Monday, January 16, 2012

Losing ALL the weight.. or trying?

So, I've been on this journey to a new me-- or some craziness such as that. I actually have a blog dedicated to it that is a joint effort with my friend Kim. We're doing it together. Perhaps I'll give you the link to that in a bit.. but I just thought I'd take a minute to share my "progress".

I guess I should start off by saying that I'm following a non-diet, diet. I'm really not making many adjustments.. because, well.. let's be real. I know. me. I will fail an epic fail of failures and I WILL
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So.. given the fact that I know I will shape shift into a mama pig-- I'm still eating what I want.. I just say no sometimes. Being broke probably helps, because I stretch one or two meals out for a whole day and really eat tiny snacks if any at all.. so it's not quite the way I *want* to eat for weight loss.. but for now it must do.

I'm not going to post all of the minor details, because like I said.. it's laid out in a blog already.. and why type things twice-- that may actually exercise my fingers, and I already completed my Jillian Michaels for the night.

So far I've lost 6 inches off of my stomach.. and roughly 3 from my hips.. most of my other stats haven't moved much, so those are the noteworthy ones. The thing is.. I can't really tell. Some of my pants fall down when I walk-- but I've always had that problem because I have a big white girl butt, but I think some of it is related to the inches lost. I also can now fit into our patio chair that I couldn't get into without pain before. It still cuts into my fatness.. but hey.. I can sit in it so GLORY BE!

So.. anyway, this isn't crafty.. it isn't well written.. it's just a note. A note to say that I'm trying, and even thought people will judge me, doubt me and say what they may.. I'm doing it for me, not them..


With that said.. I must go craft onward.

I promise I have some more crafty things coming soon!!

<3 Ash

Monday, January 9, 2012

OOTD? Sure!

So.. I really don't want to go on a rant as to why I feel lately, I have to defend the fact that I'm fat yet I don't wear sweats all day and eat ho ho's.. so.. that, mixed with the many requests I get on various social networks for pictures of some of my outfits-- I have decided to oblige.

I don't know how regular I will do this.. but I'd like to do it quite frequently for no reason other than it's an easy post that lets me kill a little bit of my boredom.

So.. here I am-- going.................. grocery shopping !

Oh yeah, so glam. Actually.. this is pretty darn casual for me. I'm not wearing much jewelry, and .... no makeup.


Alright internet world.

Casual Ash. Going grocery shopping. Practical... yet, A step up from th e sweats (hey.. the sweat pants DO exist.. and maybe one day I will feature the epic greantess that is my goodwill sweat pants).

The ring is from a flea market I think-- it was given to me in any case. The earrings are Claire's. Bag is Forever 21. Boots, I got for like 2.00 on a Claire's clearance.. yeah. Anyway. There it is in all it's glory. I probably would have put on makeup, had I planned to actually let the world see me.. but the photos were an after-thought.. so there.


Coming Up:
We swapped till we dropped.. check ours out and find out how you can throw a no budget party that gets you "new" stuff!

My no/low budget porch makeover. I did mine with things I had-- what can you do?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Artsee Time: Brown Sugar Scrub

Ooooh man, the epic failure that I am is just horrendous! I promised the Brown Sugar Scrub a few days ago and still have yet to deliver-- welll...

Here it is!

What you'll need:

Brown Sugar, White Sugar, Vanilla (Almond would be even better.. but this was all on hand stuff), Olive Oil,  a measuring type of contraption, a spoon and a jar or something for your scrub to go in.

This is the easiest thing in the world, literally.
Equal parts of the Sugars. I actually do a LITTLE less white sugar, but you don't have to.
Then you want to pour enough of the oil to lubricate your solution. I let mine run down slowly as seen here:

You will also add your vanilla/almond extract into it. This is primarily for smell.

Then you mix it up-- mine was a little too soupy, so I added a little more sugar!

Voila! Presto magic!!

I use this now instead of my much more expensive brown sugar scrub that I was getting at a local discount store (it closed, so this is probably a good thing that I have this now).

I do recommend when making it for yourself to keep your batches smaller. This will last me about 2 weeks.. and that's about as long as you'd want to keep it handy before ditching it.

The great thing about this is that it's completely natural, and if I had the money I would have used all farmer's market items-- but you know, we be broke 'round these parts-- so I buy generic instead :D

Enjoy this excellent gift to someone you love, or to yourself!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Kiddie Corner: A Book That's Worth It.

"Sometimes it's better not to go fast,
There are beautiful sights to be seen when you're last.

Shouldn't it be that you just try your best?
And that's more important than beating the rest?

Shouldn't it be looking back at the end
that you judge your own race by the help that you lend?"

Hellllooo Blogaverse!

I just had to drop in for a moment and share with you the title of one of the warmest children's books I've ever read. Now, I will admit that we don't visit the library as much as we should. The child is pretty content with his collection at home that consists of a little of everything; but we love to go to the bookstore. I purchased a book awhile back in my days of being able to spend money (ala employmentland) and it has been a favorite of his ever since. I think I paid about $5.00 for it.. and I'm actually shocked that it wasn't more.

