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- DIY Hanging Plant Decor
I love indoor plants but after collecting quite a few, I needed a pretty way to display them. I created this DIY Hanging Plant Decor to display my indoor plants. I've even gifted them to friends for their birthdays. Supplies: Large branch (Mine is dried cholla cactus but a branch works just as well) Macrame plant hangers Small pots twine large hooks potting dirt plants (this holds 5 plants) hot glue sandpaper (optional) Shop project supplies: Directions: Clean your branch and sand down any rough edges as needed. Decide how far apart you want to space your plants and in which order you want to hang them. (My order from left to right was the one with the weaved pattern, double hanging basket, beaded hanging basket, and lastly the twisted style hanging basket. Using your twine, wrap it around the wood where you want the plants to hang, putting it through your hanging basket loop or ring several times, and tying the hanging basket to it. The plants get heavy with dirt, water, and the plant themselves so make sure you wrap it several times to give it good support. Secure your knot several times. I used hot glue on my knots after I tied them several times and trimmed down the excess. Repeat the previous process for the following hanging baskets. To create a way to hang it, near the ends of the last hanging baskets, tie more twine, making a loop at the top for your hooks to slide in. You may have to measure this one to make sure the hooks can be looped under. Using a drill, attach your hooks to the ceiling. Hang your hanging planter on it. I planted each plant in their respective pots and then gently placed them in the macrame planter. Be sure to keep the saucer under the pot to catch any excess water later. And then sit back and enjoy your masterpiece! This hanging plant decor really brightens up the bay window in my breakfast nook. Do you have a favorite indoor plant? Mine is the Tradescantia with its stunning, shimmery purple and green leaves. You can find a Tradescantia plant care guide for them on Bloomscape.
- Wine Popsicles
Summer is just around the corner and I've been looking for creative ways to stay cool. I have made a few versions of popsicles, but these Peach & Strawberry Wine Popsicles are my favorites and I’ll definitely be stocking my freezer with these for the summer. These wine popsicles were inspired when I was grocery shopping and saw this Arbor Mist Peach Moscato. It’s been so hot here, and I’ve been trying to find something new and cool to drink during the summer. I thought it sounded pretty delicious, so I bought a bottle. This peach Moscato is good to drink all by itself, but I immediately thought of strawberries and peaches and popsicles and decided to make my own recipe. Why not take it up a notch? I love the pretty red and peach layers of the strawberries and peaches. Peach & Strawberry Wine Popsicles 1 cup frozen strawberries 2 tablespoons sugar 1/3 cup Moscato 1 cup peaches 3 tablespoons sugar 1/2 cup Moscato Strawberry Layer Start with your strawberry layer. Blend together your frozen strawberries, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1/3 cup Moscato. Pour into molds, filling about halfway. Freeze while you create your peach layer. Peach Layer In a blender, mix together about 1 cup of frozen peaches, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 1/2 cup moscato. Pour on top of your strawberry layer. Put wooden popsicle sticks in and freeze overnight. I used aluminum foil to help hold the stick in place while it was freezing. Serve plain or in a wine glass with more Moscato poured over the top. *This makes about 6 popsicles. I used this popsicle mold but used wooden popsicle sticks instead of the plastic bottoms that it comes with. Moms are planning to enjoy this Summer too! Bring on hot mama, wine popsicle summer! Looking for a cold treat for the kids? Try our No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream!
