Looking Back At 2014

It feels a little unreal that 2014 has come to an end, it went by so quickly!

What a busy year filled with many ups and downs, but in the end I feel that I have accomplished so much.

Here is a little review of 2014:

Personal Accomplishments:

  • I completed a 21-Day Cleanse in May – felt amazing.
  • My Jewelry Business (Simply Divine Details) grew so much this year! I am so excited for how far I have come as an Artist and Business Owner.
  • Simply Divine Details had a booth at the New York State Fair in August (12 whole days)!
  • I had the honor of writing a post about my art for the Main Street Arts Blog in November – so much fun!

Personal Discoveries:

  • Eating Healthy does not have to be complicated and I feel so much better when I stick to it.
  • Quality trumps “affordable and quickly accessible” – Through being a business owner, I am really developing a taste for handmade/well-made in every part of my life, not just the business side of things. I want to be surrounded by uniqueness that will last rather than the same old manufactured items that are guaranteed to break down and disappoint.
  • Simplicity is beautiful – The more crazy and hectic my life gets, the more simple I want to live. I am so in love with the “more is less” idea now.
  • I think the biggest self discovery for me this year is this: I can’t always be the best at everything, and I can’t take on every task all at the same time. Balance is so important as well as pacing myself. If I fail at something now, it does not mean I will never be able to do it – try again and learn from previous mistakes. I can do anything I put my mind to. Keep practicing Balance and Patience and most importantly, never stop working toward my goals and dreams.

A few things to work towards for 2015:

  • New Jewelry styles for Simply Divine Details + branding
  • Do more art that is just for me –  no business attachments
  • Do another Cleanse
  • My Husband and I will be doing a lot of planning for the future, including where we will be moving in 2016 (!!!!!!!)

This year I met so many wonderful Artists and bought quite a few awesome handmade goodies as well as some good reads! Here’s a few of them:

  1.  A beautiful hand painted tote + zipper pouch by Anna Joyce
  2. An assortment of amazing handmade mugs and a lovely handmade garlic keeper – a collection I picked up at a few of the art shows I went to over the summer.
  3. Sunday Suppers Recipes + Gatherings by Karen Mordechai | The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
  4. Favorite Magazines this year: American Art Collector Vol.108  | Haven Magazine Vol. 1 | Kinfolk Vol.12  | Trouvé Vol. 1 & 2
  5. Emily Jefferds Art Prints | Rose Gold Ring by Elizabeth Perry Collections | Stacking Rings by Sara Stewart | Ring Dish by The Object Enthusiast | Hanging Glass Terrarium by Copper + Torch

I am so looking forward to 2015 and all that it may bring!

Hope you all had a wonderful year and Happy New Year!

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21 Day Purification – Day 21!

I made it through the cleanse!!! Yay!!!

It kinda feels really great!

I am over the moon for getting all the way to day 21 without cheating at all! *Sigh of relief*

If you are just popping in and haven’t been reading along for the last month, you can click here to read about this cleanse I decided to do! It was a fun little journey, though hard at times, but so worth it!

Ok, so here is my entry for the last day of the cleanse:

 

Day 21

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, spinach, strawberries, peaches, pineapple, mango, green grapes

Lunch: baked sweet potato with coconut oil (my latest favorite thing to eat)

Dinner: Chicken with garlic, coconut oil, thyme, oregano and sesame seeds (had dinner with mom, we kinda just threw stuff together – it turned out good!)

Snacks: cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, banana, green beans, 2nd shake: same as this morning.

How I Am Feeling: really, really good. I have also noticed that my nails are stronger, my skin has cleared up and my hair is a bit shinier and healthier feeling lately.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: none today

Exercise: 30 minute cardio

 

I am going to do another post tomorrow about some of the other ways I was detoxing my body during the cleanse (mainly personal hygiene products I used) along with a summary of the 21 days. So I hope you will stop by and read tomorrow’s post!

 

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21 Day Purification – Days 15-20

I finally had some meat on day 15! Honestly though, I love veggies, meat is just kinda whatever to me. But I know I needed the protein.

