Super Easy DIY Watercolor Mug

Super Easy DIY Watercolor Mug

I’m in various makeup groups on facebook and these groups like to do secret swaps where you get a name and you buy them gifts and send it in the mail. I love doing it, it’s so much fun because you never know what you’re going to get! Well, in this particular swap it’s a Secret Valentine’s Day Swap and the spending limit is $50. Which, if you are a makeup lover you know that gets you like one good palette and that’s it, sometimes not even! So while I’m getting her a few smaller makeup goodies, I also wanted to do something more personalized and creative.

This mug is SO easy to do and took me literally 5 minutes, but it looks adorable!

What you’ll need
Ceramic Mug
Nail Polish
Dish filled with warm water (deep enough to dip the mug into)
Dishwasher Safe Sealant

Directions:
Add a few drops of nail polish to the dish with the warm water, you can take a tooth pick and swirl it around if you want, or create whatever design. Then you just dip the ceramic mug in, lift it out, pat it (gently) dry and let it sit for a few hours to harden. I recommend sealing it with Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Sealant, as it’s non-toxic and will let you pop it in the dishwasher.  🙂

Easy DIY Watercolor Mug

This was such a fun project for me, I’m going to do a bunch of different colors 😀

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Extreme Couponing

I’m sure by now you’ve seen an episode of Extreme Couponers, if not you at least know about it. While I’m not quite so stock-pile high, I still love great deals and have learned how to get the most for my money when shopping.

If you’ve ever wanted to coupon, but found it difficult or just had no idea where to start or what to do, you should join me on Facebook! You can questions, post awesome deals that you’ve found and interact with a group of like-minded individuals who are out to save money for their families.

I’m in there all of the time posting deals, answering questions, finding specific things that people might need but don’t know how to find. It’s awesome!

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Homemade Water Bagels – Super easy!

I bet you never thought making homemade bagels would be easy, well you’re wrong! They are SUPER easy to make and don’t take that much time (an hour total, including cook time!) homemade water bagels

The original recipe is from a guy who used to wake up at 5am and make them every day for his bakery, and I was pleased not to have to adjust the recipe all that much, I think you may need a little more than 4 cups of flour, but not by a lot.

What you’ll need;

4 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast (or 1 packet instant yeast)
1-1/4 cups of water

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. You don’t have to worry about soaking the yeast when you use instant yeast (most yeast sold these days is instant yeast). The dough should feel stiff, but add the extra water if it’s really stiff, or you can’t get all the dry flour incorporated.

Plop the dough down onto the counter, and knead for about ten minutes, or until the dough is uniform and smooth.

Cut the dough into 8 equal sized balls, and let rest for 10-20 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 425.

Now, take each of the dough balls and using two hands, roll it into a little snake on the counter. When the snake is longer than the width of your two hands, wrap it around your dominant roiling hand. The dough rope should be wrapped so the overlapping ends are together at your palm, near the start of your fingers. Now take the two overlapping ends, and use your palm to squish/roll these two ends together. Once the dough is fused, you should have a perfectly circular bagel-to-be! This is the only part of the process that can take a little practice before your bagels will look really professional. Don’t get discouraged if they don’t look perfect, it just takes practice!

Let your bagels rest on the counter for about 20 minutes, and meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil, and grease a large baking tray lightly. You can just rub a splash of vegetable oil and rub it around.

After the 20 minute wait, your bagels will start to look puffy, and it’s time to get them boiling! Add them as many at a time as you can to your boiling water without crowding them. Boil for about a minute, turn them over, and boil for another minute. Take them out a let dry for a minute and then place them on your oiled baking tray. Repeat until all the bagels are boiled.

Add the tray to the oven, and after 10 minutes, flip the bagels over, bake for another ten minutes; and they’re done!

 

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10 Ways to Naturally Repel Mosquitos

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Alright, so it’s summer time and you want to go outside and have fun with your friends/kids/family, but you HATE being eatten alive by mosquitos. Well I have some great news for you! Here are 10 ways for you to naturally repel mosquitos. No DEET please and thank you!

