Monday, August 31, 2015

Easy Green Smoothie Formula

Green smoothies are, in my humble opinion, one of the best things ever invented.  If you're like me and a) hate vegetables and b) have trouble getting enough protein in your diet, you might want to consider green smoothies.

My mum has talked about wanting to try them for quite a while, but seems baffled as to what recipe to use.  I was once like this as well.  I wanted precise instructions and measurements.  If that's what you're wanting, look no further - I've got a cheat sheet for you!

Pretty easy, right?  And fully customizable - you can use whatever fruit and liquid you want, add extras like sweetener or chia seeds, and/or use flavored yogurts.  Oh, and if you're wondering, a large handful of greens is about 30 grams according to my kitchen scale.  This "recipe" will make about 18 oz of smoothie.  You can drink the whole thing, or split it with someone (which is what I do).

If you need some inspiration, here are some of the combinations I use most frequently:

Kera's Favorite: orange juice w/ mango and strawberry
Chris's Favorite: milk w/ strawberry and banana
Berry Blend: strawberry herbal tea w/ mixed berries
Tropical Blend: coconut water w/ pineapple and banana
Peach Cobbler: vanilla almnod milk w/ peaches
Pumpkin Pie: vanilla almond milk w/ pumpkin puree and banana

What are some of your favorite combinations?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

New Products!

There are two new items up in our Etsy shop - kraft paper die cut birds and "Handmade With Love" tags for handmade gifts and products.  Go check them out!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Moon Manicure

After finding my favorite top coat that I had recently lost, I was motivated to do a spring manicure cute enough to share. I’ve been into moon manicures lately and I think they’re underrated, so that’s what I decided on.

I used On a Trip from Wet N’ Wild Megalast for my main color, Energy Source from Color Craze for the accents, and Colorstay Revlon Always On Sealant for a topcoat.

Step One - If you’re lucky enough to have perfectly shaped moons you can use that as a guide, if not paint a curve almost mirroring your cuticle from one corner up a bit and back down to the other corner of your cuticle then brush up from the curve to the top of the nail to fill in the rest of the nail. You can also use half of a paper hole reinforcement if you want to make sure it’s perfect! Second coat should be much easier freehanded, just follow along the part you already painted. 

Step Two - Get a bit of your accent color on the tip of a toothpick and dab onto the nail just above the moon to create a dot. Repeat all along the moon, I used 4 dots but you might need more or less depending on the size of your nails.

Step Three - Paint on a layer of topcoat for shine and protection.

Always make sure each coat is dry before moving onto the next… after realizing I was most likely playing volleyball the next day I kind of rushed through some of it and ended up smearing my dots on a few fingers. Of course volleyball was cancelled so I messed up my nails for no reason and wish I had just taken my time. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Blog No Real

You may have noticed that we have tried and failed to maintain this blog several times over the last few years.  There is, I believe, a reason for this.  We have been trying to live up to the unrealistic expectations that blogs all over the internet are creating.  If you look around, you'll see a lot of beautifully dressed and well-poised people creating perfect crafts and artfully sculpted foods.  These things are lovely, but they are not real.

Obviously, we know that these photos are the result of a lot of time and effort, but we didn't know just how MUCH time and effort until we attempted to do it ourselves.  We ended up grumpy and covered in glue, staring down a pile of balloons and string that were supposed to be an art project.  I think this was when we both realized that this was not sustainable.  It speaks of a much bigger societal problem, where we will never feel fulfilled because we'll never live up to the perfection presented to us.

I'm sure there are tons of people out there who really enjoy and care about coming up with pretty crafts and delicious food all day long, but it's not us.  Don't despair, though - we're not giving up on this blog.

Instead, we've decided to shift the focus.  Instead of wracking our brains trying to come up with content, we're going to just write about things that we're actually doing.  Instead of making weird and useless crafts, we'll make things we actually like.  We'll blog about stuff we care about.  If we're struggling with something, we'll talk about it.  Life is imperfect and we intend to embrace it.

So if you want to see two sisters doing dumb stuff and blogging honestly about it, this is probably the place for you.