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.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to Make a DIY Teacup Pin Cushion



Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I bet I'm not the only one who has a pile of weirdly-sized fabric scraps sitting in my office, waiting for me to do something with them. I'm great about using MOST of the fabric I buy, but then I get to the end of a project and the reject pieces just... stay there. My bad. I did figure out how to use one of them, though, so that's progress! Today I have an easy tutorial for making a teacup pin cushion out of that pesky extra material. (Bonus points for also using the orphan teacup I found in my china cabinet. #multitasking)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Make a DIY Painted Tire Planter from Old Tires



You get new tires for your vehicle and then what? In many places, those tires are going straight to the landfill. Instead, ask to keep your old tires and turn them into an adorable hanging planter! Tires are great for planting ornamentals - don't use them to plant edibles because they leach toxic chemicals into the soil that you don't want to eat! Since these planters just have flowers (and a friendly garden gnome!), this is the perfect way to use them.


Supplies

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Directions

Find the directions online at DIY Show Off: DIY Tire Planter Tutorial



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Monday, June 29, 2015

Screen-Free Way to Keep Kids Entertained During Summer Travel


Summer travel can be rough on kids. Whether it's hours in the car on a road trip or being "stuck" at a beach house with no toys, kids can start to feel uncomfortable without things to do. During these times many parents will turn to screens - tablets, smart phone or the TV to keep kids entertained. While screen time is fine in small doses, make sure you don't let the screens take over - there are great "analog" activities for kids, too!

Lego Juniors 

Lego® has a great line called Lego Juniors, which are designed for ages 4-7. The beauty of the Juniors kits is that they are easy to put together with the included instruction book - with very little need for parents to intervene or explain complicated instructions. In fact, my son put together all of the pieces and asked for my help only once!


Lego on the Go

While Legos aren't naturally the first thing that pops in my head regarding portable toys, the Lego® Juniors suitcases make it easy to bring your Legos with you. My son recently spent about 90 minutes parked outside on a shady patio building and playing with the things in his Lego suitcase. That's an hour and a half, people!

If you have older kids, you may have just blown by that last sentence. If you have a five year old - especially an active five year old - you probably share my sentiment that anything that will keep their interest that long it worth its weight in gold! Luckily, the Lego Juniors Suitcases are only about $20.



Independent Play

I love playing with my son. There are also plenty of times where I want to sit and visit with other grown ups. If I have to be the one actively entertaining him all the time, I miss out on valuable grown up time. The Lego Juniors suitcases are great because they have several different things they can put together - and once they are assembled, can spark even more time using them in imaginative play. Once this market was assembled, K really enjoyed figuring out where he wanted the different market items to go and was able to take his Lego people on shopping trips to buy groceries.


For our vacation time this summer, you bet we are bringing the Lego Juniors kits with us (we have two). The amount of quiet time we squeeze out of each kit is amazing - plus he's practicing valuable engineering skills that will serve him well as he grows (he does insist he's going to be a construction worker after all!).

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Friday, June 26, 2015

{Recipe} Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with a Balsamic Reduction



This summer, my little family is living in France.  We are here for my husband's job, and it has been such an incredible experience to be able to really enjoy a city (we live in Lyon), because you have an apartment, and more than just a few days to see the sights.  I have already found my favorite ice cream shop, and we have a neighborhood bakery where we buy baguettes a few times a week.  It is kind of magical.

Even though we are in France where there are many delicious restaurants to eat at, because our baby goes to bed early, and restaurants here open late, we cook dinner at home just about every night.  Our apartment here doesn't have an oven, so cooking has been somewhat of a challenge.  I normally cook at least 3 dinners a week in our oven, so not having one has forced me to become creative on our stove-top. I have created a few new recipes, including this beauty!  It sounds extremely fancy, but don't be fooled, it is very simple, healthy and delicious.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How to Make a DIY Fairy Garden



Fairy gardens are super trendy this year. I totally get the appeal - I love the idea of creating inviting little spaces for garden fairies to lounge in. I suppose they are kind of like beneficial insects - minus the carnivorous bug eating?

If you want to get in on the fairy garden trend, no need to be scared. Simple fairy gardens are very easy to put together by yourself or with kids. Come see how I made mine! 


