Category: Mommy Stuff

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

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

Should You Color Your Hair When Pregnant?

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 by No Comments

Gray hair has been spotted. Oh my!

Poor Kate Middleton. The press just loves to dissect every tiny detail from her dark circles to fine lines to her growing baby bump. Now the cameras have picked up “visible” gray roots while she was out and about.

I confess, I spotted my first gray hair at 28, so it’s no surprise that the 33-year-old Duchess of Cambridge has a few gray hairs. And as health conscious as she is, she may be passing on dying her hair while she’s pregnant to avoid contact with the harsh chemicals.

Who knows, she might even be going au naturel just because that’s what she wants to do. But it does bring up the question of whether or not you should color your hair while pregnant. Can it be harmful to the unborn child?

Turns out there isn’t a definitive answer. The Mayo Clinic points to a 2005 study that “suggested an association between the use of hair dye during pregnancy and the development of the childhood cancer neuroblastoma” and that other studies have not reached the same conclusion.

According to the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), when it comes to coloring your hair and other treatments the amount of exposure, the timing during pregnancy, and the frequency of use are all important factors to consider.

If you just can’t stand the idea of letting your hair color grow out while pregnant, Reyad Fritas, artistic director of Fekkai 5th Avenue, suggests highlights as your best option because, “The dye doesn’t touch the skin, is ammonia-free, and there is less oxidation to breath in versus a [full] color.”

And for covering that gray, he suggests a gentle semi-permanent, ammonia-free dye. He admits the coverage isn’t the same offered by a permanent dye, but it can “still create a natural look.”

This topic is one of those personal choice subjects. While there’s no hard proof that coloring your hair while pregnant can harm your baby, it isn’t recommended by doctors for the first three months to avoid contact with the ammonia.

If you have concerns about what you should do, talk with your health care provider.

Photo credits: Dean Wissing

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

Designer Babies Okayed by Parliament: Are We Playing God?

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 by No Comments

When I heard that the U.K.’s Parliament had okayed a controversial fertility procedure that uses the DNA of three different people, it brought to mind genetically engineered populations of Science Fiction.

With technological advances coming at us faster and faster, I often feel like I’m living within a Science Fiction-like reality and this time is no different.

The bill which passed authorizes an in-vitro fertilization technique that combines two parents’ genetic material with that of an additional female donor.

The procedure allows women who carry the genes for mitochondrial disease to carry their own biological children without passing on the risk. It’s the kind of thing they talk about in futuristic novels and movies, a way way to filter out genetic weaknesses.

The mitochondrion (plural mitochondria) is a membrane bound organelle found in most cells that make up plants, animals, humans and other forms of life.

Mitochondrial creates more than 90 percent of the energy needed to support life, and mitochondria diseases occur when the mitochondria fails. It results in less and less energy within the cell and can lead to cell death.

As this condition is repeated throughout the body, systems begin to fail and quality of life is compromised. Symptoms may include loss of motor control, gastro-intestinal disorders, muscle weakness and pain, poor growth, and more.

It’s a disease that primarily affects children, but it is becoming more common in adults, too.

To accomplish this feat, they’ll start with a donor egg which has been cleared of everything but its mitochondria. They’ll insert the maternal spindle (the nucleus of the mother’s egg). The resulting egg will then be fertilized with the father’s sperm.

The result is a child who is biologically the child of the parents but without the risk of mitochondria disease. It won’t affect the way they look, the color of their eyes, or any of those other characteristics passed from one generation to the next.

The procedure is being embraced by researchers, bioethicists, and government advisors around the world. They call it “an international demonstration of how good regulation helps medical science to advance in step with wider society.”

However, there are also those who question whether or not we’re playing God and even “walking in Hitler’s footsteps.”

What do you think? Is this a road we should follow?

Photo credits: wikipedia

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

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