10 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil For Your Health

Lemon essential oil can enhance your hair, skin, immune system, and mental health. Here are 10 ways to use lemon essential oil for better health! 10 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil For Your Health via @tipsaholic #lemon #lemonoil #essentialoils #youngliving #oils


10 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil For Your Health
Essential oils can do so much to maintain and improve our health, from the hair on our head to the feet that hold up our bodies daily. Lemon essential oil, which contains the powerful antioxidant d-Limonene, can boost your skin’s health, your mental health, and many more things. Read on to find 10 ways to use lemon essential oil for your health and well-being!

 

1. Add Lemon to Your Water

You’ve probably heard about how healthy it is to drink lemon water. Instead of stocking up on lemons, you can just add 1 to 2 drops of lemon essential oil to your daily morning glass of water. This will help cleanse your liver and kidney of toxins. Drinking this daily can also can boost your metabolism.

You could also add lemon essential oil to your morning tea or smoothie to get the same results. The lemon oil will also add a nice flavor to your morning drink!

 

2. Maintain Clear Skin

If you struggle with breakouts or oily skin, adding a few drops of lemon essential oil to your moisturizer can help balance the oil glands in your skin. Just don’t use your enhanced moisturizer on days you plan to be outside; the lemon oil is UV sensitive.

 

3. Wash Your Fruit and Vegetables Efficiently

Many fruits and vegetables have a waxy residue that can be hard to wash off with plain water. Clean your food completely and sanitize them with the help of 3 to 5 drops of lemon oil added to a water-filled sink.

 

4. Whiten Your Teeth

Lemon essential oil can lighten stains and they can do that for your teeth. Mix the oil with baking soda and coconut oil and rub the mixture on your teeth. Wait for two minutes and then rinse.

 

5. Improve Your Mood

Put lemon essential oil in a diffuser to lift your spirits and to give yourself a clearer outlook on your day. The fresh scent can rejuvenate your mood and can help you attain a positive mindset.

 

6. Boost Your Immunity

To maintain your health during cold and flu seasons, try mixing lemon essential oil with coconut oil and rubbing it on your neck. This encourages proper nasal function.

 

7. Reduce Morning Sickness

Diffusing lemon essential oil can help pregnant woman feel better if they’re struggling with morning sickness. Even just opening a bottle of lemon oil and sniffing it can help you feel less nauseous instantly.

 

8. Soften Your Feet

Do you have corns, bunions, or calluses on your feet? Try rubbing lemon essential oil on your feet every morning and evening for softer feet that you’ll be proud to show off in summer sandals.

 

9. Improve Circulation

Maintaining proper circulation in your body and skin can help reduce the appearance of cellulite and to remove waste from your cells. Massage lemon essential oil into the skin around your problem areas regularly to achieve optimal circulation.

 

10. Strengthen Your Hair

Shampooing every day can cause damage to hair, but some people need to shampoo their hair daily because of oily hair. After washing your hair, put four drops of lemon oil to your wet hands and apply that to your hair. Rinse the oil off and style as usual. The lemon oil will help reduce oily hair, helping your hair become stronger thanks to less shampooing. The oil will also help your hair become more shiny!

Some people also report that lemon oil helps reduce dandruff, so that’s another great use for lemon oil for your hair.

 

For more information on lemon essential oil and other essential oils, read this. And if you would like more information on Young Living essential oils, read this.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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25 Simple Ways to Use Thieves Essential Oil

25 Simple Ways to Use Thieves Oil - Tipsaholic

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Thieves Essential Oil blend is a fantastic natural addition to your medicine cabinet.  This oil is a proprietary blend of rosemary, cloves and other aromatics and botanicals.  It’s beneficial for immune support and is well known for it’s purifying properties.  Thieves can be used as an aromatic or topically, giving it a lot of versatility.  How versatile, you ask?  Well, here’s just a sample of the simple ways to use Thieves essential oil in your home!

 

1. Immune Support Capsules – Pour a few drops of the oil in a capsule and swallow with water for a boost to your immune system.  Fight off colds during flu season before you even feel them coming!  Or take them periodically on a regular schedule to increase longevity.

 

2.  Topical Rub – Feeling ill?  Kick cold or stomach bug symptoms to the curb.  Dilute Thieves with regular olive oil and rub it on the soles of the feet (or along the spine for particularly nasty bugs).  This will help your body absorb their purifying properties and jump start your immune response to sickness.

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3. Laryngitis – Place a diluted drop of Thieves under your tongue when your voice is raspy or gone entirely.  It’ll help clear up your vocal strain in no time.

 

4. Nasal Function – If you’re feeling sniffly, sneezy and itchy, putting Thieves on the soles of the feet can alleviate symptoms and encourage proper nasal function.  You can also apply a drop of Thieves diluted in a drop of olive oil directly under your nose.

 

5. Lung Congestion – Place Thieves in a diffuser then drape your head with a towel, trapping the vapors.  Breath the vapors in for up to 5 minutes.

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6. Travel Well - Take Thieves along with you when you travel on planes, trains or buses.  Rub some into the soles of your feet or take a drop or two with orange juice to ward off airborne illnesses and amp up your immune system.

 

7. Throat Spray – Adding Thieves to a spray bottle of water and sea salt can create your very own version of a disinfectant spray.  You can then use this to numb a sore throat!

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8. Headache Relief – This quick fix for headaches requires nothing special at all!  Simply use a finger to apply a drop of Thieves to the roof of your mouth.

