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Monday, February 20, 2012

Three Things

Happy Presidents Day! Long weekends RULE, don't ya think? Today I'm sharing three RAD things that I've seen around zee blogs that I decided to make and and do: A DIY mirror, a yummy soup, and Apple Cider Vinegar as toner! 
1. After seeing this round-up of DIY (SHIM) sunburst mirrors on Little Green Notebook, I decided I'd give it a go since all the sunbursts I've admired over the years cost around three-hundy. The above picture is my finished mirror in all its gilded glory hanging above our bed. This project isn't difficult, but it does take time and patience. I mostly followed her instructions, but I did do a few things different (in case you decide to make one yourself): I used a 12 in round mirror from Michael's (not a 10 in), I painted the whole thing using Martha Stewarts Metallic Paint in Vintage Gold (from Home Depot, comes in a 10 oz container) as opposed to spray painting it and I used screws and wire as my hanging hardware instead of the teeth attachment. Click {{HERE}} for the tutorial.
2. Potato, Sausage and Kale Soup. I had this soup at a luncheon awhile back and really enjoyed it and then my friend had it brewing in her home one afternoon and her house smelled phenomenal and then Sophistimom posted a version of the soup on her blog. I decided it was high time I make a batch of my own! A double batch, athankyou. I followed Sophistimoms recipe to a T. It's delicious and I love that I found another purpose for kale. I even took some to my grandparents and they loved it! {{Click HERE for the recipe}}
3. Apple Cider Vinegar is my new toner! It has to be an Apple Cider Vinegar with the "mother" in it. I started doing this a couple weeks ago when I saw this post via A Blog About Love. My skin is softer, my T-zone doesn't produce as much oil and overall my skin just looks and feels cleaner. And it's all natural! I'm totally sold. All I do is pour a little Apple Cider Vinegar on a cotton disc (like you would with nail polish remover), then I just quickly run the vinegar soaked cotton under running water to dilute the vinegar a little. Then I swab it all over my face, starting with my T-zone first. The smell doesn't bother me and once it's dry and absorbed you won't be able to smell it. Give it a try! Read all about it {{HERE}}.

Thanks for letting me share these three things with you today and thanks to the awesome bloggers who inspired me to do them! Check ya later. xoxo

all images by Briana
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9 comments:

Haley and Lance (but probably just Haley) said...

I'm so excited about all three of these things! I can't believe how gorgeous your mirror turned out! That picture looks like it came straight out of a decorating magazine. I've been trying to find more ways to use kale too, so I'm glad you posted the soup. And I'm adding the vinegar to the shopping list - I need some major help. :)

Victoria said...

Hi! I hope this isn't rude, but would you mind sharing the paint color on your walls? I really like the way it looks with your white bed. Great DIY mirror!

Briana said...

Haley- thanks! Let me know what you think of the Apple Cider.

Victoria- Not rude at all! The color is Coast Pointe by Kwal-Howell. I believe it is discontinued but Home Depot should have the formula in their computer. My whole house is this color. :)

Kar said...

Love that mirror so so much!!!!! And the soup looks flavorful and yummy!!!!

Carrie said...

the mirror looks AH-mazing! love it.

we make a similar soup with a recipe caroline shared with us. it's SO SO yummy!

and i do the apple cider vinegar toner, too, and love it.

great tips!

Briana said...

Kara- Thanks! Love you.

Carrie- Thank you! Ooh, maybe you'll have to send me Caroline's recipe. :) I'm so glad you use the Apple Cider Vinegar as toner too! I'm totally hooked. Love you!

caroline said...

love the sunburst mirror!!!! you made that?! wow!!
the soup recipe Carrie mentioned is pretty similar, mine is a little naughtier...Ingredients:
1 lb spicy Italian sausage
1/2 1b of smoked bacon chopped (8-9 slices)*I use the precooked bacon to save time
1qt water
2 cans chicken broth
2 large potatoes scrubbed clean, and cubed
2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed (I used my garlic press, but you could probably mince it)
1 med onion peeled and chopped
2 TBL of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
2 cups chopped kale or Swiss chard (could also use spinach)
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Prep is the same as yours. I do substitute cauliflower for the potatoes, and spinach for the kale sometimes depending on what ingredients I have on hand.

The apple cider vinegar toner sounds interesting, does it really not make you smell like vinegar? I'm going to try it.

Briana said...

Caroline- You'll for sure smell it when you first apply it and when it dries you won't smell it anymore.

Briana said...

Caroline- thanks for sharing your recipe! It's now in my recipe binder!