Sewing as a Hobby; Sew Many Benefits

Some people may think the art of sewing is becoming a thing of the past. However, the benefits of sewing as a hobby are too great to be ignored. There are many ways that sewing can help to improve your life, even if you only make time to sit down at your sewing machine for two hours per week. Below, we will discuss the advantages of taking up sewing as a leisurely pursuit in your life!

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Saves Money

Perhaps the most obvious benefit to learning to use a sewing machine is the money you can save. Rather than throwing out damaged clothing, you can use your sewing skills to repair tears or add patches to the garments. It is imperative that moms learn to sew, so they can mend their children’s clothing rather than always buying something new. Along with clothing repair, moms can also use the sewing machine to create new outfits for their kids, further saving on apparel purchases.

Improves Hand-Eye Coordination

Whether you are using a needle and thread or a sewing machine, this hobby will help you to promote hand-eye coordination. This skill is important in many areas of your life. Fostering this connection between your eyes and hands will assist you in a number of other tasks, including driving, sports, tying your shoes, typing, and cooking.

Supports Focus

Having to sit down and keep your attention on your sewing project, even if just an hour or two at a time, will help to improve your focus. This is very helpful in young adults that are struggling to concentrate on a task, such as studying, for a long period of time. The focus gained from sewing can also assist you in your work life, and makes it easier to read more efficiently to save you time.

Promotes Self-Confidence

Feeling good about yourself and having a positive outlook on life will allow you to thrive. The confidence you can gain from learning to sew and creating your own masterpieces with your machine may benefit you in ways other hobbies cannot. Sewing is also good for boosting your social confidence, especially if you meet with other sewing friends regularly. Additionally, if you decide to sew for others or sell your creations, you will be uplifted and feel pride each time you produce and sell a new piece.

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Expresses Creativity

In our fast-paced world, creativity can sometimes be left on the back burner. We have so much to do, who has time to sit down and enjoy a hobby?! Someone with an abundance of creative talent may never unleash this trait due to other commitments like work or family life. However, if you take up the hobby of sewing, you can transform your life and release that pent-up inspiration in the designs you create. By allowing yourself to be more creative, you can reap the benefits of a more relaxed mindset, decreased stress and anxiety levels, and reduced negative emotions in other areas of your life.

Produces Unique Items

Your family doesn’t have to “keep up with the Joneses” when you learn how to use a sewing machine. Getting to create one-of-a-kind designs is just half the fun! Seeing the smiles on your children’s faces when they have a costume or outfit you can’t purchase in stores is sure to have you returning to your hobby again and again. Additionally, if you want to make money with your hobby, creating unique designs is very essential – you want to stand out from the crowd and have everyone rushing to get sewn articles from you!

Fights Mental Issues

It is vital that we use every area of our brains regularly to keep them sharp and working properly. When you learn to sew, and do it often, you will be keeping your brain active. Doing the small tasks required to sew clothing or a quilt helps to ward off dementia and other mental conditions.

Getting all the Right Sewing Machine Supplies

By now, you probably see the many benefits of sewing as a hobby. It’s time to get yourself stocked with the right sewing machine and other supplies. Founded in Atlanta in 1983 as Southeast Sewing Products, SewingMachine.com now offers a virtual home for all the sewing machines, parts, and accessories you need to thoroughly enjoy this creative hobby.

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Offering a range of products, SewingMachine.com has been recognized as one of the South’s leading dealers and authorized servicers for Brother, Singer, Consew, Juki, and Pfaff products. The company, founded by Steve Tramell, has two locations: Atlanta and West Point, and you can also browse their selection of products at SewingMachine.com. They also offer classes at their locations for those wanting to learn more about sewing, embroidery, and other creative endeavors.

CP Slippers [+ giveaway]

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an obsession with shoes. I have more pairs than I’d like to admit and I’m always looking for something new. It’s an addiction and one that I’m okay with. My obsession doesn’t just stop at outdoor wear but it also includes slippers. Lets just say I was overly excited to work with CP Slippers to try out their handmade in Spain leather slip ons!

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They have tons of color options but I decided to go with the turquoise for myself and my daughter. They have kids sizing available too and there was no way that I could say no to matching Aria.