 

9. Skin abrasions – If you’ve got a small cut or simple abrasion, ditch the Neosporin and try Thieves instead.  Apply 1-3 drops with a cotton ball or q-tip to the wound for anti-bacterial purposes and to speed healing.

 

10.  Skin Care – To help with acne, you can dilute a few drop of Thieves with a carrier oil, like coconut oil (known for anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties), and apply it to affected spots with a q-tip.  Or mix it with olive oil and apply over the face.  It’s nontoxic and will clean away nasty germs.

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11. Wart Remover – No more expensive and only slightly affective OTC wart removers!  All you need to do is apply Thieves directly to the affected area – or dilute it with some coconut oil.  It’ll kill any viruses there and get rid of those warts completely.  Added bonus: the coconut oil will moisturize the area as well!

 

12. Athlete’s Foot – Rub oil “neat” (undiluted) directly onto the area of your foot that’s infected.  Or you can make a foot soak with warm water, epsom salts and thieves combined.

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13. Canker Sore Relief – Follow the directions here to fight off canker sores.  You can apply the oil “neat” (undiluted) directly to the spot, or dilute it with coconut oil – known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.  Not only will it speed the healing process, but it will numb the area upon contact for some needed relief.

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14. Gum Health – Rub a drop of oil neat on irritated areas of the gum, or dilute it with a natural oil carrier like coconut or olive oil, then apply with a q-tip.  It will reduce swelling and inflammation, kill germs and bacteria, and promote overall dental health.  Plus, it’ll help freshen your breath!

 

15. Oil-pulling – Combine a drop of Thieves with coconut oil for regular oil-pulling.  This can help with oral hygiene, as well as immune support and overall health.

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16.  Remove Splinters – Applying Thieves oil to a sliver or splinter and allowing it to rest for about 5 minutes will reduce the inflammation and cause the sliver to rise to the surface of the skin.  With its anti-bacterial properties it’s a great alternative to rubbing alcohol or the like.

 

17. Natural Air Purifier – Use a diffuser with Thieves for 15-30 minutes in your home to purify the air.  It will start removing mold around the house and eliminate some germs.  It leaves a refreshing, natural and clean scent.  It can also promote a happier mood.

 

18. Floor Care – Add a few drops to a bucket of water and mop your floor as you normally do.  It will ward of mold and mildew, kill germs and bacteria and make your floors smell good!

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19. Sani-Wipes – Add a few drops of Thieves to warm water, then dip in clean, small scraps of cotton or muslin cloth.  Wring them out well, then keep them in a small, airtight glass jar.  Take them with you when shopping to disinfect shopping carts and other germy surfaces.  It’s nontoxic, so perfectly safe with kids.

 

20.  Dishwashing – Use a few drops in your dishwater or dishwasher along with your regular detergent to thoroughly clean your dishes.  Bonus: it eliminates any lingering odor from grease or strong-smelling foods!

 

21. Purifying Spray – Add Thieves to water in a glass spray bottle and spray everything that is high traffic – light switches, doorknobs, countertops, etc.  This is especially effective during flu season to ward off unwanted germs and bacteria.  It can also get rid of mold in damp areas and prevent future mold build up – just add some distilled white vinegar as well.

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22. Bath Toy Disinfectant – Make a solution of equal parts vinegar and hot water, then add a few drops of Thieves.  Soak your bath toys for 10 minutes to get rid of mold and help with mold prevention.

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23. Canine Wound Care – If you’ve got a furry four-legged friend that’s prone to surface scrapes and abrasions, you can use Thieves to clean the cut and speed healing.

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24. Marker Eraser – If you accidentally grab the wrong type of marker when using a white board, you can make that “permanent” problem go away by putting a few drop of Thieves on a tissue and rubbing.

 

25. Plant Care – Spraying diluted Thieves on houseplants or gardens can repel insects and guard against mold or fungus.  Learn more essential oil plant care tips at the link.

 

Learn more about Young Living essential oils and how they can help you!  You can purchase Thieves oil here.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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5 Ways to Decorate Your Walls With Paint Pens

Sometimes a beautiful pattern on just one wall can bring a room from blah to gorgeous. Read on to learn about 5 ways to decorate your walls with paint pens! 5 Ways to Decorate Your Walls With Paint Pens via @tipsaholic #paint #walls #pens #paintpens #decorate #diy


5 Ways to Decorate Your Walls With Paint Pens
Sometimes a beautiful pattern on just one wall can bring a room from blah to gorgeous. Wallpaper achieves this purpose, but it can be expensive and a headache to put up, let alone remove when you get tired of it. You can achieve the same effect with a couple of paint pens. Read on to learn about 5 ways to decorate your walls with paint pens!

1. Freehand It!

If you have some artistic skills, you could just freehand a design on a wall to make your room pop! You could look at wallpaper designs and get inspired by one or two and create a similar pattern on your walls, like Kellie did on her hallway walls. So great!

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And one of Kellie’s readers did a similar wall treatment with a paint pen and her walls turned out just as beautiful.

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Another great freehand design done with paint pens is this modern faux stone accent wall. Monica sketched out her design with a pencil on the wall first and then traced it all with a black paint pen.

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So, if you’re not totally confident at freehand designs, you could easily test out any design you want by sketching it out with a pencil beforehand.

