Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Refreshing and Amazing Strawberry Limeades

Strawberry Limeades
I may be obsessed with limeade. I can't remember the last time I made a pitcher of lemonade in my house. We used to have different friends over for dinner every week when we lived in Texas, and I was always delighted at the looks of their faces when they realized that the delicious lemonade was actually limeade. It is my absolutely favorite drink. 

I have spent most of my life drinking it non-carbonated which I thought was the best way, until I tried these. This drink is easy to make and simply incredible. Delicious and refreshing. My husband begs me to make these and I have run out to the store just for these ingredients before. This drink can be made diet, which has about 90 calories, or normally with regular soda. 

For one 12 oz Drink:
  • One can diet or regular lemon lime soda, cold
  • 1/2 a lime
  • 2 teaspoons strawberry flavoring (I use Torani's)


Add the juice of half a lime to a cold lemon lime soda, add two teaspoons of flavoring. Don't mix, allow the flavoring to settle and then enjoy! 

For a 2- liter punch bowl:
  • 2 liters of cold diet or regular lemon lime soda
  • 3 limes
  • 10 teaspoons strawberry flavoring


Add the juice of 3 limes to the cold lemon lime soda. Add 10 teaspoons of flavoring. Don't mix together, allow the flavoring to settle and then enjoy. 

Who knew that something so simple could be so delicious! 
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

10 Fun Ways to Paint With Kids and Project Link-Up

This week we have been trying out different ways to paint, here are some of our favorites.
 Kool-Aid Painting with The Chocolate Muffin Tree.
 Corn Syrup Painting with Eighteen25.
 Balloon Painting from Irresistible ideas.
 Marble Maze Painting with Housing a Forest.
 Cookie Cutter Painting with The Masked Mommy.
 Painting with Candy from Growing a Jeweled Rose.
 Pom-Pom painting with Mum of One.
 Rainbow Q-Tip Painting from Makes and Takes.
 Elastic Band Painting from Fun Learning at Alison's FDC.
Colored Puffy Paint with Crafting with Bug. 
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Crepes and Homemade Biscoff Syrup

This post was sponsored by Biscoff. All opinions and recipes are 100% my own. 
Ever since I was a little girl, crepes have been my ultimate comfort food. They remind me of home and always bring a smile to my face. Combine that with my favorite sweet treat, Biscoff spread and you have a match made in heaven. With just a few ingredients you can turn Biscoff spread into the best syrup you have ever put on a pancake. This recipe is easy to make, comes together quickly and stores wonderfully in the fridge so you can eat if for breakfast everyday. 

You will need: 
Crepes
4 eggs
2 C. Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 stick butter, melted
2 C. flour

Biscoff Syrup
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 C. Biscoff Spread
1/4 C. sugar
2 T. corn syrup
1/4 C. Heavy Whipping Cream 
2 T. Butter
1/2 C. Milk

Crepes: Beat the eggs. Add the milk and vanilla. Add the melted butter slowly into the crepes mixture. Add 2 cups flour and mix until all lumps are out of the mixture. Pour a thin layer into a hot, buttered frying pan. Fry until the batter looks dry on one side and then flip. 

Syrup: Whisk all of the ingredients together except the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until boiling, allow mixture to cool and then whisk in the milk. Store refrigerated in an air tight container. 

Spread a thin layer of syrup down the center of the crepes. Roll up and drizzle with syrup. 
This syrup is delicious and surprisingly not too sweet. The Biscoff taste is light and delicious, it is my absolute favorite way to use Biscoff Spread. Biscoff Spread is made from Biscoff cookies in Belgium. Biscoff Spread is found in the peanut butter section of  your local store. You can find a store that carries Biscoff near you here. You can find more great ways to make Biscoff your own on the Biscoff Pinterest Page.
Do you love Biscoff too? Right now if you "like" Biscoff on Facebook and upload photos of how you enjoy your Biscoff spread  you will be entered to win a trip for two to Belgium and some awesome cash prizes. You can also play the Biscoff instant win game to win some amazing Biscoff prizes. You can find all of the details on how to enter the contest on the Biscoff Facebook page here.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Personalized Shrinky Dink Necklace- Perfect for Grandmas

This year for my Mother-in-Law's birthday, my daughter really wanted to make her present. We spent hours pouring over Pinterest and couldn't find anything my daughter thought was the right present to make. We pulled out the Shrinky Dinks to make something else, when she asked if we could make Grandma a necklace that she drew. It was absolutely perfect. She could draw pictures of them together and we could easily turn it into jewelry. 
 You will need:

  • Shrinky Dinks
  • Markers
  • Scissors 
  • An Oven preheated to 325
  • a hole punch
  • a necklace chain

 I use a cup to trace a circle on the Shrinky dinks and then cut them out. I had my daughter draw a picture of her and my Mother-in-Law together on one circle and then on a smaller circle she wrote "I Love You." For her last circle, she drew a picture of a rainbow. Make sure to trace your outline and write on the smooth side of the Shrinky Dinks, you can color in your picture on the other side.
 When your picture is finished, punch a hole in it. I found that a regular hole punch shrunk to just the perfect size for a necklace. Make sure to punch the holes before you bake them.

