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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Exciting news!

Big, 

Big, 

BIG things happening over here at 100T2D right now.

I'm having a website built and it's in its final stages - I'm hoping to go live for FEBRUARY 1st!

I need to step away from the blog for the next couple of days to get all of my posts organized and up and running on the new site.



I'm not slacking off, and I haven't forgotten you - I'm just hoping you'll forgive my absence and be patient because I have something incredible coming!!

3 days!!

I miss you guys!

  Have a great one!
  
 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Yoga Schedule!

I'm so excited!

Helena from Active Spirit Yoga has released her new classes and schedule!

UNLEASH THE FIRE - Ignite and power up yoga

UNRAVEL THE YARN - Deskbound Yoga

CALM THE STORM - Bedtime Yoga


FREE YOGA CHALLENGE!

Click the caption underneath the class you'd like to check out - new courses beginning NEXT WEEK!

These are live, online classes - not recordings - all you need is a webcam and some floor space to join in.

Join me in the mornings for some therapeutic stretch and power-up yoga, or squeeze in a desk bound yoga class over your lunch hour.
Stressed out all day?  Try out Helena's Bedtime yoga to relax and unwind.

It's time to register and if nothing else - get your spot in the FREE 14 Day Yoga Challenge.
10-15 minutes per day - FOR FREE!


  
Have a great one!
  
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Smoothie recipes

I'm going to start this post by admitting that I have the WORST eating habits in the world.  
I have a sweet tooth (multiple actually), I hate to cook, I dread going to the kitchen and usually don't until I'm really, REALLY hungry.

My breakfast consists of a Tazo chai latte (all sugar and about a million calories), but I can make it in less than two minutes and get to work.

I need an alternative breakfast that is easily portable (I bring it to my desk to drink while working), that takes less than two minutes to make and is better for me than my chai - BUT it has to taste at least as good as my chai to make me create a habit.

Any of you in the same boat?  Perhaps not a latte, but tend to coast through your mornings on just a cup of coffee?

Today I set myself up for success.

I created my breakfasts for the entire week in one little baggie each.



First up, my chocolate monkey:

  • 1/2 a banana (we keep our over-ripe ones in the freezer for banana bread or muffins, but the over-ripe ones are actually the sweetest, so this will appease my sweet teeth.)
  • 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder.  I only used this because Hubby had it - there's no need to go out and buy a giant container, you could swap in a bit of cocoa powder instead.
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup yogurt.


Put them all in a little baggie and seal.
They'll freeze together and will be easily dumped out of the baggie into your blender, and you won't even need ice cubes or ice cream because this will be your thick frozen component!




Next up;  Apple Pie smoothie

  • 1 lunch-sized container of unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

(I added some cinnamon protein powder as well, but you don't need to - this will taste like apple pie without it).



You can add any other ingredients you want to these... metamucil, whey/protein powder, fish oil - whatever floats your boat.

When you're ready for breakfast, all you need to do is drop it out of the baggie into your blender, add some almond milk (or skim milk) and blend.

(The photo shows ice cubes but only because my baggies hadn't frozen yet and I wanted to taste-test.)



I made up a dozen this morning - 6 chocolate monkey, 6 apple pie - and have them sitting in my freezer ready for the next day's breakfast.

  
They are healthy, take no time to blend and are delicious - no more excuses for me.

(and for dessert, I can have my chai!)


Just in case you noticed my awesome measuring spoons - I picked these up last week from Bonnie and they are brilliant!
All of your measuring spoons in one slide-able version!  Holds liquids and dry ingredients!


Pampered Chef - Adjustable Measuring Spoons








Have a great one!
  
 



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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Turkey Spaghetti Sauce


Today's post is from guest contributor Jennifer Johal of JJ's Kitchen:



This is a great one for the freezer. Defrost, heat up, and add pasta. I actually do half spaghetti, half zucchini put through my “Veggetti" (it turns vegetables into pasta like noodles – amazing!). This time of year can be tough to find good quality, fresh vegetables so this is a good one to do in batches.


