Category: Mommy Stuff

Link Round-up: Improve Your Posture, Cookie Bars, an Easy Grapevine Wreath, and More

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for improving your posture, toffee cinnamon oatmeal cookie bars, a grapevine wreath how-to, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make a flower box garden cake.

Mind Body Green shared five exercises to improve your posture.

Oh She Glows shared a recipe for toffee cinnamon oatmeal cookie bars.

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My Own Home Blog shared a how-to on making a monogramed grapevine wreath.

Living Well Spending Less shared an easy freezer pot roast recipe.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make cute apple cider cups.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared the eight tips for a perfect biscuit.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and My Own Home Blog

Link Round-up: HIIT Workout, Recipes, Makeup Tips, and More

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a HIIT workout that you can do anywhere, sweet and savory pizza sauce, recipes, makeup tips, and more.

Tastefully Frugal shared a delicious pizza sauce recipe that’s sweet and savory.

Mind Body Green shared a 12-minute HIIT workout you can do anywhere.

Makeup and Beauty Blog gave us a time-saving beauty tip.

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My Own Home Blog shared a recipe for vegetarian grilled cheesy chicken and tomato sandwiches.

Create Craft Love shared an easy apple fritter recipe.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared some of the things she’s learned since turning 30.

Halifax Bloggers offered some tips for decorating with maps.

Photo credit: Tastefully Frugal and My Own Home Blog

Rejuvenate Your Skin with Dry Body Brushing

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 by No Comments

As moms, we often neglect taking time for ourselves, but I’m telling you to take time for yourself in the morning. Get up a little early and do something just for you – dry brushing.

If you haven’t heard of this, it’s something you might find on a pricey spa menu. While I admit it’s fun to go for a treatment where you feel pampered, when you can’t afford or don’t have time for such pleasantries, why not still reap the benefits in your own bathroom.

Go ahead, give yourself a treatment! All you need is a natural-bristle brush. One with a long handle is best for reaching your back.

How to Dry Brush

Dry brushing is what it sounds like. It’s brushing your skin while dry. Do it before you climb into the shower.

To dry brush correctly, make long sweeps with the brush and always move toward the heart. Lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart and you’ll want to move in that same direction except on your back. On the back move from the neck down.

Avoid back and forth or circular scrubbing motions. Just sweep the skin in one direction and start at your feet. Move up the legs. Then move to your arms always brush toward the chest.

When brushing your stomach, brush counterclockwise. Use a light touch, hard enough to stimulate the skin but not hard enough to make the skin turn red.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Dry brushing offers a number of benefits. It increases circulation to the skin and is said to reduce the appearance of cellulite. That alone is a great reason for dry brushing, but there’s more!

Other benefits include:

  • Helps shed dead skin cells and encourage cell renewal
  • Helps eliminate ingrown hairs
  • Helps improve circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Stimulates nerve endings in the skin
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Makes skin more receptive to nutrients by eliminating clogged pores

Once you brush, bathe or shower to wash away the loosened dead skin cells. All of this results in smoother, brighter skin. It really is a great way to start the day.

Photo credits: Amazon

Link Round-up: Duct Tape Key Chain, a Fruit Bat Snack, Outdoor Games, and More

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a duct tape key chain project, printables to keep kids’ clothes organized, candy corn recipes, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us a fun Halloween fruit bat snack to make.

Carlsbad Cravings showed us how to make skinny double chocolate zucchini pecan muffins.

The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom taught us how to make duct tape key chains.

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Crafts by Amanda shared some ideas on how to use duct tape for outdoor play time.

Create Craft Love shared candy corn recipes.

Modern Parents Messy Kids shared free printables that will help the kids keep their clothes organized.

Adventures in Making taught us how to make crayon candles.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Crafts by Amanda

Second Royal Baby on the Way

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 by No Comments

It’s official! Prince George is expecting a baby brother or sister.

