Detox Water: How and Why?

Hey Guys! As promised here is the post about detox water. These have been one of the keys to my current weight loss. So to start off.

What is Detox water?

Detox water is water that has been infused with different foods, mostly fruits and herbs, that helps your body in different ways. What ways you ask, well it depends on what you infuse your water with. So, I’ve included a list of some of the most popular ingredients and how they help your body.

Apple

  • Flushes toxins
  • Aids weight loss
  • Boosts immune system

Basil

  • Flushes toxins
  • Fights inflammation
  • Contains antioxidants
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Fights depression

Berries (Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, etc…)

  • Flushes toxins
  • Fights inflammation
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Boosts immune system

Cinnamon

  • Speeds up metabolism
  • Aids digestion
  • Improves brain function

Cucumber

  • Flushes out toxins
  • Fights inflammation
  • Aids digestion

Grapefruit

  • Flushes toxins
  • Aids weight loss
  • Improve digestion
  • High in antioxidants
  • Helps lower cholesterol

Lemon & Lime

  • Flushes toxins
  • Aids digestion
  • Boosts immune system
  • Rejuvenates skin

Mint

  • Aids digestion
  • Eases stomach aches
  • Fights depression

Orange

  • Flushes toxins
  • Boost immune system

Watermelon

  • Flushes toxins
  • Fights inflammation
  • Improves blood flow
  • Boosts immune system

What now?

Well now is when you choose your favorite combination. There are many other ingredients, as well, that can be used such as ginger, pineapple, melons, etc… Here are some of my favorite flavor combinations

  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Watermelon Mint
  • Lemon/Lime and Cucumber (add some mint, YES Please!)
  • Strawberry Lemon with Basil
  • Orange Blueberry
  • Raspberry Lemon with Mint
  • Lemon Grapefruit (also add strawberries YUM!)
  • Strawberry Kiwis with Lemon
  • Strawberry Kiwi with Cucumber
  • Pineapple Mint
  • Orange Blackberry with Mint
  • Ginger Apple with Lemongrass
  • Rosemary Grapefruit
  • Berry Lemon

Also consider adding a green tea bag to your water while it infuses. That helps with mental awareness and overall alertness and energy levels.

How do we infuse the water?

Well, It’s pretty simple, The amount of each ingredient depends on what flavor you are going for and your personal taste. I typically use about a cup to a cup and half of ingredients to a quart of water. From there it is really up to youDetox Water

  1. Gather, Wash, and cut your ingredients as needed
    • With herbs wash gently as to not wash all the oils of the leaves.
  2. Muddle all the ingredients to release all the good stuff and fill with water
    • For a pitcher I use the back end of a wooden spoon
  3. Leave this in the fridge for about four hours to overnight
  4. You can use the fruit mixture 2 to 3 more times.
    • Don’t use it more than that or it can become bitter (don’t ask me how I know)

 

You can also make a single glass at a time. I use much more fruit to lower the infusion time and just refill as necessary. I usually let it sit about 30 minutes with this method. Here’s Pictures of my process for a single serving.

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What I do daily:

  • I make a pitcher before I go to bed each night
  • In the morning I strain it into my water bottle then refill the pitcher
  • I repeat this until that night when I’m going to bed and make a fresh batch
  • I’ll make single severing when I want a different flavor in the middle of the day

Tips:

  • I know I don’t always make it through the fruit in time. When it starts to go bad freeze it. The mix the frozen berries with milk, vanilla, and a touch of sweetener to have a nice smoothie.
  • Drink your water cold, It help burn more calories that way
  • If you use a green tea bag, replace it each time you refill the pitcher.
  • Make water YOU like. If you don’t like it, you probably won’t drink it.

What do you infuse into your water?

Let us know below!!

-Katy

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DIY Bookmarks

DIY Bookmarks

One of my favorite things in the entire world are books. Katy and I spend hours browsing the shelves for deals whenever we go to book stores. However, when we finally make it to the checkout line I always have to convince myself not to buy one of the pretty bookmarks.  It’s a struggle. At this point I have already made a difficult decision on which books to buy and not to go overboard and go over our budget. So, I must avoid the bookmarks. Recently, I found plain bookmarks at the craft store and decided to make my own DIY bookmarks to help me not be tempted by the bookmarks staring me down while I wait in line.

Here is how to make DIY Bookmarks.

Start with plain bookmarks, cardstock, or old greeting cards. If using cardstock or an old greeting card, you’ll need to cut them to bookmark size.

DIY Bookmarks

 

 

So here is where it gets fun! You get to decorate these how you choose.

