Easy DIY Up-Cycled Baby Headbands

Posted 09-9-2017 at 09:54 AM by Jessica

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There’s nothing cuter than a baby girl with a cute headband! Whether they’re lacy, sparkly, big or small, headbands are a super easy way to accessorize your little one. Here are 2 of my favorite tutorials for creating your own inexpensive baby headbands. Happy crafting!

DIY Jersey Headbands

This tutorial is also super simple and oh-so easy! And it’s made from any old t-shirt you no longer want! It’s easy enough that even someone who has no sewing talent (ahem, me!) can pull it off without issue. Set aside about 15 minutes, and you’ll have an adorable headband for your little one. For full instructions, head to Kelli Murray’s blog.

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Upcycled Baby Headbands

 I LOVE this tutorial because you don’t need to go out and buy new supplies; you can simply upcycle clothing that your little lady has grown out of, making this tutorial not only super simple but inexpensive as well! How perfect is that?! Head on over to Alisa Burke’s blog for full instructions.


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Homemade fruit snacks with Minute Maid lemonade!!

Posted 09-8-2017 at 12:23 AM by Kat Weeks

Tired of getting fruit snacks at ridiculous prices for only 7 little bags? I’ve tried finding bigger boxes that make sense for the higher cost, but overall just don’t. I’m always finding myself back at square one.

This is a way that costs wayyyy less and are so much yummier.
Another plus is that you know exactly what you and your kids are eating.

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Click here for the full recipe!

3 Healthy After-School Snack Ideas

Posted 09-7-2017 at 03:25 PM by Jessica

Homemade Ants on a Log Snack

The hours between the end of school and dinnertime are usually filled with frantic snacking and the persistent “what’s for dinner?” Kids are not likely to spend time putting together a healthy snack, and most often want to go for what’s most convenient and fast. Most of those quick options end up being bags of chips or cookies, which are not the best choices.

To help avoid the before-dinner meltdowns or spoiling their dinner with sweets, I have put together a few of my favorite after-school snacks that are easy enough to be thrown together quickly! You can do some  for them, or teach them how to make it themselves! These snacks are perfect because they’re filled with nutrition to get them through their homework before dinnertime.

Ants on a Log

If Ants on a Log don’t scream after-school snack, I don’t know what does. The standard peanut butter and raisins on an apple was always my favorite, but you can use celery, craisins, almond butter, etc! The options are endless!

Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Up

This is so simple, it won’t take you longer than a couple minutes to spread peanut butter on a wheat flatbread or tortilla, add some sliced bananas and roll it up!

Smoothies

Easy to throw together with whatever fruit you have! Plus, add almond milk or yogurt for some extra calcium and protein!

It doesn’t have to take much time to put together something healthy to tide your kids over until dinner is done. After a long day of classes they’re in need of an energy boost, and these simple recipes all provide that for them.

Let us know what your kids’ favorite after-school snacks are in the comments!

DIY Green Tea Face Scrub

Posted 09-5-2017 at 04:10 PM by Jessica

Organic cosmetic mask (scrub) with natural extracts

Problem skin friends: I have news for you!

We can make our own products and save many dollars. Skincare is something very dear to me as I have the most troublesome face. I have always been willing to invest in pricey products in hopes of stopping my annoying breakouts without completely drying out my skin. Lately I have been leaning towards more natural ingredients, which I have been finding at Kiehl’s. As you may know, Kiehl’s can get pretty hurtful to your bank account, so to make my products last longer, I have tried out some DIY treatments. This green tea face scrub is one of them! However, if you have sensitive skin like me, I would use this lightly on your face (weekly is best), BUT you can use it on other body parts as much as you want!

Here is how to make it!

Ingredients you need:

  • 1 tablespoon green tea leaves. These are super easy to find in any grocery store or stores like Target, etc.
  • 1 cup organic sugar (brown or white, and it should be soft)
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 10 drops essential oil (this is optional, and you can choose the scent!)

All you have to do is mix the ingredients together in a bowl and store what you don’t use in an air-tight container.

To use:

Use a spoon to scoop the scrub from your container, then gently massage the skin with the scrub for 30 seconds. Rinse of with water afterwards, and blot your face dry with a clean towel.

FREE Samples? Yes please!

Posted 09-5-2017 at 12:19 AM by Kat Weeks

It’s no secret that everyone everywhere loves saving money and getting freebies, it’s the way things always go. We hate spending money on things we don’t want to and love spending money on things that are NOT necessities.

