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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New WLTS Feature: TUESDAY TIP!

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We LOVE clever hacks that make life easier, so we’re adding something new at WLTS!  My gal pal Alana recently came up with a fun idea to share some helpful kitchen tips here, and we’ll be posting them as quick bonus blog entries on certain Tuesdays.  (Why Tuesdays?  Because alliteration.)  We’ll keep them short enough that you don’t even have to click through for the full post.  Enjoy!

And now, here’s our first ever Tuesday Tip:  Alana has tried lots of methods for keeping a cut avocado from browning when storing it, but this one was new to her (and us too).  If you’re only going to use half of an avocado, leave the pit in (as you probably always do), and cover the half you’re saving with the empty shell from the half you used.  Then store in the fridge as you normally would.  Easy!  And the great news is, we know firsthand that this one works!  Alana discovered this herself when she took out an avocado half that her friend had put away for her one day using this method.

Let us know if it works as well for you, and feel free to share your own avocado storage tips in the comments, because you know WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

-Alana (via Viv)

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Smartphone Photo Editing

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I took this on my iPhone and edited it first with features built into my phone, then used some Instagram tools to get this result.

We LOVE editing smartphone photos and sharing them on social media!  Remember when cell phones flipped open, and built in phone cameras took low-quality, blurry, washed out pictures?  Now, my iPhone has a better camera than the first digital point-and-shoot camera I owned.  Luckily, there also are tons of apps to help you enhance your pictures and make the process even more fun.

I’m no photographer, but today I’ll share some of my tips for making your cell phone pictures look great without any special background or training.

Click through for the details.

-Viv

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Smartphone Macro Lens

imageWe LOVE this macro band for smartphone cameras!

It might have been my favorite Christmas gift from Mr. Viv last year!  It’s so simple: a rubber band with a tiny magnifying glass that you position over your cell phone’s camera lens in order to take extremely close-up photos, mimicking the macro setting on a much fancier camera.  Because it’s stretchy, it also fits pretty much any cell phone or tablet.  It’s so cute too–it’s like a little monocle for your phone!  I love the details you can capture with it, and it’s small enough to keep in your purse or wallet, so you can play amateur photographer anywhere and everywhere.

Read on to see more photos and learn more about this convenient, fun, and inexpensive gadget!

-Viv

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Fast felt balls. Could it be true?

We LOVE felting projects! So, it happened again.  The other day instead of doing something productive, I spent quite a bit of time watching YouTube videos on how to make felt balls.  I blame social media. I blame that for a lot of things.  It sounds so random that I chose to watch videos on felt balls as opposed to watching something more stimulating such as watching paint dry, but here’s the back story:  Every time I log on to Instagram or Pinterest, or anything Internet-y, someone has a really pretty rainbow felt ball garland strung across some part of their crafty home and then just like that, total case of mind control kicks in and I need to have one too.  Keep reading to find out how I fed my inner craft beast.

-Jen

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Succulents Save the Day! (Drought-Friendly Gardening)

We LOVE succulents!

With the recent heat wave that’s passing through my neck of the woods (Santa Clarita) and California’s strict landscape watering restrictions, my back yard looks like a cemetery from a really bad horror film.  Our grass is no longer salvageable and it’s become pointless to water it at all, given the reduced allowances.

Normally I wouldn’t care about my yard;  my general life rule is this:  I don’t garden and I won’t garden.  However, it’s looking so bad that i’m pretty sure I should sleep with one eye open because at any moment, zombies are going to ascend from it.  Keep reading to see my solution.

-Jen

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Fun With Water Beads!

We LOVE water beads!

OMG.  WATER BEADS!  SQUEAL! For me, it was LOVE at first sight.  Or feel.  Or both.  I think my BFF would agree.  There is something so magical about them that I rank them right up there with unicorns and See’s candies (we will save that LOVE affair post for another time).

Read on to find out more about my obsession!

-Jen

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