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Baseball Wreath DIY Coach Gift

Baseball Wreath DIY Coach Gift

 

This was a fun project I did with a few other team moms for my daughter’s coach as a thank you gift for coaching all season.  The supplies were super cheap and this is a gift that will be a keepsake.  All the kids signed it after it was made, making it personal.
First, get about 11 baseballs.  Dirty and used are fine.  That adds to the look.

Next drill a hole in each one.  My dad helped with that part.

 

IMGP3690 Thread them through a metal coat hanger.  We used a white one so that it blended in better.IMGP3691 Twist the coat hanger at the top so that it closes the hanger, making a loop.  Make sure it is tight so it does not untwist.IMGP3692We put the team name and year at the very bottom one. ‘Redsocks 2014’ and some tole, ribbon and mini-wooden baseballs that the top.
IMGP3694 These covered the loop of the coathanger.  On the other side it is now a hook so this can be hung on a wall or doorknob.IMGP3695

Mini baseballs available on Amazon.  The tole and ribbon were bought at a local craft store.Next we had all the kids sign the balls.  Try to have them sign so that their names are facing up so that they can all be read once the wreath us hung up.

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Disclosure: I received one or more products for review purposes only. Despite the free item, my opinions remain 100% Honest and my own.This post may contain affiliate links, if clicked I may receive compensation. If a giveaway is being held: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received. Giveaways on this blog are in no way affiliated with Facebook or any other social media networks.

Back To School In Style: Start Shopping Now

Back To School In Style: Start Shopping Now

I know I’m insane.  Summer JUST started, right?  There will be plenty of back-to-school sales but if you find things online or in stores that your kids will love than shop now, while there is plenty in stock!  Plus items like lunch bags and backpacks can be used all year long.  Camping, day camps, field trips, road trips, sleepovers, etc.  If I see something at a good price I’m not going to wait three months to buy it.  No one should.  Check out these ideas for BTS available now.

 

Insulated lunch bags in all sorts of cool designs by Wildkin.  I like the large velcro flap and how wide the bottom of the bag is.  Great for teens to fit a whole lunch and snacks inside.

Sydney Paige offers a 2-for-one.  Not only are you buying a backpack from them with lots of pockets plus a place for id, padded for a small laptop or tablet and a hook inside for keys… but for each backpack you purchase Sydney Paige will donate one to a child in need.   Organic Slammers by Go Gourmet.  These are great for kids of all ages to throw in a lunch bag or eat on the way to school.  I love how the lids can screw back on, keeping the pouches from leaking.  They have no artificial colors or flavors, no refined sugar and have ingredients like bananas, applies, blueberries, strawberries, cherries and more.  These are not a drinkable yogurt.  They are a pureed superfood snack.

Get younger kids started on sight words, reading comprehension, telling time and more with Hot Dots Jr.  Fun touch pen with Ollie- the talking Owl Pen.  Great for ages 5-6 as a K-1st grade educational toy.   Ollie will tell kids if they answered correct or not and give words of encouragement.

Back To School Shopping For Parents

The Drive To Learn: What the East Asian Experience Tells Us About Raising Students Who Excel. By Cornelius N. Grove.  This is a great book for parents that want to push their kids to learn.  Learn how other cultures educate differently.

Where Will I Live?  By Rosemary McCarney.  A great book about refugees from all areas of the world and what the changes mean to them.  Very light reading without a lot of details.  Good for younger ages to understand acceptance and learn about refugees.  Lots of amazing photos too.

Notebook Doodles Go Girl! By Jess Volinski.  This is actually a doodlebook for girls but I think it’d be great to tear out page and put one a day in a child’s lunch bag or backpack. Inspirational pages to color for all ages.

Disclosure: I received one or more products for review purposes only. Despite the free item, my opinions remain 100% Honest and my own.This post may contain affiliate links, if clicked I may receive compensation. If a giveaway is being held: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received. Giveaways on this blog are in no way affiliated with Facebook or any other social media networks.

24 Insanely Delicious Instant Pot Recipes

24 Insanely Delicious Instant Pot Recipes

 

instant pot recipes

 

Instant Pots are the latest kitchen crazy.  They make getting food to the table fast and easy.  Especially for parents with busy schedules or kids in sports.  You can prepare ahead and set your Instant Pot and come home to a delicious meal ready to serve. Some are new to me.  I never knew I could make meatloaf or a cake in the Instant Pot!  Check out this awesome list of 24 recipes.  Print your favorites to save for busy days.

