Mark your calendars for September 5th & 6th (Labor Day Weekend) and get ready for what is sure to be the swankiest antique and vintage fair in the Mid West! It takes place at The Heart of Ohio Antique Center at 4785 E National Road in Springfield, Oh.
You might have picked up on my love for all things vintage, especially the hunt for the perfect find! (If you haven’t picked up on it, here’s a few posts that make it pretty obvious: 2014 County Living Fair, 2013 Country Living Fair, Antiquing). One of my favorite places to hunt is The Heart of Ohio Antique Center in my hometown of Springfield Ohio! Don’t get me wrong, I love digging through stacks in a place that looks like it could be my Grandmas attic, but there is something about a clean, perfectly organized antique mall, like The Heart of Ohio, that makes this OCD/vintage loving girl very very happy! So when I heard that Abbey Knight (daughter of the owners of The Heart) was organizing her own antique and vintage fair, well there’s no word strong enough to convey my excitement!
According to Abbey “The Knight’s Antique and Vintage Fair will not be your average show!” It is a juried event where participating vendors were picked based on quality, product variety, originality, and display. Not only will there be over 60 dealers in the tent, there will also be food trucks, and The Heart of Ohio Antique Center will be open, with over 120,000 square feet of antique, vintage, and repurposed items! With Abbey’s passion for Mid-Century Modern items, she’s a girl after my own heart! You can be sure with her in charge of hand selecting the dealers that this is going to be an amazing event that you will regret missing once you see my post on all of the cool things I end up buying!
Stay tuned for my Country Living Fair style post, where I’ll tell you how to make a weekend/day out of The White Tent Event in my hometown, complete with my favorite local food and attractions!
Is there anything more Stay At Work Housewife friendly than groceries that magically show up to your front door? Green Bean Delivery is a service I recently signed up for that delivers produce and groceries straight to your door. As I mentioned before, my salon’s busy season is upon me, along with the social engagements that come with warm weather, like weddings, cookouts and graduation parties, not to mention its patio drinking weather! This is prime healthy eating failing time for me, I barely have time to cook, let alone go to the grocery store, and we all know the most convenient things to grab while out are also the most unhealthy! So when I heard about a service that brings you organic and mostly local produce to your door, I had to sign up for it! It’s similar to a CSA bag, which I have done before, but I like Green Bean Delivery a lot more; here’s why:
- You choose the size of your bin, they range from small (family of two), medium (family of three), large (family of four) and other customizable options.
- You choose how often it’s delivered, once a week, every other, or once a month. I personally get the medium bin every other week for my husband and I and its perfect!
- The bins are customizable! On Monday, like a CSA bag, they let you know what is going to be delivered Friday. However, unlike a CSA bag, you have until Tuesday night to log in and take out whatever you don’t want, and replace it with something else!
- You can also add groceries! In addition to fruits and vegetables, they also offer local and natural artisan products like eggs, meat and condiments.
- You don’t have to be home when they deliver. Just specify where you would like your bin left if you aren’t home!
It has made my life a lot easier, and it also has gotten me to cook a little more creatively since I have to think about how I’ll use my bin ingredients! See if your area has Green Bean Delivery here!
Here’s what was in my latest bin:
Paleo, vegan, whole30 orange and beet salad.
I can’t even call this a recipe, it’s an orange, some beets and a sprinkle of sea salt. I’m a little obsessed with beets but usually don’t feel like dealing with them, so when I discovered pre cooked, peeled beets at Costco it was a game changer. You name it, now I’m putting beets on it. The other day I was eating a beet sliced up and thought “something citrusy would really brighten up the earthiness of this, I wonder if beets and oranges together is a thing?” Well it is now! If it sounds like a strange combination, just try it! It is delicious!
Part of my Essential Oils From A To Z Series!
Deep Blue Rub is a topical cream infused with wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus, that provides targeted comfort for tired and sore joints and muscles. It’s both warming and cooling, but it isn’t greasy like similar rubs, and it smells amazing! This Deep Blue Rub is a lifesaver after a long day at the salon, a tough workout, or a few hours hunched over my laptop blogging. My little man Aiden, (my beagle) is a huge fan of it too.
Last year Aiden was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in his neck and lower back. In addition to the laser therapy treatments he gets at the vet, Aiden gets a rub down with Deep Blue after he’s been especially active. We are doing everything possible to hold off on giving him painkillers, because they would eventually shut his liver down; and he loves the rub!
Order your own Deep Blue Rub here!
Paleo Moscow Mule jello shots made from plain gelatin, ginger beer, lime juice and vodka.
