Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Weightloss Wednesday: Benefits of Water Fasting


There are more than a dozen people who are against fasting in general. It is a hugely debated discussion on many aspects and forum boards across the internet. That fasting is used as a "quick fix" and that the weight you may manage to lose will come back tenfold and you'll eventually just never keep it off. I'd like to give my own story on the matter.

I started my journey at 196lbs January of 2013. After the birth of my two girls I had put on 70lbs of baby weight. I worked out everyday, started cut back on sugary drinks/pop, sweets, and greasy food. Drinking manly water and getting 8 hours of sleep every night. In 3 months I lost 5lbs. A measly 5 friggen pounds. I felt like a beached whale, I hated going outside or to the beach. One day I looked in the mirror and just said, today's the day I stop being fat and unhealthy, and start living a better lifestyle, not just for myself, but for my family.

RULES OF WATER FASTING

  1. you pick a timeline weather it be 3 days, 7, 10, 14, there's some who do it for 30/40 day, there just crazy and wish I had the willpower they do haha
  2. 3 days prior to AND after your scheduled fast, try to consume mostly water, raw fruits/veggies, lots of protein. Skip this step and you'll regret it. Trust me, learned the first time..
  3. during your fast you are to only consume WATER. no pop/coffee/juice and NO FOOD! and if you 100% need to seriously eat something, your limited to an apple or a stick of celery (since it's mostly water and apples are full of antioxidants anyways)
  4. track your progress. easily said than done. measure yourself before you begin (neck, waist, chest, hips, thighs etc) and weigh yourself every morning as soon as you wake up every day of your fast.  
  5. avoid intense exercise during your fast. do light walking, or a light yoga class if you wish to exercise, don't over exert or over-do it or you could get really dizzy. 
  6. the most important rule, CONSULT YOUR DIETICIAN/NUTRITIONIST/DOCTOR first before beginning a fast like this. 
The point of a water fast is to cleanse and flush out the toxins trapped in your body. Yes, the liver and kidneys usually do this but this is how my nutritionist explained it.

Our body is constantly digesting food. The only break our bodies get is when we sleep, even then we`re still digesting food from dinner, or maybe even a late night snack. The reason we eat sometimes is to fuel our bodies, give us energy, but 85% of that energy goes towards the breakdown of food. Mind-blown. It makes SO much sense. Like why you feel so tired after a huge meal or wake up in the morning feeling like you got no sleep after eating a decadent and heavy dessert, because our body is still digesting, still breaking down whats left of last nights main course.

I have done 3 water fasts since March 2013. During my 3 days, I lost 2 1/2 lbs. My 7 day one I lost 5lbs. During my 10, I lost.. 15lbs! AND kept it off. I work out 3 times a week now, I eat healthier, I drink more water than I use to, I get my 8 hours EVERY night. I had so much energy during my fasts I felt like a whole new person. I've lost a total of 21lbs with water fasting, clean eating (85% of the time) and a slight change in my lifestyle.I feel more like myself, and to be able to fit better into clothes, to look into the mirror and be happier with who you are is just so invigorating.

If you've thought about water fasting seriously look into it, talk to your doctor, prepare yourself for it, STAY COMMITTED, and in due time you will see results, you will feel so much better and you will have that swift kick in the butt all of us really need sometimes :)

Friday, 22 November 2013

Freebie Friday: Free Printable Gift Tags

So today was a pretty brutal day. I decided to make my own christmas gift tags to share with you all, and after 2 programs crashing on me, and my brushes not showing up and having to re-download ALL of them, I finally finished. YA'LL BETTER APPRECIATE THIS RIGHT NOW! haha now this is my first time doing something such as this, I do make a lot of subway art (which you will see much of next week!) and odd tidbits here and there but WOW was this every time consuming, especially when I didn't have a set design haha. Yet I do hope you enjoy and to use these printables just right-click the image and save as on your computer :) Good as Gold. Enjoy! 





