My Favorite Lettering Artists on Instagram

 

Andrew Hudson - lettering - andrewsketch on ig

I'm just going to get right into it with @andrewsketch's incredible lettering! I had never seen anything like this before and I loved it instantly. You can find his website and online shop here.

maria filar - lettering - mariafilar on ig

I just love @mariafilar's style and the retro color scheme she uses. She has an Etsy shop called 5EyeStudio where she sells the cutest greeting cards, prints, earrings, and stickers! 

shannon snow - letterer - @hello.shannon on ig

The #36daysoftype that @hello.shannon did just blew me away. Like, how gorgeous are these?! She also creates a lot of amazing illustrations that look like they're straight from the best storybook ever. She has super cute prints and mugs available in her online shop.

Ade Hogue - letterer - @adehogue on ig

@adehogue does some of the most incredible lettering with all sorts of materials - honey (check out the behind the scenes video of this one), flowers, glitter, paper.. it's awesome! You can find his website and online store here. He also has a design studio called Something Tiny that makes some of the most beautiful typographic logos. 

idle letters - letterer - @idleletters on ig

@idleletters was one of the first accounts I came across that got me into hand lettering. I loved the texture, colors, and really just everything. The first Procreate brushes I purchased were from his shop. You can find his website here and check out all the beautiful work.

That's it for this post! I hope you found some new artists you like too! If you have any favorite lettering accounts you follow, I'd love to see them :]

Weekly Love | Link Roundup


◐ Door Sixteen is blogging again! I used to read her blog waaay back in the day and it was one of my favorites. How incredible is her hand painted kitchen floor?

 I need to make these crispy paprika fries asap. I've got a bag of potatoes in the pantry that I need to use so this will be perfect πŸ˜‹

◐ Wide Open School is an awesome (free!) site that creates a casual school curriculum for your kids based on their grade. It has been really helpful over here!

 I made a few weekly lesson planning sheets if you are needing something for homeschool this year. You can print them or use them in digital planning apps, such as Goodnotes.

◐ If you're into bullet journaling, you'll love this Instagram account. Sometimes I get stuck with layout ideas and this is a go-to for getting new ideas.

Proof! math card game

I bought this math card game called Proof! (affiliate link) last week and we have been loving it over here! You lay out nine cards and try to find hidden equations within those cards using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. When you find an equation you keep those cards and whoever has the most cards wins.

We used all the cards the first time we played and my daughter got a little frustrated because the larger number cards made it difficult. The next time we played, I mostly used the smaller numbers with only a couple larger cards mixed in and she loved it! She woke up two mornings in a row asking to play first thing πŸ™Œ  They also have interactive math games on their website that you can play!

bobcat and birdie latch hook kits bobcatandbirdie.etsy.com

I can't get over these amazing latch hook kits! Check out the Bobcat & Birdie Instagram account to see some of the ones people have made so far - they're so cool!

That's some of my favorite things from the week. I hope you all have a great weekend 

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UT Gardens Knoxville, Tennessee


listening to | I was working on a logo design last month and the client asked if I wanted him to share a playlist that meshes with the aesthetic he was going for. I was thrilled because I find that sort of thing super helpful! It was extremely helpful but I kept catching myself thinking, "this is what kids are listening to these days?!"in a very.. feeling super out the loop kind of way πŸ˜‚ I found a few new songs I really loved which is always great!

Here's what I've had on repeat lately: Nascar Aloe - American Wasteland /// Khruangbin and Leon Bridges - Texas Sun /// Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks - Little Fang /// Omni - Wire /// Solid Gold - Who You Gonna Run To? /// The Vacant Lots - Fracture /// Deep Cuts - Chemicals /// Brandy - Baby /// Willie Colon y Ruben Blades - Plastico

wishing | That coronavirus was gone and we could see family again, for sure. If I had to choose something that doesn't relate to that in any way.. I'd wish for us to deep into homeschooling right now and it be going really well. I'm so worried about it!

eating | Steamed rice with sesame oil, sriracha, and gf soy sauce. It's so good! I also made this noodle dish a couple of times and really enjoyed it.

thinking about | How I need to be better with managing my time! I'm trying out the pomdoro technique again which I've always been successful with in the past. I just have to push through once the novelty wears off. I can do it!

crushing on | I'll just share some of my favorite IG accounts right now:

 - glutenfreeveggiehead - all sorts of great food ideas for vegans with Hashimoto's!

- solacilike - I love her art! It's bright and beautiful.

- apple.cheeks - super cute illustrations!

- candycoloredhome - colorful and fun home inspiration.

watching | I've been watching a lot of day in the life videos on YouTube. Right now it's usually The Seoul Search. I'd love any recommendations if you all have any for similar channels! 

