Marble Nail Mayhem

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Interesting nail designs seem to be a hot trend the past couple seasons.  From leopard print and stripes, to ombré and paisley, crazy nails are in! When I saw this pin on Pinterest it really caught my eye.  I was really interested in how they could get the nail to look as if it was marbled. To my amazement the directions (which you can find here) said to use a bowl of water with nail polish swirled throughout to create this beautiful design.  Seemed easy enough, so I knew I had to try it.

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CIMG2711I followed the directions exactly.  Applied a base coat and let it dry completely. Then took a cup filled it with room temperature water and began swirling.  I started with the lightest color first and let a large drop of the color float into the water.  I continued with my other colors until the polish was assembled in concentric circles within the cup.  Next a toothpick was used to drag the polish from the outer ring of the circles to the middle of the cup. I did this a couple times to get a neat looking design.

 

 

 

 

 

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The directions said to put scotch tape around cuticle and finger tips to limit the polish adhering to skin (thought this was the smartest thing ever). I then dipped my index finger into the polish water until the whole nail was submerged.  A toothpick was used around the outside of the nail to remove excess polish.  I let the nail dry for about 15 minutes. Just to make sure it was set.  After, the tape was removed from the finger.

 

 

 

And Voilà … Well actually, not even close. Thank goodness I only did one nail!

 

The final direction was to add top coat to the nails, but with and end product looking like this…

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I decided to forgo any medium that would make this manicure last any longer than it needed to! The colors looked muddled and dull… not to mention it’s a complete mess to clean up… AND cleaning up this catastrophe ruined my  new dish brush.

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It WAS brand new!

I’m claiming this one a Pintrocity. Save yourself time and the mess. Skip the homemade marbled nails and just go buy Sally Hansen Nail Stickers!

 

Happy Pinning,

Almost Paleo Banana Nut Bread

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One of my favorite  treats has always been banana nut bread.  Making homemade banana bread was always one of my best childhood memories. I loved helping my grandmother measure out the ingredients, getting to use the hand mixer to combine it all together, and the sweet smell that infused the kitchen as it baked. Banana nut bread is still one of my favorite treats as an adult, but my dietary choices have changed quite a bit.  I was extremely excited when I found a Paleo version of this recipe from Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body’s site on Pinterest.

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Instead of using regular flour and all sorts of sugars, this recipe keeps it simple, to the point and has great flavor.  I’m calling my version of this pin “Almost Paleo Banana Nut Bread” due to the fact that my sisters are beyond picky eaters.  I enjoyed making the recipe as is, but they insisted on adding a ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup of walnuts to curb their ridiculous chocolate cravings.   I also bake my bread in muffin tins, not only is it a great portion control, it’s easy to take and eat on the go. You can find the original pin and recipe here. The recipe is incredibly simple and only took me 20 minutes to make and about 35 minutes to bake.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the bananas, eggs, vanilla extract, honey, almond extract and coconut oil in a food processor (my food processor magically disappeared before making this recipe so I improvised and used my blender).  After the wet ingredients are well combined, add in the almond meal, salt, and baking powder.  Mix well until combined.  Finally, if desired, add in the walnuts and chocolate chips. I baked my muffin tins for about 35 minutes, checking every 10 minutes for done-ness with a toothpick.

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This recipe is definitely Pinteresting! I am convinced these are just as good, or even better than my grandma’s recipe (probably because I feel less guilty after eating them!). With how quick, easy, and delicious this recipe is, there’s no reason to not try it! Head to the store grab the ingredients and get to healthy baking!

 

Happy Pinning,

 

Thirsty Thursday with Tahoe Blue

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Yes, Thirsty Thursday is still a raging trend in the college community, and with the summer heat creeping up on us it’s time to break out the “Mama Medicine” (as my mother likes to call it) to relieve our aching bodies from this week’s stressful workload. I myself am an avid whiskey drinker, and was never really a vodka fan until I found the epitome of all clear liquids, Tahoe Blue Vodka.  I was introduced to this wonderful spirit by one of the partners in the company.  He claimed it was the smoothest vodka I would ever taste… and boy was he right!

