A few DIY ways to start 2014! (tips & my awesome granola recipe)

I’m not going to pretend I have it all together – because I totally don’t. I haven’t washed my hair in 4 days (thanks dry shampoo) and the same load of laundry has been in the dryer for 3 days. I start it for 5 minutes to “fluff” it so I can fold it… then forget. or get lazy. And, makeup? what’s that?

But, it’s been fun hanging out with family and friends and generally vegging out these past few weeks! 2013 was a *rough* year for our family and we are all looking forward to starting 2014.  I’m not big on “New Years Resolutions” however, I love setting mini goals for myself all year long.

Here are a few healthy habits I hope to keep up for 2014 and trying out simple do-it-yourself methods has been fun! (hope this helps you!)

My 2014 mini-goal #1: Drink a lot more water!

I decided to make my own DIY infusion water pitcher. (I saw one for $20 at Marshalls)

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Key ingredient: ziplock baggie. No, seriously. I poke holes in the bag, put the fruit or veggies in there and the water tastes amazing! So far my favorite is cucumber & lemons. I have been using that glass pitcher each day and making myself drink at least 2 pitchers full of water each day. This has helped me keep tabs on my water intake.

Goal #2 – Try more recipes for things I typically just buy.

A friend told me she soaks (organic) orange peels in vinegar and uses the mixture as a cleaning solution for her home.

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I tried it. IT works and smells really great! I am weird about germs so I do use an “anti bacterial” cleaner in my kitchen. But this is great for quick cleanups or in the baby area where I am sometimes worried about chemicals.

I also made a huge batch of granola for friends and family and let me tell you it is SO MUCH BETTER than the expensive store bought version! (why is granola so expensive in the store??? It’s so easy to make!!)

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My Almond Flaxseed Granola recipe:

1/4 cup of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of honey

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

almonds

ground flaxseed

Directions: Mix everything together except the flaxseed and bake in the oven on 250 degrees for about 40 minutes. Every 15 minutes or so stir the mixture around. I added about 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed at the very end. (also trial and error as I put flaxseed in one batch in the beginning and it burned)

Let me tell you this granola is amazing!

Goal #3 – Organize my house and keep it that way.

Here’s one DIY example:

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I used an old CD rack to organize the lids in my tupperware drawer. Genius right?! (thanks pinterest) I’ll admit it only looks like the picture above about half of the time… but I’m trying right?

Remember my “Pantry Organization” post a while back?

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I used old (recovered) boxes and empty containers instead of buying new stuff. 4 months later, this method has worked! Turns out having a place to put things really does keep it neat and tidy. (wow, my mom  was right!)

Goal #4 (well, really it’s number one but not so DIYish, so I’m writing it now) Listen more, pray more, learn more. Really listen to my husband, kids, friends and family. Pray for my husband every, single night. (Pray for others too, but specifically my life mate). I figure the “learn more” part will just be automatic with all that listening and praying, right? Life is so busy sometimes I just go day to day doing the motions…. I want to somehow make each day count a little more.

Oh, I also want to train for another marathon. My dad got me a new pair of running shoes for Christmas and I had *the best* run today!!

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Anyone with me??

Making the most out of life,

Andrea

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