Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cleaning Your Beauty Blender

This post is again, a little off topic from what we usually talk about here on the blog, but every now and again I find a really good beauty tip and I have to share it with you!
For Christmas I received my very first ever Beauty Blender.  They are not cheap so I try my best to take good care of it.  I've tried several ways to clean my cute little pink makeup sponge, but with no luck until now.  I found my remedy on Pinterest of course.
Dawn dish soap to the rescue!  You will need a microwave safe bowl, Dawn dish soap and hot tap water.
See my little blender there?  That's actually what it would look like after I "washed" it using my hand soap in the bathroom.  It doesn't look very clean huh?  Actually it was pretty clean, but very stained by my makeup. 
First, I added hot tap water to my bowl with Dawn dish soap.  I worked my sponge by squeezing and releasing until I thought I had it pretty clean.  After that, I let it sit for about an hour while I finished making supper.
Next, I rinsed it under warm running water until it was free of any soapy bubbles.  Looks pretty good now!  Look how much make up is in the bowl of water there!
After I rinsed my bowl out really well, I added more water to the bowl, dropped my blender in and gave it a good squeeze so it would fill with water and then popped it into the microwave for about 1 minute 45 seconds.  This sanitizes it so no creepy crawlies will grow in it.  CAUTION! The bowl and water will be very hot.  Please be careful and remove the bowl from microwave and let cool.
Now I have a freshly cleaned and sanitized sponge to help cover all my experience lines with! YAY!  I do this cleaning process about once every two weeks to make sure I'm not smearing all kinds of yucky germs on my face daily.  In the meanwhile, I continue to wash it with hand soap after each use.

Want to see what I've shared in the BEAUTY section on my blog?  Look HERE.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Tropical Green Smoothie with a Secret Ingredient

We've been trying to eat better because of course that makes us feel better, so today I have a recipe I found on Pinterest (original link HERE) and thought I'd share it with you.  We've added a secret ingredient to our smoothie for an extra health benefit.  Keep reading. 
Doesn't that look yummy?   That's because it is!  Even though this is a green smoothie, its sweet so that makes it even better in my books!
You will need the following items to make your very own glass of yumminess!

Tropical Green Smoothie

Blender
1 - 13.5oz can of Coconut Milk (1 1/2 cups)
1 - Handful of greens (I used Kale, Spinach and Chard)
1 - large Banana (Very ripe and frozen is best)
1/2 cup - Mango Chunks (Frozen is best)
1/2 cup - Pineapple (Frozen is best)
1 - Lime's juice and zest
Optional - SECRET INGREDIENT - We added a few sprigs of fresh Cilantro from our garden just because is has amazing health benefits!  See below for all the benefits.
Add all of your ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
Enjoy immediately.  This makes enough for two smoothies, one for me and one for my Honey!

ABOUT OUR SECRET INGREDIENT:  Did you know that CILANTRO lowers blood pressure, guards against bacterial infection from Salmonella, reduces swelling, helps in the prevention of urinary tract infections, relieves arthritis, helps reduce nausea, reduces cholesterol, reduces cellulite, improves digestion, relief for stomach aches, eases mood swings associated with premenstrual syndrome, reduces cramping, promotes liver function, disinfects and detoxifies the body, lowers blood sugar, helps with insulin secretion, works as a natural anti-fungal and antiseptic for skin, works as a lung expectorant and helps conjunctivitis and other stresses on the eyes.  See HERE for original post I borrowed this information from.

We have about 6 Cilantro plants growing in our garden and it comes back with no help at all year after year.  I'm almost sure we have a little bit of Cilantro every single day in our meals.  It's good and good for you!
And of course, every tropical drink is better with an umbrella straw!  I hope you try this smoothie and enjoy it as much as we do.  This is definitely a keeper!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Garden Plant Markers

A few weeks back we planted our garden and since my honey did all the planting, I kept forgetting where everything was located.  I'm pretty sure he was tired of me asking him....so....I made some plant markers using supplies I already had on hand.  Guess what? That makes them FREE! YAY!
Even the little plant clip art was free too!  Can you guess what I used as the markers yet?
You guessed it, left over wooden blind slats!  You're so smart!!  I hold on to these hoping to use them for something good and not have to throw them away.  Look HERE for another project I used them for.
I found this free veggie clip art on Freepik.com HERE.  They were perfect size for my project.

