Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Bunny Pom Pom Craft


Gonna do this craft with my 2 year old and his friends tomorrow. I'm sorry. I can't wait until they are old enough. I think it will be very mommy and me combined effort. I'll update with the full tutorial and results!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Win $2500 with a Blurb Book You Create About Your Favorite Person

Have you ever made a Blurb book? I made one for my little boy's first year. He is one of my favorite people in the whole wide world. Right now, if you make a Blurb book about your favorite person, you could win $2500!

Did you know that Blurb might give you $2,500 to read about your favorite person? All you have to do is make a book about a loved one filled with all sorts of kind words, creativity and insight, and if selected, you could win the grand prize! For every book you make (there are seven different categories, so seven different chances to win) you will receive a 30% discount on the printed product. Go to Blurb to check out the details of the contest to see what the categories are and when the entries are due. The 30% discount on My Favorite books will be applied at checkout when you use the promo code: MYFAVORITE. (And, even if you don't enter, you can still get 30% off on all My Favorite books or save 15% on all printed orders through April 30th!)

Not sure what to write about? 

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$5 off $15 Purchase at Living Social for Tax Day Promo Code

If you are like me, you never go out without a Living Social or similar deal. The best way to get a deal on these sites? Promo Codes!!!!

Here's one to celebrate doing your taxes on April 15th, get $5 off a $15 purchase at Living Social.

Promo Code: TAXDAY5

Monday, April 14, 2014

Toddler Modern Art -- Painting Canvas with Kids

This kid has been really into painting, lately. He has created some beautiful works of modern art and it is just so simple to set him up that I thought I'd share!

I just give him a cheap canvas, which I buy in bulk, a paintbrush, a cup of water, some paper towels to blot the paintbrush and possibly a drop cloth or some newspaper to keep the paint off the table. Then I either use cut in half egg cartons as a palette and fill up with washable paint, or I use the small pallet strips.

He has so much fun working on these, and I get some cool art to hang up in a little gallery area in the house!

Here is the egg carton pallet.

Here is the neat little separated paint cups.

Painting may be a little messy but washable paint comes off of everything and it is much better than the toddler doing stuff like this...

...or this. 

VEGAN Broccoli Cauliflower Noodle Kale Soup

My husband made sure none of this year's Veggie Easter Bunny went to waste by cooking up this beautiful noodle dish with the leftovers. We call it Bunny Soup and it is so yummy!

I thought of titling this recipe Veggie Easter Bunny Soup but I figured I'd get sickos visiting my blog that want to cook their Easter bunny. Ugh. I probably just invited Easter bunny eaters just by saying bunny and soup in the same sentence, but maybe I can entice a bunny eater into doing a meatless Monday or something with this vegan deliciousness that my hunky hubby whipped up.

In this dish:
Annie Chuns Organic Udon noodles from Costco
Purple, yellow, and white cauliflower
Curly Kale
Better Than Bouillon
Salt, Pepper, Spices to taste

My husband used amounts of vegetables that were proportionate to the noodles for the three of us.

Here's what he did:
Basically, hubby explained to me that he cooked each item in his boullion and water mixture in the time it took to prepare it, but if you want the cooking timed out, he estimated this...

Water and Better Than Bouillon brought to a boil. Added Spring Onions and the greens. Added Cauliflower and Broccoli and cooked for a minute. Added thin cut carrots and cooked for 2 minutes. Added the Udon Noodles for like 2 or three minutes. Added the Kale and mixed it around and done!

When I came in the kitchen this beautiful, colorful, and fragrant bouquet was cooking! It was SO good. Even our toddler ate every last bit! This makes a great noodle bowl to take to work the next day in your Pyrex glass covered bowl and just nuke it!

Here is the Veggie Easter Bunny we cooked:

Move Over Peeps -- Here Come Vegan Peeps from Sweet and Sara

Just ordered my Vegan Peeps from Sweet and Sara!!! Ok, not Peeps, but Veeps. Not only are they vegan, but the food coloring is natural, too. 

Oh, in case you are a Peeps fan, sorry to break it to you, but Peeps are not food. Vegan peeps, however are! Ok, they are still sweets, and probably not very good for you... maybe just a little more food-ish than Peeps, but have you read the ingredients on Peeps?

Here is the Peeps ingredient list:

Gelatin is most likely pork derived. Gross. Yellow #5 is a no-no as are preservatives in my house. 

Here is the ingredient list in Veeps:
Ingredients: cane sugar*, corn syrup, water, corn dextrose, corn starch, carrageenan, soy protein, acacia, pure vanilla extract, sea salt, locust bean gum, confectioner’s sugar*, organic Belgian chocolate, natural yellow coloring (beta carotene, glycerine*). *vegan.

Sugar, sugar, sugar. Not quite a health food but they are definitely a huge upgrade!

So I'm going with the Veeps!!

20 Hot Wheels for $12.74 on Amazon

Holy Cars! Hot Wheels are waaaaay cheap right now!!!

Hot Wheels 20 Car Gift Pack – Styles May Vary only $12.74 shipped with Amazon prime!

My son is crazy about these, but we have so many. Oh well, thought I'd share :)