For my first one, I cut scrapbook paper to the size of the bookmark and then applied mod podge to the bookmark and then pressed the scrapbook paper on. I absolutely love this ribbon. Chevron and elephants make my heart happy. Additionally, you might recognize this scrapbook paper from the DIY Coasters! I always save scraps, which helps to be crafty on a budget.

DIY Bookmarks

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For the second, I used one on my favorite stamps. (I love Cameos.)

DIY Bookmark

 

For the third, I used some scrapbooking stickers.

DIY Bookmark

 

The fourth is pretty special. It is a greeting card that has this really lovely vintage print. I paired it with a fun ribbon to give it a modern twist.
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So here is how to tie the ribbon on! First, use a hole punch to make a hole wherever you want the ribbon.  Fold the ribbon in half and put both ends through the hole in order to make a loop.

DIY Bookmark

Then we take the both ends and feed them through the loop we just created. DIY Bookmark

 

Pull it tight, but gently so that we don’t break the paper.

DIY Bookmark

 

That is it! A super simple craft that I love to see in my books!

DIY Bookmarks

 

 

If you make one, we would love to see it!

Thanks for reading!

Megan

 

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Getting Healthier, Getting Fit: Part Two

Guys, Guys, Guys….Guess WHAT! I’m down to a size 10 jeans from a 14!!! I’m so happy and excited. It’s working. So You’ve read Getting Healthier, Getting Fit. I’ve stuck to it.

Getting Healthier, Getting Fit

The Workout:

I’ve changed my workout up recently so that I have three days of grouped muscles (Arms, Leg, Core) and then in-between each I do cardio day. I’ve been doing Zumba for my cardio and absolutely love it, but you should find things that you like to do. I love dancing so Zumba is perfect! On the weekends I simply do yoga to restore my body and give it a break from the rough week. Having something to do everyday has been great for me. Since it something I do everyday I don’t forget to workout nearly as much. When I have done workouts that are three days a week or such, I forget them…..a lot. It’s almost embarrassing how many times I would go to bed and just have it dawn on me…”You didn’t workout today” and then being in bed already, I would rationalize why it was okay. Another thing I’ve done is include it in my to-do list daily in my bullet journal. I consult this list anytime I don’t know what to do. It’s a great reminder.  This isn’t to say that I’ve been perfect these past couple of weeks. I have fallen, forgotten, not wanted to, found myself going without. However, I forgave myself and kept going. I didn’t allow the thoughts that rationalized missing multiple days in a row.

What else have I been doing?

Well, I started counting my calories. For my height, size, and bone, structure I consume 1,500 calories a day. (I am not a professional and these numbers change for every person. We are all unique, just like everyone else. See out disclaimer for more information.) I haven’t consciously changed my eating habits though. Not yet. That’s in a few more weeks. I have noticed that I’m craving healthier foods more and the sugary sweets less. When I first started I went to bed starving because I had a candy bar that day and it was more than half my calories for the day. OPPS. Subconsciously remember that and don’t eat candy bars. However, I will dig into way to many carbs on a daily bases still. (I’ma fix that soon) Counting Calories was simply my next step. Actually changing my diet is next.

One Other Change:

I have made one other change. For New Years I gave up soda and coffee (I put way to much sugar into it) for tea (iced and hot). For ice tea I use 1/4 cup sugar per gallon I make, and I use no sugar in hot tea (occasionally Honey). Well, I’ve taken this a step further. I make sure to consume two cups of Matcha Green Tea a day for a metabolism boost (Plus it helps brain function), One cup of chamomile tea to help with my insomnia, and then I consume one glass of ice tea with dinner. Other than that I drink WATER! This has cut my calories for drinks down to almost nothing. Now, if you’re like me you can’t stand plain water. So, I use water mix in’s that are sweetened with Stevie. No aspartame here please! These are around 5 calories a bottle and I water mine down just a bit so that the water just has a taste on it. It makes the packs last longer and less calories per glass of water. Don’t like the idea of the water mix ins? You can easily flavor your own water, check out  this post on Detox Waters: How and Why and Megan’s Berry Lemon Water.

Overall, I feel great and once I got over a hump of: I don’t see results, I wanna quit, It’s not worth it, It’s been amazing. And I’m down TWO pants sizes!!

I’m doing this for me and it’s great. I stopped worrying about what others thought and went for what I want in my life. I want knees that don’t hurt and the ability to look at myself in the morning and love myself. This is just one thing I’m doing to help my future self out.

What are you doing to help your future self?

Let us know below!!

-Katy

5 Steps to a More Manageable Home

Hey Everyone! Megan Here!

