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How To Keep Guacamole From Browning

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How To Keep Guacamole From Browning

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How To Keep Guacamole From Browning

There is nothing better than a fresh bowl of homemade guacamole and crispy tortilla chips.  However, one avocado can make a lot of guacamole which usually means there are leftovers. The one downside to this delicious leftover dip  is that it tends to brown after a few hours due to oxygen reaching the surface. The good news is there is a way to keep your guacamole green and fresh for up to a few days!

Simply make your guacamole as normal and enjoy until your ready to store it. When you are ready to pop away the leftovers, try this dip saving idea. Simply, add water to your guacamole enough to cover the surface of the leftover dip. This will prevent oxygen touching the surface of the dip and will keep it looking green and fresh. When your ready to dive back in, simply drain off the water and enjoy your delicious leftovers! Do this every time for perfect leftover guacamole.

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How To Adhere Labels To Glass With Milk!

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How To Adhere Labels To Glass With Milk!

Have you ever given someone a gift and wished it was just a little more personal? If that’s true, this DIY is perfect for you! You can now adhere your own custom labels to any glass bottles using a simply ingredient:  Milk! Not only is it easy to do, it takes that homemade project to the next level of customization. All you need is 2% milk, a paintbrush, and the glass container or bottle of your choosing.

Start by pouring a few tablespoons of 2%  milk into a small bowl and set aside. Make sure your glass bottle or container is nice and clean by giving it a good rinse and dry. Once the container is prepped and dried, wet the back of your label with a few brushes of the 2% milk. Once the label is wet, place it on the bottle in your preferred placement. Let the label dry for at least 1 hour or more to have it stick well. If you would like to remove your label, simply run it under warm water. Otherwise, your label will stick permanently and look great on your next DIY present or project!

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Free Stuff for Teachers & Classrooms + Teacher Discounts at Various Stores

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Below is a huge list of freebies and discounts for Teachers! Thank you so much to all you wonderful Teachers out there, we all really appreciate you. icon wink Free Stuff for Teachers & Classrooms + Teacher Discounts at Various Stores These are freebies for your classroom and to treat yourself!

Teacher Discounts:

AC Moore – Teachers receive 15% off your entire purchase

Ann Taylor Loft – Enroll in the free Loft Loves Teachers program and save 15% off full-price purchases.

Apple - Apple offers special pricing on Apple products including computers, software and select third party products. This special pricing is available to college students, parents buying for a college student, or teachers, homeschool teachers, administrators and staff of all grade levels.

Barnes & Noble – Save 20% off the publisher’s list price on all purchases for classroom use when you join the free B&N Educator Program.

The Container Store – Offers special discounts to educators to help organize the classroom. This program ends December 31, 2014.

Chick-fil-A – Select locations offer a freebie on May 7th to teachers who present a valid teacher ID. Free offer may vary by location.

Chipotle - Show your school faculty ID on May 6th at any Chipotle from 4pm – close and they will hook you up with a buy one/get one burritos, bowls, salads or tacos! (call ahead and make sure your store is participating)

Crayola – Artful lessons, classroom resources and the latest information regarding special programs and offers.

FedEx Office – Offers teachers, professors, faculty and staff members 15% off on most products and services at participating FedEx Office nationwide. To receive your discount, simply present your discount card when making a purchase in-store or at fedexoffice.com and the discount will automatically be applied.

Joanne Fabric - Sign up for a free Jo-Anne Teacher Rewards Discount Card and receive 15% off all purchases.

Lakeshore Learning - Join the free Teacher’s Club and save 15% off purchases everyday and receive special offers every month!

New York & Co - Teachers who show a valid ID can receive 30% off May 1-7 to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Plus sign up for the Teacher Program and you’ll receive a 15% discount all year long.

Staples - It pays to be a Teacher Rewards member. When you sign up, you’ll earn 5% back in rewards, and an extra 5% back in rewards on teaching and art supplies. Plus, get free shipping on every staples.com® order.

Teacher’s Lists – Teachers sign up and submit your supply list and refer other Teachers to get FREE Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes and Westcott Scissors.

Best Buy Typically offers a teacher savings day each fall.

Pizza Hut Pizza Hut Stores offer 10%-20% off depending on the owner with a valid teacher I.D.

Schlotsky’s Deli Enjoy a discount of 10% off with school ID. May vary by store.

FREEBIES for a classroom:

FREE Scholastic Magazine

Free DVD of “Good Things gone Wrong”

FREE Legoland Pass – Florida Teachers can get a FREE 1 Year Legoland Pass when they present their Florida Photo ID and Valid Teaching Certificate.

FREE Biology Poster

FREE Colgate Posters & Resources

FREE Idea Book for Teachers

FREE Vision Day Poster – Download this FREE Vision Day Poster & See All You Can See Activity Book for your classroom!

FREE Life in the Forrest Posters for Teachers – Download 5 different Life in the Forest Seeds to Trees Posters.

FREE Web Design Software for your School 

Free Craft Sheets for Preschoolers – Download Free Craft Sheets with your favorite Nick Jr. Characters to use in your classroom.

FREE Junie B. Jones Book – Sign up for the Junie B Jones Newsletter and get the first book for FREE!

FREE Earth Big Gift Kit 

FREE What would you do when you grow up Kit 

FREE Coral Reefs Activity Booklets & DVD

FREE McGruff Gun Safety DVD Package

FREE Bully Free Poster and Pin

FREE Butterfly, Moth & Caterpillar Activities

Free Classroom Supplies – Tell your friends to post lists of items they need for their classrooms and you can earn FREE Wet ones Wipes and Free Westcott Scissors

FREE Dinosaur Train Kit for Teachers Available for K-3rd Grade

Free Sesame Street Learning Kits 

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3 Ways To Clean and Sanitize Legos

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3 Ways To Clean & Sanitize Legos

Most of everyone loves Lego as it has been around forever and is still a current, fun toy. However, this usually means that Lego is being passed down from family and friends, it’s been stored for a long time or you managed to score a deal at your local garage sale. No matter where your Lego came from, at some point it’s going to need a good wash and sanitize. There are a few easy ways to do this and it will guarantee many more years of Lego fun! Check out the list below for 3 ways to clean and sanitize Lego:

  1. Soap & Water: This is the easiest method of them all, as all you need is soap and water! Simply, fill a bowl with warm water and soap and let your bricks soak for at least an hour. Once they have soaked, give the extra grimy ones a scrub with a toothbrush. From there rinse all the Lego blocks with cold water, leaving no soap behind and dry with a towel or cool hair dryer.
  2. Dishwasher Or Washing Machine: That’s right! You can wash and sanitize Lego in the washing machine and or the dishwasher. You will need a mesh bag to hold on the Lego, making sure none will fall out between the holes. Make sure the appliance is on a gentle, warm (not hot) cycle before washing the Lego. For the dishwasher keep the bag on the top rack. After one cycle, your Lego will good as new!
  3. Magic Eraser: If you have white Lego pieces that have started to yellow over their time of use, try this trick! Grab a magic eraser and give each white block a good scrub. This will remove the yellow coloring or residue and leave them looking brand new. Make sure to rinse after scrubbing and let air dry before playing!
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5 Ways To Get Organized For Back To School

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5 Ways To Get Organized For Back To School

Back to school is starting to creep around the corner and it’s officially becoming the time to get organized! Getting the kids and the rest of the family in a routine after the fun summer months can be tough, but it can be done. All it takes is a few simple steps to stay organized and on top of things. You might even find yourself with a little extra time on your hands from getting organized early. Check out the list below for 5 ways to get the kids and yourself ready for back to school:

  1. Set Aside Time: The most important thing when it comes to getting back into routine, is giving yourself enough time. If possible set a day or two aside before the school year starts to get the house, the kids and yourself organized. Whether that means cleaning the house from top to bottom or heading out for school supplies, get a jump start to save time.
  2. Inventory & Label: When it’s time to go through last year’s school supplies, make the most of your time. Reuse any items that you can from last year, make a list for new items that must be picked up and last but not least, label everything. This will help keep track of supplies and will help keep the kids organized before heading back.
  3. Calendar Love: Now is the time to fall back in love with the schedule and calendar. Set aside an hour or so where you can get your kids and your own  schedule setup. Doing this before things get crazy busy will really help and won’t leave anyone wondering what the next event is. If possible also include a meal planning list to keep meals simple.
  4. Routine Time: If it’s possible, try to get the kids in a bedtime school routine in the last few days of summer. This will make that first day of school a little bit better, and won’t shock the kids when it’s time to get up early for school.
  5. Setup Quiet Spaces: If the house allows it, try to set up a quiet station where the kids can do their homework. You can make it fun by adding a few decorations and new school supplies on the desk or writing area.  By establishing this place ahead of time, it will help you get setup for the school year and it will hopefully excite the kids to have a place of their own to focus.
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How To Remove Pet Hair With A Rubber Glove

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How To Remove Pet Hair With A Rubber Glove

Whether you have a cat or a dog, pet hair most likely is a  problem in your home. Even when pets are a short hair breed, they still shed off fur and pet dander all over the house.  So what’s the best way to fight against the pet hair battle? Well, obviously things like vacuuming and dusting will help, but what if you need a stronger removal tool? Well, if you have a pair of rubber gloves, you are already a step ahead! Rubber gloves are an awesome tool for removing any pet hair off of almost any surface in no time at all!

Simply, put on a pair of rubber gloves and pick your area you want to start with. If you are working on furniture, start at the top of your surface and use your gloved hand to wipe downwards so all the removed hair gathers in one place. The rubber glove will pull the pet hair from the surface and leave it looking clean and new. Depending on how much hair is on the surface, it may take a few strong wipes before you start seeing results. This method will work on almost any surface and can be repeated regularly.

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3 Road Trip Snacks You Can’t Forget!

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3 Road Trip Snacks You Can’t Forget!

Road trips are a common and fun occurrence in the summer months. Whether it be a long trip to grandma’s or a short trip to the next town over, every road trip needs snacks. This is especially true if you are traveling with kids. So it’s important to pack the best snacks that will keep everyone full and happy. Also, by packing your own snacks at home you’ll be saving a few dollars as you won’t need prepackaged snacks from the store! Check out the list below for 3 road trip snacks you can’t forget:

  1. Peanut Butter & Celery: This is a great snack for the kids in the car as it’s higher in protein and will keep them full till the next meal.  Simply, slice celery into sticks big enough for kids to hang on to while they are snacking. Next, take an empty jar or container and put a decent amount of peanut butter in the bottom. Add your celery sticks standing up in the container and screw on the lid! This will be an easy way for kids to snack and dip in the car without making a mess!
  2. DIY Trail Mix: Trail mix is the perfect snack on the go and in the car. It can be made at home with almost any ingredient you have on hand. Grab a Ziploc or a container and fill it with any of the following: nuts, dried fruit, dry cereal, bite sized crackers, seeds and whatever else your heart desires! Zip the bag and it’s ready to go in the car!
  3. DIY Lunchables: This is a great idea if you need a healthy lunch on the go. Simply grab a container that has a few different dividers to keep the snacks separate. Then add all your child’s favorites such as: lunch meat, crackers, cheese, a drink, fruit and maybe a fun dessert to finish off lunch! These lunches will keep the car and the kids clean and happy.
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How To Waterproof Canvas Shoes

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How To Waterproof Canvas Shoes

Canvas shoes such as Tom’s or Bob’s are great for almost anytime of the year or activity. However, they don’t always hold up when it comes to fighting against rain or snow. The good news is there is a super easy way to keep your canvas shoes protected and it won’t break the bank! It may take a little elbow grease, but the process is well worth it as your shoes will be weatherproof!

The one product that makes this possible is beeswax!  The best way to apply the wax, is to rub it over the entire canvas area of the shoe. Once the canvas is looking nice and waxy, grab a hair dryer! Use the hair dryer to go over the wax, this will help the wax form into the shoe and produce a protective layer against rain and snow. Once you have dried the wax on to the canvas, you should see no beeswax residue on the shoe. Your canvas shoes are now ready for any kind of weather!

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How To Ripen Fruit Fast

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How To Ripen Fruit Fast

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How To Ripen Fruit Fast

Occasionally when shopping for produce, you end up with really fresh fruit that is looking green and new! While generally this isn’t an issue, sometimes you want to buy fruit that you can eat right away and that won’t be too unripe. So what’s the best solution? You could buy the riper fruits within the produce department but sometimes those pieces can be overdone and not taste as good. Luckily, there is an easy solution that can be done at home in a matter of minutes.

To ripen fruit at home, try the follow: Take any and all fruit that is looking green and new and pop it into a brown paper bag. Close up the bag and let it sit on the counter. Before you know it, you’ll have perfect fruit ready to eat. This happens because the fruit contains  ethylene gas and when it is reduced to a smaller space, these gasses ripen fruit. So next time your banana is looking a little too green, throw it in the bag and have a ready to eat piece of fruit in no time!

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How To Keep Ice Cream Soft

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How To Keep Ice Cream Soft 

On a hot summer’s night, there is nothing better than cold ice cream. But isn’t it the worst when you go to dig in and the ice cream is rock solid? This happens to ice cream after being in the freezer for a while and usually the carton ends up being throw away! But now there is a super easy trick to keeping ice cream soft and won’t take more than a few minutes.

Simply, seal your carton of ice cream in a large Ziploc bag before freezing. This will not only keep the ice cream fresh, it will also prevent it from getting freezer burnt or worse, thrown out! Do this every time you buy fresh ice cream for the best results!

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Homemade Fudgesicles

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Homemade Fudgesicles

There is nothing better on a hot day then an ice cold fudgesicles! Not only are these icy treats refreshing, they are perfect for a day at the beach or a backyard dessert. The only downside to having these cool treats on a regular basis is the cost! It can add up if your buying several boxes over the few months of summer. So why not make them at home? They are easy to make and  won’t take more than a few minutes  to create! Check out the recipe below to make your own DIY Fudgesicles:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Of Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 2 Cups Of Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Of Sugar
  • 1 Can Of Evaporated Milk

Instructions:

  1. Start by combining all ingredients into your stand mixer or into a bowl (If your using a hand mixer).
  2. Mix all ingredients for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds leaving a small space at the top. Once half frozen add a popsicle stick to the molds if it doesn’t already have one!
  4. Run warm water over the molds once frozen to release the pops. Serve and enjoy!
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4 Ways To Fight Heartburn

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4 Ways To Fight Heartburn

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4 Ways To Fight Heartburn

Heartburn can pop up out of nowhere or it can show up right after a spicy meal, regardless it can be a real pain! It only gets worse when you find you have no solutions to fix it. The good news is, heartburn can be cured by a few simple ingredients most of which you should have around the house.  Check out the list below for 4 ways to fight heartburn:

