february craft: marbled clay hanging pots

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I am so happy that I decided to sign up for The Crafter’s Box when it first launched back in December. I’m being introduced to new crafting techniques that I probably wouldn’t have started on my own. Every month, the exact supplies I need are delivered to my mailbox. I just follow along with an online workshop that’s available at any time and create something beautiful for my house. See my previous post about the Rya wall weaving that we did in January.

clay-in-progress

February’s craft was using polymer clay to create hanging pots for air plants. Seriously, the air plants were included in this month’s box. The colors are just perfectly organic and gorgeous. And marbling clay wasn’t hard at all. I was worried that I wouldn’t have the skills to do this, but after getting my arm and hand muscles warmed up it all came pretty naturally.  I’m already plotting out possible Mother’s Day gifts using polymer clay.

I’m crazy excited for March’s craft. I believe that the March box has sold out already, but there is a waitlist available. Sign up now at The Crafter’s Box.

my weight watchers journey + a recipe

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After years of thinking about it, I bit the bullet last week and signed up for Weight Watchers. I understand how to eat and how to move, but I’ve missing the accountability part of the whole thing. I’m doing the online + weekly meetings plan, so every Sunday I get to go get weighed and talk it out with a group of people in the same boat as me. Not too much will be changing on my end, except measuring my portions again and avoiding the wine + excessive amounts of cheese at night.

For at least the next three months I’ll be in weight loss mode, so look forward to some delicious recipes like the one below. I’m so glad I’m doing this when Florida is in fresh fruit and produce overload. Yay for zero point foods!

grilled pork tacos with pineapple slaw

3 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp salt
12 oz pork tenderloin
2 cups coleslaw mix (that package with the cabbage and carrots)
1 cup diced pineapple
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 medium scallion, diced
4 whole wheat tortillas, large

Combine 1 tablespoon of the lime juice, 1 teaspoon of the olive oil, oregano, garlic powder, cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt in a bowl. Rub the tenderloin with the mixture and marinate for 15 minutes.

While the pork is marinating, make the slaw by combining the coleslaw mix, pineapple, cilantro, scallion, remaining lime juice (2 tablespoons), remaining olive oil (1 teaspoon), and remaining salt (1/4 teaspoon) together in a separate bowl.

Throw the pork on a grill and cook until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, turning once. (My tenderloin took almost 20 minutes on my Foreman Grill). Remove from grill and rest for three minutes.

Cut up the pork and evenly divide with the slaw. Make taco and eat.

Have you been a WW member before? If so, let’s connect in the comments!

around here

clay-planters

Oh man, I can’t believe how insane it’s been lately. I’ve been going through some big changes at work, and by the end of the day I either don’t want to stare at a computer screen anymore or I’m crazy busy at home or with the robust social schedule Johnny had going for us. Now he’s back in classes and things are calming down a bit at work. I still don’t want to stare at a computer screen after work, but a few minutes won’t kill my eyes too much more.

We’ve done a lot of fun things this month. From seeing Deadpool to spending a night in downtown St. Pete to buying new bedroom furniture to cooking yummy foods, it’s been go go go around here. It’s all been fun, but I’m ready to settle back into my routine again.

I’ve been making good progress on my goals for this month. My active streak is still going on my activity tracker, and I’ll write a post about that sometime soon. I haven’t been reading (oops), but I’ve been making killer progress knitting a scarf for Johnny. I’m using knitting as my “excuse” to turn away from my computer for 15 or 20 minutes a day at work.

One big thing that happened this month was the cancellation of my yoga teacher training program. There were some cancellations that took the class below minimum enrollment levels, so I have my weekends back. I still want to do this training, but now I think I may wait until next year. Johnny and I are really close to having a good down payment for a house (!!!), so anything to help save money is a good thing right now.

Everything is still going over in the corner of the world. I’m making it all work still, and that’s what matters to me.

february goals

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It’s been a while since I’ve set monthly goals, and I’m feeling put together enough to get back into it. February will be simple, because I need simplicity right now. I need time to breathe and get my head back together. I need time to just be. February will help me rediscover that.

  • Take a lunch break. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, I will get away from my desk. Maybe I’ll walk, maybe I’ll read, maybe I’ll just take a power nap in the car. I just need to get away for a few minutes each day.
  • Knit 20 rows a week to make progress on my scarf.
  • Read one book. Just start with one…
  • Hit my move goal on my watch every single day this month (barring any crazy illnesses).
  • An oldie but a goodie: Coffee at home, not from the gas station every morning.
  • Keep calm when I start yoga teacher training this month.

February, you’re going to be such a great month.