DIY Sunday: Make Your Mark with Eraser Stamps

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Make your mark with these quick to craft eraser stamps! They’re a great (and cheap) way to personalize cards, plain wrapping paper, and envelopes. Pen pals, far away lovers, and even an old friend will be thrilled when your letters arrive in the mail. YES, letters. While  emailing and Facebook are fantastic, I’m still a fan of putting pen –and stamp, to paper.  Just don’t try them on a credit card bill –while anyone can appreciate a good effort, a stamp won’t save you.

This is what you’ll need

Supplies:

Pack of erasers

Pen/pencil

Utility knife

Stamp blotter or acrylic paint

Keep scrollin’ to see how it’s done!

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Instructions:

1.  Get all your supplies ready and lay them out on a crafts cutting board or old newspaper

2. Depending on their size, cut your erasers in half (you want to end up with squares)

3. With a pen or pencil, draw the outline of any shape you’d like your stamp to be. Carefully cut around the outline with a utility knife. Chip away the eraser around it in order to be left with a relief of your shape.

4. Cover the surface in acrylic paint of your choice or use a stamp blotter, and get ready, set, stamp!

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A Sip of the Healthy Side: Home-Made Vitamin Water

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We all love to sip on sugary, store bought drinks now and then. Especially when they’re topped with tonnes of whipped cream, caramel swirls, and empty calories.  But deep down we know that there are better options! So swap guilt for fitness, save some money, and fill your cup with a much healthier alternative — home-made vitamin water!  Not only is it incredibly delicious but you’ll have better skin, energy levels and in time, overall health. And you can take this mix anywhere you go (an ideal mid-workout refreshment).  This is how to make your own:

What you’ll need:

1 medium sized jar

1/2 lime

1/4 lemon

1/2 cup strawberries

1/2 cup blackberries

1/4 cup raspberries

1/4 blueberries

2 tsp fruity tea (mango is great!)

Instructions are below!

FruitInstructions:

1. Fill the jar to the top with cold water  (tap, filtered, or carbonated for an extra kick).

2. Wash and cut your fruit, throw them into the water.

3. Scoop your tea into a steeper and place it into the jar. Use 2 teabags instead if you don’t have loose leaf tea and a steeper.

4. Let the mix sit and infuse in a cool place, preferably the fridge for about 3 hours. Serve it chilled over ice or pour into a reusable bottle for health on the go.

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Ways to Beat the Heat: Get Tied-Up in a Knot Ponytail

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Summer is now in full force and we (or should I say our hair) is feeling the effects. That’s right, you may have spent an hour carefully curling your tresses only to step outside and have them fall. Or if you’re a fan of straightening, strands will puff up in seconds –which leaves you looking like a character from the disco-dancing 80s. To eliminate all fuss, toss your hair into a ponytail. And no, not the plain kind. Try a chic knot that looks incredibly stylish but is oh so effortless and product-free. Hello hair envy!

Step 1: Brush your hair to eliminate all knots and kinks, ensuring that you are left with smooth locks.

Step 2: Tie a low ponytail at the nape (base) of your neck, using an elastic that is close in color to your hair or clear. That way there are no wild shades peeking through.

Step 3: Make a space in your hair above the elastic using your hands, and pull the pony tail though at the top –not below.

Step 4: Tug on the strands to secure the elastic and you’re set to beat the heat!

So why “knot” be adventurous?

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Rosemary Garlic Bread

GarlicbreadThere’s nothing quite like warm, crisp bread that’s fresh out the oven –except if it’s topped with garlic and drizzled olive oil. Add rosemary into the mix and you will have a new favourite for any meal of the day.

This rosemary garlic bread takes only minutes to make, and tastes terrific paired with a cucmber-tomato salad (hello healthy 5-minute lunch!) or as a companion to pasta. And because it’s made without butter, you can feel good about helping yourself to a second serving!

Ingredients: Makes 8 pieces

1/2 whole grain baguette

3 garlic cloves

2 tsp dried rosemary

4 tbsp olive oil

Process:

Preheat your oven at 350 Fahrenheit, then

1. Cut your baguette in 2 rectangular pieces, then in half horizontally (you should have 4 pieces total)

2. Drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil onto each quarter, and spread it with a spoon

3. Peel the 3 cloves of garlic, chop them finely and crush them with a butter knife.  Divide this evenly onto each section of the bread, sprinkling the rosemary on top

4. Cut each of the quarters diagonally, to make triangular pieces. Place them in an aluminum foil covered baking sheet and pop them into the oven for approximately 5-6 minutes.

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Boy Bracelets: 5 Styles to Suit Every Taste

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As guys, you may not think much of accessories besides pocket squares and ties, let alone what you wear on your wrists. But bracelets too can play a big part in pulling an outfit together and giving you that extra Johnny Depp edge. I’m not talking about bangles and charms here, so take a look at these 5 guy-suitable styles:

Nautical Knots: Like the surf and sun? Why not sport a nautical inspired bracelet. Opt for materials such as rope or twine, even knotted leather. Think preppy with a weathered edge . This brown anchor one from Urban Outfitters should do —take a look!

Tough Cuffs: Is that a motorcycle engine roaring? For those who aren’t all about the pretty-boy prep, choose wide leather cuffs like the one from Diesel. These look great paired with jeans and a v-neck, even played up with a dress shirt.

Leaning Towards Leather: If a cuff is too much, then start small. Try a thin leather band, and add in a braid for texture and detailing. Look to this Guess one for inspiration.

Boy Beads: No, not pearls! Nice, matte, onyx beads. This bracelet from John Varvatos is a great example –subtle, simple, yet elegant. Did I mention different from the rest?

Mix in Some Metal: For high mirror-like shine and cool features,  Armani Exhange has you covered.

With so many options, which would you wear?

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Sweet Potato Cranberry Salad

SweetpotatosaladWhen you think of sweet potatoes, the first thing that may come to mind is a certain fall feast, with an abundance of pumpkin pie and turkey set out on the table. But guess what? This veggie can work just as well in other seasons. The trick is to opt for eating it cold –whether in combination with quinoa or as my recipe suggests, cranberries!

This salad will satisfy your hunger, all while providing a hefty serving of health-boosting nutrients. Try to find one bad ingredient, I dare you! And because it’s on the sweet side, you can forget about dessert. Here’s how to make it:

SaladprepIngredients:

4 medium-sized sweet potatoes

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 dried cranberries

1/4 cup salted sunflower seeds

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375-400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Wash and peel your potatoes, then cut them into medium cubes. They shrink in the oven so you don’t want to be left with nothing.

3.Place them into a baking sheet or dish, and sprinkle the salt along with the olive oil. Toss with your hands.

4. Bake the potatoes for about 40 minutes, until they have softened but are not entirely mushy. We’re not making mashed potatoes here!

5. Once cooled, add the cranberries and sunflower seeds and a tablespoon of olive oil, toss & dig in!

Who said sweet potatoes are a one-season veggie?

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