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Link Round-up: Hair Accessories, Birthday Party Ideas, Recipes, and More

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has mad scientist birthday party ideas, peanut butter Nutella s’mores, a belt strap memo board, and more.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make tangle-free hair accessories.

Take a Bite Out of Boca showed us how to make Mediterranean herbed spaghetti squash.

The Country Chic Cottage showed us how to make peanut butter Nutella s’mores.

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Mom Endeavors shared ideas for mad scientist birthday parties.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a belt strap memo board.

Thrifty Jinxy shared some tips for choosing a quality hotel.

My World Simplified shared a recipe for Amish broccoli and cauliflower salad.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Mom Endeavors

Link Round-up: RVing, Rice Krispies Dinosaur Bones, Snacks, and More

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has reasons to go RVing, a Rice Krispies dinosaur bones activity and snack, recipes, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to make a decoupaged metal watering can.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make chocolate peanut butter buckeye brownies.

Crystal & Co. gave us eight reasons to go RVing.

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The Suburban Soapbox showed us how to make blueberry mojito popsicles.

The Partiologist showed us how to make Rice Krispies dinosaur bones.

Domestic Mommyhood taught us how to make funnel cake bites.

The It Mom shared a recipe for watermelon feta pineapple skewers.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and The Suburban Soapbox

Link Round-up: Campfire Quesadillas, DIY Jewelry, Upcycling, and More

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has campfire quesadillas, a jewelry DIY, an upcycle blue jeans bowl, and more.

The Suburban Soapbox shared a recipe for campfire quesadillas.

The Partiologist shared tips for hosting a 70s theme party.

Domestic Mommyhood showed us how to make an upcycled blue jeans bowl.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a simple beaded necklace.

Raining Hot Coupons showed us how to make a strawberry cheesecake smoothie.

Create Craft Love shared some inspiration for a homework station.

Meet the Dubiens showed us how to make your own tutus with minimal sewing.

Photo credit: The Suburban Soapbox and A Beautiful Mess

Moms and Students Can Enjoy #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re interested in starting your own business and like books with a sassy voice, #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso is a fantastic read. If you know a high school student or recent graduate who doesn’t want to go the traditional college route (and maybe even if they do), this is a good story to share with them.

The book tells the story of Sophia Amoruso’s journey from the early days of selling on eBay and having nothing, to building a $100 million+ business (Nasty Gal) around vintage clothing finds and gorgeous newer clothing from today’s designers.

I personally loved the smart, let-it-all-hang-out, no secrets story. It’s a quick read and how can it help being an inspirational tale? Amoruso went from dumpster diving for bagels to becoming the CEO and founder of a successful business, in large part by starting small and paying attention to the little details.

It may be just the reminder that you, a teen, or young adult trying to find their way, could use in order to turn dreams into a reality.

#GirlBoss inspires its readers to take control of their lives and make things happen, no matter how much it seems the odds are stacked against them. It’s not your typical how-to or motivational story. It’s a funny, fresh read that reminds you how much a situation can change with the right amount of dedication, passion, and belief that things will all work out.

It feels like you’re reading an intriguing story more than a guide, but there’s so much knowledge tucked into those pages, too.

Photo credit: Amazon

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination: the Holy Grail for Tired Moms?

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 by No Comments

My mom came to visit for a week, and she was gushing about this new foundation she had been wearing for the past few months. She had this happy, lit-from-within glow, so of course I was intrigued and had to go check it out for myself.

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination comes in pressed powder form and offers medium to full coverage. My mild rosacea is covered, and it does make my skin look luminous, something powder foundations have never been able to do without the help of obvious shimmer—until this.

Bare Minerals came close, and this gives a similar look without the ingredients that cause breakouts and skin irritation in some people (namely bismuth oxychloride).

What I like about this, since I’m always looking for makeup shortcuts without going completely without it and scaring small children, is that it takes about 20-30 seconds to apply.

