Saturday, August 23, 2014

What I Pinned This Week + Other Stuff

It's Saturday - time to share some of my recent "Pins" with you. These are recipes I want to try or projects that have inspired me. I have also thrown in a few things that made me laugh or caught my attention this week.

First off, I just want you guys to please take a minute and check out my new adventure, I have become a Wildtree rep because I believe in their products (all natural and certified organic) and I'm psyched to help people with some kitchen prep with our freezer workshops. Here's my link and my FB page.  Stop by and say Hi!



My Oats board on pinterest is always growing.  I added this great snack this week. And I couldn't resist this one.  Oh - almost forgot about this great idea...have you seen it yet. Which one do I make first?

Totally trying this cocktail and I am all over some black pepper simple syrup.

The kids are going to love this snack!

Our tomato plants have yet to give us a tomato (or one that the wildlife out back hasn't got to before us)  but as soon as we get some, I am making this!  Or I could just make the crust because it sounds awesome on it's own.

I haven't had this one since I was kid.  Do I dare try it again?

Yes!

:)

Guity.

guilty

My dream house.

Dream kitchen - this is "the one."

I am so done with this hot weather, I am ready for this.

Casual & me

and all things pumpkin spice.

BTW, I bought these this week.  Everyone should own a pair.  Best jeans ever!

Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to stop by the Friday Food Frenzy and link up!  The Frenzy gives you a chance to showcase your recipes and crafts on 4 different blogs!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Great Grains Cereal - What Makes You Great?

This post brought to you by Post Great Grains Cereal. All opinions are 100% mine.



I know we all have so much going on these days, I for one am dealing with back to school for two kids and our first year in two different schools.  I get so overwhelmed with the kids schedules and homework, getting healthy meals on the table and taking time to keep the house in order.  I love that I was challenged by Post Great Grains Cereal to write about what makes me great.

Here goes -first and foremost I think I am a good mom.  I work super hard at making sure I am available for my kids whenever they need me. To be honest it's rather easy being a good mom when you have such awesome kids.

I am happy.  I think this is the best thing!  I have a great family and awesome friends and I love where I am at right now.  I have a few things that I would change but they aren't major and all in all.  I am truly happy. Your turn, what makes you great?  Check this out to find out what makes other women great.



There were so many interesting results on the What Makes You Great survey,  I love these tidbits:

Women know the first step to empowerment is being their own best friend.
Women are comfortable in their own skin as they get older.

All good stuff! To checkout more from the survey, click here.



Post Great Grains Cereal comes in a variety of different flavors.  Made from whole foods and less processed ingredients, Great Grains is the perfect heart healthy breakfast choice for your family.  You will find at least 30g of whole grains in each bowl of every variety of Great Grains.

Speaking of variety, a few examples of the different flavors  are; Great Grains Crunchy Pecan (my personal favorite),  Great Grains Banana Nut Crunch,  Great Grains Protein Blend Cinnamon Crunch and many more...

What makes this cereal great is Great Grains has nutrition you can see.  So I ask you again,
"What makes you great?"

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs


Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?

friday-frenzy-craft-recipe-link up


Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead  and Another Cent Saved would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all!

Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadrupel the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!


Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!



Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.  

Featured Links from last week

Our first featured link from last weeks party is this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie from Scattered Thoughts of A Crafty Mom.  

no-bake-dessert-mint-chocolate-chip-ice-crea-pie   

The most clicked post from last weeks' party is from Before the Clock Strikes Midnight, how cute is this DIY Headband made from scraps of fabric?

DIY-fabric-scrap-headband  

And last but not least, a great tutorial on  how to Cook Quinoa.  Natural Chow shares great tips on the best way to prepare this healthy grain.

how-to-cook-quinoa 

My personal favorite, Frozen Hot Chocolate Pops, from Seduction in the Kitchen.

Frozen Hot Chocolate, a sweet treat for every kid out there, young and old. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen

Here is what I made this week: I turned a Tie Dyed Shirt into a scarf.



I wanted to let you all know that I have decided to join Wildtree! Checkout my site or like my FB pageWildtree is all organic and natural and has some wonderful products.  Let me know if you have any questions about it.

 



Everything looked amazing, thanks again for linking up your Recipe and Craft posts! Party Time! 


   

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Tie Dye Shirt to Scarf

I am loving my new tie dye scarf - it was so much fun to make too!  Also - I clearly have not mastered the art of the selfie.



The kids did a tie dye project at the end of the school year in their art class and they loved it. They actually came home from school and asked if we could add tie dyeing to our summer list of "things to do."  Little did they know, I already had plans to tie-dye our summer.  

I wish I had a picture of the expressions on their faces when they saw all the amazing colors we received in the mail from Tulip One Step Tie-Dye. These dyes are perfect for multi-color projects, group activities or in our case just some good family fun.


That's my daughter demonstrating how easy these dyes are to use.  Just add water to the container and shake  Then you are ready to squeeze the dye onto your project (and yes, there is a clear cloth over the counter.) My project is the finished one you see in the front of the picture, it's the one I used for my scarf.



