Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Thrifty Bohemian, Colorful Bedroom Before and After Tour From Little Vintage Cottage

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Isn't is awesome when you finish something and it's exactly the way you envisioned it in your head? Tania over at Little Vintage Cottage recently finished her Bohemian master bedroom re-creation and the end-result is very polished and magazine ready. I hope this before/after inspires you with your own space re-vamping. I love her mix of colors and textures.


Before the space was very different, and quite generic. The after is very dramatic, and mostly DIY'd. Tania's a vintage seller and thrifted many of the pieces in this space.


I like the curtained closet and how everything beyond the curtains is also neatly organized. It's not just a clutter hider!


The faux woodgrain wallpaper was a really good idea in this space, it adds texture and a different vibe when viewing the room with different angles.


And a consistent color scheme throughout in cool tones is very relaxing. A great scheme for a serene bedroom.


I love that she has a bedroom fireplace! I miss having a fireplace every winter. Most of the hanging pieces were DIY'd and/or painted salvaged pieces.


The metal piece in the picture on the left, for instance, is a piece from an old screen door painted green. The end result of the whole space is cozy, polished and personalized. I'm definitely taking some crafting inspiration from these photos as I slowly gather supplies for DIYs to make my now rather empty home cozy again.

What's your favorite element of Tania's space? Thanks for sharing your photos and your home with us! If you have a space you'd like to share here, please e-mail me!
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Easy Vegan Coconut Veggie Curry and Quinoa: I Eat This All Day, Every Day!

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For reasons I'll explain in depth on Wednesday, I tend to make the same foods over and over again seasonally. Winter 2015-2016 has been the season of spicy quinoa curry! I can't get enough. Quinoa curry is creamy, delicious, and amazingly nutritious. Curry powder has a powerful antioxidant from the turmeric root, curcumin, that aids in inflammation reduction. Pair it with circulation boosting capsaicin and you have a powerful pain reliever and endorphin producer. But wait, there's more! Quinoa is a rich protein source, color veggies add more nutritious and the fat of the coconut milk makes the nutrients more bio-available. It's heavy enough to sustain energy but not so heavy that I feel lethargic afterwards.

Yes, it's a literal super meal, but if you don't care...just try it because it's amazingly delicious.

Ingredients:

1 Can Organic Coconut Milk
2 Teaspoons Tamari (Can sub in soy sauce)
3 Teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (any veggie oil will work)
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
2 Tablespoons Curry Powder
Cayenne Pepper to taste
Quinoa
Toppings of Your Choice (pictured above with tempeh, I love to add bell peppers and mushrooms)

Directions:

1) Boil water for your quinoa. The normal ratio is 1/2 cup quinoa to 1 cup water for 2 servings. Once the water is boiling add your quinoa, cover, and cook for 12 minutes. Cook any veggies or additional add-ons now, too.

2) While your water is boiling, add the tamari to your coconut milk. Have this ready beside your saute pan.

3) Add the olive oil to your saute pan on medium heat, add your garlic and chili powder. Stir this in the oil for 15 to 30 seconds, then add your curry powder. Again stir for 15 to 30 seconds, then quickly pour your coconut milk over the oil.

4) Stir evenly to incorporate everything into the coconut milk, then bring your sauce to a boil for 4 minutes. Boil for a little bit longer if you'd like a thicker sauce, keep an eye on it.

5) Now you're ready to top your quinoa with veggies and amazing spicy curry sauce!

I'm all about simple, fast, nutritious and delicious meals. This sauce cooks in minutes, the longest part is waiting for the quinoa. I've tried this sauce on rice and couscous but this tastes best on quinoa or baked potatoes to me.

What's your favorite winter comfort food? If you have recipes to share to get me out of my curry addiction I'd love to read them!
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Need More Business Progress? It's Not Too Late: How to Make Stuff Happen 2016!


January has already been an awesomely busy, productive start to 2016 for me! I've switched my focus to profit and my bank account made a big leap forward. Project ideas are finally clicking and moving forward. 2015 feels like a year of change, organization, planning and research. This year that work is coming together and moving to the next stage.


One of the big thing's that's finally moved to production stage is a huge amount of eBooks. I've been revised loads of whole living related ones for clients and additional ones on business and much more for myself and I'm loving the hell out of it! I thought this would be a good time to talk a little more about the 2016 Workbook I launched this month.

I love sitting with my workbook & planner in the morning, scheduling, then making stuff happen!

This eBook is 55 pages long and I've recently added a few more features that I feel will make it even more helpful for planning the year in full! I'm currently working on filling mine out entirely and it's helping me define EXACTLY what I need to do to hit my goals with money, business and more in 2016.



I designed this Workbook to really dig deep to help you flesh out your dreams, goals, and business, then REALLY schedule the necessary ACTION steps required to make it happen! It's a self-started detailed coaching session, and I'm excited to follow-up on the people who've bought it to see where it takes them this year.

I'm happy to see positive reviews already!



This eBook is still on sale for $5.00 until the end of January. I hope you'll check it out and let me know how it helps you accomplish your dreams in 2016! It's never too late. Let's make those resolutions and long-set goals happen!

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