Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Blog, DIY, KIDS | 0 comments

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Every year I make my kids something handmade for Christmas (usually something I sew).  This year they’re getting bathrobes- I know, I haven’t made them yet, which is why I thought I’d better get something handmade to them before the Fourth of July!  These bracelets are rather easy to make once you get started, and so cute!  I found the extra wide rubber bands in the tie-dye section of the craft store, and they fit the girls’ wrists perfectly.  I stiffened up the fabric with adhesive fusible web (from pellon, found at the craft store)- it’s really easy to work with and sticks right to the back of the fabric.  The heart buttons are from an old Gymboree dress- don’t worry, they also have lots at the craft store to choose from.  If you go with letters, I made mine one inch high, and drew the mirror image on the back of the fabric.  It’s pretty easy to sew through the fabric and rubber band- you could also use knit elastic instead of rubber bands and sew the elastic together at the ends.  Here’s a rundown of what I did:

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Affordable Nordic Neutral Decor

Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Blog, Decor | 0 comments

Affordable Nordic Neutral Decor

I’d love to infuse my home with these earthy, calming neutrals- it makes me want to plan a trip to Scandinavia! 1.  Pebbles Are Great Colour Series 2 by Tessa Horrocks 2.  Grey Trail Pillow -$39.95 from CB2 and Lappljung Ruta Pillow -$10 from Ikea 3.  Varigated Grey Pouf -$99 from Land of Nod 4.  Belly Baskets -set of 2 for $48 from Serena and Lily   5.  Eco Cross Baby Blanket -$80 from Spearmint 6.  Mali Camel Indoor/Outdoor Rug -$83 for 2′ X 3′ from Dash and...

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Tips For Bleaching Your Teeth

Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Beauty, Blog | 0 comments

Tips For Bleaching Your Teeth

I’m a dentist’s daughter, so teeth are one of the first things I look at when I talk to someone.  Yellowing teeth can age you by 10 years- a great motivator to go buy a bleach kit.  As much as I love nice healthy, white teeth, there’s also a point where you can go overboard- my mom calls it the “Chiclet effect” (remember those square white candy-coated pieces of gum?)  If you over-bleach, you risk tooth sensitivity, gum irritation, and root damage, so don’t plan on home-bleaching more than once a year without...

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Tried And True Dinners

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Blog, Recipes | 0 comments

Tried And True Dinners

Hello!  I took off a bit more time from the blog than I intended, but had a great break with lots of family time.  I read a ton of blogs, and have seen resolutions ranging from “I want to take it easy this year and appreciate what I have” to ” I have a ton of projects I want to start, eat healthier, not yell at all, try something new”.  Would you laugh if I said I want to eat more raw cabbage?  I’ve mentioned that I work for a food blogger (check out the ramen recipe link below), and my last assignment focused on...

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2014 Wall Calendars

Posted by on December 18, 2013 in Blog, Decor | 0 comments

2014 Wall Calendars

I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by!  No matter how many gadgets I have with the date displayed on them, I function best with a wall calendar right above the computer.  I get artwork for my wall and a handy calendar all in one.  Here are some I have my eye on for 2014: 1.  Michelle Armas 2014 Calendar– $35 2.  Art Forms In Nature 2014 Poster Calendar– $21.95 3.  2014 Geometric Wall Calendar– $17 4.  2014 Botanical Wall Calendar– $24 5.  Ton Schulten 2014 XXL Poster Calendar–...

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Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers For Kids

Posted by on December 10, 2013 in Blog, KIDS | 0 comments

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers For Kids

1.  Color Apeel Crayons– $7.95 2.  Jonathan Adler Giant Lion Eraser– $10 3.  Automoblox Mini X9-X SUV– $12 4.  Moulin Roty Storybook Flashlight– $18 5.  Tape Measure Key Chain– $4.56 6.  Globally Cute One-Piece Animal Chopsticks– $2.95 7.  Hopscotch Kids Non-Toxic Nailpolish– $11.99-$12.75  8.  Timex Kids’ Analog Lizards Elastic Fabric Strap Watch– $15.96 9.  Bubble Gum Corner Child’s Charm Bracelet– $9 10.  Glitter Touchabubbles– $2.99 11.  Imagine I Can...

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Pairing Children’s Books With Charities

Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Blog, KIDS | 0 comments

Pairing Children’s Books With Charities

This summer I read Wonder to my kids, and it was one of the most touching, meaningful, and emotional children’s books I have ever read.  I cried many times while reading this, and it left a deep impression on the kids too.  This got me to thinking how a book can open up a discussion about helping people (or animals, the environment, etc.).  This year we have decided to donate some of our Christmas money to the Smile Train organization, which helps children in need get cleft repair surgery- millions of children in developing...

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Gift Guide: Activity Books For Kids

Posted by on November 20, 2013 in Blog, KIDS | 0 comments

Gift Guide: Activity Books For Kids

Preschool Around The World Sticker Book– $8 // Take a trip around the world with delightful little mice- includes over 300 stickers to add to pictures. I Can Color Everything– $6.99 // 400 pages of coloring fun including fascinating facts about he world we live in- and over 50 stickers. Let’s Color– $5.95 // This cute first workbook teaches motor skills and problem solving for the very young. 4+ Dot To Dot Animals– $3.59 // Both of my kids loved dot to dots when they were younger- it’s great to keep them quiet for a while, and...

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Family Game Night- Board Game Suggestions By Age

Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Blog, KIDS | 0 comments

Family Game Night- Board Game Suggestions By Age

The recent time change has made the hours between dinner and bedtime seem that much longer. We’ve been having family game night on Friday or Saturday night, but are starting to get bored with the same old games.  The girls are now 7 and 9, and ready for a batch of fun new games.  I’ve found that kids can play most games before the recommended age limit on the box, and are sometimes entertained by a game past the upper recommended age limit.  Please keep that in mind when looking through these round-ups.  Some games go...

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Battle Of The Backless Booster With Latch System

Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Battle Of The Backless Booster With Latch System

We recently replaced our 16 year old minivan with a newer used car, and decided it was time to take the backs off the booster seats.  When the backs were on the boosters and the kids weren’t in the car, the seatbelt fed through a clip on the headrest- I felt like if I got into an accident, the boosters were somewhat secure.  Once we took the backs off, I wondered what would keep them from flying around the car if I stopped short or got into an accident (if one of the kids weren’t in the booster).  I could buckle the seat...

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