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
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
* I received a package of Organic Matcha to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and may or may not coincide with those of the company. Kiss me Organic’s Matcha Green Tea Powder is specifically formulated with anti- aging power, steady natural energy
BB Cream has taken the makeup world by storm. It has the potential to knock all other face products out of the game. Its Genius formula has the qualities of a foundation, primer, concealer and much more. Why Buy 9 different products when you only
Remember the FUN Groupizo Pin to Win Contest? Many awesome designs were submitted. Thank you all who shared and pinned because a winner was chosen. Congratulations to Alisson H. for the winning design! Order your Limited Edition Trash Turtle design today so that Alisson can reach her
Today is Something on a Stick Day! This means lots of fun for little ones. All you need is an inexpensive bag of Bamboo Skewers (found at most any food store) and you can kabob (almost) everything you eat today! Kids LOVE this playing with
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
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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
* I received a package of Organic Matcha to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and may or may not coincide with those of the company.
Kiss me Organic’s Matcha Green Tea Powder is specifically formulated with anti- aging power, steady natural energy and detoxifying properties for increased health and stamina. Unlike drinking the water steeped from green tea, consuming matcha is the powder from the entire leaf in a highly concentrated form so you get more benefits in a smaller amount.
Here are the benefits that keeps me using Organic Green Tea Matcha:
- Is packed with 137x the antioxidants of brewed green tea
- Contains cancer fighting powerful EGCg
- Protects skin from harmful UV rays
- Improves blood flow and oxygen to the skin
- Detoxifies cells effectively and naturally
- Gives a steady rise to metabolism
- 4 – 6 hours of steady energy
- calming and relaxation properties (no shakes or jitters)
- Proven to increase the bodies process of burning calories by 30%
- Elevated mood and provides focus
- High in Fiber
- Reduces Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels
- Packed with vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Stimulates the body to fight viruses and bacteria
Those of you who know me are familiar with me adding (sneaking) healthy ingredients and foods into everyday recipes with things like flax seed in meatloaf, wheatgerm in waffles and veggies into smoothies. Now I have another powerhouse to add to my arsenal – Organic Matcha Green Tea! Here is a recipe that I made up for a energy boost bar. I eat it at around 2:00 in the afternoon and the green tea and protein get me through that afternoon slump. It is similar to a Lara Bar consistency and you can add all sorts of extra ingredients to tailor it to your specific taste! Enjoy.
Green Tea Energy Bar from Jenny at dapperhouse
- 4 dates pitted and mashed
- 2 ripe bananas mashed
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 c. almond flour
- 1/2 cup flax seed
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp Organic Match Culinary Grade Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics
Add more ingredients for different flavors and health benefits: dried cherries, coconut, pumpkin seeds, raisins, chocolate chips, peanut butter, chia seeds, oats, etc.
Mix all ingredients together and spread into a 9X5 greased baking pan.
* At this point you can put them in the fridge and eat them raw.
Bake the bars at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes. The bars do not get stiff when baked. They remain soft. I like baking them the extra 10 minutes because they are more solid and have a more amazing roasted almond taste. These bars taste incredible and provide a packed punch of powerful ingredients that your body needs.
Cut them into bite sized pieces or bars and store in the refrigerator.
Dress them up by drizzling with melted chocolate, spreading on a layer of sun butter, or topping with yogurt.
*Green Tea is a stimulant so my bars are labeled as such and my children know to not eat them.
* The amount of green tea powder to consume at one time is only 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoons. Even when adding it to recipes for health benefits you only use about 1-2 teaspoons per 4 servings. Not only does this little bag last a really long time, but it is hard to fathom that so many giant benefits can be concentrated into such a small amount. It is worth the price to get this Super Food.
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Today is Something on a Stick Day! This means lots of fun for little ones. All you need is an inexpensive bag of Bamboo Skewers (found at most any food store) and you can kabob (almost) everything you eat today! Kids LOVE this playing with food fun. You know that I think that kids should not have sugary treats every day, but if you want to make a sweet treat to Celebrate today, this is a fun foodtivity that most ages can manage with minimal help!
First you make the rice krispy treats using the hot stove. Add any color.
Once the treats are cool enough to handle, let your child roll them into bite sized balls. TIP: the smaller the better so that they are not too heavy to stay on the sticks. While the kids are doing this you can melt the chocolate or candy coating.
Have your child push the skewer carefully into the rice ball and return to the wax paper.
Help children dip the rice balls in the chocolate or candy so they are not near the heat and at risk for burns.
Let your child roll their ball in sprinkles!
Put them back on the wax paper to harden. Then ENJOY! We put some floral foam in a little flower pot to display the ones we didn’t eat. You can also store them in a ziplock bag or tupperware.
What are you and your child going to try and eat on a stick today for dinner?