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Tahoe Blue Vodka is special, and unlike most vodka that is distilled from alcohol made from grain, Tahoe Blue is a three blend concoction. And also happens to be the number one prize winning unflavored vodka from the 2013 Ultimate Spirits Competition. This vodka is distilled from three separate vodkas; one made with sugarcane, one made with grain, and one made with grapes.  This vodka is so smooth you can drink it straight with none of that dry throat feeling left behind like with other grain based vodkas. When I found pins on Pinterest providing recipes using Tahoe Blue Vodka, I was beyond excited.

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The first recipe I tried can be found here.  A simple Tahoe Blue Tonic. It took me less than five minutes to make, and probably less than five minutes to drink as well! Combine 2 ounces of Tahoe Blue Vodka over ice topped with tonic water with a squeeze of lime.  Garnish with lime if you want to look fancy! I thought this vodka was amazing straight, but when I added a little lime and tonic water, it just got even better.

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Not only is this vodka purely enjoyable to drink, they also donate a percentage of the proceeds towards preserving Lake Tahoe.

How Pinteresting! A simple pin to complete, yes. But what an awesome way to promote a local product and enjoy a great cocktail at the same time.  You can find a map of your closest retailer of Tahoe Blue Vodka here.  If your located in Northern Nevada head down to Costco on Old Clear Creek Road June 22 and June 23 12:00 -5:00 p.m. for Tahoe Blue Vodka’s Costco debut.

Happy Pinning,

Not-So-Cafeteria “Cafeteria Cookies”

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When you hear the words “cafeteria” and “cookies” in the same sentence, most of us would probably cringe in fear.  When my sisters brought me this Pinterest pin begging for me to make them these “cafeteria cookies”, as they were calling them (they look like the cookies the school sells at lunch), I was skeptical.  But after a lot of reassurance from my sisters insisting if the cookies tasted anything like the ones they could buy from their school the recipe would be a keeper, I decided to go ahead and try it out. Luckily I had all the ingredients in my pantry, making the allure of the recipe even more inviting.  You can find the original pin and recipe here.

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The recipe starts by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl the butter and sugars were creamed until well combined.  Next the eggs and vanilla were added and mixed in.  Add in the flour, baking soda, salt and instant vanilla pudding mix. YES, I said dry instant vanilla pudding mix.  Odd right? Stir well to combine.  The recipe calls for Mini M&M candies and mini chocolate chips, but all I had in my pantry were regular sized semisweet chocolate chips and they worked fine.

After the dough was combined a medium sized cookie scoop was used to create round shaped dough balls on the baking sheet 1 inch apart.  The dough was then baked for 10 minutes.

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I’m claiming this pin a success! These were the most amazing cookies I have ever eaten.  Not only were they chewy in the middle, they had a crunchy outer ring that provided the perfect crunch to offset the tender center. It must be the magical dry pudding mix that give these cookies their perfect composition.

 

 

 

 

The recipe took less than 30 minutes including cooking time (definitely the fastest batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made). But, our batch did not yield two dozen cookies as the original recipe said; I’m thinking this is a good thing since the cookies were so delicious! These cookies are very Pinteresting! After trying out this pin I will never use my traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe again.

Next feat, ditching the chocolate chips and vanilla pudding, and adding almond extract, lemon instant pudding mix, and lemon zest for a summery take on these delicious treats.  Try this recipe, I promise you will not be disappointed!

Happy Pinning,

 

 

Lavishing Lavender Lotion Bars

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Now that it’s summer, it seems like the season’s motto is, “the more skin the better”.  Living in Nevada, dry skin is inevitable, so I’m always searching for great moisturizers.  While looking through the Beauty section on Pinterest, I found a recipe for lotion bars and was instantly intrigued. I was lacking a few ingredients in my pantry, so I headed down to Whole Foods and picked up bee’s wax, lavender oil (the smell is intoxicating), and ½ vegetable ½ canola oil blend.  I already had a jar of coconut oil from when I was on my Paleo baking kick. The link to the original pin and full recipe can be found here.

