Monday, November 23, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
- one pair of inexpensive shoes of your preference
- glitter in the color of your shoes
- glitter glue matching the color of the glitter
- spray paint matching the color of the glitter
- paper cement
- spray on glue clear dry
I bought a pair of heeled mary-janes in black, my desired look was silver, hence the spray paint. I used KRYLON premium in chrome silver.
First stuff the shoes with newspaper so that you don't spray paint the inside of the shoes.
If the spray paint runs a bit, it's ok, it will all be covered with glitter anyway.
Hold the spray can about 12 inches away from the shoe and with even motion spray both shoes. Let air dry for about an hour.
If you found shoes that are same color as your glitter,
you can skip this step.
I did not like the strap, so I cut it off using an Excel knife. The knife sliced right trough the straps so there is a clean cut and you can not even tell they ever there.
Now for the fun part. Apply the glue in small sections and heavily sprinkle the glitter, then press it down carefully. Do so until the whole shoe is covered in glitter. Any small "holes" can be covered up with the glitter glue. Repeat with the other shoe and let dry for about an hour.
After the glue has completely settled and dried, spray clear drying glue all over the shoe where you glittered. Use masking tape to hide any areas that you did not glitter and don't forget to stuff both shoes with newspaper again. Tah-dah!!! Glitz and glamour all on your own!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I really did not like the "wedding" theme stamps that the USPS had to offer, so I was not about to do that for my own engagement party invitations. I looked through the stamp catalog and decided to create a vintage look with the "American" collection.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Shower, soap, rinse and add a dime size drop of the oil gel on your loofah with the water running. apply to arms, legs, stomach, back etc... pat dry. Your skin will be a bit greasy for 5 minutes, then smooth and soft!
You'll need: two medium carrots, salt, bread crumbs, a bit of onion, one egg, olive oil.
Clean, peel and shred the carrots. Chop the onion. Mix together in a bowl, add salt, add egg. Mix. Preheat one table spoon of olive oil on a frying pan. When hot, place small "clump" of carrot batter onto the pan. Wait approx a minute, then flip and fry the other side. Should take about 2 minutes. Serve warm! Yum!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This is a Wholefoods Recipe, I found it on their website. ENJOY!
Serves 6 to 8
Top the finished biryani with a fragrant mix of sliced jalapeños, tomato wedges and chopped cilantro, if you like.
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large red onion, cut into small wedges
1 (2-inch) piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped roasted cashews, divided
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon curry powder
5 cups (1 1/2-inch) chunks fresh vegetables such as cauliflower, carrots or green beans
2/3 cup water
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup basmati rice, rinsed until water runs clear then drained
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Heat oil in a large ovenproof pot over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion, ginger, half of the cashews, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often and adding a splash of water when the mixture sticks to the pot, until deep golden brown and soft, about 15 minutes. Add yogurt and curry powder and cook until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes more. Stir in vegetables, water, salt and pepper, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender on the outside but not cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and stir in frozen peas.
Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add rice and simmer for 5 minutes; drain well. Arrange rice over vegetables in pot, cover pot with foil then a tight-fitting lid and bake until rice and vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover, carefully transfer contents of pot to a large bowl and toss together gently. Spoon into bowls and serve garnished with remaining cashews.
Per serving (about 7oz/208g-wt.): 240 calories (60 from fat), 7g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 42g total carbohydrate (5g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 6g protein
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I love Molenskie notebooks, I own a few, so I was very happy to see that they also had weekly planners. Fantastic. Then I walked by another brand of notebooks and planners that were just as chic and simple. ECOSYSTEM. Made from 100% post consumer recycled paper. Made is the USA and 25% less in cost. SOLD! I bought a whole bunch of notepads, including my weekly planner.
Molenskie is made in China and costs more, explain that to me please! ECOSYSTEM! Buy it! Love it!
Monday, August 24, 2009
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon lemon [fresh squeezed]
3 drops of vitamin E oil
Mix together and apply to face, carefully avoiding the eyes. Keep on for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water.
Friday, July 31, 2009
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry
1/4 cup soy flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups soy milk
- Mix the dry ingredients and make a well in the middle. Pour in the soy milk and combine. The batter should be very thin.
