Category: For The Home

Link Round-up: Muesli, Traveling with Kids, Movie Night, and More

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a muesli recipe, tips for traveling with kids, movie night ideas, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for customizable muesli bowls.

Aunt Peaches shared 16 messy DIY projects.

Kenarry offered ideas on what to take with you when traveling with small children.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to customize wire baskets.

Homemaking Hacks shared a St. Patrick’s Day hot cocoa jar gift idea.

Simplee Thrifty gave us five quick tips about food expiration dates.

A Day in Your Shoes shared seven movie night theme ideas.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Which Baby Gate Is Right for Your Home?

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 by No Comments

According to the National Institutes of Health, 5.9% of childhood deaths due to trauma could be blamed on falls and were the seventh leading cause of traumatic death in children under 15.

About half of those deaths were from falls were down stairs.

If your baby has started crawling, it’s time to get the gates in place to keep him safe. However, choosing the right gate isn’t always easy. It starts with knowing what gates are available and the advantages to each type.

You may not have stairs in your home but want to keep your child contained to the area you’re in for easier watching.

Measure the Space

Your first step should be to think of all the places you will need a gate, such as the top of the stairs and any doorways. Be sure to include indoor and outdoor spaces.

For example, if your family spends a lot of time on the back deck of your home, then you’ll want a baby gate at the top of the stairs to keep your baby from taking a tumble.

Now, carefully measure those openings to find out the width of the baby gate you’ll need. Measure on the inside of the door frame.

Type of Gate You’ll Need

  • Standard Gate: If your opening is between 30-45 inches, then you can get by with a standard gate. These can be purchased at any big box retailer with baby products.
  • Extra-Wide Gate: If your opening is larger than 45 inches, you may need extension panels. If you can’t find a gate with these at a regular retail store, try baby specialty stores.
  • Custom Gate: If you have an oddly shaped space or walls that aren’t directly adjacent to one another, you may need to get a custom gate made. For example, if you want to section off a fireplace hearth with sharp stone corners, you can use a custom gate.

You’ll also need to decide if you want a fixed gate that is mounted to the wall or a tension gate that is held in place with tension.

Other Considerations

You’ll also want to measure your baby. According to Kids Health, the gate should be at least three-fourths as tall as your child to avoid him climbing over.

Slats should be no farther than 2 and 3/8 inches apart and the gap from the floor to the bottom of the gate should be less than two inches to keep baby from sliding under.

Finally, check to see if the gate has an ASTM/JPMA certification (American Society for Testing and Materials, and Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association). This will ensure you are choosing a gate that has been tested for child safety.

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Link Round-up: Crafts for Kids, Cute Treats, Tips for Keeping Produce Fresh, and More

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has crafts for kids, cute treats, and more.

Kid Things showed us how to make a four-leaf clover butterfly with the kids.

Munchkin Munchies showed us how to make cute “I’m Bananas for You” monkey and banana cookies.

Little House Living taught us how to make fresh produce last when you only shop once a month.

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A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make cheddar chive popovers.

Sarah Halstead shared a delicious buffalo chicken dip recipe.

Better in Bulk shared a recipe for roasted Cajun cauliflower and sausage.

Spaceships and Laser Beams taught us how to make Lego soap.

Photo credit: Kid Things and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Crafts, an Easter Printable, a Chore Jar, and More

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has crafts, an Easter printable, recipes, and more.

Kid Things shared a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow craft to do with the kids.

Mama of 3 Munchkins shared tips for hosting an American Girl themed party.

Munchkin Munchies taught us how to make mini melting snowmen cookies.

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Muslin and Merlot shared a piano makeover that involves chalk paint.

Better in Bulk shared an applesauce and blueberry muffin recipe.

Spaceships and Laser Beams shared a cute Easter printable.

Simply Wright showed us how to make a chore jar.

Photo credit: Kid Things and Muslin and Merlot

Link Round-up: Decor Ideas, Activities with the Kids, Cookies, and More

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has décor ideas, activities to do with your kids, and more.

