Super Easy DIY foil prints

Hey there- I wanted to send a sweet friend a foil print in a frame. I searched on Etsy and found a few winners, but nothing that was specific to what I wanted. So I did what any eager person would do- googled “DIY foil prints”. I found a post from Jen Woodhouse at The House of Wood blog for this foil print tutorial. So PS- Thanks Jen! It turned out beautiful! Thank goodness I enlisted my bestie, Melissa, to do all of the some of the work. Please see below and check out Jen’s blog!

Here are the supplies needed:

  1. Laser-printed print (in folder here)
  2. Thermal active foil. This brand is Heidi Swapp Reactive foil in Rose Gold (Purchased at Hobby Lobby) here is a link for this product at Michaels.
  3. Thermal laminator. I purchased mine at WalMart for $20. Here is a similar product.

*Side note- I also needed to use scissors and scrap paper for this project. I also purchased a picture frame for the finished product.

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Supplies!

 

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So in that sandwich below, I have the laser print face up as the bottom piece of bread, the rose gold foil with rose gold side face up as the filling, and then a plain piece of paper as the top piece of bread. You don’t need to tape of glue this together. Simply hold it in place as you start to guide it through the laminator.

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Voila! There is the beautiful finished product in the frame. I would definitely recommend using a bold pattern or font as you don’t get to see as much of the foil with a thin, fine print like mine here.

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Valentine’s Day Krispy Treats

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I know I am posting this after Valentine’s Day has come and gone…there was just no time since I was busy eating all of these. (jk..sorta..not really). Okay so here are the supplies needed to make these super easy and delicious Coconut oil Rice Krispies! A box of crispy rice cereal, 2 bags of marshmallows, coconut oil, butter, and *I added sprinkles and white chocolate chips because…why not? I absolutely love to find reasons to throw ’em into any treat. Yum.

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Heat a large pot over low-medium heat. Add butter and coconut oil. Allow to melt.

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Here it is all melted nice. The easiest part!

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Go ahead and add the 2 bags of marshmallows. Stir constantly until melted. (Sorry forgot to take a melted mallow pic! Was too  excited to eat said mallow mixture).

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Then, I combined the crispy rice cereal (and wait, is it krispy or crispy or krispies or what?) and white chocolate chips and flattened out onto 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.

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I’m not a huge fan of M&M’s, but we had these Valentine’s Day colored candies at home so I figured they looked kind of pretty so I added them on top. Next time I might combine them at the “add crispy rice stage” as I had to really push them onto the top of this treat. You can sort of tell that they are just resting there. Anyways, they were really yummy.

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Despite wanting to eat them all myself, I cut them up into little squares, bagged them and tied with a bow and gave them out to family as a Valentine’s day treat! Hope you enjoy! Oh- and I had plenty of these with lunch 🙂 .

Recipe adapted from Lovely Little Kitchen here.

Coconut Oil Rice Krispie Treats
Serves: 20
Ingredients:
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 bags (10.5 ounces each) miniature marshmallows
  • 12-13 cups Rice Krispies Cereal (depending on how sticky you like it)
  • sprinkles
Directions:
  1. Prepare a half sheet baking pan by lining with parchment paper and spraying with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter and coconut oil over medium heat.
  3. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until the marshmallows are all melted.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispie cereal they are evenly coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  5. Pour into half sheet pan and spread into an even layer.
  6. Top with sprinkles and allow to cool before cutting.
Notes:
This recipe is slightly adapted from Gimme Some Oven
 Peace,
Ice Cream for Lunch

 

Fit Strawberry Smoothie

Happy Monday! Here is a simple, delicious smoothie recipe to jump-start your week. Hope y’all are rested up and ready to take on whatever comes your way.

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1 Banana

1 Cup frozen strawberries

1 TBSP almond butter

3/4 cup almond milk

*Additional splurges: use the milk and/or nut butter of your choice.

Blend all ingredients and enjoy! (PS- I find that adding the bananas first helps blend better since they are the first thing to touch the blade).

Have a beautiful week!

Easy DIY Knitting Tutorial by guest author: Melissa

 

By guest author: Melissa

The struggle is real; you just got home from a long day at work and now you’ve got an hour (or more) to spare on a Wednesday night when you look in the corner of the living room and notice the yarn and knitting needles you bought a month ago but haven’t touched them since you brought them home. Why haven’t you touched them? Because you searched “cute easy headwarmer” on Pinterest, found a tutorial that appeared to be simple (and incredibly adorable) only to find out, it’s far from easy.

As a working woman, I envy the women I see with tons of adorable DIY accessories and wish I had the time to do the same. It’s important for us to still take the time to do something for ourselves and constructing a cute DIY accessory is just the way to go. I know when I’m done with a mini project, I love being able to wear it out and share the simple secret I used to make it! I think we should make an effort to share our ideas and how-to’s rather than keep them to ourselves. I mean, we know they bring us a sense of accomplishment and an extra little boost of self confidence we need when we’ve got the winter blues; why not pass that on to our fellow working women?!