- Whipped Ricotta Topped French Toast
This Whipped Ricotta French Toast is one that screams breakfast in bed, but is actually pretty healthy and easy to whip up! It's quick enough to pull together, that I've made it on the weekends and during the weekdays (if I actually get up when my alarm goes off). Whipped Ricotta French Toast *Serves 4 Ingredients: 8 slices of whole-grain toast (2 per person) 5-6 eggs (depending on size) milk cinnamon nutmeg 3/4 cup ricotta 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (plus more for topping) fresh berries (we like strawberries and blueberries) *Special tools: griddle Directions: In a small bowl, crack your eggs. Add a splash of milk and cinnamon and nutmeg, as desired and whisk together. Preheat the griddle to about 300 and spray with nonstick spray. Coat each piece of bread in egg mixture, flipping to coat each side. I let mine sit on each side to really soak up the egg mixture. Place each slice of coated bread on the hot griddle. Repeat with all the slices of bread. Once the bread is cooked on one side, flip each piece to cook the other side. Remove to a plate for later. (not pictured - vanilla and nonstick spray) 6. In a clean bowl, mix together the 3/4 cup ricotta, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Whip together with a fork. You can also use a handheld immersion blender if you have one. 7. Plate your French toast (this recipe gives 2 pieces of toast per person) and top with 1/4 of the ricotta mixture. 8. Wash and slice your strawberries. Top your French toast with strawberries and blueberries or other fruit of your choice. 9. Serve with another splash of maple syrup on top and enjoy! I'm not kidding when I say my kids devour this! At first, the kids think the ricotta is weird but once I got my kids to taste it, they actually request the ricotta mixture anytime I mention making French toast. The ricotta gives it a bit more protein to make it a more filling breakfast and of course, the whole grain and berries help provide fiber and antioxidants so you can feel good about feeding your family in the morning! You may also like: Healthy Green Smoothie
- Baseball Snack Printables
Ahh baseball. A classic American sport. My little guy played baseball and it was SOO cute. Of course, as a great team parent, I had to supply snacks and I found some adorable baseball snacks for kids that don’t take much prep work. Your little baller will love them! Baseball Snacks for Kids I was that crazy parent who signed up for the first game snack of the season. I wanted to do something cute, but easy. We found these cute boxes of Cracker Jacks and knew they would have to kickstart our first season! "Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd! Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks!" All of the parents were singing the song. The kids loved the little prizes inside (tattoos) but were lost on the novelty of Cracker Jacks at their first baseball game. At the end of the baseball season, we wanted to thank his fellow teammates for a great season. I created this simple printable and attached them to these yummy Hostess Baseball Cupcakes as a thank-you treat! Get the printable PDF here We added his name to the bat in white marker. Then, I printed them off and stapled them to the baseball cupcakes to give out to his friends. They were much easier on Mom than trying to make baseball-decorated cupcakes and they had creme inside! I’d say that’s a win/win. The kids loved them and we hope your little baseball fans will too!
- DIY Lover House Friendship Bracelet Holder
It's no secret to my close friends, that I'm a HUGE Swiftie! Most of the time, if you get in my car, Taylor Swift is playing, and I'm not sorry about it. My daughter and I were lucky enough to be able to attend night 2 of The Eras Tour! It was the best time and we traded so many friendship bracelets. When we came home, we created this DIY Lover/Folklore House Friendship Bracelet Holder to store all my daughter's Friendship Bracelets from the show. Supplies: Clear birdhouse (this one or this one) Lover House printable (Just search for this on Google) Friendship Bracelet printable Eras tour printable Moss Hot glue gun Scissors Glue dots pencil Directions: 1. Print your Lover House background and lay your birdhouse over the house and draw an outline of where you want to cut. NOTE: First, using Word, I cropped my Lover house to the edges of the house. Then, I resized the house to as big as I could get the actual house on the paper by opening it as a Word document, putting it on the landscape, and then using the ruler at the bottom to see how big I needed to print the image, based on the size of my birdhouse. For example, if the bottom of the birdhouse is 6 in, resize the width of your birdhouse to 6 inches and the height will auto-adjust to keep the house to scale. The dimensions of the house aren't quite the same as the birdhouse (the pitch is steeper) so you'll have to cut the top corners of the 1989 and Lover rooms but it doesn't really affect the overall look. Also, since the pitch of the roof is much steeper on the birdhouse so you'll probably have to include some of the sky at the top instead of cutting right along the roof outline. You can barely notice once it's all put together. 