Here it is again, rolled and banded to segment the areas where I added the different color dyes.  

And now the fun part.....



This is the same shirt after it has been dyed, washed and dried.  After the initial wash, dyes become permanent and color-fast so they won't fade in the wash.

The top left picture is where you start, lay your shirt flat (mine is missing sleeves because I am going to use them for another project - you don't need to cut the sleeves off.)

The top right picture is the next step.  Cut off the top of the shirt, under the arms and cut off a portion of the bottom (you can decide how thick you want your scarf.) These are the pieces we won't be using.

The picture on the bottom left is next, cut strips as thick or thin as you would like, I suggest trying to keep the thickness uniform.  I snipped and ripped because it was easier for me. You can cut all the way or rip.  You want to stop before you get to the end, get as close as you can but keep the shirt attached on one end.

Once you are done cutting, stretch out the scarf so the strips curl.  In the last step, bottom right, I used a small strip of the shirt (from the part I cut off) and wrapped it around the side that wasn't cut through after I gathered it together. I just wrapped it around itself a few times and knotted it and tucked the edge in.

Here is a better picture of that side and of me sporting my new homemade scarf.



My kids and I had so much fun Tie Dying our summer and creating this fun scarf - next up is a back to school scarf in school colors for my daughter.

This video shows you how simple tie dye crafts can be.



For more great ideas and inspiration from I love to Create, check out these links: FacebookTwitterPinterest and their blog

*Disclosure: This post was written by me for Blueprint Social.  All opinions are 100% my own


Saturday, August 16, 2014

What I Pinned This Week + Other Stuff

It's Saturday - time to share some of my recent "Pins" with you. These are recipes I want to try or projects that have inspired me. I have also thrown in a few things that made me laugh or caught my attention this week.

First off, I just want you guys to please take a minute and check out my new adventure, I have become a Wildtree rep because I believe in their products (all natural and certified organic) and I'm psyched to help people with some kitchen prep with our freezer workshops. Here's my link and my FB page.  Stop by and say Hi!



Not only did I pin this one but I have actually made it already - it was the perfect party dip!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love oatmeal and all things oats...maybe one or two thousand times.  Making this granola ASAP!

And while I'm at it - this one too.

And I need to try this one - this just sounds amazing.

I love a sweet dessert dip.  This one is perfect for this time of year (or anytime really.)

And now for something a little healthier - these Greek yogurt recipes all look so good.  Not sure where to start.

Just Sayin' - it's almost time!



Who can relate? Oh my poor kids.

I blog about the cookies.

And here is this weeks kitchen love link.

Want to know what's sad but true?  This week was my 4 year blogiversary and I totally missed it!  True story.


Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to stop by the Friday Food Frenzy and link up!  The Frenzy gives you a chance to showcase your recipes and crafts on 4 different blogs!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?

friday-frenzy-craft-recipe-link up


Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead  and Another Cent Saved would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all!

Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadrupel the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!


Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!



Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.  

Featured Links from last week

Our first featured link from last weeks party are these refreshing and fun Frozen Watermelon Margaritas from Close To Home. Bring a pitcher of these out at your next summer party and get ready for the compliments.

Frozen-watermelon-margaritas

Second up, while your guest are enjoying those watermelon margaritas, grill up some of these Beef and Veggie Ka Bobs from Miz Helen's Country Cottage. Now that's what I call a party!

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And last but not least, for those of you out there who like to use pesticide-free products whenever possible, you'll want to check out this Vinegar Weed Killer that The Seasoned Homemaker assures us really works!

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And for my personal favorite, This Grilled Blueberry PB & J from Confectianalism, it sounds fantastic.

Grilled Blueberry PB&J on Confectionalism.com

Here is what I made this week: Kale Salad with Dates and Walnuts



What did you make?

I wanted to let you all know that I have decided to join Wildtree! Checkout my site, Wildtree is all organic and natural and has some wonderful products.  Let me know if you have any questions about it.

 


   

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gorgeous Flowers from Bouqs at Great Prices


I love having fresh flowers in the house.  They really make you smile when you see them. This stunning bouquet of flowers is near the entrance of the house and every time someone new walks in, they stop and comment on how beautiful they are.  

This arrangement is from Bouqs, it is the XOXO arrangement.  I couldn't resist those beautiful bright pink mini Calla Lilies.  But all the arrangements are gorgeous.  You need to check it out and I bet you will be able to find a perfect bouquet for everyone you know.


These flowers show up in a box and are beautifully wrapped.  They arrive fresh and last for a very long time.  Mine are still going strong and I have had them for a while now. 

An Elegant Twist | Bouqs Flowers

Here is another stunning bouquet I almost ordered, an Elegant Twist.  I just love those Calla Lilies. 

All flowers are cut the day you order them and you receive them 2-4 days later.  They come from farms that practice sustainable, eco-friendly farming, and they cut only what they sell - so they don't waste 1 out of every 3 stems like others.


Let me know what your favorite arrangement is - it is hard to pick just one.






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