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I wanted to share with you something valuable I learned from a webinar that I attended hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi and Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese. Kristi was talking about living well, balancing being a mom and having a career. . . all the sorts of
“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Scandinavian Tobacco Group Lane, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CuberoLuxury http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” My husband goes on a yearly golf outing with his friends. This year I decided
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Are you like me and wait till the last minute to throw together something AMAZING for your kids at Easter? My daughter is 23 and I still make her a basket with candy, but her goodies are coming from ULTA where the normal 3 for
I love the idea of decorating eggs, but I am not really a fan of dye. When I went to Art Day at my son’s school they were making art from Russia and one of the projects were Faberge eggs! I thought that this would
Need a fast and fun foodtivity for little chefs? This one is fairly easy for little children to manipulate on their own with little mess at the end. Everyone loves an Easter egg hunt and these little grass nests with colorful eggs are a fun
This is a guest post by @linxtea, millennial cosmetologist in Chicago and contributing beauty editor @dapperhouse. The snow is melting and spring is right around the corner. That means sun dresses, flip flops and a fresh face! Natural beauty and quick application is always a must
Practice Good Parenting at the Pool The family pool is a great place to spend quality time with the kids. But parenting doesn’t stop when you walk out to the pool. Since there are inherent issues with large bodies of water, take time to consider
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I love creating gift guides of the cool things I find because it follows my motto of saving you time and money and frees up extra time that you can spend with your family and that is what really matters! So here are 5 gifts that you might consider getting for yourself for Mother’s Day. (I get myself the gifts I love delivered to the house and my husband lets the kids wrap them. My kids surprise me, the hubs doesn’t have to stress about shopping and I get exactly what I want! This is the secret to a happy family.) Here are 5 of my picks from today of gifts that I want and hopefully you will love them too.
tiny initials with birthstones hand stamped sterling silver jewelry
This gift warms every mother’s and grandmother’s heart. Even an auntie or godmother would be filled with pride to wear this beautiful and meaningful jewelry!
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Flavor Infuser Water Bottle
Imagine cold water infused with fresh lemons, mint, cucumber, even a tea bag. This gift that says you care to promote mom’s delicious & healthy habits all summer! (I ordered this)
Half Dozen Gourmet Dipped Swizzled Strawberries
Have a mom or grandma that likes the traditional flowers and chocolates? Pamper her sweet tooth with a guilt free gourmet dessert that says you know exactly what she loves.
Navy Ruched Front Maxi Dress – Size S
Any trendy mom from their 20′s to their 50′s is going to love this flattering maxi dress. Throw on a cardigan and heels for Mother’s Day brunch, or sandals and a floppy hat for some sidewalk shopping. (Pair it with the necklace above.)
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My husband goes on a yearly golf outing with his friends. This year I decided to put together a cool gift basket for him. When I was shopping at my Walmart I found everything I needed. I included things for a party in his hotel room like Cigars, Alcohol and Snacks. I also included items for the next day after a night of partying such as headache medicine, upset stomach meds, re-hydrating drink and breath mints. I am going to show you how to make this for your special man to show that you appreciate his time away with his friends and that you care about him.
Here is what you will need:
- large plastic serving bowl
- floral foam
- knife to cut floral foam
- glue gun and glue sticks
- shredded paper
- popsicle sticks
- plastic golf balls (for decoration)
- a sleeve of his favorite golf balls
- wooden golf tees
- Cubero Cigars from Walmart (full flavor and easier to enjoy)
- lightweight liqueur bottles (airline bottles would work well)
- energy drink (to stay up late or get through the next day)
- headache medicine (also helps with sore muscled from golfing)
- upset stomach medicine (food and fun can lead to sick tummies)
- chapstick (lips need protection from the weather and sun)
- sunblock (my man never remembers to coat his nose!)
- snacks (pistachios, sunflower seeds, jerky, snack mixes)
- protein bar (good for the day after to keep up strength)
- favorite candies (I had custom golf club chocolates made on etsy)
- sports drink or water bottle (gotta re -hydrate and sweat out the party)
To begin lay out all of your supplies in a large area so that you can get to work. Plug in your glue gun and get ready.
Step 1: Cut the floral foam to fit inside the plastic bowl.
