Category: Food

Link Round-up: Baby Swing DIY, Love Life Tips, Food Gifts for Dad, and More

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a baby swing DIY, tips for an amazing love life, food gifts for dads, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a baby-to-toddler swing.

Mind Body Green shared 7 secrets to an amazing love life.

A Cup of Jo shared the best food gifts for Father’s Day.

Spoonful offered a printable for a cute Mickey and Friends frame for Father’s Day.

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Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for chocolate chip banana bread mini muffins.

Simply Kierste posted a recipe for peanut butter cookie s’mores.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared an orange octopus fruit snack idea.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Chocolate Covered Katie

Green Tea Summer Beverage Ideas

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by No Comments

Green tea is packed with antioxidants and is a great substitute for sugary soft drinks. There is even evidence to suggest that green tea can help boost your metabolism, which is something I know many moms would love!

If you don’t like drinking green tea plain, here are two unique beverage ideas from Carrington Tea. Both would be great choices for the warm summer months, but the lemonade sounds like a unique choice for a family picnic.

Mint Green Tea Lemonade (Makes 1 gallon, 3 cups)

  • 15 Carrington Green Tea with Mint Tea Bags
  • ½ gallon fresh, cold water
  • 2 (12oz. cans) frozen lemonade concentrate (no need to thaw)

Bring water to a rapid boil; remove from heat. Pour hot water over tea bags; steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Place frozen lemonade into a glass pitcher, add tea slowly and stir well.

Refrigerate 3½ hours. Stir well and pour into ice filled glasses. Garnish with mint leaves or lemon slices.

Ginseng Green Tea Veggie Drink (Makes 48 ounces)

  • 5 Carrington Green Tea with Ginseng Tea Bags
  • 2 cups fresh, cold water
  • 4 cups vegetable juice (we suggest something with a tomato or carrot base)
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon tabasco sauce (optional)

Bring water to a rapid boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags; steep for 7 minutes. Remove tea bags; allow to cool.

In a large pitcher stir vegetable juice, ginger, celery salt and tabasco. Slowly add cooled tea, stirring well. Refrigerate at least two hours.

Pour into tall glasses, garnish with a stalk of celery.

Visit the Carrington Tea website for more great drink recipes using various herbal teas.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Link Roundup: Smoothie, Stir Fry, Father’s Day Card, Baby Blanket, and More

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a smoothie recipe, “mancakes” for Father’s Day, a stir fry, and more.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for red cabbage stir fry.

If you love a glass of wine after a long day of kid-wrangling, you may enjoy Mind Body Green’s post on why you should switch to organic wine.

Spoonful offered a pop-up King Triton Father’s Day card printable.

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Chocolate Covered Katie offered a recipe for a filling, delicious breakfast smoothie.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make “mancakes” for a Father’s Day breakfast.

Sew 4 Home gave us the how-to for a cute cabana-like playhouse.

MADE shared a video on how to create an easy, soft, and cozy baby blanket.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Chocolate Covered Katie

Link Round-up: Preparing for the 4th, Hair Tips, Healthy Cool Treats, and More

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a star cake stand that’s perfect for the 4th of July, hair tips, healthy mint chip “ice cream,” and more.

Craftaholics Anonymous shared a cute idea for a “hello” vinyl to put on the front door.

Mind Body Green gave us five ways to help someone through a crisis without having one yourself.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make a star cake stand that will be great for a few holidays.

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Cupcakes and Cashmere showed us how to get a natural, tousled hair look.

Dollar Store Crafts showed us how to make a recycled t-shirt dog toy.

A Cup of Jo shared the results of a lipstick challenge, and there are some gorgeous shades there!

Tone It Up showed us how to make a healthy ombre sorbet and mint chip “ice cream.”

Photo credit: Craftaholics Anonymous and Cupcakes and Cashmere

How to Make Your Own Flavored Water

Posted on May 30, 2014 by No Comments

Flavored water is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to soda and other sugary drinks. Making your own flavored water at home is easy to do and a fun way to use up various seasonal fruit and herbs.

