Don’t let boredom get you – make some winter crafts! Being cooped up with the snow is pretty tough, especially for kids. The more cabin fever they get, the crazier they start to act. When all the usual indoor entertainment ideas have gotten boring, what’s a parent to do? Easy! Bring out the winter crafts! We love these fun ideas you can do with your kids. [Read more…]
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We’ve been spoiled this year with warm weather but living in Maine and New Hampshire, that is only going to last so long. I see winter in the forecast and Emily said it’s freezing up where she is. We are both geared up for the Get Healthy New Year Challenge so I thought we could use some alternatives to coffee, fun drinks for kids, and some tasty concoctions to help us forget we’ve only begun winter… [Read more…]
Snowman skillet party dip is a really quick and fun way to add a touch of winter to your food. This snowman is the cutest and tastiest! I made this food for a New Year’s Eve party but it could be made for any winter party.
I finally got around to writing this post about giant DIY winter marbles. They were a lot of fun to make! And the most affordable project I’ve created in a while. The biggest tip I can offer is to “hold on to your marbles!” We accidentally let go of one and red water went flying all over the kitchen. Haha, it’s a fun and quick project to do with the children though and they look so nice outside against the white snow.
These are really easy to make:
We all know when winter ends its officially time for spring cleaning! Out with the old; in with the new! Throw out old boxes. You know you’re never going to need them. And if you do, there’ll be others ready to take their place. Bring in fresh air. Lots of fresh air. [Read more…]
Ever wondered what Hygge is all about? We did too. We investigated, and following are our thoughts on hygge and why it should be a part of your life.
All year long, life is hectic and stressful. It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day and focus on “just getting through.” This attitude saps the joy out of living and when the dark, cold months arrive, many people battle seasonal depression or other mood concerns. It’s well known that meditation can help with stress management and elevate your mood. Meditation helps with being mindful and literally rewires your brain. Knowing that makes the concept of hygge (pronounced hue-guh or hoo-gha) that much more incredible. Hygge is basically mindfulness and being present – yet much more, too. [Read more…]
Making a DIY Easter decoration is a great way to prepare for the holiday. Baby chicks, bunnies, eggs, and pastel colors – oh, my! After a long, dreary winter, the colors and signs of new life are a welcome addition to any home. In addition, some of the following Easter decoration ideas are guaranteed to be keepsakes! So it’s not hard to find a few that are perfect for your family and your home. Here’s some of our favorites. We hope you like them as much as we do!
No one likes being stuck inside on a rainy day, especially your kids. It doesn’t take long before their boundless energy has them bouncing off the walls, making you crazy and praying for the sun to come out. Instead of clinging to your sanity like it’s a life preserver, check out these great rainy day activities for kids. You’ll keep them entertained and give them acceptable ways to burn off their energy – without making you nuts.
Winter is officially here and that means it’s time to make snowmen! Come on! Who doesn’t LOVE to make snowmen!!?? On days when it’s too cold or the snow isn’t sticky enough, make Snowman Cake Pops inside! This is a super fun and great indoor winter activity for kids of any age. By any age, we’re including adults too!
