Tuesday, August 27
Tuesday, August 20
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.
So what do you do the the last week before school starts? A fun diy of course! ;)
Last week while I was at Walmart in their craft department, I spotted a bunch of cute Duck Tape® designs - ranging from solids to neons, cool patterns to popular cartoon characters. I was excited to see that you can also buy them by the sheet. For under $2, it was easier to commit to these if you don't want to buy a huge roll of tape.
With the above project that I had in mind, I picked up a sheet of these cute penguins and a roll of metallic tape.
With a few simple items, I made a small travel tube that's great for safely storing tiny miscellaneous items (bobby pins, jewelry, hair ties, etc.) in your purse or backpack.
Supplies: Duck Tape®, regular clear tape, 2 empty pill bottles, Xacto knife, scissors
- Tape the two pill bottles together (end to end) to make your double-sided tube.
- Start decorating by taping the two ends with the metallic tape first.
- Cut out a strip of the penguin tape using the grid on the back as a guide.
- Tape it to the middle.
- Trace the caps onto the penguin tape and cut out your circles.
- Adhere it to the caps.
- Using an Xacto knife, adhere the rest of the metallic tape to the sides of the caps.
I love that the tube has two separate compartments. One side held tiny items like my jewelry, bobby pins, perfume samples, hair ties, etc...
and the other side for my chapstick.
These tapes now are definitely a lot more fun and versatile than the typical gray ones that's been around for years. Especially since they're waterproof and incredibly sturdy, they'd be great for so many other back-to-school projects like covering books, decorating notebooks and pens, and bringing some color to school lockers. They're an inexpensive way to make updates on a variety of items!
Interested yet? Go check these out and buy Duck Tape at Walmart. Make sure to also follow @TheDuckBrand for more creative inspiration!
Monday, August 19
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One of our family's favorite pizza is The "Jimmy" from Palio's Pizza Cafe. It's the perfect blend of spicy and savory. I recently found a quick and much less expensive way to copy this favorite. With the price of one there, I can easily make two pizzas and still have some change left over! All you need is a ready-to-bake pizza and a few simple ingredients.
Preheat the oven at 425 degrees F.
The only items that need to be prepped ahead of time were the jalapenos and bacon. I roasted the jalapenos in the oven (or you can use a cast iron pan) first before slicing them. I also cooked the bacon and took them off the pan just before they got crispy.
Toss everything evenly over your ready-to-bake pizza and bake it for 12-15 minutes. Enjoy!
*Side note: Make sure you use gloves when handling the jalapenos... unless you want your hands to be burning for a good four hours!
Wednesday, August 14
As you read on, I will show you what I received and my ratings based on my impression of them after using them for a week.
So this is what showed up at my doorstep...
How cute is the packaging?
Ok let's start off with the diapers...
The Good: Cute designs, non-toxic, chlorine-free, super-absorbent and made with a stretchy band in the back for extra security (you know, for those poop explosions up the back).
The Bad: Found these to be a little stiff compared to Pampers.
Healing balm (rating: 4 out of 5)
The good: This was great for soothing my son's eczema.
The bad: The formulation was a little greasier and stickier than I would like, but it may be due to all the organic oils.
Hand soap (rating: 4 out of 5)
The good: It washed off easily and had a nice clean scent of lemongrass.
The bad: It left my hands a bit dry afterwards.
Face + body lotion (rating: 4 out of 5)
The good: The formulation was very lightweight, absorbed well, and left the skin incredibly soft.
The bad: The initial smell reminded me of barbie dolls for some reason, however it did eventually wear off. I'm not sure if I just got a bad batch, because most reviewers loved the smell...
Laundry detergent (rating: 5 out of 5)
The good: Cleaned very well and did not leave our clothes feeling stiff (even without fabric softener).
The bad: None
Shampoo + Body Wash (rating: 5 out of 5)
The good: We love this product! Our longtime favorite's been Burt's Bees Shampoo and Body wash for our boys and we found this one to be very similar. The scent is a little sweeter and the consistency is a little thicker as well. I've been finding myself reaching for this more than the Burt's Bees.
The bad: None
These are some other items that I'm interested in from their beauty and cleaning line:
sunscreen, multi-surface cleaner, and fruit+veggie wash.
*Please note that when you sign up for the free trial, you are automatically enrolled to be a member of the Honest Company. You have 7 days to cancel, for any reason, if you choose not to be charged monthly to receive their different bundles sent to your home.
For more information, check out these links:
- Cute and Eco-Friendly Diapers from The Honest Company
- Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Products for Your Family
- Eco-friendly Beauty by The Honest Company
- Honest Company Bath & Body Products
Monday, August 12
Weekends fly by WAY too fast these days. I'm just saying...
Anyways! :) A few months ago, a good friend and I planned a baby shower for this other friend of ours. It was her first baby and we were all so excited that she was having a girl! Since her nursery was going to be pink and brown, we decided to carry this theme into the shower decor. Here a few pictures from that day.
large paper medallions out of scrapbook paper and brown kraft paper...
water bottles wrapped with matching scrapbook paper and labeled with the baby's initials...
Friday, August 9
Next would be this tasty main dish. My husband and I have been wanting to try paella ever since we saw it on PBS awhile ago. Seeing this one just makes our mouth water even more...
Thursday, August 8
I am back today with another tasty smoothie recipe to share! Mango-A-Go-Go has always been my favorite drink to get whenever I'm at Jamba Juice. Heaps of mangos blended with passionfruit juice and pineapple sherbert - what's not to like?! :)
As yummy as this was, I sometimes found it a little too sweet by the time I made it down to half the cup. In my version here, I added some honeydew and apple to lighten and mellow out the flavor a bit.
1 C frozen mango chunks
1 C frozen honeydew chunks
1/2 C frozen pineapple chunks
2 scoops of mango sorbet
1/2 a fuji apple
1 C peach mango orange juice
1 C ice
Throw everything into the blender in the order listed with the ice at the end. Blend it all together until you get a smooth but thick consistency. Enjoy!
Wednesday, August 7
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(Disclaimer: Since I am part of TOMS affiliate program, I do earn a small commission on any purchases made through my posted links. However I am only part of programs whose products I've personally used myself and approve of. All opinions are 100% mine. Any other recommendations without my personal experience would be clearly made known to you all.)