Curél Cream Saves the Day #imabzzagent

15 11 2013

Cold, dry weather has snuck up on us! It feels like the latest cold snap has sucked all the moisture out of my skin. Thankfully, Curél makes this great cream to combat dryness, their Intensive Healing Cream. The name says it all; it’s thick and creamy and works quickly on dry spots. It’s so thick, I like to joke with the kids by holding the open jar over their heads. It has a barely-noticeable smell which is not easy to find in the skincare section. The effects are visible right away as the cream erases the cracked, itchy spots without stinging. While my skin is very dry and sensitive and needs “intensive healing” often, I don’t think this cream could replace my whole lotion collection. It isn’t greasy , but it takes some effort to rub in and sometimes my skin can’t take the pressure.

How is your skin reacting to the change of seasons? You should check out the Curél Skincare Advisor and see what they can do to help you.

PS–Just a disclaimer, this is my own opinion of Curél® Intensive Healing Cream. As a BzzAgent, I got a free sample as part of this BzzCampaign, but the opinions are all mine.





Easy Lego Storage

31 07 2013

I have loved Legos since I can remember and am extremely excited that my boys are starting to love them as well. I am not, however, excited about stepping on them everywhere. My husband and I have been discussing and mulling over different options to keep the blocks contained and organized. If you look up Lego storage or Lego tables online you will find many options and some really creative DIY ideas.

My husband’s idea of a great table is this (a rather good idea seeing as we have 3 boys):

lego table

I would love a lego/playroom wall to look like this one from iheartOrganizing:

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(Read all three posts for the complete picture. Fellow organizers may want to devote an afternoon to reading through the rest of her blog. I can’t get enough and funny thing, her name is Jen too!)

But my boys play with Legos like THIS:

lego mess

So after weeks of research and thought, and spying a great coffee table at our local Fred Meyer, this is what I decided on:

coffee table

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I love this plan, the table looks nice and gives the boys a surface at their level to build on. At the end of the day if we need to use the family room, they can stick their unfinished projects in the basket. Or more realistically, just sweep all the Legos off the top of the table into the basket.

The Sterilite drawers on the side of the couch are also being used for Lego storage. The top drawer has base plates and instructions. The middle drawer has desk drawer organizers for separating little pieces. And the bottom drawer is full of Legos waiting to be played with by the kids or organized by me :)

In the basket under the table I’ve included small empty tubs for holding loose pieces they are currently using. These were from a dollar store trip when I was visiting my family in Ohio. Also from the dollar store are the small organizers on the right. (I wish I had a dollar store close to me!)

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I would love for all the tiny accessories (ie hair, swords, flowers) to stay separated but I know it’s not going to happen! Maybe we I can have a session a few times a year to separate them? In the meantime, I am hoping this new set up will keep things corralled.

Jennifer




Summer Fun and #DOLESaladsParty

21 06 2013

DSCN2110For the first day of summer, we created a Summer Fun To-do list inspired by this one from the Buente family. Everyone got to add their own ideas and decorate the poster. I tried to add some easy ones too, in case of boredom setting in…they won’t require too much work to be able to check those off.

Dole Salad party pack

I’m also excited to be chosen as a host for a Dole Salads Taste of Spain House Party at the end of June. The party pack came this week with these cute red rose hair clips and many goodies for the guests. So much fun!





Just get started already…

28 01 2013

Motivated by the success I was having creating Christmas crafts this year, I have decided to make a conscious effort to become a doer instead of just a planner. I have a hard time putting my perfectionism aside and starting what seems like complicated or involved projects. I never feel there is going to be enough time, I might get interrupted by one of the kids, or that there are other things to be done first (like dishes, or changing diapers). I found a few times over the holidays, that if I just get started, more often than not, something gets accomplished. It may not be perfect, it may not be complete, but something is better than nothing.

I will put up a separate post on the Christmas crafts I did this year. It was fun to turn my inspiration into actuality. And the process was just as fun as the results. For now I will leave you with the project of the moment- my very first sensory tub. It was made on the spur of the moment, using the container that had been housing the toy cars now scattered all over the bedroom (we’ll pick those up when we’re done playing with moon sand).

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It doesn’t have to be extensive or expensive. The kids were playing with the cars and I was reading a blog post on sensory tub ideas. Moon sand- never would have thought it was as simple as 5 parts flour and 1 part oil. I grabbed up their toy bin, mixed up the moon sand (while multi tasking and calling my sister), threw in a few spoons, small containers and some stray dinosaurs.

My IMG_46062 year old has been enamored for over an hour already. We are working on fine motor skills and vocabulary at the same time. Fun, educational, easy set up, easy cleanup- my kind of project!!

What is in store tomorrow??

Jennifer





Banana Cake Muffins

24 01 2013

banana muffins

An icy cold day like today needs something warm baking in the oven. But what to make? I’m not sure how I happened across this recipe for Cake Mix Banana Bread from Real Mom, but it sounded ideal for it’s simplicity and likeliness of being tasty. And, by making them into muffins instead of a loaf, I got to use these spunky Drömmar bakery cups that I picked up from Ikea.

And they did turn out lovely and yummy! I would call them banana cake muffins over banana bread muffins because the texture was more light and fluffy rather than dense and banana-y. Maybe add another banana next time?

 

Here’s my adapted recipe:

1 (18.25 oz) package yellow cake mix

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

5 egg whites

1/4 cup oil

1 Tbs Coconut Oil

3 medium ripe bananas, smushed

Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Divide batter evenly among 12 large muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops with a little granulated and/or brown sugar. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test.

 

As a side note, if your bananas aren’t ripe enough, try baking them until they blacken. This makes them super sweet! Just be careful to cool them down a little before mixing with the eggs.

 





Beginning of a new year

15 01 2013

presentMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I resolve to make this year more heartfelt and compassionate. Like this birthday gift I got from my nearly 4-year old. A little flower wrapped around a pine cone. His expression of love makes my heart smile! I hope that I can make many hearts smile this year too.

 





Fabulous Fall Crafts and Activities

9 10 2012

Fall is the perfect time for outdoor activities like apple picking (been three times now this season!) and fairs. Here’s the three munchkins at at local “touch a truck” afternoon. Don’t they make an adorable fashion statement altogether?


Our latest fall project included black glue to create some spectacular leaf designs. The inspiration came from Mess for Less (the leaf forms) and Robin Mead Designs (the colors). We used watered-down acrylics on cardstock (8.5×11″ cut in halves). I trimmed the excess background after they dried and now they are gracing our front door!

I’m amazed at how interesting leaves are…seriously! I am also very happy the kids never tire of them. We’ve had some nice science lessons learning about different trees and the characteristics of their leaves. How’s this for a leaf identification chart? Up next on our fall arts and craft list are these projects too:

What are you creating this autumn?








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