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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Mint Tin Treasure Box

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In my family, pockets are filled with rocks, sand, shells, dirt- you name it! Every rock is a “crystal” to my children and they both have pretty extensive rock collections. We also have a huge jar right by our front door that houses treasures right when you walk inside. The other day while onea walk my younger son started handing me pretty little rocks and said “hold these mommy, they are crystals.” Well I had our puppy’s lease, treats and bags in my hands (and no pockets) I needed an extra hand. Hello- story of motherhood right?! That evening I decided to make him a little treasure box that he can take on our walks. We had an Altoid tin at home and I thought it would be the perfect container for his outdoor treasures. I decorated it a bit to make it extra special.  Continue reading “Mint Tin Treasure Box”

Top 5 Friday Fun

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.     
Henry David Thoreau

We hope that your August has been amazing thus far and that your weekend is a peaceful one. My family are going to take the weekend to relax and embrace this time together before the busyness that Fall brings. Gloriously, we do not have a thing that we have to do! I hope you have a few minutes to do the same and that you too have a minute to slow down and connect to each moment as your week comes to a close and your weekend begins. If you need an idea for an activity to do with your family or even take a moment alone, you can find it here.

Here are some fun links that we found around the web this week!

Check it out:

  1. Do you have any zucchini left from your garden or farmers market? If so, Kristine’s Kitchen has a yummy and healthy zucchini bread recipe. This would make a great breakfast or or treat.
  2. Blissfully Brunette has a delightful read on setting intentions and why you should do it. She comments on setting intentions to stay balanced and show gratitude. If you haven’t done so already, check it out here.
  3. Have you ever read the blog Scary Mom?! If you haven’t, you should start right now! The stories are hilarious but also informative. I recently learned that she now has a shop open to buy t shirt, bags and more with hysterical sayings on them.
  4. I can relate to some of these life lessons from the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere. She has a post about letters to her younger self. What would you write to your younger self? You can find the entry here.
  5. Spiked lemonade, yes please! Its peach season and we are loving it in my house. What better with a BBQ then some lemonade…spiked, even better. Recipe can be found here by the Kitchn

 

 

Eco Dog Care

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There are not many things more enjoyable than coming home to a loving pet. Besides the fact that a pet reduces anxiety/stress, reduces allergies, encourages exercise, gets you outdoors, make new friends and so much more. We recently fell in love with the little lady above and as I started looking at food, toys, leashes, and more, I wanted to make purchases that are healthy for my dog. There are many ideas that I found on the web for keeping my puppy happy, but also preserving the environment.

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love unconditionally as a dog.”

– M.K. Clinton

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DIY driftwood table

Driftwood Accent Table

Earlier this summer, I was able to spend a good amount of time up in Minnesota visiting family.  One of my favorite things to do when I am back home is to just be on the water or exploring the lake shore.

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As my sister and I walked along the rocks one day with my daughter, we felt like kids searching for nature treasures.  We love collecting driftwood and rocks from various places that we visit.  My mom is an amazing artist and asked us to find some cool pieces of wood and sticks along the shore.  We got so excited as we found interesting pieces and then I came across a chunk of wood wedged between some rocks.  Naturally I had to figure out a way to bring it home with me and make something out of it, especially since I had worked so hard to free it from the rocks!

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