April Fool’s Day Prank – safe for work!

April Fool's Day Prank

This is a fun and easy prank for April Fool’s Day! I did it last year and my coworkers loved it. Get the download here.

All you do it cut out a square (there are probably more than enough there for you!) and then put a piece of tape over it (be sure the writing faces the sticky side). Now use it to cover the laser on your coworkers’ mouses (mice?) and wait for their reactions! The paper will prevent the mouse from working. But your victim needs only to turn their mouse over (probably suspecting the batteries are dead) to see they’ve been tricked!

 

Packed Lunch – Healthy Chicken Nachos

Healthy Chicken Nachos

I pack my lunch for work almost every day and I have a *ton* of ideas to share for packed lunches. This one is leftover dinner and it is SO YUMMY.

Here’s what I pack:

  • Crockpot Shredded Chicken Taco meat*
  • Shredded cheese
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Avocado, diced
  • Chips (not pictured)

How to prepare it:

  1. Put the chicken on a plate and microwave for 45 seconds to one minute
  2. Spread the chips on the plate and cover with cheese – microwave for 20 seconds or so
  3. Top with lettuce, tomatoes and avocado – enjoy!

 

Healthy Chicken Nachos

*the Crockpot Shredded Chicken Taco Meat deserves its own blog post (and it will probably have one soon!) but it’s SOOO easy to make that I’ll break it down here really fast… put 4 chicken breasts in the crockpot and cover with a jar of salsa, then cook on low for 4-6 hours. Shred the meat in the crockpot (it fall apart!) and mix with the salsa. You can also add taco seasonings (I don’t add a whole packet – usually about 1/4 packet). Serve in tacos, burritos or nachos with lettuce, beans, avocado, tomatoes, cheese, Greek yogurt… enjoy!!

Chicken & Spinach Quesadilla with Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad

Chicken & Spinach Quesadilla with Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad

 

Sunday was a lazy Sunday. We did things around the house and ran a couple errands, but mostly watched some tv and worked on our computers. Around lunch time we needed to eat NOW so I threw this together. It was quick, easy and yummy!

My husband makes the BEST quesadillas, so I asked him to teach me his tricks… he showed me how he heats BOTH sides of the quesdilla before he adds the cheese and folds it in half… GENIUS.

Chicken & Spinach Quesadilla with Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad

1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups spinach
1/2 cup cheese
1 flour tortilla
little olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, then saute the chicken and spinach until spinach is wilted
  2. Heat a skillet on medium heat until the pan is hot
  3. Warm both sides of the tortilla, then add the cheese and chicken/spinach mixture and fold in half
  4. Cook until tortilla is crispy and cheese is melted. Cut into pieces

 

Serve with Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad (recipe here)

 

Shaving Face

 

I’ve heard a lot of people talking about women shaving their faces lately (mostly chatter on the radio) so I thought I’d weigh in! I started shaving my face last summer after watching this video:

I use the same razor she recommends in the video (this one here). I shave once a week, after a shower with coconut oil…. and I loooooove it.

These are the benefits I enjoy:

  • It’s cheaper than waxing my upper lip
  • It exfoliates my skin and leaves it perfectly prepped for make-up
  • It’s quick and painless (waxing = ouch!)
  • I don’t have to worry about my skin breaking out after waxing and there’s no redness

I don’t swipe the razor inside my nose (as she suggests) but I do shave the tops of my hands sometimes. I hate when the sun catches hairy knuckles when my hands are on top of the steering wheel!

One of the radio shows I heard talking about this offered a voice-changer for any women who wanted to call in to talk about their experience but also wanted to remain anonymous… I’ll happily talk about my experience and answer any questions so ask away!

