The Keepsake Kitchen Diary!

Though I have been cooking more recently than before, I have never really been one to keep a recipe book or card box. That is until the awesome ladies at Lily & Val offered to send me The Keepsake Kitchen Diary. Since I love creative collaborations, I had to send her some of my latest products so she could use them too. I was immediately smitten with the book when I first got it - the beautiful chalk lettered illustrations by Valerie McKeehan caught my eye immediately. To be perfectly honest, it was one of those cases where I had this gorgeous book in my hands but I didn't want to write in it or mess it up because it's so beautiful. I keep far too many books and journals blank, so I had to talk myself out of the fear of messing it up and to jump right in.

One of our favorite go-to recipes as of late is essentially an adaptation of Hot For Food's Buddha Bowl. We had the pleasure or having her stay with us and you can check out the fun we had in being spoiled with delicious Vegan food in Lauren Toyota's video

I should probably properly make a video for the meal that we have at least once a week now and take the time to write an actual recipe with measurements one day. For now, you'll just see this spread which was an excuse to dive right in and use my supplies in Lily & Val's gorgeous Keepsake Kitchen Diary.

Keepsake Kitchen Diary
Keepsake Kitchen Diary

I printed out just an okay photo (better than nothing) on my Instax Share SP-2 printer

Keepsake Kitchen Diary
Keepsake Kitchen Diary
Keepsake Kitchen Diary

The gorgeous illustrations are reason enough to get this Keepsake Diary, but imagine how special this will be to pass on to someone with it full of delicious recipes! If you're still looking for a special gift for Mother's Day, this might just be it! 

Check out what Valerie did with my products on her blog and on Instagram

As Seen on Babble

Craft a Life You Love | Top Adult Coloring Books | Babble

I have to say, there's something really wonderful about sharing your message with the world. When I committed to writing Craft A Life You Love, I knew I had to write from the heart and I had to share my most authentic self in order to really convey my story. That sounds easy enough in theory but it also can make you feel vulnerable. I mean, what if no one read my book? What if they didn't agree with my message? Those were things I had to get over and I am so glad I did. The response to my book has been overwhelmingly positive and better than I could have ever imagined.

I found out that Babble chose Craft A Life You Love as one of their top picks for adult coloring books! Needless to say, I was so excited! I'm thrilled that others are making good use of their books and using them not only as a source of inspiration but also as a place to express their creativity. 

Also, we have some VERY exciting news about the book that we can't wait to share with you soon! 

Live Inspired Podcast

Live Inspired Podcast Interview with Amy Tangerine

Recently I had a great conversation with Tracie Claiborne about the process of self-publishing and other insights into writing a book on her podcast, Live Inspired. I'm passionate about sharing my experiences with others, so being able to discuss the trajectory of the book-making journey is such a treat. Tracie is a gracious host and totally made me blush when she declared that my book is now her "go-to manual on living a creative life." What! That's a huge compliment. I am so thrilled that my words are inspiring others.

You can here our conversation here and, as always, find my book here (currently only $19 instead of $25 for a short time) - Thanks so much for your support!

BIG BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Craft A Life You Love by Amy Tangerine is now available!

It's here! It's finally here! I'm so excited to share that my new book is now available on Amazon! This is a dream come true for me, as it feels like it has been years in the making. 

There was something about the beginning of last year that actually made me take the plunge and dive right in to something I have been wanting to write for a very long time. I considered going the traditional route and trying to pitch and partner with a major publishing company, but then I learned that I could self-publish on Amazon and that was all it took for me to commit to the project. I wanted my book to be available to you all as fast as possible so by publishing on Amazon, it can be printed ON DEMAND and in your hands in a few short days. (Does that blow your mind a little bit?!)

If you're a longtime reader of my blog, then you are well aware that I am very passionate about cultivating a rich and fulfilling life, and sharing my experiences with all of you. From traveling the world to growing a family to working in various creative fields, I've developed an amazing life that has me excited to jump out of bed every morning (okay, almost every morning). But I haven't reached this point in my career and life without a few bumps along the way. Just like everyone else, I've made mistakes, I've experienced setbacks, and I've had to dust myself off and get back up again. However, when I really analyzed my life's trajectory, the one common denominator that has gotten me through the good and the bad has been using my creativity on a near daily basis. Whether it was styling clothes for photo shoots or designing scrapbooking products or sharing videos on YouTube, I've found my life's purpose by creating.

Craft a Life You Love is broken down into five unique sections: Crafting the Soul, Crafting the Right Mindset, Crafting the Right Environment, Crafting Happiness Through Habits, and Crafting Your Way Back. Each section is filled with all of my best tips and tricks for infusing your life with creativity, fun, and intention paired with personal stories about my journey. Each chapter also features guided worksheets, hand-lettered quotes, and a generous margin so you can doodle on the pages while you read! My hope is that you feel inspired to make this your own.

I am SO excited beyond words to see where this journey takes all of us. Let's get those creative juices flowing together to make 2017 the best year yet. If you have any questions - please leave them in the comments and I will try my best to answer them in an upcoming post and video! XOXO!

Creative Lettering For Kids

Ever since I can remember, I have been obsessed with hand writing. Though I never thought mine was all that great growing up, I loved practicing and trying different ways to improve my lettering style. One of my fondest memories includes passing colorful notes and notebooks to my friends in grade school and junior high. Arts & crafts have played a key role in my early years and it is a dream come true to be able to work in an industry that values creativity. All the colorful markers and pen options out there still get me excited to this day. When I was asked by Jenny Doh to be a contributor to Creative Lettering for Kids, I gladly said yes! It is really cool to be a part of such a talented group - I don't feel worthy! 

This piece didn't make it into the book, but I'm excited for you to see the ones that did. Creative Lettering for Kids is, in my opinion, great for all ages. Let's face it, we are really all kids at heart, right?! As I continue to strive to limit my time in front of digital devices, I feel even more inspired to try my hand at these awesome ideas. I have a feeling you will like them too!