July 29, 2014

Tried it Tuesday! #16

Summer evenings mean gathering on the patio for drinks with friends for us! It's a great place to relax and unwind. And a drink in hand is icing on the cake!

Sangria has quickly become one of my favorite mixed drinks. It's simple to make, ingredients can be easily switched up for a different taste, and it can be made with or without alcohol.

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July 28, 2014

BEST Green Smoothie for Kids

As parents, we try to encourage our children to make healthy choices when it comes to their diet. The problem is kids tend to be pretty picky eaters. Kids will turn their noses up at certain foods because of the way they look, because "so and so" doesn't like it, or just because they've never tried it before. So you ALSO know that sometimes you just have sneak some foods into their diet.

I tend to use smoothies as my means of adding "undesirable" healthy foods to my kids' diets. No matter what other ingredients I include in my smoothies I always use Silk Almondmilk for a sweet and creamy base. It's a healthy choice as well since it contains no cholesterol and 50% more calcium, less fat, and fewer calories than dairy milk.

We are big Silk Almondmilk fans. We use it on cereal and oatmeal daily. And we're not a dairy free or gluten free household by any means. We just love the way it tastes! Typically I buy the Silk Almondmilk in vanilla, but recently I tried the new Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber (also in vanilla flavor). The idea of adding extra protein and fiber to my children's diets (and my own for that matter!) so easily sounded like a winner to me!

I have one little boy who turns his nose up a blueberries and another who won't go near spinach. But I have an awesome green smoothie recipe that includes both of these and my kids love it! This green smoothie is perfect for kids 1) because it doesn't look green and 2) it's sweet and creamy thanks to the Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber.

As a parent, you will love this recipe for the vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients you are putting into your children's tummies. There is no need for extra artificial sweeteners; the fruits and Almondmilk are sweet enough.

The trick to this particular smoothie is the strawberries and bananas. The strawberries give the smoothie a great coloring and overpower the green from the spinach. The banana masks all other flavors except for the strawberries leaving you with a delicious strawberry-banana flavored smoothie.


Best Green Smoothie for Kids

by Michele McDonald
Prep Time: 5 min

Ingredients (6 cups)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 banana, cut in pieces
  • 1-2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber
Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high for 2 minutes.
Serve immediately.


After my kids express their love for this smoothie, I always remind them what is in it. I want them to know that those foods they claimed not to like can be pretty delicious. They are always amazed and happy with their healthy choices!

And I am loving the fact that this new Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber tastes just like our favorite vanilla Silk Almondmilk and has that extra boost of protein and fiber, both things that can be difficult to get a child to eat.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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July 25, 2014

Pinterest Feature Friday - PFF #140

Hello there friends and welcome to Pinterest Feature Friday! Michele, Bev, Malia, and I (Kara) love combing through the Pinterest Master List each week to find new pinners to follow and to feature one of you!

Today I am excited to feature Brittany from Confessions of a Secret Crafter's Pinterest boards!

Brittany has 14 boards and 385 pins. Let's take a look at some of my favorite boards of hers...

Her DIY Fashion board has 13 pins...and I love every single one!

Succulents are one of the only plants I can keep alive, so I am digging Brittany's Succulent Love board with 37 pins.

Because who doesn't love a good doughnut? Brittany's Doughnut board has 10 delicious looking pins.

There's 43 fun crafts pinned to her Crafts board...

And 41 delicious recipes pinned to Brittany's Food Inspiration board...

Now let's dive into some of my favorite pins of Brittany's!

How rad is this mirrored wood wall hanging pinned to Brittany's Home Projects board?!

This Vintage Bicycle Canvas Tote pinned to Brittany's DIY Fashion board is way cute.

I so want to make these beautiful Gold Leaf Succulent Pots that Brittany pinned to her Garden + Plant Projects board.

You can bet your bottom dollar I'll be making these 2 ingredient gluten free cookie bars pinned to Brittany's Baked Goods + Desserts board!

49ee4a66345df3cbd07f90d4ae697e62 if this DIY Cardboard Box Play Sewing Machine isn't the cutest thing ever, I don't know what is! Find it on Brittany's Crafts board.

Thanks so much for linking up to our Pinterest Master List Brittany! I hope you grab a featured button.

Have you joined the Pinterest Master List? Who knows, you would be our next feature!


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July 23, 2014

Personalized Summer Hostess Gift Basket

I recently had the opportunity to put together a super fun hostess gift basket using products from Old Time Pottery. I made it with a summer, dining for two theme in mind and customized it by personalizing some inexpensive decorative dishtowels. 

For this outdoor dining basket I selected a green and yellow color scheme and grew from there:
  • I started with the green plates and frosted yellow wine glasses. They are the start for an intimate outdoor dining experience. 
  • From there I added a yellow candle (citronella to keep the bugs away) and a flame lighter. To add to the candle centerpiece I found a green lantern that I could use as a flower pot and the ever popular succulents to put in it.
  • The green towels, BBQ spatula, heat-proof tongs, utensil caddy, and food tent will come in handy for food preparation.
  • The cute fruit-shaped ice cube trays and bottle opener were perfect for the color scheme so I could not resist adding them in, too.
  • The crate was the perfect "basket" for all of the supplies to fit in AND will be something that can easily be used for storage later on. The tissue paper and yellow burlap ribbon will be extra accents to decorate the crate when the supplies are added to it.

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July 22, 2014

Tried it Tuesday! #15

Summer is the time for picnics and family gatherings. If you're tried bringing the same old dish along, spice it up with this side dish that has quickly become one of our favorites! Its a great take on a classic summer side dish.

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July 21, 2014


You guys, I have the easiest ever to make mini albums for you today! And, bonus, they are the perfect size for your Instagram photos! Thus, I've cleverly dubbed them Insta-Albums. I made these for my roommates for the SNAP! conference back in April.

These are perfect for anyone, even those that don't "scrapbook" or do many paper crafts. I'm going to show you how you can make this album in minutes. Then all you need is to print out your 3x3 Instagram photos and adhere them to the pages. I swear, it's that simple! There's plenty of room for journaling, if you so choose. 

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