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  1. Adventures in Juicing

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    February 7, 2014 by Jenn

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    I purchased a juicer for myself a while back but I’ve only recently really started using it. January and February really get everyone on a health kick. Juicing is a simple way to get healthy. I tend to be pretty busy these days which means that there is very little time for me to get in all my fruits and veggies. This way makes it a lot easier and I love it so so much.
    There are literally a bazillion, yes bazillion, different juice recipes. I’m gonna post mine as I figure them out.
    This is the juice I’m obsessed with right now:

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    Another thing to keep in mind is the quality of what you’re juicing. Try to get clean and organic fruits and veggies. I don’t know about you but I don’t want pesticides in my juice. Using cucumbers or celery as the base of your juice works really well since they yield a lot of juice but do not have an overwhelming flavor.PS. Try to have parsley in your juice as much as possible. Parsley actually detoxifies your blood. WOW.

    This is my juicer.

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    She’s just a little Hamilton Beach gal and was only 55 bucks on Amazon but she packs a punch. I love this juicer because it’s so easy to use and clean up afterwards. Another added bonus of juicing is composting. How, you say? I simply place a plastic bag in the back resevoir to catch all the pieces and scraps that cannot be juiced.

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    Take that bag and dump it into your compost bin. 2 birds, 1 juicer? OK I’ll stop.
    If you have any juice recipes we’d love to hear em!


  2. Studio Makeover: Part 1

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    January 25, 2014 by Jenn

    A small while ago, my boyfriend and I had a roommate who moved out. This left one empty bedroom. My boyfriend, being the sweet guy that he is, told me I could have this room as my studio. (YAY!) I’ve mentioned before that our house is the size of a tuna can. I’ve also mentioned before that I have a lot of clothing as well as craft and photo stuff. We only have one REALLY SMALL closet in our bedroom so I knew this room would have to be a studio/closet. I also knew that I would have some work to do considering this room was not very aesthetically appealing. Here’s what the room looks like before!

    It has a built in closet rail with a lot of built in shelving. The blue paint is really old and not my favorite. The off-white paint inside the closet has turned a weird color over time, not cute. I have big plans for the shelves.
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    This room has two windows on the same wall, both facing the backyard. Lot’s of natural light (yay). These window shades however… (not yay)

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    This is the far corner of the room if your standing in the doorway. You can see that the baseboards are really dingy and in need of fresh paint.

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    This is a fun project that I’ve been working on for a little while now. I can’t wait until its finished!!!

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    It’s coming together nicely. Stay tuned for the after photos!!!


  3. DIY Advent Calendar

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    December 1, 2013 by Jenn

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    It’s about that time to start counting down to Christmas! This year I decided to make an entire wall my advent calendar. It’s really easy and inexpensive too. Here’s what you’ll need:

    - 25 pages from any old book you don’t care for anymore
    - clothespins
    - gold pray paint
    - sharpies
    - white paper
    - twine

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    First you’ll need to spray paint your clothes pins.

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    Next draw numbers 1 through 25, one number on each page.

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    Next comes the fun part, decide on 24 fun holiday ideas to do during december. Ours included buying a tree, decorating it, watching Elf, making hot chocolate from scratch, putting lights on the house, and making CHristmas cookies. Once you have your ideas, write them onto the white paper. I used double stick tape to attach the white paper to the book pages.

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    The last step is to find a good spot in your home and hang the twine. Clip the numbered pages onto the twine with the gold clothespins. Everyday turn over the corresponding number and enjoy that holiday activity.

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    Start the countdown!


  4. DIY Spooky Fence

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    October 30, 2013 by Jenn

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    Halloween is tomorrow and I just can’t wait. Emily and I are doing Guns N Roses. She is Axl and I’m Slash… photos to follow. Anyhow, I enjoy a good spooky front yard. However, we don’t have a front yard. Living in Baltimore city, we basically have a flower bed. So I worked with what I had and came up with a spooky fence and sign for our front “yard”. Here’s how to make it!

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    You will need:
    - gray spray paint
    - thin wire
    - wood (I found these cool small stakes from my local hardware store for 50 cents a piece)
    - sandpaper
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    - white paint
    - water
    - paintbrush

    How to:
    First I took all of my wood pieces and spray painted them gray.

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    I sanded the wood a bit with the sandpaper to make them a little rough. Next you’ll want to white wash the wood to make it appear older. White wash in stores can be expensive and it’s much easier to make your own. Just mix water with your white paint until it has the consistency of glue. Paint the gray wood with the white wash mix until it looks spooky. I then nailed the wood into the front flower bed. Once all my pieces were in order, I wrapped the metal wire around them. Super simple and easy.

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    To make my beware sign, I took a wood piece from my boyfriend’s stock and spray painted some of the edges red and used black acrylic paint to write beware. Again, so easy.

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    We spray painted a few old boxes gray and organized our pumpkins on them. Voila. Spooky front yard display.

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    I used yellow and orange lights all around the perimeter of the flower bed to make it look spookier at night.

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    Yay! Halloween party is ready for tomorrow night. What’s your favorite way to decorate?


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