Archive for May, 2013

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter and Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats!

Peanut Butter and Yogurt Frozen Dog TreatsThese frozen dog treats are a summer favorite for our golden!

You will need:

  • 1 cup of fat-free, plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter
  • 1-2 ice cube trays
  • Spoon
  • Mixing bowl

Notice I said “1-2 ice cube trays”, I have made this recipe a couple of times now and I have never produced the exact same quantity.  You can alter the quantities to meet your needs, just remember for every cup of yogurt you’ll need a half cup of peanut butter!

Combine the peanut butter and yogurt in your mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. I usually spend anywhere from two to five minutes mixing. Once you are satisfied with the mixture, use your spoon to scoop it into your ice cube tray(s). Then, pop the ice cube tray(s) into your freezer for about an hour.

After the hour is up, pop the cubes out of the ice cube tray and you can either put them directly into a freezer bag or a plastic container with a lid and put them back in the freezer or you may wish to cut them into halves or thirds first. True to her breed, our golden was a bit ‘piggy’ the first time she tried these treats (I had given her an entire cube) and I am convinced she experienced a ‘brain freeze’. Ever since I’ve been cutting mine into halves and thirds.

Store in the freezer!

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Cucumber Water

IMG_8180Cucumber water is one of my favorite beverages. While I could happily drink it all year, I find it especially refreshing in the summer heat, or when I’m looking to relax.

IMG_8179Wash and slice anywhere from a third of a cucumber to a whole cucumber depending on the quantity you are making. I tend to use closer to a whole cucumber, but I understand not everyone loves cucumber as much as I do.

Fill a pitcher with ice and water and add the cucumber slices. It’s as simple as that. The flavor seems almost instant.

IMG_8182There is no need to make a large quantity. If you’re looking to make a single serving, add a few cucumber slices to a glass of ice water.

Enjoy!

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DIY Primer

Recently, I decided I wanted to try to make my own primer. After a couple of uses I am completely in love with this and wishing I had tried it sooner. Of course, I just had to share!

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You only need a few ingredients to make your own primer!

For this DIY primer you will need clear Aloe Vera gel, moisturizer or body butter of your choice, Vitamin E oil, a butter knife, a bowl and of course a container (or containers) to put the finished product in.

Put about 1.5tbsp of Aloe Vera gel in your bowl, then using your butter knife add three liberal scoops of your body butter or moisturizer followed by three big drops of Vitamin E oil.

Mix well until you reach a consistency of mayo. If you find the mixture is too watery, add more moisturizer or body butter. Mixing took me at least five minutes.

I spent a little over five minutes mixing!

I spent a little over five minutes mixing!

When you’re done mixing, neatly fill your clean container(s) with your DIY primer. Be sure to wipe down the outside of the container after you secure the lid. You may wish to make a label, or just write on the container with a sharpie. If you’re looking for an easy way to make a label that will be easy to remove so that you can reuse your container, use painter’s tape!

I purchased 100 of these little containers and lids on sale from http://www.canwax.com

I purchased 100 of these little containers and lids on sale from http://www.canwax.com

Notes:

  • Vitamin E Oil should be available in the vitamin section of your pharmacy or grocery store. If you have trouble finding it in stores it is readily available online.
  • The moisturizer I used was by Elizabeth Arden.
  • To help prevent bacteria growth in your primer always wash your hands before applying!
  • As with all homemade products, watch for any changes in your product and discard if the product seems to have ‘expired’
  • Click here to see where I found this DIY primer!

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DIY: Naturally Scented Grapefruit Cleaner

Not too long ago while browsing Pinterest for a little inspiration I came across one of many pins for DIY naturally scented all purpose cleaners and I decided it was something I wanted to experiment with. I have pinned multiple DIY naturally scented citrus cleaners and will continue to do so and experiment with them, and of course, I will be sharing my experiences here. Having just finished my first attempt, a naturally scented grapefruit all purpose cleaner, I couldn’t wait to share! It was easy to make, it’s budget-friendly, I love the smell and it gets the job done!

