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, 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.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Fun Way We Helped Our Son Feel Brave Around the Water Again.

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Two summers ago, my husband took my (then 3 year old) son to our community swimming pool by himself. They were walking down the stairs into the shallow end when my son stepped off the bottom step while Joe's back was turned and suddenly he was under water. All the way under water. Apparently the water was about two inches deeper than the top of my son's head. 

Luckily the pool monitor saw it, called to my husband and he was scooped right out. But it was scary. It was scary for my son - who already had water fear issues. It was scary for my husband. And it was maybe even more scary for me as his mom - and I wasn't even there!

Of course this didn't help his water fear issues any and he spent the rest of the summer being terrified of "the big pool" and wanted to play in the one foot deep baby pool for the rest of the summer. And for the next whole summer after that.

I totally get why he's scared. As a former lifeguard myself (and the daughter of a Coast Guardsman) I know that you can go from safe to drowning in the blink of an eye. We got him a traditional vest style life jacket but he never wanted to wear it for swimming - which I understand. They're hard to swim in.


Puddle Jumpers

When I found out about Puddle Jumpers, I thought they might be the solution we needed. Not only are they super fun looking, but they help hold your child in a position that makes it easy for them to navigate in the water.

Plus it's always fun to pretend you're a sea monster. (It's technically a "gator" design - but you don't need to tell him that!)

The Puddle Jumper helped K feel brave enough to go in the big pool for first time in a really long time. And he had so much fun! I'm so thrilled to have found a solution that not only makes my son feel better around the water but gives me peace of mind because I know that he'll be safe in case he accidentally finds himself in water over his head again.



Check it out

Puddle Jumpers are designed for kids that weigh 30-50 pounds and is approved by the Coast Guard for use onboard boats as well. They are available to purchase directly through the Stearns Website: StearnsFlotation.com or pick one up locally at your friendly neighborhood Target store.

Don't wait for a scary accident to happen to your kids before you move to get them their own personal flotation device. Buy it now (let them pick it out!) so you will always have it on hand for pool parties, boating, and beach trips.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How to Make an Ombre Dyed Fabric Tote Bag

This post is brought to you by I Love to Create's Tie Dye your Summer program.


I love the ombre dip-dyed look but the idea of dip dying anything is kind of overwhelming. Plus most of the tutorials that involve dipping and waiting usually have weird lines that I don't love. And then there's all the time. And all the space. And all the mess. And all the CLEANING UP of the mess. 

Whew! I got exhausted just typing that! Which is why even though I've loved this trend for a couple years now I had yet to make a single ombre dyed anything. That all changed this week thanks to the Tulip One-Step Tie Dye Kit. Unlike summer camp tie-dye where you have to mix and measure and soak and bladie, bladie blah (so much work!) - you just add water and dye things! EASY. Low Mess. Full of win. Plus you can use it the make magical ombre things! And they turn out so pretty. Let me show you how!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Make Recyled Water Bottle Garden Art



While I almost exclusively use my refillable water bottle to drink from, I occasionally find myself with a leftover disposable one on my hands. If you have leftover water bottles, you and your kids can turn them into pretty yard art with a few simple supplies. As an added bonus, it will help your kids with their scissor skills as well (you know, in a productive way).


Supplies

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Directions

Find the directions online at CBC Parents: Water Bottle Wind Spirals.

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