If you want to try out some freebies and samples click on the image above and see what you qualify for.

DIY Burlap Wreath Front Door Decoration

Posted 09-3-2017 at 12:12 AM by Kat Weeks

Whenever I walk through my neighborhood I always see the CUTEST door decoration, and then you try to find one like it, but it costs almost as much as your monthly grocery bill. Here is a way you can save big bucks! It’s simple, easy to make, and you can be a part of the big new trend!

You can make it according to whatever season is coming up, or your favorite colors. It’s also so easy to change whenever you want!

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Click here for the full instructions and guidance.

Thousands of free books for the little ones

Posted 08-31-2017 at 12:09 AM by Kat Weeks

With this school year coming up books are needed for the kids to get their practicing in with reading. Here is a website that helps you find thousands of books and activities for your kids.

Even if you don’t have kids in school this is a way for kids to keep their brain working when it seems like they have a break. It’s even enjoyable for them too! It’s fun and helpful.

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Start your very own garden

Posted 08-30-2017 at 03:25 PM by Kat Weeks

Gardening tools and flowers on the terrace in the garden

Love the feeling of satisfaction and completing something new? Because I know I for sure do. Especially getting the reward from it as well. Well this is how you can make that all possible.

Starting a garden can be hard, especially for those who don’t have the green thumb. But once you get it started, it’s hard to quit. Gardening does involve getting a little dirty and playing in the soil. At the end of the day, the work you put in will only result in how well the garden turns out.

  1. The first step is to ask yourself “Why do I want a garden?” This is because once you realize what you want to do, then you’ll make sure to keep at it. Just a reminder, at the beginning some pests will come, that is totally normal. It is also normal to be discouraged. It’ll be hard, especially those with “black thumbs.”
  2. The second step will to be set goals. Remember that those goals need to be realistic and reachable. Although you’ve already had the reason of WHY you want a garden, this is going to help with when the garden will be started.
  3. Plan. Plan. Plan. Nothing will work if you do not know how well those plants grow, and how long it takes to grow. So, prioritize.
  4. Once you have planned when you will do it, figure out where each of those plants will go. Some plants need specifications on how much sun each will need, and how much water needed.
  5. Lastly, enjoy your garden! And the results to come after it.

WARNING: MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR UTILITY LINES ARE SO WHEN YOU’RE DIGGING, YOU DON’T ACCIDENTALLY HIT SOMETHING.

6 Activities to Do Before Summer Officially Ends

Posted 08-30-2017 at 12:38 PM by Jessica

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Sure, school is already in full-swing, but we have until the 22nd of September before we officially have to kiss the summer season goodbye. So in order to make the most out of our last few weeks of this glorious season, before the Pumpkin Spice Lattes take over and the weather gets chilly, here is a list of fun end-of-summer-bucketlist activities!

1.Go swimming.

Most pools will be closing by Labor Day, so be sure to get a swimming session or two in before you’re limited to just indoor pools.

2. Host a BBQ.

Invite friends and family over to eat yummy summer favorites. A menu with corn on the cob, fruit salad and burgers is perfect!

3. Have a picinic.

Sure, fall picnics are fun, too. But take advantage of the warm weather while it lasts and take some food to the park!

4. Watch a movie outdoors.

Whether that means simply taking your laptop outside, or renting a projector to watch a movie on a hanging white sheet or side of the house!

5. Make popsicles.

I’ve posted quite a few popsicle recipes lately, and not to toot my own horn or anything, but they’re pretty darn tasty! Give them a try before everything turns pumpkin-flavored!

6. Get outside!

If you live somewhere with mountains, go on a nature hike searching for waterfalls. Or, simply go for a walk around a lake or through the fields. Just get outside and get some exercise while soaking up some vitamin D!

Secrets to getting FREE things from Amazon!

Posted 08-30-2017 at 12:42 AM by Kat Weeks

Who loves free things? I know I do. From books, music, to gift cards this is the best of the best! Amazon offers so many of MP3 singles, listen away without spending a dime!

You can also get free credits by choosing “No-Rush Shipping.” They use it as an incentive, so by choosing it you get free credit to use towards Amazon digital products.

Free Kindle books/videos are given out daily. Click here to see hundreds of free books. Even if you DON’T, that’s right I said don’t, have a kindle. Just download the kindle app on almost any device.

Even though Amazon prime is not free, the perks to having it are the fact that you get free movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video!

For all you students out there, you can get a free $5 Credit for Amazon Student every time you refer a student. *Free 6 month Amazon Student Trial*

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