 Put your pieces on a paper bag and then on a cookie sheet. Place in the oven for 1-3 minutes. The charms will start to shrink and then they will fold over on themselves. Don't freak out, they will unfold again. The charms are done about 30 seconds after they unfold again. One of my pieces didn't unfold all the way so I pulled it out of the oven and place a hot pad over it and flattened it with the palm of my hand before it cooled.
Thread a chain through the charms and you have a darling, personalized necklace that your child will be thrilled to give to their grandma. 
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She's got Style and Jelly Beans Sandals.

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jelly Beans but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #JellysAreBack http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

My little girl has a unique fashion sense. The little girl you see sitting in the grocery cart with a feather boa and sunglasses, that is my kid. She loves bright, bold colors and and fun accessories. She loves to dress over the top and I even though I don't want to, I often find myself reeling her back in, especially when it comes to dressing for church on Sunday. If I love something, she usually thinks it is boring, and if she loves something, I usually have to tell her she can only wear it in our house. After years of mermaid costumes and tiaras, we finally agree on something for every day, her new Jelly Bean Jellies. They are bright and fun in her book and I love that they really seem to go with anything.
In my favorite pair of jelly shoes as a kid..
I have loved Jelly shoes since I was a child. They were my favorite shoes, especially the clear ones, because I could wear them with absolutely anything and my mom wouldn't complain. I have spent most of my adult life wishing for a pair of jelly shoes and I am thrilled to see that not only are they back, but they are more stylish and comfortable than they used to be. 

My absolute favorite thing about these shoes are how many different ways they can be worn. We can dress them up with a skirt and a blouse or she can wear them straight into the water at the splash pad. They are the kind of shoe that holds up well and stays looking nice for church or playing. She asks to wear them with everything and she asks everyone she meets if they have seen her pink jellys. 
Jelly Bean Shoes come in an array of colors for adults and clear, blue and pink for little ones and beginning July 20th there is free shipping on all Jelly Bean shoes in the US. 
You can find more information about Jelly Beans shoes and their free US shipping campaign on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and  Pinterest
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Kids Craft: Painted Canvas Shoes

It seems like the longer the summer goes on, the more bored my daughter gets. We are both looking forward to school and activities it brings with it. I have been trying to have a craft for my daughter to do every day, to keep her busy.

A day a few weeks ago, my daughter slipped on her canvas shoes, the shoes were pretty dingy looking and I light bulb went off. I grabbed a garbage sack (to paint on), some foam brushes and my box of acrylic paint. We sat outside in the shade and painted her shoes together.

You will need:
Canvas Shoes, they can be new or old
acrylic paint
foam brushes
a garbage bag or drop cloth to cover the painting surface

Scrub the shoes, if they are used, before you begin to paint, so the paint is adhering to the shoe and not dirt. Allow them to dry and then give your kids the foam brushes. My daughter decided she wanted watermelon shoes, so I gave her some direction on how to do that and then just kind of let her go for it. I think next time around we are going to make some paint splatter shoes. We had so much fun painting these shoes and she loves to wear the shoes that she "made."

What kind of crafts do you do with your kids in the summer?
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Decorate Your Care Routine Essentials to Match Your Bathroom Decor

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.

We recently started using Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths with my preschooler. She absolutely loves them because they are different and fun and I love the clean routine they have established. A win all around.

My decorations in my bathroom are some of my favorite in my whole house. Not only are they in my favorite colors of turquoise and purple, but I made them almost entirely on my own. It is one of the only rooms I feel is complete.
 When I first bought the container I put it in my crate shelf in my bathroom, but every time I walked past it, it didn't quite fit the decor of the bathroom. The container is white and smooth, making it really easy to make to change the look up with keeping all of its functionality. 
 With one roll of Washi Tape and about 10 minutes, I had a container that matched the look I was going for. 
 Simply take strips of Washi Tape and run them the length of the top of your container. Match up the pattern of your tape as best you can. After you have covered the entire lid, trim the Washi Tape away so there isn't an excess on the edges. This would work great for any plastic or glass bathroom essentials you have laying around that you want to make match your decor a little better. 
 This project takes very little effort and minimal cost but it can have a big impact on the look of your bathroom. 
Interested in either wet or dry Cottonelle products? I found them both at my local Target store, right next to each other in the Household Section. 
care routine, clean routine
Products for your #CottonelleRoutine are easy to find at Target, usually on sale and great products to incorporate into your care routine. Right now when you buy two packs of Cottonelle Toilet Paper, you can get the Fresh Care dispenser for free. I love getting free items for products I need to buy anyway.
You can find more information on these products on Cottonelle.com or by following Cottonelle on Facebook. You can find my entire experience shopping for these products here

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Creative Showcase Features and Link Up

I can't believe that another week has come and gone. I am already starting to pull together things for Back to School. Summer is going so fast. Here are my favorite link-ups from last week! 
 A tutorial on How to Turn Your Pants into Capris from The Crafty Blog Stalker. 
 I am so in love with this Cauliflower Mash from Rae Gun Ramblings. I have bought everything to make this!
 I love this Sweatshirt Tutorial from the Warfield Family.
This Tropical Spinach Salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling looks perfect for the last bit of summer we have left. 


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