Category: For The Home

Link Round-up: Avoiding Toxins, Healthy Meals, Fingerpainting with Starburst, and More

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for avoiding toxins while pregnant, treats, healthy meals, a new fingerpaint idea, and more.

A Beautiful Mess shared a giant skillet brownie recipe.

Mind Body Green shared 14 tips for minimizing toxins while pregnant.

Bitz n Giggles showed us how to make a Snicker caramel apple dip.

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Uncommon Designs Online showed us how to make monogrammed pumpkins.

Life a Little Brighter showed us how to make Starburst fingerpaint (that’s one idea for getting rid of the Halloween candy!).

Luv a Bargain shared a cilantro lime chicken with zucchini and spinach recipe.

Play Dates on Fridays took a look at some of the insecurities we have as parents and how they sometimes show up in daily conversations.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Uncommon Designs Online

Keera PTZ Baby Video Monitor Is Smart and User-friendly

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by No Comments

Baby monitors offer peace of mind and a measure of freedom to get other things done while baby sleeps.

Levana’s new Keera PTZ Baby Video Monitor does more than just keep an eye on your baby. It has the ability to pan/tilt/zoom and record and is even equipped with the ability to play lullabies.

When you hear about all this baby monitor can do, you might think it would be complicated to use, but the 3.5 inch touch panel features intuitive graphic icons that make it a user-friendly monitor option.

With such technology, I can’t help but think of how my mom used to talk about having eyes in the back of her head. Now we can have eyes all over the house! The Keera Baby Monitor features a camera that operates smoothly and silently from anywhere in the house.

It lets you adjust the camera view horizontally (300 degrees) and vertically (110 degrees), plus you can zoom in to get a closer look if you want. It’s a great way to see what your child is doing whether they are asleep or playing. It also lets you record video and take pictures with a 2GB micro SD card if you want to capture something adorable or funny!

The Keera PTZ Baby Video Monitor equips parents with super powers to see what’s going on anywhere in the house. It runs on a powerful battery designed to last up to 24 hours and the monitor and camera can be set to “sleep” when there is no noise in the nursery to extend battery life. When the baby wakes and makes any sound, the camera and monitor activate.

The Smart LED Indicator Ring changes with the sound of your baby’s voice so you can tell how loudly your baby is crying even if the monitor is on mute. Sensitivity controls can be adjusted to suit your needs.

This monitor also includes an interactive feature that let’s you talk to your baby through the two-way Talk to Baby intercom. Use it to sooth them and let them know you’re on your way.

Photo credits: Amazon

Link Round-up: Homemade Candy, Tuna Roll-ups, Fall Home Maintenance, and More

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has homemade candy, mushroom risotto, tuna roll-ups, a fall home maintenance checklist, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make homemade salted butter caramels.

Mind Body Green asked, “Are you taking care of everyone but yourself?”

Luv a Bargain showed us how to make mushroom risotto.

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Kenarry shared a fall home maintenance checklist with a free printable.

Life a Little Brighter showed us how to make tuna roll-ups.

Play Dates on Fridays shared five of the worst times to be a mom of multiples.

I Dig Pinterest showed us how to make Halloween Oreo popcorn.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Cookies, a Halloween Pillow, Pumpkin Hummus, and More

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cookies, a Halloween pillow tutorial, pumpkin hummus, and more.

Crafts by Amanda shared a creepy hand luminary craft idea.

Bombshell Bling showed us how to make a cute Halloween pillow.

Around My Family Table taught us how to make pumpkin hummus.

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Living Well Spending Less shared an oatmeal butterscotch cookie recipe.

Uncommon Designs Online showed us how to make pine cone flower embellished mason jars.

Club Chica Circle showed us how to organize the bathroom with mason jars.

Yesterday on Tuesday shared a recipe for hearty French fry casserole.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Living Well Spending Less

Link Round-up: Fall Crafts, Inspiration, Cake, and More

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has fall crafts and inspiration galore.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to use a cardboard tube to make a Superman.

