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Green Tea Face Mist – DIY!

With Summer fast approaching, I have been scouring Pinterest for easy, fun DIY ideas.  Even though this isn’t pet related, one of my favorite ideas that I’ve come across is this easy DIY green tea face mist!  A perfect and simple new beach essential, it is simple to make and leaves your skin cool, refreshed and smooth.

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Green tea is full of antioxidants and will help repair dry, sun-damaged skin in addition to helping to cool you off on a hot summer day.  This feels great on your skin and smells awesome!

I didn’t take as many pictures as I meant to, but making this was kind of messy; and to be honest, I kind of forgot to keep up with photos!

  There are a few things that you’ll need to get started:

(I bought all of these at Wegmans, but these are similar items that I found on Amazon if you are interested.  **Disclaimer** – if you click on one of the links above and purchase the item, I may earn a tiny fee for your purchase, at no additional cost to you.)

There was an option to add in essential oil, but I forgot to buy this at the store.  Honestly, I like the smell as-is; but you can feel free to buy any essential oil scent to add in if you’d like!

Steps:

  •  Brew a cup of tea, then stick in the fridge to cool it down.

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  •  Take peeled, cucumber slices and blend them.  The directions said to puree, but I don’t have a fancy blender, so I just used my small smoothie blender.  That worked fine but left it a little bit clumpy, so I had to strain it to get rid of any chunks.  What you want to have left over is a thin liquid, like cucumber juice.  Is cucumber juice even a thing?  Haha

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  • At this point, the tea should hopefully be cooled down.  Take the green tea and pour it into the spray bottle – I filled mine up about 3/4 full.
  • Add 2 spoonfuls of the cucumber juice
  • Add one spoonful of the Aloe Vera gel

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  • Shake it to combine everything, and pop it in the fridge!

The directions say that this should last about a week in the fridge, but I’ll see how long I can get out of it.  As long as it doesn’t start to smell bad or leave my skin sticky or something, I don’t see why it couldn’t last longer.

With my Irish/German heritage, I am super super prone to sunburns.   I plan on giving this spray a shot when I get my first sunburn – I typically apply aloe gel to it anyway, so I feel like this mist would work just as well.  Plus, it’s easier to keep with me than a big bottle of aloe vera gel is!

If you guys wind up giving this DIY a try, let me know what you think!  If you have any other fun DIYs to keep me busy this summer, share them in the comments!

Have a good night
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DIY – DOGGIE ICE CREAM!

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”
— Mark Twain

With the weather getting warmer, I can never turn down a nice big bowl of ice cream.  Unfortunately for me, neither can my dog.  I officially flunked out of DOG 101 – “How to say no to your dog”, and for awhile found myself investing in doggy ice cream.  If you have a dog, I’m sure you’ve seen it in the freezer isle — dog ice cream more expensive than the finest human ice cream, and at half the size!  I knew there had to be a better (and cheaper!) way.

Those who know me know that I do not know how to cook.  Anything.  At all.  However, last summer I decided to play around with various doggy ice cream recipies.  I mixed and matched flavor after flavor; but in the end, the one my dog prefered the most was the simpliest!  And I PROMISE you that if I can make it, you can too.

So, without further adieu, here are step-by-step instructions to the easiest DIY doggy ice cream ever – Oreo’s Banana Peanut Butter Swirl!

Here’s what you’re gonna need:

  • 32oz vanilla yogurt
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • a dash of honey

 

How to make:

Combine all ingredients in a blender

Blend until smooth.

Pour into containers of your choice and freeze.  

I chose to pour half into an ice cube tray and half into dixie cups to create different sized ice cream treats!

Serve to your pup and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done!

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Rainy day project – DIY Mango Bird Feeders!

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
— Groucho Marx

Normally on rainy days, I don’t want to get out of bed.  Today was no exception…until I got hungry.  I was eating some mango that I had bought the other day when I remembered something that I had seen on Pinterest.

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I had no real supplies (I’m not exactly known for being crafty), so I made due with what I had : a paper clip, some yarn and my mango rind.  I didn’t start taking pictures until I was half way through, because honestly…I didn’t expect much from this.  And while it still isn’t exactly Pinterest-worthy; it’s not bad for a first attempt.

I started by straightening out the paperclip most of the way and securing yarn around it.  Then I simply poked a hole through the rind with the paperclip and fed the yarn through.  I continued pushing until the paperclip and yarn went straight through to the other side.  I attempted to repeat this by doing a quarter turn and pushing the paperclip through the other side as well, but the top of the mango gave out.  So while this isn’t as sturdy as I would have liked, it seems to be working just fine so far.  I tied a knot on each end of the yarn to secure it to the rind, and pulled on the yarn to make a loop that I could use to hang the bird feeder with.

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With the mango “cup” completed for the feeder, I then added some bird seed.

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Upon my first attempt at hanging it outside, the bird seed flew everywhere.  So i brought it back inside to think of a way to make the seed stick a little better while still being safe for birds.  My solution?  Peanut butter!

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I mixed a forkful of all-natural peanut butter in with the bird seed to give it some “stick”, and it seemed to work!

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All that was left was to hang it outside again and see what happened.  Stepping outside and encountering my first gust of wind showed me that adding the peanut butter was successful – the birdseed stuck together for the most part instead of flying all over the yard.  I chose to hang it from a tree branch facing the bathroom window ledge where my cats love to sit and watch the birds and squirrels.

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I’m not sure how long this will stay hanging for, but I’m pretty happy with the result.  Next time I’ll stock up on some actual supplies and try something a bit firmer – an orange rind, maybe?   My cats are also happy with the result – while most of the birds are hiding from the rain, there have been a few who adventured out to get some seed, and Burger and Kitten Little are entertained watching them.   Now let’s bring on the rest of the hungry birdies!

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your weekend!
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