Vegan for a Day

To stay healthy I like to have vegan or vegetarian days or meals.  In America most people have meat or an animal product in every meal.  I wanted to share with you what I made yesterday that I thought was really tasty! I love eating vegan or vegetarian throughout the week because it helps cut my…

Lost for Words: Five ways to Generate Story Ideas

I was recently asked how I come up with new ideas to write about so regularly. I liken it to an athlete doing conditioning. To condition you practice, you stretch, and you eat right. Writing is no different. You practice your writing each day or at least as often as you possibly can. You stretch…

Terrarium How To

We have all seen the gorgeous terrarium plantings sprinkled all over Pinterest but have you actually tried to make your own? They are surprisingly easy and wonderfully forgiving for those of us with less than a green thumb. Recently I snagged a great deal on a large glass globe at a thrift store. You can…

Gift Kits for Gardeners

Do you have that one person that is so hard to shop for? I know I do. You know they are crazy about gardening but clueless where to even start looking? Here are some clever garden ideas to get you started this holiday season. If you are lucky you may even snag some of these…

Understanding Your Home Style

Pull up your Pinterest account. Do you have a house board? Maybe you’ve split it into bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. You have no idea why but those pictures spoke to you. But when you go to the hardware store and go down the isles you have no idea what to pick let alone how things…

Edit vs. Revise

How many times have you heard this: “I’ve finished my book! Now I just need an editor!” But is it really done? Have they done revisions? Or when you offer to take the first ten pages do you find so many errors you can’t keep track of the story? We have all been there-- on…

Writing Revisions

I’m currently revising my book, it’s a daunting task. I’ve read lots of posts and articles on the ‘best’ way to revise. Then all the articles talking about when you are actually ‘done’ revising. What I’ve realized is that everyone’s process is different just like every book is. I’d like to share the process I’m…

How to optimize your website for Pinterest

We all have seen viral photos, hello grumpy kitty. Can you imagine the site traffic boost if just one of your photos goes viral? Oh the joy! Not only is your photo out there but so is your website! Right? Odds are no. As a blogger, I have taken the time to set up each…

DIY: Blog Headers

Do you want to create a blog header that is unique to you?  In this post I will teach you how to make a great header using Photoshop and your own art. What you will need: -Photoshop (or you can use a free editor like Gimp) -Paint (I used Watercolor) -Brushes -Paper -Water Have fun…

Watercolor Headers

Freebies! Are you starting a blog?! If you are, you're probably on the look out for a good blog header image.  I made some simple watercolor blog headers that work great for WordPress.  Try them out and let me know what you think! Enjoy! Download Here! Looking to create your own awesome headers? Then Head…

Wand Making

Can’t wait for the new JK Rowling film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?"  Get ready by making your own custom wand! I’ve made several for a Harry Potter movie marathon party, they were a huge hit with all of my guests. Skeptical? It’s easier than you think. Here are the steps I took…

Seed Saver

Gardening is very close to my heart. It combines nurturing and creation in a whole new way. After my flowers have bloomed for the summer and fall comes around they begin to go dormant. Producing new attractions in the form of seed pods. Whether it is the center of the sunflower head, round pods of…

DIY Hand Lettered Globe

DIY: Hand Lettered Globe My inspiration for this piece was from a globe that Anthropologie sells.  Its so CUTE! The first time I saw these globes, I just whispered to myself "someday".  I said that because someday I want to be able to create stuff as cool as this, and someday afford items as expensive…

Going Pro

What is it going to take for you to decide to Go Pro with your creative life? What event, what words, what epiphany, will need to happen for you to wake up and realize the only thing stopping you is yourself? About 10 months ago I sat at home with my newborn, everything was new…

Villainous Names

I recently asked my writing group to help me pick out my villain’s name for my current book. I had a small list of options and I liked one better because when my husband said it in a deep voice it sounded sinister. Great reason right? I got the gambit back in comments. The most…

The Four Page Fallout

"So I have two pages but have no idea what happens next," you announce  to your writing group in agony. "How can you not know?" the shy girl asks, "It’s your story?" You shrug in reply and eye rolls abound. But you know they have the same problem you do. So what do we do…

Meal Planning for 2

Our first month of marriage I filled the fridge with whatever I felt like buying.  I did not meal plan, then I realized how much money I was spending.  My goal was to stay in budget, to create food that I can have fun making, and above all tastes good. A lot of my steps…

Living Intentionally

Many of us look back on time that has gone by with a fleeting feeling of anxiety. Wasn’t it just spring? What have I been doing all summer? Now is the time to live intentionally, not next week or next year-- Now. For me this feeling of lost time has hit me in the gut…