Paint Pouring Art

If you have never painted with acrylic paint, paint pouring is perfect for beginners. I love making this type of art with my little kids. It is easy and fast to make. All you need is canvas, acrylic pouring paint, varnish, a brush, paper or plastic cups, gloves, and a cover to protect your surface.

So you start by pouring a coat of white paint on your canvas. You can evenly spread it with a brush. Then, in a cup, pour the colors that you would like to use in your piece. I always start with white, and add the other colors in layers. Next, gently pour the colors on top of your canvas. You can do this in many different ways as you like. They are no mistakes! Finally, just rock your paint gently from one side to the other, from the top to the bottom, until the paint moves in the wave patterns that you like. Let it dry for about two days before applying your varnish.

My 5 year old enjoying the easy technique.

Below are all the the materials I like to use (you can click on them to purchase them):

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

My little daughter is into baking, so for this Easter she wanted to make some Easter Bunny cupcakes.

I found this decorating kit from Wilton. Click here to find it. I loved the design. It looked so cute on our Easter table!

Jell-O Easter Eggs

Jell-O Easter Egg

So my mom used to make this recipe for me as a child. I used to love these Jell-O Easter Eggs, and I still do! The recipe is very easy and inexpensive. All you need is to empty about a dozen eggs by removing the insides through a very small hole, wash them, and fill them with Jell-O. After cooling them, gently crack them around, run them through hot water for about 2 seconds, and peel them.

You can also use different layers of Jell-O to make stripe designs. It will take a little longer between cooling layers to add the new ones, but if you had the time go for it!

Cookie Decorating

Sugar Cookies Decorating Time!

My daughter loves decorating sugar cookies. It is a fun activity to do with your little ones. You can make your own cookie dough or you can get a cookie mix. To see the one I use from Betty Crocker click here.

Sugar Cookie Mix

After getting your cookie mix, the next thing you need is your decorating materials. We love pink and white cookie icing and sprinkles. For these, I like Wilton cooking icing (click here) and their sprinkles (click here).

Cookie Icing
Sprinkles
Happiness!

Stuffed Zucchinis

One of my favorite recipes is stuffed zucchinis. It is very easy to make and it looks beautiful on the table. I like to prepare it with small zucchinis, as shown in the picture, but if you can’t find them then the conventional type can be used as well.

Start by washing and opening a cavity in your zucchinis. I like to start with a knife and then gently carved out the insides with a spoon. Save the tops! Then filled them in with seasoned ground beef (I use salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic), chopped onions and peppers, rice, and parsley. Cover the zucchinis with their tops, and arranged them standing on a pot. My favorite brand is Le Creuset. Finally, fill your pan with a can of tomato paste diluted in enough water to barely cover the zucchinis. Let it cook covered in medium-low heat until zucchinis are tender (about 30-40mins).

Skin Food: Aloe Vera

The aloe vera plant is an amazing skin food.  It is packed with skin healing and anti-inflamatory properties, which makes it my favorite skin product.  All you need to do is get your hands on one aloe vera leaf and extract the gel from it.  The process is very simple.  Just take your leaf and wash it, peel it, dice it, and store it in the fridge.

I like to squeeze a small aloe cube on my palm and then spread the gel all over my face after cleaning and toning. There is no need to wash it off as it dries fairly quick.  It leaves your face smooth and lightly moisturized.  It is the best face primer I have found, plus it is completely natural. You can use it everyday to keep your complexion smooth and clear.

Helthy Summer Breakfast: Overnight Soaked Oats

Oats are great for breakfast and snacking.  Soaking them overnight makes them much easier to digest and their nutrients are better absorbed by your body.

To prepare them just mix in a mason jar 5 table spoons of organic old-fashioned oats, a pinch of cinnamon, few drops of vanilla extract, 1 tbsp of chia seeds, and 1 cup of almond milk. You can sweeten it with stevia, maple syrup, coconut crystals, or lucuma powder. To finish, just top with berries.  Close the lid and place it in the fridge.  Keeps fresh for 3-5 days.