Sometimes Homemade http://sometimes-homemade.com Working mom, home design lover, crafts. DIY, baking. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:53:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 51493153 My Friday Five – Puppies, Parties and Planting http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=puppies-parties-more/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:48:06 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7232 Well, hello again. The summer has gone by in a blur. My blogging hiatus was a little longer than expected […]

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Well, hello again. The summer has gone by in a blur. My blogging hiatus was a little longer than expected given selling our house, buying a new house, a big work project, switching schools, blah blah blah, you get it! I figured rather than do an extensive update, I’d just give a snapshot of life these days based on 5 random things I googled this week.

1 | Supplies Needed for a New Puppy –  YES, we’re getting a puppy! We’re picking out our little bundle of fluff this weekend and then will bring her home in a couple more weeks. While we’re not complete puppy novices, we want to make sure we at least have the basics like a good kennel, a bed, a few toys, food, a leash, poop bags (oh joy!), etc. We’re getting a mini goldendoodle, which will be about 25 lbs full grown. If you have any must have puppy supply recommendations, I’m all ears!


2 | 
Best Trees for Iowa (pdf) – We moved back in the early summer and while we love our new house, we really miss the mature trees and landscaping of the old house (photo is from our old house). Our new house is about 4 years old and the previous owners didn’t do much landscaping, so now that it’s fall we’re anxious to get some trees planted and a plan for our yard. I know I’d like a magnolia tree to remind me of my Granny B who passed away this winter, but we want one other larger tree as well. We’ll also get some flowers and grasses from my mom’s yard, some of which came from my other grandparent’s farm. I’m sure it will be a process over the next few years.


3 | Best Shoes for a Broken Big Toe
 | I won’t get in to all the gory details, but an incident two weeks ago left me with a very bruised leg, 15 stitches in the top of my foot and a broken big toe. I’m finally turning the corner and hobbling slightly less, got my stitches replaced with steri strips and am on the mend. Unfortunately I have to deal with the broken toe at least another 2-4 weeks. I am so thankful to work from home, but periodically I do have to venture out of the house and wear real shoes, thus the search. A little surprisingly Birkenstocks came up in the list, bringing up so many college memories! I probably have 50 other searches related to my injury, it may or may not have included “can you get stretch marks on your feet from swelling”. 


4 | Mobile Laser Tag Parties
 – Carter’s birthday is in a few weeks. He’d love to have a laser tag party, but we don’t have any places really close, and what can I say, I’m kind of cheap when it comes to birthday parties. I’m thinking of setting up one at our nearby park and either renting laser tag gear or buying some. Bonus – if we do that, we can use the camo barricades I made last year for his Nerf Party! Stay tuned…

(Throwback photo from a Wisconsin Dells trip a few years ago.)

5 | Layered Lob Haircuts – I wanted a little texture added to my hair without losing the ability to put it in a ponytail or bun #workfromhomeproblems So my search landed me with these two images to show my stylist. I wear my hair straight most of the time (or in said ponytail or bun), but do like to wear in beachy waves sometimes too.

That’s it in a nutshell. I hope you are all well!

 

 

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Nerf Battle Blinds: How to Paint Camouflage http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=nerf-battle-blinds-paint-camouflage/ Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:37:51 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7216 These camouflage blinds were perfect for my son’s Nerf Battle birthday party. Use the easy spray painting technique to create […]

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These camouflage blinds were perfect for my son’s Nerf Battle birthday party. Use the easy spray painting technique to create camouflage designs on almost any surface. 

It’s hard to believe it’s already been almost a year ago that we had Carter’s Nerf Battle birthday party, and at the time I promised a tutorial on how I painted the camouflage blinds we used for the battle. I thought I had lost the pictures when my iPhone died last fall, but low and behold I found them in a recovery folder the other day. Woo hoo!

This is a really easy project with basic supplies. I did some of my painting up on saw horses, but the rest I did on the ground so I could do multiples at a time.

