Cinco de Mayo’s Individual Seven Layer Dip

Cinco de Mayo is almost here! That means its the perfect excuse to throw together a fun fiesta for family and friends. All you need for your fiesta is some chicken enchiladas, tacos, margaritas and desserts. BUT, before all that you’ll need the perfect appetizer that will be a guarantee hit! Try this recipe for Individual Seven Layer Dip recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 container of sour cream
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 bunch of green onions, sliced
  • 1 can of sliced olives
  • 9 ounce plastic cups
  • tortilla chips

Directions:

  1. Mix taco seasoning with refried beans
  2. LAYER!
  3. Layer 1:beans
  4. Layer 2:guacamole
  5. Layer 3: sour cream
  6. Layer 4: salsa
  7. Layer 5: cheese
  8. Layer 6: tomatoes
  9. Layer 7: onions and olives

You can layer the ingredients any way you prefer just remember to evenly distribute your ingredients into each cup! ENJOY!

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Al Fresco with Autumn: Veggie Mac & Cheese

While Earth Week celebrations abound, and Spring blooms in full effect, there’s no better time to inspire your cooking with the freshest ingredients our planet has to offer. In California that means its Farmer’s Market time. While we’re lucky to have warm temps and markets that run year-round, the end of April signals the open of market season in most regions across the country, so hopefully most of us have (or will soon have) access to fresh fruits and vegetables straight off the farm truck.

This recipe was inspired by a recent trip to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market and my incredibly particular 22 month-old daughter, who will spot and turn her nose up at anything ‘green’ from 10 feet away. My only hope: hide the darn veggies in a favorite food she can’t possibly turn down. I know you toddler mamas feel my pain, so try the recipe below, and don’t be afraid to sub-in other veggie varieties. This one worked wonders on my babe, leave a note and let us know how it worked for you!

This to note about Farmer’s Markets:

1. Find your local Farmer’s Market: http://www.localharvest.org/

2.Always ask the vendor if their produce is “pesticide free”, and don’t be afraid to question them further if you want more information.

3.Better prices can often be negotiated toward closing time.

Market Veggie Mac N’ Cheese

Time: 30 minutes

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 box Annie’s Organic Macaroni and Cheese

Directions:

  • Saute, steam or broil your veggies until tender
  • Place cooked veggies into a food processor or blender with 1/4 cup water and blend thoroughly
  • Prepare macaroni and cheese as recommended, adding the veggie puree slowly into the cheese sauce, and mixing thoroughly BEFORE you add the noodles
  • Add noodles and stir gently

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DIY Recycled Magazine Frame

It’s been one year since I started blogging. When I first started, my initial focus was always crafting and DIY projects. After a few weeks, I noticed that most of my posts had a similar emphasis on repurposed and upcycled projects and inspirations.

I have always wanted to try making something out of recycled magazine pages so I finally sat down and made this frame. I have to say, although slightly tedious, it was quite fun, especially when I looked at the results. Anyway, here is how I made a recycled magazine frame.

Materials:

  • Any frame (I regret using a flimsy one with cardboard backing)
  • Old Magazine
  • Tape
  • Paper Cutter
  • Decoupage Medium
  • Small Paint Brush

Gather a few magazines that you’ve already read and no longer want. I say a few, because for this project I used four different Rolling Stones magazines to get the colored pages I wanted.

I chose to cut my strips to the width of the frame. For example, the frame pictured here is for a 3X5 photo and the frame is a one inch wide, 4X7 frame. I ended up cutting 1”X7” stripes (approximately eight pages).

Next, start rolling your strips. The toughest part is the beginning; however it’s easy to get used to! I used a small narrow piece of tape to secure each roll. It was cleaner than attempting to glue each roll; and the tape can be easily hidden when attached to the frame.

For each roll, I laid it onto the frame so I knew when to stop. It helps to do this while you’re watching your favorite shows on TV.

After rolling all the strips, I glued each piece with a paint brush and decoupage medium one by one.

