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How to Make Your Own Flavored Water

How to Make Flavored Water

Make your own Flavored Water!

Yes, you read that title correctly! Make your own flavored water! If you’re like me, you know you need to drink water, but you really just want something with flavor. You know that all that sugar in your tea and juice is bad, but water really just isn’t what you want.

Let’s change that! I have seen a lot of “infusers” lately, and it made me curious. What do you do with those? I’ve had a lemon in my water and it doesn’t taste all that yummy. Well, why not choose another fruit? Or an herb? Or both? Oh, yes. You can do this. You can even add a little sugar, if you can’t stand the way it tastes and a teaspoon or two isn’t going to blow your whole day, especially if you’re just starting this new lifestyle of getting healthier. (Eventually, you’ll get used to having less sugar, and then you may leave it out all together.)

What You’ll Need:
Water
Fruit
Herbs like Basil, Lavendar, Mint (optional)

Fill a pitcher with spring water, if you want, or just regular tap water. I used tap water. I had a lemon and some basil leftover from another recipe, so I used the rest for this one. 😉 (It turned out VERY yummy. Even my 13 year old son thought so!)

You can place your fruit in a cheese cloth and tie it so you can easily remove it later, or just throw in the fruit (which is what I did) and strain it out with a spoon after its done “steeping”.

I refrigerated this overnight and then removed the herbs and fruit. Pour over ice and voila! Flavored water!

Some other recipes to try:

Make Flavored Water

Its really easy to make flavored water!

Lemon and Mint
Lemon and Lavendar
Blackberries
Oranges
Strawberries
Lemongrass
Ginger
Cucumbers
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Pomegranate and Blueberries
Cranberries and Orange Slices
Lemon and Ginger
Pineapple slices and coconut water
Strawberries and Vanilla extract
Apple Slices
Mango and Kiwi
Blueberries
Lime and Mint leaf

There are so many combinations! Try what you think you’d like and let me know how it turned out!

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Recipes in a Mug

Recipes for Cake in a Mug

Cake + Mug = Happiness

Oh. No. I found out that I could make baked goods in a mug. Seriously. With a microwave, to boot.

On those nights when I REALLY want a brownie, but I really don’t want to go through the entire process of making a whole batch, this is purely amazing. (I’m pretty much a purist when it comes to things. I want to make it by hand. From Scratch. Yes. I’m that person.)

Since it was such an amazing thing for me, I figured I would share with all of you!

Huffington Post posted this great list of desserts in a mug.

I found this one, recently, for coffee cake in a mug!

A Coffee Cake in a Mug recipe!

Yummy! Cake in a mug!

This recipe is easy and yummy 🙂 It worked great for my sweet tooth without being too terribly sweet. 🙂 You’ll have to experiment the first few times you make it though, to get it just right.

Have fun and if you find any really good “In-a-mug” recipes, share them with me in the comments! I would love to add more to my repertoire!
-Roxanne, LWMM

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Make a Diaper Wreath – Baby Shower Idea

How to Make a Diaper Wreath!

The finished Diaper Wreath

Are you going to a baby shower and you want to give her something that is a little different? Or are you planning one for someone and maybe you don’t want to do a diaper cake? Try a diaper wreath! A what? Yes, a wreath! Its really easy and just different enough to make her smile.

So, here we go!

How to Make a Diaper Wreath

What You’ll Need:

  • Wire Hanger
  • Count 96 diapers (I used newborn size)
  • Rubber Bands
  • Decorations (like toys or pacifiers, or ribbon)

First things first, get that wire hanger into the shape of a wreath. Its pretty simple, just pull down on the bottom and pull around the wire until its a rough circle. I doesn’t have to be perfect, but a circle is the shape we need.

Once you have the hanger into a circle shape, its time to add the diapers! Okay, its easy, I promise. Roll up the diapers from a short end, and wrap a rubber band around it once.

Making a Diaper Wreath, bottom view

Making a Diaper Wreath, bottom view

Making a Diaper Wreath, bottom

Making a Diaper Wreath, bottom

Now, place the diaper on the hanger, wrapping the rubber band around the hanger, then the other side of the diaper.

Making a Diaper Wreath, top view

Making a Diaper Wreath, top view

Great! Now, roll up another diaper, and wrap a rubber band around it once, then place it on the OPPOSITE side of the hanger from the first diaper and repeat the previous steps to get that diaper to stay on the hanger. Also, make sure to push those diapers toward the hook on the hanger to make them fit tight against one another. Keep doing this ever-so-often to get a uniformed look.

Got it? Okay, now all you have to do is roll and wrap the diapers alternating from either the top or the bottom of the hanger each time, so the diapers will sit on the wreath properly. I managed to use all 96 (it was tight!), but if you can’t, don’t worry! Brand new Momma won’t mind getting the leftovers in a bag.

TA-DA! You have your diaper wreath! Now all you have to do is attach the toys or ribbon or whatever you want to add to it. I used Floral wire to attach teethers and a stuffed toy this momma registered for. I added a ribbon on the “hook” for looks. She loved it. 🙂

How to Make a Diaper Wreath

How to Make a Diaper Wreath

If you have any ideas or want to share yours, feel free to do so! I’d love to see them!

-Roxanne, LWMM

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Being Skinny Sucks

Gasp! How would anyone think being skinny is a bad thing? As a culture, we’ve changed our minds about what beautiful is, and for a rather lengthy term now, it has been skinny. Skinny is “hot”. But let me tell you; coming from a girl that used to weigh 225 pounds standing at 5’8 1/2″, and losing weight to be at 158 pounds, I know. Skinny is not hot. It’s COLD!

Reason number 1 that I hate being “skinny”: I get cold on the drop of a dime. When I weighed 200lbs, I could withstand frigid temperatures outside, and in! Now, its like if you turn a fan on in 95 degree weather, I’m going to need a blanket. Geeze.

Reason 2: I’m not nearly as strong as I was.. Or thought I was. At my previous weight, I could pick up just about anyone or anything without too much effort, but now-a-days, 40lbs can almost be too much to lift! What the eff? Someone has said that my body was used to carrying around more weight, therefore I could too. I don’t know, but it’s annoying having to ask someone to help me lift stuff.

Reason 3: I’m not nearly as intimidating anymore. Apparently, when you’re as tall as I am, and you weigh 225lbs, people get the idea that they should watch how they act or what they say. They are afraid you might kick their butt. Not so much when you lose 60lbs.

Reason 4: I cant eat very much of my favorite foods at Thanksgiving (or Christmas, or birthdays and/or other holidays)! I literally have to get like a bites worth of each item in order to get any before I’m too full to eat it!

Reason 5: No boobs! Okay, that one was really girly for me to say, but as a woman, I am sort of defined by these things. At 200lbs, and a 42 DD, I felt awesome. Now a days, (before having a baby, I might add) I got down to a 36 C, and that’s just a rough emotional thing to deal with!

So, that’s my list. Those are reasons why I hate being “skinny”. Do you have a list?

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