Today’s link round-up has lots of delicious recipes, crafts, and a DIY bubble wand.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for no-bake Nutella cookie dough balls.
A Cedar Spoon shared a recipe for pina colada popsicles.
Muslin and Merlot taught us how to decorate chairs with scarves.
My World Simplified showed us how to make coconut shrimp with pineapple sauce.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to create shapes while weaving wall hangings.
Bless This Mess Please offered a Sweet Tooth Fairy’s VaNIElla Squared cupcake recipe.
Create Craft Love showed us how to make bubble wand flowers from pool noodles.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Mom Endeavors
Today’s link round-up has refreshing foods and beverages, no-sew table napkins, tips for freshening indoor air naturally, and more.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a DIY light-up café sign.
A Cedar Spoon shared a recipe for watermelon lemonade vodka slushies.
Mom Endeavors showed us how to make a layered rainbow fruit salad.
Thifty Jinxy gave us five tips for softer towels.
Take a Bite Out of Boca offered a recipe for simple roasted asparagus.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to freshen indoor air naturally with coffee and tealights.
My World Simplified taught us how to make delicious roasted potato wedges.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Muslin and Merlot
Today’s link round-up has ice cream recipes, Christmas in July ornaments, how to make a stress ball out of clay, and more.
The Suburban Soapbox has toasted marshmallow ice cream and other cold treats.
Chicago Jogger taught us how to make Crockpot BBQ with apricots.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to make an aromatherapy stress ball out of clay.
Domestic Mommyhood showed us how to make a squishy sensory bag.
Create Craft Love showed us how to make DIY clipboard art displays.
Peekaboo Pattern Shop shared a free button-up romper pattern.
Photo credit: The Suburban Soapbox and Upstate Ramblings
Today’s link round-up has inspirational desktop images, tips for cooking millet, pool noodle hack for adults, and more.
Thrifty Recipes taught us how to make chocolate chip sour cream banana bread.
Songbirds and Buttons shared inspirational desktop images.
Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to cook millet.
Domestic Mommyhood showed us how to make Kool-Aid play dough.
Create Craft Love shared some pool noodle hacks for adults.
Oh Everything Homemade taught us how to sew a blanket for a toddler.
Photo credit: Thrifty Recipes and The Suburban Soapbox
When I had my kids, my mother and mother-in-law were on the spot with meals. What a godsend!
Today, many people don’t live near family so friends step in to provide meals. When my girlfriend had her baby last year that was the case, and when I stopped in with another meal I saw a pile of casserole dishes waiting to be returned owners.
While that reflected the love of many, I thought about the extra work we had caused. She didn’t have to make the meals, but in her little kitchen the empty casserole dishes took up valuable counter space and were a constant reminder of something she needed to do. Return them.
Use Disposable Dishes: Since witnessing that collection of dishes piled on her counter, I’ve moved to using disposable containers that can go in the freezer when making meals for new moms. It eliminates clean up and removes the burden of trying to return all the dishes to the people who dropped them off.
Food Allergies and Preferences: Another thing to consider when making new mom meals is any food allergies, preferences, and restrictions. For instance, when making a meal for my girlfriend I knew not to include mushrooms if I wanted to keep her other children happy.
And if you don’t know the family well, be sure to ask about any food allergies. If a family has dairy issues, macaroni and cheese doesn’t work.
Along with this, if the new mom is breastfeeding, find out what foods her doctor has told her to avoid. For instance, my doctor told me to avoid tomatoes, chocolate, and spicy foods. With those kinds of restrictions in mind, I’ve made a mild chili and delivered it with a bottle of Red Hot to be added by those who want to add a little spice to their serving.
Call or Text Ahead: Don’t just pop in on the new mom. You certainly don’t want to risk waking her from a much needed catnap! Contact them first to see if it is okay to drop off a meal.
Along with bringing the meal, consider dropping off disposable utensils and plates so clean up is as easy as dumping everything into the trash. When you stop by with the meal, avoid the urge to stay and visit; remember those first couple of weeks are exhausting!
Photo credits: armigeress
Today’s round-up shares a way to get paid to DIY around the house, a few delicious recipes, a game, and more.
Amanda’s Cookin’ shared a vintage recipe for a Lazy Daisy Cake.
Army Wife to Suburban Life showed us how to get paid to DIY.
Sand in My Toes showed us how to make a number hunt game.
The Crafty Blog Stalker shared a recipe for cabbage and pineapple slaw burgers.
DIY Beautify taught us how to make a bird feeder using thrifted plates.
The Casual Craftlete shared a recipe for lemon blueberry chia jam.
Photo credit: Amanda’s Cookin’ and Kenarry
Today’s round-up has a first birthday badge, puree, a summer reading list, non-toxic sunscreen, and more.
It Happens in a Blink shared a tutorial for a first birthday badge.
It’s Always Ruetten shared her summer reading list.
Army Wife to Suburban Life gave us 15 ideas of things to do when you’re alone.
Sand in My Toes taught us how to make a parking deck out of a cereal box and other items you have around the house.
A Mom’s Take shared her recipe for a moisturizing non-toxic sunscreen.
Carolyn’s Homework shared a guest post and taught us how to make peanut butter and jelly cookies.
Photo credit: It Happens in a Blink and It Bakes Me Happy
I consider my self to be a crafty gal when it comes to projects involving paper, stickers, glue, beads, or glitter, but my patience for elaborate baking projects is pretty limited. So, when it came time to make my son a birthday cake, I waited until the last possible minute to decide what to make.
I really wanted to do a pinata cake like the one on Claire K. Creations. My son has been a huge fan of pinatas since Grandma brought one to his third birthday party. But, the actual assembly of the traditional pinata cake looked beyond my limited patience.
In a stroke of brilliance/utter laziness, I realized that I could get a really similar look with an angel food cake pan. I used a box white cake mix, baked the cake, then tossed several colorful Chewy Lemonhead candies in the center. Once I frosted it and added sprinkles, it looked no different from a regular cake.
The look on my son’s face when we cut the cake was priceless. Even though it wasn’t picture perfect like the Claire K. Creations cake, it was close enough to make his day.
This idea could be adapted in any number of ways. You can use any kind of cake mix in an angel food pan, but a regular cake mix won’t rise as high as angel food cake.
Next time I try this, I think I’ll make yellow cake with M&M’s in the middle and chocolate frosting or do an angel food cake with a fresh strawberries in the center and strawberry frosting.
Photo credit: Dana Hinders
Today’s link round-up has recipes, wire word art, fun summer recipes, and more.
Kalyn’s Kitchen shared a recipe for raw zucchini carpaccio.
The Neighborhood Moms talked about three baby gadgets that may be bad for children’s development.
View Along the Way showed us how to make easy wire word art.
A Mom’s Take shared some ideas for a baby essentials kit.
Gingerly Made taught us how to make watermelon Rice Krispie treats.
This Silly Girl’s Life showed us how to make mini mint s’mores.
Photo credit: Kalyn’s Kitchen and Confessions of an Overworked Mom