10 Ways to Naturally Repel Mosquitos 

1. Add a few drops of citronella oil to an unscented lotion and apply. Or dillute it with coconut oil 🙂
2. Crush Rosemary leaves and rub them on your skin – the mosquitos hate this smell!
3. Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, put 10 drops into a 2oz travel sized spray bottle, fill the rest up with water, spray on for an insect repellant. Provides similar protection to those that have low doses of DEET in them (avoid eye area!)
4. If you can stand tea tree oil scent, then put that on you, mosquitos are like eww you’re gross. If you’re not so fond of it, you can put 10-20 drops into a bowl of water and dip cotton strips into it and hang it around the back deck, patio, etc.
5. Wear light colored clothing, mosquitos are attracted to dark colors, so if you’re always wearing black or navy blue, time to change it up!
6. Geranium, Soybean and Coconut oil mixed in equal parts can repel mosquitos for up to 2 hours.
7. DIY Bug Spray #1 lavender essential oil, tea tree oil, witch hazel and distilled water. In a 4oz spray bottle fill halfway with distilled water, halfway with witch hazel, add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil.
8. DIY Bug Spray #2 5 tablespoons of pure cedar oil in 32oz of water in a spray bottle.
9. DIY Bug Spray #3 Basil, water and vodka, put a handful of fresh basil into bowl, add 1/2 cup of boiling water, let it steep for 2-4 hours. After the steep time is up, squeeze the basil to get all of the juice out, discard basil leaves and add 1/2 cup of vodka. Pour into a spray bottle. This is safe, but keep it out of the reach of children.
10. Eat more garlic! Mosquitos are like vampires, they suck your blood, well also like the rumors about vampires mosquitos HATE garlic. If you want to smell like an Italian restaurant you could even rub garlic cloves on you before you go out for extra protection.

There you have it! 10 ways to naturally repel mosquitos.

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A couple of Life Hacks!

Alright, so I love life hacks, who doesn’t right? Simple things to make life simpler, what could be better? Well I have a couple for you today, I’m having fun being creative, so I’m sure I will have more to post when I think of them 🙂

For now here are two that I can use frequently!

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There you go, two life hacks from something you probably have in the closet and don’t need. Enjoy making your life simpler!

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DIY Green Cleaners for Windows and Bathroom!

I have a beautiful 4 year old daughter and I love her! But let’s be honest, kids get super curious and just don’t know how to stay out of things. Before it was easy, just keep cleaners on top of shelves and you’re good. But when they can move chairs and stools and climb on the counter while you’re going to the bathroom, then you start to get worried about all of the chemicals in your cleaners.

I found some awesome cleaning alternatives that are MUCH safer and I don’t have to worry about her spraying herself in the face or whatever because it’s not going to cause eye damage or need a phone call to poison control.  windowcleaner

 

Safer Window Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • Equal parts of water and white vinegar
  • (depending on the size of your bottle, the exact measurements may vary)
  • 1 teaspoon of Dawn Dish liquid – any kind should work, you can get the blue kind if you want your water tinted a little bit like “real” window cleaner lol

 

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Green Bathroom Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 1 liter of water
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup baking soda
  • Fragrance of choice (5-10 lavender or citrus essential oil drops work great!)
  • Optional: add a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide to make your own “Oxyclean” type of cleaner for the shower!

There you have it, a few ways I have found to clean my home while being safer for my daughter. We all love our kids!

 

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Portion Size Help, great for parties/get togethers :)

Want an easy way to help you portion your sizes for parties or gatherings when your friends come over? Well I have the perfect thing! All you need is a 20oz bottle, a water bottle or soda bottle (Yes, I know, it’s hard to kick that habit!) and just cut the bottom off at the line. It will be 1/2 cup portion size and perfect for things like salsa, dip or nuts and no one will even know you’re portion sizing! You could decorate them too to make them more festive and party-like. Woohoo for sneaky ways to keep track of calories 😉

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DIY Temporary Tattoo For Kid Safety

Alright, so it’s summer time and summer time means lots of fun. Whether it’s going to amusement parks, the zoo, on vacations or whatever it may be, you want to keep your kids safe. I was thinking, you know, what would be a good way to keep Ana (my daughter) safer? What if she somehow slips out of my fingers and I lose her amongst the crowd? Now I’m very good at watching my daughter and keeping her with me at all times, but a mom worries all of the time! They always want their kids safe. So I came up with this idea which I personally think is amazing.

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All you need is a fine point sharpie or sharpie-like pen, write “if lost call” and your phone number, then put some liquid bandaid on top, let it dry and you have a water proof temporary tattoo that should last for about a day 🙂 If your handwriting isn’t so great, you can get some Temporary Tattoo paper here  and print your info off (make sure it’s backwards so it shows up right when you put it on!) and then put liquid bandaid on that after it’s transferred. Voila, more safety for your kids 😀

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