You can use pretty much any combination you like to make flavored water. Some good ones to try include:

  • Strawberry and basil
  • Strawberry and mint
  • Strawberries and raspberries
  • Raspberry and mint
  • Raspberry lime
  • Orange, lemon, and lime
  • Cucumber
  • Cucumber and lemon
  • Watermelon and cucumber
  • Watermelon and rosemary
  • Pineapple mint
  • Blackberry sage

To make flavored water, you simply add your fruit and any fresh herbs to a pitcher of cold water. You’ll need to stick it in the fridge to chill for at least four hours, although I’ve found the water tastes best if you leave it chilling overnight.

I’ve had a few friends ask if a special infuser pitcher is necessary for making flavored water. In my opinion, a pitcher is a smart investment if you’re going to be using raspberries, strawberries, watermelon or anything with seeds that might otherwise get into your water. The seeds aren’t going to make your water dangerous to drink, but it looks gross and your kids will probably complain more about water that has stuff floating in it.

I like the Takeya Fruit Infuser pitchers, but there are several different brands available.

In general, the taste of homemade flavored water is pretty subtle. If your family is used to drinking juice, soda, or Kool-Aid all summer long, this will take some getting used to. Letting my son pick which combinations to try made him more open to the idea, so I would recommend getting your children involved with this project if at all possible.

Photo credit: Takeya

Link Roundup: Outdoor Curtains, Frozen Yogurt, Father’s Day Lunch, and More

Posted on May 29, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has summertime treats, how to make an outdoor curtain, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make outdoor curtains.

About a Mom shared a key lime white chocolate macadamia nut cookie recipe.

Almost Supermom showed us how to make 3-ingredient frozen yogurt.

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Living Locurto showed us how to make a fun food sport lunch for Father’s Day.

Echoes of Laughter taught us how to make delicious basil watermelon lemonade.

Spot of Tea Designs shared a Father’s Day gift idea—a “like father, like son” photo book.

Crafts Unleashed showed us how to make a key ring chapstick holder, a fun project for kids to do!

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Living Locurto

Link Roundup: Healthy Treats, Coloring Pages, Playroom Mural, and More

Posted on May 27, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has healthy treats, coloring pages, a playroom mural how-to, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to give Entenmann’s chocolate covered mini donuts a healthy makeover.

About a Mom showed us where we can get Maleficent coloring pages.

Echoes of Laughter shared five tips for creating a beautiful outdoor space.

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Kenarry showed us how to make a castle playground woodland mural.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make Jello Play-doh.

Spot of Tea Designs showed us a cute transportation-themed baby boy shower.

My Life of Travels and Adventures shared a list of simple toddler meals.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Shirt Makeover, Paint Colors, Summer Sandwiches, and More

Posted on May 22, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a too-small shirt makeover idea, tips for choosing paint colors, healthy summer sandwich ideas, and more.

Make It Love It showed us how to take a too-small t-shirt and turn it into a peplum top.

Happy Mothering shared a recipe for raspberry cheesecake mini jar desserts.

Picklebums shared a recipe for sprinkle sticks.

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Over the Big Moon shared some ideas for quick and easy healthy summer sandwiches.

Coco Cake Land taught us how to write on cakes.

Craving Some Creativity shared tips for choosing your interior paint.

Serving Pink Lemonade showed us a fun craft that kids can do to make new crayons in any shape.

Photo credit: Make It Love It and Dumbbell Housewife via Over the Big Moon

Link Round-up: Father’s Day Gift Ideas, Pineapple Lemonade, and More

Posted on May 20, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has Father’s Day gift ideas, pineapple lemonade, flip-flop cookies, and more!

Over the Big Moon shared a DIY heart map art idea.

How You Glow shared a recipe for kale pesto.

Make It Love It shared some ideas for homemade Father’s Day gifts.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make adorable flip-flop cookies.

Create Craft Love gave us a recipe for sparkling pineapple lemonade for a new spin on a summer classic.

Picklebums posted a reminder that we know our children better than anyone else.

Serving Pink Lemonade inspired us with silhouette art.

Photo credit: Over the Big Moon and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

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