Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Healthy Coconut Macaroons


Changing my bad eating habits has been the hardest part for myself as I try to live a healthier lifestyle. I crave sweets.....EVERYDAY! These Coconut Macaroons will leave you not feeling so guilty about caving into the sweets.


You will need:
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
½ cup almond flour, more as needed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (if desired) melted


Directions:
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until well combined. I used a blender and just pulsed the shredded coconut until small & then combined all the ingredients into a bowl and hand mixed it together.
2. Roll into desired shape (about 1 tablespoon or bigger if desired) I then flattened them slightly to make them round.
3. Store in an air tight container and refrigerate.
4. Once they have hardened add the melted chocolate on top and refrigerate again.




 All the ingredients combined by hand with the coconut flakes blended first.


 



Roll a spoon full of the batter into a ball and flatten. Refrigerate until hardened and then add the melted chocolate on top. Refrigerate again and ENJOY!





I thought I would share some of the health benefits of Coconut Oil.

How Coconut Oil improves your health:

 1. Coconut Oil is a natural energy booster

Need something to get you through some intense physical workout? Then get some coconut oil into your system. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that help your liver and digestive system do a more efficient job at converting your food into energy for your body.

 2. Coconut Oil helps lower your risk of heart disease

Excessive bad cholesterol can wreak havoc on your body. You need to have a higher level of HDL  (higher-density lipoproteins) to ensure that you get to keep the good cholesterol and eliminate the bad ones. The lauric acid content of coconut oil helps you increase your body’s HDL levels, which in turn lets you manage your cholesterol levels. Less bad cholesterol = lesser possibility of heart disease.

3. Coconut Oil helps fight inflammation 

When a part of your body is ‘inflamed’, it can be in pain or swollen due to an infection. Virgin coconut oil (VCO) has shown that its lauric acid and capric acid content can help ease inflammation and its effect on the body. If you just finished a marathon or you’re having some arthritis pain, VCO can help you both internally and externally. Take it with honey or chia seeds, or warm it and apply to the painful joints.

4. Coconut Oil helps boosts your immune system

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, there is much to gain from a tablespoon of coconut oil. You can take it as it is, or mix it up with your favorite clear soups. The anti-inflammatory and anti-viral capabilities found in the contents of coconut oil help your body fight illnesses caused by bacteria and viruses.

5. Coconut Oil helps weight loss efforts

Consuming oil and weight loss may not always sound right together, but with coconut oil, studies have shown that a combination of the two may actually prove helpful. It is again credited to coconut oil’s medium chain fatty acids like capric  and caprylic acid. They are believed to improve thyroid function and help the body burn more fat at a faster rate. This means you get more energy for physical activities, and the excess fat does not get to ‘stay around’.

6. It helps you deal with urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are caused by bacteria, and they can be a real pain (literally). UTIs can also lead to damage in your kidneys. In addition to proper diet and hygiene, coconut oil can actually help out in this department too. Coconut oil is known to have a natural anti-bacterial effect, thanks to its fatty acids which attack the bacteria membrane, and eventually destroys it.

7. Coconut Oil improves your body’s insulin secretion capabilities

Glucose is present in a lot of the food we consume on a daily basis. While it is an important energy-giving source, it can pose problems when not used efficiently. Coconut oil helps your body convert it into energy more quickly, and also makes insulin resistance less possible. This is definitely something to consider for those with Type II Diabetes.

8. Coconut Oil reduces risk of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease has become a challenge for many. In addition to maintaining brain health with a proper diet, exercise, and brain-stimulating activities, a study has also found that the ketone, an element found in organic virgin coconut oil, helps improve the brain’s cognitive capabilities.




Sunday, March 13, 2016

Burlap Bunny Name Tags {Tutorial}


I have to say, I find myself making less and less crafts these days with all the cute stuff you can find the stores these days. I wanted something a little different for our Easter table setting this year though.

The burlap bunny cut outs go perfectly with the natural table setting theme.
They're even great to have your guests take home.

burlap bunny name tag


burlap bunny name tag

burlap bunny name tag


burlap bunny name tag

burlap bunny name tag









moss table setting

moss  table setting

burlap bunny name tag


You will need:
* Burlap
*Mod Podge
*Clothes Pins
*Jute Twine
*Tags
*Buttons
*Bunny Templet



Paint Mod Podge all over your burlap and let it dry completely.


Trace your template onto the dried burlap and cut the bunny out. This will give you a hard burlap bunny cut out.

I printed a silhouette of a bunny off the internet for my template. 


Thread your jute through the button and attach the tag to the back side of the button.


burlap bunny name tag


burlap bunny name tag


burlap bunny name tag


burlap bunny name tag



Add a clothes pin at the bottom to make the bunny stand up!
That's it! Now you have the cutest little bunny name tags for your guests on Easter.

burlap bunny name tag










Sunday, February 14, 2016

Empire Dresser Makeover in Milk Paint



I couldn't be any happier with this makeover! I scored this empire dresser for $30 believe it or not! The veneer is cracking and peeling in places but that didn't scare me.
I always let a piece sit in my home unfinished for a little while until it talks to me. I knew I was going to use Miss Mustard Seeds milk paint but I wasn't sure of the color.

I finally decided on Mora, it's a perfect soft gray with a blue undertone. This was my first time using milk paint and I would say the only thing that I noticed is that with each layer of paint I put on you could see the color difference. I "touched up" a few spots and you could see the new layer of paint, so I would have to go over the entire area to make it even in color.

I love the paint and the finish it leaves though....& that amazing chipping!!!

I decided to leave the cracks in the veneer....I felt like it added character to the piece. I didn't want it to be "perfect." I left the original hardware and just changed two knobs to add a little touch of "new."



empire dresser milk paint




empire dresser milk paint

empire dresser milk paint

empire dresser milk paint

empire dresser milk paint

empire dresser milk paint

empire dresser milk paint

empire dresser milk paint

empire dresser milk paint

empire dresser milk paint


empire dresser milk paint



empire dresser milk paint

empire dresser milk paint

empire dresser milk paint



empire dresser milk paint



empire dresser milk paint



empire dresser milk paint


empire dresser milk paint



empire dresser milk paint

I could only find this BEFORE shot from my sons birthday party.

empire dresser milk paint


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