  1. Moo Goo Gai Pan (Gluten-Free Pressure Cooker).
  2. Barbecue Pulled Pork (Must Have Mom).
  3. Sloppy Joe’s (I Don’t Have Time For That).
  4. Corned Beef Cabbage (Savory Tooth).
  5. Pot Roast (Pressure Cook Recipes).
  6. Mashed Potatoes (Confessions of a Cooking Diva).
  7. Pork Chops (Craft Create Cook).
  8. Chili With Canned Beans (Mashed Up Mom).
  9. Artichoke & Dip (Savory Tooth).
  10. Honey Sesame Chicken (Thrifty Jinxy).
  11. Italian Wedding Soup (Gluten-Free Pressure Cooker).
  12. Lemon & Garlic Chicken (Must Have Mom).
  13. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Glue Sticks & Gumdrops).
  14. Sweet Potatoes (Craft Create Cook).
  15. Meatloaf (Awe Filled Homemaker).
  16. Ham & Potato Soup (Mashed Up Mom).
  17. Salsa Chicken Tacos (Aileen Cooks).
  18. Sausage Cacciatore (This Worthy Life).

    Plus Some Desserts

  19. Banana Bread (This Mama Loves).
  20. Cheesecake (This Mama Loves).
  21. Elderberry Gummies (Awe Filled Homemaker).
  22. Yogurt (Pressure Cook Recipes).
  23. Blueberry Jam (The Frugal Navy Wife).
  24. Flourless Orange Chocolate Cake (I Don’t Have Time For That).

Disclosure: I received one or more products for review purposes only. Despite the free item, my opinions remain 100% Honest and my own.This post may contain affiliate links, if clicked I may receive compensation. If a giveaway is being held: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received. Giveaways on this blog are in no way affiliated with Facebook or any other social media networks.

5 Great Meal Ideas For Diabetics

5 Great Meal Ideas For Diabetics

Being diabetic can be challenging.  Trying to have flavorful food that is healthy and low-carb isn’t always easy.  Especially when you have a family that isn’t diabetic.  I try to add a salad to lunch and dinners to add extra greens (and vegetables really helps my blood sugar stay low), walk every day and I also love finding new low-carb recipes, especially if they are something the kids will eat too.  Check out these ideas to help out with daily meals.
Breakfast:

I like having eggs (lots of protein and no carbs) and if I don’t have time than I have Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt (only 9 carbs) with some flax seeds and a sprinkle of Viki’s Granola.  The granola adds some texture and is made with whole grains.

viki's granola

Lunch:

I love the new trending recipes that have cauliflower in them instead of flour.  I tried the pizzas from Caulipower and they are amazing!  I seriously could not tell it was not a regular flour crust.  Not only that, a regular cheese pizza is only 37 carbs for 1/2 of a pizza.  Choose from Margherita, veggie, three-cheese or plain crust (my daughter made a tofu pizza with the plain crust one).  All of them taste great.  My son even had seconds.  I love that I can have pizza and not worry about having a huge amount of carbs!  Check out my round up of Cauliflower Recipes for other great ideas!

 

cauliflower pizza

The tofu one was definitely different but was still good.  I liked the pre-made ones that I could just throw in the oven.

Dinner:

When making meals with flour replace with Almond Flour or Banana Flour.  Both are lower in carbs and a health, gluten-free alternative to wheat.  The flour can be used inside of recipes, like quiche or for a shake-and-bake meal.  They can also be used to replace wheat flour in desserts.  They are made by Pereg Foods and are all Kosher.

Snacks, Drinks & Desserts:

1- Add cinnamon.  A dash in oatmeal, tea, on top of pudding, etc.  Cinnamon is known for reducing blood sugar levels.

2- Replace your regular sugar with Pyure.  It is organic Stevia sweetener and comes in resealable bags, packets, powder form, liquid and a stevia blend of granular sweetener.  They are all 0-2 carbs per 1/2 tsp and really sweeten up a drink or dessert without all the extra carbs.

3-Have drinks that are low in carbs or have zero carbs.  Water is always the first choice.  Soda isn’t good for anyone, even if it is diet soda.

