Fridays are for Favorites

fridays are for favorites

I have drastically limited my time on my personal Facebook page anymore. Sometimes I’ll post a photo of Cecilia so our family members who don’t get to see her often can get updates. Aside from that, I agree that it can be a major time suck, and I don’t get the fulfillment out of it that I used to. My blog page is a completely different story! I truly believe in the power of social networking now. If I see someone I follow post about a new place, page or community…I check it out to see if it’s something I’d like. And more of than not, it is. That’s just what happened when I found the Delta Workshop.

Photo from Delta Workshop

Photo from Delta Workshop

Delta Workshop is a studio located in Midtown, Sacramento, a city I frequent every weekend. They offer a variety of classes, like a knitting class for the next two weekends, and a blockprinting class in a couple weeks. There is an online gallery where you can see artists’ work, and a shop. Since moving to Stockton, I’ve been a little out of the loop with the art scene in Sacramento so I was stoked to see this! I’m definitely checking it out this weekend or next to see what it’s all about.

Another awesome find on Facebook…the Handmade Directory on Handmadeology!

Photo from Handamdeology

Photo from Handamdeology

Timothy Adam from Handmadeology  – a website dedicated to spotlighting different handmade shops and sharing creative business tips and resources. Awesome, right? –  launched the Handmade Directory. In the Directory, you can find crafty events and list your own event, you can shop by category and/or location, and you can add your own shop. Tim is offering a FREE listing for a limited time with the code 50OFFNOV. Get more updates on the Handmadeology Facebook. There are currently 75 listings and he’s shooting for 100 by the end of the day.

I was so inspired by what I saw, I got in contact with Tim and signed up as a Contributing Writer! Let me know if you post your business in the Handmade Directory and I will write a profile on you and your business to be posted on the Handmadeology site!

Photo from TrashN2Tees

Photo from TrashN2Tees

Jenelle Montilone, the wonderful woman behind TrashN2Tees, has started something new. It’s called Take Action Tuesdays, a series where Jenelle will share one way to take action – tutorial or tip, sharing a campaign, or a clip of pure human awesomeness – every Tuesday. If you haven’t checked out TrashN2Tees yet, then this will be the perfect opportunity. It’s a handmade line made completely out of recycled clothing, plastic, and pretty much anything she can recycle. She also features a Clothing Recycling Program and a Create Change app.

This find was from the wonderful handmade community that I am so happy to be a part of – Oh My Handmade Goodness.

Photo from Out of the Dark

Photo from Out of the Dark

Out of the Dark was founded by brothers Jay and Jade Blades as an extension to their charity Street Dreams that they founded 13 years ago. According to the website, Out of the Dark is a charitable enterprise that recycles, restores and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their projects are all about supporting young people achieve a better life and steer away from crime, and this project brings in the element of craft, DIY and work skills. Not to mention the development of self esteem and confidence. They also offer workshops and they feature an online store.

What are your favorite things that happened this week? Share them in the comments and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #fridayfavorites to simply tag me in the post! Find more Friday Favorites inspiration on my Pinterest!

Fitness Fest: MyYogaPro

Me and the little one doing our yoga

Me and the little one doing our yoga

Today, I’m taking a little note from Elizabeth on Delightfully Tacky. She shared her experience with yoga on her blog the other day, and it totally rang true with me. I also started taking yoga when I was in College and needed some kind of fitness class. I’ve always been relatively active but unlike Elizabeth, I was never big on doing anything too strenuous. So when I saw that a yoga class was available, I snatched it up immediately.

I went back and forth on taking yoga classes around town but it never really felt right. Since the yoga community in Sacramento is so small, everyone in my classes always knew each other and even if I took beginner classes, they all seemed to be more advanced than I was – which was probably true. I know I shouldn’t be comparing myself to others – especially in a yoga class – but it’s hard not to do that. So I just stopped going. I wasn’t feeling it anymore.

I started doing yoga on my Wii Fit when I moved to Stockton, but that also just didn’t feel right. Yoga is a lot more than just doing the moves – it’s an experience. A spiritual journey, if you will. So I looked online for yoga classes. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Erin Motz and DoYouYoga.com that I finally felt a connection. That’s why I have always promoted what they are working on, and love what they are doing.

Image belongs to DoYouYoga.com

Image belongs to DoYouYoga.com

Erin is so down-to-earth and does not have that “I’m more in touch with my body” attitude that I get from a lot of yoga teachers. Not to mention, DoYouYoga.com is a really fun site that is user-friendly and also houses articles on yoga and the lifestyle behind it. The articles are all written by normal people, and anyone who has a connection yoga and healthy living in general can sign up as a contributor.

So when I saw that they were launching a Kickstarter for their new site – MyYogaPro – I got on board immediately. I signed up as an Ambassador and started spreading the word. I have been following the journey of Andreas Zolton (DoYouYoga founder) and Erin Motz – and I am excited to announce that the Kickstarter has officially launched!

As I’m typing this, the campaign has only been live for 2 days and they already have 664 backers and have raised an astounding $33.341 of their $20,000 goal. That’s insane! The campaign will be live for 38 more days so there is still time to pledge, and if you pledge $15 or more, you get a sweet soundtrack!

Image belongs to DoYouYoga.com

Image belongs to DoYouYoga.com

My Yoga Pro will the first-ever social online yoga platform that combines online yoga classes with a social network and a video game-like rewarding system. Andreas and Erin are hoping that this new concept will change the way people view at-home yoga sessions – making it fun an rewarding. For some of us, at-home sessions are the only way we can practice.

This idea was born after Andreas and Erin launched the 30 Day Yoga Challenge, which was also backed by Yoga Trail and  had over 20,000 participants in just a few months, myself included. With MyYogaPro, there will be 16 yoga courses and over 200 exclusive HD videos of yoga classes. Yogis can sign up for Challenges with friends and earn badges together, or can update their status to let everyone know that they’ve been practicing for a week straight.

Needless to say, I’m really excited to see what’s to come with MyYogaPro. I’m a huge fan of both DoYouYoga and Erin Motz and I think that the yoga world needs a website like this. If you are looking for a new yoga site and you have not gotten yourself acquainted with DoYouYoga, then I think that you should check it out. You can start the 30 Day Yoga Challenge at any time, and can learn more about MyYogaPro.

Follow DoYouYoga on Facebook and Twitter to get all the scoop and updates as they happen. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more healthy inspiration!

Gettin Fit: Old Clothes Challenge

Image belongs to My Yoga Pro

Image belongs to DoYouYoga

On any given day, my daughter interrupts me nine out of the ten times I’m on the computer. Usually it’s so she can look at the screen or play with all of the buttons on the computer. Sometimes it’s because she want’s her momma, and that’s a good sign for me to put everything aside and just hang with my daughter. Lately, I’ve been waking up with my boyfriend so I can get a good couple hours of work in before she wakes.

Well, today she woke up before her normal time, and the interruption came in handy. I was well on my way to writing a really boring post and she must have somehow felt that was happening because she sprung out of her sleep and climbed on my lap (I should also note that she has become more accustomed to sleeping on the couch than in her crib right now. I know. We’re working on it).

Now that I have had some time away from the computer, I’m back and ready to write a super non-boring post (I hope!). I do have some exciting news to share: I’m officially an ambassador for the MyYogaPro Kickstarter campaign on DoYouYoga! This means I get all the inside scoop before the Kickstarter campaign actually starts. I know, I’m pretty special.

It also means that my photo is placed on the Ambassador page, and it links directly to my blog. So, it’s a double-promotion, aka double win! So, let me tell you a little bit more about MyYogaPro. It was created my Erin Motz, my most favorite online yoga teacher thus far, and Andy, who founded DoYouYoga. If the campaign goes as planned, the site will offer 16 full-on yoga courses and 200 exclusive HD videos of yoga classes, poses and sequences, all hosted by my girl Erin.

