Monday, June 27, 2011

d.i.y. shelving

*the images that aren't linked can be found on my pinterest.
1. salvaged cabinet shelving found here
2. wooden corner unit found here
3. honeycomb shelving found here
4. long simple shelving found here
5. magazine holder shelves found here
6. metal piping shelves 
7. unit built around reclaimed drawers made by Rupert Blanchard
8. how neat is this tetris looking unit?!
9. wooden square shelving found here

We've been talking about fixing up our home a lot lately.  I can't get enough pretty home decor them!!  I love to look at apartment therapy, design sponge, and various home decor magazines like dwell & readymade.  Where is your favorite place to find inspiring home ideas??  I'm a d.i.y. kinda girl for sure, because of cost & the personal satisfaction that comes from handmade projects.  I can't wait!!

p.s. that honeycomb shelving is my favorite favorite! ;)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

What is the Happiness Project?

the happiness project

I started reading this book called The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.  While randomly strolling through Target lingering in the book & magazine aisle, I was drawn instantly to this book.  I recognized the look & the title because I had come across her blog about the subject probably about a year and a half ago.  I thought it was interesting and read the blog a bit at the time, but I was so new to the world of blogging I must have passed it by because I was opening myself up to a lot of magical exciting bloggy goodness for the first time ever.  I'm glad to come back to this happiness project thing.  Having a tangible book feels really good, and it simply has all the important stuff in one spot.  

So what is this happiness project anyway?  The author described a feeling of not really being depressed, but unhappy.  She felt like she had a pretty good life, but wasn't fully appreciating and enjoying it like she should.   This is her journey to happiness.  I've read the first chapter so far, and I'm really inspired to do my own happiness project.  I can really relate to Gretchen when she talks about how she feels about her life.  Overall pretty happy with it, but frustrated, stressed, and cranky.  So why, and what can we do about it?

I thought it would be fun to start my own year long happiness project (why not start in July?!), and document my own progress here about once a month or so.  Does anyone want to do this with me?  I'm constantly reading about some type of "self help" type thing, and this seems really fun.  You can find out more about the Happiness Project here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Foods for Energy

all images found here

Things to look for when snacking for energy.....
-B vitamins
-vitamin C
-a little bit of healthy fat
-whole grain carbs

If your goal is more energy, it is essential to get proper rest. According to the National Sleep Foundation, an adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night. It's hard to get that much sleep. Our lives have us so busy & stressed, that you actually have to make time to take care of yourself. You have to remember though that sleep is not selfish. It actually makes you recharged and refreshed, so you can feel and be your best self for you & everyone around you. I don't know about you but I get pretty cranky if I don't eat or don't sleep. It is also important to stay hydrated. You should always have a drink nearby. It is also important to snack on small "meals" throughout the day. You should have breakfast, a mid-day snack, lunch, an afternoon snack, dinner, and a bedtime snack (if you are going to stay up late and you are still hungry). These snacks shouldn't be heavy though. A small 200 calorie healthy snack is perfect.

My favorite energy snacks:
-luna, lara, or kashi bars
-fruit & cheese
-corn chips with guacamole
-organic chocolate milk with graham crackers
-apple & peanut butter
-greek yogurt with honey
-a small whole wheat bagel with peanut butter (actually I like this for breakfast with coffee, followed by a banana for a mid-day snack)
-raw almonds & dried fruit (and dark chocolate!)
-frozen yogurt with fruit & granola
-a healthy (low sugar, low fat, add things like fruit-nuts-oatmeal-flax) homemade cookie with low fat organic milk
-spicy hummus with veggie sticks

Fruits & veggies are awesome snacks, but combining them with protein, carbs, and a little healthy fat will make you feel full for longer. This is all stuff I am learning along the way, so please feel free to correct me if I am wrong about something. I just know that if I try to follow a plan like this, I have a lot more energy throughout the day. I also think it helps a lot to add 20-30 minutes of exercise a day. It's like a natural anti-depressant. Even just going out for a walk does the's amazing how your body responds to those feel good endorphins. I hope these healthy food images inspire you to "eat well to feel well". I think that diet is so important when it comes to our overall health. It's so easy to manipulate how our body feels/responds with food (like dieting/getting drunk/overeating or eating all junk food). Being truly healthy takes effort. I like to think of it as taking as much care of yourself as you would your children. You wouldn't let your kids eat too much sugar or caffeine or grease right? So why should you? You would make them go to bed on time & floss their teeth & go outside and play to balance out screen time, so why shouldn't you? It's nice being a grown up and doing whatever we want, but at some point you have to realize that you have to take care of yourself. I think it's all about balance.

