Coke Slushie

Slowly but surely, the cold is melting away and the sun is coming out! It is getting to be about that time of fighting away the heat. This simple slushie will keep you cool as we move through spring and in to summer. All you need is a freezer and a bottle of soda to complete this super fun treat, plus it’s cheap!

Any kind of soda works but it has to be the 16 oz. bottle. The first step is to shake it as hard as you can. You want it to look like the picture below, but don’t decide to open the bottle.

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Next, put the soda bottle into the freezer for about 3 hours. The longer the soda is in the freezer, the better it will freeze. Be warned; do not leave it in the freezer for more than 3 hours and 15 minutes.
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Here comes the tricky part. After taking the bottle out of the freezer, untwist the cap for about three seconds then quickly close it again. Then, flip the bottle quickly upside down. This causes the soda to instantly freeze.

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To finish off your cold, slushie treat, just poor it out into a cup or a bowl and enjoy!

DIY:Painting with Glue

Today’s DIY we are making sun-catchers out of glue and food coloring. You can either use it as a sun-catcher or as a decorative item for your personal space.

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Items needed:

  • White Glue
  • Plastic Lids-Lids from tubs of yogurt, hummus, sour cream etc. work best, although metal lids also work
  • Food Color
  • Toothpick
  • Hole punch
  • String

Step 1: Pour some glue in the lid and then swirl it around until it has covered the inside of the lid completely.

Step 2: Put one or two drops of food coloring on the glue.

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Step 3: Using your toothpick swirl the food coloring around to create your desired effect and then repeat with each color you want to use. Be careful and don’t combine colors too much as it could make your project look muddy and brown.

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Step 4: Let everything dry. The colors will expand and continue to create an effect as they settle. The glue will take one to three days to completely dry depending on the amount of glue used. The edges of the glue will begin to peel from the lid once it is completely dry.

Step 5: Once you’re sure it’s dry, peel it off the lid. From here you can punch a hole in the and a string if you want to hang it up or you can leave it as is and use it as something else.

Note: Babble Dabble Do noted on their site that as long as it is hanging in a window the food coloring will begin to shrink as the glue hardens which will make it look differently over time (which could be pretty cool). After all, who do you know that has a sun-catcher that the design will change over time as it hangs in a sunny window?

All photos courtesy of Housing a Forest and Babble Dabble Do. You can learn more on www.babbledabbledo.com

 

DIY Spa Bath Soak

It’s fun to do some DIY things especially if it saves you money and you can do it for cheap. Spa bath salts are cheap and easy to make, plus it’s great for your skin. To make your own spa bath salts for your bath you need to grab some epsom salt, an empty jar or container with a lid, and fragrance oil. If you want to give your bath some color then also grab some food coloring.

Step 1: Put a cup of epsom salt into a bowl.

Step 2: Add a few drops of fragrance oil to the epsom salt and mix it up really well. You will want to make sure you get it mixed up well because you don’t want the fragrance to be too strong. After mixing everything if you realize you put to much fragrance oil in the salt then just add a little more epsom salt and keep mixing.

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Step 3: If you want to give your epsom salt some color so it will give your bath a slight tint, add some drops of food coloring to the mix and then stir everything again until the food coloring is mixed in. Only add about 5 drops of food coloring to start and then you can add a little more food coloring to get your desired color. Keep in mind that a little food coloring will make your bath look cool and it will not stain your skin, but using too much food coloring in the mix can potentially stain your skin.

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Step 4: For the final step you take the mix and put it in to some type of jar or container that has a lid. Now that you’re finished you are ready to enjoy an awesome, relaxing bath.

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For more information you can check out http://simplydesigning.porch.com/homemade-strawberry-bath-salts/

 

 

 

Kool-Aid Lip Gloss

I don’t know about you but I tend to use a lot of lip gloss throughout this time of year. You will probably have an empty lip gloss pot at some point and instead of throwing it away, how about reusing it? With some coconut oil, a cheap packet of kool-aid and some sugar, you can make your own lip gloss for your empty lip gloss pot and not only will it be cheaper but you’re helping our environment by reusing and not throwing away. Here’s the directions to make your own lip gloss:

