I can not believe one week of December is already over. I have no Christmas tree up, no lights, no decorations, and barely any shopping done. I am totally stressed out! When did my life get so hectic that I feel like I’m always running to catch up? Each year I make a promise to myself that I’m going to get all the Christmas decorations up during the Thanksgiving weekend and each year I seem to fail. This year I’m further behind I think because I’m mentally in the house hunting mood.
We just returned from a part media trip part family vacation and while they are suppose to relax you I usually just get further behind. So really what I need is a little elf to come in and decorate while I’m sleeping and help picking out the perfect gift. When I don’t know what to buy, what to make, or what to do I always do one thing….I search the web for ideas. I just recently updated our HP Envy computer with Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Did you know that you can search using Bing Smart Search without opening a browser?
From your start screen simply swipe from the right edge of your screen and click on search. You will notice that it says it is searching everywhere. I decided that I really needed some easy to make Christmas ideas. My sister and I decided this year not to exchange gifts. She is working on paying down her debt and my husband and I are looking at purchasing a house so it just seemed the logical way to go. However I wanted to get her a little something without really buying her a gift. Since Honey loves crafts I figured this would be the best way to spend some time with my daughter and make a few Christmas gifts.
Bing Smart Search
It also appear to remember your searches. When I came back later to do the same search it immediately came up with the words I had searched earlier when I started to type in Christmas. Instead of a list vertical list of search results you are presented with images and descriptions of the results to give you a better idea if it will suit your needs. You can scroll through your results until you find something you are interested in. You will find results for websites, videos, images and more.
How to Navigate Through Your Bing Smart Search Results
Your results are grouped by category and by where they’re from. For example, the photos on your PC will be grouped together, and so will the photos from the web. The results from your personal files on your PC and SkyDrive will be listed first, and then results from apps and the web. Thumbnails give you an idea of what you’re getting before you tap or click. To see all the search results for a specific category, tap or click the See all link for that category.
Bing Smart Search is not simply searching the internet it searches your computer. Maybe you forgot where you saved a document, simply use Bing Smart Search to help you locate it. Or maybe you want to listen to some music, no need to open the app and find the song just type it in and start listening immediately. I absolutely love using my touch screen and since I haven’t really learned the ins and outs of the Windows 8 or 8.1 the Smart Search is a great tool.
It even helped when it came to writing this post. I had no idea how to update to Windows 8.1 or even do a print screen. Once I had Windows 8.1 installed I was able to find the snippet tool with a quick search as well as Paint. It is kinda like when you were a kid and you didn’t want to take the time to find something and you just went and asked your parents instead. Bing Smart Search does all the work for you, you just have to ask it what you want.
So back to our project. After our quick Bing Smart Search for Christmas craft ideas Honey and I decided on something simple yet practical to make. Something that says holiday but something that will be used and not thrown away or put on a shelf to be forgotten. We found a quick and easy recipe for bath salts. I had no idea how easy they are to make, and they make the perfect gift for a bath lover, like Honey and myself.
Holiday Bath Salts Recipe
- Epsom Salts
- Food Coloring
- Bottle or Jar
- Perfume or Essential Oil
Simply mix your food coloring, Epsom salt, and oil (or perfume) together making sure the food coloring is distributed evenly. Lay out on wax paper for a couple hours to dry and then place in any bottle or jar of your choosing.
Tips and Tricks
You can always choose an Epsom salt that is already scented if you can’t find an oil or perfume that you like.
When choosing your scent think of what your recipient likes whether it be a certain flower, perfume, or even peppermint.
Use plastic instead of glass. We decided to use a plastic jar with an easy to pour spout thinking that a recipient with children may prefer an unbreakable container.