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Tattly

Who among us has not at one time or another worn a temporary tattoo? I mean come on, they are so much fun. But to be honest, most times they are some crappy clip art nonsense that is more ironic than actually cool. Swiss Miss has saved us from the mundane and given us some temporary tattoo that are actually cool! I personally am very bummed that Knucks is sold out. Come on Tina, give us more Knucks! Pretty please with sugar? Well in the meantime this one has a message I just can’t argue with and can’t we all use a reminder to focus on the important things in life.

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Water Water Everywhere

For whatever reason I just don’t enjoy drinking water. When I was younger I would often get dehydration headaches, that is how much I am not fond of drinking it. And if I am going to drink it plain it has to be cold. Really cold. Glass full of ice type cold. Usually I make it into seltzer and more often than not add a splash of juice (or more than a splash if you must know). It was like this Wikihow post via Lifehacker was written for me. I have tried the lemon, so maybe what I need to do it rethink how I think about water. Flushing toxins sounds good, or maybe I will have to trick myself into drinking more. Boy do I love the taste of water! Hmmm, this may take a while.

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Super Simple Granola

I have a new job title. Stay at home mom. I am cool with it for the moment. Not only am I getting the opportunity to spend lots more time with my little one, but I get to try out things I wasn’t able to do before… assuming O takes her nap. One thing I have been especially excited about is making granola. I had it in my head it was going to be really difficult and time-consuming, probably because a relatively small amount of homemade granola is ridiculously expensive. Well I have come to find that it is neither! Using this post on Apartment Therapy as my starting point (it holds the secret to getting granola clusters) I use this recipe from the NY Times for the granola base and add a bag of my favorite Trader Joe’s fruit and nut mix. That is it. If I feel like adding a few more goodies, I do, if I get tired of one mix, I get another. The result is so satisfying I have started eating yogurt and granola at least once a day.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 bag Trader Joe’s fruit and nut mix
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 egg whites

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for the egg whites mixing well.

2. Whisk egg whites in a small cup until they are frothy and foamy.

3. Stir the egg whites into the granola. Spread the granola out in an even layer on a baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment, and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.

4. Take the granola out of the oven and let it cool overnight, uncovered.

5. When the granola is completely cool, break up into clumpy chunks, and transfer to an airtight container for storage.

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April Showers

April is upon us and that means umbrella season. You could of course be one of the many contributing to the sea of boring black umbrellas but a friend once pointed out that a lighter color umbrella will make you feel less like there is a dark cloud above you. How much better would it be to have an umbrella that was not only light in color but had a lovely pattern. Your favorite pattern even. Usually these types of umbrellas are pretty spendy and you may find a pattern you like, you may not. Well get ready to have the most amazingly perfect umbrella on the block. Jessica from Me Sew Crazy has posted a wonderful tutorial with lots of pictures. Bring on those showers April, I am ready!

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M + E

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Personally I am not a huge fan of the holiday but I do like creative DIY projects and what better excuse to make one up than V Day. I seriously heart this fingerprint poster tutorial over at Man Made. Super clear directions and great tips (printing at a local print shop, WDITOT!?) help you come up with a personalized work of art that is not to sappy but still pretty sweet and won’t break the bank. I am thinking I might make our equation include a little tiny fingerprint. via

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Where Am I??

Oh hi! You are still checking in? You are probably wondering about the radio silence. Well since my last post my little girl made her official debut! I talk about it here if you are interested. I am finally figuring out how to get some sleep so I am hoping to get back to rambling on soon. Thanks for sticking with me!

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5 Minute Christmas Crafts

This Christmas I am pretty sure M&I are going to have a little more on our minds than elaborate Christmas decorations (in case you haven’t been ticking the time we have a little over two weeks until the due date). I am a sucker for Christmas so I would like to have something and this 5 Minute Tinsel Garland Wreath seems like just the ticket. I already have the hoops and getting garland should be a snap. I even have some fancy garland that will dress these wreaths up nicely without pulling out all our ornaments. It is almost like instant gratification and will certainly add a little sparkle and Christmas cheer to the apartment. Thanks for the great tutorial, Ez!

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Hacking IKEA for Kids

I heart IKEA. I know I have talked about my love for the cheap trendy Swedish superstore of housewares and meatballs. I have had a special place in my heart for the As Is section which has provided many ridiculously cheap treasures over the years including the cushions for our couches and three butcher block table tops. Many an IKEA product has made its way into our home only to be turned into something else.  Sam Johnson over at Ten Plan has given us complete instructions to create these adorable rolling toys with a few IKEA parts and some tools you probably have on hand. If kids toys aren’t your thing there are nine other clever projects to check out all with instructions on how to make them. Oh and if you have never been over to IKEA hacker go now. I will see you in a few hours.  via

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Thrift Store Frame + Cork = Genius

I love the simple versatility of these picture frames with cork. Armed with a roll of cork, some thrift store frames, and a bit of paint you can create a lovely arrangement of frames ready for your temporary masterpieces, inspirational images or recipes from magazines, post cards, Christmas cards… you get the idea. Personally I am a white kick lately so I would probably paint all the frames a glossy white and maybe even add a coat of white paint to the cork.