Today I am rearranging some furniture and things to create a homeschool space for us. I also dusted off our shredder and am getting rid of some of that paper clutter that it starting to takeover. I hope you all are having a nice weekend and take care ♡

Currently

practicing hand lettering in procreate
listening to | Ariel Pink - Baby /// Human Tetris - Things I Don't Need /// Motorama - Heavy Wave ///  Boy Harsher - Pain /// Silvio Rodriguez - OjalΓ‘ /// Janet Jackson - That's the Way Love Goes /// Lebanon Hanover - Sadness Is Rebellion /// Solid Space - Tenth Planet /// Ginuwine - In Those Jeans /// The Whispers - Rock Steady /// Faith No More - We Care Alot

wishing | The weather would warm up a little bit more! We got spoiled with a week of incredible weather, so I got into the habit of eating meals on the back porch. I need that back plzzz.

eating | I've been working on making Pad Thai that tastes like this one that I still dream about from a place we ate at in St. Petersburg, Florida when we visited a few years back πŸ˜† I've almost got it down! But I ran out of tamarind today and it will be a few days before I grocery shop again. I started with the pad thai recipe from the Just Egg website (just the sauce part) and have been experimenting with ingredients and ratios each time I make it.

I add more sugar πŸ˜…, lots of sriracha, and a few drops of fish sauce instead of the soy. It's getting there, but I feel that it's missing something and I don't know what that something is! I'll figure it out and be happy eating the test dishes in the meantime. :]



thinking about | How beautiful this tree outside the kitchen window is. All the color and sunshine is making me happy :] Also thinking about how incredible this house looks. Love that floor and all the dark jewel green accents everywhere! 

crushing on | I've been loving these Instagram accounts lately: Damfino (love her style and cosplays) // Jas @ Just Seconds (amazing rollerskater!) // The CCL World (love her digital planning time lapses) // Go Clean Co (cleaning tips!) // byclairee (really pretty paper planning) // Tips for Artists (drawing tips and tricks) // Trey Tylor (celeb photos/stories you probably haven't seen or heard before)

watching | I haven't been watching any movies and the only tv shows are old reruns of Parks & Rec and Kitchen Nightmares while I am cooking or cleaning the kitchen 😜 

Hope you all are well 

This Week's Meal Plan & Planning Freebies

hey hand lettering on procreate
my new hobby is drawing on procreate.
I used to decorate my planner, but since there's nothing to plan at the moment, I do this :)

Re: puppy issues // I had a couple of people message me and say that they had been in the same place when their dogs were puppies. But that they start to grow out of it around a year old or so and to hang in there because it does get much better. That made me feel a lot more hopeful!

I also asked that the puppy duties split more evenly, which has been a tremendous help. It made me feel like I could enjoy her more because I wasn't doing all the heavy lifting. I'm just being a grump about all the added responsibility and constant hovering that means I can't distract myself in the ways I want/need to. Everything has me so anxious lately! I also totally realize and acknowledge that I was acting like a turd person earlier about the pup πŸ‘Ž

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Onto this week's meal plan. I went out on Friday to a nearby Wal-Mart market and it was completely different than last time I'd went. There was a one way traffic flow created using a maze of carts which sent my anxiety through the roof! Someone a couple of places in front of me sneezed, but there was nowhere to go in the narrow path that had been made with the carts. They aren't lining people up 6ft apart outside any of the stores I've been to here and there's no limit to how many people are in the store at once. 

Once inside, no one was following the 6ft rule and it was pretty busy. I was so frazzled that I ended up supermarket sweeping it and grabbing a ton of random food in record time. Everything was well stocked except for toilet paper, disinfectant cleaners, bread, and frozen pizza.

I've been grocery shopping every two weeks, but I think next time I am going to shop to last an entire month if I can. Here's my plan with what we have on hand:

Monday » crunchy tacos // everyone can make their own and add whatever toppings they like. I'll set out pico, salsa, cheese, tomatoes, and hot sauce. My daughter will probably eat a plain taco shell and then a bowl of cereal πŸ˜†

Tuesday » nachos // I'll set out all the toppings and everyone can add whatever they want. I add the siete cashew queso, beyond beef crumbles, rice, and then hot sauce on mine. Comfort food.

Wednesday » frozen pizza

Thursday » vegan red lentil stew

Friday » chickpea salad sandwiches for me and spaghetti for everyone else

Saturday » beans and rice

Sunday » make your own burritos with the leftover beans and rice

My grocery trip set up goes like this: before I leave, I put one of those big storage totes on the porch and set a container of disinfectant wipes in it. When I get home, I grab the tub and bring it over to the car. I disinfect each item the best I can and place it into the bin once it's good to go. Then I carry the bin into the house and put things away. It takes time, but I try not to rush it and realize that this is just how things are right now.

