Intricate Doodles

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I rediscovered the joy of coloring thanks to my ridiculously talented cousin – Ryann McMahon.

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Ryann is creative with just about everything she does in her life – including how she paints her nails.  She makes these beautifully intricate doodles that just blow my mind and are so much fun to color!  The best part of it all is she is sharing some of her doodle gems with us!  So gather your markers and download and print your very own coloring sheets.  

Here is the first one.  Here is the second one.  Here is the third one.

Get ready to quiet your mind without mindlessly checking your email / social media accounts.  What could be better?!

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Positive Regression

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I think I might be regressing:

I am in love with hot pink, wishing for a pair of jellies (remember those shoes?), making friendship bracelets, decorating barrettes, coloring, and dreaming about my birthday party.   I feel closer to ever than my 10 year old self.  And it feels really good.

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This is a semi-recent occurrence but all these little things are making me feel expressive, playful, and free which is my ultimate goal in life these days.  

I would LOVE to hear what you so loved to do as a kid that made the hours fly by.

 

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Mini Yoga Flow * 9

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I have been loving this meditation I learned from Kia Miller on Yogaglo.com.  You can do it at anywhere – at your desk or on your meditation cushion.  Make 5 minutes to sit + breathe + center.

Find more mini yoga goodness here.

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Hot Pink Barrettes (DIY)

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Barrettes + nail polish + glitter = MAGIC

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You can simplify and just paint with glittery nail polish, but since I didn’t have that I improvised and used some embossing powder and my embossing gun, which I will definitely write more about at some point because embossing has kind of changed my life.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  – Pablo Picasso

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Molten Chocolate Cookies

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I think part of my mission in my life is to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, one that uses good ingredients, tastes amazing, and is made with quality chocolate chips.  Well, I came close last night.

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I found this brand of chocolate chips – Guittard (which might be my new favorite chocolate chip brand) while visiting NY and used the recipe on the back of the package.  They turned out great (minus the two batches I burned, but I will blame that on our broken oven) and they had what I thought to be an appropriate amount of sugar and butter.

Mind you it did use the entire bag of chocolate chips.  But I’m OK with that.

Molten Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups / 12 oz (Guittard) chocolate chips  (I saved a bunch of chips to mix into batter at the end)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (I used sucanat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder (I didn’t use this since I am without it in Germany)

Directions:

Melt chocolate chips and butter over low heat.  In a big bowl mix eggs, sugar, salt, flour, baking powder, and vanilla.  Add chocolate mixture and mix, mix, mix.  Add reserved chocolate chips (if you saved some) and mix some more.  Cover dough and let it cool in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 and make beautiful little balls of cookie dough and bake for 12 minutes or until “crusty on the outside but soft in the center”.  Cool, but not for too long, because they are best when served warm.  They are pretty good cold too.

Maybe this is the reason why we all are here – to find the ultimate best chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Have you found one already?

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