Pack and Go – Healthy Options When You’re Always On The Go

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rambutanLife on the go can be stressful.  I leave home between 6:00 and 6:30 am and don’t get home until around 6:00 or 6:30 pm.  Factor in sleep, and I get about 4 hours a day to do all the things.  Showering, eating, cleaning, and just sitting down for a few minutes are quick to cut into that precious sliver of time.  The last thing on my mind at the end of the day is how many servings of veggies I’ve had.  But, when I neglect to eat those vital bounties of the Earth, my body will give me a quick reminder.  I will start craving them, to the point that I want nothing that isn’t a salad or a full plate of veggies.  I’m sure many of you can relate.

whats-in-my-go-bagOne way I make sure to keep my body running on healthy fuel is to make sure I never run out of available options.  I pack what I call my “Go-Bag” and take it with me every day.  My Go-Bag has a change of clothes (exercise friendly), shoes, a book and a bag of non-perishable (but healthy!) snack options.  On days I’m headed into the office, I toss in a cooler bag with my lunch and some other perishable snacks for the day.  I also take help where I can get it.  Great products like V8® Veggie Blends help me start my day out right.  With a full serving of veggies in every 8 oz glass, V8® Veggie Blends: Berry Bliss (my new favorite flavor) helps me start my day ahead of the curve.

v8-veggie-blendsI will be the first to admit, it is hard not to constantly eat junk when you don’t have a pantry and refrigerator full of options right at your fingertips.  I used to pack a lunch and two small snacks a day, but I found myself “not feeling” what I packed for snacks and I would wander my way to the convenience store for junk or end up in someone’s candy dish.  That’s when I started a “more is more” approach.  By packing enough items everyday to give myself choices, I find that I am more likely to find something that satisfies me and less likely to seek out alternatives.

dark-chocolate-peanut-butter-apple-dippersSo, you want to pack your own Go-Bag?  Here’s some suggestions…

  1. Size Matters – Don’t be skimpy when you’re picking out a bag to serve as your Go-Bag.  Remember, you want to have enough room to carry several days worth of non-perishable snacks and several perishable options for each day, plus you need room for you lunch too!  When your cruising the aisles of Walmart, swing by and check out the “accessories” section for some bag options.
  2. Pack a full change of clothes (preferably comfortable clothes you could work out in – you never know when the opportunity might present itself!). Don’t forget shoes.  I wear heels most days, so I hate to imagine what I might look like if I needed to use my change of clothes and didn’t have other shoes!
  3. Use storage baggies to organize your non-perishable snacks. (See a list below for non-perishable snack suggestions.)  Don’t skimp either.  Keep a nice selection for yourself and remember to refresh them as you starting taking from your stash.  Look for snacks that are high in protein.  They will fill you up and make you feel more satisfied.
  4. Pack an empty water bottle.  You can almost always find somewhere to fill them up and it might come in handy some day!
  5. Pack a book or crossword puzzle.  Just a little something to keep you busy if you find yourself with free time.  Both are also nice ways to enjoy your lunch break.
  6. Pack a cooler bag with lunch and several perishable snack options.  (See the list below for perishable snack suggestions.) Look for new ways to enjoy old favorites.  Add dried cherries to yogurt or pineapple to cottage cheese.  Chop a little dark chocolate and mix it with peanut butter for a delicious apple or banana dip.
  7. Don’t forget an ice pack, or you can freeze a bottle of your favorite beverage – perhaps one of the two new flavors of V8® Veggie Blends: Berry Bliss and Caribbean Greens.  Both come in 46oz. and 12oz. sizes.
  8. Take your bag everywhere.

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Note – That crazy looking fruit you’ve seen twice now… that’s called Rambuta.  I found it while trolling the produce section at Walmart.  I am always looking for something interesting to add to my snack selection and it really caught my attention.  To my surprise, I really like it!

As far as your actual lunch goes, I suggest packing left overs from dinner when at all possible.  Chances are, your dinner included veggies and this is a great way to make sure you are getting all of those daily recommended servings in your diet.  Plus, packing leftovers is a breeze.  It literally takes seconds, helps with your clean up and there’s no extra prep since you were cooking anyway!

