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Pinterest…That sly Mistress…Nutmeg Mask!!!

As some of you know I am a cook on a Tug boat in Valdez, Alaska. My schedule consists of working two months on, and then two months off. Sure, the time off is GREAT! But, I do tend to get burnt out and bored at work. What are some of my go to practices to prevent ripping my hair out, you ask?  I’ll tell you…

  • Movies
  • Reading
  • Book tapes
  • TV series on Hulu
  • ifunny on my cell phone…Soooooo addicting
  • Walking laps around the boat
  • Writing
  • and… Pinterest. Oh sweet Pinterest.

This post is primarily about that devishly sweet mistress, Pinterest. She draws you in, encouraging you to trying new and bizarre things. My friend is currently purchasing a photo of a deer with flowers on its antlers… Don’t ask me. Stranger things have happened.

Each night, we try to find something on Pinterest that we want to try out and give it a whirl. Yesterday was a homemade sugar scrub. Tonight was Honey, Nutmeg, Cinnamon masks…. About a week ago we tried a self-made pore strip recipe and made the mistake of putting it all over our faces… Just so you know, that recipe can also be used as a hair removal system if placed in the proper areas. My forehead was as smooth, and as hairless as a baby’s bottom. Ouch. As Jasmine says…. A major Pintrocity.

So! Without further ado….Nutmeg mask!

Nutmeg Mask

2 T Honey-The darker the honey, the more antioxidants

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp Cinnamon

-Mix together and spread on face; rubbing the paste into your skin will act as a gentle exfoliant. Leave on for 30 minutes and then remove with water and a gentle circular motion. This mask is supposed to be great for stressed out skin, reduce inflammation, and exfoliate all while giving you a more even skin tone, and blah blah blah. It’s Great!

Give it a try, and let me know if you dug it!


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Oil-pulling update! Quick

Just a QUICK update on the oil pulling! I have been doing it around a week, but by day three I was noticing some differences! My teeth are whiter, my skin started to-and has continued to-clear up, and a pressure sensitive tooth which has been hurting me for about three years…Doesn’t anymore! So far, AMAZING! I don’t like sesame oil as much as coconut oil so I have been alternating them, but I recommend people give it a shot! It’s cheap, easy and I’ve already noticed results!!

If you have any questions, let me know!!:D



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Try-it Tuesday! Dried Pineapple Decorations

I originally found a photo of these on Pinterest, and did some Googling to get more information!

Source: Martha Stewart

As suggested by this lovely slide show of Photos these adorable pineapple decorations can be used on cupcakes, but would also look beautiful on a wedding cake, birthday cake…any sort of cake?

1. Chop the top (Frilly bit) and bottom of your coconut off.

2. Slide your knife down the side and remove the rough skin. Be sure to get all of the little black parts..they are a bit poke-y…

3. Once all of the rind/skin is removed take an 1/8 tsp-1/4 tsp measuring spoon and remove any eyes or skin left over. You can use a pairing knife as well.

4. Slice your pineapple very thin, so that each slice is almost translucent. Using a Mandolin will help you with uniformity here, but you can easily do it by hand also. Once you slice them all up, lay them out on a silicone mat on top of a sheet pan.

5. Slowly dry them out in your oven at about 225 degrees. Depending on thickness the time needed in the oven will vary, but a good starting point would be about 30 mins on each side. If your slices are thicker then this, continue drying until they are not moist and can be transferred gently to a Cupcake pan. (I’ve also heard of people doing these in their food food-dehydrator.. just a thought..)

6. Lay each slice into a cupcake pan once they are mostly dried out from the oven and let them continue to dry out inside of the cupcake pan to make them curl up and give them the flowered look!


Enjoy! Try these out and let me know how they turn out!!



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Pinterest and My Fascination With Arts and Crafts..

My good friend Catherine is getting married here in July and was asking me last week what sort of ideas I had for the wedding. (I’m going to be a bridesmaid) To be honest, I didn’t have many. It’s really hard to give someone advice on their wedding, for one: They probably have a pretty good idea of what they want, and two: I’m not that creative…decoratively speaking.

So then…*drum Roll please* she introduced me to Pinterest. Wow..how addicting! I spent the better part of my night, and into the wee hours of my very short-lived morning pinning and searching through wedding photos/ideas for her. Putting them on a board marked “Possible Wedding Ideas”…Now, A word to the wise. If you want to help your friend out when she is in need of some creative juices, be sure to say that it is for your friend. I have a few of my family members in an uproar over my “possible wedding ideas” popping up on facebook…Not to mention my boyfriend’s lovely mother.. Oops.. “No he hasn’t proposed grandma, I swear I’d tell you if he had!”…


So, anyway…I fully recommend Pinterest if your like shiny objects, arts and crafts, a nifty writing quote or two…you get the Gist. And that coincidentally is why we are here. Arts and Crafts!

Looking through all these wedding ideas I came across a lot of DIY sorts of things, and besides the writing on the nails a few posts back, I also took note of this lovely tutorial about dying mason jars. Catherine is really into mason jars, and so I thought I could post this for all of your enjoyment..And you don’t have to be getting married to enjoy a nicely colored mason jar. Flowers? or candies? who knows.. use your imagination!

Materials needed:

-Clear jars

-Modge podge or white Elmer’s glue

-Paint brush

-Green & blue food coloring

Romantic Candlelight Anyone?


– In a small bowl mix (approx.) 1 tsp glue or modge podge, 2 drops blue and 1 drop green food coloring, 1 1/2 tsp of water (this amount will color around 3 jars)

– Mix together with a small paint brush

-Using even strokes, brush the outside of jar from top to bottom.  Be careful not to use too much to avoid clumping.  The streaks will become invisible when dry.

– Turn upside down on a paper towel and let dry

*Warning* the paint will chip or wash off, so you have to paint the outside so you can use them as floral containers like this:

There you have it! DIY colored mason jars! And don’t just stick with blue, mix and match your food coloring using the good old-fashioned color wheel! We could have purple, green, yellow, orange! Any color you want! You could even try painting one half one color, and the other half another.. or stripes?! Enjoy!!

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