Day 15

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, spinach, strawberries, cucumbers

Lunch: wild rice, the sunflower seed stuffing I had left over from the stuffed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes.

Dinner: Garlic chicken, sautéed mushrooms and sweet potatoes (olive oil and thyme).

Snacks: raspberries, zucchini, nectarines, plums, 2nd shake: water and powder – a little too busy this evening to do another smoothie.

How I Am Feeling: good, recovering from the weekend.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: diffusing peppermint essential oils into the air

Exercise: 30 minute walk

 

Day 16

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, spinach, mixed berries

Lunch: left over garlic chicken and sweet potatoes

Dinner:  sautéed asparagus and salad with yellow bell pepper, zucchini and strawberry and rhubarb with honey for dessert.

Snacks:  zucchini, plums, cherry tomatoes,  2nd shake: sp powder with peaches, cherries and plum

How I Am Feeling: good, got a lot accomplished at home yesterday, lots of energy!

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: diffusing peppermint essential oils into the air

Exercise: yoga for 1 hour + 30 minute walk

 

Day 17

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, peaches, cherries, plum

Lunch: salad, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, sprouts, avocado.

Dinner: Garlic chicken, cucumbers, bell pepper, nectarine

Snacks:  nectarines, strawberry/rhubarb, 2nd shake: same as this morning

How I Am Feeling: good, except allergies and a bit of a head ache. Not as sore from yoga this week though.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: nothing today

Exercise: none, dentist appointment after work, then a bunch of errands. Took the rest of the night off

 

Day 18

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder,  strawberries, cucumbers, banana, peaches, mango, pineapple

Lunch: salad, sprouts, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries

Dinner: quinoa, sautéed sweet potatoes (coconut oil and thyme)

Snacks: bell pepper, cucumber, banana,  2nd shake: same as this morning

How I Am Feeling: good, but I’m kinda ready to be done drinking this powder in my smoothies… but on another note, my favorite jeans fit me better! yay!

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: diffusing orange essential oils tonight

Exercise: 30 minute  cardio

 

Day 19

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, strawberries, cucumbers, peaches, nectarine, pineapple, mango

Lunch: quinoa and sautéed sweet potatoes

Dinner: greek salad (without feta) and tuna with an olive oil and lemon dressing (ate out with my parents tonight)

Snacks: nectarines, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, 2nd shake: mixed berry juice

How I Am Feeling: good, more energy lately, lost a little weight.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: diffusing essential oils

Exercise: none

 

Day 20

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder,  strawberries, cucumbers, peaches, nectarine, pineapple, mango

Lunch: baked sweet potato with coconut oil.

Dinner: large salad with sprouts, cucumbers, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and jacama (which was interesting)

Snacks: green grapes, 2nd shake: water and powder – was a little lazy

How I Am Feeling: really good.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: diffusing stress away essential oils blend

Exercise: 30 minute walk

 

So tomorrow’s post will be about the last day of the cleanse! Yay! I will also post about other ways I was purifying my body that I didn’t talk about during the daily posts, such as essential oils and personal hygiene products I used.

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21 Day Purification – Days 12-14

Well, this weekend was interesting. I had the Ithaca Festival, which went well, except a little car accident that happened with my car…. No one was hurt and the car will be ok, after the repairs, thank goodness. So that ended up interrupting my booth time, as I was on the phone for a really long time with insurance and all. Sigh.

But anyway, here are days 12-14 of my cleanse. I still have not had meat yet, it was just too crazy this weekend to try and add in a new food.

Day 12

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, spinach, strawberries, peaches, pineapple, mango.

Lunch: spring mix salad, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, wild rice, avocado.

Dinner: stuffed portabella mushroom with sunflower seeds, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, basil

Snacks: apples, strawberries, cherry tomatos, carrots. 2nd shake = peaches, strawberries, pineapple, mango, spinach

How I Am Feeling: good, a little crazy with the festival.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: none today

Exercise: none

Day 13

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, spinach, cherries, blueberries.

Lunch: spring mix salad, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes.

Dinner: Chickpea and Kale Stew

Snacks: apples, strawberries, cherry tomatos, raspberries, mango, kiwi, 2nd shake: same as this morning.

How I Am Feeling: another day of festivals – car accident – bummer.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: forgot to bring my stress away with me to the festival.

Exercise: none

Day 14

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, spinach, strawberries, cucumbers

Lunch: Chickpea and kale stew

Dinner: wild rice with cherry tomatoes

Snacks: apples, strawberries, raspberries, cucumbers, 2nd shake : same as morning.

How I Am Feeling: good but tired, last day of the festival.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: none

Exercise: none

 

Ok, caught up on the weekend. Stay tuned as this is the last week of the cleanse!

 

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21 Day Purification – Day 11

Today is the first day of the Ithaca Arts Festival! Super excited!

I’ll post more about the festival next week, but for now, here is my entry for day 11 of my cleanse. If you are joining in for the first time and wondering what all these posts about a cleanse are, you can read my first post in the series here to understand what all this is about.

Day 11

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, spinach, strawberries, peaches, pineapple, mango (this has been my fave combo with the powder so far)

Lunch: spring mix salad, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, wild rice.

Dinner: stuffed portabella mushroom with sunflower seeds, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, basil

Snacks:  apples, strawberries, cherry tomatos, banana, 2nd shake = peaches, strawberries, pineapple, mango, spinach

How I Am Feeling: good  but tired, so busy with getting ready for the upcoming show. Still a little sore from yoga.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: stress away blend essential oil

Exercise: none

Today was the first day that we could add lean meats and fish into the cleanse, but I was so busy getting ready for this weekend that I didn’t have a chance to make the chicken I was planning on making. Oh well.

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21 Day Purification – Days 9 & 10

Here are days 9 and 10 of my detox.

Day 9

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, spinach, strawberries, kiwi, cucumber

Lunch: spring mix salad, cucumbers, zucchini, sprouts, carrots, avocado, asparagus, wild rice.

Dinner: sautéed sweet potatoes and zucchini (with coconut oil and thyme)

Snacks:  apples, carrots, cucumbers, 2nd shake = peaches, strawberries, pineapple, mango, spinach

How I Am Feeling: good today

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: lavender essential oil

Exercise: 1 hour yoga class

 

DAY 10

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, spinach, strawberries, peaches, pineapple, mango

Lunch:  zucchini,  wild rice.

Dinner:  wild rice and cherry tomatoes.

Snacks:  apples, carrots, cucumbers, 2nd shake = peaches, strawberries, pineapple, mango, spinach

How I Am Feeling: ok, a little stressed, also a little sore again from yoga.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: none today

Exercise:  none today.

 
Ok, so that brings us up to speed, I have a three day show this weekend, so hopefully I will be able to post, but can not make any promises.

Oh hey, this is pretty much the half way point! Yay! And, day eleven I get to add in lean meats and fish! Not that I am a big meat/fish eater, just the fact that we are finally to this point and that I have the option to eat meat again, it’s kinda nice.

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21 Day Purification – Days 5 – 8

Wow, what a busy weekend! I have a little bit of catching up to do with the detox updates. It just got too crazy this weekend with the festival I had a booth at with my jewelry, and then Monday being a holiday, I didn’t get around to posting.

So let’s see, where did I leave off? Ah yes, day five was up next.

Day 5

What I ate: 

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, banana, water.

Lunch: lentil soup

Dinner: lentil soup

Snacks: apples, cucumbers, zucchini, strawberries, 2nd shake = same as morning.

How I Am Feeling: good today, no complaints.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: didn’t really do anything extra today, was too busy getting ready for the show.

Exercise: does running errands count?

 

Day 6

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, banana, spinach, strawberries.

Lunch: spring mix salad, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, sprouts.

Dinner: the last of my lentil soup.

Snacks: strawberries, mangoes, cucumbers, apples, 2nd shake = just the water and powder, just a little too tired to be creative.

How I Am Feeling: tired, it was a long and busy first day of the festival.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: fresh air all day long!

Exercise: not today.

 

Day 7

What I ate:

Breakfast: just powder and water shake today, was running a little late this morning.

Lunch: spring mix salad, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, sprouts, avocado.

