Teens On Dimes

Egg less Cookie Dough

Posted by: Kerrigan on: December 2, 2013

So I have a huge sweet tooth. If its sweet, its gone at my house. When Christmas is just around the corner, we get tubs of cookie dough. Naturally I eat it raw, ending up in a stomachache that was well worth the taste. This year I didn’t want a stomachache that comes after the greatness of the raw cookie dough. I found a recipe for egg less cookie dough that is just as good, and takes less than 10 minutes to make.

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Photo Credit: Robert S. Donovan


1/4 cup halfway melted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/3 cup chocolate chips


Mix together the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and milk in a mixer. Mix in the flour well. mix in chocolate chip. Chill. Eat, and enjoy.


This recipe does not need to be chilled. The only difference is chilled cookie dough’s texture is not as grainy.

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Posted by: Kerrigan on: November 17, 2013

I’m just going to say it, I hate what winter does to my skin. Winter makes my skin dry, icky, and it looses its nice healthy glow. It does not look pretty, at all. So with this said my number one thing to get the dead skin off me, and and extra moister to my skin is a Sugar Scrub. After searching for a body scrub that I like, and is cheap to make, I found one. I’m just going to share my favorite brown sugar body scrub base.

Sugar Scrub

Photo Credit – Kim Love

About 2 cups of brown sugar
Olive oil
Container with a lid

Clean and dry the container and lid. Put brown sugar into the container. Drizzle olive oil onto brown sugar. Mix brown sugar and olive oil, until it looks like wet sand. If you mix the mixture and it looks to wet add more brown sugar. If its to dry add more olive oil. Once the mixture looks like wet sand, its ready to be used.

How to use:

  1. Take sugar scrub into shower.

  2. With the shower off take a handful of the scrub. Rub the sugar scrub in circle motions only on the arms, legs, hands, and feet.

  3. Repeat step 2 until you have used  a little more than half the scrub. Put the lid on the container.

  4. Wash off scrub during your shower.

  5. Shower as usually. And enjoy.

  6. Store rest of scrub at room temperature.

The scrub will make bottom of shower slippery. be careful. Depending on your shampoo if you wash your hair after it can become a little oily.

This recipe makes a wonderful gift. Just put the scrub in a decorative Glass Containers with a cover.

How to Take Care of an Aloe Plant

Posted by: Kerrigan on: October 18, 2013

The vast majority of people I know have do not a green thumb. Their busy lives don’t allow them, or they forget to water their green friends. Then I laugh when people get and Aloe plant and water it everyday. Yup, you were committed to the plant. You watered it everyday, and gave it sunlight, and it still dies!


Photo Credit -Brykmantra

Now your thinking why would I think this is so funny. Most plants do need to be watered almost everyday, and given sunlight. The Aloe plant is a little different. The Aloe plants are succulents, and succulents are found a lot of the times in deserts. So when you water the Aloe plant every day its killing it. So here are some tips to grow one of the easy plants to take care of.


Tip 1- Water your aloe plant only when the dirt is almost 100% dry.

Tip 2- When you go to water your aloe plant make sure the soil is 100% wet.

Tip 3- Put in sunlight.

There are tons of wonderful things you can use your aloe plant for.  I will blog about some issues at a later date.




How to Make Cracked Marble Necklaces

Posted by: Kerrigan on: June 17, 2012

I have been wearing one of my mom’s necklace designs to school and everyone wants to know where they can buy one like it.  I tell them that my mom makes them.  She sells them too on her website but she not only sells them, she was kind enough to tell people how to make them.

Her crackled marble necklaces are awesome and from a teen perspective, I can tell you that they are fairly easy to make as well.

You can see her entire write up of how to make them here: http://www.nikkilynndesign.com/2011/01/how-to-make-fried-marble-necklaces.html/  She also placed a link to her how to video on YouTube as well.

Cheap Homemade Nail Polish

Posted by: Kerrigan on: May 21, 2012

Lately I’ve obsessed with metallic nail polish. The eye striking, colors at a store for a bottle of nail polish is any where from $2.50 to a whopping 5 dollars. Now I got a tip somewhere awhile ago, that I just had to try. basically its clear nail polish and eye shadow. I’ll give you the cheap recipe you can make for less.


