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May 2012

This weekend I hosted a morning of crafting at my house with two lovely girl friends. We each worked on a different project – knitting, sewing, and recipe organizing! For snacks I made a vegan version of Smitten Kitchen’s Perfect Blueberry Muffins (by using vanilla soy yogurt and adding a bit of almond milk instead of the egg). Holy cow, SO GOOD. And they didn’t betray their vegan-ness at all, they were just plain good. If you need a go-to weekend muffin recipe, this is it! For something to sip on, I used the leftover rosemary syrup that I made... Read more →


Dreaming of a Redesign

Guys, the blog design workshop I'm taking is amazing! If you currently use Typepad or would consider moving to Typepad I cannot recommend it enough. And Katie Price, you were right! I'm totally geeking out on coding and love it. It's like a fun math puzzle where the answers make pretty pictures. I love being able to customize to my heart's content. And you may have caught the hint, since the blog design course I'm taking is only for Typepad blogs rising/shining will (eventually) be moving! And I'm so excited. Right now I'm using Squarespace for my blog and although... Read more →


My office/sewing room in one of our spare bedrooms is far from done but it's nearly functional, which is all I really care about right now. Hooray! But first we have to start at the beginning. It pains me to show you the before pictures because the room was embarrassingly messy. But let's get it over with so you can see the progress: That's some real life folks. *shudder* Let's (quickly) move on... We made a lot of progress on cleaning out the room a month or so ago. We donated so much stuff; love getting rid of stuff we... Read more →


We did a little happy dance this weekend because we hit $10,000 in our emergency savings account! We made a big leap from the $9,000 we had to $10,000 with the help of our tax return. I know there are different philosophies on tax returns but we prefer to elect higher withholdings so that we get more back in returns. We always put the majority of our return into savings whereas if our paychecks were bigger throughout the year I think that money would be more likely to be spent. It works for us so we’re sticking to it for... Read more →


The post you’ve been waiting for: an update on growing out my hair!! I know. I’ll give you a second to settle down. OK. So, it’s true. Still growing out my hair. I’m also growing out the layers that I used to wear so that my hair is one length (except for my bangs). I think that will help my fine, slightly-wavy-but-not-really-wavy hair be all that it can be. My plan of action is: + Keep my hair as healthy as possible by using natural hair products and minimizing heat styling + Get regular trims every 10 weeks or so.... Read more →


April was filled with lots of good stuff. The weather was fabulous. We: celebrated, ate meals outside, and made plans for some really fun summer travel. I: baked Joy's vegan pumpkin bread, added flowers to my weekly Trader Joe's shopping list, hiked at Lost Dutchman for the first time (finally!), and planted a few things in the garden - including marigold seeds shared from a sweet friend. I also attended a photography workshop at the Desert Botanical Garden and painted my office/sewing room. I'm pretty excited for May - Chris will be working much less and spending much more time... Read more →