Make Recycled Wine Cork Pendants

Make a cute recycled craft without having to drink a whole case of wine!

Easy Yogurt Parfaits

Make tasty and healthy yogurt parfaits for a snack or breakfast.

How to Make Fresh Pickles

Fresh pickles are easy to make with fresh cucumbers from your garden or the store.

Farm Girl Apron Tutorial

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

Stamped Garden Rocks

Accent your garden with cute stamped art rocks.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mommy Peace of Mind with Snuza Trio Plus! {and GIVEAWAY}

This post is brought to you by Snuza.


We're three months into life with Baby A (read his birth story here) and let me tell you: adjusting to life with two kids can be an adventure! I am so blessed that my four year old love his baby brother - but that can sometimes be a challenge, too. In fact, that may be one of the biggest challenges as a mom to two - he loves his brother so much he just won't leave that poor kid alone!


This, of course, presents a unique obstacle when thinking about moving the two kids into the same room - which is the eventual plan. I could easily see K wanting to do any of the following if the baby starts crying:
  • Climb into the baby's crib with him - and inadvertently squish or smother him
  • Try to tuck him in with a blanket - and not be careful about his airway
  • Try to share his pillow pet with him - by putting it on top of the baby 
  • Try to share his teddy bear with him - by putting it on top of the baby
It's enough to make me want to co-sleep until he's big enough to defend himself. But let me tell you, my husband is not a fan of this idea! (please note: I know lots of families do extended co-sleeping and I think that's great - it's just not the right fit for my family.)

Make a Washi Tape Canning Lid Wreath


Have you been canning this summer? I usually put up several gallons of tomatoes, sauce, broth and beans each year. Every time I have to buy a new case of canning jars, I end up with 12 extra rings. This means I have a lot of extra rings. I just cleared a bunch out of my pantry and I think I'll use them to make this adorable project from Crafty Blog Stalker.


Supplies

Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 


Directions

Find the directions online at Crafty Blog Stalker: Fall Canning Lid Wreath


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Friday, September 19, 2014

How to Make Carved Heart Stone Jewelry

This post is brought to you by Dremel.


Have you ever used a Dremel rotary tool in your crafting? I'll admit that I've been coveting one for a while and was so thrilled to be sent one to play with! I'm actually glad I didn't get one sooner so that I could have the new Dremel Micro 8050. 

The Micro 8050 is the most “brilliantly powerful” and precise cordless rotary tool that Dremel has ever produced. The Micro 8050 can cut, carve, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish—just like a traditional Dremel rotary tool but it's got an easy to hold grip that's similar to holding a pencil AND it has a small light that lights up the spot you're drilling. Awesome!

Why have I always wanted a Dremel rotary tool you ask? To drill holes in sea glass and rocks! So, of course, that's what I did - and I made this cute drilled heart necklace. It's actually super easy to make - it just takes a bit of time to drill a hole all the way through a rock. 


Supplies

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

How to Make a Personalized Monogram Pen Bag

Personalized school supplies tutorial

Let's admit it: plain school supplies are bor-ing! But when you're a family on a budget you can't always afford the fancy stuff. With a little help from a Pentel permanent marker, you can upgrade a plain pen pouch (say that 3x fast!) to a personalized tote in no time.

Check out the project I made and posted over on Pentel's blog! (link below)


Supplies

Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 


Directions

Find the directions online on Pentel's Blog: Create a Customized Monogram Pen & Pencil Bag for Back to School



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

{Recipe} Peanut Butter Banana Protein Pancake Stack and GIVEAWAY

This post brought to you by National Peanut Board. All opinions are 100% mine.

If your family is like mine, your mornings can get hectic - especially on days when people need to get out the door in order to be on time for work, school or church! I have definitely been guilty of feeding my family something low in nutrition for breakfast just because it was quick and easy and we needed to leave about five minutes ago. Sound familiar?

To help combat the quick vs. nutritious battle raged in home nearly every morning, September has been declared Better Breakfast Month. So if you need help with better breakfasts, I'd like to present you with my new kid friendly recipe: The Peanut Butter Banana Protein Pancake Stack.

At the beginning of the week (or over the weekend), whip up a big batch of my super delicious protein pancakes (they happen to be gluten free, too!). Save them in the fridge and grab them to make this kid friendly breakfast packed with plant based protein as well as 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients - and that's just from the peanut butter! All together this recipe has 22 grams of protein and 32% of your recommended daily iron intake. Not a bad way to start your day!


Ingredients

yield: 1 serving
Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients. Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count.
Directions
  1. If you are using refrigerated or frozen pancakes, warm them up to eating temperature in the microwave or a skillet.
  2. While pancakes are warming, peel and slice banana.
  3. Place one pancake on your plate. Top with half of the peanut butter. Lay banana slices over the peanut butter. Add another pancake and top with remaining peanut butter and banana slices.
Serve as-is or drizzle with just a little bit of maple syrup. A little will go a long way - especially since you'll have all the great flavors from the peanut butter and banana.
Check out the National Peanut Board's website for more great ways to eat Peanut Butter for Breakfast.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Make Upcycled Glass Jar Mummy Votives


You guys know that I'm a sucker for good glass jar crafts - and these mason jar mummies are no exception. Not only do they help you recycle, but I love the elegant take on the traditional ratty mummy with the shiny gold paint!