Thursday, 21 November 2013

Food Frenzy Thursday: Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo


I love pasta dishes. It's something that you can add personality and variety to and you can do practically anything with it. My favorite these days is Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. It's freaking delicious. I love it, my husband loves it, and my kids eat it by the handfuls which says something since they are such picky eaters, if you let them, they'd lick there plate clean :)

CAJUN CHICKEN FETTUCCINE ALFREDO

  
INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 small skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cajun spice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups grated italian cheeses (i buy the bagged stuff)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb cooked fettuccine
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper (or more to taste)

 METHOD:

CHICKEN

  1.  Pound each chicken breast flat with a flat meat mallet or rolling pin between sheets of plastic wrap or in a plastic bag. This is so the meat doesn't stick to the mallet or destroy your chicken. 
  2. Sprinkle with a heavy amount of cajun spice on both sides of the chicken breast pressing to make sure it sticks to the chicken
  3. Heat your butter and oil in a saucepan over medium heat until butter begins to brown and add your chicken. Brown your chicken on both sides (3 minutes). Turn down the burner to low and cook your chicken until its no longer pink on the inside. 
  4. Once your chickens done, take it out into another plate, slice against the grain, or even into chunks, and put it in the oven on warm so it doesn't get cold. Make sure you don't remove the juices from the pan though as that adds to your sauce. 

SAUCE

  1.  Add a little bit more olive oil if your pan looks dry. Re-heat your skillet and pour in the evaporated milk. Whisk until it starts to bubble around the outsides. 
  2. Add your pepper and salt, cheese, onion and garlic powder, and I like to add a little more Cajun spice to my sauce, just to make it have a bit of a bite to it :)
  3. Whisk until it's combined and add your cheese whisking. Simmer 5 minutes. 
  4. Taste your sauce and adjust seasonings to your preference.
  5. Toss your fettuccine noodles, pasta sauce, and chicken in a large serving bowl until well combined. Serve Immediately. 
I hope you all enjoy this recipe, and you can play around with it and add your own flare to it and just be creative :) happy eating!







Crafternoon Delight: DIY Baby Name Letters

Crafternoon Delight: DIY Baby Name Letters: these letters turned out really cute and weren't too hard to make! what you need: wooden letters fabric glue / hot glue gun ...

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Weight Loss Wednesday: Top 10 [FREE] Weightloss Sites/Apps to keep you on track


Yeah, we've all been there. Where you feel bloated, like a beached whale, or even small and insignificant like a skeleton wearing skin to keep warm. You want to shed those unsightly pounds, or bulk up and become superman. Weight loss & Weight gain can be super difficult for a lot of people, and sometimes we're jealous of those people and compare ourselves to them. Take my husband for instance. He's in the process of bulking up, but his metabolism is SO high that anything he eats basically disintegrates before it touches the sides of his esophagus, yet you'd think he'd be 1200 lbs by now by what he eats. In baffles me to no end knowing that he could eat a extra double big mac meal with a coke from McDonald's and he'll lose weight. If I ate that, I'd be wearing it for the next 3 months. Bummer.

So here's a few helpful weight loss apps and gadgets you can use on your PC & Phone to keep you motivated to help you reach your weight goal :)

1. Lose It!
You've suffered the health effects of obesity for far too long. Now it's time to just Lose It! With this streamlined app you'll set a goal and a daily calorie allotment to help you meet it. Simply log your food and exercise information each day and you'll uncover a breakdown of your daily nutrients — protein, fat, carbs, and more — along with what you're losing. Since dieting is more effective with support, Lose It! also enables you to add friends for motivation.
  • I use this app :) and LOVE IT!
2. My Fitness Pal
Easy to use calorie counter, customizable database of over 1.5 million foods, nutritional information, quick and easy food and exercise data entry [including free bar code scanner ;) ] AND also has a customizable list of over 350 exercises, trackable calories burned, and social media sharing + a community page of forums and Q&A.
  • I use this app too haha
3. Diet Point
Full of lists for every time of diet meal plan you could think like smoothies, flat belly, low-fat, low-carb, high protein, busy people, even your blood type. It also tells you how roughly how many lbs you could lose up to per month of being on the diet plan, and what you'll need to buy to actually stay on the plan. LOVE THIS APP!
  • yes, I use this app too.. it's pretty cool :)
4. Noom
 You get a weight loss "coach", an interactive and personalized weight loss plan, and provides you with daily tasks to earn Noom Points. Things like reading articles, walk a certain amount of steps, do a 20 minute exercise, eat more veggies etc. Has activity reminders, plus easy and convenient food and exercise logging. Every day you'll receive daily food and exercise tasks to keep your program fun and different.