I just reread that and realized I called that thing a tote, tub, and bin all in the same paragraph πŸ˜‚ I have no idea what their official name is.

Here are some recent meals I've made:

nachos

Nachos featuring string cheese πŸ˜‚ I have a couple of blocks of cheese in the fridge, but didn't feel like shredding it at that moment.

aloo matar from vegan richa

I made this aloo matar from Vegan Richa and it was really good. I also made the keema madras with red lentils and it was incredible! It took a long time to come together, but I'll definitely make it again.

vegan caesar salad with roasted chickpea croutons from mama eats plants

I have made this before and was craving it earlier today so I made it for lunch. It's the vegan caesar salad with roasted chickpea croutons from Mama Eats Plants. Super good! My daughter did not like it but tried it at least πŸ‘


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Something quick I wanted to share » I've been adding a lot of stuff to my free digital planning files folder, but I also have some printables in there if paper planning is more your thing. Just wanted to share if anyone is interested :]

I hope you all are doing okay ♡ 

Meals Lately » Grocery List » Free Pantry/Fridge/Freezer Printable


Hey everyone, hope you're doing well during this surreal time we are living in. I've been alternating between panic cleaning and panic cooking - and eating - then I remembered this blog πŸ˜… it's a good distraction at the moment and I've really enjoyed reading and writing blogs again and the few minutes of peace it offers.

When all of this started, my mind instantly went to food. As it does in most situations. I think if you've gone through food insecurity at any point in your life, then that's probably the case. I made lists of shelf stable meal ideas, meals I could make and freeze, etc.

Here's what I've been making lately:

- instant pot vegetable stew (pictured above) // I've made this four times in the past couple of weeks. It's so good & comforting! I will say that I haven't actually made it in the instant pot. I've just used the stovetop. I follow the same instructions and then simmer until potatoes are done.

- instant pot chipotle black beans // this is THE dried beans recipe to make. My goodness, it's incredible! I'm going to try this beans + rice recipe of hers next.

- general tso's broccoli mushroom stir fry // this recipe is for you all that have tahini on hand and aren't in the mood for hummus, but need to use it up. I was super skeptical about tahini in a stir fry sauce, but it's legit. I'd use a tiny bit less than the recipe calls for next time I make it though. I also subbed tofu for the chickpeas. But honestly, this sauce with a bag of frozen stir fry veggies would be great. 

Here's what my grocery list looked like last time I went shopping and was focusing on foods with a long shelf life:

- tuna packs
- eggs // hardboiled, add to ramen, in tortillas
- tofu // stir fry, baked for salads, tofu scramble
- almond milk
- blocks of cheese // shredded to top salads, make quesadillas, on baked potatoes/chili/tortilla soup
- tortillas // I got these navy bean ones from Wal-Mart that are really good with a long shelf life
- ramen noodles
- russet & sweet potatoes // baked with chili on top, enchilada sweet potatoes, make fries, potato nachos. sweet potatoes last forever in the fridge.
- tortilla chips // for chili and nachos
- dried beans // nachos, the black bean recipe linked above, burritos, on top of salads
- rice // add to canned soups, beans + rice, burritos, add to chili
- spaghetti & marinara
- hard taco shells + refried beans
- onions // chop these and freeze
- apples + oranges // last a long time in the fridge
- bananas // freeze for smoothies and oatmeal
- oatmeal
- jars of garlic // super cheap at aldi, like $1.29 I believe
- ginger // lasts forever in the freezer and thaws quickly
- tomato paste
- pizza sauce + mini pizza crusts // freeze the crusts! these are nice for kids to make their own pizzas.
- frozen pizzas
- frozen veggies // peas, corn, stir fry mix
- cheesecake // froze a couple because I know I'm going to need them. need.
- popcorn kernels // cheap and a great snack. I had a giant bowl of popcorn for dinner last night πŸ˜‚
- better than bouillon broth // I find that boxed broths taste tinny and thin. I love this stuff because a tiny bit can transform a recipe - it's great! Cheapest at Wal-Mart.
- coffee and tea // earl grey for when I need caffeine but don't want coffee and dandelion chai because it has probiotics and is super good!
- mac n' cheese // for my seven year old

I hope that this is helpful and gives you some ideas if you need any. Our list might look a little different than yours as we only have a toaster oven, stovetop, and instant pot. So I'm not able to bake large meals or anything. Our toaster oven will fit a frozen pizza exactly and that was all that mattered when I bought it πŸ˜‚


I made this pantry/freezer/fridge inventory printable and wanted to share. >> download it here << I've been using to to see what I have on hand, how much there is, and what meals I can make with it. It's helped with the anxiety around food a bit, and I hope you find it useful as well. You can print it or use it in apps such as Goodnotes if you are into digital planning.

Take care everyone ♡

Currently

I found this beauty at Home Depot and absolutely love it!

