Monday, August 27, 2012


Yummy. They say 50 calories a POP

Alert- If your a Milk chocolate person these can be adapted, but they are more of a Suttle chocolate flavor.


5 Tbsp Coco powder
13 oz can coconut milk
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Here's the ingredient's I used.
The Tools.

That's a Single Serve Blender from GE

Got it at walmart and I really love it.
All the stuff in the blender, it reached the max line when i put the milk in but it still worked.
About to blend it all together
Put in a cup with a spout, Still messy when pouring  into the molds but not as messy.
In the Freezer they go.
I just run hot water over the pop I want and it comes right out.

I mean run the water not on top but along the Popsicle part. Do ya get it, I hope so.

Miss Alivia thinks there OK too, blurry picture as I am trying to take the picture and give her a taste!

You could possibly experiment with coco powders and the coconut milk.

I got the recipes off of The Chew on ABC

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

DIY Vanillia Coffee Creamer

Just made some coffee creamer and it was easy and quick. Minus my Pint jar too small but it still worked out situation. LOL

So that's What you need, Along with a can opener, small spatula and tsp.

14oz sweetened condensed milk
14oz milk (can substitute heavy cream)
2 tsp vanilla coffee flavoring (or vanilla extract)
Not 1 but 2 pint jars. LOL my mistake after I started the process.

<--------inserts prented 2nd Pint Jar!!!
OK open your evaporated milk and if your using PINT jars put half in one and the other half in the other. No need to get a measuring cup for your milk just add into the 14oz can and again put half in one jar and half in the other jar.

Spatula is to scrape the condensed milk out because its supper thick.
The jar on the right is what I started with when I realized it wasn't going to fit. So lada dada dada, I poured the regular milk back into the condensed milk can and then since the condensed milk is so think it pretty much stayed put in the pouring process, then I dived the condensed milk between the two can and same with the regular milk.
Add 1 tsp vanilla flavoring of your choice to each jar.
And shake shake shake.  I had to opened mid shakes to scrape the jar because again the condensed milk is very thick.
This is what it looks like. YUMMY.
Oh Tassimo its been awhile since I've used you!
Very strong Tassimo Gevalia Signature Cream coffee
OK, I am the gall that likes more creamer then coffee but still like a bit of the coffee taste.

So I counted and I ended up adding 8 TBSP of my creamer, 7 could and would have been fine as well but I was testing and added the extra one.

SO I measured and estimated I could get 7 cups of coffee worth's with 7 tbsp of creamer in each.  

Which works out perfectly because the milk I just opened will last for 7 days.

Other variations

coconut milk and coconut extract  
Heavy cream instead of Regular milk
can add spices if you want
can change the extracts as well
chocolate syrup with peppermint extract  (definitely will be trying that)

Of course this recipe was off Pinterest! 

Would make a good gift, add a ribbon and label and viola, be sure to include a good until so so date (due to the milk)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

DIY Powdered Laundry Soap

My how to on this easy Powdered Laundry Soap. It literally took me 15 minutes to make and that was just a small batch for 30 loads!

 My set up!
1 cup each of the borax and arm and hammer.

Grate one bar of Ivory Soap.

Put in a big container and shake really good to mix it up and it will help break down the soap more as well.

I am going to look for a cheap food processor but for now this works.  When I find a processor I will pulse it in there but if you use one it will need to only be used for soap not food.
I bought a grater from the dollar store along with the measuring cup and a big container to shake my soap up as well as a container to store it in after Ive shaken it up really good. I also took the scoop from Miss Alivia's formula refill packs, they give you a new scoop each time. The scoop is roughly 2 tablespoons which is perfect.
That's the scoop and how it looks after shaken.
Much better view.

It calls for 1 TBSP for regular loads and 2 TBSP for more soiled loads.
How it looks on my shelf, I stuck the bar of soap and grater inside my shaking container.

Below I added the Soap before my clothes its hard to see but its in there.

