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mountain sound

thinking. longing. loving this today.

mirror lake

Recently (ok so it was two months ago), I was staying up near Mount Hood and had planned a late morning hike.  After doing a little research and getting a couple recommendations, Mirror Lake seemed to be the perfect fit.  The trailhead is easy to find just along the southside of Highway 26 between Rhododendron and Government Camp.  A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead and can be purchased nearby. 

The trail travels about 1.5 miles uphill at a steady pace (total hike is about 3 miles roundtrip with a 750 ft. elevation gain).  It is not too strenuous, but is a good workout.  Most of the hike meanders through forest and over a small stream here and there, but also offers some great views of the forest.
Once the lake is neared, the trail can be followed in either direction to loop around it.  Mirror lake itself does not disappoint.  It is a serene little lake with a wonderful view of Mt. Hood.  There are several campsites along the trail and a few areas of “beach” to stop for lunch, rock-skipping or reflection.


I am so glad that I stopped for this hike.  It was a beautiful day and I had a wonderful time exploring, taking photos, reflecting and soaking up some Oregon sunshine.   I will definitely go back!

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homemade honey nutmeg mask

As I’ve mentioned before, my sensitive skin and I are on the search for some great homemade beauty products.  When I saw a post about this acne mask, I knew I had to give it a try.
All three of the ingredients in this mask help to heal the skin.  Nutmeg has long been known and used as an anti-inflammatory and has antiseptic properties, making it incredibly healing.  Honey is a natural moisturizer and is packed with antioxidants.  It heals, protects and rejuvinates.  Milk is naturally soothing and lactic acid is also a great exfoliator.

I was a little nervous about this one because I had read some reviews in which people complained of their skin burning (most likely due to nutmeg sensitivity), so I tested a small area before I smothered it all over my face.  Green light.  The mask was simple to make and easy to apply.  I have to admit that while it was on, I felt nothing.  I wasn’t sure that it was actually doing anything, but once I took it off my skin just felt happy.  I look forward to using this again!

Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon Raw Honey
1 Tablespoon Ground Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Milk (recommend whole organic)

1. Combine ingredients.
2. Spread mixture generously on face and neck and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
3. Wash mask off with water.


found recipe on huda beauty

doing what i love

I have been on a blog hiatus.  On purpose.  Kind of.  Life got busy and I needed some room away from all the screens to breathe.  While I was away, I found some fresh air, but I lost the motivation that comes from the discipline of making my thoughts, photos, musings, projects and inspirations public in blogland.  Not only does it motivate me, but I genuinely love the creative outlet of blogging.

And so I am back.  Doing something I love.  Looking for motivation to do more of what I love.  And to let this love infiltrate all that I do.

What do you love?  What would you love to do?

four from the fourth

learning through the lens

found via pinterest and origianlly from here (where you can buy prints)

how to freeze berries beautifully

Recently, a fellow vendor at farmers market gave me a tip for freezing berries that will change my life.  She told me that if you pre-freeze them on a cookie sheet, they freeze as whole berries and do not get smashed together in the bag or container.  I do not know how I had never heard this before!  I headed home after market excited to try this new trick with my excess of freshly picked berries.  After doing a little research and picking up a few other tips, I went for it and am very pleased with the results.

Here is the process:


First, aquire beautiful berries.  This go-around was raspberries for me.  I recommend checking out your local farmers market!

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Next, wash the berries.  It works great to place the berries in a strainer or colander of some sort.  Then, submerge that into a bowl of water and gently swirl the berries around.

* Using the colander/strainer helps to both keep the berries from getting blasted with water and allows dirt, etc. to drain into the bowl below.

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Let the berries drain and dry for a little while either in the colander/strainer or by laying them out on some paper towel.

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Now arrange the berries onto a baking sheet and stick it in your freezer.  I left mine in overnight and it seemed about right.

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When you take the berries out of the freezer, they will be individually frozen and easy to transfer to a bag or container.

*If you are using a bag, use a freezer bag.  I have tried get away with using the non-freezer type.  Not the same.

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Place the berries into a bag or container and seal well, being sure to force as much air out as possible.

*If you are using bags and are not lucky enough to have a vacuum sealing system (or are gifted with my inability to properly close bags), try placing a straw at one end of the sealing strip.  Squeeze as much air out as you can and then suck the rest out before you close the end of the sealing strip. 

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Don’t forget to mark your bag or container with the contents and date!  (easier to do this before you put the berries in a bag)

Place back in freezer to keep and enjoy later!

homemade cucumber mask

If you know me, you know I have crazy sensitive skin.  (yay!)  If you don’t know me, you know that now too, I guess.  I sunburn in about a half a second, have a bazillion allergies and have been trying forever to find beauty products that I can use safely.   I don’t know why it took me so long to get in on the homemade beauty product scene, but I am there now.
Below is a recipe for an oatmeal cucumber face mask.  All of these ingredients have benefits for your skin.  Basically, I just threw it all in a blender and then put it on my face.  Simple.  It pretty much looks like cucumber oatmeal out of the blender.  (Okay, so it basically is cucumber oatmeal)  I was a bit apprehensive at first…thought it was going to slide off of my face and get all over my clothes.   Still, I was hopeful, so I put a headband on, put a towel on the floor and put the mask on.  I also set aside a couple cucumber slices for the eyes.  Let the healing begin!
About a minute into the experience, I thought, “I have cucumber oatmeal on my face.  What am I doing?”
Two minutes into the self-made spa moment, I realized the mask was not sliding off my face, but I was still feeling a little silly.
Then, somewhere around minute three, I felt the mask working.  It tightened and my skin felt tingly and cool in a refreshing sort of way.
I kept the mask on for about 20 minutes.  The last 17 minutes were spent trying to let my body re-teach me how to relax.  Seriously, when is the last time you actually cleared your mind and tried to relax your muscles intentionally?  It had been a while for me.  (sleeping doesn’t count)
After I washed the mask off, my skin felt and looked refreshed.  And, surprisingly to me, I felt refreshed.  Overall, this was a very positive experience and I will absolutely make this mask again.


Ingredients:
1/2  Cucumber, cut into chunks
1/4 cup Oatmeal
1 T. Raw Honey
1 t. Aloe*
1 t. Avocado Oil*

1.Combine ingredients in blender or food processor.
2. Spread mixture generously on face and neck.
3. Lie down and relax for at least 15 minutes.
4. Wash mask off with water.

*The aloe and avocado oil are optional and avocado could be used in place of the oil as well.

Enjoy!!

colorful cash envelopes

Last year, I finally decided to embrace a cash envelope system to help control my budget.  (something that has gained much popularity thanks to Dave Ramsay’s Total Money Makeover).  While browsing pinterest one day, I came across some fun handmade cash envelopes and was inspired.  (I can no longer find said pin)  So, before the start of the year, I made my own.  (My mom helped a lot…she is a much more skilled at sewing than I am)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a lot of fun making these and enjoy using them.

First, I chose the fabrics I wanted for the envelopes and for the purse/clutch/large envelope to hold them all.  All of these fabrics came out of my moms sewing closet and are fun because I had clothing made out of many of these as a kid.

After figuring the right size for the small envelopes, I got to marking and cutting.

Then, to add a little stiffness to them, we used some Pellon Wonder Under to line the fabric.

Finally, the fabric was sewn into envelope form (simply folded over and sewn on both short sides).

A small velcro piece was added to the inside to help protect the precious cash!

The large envelope/clutch was made last to ensure it was cut to the proper size to fit all the envelopes.  It was lined with with another fabric and a snap enclosure was attached.

I have not been using any sort of labeling system for my envelopes, but have seen that many do so with velcro fabric labels or cardstock insert style labels.  I simply assigned different fabrics to different spending categories and have come to know which is which. 🙂
My main categories are groceries, dining, transportation, entertainment, hobbies, personal care, home & office, gifts and clothing.

Once the budgeted cash is gone for the month, that’s it…it’s gone!  Currently, I roll over any left over cash to start off the next months normal budget.  Eventually, I plan to put the leftovers into savings each month.  I do, however, put all my left over coin change into my change jar, CJ.

Check out some more tips from Dave Ramsay on using the envelope system.

unbroken

I recently created a piece of art using  materials I found outdoors and a few things I had lying around.  It was both created with and inspired by brokenness.  To find out more about the inspiration and the process, visit the post on blartog.

i would love…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally found here

a message from your heart

We went to a Kina Grannis concert the other night and it was great.  She is completely lovely and inspiring both as a person and through her music.

an inspired book

I recently finished this simple little project that I love and would recommend making one to anyone!  It is a notebook/journal of sorts to specifically keep thoughts and ideas that inspire you.