It’s almost Spring! I’m super excited! Time to break out all the bright decorations, make fresh, fun recipes, and of course…. Spring Cleaning. I’m overwhelmed by how much needs to be cleaned and decluttered. Over the last few months, we have been doing home improvements and repairs. We have stuff everywhere! I’ve been coming up with ways to make life easier and our home more manageable so we are not having to do so much at once.

5 Steps to a More Manageable homeHere are 5 Steps to a More Manageable Home:

1. Mail.

We get sooooo much mail. You know what I do with that mail, I sit it on the table, on the couch, on the kitchen counter. I basically sit it on whatever surface is near me. Eventually, I cave and shred mail for hours. HOURS! So lately as soon as I get the mail, I immediately toss the junk mail and shred any personal documents. I have noticed such a difference, and the mail isn’t doubling as a place mat for our dinner plates.

2. Dishes.

I have discovered that if I unload the dishwasher while cooking dinner, this magical thing happens where I can put the dinner plates, pots, and pans in the dishwasher right after dinner. Typically, after dinner I get side tracked and forget about dishes and don’t want to unload and load the dishwasher. Not having to do that extra step right then makes all the difference.

3. The Closet.

I always find myself overwhelmed by the amount of clothing in my closet. Getting rid of useful things is a problem for me. I have accumulated many clothing items through the years and have hardly gotten rid of anything thinking I’ll need it for something. Seriously, I probably wear less than half of it on a regular basis. I’ve been working to get rid of items that don’t fit, are not repairable, or that I don’t wear. So, to avoid going through this painful process again, if I buy a new item of clothing, I take one out of the closet that I don’t wear to donate or sell.

4. The Fridge.

We keep the oldest leftovers and things that expire first towards the front of the fridge, so I don’t forget about them and have them go to waste. I also don’t have as much to do when I clean out the fridge.

5. Putting things away.

This gem Katy shared with me. Every time she leaves a room, she picks up an out of place item to put away. This is such a great way to keep my home organized.

 

Share your tips for managing your home with us!

 

Thanks for reading!

Megan

 

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DIY Envelopes

Hey Guys! Between birthdays, valentines day, Thank you Letters, and general everyday letters that need to be sent. I have found my card collection coming down to the cards I never used because the envelopes were lost. I started on Pinterest to see if there was an easy way to make your own envelopes. Sadly all the tutorials I found basically had you take apart an envelope that fit the card and use it as a template. Problem…what if I don’t have an envelope that fits that card? So through a little trail and error I figured out how to make an envelope from any paper you want with only the card that needs to go into it. Here’s all you will need.

Materials

  • PencilDIY Envelopes
  • Straight edge of some kind
  • Bone Folder or something for pressing down creases such as a glue stick
  • Ruler (This can also be your straight edge)
  • Chosen Paper (for my card I used a 12 x 12 sheet)
  • Your card that needs an envelopes
  • Mess free Adhesive (I’m using scrap-booking glue dots, you can also use school glue stick that dries clear)
  • Scissors

Process

Step 1:

Trace your card of choice and then add 1/8 inch to each side. Label the top and bottom, then section it into equal quarters.

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Step 2:

Next measure from one end, (left or right) to 1/2 inch past center. Then draw a line out that far from the center of the left and right edges. Repeat for the top and bottom.

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Step 3:

Now using your straight edge draw a line connecting the end of the lines you just drew in step 2 to each corner of your base shape.

DIY Envelopes

Step 4:

Cut out the final, outer shape and fold in the triangles at the lines of your base shape.

DIY Envelopes

Step 5:

Using your adhesive of choice attach the left and right triangles together. Be careful not to attach it to the rest of the envelope.

DIY Envelopes

Step 6:

Now attach the bottom triangle to the left and right triangles. Again be careful not to attach it to the rest of the envelope.

DIY EnvelopesNow you have a great envelope for your card! To attach the top after you have inserted your card just use a little adhesive and/or tape.

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But what if I don’t have a card? Just a hand written letter?

Well I have something for you too. Here we go!!

Materials:

  • Your Written Letter (I use standard 8 by 11 paper)
  • Bone Folder or something to make good creases with
  • Adhesive

Process:

Step 1:

Take your letter and turn it long ways. The fold two corners towards center like when you make a paper airplane. Make sure you crease it well.

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Step 2:

Fold up the bottom edge to meet the two triangles you folded in

DIY Envelopes

Step 3:

Fold the left and right edges to the center.

DIY Envelopes

Step 4:

Now fold your top triangle down and secure with adhesive. If you are using glue I recommend putting it under a heavy box while it dries. Other recommendations are: a piece of tape, wax seal, etc… Once it’s dry you can address the front as needed for your uses!

