Happy Monday! Today we have a really great Creative Feature for you – Lynnette Rogers of Janey Mac. Lynnette is a self-taught graphic designer, mother of four, and creative talent behind Janey Mac – a popular online shop for home decor, including vinyl decals and wall prints. Lynnette shares the story behind her brand – as well as her advice for running a creative business, balancing work and family, and finding inspiration in everyday life.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a mother of 4. We currently live in the foothills of Idaho and my kids love to get out and explore with their friends. Since we finally live on acreage, we are looking for the perfect family dog – or two – to share all of our camping and exploring memories with. I love the warm weather and being outside, so Idaho winters are hard, but the summers are great!
Tell us a little about Janey Mac.
I started Janey Mac in the recession, it was the very end of 2008. Before this I had been working as a draftsman for an architect and my husband is a builder, so we were both deeply financially affected by the the bank failures in the fall of 2008. I had been self teaching myself graphic design in illustrator for the last 6 or so months and had some designs for stationery. My sister in law told me about this website, Etsy. She had been selling clothes on there and thought maybe I could try and sell stationery on there. I opened up a store on Etsy at the end of 2008 – stationery didn’t seem to be doing so well, but I had a bunch of cute designs I wanted to do something with. I noticed that large vinyl decals – firetrucks, trees, etc were on the rise in popularity. So I bought a vinyl cutter and found a vinyl supplier and figured out how to start turning my designs into decals!
This was exciting and super frustrating at the beginning – I had no idea what I was doing, but I was determined to figure it out and I did. Decals started selling right away and we did had a few pretty decent months to begin with. At that point my husband had to take a job in another state so we packed everything up – including the new vinyl business – and headed out. A few months after we moved, the business just sky rocketed in sales. I was pregnant with my 3rd child at the time and my two boys were 1 and 2 years old. My husband and I worked lots of very very late nights after the kids went to bed! The business has been steady and great ever since, and now that my youngest is starting to get a little older and I feel like I am starting to be able to invest more time back into the business again, we will be launching a few new products this year that I am super excited about.
How do you see Janey Mac growing in the near future?
The business has been steady and great for the last six years. I will admit that I have been mostly busy with dedicating my time to my kids, so my to-do list of things I would like to do with the business gets longer each year. Now that my youngest is starting to get a little older, I will be able to start investing more time back into the business again. We will be launching a few new products this year that I am super excited about. We launched digital prints last year. This year we will be adding more designs and adding printed – not just digital – prints as well. And more bedroom accessories to complete the whole room. Most of our sales come from our Etsy shop – JaneyMacWalls – and we have our own website as well – shopjaneymac.com.
Any tips for balancing work and family?
This is a constantly changing balance I have learned. For me, I can’t work with my kids around. I tend to be short with them and then I feel guilty, so I used to work really late nights every night after they went to bed. Now, with only one not in school, I am able to work during nap time – and then I have a nanny that comes in two days a week. I think a family-work life balance is different for everyone – this is what I have learned works best for me and my family. When I am working, I need to be focused and work since I only have a few hours a week to fit this in. And then when I am with my kids and family, I need to be focused solely on them. I also don’t work much during the summer. I love to play and enjoy the warm weather, so I try to get all my designing and new product development done during the school year.
Which of your projects are you most proud of, and why?
I think Janey Mac as a whole makes me really proud. I knew nothing about the vinyl industry and I was able to research and figure it out.
What inspires you?
So many different things inspire me. Seeing a random pattern can trigger a design idea. Watching Shark Tank can inspire a new business method. I think what’s important about inspiration is it comes in so many different forms, the trick is to be able to see it. Different inspirations continue to give me drive in my business. This year’s new product releases comes from an inspiration to brand my company. As I work at trying to brand my company, there are so many different horizons to be inspired by. It’s a fun time in your company when things are changing and expanding.
What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday morning?
Saturday mornings are all about family. Saturday is by far my most favorite day! If we aren’t heading off to a soccer or basketball game, we are either making a nice big breakfast together or getting ready in the summer time to go out and explore for the day. We also love lazy Saturdays when we sit around and watch college football with our boys and drink hot cocoa.
