DIY- Hanging door sign

I love Pinterest and spend a lot of time pinning ideas to try later. I found one idea that I could not wait to try. In my house I have 3 doors close to each other. Every time I have a gathering I spend over half of my time showing my guest which door leads to the bathroom. This simple idea helped me solved that problem with this easy DIY hanging wall sign.

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You need to purchase the following items:

(1) wooden sign in any shape you like (I choose oval and the plaques can be found at any hobby store or your local Wal-mart.)

(1) tiny bag of hook screws

Wooden letters, stencils or vinyl signs that you rub onto the wood.

(1) wrought iron bracket( found mine at the 99 cents store in the gardening section.

Step 1: lightly sand your wood plaque

Step 2: I painted the iron bracket and the hook. I wanted mine to have the look of brass(you do not have to paint them it is totally up to you)

Step 3: I then painted the oval plaque in a light color and went around the edge with a darker color to make it look vintage.

Step 4: Allow the paint to dry at least 4 hours or over night.

Step 5: While your items are drying hang you bracket above your door.

Step 6: Time to put it all together! Take the oval plaque and screw the hook into the top of the plaque.

Final step hang the oval plaque onto the bracket.

There you have it a simple yet stylish sign so you can spend more time entertaining your guests and less time telling them which door is the bathroom!

 

CHEERS!!! Delish Summer Drink!!

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I am always looking for a refreshing summer drink and my new favorite is Ginger Beer. Ginger Beer is a non alcoholic crisp and refreshing libation. I have only purchased Ginger beer but I did find a reciepe online and will try in the future to make my own.

Non Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Makes about 3 cups of ginger beer base or enough for 15-20 servings.

1/2 pound fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces

1-2 cups purified water

1/8-1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1/1-1 cups raw agave nectar or honey

candied ginger, optional

sparkling water or club soda

Combine the prepared ginger root along with the purified water in the bowl of a high powered blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade. Blend or process for about 3-5 minutes.

Strain the ginger pulp through a fine mesh strainer or a strainer lined in wet cheesecloth. Use a spoon or ladle to press all of the liquid through leaving only the dry pulp.

Return the pulp back to the blender or food processor along with another cup of water and process for another 3-5 minutes.

Repeat the straining and discard the remaining pulp.

Add 1/4 cup of the freshly squeezed lime juice along with 1 cup of raw agave nectar to the strained ginger juice. Blend together. Do not add additional agave or lime until after you have sampled the mixture with soda.

In a 10-12 ounce highball style glass, measure 1-2 ounces of the ginger base. Add about 7-8 ounces of sparkling water or club soda, stir, and taste to make any adjustments.

If you prefer a sweeter base, add more agave. You can even add sugar or blend in some candied ginger for a considerably sweeter gingery drink.

If you want it to be more citrusy, add more lime juice. Be careful not to add too much lime as it might interfere with the gingery nature of the beverage. Add only a little at a time until it is just to your liking. Another option for additional lime essence without overwhelming the base with juice would be to serve the brew with a twist of lime run around the rim of the glass before serving.

Store the ginger base in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or freeze in ice cube trays for individual servings ready to go.

When serving, mix drinks individually or make a pitcher for a larger crowd.

Cheers

*Ginger root is great for you as a metabolism booster as well as being a powerful anti-inflammatory where regular consumption of the root has been proven to help reduce and alleviate the pain and swelling associated with chronic ailments.

Potholder Curling Iron Case for traveling.

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Before going Natural I would usually travel with 2-3 curling irons. I always ran into the problem of how to store them in my luggage. I found a cute and simple solution to this problem on another site and have made a few for girlfriends over the years. It is super easy and cheap! It will take you less than 10 minutes to make.

Step 1: take a new pot holder

Step 2: fold the potholder hot dog bun style

Step 3: sew around the edges leaving an opening at the top

Step 4: use!!!

They also make wonderful gifts!!!

A new twist on watermelon!!

