DIY Chevron Bookmarks

 

DIY chevron bookmark - these paper bookmarks are so fast and easy to make! Great tutorial with photos of each step.

Is chevron going to be the shag carpet of our generation?  Will our grandkids look at photos of our houses and say “Why were you guys so obsessed with zig zags?” Whatever.  I don’t care.  These DIY chevron bookmarks are seriously cute.  I kind of want to make a zillion of them…

want to learn how to make one too? great!

You’ll need:

-4 strips of paper that are identical in width (a paper slicer comes in super handy)

-some glue

-your iPhone to show off how super cute your bookmark turned out when it’s done

Here we go.  Cut two strips of each color you choose.  Both sides of the paper will be visible – so plan accordingly.

 

DIY chevron bookmark - these paper bookmarks are so fast and easy to make! Great tutorial with photos of each step.

Next, glue the two strips of your first color together.  Make sure the ends are lined up pretty perfectly.  Then lay your second color up against the top strip of your first color, glue it into place.

DIY chevron bookmark - these paper bookmarks are so fast and easy to make! Great tutorial with photos of each step.

Glue the other second color strip into place like so.  Here’s the hardest part… wait for the glue to dry.  It will save you a world of heartache, but you’ll be so excited that it will feel like years before it’s ready to start folding.  DIY chevron bookmark - these paper bookmarks are so fast and easy to make! Great tutorial with photos of each step.

Glue’s dry?  Great!  Pull the top right strip down and line it up with the left side strips.  Check that the end of the strip is snug against the others.  As you pull it down tighter, use your nail or a credit card to crease the fold well.DIY chevron bookmark - these paper bookmarks are so fast and easy to make! Great tutorial with photos of each step.

Now continue this pulling and folding, alternating sides, always pulling the top color down to the opposite side. DIY chevron bookmark - these paper bookmarks are so fast and easy to make! Great tutorial with photos of each step.When you’re bookmark is as long as you want it to be, fold each strip to the back side of the book mark and glue them into place together.  (I forgot to take photos of this step.) If you fold the strips in the right order, you’ll maintain the chevron pattern on the back side too.  Just try it a few different ways until it looks right.

Voila!  Ain’t she cute?  Now go read something so you can use your awesome new bookmark!

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DIY Glitter Magnets

Adorable DIY Glitter Magnets! What a great gift idea!

I’ve got a thing for black and gold lately.  Sorry, not sorry.  It just looks so fancy and makes me feel like Daisy Buchanan (any Great Gatsby fans?).  These DIY glitter magnets gave me my glam fix for the weekend and were super quick and easy to make!

You’ll need:

-flat back clear marbles (glass things? do we even call these marbles??? Anyway, you can find them at a big craft store or Dollar Tree.  Just make sure they’re clear and not opalescent, unless that’s your thing.)

-glitter

-glue (any kind)

-paint

-3 paintbrushes (including one you can toss)

-magnets (I found super thin, super strong neodymium magnets at a craft store.  They look so much sleeker than the thick, ceramic ones.)

-E6000 or another super heavy duty glue

Let’s do this. Dump your glitter into piles on a paper plate (for easy clean up).  Choose your marbles.  Paint the glue onto the flat back of the marbles and press the marble into the glitter pile. You might have to trash the paintbrush depending on what kind of glue you use.  Adorable DIY Glitter Magnets! What a great gift idea!You could totally glitterize the entire back but I liked the idea of showing some of the paint.

Adorable DIY Glitter Magnets! What a great gift idea!I tried out a few different glitters.  When in Rome, spread glitter everywhere you can.

Adorable DIY Glitter Magnets! What a great gift idea!Now get the other two paintbrushes.  Keep one dry and use it to dust excess glitter off of the areas you’re about to paint.  Then take the other brush and get a huge blob of paint on it.  Using generous amounts of paint will keep you from getting a brush full of glitter.  Cover the back liberally with paint and leave them upside down to dry.

Once the backs are dry, use E6000 or another super heavy duty glue to affix your magnets to the back and then go look for stuff to stick on your fridge with your awesome new magnets! It’s like the reverse of displaying your artwork on the fridge when you were a kid.  😉

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Real Deal DIY Donuts

DIY Donut Recipe - so fun and easy to make! Our kids loved them!My kids think that I am the coolest.  (Until I make them clean their rooms again, at least.)  Today we made donuts together.  It’s been a cooking project I’ve wanted to tackle for a while but as much as I love to eat deep fried foods, my experience with making them has always been messy and labor intensive.  I can’t tell you how many times my dutch oven has sat on my stovetop full of oil and fried chicken bits for days because I just couldn’t bring myself to deal with it.  I need a life hack for cleaning up after frying.  Maybe I don’t.  We do an appropriate amount of at home frying right now, it probably doesn’t need to increase at all…

DIY Donut Recipe - so fun and easy to make! Our kids loved them! So this is where you should just turn back.  Stop now.  Save yourselves.  You do NOT want to know how easy, fast, and totally not at all messy these were.  Seriously.  Go back and read that pin about training for your first 5k or something.  Don’t keep reading about this amazingly simple donut recipe.  And for the love of all that is greasy, don’t try it.  Whatever you do, don’t make these donuts. 

