Try It Tuesday

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This past Saturday was Earth Day! Did you do anything special? If 90’s cartoons taught me anything, its that we only get one planet; we need to take care of it (and not just on Earth Day)! So today’s Try It is all about upcycling, reusing, and reducing waste!

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I did two different projects this week re-using what some may deem as “trash” but I saw its potential to be something better!

For my first project, I took the empty M&M minis tube Huff the Tot had just devoured and cleaned it out:

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Then, I wrapped it in some a-DORK-able Duct Tape:

Voila! I was done! Seriously, that’s it. Now I have an awesome pocket container to take places when I don’t feel like carrying a purse. This would be great for trips to the beach/lake, festivals, concerts, or just a night out on the town (though, I have two kids so the chances of me getting to go to any of those places is pretty slim!). But still, look at all that this thing holds:

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Plus, there was still room! You could pop a chapstick tube in there and maybe even some compact feminine hygiene products!

For my next project, I used an old coffee container:

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I cleaned it out, took the label off, and cut an “X” on the lid:

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Then, I used a chalkboard sticker I bought the day after Christmas and bam! Instant bag dispenser!

You don’t have to put bags in yours! You can decorate/label it any way you want and store just about anything in there. The possibilities are endless!

 

Here are some more links for recycling crafts!

Make Your Own Bath Bombs with K Cups

Tin Can Crafts

Bag Weaving with Old Plastic Bags

Altoid Mint Tin Upcycle

 

 

Do you have any favorite eco-friendly crafts? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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I recently read an article titled, Your Bubblebath Is B*&^%$#@, and let me tell ya, I had some strong feelings about this. A part of me was very defensive–“Don’t tell me how to take care of myself and what I need to do to be happy!” and another part of me kind of got it–“Yeah, women today are fed a bunch of B.S. about what we truly need.” But the main thing I came away with was, “I need to take care of myself the way see fit.”

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My idea of self-care is working out, eating healthy, drinking lots of water, and getting regular breaks from the home/chores/and yes, even my kids and husband. Shocking, I know!

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Self-care is super important, ladies. We literally take care of (almost) everything and everyone around us. If we don’t take regular breaks, we will get burnt out, struggling (even more) just to cope. And for those that say, “Oh, I don’t need any time away from my kids, how can you say that?!” You’re lying.

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“No, I’m not!”

Yes, you most certainly are. How do I know? Think of it this way: if you ran a marathon everyday for a year, how do you think you’d do? That first marathon you’d do great! You’d probably finish strong and feel great about what you accomplished. The next day? You’d be sore, but you’d probably do okay. A little slower than the day before, probably taking more water stops and maybe even walking a few miles. By day five, you’d barely make it to mile 10 and they’d be carrying you off on a gurney.

“Yeah, but that’s a marathon! We’re talking about motherhood, here!”

I got news for ya, sister. Motherhood IS a marathon. Because like a marathon, motherhood is exhausting. It takes every single ounce of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other. There are times you feel so strong, empowered, and ready to tackle the miles ahead. Then, there are moments when you just want to quit and lay down on the pavement.

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Those are the moments that you need to take a break. You’ve got to breathe. You’ve got to do something that reminds you that you are more than cook, more than a cleaner, more than a boo-boo kisser (which isn’t a bad gig), and more than a milk machine. Whatever it is, do it (as long as its legal, lol). Do what you have to do to get by. And if your idea is a Lush bath bomb and a bubble bath, then do it!

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What do you think? Did you read the linked article? What do you do for self-care? Share in the comments below!

 

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, y’all! All week long my newsfeed has been EXPLODING with pics of the new unicorn frappuccino at Starbucks. Haven’t seen it? Oh, Imma show you:

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Looks magical, right? Not so magical? The nutrition facts:

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Yeah. So, if you still want your unicorn fix but without the sugar coma, I’ve got what you need!

 

Instead of the sugar-splosion, have some low fat ice cream and sprinkle on chocolate shaving with this!

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This adorable little sprinkle shaker is from Firebox and, BONUS, it’s less than $10! Woot!

