DIY Kitty Flats

image We LOVE these adorable ballet flats, you guys!  LOVE!  I’ve been dying for a pair of these for a long time.  I’ve seen cat flats in multiple online shops and put them in my virtual shopping cart, but I could never pull the trigger.  Only recently did it occur to me that I could make my own, duh!  Seriously, you won’t believe how easy these are, and I can’t wait to show you.  Keep reading for the instructions.

-Viv

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Quick and Easy “Light” Lemon Curd

imageWe LOVE lemon curd!  It’s so tangy, bright, and sweet-tart!  I love stirring it into plain Greek yogurt, whether store-bought or homemade. It would also be amazing slathered on some shortbread cookies or warm scones.  Years ago,  I stumbled on a non-traditional (but still delicious) recipe, and I’ve used it exclusively ever since.  As an added bonus,  because there’s no butter, it’s actually a little quicker/easier to make AND it’s lower in fat and calories.  Score!  I’ve made this on countless occasions, sometimes with Meyer lemons, regular lemons, key limes, or regular limes.  You can pretty much use any type of citrus, so take your pick!

Read on to get the full instructions.

-Viv

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Quick Dinner: Sesame Peanut Noodles

imageWe LOVE sesame peanut noodles!  I’ve been adhering to a weekly menu plan lately, in an attempt to save money and waste less food, and I’m happy to say my evil plan is working, mwa ha ha!  However, whether you make a weekly plan or not, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, especially when you try to make dinner at home regularly.  These sesame peanut noodles made their way into the rotation recently, and not only did they get Mr. Viv and me out of a boring, repetitive dinner pattern, they were surprisingly easy and inexpensive.  Awesome!  Keep reading for the details.

-Viv

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DIY Leather Wrap Bracelet

imageWe LOVE this wrap bracelet!  A little background:  Jen and I probably spend WAY too much time watching Fixer Upper on HGTV.  Don’t tell her I said this, but I think Jen might be a little obsessed with Joanna Gaines–both for her personal style and her design sense.  Anyway, on several episodes, you can spot her wearing a bracelet like this, and Jen was dying for one but thought that I could probably spend a lot less to make something similar.  She was right, and if you keep reading I’ll share the directions with you!

-Viv

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Savory Roasted Chickpeas

 

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We LOVE healthy snacks!  Actually, we love all snacks, but it’s a bonus if they’re both delicious AND healthy.  Today I’m going to share a ridiculously easy “recipe” for savory roasted chickpeas, which are full of fiber and protein.  It’s actually more of a method than a recipe, and you can customize it in infinite ways.  This version will make a salty, crunchy snack that might help you skip the greasy chips, but you can also make a cinnamon sugar variation to help you indulge your sweet tooth without forfeiting a healthy lifestyle.  Read on for the details.

-Viv

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Alana’s Tuesday Tip: Kale Yeah!

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You already know we LOVE kale!  This week, Alana’s Tuesday Tip will help keep your kale fresh even longer than you can imagine.  It’s super easy, too.  But first, you need to know that it’ll take up a significant amount of space, so clear out those leftovers ahead of time!

Ready?  Wash your kale and dry it THOROUGHLY in your trusty salad spinner. Then, add a small amount of clean water to the bowl of the spinner, put the basket of washed and dried kale back in the bowl, cover it with the spinner lid, and pop it in the fridge.  BOOM!  That’s it.  It’s important to make sure that the water in the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the beautifully cleaned and spin-dried greens in the basket, though.  Speaking of greens, this method will probably work with leafy vegetables other than kale, too.

Let us know how this works out for you, and please feel free to share your kale storage tips in the comments, because of course WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

-Alana (via Viv)

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DIY Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

imageWe LOVE all-natural DIY beauty products!  Today I’m going to show you how to make a lip scrub at home.  I gave these away for Christmas as part of a lip duo along with the handmade lip balm we shared here back in December.

Read on to find out how to make this moisturizing (and yummy) lip exfoliant yourself in only 3 steps!  (Bonus:  you only need 2 ingredients!)

-Viv

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