2. Use a Pre-made Stencil

Another way to decorate your walls with a paint pen is to purchase a pre-made stencil and use a paint pen instead of paint! It’ll be a much less messy project and the results are more delicate.

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If you want to go this route, check out the amazing selection of stencils at Royal Design Studio.

3. Create Your Own Stencil or Template

Of course, you can always create your own stencil or template instead of buying one! A Beautiful Mess created a fun stencil with cardboard and cut it out with an x-acto knife.  They made sure that the pattern was interlocking and used push pins to hold the stencil on the wall as they drew away.

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Instead of making a stencil, Wendy created a template based on a pattern on a fabric she liked and traced around that with a pencil. Then she went back and went over the lines with a paint pen.

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It’s probably best to decide the pattern and design of your walls before deciding whether to create a stencil or a template. Or you could just use something around the house as a template, like Savannah did! She used a steamer pot lid, of all things, to create this beautiful scalloped accent wall.

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4. Measure Out a Geometric Design

No matter how you feel about math, you have to admit that it does amazing things in our world. It can create bridges and advanced technology, predict human behavior, and help you design a beautiful accent wall.

With some measuring and creativity, you can come up with a design that you can sketch out with a paint pen. Mandi used a level and a ruler to create horizontal lines and then did some more measuring to draw her triangles. Her finished accent wall is a beaut!

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Here’s another example of a geometric accent wall created with paint pens that was done by Becky for her son’s nursery.

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Again, a ruler and a level was all that she used to create her accent wall. She also planned out the design in Photoshop, so that might be a good route for you if you have that program or a similar one.

A simple, diagonal design with a gold metallic paint pen is unexpectedly gorgeous! And it can be done easily with just a little measuring and a long, straight ruler. Julia’s bathroom turned out beautifully using this method.

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5. Use a Projector

You can use paint pens to draw a huge mural on a wall instead of a pattern. Amanda made this great world map mural for her son’s room with an overhead projector.

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If you don’t have an overhead projector, you could ask your local library if they loan them out or get an image projector. The options for a mural is limitless — you could draw your own design, create one in Photoshop, print out a photo from the internet, or trace an image from a book.

The best thing about using paint pens to create an accent wall is that it is a VERY cheap project that has a big impact. A paint pen usually costs around $3 and you can find them at craft stores. Just be sure to buy latex, or water-based, paint pens so you can easily cover them up with paint without having to use primer when you tire of the design.

For more decorating ideas, check out 8 Ideas for Decorating a Kids Bathroom and Great Mudroom Round Up.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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Finish off your rooms with beautiful baseboards, crown molding, and trim around windows and doors. 20+ Useful Trim and Molding Tutorials and Tips via @tipsaholic #trim #molding #diy #home #repair


20+ Useful Trim and Molding Tutorials and Tips
Do you stare at the rooms in your home and wonder what’s missing? Sometimes the finishing touches are what brings a room from unfinished to completely decorated. These finishing touches include tall baseboards, beautiful crown molding, and chunkier trim around windows and doors.  Installing new trim in your home is easier than you might think and there is so many tutorials and tips out there to help you beautify your home. Here are some really great trim and molding tutorials and tips!

Baseboard Tutorials and Tips

How to Remove Baseboard
Before you can upgrade your baseboard trim, you need to remove your old ones. If you do it wrong, you could damage your walls and the trim. This tutorial recommends five essential tools to get the job done right.

How to Cope Baseboard
Coping baseboard trim so your corners look perfect takes some technique, but the results are worth it, especially for homes with walls that aren’t perfectly straight. This tutorial shows you how.

How to Install New Trim Over Old Trim
If you want a fast baseboard upgrade, there’s a product called RapidFit that you can use right over your old trim without having to remove anything. If this sounds like something you’d like, learn more about it here and here.

How to Install Baseboard
From removing old baseboard to mitering the corners, this tutorial covers everything in one post. Although some of the methods used here are different from those used in the tutorials above, it’s good to see how people do some things differently before trying the project yourself.

Faux Baseboard Tutorial
Make your baseboards look thicker with this simple trick: install thin molding above your baseboards and paint the space between the molding and baseboard white. It’ll all look like one thick baseboard piece! Read this tutorial for more details.

How to Clean Baseboard
You love your new baseboard, but they’ll get dirty with time and they can be a nuisance to clean. This tutorial breaks it down to 5 simple steps. Also good to know: if you paint your trim after you caulk, including the caulk itself, your baseboards will attract less dust and dirt.

Crown Molding Tutorials and Tips

How to Install Crown Molding on Kitchen Cabinets
Have some space between the tops of your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling? You can fill that gap up with crown molding and filler wood. This will make your ceilings look higher and your kitchen look more custom and finished! Check out this tutorial and this one.

How to Make Your Crown Molding Look Taller
Maybe you already have crown molding, but you want it to be a little taller and chunkier. Here’s how to do it — a pretty easy and inexpensive project!

Cheater Crown Molding
If you’re intimidated by the corners in crown molding, this tutorial presents a solution that you might like.

Faux Crown Molding Tutorial
If installing crown molding is too much or too expensive of a DIY project for you, consider this easy faux crown molding to add some drama to your walls and ceilings. All you need are 1-inch trim pieces, along with finishing nails, white paint, and some tape. Great for a kids’ room!

Lowered Ceiling Tutorial
This is another faux crown molding, or faux picture rail, tutorial that will extend your ceiling color to the very top of your walls for some added architectural detail. It won’t make your ceiling feel lowered, but this is a great idea for rooms with a fun color on the ceiling.

