eggs ‘n bacon

It’s been a serious two-day catch up on blogs, but I’m trying my best to get as much posted as I possibly can.

I had this phase where I was planning on making everyone christmas tree ornaments for gifts this past year. “planning” is the key word- it never happened. Which left me with a bunch of really beautiful felt fabric.

I found this AMAZING wooden kitchen on the side of the road on my way to the gym one day- and it was just begging to have some food to be made :

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I also found the most perfect play dishes (with minimal plastic) at our local thrift store. I couldn’t have found a better set if I was searching on Amazon.

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Almost edible. My son loves making me breakfast now :)

DIY Pottery Barn Indigo Pillow Covers

A few months back I got the latest PB magazine and fell in love with a few of their indigo pillow covers, here, here, here, and here. Since I have a problem with pillows and have 4 on each couch, and two as back-up in my hallway closet, I knew paying $39 for each pillow cover wasn’t practical. Enter Fabric.com & my sewing machine :)

It didn’t take me long at all to find the fabrics I liked, and then I had to wait and wait and wait until they arrived at my front door:

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Then I got to work, here is the final product. I still want to add buttons on the back for a more “professional” look.

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I paid $50 and made 8 pillow covers and have enough fabric to make FOUR more covers if I so chose.  I love them!

 

25K Race

Last week I decided I’m going to run in the 5/3rd Riverbank Run in Grand Rapids, Michigan over Mother’s Day weekend. I have to be in town for the annual West Michigan World Trade Association Week, so I figured, why not?

My training starts next week Monday and I have 8 weeks to get to 15.5 miles :)

I can run about 8 miles right now, so it shouldn’t be tooooo hard, but 15 miles is a lot longer than 8. I’ll post my training schedule a little later today! See my training schedule below. If any followers happen to be in Grand Rapids May 9th and want to run with me let me know!

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On the days it says to cross-train I plan on doing Les Mills Body Pump, or TRX, or TRX RIP Training, or a combination of all three @ my local YMCA. I’ll also throw in some AB work in there.

I start next week Monday-follow my training under fitness.

A Cloth Diaper Update

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Since switching our little one, Oliver, to cloth diapers we really struggled with the idea of having both boys in cloth. Aiden’s poops are a bit inconsistent, which may be TMI for all of you non-parents out there, but the idea of rinsing them in the toilet terrified me.

But, if I really want to live by my words of going green”er” I decided I really needed to put my money where my mouth is. So we switched. It also helped that Aiden started pulling his disposable diapers off in random places in the house- once and awhile he would even pee on the floor ;) Cloth diapers with snaps were a simple solution. It’s also been thought to help little ones start to potty train quicker if you are using cloth diapers. I’ll let you know how that goes in another post.

My neighbor is super amazing and gave me her daughter cloth diaper stash (which she made herself). The white ones above are the homemade ones (they even have a pocket so I can use the inserts I already own).

So… Whites are for Aiden, colored are for Oliver. My next quest is to switch to cloth wipes. I have one set made, but I think I need to make a few more sets so we can go “all-in”.

Call me crazy, but the idea of spending 2K on each kids diapers, and even worse putting all those diapers in a landfill is AWEFUL.

Anyway- we are loving it and loving saving $100 a month on wipes and diapers.

Plastic Free Dry Goods

It is with a Heavy Heart ( and an excited one) I am replacing my dollar store plastic canisters I have been storing all of my dry kitchen goods with glass canisters I ordered from World Market a few weeks ago. 

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As you can see, I really did love my plastic canisters. The labels were ( and are still) so beautiful. Image

I tried justifying keeping them, but since the majority of them were from the dollar store, I can only imagine the chemicals leeching into our food from the BPA created plastics. Sigh. I guess I just had to order glass ones :) 

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Here they are in all of their shiny glassy GLORY. No BPA’s getting in our lentils now. I’ve managed to wash & transfer all of the contents into the glass canisters. They’ve even made it into the pantry. But I am just so TORN on what labels to put on them. I spent what seemed like forever looking at Pinterest for a brilliant idea for my new labels. The last time I just used a free template I found on Pinterest and changed the font. This time I really wanted to create my own (they will be for sale if you are interested, so I got to work with an idea. I found this on Pinterest.

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Which I could buy if I really wanted to. I decided that because I spent invested in the glass canisters, I should make my own labels. Three nap times later…

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I am going to apologize AGAIN for the lack of the “good” camera. Its in the baby’s room and he’s napping right now. So a blurry iPhone snippet will have to do :) 

Here are the photos of some of the labels on my canisters. I still have a few more to print and design ( I have really small canisters for my baking soda and baking powder- so I am going to do a label similar to the one I found on Pinterest for those). Again, I apologize for the blurry photos- baby is still napping with the camera :) 

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Overall, I am very pleased with the result. I wanted to make it look a little more rustic than the chalkboard effect. Especially because, even though I love chalkboard, it’s a bit over used right now :) I wanted something a little more original. I could have spent days playing with the font for these, but I think they turned out fantastic. What do you think? What would you have changed? 

If you want to order customized pantry labels, feel free to comment or message me and I could figure pricing out for the labels and my time. I’m happy to share my love of organizing!

Wood Treasures.

I haven’t written a manifesto about my quest to have the loving.link household live as plastic free of a life as possible, yet but I will get to it. We’ve already committed to using cloth diapers and soon we will be using cloth wipes, but a few weeks ago I went on a raid through our house and ridded us of many plastic items. Especially, in the kitchen. Now, I will be the first to admit it will be a very long process.

I have a soft spot in my heart for thrifting-if any of you know me personally you know I would much rather spend $25 on someone’s donated treasures than buying one item at a household store for full retail price. It’s not only better for the environment saving space in landfills, but I think it’s super cool to imagine the story behind my treasures.

So… I used going plastic free as an excuse to pick up a few of these BEAUTIFUL wood kitchen items during my last trip to our local thrift store.

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I always check while I’m at the store on my phone to make sure I can’t get the same item on ebay or Etsy for cheaper. This happens to be a vintage ice bucket (an excuse to throw a dinner party this summer? Hey-O!) made in California and is worth about $50. I paid $3 for it. You can also see I did grocery shopping the same day. I love my veggies :) hehe.

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I am trying to imagine this treasure being brought to the states by a world traveler from some African country or something. Its beautiful, and hand-woven. Another excuse to throw a dinner party I think? Yep.

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These bowls have been well-loved, have cracks, but are most definitely my favorite purchase of this shopping trip. They have replaced our plastic bowls the boys eat out of. The wood grain is BEAUTIFUL and I am so excited to feed my boys on something organic and natural.

I can’t wait to share my other wood purchases on my recent Vermont trip with my husband.