My Very Educated Mother

Monday, June 20, 2016

Fresh Fruit Summertime Smoothie Pops

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Keep cool with this quick and easy frozen summer treat! With only two ingredients it's perfect for making with the kids!

Guys, it's hot outside! Thankfully the youngest is at an age when he can eat a popsicle without turning into a sticky mess so we've dubbed this the summer of the frozen pop. We're going to be sharing various freezer pop recipes over the next couple months because: 

1. They're delicious.
2. They're easy.
3. They're cold.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kids Craft: Fish Mobile

These are a fun kids craft to make and use to decorate your little one's bedroom! Fish Mobile

I have given serious thought to year round schooling, but when we're nearing the end of our school year I always think, "NO WAY! I need a break!" Then after a couple hours on the first day of our break I remember why I considered year-round in the first place. Because that's when my daughter starts following me around the house professing her extreme boredom. 

Guess that means it's time to bring out the craft supplies and get creative! Honestly, if feels like forever since I crafted with them, so I'm filling the calendar with projects we all want to try! 

Let the little ones get creative making fish faces and patterns for this kids craft: fish mobile.

Here's the first on the list, a wee little school of fish to hang on the wall. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

What You Can Save by Shopping Online

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

Shopping online can help make your life easier and offers a greater variety of products..

As a mother of four, a trip to Walmart, though usually necessary, can quickly turn into an all-day affair. There's the prep work (packing diaper bags, combing hair, tying shoes, etc.), then there's all the little side trips while you're in the store (to the front of the store, to the bathroom, to the back of the store, etc.), and finally there's the loading, unloading, and putting away only to realize you forgot what you went shopping for in the first place! 

Over the past year I’ve started shopping online, as a way to avoid the crowds and busyness that can bring on a migraine. During that time I’ve come to realize I’m saving myself from more than a headache! 

So what exactly does shopping online save me?  

Monday, May 30, 2016

Turn an Old Bookcase into a DIY Cat Tower

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Repurpose an old bookshelf into a cheap and easy, DIY cat tower!

Just as I never thought I’d like guacamole, I never thought I’d like cats; thankfully my opinions on both have changed drastically over the last couple years. 

Now that our two cats, Kiera and Love, are  regular parts of my life (much like guacamole) I’ve gone all Mom on them and made sure that their needs are taken care of just like everyone else under my care. That means: If my human kids get delicious, wholesome ingredients in their food, so do the cats in the way of the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® cat food line; and I’m making DIY projects with them in mind like my latest creation, the bookshelf turn cat tower, featured at the bottom of this post.

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Rachael Ray has been offering premium foods and treats for dogs since 2007, and in 2014 she expanded the brand to include cat food. The line boasts, “Real Recipes. Real Ingredients. Real Good.” What that means is there are ZERO grains, gluten, fillers, artificial flavors and preservatives, or by-products. Instead you’ll find essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in a food your cat is sure to love. 

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Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet and dry cat foods can be found at a number of retailers, I found a few of  the wet varieties at our local Walmart on my last trip, there are eight wet recipes in all. Because I do so much online shopping I was also happy to find the Zero Grain Chicken & Potato recipe on amazon.com. This recipe features U.S. farm-raised chicken as it’s #1 ingredient.

Real Recipes. Real Ingredients. Real Good.


It’s nice to know when I have a busy week I can easily stop by the store, or even order cat food online. To learn where you can find Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® visit the Where to Buy section of their website.  

This is such an easy way to make a cat tower and I love that it doesn't make me look like a crazy cat lady!


Guys, this is actually a really easy project we got it done in about an hour and that was even after hunting for a utility knife, hooking up the air compressor, and all that jazz. Here's a list of the supplies you'll need. 

Supplies

-- old bookshelf (or a new one you can find them at Walmart too)
-- large piece of carpeting
-- 4 plastic cat toy balls with bells
-- fishing line
-- Tools: staple gun, drill, scissors/utility knife, glue gun

Cut, Staple, and Glue! Turn a bookshelf into a cat tower complete with scratching post sides!

1. Cut pieces of your carpet to fit along the sides and shelves of your bookshelf. It'll act as both a place for your cat to rest and a scratching post. 

TIP: I used a trimmed rug I'd found in the home section of Walmart. To discourage fraying I lined up the trimmed edges of the rug with the edges of the shelf whenever possible. I also used the hot glue gun to clean up the back of the shelf and take care of any cuts I knew would fray. 

