This Week at the Weekly Treat

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Back when I could eat donuts whenever I felt like it, I would love the maple sprinkled donuts. You couldn’t find them at every shop in town, but when you did, it made your heart soar. Well, at least mine did. When I was a little older and classier, I ditched the sprinkles and just stuck to maple bars. It’s been a while since I hit up a donut shop, but I still love a good maple recipe. Here are some worth trying out:

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Image belongs to food plus words

Baked pumpkin autumn maple donuts from food plus words

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Image belongs to Hot Polka Dot

Maple Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread from Hot Polka Dot

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Image belongs to Two Peas and their Pod

Mini Chocolate Chip Maple Pancake Cupcakes from Two Peas and their Pod

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Image belongs Annie’s Noms

Mini Maple Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins from Annie’s Noms

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Image belongs to Lauren’s Latest

Pumkin Maple Rolls from Lauren’s Latest

And if you’re in the mood for something healthier….

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Image belongs to Opera Girl Cooks

Pumpkin Scones with Maple Spice Glaze from Opera Girl Cooks

I hope you enjoy these maple recipes, and I hope that you take a few moments to check out all of these blogs. I do my very best to only get recipes from food bloggers, and I try to steer away from the big companies as much as possible. There are so many awesome food bloggers out there that spend hours planning their recipes, and even more time making sure every crumb is in the right place for their photos.

If you are a blogger and have some recipes you would like to share, please post in the comments and share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I will be sure to check out your blog/website and share any recipes that work well with what I’m writing. I’m also up for any ideas you have for future weekly treats. Just let me know! I don’t post every recipe I find, so if you are looking for more Weekly Treat recipes, check out my Pinterest.

Fridays are for Favorites

fridays are for favorites

I’ve had my blog for over a year now, and it has been through a lot of design changes. Some were made public, and some just didn’t make the cut. The blog design I have right now is by far my most favorite design. I think it’s super cute and extremely user-friendly. However, I want a more personalized design. At some point, I want to design my own blog and websites, but for now…I need to leave the creativity in someone else’s hands.

Anytime I see a cute blog that I like, I always look up the theme and/or designer, if the blogger employed one. I used to keep a list, but that list has since disappeared. So, I did what any sane person would do, and looked up blog design on Pinterest. It’s kind of insane all the stuff that’s out there. I’ll be talking about blog design more in the future, but for now…these are some of my favorite designers.

Image belongs to Maiedae

Image belongs to Maiedae

Maiedae was founded in 2010 by Jenny Highsmith and Savannah Wallace and became a co-ownership in 2011. They are best friends who met in college and ultimately decided to start their small business together. At first, they offered handmade items, but decided to go the design route, and now they offer web design, blog design and branding packages. They recently launched the Maiedae mixer – a networking event in the southeast region – and The Brand Market – a workshop for creative entrepreneurs. I think I love them.

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Image belongs to Deluxemodern

Deluxemodern is the beautiful brainchild of Christine, who had this to say about starting her own design company: “if you’re not obsessed, forget it.” I think that can be said about anything that takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but is totally worth it if you love it. She offers both one-of-a-kind and starter logos, branding, blog kits, social media kits, backgrounds and kits. So, basically anything you want.

Image belongs to Smitten Blog Designs

Image belongs to Smitten Blog Designs

Smitten Blog Designs is out of Portland, OR and is comprised of seven lovely ladies who all happen to be designers. They started offering free blogger templates in 2008, and after receiving so many custom requests, they started designing custom blogs. They not only offer templates for both wordpress and blogger, but they also offer logos, print design and even free printables. Right now, they have a special going where returning customers get $5 off their purchase of $50 or more. You can follow their blog for more specials and updates.

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Image belongs to The Weaver House

The Weaver House was founded by twin sisters Kelty and Hannah. So, here is everything they offer, from what I can tell. I’m kind of information overload right now. They have an online shop where they sell vintage shoes, jewelry, paper and dresses. I think they make the prints by hand from vintage magazines and images they have found. They also offer photography and graphic design services, where they will either create the entire graphic design project for you, or do small custom projects, whichever you fancy. In their off time (as if they have “off time”), Kelty runs Working Theory Farms with her husband and Hannah makes funny holiday videos with her husband. Got all that?