 

Chillax this weekend in a nice, hot bubble bath filled with this amazing concoction from Etsy store Two Wild Hares:

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This bath bomb dust, Unicorn Kisses, is a magical blend of citruses, a trio of berries, juicy mango and grape! Ahhh, smells like whimsy and relaxation!

 

Looking to low-key (Hey oh! You’ll get that bad pun in a minute!) show your unicorn obsession? Grab this Kate Spade key ring!

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Need a more bold way to show your unicorn-love? Look no further than La Creme’s Color Drenched Lipstick in Unicorn Tears!

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This shimmering shade of lip color is made with white lotus flower extract and hydrates lips while also making you look FAB:

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Awesome, right?!

 

Happy fangirling!

 

 

 

Try It Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday, Tryers! This weekend was Easter and let me tell ya, so many tasty treats were demolished. I’m talking mountains of Reese’s Eggs and handfuls of Peeps. Along with the candy, I made a sweet–and super easy–dessert that is sure to please any crowd! (Shout out to theblondcook.com and Pinterest for helpin’ a sistah out!) I made these delicious morsels:

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Here’s what you need:

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¼ cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon apple pie spice, and additional apple pie spice (about ¼ teaspoon) for sprinkling on top of crescent rolls

3 tablespoons butter, melted

⅓ cup chopped pecans (I didn’t use these because we have folks with nut allergies)

2 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 (1/2-inch) slices

2 (8-ounce) can Pillsbury Original crescent rolls (I thought I had bought original crescent rolls. Turns out I bought crescent rounds. Ugh. But I was able to make them work!)

 

First, preheat your oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, melt your butter and toss the apple slices around in it.

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After that, lay out the crescent rolls on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the brown sugar and spice mixture evenly onto each roll. Then, if you’re using nuts, add those to each roll as well. Next, place apple slices on each roll, starting at the widest end, and roll up.

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Brush the crescent rolls with the remaining butter, sprinkle with sugar and spices, and pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

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When they’re done, let them cool and dig in!

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These were soooooo good, y’all! They would’ve been even better with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on them! I think I’ll be making these A LOT from now on!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

Mommy Monday

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Something I’ve been working on lately is trying to not freak out about every little mess the kids create. I know what you’re thinking, “But Jessica, you seem so easy going…” Oh yeah, I’ve got patience for daaaaayyyyssss….(#sarcasm)

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I think I’ve come to grips with the fact that the living room and my kid’s rooms will never be sparkling clean for more than ten minutes at a time and that my car will perpetually have goldfish cracker dust and chocolate milk splatters everywhere. But when it comes to dirt/mud/grass/anything that should stay outside coming inside, well…that’s a whole different story.

The other day Huff the Tot wanted to play outside. Even though it had been a little rainy the day before, I figured it would do us all some good to get outside. I grabbed Huff the Babe’s bouncy seat and we all went outside for some sunshine. While HtB played happily in his seat, HtT was running around, looking for butterflies. I decided to get some steps in and just walked around the yard. It got quiet and I looked over to see HtT digging in the mud and using it to “paint” on the fence. Her pink pants were now a lovely shade of brown up to her calves and her hands were caked in mud.

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I was about to say, “Stop! Get out of the mud! You’re making a mess!” but I stopped myself. She wasn’t hurting anyone, she wasn’t in any danger, and I reminded myself clothes can be washed. Instead of scolding, I walked over to her and said, “Hey sis, whatcha doing?” She looked at me and, for a moment, I think she thought she was going to get in trouble. When she saw I wasn’t freaking out, she smiled wide and said, “I’m painting, Momma! Look! Its us!”

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My heart was so full! A moment later, my resolve was tested again. Huff the Tot eventually grew tired of the dirt and started swinging on her new swingset. Suddenly she jumped off and shouted, “I HAVE TO GO PEE PEE!” and ran to the back door.

CRAP! I thought. She’s going to get mud everywhere and I’m going to have to clean her off and ack! I gotta get the baby! 

Being the control freak I am, I ran and grabbed her up before she could go inside.

