Tuesday Tips

Scissors. A basic household tool. For a mom, a basic household necessity. Here are a few mom hacks to make your life a little easier.

With scissors, you can cut everyone's pizza into tiny pieces in about thirty seconds flat. It is a major time saver. You're welcome.

You know what I really don't like slicing up? Lettuce.  A few snips with the scissors and my salad basically makes itself.

Can't find the bottle opener?  Grab the scissors and use the middle part to pop a top off of a bottle. 

Learn something useful? It's easy to forget how simple, and how much time you can save when using scissors to cut, instead of slice, in the kitchen. Check back every Tuesday for more tips.

 xo, Leslie

Hosting a Party?

Party planning can be fun, but a little overwhelming when you’re trying to work around little ones at home.  A few weeks ago, I hosted two parties in one weekend: a (very relaxed) family wedding shower, and a 3 year old birthday party.  The shower was first and, sadly, the weather didn’t cooperate, but my party people knew exactly what to do….

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We started the weekend with mimosas and infused water.

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And by infused water, I mean an explosion of healthy in your mouth. You see those cupcakes in the top left? I devoured them, and then drank some healthy water…see where I’m going with this?

This infused water adds so much color to your decor, and is super easy to make. Want to know what fruit combos to add? Click here for a tutorial & find out where I bought the dispenser.

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The weather finally cleared, and we were able to get back to business: the must have pool accessories of the summer. What pool party is complete without a unicorn and flamingo float? If you’re like me, you have seen them everywhere this summer. I finally bought them here and here. The swan float is pretty high on the must have list, too. This unicorn has entertained any and everybody who has gone in the water, and the Amazon price is currently $25 less than what I bought it for. The bride spent basically the whole afternoon there….as she should.

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Ice cream and cookies. Two of summers greatest guilty pleasures. Thanks to That Chic Mom blog, we experienced both of them in one bite. With sprinkles. Thatchicmom.com has this great tutorial on how to throw the perfect ice cream sandwich party that helped me offer something fun and unique at both parties.

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The bride’s colors are purple and silver, and Frozen colors are purple, silver and teal/blue. Perfect! Except I couldn’t find the teal/blue candy that I wanted. So, rainbow colors were mixed in.

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As organized as I tried to be, this was one of the only good shots I was able to get of the rainbow ice cream cookie bar. The ice cream sandwich party tutorial has mouth watering pictures, so check them out! 

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Here’s my sweet little birthday girl, Mae. She’s a definite threenager, but life just wouldn’t be as exciting without her. Her darling Matilda Jane top is sold out, but you can shop a similar look here.

Do you have any easy party ideas to share? I’d love to hear them!

Enjoy! xo, Leslie

Infused Water: Something you Never Knew you Needed

Infused water. Everyone is drinking it. Everyone that has extra time is cutting delicious fruit into tiny pieces and putting it in their water bottles. I don’t have time for that….until my kids really loved it. For a wedding shower that we threw, my sister-in-law cut up all the tiny pieces and put them into the water (which took all of 5 minutes), and my kids went bananas over it. A few of my kids like cucumbers, a few don’t. The kids who don’t like cucumbers will at least suck on them if they’re in their water.  It counts, right?!

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In the summer, my two youngest go straight for the milk. They will drink milk over water 24/7. Did you know that there is something called Iron Deficiency Anemia? Here’s a little info about it:

Iron deficiency anemia is the main concern for most toddlers who drink lots of milk. Milk is low in iron and it inhibits the absorption of iron in the body, so young children who drink a lot of it may become iron deficient. Toddlers are especially vulnerable because they may not have a diet otherwise high in iron, so they can’t make up for the lack in other ways. Also, because a toddler’s digestive tract is still developing, he may develop a mild reaction to milk that causes small amounts of blood loss in the intestines. Blood loss reduces the iron in the body, so this can make the likelihood of iron deficiency anemia even greater. Want more info? This paragraph was copied from Healthy Eating.

You learn something new every day, huh? I thought that was important info for all the baby mamas who rely on milk to fill their kids up when they refuse to each lunch, but you want them them to take a good nap (guilty!). Lesson learned: kick the milk in the morning, and give them water. Save the milk for filling them up before nap time.

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There are so many different combinations of fruits to use for this.  It really depends on what you like. My kids really like the antioxidant/vitamin rich combination (aka, the good fruit one), so we stick with what works.  Here is a link to other combinations on my Pinterest page. Also, you can purchase the glass water dispenser here.                            Enjoy! xo, Leslie

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Above are the ingredients to  Anti-inflammatory combination

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Above are the ingredients for an Immune Booster combination

Do you have any other combinations that you love? We’d love to try it!