5 Fun Unicorn Crafts

5 Fun Unicorn Crafts

Unicorns seem to be all the rage these days!  You see these magical creatures on everything from t-shirts to backpacks to sunglasses.  And why not?  They’re adorable!  I myself have recently gone bonkers making unicorn crafts and selling them on Etsy and Facebook.  Any they’ve been selling like hotcakes!

But you don’t have to spend lots of money indulging your love the the magical unicorn there are many DIY unicorn crafts you can make for very little money using supplies you already have at home.

To help you get started here are 5 adorable unicorn crafts you and your kids can make at home.

Unicorn Mason Jars

These are one of my best sellers.  They make great centerpieces for unicorn themed parties!  They’re easy enough to make at home all you need are mason jars pretty much any size, I usually make them in pint and quart sizes, or any empty jar you have at home like a pickle jar, rubbing alcohol, acrylic paints in any color you want, I use Apple Barrel paints, a paint brush, and craft foam to make the horn, ears, and flowers, I use foam sheets with adhesive backs but you can use regular sheets and just glue them on.

All you do is clean the jar’s outside surface with rubbing alcohol (this allows the paint to stick better) and let dry completely.  Paint the jar in the color you want, you may need to do 3 or more coats but let paint dry between coats.  Then cut out the horn, ears, flowers, and eyes and stick them on the painted jar.  How easy is that!  It’s a great way to recycle those jars you’ve been stashing in the kitchen!

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Here’s another best seller that’s so easy to DIY.  Unicorn gift bags!  Who wouldn’t love to receive a gift wrapped in this adorable gift bag?  You can use any size bag, yes even a lunch bag!  Or a plain kraft bag with handles you can buy at the craft store.  Just cut out the horn, ears, eyes, and other embellishments from card stock or construction paper and glue them on the bags.

Hey these unicorn bags make great favor bags for unicorn parties too!

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These book marks are too cute!

Here’s a tutorial from The Inspiration Edit!

I’m sure you and the kids will end up making a bunch to keep and to give away!

Hey it’s a great activity at a unicorn party too!

 

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Here’s a great way to recycle tin cans.  Turn them into Unicorn Pencil Holders!

Here’s a tutorial from Crafts On Sea.

 

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Here’s a fun craft from Simple Mom Project.  Unicorn masks!

Click here for instructions and template!

 

 

Easy Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe

Easy Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe

Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe

One of my favorite Chinese seafood dishes is Salted Pepper Shrimp, we used to order it every time we dined at a Chinese restaurant.  Since I found a recipe for it we can enjoy it at home.  I modified it to fit our tastes and I think made it a bit simpler to make.  Served over steamed white rice it’s yummy!

Ingredients:
1 lb.  Medium to Large shrimp – peeled and deveined
1 tbls. sea salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 tbls. ground white pepper
2 tbls. ground black pepper
1 tbls. garlic powder

3 tbls. chopped green onions
2 tbls. minced garlic
1/4 +  cup peanut oil

Directions:

Place shrimp in a small bowl and cover with warm water
Add sea salt and let soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour

Salt & Pepper Shrimp

In a shallow bowl mix together corn starch,  1 tbls. each of white and black peppers, and garlic powder

Drain shrimp and lightly pat dry with a paper towel

Heat peanut oil in wok or large frying pan on medium heat until hot

Coat each shrimp in cornstarch mixture and place in wok

Cook until shrimp turns pink – turn halfway for even cooking – you may need to add more peanut oil if it gets too dry

Place cooked shrimp on paper towel to drain – Do not turn stove off

If pan is dry add a tbls. more peanut oil – add mince garlic and stir until it starts turning golden

Add fried shrimp back into pan

Add chopped green onions and stir til green onions turn bright green and starts to soften

Remove from heat and serve over white rice

Enjoy!




