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
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
I grew up believing in a happily-ever-after life, and of course was a bit disappointed when I learned that’s not necessarily how things work. However, I still enjoy movies, books, and of course, real life events that lend themselves to happy endings.
If you’ve ever watched ABC’s Once Upon a Time show based on familiar fairytale characters placed in the fictional town of Storybrook, you know happy endings are hard to come by even for Snow White and Prince Charming. However, in real life, when I learned that Gennifer Goodwin, who plays Snow White, and Josh Dallas, who plays Prince Charming, had fallen in love and were expecting a baby, it brought a smile to my face.
Gennifer spent her hiatus from the show having little Oliver who arrived on May 29 and has kept a pretty low profile since. Now she’s back filming for season 4, and scheduling made it impossible for her to attend the Once Upon a Time Comic Con panel which disappointed fans.
However, she didn’t leave them disappointed. She showed up via Skype. Other show favorites on the panel included her husband Josh, and co-stars Jennifer Morrison (Emma), Lana Parrilla (the evil queen), and Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook).
Gennifer greeted thousands of Comic Con fans with her sweet Snow White smile from on set. She rocked her son gently in his stroller and told fans she couldn’t be there with her little one because she was needed on set. If you’re a fan you know she has a sense of humor and it shows up in this video.
If you’d like a laugh, you’ll want to watch it because the new mom jokes about her postpartum emotions. Let’s just a say a stunt man is involved. She stayed in character as the sugary sweet Snow White with one minor blow up. I’d say more but I don’t want to be a spoiler.
It’s good to see her back on set, with her baby, and I look forward to seeing what happens with the storyline this year. The reinvented fairy tale characters remain somewhat predictable but when they are thrust into new realities with all kinds of unpredictable outcomes, you never know what to expect.
It’s important to note that Happily Ever After is not the title of the show, however, I do wish Gennifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, and little Oliver all the best.
Photo Credits: Once Upon a Time
Today’s link round-up has ice cream recipes, Christmas in July ornaments, how to make a stress ball out of clay, and more.
The Suburban Soapbox has toasted marshmallow ice cream and other cold treats.
Chicago Jogger taught us how to make Crockpot BBQ with apricots.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to make an aromatherapy stress ball out of clay.
Domestic Mommyhood showed us how to make a squishy sensory bag.
Create Craft Love showed us how to make DIY clipboard art displays.
Peekaboo Pattern Shop shared a free button-up romper pattern.
Photo credit: The Suburban Soapbox and Upstate Ramblings
When I learned I was pregnant with my second child, I chose not to make mention of it for a few months. My first child was only 13 months old, and I just wanted to experience “normal” life for a little longer before people started asking all the pregnancy-related questions, and eyeing my belly for signs of the bump.
Now with the Internet abuzz with rumors that Kate Middleton is expecting her second child, I almost feel sorry for her.
The Duchess received all kinds of attention when pregnant with Prince George and people are ready for more…but is 32-year-old Kate Middleton ready for all that again this soon? The rumors are based on a childhood friend’s claim that a sibling is on the way, but Kensington Palace has said Kate hasn’t talked to that friend in years.
I tend to believe Kensington Palace, because anyone who is a true friend and learned Kate was pregnant would share the joy but keep the news to themselves. But now with these statements, people are looking at Kate with a critical eye searching for “the” signs.
Is her face fuller? After all, her face looked fuller when she was expecting the Prince. Other rumors suggest she holds something in front of her stomach when she is out among people, but really what is she suppose to do with her purse or the flowers someone hands her?
So is she pregnant or not? Rumors say yes; Kensington Palace has said…that she hasn’t been in touch with that old childhood friend for years. They did not say that she isn’t pregnant. So that has stirred more speculation because they didn’t deny the rumors.
It leaves the royal watchers chomping at the bit, but along with them we’ll all have to wait and see. This isn’t the first time rumors have suggested baby number two was on the way. Remember that little slip William made when accepting a baby gift from a woman in New Zealand? He told that woman she may have to make another one soon for baby number two. But Kate wasn’t pregnant.
Even if she is expecting now, she may want to wait a little while before making an announcement. Let’s give her some space. After all, remember how sick she was the first time round?
Photo credits: CLIKATV
Today’s link round-up has inspirational desktop images, tips for cooking millet, pool noodle hack for adults, and more.
