Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Simple Greek Salad Dressing

On our recent date night, hubby and I came up with something new. We will be trying out new restaurants that we haven't tried before. Not just a new restaurant but new cuisine as well. Something out of our comfort zone. We always encourage our girls to try new foods , they can be picky at times so why not practice what we preach.  Our first food adventure was at a Lebanese/Greek Restaurant by Downtown, Redlands.  Hubby ordered a kebab plate , while I ordered the Shawarma plate. Both of the plates were served with a salad., boy was I surprised on how good the salad was. SIMPLE but really good. A really nice break from my usual Asian salad dressing and Rob's ranch dressing.


2 whole lemons. squeezed and strained
 1 cup Olive oil
2-3 large garlic, minced or pressed
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp salt


Put all the ingredients in a jar , Shake until incorporated.  Serve with your favorite salad or keep it for later in the fridge. When ready to use, just run the mason jar under running warm tap water.

I used Costco's Organic Spring Salad Mix. I just add in some red onions, tomatoes and avocados

How simple and delicious is this? Healthier option too!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Busy Boxes for Kids

Do you ever ran out of ideas sometimes to engage with your Little tot at home ? I do .. and those days that I really needed an hour or so to pay bills or just to even take a breather, these BUSY BOXES had been a life saver.

We purchased these plastic containers at home depot long ago , and it is just the perfect size for putting games and activities.   You can make a weekly theme or everyday theme on each boxes.  I will be su8ggesting some fun themes that you can use.

The first time that I prepared these busy boxes for Lily, I made it as simple as possible.

Monday- a couple of nursery rhyme books , bingo daubers , a bingo dauber printable and pom poms for counting or you can give your child an empty egg carton or a muffin tin and let them separate the pom poms per color.

Tuesday - set of stamp markers , play dough, kid safe scissors , play dough accessories and a couple of picture books.

See here for : Homemade Playdough

Wednesdayfinger or hand puppets, foam shape blocks , Baby's first coloring book , small pack of crayons and a touch and feel book.

Thursday - Lacing activity , counting flashcards and a couple of books.

See here for : DIY Lacing Set

Friday - felt animals , bag of beans--> yep just a bag of beans and some scooper, measuring cups and a couple of alphabet books.

You can even just put wooden blocks on one busy box..they can stack simple words.

 Here's a few ideas for themes. Print it here : BUSY BOX THEMES PRINTABLE

If you are still not sure of what to include in your busy boxes, here's a few ideas and inspiration:

For the All About me busy box, you can print a  blank face printable  

 For this all about me flower printable , if your lil one does not know how to write can fill in the spaces. You can cut out family pictures, their favorite colors and you can let them paste it on the paper, or let them color the whole flower. Get the All about me printable here

You can also include their favorite book in the box , or an album to recognize family faces.

For the Make and Share theme  , gather some craft supplies like pipe cleaners, beads,  craft foams
 , paints. Let them make a bracelet or any artwork . It is make and share, so we can give it to family or their daddy..or grandma.

Be creative. Use what you have in your home. It doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Go through those catch all basket that you have, sometimes it's amazing how they can forget a small toy and they get excited when they see it again. It's like new all over again for them.

Here's the free labels for  your busy box containers.
Print it here : BUSY BOX LABELS

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Parent's Guide to Natural Remedies


Hello sweet readers!
I don't know if you've seen it or not, but I've shared a couple times this week about a collection of resources that I've been honored to collaborate on with some some really brilliant authors and bloggers.  

Before it's gone, I wanted to make sure that you knew that "A Parent's Guide to Natural Remedies" eCourse is included in the collection.  If you're anything like me, you want to learn more about using natural methods for taking care of your family, but sometimes it's just hard to know where to start.  Roxanne and Wendi have done a masterful job of boiling down the complexities of holistic family care - including homeopathy, cell salts, essential oils, probiotics, and a bunch more - and making it really accessible for regular moms.   

The crazy thing is...although they usually sell the eCourse at $95 (and it's a steal at that!), they've agree to include it in the special collection of resources that I've helped put together, for only $29.97.  
But, if you think that getting a crash course in natural remedies for you at two thirds off the regular price is awesome, I think you'll be surprised to learn that it comes with 98 other resources handpicked for moms like you and me. 

