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Blenders: Simple Recipes

Have smoothies and milkshakes been the only thing your blender has touched in months? There’s a variety of creative ways to use this relatively inexpensive and accessible kitchen appliance. Shake up your kitchen routine, and try soups, hummus and dips to mix things up.

Quick and Easy Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

The flavor and complexity of a delicious soup made easy.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 red onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
28-ounce can… See More

Give Taco Night a Tune Up

Everyone loves tacos. They’re so simple and tasty, and can be made in so many ways. They also give your kids a chance to have a hand in building their own meals. That’s right, your kids can take taco ownership! Of course a little guidance never hurts.

Have all the supplies on plates (I prefer white plates so that the emphasis is on the beauty of the food) laid out on a counter or table for them to start creating.
Start with the tortilla
It’s ok if your kid demands a hard shell, but you… See More

Superhero Activities that Help Kids Grow

Children and superheroes are a great match. Pretending to have superpowers engages kids’ imaginations while it teaches them good values and works off lots of energy.

As superheroes, preschool kids become fearless and powerful. They can do as they please. They control their adventures and set their own story lines instead of having parents and teachers telling them what to do. Superhero play is practice for the day when kids will take charge of their own lives.
Create your own superhero
Superheroes… See More

Cue up the Creativity with Character Toys

Your kids probably love certain characters from TV shows or movies. Elmo is pretty hard to resist, right? But do toys based on characters with built-in personalities crowd out your child’s imagination? The quick answer is, they shouldn’t.

Kids learn and are creative in many different ways. Your kids can dream up whatever scenarios they want with a character toy, and the storytelling never has to end.
A storied past
Character toys have been around since at least the early 20th century; even… See More

Five Ways to Spruce Up Your Home this Spring

The coming of spring is a great time of year to give your home a new look. You can leave the gloom of the winter behind and get ready for the warmer weather. If you are looking for some inspiration this spring, try the following.
Change Some Colors
Spring is a good time to do a bit of redecorating in your home, particularly if a change of scenery is long overdue. Painting an average sized room is an inexpensive way to dramatically improve its appearance. Lighter colors are ideal for the warmer… See More

5 Fun Family Activities for Spring

As the cold eases and the trees begin to sprout, it’s time to get out. Here are 5 terrific ways to get your family moving this spring.

The park

Parks were designed with families in mind. Head down to your local park and spend an hour or two on the playground with your children. Instead of sitting to the side and noodling on your phone, take part in the play. You can invent different games and get everyone’s creative juices flowing. In addition to the exercise, you’re sure to bond… See More

How to Clean Tile Grout

I could be wrong but I think that the person that invented tile grout did it only to aggravate me. Really, grout is like a big hard sponge that absorbs everything that touches it. And it holds onto it and refuses to let it go without a time consuming fight.  Sometimes I feel like I’d rather remove the grout and put in a fiber glass insert.  Yes – tile can give you a very dramatic look but it’s almost not worth the effort to keep it clean.

There are some things you can do that will… See More

No More PB&J

Are your kids getting a little bored with what’s in the brown bag? It’s time to liven up the mid-day meal and get them excited and eating right.
Sandwiches don’t have to be so square
Cookie cutters also make great sandwich cutters. You can transform any boring deli sandwich into a surprise. Just cut out shapes like stars, hearts, or even animals.
Fruit kebobs
Wooden skewers are great tools for colorful fruit kebobs, and they are easy to pack in lunchboxes. Cut pineapple, melon, and apple… See More

Transitioning to Spring Fashion

The days are warmer, but the nights still hold memories of that bitter winter cold. Dressing for spring can be challenging, but cool mornings, warm afternoons, and chilly nights don’t necessitate three outfits. A few key strategies can help you create a chic, spring wardrobe without changing your outfit twice a day.
Add Layers
Layering is a simple strategy for spring’s fluctuating temperatures. Lightweight scarves are smart. Choose a pastel, floral, or chevron pattern for a spring touch. Cardigans… See More

Stain Removal Tips

Stains on your clothes can be very expensive. If you don’t remove them correctly you can set the stain and have to throw out the piece of clothing.  Stain removal is a science that involves a little chemistry and some common sense. Hopefully these tips will help you keep your wardrobe looking great.

Try to remember what caused the stain.  – knowing what stained your clothes is half the battle. If you know what the stain is then you choose the correct stain remover. One stain remover… See More

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