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Month: July 2014

Strawberry Nachos Recipe


Ingredients:
1 container of fresh strawberries ( tops cut off and sliced
2 T. Sugar
12 oz chocolate chips
1 T. Vegetable oil
1/4 c. Cinnamon sugar
1/4 c. Butter (melted)
4 to 6 flour tortillas (6 or 8 inch)
1 can redi whip or cool whip

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl toss sliced strawberries with 2 T. Of sugar. Set bowl in refrigerator.
3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, place tortillas on sheet and brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
4. Cut tortillas into triangles with pizza cutter. Bake in oven for about 7 minutes or until edges start to turn up. Let cool 5 minutes.
5. Melt chocolate chips and oil in microwave one minute at a time until desired consistency.
6. Arrange tortilla chips on a plate or platter. Top with strawberries,  chocolate and whip topping.


Whipped Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe

Materials:

1 cup coconut oil

Scant 2 cups sugar
(2) 4oz canning jar
Directions:
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the coconut oil until smooth and creamy. Add the essential oil, then stir in the sugar until you have a thick paste (you may need to adjust the amount adding more or less to suit your taste).
Divide the mixture between the two jars. Add a pretty ribbon or piece of washi tape to decorate the lid. Download the gift tags to make this an extra special gift.
Gift tags are compatible with Avery 5294 or similar round labels.

 

12 Ways to Use White Vinegar for Cleaning

 
12 Ways to Use White Vinegar for Cleaning
White vinegar is a fantastic, non-toxic product that is a wonderful cleaning product that is all natural, inexpensive and it won’t hurt your pets and kids. 
Mixing vinegar with other natural products can help you clean just about anything in your house!

 
1.) Disinfectant wipes are always great to have on hand to clean up little messes, especially if you have children or pets!  Make your own disinfectant wipes at
home using one of these two ideas:
a.) If you want to cut back on paper waste take squares of cloth like from an old t shirt.  Use an old disinfectant wipe container to store your homemade wipes. 
Cut the cloth into squares and put then in the container.  Mix 1 cup water, 1 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar, 1/2 Tbsp dish soap, and 9 drops of lemon essential oil. 
Adding the dish soap and essential oil helps to cover up the smell of the vinegar and leaves a fresh clean scent.  After you use the rag just toss it in the laundry.
b.)  If you want something you can just toss after you use it try paper towels.  If you get the select a size type of paper towels they are the perfect size. 
Take the paper towel roll and carefully using a SHARP knife cut it in half.  mix the 1 cup water, 1 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar, 1/2 Tbsp dish soap, and 9 drops of
lemon essential oil in the old disinfectant wipe container.  Put the paper towels in the container after about 20 min turn the container upside down and let it sit
for another 15 to 20 minutes.  After it sits turn it right side up and open it.  The cardboard roll in the center should pull out easily after soaking.  Once you
pull it out you should be able to easily find the end of the center paper towel and pull it up thought the lid of the disinfectant container.
 
2.) The worse part of cleaning windows is the struggle to get the streak free.  Now with this simple recipe you can have streak free windows!  Just mix 1/4 cup
white vinegar, 1 Tablespoon cornstarch, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and 2 cups water.  Mix in a it all in a spray bottle (be sure to label it so you remember what is
in in for the future).  Shake well each time before spraying, you don’t know the cornstarch to clog the sprayer.  Spray on mirrors and windows and wipe off for a
streak free clean!
 
3.)  For a wonderful rinse aid in your dishwasher just pour a little white vinegar into a dishwasher safe cup and place it on the top rack of your dishwasher.  
You only need a small amount.  Run the dishwasher as you normally would.
 
4.)  Do you ever forget about the laundry in the washer only to find it in there all smelly? I think most of us have a time or two.  Try adding 1/4-1/2 cup white
vinegar and running the rinse cycle it is a natural odor neutralizer.
 
5.)  White vinegar can make a wonderful all purpose cleaner.  The smell however can be not so pleasant.  To make a wonderful clean smelling white vinegar all
purpose cleaner try this.  Put some orange peels (or other citrus peels)  in a glass container, sprinkle some salt on the orange peels and let them sit for about
30 minutes.  The salt will help pull some of the oils out of the peels and will make your cleaning solution stronger.  Add the white vinegar to the jar and let it
sit for a few days.  The longer you let it sit the better.  Finally pour the liquid into a spray bottle and you have a great all natural all purpose cleaner with a
wonderful citrus smell.
 
6.) Create an odor eliminating spray using white vinegar and some essential oil.  Fill a spray bottle almost all the way to the top with white vinegar then add
about 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender or lemon.  Put the sprayer lid on the bottle and shake it up.  Vinegar is a natural disinfectant
and destroys the odor while the essential oil will give you a nice fresh clean scent.
 