The recipe called for equal amounts of each of the oils and bees wax.  I went with a 2oz to 2oz to 2oz. ratio. I didn’t want to make too of a batch and not like the end product. I placed 2 ounces of grated bee’s wax, 2 ounces of canola oil, and 2 ounces of coconut oil in a glass mixing bowl.  The glass bowl was then placed over a pot of boiling water (alternative double boiler set-ups).  The melting process was fairly quick, probably 12 minutes to completely melt the bee’s wax within the oils.

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After the mixture was completely melted, the bowl was removed from heat and five drops of lavender oil was added (you can add as many drops of whatever scented oil you want).  After the lavender oil was added, the mixture was promptly poured into a canola spray greased mini muffin tin (I used a mini muffin tin for smaller lotion bars but any mold will work).

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I then placed the muffin tin into the freezer, being I am the most impatient person in the world; I just couldn’t wait to try them!  After about 10 minutes I pulled the tin out of the freezer and used the miniature lotion bars starting with my arms. OH MY GOSH THEY WORK! Although a bit greasy at first, the end result was ultra-moisturized skin. The greasy feeling could have been a result of using a ½ vegetable oil ½ canola oil blend, but I can’t be sure. I wouldn’t suggest these for everyday use, but after a before-bed-shower using these handy lotion bars on especially dry areas, like feet and elbows, would greatly benefit your skin’s happiness.

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I’m deeming this pin a success!  The smell, the moisturizing capabilities, and the ease of use are all great from this quick and simple Pinterest project.  As I stated before the only downside is the slight greasy feeling left over after use, but it soaks into the skin quickly and is unnoticeable after a few minutes.  Also, after making the lotion bars, they need to be kept in the refrigerator to minimize melting.

 

 

 

From start to finish this pin took me 45 minutes and made my entire house smell aromatically delicious!  These lotion bars are definitely Pinteresting.  Go grab your oils and bee’s wax and get moisturizing!

 

Happy Pinning,

Pinterest: The Good, the Bad, and the Just Plain Pretty

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Albert Einstein once said, “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your source”.  For the purpose of this blog we’ll just forget about this quote.

At times we all have moments where creativity is just bubbling inside of us.  Last year while working in a kindergarten class I was introduced to Pinterest.com.  Those you who don’t know what Pinterest is, I highly suggest you quickly click over and get yourself an account (see I’m already giving away my secret sources).  You won’t regret it!  Here’s a quick summary of what Pinterest is all about.  Simply stated on their website, “Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing things you love”.  And when they say things, they should say anything and everything you love.  From recipes and DIY projects, to beauty products and methods to recipes for making homemade baby food, the purpose of Pinterest is a virtual idea board where you can pin your ideas by a category you specify yourself.

A screen shot of some of my Pinterest boards.

A screen shot of some of my Pinterest boards.

As I said, I have been a Pinterest member for at least a year now, and I definitely have Pinterest-itous.  I grew up with three younger sisters, a dad who was once a teacher (now a principal), and a mom who is also known as “MomGyver”.  My family is fairly gifted with the creative and DIY genes, and with four girls our house has an addiction to the color pink and sparkly bows.  So why blog about Pinterest? Well, after a few failed Pinterest projects (along with many successful masterpieces) it’s a running joke in my household that things on Pinterest can either be Pinteresting, or Pintrocities (i.e. the name of the blog!).  I want to use this blog to show how easy… or not so easy Pinterest projects can be.  While creating projects I have been meaning to try,  I hope to save you time on the not-so-great Pinterest projects while also encouraging you to re-create the projects I really liked doing. I love trying new things and letting the creative juices flow! With the help of my “handy dandy sisters”, as I call them, we’ll take you on a Pinterest journey through the good, the bad, and the just plain pretty.

Happy Pinning,