LISTENING TO // I have had the following on repeat: Rhye - Wicked Dreams // Drama - Hopes Up // Parquet Courts - Back to Earth // Julieta Venegas - Tu Calor // Tory Lanez and Rich the Kid - Talk to Me

I mean. I love bright colors and this kitchen is the least of my concerns about this house if you can imagine that. But just why? I am dreading painting all this 😭

WISHING // This house was DONE. We moved into a house that needs a bunch of work and I'm just overwhelmed at the moment. Figuring out what we can do ourselves vs. what we need to hire out, researching companies, getting estimates, cleaning, the smells πŸ’€ it's a lot right now.

We pulled up all the (super gross) carpet from the entire upstairs and then found out the subfloor was wet from all the rain getting in through bad siding at the dormers - which means we need new siding to be put on before we can tackle the subfloor issue. So, before we can get carpet, we now need new siding and let me tell ya.. those quotes aren't pretty! 

I have a running list that I add things to daily and I then prioritize into either ASAP or can-wait-until-later. I just bought this book called How Your House Works (not an affiliate link). It gets here on Thursday and I need it because I don't know how any of this works πŸ˜…

big ol’ salad that actually wasn’t all that great but I liked the photo haha

EATING // Since I've cut out gluten, I have just naturally been reaching for more fruits and vegetables since I don't want to buy any of the gluten free breads and products at the moment. Baked sweet potatoes, pineapple, cantaloupe, red lentil chili with tortilla chips, homemade sushi (tofu, cucumber, rice, and sriracha), watermelon, scrambled/hardboiled eggs, etc.

I'm almost over lentils at this point because I've been eating so many of them. We went out to eat yesterday and I had the southwestern salad at Tomato Head with baked tofu and I can't quit thinking about it now! So good!

THINKING ABOUT // How I deleted Facebook over the weekend and it was an A+ decision. Also, updating my resume - Canva has a ton of fantastic templates, fyi! - and figuring out what I want to do with my life 😜

WATCHING // We just finished the Chernobyl HBO series and watched a couple of documentaries on Prime about the disaster afterwards. There's one documentary on there called Chernobyl's Cafe which is about the people that live there today and the cafe that was opened 10km from the site.

CRUSHING ON // I am in love with this textile art from jujujust! Absolutely gorgeous!

Hope you all had a great weekend :]

Preschool Lunches


I have been having way too much fun packing lunches for school! It's been a lot of fun for me and my daughter says she can't wait to open her lunchbox and see what's in it each day :]

Before she started school, I stressed a bit about which lunchbox to get her and I ended up going with this Yumbox (affiliate link) and I couldn't be happier with it! I was worried it would be too small to fit enough food for her, but it's really a perfect size and I love how each section is labeled "protein", "dairy", "vegetables", etc. as it helps me brainstorm when planning her lunches so I don't just put a bunch of fruit in there πŸ˜œ

The only issue I had with the Yumbox is that I put some rather thin Greek yogurt in the dairy compartment once and it did leak a bit, but now I just put yogurt in a separate container in her lunch bag if she wants some for lunch. Small issue, but I wanted to mention it. One thing I worried about was if it'd keep her food cold since her classroom doesn't have a fridge and the container just hangs out in a cubby until lunch time. I make her lunch the night before and keep it in the fridge overnight and  her teachers say her food is still cold at lunchtime - I don't even use an icepack anymore.


Her class learns a different letter each week, so I bought these mini abc cookie cutters at Wal-Mart so that her lunch would have a little snack in the shape of the letter of the week. I wouldn't recommend these cookie cutters since they're made for cookie dough and will only cut really soft foods like cucumber or cheese. They work well to stamp the letter shape into sandwiches though which works too. These metal cookie cutters (affiliate link) look like they'd be much better. 

I do recommend these sandwich cutters (affiliate link) though as they are super cute and work really well! Wal-Mart had some really cute heart, star, and flower cutters for under $1 back in the party supplies section.

Here are some of her favorite things I pack:
- cheese sandwich (she hates peanut butter and is not thrilled with sunflower butter, sooo..)
- frozen peas
- pickles
- cucumber slices
- three cheese mini pizzas from Whole Foods fit perfectly in the main compartment and she really likes them. They are in the freezer section with all the other pizzas.
- edamame
- a chocolate square and graham crackers
- frozen blueberries
- broccoli
- clementines
- plain, cold tofu (she loves this for some reason)
- bell peppers

There are some excellent posts on Pinterest if you search "Yumbox lunches". Waves is in a bit of a picky stage at the moment, but really loves fruit and veggies so I just say whatever and don't worry about mixing it up too much or getting too fancy with lunches. I'd love to hear what you guys pack in your kid's lunches as I love getting new ideas!

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