Posted 05-26-2017 at 07:37 PM by Jessica
Does the long list of ingredients in your dogs’ treats scare you a bit? Do you ever get sick of giving your dogs the same boring dog treats? (Okay, maybe they’re not really that boring, lots of them are actually really cool! I’m just trying to be persuasive here…) Do you want to give your dog an extra-special and good for them treat every once and a while? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then I highly suggest you try your hand at making some homemade dog treats! I promise they’re simple.
Here are two of my dogs’ all-time favorite treat recipes…
Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats
Have you heard about how good pumpkin is for dogs? It’s so great for promoting healthy digestion. These fiber-packed treats will probably become your dogs’ favorites in no time. Want the recipe? Click HERE.
Frozen Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Dog Treats
With each one of these recipes I’m always so tempted to try a bite… I mean, they’re all human-safe ingredients! They just don’t always happen to taste so great to us thanks to the lack of sugar. These Smoothie Treats though… they’re pretty close to yummy. Packed with nutrition from the fresh fruit, these are perfect for helping your pup to cool off on hot Summer days! Find the recipe here.
Let me know how your fur babies liked these! And if you have any favorite recipes, share them in the comments below!
Posted 05-22-2017 at 07:36 PM by Jessica
In the past month in Utah we’ve had our share of both 70 degree sunny days and a couple of snowstorms. Lovely Utah. Because of the roller-coaster ride Mother Nature puts us Utahns through during the Spring, it’s important to know what flowers are hardy enough to endure the cold weather we’re still experiencing in May if you’re interested in getting started on beautifying your yard. Because I’m the kind of person that runs to Home Depot as soon as they start selling flowers, I’ve had to do my research on cold-tolerant flowers that can be planted in the early Spring. Here is a list of a few of my favorites…
Pansies are my favorite early spring flower. These annuals come in so many different colors, and even different sizes, too! With all the variations, you could easily get away with simply planting pansies all over your yard, and still have it look incredible!
Ahh daffodils… If I had unlimited room I’m sure my yard would be overflowing with daffodils. These beauties prefer full sun, and lucky for us, they’re perennials so they will come back each year!
I grew up in a home with a massive lilac bush in our backyard. I remember the sweet fragrance it filled our yard with, and how gorgeous the flowers were! Because of that, I’ve always loved lilacs. Especially since they are okay with the chilly weather as long as they’re planted with full sun exposure.
4) Harmony and Acoma Iris
Like lilac, iris love full sun, and do well when planted in the early spring. These unique flowers would make a beautiful addition to your yard.
5) Grape Hyacinth
These I remember from my grandmothers’ garden. Her front yard was filled with these flowers. I love their unique blooms and deep blue-purple color! If you’ve never planted these, you need to give them a try!
Have you gotten started on planting in your yard? What flowers have you chosen?
Posted 05-20-2017 at 07:30 PM by Jessica
Did you know that strawberries are not actually berries? But pumpkins, bananas and watermelons are? It all has to do with where they fruit is grown on the plant! CRAZY.
Okay, on to the point of this post… I’m a huge salad fan, but not because I like lettuce or spinach all that much. I’m more obsessed with the dressings I lather the vegetables in. I’ve always been so used to buying my salad dressings at the store that it never really occurred to me that I could make my own. Salad dressing just didn’t seem like something that could be made by any average Joe like myself. Boy, was I wrong! Making salad dressing is SO easy. My favorite dressing is Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette, and I have the perfect recipe to share with you for making this heavenly stuff. I only put it on spinach for show (so that I don’t look nuts) though I’d be perfectly happy drinking this stuff straight!
Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
Add the following ingredients to a blender:
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tsp honey (add more if you’d like it sweeter)
Blend on low for about 30 seconds – until everything is well combined.
Done. Seriously, it’s that easy! I’m sure you have all of the ingredients right now, so go ahead and try it. OR, if you don’t have strawberries, or would rather use a different fruit, go ahead! I’ve only ever made this dressing with strawberries, though I’m sure blending up some raspberries or a different berry would be amazing. Let me know what you end up trying, and how you like it!
