Thursday, February 6, 2014

STYLE: BeadeeBaby is having a Valentines Day Sale!


Baby pulling on your necklace? chewing on it? Check these out. BeadeeBaby.com makes necklaces made Waterproof, food-safe, non-toxic 100% silicone beads, no BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, or heavy metals, with a Silver cord and a non-toxic odorless breakaway clasp that will open if tugged hard.

The colors are bright, and the designs are beautiful. 

Use coupon code VDAY14 for 30% off on any necklace. 

Happy V-Day!

DIY: How to dye a play silk with Kool Aid


What do you do with play silks? the options are endless! You can build a fort, use them as capes, blankets, dresses.. For the small ones, play peekaboo! I put the small silks in an empty wipes box for my 1 year old to pull out. He loves it!

How to dye a play silk with Kool Aid

This is a very simple process. First, get your silks! I got mine from dharmatrading.com, who are probably the most affordable site for silks. The large Fire-y one in the picture is a Habotai scarf 8mm 35"x35" that costs $5.29, and the small ones are Habotai handkerchief 8mm 11"x11" - these come in a pack of 12 and cost $10.69! 

Next, get your kool aid packets. For color charts go here.

1. In a small pan, heat water with a nice splash of vinegar. The vinegar is going to be the fixative, thats whats going to make the color stay on the silk.
2. Soak the silk in this pan, and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
3. In another pan, heat water with a splash of vinegar and your color of choice kool aid mix. let boil, then lower to simmer. 
4. Transfer the wet silk into the kool aid, and swirl around. You can use chopsticks, or tongs.
5. after a few minutes you will notice the water turning clear as the silk is soaking all the color. 
6. Once you reached your desired color, remove from pan.
7. Wash under cold water, until there is no more color coming out of the silk.
8. Hang to dry.
9. Once dry, you can iron the silk (low setting) to set the color in. But this is not a must.
10. Play!

BITE: Raw Veggie Crackers


Raw Veggie Crackers

½ Cup whole flax soaked in about 3/4 C of water (soak for 1 or more hours)
¼ Cup sunflower seeds
¼ Cup Pumpkin seeds
¼ Cup Sesame seeds
½ Cup ground flax
½ Cup Chopped bell pepper
½ Cup carrot pulp (leftovers from juicing) or very finely chopped 
½ Cup chopped tomato
1 Tbsp chopped green onion or about 1 green onion
2-3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 – 1.5 tsp Italian seasoning (or add any other herbs or spices you want)

Add veggies into food processor and process. scrape the edges of the food processor. You want the veggies to be broken down into small pieces. Add the spices, lemon juice and herbs. Process until well mixed. Add seeds and pulse to mix.
Pour this mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the soaked whole flax and the ground flax. Stir to mix well.
Spread mixture onto dehydrator trays. About 2.5 C per large tray (14×14). Do not spread too thick because then crackers will be a little chewy.
Dehydrate at 105 for about 7-8 hours. Check and see if they peel off teflex sheets without sticking too much. If they do then flip and put on mesh trays and dehydrate another 2 hours or more until they are dry and crispy. The length of dehydrating time varies a lot. 

BITE: Sprouted Lentil Cauliflower Burgers


Sprouted Lentil Cauliflower Burgers

2 cups sprouted lentils (how to sprout lentils)

2-3 cauliflower florets
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter/ghee if you're not vegan :) (I used CO)
sprinkle smoked paprika, himalayan salt, and black pepper

feel free to add your favorite spices! 

Put everything in a blender or food processor, until gets a mushy consistency. Some lentils can stay whole, thats fine.
Form in to patties, whatever size you'd like.
Warm some coconut oil on a skillet, medium heat
Fry until golden brown.
And eat!

You can serve this on a bun or lettuce wrap. Add your favorite toppings - Vegan mayo, slice of avocado, slice of tomato, anything goes. 

(Pictured: Ezekiel sprouted bread, vegan mayo, grainy mustard, avocado, and a burger patty)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

BITE: How to sprout lentils



How to sprout lentils

In a bowl or glass mason jar - fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the way full of clean, dry lentils. 

Cover with filtered water and allow to soak, overnight for green/brown lentils or for a couple hours for orange lentils. 

After soaking, rinse throughly, and allow to drain.



If you used a bowl for soaking, transfer to mason jar now. I use a cheese cloth and the rim of the lid that fits onto a wide mouth mason jar to sprout. 

Repeat rinsing a couple times every day until sprouted as desired.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

BITE: Vegan Reduced Allergen Lactation Cookies

I am going to attempt to type this with a fussy 3.5 month old... here we go


Vegan Reduced Allergen Lactation Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup coconut oil at room temp 
1/2 cup flax seed meal (i used golden, you can use either golden or brown)
1/2 cup water
1 cup organic coconut sugar
1 cup organic brown sugar
1 cup coconut flour (I took unsweetened desiccated coconut and made flour using my coffee grinder, works perfect!)
3 cups oat flour (i took organic oats and made flour using my coffee grinder, works great too!)
2 cups rolled gluten free oats 
1 cup bag dark chocolate chips (73% cocoa will keep the chips dairy & soy free)
2-4 tbsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes (amount (depends on your preference, for me - the more the merrier)
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp himalayan salt
parchment paper

Directions
1.  Preheat oven at 375.
2.  Mix flax seed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes.
3.  Cream coconut oil and sugar.
4.  Add flax seed mixture and nutritional yeast flakes. Mix until light and fluffy. 
5.  Add coconut and oat flour and mix well.
6.  Add baking soda, salt & rolled oats.  Mix well.
7.  Add chocolate chips and mix well.
8.  If mixture seems dry add in a little more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

9.  Scoop with cookie/small ice cream scooper onto parchment sheet. They hold their shape so you can leave them the scooped, or you can flatten them with a little bit of a wet hand, they dont melt like other cookies (see photos)
10.  Bake for 11-15 minutes, depending on oven.


