Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DIY Health and Beauty Recipes (that work)

If you are anything like me, you don't want to waste your time and money buying and trying various products. Thank you consumer reviews. Yes, I am one of those people that reads reviews on everything and for the most part, bases my decision to buy or visit on them. All of the following DIY recipes are ones I use on a consistent basis because they work! And the best part? The ingredients are either already in your cupboard, or can easily be picked up at the grocery store. Many of my friends and family have requested these recipes and all agree, they are keepers! So here you go...

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. However, I have used these recipes for awhile now and have done my own research on the products and encourage you to do the same. Please consult your doctor if pregnant.
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and all these items are available in the grocery store or Target

If you feel a cold coming on, already caught a bug, or just want a nice cup of tea, you need to try this immune boosting tea. Many studies have shown that drinking tea can do wonders for your health. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been around for ages and has ample usability, one of the most important being that it contains probiotic compounds (the vinegar itself is not a probiotic but the pectin in apples promotes healthy digestion) that can encourage the growth of good intestinal bacteria. However, I would never drink ACV straight as its very acidic and could harm your teeth after continued use. Always dilute with water and again, all you need is a capful. Honey and cinnamon are also two ingredients that have been used for centuries as healing agents in many cultures. These two ingredients together are said to have many health benefits including boosting your immune system and are helpful in clearing the sinuses.

I have made this concoction for years now and swear by it! No, it is not a cure all by any means. But I have personally warded off colds, my husband says it soothes his throat and helps with his sinuses when sick, and friends also use this.  

Immune System Boosting Tea:
*green tea or your favorite flavor of tea
*a capful of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
*spoonful of organic honey (I use and prefer the organic Greek honey hasapis but you cannot currently order this online)
*dash of cinnamon

DIY Teeth Whitener: 
This I found on Pinterest a few years ago but have no idea who to give the credit too. The pinner said her dentist told her this trick. And let me tell you, it's the best one yet! This is my most requested DIY beauty recipe once people see my results. And of course it doesn't cost a quarter of what other teeth whitening products or procedures do.

In a small bowl or cup, mix in
*1 teaspoon of baking soda
*1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide
*half a teaspoon of water
*a little toothpaste (I use a enough to cover my brush)
 Brush 2 minutes and you will see instant results! Use once a week until you get desired results and then once a month afterward.

DIY Clarifying Shampoo and Rinse:
This amazing hair and scalp revitalizer came from Nastassia over at The Healthy Life. Between hair products and hard water I had been finding a lot of yucky build up on my scalp. But before I went out and purchased some expensive clarifying shampoo I wanted to give this a try. And guess what?! It worked. All the build up was gone. Mix the baking soda shampoo and ACV rinse ahead of time and bring both into the shower. 

First use the baking soda shampoo-
*1 Tablespoon of baking soda
*1 cup of warm water 
*mix together in a squeeze bottle (I use ketchup and mustard squeeze bottles I found at Dollar Tree) and apply
*let sit for 5 minutes (honestly I let it sit for as long as it takes to shave my legs) and rinse with warm water

Now for the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse-
*1 Tablespoon of ACV
*1 cup of warm water
*mix together in squeeze bottle and apply
*let sit for 5 minutes and rinse with COLD water (this seals the cuticle and helps keep in the moisture)

I now do this once a month and have not had any build up. Give it a try and let me know what you think?

Detox Bath:
Whether you are suffering from a cold/flu or just need to De-stress a detox bath is very relaxing. You can Google this and find a variation of recipes. I have always used the most simple one. I honestly don't know if this actually draws out toxins and balances your bodies ph level as many claim it does, but I do know that it takes the stress away. Plus, who doesn't love a hot, relaxing bath. Now the real question is if I should drink a glass of wine with this bath?! :)

 *Run a hot bath (as hot as you can handle)
*throw in a handful of Epsom salts
*1/2 cup of baking soda
*optional: essential oils
Soak for at least 15 minutes

Do you have any DIY health or beauty tricks you swear by and would like to share? I would love to hear them and give them a try!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Under the Sea Mermaid Party

Get ready to dive into the sea for my little mermaids' third birthday! I absolutely love this theme because of the endless amount of cute ideas you can use. In my early party planning days, I did an Under the Sea party for my first set of twins when they turned two, you can check out that party here.

This particular party took place just after summer so the pool was not an option, however, I found other ways to help keep these mermaids and their friends occupied...

The mermaids greeted their guests while standing under a colorful sea creature balloon arch that opened up to a "sea" full of fun. We found the perfect dolphin bounce house from the same local party supply company that made this adorable balloon arch. A sandbox, water table, and child friendly sea creature scavenger hunt was also part of the outdoor fun.

The mermaid costumes are from Chasing Fireflies

This was the highlight of the girls weekend and a splurge since it was our last party before moving out of state.

While bright and bold colors popped up outside on the lawn, the party indoors was more subtle with shades of blue, purple, and green. I made the backdrop out of vinyl tablecloths from Dollar Tree mixed in with sparkly mesh ribbon. I used this picture so you can see how the tablecloths are cut and then braided a few times together at the top.

 Jellyfish floated in the air...

Paper lanterns, streamers, ribbon, and hot glue is all it took to make these jellyfish
Pictures of the girls from birth to the present were displayed on a fishing net

The kids' table offered each mermaid a crown, starfish wand, and treasure box full of chocolate gold coins and jewelry.
I purchased the Aeriel crowns from Party City and simply hot glued lavender barrettes (found on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics) and the small starfish (also from JoAnn Fabrics).
The treasure boxes were purchased from Oriental Trading and I spray painted them gold. The large starfish on the wands were bought from Amazon. I hot glued them on a wooden dowel, then added ribbon and a sparkly gem.

adult table decor

The food table consisted of crabwiches (chicken salad filled croissants), octopus dip, fruit cups, sand dollars (potato chips), shells and cheese (homemade macaroni and cheese) ocean water, and an amazing edible starfish and shells dessert spread. My mom and author of the amazing blog What Happens At Grandmas helped out by making these starfish she adapted from Hungry Happenings. She used sugar cookies, icing and crushed up Graham crackers for these starfish. I made the shells using Wilton white chocolate and molds purchased from JoAnn Fabrics. The sand is simply crumbled vanilla cake mix and the mini buckets and sand tools are from Oriental Trading.

Chicken Salad Crabwiches

Octopus ranch dip and veggies

Ocean Water aka Blue Hawaiian Punch
Another contribution from my mom was the supplies to make these adorable aquariums.We found the idea on Pinterest. Aquarium rocks, sea weed, shells, plastic fish and sea creatures were carefully selected by each party guest for their own aquarium before we filled the plastic jar with filtered water, glitter, and blue food coloring.

We had a few good hours of fun with lots of bouncing, playing, cake, and presents. Each party goer also took home a "fish in a bag soap". I followed the directions provided by Jessica and Mandy at Little Birdie Secrets. However, if you plan on making these I would suggest adding a large glass of wine and lots of patience to the recipe. It took me plenty of trials before I was able to make anything that slightly resembled theirs.

And what kind of under the sea birthday party would it be without a real fish?! Meet "Fishy" the girls' new pet!

And as usual, most of my parties would not happen without assistance from my wonderful family. As mentioned earlier my mom made the desserts and facilitated the aquarium making while my sister took some great pictures of the party details and party itself! My brother in law and husband helped with the set up and clean up. Thank you everyone!!! This is one of my sisters and her adorable family at the party.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

volcano terrariums

Need a fun, affordable, and educational activity for a rainy day? Check out our DIY dinosaur terrariums. This project did take place over the course of a few days since we literally didn't feel like watching paint dry. However, if you used a different clay recipe you could complete it in one day.

On a visit to Dollar Tree I picked up the medium sized white tubs, which can also be used as a basin for making slime and a variety of other DIY play recipes, visit my Pinterest page for more ideas. The plastic dinosaurs, baking soda, and corn starch were also from Dollar Tree.

The first step was to make our volcano. I used the mini plastic soda bottles as a base since we will be pouring in ingredients to make it "explode". We then made the clay which we molded around the bottle to form a volcano. Once the volcano was made it did take a solid 24hrs for the clay to dry. Once dry, the boys used tempera paint on the clay to paint their volcanoes. Tempura paint can be picked up at any local craft store or on Amazon.
Clay Recipe
2 cups of baking soda
1 cup of corn starch
1 1/2 cups of water
Mix ingredients in saucepan over medium heat, stirring until it is too thick to stir with a spoon.
Let cool for about 15 minutes
Knead the clay for a couple minutes and use. You can also store in plastic wrap until needed.

While the clay was drying the boys and I went outside to collect sticks, rocks, leaves, and anything else we thought would make a good environment for the dinosaurs.

They set up their terrariums with their volcano, dinosaurs, and everything we found outside. The final step was to make the volcano explode which we did with this simple recipe:

 Eruption Experiment
1/4 cup of baking soda
1/4 cup of vinegar (the more vinegar you pour in the more it erupts)
and a squirt of blue Dawn dish soap
red food coloring

The boy's reactions were priceless! After making the volcanoes explode a few times, they played with the terrariums. Easy and fun!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Splashing Into Summer

The wind ruined all my hanging decor, but what can you do? Thankfully it didn't rain.

Another move, a new house, and a pool! I have dreamed of having our own backyard pool since I was eight years old and couldn't be happier. It provides hours of entertainment and lots of fun ideas for parties. Our annual welcome to summer party was a cinch this year!

We had five very sweet boys over at the end of the school year for a few hours of summer fun. Swimming, water balloons, food, and an easy game was all it took for lots of smiles and screams of delight.

Each party guest received a sand pail filled with silly string, bubbles, and snacks. The buckets and goodies were all a dollar a piece from Target and the Dollar Tree. In addition to the snacks I had walking tacos (meat was in a crock pot) and a plate of cut up fruit. And for desert...
Aren't these amazing?!