That's not a typo.  I said "98" other resources - eBooks, eCourses, and printables - from many of the top homemaking bloggers and writers on the web, to help you be the best mom and homemaker you can possibly be. 
Now, you're obviously not going to read every eBook, and every eCourse (that would be crazy!), but I think you'll find a number of resources in the collection to inspire, teach, equip, and encourage you in your role as a homemaker for years to come.   

But even if NONE of these other resources appeal to you (very unlikely - but stay with me here), it's worth the price of admission just for the "Parent's Guide to Natural Remedies."  
Oh, and when you get through it and want to continue learning about keeping your family healthy (based on real scientific facts - not hype) you also get "The Healthy Home" eCourse (usually selling for $99) by Vintage Remedies included.  
OK.  I realize that this sounds a bit unbelievable, and you're probably wondering what the catch is.  Am I right?
The only catch is that we're just selling the entire package for another few days.  After that, if you want to purchase the two ecourses alone, you'd need to pay almost $200.  And almost $1,000 to get the entire collection.  But, if you pick up your copy right now, you can get the whole thing for just $29.97.> THIS SALE HAD ENDED.

Please feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions!

Lots of love,


As if the eCourses and eBooks weren't enough of a no-brainer, you also get to redeem over $300 worth of bonuses from these awesome companies.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Homemaking Just Got Easier with ---The Ultimate HOMEMAKING BUNDLE


Are the inmates running the asylum?

I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so out of hand.
When I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married, becoming a mommy, and having my own home.
I imagined a home that was more than just 4 walls, a roof, and a mortgage.
I wanted to make a special place that was a magical mash-up of:
  • a school,
  • a playground,
  • a refuge,
  • a boo-boo “fix it” station,
  • a “you can do it” pep rally, and
  • a safe place for personal expression, sharing and growth.
And then real life happened…
…laundry, diapers, stretch marks, and never-ending meal prep… money worries, gritty floors, soap scum, and the stain that won’t come out of my son’s favorite shirt… holiday stress, and teaching my daughter to read (and master long division)… a husband who works long hours, a kid with the sniffles, stomach aches and a fever… and a secret dream to run my own little business from home.
And that’s why Erin and Stephanie created the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… because as rewarding as it is, homemaking is hard work and it doesn’t always come easily.

I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

To help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker – help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertips…

… the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you.


It is a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audios, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.

Here they are:
  • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
  • Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
  • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
  • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family

… a complete library of 99 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

Are there too many books in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

Let me ask you a question.

Have you ever taken your family out for a buffet dinner… and then been disappointed when you couldn’t eat every single morsel on display?
Of course not!
Sure. There’s that first, breath-taking moment when you see and hear and smell the amazing meal spread before you… and you think, “Where will I even start?”
But that’s the thing… because you do start… with something.
Maybe it’s a tender flaky biscuit, or a piece of delicious roast beef, or maybe you’re like me and start with a piece of pie (mmm, blueberry or apple with whipped cream)?
So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle “buffet” as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.

Is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle worth it?

In a word… yes!
To be absolutely certain, Erin and Stephanie asked questions, tried techniques and just about drove themselves crazy making sure that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was the very best homemaking resource anywhere.
They dug through hundreds of websites and connected with dozens of authors and teachers.
And then we all worked together to make these resources the most affordable possible.

And They Were Delighted to Help…

The result? This collection is a fraction of the price of what someone would pay for each resource individually!

For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:
  • 76 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences, and
  • 14 printable packs
…99 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $984.74.)
That breaks down to 30 cents per book.

Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.

Don’t Forget the Bonuses…

Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.
  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

Now It’s Your Turn

I think Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best…

“Just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is just like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens the whole fabric of civilization.”
The proven, simple, and effective skills you need to transform your house into a home are all waiting for you in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.
This is your chance to get all the love, support, guidance and inspiration you need to nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker.
But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27. 

After that, the shopping cart closes and the deeply discounted price is gone.

Act now!

Best wishes and happy homemaking!

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

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