This Little Street showed us how to make fabric dolls from your kids’ drawings.

Honestly WTF showed us how to wear bandanas.

Happy Hooligans shared a paper plate jellyfish craft.

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Positively Splendid taught us how to make peanut butter toffee turtle cookies.

Kenarry shared rose petal crafts that will help you figure you what to do with your Valentine’s Day gift once it starts to fade.

…love, Maegan shared seven easy decorating ideas to save space.

Saved by Love Creations showed us how to upcycle a table runner into pillows.

Photo credit: This Little Street and Positively Splendid

Disney Announces First Latina Princess

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 by No Comments

Disney has announced their latest Disney princess. Her name is Elena of Avalor, and she is the first Latina Disney princess. The Latina 16-year-old princess will be the star of an upcoming Disney Junior show slated to premiere next year.

According to Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, Princess Elena of Avalor will be a “confident and compassionate teenager.”

Young kids around the world will be inspired by this princess as the show will be translated into 25 languages and air in more than 150 countries. The target audience will be kids between the ages of 2 and 7 years old, but I think she’ll inspire others, too.

Like the princesses before her, Elena will deliver songs about her adventures that are sure to be sung in homes around the world. However, along with the entertainment factor, the show also plans to feature a curriculum designed to help children develop in other ways.

Ideas include things like promoting ethical development to sharpening cognitive skills. Along with that, the program will present stories “influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale.”

The storyline finds the teenage princess trapped within a jeweled amulet for decades. When she is released she journeys throughout her kingdom to find her parents and to take her place on the throne.

In the process, Elena of Avalor meets up with magical creatures and friends to help her deal with her arch enemy, an evil sorceress. Sounds like a perfect blend to keep kids watching.

While your kids probably can’t wait to see Disney’s first Latina princess, she won’t be introduced until 2016 when the show launches. It can be one of those lessons in waiting.

Photo credits: iO Trendz

Link Round-up: Upcycling, Hot Chocolate, Decorating a Guest Room, and More

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has upcycling ideas, a hot chocolate recipe, tips for decorating a guest bedroom, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make cioccolata calda Italian hot chocolate.

Happy Hooligans showed us how to make a paper bag tiara.

The Merry Thought shared a recipe for a sweet potato and black bean quinoa bowl.

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A Beautiful Mess shared hand lettering tips.

…love, Meagan shared a DIY project for felt crown party hats for pets and kids.

Saved by Love Creations showed us how to upcycle an old cookie sheet into a memo board.

Kenarry shared tips for decorating the guest bedroom.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Time Management in the Kitchen, Crafts, Sweets, and More

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s round-up has kitchen time management tips, crafts, sweets, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared a recipe for a strawberry chocolate shake without chocolate syrup.

Frugal Mom Eh shared four methods for better time management in the kitchen.

A Cultivated Nest showed us how to use reclaimed wood to make a bright, happy “Hello” sign.

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Bitz n Giggles taught us how to make soy lotion bars.

Belle of the Kitchen shared a recipe for pizza breakfast casserole.

Titi Crafty by Camila taught us how to make bacon green pea soup.

Better in Bulk showed us how to make a Valentine’s Day wall hanging.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and Bitz n Giggles

Link Round-up: Valentine’s Day Ideas, Cute Cookies, Home Decor, and More

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has Valentine’s Day ideas, cute cookies, home decor, and more.

A Beautiful Mess inspired us with a record frame Instagram photo wall.

Wife Mom Geek taught us how to make a Valentine’s Day sensory bin.

A Cultivated Nest shared some quick meal ideas to help us avoid takeout.

Frog Prince Paperie shared a Dr. Seuss party centerpiece idea.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons taught us how to make easy penguin cookies.

Oh My Sugar High taught us how to make gluten-free zucchini brownie parfaits.

DIY Passion showed us how to turn a log into a side table.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons