One Cup Wonders – Single Serve Smoothie Recipes To Try Right Now

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When it comes to making smoothies the rules of the game have changed a bit. For decades we’ve whipped them up in our standard kitchen blenders. The taste was great but the effort and ingredients were often excessive. How many blenders half full of smoothie have you put in the fridge only to forget about it and waste the ingredients? Probably quite a few, and fresh foods aren’t cheap.

No need to fret over your money going down the drain anymore. Compact, single serve smoothie machines are the biggest trend in kitchen appliances these days and they solve the problem well. However, most of the smoothie recipes are still portioned for a large batch. So, we created these tasty treats that are excellent options for healthful nutrition, without being bland, boring, or just plain yuck! You won’t need to put these in the fridge for later, they’ll be gone in a flash.

 

Directions for all recipes

You can use fresh or frozen fruit

All should be blended until smooth or creamy

You can include ½ tsp ground flaxseed in any of them

 

Tropical Treat

 

Ice

¼ -1/2 mango flesh (remove skin)

1/4 – 1/2 nectarine

½ cup coconut milk

1/2 tbsp vanilla protein powder

 

Cherry Hills

 

Ice

¼ avocado

1 peach

3 pitted cherries

Almond milk to achieve your preferred consistency

½ tbsp protein powder

 

Berry Delicious

 

½ cup almond or rice milk

1 cup blackberries, blueberries, raspberries

1 packet raw sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tbsp protein powder

 

Simplicity

 

1/3 cup blackberries

¾ cup pineapple

Water (to achieve thick, creamy consistency)

½ tbsp vanilla protein powder

 

Strawberry Peach Cake

 

1/2 cup frozen peaches

6 small strawberries

1 packet raw sugar

¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk (or combo coconut/almond milk)

Dash pumpkin pie spice

½ tbsp vanilla protein powder

Color Pallet: Shabby Chic Cushion & Bouquet – Aqua, Pink, Purple

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Have you ever considered decorating a room based on inspiration from something other than a photo of an entire room? It’s a fantastic way to come up with unexpected ideas that will make the rooms in your home unique and innovative. For example, take a look at the photo below. It’s just a bench, table, and bouquet. So, your first inclination might be to mimic it in a breakfast nook and call it a day. Instead, we suggest using it as a reference for color and accessory selection in any room in your house!

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a delicate yet vibrant color scheme. As well as an ultra feminine and floral environment with some spunk! To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision. 

The color pallet: Aqua, Spunky Rose Pink, Grape, Ballet Pink

What themes within the color scheme set the tone?

  • Pink – Love
  • Grape –  Elegance
  • Aqua – Tranquility

What makes it spunky?

  • The fun colored stripes on the seat cushion.

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They are all soft and equally vibrant
  • Green and red are complementary, and pink and aqua are derivatives of those colors so they are also complementary.
  • The purple also hints at a Triadic color scheme. This is three colors on the color wheel that coordinate nicely because they equally spaced apart on the wheel.

What makes it ultra feminine?

  • A ‘soft focus’ aura, nothing is overly stark.
  • A bouquet of flowers traditionally gifted to ladies on special occasions, which includes a spray a few dainty varieties.
  • Predominantly pink.

Feng Shui – A Quick Look

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Zen inspired interior design can bring peace to your home and help to de-clutter spaces that tend to collect it. Tranquility can sometimes be hard to come by in our busy lives but when you are able to create a space that evokes it with clean lines, minimal mess and natural materials you can create a space that fosters serenity in your life.

 

One way to infuse this type of design into your room is the ancient art of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the Chinese tradition of balancing a room with the different elements and through this, harmonizing those that inhabit the space.

 

One of the elements is earth. Earth is an element that is seen as one that is grounding. To bring the earth element to your room add in earth tones, furniture that is lower to the ground or artwork that shows images of landscapes.

 

Fire on the other hand, is a symbol that represents boldness and strength. Adding this to your design can increase these attributes, but too much can cause an increase in impulsiveness and aggression. A balanced way to add this to your room’s design is to incorporate candles or shades in the red family.

 

Water is something that connects with emotion and spirituality. This taps into your ability to connect with your wisdom and insight. With the right balance of water elements in your room you will be able to enjoy a sense of peace and tranquility. To add water elements to your room be sure to include reflective surfaces such as mirrors or water features such as water fountains.

