A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hats By Peach

Hey all!

Today I want to share with you some of my mom's talents and hard work. Twenty years ago, she started a business called Hats By Peach. While she mainly makes hats, she also makes some really beautiful scarves as well.

My mom sells her hats and scarves at local art and craft shows, in art and craft galleries/stores, and of course at her Etsy Shop. And of course you can always Like her on Facebook!

Here are some before and after shots showing the materials she uses and what she creates...





Isn't she amazing?

She also started doing a new style of hat called Steampunk. I never heard of that style but look at her funky creations!



Now I'd like to show you where my mom does some of her work. My mom's workroom is in my old bedroom! She really makes good use of her space.

Mom, putting a flower on a new creation.

One of her drawers... Hmmm... you never know when you need a skeleton!?

Or doll parts!

Lots of buttons, pins, and doodads.

I used to put my Baby-Sitters Club books on those shelves!

Mom buys hats at flea markets and uses the flowers on the hats she creates.

Some of her hats.

How cool is this?

She has also been using feathers more and more. Check out this cool hat!

And an example of the flowers she uses...

If you like any of these creations, check out her Etsy shop where you can get something that is literally ONE OF A KIND!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Vlog: How I "Organize" My Running Stuff

A couple weeks ago, Meranda @ Fairytales and Fitness wrote a post about how she organizes all of her running stuff. Her organizational skills are amazing! I would characterize myself as being a pretty organized person, but I don't hold a candle to Meranda!

Today, I thought it would be fun to show you how I "organize" my running stuff. Notice, I put organize in quotation marks!

Check out my Vlog to see what's going on!

Do you consider yourself an organized person?

How do you organize your running stuff or workout gear?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up

Happy Monday! 

Today... the children come. WISH ME LUCK!

Hopefully, having 10 weeks off in the summer replenished all of my patience. And if it hasn't... then I should probably find another profession!

I was exhausted on Friday morning. I didn't want to get up. I didn't want to run. I didn't want to go to work. But of course I did all of those things!

Me: I don't want to go for a run.
Jelly: I don't want you to go either, Mommy!

Today was my third in-service day of the week. The morning was spent at the high school for a district wide meeting to kick off the school year. The meeting was actually really positive and motivating!

The high school marching band kicked off the meeting. They sounded SO GOOD! I taught some of those students how to play the recorder!!

Then the art/music staff had a department meeting. I'm the only music teacher at my school, so sometimes I feel like I'm on an island. It's always nice to connect with my colleagues at the other schools in our district.

The rest of the day, I worked on lesson plans and getting my room ready. It was actually a really frustrating day because none of the printers in our school were working. I could get into it, but it would be boring. Let's just say it's REALLY hard to have your room ready for students without being able to print anything!

I can't wait to sing this song with my second graders!

Luckily, by the time the bell rang, I felt like my room was completely ready for Monday. Bring on the students!

After work, Paul and I did some major grocery shopping. We hit up Aldi, Giant, and Weis. Guess what? Paul hauled it all into the house and put it away while I RELAXED!

Then we played cards and made dinner. We ate our dinner by candlelight while we listened to Episode 7 of Serial.

 Meatball sub or dog food? Hahahaha!

Jelly watched us eat...

Then decided to go to the bathroom literally right next to our romantic dinner.

I was so tired that I didn't go to bed too long after that!

Paul and I started our day with a disc golf/running date at Adventure Park. It was SO FLIPPING HOT OUT. I was sooooo slow. It was a an effort to maintain a 10 minute mile pace. It seriously was not fun at all! But I did 6 miles.

After going home and showering, I hit up Ross and got two deals! Stretchy black dress pant leggings for $11.99 and a flannel tunic for $11.99!

Then I rushed home to start cleaning and cooking. We had friends coming over for dinner and game night!

Joe and Brittany and Bob and Rachel came over for tacos, margaritas, and games. We laughed and laughed! I love our friends!

Oddly, the first thing I did this morning was go SHOPPING. I went to Kohl's, Marshall's, and Bon Ton but I didn't buy anything! I did look at some shoes I am interested in ordering from Kohls.com in a few days when my 30% discount coupon is valid. These are the shoes I want: 

They are $34.99 at the store but that's a little much for shoes I simply want.

I didn't get home until noon. I was so hungry that I ate 2.5 bowls of generic multi grain cheerios.

Then I lifted and worked outside for several hours. Yard work is exhausting!

Then I dyed my hair, had some sangria, ate dinner, and went to BED!
Do you have any shoes in that style?
Tell me something fun you did this weekend!