Invasion of the baby food jars!

With Emilia starting solids, we’ve been going through a lot of baby food jars lately. I didn’t want to just get rid of them, I knew they had to be useful for something!

I took to Pinterest….. As usual! While there I discovered a few helpful and fun uses for these mini jars!

One idea I found and tried for myself, was making mini planters to grow your own herbs indoors! During a recent trip to our local dollar store I found some gold glitter tape. I added it to 3 washed jars, added seeds, soil and water! So easy and they’re pretty cute if you ask me!  

  

They’re super glittery! The picture really doesn’t do them justice. I’m thinking of doing one or two to store my lip and eyeliners. They would be good for makeup brushes too!

I’ve seen the spice organizer idea, snow globe and votive candle holder ideas a million times. These are a few new ideas I’ve never seen, and definitely plan on using. We won’t be running out of jars anytime soon so I might as well get some good use out of them! 

I’ve seen a lot of people bake cupcakes or mini fruit crumbles in the jars but these s’mores caught my eye idea from Phar- Ma.com

  

find the recipe here: http://phar-ma.com/smores-in-a-jar/

Who doesn’t want to make home manicures even easier? This idea is literally genius! Nail polish remover idea from Momtastic

  

Find it here! http://www.ca.momtastic.com/diy/468243-baby-food-jar-crafts/

These little jars are the perfect size for little hands, and make adorable little drinks for a summer party! Stay at Homeista had this great idea! 
  
Here’s the link! http://www.stayathomeista.com/2012/06/knock-off-mason-jar-sippers-tutorial.html

We all have those bobby pins laying around our homes! Now thanks to Oh how crafty you’ll have a place to store them and other things in the cutest way! 

  
The step by step instructions are here! http://ohhowcrafty.blogspot.ca/2012/02/baby-food-jar-storage-plaque.html

I try to reuse as much as I can, I really hate throwing things away if I don’t have to.

 Also, if any of you have a child that watches Sesame Street like Frankie. You’ll know they’ve been talking about recycling a lot. Frankie walks around the house singing “don’t throw it away, recycle and play!” Over and over again! 

 I think it’s great that he’s learning about recycling already and we try to set a good example for him. By doing it ourselves

I’ve seen many other uses for the jars including,

  • Crayon organizer 
  • Making your own air freshener 
  • Storing little bits of leftover wall paint for touch ups.
  • Succulent planter
  • Container for party favors 

Honestly Pinterest is full of great ideas!!

With all of the jars I have around here, I should probably get to work!

On a little side note, it’s been pretty exciting over here! 

Frankie got his first baseball glove and starts T ball on Monday and Emilia’s hair is now long enough for her first set of pig tails!

   
 These two are growing way too fast for my liking, but I have to admit it is fun going through every new stage with them! 

 xo, Fran 

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Frankie and Momma’s Pizzeria (no fail dough recipe) 

Things have been pretty hectic around here. Emilia is teething making her wanting to have my attention even more so than usual. (Which is already a lot!) I find myself giving her most of my attention during the day, while Frankie plays by himself or tries to “help”. 

I go to bed those nights and cry. I feel so guilty on those days, I don’t want him to feel like he’s not important or that I love his sister more. So I’ve made a conscious effort to do something special with him everyday, no matter what !

Things are going to get even busier in a few weeks when he starts his first year of T ball and continues swimming lessons from last year! So I just want to make sure we have a little time just the two of us, to be together and let him know that I still want to be “fwends” with him just like before! 

Wednesday night we made pizzas! Frankie had a blast! We used a super easy dough recipe that I’ve always used, and it’s never let me down!  Frankie loved putting on all of the toppings and saying we were “expert pizza guys!” I saw how happy he was just to be doing something together. We could have been doing anything at all, and I know the reaction would be the same.

  

When they were ready, he sat down and ate two pieces! He was raving about the great job we did. When Mike walked through the door after work, Frankie was so excited for him to try the pizza he and momma had made! 

He’s almost 4 and so independent. I think of it as both a blessing and a curse. He can play so well on his own and doesn’t really need much from me, besides the occasional snack or cup of water. While I’m busy going through the motions of the day I find he sometimes gets lost in the chaos of a cranky teething baby. 