Do you have any advice for living a creative life?
I think everyone lives a creative life – we are all creative in one way or another. We all have talents in different areas. Everyone loves to be creative or expert at something. It’s hard when there’s a pressure to be creative, like when you have to fit things into deadlines. To me living a creative life, is living the life you want to live, feeling like you are doing exactly what you want to be doing with your life and then excelling at life, trying to be your best with the life you want to have.
Where can we follow you?
Etsy | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Thanks so much for sharing your story, Lynnette! I love what you said about everyone living a creative life – sometimes it’s hard to see it, but it’s definitely true. We all have our own ways of weaving creativity into our worlds – and sometimes all it takes is stepping back a little to see and appreciate it. We wish you much continued success with Janey Mac and we will be following with excitement as you expand your brand this year!
Some people think that you need to spend a lot on gym memberships and fancy fitness tools to get in shape. I say thee nay! Repeat after me: Fitness doesn’t have to cost a lot. In fact, it can even be free! We’ve been living on a student budget for as long as I can remember, so pricey gym memberships, with child care, exercise classes and personal trainers are not exactly in the budget right now. One can dream, can’t they? Also, time. Time is an issue. I’m all about efficiency when it comes to working out. I’ve timed it out, and for the amount of time I spend working out a gym or at an exercise class – I spend almost the same amount of time getting ready, packing bags, corralling children and traveling to and from the location. That nearly doubles the amount of time I dedicate to working out. No bueno for me… I need my relaxation time, too. Which is why I am such a fan of working out at home at night, after the kids go to bed – with all my fitness essentials to create my own mini workout space. Everybody’s different with how they choose to workout, but for me, it works well. So, here are some of my favorite, tried and true, free and frugal fitness tools I’ve used and love!
1. Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred ($6.96) and Ripped in 30 ($7.55): I’m a big fan of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts, and the 30 Day Shred was a great introduction to HIIT after I had my first baby. 30 minutes a day was totally doable and all I needed was a pair of hand weights. There are three different levels, so once a level becomes comfortable you can move up to the next level to avoid plateauing. After I mastered the 30 Day Shred, I took on Ripped in 30 which is a slightly harder version of the 30 Day Shred. This was a great HIIT video because it focused a bit more on getting toned. The horrid back pain I was first riddled with after baby #2 was completely gone within 3 – 4 months of doing these Jillian Michaels workouts – and I lost a lot of my baby weight, too – which was a great bonus. My body thanks you, Jillian Michaels! Note: You can also find the 30 Day Shred for free on the BeFit Youtube Channel should you not require doing the workouts in front of a device using a DVD player.
2. Black Mountain Products Resistance Bands ($29.99): I would love to own a large selection of hand weights one day, but cost and limited space is a factor right now. Instead, I found this awesome set of resistance bands for muscle building exercises. They’re lightweight and compact, perfect for small spaces and even to take with you when traveling if you wish! There are a ton of Youtube videos like this on resistance band workouts if you don’t know how to use them for a full body workout.
3. Valeo Neoprene 5 lbs hand weights ($21.07/pair): Although I have a set of resistance bands, I have two pairs of 3lbs and 5lbs hand weights (similar to the ones shown above) that are essential to some of my workout videos, and help me build and strengthen my muscles. And when my go-to 5 lbs weights are too light for a particular exercise, I’ve mastered holding both the 3lbs and 5 lbs weights in the same hand to equal 8lbs of weight in each hand to avoid buying the 8 lbs weights.
4. Couch to 5K ($1.99): This is a great app, especially for people like myself who don’t run – hence, the name “couch to 5k”. As advertised, it’s 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week for 9 weeks – with intervals of running and short walking breaks eventually leading up to running 5k in about 30 minutes. And of course, you can listen to your favorite tunes while running with the app. And at the cost of $1.99, it’s practically free!
