Thursday, 10 May 2012

Mothers Day Gifts

Mothers Day Gifts - Family Trees

   With Mothers Day literally right around the corner, I wanted to do something special and unique for my Mother and Mother in Law.   I wanted something Personalized, unique and beautiful.  I loved the idea of a family tree but with a twist.  When I came across this and this, I figured I could Definitely tackle this.  It really only took a couple of hours to complete both.  The most difficult was finding a frame I loved. 


Hope this inspires you to pick up some scissors and glue and make something special for the mothers in your world.

Happy Mothers Day to all the selfless women who choose to put their children before themselves!

Monday, 23 April 2012

Pudding Pops - WW 1 +Pts

Pudding Pops - WW 1 +Points

   With summer just around the corner I'm excited to finally feel some heat again.  With that also comes all the wonderful and tempting ice creamy treats I find so hard to resist.  In order to control my waistline I've decided to make my own.  For only
1 point these really are sinfully delicious and with so many options to create and enjoy theres something for everyone. 

Start with the basic:  
      Chocolate or Vanilla
1 pkg Chocolate or Vanilla FAT FREE, sugar free, instant pudding mix.

2 cups 2% milk (word of caution if you try to save calories and use skim, 
they will have a more crystallized texture.)

Mix well, pour into molds, freeze - eat!  Easy Peasy

       If you like them to be even creamier use only 1 1/2 cups of milk and a 1/2 cup light vanilla yogurt.  Still only 1 point a piece.

If you don't like the idea of artificial sweeteners feel free to use reg instant pudding mixes.  The pudding pop are then 2 points each.   

Now for the fun of Variety: 

My fave - Orange Creamsicle:
1 pkg vanilla fat free instant pudding
1/2 cups  2%milk
1/2 cup Frozen orange Juice 

Lemon Raspberry:
In a small pot on Med, heat 1/2 cup of frozen or fresh raspberries till soft. add 1 
package of sweetener.
Puree in the blender and strain seeds, set aside to cool.

1 pkg lemon fat free instant pudding
1  1/2 cups  2% milk
1/2 cup cooled Raspberry puree

Strawberry Creamsicle
In a small pot on Med, heat 1/2 cup of frozen or fresh strawberries till soft. add 1 package of sweetener.
Puree in the blender and strain seeds, set aside to cool.

1 pkg vanilla fat free instant pudding
1/2 cups         2% milk
1/2 cup cooled strawberry puree

Pina Colada pops
1 pkg vanilla fat free instant pudding
1/2 cups         2% milk
1/2 cup pineapple juice 
2 Tbsp bits of crushed pineapple 
                                              1 tsp       coconut extract

Chocolate Mint
1 pkg Chocolate fat free instant pudding
1/2 cups  2%milk
1 tsp  mint extract

Banana Cream  
1 pkg Banana fat free instant pudding
2 cups 2%milk

Chocolate Orange
1 pkg Chocolate fat free instant pudding
1/2 cups  2%milk
1 tsp orange extract

The options are really endless.  Play around and make your own combinations.  I would love for you to Share your delicious creations. 


Thursday, 12 April 2012

Homemade Body Wash

Homemade Body Wash
  We all know that body wash is ridiculously expensive.  I'm sure we can also agree that it's one Luxury we simply can't live without. 

 I LOVE Dove, and that's what I would like to buy.  But a 12 oz (354ml) bottle at the grocery store sells for nearly $5,  so I buy whatever is on sale.  

Now after my recent success with my DIY Laundry Detergent, I was sure I could make it cheaper than that, and have the Dove brand that I covet.  
Lucky for me I found a great post via Pinterest 

 It's simple, it's easy and the result is fantastic! 
 It leaves your skin feeling silky and soft like Dove does and lathers like a dream. 
Smells fabulous too.

Here's the recipe…..

- 3 bars of dove soap grated (I went with Dove "go fresh" cause it smells amazing).

- 6 cups of water

Simply grate the bars of soap

Pour 6 cups  of hot water into a large 
pot and Add grated soap

On medium heat dissolve the soap untill it is a smooth consistency. Stirring ever now and then.   