7.) Is there a funky smell coming from your kitchen sink or garbage disposal?  Pour one cup of white vinegar down the drain.  Let sit for about an hour then rinse
with water for a few minutes.
 
8.)  With kids or pets in the house carpet stains are almost inevitable.  Clean them with a spray mixture made of 50% water and 50% white vinegar.  Spray it on the
stain and allow it to sit and soak into the carpet for 2 to 5 minutes.  Blot the stained area with a clean towel or sponge to extract the mixture from the carpet.
Another mixture to try is 1 tsp. white vinegar, 1 tsp clear dish soap, and 1 cup of  warm water.   Spray it on the stain and allow it to sit and soak into the carpet
for 2 to 5 minutes.  Blot the stained area with a clean towel or sponge to extract the mixture from the carpet.
 
9.) Clean up that soap scum by mixing 4 parts white vinegar with 1 part salt.  Next dip a rag into the mixture and rub away all that nasty built-up soap scum in
your kitchen and bathroom sinks.  You can also spray undiluted white vinegar on your shower doors and wipe dry with paper towels or a soft rag.
 
10.) Clean your washing machine by running and empty load and adding a cup of white vinegar to the water.
 
11.) Clothing stains like ketchup, jelly or wine can be hard to deal with. Try rubbing white vinegar right on the stain with a soft cloth.  Then just stick your
clothes in the washing machine and run it as you normally would.
 
12.) Toilet stains are just nasty.  Try spraying some white vinegar in your toilet bowl and letting it sit for about 2 minutes.  Then, take the toilet brush and
scrub those stains away.

10 Great Travel Games to Make Road Trips Fun

After spending 70+ hours in a Van with 3 kids over the past few weeks, I learned what works and what doesn’t to keep them happy and entertained.
Here is a list of 10 great Travel Games to help you make a road trip fun!

 

Melissa & Doug License Plate Game

License Game
Road trip Add excitement to travel with this sturdy, reusable classic travel game. Learn the name and location of all fifty states, identify states by their license plate design or simply plot your trip by flipping the states along your route…this is truly fun on the go No loose pieces to leave a trail.
 

Zynga Words with Friends To Go Game

Words
Play this travel size Words with Friends game whenever the urge for words strikes! Based on the addictive online game, this portable word game lets you create words vertically or horizontally that connect to previous words. The player with the most points wins, and when the game is over you can store the tiles and game board inside the portable case. Take your wordy fun on the road with the Words with Friends game!
 

My Friendship Bracelet Maker Traveler

Friendship Maker
Celebrate friendship and creativity with our portable Traveler Friendship Bracelet Maker. The Traveler features a weaving work surface with slide-out storage drawer and 20 pre-cut threads in bright shades that appeal to every child. Color instructions are included.

Find It Games At the Beach

FindIT
Find It at the Beach is a contained adventure. It features ocean blue end caps and over 40 hidden items with a beach theme in soothing blues, greens and coral colored pellets. This is an exciting game that is a great travel game with its enclosed pieces that will never get lost. Will you find the ray, whale, beach chair, shark, bathing suit or light house in this contained adventure. The hard to find penny is still included in the Find It At the Beach game. Play Find It At the Beach in your home at the cabin, car or office. Includes Find It At the Beach game and a check off pad. Find It can be played alone or as a timed game with friends.

Hasbro Travel Guess Who Game Fun On The Run

Guess Who
Hasbro Travel Guess Who Game Fun On The Run.

Spot It! on the Road

Spot It
Spot it! has officially hit the open road. Each colorful symbol is something you would see on a typical road trip. This edition has a new way to play while in the car: Travel Bingo. Whether you’re in the big city, cruising down the highway, or just around town, there is always something to spot. Be sure to pack Spot it! On the Road to bust backseat boredom wherever you go. This little tin has everything you need for endlessly fun car games! Includes 55 cards in a tin canister.

Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Hangman

Hangman
These fabulous, travel-style games bring new fun and convenience to old family favorites. Innovative flipping pieces won’t get lost. Includes one game board with erasable whiteboard, self-storing marker and eraser. Great for the road and at home. Exceptional Quality and Value.

Curious George Travel Cube

George
Take the fun anywhere. Curious George wants to play his favorite games with you. This travel-sized cube has a convenient carry it anywhere handle and comes loaded with bingo, two classic card games and a fun new four-in-a-row game all featuring curious George and his friends. Learning fun, number, color and shape recognition, matching and strategic thinking. Product contents 1 game board in 4 pieces, 1 deck of 40 cards, 1 rules card, 60 tokens, 25 bingo tile, 1 spinner and 1 game rules manual. Age 3+, number of players 2 to 5. The wonder forge features family games designed to bridge generation gaps and build family bonds. Its preschool sub-brand, i can do that. Games, is designed to celebrate the “can do” in every kid, with games that engage children physically, socially and creatively.