5. Yoga with Adrienne on Youtube (Free): This channel is awesome. I love it so much because it has full length yoga videos in power yoga, prenatal yoga, relaxation yoga, yoga for lower back pain, beginners yoga – basically, yoga videos for everyone of all abilities and they range anywhere between 10 – 60 minutes.
6. My Fitness Pal App (Free): This app is life changing! You can track what you eat to help you meet your nutrient and calorie intake. In addition, track your workouts, your weight and inches lost. It completely revolutionized my eating habits by making me much more aware of the kinds of foods I was putting in my body, and the nutritional content of each food which in turn helped me make far better food choices. I really like to eat, so this app helps keep me on track and accountable – with the exception of vacations, eating out and eating while socializing with friends – a girl’s gotta indulge sometime, right?
7. 7-min work-out “Seven” with HIIT challenge app (Free): I LOVE this app! Why? Because (1) It’s the “best bang for your buck” in terms of working out – meaning, it’s the best full body workout that will yield the best results in the shortest amount of time. (2) I can do it while watching tv to make the time fly. (3) I can do it anywhere! You don’t need to lug around exercise DVD’s if you’re traveling – just use this app. (4) I can do it as many times as I want or have time for. I almost always do 4 rounds which equals to about 30 minutes. (5) You don’t need any fancy equipment except for a wall and a chair being that it’s mostly body weight exercises.
8. BeFiT on Youtube (Free): This channel is amazing! I love it because it has a plethora of professional HIIT, cardio, dance and yoga workout videos from fitness celebrities like Billy Blanks, Denise Austin and my personal favorite – Jillian Michaels. There are literally hundreds of videos to choose from with varying durations and videos that even target specific areas of your body. And of course, I love that you can essentially bring a workout class to the comfort and convenience of your own home – for free!
Well, there you have it. These are some of my favorite fitness tools that won’t break the bank! What are some of your favorite frugal or free fitness tools/apps/sites that you like to use?
One of the many wonderful things about my neighborhood is that on any given weekend you can drive around and find not only yard sales, but items left on the curb for free. We are collectively big on re-purposing items here. In my favorite local second hand stores you’ll find wonderful old furniture with distressed chalk paint, wood pallets turned into everything from planters to signs and all sorts of items given a beautiful second life. So when I drove by a large, empty frame with perfectly worn old teal paint, I had to grab it. The color matches my decor perfectly so I didn’t have to worry about painting it, but I did have to find a way to use it without any glass or backing. I have three kids, so there is no shortage of fun photos here and I always have a hard time just putting pics in a box or photo album. They aren’t all frame worthy so our fridge ends up covered in them! I decided to use this large frame with a couple of items I already had at home to display multiple photos that are easy to change out. This was so easy my two year old even helped!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Large frame
- Staple gun
- Picture Hanging brackets (if your frame doesn’t have them)
1. Lay the frame face down.
2. Stretch twine across the frame and staple down at both ends creating rows (I used 4 rows).
3. Attach the hanging brackets at the top, centered and evenly spaced.
4. Hang it on the wall.
5. Use clothespins to hang photos.
And there you have it! Low – or no – cost, super simple, and perfect for our rustic, salt water weathered home – and I can display lots of photos that can be easily changed out for new ones.
Hi friends! Hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend and enjoying all of the beautiful weather we’ve had lately. I’m excited to start my Weekend Inspiration posts again, with all of my favorite links from Pinterest and around the web this week. I’m also really excited to tell you that we’ve created a new page with links to our favorite things! In addition to our favorite blogs, artists, photographers, and places to shop, we’ll also be linking to our top destinations in California! We like to think that it will be a work in progress, with each of us adding new favorites along the way. You can check it out here. You can also keep up with our favorite things by following us on Bloglovin, a really awesome blog reader that allows you to follow all of your favorite blogs in one space. For now, I’ll leave you with this week’s top pins and inspiration.
Weekend Inspiration – March 22, 2015
What happens when you put 8 million flower petals into a volcano? The result is truly breathtaking.
