Low Carb Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail

A Low Carb Keto – ish Cocktail that is totally delish!
I make this in “ Bulk” so I don’t have to mix everything every time.

How To Not Lose A 1st Generation Apple Pencil Charger Sleeve

I love my 1st generation Apple Pencil but the little “Lightning-to-Lightning adapter” sleeve that fits over the lightning charger is insanely small (about 1/2 the size of a postage stamp). This little sleeve allows you to charge the pencil with a regular charging cord – without this sleeve, you must charge your iPad, then plug the pencil into your iPad and use the battery from the iPad to charge the pencil – with the pencil sticking out of the iPad…the only way I would feel safe doing this is if I put the whole thing in the middle of my dining room table because it’s a disaster waiting to happen if anything jostles it – with the pencil charging, it measures 16” long! The paranoid side of me wonders if Apple intentionally designed it this way so that they could sell more of these little sleeves…I mean really, who could ever keep track of something this size?

I use this GearTie “Cordable”. I prefer it to the cords they sell specifically for this purpose because the side loop profile is smaller. I applied velcro to the interior spine of my iPad case (my case looks almost like a book with a 1” spine) and to my pencil – the low profile of the Cordable allows me to attach the pen to the Velcro and close the front cover flat! Yay!!!

*GearTie Cordables are available on Amazon, Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.

Freezer Pantry…Create A Library of Ingredients In Your Freezer

Sources for supplies:

3”x4” Bags from Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ZZS4AA/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_i_PcKgEb68323S1

4”x6” Bags from Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ZZS4HS/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_i_pcKgEbY7N13XC

Freezer Bin from Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003E1OAQC/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_i_ibKgEb7ZK1F8W

No affiliated links or compensation to review these products- I just love them and thought you might too!

DIY Money Notepad For Tipping While Traveling

Years ago, my Grandmother ordered pads of $1 bills from the bank prior to going on a trip. She always had tips at the ready for maids, baggage handlers, bellman and cab drivers…since banks no longer sell pads of bills, I make my own – it only takes about 10 minutes plus drying time!

Since I rarely carry cash, money notepads are a must for me! If you have any questions, just message me on Instagram (Lifetart)

Make a Needlepoint Canvas Roll!

On Instagram in January, Pipandrooneedleworks posted a Needlepoint travel roll that her husband had made for her and I thought “Hey! I want one of those!” …but I can’t stitch leather like that – so I came up with this! If you don’t have a sewing machine I will bet this will still work by just riveting straps onto a thicker piece of leather – as long as it is still pliable enough to roll up!

This is a rather “rough” tutorial – no time for pretty pretty pictures right now – but the technique and information is here…and that’s really all you need. Make sure you read ALL the information!

If you have any questions, just go to my LifeTart Instagram account, scroll down to the July 17th post and message me there as I don’t “do” email.

There you have it! Make sure to read the information pics below!

Make a Garden Sun & Shade Chart on your iPhone 

  
In the past I have taken a shotgun approach to gardening – I would just walk into garden center, pick what I liked, bring it home and plant with abandon with little regard for plant light requirements – not good – it turns out that those little plant tags that tell you about light requirements are really important.  A couple of years ago, after getting REALLY tired of spending money on plants just to kill them later, I came up with this idea. Now I go to the garden center, check my Sun & Shade chart and buy plants that grow in the conditions of my yard….things are much better now… here’s how to make your own chart on your iPhone!
 
  
  
  

Make a Basket Herb Garden

  
I’m a big fan of using plastic baskets as car trash cans (try it and you’ll never go back to using a bag!). As I was unloading plants from the back of my car I used the empty trash basket to carry 6 pots of herbs to the patio. Setting them on the table, I noticed that they looked kind of cute in the basket and wondered if I could just use the basket as an herb garden – I figured “it’s plastic – why wouldn’t it work?”. I left the herbs in the basket and put them by my back step and watered them every day. I wondered if they would continue to grow in their little pots… it became evident that they needed to be in more soil than just their little plastic pots… and I was getting really tired of watering them every day! 
I wanted to keep them by the back kitchen steps because it is more convenient than where I usually grow herbs and I had become attached to the whole “basket” idea, so I set about figuring out how to plant them in the basket without dirt leaching out every time I watered them – AND how to avoid the responsibility of needing watering them frequently (I live in New Mexico and our humidity hovers around 10-20% ). I came up with this idea and it has worked beautifully – I much prefer it to my old herb container garden on the drip system! If you try this, just make sure to heavily water the basket once a week – the water crystals/granules need a chance to soak up enough water to see the plants through the next 7 days or so! 

 
     


  
 
     
  

Unique Graduation Gift

Give this graduation gift a try – Book safes are my favorite thing to give to kids heading off to college – things tend to “disappear” in dorms and it’s good to have a hidden place to store extra cash and credit cards!  This post with video is also on Lifetart Instagram account!  

 

Glue Gun Hack

I was at Costco last week and saw these grill mats and thought “Hey! I’ll bet those would be great for working with glue guns!” – they are!

 1. They are designed to withstand heat. 

2. Glue peels right off of them. 

3. The mats are big so you won’t accidentally lay the glue gun down on the table instead of the mat. 

4. Four sheets are $16 instead of ONE silicone baking mat for the same price! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😊

  

Photo Books Made Quick and Easy with the Chatbooks App and Instagram

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With Spring Break just around the corner, I thought I would share how I make travel photo books!  Too many times the photos I take on vacation either stay on my SD card or phone and never make it onto my computer – and if they do happen to make it onto my computer, they never get any farther than that!

Last summer, we took a three week trip to SE Asia and I was determined to record it, share the photos with friends and family while we were in Asia and have a photo book at the end!

I came up with this idea and it worked flawlessly!!  Enjoy!

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STEPS:

1. Set up a new Instagram account for vaction photos – i.e. JaneDoeVacationPhotos. (I prefer having a special account for vacation photos so I don’t have to sift through all my day-to-day Instagram posts to see my vacation photos.) If you already have an Instagram account you will need to provide a different email for your new Instagram account – just open a new email account – i.e. JaneDoeVacationPhotos@gmail.com)

2. Make your new account private or public. I made ours private because we were gone for three weeks and I did not want strangers to know we were away from home.

3. Send friends and family the name of your new Instagram account so they can follow your adventures! (If your account is private, you will need to accept their request to follow you)
4. Download Chatbooks app & set up Acct with Credit card info
5. Link Chatbooks app to your new Instagram Acct
6. Take loads of pictures every day and upload to Instagram at night using hotel Wi-Fi with journal descriptions.
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6. Order a “custom” book at end of trip. The custom book can be up to 366 pages. Lengthy journal entries will print on their own page. When you have uploaded 60 photos, Chatbooks will send you a confirmation – do not click “order” or you will end up with lots of little books about your trip. Wait until the end of your trip and order a custom book of the entire trip!
7. Consider making your Instagram trip account open to the public after you get home! If it is not filled with lots of personal information – you may want to share your adventures with the world! Whether you make it public or private, it is really nice to have a dedicated vacation account everyone can enjoy for years to come in addition to a nifty photo book!
To get you started, here is a promo code for a free book at Chatbooks – just cut and paste it into the app! Promo Code: U74CFNN
**This is not a sponsored post & I have not been compensated in any way to mention Instagram or Chatbooks.