• March 18, 2015

    Top 5: Things for Spring

    In the last couple of months, I have become completely obsessed with bright colors.  I don’t know if it’s just the dreary winter getting to me or if I’m turning into someone who just loves color, but whatever the reason, I am having a lot of fun with it!  *grin*  For this Top Five, I have chosen a few beauties that I am in love with this spring.  I don’t actually own any of these things, so I can’t give a review or tell you about fit or function.  Think of it more like a wish list.  *wink*wink*

     

    Fossil-Bag

    Fossil

    ModCloth-Dress

    Modcloth

     

    Boma-Lotus-Necklace

    Boma Jewelry

    Shoes

    DSW

    Dr-Horrible-Print

    adriantoddzilla

  • March 11, 2015

    DIY Chalkboard Steins

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    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, ya’ll!  I have been dying to try some chalkboard paint projects, so with the upcoming holiday, it seemed like a perfect time to give it a shot!  Not to promote stereotypes or generalizations, but Ireland is pretty darn famous for its beer production and pub culture, so I gathered up some plain glass steins and got to work!  This was a fun (although somewhat frustrating) project that yielded beautiful results.  I hope you enjoy and try this yourself – if you do, I’d also love to see your results and tips!  In the meantime, have a happy and safe celebration of St. Patrick!

     

    For this project, you will need:

    • Glass Steins
    • Vinyl Stencils
    • Chalkboard Paint (I used pebelo porcelain)
    • Paintbrush

    Supplies

     

    Directions:

    Place your stencils on the glasses as straight as possible.  To do this, you will peel the vinyl off its backing, stick it to the glass, and then peel off the paper backing that is still attached.

    Peel-Backing-Off

    I found that laying the stencil down and then placing the stein on top gave me more control and kept the stencils straighter… but do whatever feels best to you, there’s no wrong or right with this!

    Stencils

    Paint the steins with chalkboard paint and let dry.  The pebelo paint that I used requires 24 hours to dry, but I ended up needing a few coats of the paint to feel like it really covered the glass, so I painted, let dry for 12 hours, painted, let dry, so on and so on until it looked good to me.

    Paint

    Carefully peel off your stencils and clean up an sticky residue left on the glass.  Be extra, super careful when taking the stencils off!  I had a couple steins where the paint wanted to peel up with the stencil and would have created a terrible problem.

    Peel-off-the-Stencil

    Place the steins upright in the oven on a cookie sheet.  Turn on the oven and heat to 300 degrees F.  Bake for 30 minutes to cure the paint.  When done, remove from oven and let cool.  I only baked 3 at a time because I worried that the heat wouldn’t distribute as well with 6 glasses inside.  I also worried I’d be clumsy and knock half of them over inside the oven.  This method took a little longer, but prevented all kinds of problems for me.

    Bake

    Once totally cooled, you can use your steins!  I hate the way regular chalk feels on my hands, so I found the wonderful Super Chalk chalk-marker-pens which have beautiful color and don’t feel gross.  It also stays on better than regular chalk would and clean off well with water, so that is definitely a plus.

    Drink-Up!

    The last (and most exciting) step is to fill ‘er up and enjoy a cold beverage!

    Fill-'er-up!

  • March 4, 2015

    Simple Hummus

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    I just got my first ever food processor and let me tell you, It. Is. Magical.  The first thing I made in it was this hummus because I’ve been making it for months with a teeny-tiny blender and it was a nightmare every single time.  The food processor has solved all that and now I can make it in minutes!  This is such a blessing and help in my quest to eat clean foods and to be as healthy as I can.

     

    Simple Hummus

    By Erin Published: March 4, 2015

      I just got my first ever food processor and let me tell you, It. Is. Magical.  The first thing I made in it was this hummus because …

      Ingredients

      Instructions

      1. IngredientsGather Ingredients.
      2. BlendedIn a food processor, combine all ingredients. Add 2 Tablespoons of the olive oil to start, adding more if needed. Blend together until smooth.
      3. HummusServe with raw veggies, chips, or pita bread.

       

      Pro-Tip:

      This is the most basic hummus that it is possible to make, so feel free to add to it and experiment.  Try herbs, red peppers, garlic, jalapenos…. the list could go on forever!  *grin*