8/09/2012

DIY Roman Curtain


I'm so excited when I finished and hang my very own made new Roman Shades! It was pretty  and easy to sew, just make a long piece of fabric with hemmed edges. If your fabric is thin you can add the interfacing to give little bit structure.  In this project I use outdoor fabric I found from Joanns. And don't forget to bring you coupons it can save you a lot than buying it on its whole price.  


I bought my cheap min blinds from Target for less than $4.

Steps:
1. Mini blinds have a series of cords that hold the plastic strips in place and help lift the shade. The lift cord is thick and the ladder shaped cord holds the plastic strips. Cut the ladder cord out of the blind, but be very careful not to cut the lift cord!    Leave some few ladder cords, I decided mine to have 7 inches apart.




2. Lay down you sewn fabric to the floor and top it with the blinds.



3.  Put enough mod podge in each strips, or you can use hot glue but you have to work very fast as it easily cooled down and you loss the stickiness.


4.   Reattach the thick slat and tie off at the measured mark.
















Healthy Eats for Pregnant Women

YES!!! We are expecting a new baby. Today I stop drinking coffee for the love of the baby :) and start to google good healthy foods.

Here's one of the good information I found from USDA and I wanted to share with fellow expectant moms. Have a healthy pregnancy!


Making Healthy Choices in Each Food Group

Follow your Daily Food Plan for Moms and eat the amount recommended for each food group.  Include the foods listed below—they  are the best sources of some nutrients you need when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Vegetable Group

(choose fresh, frozen, canned, or dried)
sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Spinach
  • Cooked greens (such as kale, collards, turnip greens, and beet greens)
  • Winter squash
  • Tomatoes and tomato sauces
  • Red sweet peppers
These vegetables all have both vitamin A and potassium.  When choosing canned vegetables, look for "low-sodium" or "no-salt-added" on the label.

Fruit Group

(choose fresh, frozen, canned, or dried)
cantaloupe
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew melon
  • Mangoes
  • Prunes
  • Bananas
  • Apricots
  • Oranges
  • Red or pink grapefruit
  • 100% prune juice or orange juice
These fruits all provide potassium, and many also provide vitamin A. When choosing canned fruit, look for those canned in 100% fruit juice or water instead of syrup.

Dairy Group

glass of milk
  • Fat-free or low-fat yogurt
  • Fat-free milk (skim milk)
  • Low-fat milk (1% milk)
  • Calcium-fortified soymilk (soy beverage)

These all provide the calcium and potassium you need.  Make sure that your choices are fortified with vitamins A and D.

Grain Group

bran cereal
  • Fortified ready-to-eat cereals
  • Fortified cooked cereals
When buying ready-to-eat and cooked cereals, choose those made from whole grains most often.  Look for cereals that are fortified with iron and folic acid.

Protein Foods Group

  • Beans and peas (such as pinto beans, soybeans, white beans, lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas)pot of beans
  • Nuts and seeds (such as sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, peanuts, and peanut butter)
  • Lean beef, lamb, and pork
  • Oysters, mussels, crab
  • Salmon,  trout, herring, sardines, and pollock
NOTE:  Do not eat  shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.  They contain high levels of mercury.  Limit white (albacore) tuna to no more than 6 ounces per week.  Learn more about the safety of eating seafood during pregnancy.
All of these foods provide protein.  In addition, beans and peas provide iron , potassium, and fiber.  Meats provide heme-iron -which is the most readily absorbed type of iron.  Nut and seeds also contain vitamin E.  Seafood provides omega-3 fatty acids.