Awesome Things Tuesday Linky Party

Posted on July 22, 2014

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Welcome back to another week of Awesome Things Tuesday! We have some really exciting features today!

This week’s features!

Randi’s Pick – Bright and Bold Bedroom from BD Design

Ashley’s Pick – DIY Retro Inspired Outdoor Lights from Fynes Designs

Colourful DIY Patio Lanterns- super easy to make

Krystal’s Pick – Recycled Golf Ball Cow from Craft Klatch

Amanda’s Pick – DIY Wall Art from Mom in Music City

Jenny’s Pick – DIY Starburst Mirror from Blooming Homestead

DIY Sunburst Mirror at Blooming Homestead

And the most clicked link from last week…

The New S’more from My Creative Days

The New Smore and Making Memories mycreativedays.com

Now that you’ve seen last weeks features go check out these other amazing women and what they’ve been up to!

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Randi Sowders – Sowdering About in Seattle
Ashley Emmett – My Craftily Ever After
Krystal McGarvey – My Life of Travels and Adventures
Jenny Phillips Porter – Satsuma Designs
Amanda Corbet – Krafting Kreations

 

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Low Sugar Watermelon Mint Sorbet

Posted on July 17, 2014

I know that the Ice Cream man is a rite of summer, but when he blasts by with his speakers blaring at 5:15p every evening to ply the kids with sugar and treats, I object. I’ve taken measures into hand and have created my own sweet treat to keep the kids happy and refreshed this summer with a low sugar watermelon mint sorbet that’s juicy, just sweet enough and tasty to fend of Mr. Ice Cream himself.

Serve this low sugar watermelon mint sorbet in margarita glasses for fun that kids will love. Add a mint sprig or maraschino cherry too.

Tips for fending off the Ice Cream man:

  • Insist the goodies be purchased with allowance or piggy bank money
  • Agree to purchase, but consume ice cream treats AFTER dinner
  • Say No!
  • Say Yes! and buy one for yourself!

Here’s to standing your ground with a healthy, tasty alternative to ice cream before dinner!

Low Sugar Watermelon Mint Sorbet
Low in sugar, high in refreshment. This watermelon mint sorbet comes together in 10 minutes plus freezer time and is great for kids and dinner guests alike.
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Serves: 8-10
Active Time: 
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Total Time: 
Here’s What You’ll Need
  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 3 large sprigs cleaned mint (approx ¼ c)
  • ¼ c white sugar
  • ½ c water
Here’s What You’ll Do
  1. Start by dissolving sugar in boiling water and take off heat to cool.
  2. Meanwhile food process the watermelon and mint
  3. Add sugar to watermelon mixture in a large bowl
  4. Pour into 9″ x 13″ pan or other shallow container
  5. Freeze 4 hours or overnight
  6. Enjoy!

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Awesome Things Tuesday Linky Party

Posted on July 15, 2014

PARTY TIME!

Welcome back to another week of Awesome Things Tuesday! We have some really exciting features today!

This week’s features!

Randi’s Pick - Chalkboard Kitchen Printable from Home. Made. Interest.

Kitchen Printable - Virginia Woolfe Quote {www.homemadeinterest.com}

Ashley’s Pick – Duct Tape Key Chains from The Crafty Blog Stalker

Duct Tape Key Chains

Krystal’s Pick – Chunky Bathroom Shelves from Carissa Miss

Carissa Miss: DIY Chunky Bathroom Shelves

Amanda’s Pick - Wax Paper Nature Light from From ABC’s to ACT’s

Finished Nature Night Light

Jenny’s Pick – DIY Ladder Shelf from Making it in the Mountains

DIY Ladder Shelf @ making it in the mountains

And the most clicked link from last week…

Easy No Mess Way to Paint Baseboards from Crafty Journal

Easy, No Mess Way to Paint Baseboards - Crafty Journal

Now that you’ve seen last weeks features go check out these other amazing women and what they’ve been up to!