So this brings us back to the knitting needles and yarn in your living room. Look no further working women, I am happy to say I have what you’re looking for: an adorable AND easy headwarmer that won’t require you spend every night working on it for an hour only to finish it on the first day of spring. In fact, it’ll probably take you no more than two hours to complete the whole thing 🙂

In order to complete this project you’ll need:

size 10 knitting needles

1 skien of bulky yarn (you won’t use the whole thing)

1 large needle

scissors

a playlist of your favorite tunes

You’ll also need to know how to do the two most basic types of stitches: the knit (or garter) stitch and the purl stitch. In case you only know one and not the other, I’ve also included 2 YouTube videos on how to do each one.

Knit Stitch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMidRRpkr0s

Purl Stitch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMP19YyogYg

Here’s what you’ll need to get started. You won’t need the large needle until you get to the end. Also, this is where that set of tunes comes in- turn it up and get cranking!

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You’ll want to start by making a slip knot, and then casting on 8 stitches.knit 2knit 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you have 8 stitches on your needle, you’re reading to start knitting away! The pattern you’re going to follow for the rest of the project is as follows:

Row 1 (and all odd rows):   K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1

Row 2 (and all even rows): P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1

 

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When I need to stop a project and take a break, I always put a note in my phone telling me where to start when I pick back up.. I know myself too well, I’ll forget what I’m doing.

 

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If your headwarmer looks like this, then you’re on a roll! Keep going strong. Once you think it’s getting long enough, start trying to fit it around your head. Make sure that you pull it a little on the tight side, you want to make sure that you give it a good, snug fit so once you’re done it won’t fall off! Really just make it comfortable for you 🙂

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Once you get your headwarmer so that it’s long enough to fit around your head, go ahead and cast off. Keep a tail of yarn at the end so you’ll have enough to bind the ends together. You should then have something that looks like this. This is where that large needle is going to come in that you see in the picture.

 

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Next, thread the end of the tail of yarn through the needle and start weaving the ends together. Keep weaving until you end up at the other side and then come back to the side you started on. Knot the tail into the end and cut off the remaining.

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You should now have a circular headwarmer! Yay!! You’re almost done. For me, this is the trickiest part and I’ve had to redo it until I get it just right!

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Cut a piece of yarn about 2 arm lengths long (I want to make sure I don’t end up short) and knot it to the end where you just cut the tail off.

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Now you’ll want to start looping the yarn around the headwarmer where you wove it together. Make sure you’re wrapping it tight enough that it doesn’t come loose. Be careful not to make it too tight because it might start to pull and get bunchy. This is where I’ve had to go back to redo.

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Once you’re happy with it’s look in the front (it’ll look like a bow) knot it in the back around the yarn and trim the end!

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Viola! An adorable project that didn’t take you all winter and you’ll be able to walk into work tomorrow looking fresh and feeling accomplished!

As modeled by me 🙂 . Thanks for reading!

FullSizeRender (11)Peace, Melissa

 

Setting Intentions

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Welcome! In keeping up with the spirit of the new year and all things “new”, let us take a moment to depict what Ice Cream for Lunch (ICFL) was designed for.

If you’ve read the “About us” page of this blog, then you have a general idea of what the purpose of this space is. We are a group of working women who were excited to create and become part of a community looking for ideas, support, and motivation to get through the day to day struggles, celebrations, and mundane in life. There is a lot of knowledge and creativity to be shared among women who enjoy self-care and even for those who may not be too familiar with it. Self-care is a concept widely recognized in our profession of social work. From intro courses in college to graduate-level studies, there are sentiments of self-care woven throughout. One of the reasons that self-care is so important is that it helps us to step aside from the tasks at hand and gives us the opportunity to re-charge. There are several quotes that have capture this well:

“Self-care is not about self-indulgence, it’s about self-preservation”- Audrey Lorde.

“Self-care is a divine responsibility”

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel”- Eleanor Brownn.

I would emphasize that self-care is valuable and essential in every setting in life. Whether you are balancing school studies, getting into the routine at a new job, or juggling a household of kids, you need time to focus on you. Step away from the computer, phone, TV, and find a place to meditate. There are so many different ways in which you can care for yourself and it doesn’t necessarily have to be sitting in silence or chanting “Ohm”. Have fun with it- go out with girlfriends, give yourself a spa-style pedicure, journal, read, bake, go for a walk, or maybe it is just sitting down in a quiet spot and silencing the ever-turning wheel of thoughts in our head. At ICFL our hope is that we can explore and share those ideas to empower each other to have a more balanced and purposeful life.