Monthly Archives: February 2013

Clutter-free Cabinets

I am a clean freak.  I love everything to be organized and in it’s place. Unfortunately I sometimes forget I live with someone now, and he doesn’t always know where my secret hiding places are – cue the label maker.  This device has saved us from many a fight and I highly recommend you go to Costco and pick one up ASAP.

While you are there pick up some shoebox sized plastic containers and get to organizing! Our house is VERY tiny, so every space has to be smartly used. We have barely ANY closet space, so I turned our bathroom cabinets into a “storage home base.” 

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I created the following containers for our bathroom, and then have made some (that we use more infrequently) to be stored in our garage:

  • Shampoo/Conditioner (full and travel sized)
  • Hair Products (gel, hair spray, volumizer)
  • Soaps and Scrubs (hotel samples, scrubs)
  • Lotions and Beauty Products (lotions, cleansers, deodorant)
  • Medicine (Advil, Airborne, Band Aids)
  • Nail Stuff (nail polish, polish remover, nail files)
  • Sunscreen (sun screen, after sun care, lip sunscreen)
  • Oral Care (toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss)
  • Shaving Products (extra blades, razors, shaving cream)

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I also bought a airline regulation sized clear plastic bag (thicker and more reusable than a Ziplock) and extra travel sized necessities to have on hand when we are carrying on.  It makes it a lot easier to pack when all you have to worry about is the “fun stuff” – ie clothes and jewelry.

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Just a few ideas to get you started… it really helps to save space putting everything in it’s own container, opposed to standing everything up on shelf (plus it looks better – in my opinion).

Outside in the garage we have a few more containers:

  • Vacuum (attachments for our Dyson)
  • Party Supplies (extra straws, gift bags, candles, etc.)
  • Light Bulbs
  • Manuals (great to not have to search for them when you can’t figure out how to work something)

Girl Scouts Honor

One of the major highlights of this time of year is Girl Scout Cookies.  Unfortunately my metabolism no longer allows for the purchase of these delectable treats (I can’t open a box without finishing it in one sitting) but after walking past 3 separate Girl Scout tables on a downtown walk this weekend I caved and made a batch at home. 

Yes, I made Girl Scout cookies… at home. I don’t know why I do this to myself…(especially when a box is like what $4!?). There is something about homemade that makes it “ok” in my mind – healthier in some way… So I had to try my hand at some homemade Thin Mints.

Mix:

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Freeze and Slice:

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Bake:

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Dip in Chocolate:

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Enjoy:

Disclaimer: these are not as good as the real thing… but a good substitute once your stash runs out 🙂

Exfoliate

I just got a Clarisonic brush and it’s safe to say I’m obsessed.  I am now on an exfoliation kick and am determined to make as many parts of my body as soft as my face (I tried re-writing this sentence for 15 minutes and there is no way to not make it sound creepy… sorry about that).

With winter finishing up (THANK GOODNESS) I wanted to make a lip scrub to prep them for all the fun spring lipstick shades.  Super easy, super quick and great results… here is what you need to do:

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Mix together and… voila!

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Weekly Menu #8

Sorry for the somewhat unappetizing presentation… most of these dinners were made on the fly after late nights at work and I was really really hungry – good news they are easy to whip up!

1. Skinny Chicken Enchiladas 

This is one of my favorite recipes… pop it in a slow cooker and it basically does all the work for you! Add a few tasty additions (ie cilantro, avocado and cheddar cheese) and you have a tasty and healthy dinner option! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do (PS I recommend topping it with the green Tabasco sauce… SO GOOD).

2. Flank Steak with Horseradish Relish

I did my grocery shopping late Monday night (major fail… never do that) and I had to improvise a lot of items on my list that were missing in the store.  For this menu I had to sub flank steak for thin cut rib-eye steaks… super flavorful but much a much fatter cut.  The relish is killer (even without the horseradish which I omitted for the hubby’s portion), and I served it with white sweet potatoes and Greek yogurt (a good sub for sour cream). Also good news – 300 cals per serving (the original recipe that is)! 

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3. Orecchiette with Sausage, Chard and Parsnips 

Super easy! Just chop everything up, saute and mix with pasta and grated Parmesan! 

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Road Trip

One of J’s favorite places is Disneyland (apparently 95% of Americans agree), so we joined our friends the Skinners to road trip down south for a weekend of rides, Disney characters and deep fried food. 

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Some highlights include:

  • The new Cars ride makes you feel like you are in Arizona! The set is really spectacular…
  • Lunch at Club 33 – although consuming 5,000 calories is usually not the program during a day of riding rides, we had to make an exception for this once in a life time opportunity… lobster tails, crab legs, Chateaubriand, an insane dessert bar and the best mint juleps EVER topped us off!
  • World of Color was a super fabulous light/water show…pretty impressive!
  • Getting into bed after 15 straight hours of walking/adventuring
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