As with many DIY projects I have been trying, I experimented a little bit. Most people would have used a larger jar, and more peelings, which would of course yield more product. I did this on a whim, remembering the website I found while I was peeling the one grapefruit we had in the house, and I only had one available mason jar. Three weeks later I was a little unorganized, and I didn’t have a spray bottle ready. I ended up transferring the product briefly into a spray bottle we use to water our house plants, then transferring it back into the mason jar, and that night, I picked up another spray bottle. But sometimes, that’s just part of the fun!

Here’s what I did to make this naturally scented all purpose grapefruit cleaner! Like I said, I will be experimenting more with these, and I will post those to the blog. And don’t be afraid to get inspired and make the project your own – experiment, the risk is minimal.

What you’ll need…

  • Grapefruit peeling (I only had one large grapefruit, but the next time I do this, I’d like to make a bigger batch so I think I will require three, maybe even four)
  • White vinegar
  • Mason jar
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel
  • Strainer
  • Painter’s tape (optional)

Fill your mason jar with grapefruit peelings. Be sure to get the pulp off of the peeling as it can make your product sticky and cloudy. Then cover the peels with white vinegar. Seal the mason jar and let sit for 3 weeks. You may wish to label the mason jar using painter’s tape, especially if you’re making multiple scents. I didn’t have painter’s tape at the time so I ended up using a post it note that I taped to the lid. It said what the product was, and also what the next step was, as well as the date I had to strain it.

Over time, the contents of the jar will look less appealing. This is normal.

I was a little unprepared for 'straining day' and had to transfer my product into the spray bottle we use for our plants temporarily, wash out the mason jar and then put the strained product back in the mason jar. Half a day later I purchased a spray bottle!

I was a little unprepared for ‘straining day’ and had to transfer my product into the spray bottle we use for our plants temporarily, wash out the mason jar and then put the strained product back in the mason jar. Half a day later I purchased a spray bottle!

The picture above is from what I called ‘straining day’. Using your funnel and strainer you want to strain the liquid into a clean mason jar. The reason I don’t recommend putting it directly into a spray bottle is because before use you’re going to dilute it. Because I was not prepared I had to transfer mine into a temporary spray bottle as I was straining it, then I washed out the mason jar (whether or not it was necessary, I did it) and then I poured the strained liquid back into the mason jar. Because I made such a small amount I will probably only get two batches out of this, but I knew that when I started. Again, you may want to use painter’s tape to make a label for your product.

To use – dilute the mixture in a spray bottle (1/3 mixture, 2/3 water), give it a quick shake to combine. Do not use this product on granite or marble surfaces!

Use within 1 year!

To see what inspired me to try this, click here! I hope to experiment with a couple of these scents in the near future.

If you decide to try this DIY project, leave a comment with your feedback. I’m certainly curious to know what scents people have experimented with. Any creative suggestions?

Marley

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Reviving Dried Out Mascara!

I must have been distracted yesterday while applying my make up because when I opened my make up bag this morning I found the top of my mascara was just barely screwed on. I didn’t have to pull the wand up very far to know that it had dried out. It probably doesn’t help that I pump my mascara wand frequently, and this particular tube is approaching the three month mark. However, just as I was about to throw it out, I decided to make an attempt to save it:

I secured the cap tightly on the tube of mascara, then, remembering my last attempt at screwing on the cap, I double checked it. Then, I held the bottom of the tube under running hot water for a little over two minutes. It worked like a charm!

Saving My Mascara

Remember: “They” advise that you don’t keep your mascara for more than three months due to bacteria growth.

Confession: I have a six month old tube of mascara that I still use!

Marley

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EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm & First Post!

EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm

EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm

I am always willing to try out new lip products, and when this caught my eye in the drug store this morning while running errands, I knew that I had to try it. Less than an hour later, it has already become one of my favorite lip balms ever! What’s not to like about this? As you can see in the picture it is 100% natural and 95% organic and the packaging is absolutely adorable! My lips felt instantly moisturized after the first application, not to mention the lip balm smells amazing. If you’re not one to splurge on lip balm, I  only paid $2.99 for this! I am eager to pick more up, so don’t be surprised if EOS Lip Balm makes another appearance in the near future.

An instant favourite!

An instant favorite!

I think it’s safe to say that Live Laugh Love is now up and running. Originally, I was planning on making my first ‘real’ post this Sunday (2 June), but I’ll be surprised if I make it to Wednesday or Thursday before posting again.

Thanks for reading and check back soon!

Marley

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