Monday, August 31, 2015

Zucchini Banana Smoothie


Our family is all about smoothies.  It's such a great way to sneak even more fruits and vegetables past my kids. Since I had some zucchini and Chobani Greek yogurt left over from our Double Chocolate Zucchini muffins I decided to see if I could them in a smoothie. The result was a super simple and refreshing green smoothie.



Ingredients:
1/2 zucchini sliced
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup Chobani Vanilla Greek yogurt
1 cup ice
1 tsp cinnamon

Makes 2 cups

Just place all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  There's a lot of goodness packed into this smoothie with banana, zucchini, cinnamon and the protein rich Chobani yogurt you can't go wrong. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins


Summer is almost over and so is zucchini season.  I love baking with fruits and vegetables. It's one of my favorite ways to sneak in extra nutrition for my kids. The only way I can get my kids to eat vegetables for breakfast is by hiding them in muffins and breads. I especially love baking with zucchini because it doesn't have a strong flavor and it makes everything so moist and delicious. 

To boost these up a notch I decided to substitute Chobani Greek Yogurt for the oil in this recipe and the results were incredible. Greek yogurt is high in protein, low in fat and another way of making your baked goods a little more on the healthy side. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Linky Party August Back to School



Welcome back to the Party Gals Linky Party!  This week I'm sharing my Apple Bread Mason Jar mix.  I love to use this as a back to school teachers gift. It's easy to transport and the teachers always love it. For more back to school ideas Visit me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube to see more of my own personal faves  - use the hashtag #ThePartyGalsLinky"        


Every other Friday, visit any of us on our blogs to check out a fun party inspired project, idea, recipe or craft. We'll share all our tips and inspiration with you and what's even better is, you get to share your creativity with us too!  Each post will have a linky party tool at the very end where you can link up with other awesome creatives!

Here are more great Back to School ideas from the rest of the Party Gals:

We'd love for you to link up with us too!  Leave a link to a post with a creative idea, craft, diy, recipe or project you would like to share.  We'll select our favorites in a future post and on our Pinterest/Instagram page!

By participating in our linky party and leaving a link below, you give us permission to share your photo and idea on our blogs and social media pages with a link back to you (we promise).  Links to shops, contests, sweepstakes or giveaways will be removed from the party.  Please link to your own blogs and projects and be sure to leave a comment on your favorite projects!




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to School in Style



This post is sponsored by Zazzle and contains affiliate links.  I received free products in compensation for this post but as always all opinions are my own and my daughters. When Zazzle asked if I wanted to participate in their back to school blog campaign how could I say no.  With four kids back to school is one of our busiest times of the year and it's also one of the most important.  

I always try to make the transition back to school as positive an experience as possible.  I let them choose cute school supplies and buy a few new outfits for school.  I have them make a list of requests for back to school lunches and breakfast.  I also let them pick what special thing we do at the end of the first day.  One year we had a steak dinner on the first day (I'll never say no to that), last year we got ice cream.  Every year it's different but I always try to fit our activities to their favorite things.  

This year my youngest daughter Mara's favorite thing is her You Tube channel. I couldn't think of any way to incorporate that into her return to school until Zazzle stepped in and printed her You Tube logo on a cute T shirt and lunch box for her.  I don't know who was more excited about this.  This logo is near and dear to me.  My oldest daughter Marina sketched the bunny and then I redrew it and colored it as a digital illustration and created the You Tube banner around it.  This made Mara's logo a family effort and it turned out so adorable. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Party Gals Linky August Party

Welcome to the Party Gals Linky Party!  We're a group of  CREATIVE PARTY PLANNERS here to share with you our love of parties, entertaining, delicious recipes, DIY ideas and crafts!  Visit us every other Friday to see what's new in our party world and link up with us to share your own fabulous ideas!


Every other Friday, visit any of us on our blogs to check out a fun party inspired project, idea, recipe or craft. We'll share all our tips and inspiration with you and what's even better is, you get to share your creativity with us too!  Each post will have a linky party tool at the very end where you can link up with other awesome creatives!

To start things off, I'm sharing my "NOTEBOOK DOODLE Nail art" tutorial to help you get your nails ready for back to school. 





Visit me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter , Facebook and Youtube to see more of my own personal faves  - use the hashtag  #ThePartyGalsLinky" 

Here are more great back to school ideas from the rest of the Party Gals:

We'd love for you to link up with us too!  Leave a link to a post with a creative idea, craft, diy, recipe or project you would like to share.  We'll select our favorites in a future post and on our Pinterest/Instagram page!

By participating in our linky party and leaving a link below, you give us permission to share your photo and idea on our blogs and social media pages with a link back to you (we promise).  Links to shops, contests, sweepstakes or giveaways will be removed from the party.  Please link to your own blogs and projects and be sure to leave a comment on your favorite projects!



Saturday, August 1, 2015

Needle Felted Ice Cream Cone Necklace Tutorial





This post originally appeared on Design Dazzle as part of their 5th annual Summer Camp Series. Now I'm sharing it here along with our instructional video on how to needle felt an ice cream cone necklace. 




Saturday, July 25, 2015

Baker's Housewarming gift with Expressionery WRAPS


This post is sponsored by World Market Expressionery and Laura Kelly Designs. I received products and compensation for this post but as always I put my own creativity into it and all opinions and wording are my own. 

It's summer time and it seems like everyone is moving.  We live in a newer neighborhood and there is a moving van parked in front of a new house every week.  What better way to welcome a new neighbor than with a gift basket? One of my favorite gifts to give (or receive) is baked goods.  So when I was asked to be part of the Expressionery WRAPS blog campaign and creatively wrap a gift from World Market with pretty wraps from World Market and top it off with an Expressionery stamp. I thought wouldn't it be fun to create a housewarming gift basket with the baking tools for the recipe included.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Inspirations with the Party Gals linky party

Welcome to the Party Gals Linky Party!  We're a group of  CREATIVE PARTY PLANNERS here to share with you our love of parties, entertaining, delicious recipes, DIY ideas and crafts!  Visit us every other Friday to see what's new in our party world and link up with us to share your own fabulous ideas!
Every other Friday, visit any of us on our blogs to check out a fun party inspired project, idea, recipe or craft. We'll share all our tips and inspiration with you and what's even better is, you get to share your creativity with us too!  Each post will have a linky party tool at the very end where you can link up with other awesome creatives!

To start things off, I'm sharing my Lemon Ginger Shortbread recipe. 




The full recipe can be found here or you can watch my video tutorial below.


Visit me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter , Facebook and Youtube to see more of my own personal faves  - use the hashtag  #ThePartyGalsLinky" 

Here are more great Summery ideas from the rest of the Party Gals:
We'd love for you to link up with us too!  Leave a link to a post with a creative idea, craft, diy, recipe or project you would like to share.  We'll select our favorites in a future post and on our Pinterest/Instagram page!

By participating in our linky party and leaving a link below, you give us permission to share your photo and idea on our blogs and social media pages with a link back to you (we promise).  Links to shops, contests, sweepstakes or giveaways will be removed from the party.  Please link to your own blogs and projects and be sure to leave a comment on your favorite projects!