Getting Started Again

 

I’m excited to start blogging again! I started Make It Blog in 2009 because I wanted to share ideas… I spent a lot of time and money to start my blog, which created a lot of pressure on myself. When I was over-thinking every little thing, I got frustrated and gave up. I still have ideas to share and things to say, so starting again has always been in the back of my mind. A lot has changed since then so I decided to freshen up the look… I’ve gone back and forth on what to do with the content from FIVE YEARS AGO (should I keep it? What about the fact that it looks so different? Should I just start fresh?) but decided to keep it. If you’re interested in what the blog looked like before, here’s a screen shot:

Old LookIn an attempt to just get started already, I’m simply going to say this: I’m learning as I go. I’m not sure how often I’ll post and my photos are probably going to be crummy at first, but I’m figuring it out. If I try to have everything figured out before I start, I’ll never start!

So, here’s me getting started again.

“Emergency” Car Kit for Girls

Emergency Kit for girls

My very best friend Laura got me this for my birthday one year and I LOVE it! It’s one of my favorite gifts of all time and it has saved my butt on more than one occasion. And it’s so simple too! She got a cute little bag and filled it with a bunch of items that would come in handy for a girl “emergency” – things like a surprise lunch date or dribbling my latte on a shirt before a meeting.

Some of the items include (not all are pictured):

  • tampons
  • nail file
  • nail clippers
  • safety pins
  • hair ties
  • bobby pins
  • sewing kit
  • stain remover
  • breath mints
  • stomach medicine
  • aspirin
  • hair brush
  • lint roller
  • tissue
  • toothbrush, toothpaste, floss

It’s such a simple idea, but it’s also fantastic! Many of the items are available in the “travel” section at the drugstore. I keep mine under the seat of my car. It keeps my car organized and, between this kit and the one my dad gave me, I’m ready for just about any emergency on the road!

Image source: drugstore.com

Organized Car

Organized car

Here she is! My car all organized with the goods from yesterday’s organization inspiration post. Not too shabby, huh?

Here are are few more angles:

Organized car

Do you see the black storage boxes there? I love how they look like they fit in with the car. The box on the left holds my emergency car kit from my dad, my dashboard wipes, a rope, first aid kit and water. The box on the right holds all the stuff from my weekend gig. I had plastic storage boxes with lids for awhile (boy, those were a pain!) and I never liked how it always looked like I was moving.

Organized car

And what do you think about the mesh bags in the pockets behind my seats? I like how much better that looks than a bunch of doggy bags, dog toys and supplies stuffed in there.

Organized Car - kid emergency kit

In that top picture you can see the project case under my seat that I keep to entertain my neices and nephew if we ever go to a restaurant or something. I keep it simple with some blank pieces of paper, a coloring book, crayons, markers, a list of games you can play in a car or restaurant, and a few sheets of paper with a bunch of dots on it to play that game where you make lines and boxes and write your initial in them. Works out great.

So, there you have it. Hopefully one day I’ll make a little more colorful (like the organization inspiration post), but in the meantime I’ll just have to settle for having a super-organized car.

Organization Inspiration: organized car

Organization Inspiration: organized car

One of my favorite things to do it organize every inch of my life – I just love it. Sometimes, after I organize something, I’ll just look at it. Like, for a long time.

I’ve decided to share some of my handier tips in a new segment here called Organization Inspiration. So, in this premiere edition of Organization Inspiration, I hope to show you some fun ways to tackle organizing your car.

1. It’s always good to have an umbrella in your car. My “car umbrella” ends up rotating quite a bit because I loan it out a lot.

2. I keep this project case filled with coloring books, crayons and markers under a seat for those times when I might take my neices and nephew to a restaurant.

3.  A cute notebook is always a good thing to have in the car.

4. Little zipper cases are great for cars. Whenever my make-up has about a 1/4 left (foundation, mascara, blush, eye shadow), I usually retire it to my car or office drawer (that way, I never need to resort to using anything but the “best stuff”).

5.  My favorite part of my organized car: these black storage boxes from the Container Store. There are a few reasons why I like these storage boxes, and I’m going to bullet them for you – these boxes:

  • are so easy to get stuff in and out of
  • hold a lot of stuff
  • don’t look like they belong on your garage (ie, they’re not plastic storage boxes)
  • are only $20 a piece!

6. Whenever I try to save a few bucks, I take my car through the drive-thru car washes instead of a hand wash. While I’m sitting in my car letting the automatic scrubbers do their thing (probably while I blast Bon Jovi), I use these wipes on my dash and console to make my car *look* like I went through a hand wash.

