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We Are Knitters

Scroll through the gallery to see the beautiful skeins! 

Christmas Sale at We Are Knitters meant a mini yarn haul!

I purchased a gift card for 20% off, then turned around and used it for 10 balls of the meriwool (100% superwash merino wool) and 5 of the baby wool (100% alpaca). Ahh, so soft and beautiful! This is the stuff yarn dreams are made of. Well, mine anyway. I have projects lined up for these babies and will post up my WIP (work in progress) soon…

Use code MGMEMHJ0Z for $12 off your next purchase at WAK.

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Kate Somerville – Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream

I was lucky enough to receive this pot of gold as one of my gifts this year. I wanted to write a review on it since I don’t really keep up with conventional skincare anymore. (I still make my own skincare products, sans face wash.)

The packaging feels a bit luxurious and I thought the soft purple translucent container was beautiful. The dispenser is unique, you push down to have product released into the bowl. For me, it actually put too much product on, but I can definitely appreciate the sanitary nature of not dipping your fingers into a tub.

The moisturizer didn’t feel as light as other reviewers had stated, it was more of a creamy texture, in line with the name of the product. This was great though considering it is winter time and my skin has been mauled by the dry patchiness of the brisk chilly winter season. Despite my hopes for a one-night-wonder, it still left my skin a bit patchy this morning, but interestingly enough, glowing in the other regions of my face. My face doesn’t feel as dry as it did a few nights ago, and I’d imagine with continual use that there will be a much more significant improvement. I appreciate that the product was chosen for me with sensitive skin and more natural ingredients. Good pick!

As far as it becoming a staple in my regime… I think I still prefer my all natural homemade products, but will definitely be using this until it’s gone. Savoring, even. Thanks, L!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

This Christmas season I made most of my close families custom Christmas ornaments.

Ribbon, snow, and acrylic craft ornament obtained at Michael’s. Snow inside can be found at the train and small figurines section. (They also carry glass craft ornaments but usually the glass ones go quick. If you can stand to wait, you want to go about early December for the best deals/coupons.) The red glossy vinyl sticker was custom printed/cut from a Cricut with Magnolia Sky font (free). Lastly, I used Contact Paper as transfer paper. Easy peasy!

The first few ornaments I made were a little bit crooked because the ornament has a round surface, so don’t forget it when you make one of your own. 👍

Enjoy!

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Homemade Pizza

Pizza is a heavy rotation in the month also, and recently we have been experimenting with homemade doughs. Today we changed from all purpose to bread flour… Still perfecting the recipe for you guys. But here’s a picture of our latest creation!

Nitrate free pepperoni, red onions, white button mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and pizza sauce. I tried to put pineapple on it but was quickly vetoed… It was cooked in a Lodge cast iron pizza pan traditional oven this time, as opposed to the non stick pizza pan for the Breville, and we made the crust much thicker than our usual pizza. Recipe is definitely getting there…

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NordVPN

If you are looking for a VPN service to search the internet more securely and do things in general on the world wide web, NordVPN is having a 3 year deal right now for $99.00USD which comes out to be $2.75/month. Use code 3ydeal to get it at check-out!

This is a super great service to use especially if you’re on public WiFi a lot. They offer downloads that are browser specific or you can secure your whole computer. 6 total running applications of it at one time allowed.

Lifehacker has a great post on why a VPN is talk of the town of late.

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Home Study YogaGlo & Meditation with Headspace

Update: Headspace is having a sale on 40% off on their annual subscription totaling $58USD for the year. Click here for details!

That’s probably not a whole lot of days… But to be fair, it’s a new app for me. And I love it. It’s called Headspace. It’s a meditation program geared towards not only teaching you how to meditate, but also to help you maintain the habit. If you get through all their Basics and want more, you can subscribe to their packages, currently (USD) $12.99 monthly rate, $7.99/month annual rate, and $399.99 lifetime. This is definitely an interesting concept to subscribe to something like this (at least from my POV), and you can also subscribe through their app on iOS or Android thereby (possibly?) applying store (iTunes or Google Play) credit. I’m still getting through all their Basics series so will keep you posted if a subscription is in my future… A major draw for me is the integration with HealthKit and Apple Watch. What’s the point of doing stuff if it’s not documented?!

The other service I signed up for was yoga home study with YogaGlo. (They also have meditation classes which I’ve assigned myself.) This one is pretty straight forward, $18.99/month for unlimited yoga. That’s not too bad considering one class at a studio can run you about $20-$25. They have a pretty extensive collection of different classes geared towards all levels and practices, even including specialized yoga such as prenatal/postnatal. I actually did subscribe to them briefly back in 2011 or so, and they have since come a really long way. They have great app integration on all the major platforms, as opposed to other home study yoga classes which use a browser. (I personally found browsers really limited and prefer using apps. Apps hold your place and settings better than a browser.) They also offer sequence classes over a few weeks and calendar reminders for you to get your butt on your mat.

Woohoo!