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salt & pepper shrimp
Easy Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 Minutes 1 Hour
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 Minutes 1 Hour
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Instructions
  1. Place shrimp in a small bowl and cover with warm water
  2. Add sea salt and let soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour
  3. In a shallow bowl mix together corn starch, 1 tbls. each of white and black peppers, and garlic powder
  4. Drain shrimp and lightly pat dry with a paper towel
  5. Heat peanut oil in wok or large frying pan on medium heat until hot
  6. Coat each shrimp in cornstarch mixture and place in wok
  7. Cook until shrimp turns pink - turn halfway for even cooking - you may need to add more peanut oil if it gets too dry
  8. Place cooked shrimp on paper towel to drain - Do not turn stove off
  9. If pan is dry add a tbls. more peanut oil - add mince garlic and stir until it starts turning golden
  10. Add fried shrimp back into pan
  11. Add chopped green onions and stir til green onions turn bright green and starts to soften
  12. Remove from heat and serve over white rice
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Italian Night – Tuscan Jumbo Scallops with Pasta Recipe

Italian Night – Tuscan Jumbo Scallops with Pasta Recipe

Italian food, gotta love it!  Pizza and pasta, what’s not to love? Every so often I like to have an Italian Night where I serve one of our favorite Italian meals with all the trimmings.  Recently I made this delicious Tuscan Jumbo Scallops with Pasta.  It’s the perfect Italian dish for seafood lovers!

Bet you don’t think of Jumbo Scallops when you’re hungry for some Italian cuisine.  Well think again because these Jumbo Scallops over pasta is one of the best Italian dishes you’ll ever have.  It combines perfectly seared Jumbo Scallops in a creamy sauce served over a bed of plain spaghetti.  So if you’re looking for something to wow family and friends this is it!

So plan an Italian night to shine the spotlight on this incredible dish.  Bust out the olive oil, pasta bowls, and of course the wine glasses!  Paired with a nice dry Pinot Grigio this Tuscan Jumbo Scallops with Pasta dish is simply to die for!  Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

2 Tbs. olive oil

1/2 Cup onion, diced

1 Tbs. Minced garlic

2 Lbs.  Jumbo Scallops – lightly season each side with salt and pepper

4 Tbs. Butter

1 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth

3/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

3/4 Cup White Wine or chicken broth

1 Jar Sun dried tomatoes – drain, reserve the oil, slice tomatoes

2 Cups fresh spinach leaves

1 Pkg. Spaghetti

1 Tbs cornstarch dissolved in 1 Tbs water

Chopped parsley and fresh black pepper for garnish

Shredded fresh parmesan cheese grated for topping

Directions:

  1.  Heat 2 Tbs of butter in a heavy skillet, cast iron if you have one.
  2. Add the Jumbo Scallops and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the bottom forms a brown crust and is no longer sticking to the pay.
  3. Gently turn the scallops and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the bottom forms a brown crust.
  4. Remove from pan and place in a foil covered pan for now.
  5. Melt 2 Tbs. butter in the same skillet and add the onions.  Cook for 5 minutes stirring until the onions have softened.
  6. Add garlic and cook another minute.
  7. Pour in the wine and deglaze the pan (pour a cold liquid in the hot pan to get up all the brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.  These brown bits are where all the flavors are. )
  8. Let the wine cook down until it’s reduced by half, aboout 2 minutes.
  9. Pour in broth and cream and bring to a simmer.
  10. Pour in the dissolved cornstarch and whisk until combined.  Cook another 5-8 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  11. Add spinach and sun dried tomatoes and some of the reserved oil from the jar.  Stir spinach in the sauce until it wilts.
  12. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  13. Place Jumbo Scallops into the pan.  Cover pan and turn off the heat.
  14. Cook spaghetti according to the package directions.  Drain then add to the pan of scallops.
  15. Toss spaghetti in the sauce to combine and serve immediately.

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5 Reasons To Welcome A Dog Into Your Family

5 Reasons To Welcome A Dog Into Your Family

Pet ownership is on the rise in the US, with almost 68 percent of all households or about 85 million families reportedly welcoming a pet between 2017 to 2018. About 60.2 percent of these pet owners are taking care of at least one dog in their home. It will not be a surprise if the number will continue to increase over time, since more and more families are contemplating to get their own pup especially after learning that these furry pets can help improve a person’s health. If you are still unconvinced if you want to introduce a dog to your family, perhaps these benefits may help seal the deal.

Dogs Can Inspire You To Live A More Active Lifestyle

Most members of the family are starting to have a sedentary lifestyle because of technology. But if a dog will be added to the household, everyone will be encouraged to have some form of physical activity like walking. You can ask your kids to take turns walking the dog from time to time to establish their bond with their furry friend and encourage them to drop their gadgets and go out to exercise. Families can also enjoy different games with their pets such as ball fetching. You can also try getting a tool that can get dogs to play with you such as an automatic ball fetch machine to make the game more fun for the dog and all members of the family. Aside from engaging dogs in a strenuous physical activity, this machine can also help in stimulating their minds and prevent them from being bored.