Some of my favorite Christmas memories are of decorating the tree with my family. When my boys were young and had a Lego train, they took each ornament for a ride around the tree before finding its spot to be hung. That year we were certain our tree was wearing a dress as the lower boughs were heavy with ornaments and swooped towards the floor. Although the boys are older now, I still get a thrill every year pulling out the ornaments and placing each one on the tree. It’s fun to remember who gave the ornament or where we were when we found one. This year, I decided I want to use my craft skills to add to our ornaments with DIY Christmas ornaments. These are some of my favorite ideas! [Read more…]
Fall means crisp air, changing leaves, and kids back in school. It also means Thanksgiving! Traditionally, most families gather over a turkey feast and catch up on what’s happened since they last got together. Whether you’re hosting the meal or simply bringing yourself and a smile, these Thanksgiving craft ideas will add some cheer to the table. [Read more…]
If your bookshelves look anything like ours, they’re full of old books that no one’s even taken down from the shelf in years. Books hold sentiments we can’t let go. And let’s face it, e-readers have taken over. Maybe you’re like us and not willing to get rid of some of those books because of sentimental value or because you can’t find a place willing to reuse them and you’d rather not toss them in the dumpster. We’ve got the perfect solution! Recycled book crafts. What’s that, you ask? It’s a super fun, easy way to personalize your space and give new life to those unopened books. As winter settles in, these recycled book crafts are the perfect project! So take some books down from the shelf, dust them off, and get ready for some serious creativity! [Read more…]
Food is easily accessible in most areas of the country. As a result, we toss a lot of it rather than saving it for future use. This isn’t just wasteful, it’s painful for our wallets, too. According to Save the Food, nearly 50% of the fruits and veggies purchased in North America, Australia, and New Zealand are thrown away. Knowing how to store your food will help you eat more of what you buy, saving you money and minimizing waste. Here are some of our best tips to master your food storage.
Many vegetables can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Some things, like celery, last even longer. To make celery last extra long, try wrapping it in tinfoil! Another fun thing to do with celery is take the base and place it in water. In a short amount of time, you’ll have new celery stalks growing!
If you’re not going to finish your vegetables within a week, most can be frozen if prepared properly. My husband always puts potatoes in the refrigerator, but I’ve learned this isn’t the right thing to do. They should instead be stored somewhere dark and cool for optimal storage. I’ve also heard rumors before about green spots on potatoes and they were right – DON’T eat the green part! It’s a sign of toxins. Yikes! Get the specifics on all your favorite veggies here. Or, if you’re a home gardener and you want to enjoy the benefits of your labors well into winter, check out our post on preserving garden vegetables.
Dairy products get tossed a lot because we’ve been told that once it’s past the expiration date it can no longer be used. The truth is that many dairy products, including milk, can be frozen and thawed later for use. In addition, sour milk can be used to make cottage cheese, cream filling and also be used as ingredients in a variety of recipes as long as it doesn’t smell bad. Milk will have a smell before it has any possibility of making you sick. So I guess my husband sniffing the milk before use isn’t as crazy as I thought it was!
Storing Fruits and Berries
Many people hesitate to buy fruit or wind up throwing a lot of it away because they think it doesn’t last very long. In fact, when stored properly, some fruits can last up to eight weeks! Other fruits don’t last as long in the refrigerator, but they can be frozen and stored for quite a long time. The same applies to seasonal berries, which is great because you can enjoy those yummy flavors any time without paying a premium for out of season produce. An easy way to freeze fresh strawberries is to remove the hulls and place them on cookie sheets in the freezer. Once frozen, the berries can be placed in a plastic freezer bag or container. Easy! One thing I never realized was that bananas should be stored on the counter AWAY from other fruits. They will last longer and so will your other fruit! Also, you can refrigerate bananas once they are ripe to make them last longer. I like to put them, peels and all, in the freezer. They’ll turn a dark color, but be easy to use in recipes such as banana bread. Frozen bananas are excellent in a smoothie as well!
What are some things you seem to toss out all the time? Our readers might have a solution for you! Your budget and the planet will be happy you found a way to master your food storage!
Have you seen it yet? Rock Art – easy, cheap, creative, fun, addictive! It’s all these things! Oh, and requires readily available supplies.
We first saw Rock Art on Pinterest. It was cute. It made us smile. We pinned a few pictures. We said we’d do it. Well, we finally did; and we think you should as well! (Stay tuned for the Big Magic – it’s near the end of this post.) [Read more…]
We love board games. On cool nights and lousy winter weekends, they’re a great way to spend time together laughing and bonding. On occasion, we’ll have friends over for a “game night.” There are so many genres of games, it’s easy to find something for everyone. Whether you like Trivia, Strategy, Memory or something else, there’s a board game for you. Today, I’m going to tell you about one of my new favorites – Quiddler!