2. Once you've cut out your house background to fit how you like, use glue dots to glue the paper inside the birdhouse. I had to add a little tip of the night sky around the Lover House to the top of my house because the dimensions of the Lover House don't exactly match the dimensions of the birdhouse but you can't tell once it's all put together. (See the tip of extra sky I tapped in the top of the room by my fingers below) 3. Print the friendship saying printable and the eras tour printable (linked below) and cut to fit inside your birdhouse on the front and sides. I laid my birdhouse down on top of the paper and then outlined it and cut it to fit inside. Resize as needed to fit your particular birdhouse. Glue those inside your birdhouse using glue dots. *I created the Friendship lyric printable using a font called Taylor Swift based on her handwriting and created the Eras Tour stars to match the colors in the Eras Tour collage of images. Friendship Bracelet Lyric Printable Eras Tour Stars Printable 4. Now add a touch of Folklore! I measured and cut this moss mat to fit on the roof of my house. I glued it down with hot glue. Now, you can fill your Lover/Folklore house with your friendship bracelets, tickets, or other mementos from your Eras Tour concert! We had so much fun making our friendship bracelets for the concert! We went the opening weekend, so we were nervous that people wouldn't be trading them, but we traded with SO many nice people and had such a blast doing it! I highly recommend making bracelets for your concert night too! For our friendship bracelets, we mostly used colorful beads and these alphabet beads to spell out song or album names. We also used these glow-in-the-dark alphabet beads for some of our bracelets! We added charms to several of ours. One of our favorite bracelets that we made multiple ones of was this "Karma is a cat" bracelet with these cat charms on them! I hope you guys have as much fun making this project as I did! Do you have plans to go to The Eras Tour? Let me know in the comments! Shop Friendship Bracelet Supplies: beads alphabet beads If you're in a Lavender Haze mood, check out our Lavender Haze Cocktail recipe, the Lavender Lemonade, a refreshing mocktail, to sip on while you are crafting! And keep the craft party going with our Eras Tour Confetti Shadow Box DIY and DIY Friendship Bracelet Glasses Throw your own Taylor Swift Party with these fun ideas! Check out my party post.
- Mini Lemon Flower Tarts
These Mini Lemon Flower Tarts are perfect for any Spring celebration, including a Mother's Day Brunch! These two-ingredient mini lemon tarts are super simple and make a stunning presentation for any Spring gathering. We loved them for Easter brunch and think they would be a stunning addition to your Mother's Day celebration! Mini Lemon Flower Tarts Recipe Ingredients: 1 box Ready-to-Bake roll-out pie crusts 1 can lemon creme (We used a can of Duncan Hines lemon creme found in the baking section) powdered sugar, optional Supplies: Flower cookie cutter mini cupcake pan Directions: Set your pie crust out, to become room temperature. Preheat your oven to 450F. Once your dough is room temp, roll it out and cut flower shapes out of it with this flower cookie cutter. 1 pie crust makes about 7 flowers, plan accordingly. Tuck each pie flower down into the mini cupcake pan, being sure to press them down into the bottom well, and gently fold the petals back around the top of the cupcake pan. Give the bottom and sides a few pokes with a fork. Bake for 5-6 minutes. 5 minutes was the sweet spot for me but your oven might be slightly different. Gently remove the flowers and let them cool for a few minutes on a wire rack. Spoon the lemon creme into a plastic baggie and cut the tip off. Pipe the lemon creme into the center of the mini flowers. Refrigerate for a few hours or until ready to serve. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired before serving. I tilted my flowers so that the powdered sugar got on the petals and not the pretty yellow filling. These would be a sweet treat to serve for a Mother’s Day Brunch! Moms always love flowers and they would make such a pretty presentation. These sweet lemon tarts would even be great for a baby or wedding shower or even a tea party or any celebration really! They are so pretty and bite-sized! This post may contain affiliate links.
