trim the edges and imprinted letters. follow the baking instructions and enjoy!