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Link Roundup: Saving Money, Pirates, a Necklace Revamp, and More

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has money saving ideas for when you want to go out to eat, ideas for a pirate party, a necklace revamp, and more.

Muslin and Merlot taught us how to give a necklace you don’t really like a makeover.

One Good Thing by Jillee shared 25 ideas for saving money when you go out to eat.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make rum raisin ice cream.

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Annie’s Noms shared a recipe for dulce de leche s’mores bark.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a simple bedframe.

Cupcakes and Cashmere reflected on her first trimester.

Spaceships and Laser Beams shared some ideas for a pirate party.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Annie’s Noms

Link Round-up: Edible Paint, Summer Berry Tarts, Instagram Pictures, and More

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has easy edible paints, a recipe for summer berry tarts, an Instagram picture heart display to recreate, and more.

The Tiptoe Fairy taught us how to make easy edible paints.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make an Instagram picture heart display.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared a three-second trick that will change your entire look.

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Annie’s Noms showed us how to make a summer berry tart.

Spaceships and Laser Beams gave us some ideas for rainy day kids’ activities.

Pink Recipe Box showed us how to make chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches.

Daily Leisure showed us how to put together a chicken taco bento box.

Photo credit: The Tiptoe Fairy and Annie’s Noms

Link Round-up: No More Freaking Out, a Summer Salad, DIYs, and More

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for no more freaking out, a summer salad, a couple of DIYs, and more.

A Girl and a Glue Gun showed us how to make a cute messenger bag.

Mind Body Green told us how to stop freaking out all the time.

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The Tip Toe Fairy shared a recipe for bacon grilled cheese with zesty ranch guacamole dip.

Everyday Southwest shared a healthy salad that has watermelon, bacon, and cucumbers.

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Pink When showed us how to make chocolate sundae fudge-dipped cupcake cones.

Lovely Etc. taught us how to shop yard sales like a pro.

Flamingo Toes taught us how to make a braided thread and rhinestone bracelet.

Photo credit: A Girl with a Glue Gun, The Tip Toe Fairy, and Pink When

Sproutling Offers New Wearable Baby Monitor

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 by 2 Comments

A new wearable baby monitor has been designed by the Sproutling Company with the mobile parent in mind.

This company was started by two young entrepreneurial parents in 2012. They’ve created a monitor that not only measures your baby’s vital signs, but also offers insights into your baby’s mood and sleeping patterns and of course alerts parents to any abnormalities.

This unique system offers a monitor worn by your child and comes in three parts:

  • Band with sensor worn on baby’s ankle
  • Wireless smart charger
  • Mobile app

The band fits on the baby’s ankle and the sensor collects data including your baby’s heart rate, skin temperature, motion and position. The wireless charging dish also measures room temperature and usual noises.

Other wearable monitors like the Mimo do record similar information, but it requires that the child wear a special onesie to which the device attaches. The Sproutling is actually worn on the ankle via a strap that can be changed frequently and washed.

The band is made of soft, hypoallergenic material that’s breathable yet water resistant and equipped with a smart sensor. Just be sure to remove the sensor before washing. The sensor itself can be cleaned using a baby wipe or damp cloth.

This monitor was designed with a growing baby in mind, too, and comes with three sizes. And while it isn’t to be worn while bathing your child,  it will be fine if your baby ends up chewing on it.

While a properly placed monitor should remain secure, if it does happen to fall off the app alerts parents. The app works with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, and iPod Touch 5G. An Android version is in the works and should be released in 2015.

Photo credits: Sproutling

Link Round-up: Mood Boosters, a Beverage, Ninja Turtle Cookies, and More

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has mood boosters, a delicious beverage, a car bed makeover, Ninja Turtle cookies, and more.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for lime-scented cheesecake.

Mind Body Green shared 15 easy and cheap ways to boost your mood

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared some tips for making a delicious latte.

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Kenarry showed us how to make delicious meatloaf burgers.

Carrie This Home taught us how to give an old car bed a makeover.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons created some easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cookies.

Stamping on the Back Porch showed us how to make a cute dinosaur card for a kid’s birthday party.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Quick Hairstyle, a Free Printable, Popsicles, a Summer Wreath, and More

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a cute hairstyle, a free printable, popsicles, a summer wreath, and more.

Fynes Designs shared the cutest summer wreath idea.

Mind Body Green shared six ways to raise kids with healthy habits.

Find It Make It Love It shared some fun potted plant container ideas. Decorate cans with Sharpies, use clothespins, etc.

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A Beautiful Mess gave us a tutorial for a five-minute braided bun.

Hawthorne and Main shared a free printable, so check it out if you need some quick, cute art.

Homemade Interest showed us how to make blackberry lemonade popsicles.

Seven Graces shared 25 of the life lessons she wants her daughter to know.

Photo credit: Fynes Designs and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Delicious Recipes, Crafts, DIY Bubble Wands, and More

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 by No Comments

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.

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Mom Endeavors shared a recipe for a s’mores dessert trifle in a jar.

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

Donating to Domestic Violence Shelters

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 by 1 Comment

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Domestic violence shelters provide a safe refuge for women escaping abusive partners, but they require lots of assistance to keep their doors open.

Every domestic violence shelter has a different policy as far as donations go. Because of space limitations, some smaller shelters have to be really picky about what items they can accept. However, the following general suggestions will give you a good starting point for thinking about what to donate:

  • Clothing for women and children is always needed. In many cases, people arrive at a shelter with only the clothes they were wearing. All sizes and styles of clothing are helpful, although many shelters say nice dresses or blouses for women are especially important since their clients will need to go to court for orders of protection against their abuser or go on job interviews to find employment.
  • Personal hygiene items, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, and shampoo, are useful donations that you can get for pennies on the dollar if you’re an avid couponer.
  • Crayons, colored pencils, markers, and paper are helpful to help keep little ones occupied while staying at the shelter. These items can also be used as school supplies for kids in the younger elementary grades.
  • If you’re a crafter, consider making blankets and stuffed animals to donate. No sew fleece blankets would be a good project for your kids to help with. Fleece comes in lots of fun patterns, so your child could pick out a favorite cartoon character to feature on the donated blanket.
  • Some larger shelters will accept old cell phones that can be given to women so they can call 911 in an emergency.
  • Cash donations or gift cards to major stores like Walmart and Target can be used to help abused women get back on their feet once they’ve left the shelter.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Link Round-up: Refreshing Foods and Beverages, No-Sew Napkins, and More

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by No Comments

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.

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Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make no-sew table napkins.

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

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