  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 package of Kool-Aid
  • enough water to form a paste
  • 1 tsp. sugar or to taste
Step 1: Start by softening your coconut oil. I heat the oil in the microwave for 5 seconds and then stir vigorously. You don’t want to overheat it, it should not be in liquid form, but you could put it back in for another few seconds if it is too firm.
Step 2: In another cup, pour in about half of the Kool-Aid. Add just enough water to form a paste and see the color. Whisk in your sugar and add it into your softened coconut oil a little at a time till you achieve the desired color.
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Step 3:If you have a small whisk you can use it but if not a normal whisk is fine, and then maybe some elbow grease to mix it all together. The oil and paste don’t mix well unless you work at it… just a little bit. Keep whisking untill most of the sugar has dissolved. Step 4: Spoon the gloss (it will still be a litle soft) into your container.Let them cool completely or refrigerate briefly to solidify the oil again.
Keep in mind that Kool-aid in those little packets can stain fingers, counter tops…etc…You might want to put something down that will prevent any issues with staining.
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For more information on this project plus others, check out http://adventuresinallthingsfood.blogspot.ca/2014/04/make-your-own-kool-aid-lip-gloss.html.

Ramen Noodle Hacks

Ramen noodles: you might love them or you might not but either way they are a pretty cheap meal to fix, whether you’re looking for something quick or it’s what you can currently afford. So you have before you a package of ramen noodles and you want to make them taste better or different from the usual. Here are some cheap hacks to give your noodles a makeover:

Frozen vegetables – frozen veggies are usually pretty cheap with corn and peas being good options. You can take the frozen package and run under hot water for 30 seconds give or take, and then after you drain them just add them to the hot soup before serving.

Longer cooking vegetables – veggies that take longer to cook like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and snap peas can be added while the noodles are cooking, usually about 2 minutes before it is finished boiling.  It may take trial and error to figure out the precise moment to add them in so they’re fully cooked but it can be done.

Hard boiled eggs – add the eggs to a pot of cold water, bring it to a boil, and then drop in your noodles. The egg should be pretty perfectly hard boiled in just about the same time that it takes to cook the ramen through.

Canned soup – if you want to you can add a can of cream soup like cream of mushroom, cream of chicken or whatever you have on hand.

You can also add different spices and condiments to the noodles to give them a different flavor. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try some new things! If you have some hacks to upgrade your ramen noodles, share them here, or tag us on Facebook.

For more ideas and additional info on how to upgrade your noodles check out http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/03/ramen-hacks-30-easy-ways-to-upgrade-your-instant-noodles-japanese-what-to-do-with-ramen.html .

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Simple Hair Style DIY

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If you’re looking for a fun new hair style then check out this tutorial. This easy low bun would be cute and casual as well as a great holiday hair style.

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Follow these easy steps to this great hair style:

1. Begin with a loose, low ponytail.
2. Part hair above the hair-tie.
3. Pull pony up and through into a topsy.
4. Repeat previous step into another topsy.
5. Use your index finger and wrap another topsy to create the roll.
6. Continue to roll until you run out of ponytail.
7. Fasten under the roll with bobby pins until it feels secure.

For more fun ideas check out:

http://blog.lulus.com/beauty/lulus-how-to-low-rolled-updo-hair-tutorial/

 

Thanksgiving Appetizer

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you might be thinking about wanting to help out with dinner that day by making a dish. Even if you aren’t planning to make something, this three ingredient, three minute dish of cream cheese covered in caramel sauce and toffee bits would be fun any time of year. This spread would be delicious on apple slices.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • toffee bits
  • sliced apples, pears, pretzels for serving

Instructions

  1. Place the cream cheese on a dish or serving tray
  2. Pour the caramel sauce over the cream cheese
  3. On top of the caramel sauce put the toffee bits

To complete this dish just put some apple slices around the spread and you’re finished. Check out shewearsmanyhats.com to find other great recipes and ideas.

Fall/Thanksgiving Decoration

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As seasons and holidays change I enjoy doing some kind of craft. This is a simple, easy, and cheap decoration you can make for your room or wherever. All you need to do is first find yourself a jar of some type. If you can’t find a jar, the dollar store has mason jars for a dollar.

You will also need:

leaves (real or fake)

Mod Podge

Sponge brush (some people use their fingers so you could potentially skip the brush as well)

Raffia or ribbon

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Step 1: Clean the jar. If you have rubbing alcohol wipe the jar off with rubbing alcohol before applying the mod podge as it gets off any unseen grease, dirt or residue.