I know I’m not alone, many mothers find it hard to juggle the needs of two little ones. I guess I just needed a little time to find my own rhythm. I’m glad I gave myself this little wake up call and I know this will make BOTH of us much happier!

So look out for more of the fun things we’ll be doing together! I have many craft ideas and recipes that we’ll be doing in the coming days! 

If you want to be an “expert pizza guy”, here’s the recipe for this no fail pizza dough. 

Pizza Dough

  • 1 1/2 Cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast
  • 3 3/4 Cups flour
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  1. Combine water, sugar and yeast in a small bowl. Let sit to activate yeast for 5 minutes. 
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt, add olive oil to the yeast mixture. Pour yeast mixture into dry ingredients. Knead in mixer with dough hook on low for 10 minutes (or by hand) .
  3. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning dough in bowl so it’s coated in the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for one hour.
  4. Push dough down and divide in half. Shape dough into 2 balls, lightly brush dough balls with olive oil and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for another 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease two pizza pans. On a lightly floured surface roll dough to desired size. 
  6. Top with toppings off your choice, bake 10-15 minutes until edges of dough are golden brown.

Enjoy,

Fran 

Mexican rice wraps

I would first like to start this post out on a personal note:

To my sisters,

 I am posting this recipe for everyone to enjoy. Yes, I would like everyone to have this quick and versatile recipe for their families to enjoy. There is another reason for this post…… Now you both have the recipe, now you can make it for yourselves, now the guilt trips can end! ( yes it will still taste the same, Lisa)

Back to the post,

I came up with this recipe when I was in high school. Both of our parents worked and most nights I would be responsible for dinner. Not every meal I came up with is share worthy. Some I’m sure we would love to never speak of again! 

This one has stayed the test of time. It’s so easy that I guarantee you’ll make over and over again. It’s a nice alternative to taco night and a good option for a meat free meal, but just as filling! 

I’ve made them with chicken instead of black beans but enjoy it better this way. 

Once you make the initial mixture, you can eat it as is. You can make into a burrito, put it in a tortilla with your favourite taco toppings. Or even smother it with grated cheese between two tortillas and make it into a quesadilla.

There are never any arguments from anyone at the dinner table when this is served. As you can tell by my special message at the beginning, its a big hit with the whole family!

Mexican Rice Wraps

  • 4 medium peppers (any color, I like to use all different colours)
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 cup of salsa (whatever you like) I use mild
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup rice (I used brown)
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pack of taco seasoning
  • 1 can of black beans
  1. Chop your peppers and onion into thin strips and set aside, open your can of black beans and rinse.

  
2. In a large frying pan or wok heat your oil, add your peppers and onion. Sauté until halfway cooked.

3. Add your taco seasoning and continue cooking 1 minute, making sure everything is evenly coated. 

4. Add the salsa, water and rice. Mix well and continue cooking until rice is almost cooked. About 10 minutes.

5. Add your black beans and continue to cook until rice is done and has absorbed most of the liquid. 

  
What you do with it once it’s done is up to you!

Honesty it so simple it ridiculous, but it’s sooo good! 

We try to go meat free a few times a week and when this one goes into the rotation, I can always guarantee there will be no leftovers! 

Try it out,  you can do it I promise! (Cough… Cough… Josie and Lisa)

Enjoy,

Fran 

Lemony Linguine with Tuna

Sometimes you’re so tired on a Friday night that what to make for dinner is the last thing you want to think about.

Sometimes you look in the fridge and realize way too late that you need to go grocery shopping.

Sometimes those are the days you come up with delicious dinner ideas! 

Last week was a very busy week for us, two family birthday parties and trying to get our back and front gardens in order took up most of the week! (Now that all of that snow and frost is finally gone!)

When I looked in the cupboard on Friday night it was slim pickings, but I did manage to come up with something delicious.