Remove from heat and allow too cool. 
(Makes 7 cups)

                   Once cooled, pour into bottles for use.

One real test for me is the lather. I love me some bubbles.....

Passes with flying colours!

Now you can use any bar soap you choose.  Dove has a lot of moisturizer in it so 6 cups is the perfect amount of water needed.  With other soaps, 6 cups of water may be too thick so you may have to play around with the amount of water needed to get the desired consistency. 

Now comes my Favourite part…..the math. (seal clap) Not cause I enjoy numbers, but simply because I love seeing how much I can $ave.  

  • I got a 4 pack of the dove soap for $4.99 so that works out to $1.25/bar
  • 1 used 3 bars so that's $3.75
  • 6 cups of water - FREE
  • I filled 3 - 530ml  bottles from my old body wash so it works out to $1.25 for a 530ml (18 oz)  bottle
  •  But if you were to compare it to a 354ml Dove size bottle it's only $0.83 per bottle!!!

Ummmm Seriously???

 YES! Seriously.   A savings of $4 a bottle???  How can u justify NOT doing this?

Now share it with the World!!!

Happy Pinning!

Friday, 6 April 2012

Pita Pizza - 6+ pts

Pita Pizza - 6+ pts

 Being on weight watchers has taught me many things.  1, My cravings for pizza have not changed. 2. Justifying 7-10 points/ slice is hard to do, and 3. having only one slice just won't cut it. So I've learnt to improvise.  With this you can have a full 6 inch pizza and it's only 6+ points, without skimping out on the cheese.  How does she do it, u ask……… I'll share my secret.

- 1 WW whole wheat Pita

- 1 Tbsp sauce - (Tomato paste, BBQ, Salsa, you choose)

- 2 oz meat (I like to stick to Chicken or Turkey pepperoni)

- as much veggies as you would like (peppers, onion, spinach, mushroom the options are endless)

- 1 oz of Great value Italian Blend Cheese

Throw it all in the oven @ 350 for 10 mins and u have a little round of cheesy pizza heaven, without the guilt.

Now I'm not gonna lie, the crust isn't as soft and squishy as the "real" thing, but it fills my void.

Happy Pinning!

Saturday, 31 March 2012

ChocoBerry Bliss - 6+ WW points

ChocoBerry Bliss - WW 6 +Points

I recently jumped on the weight watchers band wagon. (applause) Thank you, thank you!  In doing so I've found pinterest to be an amazing source for recipes.  It was the dreaded dessert night tonight and I needed to find not only ingredients I had on hand but something tasty that wouldn't blow through too many points.   I was sifting through many recipes last night and just couldn't find what I was looking for.  I came across an ingenious pin that revealed to me that you can make a cake with diet soda in replacement of all the eggs, oil and water. Hmmmmm. I was intrigued…..but simple cake was not enough for me.  So, births the concoction that not only treats you to cake, chocolate and berries at an affordable ww point price but impressed the picky "I hate your diet food" eaters. Monster size pieces too!

ok I'm not gonna lie…..not exactly the prettiest cake, but seriously delicious!

6+ points
12 HUGE servings

1 boxed cake mix - any kind your prefer
1  1/4 cups - diet soda - any kind of your choosing
1 package - instant Chocolate pudding
2 cups - milk
1 cup - cool whip
3 cups - sliced strawberries
1 package - sugar free strawberry Jello
1  1/2 Cups - boiling water

Pour cake mix into mixing bowl.  Add the diet soda and blend well.  Pour into greased 8x13 pan and bake @ 350 for 20 mins. or until knife comes out clean.  Allow to cool.

Mix instant pudding powder and milk till well blended.  Allow to partially set then whisk in the cool whip.  Spread over top of cake and refrigerate to set. 

Dissolve sugar free Jello into your boiling water.  mix in strawberries and put in fridge to cool.  Once cool, pour over chocolate layer and refrigerate to set. (note: My berries look mushy in the final product, I cooked them on the stove to soften, then added them to the Jello.  You can make the executive decision - crispy or tender)

You can make this recipe even lighter if you so choose. Use fat free cool whip and Sugar free Pudding along with skim milk and it could cut it down a point or two.  I just worked with what I had on hand!  Hope you enjoy!

