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Friday, July 18, 2014

Skinny Blueberry Lime Margarita

I have still been going to my cardio barre class regularly. It's kind of a big deal because I have never managed to keep a consistent work out schedule for this long. It ain't cheap that's for sure, but it's effective and even a bit addicting. And of course, it's good to be active and exercise. It is helping me try to live a more healthy life.

The location I take my classes at always sends out a monthly newsletter (hey, a monthly newsletter, maybe I should try that....considering I have not sent out a newsletter since February) and the most recent one included a fruity alcoholic beverage recipe.
 And you know how I love my fruity alcoholic beverages.

Even better, this one is only 125 calories!

Ingredients:

2 cups ice
1 cup blueberries
1 cup blueberry nectar
1/4 cup seltzer
2 tablespoons frozen limeade
1 tablespoon lime juice
3 ounces tequila, optional
1 lime wedge
Coarse salt
Combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade, lime juice and tequila, if using, in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Pour that shit and drink up! xo JA

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lately

I feel like I've been so quiet lately! Sometimes I worry that being quiet will leave me to be forgotten. Do you ever worry that? The handmade industry moves fast, and, as you know, rarely sleeps. I think it's a little too easy to feel like you could get left behind if you're not constantly "on."

But, just because I'm not as active online as I have been in the past does not mean JAA is in a lull. I have been working on my new website pretty much daily for the past month. It is definitely making progress but the details that go into this project are making my head spin. Especially for some one like me (indecisive mofo)....I feel like I am constantly changing my mind. Back and forth. Yes and no. Yep, if I was someone's client I would be annoying the shit out of them. Good thing my trusty husband is the one helping me with this, because obviously I am not annoying him at all. Obviously.

Ok, so maybe the questions of "Where do I put this link?" and "Do I really need that page?" are being treated as life-altering decisions. But, this is my baby. This is a big deal. And yes, perhaps I am critical. But being critical produces quality. You're with me on this right?
Also, I have a couple summer shows coming up that I'm going to start preparing for. I'm excited to be taking JAA to some new locations and am hoping to meet some more of you. I'm talking to you Chicago and Arizona! Put these dates on your calendar and come say what uppp.
 What have you been working on lately? Anything fun? xo JA

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Craft Shows - Go With Your Gut

I did my first craft show of the year this past Saturday. I had skipped the majority of the local May shows because of our wedding so when I heard about this show I figured why not give it a shot. I'm usually weary of shows I haven't done before but I went into it with the mentality that I won't know how it is unless I try it.
As it got closer to the show date, I started having second thoughts. By this time it was too late to cancel for a full refund. I focused on prepping a lot of stock, making sure I had enough of everything, re-writing my signs so they looked fresh and new. I wanted to make the best effort I could to prepare so I knew that if the show was a flop there was nothing I could have done to rectify it.
In the end, I broke even. It could've been worse, but it could've been a lot better. Thankfully, I had J with me. He took over my booth when I had to sit down (because it was so hot in the building I felt light-headed). He also just helped to keep the mood light with mindless chatter about nothing. I love him.

What I learned is that I really need to start trusting my gut. It's really easy to get sucked into "possibilities." There are times when taking chances pays off, but when I have a bad feeling about them, I need to take a step back.

Aahhh the lessons learned through owning a business. They are never ending. Have you learned any business lessons lately?
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