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Randi Sowders – Sowdering About in Seattle / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Ashley Emmett – My Craftily Ever After / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Krystal McGarvey – My Life of Travels and Adventures / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Jenny Phillips Porter – Satsuma Designs / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Amanda Corbet – Krafting Kreations / Facebook / Pinterest

 

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Kids DIY Gift Wrap

Posted on July 13, 2014

I’m not sure when our busiest birthday party season is, but I think about 50% of the couples we know are on the same family planning schedule as we were and the other half just 6 short months later! This summer has been chock-full of fun kids’ birthday parties, which got me thinking about Kids DIY Gift Wrap. I love to gift wrap and want the kids to learn the delicate skill of creating birthday bliss for a beloved friend or family member. Here’s the quickest, easiest Kids DIY Gift Wrap around.kids diy gift wrap

Start with a roll of 24″ or 36″ wide kraft paper on a roll. The kraft paper on a roll is 1000 feet long here. So, you’ll only need one roll for life! But think of all the fun things you can do with kraft paper. A blog post, or 12, is coming about kraft crafts.

Now let junior or little miss wrap their gift with help cutting if necessary and let them tape it shut. Let them dig into your fabric scrap bin or ribbon box to pull out their favorite ribbon or fabric to create a custom coordinating bow. We used old striped knit jersey here and created an ‘octopus’ for our gift topper.

Give the kids a marker or Sharpie and let them wish the lucky one a happy birthday.

And that’s it! Check one more item off of your To Do list and add one more skill to the kids’ toolbox. Well done, everyone and happy birthday!

 

 

 

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DIY Dollar Store Breakfast Tray

Posted on July 10, 2014

Do you like breakfast in bed? Me too! I LOVE breakfast in bed. I love the food, I love that I’m being served, I love the servers, I love the sweet touches that usually come with breakfast in bed: a flower, the newspaper, a mimosa perhaps, or at least orange juice in a champagne flute. Thankfully this ritual happens at birthdays and other special family days, but I thought it would be fun to increase the frequency of breakfast in bed with my DIY dollar store breakfast tray.diy breakfast tray

This handy and practical little DIY project took just an hour, which included paint dry time and we’ve had fun this summer surprising each other with breakfast in bed for no reason at all.

Here’s what you need to create your own DIY dollar store breakfast tray:

  • Dollar store oval tray – $1
  • Paint – I used a metallic gun metal from Martha Stewart’s line
  • Paintbrush
  • Drill
  • Protective eye wear
  • Heavy jute rope or other cord or think twine for the handles
  • Screwdriver to work your drilled holes if necessary, it was for me.

Here’s what you need to create your own DIY dollar store breakfast tray:

Start by setting up your work space and gathering your tools, paint, and supplies.

Drill 4 small holes, big enough to thread your rope handles through, but not too big.

Now paint your tray with 2-3 coats of paint.

When tray is dry, thread your handles through the holes and tie knots at the end to secure.

Et voila! You have your very own DIY dollar store tray ready to delight family with a sweet and toasty morning surprise. And let’s hope they reciprocate!

If you try it, post a photo of your creative genius to our Facebook page, Twitter or Pinterest. When you do, we’ll send you a Satsuma Designs coupon code. Thanks and happy creating!

 

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DIY Laundry Basket Tags for Wash and Fold

Posted on July 8, 2014

Not sure about you, but I feel that the only thing worse than doing laundry is doing the same load twice. Yep!  And what’s worse is that it has happened in our family on MULTIPLE occasions. Well not any more friends. I’ve instituted a system for our clan that I call my DIY Laundry Basket Tags for Wash and Fold. This is a two tiered approach that prevents both a re-wash of clean laundry by some unsuspecting operator AND encourages all family members to chip in to fold laundry when it’s hot out of the dryer.diy laundry basket tags for wash and fold

This quick and easy laundry chore tags project was born from necessity where all good inventions are created.  I started with my two most basic laundry help needs for my little miss and junior who are now old enough to pitch in and help gather, sort, wash, dry, fold and put away their clean laundry. This project is by all means meant to engage and encourage kids to help with the family laundry and learn the steps necessary to keep the laundry-military-industrial complex humming.

In less than 10 minutes plus drive or walk time to your local laminating station (we choose Fedex), you’ll have a new laundry chore system in place that will encourage every member of the family to engage in laundry. It’s not entirely IMpossible!