To say that this little journey has been inspirational would be a huge understatement. The way I felt looking through all of the portfolios has proven to me that I took the right step in attending design school, and that blogging is what I am supposed to be doing. I’m so amazed that there are some many creative people out there, and that a lot of them live in Portland, apparently. I’ve been wanting to visit Portland for so long, and now I feel like it’s a necessity. But for now, I’m going to take a nap. Do you have an amazing blog design that you want to share? Perhaps you’re a blog designer and want to show off your portfolio? Post in the comments and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #blogdesigns. You can find more of the blogs that inspire through Pinterest.

Thrifty Thursdays

thrifty thursdaysOf all the media I have worked with before, burlap is not one of them. However, I find myself constantly pinning DIY burlap ideas on Pinterest, so something must be cooking in my head! I’ve found some pretty cool projects, and I wanted to share them with you.

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Image belongs to Happy Together

Burlap Canvas DIY from Happy Together – Jessica Fediw is a mom of two who shares her crafting tutorials on her blog, Happy Together. One tutorial she shares is this burlap canvas that she painted on. You can also find plenty of sewing tutorials, and also a tutorial on a coffee table makeover. I can’t wait until we get our house so I can try out all of those fun tutorials that you do on furniture. I don’t think Sam’s dad would be too happy if I tried them out on his furniture, unfortunately.

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Image belongs to Blue Robin Cottage

Choose Your Love, Love Your Choice from Blue Robin Cottage – The reason I love this project so much is that it involves so many different crafts. There’s embroidery, stamping and of course…the art of attaching the muslin to the burlap and so on. Sierra is another mama who shares a lot of crafting projects on her blog, including a cloud pillow and a fox tote.

Image belongs to Maiden Jane

Image belongs to Maiden Jane

Make a Unique Coffee Bag Apron from Maiden Jane – I am so in love with this coffee bag apron! I’m really interested in making aprons…once I get that sewing thing down. She also shares a coffee bag rug tutorial and a tutorial on turning your dress into a sassy apron! Now, where do I find coffee bags? Oh, here.

Have a favorite burlap project you want to share? Or, did you make something from one of these tutorials and you want to show it off? Post in the comments and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #burlapcrafts. You can also find more of my burlap inspiration on Pinterest. If you have an idea you want to see on Thrifty Thursdays, just let me know! Stay thrifty, friends!

Scarf Giveaway!

Lilia Vanini Giveaway

Lilia Vanini is the owner and operator of Lilia Vanini Boutique on Etsy, where she sells beautiful handmade scarves, handbags and headwraps. She learned to sew from her grandma, who was a seamstress for a fashion boutique in her town.

During a vacation to Venice, Italy, she was reintroduced to her first passion, sewing. She eventually moved there after 10 years of dreaming about it, and immersed herself in the handmade world again. Now, she works in her studio, creating a variety of beautiful handmade items – handbags, scarves, headwraps, legwarmers, bootsocks and jewelry.

Today, she is offering a free handmade scarf of the winner’s choice. There are over 50 scarves to choose from, and each of them are worth over $25. Perfect for the fall! Since I am unable to embed the giveaway on this site, the link below will take you directly to the Giveaway page. You can also enter on my Facebook! The giveaway will be going on for a week, and we will let the winner know 48 hours after the giveaway ends.

You can find out more about Lilia Vanini by visiting her Etsy shop and connecting with her on Facebook. If you would like to offer a giveaway of your product, please let me know in the comments!

Good luck!

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Gettin fit: Old clothes challenge

Goals: 30 min of yoga/ 30 min workout daily | Eat 2-3 clean meals daily

Well, this past week I have a slipped a little, but I’m getting back to my routine. I decided to stop posting my “365 days of yoga” challenge pictures on Instagram. I found that I was so worried about getting a shot of the pose I was on that I wasn’t fully into my routine. Today was my first practice without taking any photos, and I felt like I got a lot more out of it.

So, I have 12 weeks left of my old clothes challenge and I have about 18 lbs I would love to shed. That’s a little over a lb a week and I do believe that I can do it. I just need to stick to my goals. For those of you who want to eat a little better and workout a little more, here is some inspiration:

Image belongs to Eat Hugger

Image belongs to Eat Hugger

I’m going to attempt this Italian Quinoa tonight for dinner. I got the recipe from the 30 Day Real Food Challenge with Eat Hugger and my girl Erin Motz. The challenge is definitely a good way to get into eating real food and there are some pretty good recipes in there.