Dogs Can Tell If Someone Is About To Get Sick

There have been several instances when dogs have been able to help save someone’s life. In 2011, a study revealed that a specially-trained black Labrador retriever was able to detect colorectal cancer accurately by sniffing a patient’s breath or stool. Another report mentioned that trained pups are able to smell even the faintest hint of peanut, which will be helpful if someone in your family has fatal peanut allergies. If you are planning to welcome a furry member in your home, you might want to have it trained for specific health purposes.

Dogs Can Make A Person Happy And More Sociable

It is common for people aged 60 and above to get lonely. But a study showed that having pets can help senior members of the family to have lesser chances of being diagnosed as clinically depressed. Dogs can also encourage their human owners to interact with other people, especially when they have to go out for a walk. Having a canine companion can make children more approachable and interact with other kids who also love playing with their pets.

Dogs Can Serve As Your Constant Companion

There are times when kids would feel so alone, especially if the parents are always out for work. But letting your children take care of a dog at home allows them to have someone a companion while waiting for you to return. Constant cuddles with their pet will also give them comfort and can help ease their loneliness.

Dogs Can Inspire Stronger Connections Between Humans

You may think that you need to train your dog for basic obedience, but your dog may be training you to be more empathetic to other humans as well. According to a research, those who have a strong attachment to their pets may also have strong connections with their families, their communities, as well as other relationships.

Owning a dog may be a big responsibility for everyone in the family. But if you will consider all these benefits, the challenges of welcoming a four-legged pal into your household could outweigh all the risk. So the next time your children ask you to get a pup or two, you might want to give in to their request.

DIY Fizzing Toilet Bowl Cleaning Tablets

DIY Fizzing Toilet Bowl Cleaning Tablets

Cleaning the toilet bowl is probably one of life’s most unpleasant tasks.  I know I hate cleaning my toilet bowl and am always looking for ways to make the task easier, faster, or at the very least a bit more pleasant.

That’s why I decided to try this DIY Fizzing Toilet Bowl Cleaning Tablets.  They’re pretty easy to make and doesn’t really need a bunch of costly ingredients.  In fact most of the ingredients are already in your kitchen or can be purchased inexpensively at Walmart or other discount store.

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After trying these toilet bowl cleaning tablets I can safely say that they aren’t really going to leave your toilet bowl spotless without any effort (elbow grease) on your part.  They will however leave the toilet bowl and the bathroom smelling very nice.

These toilet bowl cleaning tablets work best if your toilet bowl isn’t super dirty and have rings around it.  Trust me if you have built on rings inside the toilet bowl no tablet, spray, or cleaner will magically remove them.  The only way to get rid of those rings in my experience is a good old fashioned scouring with a pumice stone!  I prefer using a Pumie, that’s a pumice stone attached to a handle so you can scrub without getting your hands too close to the toilet bowl surface.  So before you toss in one of your DIY fizzing toilet bowl cleaning tablet don a pair of disposable gloves , grab a Pumie and scrub!

Once you’ve got the rings out of your toilet bowls these DIY Fizzing cleaning tablets will easily keep the bowl clean and fresh when used weekly.  In short they’re a great way to maintain the freshness of your toilet bowl and bathroom!  I keep a jar in each bathroom and toss them into the toilet every few days just because I love the smell!  I used Neroli essential oil to scent my tablets because I love the citrusy scent of Neroli, but you can scent your tablets with your favorite oils!

Other essential oil scents that would give your bathroom and toilet bowl a fresh scent would be: bergamot, lemon, and orange blossom for a citrusy scent; eucalyptus, tea tree, and peppermint for a minty pine scent; or lavender, ylang ylang, or rosemary for that calming scent like you find at the spas. Or you can mix and match these and other oils to get the scent that you love!