5.  Gym Pact
This app is pretty cool, but for the VERY dedicated. It lets you make a pact with the apps community of users and If you keep up you can earn money, and if you don't then you owe money. It's almost impossible to cheat. The app uses GPS software to know if you're check-in at the gym is legit or if your actually at home being a couch potato. BUT no worries if you don't have a gym you can track through RunKeeper, and this app also lets you sync with the Jawbone UP wristband and you get a bonus workout if you complete your 10,000 steps per day by the end of the day. So put your money where your mouth is. I'd rather work out for 30 minutes a day than pay $5.00 :)

6. Fitness Buddy
Over 1700 exercises and over 1000 high-definition videos with detailed instructions, you may not need a personal trainer ever again. Exercises are divided into eight categories: core, lower body, chest, shoulders, back, arms, cardio, and stretches. You can quickly find your favorite workouts with a search function. Once you’ve found several exercises you like doing, you can create your own customized workout. The app also keeps track of your weight and measurements so you can see how much your body is changing.

7. Nike+ Running
The biggest name in sports brings you a running app that promises to get you moving. The app uses your phone’s GPS and accelerometer to record the distance, pace, and time of each run. It tells you when you’ve completed each mile, and you can sync your app with your Facebook account to get in-ear encouragement from friends monitoring your run. You can even join group runs, even if your friends are running somewhere else entirely, and you can group chat to motivate one another as you go along.
If you’re looking for new running routes, you can sync your account to the Nike+ website and find routes other Nike+ users run in your area.

8. Jefit
Strength-training stars, this one’s for you. Create a profile and enter your current stats: your weight and how much you can lift. Set a goal for yourself or pick a workout based on your fitness goal, such as “Building Your Beach Body.” The app selects a workout routine and tells you the number of sets, reps, and how much weight you should use. It also has a built in rest period. If you don’t understand an exercise, the app has detailed photos for each exercise in the workouts.

9. Daily Burn
You can get the feel of a fitness class with the convenience of a portable device with this app. DailyBurn shares a collection of workout videos right on your iPhone. It’s not just cardio; this app has workouts for strength, yoga, kickboxing, abs, mobility, core, metabolic conditioning, and stretching. You don’t need to be a top-notch athlete either. Beginners will find plenty of workouts suited to their fitness level, too.The app tracks and displays how many calories you’ve burned during your workout, and it can help you boost your performance and encourage you to push through the toughest parts of the workouts.
 
10. Jillian Michaels Slim-Down
Oh Jillian, the wonderful Jillian we've all come to love and hate for shredding our stomachs and toning our thighs. She's done it all now. This app is free to download, but to actually really fully use anything on it, you'll have to upgrade.
For free you get fat-burning exercises, step-by-step videos, calorie counter, and food and fitness journal, recipes, sample meal plans, sample fitness plans, bar code scanner, daily tips from Jillian, weight tracker [ iPhone only, sorry androids :( ]

If you subscribe [ $3.99/week, $15 a month ]

Walk & run tracker with voice messages from Jillian tracking your steps, distance, speed, and calories burned. Personalized fitness plan with custom exercises and workouts based on your body type and goals. Customized meal plans with recipes, 170 exercise all with easy to follow video instructions, 1000+ metabolism boosting recipes, Membership to Jillianmichaels.com where your app will completely sync with the website and you’ll get unlimited access to 100s more recipes, diet tips, exercise advice, workouts, fitness advice videos, custom meal plans, a meal planner, food journal, menu guides, calorie counter, interactive weight tracker, weight-loss buddies, wellness tools, etc.

One of my friends from Noom used it and said it was fantastic, meanwhile if you subscribe to Lose it! for 1 year it's $35.00, and you get all that including too. Well it's all trial and error, so have fun eating healthy, burning fat, building muscle, and swimming in sweat, may you always reach your goals :D








Fashion Trend Tuesday: DIY Pore Strips!


Anyone with acne prone skin knows about pore strips, and most likely uses them religiously to get rid of those nasty gross gunky blackheads that litter our foreheads, noses, and chins. This can be slightly costly, especially if you use the top of the line ones because I tried some knock off brand and it didn't do anything. I used Biore and holy cow the crap that came out of my face was jaw dropping. They range in price from $8.99 - $15.00. Depends if you get face ones, nose ones, or the combo back which is usually $13.00. So I've researched DIY ones and have tried a couple, and they work just as good, if not BETTER than the store bought ones.

