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Woodland Fall Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies

Woodland Fall Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies

Last weekend I was cruising the aisles of my local dollar store and I nearly had a heart attack. You know what I’m talking about, don’t lie! You spot something that you would have totally paid 10X the price for at a craft store. That was me. A set of 3 wreath forms (similar) for $4 and a bag of moss (similar) for $2! Color me inspired. I knew exactly how I’d be spending my afternoon — hunched over my craft table creating the perfect fall wreath with my dollar store scores!

Woodland Fall Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies

I grabbed my trusty glue gun and set to work. I opened up my bag of moss and tore out a large chunk and placed it at the center at the bottom of the wreath form. Using my hot glue gun, I made quite a few strips of glue to make sure the moss holds well through the fall wind storms we are sure to get here on the east coast. The bag of moss I bought also came with some little twigs and lichen so I placed them on the wreath to kind of look like little bushes. The pièce de résistance is the little tiny deer! Isn’t he cute? I didn’t glue him into the wreath because he’s my sons and he was already questioning me on why I needed it. I chose to just stick his little legs into the moss and it actually held really well.

Woodland Fall Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies

Woodland Fall Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies

What do you think? Cheap and cheerful, right? Plus tiny deer are always a good idea. Next week I’ll be sharing how my front porch is styled for the season. I always tend to stay away from the typical fall colors, so there’s a hint for you!

As much as I love a nice full floral wreath, I honestly can’t fathom spending a whole lot of money on beautiful flowers that are going to go outside on my door and brave the elements. Now, if it’s staying inside, I might drop some serious coin on some dried hydrangeas or some eucalyptus! Swoon!

Woodland Fall Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies

Do you have a dollar store that you stalk the aisles of for the best DIY supplies? I can’t be the only one…

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: Follow me on Instagram to see some more behind the scenes in my Insta-stories!

 

Food, Recipe

Easiest Ever Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Ah, September! Time to bust out the cozy sweaters and fall pumpkin candles…almost. Where I live, September is notoriously really muggy and still feels a lot like summer and what feels more like summer than a big honkin’ ice cream cone on the back deck. September is my birthday month so you best believe I won’t be doing some boring ice cream. I’me taking the famous two-ingredient no-churn ice cream recipe and turning it into a funfetti-filled birthday cake masterpiece. You ready?

I’m going to preface this by saying this is in no way healthy, clean, or good for you in any way shape or form. But it’s dang delicious and you only have a birthday once a year, so go for it!

If you’ve never heard of the two-ingredient no-churn ice cream, I’m about to blow your mind. All you need is a can of sweetened condensed milk and some whipped cream. Here’s how you do it:

1 14-oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream

In a large bowl, whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks start to form. Add your sweetened condensed milk and combine it with the whipped cream.

Now, this is the fun part. You can quite literally turn your vanilla ice cream base into anything you want.

For birthday cake ice cream, you’ll need some cake and sprinkles. For mine, I used some leftover chocolate cake (a great way to use up a cake that’s too dry!) but you can make up a cake with a box of cake mix. I broke up the cake into bite sized pieces and folded it into the ice cream base. I added my sprinkles on afterwards, but they’d be really good folded in, as well!

Pour everything into a container with a tight fighting lid. Freeze the mixture for about 6 hours.

And guess what! You’ll be able to scoop out the ice cream with an ice cream scoop. It’s the real deal, folks. Now dig in and enjoy. And party like it’s my birthday month!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

 

DIY & Home

Cheap Kitchen & Dining Lighting Finds on Amazon

Farmhouse Lighting on the Cheap

Several years ago when my husband and I wanted to update our builder basic lighting in our condo, we found it next to impossible to find lighting options that were budget-friendly, but still packed a punch. We ended up making our dining room and bedroom lights, but even still each light was close to $100 once all the material was bought. Not cheap!

I’m not sure if we were just ahead of our time and looking for something that just wasn’t readily available at our price point or if Amazon Prime has just taken over our lives and made it super easy to get virtually anything our little hearts desire. Here are a few of my faves:

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1 // 2 // 3 // // 5 // 6 // 7  // 8

 

Which one is your favorite?! I’m quite in love with number 5 and think that would be the most amazing light over our dining room table. I’m also on the hunt for a dreamy pendant to go above our sink. It’s so hard to choose just one. Can I have them all, please?

Are we friends on Instagram yet? Make sure you’re following me to catch what light we end up choosing. I’ll be sharing all the behind the scenes details over on my InstaStories!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

Food

My Crowd Pleasing Garden Fresh Zucchini Pesto Salad

Garden Fresh Zucchini Pesto Salad

When you can walk out to the garden and pick your ingredients to make your salad, you do it.

This summer we’ve had the pleasure of staying at our families cottage on Lake Ontario, spending our days frolicking with the kids and enjoying the wonderful veggies from the garden. When you can have your veggies this fresh, they somehow taste even better.

