Today’s link round-up has recipes, brow tips, information on essential oils, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make chocolate chip quinoa cookies.
Cupcakes and Kale Chips shared a recipe for vegetable parmesan quinoa in the slow cooker.
Say It with Cake has the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert recipe: key lime cheesecake.
A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a blood orange sangria.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her tips for beautiful eyebrows.
Stacy Makes Cents taught us how to use essential oils to treat five common ailments.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Amazon
Kale is healthy, delicious, and one of the few vegetables that you can get from local sources in the cold, winter months. This leafy, cruciferous vegetable helps lower cholesterol, lowers your risk for many types of cancers, including:
Not only does it do all of that, but it also provides support for your immune system and helps your body detox. Experts recommend that you eat a cup and a half of kale two to three times a week.
For the most benefit from this nutritionally dense vegetable, you should cook kale by steaming it. There is something about the process of steaming that makes the fiber in kale bind together more effectively with bile acids. Ultimately, this lowers the cholesterol levels in your body.
Kale is one of the foods that have a large amount of oxalates in it. This is a naturally occurring substance, but when it becomes too concentrates in the body fluids, crystals can form and lead to kidney stones and gallstones. If you’ve had trouble with either in the past you should probably avoid kale. The oxalates also interfere with the absorption of calcium, so it’ best to have your dairy products at a different time than the kale.
So, what makes kale such good stuff to keep around the kitchen?
Well, according to WebMD one cup of chopped kale is a nuritional superhero. It contains 9 percent of the calcium, 206 percent of the vitamin A, 134 percent of vitamin C, and 684 percent of vitamin K. That isn’t even all of it. Kale contains copper, poassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Imagine all of that good-for-your-body stuff packed inside just 33 calories.
Pretty cool, huh?
This vegetable is easy to grow so you might want to try your hand at growing it yourself. If not, here are some tips on choosing the freshest kale.
Store kale in a bag in the refrigerator. Don’t wash it until right before you plan to use it.
This light soup is full of flu fighting antioxidants and good-for-you fiber. For a heartier soup, add one pound of cooked chicken breast. As with most soups, this is much better the day after it’s made. Serves six to eight people.
Today’s link round-up has ab exercises, a St. Patrick’s Day activity, and delicious recipes.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for a single serving cinnamon roll.
Blogilates showed us her five best ab moves.
Pint Sized Baker gave us a recipe for Mardi Gras push-pops.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make wooden block mosaic wall art.
Cupcakes and Kale Chips shared a recipe for quick and easy chipotle turkey chili.
Organized Island taught us a gratitude activity that revolves around St. Patrick’s Day.
Bex Life gave us some pointers on shopping for organic food on a budget.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess
This is, more than likely, not going to make me the most popular person in the Internet but here goes — I don’t boycott companies. If a company makes a product that I like and use then I buy it. Period.
There have been all kinds of boycotts over the years from Disney to Chick -fil-a, and recently, Barilla pasta. In my opinion, they have all been underwhelming and did little to get real results. I see gay couples eating in Chick-fil-a all the time and I know for a fact that the founder has not changed his opinion at all and, I am pretty sure that in six months Barilla pasta will still be around and that CEO won’t have changed his mind.
Whether it’s liberals or conservatives doing the boycotting doesn’t really matter.
What does matter is the individual employees of Barilla, Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, and Disney. They are there to do their best, to make a living, and do bring home the best paycheck they can. I betcha there are gay Barilla and Chick-fil-a employees, I bet some Starbucks employees at heavily conservative pro-life gun owners.
Each of them has a right to their personal beliefs and to provide for their households. If a boycott is going to really make a change then it needs to be something that everyone, nationwide, does. Controversial issues don’t have enough oomph behind them to touch the company at the top. The most it will do is put that single mom working at your local Chick-fil-a out of a job when sales drop.