Start your day with V8® Veggie Blends.  V8® Veggie Blends are an easy, affordable way to help meet your recommended daily intake of veggies.  Did you know that recommends 2-1/2 – 3 cups of veggies per day for adults? V8® Veggie Blends are a healthy beverage option to squeeze in a serving of vegetables with the great taste of fruit.  They are a great way to start the day.  Each 8oz. serving is 60 calories or less with no sugar added and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

V8® Veggie Blends: Berry Bliss and V8® Veggie Blends: Caribbean Greens are so new that they aren’t even on the website yet, but you can check out the other great flavors here or stop by and check out all of the V8® brand products on their social media sites below.  You can find the new flavors as well as your existing favorites at your local Walmart.

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Simple Rosemary Pork Chops

I honestly forgot that I planted rosemary.  It lies just to the right of my towering chives and just to the left of the oregano bush that plans to take over the world.  I forgot you, Rosemary.  Something made me pull some chives for my egg white omelet this morning, and there you were.  Pretty.  Green.  Hidden.  Perfect for a simple dinner: Rosemary Pork Chops.

Grilled Rosemary Pork - MamaMommyMomIf you’ve never cooked with fresh Rosemary, you really should.  The flavor is amazing.  It’s really easy to remove the leaves from the woody stems… Just grasp the spring at the top with both hands and pull the sprig through your fingers.  The leaves fall right off.

How to Remove Rosemary Leaves - MamaMommyMom Rosemary PorkNow, chop the bejesus out of it.  It smells so good…

How to Chop Rosemary - MamaMommyMom Rosemary Pork The marinade is simple, and the measurements need not be exact.  You want roughly 1/4 cup chopped rosemary, a tablespoon/tablespoon and a half of sea salt, about a teaspoon of fresh ground pepper (I use a 5 peppercorn blend), 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, and about 1/4 cup red wine vinegar.

Rosemary Pork Marinade - MamaMommyMom Rosemary PorkAnd, the pork.  Only $5 for the pack.  Thicker would have been better, but I work with what I have.  I hate fatty meat.  Hate it.  I look for the least marbled steak, only by the super lean ground beef, and I proudly cut every inch of visible fat off of my chicken breasts and any other meat I buy.  Get in there and use your hands, massaging the marinade into the pork.

Rosemary Pork Chops - MamaMommyMomTo the grill!  Medium heat.  I only flip mine when the meat has ‘released’ itself from the grate.  See the juice there on the plate?  So good…

Grilled Rosemary Pork Chops - MamaMommyMomRosemary is a super fragrant little plant.  My hands still smell like it.  It would make a fantastic scent for a kitchen soap.  It’s a hardy little bugger too.  I don’t think I’ve ever killed rosemary (though by typing that, I probably just sealed this plant’s fate.)

What’s your favorite thing to do with rosemary?

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The 7 Best Ways To Empower Young Minds

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Preparing your children for college begins the moment they become curious about the world around them. For students to be most productive at the college level, they should be curious about the world around them and willing to delve into educational topics beyond the surface level. In short, your child should have an appreciation for learning new things.

For most, this is not a switch the flips on after graduating from high school. They will have been reared with an ongoing expectation that attending college will be the next logical step. To do this, young minds need to be nurtured constantly and empowered to set and accomplish challenge goals.

Create an environment that empowers your child with the following suggestions.

  1. Encourage your children to explore their environment. This doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. Take walks around your neighborhood and challenge them to identify elements in nature. Spend time observing creatures in their natural habitats. Help your children make sense of the world around them.
  2. Expose your children to different cultures. You can either do this virtually or by venturing into communities around you. Shop at a culturally specific grocery store to create meals from another part of the world. Attend a festival that celebrates a different culture to enjoy the sights and sounds of people from other parts of the world.
  3. Engage your children with open ended questions. Ask questions to show interest in how your child thinks and feels. This creates a dialogue that will help your children become expressive and learn to communicate well.
  4. Explore college campuses in your area. When children can see the next logical step, the process becomes more realistic. Talk about the steps you’ll need in order to fund a college degree and hard work each person should put in ahead of time in order to make matriculating to college a reality.
  5. Entertain your child’s attempts to dream out loud. Help your children set goals and figure out how they can realistically accomplish those goals.
  6. Experiment with various activities. This will give your children an opportunity to try new things and discover hidden talents. While your children may not excel at everything, the exposure can help you identify additional activities to guide your children toward to nurture skills that they may naturally possess.
  7. Enjoy educational opportunities. Help your children understand that learning new things can be a lot of fun. Frequent trips to museums and cultural institutions of learning open your child to new worlds beyond their everyday experiences.