What do you think? And what are some of your favorite high energy snacks?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Running Errands in the Rain....

I had a little fun with Polyvore today. I just love this color combination, and imagined a cute little style to run around in. It's great mama style (comfortable, wearable, functional items)......

Errands in the Rain

Haider Ackermann green top
€485 -

Old Navy jersey tank top
$15 -

Genetic Denim bootcut jeans
$79 -

Lanvin ballet flat
£305 -

Fossil handbag
$78 -

Casio watch
$99 -

JouJou resin jewelry
£33 -

Kendra Scott 14k earrings
$100 -

Dorothy Perkins turquoise jewelry
£9.50 -

American Apparel umbrella
$24 -

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

plant display ideas

I'm kind of obsessing over plants right now.  These are some of my favorites.......
This really cute coffee can plant holder d.i.y. idea.  Just paint saved coffee cans!  I love the colors they chose.
This cinder block plant wall has been floating around the web for a while, but I wanted to share it here as part of this grouping, because I love it so much.  Such a simple idea, but it looks so neat.
And if you haven't picked up one of these, you really should.  They are the cutest plant holders ever!!!
I'm really drawn to this plant wall display, and it may or may not be because I like the girls style.  Tutorial found here.
I'm pretty sure this is my favorite plant picture right now.  I adore how the light blue paint color & the raw wood shelving showcase the mesmerizing houseplants here.  I drool.  If you want to know more about the plant specifics, go here.
This is such a simple and beautiful plant display that anyone can do.  I love the naked window and the bare walls.
Succulents are hands down my favorite plant.  I could do an entire post about them, and I probably will.  They are the prettiest things.  What is your favorite plant?

Monday, June 13, 2011

make popsicles!

1. Blackberry & Avocado popsicles found here.
2. Kiwi Orange Creamsicles found here.
3. Strawberry Mango popsicles found here.
4. Nutella & Greek Yogurt popsicles found here.*
5. Tea popsicles found here.
6. Whole Fruit popsicles found here.

* We actually made the nutella and yogurt pops yesterday & they turned out awesome.  I picked up those same popsicle molds from Wal-Mart, and they will be used heavily for summer treats.  My tip for the nutella yogurt ones is to put a huge scoop of yogurt & a huge scoop of nutella in a bowl first and swirl them around before spooning into the molds.  This mixes the tangy/sweet flavors better.  The kids loved them, but unless you add sweetener of some kind to the plain yogurt......well plain yogurt isn't all that great, you know?  The nutella does a great job of sweetening the yogurt, but we actively had to do big licks to pick up both flavors.  It was worth it though.  We LOVE popsicles, and homemade ones are the BEST!!! yum.

I made a blog button.

 Unless you're a true computer nerd, you're probably lost or a little rusty on what it takes to make a blog button.  I found this article to be extremely helpful.  One thing to make note of is that for some reason it's really tricky to use a picture from Flickr.  I would recommend uploading your button picture to PhotoBucket, because you can get a link to it really easy.  If you know how to copy/paste, and to resize photos, than it will be relatively simple to figure out how to make your own blog button with a code box underneath.  Give it a's really satisfying to know you can do something like this! ;)
If you want to add my button, you can grab it from this post here, or in my sidebar.  Thanks again for everyone's support.  It's exciting to see readers follow me over here!  You guys are the best.


Sunday, June 12, 2011


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Hey everybody. Thanks for checking out my new blog home.  I'm really glad you came.  I loved my baby "starter blog", CoffinConfections, but I felt stuck.  I started to think about opening up an Etsy shop, and came to the conclusion that the name of my blog didn't really attract the type of audience I wanted to target.  See, I thought that the CoffinConfections name was a cute play off of my last name, but in reality, most people who don't know me would probably assume it was some kind of vampire baking blog, and pass up clicking on my button or link.  Followers were never much of an issue when the blog was only going to be used as my personal scrapbook, but now that I have a bigger focus & dream, it seems like a smarter thing to do.  Besides, I felt a little trapped by the personal nature of my old blog.  I was lost, writing about whatever I pleased.  It was great until I couldn't decide what to write about.  You see, when you have every option in the world open to you, it seems really intimidating.  I've learned a lot through blogging for a year & a half now, and I'm really excited to put more effort into consistent posting about the topics that interest me, home, & family fun.  I can't stop filling up my "blog ideas" notebook with all kinds of features & fun (not to mention my latest obsession with Pinterest)!  Eep!!  Check out my "about" page for more of what's to come.