How to Install Crown Molding
For a straightforward tutorial on installing crown molding just like how the pros do it, check out this great tutorial that comes with clear step-by-step pictures and instructions.

Door Trim Tutorials and Tips

Craftsman Door Trim Tutorial
Want to beef up the trim around your doors to give them a bigger presence? Check out this great craftsman door trim tutorial.

Traditional Door Trim Tutorial
If you’re looking for a more traditional look for your door trim, here’s a good tutorial for that.

Corners and Entryway Trim Ideas and Tutorials

Column Trim Idea
Do you want to paint different wall colors in the rooms in your open-plan home, but are struggling to figure out how to transition the different colors? Try this great column trim idea that can define the corners of a room to help you visually separate your rooms!

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Window Trim Tutorials

Here’s a nice, long list of the various window trim tutorials all over the internet, put all into one place for you! You’ll find a lot of good stuff here.

Caulking Tips

How to Caulk Moldings and Trim
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How to Caulk and Paint Trim at the Same Time
This little tutorial shows you how to paint and caulk your trim at the same time. So clever and it will save you a lot of time! And here’s another tutorial that shows you a similar trick, but done with crown molding.

Now that you’re armed with these trim and molding tutorials and tips, you’re ready to tackle the fun job of beautifying your home with trim and molding. For even more help, check out this great website that includes a pattern book to help you create your own trim patterns. Happy trimming!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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Fabric Wallpaper 15 Helpful Tips From Experienced DIYers
Fabric wallpaper is a great way to decorate the walls in your home! It’s cheaper than most wallpaper, relatively simple to install, and easily removed when it’s time. If you’re seriously considering covering a wall or two in your home with fabric wallpaper, read on for some handy tips on how to apply fabric wallpaper.

Three experienced DIYers, Emily of Emily A. Clark, Stephanie of Cre8tive Designs, and Sherry of Young House Love all tried the fabric wallpaper in their homes and shared their results and tips on their blogs. Here are their best tips all in one place for you!

Emily put up a beautiful chinoiserie toile fabric in her daughters’ bedroom using liquid starch. First, she rolled the wall with the liquid starch and then put the fabric on the wall. After pressing out all the wrinkles, she did another coat of starch on top.

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Stephanie created an accent wall in her guest room with a bold yellow fabric with liquid starch. She put up the fabric panel by panel — she rolled a section of the wall with liquid starch and then rolled the liquid on the back of one fabric panel, and then put that up on the wall. Then she did the same thing for the next panel and so on.

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Sherry covered a wall in her daughter’s bedroom closet in a whimsical floral fabric with only a staple gun and some fabric glue. She held up the fabric and stapled along the edges of the wall, starting at a top corner and working her way down.

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Their fabric wallpapers are gorgeous, but they did encounter some trial and error in completing their projects. This is a good thing for you, since you can learn from their useful tips!

  • Use a busy fabric for your fabric wallpaper so it’s harder to see the seams.
  • Choose the right fabric for this project. Home decorator fabrics are great, 100% cotton fabric is a good idea. Velvet fabric is too heavy and silk fabric will leave behind water marks if you’re using liquid starch.
  • There are many wallpaper calculators on the internet, such as this one. You can use these calculators to help you figure out how much fabric to buy.
  • Buy a few extra yards of fabric in case you make some mistakes.
  • Heavily textured walls might not work well with liquid starch. You could try sanding down the walls before starching.
  • Remove the face plates of outlets and light switches before putting up the fabric.
  • Get someone to help you if possible; an extra set of hands is so useful in holding up and positioning the fabric.
  • Use thumb tacks to hold up the fabric as you roll on the liquid starch or staple away.
  • Use a broad knife or wallpaper brush to quickly smooth out fabric and press it on the wall, especially in the corners. If you don’t want to buy a new tool, a piece of stiff cardboard works. This is for the liquid starch method.
  • If the starch dries and the fabric doesn’t adhere, add more liquid starch.
  • If you’re stapling the fabric to the wall, keep the fabric pulled taut as you staple.
  • Overlapping the edges of your fabric panels is easier than butting up the two edges.
  • Use a staple gun along the seams of your fabric panels if you’re using liquid starch and feel like your fabric needs the extra hold.
  • Use an x-acto knife to cut away excess fabric along the edges of the wall and around outlets. Use a brand new blade for best results.
  • Cover up the cut edges with ribbon trim. You can hold down the ribbon trim with black furniture tacks (like Emily did) or glue it with fabric glue (like Sherry did).

Thanks to these tips, it should be a pretty straightforward DIY for you that will give you amazing results! For a general idea of the costs of fabric wallpaper, it cost Emily around 170 dollars to cover her wall with 9 yards of fabric and 15 yards of ribbon. Of course, the final cost breakdown depends on your fabric choice. Find a great fabric you love on sale and you’ll pay even less for a beautiful accent wall.

Don’t want to cover a whole wall, but love the idea of using fabric on the wall? Consider fabric wall decals or covering the back of bookshelves with a pretty fabric.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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5 Things You Should Buy on Craigslist

Not sure what to look for in Craigslist? You could save a lot of money shopping on Craigslist. Find out about 5 things you should buy from Craigslist! 5 Things You Should Buy on Craigslist via @tipsaholic #craigslist #onlineshopping #thrift #thrifting


5 Things You Should Buy on Craigslist
Chances are, you’ve looked through Craigslist or maybe you’ve used it a few times. But you’re not sure what to search for and sometimes it’s just easier to go to a store to buy something new. However, you could save a lot of money shopping on Craigslist if you know what to look for. Here are the 5 things you should buy on Craigslist!

