Today's moms are choosing more frequently to work from home. They opt to stay home to raise the kids but are still looking for something they can do part-time to contribute income to their families. I know the feeling. It happened to me when my first son was born in 2000. I turned to direct sales to enable me to earn money without leaving my baby. Direct sales is a great option for many women. According to the Direct Selling Association census, over 81% of direct sellers are women. There are ... Continue Reading
Three meals for a simply-delicious Mother’s Day.
With Mother’s Day coming up, I'd like to give a shout out to all the mother’s in the world. It's the hardest job, but the most rewarding. Take the day and simply enjoy it with your children - doing whatever you like to do with the family. If you (or your children or significant other) love to cook, here are three easy recipes to get you through the day. Cinnamon Coffee Cake Ingredients 1 package yellow cake mix 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix 1 package instant ... Continue Reading
Delicious homemade snacks – for any time of day.
You've heard it before - it's healthier to enjoy smaller meals, more frequently throughout the day. Its important that you select healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, yogurt, protein bars and nuts (pistachios have the fewest amount of calories). But after a while, we all crave something more, especially the kids. So how do you add a bit of spice and flavor into your snack routine? Try one of these homemade recipes. Goldfish Everyone loves the cheesy cracker taste of a goldfish, and ... Continue Reading
Whip up a Mexican-inspired meal with these classic recipes.
Having just returned from Mexico with my family, I thought I would go with a Mexican theme this week. And then lo and behold, one of my favorite food websites, OurBestBites, posted a simple carne asada recipe. It seems really easy and you can freeze the leftovers (if there are any) and make several meals out of it. Here are some additional Mexican-inspired recipes - to eat on their own or to enjoy with carne asada tacos. Stuffed Chili Peppers And THEN, in our Bountiful Basket for this week, ... Continue Reading
A delicious caramel popcorn recipe – perfect for gifts or entertaining.
I am a popcorn fanatic. So much so, that I have it approximately four times a week for breakfast/lunch. Yeah, I know, not a very healthy diet. But there are so many flavors to add to your meal! There is a store, Uncle Bob's Popcorn, in Tucson, Arizona, that has the best popcorn seasonings. Cheese, white cheddar cheese, cinnamon, apple - but my favorite is their jalapeño seasoning. It's perfect for popcorn. I use the microwave popcorn and pour the seasoning in, shake it up and eat the whole ... Continue Reading
A delicious pot pie is the perfect way to use turkey or chicken leftovers.
Everyone has had frozen pot pies - especially during your first couple years of college! After Christmas this past year, I was thinking of new ways to use the leftover turkey. So, I thought why not pot pies. But what to use for the crust on top, which I think is the best part as long as it is flaky. My first try was a moderate success. The inside was delish and the crust was okay. I used Pillsbury crescent roll for the crust. The second time I made them was a bust. This time I used the ... Continue Reading
Some fun ways to make chili your way during the cold winter months.
Chili - the comfort food you can make your way. Even firefighters have been known to hold a chili cook-off for fundraising. Find out when you're city is having theirs and head on over to taste all the different kinds of chili that people make. My dad used to make chili during the winter months. He never used a written recipe but it was always so good. I've tried to recreate his chili over the years but have never fully succeeded. Then I realized I could make it my way. Here are some ... Continue Reading
Teach gravity and air pressure with a simple cup of water and a playing card.
The second in our series of science experiments. These are a great way to explore the world around you - and for some schools an experiment for the science fair is mandatory. At a loss for ideas? Here's another one to test. Children are naturally curious creatures and every day we are presented with teachable moments that we may not even realize exist. Encouraging a child’s natural curiosity will ensure that they grow up wanting to understand how things work and why certain things happen ... Continue Reading
Ideas to keep your teen busy and active this summer.
Summer vacation is an exciting time for teens. There’s no homework, they have more time to spend with friends, they can sleep in and the weather allows them easy access to outdoor fun. Of course, that can get old after a while and soon, you might find your child is actually a little bit bored. One way to make sure the summer is more than just two months of watching your teen sit on the couch is to come up with a plan for keeping them busy. Not only does this have entertainment value ... Continue Reading
Add some flavor to your grilling with rubs, marinades, and bastes.
With the summer upon us, it’s time to enjoy the great weather, the outdoors, and start grilling. There are so many options for upping the flavor while grilling your food. You can use a rub, marinade or just do some basting while your food is on the grill. Rubs Rubs are spices mixed together that you rub on your food before you grill. I love a simple rub, combine enough spices and herbs that your meat is covered. Many places sell great rubs - Arthur Bryants is a favorite of ours. Here ... Continue Reading