Supplies:

  • Large cardboard – I used large sized moving boxes purchased at a home improvement center, cut in half.
  • Spray paint – I used 3 colors – a dark olive green, beige/tan, and black.
  • Leaves or leaf templates
  • Stakes – I used wooden stakes fastened with zip ties.

Step 1: Paint background green. This is actually an optional step. I did it this way so I could cover the logo printed on the cardboard.Allow to dry enough that it’s not tacky. If you don’t do this, then skip to step 2.

Step 2: Position leaves on to cardboard randomly and use a light mist with your spray paint around the edges of your leaves. If you skipped step 1, I would start with the color you want to be most prominent. Since my background was already green, I used my tan spray paint next. When choosing leaves, I preferred to do a variety really anything goes.

I used my leaves several times and just repositioned them randomly around the surface until I had the coverage I was looking for. You’ll want to use new leaves when the ones you have get too sticky.

Step 3: Once dry to the touch, repeat Step 2 with the next color, for me this was black. Through some trial and error, I preferred to use the black sparringly, so I only very lightly misted the edges with black spray paint.

Repeat again if you have any desired colors remaining. I painted both sides of my cardboard, but whether you do is up to you. You’ll want to wait until it’s fairly dry (a few hours) before you turn it over, especially if you’re doing your painting on the ground.

Finally, we attached some wooden stakes, using zip ties to our cardboard, so our blinds would be nice and sturdy.

We set up our Nerf battlefield at a local park and the kids (and adults) had Nerf wars and played capture the flag all afternoon. Adding in some homemade camo cupcakes and target practice activities, the Nerf party was one of Carter’s favorite birthday parties and pretty simple and inexpensive to coordinate.

We kept the camo blinds from last year and we’re thinking of using them again this year for a laser tag themed birthday party. We figured we’d get use out of them again someday, but now that we’re just a few weeks out from Carter’s next birthday and we’ve done zero planning, I think it’s a likely scenario!

 

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Roasted Cauliflower http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=roasted-cauliflower/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 19:31:54 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7203 Roasting vegetables takes them to another level, and once you try roasted cauliflower you likely won’t ever make cauliflower any […]

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Roasting vegetables takes them to another level, and once you try roasted cauliflower you likely won’t ever make cauliflower any other way!

Cauliflower has never been on the top of my vegetable list. Raw or cooked, the smell, the texture, it just wasn’t for me. In an effort to get more vegetables into my diet though I thought I’d give it one more try roasted, and TAH DAH… we have a winner! This side is now on regular dinner rotation in my house.

I used fresh thyme from my newly planted herb garden, but I’ve also used rosemary. Try some different seasoning and herbs, you really can’t go wrong!

Recipe adapted from Food Network.

Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients

  • 1 medium to large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil (enough to coat but not soak florets)
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
  • cracked pepper (to test)
  • 1 tsp thyme or rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Toss cauliflower with olive oil.
  3. Then toss with garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and thyme.
  4. Roast for 25-30 minutes, turning over half way through roasting.
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Paper Plate Marble Mazes http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=paper-plate-marble-mazes/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:15:11 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7193 If you’re looking for an easy kids craft that uses their STEM skills and endless possibilities, paper plate marble mazes […]

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If you’re looking for an easy kids craft that uses their STEM skills and endless possibilities, paper plate marble mazes are the perfect activity!

Carter just finished 2nd grade last week and the 2nd grade teachers put a lot of effort into making the last month of school really fun with special days each week where they did a variety of activities. One day was A-MAZE-ING Day where they built mazes. Carter thought this was so clever especially since they were doing it in May. What can I say, the kid loves puns just like his parents!

As much as I love crafting, I rarely blog about kids crafts because my son would almost always rather be riding his bike, playing with friends or building with Legos. When he came home from school raving about making a paper plate marble maze and insisting we try it at home, I knew it was worth sharing!

One of the best things about this craft is that it uses craft supplies you may have on hand or are easy and inexpensive to buy.

