Monthly Archives: January 2018

Valentine’s Day Glitter Slime

Valentine’s Day Glitter Slime

Do your kids love to play with slime?  I think pretty much every kid loves to play with slime, right?!  So instead of the standard boring green or yellow slime, we are getting a bit festive for Valentine’s Day, because, after all, nothing says “be mine” like some Valentine’s Day glitter slime!

Your kids may love playing with it, but do they know how it’s made?  That is part of the fun— mixing all the ingredients together and actually making the slime!  Your kids can get messy, and maybe even learn something too!

This is a fun science experiment, but you don’t have to tell them it’s actually educational.  That can just be our little secret…

Here is what you will need to make the slime:
  • clear glue
  • baking soda
  • contact solution
  • large paper plate
  • plastic fork or spoon
  • glitter
  • food coloring *optional
  • plastic bag (for storage and later disposal)

Directions:
  1. Mix 1 cup of clear glue with a ½ teaspoon of baking soda. 
  2. Sprinkle in the glitter.  For Valentine’s Day, we are using pink glitter and pink, red, and silver heart-shaped glitter.  
  3. Add contact solution, 1 tablespoon at a time. 
  4. Combine on the plate until the mixture is somewhat stiff, yet gooey.
  5. This is where the get-your-hands-dirty part comes in… now you need to pick up the slime and kneed it with your hands— and pull it and stretch it until it is very elastic-y.

 So pretty and festive!  Happy Valentine’s Day! 

 

*Make sure to dispose of this concoction in a plastic storage bag. You DO NOT want to pour this down the drain, as it could cause a blockage.

Ultimate List of Blog Post Monthly Topics + FREE Printable Planner

Ultimate List of Blog Post Monthly Topics + FREE Printable Planner

So how is your blogging going in 2018?  If you are like me, you probably had really good intentions of getting organized and getting off to a good start.

Unfortunately, that has not happened for me.  Things are always so busy at the end of the year with the holidays… and so I thought I’d get things in order when my kids went back to school.  Well… we had a lot of snow days, and when my kids are home, my focus on the blog is set aside…

But, it is not too late to get organized and still get going on a great year!

So, I put together a calendar with monthly topics to publish and a look-ahead to see what I want to start writing about… and you can download your FREE copy of my Ultimate List of Blog Post Monthly Topics + FREE Printable Planner and use it to organize your blogging topics this year too!  

This list takes into account the things that are popular on social media— such as seasonal topics, but also includes a bonus list of evergreen topics that can be used to write about throughout the year and be of interest to readers year-round.

 

January topics

Organization • Healthy Recipes • Weight Loss/Fitness • Resolutions • Winter • Starting a Business • Winter Skin Care • Snow/Snowflakes • Silver/Gold • Comfort Food • Super Bowl Party/Recipes • Heart Health • Cold/Flu Season

Planning for February

Valentine’s Day • Black History Month • President’s Day

 

February topics

Ground Hog Day • Valentine’s Day Gifts/Quotes • Black History Month • President’s Day • Handmade Valentines Crafts/Cards • Cold/Flu Season • Winter Fashion • Meal Planning • Heart Health Month • Date Ideas • Date Ideas on a Budget • Indoor Gardening Tips • Love • Red/Pink

Planning for March

St. Patrick’s Day • Preparing for Spring • Easter • Mardi Gras Recipes/Parties

 

March topics

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts/Recipes • Passover • Easter Cards/Crafts/Recipes • Spring Cleaning • March Madness • Basketball • Daylight Savings • National Nutrition Month • Spring Break • Spring Gardening • Mardi Gras • Entertaining

Planning for April

Tax deductions/filing taxes • National Financial Capability Month • Spring Weddings • Summer vacation

 

April topics

April Fools • Easter eggs • Decorating Easter eggs • National Financial Capability Month • Graduation • April Showers • Spring • Spring Break • Pastels • Outdoor Entertaining • Gardening—vegetables/fruits/herbs/shrubbery/flowers • Fresh starts

Planning for May

Cinco de Mayo • The Masters (golf) • Mother’s Day • Memorial Day • Memorial Day picnic/recipes/party planning

 

May topics

Flowers & Gardening • Cinco de Mayo • Mother’s Day Crafts/gifts/cards • Graduation • Kentucky Derby • Grilling/BBQ Recipes • Memorial Day recipes • Outdoor Entertaining • School’s Out • Summer Activities for Kids • Picnic Foods • Weddings • Vacation Plans

Planning for June

Swimming/Pool • Father’s Day • Summer Parties

 

June topics

Vacation • Staycation Ideas • Summer Drinks/Infused Water • Summer Travels • Beach • Father’s Day • Picnics • Pool Party • Grilling/BBQ • Gardening • Summer Skin Care • Wimbledon • Outdoor Entertaining • Outdoor Décor

Planning for July

4th of July/Patriotic • Beach vacations

 

July topics

Healthy Recipes • Weight Loss/Fitness • 4th of July • Grilling Recipes • Outdoor Entertaining • Weddings • Patriotic • Summer • Beach • Summer Adventures • Summer Crafts • Vacation • Frozen Drinks • Pool Fun • Fun Ways to Beat the Heat •

