Saturday, August 27, 2016

Where do I Vegan?

Eeeek! It's been over a year since I updated this ol' blog of mine. I am sorry for not being consistent, y'all; I will try my best to update more often.

I wanted to share with you what has been going on the past 6 months of my life. For one, I am Vegan.....ish. I have not committed myself wholeheartedly; however, I am proud of the many changes I have made since I began this lifestyle in February, and if I had to label it, it is more of a Raw ’til 4 way of living. However, I am well on my way to avoiding meat and dairy altogether!

Secondly, our home is getting a complete makeover. Big. HUGE! I've always struggled with this, not knowing exactly what color scheme to go with, what art I should hang on the wall. Crazy enough, it took a change in my diet to realize that brighter walls, mismatched textures and all things rattan is what my home has been missing.

There's still plenty to do, like replace the carpet with hardwood floors, but I wanted to give you a sneak peak into what has been going on so far. The new items in my home were either Target clearance, thrifted, or purchased from the OfferUp app. The couponer in me still likes a bargain!

Follow me on Instagram @yarnandyawns for daily photos!

Thank you for stopping by!
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Father's Day Printables FROM THE KID(S)!

June is a significant month for me. Not only is it Father's Day this month, but it's also my wedding anniversary. But, that's another post. We're here for a fun little coupon book from the little(s).

Although I've been creating coupon books for years (my husband gets at least one every year for Valentine's Day, Birthday, Christmas, etc.!!), I was inspired by Etsy to create one for Father's Day, as a gift from our 3-year-old daughter.

For printing, I fit the picture to frame and chose a 3.5 x 5 in. layout.


Happy June, folks!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

DIY - [inexpensive] BIRD FEEDER!

One day, while perusing Pinterest, I stumbled across a bird bath and was immediately inspired....

Bird Bath, Pinterest.
We already have a bird bath in our flower bed, and the fact that I was in search of a bird feeder just days prior to my Pinterest find, I knew creating one similar to this not only would be less of a hassle but definitely less expensive. And, of course, more fun!

Supplies Used:
Basket ($1.00, Dollar Tree)
Faux bird ($1.00, Dollar Tree)
Plastic plant saucer ($1.00, Dollar Tree)
Hole puncher*
Jute twine*
Hot glue gun*
Glue sticks*
Bird seeds ($3.xx, Walmart)

(*Items I already had on hand; however, they can be found at the Dollar Tree)

Using the hole puncher, I punched 4 holes in the saucer (as seen below). Then, I fed jute twine through those holes as well as the basket to make it more secure. I combined and tied the twine at the top [for it to hang from the pole]. The faux bird came with a clip underneath - which I removed and replaced with a bit of hot glue before attaching it to the edge of the saucer. Add bird seeds and you've got yourself a bird feeder!

Took me less than 15 minutes to make!

Happy Spring and Happy Weekend to you All!

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

DIY - [inexpensive] DREAMCATCHER!

noun: dreamcatcher; plural noun: dreamcatchers; noun: dream-catcher; plural noun: dream-catchers
  1. a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams. Dreamcatchers were originally made by American Indians.

When it became difficult for me to find the perfect sized hoop for my project, I did what any other frugal DIY'er would do - I searched for inspiration in my own home. Part of an old, dirty bird feeder, that was collecting dust in our garage, caught my eye and got put to new use.

Supplies used:
Jute twine*
Doily ($1.00, Michaels)
Faux feathers ($1.00, Dollar Tree)
Colorful beads ($1.00, Dollar Tree)
Embroidery thread ($.39 ea., Michaels)
Hot glue gun & sticks*

(*Items I already had on hand)

Good thing my daughter approves, as it is going in her room!

Happy Friday, Folks! ;-)
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

BAKED SWEET POTATO w/ Fajita Chicken & Spinach!

Happy New Year!

With the New Year comes new beginnings, new challenges and maybe even new resolutions.

Then again, maybe not.

Maybe you have a recurring resolution, like me, which is to lose weight in hopes that this is YOUR year.

Well, it is!

I want to share with you one of my favorite New Year recipes that I found via Pinterest.

Sweet Potato
Boneless Chicken Breast(s)
Fresh Spinach leaves
1 pkg. Old El Paso (Lower Sodium) Fajita mix

I baked/cooked mine differently...

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place Sweet Potato on a cookie sheet, bake for 45 minutes.
While it's baking, cut a chicken breast into cubes. Set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a pan, add cubed chicken breast.
Cook until no longer pink.
Drain, return to pan.
Add Old El Paso Fajita mix, follow directions on the package.
Add Spinach leaves, sauté until all the leaves wilt.

Spoon mixture on top of Sweet Potato and ENJOY!

I'll talk to you guys later, I've got to go - this is what's on the agenda for dinner tonight! Can't get enough! ;-)

Yay! Another Pinterest success.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


After watching an episode of Dr. Oz, I decided to make Salmon for dinner last evening. Not just any Salmon; I'm talkin' Belly-Fat-Burnin'-Salmon seasoned with a few spices that will help slim your waist in no time!

What You'll Need:
Salmon fillets
Turmeric (dash)
Oregano (dash)

In addition to these two spices, Dr. Oz recommends adding Cinnamon, Cloves and Cayenne to each meal to help burn belly fat!

I also added some (No Sodium!) Mrs. Dash for additional taste.

I baked my fillets in the oven for 35 minutes at 375.

Once fully cooked, I shredded a few pieces and placed them onto a bed of Spinach leaves. I threw in sliced strawberries and poured a tablespoon of Ken's Honey Balsamic dressing.

An easy, delicious and nutritious meal in less than 1 hour!

Summertime is creeping up on us! Let's get those bellies bikini ready, ladies!

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Saturday, March 8, 2014


Recently, I have been pinning so much stuff on Paleo & Gluten-Free that it was meant to be when I stumbled across this GLUTEN-FREE BIBLE book at Target. Want to know what's funny? It was nowhere near the book department. It was sitting by its lonesome as if someone changed their mind and threw it on a random shelf.

Yeah, uhm, I'll take that - Thanks!

After I finished my, ahem, Chick-Fil-A dinner, I had the nerve to want some Ice Cream for dessert. I mean, Geez, it was already bad enough that I ate some fast food (in my defense, it was a Grilled Chicken sandwich, so it's totally OK, right? Right?!), but some Rocky Road ice cream was calling my name. I had intentions on heading to the nearest 7-11 to get my fix.

But first, I started to browse through the book and then I saw it....

...the Banana Split Breakfast Bowl.


You want to know what's even more funny? The fact that I had ALL of the ingredients for this recipe - with the exception of the vanilla yogurt. Greek Nonfat Yogurt will do, and it ;-)

You see those Dole Pineapple Chunks up there? Yeah, I'm pretty proud of those Chunks, guys. My latest hobby in Couponing got me that can of Pineapples, along with 2 other cans, for less than $1! Yuuuup.

Shortly after realizing that I had everything for this recipe, I instagrammed about it went into the kitchen to get started.

I took a picture of the recipe so that YOU can enjoy this goodness, too.


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