Healthy Layered Smoothie Popsicles

Posted 08-19-2017 at 01:07 PM by Jessica

colorful layer mix fruit popsicles on ice glass with mint

Popsicles don’t all have to be unhealthy and extremely sugary, they can be both healthy and delicious too! This is a great summer twist on popsicles and a healthy option for a refreshing snack in the heat. They are relatively simple to make, but they can just be a little time consuming so I personally like to buy extra ingredients to make them in bulk at one time. This is also a great option because it gives you a lot of freedom and flexibility on what you can put in each popsicle. There are many different ingredients and combinations you can try, so you can make them just how you like them!

Note: If you choose fresh fruits, it is best to either juice or blend them to help with layering.

Possible ingredients:

  • Various fruits like cherries (without pits and stems of course), apples, oranges, berries, bananas, etc.
  • Yogurt
  • Coconut water/milk
  • For extra healthy ingredients, try chia seeds or spinach or kale juice.
  • Basically anything you can really think of!

The Simple Steps:

  1. Using a measuring cup with a spout, pour small amounts of your first layer into each space of a popsicle mold.
  2. Freeze this first layer for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Pour your second layer, then put pieces of foil over each of the beginnings of the popsicles, then place popsicle sticks through the middle of each. To make it easier, use a knife to make small holes in the foil first.
  4. Freeze again, then take off the foil and continue adding layers and freezing until each mold is full.
  5. To help unmold the popsicles, place the mold in some hot water for 15 seconds and then try sliding them out.
  6. Can’t finish them all? Store in the freezer for yummy healthy treats all summer long!
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Make Your Own Geometric Bulletin Boards

Posted 08-17-2017 at 05:58 PM by Jessica

Four blank white speech bubbles pinned to a notice board

A perfect desk accessory for the busy student is a smaller bulletin board to either stand on the desk or to hang on the wall right above it. A plain ol’ board is kind of bland, especially when you’re trying to make your workspace you. That’s where this little DIY helps. This is a super cheap and cute project that makes it super easy to make your study spot a little more colorful. It is also very helpful to me, because I have all of my important things all together right in front of me. I know I will definitely be more organized now that I have my responsibilities and deadlines right in front of me at all times!

Materials:

  • Noticeboards or pinboards (however many you want, these can be found anywhere like Target or Walmart)
  • Spray paint cans of the colors of your choice
  • Masking tape
  • Paper
  • Measuring tape

What to do:

  1. Take the measuring tape and measure down the vertical side of the board.
  2. Mark the midpoint to cover with paper, this is also where you will fold your paper into a triangle and cover half of the top (you can do various sides) for your geometric shape.
  3. Secure the papers with masking tape.
  4. Make sure you also cover the frames of the boards with masking tape!
  5. Let dry.

Once these are dry, you can remove all of the paper and tape to reveal your cute pinboards and use it to post plans, deadlines, important documents, etc.

Craft Time: Adorable Pet Rocks

Posted 08-17-2017 at 02:21 PM by Jessica

Rounded stones from sea vacation painted, souvenir made by kid

Fun activity for rainy days!

With all the technology nowadays kids likely have not experienced the fun of a pet rock. Back in the day these things were not only sold in stores but many kids would have pet rocks. Rocks tend to be pretty boring and dull though. With this craft you can turn an ordinary rock into a cute little cactus that is very fun to make! Kids will love to pick out and paint rocks and use their imaginations to make it their own. Honestly, how much cuter could these rocks be?

Supplies:

  1. Rocks 
  2. Googly eyes
  3. Outdoor acrylic paints 
  4. Hot Glue or Glue dots

Directions:

  1. First start off by picking your rocks, it is best to find rocks that have a flatter side but the more details the better!
  2. Next clean your rocks so they are nice and shiny.
  3. Then you are going to paint the rocks. GET CREATIVE!
  4. Next you are going to let them dry completely and then glue on the eyes with either glue dots or a hot glue gun.
  5. They are now ready to go! Keep in mind the more variety in sizes makes for better rock family!
  6. AREN’T THEY ADORABLE!

4 Activities For Kids On Hot Summer Days!

Posted 08-17-2017 at 01:45 AM by Kat Weeks

Thermometer Sun Sky 40 Degres. Hot summer day. High Summer temperatures in degrees Celsius and Farenheit.

Ever have those days when you need to get the kids out of the house, but seems like it’s too hot to do anything! Fear no more! We have the perfect ideas for you. Even at a nice cost!