Step 2: Secure the floral foam around all the edges with a generous heaping of hot glue
Step 3: Glue some of the golf balls to the tees for decoration
Step 4: glue popsicle sticks to the back of of some your packaged items so that they can “stand” in the basket.
Step 5: cover floral foam with shredded paper
Step 6: Arrange your gifts by sticking the popsicle sticks into the floral foam. Tallest items go in the back to smaller ones in the front so that all items can be seen.
Step 7: Make sure that you tuck in a little note that says to have a fun weekend with the guys. You can even make a little card on a popsicle stick and make it part of the gift basket so his friends can praise him for having such a cool partner!
Do you have any other ideas about fun things you could do for Guys Night or a Guys Trip?
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I went to visit my family in Arizona this month. I was born and raised in the desert and lived there exclusively until my 30′s when I relocated with my husband to Chicago. I have a strong fondness for all things Arizona like the saguaro cactus, desert wildlife, gorgeous mountains, and sunsets so spectacular that they will make you believe in God. The Southwest style, traditional Mexican food can also not be beat. While I was visiting the wild west of Arizona one of my sisters showed me how to make the healthiest and simplest recipe. . . Arizona Style Sweets-n-Beets.
You will need:
- 4 large beets
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- sea salt
- chipotle seasoning or cayenne
First we peeled beets and sweet potatoes. Then we diced them into small cubes. Spread them out in a shallow baking pan lightly greased with olive oil. Sprinkle with more extra virgin olive oil, a bit of salt, and a sprinkling of Chipotle or cayenne pepper.
Toss well so that the veggies are coated. Bake on 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or more, until they are cooked through. (Once your home smells like you are baking a delicious pie check and see is a fork can slide through the cubes of root vegetables.)
*See how this beautiful recipe reminds me of the Arizona Sunset? Photo credit to http://rmmla.innoved.org/
We made a huge batch and ate it every day.
- wrap it in a tortilla with fresh spinach and cheese
- mix into whole grain rice for a main dish
- toss with cooked Italian Sausage crumbles
- fry a little in butter as a side with eggs and toast
- top with sour cream and pepper
Are you like me and wait till the last minute to throw together something AMAZING for your kids at Easter? My daughter is 23 and I still make her a basket with candy, but her goodies are coming from ULTA where the normal 3 for $10 items are now 5 for 10 right now. You can also get a printable code here for 20% off any item.
If you can’t get to an ULTA store and want to take advantage of the online deals, there are a TON of great sales and specials going on right now like CHI flat irons 50% OFF. And, for the first time ever, you can Buy 1 get 1 1/2 off . . . or Buy 2 Get One free on all your favorite name brand products! WOAH!
I love the idea of decorating eggs, but I am not really a fan of dye. When I went to Art Day at my son’s school they were making art from Russia and one of the projects were Faberge eggs! I thought that this would be really fun for a new spin on the family getting together to color Easter eggs. Being a crafter, this is right up my alley and it is sparkly and shiny too!
What you will need:
- plastic Easter eggs
- permanent markers
- glue gun
- gems (And other embellishments like ribbon, buttons, sequins. . . )
- pics of faberge eggs for inspiration
Here are some of the pics that my family and I used for inspiration. . .
Aren’t they gorgeous? It takes a lot of work to put that many gems on an egg. It is also a lot of work getting the designs straight on the eggs. There were quite a bit of engineering and math discussions during the planning and drawing stages. Here are the 3 easy steps to decorating your Faberge Inspired Easter Egg.
Here are a few of the eggs that we created. . .
Won’t it be fun to find these Easter morning?
TIP: For little ones who should not be near the hot glue gun, cut them out a paper egg and let them decorate it using white glue to adhere the gems. You could also follow along with your young child and make a replica of their egg on plastic as they create the design on their paper.
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Need a fast and fun foodtivity for little chefs? This one is fairly easy for little children to manipulate on their own with little mess at the end. Everyone loves an Easter egg hunt and these little grass nests with colorful eggs are a fun representation of this tradition. For this recipe you will need:
- bag of marshmallows
- box of rice crispy cereal
- butter or margarine
- green food coloring
- spray oil
- small egg candies
First mix and make the rice krispy treats with green food coloring. Keep children away from the how stove and hot treats.
