Meet a Full-Time Etsy Shop Owner

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I’ve had dreams of starting at least 10 different careers, (fashion stylist, bakery owner, magazine writer, boutique owner, clothing buyer, English teacher, personal shopper, etc. etc. etc) but since I most certainly will never achieve half of those dreams I decided I better start living out my dreams through other people. Hence, I’m starting a series of interviews with people who have awesome jobs.

The series is creatively named, “Hey, Cool Job.” And I’m kicking it off with Anne Bowers, owner of Ladygirl Vintage. I’m pretty excited about it.

Anne and I met through mutual friends when I was living in Provo, Utah in 2009. We both eventually made the move up to Salt Lake City, and after running into her a few months ago and hearing about her Etsy shop I had major job envy. So I thought she’d be the perfect person to interview, and she didn’t disappoint!Meet Anne

After selling refashioned vintage clothing on Etsy and at local pop-up shops for two years, she’s got a pretty cool thing going. Here’s a look into the life of Anne:

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I Tried Blue Apron (and Didn’t Get Paid To Do It). Here’s My Review!

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They say that the more you see an advertisement, the more inclined you are to buy it, try it, or talk about it with other people. And after seeing Blue Apron reviews on about a million blogger’s sites, the power of advertising took me over.

I really thought it was a bad idea at first, but the positive reviews got me curious enough about it that when I saw a 2-Meals-Free promo on Facebook, I went for it. Since everyone who got the meals for free seems to have a glowing review, I thought I’d add my two cents after having no incentive to give a positive review.

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Other Reading

I’m always kind of juggling a random assortment of freelance writing assignments, and I recently added 24 Salt Lake to the list. They’ve got some good ideas for events and places to explore in Salt Lake, so if you’re a local, you might want to check it out!Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 1.17.28 PM

I’ve written several stories but only three have been published so far…they can be found here:

5 local restaurants serving Ramen you should know about

7 unique movie theaters in Salt Lake

What to expect when taking a Salt Lake City Airport shuttle

Pumpkin Food Roundup

Every girl in the world is absolutely ga-ga for pumpkin-flavored treats, and I am no exception. Any time I see pumpkin something-or-other at the grocery store I have to fight the urge to throw it into my cart immediately. But after the urge has been fought for a moment or two, I turn around and decide to go for it. Life is short, and pumpkin season is even shorter. So here’s a roundup of the best treats I’ve tried!

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First off, I warn you to avoid Trader Joes if you’re trying to resist pumpkin treat mania. I saw some post about all of their pumpkin seasonal treats and there were seriously at least 25…so let’s assume those are all amazing and try to look at some other treats that aren’t specific to Trader Joes! (Although I couldn’t help but add a couple from there).

1. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix. Yes, let’s start out with TJs so we can get it out of the way. I crave pumpkin pancakes pretty much every winter morning, so it’s nice to have it all in one convenient package and not have to do it all myself. Add chocolate chips and you’ve got breakfast delight. (Or dinner…or lunch.)

2. Pumpkin Spice M&M’s. Okay, the jury is kind of still out on these, but they’re unique enough I had to add them to the list. With every bite it’s like…is this really good? Or kinda weird? But then I keep eating them. I actually think the peppermint ones are much better.

3. Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato. The heavens sang when I saw this one while unsuccessfully trying to pass by the ice cream aisle without a second glance. It’s important that you try this one.

4. Pumpkin Pie Lara Bar. For those moments when I realize I don’t need a treat, but I do need a treat. Enter: the healthy treat.

5. Stephen’s Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate. Stephen’s is a local specialty, and when it comes to powdered hot chocolate, it can’t be beat. So, of course the pumpkin pie flavor is the best of the best.

6. Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake. Normally Ben & Jerry’s is not a huge weakness of mine – I’d rather have gelato or frozen yogurt. But pumpkin cheesecake cannot be passed up.

7. Farr’s Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt. As I said, frozen yogurt is my number one frozen treat. Farr’s is some of the most creamy and flavorful around. I can never stay away even though I’m mad at them for always closing early.

8. Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter. Trader Joe’s has pumpkin butter that we have been plowing through all season, but maple pumpkin butter takes it up a notch. Add it to oatmeal, put it on toast, graham crackers, in smoothies, etc etc etc.

9. Great Harvest Pumpkin Bread. It’s like a delicious, moist bundt cake, really. But it’s bread so you don’t feel quite so bad.

 

The 7-Minute Workout

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I mentioned earlier that I’ve been doing a lot of Pilates — it’s the first workout plan I’ve been fairly consistent with and somewhat looked forward to doing every day, and I’ve been at it for two months. Might not sound like long, but I usually get bored with workouts by then.

Since having a baby, the gym is just not a realistic option (no babysitting at my gym and Liv is too young for that anyway), so Pilates has been life-changing!

Still, there are days when I just don’t make Pilates happen. On those days, the 7-minute workout makes me feel okay about skipping the longer routine.

According this New York Times article, the workout provides benefits equivalent to a long bike ride or run. In 7 minutes? Whaa? Basically…you have no reason to ever do any of those things again. Just kidding. Kinda. But really…if the science says so and it’s wayyyy easier/less time-consuming, I’m sold.

Home Dreamin’

David and I compliment each other in all kinds of ways, but one great thing is how much he likes thinking about housing floor plans, architecture, and all that jazz, while I love decorating and filling my Pinterest boards with interior design ideas. Someday we’re destined to have a pretty dreamy home!

Let me put an emphasis on that “someday,” though, because we’ll be spending at least the next three years continuing to rent while he is in grad school. Until then, we’ve got everything planned out for our future abode. With much thanks to Pinterest and David’s floor plan doodles, we practically have our house planned top to bottom.

future abodeLet’s start with the exterior and landscape. Looking at this collage now I’m clearly seeing the inner Pride & Prejudice/Downton Abbey lover in me shining through. Might as well move to the English countryside!

Key elements: Georgian-style architecture, brick, ivy-covered walls, m0ss-covered cobblestone, lots of land, trees and wild landscape, a bright door, a few modern elements mixed in.

 

Christmas is Coming, The Goose is Getting Fat

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Since writing this post about my hatred of Halloween, I’ve come to the consensus that it truly is the most widely despised holiday. Honestly, there aren’t many holidays that people have a problem with — after all, you get to celebrate with friends and family, enjoy good food and treats, give gifts or have some other sort of fun — what’s not to love? Clearly, there’s something wrong with Halloween and maybe one day I’ll start a petition to end it 😉

Christmas, on the other hand…anyone who hates Christmas must have a black, shriveled heart!

Though I’ve never been one to go wild with Christmas decorations, this feature on Poppytalk has be excited about deck the halls with boughs of homemade cuteness!

I’m thinking:

  • lots of felt, fabric and paper garlands,
  • tree branches hung like chandeliers,
  • neutral tones with pops of color
  • coordinating gift wrap set out plenty early (to build up the anticipation and curiosity!)

Photo via Poppytalk