Marbled Gifts for Mom

Looking for something gorgeous and easy to do for Mother's Day that won't break the bank? Try marbling! We became obsessed with this process and were literally marbling whatever we could find. Try it yourself and see how easy it is!  

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You will need: nail polish, bin of water, knife or stirring stick, mug or vase (or whatever you want to marble). We suggest doing this in a well-ventilated or outdoor area because of the polish fumes. 

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Step 1: Fill your water bin halfway with water. Choose your colors, and drizzle the nail polish onto the top of the water.

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Step 2: Use a palette knife, regular knife, or stirring stick to swirl the colors together. Dip your vase or mug into the water and polish, rotating it to cover the sides you want to marble. If you miss a spot, dip the object back in to pick up more of the polish. 

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Step 3: Remove the excess nail color from the water bin with your knife. Scrape the leftovers on a rag or towel you will toss. Repeat steps 1-3 for each object that you marble.

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Let your objects dry. Gift to mom for Mother's Day and make sure to make plenty to keep yourself! You'll be addicted, we promise. 

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

New Years Resolutions are in full swing - gyms are packed and diets are all the rage. Between all of your goals for the new year, who has time to think about feeding oneself? Enter the crock pot, your new best friend. Throw a few things in your slow cooker in the morning and come home to a hot, delicious, healthful meal that will keep you from grabbing that bag of potato chips immediately after getting home. Here are 10 of our favorites that will keep you satisfied, healthy, and happy!

BEEF ROAST

Mmmm. Meat just falls apart after being slow-cooked! Just like your mom used to make. Recipe via Creme de la Crumb here

Image via  Creme de la Crumb

TACOS AL PASTOR

Image via  Gimme Some Oven

Image via Gimme Some Oven

You heard me: TACOS. Recipe via Gimme Some Oven here

CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Image via  Cooking Classy

Image via Cooking Classy

Perfect when you want some classic comfort food. An easy dish to make to help those winter colds you know are coming. Recipe via Cooking Classy here

HEALTHY CHILI

Image via  Savory Nothings

Image via Savory Nothings

Keep this one in your back pocket for your Superbowl party. Not only a classic dish for this time of year, it's a healthy alternative to all of those fried snacks you munch on while watching the game. Recipe via Savory Nothings here

WHITE BEAN CHICKEN CHILI VERDE

Image via  Maebells

Image via Maebells

Not a red meat fan? No problem! Try this lighter, yet still filling, version of chili. It's gluten-free too, for those with allergies. Recipe via Maebells here

RED LENTIL DAL

Image via  Cafe Johnsonia

Image via Cafe Johnsonia

Gone completely veg or vegan? This red lentil dal is perfect, as it is filling and has a hefty portion of spices to keep you excited. Try it out for meatless Monday, omnivores! Recipe via Cafe Johnsonia here

KOREAN SHORT RIB TACOS

Image via  Carpe Season

Image via Carpe Season

I'll admit, I have a bit of a taco obsession (but who doesn't?). Try these out for a bit of flair in your week. Recipe via Carpe Season here

THAI CHICKEN SOUP

Image via  foodiecrush

Image via foodiecrush

Needing a bit more spice in your chicken soup that the traditional American version has to offer? Try this yummy Thai version that features red curry paste and peanut butter. Omnomnom. Recipe via foodiecrush here.  

BEEF STEW

Another classic, perfect for those chilly winter snaps. Chock full of veggies, too! Recipe via Whole and Heavenly Oven here

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

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If you have not had homemade applesauce yet, do yourself a favor and put it on your to-do list ASAP. Store-bought simply pales in comparison. A snack of toasty warm applesauce will satisfy any sugar craving that might hit you. Recipe via The Healthy Maven here

Let us know some of your favorites in the comments! Happy low-maintenance cooking! 
-Amanda

How to Tuesday: Sharpie Mugs

Up your mug game in just a few easy steps! These sharpie mugs work great as gifts or as a way to spruce up your space.

You will need: 
+mugs from the Dollar Tree or Target ($1-$5)+OIL based sharpies

Step 1: Draw on your mug! Doodle to your heart's content.

Step 2: Dry the mug overnight.

Step 3: Bake for 2 hours at 250 degrees (let it cool before handling it!).

Step 4: Hand wash your mug.

Step 5: Take lots of cute photos with your mug in action :)