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How to Make an Origami Crane

Origami is one of the most creative DIY projects to carry out. You don’t need any special talent or equipment; you just need your hands, your ability to follow simple steps, and paper. Although to make it look really cool, you might want to use really light paper. Cardboard papers are difficult to fold and may make the process difficult.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to make an origami crane in a few simple steps. If this is your first time making origami, then you’re in luck, because you’re about to have really good background knowledge about the craft.

How to Make an Origami Crane – Step-by-Step

1. Get a square paper

The first step to creating an origami crane is getting a perfectly square piece of paper. If you can’t find anyone like that, you can simply pick any paper and trim the edges until you have a good square. Remember, not a rectangle but a square.

2. Folding the two triangles

You’ll need to fold the piece of paper into two separate triangles. Here’s how you do it. You try to connect two pointed tips of the paper. When you have connected one of the tips, you open it back up and connect the other two tips facing the opposite direction.

One thing you must do while folding the triangles is that you must ensure that you mark the lines because you would need to refold them later.

3. Folding the two rectangles

Fold the triangles just the same way you folded the triangles before, but this time you’ll not need the tips. You’ll connect the flat surfaces. Fold the paper to connect two edges of the four sides. By the time you’re done doing this, you’d have two rectangles of equal sizes. You must remember to fold two of them in opposite directions.

4. Fold the creases

Remember when I said you should mark the lines? Well, now’s the time for that. You’ll fold all the stretched sides in the exact direction that you first had them in. The important thing to know is that you’ll have to do all of them together. This may be a little daunting, but it’s the step you must take.

5. Form a kite by folding the two edges in. Do the same to the other side of the paper.

6. Fold the pointed edges till they connect with the bottom of the two edges you connected in step 5.

7. Pull the bottom corner above the top and fold it along the creases in step 4 and 5.

8. Flip the top layer on the right side over the left side, do the same to the left side.

9. Fold the top layer on both sides until it touches the tip of the bottom layer.

10. Repeat step 8.

11. Fold the wings down and also slightly bend one side of the long tips. That should represent the beak and the other side would represent the tail.

What you’ll have now is a neat and perfectly trimmed origami crane.

How to Puree Fruits and Vegetables

Sometimes what your soups actually need is a burst of richness from using well-processed vegetables and fruits. It’s also a plus for nursing mothers who want to prepare their own healthy baby food at home.

In this article, I’m going to show you how you can easily puree fruits and vegetables that you can store up for whenever you have a delicacy to prepare. One thing you must note is that pureed fruits and vegetables are not used for every soup or sauce you’re making. Which one you use and how you use it would depend on your recipe.

Simple ways to puree fruits and vegetables

Below are the simple steps to take to puree fruits and vegetables.

Go for fresh and ripe fruits and vegetables

Do you remember when I said you don’t need every fruit or vegetable for every recipe? Now if the soup or dish that you feel you constantly need pureed fruits and veggies, then choose the really ripe ones. Keep in mind that they also have to be fresh. You don’t want fruits that are near spoilage.

Also bear in mind that you want to choose vegetables and fruits that have the proclivity to become soft after you have cooked them. This would make it easier to puree them. Choose veggies like potatoes and carrots, which are perfect to puree.

Set the fruits up for cooking

After washing and the vegetables and fruits, you can now cook them. To do this, you would need to already have boiling water on the stove. You don’t want to throw the fruits into the water when it’s still cold to prevent it from soaking too much water.

Pour the already washed and peeled fruits and vegetables inside the pot and cover it for about 20 minutes. By this time you’re sure that they are already well cooked. Remove the cooked veggies from the pot and place them in another bowl to cool before blending.

Pureeing the fruits and vegetables

Now, depending on the level of smoothness that you want, you can decide to use an electric blender, a food mill, or just an immersion blender. An important thing to keep in mind is that you’re to make sure that the fruits and veggies are smooth and soft.

Add some water if you have to, but don’t do it because you’re trying to increase the quantity. If you want the pureed food to be more, you’ll have to buy more vegetables.

Store the pureed fruits

Get a jar, a bowl, or just about anything that has a firm cover and pour your pureed food inside it. Cover it up and store it in the refrigerator for use later. You should keep these in the refrigerator for weeks or months for it to freeze. All you have to do when you need it is to boil it for a while and it’s good to go again.

With these simple steps you’d have successfully pureed your fruits and vegetables. Also note that not every veggie is suitable for every recipe.