Can't forget the sugar loaded but colorful Popsicles for a pool party
I had two dozen beach balls all blown up by my husband awaiting the kids in pool but the wind kept blowing them out so I compromised with water balloons. One hundred water balloons to be exact. Thanks to Bunch O Balloons I was able to have all one hundred water balloons filled in less than ten minutes.

The boys had so much fun swimming they didn't want to get out of the pool and that was fine by me. I loved how well they were playing together and entertaining themselves so I just sat on the edge of the pool like a hawk continually counting all seven heads.

After swimming for a couple hours straight the boys finally emerged to fill their bellies and play a game. Slurping for worms was the perfect pool party game. The boys had to find the gummy worms buried in whip cream using only their mouths. It was a hit and fun to watch. Plus, they were able to swim off some the extra sugar energy.

Another fairly inexpensive, easy, and fun kick off to summer party in the books. And that was just the first day of summer vacation. A lot more summer fun to come! Stay tuned...for more of my party ideas, home decorating, favorite recipes, twin activities x 2, and all things
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Welcome to Summer!

That exciting time of year is quickly approaching, the one when you can shut off those early morning alarm clocks, take a break from packing lunches, practicing spelling words, running out the door with barely a minute to spare. You daydream of lazy days by the pool with the kids.Well, until the fighting and whining starts and then you find yourself counting down the days until the first day of the new school year. But, we'll save that conversation for another time!

If you are anything like me, I'm barely keeping my head above water the last few weeks of school. The alarm clock goes off about twenty minutes later than it did at the beginning of school, I find myself forgetting to pack their snack or sign the reading log and I simply cannot believe another school year is almost over! I also fight back tears because it feels like just yesterday we were taking preschool pictures and now they look like grown boys who will be starting another grade level. Something that once seemed so far away, is now reality.

Before they grow into typical teenagers who would rather spend their time with friends and (gulp) girls instead of snuggling with me on the couch reading books and talking about Mine craft, or happily spending weekends together as a family where one of my guys always gives me a hug and announces "I love my family!" I am trying to cherish every moment, celebrate their hard work in school, and have a little fun. Welcome to Summer kids!! The last few years I have hosted an easy get together celebrating the end of school with lots of water play and fun! Click here to see the first Welcome to Summer Party.

This past year the twins each invited three boys from their class to our Welcome to Summer bash. We planned this party for the last day of school and had lots of messy fun!

The boys and party guests were greeted with this

Our second Costco purchased giant ball, sadly this one didn't survive too long after the party either but it provided a whole lot of fun while it lasted.
I had the yard set up with the inflatable pool, homemade slip n slide complete with Dawn dish soap for extra speed, squirt gun station, messy Twister, and a friendly challenge course between the two classrooms. Of course I needed to feed these hungry kindergarten graduates so it was pizza, fruit, veggies, and junk food on the menu!

These excited and energy filled boys loved busting into the start of summer break! They jumped right into the pool, sped down the slip n slide, and got right into a water gun war with their very own loaded squirt gun that awaited them at the water gun station aka the water table.

After lots of free water play I suggested a game of Twister which the boys happily agreed too. But this wasn't just a normal game of Twister. I put color coordinated shaving cream on the circles to add a little messy fun.

After Twister it was time for the classroom challenge. Each team of four competed in a sack race, tug of war, game of keeping the balloons in the air using only pool noodles, and an obstacle course. Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of it all because I was busy coordinating and playing too!

When I say simple and affordable, I mean it. The pool noodles and balloons were from Dollar Tree and the kids had a blast trying to keep the balloons in the air using only their pool noodle.

The obstacle course consisted of jumping through hoops, weaving through cones, throwing foam rockets into a hula hoop, kicking a soccer ball into the goal, and then finding a flag in the pool of shaving cream. Can you guess which was the kids' favorite part of the obstacle course?!

 I bought a birthday banner from Dollar Tree and cut off the pennants for the flags
However, what kind of summer party would it be without water balloons?! For the grand finale, I opened the large cooler full of water balloons and let the boys go at it!

It was a great way to celebrate a wonderful school year and kick off to summer!

We love water balloons, so of course I've tried a few products that are supposed to make filling and tying them easier. When I filled the fifty balloons for this party I simply used the plastic nozzle attachment which helped but still took a lot of time. I even googled products last year and one of them promised to fill ten water balloons at once, without having to tie them! I loved it but at $30, no way! However, this year I found Bunch O Balloons (same concept) on sale for $8, normally retail at $10 for thirty balloons and they work! It literally takes sixty seconds to fill ten balloons and all you have to do is turn on the hose! I've stocked up and highly recommend this product!

 The squirt guns that each boy got to take home were purchased from Five Below
The sacks, hula hoops, and colorful cones used in the obstacle course came from Oriental Trading
The pool noodles, balloons, shaving cream and hula hoop all from Dollar Tree

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