Posts Tagged ‘homemade’

Eating Organic Foods With 9 Children To Feed? Absolutely!

How in the world do you feed nine children!? AND organic foods at that? Prioritize. It really is that simple. Whether the children were planned or not, they’re here now, and beyond breastfeeding or formula, it’s now time to move them onto solids. Perhaps you’re one of those crunchy mommas who want nothing but the most naturally grown and chemical free foods to ever touch your child’s lips – or you’re just good with wholesome food, organic on occasion is fine. Either way, you really do want organic, but let’s be real. Organic foods are 40-100% MORE expensive than their conventional counterparts, so let’s set aside feeding one child organic, but NINE!? Yes, and with a budget most families are on for a family of 4-6!

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DIY Homemade Holiday Jewelry

The holiday season is here! For many that means cold, wintery weather and long afternoons inside. With children on their winter breaks there will be plenty of time for all sorts of fun activities. Why not show that it’s the hap-hap-happiest time of the year by wearing some holiday cheer?

Grab the kids and head to the craft store. In one afternoon of fun you’ll be spreading the joy everywhere you go with these simple DIY angel earrings.

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Gifts for Women Holiday 2016 #DmHoliday16

 

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Women are amazing. They run the world and we all know it, so why not give them a gift this holiday season that is meaningful to her? All women are unique, but there are gifts out there for each one of them and Daily Mom is here to help your find the perfect one for her. Whether you are looking for your partner, your mother, or your grandmother you will be sure to find something for that special mama in your life with our gift guide. 

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Not Your Grandma’s Squares – How to Teach Yourself Crochet

Thanks largely to Pinterest, the crafting renaissance of the last few years has begun to take on a life of its own. Handicrafts like knitting and crochet are considered social art forms, and were once passed down from one generation to the next by women who met in groups to work and chat. Your mother or grandmother may have tried to teach you one of these skills as a child, but at the time the interest didn’t sink in or the desire wasn’t strong enough to retain the information.

You may be familiar with the Granny Square Blanket. Most likely someone in your family had one when you were growing up, and if not, you definitely saw one across the Barr family couch on Roseanne. This iconic crochet pattern often included mismatched or 70’s era colors, low-cost scratchy yarn, and was just ugly.

Today’s crochet combines the spirit of the women who created the art (1700 lace makers) and the ingenuity of the 1970’s without any of the ugly out-of-date patterns and colors. Now that you are finally ready to learn, this quick guide will help you start the process of learning how to crochet with tools and resources available on the Internet.

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A Week of Teacher Appreciation Ideas

In the course of one day, our children’s teachers are not only their educators; they are their cheerleaders, their defenders, their nurse, their coach, their psychologists, their activists and their friend. Most importantly, teachers are our children’s mentors and role models; the person who has the potential to be one of the most influential individuals in our child’s lives.

One thing’s for sure: Teachers deserve mountains of appreciation. 

Most schools have one week a year, typically in the spring, when the students and parents can shower our teachers and school staff members with adoration and thanksgiving. Teacher Appreciation Week is a fun time to get kids involved with expressing gratitude. Some schools assign a theme to each day of the week so that everyone is consistent, such as bring a flower for your teacher on Monday and a candy treat on Tuesday. In that vane, we’ve come up with a week-long list of ideas to acknowledge the hard work of our wonderful teachers, all of which you can tailor to how simple or detailed you’d like your gifts to be.

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DIY All Natural Odor Eliminating Discs

Odor eliminating discs can be used in a number of places — diaper pails, garbage cans, stinky shoes, gym lockers, your car trunk, the list goes on and on! But, buying these discs is an unnecessary expense. In fact, you can avoid store bought odor eliminators that are filled with chemicals by making your own using just a few natural ingredients.

This DIY is a fraction of the cost, takes no time to put together, and you probably already have the ingredients. Read on to see just how easy it is to make your own all natural odor eliminating discs!

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Make your own baby food: No special equipment required

What do you do when you had your heart set on making your baby’s food at home, but you didn’t get that fancy baby food maker you so eagerly put on your registry? 

You make it anyway. No special baby food making equipment needed! 

Today’s tutorial for making your own baby food utilizes single foods that are best steamed prior to puree: carrots (one of our favorites), squash, broccoli, spinach, greens, whole peas, green beans and so many more. Read on for all the details!

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Easy Homemade Autumn Potpourri

The undeniable smell of autumn is in the air. The cool crisp breeze, the cider and apples are all a warm reminder that fall is here. With all of these amazing scents surrounding us, why not bring those aromas indoors by making homemade potpourri that includes some of these ingredients?

Today we share with you two amazing homemade fall potpourri mixes.

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Make Your Own Mayo

Mayonnaise is a staple in most every American household. From a simple turkey sandwich, to pasta and tuna salads, to snack foods and dinner entrees, mayo is a crowd pleaser and a palate pleaser. Instead of settling for the unwanted and mysterious ingredients in major mayo store brands, don’t you think something with a bit less sugar and preservatives and made with real ingredients sounds more enticing? We’re here to give you a healthier mayo fix by showing you how to whip up your own homemade mayonnaise in 15 minutes with 5 ingredients!

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Healthy Homemade On-The-Go Snacks

We’ve all been there before — your daughter has gymnastics, you’re running late (naturally), the youngest is all of a sudden starving and the last thing you want to do is swing through the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant. Having snacks at home, pre-prepared for on-the-go moments like these can be life savers when in a pinch, leaving your child satiated and you feeling guilt-free. What’s even better? Knowing each healthy ingredient that went into your child’s snack. Oh, by the way, they are SO good, you’ll gobble them up too! 

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Homemade Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

That’s right, today is the day that Americans celebrate one of the most popular desserts in the country. Every third Sunday in July since 1984 (thanks President Ronald Reagan!) the USA gathers together to eat a scoop of happiness, for no other reason, we think, than just because ice cream is plain ‘ol good!

So be sure that sometime today, you join your fellow Americans in dusting the ice cream maker off and whipping up a pint of our summer delicious, melt-in-your-mouth homemade Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream.

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Homemade Natural Wax Crayons

Crayons are a staple in every toddler and child’s home. Not only are there probably several different kinds stacked neatly in a box in the art area at home, but there’s usually a few in the bathroom, under the couch, in the car, or in other various places that are completely impossible to get to. Let’s face it, kids love crayons.

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Fluffy Homemade Marshmallows

Making your own marshmallows may not seem like something worthwhile to do. A large bag of them is fairly cheap and most of the time you probably aren’t interested in specialty flavors or colors. Until….you decide one day to make them yourself. Your life is forever changed! Alright–this might be a bit of an overstatement, but making your own melt in your mouth fluffy marshmallows at home is a really fun activity that is also truly delicious. Plus, they are easily customizable to infuse with different flavors. Set aside some time this evening or weekend to give these a try!

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Going natural and organic doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your favorite things. While many condiments, dips and spreads are packed full of preservatives and unnecessary chemicals, there is a way to have the best of both worlds. We have a simple, easy recipe for homemade ranch dressing that your family will absolutely love. Whether you use it as a dipping sauce, a veggie dip or a salad dressing, you can rest assured knowing you are giving your family something fresh that they love without added chemicals and preservatives.

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