Tuesday, July 15, 2014

At Home Face Lift

I saw this sort of DIY face lift segment on the Rachael Ray show a while ago and had to share because I found it so interesting at how easy it was and you really could see the results after only a few minutes. The results seem to really be just the result of massaging your facial muscles. Interesting right? Unfortunately, I do not know how long the effect was suppose to last. If nothing else I found it to be a little bit of a stress reliever. Take a look for yourself by viewing the video below.

**Always be sure to consult your physician prior to starting any new exercise and/or diet routine.**

Calculate Your Time and Effort

I love a good online calorie burn calculator because I feel like it can give you a good idea of approximately how many calories you are burning throughout your day. One that I like to use is by Health Status.com. You simply plug in your gender, age, how much you way and then you can go down to the drop down menus of activities and plug in the amount of time you spent on each activity to see approximately how many calories you may have burned throughout your day. Again, these online tools are available to give you an idea, I personally would not call them an exact science but I feel they can be a good motivator to get you moving more and obviously the more you move, the more calories you burn.

**Always be sure to consult your physician prior to starting any new exercise and/or diet routine.**

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf

I love inexpensive ways to help dress up a wardrobe and a scarf is a really great way to dress up your outfits without breaking the bank. The YouTube video below by Wendy's Lookbook shows you 25 different ways to wear a scarf - which means 25 different ways to dress up your outfits!

Rustic Bookshelves

When my family and I first moved into our home (over eight years ago), we had to reconstruct our main staircase. In doing so, we had a lot of left over old warped boards and so we turned some of them into bookshelves. I actually like the fact that the boards were a little warped and imperfect. The boards were level  enough to make into shelves. We simply cut the boards to size and used some dark stain that we already had, added some fun shelf brackets and were set to go. The project cost next to nothing and took very little time to create. I also love the fact that in using the boards we were able to make this a "green" project.

Braided T-shirt Bracelet

If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive piece of jewelry to make you might want to try making a braided t-shirt bracelet. All you really need to make a braided t-shirt bracelet is an old t-shirt, a sewing needle, and some thread.

The first step is to cut your three strips of t-shirt to braid. My daughters and I made our strips about an inch, inch and a half thick. We pinned the three strips of t-shirt at the top to make it easier to braid.

Next you will simply braid the three strips of material together - the tighter the braid the better. You could always add some fun string or beads to add some other colors in the bracelet.

Finally, you will sew both ends of the bracelet to prevent the braid from loosening. Then simply sew the two ends of the bracelet together (adjust for the needed size) - it's that easy! I recommend making several (in different colors if able) and wearing them like bangle bracelets - perfect accessory to go along with a pair of jeans and t-shirt!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Wrap

This post is really just more of a reminder that when it comes to gift wrapping, get creative. Newspaper is always a classic and fun way to wrap a gift and best of all it is a free green way to wrap! Reuse gift bags and gift wrap that you have received for future gifts that you are giving. You'll find that when you find green ways to gift wrap you will usually also save a lot of green in doing so!

Learn a New Language Together

Have you been thinking about learning a new language? Why not learn a new language together as a family? Whether starting to learn a brand new language or brushing up on a second language you may have taken in school, there are free online resources that can help you in learning the new language of your choice.

123teachme.com is a fantastic resource to learn to speak Spanish. I love brushing up on my Spanish and using this site to help teach my daughters the Spanish language. The website is full of free online lessons and fun games to help one easily get introduced to Spanish or refresh what one may have forgotten. Click here to visit 123TeachMe.com.

Looking to learn a different language than Spanish? Try checking out Learn a Language.comLearn a Language.com is a free online source that can help to introduce you to French, Italian, Japanese, German, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. Click here to visit Learn a Language.com.