Fluffy Slime (How-To!)

 

Ingredients:

(For the Borax solution)
-1 cup of hot water
-1 tbsp Borax

(For the slime)
-2 4-oz bottles glue (about 1 cup)
-3 to 4 cups shaving cream
-1/2 cup water
-2 tbsp contact solution
-2-3 tbsp of the Borax solution

Make the Borax solution using hot water and set aside. Mix the glue, shaving cream, water, and contact solution together in a large bowl and slowly add 2-3 tbsp of the Borax solution (we used 2.5 tbsp). Stir quickly. You’ll know it’s done when it pulls away and no longer sticks to the bowl. You can add food coloring at any stage (or even use colored shaving cream), which is optional.

THE BEST EVER Lemonade Recipe!

The title says it all! This recipe is truly the best lemonade I’ve ever had! It’s so easy to make that my 6 & 10 year old made it with ease. It’s a no-fail recipe. Here’s how:

What you’ll need:

  • 1.5 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 cups of water (1 cup set aside for simple syrup)
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar (give or take, depending on taste)

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, add 1 cup of your water and your sugar. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat and stir making sure the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Set your sugar mixture aside to let cool completely.
  3. Squeeze all of your lemons until you have about 1.5 cups. It was approximately 1 bag of lemons from the grocery store.
  4. Place your remaining 7 cups of water in a pitcher and add your lemon juice and sugar mixture.
  5. Stir and pour over ice.

Enjoy!!! Please be sure to share this blog post and/or video!

~Kelly~

Mamarazzi Diaries

The reason I chose my blog name “Mamarazzi Blog” is because as time has passed my passion for photography turned into a passion for photographing my children. I always feel like the paparazzi, constantly following them around & snapping their photos as they do anything and everything! Taking portraits with a toddler is no easy task. We tried so hard to get a good photo of my Noah today. I did manage to get one very cute one, but his hands are cut off in the photo. I really enjoy photography. It began as a career path, but 3 kids later & it’s more of a hobby & a way to document my children’s milestones through the years. After baby number three, it is harder than ever to get the opportunity to get my DSLR out. Here are today’s attempts…I know I am biased, but aren’t my kids so freaking cute!?

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

A friend of mine gave me this recipe to try out, so this was my first time trying it. It is AMAZING! The best part of it all is that it’s pretty guilt-free. When I tried it I really felt like I was eating something unhealthy. You have got to give this one a try. I put it all together in my Nutri Ninja, so the cleanup was super easy. Please let me know if you try this one!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp (a pinch) of salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped semi or bittersweet chocolate (or chocolate chips)

Throw all of your ingredients into your blender, food processor, or Nutri Ninja (bullet) & blend until smooth. Fold in your chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips) & fill up your muffin tins 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes for mini muffins or 16-18 minutes for standard size muffins.

 

Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner: Bowtie Lasagna!

Here is a recipe for an easy lasagna using bow tie pasta that my stepmom gave me. I filmed this over a year ago when I lived in my old house when I was thinking of starting my blog. This is not a healthy recipe ny any means, but it’s a good one for those nights you want some comfort food, or when you have company coming over. Let me know if you try this recipe!

Heres what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or Italian sausage or whichever meat you prefer)
  • 1 box of bowtie pasta
  • 2 8-ounce pkgs of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 16-ounce container of cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan (optional)
  • 1 24-ounce jar of spaghetti sauce
  • Italian seasoning 1-2 teaspoons.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add your pasta. Boil pasta to al dente per package instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, brown your meat until cooked thoroughly. Drain excess fat.
  4. Add your jar of sauce to the browned meat and heat through.
  5. In a large bowl, add 1 package of mozzarella cheese, your package of cottage cheese, your Parmesan, and your Italian seasoning. Add in your cooked/drained pasta and mix thoroughly.
  6. In your 11×13 casserole dish, add your pasta/cheese mixture, covering the bottom evenly.
  7. Spread your meat/sauce mixture evenly over your pasta.
  8. Add your other 8-ounce package of mozzarella on top.
  9. Bake on 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F and cheese is melted and slightly browned.
  10. Allow to sit for a minimum of 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Mother’s Day Fruit Pizza – EASY Recipe!