Materials I used:
a variety of fun scrapbooking papers and pens
scrapbooking tape and spray adhesive
papercutter
hole punch
binder rings (these are cheap at office supply stores or you could use ribbon or other items)
8×8 chipboard book board (I had this on hand, but it could be easily done with cardstock or something like that)
a personal collection of inspiring things

The Process:
I will be the first to admit that I made this much more complicated than it needed to be, but I loved every minute of it so I really dont care!
1.  Select and organize papers for pages.  This is where I only made my life more challenging and fun.  My chipboard was 8×8, but I mostly had 12×12 paper, so I selected the ones I wanted, put them in the perfect order and then measured and cut each one down to 8×8.  A normal person would have gone to the store and purchased 8×8 papers.  Whatever. Moving on.
The following two steps aren’t needed if you decide to use hole-punched page protectors, which of course I did not.  If you are less awesome smarter than me, skip to step 4.
2.  Stick together.  Because I wanted to create a book where I use both the front and back of pages and I did not want every other page to be white, my next step was sticking pages together.  I laid everything out and flipped through it to make sure it was in the right order.  Then, I used both scrapbook tape and spray adhesive to attach the pages.
3.  Hole punch time.  My next step was to hole punch all of the pages.  I used the already hole-punched chipboard and a piece of cardstock to mark the hole placement, punched the holes in the cardstock and then used it as a guide to hole punch the rest of the pages.  (Of note, probably also a little more complicated than needed, but, um I only had a single hole puncher…just trying to keep things simple here people)
4. Cover Creation. This part was really fun.  I wanted my cover to be colorful and unique, so I glued a beautiful piece of scrapbook paper to the chipboard and then used letter stickers (different style and color for each letter) to spell out “inspired”.  There is so much room for creativity on the cover!!  I wanted to be sure that I wanted to pick it up when I saw it. 🙂
5. Putting it all together. The next step was collecting the book and cover together and getting it all lined up.  Then I worked binder clips through the holes and, voila, the book had been created!

Of course, filling in the content is the last part of the process, which for me will be continual as I am treating it as a journal and book.  However, I have used each page differently so far.  Some I have handwritten.  Others are more artsy.  For some, I printed out content and attached it.  My goal is to make it as inspiring to me as possible.

I hope you enjoy this idea!  Please feel free to share ideas or photos if you make or have your own. 🙂

finding peace

My heart is simply not at rest lately.  This helped.

a portrait

So, I am part of a new blog called blARTog, which exists to challenge people to be creative and share art. The first project was a self-portrait.  I had an idea for the portrait for weeks, but when I sat down to do it, it turned into something completely new and different and actually opened my eyes a bit.  You can read more about my process right here on the blog, but what I suddenly realized through this was how easy it is to know someone without actually knowing them.  We have these worlds that we live in online via social networking sites like facebook and twitter as well as through photo albums, e-mails and online chats, basic accessible information, videos and profiles of all sorts.  (And here I am sharing this all on a blog!) I awkwardly became an observer of my own life as I scrolled through this online life.  I did not feel that anything I saw or read was untrue to who I am, but a loneliness set in as I realized that anyone who knows “online me” doesn’t fully know ME.
This realization inspired me to do a few things:
1. Create this piece of art.

2. Take some time to become an observer of my “real life”.  How?  I literally came face to face with myself and considered where/who/how I am.  What am I feeling passionate about?  What am I struggling with? How do I feel?  It was humbling. I have a lot to ponder and change.
3. To try not to judge people solely based on a picture or comment I see online.
4. To remember to nurture and cherish my real life relationships.  In reality, it is not that hard to stay connected to those you love, whether it is through a phone call, letter or card or an actual one on one over coffee or a walk.  If it is truly important, time can be found.

I never imagined a simple portrait would teach me so much and I am so thankful.

be…

A series of events, experiences and feelings over the past few months have prompted me to start this new blog, but seeing this finally pushed me over the edge into action.  More can be read about where this blog came from and what it means to me, but these simple words stand alone as a huge inspiration to me today as to what I want to be…

Source: found on pinterest via sunshineandpearls 

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