Happy Pinning!!!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent

This post, by far, has me the most excited. I LOVE to save money. Some might even call be cheap, but in honesty it pains me to pay full price for things or continue to throw money away after my eyes have been opened to money saving ways.  I've seen tons of posts for homemade laundry detergent and I won't lie, I was very sceptical.  After doing the math, I couldn't help but try it out. It's Cheap, really cheap, simple and completely safe for HE machine use, with promises for great results.  So why not!!!
Let me start with the Math. (seal clap)  
This Fabulous Laundry detergent Costs $2.28 to make each recipe batch.  
Each recipe makes 3 gallons of Laundry Detergent. 
3 gallons of detergent is equivalent to 96 loads.  
So that works out to $0.02 per load ……..2 cents….. give that second to sink in.  
2 CENTS a load. Madness!!!  

<----- And for reference I typically use this.  which works out to $0.13 a load.  

Ok now that I've got you excited let's make some laundry detergent!

Laundry Detergent

1 bar Fels Naptha soap (you can use any other bar soap you want but this tends to work the best.  
And if using other bar soap - use 2 bars)
1-1/2 Borax
1-1/2 cups Arm and Hammer WASHING SODA - not baking soda
3 gallons of water   

Grate bar of soap

Throw grated bits into a LARGE stock pot and cover with 1 gallon of HOT water.  Heat on low until soap is fully dissolved.

Add another gallon of HOT water along with the washing soda and borax.  Mix well and bring to a boil. (this was the toughest part…. patience is highly overrated)

Add last gallon of COLD water and stir well.  Let cool Do Not Panic! Mixture will coagulate and become VERY thick.  If your mixture is too thick….add some more hot water to thin it out. Using a funnel pour into your containers. (I used Milk jugs for easy storage and pouring)  

Now your Detergent can be used immediately.  Use 1/2 cup per load or 1 cup for extremely dirty super capacity loads.  Just give it a good shake before use.

Do not be discouraged when it doesn't bubble (suds) in the machine, it won't.  It took me a while to wrap my head around it too….but bubbles do not equal clean.    This cleans wonderfully.  

Pair it with this Fabric Softener and you have a whole new Laundry Arsenal

Happy Pinning! 

Friday, 24 February 2012

Handmade Gel Air Fresheners

Handmade Gel Air fresheners

I love my house smelling fresh and love scented candles but have found leaving them burn most of the day has spiked my cats interest and has burned a few wiskers or two.  So when I stumbled onto this alternative I was excited!!! These gel air fresheners are the perfect solution…..and cheap too!

This little project is simple and quick. It took me a whole 5 minutes. First gather your supplies:

- 4 glass jar containers that can hold at least 1 cup of fluid
- 4 Packets of Knox unflavoured Gelatine
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cup vodka or 1 Tbsp of salt
- 2 Tbsp of Fragrance oil of your choice 
- food colouring 

I found these, perfect for the job, at a dollar store ($1.25 a jar. SCORE!)

oh another handy tip,  To take stickers off with ease….simply use your hair dryer on high heat for a min or so and VOILA! they come off like magic!

Now plug in your electric kettle and get some water going

While waiting for your water to boil Place a few drops of food colouring in the bottom of each jar.  1 or 2 is all you need.
 Add 1/2 Tbsp or 30 drops of essential oil give or take. The more you put in the stronger the smell. I used Orange oil simply because I LOVE anything citrus.

If you're using vodka, add it to the food colouring mixture now, if using salt wait for further instruction.

Why add salt or vodka?  Apparently it helps the gel from holding fully. Odd but true!

your water should be boiling by now so pour 2 cups of boiling water into a glass bowl and whisk in the gelatine until fully dissolved. If you're using salt……here is the time to add it as well.  

Once your mixture is fully combined pour into your containers and mix in with a disposable plastic spoon.

Let these set overnight and in the morning you have wonderful little air fresheners.
Each jar should last about a month.

Happy Pinning!