When you are finished adhering each roll, allow it to dry completely (about 15 minutes). Then, I used 2 coats of decoupage medium on top. Allow it to dry between coats.

Insert your picture, and there you have it! The perfect handmade gift!

About:

Dinah is a full time Mother and Blogger and has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Her blog, DIY Inspired, is a one stop resource containing tips and ideas for parties, home decorating, upcycling, and includes step-by-step photo tutorials for craft and do-it-yourself projects. DIY Inspired promotes repurposing through reinvention.

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Eco-Friendly Fashion Trends

Our everyday choices have a massive effect of our environment. We should all be conscious with the everyday decisions we make. In honor of Earth Day, check out these ways to be eco friendly and conscious of the fabrics you choose!

BAMBOO

Bamboo can be spun into all different fabrics! Why bamboo? It’s comfortable, durable and soft! Bamboo fabrics are static free and they don’t hold onto odors.

HEMP

Hemp doesn’t require industrial fertilizers or chemical pesticides to survive. Hemp fabric is durable and soft. Also it does not wrinkle!

ORGANIC COTTON

Organic cotton doesn’t use the harmful pesticides or other by products like regular cotton does!

Remember to be Eco-concious when choosing fabrics! Another way to be fashionable and eco friendly is to recycle, reuse and re-wear!

To read more about Eco Friendly Fashion visit catalogs.com

Images: 1, 2, 3

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Recycled Piggy Art Project

To continue our celebration of Earth Week here at Totsy, we found an adorable, easy and eco-friendly project for the kids! Inspiration from marthastewart.com, check out how to reuse an old bottle to help kids learn about saving!

You’ll Need:

  • Plastic bottle you no longer need (preferably a 2L soda bottles)
  • Construction paper
  • Patterned paper
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Four empty spool threads of the same size
  • Pipe-cleaner
  • Double-sided tape

Step-by-Step

  1. Be sure to thoroughly clean the plastic container and let it dry overnight.
  2. Cut out eyes, nostril holes and ears. Ears should have tabs on them for easier gluing.
  3. Attach eyes, ears, nose with double-sided tape.
  4. Tape patterned paper around the body.
  5. Hot glue empty thread spools for legs.
  6. Cut a slot out at the top for coins.
  7. Cut a hole at the bottom of the bottle and loop a pipe cleaner through.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Little Things

No matter where you are, the phrases “go green”, “eco-friendly”, and “environmentally conscious” are becoming more and more frequent. At Totsy, eco-responsibility is in our DNA. We recycle, take mass transit and plant trees – just to name a few. Whether you’ve been going green for a long time, or just starting out, we’ve compiled a list of green things you can do to change the world!

  • Shorter showers
  • Keep faucet off when brushing your teeth; encourage kids to do the same
  • Recycle everything – cell phones, paper, bottles, etc.
  • Use reusable bags
  • Hang dry your clothes
  • Let your hair air dry
  • Opt for paperless – credit card statements, bank statements
  • Unplug all appliances when you’re not using them
  • Keep a set of dishes and utensils at the office so you don’t use disposables
  • For dusting or cleaning, use old tees
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Looking for a new car? Get a hybrid
  • Buying groceries in bulk will reduce packaging
  • Purchase locally: farmer’s market
  • Purchase organic food that does not contain pesticides, harmful chemicals
  • Use cloth diapers
  • Select soy or beeswax candles instead of paraffin

These are just a few little things you can do that will impact our Earth in the future!

Tell us, what are some things you do to go green?

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Mommy Unplugged Winners!

Remember those witty cards by Mommy Unplugged? Let us refresh your memory…

  • Working late on Wall Street is easy compared to putting the kids to bed.
  • Yes, my kid is wearing a Batman costume in Shop Rite. I pick my battles.

Too funny right?! Well, Totsy and Mommy Unplugged teamed up to let moms from all over the country weigh in on their mommy-experiences and we wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing! It was a tough road to pick our winners, but here they are! Congrats!