Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Free Coffee Mug? I'm In!

There's no denying, I love my coffee! Being a barista for so many years, this drink hold a special place in my heart; and what better gift for a coffee connoisseur than a great mug? Tinyprints is having an AMAZING three-day offer for all my coffee and tea lovers out there and I just had to share the news! No purchase necessary, just use the code MUGSEP14 at checkout and they'll send you your very own personalized mug for free!

Stay caffeinated,

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Favorites! v.8

I love quiet weekends and I'm really happy its Friday, I started the day with a good cup of coffee and sending my resume to offices that need a receptionist. Fingers crossed I get an interview, because Lord knows I'm needing a job ASAP. On the agenda for the rest of the week is lots of homebody time and spending an afternoon with Tim's parents, playing board games. But first, here are some of my favorites this week!

This sticker speaks so much truth! 
I am in love with Midge Belickis' Etsy shop, definitely worth checking out.

Rebecca posted some really awesome 
photo tips on shooting indoors on her blog this week!

Craftaholics Anonymous shared 
an adorable vintage Halloween banner printable, and it's FREE!

There's a wonderful From Our Readers article on HelloGiggles
about writer's block and how to cure it!

I am in love with these new Bamboo flats at Modcloth!

In this Buzzfeed video, women are speaking out about online harassment towards women 
and sharing some of the outrageous comments they have received from men! 
(NSFW, vulgar language)

Okay, this book from Modcloth is too cute 
and such a great gift idea for a friend you really love!

Cam posted a wonderful DIY pumpkin body scrub on her blog 
and I can't wait to make some of my own!

And last, I have another cute find made by Midge, a Black Lodge Twin Peaks brooch set!
Seriously, what a talented lady and her blog is just as wonderful!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vegan Peanut Butter + Banana Smoothie

 Growing up I used to watch The Baby-Sitters Club movie all the time, and I remember Kristy eating a peanut butter and banana sandwich with her dad in one scene. So, as any 5 year old would do, I insisted my grandma make one for me so I could be just like her. I swear it was like magic, that sandwich was all I wanted to eat after trying it. So, today I am sharing a delicious smoothie recipe that tastes just like the sandwich, and is packed with protein to curb that midday snacking!

Vegan Peanut Butter + Banana Smoothie
                                                    yield: 2 servings

1 banana, chopped
2 Tbs. peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1/3 cup vanilla hemp protein
1 1/2 cup non-dairy beverage (I used almond milk)
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
2/3 cup ice

1. In blender, place ingredients. Cover; blend on high speed for about 1 minute or until smooth.
2. pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

(for a well-blended smoothie stop blender half way through and uncover; scrape the sides of the container down to mix the peanut butter completely.)

This smoothie is what the hubby and I had for breakfast, this morning, and the amount of protein really did help hold me over until lunch time! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did :)


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

From Where I Blog: A Work Space Tour

Hello, lovelies! As I mentioned before, we have been doing so rearranging and decorating over the past week. Little by little we are completing areas in our home and I'm so happy about it that I decided to share some snapshots of my work space with you!

There's still more work to be done with this space, but so far, I'm loving how it's coming along! Please ignore my ugly calendar.. It got horribly warped during the move (oops!), but in trying to be frugal, I am still using it. I also used some of our wedding decorations to spruce up the space because I just couldn't bare to part with them, and I think they add nice color.

As you can see, I have some books and magazines I keep here. I think its really important to stay inspired in the "office", so I have a couple of design and DIY books, a sewing help book, my journals and a thesaurus. Out of all of them, I find the thesaurus to be the most handy, especially while creating a new post. 

I also wanted to share a small space across from my desk, where I keep my record player and vinyl collection, a perfect place for it so I can listen as I work. I started collecting records about a year and a half ago, and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. Although, I do hope to upgrade my player someday, hehe. Also in this little corner, I'm excited to show off one of my very favorite wedding presents Tim and I received! One of my bridesmaids, Erin, had her sister draw us as Princess Leia and Han Solo, and Penny is even dressed as Chewie! I still can't believe how great a job her sister did, epic gift for sure!

This space has easily become my favorite area in the whole house, it's peaceful and fun. I can't wait to make more decorating progress to share with you!

Whats your favorite room in your home? Do you collect anything? Feel free to comment below :)


Monday, September 15, 2014

A Whole New Look!

Provided by Cam

I am so thrilled to finally be sharing this new design that Emorie created for me! I found her through a blogging friend, Cam from Desert Darling, after she had Emorie work on her blog. We spent over a month collaborating on just what I wanted my blog to look like and I couldn't be more happy with it!

Along with my main page, she also took the time to created an About page, Contact page, and Sponsor page (all linked under the header). I couldn't believe all the detailed work she put into my blog, there's even the cutest pictures of our animal friends in the About page that look just like them!

With the Sponsor page, she made brand new buttons for me to share! I would love to make more friends in the blogging community and support fellow bloggers! So, if you're interested in swapping buttons and you feel our blogs would compliment each other's well, send me an email at and we can begin supporting one another.

I also really encourage any blogger looking for a new look to contact Emorie and use her services! She is such a great girl who never leaves you hanging and really strives to give you exactly what you you have in mind.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see the new look of The Desert Poppy!