  
Lemony linguine with Tuna

  • 3/4 lb linguine
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic sliced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 6oz cans of tuna packed in oil
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Cup chopped fresh parsley
  • The juice of half a lemon
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water, drain the pasta. (Set aside)
  2. In the original pan add oil, garlic, and red pepper cook over medium heat stirring often 2-3 min
  3. Add the pasta, tuna, lemon zest, salt, pepper, lemon juice and pasta water and cook over low heat, tossing until sauce is slightly thickened about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add parsley and toss to combine.
  5. Serve hot add additional salt and pepper to taste.

Quick easy and delicious dinner idea, perfect for a last minute meal idea !

This week our kitchen is full of food, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be pulling this recipe out again soon!

Enjoy,

Fran

OURS By Cheryl Hickey Product review and giveaway!

  
As soon as I first discovered OURS I was immediately drawn in by one of their slogans, “Safe enough to use on little ones, but luxurious enough to pamper moms.” The second thing that caught my eye was the beautiful packaging!  It looks fresh and clean and I would later come to find that it is a perfect representation of the product inside! 

Being a mom of little ones I’m always looking for safe and natural products to use on them. Frankie has suffered from eczema since the age of 3 months and sometimes products can make it flare up. Watching him have those painful rashes is heartbreaking. I decided to give these a try on not only him but me in hope of finally finding a product we could stick with! 

OURS is made in Canada and the brainchild of Entertainment Tonight Canada Host Cheryl Hickey. Cheryl’s a proud mother of 2 and designed the line with her little ones in mind, but made sure the products are luxurious enough for women to enjoy. These products are exclusive to Rexall pharmacy locations and very reasonably priced.

The line is free of:

  • Phthalates
  • Silicone
  • Parabens
  • Gluten
  • Alcohol
  • Petrochemical 
  • Mineral oil
  • Dyes
  • Most common allergens

It is also cruelty free and only contains natural fragrance.

The amazing people at OURS by Cheryl Hickey were so kind to send my mothers and I a beautiful gift bag for Mother’s Day and included three of their products. I have been using them and wanted to share a little info about each product along with my reviews!
 

3 in one hydrating oil

Contains:

  • Avocado oil to moisturize 
  • Camelia seed oil to rejuvenate 
  • Lavender oil to sooth

When I first saw this oil, I was thinking greasy. This oil is not like others I’ve used before. 

There is no greasy residue left on your skin, this stuff melts right into your skin and the natural oils give your skin a dewy glow. It can be used all over your skin and is even suggest for use on split ends or as an all over dry hair treatment! 

I used this treatment in a few ways. I put a few drops into bath water to give myself a little extra moisture. The winter months are terrible to my skin and I was in desperate need of some moisture. 

The light fresh scent was great! More often than not products come with that heavy perfume scent that over powers, and in my case usually causes me to get sick of them very quickly. 

I also used the oil while blow drying my hair. I applied a little to the ends then blow dried as usual. It made my ends smoother and shinier! ( check out my Instagram to see my great hair lol!)

A little goes a long way, so this product will last you a while. Definitely going to be a must have for me in the coming months to help me get summer ready!

 

Face & Body Exfoliator 

Contains:

  • Shea and cocoa butter to moisturize 
  • Green tea extract to refresh
  • Cucumber and Aloe to sooth

I looooove exfoliating scrubs! With my dry skin it’s a necessity!

This scrub has that same fresh clean scent! 

(I’ll start sounding like a broken record soon but it’s true!)

There’s been a lot of health and environmental concerns about exfoliating scrubs. They usually contain microbeads that are not only damaging to our skin but also terrible for our environment once they get washed down the drain.

This scrub contains jojoba beads that are gentle enough for daily use, but still give your skin that fresh clean feeling that other exfoliators provide.  This one is another one I’ll keep on hand to get my skin summer ready, Mike even stole it ,used it and loved it! ( but you didn’t hear that from me, ha!)

 

EveryBody Lotion

Contains:

  • Grapefruit, Pineapple and Mandarin oil to protect
  •  Coconut and olive oil to hydrate
  • Cucumber and Aloe extract to sooth
  • Lavender to soften
  • Bergamot to heal

Ok, this one! All I can say is YES!!!

This moisturizer is amazing. Not greasy and no overpowering scent!