 

1. Recreation Equipment

Boats, RVs, bikes, kayaks, and other recreational toys are expensive and they can go down in value fast. Consider looking for them on Craigslist, since those who are selling their recreation equipment might not have used them very much. You can find a great deal this way!

 

2. Exercise Gear and Sporting Equipment

Everybody wants to exercise more, but not many actually do. Some people give up on their exercise equipment, such as treadmills, weights, stationery bikes, and more, and decide to sell them on Craigslist. You can find some great exercise gear that are like new and much cheaper than they would cost new.

 

3. Furniture

Brand new furniture can cost an arm and leg, but why buy new when Craigslist is chock-full of gently used furniture at low prices? You could save up to 50 percent buying used furniture. Look for moving sales for the most savings, since transporting furniture is expensive and many people would prefer to sell fast than go through the hassle of moving everything they own. If you live in a college town, look for great deals on furniture during the spring time when college campuses close up for the summer.

 

4. Baby Clothes and Gear

Babies need a LOT of stuff… and they use them for such a short time. Look for baby clothes, shoes, toys, nursery furniture, strollers, carriers, and more on Craigslist. Since they are used for a short time, they are usually in great condition and will save you a lot of money. However, avoid car seats and cribs for safety reasons and make sure to check product recalls.

 

5. Tools

Many people buy or receive tools as gifts and use them only a couple of times. Take advantage of this and look for a power tool that you need on Craigslist before heading to the nearest home improvement store. Just be sure to test out the equipment before you buy and you might walk away with a new tool for your next DIY project at a great price.

 

If you’re not too sure about buying things on Craigslist, check out 4 Tips for Shopping on Craigslist. These tips are great for beginners!

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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How To Throw a Killer Super Bowl Party

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It’s that time of year again!  Nope, I’m not talking about the January thaw, New Year’s resolutions or the best car deals of the year… I’m talking about the biggest football game of the season!  The Super Bowl will soon be upon us, so it’s time to gear up and get ready!  Do you have your favorite game-day recipes ready to go?  How about some football-themed decor and party goods?  And most importantly, are you wearing your team pride in style??  With these tips, ideas and stellar products, your Super Bowl party is guaranteed to be the best on the block!

 

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1. Party Supplies

You’ll want your party supplies to scream football, support your favorite team, and be fun!  But they also need to be functional.  You can go definitely go the DIY route for some things (check out this DIY Football Field Table Cover from Hello My Sweet that’s made from a rug!), but to tie it all together, Overstock has the supplies you need!  You could make a football paper chain or  go all out and create your own football field on the table!  And here’s an easy idea: dress up some mason jars with tape to turn them into footballs.  And if you want more DIY ideas, here’s a football birthday party for inspiration!  Don’t miss out on these deals either:

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1. The Ultimate Sports Fans’ Cookbook: Festive Recipes for Inside the Home and Outside the Stadium (Paperback) Price: $12.50
2. Red Vanilla ‘BAR’ and ‘PARTY’ Serving Dishes with Wooden Tray Price: $34.99
3. Solid Copper Tankards with Brass Handles (Set of 6) Price: $121.99
4. The Football Nut Pistachio Wicker Gift Basket Price: $42.99
5. Petal Shaped Bamboo Serving Tray with Ceramic Bowl Price: $46.99
6. Football Party Snack Pack Price: $39.99
7. Super Bowl 49 ‘Touchdown Pro’ Bamboo Cutting Board Price: $54.99
8. Serat Two-layer Round Slate Server Price: $32.00
9. Brentwood PC-483 Football Popcorn Maker Price: $35.50
10. Bathtub Shape Chip and Dip Bowl Price: $40.50
11. Insulated Picnic Red/ Gray Football Tote Price: $29.99
12. Personalized Craft Beer Pilsners (Set of 4) Price: $44.99
13. Galvinized Cold Drinks Oval Tub Price: $32.50
14. KitchenWorthy Patriotic Chip and Dip Stoneware Platter Price: $25.50

 

2. Deck out the Man Cave

Don’t neglect the most important room during this party – the man cave.  Learn how to frame your own jersey to put on the wall.  Or make some easy treat cans for portable snacks.  And even the kids can make some cool pillows dad would love on the couch!  Whether you’re grilling or chilling, Overstock has an incredible selection of grills, recliners, and ton’s of fun football paraphernalia to make everything perfect.