2. Staple down your carpet pieces, excluding the top shelf - you'll see why on the next step. 

We, okay-my husband, used an air compressor staple gun because, ahem, I have weak hands and couldn't get the regular staple gun to go into the wood of the shelf. For the record, I'd planned on doing the work, but once I said the hand stapler wasn't working, he brought out the air compressor, and took over.

Drill holes into your DIY Cat Tower Bookshelf to hang cat toys from, trust me your furry friends will thank you!

3. Drill four holes into the top inside shelf of your new tower. 

4. Tie one of the cat toys to a long piece of fishing line and weave it up through one of the holes and down through another before tying on a second cat toy. 

5. Repeat step #4 with the remaining cat toys.

6. Lay the final carpet piece into the top shelf, and over the fishing line. 

Our cats like to start playing on our DIY Cat Tower and Scratching Post at about midnight, or once I fall asleep. They're awesome like that!

I catch the girls sleeping in the shelves and rubbing against the sides, but they usually wait until everyone is in bed before they start playing. Case in point, the pictures above were taken at about midnight.

One last thing I want to tell you about Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet and dry cat foods, Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue. This organization was created to help shelter pets in need with food, medical supplies and treatments. To date, she has donated over $14 Million. 


Like what you see? Stop by the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Pinterest Page for more fun projects like this one, and to learn more about the benefits of Zero Grain cat foods. 


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bringing Bling to an Old Trunk

A Fun Furniture Flipping project featuring Country Chic Paints.

Time again for a Fab Furniture Flippin Contest® entry! This month's theme is "Bling, Bling" and features Country Chic Paints. I received product in exchange for this post, but like always, the views expressed are my own. 

This old Bombay Company trunk is about to get a furniture flippin' makeover!

Once upon a time there was a magical place called Bombay Company and they had a outlet store in the same mall that I worked in circa 2000. Anyway, I bought this faux trunk/box for a mere $35. After multiple moves one of the latches on the front broke but other than that it had crazy sturdy handles and held up nicely. Unfortunately, we abandoned the 'World Antiquities' decor look so it never really fit in anywhere; making it ripe for flippin'. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Packing for a Float Trip

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Going on a Float Trip? Be sure to bring these Essentials!


In a few short weeks our local rivers will become weekend destinations, and outside of fishing the one activity everyone loves is a good, relaxing float trip. In our house, I like the fast moving currents while my husband prefers the meandering waters, thankfully we usually get a bit of both on our excursions. If you’re new to spending the day on the water you’ll want to be sure to pack these essentials.

First and foremost, when you’re floating it’s really important to only bring those thing you’ll really need. Unless you’re also camping, leave your change of clothes and valuables in the car, and you can get to them when you get OUT of the water. Here are a few more things you'll want to bring along.

Monday, May 9, 2016

A Father's Day Gift Idea - DIY Beard Oil

Father's Day Gift Idea - DIY Beard Oil, Easy enough for the kids to make themselves.

In our house good night hugs mean getting scratched up by Dad’s beard. He uses a beard balm but since it goes on in the morning by the time he gets home he’s back to being a mountain man. So, the kids and I decided to make beard oil for him this Father’s Day. 

You know what makes this an awesome gift idea? It’s a Craft Lightning project which means it only takes 15 minutes to create! 

Supplies

Basic Essential Oil Set
Carrier Oil - such as almond
small empty containers 
medicine dropper
labels
markers

Father's Day Gift Idea DIY Beard Oil, first you have to start with a carrier oil.


First step we measured 1 full ounce of the carrier oil and put it into our empty containers with the medicine dropper. 30ml equals 1 oz also we used recycled sample sized containers but you can usually find new ones at the dollar or craft store. 

Father's Day Gift Idea DIY Beard Oil The kids picked out the scents.


Second we added our essential oil, I recommend sticking with 18-24 drops. It really depends on the strength of the oil. I let the kids have free reign on their mixtures, thankfully they did pretty good; I don’t know that I’d recommend that for everyone. 

Father's Day Gift Idea DIY Beard Oil, thankfully the kids worked at finding the right scent.


Finally, we made labels!

Father's Day Gift Idea: DIY Beard Oil and the kids are making the labels.


And very carefully placed them onto our bottles.

DIY Beard Oil So easy the kids can make it! Father's Day Gift Idea


I know my husband is going to love this gift! 

Special thanks to this month’s Craft Lightning hosts, The Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, Busy Mom's Helper. For more Father’s Day ideas be sure to visit one of them by clicking the image below.