- DIY Easy Fairy Gardens
When the weather is nice, we always want to spend all our free time outdoors. Our patio becomes our second living room/kitchen. It's fun to spruce up the patio with these cute and easy DIY fairy gardens that bring a lot of joy to look at. It's a great activity for kids of all ages to get involved, create something "magical" and get their hands dirty in the garden a little bit. It's a great activity to let kids express their different personalities by letting them choose their own fairy house and flowers for the pot. The first thing you will need is a big flower pot. I personally like these 22 inch pots that look like stone but are made of plastic so they aren't as fragile and can be easily moved around the patio. Once you've got your pot, you need some fun fairy decor. A fairy house is a must! It is exciting to see what kids choose. One of my kids chose a strawberry fairy house and the other chose an acorn fairy house. Here are some other fairy houses that would look darling in a fairy garden. Once you've decided on a fairy house, hit up your local nursery to shop for some pretty flowers! I suggest getting 2 or 3 small flowers to put around your fairy house. Once you've got your flowers planted and houses placed where you want them, time to make it even more personalized. Kids will enjoy making little stone pathways up to their fairy houses and can even make it more fun with fairy garden accessories like a bridge, chairs and tables, little animals, signs, fairies, flower umbrellas, and more! You may also like our: Flower Garden Parfaits DIY Wildflower Seed Bombs Flower Jar Craft This post may contain affiliate links.
- Chicken Tinga Quesadilla Tacos
Elevate your Taco Tuesday with these amazing Chicken Tinga Quesadilla Tacos! Everyone in my family gets so excited when I make these tacos. The tacos taste so good and look beautiful, but the recipe is so easy! These aren't your average chicken tacos, because we turn the taco into a quesadilla. I mean look at that cheese pull! Let's jump right in and make these amazing tacos. As I said, these are stunning tacos, but actually pretty easy to make. Easy enough that you can actually have them on Taco Tuesday without feeling overwhelmed. Chicken Tinga Quesadilla Tacos Ingredients: Olive oil, about 1 tablespoon 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded 1 red onion, halved then sliced 1 can of chipotle chilis in Adobe sauce (I vary how much I use, but usually it's around 4 of the peppers with some of the sauce added in) 1, 28oz can of crushed tomatoes 4 garlic cloves 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp dried oregano small flour tortillas (you need 2 tortillas per taco) non-stick spray, I like avocado spray quesadilla cheese, shredded Roasted poblano salsa cremosa (so so good, makes those flavors pop) Toppings optional: Onion, chopped (for ease, I buy prechopped) Queso Fresco cilantro lime wedges Note: Special tools this recipe calls for are a griddle (I own this one) and a food processor. Directions: Halve your red onion and cut it into thin slices. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large saute pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add onions to start cooking. While your onions are cooking down, add garlic cloves, chipotles in adobe sauce, crushed tomatoes, oregano, cumin, and salt to a food processor and blend. 4. Once your sauce is blended, add it to your pan with the red onions and bring to a simmer. 5. Add in the shredded chicken and stir to combine. Bring it all to a simmer again and turn it down to low to just heat the chicken through and let that sauce marinate the chicken. 6. Start prepping your toppings for the tacos - we like chopped onion (I often buy pre-chopped to save time), crumbled queso fresco, cilantro, lime wedges, and the roasted poblano salsa cremosa really makes these tacos. Set all this aside and get ready to start making your tacos. 7. Start getting your griddle warm, I think I usually cook mine around 300. Spray with non-stick spray. I like avocado spray. 8. When your griddle is ready, add your bottom tortillas and top with shredded quesadilla cheese. Top with another tortilla. 9. When they are almost ready to flip, spray the top side with more non-stick spray, flip, and cook the other side. 10. Now, you're ready to make your tacos! The easiest way to make your taco fold in half is to use your spatula and made a small indentation down the middle to fold easier. 11. Add a scoop of the chicken mixture to one side of the taco. I sometimes add the rest of the toppings right way, other times I remove them from the griddle and add the toppings. Fold your taco together 12. Top with queso fresco, cilantro, chopped onions, roasted poblano salsa cremo, or whatever toppings your family likes. 13. Serve with a wedge of lime and enjoy! This post may contain affiliate links.
