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DIY Vision Board Wall Calendar
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DIY Vision Board Wall Calendar
DIY Vision Board Wall Calendar
Level:
Advanced
How-To:
Organization

MATERIALS:

  • 2 Acrylic Sheets (2' x 3')
  • Tape Measure
  • Drill
  • T-STAR lag bolts ¼ x 3 “
  • ½ “ coupler
  • Wall Anchors ⅜”
  • Vinyl Tape
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Wood Arrow

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • When drilling, use tape on corners of plexi sheets so it won't shatter. It also helps prevent slipping.
  • Use a standard drill with a T-30 bit.
  • Mark your wall.
  • Insert wall anchors.
  • Piece together your T-star lag bolts, washer, coupler and second washer.
  • Secure to wall.

Calendar:

  • Create grid squares (4") using vinyl tape for your calendar.
  • Use vinyl tape to create days of the week at top of calendar.

Vision Board:

  • Spray paint wood arrow in gold.
  • Write vision statements/words with dry erase marker on vision board.
  • Hang pictures to help inspire your family.
DIY Drawer Organizer
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DIY Drawer Organizer
DIY Drawer Organizer
Level:
Beginner
How-To:
Organizatioon

MATERIALS:

  • Foam core
  • X-Acto knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Cutting mat

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Measure the depth, width and height of your drawer then the size you want each compartment to be.
  2. Based off of the measurements of your drawer mark out with a ruler the height and width of each rectangular piece you need to cut out on the foam core.
  3. Cut the rectangles out with a fresh x-acto blade in the knife on a cutting mat.
  4. Now mark the saddle joints you will cut out based off of the measurements you need for each compartment. Each compartment will be enclosed by the intersections of the foam core rectangles. Wherever the foam core will intersect, draw out a rectangle that is the width of the foam core’s thickness then the height of halfway up the piece on one rectangle and halfway down the piece on the other so that you can slide them onto each other without any extra height.
  5. Cut out all the saddle joints with a fresh x-acto blade in the knife on a cutting mat.
  6. Slide all of the pieces of foam core onto each other to form the grid of compartments.
  7. Place the organizer into the drawer and enjoy!
Healthy Breakfast Ideas
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Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Healthy Breakfast Recipes
Course:
Breakfast
Ingredients

Egg White Omelet

  • Egg Whites
  • Bell Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Goat Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Chives/Cilantro

Green Smoothie

  • 8 oz coconut water
  • (1) Kiwi
  • (1⁄2)Frozen Banana
  • (1) tablespoon flax seeds
  • Handful spinach
  • Handful parsley

DIRECTIONS:

Egg White Omelet

  1. In a small nonstick pan add oil spray and on medium high heat sauté mushrooms and peppers together 2-3 minutes until they caramelize and release their liquid.
  2. Lower heat and add egg whites.
  3. Swirl pan, and let it cook undisturbed on low.
  4. Once eggs are almost completely white add spinach and let wilt, then add goat cheese.
  5. Turn off heat and cover with a lid for 1-2 minutes. Slide omelette out onto a plate and midway flip the egg onto itself in half.
  6. Top with sliced avocado and chives/cilantro, season.

Green Smoothie:

  1. Add coconut water to blender.
  2. Add Kiwi, banana, spinach, flax seeds, parsley to blender.
  3. Mix ingredients until fully blended.
  4. Serve.
DIY Ladder Closet
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DIY Ladder Closet
DIY Ladder Closet
Level:
Advanced
How-To:
Organization

MATERIALS:

  • Ladder
  • L Bracket Supports
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper or sander
  • Paint brush
  • Paint
  • Polyurethane

DIRECTIONS:

  1. First thing you want to do is take apart your ladder to separate one side from the other because you are only going to use one side. Unscrew all the bolts that connect the two
  2. Once that’s done you will sand down the wood either with sandpaper or a sander using 220 paper. Either one works fine
  3. Next use a dry brush technique with your paint of choice
  4. Then apply polyurethane for a finish
  5. Let dry
  6. It’s time to attach the supports that the ladder will lay on to the wall.
  7. Depending on the size of your ladder will determine the amount of supports you’ll need to drill into the wall. Use a bracket on either side & be sure to line it up so the step can lay on top of the bracket. Then drill the brackets in
  8. When your ladder is dry lay it down on top of the supports
  9. Mark where you’d like to screw bolt the ladder into the wall for extra support, then drill into the ladder
  10. Last but not least all you need to do it decorate it & hang your favorite pieces or whatever you’d like!
Kym Douglas DIY Beauty Balms
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Kym Douglas DIY Beauty Balms
DIY Beauty Balms
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Beauty

MATERIALS:

Scar Balm:

  • 30 grams beeswax
  • 30 ml organic virgin rose hip seed oil
  • 15 ml olive squalene
  • 10 ml vitamin e 400iu oil
  • 1.25 ml frankincense select co2 extract
  • 0.65 organic rose Damascena select co2 extrac
  • 0.65 roman chamomile essential oil

Brow Balm:

  • 28 grams brown jojoba wax beads
  • 5 grams beeswax
  • 15 ml organic clear jojoba
  • 5 ml ungurahui oil
  • Pinch black oxide (as needed)
  • 0.65 ml (1/8 teaspoon) elderberry extract
  • 0.65 ml (1/8 teaspoon) tea tree essential oil
  • 1.65 ml (1/8 teaspoon) frankincense select co2 extract

Cleansing Balm:

  • 0.2 ounce beeswax pellets
  • 1.5 ounces shea butter
  • 0.4 ounce coconut oil
  • 0.4 ounce olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

Scar Balm:

  1. Place beeswax in double boiler and heat until fully melted.
  2. Add olive squalene and vitamin e oil and heat until melted again.
  3. Remove from heat and let stand 2 minutes.
  4. Add rose hip seed oil, co2 extracts, and essential oil. Mix well.
  5. Transfer melted mixture to glass jars and let cool until fully hardened before capping.

Brow Balm:

  1. Combine jojoba wax and beeswax in double boiler and heat until fully melted.
  2. Add jojoba, elderberry, tea tree, frankincense co2 extract to melted waxes and stir until well blended.
  3. Lastly, combine ungurahui oil with black oxide into mixture

Cleansing Balm:

  1. Melt beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the ingredients have melted.
  2. Take the double boiler off the heat and stir in olive oil.
  3. Pour the melted mixture into the airtight container. Let the balm set 2–3 hours before use. Place covered in the refrigerator to quicken the cooling process.

HOW TO USE:

  1. Dampen face with warm water. Take a peanut-sized amount of balm out of the container
  2. Apply the balm to your face and gently massage balm into face
  3. You can use this balm to carefully remove eye makeup too. Just make sure you don’t get any balm in your eyes.
  4. Use a warm, damp washcloth to wipe away the balm and makeup residue. Follow with a mild toner for best results

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DIY Recycled Organizers
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DIY Recycled Organizers
DIY Recycled Organizers
Level:
Beginner
How-To:
Organization

Materials

  • Family Size Cereal Boxes
  • Milk cartons, broth cartons
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Glue gun
  • Spray adhesive
  • Craft tape
  • Scrapbook paper or Construction paper

INSTRUCTIONS:

For the paper tray:

  1. Cut off the top flaps of a family size cereal box with heavy duty scissors.
  2. Stack boxes on top of each other, secure together with hot glue.
  3. Using spray adhesive, attach scrapbook paper or construction paper on all sides to cover the cereal box.
  4. Attach thin strips of craft tape around the edges.

For the Pencil/Crayon holder:

  1. Using a milk carton or broth carton, measure and draw lines to make a slanted box. From
  2. From the top corner of the box, create a diagonal line on each side. Make the front lower than the back. Cut out tops of boxes according to diagonal lines.
  3. Attach scrapbook paper/construction paper with spray adhesive, add craft tape for accents around the edges.
  4. Cut additional boxes down to 4-5 inches to make additional trays to add on to the organizer.
  5. Fill with paper and supplies.
Paige's DIY Tool Organizer
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Paige's DIY Tool Organizer
DIY TOOL Organizer
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Organization

Materials:

  • (3) 2x3 plywood boards ¼’’ thick (or size to fit your area)
  • 1’’ nails
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Fine paint brush

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Gather all your tools.
  2. Organize them on the board to your preference.
  3. Find the location you will need to add the nail to each tool and add a mark.
  4. Outline each tool with your pencil.
  5. Hammer nail to each mark.
  6. Paint the outline to each tool with fine brush.
  7. Attach board to your wall
Healthy Chicken Gyros
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Healthy Chicken Gyros
Healthy Chicken Gyros
Course:
Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine:
Greek, Healthy
Ingredients
  • 150g chicken breast, sliced into strips
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Squeeze of Lemon
  • 1 wholemeal pita bread
  • 2 tablespoons tzatziki
  • 1 small tomato, sliced thinly
  • 1⁄2 small red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste Olive oil spray

Ingredients for Tzatziki

  • 500g natural Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumbers, finely grated
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

TIP: For a vegetarian option, use canned chickpeas with the same seasoning. Roast these in the oven for 15 minutes on 180C/350F.

  1. In a small bowl, combine chicken, oregano, garlic, lemon, salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium– high heat. Add chicken and cook until lightly golden and cooked through.
  3. Spray pita with olive oil. Heat another non-stick pan over a medium–high heat and add pita. Cook for 1–2 minutes on each side or until a light golden color all over.
  4. Begin to build your gyros! Place the pita on a sheet of foil or grease proof paper and spoon on tzatziki. Add chicken, tomato, onion and lettuce and roll up, enclosing the edges as you go.

