DIY Teeth Whitening

By Michelle on August 18th, 2014

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Are you a regular coffee drinker? Looking for a way to brighten your smile just a little bit more? If so, check out this awesome DIY Teeth Whitening that  you can do all by yourself without having to spend tons of money on all those special treatments. Be proud of the smile that you have and Smile bigger.

What you will need:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda
  • Regular Mouthwash
  • Toothpaste

Directions:

1. Mix 1/2 hydrogen peroxide with 1/2 regular mouthwash

2. Gargle the mixture for a minute and rinse

3. Brush your teeth with toothpaste and baking soda mixture combined (to do this mix some toothpaste with 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp water, mix thoroughly until you reach the consistency of a paste)

4. Brush your teeth with the mixture.

It’s that simple.

Recipe: Creamy 3-Ingredient Nutella Popsicles

By Jess on August 17th, 2014

Recipe Creamy Nutella Popsicle

Change up the ice or fruit popsicles and makes these SUPER easy Creamy Nutella Popsicles instead. Just make sure you have popsicle molds (you can even get them at some dollar stores!), a blender, and patience to wait for them to harden in the mold. Thanks to 52 Kitchen Adventures for the recipe!

Ingredients: (Makes 3 Popsicles, so you will probably want to double the ingredients)

  • 1 cup of Cool Whip (or other whipped topping)
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 3 Tbsp of Nutella

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Process until blended.
  2. Pour mixture into popsicle molds.
  3. Freeze for several hours (overnight or from morning until evening are easiest way to know they’re fully frozen), serve and enjoy.

Homemade Shea Butter Deep Conditioner

By Jess on August 16th, 2014

Homemade Shea Butter Deep Conditioner

This time of year wrecks havoc on everyone’s hair – dry, staticky, frizzy, yuck. You can go to the salon and get a deep condition for $60, buy some at the store that is full of chemicals for $20, OR spend a couple of bucks and make enough deep conditioner to last you many uses. Thanks to Home Remedy Shop for the super easy tutorial!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Combine the Shea butter, coconut oil, and grape seed oil into a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 30 second increments, stirring between times, until they are fully evenly blended.
  2. Add the essential oil to the bowl. Prepare an ice bath in a pan and add the bowl into it and start blending the liquid with a blender. As you whip the mix, the texture will get creamy and will look like lotion.
  3.  Transfer the contents into a plastic jar or bottle. Keep this bottle in your bathroom and use the conditioner whenever you need!

Recipe: French Toast Roll Ups

By Jess on August 15th, 2014

French Toast Roll Ups

Change up your weekend breakfast and surprise the family with these yummy French Toast Roll Ups! The Girl Who Ate Everything has step-by-step picture directions of the recipe if you want to check it out.

Ingredients:

  • slices of white sandwich bread;
  • rolling pin
  • some softened cream cheese
  • cut up strawberries
  • Nutella
  • eggs (for making the french toast, so number will vary)
  • 3 Tbls milk
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • butter (to grease the pan)

Directions:

  1. Cut the crust from each slice of bread and flatten it out with a rolling pin.
  2. Place about 1-2 teaspoons of your chosen filling 1 inch from one end of the bread in a strip. Roll the bread up tightly and repeat with the remaining pieces of bread. I really like cream cheese with diced strawberries as one combination and Nutella with diced strawberries as another combination.
  3. In a shallow bowl whisk the eggs and milk until well combined.
  4. In a separate shallow bowl mix the sugar with the cinnamon.
  5. Heat a skillet set over medium heat and melt a tablespoon of butter.
  6. Dip each bread roll in the egg mixture coating well and then place them in the pan seam side down. Cook in batches until golden brown, turning them to cook and brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Add butter to the pan as needed.
  7. Add cooked rolls immediately from the pan to the cinnamon sugar and roll until completely covered in sugar. You can serve with syrup for dipping but I think they’re perfectly good all by themselves.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

By Jess on August 13th, 2014

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

We all love using sidewalk chalk, but have you heard of using sidewalk paint? It’s easy to make, and just like its chalk counterpart, you can jut rinse it off with water once you’re finished. Here’s the recipe from About.com. Thanks to One Perfect Day Blog for the cute pic!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Cornstarch
  • Approximately 12 Drops of Food Coloring (Adjusted until you get your desired color)
  • Jar With Lid
  • Paint brushes, Foam Brushes, and/or sponges

Instructions:

  1. Measure the water, cornstarch, and food coloring and pour into a jar. Place the lid on the jar tightly, then shake jar until the paint is completely mixed.
  2. Repeat #1 for every color you want to use and paint with.
  3. The paint is now ready to use!
  4. Use paint brushes and foam brushes to make roads, games, and even huge murals on your sidewalk. You can also make fun shapes using sponges.
  5. If the paint gets a little too dry, simply add a little bit of water.
  6. When you’re done playing, rinse off with water or wait until it rains again. It will wash off skin and clothes, too!

