Keeping It Green!!

We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action. And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand. Millions have found ways to express their environ- mental commitments through Earth Day. What can you do for Earth Day? The answer is: anything that is meaningful to you and for the environment!

We thought you should have a few fresh ideas on ways to upcycle stuff you probably already have lying around the house. Here are the best of the best reuse ideas, from toilet paper rolls to bubblewrap. Let’s start now. And let’s not stop.

  • Use toilet paper rolls to keep those messy TV and cable cords in line.

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  • Transform an old picture frame into a serving tray by inserting a piece of cute wallpaper behind the glass.
  • Upcycle your old ketchup bottles into squirt bottles for making pancakes.
  • String shower-liner hooks along the bar in your shower and hang your handbags and scarves there.

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  • Make your old mason jars into individual salad holders, each filled with colorful layers of healthy produce.

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  • Makeover empty fruit or veggie cans and use them to stow serving spoons and spatulas (or do the same with old flower pots).

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  • Mount vegetable or fruit crates on the wall in the bathroom and neatly stack fresh towels or sheets there for guests.
  • Attach plastic bread tags to unmarked keys to keep them straight.

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  • Use metal shelf fixtures to hang old hardback books on the wall horizontally, and stack them with decorative flourishes.

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  • Make your old winter gloves (especially the ones that no longer have a companion) into stuffed animals or puppets.

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  • Fill old bottle caps with hot wax and a wick, then use them as tea lights.

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  • Use old seedling trays to keep your smaller ornaments and holiday decorations from getting tangled up throughout the year. Or just organize your desk.

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  • Enlist your old cutlery caddy to organize your pens and pencils in your desk.…Or to organize your remote controls and coasters in the living room.

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  • …Or even to hang your jewelry (just add some temporary wallpaper to the inside of the tray first).
  • Dispense dish soap, oil, and vinegar from recycled glass soda bottles by washing them thoroughly, then topping each with a cheap plastic pouring spout.

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  • Instead of chucking old tumblers or liquor glasses, fill them with soil and succulents or tea lights to create a pretty focal point in your home.

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  • Repurpose your old shower curtains as window curtains for a larger set in the living room, given that they’re still looking good enough to be on display.

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  • If you have a wooden or bamboo bath mat that you’d like to replace, use it to dry boots in the entryway instead.
  • Instead of throwing those old paper bags, just decorate them with some fabric or old magazine cutouts and use as gift bags or storage basket.

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If you use your creativity, you can make all kinds of fun crafts on Earth Day with items you likely already have around the house. Let your inspiration run wild!

p.s.: If you have some ideas to share, please comment. I would really like to know 🙂

 

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Dang, You Look Gooooood!!!

It’s sandal season!! And we did go on shopping spree with Quite The Feet! But, let’s face it. Good intentions aside it’s easier to hit the snooze than get out of bed and hit the pavement. And, we are probably scared of the sight of our own feet. So, whether it’s figuring out how to sculpt your body or finally learning how to carve out “me” time, we got you covered with some luxury at home.

Lounging in your living room while soaking your feet sounds divine? Then, Welcome to our new evening ritual. We got some DIY fresh and relaxing ways to get those great feet sandal season ready.

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Lemon Soak:

To make your soak, combine one gallon of warm water and two cups of fresh lemon juice in a small basin or tub.

Lemon Scrub:

Gather 1/4 cup organic granulated sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil and 2Tbsp fresh lemon zest in a small bowl.

Moisturizer:

Use any pure oil or all-natural lotion you might have in your beauty stash.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Begin by removing old nail polish.
  2. Trim and file nails to desired shape and length, and round the edges to avoid ingrown toenails.
  3. Soak feet in the warm, lemon foot-soak for about 5 minutes.
  4. Gently push back cuticles with a wooden orange stick, available online or at any pharmacy.
  5. To exfoliate, take a scoop of the lemon-zest scrub in your hand and apply in a circular motion to feet, giving extra attention to heels, between toes, and calluses.
  6. Rinse feet under warm water, and then towel-dry.
  7. Massage lotion of choice into the skin, again, giving extra TLC to heels and toes.
  8. Remove excess oils from the nail with a bit of non-acetone remover on a cotton ball.
  9. Apply polish — or just enjoy your soft feet!

