How to make reusable dryer sheets!

I’m always looking for great eco alternatives to conventional things and I saw this today and facebook and thought it was great!  Thank you Kirby for posting!

homemade reusable dryer sheets!
homemade reusable dryer sheets!

~~NEVER ENDING DRYER SHEETS~~WHAT YOU NEED: 1 Container with an airtight lid (grabbed out of my pantry) 4 sponges cut in half ($1.00 for a 4pk at the dollar store) 1 cup of your favorite fabric softener ($0.30 worth of fabric softener) 2 cups water (free from my tap) WHAT TO DO: Mix the water and fabric softener into a plastic container. Add the cut sponges so they can soak in the mixture. When ready to use, squeeze the excess liquid from 1 sponge and place into the dryer with your wet clothes. Run the dryer cycle as normal. Once complete place the now dry sponge back into the container of liquid for use next time. Clothes smell good, are soft and have no static just like the expensive non-reusable dryer sheets.

How awesome is this??????????

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Meatless Mondays – bring on the burgers edition!

Happy Monday!

Portobella Burger
Portobello Burger

One thing I do love is a GREAT burger!  I do not eat beef or pork, and I am not really a fan of chicken “burgers”.  Portobello, turkey, and black bean are my burgers of choice.  I believe I actually had a shrimp burger that was really good but something about being able to get that smoky grill taste just makes me happy!  Below is a recipe for a portobello burger that I found on epicurious.com.  The only changes I would make would be to make my own pesto sauce mixed with veganiase instead of mayo, and use a brioche bun:)

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup purchased pesto
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 sourdough, whole grain, or ciabatta rolls, split horizontally
  • 4 portobello mushrooms, stemmed, dark gills scraped out
  • Olive oil
  • Roasted red peppers from jar, drained
  • 4 cups arugula (about 2 ounces)
  • 4 slices provolone cheese

Preparation

Stir pesto and mayonnaise in small bowl to blend. Season with salt and pepper.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill rolls, cut side down, until lightly toasted. Transfer to plates. Spread grilled side of rolls with pesto mayonnaise.

Brush mushrooms on both sides with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill, rounded side up, 4 minutes. Turn mushrooms over. Cover and grill until mushrooms are tender, about 4 minutes. Place 1 mushroom on each roll bottom. Top each with enough red pepper pieces to cover, then with arugula and cheese. Press roll tops over and serve.

Fashion Fridays – Enter the tumbler chamber of the hypebeast!

Sam stunttin at the all star game.
Sam stunttin at the all star game.

My fashion Friday favorite for today is my bestie of all times Samantha Selolwane.  She is the roti to my curry, the coconut to my virgin pina colada, and the rice to my pea!  She is also a pretty fashionable chick:)  Her tumblr page is a myriad of all things fabulous including the shoes that I posted last week that I can’t have because she has them and she rubbed it in.  C’est la vie huh?  What’s sneaker beef among friends!

sh2

Without further adieu, please meet Sam the hypebeast!

fashionable on Monday
fashionable on Monday
photography
photography

sh5she is a sneaker head

she is a sneaker head too!

 

Toys that mommy can’t have. The Bathsphere.

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh I so want one!
ohhhhhhhhhhhhh I so want one!

This thing is pretty freakin awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I have no idea how much it cost or where to get it but my goodness it looks amazing.  It’s the kind of thing that as a parent with small children you think to yourself, how bad do I want this and how angry will I be when the glass has a crack in it because my son was riding his bike in the house?  Or the drain is clogged because Iron man is stuck in  because he was trying to recuse the lego that went down first?  Or when I get in and it’s programmed to smell like cinnamon and it smells like pee because my son has peed in the smell dispenser. It’s those thoughts that make me say even if I could afford it, for the wellbeing of my child I should not get it.

BATHSPHERE is a concept shower cabin created by Alexander Zhukovsky, which not just allows to enjoy the attractive visual design, but gives opportunity to change attitude  to the whole process of shower taken.

Bathroom space can be perceived as membrane between aggressive contemporary world and home’s quietness, place where we began and finish every our day. Based on a concept “space-in-space” BATHSPHERE construct separate area with unique atmosphere. Rain simulation, temperature, humidity, light, sound and smell control turn on senses and change mood.
Hanging glass construction mold a feeling of weightlessness.

While the lines between the bathing space and the bedroom are getting blurry by the day, its great to see how designers are modifying their approach towards the task of daily ablutions. We have here the Bathsphere, which is a glass-bubble kinda suspended sphere. It allows you to create your own mood and unwinding space. You can simulate rain; change the temperature inside the ball, humidity, light, sounds and even smells. Pretty awesome!

 

Designer: Alexander Zhukovsky
Read more at http://www.yankodesign.com/2013/06/07/the-bathing-sphere/#HfD1kALjiwgpJLHr.99

While the lines between the bathing space and the bedroom are getting blurry by the day, its great to see how designers are modifying their approach towards the task of daily ablutions. We have here the Bathsphere, which is a glass-bubble kinda suspended sphere. It allows you to create your own mood and unwinding space. You can simulate rain; change the temperature inside the ball, humidity, light, sounds and even smells. Pretty awesome!
Read more at http://www.yankodesign.com/2013/06/07/the-bathing-sphere/#JTcDgCXZUlkHz72e.99
While the lines between the bathing space and the bedroom are getting blurry by the day, its great to see how designers are modifying their approach towards the task of daily ablutions. We have here the Bathsphere, which is a glass-bubble kinda suspended sphere. It allows you to create your own mood and unwinding space. You can simulate rain; change the temperature inside the ball, humidity, light, sounds and even smells. Pretty awesome!
Read more at http://www.yankodesign.com/2013/06/07/the-bathing-sphere/#JTcDgCXZUlkHz72e.99
to tempting for a kid NOT to play in
to tempting for a kid NOT to play in

For now I will just look and admire and be sad, and every 27th day of the month think about trading my child for the bathsphere.

