My Very Educated Mother

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

29 Creative Apple Recipes and a FREE Mrs. Meyer's Offer

29 Must Try Apple Recipes
The leaves in our yard are starting to pile up, the weather is cooler, and our calendar is filling up with holiday events; there's no denying that autumn is here! One of my favorite fall activities is a good old baking marathon. Nothing beats a house warmed by the scent of fresh apple pies, am I right?

BUT WAIT - Before I share 29 of the coolest apple recipes ever, I want to let you in on this amazing offer for FREE Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products. It's a great deal, quantities are limited, and the offer ends October 23rd, so you'll want to act fast!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Monster Medusa Halloween Popcorn Box

Medusa Popcorn Box Party 2016

It's my second year taking part in the Popcorn Box Party hosted by Laura of Laura Kelly Designs. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to get entered to win a World Market gift card and see more Popcorn Box designs. 

Last year I played it safe with a cute little candy corn inspired owl, this year I decided to get a little spookier. Halloween is all about monsters, and one of the most frightening monsters I know is Medusa! With a couple of dollar store toys, paint, and glue, we created this amazingly creepy popcorn box!

Monster Popcorn Box Craft

Using the techniques below you can add a Medusa to your popcorn box or candy bowl this Halloween!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Kids Craft: Paper Plate Art Spirals

Quick Kids Craft Art Spirals

I spend more time than most crafting and yet when it comes to crafting with the kids the list of to-do projects is always much longer than that of those we have accomplished. If I'm going to be completely honest, I added a historical Art project to our History agenda this year. Take a guess at how many we've done. ZERO!

I think a Family Art Challenge, here on the blog, might be in order because...accountability. Most days I feel like this blog is a letter to my children or a glorified crafting diary! I'm always surprised at how many of you guys are reading; it can be very humbling. It also makes it harder for me to back down on something I say I'm going to do.

Would you be interested in taking part in a crafty challenge?
Let me know in the comments. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

How To Make a BOO Kit In a Book

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS. All opinions are mine alone. #BOOItForward #CollectiveBias

How to Make a BOO Kit In a Book

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and now that I’m a parent the excitement of the season has magnified. I get a kick out of helping the kids create costumes, decorate the house, tell scary stories, and make memories. One new tradition we’re starting this year is making a BOO Kit in a Book for our local librarians. The first step in this adventure is heading to the BOO It Forward page on for all our BOO’ing needs!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Lattes You Can Make At Home

DIY Pumpkin Spice Drink Recipes

This past weekend it happened. I'm not sure how I went this long without it, but I had. Yes, I finally tried a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.


It tasted powdery and underwhelming. Especially underwhelming when I consider the five plus dollars I laid down for it.

Don't get me wrong I love pumpkin spice as much as the next person, but there's gotta be a better way. I refuse to believe I have to accept this less than stellar mass produced concoction as my only option.

Thanks to my fellow bloggers there are other choices. I've gathered four recipes for lattes, coffees, and creamers that are budget friendly and look delicious to boot!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Seven Busy Bags to Make in an Afternoon Using Craft Sticks

This shop has been compensated by CollectiveBias, Inc. on behalf of its advertiser, Similac. #NutritionintheMix #Collectivebias #Walmart

Back to School season is always an exciting time, even for us homeschoolers. Everyone's ready to dig into the new year including the baby who turned into a toddler over the summer. But when we’re busy with the older kids’ lessons it's easy for the younger ones to feel shuffled aside. That’s why it's important to have activities, like Busy Bags, on hand that helps them participate in the learning atmosphere.

7 Busy Bags you can make in one afternoon using craft sticks!

Busy bags are great for building a toddler’s problem-solving skills and give Moms the minute or two they need to explain Algebra to an older student. But as any caregiver knows, a toddler’s tastes can change from one minute to the next. While it’s easy to offer options when it comes to play, it’s not so when it comes to eating. It can be a real challenge keeping up with a fickle palette, which is why I have a secret weapon, Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™. And right now you can earn $3.00 with the purchase of any size of Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™ through Ibotta!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Spice Up Dinner and Make Mealtime Interesting

Disclosure: I received a complimentary box for review purposes. All opinions are my own, and no compensation was received.  This post includes affiliate links.

I love subscription boxes because they introduce me to products I’d otherwise not know about OR be too afraid to buy without trying. They do have a drawback, and that’s the cost. Some of them can be a real investment, but there is one that costs a mere $8 a month, and the entire family gets to enjoy it. Any guesses? 

Spice Up Dinner

If you said, you’d be correct. Have you heard of them yet? They are, hands down, the easiest way to turn up the volume on your mealtime flavor! 

As you may have guessed from the name, they are a monthly subscription service specializing in spices. Their kits contain three freshly made spice blends created with ingredients characteristic of a new part of the world.