Posted 05-17-2017 at 07:29 PM by Jessica
Propogate… Now that’s a word I don’t use frequently enough…
Okay, onto the subject at hand. If you want an inexpensive way to fill your home with air-purifying and beautiful green plants, this is the way to do it! Simply find someone with a spider plant (I’m sure you know someone, they’re very common) or buy one for yourself and wait for it to grow little “spiderettes.” (The “spiderettes” are individual plants with roots, growing off from the main plant). Then take those spider plant “babies” and replant them! I have heard of multiple different ways of doing this, some involving letting the plants soak in water for a day or so, but I’ve never had any issue getting these plants to grow after simply planting them in a separate pot filled with potting soil.
Even though I’m sure the brief explanation is enough for you to manage this on your own, here are a few photos from when I did this last week:
Here is the holy mother of all Spider Plants. When I asked my mom if she minded me stealing a few of the spider “babies” she quickly said I could just take the whole plant. I’m not sure I have enough room anywhere in my house to manage this beast of a plant, so I politely declined her generous offer and stuck with grabbing a few of the “spiderettes.”
See the roots forming at the bottom even as these are literally hanging off of the main plant? As long as you plant them in some moist soil, they’ll grow immediately and become completely self-sufficient.
Viola! I simply added potting soil to my pots of choice, planted 2-3 “spiderettes” in each pot, and watered them! Hows that for an easy project?
Posted 05-15-2017 at 07:28 PM by Jessica
Headed to a baby shower soon?
I posted this baby shower “Oh Crap” bag a year ago, and because it’s such a fun idea I decided to post it again for anyone interested in making this! I’ve got two pregnant friends right now, so I’m already gearing up to make another couple of these for their baby showers. So, with that said, keep reading to see how to create your own!
If you’re anything like me, you love giving gifts. Birthdays, Christmas, weddings, just because… and most definitely baby showers. Baby stuff is just so dang cute it’s hard to not want to buy absolutely everything for the new baby. My biggest stress when picking out a gift for the last baby shower I attended was that I would end up getting something that the new parents already had. After scouring aisle after aisle of fun baby stuff I was inspired to create an “Oh Crap” bag. I had heard of something similar before, and decided to try my hand at creating one of these nifty things myself.
The “Oh Crap” bag is a bag meant to be stored in mom or dads car with a few necessities that baby may need when out-and-about. You know, when mom or dad suddenly realize they forgot to bring extra diapers, or baby has a blow-out and there are no spare onesies in sight? This kit perfectly covers nearly every “oh crap” moment that involves the little one, and would be so handy for any parent, whether it’s their first child or they already have a few kiddos.
A bag (I got mine at Walmart, and it’s technically a travel toiletries bag. I loved the three separate sections, and the size worked great for the items I included.)
3 or 4 diapers, at least two different sizes (Too big is better than too small. I did two size 1 and two size 2 diapers. The parents will have to change these out periodically.)
Travel size baby wipes.
Travel size antibacterial wipes
Small package of diaper sacks
Spare outfits (I did three different sized outfits consisting of a onesie and leggings. These will also need to be changed out as baby grows.)
A small toy
(I also hooked a couple of safety pins onto the bag, just because safety pins are truly the greatest things ever and you never know when you could use one.)
This is also super fantastic because it’s so easily modified. A bigger bag could hold a spare t-shirt for mom and/or dad, the disposable diapers can be traded out for cloth, a burping cloth could be added along with a spare blanket… The possibilities are endless.
This gift is sure to be the hit of the next baby shower you attend and really mean a lot to the new parents. Taking the time to assemble the items really shows how much you care, and you have so much room to personalize this present! You’ll give the new parents a bit more piece of mind as they head out with baby, knowing that when they inevitably forget something, they’re covered.