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Mother’s Day Gift Idea on TODAY SHOW

22 Apr

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Yesterday, Today Show contributor Jill Martin had a segment on Mother’s Day gift ideas.   She featured our monogrammed tote and cosmetic bag sets.  This great gift idea comes at the perfect time for gift giving!  This set comes in three colors:  black, navy and tan.  They are made of nylon so they’re easy to clean and easy to pack.   Here are 5 reasons why your Mom will love this set (Hoda called it “awesome!”):

1.  Perfect for the pool or beach.  Large enough to hold your must-haves and the cosmetic bag is perfect for sunglasses and lotions.

2. Makes a wonderful diaper bag!  You won’t feel like you’re carrying a diaper bag with this cute monogrammed tote.  The cosmetic bag can be used for snacks, wipes, etc.

3. Great for travel.  You can fold this easily into your suitcase for collecting souvenirs and as a carry on.

4. Perfect for the sports Mom.  She can easily run from game to game with this roomy tote.  Snacks, blankets and other essentials fit nicely and look stylish.

5. Makes a great gym bag.  If Mom loves fitting in workouts, she can easily store her change of clothes and towel.  The cosmetic bag works perfectly to store her items for the after workout shower.

What other ways to you see using this great set?  Tell us in the comments below. Just make sure to scoop these up for your Mom (and for yourself, too!).

xoxo,

Jennifer

Easter Egg Decorating Idea

3 Apr

It’s that time of year again for coloring Easter eggs!  Every year we get together with friends to have a causal lunch and decorate eggs.  Even as my kids get older, they still look forward to doing this.  This year, their friends thought outside of the “box” (pun intended) and looked up a fun new way to decorate eggs on YouTube.  I wanted to share their idea with you (as well as some basic egg coloring 101) if you happen to be coloring eggs today or tomorrow.

Getting readyGetting ready!  Use food coloring and 1 tablespoon vinegar per cup.  Then add warm water before putting eggs in the cups.   Submerge eggs in cups for at least a minute each.  For more fun, try the Cool Whip egg dying technique!

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Start with a tub of Cool Whip.  Put it in a casserole dish or any type of pan where you can spread it out.

Dye in cool whipOnce the Cool Whip is spread out, add drops of food dye all over.

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Swirl the Cool Whip all around … let the colors mix!

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Place eggs in the Cool Whip mixture and cover them under the mixture completely.  Let sit on the counter for 30 minutes.

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Rinse the eggs off under water after 30 minutes.  They turn out with cool marbled effects like a watercolor painting.  A fun way to dye eggs!

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Here are our eggs after we finished!  We did a mix of traditional egg dying and the Cool Whip technique.  What fun ways do you decorate eggs for Easter?   Share in the comments below … I would love to hear what you and your family do!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

National Pi Day & Strawberry Pie?

14 Mar

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It’s National Pi Day!  What is Pi Day? According to Piday.org:

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

But to most of us, I think we somehow get the idea that Pi Day is about eating our favorite pie!  I wanted to share a family recipe for my Grandma’s Strawberry Pie.  My Grandma has passed away, but this was a favorite at Spring and Summer family parties.

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Strawberry Pie

Make a pie crust (we use Pillsbury ready made pie crusts).  Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees in a pie pan.

Combine in a saucepan:

–  1 cup sugar

– 2 tablespoons cornstarch

– 1 cup water

Boil until clear and thick.  Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup strawberry Jello mix and a few drops red food coloring.  Cool.  Cut up 1 quart strawberries and lay in pie shell.  Drizzle with sauce and chill for at least 6 hours.

Serve cold and top with fresh whipped cream.

What’s your favorite pie to celebrate Pi Day?  Or do you just geek out and crunch math problems?  Either way … share your recipes or favorite math problems with us.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

Strawberry Pie picture source: http://www.hammertown.com/2014/06/fresh-strawberry-pie/