  1. Chewing Gum: It might be surprising to hear that chewing gum can fix heartburn! All it takes is chewing one piece of gum for 20-30 minutes and before you know it you should be heartburn free! This works so well as chewing gum will produce saliva and saliva will help clear the heartburn.
  2. Bananas: If you find your heartburn won’t let up, try having a banana as soon as it starts. The natural antacids in the banana will help fight back against the heartburn and relieve some of the pain. This also works well with apples when you can’t grab a banana!
  3. Mustard: It may sound like a weird remedy, but when heartburn is bad mustard comes to the rescue! The best way to take mustard for heartburn is to take a spoonful straight. This may not be the most appetizing option, however it has shown to be a fast and effective fix for heartburn.
  4. Almonds: Almonds are a perfect heartburn remedy when you’re in a pinch. Having 3-5 almonds right when a heartburn episode starts or right after a meal, might just keep it from getting worse.  Keep a small bag in the car or in your purse for an easy fix when your out of the house!
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DIY Summer Beauty Mask

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DIY Summer Beauty Mask

When we spend time in the beautiful summer sun, it feels good right? Well, we have to remember that even though the sun feels good, our skin sometimes can take a hit in the process. Our skin can get dried out from different elements throughout the summer and it’s good to give your skin an extra boost whenever possible! A great way to do that is to apply a summer mask to your face. It won’t cost much as it is made up from household items and you’ll feel like you made a quick visit to the spa. Check out the instructions below to make your own DIY summer beauty mask:

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1/2 Of A Avocado (Ripe avocado’s will work best)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Of Honey
  • 1/2 Coconut Oil

Instructions:

  1. If you have a food processor, throw all the items in and blend well. If you prefer to mix by hand, pop everything into a bowl and whisk until mix is completely smooth.
  2. Once the mask is smooth in texture, apply to your face. Make sure to apply a little extra where you skin is the driest. Leave this mask on for at least 10-15 minutes.
  3. Finish the mask by rinsing your face with warm water. Make sure the mask is completely removed and wash your face one last time for smooth summer ready skin!
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5 New Ways To Use Old T-Shirts

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5 New Ways To Use Old T-Shirts

It’s never a fun experience to have to let go of your favorite, most comfortable t-shirt. Usually, these t-shirts have been well worn and well loved but don’t have much use once they become unwearable. But the good news is that old t-shirts can be up-cycled into something new! Check out these 5 new ways to use old t-shirts:

  1. Tank: If the shirt in question is still wearable, try transforming it into a new item of clothing. Grab your favorite tank top and use it as a template to create a new tank top with your old t-shirt. Just make sure to draw out the pattern on the t-shirt in chalk before cutting!
  2. No Sew Scarf: You can use the collar of your shirt to make a no sew infinity scarf. You can customize this DIY to your liking and also use extra parts of the shirt to make a fringe outline to give your scarf an edgy look.
  3. Headbands: Well worn t-shirts make great material for creating your own DIY headband. It won’t take long to create a completely custom hairpiece, made just for you! Make sure to use graphic or patterned t-shirt’s to make your headband really stand out.
  4. Wall Art: If you really love that old t-shirt, you don’t have to cut it up completely. Commemorate your favorite shirt by taking the logo or graphic and attaching it to a small blank canvas. You can create one of a kind wall art with a few t-shirts, hot glue and some creativity.
  5. Pillowcase: That’s right! You can turn your favorite t-shirt into a lovable pillow case. It won’t take more than a few minutes and some crafty tying skills as no sewing is required. You can even add a customize edge to each pillow case to make each one different! Grab your favorite tee and get cozy!
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5 Exciting Ways to Eat Watermelon This Summer

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5 Exciting Ways to Eat Watermelon This Summer

Watermelon is the perfect snack for a hot summers day or even night! It is not only a super healthy fruit to have on a regular basis, its water content is higher than most which will help keep you hydrated throughout the day. But eating watermelon as it is can sometimes get boring, so why not change it up? Check out the list below for 5 new and exciting ways to eat watermelon this summer:

  1. Watermelon & Feta: If you are looking for a no cook appetizer for your next summer bbq or a late night snack, try feta and watermelon. Simply, cut your watermelon into small squares and place them on a toothpick. Stack the watermelon with a couple of pieces of feta and drizzle with balsamic vinegar before serving.
  2. Watermelon Sorbet: It only takes 4 ingredients and about 30 minutes to whip up fresh, homemade watermelon sorbet. One watermelon can make a large batch, so make sure to invite a few friends over to help you eat it!
  3. Watermelon Margarita: A great way to change-up the classic margarita is to add watermelon. Using your favorite margarita recipe, add watermelon before blending your mix together. It will give you more of a slushy margarita texture and it will taste extra good with a few squeezes of lime.
  4. Watermelon Cake: This is a great recipe if you find yourself cutting back on sugary sweets! Instead of baking a cake, cut the inside of a watermelon to cake size. Once you have the size you prefer, ice your watermelon with a whip cream icing and garnish with other fruits and nuts.
  5. Watermelon Salad: If you want a cool, refreshing alternative to regular lettuce salad, try watermelon! Using watermelon as the base add your favorite salad toppings such as:  onion, basil, feta etc. As for dressing you can use a simple olive oil to finish it off!
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6 Healthy Foods For Your Skin & Hair

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6 Healthy Foods For Your Skin & Hair

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6 Healthy Foods For Your Skin & Hair

It can be hard to keep up with the latest trends for your hair and skin. Whether it be miracle shampoo that makes your hair grow twice as long or a super skin cream that guarantees to give you flawless skin. Between the advertisements and these products, it can be hard to know what works best and can become overwhelming.  Not to mention it can become costly trying out new products on a regular basis. The good news is there is a way to simplify things and save some money. If you make an effort to eat the right foods, these foods can really enhance your skin and keep your hair looking extra healthy.  Check out the list below for 6 healthy foods for your skin and hair:

  1. Blueberries: If you want to look younger for longer, there is one fruit that should be in your diet! Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and will keep your skin looking young and fresh.
  2. Walnuts: Walnuts are truly a super food. They not only keep your skin and eyes looking amazing, they also work hard at keeping your hair healthy. Make sure to include at least a handful of walnuts into your meals to get the wonderful benefits!
  3. Kiwis: If you find yourself showing wrinkles and lines, try kiwi to combat those annoying marks! Kiwi is known for its skin tightening properties and it will also keep your bones nice and strong. Try and have a kiwi on a regular basis, as a quick snack or as breakfast add on.
  4. Salmon: Salmon is a great choice if your working on growing your hair out long and strong. Salmon contains vitamin d and omega 3′s, both which are great for strengthening your hair and growing it at a faster rate.  Try and work salmon into your diet at least once to twice a week.
  5. Spinach: If you can work spinach into your daily diet, your hair will thank you! Not only does spinach give us vitamin c, it also gives us iron which is especially good for hair. Iron will keep your hair strands from breaking and also helps keep your hair and scalp hydrated.
  6. Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is a great snack (in moderation of course) as it can really boost the health of our skin. The antioxidants will keep our skin looking healthy and most of all with help our skin fight off the sun and avoid damage.
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DIY Homemade Shaving Gel

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DIY Shaving Gel

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DIY Shaving Gel

Now that we are officially in shorts weather, it’s extra important to have soft and smooth legs! This usually means stocking up on the latest shaving creams, lotions and razors. But all of those items can add up and really make for an expensive shopping trip. So why not save some money and make your own DIY shaving gel at home! It only takes a few ingredients, a couple of minutes and before you know it, you’ll have super smooth legs. Check out the instructions below to make your own DIY shaving gel:

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 1/4 Cup Of Olive Oil
  • 3 Cups Of Aloe Vera Gel
  • Container Of Choice

 Instructions:

  1. Start by combining olive oil and aloe vera gel in your container of choice. The mixture may be a little sticky, so make sure to mix the two ingredients well.
  2. Once mixed, your DIY shaving gel is ready to use! Shake before every use. Use this gel as normal shaving cream making sure your legs are wet before it applying it. Once applied, shave as normal for silky legs!
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5 Different Uses For Dental Floss

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5 Different Uses For Dental Floss

When you think of using dental floss, your first though is most likely cleaning your teeth. While dental floss is meant for your teeth, it has a ton of other uses around the house. It can be used around the house and even in the kitchen! So if you have a few extra packs lying around, why not find a new use for them? Check out the list below for 5 different uses for dental floss.

