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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Flavor Your Life with EVOO

We all know how important oils are in cooking. A few years ago, I started using olive oil in much of my cooking from the non-stick spray I use on my pans, to replacing vegetable or canola oil in certain recipes. However, it wasn't until I became involved in the Flavor Your Life campaign, that I learned about the quality required of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO).
(Disclosure: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.”)

As part of this campaign I was asked to cook something with EVOO. I've used olive oil a lot in my stove-top recipes, so I decided to try EVOO in a baked product...specifically Honey Lemon Olive Oil Muffins. I found the recipe at Pinch My Salt. Having never used olive oil in my baked goods before, I was worried that the olive oil would have too strong of a flavor, but my husband and I both agreed that these muffins were phenomenal! They were moist, and the flavor was perfect.
Flavor Your Life with EVOO

Friday, June 23, 2017

No Spill Bubble Hack

One of the most frustrating things for me with bubbles is how quickly the whole container is spilled...then there are no more bubbles! I've seen the idea to tape the long bubble tubes to the legs of chairs multiple times and knew this was a great solution for my 2 year old, but for fear of having a sticky residue on our bench, I found the next best thing...cling wrap!
No Spill Bubble Hack
I just wrapped it around the bubble tube and leg of my bench and it has worked so well to keep the tube upright and free from spills. My 2 year old is able to dip the bubble wand into the tube by herself and blow to her heart's content!

I fully anticipate that when the bubbles are all gone, it will be super easy to unwrap and toss everything.

Have you tried this yet?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Children's scribbles into Father's Day Card

If your kids are too young to color a whole card (or just hate coloring like my boys often do) you can minimize their work and instead ask them to just color or scribble on a small piece of paper. Cut out a tie from their scribbles and glue it to a card...now Daddy has a designer tie by his little ones!
Child Scribbles to Father's Day Card
Each tie is "designed" by one of my kids. I made three cards last year...one for Daddy and one for each Grandpa. Simple and cute!
Thank you for the fun idea!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Water Bottle Aquarium

My best friend and I once decided we wanted a pet fish, which wasn't allowed...so we got creative and made our own. We cut out a fish from an orange 3x5 note card and hung it from a string in a water bottle. When my boys heard this story, they decided we needed to make a Frankie 2.0...
Water Bottle Aquarium
My 2 year old colored this fish. I twisted some pipe cleaners and hot glued them to the bottom of the bottle. I hung Frankie 2.0 with some clear thread which I glued to the inside of the bottle cap.

This is such a fun, simple craft for kids of all ages to enjoy. Just use whatever you have on hand...have your kids put pebbles in the bottom, or draw decoration on the outside of the water bottle. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Skee Ball at Home

One of my husband's co-workers gave him an inflatable pool full of ball pit balls. This ball pit has been lots of fun for my kids...especially my 2 year old! But, I have found some other uses for these balls lately...Skee Ball being one of them!

Skee Ball at Home
All you need are some balls, laundry baskets, paper and tape.


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