Tzatziki:

  1. Firstly, you’ll need a bowl, a sieve and a choux cloth.
  2. Place the sieve on top of the bowl and line it with a choux cloth. Spoon the Greek yoghurt into the sieve and let it sit overnight (or for 1-2 hours) in the fridge to draw out any excess water. This helps the consistency become creamy!
  3. Grate the cucumber into another choux cloth and squeeze out any excess water.
  4. Add the strained yoghurt into a large mixing bowl with the cucumber, olive oil, crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Taste and season accordingly (might need more salt, depending on your liking!
Detoxifying Beauty
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Detoxifying Beauty

MATERIALS:

Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask:

  • ¼ Teaspoon powdered charcoal (Draws out bacteria, chemicals, & dirt from skin’s surface)
  • 1 Teaspoon Bentonite Clay (Help remove toxins from pores & reduces inflammation)
  • 1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel (Removes excess oil from skin)
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey (Honey is a natural antibacterial)

Detoxifying Hair Mask:

  • ½ Cup Bentonite Clay (Works as a magnet, draws metals & toxins out of hair)
  • ½ Cup Aloe Vera (Removes dandruff & repairs dead skin cells)
  • ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar (Has a pH level super close to human hair. Brings your hair to its ideal state of acidity)
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar  

DIRECTIONS

Mud Mask:

  1. Mix honey and witch hazel together, and then add clay and charcoal.
  2. Spread over face and let dry (about 15-20 mins)
  3. Rinse off

Hair Mask:

  1. Mix together clay, aloe, and ¼ cup apple cider vinegar until it turns into a muddy paste
  2. Apply mask to hair and let sit for 20-30 mins in a shower cap. Be careful to not let the mixture dry!
  3. Apply 1 cup of vinegar over hair and let sit for 2 mins
  4. Rinse and shampoo hair
DIY Scarf Organizer
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DIY Scarf Organizer
DIY Scarf Organizer
Level:
Beginner
How-To:
Organization

MATERIALS:

  • Wooden gym rings
  • Velvet ribbon 1 ½” wide
  • Straight pins
  • Fabri-tac
  • Fabric scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Double capped rivets with set
  • Grommets with set
  • Hammer
  • Cup hooks with anchors
  • Power drill

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. With the ribbon still on the spool, apply line of Fabri-tac along the raw edge of the ribbon and it fold over to hem.
  2. Loop the end of the ribbon around the ring to meet itself, about 2” from the ring.
  3. Place one straight pin horizontally to hold the loop as close to the ring as possible.
  4. Apply Fabri-tac to the back of the ribbon flap and squeeze to securely flatten.
  5. Use an X-Acto knife to poke two small holes for the rivets equally spaced from the edges of the ribbon.
  6. Feed the rivets into the holes, place the caps on and hammer with the set to secure. PRO TIP: Hammer on a super sturdy surface like a concrete floor or steel block.
  7. Measure how long you want the strap to hang from the ring and cut it. If you are making multiple, write the measurements down.
  8. Apply Fabri-tac to the raw edge and fold it down to hem. Hold for a few seconds to allow it to set.
  9. Use an X-Acto knife to cut an “X” into the ribbon 1” below the top of the ribbon.
  10. Insert the grommet, place in the set and place the grommet plate on top. Use the grommet set and hammer to secure the grommet. PRO TIP: Hammer on a super sturdy surface like a concrete floor or steel block.
  11. Repeat steps 1-10 to create as many scarf rings as you want with various strap lengths. Ours are staggered at 36”, 30” and 24”.
  12. Insert the cup hooks into the wall where you want to hang the organizer.
  13. Hang the scarf rings, organize and enjoy! PRO TIP: Fabri-tac should be allowed to dry for a full 24 hours before it cures and holds weight.
DIY Shoe Organizer
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DIY Shoe Organizer
DIY Shoe Organizer
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Organization

MATERIALS:

  • 1” x 24” wooden dowels (or desired length if bigger door)
  • Heavyweight, strong and sturdy material (table cloth, burlap)
  • Hot glue gun / hot glue
  • Fabri-Tac glue
  • Stapler
  • Canvas bags
  • Door wreath hanger
  • Ribbons
  • Buttons

DIRECTIONS:

