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 .




Simple Hair Style DIY


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.


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:



Thanksgiving Appetizer


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.


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


  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


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


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.


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.



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.
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.
Tip 3: As a general rule, a small child’s neckline radius is about 2 inches and an adult’s is about 3 inches.
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

Vertical image of a girl moistening skin with cream

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:


  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.

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.

Fun Fall Hair Styles

With the start of fall, fashion changes along with hair styles and hair colors. This week I bring you some fun and trendy hair styles using braids.

Side dutch braid


Triple braid


Ombre’ Braid and Bun


The top portion of the hair is sectioned off from temple to temple, and then parted in the middle with both sides braided to the middle of the head. Now wrap the two braids around each other loosely to form a messy bun. The blonde ombre color adds depth to the braid and highlights the soft curls on the bottom.

Ponytail braid


Ponytails have always been great for those days when you don’t want to put much effort into your hair. This twist on a ponytail not only makes a boring ponytail look cute, it also shouldn’t take very long to do. You could do the braid the night before and then just get up the next morning and put your hair into a ponytail.

Braided bun


A braided bun gives the bun a new, fresh, and fun look. This would be a good style for a special event or whenever you wanted to have fun by trying a new twist on a bun.

To see more hair styles check out www.therighthairstyles.com

Football Season a.k.a Fall

The fall season is upon us and that means the leaves will be changing colors and falling off their branches, school has begun again, and football is back on television. Are you a die-hard football fan or maybe you just go to your school’s game to show your support? If you do either one or fall somewhere in between, today’s blog is for you.  Sometimes it’s nice to do your nails in school colors or just a football theme. Here are some nail art ideas with football in mind:


Paint one vertical line and three short horizontal ones to create the stitches.


Another idea would be to use your favorite team’s colors and draw the football on top. Don’t forget to let each side dry before polishing the other color. Also make sure everything is dry before adding the white as you don’t want the other colors to cause the white to smear.


Another great idea is to make the green on your nails to look like the turf the football players play on. Here’s a short tutorial to create this cool look:

Paint your nails green.  Dark green looks more like astroturf if you use it under the lighter green flocking.

Paint a second coat of green, and while your nails are still wet, sprinkle green flocking on your finger. You can buy it any craft store.

Tap your nail just like you would glitter after you stuck it down to glue, and you’re done with the grass part. (You will probably still have some left on your hands, but you can just wash it off.)

Paint your pointer finger dark brown.

Draw football stitches on it with white nail polish.


And finally, maybe you just want something simple like a football on your nails. In this picture you have the steps to turn your nails into cute footballs. Whatever you do, have fun!

S’mores Dip


With fall quickly approaching, one of the things I love about the season is making s’mores over the fire. Sometimes though you may not be able to get somewhere that you can make a s’more so today I bring you from the blog cleverly simple, s’mores dip. Yes, a s’mores dip! How delicious would this be to sit down and dip graham crackers into a dip of chocolate and marshmallows? Pretty darn delicious in my honest opinion. #fall #recipes #smores #awesome

You will need:

Graham crackers

Four Hershey’s chocolate bars



  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray the round pan with spray butter.
  3. Add a layer of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars.
  4. Place a layer of marshmallows.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 – 7 minutes, until the marshmallows are toasted.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes.

Layer the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate on the bottom of a round or square pan that you can place in the oven.  A cast iron pan would do great as well.  I put about four Hershey’s Milk Chocolate in the pan.  However, if you have a lot of chocolate lovers, you may want to add some more.

Top the chocolate with a full bag of marshmallows.  Pack them in there.

Bake in a 450 degree Fahrenheit for 5 to 7 minutes.  Keep a close eye on it.

dipping into the smores dip

Let your dip cool for 10 minutes and then you’re ready to dig in!


Fun With Sharpies

With the summer winding down and school starting soon, why not get in one more fun project? I will bet that I am not the only one that has way too many sharpie markers lying around. This fun project gives us a chance to make use of all of those sharpie markers we all have. This fun, crafty project can turn plain ceramic tiles into cool looking coasters. This project takes white ceramic tiles, and then with a few other items like sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol, we can create awesome looking coasters. #sharpiesrule #girlsrule #endofsummer #fun

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White ceramic tiles
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Small straw or eyedropper
  • Your favorite Sharpie fine markers

You may also want to purchase felt and glue for the bottom of the coasters

Find white ceramic tile at any hardware store (they should be under a dollar each). Make sure to clean the surface thoroughly with soap and water.

Color with Sharpies! Pick a combination of dark and vibrant colors to create contrast. There are no wrong choices!

Use a stirring spoon  or eyedropper to methodically drop small “pools” of alcohol onto the tile. If you drop too much, the colors will all blur together and you won’t get any circles or patterns. Let dry! It can take up to half an hour, so just be patient!

If you think you added too much alcohol, you can go back and add more to create new “pools” on top. It will bloom again!

Seal it using a spray fixative first. Hold the tile at least 6 inches away and spray lightly over it. If you spray too closely or too much, the ink will reactivate and blur again. Do it in layers. After that, you can use a varnish or polyurethane to seal it with a glossy coat! Shine, baby, shine!

As a finishing touch, glue felt to the bottom of the tile to prevent the edges from scratching your table.

If you’re really feelin’ crazy, you can add MORE Sharpie on top of the sealed layer!


You can find this project and others at: http://blog.sharpie.com/2013/04/coasting-into-spring/


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