DIY Weekly Goals Board

DIY Weekly Goals Board

Hello, everybody! I have recently been wanting to get back into crafting. Crafting is so relaxing to me and makes me so happy. I was scrolling through Pinterest when I saw someone with a weekly goal paper. I used their general idea but then changed it up so it wasn’t just paper. You can check out the original pin here.

So the materials I used are:

  • a cork board
  • spray paint(preferably a primer and paint or a 2 in 1)Snapchat-293379770
  • paint brushes
  • acrylic paint
  • sticky notes (could try using paint chips too)
  • cute pushpins

 

 

 

 

So first, I started by spray painting the cork board. From what I read online, you want to use a primer before the color on cork board. I just used a colored primer and it gave great color payoff. I did about 3 coats to make it really even.  After that was dried I then painted the words “weekly goals” onto the top leaving enough room for six sticky notes below the words. My words do not look the best because I have terrible handwriting. Then I just used the push pins to put the sticky notes on. This was a super simple craft and I’ve been loving havi20170304_214612ng it. I put it in a place that I constantly see. I think this would be a fun project for anybody to do and it was not very expensive. If you guys try it let me know and post a picture below!

 

 

 

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“I like crafts that are made out of necessity because they’re a little naive – you made it because you needed it.” ~ Amy Sedaris

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DIY Brush Cleaning Mat

DIY Brush Cleaning Mat

Hello people! Cleaning my makeup brushes is not something that I do often but I have been trying to do it more. Both Real Techniques and Sigma sell brush cleaning mats that have different textured designs on them to help with the scrubbing. When I saw those I thought it was a really good idea and I really wanted to buy one of them. I think they sell for around $15. However, I thought of an idea to make one on my own with a plate and hot glue gun. Then I never ended up trying it but I saw it somewhere on Pinterest. Once I saw it I decided that I had to try it. It’s the easiest DIY ever! I already had a hot glue gun so I only ended up spending 88 cents on this. I found a four pack of these plates at Walmart for 88 cents. I wanted to make sure the plate was reusable so it wouldn’t get ruined in the water. I just divided the plate into fourths and then did a different design in each quadrant. Hot glue is really stringy so the designs did not come out pretty. Luckily this DIY worked very well and I will be using it instead of buying one. However, when I tried to wash my beauty sponge the sponge kind of got torn apart. Even when I went lightly. So this maybe isn’t the best for a sponge but it is for the brushes.

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Kale and Parmesan One-Pot Pasta

Kale and Parmesan One-Pot Pasta

I have started my new almost vegetarian lifestyle so I have been trying recipes like crazy. I found this recipe on Pinterest and I love me some kale. The original recipe calls for feta but I forgot to buy some so I used parmesan instead. This is a super easy recipe. First, I threw some kale and olive oil in the pot and cooked that for a couple minutes, The recipe said two minutes but I went a little longer so that it could shrink down a little more.

Then after that was done cooking I put the rest of the ingredients in the pot. The rest of the ingredients were water, pasta, halved tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper. I continued to let that cook for 15 minutes and that’s it! There was some excess water after it was done cooking and I did drain that a little bit. Once I put it in my bowl I sprinkled a bunch of parmesan on it. This was really delicious and light. I am totally going to be making this again. Let me know if you guys have any one-pot recipes that you love!

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First Fit Friday

First Fit Friday

Hello, lovely people! I have recently made the promise to myself to be a healthier person. I want to be more fit and just feel all around healthier. I recently took my first step in my fitness journey which is a gym membership. Planet Fitness was doing a special last month for $1 starting fees and normally it is a lot more money. Then after that, it’s only $10 a month! The whole point of Planet Fitness is that it’s a judgement-free zone which is so great for me. I always feel like I’m being judged at the gym even though I’m probably not. I’m not working with a personal trainer or anything like that. I literally just go on pinterest and type in a workout for what ever body part I want to work out. Pinterest is an amazing thing which I use every day. I love going to the gym. It’s something that I can do everyday that is my “me” time. I go there, listen to a podcast, and just focus on myself. If you want to get healthy too, you don’t need a gym membership. I just got a gym membership because the gyms on campus are filled with the guys who grunt and throw weights around. Planet fitness is a way better environment. Exercising can totally be done at home too. Gyms aren’t an essential but they are very nice. Let me know what your favorite workouts are so that I can give them a try. I’ll post below the workout plan I’m following on pinterest right now.

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Coconut Butter Problems

Coconut Butter Problems

I always see recipes on pinterest for no bake protein bars/balls but there’s one problem with them all. I do not like peanut butter. You don’t need to tell me how weird I am because everybody already tells me enough. Peanut butter is one of the most important ingredients in these protein bars/balls because that’s what holds it all together. So I went on over to sprouts to see if I could find an alternative and I found it! The alternative is coconut butter and I think it was around $10. I love coconuts so I thought I would give it a try. The recipe I’m using is one I found a pinterest (which you can find here) but I changed two ingredients in it. Instead of peanut butter and honey, I used coconut butter and agave nectar. If you don’t know what agave nectar is, it’s a sweetener kind of like honey but not as sweet. I prefer it over honey but that’s just my opinion. The other three ingredients in this recipe are old fashioned oats, ground flax seed, and chocolate chips. Let me tell you what, coconut butter is hard to work with.
Wcoconut butterhen coconut butter is room temperature or colder it is hard. So I first had to warm the jar in warm water until it was a spreadable consistency. I just stirred it until it was basically like peanut butter. Also, this isn’t really something I would eat by the spoonful. It’s definitely not as sweet as peanut butter. I think it really depends on what you like though. To me it was pretty bland.

 

 

 

 

 

Then I went ahead a mixed everything together. It seemed like everything was going good. Then you are supposed to put the mixture in the fridge for 15-30 minutes so thatmixed it’s easier to roll into balls. The whole reason for this is because peanut butter isn’t as sticky when it’s chilled. One problem, I’m not using peanut butter and coconut butter is hard when it’s chilled. That didn’t occur to me though and I just went ahead and chilled it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What was I thinking? Rolling these into balls was near impossible. The coconut butter went hard so they weren’t sticking together. So I tried microwaving it for a little bit just to softenfail the coconut butter. It didn’t work. They still weren’t rolling into balls.  I had no idea what I was going to do instead. So I decided to just stick these into a cake pan to make bars and I put them back in the fridge. After an hour or two I decided to cut a bar out. It still fell apart, but it tasted yummy  so I can’t really complain. Since they taste good I would definitely recommend them. If you’re going to use coconut butter I would say to try rolling them before putting them in the fridge. I’m going to try using coconut butter on more things and then I will report back to you guys!