Learn to Play 4 Simple Chords on the Ukulele in Minutes

Have you recently just bought a new ukulele and you want to impress your family and friends with your music skills? Do you want to learn some of the simple ukulele chords that you can easily create your own songs with? Well then, you’re in the right place.

In this article, I’m going to show you 4 of the really interesting ukulele chords that you can easily combine to make your own music or play an already existing song. If you’re a songwriter, you should know by now that songwriting becomes a lot easier when you’re doing it over a tune, especially if it’s the one that you created yourself.

What would you need?

●      Your tuned up ukulele: If you don’t already know how to do this, I’ll submit you go look it up, because it’s going to be important in order for you to be able to play.

●      Ability to hold down the strings: There are only 4 strings, so you don’t really need too many fingers holding too many strings.

●      Ability to strum: Just like with the guitar, you would need to be able to strum rhythmically.

●      Ability to switch between chords easily and in time: You shouldn’t worry if you can’t already do this effectively. By the time you’re done practicing the following 4 chords, you would have gotten the hang of it.

The 4 super-easy ukulele chords

You’ll be able to play almost any song with a proper combination of these chords. So many songs use about two or more of them.

The C-major chord

There’s hardly a song that doesn’t use this chord. Even if the key is different, you can always switch it up and play your song in the C-major. So how do you play this chord?

●      Fix your ring finger on the third fret of the A-string and make sure that you hold it firmly. The A-string is the last string closest to your feet.

●      Leave every other string open.

●      Strum all the strings together.

It’s quite easy, isn’t it?

The A-minor chord

●      Put your middle finger on the second fret of the G-string. The G string is the top string closest to your face.

●      Leave every other string open

●      Strum all the strings together.

The F chord

Now, here’s some challenging stuff.

●      Fix your middle finger on the second fret of the G-string like we’re still playing the A-minor chord.

●      Put your ring finger on the E-string. The E-string is the one closest to your A-string.

●      Leave every other string open.

●      Strum all the strings together.

The G7 chord

Here’s another really daunting chord to play but you’re going to love it.

●      Put your middle finger on the second fret of the C-string. The C-string is the one closest to your G-string.

●      Fix your index finger on the 1st fret of the E-string.

●      Put your ring finger on the second fret of the A-string.

●      Leave the G-string open.

●      Strum all the strings together.

You must use the fingers that are instructed in this tutorial because it makes it really easy for you to switch from one chord to the other. Hope you check back for more.

How to Make a Mojito

Are you a strong cocktail lover? Do you want to experiment with making your own? Well then, you’re in the right place to do this. Pay close attention and focus on every step that will be dropped in this article.

And this article we’re going to focus on how to make a mojito and the best way or the most suitable way to serve it. For a little extra advice, you should be careful not to begin to drink your mojito before your friends arrive. This is because you could be tempted to finish everything and have fun all by yourself.

What is Mojito?

For the sake of those who may not know what mojito actually is, is a cocktail drink, everything is made especially with five ingredients. The ingredients include white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint. Combining all of these ingredients will give you this tasty and healthy drink. Mojito, the Cuban drink, is refreshing and a must-have at every party or social gathering.

Now let us move on to the most important question in the article which is exactly how can you make mojito?

How Do You Make a Mojito?

To make a mojito you must know one thing that everyone using all of the five ingredients would create something like this like a mojito but certainly cannot create it exactly the same way each time.

What makes your mojito different is the carefulness that you can apply each time.

Directions

●      Crush the mint leaves and squeeze the lines into a bowl. The mint leaves should produce the mint oil and the line balls should be able to create lime juice. Stir this mixture thoroughly.

●      Add your sugar to the mixture and continue to mix.

●      Put some ice in a mixture and let it almost fill the small bowl that you have the whole mixture in.

●      Add your rum.

●      Add some water and keep stirring. Keep on stirring this mixture and tasting it to see if it actually meets your preferences, if not you can add some more sugar.

If you have practically followed all the steps, what you would have in your bowl is your delicious mojito.

Health Benefits of a Mojito

Some people have questioned whether or not mojito is healthy. The fact is the trunk contains a lot of natural ingredients and these ingredients have their functions.

Considering the health benefits of vitamin C that you would get from the lime juice, that alone is enough proof that the drink is healthy and safe for consumption.

The mint leaves also provide some more vitamins, the sugar brings a low quantity of carbohydrates to the party. It is noteworthy that the amount of rum or lime that you decide to use could alter the entire taste of the drink. You want to make sure everything is properly measured.

