House Cup Cozy

Recently I have been in a Potter mood. As the months get colder I tend to favor hot drinks. I knitted this cozy and wanted to share it with the world. This cozy pattern can be applied to any chart and adjusted to fit your needs. I used worsted and dk yarns. Ideally you want to use the same weight to avoid any pulling and bunching around the color areas.

Materials Needed:

  • Two “house-colored” yarns
  • Size 7 (4.5 mm) straight, double pointed, or circular knitting needles
  • Stitch markers
  • “Houses Chart”
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

CO 32 stitches

R1-3 K1 P1 ribbing around

R4 (Working in sockenette stitch) K2, inc, knit to last 3, inc, K2

R5 Purl (or Knit if working in the round) across, placing marker for beginning and end of chart section

R6 K2, inc, knit to first marker, work chart, knit to last 3, inc, K2

R7-12 Work chart in sockenette stitch

Repeat rounds 4-12 until chart is complete, with a single additional round of main color

Finish off with 3 rows of K1 P1 ribbing and bind off

Seam together, weave in ends, and enjoy.

houseschart

TIP! When changing colors in knitting twist your two yarns over one another at the point of the color change, over one way then back on the next change. This will prevent gaps from forming resulting with holes in the finished project.

Green Tea Latte

I do love a plain cup of matcha, but sometimes I want a latte like from Starbucks. I’ve been experimenting and I’ve finally got it perfecto! It tastes just like a Starbucks Green Tea Latte from down the road. I wanted to share so I can give others the recipe easily. Here is what you will need:

  • Blender
  • Sauce pan, kettle, or something else to heat water in
  • About 1.5 tbsp Matcha Powder
  • 2/3 cup Milk (can be dairy free if you prefer)
  • 1 Heaping tbsp Coconut Oil
  • .5 – 1 tbsp Honey (optional, we use local to help with allergies)
  • About 1 and 1/3 cups Water

Bring water to a boil, remove from heat, and set aside. Add milk and other ingredients to the blender. Blend a little. Add hot water. Blend until smooth and frothy on top. If your coconut oil stays solid or separates immediately, blend more. Transfer to a cup and enjoy!

Personal: Relieved, Released, Rekindled

Over a year ago I let go of one of the most important things in my life, my best friend. I thought I was doing the right thing at the time. I thought I could spare her the pain of having to deal with my pain, or carrying the burden of worrying about me, wishing she could fix my problems. I thought it would help my relationship by allowing me to spend less time yearning for the past where I lived close to her and we could go to one another whenever we wanted. I thought maybe removing the one person (outside of Joe and my parents) that I actually confided in, trusted, and truly connected with, would fix the trust issues in my relationship.
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Distance

Last year we packed up and moved away from our town, family, and friends. After some pretty harsh events with family and friends I needed to get away from everyone. I needed to go into recluse mode before any more hurt happened and broke me, again, forever. We needed some distance to stay away from the drama, find ourselves, and grow. We needed space to grow individually, grow our relationship, and grow our family. It’s been almost a year since we said goodbye to that little town in central Indiana and so much has happened in our absence.

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Cheap Starter Kit for Planning ($10 RAK)

My sister has recently come to a place in her life where she is in desperate need of a planner. Unsure if she would actually use it or not I spent just a few dollars on a nice little starter package for her. I picked up a $3 mini binder from Target along with their weekly/monthly inserts (the package includes tabs). I printed some ruled paper and stamped/hand wrote some list, home, and info inserts. I purchased her a $1 tape runner from Michael’s, made her a few folders, and created a dashboard with page flags and sticky notes attached. I also made a pocket folder, printed some stickers, and included some washi samples. Perhaps the simplest part of it all that really gives a nice touch is the elastic with the added button for cute functionality. All together it cost about $10. I’m very satisfied with it and hope she is too! Her are some photos:

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Easy Breezy Big Book of Boo-Boos

My two year old loves playing doctor. Doc McStuffins is her current favorite show. She has a Doc McStuffins set and would pretend that one of her travel-size coloring books is her big book of boo-boos. I decided to make her one and found Disney’s printable version here. I felt like it was too much ink with the notebook background so we went for a simpler solution.

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time-management

Time Management Tips

Everyone has a limited amount of time. No matter if you are a business owner, stay at home parent, or a student; everyone has tasks that need completed. You may find a large task overwhelming, forget about the tasks, or have a difficult time staying motivated. Learning some time management skills can greatly improve your productivity while reducing your stress level. Here are some of the essential time management tips I’ve learned and implemented over the years:

  1. Assess. Take a few days to observe the things you do. Which tasks are helping you be productive? Which tasks are you losing time on? What steps do you take to ensure efficiency and productivity? Which extra steps are you taking that may be holding you back?
  2. Prioritize. It is literally impossible to get everything done. When choosing what tasks to keep at the top of your list consider two things: Is this essential to success of the project? Does this task spark joy? The goal is to pick out the most important and vital tasks while releasing the commitment and stress of the others. Remember, fun tasks that will spark joy are essential to happiness too. You can’t be a slave to your work and responsibilities without taking time to do things you enjoy.
  3. Document. There are many options including digital software/apps, specialty planners, and good old fashioned pen and paper. You can see my post on different planner types (here). The important thing is that you document scheduled appointments, blocks of time for tasks, and to-do lists.
  4. Be preemptive. Set aside time daily, weekly, and monthly to plan your upcoming tasks and events. Take time to look at your daily and weekly to-do list. Remember to allot extra time for interruptions. Work ahead if possible.
  5. Stop multitasking. This was the most difficult one for me, but also the most important one. By only focusing on a single task you save the time it takes to remember where you were in the other task when switching back and forth. The human brain is much more efficient when focusing on a single task versus multitasking, more on that here.

It is easy to take control of your time. Take a look at your habits and see what needs work. Prioritize your time based on the most essential and joyful tasks. Break tasks down, schedule, and make lists. Plan ahead, allot time for interruptions or emergencies, and focus on a single task. How do you manage your time?