Supplies:
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Anything goes on these  paper plate mazes. Start by twisting pipe cleaners or Wiki Sticks into various twists and turns your marble will have to go around in your maze. Tape them down when they are in a formation you like.

Use paper strips to create tunnels and bumpers for your marble to go through or bump against to either make your maze easier or more challenging, like a pinball game. Tape these into place.

Finally, either on a strip of paper or directly onto the plate, write the start and finish points for your maze.

Now it’s time to challenge your friends and family to see who can do your maze the fastest or with the least amount of errors. Have fun!

Since the marbles we bought came in a pretty big pack, I decided to teach Carter how to play marbles. After about 10 games, he admitted he was pretty impressed with my marble playing skills. Old school games for the win!

 

 

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My Friday Five – Hello, It’s Me http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=my-friday-five-2/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:37:06 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7169 Long time no see! It’s been a busy few months and I had to check out of blogging for a […]

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Long time no see! It’s been a busy few months and I had to check out of blogging for a while. I have a few new posts kicking around in my brain, but figured I’d do a quick update before jumping back in.

1 | Be Good. Do Good. Feel Good.  Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been on an amazing committee of people to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. One of my best friends ran for the local chapter’s Woman of the Year (and won!) in honor of her daughter who won her battle with leukemia over 2 years ago. Over a 10 week time period, my friend along with our committee raised over $124,000 and the 6 candidates together raised $534,495! I couldn’t be more proud of my friend. (She’s the one in the middle, and the three of us were college roommates).

Her campaign was full of fun events including a purse party (with over 1000 purses for sale!), bags tournament, biking event, Easter Egg Hunt, fitness class series, t-shirt sales, and so much more.

 

2 | Welcome to My House – (this song seems to be on repeat in our house) In the mix of all those fun events, we bought a new house, got our house ready to sell, moved and closed on our old house. Whew! We lived in our old house for over 13 years, it was good to us and held a lot of memories.  We will miss all those lovely trees! I did a few projects including painting the paneling in our basement that I’ll catch up on with posts soon.

Our new house is nowhere near organized yet. This was the kitchen the day after we moved in last week. It’s slightly better than that now, but the rest of the house is a disaster!


3 | School Days
– Carter finished up 2nd grade just today. He’ll be going to a new school next year with the move. While we’ve loved his school and his teachers, we’ve heard great things about his new school too. I’m hoping he meets lots of kids in the neighborhood this summer. Here he is on the first and last days of 2nd grade.

4 | GOOOOAAAALLLLLLLL – Tomorrow is Carter’s last soccer game for the season. He’s enjoyed it, but I think he’s ready for a break too. On to track camp and swimming lessons this summer.


5 | Gone Workabout
 – I had more work trips than normal over the past few months. When your whole company works remotely though, it’s always nice to get to see people in person. I spent a few days in Denver with my team, had a quick overnight in Pittsburgh, and then was in Miami Beach for some meetings a few weeks ago. Bring on the frequent flyer miles! These were a few shots from my Miami trip.

What’s next? Well, a lot of organizing at the new house, a big project at work, my 2nd year doing the Great Cycle Challenge, and hopefully lots of summer fun! How about you, what’s been up in your world?

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My Friday Five – Catching Up! http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=friday-five-catching/ Sat, 04 Mar 2017 04:08:08 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7156 Well Heeeellllllllooooooo! Long time no post. I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a little while. I’ve got lots of posts […]

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Well Heeeellllllllooooooo! Long time no post. I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a little while. I’ve got lots of posts in my head these days just other things preoccupying my time instead of getting them written. If you ever miss me, you can usually find some updates on Instagram. I thought I’d do a little catch up today with my Friday Five.

1 | Vacation Dreams – We took a trip with some friends to the Dominican Republic back in mid January. It was a fantastic trip. We couldn’t have asked for a better group to travel with. Lots of pool time, a boat cruise, golfing, and zip lining. The week was over way too quickly! By now it feels like it was a lifetime ago!