We had an abundance of Zucchini that needed to be used up and I was craving a nice fresh salad, so I whipped this dish up for the family and it took no time at all. Here’s what you need:

6 cups spiralized (or shredded) Zucchini

1 cup of Cherry Tomatoes, halved

3 Tbsp Pesto (home made or store bought!)

1 Tbsp of Olive Oil

Juice of half a Lemon

1 clove of Garlic, minced

1 Tbsp of Red Onion, minced

Spiralize (This is what we use to spiralize vegetables) your zucchini and put in a large serving bowl. Add in your halved cherry tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and red onion. Pour dressing over the salad and toss. Let sit for about an hour so the zucchini can absorb all the wonderful pesto goodness.

Garden Fresh Zucchini Pesto Salad

Garden Fresh Zucchini Pesto Salad

Garden Fresh Zucchini Pesto Salad

My Crowd pleasing Garden Fresh Zucchini Pesto Salad

If you are meat eaters, chopped up chicken or some fried shrimp would make an awesome addition to this salad. This salad can be served cold on a hot summers day or can be sauteed in a frying pan until the zucchini is nice and tender. Spiralized zucchini makes a great alternative to pasta!

This is a favorite salad over here. We love how quick it is to prepare and how the ingredients are in season and growing only steps from our door. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to be surrounded by such a wonderful bounty!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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DIY & Home

How to Easily Transform a Mid-Century Modern Telephone Table in Under an Hour

I first laid eyes on this vintage telephone table at a garage sale in my neighborhood. I paid $4 for it and packed it all the way home and just new it was going to be transformed into something fun, I just had no idea what I wanted to do. I had to wait until inspiration hit. After 2 years, I was finally ready to get down to work and get it painted. I wanted to go light and bright. I wanted to keep the metal details but get rid of the scratched up brown painted legs and laminated wood top. I finally made up my mind and went with

I finally made up my mind and went with Fusion Mineral Paint in Little Piggy for the legs and Picket Fence for the top. I taped off the metal details with green painters tape and began painting with synthetic bristle brushes.

I love how fresh and bright this paint made this little accent table. Finally, this piece looks like it actually belongs in our living room.

What do you think? Does it look better? I think so! I love how easy it is to take a tired little accent table and transform it into something you love and want to have in your home.

 

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

Food

Spicy Thai Chicken Drum Sticks with Hemp Hearts

Plain old chicken is boring, so why not shake things up a tad!? These drumsticks took no time to prepare but tasted like I’d slaved over them for hours, if I do say so myself. And we’re all friends here so I feel like I can be real and say I would never ever slave over ANYTHING for hours! 

All you need is:

Mix Toasted Hemp Seeds and bread crumbs in a bowl. Coat drum stick with Olive Oil. Completely coat each drum stick with mixture and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 425° for 25 minutes

Serve with a squirt of fresh lime and a nice big salad! Enjoy!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: Manitoba Harvest sent me product in order to do this post. See my full disclosure policy here.

 

Baby, DIY & Home

Quick & Easy Wood Baby Gym IKEA Hack

My favorite thing to do once the kids are both asleep is to kick back in the living room with a good HGTV show and a glass of fizzy water. But I just can’t truly relax until all the toys are put away. But there are some things that you just can’t put away. Like the IKEA Baby Gym, for instance.

Quick & Easy Wood Baby Gym IKEA Hack

We originally got this little gym from the in-laws for Oliver for him to use while we were staying at the cottage. He loved it! And eventually used it to learn how to stand up and then pushed it around the house for his first few steps. Fast forward to now, this little play gym has a few scratches and I’ll be honest, the color scheme is not my favorite.

I had some leftover Fusion Mineral Paint from the Tones for Tots collection that we used to fix up a chest of drawers that we found on the side of the road. It calls our living room home and hides all the toys out of sight. I had been eyeing up the play gym for quite some time, waiting for the right time to make my move. On a nice sunny day, I opened up the garage door and set to work! You can see the transformation in the video below:


Quick & Easy Wood Baby Gym IKEA Hack

Quick & Easy Wood Baby Gym IKEA Hack

Quick & Easy Wood Baby Gym IKEA Hack

 

Quick & Easy Wood Baby Gym IKEA Hack

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

Baby, DIY & Home

Toddler Jeans-into-Shorts Upcycle

I feel like it was only yesterday that I was trying to convince my toddler to go from shorts into jeans in the fall. Now I’m trying to coerce him out of jeans and into shorts and he’s just not having it! But it’s nearly 30 degrees and he’s way too hot. Enter JORTS. Jean shorts!

A perfect little DIY for those jeans that still fit in the waist but the length in the legs is just way too short. It’s a common problem with growing kids!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

Food

Spice Things Up a Little with Sriracha Avocado Toast & Hemp Seeds

Toasted Hemp Seeds are my newest fave way to top everything from avocado toast to a salad! Stick around to the end for the coupon code!