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Image belongs to Greatist

I have been religiously following Fitness Blender for all of my workouts thus far, but I dig this 30 minute Bodyweight Workout from Greatist. While I think I get more from following the videos since I get to see exactly how you are supposed to do each pose, I do love listening to my tunes while I workout, so these are great. Also, I can print this out and take it outside if I want to take my workout outside.

So, I’m interested to see how my family will react to the quinoa tonight. I almost want to keep my camera out to capture the excitement.

What are your favorite real food recipes and/or bodyweight workouts? Share them in the comments and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #gettinfit. If you want more health and fitness inspiration, check out my Pinterest!

Yo Momma Monday: Annalise Sandberg

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Every time I bake something new, I think “dang…I could probably be a baker.” Then I see what other people are working with, and I realize every single time that I still have a long ways to go. I spend a lot of time looking at dessert recipes for inspiration, and what I don’t see a lot of are baking tools and tips.

Then I found Completely Delicious a while back when I wrote a Weekly Treat post featuring grapefruit recipes. I found Annalise’s pink grapefruit cupcakes and my heart sang a little tune. But she offers a little something more than recipes, she also shares baking tools and baking tips – like, how flour is used in baking. I mean, I know I need to use it every time I bake, but I couldn’t really tell you why.

I loved everything she had to share, so I hunted her down to find out more.

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What was the first cookbook you bought?
My mom gave me my first cookbook, a Betty Crocker cookbook, when I left for college. I used it exclusively for years. I think the first one I purchased was baking cookbook on clearance at Barnes and Noble.
Where are you favorite places to purchase cookbooks?
I usually do most of my book shopping online through Amazon.

Do you remember your first baking experience? If so, what did you make and how did it turn out?
I was 8 and I baked chocolate chip cookies all by myself. I was so excited when they were done that I forgot to put oven mitts on before pulling them out of the oven. Ouch!
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What is your favorite thing to make?
I love to bake and assemble layer cakes.

What do you get the most requests for?
My brown butter chocolate chip cookies, they’re a family favorite!
What made you decide to start a blog?
I was very inspired by other baking blogs like Smitten Kitchen and Joy the Baker, and so I decided to start my own.
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Image belongs to Annalise Sandberg

Does your son help you bake?
He’s a little young to really do much helping with anything other than eating (which he loves to do). I look forward to baking with him in the future.
You have a lot of baking tips on your page (which I love), why did you decide to share all of this?
It’s not just about following a recipe, it’s knowing how and why recipes work that leads to the most success in baking. My goal is to share what I know with others with the hope that my readers will bake a better cake or tastier cookie.
What are your other passions?
When I’m not in the kitchen, I love to spend time outdoors hiking, camping, and swimming.
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Image belongs to Annalise Sandberg

How often do you bake?
I bake several times a week. I’d like to bake daily but our small family can’t keep up with all the goodies!

What do you like to do on your down time?
I love to curl up with a good book, movie, or TV series on Netflix.

What projects are you working on, any cookbooks coming out?
No big project on the horizon right now. My focus is on continuing to share great recipes and providing more baking tips.
Image belongs to Annalise Sandberg

Image belongs to Annalise Sandberg

Connect with Annalise on Facebook and Twitter for more recipes and baking inspiration! If you know of any cool moms (yourself included) who would be awesome for this, please feel free to leave a brief description and contact info in the comments, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #yomommamonday You can also email me at mamabecrafty@gmail.com. Find more Yo Momma Monday inspiration on my Pinterest. It has been so amazing getting to know all of these inspirational and rad mommas!

Fridays are for Favorites

fridays are for favorites

Yesterday was the opening of football season. Pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks. Pinterest is already on Halloween overload and comfort food is kicking the summer salad out of the way. This can mean only one thing. IT’S BOOT SEASON!

I have a boot for every occasion. Short black fake cowboy boots, tall brown fake cowboy boots, lace-up Doc Martens, gray boots. But this does not mean that I will stop window shopping for new boots every chance I get. Since I’m trying to be more conscious about where I shop and what I buy (note: trying), I am on the lookout for some cute vegan boots.

I also try to stick with buying handmade and/or from small businesses when I can. However, I have found that with shoes, the handmade part can be a little tricky if you are looking for a really good quality boot that you can wear for years to come. I once wore a pair of cowboy boots until the heel wore off, literally. While I was out. It was super fun. I digress.

