Friday, July 25, 2014

Stinky Clothes Solution

After coming home from work, I forced myself decided to do a load of laundry when I realized that there was a load still sitting in the washing machine from the beginning of the week! UGHHH, the smell of moldy old gym socks mixed with rotten cheese (it was nasty boooyyy) came to mind when I opened the machine door. After re washing the laundry with soap, softener, and Downy unstoppables THREE TIMES, I started believing the smell was never going to go away and that my favorite maxi dress was about to be trash. I went through my mental Rolodex of things that get rid of nasty odors and vinegar was the first thing that popped into my mind. One cup of vinegar in a rinse cycle later, my clothes were odor free and I was a happy chica. The sweet smell of non moldy clothes success! Vinegar to the rescue yet again. 

Do you often forget that load of laundry in your washing machine? What tricks have worked for you for getting rid of the stink?

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Zoodle Veggie Bowl

For those of you who have yet to jump on the zoodle wagon, zoodles are simply zucchini noodles. You create these tasty little zucchini noodles by using a table top spiralizer or a hand held spiralizer. I love zoodles because the possibilities of new dishes that you can create with them are endless, and it is so much healthier for you than regular pasta!  

What You Need:
3 large zucchinis
Coconut oil
Steamed broccoli
2 sliced tomatoes
Feta Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garlic powder
Hot Sauce (optional)

What You Do:
After you spiralize your zucchini (you will be surprised at how much you can make even with 1 zucchini) saute your zoodles in coconut oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
Once zucchini is to the tenderness of your liking, add your steamed broccoli
Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
Separate your zoodles into bowls for lunch for the week or one big bowl if you plan on serving it for dinner.
Add slices tomatoes on top.
Add a sprinkling of feta on top.
I love hot sauce on my veggies so if you want you can add a few drops of hot sauce to your dish as well to spice things up.

P.S. To add extra protein add an egg on top or some grilled chicken. Yum!

Are You a zoodle fan? Do you own a spiralizer? What other veggies do you spiralize?


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amazing Uses For WD-40

This post was created thanks to my amazing husband (hey babe!). It was late one evening after a long day of work and an incredibly satisfying dinner when I started thinking out loud about post ideas. Awesome husband says "why don't you write a post about WD-40? There are so many ways that you can use it." Hmmmm WD-40... "That's a good freakin idea!" I shouted. This was the day, my husband birthed a post idea. Thank you husband! I hope this post makes you proud =P

-Unstick stuck gum from hair or carpets

-Remove a ring that is stuck on your finger

-Loosen a stuck zipper by spraying a bit in the trouble area

-Remove tar and scuff marks from hard surfaces and crayon marks from walls (it won't harm the surface) Just spray on the area and wipe

-Keeps wasps away from your home and prevent them from building nests by spraying under the eaves of your house

-Remove lipstick stains from clothes by saturating the area and throw it in the washing machine

-Remove duct tape gunk

-Eliminate that stove top grease

-Clean and restore your leather dashboard by spraying on and wiping off

-Easily wipe away splattered bugs on your car

-Water spots on your glass shower door or stainless steel? Spray and wipe WD-40

-Protects silver from tarnishing

-Untangles jewelry

-Removes dirt, rust, and grease from the BBQ grill

-Stops squeaky doors

-Prevents rust from forming on tools

-Cleans and restores the roof racks on your car.

-Make your floors look like they were just waxed, minus the slippery aftermath

Did you know that there were this many uses for WD-40? What other ways do you use this super product?


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Land That Job!