I love watermelon!!! It is low in calories and refreshing ( 1 cup is  only 45 calories).  Now I hate water,  but I am learning the importance in drinking water daily. I have been trying different drinks to replace drinking my favorite PEPSI.  Today I ran across this recipe on skinnytaste.com and decided I would share it with you. I am going to try this tonight. Cheers!!!

Agua De Sandia (Watermelon Water)

Can’t think of anything more thirst quenching that this on a hot summer day like today – chilled watermelon pureed with water, a squeeze of lime juice over a large glass of ice. Agua fresca is as common in Mexico as ice tea is here in the States. And BONUS, since watermelon is naturally sweet, there’s no need to add any sugar!

Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C, lycopene, beta-carotene and a great choice for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits, so eat as much as you can, before the summer’s over.

No More Key Mix Up!!!!

Super easy to make and a cute way to organize your keys on your key ring.

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The cost on this project was NONE if you use supplies you already have. It obviously can be done in 10 minutes or less, but depending on the detail and embellishments added, it can take a little more time.

Supplies:
■Nail polish
■Keys
■Clear laquer
■Tape
Directions:

Tape a round the shaft of the key to provide a clean paint line but also to protect it from getting paint on it that will chip when you put the key in and out of the lock.

Paint 2 -3 coats of nail polish, allowing the paint to dry in between coats. Be sure to paint the sides, too

Finally, after all the polish has completely dried, apply 1 -2 thin coats of clear glaze or lacquer on both sides allowing it to dry in between coats. It only takes 10 or so minutes for it to dry to the point of being able to handle it but you will want to wait 24 hours before using your key so it will fully harden

After dry, remove the tape and enjoy your fabulous new keys!

Low Calorie Summer Treat

Looking for a tasty summer treat!!! Found this treat on Eating Well website. It was super easy to make and a great treat on a warm summer evening. Enjoy!!!

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These red-white-and-blue popsicles are great to make when fresh blueberries and raspberries are in season. But other fruit, such as chopped strawberries or cherries, could work in this healthy popsicle.

Makes: About 10 (3-ounce) freezer pops

Serving Size: 1 (3-ounce) pop

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 cup raspberries
2 cups limeade

Preparation
1.Divide blueberries and raspberries among freezer-pop molds. Pour limeade over the berries. Insert the sticks and freeze until completely firm, about 6 hours. Dip the molds briefly in hot water before unmolding.

Nutrition

Per pop: 45 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 6 g added sugars; 9 g total sugars; 0 g protein; 1 g fiber; 2 mg ; 41 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Happy Snacking!!!

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Hello!!

I am sharing a list from SPARKPEOPLE of 18 snacks with real filling power. These snacks are healthy alternatives of real food with filling power. When trying to lose weight the best snack choices focus on fiber, lean protein & water content. Enjoy!!

1. Two tablespoons of whipped light cream cheese rolled into two slices of extra-lean ham.

2. Two celery stalks, sliced into strips and dipped in 2 tablespoons of light guacamole.

3. Three ounces of chilled, pre-cooked shrimp dipped in one tablespoon of cocktail sauce.

4. One ounce of goat cheese spread on 1/2 a cup of cucumber slices.

5. One hard-boiled egg, sliced and sprinkled with salt, pepper and paprika.

6. A half a cup of fat-free cottage cheese topped with 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries.

7. A warm and comforting cup of your favorite broth-based soup brightened up with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

8. One medium tomato sliced and topped with one ounce of fresh mozzarella, salt and pepper and drizzled with a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

9. One small whole-wheat tortilla topped with two tablespoons of fat-free bean dip and sprinkled with a two tablespoons of low-fat cheddar cheese.

10. One slice of roasted turkey breast wrapped up with one slice of light Swiss cheese.

11. One cup diced watermelon with one ounce of reduced-fat feta cheese, a teaspoon of chopped fresh mint and a squeeze of fresh lime.