1- Find your nearest splash pad
Pack your snacks, grab the sunscreen and a favorite book. While the kiddos play in the water, you can sit back with your book and get your tan on!
2- Go to a park and afterwards head to a shaved ice stand!
Let the kids meet new friends while you sit back and enjoy the moment! Make sure the kiddos stay hydrated though!
3- Car wash the kids’ bikes, and who knows, if you’re lucky maybe they’ll do your car!
Head to the dollar store for some cheap soap that’ll do the dirty work! And who knows, maybe they’ll want to show off their new clean wheels to the neighborhood!
4- Feed the ducks!
Grab some duck food and find a little pond with all the ducks! Always a good bonding time for the family.

DIY Colorful Dry Erase Calendar (Super Inexpensive & CUTE)

Posted 08-13-2017 at 02:51 PM by Jessica

Daily plans

This is a wonderful cheap project for anyone who loves to be organized and save money. It uses a picture frame and paint chips, and you can choose whatever colors and organize them how you want! Since it is dry erase, it is able to be reused practically forever! That is my favorite part of this craft, is that it will save me tons of money on calendars each year. It is also very bright and colorful, so I won’t forget to use it, unlike my many empty planners… Now that I have such a cute calendar that I made for myself, I am inspired to be more organized and to write down events and tasks I need to do!

Here are the materials you need:

  • 12 in x 16 in picture frame
  • 35 paint chips in colors of your choice (found in paint section at store)
  • Scotch tape/glue stick
  • A ruler
  • Pair of scissors
  • Dry erase markers in colors that will show up on the colors you choose

Steps:

  1. Open your picture frame and take out the generic picture inside if there is one. If the back of it is white, you can use it as a background for your calendar. If not, I would use a piece of white cardstock or thicker paper. Then, measure a paint chip to be a square with 3 ¼ inches on each side.
  2. Cut out 35 squares from your paint chips.
  3. Lay out the chips how you want them color coordinated, with 7 on each row and 5 in each column. Also cut 7 rectangles to label the days of the week and place them at the very top of each column. Either secure the chips with placing double sided tape or a roll of tape on the backs of them, or glue them carefully.
  4. Place into the frame.
  5. Use your dry erase markers to label the month and days, and customize however you want!

 

Make The New Trendy Bath Bomb Right at Home!

Posted 08-13-2017 at 01:43 AM by Kat Weeks

 

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Wait, back up… What is a bath bomb, anyway?

Despite the name, bath bombs do not actually explode in the tub. Instead, they slowly fizz away when thrown in warm bath water. This is due to a reaction caused by citric acid and baking soda once they’re exposed to H2O. As the bath bomb “detonates,” it releases essential oils for an aromatherapy effect.

Click Here to view the ingredients on how to make these awesome Bath Bombs!

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Posted 08-11-2017 at 06:53 PM by Jessica

Making Homemade Dog Biscuits

Ever thought about making your own dog treats? Not only is this recipe used with all natural ingredients unlike most of the dog treats nowadays, it is very simple to make! Most dogs love Peanut Butter as well as Bananas so why not combine the two for a very healthy treat your dog will love! It is very hard to find dog treats that are all natural, Gluten Free, and Vegan without paying quite a bit for them. I usually make this recipe in bulk and it only takes three ingredients so it is very simple and affordable!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ Cups uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 Large Banana
  • ½ Cup Peanut Butter

Directions:

  • Start off by preheating the oven to 350F
  • Using a food processor or blender grind your oats until the consistency is very fine.
  • In a bowl beat together the banana and peanut butter until it is smooth.
  • Combine the oatmeal with the liquids and mix until combined.
  • On a floured surface knead the dough until it is smooth and soft.
  • Using cookie cutters, roll out the dough and cut into shapes.
  • Put straight into the hot oven and bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown.
  • Lastly store in an airtight container and let your furry friends ENJOY!:)

How to Save Money While Buying School Supplies

Posted 08-11-2017 at 08:03 AM by Jessica

Backpack with school supplies

Oh my, how is it that school is already right around the corner!? Do you have visions of pencils and folders floating in your head, keeping you awake at night? Does the school-supply section give you anxiety when you pass it in the grocery store? Do the outrageous price-tags on backpacks make you feel aggressive?

If so, you have come to the right place. I’ve compiled a list of different ways you can score big on school supplies this year so you can have some peace-of-mind during your school shopping.

Re-Use Last Years’ Items!

Lots of school supplies can be re-used. Resist the temptation to buy the brand new sparkly pink scissors if your daughter already has a pair from last year. Instead of buying a bunch of new mechanical pencils, just stock up on some led and re-use the ones you already have. Rulers, pencil cases and backpacks can all be re-used if they’re still in good condition. (Though keep in mind that while you may be fine with re-using, your kid may not be on board. Make a compromise; instead of the new backpack, iron-on new designs or buy a few fun keychains for their old backpack!)