So you got your resume noticed and you got what you have been hoping for, a call from the company that you applied for a job at and they want to set up an interview! This is amazing, you are super excited and a bundle of nerves but with a few tiny tips (that make a huge difference), you can improve your chances of landing that job you've been wishing for!
FACT: It takes about seven to seventeen seconds to make a first impression.
Think about that. You want your one first impression to be your best. So here are a few things that you can do and keep in mind to achieve that great first impression.
-Dress the part- Dress professionally and modest aka no jeans or boobies hanging out. Of course all jobs are different, but you want to look professional and look cleaned up. You want the interviewer to know that you are taking this interview seriously and as mentioned before, your first seven seconds are important!
-Make eye contact and smile- Smiling makes you look approachable and friendly while keeping eye contact lets the interviewer know that you are paying attention and are focused on the meeting at hand.
-Shake hands-This is how you develop a level of rapport. Also many judge people by the grip and strength of their handshake, so be sure to shake hands in a firmly and confident manner.
-Do not chew gum! This is a big no no. Just don't do it! I actually know of bosses and CEOs who did not even proceed with the interview because the person who was suppose to be getting interviewed was chewing gum. Don't loose out on a big opportunity because of gum.
-Posture- It is crazy how much people read body language even when they don't realize that they are doing it. Be sure to sit up straight and ever so slightly lean in towards the person interviewing you to show your interest and that you are paying attention. Do not fidget around clicking pens and shuffling papers. Simply fold your hands on your lap and focus on your interview.
-Be prepared- Research the company and clearly understand what they are about and what they are looking for. Bring a copy of your resume and/or papers that you need to help you get your point across.
-Be Thankful- No matter how you think your interview went, thank the person that you met with for their time and remember that firm handshake. Also, do not forget to send a letter of thanks a few days after your meeting.
Now you are set and ready to go get that job! Be confident, you know what you are doing, you know how to make a good first impression, get it get it, deep breath and good luck!
What are your tips for landing that job that you wanted?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ladies Night! Wine Tasting Party

Ever just want to grab your girls and have a girls night in? Catch up, and enjoy each others company (and laugh your @$$'s off all night?) What better way to have some fun and relax than having a wine tasting party? You can make this as casual pj party! or as fancy as you like, either way everyone is bound to have a great time and enjoy some delicious wine!
For a casual gathering head over to evite. Pick that perfect wine themed invitation, a date, time, and place, and email your free invitations to all of your friends. You will get updates emailed to you once someone has replied to the RSVP which is great; and don't forget to instruct your guests to bring a bottle of wine that they would like to add to the selection of wines that you all will be trying out.
A tray of assorted fruits along with a selection of crackers and yummy cheeses is perfect for an evening of wine tasting! Quick, easy, and satisfying.
For an event like this I would normally have one large table with most of our munchies and drinks set out on it so that guests can all chat, eat, and drink in one localized area and no one feels left out. Stick to your wine theme and decorate your main table with the following:
-Wine Bottle Flower Vases- Use your empty wine bottles that you have saved for crafting and spray them with chalk board spray paint. Once COMPLETELY dry, use chalk that you can pick up from the dollar store to write welcome notes on your bottles, or draw pretty designs. Lastly, head to your local grocery store and pick up some fresh blooms to compliment your vases and add color and life to the room. The best part is that you can erase the notes and reuse them again for another gathering that you may have in the future!
-Candle Holders- Create a beautiful ambiance with soft candle lighting. Grab your trusty mason jars and fill them with wine corks as shown above (did you know that if you haven't been saving your wine corks, that you can buy them here?) Next, place a battery operated tea light candle in each mason jar for a safe and beautiful touch!
Create simple and adorable favors for your guests by allowing them to leave with a wine glass and glass charm! You can pick up wine glasses from your local dollar store and place them on your table with a different wine charm around each stem (great so people do not misplace their drinks). When your guests leave provide them with a cute gift bag to take their glass and charm with them and also place a bowl of assorted chocolates out on your table so they can throw a few in their gift bag as well.
Have you ever had a wine tasting party before? What tips can you share with us?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Linkup Party!

Hey ladies and gents, Happy Friday! We are here today doing another linkup so that we can get to know you and follow some new blogs, and so that you can get to know eachother! Just follow the instructions below and lets start this Friday off right!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Strawberry Vanilla Chia Protein Pudding

Pudding has always held a place in my heart. Creamy and delicious it never disappoints...except, when it comes to health. Pudding is not the healthiest of snacks and most puddings that you buy in stores are made with chemicals that I do not want to put in my body. It was time that I came up with a solution, have my pudding and eat it too, strawberry vanilla chia pudding was then born.

2 cups strawberries
2 cups almond milk
3/4 cups chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Splash of pure vanilla extract
Honey to taste

-Blend coconut milk, honey, vanilla extract, protein powder, and 2 cups strawberries until smooth.
-Put your strawberry/almond milk mixture in a bowl and add your chia seeds.
-Whisk that baby up until well combined.
-Place mixture in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes until mixture resembles tapioca pudding.
-Spoon into a serving bowl and enjoy!
*Great for a quick breakfast or snack throughout the week as it should stay well in a tight seal container in the refrigerator for about a week.

What's your favorite pudding flavor? Have you ever made chia pudding before?

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