Weekly Wishes #7

Right now, my workspace is full of remnants from my daughter’s first birthday, the semester coming to an end and Christmas right around the corner. I have projects upon projects that I need to finish and while I love working around a little chaos in my life, I feel like the chaos is kind of taking over.

This is after I cleaned.

This is after I cleaned.

So, in the midst of all the chaos, I have taken out some time to think about what I want to accomplish for the week. While it’s difficult at times to take a moment out to write a thought-provoking post like this, it saves me in the end because it gives me a chance to sort everything out.

Here’s what I wanted to do last week: Create a directory on Baby Burrito Collective, list Kandyce’s work on Etsy, finish cork/chalkboard, get my yoga routine down and focus on clean eating, turn my workspace into a Christmas wrapping station.

How I did: Well, I haven’t created the directory yet. Still looking up some good resources on how to do something like that. I did list Kandyce’s work on our Etsy site though! You can find Sweet Mariposa here. I just bought the fabric to cover the cork on my cork/chalkboard so hopefully it will be done this week. I did do yoga one day last week…but only one. And my workspace is definitely a Christmas wrapping station, along with everything else.

Repurposed hanging candle holder made by Kandyce

Repurposed hanging candle holder made by Kandyce

This week’s wishes:

Business: Find a resource for adding a directory for Baby Burrito Collective. Start spreading the word about the Collective and getting people to join. Continue listing on Sweet Mariposa and set up a Facebook. Look for spaces to contribute my writing. Make a detailed plan for Vox.

Creative: Add the fabric to my cork/chalkboard and finish it up. Finish my mom’s Christmas gift.

Fitness: Set a yoga goal – practice at least once a day when Cecilia takes her first bottle in her crib. Set a clean eating goal – at least one real meal per day. And a complete real meal.

Home: Compress all of my crafting stuff. Get a metal shelving rack to go in the closet to sort out my projects and what is ready to sell/give as gifts. One shelf for projects to be completed. One shelf for what is ready to sell/gift. And the final shelf for material/supplies. This is going to be my Christmas gift to myself, I think. It would be easy to take down and move when we move.

I know this is a day late, but what are your weekly wishes? Write about them and link up to the Nectar Collective. You can also share them in the comments and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Here’s to having another lovely and productive week!

Weekly Wishes #3

Image belongs to the Nectar Collective

Image belongs to the Nectar Collective

This is the third week I have been blogging about my Weekly Wishes – an awesome link-up started by Melyssa of The Nectar Collective – and I have to say, it has been a huge motivator. I’m holding myself accountable for my goals and challenges, and I’m figuring out why I didn’t do what I had planned to do. And it always boils down to do this…life really does get in the way. It might seem like the biggest and most widely-used cop out in the world, but it is true! Sometimes, you really don’t have enough hours in the day, and that rang true last week.

Last week’s wishes:

Business: Get together with Heather to go over her Press Release (very exciting stuff!

Creative: Restore the three-tiered basket I recently purchased at the Lodi Street Faire and finish my chalkboard tray to use as a prop for my photos.

Fitness: 15 minute workout along with a 15 minute yoga session in every day

Home: Switch out the garden – work on moving all of the old stuff out, cleaning up the garden area, and starting planting new veggies

I did get my business wishes completed last week. I got the Press Release from Heather so I can start promoting her work more, and I found a bunch of new author communities for her to join. She’s going to look through all of them and pick one for now. She’s also looking at independent bookstores in San Diego where she can do a reading and sign some books – so I’m excited to see what happens there! We also have some Book Reviews I need to check on and share!

As for my creative wish – I got the tray done, finally! And as it turns out, it works perfect as a prop for my photos! I used to take a photo of a recipe I’m working on, and it added a really nice touch. I need to find a rust removal solution for my three-tiered basket, so if you know of any – please let me know!

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I was not able to get much of an exercise routine in last week, so I’m going to try it again this week! My daughter is starting to get more of a sleeping schedule down, so I should be able to fit something in during her naps.

And, my garden. I’ve decided to hold off on working on it until I get some new plants in. Then I can take a day to just clean it out and put new stuff in. I need to look up what plants will do the best in this season and go from there. I’ve started making salsa and hot sauce with the peppers from my garden, and that is a big motivator to keep it going!

This week’s wishes:

Business: Start working on my logo and graphic design work for Baby Burrito Collective. I’m going to work on the website as well, but I at least want to get my branding done before I do more work on the site. My goal is to eventually learn web design and build my own website, but I’m taking it all step by step. I’ve learned what trouble I face if I try to do it all at once, so I’m trying more and more to take my time with everything. I’m going to keep a Pinterest board with all of the colors, fonts and designs I want for my site.

