Blogland Tour: Meet my New Friends!

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One of the funnest parts of being a blogger is getting to meet so many new people: bloggers, readers, and strangers who become friends. The Blogland tour is an awesome way for us all to get to know each other a little better. I was super excited when Cori from the Flying C invited me to join her blogtour! She has some awesome ideas and projects going on…

Like this super easy Modge Podge Transfer technique! I will be trying this soon to update a table that I like but it feels really boring…

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I’m also feeling really inspired by her Real Milk Paint Weathered Bentwood chairs! This would be a perfect addition to any home! I’m a huge fan of easy techniques that looks so great! 

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On to my BlogLand Tour!

 

What am I working on right now?

Right now my life is a little crazy, I quit my job of 7 years and started a new job, finished a round of IVF, announced my pregnancy, lived through my miscarriage, and blogged about it all. I have trimmed back my projects for the time being but I’m still working on finishing my guest bedroom and sharing it with all of you. It’s been a huge project since the room used to be my craft room and it was filled to the brim with stuff. It’s been cleaned up now and I’m on to painting and creating an appealing atmosphere for my in laws. I’m also working on building a better me, getting in shape, and being more healthy. You can read about some of my healthy recipes, weight loss tips,  or follow along with my progress in Crossfit!

Crossfit Diaries: Kicking Lazy's A** www.sparklesandglue.com5 Smoothie Recipes www.sparklesandglue.com

How is my work different from others?

I write from my own life and that makes what I do unique to me. I also embrace all the imperfections and areas of my life. I don’t post on one single topic I write about everything and anything that comes up and makes me happy. I have been told over and over to pick a niche and stick with it but my niche happens to be my life and I love sharing it with all of you! Most of the pictures I post are my pictures from my life not stock images, I really cook everything I share with you, and my stories come from my heart {whether they make my heart leap with joy or pain with sorrow}. I also aim for real stuff when I am posting. I don’t use spices that are $10 for a pinch or supplies that average Joe couldn’t easily find. I keep it real ;) 

Why do I write and create the the stuff I do?

I write about what makes me happy. I figure if it makes me happy hey it might make you happy too. When I’m sad I share that too and it helps me and has helped some of you. I appreciate the love and support I have gotten and given to complete strangers. I write and create to enrich your life and mine. I share stuff that excites me like my Sriracha Chicken Egg rolls, they are unique and delicious and make me smile when I’m making them and eating them! If I don’t get excited about something I don’t expect you to get excited and then we will all die of boredom and it will be my fault…not cool.

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How does my writing/ creative process work?

I tend to start a post with a picture. I’m out there in the world living my day to day life and I see something that needs it’s picture taken and I’m there to take it! Then I immediately start thinking about sharing it with all of you! I also have a file on my phone where I jot down ideas that lead to posts later when I’m chillin’ in front of my computer. For me a photo really is worth a thousand words or at least 300-500 words in a fun post :)  My pictures inspire me to write it’s very rare I have written a post and need a picture. 

 I spend a lot of time browsing and reading others blogs and I feel like I really get to know bloggers as I read there stories. One of my favorite blogs to read is Feed Me, Seymour! Kim Never runs out of delicious ideas! 

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Hi! My name is Kim and I’ve been running the food blog Feed Me, Seymour for around 3 years now. I started it as a way to write more and keep accountable when it came to cooking and learning new recipes. Now, I use it as a way to challenge myself, testing new recipes and trying new ideas. It’s become a great hobby that I really love. I also spend lots of time with my husband, daughter and two dogs, Robin Hood and Lego.

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Megan is Minnesota girl living on the East Coast with her Coast Guard husband. Megan blogs at The Adventures of Noble & Pond about marriage, pets, tea, sewing, and and anything else that strikes the fancy of this Coast Guard wife.  I guarantee that you will find something to enjoy on her blog!

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Christine is the wandering blogger behind Curried Cantaloupe, a food blog inspired by her time spent as an American expat. You’ll find homestyle American dishes, Mexican, French, Chinese, and many other food styles as you browse her blog. When she’s not in the kitchen, Christine likes learning languages, scuba diving, drinking coffee and wine, and spending time with her 3 year old. Christine never runs out of delicious recipes I want to try! 

I hope you have enjoyed the BlogLand Tour, getting to know me, and some of my friends a little better. It’s always fun when we can share a little about ourselves! 

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A Month Without: September #AMWO Weight Loss Motivation

A Month Without: August Update Gluten Free www.sparklesandglue.com

They say it takes 21 days to break a habit or build a new one so I’m going to make some changes one month at a time. I encourage you to join me as I strive to be a healthier me. I selected each goal for my month with hopes that I can adapt a new habit based off of my month without. The last 2 months have been tough but not too tough for me! Each month gets a little harder …

Here are my Month Without goals…

January- exceeding 2000 calories a day

February- red meat

March- carbonated drinks

April- pastries & cookies

May- ice cream

June- alcohol

July- chocolate DID IT! Read my July update to see how it went!