Looking for an easy & delicious recipe for mom on Mother’s Day? Look no further; this dessert has it all! It’s a sugar cookie, it has sweet cream cheese icing, & it’s topped with delicious fruit! Not only is it so yummy & so easy to make, but it really is beautiful, too! Here’s how to make it! Also, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube page! Click HERE to subscribe!

Mother’s Day Fruit Pizza

For the dough:

  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 2/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • The zest of a half of a lemon
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the icing:

  • 1 8-oz pkg of softened cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • The zest of half of a lemon

For the topping (feel free to use your favorite fruit):

  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your 12.5 inch pizza pan with cooking spray.
  2. In your stand mixer (fitted with a paddle attachment), cream together your butter & sugar until smooth. Mix in your egg, vanilla, & the zest of half of a lemon.
  3. whisk together your dry ingredients in a separate bowl & slowly add to your mixture while on low speed. Careful not to over-mix your dough.
  4. Press your dough into your prepared pizza pan.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through and lightly browned. Place on a wire rack to cook completely.
  5. While your cookie crust bakes, beat your softened cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Add your sugars, vanilla, lemon juice, & the zest of half of a lemon. Spread your icing mixture onto your cooled cookie crust using an offset spatula.
  6. Top with your berries in whichever arrangement you wish. Keep covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

 

EASY Homemade M&M Blondies!

Have you ever needed to whip up a delicious, homemade dessert/treat in a pinch? This is the recipe to have in your recipe box because it is so quick & easy & contains ingredients most people always have in their pantry anyway. You could even exchange the M&Ms for something else (chocolate chips, nuts, or even make a glaze to drizzle over the top out of simple ingredients). On occasion I use sprinkles instead to make my confetti blondies! The options are endless, so choose whatever you have or whatever you would enjoy the most!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups M&Ms (however many you want!)
  • 8×8 inch pan
  • Parchment paper

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Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat your butter until creamy and pale.

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One at a time add your sugar, vanilla, and eggs.

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Then slowly incorporate your dry ingredients.

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Fold in your M&Ms.

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Line your pan with parchment paper and spread out your mixture.

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Sprinkle more M&Ms on the top.

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Bake at 325 degrees for roughly 40 minutes.Cool before cutting into 16 squares. Enjoy!

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Blue Apron Unboxing & Review (plus get a free week!)

A relative sent us a coupon code for a free week of Blue Apron. I was really excited to try them out, as I had already been interested. The only doubts I had, were 1) Cost…would it make sense for a family on a single income? 2) We have 5 people in our family & it accommodates only 4. Our relative, however, assured me that the serving sizes are quite large so it should work for us (especially since one of us is a toddler!).

All I did was signed up with a user name & gave basic information (name, address, phone number). They did need a credit card number because they would bill us if we didn’t cancel the first trial week. Simple enough; I was happy with the easy process. I told them we would take chicken, beef, or seafood.

My box arrived on a Wednesday & here is the unboxing video:

I waited until Thursday to make my first meal. We decided to have the steak sandwiches with lemon aioli sauce & roasted carrots first. Here is the process of making the meal:

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2016-02-11 18.55.02-1This meal was amazing! The steak was top quality. The recipe was very creative & allowed me to try some new things. All 5 of us loved it & surprisingly there was quite a bit of steak leftover. Delicious!

Friday’s meal was miso-honey chicken with roasted bok choy & sweet potato wedges.

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I actually thought we would enjoy this meal even more than the night before, but we didn’t. It was still good; we all liked it, but agreed we would never go out of our way to eat it again. I must say I wasn’t crazy about the miso flavor, so this may be why. This time we had barely enough food for all 5 of us & the baby was even sick & didn’t have much of an appetite. All in all it was ok…just not for us.

In conclusion, we feel like Blue Apron is an amazing company. The price is a big high, but when you get that kind of luxury, you’re going to pay for it. It is; however, not as high as I initially thought it would be. We tried to cancel our service before getting charged, but missed the cut off by a few hours! It is ok though; and in fact we are a little bit excited to try one more week!

Try Blue Apron!!

Click here to try a free week of Blue Apron!

I do hope you try it! Let me know if you do!