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Accidental Pork Stew

J accidentally got chicken juice on the extra tomatoes so we decided to Crock Pot the leftover ingredients which turned into pork stew! We used mostly what we had in the fridge and pantry to make it. Turned out pretty good!

Pork shoulder, tomatoes, diced tomato can, onions, garlic, white wine, turkey broth, small yellow potatoes. Over rice, because, I am Asian and that’s what I eat. …Also because I didn’t have bread of any kind.

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Ranch Kabobs

We are still working on a recipe for you on our ranch kabobs, but this recipe works so well with chicken. This particular picture was made with chicken breasts, though historically we used chicken thighs. I think thighs still work out better, it’s much juicier. This guy marinaded overnight in the fridge and was grilled in a Pit Boss. We might need to add more acid for the breasts in the future.

Basic ingredients include dry ranch powder, garlic powder, olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary. J skewered it with tomatoes and white onions. Don’t forget to soak skewers for at least 20 minutes before putting it on the grill!

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Weekend in Review

Weekends are always the best time to catch up on R & R (rest and relaxation). In anticipation of a busy upcoming year, I’ve tried to take the most time I can to spend as much time as I can doing nothing. Of course, it depends what one’s definition is of “nothing”.

Saturday

  • Picked up an Apple Watch (Series 3, GPS only) to replace FitBit Blaze (2016).
    A little known fact is that the Apple retail store now price matches up to 10% off. This holiday season is especially useful for that since many of their products go on sale from third party retailers like Fry’s or Sam’s Club. I combined this with a trade-in valued at $35! Out the door price was less than $300USD including local tax.
  • I considered making a blog post comparing the two, but since the models are from different years, I thought it wasn’t advantageous since it was not “apples to apples”.
  • Took the dogs for a nice long walk to the park. Walked around the lake and saw a goose/chicken mash up in the wild. Also regular geese and ducks. Later the dogs were dreaming of chasing them.
  • We experimented with a dough recipe (made french bread buns) and made scratch patties for burgers. (Working on recipes for you!) As well as homemade apple chunk sauce.
  • Had my family over for dinner and watched Atomic Blonde.

Sunday

  • Church
  • Took a long nap.
  • Ate a late lunch of leftovers.
  • Took the dogs on a short(er) dog walk.
  • Visited J’s parents. We always bring random stuff over and they always send us home with groceries. Love it.
  • Made salisbury steak on arugula with rosemary roasted potatoes for dinner. …I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture… But this meal is on regular rotation so I will have it for you next time.
  • Went to the discount retailer store to enjoy late holiday hours with less traffic. Their buyers are getting better this season but couldn’t find anything to buy.
  • Took a bath.
    I actually never really took baths but I started to recently to help with my sore muscles and winter dryness. Right now I have the Oatmeal and Mustard soaks from Barefoot Venus. I picked them up from Costco (which has since sold out, $36USD) packaged with one refill and one bottle of massage oil. I use the Oatmeal version when my muscles are sore, and the Mustard one when I feel any kind of illness like dehydration or headache. (I soak for about 15 minutes in barely hot water and do not submerge my whole body. Also, let the record show in 2017 that it is considered safe and encouraged to go swimming in chlorinated water.)
  • Made some cookies with the last of the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough. Santa’s not getting anything at this point.
  • The main football season has ended and Vikings are declared kings of the north, and Patriots are kings of the east…

Looking Ahead This Week

  • Prepare for the close of 2017.
  • Learn about C-sections.
  • Finish planning H’s welcome party.
  • Cut J’s hair.
  • Sign up for online yoga classes at YogaGlo.
  • Mash up the analog calendar to digital – Google Cal.
  • Get rid of all these papers on my desk.
  • Close Activity rings!
  • Figure out what to blog about this week…
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Thank You, Mailman!

I can actually use that politically incorrect term since my mail person is in fact, a man. Booyah!

I come from an old-timey neighborhood in the Mid-West, where someone walks up to your mailbox at your house and delivers your mail through some slot or box. In these neighborhoods, it’s customary to leave something small for your mail person who trudges through the sleet and snow to deliver your mail during the holidays.

Being in sunny Southern California now, I guess that custom has not really developed since it hardly snows here, but now that we’ve moved to a place where mail is hand delivered again, I’m super stoked to prepare a holiday surprise for my mail person. …The dog treats are for his dog. Obviously. 🙄

As much as some people feel that it’s their job as a mail person, it’s never too much to thank someone for doing a good job. I mean, he or she picks up your mail as well as delivers it to you. So don’t forget to thank all the people in your life this season who keep things going for you!

Anyone remember that one commercial about what would happen if the mailman didn’t deliver mail? Spoiler: THE WORLD FALLS APART.

(And just for reference, I know this isn’t completely weird because the USPS posts their gift restrictions on their website.)

Employee Tipping and Gift-Receiving Policy

All postal employees, including carriers, must comply with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Exec­utive Branch. Under these federal regulations, carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion, such as Christmas. However, cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash, must never be accepted in any amount. Furthermore, no employee may accept more than $50 worth of gifts from any one customer in any one calendar year period.