Monthly Archives: May 2010

A Day at the Zoo

Today we spent the afternoon with friends at the zoo! I love the zoo. Even thought it’s only a few miles from our house I haven’t been in almost 8 years! Absurd, considering my love for all things furry and four-legged! Some of my favorites of the day were:

This guy:

His name is Bixby. He’s a goat.

I could watch these guys all day. Quite the entertainers!

And finally, nothing gets cuter than this little doll! This isn’t the actual OKC red panda but my goodness he’s a sweetheart!

What did you do on this lovely Memorial Day?

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Artists I Love: Pamela Michelle

Located in a small studio in Dallas, TX, Pamela Michelle creates and designs original artwork in wood, on canvas and on paper that you can wear, hang, love and enjoy. Pamela and I have both been vendors in a few shows around the Midwest and let me tell you, she’s a sweetheart. Along with her main man, Dylan (a.k.a. Dowdy Studio), these two make a fabulous team!

I own this little Foxy Fox!

The Crafty Duo at Renegade

Visit Pamela Michelle to find some of the most darling, thoughtful illustration for miles!

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Nail Goodies

I’ve recently succumbed to an obsession with Japanese  nail art – it’s so beautiful and unique. So, after spending hours on eBay searching away, I finally broke down and placed my order. Here is a bit of my new swag! I have more things on the way…I’ll show them off when they arrive!

I tried the tiny dried flowers out last night. They’re a bit difficult to use, but I think they’re pretty cute!

My haul includes: silver and gold nail striping, teeny tiny fimo fruits and a wheel full of the ittiest dried flowers.

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Renegade Favorite: Kevin Tong

When the boy and I laid eyes on this vendor’s designs, we knew we’d be taking one home with us. Kevin Tong is a freelance illustrator based out of Los Angeles – and he’s major. At first we noticed his humble demeanor but one look at his art and you’ll see that this fellow knows his stuff. Check out his blog to find out more and make plans to visit Kevin at an upcoming show!

We couldn’t pass up the Cake poster, but Kevin very kindly let us choose another one to take as well (we went for a mystery pack that included the Beck print)!

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Sneak Peak: Renegade Austin

Well now, I am a lucky duck. When we planned out trip to Austin we were only thinking that the weekend worked for us. Happily, it was also the date for the first ever Renegade Craft Fair in the city. I had such a good time today! Free magazines, cool artists and some of the funnest kitschy crafts you’ll ever find. I even met etsy celebs like Daniellexo.

Here’s a preview of my haul today!

A long Coveted Bunny Tee from Gnome Enterprises!

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Burn, Baby, Burn!


As you may recall, last month’s focus was all about healthy eating and counting calories. As important as nutrition is, it’s only half of the equation when it comes to a healthy and fit body. The other half, of course, is exercise. Weight loss only occurs when you are burning more calories than you are taking in, therefore you can cut calories, do the Special K diet, drink Slim Fast and order $1,000 worth of that vile Nutrisystem food (if you can really call it “food”), but if you aren’t incorporating fitness, you are only reaching half of your weight loss potential.

Tone Up to Trim Up

Dieting alone will shed some pounds, but the result will be the dreaded “skinnyfat”. Ya know, the chick who might look small, but is all mush? Without exercise, there is no muscle being built. No muscle means no tone, no flat tummy and no tight booty. So not only does exercise dramatically increase your weight loss potential, it firms up the flab. Just the existence of muscle burns up the fat around it and speeds up your metabolism. If you are considerably overweight, obviously focus on cardio to burn the optimal amount of calories, but also incorporate weight lifting to firm up even more as you go.

No gym? No Problem.

Unfortunately, a gym membership is a luxury that not everyone can afford or has time for. On the other hand, we live in the day of technology where any information that we want is at our fingertips, which makes working out at home easier than ever. Want to know how to shed those bat wings? Google  tricep workouts! Want to reshape that mombutt? Look up some glute workouts! Many at-home workouts require no equipment at all, although a couple of inexpensive dumbbells or some resistance tubes are necessary to tone the upper body. A set of 5 and 10 pound dumbells should suffice. Now, what to do with those dumbbells? The best site that I have come across for at-home workouts is www.exercisetv.tv They have hundreds of free, full-length workout videos that you can follow along with on your computer. From weight training, to yoga, to aerobics, to abs, to Bootylicious Buns (my personal fav!), the site has a workout that is right for everyone.

Innovate!

In addition to utilizing the World Wide Web to whip you into shape, get outside! Push your kids in the stroller (the added resistance is an amazing workout), do some lunges in your backyard, do calf raises while you water the lawn, wog around the block (“wog” = a combo of walking and jogging). Do something! If the weather is bad, be creative and find ways to get moving inside your house! Jumping jacks, crunches, push-ups, run your stairs, etc. Sometimes the most basic moves are the most beneficial. Your body will tell you if you are doing enough. If you are sore the next day, you are doing something right and a better you is just around the corner!

The Challenge

Try this simple leg/butt workout today and see if your lower body isn’t feeling the burn! Do it three times a week to start seeing quick results. Add weights and more reps as you get stronger.

Walking lunges – 6 sets of 10

Calf raises – 3 sets of 50

Kick Backs – 3 sets of 20, per leg

Squats – 3 sets of 15

Remember, the old saying “No pain, no gain” still rings true, but I prefer the newer and sassier “What doesn’t kill me, makes me hotter!”

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