Your mojito is going to taste a lot different from your neighbors’ or your friends’, and that will depend on the amount of each ingredient that you have applied in the drink. Enjoy the delicious and chilled mojito!

How to Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Are you thinking of starting your day with the most delicious dessert? Is peanut butter cookie top on your list? Well then, stay tuned as we check out the simple ways of baking some for a beautiful dessert or snack experience.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to make peanut butter cookies, I’ll also show you everything you need to know about the ingredients, the process I’m exactly how you can serve it. Just stay tuned and follow every single step.

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

Below are some of the ingredients you need to bake your delicious, classic peanut butter cookies.

●      Baking soda

●      Flour

●      Baking powder

●      Granulated sugar or a sugar-free sweetener such as Stevia

●      Salt

●      Butter

●      Milk (optional)

●      Brown sugar

●      Eggs

●      Creamy peanut butter

Directions

●      Pour some flour in a large bowl, add baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix everything together.

●      Put some butter and sugar in a separate bowl, beat the mixture until you have a good paste. Make sure the end result is fluffy. Start breaking the eggs into this mixture but make sure to do it one egg at a time. Add the peanut butter and continue to mix until everything is fluffy. Do this for about 3 to 5 minutes.

●      Remember the flour mixture in step 1? Now you can add it to the mixture in step two. Mix it thoroughly make sure that you scrape the sides of the bowl into the mixture and continue to mix.

●      Refrigerate the batter for a period of one hour.

●      Before you begin to bake there are some things that you need to do. Just make sure that you preheat the oven up to 350 degrees. Drop the peanut butter dough on the baking sheet and make sure that each dough it’s about 2 inches apart from the other.

●      You can add some design on each cookie by using a fork. Press the fork on the surface of each dough to create something like the encryption of the fork on the dough.

●      Leave the door in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remember that the heat should not exceed 350 degrees. If you have it at 350 degrees you cannot leave it longer than 20 minutes or you will end up having burnt peanut butter cookies.

●      Take it out of the oven and don’t serve it immediately. Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes and then you can serve.

With these simple steps, you would have made your own peanut butter cookies. You can now see that you can have a special morning every morning.

Just as a pro tip, you should reduce the sugar content in your tea. This is if you’re not so much of a sugar lover. The sugar in your peanut butter may not appear in your taste buds as much as you would expect.

I hope these tips were helpful, let us know what you think.

Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Are you thinking of trying out a special new look for your gallery? Or are you going for a function and just want to look exactly how you picture yourself? Is smokey eyes makeup what you want to try out? Well, hang on, you’ll learn exactly how to do it in simple steps.

You see a lot of people attempting to do the smokey eyes makeup ending up looking like they just gave the job to a 2-year old. Well, they may not realize this, but people who actually see them, especially experts like us who may be critics, would know they probably didn’t have any knowledge about the art. You’re going to get that knowledge now so that you can avoid looking like them.

How Do You Create Smokey Eye Makeup?

I always tell the people who have been privileged to learn under me that every makeup is an art. You’re an artist and all you’re doing is adding special effects to your already beautiful face. Below are the steps for creating the smokey eyes effects:

●      You would first have to apply a mid-tone shadow on your eyelids. For a better smokey base, it would be better to use the color grey or brown. You can find all-natural eyeshadow from Jane Iredale from Natural Healthy Concepts.

●      Pick up your eyeliner and apply it along the lash line. You must do this while ensuring that you’re able to get some color between the lashes in order to enable it to pop.

●      The next thing you have to do is to apply a dark tone shadow liner for example charcoal or espresso over the liner. Blend it into the lid shadow. Apply it to the lower lash line, in order to do this, you would have to press the bottom of the brush on the lashes, spread it out with your fingers to give you the smokey look.

●      You can add any finishing touch with the mascara to give it the full lash effect.

●      Add sparkle with your fingers

You must know that you may not end up with the exact same smokey effect that your friend got. That is not the goal. Your main goal is to have one that looks beautiful for you. There are lots of factors that influence the final look of your smokey eye makeup, most of them are in your choice of colors, your choice of lash and some others.

You must also know that the shape of your face differs from that of a friend. You are trying to create something that looks unique for yourself. For an extra little advice, before you embark on a journey of keeping yourself the smokey makeup, you can check out your favorite celebrity. Try to copy exactly what you see and try to do it perfectly. Remember, that you may not end up with the exact same thing but in the end, you will have something close to it.