Creative: Start working on the three-tiered basket. I need to soak it in some rust removal solution and then I will paint it a lovely color and hang it in the pantry. I didn’t know how much I would love repurposing and upcycling old stuff to make it the way I love it, but it gives me such a rush! I also need to work on the chalk/cork board I have been wanting to fix. I have the frame, just need to make board now.

the baskets are holding the cheese grater

the baskets are holding the cheese grater

Fitness: Get a routine. I did so good for the last couple weeks, and now the weight is creepily finding it’s way back. I just need to get a routine that works for me instead of worrying about doing it for a certain amount of time, and just doing it every day. Even if it needs to be something quick, it’s better than nothing, right?

Home: Get all of my peppers and basil out of the garden before the frost hits and start canning like mad. I’m hoping to get a pressure canner, which will help a lot. I’m thinking of canning apple butter, hot sauce and pesto as part of my Christmas gifts I’m giving away. I always love getting that stuff, and I would love to do it for my family!

What are your weekly wishes? Write about them and link up to the Nectar Collective. You can also share them in the comments and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Here’s to having another lovely and productive week!

 

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!

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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!

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So, I have some good news to share! I got my very first customer at my Mariposa Blossoms Etsy store! She ordered two of my upcycled cheese grater jewelry holders and I’m finishing them up right now to send to her! I also added the store to my Facebook page, so it’s literally a one-stop shop now!

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I’m hoping to get some work done this weekend so I can add more items to my store. There is a big street faire in Lodi, CA in October and I would love to get a booth there, but I need to get my ducks in a row before I can apply so we will have to see how that goes!

As for my other baby, the baby burrito collective, things are going good! We added Heather’s book Red Nectar to the online shop and we are working on a giveaway! I will share the details once they are happening. We are still looking for people who would like to review the book on Amazon and then pass it on to a friend. And better yet, bloggers and writers who would like to review it on their sites as well! So, if you’re interested…please let me know so I can send you a copy!

book review flyerIf you are interested in joining the baby burrito collective or volunteering for it, please feel free to check out the website and/or Facebook. It’s an online art collective that is open to anyone who would like some help promoting their work. We would be happy to have you!

And finally, school starts soon! I’m so excited to start the Academy of the Arts, that I can barely type it without my fingers shaking. I’ve wanted to attend this school since I was in high school, I just finally have the determination and motivation to do it now!

Do you have any projects or anything you would like to share? If so, please feel free to share in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Check out my inspiration for all of my projects at Pinterest and feel free to drop a link to your PInterest, I love checking out other people’s boards and getting even more inspired!

Update on my projects

So, along with my online art collective, I have also started an online homemade goods line with my friend, Salina. Basically, I don’t really get off my computer unless it’s to hang out with my daughter or to do housework! I’m really excited about both of these projects, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

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Let’s start with Baby Burrito Collective, shall we? It’s going good, we’re still looking for writers, readers and bloggers who would like to write a review in exchange for a free book. As long as you are good with posting a review on Amazon and/or Lulu, we are good! We still have 11 days left in our campaign and we need a lot of help. I attended an Etsy Craft Party at HelloXOXO – a community organization for all the ladies – in Sacramento last weekend and I am hoping to hold our launch party there!

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Then we have Mariposa Blossoms, my little love. It is still in the very, very beginning stages so we have a lot of work to do with our online presence. But I do have two items in the shop right now! I’m working on our logo right now and some web design (hoping I don’t totally fail). We do have our etsy shop open though! Yahoo!

I’m also in school right now (not Academy of Art quite yet. That will come in August!) so I’m hoping to finally have my AA in General Ed in a year or so and then I can work on my graphic design degree! I’m so excited for August. I can hardly wait!

So, I have now connected Baby Burrito Collective and Mariposa Blossoms to my homepage, so you can click on the tabs there to take you to each site! I’m really excited about my projects and I can’t wait to see where they go! Do you have any projects you want to share? Please post in the comments. I want to help you in any way I can!

Update on Baby Burrito Collective

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product_thumbnail-1.php(1)Red Nectar is a fantasy book about a teenaged girl with telepathic abilities living in an overly polite society, ruled by a government gone corrupt with lies. Her abilities are illegal and are punishable by death. Mixed in with this is the immediate need to rescue her grandmother from the ruling NOW government with the help of friends she does not remember.

We have books! Heather sent me 10 books that are all signed by her and ready to be sent out to anyone who would care to review it! If you don’t have a blog or website, you can simply send me the review or post it on Amazon.

I’m going to interview Heather for Yo Momma Monday soon because she truly is an amazing mom and I just love her. So you will get to read more about her soon! But yes, if you review the book then you get a free autographed copy. Yahoo!

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We are also working on our campaign. It closes in 25 days and we still need a lot more help! I know it can be hard to donate/contribute but if you could help just by sharing the campaign, that would be amazing! We are also still looking for writers/bloggers to help with our site. So if you are interested, please fill out the volunteer page at www.babyburritocollective.com and remember that you will get all the membership benefits, for FREE!

Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 7.15.06 PMSince I want to help everyone out, please feel free to promote your group/collective/business in the comments below! Thank you all for the love and support. It’s amazing!