3 day soup + juice jus by julie cleanse: day 2 diary


Happy day 2 of the soup and juice cleanse to me. I am already feeling lighter and skinnier. The left over soup and juice from yesterday are safely stored in my freezer for next week just in case you were wondering.

Today was half day at work for me, so I only packed two juices and one soup. I have time to drink only one, but I go through two cups of coffee. What can I say? I love my caffeine.

I leave work around 12.30 to go home and eat before my dentist appointment at 2. You know they say a watched pot never boils? Maybe it doesn’t boil, but it surely heats up my soup. I inhale that Red Lentilย (140 calories) I am in such a rush!

I walk to my appointment and it feels so good to be outside, the mid-winter meltdown is in full swing and I can’t complain.


I get back home around 3.15 and head to out apartment gym. I usually go to the WAC Downtown, or the Kohl’s location, but today I just need a quick 30 minutes on the elliptical. I do the hill climb preset for a little over 30 minutes.

I am back home by 4, because Sarah is coming over to knit. We are working on Irish hiking scarves, as well as pussy cat hats for the Women’s March in Madison this Saturday.

irish hiking scarf

Soon Kaitlyn joins us, and as we are watching How I Met Your Mother, I decide to make some Mac and Cheese for the girls and for Sam when he comes home ๐Ÿ™‚ As they are enjoying their food, I make myself a cup of Detox Broth (50 calories). That soup is hands down my favorite. I don’t know if it’s the mushrooms, or the spices, but I could eat it everyday. It reminds me of a mushroom and barley soup my grandma used to make when I lived in Russia.

Once again I have a soup and a juice left over. Tomorrow will be interesting, I am going to Chicago to comp shop for work. I will let you know if I come up with any good ways of being on a cleanse while on the go!

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I couldn’t resist stealing this off of another blog here on WordPress! Like the post if you can relate!

Etsy: Yay or Nay?

A lot of time I’d be walking through a store and then spot something totally cool and handmade looking! I’d look at the price tag and think to myself – why are they charging so much for it? And then I have the second thought – I can totally make this myself! I know I am not the only genius out there who has had the same thought before, but I just don’t see why someone would charge almost $200 for this knit throw (which is only 15% wool and 85% acrylic)

So the question of the day is – should I open my own Etsy shop? Please vote and comment below!



PS. On the other note – congratulations to Johnny Weir, he is proof that Americans don’t only marry Russian women, they also marry Russian men!

Monday DIY

So this was supposed to be up on Friday, but since my husband and I went to a Birthday party, I really didn’t have time to post this. So here you go – a Monday DIY.

I decided to combine my two most favorite forms of crafts in this head wrap – crochet and knitting, plus if you’ve read yesterday’s post about wraps, you are going to know where this idea is coming from ๐Ÿ˜‰

























Happy New Week,


Thrifting for Treasure 4: Jewelry (and other stuff)

I did it, I went and bought my first pair of vintage ear-rings. My grandma’s ear rings don’t count, because I didn’t pay a dime ( or a ruble, if you like) for them. Now these were a pair I got from Steeple People. Took my friend Zhanna there today. And she loved it! We also checked out the local Buffalo Exchange and there was a black Coach bag that I fell in love with, and you know how much I love vintage Coach purses, but I wasn’t willing to pay $24 for it. So I walked away from it. I know that it would’ve found a great home with me, but not for this much money.

I was also trying to find some bright colored jeans, and alas – that was unsuccessful.

Anyways – today I got:

1. 1980’s enamel ear rings. Don’t worry, I am going to clean those with rubbing alcohol before putting them on!

(Sorry for the quality of the picture – the writing above the earrings says – 1980’s pierced 2 – ) Yes, these cost me only 2 BUCKS!

2. Crocheted white shawl! I really really REALLY hope it’s hand-made ๐Ÿ˜‰

I know my couch looks good wearing this ๐Ÿ™‚ I promise to take pictures wearing it MYSELF!

3. A Crochet Kit! Which I am not going to use the way it’s intended. I have finally decided that I have time to open an etsy shop, so some cool things are about to come ๐Ÿ™‚ This is some Victorian stocking pattern, which is just cool to see, because that’s vintage for sure!

4. Some free Star Wars! And a few Economists. This was for Sam. Star Wars were more of a joke, and the Economists were for him to see if he wanted to subscribe to that mag!

What did you thrift today???

Zhenya H


Knitted Cuff Bracelet

Oh I can’t describe how proud I am for figuring out this knitted pattern ๐Ÿ™‚ You don’t have to be as proud, but I made this bracelet today, which is perfect for the summer!

I began by knitting a strip, long enough to go around my wrist

This is what it looks like on the other side

Then I stitched it into a tube using my crocheting hook and my awesome skills ๐Ÿ™‚

Turned it inside out, and inserted fabric covered piece of linoleum (you can use plastic from the water bottle too)

And viola – here is what I ended up with!



Knitted Nook Cover

Making this cover has been on my list for a while. And even though the first one didn’t turn out exactly the way I wanted, and it’s not completely finished, I am still pretty proud of myself for getting this far.

Those of you who know me, probably remember that I am way better at crocheting than I am at knitting. And the pattern I chose today was difficult for me. Of course now I can say that it was all nice ‘n’ easy, but it wasn’t like that this AM! I gave up, once, and then picked it all up again.

I’ve had my nook for about a year now, and I got it during the Nook/Kindle price war, when the numbers kept going down. I do have to admit, I paid the original price back then, returned the nook I got, and received a new one, as well as my money back! Ah, gotta love the return policy for that! Sadly, they closed the B&N at Lincoln Centre, but I hope the manager who sold it to me, got transferred or even promoted! That man knew what he was talking about!

I got a cover for my nook the same day. And I guess the quote by Marie de Sevigne really spoke to me back then: “When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it”

And this is what it looks like

But it’s summer time, and I wanted to bring more color into the life of my nook, and of course some “hand-made style”

So this is what I ended up with

I still need to add the padding and the fleece for the inside, but you get the idea!

Here is what I knitted as a practice round this morning:

Hope you all are having a great Thursday! I sure am ๐Ÿ™‚