Saturday, July 23, 2011

Simply Spray Tie Dye Review

Hello, all! I wanted to review and show you how a tie dying experiment of mine turned out. I really have been loving the look of tie dye as of late. I wanted to sport a tie dye shirt to the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2, so I decided to make a shirt with the Deathly Hallows symbol on it.

First, I bought some reasonably priced t-shirts (I don't advocate Walmart AT ALL, but I bought mine there. I'm poor. They were the O.P. brand and only a few dollars. I got a ribbed tank top as well, Miley Cyrus brand. All in white). Then, I cut out the symbol I wanted on some contact paper. The stuff I used was definitely an experiment. I only used it because my mom had some on hand. It is actually the stuff that is used to cover books. It's just a clear thin sheet that is sticky on the back. Anyway, I cut out my shapes and stuck them on the shirts. I set a book on top so that it set, but I don't think that step was necessary. I think you could use any kind of adhesive or tape or sticky-backed vinyl. Then, I took the shirts outside and laid them on the grass. I put a piece of cardboard in the shirt, but it really didn't make much of a difference because it kept sliding out of place. I scrunched up the shirt and sprayed Simply Spray on them in swooshing motions. Then I flattened it out, scrunched it again, and sprayed again with a different color. I used blue and black and a silver sparkle on top. I let them dry for several hours and then I pulled the tape off. This is how they turned out:

On the clothesline drying before I pulled the tape off.

Me wearing the Deathly Hallows tie dye t-shirt

Me wearing the Deathly Hallows tie dye tank top
Me wearing my t-shirt the night of the midnight premiere!

I think they are great! I wear them all the time. I also made a couple more with no symbols. Here is what one looks like:

Tie dye t-shirt
There is also another one, but I will have to post a picture of that later because it is in the laundry right now. :P

I also made one for Ian. I did this one in green and black and put the dark mark on it. He hasn't worn it yet.

Dark Mark tie dye t-shirt

So I am pretty happy with the results! The spray I used is called Simply Spray and can be found here. I bought mine at Michael's.

Simply Spray

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Special Announcement!

Thursday, July 14, 2011 was literally the best day of my life. My boyfriend of 5.5 years proposed to me on the night of the last Harry Potter movie premiere!!!!!

We went out for a nice dinner at Cafe La Bellitalia. It was our first time there and it was delicious. We came home and were planning on relaxing for a bit before we headed out to see the midnight premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at Sundance Cinemas. Ian called me upstairs and had one of our favorite Bowie songs, Blackout, playing in the background. He called me into our dressing room, and told me he was going to "make me an offer I couldn't refuse" (we love The Godfather). He then quickly dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. I was in shock. Of course I said yes and proceeded to smooch him. Then I called my family and he called his. The night was wonderful and I am so happy.

The movie was also wonderful. I dressed up in my Gryffindor scarf and all of my Harry Potter related accessories. We got to the theater an hour early and it was packed. The reason we chose Sundance is because you can choose your seats upon buying the ticket and they serve Harry Potter related drinks! I had a lovely 21+ Butterbeer and Ian had a Polyjuice Potion shake. :) 

As I said, the movie was wonderful. I was very tired when it was over. It was a perfect ending to the perfect night!!

Friday, July 8, 2011


So, recently my hopefully-someday-to-be-sis-in-law Shelley told me all about scrunchies!! I used to LOVE scrunchies when I was a kid! She told me that they are great for women with fine hair (ME) because they don't damage the hair as easily as rubber bands or elastic bands. So, naturally, as soon as I heard this I went out and bought a pack of scrunchies. I love them. They are my new favorite thing. I don't care if they seem dated, it is worth it to be able to wear a ponytail without worrying about my hair breaking!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Samsung Mesmerize - US Cellular - EE19 Update

I was having major issues with this update, now it is fixed! First video is me explaining my problem. Second video is how I fixed it! Thanks for watching!

Monday, July 4, 2011

T-Shirt Cutting

Never tried this before. It is pretty cool! T-shirts were on sale for $2.50 at Michael's so I thought I would experiment.

Here is the finished product:

It's hard to get any homework done with this vicious beast constantly stealing my pen!

vlog 7.4.11

In which I discus:
-My new and old blogs
-Weight Loss Update (28 pounds lost to date)
-Image of my current body
-Possible tattoo?

vlog 7.4.11

In which I discus:
-My new and old blogs
-Weight Loss Update (28 pounds lost to date)
-Image of my current body
-Possible tattoo?

My Excercise DVD Collection

I probably have a pretty big collection of exercise DVDs compared to most. You might even call me an Exercise DVD Junkie. That's okay because I love having a variety. It makes it so I don't get bored with doing the same thing over and over. I am going to describe to you how each of the DVDs in my collection has worked for me. I have lost 28 pounds in the last year and have done a variety of exercises and kept my eating portions under control to achieve that.

  • Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred: This DVD is no joke. I completed the full 30 days (every day!) and then kept up with it for awhile (a few days a week). I really think this dvd is what kicked my metabolism into gear. Even after I stopped doing this daily, I was losing weight a lot easier. There are 3 levels and you are to do each for 10 days, or until you feel comfortable moving on. The first level is the easiest and the third level is the hardest. Jillian guides you through her 3-2-1 Interval System (3 minutes strength, 2 minutes cardio, and 1 minute abs and you do each 3 times per level). It is a really hard routine and I was REALLY sore every day. I thought the results were good and it is only about a 20 minute workout! The only problem I had with this DVD is it gets repetitive doing the same exercises for 10 days in a row and I don't really like Jillian.
  • Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown: I really like this one. Unfortunately, I didn't stick to it for very long. It is a new take on yoga, combining yoga with repetitive movement to help burn calories. There are two 30 minute levels with a warm up and a cool down. Level 2 is more intense than level 1. I felt really good after doing these workouts. It stretched me out really well. I like that it combines movement because you can really feel your muscles working (and burning!)
  • The Biggest Loser Boot Camp: I have to admit, I did not stick to this one very long. I am not sure why, though, because I think it was a good workout. This is a 6-8 week program that helps you lose weight one level at a time. There are three levels and a warm up and a cool down. You start out just doing level 1, and then you add on 2 and then 3 once you are ready to move on. I really felt the burn with this and I hope to do this one and stick to it for the full 6-8 weeks someday. Once I do, I will come back and update this post.
  • Turbo Jam: I really like turbo jam. It is fun and upbeat. It is basically like kick boxing mixed with dance. You really work every part of your body. Charlene Johnson guides you through the moves and I think she is really motivating and nice. This DVD includes Learn & Burn, 20 minute workout, and turbo sculpt. I did not do Learn & Burn much because it is just a tutorial. The 20 minute workout is an intense cardio workout. Turbo sculpt is more for helping your problem areas. They both are pretty effective!
  • Zumba Fitness: I spent a lot of money buying this box set. I think it was totally worth it. I really enjoy Zumba, and even though I am embarrassed and have to close all my blinds so that no one can see me do this, it is a really great workout. The DVDs in this set include Zumba Fitness Basics, Zumba Fitness 20-Minute Express, Zumba Fitness Cardio Party, and Zumba Fitness Sculpt & Tone. I have only used the Basics a few times as it is just the learning portion. The 20 minute express is good if you don't have a lot of time but want to burn a lot of calories. The two I use most are Cardio Party and Sculpt & Tone. Cardio Party is an intense cardio workout that lasts around 50 minutes, including a cool down. It is great and upbeat and, although I think Pedro is a bit of a creep, I really love it. It keeps you moving and shaking the whole time and burns a ton of calories. Sculpt & Tone is also great. It incorporates more cardio than I thought it would, but really works each part of your body. It is also about 50 minutes long including a cool down. I also have a pair of maracas that are used as weights, which is a fun touch. I really love Zumba and have been using it a lot lately!
  • Billy Blanks Tae Bo (This Is Tae Bo): This is another great DVD. It includes a tutorial (which I have only used once) and an hour long workout. I have also been doing this one a lot lately. You burn a ton of calories and it is pretty fun! Billy Blanks has quite a personality and is very motivating. Be prepared to wake up sore the next day with this one!
  • Yoga For Beginners: I must admit, I have not used this one much. I love yoga but find this DVD to be a bit slow paced and a little *too* easy. It is a good resource to learn basic moves and a good way to stretch out your body, though.
  • Shake Weight: This is something I bought because I thought it was funny, and have never really used. I think I will start using it, though, because the couple of times I tried it, I really felt the burn in my arms. My arms are one of my problem areas. I will update this with my results when I start using it.
  • Circuit Hoop: I have never used this DVD, but have used my weighted hula hoop. This is something else I will have to try more regularly and update later. The only problem I have with weighted hula hoops is that they hurt to use and bruise my stomach and hips. Maybe it is something that gets better with time. I think it would be a great workout if I kept up with it.
  • Pilates Bodyband Kit: This is very old and is a VHS. I don't use it often because I hate using VHS, but it is a really cool workout. It is not very intense, but you can really tell you are working different areas of your body, especially legs, abs, and arms. This is something I only use once in awhile. I would love to replace the kit with something newer and in DVD form, and if I saw it in the store I would probably buy it.
  • Wii Fit (not pictured): I think Wii Fit is really fun! I go in spurts with this one, I will use it regularly for awhile and then not at all for awhile. I like that you can track you weight on it, but I have carpeting and think that it affects the accuracy. The strength and yoga moves are fun but can be pretty intense! I think all other activities are more game-like and are fun but maybe not as effective as the strength and yoga.

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 12 oz bag semisweet chocolate chips or chunks, or half chips and half chopped nuts (about 2 cups)

Evenly position 2 racks in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Put the butter in a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and microwave on medium power until melted. Or melt butter in a small saucepan. Cool slightly. Whisk the sugars, eggs, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon, taking care not to over mix. Stir in the chocolate chips or chunks and nuts, if using. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop heaping tablespoons of the dough into the prepared baking sheets. Wet hands slightly and roll the dough into balls. Space the balls about 2 inches apart on the pans. Bake until the cookies are golden but still soft in the center, 12 to 16 minutes, depending on how chewy or crunchy you like your cookies. Immediately transfer cookies with a spatula to a rack to cool. *If you only have one baking sheet, let cool completely between batches.

Makes 30 (2.5) inch cookies
Prep time 35 minutes

**Put in a tightly sealed container after they have cooled completely with a piece of bread if you want to keep them moist and chewy

**You can freeze these to make ahead: Put the sheet with the raw balls of dough into the freezer for an hour. Then transfer the balls to plastic bags and freeze for up to 2 months, baking them straight from the freezer (in the oven or toaster oven) whenever you want them.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Camped out in the living room last night because the a/c wasn't cooling the upstairs

Purse soon-to-be for sale!

Latest purse. I'm going to sell it even though I love it and wanna keep it! I'm going to attempt to make a matching billfold and list them together on my etsy - catcraftorium within next couple weeks. Stay tuned :)