The most amazing recipe for buttercream cake with rhubarb buttercream and cardamom cream.
This cool 1920s inspired wedding, complete with an amazing hanging floral installation, featured on Brooklyn Bride.
Have you heard of Rocksbox yet? You can try it out for free using promo code daisytribexoxo, which gives you unlimited access to gorgeous designer jewelry for an entire month!
10 DIY painted plant pots you can make this weekend!
Inspiring list – 14 habits of people who always stay fit.
Google Feud. It’s kind of like an addicting 90’s game show that you can play from the comfort of your own laptop.
New favorite fashion blog, Fashion Hippie Loves.
Images found on Pinterest via: The Vanilla Bean Blog (top left), Fashion Hippie Loves (top right), Poppytalk (bottom left), and Oak Furniture Blog (bottom right).
So that’s it! Check back next weekend for more news and inspiration – and follow Daisy Tribe on Pinterest to see more of our favorite things.
I’m really lucky to live in a place with so many different kinds of cuisine and fabulous places to eat, almost too many to keep track of at times! Sometimes it can be really easy to miss out on some truly great places right under my nose, so I asked my friends – my eating-partners-in-crime – to share with me all their favorite hidden gem restaurants and places to eat in our close-knit neighborhood of Berkeley and Albany, California. The result? Over 50 recommendations of their favorite food joints in the area that they considered hidden gems. Now, I’m not talking about the Chez Panisse’s, Cheeseboard’s or Zachary’s of Berkeley and Albany that everyone in the Bay Area knows about. I’m talking about the smaller restaurants, the take-out places and shacks that are unassuming and don’t require a dress code. The ones that people might pass every day without really noticing and never knowing how truly amazing they are unless someone told them about it (like me – that’s what I’m here for, right?) Right. So let me share with you some of the favorites from our list of hidden gems. Some being favorites of many of my friends whom I trust their judgment in good food – and some being my personal favorites that my friends also happen to love as well.
Sam’s Log Cabin
The clear winner of recommendations for hidden gems was Sam’s Log Cabin. I’ve passed this place a million times and honestly don’t know why I haven’t been here – yet. First, the exterior looks exactly as the name indicates – a log cabin, how fun! Second, they offer mouthwatering breakfast and lunch menu items like Cinnamon Current French Toast, which also comes in sandwich form stuffed with house made jam and Farmer’s cheese or banana, raisin and walnut – yum! They also offer the likes of corned beef hash, corn cakes, vegan hash, fried chicken sandwiches and these house-made scones that everyone seems to be raving about (blueberry lemon anyone?) Must try. Third, they have a kid and dog-friendly backyard patio and open space – which they are currently updgrading to a cement patio – to be completed within the next few months. And when I say kid-friendly backyard, I mean there is literally a grassy area where the kids can go play and get their wiggles out while you wait for your food. It’s what every kid and parent of young kids dreams of, right? Brilliant! Can’t wait to enjoy breakfast on the new patio!
945 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA | 510-558-0494 | Website | Menu
Da Nang Krungthep Thai Cuisine
Another big contender is this place. I’ve been to many other Thai places in the area, but ‘Da Nang’ is Da Bomb and our very favorite go-to place for Thai take-out. Whenever I suggest we do take-out for dinner, my husband always insist we get Thai food from Da Nang Krungthep so he can get his very favorite meal of all time – the Gang Dang (red curry pork). And boy, can they make your order spicy if you request it! I love the Thai Pumpkin Curry ($8.95), Pad Thai ($7.95) and Pra Ram ($8.95), which is vegetables and meat (chicken is always my choice meat) in a delicious peanut sauce. And of course, the Fried Banana with Coconut Ice cream is to die for! And their portions are huge! We’ve only ever ordered our food to go, but the amount of food we get for the price we pay is a steal – I always have enough food for at least 2 – 3 meals. This place is amazing – they are always so fast in preparing my food, it’s always fresh, hot and consistently delicious every single time. Everyone I’ve ever referred to this place loves it.
