Strawberry Banana Oat Smoothie

I'm a huge cereal fan, but I've been trying to find different, healthy ideas for breakfast that will help me feel more energized and feel better in general. I've got lots of healthy smoothie recipes written and pinned and have been working on trying them out.

One of my favorites is this strawberry banana smoothie. It's packed with vitamins, protein, and fiber. Even better, it's so convenient to throw everything in the blender. Very minimal work involved! Perfect for any meal, but a great way to start the day.

Strawberry Banana Oat Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 cup low-fat strawberry banana or vanilla yogurt
1 cup quartered strawberries
1 sliced banana
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats

Directions:
Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth consistency.
Makes one 16-ounce serving.

Fresh fruit works great, but I also think it's convenient to use frozen bananas and strawberries. I buy them in bulk, then peel and cut bananas, wash and cut strawberries, and freeze in a Ziploc bag for future use.


Sink or Swim Giveaway

I'm so excited to be working with some fantastic bloggers to bring you this HUGE giveaway today! Not only are there TWO prizes, but both prizes will help you host an amazing summer party! 

Take a minute to stop by each blog by clicking on their blog image below. You'll be glad you did, they are all so talented! Be sure to come visit on Thursday, August 1st to see some summer party inspiration from each of us!

Events to CelebrateArtsy Fartsy MamaClarks CondensedRae Gun RamblingsHomemade ToastThe Bucket List GirlFab DecorLike Mother Like DaughterCupcake DiariesOur Thrifty IdeasDessert Now Dinner Later


I wish I could enter this giveaway - the prizes are SO fun! From printables, to party supplies, to fabulous appliances, you'll be all set to throw the best summer party ever! There will be TWO lucky winners. See below for the details:

Sink or Swim Giveaway Prize 1 Joseph Joseph More Sprinkled Joy Bucket Boutique Heavenly Cake Pops Waring Pro Sprinkled Joy
Prize Package 1:
  1. Joseph Joseph Triple Dish
  2. 15 Bitty Bags, 25 Straws, 12 Chalkboard Labels and 12 Daisy Cut Mason Jar Lids from {More} Sprinkled Joy
  3. Earrings from Bucket Boutique
  4. Easy Roller from Heavenly Cake Pops
  5. Waring Pro Snow Cone Maker
  6. One 8x10 Print of your choice from Sprinkled Joy

Sink or Swim Giveaway Prize 2 Tovolo Epicurean Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker Cuisinart Fab Decor Shirley K Designs
Prize Package 2:
  1. Tovolo Pie Pops Kit
  2. Epicurean Hipster Mustache Cutting Board
  3. Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker
  4. Cuisinart EasyPop Popcorn Maker
  5. Summer Decoration and 20$ Gift Card from Fab Decor
  6. Shirley K Design Printables


Of course, giveaways like these can't happen without wonderful sponsors. I am so grateful to be working with such amazing companies, and hope you will all take a minute to click over to their sites and thank them for the fabulous prizes!


Waring Pros Fab Decor Shirley J Designs Sprinkled Joy Joseph Joseph Tolovo Hamilton Beach epicurean Heavenly Cake Pops Bucket Boutique  Cuisinart 
The giveaway will end on Monday, August 5th

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

Summer Word Set

I hate to admit it, but summer is slowly coming to an end. Soon everyone will be back in school, the weather will cool down, and the leaves will start to change color. Since I've broken my leg, I feel like I am missing out on all the fun things in summer.

Summer Word Set

Some of my favorite decorations are my Spring Word Set and my Believe Word Set. So, for some summer decor, I took my daughter to The Wood Connection to buy a Summer word set. I wanted to decorate my home a little bit more for summer, and I had some cute products from American Crafts that were perfect for this project. The bad thing was, I went out and bought all the supplies the day I fell and broke my leg... so I didn't get to start on the project as soon as I had planned. I also wasn't able to get step-by-step pictures of the process, but I did snap a few with my phone to share on Instagram.

Since I literally can't get up on my own and am stuck on the couch with my leg up, my family was so sweet to bring the supplies to me (when I was feeling a little better) to do some "couch crafting". I think this project will be a little sentimental to me because it was my first project I got to work on since my fall.

American Crafts Neon Glitter Cardstock & Apple Barrel Neon Acrylic Paint

Supplies:
Wooden Summer Word Set (from The Wood Connection)
Neon Glitter Cardstock (from American Crafts)
  - Orange, Yellow, Blue, Green, Coral, and Purple
Apple Barrel Neon Acrylic Paints
Mod Podge
E6000 Glue


First, I painted all the letters (except the fronts) with Apple Barrel neon paints. The paint is a little thin, so I painted 3-4 coats. I also painted the "straps" and the center flower pieces of the flip flop in pink and orange. I love how bright the paints are, and they match the American Craft neon glitter cardstocks and glitters perfectly!

While the paint dried, I traced the letters face down on the backs of the glittered cardstock sheets. I used scissors to cut them out, and used an Xacto knife for the smaller details. American Crafts also has some bright, fun, neon glitters and neon glitter glues I wanted to use, but I was afraid of making such a huge mess in such a small workspace (aka my lap and couch).

Paint a small - medium amount of Mod Podge on the unpainted front of the block letter. Too much Mod Podge can make the paper rumple and crease. Carefully place the paper cutout on top. Press all over, especially around the edges to make sure the paper is adhered to the block letter. I also added some blue glitter paper to the small flower pieces for the flip flop.

To finish the flip flop (used as the "U"), glue the orange circles to the center of the blue glitter flowers with some E6000 glue. Let dry, then glue the flowers to the pink strap piece. Then, attach the strap piece to the flip flop block. Let dry for at least a few hours (overnight is best) before standing it up for display.

Summer Word Set

Once dry, your summer word set is done! Bright, sparkly, and colorful to bring some summer fun inside your home!

I received product from American Crafts in exchange for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.


Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you all are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm needing some inspiration and have missed catching up with everyone!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Balloon Boppers by Crafting in the Rain

Paint Palette Cake by I Love Doing All Things Crafty

Crochet Owl Lovey Blanket by Repeat Crafter Me

Candied Ginger Tropical Fruit Tart by True Blue Baking

Interchangeable Baby Barefoot Sandals by Haley's Daily Blog

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NOW ONTO THE PARTY!
Link up your recipes, crafts, ideas, projects or fun posts to share!

A few rules:
  • Link to a specific post {not your home page, or link parties please}
  • Please share your own posts or projects, not someone else's.
  • Visit other links and leave some comment love {because we all love comments!}
  • Optional: Post the party button {the code is below} anywhere on your blog

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Glow in the Dark Birdhouse

Summer is the perfect time for crafting with kids. The weather is great to work outside (especially if your project is a messy one), and it's fun seeing what kids can create with just a few supplies. As far as supplie go, I have really loved using Plaid products with my daughter when we work on projects together. They are safe and fun for children to use, and most products are even washable - which is a definite must when it comes to kids' crafting!

Glow in the Dark Birdhouse & Trinket Box #PlaidSummerKids

Since I am laid up at home due to my broken leg, my husband took my daughter to the store to pick out a project. She chose a both a birch barn-style birdhouse and a small trinket box. It's so fun to see her use her imagination.

For this project, we didn't just use regular neon paints (though we've used them on some other projects you'll see soon). Plaid has neon glow in the dark paints!! Like a lot of glow in the dark products, I was honestly a little skeptical about the quality and amount of time the paint would actually glow. But after working with the paints and the Glo Away, I can definitely say that I am really impressed with the selection of glow in the dark products we received from Plaid. So much fun to use, and my daughter loved seeing her projects in bright colors AND glow so bright in the dark!

Glow in the Dark Birdhouse #PlaidSummerKids

Supplies:
Unpainted Birch Birdhouse
Unpainted Birch Trinket Box
Apple Barrel Neon Glow in the Dark Paints - Green, Orange, Pink, and Yellow
Glo Away
Mod Podge Extreme Glitter

Glow in the Dark Birdhouse #PlaidSummerKids

Zoey wanted the edges and the front sections all painted green, so we started by painting a thin coat in each section, and letting each coat dry before adding another. The paint was a little thin (which makes it easy cleanup if it spills or gets on clothing), so we needed about 3-4 coats for the colors to look extra bright.

Glow in the Dark Trinket Box #PlaidSummerKids

She wanted the trinket box to be all glow in the dark pink, so she painted 2-3 coats inside and out. Once it was dry, she added a couple coats of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter to make it extra girly and is now perfect to hold her rings and smaller treasures.

Glow in the Dark Birdhouse & Trinket Box #PlaidSummerKids

Once all the paint on the birdhouse was dry, we painted a thin coat of Glo Away on the parts of the birdhouse that didn't glow as bright. A coat of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter on the roof completed the look.

Glow in the Dark Birdhouse #PlaidSummerKids

Here's how the birdhouse looks in the glowing in the dark. It glows so bright and it's so fun to see my daughter so proud of her projects. We had a lot of fun working with these Plaid products and can't wait to create more.

Stay up to date with Plaid:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InspiredByPlaid
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlaidCrafts
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/plaidcrafts/
Blog: http://paintmeplaid.com/

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I wrote this post as part of campaign with Blueprint Social. All opinions are my own.


30 Washi Tape Projects

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I love washi tape. There are thousands of colors, patterns, and sizes to choose from, and I love seeing all the different ideas bloggers have come up with to use it in a new way. Today I'm sharing 30 fabulous tutorials to get you inspired to use washi tape!

30 Washi Tape Projects artsyfartsymama.com #washi #washitapeprojects

1. Quick and Pretty Washi Clothespins by Factory Direct Craft
2. Washi Tape Lampshade Lining
 by Teal & Lime
3. Washi Tape Keyboard
 by Craft Room Confidential
4. Upcycled Washi Tape Bracelets
 by Delicate Construction
5. Washi Tape Magnets
 by Twirling Betty
6. Washi Tape Organization
 by A Night Owl
7. Washi Tape Covered Matchboxes
 by Live Laugh Rowe
8. DIY Washi Tape Switchplates
 by Crab + Fish
9. DIY Washi Tape
 by Nifty Thrifty Things
10. Washi Tape Binoculars by Home Inspired Bliss
11. Colorful Washi Tape Initial by SAS Interiors
12. DIY Tape Covered Push Pins by Under the Sycamore
13. Washi Frame Makeover by Cox's Corner
14. Washi Tape & Envelope Gift Bags by How About Orange
15. Washi Tape Work Table by Elise Blaha

30 Washi Tape Projects artsyfartsymama.com #washi #washitapeprojects

16. DIY Typographic Washi Tape Art by WhimseyBox
17. Washi Tape Bookmarks
 by Life with Lovebugs
18. Washi Tape Cord Organization
 by Landee See, Landee Do
19. DIY Phone Case with Washi Tape
 by Clever Pink Pirate
20. Washi Tape Bunting Monogram Letter
 by Polka Dot Made
21. Washi Tape Storage
 by The Scrap Shoppe
22. Washi Tape Tin Cans
 by The Crafted Sparrow
23. Washi Tape Pendants
 by Kimono Reincarnate
24. Washi Tape Tealights
 by Just Make Stuff
25. Washi Tape Binder Clips by Artsyville
26. DIY Washi Tape Clutch by Creme de la Craft
27. Washi Tape Flowers by American Crafts Studio
28. Washi Tape Coasters by A Pumpkin & A Princess
29. Free Digital Washi Tape Download by Bonjour! Blog
30. Washi Tape Clock by Tatertots & Jello


The Ultimate Kids' Learning Tablet - LeapPad Ultra Pre-Order

We are big LeapFrog fans at our house. I love that they create products to make learning fun, and easy for kids to use. I am really excited about one of LeapFrog's newest products, the ultimate kid's learning tablet - the LeapPad Ultra! We are really looking forward to getting one for our daughter.

The Ultimate Kids' Learning Tablet - LeapPad Ultra #LeapPadPreOrder via artsyfartsymama.com

The LeapPad Ultra is the 100% kid-perfect tablet. Built from the inside out just for kids, it has friendly controls, an ultra-tough frame and a screen designed for a kid’s light touch.

What makes the LeapPad Ultra the "ultimate"? Check out some of these impressive features:
  • Kids can play, draw and write on a 7” hi-res screen, designed with feather-light responsiveness for a kid’s touch.
  • Capture the world around them with front-and-back cameras and video recorders and jam to music with the built-in MP3 player.
  • Safely search the internet with kid-friendly Wi-Fi. Kids can use LeapSearch, powered by Zui, to browse age-appropriate videos and images from the web in a safe, walled-off site.
  • Enjoy instant access to LeapFrog’s award-winning library of 800+ educator-approved apps, games, eBooks, videos, music and more. With games that automatically adjust to your child’s level, kids stay challenged and inspired to learn.
  • LeapPad Ultra works with LeapFrog Explorer game cartridges, or you can download apps directly to the device through the Wi-Fi App Center.
  • Comes with 8GB of storage and a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery.

I'm so excited to announce that the LeapPad Ultra is now available for pre-order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, K-Mart, Target, Toys R Us, and Walmart. It is now sold out through LeapFrog's website, but you can still pre-order through those retailers while supplies last. It will make a wonderful gift for birthdays or Christmas!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you all are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm needing some inspiration and have missed catching up with everyone!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Kids Printable Summer Letter by Thirty Handmade Days

Cookie Surprise Cupcakes by 7Alive

How to Make Bubble Solution by One Little Project

Soda Can Jewelry by Mellywood's Mansion

Free Henry Hugglemonster Tic Tac Toe Printable by Rarely Tidy

Please grab a featured button!