Educational Insights Travel Blurt!

Blurt
Now you can Blurt. on the go. This handy, portable version of best-selling Blurt. includes 75 new Blurt. definition cards (450 new Blurt. clues), cardholder, scoreboard and magnetic pieces. Take turns passing the cards, reading the definitions and blurting out the answers.

Let’s Go Fishin’

Fish
Try to get the most fish in this classic action-packed game! For 1 to 4 players, Contents: Deluxe plastic game base, 21 colorful fish, 4 plastic fishing poles, rules. Requires 1 x C battery (not included). 4 Years +
 
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East Coast Family Road Trip

We just got back from our very first family road trip down the east coast!  We have never driven over 4 hours as a family so this was a fun and scary idea.  However for a family of 5 to fly from Massachusetts to Florida it can easily cost us over $1250, so when we calculated out the cost of gas one way to be less than $250 we knew we needed to try driving.

Our goal was to see different parts of Florida before deciding if we should move south.  We left on a Wednesday at 3am.  Our plan was to drive straight from Massachusetts to Washington D.C. so that Anthony could see The White House, then continue as far as possible.  We planned to stay at a hotel somewhere between D.C. and South Carolina and then continue Thursday down to my brother’s in South Carolina.  However it seems that the 3am hour was an amazingly perfect hour to start our venture because we hit no traffic the entire day!
We passed through Worchester in Massachusetts, New York City, and got into Washington traffic free and where standing in front of The White House by 11am! 
We arrived in D.C. on what seemed to be the hottest day of the summer, so once we saw the White House we jumped back in the van and where out of the city by 1pm.
I would love to take Anthony down again to see all the other landmarks in Washington D.C. because he loves educational sight seeing, but that will be a mommy and son, one on one trip because the twins don’t have the patience for that type of trip yet.
 
As we left Washington we were shocked at how great we were doing on time, but we still anticipated staying somewhere along the next 8 hour leg of out trip.  We assumed asking our kids to handle a 16 hour drive in one day was asking way to much for their sanity as well as ours.  However I guess all those 24 hours of traveling trips to Brazil have trained them in long distance sitting because they stayed entertained with the portable DVD player, iPad, and the toys they packed the entire afternoon.  Before we knew it, it was 8pm and we were driving into Charleston, South Carolina!  We saved money on a hotel room, and got an extra night to visit with my brother AKA “Uncle”!
We enjoyed 2 nights with Uncle and the beautiful city of Charleston, before heading down to Clearwater, Florida.  We knew the Charleston to Clearwater trip would only take about 9 hours so we took our time and stopped in Georgia along the way to stock up on Georgia Peaches of coarse!
We arrived in Clearwater by dinner time where Grammy and Papa had already arrived via air and our vacation was able to start.  Clearwater Florida is a beautiful city, I have never seen a beach so nice in my life!  My parents recently inherited a home in Clearwater so we stayed at their place for about 10 days.  While there we visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Florida Aquarium, The Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Beach, and Best of all took a cruise on Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship.
After our stay in Clearwater, my husband really wanted to see the Boca Raton area so we packed up and headed back on the road for 5 hours.  Once in Boca we stayed at the Marriott Fairfield Inn.  The hotel was beautiful, with great staff, and very clean.  I was shocked at how nice it was for the price, plus they offer free breakfast every morning.
While in Boca we ate at Picanha Brazil.  The food and drinks where delicious, especially the fried bananas!
 
Once done in Boca Raton we headed a bit north to the Orlando area.  We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton, which was located across the street from Universal Studios Orlando.  The hotel had a huge pool that the kids enjoyed and the rooms where clean. 
However I priced Universal tickets at the activities desk and was disappointed that the tickets cost more than they do on Universals website and the desk staff was not very friendly.  However the staff at both the lobby’s Starbuck and the gift shop were fantastic!
 Before heading to Orlando I had to promise the hubby I wouldn’t turn this into a Disney World vacation because we were just there in January.  I agreed that we couldn’t afford another trip to the happiest place on earth.  However being a Disney addict and all, it was really hard being so close to the magic but not visiting.  In the end we arrived at an agreement to visit Downtown Disney one night!
After Orlando and a 3 week trip we began to head back home.  We stopped in South Carolina for lunch, spent the night in North Carolina and continued our trip home as quickly as possible.
 
We came to the conclusion that I love South Carolina and that is my dream place to live, however the outskirts of Orlando is a close second.  The Hubby loves Boca and Orlando, but likes the cost of living in South Carolina.  So we decided to stay put one more year, let Anthony finish off elementary school and debate the issue until next year.
 
 
 
 

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