August- gluten NAILED IT and FEELING GREAT

September- sweets & candy

October- fast food

November- pasta

December- white bread

A Month WIthout Sugar & Sweets #AMWO www.sparklesandglue.com

September is going to be one of the hardest months yet! I swear sugar is as addictive as crack not that I have tried crack but I get as crazy as a junkie needing a fix {which I have seen first hand} I get tired, cranky, and I have a hard time thinking about anything else. I want cupcakes for breakfast, cheesecake for lunch, ice cream for dinner, and gummy worms for my bedtime snack. 

My plan is to drink lots of water, focus my meals on protein, and continue to exercise. I’m hoping these steps will help keep me on track and meet my goal of a month without #AMWO sugar & sweets. I will update you on my progress. If you don’t hear back from me then you know I died from sugar withdrawal and it was nice knowing you :)

What’s your #AMWO goal? Let’s make changes and become better together! 

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The Month in Pictures: August

August was an awesome month full of friends, family, concerts, rain, and rainbows! Here is the month in pictures.

I was part of a beautiful family reunion in Wisconsin. We visited, floated down river on a huge boat, and did a little exploring of nature. It was beautiful. 

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The Month in Pictures: August www.sparklesandglue.comI made a new friend this month. He greats me every morning as I leave for work and I have really started to enjoy seeing him :) I think he is living in the bushes in my front yard or maybe he just chills around the bushes waiting for me each day. Either way I like him.

The Month in Pictures: August www.sparklesandglue.comI ran the Black Light Run with my Mom, Sister, Prince charming, and some friends. We had a blast getting covered in color, glowing under the backlights, and dancing our hearts out! This was an extra special run because it was my Mom’s first 5k! I’m so proud of her for signing up, working so hard, and finishing it!!!

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The Month in Pictures: August www.sparklesandglue.com

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photo 1-4I made a little room in the month for some frozen yogurt and topped it with a cherry 

 

The Month in Pictures: August www.sparklesandglue.comI slipped on my favorite cowboy boots and joined 50,000 other country music fans at Solider Field in Chicago, Illinois to shake it country style with Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, Dirks Bentley, and Luke Bryan.

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The Month in Pictures: August www.sparklesandglue.com

The Month in Pictures: August www.sparklesandglue.com

The Month in Pictures: August www.sparklesandglue.comAll in all August was an amazingly unforgettable month! I had fun, made memories, and lived to see another day! 

What did you do in August?? Comment Below and tell me all about your upcoming plans for September!

 

 

 

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Sparkles of Inspiration~~ Link Up Party Week 7

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It’s that time of the week again! Time for everyone to sift through their posts and pick their favorites to share with all of us at the Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party! As your posts are shared I look at each one and share them via Pinterst, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Sverve, Stumble up, Google+, or Unvihers! I’m all about gaining extra fans and visits for you! So, hurry up and get your post linked up so I can get to sharing!!!

Featured Posts

Maria over at 10 at the Table never fails to inspire me with her recipes and ideas. I might not be able to eat this homemade wheat bread but I think most of you will fall in love with her simple recipe for homemade bread!!! 

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Margaret from Natural Chow inspires many of my snacks and meals! I love this recipe for Spicy Roasted Chickpeas~tastey, simple, healthy, and fun to eat!

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A Month Without: August Update #AMWO

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They say it takes 21 days to break a habit or build a new one so I’m going to make some changes one month at a time. I encourage you to join me as I strive to be a healthier me. I selected each goal for my month with hopes that I can adapt a new habit based off of my month without.  For example, my diet could use more chicken, fish, and veggies so a month without red meat will help me find more options I enjoy and save a few cows too {you’re welcome Betty from down the lane..Moooo}. A month without chocolate can’t hurt my waist line and who needs cookies {currently me…but I’m working on that}…

Here are my Month Without goals…

January- exceeding 2000 calories a day

February- red meat

March- carbonated drinks

April- pastries & cookies

May- ice cream

June- alcohol

July- chocolate DID IT! Read my July update to see how it went!

August- gluten NAILED IT and FEELING GREAT

September- sweets & candy

October- fast food

November- pasta

December- white bread

August has been an amazing month! I was really afraid with all the events and get togethers we had that I would never make it but I stuck with it! I’m back in the gluten free game and I’m feeling awesome! I forgot how much better I feel when I eat right and skip the gluten! I hate to say it but I guess the doctor is right :( Now that I have kicked August’s goal for A Month Without #AMWO I’m mentally preparing for September’s goal of no candy and sweets…this one may kill me! 

What’s your #AMWO goal? Let’s make changes and become better together! 