Luckily, I was able to find some vegan boots that are not only cute, but also reasonably priced. I know. It’s crazy.

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Image belongs to Wanted Shoes

Glasgow boot from Wanted Shoes $49.99

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Image belongs to Alternative Outfitters

Madden Girl Gamer Vegan Boot from Alternative Outfitters $59.00

So, Alternative Outfitters is a vegan boutique that I just found through Pinterest.Yet another reason why I love Pinterest so much. They offer vegan shoes, clothing and beauty supplies. They have a pretty legit Sale/Clearance section and they are also offering a 10% off coupon on their Twitter account right now. So go follow them!

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Image belongs to GoodLuxe Vintage

Vintage Lace Up Boots from GoodLuxe Vintage $24, sz 8.5

Since these are vintage boots, there is only one size. They are made with all man made materials and they’re at a really good price. If they were my size, I would buy them in a flash. This Etsy shop offers a whole bunch of cute vintage clothing and accessories, and they too are offering a 10% off discount right now.

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Georgia 72 Black Lace-Up Combat Boots from Lu Lu’s $38

There are plenty more where those came from

Another great website for vegan shoes is Planet Shoes. I had a hard time finding a photo of the Blowfish Razmitten for $44 that would be good for this post (they’re all super small), but that doesn’t mean I can’t talk about them! I was able to find some cute boots for under $50, and they also have a bunch of running shoes and loafers. They are an eco-friendly footwear supplier, and they also offer an opportunity to offset the carbon emissions from your shipping. Pretty neat, eh?

I promise to never blog about anything I wouldn’t purchase – I would get all of these boots today if I could. I will never suggest buying anything that is out of my budget, because I know that a lot of us are in the same boat. I’m sure there are plenty bloggers that write about high-end fashion, that’s just not what I’m about. If you come across a lovely pair of vegan boots, feel free to share them in the comments and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #veganboots. You can also find more vegan boot inspiration on my Pinterest.

Thrifty Thursdays

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I’ve been collecting plastic bags FOREVER. I always used them as my trash bags in my room and then later when I felt capable enough to have a pet or two, I used the bags to clean up after my animals. In fact, I had so many bags that one time when I moved, my friend told me that I could only pack one huge bag full of smaller plastic bags. The others would have to go. I hated that idea, but Pinterest wasn’t around back then, so I had no idea what to do with them.

I still have a bag full of small plastic bags that I use as our trash can liners, or for lunches when my boyfriend forgets his lunch chest at work. Now that big bag is getting overloaded with plastic bags, so I need to think of some more ways to use the bags that will last longer than a trash can liner or lunch bag would. Here are some ideas:

Image belongs to Etsy

Image belongs to Etsy

Fusing plastic bag tutorial from Etsy Labs – I guess I’m WAY behind the times because I just discovered that Etsy had a “lab,” and it hasn’t been updated since 2007. Damn. There are still a lot of great tutorials on there, like how to turn jeans into a skirt, and how to make envelopes. Now, they have a blog on their main page and share some tutorials on there, as well as recipes and profiles on some of their shop owners. I’m still going to check out those tutorials on Etsy Labs though.

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Image belongs to Blog A La Cart

Plastic Bag Bags tutorial from Blog A La Cart – This tutorial from Ashley Weeks Cart shows how to turn your plastic bags into yarn to use for crocheting a bag. Now, you need about 80-100 plastic bags so this might take me a little while to accomplish, but maybe we can have a huge plastic bag party and everyone can bring all of their unwanted/unused plastic bags and we can crochet. I started to count how many tutorials Ashley shares on her blog, and then I lost count. So go check it out – you will fall in love with the design, and all of the beautiful pictures.

Image belongs to Jana Trent

Image belongs to Jana Trent

Recycled Plastic Bag Weaving tutorial from Weave Zine – When I first saw this picture on Pinterest, I didn’t think that all of that “yarn” was really plastic bags, but it’s true! Jana Trent shares her step-by-step tutorial for weaving plastic bags on Weave Zine. The tutorial includes photos, which always helps me. Once you get the weaving down, I suppose you can really make anything you want. She used hers for a pillow case, but I’ve seen mats and more.