Mom, I can’t be superman because I’m black.

Superman is not black:(
Superman is not black:(

My 5-year-old has never really had much of an issue with his color.  He is aware that he is brown or black and that people come in different shades.  This year is his first year in an American school which also makes it his first year learning black history in school.  We have had quite a few corrective conversations during this entire month.  I do realize that at his age children take what they want from the teachings but the downside of that is in our case a very hyperaware sense of color.  I don’t think he really understands race so much as color.  So him everyone is grouped by color you are either brown or black or white.

frozone
frozone

On Tuesday night after his bath he decided that he wanted to be superman and instructed me to refer to him as such.  I told him no problem at all.  He asked if I could tell his friends to call him superman and I told him that he could ask but if they decided not to that he could still be superman at home.  He then said that he couldn’t be superman because he was black.  He said “Don’t you see mom, I’m black, superman is not black. I can’t be superman.”  I told him that he absolutely could be but he was convinced, that he could not be.  If he can’t be superman, he cannot be batman, spiderman, thor, iron man or any of the big superheros.  He asked me which superheros were black like him and I told him he could be Frozone from the Incredibles and that’s all I could come up with!  He gave me a kiss and said “Mom, I think I would just like to be Cyborg because he has guns, but not real guns, just fake ones that shoot bad guys”.  I told him that was an excellent choice Cyborg doesn’t use guns.  We agreed and moved on with our night.

cyborg
Cyborg from Teen Titans Go!

I couldn’t help but to still feel a bit down knowing that my little bear felt that he couldn’t be his favorite superheros.  I’ve always recognized the need for positive images of color for little girls but I never really thought of how it effected boys.  There are hispanic, black, and asian Disney characters, dolls, books, ect. but not many of the like for boys and there probably should be:(

 

Travel Tuesdays – Take me to the hot springs edition!

One of the Pagosa springs pools
One of the Pagosa springs pools

I absolutely LOVE a good hot spring!  A few years ago my sister, myself, and one of our besties took a trip to Potosi hot springs in Montana.  We’ve always wanted to go back but Potosi has since closed forcing us to look for another hot spring.  I happened to stumble upon the Pogosa springs resort in Colorado.  It looks pretty fun, not so luxurious but fun!  I’m kind of a weird cookie when it comes to travel. I either like to rough it or go completely luxe,  ohhhhhhhhh or boutique, a good boutique hotel makes me happy everyday of the week!  There are quite a few  a few hot springs in Colorado and the only reason I picked this one out is because they have several pools and some are adult only pools.  When I do vacation without the kid I certainly don’t want to be bothered with any one elses!

The Pagosa spring Eco luxe hotel
The Pagosa spring Eco luxe hotel

The Details:

flight into $464 on southwest round trip from Chicago to Albuquerque, NM (it is a 4 hour drive from Albuquerque)

hotel: The springs Resort and Spa average $199.00 a night for queen room

Language: English

Currency:  Good old American paper!

summer time fun!
summer time fun!

This is definitely going on my short list but we might have to find a cabin to rent near the hot springs:)

Meatless Mondays stir fry broccoli edition

Ginger Garlic Broccoli Stir fry
Ginger Sesame Broccoli Stir fry

I saw this recipe on Simply Recipes and I thought this would be really good with added tofu and over rice!  You might need to double the sauce if you add a block of tofu.

 

Broccoli Stir Fry with Ginger and Sesame Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 4.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock (or vegetable stock for vegetarian option)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce for gluten-free option)
  • 1 Tbsp dark sesame oil
  • Peanut, canola, or grapeseed oil, or some other high smoke-point cooking oil
  • 1 pound broccoli florets, rinsed, patted dry, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger

METHOD

1 Toast the sesame seeds by first heating a small, stick-free sauté pan on medium heat. Add the sesame seeds and jiggle the pan so they spread out in a single layer. Let them cook until lightly browned, stirring occasionally, about 3-5 minutes. Do not walk away from them while cooking, as once they start to brown they can easily burn. Once lightly toasted remove from heat and put into a small bowl, set aside.

2 Mix the stock, soy sauce, and dark sesame oil together in a small bowl, set aside.

3 Heat 1 Tbsp of peanut (or canola or grapseed) oil in a large, covered sauté pan on medium high heat. Add the broccoli florets, stir to coat the florets with the oil, Sauté for about a minute. Clear a space in the middle of the broccoli and add the ginger and garlic. Add a little more oil to the ginger and garlic (about a teaspoon) and sauté for half a minute, stirring just the garlic and ginger, until fragrant. Then stir the garlic and ginger in with the broccoli.

4 Add the chicken (or vegetable) stock mixture to the pan. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and cover. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, until broccoli is still firm, but can be pierced with a fork. Remove from heat. Remove broccoli with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Return pan to heat, increase heat to high and boil down the liquid until just a couple tablespoons remain. Turn off heat, return broccoli to the pan, add the toasted sesame seeds, toss with the liquid. Put into a serving bowl.