Today’s link round-up has a baby taggie tutorial, DIY lip gloss, sweets, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars.
The Ribbon Retreat showed us how to make a baby taggie to keep little ones busy.
My Own Labels taught us how to make tropical citrus lip gloss.
Find Daily Joy showed us an activity that will keep babies entertained, and it involves two things you probably already have around the house.
It’s Always Autumn shared a recipe for homemade raspberry rolls.
Artsy Building Lady shared a quick fix for adjustable bra straps that try to adjust themselves.
Honestly Yum gave us a recipe for cardamom chocolate truffles.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and It’s Always Autumn
Today’s link round-up has a few recipes, Olympics bingo, tips for getting pregnant, and more.
Mod Podge Rocks showed us how to make an ombre wood beaded necklace.
I Heart Naptime shared her recipe for creamy tomato tortellini soup.
Prudent Baby showed us how to make cork drums for kids.
Bexlife shared her tips for getting pregnant, whether it’s your first or fifth time.
Brit.co taught us how to make cute last-minute Valentine’s Day lollipops.
Thirty Handmade Days showed us a cute DIY Olympics bingo game and provided printables of the cards.
Photo credit: Mod Podge Rocks and A Beautiful Mess
Today’s link round-up has hair tips, DIY crafts, a celebration of the color turquoise, and a recipe for healthy chocolate lava cake.
Positively Splendid offered 25 free printable valentines.
I Love to Create showed us how to make an easy image transfer on canvas.
Love Maegan reviewed a product designed to touch up roots in between salon visits.
Alisa Burke taught us how to make bright, pretty rock magnets.
A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a chain-style braid.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared her recipe for healthy chocolate lava cake.
Photo credit: Positively Splendid and Jaderbomb
Today’s link round-up has several DIY projects, from a K-cup organizer to a mitten line. There are also Valentine’s Day props and decorations for inspiration.
The Kim Six Fix gave us some Valentine’s Day mantle inspiration.
Riley Blake Designs shared some Valentine’s fabric photo props.
Nap Time DIY showed us how to create a play kitchen.
DIY Passion showed us how to save a bookshelf with some paint and fabric.
Two Thirty Five Designs showed us how to organize K-cups.
Wee Folk Art showed us how to make a mitten-drying line.
Photo credit: The Kim Six Fix and Domestic Superhero
Today’s link round-up has jalepeno ranch dressing, sparkly hair clips, DIY projects, and more.
Domestic Superhero shared a recipe for creamy jalepeno ranch dressing.
Two Thirty Five Designs showed us how to mount a television on the wall and hide the cords.
House by Hoff showed us how to switch up the decorating with a sign.
Wee Folk Art showed us how to make a square wooden stacker toy.
My Own Labels taught us how to make your own all natural baby wipes.
The Ribbon Retreat showed us how to make a Stefanie Sling Bag, which could make a cute diaper bag.
Photo credit: Domestic Superhero and Sew 4 Home
Today’s link round-up has DIY silly putty, a Valentine’s bubble craft, French toast roll-ups, and more.
Crafts Unleashed made cute little bubble Valentine’s.
A Cowboy Life showed us how to make silly putty.
The Chaos and the Clutter taught us how to make a Valentine’s sensory station.
Cincy Shopper taught us how to make French toast roll-ups.
B-Inspired Mama showed us a cool, fizzy hearts science experiment to do with the kids.
Kiddie Foodies showed us how to make suncatcher snowflakes.
Photo credit: Crafts Unleashed and Chocolate Covered Katie
It’s easy to think we can eat as much as we want when we’re expecting a baby. The whole eating for two thing doesn’t really mean that, though. In fact, because the baby is so small the extra calories needed add up to about 350 per day. That’s equivalent to a moderate meal or seconds at dinner.
Recent research offers a whole new insight for why moms should concentrate on eating healthy — for the future health of their unborn child. Research published last week shows that eating a high fat diet while pregnant may be a factor in whether or not your child will struggle with obesity later in life.
The research shows that eating a high fat diet during lactation “predisposes the offspring for obesity” and “impaired glucose homeostasis in mice.” The research revealed a critical timing “when altered maternal metabolism disrupts metabolic homeostasis in the offspring […]” and shows that abnormal insulin signaling contributes to this effect.
