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Hey all,

Second day blogging in a row–woot! I have a ton of things to do but I think I may be more energized and focused after some writing, so here I am!

After graduating from Muhlenberg College this past spring, I moved to Burlington to live with the boy and start my MSW program. Since moving in, sprucing up and decorating the apartment has taken up a big chunk of my time. This summer I completely revamped an old dresser I bought for $50 at a thrift store and I painted every room in the apartment except for the kitchen (I’m waiting on new shelving before I do that). Recently we’ve added some more furniture, rugs, and some decorations. Here’s where we’re at!

The bedroom

Paintings I did. Inspired by Georgia OKeefe

More bed room, featuring the dresser I refurbished

Living Room. P.S. my mom got that chair for free!

Since we don’t have side tables or a coffee table, I made a tray that matches the decor in the living room which we can place in the center of the couch and put food, drinks, and anything else on. I purchased an unfinished wooden tray from a craft store, painted it a beige color and then hot glued blue patterned paper onto the bottom. I sealed the wood and paper with polyurethane so that it would be water resistant (it’s not water proof but stains can be cleaned off with a sponge). Here’s the finished product!

Above my desk in the office (featuring adaptable vision boards)

Shelves I made out of snowboards in the office

The bathroom isn’t too exciting but you can see pictures of it here.

As I mentioned, I’m waiting on some new cabinets for the kitchen. In January my landlord is having wooden cabinets put in. This will be a welcome change from the dirty, dented, metal cabinets from the 70s that we have now! After that I’m going to paint the kitchen blue! I’ll document it all 🙂

And noooooooow lettuce-less salad!

During a break in class earlier this week, I was craving salad. I mentioned it to one of my friends in the program and she said “go with it!”–my thoughts exactly! I enjoyed a small garden salad with italian dressing both days of class this week (monday and tuesday) and then I made myself a lettuce-less salad for dinner last night and had the same for lunch today! I got the idea for lettuce-less salad from Julie at pbfingers.com. When I saw the lettuce-less salads she was making I really thought she was onto something. Lettuce is FINE with me but it’s kind of boring…and I don’t want to waste money on boring things! So I whipped this concoction up last night.

In the mix: black beans, broccoli slaw, julienned zucchini, chopped cucumber, chopped green pepper, and adzuki, pea and lentil seeds + italian dressing.

Got this for less than 2 bucks! Good deal for 7 grams of protein in a one cup, 89 calorie serving!

I’m on a salad binge and I’m lovin’ it! 😉

What’s your favorite salad concoction?

Talk to y’all soon!

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I bought a $50 used dresser at ReSource here in Burlington and I completely revamped it. Ever tried this before? It’s my first time and I think the hard work payed off!

From This (Bought for $50 at a recycled goods store)

To This!

If you want to try this yourself, here’s a step by step outline of what you should do (Pictures of the process follow):

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I am a 22 year old social work graduate student living in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. I love do-it-yourself projects, being active, and cooking delicious, healthy food! Feel free to leave comments or email me at AlixandraWest@gmail.com. You can also anonymously ask me questions at http://www.formspring.me/HealthyBalance1 I would love to hear from you!

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