 

The element of wood is something that represents creativity and growth and can bring a sense of strength to your design. Ways to incorporate this element include fresh flowers or bamboo, natural fabrics and wood furniture.

 

Metal is different in that it can connect with your sense of logic and order. If you want to add this element to your space the best way is to include metal furniture or decorations and countertops that are made out of stone or rocks.

 

When the right balance of the elements is present in a room, it can bring a sense of harmony to your design. Comment below and share with us what you think are great ways to create a room that has incorporated Feng Shui into its design.

DIY Masks for Your Skin

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Taking care of skin sure is a chore! It requires daily attention regardless of our hectic schedules. The face is particularly demanding because it is more delicate, especially around eyes and lips. Full service facials at the spa work wonders, but who has the time or money for that? Achieve the same effect with these two DIY masks that require nothing more than items found in your kitchen!

Peachy Clean – for dull skin

Ingredients

  • 2 peaches
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • brown sugar

This mask packs a punch because it is both a scrub and a mask. Cut up the peaches into small pieces and use a fork to mash theM completely. Add olive oil and a small handful of brown sugar. Mix thoroughly and mash all ingredients together, without losing the graininess of the brown sugar. The Vitamin C in the peaches acts as a skin brightener, the olive oil is a deep moisturizer, and the brown sugar will exfoliate dead skin. Layer the mask evenly on your face and leave it on for ten minutes. Then gently massage your face so that the brown sugar crystals can do their job. Rinse well and take a look in the mirror. You’ll see a cleaner, brighter, fresher face!

Wake Up! – for tired, dydrated, dull skin

Ingredients

  • 1 tomato
  • baking soda
  • lemon juice

Slice the tomato into medium width slices that you can hold between your fingers. Start by gently rubbing the tomato directly on your skin in a circular motion. Your face will feel instantly refreshed. But you’re not done yet! Mix together equal parts lemon juice and baking soda. You just need enough to cover your face. Notice how this mask bubbles – fun! Rub the mixture into the skin gently and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. All three ingredients activate the skins natural processes and “wake it up.” The result is skin that looks alive and fresh.

 

A Special Holiday to You!

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What Are the Hottest New Colors in Interior Design?

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Colors are one of the easiest ways to pinpoint a period in interior design history. From the pink and black of a 50s bathroom to the Avocado Green of a 70s kitchen, history is filled with a variety of different color combinations. Things are no different today in terms of trends sweeping through homes around the country. While people were a little afraid of color after the 80s and spent a long time embracing beige instead, hot new color trends are beginning to emerge. One of the biggest differences, though, is that many of these colors are timeless and have ties to other design styles so they may be less likely to date your home down the road.

Natural Colors and Finishes

One new color trend is to leave as many items in their natural finish as possible. So, lots of natural wood and stone colors are popping up everywhere. Of course things have to coordinate with these, so like the Craftsman movement of the last century, we’re seeing a lot of colors found in nature popping up in homes to complete the color palettes.

Warm Tones and Colors

For a long time stainless steel was king and everyone was looking for it or for its cousin satin nickel. This lead to a cold, sterile look in many homes that began to turn people off. Now, the trend is moving toward warming colors and tones, particularly in metal finishes. Polished brass is still not making major inroads, but antique brass is, along with copper, oil rubbed bronze, and natural bronze. Many of these colors are also making their way into paint palettes, as they match natural wood tones and are a more updated version of the beige people have been gravitating toward for years now.

Shades of Blue

The one color bucking the warm and natural trend throughout homes is blue. Country blue kitchens are very hot right now, as are bolder shades of blue such as turquoise getting used in appliances. With so many shades of blue competing for attention just now, it’s unlikely that one will get picked to be considered this decade’s Harvest Gold.

Lighting Ideas for Bathroom Vanities

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When it comes to spending time at your bathroom vanity, make sure that you get the most out of the space with the right lighting. Good lighting can help you do more, while showing you your best side – not harsh glares and angles. Try these lighting tips on for size around your vanity to get the right glow for the space.

Hollywood Glamour

Gone are the days when you would find a strip of light bulbs just across the top of the mirror, but that doesn’t mean you should discount the idea entirely. Instead, look for a mirror that includes bulbs on all four sides. What this means for you is that instead of lighting you from the top down and casting shadows in unwelcome places, you get a soft glow on all angles of your face, so you can see yourself in the best light.