In conclusion, remember that the shape of your face will greatly influence the final outlook of your makeup. I hope this tip is helpful.

How to Make a Mini Book and Why It’s So Much Fun

A mini book is a type of book or booklet that’s made by using a single sheet of paper, or by stapling or tying together small bits of paper together with string or rope. Mini books are great when it comes to fun kids craft projects, as they can keep their sticker collection, drawings, or short poems in them. And they make great one-of-a-kind gifts for parents or grandparents!

Children love to undergo new challenges and engage in easy creative projects that mean so much fun for them and whomever they give the cute little gift to. Here, in this article, you will learn how to make a mini book by following these simple steps.

How to Make Mini Book

To start the making of a mini book, you will need sheets of paper (or blank printer paper will work too). Cutting of art requires a level of pure art that you will need to acquire. At the end of the day, it’s expected that the finished mini book comes out bearing a total of 8 sides.

You can, however, decide to turn your mini book into more pages; it’s totally up to you. Learning the art of designing and proper coloring will help your mini book-making journey easier as you get the opportunity of turning it into anything you want. Your child could make a cute diary, notebook, day planner, and more.

Directions:

Let’s quickly check these steps out below.

●      Get a single sheet of paper (i.e., A4 paper) or a cardstock. Use the paper to make a half vertical and horizontal folds.

●      Pick the half paper you folded horizontally, and put it in another half fold. Opening the folded paper now reveals 8 marked rectangles.

●      Open the paper and make it be on only one fold now. Pick up your scissors, or any form of cutting item you have and cut carefully by starting from the folded center down to the first fold line.

●      Then unfold your paper.

●      Children love this stage as they get to jump in excitement when they find out that a single sheet of paper was magically turned into a book!

●      Push the paper together by taking hold of the rectangle located at each end of the paper.

●      Make your folds very neat, according to your desire.

●      Proceed to get your decoration tools. This will make the book turn out to be more attractive.

●      For a more sophisticated look, you can try to make a hardcover of your mini book by cutting one out of your old books. Use it for the first page and the last page. This will also help strengthen the pages of your book.

Here you have it! Your mini book!

If you are confused about how to go about the production of the mini book, you can first all start by conducting experiments with any kind of paper that you can lay your hands-on, and as you already know, practice makes perfect!

Hair Highlights Tutorial

Hair highlights simply refer to those parts/strands of your hair that have a color tone (darker or lighter) applied to it to your hair in order to create some kind of beauty effect or attention. We’ve seen women and men apply this strategy so many times to enhance the beauty and color of their hair, and it has played out perfectly fine most of the time.

To be able to create outstanding hair highlights, you need to be acquainted with the procedures. You’ve clearly seen what highlights are. Let’s move to the benefits of highlighting your hair on your own.

Benefits of Hair Highlights

1. Gives you room for a change

If you are looking for a means of changing your style and serving new looks, then you probably need to start by highlighting your hair. This will cause you to observe a total change in your appearance, framing your face in an entirely new way.

2. Beats boredom

We’ve seen cases where people suddenly get tired of basic monotone hair colors. Now, highlights are there for you to get yourself out of that boredom by adding a whole lot of spice through your style decisions. Hair highlights will bring a much-needed change to your beauty routine and overall appearance.

Hair Highlights Tutorial

Knowing what highlights are isn’t enough. Soon, you will be finding out how you can comfortably highlight your hair in the absence of your stylist, using this short hair highlights tutorial below.

1. Get a good home hair highlighting kit, mix the content, and make sure that every ingredient is blended properly using a spatula. Ensure that your hair is dry before moving on to apply the blended mixture onto each section you intend to highlight. Remember, don’t let it touch your scalp.

2. Gently use your gloved fingers to massage in the mixture. When you get to the middle of your head, further create subsections on each section of your hair. This is to ensure that the solution thoroughly gets in as you wish.

3. When you get to the underlayer part of your hair, and the back, create smaller subsections and keep on with the application and massage.

4. Also, note that taking and applying the mixture in larger quantities does not guarantee a finer finish. What counts is your skill, expertise, and carefulness. So, to get the natural hair highlight look, be sure to master the basics before you proceed.

Things to Keep in Mind

●      Ensure that you apply the highlight 2 inches away from your roots and scalp.

●      Pull and keep your hair in a straight mode when the application is done. This is to ensure that the application is generously done.

