Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DIY Boutique Shop or Outdoor Market Chalkboard Clipboard Signage: 2 Steps

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Running a boutique and traveling frequently selling wares requires lots of sign making on my part! I'm often adding new goodies to our line up and I used to photograph them and make custom signs for every new item. My intention was to hang them from the clipboards I used in this DIY but, adding chalkboard paint to them makes these clip boards more multi-purpose. I can clip a sign back over them if desired, and they work as versatile signage in the meantime! 



Making these is so easy! You just mark off where you want your sign to be, marketing it off the same length on all sides in my case for a clean consistent look since I'm hanging by side-by-side.


And then I just painted them! I painted two thin layers of chalkboard paint and it works beautifully! I used a flat matt Waverly brand chalkboard paint. I got my clip boards from the dollar store but you can order them in bulk for less online and in a greater variety of sizes, too.


For the artists in the audience (or better letterers, you can tell my my perfunctory writing here lettering in chalk is not my thing!) this would be a cute way to art pieces to any room, I could see kids having fun with a wall of these in a nursery.


And I could see hanging one of these by your desk or in the kitchen to use as a TO-DO board, memo board, or a place to draw or write different mantras or different inspirational quotes. The clip board is utilitarian, modern and clean-looking and they have build-in "hanging" hardware at the top!  Have fun customizing your own, you can paint the board, use colored chalkboard paint, the sky's the limit with customization!
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Raw Vegan Heart-Healthy Oatmeal Cookies: Three Ingredients, No-Bake Treats

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So while we're on that self-care kick...what better way to take care ourselves than with a bowl of cookies! That will improve your health! Loaded with vitamins! And still tasty! This is my version of raw vegan heart-healthy oatmeal cookies.


These are awesome to take with you as "energy bars" to work, they're super portable and have a great balance of carbs and protein to keep you energized throughout the day.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Pecans
1 Cup Oatmeal
1/2 Cup to 1 Cup Dates, keep adding them until your "cookie dough" holds together
Optional: Cacao powder, cacao nibs or cinnamon - I added a bunch of cinnamon to this batch


Directions:

Add your dates to your blend or food processor first. I use my vitamix blender and LOVE it but any blender or food processor will due. (For raw vegan food creation you can't beat the vitamix or blendtec line, though. Just from my experience being full raw for a while and working in a raw vegan kitchen for years. Nope, not sponsored by either anymore!)


With my vitamix I only process for a few seconds before the "dough" is ready, it should look like above. Crumbly, not too wet, not too dry.


After that you just shape into bars, flat cookies, hearts, whatever would make it fun to carry these with you or serve up to friends and family. (Or gobble them all yourself. No judgement here.)


(Or gobble them all yourself. No judgement.)

I prefer raw desert making to baking because it's lighter, healthier, nutritious and you basically can't mess it up. Too dry? Add more dates? Too wet? Add more oats. You can also add raisins, cranberries, cacao nibs, different nuts, protein powder or supplements like maca or spirulina, no limits! Have fun playing with the recipe!
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines Day Freebie For You: The Self Care Checklist. For Keeping Your Sanity!

My job selling healing herbal and aromatherapeutic wares has taken me on journeys around Florida to different new age themed markets. A recent series we were in, Mind Body Expo, had a presentation and free consultation with a life coach that left me feeling inspired to make changes with my life. Too few of us spend enough time on self-care and mindfulness. I made myself a checklist as a visual reminder to put self-development, care, and free time first! Of course I still haven't, but it's a work in progress and I'm getting better!



I'm going sell these cute little guys on mini clip boards at the store but I want you have this one for free!


Happy Valentines Day! Comments are off so I can work on some catch-up and...let's say the buzz word again...self-care!
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