Flexible Lights

New bathroom lighting fixtures are available that come on flexible stems, sort of like a table lamp that gets adhered to your wall. Move, bend, and position the lights exactly where you need them to make the most of the space, and then stand them upright on either side of the mirror once you’re done.

Blue Glow

Do you want the most flattering light that also has a contemporary flair? Consider looking into lighting fixtures that cast a soft blue glow around the vanity. This cool-toned light softens your features in the mirror and is less harsh on the eyes.

Multi-Placed Lighting

If you don’t want to go for a four-sided lit mirror, be sure to incorporate lighting above the mirror with matching sconces on either side. This helps eliminate the top-cast shadows, but gives you more style options for the room.

Under-Mirror Lighting

If you have under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen, you know how helpful it can be for illuminating tasks. Under mirror lights work the same way, giving you light for doing your nails, picking out jewelry, and other focused tasks.

Make the Most of Your Lighting

It doesn’t matter what type of lighting you choose for your bathroom as long as it works for you. Try combining two or more of these styles together to get the best look for your room, and enjoy the bright lights.

What Size Flooring Should I Use in a Small Space?

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No one wants a home or a room that feels small, cramped, or tight on space. So when you have a home with small rooms, you’ll want to do everything in your power to help open them up visually. This includes choosing the right flooring for the space. If you’re looking into tile for a kitchen, bathroom, or foyer and are worrying about what size tile to choose, think big to help make the whole room look bigger, too.

For a long time the rule of thumb was that small rooms needed small floor tiles. This coincided with a time when floor tiles were rarely found above 8- or 9-inches and never above 13-inches. Unfortunately, instead of making the room look bigger, small tiles merely emphasize the size of the floor. This is due to the grout lines; the more grout lines you have, the more obvious the grid effect on the floor. Therefore, the small tiles just make the space look smaller.

If you really want to open up a space visually, consider using the largest tiles you can fit into the room comfortably. Large-format tiles are available in sizes up to 36-inches square with many coming in 16-inches or 18-inches; perfect for small rooms.

Unlike smaller tiles, large tiles need less grout and have fewer grout lines. Not only does this make it easier for you to keep the floor clean, it helps visually enlarge the floor. Without that grid that the small tiles form, your eye gets tricked into thinking that the floor is bigger than it is. This in turn makes the entire room look larger.

The one exception to this rule is mosaic tiles of 1-inch or smaller. When tiles get this small, instead of forming a grid, they form a pattern on the floor. This pattern helps disguise the size of the floor, which has the same effect as larger tiles do; it tricks you into thinking the floor is bigger than it is.

So if you want your room to look larger, think big right from the floor up to achieve your goals.

Summertime Home Maintenance

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Home maintenance is important come summer time. There are lots of things that can be done and appliances that can be checked in order to properly maintain a household during this season.

 

Inspect and Tune Up Air-Conditioners and Fans

 

Inspecting the air-conditioners and fans are important because these are most frequently and heavily used during summer. These appliances must be kept in good condition. Air conditioning units are best left to professionals. Due to the high costs associated with running an air conditioner, a significant amount of money can be saved money on your electric bill if the household’s air-conditioner is properly maintained

 

Fan blades should be kept free from dust, whether using a ceiling fan or an electric fan. A duster or a piece of cloth may be used in cleaning. An old pillowcase is a great way to keep dust from flying around during cleaning.  Simply place the entire pillowcase on the fan blade and gently wipe the blade while removing.  The dust will remain inside the cloth “bag” rather than spreading through the air. 

 

Roof Check and Maintenance

 

With sunny, warm days, summer is a great season to check the roof and make all the necessary repairs. By doing this, you can prevent small problems from becoming larger ones. Remember to check for even the most minor leaks, rusting, and other concerns.

 

Clean Gutters

 

Gutters should be cleaned regularly to keep the roof and foundation in good repair. Cleaning out gutters will prevent leaves, twigs, rocks and other things from blocking the passageway of water. You can do the cleaning yourself or hire a service provider.

 

Window Check

 

A window check is necessary if you want to avoid the summer heat from entering your house. Make sure that the sealant on both inside and outside are secured. A toothbrush can be used in cleaning the window to get to areas and crevices that are hard to reach.  A clean and well-maintained window will keep the house looking great and as energy efficient as possible.

 

Keeping your home in the best shape possible is a big job, but very rewarding.  We hope your summer is a great one!