Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DIY Glitter Glass

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Hello Hello!!  Today I'm sharing a fun craft.  It's got glitter so it's sparkly and shiny and pretty but it's also great because it's made reusing some material.  My family is very big on recycle-reduce-reuse.  We try to reduce our footprint where we can.  One of the ways we do that is by recycling papers and plastics and things like that around the house. We go through a lot of batteries in our house...things like baby toys, Wii remotes, the mouse for the computer. We also reuse and repurpose whatever we can and that is where the craft comes in that I'm sharing now.


First, I take a candle that is burned down to the wick.  I boil some water, pour it into the glass and let it sit.  After the water cools, the wax will float to the top letting you just pick it out of the glass to throw away.  Clean the glass with soap and water, dry completely and it's ready to use.




Here are the supplies I use: mod podge, glitter (whatever color you want or you can use multiple colors), and gloves


So, throw a glove on and dip a finger in the mod podge and just coat the inside of the glass.  It doesn't have to be completely white, but just enough so that every part of the glass is coated.


Pour in a bit of glitter and roll the glass around to coat the bottom portion of the glass.  Rolling to also get the glitter up the sides of the glass.






Once you've coated the whole inside of the glass it will look like this but you could also do another coat and try to thicken it up to be more opaque.  When you have added as much glitter as you want, you just add another coat of mod podge to seal it, but make sure the first coat you applied (before glitter) is dried or it will make the glitter come off and it will be patchy.



There you have it, a gorgeous glitter container that you can use for storing items or put another candle in, maybe a tea light.  Even if you don't put anything in it and just put it near a soft light you'll have gorgeous shimmery ambiance in whatever room you put it in.


Back to the battery issue...if you are like us and go through so many batteries, it would be nice to know that they are at least made from recycled materials.  I found these new BringingInnovation.net Energizer ecoAdvanced batteries at Walmart on one of my recent trips to get more batteries for the Wii remotes and I snatched them right up.  This is the first battery on the market to use recycled batteries/materials "Energizer's longest lasting alkaline ever" EcoAdvanced batteries are also available in AAA if you need that size.




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Monday, March 30, 2015

What's in my Purse - Snack Edition

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Hello Hello!

Let's just have some real talk for a minute, ok? I'm gonna tell it like it is....sometimes, I don't have time to eat. I know, I said it. I always get annoyed when I hear other people say things like that, because really, how can you not have time to eat? It takes 2 minutes to throw something together! But, I've turned into one of those people who is too busy most of the day to eat.


As a mom, of course, I make sure my kids are fed. But generally, while the kids are eating, I'm doing something else that I can only get done while they are occupied. Like dishes. Or vacuuming. Or dusting. Or laundry. Or cleaning the bathrooms. You get the idea.

Well, then, comes the hangry part. I get hangry. You know, you are hungry and then it leads to angry. Hungry + Angry= Hangry. I get super grumpy and start snapping at the kids or the husband over really small things that normally wouldn't bother me, but when I'm hangry - everyone best watch out because I'm really not me when I'm hungry! I really don't mean to get the hangry point, like it's never my intention to not feed myself at all through the day, but there are some days that are so jam packed that it just happens.

So, my solution is that I've started keeping SNICKERS® on hand. In my kitchen. In my diaper bag. In my purse.


If I have been go - go -going all day without eating I will grab one of my SNICKERS® stash and have that to tide me over until I can sit down and actually have a meal. It gives me a boost to my blood sugar, keeps the rumbly tummy at bay and lifts my grumpy mood making me a happy camper once again. The other day, I had a crazy busy day, so while I was out running errands, I stopped by Walgreens to pick up a few SNICKERS® to replenish my stock.



During the day, I keep a pot of coffee on and will grab a SNICKERS if I'm feeling the need for a little boost but don't have time right then to sit and eat. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's day looks like this most of the time...right?!

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What do you keep around for a little boost to help keep you being you when you're hungry?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

That Friday Blog Hop


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Easy Lasagna Rolls - Recipe

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Hey guys!  I am so proud of myself, you wanna know why don't you?  Of course you do...;)  I have been doing quite a bit more cooking from scratch and so I thought I'd share one of my most recent recipes with y'all.  So here is a really quick and easy lasagna rolls recipe.

