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How to Make a Braided Ribbon Hawaiian Lei

In Hawaii, you don’t need much of an excuse to give or wear a lei. People love to meet folks at the airport with a fresh flower lei, but ribbon, leaf, bead, shell, candy, and even liquor mini bottle leis are popular, too! I’ve gotten a lei checking into a hotel, showing up at a party, and for no reason at all. People give them to sporting teams, classmates, and friends, and sometimes people wear a lei just because they felt like it that day. Even though flower leis are popular, and what people usually think of when the imagine a Hawaiian lei, they do tend to wilt pretty quickly. As a result, ribbon leis are also very popular, especially for graduations and holidays. This tutorial shows you how to make your own Hawaiian-style braided ribbon lei. It would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, graduation, as favors for a DIY wedding, or “just because.” The supplies are inexpensive and, once you get the hang of it, braiding the ribbons is pretty quick and easy. Check it out!

Make your own Hawaiian Ribbon lei

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Wordless Wednesday – Dockside

dockside

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I think a lot of people misunderstand the Paleo “diet.” It has a reputation as being all bacon and burgers, but that really isn’t the case. Sensible Paleo food builds its foundation on vegetables, and most of the Paleo cookbooks I’ve read are quick to point out that you really should eat a lot of vegetables and healthy eating is about more than bacon bowls filled with fried eggs. (Just in case you hadn’t figured that one out on your own!)

A lot of Paleo recipes seem like they really only taste good to people who live a mostly-Paleo lifestyle, but I think this one is an exception. It’s super delicious! In fact, I think it’s the tastiest spaghetti squash I’ve ever eaten. It’s chock-full of vegetables, vegetarian-friendly, and not that difficult to make. Cooking the spaghetti squash in the oven does take 30-45 minutes, but you can speed things up if you need to by nuking it in the microwave. Either way, this spaghetti squash with Italian bell peppers and broccoli is simple to make. Give it a try – I know you’ll be glad you did!

Spaghetti Squash with Italian Bell Pepper & Broccoli - Paleo and Vegetarian!

I was pretty frustrated the day I decided to make this dish for photographs. There was fantastic lighting where I usually photograph when I started the prep process, but 45 minutes later there was a depressing, dark downpour that made all my finished product pictures pretty blah. I’m sorry, y’all – I’ll try to make it again on a sunnier day so you can see how pretty this spaghetti squash decked out with bell peppers and broccoli really is!

At least I got some nice pictures of the ingredients. Just look at all those tasty veggies!

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Monday Dose of Cute – Windowsill Sitter

A neighbor cat, spotted while visiting Florida. Apparently he doesn’t actually belong to the windowsill’s owner, but she gives him regular pets and treats that keep him coming back for more (in spite of his theoretical residence at a house down the street!).

Windowsill spy

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I resisted many attempts at teaching me to sew when I was younger. In fact, I didn’t care at all about learning until I was in college! Now some of my biggest sellers on Etsy are sewn items. Go figure.

I work a lot with cottons, and I make quite a few pieces that require some pretty exact ironing. Ironing is key to both my yoga mat straps and guinea pig hay sacks! (Both those links lead to tutorials!) I also believe that it’s important to begin almost any sewing project with a well-ironed piece of fabric. Starch is pretty helpful for creating beautiful, smooth pieces of fabric that stay wrinkle-free while you work with them, but I really don’t like using commercial heavy starch on my cottons, particularly because I’m not willing to spray anything with artificial scents or ingredients on my guinea pig products! The scenery is beautiful in Hawaii, but we tend to have kind of limited shopping choices. When I couldn’t find a satisfactory light starch, I decided to make my own. Most of the recipes I found online were for huge quantities or separated out quickly, so this is my own variant on the DIY spray starch theme. It’s light, doesn’t junk up your sprayer immediately, and is perfectly sized for those small sprayer bottles!

DIY Light Spray Starch

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Wordless Wednesday – Balloon

Disney Balloon

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You know how you don’t go see the sites in your town until company comes to visit? This post is a little like that. I’ve enjoyed eating tuna for a long time. I was always pretty excited when my dad packed tuna salad and crackers for my school lunch, and I have been known to buy canned tuna in bulk. I love tuna salad for lunch, or even supper, especially when Papi Chulo is at work and I want a “real” meal without doing lots of cooking for just one person. In spite of all that, I’ve literally never posted a canned tuna recipe! That’s why I was so excited to be accepted as part of Bumble Bee’s “New Year New You” campaign to write and post a recipe using their tuna. I finally had that company coming to town as motivation to see the sites! Or, rather, to share one of my favorite quick lunchtime treats: avocado tuna salad.

Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad #BeeHealthy #CG

I think tuna is pretty awesome, and it’s a fantastic “gateway food” for anyone who wants to eat healthy but is worried about time or money. It’s pretty inexpensive, lasts a long time in your panty, and most tuna salads are quick and simple to make! It’s also easy to bring to school or work because of those neat little pouches of tuna they make that don’t require a can opener to break into. It’s a great source of lean protein, and it has a helpful quantities of several important vitamins. What it doesn’t have, however, is fiber.

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It’s pretty incredible to me that we’ve now been married six months. Six months today! Since it’s our six month anniversary, it also means we got engaged a year ago today. Yep, we were engaged for exactly six months.  Being married has meant a lot of changes for us, especially since he’s in the military. I have to admit that I’m still not totally used to all of these changes! I was thinking about it the other day, so I decided to write a post on six things I’m still not used to after six months of marriage. Here we go!

6 things I'm not used to after 6 months of marriage

Actually being married. That sounds kind of weird, but we turn to each other some times and say “I can’t believe we’re married!” It always seemed like such a grown-up thing to do, but I definitely don’t always feel like an adult. Yes, I am closer to 30 than 20, but many days I don’t feel particularly “adult,” so being married seems a little unreal.

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I am so excited to be sharing my first new recipe after deciding to combine my blogs! I’m especially excited because it’s an awesome smoothie recipe I’ve been working on for a while now, but hadn’t gotten around to posting. I know a lot of folks try to start the new year on a healthy note, and I was invited to post in honor of Williams-Sonoma’s Smoothie Week, so I thought today was the day to post. This weeks’ theme is “Not Your Typical Smoothie,” which sounded like a perfect match for my double chocolate avocado veggie smoothie creation! I haven’t been compensated for my post, just invited to share a smoothie idea with wacky ingredients, and I think this one fits the bill. It’s totally delicious – I hope you give it a try!

Chocolate Avocado Green Smoothie

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“Wordless” Wednesday – Things to Give Up

8 things to give up

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