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Charlie B.’s Chore Chart!

September 27, 2016
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Spoiled kids are hella annoying. But if we’re being honest, you can’t really blame the kids … you have to blame their raggedy parents for not teaching them better. In my quest to make sure Charlie B. doesn’t embarrass me, I am making sure my child understands the value of hardwork and responsibility. And I know there are a lot of mamas out there that feel the same way I do!

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3 Easy Halloween Craft Ideas For Tiny Tots

October 21, 2014
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It’s easier to get your kids involved with craft when their a bit older and have full control of all their little limbs. But what about those tiny toddlers that want to be involved but can’t be trusted with their own pair of scissors and a glue stick?

My baby girl, #CharlieB, is 16 months old and enjoyed these three craft ideas that were quick, easy and fun.

1. Paper Plate Pumpkin – Charlie got to get messy and finger paint the paper plate orange and daddy finalized the pumpkin by cutting out the eyes, nose and mouth from black construction paper. Win-Win!

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2. Cotton Ball Ghost – Charlie pulled the cotton balls apart to make them stringy and I glued them down to the contraction paper. And of course, daddy did the eyes and mouth, but this time used bits and pieces from a black pipe cleaner.

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3. Paper Plate Spiders – Now this project has the same concept as the paper plate pumpkin, but we used more colors and finished them off with eight colorful pipe cleaner legs.

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Bonus: When we were all done with the crafts, we baked sugar cookies and let Charlie decorate them with sprinkles, icing and edible glitter!

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At this young age it doesn’t take much to have a fun time doing arts and crafts, plus they’re usually so tired afterwards that the go to sleep early!

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Pink-o-ween Punch!

October 11, 2014
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Let’s celebrate Halloween Pinkoween!

There’s more going on in October than just Halloween — it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness month. So in honor of both, many are now opting to celebrate Pink-o-ween. While this concept may be old to some, it was new to me so I made a punch for my first Pinkoween party. It was tasty and pretty, but I forgot to take a picture. Womp.

Check out the recipe below and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
2 cartons – Minute Maid Pink Lemonade (64 fl oz. each)
1L – Sprite
2 pints – Häagen-Dazs Raspberry Sorbet
Frozen Blackberries

DIRECTIONS
Combine pink lemonade, Sprite and sorbet in a large punch bowl or pitcher. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes. Top off with as many frozen blackberries as you desire. Many people use plastic black spiders (pictured above) to tie into the “Pink-o-ween” theme, but I prefer the blackberries because they still go with the theme but add a little extra flavor and act as ice cubes.

Pour and enjoy! Recipe yields about 15-20 servings.

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It’s Friday…And Mama Needs A Drink!

September 19, 2014
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By the end of a busy week a nice little libation is just what the doctor mama ordered. Here are two of my favorites…Vodka Lemonade Slush (if you have time to pre-make this earlier in the week) or Pinapple-Cran Cocktail (if you need a quick fix).

VODKA LEMONADE SLUSH

INGREDIENTS
12 oz frozen lemonade concentrate
12 oz vodka
24 oz cold water
zest from 1 lemon
Lemon slices to garnish, if desired

INSTRUCTIONS
In a large bowl combine lemonade concentrate, vodka, water and lemon zest. Stir together until well combined. Pour lemonade mixture into a shallow freezer-safe pan. Freeze mixture for at least 8 hours or overnight, stirring once halfway through freezing.
To serve, fluff ice crystals with a fork and spoon into glasses for serving. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired. (spotted on www.FoodieMisadventures.com)

PINEAPPLE-CRAN COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
Ice
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup cranberry juice
3 ounces vodka
Splash of sparkling water

INSTRUCTIONS
Begin by filling each glass with ice. Top with pineapple juice, cranberry juice and vodka. Stir to combine and top with a splash of sparkling water.

Enjoy, all you multi-tasking mamas!

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DIY: Make Your Own Lotion!

August 28, 2014
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It was a random Sunday night, no lotion in sight…so, I (SASY V) just made some myself and it turned out alright! Yes, that was my attempt at a nursery rhyme.

So, I found a recipe on Pinterest and decided, “hmmm, I should do this homemade lotion thing.” It seemed easy enough — just five ingredients (tweaked just a tad) — and voilà!

Well, it didn’t go exactly like that. Here’s a list of the items I used, plus the directions I followed. Then I’ll tell you why DIY lotion might not be for me.

Ingredients:
2 cups – Organic, Unrefined Coconut Oil in a Solid State
4 tbsp – Vitamin E Oil
4 tbsp – Aloe Vera Gel
2 tbsp – Olive Oil
20 drops – Essential Oil for a light scent (optional…so they say)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
Use a hand mixer to whip all of the ingredients (except essential oil) together until blended well
Add essential oil…
Continuing mixing until lotion resembles a fluffy, frosting-like consistency
Use as needed!

