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Carrot & Apple Juice

This has been a busy week and I haven’t had time to do much outside of work. However, I have put a bigger focus on being healthy. After I had pneumonia a few weeks ago, I realized I was doing too much and stretching myself out too thin. Unfortunately being sick is what brought me too this realization. So this week I started going to the gym and drinking more juices along with eating healthy.

I actually don’t juice as a replacement, though I do eat less portions to help balance my calories. One of my favorite juices that is very easy is this one with only a few ingredients. If you have read my tips on juicing, you know it’s pretty easy and you don’t need many ingredients to do it!

Carrot Apple Ginger Juice

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Slice of Fresh Ginger

Directions: Place in juicer and enjoy!

You can store this juice for up to two days and it still tastes fresh. You can also use this juice as a base to another juice or smoothie. Mix in some strawberries, blueberries , kale and chia seeds for a great power smoothie! I’ll usually drink a glass of this in the morning then another glass as a snack between lunch and dinner. If the froth on top is not something you are a fan of, you can either mix it with a spoon or skim it with a spoon.

Carrot & Apple Juice

 

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Mad Science Party Cookies

I’m excited to share these mad science cookies with you guys. We found these cookie cutters on Amazon and I thought WOW these are going to be perfect for our next Mad Science party. Now I am not much of a cookie decorator so we thought of something a little more fun, kids can decorate their OWN creations!

Mad Science Cookie Cutters (on Amazon)

These are the Mad Science Cookie Cutters on Amazon. I will say, I don’t normally spend this much on cookie cutters but if you are having a Mad Science party, these are perfect and amounts to the same price of a cake. Also, you can use these for different things as well such as sandwich cutters!

You can buy them here: (affiliate link) Science Lab Cookie Cutter Set (4)

Mad Science Party Cookies, kids can decorate them themselves!

Of course if you are talented, these would be very cute decorated. However if you are like me and not so talented in this area, you could set these out and have the kids decorate them. Or you can wrap them in bags and send them home with the kids!

Mad Science Cookies. Kids can take these home from the party and decorate it themselves!

Here are some kits I created that the kids could use at the party or take home. I used these Small Glass Jars on Amazon. These are perfect to hold “potions” that could be sprinkles, small candies or colored sugar so the kids can create their perfect mad science cookies. I also made small bags of royal icing (in ziploc bags) to complete the kit.

Mad Science Party Cookies, kids can decorate them themselves!

The cutters are high quality so I would recommend them if you are hosting a party.

Mad Science Cookies Perfect For a Mad Science Party

Looking for more Mad Science party ideas?

Check out our list here:
http://cleverpinkpirate.com/tag/mad-science-birthday/

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Orange Peel Deodorizer. This is really neat, all you need is baking soda and this zest and you can neutralize odors throughout the house!

If you read my post on orange peel cleaner, you know that I have gone through a lot of oranges lately. I have been looking for ways to use orange peels and I decided to dry some orange peels for their zest and turn that into a way to make things in the house smell better. I knew that the zest would combine well with the baking soda so my first thought was to make a deodorizer for the refrigerator. I used to keep baking soda boxes in my fridge but for some reason I stopped. The baking soda works as an odor absorber and helps keep the inside of the refrigerator smelling neutral. I then decided I could also use the orange peel deodorizer to make a carpet freshener and a quick deodorizer for the garbage disposal.

This recipe is really easy to make and all you really need are orange peels and baking soda. The first thing you’ll need to do is make the orange zest.

Orange Peel Deodorizer Recipe

Orange Peel Deodorizer. This is really neat, all you need is baking soda and this zest and you can neutralize odors throughout the house!

To make orange zest:

  • Place orange peels flat on a cookie sheet.
  • Cook the orange peels on 175 for approximately 3 hours.
  • Once dried, allow to cool.
  • Pour the peels in a coffee grinder or food processor. Pulse until the peels are finely ground.

Orange Peel Deodorizer. This is really neat, all you need is baking soda and this zest and you can neutralize odors throughout the house!

To make Orange Deodorizer for carpets, refrigerators etc

  •  Pour 2 cups of baking soda and ¼ cup of orange peel in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Add the mixture to mason jars.

I made a refrigerator deodorizer in a mason jar with an open lid that I bought from PickYourPlum.com. I just placed it in the refrigerator to help absorb any odors.

To use as carpet deodorizer, simply sprinkle on the carpet before vacuuming. I would test it first to make sure the orange peel color won’t stain your carpet.

You can also pour a tablespoon of this deodorizer into the garbage disposal to help with odors.

 

 

How to CleanYour Microwavein Less Than a

Hate cleaning your microwave? Me too. I definitely don’t clean my microwave as much as I should and of course messes build up. One of the worse things about cleaning the microwave is that the messes are pretty much stuck on by the time i go and clean it. I recently found a way to clean the microwave quickly and easily!

How to Clean Your Microwave Fast

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 1.5 cups of vinegar
  • medium glass bowl

How to:

  • Microwave the water and vinegar for 5 minutes.
  • Open the microwave and carefully dip a rag in the water. *WARNING* It’s hot so wear gloves or use caution.
  • Take the wet portion of the rag and start wiping down the microwave. The moisture will have “softened” the mess that has been stuck on the microwave. This should only take a minute to do!

DIY Wood Slice Jewelry

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I still have many slices of wood from our Christmas tree and have been thinking of creative ways to use them. I wasn’t sure how I would use some of these smaller slices from the top portion but turning them into jewelry seemed perfect. I thought about painting images on the slices but remembered I bought that wood burner that would be perfect. I don’t have a steady hand to draw with so I did use my Cricut to make some stencils.

Wood Slice Jewelry

Wood Slice Jewelry

What you’ll need:

Wood slices (sliced this, 1 – 1.5 inches)
Drill or Crop-A-Dile
Jewelry Chain
Jump rings
Earring hooks
Creative Woodburner

How to:

How to wood burn wood slices

  • Draw or stencil shapes on the slices with a sharp pencil.
  • Carefully fill in the tracing with the wood burner, lightly go over the pencil line to help blend it in.
  • Drill the top of the wood slice with a hole.
  • Thread the jump ring through and then the chain or earring hooks.

How to wood burn wood slices

DIY Wood Slice Jewelry

These are perfect for yourself or as gifts!

Wood Burned Coasters

If you are new to wood burning, check out my tips in this post: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/12/26/20-diy-wood-slice-crafts/

 

 

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