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1. Burr Oak Foosball Table Price: $759.99
2. LNR Home Senses Tri-mocha/ Beige Football Shag Rug (2′ x 4′) Price: $55.00
3. Barn Owl Primitives ‘Football’ Canvas Art Price: $123.00
4. LG 60LB7100 60-inch 3D Web OS, 240HZ Smart LED Television Price: $999.99
5. Whisky Ice Stones Price: $13.50
6. Home Innovations Stainless Steel Grilling BBQ Tool Set Price: $37.99
7. Party King Grills Varsity 6612 Medium Grill and Tailgate Transport Price: $742.00
8. Fremont Die NFL Game Day Board Game Price: $36.99
9. Personalized Keg Mug Price: $29.99
10. Tudor Games NFL Pro Bowl Electric Football Game Price: $109.99
11. Made to Order Simmons Upholstery Miracle Power Rocker Recliner Price: $654.99
12. QFX PBX-505100BT Portable Batterry Powered Tailgate Bluetooth Speaker Price: $54.99
13. j-me Cozy Remote Tidy Price: $25.99

 

3. Patriot’s Fans

Are you rooting for the Patriots?  You’ll need some gear to show it!  You can DIY football jerseys with freezer paper stencils, crochet a blanket in team colors or make a fun scarf in Patriots red!  Or you could go to Overstock for any of these awesome Patriots items:

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1. New England Patriots 8-foot Team Banner Flag Price: $54.99
2. New England Patriots One Too Many Ugly Sweater Price: $69.99
3. Samba (American Football Conference) Price: $31.99
4. NFL New England Patriots Fan Face Price: $24.99
5. Laser Engraved Serving Set Price: $39.50
6. NFL Football Sports Team Logo Gamewear Leather Bracelet Price: $18.99
7. NFL Licensed Team Logo Jersey Sleeve Ultimate Hand Foam Finger Price: $37.50
8. Picnic Time Malibu Navy New England Patriots Price: $99.99
9. NFL New England Patriots Bow Tie Earrings Price: $12.99
10. NFL New England Patriots Helmet Heater Price: $189.99

 

4. Seahawks Fans

Maybe your loyalty lies with the Seahawks.  Wear your team with pride!  Make your own football helmet, customize it to represent the Seahawks.  Use a Seahawks logo to decorate your water bottle or sew some old Seahawks shirts together in a quilt.  Here’s what Overstocks got for the Seahawks supporters:

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1. Winning Streak NFL Seattle Seahawks Man Cave Embroidered Banner Price: $28.00
2. NFL Football Team Logo Pennant Dangle Earring Charm Price: $14.99
3. Picnic Time Icon Cheeseboards (NFL) National Football Conference Price: $47.99
4. Seattle Seahawks Green Clip Keychain Id Ticket Lanyard Price: $9.99
5. Fanmats NFL Seattle Seahawks 22×35 Football Mat Price: $25.99
7. Picnic Time American Football Conference Sidekick Cooler Price: $65.99
8. NFL Seattle Seahawks 11-inch Thematic Gnome Price: $27.00
9. NFL Seattle Seahawks Thematic Resin Piggy Bank Price: $22.00
10. Game Time Seattle Seahawks NFL Men’s Beast Watch Price: $49.99
11. NFL Sports Licensed 60qt Wheeled Cooler Price: $64.99

If you don’t want to pick sides?  Just whip up this DIY referee shirt and you’ll be ready to go!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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10 Daily Habits to Start (and Stick With) For the New Year

With small changes in your daily routine, you can improve your health, your productivity, and your happiness. Adopt these 10 daily habits for the new year! via tipsaholic.com #newyear #resolutions #health #goals #weightloss #habits


10 Daily Habits to Start (and Stick With) For the New Year
It’s a whole new year and a new chance for a whole new you! With small changes in our daily routines, we can improve our health, our productivity, and our happiness. Make these 10 daily habits a part of your life this year and you’ll see big results.

You don’t have to start all of these habits all at once! Actually, doing so would only lead to failure. Try a goal of a new habit per week or per month. Choose the habits that you feel you need to work on and focus on these one at a time. Go at a pace that feels right to you. If you miss a day, that’s fine. Move on and do it the next day.

 

1. Drink more water. Our bodies are almost 70% water, so drinking enough water is so important to our health. If you’re not drinking enough water, try adding an extra cup to your day or toting around a bottle of water. Look for other sources of water as well, such as fruit and vegetables, to increase your daily water intake.

 

2. Eat breakfast. Start off your days with a healthy breakfast that fills you up and you’ll have energy that lasts all day long. Try these oatmeal recipes and these portable breakfast ideas for many great breakfast options.

 

3. Make lunch to take to work. Making your own lunch will save you money and whatever you make is most certainly going to be healthier and less calorie-laden than any take-out option around your workplace. Try these easy meals in tortillas!

 

4. Floss. Flossing and brushing your teeth is a great daily habit to have, since gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis can lead to health problems, such as cardiovascular disease. Aim to floss at least once a day and once you’ve got that habit down, do it two times a day for best results.

 

5. Go out for a short walk after dinner. This daily habit will achieve two things: help you to reconnect with nature and gives you an activity that moves your body at least once daily. Take the whole family with you if you can and make it a family tradition.

 

6. Stretch in the morning after you wake up. Doing a few simple stretches will wake you up and get your body ready for a long and productive day. Try these morning stretches or try an early yoga class.

 

7. Sleep more. Research after research shows that we’re at our best with 6 to 9 hours of sleep. Here are some tips to achieve just that.

 

8. Do something active. At least 20 minutes of activity every day will give you many health benefits. Go out for a bike ride, clean your living room, or pop in that exercise DVD you’ve been meaning to try. Make it a daily habit so you don’t have the handy excuse of “I’ll exercise tomorrow” that’s so convenient when you aim to exercise only three or four times a week.

 

9. Get up early to complete your most important task of the day. It could be an urgent form that you need to fill out, an appetizer you need to get ready for the party tonight, or a project that’s due that day. Whatever it is, get it done before everyone else wakes up. Then your day is already off to a great start!

