christmas ornaments


I decided to take a few weeks off from the Warrior Room. Partly due to running out of classes in my pack that I bought and not wanting to purchase another pack right now. Partly due to my body needing a break. I was going really strong and things were great but I was starting to get some nagging aches and pains in various places and just needed to take a step back. I intend to go back in January sometime when my gym becomes so crowded that I can’t stand it!

So right now I’m focusing on yoga, swimming and a little weight lifting mixed in on my own. I created my own workouts based on some of the Warrior Room classes. I want to keep my base going while I take this break from the classes. Here is the first workout I did this weekend:

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When I created the workout I thought “Hmmm that might be too easy.” Yeah… looked so easy on paper but it sure wasn’t! It was intense. I was sweating buckets and I ended up modifying some of it because I was just fatigued. Also, the ab workout was crazy hard. I was SO SORE the next day that when I went to yoga and got into the “cat/cow” pose I flinched. My abs hurt too much for cow pose! Anyways, it was a good learning experience and there were a few things in the workout that I want to modify. I’ve created 5 different workouts with various moves in them and will take that into account next time and maybe cross a few moves off the list. We’ll see. Here are the calories for the workout:

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I wanted to share an art project I did over the weekend. I’ve saved all these great Christmas cards we’ve gotten over the years and wanted to do something with them other than just putting them in the Christmas decorations box. I stopped at Joann Fabrics and got some small pieces of plain wood and some make-your-own ornaments. I cut out the Christmas cards and glued them to the wood, painted the ornament. Here is one side:

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And this is the other side:

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Some of the cards I used had been homemade by some artistic friends. I wanted to find a way to display them. Here is one of my favorites, now on the tree:

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After that I had an afternoon date with Bella’s boyfriend! Our dog walker’s dog got sick recently and stopped eating, was having a hard time breathing and they took him to the hospital. He had to have a pretty invasive surgery and it turned out that he had gotten a piece of grass in his lung and it got infected. They had to remove a piece of his lung and lymph node and he’s on all kinds of antibiotics and pain pills.


He was finally able to come home over the weekend but can’t be left alone at all. Amy had some clients she had to go see so I volunteered to babysit my favorite dog (other than Bella of course)! He is SUCH a sweetheart. Just one big cuddle bug. I took a book over and we cuddled on the couch cushions on the floor (he’s not supposed to climb up on things while his incision heals). We cuddled, he napped, he tolerated me putting Bella’s santa hat on him, I scratched his head for three hours. πŸ™‚ It was a good afternoon.

Amy got home and Raja was happy to see his mama! Then it was time for me to meet up with my book club friends. We met at Wine:30Β for wine, dinner and a chat about the book we chose. I wasn’t a fan of the book (and actually couldn’t finish it) so I was glad when the conversation strayed from the book…

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I got the panini sandwich with tomato, mozzarella and pesto. It was really tasty. I would have preferred a salad instead of the chips but it was all okay. I had a glass of the Sauvignon Blanc wine that was really delicious and crisp with green apple flavors.

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I’ve wanted to check this place out for awhile now. I’ve read good things about it and I loved the idea of a wine bar. The place was very modern and chic but a little cold. There was tile on the walls and cement floors, so it just felt cold and stark. Despite that, there was a fireplace and cute decorations.

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The back room had big couches and the table was a ouija board! I was so cool. I want that table. We had a great time chatting about everything, eventually talking about other books and planning our next book. We read “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Sadly, this is the third book of Neil Gaiman’s I’ve read. I loved one of them but the other two? Couldn’t finish. I know that he’s at a god-like status with a lot of readers but…he’s just not for me. I’ve tried. I can’t get into his books. But at least I had a great time with friends!

Getting in the Spirit

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas!

The weather here in Oregon has changed to the bone-chilling, static hair-inducing, frozen ground cold. I don’t hate this weather–I hate the rain more–but I will say standing at the bus stop when it’s in the low 30’s is not fun. Despite that, I am happy that winter is here and I am loving the hot cocoa Michael and I are having for dessert.

I recently ordered an ornament on Etsy and it arrived. Here it is:


I love how it turned out. On the flip side of the ornament is our name. It’s our first ornament as a married couple. I used one of the professional pictures we got and I’m really happy with it. I also made my own ornaments recently. I did this fun little project in an afternoon and it turned out pretty great so I wanted to share it with you.

This is a Christmas ornament I bought on our honeymoon in Maui:


It’s a little owl! It was super cheap (like less than $5) and I found it at an open air craft market in downtown Kihei not far from where we stayed. I found a lot of cheap and cute souvenirs there. Then, out of the blue, a friend of mine sent me a gift that turned out to be an ornament, too!


Too cute! Next up: homemade ornaments!

I saw this on Pinterest and it was a cute idea so one day I made up the dough to do dog print ornaments! I have to say, it was quite amusing trying to coerce Bella into letting me take her paw print. I cornered her in the kitchen and tried to coax her into doing it but she wasn’t having any of it. I tricked her back into the kitchen with some treats and I had to actually grab her paw and then press it into the dough. The first time I tried it it was kind of mess so I kneaded the dough again, rolled it out, and tried a second time.

She was much more cooperative and didn’t seem as freaked out!

Here is the recipe:

Homemade Dog Paw Print Ornaments
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Cook time:
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  • 1 cup flour
  • Β½ cup salt
  • Β½ cup water
  • A straw
  • A glass or circle cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheet
  • Ribbon, for hanging
  • Optional: paint, glitter, ink, markers
  1. Preheat oven to 200Β°.
  2. Combine flour, salt, and water in a large bowl. Flip out onto a well floured surface, knead with your hands for a few minutes until dough is smooth.
  3. Roll dough out with rolling pin 1/4” to 1/2” thick.
  4. Use a cup/jar to cut a circle out of dough (make sure it is large enough that your dogs paw will fit in the circle with room to spare).
  5. Press your pets paw into the center of the dough circle firmly.
  6. You want to handle the dough as little as possible to keep it from becoming stretched out, the best way to do this is to move it to a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper and then make the paw impression.
  7. At the top of the circle use a straw to cut a hole for hanging ribbon.
  8. Bake for 2 hours.
  9. Remove from oven, cool and decorate as you like.
  10. Leave it plain, paint it, add glitter, sequins, use markers or a paint pen to fill in your pets name and the year. Tie on a ribbon in your pre-cut hole to hang from the tree.

After the ornaments baked for two hours I let them cool on the rack over night and then went about with the painting. I got a Christmas Red and Christmas Green, basically colored glitter. The first one was kind of a mess and it was my practice one. I realized that the paw print didn’t really show up so I decided to paint the rest of them black first, then go back after it dried to paint the Christmas colors. This was a much better approach.


Using the black made the paw print stand out much better. I did a few coats of the paint and then let it dry overnight. I just used some regular ribbon for hanging the ornaments. I made four ornaments and two are gifts for some special people in Bella’s life. πŸ™‚




Bella! It’s our second Christmas having the munchkin. πŸ™‚ Bella was super excited about her ornament. Haha!


Anyways, if you have kids this would be a great art project for them. It was really easy and fun and you can do so many different types of ornaments with this recipe. I’m happy with how they turned out. Now if only I could somehow get the cats to cooperate for something like this……!