Last Minute Gift? Check.

This is by far the funnest thing I’ve ever done. Why? Because I love coffee, I collect coffee mugs, I love art, I love crafting…well, you get the point. Anyways, I think homemade gifts speak louder than the two hundred-dollar jeans you bought someone. If you are a last-minute person like me, don’t want to mess with the shopping crowds, and still want a unique gift then this is something you should definitely consider.

Not Just a Sharpie Mugs

photo(105)My mug reads, “I can fall in love with the sound of words.”

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You will see these all over pinterest, except some people will lead you to believe that this can be done with just a regular sharpie. Well, yes, some people do it that way, but you will soon see your design fading away. I encourage you to instead purchase the super permanent, and perfect for this project “Sharpie Paint Pen.” Make sure to get the oil based pen, NOT the water based. They have a variety of colors to choose from, and since I’m dark and twisty I stuck to black. Moving on!

photo(108)I put a ring on the handle! Have fun with it!

I had hell trying to find cute ceramic mugs. Of course, they were right under my nose the whole time at walmart. This place has a whole section of just plain white ceramic dishes that excited the artist in me! I shall definitely be trying other things soon. Find the cups you will need, I chose a large more rounded mug. It’s all about your preference.

photo(106)I love surprises! Had to write this on the inside.

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Once you get the mug home, make sure to clean it to get any hand oils and dust particles off the mug. After that you can start your work of art! You will need to shake the paint pen for a little pit, then press the tip down to get the ink flowing to it. DO NOT press it down on the mug. Once a mark is made, it cannot be removed, so carefully plot out your design. Also, the paint pen is moody. It’ll seem like its running out, and sometimes if you try to go over a part of the mug again it’ll look awful. Keep trying until the ink is in “full flow” mode again after shaking it and pressing the tip down again. If you can’t think of a design, get on Pinterest. For the person you’re gifting use their name, obsessions, loves, or whatever. It’ll make a fabulous personalized gift.

photo(107)Whiskers on the other side of course!

Once you are done designing, put the mug inside your NOT TURNED ON YET oven. You want to mug to preheat INSIDE the oven to prevent cracking. Turn it on, set the dial to 425 degrees, and then let the mug bake. Turn your timer to 35 minutes, and keep checking on your mug to make sure it doesn’t turn brown. It didn’t happen to me, but ya never know! The house will smell weird, but once checking on your mug after 35 minutes, if it looks good I gave mine another five minutes just in case. Once your extra optional time is up, turn off the oven and let the mug sit in there for another hour, almost two. It needs to cool down with the oven to prevent cracking.

After you pull your mug out of the oven, it should look the same! If there were some spots where your pen wasn’t as dark, it will seem even lighter on the mug now. Its okay, you know what to do next time. The pen will still have texture on the mug, I tried picking at mine to see (carefully) but nothing came off. Just remember, and tell the person this, NO DISHWASHER! Other than that your mug should be fabulous. Another idea? Get something small like jewelry, a gift card or whatever to wrap and put on the inside. Double surprise! 😉 Enjoy loves! Merry Texas Christmas!

-haley.

Keep Out the Cold.

I once heard that cold air was harsh on the lungs, but never really thought about it until the past couple of weeks. My class starts at 7:30 in the morning, which requires me to walk a long distance across campus, in the dark, and in forty-five degree weather. By the time I arrived at my building, I was gasping, and realized that it didn’t matter how many times I took a deep breath, the cold air wasn’t helping. So, after some research I found that it is true! Cold air is super harsh on our lungs (our noses turn red from trying to warm it up before it hits our lungs), but with PH I don’t breathe through my nose when walking since its kind of a workout. I breathe through my mouth. Cold weather for people with any lung condition is extra harsh. We need that warm air because with cold air, it causes bronchial-constriction which leaves our chest feeling extra tight, we breathe harder, and sometimes even cough. Well, doesn’t that just suck.

However!! Take these ridiculously simple steps in order to help your breathing when you venture out into the cold.

A SCARF

scarf You don’t have to look like a Eskimo, but a chic scarf (an infinity one, or regular) draped around your neck looks completely stylish and normal. How does this help my breathing? When walking outside, take the front part of the scarf by your face, and pull it up over your mouth and nose like a mask. You might look like a serial killer, but a cute and stylish one at that. It’ll keep the air you’re breathing in warm and moist, and make a quick walk outside a whole lot easier. You shouldn’t be gasping after this trick!

COFFEE

coffeeI’m a coffee addict, and this is totally a little white girl suggestion, but when you’re walking in the cold not only does it taste yummy, but coffee (or hot tea) will of course warm you right up. It sounds ridiculous, but I had time to bring coffee with me to class, and it worked. However, take care of your coffee breath. hahaha.

I know this consisted of two suggestions, but hey, try them and surely it’ll help your lungs in dealing with the cold. Other than these walks, you shouldnt be out in the cold anyways!! Anyways, stay warm, and keep breathing. There is still time to get your contest question in at your chance to win a shirt! Check out the contest tab for more info! 🙂

-haley.

Enjoy Your Cup of Dangerous

Hope yáll have had a lovely week so far!

I just woke up from my little evening nap. Little is so underestimated because these usually last about 2 hours. Lately I’ve absolutely had to squeeze one in around 6 in the evening because I’m exhausted. My body is having a bit of trouble keeping up lately (My oxygen has been in the low 80’s) but also, my caffeine addiction has taken control. So naps are necessary! And here I sit typing this while chugging back a cup of coffee. This is an everyday companion in my life…but does that coincide with PH?

My caffeine addiction started my first year of college but I started consuming it around my 7th grade year. On a daily basis I have around 4-5 cups a day. Two in the morning, one after work and around one to two cups in the evening. Yes, this is an insane amount and when I went to my last appointment my doctor said not to have any after 12pm. PSH! Lady are ya crazy?! Coffee is amazing. Its delicious, its warm, you make it yours, I NEED it and you get to buy insanely cute mugs to put it in. 😉

With the symptoms of PH it’s not great to consume excess amounts of caffeine. Our heart already works ALOT harder than its ever suppose to just to live daily life, and when you consume products that speed your heart rate up it’s just asking for trouble. That’s why we avoid things such as diet pills, energy drinks and even some medication. I however, do not abide by the rules when it comes to my precious cup of joe. I probably should start cutting back and maybe I’ll work on it. Until then, I’m finishing this cup…

But really, despite having a disease or not,  a caffeine addiction is NOT healthy. When you’re feeding your body this you’ll constantly be running on a false high, so you will crash and burn…like I do everyday at 6. You’re also hurting your stomach. Caffeine is a hunger suppressant, making you put that one meal off a bit longer than planned or sometimes like me, completely forgetting to eat at all. So by the time you remember, you have nothing in your system, your heart rate is high and you feel like dropping. This happened to me on Monday. Be VERY careful. The drink whether its coke or coffee, seems harmless and everybody we know is “addicted” to caffeine. But it can truly mess you up, especially when there is an underlying problem. Stopping? I still haven’t figured that out. Its going to be a day-to-day thing, maybe replacing a cup with water instead and gradually only having one or two cups a day, not when needed but one to enjoy. Having PH sucks and making accommodations for it sucks even more, but we do it because I think we are called to be much stronger individuals. Keep an eye on your warm, delicious, “much-needed” drink. It’s not all what it’s cracked up to be. But in the meantime, enjoy some of my favorites of my coffee mug collection. 🙂

-haley.