Inspired by the Ricky Ricotta series by Dav Pilkey & illustrated by Dan Santat, I created a fun and easy craft that my daughter loved taking part in. My daughter has a wonderful imagination. She could have as much fun with dolls as she does with sticks outside, pretending she is part of a magical land of castles, princes and princesses and dragons. Though I am not the most crafty person on the planet, I racked my brain on how to tie in her love for imaginary play with these cute and fun books that she loved to read. Ricky Ricotta is a little mouse with BIG problems! Every day he is picked on by the neighborhood bullies. He lives in Squeakyville with his mother and father, and being an only mouse, he is often lonely. That is until SOMETHING BIG HAPPENS! A giant flying robot enters Ricky’s life and an unlikely friendship is born! Together, Ricky and his Robot must save the planet from a galaxy bursting with bad guys!
Today’s confession is written by Amanda G. Thanks for sharing your story, Amanda.
Here is another easy DIY for those of you looking to spice up a certain space in your home. I’ve seen many poufs that I love, but some were so costly. My next pouf will be a gold one, but for now, I made one with an interesting geometric design. I chose a heavier fabric since this will be used in the floor and for sitting on or propping your feet on. So, with that, I bought some heavy duty thread as well. The fabric and thread were purchased at Joann Fabrics. The fabric is a Nate Berkus design. I had no idea they were going to be carrying his stuff, but I am excited that they are! There are several other fabrics of his that I plan to purchase and use for the same reason. These poufs are going in my son’s room because they are a young and fun design.
Two times each year, ULTA hosts 21 Days of Beauty – a three week celebration featuring special offers, expert beauty tips, and brand focus days.
The key to this dish is developing a nice char on the green beans. To do so, heat the oil in your skillet until it almost smokes before adding the beans. Let them sear, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds, and they’ll take on color.
I love this idea of a quick snack-on-the-go and I don’t know about you but I LOVE fritos with my chili!
In a perfect world I’d have enough time to skillfully craft a gorgeous makeup look every day, complete with contouring, falsies and lip liner. Here in the real world, that is unfortunately rarely the case. I’m generally left throwing on makeup quickly and hoping for the best. As a makeup artist of 12+ years, I’ve gotten good at a routine that is about 5 minutes and makes sure I look polished, professional and presentable. Below are the products I reach for pretty consistently. Many serve double duty or act as space savers- great for a traveling or small makeup bag on the go.
This is a delicious twist to the traditional french toast that is a family favorite. Instead of stopping with the bread, why not take it a step further by adding the pb&j? Try sprinkling a little confectioners’ sugar over the French toast just before serving.
The Truvia business has launched an exciting and thoughtful program that I’d like to share with all of my cherished readers. “Sharing a sweet future” is the name of heir campaign and it launched on world food day in October of 2012. What the program does is help produce childhood hunger in Bolivia and make communities better through good nutrition, safety and educational programs.
Today’s confession is written by Teah Otey. Reading her story makes me realize that everybody is so different and when it comes to PCOS, no two situations are alike. Thanks for sharing your story, Teah.
1 pkg House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Extra Firm, drained and pressed
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
½tsp black pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1 ½ cup cornflakes, crushed into small pieces
I started the “Fiber Choice Get Picky Challenge” of using Fiber Choice Fruity Bites for 30 days and noting if I see a difference. Fiber can help lower cholesterol levels by keeping cholesterol in the digestive tract, increasing it’s elimination. Additionally it makes you feel better as it helps to promote a healthy digestive system over all and reduces negative stuff like constipation. My initial experience has been just fine with these gummies. I am more likely to take a good tasting vitamin than I am a chalky chewable, or hard to swallow pill. Don’t even mention gritty powders, it’s just not going to happen! Aside from a little getting used to, I definitely can tell it was working wonders in my body. I had to back off the full dose at first, as it made me a little bloated feeling, but once my body got used to them, they were perfectly fine and things were, for lack of a better phrase, “running smoothly”. Hey we have to get a little humor in there, after all, we are talking about our fiber intake. It’s easy to see how important fiber is to the inner workings of your body, and hard to believe so much power can be packed into such small gummies. Fiber choice truly is some awesome stuff! I am eager to continue using these fiber choice gummies and use them to keep me from straying on my new found path to fitness.
Today’s confession is written by Jenna Clements. Jenna’s husband, Ryan Clements, was just a featured Rad Dad on Modern Day Dads, however, it was pure coincidence that we started chatting. I had no idea about that connection until a few days later when my husband mentioned that he thinks Jenna is Ryan’s wife. After reading Jenna’s story, it gives me hope! I hope it’s inspiring to you as well. Thanks for sharing your story, Jenna.