My previous go-to options were tinted moisturizers, BB creams, and CC creams, but those are harder to blend, harder to color match in many cases, and take longer, even though there are all the other “extras” included, like moisturizer (I always needed another moisturizer anyway), and skin treatments.

I can seriously do my makeup in about two minutes—foundation, blush, highlighter, eyeliner, and mascara. I can probably squeeze shadow in there, too, as long as I’m not doing too complicated of a look.

I use an inexpensive buffing brush I got from Everyday Minerals, so you don’t need to buy the expensive IT Cosmetics one to get a beautiful, polished effect that looks flawless and natural all at once.

One more thing: I have dry skin and it isn’t a problem at all as long as I moisturize first and give the product time to sink into my skin before applying the foundation. I can’t say that it will be the same in the winter, but for now, there’s no flaking, no accentuating pores or wrinkles, and no tight, uncomfortable feeling when I wear this.

Photo credit: Ulta

Link Round-up: Seashell Fish Craft, Gift Idea, Summer Hair and Makeup, and More

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a seashell fish craft, a gift idea, summer hair and makeup tips, and lots of delicious recipes.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make tropical fish out of seashells.

The Pin Junkie taught us how to make copycat Outshine strawberry popsicles.

Dieter’s Downfall taught us how to grill apricots to perfection.

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Simply Kelly Designs showed us a creative way to give money with a glass block bank.

Three in Three shared a stuffed ranch burger recipe that looks incredible.

Pint-Sized Baker offered a recipe for mint chocolate ice cream sandwiches.

Hello Little Home shared easy hair and makeup tips for summer.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Simply Kelly Designs

Link Round-up: Sweet Rolls, Tie-Dye, Calm Toddlers, and More

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cherry limeade sweet rolls, a tie-dye how-to, tips for a calmer toddler, and more.

It Bakes Me Happy shared a recipe for cherry limeade sweet rolls.

Army Wife to Suburban Life showed us how to make a cute princess bird ring (think Snow White!).

Sand in My Toes shared seven tips for a calmer toddler.

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Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make a sunshine ombre shibori tie-dye top.

Delineate Your Dwelling taught us how to make a prisma wall décor knock-off like the ones sold in stores for a lot more money.

Seasoned Homemaker told us how to make homemade bug spray.

Beautify showed us how to make a duct tape beach or pool bag.

Photo credit: It Bakes Me Happy and Crafts by Amanda

Link Round-up: Snacks, Pancakes, Reading Nook, and More

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up includes snack ideas, German chocolate pancakes, a reading nook, and more.

The Neighborhood Moms shared an opinion on Squeez’Ems and Pack’Ems, used for portable snacks.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom showed off her cute leather bag that carries all the essentials and looks even better as time goes on.

Kalyn’s Kitchen gave us a recipe for baked eggs with avocado and tomatoes.

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Suzy Sitcom showed us how to make fresh squeezed tropical punch with the Big Boss Juicer.

View Along the Way showed us how to create a DIY kids’ reading nook.

A Mom’s Take shared her lemonade and berry spritzer recipe.

Sweet and Spicy Monkey taught us how to make German chocolate pancakes.

Photo credit: The Neighborhood Moms and Suzy Sitcom

Link Round-up: How to Pit Cherries, a Shelf Makeover, DIY Oil Diffuser, and More

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has an easy way to pit cherries, a shelf makeover, tips for a DIY oil diffuser, recipes, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to make an oil diffuser.

Kalyn’s Kitchen gave us a black bean and pepper salad recipe.

View Along the Way taught us how to create a raised vegetable garden so easy a 4-year-old can do it.

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Suzy Sitcom showed us how to revamp a shelf with Shape Tape™.

The Neighborhood Moms showed us an easy way to pit cherries.

Sweet and Spicy Monkey shared a recipe for sweet cherry-coconut sherbet.

A Mom’s Take offered tips for keeping your child’s hearing safe.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and Suzy Sitcom