Saturday, February 22, 2014

DIY Tangle-free Headphones

It's old news that headphones naturally tangle up. If your anything like me and keep a pair in your purse, they are a nightmare to untangle when you need them. Naturally, if you make the headphones bigger, they won't tangle as easy. So, that's just what we have done here. I found this pin on Pinterest a while ago and thought to give it a try for that pair of headphones I keep in my purse at all times. Worked perfect, and was a fun project to do. This pin is amazing and well worth trying. 

What you'll Need: 

  • Headphones of choice
  • Embroidery floss

The technique is from the friendship bracelets made back in the day.  

Also, a little tip: You can use a little clear fingernail polish if you need to glue some ends down for them to stay in place just as reinforcements. This is such an easy project to do and I highly recommend wrapping your headphones so they never become a tangled mess again. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Best Sugar Cookies

What you'll Need: 

  • 1 Cup real butter (no substitutes) at room temperature
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg (large or extra large)
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt

What you Do: 

First you cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes or so. Then add in the egg and extract and mix until it is incorporated into the mixture. 
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. A very important note: It's important to correctly measure your flour or you will end up with a dry, crumbly dough. Never use the measuring cup to scoop up the flour. Use a regular size spoon and spoon the flour into the cup and then level it off. 
Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined. 
Chill the dough for about an hour or TIP: When your dough is made, instead of putting it in the fridge, immediately roll between 2 sheets of waxed or parchment paper and then place on a flat surface in the fridge. Chill for about 20-30 minutes and then start cutting it out. This way it chills faster and the bonus is you don't ned to add extra flour to roll it out. If you don't use this tip: When you're ready to roll it out, lightly sprinkle flour onto your work space and roll out dough with a rolling pin.

Bake at 350 for just a few minutes. 5-10 depending on your oven. Baking time really depends on how you like them. If you like them really fluffy and chewy about 6-7 minutes will do it. If you like them crisp and buttery, leave them in for 9-10 minutes. 

Now Comes the Icing. Here's What You'll Need:  

  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Milk
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • Food coloring of choice

Start with the Powdered sugar and add in the vanilla. Slowly add in the milk. When you have the consistency you want, add in the food coloring of choice. If you want different colors you can separate the icing into a few different bowls. You can make cookies for any holiday now! 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Homemade Pore Minimizing Face Mask

This is a homemade face mask recipe. I use this face mask after a hot bath or shower. Because it is meant to clean out and minimize your pores, it's best if your pores are open. Very simple to do and only takes 10 seconds to make. 

What you'll Need: 

  • 1/2 tsp. Gelatin
  • 1/2 tsp. Milk

First you'll need to mix the milk and the gelatin. A good proportion is important. I mix just enough for my face. Note: I don't cover my entire face. I cover my chin area, nose area, and t-zone. I usually have a little extra so I do my cheekbones. For a good mixture, the thinner, more runny the mix is, the harder it will be to peel off. I use equal parts of Gelatin and milk, that seems to be the prefect mixture. You can play around with it to get it to your liking. I get the boxes of gelatin that have a few packages in them, they cost less than a dollar at the store. I open one package at a time and store it in a small ziplock because that little pouch will last you a few mixtures. Once you have your mixture made it should look something like the picture below. 

This is where you need to act fast! Once it's mixed and looks a little clumpy, you need to get it into the microwave quick. I microwave for literally 6 seconds! Too long and it will cook, which you don't want. Too short and it won't work. You need that heat and stickiness from the gelatin. Once microwaved it will look a little more like a face mask, looking similar to the picture below.

From here, you run, yes run, into the bathroom and start spreading on your pores. You want a good layer over your intended areas, but don't keep clopping it on over and over. One good layer is enough. Let sit for 15 minutes, or until you feel it has hardened.
In the meantime, try to not move your face. No smiling, no talking, etc. If your moving around you won't be able to see your results at the end. When your ready to take off, you just simply peel off the mixture. Start with an area and peel carefully. This is important for seeing results. If your caressing ripping it off, you will ruin the results. Carefully peel from one side to the other and before you even put it down, check to see the results. You will be impressed. My results are pictured below.
You can see all the blackheads that were removed. Kinda gross, but reality!
Let me know if you try this and how it works out for you. Be prepared: It does not feel pleasant peeling that stuff off your sensitive face, so don't get too close to your eyes! It also isn't the best smelling stuff in the world, but your face feels great afterwards. Also, I only use this mixture about twice a week. Good Luck!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Funfetti Gooey Bar Fail

Looks amazing right, Right! This is one of those mouthwatering pins straight from Pinterest. This was actually a request from my sister for me to do. I thought, well easy enough, I'll just follow directions and make it happen. If it were only that easy! Lets walk through the steps and see where it went wrong.