Here’s what you’ll need for your DIY Laundry Basket Tags for Wash and Fold:

  • Paper – white, construction, wrapping, kraft, you name it!
  • Pens, pencils or paint and paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Clear luggage tag that can be laminated at a location like Fedex
  • Clip, lanyard or plastic loop to attached laundry hamper tag to the laundry basket or hamper

Here’s how you’ll make your own custom DIY Laundry Basket Tags for Wash and Fold:

Start by setting up your art station for and with the kids. Try outfitting your little artist with our art smock and art mat.

Now create your custom clothing art. Try a dress or t-shirt like I did or fashion some of the kids’ favorite clothing to laminate.

Write Wash Me or Fold Me or Sort Me or Dry Me on the clothing art.

Take it to your local Fedex or office supply store and laminate it.

That’s it! Now do the laundry and go have some fun!

If you try it, post a photo of your creative genius to our Facebook page, Twitter or Pinterest. When you do, we’ll send you a Satsuma Designs coupon code. Thanks and happy creating!

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Awesome Things Tuesday Linky Party

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Welcome back to another week of Awesome Things Tuesday! We have some really exciting features today!

This week’s features!

Randi’s Pick – Washer Necklaces for Kids from Sun Hats & Wellie Boots

Ashley’s Pick – Four Ingredient French Bread from My Mundane and Miraculous Life

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Krystal’s Pick – Butterfly Summer Wreath from Home Made Interest

Butterfly Summer Wreath {www.homemadeinterest.com}

Amanda’s Pick – Rubberband Painted Wine Bottles from Day 2 Day Super Mom

Rubberband Painted Wine Bottles by day2day SuperMom

Jenny’s Pick – Aluminum Can Dimensional Star from Crafty Journal

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

And the most clicked link from last week…

Rustic Copper Washer Earrings from Jewelry Making Journal

Long Rustic Copper Washer Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now that you’ve seen last weeks features go check out these other amazing women and what they’ve been up to!

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Randi Sowders – Sowdering About in Seattle / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Ashley Emmett – My Craftily Ever After / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Krystal McGarvey – My Life of Travels and Adventures / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Jenny Phillips Porter – Satsuma Designs / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Amanda Corbet – Krafting Kreations / Facebook / Pinterest

 

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Awesome Things Tuesday Linky Party

Posted on June 30, 2014

PARTY TIME!

Welcome back to another week of Awesome Things Tuesday! We have some really exciting features today and a few new faces have joined our party!

This week’s features!

Randi’s Pick – Upcycled Command Center from My Love 2 Create

MyLove2Create, Upcycled Cupboard Door into Command Center

Krystal’s Pick – White Chocolate Mini Pretzels from the Crafty Lumberjacks

Ashley’s Pick - Ocean Wall Art from Mom in Music City

Amanda’s Pick - Super Simple Gift Crates from My Love 2 Create

Jenny’s Pick – Quilted Dresser from Backwoods Babies

And the most clicked link from last week…

Dyeing Rice for the 4th of July from the Crafty Lumberjacks!

Now that you’ve seen last weeks features go check out these other amazing women and what they’ve been up to!

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Randi Sowders – Sowdering About in Seattle / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Ashley Emmett – My Craftily Ever After / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Krystal McGarvey – My Life of Travels and Adventures / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Jenny Phillips Porter – Satsuma Designs / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter
Amanda Corbet – Krafting Kreations / Facebook / Pinterest

 

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Vegan Twice Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese

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I hadn’t enjoyed twice baked potatoes in ages due to the high dairy content traditionally used in holiday or every day recipes. I was overjoyed when last weekend at a friend’s birthday, our hostess served twice baked potatoes with broccoli that were also dairy free. While my friend’s twice baked potatoes were delicious, I felt they were missing just a little something, which is how I dreamed up the recipe for these family-friendly twice baked potatoes with broccoli and dairy free cheese below.

By adding lots of healthy cancer fighting broccoli and dairy and soy free cheese shreds, I created a rich and creamy twice baked potato recipe that had my kids, husband and brother fighting over seconds at Sunday dinner. Garlic powder, olive oil and salt and pepper were all it took to round out these satisfying twice baked potatoes that I will be sure to serve at holiday dinners or any night we need something warm and comforting. This meal paired our twice baked potatoes with grilled flank steak, corn on the cob, grilled balsamic marinated vidalia onions and a simple green salad that made a feast for our Sunday dinner.

