Category: For The Home

Link Round-up: Natural Teething Solutions, a Peanut Butter Cup Bar Recipe, and More

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has natural teething solutions, a peanut butter cup bar recipe, cleaning secrets, and more.

Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make glue gun snowflakes.

Kids’ Activities Blog shared natural teething solutions.

How Does She shared 18 of the best cleaning secrets.

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A Beautiful Mess has a peanut butter cup bar recipe.

Olivia Cleans Green showed us how to make vegan lip balm.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make spicy peanut noodles.

Pizzazzerie showed us how to make easy, cute Thanksgiving fortune cookies.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Nutella Hot Chocolate, Toys for Babies, a DIY Gift Idea, and More

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link roundup has cute toys for babies, Nutella hot chocolate, top baby names, a marbled clay ring dish, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for chocolate chip magic granola bars.

Kids’ Activities Blog showed us some games for babies.

Brit & Co. shared some of the top baby names.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make Nutella hot chocolate.

Painted Home Designs shared a DIY kindling pack gift idea.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to make a drinking straw Christmas tree.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared a cute Thanksgiving snack made up of a pear and berries.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Thanksgiving and Christmas Crafts, a Lotion Review, Journal Prompts, and More

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has journal prompts, Thanksgiving napkin ring ideas, a lotion review, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make Thanksgiving napkin rings.

Pint Sized Baker shared a recipe for pumpkin muffins with sugared pepitas.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make a scarf-covered Christmas wreath.

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A Beautiful Mess shared journal prompts for November.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to make a DIY retro starburst holiday tree.

Tasty Kitchen shared a butternut squash and black bean enchilada skillet idea.

Makeup and Beauty Blog reviewed the Soap & Glory body butter set.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Chocolate Cheesecake Turkeys, Pumpkin Muffins, Essential Oils, and More

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has mini chocolate cheesecake turkeys, pumpkin muffins, essential oils you need, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make Christmas luminaries.

Hungry Happenings shared a recipe for mini chocolate cheesecake turkeys.

A Mom’s Take shared a chili cheese burritos recipe.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make sour cream pumpkin muffins.

Happy Mothering told us the seven essential oils everyone should have on hand.

A Dose of Paige shared some fall décor projects to keep you inspired this season.

Robyn’s View shared some tips for making fall cleaning a breeze.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Spicy Cheesy Kale Chips, Dressing Toddlers on a Budget, and More

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 by 3 Comments

Today’s link round-up has a recipe for spicy cheesy kale chips, tips for dressing toddlers on a budget, DIY baby food jar candles, and more.

Shaken Together Life taught us how to make pumpkin pie white chocolate pretzels.

3 Boys and a Dog shared a recipe for spicy cheesy kale chips.

Crystal & Co. shared five tips for dressing toddlers on a budget.

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Organized 31 showed us how to make a cup sleeve out of an old sweater.

The Domestic Life Stylist showed us how to make delicious pumpkin oatmeal.

Growing Up Book by Book shared dinosaur activities that help teach letter sounds with fossil matching.

Mommy in Sports showed us how to make baby food jar candles.

Photo credit: Shaken Together Life and Organized 31

Link Round-up: Baby Shower Decorations, Turtle Pecan Pie, Games, and More

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for decorating for a baby shower, a turtle pecan pie recipe, games, road trip snacks, and more.

Shaken Together Life taught us how to make a cinnamon orange air freshener.

Crystal & Co. shared tips for decorating for a baby shower.

Growing Up Gabel showed us how to make a turtle pecan pie.

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Organized 31 shared some ideas for road trip snacks.

Living Montessori Now shared a calendar of November observances and activities.

The Domestic Life Stylist shared tips for finding reliable child care for date nights.

Growing Book by Book shared ideas for post office play time.

Photo credit: Shaken Together Life and Organized 31

Cheap Chic Kitchen Makeovers

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 by No Comments

The kitchen is one of the most frequently used rooms in the home, especially if you’re a mother with young children. Unfortunately, it’s often the last room to be properly decorated.

