Category: For The Home

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

10 Minutes to a More Organized Home

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 by No Comments

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!

Bathroom

  • Organize your medicine cabinet and get rid of old or expired medications.
  • Toss all of your expired or unflattering makeup.
  • Fill a bucket with disinfectant wipes and other needed cleaning supplies to keep in your bathroom so it’s easier to tidy up each day.

Kitchen

  • Organize the junk drawer in your kitchen.
  • Toss all the expired food from your refrigerator.
  • Straighten up your collection of cookbooks, getting rid of titles you never use.

Bedroom

  • Declutter the top of the dresser in your bedroom. Find a pretty cup or tray to use for temporarily dumping coins and other small items that tend to accumulate in this high-clutter area.
  • Clean out your lingerie drawer, tossing anything that doesn’t fit or has stretched out elastic.
  • Organize your jewelry box.
  • Choose five items from your closet that you know you’ll never wear again and donate them to charity.

Living Room

  • Clean the blades on your ceiling fans.
  • Recycle old magazines that you’re never going to get around to reading.
  • Find a basket to use for temporarily collecting toys that have migrated from your child’s room to the living room. Teach your child to empty the basket at least once per week.
  • Buy a storage ottoman and use it to corral extra blankets and pillows.
  • Go through your bookshelves and set aside any unwanted titles to donate to the local public library or take to a nearby thrift store.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Help Animals in Need by Donating Your Old Linens

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 by 1 Comment

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

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