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NOW ONTO THE PARTY!
Link up your recipes, crafts, ideas, projects or fun posts to share!

A few rules:
  • Link to a specific post {not your home page, or link parties please}
  • Please share your own posts or projects, not someone else's.
  • Visit other links and leave some comment love {because we all love comments!}
  • Optional: Post the party button {the code is below} anywhere on your blog

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Slow Cooker Beef Tips

The hotter it gets outside, the harder it is for me to want to turn on the oven and heat up the house even more. I do a lot of slow cooker meals in the summer for this reason. This meal is really simple, and pretty much fool-proof. All you need to do is prepare the rice, potatoes, or pasta (and any sides) when it's time to eat!

Slow Cooker Beef Tips

Ingredients:
1.5 - 2 lbs beef stew meat
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 packet brown gravy mix
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 cup water

Directions:
  1. Add meat to slow cooker.
  2. Mix cream of mushroom soup, gravy packet, dry onion soup mix, and water in a bowl until combined. Pour into slow cooker over meat.
  3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. For best results, do not lift the lid at all during cook time.
  4. Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles.


LeapPad Pre-Order and Sweepstakes

I'm sure you're aware of the popular brand, LeapFrog. They are a top of the line manufacturer for kids educational toys, videos, and games. Their number one priority is learning, which every mother can appreciate.We are big LeapFrog fans around here. My daughter owns a lot of the toys, including her own laptop when she wants to "be like mommy", and we watch LeapFrog videos almost daily.

LeapFrog has now taken learning a step further and developed a new product, the LeapPad Ultra! It will be released later this year, so stay tuned on pre-ordering details! We can't wait to get our hands on one.

LeapPad Pre-Order and Sweepstakes

Built for kids inside and out, the LeapPad Ultra is the 100% kid-perfect tablet with 7” hi-res screen, kid-safe Wi-Fi and instant access to 800+ fun and educator-approved games and apps. The LeapPad Ultra comes packed with all the fun features kids want, and is designed with feather-light responsiveness for a kid’s touch. Kids will love the front-and-back cameras and video recorders, using creative tools with enhanced Photo and Art Studio apps, and jam to music with the built-in MP3 player. Kids can even chat and play peer-to-peer in two included apps!

Kids can use LeapSearch, powered by Zui, to browse age-appropriate videos and images from the web in a safe, walled-off site. Simple parental settings make it a snap to take charge of your child’s online experience - no stress, no surprises! LeapPad Ultra works with LeapFrog’s award-winning library of 800+ educator-approved apps, games, eBooks, videos, music and more.

With games that automatically adjust to your child’s level, kids stay challenged and inspired to learn. Connect LeapPad Ultra to the LeapFrog Learning Path to see the details of your child’s play and learning, including levels achieved, skills practiced and recently played games. Celebrate accomplishments with online rewards, and gather ideas to support the learning.

LeapPad Ultra works with LeapFrog Explorer™ game cartridges, or you can download apps directly to the device through the Wi-Fi App Center. With 8GB of storage and a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery, the learning fun never ends!

We are so excited about the LeapPad Ultra coming out soon. You can pre-order (details coming soon), but why not enter to win one for free?! You can enter daily for a chance to win the LeapPad Ultra!

LeapPad Pre-Order and Sweepstakes

Entering to win a LeapPad Ultra is easy! Just visit the LeapPad Sweeps site and enter the required information. Upon entering the sweepstakes, you can invite up to five friends to enter. If they are chosen to win a LeapPad Ultra, you’ll win one too!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to the Artsy Corner link party! I apologize for missing last week's party, but I've been out with a broken tibia and just had surgery this last week. I'm recovering well and doing my best to keep on top of the pain. I'll be down for 3-4 months, but am hoping to work out a way to get some crafting done soon! I so appreciate all the sweet messages and prayers being sent by my wonderful readers, family, and friends. I am so grateful for all of you.

So, now that I am feeling a little better, I hope you all are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm needing some inspiration and have missed catching up with everyone!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

How To Decoupage Furniture by Ashley's Dandelion Wishes

Grilled Pizza by 4-You with Love

Beachy Sign & Dressing Room by Sew Sweet Vintage

Homemade Alfredo by The First Year Blog

Bench Makeover by Creative Passage

Please grab a featured button!

artsy-fartsy mama

NOW ONTO THE PARTY!
Link up your recipes, crafts, ideas, projects or fun posts to share!

A few rules:
  • Link to a specific post {not your home page, or link parties please}
  • Please share your own posts or projects, not someone else's.
  • Visit other links and leave some comment love {because we all love comments!}
  • Post the party button {the code is below} anywhere on your blog

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Come back to see if you've been featured next week!

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