Sometimes I get tired of breakfast food and crave a little something spectacular! But honestly, I’m too busy in the morning to put too much effort into a fancy breakfast for myself. I mean, before kids we always made big delicious breakfasts and were able to take the time to craft something fancy. Lately, I’ve been on a quest to find ways to have some of those fancy pre-kid things in my life without having to sacrifice too much time or effort. Enter Toasted Hemp Seeds.

Manitoba Harvest sent me a bag of their Toasted Hemp Seeds in Sriracha and MAN! What a kick! A little sprinkle on top of my avocado toast and it was transformed into a brunch spectacular. I’ve also been adding Toasted Hemp Seeds to salads to kick things up a notch or sprinkle on top of a chicken stir fry for a little pizzazz, not to mention a big healthy dose of protein and omegas!

For this simple recipe, all you’ll need is:

Presidents Choice makes these awesome Avocado Chunks that are seriously a live saver for me. If you’re like me and it frustrates you to try and buy avocados that aren’t either under ripe or over ripe, these are for you. The chunks are individually frozen so I can just take out what I need and defrost it.

Once the avocado chunks are defrosted, I add 1 tablespoon of Mayonaise and mash up the avocado with a fork until it’s the consistency that I like. I like mine pretty smooth, but everyone is different! Once that’s all mixed you can scoop it out onto your toast and finish it off with a little sprinkle of Toasted Hemp Seeds. You can find these in Sea Salt flavor, too! The Sriracha is just enough spice. My toddler was even loving them and he lets me know when things are too spicy!

Want to grab some Toast Hemp Seeds for yourself?  Use this code: ToastedOnToast to receive 15% off the entire Manitoba Harvest website. The coupon code is good until July 31, 2017.

 

Like this recipe? You’ll love these protein packed overnight oats

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: I am a Hemp Ambassador for Manitoba Harvest and I was sent me some product to try. Opinions are 100% my own. See my full disclosure policy.

DIY & Home

Celebrating Canada 150 in our Lush Backyard Oasis

Canadians are pretty humble, but once every 150 years we like to brag just a little. We have such a gorgeous country and we are really proud to live here. Every summer on Canada Day when the weather is at it’s warmest, we celebrate Canada’s birthday This year is a really special milestone and over at our house, we aren’t letting this celebration go un-celebrated! Our backyard is feeling like the perfect spot to celebrate Canada’s Birthday.

This post is a part of the ECM #Canada150 Blog Hop where some of my fave East Coast bloggers are sharing everything from recipes and DIY ideas to activities and travel to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. So at the end of this post, click around and see how everyone else is celebrating this summer.

East Coast Mom Media Blogger Celebrate #Canada150

While our backyard is tiny, it is the perfect size for us and the kids. When we bought our townhouse, the patio was already installed and to be honest, it was a huge selling feature for me. I am a huge fan of having no grass to cut but still have lots of green space to enjoy. The best of both worlds! I know my husband is also thankful we don’t have the spend our weekends doing “YARD WORK”, whatever that is! Our first summer in our place we didn’t go crazy planting anything because we weren’t sure what kind of perennials would pop up. We were pretty surprised when we saw all the lush greenery, the bamboo shoots and the shade our lovely maple tree throws on the patio. I am the worst at keeping plants alive so the fact that our backyard and garden takes care of its self is really such a blessing!

During the warmer months, our back patio is just a continuation of our living space inside. On days when it’s just too hot to be inside, we’ll cook everything outside on the deck and eat out there under the shade of the maple tree. Getting a nice patio set was a priority for us so we could maximize the space. We found this awesome set that also has a bench seat so we have ample seating for the kids and any guests.

I hit up the thrift store to find some decor pieces to add to the table to make it feel more like the inside of our home. I didn’t want to spend much money on these pieces because I know I don’t want to have to bring everything in every night, so they are going to get a little worn. I’m in love with this vintage basket that plays double duty as a tray. The braided leather handles are my favorite! I love the detail. I also picked up a nice tall basket that I’m using to store all the kid’s summer toys so that I don’t have to look at a bunch of toys scattered everywhere. Once the kids are done outside, I can quickly zoom around and toss all the toys into this basket so it’s out of sight. I can’t relax until all the toys are picked up.

My son loves to paint and I love to watch him create, so this summer I’m keeping his easel right by the back door so I can easily bring it outside for him when he feels like painting. I love it because it means he’s doing a nice quiet activity and he can get as messy as he wants. As long as the paint is washable, have at it!

I think the greatest part about our little slice of the Canadian dream is that when you’re in our backyard, you wouldn’t even know it but you’re right downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s so nice and peaceful back here with the trees blowing in the wind and the birds tweeting away. Ahhhh, bliss!

What do you think? Want to come over and have some sparkling water or my new favorite fizzy iced coffees!?


Now on to the blog hop! See how my East Coast blogging friends are celebrating #Canada150!


 

 

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: This post contains affiliate links. See full disclosure policy for more information.