Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wedding Planning

There are less than 90 days until our wedding! We've been engaged for just over a year and I feel like I haven't done anything! I have boxes of supplies for countless projects but not a whole lot of finished product. I finally understand why brides are always so stressed. I worked at a 4 star spa for a few years and we did tons of bridal parties. I always thought the women were exaggerating. But now, I get it. Especially because I chose not to hire a wedding planner. Our budget is $5500. The wedding planner wanted 30K. At first I was so upset, knowing that I couldn't have my "dream" wedding, but as it turns out- I'm a pretty simple bride and I don't have many "needs". We are having the wedding in Montana at my parents' ranch so we got to avoid a site fee. We have hired lots of local businesses and individuals to participate instead of the traditional 'contract vendors' and we have had half of our tables and chairs donated by the Lions Club. It's really coming together pretty well...most of the last minute details will be decorations and food.

I do miss my girls though. I have 5 bridesmaids and they all live in different cities around the country. That means I don't have the traditional support of my ladies in this planning phase. I wish I could invite them over for wine drinking/crafting parties. I wish I could get a hug when I need one. Because sometimes I need one. Tim works pretty long hours at an architecture firm which I am so grateful for, but I miss him during the day when I have energy for projects. And then I work part-time evenings at a burrito shop so we really only spend about 4 nights a week together and weekends. We're still young and it's the perfect time for us to work hard before we start a family. It's kinda lonely- but not as lonely as going it alone.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Rosehips and Amethyst

I am super excited to announce that in my blog-land absence, I have started a business! The name is Rosehips and Amethyst & it is currently set up as an ETSY Shop but hopefully, one day, it will turn into my dream pop-up shop/ holistic book store. I have recruited a dear friend and artist, Janessa Bork, to design all of my branding and packaging. I am very excited about this collaboration and would like to give you a sneak peek at some of the wonderful stuff that this project has created:

This shop will be an assemblage of handcrafted herbal body care and healing stone jewelry. Many more plans for the future, but this a lovely place to start.

Monday, August 19, 2013

off days

My horoscope was ominous this morning. Something about being unsuccessful despite my best efforts...
I quit reading. Like, I hoped if I stopped reading it would change the outcome.

Shortly thereafter, I broke a rung on our new coffee table...

When I got to work there was a grease fire! And then a grill fire!! (That never happens)

When I got home, I saw that one dog had chewed up a paper towel and the other was on the sofa! (not allowed)

Some days you just can't win.

Friday, August 16, 2013

One Year

A lot can happen in one year. Recently, on August 10th, Tim and I celebrated a very special day; it marked one year since we moved to Spokane from Denver and also one year until our wedding! We are so happy that we chose this life together and we look forward to fifty years more. I honestly can't say that I ever saw this kind of happiness for myself. I hoped for it. But I never quite expected it. I used to be a self destructive person and many of my relationships fueled that fire. I was unhealthy and unhappy for most of my 20's and I knew I wanted more for myself. I began meditating on my soul's desires and my life purpose and I prayed for a counterpart who would support my ideal self. He appeared, quite literally, on my doorstep and became a part of my life. I finally believed in the power of manifesting my heart's desire. And I was finally able to heal old wounds. Regrets, grudges, judgements all melted away in the presence of my new partner. I had found confidence long-lost and the joy of love... true, reciprocated, appreciated love. I knew that having Tim in my life would make me a better person. It has.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Feeling Fine

This week has been great. It's Day 5 of our 10 day detox diet and cleanse and I can happily say that I have not felt "hungry" without grains, meats or dairy. I snack a lot and have discovered some fabulous products out there that can be used as lifestyle replacements. Here are a few photos of the deliciousness we've made so far:

I've made Butternut squash and lentil curry, Spinach and kale salads, Cauliflower mash with shallots... and SO many kinds of juices. Also, These FLACKERS are amazing with hummus!!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Raw Vegan Cocoa Date Bars

To prepare for this awesome week of veggie bliss, my love bought me an early birthday present: A NINJA!!

This amazing blender is a multipurpose tool combining the powers of blending and food processing. I've already made smoothies, ice cream & pesto. NOW I am about to make some raw, vegan power bars for our cleanse this week. Three years ago I interned with Larabar in Denver Colorado. Larabar makes amazing gluten free fruit and nut bars and I thought I would attempt my own. There are a ton of recipes of these kinds of bars on Pinterest! and the like but you can really make these without a recipe... I promise. The key is TEXTURE.

Dates will give you the sticky-ness needed to hold your bars together and nuts will give some bulk to your bars. Flavors are up to you. I chose cocoa, cinnamon, fresh ground ginger and vanilla. But you could use any number of extracts or spices. I also threw in some dries cranberries, rehydrated Goji berries a hint of maple syrup and some melted coconut oil. The texture should be dough-like. It should stick together all by itself. When you are content with your mixture, turn it out into either a greased glass pan or onto waxed paper. With the back of a spoon, press you bars into a 1/2 inch thick sheet and chill in the fridge for a couple hours. Once they are cold, you should be able to cut them into bars, wrap them individually in wax paper and they will keep for 3 days in the fridge.

Spring Detox Diet and Juice Cleanse

Tomorrow, my fiancée and I (it sounds so cool to say that!), are starting a 10 day vegetable and juice cleanse in order to reset or metabolism with the changing season. Over the winter we love our comfort food! Casseroles, pies, meats and starches and frozen meals. Now that it's spring- time to reset. NO meats or meat products ei. dairy, fats, eggs etc., NO grains, NO sugar, Nothing pre-made or frozen unless it's all organic and a necessity. Just fresh (organic, non-GMO!!)vegetables. Lots of (local if possible) vegetables. Some Fruits. Small portions of nuts. And of course WATER.

These are just some of the delicious goodies we will be devouring over the first 3 days!