A few weeks ago we entertained some friends and my husband made these. It is insane how much these taste like a Moscow Mule, it’s like taking a bite of a drink! These aren’t your run of the mill bachelorette party jello shots either, not only are they a bit classier, they’re A LOT more powerful! You don’t have to serve them in a copper cup, but look how pretty it is!
8 and 1/2 ounces ginger beer (We used Fever Tree brand)
1 and 1/2 ounces lime juice
6 ounces of vodka
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 tsp lime zest
In a small sauce pan combine the ginger beer, and lime juice, sprinkle the gelatin on top and let sit 5 minutes. (It will form a wrinkled film on top)
Place the mixture over medium heat and warm until the gelatin crystals are fully dissolved, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add the vodka and lime zest.
Pour the liquid into an 8×8 baking dish that has been pretreated with non stick cooking spray. (I cut a piece of parchment to line the bottom as an extra precaution against sticking) Allow to set up in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve, run a knife around the edges and cut into one inch pieces. If you lined it with parchment you can flip the baking dish over and peel it off, otherwise just carefully remove the pieces from the dish, they might still want to stick a bit.
Gluten free, dairy free, Paleo, cauliflower pizza crusts, for build your own pizza night!
What do you do when you have a bunch of random ingredients leftover from a party you threw that need used up? Have a build your own pizza night and use them as toppings! (Duh!) Is it blasphemous if I say that I actually like cauliflower pizza crusts better than regular ones? I don’t care, they’re just so flavorful and crispy, I don’t even miss the cheese! You can make this recipe into a whole single pizza crust, but these mini ones are so cute! (And great if you can’t make up your mind on the toppings, but just make two different ones! Or three…or six…)
I made a bacon, pineapple and balsamic one, and a bacon, tomato, avocado one!
1 head of cauliflower
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp Italian seasoning
Pizza toppings of your choice
*Preheat oven to 425 degrees
In a food processor, grate one head of cauliflower using the shredding attachment (you could also use the large hole side of a grater). Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and add the eggs, olive oil and Italian seasoning, mix well.
Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray with a non stick cooking spray.
Form the “dough” into balls, and flatten on the parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, or until golden brown with crispy edges.
Top with the pizza toppings of your choice! You can pop it back in the oven for about 5 minutes to warm the toppings if you would like! Enjoy!
I’m excited to announce my new blog collaboration with my sister Mandie: The DeWINO Sisters! We are on the hunt for the best cocktails in Columbus, Ohio. Check it out here!
So today marks 6 full weeks since starting my adventures in yoga! I have been continuously doing yoga 3-4 times per week; with one of those being a class in a studio, and the rest at home following along to a YouTube series. I’m still totally in love with it and learning something each time I take the mat! I have been taking a class called “Ease”, which focuses on deep, slow meditative stretches and is super relaxing! I am however ready to challenge myself more, and am considering adding their “Evolve” class, which focuses on building strength and balance. I’m a little nervous about taking that next step, but my teachers have encouraged me to do it, so the next time my schedule allows for it, I’m doing it!
I thought I would do a little post on what I (so far, as a newbie) consider my yoga essentials, so here is what is in my yoga bag:
- My super cushy yoga mat: I have the knobbiest knees, so I had to get a pretty soft yoga mat to cushion them! (It’s the purple floral mat everything is sitting on)
- Fun yoga leggings: I love my hot pink yoga pants, they distract me from my shakey arms during downward dog. Yoga pants can be expensive, so I love finding fun, affordable ones at Forever21, Old Navy and Target!
- Bobby pins: A must have for a yogi with a pixie cut.
- Balance Essential Oil Blend by Doterra: I put this on my hands and feet to feel more grounded.
- Zest Juice: My favorite juice from this Grandview, OH based company is their Kaleidoscope Juice, a blend of pear, pineapple, watermelon, carrot, beet and lemon. It’s so delicious and refreshing, and it has become my little treat to myself after yoga class!
- EOS Lip Balm: It’s a little annoying to realize how dry my lips are while “finding my breath”, so I pile this on pre yoga.
- Seabolt & Co. Hydrating Spray: This feels so refreshing post yoga, I just spritz it on for instant cooling and moisture.
Part of my Essential Oils From A to Z series!
ClaryCalm essential oil blend combines clary sage, lavender, bergamot, Roman chamomile, cedar wood, ylang ylang, geranium, fennel, carrot seed, plamarosa, and vitex. This blend provides temporary relief from cramps, nausea, hot flashes, and emotional swings associated with hormone cycles in women. When I am (or my poor husband and coworkers are) feeling the wrath of my PMS, I like to put a few drops in my hands, rub them together and inhale slowly for a few seconds, before applying a couple more drops to my lower abdomen, that way I’m getting the aromatic benefits, as well as the topical ones.
Order your own ClaryCalm essential oil blend here!