- Heat a 10-inch non-stick crêpe pan over moderate heat, and spray with non-stick spray. Pour in about 1/4 cup of the batter, tilting the pan so that the batter covers the bottom with a thin coating.
- Cook until it is browned from underneath and starts to pull away from the edge of the pan. Carefully flip it over and brown on the other side. Serve hot.
Makes 3 servings
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I love it! :)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
"The secret to this inexpensive home whitening method is malic acid, which acts as an astringent to remove surface discoloration. Combined with baking soda, strawberries become a natural tooth-cleanser, buffing away stains from coffee, red wine, and dark sodas. While it’s no replacement for a bleaching treatment at your dentist’s office, “this is a fast, cheap way to brighten your smile,” says Adina Carrel, DMD, a dentist in private practice at Manhattan Dental Arts in New York. “Be careful not to use this too often, though, as the acid could damage the enamel on your teeth.”
1 ripe strawberry
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Directions: Crush the strawberry to a pulp, then mix with the baking soda until blended. Use a soft toothbrush to spread the mixture onto your teeth. Leave on for 5 minutes, then brush thoroughly with toothpaste to remove the berry–baking soda mix. Rinse. (A little floss will help get rid of any strawberry seeds.) Carrel says you can apply once a week."
Monday, July 27, 2009
10 Tips for Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay
- Remove unnecessary standing water around your home. Typical hot-beds for mosquito reproduction are clogged gutters, flower-pot drainage dishes, children’s play equipment, tarps and any debris that can hold water.
- Share this advice with your neighbors. Mosquitoes that emerge in their yards will easily travel to yours.
- Empty and refill birdbaths every few days. It takes a minimum of about a week for the metamorphosis from egg to larva to pupa to winged adult to be completed, so this eliminates any chance that your birdbath will serve as a mosquito nursery.
- Attract mosquito predators. Add plants to water gardens to attract frogs, salamanders and dragonflies and put up houses for birds and bats. Fish feed on mosquito larvae, just don’t release goldfish or other exotic species into natural areas.
- Don’t use insecticides or put oil on the surface of bodies of water. This kills beneficial insects and mosquito predators and causes air and water pollution.
- “Mosquito Dunks” that contain natural bacteria that kills mosquitoes can be added to water gardens without harming fish, birds or other wildlife. (Closely related insects, some beneficial, could be affected though.)
- DEET-based repellants are effective but if you want to avoid synthetic chemicals, aromatic herbal repellents also work if applied frequently.
- Avoid going outdoors at dusk, which is peak mosquito time, or wear long sleeves to minimize exposed skin that could be bitten.
- Bug zappers aren’t effective against mosquitoes. Zappers do kill thousands of beneficial insects a night.
- Mosquitoes are not strong flyers and the breeze created by a fan is often all you need to keep a patio or deck mosquito-free so you can enjoy the outdoors.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
For a simple but oh! so healthy salad, mix diced or sliced cucumbers with green seaweed, add some almond flakes and tah-dah! Bowl of delicious nutrition... effortlessly.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
12 6-inch round rice wrappers (available at Asian groceries)
6 oz. rice vermicelli or cellophane noodles, cooked and drained
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1 cup shredded Chinese cabbage
12 snow peas, trimmed and cut into thin strips
2 scallions, chopped
2/3 cup grated carrot
1 cup shiitake mushrooms or baked tofu, slivered
1 bunch fresh mint leaves
- Immerse the rice wrappers, one at a time, in a bowl filled with cold water and let stand until the wrappers soften. Spread a towel on a work surface and place each wrapper on the towel.
- To assemble the rolls, arrange small amounts of each of the remaining ingredients, except for the hoisin sauce, on each wrapper, about halfway between the edge nearest you and the center of the wrapper. Fold the edge nearest you over the vegetables, then fold in one side and roll up lengthwise into a tight roll. Repeat with the remaining wrappers.
- Serve with hoisin sauce for dipping.
Makes 6 servings
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
It's all handmade by the sellers and well one of a kind, unique, avant guarde, etc... check it out for yourself, contact the artists for more info about the item you love before you buy, or if you're crafty set up an account yourself and start selling! :)
Monday, June 22, 2009
The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion
May 06, 2009-Aug 09, 2009
This Costume Institute exhibition focuses on iconic models of the 20th century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras.
