Category Archives: Tested & Approved

$2.00 Homemade Multi-purpose Cleaner

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I came across this multi-purpose cleaner on Pinterest. I had all of the ingredients and decided to try it, I think I used the whole bottle in one day cleaning everything from windows to countertops all the way down to my floors. I was amazed at how well it worked and how cheap it would be to replace my other cleaners with this one concoction. This one is defiantly worth a try, for around $2 you can make your own multi-purpose cleaner that is safe to use around children and pets, has virtually no smell (slight vinegar smell that goes away quickly) and is CHEAP! The rubbing alcohol makes the cleaner streak free plus its a natural disinfectant and degreaser which makes it great for cleaning any surface. White vinegar is a natural deodorizer and sanitizer. The combination of the two makes this multi-purpose cleaner great for any household chore!

I buy my rubbing alcohol and white vinegar at Dollar Tree so it costs me $2.00 plus tax. These products may be slightly higher or lower at your grocery store.

Mix 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 1 cup of water together in a spray bottle (use an old Windex bottle). Once the mixture settles, add 2-3 drops of dishwashing liquid. This increases the degreasing and disinfecting qualities. Shake lightly (it will bubble), once its all settled its ready to use. Clean, clean, clean away!

*If you don’t like the vinegar smell or would like this cleaner to have a lasting smell, you could add a few drops of any essential oil to the mixture*

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Low Carb Sweet Tooth Snacks

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I’ve been asked many times what I do when I’m craving something sweet, I do get hit by my sweet tooth every now and then and unfortunately my low carb lifestyle and sugar do not mix. There are some low carb protein bars, chocolates, etc that are sold in stores but I find them to taste very fake and not to mention the hundred ingredients that are in them, half of which I can’t pronounce. When I’m craving something sweet I stick to satisfying options and very small potions. Here are my suggestions….
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1 tbls of all natural peanut butter (4 carbs per tbls) and about 7 milk chocolate chips (2 carbs for about 7 chips) = 6 carbs. Peanut butter is full of protein, healthy fats, potassium, fiber and antioxidants. Peanut butter also helps you feel full. Peanut butter and celery is also a good snack.

If you have a peanut allergy or just prefer the flavor of almond butter better than peanut butter, it has about the same amount of carbs for one tbls and almonds are also very good for you, giving you protein, vitamin e, magnesium and fiber.

1 tsp of honey has about 5 carbs, yes this is a much smaller portion than the peanut butter, but honey is very sweet, I don’t think I could eat more than a tsp anyway. Honey has so many health benefits. You are killing two birds with one stone if you pick this as your sweet snack. See my post about the benefits of honey to discover all of its health benefits.

Sugar free jello has zero carbs. Top with a little whipped cream to make it extra delicious. I have a great recipe for a low carb jello cheesecake, I promise to share it soon!

Cream cheese – Two tbls of cream cheese has about 1 carb. You want the regular cream cheese, low fat and fat free cream cheese is much higher in carbs. I happen to love cream cheese and can eat it plain, but you can also whip it with a tsp of honey and have a sweet and creamy dip for anything you desire.  Cream cheese and celery is also a good snack.

I find any of these options very satisfying for my sweet tooth and I hope they help you out too. Share your low carb snacks with me, I’d love to try them!

Check out my other low carb sweet snacks here…..

https://simple2something.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/low-carb-cheesecake/
https://simple2something.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/low-carb-peanut-butter-balls/

Honey & Lemon Pore Cleanser

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Just another reason for me to love honey……I found this on Pinterest and wasn’t sure it would work, but I’ll try anything once. To my surprise it does work, I have big pores and blackheads on my nose that drive me nuts. I already knew honey was good for acne but honey and lemon together make a great pore cleansing team. I hate those expensive pore strips that leave my skin bright red and dry, but this combo is not only cheap, it leaves your skin soft and my pores and blackheads were noticably smaller and lighter.

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What you need;
1/2 lemon
About 1/4 tsp honey

Drizzle the honey on the lemon and rub the lemon on your face emphasizing the blackhead prone areas (avoid eye area). Let the juices sit on your face for about 5 minutes, then rinse with cold water. Follow up with a small amount of moisturizer.

*Tip* Put the lemon down your garbage disposal to clean and deoderize it.

Infinity Scarf – DIY

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I can’t resist a sale, especially something on clearance so my craft cabinet is full of fabric that I got for next to nothing. Some are odd shapes and sizes, but I just can’t resist buying them. Finding something to do with them can be a challenge. I can barely close the drawer that holds all of my fabric so I decided to start using it. What better time than now, right? I found this piece of houndstooth fabric that was 10″ wide x 52″ long, perfect for making a scarf! I still consider myself a “beginner” in the sewing department, my specialty is pillows and aprons, but I bought myself a new, fancier sewing machine and I want to put it to use trying new things and crossing my fingers that they turn out. This project took me less than 15 minutes to make and while it’s not perfect, for my first infinity scarf, I’m happy with the results! If I can make this, then so can you!

First you want to measure your fabric, I used a cotton fabric, I suggest something that will stretch or you can manipulate easily. You want to be able to wrap it around your neck, you don’t want it stiff. I had a piece that was 10″x52″ but I’d prefer my next scarf to be a little longer and thicker so I suggest these measurements 12″x60″ but you could make it as long or as thick as you’d like. Once you’ve measured and cut your fabric, fold it in half with the patterned sides facing each other, and pin along the edge that you will sew.

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After you’ve pinned all the way down it’s time to start sewing. I used a zig-zag stitch so it would be stronger than just a straight stitch. You’ll be pulling on this and you don’t want it unraveling.

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Sew all the way down the long edge of the scarf and stop, next you need to pull half of the scarf through the tube you’ve created so you can sew the short end. The outside you want to be the back of the fabric, the inside pulled through the tube to show the patterned side of the fabric. In the picture you can see a little bit of the inside fabric peeking through. Line up the seam and the edges and sew about 3/4 of the way across sewing over the seam from the long edge and leaving an opening at the other end to pull the fabric through.

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This is the part that took me the longest, pulling the fabric through the opening you left. Once you have all the fabric pattern side out, it’s time to hand stitch the opening. Don’t forget to knot the end of your thread! I don’t know the technical terms for stitching, but my sister taught me a way to hand stitch where the seams don’t show. Maybe I’ll have her do a tutorial on that since she’d be much better at explaining it than me, but for now, do your best at stitching it as neatly as you can.

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Once the hole is closed, iron out any wrinkles if necessary and it’s ready to wear. Wear it long, or my favorite way is to double it.

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Nutmeg & Honey Facial

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I have to give Pinterest credit for this one, but it really does work. 2 simple ingredients mixed together leave your skin feeling soft and looking younger. The nutmeg helps stimulate the healing process of the skin which aids in reducing the appearance of acne scars and creates scar prevention. The honey is a natural antibacterial and raw honey contains enzymes that can gently exfoliate the skin. The honey & nutmeg together create a wonderful, gentle exfoliating power that leaves your skin looking refreshed!

What you need;

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp honey (raw is best)

Mix the 2 ingredients together (you want it to be thick so it doesn’t drip off your face). Make sure your face is clean and dry. Spread the mixture all over your face and leave on for 30 minutes, lightly scrub before rinsing and follow-up with moisturizer.

This is a great “free” facial since most of us will have these ingredients at home.