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We only have a short time to pour into our children and create a lasting impact that affects how they relate to education. The tips above don’t have to cost much money or require an exorbitant amount of time on top of your existing busy schedules. It’s important to leverage the time you have and resources available to empower the young minds within your sphere of influence. These early experiences can make a deeper impact on the rest of your child’s educational experience and thus their lives.

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Hilary Smith has writing in her blood and communications on her brain. This yoga enthusiast appreciates a daily workout and loves keeping time with two children. A mother by day and writer by night, Hillary keeps abreast of the latest tech apps as she focuses in on the field of digital parenting.

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Butternut Squash Butter

This recipe for Butternut Squash Butter first appeared on Mama.Mommy.Mom. on October 7, 2012.

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Hey, y’all!  It’s been an amazingly cool week outside and I am craving Fall flavors.  I know some of you are jealous because you’re still fighting the heat, but don’t worry… I’ll probably be dealing with my fair share of warm days before we see any real cold set it.  We are already seeing signs of the changing seasons though, mostly in the trees.  Our yard is full of leaves, yet the grass is still growing and the lawn mower needs to be fired up this weekend.  Reds, Yellows, Browns and Oranges – they are gorgeous, but they won’t stay around for long.  I love the orange ones, they remind me of pumpkins and other Fall bounty (like Butternut Squash).

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When most people think ‘fall’ and ‘orange’, their minds immediately go to pumpkins.  Pumpkins are great, but my favorite orange food for fall?  Butternut Squash.  Seriously.  As I’m about to prove, this is one heck of a versatile veggie (or is it a fruit?)  Butternut squash makes an amazing base for soups, you can roast it, you can smash it, it’s a fantastic ‘first food’ for babies, and you can make a ‘butter’ out of it that no one will believe is squash.

Butternut Squash Butter – You Won’t Believe It #SundaySupper

Butternut Squash Butter – You Won’t Believe It #SundaySupper

Ingredients

  • 1 Butternut Squash (Medium to Large)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Water

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Split the squash lengthwise and scrap out the seeds.
  3. Place the squash cut side down in a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  4. Add enough water to come about 1/2″ up the side of the pan.
  5. Bake the squash for 60 minutes, or until fork tender.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool until it can be handled with ease.
  7. Using a spoon, scrap the squash flesh from the peel into a sauce pan.
  8. Add the remaining ingredients, stir to mix well and cover.
  9. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  10. Transfer the squash mixture to the blender (or use an immersion blender) and blend until smooth. The squash butter can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week, you can freeze it or can it to preserve it for several months..
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Seriously, guys… this stuff was no joke.  I could have eaten this until it made me sick.  Even my kids were all over it.  Both turned their noses up at squash anything, but after I got a bite of it in them, I couldn’t keep them out of it.  No one will believe you are feeding them squash, I promise!

This was absolutely delicious on toasted English Muffins or straight out of a bowl with a spoon.

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28 Sweet Pumpkin Recipes For Fall

28-sweet-fall-pumpkin-recipesIt’s officially October and pumpkin is everywhere!  Have you had your first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season? Or maybe you’re more of a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin sort of person? Personally, I will take one of each. With pumpkin being readily available all year long, you’d think this amazing fruit would get year-long coverage, but for some reason we can’t shake the idea of pumpkins being a Fall thing. Regardless of the fact that most recipes don’t use fresh pumpkin, we need the visual of a pumpkin field and a slight chill in the air to get us excited about this amazing fruit.

