Going Green: 5 Products I am loving now

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It has been amazing to me to see that so many people are bringing more awareness to going green and being more eco-conscious.  Whether it is on social media or big companies making changes to their products, it is inspiring to see people really trying to make a change.  In our house,  I have been making small changes to help reduce our waste and environmental impact in any way that I can.  I wanted to share 5 eco-friendly products that our family is loving right now to help us with going green.   Continue reading “Going Green: 5 Products I am loving now”

Secret Art Project: Kid Approved

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When I was in high school my grandmother had a roll top desk that I adored. When I became a Freshman in High School, she decided to let me have it and I was ecstatic.  Just one week after receiving this wonderful gift, there was a tragic fire and her house burnt to the ground. To this day, that roll top desk is one of my prized possessions. It has completed many military moves with us and held together with minimal damage- despite its age. One of my favorite things about the desk is when you open the drawers there are old stickers and writing on the outside but, you would never know just looking at it. The secret stickers and markings always fascinated me so, I decided one rainy day that my boys and I would make our own little hidden masterpiece on a piece of our furniture.

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I decided we would use our kitchen table for the project. This is where we have gathered together to play Play-Doh, paint and it too has moved around with me since I was in my early twenties. Oh- and its a hammy down piece from my cousin!

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The boys had so much fun creating this hidden gem. We added some hand prints, the date and signatures to finish it off. They loved doing this and it is now our own little secret! I catch them peeking under the table during meal times to make sure its still there. It was so fun doing this together and I hope my boys not only get to see their masterpiece but remember the laughs that we had completing it.

 

Supplies:

  • Paints (My kids picked their favorite colors)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Water
  • Towel or Napkins
  • Sharpie Markers

I let my boys be creative within the area under the table that would not be seen. Try this secret art project with your family. You can choose a table, headboard or even the back of a draw like my grandmother did.

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Top 5 Friday Fun

Happy Friday everyone!  I have noticed that social media is starting to fill with all things fall now that school is back in session and September has hit.  We have a ways to go here in Arizona as it is still in the 100s and feeling very toasty so our family will be taking it easy this weekend.  We were lucky to escape to California last weekend.  It is amazing what a little water and cooler temperatures will do for this soul!

Here are our top 5 Friday fun links for the week to help you settle into a nice, relaxing weekend!   Continue reading “Top 5 Friday Fun”

Green Tomato Salsa

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Its that time of year again, when the sun isn’t shining quite as long and the nights are cooling off. As I long for all that Fall brings, I am also sad that my green tomatoes in the garden are probably not going to make their ripe red debut. Alas, food is food, and in this house we use up everything! I decided to make green salsa with my leftover tomatoes this year. It is a pretty quick recipe and perfect for canning or freezing. There is a little bit of spice paired with the tanginess of the lime- just perfect for chips and margaritas. You can add it to your favorite taco recipe or pair it with some guacamole.

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Top 5 Friday Fun

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Well its the unofficial end of Summer! Its been an amazing season full of lasting memories and warm Summer nights. We celebrated birthdays, family outings and even added another member to our family. Summer always has a way of lifting our spirits and making us feel alive! While you are resting this weekend and craving the routine that school brings, check out the cool links below!

  1. Here is a great post from What I have Learned about getting back to school on the right foot. These tips are directed for teachers but, as a parent I think they are also great suggestions that can be used at home as well.
  2. Every day is a gift! Here is a great post on finding the joy in the day to day….even if the vacations are over or you’re not doing something thrilling. Its a wonderful reminder.
  3. The Honest Blog has a post on beauty tips to bring back that glow after all of the salt, sand and chlorine. We all need to restore and no better way then to do it naturally.
  4. Katie did What has a great list of Labor Day sales.  If you are looking for those end of the season bargains, check it out! How cute are the housewares from Target?!
  5. Top 10 botanical cocktails from Lilla Bello- yes please! These drinks look beautiful and perfect addition to eating alfresco. The hibiscus champagne cocktail is calling my name! Which one is your favorite?

Why We Choose Non-GMO and Organic Products

It seems like these days there are so many conflicting opinions on the things to eat.  Which diet is best? Do GMOs benefit or do they do more harm?  Should we buy all organic?  It can be really overwhelming and hard to know what is best.  Both Lisa and are very passionate about what we feed our families and looking at what will best benefit our overall health.  I would say that after I got pregnant, I did a lot more research into food choices.  I am not sure if it was because more information has become more prevalent or if it was because I wanted more for my daughter, but my guess is that it was a combination of both.

