- Selfie Stick with tripod attachment and bluetooth shutter (iPhone and Android compatible)
- Vor-Power Portable Charger (water resistant and attaches to the strap of a backpack or messenger bag) – has the capacity to recharge your phone 5 times. I was able to fully charge my iPad Mini, the phone and still have power left to recharge my devices.
The oil cleansing method was my DIY experiment until this morning. I was browsing Pinterest and this honey facial cleanser caught my attention. Honey has great healing properties and it’s moisturizing. It’s especially useful during the winter when the heater dehydrates your skin.
I needed a container for this new cleanser so I dumped out an almond scrub sample from either Sephora or Ulta. Then cleaned out the container, dried it and added baking soda halfway up the container. Next, I heated raw organic honey for about 30 seconds in the microwave, except the honey container melted…grrrr!! Thankfully, I had a brand new container of raw unfiltered honey which was in a pourable state so I squeezed out enough to fill the container with room to mix the honey and baking soda together.
Honey Facial Cleansing Scrub / Mask
2 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp raw unfiltered honey
2 oz container
Add the baking soda and honey to a clean glass container and mix it all together. This should be enough cleanser to last about a week.
How to Use Honey Facial Cleansing Scrub/Mask
Scoop some of the honey mixture into your hands, spread it over your face before jumping into the shower. Do your shower routine, then lightly rub the honey mixture into your skin, focusing on areas you normally get blackheads, then rinse off.
The steam from the shower will let the honey sink into your skin to help moisturize and heal. Then the baking soda will help decongest your pores as your rub it into problem areas.
What’s your favorite winter skincare routine?
I’m not the crafty mom, who makes everything perfect the first time. The first attempt at making toilet fizzies “BOMBED” badly, I dropped the fizzie in the toilet and it sunk to the bottom, no fizzing at all. I had good smelling baking soda rocks that I should have kept as room deodorizers except I was mad and threw them out.
The original recipe probably didn’t work because I had too much liquid from the soap coloring. I wanted to use soap coloring so they weren’t boring white disks sitting on top of the toilet.
The recipe below is the one I had success with and it definitely fizzes once you drop them into the toilet. Links to the original recipes are in the sources below. I made 2 sizes a tablespoon size and 1/2 cupcake size for bigger deodorizing and cleaning jobs.
For the essential oil, I ordered a pink grapefruit oil on Amazon which was on backorder and being impatient, I went to Michael’s the next day to buy a tropical passion essential oil. The picture shows the fizzies in a glass bowl, you really want to get a glass container with a lid. I was wondering why that was necessary, then I realized when people shower, the bathroom gets moist and you don’t want the fizzies to get wet because they stick together and the citric acid will start fizzing away. So use a glass container with a lid or a sandwich bag if you don’t care how it looks.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie/Baking Sheet
- Cupcake or brownie pan (optional)
- Silicone Molds (optional)
Store the bombs in a container with a lid. Include a note so your guests don’t end up eating them. “Dropped a bomb? After you flush drop in a toilet fizzie to deodorize. :)”
I went to my first Hackers + Founders event hosted by Microsoft to learn about how to do SEO from Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz. As the co-founder of a startup, you have to take advantages of opportunities to learn low-cost or free ways to gain traction. In regular English, that means getting more users to use your product or buy your product from you. I’ve embedded a compilation of my tweets during the SEO talk using Storify.
Hackers + Founders attendees on the mailing list will get to use SEOmoz for free for 60 days…free fits in our startup budget! It’s always nice to be able to try out tools before shelling out a ton of cash for them. For a bootstrapped startup, cash is king. I’m hoping to measure marketing efforts for Hand Things Down.
Here are the highlights of what he covered in the talk:
- Inbound vs Interruption Marketing
- Use Social Media and Email Marketing to complement each other
- 10 SEO Tactics to Gain Traction for your Startup
View the slidedeck on SEO for Startups.
This morning, I had a craving for cold brew coffee except I didn’t feel like getting a babysitter for Bull (our very large pitbull) to make a trip to Trader Joe’s. After searching the web, there were two main recipes which sounded doable. The only bad thing about this plan was waiting at least 12 hours for coffee. Either way, I was pot committed, poker term meaning, you’ve already invested too much to turn back.
You might ask, if you have a coffee maker which can make hot coffee in 5 minutes, why wait 12 hours and spend all this energy for cold brew. The reasoning is the flavor of cold brew is smoother since it is less acidic than coffee fewer with hot water and because I love coffee. It also stays fresh for 5 days in the fridge if I don’t drink it all on day 1.
