Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Best Part of Waking Up

I used to think I was born to drink coffee.  There was nothing like the dark, bitter smell of coffee brewing in my kitchen to get my eyes open in the morning.  But I was in denial for a long time about how my body has trouble processing coffee.  I have struggled with anxiety, headaches, IBS, and while coffee probably isn't the only culprit, I finally decided to eliminate it to see if it helped.   

I don't know about you, but I come from a culture of coffee drinkers.  The smell and the taste, the feeling of the warm mug in my hands, are part of every past experience; long drives, study sessions, meetings, church services, breakfasts with friends, long talks at coffee shops, rainy days with a good book.  It ran like the blood in my veins.  I could not give up coffee happily or easily.  But give it up I did.

I switched from coffee to tea, and began to build an entire morning routine around it.  


I keep my teabags in pretty jars, one for decaf and a one for regular.  Even the regular black tea has a lot less caffeine than coffee.  It takes a lot more to help me wake up in the morning, but I don't get jitters or the crash after it wears off.  


Here are some of my current teas.  I keep a lot on hand because I like the variety.  I especially like the ones that have vanilla or chocolate flavors because they remind of drinking a latte in a coffee shop.



I have a few teas that screw up the system because there aren't wrappers on the tea bags.  I have to leave them in the box.  I try not to buy teas this way, but these two are really, really good.


I pick from my cupboard of misfit mugs.  My choice is always deliberate.  The size of the mug, the shape of the handle, the color...it just depends on my mood. 


Sometimes I drink it black, sometimes I add a little milk.  But never sweetener.  There is nothing worse to me than sweetened tea.


It's dark, creamy, warm, caffeinated...it could almost pass for coffee.  Well, not really.  But I've learned to appreciate it anyway.  



Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Morning Roundup 3.24.14

Happy Monday, Friends.
It's been a long time since I've done a Monday Morning Roundup.  I started thinking about the direction I wanted my blog to take and got worried that I didn't have much of a focus. Then I held myself back from updating it because I couldn't figure it out.  Anyway, I've thought about it and, while I still can't answer to what my purpose is, I'm just going to plow ahead.

I just found this little bit of zen: No One Reads a Comic Strip Because it's Drawn Well.  I think that applies here.  If you're reading this, it's not because you think, "wow, what a well-designed, meaningful blog."  You are probably here because you know me, or searching for something crafty on Google or Pinterest has brought you here.  And since I'm not doing this to make money, or market something, I'm just as pleased whether I have 10 readers or 110.

Want to hear something crazy? I looked at the Blogger analytics, and at last count I've had 14,466 page views.  Just a few weeks ago, I checked it and was floored that the number was nearing 14,000, and then there was this explosion, even though I hadn't posted anything new.  That makes me want to try all the harder, and get back into posting regularly, even if I'm sometimes just curating stuff I find around the web.

So here are some links, and I promise to come up with more original content in the near future.

The Three Types of Friends that Every Parent Needs Hey! I have those! Yay!
Humor for Minnesotan drivers: Clever Ways to Reuse Potholes
Did you know there is such a thing as Arm Knitting?  I recently watched someone make a chunky cowl scarf in about an hour this way.
I love stuff like this: Tiny Windmills

Have a wonderful day, all of you  !

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Three Kinds of Wall Storage for Tiny Toys

As the days get longer, and I look outside to see snow melting away before my eyes, I remember back to just a few weeks ago when the temperatures were sub-zero and we stayed indoors all day.  It was the perfect time to get some creative handiwork done around the house, so I tackled a much-needed storage solution for the kids' playroom.  

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

DIY Birch Wall Art (for under $10!)

I completed this project a couple months ago and am finally getting around to blogging it.  We took a big step and put both kids in the same bedroom, making the other room a dedicated playroom.  I am having trouble picking a decorating theme but whatever it ends up being, I really want the walls covered in white birch trees.  There are wallpapers you can buy that give the same effect, but they are really expensive, and I don't want to commit to something permanent we might be tired of in a few years.  

After thinking long and hard about how I wanted to go about this project, I chose the cheapest possible materials first.  I figured if this didn't look right, at least I wasn't out much money.  Luckily, it worked out better than I could have imagined and I'm confident that anyone can do it.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday Morning Round-Up 11.11.13

Happy Monday, friends!


It is a happy Monday, as I am able to wear shoes and drive for the first time in five days.  You know how your mom told you to always wear clean underwear in case you're in an accident?  My addition to that rule: always wear sparkly toenail polish in case you need a foot X-Ray and want to dazzle the radiology department.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Morning Round-Up 10.21.13

Happy Monday, Friends.


It's crazy how many people are talking about listening to Christmas music already, just because we got a little snow!  I'm putting a ban into effect because we still have two holidays that deserve a little hype of their own. We've put up silly, not scary, monster silhouettes in our windows so at night it looks like our house is overrun.  (I stole this idea from a friend, Vicki, who I think got it off Pinterest.)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday Morning Round-up 10.14.13

Happy Monday, Friends

I caved and got myself a Happy Light this week.  Here I am, tricking my brain into thinking the sun came up at 6:30.  I'm fake-smiling in this picture, but I'm actually optimistic that light therapy is going to help me cope with winter anxiety this year.