  1. Cutting Tool: If you have a soft cheese or soft cake, try using dental floss when your ready to cut it. The floss is strong enough to cut through soft foods and it will leave you with a smooth straight cut that sometimes can’t be done with a knife.
  2. Clothesline: If you are ever in a bind and need a clothesline, use dental floss! Simply, tie the floss to two trees or posts and secure them in place. Once the string line is up, you can hang up your wet clothes to dry and the floss will hold! This would be a great idea for camping or adventuring this summer!
  3. Thread Replacement: If you are away on a trip and find yourself with a popped button, try this travel hack! Dental floss makes a great thread for fixing buttons and holes on the go. Use the floss as replacement thread whenever you’re in need to sew something. Be extra prepared and store a sewing needle in your floss for a DIY sewing kit.
  4. Decorative String: Dental floss makes a great tool for hanging decorations! It’s very strong so weight won’t be an issue and it’s clear so you won’t be able to see it.
  5. Faucet Fix: If you have a noisy faucet, try using dental floss for a quick fix! Simply, tie the dental floss so it is hanging down under the spout. The dental floss will allow the drip to run down it, which will decrease the noise of the drip on the sink.
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Back to School Guide: Tips for Saving Money on Supplies, Lunch Time, Schedules and More!

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The end of summer marks the beginning of school and many kids are less than willing to give up the lazy mornings, hanging poolside and spending afternoons with friends. All of these things are hard to let go of and are compounded when you add in new teachers, homework and what seems like endless tests and quizzes. It’s easy to see why our kids might not be as excited about the first day as we are.

Saying goodbye to summer and hello to a new grade isn’t just hard on the students; Parents have a lot to do too! Buying school supplies and new clothes, coordinating schedules, making lunches and staying organized are all big players on mom and dad’s to-do list when school is in session.

So let’s get organized, save some time and money and help our kids get excited about going back to school. From school supplies to more structured schedules, let’s get ready to learn.

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The Stuff (Supplies)

There’s no getting around the need for new supplies each school year and every school has a list for each grade level. Once you get your hands on the appropriate school supply list, skim it over and try to match up what your child needs with local sales. The stores all know your kid needs 50 notebooks and 100 hundred pencils, so they all jockey for a position on your radar with enticing sales and savings. Take advantage of those school supply sales and get as much of the generic items, like writing tools, paper, glue and notebooks as you can. It’s better to save on items that are “consumed” and splurge a little on items that should last all year, like backpacks, binders and lunchboxes.

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Buying the back to school essentials is the prefect opportunity to include your child and help kick start a desire to get ready for school. Let your kids pick out some of the stuff they will need (like those non consumable items I mentioned before.) This gets them in the school mindset and gives them the opportunity to pick items that express their personality.

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Check out poppin.com where they can shop by color for the things they need. You can save $10 on all orders of $40 or more! Use promo code BTS10. (Valid thru 8/31/13). Or maybe just want because that stuff is so cute (I’m talking to you moms!) Another great tip that this site lends to, is color coordination. If you have more than one child heading into school, let each child pick a color and have them stick with it. No more fighting over who’s pen that is. This is definitely a shop that will help you get organized AND stay stylish this year.

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Clothing is the other unavoidable purchase you’ve got to make each year. Between growth spurts and season changes, parents are forever buying new clothes. Send your kids to school looking good while also knowing you saved some money in the process. Many retail stores also focus their sales on back to school clothing, so look around and find out who is offering the best deals. Look for percent off sales and cash back opportunities to stretch your clothing budget to the max.

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If you would rather avoid some of the shopping rush and buy online, there are still good deals to be made. Amazon.com has sales on clothing on a regular basis and offer free returns on eligible clothing and accessories. If you sign up for Amazon’s Clothing Subscription service for free (a great email that alerts you to trends, special sales and deals, hello!), you will receive a coupon for 20% off of your next clothing purchase (mens, women’s, kids and baby are all included.)

Get Prepared

Ah, the 5 “G’s.” Get up, get dressed, get your breakfast, get your stuff and get out the door on time. That’s a lot for just a morning routine; Kids and parents have to cope with a stricter schedule come school time. There’s a lot opportunity for things to go wrong if you don’t properly prepare yourselves. Follow these tips to keep the morning machine running smoothly … And on time.

Try to prepare as much of tomorrow, today. Starting with what to wear, have your child pick outfits that they want to wear that week. Hang each outfit on a hanger and label with the what day of the week it is to be worn (they can choose this too!) This way, mornings won’t be a mad dash to find clothes and you can move on to the next morning task. You already bought the clothes on sale, make sure they get worn too!

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Lunch time is biggie as well. If you don’t have to make lunches or whole lunches in them morning, you can spend more time on breakfast and getting the brood out the door in time for the bus. Start by planning a lunch menu to avoid standing in front of the pantry wondering what to send with the kids. After your lunches are planned, try pre packing snacks and sandwiches in advance (the night before or previous Sunday.) Even if you have to assemble the lunch in the morning, (cause who has 7 lunchboxes?) grabbing a prepackaged sandwich bag of pretzels, a ham sandwich and a juice box from the fridge takes all of one minute. Lunch: Done!

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Getting out of bed is sometimes difficult, especially if it’s not to play a game of baseball or go to the pool. If your child is heading off to school for the first time, help them get adjusted to a routine wake up time with a new alarm clock. Let them pick one out themselves, or check out this adorable Alarm clock on Amazon. It’s geared for younger kids by teaching them to recognize when to get out of bed and it doubles as a night light.

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Bon Voyage!

Get your kids excited by sharing your own excitement and lead by example. On the last weekend before school starts, have a “back to school” party. Let them pick a special dinner and dessert and engage them in back to school activities.

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Decorate all that new gear they got with name labels, stickers and iron on patches. This gives their belongings more personality and less chance of being accidentally mistaken for another child’s. Once you’ve got your decorating done, spend time together getting all the supplies ready and packed away in their new backpacks.

After the special meal and decorating session, get inquisitive with your kids and start a casual Q & A.
What do they look forward to about the new year? What do they want to learn about? Dust off your old school memories and tell them what it was like for you in school when you were their age. Sharing their excitement will lead to more enthusiasm.

Whether it’s saving money, decorating school supplies or talking about the future, make sure to include you child in as many aspects of the process as possible. Main keys to keeping them engaged (at least part of the time!) has got to be communication and attention. As summer slips away, hopefully it’s less noticeable and the information in this guide will make the transition easier for both you and your kids. Here’s to starting out the school year out on the right foot. Good luck!

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4 Outdoor Water Activities for Kids

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As summer temperatures start to creep higher and higher, it can be a difficult task trying to stay cool.  Sometimes, going to the pool or the beach isn’t always an option but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in your own backyard! Water activities are great for the kids and you stay cool and have fun at the same time! Check out the list below for 4 ways to have with water & the kids:

  1. Water Balloon Hot Potato: This is a great one for any age! Simply fill up a few water balloons and get everyone in a circle. Toss the water balloon to each person like a hot potato and the first person to drop it or have it break loses and stays cool.
  2. Sprinkler: There is nothing better than a cold sprinkler on a hot day. Get creative by making an obstacle course surrounding the sprinkler and run wild! If you have a trampoline, you can also put the sprinkler underneath it and create a DIY water park!
  3. Soak Chairs: If you have a couple of plastic lawn chairs and a hose, this can be a great way to cool off! Simply, attach the hose underneath the chair or behind it and create a soak chair! When you sit down, you’ll get soaked but you’ll be able to beat the summer heat.
  4. Human Art: Gather up the kids, washable paints and head outside. Instead of using a canvas for painting, let the kids paint on each other. Everyone can create a masterpiece and then when your ready to clean up, get everyone hosed down and start with a blank canvas!
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3 Ways To Clean Bath Toys

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Bath toys are a great way to make bath time a lot of fun! Not only will it make the kids happy to have a few fun water toys, it usually makes bath time much easier to get through. But what happens when the kids are clean and the bath toys have been played with and put aside? It may not be what you think about right away, but bath toys are an important item that need to be cleaned on a  regular basis. Cleaning bath toys regularly will not only help them last longer, it will remove any germs that might get stuck within the,. Check out the list below for 3 ways to clean bath toys:

  1. Bleach: If you are looking for a way to kill germs and keep bath toys looking great try using bleach. Use a teaspoon of bleach in a sinkful of water and let the toys soak. This will help remove any germs or residue that might be hanging on. Once they have soaked,  rinse well and squeeze out any water that may be inside of them. Dry thoroughly before putting away.
  2. Dishwasher: If you have some bath toys that need a clean, try using the dishwasher. Before popping them in, make sure they can withstand the washing cycle and won’t melt. After they have gone through, squeeze out any water and dry in the sun or by hand.
  3. Vinegar: Vinegar is a great, safe alternative for cleaning bath toys. Similar to the bleach method, pour a small amount of vinegar into a tub of warm water. Using a toothbrush, give the toys a good scrub in the vinegar/water mixture and let soak. Once they have soaked, dry well by hand or outside in the sun!
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Did you know it’s actually super easy to make your own make-up remover pads right from home? Plus, you know what’s in them and they are healthy ingredients and no strange chemicals like other make-up removers can have. Not only is it better for your skin, but it will actually save you money too. icon wink DIY Makeup Remover Pads Enjoy…

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Supplies:

  • Mason Jar or Round Container
  • Large Round Cotton Pads
  • 1 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Tear-Free Baby Shampoo
  • 1/4 tsp Baby Oil 21.jpg1 DIY Makeup Remover Pads

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  1. In a large bowel mix together the Water, Shampoo and Oil. 31.jpg1 DIY Makeup Remover Pads
  2. Add enough of your solution to cover the bottom of your mason jar or container.
  3. Add in approximately 10 Pads (allow to soak up the solution. 41.jpg1 DIY Makeup Remover Pads
  4. Continue to add about 10 pads at a time pouring solution over each set to allow coverage.
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Whether your newly dating, in a long term relationship or have been married for years, date night is important! Not only does it bring you closer as a couple, it is also strengthening for your relationship to have special time just for the one you love. Now that we are into summer, date night can get more creative and fun! There are a ton of great, summer date ideas that won’t break the bank and will still allow you to have a great time. Check out the 4 ideas below for frugal summer date ideas:

  1. Concerts & Markets: Depending where you live, you might find your town or city has lots to offer over the summer.  Try to find local concerts and markets that are happening in your town and plan a night out! Bring a blanket to sit on, drinks from home and the camera to capture some great memories!
  2. Picnic: Whether your inside or outside, picnics can make for a very romantic date night. Choose and pack a yummy dinner for two, grab a few glasses and some wine and head out to your favorite beach or park. Picnic’s are a great way to get outside and really enjoy your surroundings with the one you love.
  3. Beach Date: If you have a local beach nearby, try it out for your next date night. Discover your inner kid by building sand castles or chasing the waves with your other half. Plan to have dinner or drinks on the beach and finish the night off with a viewing of the beautiful sunset.
  4. Bike Rides: Bikes can be a great way to get outside and get active with your loved one. If you don’t have bikes, consider renting them as they usually don’t cost much. Pick your favorite trail and head off for a few hours of fun! Don’t forget to bring some snacks and a cozy blanket to rest on when it’s time for a break.
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List of 10 Summer Crafts to do with the Kids!

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Although summer might fly by for kids, it can feel long for parents trying to entertain their children. There’s only so much running around a kid can do… If you’re a parent struggling to find ways to keep your children active and entertained, try having a craft day. These ten summer crafts will give you weeks of fun and creativity.

Summer Crafts & Activities

  1. Painted Terra Cotta Flower Pots ~We Know Stuff
  2. Easy Playdough Recipe ~Parenting Chaos
  3. Pretty Flower Power Suncatcher ~ Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom
  4. How to Make a Kite ~Premeditated Leftovers
  5. Make Your Own Mini Summer Pinwheels ~The Country Chic Cottage
  6. Scratch and Sniff Jello Painting ~Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
  7. Make Your Own Homemade Play Goo or Slime Recipe ~Jinxy Kinds
  8. DIY Dinosaur Fossils ~The Clever Pink
  9. Collage Flag ~In the Playroom
  10. Styrofoam Cup Sea Crabs ~Crafts By Amanda
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Homemade Gatorade

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There is nothing more refreshing on a hot day then a cool drink. It becomes so easy to run to the store or into the local coffee shop to grab something cold, but why not try making your favorite summer drinks at home? One popular drink in the summer is Gatorade! The only issue is buying a drink like this everyday can start to add up cost wise. So why not try making your own DIY version at home? Check out the instructions below to make your own DIY Gatorade:


Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 Cup of Coconut Water
  • Lemon Juice (Fresh Squeezed If Possible)
  • Orange Juice (Fresh Squeezed If Possible)
  • Sugar (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Start by gathering all your ingredients and squeezing your lemons and oranges.
  2. Once you have the juice of appx. 5 oranges and a half of lemon, combine them into the bottle of your choice.
  3. Then add the coconut water and sugar to sweeten if needed.
  4. Chill and enjoy!
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4 Camping Hacks To Make Camping Easy!

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Summer is officially upon us which can only mean one thing: camping! Camping is an adventure loved by many families and friends and in some places has become a yearly tradition. However, that doesn’t always mean camping is easy. You are usually up against bugs, weather and other outdoor elements that can really put a damper on things! Luckily, there are a few key hacks that will help you have the best camping trip! Check out the list below for 4 camping hacks to make camping easier:

  1. DIY Lantern: If you are short a lantern around the campsite, try this trick using a milk jug! Grab a milk jug and a head lamp (or light with a strap) and attach the lamp around the jug so it illuminates the inside. This will provide a good amount of light for the campsite and any late night walking adventures.
  2. Fire: If you are looking for a fast way to make fire, look no farther than the kitchen! Grab a small bag or handful of Doritos and place them in the center of your fire pit. These yummy chips make for great fire starter for any campfire!
  3. Pre Packed Pancakes: Preparing pancake mix ahead of time will save you mess and time when your ready to make breakfast. Before you leave home, make your pancake mix as normal and pour the batter into a large Ziploc bag. Making sure it has a tight seal, freeze the bag of pancake mix. Once you are ready to leave for camping, throw the frozen mix in the cooler to keep drinks cold and when it defrosts cut the corner of the bag and you’ll have ready to pour pancakes.
  4. Comfort: If you are looking for a little extra comfort on your camping trip, try this easy hack. Bring along a few inter-lockable soft play mat tiles or yoga mats and lay them on the floor of your tent. This makes for a much more comfortable camping experience and will keep some extra heat in the tent.
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6 Ways To Use Aluminum Foil

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Aluminum foil may be something you use everyday in the kitchen or while cooking. It is a handy tool that can make clean up fast and keep pans and cookware in good condition. So you might be thinking, what else could I use foil for? Well, surprisingly enough aluminum foil has a ton of uses around the house, inside and out! Check out the list below for 6 new ways to use aluminum foil:

  1. Pie Protector:  Save your pie crusts from burning with this simple trick! Wrap a strip of foil around the crust of your pie before baking in the oven. The crust will still cook nicely, but will not burn.
  2. DIY Pan: If you are in a pinch for a shaped pan, aluminum foil might just save the day. You can create almost any shaped pan in any design you like from foil. Use a pre-existing baking pan to hold your DIY pan and shape the foil into your desired design. Once foil is in a firm design, pour batter and bake as directed!
  3. Scrubbing Help: A ball of tin foil can go along way when it comes to tough messes. If you have stuck on food on your favorite pan, try using foil rolled in a ball to clean up your cookware.
  4. Soap Saver: If you find your soap falls apart when it’s left in the shower, try this trick! Place a small piece of folded foil underneath your bar of soap. This will keep the soap from sticking to your shower and it will help it last longer.
  5. Sharpen Scissors: An easy and fast way to sharpen scissors is to use foil! Simply, cut 5-8 pieces of tinfoil with dull scissors. After you have cut through the foil a few times, the scissor blades should be good as new!
  6. Dryer Ball: For a quick and easy homemade dryer ball, try using aluminum foil. Just grab a few pieces and roll them into a ball. Throw them in with your drying for a static free experience!
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3 Ways To Save Money On Books

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Reading is a hobby most people really enjoy year round. However, the cost of magazines and books can really put you over budget if your not careful with your purchases. Luckily, there are some easy ways to save money on books and reading material and it won’t take too much extra effort. Check out the 3 ways below to save money on books:

  1. Library: The library should be the first place you go if your an avid reader and looking to save some money. It’s completely free to have a library card and you will have unlimited access to a ton of books and magazines. Libraries will update there shelves regularly, so make sure to check in often. If you enjoy e-reading, most libraries will have the option to borrow e-books rather then buying them on there website!
  2. Book Swap: This option is my favorite for giving and receiving new or old books as it includes a social aspect as well. Gather up all your friends who love to read or have a collection of books at home and host a book swap. Everyone brings a certain amount of books with there own recommendation on how it read and then the swap begins! Trade and exchange books until you have the number you arrived with, this way everyone gets something new to read and it makes for a fun night!
  3. Bargain Shop: Books don’t stay at full price very often. Almost always, newer releases will go on sale within a month of it’s release date. So wait for the next sale or coupon code before you invest in that new book. Also, if your anxious to get a brand new book but don’t want to pay in store prices try purchasing the eBook version. Not only will it be cheaper, it won’t take up as much room as a hardcover book might!
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List of 4th of July Recipes and Crafts

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4th of July is a time to enjoy good food, nice weather and of course celebrate our freedom! 4th of July gives you the perfect opportunity to throw an awesome barbecue or family gathering. This is a great time to get creative and festive. Having a hard time coming up with 4th of July themed foods or crafts? I’ve put together a list of ten things that can make your 4th of July a real hit this year.

Delicious 4th of July Recipes:

Red White and Blue Ice Cream Sandwiches (4th of July!)

Patriotic Pudding Pops

Spangled Smoothie

Red White & Blue Dipped Oreos

Real Fruit Popsicles

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Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Creamy Hershey’s Cookie Dip Recipe

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Easy Fruit Spritzer

Homemade Oreo Cookies

4th Of July Cupcakes Recipe: Red, White and Blue Chocolate Cupcakes

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1. Patriotic Pops - These patriotic pos will be the hit of any 4th of July party. The recipe in this post is perfect but you could also get creative and make it your own.

2. Crockpot Chilli - No 4th of July celebration is complete without some good ol’ homemade chilli! Best part is this is done right in the crock pot, giving you time to entertain your guests.

3. 4th of July Flip Flops - If you really want to get festive this 4th of July, these flip-flops are a must! Easy to make and they look awesome.

4. 4th of July Cheesecake - Cheesecake is an American favorite, making 4th of July the perfect time to serve it. Your guests will love how festive it looks.

5. Star Spangled Rice Krispie Treats - These have to be the cutest and most unique idea ever! I think they would look great as a centerpiece or a treat for the kids.

6. Grilled Balsamic Steak - Steak is a popular choice at any barbecue. Steak can get pretty expensive if you are feeding a lot of people. This recipe uses a less expensive cut and gives you a great marinade.

7. Firecracker Cookies - These adorable cookies will really set the theme of your 4th of July party. Kids and adults alike will enjoy these.

8. 4th of July Layered Drink - This 4th of July drink is suitable for children and adults. If you wanted to turn it into an adult drink you could definitely do that.

9. 4th of July Kid Crafts - This website gives you tons of printables and craft ideas for the 4th of July.

10. Healthy 4th of July Cake - Fruit and vegetable trays are popular at summer parties. Take your fruit tray up a notch and really let your creativity shine!

Do you have any go to recipe’s or crafts for 4th of July?

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Homemade Pesto Sauce

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Are you a pasta lover? One of the most popular pasta sauces (besides tomato) is pesto! It’s smooth, rich and tastes so good on any pasta or vegetable dish. The only slight problem with purchasing pesto sauce is the price! A small jar can cost up to $8 dollars in store and it doesn’t usually go as far as you would think. However, there is an easy, healthier option which is to make it at home! It will take a few fresh ingredients, but you’ll be amazed at how good homemade pesto can taste. Check out the recipe below for instructions on how to make homemade pesto:

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Of Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 Cup Of Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/3 Cup Of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Of Water
  • Dash Of Salt
  • Jar Or Container

Instructions:

  1. Start by blending the cheese and basil leaves together in a food processor or blender.  Just enough to start mixing the ingredients.
  2. Then add the rest of the ingredients into the mixture and blend until smooth. This may take a little bit of time as it takes time for the leaves to break down.
  3. Store pesto sauce in a jar or container in the fridge. It can also be frozen! To freeze: Pour the pesto sauce into an ice cube tray and freeze till solid. Once solid, pop the cubes out and store in a Ziploc bag. These cubes can be used frozen or thawed!
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7 Ways To Use Boxed Jello

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7 Ways To Use Boxed Jello

Jell-o is a great, versatile product that can be used in many different recipes and formats! An added bonus to using boxed Jell-o, is it doesn’t cost much in store and most times can be found on sale.  If you get the chance, stock up on boxed Jell-o to make different desserts such as popsicles, cookies or even use it as a fruit enhancer. Check out the list below for 7 ways to use boxed Jell-o:

  1. Sour Grapes: *See my recipe hereTo give your green grapes a sour twist, try this easy idea! Simply, sprinkle lime Jell-o powder over green grapes and let them cool in the fridge overnight. In the morning you will have tasty, candy like grapes!
  2. Popsicles:  For a tasty, cool summer treat make up some Jell-o popsicles. Combine sugar and Jell-o in boiling water and mix together. Once mixed and cooled, pour the mixture into the ice pop molds with crushed ice and freeze them for a frozen treat.
  3. DIY Marshmallows: If you are feeling extra creative and want to take on a food DIY project, this is perfect for you! You can use Jell-o to create custom colored, shaped marshmallows. These would be perfect for your next party or camp out!
  4. Jell-o Play-Doh: Rather then buying store bought Play-Doh, why not make your own? It only takes a few simple ingredients and before you know it, you’ll have a safe colorful dough for the whole family made from Jell-o!
  5. Paint: It’s true! You can make a fun finger paint with Jell-o and water! Simply, portion out your Jell-o in different containers, while boiling a pot of water. Once water is boiling, slowly pour water into the containers and mix. Once the mix has cooled and formed a paste consistency, it’s time to get creative and paint!
  6. DIY Lip Gloss: If you need lip gloss in a flash, why not create the perfect shade at home? With petroleum jelly, the microwave and Jell-o you can make homemade lip gloss. The best part is you can customize it completely by mixing until you get the perfect color.
  7. Colored Cookies: Last but not least, use boxed Jell-o to make colorful cookies! Use your favorite Jell-o flavor to get the color and taste that you really love! Make sure to finish off the cookies with a sprinkle of jello on top to give it a sparkly finish.
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Homemade Dog Beef Biscuits

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Whether you bake homemade dog biscuits to ensure your pet is eating healthful ingredients, to save money, or just because it’s fun, there is no question that your canine friend will be appreciative, and will benefit from the extra love baked into each treat.

This recipe is just a general guideline. Feel free to improvise by adding ingredients (bacon, peanut butter, cheese, flaxseed) or by substituting (bacon grease for oil, pumpkin for applesauce, chicken for beef) as you please.

The recipe makes approximately 60 average sized biscuits. They store well in an airtight container, but if that is too many for your use, you can freeze part of the dough for later. Or you can treat the pets of family and friends to fresh, wholesome biscuits too!

Good Dog Beef Biscuits Recipe:

 Homemade Dog Beef Biscuits

 Ingredients:

  • 1 12-ounce can cooked roast beef (do not drain)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons oil – olive, peanut, coconut
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5-6 cups flour – wheat, white, rye *

*The amount of flour you will need can vary, depending on the type of flour you use. Just add it a cup at a time until the dough is stiff enough to roll easily.

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Instructions using a food processor:

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Process the beef with 1/2 cup of the canned broth until it is finely ground. Discard any remaining broth.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the flour and process until combined.
  4. Add the flour 1 cup at a time until the dough is stiff and not too sticky. Adjust by adding more flour or liquid if needed. If your food processor is small, it may be necessary to knead the last of the flour into the dough by hand on a floured surface.
  5. Roll dough out 1/4 –inch thick. Cut into desired shapes and place close together on baking sheets. 61.jpg1 Homemade Dog Beef Biscuits
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn heat down to 200 F. and let the biscuits bake until hard – at least 1 hour. For very dry, hard biscuits, turn off the oven and let the biscuits remain in there until cool. 7.jpg Homemade Dog Beef Biscuits

Instructions using a mixer:

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Using a knife, finely chop the canned meat.
  3. In a large bowl combine meat and 1/2 cup of the canned broth. Discard any remaining broth.
  4. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the flour and beat until combined.
  5. Switch to a dough hook attachment and add flour 1 cup at a time until the dough is stiff and not too sticky. Adjust by adding more flour or more liquid if needed.
  6. Turn out onto a heavily floured flat surface. Roll dough out 1/4-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes and place close together on baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn heat down to 200 F. and let the biscuits bake until hard – at least 1 hour. For very dry, hard biscuits, turn off the oven and let the biscuits remain in there until cool.

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5 Ways To Use WD-40

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5 Ways To Use WD-40

WD-40 is a great tool to have inside and outside the house. Because of its many uses, one small bottle can go a really long way. WD-40 can be used as a cleaning product, a greasing product or even as a protector for certain items! Check out the list below for 5 new ways to use WD-40:

  1. Grout  Cleaner: If you find you have really dirty lines showing where there is grout, try using WD-40! Spray a small amount directly on to the tiled grout and let it sit for a minute. Once it has sat, scrub with a scrub brush or toothbrush.
  2. Stuck Lego: Isn’t it the worst when Lego pieces sticks together and refuses to be pulled apart? Luckily, there is an easy way to get them apart using WD-40. Simply, spray a small amount right in between the blocks so they loosen and come apart. Rinse off any remaining oil.
  3. Crayon Cleaner: Crayon marks seem to show up just about anywhere. The great new is WD-40 can remove it from almost any surface around the house. Just spray a small amount of WD-40 onto the crayon mark and wipe it off for instant results!
  4. Refrigeration Help: If you find you have stuck on food around the edges of your refrigerator or build up from overtime, try using WD-40. Spray a very small amount on a soft cloth and rub it around the edges. This will not only remove stuck  on food, it will also lift any build up within the seals.
  5. Golf Shine: If you happen to be an avid golfer, try this trick to make your clubs look there best! Spray a small amount of WD-40 on your golf clubs to make them shine. Not only will it remove any dirt or grime from playing, it will leave them looking brand new for your next game!
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4 Ways To Save Money When Buying Furniture

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4 Ways To Save Money When Buying Furniture 

Buying  furniture can get very expensive, especially when buying brand new. The good news is buying furniture doesn’t always have to be such a daunting adventure and you can save money along the way. While this sometimes means not buying brand new furniture, you can still get some great pieces in almost new shape. Check out the list below for 4 ways to save money when buying furniture:

  1. Craigslist: There is something to be said for Craigslist as it can save you a ton of money! You can find furniture sometimes brand new if not in nearly new condition. The added bonus to buying on a site like this is you have the opportunity to haggle the price down, so it fits your budget. Check regularly for the items you are dying to find, you never know what might pop up!
  2. In Store Sales & Coupons: When you are looking to buy a furniture item brand new, make sure to wait for a sale. Once you have decided where you want to buy the item sign up for their newsletter, social media and anything else that might let you know there is a sale. Also, make sure to keep an eye out for money saving coupons or a coupon code if your buying online. If you can combine these two discounts, you could score a really great deal!
  3. Thrift Store: If you are looking for furniture and your willing to put a little elbow grease into a project, check your local thrift store. Most items just need a little touch up or a little love and can be found for a real bargain price. Make sure to check your favorite store regularly so you don’t miss out on the perfect piece. It also doesn’t hurt to get to know the staff within the store, as they might be willing to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
  4. Research:  Regardless of what you are buying one of the most important things to do is your research! Before you commit to anything make sure to search different retailers and outlets. This way you will know what the best price is and where you will get the most bang for your buck! Most stores offer competitive pricing, so don’t forget to price match.
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10 DIY Ways To Have Fun In The Backyard

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10 DIY Ways To Have Fun In The Backyard

Summer has finally arrived, which means fun summer days and nights are ahead! However, it can still be hard to save money in the summer with all the festivals, markets and events going on. But despite all that, you can still have money free fun right in your own backyard. Not only will it save you some extra dollars, it can be fun for the whole family. Check out the list below for 10 DIY ways to have fun in the backyard:

  1. Build A Fort: It’s time to go back to your childhood days and brush up on your fort building skills. Grab the kids, blankets, pillows and anything else you might need to make the perfect backyard fort.
  2. DIY Project: Whether it be a simple tree house in your favorite tree or a fun game like life-sized jenga, DIY projects are perfect for the summer. With a little research and some creativity, you could find the perfect project for your backyard.
  3. Camp Out: You don’t have to go far to find a campground this summer. Set up a tent, sleeping bags and maybe even a mini campfire and invite the whole family to camp out. Not only is this a great way to bond with the family, it won’t cost you a thing!
  4. Lawn Twister: For a fun backyard game that won’t cost more than a can of spray paint, try lawn twister! Just like the colorful game, spray large circles of paint on the grass in rows. Once it has dried, grab a twister spinner and start playing.
  5. Mini Waterpark: If you don’t feel like trekking out to your local water park, why not make your own in the yard? Grab a kids size pool, the sprinkler and anything other water toys that will recreate a water park. Couldn’t be any easier to keep cool this summer!
  6. Scavenger Hunt: If your feeling creative, try making a backyard scavenger hunt. Create a list of common items found in the backyard and let the family run wild. Have  a small prize at the end of the hunt for the winner.
  7. DIY Swing: If you have the perfect tree in the yard that is asking for a swing why not build one? Tree swings can be easy and affordable to make . Just make sure everything is secure and safe before the swinging begins.
  8. Backyard Movies: Instead of heading to the movies, why not bring the movies to you? Set up a mini movie theatre in the backyard complete with popcorn, blankets and cozy pillows.
  9. Chalk Fun: Grab a few pieces of sidewalk chalk and get creative! You can create hopscotch, tic tac toe or even a giant game of hangman right in the front or backyard. The games are endless and when your done for the day, just use the hose to wash it away.
  10. Box Maze: Creating a  DIY cardboard maze is perfect if you have just moved in or out of a house and have some boxes left over. Put all the boxes together and cut doorways and windows on each one. Stick them all together and let the adventuring begin!
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6 Ways To Use Frozen Bananas

