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Pallet Love! Who would have thought that you can do so many different things with them? You can make tables, sofas, chairs, shelves and use them as a headboard! I had seen a similar idea on Pinterest, so when I had two pallets left over I knew what I wanted to do with them. If you can't tell I am a huge fan of overly rustic looking things and reclaimed wood, I love mixing the modern look with the classic, but overall there is nothing I love more than being able to make something myself, or put my look on something. There is a reason why I am a regular at all the thrift stores because I am always looking for a nice piece of furniture or decor item that I can fix and make it exactly how I want it. And guess what you can't beat the price! Of course it does take time, so I call it my hobby. Other people enjoy sport or drawing or relaxing in the sun, while I am always in the look-out for my next project. It is just that little effort that makes your home so YOU when you are able to put your own touch on it. Either way, this article is a do-it-yourself article and so easy!

Again you need to find the pallets which in making this headboard will be the hardest, and lets admit if you really put your mind to it you can easily find some free pallets somewhere, either a store or a grocery store, basically anywhere they have shipments. My friend went looking for them one night and they were everywhere she said when you started looking for them. So if you can find some in pretty good shape, it doesn't matter if they are a little rough looking and not in perfect condition that will make them look even better. So ones you have the pallets, clean them good outside, I recommend hosing them down so all the dirt and dust is gone. Let them air dry for a day or two, until they are completely dry and ready to be taken inside. If your pallets are a nice color you are all good to go for the next step. But if you feel like a different color, here's what I did: I laid them outside on a blanket, I bought some spray cans at the local hardware store, I went with white, and I sprayed one coat. To be able to cover the pallet I would have to spray it a few times, but I liked the look of just one coat so I just did one. And voila, the painting is done. Get some help from your friend and carry the pallets to the bedroom that you are going to use the pallets in, place them behind the bed and this DIY project is done! This is why I LOVE pallets!! xo Abella
Pallet Headboard

Want to make a healthy side dish but still crunchy and good? I am always trying to find the more healthier option for food so I decided to try making zucchini chips and that was a hit! So crunchy and flavorful and I they were done in a few minutes. A must try for you all that need some inspiration for healthy sides.Baked Healthy Zucchini Chips

INGREDIENTS
2 Zucchinis
Spices are optional, here are the ones I used
Paprika
Cayenne Pepper
Salt
Cumin
Parmesan Cheese (optional, don't use if your on a Paleo Diet)

Healthy Zucchini Chips

DIRECTIONS
1. Slice the zucchini with a cheese slicer, if you dont have one use a knife but make sure they are not to thick or thin to get the crispyness in the oven
2. Coat them with olive oil on both sides after placing them on a oven pan.
3. Use desired spices and sprinkle it on top of the chips.
4. Bake in oven for 10-15 min on 400 degrees. Keep watching them because they can go from perfect crispy to black in an instant because they are so thin.

Enjoy!

Yesterday I had such a craving for fish; so I went to Costco and there they had wild caught fresh tuna. Yay! So I decided to make a ahi tuna salad. It is so quick and easy and tastes amazing! Wild caught tuna can be pricey, but all the other ingredients are cheap so all in all this is not an expensive dinner or lunch. If you are trying to eat healthy this is the perfect meal for you!

Raw Ahi Tuna


Ingredients
Ahi Tuna, 2 Filets (sashimi grade)
1/2 Yellow Onion, chopped
2 Cloves of fresh Garlic
1/2 Cup Organic Soy Sauce or Tamari (Gluten Free & Organic Option)
Sriracha, to taste
1 tbs Sesame oil
1 tbs Rice Vinegar
2 tbs Fresh Ginger, chopped
2 Scallions, chopped
Black Sesame Seeds, to garnish
2 Small Carrots, chopped julienne style 1 Avocado, thin slices for garnish

Ahi Tuna in the Making


Directions
1. Rinse your tuna and pat them dry. Cut the tuna into cubes and remove all fatty and stingy parts.
2.Place your fish in a bowl with the chopped onion and garlic.
3. Get a small bowl and add sesame oil, Tamari, sriracha, rice vinegar, ginger and scallions. Mix it together. Taste it and if you are happy with it pour it over the fish. You can serve it immidiatly or put in fridge and let it marinate for a few hours.
4. When you are ready to serve, lay the carrots on the bottom, add the tuna and place the avocado on top. Lastly, garnish with sesame seeds and voila!



-Abella- 

I wanted to share with you some of the great little finds I found while browsing online. I've been wanting to update my interior and do it cheap this time. One easy way of updating or refreshing your room is buying some cheap items that stand out and rearrange them to fit the other items you already have.
Top Buys for your Home
There is rule to that: Don't overdue it! So here is the tip of the day A general rule I try to live buy, yes try, it's not always easy, actually it is very hard. If your room is already decorated and you want to change the look, for every item you bring in, one of the old items must go. I know it's hard. I literally struggle with this every time I buy something, but I'd rather have fewer decoration items rather than a cluttered home with decor that does not go together at all.
So here is whats on my wishlist! Let me know what you think!
Clear Glass Vase with writing - $7.95
Green Glass Vase - $4.95
Small wooden box - !12.95
Throw with Metallic Finish - $59.95
All the items above is found at www.hm.com/us.

-xo Abella


This is such a fun and easy DIY! Having your own herb garden. You only need a few pots or one big one, and a few dollars to buy some small herbs and lets get diggin'.
I went to a local farmers market and bought a few small terracotta pots. I had some soil on hand and I bought a few different herbs, my favorites are basil, rosemary, dill, cilantro and parsely. There are so many options, and it is so much fun to grow something yourself. And it looks gorgeous on the kitchen counter or your patio table. You can easily have a few pots and herbs growing within a couple days and for less than $10.00.

xo. Alexsandra

 

 

Paint a light background in your China Hutch!

Last week I shared with you the makeover of my China Hutch. But I did not stop there. I wanted to give my newly painted "old" china hutch a extra little pop by painting the background of the cabinet in a different color. Another great option is also to use a wallpaper in the background! I went for the easiest option and painted the background white. Of course you can use any kind of color, and the best is to have a little gloss in the paint to make it the most durable.

One of the reasons why I went with the white background is because all the wine & champagne glasses looks really gorgeous with a white background in contrast to the dark black. This is a super easy fix for a china hutch that actually needs some work, you only need to paint the inside of the hutch = half the work! Check out the 1st part of the process here, and let me know what you think about the 2nd part, painting the background light! xo.Abella
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THE CLASSIC MOJITO

In this perfect summer weather the timing is perfect to share my Mojito recipe with you. At the moment I am in Norway on vacation and we are having some awesome weather here in May which might not always be the case in Norway. On our vacations we always have a few drinks, and mojito is a great one to enjoy on any summer day or any day really! Enough said this Mojito speaks for itself ;)
Here it is!

INGREDIENTS

Serves 1
4 Oz Rum (light rum)
2 Oz Elderflower Liqueur (I love the taste of this liquere and it is perfect in this drink)
Mint Leaves
1/2 Lime
Brown Sugar
Club Soda
ICE

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