The book?

It's something that you need to pick up.. don't check it out, just own it. It's a pleasant reminder, even for adults.. about the simplicity of life and humanity.

Oh & tomorrow I will be posting up something I made today.. it's a brown sugar scrub and oooooo la la my face feels as fresh as a baby's.. er.. face?? I started to put it up today, but I wanted to try it out first!

It's a great, cheap alternative to my expensive addiction-- but I'll tell you guys more about it tomorrow!


Until next time..
xoxo Ash

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Artsee Time: Scrapbook Coasters

Whats up all my lovely blogeoples!? <-- That's not even a cool made up word, kinda sad really. I'll do better, I gotta do better than that.

Here's a quick little, CHEAP project for you to do. It makes a fantastical gift, or something nice to brighten up your own abode.

It's... drumroll---------------------------------

So exiciting right???

Okay.. so anyway, 12 year old girl typing aside-- here's your supply list.

Modge Podge
Tile squares (literally >$1 at Lowe's!)
Paintbrush type of thing
Ruler of sorts
Marking tool
Paint (optional)
Decorative paper (or newspaper, ticket stubs, stickers.. whatever you want to use as your "coaster")
Felt or cork for the bottom of the tile

...and the photo proof that those are what you need!

Now.. as far as directions go, it's pretty simple. You measure your paper (being mindful of the actual image that will be on your coaster) to fit your tile piece. My tile was actually a teeeeeensy bit larger than 4x4. I wanted a slight lip around my paper because I chose a tile color that coordinated, so I decided to cut mine 4x4.

I do need to add here though, that if you want to paint a rim around your coaster now is the time to do it. I didn't take pictures of it, but I chose to paint a brown trim on the raw edges. The best part about this coated tile is that if you are fast with it, you can wipe it right off to get a clean finish.

Okay, so you're painted up and ready to rock and roll. What you want to do next is to coat your paper on the back with your Modge Podge and place it down.. then you want to coat the top as well. This is the part that would make having one of those scrapbooking rollers handy-- but I don't have one so I left that out :P

Awesome. Do that another time or two, until you are satisfied with your coating (I did a healthy coat the first time so I didn't need to do it twice)...

Now.. once it's dry, add your stoppers on the bottom. I will be E6000'ing some felt to the bottom because I forgot to do that.

Rock on crafty craftersons.. Rock On.

Whatcha Got Cookin: Cheeeesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

Oooh Pinterest, How I love thee.

Here is a recipe that I tweaked after finding a version on everyone's favorite online corkboard. I took out a lot (because my household is picky) and used things that kept it gluten free (you'll soon learn that we are on the quest for gluten free-ness)

So, I give you the world's most flexible recipe. You can add what you want, take out what you want.. and eat it SO many ways. This is a brilliant dupe for Moe's Southwest Grill's burrio fillers if you choose to do so.. but half of the time we throw it in a bowl and call ourselves fed.

So.. here you have:
Black Beans
Shredded Chicken
Sour Cream
Not Pictured: Milk

So.. that's really it. One thing I love about this is that you can use leftover chicken if you want. You could use beef. You can do WHATEVA YOU WANT ! !!

I don't measure, so that's a downfall of sharing I suppose, but aside from the chicken that is under everything else, you can pretty much eyeball it. I used a whole bag of cheese (the standard bag).. but I kept about half out to cover it with before cooking.

So thaar she blows. Not the most elegant presentation (as the photos were a last minute thought).. and YES I USE FOIL ON EVERYTHING !!! 111!! :D

I also did A poor job at foiling my pan, but dang we were hungry and things like that can't wait.

So.. there it is, ready to eat however you choose. We ate it in bowls for lunch, and make tacos out of it for dinner. It's cheap, easy, and gluten free.

Some ideas to make it better?
Add in some of the following:
Cook tortilla chips into it

You get the idea.. we went with what we had, because it was lunch as big girls can't wait for some grub... plus, the child won't let you forget he's hungry, until he's no longer hungry.

Let me know if you cook this, I'd love to hear what YOUR family put in it & how it turned out! :)

Rock On & Peace Out,
xoxo Ash

Suuuuup Internets?!

So.. This is what a blog looks like...

I keed, I keed. I've had a blog before.. and actually, I just started a weight loss blog over there <--- on the other side of blogger. It's pretty much full of big lovin' win-ness.

What is this place going to be?
It's going to be a DIYing, Cooking, Crafting, Mommying, Werking (You'll learn soon that I enjoy "werkin" much more than WORKING).. and pretty much everything I do in my life.

Soon I will write a proper about me, but until then..


Yeah.. that's right, I'm down with the chat lingo ;)

Rock Out & Peace On,
xoxo Ashley