PORE STRIPS WITH GELATIN 

INGREDIENTS:
  • Disposable container like a plastic cup
  • Unflavored Gelatine ( I use knox)
  • Milk
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Popsicle stick or old makeup brush
METHOD:
  1. Measure out 1 tbsp of gelatin into your disposable container
  2. Add 1 - 2 tbsp of milk into the gelatin
  3. Mix until you get a chunky consistency, add more milk if you don't want it to be so chunky. 
  4. Microwave the gelatin for about 10-15 seconds it'll get smoother in the microwave. Give it a quick stir and slap it on your face IMMEDIATELY or it will harden really quick.
  5. Let it dry for about 15 minutes. You know your done when your face feels like it'll crack if you talk or make any facial expression haha
  6. Grab a corner and peel away, this is the fun and disgusting part
  7. Enjoy your clean skin! :)
*  Make sure you clean your face beforehand :)

Kudos to Petite Lefant for this awesome photo tutorial!

PORE STRIPS WITHOUT GELATIN

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • A microwave safe bowl
  • A old makeup brush
METHOD:
  1.  Add the honey and milk together in the bowl and mix well
  2.  Microwave mixture until it's lukewarm
  3.  Apply the mixture with the makeup brush to the desired are, apply quickly
  4. Wait 15 - 30 mins until the mix has dried
  5.  Peel the film off and apply moisturizer 
  6. Enjoy your clean skin! :)
Kudos to Shannon at luuux.com!

PORE STRIPS WITHOUT GELATIN 2

INGREDIENTS:
  • Elmers White School Glue
  • Gauze
  • Damp Cloth
METHOD:
  1. Wash your face
  2. Apply a thin layer of white glue to where you have blackheads (nose, chin, forehead, cheeks)
  3. Cut a piece of gauze large enough to cover the area on your face you put the glue
  4. Lay the gauze on the glue
  5. Allow the glue to dry completely before carefully lifting the gauze away from your skin. This will remove the glue and the unwanted blackheads and dead skin
  6. Enjoy your clean skin! :)
This tutorial can be viewed on Ehow.com

PORE STRIPS WITH KLEENEX & TISSUE PAPER

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Egg white, or egg whites in a carton
  • Tissue or Toilet Paper
  • Medium-sized Makeup Brush
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Fork or Whisk
METHOD:
  1. Seperate the egg whites into a small bowl.
  2. Beat the egg whites with a whisk or fork until they are frothy, this will help them stick to your face without sliding off.
  3. Using a makeup brush paint the whites directly onto your face, paying close attention to your blackhead prone areas (nose, chin)
  4. Once the first egg white layer is completely dry (20-30 minutes) tear small sections of tissue/toilet paper and "painting" them onto your face with the egg whites. Try to make sure all the peices of tissue touch so it'll form an easy-to-peel mask
  5. The mask is ready to come off when it's formed a hardened paper-mache like feel and is completely dry. Starting with the outer edges, carefully pull the mask off.
  6. Rinse your face with cold water to close pores and remove leftover tissue
  7. Enjoy your clean skin! :)
 Kudos to Kiley Bell from The Kit





SIDE NOTE
I've tried both the gelatin & the egg white and tissue paper method and they both worked great. The gelatin one though is by far THE BEST method to use if you have a lot of them and it really helps get rid of those stubborn little suckers that just won't budge!













Monday, 18 November 2013

Momma Monday : 15 Tips For a Stay At Home Mom!


I can't even begin to imagine how many times when others ask what I do, and I reply "I'm a stay at home mom" how many looks I get, the "oh, that's... nice" comments. Well, sorry I don't have an out of home job, but I work 

7 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Us SAHM's are taken for granted on a daily basis. The hard work we put into keeping a clean and respectable looking home, food on the table, running the errands our husbands may not be able to get to during the day, and teaching our kids right from wrong and helping them grow up into respectable young adults. 
Some days my husband may come home from work and the house is a complete and utter destruction zone, but our kids are clean, healthy, and fed and quiet in front of the TV for 10 minutes before they go nuts again, and I'm just soaking in the sweet sound of silence.

At last, here are some tips and fun ideas for the super stay at home mom and how to keep your cool when you feel like your at the end of your rope :)


