Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mango Coconut Cream Popsicles

I was on a homemade popsicle kick last week, I got excited with all the good bargains on the fruits and produce aisle . I made about 3 different kinds of homemade and easy popsicles ( that of course I will be sharing with all of you). The inspiration to "mass produce" these homemade popsicles was inspired by our tiny taste testers at home -- our popsicle obsessed little girls.

These Mango Coconut Cream popsicles are just perfect for this summer heat. The tropical taste is a nice break from the usual chocolate popsicles. You can use fresh mangoes or frozen .


2 1/2 cup of diced mangoes ( fresh or frozen) - about 3 mangoes if using fresh.
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp sugar ( can use honey)
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp low fat yogurt


If using fresh mangoes, diced about 3 mangoes.

Blend the pineapple juice and the mango, until smooth.

It will be smooth and thick. Set aside.

Meanwhile , prepare all your ingredients for the coconut cream.  Blend it all together, just a quick pulse.

Pour your mango puree into your popsicle molds and freeze for about 10 to 15 minutes. When it is somewhat solid, pour your second puree , which is the coconut cream. Freeze again for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat the process .


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Monday, July 6, 2015

How to Get Ready for Back to School

Do you like to plan ahead? I do, it makes certain things a lot less chaotic and it does keep my sanity in tact. Well, somewhat ha! Of course life happens and no matter how much you plan ahead , unexpected things do happen. Speaking of planning ahead, we are only in the first week of July and I am sure that most moms have back to school in mind.

Whether it be on how we can save on back to school supplies and outfits , or back to school hair styles to back to school lunches, getting ready will help us greatly. Here are some tips on how to get ready for back to school.

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1. Shop back to  school outfits on a budget

Back when I was on my school days in Philippines, I am very fortunate to study in a private 
school. Buying everyday school outfits was not a problem. I am also blessed that we have a tailoring business and my mom sews our school uniform. Buying school outfits can be really expensive, it adds up pretty quick.  Jenny from The Jenny Evolution has awesome tips on where to find cool and nice outfits when you are on a budget.

2. Shop smart on school supplies.

By mid July, you will see a bunch of back to school deals and sales. One of the best tips I can give is to shop early. After checking my stocks for school supplies that I still have , I make a list of items that I know for sure we will be needing for the school year. Be on the look out for the sale cycle.
 If you see that certain items are already marked down, go ahead and purchase them early, If available, stack with a coupon.

Like these tags that I got around June . School just ended, but I already have my labels ready for the next school year.  I ordered them from Label Daddy. I am so impressed with the quality of the labels.
These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels -- they're washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant!

 Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels!  You are not limited to ugly generic designs ! Pick from tons of colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sports, fun logos, and more.  These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.

 Caching on a Shoe string offers great advice on how you can save money on back to school items.
3. Designate a storage area for back to school supplies.

Now that you scored good deals on school supplies, don't just stop there. Designate a place for them. It will save your sanity for the school year and money too --having all of the supplies organized makes it easy for you to find the things your children need. It's frustrating to buy a certain item, only to find out that you actually have it. 

This is how I organized our supplies last year, I will probably make a few changes this 2015 school year.

 4. Designate a homework station.

Encourage your children in doing their homework by providing a homework station, check out this post by Clean Mama. 

If you are limited in space and if you are like us, our dining table pretty much is our all around table, make a homework caddy instead. Look at my homework caddy HERE.

5. If you are a DIY'er , take it up a notch and make your own Storage lockers. Check out this cute  DIY Storage Lockers via One Creative Mommy.

For more Simple Organization , see HERE.


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