I always use cold water and the soap still dissolves and doesn't build or gunk up in my machine.

I also added it after I put my clothes and still fine.

My girls have sensitive skin and there tolerating it like I never changed soaps.
The prices are all VIA goggle, I forgot to save my receipt. Next time I shop I will right them down.

The cost for the Super Washing Soda by Arm & Hammer   $3.24
For 55 oz    get roughly 6 cups to one box

The cost for the 20 Mule Team Borax    $3.38
For 76 oz    get roughly 9 cups to one box

The cost for 3 bars Ivory soap     $1.24
1 bar per batch

So I can make 6 batches for under 10 dollars.  I will need 3 more Ivory.

There really isn't a smell, you can add essential oils or the Purex crystals if you want.

I am going to buy the Purex crystals because I like to have my sheets and towels smell, I don't really care about my clothes as long as there clean ( which they are with this soap ) and that they don't smell musty or ucky ( and they don't with this soap ).

Purex Crystal price $8.96, I have a coupon to help and it would last a long time since I would only use it for sheets and towels.

I also have some coupons for the Ivory soap and I will use them next time I buy the Ivory.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

DIY Baby Leg's

The prices for Baby leg's, leggings, warmers, or how ever you call them (ie the long socks that keeps babys knees from getting red crawling around) is crazy ranging from $4.00(if im lucky enough to get on cleanence) to $16.00.

So I was going about Pinterest and You Tube and alot of people have different ways to make them.

Heres how I did it.

A pair of knee high socks from Target, and they recently had a TON on cleareance
 $1.75   I got a whole bunch of different patterns.
 Cut your sock UP.   Next time I will  change the lenght on the inside peice (the peice between the toe and heel)   I will cut more closer to each end as long as I can keep the cut as straight as possible. The peice make the cuff of the sock.
 Now cut off about 1/2 inch off that middle part, that will make your cuff a little smaller then the end of your sock, but if your little one has chunkier legs or skinner legs you can adjust the cuff size by cutting more or less.
 Fold inhalf so the patterns face each other and sew a straight stick right down the line. Ive seen some use a zig zag stitch for this part as well.
 Flip the the cuff in on itself. The picture shows it some what. If you have anyquestions just leave a comment.
Take the remaing sock and flip inside out.
Insert cuff inside sock, having raw edges together.
Again threw the videos and other tutorials ive seen people do this differently, with the main sock right side out and the cuff around the outside of it.
Know comes the tricky part, well not realy tricky you just need to take your time and go slow.

Gently stretch/pull/put the raw edges together as you sew, I just did a little then restraightend and did alittle more. Straightening, pulling as you go.

Ive seen a video of someone putting the sock around the inside of machine but I thought it stretched it too much. But those poeple said they washed after they made them and the shrank back.

Either way GO SLOW. I used a straight stitch again.
The top photo is me getting them together and straight/alighned and this photo is how they are when I sew.

Then I repeat top and bottom photo tell I get all they way around.
This photo shows the cuff inside before ive sewn it and after ive sewn it.

Pretty cool huh? My fist cuff EVER!
Finished 1st pair

Miss Alivia Rockin her LEGGINS

The best part is they have room to grow well into toddler hood!

Little close up!
So All in All it took me maybe half hour from start to finish. Totaly worth it, Gonna make MORE.

If you have any questions just leave them below!

Hmm, was gonna spell check my work but its not working, So forgive my spelling.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Silly Foods

Lexi Girl wanted Flowers for breakfast so I decided to try and come up with something flower like with the ingredient's that I already had in my fridge and pantry.

Lexi Girl has been listening to a Disney CD lately in the car and she really loves the Flower Dance song!

She has been singing and dancing to that song for the past couple days.

Lexi Girls Flower Breakfast!

My breakfast had to have google eyes as well, Per Lexi Girl!