Or do.  Because whatever.  They’re flippin’ delicious.  And so easy that I didn’t shoo my kids out of the kitchen the way that I do when I get in over my head with a complicated recipe.  Nope, instead I invited them in and we watched with wonder as our little flat discs of dough puffed up into something wonderful right before our eyes.  And we took turns dipping and sprinkling and giggling and tasting and then devouring. 

DIY Donut Recipe - so fun and easy to make! Our kids loved them!

This will not be the last time we make donuts.  And if you try it, it won’t be yours either.  Don’t let the list of steps fool you into thinking this is a major project.  Also, 2 hours of that time is just letting the dough rise.  You could let it go longer.  In fact when I made these, I mixed the dough at 1:00, thinking we’d go run errands and I’d come back at 3:00 to make them as an afternoon treat.  But instead, life happened and I ended up making them at 5:00 and my kids basically had donuts for dinner.  (I totally made them eat something later that was less shameful and makes me sound like a better mom, totally.)
So there.  You’ve been warned.  And also kind of encouraged.  Choose wisely. 

 DIY Donut Recipe - so fun and easy to make! Our kids loved them!

Real Deal DIY Donuts
Yields 12
An old school, make it from scratch recipe for donuts!
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Prep Time
2 hr 30 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr 35 min
Prep Time
2 hr 30 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr 35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 packet active dry yeast
  2. 1 tbsp sea salt
  3. 1 cup lukewarm water
  4. 3 tbsp sugar
  5. 3 tbsp melted butter
  6. 1 egg
  7. 3 1/2 - 4 cups flour
  8. 3 cups canola oil
For the icing
  1. powdered sugar
  2. milk
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix lukewarm water with yeast and salt.
  2. Combine melted butter and sugar, add to the salty, yeasty water.
  3. Throw the egg in there too.
  4. Add flour in cup by cup, mixing as you go. Once you have 3 cups of flour mixed in, add flour 1/4 cup at a time until it seems just smooth enough to work with. Too much flour makes for stiff dough and stiff dough makes for sad donuts.
  5. Throw a towel over the mixing bowl and let dough rise for two hours.
  6. Place dough on an oiled surface for rolling (cookie sheet, baking mat, parchment paper - just do you, you know?) and press it out with your hands.
  7. Put a medium saucepan on the stove and heat canola oil over medium high heat.
  8. If the dough resists, browse Pinterest for 15 minutes and then come back and roll it out to about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. (Try not to worry - they puff up to real donuts. Promise.)
  9. Cut out donuts and holes. (Don't have biscuit cutters? A large plastic cup and the cap of a plastic bottle will do the trick.)
  10. Mix powdered sugar (a lot!) and milk (barely a dribble!) until you have a smooth, thick glaze. A whisk is tremendously helpful.
  11. Wait for oil to reach 360 degrees. *
  12. Fry each donut until golden on each side. 30-60 seconds depending on how closely you watch your oil temp.
  13. Place on paper towels to absorb the extra oil.
  14. Dunk donuts into glaze and place on rack to dry.
  15. Sprinkle with toppings and make someone's day with a homemade donut!
Notes
  1. *Get a thermometer. Don't resist. I skip every possible step in the kitchen and try to make all cooking as free form as possible, but frying anything is made so much better/more consistent by knowing the exact temperature. Too hot and it burns before cooking through, too cold and it absorbs too much oil before fully frying. Any other kind of temperature I judge by touch, but I advise against putting one's hand in a cauldron of hot oil. 🙂
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The Nausea Tip I Wish I’d Known When I Was Pregnant

The Nausea Tip I Wish I'd Known When I Was Pregnant - a tip for easing queasiness of any kind from someone who's tried it all!!!I am, unfortunately, an expert in the feelings of queasiness, nausea, and all things mal de mer (that’s French for seasickness, told you I was an expert!).  I have tried – and been disappointed with – just about every cure for nausea under the sun.  But this year, I stumbled upon the holy grail of stomach settling.  And I was a little surprised at how simple but effective it is! 

My pregnancy days are years behind me, but I have a chronic illness that plagues me with the queasies on a regular basis.  It’s sometimes mild and continuous, sometimes an unrelenting wave, but always unpredictable.  If you’re here – you have my sympathy.  Feeling sick to your stomach for any reason is just the worst. 

But there’s good news!  I found something that really does work and won’t cost you an arm and a leg or harm your unborn baby or require you to trek to the top of a mountain to harvest a rare blossom.

The Nausea Tip I Wish I'd Known When I Was Pregnant - a tip for easing queasiness of any kind from someone who's tried it all!!!

Peppermint oil + lavender oil + small glass roller bottle = INCREDIBLE relief from nausea. 

I carry one of these in my purse at all times.  When the nausea rolls in, I roll a little onto my palms, rub my hands together, then cup my palms over my nose and inhale deeply a few times.

My mom even tried it recently after an out patient surgery when her pain meds where making her queasy – she was amazed at how well it worked! 

I really hope I’m not overselling this.  I hope that you try it and find it to be just as effective as I do.  These little roller bottles can be ordered online or picked up at most stores that carry a good selection of essential oils.  It should only cost a dollar or two. And if you’re skeptical, just buy the peppermint essential oil, you can grab the lavender later.  The peppermint is really what does the bulk of the work here, but adding the lavender helps and makes it a super-multi-purpose oil roller.  The peppermint lavender combo is also great for relieving headaches and soothing scrapes or bug bites.  Plus it smells amazing!!!

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