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TADA!!!

Two methods for having your own envelopes. Make sure you let any adhesives dry completely before using and crease each fold well for and clean sharp finish.

Do you have tons of cards without envelopes? What are some other things you do with these cards?

Let us know below!

-Katy

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Time Management

Time management. It’s difficult. Life is so full of things to do, deadlines to meet, obligations to fulfill, and places to be. So how do you make the most of your time and accomplish all your tasks?

 

This week I had four exams and several assignments due. I wouldn’t have been able to study and complete my assignments without planning my schedule out.

Here is how I manage my time.Time Management

 

  1. I keep a very detailed planner. Every time I make an appointment, receive a deadline, or have an event I immediately write down these details: what it is, where it is, approximately how long it will take, and any other useful information. This keeps me from forgetting about something and having to make a mad dash to get something done or from completely missing it at all.
  2. I write a to-do list in my planner every morning and constantly edit it to mark off what is done and what I have left. If I need to mail a bill or call someone, it gets done.
  3. I schedule when to work on assignments or study. If I didn’t I would procrastinate and would end up turning in something I wasn’t proud of.

With all of this being said, I don’t plan every minute of my day and I try to leave extra time to de-stress and relax. Organization just helps me to handle life a little better. I don’t stress as much about due assignments or whether I paid the electricity bill. The time I would have spent stressing can now be time to craft, spend time with family, or read a book.

Thanks for reading!

Megan

 

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DIY Mason Jar Lantern

Hey everyone,

So, it’s Valentines Day and I have a great DIY for you today. Mason Jar Lanterns. I made these to set up a nice indoor picnic for my boyfriend. These lanterns are cute, versatile (I’m probably putting them in my bathroom to use when I take a relaxing bath after tonight.), fairly easy, and can be whatever you want them to be! Now it should be mentioned that you can use any glass jar,that you can get at least a tea light candle into, it doesn’t have to be a mason jar. Want to use those wine bottles you have laying around? Here is a great tutorial for cutting them into candle holders.  Also, If you used any colored glass you can skip the first part of this since it is how you can color you jars. Now on to how to make a mason jar lantern.

Materials!DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

  • You are going to want Jars that are mostly smooth in texture, as many as you want
  • a stick to stir with, I used a chop stick
  • Paint Brush, bristles or foam both work
  • School Glue or Mod Podge, I used school glue but Mod Podge is well known for this
  • Dimensional Paints
  • A Quick Drying Glue
  • Craft Gems
  • Foil
  • Baking Sheet
  • Food Coloring
  • Water
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Bowls, One bowl for each color you want to mix
  • Paper Plates, One for Jar

First Things First!

If you are using a jar of any kind that has labels on them those need removed. Here is a great way to do that.

Now ON TO THE COLORING!!

(I might be a little excited)

  1. First in each bowl mix 10 drops of food coloring for desired color per jar.DIY Mason Jar Lanterns
  2. Now add 2 Teaspoons of your School glue or Mod Podge per jar
  3. Mix together then add 1 Teaspoon of water per jar and mix again
  4. Now pour equally into each jar
    • I made one jar at a time to ensure each jar had enough to color it
  5. Now tilt the jar around to coat the entire jar in an even layer of the glue mixture, This is where having a brush can come in handy.
  6. Once you have EVENLY coated the entire jar place it upside down on a paper plate (or something you don’t mind getting coated with the mixture)
  7. Repeat this for all of your jarsDIY Mason Jar Lanterns
  8. Once all of you jars are coated place them in a 200 degree oven upside down on a foil lined baking sheet for 3 minutes.
  9. Flip them right side up and place them back in the oven for 1 hour.
  10. After one hour pull them out and let them cool complete (mine took roughly 30 minutes)
  11. And TADA now your Jars are colored!!

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

Now to Decorate!!

  1. Gather all the decorating materialsDIY Mason Jar Lanterns
    • I used these craft gems, glitter glue for attaching them, and fabric paint for the dimensional paint because that is what I had on hand.
  2. Decorate! I started by attaching the gems and them adding the dimension. It made it easier not to smear everything. This part can take some time depending on how detailed you go
  3. Follow you paints and glue drying instructions (Mine took 24 hours)
  4. Drop in your candle a you have your own lanterns!

Tips for Decorating:

  1. Keep the tip of your paints clean to avoid the gloppy lines like you see below
  2. Make sure to watch your fingers when you rotate the jars to avoid the smudging
    • If you have a rotating cake stand I would highly recommend covering in foil and using it to decorate and dry you jars.
  3. Don’t use too much glue, If you put to much on the gems slip down the jar and muddy up any design you put on.
    • I would recommend if you have the time to place the gems and let them dry completely before moving on.