The Tisch Galleries, 2nd floor
Friday, June 19, 2009
All this party planning for the bbq is coming along nicely... and my latest fun party prop is not for the buffet table, but for you! A super cute "Stars" hair pin. They are made from reclaimed suede and attached to a snap-clip. This is sure to be another party hit!
Available for purchase at etsy:
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cayenne
3 large sweet potatoes
1 Tbsp. olive oil
- In a small bowl, combine the cumin,
salt, and cayenne
pepper. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut in half lengthwise. Cut each half into 6 wedges. In a large bowl, combine with the olive oil and the spice mixture. Toss until evenly coated.
- Place wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet and place on the middle shelf of the oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cooked through and edges are crisp.
- Serve immediately.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
|Below is a re-post from an e-mail I received this morning. Checking with a few sources to see if it's legit.|
DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?
Both have the same amount of calories. Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams. Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Studyeating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods. Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few only because they are added!
Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods. Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.
And now, for Margarine..
Very high in Trans fatty acids. Triple risk of coronary heart disease. Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol). Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold... Lowers quality of breast milk. Decreases immune response. Decreases insulin response..
And here's the most disturbing fact..... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!
Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC...
This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).
You can try this yourself:
Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:
* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)
* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?
Thursday, June 4, 2009
We decided that the Strawberry Sorbet recipe [from my previous post] would be a great item to serve at the party. So I started looking through my enormous collection of everything for some ideas on how to present it in a festive and inexpensive manner... Here it is:
Ikea has a nice glass pitcher, it's 34oz. and costs $3 [most likely made in china]. We're going to line up three, filled with the home-made sorbet. I'll post photos once we set it up. Stay tuned. :)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups water
4 cups whole strawberries, rinsed and hulled
2 Tbsp. orange juice
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and the water and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until reduced by one-fourth. Remove from the heat and cool.
- In a blender, combine the strawberries and the orange juice until smooth. Press through a fine sieve.
- In a large bowl, combine with the sugar mixture. Cover and freeze until set.
- Whisk until smooth, freeze for an additional hour, and whisk again. Repeat twice.
- Serve when creamy.
Makes 1 quart
Friday, May 29, 2009
The "Samamborgini" ... before you run out and try to buy one, you can't. But it would be fun to own and zoom around in, parking would be so easy too. Unfortunately there would be no room for any shopping bags, so if there is ever a mass production of this car, I hope the designers put in a hitch for a trailer. Ok, enough joking around... I saw this image and I just had to share! :)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, minced
2 cups black beans
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. cumin
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup flour
- In a saucepan over medium heat, in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, sauté the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeño for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, mash the black beans, then add the sautéed vegetables, corn, and bread crumbs and mix well. Season with cumin, cilantro, and salt and mix again.
- Shape into 6 patties, then coat each in flour.
- Place a pan over medium-high heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Cook each patty for about 5 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.
Makes 6 small patties
Friday, May 22, 2009
Theme parties are so much... better! I prepared a little list of outdoor friendly themes:
For the day time:
- Luau - Hawaiian shirts, coconut cups for tropical drinks, very vibrant colors.
- Tea Party - big brimmed hats, flavored iced teas and lemonades, light snacks, pastel colors.
For the evening:
- 007 Bond - fabulous martinis, intricate hoers d'oeuvres, poker tables, rich colors.
- Color Theme - pick a color, any color.
- Vicars & Tarts - a fun fave import.
- Woodstock - hippies, kegs, tye-dye everything, bonfire, classic vinyl music.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
"Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away."
According to consumersearch.com the BEST rated sunscreen is
Friday, May 1, 2009
ps. almost every label that sells online has SALES, CLEARANCES or CLOSEOUTS, but the CK website has the best stuff to choose from. Happy Shopping!
For the severe allergies, most likely not. If it's a choice between your well being, your life or the allergy medication, TAKE THE DAMN PILL. Your life is not worth self experimentation, but for those like me, who don't even sneeze all that much, just itch and bitch about it, there might be something to try here...