Thursday, April 24, 2014

Grocery tips

I was putting groceries away today and I thought that maybe these might be a couple of tips that you don't already know…
(If you do, I'm sorry for repeating.) 

First off, berries….
I find they have the shortest lifespan of any fruit and if you get just one molecule of mold on one berry, the entire batch is ruined very quickly.

To help destroy mold I wash our berries (all fruit actually) in a giant dish of room temperature water and vinegar.

Say 1 cup of vinegar per 10 cups of water, and let soak for about 10 minutes.
This should kill and/or remove any mold spores that are lurking in any crevices.

Pat dry with a paper towel and then store in an airtight container.

My go-to container of choice are the Tupperware Fridgesmarts - and I've honestly had (fresh) strawberries last 3 weeks doing just this.

Another thing I like to do is to prep my salad lettuce as soon as I buy it.
Sure you could go with the $4.99 pre-packaged salads, or you could go with the $1.47 head of iceberg lettuce and cut it yourself.

Do you know how to core a head of lettuce?

Hold the head in both hands, stem down, and then slam it on the counter fairly hard.
This will dismantle the core from the centre of the head and you can just pull it out.

Rinse, cut to bite-sized pieces and store in an airtight container.


Voila - salad ready to pack in school lunches, or as a quick side with dinner.




Just a couple of small things that make morning lunches or the dinner scramble a little less hectic.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gilded Business Cards

This project has been on my To-Do list since I received my new business cards with new logo on them.

I don't know why I hadn't moved on it?  It really takes no time at all.

These are my new business cards:


  
Aren't they gorgeous?!
I love, love, love them… except they were missing something.
A little extra "Oomph" that will set these cards apart from the rest

Ah yes - GILDING!


I was tempted to gild them in gold, but nothing on the blog or logo or card itself is gold, so I opted for a glittery raspberry -which was as close to the card colour as I could find.


Line your cards up so that all the edges are even and then put something heavy on top.


Spray lightly with spray paint in your selected colour.
To darken the colour, you can do additional coats - but make sure to go lightly each time… these are paper and will soak up the paint and distort.



Be careful - if you have high gloss cards (like I do) the paint will squeeze in between the cards and get everywhere.  (learned the hard way)

Fortunately for me, the benefit of high gloss is that you have the chance (if done right away) to wipe off these bleed marks.




Whew!

I literally had to wipe off 250 cards.
Make sure you fan them out shortly after spraying so they don't become one solid mass.

They look pretty good don't they?



A little shimmer and shine - aren't they fine?!



Mmmmmm, and they smell like paint!

How appropriate to have a scratch'n sniff business card! lol



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy (Belated) Easter!

I don't know about you, but we had four days of craziness over here.
Friends, family and beautiful weather (not to mention a not-so-small sugar buzz) had us running everywhere.

Gratefully.

We started the weekend with our neighbourhood Egg Hunt - and this year had a record turnout!

This wasn't even all the kids - I couldn't fit everyone in the shot!

Then we attended an egg hunt at my alma mater:
 With face painting and bouncy castles - and even hot chocolate and cookies for Mom & Dad!





That was Saturday.

Sunday we did our home egg hunt;

The girls left a note for the Easter Bunny asking him a very important question…


and we noticed during our hunt that there were tiny little bunny footprints all over the house!

They smelled like talcum powder and they disappeared out Maddie's window - so we think he/she must have jumped out.

We had two family dinners and sunshine the entire weekend.

I hope everyone else had an Easter equally as wonderful.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Before & After - Professional Desk

This is a monster of a desk.
Long, deep - and just overall HUGE.
It was the executive desk that my Step-Dad used to use at his office - I'm going to guesstimate and say it's been there for 20+ years.



When my Step-Dad retired, he moved certain pieces of furniture from his office to his home.
Unfortunately, with the size of this piece it ended up a little worse for the move.
Not only was there about 20 years of furniture polish on it, the expected water stains, some scuffs, and now chips and scratches from the move.




My parents asked if I thought this might be something I could tackle, and I'm not going to lie - I was nervous.

This desk is old, and expensive and humungous, and expensive…. but I said I'd try anyways.

Did I mention that this piece was expensive?  Not my usual refinishing project where I have nothing to lose.

I started out by sanding.
5 HOURS straight of sanding - but I finally made it down to the bare wood.
You can hear the desk just gasping for breath can't you - after all those coats of furniture polish suffocating it?

Perhaps I should quit animating furniture.



Having said that, the desk did drink up the wood conditioner coat.

 Then stain.

Two coats of stain and it's looking pretty gorgeous if you ask me.
Then a couple of coats of varnish to seal it all in.
(It's still wet in this shot)


What do you think?



I've got to go with "much better"




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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Closet Inventory - Pink Ink Style

I went shopping today.

I found thousands of dollars worth of clothes and enough outfits that I'll have something different to wear every day for 3 months!

No, blogging hasn't brought in the millions (yet) - but I found two people that are absolutely PRICELESS!

How did I do it?
With Pink Ink style!

Here's my before - and I am telling you honestly that this is my uniform of choice each and every day.
Black yoga pants and a top that is long enough to cover my butt.
How many of you wear this uniform too?

Today, I had a closet makeover with Jen and Rita.
Today was "Day One" of the new me - and I didn't buy one single new thing.
Today was the style consultation and closet inventory as part of my Pink Ink program.
Rita and Jen went through every single item in my closet. 

Every

Single

Item



They took a written inventory of it all, they helped me to purge pieces that I'd been hanging on to for years because of how much I'd paid, or for "when I lost the weight", or "just in case".

They gave me the confidence to let go of items I haven't worn, and the motivation to try new combinations that I'd never put together myself.

For instance - what about these brown dress pants.  I had no idea what went with brown, so they sat in my closet collecting dust.

Pink Ink gave me a few options;
(Please forgive the photographs - I shouldn't have taken these shots with the light behind me)
(Those are ramped up jeans on the right)

Can you begin to imagine how AMAZING it feels to have a styling session with people that have no agenda other than to make you look and feel your best?

They aren't trying to sell anything.  I'm not in a store changing room where a commissioned salesperson is telling me I look fabulous no matter what I try on.

They told me the truth.

They were kind, but didn't pull punches when it came to telling me I wasn't buying the right sizes, that items needed to be altered, or that I'd missed the mark completely in buying something that didn't suit my body shape. (and I learned that I'm a "banana" shape)

These are white pants that I've had forever, but was too afraid to wear because my rear-end isn't really a  white-pant kind of rear end.  (White makes it look bigger doesn't it?)

Not the case if paired properly (I need to have these fitted as well - Rita and Jen let me know what needed tailoring).

And if I didn't wear white pants, you KNOW I didn't wear leggings unless it was under a dress.
But check out how cute these outfits are:

I wish I could have mini Jen's and Rita's that I could keep in my pocket to give me this kind of help every single day.

They found pieces in my closet that I haven't worn for years - and they made them current with other pieces and accessories.

They asked me who I wanted to be and found that person - and then gave me the confidence to BE that person.

This and all we did today was pants and tops.  They're coming back again to help me with dresses, accessories, shoes etc.

If you could find a couple/few thousand dollars worth of clothing in your very own closet - that made you look and feel like the images you pin on Pinterest - wouldn't it be SO WORTH IT?

Let me tell you from experience, and without a shadow of a doubt - it is.

I can't wait to show you more!

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