Step 2: Make sure your leaves especially if you went with real leaves, can bend and move without falling apart. If you have a leaf that you’re afraid will fall apart when you try to put it on the jar, you might want to choose a different leaf.

Step 3: To decoupage, dip your brush in the Mod Podge and paint a thin layer on a section of the jar.  Once that layer becomes quite sticky (check by dabbing your finger on it), place a leaf on the jar.  Paint more Mod Podge on top of the leaf in thin layers, making sure to smooth out the edges.  Start in the center of the leaf, and push your way out to the edges with your fingers.  It may take a few layers, but the leaf should stick to the jar. You might have to press down a few times to get it to stick but once the mod podge dries it should be fine.You can use your fingers to help smooth out the leaf so it will stick to the jar after the mod podge is applied.

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Step 4: Repeat the process with more leaves until you have the jar covered with the amount you want. It will then take a few hours to completely dry depending on the amount of leaves layered on the jar. Once the jar is dry, you can add raffia or a ribbon, and a candle to complete your project.

 

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If you would like to read more about this fun DIY check out: http://sparkandchemistry.com/blog/leaf-mason-jar-candle-holder/

 

 

 

DIY Costume Idea for Halloween

Can’t decide what to be for Halloween? Here is a tutorial for a completely no-sew spider web cape that you could easily make before Halloween. spider-web

All you need is:
fleece fabric – about 1 yard for a small child, 1 1/2-2 yards for an adult
tailor’s chalk or sidewalk chalk
1 yard of ribbon
sharp fabric scissors
ruler or measuring tape
*First, I want to explain why using sidewalk chalk is so great. Regular chalkboard chalk is sometimes hard to draw with on fabric, especially fleece. Sidewalk chalk that has gotten wet and then dried again, is softer and easier to work with on this project.
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Tip 1: To ensure you have enough fabric for your cape, you might want to measure how long you want the cape to be before heading to the fabric store. You do this by placing the measuring tape at the back of your neck and letting it hang down your back. Most fleece comes about 55-60 inches wide. If you want to keep this a no-sew project, keep in mind that it needs to be no longer or wider than the width the fleece comes in.
Tip 2: Measuring tape can act as a great over sized protractor when you are marking out your quarter circle. Be sure that the tip of the tape stays at the corner and that you mark the same length all the way across to get the proper arc.
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Tip 3: As a general rule, a small child’s neckline radius is about 2 inches and an adult’s is about 3 inches.
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Tip 4: If you are worried about the chalk outlines, don’t fret. The sidewalk chalk rubs out very easily. If you have some stubborn spots, rub them out with a damp rag or sponge.
For more information on this project head on over to:  http://www.deliacreates.com/no-sew-halloween-spiderweb-cape-tutorial/

Acne May Not Be So Terrible After All

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Photo Courtesy of facingacne.com

As girls most of us have probably had to deal with acne and getting breakouts, especially at the worst possible time. According to newly released research, the people that suffer from acne age more slowly. This study was recently published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. So if you are  annoyed and frustrated with your skin, just remember that chances are pretty good based on research that you will age slowly. If you want more information about what was talked about within the new study, head over to http://www.teenvogue.com/story/acne-benefits-younger-skin-study to read the full article. Here’s a great suggestion on a daily routine to help you deal with acne and breakouts:

Morning

  1. Cleanse with a soap-free water soluble formula designed to be gentle yet cleanse thoroughly. Adding a soft washcloth or soft- bristled cleansing brush can help make sure all makeup, debris, and oil are removed.
  2. Exfoliate and help unclog pores with a leave-on, completely non-abrasive 2% salicylic acid product designed for acne-prone skin. The trick is to find one that doesn’t contain ingredients like alcohol and menthol.
  3. Apply a benzoyl peroxide treatment to all breakout-prone areas. Benzoyl peroxide is the gold standard acne-fighting ingredient and is brilliant when combined with soothing, exfoliating salicylic acid. Some products come in multiple strengths of benzoyl peroxide so start using the lowest strength first.
  4. Protect skin every day with an oil-free, lightweight, broad spectrum sunscreen. If you wear foundation, it may already contain sunscreen so you wouldn’t need to apply more.

Evening
The evening routine is the same as the morning routine, minus the sunscreen. Some of these products can be kind of drying to the skin so using a moisturizer after using these products would probably be good.

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