  • WAKE BEFORE THEY DO. Unless you have a newborn, then just pretend to be dead until they wake up for their morning feeding, you'd be crazy if you didn't haha. Even if it's 20 minutes before they usually get up, have a cup of coffee. Enjoy a nice hot shower and put on some makeup and do your hair. Or just sit still in silence and pray maybe today your kids might be quiet and not so rambunctious.
  • NEVER RUN OUT OF WIPES. I can't fathom this enough, or you will be SOL literally haha. The other day I did, and both my daughters decided to have a blowout. No explanation needed.
  • KEEP TRACK OF CLEANING SOLUTIONS. Like how you can get crayon off your wall with toothpaste and a scrub brush or pencil crayon and markers off your walls and floors with a simple spritz of AP cleaning solution and a sponge. You will need these for your little artists who can't just stick to paper. 
  • RECORD THEIR HEIGHT. It could be a chart you pin on the wall, a piece of trim on a door frame, or even a wall. My girls love this idea and love showing our family when they come to visit how much they've grown :)
  • READ TO THEM EVERY NIGHT. Even if it's the same book, over and over, this is how they learn new words and names for animals and objects in the books. Since I've been reading to my girls every night their vocabulary has increased amazingly, and pronunciation is even more fantastic.
  • PLAY OUTSIDE WITH THEM. Go to the park. A walk around the block. Go kick or throw a ball around. Play on some swings. Get them outside, they will be in better spirits and not so irritable being cooped up inside, and even sleep better. Even if it's raining bundle them up in some welly boots and a rain coat and go jump in some puddles!
  • TAKE SOME INTEREST. You HAVE to take some time during the day for yourself. Take up scrap booking, knitting, sewing, painting, writing, gardening, go to a book club or volunteer somewhere for an hour a day. It will save your sanity in good time.
  • TEACH THEM. Let them help you in the kitchen may it be making lunch, putting together a sandwich or help you bake a cake. Yeah, it may take less time if you get to do it, but think of how much fun they'll learn to do this on their own someday and it's a huge step in the direction of independence. 
  • SAY GOODNIGHT. My favorite part of my day. I put them into their beds at night with a warm bottle of milk, a story, and a comforting cuddle. CHERISH THIS MOMENT. For it will be gone quickly. They'll grow up and sooner or later won't need you to tuck them in, or read them a story or even sing to them. 
  • TRY TO SAY "NO" AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. Try to turn those no's into yes's like instead of "not today" say "maybe we'll go next week". Ever since I started doing more of this my children have become more understanding to the fact of if we don't get around to doing it right that second or that day, that we'll eventually get to it in the near future. 
  • STICK TO A SCHEDULE. It's super important to stay true to your schedule with waking up and going to bed, nap time, feeding times, bath time, etc. The more you can stick to your schedule the better of they'll be for consistency and not be so frustrated when something there used to isn't happening. 
  • KEEP UP ON HOUSEWORK. I know, it seems and endless task, and at most times impossible especially if you have little ones, just try and stay on top of it all. I used a Cleaning Schedule I found on pinterest. It's simple, easy, and covers the bare essentials to keeping a tidy(ish) house. Once you fall behind, it takes FOREVER to catch up to where you were haha and nobody wants that :)
  • DON'T OVER OBSESS ON MOM FORUMS. This was my biggest downfall when my daughters were younger. I spent my days reading posts on circle of moms, about infant health, what to do and what not to do, different ways to teach your children new things like walking, talking, and motor skills. Then you get sucked into the other momma drama from people who post about their husbands/wives cheating and leaving them to be a single parent, how will they make it on their own, or how somebody elses child is reaching milestones yours hasn't yet and have a huge age difference between them. Yes, it has been useful on numerous occasions, but it makes you second guess yourself as a parent when you are comparing your child's development to that of another. You are an amazing parent, and provide everything your child needs. They develop differently, and are capable of things beyond your understanding, wait till they surprise you :)
  • SPEND ALONG TIME WITH YOUR PARTNER. This is SO SO SO SOOO Important!! You need that time to yourselves to go to a movie, go out for dinner, to an old spot you used to hang out when you were young and in love. Alone time usually takes the backseat while your raising kids, so enjoy every opportunity, and time away from the kids at least once a week is good for your relationship. Not to long ago my husband and I went on our first night out in a year. A WHOLE YEAR. And by god did we ever need it. We both came home more relaxed, and enjoyed our evening tenfold. 
  • SHOW THEM LOVE. Everyday, let your family know how much you love and appreciate them. Let your husband know how important he is to you and that you really appreciate when he does something nice for you, or when your kids do small things for you even like picking up their toys or drawing you a picture to hang on the fridge. Hug them, give em smooches, and endless amounts of cuddles, show your affection for them and they'll give that love back :)

I can't stand it when people say, "You're JUST a Mom?" Yes, I am a mom (and a damn good one) ! That makes me and alarm clock, cook, maid, waitress, teacher, nurse, referee, handyman, security officer, photographer, counselor, chauffeur, event planner, hairdresser, personal assistant, ATM, AND I scare away the boogie man. I don't get paid holidays, sick pay, or days off. I work DAY&NIGHT. I am on call 24/7 for the rest of my life. That's just BEING A MOM!! I may not be anything to you, but I am everything to someone ! :)

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Weightloss Wednesday: Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Protein Bars!