- Bird Feeder Crafts for Kids
My kids love nature, so one of the crafts I’m looking forward to making with them is one of these Bird Feeder Crafts for Kids. This spring is a great time for crafting and an even better time to give birds a little extra love. The weather is starting to get warmer but there may not be as many natural fruits, nuts, and seeds for them to find to eat, especially if you live where it snows in the Spring. I found some cute bird feeder crafts for kids to DIY. These aren’t just for Spring though. They make a great rainy day activity or a fun weekend, Winter Break, or hot Summer day craft! We love that a lot of these are all natural or use recycled items to create cute bird feeders. Bird Feeder Crafts for Kids This milk jug bird feeder from Great Stems can be designed in lots of great ways and it’s a good way to upcycle that old milk carton. How about this colorful and cute paper bowl bird feeder from Non Toy Gifts. Don’t throw away that juice carton, make this cute owl bird feeder from Red Ted Art. This orange bird feeder from Made With Happy has a great tutorial full of helpful pictures. How cute is this shaded bird feeder house made of popsicles on Babble. The Pinecone Bird Feeder from Natural Beach Living is messy and fun for kids! We love how colorful this soda bottle bird feeder is from Artzy Creations. Kids can practice their fine motor skills while threading the yummies on this fruit and grain bird feeder from Happy Hooligans. This apple bird feeder from Natural Beach Living is so pretty! Which one would your kids choose to make? You may also our: Flower Garden Parfaits DIY Wildflower Seed Bombs
- Flower Jars Craft
These pretty little flower jars are a perfect way to keep those little flowers that kids like to collect. This is a fun craft to do after a nature walk, for Mom on Mother's Day or just because if you have flowers blooming nearby. It's super easy to make, but older kids will be able to lay their flowers down better without petals getting smooshed or fingers sticking to the tape as much. Here's how you can make your own Flower Jar Craft! Supplies: Jar printable Scissors Packing tape Flowers and leaves Get the free printable here Directions: Cut out your jar printable (I used cardstock) so that you have the outline of the jar with blank space in the middle. Flip your jar over and gently (so it doesn't stick to the table too much) add tape on the back, overlapping slightly within the jar and around the edges. You're going to cut those edges later so don't worry about them. 3. Flip your jar back over and fill with flowers and/or leaves arranged however you like them. 4. Tear off a piece of tape and lay across the biggest section of flowers. Press down to seal. Just like you taped the back, continue to layer the packing tape across the front of the jar "sealing" your flowers in. Remember to overlap it at the sides and between pieces of tape. 5. Trim up the outer edges of your jar with scissors. These are pretty displayed in a window. They are like nature suncatchers! * Please note, this craft does not preserve your flowers, most flowers keep their color for a few days. Pressed flowers could also work for this craft and would last longer. You may also like our: DIY wildflower seed bombs DIY Fairy Gardens
- Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft
This is a fun project for toddler or preschoolers but honestly big kids (moms included) can have fun making these coffee filter butterflies! Supplies: Coffee filters Watercolor paints Paintbrushes Paper plates Pipe cleaners Directions: Lay your coffee filters out on paper plates and let the kids paint them with watercolors. Try out many different designs. We set out multiple plates with coffee filters on them at once so they had a lot to work with. Once the coffee filters are dry, scrunch them in the middle. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and wrap around the middle. Curl the antennae out to complete it and ta-da! One coffee filter makes one butterfly! We like to string our butterflies up on display so we can talk about them. They make a fun addition to the playroom during the Spring.
- Healthy Green Smoothie
In my most recent attempt to be a healthier, I created this healthy green smoothie. It's so yummy and recently has been my favorite breakfast, even my kiddos like it! I finally got a chance to make it for Richard this week and he's a fan. It's so simple and super healthy with all that spinach! I created measurements for this post, but usually for my frozen fruits and spinach I sort of eyeball it. The measurements aren't always exact when I make it but pretty close. This smoothie is so good you don't even feel like you're eating greens. It's a wonderful way to get some green stuff into your body making your day start off healthier! Green Smoothie 1/2 cup frozen peaches 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks 4 ice cubes 1 cup cold water 2 fresh bananas, broken into pieces 1 fresh kiwi, peeled and sliced 3 cups fresh baby spinach 1 small container vanilla yogurt (6 oz) Blend it all together for a few minutes, stirring to ensure everything is getting mixed and enjoy! This makes about 36 ounces of smoothie.