Monday, October 20, 2014

Easy Fall and Halloween Treats


Do these look like sugar cookies? They aren't. But kids love them just as much!!! But they are SO MUCH EASIER!!!

Just butter a piece of bread and sprinkle sugar on top and cut out with cookie cutter. It's still sugar sprinkles, but they are a healthier alternative to cookies and take very little effort and time!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Just Go!


I challenge all of my readers just to get out today and this weekend. Here, in Minnesota it is MEA Weekend and kids have off Thursday and Friday from school, so we will be out and about and enjoying this short break part way through the school year. Maybe try something new this weekend, or do something you haven't done in a long time. Whatever you do, just do something. You just have to go.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Old Fashioned Tire Swing


When we bought our cabin, the one thing my son asked for was if we could have a tire swing there. Considering there was no "playground" type stuff there for the kids, we wanted to have some things to help entertain them outside in addition to exploring nature. 

We asked a local tire shop if we could get a used tire from them and then we got some old leftover boat rope and bought a small U-Bolt (98-cents at Lowe's) to help secure the tied rope. You could go without the bolt, but my husband wanted to make sure it didn't come loose or untied.


I remember having a tire swing growing up and how much fun we had on it. I am glad my kids can those same memories, complete with an awesome tree it is tied in to that is also a good climbing tree (our tire swing tree when I was a kid was also good for climbing too!)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Art Tour at DFW

If you ever find yourself at the Dallas Forth Worth International Airport and you have at least an hour to spare, check out Concourse D Art Tour. A friend and I were traveling through, catching a connecting flight but we were bumped from our original flight to a later one and had plenty of time to go sit down for lunch and take this tour. We didn't know about it until we got there and saw the brochure. So, here are just a few of the things we saw.







Bug Tic-Tac-Toe


This was a fun little project to do at our new cabin with the kids to let them help create an outdoor activity. We have several stumps in the yard, so why not put some to use and with this one we made a Tic-Tac-Toe board. My kids painted all the markers that are ladybugs and bumblebees. They used acrylic paint on flat black river rock (purchased for $1 at Wal-Mart).

Isn't this just too cute!

GIVEAWAY and Review: WIN High Performance Sports Detergent



My Thoughts:

I was sent 2 bottles of WIN High Performance Sports Detergent, in both the regular version and the Green version. It is designed to work best on synthetic materials that technical, athletic and sports wear are made of. For the most part, that is exactly what all of my workout gear is made of. I really had to no idea that there was detergent specifically formulated to work best on synthetic materials. I have been using the regular version on my clothes, but using the green version on my children's clothes, including their competitive swimsuits. I really like that the green version is fragrance-free and dye-free so that I can use it on their clothes since they get eczema and I have to be wary of what I wash their clothes in.

Below you can see a picture of the detergent in clear cups in front of the respective bottles. The regular is a thicker detergent, much like other regular detergent. Whereas the green detergent is thin in consistency. They have caps on them so you can measure out how much you need, but honestly I just use the cap the first time to see how much I need and then pour it in each time after. I don't like messing around with extra caps, as there is a cap that also seals the detergent too.

I also like that it is septic safe and is phosphate free and that both bottles are made partially with recycled materials.


Product Description from WIN Detergent

WIN Detergent is simultaneously introducing a larger bottle with an exciting new look and a new eco-friendly, dye-free, fragrance free option! The retail price of both versions of WIN will remain the same, so consumers get 50% more detergent for the same price.

WIN Detergent is designed to remove sweat, oil, and odors from technical athletic/sports apparel. WIN has not changed its bottle size since its introduction in 2006, but as the brand has matured WIN is now able to pass along their economies of scale to both retailers and consumers. The new bottle is 50% larger, with 32 oz. compared to the previous 21 oz., but the retail price will remain at $9.95

 WIN is also re-introducing its dye-free, fragrance free GREEN version. WIN GREEN is formulated to meet the standards for Design for the Environment certification by the EPA. It also meets the Yellow Rating on the Whole Foods Eco-Scale (certification pending). The formula is hypoallergenic and designed for users with sensitive skin and noses. Both versions of WIN are made in the USA, with a bottle made from 25% post consumer recycled plastics. WIN is septic safe, phosphate free, and can be used in high efficiency washers. WIN does not do any animal testing.

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I was given these bottles for the purpose of reviewing them on the blog. No monetary compensation was recieved. All thoughts, opinions and photograhs are my own.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Make It Monday: Freezer Breakfast Burritos


At the start of the school year I thought I would go ahead and make a bunch of Paleo Freezer Meals, as well as a bunch of freezer meals so that the kids could have a hot breakfast every morning but no one has to get up any earlier to either make it or enjoy it. I am going to share a few items I made over upcoming Mondays and then do a Breakfast Freezer Meals Round Up, because just like the Paleo Freezer Meals I did them all at the same time. In fact, I make both the Breakfast Freezer Meals and Paleo Freezer Meals on the same night (my freezer is well stocked, but is quickly diminishing.)

I bought all my ingredients at Aldi's (eggs were 79c a dozen at the time) and I figure it costs about 55-60c a burrito, whereas they sold premade breakfast burritoes there in a box of 4 for $4.

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

2 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup chopped green onion
18 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped ham
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
16 oz shredded cheddar cheese
20 large flour tortillas

Directions:

  • Saute onion until soft and lightly browned in a large frying pan.
  • Beat together eggs, salt, pepper and milk and add to the frying pan and cook until eggs are done. 
  • Stir in ham until is ham is warmed through.
  • Allow egg mixture to cool slightly before stuffing burritos.
  • Scoop 1/3-1/2 C of egg mixture on to each tortillas. You will divide this among 20 tortillas.
  • Top with cheese.
  • Fold in ends and roll up burrito.
  • Wrap in foil or wrap and store in a gallon freezer bag.
Microwave Instructions
  • Take out 1 burritos and wrap a paper towel around it.
  • Heat for 1-2 minutes, you will have to test this out with your microwave. Ours take 1 1/2 minutes to cook.
  • Top with salsa and sour cream, both optional of course.