Bombshell Bling showed us how to make a Jack Skellington cake.

Club Chica Circle showed us 25 no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas.

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Uncommon Designs Online taught us how to make a fall wheat and burlap wreath.

Yesterday on Tuesday showed us how to use mason jars to create Halloween creatures.

Organized 31 showed us how to make a cup sleeve for your coffee.

Dollar Store Crafts taught us how to make a bewitching door mat for Halloween.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Uncommon Designs Online

Link Roundup: Halloween Foods, Cronuts, Fight Aging, and More

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has Halloween and fall-inspired foods, glow-in-the-dark pumpkins, homemade cronuts, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make Halloween bat burgers.

Living Locurto taught us how to make Frankenstein Halloween Pops.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her pregnant girl’s guide to what to sleep, eat, and wear.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make cronuts.

Mind Body Green shared seven ways to fight the effects of aging.

I Love to Create showed us how to make glow-in-the-dark pumpkins.

Tone It Up shared a recipe for healthy, yet decadent and divine, mocha brownies.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Halloween Treats, Crocheting Tips, Coffee, and More

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has vanilla pudding without any added sugar, crocheting tips, a butterscotch caramel coffee recipe you won’t want to miss, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for sugar-free vanilla pudding.

A Beautiful Mess taught us some crochet basics.

Living Locurto shared the how-to behind butterscotch caramel coffee.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make Halloween Reese’s spider cups.

Mind Body Green talked about earthing, which is said to have healing properties.

I Love to Create showed us how to make a hanging pumpkin planter.

Blogilates shared a quick ab workout.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Link Roundup: Detox Your Home, Wine Bottle Pendant Lamps, Treats, and More

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for detoxing your home, wine bottle pendant lamps, treats, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make Nutella chocolate chip blondies.

Mind Body Green shared some tips from a pediatrician on how to detox your home.

Thrifty Nifty Mommy shared a review for the Graco Soothing Systems Glider.

DIY Inspired shared a cute makeover idea for a wooden bowl from the thrift store.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for five-minute oatmeal.

Jolly Mom shared a recipe for yogurt, fruit, and cereal popsicles.

I Love to Create taught us how to make wine bottle pendant lamps.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Dollar Store Shopping for Children’s Toys

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 by 1 Comment

I am a huge fan of dollar store shopping, but I’ve come to realize that not everything you can buy at the dollar store is a good value. This is especially true when you’re talking about buying children’s toys.

What should you avoid?

  • Most experts recommend avoiding dollar store baby toys because they are often made of plastics that have high levels of phthalates. Babies are especially sensitive to toxic chemicals in our environment, so it’s worth spending more to find something safe for your child.
  • Toy cars are problematic because they often have wheels that fall off and present a choking hazard for small children.
  • If you have a daughter, avoid buying her costume jewelry at the dollar store. There have been several cases of jewelry being recalled due to dangerous levels of lead.
  • I would recommend passing on anything that has magnets because these toys often use substandard adhesive and the magnets might fall off and be ingested by your child. Magnets that are swallowed together can cause a potentially deadly bowel obstruction.

What should you buy?

  • The arts and crafts section is usually a pretty safe bet. Stickers, coloring books, construction paper pads, and glue sticks all provide hours of entertainment for next to nothing. I’ve even managed to find several adorable origami paper kits at my local Dollar Tree!
  • Dollar store puzzles and card games are fun and they’re so cheap it won’t matter if your kids lose a piece or two.
  • Bubbles are must-have for entertaining small children during the summer months. I bought them by the gallon during my son’s toddler years.
  • If your dollar store sells DVDs, these are great for cheap road trip entertainment. My son loved the series of 1960s Superman cartoons I picked up for $1 so he had something new to watch the last time we planned a family vacation.

Photo credit: Dollar Tree