Dinner: …… I forgot to eat dinner …. I was snacking a lot today, when I got home I was super tired and just crashed. oops…

Snacks: strawberries, mangoes, cucumbers, apples, the usuals. 2nd shake = just the water and powder again.

How I Am Feeling: tired, it was another long and busy day at the festival.

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: fresh air again

Exercise: not today.

Day 8

What I ate:

Breakfast: smoothie with sp powder, spinach, strawberries, mango, kiwi.

Lunch: big spring mix salad, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, sprouts, usuals.

Dinner: wild rice, steamed asparagus, sautéed mushrooms and sweet potatoes.

Snacks: strawberries, kiwi,banana, apples, 2nd shake = same as this morning.

How I Am Feeling: I woke up feeling sick to my stomach, really shaky and sweating. I drank water and ate a banana and some quinoa right away. It went away within a couple minutes. I guess I shouldn’t skip dinner again….

Other Purification Techniques I Am Doing: diffused peace and calming essential oils blend while cleaning my studio.

Exercise: 1.5 hour walk

 

That almost brings us up to speed. I will post days 9 and 10 tomorrow!

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21 Day Purification – Day Four

Day Four of the cleanse started out a little rocky, but turned into a better day overall.

What I ate:

Breakfast: Smoothie with the SP Complete Powder, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, banana and water.

Lunch: Spring mix salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, sprouts, mango

Dinner: Lentil Soup, Strawberry & Rhubarb with honey and water (boiled) for dessert. (yum!)

Snacks: apples, kiwi, zucchini, cucumber. 2nd shake was just the powder and water again, I chugged it.

How I am feeling: Like I said, day started off not feeling so great, but it got better, more energy today.

Other purification techniques I am doing: Diffusing the Essential Oils (Lavender and Stress Away Blend). 

Exercise: One Hour Walk – beautiful day for a walk.

Photo May 22, 10 11 18 PM

my lovely creation of strawberry, rhubarb and honey.

I was told that the first four days are the hardest, so now that I’m past them I’m hoping it will just get easier from here.

The weekend should be interesting, I have a two-day show with my jewelry – there won’t be any festival food for this girl. Fingers crossed I won’t break down and get something fried (just kidding, I don’t like fried food that much, I’m just craving anything that’s not a vegetable right now)!

 

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21 Day Purification – Day Three

I do apologize for posting this one a little late, day three was awful!

What I ate:
Breakfast : smoothie with SP powder, kale, strawberries, mango, banana, water.

Lunch: spring mix salad, quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, sprouts.

Dinner: sautéed portabella mushrooms with coconut oil, thyme and quinoa.

Snacks: cucumbers and strawberries

How I’m Feeling: a little bit irritable today – lack of patience. I am sooo sore from yoga last night, my shoulders kill! I’m so out of shape.

Other Purification techniques: Lavender and Stress Away Blends of Essential oils.

Exercise: I didn’t excercise today.

 

So yeah, feeling less than wonderful today. Hoping for a better day tomorrow.

 

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21 Day Purification – Day Two

Yesterday was day two of the Standard Process Purification Program I am doing.

Here’s my little Journal entry for the day:

What I ate:

Breakfast: Smoothie with the SP Complete Powder, spinach, strawberries, pineapple, mango, peaches, and water.

Lunch: Spring mix salad with quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, avocado.

Dinner: the leftover quinoa and zucchini from last night – I know, I don’t switch things up very much.

Snacks: apples, kiwi, zucchini, pear, and 2nd shake for the day – I got a little busy and didn’t have time to blend  up a smoothie, so I just drank the powder straight with water…. it was kinda nasty, but I got it down.

How I am feeling: Still doing well, but today I felt more hungry. The girls at work had garlic and cheese breadsticks that smelled soooo good! I have been craving more bread and cheese things rather than chocolate, which surprises me because I don’t normally eat bread and I try to stay away from cheese.

Other purification techniques I am doing: Diffusing the Essential Oils (Lavender and Stress Away Blend). 

Exercise: 1 hour yoga class (my very first time doing yoga… it was harder than I thought it would be, but fun).

Well that was day two, check back in tomorrow for day three!

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