Sunday, September 15, 2013

Homemade Applesauce!

I'm prepping for my future pantry as a married woman! I made 26 jars of applesauce from apples my mom and I picked from some trees on the side of the road near our house. No pesticides! :)

Here's what I did:
1. I quartered and cored the apples.
2. Then I boiled them in a pasta pot for easy straining until soft.
3. I then took the hot apples and put them into the good processor. Skins and all! The skins are where the majority of the nutrients are.
4. Blend until saucy.
5. Put into jars and run a knife through to prevent air pockets.
6. Then can them and let simmer for 20 minutes to seal.

All done!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Propose to Yourself

Not many of you know but I have been doing Weight Watchers since September 2012.  I really love the program and it actually works no matter how much you have to loose. I've also been doing Tone It Up for fitness as well and have been inspired by the TIU Team and the amazing trainers Karena and Katrina! Once I reach my goal weight I'll do a post about each.

Last weeks Weight Watcher meeting's topic was about choosing an anchor to look at when you feel like giving up to remind yourself why you started and the goals you have.  Some people had inner anchors like their grandchildren and others had physical anchors.  One person said that her wedding ring was her anchor. 
I thought to myself and realized that my engagement ring was not my anchor.  I know I have a wedding dress to fit into and I have certain expectations to life up to as a “bride.”  But I needed something to anchor myself to that will last.  So I proposed to myself! I made myself a simple ring out of 26 gauge wire and a heart bead to remind me of my commitment to myself.  It reminds me to not only keep my health goals in mind, but also my other goals and dreams too. 

I put it on my right middle finger so I can always see it when I reach for something.  I’ll look at my ring and think “Will this thing help or hurt me?”  It could be a food choice, things I purchase, or the hand I lend to help others.  


What anchors you?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tuna and Bean Salad

Lets face it... salads are boring. when I get board of my regular romaine, turkey, and fat free french- I am inspired to try something new. Here's and easy recipe to spice up your salad!

1 can tuna
1 can white navy beans
1/2 green pepper
2 green onion sprigs
Pepper to taste
Garlic powder to taste
Drizzle of grape seed oil
Makes 9 one-quarter cup servings

It was really good! Full of protein and really healthy. It comes in at around 1 weight watcher point per serving! I used a half cup on my huge salad.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Instagram and Health

I love Instagram! I have started following some of my favorite health bloggers and I find it really inspiring! I'm not saying I'm a model for health, but I've been trying to post some of my own tips that have helped my through my journey to living a healthy lifestyle.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Raspberry Tea Jello

I love jello for a sweet guilt-free snack and I found a quick way to make it in my dorm room!
You'll need:
*A coffee pot (mine is a one cup brewer)
*Jello packet
*small Tupperware containers
*tea bag (I used Raspberry)

Brew one cup of the tea in the coffee pot. Combine the jello with the hot tea immediately and stir until dissolved. Stir in one cup of cold water and pour into individual containers. Refrigerate until set then enjoy! 0 points plus and so yummy!

Monday, April 8, 2013

My DIY iPhone Case!

It's just E6000 glue, clear sequins, and a plastic flower appliqué. Easy peasy :)

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Crockpot Granola!

I've used my crockpot quite since I have been living in the dorms at UW Stevens Point and I've had to be really creative to make all my meals in the microwave, crockpot, and my George Forman. It's been so worth it though to eat healthy and save money! Here is a recipe I came up with for crockpot granola for the single person (it can be doubled):

1 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs maple syrup
1/4 cup dried fruit
1 cup rolled oats
(I didn't have nuts or I would have added them too)

I microwaved the oil and syrup for 45 seconds and added it to the dry ingredients. I put that in the crockpot for about an hour with the top off. Then I transferred it to a plate to dry. It turned out crisp and sweet! I love the coconut flavor!
It makes five 1/4 cup servings and is around 3 weight watcher points plus value.

p.s. I did this post with my new iPhone! I love it!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Dress Shopping!

Me, my bridesmaids, and my mom went shopping last weekend for my wedding dress! We went shopping in madison on Friday and went to New Glarus (about 30 min away) on Saturday.  We had a blast! 

We ate at Ella’s Deli – the most unique restaurant in Madison! All of the walls and tables are covered with animated vintage toys. I loved it as a kid and I still love it!



An here is the beautiful Madison Wisconsin! I love all the unique stores on State’s Street.



On Saturday I got my dress at Brandi's Bridal! I did some research before and found that it was voted the best bridal store in Wisconsin every year since 2006!

imageBrandi's Bridal

  They had a  great selection! I ended up saying “yes” to my dress with the help of my girls!

