With the temperatures increasing outside and some of us wanting to “shed” a few pounds to get ready for swimsuit season it can be hard not to run for the ice cream in the freezer! Luckily, a great alternative is a smoothie! Not only is this delicious smoothie simple to make but it is vegetarian, gluten free, and low fat! Better yet, it tastes like dessert!
1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
3/4 cup milk (any type of milk will work)
1 tsp. butter extract (found in the baking aisle typically or can be substituted for vanilla extract but won’t have the exact same shortcake taste)
How to make:
Add all of the ingredients to the blender and pulse the mixture until smooth. Pour into your glass and enjoy! We hope you find this smoothie to be as delicious as we do! It is definitely a great substitute during the summer compared to your typical ice cream shake! What are your favorite smoothies to make?!
The spring fever is officially here and we can’t wait to get out into the garden! Put some creativity into your landscaping and garden this year by painting your very own flower pots! The best part is, your kids can help you do this! It is easy and will definitely make your lawn pop this summer!
What you will need:
Ceramic flower pot (any size you prefer)
Acrylic paint (glitter acrylic paint would be fun too!)
Cardboard for underneath flower pot while painting
Something to rest flower pot upside down on
First, take the acrylic paint and apply it to the bottom of the flower pot in circles. Continue applying your selected paint colors until it begins to flow down the side.
Next, continue adding paint to the bottom of the flower pot to ensure the paint flows all the way to the top of the flower pot.
Finally, after your flower pot has dried you are able to plant flowers in it and display your creative flower pot! Not only will your kids love it but your neighbors are definitely going to be asking you where they can buy such an awesome flower pot for their house!
This project is so simple and perfect for any taste! Just simply pick a color combination you absolutely love or think would look great and create your masterpiece! We hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!
Kimora Lee Simmons has welcomed her first child with new husband Tim Leissner, and it’s a boy! Their sweet newborn has been named Wolfe Lee Leissner.
“We are filled with joy, adoration and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our son,” the couple stated to PEOPLE.
Though the first for the couple, both parents have kids from previous marriages. Simmons has daughters Ming, 15, and Aoki, 12, with Russell Simmons, as well as 5½-year-old son Kenzo with Djimon Hounsou, while Leissner has two daughters, ages 9 and 12.
The kids are excited and ready to help out, the couple reports.
Congrats to the new parents! We couldn’t be more excited!
We like all of those things, so we can only imagine how amazing they taste together!
1 1/2 pounds large Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs (5 to 6 thighs)
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
Freshly ground pepper
4 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
2 lemons (1 juiced, 1 cut into wedges)
2 large or 3 medium red onions, halved and thinly sliced
Position a rack in the upper third of the oven. Place a large cast-iron baking dish or a rimmed baking sheet on the rack and preheat to 500 degrees F. Put the potatoes, garlic, olive oil, 1 tablespoon water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large microwave-safe baking dish and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, pierce the plastic in a few places with a knife and microwave 8 minutes to partially cook.
Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle with the paprika, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add 2 tablespoons parsley and the lemon juice; toss to coat. Set aside.
Remove the hot baking dish from the oven; carefully add the potatoes and spread in an even layer. Scatter the onions on top. Roast until the potatoes start to brown, about 12 minutes.
Flip the potatoes and lay the chicken pieces on top, adding any accumulated juices from the bowl; return to the oven and roast until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 12 more minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining 2 tablespoons parsley. Serve with the lemon wedges.
Add a few more fruity nutrients to your diet by making this scrumptious dessert!
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We hope you enjoy this delicious dinner as much as we did! Simple and fresh is always best this time of year. What’s your favorite spring recipe? Link your recipe below and it could be featured next week!
Want to wear some of your favorite spring pieces that have been hiding in your closet all winter but it’s just still a little too cold? All you need to do is pair them with a warmer item and you are good to go! Check out some of the ideas we have for you below.
Black and White
Wear your favorite summer sandals with skinny jeans, a sweater, and a scarf to stay warm but yet wear your summer footwear! Also, the black and white is totally hot right now!
Wear your favorite button down with skinny jeans or capri pants. Tuck the front of your button down in and let the rest lay normally. You will look great for the in-between season!
Break out the pastels and wear your favorite pastel jacket or sweater over a simple dress! This jacket would look great even with just jeans and a simple t-shirt!
Have other great ways to wear your summer clothes during the sometimes cool, sometimes warm season between Spring and Summer? If you do, we should love for you to share your advice with us!
Remember when you were little and absolutely loved making forts because of the exciting feeling of having your own “hide out”? Well we sure remember and that is why we thought we would share these awesome fort ideas for you to build with your kids! To see even more about each fort and view more fort ideas, simply click on the photos!
To make this just simply use up your old cardboard boxes and turn them into walls, doors, windows, and anything else you can think of! Get creative and draw a brick pattern on them even to resemble an actual building! Then cardboard is perfect for a small fort or a short maze for your little ones to crawl around in!
Cave of Stars
For the younger ones in your family, this cave of stars is perfect! To make this you first take a large cardboard box and poke holes through the top. Then take a set of christmas lights and poke them through the top of the cardboard holes and then plug in the lights! This little cave will make your little ones feel like they are under the stars!
What are your favorite forts to make with your little ones? We would love to hear about them!
The last few days have been exciting in celebrity baby news! From births, first photos and hot moms, get the scoop below:
Welcome Baby Israel!
Jill Duggard (of 19 Kids and Counting) and husband Derick Dillard just had their first child, baby boy Israel. The healthy baby was born weeks over his due date at 9 lbs., 10 oz. Congratulations to the new parents!
Brooklyn Lachey made an Easter debut
Vanessa and Nick Lachey’s three month old’s first photo has been released. We can only imagine how cute her face is under the bunny hat!
Molly Sims’ second baby was born
It’s a girl! Baby Scarlet was born in late March, and the mother-daughter duo could not be more precious.
Who is your favorite celebrity mom? We have mom crushes on more than a few! Comment below your favorite!
Tonight’s the night, folks. The final game for March Madness! With interns Trisha and Vreni both attending University of Wisconsin Madison, we felt that it was necessary to dedicate tonight’s dinner to the big game!
If you are still wondering what your little ones will wear this weekend for Easter then you are in the right place! We found some great Easter outfits for baby and toddler! To purchase one of these outfits or to get more details about them, simply click on the photo!
Bunny Smocked Dress- $43
This adorable dress comes in sizes from 0-6months all the way up to 3T.
Bunny Tunic & Legging Set- $36
This outfit is perfect for a breezy Easter weekend! The best part about this outfit is the back of the shirt which has an adorable bow that matches the pants! It comes in sizes 0-6 months and 6-9 months.
Bunny Skirt Set- $51
This outfit is cute and perfect if the weather is going to be a little chilly! This one comes in sizes from 0-6 months up to 4T.
Ivory Silk Multi Flower Dress- $43
This adorable dress is perfect for church and easter! It comes in sizes ranging from 0-6months up to 5T!
Sunday Best Gingham Suspender/Bow Tie Set- $22.50
It can be difficult to find an adorable outfit for Easter for little boys but this suspender and bow tie set is perfect! This set is a one size fits all since it can be adjusted!
What are your little ones going to wear for their Easter activities this weekend?! We would love to hear some other great Easter outfit ideas from you!