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2014 DIY Resolution

Making the Lego table itself is pretty self explanatory- assemble a small table (we got a white IKEA Lack table for $8), gorilla glue four Lego base plates to the top (be sure to add legos to all of the seams so that the spacing is correct- pushing the base plates all the way together makes for the wrong spacing).

Original post: here. Includes add-on storage ideas.

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~Some popular essential oil uses.

Even though this is an advertisement, I really liked some of the ideas and wanted to share!  (clever marketing plan, AC!)  Feel free to delete my text on this post if you reblog.  :0)

I NEED SWEET ORANGE hahahaha

Need.

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DIY: Butt Cream

Ingredients—

  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 15 drops essential oil, lavender
  • measuring cup
  • saucepan
  • storage container

Instructions—

  1. Pour coconut oil into jar. (Glass is recommended so you can see what’s going on in there.)
  2. Put 1-1.5 inches of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, put the glass jar with coconut oil into the water and let it sit there until the oil is completely melted. (Approximately 3-5 minutes.)
  3. Once melted, remove from saucepan and let rest for 5 minutes. 
  4. Add essential oils and stir until combined.
  5. Pour into storage container and allow to cool.
  6. Once solid, you’re done! Just apply a small amount to baby’s butt (or yours, I mean, if you want) when needed.

** Note: Make sure to store the cream in a col place so the coconut oil doesn’t melt. If it does melt, put it into the refrigerator until solid.

Homemade Bath Bombs!

  • Dry ingredients:
    - Dry Ingredients:
    - 1 cup baking soda
    - 1/2 cup citric acid
    - 1/2 cup corn starch
  • Wet ingredients:
    - 2 1/2 Tbsp sunflower or other light oil 
    - 3/4 Tbsp water
    - 1/2 to 2 teaspoons essential oils or fragrance oils
    - 1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil (optional, but recommended)
    - 1/4 teaspoon borax (an emulsifier)
    - witch hazel in a spray bottle
    - vegetable or other natural colorant (optional – a few drops of food colouring works well)
  1. Mix dry ingredients together until completely combined and smooth. (Original poster ground up oats in the Magic Bullet and mixed in about 1/4 cup as well.)
  2. Whisk all of the wet ingredients and Borax together in a large bowl.
  3. Drizzle slowly onto the dry ingredients and blend thoroughly. It should not fizz while you are drizzling and mixing. If it does, slow down! Mix with your hands until all of the ingredients are combined.
  4. Lightly spray the mixture 2-3 times with whitch hazel. You know you have the right consistency if, when pressed together in your hand, it molds and sticks together, but is easily broken apart as well. If it’s not sticking together, spray a little more witch hazel into the mixture.
  5. Pack tightly into molds, then slide out. When I make these, I’ll be using a 1/4 c. measuring cup. 
    ** To give the bath bombs a little extra umph, OP dropped a tiny bit of whole oats into the bottom of the mold to make them pretty. Could also use little sprinkles and things like that. It’s not necessary, but makes it fun!
    ** Note: This mixture is dry and crumbly and needs to be packed into the molds very firmly.
  6. Let the bath bombs dry and harden overnight before you pick them up. They will become rock hard.

This recipe makes about 6 bath bombs that are approximately 1/4 cups each.

** If you don’t want to make bath bombs with molds, you can just bag or jar the crumb mixture and spoon as much as you’d like into your bath.

I’m kind of broke right now but I will DEFINITELY be making some of these when I have some extra money!

One of the ways to help my achieve my resolution [to get a handle on my spending] is to plan my meals in advance. And one way to do that is to plan a lot of in-advance slow cooker meals! I know that a lot of people love slow cooker meals and this post has been acclaimed on my personal blog so here it is for you all, as well.

**Just throw all of the ingredients into a gallon-sized storage bag, mix it all together, and store it in the freezer. Thaw before tossing it into the slow cooker.

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 1 (16 oz) bag frozen broccoli florets
  • 2 (16 oz) jars Alfredo sauce (I use light)
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
  1. Cook on LOW, 4-6 hours.

Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken

  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper (optional)
  1. Cook on LOW, 8 hours or HIGH, 4 hours.

Chicken Teryaki

  • Large bag of baby carrots
  • Red Onion sliced into large chunks
  • 2 Large cans of pineapple (un-drained)
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 4-6 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup Teriyaki Sauce
  1. (This one will probably need two bags.)
  2. Cook on LOW, 6-7 hours.
  3. Serve over rice.

Orange Chicken

  • 2 cups carrots
  • 2 cups bell pepper
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 8 oz orange juice concentrate
  1. Cook on LOW, 4-6 hours.
  2. Serve over rice.

BBQ Spareribs

  • 2lbs of pork ribs
  • 1½ cups ketchup
  • 1½ Tbsp seasoned salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  1. Put ribs into the bag.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients together in a separate bowl and pour over ribs. Freeze.
  3. Cook on HIGH, 3-4 hours or LOW, 6-7 hours.