  I’m gonna keep my selection a secret though! ;)



It was a great weekend :)


Thursday, April 4, 2013


This song has been in my head :)


I love experimenting with fonts in Photoshop elements.

This song inspired me to make this one for fun.

It’s so true <3


Only 271 days, 6 hours, 4 minutes, and 12 seconds :)


Monday, April 1, 2013

Save the Date Tutorial!


Before I got engaged I looked at some really cute save the date post cards on some popular websites and I saved a few of my favorites on Pinterest. When I looked back (when I had a budget in mind)  I was shocked at the prices! Those websites wanted at least a dollar a piece and some close to two dollars for one card! I thought to myself there had to be something cheaper.

Here is what I made!


Photography by James Stokes Photography

So… I debated whether or not to do this post because this site is so good it should be a secret.. ;)  I found by far the cheapest way to do save the dates that I have seen!

The site is! For 100 postcards you could pay as little as $17.49! Compared to over $100-$200!! The secret is to make your own postcard and NOT to use a template.

(I believe the regular price is $24.99 but there appeared to be a sale when I took the screen shots. That’s still only 24 cents a piece!) 

Here is the tutorial:


This could easily work for birth announcements, graduations, or any other event! I’m going to do the thank you cards this way as well!



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pinterest Game

Sometimes when I’ve clicked “See more pins” more times that I’d like to share… I play little games.

Here is the first one. I’ve only met one other “Justine” and we had quite a bit in common. I wondered if other Justines out there had some shared experiences as well. I found a lot of interesting pins doing this game that I would have not normally found!

Give it a try sometime ;)

Pinterest Game

Pin this picture ^ if you’ve tried it! :)


Wednesday, March 20, 2013



Stardust is my favorite movie and I recently read the book my Neil Gaiman. Here is my favorite quote. I edited it on Photoshop elements. 

This quote describes me right now. I want to travel and bring about change! All these social work classes are getting to me, huh? :) I love it!

I’ve been trying to read two books a month and succeeded in reading Stardust and Harry Potter already. I’ve never read the series and I’ve heard you’re never too old to start. :)

Are you reading anything good?


Egg Yolk Hair Mask

Last September I made a commitment to change my lifestyle to eat healthier, as a result I usually only eat egg whites. I have always felt that tinge of guilt as toss that yolk into the garbage bin… I have found a way to remedy that problem!
While lost in the vortex of Pinterest one day, I saw a few posts about egg yolk hair masks that used egg yolks and some sort of oil.  I decided to put together egg yolks and coconut oil, which I knew to be a healthy beauty treatment anyway. 
I ended up using about 5 small egg yolks from the chickens on our farm (I have really thick hair) and 1 tsp. of coconut oil. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so I melted it for about 45 seconds and let to cool for a minute or two, as to not make scrambled eggs when I combined it with the yolks.
After it was just a little warm I mixed it together and spread it on sectioned hair. It’s messy but the results are worth it! After your hair is all yolky tie it up and put a regular shopping bag or shower cap over it for an hour or so.
After an hour rinse it out in a tepid shower with shampoo and conditioner. I let my hair air dry but you could style it normally afterword. I was really happy with the results! When it dried it was soft and shiny. I curled the ends with my straightener and that was it. I will definitely be saving my egg yolks from now on!
I plan on using this treatment weekly to grow my hair princess length for my wedding!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Costa Rica!

This past winter break I had the opportunity to go to Costa Rica for two weeks with UW Oshkosh for a service learning class. I got to be immersed in the language and culture for two weeks and got volunteer on a cooperative. It was an awesome experience!
The Group next to some Graffiti ^ 
<  An organic farm tour

We got to visit some elderly people in a convent provided for those with families who cannot meet their needs.

Here is a quote from Mother Teresa on their wall. “The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace.
054Our "family" in Costa Rica, they coordinated our trip.

Pico de gallo for breakfast everyday!
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Stray dogs :(
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El Mercado (The market)
Some environmental protesters

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The cooperative was called Coopesilenco and I was boarded with a Costa Rican family and worked in the cooperative.  I initially signed up for the class to work with children, but they were on holiday when I was there so I got to work with the animals and repaired a few monkey cages! There is an animal rescue on the cooperative that gives home to a few monkeys, birds, Costa Rican pig, and a few others. This little guy was quite friendly and has been on the cooperative since he was only a few months old when authorities took him from some people who killed his mother and were trying to sell him. :(
Overall this was an awesome trip! I learned so much from the culture and about myself. I didn’t know anyone going on this trip and I was put into some situations that were completely outside of my comfort zone.  It was a great experience for me to grow and learn about myself and about another culture.  It’s put the travel bug back in me for sure!
I got a wonderful surprise when I got back, too! Josh proposed when he picked me up! 2013 has been quite eventful for me so far! :)