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Homemade Frozen Yogurt Part 2

by Moi

I love frozen yogurt… and I’m happy to visit my favorite frozen yogurt store, Pinkberry, on any excuse. But sometimes I just don’t want to go out – its too hot, too cold, to wet, too late, or too something.

I shared a while back that I discovered and use my Zoku Slush and Shake maker to make homemade salted caramel frozen yogurt. Turns out great! I store the Zoku slush maker in the freezer of my NYC apartment, and can make salted caramel yogurt any time I want.

Zoku Ice Cream MakerNow, I discovered the Zoku ice cream maker: the same scrape and stir concept, but in a bowl shape! I was in SoFlo at Williams-Sonoma, and actually paid the full price $25.99 to take it home and try it that night.

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February 16, 2015   2 Comments

Homemade Pop with Soda Stream

by Moi

I drink on average 2 diet ginger ales every day – yes, I’ve heard pop isn’t good for me. I like diet ginger ale, and I rationalize I could be doing things that are a lot worse for my health every day. For a year I’ve been hinting – actually begging – for a Soda Stream so I could make my diet ginger ale at home. I hadn’t actually tested the diet ginger ale yet – Bed Bath and Beyond frequently has someone making and giving away samples, but I don’t want to sample cola: I don’t like cola, I like diet ginger ale!

Soda Stream Fountain Jet - Starter KitI’ve pinned, mentioned, pointed and whined, and still no one gifted me a Soda Stream. Until this Christmas: daughter Angie gifted me a Soda Stream, and a bottle of diet ginger ale syrup. SCORE!

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February 9, 2015   1 Comment

10 Minute Spice Cabinet Organizer

by Moi

If your spice cabinet looks like mine, you can’t find the spices you know you have, so you end up buying duplicates – although in our case, my husband is too lazy too look so he buys more. Which explains why we have 3 giant bottles of chili powder…

We recently moved (yes, again!) and merged 2 kitchens into one. As a result, my spice cabinet looked like this:

Its hard to see, but behind all those spice jars are dozens more spices that we use, but can never find. I had seen TV ads for a spice shelf organizer, and as I was heading to Bed Bath and Beyond anyway, I decided to buy Spicy Shelf.

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February 2, 2015   3 Comments

Teapot DIY Bling

by Moi

I work from home, and sometimes I get a bit of writer’s block combined with some desk fatigue. Last week the days started turning cooler, and instead of a single cup of tea I decided to make a pot of tea… and realized my teapot needed a bit of bling!

 1 glass teapot with a metal lid

glass teapot with metal lid

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September 21, 2014   1 Comment

the book is now a movie: The Hundred-Foot Journey

by Moi

The Hundred-Foot Journey

A while back I shared how much I LOVED the book The Hundred-Foot Journey – A Novel by Richard C. Morais. The book shares the story of a young Indian boy and his extended family of restaurateurs in Mumbai who move travel first to southeastern France, where he ends up in the kitchen of a Michelin-starred restaurant.

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June 13, 2014   No Comments

Easy, Refreshing Fruit Flavored Water

by Moi

strawberry flavored waterI didn’t know this was a tip until someone saw me drinking my morning water, and thought I had a genius idea! So today I’m sharing it with you!

I love strawberries, and happily they’re now inexpensive and available year round. I buy local strawberries when they’re in season: but when they’re not, I buy whatever strawberries are at the grocery.

I typically buy 1-2 cartons of fresh strawberries per week, and I use strawberries in my morning smoothie or yogurt, and in salads, homemade ice cream, and sometimes I just like to eat strawberries.

When I buy them, I leave them in the plastic carton but wash and dry them as soon as I get home from the grocery, then put them in the fridge in their plastic container. When I make something using strawberries, I grab a knife and trim the tops off, then slice or quarter the strawberries as needed.

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June 6, 2014   2 Comments

Seashell DIY: Place Card Holders

by Moi

I love collecting seashells, but what I really like to do is incorporate seashells into my decor: I love the touch of nature they bring, and the memories they hold!

DIY seashell craft place card holder

I’ve visited Sanibel Island in Florida several times, where I perfected the Sanibel stoop: walking along the shore bent over, searching for the perfect seashell to add to your collection. In Sanibel I found an assortment of conch and whelks – being careful not to take live shells – which are both beautiful, and can be made into decorative and useful gifts.

Here’s my latest DIY seashell craft project: place card holders – which can be used for more than place cards.

Read all about seashell DIY place card holders on my post on MumRx

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May 26, 2014   1 Comment

Customizable Hanging Closet Organizer

by Moi

Real Simple Closet OrganizerWhen renting an apartment, closets can be a major hassle. You need to maximize closet storage and organization, but who wants to invest in expensive closet organization systems in a rental?

I just moved to a new apartment, and the closets are very different from my last apartment. So off I went to Bed Bath and Beyond, with a list of closet measurements and a closet floor piled with clothes.

And I discovered a Real Simple Solution.

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May 8, 2014   No Comments

New Frozen Snack: Outshine Fruit Bars

by Moi

Outshine Fruit BarsI just discovered a new healthy sweet snack: Outshine Fruit Bars.

Perfect for the warm weather ahead, instead of grabbing a high calorie ice cream bar (Yes, I’ll still have moi favorite Magnum bars, just not as often!) Outshine Fruit Bars are a frozen healthy snack for adults and kids. Made with real fruit and fruit juices, they come in 3 types, and a variety of flavors:

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April 22, 2014   2 Comments

Pastel Nails for Easter

by Moi

I was shopping at my favorite Ricky’s NYC, and at the checkout counter I made an impulse purchase: Essie’s Meet the Parents.

I’m not a huge fan of blue, yellow, purple, green nail polishes: but this pretty light blue polish from the  Essie Spring 2014 Wedding Collection caught my eye: and went right into my bag.

I bought a sapphire blue polish from OPI for the Christmas holidays, I just didn’t love it: it chipped too soon and was messy to put on.

But with Spring finally showing up, I decided to give the pretty blue a chance. Here’s what happened:

Essie meet the parents: pastel nails for Easter

What, you think those nails look a little chipped? That’s day 8 of Meet the Parents, right after another shower. My polish never lasts 8 days. And while no one like chips or fading polish, the white tips look a bit like a French Polish. Do I love the blue? No, but I like it.

So I went back to Ricky’s and bought Essie’s Topless and Barefoot. I wanted a little more of a vanilla color, but this was the closest I could find. This photo is day 5. Today I’m on day 8, and I don’t need to change polish yet!

Essie Topless and Barefoot Pastel Nails for Easter

Who knew: Essie nail polish is moi new favorite! Put some Essie pastel nail polish in the Easter basket of one of your favorite girls!

The Details:

  • Essie Nail Collection
  • drugstores and beauty stores everywhere
  • around $8.50
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April 17, 2014   3 Comments