7.   My very best girlfriend, Laura, got me the most thoughtful birthday present a few years ago. It was a little case filled with stuff that I might need in a girl emergency (think nail files and hair ties – and stay tuned later this week for more information). That little case has saved my butt on a number of occasions, and it will always have a place in my car.

8. This fancy case might be a nicer container for my (real) emergency kit (the one my dad gave me – which has also save my butt on a number of occasions).

9. I like keeping collections in these mesh bags in the pockets behind my seats. I prefer the mesh bags because it looks nicer to keep everything in there, and I can grab everything easily if I need two. Specifically, I keep doggie bags, a portable water bowl and a frisbee in one mesh bag, and my sunblock, flipflops, and (ahem) tanning lotion in another mesh bag).  

 So, there you have it. I hope you were inspirated by some of my organization solutions. Check in later this week to see all these goodies in action!

Also, I’ll have the full breakdown of item #7 in a post later this week too!

Barbeque Chicken Kabobs

Barbeque Chicken Kabobs

Is this not the yummiest-looking food-on-a-stick you’ve seen today? And, my gosh, they were every bit as good as they look… and so easy!

I got a new barbeque grill! I’m very excited about it. I’ve been scoping out craigslist for a grill for a couple months. I saw my stainless steel dream listed for $100 and called immediately. No answer. I left a message. No response. I called back the next day and the guy said he lowered the price to $80 since he thought the plates needed to be replaced (awesome – I still would have paid $100). I told him I could be there in 30 minutes. When I show up he shows me the grill and tells me all about his sons and his wife. He had to get a new grill because he was hosting a graduation party for his son and needed to be able to barbeque more food. He also tells me he got the barbeque at CostCo a few years ago for $400. Score.

After looking at it for a bit, he says “tell you what, give me $60 and it’s yours” (awesome – I still would have paid $100). His son helped me load it into my car and I gave him $30 as a graduation present. The new stainless steel grill plates cost me $60 and I love, love, LOVE my new grill.

Barbeque Chicken Kabobs

Barbeque Chicken Kabobs

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
5-8 large cherry tomatoes
1 package mushrooms
2 peppers (green, red or orange)
1/2 onion
nonstick cooking spray
salt & pepper to taste

  1. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Cut into large cubes
  2. Cut the peppers and onion into large pieces
  3. Spray your skewers with nonstick cooking spray
  4. Thread the chicken, tomatoes, onions, peppers and mushrooms on the skewers
  5. Add salt and pepper to entire skewers to taste
  6. Put on preheated barbeque until chicken is cooked through

Barbeque Chicken Kabobs

Three Berry Salad with Chicken & Walnuts

3 Berry Chicken Salad

So, I’ve only brought my lunch one day this week. BUT in my defense, I had 2 lunch meetings and 1 lunch date this week too, so I’m doing pretty good. The important thing is that I haven’t *paid* for lunch at all this week… right?

This salad recipe is inspired by one I had at Nordstrom Cafe. It is so yummy. Although I couldn’t quite get it right until I found this dressing. I grabbed it by mistake when I thought it was a different dressing I like, and when I tasted it I thought “that’s the Nordstrom dressing!” – and trust me when I say it really makes this salad.

3 Berry Chicken Salad

The bring it to work, I put the mixed greens, chicken and walnuts in one tupperwear container, all the berries in another one, and the blue cheese crumbles in a small tupperwear container. I bring the dressing in the bottle (until I can buy a fancy alternative).

3 Berry Chicken Salad

Three Berry Salad with Chicken and Walnuts

2 cups mixed spring greens
3/4 cup cooked chicken, chilled (seasoned with salt and pepper)
1 cup berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries)
2 tbsp chopped walnuts
1 tbsp blue cheese crumbles
1 tbsp light Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette (by Wishbone)

Combine all ingredients – enjoy!

For the record, I brought my lunch in this fancy bag:

3 Berry Chicken Salad

Fitting that I brought my Nordstrom Cafe-inspired lunch in a Nordstrom bag, huh?