Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring is {Here}

I was so happy to finally reach the first day of Spring 2014.
Here in the Pacific Northwest we didn't have a horrible winter this year.  1 day of snow.  Literally just enough to build a snowman and watch it melt away the next day.  But, that doesn't mean it wasn't cold over here.  We had our fair share of below freezing days but they were too dry to result in snow.  Ironically, our area is known for rain, rain, coffee and oh, more rain, but yet it was too dry for snow. 
With my fingers crossed, I'm going to say those days are behind us. 
Spring is here and I welcome her with open arms, (as long as she doesn't bring too much rain).

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Am I coming back?

I'm not sure yet.

I'm officially done with College (for now anyways), the babies are a little older now, and I'm just really missing my blog life.  So I've really been considering coming back.  It seems like the time is right again.  With that being said, I still have a lot of projects I'm dabbling with, so I'm not completely free with time. 

To Blog or Not To Blog?  That really is the question.

I do however post on Instagram almost daily.  So if you are interested in seeing what I've been up to, how the kidlets are and what I'm eating, you can check me out @hungerfix on IG.

Monday, October 15, 2012

{Food Fix} Low Fat Pumpkin Muffins

So if you've been around the weight loss blog block a few times, then I'm sure you've heard of this recipe before.  I think, I might even blogged about it myself before.

But, since it is fall and pumpkin flavors are everywhere, I was inspired to whip up a batch (or 2).

The original recipe calls for just the cake mix and the pumpkin but I like to add a few extras to mine.

1 Spice cake mix
1 15oz can of pure Pumpkin
1/4 cup of wheat germ
1/4 cup of raisins
(in place of raisins, I've also used chopped nuts, and dried apple pieces)

Everybody in the bowl,

and mix.

Distribute evenly into a sprayed muffin tin.

Bake at 350 for 15-18 mins.
The color doesn't change much, so check with the "clean toothpick" method.

And Enjoy!

Yummy, Pumpkin-y deliciousness!
Side note: They freeze really well.  I wrap each in a little saran wrap and freeze.  Let thaw at room temp or pop in the microwave for about 20 seconds, for a warm treat.  Great with coffee in the A.M. or with tea before bedtime.
For even more Pumpkin-y Goodness, try Betty Crocker's Pumpkin Bar mix instead of the spice cake.
Also very good!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

{Creative Fix} DIY Bath Bombs

Do It Yourself {DIY} Bath Bombs

I made these bath bombs as shower favors for my girl's bridal shower.
I hadn't made them before, but looked at a few recipes online and finally decided to mix some up.

You know me, I don't follow recipes very well, I always switch them up somehow.

So this is what I did.

What You'll Need:

1/2 cup Cornstarch
1/4 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup Baking Soda

1/2 cup Citric Acid
3/4 tbsp Water
2 3/4 tbsp Olive Oil
Food Coloring
Essential Oil (scent of your choice)

I mixed the water and food coloring in a spray bottle.

Just a sidenote about the citric acid- it's hard to find, I found mine in the canning section at Walmart.

You will also need

A bowl for mixing dry ingredients
A small bowl for wet ingredients
A candy or ice mold
A whisk
A sifter (optional)

Sift your dry ingredients into large bowl,

Mix the olive oil and essential oils in the small bowl and pour into large bowl.

Start whisking and spraying a little at a time.  If you are not using a spray bottle, add your water/food coloring very slowly.  You don't want to add too much too fast, the dry will react to the wet and begin to fizz.  You don't want that, so I suggest using the spray bottle.

You want your mixture to become much like the texture of damp sand.  It should mold into a ball like so.

Next, fill your molds.
I let mine dry over night.  You want them completely dry before popping them out.

 And there you have it.  Sweet little Bath Bombs or Bath Fizzies. (Whichever you prefer to call them)
I like to put them in a basin for a foot bath.  So relaxing. 
The Epsom salt helps with aches, pains and swelling, while the olive oil moisturizes and the essential oil smells great.

Friday, September 28, 2012

{Fun Fix} Friday's Fave 5

Who doesn't love Vaseline? 
I love it, and when I found this tiny little bottle of Vaseline, I had to have it.
My lips are gonna be on point this winter.

1. Vaseline Lip therapy.

2. Drinks with my Girls will always be one of my faves!!

3. My new scarf.

The weather has been so nice around here.  We here in the Pacific NW are not so used to having "short sleeve" weather in late September.

4. Sunny Fall Days
Beep Beep!
 This little guy got a new hair cut yesterday.  I was sad to see his mohawk gone, but he still looks so adorable.

5. My baby boy and his new haircut.

Monday, September 24, 2012

{Fun Fix} Tropical Bridal Shower

I'm so totally late on this post but what-evs.

By now you've seen the pics from my girl's wedding in St. Croix.  If you want to check them out again click here.

Anywhoo, before the wedding, her mom and I threw her a bridal shower and I wanted to share some pics of the decor and details.

We went with a Tropical theme to go with the wedding's tropical location.

I covered a cardboard "E" with crepe paper flowers and hung it on the front door with a sign.
I got the "E" idea from this tutorial found on Made During Naptime.

Some of the decorations were store bought, like the paper fans and poms but I added the "E"'s for that personal touch.  I also made the banners.
One said, "Soon To Be Mrs. E" and the other said "Eat Drink Love"
In addition to the fans and poms I made heart garlands to hang in the trees.

I dressed up some address labels with a pretty stamp in the theme colors to use as name labels for the cups.  Having a name label on your drink is not only for kiddos, it's also a great way for grown ups to keep up with their drinks.

This punch was so so good.

On a separate table I set up a camera and note cards with a framed note that read
 "Snap a picture of yourself & fill out a card with words of advice and encouragement for D'Nika the bride to be"

Once I get all my pictures from the shower and wedding printed, I will fill a photo album using the pics and notes.

On the same table, I set up the game prizes.
They were all "shower/bath" related including 2 of the sugar scrubs I made in this post.
I wrapped them in brown paper bags tied with tulle and twine finished with a stamped tag.
I thought they looked really pretty on the table.
 Lastly, I made party favors of bath fizzies.  I'm hoping to post a tutorial on the fizzies in the next few days or so.
Each of them were tied with a cute little tag I designed to match the theme that said
"From My Shower to Yours, Thank You"
 So much fun.  I love party planning, esp. making the decorations.

Friday, September 21, 2012

{Fun Fix} Friday's Fave 5

Well football season has officially begun.  No, football is not one of my fave things, never.  I did however marry a huge football fan and a very loyal San Fran 49ers fan.  So, I made my sweet baby girl a 49er hair bow that she can wear while she watches the game with Daddy.

1. Wynter wearing her 49er bow.

I love a cute pair of earrings, and I rarely leave home with bare ears. My latest obsession is studs.

2. My new black heart studs.

3. Watching my boys enjoy the rides at the fair.

 4. I have dusted off my Crock Pot and it has quickly become one of my new favorite things.

5. Wynter has a new favorite thing too, clapping.