First off, there is a new grocery store in my neighborhood so I decided to swing by and check Smart & Final out on the Grand Opening day.  It's all nice and shiny and pretty for the Grand Opening and I was really impressed with how well organized everything was for being as busy as it was and the staff was super friendly and helpful. You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook
 

I don't think I've been in a Smart & Final in at least 15 years, and I was happy to see such great prices on what I use most.   They had a beautiful floral section that had gorgeous Spring flowers.  I love having fresh flowers around the house, it makes everything just seem happier and prettier.


The produce section was spectacular.  There were so many brightly colored fruits and veggies that just draw you in and the quality was really fantastic. The stands were piled high with gorgeous apples, the shelves are stocked with a great variety of dressings and the selection of pre packaged salad mixes and veggies was really outstanding.  


The dairy case had a really big selection of all sorts of cheeses....shredded, block, sliced, string, tub and cube.  They carry all different brands as well, which helps a lot if you are particular about your brands.  I generally stick to store brands so I was happy to see that they do have a few different private label brands to choose from; First Street, La Romanella and Ambiance.



I was really impressed with the layout of everything.  Everything was organized and clearly marked so there was not confusion on prices for items and you can clearly see each brand and type of product within the brand so you don't have to search high and low to find what you need. When you are shopping with small kids, that is super important - you want to get in and get out with the least amount of stress as possible and I can definitely see myself shopping at Smart & Final on a regular basis from now on.  It's really important to me to be able to do a one-stop shop and the ability to save some extra money is a huge bonus.  



 Ok, enough about that, let's talk ingredients and the actual recipe, shall we?!

Here's what you'll need:
3.5 cups Ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 egg
2.5 teaspoons italian seasoning
2.5 cups frozen spinach (thawed and drained)
1 box of lasagna noodles (cooked so you don't have any trouble rolling them)
1 large can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomato
1 can tomato paste
seasoning to taste
garlic



Now that you've had a chance to get your ingredients all together, let's start building our rolls.  This is really easy and not super messy so it's a great way to get the kids involved in helping out in the kitchen.  My 10 year old daughter loves to get in the kitchen and help out so I have her measure out ingredients, mix everything and help spread the filling onto the noodles and then the best and most fun part, I love to have her help me roll them.  I'm not only spending good, quality time with her but I'm also teaching her valuable life skills that she'll need when she's older to take care of herself and a family later on.

The first thing I do is get my sauce going on the stove.  Take your can of tomato sauce, diced tomato and tomato paste along with whatever seasoning you like to flavor your pasta sauce.  I generally reach for just good old Italian seasoning and fresh garlic.  I also add a sprinkle of sugar to make it a bit less acidic.  Once that's started, I move on to assembling my filling.


For the filling, you'll take your ricotta, mozzarella, egg, Italian seasoning and if you choose to add spinach you'll add it here as well.  I usually add spinach just because it's a great way to get some greens in without hearing any complaining because you can't hardly taste it!
While you are assembling your filling, now's a good time to boil the noodles so you can roll them without breaking them...you can't really roll a hard lasagna noodle ;)

Take all of your ingredients and combine them into one mixing bowl, make sure everything gets really thoroughly incorporated.  Once you've mixed everything together you just have to spread it out on the noodles, roll them and place them in your casserole dish.



I always put a layer of sauce on the bottom of my casserole dish to help insure the noodles don't stick to the dish.  Then I lay the rolls in the dish, cover with more sauce, sprinkle mozzarella over the top and if you want you can add fresh grated Parmesan cheese on top before you cover it and slide it in the oven.  I cook this for about 45 minutes on 375 and take the foil off at about 35 minutes and let the cheese get nice and golden and bubbly for the last 10 minutes in the oven.



I hope y'all enjoy this recipe if you give it a try and I'd love to hear some of your favorite recipes to make with your kids, I need some new stuff to make with Hannah so leave me a comment and let me know what you make with your kiddos

Thursday, March 19, 2015

That Friday Blog Hop


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