Today’s roundup focuses on the sweet side of these big, orange balls of amazement, but don’t worry – I’ll have a savory recipe round up in a few days! Pumpkin is amazing in so many dishes beyond pie. Check out these 28 delicious recipes from around the web.

Muffins and Bread

Gluten Free Pumpkin Streusel Muffins from Inspiration for Moms

Pumpkin Spice Cake Muffins from Whimsy and Hope

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Muffins from Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins from The Novice Chef

Moist and Delicious Pumpkin Muffins from Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden

Two Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins from This Girl’s Life

Super Easy Pumpkin Bread from My Mommy Brain

Breakfast

Pumpkin Pie Spice Waffles from Mom’s Messy Miracles

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes from Whimsy and Hope

Drinks

Pumpkin Spice Latte from This Girl’s Life

Pumpkin Coffee Creamer from Glam Hungry Mom

Pumpkin Spice Creamer from It’s Me Deb CB

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte from The Vintage Modern Wife

Pumpkin Spice Frosted Coffee from A Night Owl

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Shugary Sweets

Brownies, Bars and other Sweet Treats

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies from Mom’s Messy Miracles

Pumpkins Spice Mini Cake Donuts from Busy Being Jennifer

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies from Whimsy and Hope

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Icing from Inspiration for Moms

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Bars from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip from This Girl’s Life

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip from Whimsy and Hope

Pumpkin Pudding Pie (No Bake) from Glam Hungry Mom

Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Tart from Beauty in the Mess

Melt In Your Mouth Pumpkin Cookies from Dear Crissy

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from Cooking Classy

Pumpkin Roll from Gimme Some Oven

Skinny Pumpkin Pie Popsicle from Lemon Tree Dwelling

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12 Boo-zey Drinks {Perfect Halloween Cocktails}

Halloween is one of the few times a year that adults get a free pass on acting like kids. We get to dress up, eat ungodly amounts of candy and Trick or Treat (with our kids, of course!). But when it comes to parties, we want our Halloween cocktails to be a little boo-zey.

12 Boozey Halloween Cocktails

There’s definitely something for everyone here.  Make one or make them all… there are definitely a few of these Halloween cocktails I want to try myself!  Click on the images below to check out the recipes, see more pictures, and check out other fantastic content on the sites mentioned below.

Blood of Vampires at Eggs and Herbs
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Blood and Bones at Brit + Co
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Martini Trio at The Sunshine Party Studio
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Halloween Pumpkin Punch at FreutCake
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Halloween Sangria at Recipe Girl
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Hocus Pocus Fizz at Doughmesstic
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Midnight Stalker at DailyNoff
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The Jack-o-Lantern at Hostess with the Mostess
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Spiderella at A Healthy Life For Me
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Vampire’s Dream at Ezra Pound Cake
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Vampire’s Kiss at Raining Hot Coupons
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Chicken Tortilla Soup w/ Pepper Lime Tortilla Chips

Chicken Tortilla SoupThe weather is cooling off, the days are getting shorter and cozying up with a blanket and warm bowl or soup are high on my to-do list!

Savory, flavorful soups and stews are great for any Fall or Winter day, but on Sundays I especially like making something that can sit on the stove and more or less be ready to eat whenever we decide we’re hungry.  We tend to sleep in, eat a bigger breakfast later in the morning and our meal schedule sort of shifts.

For this soup, I wanted to add more flavor by giving my tortilla chips an unexpected little zing.  Lime juice, salt and pepper were the perfect combo.  Instructions in making your own Pepper Lime Tortilla Chips are included in the recipe below.  You can make a whole pack or save some for burritos or soft tacos later!

The best part of this soup, aside from how fantastic is tastes, is that it is so simple even an older kiddo could make it!  If you can do just a little cutting and open a few cans (and safely operate the oven and stovetop) you can totally make this soup!