Scooped



















Flattened














ENJOY! 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

FAMILY: Natural dye for homemade playdough


Wow, this is a great recipe for a homemade natural dye playdough. 

Raspberries and strawberries, Rose petals, Turmeric are just a few of the natural dyes you would use for these.

Click on for instructions on How to extract your dye

Playdough recipe

½ cup of flour
½ cup of dyed water
¼ cup of salt
½ tbsp cream of tartare
½ tbsp cooking oil
Combine all the ingredients in a pan
Put the pan on a medium to low heat and keep stirring until mixture forms a ball
Allow it to cool a little and knead it on a well floured worktop.

This recipe is for a non-edible playdough. Please also remember that natural dyes stain, so wear something old :)

Taken from MiniEco.

DIY: 3D Paper Diamonds


I have a special place in my heart for paper crafts, and i love this one from MiniEco!

to make go here for the template.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BITE: Blendtec Wildside and Twister Jar Series Giveaway and Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

MommaToldMeBlog.com and BlendTec are giving away Blendtec Wildside and Twister Jar! Right in time for the holidays. That's a gift I would love for MYSELF!

Enter the giveaway here: http://www.mommatoldmeblog.com


Monday, November 26, 2012

WELL BEING: Natural Lip Scrub



your lips need some loving too..

  • 1 empty container
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons of olive oil (or try jojoba!)
  • A few drops of honey
Stir everything together and voila!

photo and recipe taken from one-parade.com

Friday, November 23, 2012

DESIGN: Geometric Mobiles


I've always like paper crafts. This one is just awesome, and i'm not even going to try to figure out how it's done!

Stu Hughes of Vancouver, Canada creates geometric spheres as a relaxing hobby. Impressively complex designs, his mobiles are perfectly balanced with spheres that suspend gracefully from wooden dowels.

See more of Stu's dramatic mobiles in his Etsy shop Celestial Visions.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DIY: Lego Gift Boxes with Free Templates!



These lego boxes from Lines across My Face are just so awesome i can't wait to make them.
They are awesome for gift wrapping and fun DIY projects with your little ones. 

For the tutorial go HERE!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

FAMILY: Great Citrus Lane Deal on Groupon!

3-Month Subscription from Citrus Lane for only $35 instead of $75!


If you aren't already a member of groupon join here


Each month, Citrus Lane draws on recommendations from actual parents to fill themed boxes to the brim with toys, books, and parenting supplies. Better yet, they do it all with your child's age and developmental stage in mind. Discover best-of products from brands like Skip*Hop, Green Toys, and more, sure to delight kids and, like a meteorite filled with raspberry jam, leave a minimal impact on the environment. The boxes are themed by month, and past themes have included “Fun in the Sun,” “Art and Music,” and “Bed and Bath.”
Features
  • Monthly boxes full of mom-tested kid’s products
  • Themes have included “Art and Music” and “Fun in the Sun”
  • Past products have included toys from Plan Toys, Plum Organics snacks, and Episencial sunscreen
  • Tailored to each child by their birthday
  • For tots aged 0–3

http://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-subscription-to-citrus-lane

Sunday, October 21, 2012

DIY: Tree Branch Lamp


Check out this awesome DIY Tree Branch lamp project by A Bit of Bees Knees.
I'm thinking about making this for nursery...

DESIGN: Book Bed


Now you can literally curl up in the pages of a good book! Yusuke Suzuki designed this bed to look like a giant book - with pages that you can turn! Awesome!



DESIGN: Giant Colored Pencils in the Forest


A few years ago, Helsinki-based Artist Jonna Pohjalainen spent the summer at an environmental art workshop in Pedvale, Latvia. She arrived there supply-less, but with an open mind. Every day, she would sit quietly, taking in the rural landscape, sharpening her pencils and watching the sunset. It was during those quiet moments that she got the brilliant idea to transform the gray aspen logs that surrounded her into gigantic color pencils.




FAMILY: Clementine's Natural Crayons

This is a great product from Clementine. They are natural soy crayons that are a smooth and creamy alternative to traditional crayons made with paraffin wax. They are made from Kosher soy wax, mineral pigments, beeswax, carnauba wax, vegetable stearic acid, calcium carbonate (chalk), natural brazilian rosin, and titanium dioxide. No chemical dyes or additives. Would love to try them one day.

FOOD: Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad



You can do so many things with Quinoa. It's healthy, full of protein, and super easy to make.

This salad is both refreshing and nutritious. To make, go here and scroll down a little till you find it.

Feel free to add your own touches like ingredients, spices, herbs, and any of your favorite flavors. there is no right and wrong with cooking!

DIY: Nail And String Letters


Jen from JK JK shows us how to make this awesome nail and string wall art.

Perfect idea for a new nursery! ;)

Lolapop is popin

first post, first pop

Saturday, September 1, 2012

My photography

All Photos here are mine, unless specified otherwise.

All images © 2005-2013 Maya S.

Please ask me if you would like to use any of the photos anywhere else. Thank you & Enjoy :)
All images © 2005-2013 Maya S.

All images © 2005-2013 Maya S.

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