Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Last minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Today on Good Things Utah, I showed some super fun last-minute ideas for Halloween costumes!

Items to find:
White t-shirt
White pants
Yellow felt - cut the felt in a circle and put on the shirt. It doesn’t have to be perfect, yolks aren’t! You can either use a clear thread to stitch the yoke on or use safety pins. 
Devil ears and tail (you might have one, lots of grocery stores might have the or just cut something out of felt)!

Items to find:
Black Shirt
Old movie tickets (you can even print some off the computer) 
popcorn bags (or print some) 

Glue these on your shirt! I tried to figure out how to pin them on but it just didn’t work :( You can get black t-shirts from Joanne’s fabric. I bought mine on sale for $2.50

Items to find:
Tan pants
White Shirt
Different colors of felt or card stock
red balloon
red card stock
head band

Cut strips of “confetti” from the felt or cardstock and attach it to the shirt. If you use clear thread with a light amount of stitches, you can reuse the shirt. For the cherry on top, blow up a balloon and use a piece of red card stock to make a cherry stem.

Items to find:
White Shirt
White Balloons
Shower Cap

I had all of this around my house! You can safety pin the balloons to your shirt so you can reuse the shirt again. 

Items to find:
Paint chips from the local paint store
Gray Shirt
Glue the paint chips on the shirt.

Have a Spook-tacular Halloween!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Good Things Utah Segment - Mason Jar Meals

I have loved doing Mason Jar Salads and snacks. It takes some time to prep, but the ease in grabbing something health(ier) to eat from the fridge has been a great way to stay out of the drive-thru for meals! Here are a few of my favorites:
I love putting fruit in cups. At first, I was doing mason jars but then started buying clear cups and lids from Costco so I could just throw them in there. Easy to grab and put in your cup holder while driving, and disposable, so you aren’t washing moldy mason jars all the time!
I also love making these “mini salads.” These aren’t meant to be a meal, but to be a quick snack for in between meals. Two of my favorite is to put rice vinegar in a 2 oz. container, then cut up cucumbers and add some black sesame seeds. Another is to put cucumbers and grape tomatoes cut in half in a cup and smother with Italian Dressing. 
Another easy way to pack a healthy snack is to put some celery with either peanut butter or almond butter in a cup. I sometimes add a few chocolate chips to make it feel like a treat! I used to put the almond or peanut butter in the bottom of the cup but then realized that it is way easier to stick it in the 2 oz. container just because I was getting too lazy to shove my hand down in the cup. 

Some of my favorite meals to make are:
To make:
Boil 1 box of Farfalle pasta
Tear apart a rotisserie chicken and add it to the drained pasta once cooked al dente. Tip: I love to just put on gloves and tear it apart! It is SO much quicker!
Add in 1/3 cup canola oil, 1/4 cup sesame oil, 1/4 cup (I splash a little more) of soy sauce, 1/3 cup of honey and 3 T of rice vinegar and 5 T roasted sesame seeds.
**Put this mixture in the bottom of your jar**
Then add in this order:
Sweet peppers
A sprinkle of cilantro and green onion 
Baby spinach. 

*Trust me, this is delicious!*
To Make:
Cook ground beef or turkey with taco seasoning like you are making a regular taco
Layer the ingredients in the following order:
Ground Beef
Catalina Dressing
Pinto Beans
Cheddar Cheese
Then, I stick crunched up Doritos in a 2 oz container to sprinkle on top!

Stack in this order:
Dressing…sometimes when I feel like LOVING my meals, I will go to Cafe Rio and get their Creamy Tomatillo Dressing. Then, the next week when I feel guilty… I use the Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing. 
Black beans
Chicken - I use rotisserie chicken

I think one of the things I love most about these meals, is that they make my fridge look so pretty!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

I like to give Teacher gifts at the end of the year. Most of the time, I like to give a gift card. But, when I give gift cards, I like to add a little personal touch, and I think these ideas are a good inexpensive way to make your gift more personal without breaking the bank! These are fun gifts to add with a gift card or to just give alone!
Hand Soap and Lotion: You can download the print from the original pin that says “Hands Down, you’re the best teacher around” and just attach it to a hand soap and/or lotion!
Nail Polish: “Thanks for being a toe-tally awesome teacher”. This would also be cute with a gift card to get your nails done! The tag can be downloaded here.
“Orange you Glad it’s Summer: Fill up a fun little gift with all kinds of orange items.
You can then add this tag
Plant: Plants are so cute and SO easy to take care of. This cute tag saying “Thanks for helping me grow” is perfect with a fun house plant! 
iTunes gift card holder: This clever gift card holder says “Thanks for an app-solutely fantastic school year” and is PERFECT to add a personal touch to iTunes gift cards! You can download the holder here.
Summer gift tag: This gift tag reads “All year you have worked hard to make learning fun! So now it is your turn to relax in the sun!” It is a really cute tag to put on a summer hammock and fun cup! You can download the tag on the original pin.
Favorite Book: You can give your favorite book, or have your kids select their favorite book to give their teacher. This bookmark is a fun way to personalize your gift. You can download it here.

Happy Summer!