Turn the hot treats into greased muffin tins to shape the nests. Let cool enough to where little hands can touch the treats without getting burned.
Give each child a nest and some candies. Let them form the nest and push the egg candies into the grass. Set aside to harden. If you are doing this activity with a big group of children you can set a place with a piece of construction paper with each child’s name on the paper. Then when the nests are hardening and cooling, kids can go play and pick them up at the end of the day. Happy Easter everyone!
This is a guest post by @linxtea, millennial cosmetologist in Chicago and contributing beauty editor @dapperhouse.
- Embrace your natural beauty. Sometimes this is easier said than done. No one is perfect. I know I’m not.. especially when it comes to my skin. I get breakouts, redness and random face demons just like everyone else. The trick to a fresh face is to embrace the flaws and work with them. This can be hard to do for some and for me came with age but being comfortable in your skin is more important than any of the other tips and tricks you will find.
- Moisture and exfoliating go hand in hand and both work miracles. Keeping your face clean and hydrated keeps a fresh healthy look. Choose a moisturizer with a SPF 15 in it to save yourself from future skin damage. Apply it to your face before using a tinted moisturizer of your choice.
- As for foundation the more light weight the better. bb cream or a tinted moisturizer are 2 great choices. use sparingly and If possible just use on your problem areas. Learn all about BB Cream and find your perfect brand.
- For the rest of your make up keep it natural. I usually just use a peachy blush and one or two coats of mascara. A little chapstick or a light lip gloss and you are done.
Practice Good Parenting at the Pool
The family pool is a great place to spend quality time with the kids. But parenting doesn’t stop when you walk out to the pool. Since there are inherent issues with large bodies of water, take time to consider how to keep your kids safe, and also be a good parent, while they are around the water. Here are some ideas:
Model the behavior. Kids watch their parents constantly. If Dad is running along the side of the pool during a game with the kids – what does the child learn from that? Make sure to model the behavior you want the kids to emulate while around the pool. Of course this is a wonderful time to spend with the children, and a big part of that is having fun, but Dad is a parent first, and being one of the kids just isn’t prudent. Settle down and be calm around the pool, and the children will pick up on it.
Establish the rules. Children will need to understand the rules like “no running,” and have defined limits at the pool. Before going outdoors, establish the rules you want the children to follow, and what behavior is unacceptable. Make it clear that there will be consequences for not obeying those rules, such as a timeout or loss of pool privileges for a time. If there is a possibility of being sent in the house for not complying, and the kids know those consequences will be enforced, they will be clear about the boundaries. The thought of sitting indoors listening to their friends screaming with joy out by the pool will really get their attention.
Constant supervision. If the parents are hosting a pool party, and talking to their friends while kids are in the water – that’s a setup for bad things to happen. Designate one parent to watch the children at all times. That doesn’t mean chatting on the cell phone, running inside to prepare snacks, or doing anything else. That means watching the kids at all time, and not leaving them unsupervised.
Engage your children. If one of the kids performs a great trick on the diving board, they really want Dad to acknowledge it and give feedback. “That was a really cool trick, James!” The pool can be a special bonding place, so take advantage of it. All too quickly they will be off with their friends and you will miss the times you had together. Take an interest in what the kids are doing at the pool – they will love it, and you will find it rewarding.
Give them space. Sometimes parents hover over their kids at the pool, and try to direct everything they are doing. Let the kids have the space to play games on their own, and make up their own entertainment. Kids are developing their creativity while they play, so sit back and watch that happen. The kids will want to report their successes, so do listen when they tell you all about the great new game they have devised. But if the kids are completely engrossed in their play – just let it continue. They are learning independence, and how to interact with their friends. As long as they are obeying the safety rules you have established, let them play.
With something as fun and enjoyable as a family swimming pool, it’s a fine balance to allow the children to enjoy the experience, but also provide a safe environment. When one of the kids walks very carefully along the side of the pool, just smile at the successful parenting that indicates.
Kaitlin Gardner writes for AnApplePerDay.com. She currently lives in Pennsylvania and is married to her best friend. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking and enjoy nature. She has just started her first book about living an eco-friendly, healthy, natural lifestyle.
*Photo credits go to Pixabay Public Domain Photos