Category Archives: Recipes & Tutorials

DIY Flame Free Disney Vinylmation Menorah

Disney Vinylmation Menorah

Every single year my kids ask for a Disney Menorah. There really aren’t a lot out there. Every single year I make a menorah (or several). This year I decided to make a Disney Menorah, and let me tell you non crafty types – this DIY is for YOU! There is no cutting or glueing…

Snowman Advent Calendar For Kids That Can Hardly Wait- Keurig K-Cup DIY

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My chiquitos can hardly wait for Christmas to arrive. The anticipation for them is unbearable. Advent Calendars are a great way to give your kids treats during the holiday season and keep them from driving mom crazy. For this year’s countdown I decided to make my kids a  Keurig K-Cup DIY Advent Calendar in the shape…

Simple Bulgarian Shopska Salad

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I just got back from the Greek islands where I got accustomed to eating Greek Salad every single day. It’s a lot like my favorite Israeli salad – I get addicted quickly. How does this lead to Bulgarian salad? Because I was showing signs of withdrawal I picked up some Bulgarian (ie REAL sheeps milk,…

Easy Slow Cooker Inside Out Stuffed Cabbage Soup from Trader Joes

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Some days you need to come home to a warm and comforting dinner. But you don’t want to measure, fuss… think. That’s when this Stuffed Cabbage soup recipe is your BFF. All of the ingredients except for a bit of Italian seasoning that I added, came from Trader Joes.  The recipe uses the whole bag/can…

Grateful Heart Pumpkin Pinwheel Cookies

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Of all my cookie recipes, my grandmother’s Pinwheel Cookies are my favorite. I’ve used the same basic recipe and adapted it to make my Dizzy Dreidel Pinwheel cookies, and now I’m adding in a new Thanksgiving Pinwheel Cookies twist. Grateful Heart Pinwheel Cookies. My grandmother was a very patient and kind woman. She didn’t have…

Morir Es Vivir! Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos By Expressing Your Morbid Side – Here’s an Easy Makeup Tutorial

Clarissa Dia De Los Muertos Final Look

Morir Es Vivir! (To die is to live) My familia really loves Dia De Los Muertos (Day of The Dead). I am no makeup pro. Clarissa and I experimented with face paint and came up with this simple tutorial to share with you. We hope this inspires you to get creative and try this at home!…

The Secret Source for the Best Halloween Costumes in the OC

Goodwill OC Costume finds

Shopping for Halloween costumes for four children can get really pricy. Have you been to the OC Goodwill Boutique in Tustin? The OC Goodwill Boutique gave us a sneak peek of their fabulous Halloween section. It might not occur to you to shop secondhand for Halloween, but it should. There a million reasons why OC Goodwill…

I Made Claire’s Outlander Cowl

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Ever since I started watching, I have been obsessed with the knit fashions on Outlander. They show up on each episode. It all started with Claire’s cowl though. The instant I saw it, I knew I was going to try and recreate it. I just hoped someone else would join me on that trek and…

Amazing DIY Captain America Duct Tape Costume Made by an 11yo

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My friend Shanna’s 11 year old son has blown his family and friends (and me!) away with this clever DIY duct tape costume that he made all by himself. It’s economical, creative and just incredibly executed. He originally got the idea one night when he could not sleep and started thinking about ways to make…

Cool Colorful Keppies: Free Knit Kippot Pattern

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I started making these colorful hats for a couple of reasons. My kids attend a Jewish Day school where they are required to wear a kippah or “yarmulke”, if you are old school or skullcap if you are really really old school. Of the three terms, I think I like kippa best. It sounds like…