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CP Slippers are handmade in Spain and have been since 1981. They’re made from high quality leather than makes them as comfortable as they look. The simplistic design is what I really appreciate. They’re perfect to just slip on and go about your day.

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I also really adore the story behind the company. CP Slippers is a family owned business. The owners grandfather went to visit Japan and took notice of the tradition of leaving shoes outside and putting on slippers to avoid dirt in the home. He brought that tradition back to Spain with him and started creating these one piece leather slippers for family and friends. Years later the company was formed.

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Sedona, Arizona.

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Sedona, Arizona is one of those places that I think everyone needs to see in their lifetimes. The red rocks look completely photoshopped. For example, the picture above doesn’t look real but I assure you that I was hundreds upon hundreds of feet in the air on a cliff.

Last week we took a trip out there to meet up with my husbands side of the family. Instead of going “home” for Christmas we decided to do a little vacation instead. I couldn’t be any more happy with the decision we made. Traveling with two little ones isn’t easy but going to a place like Sedona was worth every second. It isn’t the best vacation spot for toddlers with all of the cliffs, obviously, but we found plenty to do with them.

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Everett, who is 4,  hiked quite a bit! He did several miles at a time with minimal complaints. Where as Aria, my 2 year old, wasn’t having any of the walking. This made long hikes with everyone difficult but it worked out fine having someone stay back at the resort with her.

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The coolest hike the husband and I did was up to Devil’s Bridge. It really showed me exactly how out of shape I am. The hike was a total of about 5 miles with a lot of up hill climbing and rock climbing. Totally worth it once you get all the way up. You can’t tell exactly how high it is in this photo and my husband isn’t the greatest at capturing pictures but this is the top of Devil’s Bridge.

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Overall it was a fantastic trip filled with some of the most gorgeous scenery I’ve ever seen. Pictures truly don’t do it justice. I’d recommend leaving little ones at home if at all possible so you’re able to do more. If you do bring them you won’t be able to do a lot of the long hikes but it’s still unbelievably breathtaking.

31 Things.

It’s my birthday! Not quite the most exciting of birthdays {Thirty-One} but a birthday none the less. Since I love goal setting and planning I thought it would be a lot of fun to make a 31 year old “bucket list” 31years1. Really buckle down and work on hand lettering. Hand lettering is super relaxing and I want to spend lots of time over the next year getting good at it.

2. Sticking with the theme of 31, I’d like to set my goal for this year to read 31 books. If you have amazing book suggestions drop them in the comments or add me on goodreads!

3. Start eating better. I’m setting a small goal of a fresh fruit or veggie daily. I’m not off to a good start as today I had Taco Bell for lunch and pizza for dinner.

4. See Billy Joel live in concert. This is happening in April. STOKED.

5. Spend more time with friends. Life with toddlers gets so hectic but time needs to be made to make sure it happens more often.

6. Spend time with adult coloring books.

7. Learn to drink without a massive hangover. *wishful thinking*

8. Save some money.

9. Go on a couple weekend trips. Explore the state we live in and the surrounding states more.

10. Pay it forward a few times.

11. Spend more time utilizing my planner.

12. Finish the restoration on my kitchen table.

13. Come up with a reasonable cleaning schedule that keeps my OCD in check but doesn’t take up all of my time.

14. Survive a cross country drive with two toddlers.

15. Make a genuine effort to blog more. I love it, I just don’t make the time to do it.

16. Attend some continuing education vet tech classes.

17. Practice with watercolor paints more.

18. Start on that novel I’m always talking about writing.

19. Learn how to edit the “look” of my blog without deleting the entire thing like I ended up doing this past week.

20. Learn the art of patience with toddlers.

21. Take the kids to the park more.

22. Have more playdates with the kids and friends.

23. Get Aria potty trained.

24. Have more date nights with the husband.

25. Get ourselves adjusted to a good schedule. We have had issues with schedule changes every 3 months and now that we’re going to be a bit more constant I’d like to establish our constant.

26. Learn how to meal plan and actually stick to it. Utilize that crock pot more!

27. Go to the movies. This might sound so trivial but the last time I saw a movie in theaters before “Sing” last week was years.

