Happy Diwali!!

Happy (indian) new year everyone!!

Diwali is one of the biggest festival that Hindus celebrate with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or “Festival of Lights” Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light up diyas {top right hand image in the picture above} and candles all around their house. They perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and see divine blessing of the Goddess of Wealth. The festival is never complete without exchange of gifts {I gave everyone a plate filled with Indian sweets and snacks), to all dear ones.

The top left picture is not something i drew, but the two bottom left and right hand corners are the two rangoli’s I drew in front of my house of a Peacock and a Ganesh!!!

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Help Nepal Raffle Giveaway

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Hey Guys! I wanted to do  something a little different here. In light of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal a week and a half ago, I feel that during times of distress it is good to be generous towards others. So I wanted to raffle off this painting and donate 50% of the ticket sales to the American Red Cross to Save the Children to help the victims of the Nepal Earthquake. I will hold the raffle open till next week May 13, 2015!

T0 purchase a ticket go to my Etsy Page the link is located below.

Help Nepal Raffle

Once the raffle closes I will randomly select one of you to win my Tropical Paradise painting!!

When you have the opportunity to give, the world gives back. It’s the law of the universe. Can you imagine being in such a traumatic disaster and not even having any warm clothes, or even a family member to tell you everything will be alright? Its our duty to at least do a small part to make sure they have medical aide and food in their bellies, especially since we can’t be there to help out or give them a hug.

 Thank You for your support!

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In case you want any information on both of the charities I mentioned here are the links below for you to check them out.

Save the Children

The American Redcross

DIY fall pumpkin decoration

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Cute table top DIY with wine corks

p.s. you can buy wine corks at Michael’s arts and crafts if you don’t have any corks 🙂

What you need:

  • 34 corks or 33 corks and 1 champaign cork
  • orange arylic paint
  • green craft paper
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
  • paper plate
  • newspaper

Directions:

  1. Lay out your newspaper so you don’t make too much of a mess
  2. On your paper plate pour out some orange paint, dip one end of your cork into the the paint (if you think your cork has too much paint on it you can dab it on the plate a couple of times to wipe away the excess)
  3. Repeat till all of your corks are painted, and lay your corks out on your newspaper till they are dry.
  4. While your corks dry cut out some leave shapes from your green craft paper.
  5. Once your corks are all dry, you can start assembling your pumpkin with your hot glue. Start out with a row of 5 corks, then a row of 6, followed by a row of 7, row of 6, row of 5, finishing with a row of 4.
  6. Then I took my leave and glued one end of each leaf to the top of my pumpkin shape.
  7. Finally I took my last cork and glued it to the center of the top row.

And Voila a super cute and easy decoration to add to any home to make it more festive!!

xoxo I hope you have fun creating this!!

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Fujifilm instax portable printer quick review

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This is basically what it says it is, a Polaroid printer. It takes your pictures from your smartphone and develops them into a polaroid. It’s obviously not an hd quality photo, but to me the quality is still pretty good for a quick, fast and easy print, perfect for parties, scrapbooks, journals, etc. And it is a great accessory to travel with if your like to make travel journals.

I love it! I have already gone through one box of film (which isn’t that hard to do since you only get 10 pictures in each film box). The only downside to me about this product is the price of the film which can average to about $15 per box depending on where you buy it. I found the best deals for the printer and the film to be on amazon.

Another downside to this printer is that the instructions are pretty confusing. If you do purchase this product, what you need to do first is download the app (instax share), then turn on the printer. Go to your phones wifi settings and leave your current wifi and join the printers wifi and then open the app. The rest is pretty straight forward, and the app gives you directions on how to go about printing and editing your photos.

All in all I recommend this printer, if you are look for a fun and cute splurge. The prints are fun and do take a little time to develop, so don’t be worried if your print stays white for a few minutes, your picture will show :). If you do purchase this printer I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

Here is a link to the one I bought!

Fujifilm Instax Share Printer 

ps: This is not a sponsored post, this is just my personal opinion of this product, this product is not for everyone, and I advise to try it out to see if this product is for you.

yummy diy homemade popcorn!

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mmm popcorn! My love for it developed at the movies (which is probably the case for most people). I used to buy bags of microwavable popcorn at the store, and over time as I change my eating habits I realized that microwavable popcorn isn’t very healthy. So I figured a good alternative for me to have my cake and eat it too is to make my own! It’s twice as yummy and so easy to make, and you get to season it however you want.

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Ingredients:
½ cup popcorn – Orville Redenbacher Original is our favorite
2 Tablespoons oil – vegetable, coconut, canola your choice (I used coconut oil)
2 Tablespoons butter – optional
seasonings – salt, garlic (whatever you like thats the fun part!)

Directions:

  1. In a large/deep pot plop your oil into your pot. If you use coconut oil you want to make sure you have enough oil  so that it melts and covers the entire bottom of the pot. (leave your pot lit to the side)
  2. Add enough popcorn kernels to cover the entire bottom of the pot, and so that the kernels are covered in the oil.
  3. Place the lid on the pot (it’s to prevent the popcorn from flying all over the place, and they can shoot pretty far) and wait for the kernels to start popping, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Once they start popping a lot, give the pot a good shake or two to make sure nothing burns and your letting the unpopped kernels sink to the bottom.
  5. When the popping slows down to a few seconds between each pop you hear, turn off your heat and let it sit on the stove or about a minute.
  6. Remove your cover and pour your toppings (butter (melted), sea salt, garlic)
  7. Pour into a large bowl and enjoy!!

p.s. This is really good alternative to bagged or store bought popcorn because the ingredients you use are less processed and nutritionally just better for you!!

Yummy Snacks! Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Lately I have been obsessing with protein shakes. And I find that they are a must when trying to include more protein into your diet. This protein smoothie includes some chocolate protein powder and all my favorites to make this delicious healthy snack!

I am not a huge fan of mixing protein powder and water and then drinking it, more power to you if you can, but for me it’s a little too chalky tasting. So I want to share my way of masking that taste as much as possible, and for me thats a smoothie! As an added bonus this smoothie makes me feel full and can help curb your sweet tooth as well as including some yummy fruits into your diet!

xoxo Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy my recipe!!

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 Banana
  • A handful of fresh berries. (I used some strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (you can use plain but I love Oikos vanilla greek yogurt it’s amazing with granola!)
  • 1 spoonful of Peanut Butter (almond butter is best but I ran out so I just used what I had)
  • 1 Scoop of chocolate Protein Powder (I use Muscle Milk)

Instructions:

  • Combine all of your ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

p.s: If the consistency of your smoothy is a little too thick blend in a little water to think it out a little.

And Voila!! Pour it into your favorite glass or a cute mason jar, I got mine at Tjmax, and you have a yummy healthy snack or a pre/post workout treat!
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