2 | Missing Grandma
 – While we were on vacation, my grandmother passed away. Granny B., as we all referred to her, was a spirited 97 year old still living at home and with the sharpest wit and a knack for telling the best stories. I have such fond memories of times with her and my grandpa growing up. We will all miss her dearly, but we are beyond grateful that we had her in our lives so long.

This is a picture of Carter with Granny B when he interviewed her for a school project this fall.


She loved to sew and bake, and I cherish her baking items I was able to keep to remind me of her.


3 | Sweating It Out –
Work has been keeping me incredibly busy lately, but I’m trying to still remain committed to working out consistently. We’re doing a 3 week team challenge at my gym right now, so I’ve been squeezing in my daily workout either in the morning or over lunch, trying not to skip a day. Today was a trifecta of bodyweight/cardio, kickboxing, and trx. If only I could get my eating in check…


4 | Product Junkie
– I’m pretty low maintenance in my beauty routine, but I’ve always been a bit of a product junkie. I love to try out new products which is why I’m always thrilled when I get a new Influenster VoxBox. Free products? Yes please! This month I got the #FierceVoxBox. My favorite product so far is the Madam CJ Walker Brassica Seed Oil. I’m long overdue for a haircut, but this makes my hair look refreshed and it smells heavenly!


5 | Wallpaper Blues
– I’m finally tackling the wallpaper in my basement. We’ve lived in our hours 13 years and I think it’s the only room we have yet to re-paint. Oh how I hate removing wallpaper, it has to be the worst home improvement project task. These ducks are proving to be a formidable opponent. It took me 4 hours to get the paper off of two walls. I was nearly in tears at that point. With two walls left to go, wish me luck!

I need to get this wallpaper done because I know I won’t want to when Spring arrives for good here in Iowa. It’s supposed to be in the 60’s this weekend here, so I’m guessing my motivation will to be outside rather than in the basement. I can always find something a lot better to do than removing wallpaper though! Have a great weekend!

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10 Things to Do on an Airplane http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=10-things-to-do-on-an-airplane/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:02:00 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7136 Chances are if you’re packing for a flight, you’re not only thinking about what to put in your suitcase but […]

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Chances are if you’re packing for a flight, you’re not only thinking about what to put in your suitcase but also what to pack for in-flight entertainment. Regardless of the flight time, it can seem endless if you don’t have something to do while on the plane. Whether you’re looking to extend your leisure time or productivity, these 10 ideas will help make the most of your time.

We recently returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic. In preparation for a 10+ hour travel day, I thought a lot about how to pass the time. I fly a decent amount between work and fun, and my in-flight activities are often determined by which type of trip I’m on or how long my flights are.

1| Reading – this is my #1 go to regardless of what type of trip I’m on. Sometimes traveling is the only time I seem to have to read, so I always make sure to have at least a couple books downloaded on my Kindle or my iPad. Before e-readers, I used to leave books I had read in my hotel room so that I could have room to buy a new book on the way home. (Any book recommendations out there? I’m always looking for new ones to have in my queue.)

 

2 | Watching Movies or TV – For my recent trip, I used the new Netflix download feature to start watching the series House of Cards (so good!). Amazon Video also offers a similar feature. Another reason to love my Prime membership! Our International flight on United had free in-flight entertainment too. Tip: Sign up for the frequent flier program on airlines. You can often use your points for inflight wifi and entertainment purchases. Even if you don’t fly often, these are low point “purchases”.


3 | Sleep –
Oh how I wish I could sleep on a plane! If you can, I’m eternally jealous. My husband is one of those people.


4 | Crafting –
  Depending on how long your flight is, you can make some real progress on your latest knitting or crochet project. You can bring knitting needles and crochet hooks, check out this is what TSA says on it. “In general, you may place your knitting needles and needlepoint tools in carry-on or checked baggage. Circular thread cutters or any other cutter or needlepoint tools that contain blades must be placed in checked baggage. You are permitted to keep scissors smaller than 4 inches in your carry-on baggage.”