Recipe: Copycat Cheesecake Factory Chicken Lettuce Wrap Tacos

By Jess on August 13th, 2014

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Lettuce Wraps

This recipe is an almost exact copycat of the Cheesecake Factory Skinnylicious Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce Wrap Tacos – Only 250 calories in 3 “tacos” and so delicious! You can add or take out ingredients you don’t care for to make it your own!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 4-in long, 1-in thick strips
  • 2 teaspoons Mediterranean Spice
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 4 romaine lettuce leaves, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup Red-Wine Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup Tzatziki
  • 12 butter lettuce leaves
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 12 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions:

  1. Preheat a grill pan over high heat. Season chicken with 1 teaspoon Mediterranean spice and place on grill. Cook, basting with balsamic vinaigrette and turning once, until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.
  2. Season chicken with remaining teaspoon Mediterranean spice and remove from grill; set aside.
  3. Place shredded romaine lettuce and red onions in a medium bowl; drizzle with red-wine vinaigrette and toss to combine.
  4. Divide mixture evenly among butter lettuce leaves and drizzle each with 1 teaspoon tzatziki.
  5. Top each taco with 1 piece of chicken and garnish with chopped tomatoes, feta cheese, and olives. Season with parsley, basil, and oregano; serve.

DIY Wire Bow Ring

By Jess on August 12th, 2014

DIY Wire Bow Ring

Wire rings are HUGE right now. You can buy them on etsy for $10 or more, OR spend a few bucks and a few minutes and make as many as you want in any size! Make them for your kids, midi rings, toe ring… Endless ideas. Thanks to My DIY for the tutorial. If you are more of a visual person, she has a step-by-step picture tutorial in addition to other wire ring designs.

What You’ll Need:

  • Round Jewelry Pliers
  • Wire (you can get any kind you want, but sterling or gold will last longer)
  • Chapstick tube or other small, rounded item

Directions:

  1. Cut 6″ of wire to start your ring.
  2. Right in the center of your wire, wrap it around your finger that you want to wear it on. Then use a Chapstick tube to make it evenly rounded.
  3. With your round pliers, grab the top and bend over the top of the pliers to create the right loop of the bow.
  4. Next grab the bottom wire and bend over the top of the pliers to create the second loop.
  5. Adjust the wire so your loops are even.
  6. Take the end of the left loop, and wrap around the center, through the ring.
  7. Trim the ends of the wire evenly to a shorter length and file the edges if they are sharp.

DIY Scented Bath Bombs

By Jess on August 11th, 2014

DIY Scented Bath Bombs

Women are super in love with bath bombs (or bath fizzies) right now. I have a lot of friends that buy them at LUSH and they’re $5  EACH. So, they’re paying $5 every time they take a bath. That’s crazy to me. Here is a really simple, natural way to  make your own bath bombs from Vitacost at home in minutes and for literally a few cents each bomb!

What You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup of citric acid
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 3 oz. witch hazel
  • Small spray bottle
  • Rubber ice cube trays or molds
  • Essential oil of your choice (lavender works really well)
  • ½ cup of Epsom salt or sea salt
  • Cocoa  butter

Directions:

  • Stir together the citric acid, Epsom or sea salt, and the baking soda until very well blended. Make sure all of your dry ingredients are well combined, or your bomb may turn into more of a dud.
  • Fill the spray bottle with the witch hazel and a small amount of cocoa butter. This will help bind the bomb together, and also help with moisture.
  • Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
  • Spray the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring well, until it starts to clump. When the mixture holds shape, quickly transfer it to your mold.
  • Let your bombs dry for a short time (about 10 to 15 minutes), then remove them from the mold. Try lightly tapping the underside if they don’t come out easily.
  • Let bombs dry overnight before use.
  • Then just plop your bomb into the bathtub and be whisked away to a land of bliss!

DIY Elastic Hair Ties

By Jess on August 10th, 2014

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Elastic hair ties are such a popular hair accessory right now. They’re great because you can pull your hair back without leaving a huge dent, plus they’re really cute and you can wear them on your wrist. These little pieces of elastic can run you $5-$10 EACH depending on the brand and the color/decorations. You can make them yourself for a buck each or less!

What You’ll Need:

Directions:

  1. Measure and cut a 9″ strip of elastic.
  2. Fold the strip of elastic in half.
  3. Tie the ends in a knot.
  4. Repeat.

Thanks to Minted for the tutorial! Be sure to check out their awesome website: http://www.minted.com/party-decorations

Recipe: Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole

By Jess on August 9th, 2014

Recipe Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole

Doesn’t this Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole by Rachel Ray look AMAZING? It’s simple, too. Be sure to PIN IT and/or share it to your Facebook page so you don’t lose it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Maple syrup and bananas, for serving (Optional: butter or margarine for taste)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, maple syrup and orange zest. Add the toasted bread cubes into the egg mixture. Add in walnuts and combine.
  4. Line the crock of a slow cooker with aluminum foil then spray with a nonstick cooking spray. Pour the bread and egg mixture into the slow cooker and dot the top with the cubed butter.
  5. Set the slow cooker to cook on high for 3 hours or set to low for 5 hours.
  6. Serve French Toast topped with maple syrup, sliced bananas, and more walnuts and butter if desired.