The high cost of new appliances and designer cabinets might be prohibitive if you’re on a tight budget, but even a few small tweaks can give your kitchen a fresh look.

It’s amazing what happens to a room when you get rid of unnecessary items. Too much clutter makes your room look dirty and unappealing. Be honest about your cooking habits. Donate or sell cookbooks and kitchen gadgets you know you’ll never get around to using.

A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive option that can have a big impact. Generally, you’ll want one base color and two accent colors that are used in smaller amounts. If needed, you can use heat-resistant appliance paint to fix scratches or change the color of outdated appliances.

Themes aren’t for everyone, but they can be a cute way to tie the room together. Apples, chefs, or wine bottles are examples of popular kitchen themes, but you could also choose accessories from your favorite decade for a vintage inspired kitchen.

If you can’t afford new kitchen cabinets, simply replacing the hardware will create a different look. Any major home improvement store will have a large selection of decorative knobs and drawer pulls for you to choose from. I had a friend who did this in her kitchen a few months ago and the results were amazing!

A new backsplash doesn’t have to be expensive, but it’s a great way to add an interesting design element to your kitchen. Ceramic tiles are generally the cheapest option. Another alternative is using salvaged materials from remodeling projects within your community. Check Craigslist to see what you can find.

Pinterest has lots of great kitchen makeover ideas to help you get started. Sondra Sweeney’s Low-Cost Kitchen Makeovers & Updates board is one of my personal favorite resources.

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Halloween Version of Elf on the Shelf

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 by 1 Comment

My kids were grown before the Elf on a Shelf craze started, but when my niece visited with her three children on the way to Disney last year, I was introduced to the rules of having one of these elves.

The children weren’t allowed to touch it or it would lose its magic, and while the elf wasn’t allowed to move or speak while people were around, it moved to a different location each night. Just what a mom of three (5 and under) needed to deal with on vacation, but I kept my lips zipped on that.

The Elf on the Shelf started as a storybook, and now it seems a new Halloween tradition has come on the scene in the same way with a book titled Switchcrafted.

Switchcrafted is a 20 page hardcover book with beautiful illustrations, an 8.5-inch witch doll, and a trick or treat bag.

The story introduces Switch Witches Ruby, Wanda, and Piper along with their helpers Sugar and Chewy and a new Halloween tradition of getting rid of all the sugary Halloween treats your children collect.

It encourages them to exchange their sweets for a healthier options – thus the title “Switchcraft.” I just learned about this, but I guess it goes on all October with the witch doll moving around to different places watching pre-Halloween activities much like the elf does before Christmas.

The Switchcrafted website offers ideas for ways to donate candy and provides ideas for healthy snack alternatives, along with games, activities and more. The idea behind the book is to help equip parents with a way to deal with the massive amounts of candy brought into the house following trick or treating.

While the idea might be fun, the practical side of me kicks in. As a parent we spend money on costumes and candy, let the kids go out and trick-or-treat, and then want them to give up their candy to the witches who need it for fuel. I’m not sure how that’s going to work.

Maybe if we want to limit their candy take, we could limit how many houses they visit on Halloween. I’d love to hear from parents out there to hear how this goes over with the kids. The giving up of their candy stash that is.

Photo credits: Amazon

Link Round-up: Fun Ideas for Halloween, a Superfood Smoothie, and More

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has more fun ideas for Halloween, treats, a superfood smoothie, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make Butterfinger brownies.

A Beautiful Mess shared 13 fun ideas for Halloween.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make Halloween mini donuts.

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Kenarry taught us how to remove dry erase marker from the wall.

I Heart Nap Time showed us how to make banana cream pie.

Crafts ‘n Coffee shared how to make a Halloween eyeball wreath that glows in the dark.

Mommypotamus gave us a chocolate peppermint superfood smoothie recipe.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry