Tuesday, 16 September 2014

My Favorite Natural Cleaning Recipes

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I have shared a lot of natural cleaning recipes since I started my blog, so I thought it was time I brought some of my favorites together in one post. I've listed some of the best cleaning recipes further down the post, but have also created a handy infographic so you can pin the information. Pinterest is a great way of remembering important stuff you've learned!


And here is the regular written version of the recipes...

All Purpose Cleaner

2 Cups Water
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
1 Tsp Dish Soap
1 Tsp Baking Soda

Mix together in a spray bottle. Spray surface and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

Shower Spray

1 Cup Water
1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup Dish Soap

Mix together in a spray bottle. Spray surface and wipe.

Glass Cleaner

1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup Water

Mix together in a spray bottle. Spray surface and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

Fabric Softener

1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup Baking Soda

Use 1 cup during the rinse cycle.

Disinfectant

1 Cup Water
1 Part Rubbing Alcohol

Put ingredients in a bottle and shake. Spray surface after cleaning.

Wood Cleaner

1 Cup Linseed Oil
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice

Mix in a spray bottle, apply to the surface and buff to a shine with microfiber cloth.

Scouring Powder

1 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Salt
1/2 Cup Borax Powder

Combine ingredients in a jar. Wet surface with water and sprinkle on your scouring powder. Leave for five minutes then scrub clean with a brush or damp cloth.


Do you have a favorite DIY cleaner you want to share?






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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Nine Best Arrow Fonts

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Have you ever looked enviously at another blogger's graphics or printables and wondered where they got such great arrow icons (no, just me)? Whether you use a program like Photoshop or a freebie tool like PicMonkey, you will probably find that your arrow options are rather limited. But you will probably find that those pretty arrows you have been admiring on other people's websites are in fact fonts, rather than shapes.

Most of the fonts listed below are 100 percent free to download and use, but you should of course check the individual terms and conditions if you want the arrows for commercial purposes rather than personal use. I have only randomly selected one arrow from each collection to represent the font but you can view all of the available arrows on the links I have provided. FYI, KG Arrows and Austie Bost Arrow Mania are my favorites so check them out first. ;-)

KG Arrows
PW New Arrows
Peax Webdesign
Follow The Arrow
Austie Bost Arrow Mania
PW Free Arrows
Go Around The Books
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PW Small Icons

If you know of any other arrow based fonts which are usual for graphic design, please leave a comment so that other people can check it out too!






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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Super Easy Naan Bread Recipe

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(This is the first time I have been able to post in a while, so I just want to apologize to anyone who is still waiting for a response to a question, comment or email. I am slowly trying to catch up).

We really love Indian food in our family, but I always find accompaniments such as naan breads or popadums a little disappointing when they are bought from the store. So I was chuffed to find out that naan bread is actually very simple to make, and uses ingredients we always have in the cupboard anyway!

This naan bread recipe is very straightforward and the preparation does not take long at all. However, you need to factor in at least 30 minutes for allowing the dough to rise. Therefore, this might not be a recipe for nights when your time is limited!

Homemade Naan Bread Recipe

130 ml milk
2 tsp fast action yeast
2 tsp caster sugar
300g self raising flour
2 tbsp Greek or natural yoghurt
2 tbsp sunflower oil
Nigella seeds (optional)



1) Warm your milk slightly in the microwave and then stir in your yeast and your caster sugar (it is very important that the milk is just warm, rather than boiling hot). You can also make the naan breads using warm water instead of milk, but I think it tastes better with milk. Set to one side while you prepare the other ingredients.


2) Sift the self raising flour into a bowl and toss in some nigella seeds, if you are using them. Make a well in the centre and add in your oil and two generous tablespoons of yoghurt.


3) Pour in your milk/yeast mixture, and then thoroughly mix the ingredients together with your hands. It will form a sticky dough.

4) Sprinkle some flour over a clean surface and tip your dough onto it. Knead the dough for around 5 minutes, adding a little more flour to the mixture if you feel that the dough is too sticky to handle.

5) Return the dough ball to the bowl and cover it with cling film. Leave the bowl somewhere warm to allow the dough to rise. Depending on how warm it is, it will take 30 to 60 minutes for the dough to double in size.


6) Once your dough has risen, divide it into 4 to 6 small balls and then flatten each ball into a teardrop shape. I try to make them around 5mm thick.

7) There are two ways to cook the naan breads. You can place them on a baking sheet and put them in a very hot oven for around 4 minutes. Personally, I prefer to prepare them in a frying pan.

Heat a non-stick pan over a high heat and then place one of the naan breads in it (you do not need to add any oil for this). Fry the bread for a few minutes on each side, until it is starting to puff up and turn golden.


8) Repeat for each naan bread. If you need to keep the bread warm before serving, wrap it in foil and place it an oven which has been warmed to a low heat.

If you have never made your own naan bread before, I hope you will give it a go. It is very easy, and we never buy pre-made naan breads from the store any more. Now I just need to learn how to make popadums!





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Friday, 1 August 2014

Doctor Who Printable TARDIS And Editable Party Favor

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Last month I hurriedly assembled some Doctor Who printable TARDIS boxes to hold party favors for the kids at my son's birthday, (in a ditzy moment I'd forgotten that 9 year old boys still expect to go home with some sort of token gift). I never intended for the finished printable to make it onto the blog, but since the new series of Doctor Who is only about three weeks away I thought that other people might appreciate the printable too.

FYI, if you like Doctor Who or are arranging a birthday party for a young fan, I should be sharing some more printables over the next few weeks.


The first free printable is a straightforward do-it-yourself TARDIS. Simply print the template onto card, cut out the pieces carefully, apply glue to the tabs and fold into shape. Folding is much easier if you gently score the fold lines first.





The second printable is intended for parties. You can either give the paper model itself as a party favor or use it as a party favor box (just leave the tabs at the top unglued and pop some sweets or candy inside). But what makes this printable a bit special is that it is editable.


You can add in your party guests' names...


... and you can also add a personal message to the back of the TARDIS.


Ten points if you can identify where the quote is from. Twenty points if you realized that the correct quote is "always take a banana to a party". (I noticed my mistake the second I hit print, but wasn't going to correct it since my printer was running low on cyan ink).


If you like these printables, please spread the word. Pinning is appreciated, so that other Doctor Who fans can enjoy these freebies too. :-)








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