Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Valentine's Day Giveaway... Sweet!

How awesome is this? Want it? It's FREE! Here's what you must do to get it...

This awesome organizer is perfect for grocery lists, coupons, reminders, appointments and just about anything you can stuff inside it. Fits perfectly inside your purse too and looks great.


I LOVE to cook but lately I've been bored with food. I browse the Food Network channel and online and have used many of their recipes quite successfully but lately everything I prepare seems like I've been eating forever! I have a crock pot, lots of cool gadgets, can cook just about anything and I love all kinds of foods from American, Italian, French, Asian, Spanish, Mediterranean and of course Russian. I love culture and am willing to try anything at least once.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

Share with me your favorite recipe and preparation guidelines. As long as I can find each ingredient at the local market I will prepare and serve it to my hubby and myself. I will try each and every recipe submitted and then choose my favorite for an extra free gift surprise. Make sure to leave a comment for each entry.

1 Entry per recipe submitted

1 Entry for following my blog

1 Entry for following my tweets (user name: moosamoose)

1 Entry for following my Etsy stores (3 entries total)
www.4craftsisters.etsy.com
www.zipidydodah.etsy.com
www.moosaka.etsy.com

5 Entries for purchasing anything in any of my Etsy stores plus you'll also receive a free gift with purchase. Holiday 25% off sale included.

I will pick a random winner on February 14th and male your Valentine's Day even sweeter. :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Yoga Log: Development




There's been a few developments.

The best one is that my body no longer aches to the point of squealing every time I move. That would be awesome news if my body didn't crack in the awkward positions of stretching with one knee up and the other one over and under then turn to the side and breathe... Namaste
!




Change number two comes with a new purchase of a thick Yoga mat in one of my favorite colors, 2 purple foam blocks to help me stretch bend down as possible without hurting myself while I'm still a newbie and the scariest of all change is a stretch band or belt which is supposed to guide me in stretches and hold my arms and legs in position. I haven't tried the band yet because I'm scared I'll get stuck like a pretzel and have to call my husband to rush home and un-pretzel me! The good thing about the band is that I can also use it when I graduate to Pilates. :)



Development number three is that Moosa's curiosity and laughter (meows) have subsided and he now sleeps through the whole routine.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Yoga Log: Aching Pain!

Day 2 of practicing Yoga.

This morning I attempted the 48 minute beginners routine on the Fit Channel. Boy was I way over my head! I guess I'm not even a beginner. I must be a pre-beginner! The routine was not complicated but when your body has never twisted in any which way and when your legs don't even cross all the way when sitting Indian style... well let's just say it was work! I aced the standing and breathing into center part real well :) the other stances were a bit trickier but I held my own till the body lifts came into play. First of all it's very difficult to balance half of your right side of the body and the left side at the same time. Who knew?

Some of the hip and back stretches felt great while my bones cracked into place and stretched in ways I never knew were possible. Moosa didn't laugh/meow much at me this time but he sure found it amusing when I'd yelp myself in and out of a position. Right now, sitting at my computer desk, my whole body aches. There's a section just under my shoulders and towards the bottom of the joint that HURTS!!! What is that? And then I found a muscle I must have stretched for the first time in my life that is on the inner thigh and towards the buttocks. That place HURTS!!! My knees and legs too and don't get me started on my arms... The only place that feels alright are my hips. I worked those babies and stretched them and twisted them into lion meets bear over-looking a mountain... Please someone explain to me the reasoning behind each position name...

In any case... today I bought my very first Yoga mat. It's dark blue, super thick and long and comes with its own carrying strap. I'm stoked. Now I'm on the lookout for a foam block and a stretch strap because apparently if your knees cannot touch the floor from above your head you need a stretch strap or band.

I'm committed but I HURT!!! Must be working then. Tomorrow I give myself a rest since I'm going to a ceramic craft show and over the weekend I'm sure my husband will want to join Moosa as I break in my new Yoga mat. Lets see who laughs the loudest..

}:-P

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Yoga Log: Namaste

Today is my very first day of practicing Yoga by myself while watching the Fit Channel on cable. I was so excited to try it out that I placed no thought onto acquiring a mat or moving the coffee table out of the way so that I could spread out.

My cat Moosa was asleep on the couch, covered by his favorite blanket since it's been raining here all morning. Moosa doesn't like to get involved in physical activity and neither do I, usually, but he was a social butterfly-cat watching me and meowing every time one of my bones cracked or my foot slid from position. I swear that my cat was laughing at me!

I got through the 30 minute routine huffing and puffing away but strangely enough felt really great afterward. My body is achy but whether psychological or not I feel stronger and proud of myself for trying and sticking to my very first New Year's Resolution to get fit.


Since I don't know much about Yoga I plan to start another routine tomorrow that is more basic and will teach me the positions as well as the position names. I found this On-Demand Yoga channel so I'm stoked to try it out. I am also in the market for a Yoga mat because if I'm going to do this I want to do it right.

I'm also planning to re-locate Moosa to another room so he wont laugh, I mean, meow at me. :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ceramic Sale





the holiday section in my ceramic shop is on sale. everything is 25% off original price (shipping not included). check it out http://www.4craftsisters.etsy.com and get ready for the holidays early on in the year.

Monday, January 4, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy 2010 everyone! I haven't blogged in a while because I haven't had the time, energy or desire to put words on paper...well... type them out. I'm hoping that 2010 will be a great year for everyone in all ways possible. my resolution for this year is to read more, think less, quiet my ego and better myself spiritually and mentally. also, I want to start practicing yoga.

what is your 2010 resolution?

thus far the year has been great. a few etsy sales, new ideas for painting and that travel bug keeps tugging so I am in search of my great California weekend destination getaway for awesome pictures. I'm thinking Big Sur... came to me in a dream.... I don't know why.

check out all the great vintage items I've added to www.zipidydodah.etsy.com and check back here soon for a new 2010 giveaway...

Happy New Year... *yay*