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I had her kick off her flip-flops and let her go to the bathroom. “I’ll be there in a second!” I called to her. “I need to get Bubby inside!”

A million scenarios ran through my mind and they all came to the same ending: there was going to be dirt and mud everywhere. I knew there would be a teeny little footprint path all the way to the bathroom as well as handprints on the walls. (Try to keep a threenager from touching the walls with dirty hands. See how THAT goes for ya…)

After I got HtB inside and settled, I went to the bathroom to help HtT. This is what I saw:

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I very easily could’ve freaked out. My head immediately went to: “She’s going to be soaking wet! She shouldn’t be sitting on the counter, what if she fell?! Great, now I’m going to have to clean the sink for the second time today…” But, I took a breath.

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Again, she wasn’t in any immediate danger. She was doing something helpful. She took it upon herself to clean herself up–my kid was exhibiting initiative and independence, how could I possibly be mad about that?!

I didn’t get on to her. I grabbed my phone, snapped a pic and said, “You’re doing a great job cleaning up!” My daughter beamed at me and said, “Thanks, Mommy! I’m a good helper, huh?”

It did my heart good to see my kid so excited. Would she have been so willing to be helpful had I gotten on to her outside and put the kabosh on playing in the mud instead of letting her just be a kid? Thankfully, I won’t know.

Now I’m not saying I’m perfect because lawd I know I’m still a control freak and like things done a certain way. And I may not ever be 100% okay with mud, dirt, and gunk. But, for now, I will revel in my tiny victory and use it as motivation for next time.

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Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, y’all! If you’re like me, you’re counting down the days until the season two premiere of Stranger Things on Netflix! To hold us over until October 31st, I’ve found the best nerdy nifties this side of the Upside Down!

Obsessed with waffles like Eleven? Want your home to smell like the golden goodness everyday? Look no further, I’ve got what you need!

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This soy candle will fill your home with the sweet scent of syrup, butter, and waffle batter!

 

Do you need your morning cup of joe before being able to function like Chief Hopper? Etsy shop LoveAliceCo knows how you feel:

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Looking for another way to let your geek flag fly? Prove your awesomeness with this tee from CatelyDesigns:

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Anyone else hoping we find out what happened to poor Barb? Same, dude. Same. Personally, I’m 100% #TeamBarb. I’m thinking the folks at Funko are too! Check out this a-DORK-able Barb Funko Vinyl Pop!

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And, just because we can’t watch it too many times, here’s the trailer for season two of Stranger Things! Happy fangirling!

Her’s Day Thursday

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Last week, I noticed that Google had a new doodle on its homepage honoring Mary Pickford:

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Intrigued, I clicked on it to learn more about the lady in the drawing. I learned a lot about this awesome lady and want to share it with you!

Mary Pickford (given name: Gladys Louise Smith) was born Toronto, Canada on April 8, 1892, the oldest of three children, to John and Charlotte Smith. When Mary was about seven years old, her father passed away. In order to make ends meet, Mary’s mother began taking in boarders for income. One of her first boarders was a theatrical stage manager. He immediately saw something in little Mary and was able to have her cast in two plays.

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Soon, acting became a family business. Mary, her mother, and her siblings traveled around taking parts wherever they could get them. Mary was growing frustrated. She decided that if she did not land a big role soon, she was going to quit acting for good. Not long after this declaration, Mary earned a role in the Broadway play, The Warrens of Virginia. It was in this play that Mary met Cecil B. deMille, another actor (and future famed director). After the play’s run was over, Mary was out of work again. She screen tested for a film, but was not chosen. However the director, D.W. Griffith, was taken with her and encouraged her to try out for more films. Because of this push, she was eventually cast in 51 films in 1909 alone!

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Her career soared and she went on to form the independent film production company United Artists with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks. Mary went on to be a producer as well as win an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1929.

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Mary broke down barriers in an industry which still, to this day, is very much male-oriented. But kudos to Mary–aka, “The Girl With the Curls”–and the other women who are determined to follow their dreams and get more women on screen!