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It’s portable! It’s protein packed! It’s perfect for picnics! It’s peanut butter!


Peanut Butter Snack Tray

It’s portable! It’s protein packed! It’s perfect for picnics! It’s peanut butter!

Do your kids love to snack but rarely eat a good full meal? I know mine do. To solve the “always want a snack but never eat my lunch or dinner problem” we have created what we call “snack trays”. Often for lunch at home and even more often for lunch or dinner on the go we make a tray of food choices and present it as a snack tray. May kids eat more fruits and vegetables and healthy proteins when they think they are snacking then at any other time.

Jif To Go is a great way to serve up a fun portable healthy meal by making a peanut butter snack tray

Snack trays as lunch or dinner work great when you don’t feel like cooking, when you will be at an all day sporting event (that means you soccer moms), or when you are planning a fun picnic at the park. We always pack a lunch if we know we won’t be home in time to make lunch before the kids are starving and begging for snacks.Continue reading

June 14, 2015

The Top 10 People to Delete Off Your Facebook

The top 10 people to delete off your Facebook

The Top 10 People to Delete Off Your Facebook

I know we talk a lot about ways to clean up our home, but we must also remember that we can clean up other areas of our life as well. Today I want to talk about something I’m sure almost everyone has to deal with, and that’s Facebook friends that drive you crazy. You know the type, the friends that make you roll your eyes every time they post something. So my question is, why do we keep them around? I say we start cleaning up our Facebook Friends List today! Let’s start with who should get the boot (in my humble opinion)…Continue reading

May 25, 2015

Stores Open on Memorial Day 2015

Stores Open on Memorial Day 2015

May 25, 2015

List of stores open on Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, 2015 is Memorial Day. It’s a federal holiday in the United States so some stores will be closed. Before you head out and celebrate with the family make sure to check out this list of Stores Open on Memorial Day 2015.

Stores Open on Memorial Day 2015

Belk is open

Best Buy is open

BJs Wholesale Club is open

Burlington Coat Factory is open

CVS Caremark is open

Dillard’s is open

Home Depot is open

J.C. Penney is open

Kmart is open

Kohl’s is open

Lowe’s is open

Macy’s is open

Marshall’s is open

Nordstrom is open

Neiman Marcus is open

Publix is open

Rite Aid is open

Saks Fifth Avenue is open

Sam’s Club is open

Sears is open

Target is open

Walgreens is open

Walmart is open
Most Restaurants are Open.

Costco is closed.

Government offices are closed.

Stock markets are closed.

Banks and credit unions are closed.

Post offices are closed.

Libraries are closed.

UPS – Closed

FedEx – Closed

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Gluten Free Diet for Lyme Disease

Gluten Free Diet for Lyme Disease

Gluten Free Diet for Lyme Disease

I began the gluten free journey back in January of this year for many reasons. After various attempts in the past that proved unsuccessful, this time was different and I was determined to make it work and to learn to cook in a whole new way. Previously, I did very little in the way of actually cooking homemade gluten free. I knew it was a recommended lifestyle change as per a health care professional, but without an actual diagnosis I really didn’t take any of it very seriously. Store bought gluten free pastas and such just weren’t cutting it so I quickly gave up and went back to my regular way of eating. The better part of 2014 was filled with numerous health struggles, potentially scary diagnoses, and so many what if’s. After finally being blessed with a holistic MD who I spent hours of my time with and who investigated unlike any doctor I had ever been to, I was officially diagnosed with chronic lymes disease and babesia. I was pretty unwell, to say the least, and learned more about this disease and all that was in store for me than I had ever hoped to. Much to my dismay, I began treatment immediately and about 2 months into my treatment my doctor strongly advised me to change my diet to that of gluten/sugar/dairy free.

Changing my diet was a huge change as I was used to splurging on pastas, carbs, and homemade goodies loaded with sugar at my discretion. I did much research of my own to make sure there was reason behind his madness, or so I thought. Sure enough, there was so much evidence linking a paleo and strictly gluten free diet promoting healing in chronic lymes. And so, my journey began just like that. I decided, in an instant, that I absolutely had to make it work.

Gluten free diet

The first few weeks consisted of very simple meals. I really didn’t experiment with extravagant recipes, but rather made up my own. It was less than exciting and I knew I needed a good cookbook and resource to get me started and excited about this. Thanks to some friends and the magic of Facebook, I discovered a wonderful blog, Facebook page and cookbook called Against all Grain by the famous Danielle Walker. Numerous other websites proved very helpful as well, but AAG is what really reinforced what I needed to hear. I began cooking some really amazing, different things that were delicious and well received by myself and my family … cauliflower crust pizza, tortillas, homemade zucchini noodles, delicious sauces and spreads, homemade crepes used as noodles in a dairy free gluten free lasagna, some of the most delicious muffins, cookies, macaroons, pancakes and waffles I have ever made and all gluten and sugar free, just to name a few. I became more and more interested in making some of our staples rather than purchasing them. I’ve become a pro at making our own almond milk and coconut milk, almond butter, jelly, and broth. I save the pulp after making milk and incorporate it into various recipes as well. I was spending a fair amount of money getting started on all this as I needed many different ingredients that I did not have in my pantry. Many of these items are sold in the local grocery stores but in small amounts and at a high cost/pound.

Find out how I save money to sustain my Gluten Free Diet for Lyme Disease, stay tune for the part 2 of my post next week

I am open to questions and conversation should anyone wish to discuss this further with me. Please feel free to reach me at hjmaloney75 {@} gmail {dot} com. Thank you!

Thanks to Heather M. for this post!

Try these Gluten Free Recipes:

Gluten Free Dressing
Gluten Free Upside Down Lemon Pie
Gluten Free Au Gratin Potatoes
Gluten Free German Cookie Recipe
Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake
Gluten Free Cookie Butter
Gluten Free, Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Grain Free and Gluten Free Pancakes
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Gluten-Free Dessert

Read more Gluten Free tips!

How to Fix a Straw Hat

Learn How to Fix a Straw Hat

How to Fix a Straw Hat

How do you fix a straw hat?

There are a couple of ways to save your straw hat. I know I really need this post because I frankly ruin my hats. I have kids and they always get crushed. That is why it is so great to know that you can reshape your straw hat.

How to reshape straw hats

The first thing you need to do is get gloves, a heat source that will produce steam. You can use a steamer, iron, or a tea pot. Then you will need towels and something heavy to hold down the hat.

reshape straw hat

Those straw hats can be fixed to its former glory. The way that I reshaped mine was to stuff it with a damp towel. Then I put on my gloves and steamed the hat once it was wet I stretched it and put cans on top of it until it dried.

reshaping straw hats

I have also used this method on how to fix a straw hat You start again with a damp towel and fill the portion of the hat where your head goes. Then you put a damp clothe under the brim of the hat. You then put a towel on top. You turn on the iron on medium heat.


straw hats reshaping

straw hats drying

Then you will need to let the hat dry. Do not attempt to put it on until it is dry. You can also put weighted items on the top of the hat until dried. This is a great way rescue those straw hats.

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April 20, 2015

What Can You Recycle in the Bathroom?

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by CARE TO RECYCLE® and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own and I hope you enjoy them.

What can you recycle in the bathroom?

Recycling tips for items found in the bathroom

Earth Day is almost here. That means we all must take charge of our surroundings and figure out ways to make the items we use last longer or uses them in a new way. I know we all have what I call life hacks for the bathroom so I polled a group of my friends to get their best tips for recycling items found in a bathroom.

You know it wasn’t that long ago that I thought a toilet paper holder just held the toilet paper. The dish soap bottle’s only job was to make my hands gorgeous as I attempted to scrap food off dishes. The milk jug was only used to hold the milk… and then came the kids. The brightly colored mass distributed toys are not nearly as fun as the ones we can make using household castoffs. The creativity and environmental impact are invaluable to my children. I suggest you grab your trash and create an imagination station or the latest and greatest car race track, princess purse, sand shovel and squirt bottle.

Not that creative?

recycling tissue holder

Your toilet paper roll could become- binoculars, tunnel, funnel, log cabins, musical instruments. Pencil holders, craft collectors, hamster tunnels, yarn winders, and even a gift holder. Those toilet paper rolls are also great to hold cords (charging cords) and to mark cords behind the computer. They were also helpful to Heather’s color-blind grandfather who used to have the person who did her grandfathers laundry place his socks in the toilet paper rolls and label them with the color they were.


Cover roll w/colored paper, staple one end, pour in dry beans, staple other end, decorate and shake!

The Dish soap bottle-  becomes a squirt toys instead of using the water gun, use them  to put paint in,  make a cool robot add foil, lie flat make a space coaster
How about old tiles you can make a diy ceramic tile coaster .

I know I read in my bathroom. I always have piles of magazines because everyone needs a bubble bath and a magazine. This picture frame is so adorable.

DIY Magazine Picture Frame


I have a bottle of water in my bathroom at all times. I try to drink as much water as possible and we happen to love to do water bottle crafts. We have a huge collection of water bottle crafts.

Towels- An old towels can be sewn  into a bath mat? Or used for scraps to clean or how about turn one into those fancy  hair turbin (like a turbee twist).

Make -up- A hand cream/face cream (short/round) container into a seed starter pots, holders for jewelry, coin keepers, pin holders, bug holders, and you can  make your own beauty products to put back in them like this wonderful lip sugar scrub 

Toothbrushes can be used to clean grout, diamond rings, the wheels on your car, the barbecue and you can even paint with them.

Tissue boxes – They are great for storing wide ribbon, creating hiding places for plastic creatures. If you open up the top a little bit the make a great place to toss a small ball for a quick carnival game.

The key to creating children that recycle is being an example. We do a great deal of recycling but we can always stand to do more. I am committed to learning about how we can do more. I would like to invite you to do the same.

CARE TO RECYCLE® believes that recycling in the bathroom can be a fun family activity; a way for parents to have a teachable moment with their kids and even do some fun projects together. You can find more helpful information such as where to recycle, what to recycle, inspirational quotes, and bathroom recycling projects at

We are co-hosting a twitter party…..

Join the #CareToRecycle Twitter Party on April 22 @ 12 p.m. EDT to talk about fun recycling tips and tricks for you and your whole family, and a chance to win some great prizes!

What: Did you know that four out of five American adults aren’t consistently recycling their personal health and beauty products? We’re talking perfectly recyclable everyday bathroom items like empty shampoo and lotion bottles. That’s why The Motherhood is excited to join the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies’ CARE TO RECYCLE® program to help spread the word about recycling in the bathroom. This Earth Day, we’re getting the whole family involved!

During the chat, we’ll be sharing fun, easy ways to teach your kids the importance of recycling beyond the kitchen and into the bathroom, and we encourage you to share your tips, too! We will be joined by two special guests, Keep America Beautiful and Recyclebank, who will be stopping by to share their tips and ideas, as well.

When: Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) at noon ET

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #CareToRecycle hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite:

Hashtag: #CareToRecycle

Prizes: During the chat, we’ll be giving away five prizes to randomly selected participants who correctly answer the trivia questions tweeted by @TMChatHost. Four (4) winners will receive one (1) prize pack of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies health and beauty products. One (1) winner will receive one (1) partner prize pack including a $100 gift card to, courtesy of Recyclebank, and a family pack of t-shirts made from recycled content, courtesy of Keep America Beautiful.

Prizes limited to U.S. participants only. Official rules here.

Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Co-hosts: @realadvicegal, @carogonza, @shoppingduck, @LittleUsBlog, @EmilyARoach, @busymomblog, @KBWhiskey, @allthingsfadra, @ALuckyLadybug, @ourpieceofearth

Special guests: @Recyclebank, @recyclesday

Imagination is FREE………… Reduce, Reuse, Recycle but most importantly spend time imagining with your children!!

Check out these Recycling Fun Facts & Stats:

  • Research conducted with the Shelton Group revealed that:
    • While almost 70% of Americans say they consistently recycle, only 1 in 5 say they consistently recycle items they use in the bathroom.
    • Nearly 40% of Americans say they never recycle in the bathroom.
    • 20% of Americans say they didn’t know bathroom products were recyclable.
    • More than half of consumers will only recycle if they are certain the item is recyclable or is clearly labeled as such.
    • 50% of parents say their children educate the rest of the family about the benefits of recycling.
  • Plastics Information:
    • #1 and #2 Plastics (PET & HDPE) are the most commonly collected plastics in municipalities –
    • #5 plastic (PP or polypropylene) collection is increasing, but it’s still not accepted in many municipal recycling collections. Check with your local recycling office or this handy recycling locator,, to be sure.
    • Plastic Tubes are usually a mix of plastic laminates and are NOT recyclable.
    • Plastic caps can usually be left on (here’s a guide), but pumps need to be removed before recycling bottles.
    • For all products, it’s recommended to give the bottle a quick rinse to remove residue before placing in recycling bin.  Here’s an example!