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Channeling Martha Stewart

I made a wreath. That’s noteworthy, because I used to think they were elaborate decorations that only factories and/or Martha Stewart had the ability to craft.

Now I know that’s not true — and, if I can make a wreath, then anyone can make a wreath.

I started with three simple supplies: A straw circle (?), some yarn and a hot glue gun.

Scissors would help, too. Teeth would probably work in a pinch.

Then, I hot-glued one end of the yarn down and went to town on tightly winding the yarn around the wreath so there were no spaces between strands. This was a tedious process. I took me the whole episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians: Kim’s Fairy Tale Wedding show to finish it. In other words, it took me about the same length of time as Kim’s whole marriage.

Once the yarn was wrapped all the way around, I cut the strand and hot glued it down. Try to hot glue on the same side both times, so it can be the back of the wreath.

The whole thing was pretty monochromatic, so I sewed a few yo-yo rosettes, put a pin through them and covered the middle of each with a button, which I hot-glued down.

Much better!

Best of all, the rosettes are only pinned into the wreath, so I can replace them with seasonal decorations at other times of the year.

In other news, both Dan and I caved today and he gave me my birthday present. Eleven days early, smell-seven-shay-Shirley.

This is my “I’m eager to open this present” face, apparently.

At first, we made basic excuses like, “There’s no place to hide it” and “I actually deserve presents every day.”

But, it was no use and the gift was gifted. Ta-da!

A new iPod dock/stereo!

It’s honestly perfect, because it is a gift that both of us can enjoy. I’m selfless like that.

Friday Fragments

Last week, I came upon an article in the Washington Post by Jennifer LaRue Huget (who is one of my favorite health writers), about how a little bit of sugar is not incredibly dangerous.

I thought the article was particularly well done, because she broke down some of the science behind sugars and also explained why tracking dietary sugars can be a challenge. The gist of it is this: Our bodies need sugar, but the majority of it should come from natural sources, such as fruit. Only 5 percent of our daily calories should come from added sugars, such as table sugar, honey or high fructose corn syrup.

It can be difficult to differentiate between the types of sugars, however, because the FDA does not require them to be listed separately on labels.

That being said, Stephanie Dunbar, the director of clinical affairs for the American Diabetic Association, says that although sugar isn’t a health food, a little bit isn’t going to hurt anyone. Rather, as with most foods, it takes an excessive amount to do damage.

What do you think?