I know there are many different sides to the Non-GMO debate and people feel very passionately about that, but I wanted to share the reasons why we personally choose Non-GMO and organic when we can.    Continue reading “Why We Choose Non-GMO and Organic Products”

Upcycled Bookmarks

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We are big readers in this house and always hunting around for bookmarks. The other day, after getting a new stack of library books, my son asked for a page marker and we didn’t have any. At that moment, we pulled out the art supplies and started decorating recycled materials. One of the bookmarks is made from a paper that came from the library, another is made from thin cardboard and the last one above is made from part of a packaging box. Everything you see above are things that we had at the house so, we didn’t have to spend a thing! (BONUS) I love that every time I open my book it reminds me of time spent with my kids creating something new.

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

These bookmarks would make great gifts as well, placed inside the recipients favorite book. Its a great way to personalize the gift.

Supplies:

  • markers
  • colored pencils
  • paint
  • stickers
  • scissors
  • paint brushes
  • string
  • hole punch
  • clear packing tape
  • cardboard or paper
  • old magazines
  • any other decorations

Step 1: Decide what you are going to use for the bookmark (paper, cardboard or anything else) and cut the paper into a long rectangle.

Step 2: Decorate the paper any way you would like! Get creative and use lots of color.

Step 3: Let the decorated paper dry and then use the tape and cover your decorated paper front and back. Be sure to cover it completely so that it is water proof.

Step 4: Using the hole punch, put a hole through one side of the paper bookmark and string your ribbon through the hole.

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Top 5 Friday Fun

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy.  They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  -Marcel Proust

We hope you enjoy some good reads from around the web to get your Friday started!  We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  1. I was recently introduced to The Bucket List Family on Instagram and YouTube.  They spent the past three years on the most amazing adventures around the world with their 3 adorable kids and just set roots in Hawaii.  They have recently shared the most beautiful picture as they swam alongside humpback whales with their sweet Dorothy.
  2. For all you mamas out there who are in the midst of back to school time, Kelle at Enjoying the Small Things has shared a back to school list just for moms.  Check out her post here for some ideas to help you focus on you while the kids are in school.
  3. Just in time for the weekend, The Everygirl has an article sharing some date night ideas from 7 couples.  I love the idea of taking some to-go food to your favorite park for a picnic and walk.
  4. Trash For Tossers shares some great zero waste solutions for extra herbs you may have on hand.
  5. Do you have some green tomatoes on hand?  Alex at The Defined Dish shares her recipe for paleo fried green tomatoes that look delicious!  Grab the recipe here.

 

 

Magnolia Table: Review

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Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal! I have always been in love with her style, house design and all around demeanor. If you haven’t read her book The Magnolia Story and enjoy the show, you should check it out. She writes of the good and the bad and how she saw the positive in all aspects of her life even when things were down. This is the kind of life I want to live and she is someone that I want to emulate.

“We both hope, with all of our hearts, that the people who read this book and watch our show and come to see what we’re working on in Waco will take a chance to go after their dreams too. Because the key to everything Chip and I have learned in our life together so far seems to be pretty simple: Go and find what it is that inspires you, go and find what it is that you love, and go do that until it hurts.
Don’t quit, and don’t give up. The reward is just around the corner. And in times of doubt or times of joy, listen for that still, small voice. Know that God has been there from the beginning–and he will be there until…The End.”
― Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story
After seeing every Fixer Upper episode, getting the Magnolia magazine, reading Joanna’s book and checking out her online store, I knew I had to buy her cook book.
At first glance the pictures and stories in the cook book are beautiful and the recipes are simple (as in not fancy- ingredients that you would have on hand) and very much what you would think of cooking on the farm or in the country. There are recipes for biscuits (my family favorite), pancakes, and pot pie and more. What makes this book special is that Joanna adds personal recipes and twists on traditional recipes from her Korean roots.
I also like how Joanna Gaines is not afraid to be honest and real. At the beginning of the cook book she gets personal about being on a tight budget and not being able to afford much. This is a real struggle facing many families today but, the best thing to take out of this story is that with hard work, positivity and dedications (and aligned stars) you can make your dreams come true. Whatever they may be!

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