  1. You’ll want to start with your 1”x24” wooden dowel TIP: If you purchase your wooden dowel at the hardware store, they will cut it to size for you.
  2. Take your heavy-weight fabric and lay it out. Cut the width to be about 1” wider than your dowel on both sides. TIP: Length of the fabric is dependent on your door size
  3. Then, you’ll fold and glue in the fabric about an inch on each side, leaving the fabric to be the width of your dowel. TIPS: You’ll want to fold it in so that the ends don’t fray. You can use hot glue, Fabri-Tac or hem tape
  4. Glue your fabric to the wooden dowel with hot glue AND Fabri-Tac.
  5. Then, on the backside of the dowel, staple the fabric to it as well for extra security.
  6. Roll over the fabric to hide the dowel.
  7. Use hot glue AND Fabri-Tac to attach your canvas bags to the fabric. TIP: Space them out according to the size of the bags. Let Fabri-Tac set for 24 hours
  8. Attach ribbon to the dowel with a stapler and hot glue gun, and use a door wreath hanger to hang your shoe organizer
Caffeine Beauty
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Caffeine Beauty
Caffeine Beauty
Level:
Beginner
How-To:
Beauty

MATERIALS:

Coffee Infused Eye Serum

  • 1/2 cup of coffee
  • 3/4 Almond Oil
  • 1 tsp Avocado Oil
  • Mason Jar
  • Cheese Cloth

Exfoliating Cocoa Body Scrub

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup melted Coconut Oil
  • 15 drops Vanilla Extract

DIY Green Tea Moisturizer

  • 2 tbsp Bees Wax
  • 4 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 6 tbsp Vitamin E Oil
  • 4 bags of Green Tea
  • Essential Oils (optional)
  • Strainer/ cheese cloth

INSTRUCTIONS:

DIY Coffee Infused Eye Serum

  • Pour coffee and almond oil in jar.
  • Let sit for 5 days.
  • Drain.

DIY Exfoliating Cocoa Body Scrub

  • Mix all together and store in jar

DIY Green Tea Moisturizer

  1. Heat all ingredients until they melt on a double boiler.
  2. Once melted, strain out green tea and beat with a hand beater or fork until creamy.
Healthy Meal Prepping Recipes
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Healthy Meal Prepping Recipes
Healthy Meal Prep
Course:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Cuisine:
Healthy
Ingredients

Overnight Oats (Breakfast)

  • 2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup almond or coconut milk
  • Blueberries or fruit of choice

Salad (Lunch)

  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1⁄4 small red onion, finely sliced
  • 1⁄2 cup black Kalamata olives
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1⁄2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • A few raw cauliflower florets
  • 1⁄2 boiled egg

Salad Dressing:

  • Add-ins: sunflower seeds, walnuts, dried cranberries, cubed avocado
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp agave or honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper

Butternut Squash and Rice

  • 1 cup of Butternut squash, cubed and roasted
  • 1 cup green beans, steamed
  • 1 cup kale, chopped and lightly steamed
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup white beans
  • Ingredients for Miso Dressing
  • 1 rounded tablespoon white or yellow miso
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small garlic press, minced or put through a press
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt (or unsweetened dairy-free yogurt)

Fruit (Dessert)

  • 1.5 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1.5 cups cubed cantaloupe

DIRECTIONS:

Overnight Oats:

  1. Mix the ingredients together in a large Mason jar. Leave overnight in the fridge.
  2. To serve, spoon into a bowl and top with fruit and nuts.

Miso Dressing:

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth

DIY Jewelry Organizer
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DIY Jewelry Organizer
DIY Jewelry Organizer
Level:
Advanced
How-To:
Organization

MATERIALS:

  • Pre-hung door
  • 1" trim
  • Extruded L bracket
  • Screw hooks
  • Drawer organizers
  • Doorknob
  • Velvet (optional)
  • Door molding (optional)
  • Mirror (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Secure door to wall by attaching L bracket to frame and wall
  • If desired, attach door molding around frame of door to match other doors in the house
  • Install doorknob
  • Use reposition-able spray glue to attach velvet to the wall inside of the door frame
  • Cut 1" trim to width of frame and install at desired locations on wall
  • Screw hooks into trim at desired location 
  • Attach drawer organizers to door at desired locations and add velvet if desired 
  • Attach mirror to door if desired 
Magnetic Cosmetic Organizer
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Magnetic Cosmetic Organizer
Magnetic Cosmetic Organizer
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Organizer

MATERIALS:

  • A large frame
  • A piece of sheet metal, slightly smaller than your frame, from the hardware store
  • Fabric
  • A hot glue gun or super glue
  • Magnets, round and in strip form
  • Make up brush holder
  • Heavy-duty scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Wrap sheet metal with fabric.
  2. Put the sheet metal in the middle of the fabric. With a ruler and a sharpie, extend the lines so you have fabric to fold over the metal.
  3. Cut fabric with heavy duty scissors, hot glue to sheet metal. Cut off excess fabric.
  4. Remove glass from frame, replace with fabric covered sheet metal.
  5. Start hot gluing magnets onto the back of what you’ll be placing on your organizer.
  6. Put items on your organizer.
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