 

10. Read something. Your reading material could be anything, but read something that’s not related to your work. A good book on the nightstand, a daily blog read, or an interesting article on a topic you’re learning about are all great options.

 

Here’s to a better year that’s filled with healthy daily habits that make you feel and look great! Which daily habit will you strive for first?

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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Walking or Running: Which Exercise Should You Do?

Should you walk or run? Here are some questions to ask to help you decide on whether to include walking or running in your exercise routine. Walking or Running: Which Exercise Should You Do? via @tipsaholic #running #walking #fitness #workout #health


Walking or Running
Should you walk or run as a part of your exercise regime? As long as you move your body, any exercise you choose to do is probably going to be good for you. However, there are some real differences between walking and running and some pros and cons for each. Here are some questions to ask yourself when you’re trying to decide whether to include walking or running in your exercise plan for the new year.

 

Do you want to lose weight?

If your primary goal is to lose weight, you’ll probably benefit more from running than walking.

  • Running burns far more calories than running. You’ll burn around 800 calories per hour while running, while an hour of walking will burn off 300 calories.
  • A recent study showed that you’ll probably eat less after running than you would after walking, due to higher peptide YY levels in your blood when you run, which suppresses appetite.
  • You’ll get faster results with running than walking. Fast weight loss results will boost your motivation, which will help you stick to your weight loss goals and have more chance at success.

 

Do you want to avoid injuries?

If you’re concerned about injuries and wear on your body, walking might be a better option for you. Have a bum knee or a bad ankle? Stick to walking for now.

  • Running can lead to injuries, such as shin splints, runner’s knees, muscle strains, and more.
  • Running is a high-impact exercise, which puts more stress on your joints and other parts of your body.
  • To increase your intensity while walking, try wearing ankle weights or carrying light dumbbells.
  • If you still want to run, you can reduce your risk for injuries by running on grass or earth and wearing good quality running shoes.

 

Do you want to have a healthy heart?

Both walking and running will help your heart be more healthy, but walking gives your hearth more benefits.

  • Runners who ran at least an hour a day reduced their risk of heart disease by around 4.5%, while walkers who used the same amount of energy reduced their heart disease risk by more than 9%.
  • Both running and walking will give you other health benefits, as well. When you run or walk on a regular basis, you’ll reduce your risk for hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and more. A recent study showed that runners and walkers had lower risks of developing age-related cataracts, for example.

Whether you decide to run or walk as a part of your exercise regimen, you’ll see health benefits. Running, walking, and any other cardiovascular activity will help whittle down your waistline, reduce your appetite, and help you reach a healthier lifestyle.

 

SOURCES:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/is-it-better-to-walk-or-run/?_r=0

http://greatist.com/fitness/walking-good-workout-running

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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8 Steps to Better Mental Health

Don't overlook one crucial piece of your well-being. Read through these 8 steps to better mental health and improve your overall health now! 8 Steps to Better Mental Health - tipsaholic, #health, #mentalhealth, #healthyliving, #healthtips

 

 
8 Steps to Better Mental Health

 

As we ring in the new year, we commonly resolve to take better care of ourselves physically.  We want to lose 10 pounds, eat healthier, join a gym.  Self-improvement is never a bad idea, and it’s important that we don’t overlook a crucial piece of our health awareness while we whip our bodies into shape – our minds.  Mental health is easy to put on the back burner, but it’s critical to our well-being.  Here are 8 easy steps to better mental health to get you going in the right direction.

 

1. Healthy Body, healthy mind!  Research shows a direct correlation between a sound body and a sound mind, so make sure you are taking care of yourself.  This includes getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding harmful substances such as cigarettes, alcohol and drugs and taking vitamins and supplements (such as vitamins B, C and D, Fish Oil, Magnesium and SAM-e).  Click here to read more about natural supplements and depression and be sure to seek your health care providers advice before altering or starting any of these. The better you feel physically, the better you’ll feel mentally!

 

2.  Catch your zzzz’s.  And then catch some more!  You can read more about the connection between sleep and depression here, but suffice it to say that sleep is of utmost importance to our mental state!  There’s no magic number for how much sleep is enough – as this varies widely across ages and individual needs.  If you suffer from regular bouts of insomnia or are often drowsy during the day, you may want to take stock of your sleep habits.  Find tips for better sleep here!

 

3. Get up and go!  There’s a clear correlation between exercise and mental health.  Not only does structured exercise time help channel pent up energy, but it also releases endorphins – natural chemicals produced by your central nervous system commonly connected to euphoric highs.  So find something that works for you and your lifestyle and get moving!

 

4.  Get creative!  Developing hobbies and interests are a surefire way to encourage mental health.  Hobbies give us direction and purpose.  They fill our minds with constructive energy and help us cope with emotions.  Mental energy is just as important to channel as physical energy.  Try something new or dig out your once loved pastimes. painting, dancing, writing, antiquing, gardening – the options are endless!

 

5. Find some support.  Don’t do it all yourself!  If you feel overwhelmed, stressed out or just down in the dumps, make sure you’ve got a support system in place. Everyone needs friendships, be they old, long-distance, new, family-friends or what have you.  The size of the support system doesn’t matter, and the group will vary for each individual.  The important thing is that there’s someone you can talk with, commiserate with, lend a helping hand and a listening ear or just give you a hug.