905 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA | 510-524-6837 | Menu
Brazil Fresh Squeeze Café
Housed inside this little fun and brightly colored shack blaring Brazilian music – and yes, it’s literally a shack – are some of the Bay Area’s best tri-tip sandwiches – and apparently the world’s friendliest restaurant owner, Pedro. The top two favorite Tri Tip sandwiches are the standard tri tip sandwich and the award winning Pedro’s Favorite Tri Tip Sandwich with the works, which includes cheese, olives, pineapple and jalapenos. Yelper, Caroline H. confesses “A friend recommended this place to me by saying ‘I broke my vegetarianism for the tri-tip sandwich.” Berkeley vegetarians take their oath to abstain from animal products pretty seriously, so that must be a dang good sandwich to break such an oath for. Other items on the menu include rice bowls, pulled pork carnitas with “the works”, cold sandwiches, hearty salads and their signature mango smoothie – which is free when you check-in on Yelp.
2161 University Ave., Berkeley, CA | 510-845-8011 | Menu
It’s a favorite amongst students, but often unbeknownst to others. At Top Dog, you don’t get those same sub-standard beef hot dogs that you grew up on when you went camping. Instead, they offer a variety of high quality grilled sausages like Garlic Frankfurter, Lemon Chicken, Smoked Chicken Apple, Calabrese, Spicy Chicken Mango, Kielbasa and more on a fresh French roll. And, you can add chili to your dog. Drooling yet? Thought so.
Berkeley, CA: 2534 Durant Ave. and 2160 Center St. | Website
This place is amazing and I’ll let you in on a little secret – I’ve eaten at one of the top rated, upscale Indian restaurants in the Bay Area before, and I must admit, Hamro Aangan sure gives the other place a run for their money – and at almost half the price. It’s pretty impressive. I love their Chicken Tandoori Sandwich, Chicken Jalfrezi, Paneer Tikka Masala and Chicken Shahi Korma. However, my true love and go-to order is now their Chicken Tikka Masala – which is the best I’ve ever had – and onion naan with their amazing basmati rice. When I say amazing basmati rice, I mean this place seriously has the best rice I’ve ever had. The spices they use in the rice are so fragrant and flavorful I can’t possibly fathom replicating it myself, which is why it is the only take-out place I consistently order rice from as opposed to usually making my own rice at home.
856 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA | (510) 524-2220 | Website & Menu
Home to one of the Top 10 Burritos in America, is this small Mexican restaurant that you just might miss if you’re walking by too quickly. The most popular menu items by far at Gordo Taqueria are their carnitas burritos and the chicken burritos. Also largely popular are their quesadillas, tacos or the Gordo Plate – which is essentially a plate with rice, beans, meat, salsa, and tortillas so you can assemble your own tacos yourself. And with the most expensive menu item being $6.25 – and most items averaging between $4 – $5, you really get the best bang for your buck at Gordo’s.
Albany, CA: 1423 Solono Ave | Berkeley, CA: 2989 College Ave and 2404 Telegraph Ave | San Francisco, CA: 2252 Clement St; 6460 Geary Blvd; and 1239 9th Ave. | Menu
Well, these are some of our favorite hidden gems. There are so many wonderful hidden gems in our area, I wish I had time to write about all of them! Who knows? Maybe there will be a Hidden Gems: Part 2!
What are your favorite hidden gems in your area? I’d love to hear about them!
I don’t know about you, but I am ready to pack away my riding boots and sweaters and welcome spring with a pair of cutoff shorts, a denim shirt, and a cute pair of leather sandals. As you can see, the two outfits below are very similar, but the price range varies drastically. I personally can pass on almost everything in the “must” section, but I wouldn’t think twice about splurging on the designer shorts since I live in my denim shorts in the summer. How about you, any splurges you would act on?