I use this daily for both Frankie and myself. Frankie’s skin is great, no reactions and even soothing the bit of an outbreak he had before! 

I’ll be keeping this lotion on hand all year round!  I apply right out of the shower to lock in all of that moisture. It leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh.

All in all this line is great, I can’t wait to try more products! This little sample definitely left me wanting more! 

I know what you’re thinking, you want to try them too! I don’t blame you. The amazing people with OURS thought you might feel that way. 

So we’ve teamed up to offer a Mother’s Day Giveaway! 

You’ll win all three of these full sized products 

For all the details, head over to: https://instagram.com/thehungryhomemakerblog/

You won’t want to miss out I promise! 

A special thank you to Zuzanna from the OURS team for contacting me with this amazing product, you were awesome!

To all of my amazing readers, I’m so happy to provide you with this amazing opportunity and thank you all again for your support!

xo,

Fran

Our weekend recap !

Once and a while I like to share a little bit of our daily lives with you all. I think it helps you get to know our family a little better and give you a glimpse into the people behind the posts!

From the comments I’ve received, I think you guys like it too so here’s what happened this weekend!

Friday was a pretty lazy day, we spent the day in the yard and doing things around the house. I spent a lot of the day trying to get Emilia to roll over on to her belly! Frankie was a super lazy baby, he was our first so we really spoiled him and just carried him everywhere. Poor Emilia’s not so lucky ha!

She would roll on to her tummy and get her arm stuck underneath her most of the time, then she finally did it!! She rolled from her back to her tummy and then back around again! I didn’t get a picture of it because Frankie and I were too busy cheering her on, but this is from the struggle that ensued right before!

can’t quite get that arm out!

I also received a package from the amazing  people at OURS by Cheryl Hickey! It’s a new line of skin care products that’s made in Canada with natural ingredients. These products are safe enough to use on little ones, but luxurious enough to pamper mommas! They sent me a beautiful gift bag for Mothers Day filled with many goodies, including a few things from their line! I’ll be trying them out this week and letting you know guys know all about them very soon!

  
Saturday my “little” sister turned 24! Honestly it’s crazy to think she’s graduating university, engaged and just an adult in general! No longer the chubby bald baby that used to sit on my lap!
 

We had dinner and cake with her, along with my parents and her fiancé!

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What about that cake!! 

Is it not the cutest most “birthday” birthday cake ever!! Not to mention it was delicious, we were all really excited about it! It was sad when we had to cut it up!

 

Sunday we had a pretty laid back day. Both kids slept until about 8! On Sundays mike usually gets up with the kids while I stay in bed, watch tv or catch up on some blogs I follow. 

I wish I was the kind of person who could go back to sleep after I wake up, but sadly I am not. More often than not my solitude ends once Frankie gobbles up his breakfast. I usually hear an extra set of foot steps following Mike up the stairs when he delivers my cup of tea. My visitor usually gets cozy beside me and settles in for a few episodes of Say Yes To The Dress, giving his opinion on the dresses along the way of course!

With the weather being so beautiful I knew there was no way we would be staying home. I read about a new park that was built last October by the lake which is only about a 5 minute drive from our house! We fed and packed up both little ones and headed out!  

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The park was awesome! Frankie loved it, Emilia loved smiling and laughing at all of the big kids running around. We took a walk by the lake and remembered to bring Frankie’s sand toys (thank God) so he had even more fun building a sandcastle. We’ll definitely be going there a lot this summer now that we know it’s there.

On the way home we stopped for some frozen yogurt. Frankie and I shared a cup, I use the term shared loosely since he inhaled most of it as soon as we sat down!
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The rest of the night was pretty quiet. We got take out for dinner and relaxed around the house. I caught up on some shows I’ve had saved on the pvr for a while and then hit the hay!

I hope you all had gorgeous weather wherever you were this weekend! Did you do anything exciting? I’d love to hear about it!

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m being told that a certain 3 1/2 year old must have his Star Wars shirt washed and ready for tomorrow. I’ve been informed that May 4th is Star Wars Day, so I Guess I’lll leave you by saying:

May The 4th Be With You! 

xo,

Fran