The announcement made on Twitter says that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “are very pleased to announce” they are expecting their second child. Both Prince William and Kate are now 32 and their first child turned one in July.

A statement from Buckingham Palace says “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.” And guess what! Royal watchers are just as thrilled and so are the capitalists who profit from such news.

For instance, the online betting site Paddy Power is already featuring novelty bets on the gender, hair color, and name of the new baby.

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At this time, no due date has been announced, but along with the information that has been released the palace said the pregnancy is still within the first trimester. Poor Kate is experiencing acute morning sickness again and has had to cancel some scheduled engagements.

So far, this time fighting the inconvenient side-effect of extreme nausea hasn’t sent her to the hospital. Instead the palace’s statement said, “The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace,” which is where the couple lives.

Prime Minister David Cameron also shared his congratulations on Twitter, saying, “I’m delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby.”

Along with the happy news comes speculation on what maternity fashion she’ll don this time around.

Will she wear some of her maternity clothes from her first pregnancy? Possibly, but we have to remember that Prince George was born in the summer, while this baby will be due in the spring. Different seasons call for different maternity clothes in my book, unless you’re into a one-size fits the whole pregnancy approach, which I can tell you the fashion conscious Kate will not be.

Photo credits: The Telegraph, Twitter

Link Round-up: Spicy Roasted Chickpeas, a Homework Caddy, Cute Hair, and More

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has spicy roasted chickpeas, a homework caddy, tie-dye, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us a cute hairstyle: a bohemian festival knot braid.

Natural Chow showed us how to make spicy roasted chickpeas.

Southern Girl Ramblings reminded us of fall preparation tasks that make for a healthier home.

She Wears Many Hats shared simple tips for healthy nails.

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Aunt Peaches showed us how to make a back to school homework caddy.

I Love to Create Blog taught us how to make tie-dye t-shirt necklaces.

Crafty Journal shared a tip for quickly cleaning up a raw egg mess.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Aunt Peaches

Link Round-up: Hobo Bags, a Front Porch Makeover, Toasted Coconut Onion Rings, and More

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has tie-dyed hobo bags, an inexpensive front porch makeover, toasted coconut onion rings, and more.

Aunt Peaches showed us how to give a front porch a makeover for under $10.

I Love to Create Blog showed us how to make artisan tie-dyed hobo bags.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make toasted coconut onion rings

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Kenarry shared a cute Tropical Turtle Beach snack idea that involves blue raspberry Jello cups.

One Good Thing by Jillee shared seven natural remedies for common back to school ailments.

Oh She Glows shared 21 portable allergy-friendly snack recipes.

She Wears Many Hats has a delicious sauce recipe to share, and it can be served with almost anything.

Photo credit: Aunt Peaches and Kenarry

Mistakes to Avoid When Saving for Retirement

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 by No Comments

Retirement planning is something that many of us put on the back burner in favor of dealing with more immediate concerns. But, in order to make sure you can make the most of your golden years, you need start making retirement plans ASAP.

The biggest mistake most women make when planning for retirement is waiting to save. You need to start saving early so your money has time to grow. Even $20 a week can go a long way over time. With an average benefit of just $1,237, Social Security benefits alone are unlikely to provide the retirement lifestyle you want.

If you want a low-risk savings option, you can check out fixed indexed annuities (FIAs) at Market-driven options like mutual funds or securities have a higher risk, but they also have the possibility of greater returns on your initial investment. You can research a variety of retirement plans on the IRS website.

Aside from saving, remember that you need to pay off as much debt as possible before you retire. Credit card bills, student loans, and mortgage payments are difficult to meet on a fixed income.

Most people base retirement plans on a specific retirement goal age, but you should be cautious when selecting a goal age. Even if you’d be happy working until you are 70, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be physically able to do so.

If you’re on a tight budget, remember that saving for retirement needs to take priority over saving for your child’s college education. Your child will always have access to loans, grants, and scholarships for college, but there’s not a lot of support available for those who have failed to save for retirement.

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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

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