Orange, Chicken and Walnut Salad

Sweet and salty tastes make this protein packed salad satisfying and delicious

The Secret to Better Tasting Coffee

Make better tasting coffee - no sugary syrups required!

DIY Pretend Doctor Kit

Make a functional pretend doctor kit for your favorite little ones.

Farm Girl Apron Tutorial

Turn old jeans into a cute gardening apron with this tutorial.

Wine Cork Pendants

Turn used wine corks into cute charms.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

15 Naturally Green Recipes for St. Patrick's Day



Been trying to get your kids to eat more veggies but they won't come near anything green? St. Patrick's Day may be your godsend. As part of the festivities, many kids are willing to try new-to-them foods that happen you be, you guessed it, green! Try whipping up one of these naturally green recipes for breakfast or a snack on March 17th. You may help your kids discover a new favorite - no crazy food coloring required!

Friday, February 27, 2015

How to Avoid Losing Your Child at Disney World (and how to get them back quickly if you do!)



A lot of parents fail to prepare themselves or their kids for what to do if they get separated in busy or crowded areas like, say, Disney World. A lot of people think "I'm a good parent. I wouldn't lose my kid." The truth is, though, that no matter how good a parent you are, it's still possible to lose "become temporarilly unsure of the exact location" of your child.

When we were at Disney World last week, we lost track of our four year old for five of the longest minutes of my life. I am SO glad that we were prepared for this scenario - even though we do not have a history of losing him as it helped us get reunited with him quickly.


Here are my top tips that we generally use when visiting crowded places to avoid losing our kids and how we set ourselves up for success to get them back sooner if it does happen.

Friday, February 20, 2015

How to Make an Easy Apron with Fat Quarters: A Free Apron Pattern & Tutorial



Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I suffer from a devastating condition known as Food On My Clothes Syndrome. It strikes when I'm making dinner, minding my own business, and suddenly I look down and there are mystery splatters all over my pants. Again.

Because this is a chronic condition that will seemingly never go away, I have a collection of aprons. They're perfect for a beginner to whip up, and all you need are a couple of fat quarters and some sturdy cotton trim. I like to make seasonal varieties so that I look festive while hiding the fact that I'm impressively clumsy. (Heck, even if you're not the Splatter Queen that I am, a washable cotton apron is still handy to have around.) Let's jump into the tutorial, shall we?


Supplies

  • Two matching fat quarters (18" x 22")
  • One coordinating fat quarter
  • Cotton trim
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Ironing board and iron

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

{Recipe} Chinese Portabello Pepper "Steak"

Portobello Pepper Steak


Steak-less Pepper Steak?! Don't worry. This pepper "steak" is a wonderful stand-in for your meatless nights (hello Meatless Monday!). You honestly don't miss the meat when you have mushrooms as a stand-in (so savory, so satisfying!). And the addition of cauliflower rice is not only absolutely scrumptious, it's also an easy way to pack more veggies into your day. Is this as good as take-out? I think it's even better!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

{Recipe} Rosemary & Feta Stuffed Fried Green Olives

This post brought to you by Olives from Spain.



Olives are one of my all time favorite foods. Whether it's mixed into recipes or just to eat plain as a snack, olives provide healthy monounsaturated fats which boost energy and are shown to naturally improve cholesterol levels. They pair well with lots of foods but one of my favorite pairings is olives and cheese. These rosemary and feta stuffed fried olives make a great appetizer when paired with marinara sauce. They are salty and savory and perfectly poppable.


Ingredients

  • 2 cans (3 oz each) of green pitted Olives from Spain, drained
  • 2 oz crumbled feta*
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary*
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese*
  • 1 egg*
  • Light olive oil or safflower oil for frying
  • Marinara sauce* for dipping
*I recommend purchasing these ingredients as organic where available to avoid GMOs and pervasive pesticides.


Directions

  1. To stuff the olives, insert one fresh rosemary needle in the cavity of each olive and stuff with feta crumbles. I find that that the feta crumbles are usually the perfect size for popping in the holes of the olives - just keep inserting and packing them in until the olive is full. Set stuffed olives aside on a plate.
  2. To prepare the olives for frying, put the flour in a small bowl, mix the panko and Parmesan together in another bowl, and whisk the egg in a third bowl. One or two at a time, dredge the olives in flour, then egg then the panko mixture. Repeat with all of the olives. Set aside.
  3. To fry the olives, heat about 1.5 inches of light olive oil or safflower oil in a small sauce pan until it sizzles when a bread crumb is dropped in the oil. Add 5-10 olives at a time to the hot oil, being sure not to crowd them. Allow to cook for 1 minute before removing olives with chopsticks or tongs to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat until you have fried all of the olives.
  4. Serve warm with a side of organic marinara sauce for dipping.




Olives of all colors are really delicious and versatile in a variety of dishes. Olives from Spain has a great collection of olive recipes on their site including this olivada spread recipe which uses black olives. Click on the picture to go to that recipe!
Olivada photo credit: Olives from Spain

For something more simple, use black olives as a garnish on your salad, in your tacos, on hummus or other dips and more! Is there a bad way to have olives? I don't think so!


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Monday, February 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Family Craft: Kids Handprint Clover Canvas



Hey y'all, this is Danielle from Busy Mom's Helper and I'm super excited to be here today! I'm thrilled whenever I get to guest post here, like back when I shared these Healthy Fruit & Veggie Gummies! Carissa's a great lady who I'm lucky to call a friend, and I'm a huge fan of her blog!

We're gearing up for the arrival of my mom (who lives 20 hours away) soon, and wanted to make a fun welcome sign for her. With St. Patrick's Day coming up, I thought it'd be really neat to create one that included clovers and rainbows, and something special from the kiddos like this adorable St. Patrick's Day Handprint Clover!

Friday, February 13, 2015

How to Make Washi Tape Monograms



When I made over my kids' bathroom, I wanted to replace the towel  bar with hooks they could hang their hooded towels on. To dress it up a bit, I wanted to put each child's initial over their hook. Plain monograms are so boring! I decided to dress them up a bit with washi tape to make them more fun!

The nice thing about these particular monograms is that they can stand up on their own (as pictured above) so you could also stand them on a shelf or dresser or hang them on the wall as part of a gallery display.


Supplies

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

How to Organize Your Coat Closet



All of us have areas of our home that have a tendency to get out of hand. Maybe yours is behind a closed door. One of mine is unfortunately right by my front door. Until recently it looked like this:


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Make DIY Pillow Boxes for Valentine's Day Gifts


With only three crafting days left until Valentine's day, you might be scrambling for cute ideas. These adorable pillow boxes from practically functional are a great way to wrap up little gifts to share with friends. Check out her tutorial (link below) to learn how she makes them!


Supplies

  • Empty toilet paper or paper towel tubes
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Baker's twine
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
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Directions

Find the directions online at Practically Functional: DIY Valentines Pillow Boxes


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Monday, February 9, 2015

{Recipe} Kale Chips




As a superfood, kale has definitely been enjoying its time in the spotlight. While there are lots of tasty ways to prepare kale, I think this one is the most fun to eat. I've made kale chips in my oven before but none seem to hold a candle to the deliciously crispy and melt in your mouth (yes, kale that can melt in your mouth!) texture that you get by using a food dehydrator.

If you don't have a food dehydrator yet, definitely consider it if you are serious about a whole foods, paleo or no additives lifestyle. I have a Tribest Sedona Combo Food Dehydrator  and LOVE it. I find it tremendously helpful for not only making tasty kale chips, but beef jerky, apple chips, greens powder and more - all without added sugar or junk from the kind you get in the store.




Ingredients

  • Juice and pulp of one lemon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar*
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 large bunch kale*
*I recommend purchasing these ingredients as organic where available to avoid GMOs and pervasive pesticides.


Directions

  1. Whisk all of the ingredients except the kale together in a the largest bowl you own. Set aside.
  2. Wash and spin kale dry. Cut leaves from stalks and tear into chip sized pieces (save stalks for stock or compost them).
  3. Add kale pieces to marinade. Use a rubber spatula to coat kale in marinade, using the back of the spatula to help press or knead it into the leaves. Alternately, you could use your hands to massage the marinade into the leaves.
  4. Lay kale out in a single layer on food dehydrator sheets. Set dehydrator to 145 degrees for 3-4 hours
  5. Kale chips are done when they are very crisp and snap in half when bent.


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Project materials disclosure: Tribest generously provided me with a Sedona Combo food dehydrator in the hopes that I would like it enough to use it to create projects or recipes to share with you. It is genuinely my favorite dehydrator that I have used. If you choose to purchase a Tribest Sedona food dehydrator  through Amazon, I receive a small kick back from Amazon, which does not increase the purchase price for you.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Body Scrub




This body scrub is not only totally delicious smelling, but showering with it is a great pick me up. Both the cinnamon and coffee scents are invigorating and help wake you up. The coconut sugar lends a toasty, caramelized scent to the mixture so be sure to use it instead of standard organic cane sugar (although cane sugar will do in a pinch). The sugar and coffee work together to gently exfoliate your skin while the coconut oil leaves your skin feeling soft.

This body scrub makes a great gift - maybe even add an "I like you a latte" tag for a little punny humor.


Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Place coconut oil in a glass or ceramic bowl that can hold at least 2 cups. 
  2. Microwave bowl with coconut oil in 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until coconut oil is very soft but not liquefied.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.

To use:
Scoop some of the scrub from the jar. Allow a little warm water to run into your hands and rub together to activate before using to scrub your body, paying special attention to areas in need to extra exfoliation such as feet, elbows, knees, etc.


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Project materials disclosure: I was provided with Nutiva products including coconut oil and coconut sugar in the hopes that I would like them enough to use them in a future project to share with you. Nutiva is genuinely my favorite brand of coconut oil. I was not compensated for sharing this body scrub recipe. This recipe is based on one provided by Nutiva.