That’s where it’s felt, you know. The local level.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t follow your beliefs, your ethics, and your heart — I am just telling you why I will still be sipping a Starbucks Pumpkin Latte while eating my Barilla pasta Alfredo.
Do you boycott companies?
I love shopping on Amazon. They have everything in the universe and it’s easy. Plus, I have Prime Shipping and so it costs less for me to get most things than if I drove to the store. Actually, come to think about it, when you consider recent Dallas traffic, shipping from Amazon might also be quicker.
There is one thing I don’t like about it and that is the fact that Amazon keeps a closer eye on my browsing history than I do on my teenage sons’ browsing history. In most cases I don’t really care — it can be helpful to see what I have looked at. However, when they start asking to post my browsing history to Facebook that’s taking it too far.
Plus, now that my teenagers are using my Amazon account I have had to switch to other Internet shops when I want to look for… ummmm… married people stuff. The last thing I need is to have my teenager log on to Facebook to buy a book for school and have a sex toy pop up on the page.
Wait. That wasn’t the best wording, was it?
Well, you can get rid of that browsing history if you know how — and you are about to know how because I am going to give you the steps. Ready?
Now, your history is gone. In the future, you can do the following to make sure that browsing history isn’t recorded at all.
That’s it. Your family members will not be able to see what you bought, what you were looking at, or what you are considering. When you have teenagers, that’s a very good thing.
Today’s link round-up has lots of creative projects, from using colored pencils as candles to making bookmarks from feathers and ribbons.
A Subtle Revelry shared something interesting: colored pencil candles.
Tried and True Blog showed off how to make a neon “lucky” t-shirt.
Everything Etsy showed us how to make peanut butter cookie dog treats.
Crafts Unleashed shared a gorgeous idea—glitter tea lights.
Sew Mama Sew showed us how to make a tooth fairy doll (includes a free pattern).
Brit + Co. taught us how to make a book clutch.
The Ribbon Retreat showed us how to make ribbon and feather bookmarks.
Photo credit: A Subtle Revelry and Crafts Unleashed
Today’s link round-up has ideas for St. Patrick’s Day, spring decoration ideas, and recipes.
A Subtle Revelry showed us how to make rainbow waffles with pot of gold whipped cream.
Tried and True Blog taught us how to make a vintage fabric memo board.
Everything Etsy shared a printable pattern for a St. Patrick’s Day shamrock necklace.
Think Crafts created a cereal snake that’s fun to make and eat.
Crafts Unleashed showed us how to make a DIY embossed letter to use in your home decor.
Brit + Co. taught us how to turn plastic Easter eggs into pretty bird feeders.
Thirty Handmade Days made a delicious one-pot chicken dinner.
Photo credit: A Subtle Revelry and Crafts Unleashed
Today’s link round-up has a photo frame banner, flower headband, printable recipe cards, and more.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to add a DIY frosted pattern privacy glass.
Sugar Bee Crafts showed us how to make a photo frame banner.
The Ribbon Retreat taught us how to make a fabric flower headband.
It’s Always Autumn gathered up some of the best indoor crafts and activities for kids.
Kre’ativ77 shared some printable recipe cards.
My Own Label gave a great gift idea—chalk-painted seed starters.
Honestly Yum shared a recipe for quinoa granola bars.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and It’s Always Autumn
Today’s link round-up is a mix of DIYs, photography tips, coffee, and snacks.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons made some penguin fruit snacks that are almost too cute to eat.
The Ribbon Retreat showed us how to make an adorable yoga tote.
Make It Love It taught us how to turn a women’s shirt into a toddler play dress.
It’s Always Autumn shared some tips for getting great photos of your kids without going to a studio.
Kre’ativ77 taught us how to make a wrap-around bead bracelet.
Gardenista gave us seven secret tips for making the perfect cup of coffee.
All Glitter and Sparkles shared her recipe for raspberry and white chocolate muffins.
Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and It’s Always Autumn