Price Match!

Snag ads from a bunch of stores, and instead of hitting each one for their best sales, choose a store that you know will match prices, and get all of your shopping done there!

Head To A Garage Sale!

This time of year there are lots of garage sales each weekend. Stop by a few of them and see if you can grab some gently-used supplies. Lots of times they will even have brand new items!

Use coupons!

There are LOADS of great coupons out there for school supplies. Before heading out for your shopping trip check our coupon section for the best deals on school supplies. That way you’ll head to the store feeling prepared and ready to snag the best prices!

 

Homemade Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe

Posted 08-10-2017 at 02:29 PM by Jessica

Summer iced drink - tea or juice

Starbucks addicts unite!

If you’re like me, you go to Starbucks almost everyday, sometimes even multiple times a day. As a college student with around 3 Starbucks’ in my vicinity, I find myself there mostly every morning, and then some random times during the day. As you know, this is a huge blow to the bank account, so I have decided I need to utilize my kitchen and take the frugal route. The result: attempts at different recipes of Starbucks drinks and pastries.

I love tea, and I love lemonade, so it is my ideal combination of two tasty drinks. This is one of the easiest drinks to make, and it’s perfect for summer! It keeps me cool and refreshed, and now I won’t have to go outside in the heat to get to Starbucks to get my dose of iced tea!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tazo Passion Tea bags
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of lemonade
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • ⅛ tsp. vanilla

How to Make:

  1. Boil the water.
  2. After removing the water from the stove, add the tea bags, sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the tea bags and chill it in the fridge for one hour.
  5. When serving, mix 8 ounces of tea for every 2 ounces of lemonade per serving. Shake thoroughly.
  6. Enjoy your very own homemade Starbucks drink! YUM!

How to REALLY Help Your Kids with Their Homework

Posted 08-8-2017 at 01:42 PM by Jessica

African American family at home, children doing homework

School is almost back in full-swing, and it’s likely that your kiddo will be bringing homework assignments everyday.You don’t need to have an office dedicated to school-work, or know all of the U.S. Presidents in order to be helpful to your kids. You simply need to make sure that you stick with a consistent homework schedule and help them with what you can.

Homework is a time for kids to learn how to be more autonomous and take ownership of their own work. It can be great to help them learn how to manage their time, and practice concepts that they learned during school. As long as they have a distraction-free environment and the resources they need to succeed, they’ll do great! Check out these tips…

  • Distraction-Free Zone

A quiet room free from distractions is best, meaning no cell-phones, no iPad, and no surfing the web if they’re using a computer. If they’re self-motivated enough, a desk in their bedroom would work great. But if they often get distracted by the toys in their room, maybe setting up a space in an office or even the kitchen table would work best. Make sure that the space you choose is well-lit, and stocked with any school supplies they need.

  • Food First, Then Work

My mom would make it a point to have a snack made as soon as we got home, even if it was just something simple like apples with peanut butter on top. It really helped to keep us from grabbing a bag of chips as soon as we got home, and kept us full until dinner time so we could get through our work faster. After a long day of school kids are often pretty hungry, and it’s almost impossible to focus on fractions when your stomach is grumbling.

  • Get in a Routine

If you require homework to be done before they can go outside and play or watch a TV show make sure you stick with that consistently. Getting homework done right as they get home is great because the material should still be fresh in their mind, and then once they’re finished they can relax and spend the rest of their night having fun.

  • Do Your Best

Don’t be ashamed if you look at your 3rd Graders’ math book and feel completely perplexed. Trying to remember math that you haven’t used for years is not an easy task! Do your best to help them walk through the problems they don’t understand, and if you’re sure that you don’t know how to help them, encourage them to ask the teacher for help. Also, never rule out getting a tutor if you feel that your child is slipping too far behind.

  • Postitivity and Patience

Everyone has their days. Your kid just may be having an off day with math, and no matter how may times you go over multiplying fractions, it’s not clicking. Instead of pointing out what they’re doing wrong, praise them for anything they’re doing right, no matter how small it is. And if even the positive reinforcement isn’t helping, take a break and come back to it later.

  • Mix it up

Not everyone learns the same way, so be sure to take time to figure out how your child figures things out best. Some kids are visual, others need to move their bodies while they soak up new information, and other kids learn and memorize best if there is a song about that topic! Explore the different educational resources out there, and make it fun! Your kids will thank you, and their grades will, too!