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

What do you think you’ll use these lanterns for? What tips do you have for decorating masons jars?

Let us know below! Also if you make these we would love to see pictures!

-Katy

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Ideas for your stamps

You’ve seen our post on how to stamp. If you haven’t you should go check it out.

So, now that you know how to stamp, what can you do with it?

  1. First you can use it in letter that you write, as seen in our Thank you letter post.Things to do with stamping
  2. You can also make recipe cards as seen here.Things to do with stamping
  3. You can start your own adventure book with them as well, here are some photos of my adventure book and how I used stamps in it.
  4. You can make gift tags for your homemade gifts.
  5. You can personalize clothing, with fabric dye ink.
  6. Having a wonderful tea party with friends? You can make easy place cards with clear stampsStamp for organizing my desk
  7. Use clear stamps, non-toxic ink, and hairspray to make a temporary tattoo. This can be great for taking the kids out, an evening party, or trying out placement ideas, costumes, and more.
  8. I found this cute roller stamp in the clearance section
  9. It’s great for keeping by budget binder, planner, and overall desk in order.
  10. DIY Tea Towels!

With so many types of ink, stamps, and mediums the ideas can be endless!

How do you use stamps in your daily life?

-Katy

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Thank You Letters

Why you should write them and How to do it

Why?

Using the postal system has started to become a thing of the past with e-mail, texting, Im-ing (although that isn’t use much now either). So why should we use it for something like thank you letters? We have all of these easy quick ways to send a quick thank you for everything. Well sending a thank you letter gives the recipient a nice break from junk mail, bills, etc. It also shows an extra effort; that I have found makes people feel a little extra special.

Here’s how I write a thank you letter.

I have a these lovely blank card from my local craft store, and I start by stamping something meaningful to the person I’m sending the card to.If you’re not sure about stamping check out this post.

Writing a Thank You LetterStamp something meaning full on your thank you letter

Now for the actually writing of the letter.

  1. Start with a greeting. Personally, I use “Hey Insert there Name”. It’s what fits me. Other popular greeting include: dear, greetings, dearest, happy holidays, hello.
  2. Next, say THANK YOU! A single sentence is good for this. You can be a simple as “Thank you for the ________” or “I greatly appreciate __________”.
  3. Then, it’s nice to add how you have enjoyed, or used the gift, weather it was kind words you took to heart or a great kitchen gadget you. Make sure they know how much you enjoy the gift.
  4. Follow this with thoughts of the past and future. Yes this sounds weird. Here’s what I mean. Talk about the past, when they gave you the gift: weather it was a Christmas party, a lunch you had together, run in on the sidewalk. Talk about how good it was to see them. Followed by your hopes to see them again soon, in the future.
  5. Lastly, before you sign off, say thanks again.
  6. Don’t forget to sign!!

And that is all there is to it! You have a thank you card!!

Final thank you letter

How often do you write letters? What events do you send letter for?

Let us know below!

-Katy

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Stamping – How and Why to Stamp

Rubber stamping is one of my absolute favorite hobbies. Weather I am scrapbooking or writing a letter for someone, my sister, Megan, perhaps. You can get rubber stamps at most craft stores. Here are just a few of my favorites,

My Favorite Stamps

Now, there are also clear stamps that come in many forms, for them you will need an acrylic block in addition the the stamps you buy. Here is my block and one of the alphabets I have aquired over the years.

Acrylic Stamping Block

Clear stamps for stmaping

Now then, you will also need ink. Most ink that you will find at your local craft store will work just fine. A few things I look for is acid-free and non toxic. Just to be safe. I have found that pigment ink works best for me and the different mediums I use most, and is what I keep in stock for everyday use. When I’m working on any special projects, I will do research on inks to determine the best ink to have for particular mediums.

Ink for stamping

Now we have all the tools. How do we use them? Well,

  1. Cover you chosen stamp in inkCover the stamp evenly in the ink

  2. Just press even.Even pressure for a good stamp

    • If you lift the stamp and find that it isn’t stamped evenly, don’t try to re-stamp it. Just start over. Trust me.

And Tada! You have a beautiful stamp.

Need some ideas for what to do with stamps, check out this post!

To clean the stamps just rub the ink off with a damp paper towel and store rubber side up to extend the life of your stamps!!

Cleaning stamps

Do you stamp? Why do you stamp and what are some of your favorite mediums?

Let us know below!!

-Katy

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