NOTE: You can do create your version of Sweet Orange Pedi by replacing Lemon with oranges.

Keeping same instructions, we got few more variations to your homemade spa. More is even better!!


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Peppermint Soak:

Make a soothing foot bath that relaxes and refreshes sore feet by adding 10-15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil to warm water.

Peppermint Scrub:

Mix 1/4 cup traditional white or brown sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil and 5 drops of peppermint essential oil in a bowl.

 


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Lavendar Soak:

Combine 1/2 cup Epsom Salt, 2 Tbsp Baking soda (optional), 6 drops of Lavendar Essential Oil to warm water.

Lavendar Scrub:

Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract and 5 drops of lavendar essential oil in a bowl.

 


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Honey Soak:

Put 2 Tsp Honey in hot water and stir it to dissolve it. If you want to, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

Honey Scrub:

Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract and 1 tsp honey.


 

BONUS:

Whew! Did you make through all these? Well, you can make your own sugar scrub by including your favorite essential oils. Please, share if you have your faves.

Have a scrub-a-licious day!!

 

Spice It Up!

In Spring, the Golden State turns green. Well, the weather is as changeable as the seas, literally! Just yesterday we were rejoicing in warm sun and today it’s rainy. Even in spring, we want to feel cosy on a rainy, somewhat chilly day. And what better than turning to fresh, spicy recipes to warm up your day and appetite. Nothing quite compares to the comforting abilities of piping hot dinner. And yes – you can still enjoy it with a glass of rosé. It’s spring, after all.

Subtle and succulent chunks of chicken simmering leisurely in a fiesty gravy which sends off an inviting aroma that cannout be ignored by any. The spark of Indian spices, deep flavors and perfumed aromatics – there’s a lot to look forward to. A chicken curry dinner is a ultimate crowd pleaser. So, lets get started –

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Large Onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Large Tomato, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp Spice Blend (Use store bought Chicken Curry spice or recipe below)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Oil, for cooking
  • 1-2 cups Water
  • Cilantro, for garnishing

SPICE MIX INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 6-8 Cloves
  • 1-2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 1 Tsp Poppy Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Sesame Seeds
  • Salt, to taste

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INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Coarsely grind all spice mix ingredients togther to make a thick paste. (You can store this spice blend in refirgerator to use again)

STEP 2: Heat oil in a large cooking pot over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and saute for few minutes until it’s fragnant and softened. Cook, stirring occassionally, until they turn golden-brown, approximately 10-15 minutes.

STEP 3: Add chopped tomato to the pan and stir. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes till oil separates out.

STEP 4: Lower the heat to low-medium. Add the spice mix to the pan. Mix it well with the onion-tomato mixture. Let it cook for couple of minutes, till it’s aromatic and flavor intensifies. Ensure to keep stirring occassionally. (HINT: you know it’s ready when the oil starts to separate out)

STEP 5: Add chicken pieces to the pan and mix it well with the curry mixture. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until chicken turns pale. Cover and let it cook on low heat for 5-6 minutes for chicken to let out moisture. While it’s cooking, microwave 1 cup of water for 1 minute.

STEP 6: Pour water to the pan and mix well (Make sure you have just enough water to partially cover the chicken) Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the meat is soft and tender.

STEP 7: Sprinkle coriander and serve with rice.


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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup Rice, washed and soaked
  • 1 stick Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Oil
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp Onion, finely chopped (optional)
  • Salt, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add cinnamon stick and cumin seeds. Saute till the seeds splutter. Add chopped onions and cook until fragnant and brown.

STEP 2: Add salt and water to pan, and bring it to boil. To the boiling water, add rice and mix cautiously (We don’t want to break the rice)

STEP 3: When it starts boiling, lower the heat and cover the pot. Let it simmer for about 5-7 minutes or until rice is completely cooked (as per instructions on type of rice).

NOTE: You can make variations to rice by adding peas, finely chopped dill or mint/coriander leaves. It’s your take!

Enjoy it with your warm Chicken Curry! Seriously –  so good!