Thursday, February 25, 2010


This month's featured Etsyblogger team member is Theresa from TiLT Creations and her second Etsy shop, TiLT Too.

Theresa is a creative stay at home mom. When she's not busy with her two boys she is painting, sewing, or cooking. As she says, she has been into art since she picked up her first Crayola! She studied art and art history in college and creating art has become a big part of her life.

I absolutely love her handbags, totes, and messenger bages. She is having a sale right now, buy one get one half off. The sale ends February 28th, so you better hurry!

This Janet handbag with geometric print is unique. The straps are a cotton ribbon of laddered circles matching the pattern on the bag.

This FUNdamental tote combines her eye for fabric and hand painting talent. The yellow compliments the patterned fabric nicely and the hand painting matches the print.

She sells some left over fabric and patterns in her destash shop, TiLT Too. She also sells patterns for bags, clothing, and crafts. This pattern is cute; it's a pattern to make children's soft fabric books.

Visit Theresa at her blogs:
TiLT's Creations
Crafts, Kids, Home, and Life

Friday, February 12, 2010

Heart ♥ Health

The month of February is not only a month for love and valentines, but also for heart health! Cardiovascular diseases, including strokes, are the leading cause of death in this country. This scary statistic prompted an entire month being dedicated to raising heart health awareness.

You can improve your heart's health by:
  • Reducing risk factors
  • Exercising
  • Following a healthful diet

You can't improve your genes but you can reduce other risk factors that contribute to heart disease such as smoking and stress. Try mediation or relaxation techniques. Have your blood pressure checked at a routine doctor appointment.

Like the other muscles in your body, your heart can be strengthened with exercise. Some of my favorite heart strengthening activities include cardio kickboxing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and hitting my punching bag (which is also a stress relief). If you require low impact exercise, or currently suffer from heart disease, walking, a slower pace on an elliptical machine, or pilates might be better for you.

Heart healthful foods include those that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and high in fiber. Did you know fiber helps reduce your LDL, also known as your bad cholesterol? Try making small adjustments like replacing sugary cereals with high-fiber ones, mayonnaise with mustard, or chips and dip with veggies and hummus. Here is an easy recipe for hummus:
  • 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained (keep the liquid)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can of beets (for the beet juice)

  • Combine garbanzo beans, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil into a mixing bowl. Put the contents of the bowl into the food processor and blend on low speed, gradually adding about 1/2 cup beet juice and 1/4 cup of reserved garbanzo bean liquid, until the desired consistency is achieved. It will have a purple color from the beet juice. You can use it as a sandwich spread or dip veggies or pita chips into it.

How do you promote heart health?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Winter Photo Contest

I entered this photo taken on a snowshoe hike of Pilot Knob Ridge into a local photo contest. It is a gazebo on the ridge from which you have a beautiful view of Lake George. Votes appreciated, especially since it requires you to make a username and password!

Also submitted, was this amazing picture taken by Sister of a waterfall at the Lake George Recreational Park. Vote for her if you prefer!