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Merry Christmas Eve

24 Dec

Have a wonderful holiday and don’t forget the reason for the season!

New phone, more updates.

5 Dec

Hey, all. I know I’ve struggled to stay updated recently with Take Flight  with school and everything, but I have good news! My old BlackBerry was traded in at the end of my contract and I am now the proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S3. Therefore I should be able to update on-the-go. The WordPress app didn’t work all too well on my BlackBerry; let’s hope it does better on the Galaxy.

Colder Weather

17 Nov
Colder Weather

Pumpkin Spice Latte? Yes, please.

17 Oct

How about pumpkin spice latte body scrub? The Craftinomicon has a recipe for it – it smells heavenly! It’s perfect for fall, and it definitely wakes me up in the morning. You actually probably have all of the ingredients in your house (unless you don’t drink coffee) It calls for:

  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of your favorite ground coffee
  • 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4-1 cup oil, depending on how “wet” you like your body scrub
  • vitamin E oil (optional) found in vitamin E capsules – cut open and the contents added to the mix.

but for my own personal body scrub, I used probably 3 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice and I added a dash of cinnamon. I would also suggest making the body scrub “wetter” after my first use in the shower – if it’s not a wet scrub, it’s harder to handle when you’re in the shower. I also wouldn’t use it if you’re running – the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice was a bit difficult to get off of my body. The smell it leaves behind is absolutely worth using this for, and it’s not too feminine of a body scrub for a man, either (if you know any men who like to exfoliate). Immediately after my shower, my skin felt a little oily (I wouldn’t suggest this as a facial scrub; if you want a facial scrub, perhaps exchange the oil for honey?) but after a few minutes, my skin felt so silky smooth. I did not have vitamin E oil on hand, and I forgot to pick it up, but when I make this again (and I will as soon as this is gone!) I will be adding the vitamin E oil.

I stored mine in a mason jar, which I honestly wouldn’t suggest because the lid can rust if it’s kept in the shower (and it’s glass), but it was all I could find that would work, even at my local craft store. It looks very nice, though, and it would look really cute with a small, wooden spoon, raffia, and cinnamon sticks around the top if you were giving it as a gift.

For the full recipe, click on the link to The Craftinomicon at the top of this post.

International Union of Mail Artists

29 Sep

Have you heard of it? It is fantastic. You create art and mail it – as is – to others all over the world. It’s an excellent way to exercise your right brain without your own art piling up; you can share it with so many people who simply love art.

This is some of the art I’ve received so far. I’m not quick at getting it out right now, my school work does come first, but I do my best to send it out to my friends on IUOMA as quickly as possible.

I love getting to see what other people do, and I love how each and every piece is unique. It’s one of my favorite things about art – it reflects a person’s personality.

Some of the works are two sided, others are just like postcards. And honestly, it doesn’t have to be expensive.

I’ve tried a couple different art forms, from hand making dream catchers to send out, to creating collages, and while I forgot to take pictures of most of what I’ve sent out, I did take one of my two most recent collages. I adore the butterfly one, and before these two, I made one with a shark accent. It was quite quirky; I really enjoyed it.

ChefVille on Facebook offers recipes whenever you master a certain level on your food.

22 Sep

Kind of cool, if you ask me. Here’s a bruschetta recipe that was sent to my email from ChefVille:

Ingredients (serves 16)
4 slices of rustic wheat bread
3 heirloom tomatoes
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/4 bunch basil
5 ounces (300 milliliters) balsamic vinegar
1 ounce (152 milliliters) extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
red chili flakes (optional)

Directions
1. Toast wheat bread and cut each slice into four pieces.
2. On a cutting board, dice the heirloom tomatoes and mince the garlic. Tear up the basil to release its flavor and add this, along with the heirloom tomatoes and garlic, to a bowl. Next, add balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper. Lightly toss and let it sit for 20 minutes. Add chili flakes if you like it spicy!
3. Toss the bruschetta mixture lightly once more and then put a large spoon full on each wheat bread toast.
Ingredients (serves 16)
4 slices of rustic wheat bread
3 heirloom tomatoes
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/4 bunch basil
5 ounces (300 milliliters) balsamic vinegar
1 ounce (152 milliliters) extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
red chili flakes (optional)

Directions
1. Toast wheat bread and cut each slice into four pieces.
2. On a cutting board, dice the heirloom tomatoes and mince the garlic. Tear up the basil to release its flavor and add this, along with the heirloom tomatoes and garlic, to a bowl. Next, add balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper. Lightly toss and let it sit for 20 minutes. Add chili flakes if you like it spicy!
3. Toss the bruschetta mixture lightly once more and then put a large spoon full on each wheat bread toast.

Turn Your Back on Riders That Rollkur!

4 Aug

Rollkur is defined as “flexion of the horse’s neck achieved through aggressive force” which, therefore, should make it inhumane. There have been cases where it has actually caused the horse’s tongue to turn blue and flop around lifelessly due to blood circulation being cut off.

Sign this petition and get this to stop! Quite a few different “equestrians” are using this disgusting technique at the Olympics. I think they should be disqualified!