28. Calm down on the Cherry Coke and drink more water.

29. Learn my camera and photoshop a little better and use both of them more.

30. Raise chickens!

31. Help more wildlife [that I can actually release!]

 

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

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It’s unbelievable to me that another year has passed and here I am writing another Christmas post. It feels as if last Christmas was just a blink ago but I guess that’s what it’s like raising little humans.

I’m beyond excited about tomorrow morning in this house that I’ll probably have trouble sleeping like I did when I was a kid. Having two children that understand the concept of Santa and Christmas morning revives all those amazing childhood feelings. It’s not all about the presents but there is just something so magical about the belief in ole’ Saint Nick and watching their eyes light up as they come down the stairs to a tree stuffed with gifts underneath. I just can’t wait.

So on this Night before Christmas I wish everyone the Happiest of Holidays. May your hearts be full and never happier <3

 

Cool Scrubs, Literally. Introducing: Maevn Uniforms + Giveaway

I’m pretty sure that all of my readers are aware of that fact that i’m a Veterinary Technician. That means that I’m wearing scrubs several days out of the week. I’m a slight “scrub snob” which means that I can’t stand wearing ones that are oversized, uncomfortable, and of course unflattering. I’ve worn several different brands over the years but I’m excited to be adding Maevn to my scrub wardrobe!

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The newest line from Maevn is called EON. The products that I’m featuring in this post are all from this line and are quite amazing. So, I live in Georgia where in the summer, the heat is unbearable. I work in air conditioning but when I have to take a pet outside or I’m running around like crazy during an emergency shift, the last thing I want is my thick cotton scrubs sticking to me and making me even warmer than I already was. That’s the first thing I noticed about my Maevn EON scrubs. The fabric is extremely breathable and I felt cool even when I knew I wasn’t.

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The EON line is also extremely flexible. I’m able to get down on the floor and move patients into position without any issues of the fabric becoming too tight. That’s a huge problem for me with other brands.

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In this picture I’m wearing the full elastic cargo pants and the sporty mesh panel jacket. Yes, I wear a jacket to work on the 100 degree days. We have to cover our tattoos and a jacket is the only way around that for me. Luckily, the material is super breathable and it doesn’t bother me at all, even in the heat.

To find a store near you that carries the Maevn brand, check out the store locator here!

Now, Maevn has agreed to give away one top and one pair of pants from the EON line in any color of the winners choice! You can view the items available here.  The giveaway is only open to US residents, sorry! To enter, just follow the Rafflecopter below.

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RIP Harambe & Human Compassion

I’m sure you’ve heard about the boy at the Cincinnati zoo who climbed over some protective barriers and fell into the gorilla exhibit. If you haven’t, then you’re living under a rock and I’m slightly jealous of you. Since this is my own space on the internet, I’m going to use it to voice my opinion on the situation.

People are just assholes and have lost so much compassion for other humans.

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This is the meme that is circulating around that creates a fury inside of me. People are so quick to judge in this situation. 99% of what I’m seeing are comments about the mother, insulting her for not watching her child. Those commenters must have never had a toddler that is on a mission. Kids are quick. Kids sneak away. The second you turn your back to do anything, they can be gone just like that. I’m not sure what the mother was doing in this situation, but I’m sure it wasn’t ignoring her child hoping that he would climb into the gorillas habitat.

The most dangerous thing you can do if you have children is to think “this would never happen to me” or “I’m always watching my kids so it’s impossible for them to do something like this.” Reality check, the mother that this happened too probably thought the same thing. We need to take the situation as a major reality check and be even more cautious. The zoo is a place filled with wild animals. They have safety barriers in place but as you can see, they’re not always going to work.

I love animals. I work with animals for a living. I actually always wanted to work with wild animals when I was younger. I understand how messed up it might seem to have to shoot a gorilla that is “protecting” the child that fell into his habitat. The reality of it is, wild animals are unpredictable. Another minute longer and the gorilla could have easily ended the life of this human. If the zoo keepers had decided to use a tranquilizer on a 400 pound creature, it would have taken 10-15 minutes to take full effect. That’s 10-15 minutes too long in this circumstance. Unfortunately, I felt that they did the right thing to save this little boy.

I like animals more than I like most humans. I just understand that the value of human life is more important in this situation. The entire situation is beyond sad. A gorilla is dead and human compassion is seeming to be long gone.