Kelly

Valentine’s Day Treat for Kids: Strawberry Milk (healthy & homemade)

My kid’s love chocolate & strawberry milk, but it is full of refined sugar so I decided to make a healthier version for my kids using fresh strawberries! Check it out:

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of strawberries
  • 1 cup of water
  • Between 1/4 & 1/3 cup of honey (depends on the sweetness of the strawberries)
  • Milk

And that is it! You will combine the strawberries, water, & honey in saucepan & bring to a boil. Simmer & leave uncovered and let it reduce a bit. Use a potato masher to mash the strawberries & once it’s a syrup consistency go ahead & remove it from the heat. Pour the mixture through a sieve to strain out the bulk of the fruit, but save the remaining solid fruit! It would be amazing to put on top of your toast, or to add to a smoothie! Allow to completely cool & store the syrup in a airtight container in the refrigerator. You’ll need anywhere from 2 to 4 tablespoons of syrup per cup of milk…it depends on how much you would like! Feel free to garnish with a strawberry carved into a heart shape like I did:)

Enjoy! My kids loved it!!

Oil Pulling 101

Oil pulling, according to Tummala Koteswara Rao, is ancient Ayurvedic practice. It was introduced to the western world in the early nineties, but its popularity seems to have peaked just in the last few years.

Oil pulling is the act of swishing oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes to “pull” harmful bacteria and toxins. It’s as simple as that. Traditionally sesame oil was used, but coconut oil has become the more commonly used oil due to its antibacterial properties.

I was quite intrigued about oil pulling and decided that since there is simply no harm in it, than why not? I’ve been oil pulling on and off for almost a year now and it has done great things.

There are so many benefits of oil pulling. They are as follows:

  • Whitens teeth
  • Prevents cavities & gingivitis
  • Strengthens teeth and gums
  • Helps TMJ
  • Helps headaches
  • Improves acne, psoriasis, & eczema
  • Cures hangovers
  • Removes toxins from the body

In my experience with oil pulling, I can say with confidence that it has helped whiten my teeth. I’m a coffee drinker, so this is one of my favorite benefits of oil pulling. Also, the first time I tried it I had a terrible toothache where a cavity was developing. The second day my tooth no longer hurt and it seemed to help reverse the cavity! I do feel like it has only done wonderful things to improve my oral health, but I really can’t say that it helped cure anything else; however, that is enough for me! In ancient times oil pulling was how they maintained oral health!

I must say that it’s really hard to get past the taste and texture of the solidified oil in my mouth. After the first 30-60 seconds the oil warms up enough to become liquified and then it is smooth sailing…it actually is only solid up to 76 degrees and then it becomes a liquid. If I remember I will put my jar of oil on top of the oven while it is on and that will liquify it, which makes for a more pleasant experience.

Directions:

Using extra virgin (unrefined) coconut oil, take 1 tablespoon and put it in your mouth. Immediately begin swishing. Continue this for 10-20 minutes. I usually end up going for 15, never any less, and never go longer than 20 minutes because the toxins in which you just pulled could become reabsorbed. When the time is up, spit your oil out in the trash can. Make sure not to spit into the sink because as the oil solidifies and could potentially clog your drain. Do this every morning before eating and before brushing your teeth. Rinse your mouth with warm water and be sure not to swallow any of the oil. Brush and floss. Repeat daily. I usually take a couple of days off per week and I occasionally get out of the habit, but always go back to it.

The reason I choose coconut oil is because it is amazing! It certainly isn’t the cheapest, but with its antibacterial properties I find it to be the obvious choice. Here are some other awesome uses for coconut oil:

  • Cooking with a high smoke point
  • Add to food or drinks
  • Use in place of lotion…it makes your skin feel AMAZING
  • Makeup remover
  • To help diaper rash
  • Prevent age spots
  • SPF 4
  • Prevents stretch marks
  • Kills yeast
  • Hair treatment
  • Chapstick
  • In place of lanolin
  • Helps eczema and psoriasis
  • Helps increase milk supply for breastfeeding mothers
  • Improves insulin levels
  • Sunburn relief
  • Shaving cream and aftershave
  • Season cast iron pans
  • Helps get rid of cellulite
  • Has anti inflammatory properties to help with arthritis
  • Soothes bug bites
  • Tanning oil
  • Stimulates hair growth when applied topically
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Natural deodorant
  • Helps with cold sores

There are skeptics out there, but from experience I can say that it is a great practice with proven benefits. My daughter, who is almost 10, also does oil pulling…always ask your doctor, but it is safe for children (who are old enough to not swallow any), and those who are pregnant and breastfeeding. I hope you’ll give it a try; there is certainly no harm in it!