Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Favorites

Hello, hello. It's been far too long since I've posted. Whoops. I've been busy, had my parents in town, and for the past couple days I've been sick. Yuck! So, here's a roundup of the last week, prior to being sick of course. Have a wonderful weekend, friends. I hope to be back soon with more workouts, recipes, and diy.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments and Decor

Hi, friends! Good morning!! I hope you have all had a fabulous weekend. After a Christmas party and a chance to decorate the apartment, I'm in full-swing of Christmas mode. I feel so festive; it's awesome :)

Today, I wanted to share a little roundup of super easy DIY Christmas ornaments and decorations that I've made over the last few years. All of these crafts are very inexpensive and simple to make.

I am no Martha Stewart or Suzy Homemaker. My crafting abilities are very limited, but I enjoy creating and if I can make these, so can you!!

Easy Hemp Ornament

 Paper Garland

Mason Jar Snow Globes

DIY Christmas Countdown

Sequin Present Ornament

Super Easy Tinsel Wreath

Friends, please share your DIY Christmas projects in the comment section below :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

DIY Boot Cuffs {Holiday Gift Idea}

I adore boots. I really do. I will wear boots in the middle of summer, when it's 90 degrees outside. And I am so excited to be getting a pair of Frye boots for Christmas. I'm going to wear those things until I die :)

You can only imagine how excited I was when I first saw the adorable boot socks that everyone's making. How could I not want a pair(s)!?! Here's the tricky part... I have a huge foot, size 12 to be exact. So, it wasn't surprising that I couldn't find any long and cute boot socks in my size, not even handmade on Etsy.

Out of pure frustration, I took it upon myself to make my own sort of boot sock contraption... a boot cuff! It's basically a faux boot sock. I don't take credit for inventing the thing; I'm sure it was thought of years ago, but I'm pretty proud of myself. It's not a real sock, but it looks like it is and it has the cute factor I was looking for. Add buttons, ribbons, or embellishments if you'd like. I like to keep things pretty simple over here :)

Oh, please ignore how hairy my leggings are. I have two cats and no sense of self awareness until the photo is already taken.

Knitting your own Boot Cuffs is really easy. All you need is some yarn (I used super bulky leftover from a project), a pair of knitting needles (I used size 13), and a needle to stitch the ends together. I casted on 13 stitches and knitted until I had a long enough cuff to fit around the top of my calf, under my knee where the top of my boots hit. 

Need help with knitting? No worries. I've got you covered in my "How to Knit a Coffee Cup Cozy" tutorial. Just cast on 13 stitches (more or less depending on your yarn) instead of seven and knit until you reach your desired length.

Happy crafting, friends :)
And have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Plank Challenge

I hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far :) It's my second day back at work after the Thanksgiving holiday and though it feels good to be back in a routine, I'm missing time with friends and family and not really having a schedule or deadlines.

But, I do have a lot to look forward to. It's December after all and that means Christmas! Christmas is my favorite holiday and it's such a magical time of the year. Decorations make me happy and the Christmas playlist on Pandora is making me even happier. We haven't decorated our apartment yet, but I'll be getting around to that soon :)

I thought it would be fun to add a fitness challenge to my normal workout routine and thought a December Plank Challenge might be fun. We use our core everyday, with every movement, so it's important to build core strength.


Feel free to adjust the length of time based on your personal fitness level. Start with a manageable length of time and add 30-second increments each week to really challenge yourself.

Plank everyday for maximum core strengthening :)

See ya Friday with a fun holiday DIY gift idea for the ladies in your life!