Chicken Tortilla Soup w/ Pepper Lime Tortilla Chips

Chicken Tortilla Soup w/ Pepper Lime Tortilla Chips

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • I Small Can Diced Green Chilies
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • I Can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • I Cup Frozen Corn
  • I/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro (Fresh)
  • I Can Great Northern (White) Beans
  • I Avocado
  • I Package Soft Tortillas
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Lime

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pan, combine the first SEVEN ingredients.
  2. Cook over medium low, covered, for approximately 1 hour, or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily.
  3. Remove chicken breasts from the soup and shred.
  4. Return chicken to the soup.
  5. Add the Great Northern Beans to the soup and the juice of half a lime (reserve the other half).
  6. Continue to cook over low heat.
  7. In the meantime, preheat the over to 350 degrees.
  8. Place tortillas in a single layer on a flat baking sheet.
  9. Rub each tortilla generously with the cut side of a lime.
  10. Season tortillas well with salt and pepper.
  11. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut tortillas in to bite size strips or into triangle chips.
  12. Bake in the over for 10-15 minutes, or until crisp. Keep an eye on them so that they don't burn.
  13. Serve the soup with tortilla strips, a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and a few slices of avocado.
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Life Happens; So Do Stains

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Maker of OxiClean™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about their Max Force™ Laundry Stain Remover, all opinions are my own.

OxiClean MaxForceLife comes in so many stages. First, there’s the baby stage. Spit-up, diaper accidents, messy crafts and dirt (lots of dirt) are telltale signs. Those were the days of doing daily laundry. As my kids got older, their stains became more complex: grass stains from sports, blood from scraped knees and food stains from my messy eater. When they become teens, it will be makeup products or grease from working on bikes (later cars) and things like that. And the adults of the house, well sometimes we’re messy too. I see a lot of dirt and grime from automotive projects from my other half and sometimes my lunch rush leaves me with a day-long reminder. Saving our clothes? That’s no sweat.

OxiClean MaxForce Gel StickMy kids seem to find stains in the most unusual ways. My challenge is eradicating them. Take my daughter for example. An afternoon walk around the neighborhood, capturing those crazy little characters everyone is after, somehow resulted in chocolate on her skirt. Of course, I didn’t know about the chocolate until days later when I found the evidence in the laundry. She stopped and had ice cream down the street. The mystery of the chocolate stain was solved and OxiClean™ Max Force Trigger saved the day.

Hunting Imaginary CreaturesMy son is a magnet for anything dirty. If there is dirt to be found, he will find it. We spend a lot of time at the race track in the summer and that lends us to some interesting stains. What did we have for lunch? His shirt will probably tell you. Food dropped on the bleachers? My son will probably sit in it. Someone spilled oil in one of the race trailers? My son will probably walk through it, wipe it on his clothes or maybe sit in it too. He is all boy and his clothes tell the tale. My OxiClean™ Max Force Foam and Max Force Gel Stick get a workout thanks to him.

Climbing the BleachersMy other half is a car guy, and anyone that has a car guy knows how hard oil and grease are to tackle. And it’s not just little spots we’re talking about either. No, they end up covered. For tough jobs like this, OxiClean™ Max Force Foam is my go-to. I love that I can treat most of his stains when they happen, but don’t need to run the washer immediately. I can wait a day or two and toss in a regular load.

OxiClean Max Force FoamStains happen for all of us every day, but they don’t have to mean the end of the line for our clothes. While some stains are more common than others, OxiClean™ has products to battle them all. Each of the products below works on all stains, but some info on which products are proven to fight which common stains the most effectively.

OxiClean™ Max Force Gel Stick – Grass, Chocolate, Perspiration, BBQ Sauce, and Mustard
OxiClean™ Max Force Trigger – Blood, Spaghetti Sauce, Chocolate, BBQ Sauce, and Mustard
OxiClean™ Max Force Foam – Tough Grease Stains, Cooking Oil, Food Grease, Butter

OxiClean MaxForce Stain RemoverI can’t tell you how many times OxiClean™ Max Force products have saved clothing items that I thought were gone for good. When life’s messes happen, no matter at what stage, you can count on OxiClean™ to be in your corner. For more information on the full line of OxiClean™ products and instructions for each, visit this site.

What weird stains do your kids (or other half) throw your way to keep laundry time interesting? Do you have a hobby that creates unique stains? Share with us in the comments or on our Facebook page.