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Image belongs to Mami Made It

Plastic Bag Flowerpot tutorial from Mami Made It – This tutorial is both in German and English, so if you don’t know German already, you get a little lesson as well! Petra crocheted plastic bags and turned them into a flower pot, which is pretty sweet. All you need are 7-8 plastic bags, which I totally have. It will be perfect for the winter, when my garden is no longer but I still want to keep my herbs going. And I can crochet some extras to give as gifts. Now, I just need to learn how to crochet.

Have any plastic bag crafts to share, or did you use one of these tutorials to make something? Share in the comments and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #plasticbagcrafts. Follow my Pinterest for more plastic bag craft inspirations. I’m also open to any ideas you want to see on Thrifty Thursdays so feel free to share those as well!

Book Giveaway and More!

Hello friends! So, a lot has been happening in the last week or so. I created a Media Kit for my blog and I’m reaching out to Sponsors! It’s so exciting and I get chills every time I think about it. I’m also offering up my writing skills to anyone who is looking for a contributing writer or a guest blogger for their magazine, blog, website, what have you. If you are interested in either becoming a sponsor or having me write for you, you can find out more by clicking on the “Let’s Work Together” tab under “Contact.”

I also registered my online art collective baby burrito collective as a business and things are going really smooth. On that note, today I’m starting something that I’ve never done before on my blog – or anywhere else, to be honest – offering a giveaway! One of our members Heather Leigh is offering up her book Red Nectar for free to the first 5 people who like baby burrito collective on Facebook!

BBC Giveaway

So all you need to do is click on the Facebook link or the flyer above and you will be directed to our Facebook page. Just click “like” and if you are one of the first five to like the page, I will contact you for your address and you will be shipped a copy absolutely free. You can keep the signed book for yourself or give it as a gift to someone who you think may like it.

To find out more about becoming a member of baby burrito collective, you can click on “Baby Burrito Collective”  on my homepage and then click “Join Us.”  Did you start your own business or are you thinking about starting one? Share your inspiration and motivation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #businessminded. Follow more of my business inspiration on Pinterest!

Gettin fit: Old clothes challenge

After my week-long break from working out (our whole house was sick…it sucked), I’m trying to get back into my routine. My baby was so used to cuddling with me all day long for a week straight, she’s also having a hard time of getting back into the routine of hanging with herself while I try to get some stuff done around here. So, I’ve gotten back into working out with my baby.

I’m still doing the 365 Days of Yoga Challenge and the poses are turning more into a flow, rather than just going from pose to pose. It’s just hard to get in my night yoga, so I need to set aside some time for it. Here is my new fitness routine:

Monday: Baby workout

Tuesday: Resistance band

Wednesday: Kettle bell

Thursday: Wii Fit

Friday: Bodyweight

Saturday: Stroll with the babe

Sunday: Stroll with the babe

Image belongs to The Daily Green

Image belongs to The Daily Green

These mom and baby exercises from The Daily Green are still my favorite mom and baby exercises. Cecilia absolutely loves when I do the Shoulder Press, Glute Lifts and Leg Lifts, which makes it fun to watch her get all excited. Now that she’s a lot more active, she has a harder time just sitting with me, so when I involve her in this stuff, she loves it.

Image belongs to Eat Hugger

Image belongs to Eat Hugger

I also started the Real Food Challenge, with my favorite yoga instructor, Erin Motz, through Eat Hugger. Since I’ve been following the Clean Eating lifestyle for a while now, this doesn’t look too hard. This is also a good site in general for finding recipes with whole foods in them. My only problem is getting the food for it. I’ll be in Sacramento this weekend so I’m hoping to hit up the farmers markets while I’m there.

They are also open to contributors who want to write articles about healthy food and a healthy lifestyle. So if this is something you are into and you love to write, you should consider checking them out. I don’t think they pay but it’s a good outlet, and a good way to get more traffic to your personal blog.

I have been able to fit into some of my old clothes that weren’t so attractive when I tried to put them on a month ago, so that makes me feel good! I’m waiting until I hit 140 before I do my first closet purge. Only 6 lbs left to go before I do that! I’m feeling a lot better (not so sluggish) and I feel a lot healthier than I did just a little while ago. I’m loving all of these changes!

What are your favorite workouts and/or health food websites? Share them in the comments or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #healthyliving. Check out my Pinterest and Tumblr for more healthy inspiration!