My Pinterest Adventures

31 Projects in 31 Days

Day 3 – Blackhead Removal

Alrighty, Day 3! Today’s project was to do a mini-facial to help remove blackheads. Nothing is greater than rolling down a hill to 40 and having to buy wrinkle cream AND acne cream. Blech. So, I was very excited to try this little project, because I have a lot of tiny blackheads on my nose and chin. Here is the pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/214835844695533330/

Unfortunately, the only camera I have right now is the one on my cell phone, and it is far from fantastic. I did try to take before and after pics, but you just couldn’t see the little blackheads. Aren’t you relieved, LOL? In any case, I boiled my water with dried basil and I used “stress relieving” essential oil. It smells a little eucalyptus-y. Combined with the steaming water and basil, it smelled amazing. I gladly covered my head with a towel, leaned over the bowl and took several deep, cleansing breaths. Relaxing!!!

Once I felt sufficiently sweaty, I took the baking soda paste (I made while my water was coming to a boil) and smeared it on my problem areas. It started to sting just a little. After a minute, I wet my hands with warm water and scrubbed gently. I didn’t have to use much pressure, as baking soda is pretty abrasive. I rinsed well, then splashed several times with cold water. Then I looked in the mirror.

My face was a little pink… not sure if it was from the scrubbing, or from the actual baking soda. Looking closely, the end of my nose was a little flaky/dry looking. And, to my dismay, I couldn’t see that any of my blackheads had disappeared. 😦 I ran for my soothing sensitive skin moisturizer and quenched my still-stinging face.

So, all in all, I must say I consider this a fail. And I certainly wouldn’t recommend it if you have sensitive skin. However, the next time I decide to apply a clay masque -or maybe just need to destress- I’m definitely doing the steaming step! 🙂 Happy Pinning!

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Day 2 – DIY Vitamin Water

Sorry for the lateness of this post, I was not slacking yesterday, I just didn’t get a chance to post! I was very busy after work, babysitting my adorable 8 month old nephew!  I did however, do my Day 2 project. Vitamin Water. I think it would be better described as Enhanced Water, because I’m not sure how many vitamins are actually in it, since I’m not adding supplements… but you get the idea! And it is healthy, since it only contains water and natural fruit. Here is the link I used: http://pinterest.com/pin/214835844695567514/

Now, there are a couple of things I didn’t see in the instructions. The first was exactly how much fruit to use. The second was how long to let it ‘marinate.’ But, those things can most likely be remedied by Googling how to make Vitamin Water. I’m sure someone has it down to an exact science. I, however, am attempting to lose my “all or nothing” mentality, so we will attempt to accept less-than-perfect results. Yet another reason this 31 day challenge is good for me. But that’s another post 😉

As you can see, there are a variety of different flavor combinations you could choose. The sky is the limit. Next time I’m at the store, I plan on picking up ingredients to do a cucumber/peach infusion and also some fresh herbs. I’m thinking mint and tarragon. (I really need to start my own herb garden!) But for yesterday, I just used what I had on hand. I did one mixed berry and one raspberry lime. Now, I don’t expect these to be sweet, just flavored. And that is fine with me, I don’t like super sweet flavored waters. However, if you do prefer a sweet water, then I’m sure you could add Truvia (or your sweetner of choice) to taste.

Here is a picture of my results:

    Not as pretty as the pictures I saw, but hopefully it tastes good. I haven’t tried them yet, so I will have to update this evening! I figured they needed to sit for a while to get a good flavor, and since it was pretty late when I put them together, I decided to leave them over night. The instructions do say that you can re-use the same fruit 3 times, so when you drink all of your water, you can just fill it right back up.

I could tell by looking at them last night, that I’m going to need to strain them before drinking. If you don’t mind little bits of berries and pulp, then it won’t matter. To me, it matters. When I’m drinking water, I do not want to be sucking down little bits of seeds and fruit. It. Grosses. Me. Out. I also won’t eat yogurt if it has fruit pieces in it, but that’s neither here nor there.

I can’t officially deem this a success or a failure until I taste it, so you will have to wait until this evening for results. Be blessed!

UPDATE: So I tried both of my waters. On the raspberry lime, I think I should have put in more raspberry, but it has a great lime flavor. (I probably used a scant 1/4 cup of raspberries). The mixed berry has a delicious berry flavor. I used about 1/2 cup of mixed berries, and I think I may need to mash up the blackberries a little more. But all in all, a success & I can’t wait to try more. Hooray!!!

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Day 1 – Bubble Up Enchiladas

First and foremost, you are probably wondering why. Why accept the challenge of doing 31 Pinterest projects in 31 days? Easy. Because I’m a wife and mother who also has a side gig called a full time job. So obviously, I needed something to do with all of my free time!

Hi. Nice to meet you, Joell is my name, sarcasm is my game 😉 Seriously, I’m SO addicted to Pinterest. In my imaginary Pinterest world, I am the Queen and I have perfect hair, a perfect house, I am perfectly organized, and perfectly thin and rich. LOL. So I was intrigued when a Facebook friend of mine posted this: http://thefrugalhomemaker.com/2012/09/30/31-days-of-pinterest-pinned-to-done/  Not only did I think the challenge sounded interesting, I also discovered that I really like this woman’s blog and all of her 31 Days-themed posts!!! So, I went through my millions of pins and picked about 40 that I didn’t think I would cost me much extra money. Cleaning ideas, makeup tricks, and recipes dominated the list. Obviously, I had to buy groceries this week anyway, so I just picked up the items I would need for a few of the recipes. I already have makeup (probably a shocker to my coworkers, since I’ve gotten in the habit of not wearing it). And cleaning I already had most of the supplies for cleaning, although I did need to pick up some toothbrushes ($1 for a 5-pack at Dollar Tree) and some apple cider vinegar. I picked 40 projects just in case there are days so that if I am running short on time one day, I can pick a simpler project. Back-up projects, if you will.

So, today’s project is a recipe called Bubble Up Enchiladas. It’s already in the oven, and it smells great. Of course, in hindsight, I should have taken pictures while I was making it, but I had just gotten back from grocery shopping (straight after work), and was intent on just getting the thing in the oven 🙂 It’s just about ready, actually, so I will post a picture soon.

Update: So today’s project is definitely a success! I thought it tasted great, and my family loved it, too. Also (just a side note) I was being thrifty so I bought the Target brand enchilada sauce, Market Pantry. It had a great spiciness to it! Here is the recipe: http://www.recipe-diaries.com/2011/05/23/bubble-up-enchiladas-weight-watcher-recipes-part-2/  I made 2 changes: I used lean ground beef because it was already thawed, and I added finely chopped onion when browning the meat. Oh, and one of the suggestions on the recipe is to add black beans. I did that as well.

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