It’s the time of the year again, the kids are back to school and life begins to calm down a bit. My whole family begins to fall into a routine, and soon enough, our household starts to run like a well-oiled machine…. [read more]
So, yet another summer bites the dust as Open House dates loom, parents start gritting their teeth over the mountain of paperwork the first day of school brings them, and school buses hit the road, polluting up all of our summer fun with their hissing brakes, squealing doors, schizophrenic timeframes for arrival, and generally just causing traffic jams everywhere they roll.
If your kids haven’t had to endure this undignified return to early bedtimes, blaring alarm clocks, fights over what to wear to school, and skirmishing in the hallway amid shouts of “Bathroom hog!”, I envy you — a lot.
But, it’s inevitable that they surely soon will be heading off into another school year, so enjoy the unfettered summer freedom while you can, friends! Today, I’m hitting a little bit on must haves that my kids request for the start of school, but mostly (since we are huge snackers in my house) I’ll be talking about new after school and study time snacks that I’ve found for them from Simple Mills®, Junkless®, and Betty Crocker™.… [read more]
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Since being married to my husband, I’ve learned many important lessons, but there is one that seems to be one of the most valuable.
Always make time for each other.
It’s been written about in countless magazine articles and relationship books, urging parents to find time in their busy schedules to “date” each other. However, this can be easier said than done when you have a family. There are also times when we’ve both worked a long work week and didn’t feel like leaving the house. Our “date night in” usually translated into “Netflix and Pajamas” night. It was definitely time to get more creative…. [read more]
Canning jars can be used for many purposes: to can and store foods, to combine ingredients to create meals, salad dressings, or marinades; as serving containers; and to store and organize any number of small household goods such as buttons, pens and pencils, spices and oils. The uses are just about endless and are only limited within the bounds of your imagination.
I enjoy making jams and jellies as well as canning pickles, so these are the ways I most often use canning jars. But, I also have one that I keep spools of thread and sewing needles in for quick access to materials to mend garments and stuffed animals that develop holes with repeated use.
Canning jars make great gift receptacles for many types of small gifts. Not only do you minimize waste since wrapping paper or gift bags aren’t required, but you can use other small and simple things to dress it up such as ribbon, twine, and/or a gift tag. This minimalist approach allows you to let the gift itself (rather than the wrapping) take center stage. In addition, gift recipients can keep the jar to re-use in their own home in any way that is useful to them.
I’m going to show you two ways that I like to use canning jars utilizing the new Ball® Collection Elite Design Series Sharing Jars. First, I’m going to use one to combine the ingredients to make a delicious fall drink using Mocha Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee. Then, I will illustrate how I use them to make gift-worthy food items, like the Spiced Pear Butter I recently made, that are great gifted on their own or as an item in a larger gift basket to friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances alike…. [read more]
I love sushi. I could eat a Spicy Tuna Roll every single day. Just give me some spicy mayo, fresh fish and veggies, wasabi and low sodium soy sauce and I’m in my happy place. As much as I adore going out for sushi, I’ve always been curious about trying to make my own at home. So, you can imagine my excitement when I was given the chance to try Global Grub’s DIY Sushi Rolls Kit.
There are some ingredients and scents that irritate certain people’s nostrils–and, when involved in skincare products or lotions, those pungent or sickly-sweet scents can often get all the more overpowering. Meet Tree Hut’s Moroccan Rose Collection–one of the only skincare collections that I’ve ever found to smell both subtle and (no exaggeration) delicious!