What have I gotten myself into...

This is where things get a bit scary...

We often are approached by different craft shows around town that would like us to display our magnets. I have always been thankful for their offer but have graciously declined as we are so busy just keeping up with our Etsy shop. Of course doing the show circuit might be an amazing opportunity, but let's be real here, I have a full time job... this is not my main work. Things can get a bit crazy and we are so very thankful for the success we have had on Etsy. First with our frames (an old venture), a jewellery hobby (that one was more for fun and I think I spent more than earned..haha) and then now our animal magnets. Etsy has enabled us to make a bit of side income and I am grateful, but sometimes you just don't have the spare time to include shows in the mix.

So you are wondering where the scary part fits in right? Well I sorta.. kinda.. agreed to do a show this upcoming weekend. You ask "How hard can this be"? For starters, you need to make sure you have an amaze balls booth. This means signage, props, A LOT OF STOCK, and an ability to accept credit cards. Wish me luck that this can all get pulled together in the next few days :) And as for the show.. it is a collaboration with our local Whole Foods. They are pretty much awesome in my books. Apparently Etsy and Whole Foods are doing a joint venture across North America, where they offer a few Etsy sellers a chance to sell their products during one weekend day and there are no table fees. How nice is that? The only thing is that I was contacted only last week so this is why it is a bit scary..lol.

Since I have been begging my better half to do shows for the last couple years.. I think it will actually be quite fun. Mostly, I am excited about decorating the table!!! Here are some quick inspiration ideas....

... and don't worry - I will be sure to post a pic of our finished table next week!

I like the painted boards - I think I will try painting magnet boards with a farm background for my animals to live on.
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And what about the triangle banner.. super cute right? {image via here}

They have a great booth display. Not too colorful but they understand scale and proportion.
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For this one, I am in love with the bright pop of color in the table cloth. It needs some refining.. but a great idea.
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Easy dinner

Grilled chicken, roasted balsamic mushrooms, mixed beans, baby carrots.


3 more sleeps until...

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Hanauma Bay

USS Arizona Memorial (Pearl Harbor)

Banzai Pipeline

Turtle Bay Resort
Diamond Head Crater


Make this tonight

Roasted chicken with sautéed veg and cauliflower mash.


Steak & spinach salad with shiitakes, pineapple, avocado, carrots, shallot, and sesame-ginger dressing

Are you seeing a trend for 2013?


We are making a huge effort this year to re-discover the lost art (lost, for us anyways) of eating at home. Healthy, fresh, and seasonal meals is the name of the game. Lean proteins, lots of fruit / veg, and complex carbs.

Taking pictures and putting together quick blog posts help keep me inspired. If you would like details about ingredients used or cooking instructions, just leave a comment and I'll provide it.

This meal is quick and simple. Just don't overcook your steak and you're golden.

Happy eating!


Seared cod with ditalini, chorizo, mushrooms, avocado, and orange

Make this sometime this week and you'll be glad you did.

There is not really a set recipe...this serves more as an idea that you can take any direction you like. I just sautéed my cod, chorizo, and veggies...cooked my pasta...and added some fresh chunks of avocado and orange at the very end.

It's a bit tricky to find fresh wild fish in the supermarkets right now, but cod is still available and is a great white fish that can be paired with a lot of different things.

Enjoy :)


Pork chop with beans, carrots, and apple sauce


Green smoothie

Kale. Swiss Chard. Avocado. Lemon. Kiwi. Apple. Banana. Peaches. Greek Yogurt. Peanut Butter. Ginger.

Great way to start the day and get a few fruit / greens / healthy fat / protein portions under your belt.

Make it the night before so it's ready (and cold) for you the next morning.


Happy new year

Happy New Year everyone!

2012 was a great year with so many awesome memories..and we are stoked for what 2013 has in store.

Here is how we started 2013...yum!

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