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Whipped Chocolate Chiller

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Somedays I have such bad cravings for something chocolate. If I try to completely ignore my cravings in the middle of the night I will find myself under the kitchen table eating a bag of chocolate chips, 6 Herseys bars, a row of Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, and washing it all down with a gallon of milk. OK maybe I’m not that bad but the point is eventually I give in and over do it! 

I find that this drink is cold, sweet, fluffy, and just enough to satisfy my cravings without completely blowing my diet!

What You Need
1 1/2 cups cold milk (I use skim)
1 teaspoon chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate chips)
3 tablespoons cool whip
1 teaspoon swiss miss coco powder

In a blender mix everything for about 45-60 seconds. It will become smooth, fluffy, and delicious. This makes enough for 1 large glass or 2 smaller glasses. I filled 2 small glasses and shared with my Prince Charming. 

I topped our glasses off with fat free spray whipped cream and some cookie crumbs to make them extra pretty :) 

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Do you have a low fat sweet treat you love to make? Comment below so I can try it!!!

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Quote of the Week #4 #QOTW

 

Quote of the Week #4 #QOTW www.sparklesandglue.comI really enjoying sharing the quote of the week #QOTW with you. It gives me a chance to share what’s going on in my life and hopeful inspire you a bit. This may sound a little snooty and stuck up but I have been used to being good at stuff. I worked at the same hospital for about 7 years and got pretty good at my job. I have been doing basically the same workout and I got pretty good at it. I have been living my life in a safe little box that doesn’t really challenge me and I felt good about myself most of the time, that is until I realized how redundant and boring my life had become and I started feeling the need for a change or more so a challenge. 

I have since started my new job and made some mistakes and I’m ok with that. I’m learning something new and it’s challenging and exciting! My mistakes are ok with me for now and my company is understanding and helping me learn more and more everyday.

To shake up my workout I started cross fit classes. I was looking for something structured that would challenge me and boy oh boy did I find it! I feel like I might die everyday but once it’s over I still feel like I might die I feel this overwhelming sense of accomplishment. I am embracing the newness of everything and plan on keeping it all going. If I don’t challenge myself who will?

What challenges you?

 

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Mikey’s Mouth Watering Pork Chops

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After a long day at work, the aroma of this delicious dish greeted me at the front door.  Have I mentioned that I have the best husband ever?! Uh-MAZ-ing.  He agreed to allow me to share his recipe with all of you, so enjoy!

Ingredients
4 boneless pork chops
1 T. chili powder (or paprika)
2 T. garlic powder
1 t. dried basil
1 T. poultry seasoning
1 t. dried oregano
1/4 c. olive oil
1 c. low-sodium chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
4 large potatoes, quartered
1-2 c. trimmed fresh green beans  
 

Lightly spray crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.  In a mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, chicken broth, chili powder/paprika, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, oregano, and basil. Pour small amount of liquid into the slow cooker to cover the bottom. Make small cuts in each pork chop with a knife, and season with salt and pepper. Place pork chops into the slow cooker, cover with remaining liquid, add quartered potatoes and fresh green beans, and cook on high for 4-5 hours. Pork chops will be fork tender and the entire meal will be ultra flavorful!

Sparkle on my friends, Missy

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Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party #6

Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party www.sparklesandglue.comI think the kindergarden statement “Sharing is caring” still rings true in our adult lives! I think the more we share the more we care about each other and that is one of the best reasons to share your content with all of us and each other! I want to start off by telling you thank you so much for stopping by and partying with us! I really enjoy seeing everyones posts and crafts, and especially the yummy recipes!

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Need a Laugh Friday: Girl Scouts! #NALF

I was having lunch with a friend this week and in the middle of our conversation about medicine and all the changes we are going through she looks at me and says, “I really need some girl scout cookies, do you know any girl scouts?” Remember that I have no children at this point in my life so no I do not know any random girl scouts. Well that comment turned our conversation to how evil scary crazy sweet girl scouts can be! Which in turn was the inspiration for my internet search about girl scout humor just for YOU! So, put your Simonia’s down and have a laugh on me…

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Need a Laugh Friday: Girl Scout Cookies www.sparklesandglue.com

Need a Laugh Friday: Girl Scout Cookies www.sparklesandglue.com

Need a Laugh Friday: Girl Scout Cookies www.sparklesandglue.com

Need a Laugh Friday: Girl Scout Cookies www.sparklesandglue.com

Need a Laugh Friday: Girl Scout Cookies www.sparklesandglue.com

Need a Laugh Friday: Girl Scout Cookies www.sparklesandglue.com

 

Yep, I’m afraid of those sweet little girls who come a knocking’ every year tempting me with their yummy calorie laden treats! I eat a gluten free diet so I can’t even eat the damn cookies yet after a few bats of their eye lashes and a pretty please I find myself signing over my paycheck for cookies…I’m sure you have been there too!

 

 

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