(1) Bottle of nail polish (I got mine at the dollar store)

(1) Eye shadow color (I got mine at a second hand shop for 50 cents)

A plastic spoon

A container with a lid

  1. Once you gather your materials you want to break a small amount of eye shadow into your container.

2. After you mash up your eye shadow, pour the clear nail polish until there is double the amount of eye shadow.

3.  Then mix your clear nail polish and eye shadow, until it looks like the picture below.


4. Paint your nails and let dry.

5. Carefully wash brush being extra careful not to get your nails wet.


Strawberry Cleanser

Posted by: Kerrigan on: January 24, 2012

I really hate break outs, especially now when that I’m a teen my skin is getting oily. This cleaner helps remove  impurities and helps get rid of dead skin cells. After using this strawberry cleaner your skin will be clear and smooth. You can use this facial at anytime.



(6)whole strawberries

(3) Tablespoons witch hazel

(2) Tablespoons almond oil


  1.  Put all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
  2.  Pour cleanser into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid
  3.  Store in refrigerator where it will keep for about 2-3 weeks
  4. Use

How to use:

Place a small amount in your hand, and gently massage it into the skin. Rinse well with warm water, then pat dry.

How to Make a Betta Tank Out of a Vase

Posted by: Kerrigan on: January 23, 2012

This is a very cute fish vase to put on your desk or nightstand.

Betta Fish or  the Siamese Fighting Fish have very vibrate colors and their tails are fanned out in a pretty veil. They are tropical fish that likes warm water and do not like cold rooms or drafty places. Each week they need there water changed 25%.

Bettas are not very picky eaters Betta fish food is just fine for these them.

WARNING: Bettas in spite of there beauty are very vicious fish, and like  to live alone.


( 1) 10 1/4 inch vase        

(1) 4 inch plastic saucer    

(1) package of colored gems

(1) Betta fish           

(1) 6 inch water-loving plant        

(1) Gallon of bottled water

  1. Take a strainer and pour the colored gems and rise.
  2. Wash out the vase.(No soap)
  3. Take the plant out of the pot.
  4. Rinse the soil from the plants roots.
  5. Cut a 2 inch hole in the middle of the plastic saucer.
  6. Gently pull the plant roots though the 2 inch hole in the plastic saucer.
  7. Take the colored gems and place a 2 inch layer of the gems on the bottom of the vase.
  8. Fill the vase with the bottled water about 1 inch below the neck . (Bettas need air to breathe)
  9. Carefully and gently place the Betta fish into the vase.
  10. Take the plastic saucer with plant roots and carefully place roots into the vase.
  11. Once the roots are all the way into the vase place the plastic saucer safely in the opening of the vase.
  12. Fill the rest of the saucer with the colored gems.
  13. Then enjoy your new fish and fish tank.

Infused Water

Posted by: Kerrigan on: January 23, 2012

At school we had a very insightful speaker. He was a dentist, and shared the not so wonderful ways of how soda is wrecking our teeth.

Now I could go into the gross details, but won’t. It opened my eyes to how my addicting Mountain Dew habit is wreaking my teeth. All  you have to do is go on google images and search “Mountain Dew mouth”, and you’ll see.

Then I decided I was going to drink the recommended 8 glass of water a day. That quickly got away from me, as we all know water isn’t very tasty.

Then I had an aha moment, what about flavored water. Making infused water is pretty simple.

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  1. First you have to get your fruits, vegetables or herbs.
  2. Fill a pitcher of water 3/4 full of cold water.
  3. Cut your fruit or vegetables into thin slices.
  4. Add  your choice of fruit, vegetable, or herbs add to pitcher of water.
  5. Place pitcher of water into refrigerated over night  for 6-8 hours.
  6. Take out fruit, vegetables or herbs from water.
  7. Pour a tall glass with ice and enjoy!

PS. Feel free to mix and match, with the herbs, veggies, and fruits.

I purchased an Glass Water Bottle with Fruit Infuser for traveling.  It was the best purchase I have made to date. I bring it to and from school and for my car rides.

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