Seems easy enough, right? Well, yes that part was, but what happened next was a draining process.

You must store your new lotion in a glass container, essential oils can breakdown plastic. After you fill your container with lotion it’s now a game of where to keep it. Coconut oil melts in the heat — It’s summer time and I live in L.A. But, if you keep it in the fridge it gets hard, like really hard. So I opted for the oily lotion, which isn’t bad, but not ideal. I did my first batch without the essential oil. Let me tell you, coconut oil smells like cheese. Don’t be fooled by the recipe…essentials oils are a MUST for fragrance. I re-whipped my first batch using Burt Bee’s lemon scented body oil, but I had to pour in about 1.5 fl. oz. Lastly, it was a lot of effort, but I don’t know if my skin is seeing results. I’ve been using it for about a week and I don’t notice a difference yet, but maybe it’s just too soon to tell.

All in all, I think I might try it again when the temperatures aren’t in the high 80′s. The thought of organic lotion that I can make on my own is still very appealing. Click through the gallery below to see what products I used.

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Our Favorite No Fuss, No Muss Fourth of July Snacks!

July 4, 2014
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Let’s be honest, very few of us sit around on Independence Day celebrating the Declaration of Independence and our decision to chuck the deuces to Great Britain. If you’re like me, the 4th of July is reserved for good food and fun fireworks!

So, in honor of this festive holiday I’m posting a tasty treat you can prepare with your kiddo and a special libation when it’s time to get your grown folk on!!

First up, a strawberry snack that easy to prepare and delicious to eat.

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Ingredients
Strawberries, washed and dried
White chocolate
Blue sugar, edible glitter, or sprinkles (blue sugar is shown in the picture)

Directions
Place blue sugar in a bowl. In a separate bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave on 50% power for two minutes. Stir until the bowl is no longer warm. Then microwave for 30 second intervals at 50% power, stirring after each, until the chocolate is completely melted. Dip the lower two thirds of the strawberries in the melted white chocolate. Then, dip the lower third of the strawberries in the blue sugar or spoon it onto the strawberry. Place on wax paper or Silpat until completely cool.

Now, put those kids to bed and let the real party begin. While most functions will have beer and liquor, this little “Red, WINE & Blue” summer spritzer will definitely hit the spot on what is sure to be a hot night.

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Ingredients
white wine (Barefoot Reisling suggested)
white soda (Diet Sierra Mist suggested…Although I switched it for Sprite)
frozen cherries
frozen blueberries

Directions
This drink is 2/3 wine and 1/3 white soda, though just eye ball it. Throw in some frozen cherries & frozen blueberries and enjoy!

It doesn’t get any easier than that! Now, those are just two of my favorites but if you’re looking for more 4th of July inspired treats check out Crazy for Crust.

Strawberry recipe spotted @ The Sister Cafe
Spritzer recipe spotted @ Wine and Glue

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Love For The Little Ones: Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas For Kids

February 9, 2014
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Of course, as grown ups Valentine’s Day is all about wining, dining and romance — but what about our little ones? Forget the days of generic V-day cards from the grocery store with superheroes on them, this year step it up a notch and get creative!

Pinterest (the best place on Earth!) directed me to the NurtureStore website which boast 250+ Valentine ideas. But, because you don’t have time to sift through TWO HUNDRED posts about cupid, I did all the hard work for you.

Below are the top 5 (in my opinion) ideas for a creative and crafty Valentine’s day with your little ones!

5. Nothing says love like a V-Day muffin!
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Click here for the recipe. Fun to do with your kiddo or for your kiddo!

4. Make an art heart <3 heartlacing8.-1024x640
This project teaches fine motor skills, manual dexterity, concentration and patience…plus, the finished product is awesome. Link.

3. Make your own globe…your OWN globe!!
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Talk about creative, this little idea will be a keepsake for years to come and it’s soooo much better than finger-painting on construction paper. Get the deets here.

2. A bear hat for Valentine’s day? Yes.
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Warning: Cute Overload! Feel like knitting? Then click here.

1. Create an Valentine’s Day art journal.
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Too many ideas for just on project? Then this is a great way for your kiddies to collect all of their creativity in one place. Link.

BONUS: Valentine’s Day sensory box or time capsule.
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Depending on the age of your little one a sensory box could be a great idea to help develop motor skills and sensory perception in younger children. Also, creating a time capsule could be a yearly tradition or a one time thing. In honor of V-Day, fill the capsule with things you love and open it years down the line.

Happy Valentine’s Day! xo