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6 Ways To Use Frozen Bananas

When bananas start to get overripe, usually the first thought is to toss them out! However, overripe bananas make a great ingredient when frozen! You can make almost any kind of DIY frozen treat with them and you’ll still be getting a big serving of fruit in whatever you choose to create! Check out the list below for 6 ways to use frozen bananas:

  1. Banana Pops: If you want to make an easy portable treat, try making banana pops! Slice the bananas to your preferred size and place on a skewer. You can dip the banana in chocolate or any other coating you prefer and lay them out on a lined tray to freeze! Once frozen, they will be ready to enjoy!
  2. DIY Ice Cream: Ice cream couldn’t be easier to make when it comes to frozen bananas. Simply, throw your bananas in a food processor for 30-60 seconds. Once the bananas start to break down, add in items such as chocolate, peanut butter or even nuts! Run the processor for another 45 seconds or until mix is creamy and smooth.
  3. Milkshake: Frozen bananas are one of the best ingredients for a healthier milkshake! It will give your shake a creamy texture, the bananas will replace the need for ice and your smoothie will be guilt free by leaving out the sugary ice cream add in!
  4. Banana Bites: For an easy, fast dessert try making a batch of banana bites. Cut your bananas into slices and lay them out on parchment paper. Once laid out, cover them in chocolate and freeze for a few hours. Once frozen, you will have a yummy handheld dessert that your guests will love!
  5. Baking Bananas: If you can’t use your overripe bananas right away, freeze them for later use! Frozen bananas don’t take long to defrost and are perfect for baking as they have a great texture after being frozen. If you need to defrost them quickly, pop them in the microwave for a few seconds at a time and they will be ready to use in no time.
  6. Smoothies: If you find yourself strapped for time in the morning, a smoothie can be a great idea for a fast breakfast! Pop some chopped bananas, strawberries and any other fruit you prefer in a small Ziploc bag and freeze. When you are ready to blend your smoothie, all you have to do is pour in your frozen bag of fruit and a liquid of your choice into the blender.
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5 DIY Remedies For Mosquito Bites

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5 DIY Remedies For Mosquito Bites

Nothing interrupts summer fun more than pesky mosquito bites! They can be annoying and for some can become a real problem as these bites can swell and itch like crazy. So, what is the best way to conquer these bug bites? Well, you can buy in-store products to soothe the itch but that can become costly. So why not try making your own DIY remedies for mosquito bites? It’s easy and won’t take more than a few minutes for hours of relief. Check out the list below for 5 DIY ways to remedy mosquito bites:

  1. Toothpaste: One of the easiest and fastest remedies for itchy bug bites is toothpaste! All you have to do is apply a small drop of toothpaste directly on the bite to reduce swelling and itchiness.
  2. Salt: It’s amazing what regular kitchen products such as salt can do! Simply, wet the bug bite with warm water and sprinkle salt generously over the bite.  Let the water and salt dry on your arm for best results!
  3. Banana Peel: If you are out for a hike or on a picnic this is the perfect remedy to a scratchy bite! Simply rub the inside of a banana peel directly on the bite to bring down swelling and the itchy feeling.
  4. Baking Soda: Another great kitchen item for bug bites is baking soda. Start by making a small paste of baking soda and water in a small bowl. Once it has reached paste form, apply directly to the bite.  Let it dry and wash the area once itching has stopped!
  5. Lemon Slice: Last but not least, a quick fix for annoying mosquito bites is lemon! Simply, apply the lemon slice directly to the mosquito bite and let it sit till the bite starts to reduce or if the itching subsides.
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5 New Ways To Use Old Towels

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5 New Ways To Use Old Towels

Older towels that have seen better days usually end up in the trash or as a drop cloth when painting the house. But is it possible that these old towels have some other practical uses still? Absolutely! Old towels can be used a ton of different ways and you might be surprised just how creative you get with them! So gather up your old bath or hand towels and try out these new 5 ways to use old towels:

  1. Picnic Pal:  If your short a blanket for your next picnic or beach outing, try this great idea! Simply, gather up your favorite towels that don’t get used anymore and sew them together. You can make the perfect blanket as big or as small as you like. The best part is you can customize it to look exactly how you want!
  2. Baby Bib: Why spend the extra money on bibs when you have the materials on hand! Simply, use an existing bib as a template and cut the same shape out of the towel. Hem the edges to avoid fraying and add a cute neck tie to finish it off!
  3. Moving Supplies: When your moving the most important thing is to keep your fragile items safe. Older towels are perfect for the job! Wrap small valuables with hand towels, use older wash cloths as plate dividers and use large bath towels for bulky, over sized breakables.
  4. Beach Tote: If your sewing skills are decent, why not try making a beach tote? There are a ton of DIY options when making a tote for the beach and you can even make a tote that turns into a beach towel with a pillow.
  5. Mop: If you are looking for an easy DIY project using old towels, try making your own DIY mop head. Simply, shred your towel into long strips and secure them together in the middle with a string or zip tie. Attach your mop head to the end of a broom handle and you’ll have a shiny, clean floor in no time!
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DIY Cooking Spray

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DIY Cooking Spray

When you are shopping for groceries, certain items become staple buys as they tend to get used all the time. If you’re an avid cooker, one of those items might be cooking spray. While it’s not overly expensive, it can still add up if you are buying sprays and oils on a regular basis. So, to save some money why not try making your own DIY cooking spray? It’s easy, healthier then in store spray and won’t take more than a few minutes. Check out the instructions below to make your own DIY cooking spray:

Ingredients Needed:

  • Olive Oil (Or the oil of your choice)
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. This DIY couldn’t be any easier! Start by pouring one part olive oil into your spray bottle. Follow up by adding 4 parts of water and close the spray bottle.
  2. Give the mixture a good shake to mix the ingredients. Once mixed, make sure the spray nozzle is turned to the mist setting. Your cooking spray is now ready to use.
  3. Make sure to store in a dry, cool place to keep your spray at it’s best!
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DIY Coconut Whip Cream (A Healthy Alternative)

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DIY Coconut Whip Cream (A Healthy Alternative) 

Everybody seems to love light and fluffy whip cream for desserts or toppings. But most don’t love the calories that come with it! The good news is there is a great, easy alternative that is healthier and simple to make.  All you need is a few ingredients and a little bit of time and before you know it you’ll have light and fluffy whip cream! Check out the recipe below to make your own DIY coconut whip cream:

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 Can of Coconut Milk (15 ounces or more depending how much you want to make)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla (Optional)
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer

Instructions:

  1. First, leave your coconut milk in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Overnight refrigeration will give you better results if possible. Once cooled, open the can.
  2. The milk will have hardened, this is a good thing! Scoop out the hardened layers of milk and add them into the mixer or bowl.  Make sure to stop scooping when you see water, you will only need the layers of milk and not the water.
  3. Now the milk is ready to be whipped. Whip using a hand blender or mixer for 3-5 minutes on high, or until you have created soft peaks. If you would like you can add any sweeteners or vanilla to the mix now.
  4. Your whipped cream can now be served or stored in the fridge for up to 5 days!
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