You will need the following items to re-create my plant markers:
Veggie Clip Art
Printer
Sharpie Marker - black permanent ink
Scissors
Wooden Slats cut to 12" lengths (I used our chop saw to cut these)
Mod Podge in the Outdoor formula
Foam paint brush (small)
After you print out your clip art, using sharp scissors, cut out each picture staying pretty close to the printed area.
I situated the clip art at the top of the markers for placement and then with the Sharpie, I wrote in the name of each vegetable.  Let the Sharpie dry really well and then proceed to using the Mod Podge to hold it all in place.
I swiped on a bit of glue, laid the clip art down, then went over the entire wording and clip art two more times with Mod Podge.  Let each thin coat dry really well before going on to the next.
And here it is out in the garden.  The markers slid into place really easy and now I dont have to ask my honey bun where each plant is anymore! LOL!
Have you made garden plant markers for your garden?  What did you use?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Check out last week's post about Making Your Own Organic Compost.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Making Your Own Organic Compost

This is our third season to have our raised bed gardens. We decided the first year we built them that we should be composting so that each season we would have nice soil for our veggies.  This year, we are using our very own homegrown compost in our gardens!
This organic compost was made over a planting season's time.  This is our first try at making our own compost and we think it turned out awesome!  It looks very lovely as dirt goes.  Ha, ha!
My honey did all the research and decided to use this old trough we had for our compost.  It may be a bit too large for what we are doing, but hey, it worked for us just fine!  I failed to snap a picture of the cover he uses, but its just a hinged (in the center) piece of plywood that he cover in plastic to help guard it a bit from the elements.  He hinged the cover so it would be easy access for adding our saved organics, stirring and watering.
This is our yield for saving all of our kitchen organics plus some yard trimmings from one season to the next.  One wheel barrow full, and its a large wheel barrow too!  Here's a list of things we save and add to our bin:

Vegetable trimmings or peels
Fruit trimmings or peels
Coffee grounds (including the filter)
Tea bags (I remove the staples from the tags)
Paper towel rolls
Toilet paper rolls
Dried leaves
Small tree or bush trimmings from the yard

In case you're interested, I use a Rachael Ray Garbage Bowl to save all my kitchen organics in.  I got mine at Walmart.  We do not put any cooked food in our compost, that's just a preference of ours.

Also, we live in Texas, so it's neccesary to water your compost in the summer here.  Like now in the Spring,  if we know its going to rain, we just open one end of our bin and let it rain in.  Make sure your bin has drain holes, because too much water is not good either.  If its not the rainy season, we water and then stir about once per week or when it needs it.



We have four raised bed garden sections and my honey added a little of the compost to each bed and then thoroughly mixed it in.  Some beds still needed more soil, so this year we added Miracle Grow's Gard Soil because it was on sale at Lowe's.  Bargain!!
See that luscious green stuff there on the right?  That's our cilantro.  Once you plant it you have it forever!  It really needs no help at all to keep going!  There were even a few plants growing in the rocked area, so I pulled those up and put them back in their correct spot.  Even though they looked wilted the day I transplanted them, they are perfectly fine now!
This is our tomato and pepper section.  We planted the marigolds in the center isle to help keep bugs away!  Just a tip I learned from Pinterest!
We use a soaker hose system that my honey hooked up so that all four beds are fed by one connection.  We have this hose connected to our condensate water collector that you can read about HERE.
This view is all four beds.  You can see the water hose hooked up to the PVC line that feeds all the connected soaker hose.  He's pretty smart that honey bun of mine!

Do you compost?  If so, do you have any good tips for us?  Please leave a comment.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Trimming Hedges DIY Style

We are focusing on the outside of our house this year.  Main focus, we need to be able to get to the "painted parts" of the house so we can hopefully get that painted soon!

A little back story, when we moved in four years ago the hedges around our house were already way out of hand.  We had to use a ladder to give them a trim each season.  That is NOT safe when using the electric hedge trimmers.....just our opinion!  None the less, we've been using the ladder until this year!
A lot of the hedges had dead limbs in them and a few of them even died all together, that's why you see the blank spots in the hedge line.  We are not hedge experts nor do we even know what kind of hedges these are, but we took a chance on cutting them back in hopes of not having to pull them up and start all over.   NOTE:  Want to know what we use that blue barrel for?  Look HERE.
So, this is how they looked before we started.  Um yeah, a little out of hand....don't ya think!!  To the roof top on the low side for sure!  Not at all good for the painting process we need to happen.
We started in the front of the house and worked our way around to the side.  Let me tell you, this is a lot of work.  First, we tried to trim out all of the dead stuff and then we worked on lowering the tops to a manageable height so in the future they can be trimmed from the ground and we would not have to use a ladder to reach the tops.
My honey didnt want to get out the really long, heavy electric cord to use the electric hedge trimmer, so he just grabbed our little generator we use for the camper.  Worked perfect!  Just wanted to share that in case someone who has a large property needed to use something electric way out and about!
Here we have the little trailer filling up with the cuttings from the hedges.  By the time were were done, we had made three trips to dump the trailer, it was a small trailer, but at least we had one or it could have been worse!
Oh look!!  We have windows!! LOL! Our bedroom is much brighter now.  I love it!  Some of the hedges look really sad and thin, but two weeks later, they are still alive and sprouting new leaves every day.  We are hoping the remaining hedges will make it.
And just to remind you, here's a before and after.  Even though they look a little thin in spots, they certainly look much better than they did to start with AND we can manage them better now.  No more ladders and danger to worry about!  YAY!