What you'll Need: 

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Stick Butter, Softened
  • 2/3 Cup Sprinkles, Divided
  • 1/2 Cup (from a 14oz. can) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 and line a 9x9 pan with foil. 
Mix cake mix, melted butter and one egg to form a dough.
Add 1/3 cup sprinkles.
Press 2/3 of the dough to the bottom of the prepared pan. 
Sprinkle with white chocolate chips and remaining 1/3 cup sprinkles.
Separate remaining dough into small balls and evenly space over top of the bars. Press firmly.
Bake about 30 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Let cool completely or it will be too gooey to cut.

Alright, Easy enough! So lets review. .

I formed my dough, and pressed in the bottom of my pan. Although I didn't have a 9x9, I think that part was okay. So far so good.

I sprinkled my white chocolate chips. Still on track..

I poured my condensed milk. Ah hah, so I actually just realized while posting this that I used an entire can of condensed milk, because the directions were misleading by putting (from a 14 oz can) in there. Had they just put 1/2 cup, I would have just measured out a half of cup. So, too much condensed milk = Mistake #1.

I rolled the rest of the dough into small balls, which looks like I didn't have enough left over. How are you supposed to really measure 2/3 of the dough though, I mean, besides eyeballing it. Tried to press firmly, but with all the extra condensed milk, it was just too gooey. I think by this point I could safely call this a FAIL.

I baked anyways and. . . . PINTEREST FAIL!

So, moral of the story, read the full directions and measurements! I will be trying these again, and when I get them right I will repost a Victory picture. If you try this recipe and nail it, let me know!

Image and recipe came from

Monday, February 3, 2014

Delicious Chess Squares

What you'll Need: 

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 4 C. Powdered Sugar
Preheat oven to 300 and spray a 9x13 baking pan. 
Mix cake mix, melted butter and one egg to form a dough.
Press the dough into the bottom of the pan to form a crust.
Mix the powdered sugar, softened cream cheese, and remaining 2 eggs, until smooth. About 1-2 minutes. Then pour on top of the crust. 

Bake at 300 for 40-50 minutes or until top is golden brown.

After the 50 minutes was up, I wasn't convinced that the center was all the way cooked through, so I cranked up the heat to 325 and cooked for about 5-10 more minutes. I also have a gas stove though so sometimes I have to alter the temperature.

These highly resemble gooey butter cakes, and are amazingly delicious! I cut mine in regular squares, then cut the squares in 4 to make bite size pieces, which worked really well.
Once again, thanks for following me! Let me know if you tried these and how you liked them. Also, if you had to change anything in the recipe!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

DIY Laundry Detergent

    What you'll Need: 

  • Oxi Clean
  • Baking Soda
  • Fels-Naptha
  • Borax
  • Washing Soda

I've seen a lot of recipes for home made laundry detergent and most of them have the base ingredients of Borax, Washing Soda and Fels-Naptha. I decided to add Baking Soda because I use it for everything, and Oxi Clean for fighting stains. 
You'll start by using a cheese grater to grate up the Fels-Naptha bar. So it will end up looking a lot like cheese. Here is a visual.
Once you have a full bar grated in your bowl, You can add the rest of the ingredients. I use 2 cups of each item. Tip: Make sure you have a really big bowl. Mix everything together well, and you have your laundry detergent. 
I store mine in a mason jar that I antiqued. You can store yours in any air tight container. This recipe makes a lot more than just a mason jar, so I store my backup in a plastic container so its easy to refill my jar when empty. 
When using, I usually use about 2 Tbs. at a time. Of course you can use more for soiled loads. Trick: I use the little scoop that comes in the small containers of Oxi Clean.
This is good for your clothes and so much cheaper than liquid detergents. It is also great for anyone that has sensitive skin or is allergic to anything like Tide or All.  
Good luck, and if you've tried this let me know how it went!