Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine breakfast ideas!

Nothing says I LOVE YOU like food! Start the day by treating loved ones with a special breakfast on Valentine's day...get inspired and start planning!

Valentine's Day breakfast
Nutella recipes

Saturday, January 21, 2012

More Clever Ideas for Everyday Use!!

Your response to the 25 clever ideas was so positive that I decided to look for more!  If you have any tips that would like to share: post a comment!!

If you want to bring a salad in your lunch, keep them from getting soggy by layering the ingredients in a jar. If you layer it just right(dressing in the bottom layer), you can make the salads ahead of time and grab a jar on your way out the door in the morning.

Use a paper towel dispenser to organize your ribbon spools!

Necklaces hanging on a coat rack
Use a coat or towel rack to organize your bracelets and necklaces! I do this myself and it works more tangled jewelry and you always can see exactly want to have (and actually will wear it).

Use a rubber band to remove a stripped screw!Vegetable oil and patent leather shoeUse vegetable oil to shine leather.  Just wipe with a damp cloth to clean any dust, then polish with a drop of oil and a soft cloth.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sweetie Pie Hearts!

Valentine's coming up! So I am doing my homework and gathering for you the cutest heart shaped ideas...Don't these pies look yummy? They are made using pie dough and filled with jam!
Check out the recipe from Simply Vintage Girl

Monday, January 9, 2012

25 Clever Ideas!

As a mom I am always on the lookout for simple clever ideas, tips and tricks to make my life easier! Check out these simple solutions that will have you saying "why didn't I think of that?"

1.  Use a straw to easily hull strawberries
Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a straw

2. Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.Clever ideas: use a walnut to heal furniture scratches  
3.  Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).
Clever ideas: WD40 for cleaning crayon off TV screens
4.  Stop cut apples browning in your child's lunch box by securing with a thick rubber band. I love this! my son now loves taking apples to school (plus you save money by not having to buy the pre-cut ones from the supermarket)
Clever ideas: keep a cut apple from going brown5.  Overhaul your linen cupboard: store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their pillowcases

6.  Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl, the concave shape amplifies the music.Clever ideas: bowl as iPhone sound amplifier

7.  Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

Cleaver ideas: wet wipe dispenser as plastic bag storage8.  Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily! who knew?!
Clever ideas: baby powder to remove sand from feet 
9. Attach a velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys. 
Clever ideas: velcro strip on wall to hold soft toys

10.  Look up! Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.
Clever ideas: gift wrap storage on cupboard ceiling
11.  Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.
.Clever idea: stocking over vacuum to pick up lost items

12.  Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid. 
 Clever idea: box lid cupcake holder

13.  For those like me who can't stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.
Clever idea: how to fold a fitted sheet

14.  Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins (and tweezers and clippers) behind a vanity door

Clever idea: magnetic bobbypin storage

15.  A tip for packing. Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes.
Clever idea: use shower caps to hold shoes when packing 
16.  A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant..
Clever idea: muffin pan craft storage

17. Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels. 
Clever idea: bread tags as cable labels
18.  Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones! so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. Check out how to make these here
.Clever idea: cook cupcakes in ice cream cones 

19.  Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.
Clever idea: microwave your own popcorn in a plain paper bag

20.  Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Genius!
Clever idea: use a tension rod to hang spray bottles 
21.  With Valentine's coming up: treat your loved ones at breakfast with this heart-shaped egg tutorial. Aww cute!
Clever idea: how to make heart-shaped eggs 
22.  Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila  you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. Click here for recipe.
Clever idea: use upside-down muffic pan to make cookie bowls

23.  Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief. 

Clever idea: freeze aloe vera lotion for soothing burns 

24.  Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie or herb patch using guttering.  I am for SURE doing this!
Clever idea: gutter veggie garden
25. Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.  I also use them to store last year's plastic easter eggs :)
Clever idea: egg cartons for Christmas ornament storage

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I Am An Artist: The Art Of Communication!

People are always tempted to cut corners when it comes to hiring the professional services of people in the communication business. Paying for graphic design, photography or web design can be pricey, but be aware that you will get what you pay for.

Today, we live in a brand conscious world and it is more important than ever to make a good and lasting impression. And to all of you out there who do not own a business: you brand yourself and your family everyday too!  With every picture, holiday card and posts in the social media YOU are promoting an image for yourself.

The general perception seems to be that design is all about making something "look pretty" and that anyone can do it. In truth, successful design is all about communication and psychology...yes it goes that deep! Your promotional material, logo, choice of fonts, colors, images, text and even the paper you choose for your marketing material will SAY something about you and your business.  Whether you are considering producing a logo, flyer, brochure, holiday card or some other form of marketing material (for personal or commercial use) it is always worth using a professional.

Communication is an art, and also a business! So please respect all of us in this field by paying for our time and talent.  Would you work for free? A favor is: can you pick up my mail while i am out of town...NOT: can you design a 4 page flyer for me?
And last but very important: respect our copyright by always giving us credit for our work. Thanks!!