Supplies

  • Glass jars
  • Gold paint
  • Rubberbands
  • Black paint
  • White paint
  • Spouncer
  • Paintbrush



Directions

Find the directions online at It All Started With Paint: Mummy Mason Jars


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Monday, September 8, 2014

{Recipe} Accidentally Gluten Free Protein Pancakes


I was introduced to the idea that you could make pancakes without flour in college. My youth pastor's wife was working through Eating for Life and the author has a similar recipe. I've modified it to make it more whole foods friendly (not to be confused with Whole 30 compliant - as these are definitely not!). These pancakes also happen to be gluten free but are super delicious and will be adored by both gluteny and gluten free family members alike.

Each pancake has almost 5 grams of protein, making a plate of 4 or so a great start to your day - especially compared to Biquick pancakes which have nearly twice as many calories and a third less protein.


Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp agave syrup
  • 1 cup oatmeal
Yield: 12 pancakes

Nutrition information is approximate (PER PANCAKE) and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients as well as the size of your pancakes (recipe should make 12 pancakes). Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count.


Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a blender in the order listed. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until mixture is homogeneous and liquefied. If blending is too difficult, you may add some milk or milk alternative 1/4 cup at a time to facilitate blending. Don't add more than a 1/2 cup of milk total.
  2. Preheat a skillet on medium high heat and grease with coconut oil. 
  3. Pour pancake batter from blender onto skillet. One batch of mix should make 12 pancakes 4-5 inches in diameter. Cook until edges are drying out and center has bubbles before flipping to cook the other side for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove cooked pancakes from skillet. Serve warm with real maple syrup or berry mixture.


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Make Your Own Cloth Napkins


One super easy and sophisticated way to go green is by using cloth napkins. You can pick up cloth napkins at a department store - but you'll be limited to the colors and prints they have in stock. Erin from The Blue Eyed Dove shows you how to make your own cloth napkins using any fabric you love. 


Supplies

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron


Directions

Find the directions online at The Blue Eyed Dove: DIY Cloth Napkins


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

{Recipe} Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake

This post is brought to you by Silk.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake Recipe

Do you find it hard to get a healthy breakfast in your belly in the mornings? I definitely have mornings when I don't think I'm hungry when I'm home but 10 minutes later, I'm driving down the road and realize my body needs breakfast. If I planned ahead, this isn't a problem. On mornings I didn't plan ahead? Let's just say it can get ugly when your only options are Starbucks or fast food.

With a little bit of forward planning, you can have have a nutritious breakfast smoothie that takes just a couple minutes to whip up and is easy to take on the go. Use my mason jar / blender hack and you'll have next to no clean up. Swap your daily coffee drive through habit for this instead and you'll have plenty of fuel to help you make it through your morning - no caffeine needed! Serve this recipe to your kids and they'll think you've gone nuts (dessert for breakfast?!) but you'll be happy because you know that's it's good for them! This recipe contains more than 10 grams of protein, 25% of your daily calcium intake and 15% of your daily iron recommendation

Ingredients



  • 1 1/2 cups organic unsweetened Silk soy milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • Approx 2 Tbsp organic chocolate syrup​
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter


  • Yield: 2 servings


    Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients. Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count.

    Directions

    1. To prepare frozen bananas: At least 12 hours in advance, peel bananas and break them into 3 chunks each. Add chunks to a gallon size zip top plastic bag and freeze. When ready to use, remove from freezer and take out just the number of chunks needed before returning them to the freezer.
    2. Add all ingredients in order listed to blender or mason jar.
    3. Blend on high until well combined.
    If you're running out the door, take your mason jar with you as a to go cup! If you're staying home, make it feel extra special by drizzling chocolate syrup inside a glass before pouring shake in (as pictured).

    Soy milk is a great dairy alternative - especially if anyone in your house is sensitive to milk or lactose. Be sure to buy Non-GMO Project certified soy milk (like Silk) to guarantee that what you're putting in your body is free of GMO contaminants.To find out more about the benefits of soy in your diet, visit Silk here.



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    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Make Recycled Cardboard Tube Monsters


    With a family full of boys, there is a strong fascination with monsters in my house. That is just one reason why I love this project from Amanda at Crafts by Amanda. Of course, it gets bonus points for using recycled cardboard tubes and for its timeliness with Halloween. I think it would be fun to make a little village of these monsters to live on a shelf or a ledge!


    Supplies

    • Cardboard paper towel tubes
    • Construction paper
    • Wiggle Eyes
    • Markers
    • Yarn
    • Crinkle paper
    • Glue
    • Scissors
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    Directions

    Find the directions online at Crafts by Amanda: Cardboard Tube Ghoul Family


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    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Healthy Back to School Snacks with Nature Box






    Do your kids love to snack like mine do? Who am I kidding? I love snacks, too! With a new baby at home, having easy snacks that require zero prep beyond opening a package or portioning it out into a bowl has been a lifesaver. Finding healthy snacks that require zero prep, though? That's been a little trickier. 

    I want snacks for my family that:
    • Are GMO free
    • Aren't full of artificial sweeteners
    • Aren't full of chemical preservatives
    • Are MSG free
    • Are nutritious
    • Taste good
    • Are easy to serve
    • Are easily accessible
    Told ya is was a little tricky. So I was delightfully surprised when I found snacks from Nature Box that fit all these requirements! Because seriously: we were in a snacking rut and needed help!