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Link Round-up: Crafts, Valentine’s Day Ideas, Hot Chocolate Popcorn, and More

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cute crafts, Valentine’s Day gift ideas, hot chocolate popcorn, and more.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make hearts out of stacked book pages.

Mind Body Green shared eight foods you can use to “eat yourself clean.”

Seven Thirty Three shared a Valentine’s lunch kit printable.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to put together an adorable baby bird scrambled egg breakfast.

Thrifty Jinxy shared some ideas for inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts.

Lou Lou Girls taught us how to make hot chocolate popcorn.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a free printable for houndstooth valentines.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Too Much to Do? The Passion Planner Could Help.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 by No Comments

If you feel like you have too much on your plate, as most moms seem to, the Passion Planner may be helpful.

It has the hourly layout of each day that’s typical of most planners. However, there are other empty spaces to catch all the things you might not be able to fit into those tiny boxes—errands, doodles, random notes, and your personal to-do list. It helps you prioritize the things you have to get done throughout the day.

The website calls the Passion Planner “your own personal, 24/7, inexpensive life coach.” Because there’s plenty of room for work and personal tasks, motivational quotes, space at the end of each week to reflect and write down the positive things that happened that week, and space to plan your goals, it may be able to help create balance in your life if you’re struggling with organization.

It’s faux leather and hand bound, with thick paper, and covers January through December. Each week starts with Sunday, not Monday.

If you’re curious about whether the layout would work for you, you can try it for free with a weekly PDF download from the site. You can even get a free printed calendar when you refer friends to the site and three of them make a purchase.

I feel like this is a great planner for moms who work in an office or at home, and it provides options for planning out your goals and the future.

I know sometimes as a work from home mom, I get bogged down in getting through one day at a time. Sometimes that works during tough weeks, but I’d like to keep myself motivated to keep moving forward and achieving personal goals, too. The prompts and empty spaces can help with that.

Photo credit: Passion Planner

Link Round-up: Making Home a Haven, Healthy Recipes, Energy, and More

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for making your home a haven, getting energized, healthy recipes, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie gave us a recipe for chocolate chip cookie overnight oats.

Mind Body Green shared eight yoga poses that will help you strengthen your arms for chaturanga (in case you took up yoga this year!).

Introvert, Dear shared seven ways to get energized and shared a delicious smoothie recipe.

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Kenarry shared some tips for making your home a haven.

Seven Thirty Three shared a child’s slouchy beanie crochet pattern.

Thrifty Jinxy gave us a list of eight things you should buy in January.

Your Charmed Life showed us how to make chicken tortilla soup.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and SergeMouilleUSA [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Personalized Valentine’s Pillows Are Sweeter than Candy

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by No Comments

Whether it’s for your significant other or your child, these personalized pillows are a cute gift idea for Valentine’s Day.

I don’t necessarily like giving a lot of candy to my daughter for Valentine’s Day because she gets plenty at school, but I usually want to give her a little something. I think these pillows are perfect. They do each come with a small box of conversation hearts, but you can tuck those away for a later time if you need to.

They’re $19.99, and you can choose from red, pink, purple, blue, or yellow, and add your own message to them. You’re slightly limited on the length of the message—up to three lines, with up to 11 characters per line—but the messages will look best if they’re short and sweet just like the ones on candy hearts, anyway.

All the messages are written in red unless you order the red pillow (letters are done in white in that case). These pillows are not so holiday-centric that you couldn’t leave one or two out all year, and I think they’d look especially cute in a kid’s room.

With 92 reviews on the Personal Creations site, these have a 4.7 star rating (out of 5.0). People have commented on how perfect the colors are, how soft and cuddly the pillows feel, the good quality, and how much the kids of all ages have loved them as gifts. Some of the reviewers have been surprised by how big they actually are.

I love gifts that stick around well after the occasion so they can bring back memories long after the time has passed, which is one reason I’m not always a fan of giving candy or flowers. These are a cute option that will last a while!

Photo credit: Personal Creations

Link Round-up: Breakfasts, Cat Toys, Planners, and More

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has breakfast ideas, cat toys, a planner, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for oatmeal trail mix cupcakes.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make junk food cat toys.

A Mom’s Take shared an idea for a healthy, easy Valentine’s Day lunch.

