2013… what a year

2013 was a hell of a year. I think I grew up more this year than any other. And even though these past few months have been tough I’m trying to be hopeful about 2014.

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This year Nate & I grew closer than ever. I learned what changes I needed to make to become a better wife. We also figured out how we could become a better team. I only see good things happening for us in 2014. More traveling, rediscovering Portland, and hopefully expanding our family… we both really want a puppy!

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I recently put on my creative pants and couldn’t be happier to be crafting again. Nate got me a sewing machine for Christmas and yesterday I sewed an awesome skirt with this great Star Trek fabric I found at Jo-Ann Fabric’s. I’m also launching my etsy shop tomorrow! I’ll be selling some fun hair clips to start and hopefully expanding into some more awesome accessories in the coming months. I hope you stop by and check it out.

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2014 has the potential to be a really great year, and here are just a few things I want to accomplish:

  • I hope that I can rekindle some of my strained friendships, especially with my long distance friends.
  • I want to see more of this country. Another trip to New York is definitely needed and visiting my parents in Arizona & my brother in San Francisco is a must.
  • Pay off as much debt as possible. Also, save as much as possible. Eliminating money stress in general.
  • Read 100 more books! I read around 140 books & comic books this year and I’d like to read 100 more next year. I’m also going to try and read some lengthy books. The Lord of the Rings series & The Infinite Jest are just two on my list.
  • Sell my crafts in at least one local craft fair. Portland has so many street & craft fairs throughout the year and I think this town is quirky enough for my glittery hair clips.
  • Make more clothes.
  • Find an exercise routine. I love doing barre3 but the cost doesn’t fit into our budget at the moment. I’m thinking of signing up for their online classes instead. Jogging is also an option. I learned this past year that regular exercise really helps with my stress and I think getting back to a routine will help me greatly.

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The start of a new year is always exciting. I’m happy to take today and reflect on the past year but I am more than looking forward to 2014. I hope you get to spend the last day of 2013 enjoying time with the people you love. Be safe and have a Happy New Year!

xx

Candice

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, friends, or internet friends! I’m so thankful that you have taken the time to read my blog, use a recipe I’ve posted, or left a comment. You make me feel so very special and warm my insides.

Now go stuff yourself with too much pie or gluten-free pumpkin bars!

xx

Candice

What I’m Reading Wednesday – Old Man’s War series

Last year when I finished reading Insurgent I started looking for a new series to dive head first into. I decided to let Amazon help me and took a look at their suggested reading list and found Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. I’ve always been a fan of science fiction movies & tv shows after growing up with Star Wars & Star Trek, but I mostly read fantasy, so this was my first introduction into science fiction novels.

10316763I am so happy that I found John Scalzi! His Old Man’s War books are exactly the kind of stories I like to read. There’s action, adventure, humor, technology, crazy aliens, and even some romance. But really I love that he tells stories about how humans react to being in space and fighting a war for the first time. This isn’t some hard sci-fi with no emotions, Scalzi has created characters that you care about book after book.

The books mostly follow a man named John Perry who signs up for a chance at a new life. On Earth once you turn 75 y/o you have the opportunity to sign up for the Colonel Defense Forces. You’ll be taken to space, given a whole new super body, and look & feel like you’re 22 y/o again. Just one catch, you have to fight a war against alien races in a difference universe. If you can survive as a CDF solider you’ll be rewarded greatly, but surviving is key. Some alien races are far more technically advanced and not everyone makes it out of every battle alive.

7513983662_1eaf161b40_zHuman Division is the 5th book in the series and I’m a little over 50% done with it. So far it is just as funny and captivating as the others. The books don’t all follow John Perry’s story, but he is a key character. Each books takes you deeper and deeper into this new universe and it’s great to see so many different perspectives. Much like Earth, every planet has it’s own problems. There’s mystery and corruption peppered throughout the series, but it’s all done with a lot of humor. These are great books if you’re looking to get into science-fiction for the first time. It’s not intimidating, and I promise you’ll end up falling in love with John Scalzi’s work and will probably read all the other books he’s written outside of this series.

I will be spending the next few days soaking in this book before I have to return it to the library. I’m really hoping that they’ll turn the series into a movie because I actually think it could be done really well. Plus I’m selfish and just want to have it in as many forms as possible.

What books will you be enjoying over this Thanksgiving holiday?

xx

Candice

Make Some Monday – Chocolate Peanut Butter GF Granola Bars

Being gluten free is expensive. Baking mixes, special flours, cookies, pasta, the list could go on forever. I love granola/breakfast bars because they’re a good pick me up in the middle of the day, but paying $5 for 5 bars at the grocery store is crazy. So this past weekend I started searching the internetz for a GF granola bar recipe that I could bake at home and lucky me found the jackpot.

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I came across this recipe on treehugger.com for 5-ingredient Breakfast Granola Bars. These bars are not only gluten free, but you can make them diary free or vegan as well. I picked up some Bob’s Red Mill GF Rolled Oats and then used chocolate chips, peanut butter, & agave that I had on hand to complete the recipe. The great thing about these bars is that you can customize them however you like and they’re also a lot more natural than granola bars you’d pick up from the store which is great for people with allergies.

If you’re not GF you can also make these with regular rolled oats which will make them even cheaper than store bought bars. So why not whip up a batch for your lunch this week?

What flavor combinations would you include in your granola bars?

xx

Candice

Friday, I’m in love: 11.22.13

Fridays, I’m in love is a new weekly mash up of awesome things I love on and off the internet.

 

The Onion Reviews ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ had me cracking up all morning.

I love Improv Everywhere and I’m so happy they’ve tackled the world of Harry Potter!

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Speaking of Harry Potter, this ring by EmmyEffDesigns is on my holiday wish list.

♥ Rock & Roll Bride has been doing a Marriage Mantras series and it’s pretty fantastic. This week she dishes out 50 Pieces of Advice for a Happy Marriage. ♥

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Anna Ladd is an amazing artist and did this series called things i told the internet, but didn’t tell my mom that it hits me right in the feels.

The deleted scenes from last weeks Parks & Rec are hilarious. I really wish I could live in Pawnee & work for the city government… and be best friends with Leslie Knope.

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Nate & I have been laying low since our trip to New York and started looking for fun things to do on these freezing cold Fall nights at home. Enter LEGO! We both stuffed our Christmas wish lists with some pretty cool sets and now I can’t wait until Christmas Day because I’m sure we’ll spend all morning building whatever news sets we decided to get each other.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

xx

Candice