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The Easiest DIY Turmeric Mask for Better Skin

Beauty, DIYLibby RasmussenComment
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On days that I work from home, I try to make skincare a priority. I'm not wearing makeup and have time to sit, decompress, and get what I need to get done, while of course, using a barrage of masks and serums. Today I wanted to try something new - a DIY turmeric mask. 

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Four Simple Ingredients

  • Flour

  • Turmeric 

  • Face oil or almond or olive oil

  • 2 tbls almond milk 

For application, I love using these super soft mask brushes from Hansderma

**Important - make sure you're careful with this mask. Turmeric Stains Everything. So proceed with caution. I recommend washing the mask off in the shower before you're ready to hit the town.  

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Mac and Cheez-It Muffin Bites

Food, DIYLibby RasmussenComment

While I’m not too thrilled about the first few days of September starting off on a rainy note, (summer’s not over, summer’s not over) I am admittedly excited for warm, fall food. Any excuse to basically eat like sh*t is good enough for me.  Enter boxed Mac & Cheese.  (Guys I swear I eat veggies too.) The opportunities to make this 88-cent food item absolutely irresistible are endless.  Make sure to check out my friend Lauren Durden’s article in Cosmo, “5 Hacks to Make Boxed Mac and Cheese Taste Gourmet” YAS.  I’m always a big fan of easy apps and thought, hey, why not combine mac and cheese with well, everyone’s favorite cracker, the Cheez-It.  Here’s my recipe on how to make these bad boys at home. 

Ingredients

2 Boxes of Kraft Mac and Cheese
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Wisconsin recommended)
1/2 Stick of Butter
Cayenne Pepper for added spice
1/2 Cup of Crushed Cheez-Its
Scallions
Ranch, BBQ or any topping of choice

Instructions

  1. Make mac and cheese as directed on the box, adding cayenne and shredded cheese
  2. Crush Cheez-Its in a ziplock baggie and preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Grease muffin pan well and sprinkle the bottoms with Cheez-It crumble
  4. Add mac and cheese to muffin pan and sprinkle with Cheez-it crumble and top with additional cheese
  5. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Let the muffins sit for 5 minutes after to let set.
  6. Pop out gently with a fork, add your toppings and serve warm

The results of the Mac & Cheez It muffin bites were quite a success.  They’re a great idea for a fall BBQ or football game.  

Always a fan on condiments and toppings, I took a little creative liberty and added a drizzle here and there of Ranch dressing and BBQ sauce.  Don’t forget the green onion! Some other ideas for toppings could include: bacon, pancetta, crushed red pepper, jalapeños, bleu cheese, hot sauce, you name it.  

Make sure to follow me on Snapchat and Instagram for more food pics!  

Photography: Libby Rasmussen

DIY: Decorative Party Food Picks

DIY, Entertaining, FoodLibby RasmussenComment

So the other day I was making these Mini Chicken and Waffle Sliders and realized that the toothpicks I was using were a little well, boring.  Then I remembered spotting some adorable ideas on Etsy.  See here here and here. With limited supplies and time, I took to my craft supply box and got started.  I seem to always have a stockpile of streamers and tissue paper in my apartment, so I decided to make these tissue paper food picks - inspired by my favorite, Studio DIY. 

Supplies

Toothpicks
Tissue paper or Streamers
Scissors
Glue

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I chose to use streamers for timing and convenience and was shocked at how good they looked. Better yet, they really were so easy.  Consider this my next sitting-on-the-couch-craft-project. Thanks Studio DIY for yet another great craft idea! 

Photography by Libby Rasmussen and Studio DIY

DIY Kate Spade Bow Pillow

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How cute are thee DIY pillows from Kate Spade? Such an easy way to incorporate a little whimsy to a couch or chair.  We love what Kristin Jackson from hunted interior did with the stripe fabric here for her daughter's room.  

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It's really easy to find fabric by the yard on Etsy.  Saves you a trip to the craft or fabric store!
What fabric would you choose?  We love this Palm Leaf Print (of course) and better yet, it's on sale! 

DIY Monogram Jewelry Tray for Under $7

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If you've ever looked into purchasing a monogrammed item, you know that personalizing can get a little pricey. While more stores offering a monogramming option to a product (Mark & Graham, Pottery Barn, West Elm to name a few)  the easiest, most affordable option is simply to Do It Yourself. 

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Source: Libby Living Colorfully

First find an item you want to monogram. The options are nearly endless. I chose to add a monogram to a small, ceramic bento plate from CB2 for a mere $1.95.

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Source: Libby Living Colorfully

I then looked to Etsy for a Monogram Decal. There are plenty of options when it comes to color, size, and monogram font.  I chose a more traditional circular monogram to contrast with the square bento plate. 

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Source: Libby Living Colorfully

Once I received the decal in the mail, I cleaned the surface of the plate, removing any dust or smudges, and peeled the decal on the plate.  To smooth it out, gently use a credit card to remove any wrinkles or air bubbles. 

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Source: Libby Living Colorfully

In total the cost of this DIY was less than $7 and makes for the perfect personalized gift.
Here are some other options you could add a monogram decal to:

Square Lacquer Tray
Pencil Jar
Ceramic Vase
Business Card Holder
Coffee Mug