 

 

I really like having dessert but it isn’t good for my blood sugar.  Especially ice cream!  I found a nice substitute is Sunday Cats!  They are small frozen containers that are organic, hydrate and come in delicious flavors. With natural ingredients like pineapple juice, apple juice, coconut water, etc.  Each one is 5-8 carbs (not bad for a whole dessert, right?) and the come in flavors like Watermelon, Pineapple and Strawberry Lemonade.

sunday cats freezies

 

 

Gardening Tips For A Good Summer Harvest

Gardening Tips For A Good Summer Harvest

I’ve been gardening most of my life.  We had a greenhouse when I was a kid and I love spending hours in there.  Before having kids I liked having a pretty yard.  Now I like having fresh and organic fruits and vegetables.  The grass in my yard is now all gone and instead I have woodchips and raised garden vegetable planters with fruit trees mixed in.  Each year that passes teaches me more of the plants that grow well, the bugs that like to eat the plants and gardening tips and hacks I pick up online and from other gardeners.  Sharing gardening ideas is something I enjoy.   This year I planted 21 tomato plants (each one a different type) in my backyard.  Some are tiny, a whole bunch will fit into a spoon.  Others a handful.  Red, orange and purple too.  I can’t wait to start canning with them.  Going to try tomato sauce and ketchup.  Fresh salsa, of course, too.   Stay tuned for the recipes.  Still waiting for an abundance of tomatoes to ripen.

 

Here are few must-haves for your own successful garden

Tomatoes like to climb.  Offer them tall stakes or trellises and they’ll climb 6-8 feet high!  These ones are already over 6 feet.  Take the branches that are hanging low and twist them up into the different bars so that they are off the ground, away from pests and mold and grow taller.  Some plants do fine on the ground and can grow on a trellis too.  Cucumber, squash, even gourds.  If you get the vegetable off of the ground there is less chance of rot, sitting in water and they are higher up away from snails and slugs.


When planting make sure you put trees and plants in areas that require the same amount of soil.  Fruit trees usually require a lot.  Dragonfruit (on the left) is a cactus and needs less.  Don’t plant them next to each other.  In warm climate, like California, it is best to plant in the late fall.  That way trees can get a good root system established before it gets too hot.  If you plant late spring or summer trees will require six times as much water.

Also, plant trees facing the south without another tree too close to block out the sun.  This way they get enough sun all day.  Some trees, like avocado, like partial shade from other trees is okay.

Natria Neem Oil.  Great for rosebushes (in my front yard) and fruits and vegetables.  The spray is for organic gardening and helps with aphids, whiteflies and spider mites.  I know aphids really like my rosebushes and artichoke plants.  Natria also makes insecticidal soap and Insect, Disease & Mite Control spray.  Keeping bugs off my plants is important for me so that I have more to harvest.

Have the kids help!  My front yard is all a drought-scape with lots of butterfly-friendly plants.  It is hard on my wrist to dig big holes but the kids can do it easily.  I love having them help me in the yard too.  Make sure the holes are deep enough and mix a little planter soil with the dirts at the roots.

I’d never put fruit trees or ground vegetables mixed with the drought-tolerant plants.  Some would end up overwatered and others not watered enough.  Milkweed, sage, lantana, popcorn trees and other plants can be found in the area in nurseries that need less water and can take full-sun.  During fall-spring I don’t have to water these at all.  In the summer I only water once a week, or less.

Don’t forget to thin out your plants.  I always overplant.  Especially when I plant from seeds.  These seedlings were tiny when I planted them and I wasn’t sure all were going to make it.  They look great (always good news) so I need to thin them out and plant some elsewhere. Left to right: tomatoes, eggplant, melon and two types of cucumber.  I’m going to thin these some but than going to let them go crazy and grow out the sides of the vegetable planter too.  Around it is only wood chips so there is lots of room.  But, in general, it is advised to thin out crop so each plant is about 6-10 inches apart.

 

Disclosure: I received one or more products for review purposes only. Despite the free item, my opinions remain 100% Honest and my own.This post may contain affiliate links, if clicked I may receive compensation. If a giveaway is being held: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received. Giveaways on this blog are in no way affiliated with Facebook or any other social media networks.

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