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

{Recipe} Blackberry Lime Spritzer

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On a hot summer day, there are few things as refreshing to me as something with a little bubble to it. This blackberry lime spritzer is perfect, hydrating and refreshing. Adult it up with blackberry vodka if you wish but I really like it as-is.



Ingredients

*I recommend purchasing these ingredients as organic where available to avoid GMOs, pervasive pesticides and/or questionable farming practices.


Directions

  1. In a mason jar, add 5-6 fresh organic blackberries and 2 halved key limes. Top with a handful ice.
  2. Slowly pour seltzer over the ice and fruit.
  3. Top with 1/4 dropperful of coconut Sweet Drops.



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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Cute DIY Way to Water Your Plants While on Vacation (or all the time!)



You may have seen an idea making the rounds on Pinterest - water your plants while you are away on vacation with an old wine, beer or water bottle. This is a great way to water your plants. It's also not very cute:


I don't know about you, but I don't think having beer bottles sticking out of my plant pots is the best look. Beyond the looks issue, I also wanted a more long term solution. I supposed it doesn't matter if your plants look un-classy if you aren't home to see it (like when on vacation) - but if I have to look at it every day, I want it to be cuter. With two small kids at home, plant watering can take a back seat. With my waterer, I can fill it once every 2-3 days and my plants stay happy. Plus I think it's super cute! 

Here's how I made it:


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Sunday, June 7, 2015

How to Throw an EASY {Boy Friendly} Frozen Birthday Party



We've all seen them - the Pinterest Parties. I may have even thrown a few myself. I love Pinterest because there are really so many great ideas - fun, crafty, awesome ideas - but not everyone has time to pull off a fancy, over the top, immaculately crafted party (am I right?). Just because you don't have 40 spare hours to spend crafting for a birthday party doesn't mean it has to be lame, does it? Of course not!

This year, my oldest son turned five and he wanted a Frozen birthday party. This year, I am also crazy busy and did not have time to make everything for his party from scratch - and that's okay! I was able to combine a lot of the great Frozen branded party items from Party City with some super simple DIYs to give it more of a personalized feel and everyone had a great time. Here's what I did!


Easy Invitations


For invitations, I created a private Facebook event page and then also printed out the above invitations as postcards. I use Office Depot for all my color printing needs - they are super affordable and my local store gives me great service. I can email them my files, tell them how many I need and when I want to pick it up and they always do a great job (call your local store and ask them for the print department's e-mail address to do something similar!).



Thursday, June 4, 2015

How to Make a Tote Bag from Old T-Shirts



Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I'm back with another easy sewing project. And I define easy as "if you can sew in a straight line, you can do this." Now that the weather is (mostly) cooperating and we're starting to spend a lot of time outside, I like to have a summery tote bag I can grab for snacks, water, sunscreen, etc. I wasn't finding anything at the store that made my heart sing, so I thought, heck, I'll just do it myself. You can grab t-shirts from the back of your closet or hit up a thrift store to find a cute pattern.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Ultimate Cricut Air Bundle Giveaway!

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I have all kinds of crafty cutting gizmos in my crafting studio but my favorite one might be my Cricut machine. (see all my Cricut projects here!)  So when I had the chance to giveaway an even nicer Cricut machine than I have - plus a TON of awesome extras, I didn't just say yes, but heck yes!


What You Could Win:

(plus every Cricut Explore comes with automatic access to the Cricut Design Space software and hundreds of free cutting files)


Saturday, May 30, 2015

{Recipe} Spinach and Bacon Quiche



Quiche is one of my very favorite dishes.  My mom made it a lot while I was growing up, so it only made sense that I would make it a lot when I got married. I like that it feels like a super fancy dish (even the name sounds fancy), but it is very easy, and versatile.  Great to serve to guests, on special occasions, or for a regular week-night meal.

I have tried a dozen or more variations of quiche, that have included all kinds of vegetables and meats, and they almost always turn out fantastically.   This version was no exception.  Super cheesy, with a buttery, crumbly crust and bacon.  Lots and lots of bacon.  And in my book, it doesn't get much better than that.