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.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tiny Bathroom Makeover on a Budget



There's nothing like a deadline to make you stop procrastinating, eh? When we bought our house more than 6 years ago, a really ugly cabinet that goes over the toilet came with the house. I vowed to get rid of it. And then one year passed. And two years. And three years. And, well, you get the picture. Cabinet was still there. Then last month, we decided we were really serious about selling our house so we needed to get serious about de-uglifying the bathroom!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Get Great Product Reviews & Discounts on Twined!




I don't know about you, but before I buy pretty much anything that costs more than $20, I check out the online reviews. I particularly like to read reviews on blogs but it can be tedious at times to sort through all the Google results to find the reviews I want to read and then decide on which product I end up wanting to buy.


What if?

What if there were a place to get great product recommendations, read unbiased reviews from industry experts and then also vote to get a discount on that item? That, my friends, is what the new site, Twined, is all about.


Check this out...

As a green lifestyle advocate and foodie, I'm definitely considered an expert regarding kitchen tools like food dehydrators. You want a food dehydrator. You could join the Creative Green Living Community Group (if you know about it) and ask for recommendations in there. You'd probably get some names of dehydrators and a sentence or two about why people like it. 

On Twined, though, you can read full blown reviews and also raise your hand and say "I want to buy this! Help me get a discount!" Twined will then approach the manufacturer on behalf of Twined users to negotiate a discount.  Try it - just click the picture below! (I'll wait)


Twined is new but the number of products reviewed there are expanding every day! You can also follow your favorite reviewers and see all of their reviews on their profile. Click on my profile below to see my reviews and follow me!



Don't forget to check out Twined and vote for your favorite products! You just might score an awesome discount or discover your new favorite thing.


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Friday, July 24, 2015

{Recipe} Peach and Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Yogurt Dressing



Summer in Texas is HOT.  Turning on the oven guarantees boost in temperature in our apartment, so some nights, we eat raw, fresh food to stay cool.  This salad makes a tasty main dish, or a great side dish for a BBQ.  

Soft, velvety peaches, crunchy, nutty almonds, and salty cheese make for a winning combination. The mildly sweet yogurt dressing is the icing on the cake!  It is a perfect recipe for staying cool and healthy on a hot summer night.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Turn an Old Puzzle Into Awesome Art!



This happens a lot in my house: puzzle pieces go missing. Then what? The kids don't like the puzzle and won't play with it. But since it's missing pieces you can't really sell it. It seems wasteful to throw the whole thing away. I LOVE what Amanda from Crafts by Amanda did the solve this dilemma: and she ended up with TWO awesome projects from the whole thing!




Directions

Read more about the project and get the directions online from Crafts by Amanda: United States Puzzle Makeover


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How to Make a Giant DIY Yard Jenga Game


Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I'm excited to share an $8 DIY with you today. This giant Jenga project has been on my list for two years, since my husband and I played it at an outdoor bar and decided we needed a set for our house, too. But you know how life goes: first we forgot about it, and then when we remembered we were like, "Oh yeah, let's do that soon!" And then "soon" turned into another year. Whoops! It's finally done, though. Not only is this an affordable foray into the world of power tools (seriously, $8!), but it's the same simple cut over and over. Beginners, you'll love it.

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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