Valentine’s Day Slime!

I am so tired of people giving my kid candy! For the last couple of years, I’ve chosen to take matters into my own hands, and give non-candy gifts for valentine’s day and halloween, hoping that other parents catch on and do the same. I feel like I’m constantly trying to ward off a bombardment of candy with my kid. I can’t go the bank or the grocery store without someone offering my child a lollipop. Candy is so readily available these days because it’s all made with corn syrup, therefore it’s CHEAP. I feel like there wasn’t such an abundance of candy in the 90’s…like, if you got candy it was a big deal because we didn’t get it all the time. Times have changed! Anyway, enough of my rant, let’s do something fun.

Last year, we made heart shaped crayons, which was a big hit! This year, I’m making slime, or silly putty as some call it, and we are going to play off the words “will you be my Valen-slime?”

Cute, right?! This project is fun to do with your kids and the parents and kids at school will be thrilled to receive something they can actually play with rather than another piece of candy. Here is my video tutorial on how to make it!


Pistachio & Strawberry White Chocolate Bark

Tired of the same old peppermint bark every Christmas? I for one, do not like peppermint flavors in my chocolate! I like nuts, caramel, fruit, and other crunches, but not peppermint. If you are looking for a sweet, easy gift to hand out to friends this year, look no further! This classic take on holiday chocolate bark is unusual and delicious! Here is the super easy recipe:

Pistachio & Strawberry White Chocolate Bark

1 bar of Lindt white chocolate (or any other brand of good white chocolate)

1/4 cup of freeze dried strawberries

1/4 cup of shelled, salted pistachios

note: this is for one serving or one “gift bag” of bark. If you want to make more just multiply the ingredients!

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Directions:

In a double boiler (a saucepan with 2 inches of water in it and a glass mixing bowl on top), break up the bar of chocolate and melt it down in the glass bowl slowly.  Stir frequently. You don’t want to burn it or have it get too hot. You can also do this in the microwave by melting in 10 second increments and stirring in between.

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While the chocolate is melting, give a rough chop to the 1/4 cup of pistachios and 1/4 cup of strawberries. Divide each into half. Half of the strawberries go in the chocolate and half go on top. Same for the pistachios.

IMG_2457After the chocolate melts, put half of the strawberries and half of the pistachios in with the chocolate & stir to combine them.

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IMG_2476Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with a piece of wax paper to prevent sticking. Smooth the chocolate out with a spatula.

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Top the chocolate with the leftover pistachios and strawberries.

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Place the sheet in the refrigerator for about an hour so the chocolate re-hardens. When it is completely solid, peel if off of the wax paper and break it into chunks.

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IMG_2510You can put the chunks in a decorative mason jar or a holiday themed plastic baggie and tie some ribbon around it. These make great gifts! Much better than fruitcake! Let me know how you liked this recipe in the comments! Happy Holidays Everyone.

XO
Lisa O


Medela Breastpump Giveaway!

Calling all nursing or soon-to-be-nursing moms! I have an amazing giveaway for the Holidays this year!

I am giving away:

1 Medela Freestyle Pump, retail value of $400

Go hands free with this freestyle pump

Go hands free with this freestyle pump

1 Medela Accessory Starter Kit, retail value of $50.00

starter kit-everything you need!

starter kit-everything you need!

1 Medela Calma Bottle, retail value $19.99

calma bottle

calma bottle

I really love the folks at Medela. Not only are they the only pump I use, they are the original gangsters when it comes to breast pumps. Hospitals use them, as well as millions of moms around the globe! Another thing I’d like to point out about them is that they have a program called “Medela Recycles” where they recycle used pumps. They donate two symphony Preemie+ Breastpumps and breastfeeding supplies to the Ronald McDonald House Charities across the country in exchange for the pumps they receive thought the recycling program. The goal is to provide mothers with the same high quality equipment they use at the hospital during their stay at a Ronald McDonald House. SO, when you’re done with your Medela pump, if you can’t give it to a friend, recycle it! They recycle nearly 12,000 pumps a year! What a great cause :)

To enter into my contest, simply share the link to this page on your Facebook page, and a winner will be selected randomly from the list of people who shared! Winner will be chosen on DEC 9th!

Good luck peeps!

XO

Lisa O