Sep 26, 2014

Friday five

The weekend is finally here again! It's still raging summer here in South Florida, so I may try to get a little sun and pool time before it gets to cold to go in. Here are this weeks five:

picture from Restoration Redoux
1. Fave craft
I need to start saving my wine corks wot make these awesome wine cork letters.

2. Fave recipe
This week it's been my own Irish Car Bomb cupcakes. They were a hit at my new office!

via Yurbuds

3. Fave fitness
I just ordered some new Yurbuds for my runs (I got a new pair with a mic). I love these headphones and they totally don't slip out when you run. It takes a little getting used to putting these over regular earbuds, but it's so worth it.

via Nerdist
4. Fave TV show (this week at least)
I love fairy tales and I just love the way that all my favorite fairy tale characters are re-imagined on Once Upon a Time. The series premiere is this Sunday, so catch up with their stories in this article first.

picture from A Beautiful Mess
5. Fave makeup tips
These makeup tips from A Beautiful Mess are easy and just a little something to make your look pop!

I'm running another 10 miles this week, so wish me luck. I'll be up before the sun for that run!

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Sep 24, 2014

New look for designed by Diana!

I had been toying with a new look for designed by Diana for a while now. I loved my previous logo, but I felt it was too much about the aprons. Though I still love my retro aprons, I feel that I've expanded to so many other things. I didn't want to be boxed in as the apron girl, when I'm also the baking girl, and the running girl.

Thankfully with FL Blog Con looming, it gave me the jump start I needed to get moving with a design overhaul for designed by Diana.

I know I wanted something clean and simple, just highlighting designed by Diana. I've been on a green kick lately, and I love me some grey, so I went out hunting.

Luckily Danielle over at Sometimes Sweet had recently redone her blog with one of the templates from 17th Avenue Designs. I visited their site after seeing Danielle's clean simple new layout and fell in love. This is exactly the kind of things I was looking for. And installing this template would be a LOT easier than trying to figure this all out myself, as I had in the past.

I went over to the site, found a great template and a few add-ons that I knew would make my site feel more me. I'm loving the result!

How do you like the new designed by Diana?

(NOTE: I was not compensated for this nor did I receive my template for free. I just really loved it.)

Sep 22, 2014

FL Blog Con 2014

It was my second year attending the FL Blog Con, and once again, I left full of information and totally inspired to get out there and make my blog work. This year's theme was "Gotta Get Blogging" and that's exactly what I wanted to do as soon as I left.

The keynote was from Ted Murphy of IZEA. I had seen some flyers and mention of IZEA at last year's blog con, but was so grateful to get a look at the start of the company, and how they are trying to help bloggers like us.

Then I was off to my first session, photography with Julie Deily of The Little Kitchen. I learned overall that lighting matters, sometimes you just don't like you pics, and above all, edit. And in the end practice, practice. practice, you can only get better.

Next I attended the writing workshop with Adam Avitable. Another great session, where we learned the importance of editing.

Unfortunately, it was a very rainy day in Orlando, but the gloominess only moved lunch and the after party inside. It was a little cramped, and took a little longer than usual to get food, but I did really like the Tijuana Flats for lunch. I was so happy to see them using a local company. And I love me some Mexican food.

Since the lunch time was all messed up and took longer than planned, I wasn't able to make it to any of the lunch sessions. But I did check out all of the great sponsors in the Florida Dairy Farmers lounge. (And I might have had some ice cream.)

After lunch, I got tons of business info from Heather Lopez about Turning from Hobby to Business. Then I went to the Monetizing Your Blog session, which was a great panel that included 3 different companies (Crystal from IZEA, Brandon from Affiliate Manager, and Matthew from Sonobi)  that help bloggers and social media influencers get with brands and get compensated. (I got too into this session, cause I didn't take any pics!)

One of the surprises sessions for me was the Instagram session. Nicole Siscaretti of Sparkly Ever After was great, fun, and so excited to share her Instagram knowledge. If you're not following my Instagram, do it now!

Then we learned all about Pecha Kucha in the closing keynote. It's so interesting and such a cool way to communicate.

We got a pecha kucha demo from Katy Widrick. Had to laugh along with her 10 Secrets Only Bloggers Really Know About Blogging.

I love going to this event. It leaves me inspired to share and do even more here on my little corner of the internet. And it's great being with like minded people. My bestie, Kris, is toying with the idea of starting a blog so this was a great place for her to get her feet wet with the whole thing. And see the type of crazy I'm involved in.

I even ended up meeting some South Florida peeps there. I'd love to have a blogger meetup here in the 305, so any Miami-Dade bloggers, hit me up, so we can meet up and chat.

