Saturday, 31 August 2013

Cord Organization

Here's a super quick and inexpensive project!

Over my undergraduate degree, I accumulated a mass amount of electrical cords and connectors. Between moving to and from school and co-op placements, it can be difficult to keep track of where they are and which cords belong to which device.

To assist me in moving back to school this Fall, I have updated an old cardboard box to help keep all of my cords from tangling.

Materials Needed
- Toilet Paper Rolls
- Shallow Cardboard Box
- Decorative Adhesive Sheets (Optional)

1. (Optional) Using decorative adhesive sheets cover your cardboard box. This is not really necessary but it does make the project more aesthetically pleasing.

2. Stand toilet paper rolls inside of the box and arrange them in the way that best suits your needs. These rolls can be used to store your smaller cords and to keep them visible for easy access. In my case, I decided that I only needed two rows of rolls and that I would used the rest of the space for larger bulkier cords. 

3. Once you have found a layout that you like, staple the rolls together to hold them in place. 

 4. Fill your box with all of your assorted cords and feel proud of yourself for being so gosh darn organized!

- J

Monday, 26 August 2013

DIY Inspiration - Necklace Holders

If your anything like me, your necklaces are consistently kept in a big stringy clump. How can you avoid it? It's so hard to decide which goes best with a specific outfit!

Every time I get dress it feels like i have to experiment with 3+ necklaces before I can find one that works. By that point, I am usually late for something meaning that I have to throw all of the unsuccessful candidates into a pile and run out the door. Is it any wonder that my collection looks like this? (On a good day!)

As you can see, it's not an awful set up but it is VERY far from being tidy. So what do contemporary people do when faced with an organizational problem? We turn to Pinterest!

Here are a couple of my favourite necklace organizers...

1. Branch Necklace Holder by Simple Mom

** Easy to prepare! I think that it would also look very nice if drift wood was used.

2. Clothes Pin Organizers by Power Tools and High Heels

On-wards and organize!
- J

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Kincardine, Ontario

Just a quick picture post of a small town that I stopped in for dinner... Enjoy!
- J

Friday, 23 August 2013

Tried It - Mint-Chocolate Fudgsicles

I recently came across a recipe by Chocolate Covered Kate for Mint-Chocolate Fudgsicles with a healthy twist and had to try it for myself.

I should note that I have been making yogurt popsicles since I was young. My parents were fairly health conscious and refused to buy us the regular (sugary) versions. My brother and I would regularly freeze different flavours of yogurt to make our own summertime treats. Therefore I can promise you that ANY type of yogurt that is frozen on a popsicle stick is automatically delicious!

That said, I found this recipe delicious and very easy to prepare. I was able to mix everything in mini smoothie blender so it created almost no dirty dishes as well. My family is already placing requests for another batch!

mint chocolate pops

The recipe, taken directly from Chocolate Covered Kate, is as follows...

-  1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt of choice, or 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk (I used Silk soy yogurt, and Wholesoy works too. I’m sure many other brands work, but I’ve only tried these pops with the two brands mentioned.)
-  1/16 to 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract (or more), depending on desired mint strength
-  1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
-  1-3 stevia packets or 1-3 tbsp sugar or liquid sweetener of choice (Sweetener amount will depend on your choice of yogurt, as well as your personal taste preferences. Remember that the pops will be less sweet once frozen.)
-  scant 1/16 tsp salt
-  optional: packed 1/2 cup spinach (20g), or food coloring as desired (The pictured pops have spinach, not food coloring. You cannot taste it at all!)
-  optional: handful of chocolate chips or mini chips

If using spinach, blend all ingredients until completely smooth. (If not using spinach, combine all ingredients in a large bowl or pyrex measuring cup.) Pour into popsicle molds, or paper cups with spoons as the sticks. Freeze completely, then pop out and enjoy.

Things to Note
1. I am never a fan of adding salt to my recipes and omitted it went making my version. It still tasted great!
2. If using full spinach bunches, as I did, cut or break the steams off before adding them to your blender. The steams are often the most difficult to blend evenly and can cause lumps.


Thursday, 22 August 2013

Thought of the Day

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple 
- Dr. Seuss

Thursday, 15 August 2013

DIY Inspiration (Scalloped Shorts)

I've been a little bit busier than expected lately so, until I can find the time to do some crafting of my own, here is an interesting alternative to cut-off jean shorts. Check it out and let me know what you think or if you've tried it!

- J

Thought of the Day

It's not just a daydream if you decide to make it your life. Motivational Quote Typography Print // The Motivated Type, London

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

French Breakfast

An ideal French breakfast - Fresh Croissants and Brie.

With a gorgeous Parisian view...

Good Morning World!
- J

Monday, 5 August 2013

Thought of the Day

Project in Progress - Travel Boxes

Upon returning from backpacking through Europe I have been in search of a way to commemorate my experiences within the confines of my student apartment.

I came across these adorable boxes on Martha Stewart and thought that they would be a perfect way to store my memories. I will post my progress shortly!

- J

Thought of the Day

Blarney Stone

I recently was lucky enough to kiss the Blarney Stone. It is supposed to make the kisser more talkative - Maybe this means that I will become a more regular blogger?

Fingers Crossed!

- J

Recipe: Summery Sangria

After a recent stay in Spain, I have developed a love for Sangria. How could I not?

Here is a simple recipe that I have used with excellent results..

Summer Sangria
- 1 Bottle of Red Wine (Any type/price range will do!)
- 1/2 Apple (diced)
- 2 Handful's of Blueberries
- 6 Strawberries (Diced)
- 1/4 cup White Sugar
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- Ginger-ale (to taste)
Note: Sprite or Soda Water may also be used.

1. Start by mixing wine, fruits, sugar and cinnamon in a pitch. Let it sit for a couple hours or overnight in the fridge.
2. When preparing to serve, mix with ginger-ale and pour!

Hint - I did not want to drink a whole pitcher at once so I mixed my sangria based in wine glasses right before serving. This way you can save the rest of the sangria mixture for another day. I used a 1:1 ratio with the base and ginger-ale.

- J