I love protein bars. There great for after workouts or even a great snack since they are VERY filling and you get all the great benefits from it. This recipe is low calorie, it's high in carbs, fiber, and protein :D and ultimately, YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!! 

Let's Get Started!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of peanut butter (can be crunchy if preferred)
  • 1/2 cup of organic / pure honey
  • 1 cup (not scoops) of your favorite protein powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon (you can do 1 if you like, but i like the taste of pb & cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • A foil lined 9x13" pan, or you can use a smaller one if you want your bars to be thicker
I prepped my pan before hand by just covering it in foil, I did this recipe once before, and without the foil, you basically get protein bar mini bites, in other words you basically just eat it out of the pan haha


 In a saucepan on medium heat melt your peanut butter and honey. Add your vanilla & cinnamon.

 While your peanut butter honey mixture is melting, melt your chocolate chips in either a microwavable safe bowl, or putting it in a bowl above a pot of boiling water and melt them that way, either way works fine.


 After about 5 minutes your peanut butter mixture should be smooth and creamy :) if you want your bars not to be so dense, you can add a little milk or water.


Next add your protein powder. I used body fortress chocolate peanut butter protein powder. You can get a huge container of this at walmart for $15.00! That's cheaper than what I used to buy at canex and it was $35.00! BONUS!


Combine this together with your peanut butter mixture until its good and mixed.


Next add your 1 cup of oats and combine it as well as you can. It will be thick, and feel like your stirring cement, but think of how amazing these will taste when your done! You get an arm workout while making workout food, win-win!


Apparently I skipped the step of taking a picture of pressing it into your pan.. OH WELL! Press your mixture into your pan trying to get it as evenly as you can and then cover your mixture with your melted chocolate. You can either cover it completely, or go for the drizzle. I went all out and covered every inch with chocolate. SO GOOD!


Either let it sit out on the counter for 40 minutes to make sure it all sets properly. I opted out and shoved it in my freezer for half an hour. Wow. Also skipped another photo step.. Cut into your preference size of bar. I did 16, but you can also do 24 they'll just be smaller bite sized ones :)


MMMMM Don't they look delicious?! Apparently I didn't leave them long enough so my bottom was still a bit sticky but my top was rock solid. I turned them upside down so they wouldn't stick to each other when I put them back in the fridge.


Chow down and Enjoy! These are quite delicious I might add again. They can be pretty decadent too depending on what type of chocolate you used, in that case.. they go amazing with a cold glass of milk :D  


NUTRITION FACTS

CALORIES: 171 PER ONE BAR
FAT: 9.5 GRAMS
FIBER: 1.7 GRAMS
PROTEIN 6.2 GRAMS

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

HOW TO: Get Crayon Off A Painted Wall



It was that time of the day where my kids get a little rambunctious before lunch time and are fighting with each other, throwing toys, and causing havoc in the living room, not even paying attention to the cartoons on TV either. Out come the coloring books and crayons. They seem to always make for good quiet time and they both enjoy sitting on the floor or at our coffee table and doodling away :) I had to buy those crayola twist crayons as they both love to eat the tips of markers, eat whole crayons so there poop is multicolored for days, and chew the ends off of colored pencils.

I leave them to their business while I go prep lunch, and when I come back my wall had been destroyed with doodles. Then your thinking. Crap. Crayon is NOT the easiest to get off walls. I've gotten pencil off my walls with a little all purpose cleaner and a sponge. Marker basically the same deal. Crayon. WHOLE different story...

I tried all purpose cleaner and a sponge. A soft bristle brush and some powder cleaner. Baking soda. Vinegar. You name it, I tried it and nothing budged. I was getting flustered when I came across an odd idea.

Toothpaste, like crest but not gel, just the regular white paste, and a toothbrush or bristled scrub brush. Within 5 minutes of small circle motions, EVERYTHING was gone, not a mark was left on my wall. AND my wall looked 10x cleaner as well. I am so surprised I really wish I took a before and after picture, If i had known the difference would be incredible. So next time you get crayon markings on your wall, or any kind of scuff mark I'm thinking at this point, USE TOOTHPASTE! You won't be disappointed, guaranteed!