5 | Work
– If my flight is long enough on a work trip, I often pay for wifi to make the most of my travel time and keep caught up while away from work. Even if I don’t use wifi, there are usually presentations, planning, industry reading or other things I can do while offline. If your inbox needs a clean out, this is a good time to do it.

6 | Photo Editing and Organizing – I often use my flight time to transfer photos from my phone to my computer or a USB drive for storage. While doing that, I get rid of photos I don’t really want and edit them. If you don’t have a computer with you, you can also just delete and edit straight on your phone.


7 | Playing Cards
– if you’re traveling with someone else, you can play cards. On my recent flight a couple sitting ahead of me had some sort of game going on.


8 | Coloring –
if flying is stressful for you, coloring may be the perfect activity to help you relax. I like these Crayola Twistable colored pencils so you don’t have to have a sharpener with you.

9 | Games – there are so many games you can play on your phone or tablet. I’m partial to Candy Crush  or Bejeweled Blitz. Someone sitting next to me was playing Angry Birds. What ever your thing is, there’s an app for it! Don’t forget non-digital options like cross words, word finds or Sodoku.

10 | Shopping –  you can “window” shop through the Sky Mall magazine or hop online to make some actual purchases. My boss was flying on Cyber Monday last year and her goal was to get all her Christmas shopping done during her flight. Genius!

P.S. I didn’t list talking to your seat mate as an option. Even if this is your thing, you may not be seated next to someone who reciprocates.

What’s your favorite way to pass the time on a flight?

 

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10 Easy and Healthy Snacks http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=10-easy-healthy-snacks/ http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=10-easy-healthy-snacks/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:00:45 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7114 If you’re looking to add healthy snacks into your diet, these ten easy snacks help you incorporate more protein to […]

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If you’re looking to add healthy snacks into your diet, these ten easy snacks help you incorporate more protein to keep you satisfied longer and not over-indulge.

I’ve admitted several times in the last year that one challenge I have working from home is that I struggle with wanting to snack ALL THE TIME! When you have easy access to your kitchen pantry yet rarely have time to make a meal, it’s easy to have a snaccident!

I mentioned last week that I ran across a quote that said “when thinking about eating better, add vs. subtract.” This really makes sense to me and feels like a positive change rather than focusing on cutting out certain foods. Right now I’m working to add more protein, fruits and veggies into my diet, which hopefully in turn means I’ll eat less junk.

Here’s my top 10 list of easy healthy snacks that help me meet my daily protein goals. Many include some of my favorite dairy products from Hiland Dairy.

Yogurt + Granola or Fruit– a small bowl of yogurt with granola and/or fruit is a good way to curb hunger AND feel like you’re eating dessert. Your choice on regular or greek yogurt.


Greek Yogurt Dip + Carrots
 – did you know you can sub in greek yogurt for sour cream in most dip recipes? A really easy one is to mix a packet of dry ranch seasoning with a small container of Greek yogurt. The combinations are endless on this one with different dip and veggie combos.


Hummus + Veggies
– I’m partial to carrots on this one too, but any dip worthy veggies work – peppers, cauliflower, celery, snap peas.


Yogurt Fruit Dip + Fruit
– I tried out Hiland Dairy’s recipe for Yogurt Peanut Butter Fruit Dip. Yum! There are so many dips you can make with low fat yogurt, another favorite is with orange juice concentrate. MMMMM!

 

Almonds (or other nuts) – it can’t get much easier than popping a handful of nuts to tide you over. It’s easy to eat to many, so I try to portion mine out. If you want a little kick, try these spicy smokehouse almonds.


Apple Slices + Cheese
– I don’t know why but this combo always makes me feel like I’m maybe eating part of a decadent cheese plate rather than a healthy snack.


Peanut butter + Anything
– I have a life long love affair with peanut butter. For those of you allergic, I’m so sorry that you have to skip this one. Hopefully you can use another nut butter. My favorite peanut butter combos (aside from chocolate) are:

  • Apple + peanut butter
  • 1/2 English muffin + peanut butter
  • Celery + peanut butter
  • Pretzels + peanut butter


Milk and a Banana
– No, I don’t mix these together, but for some reason a glass of milk always tastes so good with a banana. Just me? Don’t knock it ’til you try it!

 

Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast – use an air popper or our favorite kitchen gadget, the Whirley Pop to make your popcorn. Sprinkle on nutritional yeast. Yes it sounds weird but provides a cheesy flavor and ups the protein.


Edamame
– these are slightly more time consuming than grab and go, but they don’t take long and are SO good. Just steam and flavor your way, from just sea salt to my favorite spicy garlic edamame.

Roasted Chickpeas – if you have time to make ahead, I really love roasted chickpeas. You can make them about any flavor. I love them to eat as a snack and to add to salads for a little crunch instead of croutons. Recipe: Chipotle Roasted Chickpeas


If you’re looking for other healthy snack or recipe ideas, sign up for the Get Healthy with Hiland email series. You’ll get great tips, recipes and even coupons for their top quality dairy products. I already made their Yogurt and Peanut Butter Fruit Dip and I’m scoping out the Blackberry Hazelnut Power Bowl. Yum!

Do you have any go to healthy snacks I should add to the list?

 

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My Friday Five – New Year, New Faves http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=my-friday-five-new-year-new-faves/ Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:00:41 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=my-friday-five-new-year-new-faves/ Happy first Friday of 2017! Was this the longest short week ever or what?! While I enjoy my job, and […]

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Happy first Friday of 2017! Was this the longest short week ever or what?! While I enjoy my job, and I even worked a few days last week, it was a challenge to get back into the full routine of work and school again. Plus it was SO cold this week, making me want to hibernate.

While I’m not much of a resolution maker, like many people, I kick off the new year with more mindfulness and a desire to do some things better. I thought I’d share some of my favorite things so far in the New Year helping me along the way.
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1 | Krazy for Kettlebells – I dig the group fitness class I go to (Kosama) surprisingly for the strength training. I say surprisingly because I used to dread most weight workouts. While I still look forward to kickboxing day I try never to miss kettlbell or TRX days. I’m getting stronger and even managed to lose a little weight over the holidays during the Project Zero challenge. Winning!


2| Fitness + Fashion
 – It’s no secret that I love my Fitbit Alta. I’ve had it for several months now and love it just as much as the first day I got it. I had a Fitbit One previously and resisted getting a bracelet style tracker for a long time because I love wearing bracelets and thought most trackers on the market weren’t very fashionable. The Alta has a slim profile and it lets you change out the bands. I found this silver tone band on Amazon for a steal. While I still wear the original band when working out, it’s nice to have the option to dress it up when I want to.


3 | Inspired by Spiralizing
– I saw a post recently that said “When thinking about eating better, add vs. subtract.” This speaks to me. While I eat my fair share of junk, I really need to focus on eating more of the good stuff. I got the Paderno Spiralizer for Christmas and I’m loving it as a way to get more veggies in my diet. This Thai Peanut Chicken with Sweet Potato Noodle recipe is my fave so far.


4| Toy Roundup
– I spent part of my time off after Christmas cleaning and organizing our basement. Can you believe I didn’t take a single picture? We recently had a new Container Store open near us. I raided their Elfa collection for some storage solutions that could hold ALL THE LEGOS. I tell you what, sorting Legos would be a good form of torture. Now I want to redo all of our closets, and my craft supplies, and… I might need a loan to buy ALL THE ELFA! (photo from containerstore.com)


5 | Capturing the Moments
– Like most people these days, I find I take a lot of pictures but I rarely seem to get them printed. I spotted this little Canon Selphy photo printer on sale recently and snatched it up. It had its coming out party when we had friends over for New Year’s. I set up a little photo booth in the basement and the kids and adults had fun posing and getting their pics printed. I love that I can print directly from an app on my phone and the quality is better than expected!