●      Ensure to get gentle when you apply, don’t add too much pressure to avoid complications.

Hair highlights turn out beautifully well when applied properly. Listed above are the simple steps you can implement to make sure that you come up with the most beautiful hair highlights. Ensure that you follow them carefully.

How Do You Make a Banana Split Step by Step?

The banana is one of the most cherished foods on the planet because of its taste, ease of use (just peel and eat), and the way it’s packed with nutritional values that are aimed at helping us improve our health. Today, we’ll answer “How do you make a banana split step by step?” We love these delicious dessert snacks, so let’s go! But first, let’s review the health benefits of eating bananas.

Benefits of Bananas

1.  It helps to regulate your blood pressure.

When you consume bananas, you lower your blood pressure because of its potassium content.

2. It can help relieve your stomach discomfort.

If your tummy is one that can’t go for a very long time without bringing you signs of discomfort, then it’s time to go for this option. But in the absence of a banana split, going for healthy supplements for digestion support will help you too. Or, if you’re watching your carbs and can’t eat bananas, try Super Shake Banana Strawberry by Nutritional Frontiers.

3. It’s great in smoothies or desserts.

Making a banana smoothie is a great way to promote your health. With banana smoothies, you are going to be getting everything you need just in one sip. You can also get a lot of enjoyment out of eating a banana split!

How Do You Make a Banana Split Step by Step

Okay, so now we’d be looking at the simple procedures that you can take to make the best banana split.

Ingredients:

●      One scoop of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice cream

●      1 large banana, but ensure that you cut lengthwise

●      Slice 2 freshly baked strawberries

●      2 tbsp pineapple chunks

●      2 tbsp whipped cream

●      1 tbsp peanuts

●      1 tbsp chocolate syrup ­or hot fudge topping

●      1-2 tbsp of maraschino cherries

Directions:

1. Get your banana and use a knife to split the banana starting from the top to the center.

2. Take out the split banana and place it in a dessert dish used for ice cream.

3. Take a scoop of vanilla and lay it in the middle of your split banana.

4. Take a scoop of strawberry ice cream and also place it in the middle of the split banana.

5. Take a scoop of chocolate syrup or your hot fudge and also place it in the middle of the banana.

6. Take the rest of your ingredients and put them on top of the split banana. To get a very beautiful finish, take a lump of your whipped cream and mix with the ice cream scoop. Top it with a few cherries, and enjoy!

 

Family-Friendly Hair Cutting Tutorial During Quarantine

The quarantine has got everyone staying in their homes to ensure they are safe. The spread of the COVID-19 virus is nothing to be relaxed about but then it comes with a lot of other consequences. Some of these include the closing of important places we visit on a regular and even forget how important they are such as the barber’s shop or the hair salon.

If you think to yourself, how do we get to cut the hair together as a family? It’s pretty simple. We’ve got you covered. The idea of having to cut your own hair or even that of your loved ones isolating with you can be pretty terrifying. You don’t want to have to live with a terrible hair style till your hair grows back, but let’s face it since it’s not presently possible to go for your weekly trim at the hands of a professional, you’ll have to take the clippers into your own hands.

For a Basic Trim

For a basic trim, you need a pair of sharp scissors and a mirror. Most importantly you need steady hands. What you want to do is to section your hair into small areas and hold them up with a comb or between two fingers. Then remember to trim just the tip. Nothing more except if necessary.

You can do this if your hair is wet or dry. It doesn’t really matter. However, keep in mind that wet it tends to be more elastic and would look a lot shorter when dry. You don’t want to cut it too short and regret it later.

For a Buzz Cut

Quite a number of people are relying on the buzz cut at this time. It’s no surprise, as it is a very easy style to maintain at home, and it takes a while to have to visit the barber again. It is important to lube your blades with oil, preferably a lightweight oil. This is very important to make the process go a lot smoother.

Again you need a mirror and steady hands. You can start at the top of your head to be sure on how low you want it to be. If you have bald spots you want to even out, you can model the rest of the head from it.

For a Shave

Getting a clean shave would also require a mirror, a clipper, and steady hands. The good thing about clean shaves is that you have lesser room for error. How bad can it go? You want it taken all out right?.

However, you need to be more professional about it by applying a pre-shave oil. This makes your hair a lot softer and easier to shave off.

Cutting your hair and that of a loved one first requires you to come to terms with it. You’re not a professional and you might make a few mistakes but try limiting them as much as possible with these easy steps.