July 27, 2012 by Caroline Mincks
Holy ginormous update, Batman. I’m not going to do honey bunches of pictures for this entry because it’s just too much! And also because I didn’t take pictures because I was too lazy/nothing I did was really interesting enough to justify a photo of its own. So here are the pins for this chunk of the project, complete with a new format for reviewing them!
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834626749/
The process: I tried repairing a scratched DVD with a banana. It seemed easy enough, and I was thrilled at the notion of being able to watch a previously-unwatchable movie again. Unfortunately, I think this DVD was just too far beyond repair for even the cleverest tricks, so it was a no-go. I’m sure if the DVD were less deeply damaged, it would have been more successful.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834786225/
The process: I truly dislike exercising. I know it’s good for me and I always feel good after I do it, but working out is torture lite to me. It’s boring and it hurts. But I thought that perhaps a quick workout to some favorite songs might make it a lot more enjoyable…and it did! I chose a couple of songs that make me feel like a badass (for example, the cover of “Immigrant Song” from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and went to town. I definitely felt like I had a decent workout and it went by pretty quickly. Hopefully I can memorize the exercises and their order so I don’t have to keep checking my computer screen the next time I do this.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834751238/
The process: I’m not the biggest fan of eggs in the world, but I’ve been eating them more often to try and get some more protein. Of course, hard-boiled egg shells can be a real pain to peel off, so this trick seemed smart. It worked pretty well! I’m still a bit of an eggshell spaz, but it was definitely smoother than usual.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834665509/
The process: I love ranch dressing. But I don’t like being chubby. So this seemed like a great way to avoid that particular side effect of the deliciousness that is your average bottled ranch. And oh…my…YUM. It was. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a lower-calorie way to dress a salad or enjoy a dip! The recipe makes quite a lot and it’s absolutely delicious.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834549568/
The process: Okay, it’s not like this is particularly innovative or difficult, but it was pretty. I wanted something nice for my dining table, so I floated some rosemary in a bowl along with a tea light. It looked quite nice and I felt very fancy.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834547104/
The process: I drink coffee like it’s my job, so as you may imagine, I end up wasting a lot of coffee grounds. I really didn’t know most of these tricks, so this was a fun pin to stumble across! I made a mask out of the coffee grounds and an egg white. I have no idea if it made me look any different, but it felt nice and it was fun to pamper myself a bit. I should try it on my cellulite-ridden, post-baby thighs and see if that helps…
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834547052/
The process: I’m cheating. I actually started doing this over a month ago. But it WORKS! It works wonderfully! I love green onions and use them a lot, so I figured I’d save a buck and grow them myself. They really do start sprouting in about two or three days, and I’ve been harvesting the same onions this whole time. It’s pretty cool to have them available and fresh whenever I want them! Plus, this is the first time I’ve grown something without killing it almost immediately, so that’s pretty cool.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834546843/
The process: Since I use my cutting boards all the time, they’re starting to look a little dingy. I love lemons and almost always have them in the house, so I figured it only made sense to give this one a try. It worked like a charm and my boards look (and smell) good as new!
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834546805/
The process: Having a baby means I wash my hands more often than Monk. Before bottles, after diaper changes, and anytime it looks like my fingers are about to become teethers, I wash my hands. While it’s great that they’re clean, they are starting to dry out and get a little rough. I tried this olive oil sugar scrub and it worked really nicely. My hands felt much softer and it was far cheaper than any hand exfoliation system I’ve ever seen!
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834546394/
The process: Diagram or no diagram, I will never be able to fold these stupid things. Pin fail.