My Very Educated Mother

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!

Four PSL DIY Alternatives

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My Turn For Us - Pumpkin Pie Spiced Latte

Raking in the Savings - Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee

Everyday Shortcuts - Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

It's Me Deb CB - Pumpkin Spice Creamer

While you sit back and sip on your Pumpkin Spice creations why not let the kids get busy with one of these fun fall craft! 

Popcorn Kids Craft using Toilet Paper Rolls

Coloring with Spices Columbus Day Kids Craft

Kids Craft: Making trees and leaves using handprints and cotton swabs

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Seven Busy Bags to Make in an Afternoon Using Craft Sticks

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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. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Broccoli Bacon Ranch Salad

Super Side Dish Broccoli Bacon Ranch Salad

It's time for another Ultimate Recipe Challenge (URC) and this time the spotlight is on Broccoli. I love broccoli, always have always will. You can imagine my surprise when I read disparaging comments in the URC group about this delectable vegetable. Apparently, some of you out there aren't fans? I mean, I get it. It can leave you a little gassy, but so can many foods I have no intention of taking off my food list. 

So, to answer the critics and try to win over the cynics I'm smothering it in comfort foods to create a fresh side salad even the skeptics are sure to love. 

Ultimate Recipes Challenge Broccoli from KimSixFix

Monday, September 12, 2016

Taking Care of Your Thrift Store Finds

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Taking Care of Your Thrift Store Finds

I am a thrifter, a DIY junkie, an antique aficionado, and I am proud to admit my home is a direct reflection of that. We’ve got a crazy mix of textures and surfaces that manage to come together in an eclectic look that’s all our own. Many of the items that make our home unique are old items we’ve found and reinvigorated with a good cleaning.

Over the years, I’ve been asked how I manage to find such awesome pieces, and the answer is easy. First, instead of looking at an item as dirty and discarded, I think of it as well loved and passed along. Second, having a brigade of go-to cleaning products you can trust to care for your treasures as much as you do is a must. For me, Pledge® is the brand I’ve grown to depend on to help me clean up my thrift store finds, as well as condition and protect them for years to come.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Kids Craft - Day of The Dead Wind Socks

Day of the Dead wind socks are a great craft to make with kids this Halloween.

Is it Halloween prep time already? I swear this summer was a blur, and August, a mad dash to finish planning out our school and scouting year. Thankfully, we managed to squeeze in a couple fun trips but not nearly enough which makes me anxious to get busy with our holiday crafting.

This time of year is made for making, especially with kids. There are so many festivities! Halloween is a favorite crafting opportunity around our house and the inspiration behind these Day of the Dead wind socks!

Have a spooky good time creating these Day of the Dead wind socks with the kids!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Gotta Craft Them All - Pokemon Kids Craft

Share in the Pokemon craze by creating these colorful character rocks.

Pokemon hit the world during the 90's when I was fully engrossed in my young adult angst. To this day, I don't really understand how it works. However, the characters are fun and I think the resurgence of interest with the launch of Pokemon Go! is awesome. So awesome I partnered with a couple other bloggers to create a few Pokemon inspired crafts to share with you!

Make your own DIY Pokemon Rocks! Kids Craft and Activity