If you whip up these vegan twice baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese and love them like we do, post a photo of your creative genius to our Facebook page, Twitter or Pinterest. When you do, we’ll send you a Satsuma Designs coupon code. Thanks and happy eating!

Vegan Twice Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese
Vegan riff on the classic creamy twice baked potato. This vegan version adds healthy broccoli and vegan cheese (soy free) to keep the taste as rich and delicious as mom makes.
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Serves: 6
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Here’s What You’ll Need
  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 large head broccoli
  • 3 Tbs olive oil + 1 Tbs for potato skins
  • ½ c vegan cheese – Daiya Mozzarella Shreds (soy and gluten free)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ c almond milk (original, low calorie) or other non-dairy creamy beverage
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Here’s What You’ll Do
  1. Turn oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Wash and pat dry potatoes.
  3. Rub potatoes in 1 Tbs olive oil and pierce with a fork.
  4. Bake potatoes for 1 hour
  5. minutes before potatoes are baked, cook broccoli by perferred method (stovetop or microwave) until tender.
  6. Remove potatoes from oven and slice open lengthwise. When cool enough to scoop out centers, add potato to chopped broccoli.
  7. Stir in 3 Tbs olive oil, or more, cheese, garlic powder and almond milk.
  8. Add mixture back to empty potato jackets and put back in oven, reducing temperature to 350 degrees.
  9. Cook for 30 minutes or until light brown crust has formed.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

 

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Nutribullet Smoothie Recipes for Kids

Posted on June 28, 2014

Since Grandma and Grandpa’s sleeping habits are all over the map, once in a while they find themselves watching late night TV and the infomercials that run in the wee hours. After one such night, we were the lucky recipients of the BOGO offer from Nutribullet and received ours a couple of weeks ago. We’ve been devouring Nutribullet smoothies every morning and afternoon since. I wanted to share a few Nutribullet Smoothie Recipes for Kids to keep the family running smoothly (hehe!) from morn till night.nutribullet smoothie recipes for kids

Before we got our As Seen on TV Nutribullet, I was a frustrated smoothie maker resorting to crushing ice and produce in our Osterizer blender. Now the blender is a perfect kitchen tool, but the Nutribullet takes early morning breakfast smoothies to a whole new convenience level.

Summer breakfast is a family affair, so the kids and I fill the container 3/4 of the way full with a range of fresh produce that I’ll share below, add liquid and 4 ice cubes and we get the most amazingly smooth and satisfying smoothies. They attached the top, spin it closed then I do the blending, but it’s safe enough for older kids to do on their own. The spinning blades are dulled, not sharp unlike the inside of my blender!

In contrast to setting down exact recipes, I want to share ideas I’ve had on nutritious and flavorful ingredients that can take your run of the mill breakfast smoothie to a nutrient packed power smoothie for young and old. Here’s how!

Breakfast Smoothie Recipes:

Start with your lightweight ingredients first adding those to the bottom. For example, I add Kale to our smoothies and drop a handful of leaves in then wash and drain. Then I add a variety of fruits and veggies on hand to the container.

I finish with milk, almond milk, coconut milk or cold filtered water then finally top with a few ice cubes to give the smoothie a chill plus a creamy texture.

Try these ingredients for your morning Nutribullet Smoothie for Kids:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Romaine leaves
  • Herb mix
  • Mint
  • Ginger
  • Any frozen berries and fruit
  • Banana
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Papaya
  • Mango
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Avocado
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Peaches
  • Peanut butter/peanuts
  • Almond butter/almonds
  • Cashew butter/nuts
  • Nutella
  • Chocolate powder
  • Breakfast Essentials powder
  • Protein powder
  • Flax meal

** Grandma Advisory: When you’re first starting out with the green smoothies for the kids, add the green produce sparingly to start as it will turn the smoothie green and if you’ve got picky eaters like me, you’ll want to go with the more standard red, orange, or blue smoothie hue. Isn’t Grandma always right?!

Afternoon Snack Smoothie Recipes:

All above PLUS,

  • Cilantro
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Pineapple
  • And more!

If you’re up late and buy a Nutribullet, or one online, post a photo of your creative genius to our Facebook page, Twitter or Pinterest. When you do, we’ll send you a Satsuma Designs coupon code. Thanks and happy blending!

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