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Pink Fluff - An Easy Dessert

Happy Easter!

Need a quick easy dessert for Easter or any other Spring or Summer get together?  This one has just a few ingredients and it is so easy and fast to put together!
Isn't it pretty and so yummy looking? Seriously, who doesn't love to eat pink stuff?  Speaking of pink stuff. that's what we call it in our family.
Pink Fluff

1 - 4 cup serving of cheesecake instant Jello (I used sugar/fat free to cut calories)
1 - 20 oz can of cherry pie filling
1 - 15 oz can of crushed pineapple (do not drain)
1 - regular tub of Cool Whip
1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Pour undrained pineapple into a mixing bowl then add the Jello.  Mix well to incorporate both.
No add the cherry pie filling and mix well.  Oh its getting good now!
Add chopped pecans if you so wish to use them.   Stir to blend into your mixture.  Last, add your Cool Whip.  I guess I got so excited about this dish I forgot to snap a picture of that step!
Serve immediately or chill in the fridge to mingle the flavors a bit.  Its good either way!

Would you like to see some of my Easter creations?  Go ahead, pin them for next year!

Easter Egg Wreath - go HERE.
Easter Egg Wreath Revisited - go HERE.
Old Bookpage Easter Eggs - go HERE.
Yarn Carrot Craft - go HERE.
Easter Bunny Banner - go HERE.


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Easter Bunny Banner

I love Spring and I love Easter.  I also love to add to my seasonal decor when I can, so I made this bunny banner to adorn my chalkboard.
This time I'm kickin' it old school and using my Cricut Expressions machine and the Cricut Sampler cartridge.  If you don't have these two items, any bunny pattern will do.  There are several bunny patterns on Pinterest.  All the supplies needed, I had on hand.  Just use what you have.
To recreate my bunny banner, you will need:
White card stock
Blue, Peach, Pink, Green and Purple card stock
One cotton ball
Glue
Hole punch
Scissors
White bias tape or ribbon
6" strands of tiny ribbon in colors matching your card stock
White yarn
Fork

First, using your die cutting machine, cut one bunny with shadow at 4", then two more at 3 1/2", then two more at 3".  I cut all of my shadows in white first, then the colored bunnies last, but that's just me!  Glue the two pieces together and then add a little bit of the cotton ball for the tail.  Lastly, punch a hole in one ear for hanging.
Now for stringing them into a banner.  I used some white bias tape and measured out a piece about a yard long.  Next cut five smaller pieces to tie the bunnies on to the long piece like you see above.  Find the center of your strand and tie on your 4" bunny there.  Space the others starting with the 3 1/2" bunnies and then lastly the 3" bunnies according to how you want them to look.
Now for the tassels.  I have TONS of ribbon, so I just grabbed some colors matching my bunnies and cut several for each tassel at 6" lengths.  Gather them all together and tie one end with another piece of ribbon to hold it all together.
Ok, this was fun!  Baby fork pom-poms.  So cute and easy!  HERE is where I learned to make these, but basically all you do is wrap your yarn around the middle of the fork about 35 times and then cut another length of yarn and feed it up through the middle space like you see above and then bring the other end up through the front middle and tie one time pretty tight.  Slide the yarn off the fork and tighten it really tight and then tie it one more time to hold it.  Using sharp scissors, cut all the loops, fluff and trim into a ball shape.  Go watch the video , its really easy.  I'm making it sound way harder than it really is.
Now tie your tassels and pom-poms on in the middle of each bunny.  Space them to your liking, hang and enjoy!  My ribbon was long enough I could tie it around my chalkboard and tie into a bow.  I think it turned out so sweet!
This would also be adorable hanging on your mantel or a mirror.  The possibilities are endless, get creative!
From this angle the bunnies almost all look the same size, but remember the center one is 4" and then they go out smaller to the ends.
Now we have little hopping bunnies hanging in the kitchen to make us smile when we walk through.


I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial and will be able to try one for yourself.  Now I need to get the rest of the house all decorated for Easter!

Would you like to see more of my Easter creations?

Easter Egg Wreath - go HERE.
Easter Egg Wreath Revisited - go HERE.
Old Bookpage Easter Eggs - go HERE.
Yarn Carrot Craft - go HERE.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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