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.
Everyday Southwest shared a healthy salad that has watermelon, bacon, and cucumbers.
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
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:
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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:
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
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
The problem with getting organized it that it seems like a really overwhelming task when your house is currently a disaster zone. But, if you break your goal down into smaller tasks, it becomes much more manageable.
Here are a few suggestions for quick 10 minute cleanups. If you do just one a day, your house will be looking better in no time!
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
I’m a big fan of fluffy towels and soft blankets, but I hate to throw anything away. So, when I’m replacing my household linens, figuring out what to do with the old stuff is always a challenge.
I used to pass along old linens to friends who were moving and needed help furnishing their new places, since I was the first one in my social circle to get married and move into my own home. However, I’ve finally run out of people eager for my castoffs.
Since I love Pinterest, I’ve seen all sorts of cool sewing projects made with recycled fabric. But, I’ve finally had to admit that I lack the skill to actually accomplish any of these nifty ideas.
If you’re in the same boat, I think the best option is to take these items to a nearby animal shelter. Animal shelters can use donations of towels, blanks, and other linens to help pad cages and make them more comfortable for animals.
If you don’t know where the animal shelters in your area are located, visit PetFinder.com to search for contact info.
If you’re trying to teach your children about the importance of giving back to the community, consider buying a few bags of pet food to take with you when you drop off the blankets. Even if your kids don’t have pets of their own, most children are sympathetic to the plight of animals in need. You can look for coupons and sales to cut costs, if you’re having your kids pay for the food with their allowance money.
Photo credit: PetFinder.com