Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I opened up my own business and now work out of my home.
My clients can always count on me to tell them little tips and tricks that WORK... and the crazy part is you DON'T need to spend over $100 on a cream to see real results. I am going to start a weekly post where I will share some of my tips and little secrets with you.
So lets start with one of my favorites.
Tea Tree Oil
It is an all natural topical treatment that can be used to treat acne. It not only kills the acne causing bacteria but it also reduces redness and inflammation. I am telling you it is AMAZING.
The moment you notice an unwelcome friend starting to appear... use it.
Make sure you get 100% undiluted tea tree oil. You can purchase it at any health food store.
I place mine in the fridge and whenever I notice I am starting to get a little blemish I take a q-tip and dab it on the spot..a few days later...sayonrara sayonara.. ugly zit that was dying to make an appearance and ruin a perfectly good face day is GONE.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
I was going to wait until I reached 100 followers to do my first giveaway...but I am not patient so here we go!
I am going to give away one of the four bracelets I have made.
- Leave TWO comments, one comment telling me which bracelet is your favorite and another comment with your blog name.
- Since I don't understand Twitter you are lucky! No need to tweet this...I think that's how you would say that. Or is is re-tweet?..anywhoo..
The winner will be chosen via random.org within a week. Make sure to leave your e-mail under your comment so I can notify the winner!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
This is probably my favorite thrifted piece of jewelry to date. I may just wear it with everything..everyday.
I am dreaming about all the homemade ice cream that I am going to make over the summer! I got home and thought "PLEASE WORK".....I plugged it in..turned it on... the motor hummed PERFECTLY and and it is ready to do some serious ice cream making.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
According to my international cookbook, hummus originates from Syria. I even Googled it...so it must be true ;)
Ian and I go through a container of hummus about every 3 days. Is this normal? Can you overdose on hummus? Hmmm..
- 2 cups of chick-peas
- 2/3 cups of tahini (sesame paste)
- 3/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Parsley leaves
- 1 roasted red bell pepper. This is not part of the original recipe but I added it to give it a little "kick."
2)Place in a small bowl and garnish with parley leaves.
DONE!! Super duper easy!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I recently discovered a new amazing blog called Hurmur. I am a little obsessed with all her amazing creations and jewelry inspiration. She did a post on polymer clay and it totally inspired me to recreate my own version. I did a little research and polymer clay is SO cheap. Michaels carries blocks of just about every color you can imagine. A whole block is only $1.50!! With one block you can probably make 20+ necklaces or bracelets.
- Polymer clay block.
- Razor blade
- Cord. I used leather lace cord.
- Magnetic closure.
Put them on a baking tray and bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
Attach metal closure on one end. Thread your beads through. I tied two little knots where the first and last beads were to keep them from moving. Attach other closure and your done!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
My summer wardrobe is going to consist of lots of flowy skirts and maxi dresses..it is just too hot for anything else.
I am a little obsessed with gold jewelry at the moment...so when I saw these I scooped them right up.
I LOVE LOVE these. I spotted them and thought, "Please be my size!"
They were. It was meant to be.
1) If you want to do an outfit post showcasing your thrifted skirt, do NOT do an intense chemical peel a few days before...unless you want to blur out your face. Trust me this is not a good look!
2) This is kind of irrelevant but mean comments suck. I have gotten a few in the last couple days. Ian said I need to get thicker skin...which I agree with, but it still makes me want to karate chop whoever said them. Okay that's all! :)
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I have been browsing recipes from my new international cookbook and decided to try out the Jamaican Rum Custard Pudding. MMMmmm!
1) How many ingredients you need (more than 9 and I will most likely lose interest)
2) If the recipe calls for you to use more than one pot at a time...I'm out. SAD story we only have one pot!! We DID have 2...but someone decided to melt yellow crayon in it.
- 2 cups of milk
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 1/4 cup of dark rum
2) Combine the eggs, sugar and cornstarch. Add to the hot milk and cook, without boiling, until the mixture is thickened.
3) Remove from the heat and stir in the rum.
Not too difficult right?!
Since Ian is apparently an expert on custard (I believe last night was his first time having it) he said, "It was a little too custardy and needed more sugar and a tiny bit more rum." Haha! Okay got it.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
What you need:
- Hemp cords (as many colors as you like)
- An old bangle
Friday, May 13, 2011
A few that popped out were:
- Stuffed grape leaves with Avgolemono sauce from Greece
- Rum custard pudding from Jamaica
- Stuffed mussels from Turkey
- Mahashes from India
I decided to do a weekly post where I will post all things thrifty. It will include awesome little thrifting finds, thrifty tips and just about anything else thrifty that fits in this category.
I'm gonna be totally honest (I know this is never a good way to start a sentence), this time last year you would never ever see me thrifting. If I did it was up in Big Bear where no one would see me. I had a stigma that everything I bought had to be brand spankin new.
Now I can proudly say that I go thrifting at least 3x per week and find the most amazing things! What changed?...Well I had a baby and all my extra spending money went bye bye! So I decided to get creative...a that is how I became a thrifty Momma ;)
I would also LOVE love to hear about your thrifty finds or tips. So if you want to share, leave a link of your thrifty things in the comments below so I can check it out!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Chilled avocado soup is something I have always wanted to make. It seems so elegant and sophisticated (at least I think so)...so I had this preconceived notion that the recipe would be super complicated... which means I would most likely screw it up. I have a bad track record when it comes to soup making. I once decided to make a completely salt free minestrone soup (HELLO minestrone soup NEEDS salt) and Ian said it tasted like water downed cat food. So when I saw this recipe I thought, "I can DO this." I modified a few ingredients to make my own variation and I could not have been happier with the way it turned out.
- 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced...save a little for the garnish
- 3 ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
- 1 tbs of lemon zest
- 3 tbs of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro (used the cilantro from my garden..YEAY) save a little for the garnish
- 2 cups of plain non-fat Greek yogurt (my favorite brand is Voskos)
- 1/2 cup cold water
- a few dashes of sea salt (I never measure this stuff)
- about 6 dashes of pepper
1) Combine all the above ingredients in a blender..and THAT'S it!!! I know easiest recipe ever right?!
2) Top it with the cucumber and cilantro garnish. DONE.
It was such a delightful, light and refreshing meal.
Lesson learned: YES it was delicious!!...but if you have a big guy for a husband he needs more for dinner. I spotted Ian raiding the fridge after my soup dinner ha!
Monday, May 9, 2011
Google rocks. I entered in the description and hit "images" and a bunch of these mug trees popped up.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Today was my very first Mother's Day! I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful man.. and a baby who is the happiest little guy ever. Ian went over and above to make this day special. He thought of everything. I was totally spoiled...and I loved every second of it! What a lucky girl I am to have these two boys in my life.
I hope all you Momma's had a special day!
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I have always wanted a family photo framed wall...and was a little discouraged when I was researching the kinds of frames I wanted and the ridiculous costs..so I decided to recreate them myself. Surprisingly they turned out how I pictured..love when that happens because it doesn't happen often ;)