You can make a batch of cold brew on Sunday while you are prepping everything else. Portion the cold brew with almond or coconut milk and honey into individual mason jars so you can grab and go during the week.
COLD BREW COFFEE
2/3 cup coarse ground coffee*
2 water bottles (16.9 oz)
Pitcher or Mason Jar
Add 2/3 cup of coffee and two 16.9 oz water bottles to a pitcher or mason jar. It’s best if you freshly grind the coffee, it’s not a big deal if you don’t. Mix coffee grounds into water until it’s all wet. Cover and let sit on the counter for 12 – 18 hours. Put coffee filter in strainer over a bowl and slowly pour coffee through. Clean pitcher and pour strained coffee back into the pitcher.
Chill for ~1 hour.
Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
*Original ratio from the Noshon.it was 1/3 cup coarse ground coffee to 1.5 cups water, you can multiply based on the size of the container.
1 cup cold brew coffee
1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk
Add honey to taste
1 cup cold brew coffee
1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut oil or MCT oil (contains medium chain triglycerides which help with fat burning)
1 tbsp grass fed butter or ghee (Kerrygold butter can be found at Trader Joe’s or Costco, Trader Joe’s has ghee)
1 tbsp raw, unfiltered honey (I found mine at Costco)
Put everything in your favorite kickass mug, microwave for about 1 minute or so depending on how hot you like your coffee. Then use a blender or frother to mix, this makes it like a super creamy, frothy latte.
I’m the laziest cook EVER so of course I found a couple shortcuts.
SHORTCUT 1 — FRENCH PRESS
If you have a French Press, you can use that to steep your coffee on the counter, DON’T PUSH THE PLUNGER DOWN until you are ready to strain the coffee into the pitcher you are storing in the fridge.
SHORTCUT 2 — NUT MILK BAG
If you have a nut milk bag, you can put the coffee grounds into the bag, place that into your pitcher or mason jar and then pour your water over. Eleven hours or so later, you can pull the nut milk bag out and then set the pitcher in the fridge.
Let me know which of these methods you’ve used to make your own cold brew, enjoy!
Why are there days where I am just glued to the couch, watching TV or reading? It seems all the fall shows and stacks of books I want to consume are conspiring to make me a couch potato. Well, not this year, I’ve got all my fitness stuff scattered behind the couch to get my bootie in gear.
We have about 90 days before the year ends and for some reason, I thought it would be a brilliant idea to lead a fitness challenge to get in the best shape EVER before the the year ends. Some days, I kick ass and other days I want to kick myself. Anyway, one of the goals for the fitness challenge is to exercise for at least 30 minutes, 6 days a week, totally doable, right? Not so much on colder days, when comfy sweats and my favorite blanket are much more inviting than getting all sweaty. On days I don’t want to workout, I set the timer on my phone for 30 minutes and head out the door for a walk/jog or do body weight workouts like burpees, push-ups, scissor kicks, planks, squats, tricep dips and jumping jacks. I moved the stepper, exercise ball and bands to the living room to workout while watching TV.
So last night I had the PERFECT excuse to skip my workout, I was making dinner and while cutting a baguette for garlic bread, the knife slipped and cut my finger. I had to ask Mark to wrap my finger because blood was dripping all over the bathroom sink. It’s crazy how a little cut could produce so much blood! Part of me said, “you should probably skip the workout so you don’t bleed to death” while the other said, “don’t be a wimp, nobody ever died from a kitchen cut.” Anyone else have this constant battle inside your head where part of you wants to workout except your body doesn’t want to move?
Anyway, after he wrapped my finger, I finished making a paleo version our meal. Then about an hour after dinner, I put on my heart rate monitor and went to the park to go jogging. This time, I managed to jog 2 miles nonstop and came home 30 seconds faster than the last time. The best part was I felt like I could breathe like a normal person instead of like a crazed zombie.
No Excuses Workout
Cardio: 30 minute walk or walk/jog around the neighborhood
BEGINNER: REPEAT 2x, take breaks as needed
INTERMEDIATE: REPEAT 3x
75 jumping jacks
50 leg levers (beginners: do this with knees bent)
75 jumping jacks
The body weight exercises usually take about 30 minutes to do 3 rounds, a little longer depending on how many breaks you take. That’s it, don’t forget to drink 64 oz to a gallon for water a day!