Thrifty Recipes taught us how to make chocolate chip sour cream banana bread.
Songbirds and Buttons shared inspirational desktop images.
Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to cook millet.
Domestic Mommyhood showed us how to make Kool-Aid play dough.
Create Craft Love shared some pool noodle hacks for adults.
Oh Everything Homemade taught us how to sew a blanket for a toddler.
Photo credit: Thrifty Recipes and The Suburban Soapbox
Back in March, an assistant manager at the Nanuet Barnes & Nobel told 22-year-old mom Shereen Matera that she would either have to cover up or leave the store if she planned to keep breastfeeding her five-month old son. Matera tried to calmly explain that the law in New York allows women to breastfeed in public, but the employee said the store had a different policy.
Matera went home where she ended up posting her experience on Facebook with the group Badass Breastfeeders of New Jersey. Members of the group were as upset Matera and the outrage spawned an organized nurse-in at the bookstore the following day.
This protest caught the attention of state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman who decided to look into the situation. For him it seemed to be an issue of women’s rights, and following months of deliberation, Schneiderman and Barnes & Noble came to a settlement which will result in some changes for the nationwide chain’s 42 stores in New York.
Barnes & Noble is now required to train its store workers on the state’s breastfeeding law which allows mothers to nurse in public. The stores will also be displaying the international symbol for breastfeeding at the store entrance, and they are donating $10,000 to a breastfeeding support group overseen by the Rockland Department of Health.
New York’s breastfeeding law has been around for 20 years, and according to Schneiderman, “All New York residents, including breastfeeding mothers, must be afforded equal protection under the law. No mother should endure harassment for breastfeeding her baby in public. There is one set of rules for everyone in New York, and I applaud Barnes & Noble for taking steps to ensure that moms are not harassed or discriminated against.”
Matera says she is pleased with the outcome, but says a simple apology would have been satisfactory.
Photo credits: Christine K
When I had my kids, my mother and mother-in-law were on the spot with meals. What a godsend!
Today, many people don’t live near family so friends step in to provide meals. When my girlfriend had her baby last year that was the case, and when I stopped in with another meal I saw a pile of casserole dishes waiting to be returned owners.
While that reflected the love of many, I thought about the extra work we had caused. She didn’t have to make the meals, but in her little kitchen the empty casserole dishes took up valuable counter space and were a constant reminder of something she needed to do. Return them.
Use Disposable Dishes: Since witnessing that collection of dishes piled on her counter, I’ve moved to using disposable containers that can go in the freezer when making meals for new moms. It eliminates clean up and removes the burden of trying to return all the dishes to the people who dropped them off.
Food Allergies and Preferences: Another thing to consider when making new mom meals is any food allergies, preferences, and restrictions. For instance, when making a meal for my girlfriend I knew not to include mushrooms if I wanted to keep her other children happy.
And if you don’t know the family well, be sure to ask about any food allergies. If a family has dairy issues, macaroni and cheese doesn’t work.
Along with this, if the new mom is breastfeeding, find out what foods her doctor has told her to avoid. For instance, my doctor told me to avoid tomatoes, chocolate, and spicy foods. With those kinds of restrictions in mind, I’ve made a mild chili and delivered it with a bottle of Red Hot to be added by those who want to add a little spice to their serving.
Call or Text Ahead: Don’t just pop in on the new mom. You certainly don’t want to risk waking her from a much needed catnap! Contact them first to see if it is okay to drop off a meal.
Along with bringing the meal, consider dropping off disposable utensils and plates so clean up is as easy as dumping everything into the trash. When you stop by with the meal, avoid the urge to stay and visit; remember those first couple of weeks are exhausting!
Photo credits: armigeress
Today’s round-up shares a way to get paid to DIY around the house, a few delicious recipes, a game, and more.
Amanda’s Cookin’ shared a vintage recipe for a Lazy Daisy Cake.
Army Wife to Suburban Life showed us how to get paid to DIY.
Sand in My Toes showed us how to make a number hunt game.
The Crafty Blog Stalker shared a recipe for cabbage and pineapple slaw burgers.
DIY Beautify taught us how to make a bird feeder using thrifted plates.
The Casual Craftlete shared a recipe for lemon blueberry chia jam.
Photo credit: Amanda’s Cookin’ and Kenarry