Posts tagged ‘ikea’

September 13, 2012

30 things to do before my 30th birthday

Last month I turned 29. I am not like most people when it comes to birthdays. I freaking love mine! I love that there’s a day that’s just mine and I don’t have to drive or pay or do dishes. I can’t change the fact that it comes around once a year, so why fight it?

Lil Man helping me finish my birthday ice cream…

But this was the last of my twenty-something birthdays. So far I don’t feel like that carries any kind of stigma, at least not for me. I know people tend to go bat-shit crazy when they turn 30, 40, 50…you know, the milestones after 21. But for now, I don’t feel like the world is going to end or that I’ll be instantly rocketed into senility. That being said, I do realize it’s a milestone and it’s caused me to reflect on my prior 28 years and nineteen days and I’ve made a list: 30 things to do before I turn 30. It’s more fun stuff than crazy “Oh my god, I haven’t DONE THIS!” type of stuff, and while I’d love to finish it, it won’t completely screw up my life if I don’t. It’s for fun, for motivation, a little bit of enrichment and some of them are just so I can say I did.

Without further adieu, the list!

30 things to do before I turn 30

(This list can also be found in a tab at the top of the page!)

1. Try 30 new recipes

2. Buy a house

3. Write a(nother) novel

4. Go to a storage auction (like Storage Wars only I’ve wanted to do this since I was 7 and my friend’s parents brought home a whole crap ton of treasures from one!)

5. Read 30 books

6. Sell one of my photographs

7. Paint pottery

8. Create my own signature cocktail

9. Throw a party (in our new house!)

10. Learn to be happy with my body

11. Revamp my wardrobe (get rid of crap I don’t wear, update my style a tick)

12. Figure out who I am and what I want to do with my life

13. Learn to be happy in Roseville

14. Get rid of everything I don’t need

15. Find my perfect lipstick (inspired by my good friend, Jenny, who feels lipstick is a necessity in life)

16. Find the perfect little black dress

17. Pay off all debts (excluding house from item 2 and car)

18. Try one of the crafts I’ve pinned on Pinterest

19. Take a photo that really makes me go “wow”

20. Go hiking in Yosemite

21. Purchase a nice (non-Ikea) piece of furniture

22. Read a whole book in one day

23. Learn the live completely in the moment

24. Take a class with Jim (maybe a cooking class, maybe a photography class or a tennis class, to be determined)

25. Learn how to fold a fitted sheet

26. Compile a cookbook of my most-cooked recipes

27. Cut my hair and donate it to Locks of Love

28. Get a dog

29. Take a yoga class

30. Have an amazing 30th birthday

So there ya have it. They’re not all amazingly exciting or anything. Some are downright boring and serious, but these are the things I hope to accomplish in the next year. I’ll keep you up to date as I tick them off.

April 27, 2012

Spinach in my smoothie??? + More Adventures, day 1

My favorite mornings come one Friday of every month, when I open my door to head out to work and I’m greeted with the happiest box in the hallway!

It’s my Farm Fresh To You delivery! Fresh, local, organic produce delivered right to my door! This box included so many delicious goodies! Strawberries, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, apples, oranges, a lemon, fresh peppermint (some of which is floating in my water as we speak!), celery, spring onions, and some new potatoes.

I’m so excited to get some recipes together to use this stuff in!

But I promised to talk to you about spinach smoothies, so here we go!

I’ve always been a little curious about this concept of putting stuff like spinach into a smoothie. How in the world would that taste good mixed with all the other good smoothie stuff? I turned my nose up at the thought of it.

But then I read this post by Anna at The Guiltless Life, and she claims you can’t even taste the spinach! So I decided to give it a whirl (no pun intended. lol. I crack myself up.) in the name of eating more veggies. Here’s my recipe.


Spinach Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

I handful of spinach, washed and stems removed

1 frozen banana

1 tbsp…or more…peanut butter. I like creamy

approx 1 cup chocolate soy milk (you can add more or less for thickness)

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 pinch cocoa powder (for more chocolate flavor!…as if I needed it, right??)

1 pinch glutamine powder (optional. It’s a healthy amino acid…for energy)

1 tsp or so flaxseed meal

A couple chunks of ice

Load it all in the blender, whir it around for a while until all the spinach leaves are pulverized, pour in a glass (or a Christmasy Starbucks cold cup!) and enjoy!

Now that I have breakfast taken care of, I can move on to bigger and better things (although it doesn’t get much better, that smoothie was freaking delish!)

After reading my post from yesterday, Jim send me a text that says “Getting a new couch is a mini adventure.” I couldn’t argue with him. I believe change of any kind is an adventure, so I consented. After work I picked up the cash we’ve been holding onto from our wedding and drove down to meet Jim at Ikea. I know, I know. Ikea gets a bad rap, but my current couch has lasted me almost 10 years, so I’m not going to complain for $399. Just saying.

I’ll post pictures of our finished living room when it’s, er, finished. We have a small space and getting it all to fit in there is proving to be a challenge, although not impossible. We just have to be a little creative, and as of yet, our dining room is still full of most of the stuff that used to be in the living room, so I’ll spare you the photos until its ready.

I will leave you with this, however:

Yes, it’s a crappy cell phone photo, but that’s all I could get from the driving position! That’s Jim’s new truck filled with our new furniture! Exciting, right?

I’m still waiting for ideas for mini adventures people! Help a girl out!

Oh, and have an amazing Friday!

November 2, 2011

Craving new

Jim and I have been married for almost a month. We’ve put away all of our shiny new gifts and brought the old stuff to my younger brother or to storage. We’ve decluttered some areas of our tiny apartment and have put others on “the list.”

But our new relationship status, our new life, so to speak, feels like it needs a shiny new atmosphere to go with it.

Granted, most of the furniture we own is from Ikea. We have decorated our living room since it’s where we spend most of our time, but our bedroom walls are still bare. It feels like we are still living in a single twenty-something’s apartment.

But here’s my dilemma. We will be living in this apartment for nine more months. When our lease is up, we’re moving. Whether we are going to buy a house or rent one, we will be vacating the apartment. So buying new furniture is pointless. Anything we’d put in there would be too small for wherever we end up next and anything we bought with a house in mind would be too big for our apartment.

But in the meantime, there’s nothing wrong with dreaming, right?

Like this beautiful upholstered bed from Ethan Allen. Complete with the little foot stool at the end, although I’d probably prefer something a little bigger that could store some extra blankets or something in it, but isn’t this room beautiful? It’s too bad back when we were looking at beds, Jim vetoed the upholstered look. 😦 Maybe when we start looking for a headboard again, I’ll be able to persuade him…

And look how cute this nightstand is? I love the little pull out shelf. I don’t have room for a nightstand now. My dresser butts right up against the side of the bed. And I love the white. White is so clean and fresh and breezy looking.

Jim is 6’4 and he’s always said he wants a tall dining set.

I suppose maybe I can compromise on the white in the dining room. Maybe if I let him get a dark dining set (and one that’s got to be a little difficult to get into), he’ll let me get the upholstered bed…..

I also want a new couch. We have an old Ikea couch I paid $400 for about 8 years ago.

Couches can be so big and ugly. I’m not sure this one fits the bill as far as looks, but we sat on it at Crate and Barrel and boy was it comfy!

But there’s something I like about this idea too. Having a nice little area that promotes conversation instead of tv watching…although we do like to watch our tv as well….and there’s the coffee table I like again.

As long as we still have a small apartment and a mile-high credit card balance, however, we live amid the idea furnishings of single twentieshood and dream of the day our dwelling can also be a comfy and attractive home.