Lust: Shirt | Shorts | Clutch | Hat | Sandals \\ Must: Shirt | Shorts | Clutch | Hat | Sandals
We recently had the opportunity to partner with Whole Foods Market Berkeley for their Paleo Party Weekend, which included a paleo cooking demo by our Healthy Living Editor Kendra, a store tour with WFM’s Healthy Eating Specialist Ruby, and a book signing with Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo. The first event started out at Whole Foods Market Berkeley on Telegraph and Ashby. Kendra did a live cooking demo featuring her famous Red Pepper Almond Sauce. If you haven’t tried her recipe yet, you need to try. it. now! The food she whipped up was so amazing and had all of us going back for seconds.
We were hosted by one of Whole Foods Healthy Eating Specialists, Ruby – and Lizzie, who you might remember from our Behind the Scenes Tour of WFM Gilman. Ruby led us on a paleo-focused healthy eating tour and had so many great suggestions for little things we could do to help improve our diets.
My sweet friend Erika of Erika Dawn Fitness came with me and also shared many ideas for eating healthy. She has an inspiring Instagram account which you can find right here. Here’s a group photo with Ruby, Kendra, Lizzie, and Erika. And one of Kendra’s biggest fans, her awesome father-in-law who made the trip to see her in action!
If you’re not familiar with the paleo lifestyle, it focuses on eating healthy foods like fruits, veggies, and meat, while avoiding processed foods and other foods that are hard for humans to digest. We got introduced to some new foods that I had never heard of, along with some quick and simple recipes for both paleo and non-paleo eating.
They also had a mini vendor fair which included companies like Local Greens, EPIC, and Nuttzo. I loved trying out all of the different items, and we got to take a swag bag home full of delicious paleo products!
Day 2 had us back at Whole Foods Market Gilman, for a book signing with Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo. She has quite a following, so the store was pretty full of fans hoping to meet her. She spoke briefly about her book, answered a few questions, and then it was time for the book signing.
If you follow the paleo diet – or even if you just like to eat clean, healthy meals – you will love the Nom Nom Paleo recipe book. It’s full of easy-to-make recipes and I loved all of the beautiful photography by Michelle and her husband. In addition to being a paleo superstar, Michelle was really funny and friendly. Here she is posing with Kendra and meeting some of her fans.
This was our first Paleo Party Weekend with Whole Foods Market, and Kendra will be hosting some other fun paleo events in the coming months. You can follow her popular Paleo Paparazzi Instagram account for more recipes, tips, and gorgeous food photos here.
It’s been said that the body knows best – and in the midst of a tough cold and flu season, I’ve been craving lemons like crazy! Lemons, although acidic on their own, have an alkalizing effect on the body helping to balance your pH. Since disease and inflammation thrive in an acidic environment, maintaining alkalinity is key to health. Lemons help rid the body of toxins, assist the digestive system and are a great source of Vitamin C and Potassium. Great reasons to drink lemon juice to fight cold season and maintain health year round! Here are my three favorite ways to drink my lemons!
Warm water with lemon, apple cider vinegar, honey and cinnamon
Warm water with lemon in the morning is the BEST way to kick start your metabolism, flush toxins and start your day. Make it a real cold buster by adding 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, which is also great for alkalizing the body and reducing mucus and congestion by aiding the lymphatic system. A tsp of honey and dash of cinnamon – both powerful antioxidants – add to the flavor of this drink and combine as a powerful force to combat free radicals in the body.
Lemon and cucumber infused water
Fill a pitcher with cold water, add lemon and cucumber slices and refrigerate overnight. You’ll wake up to a refreshing water you can fill your reusable bottle with and drink all day. Cucumbers energize with B Vitamins, hydrate with electrolytes and aid digestion.
Lemon juice with cayenne pepper
I first tried this drink while doing the Nektar Juice Cleanse. I was surprised by how much I loved this one! Fill a glass with water, add the juice of 2-3 lemons and a couple dashes of cayenne. You can add a little sweetener of your choice if you like. The sour lemons and the kick of the cayenne are fantastic together. Cayenne supports the circulatory system and helps regulate blood sugar. You can have this one warm, but I love it over ice!
Give these natural health boosters a try – or comment below to share your favorite way to drink your lemons!