Sep 19, 2014

Friday five

I hope everyone is having a great week. I'm excited, cause I'm heading up to Orlando for FL Blog Con today.

picture from Sweet Cs Designs
1. Fave craft
I'm loving these easy to make (and dishwasher-safe) glitter mugs! I never thought vinyl would work on mugs.

picture from DIY Real

2. Fave recipe
Coffee cup quiche. I knew you could make mug brownies and cake, but I love this single serving quiche.

via Pro Compression
3. Fave fitness
Pro Compression is having a great fall sale. I love their marathon socks, and the low trainers have become my go to running sock. Check it out with code FALL. (P.S. I'm not getting paid for this, I just really love them!)

4. Fave TV show
OUTLANDER!! I'm so obsessed with this show (and I'm currently reading book 2), and this week is the wedding!

5. Fave funny
21 Things You Should Never Tell Someone from Miami. Dale!

Sep 15, 2014


Reading: Ok, I'm totally obsessed with Outlander. I just finished book one, and just started the second book Dragonfly in Amber. My best friend, Kris, recommended these to me forever ago, but with the series I finally started reading them. They are long, but I'm so hooked. Never thought I'd lust after a redhead, but then he is in a kilt!

Watching: Outlander, obviously! I can't believe the first half of season 1 is about to end. But at least the new TV season is about to start, so finally, my shows will be back.

Thinking about: All the races I have coming up in the fall and winter. As of now, it's 1 5k, 3 10ks, and 3 half marathons. I can't believe that the girl that never ever thought she could run, is running 13.1 miles!

Looking forward to: Going to Florida Blog Con this weekend. I had such a great time last year, I can't wait to go and learn and meet tons of new friends!

Wishing: That the sun came out later, so I could sleep in more on my long run days. But in the end, it's all worth it to see that I can do it. I never thought I'd be running 10 miles on the weekend (like I did on Saturday!), but I did it! If I can do it, anyone can.

Making me happy: My FitBit buzzing to tell me I reached my 10,000 step goal for the day, new makeup, jumping in the pool on a hot afternoon, talking to friends til all hours of the night, crazy ideas, piling all my hair on top of my head and being told it looks nice.

Sep 12, 2014

Friday five

Hope everyone had a great week out there. I feel like I've been working out like crazy with the half marathon training and I also started T25 a couple of weeks ago. But in the end, I know it'll all be worth it. Here are some of my faves I found between work and working out this week:

picture from girl. Inspred
1. Fave craft
I love pouches, I could make pouches to hold and keep together everything. I can't wait to make another boxy pouch, maybe in a chevron, like this one.

2. Fave recipe
Honey Mustard Fried Chicken Sliders. I don't need to say anything else!

via Etsy
3. Fave fitness
My best friend and I totally got these shirts to rock at our next race. We're always saying how crazy we are, why not tell the world! LOL

picture from A Beautiful Mess
4. Fave accessory
This head wrap is such a great idea. It would do a great job hiding nasty runner's hair.

5. Fave bit of redheaded awesomeness
Check out these 11 facts about redheads.

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend in store!

Sep 10, 2014

Friendship bracelets tutorial

Those new "friendship"-style bracelets that are all over are so easy to make, there's no need to shell out the big bucks for them.

I'm gonna show you how to make the super easy braided bracelets. All you need is some cotton braiding cord, or really any cording that you like, and some scissors.

Take 6 pieces of cord about 16 inches long each. You can vary the colors however you want. Take all of the cords together and loosely knot one end about 2 inches from the ends of the cord. Then just start braiding like you would with your hair. Don't pull the braid too tight. You want to keep it kind of loose, so it will lay flat. Once your braid goes almost around your whole wrist, loosely knot the other end.

We kept the knots on the ends loose, so you can even out the braid. Make sure you have about an equal amount of loose cord after the knots. I always end up making my braid too long for my wrist, so I will undo a little of the braid in order to get it to be short enough to go around my wrist, but not all the way. Once you have your braid the length you want it, tighten the knots. After the knots are tightened, you'll need to cut some of the extra cords (only keep 2 or 3 per side). Cut the other cords as close as you can to the knot.

Now, gather all the long ends and tie a knot at the end to keep those together. Now, you can stop here and just tie the bracelet around your wrist. But I'm on my own and don't have anyone to tie my bracelets, so I make a slide close.

To make the slide, first cross the ends of the bracelet over each other. Then, take a piece of cording about 6 inches long. Make a loop near one end and hold across both of the ends of the bracelet. You should have one short cut end and the loop at the other.

With the long part of the cording, wrap around the bracelet ends 4-5 times (start wrapping from the cut end, and finish near the loop. When you are done wrapping, put the long end through the loop and pull on both ends. Check to make sure you can open and close your bracelet. You can cut the extra ends of the slide cord, but I like to make a knot very close to the wrapped cord and then cut.

Now, just slide on your bracelet and rock your new creation.

Did you ever make friendship bracelets back in the day?
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