It will also allow you to connect with other yogis around the world and you can enter challenges with your bust bud. Even if you’re doing it solo, you can earn badges after completing courses and you will have a personal progress bar. So if you want to become a rad ambassador like me, click on the badge or any of the links above.

I have been really falling behind on my yoga practice, so that is just the push I need to get back on track! I also decided I would make my own pumpkin spice creamer today. This is really only because we don’t have any creamer left and a girl can use almond milk as creamer for only so long! I happened to find a recipe for both pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin creamer on my go-to clean eating site, The Gracious Pantry.

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The creamer is chillin’ in the fridge (literally) overnight, so I will write a full review when I’m done to let you know how it turns out! The last couple times I have tried the recipe have been failures, so I’m hoping for a win on this one.

I also tried on a few pairs of my old pants (mostly because my one pair I wear now was in the laundry) and to my surprise – they fit! I will also write a post on that for next week, and will show off the new/old duds! It’s definitely motivation to keep doing what I’m doing…and it’s super thrifty because I don’t need to buy new clothes! I already have them, hidden in that magical forest I like to call under-bed storage.

Please remember that I am not compensated for writing about DoYouYoga or The Gracious Pantry. I am writing about them simply because I love their websites and I believe in what they’re doing. If you would like to keep up with my gettin fit journey or if you want to join it, connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. I would love to have you!

Shameless Self Promotion

So, it’s time for some more shameless self promotion! First thing is first…I officially have a Sellers permit to sell online! Hooray!

So, on to the projects.

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The indiegogo campaign has ended for baby burrito collective and although we didn’t reach our goal, we we still got enough to help fund some of our projects. You can still donate on the baby burrito collective site if you missed the campaign and want to help out! You can also check us out and follow us on Facebook.

We’re offering memberships at $25 per month, or $250 per year. The goal of the collective is to promote work of artists who are more interested in working with their craft than promoting it. I help artists promote their art and get them involved with local craft fairs and what not.

I just want to give people more exposure and show them new and creative opportunities. For the membership rate, I help them create artist kits, write blog postings on them, and allow them to sell their work on my site (for no fee, mind you) and soon enough, we will have an online classroom! Yay for online classrooms!

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Next up…Mariposa Blossoms! The online boutique I started with my friend Salina where we sell homemade and handmade goods. Some of them are repurposed and some we created from start to finish. And we have a new seller on our team…my wonderful momma! The items are available on our site and on Etsy!

Right now, I’m working on a repurposed corkboard and doing some more cheese grater jewelry holders! I have so many ideas for what I want to work on, just need the time. I’m hoping to get all of my school and work done before Friday and just devoting Saturday and Sunday to family, crafting, gardening and blogging. All of my favorite things.

School starts at the Academy of Art University in September! I am so over the moon excited that I can’t even describe it. It’s what I have been waiting for. Once I have those tools under my belt, I will be able to completely do what I want and that is such an amazing feeling to have.

What cool stuff are you working on? Post in the comments or share on Facebook and Twitter!

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!

book review flyer

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!

mariposa blossoms etsy

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!

book review flyer

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!

 

 

Update on baby burrito collective

Brace yourself, y’all…we got business cards!

IMG_0008Thanks to our donations from Patty and Tarah last week, we were able to get our business cards! Patty will get free membership for two months with her donation and Tarah will get a free print! Next…we are looking into getting a logo and branding, which should be about $250.

There are so many ways you can get involved. If you want to be a member, we are still offering free memberships for the rest of May. If you purchase a membership during the month of May, you get 30 days FREE. If you donate $25 or more, you will get a free month as well.

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If you don’t want to be a member but want to check out our services, whatever you donate will be taken off your fee. We are also looking for volunteers. Right now, we need people to help with graphic design and social media. We also need bloggers (preferably teen) who are interested in writing book review. The book will be free to keep!

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please check out our website. You can also visit our Indiegogo campaign, and find us on Facebook or Twitter. I know, we’re all over the place.

Are there any projects you are working on? Post them in the comments!