We’re taking Carter to Monster Jam tomorrow and I have a little shopping to do for an upcoming trip. Throw in house work, maybe a work out, and other to-do’s and the weekend will fly by I’m sure. Whatever you’re up to this weekend, enjoy!

Linked Up At: High Five for Friday; Oh Hey Friday

 

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Best of 2016 – 4 Year Blogiversary! http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=best-2016-4-year-blogiversary/ Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:03:37 +0000 http://suzannerust.net/?id=super-hero-capes-for-kids&capes=?p=7087 It’s hard to believe that 4 years ago today I started Sometimes Homemade as a place to document my craft […]

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It’s hard to believe that 4 years ago today I started Sometimes Homemade as a place to document my craft projects and DIY adventures! It’s fun each year on my blogiversary to look back on what you deemed most popular for the year.

It’s been a fun journey over the years and my projects and posts have definitely ebbed and flowed throughout that time. This year I had fewer posts than in years past. I found myself both busy with a new job as well as more motivations in other parts of my life. Adjusting to life as a non workaholic means I made more time for family and fitness. I found myself posting when I had projects to share rather than doing projects so I had things to share here. I still love this space and my loyal readers. Life is a balancing act and some days (years) what tips the scales are different things.  I’ve already got some new posts lined up for the new year though, so stay tuned!

Here’s a look back at the top 10 posts of the year.

10 | Salted Caramel Brownie BitesIf you haven’t tried these yet, you must!  Not only are they they perfect combo of salted caramel and chocolate, but they are bite sized and cute! They are a good go to for parties, treat tables, or dessert exchanges.


9 | Shade Loving Container Garden
– I’m still learning when it comes to gardening, but this container garden I did for our front was a winning combo worth repeating year after year!


8 | Working from Home: Expectations vs Reality
– Working at home is going well! I’ve got some more posts coming this next year on what the day-to-day is like now that I’ve found my groove.


7 | Tips for Picking Paint Colors
– Nothing is worse than getting paint up on your wall and realizing it’s all wrong. Apparently I’m not the only one whose had that happen because a lot of you wanted to read about tips for planning and doing it right the first time!


6 | Cake Batter Blondies
– This is one of my favorite recipes from the year. I’ve made them with a variety of different colored sprinkles for various holidays and tailgating and they are always a hit! Variation: Pumpkin Cake Batter Blondies


5 | Nerf Battle Birthday Party
– Carter turned 8 this year. Three months later he’s still talking about how much fun his Nerf Battle Birthday party was. It was pretty easy to put together and the kids were entertained all afternoon. It was fun for the adults too. Win!


4 | Top 5 Things to Do on a Girls Trip to Nashville – 
One of the highlights of my year was a girls trip to Nashville. It looks like many of you are on the hunt for ideas of what to do there too as this post had quite a bit of interest throughout the year since my trip. Ohhhhh… the memories!


3 | Dutch Letter Bars
– You can’t go wrong with almond flavored desserts. If you’ve ever had a traditional Dutch Letter, these bars do not disappoint!


2 | Spicy Garlic Edamame
– If you’re looking for a healthy snack or appetizer with a little kick, these hit the spot and are so easy! I haven’t made these in a while, but looking back on this year’s posts was a good reminder to add them back into my snack routine.


1 | Best Yard Games for an Outdoor Party
– Yard games are perfect for back yard barbeques, camping or a trip to the beach. My post on how to make your own wooden yard dice is one of the most popular on the blog. Save this list for later as these all make great gift ideas!


And with that, 2016 is almost a wrap. Thanks for your support over the last 4 years! I’m looking forward to a creative and productive 2017.

If you want more regular updates on what I’m up to, I created a new Instagram account for the blog this year, so follow me @sometimeshomemade. I’d love to connect!

Cheers!

Previous Year’s Best of Posts: 2015; 2014; 2013

 

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