I sliced 2 sides of an apple to make the center(the rest i chopped for myself to put in my oatmeal)
I used carrots for the stem and leaves.
Raspberry's for the petal's on one flower and halved strawberry's for the other petal's.
I have recently seen alot of cool pictures on face book of people using candy google eyes to decorate there kids food so I saw them at walmart and got a package, they were under 3 dollars and there are quite a few eyes in them enough for at least a month if not 2 depending on how creative and how often we do these.

Whoo Hoo  I found the link that I wanted to show you, I will definitely put oranges on my next grocery list!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Review #2

                                                                   June 2012 Citrus Lane Box

Citrus Lane  is another subscription box that I belong to and I have to say by far one of my FAVORITES, for Miss Alivia.

This months Theme was "the little artist".

I haven't completely gone threw the box due to the picture below, my Max Manx cat decided to help. I got to this AMAZING bell toy and then he jumped in and Miss Alivia played a bit then was ready to nap, I will finish outboxing later. 

Miss Alivia (8 months) Max (7 year old Manx cat)

The front of the tag that came with the bell, I love their picture of the kids playing instrument's around the globe.  Oops Lexi girl just corrected me EARTH.
The Bell

The back of the tag says

Introduce your child to the joy of music. Active music making fosters creativity, is a means of self expression, and above all is FUN!

Some other stuff that's too long to type. LOL
Miss Alivia and Max again

This is just the stage she is into right now, NOISE NOISE NOISE.

Citrus Lane boxes always come with pamphlets that have information on all the things inside and usually COUPONS. HELLO that's just awesome for mommy.

I have not had a problem with them yet and this is our 3rd box and the BEST BOX SO FAR.

I believe they will only get better.
Shes looking at Max again wondering if she should touch his stub of a tail. She does and he looks at her and goes back to sleep.

I love This Toy and I am pretty sure once Lexi girl wakes up she will Love it too.

So go check our there websites

Hohner kids Musical Instruments
Citrus Lane

Stay tuned for more review posts on other products. I know I am slow at this but i work full time evenings and take care of Lexi Girl 3.5 and Miss Alivia 8 months.

Monday, June 18, 2012


So recently I have been getting some monthly subscription boxes. There a huge hit going around the US right now.  Some I have loved and some are down right not worth the money. I'm enjoying them for now but come September/October we will need to budget due to me going part time. I am scared and excited all at the same time. Get to be able to be home with my girls and not have to worry about babysitters and eat at the table TOGETHER for dinner.

OK enough rambling

I got this in my Petite Box for the month of May.  Sadly I believe due to such rapid growth and demand they are going on maternity leave.  I will be getting a June box and that's it, I believe they did an April launch box and that's just how short this company has been around. I got a few other things but I thought this was something different and I've never herd of it before.

              The front side of the tag.

It says......
Under the Nile
Made with 100% Organically Grown Egyptian Cotton
                  The back side of the tag
Manufactured by Under The Nile in Milpitas CA 95035
all new material
100% organic cotton
reg no pa 12479 (eg)
Made in Egypt
What it Looks Like

 The package. I love how the U has a baby rocking on the moon.


Perfectly healthy for your child and our environment.
Under the Nile
100% organic cotton
Also a little tag clipped on that says
13 Villages Project back says
It does take a village - 13 to be exact - that make Under The Nile's fruit and vegetable toy collection. Through teaching and education on making our toys, we supply villagers with daily fair trade work. This project is responsible for providing health care and guidance for maintain overall health. Under The Nile is empowering these communities to lead happier, healthier lives.
 The back Says......

Organically cultivated
grown in Egypt
hand picked
produced in an environmentally friendly manner
dyed with natural, heavy 'metal-free' colors
fair traded for the benefit of all people producing our product
Our natural toy collection is handcrafted from 100% organically grown cotton
Machine washable
its certified by COAE
Miss Alivia sorta playing with it.

Right now Miss Alivia is really into toys that make NOISE so  for now it just goes in the bin.  But i do love there concept.

I went to the website and couldn't find the broccoli toy but there are a TON of nifty toys.

GO check out there websites

Under The NIle

Petite Box