 

6. Give more.  That’s right.  Give more of yourself.  Be a volunteer!  Find a cause you love and dive in.  Studies have found that volunteering leads to lower depression, increased well-being and a reduction in the risk of dying.  Any activity is good for you because it gets you off the couch and out of the house for a change of scenery.  Plus, volunteering provides needed social connections and helps us to feel happier as we focus on others and less on ourselves.

 

7.  Find quiet.  Everyone needs peace and tranquility in their life.  If there aren’t obvious moments of peace in your ordinary day, you’ll have to manufacture some!  Learn to quiet your mind, whether through meditation, mindfulness, or prayer.  There are a lot of useful tips for attaining this on the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

 

8. Get help.  Admitting you need some help with your mental health doesn’t mean you’re weak.  It means you’re self-aware and mindful of your individual needs.  So make sure to take stock of your mental well-being regularly and seek help if you need it.  This could be as easy as seeking out your support system of friends, making a doctor appointment with your general practitioner, or seeing a therapist.  Find out more here.  There are a lot of options, and your mental health is worth it!

 

Here are some great ideas for de-stressing!  You can help your family get through the winter blues and banish those baby blues, too!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Healthy Baking Substitutions - Tipsaholic

 

 

baking substitutions

 

Let’s face it, when you’re trying to be healthy baked goods are a serious pitfall.  Who can deny a delicious, gooey brownie every now and then?!  If you love to bake, or more important, if you love to eat baked treats, you don’t have to suffer through denied cravings.  With a few easy tweaks here and there, your baking will be much healthier and better for you and your family.  Best of all, these healthy baking substitutions are delicious and will leave your sweet tooth satisfied!

 

1. Ingredient: Flour

Substitution: Black Beans

Why: It may seem odd, but black beans are a great swap for regular white flour.  They make your baked goods gluten-free and add some extra protein to your diet.

How to do it: Rinse and drain your black beans as per normal, then use a food processor or blender to make a black bean puree.  Use a one to one ratio – one cup of black bean puree for one cup of flour.  This is best in brownies.

 

2. Ingredient: Flour

Substitution: Wheat Flour

Why: This may seem like a no-brainer, but wheat flour contains grains which add fiber and helps to prevent heart disease and diabetes.

How to do it: For every cup of white flour, substitute 7/8 cup of whole wheat flour.  It’s a great substitute in nearly any baked good you can think of.

 

3. Ingredient: Flour

Substitution: Nut Flours (almond flour, etc.)

Why: It’s gluten-free, adds protein and minerals, and adds a slight nutty flavor.

How to do it: Almond flour is a lot heavier than regular flour.  A blend of almond flour and wheat flour is a good way to go, and it’s good to add it in 1/4 cup increments.  If you use only almond flour, increase your rising agent (like baking soda or powder) by 1/2 tsp for every cup of almond flour.  This works well in nearly everything, especially cookies, sweet breads and cakes.

 

4. Ingredient: Vegetable Oil or Butter

Substitution: Unsweetened Applesauce

Why: It’s just a touch sweet without any of the fat.  There’s a bunch of added vitamins and minerals, too.

How to do it: When making a recipe, swap out 1/2 the fats (oil and butter).  If you can’t tell the difference, you can increase the amount of fats you swap the next time.  This works really well in muffins and sweet breads, and can also be good in boxed cake mixes.

 

5. Ingredient: Butter

Substitute: Avocado

Why: Avocados are chock full of vitamins and minerals – with more potassium than bananas!  The subtle flavor blends in well without much added difference and they’ve got lots of healthy fats – unlike butter.  Plus, the consistency of both is relatively similar which makes them a good substitute.

How to do it: Peel and cut your avocado, then use a food processor or blender to puree it.  Use about 1 cup avocado puree for each cup of butter, though it may take a bit of trial and error to perfect.

 

6. Ingredient: Heavy Cream

Substitute: Evaporated Milk

Why: Evaporated milk has the same consistency as cream, but contains less than half the fat!  That’s reason enough to swap, but also consider the benefits of being able to keep it on-hand in your pantry instead of having to run to the store every time you need it.

How to do it: This is a simple one to one swap – so one cup evaporated milk for every one cup of cream.  This works well in creamed sauces, custards, etc, but doesn’t have the same consistency when whipped.  Not that it can’t be done, but it’s definitely not the same whipped!

 

7. Ingredient: Cookies, Oreos, Nilla Wafers, etc.

Substitution: Graham Crackers

Why: Graham crackers have the same consistency and texture as cookies, which makes them the perfect substitute.  Use reduced fat graham crackers and you’ll cut the fat in half!

How to do it: Use this substitute for pie, tart and bar crusts.  You can also use it instead of cookies crushed up as a garnish.

 

8. Ingredient: Milk chocolate, Chocolate candies (like M&M’s)

Substitutions: Cacao Nibs or Dark chocolate flakes

Why: Cacao nibs contain a healthy dose of antioxidants and are less processed than milk chocolate morsels.  They have less sugar and less calories.  They can be a bit difficult to find in some stores, though, so opting instead for dark chocolate morsels or flakes has the same effect (just not quite as un-processed).

How to do it: Just swap exact amounts.  They can be used in anything you use chocolate candies or milk chocolate in – melted for ganache or frosting, added to cookies, cakes and muffins, sprinkled on top of different baked goods, spread into bars, the possibilities are endless.

 

This infographic is a great quick reference while you’re elbow-deep in a recipe!

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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