Monday, September 29, 2014

Do It Yourself Framed Kleenex Art

I wanted some art for over my bed and decided to create my own art with materials I had lying around the house.  I had 3 matching silver/grey frames that I wanted to use.  I also had some very pretty decorative kleenex and decided to frame them!

First I took the kleenex and very gently ironed them on a low setting to get out the fold lines and any wrinkles.

Next I cut the kleenex to slightly larger than the size of the frame. I placed the kleenex in the frame and taped the overlap to hold it in place.   

And voila, I had my own art: 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Agria pototoes from my sister's garden.  All these potatoes came from just one hill!!  They are huge!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation

I wear foundation on a daily basis to cover up acne scars, redness and imperfections.  I have tried many foundations over the years but always come back to Covergirl foundations.  Their colours match my skin tone and the price is reasonable.

I recently noticed that Shopper's Drug Mart was having a sale on the new Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous foundation for $5.99.  That was a great price but being the bargain hunter I am, I found a coupon through the SmartSource coupon portal on Swagbucks for an additional $2 off.  So for $3.99 this foundation was a great deal!

The colour I choose was 105 (Classic Ivory).  It was the lightest shade available and it looked a little darker than the lightest colour I buy in the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation.  The 105 colour however matched my skin tone beautifully.  The foundation is oil free and won't clog pores.  It also boosts a flawless, natural look that lasts all day and reduces shine.

This foundation blends easily into the skin and provides a medium coverage.  I did find that my normally really shiny skin was toned down and the foundation lasted all day.  No slipping or wearing off.

For the price, this is a great foundation.  My preference however is for a more full coverage foundation as I feel it better disguises my imperfections.

Monday, September 15, 2014

China Glaze Santa Red My List Nail Polish

I recently placed an order with Nail Polish Canada and wanted to share one of the nail polish colours I got.  The colour is by China Glaze and is called Santa Red My List.  The name is a bit misleading as you would think it is a red nail polish. The colour is actually more of a deep pink with lots of shine and shimmer.

This formula is amazing! It took only one coat to cover.  I love polishes that have a great colour payoff with little effort.

This was my first time using a China Glaze polish and I was impressed.  I would definitely purchase from this brand again.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Banana Bran Muffins

I found a really great recipe for banana chocolate chip muffins that I love and tweaked it a bit to create these banana bran muffins.  They meet my criteria of a good muffin: rise nicely, moist and come away from the paper liner cleanly.

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup bran
2 tbsp. wheat germ
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2-3 bananas)

1.  In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, bran, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
2.  In another bowl, whisk the egg, oil, buttermilk and vanilla.  Add the mashed bananas to the mixture.
3.  Stir wet ingredients into dry mixture just until moistened.
4.  Fill paper lined muffin cups.
5.  Bake at 350ÂșF for 22-25 minutes.

Yield: 12 large muffins

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

I saw some mini ice cream cones in the store the other day and decided to make ice cream cone cupcakes.  I've seen them around on-line and they looked really cute so decided to give them a try.

1 boxed cake mix, any flavour
Flat bottom ice cream cones
1 tub of icing

1.  Prepare boxed cake mix as per instructions on the box.
2.  Place ice cream cones on a cookie sheet.  Fill each cone about 2/3 full.  Be careful not to fill too full as they will run over like I found out the hard way!
3.  Bake as you would cupcakes (per instructions on boxed cake mix).
4.  Let cool and ice with favourite flavour of icing.