It’s the Little Things

Heeeeeeeeey! I hope you had a great weekend! I sure did! :)

Last week was a bit of a weird week for me. I was still dealing with a bit of a fibromyalgia flair up, and spent a good portion of the week feeling sorry for myself. I always feel guilty about feeling sorry for myself because I could have it so much worse in every single way, but I think now and again it’s good to sit with your feelings and let them happen so you can get past them, so that’s what I did.

And as a result there was a bit more of this going down that usual…

hotchocoalte

Man I love that stuff.

It probably didn’t help that our pellet stove isn’t working right now, and it’s been pretty chilly so we’ve been snuggled up with electric heaters. And by we, I mean Pekoe…

pekoe 1

pekoe 2

pekoe 3

He’s obsessed.

By Friday I was coming out of my funk. Partly because I got mail :D

sweatlist

And seriously, don’t we all need a, “Let’s get sweaty” top? I know I did. And you can’t really see because the photo is blurry but they (they being Jamie and Alyse) sent  some Awesome bars (2 pictured, one was already in my belly), hemp hearts and hemp protein, a headband, drawstring backpack and some coupons. I got this package for being part of the Sweat Guru Sweat List Pro. Pretty sweat(y)!

And another wonderful thing happened on Friday. After an entire year I got my hair cut! YAHOO!!!! I went from this lovely plop of hair on my head

pre-hair

To no pony tail at all!

after

That’s not entirely true, I can get a little stump of a pony back there, but not much. So. Much. Better.

Saturday afternoon Cathy and I went to the Acadia Craft Fair, where we mostly purchased thing for ourselves, and then stopped at McCafe for a little peppermint mocha happiness on our way home

cup

I love the festive cups!!

And then on Sunday the most magical thing happened. My dad built us a kitchen island and we’ve been waiting for the countertop to come and my brother came today with the outer and installed it and my new (second) sink! I’m so excited I can’t even tell you! We didn’t have a double sink in our kitchen which means if the sink is full of dishes you can’t really use it for anything else. That meant I was forever running to the bathroom to strain veggies or pasta, wash my hands, rinse things out, etc. With the new island that also means we have a dishwasher so J is pretty exiited about not having so many dishes to wash ;)

Just look how purdy it is!

sink

I’m completely smitten.

And of course I capped the weekend off with a trip to the theatre to see The Hunger Games : Mocking Jay Part 1. I had considered re-reading the last book prior to seeing the movie since it had been probably 4 years since I read it, but I decided not to and I’m glad I did. Sometimes when a story is fresh in your mind it makes you that much more critical of all the things that are “wrong” with the movie, and since I only vaguely remember what happened in the last book I didn’t have any of those moments.

Did anyone else see the movie this weekend? If so what did you think? And don’t you love my new sink!? Oh, maybe that’s just me ;)

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Handmade Etsy Gift Guide

I don’t mean to frighten you, but today we are exactly 5 weeks away from Christmas. Do you have your shopping done? I certainly don’t! But it’s about time to start!

I always enjoy looking at the holiday gift guides that bloggers put together, but the ones I really like are the gift guides that are a little less mainstream with fun items you can’t find at Target or Walmart. I spent a little time on Etsy last weekend looking up random things that I love and put together a list of some of the handmade items I found and loved. Hopefully it’ll help you find something special for a loved one!

This gift guide is 100% not sponsored (though I did contact all the shop owners shared here to get permission to share their photos in this post), and if anyone happens to be shopping for me I would gladly accept any of these items ;) You know, just saying…

For the Cook/Breaking Bad Fan

This Let’s Cook Cutting Board is awesome. Actually, prior to putting together this gift guide I had looked into buying one for myself (and may still). Have a Breaking Bad fan on your gift list? Then this is a fantastic gift idea for them!

Let s cook

For the yogi who doesn’t take herself too seriously

AKA – me. There’s nothing like a good pun, and for some reason (maybe because I double as both a yoga instructor and Zumba instructor) this tank cracks me up each time I read it.

 

Tank

 For the Downton Abbey Fan

The Dowager Countess has some of the best one-liners in TV history. This might not be one of the funniest, but unlike many others this one doesn’t require explanation making it the perfect quite to put on a mug. And since I’m both a mug fan and a huge Downton fan this had go on the list!

Downton Mug

For the Girlie Girl

A six pack of handmade body butter? Need I say more? Don’t want a six-pack? They have a huge selection of body butters available, personally I think the sound of their Forest Mint Body Butter sounds amazing, or maybe Chocolate Vanilla is more your speed? Take a few minutes to check out their store Herbolution and I’m sure you’ll find one you are dying to try!

Body butter

For the Ornament Collector

This set of Beeswax ornaments (also from Herbolution) would make the perfect addition to any collector’s tree. They are eco-friendly and naturally scented (plus they shimmer. Who doesn’t like a little shimmer!?)

Beeswax ornaments

For the Harry Potter Fan

Any fan of the series will immediately recognize the symbol of the deathly hallows in this bracelet making the perfect gift for any fan who loves the series, but doesn’t want to walk around wearing their adoration on a t-shirt. I’m all about the bracelets these days, and would love to sport this beauty!

Deathly hallows

For the Cupcake Lover

I told you I searched things I love, there should be no surprise that something cupcake related would pop up here! I just loved the look of this cupcake soap, and then I read that is made with shea butter and jojoba beads (plus sprinkles!) I knew it had to go on the list! I bet it smells amazing!

Cupcake soap

 For the Yogi

This lotus flower necklace is a great idea for the yogi on your list. Not everyone want to wear a pun-y tank to class, but anyone would be proud to wear this gorgeous and simple lotus necklace. What can I say, it’s just beautiful.

Lotus

For the Cat Lover…

You couldn’t have possibly thought I’d have an entire post of gift items without including something cat related did you!? This crazy adorable cat mug. Someone please send me one. I need one stat! Like for realz.

cat

Even if none of the items I’m sharing today looks right for anyone on your list, you should totally check out Etsy, it’s like the world’s biggest craft fair that you can attend in your living room. I heart it!

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