To make these fresh smelling Fizzing Toilet Bowl Cleaning Tablets here’s what you’ll need:

2 Glass bowls – 1 large and 1 small

2 Cups Baking Soda

1/2 Cup Citric Acid powder (you can find this in the canning section of most markets or order it from Amazon)

1 Tsp White Vinegar

2 Tbs Hydrogen Peroxide

30 drops of essential oil – your choice – I love Neroli Essential Oil

Candy or soap molds – I prefer silicone molds that come in various shapes and sizes like hearts and roses. (I usually use the baking or candy molds but keep a set to be used just for making non-food items and one set I use strictly for food like the wine gummy bears I love! –  I guess you can use a set to make everything just be sure you thoroughly wash them between uses.)

Once  you’ve gathered your supplies it’s time to make your fizzy tablets!  Here’s how!

  1.  Place baking soda in the large glass bowl and using a fork or whisk  break up any clumps.  You want the powder to be fine and powdery not hard and clumpy.
  2. Stir in the citric acid powder and set the bowl  aside for n ow.
  3. In the small glass bowl mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Slowly, and I mean slowly like one drop at a time, add the vinegar mixture to the baking soda mixture.  Again do this very slowly, just a little liquid at a time.  If you add too much of the liquid mixture you the baking soda and citric acid will react and you will have a big mess on your hands and no cleaning tablets.  That situation is not salvagable!
  5. Add the essential oil of your choice and mix gently.  Again add oil drop by drop.
  6. Scoop powder into your molds.  Don’t overfill the mold as the powder will expand as it dries.  So fill it about 3/4 full and gently press the powder into the mold with your finger.
  7. Let dry overnight.
  8. Gently pop  out each tablet and store in a sealed glass jar.  Be sure you label them and keep them out of children’s reach!  Keep the jar in your bathroom and pop one in your toilet whenever you want to freshen it up!

 

 

4 Ways that you can treat nerve pain on a budget

4 Ways that you can treat nerve pain on a budget

Neuropathic pain is a serious and uncomfortable condition that can get better with treatment. However, treatment can take a long time, depending on the cause of the nerve pain such as diabetes, HIV, side effects from drugs, chemotherapy, or injuries. There are several treatment options for nerve pain that vary based on your health, the cause of the nerve pain, risk from side effects, and the cost of treatment. The cost of treating nerve pain can be high, considering the length and procedure for treatment. Having to consult a doctor every time you experience pain or going through surgery is expensive. However, there are inexpensive self-care and home treatment ways to get rid of nerve pain. This article has some basic nerve pain treatment options that you can try:

1) Over The Counter Medication
An affordable way of treating nerve pain is buying OTC painkillers, antidepressants, and topical treatments. Painkillers are non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs that work best in relieving mild nerve pain symptoms. Antidepressants help to ease nerve pain by altering the pain chemical in your brain so you will not feel the pain. You can also try topical ointments, lotions, and creams to relieve nerve pain. These topical creams have ingredients that work as anesthetics by numbing pain in the applied area. The advantages of using topical creams for nerve pain is that they are inexpensive, and you only apply the specific area. To find the right pain relieving topical cream, you can check out the reviews for these creams at NeuropathyHelp.co.

2) Exercise
Working out is a useful and affordable non-drug treatment for nerve pain. Exercising helps your body by releasing endorphins that are natural painkillers. You can start with having daily walks or stretching to improve blood flow to the nerves in your legs. Improved blood circulation causes the blood vessels to expand and in turn, triggers the repair for damaged nerves. Also, studies show that regular low impact exercise can relieve neuropathic pain by reducing inflammatory substances known as cytokines.

3) Heat
Nerve death or damage occurs when there is poor circulation of blood to your arms and legs. Using heat will improve blood flow and alleviate nerve pain fast but temporarily. Taking a warm bath or hot foot bath is a simple way of fixing poor circulation to your legs. Still, make sure the water temperature is not too hot to cause burns or numbness. You can also place a heating pad on the affected area for an hour to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

4) Lifestyle Changes
Some habits such as smoking, heavy intoxication, unhealthy diet, and lack of sleep worsens the symptoms of neuropathic pain. Experiencing chronic pain can cause anxiety and depression, which leads to the usage of cigarettes or alcohol as a coping mechanism. However, using these substances might make nerve pain worse. Choose healthier ways of dealing with the neuropathy condition such as exercising, relaxing, and getting enough sleep. Sleep is essential for repairing damaged nerves, so make sure you rest for at least eight hours every night.