You will need:


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 can diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 2 rib celery, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


Saute turkey until cooked. 
Add carrot, celery, onion and garlic. 


Saute until vegetables are soft, a few minutes. 
Add tomatoes and simmer about 30 minutes. 


Serve with pasta or freeze.




Looks fantastic - and super healthy.  No added sugars, you regulate the salt and a healthy, lean-meat option without losing flavour!

Thank you so much JJ!



  Have a great one!
  
 



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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Craft Studio

Do you love looking at photos of other people's craft studios?
The gorgeous organization, cute little jars, rainbows of coloured paper or fabric or yarn.
image courtesy of Houzz.com

image courtesy of Houzz.com

image courtesy of Houzz.com

I LOVE those!



This - not so much.

I'm not sure the photo does it true justice - I have little piles of "stuff" everywhere.  So much so that I can't close my sewing cabinet (dark cabinet on the left), my bookshelves are overstuffed and things are falling off and my cold air return is COVERED with dust-gunk because it's been blocked behind more crap I've had sitting there on the floor.

Since I was down here (my studio is in the basement), making catnip toys and thank you cards, I thought it was time to bring some organization back.

I found catalogues and order forms from when I tried to sell Tupperware about 4 years ago.  Family photos I'd forgotten I had, tons of stamps that I'd forgotten about (and am ready to purge).



Got my ribbon organized and looking tidy and my stamp pads in order by colour.  (Yes, the rainbow arrangement makes me happy)

Divided up my designed papers from my cardstock and got my scrap pile tucked away for later.



Punches, dies and accessories were all put back into their homes...



and I even found several card making books I'd totally forgotten about tucked away under my desk!

Bonus!  



I managed to purge 2 bags to the garbage, 2 bags to recycling and another large bag full of crafting material that I can pass along to someone else to use.

The end result...



A room with room!



(To find out how to make your own faux-granite counter, read this post.)

Now I just want to sit down here and enjoy the view!





Have a great one!
  
 



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Friday, January 23, 2015

DIY Thank you cards

Do you believe it's been a month since Christmas?!
Do you believe that I have been so lax, that I haven't made or written my Christmas thank you's yet?!

What an ungrateful wretch - time to sit down and get to work.

Today I thought I'd show you how to make repetitive images on your cards.
VERY easy if you use photopolymer stamps (they're the clear ones you can see through) but not as easy if you use stamps on wood blocks.

Stampin' Up! carries a gizmo called a "Stamp-a-majig" that works wonders!

Essentially all it is, is an L-ruler and a piece of transparency.  Of course theirs is much better quality, but you get the idea.

Line up the transparency sheet into the L corner of the ruler.
Line up your stamp into that corner and press the image into the transparency.



Now you have a template.

Put the transparency so that the image is where you want it on your card front.
Bring the ruler back into place around the top corner of the transparency and remove the sheet.



Your ruler is now set up so that when you stamp, your image will show up where you wanted it.
Line up your stamp with the L corner of the ruler and press.



Perfect!



To create a repeat pattern, you just keep moving the transparency sheet wherever you want your image to go, line up the ruler, remove the transparency and stamp!



I covered the card front with the circles and then (using a photopolymer stamp) inserted the word "Thanks" inside each circle.



It's a very effective technique and means you need fewer stamps to create your cards.

(If you are a crafter you're thinking "yeah right, like you'd ever stop at just two stamps".





You can do this same process with large background stamps as well.  It will help you line up one row with the next for a seamless look.



You can purchase a "stamp-a-majig" through Stampin' Up! or I'm sure there alternatives out there that you can find at your local hobby store.
Worst case, borrow your husband's t-ruler and a piece of wax paper and you can do the same thing.



My little cutie-patootie taught me how to watercolour cards - but we'll save that tutorial for another day.


  




Have a great one!
  
 



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