12. A half cup of plain yogurt topped with a drizzle of honey and three almonds, finely chopped.

13. Two celery stalks, cut into strips and dipped in 1/4 cup hummus.

14. One ounce of prosciutto wrapped around a wedge of cantaloupe or 1/2 cup of peach slices.

15. One and a half cups of mixed berries.

16. One cup of jicama slices dipped in 1/2 cup of fresh salsa.

17. Ten baby carrots dipped in 4 ounces 0% Greek yogurt, flavored with 1 teaspoon of ranch dressing mix.

18. One cup of sliced apples with one ounce of low-fat cheddar, sliced thin.

Happy Snacking!!!

5 benefits of drinking water

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I had to share from fit day.com

I struggle with drinking water but after reading the benefits. I
have to do better.

The benefits of drinking water have been much discussed in the media. Water helps keep you hydrated, which is important because every single cell in your body needs it in order to absorb nutrients and expel waste products. But what are some of the less well known benefits of drinking water?

1) Drinking Water Keeps You Young

Drinking plenty of water is great for your skin. If you don’t drink enough water, you’ll suffer from dry skin, and you’ll be likely to use more creams and lotions to moisturize. However, creams and lotions don’t strike at the root of the problem. Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin moisturized and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

If you don’t drink enough water, your body will try to retain it in order to conserve resources. This retention makes your skin puffy and can even lead to bloating.

2) Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight

There’s a reason why most diets and fitness programs ask you to drink a lot of water. One of the benefits of drinking water is that it helps you lose weight.

Water suppresses your appetite, so you don’t eat as much. Drinking plenty of water also prevents fluid retention, because your body won’t try to retain water if it’s getting enough.

Drinking water also helps your body burn stored fat. If you’re not drinking enough water, your liver will be forced to help your kidneys detoxify your body. When you drink plenty of water, your kidneys don’t need any extra help, so your liver will be able to metabolize stored fat more efficiently. Drinking water flushes toxins from your body and prevents constipation.

3) Drinking Water Helps You Build Muscle

Another benefit of drinking water is that it makes your muscles stronger. That’s because water carries oxygen to the cells of your body, including those of your muscles. Drinking plenty of water enables your muscles to work harder and longer before they feel tired, and this can help you build muscle.

4) Drinking Water Makes You Smarter

Drinking water can increase your cognitive function. Your brain needs a lot of oxygen in order to function at optimum levels. Drinking plenty of water ensures that your brain gets all the oxygen it needs. Drinking eight to ten cups of water per day can improve your levels of cognitive performance by as much as 30%!

Drinking plenty of water also supports nerve function. It ensures that your body’s electrolyte levels remain high enough to allow your nerves to relay messages to and from the brain in the way they were meant to.

5) Drinking Water Is Good for Your Joints

One of the lesser known benefits of drinking water is that it helps keep your joints strong, healthy and lubricated. Your joints need moisture in order to remain strong and flexible, so that your movements are smooth and pain free.

 

Summer Tomato Salad

Super easy and healthy!!

3 ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 2 pounds)
1 Vidalia or other sweet onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
salt and pepper to taste.

Preparation

To prepare salad, alternate tomato and onion slices on a platter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad, and serve at room temperature.
Enjoy!!

Relief from hot flashes through food

My Sister friend stresses the importance of how our diet effects our well being. I am sharing a post she shared on FB this week.
Thanks May Lee!

Ladies should have:
-less intake of meat
-less intake of dairy
-higher consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables & grains
Add more Foods with Phytoestrogens:
**whole grains, chick peas (garbanzo beans), green beans, almonds peanuts cashews walnuts, winter squash, broccoli, collard greens, onions, apricots dates prunes, peaches, berries, seeds pumpkin sunflower sesame

Recipe… : NRG SOUP
Water recipe: 2 peeled cucumbers, 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1/2 tomato*, blend
1 c diced tomato , 1 c chopped mint, 1/2 c chopped onion, 1/2 c chopped red bell pepper, 1/2 c fresh corn from cob or frozen thawed, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1/2 tbsp minced ginger , 1/2 tbsp habanero chili*, 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1 medium apple-chopped, 2 cups fresh-squeezed (not from concentrate) orange juice.
Blend all ingredients & serve. By Juliano