Cheesy Chicken, Potato, & Broccoli

  • 2-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1 lb. red potatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • ¼lb. (4 oz.) VELVEETA®, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  1. Put everything except the cheese into the bag and freeze.
  2. Cook on LOW, 6 hours.
  3. Add cheese, cook on HIGH, 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in cheese. 

Honey, Garlic Chicken

  • 2-4 Chicken Breasts
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • ½ cup Soy Sauce
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • ⅓ cup Honey
  • 2 cups carrots (or choice of veggie)
  1. Cook on HIGH, 3-4 hours.

Beef Stroganoff

  • 2 pounds of cubed beef stew meat or 4 cups of cooked ground beef
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ c water
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 2T minced garlic
  • packet of onion soup mix
  • chopped mushrooms (optional)
  • egg noodles (to serve over the day you cook)
  1. Cook meat, let it cool.
  2. Add all ingredients [except noodles] to bag and freeze.
  3. Cook on LOW, 4-6 hours.
  4. Serve over noodles.

Nacho Chicken

  • 2-4 chicken breast
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  1. Cook on LOW, 8-10 hours.
  2. Spread Nacho Chicken over tortilla chips, and top with your choice of toppings including shredded cheese, green onions, black olives, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and salsa.

Pulled Pork

  • 4-5 lbs Pork Butt/Shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 large onion – sliced thin
  • BBQ Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients [expect onion] in a bowl, rub onto pork.
  2. Place onions and pork into a bag and freeze.
  3. Cook on LOW, 8-10 hours.
  4. Shred pork, add BBQ sauce. [Optional, you don’t need BBQ sauce if you don’t want it but if you do add it, cook on LOW an additional 30-45 minutes.]

I had to do this one too. I went to mop my kitchen floor only to find out that I was out of the WetJet solution! And I almost couldn’t do this because I couldn’t figure out how to get the stinkin’ cap off of the bottle. [Boil some water, put the bottle in the boiling water just enough to submerge the cap, hold it there for about a minute, remove from water, give a good, hard twist and voila!] 

I really liked this DIY, it worked well. I pulled my fridge out and I thought I was going to have to get down on my hands and knees to scrub out one of the spills down there but I sprayed this on there, let it sit for a few minutes, came back, and it came up effortlessly!

Successful DIY!

My son recently turned 5 and he’s been potty trained for only a few months so making it into the potty is still a big problem—partially because he “forgets” to lift the seat and partially because he just doesn’t pay attention. So my bathroom is constantly smelling like pee and it’s super disgusting.

I found a recipe online for a paste that’s supposed to get that pee out of of the crack between the toilet and the floor. I was so excited! I tried it, scrubbed it into the crack [photo #1], let it sit for awhile, came back to scrub it all out [photo #2] and when I was done [photo #3], I mopped the rest of the floor and cleaned the rest of the bathroom and I was not at all impressed. Yes, it is a little better but my bathroom still smells like pee and the tile around the toilet is still disgusting.

Unsuccessful DIY. There’s got to be another option here. So expect another post in the future when I try this again.

For two weeks, I’ve been thinking about what my 2014 resolution is going to be. I never make resolutions because I know that I’ll forget about them and they’ll never happen. Forgetting is kind of my thing. But in 2013, I made the resolution to become independent—get my own apartment, my own income, my own cell phone, keep and maintain my own car, I DON’T NEED NO MAN. 

And I achieved all of that! For the first year ever, I accomplished my resolutions and, not only do I have my own apartment, but it actually looks like a home instead of a rented, temporary space. For the first time ever, I have stuff that matches, I have a kitchen table that I like, I’m proud of my home.

So this year, I’d like to make another resolution to better my life: 2014 will be the year that I get a handle on my shopping addiction. It’s not like I spend the money on clothes or jewelry or handbags, there isn’t anything specific I spend it on, I just spend and spend and spend, doesn’t matter what I’m buying. So this year, I’m going to coupon so that I can save money while I’m spending money and I’m going to spend on things that will better my life. I’m going to start making my own cleaners (I just found a recipe to clean the bottom of the toilet, that crack between the toilet and the floor where all of Logan’s pee goes so I can’t get to it and my bathroom smells like piss no matter what I do), I’m going to make my own air fresheners/monster sprays, I’m going to make my own detergent, etc etc etc. Basically, I’m DIYing my way to a cheaper life!

This will be my place to document it all. With this blog, I’ll be sharing my recipes, my craft projects, and my homemade goodies! (e.g. Swiffer WetJet solution, Bare Minerals makeup, laundry soap, Burt’s Bees lip balm, and all-purpose cleaner) I also have a board on my Pinterest for everything I want to do, if you’d like to follow that.

2014 will be a good year for us, I’m determined to make it so. Won’t you join me on my journey?