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Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make cracked marble pendants.

The Joys of Boys shared an easy Valentine’s Day breakfast.

Homemade Interest taught us to make tuna salad with avocado.

Aunt Peaches talked about the best $60 she ever spent—on a day planner.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Muslin and Merlot

Link Round-up: Budgeting Tips, Recipes, Tank Top Organization, and More

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has recipes, budgeting tips, a way to keep your tank tops organized, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for customizable breakfast granola cups.

A Mom’s Take shared a family budget worksheet.

Thrifty Jinxy showed us how to make playing card valentines.

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Muslin and Merlot taught us to hang our tanks on a huggable hanger so it’s easier to find them.

Noble Pig shared a recipe for sticky toffee pudding.

Mom 4 Real taught us how to make your own peppermint lip balm to put in an old EOS container.

Hello Little Home shared a recipe for kale and Brussels sprout salad with maple vinaigrette.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Muslin and Merlot

Have You Heard of the New Starbucks Flat White?

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 by No Comments

I always get excited when I see a new drink on the Starbucks menu because I love trying new things, but I’m not the most creative at making up the concoctions myself. Failing there can get expensive, so I don’t experiment too much aside from an extra shot of espresso or the addition of a syrup.

The flat white is Starbucks’ take on an Australian (some say New Zealand) coffee drink. Starbucks claims it’s bolder than a latte, thanks to an extra ristretto shot. There’s something the baristas are trained to do when they steam the milk, too, that makes it taste creamier and smoother than the typical Starbucks drink.

By default, the drinks are made with whole milk instead of the typical 2 percent used in other drinks, but I’m sure you can order it and tweak it as you wish and the barista will be happy to oblige.

When I first tried the drink, I thought the coffee taste was too weak and it was way too milky. I did really appreciate the creaminess, since it was about 20 degrees outside and my coffee was then playing two roles one the time: caffeine and comfort food.

It wasn’t bitter the way some drinks can be when they don’t have additional syrups to balance the espresso flavor out. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it was delicious without being overly sweet.

I tried another one later, and the coffee flavor was much more pronounced and the drink was everything I wanted it to be. My husband’s always said the coffee flavor was strong enough, so I think my first drink may have just been made a little differently (maybe they forgot a shot or they didn’t have the technique down perfectly since it was their first day selling them).

I highly recommend the drink if you always feel like Starbucks’ specialty drinks are too sweet or you want to cut some of the sugar out of your diet but can’t escape your Starbucks habit.

Photo credit: Starbucks

Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate® Really Impressed Me!

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 by No Comments

I went into Sephora to buy some perfume on the last night of the VIB sale and when I was done checking out, the guy helping me tossed in some samples. One was the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment.

Anything that promises to exfoliate and involves a tingling sensation sends up a big red flag for me—and usually makes my face match that flag by the time I’m done with it. As he told me about it, I nodded and thought, “Yeah, yeah, I’m never going to use this.”

A couple of days later, I looked up the reviews for fun because I was going to use one of my tried and true exfoliating masks. The reviews on the Sephora website suggested that it might not be as stressful on my skin as I had originally thought, so I went ahead and tried it, leaving the product on for about one minute (of the possible two) after rubbing it on my skin for 30 seconds.

This product uses a mix of physical and enzymatic exfoliants to give you smooth, clear skin. Right after I dried my face and looked in the mirror, I didn’t think there was much improvement, but a few minutes later, I did see a difference.

My skin was glowing and it definitely felt a lot smoother. I can’t wait to see what it’s like after a few months of using it. You can use it once or twice a week. This will replace one of the gentle peels I’ve used for a while.

Photo credit: Sephora

Link Round-up: Recipes, Personalizing a Welcome Mat, Meal Planning, and More

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has hearty recipes, the how-to behind personalizing your welcome mat, and more.

Ann’s Entitled Life shared a macaroni pizza casserole recipe.

Confessions of a Homeschooler shared all the fun days and holidays of January.

How Was Your Day? showed us how to make a lighter version of classic clam dip.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to personalize a welcome mat.

Pop Sugar shared a printable meal planner.

We Are That Family wrote a blog post about what we might be missing about this whole parenting thing.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her thoughts on 2015.

Photo credit: Ann’s Entitled  Life and A Beautiful  Mess