This research was conducted on mice, but it does show we may be wiring our kids to be obese before they are even born.
Results suggest expectant moms should put forth all the more effort to eat healthy when expecting because if these results are right, a high fat diet may lay the groundwork for obesity by rewiring the part of the brain in our child that helps regulate appetite. This period of brain development coincides to the third trimester of pregnancy in humans and suggests that changing your diet even late in pregnancy may break the predestined cycle of obesity.
So if you’re pregnant, forget about eating what you want and how much you want to satisfy a craving, and think instead about your baby. Avoid setting the stage for obesity for your child and consider making healthy choices during your pregnancy. It can help your child in the future, and it can help you avoid putting on extra pounds you’d be left with after the baby is born.
Photo credits: Wikipedia
I am drawn to the I Feed My Family on $1 a Day! articles like a lemming to the edge of a cliff. They horrify and fascinate me all at the same time because, even though I know what I will find, there is part of me, deeply embedded in my heart, that believes someone could realistically do it in a way that others could follow.
So far I have always been disappointed.
The first reason I dislike these articles is that they are written mainly to build traffic to a blog or website. I don’t think most of them provide anything helpful to the majority of American families.
If you have toddlers and preschoolers, maybe you can get away with a very low food budget, but boys over the age of six or seven are eating machines. My 15 year old son eats three hamburgers plus fries at one sitting, can wolf down an entire, large pizza without batting an eye, and go through jars of peanut butter like crazy.
Eating is his superpower.
The other reason is that the foods are rarely anything that everyone in my family will eat and many things are items that I don’t want them to eat! Too many of these menus rely on highly processed junk masquerading as food.
If you are on a tight budget, try to find another area to save money first. Good, healthy food is a money saver in the long run because it keeps you out of the doctors’ offices. If you have cut expenses everywhere you can, then here are some suggestions for cutting the grocery budget without compromising health.
Fresh, Local, Seasonal
This is the first, and most important, change to make. Start shopping weekly at the nearest farmer’s market, produce stand, or where ever you can get local produce. It will be less expensive, it will be healthier and since it is very fresh and seasonal, it will be more flavorful a well. Eating foods that have a lot of flavor is more satisfying that eating foods that are bland every time.
Use Meat as an Enhancer
Rather than making a roast with a couple of boiled potatoes on the side make a roast and then divide it up to be used as an ingredient in a couple of casseroles. Rice, bread, or mashed potatoes with pot roast in gravy poured over is a filling, comforting meal that got our parents and grandparents through the Depression and World War II rationing. Think of the starch as being the filler and then add the other foods.
Keep an Eye on Portions
Keep an eye on the size of your portions. Rather than serving large portions of meat and more expensive side dishes, serve the suggested size servings (about 1/2 cup for vegetables, 4 ounce for meat) and use less expensive fillers like rice, pasta, and biscuits in whatever proportions needed to fill your family’s tummies.
Use a Menu Plan
Planning what to use each ingredient for, as well as what to do with leftovers, is important when you are trying to save money. Any food that gets thrown out is a waste of money. When you have a menu, you know exactly what you are cooking and when, plus exactly how much of each ingredient you are going to need.
Maybe you won’t be able to feed your family on three dollars a day, but you can eat well on less money with these tips. Do you have other ways to save money on groceries?
Today’s link round-up features a realistic look at motherhood, fitness tips, and Valentine’s food and crafts.
Simply Kierste taught us how to make adorable Valentines with clothespins.
Mind Body Green took a realistic look at motherhood—it’s not exactly the fairy tale we’re sometimes led to believe, and that’s okay.
Create Craft Love showed us how to make Love Bug Pops.
Shape gave us six unconventional ways to treat sore muscles, which could be a great help if one of your resolutions was to fit in more exercise.
Sarah Fit told us about a fitness class you can take online that she highly recommends, and it’s only $5.00.
Frugal Coupon Living showed us a cute strawberry float idea that the kids will love for Valentine’s Day.
Photo credit: Simply Kierste and Crafts Unleashed