 

 

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20 Upcycled Home Decor Projects

upcycled-home-decor-projectsHome decor projects can be a ton of fun and a very rewarding way to spend your time and flex your creative muscles.  Upcycled home decor projects just takes things to the next level.  I am amazed by some of the awesome ideas I see floating around Pinterest that take old things and make them new and useful again.  Pallet projects were (and still are) all the rage.  I’ve even created some pretty cool wall art myself.

Another of my favorite projects was a dessert stand I made using plates, a bowl and glasses.  It was fun, colorful and a total thrift shoppable project.

Enough about me though and more about you!  Here’s a collection of twenty different upcycled home decor projects that you might want to try yourself.

  1. Upcycled Lampshade Vases from thehousethatlarsbuilt.com
  2. Upcycling DIY from lanaredstudio.com
  3. Wallpaper Lampshades from pillarboxblue.com
  4. DIY Leather Handles On Boxes from shrimpsaladcircus.com
  5. DIY Upcycled Clock from trimcraft.co.uk
  6. Easy Marble Dessert Stands from akailochiclife.com
  7. Upcycled Plastic Bottle Into A Rustic Rope Planter from acharmingproject.com
  8. Recycled Fabric Twine Planter from mypoppet.com.au
  9. Upcyled Leather Catchall Tray from makeanddocrew.com
  10. Coastal Inspired Candlesticks from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com
  11. Upcycled Bottle Vase from makeandtell.com
  12. DIY Book Vase from katescreativespace.com
  13. Repurposed Metal Tins from erinspain.com
  14. DIY Sea Glass Bottles from sadieseasongoods.com
  15. Wire Earring Holder DIY from littleredwindow.com
  16. Easy DIY Upcycled Driftwood Votive Candle Holder from sustainmycrafthabit.com
  17. Thrifted DIY Jewelry Holde from brooklynberrydesigns.com
  18. A Reclaimed Toolbox To Flower Box from thedecoratednest.com
  19. Give Your Old Plant Pots A Painterly Designer Makeover from we-are-scout.com
  20. Farmhouse Style Container Upcycle from thecraftycarlson.com

Check out all of these amazing projects and Pin your favorites or Pin this post to save the whole list!

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Life Lessons As Taught By My Cat

life-lessons-catPets of all types can add so much to our lives.  Joy, love, comfort, and sometimes even frustration. There have only been a few very brief periods in my life that a pet didn’t own me.  Yes, they work their way into my heart and they rule he roost.  Little miss Reese is no exception.  She wormed her way in to my heart behind the little metal bars of her Human Society home.  She and her brother were found, abandoned, and someone brought them to the Humane Society.  My stopping by “just to look” quickly escalated into “can I take her home today?”

Reese is a constant source of entertainment, knowledge (cats are fascinating to learn from) and love (usually directed at her “daddy”.  Yes, we are those annoying people who refer to ourselves as “mommy” and “daddy”.

We could all stand to be a little more like Reese.  Reese is fearless, driven, loving, patient and full of life.  She also confuses herself for a bird sometimes, and I’m also occasionally convinced she’s part dog.


On being fearless, Reese’s curiosity knows no bounds.  Sounds, smells, new people and new things always have her attention.  She rarely hides from anything, even when you can tell she’s unsure of a new situation.  She takes car rides (probably her second least favorite thing in the world, next to bath time), and while she hates them, she is always craning her neck to see everything that’s going on in the world outside of the car.

Reese is driven.  If she sees something she wants, she stays after it, no matter how many failed attempts.  Her tenacity is a part of what makes her personality so special and makes her extremely interesting to watch.  She pairs her drive with her patience and amazing things happen.  She might not make it from the floor to our high top table today, and maybe not tomorrow, but she will keep trying new ways until she figures it out (which she now has).

Reese is so full of life. She gets sad sometimes (especially when her daddy leaves) and she might cry for a few minutes, but she never mopes. She simply moves on to something that makes her happy.  She will play with her favorite toy (a stuffed emoji from a McDonald’s Happy Meal), watch TV (seriously), chase a fly or maybe just take a nap.  Regardless of the activity, she finds a way to move on.

I’m striving to be more like Reese. More fearless, more patient, more full of life. Maybe in my next life, I’ll be a cat.

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