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Monday, November 19, 2012

Green Smoothie

I love my daily green smoothie.  I usually down one before each workout to get me pumped and ready to work.  I put stuff in my smoothies initially based on the fact I knew the thing swere good for me; but I didn't know the actual things it was supposed to be doing.  What I do know id that it is tsaty.

After much research and comparing list, I compiled a list of things that the ingredients in this smoothie are supposed to help with.

anti inflammatory properties
balances hormones
brain health
circulatory system aid
digestive aid
fights acne
fights cancer
fights wrinkles
help prevent heart disease
helps maintain immune system
helps rebuild muscles
helps skins
improves metabolism
keeps eyes healthy
lower blood pressure
rich in iron
strengthens bones
strong teeth
tons of folic acid

Does it acgtually do all these things? I have no idea.  What I do know is that I feel really good after I drink this.

Want to try my green smoothie?  Here's the recipe created by me...

Spinach ( I prefer organic), 2 big handfuls
1 banana
2 cups of milk
1 tbs honey
1/2 cp yogurt
3 tbs wheat germ
a blender
a BIG glass

1. First put the spinach in so it will get pushed down by the other things.  If you don't do this first it's just going to be frustrating later.
2. Pile everything else in your blender.
3. Blend that sucker!  It takes about45 seconds.  If you see after about 10 seconds no real change, stop the blender and shake it up a bit.
4. Pour and guzzle. Yum.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Weekly Link Round Up

If you know me, then you know I have a deep love for Pinterest.  I often blog about my various projects.  For the weekly link round up this week, I thought I'd share some cleaning DIY's that I've been working on this week.  Enjoy and good luck!

Floor cleaner for the Swiffer Wet Jet:
Results:  The alcohol smell is really strong, you have been warned.  That said, my hubby used it today and said it worked way better than the original cleaner. FYI if you need help getting the lid off the bottle go here.

Toothsoap: Ok.  So I didn't have the suggested essential oils which may have effected the taste.  My teeth do feel clean and fresh when I brush but it leaves a less than desirable flavor in the mouth.  We use mouth rinse though so that solves that problem.  Not sure if the right essential oil would solve this. Verdict is out still on whether it gives you fresh breathe.
Shampoo: Very easy to make, but makes a small amount.  Just made it and neither of us have used it yet so I can't say for sure, but it looks promising.  UPDATE: 11/17/2012  Used it this morning. It's not bad. Hubby doesn't like; says it burns his eyes. We will be trying some other recipes.
Laundry Detergent: This is actually my third batch of this stuff.  It is cheap to make and works really well.  I have tried it with the essential oil but found that it took too much to make a noticeable difference and that stuff isn't cheap, so the only smell we have is from fabric softener.

Bar soap to liquid soap: I hate using bar soap and liquid soap gets pricy.  This is a great solution.  This was my second batch.  I used Soft Soap bar soap.  It worked brilliantly. 

Hard Water Stain Remover:  I friggin' love this stuff.  It's really soapy but it works like a dream.  This was my second batch.  It is amazing on sinks and showers.

Microwave cleaning tip: This works really well.  I used it last montha nd the hubby used it this month.
*note: None of these pictures are mine but the property of the original site they were pinned from.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

KK's Button Ribbon Bracelet

I've been searching for a button bracelet on pinterest.  While I have found some very cute bracelets, none were quite right.  I wanted something quick and simple.  I finally gave up my search and decided to make my own bracelet.  So without further ado I give you KK's Button Ribbon Bracelet.
(*NOTE: when I make this again, I will not use such a large middle button... it's just a bit much.)

First thing you want to do is get your supplies:
-Velcro (the width of the velcro is the width of your bracelet, I used 3/4 inch)
- Assorted buttons
- Ribbon (I used a thin one; so 2 to equal the width of the Velcro). Cut the same length as the rough Velcro.
-needle and thread

Step 1: Measure your wrist. Cut the rough side of the velcro 1/2 inch longer than your wrist. (My wrist is 6.5 inches so I cut a 7 inch strip of velcro).  Cut 2 inches of the soft side of velcro.

Step 2: Buttons!  Pick out the ones you want.  If you want a certain design, lay the buttons out in your design.  Your design will be the length of the rough velcro.

Step 3: Attach a bit of the soft to rough velcro at the end.  Sew this up. When your bracelet is finished, the unsewn edge will be your closure.  Make sure the rough velcro side is turned away from your wrist otherwise, you are in for some serious discomfort.

Step 4: Lay your ribbon even along the back of the soft side Velcro.  You may find it useful to clip it on until you get started using small binder clips.  Place you first button on the edge and sew in place.  As you sew each button in place, the ribbon will be sewn down as well. Continue to the end of the ribbon.  There will be about an inch or sew left.  This is where you will connect your bracelet.

Step 5: Attach and enjoy! (The picture below is where the Velcro connected for me)

*NOTE: to keep your ribbon from fraying over time, take a lighter and carefully burn the edges of the ribbon before you begin sewing.  If you are under 18, please get a grown up to at least stand there with a fire extinguisher while you do this.