frequent peeing problems, my son's potty trained but won't poop issues, and some ongoing hemorrhoid problems in this house (this blog doesn't have nearly enough room for all I've got to say about being the caretaker for 10 days of bed rest, two surgeries, two ER visits, sidz baths, a cath, and 'roids....so we'll just leave it at that), I've come to know a few things about poop. More precisely, I've come to know what keeps it moving.
Prune juice is an old stand by, but let's face it the stuff not only smells and looks like poop juice it's not exactly the easiest thing to swallow - literally. I've been looking for an alternative to prune juice to keep my kids regular and recently I came across plum juice. After looking at the fiber content per serving and all that good stuff I decided to give a bottle of Sunsweet Plum Smart Juice a try.
Here's a direct comparison of the nutritional information between prune juice and plum juice. Pay specific attention to the dietary fiber, calories, and sugar.
I gave a small cup to my daughter who proclaimed... "Mmm it tastes like apple juice." The consistency is the same as apple juice and it's not pulpy in the least -- plus I like it because there's not as much sugar or calories.
Now, as soon as I recognize that my kids are constipated or even showing the slightest sign that they're headed in that direction, I start giving my them 6 - 8 ounces of plum juice a day.
The other day I was in Target and I came across these huge silver utensils -- they're nearly 3' high (click here to see more oversized fork and spoon decor). I thought they'd be perfect so I picked up a fork and spoon for about $40 total. The way they are made, you can only hang them vertically, which I was kind of bummed about since I thought they'd look better on my wall horizontally.
When I put them on the wall, despite their size, they still
seemed lost. I told you my wall is huge! I kept them hanging there for a few days and was just about ready to return them when my husband urged me to keep them -- suggesting we could buy these $50 Pottery Barn letters EAT. Obviously he's not a real DIYer.
That got me thinking that I could make something similar and it would be the perfect kitchen art and
|The result when I taped cardboard letters to the canvas|
|Packing tape applied directly to canvas to form letters|
|'Before' touch up|
realized some areas around the edges had let a small amount of paint spill into the white area. I used
Q-Tips dipped in nail polish remover to clean up the edges. On areas that still weren't perfectly white after removing the red paint, I used some white out.
|'After' touch up|
When I put the three canvases on the wall I thought the spray painted area looked a little blotchy. I actually put a second round of packing tape over the original letter area. This time I made sure all the edges of the tape were really firm on the canvas to avoid any leaks. I then re-spray painted and when I was happy with the dried product, removed the tape. I liked that look better.
My final step was to outline each letter with a black sharpie. I did this to cover up any imperfections along the edge and I think it worked.
|After adding Black Sharpie to hide imperfections|
They're not perfect by any means, but that's what makes my kitchen art DIY! Plus, when my kids won't eat their dinner, I just tell them to turn around and read the sign - the kitchen made the rule, not me!
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I have come to the conclusion the reach-and-grab closets in the master must be the world's smallest closets for a master bedroom. Sure, they have about 10 foot ceilings -- that's great for someone who's not even barely 5', but they don't have much of anything else. Seriously, don't you think this should be illegal??
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If you're like me and are constantly rummaging through piles of old bills, paperwork, and essential junk to find a receipt or a physical form -- there is hope.
Just follow these 5 organizing tips and the home office clutter will turn into a color-coded, orderly, pared down, bottom-intact drawer of neatly organized paperwork where you can actually find everything you need -- quickly!
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On Monday, when I got the AP News Alert on my phone that there had been two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon I got instant chills. My heart was racing and my head spinning. I had two friends running the race -- one of them raised thousands of dollars for a sponsor child associated with Boston's Children's Hospital. These were thousands of racers running for a cause - cut short by an individual or a group trying to..what? bring attention to their cause which can be explained as nothing more than hate? It's sick. It's just sick.
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Brussel sprouts aren't exactly the most kid-friendly food. I can remember my parents
A few weeks ago, I decided to give brussel sprouts a try again. I didn't really have a trick up my sleeve for getting my picky 4 year old to try them. In fact, I was pretty much not even planning on even going there, until she inquired. I told her they were like little lettuces that I cooked for a few minutes in the oven. She loves salad and it turns out, she loved roasted brussel sprouts too.
They're seriously the simplest thing to make. Just buy a bag of fresh brussel sprouts at the grocery store and in 5 minutes they'll be in the oven cooking. Here's how I prepare them:
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Cut the ends off the brussel sprouts and then cut them in half.
- Put the brussel sprouts in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
- Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over them.
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic salt.
- Use a spatula to gently coat all of the brussel sprouts and all of the outer leaves that fall off (leave these on the pan, they crisp up like little brussel sprout chips)
- Bake for 20-25 minutes
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|Perfectly cooked steak in the oven|
Here's how to cook steak in the oven so it comes out perfect. We like medium rare...if you prefer your steak a little more well done, Step 6/7 is where you'll adjust the cooking time.
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I got home and tested it on a small area and almost threw up in my mouth. Um...I was looking for something in the gray family for my gray master bedroom makeover - this looks almost white with a hint of blue in it.
My first thought was to try to mix the paint with something that I already had in the basement to get the color more gray, but I didn't have anything that would even remotely work. Then I went on Lowes' website to see about their paint return policy. Turns out Valspar, not Lowes gives rushed, indecisive, or picky people, like me, who don't like the paint color a second chance - without having to shell out more money for another two gallons.
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