Planning for August

Back to School • Weekend getaways

 

August topics

Back to School • School Lunches • Back to School Shopping • Summer Olympics • Tailgating • Labor Day Recipes/Parties • Scheduling • Planning • Picnic Foods/Recipes • Gardening • Recipes from the Garden

Planning for September

Canning • Tailgating • Fall/Autumn • Fall Sports

 

September topics

Labor Day • Fall • Fall Décor • Fall Crafts/Recipes • Fall Fashion • Motivation • Organization • Apples • Grandparent’s Day • Yom Kippur • Comfort Food • Canning/Food Preservation

Planning for October

Halloween • Fall/Harvest • Breast Cancer Awareness • National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

 

October topics

Halloween • Fall/Harvest • Breast Cancer Awareness • National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month • Pumpkins/Fall Colors/Leaves • World Series • Football • Slow Cooker Recipes • Fall Recipes • Halloween Crafts/Parties • Preparing Outdoor plants and house for colder temps

Planning for November

Thanksgiving Crafts/Recipes • Gratitude • Harvest • Cold/Flu Season • Christmas

 

November topics

Thanksgiving Recipes • Gratitude • Leaves • Thanksgiving Crafts/Tablescapes • Fall Celebration Crafts • Veteran’s Day • Election Day

Planning for December

Christmas Crafts/Recipes • Hanukkah Recipes • Kwanzaa Celebrations

 

December topics

Christmas • Christmas Cards/Crafts • Holiday Recipes • Gift Ideas • Snow • New Year’s Eve Parties/Recipes • Hanukkah • Kwanzaa Celebrations

Planning for January

Weight Loss • Budgeting • Organizing • Resolutions • Goal Planning

 

**PLUS, get the Evergreen topics list as a Bonus with the FREE downloadable planner!

 

 

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Fresh Beet Root, Carrot & Apple Juice to Boost Your Immune System

Fresh Beet Root, Carrot & Apple Juice to Boost Your Immune System

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to live healthier this year?  I know I didand this year, Giant Eagle is going to help me keep my resolution!

Hmmm, you might be wondering exactly how my local grocery store is going to do that?  Well, shopping for fresh produce and picking out healthier options just got easier and less time-consuming with Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery!

As a mother, it is my goal to give my family healthy meals and snacks, but as you probably know, that can be really time-consuming.  So when I found out that Giant Eagle now offers Curbside Express Delivery, I was pretty excited!  This is a huge time saver!

Here’s how it works:
  • Go online and pick your local Giant Eagle store
  • Connect your Advantage Card to your Curbside Express account
  • Choose the groceries that you wantit can be fresh produce, freezer items, meat, dairy, canned goods, etc.:
    • Shop weekly specials or search for the products you want
    • Find your item
    • Add it to your cart
    • Select how many of each item you want

  • Select a time and date
  • And kick back and relax while a personal shopper puts your grocery order together
  • Be ready for delivery of your order!

**Even if you are not located in an area that has delivery, your local store may still have Curbside Express at the store, meaning that they will still get your order ready at a specific time and date and all you have to do is drive to the store, sit in your car and they will bring your order out to you!  Still a huge time-saver!**

Now, if you’re like me, you might be a bit skeptical about having someone else pick out your produce.  I am super-picky when it comes to selecting produce.  I like to make sure that I’m not buying fruit or vegetables that are bruised or on the verge of going bad.

So how did my personal shopper with Giant Eagle Curbside Express do?
  • My order was ready on-time!
  • Before delivery of my order, they went over some substitutions that they had to make and offered me some additional options because a few items were out of stock. (You can choose to keep or delete the substituted items)
  • My bill was finalized and my groceries were delivered.
  • All items were correct in my order, and the produce all looked great!

Knowing that winter is here— and that cold and flu season is upon us, I want to make sure our bodies are getting the vitamins and nutrients that we need, so to help boost our immune systems, I am going to make fresh juice with all the wonderful, produce that I just got.

Now, my kids probably wouldn’t choose to eat beets on their own, but I can hide them in some fresh juice that has been sweetened with some fruit and sneak in the goodness!

Fresh Beet Root, Carrot & Apple Juice


Peel and wash all produce thoroughly before juicing.

  • 2 beet roots (I don’t juice the beet leaves, I save those and will cook those as a side dish later!)
  • 6 medium size carrots
  • 3 apples (any variety that you like)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 2-3 oranges

Put through your juicer and blend juices together.  Strain if preferred to remove some of the pulp… and enjoy!

Why are these fruits and vegetables so good for immunity?

Beet roota rich source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iodine, manganese and copper. Additionally, beetroot is rich in folic acid. This rejuvenates the resistance of the body to fight toxicity.

Carrots—rich in Vitamin A and can help reduce toxins

Apples—rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber.  Apples are just good for overall health and they help to sweeten up this juice combo!

Lemon—has many nourishing elements, such as: vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein.

Cucumber—very effective detoxifying agent, which clears the blood stream of excess uric acid; soothing and anti-inflammatory

Oranges—excellent source of vitamin C; also helps to sweeten this juice combo!

 

New year, new you… what will you do to live healthier this year?