Identity Theft Makes For Poor Friendships

I had the absolute weirdest encounter the other day on the phone. A number that I didn’t recognize from “McAllen, Texas” was calling and for some reason I decided to answer. Sometimes I’ll pick up the telemarketer calls just for shits and giggles. Well, this one was a pre-recorded message telling me that they were going to lower the interest on my credit card and all I had to do was to press “1” to be transferred to an operator and they would be on the way to lowering my rates. I immediately knew that it was a scam but decided I wanted to mess with whoever was on the other line; so I pressed 1.

After about 10 seconds of some really upbeat hold music a guy with a very thick accent answered the phone.

Man: Hey there! Are you calling to have your credit card interest rate lowered?

Me: What card company do you work for?

Man: Visa.

Me: I don’t have a Visa card.

Man: I mean, Mastercard.

Me: Oh, I have one of those. How do I get my rates lowered?

Man: It’s very easy. All I need is your name and credit card number to get started.

Me: Do people fall for that?

Man: All of the time. I call about 1000 people a day and get at least 10 credit card numbers. It’s how I buy my girlfriend shoes.

The rest of the conversation continued with me telling him off for stealing. He tried to explain to me that it isn’t stealing but rather his job to call people in our country and get the things he needs from us. I’m not kidding, that was his logic. I asked him several times why he thinks it’s okay for some people to go to work to be able to purchase their girlfriend shoes but he can just use my credit card number to buy them. He was 100% convinced that what he was doing was fine.

After I laid into him a bit, he asked me how old I was. He told me that he is a young man who would love to be my friend. He than gave me his email address so I could look him up on Facebook and add him.

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Of course I looked him up on Facebook & of course I didn’t add him as a friend.

I know there is pretty much nothing that can be done to catch this ass wipe but since I have some personal information on him, I am going to be making a police report. There are bigger fish to fry but I would like to see karma get this guy one way or another.

Monday Mom Confession #8: Police

As all parents know, you do what works for you. I have a pretty hard headed toddler that doesn’t like listening to me. When my husband is home, the kid is on his toes. He will still act up because he’s a 3 1/2 year old boy and he can’t control himself; but as soon as my husband tells him to stop, he pretty much alway does. When I’m home by myself with the kids, it’s a completely different story.

I used to threaten him with “I’m going to call dad if you don’t start listening” but when that stopped working, I had to come up with another plan.

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We have talked about police officers before in this house. I’ve told him that if he ever needs help and he can’t find mommy or daddy, it’s okay to talk to a police officer. I have explained to him that they aren’t bad guys [hold your thoughts on that statement] and they only take away the bad people [again, he’s 3, i’m not about to explain police brutality to him] So, I noticed him taking an interest in pretending to be a cop. He’ll say “MOM, I’m taking you to jail!” when we’re playing and things on that nature.

That is when my mom lightbulb went off. I can use that against him. So, recently I’ve been telling him that if he doesn’t listen to his mom that the police can take you to jail for that. It has shaped him right up. He looks terrified of the thought of going to jail that he immediately stops doing whatever it was that he was doing or does exactly what I was asking of him.

It’s probably an awful thing to be teaching him but desperate times call for desperate measures. I don’t want to instill a fear of law enforcement in him but in reality you can go to jail for not listening to the law. In this case, the law is mommy.

I’m Back, Hopefully.

Life just gets crazy sometimes and you need to take a break from one or more aspects of your life. I’ve learned the hard way in the past that there aren’t enough hours in the day or enough days in the week sometimes and things have to be pushed aside. In the case of the past few weeks, my blog was the thing that had to wait for attention.

I put aside my virtual life to live in the now. My parents came into town for 8 days and then once they left, my husbands parents came to visit for a few more days. In April, we had 12 full days of people visiting. They were jam backed with activities, laughter, tons of fun, and of course a couple cocktails. I wasn’t about to interrupt all that to get on the computer.

So, here’s a little taste of what I’ve been up to not on the internet.

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There were zoo animals, and food, and swamps, and boat tours, and hikes, and fishing, and baseball games, and more that I’m not even going to continue to list. It was one of those fun filled few weeks that stinks that they’re ending but it’s time to get back into the swing of normal life again. The kids need their bedtimes and I need my time back to do things like blog.