5 Ways to Decorate With White Picture Frames

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White picture frames make a big fashion statement in fine art framing. Their sleek, clean, simple look can be the perfect complement to virtually any type of décor, and can help to highlight nearly every kind of image, making art appear to float on the wall as opposed to being weighed down by heavy borders. White frames allow colors to pop and they don’t overwhelm a piece of artwork or any surrounding furnishings near which they have been displayed allowing the art to truly take center stage.

The following are some of the best ways to decorate through the use of white picture frames, regardless of what your current décor may be: from a country kitchen to a contemporary office.

  1. Revitalize old frames: If you have an old frame that you absolutely love, but it’s in the wrong color, then all you need is some paint. Turn a frame of any color into a white one that will either look fantastic highlighting a piece all on its own, or that will blend well with other frames (either for a uniform or eclectic style).
  2. Pair it with white picture ledges: For a genuinely crisp and clean look that allows the artwork to truly stand out, set white picture frames on white ledges, such as shelving or mantelpieces.
  3. Build contrast: When you are decorating a deep or rich colored room, or even one that has striking bright colors, then any image in a white frame will stand out in a highly appealing way. This is an easy way to complement other white accent pieces or to form a truly fascinating focal point in the room.
  4. Highlight kids’ masterpieces: Few things are more beautiful than the artwork that a child creates with love and pride. Show your budding artist how much you value his or her talent by custom framing your child’s artwork and displaying it in a white frame. It is the ideal style to allow primary colors to pop, and it ideally complements the innocence of a child’s artwork.
  5. Revitalize old frames: If you have an old frame that you absolutely love, but it’s in the wrong color, then all you Enhance modern lines: In a contemporary space, selecting a white picture frame with sleek, crisp lines can enhance the appearance of the modern style.

One final note is that white frames are appealing enough that they can be used as a part of décor, even without containing anything. A collage of similar or dissimilar white frames can make a stunning and eye catching wall display that is certain to appeal and to be quite the conversation topic. That type of arrangement can be created very affordably, which only boosts its attractiveness.

Laura Jajko is President of Marketing at AmericanFrame.com, the nation’s leading online source for custom frames, mat board, archival digital printing services and picture framing supplies. For inspiring picture framing and design ideas, visit her blog, A Good Frame of Mind; and join her on Twitter @laurajajko and .

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Stay Aware of Teens’ “Digital Diet” And Curb their Tech Addiction with Smart Parental Apps!

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The use of social and digital media is the necessary part of teen’s life today and there is nothing wrong in saying it’s their ‘digital diet’! It seems like they can’t spend even a single day without their gadgets and the Internet. We spent our childhood playing outside and we didn’t need the Internet to keep us busy. But unfortunately, today’s children are least interested in physical activities and real life communication. Living in the same home, they might text you to make their breakfast ready. And that would definitely annoy you at some point. Ignoring their addiction today can harm them tomorrow, so try to step up against the digital addiction and give your best in stopping such abuse!

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Kellogg’s Origin Gift Basket Giveaway With an Amazon Gift Card

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Kellogg's-Origins

When it comes to Kellogg’s we think of Special K, Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, and many other delicious and good for you cereals. Well, Kellogg’s either stepped into a time machine and went back to Ancient Times, or they just decided to bring the ancient grains back into the 21st Century. It’s definitely the latter, since I don’t think anyone has created the time machine yet…yet. You’re probably wondering what in the world am I talking about right? Well, I’m talking about Kellogg’s Origins available in Cereal, Granola, and Muesli. If you’re a health nut, or trying to become healthy, then you probably already know what muesli is. If you don’t allow me to explain what all three are. The following information below was provided by Kellogg’s.

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Kellogg’s Origins – Granola

  • Kellogg’s Origins Ancient Grains Granolahelps introduce ancient grains to consumers with a crunchy, satisfying mix of whole ancient and traditional grains (oats, barley, wheat, spelt, rye), fruits (raisins, apples, cranberries), pumpkin seeds, and almonds.

 

  • Kellogg’s Origins Ancient Grains Granola is available in two flavors: Raisin Apple and Cranberry Almond with Pumpkin Seeds. It comes in resealablepouches that make it convenient to nourish your body, even on the go.

 

 

Kellogg’s Origins – Cereal

  • Kellogg’s Origins Ancient Grains Blendcereal combines whole ancient grains (Kamut® Brand khorasanwheat, spelt, quinoa) with whole traditional grains (wheat, brown rice, barley, bran) to provide a healthy, delicious breakfast experience.

 

  • Kellogg’s Origins Fruit & Nut Blend cereal delights with hearty flakes of whole grain wheat, milled corn, and toasted whole grain oats mixed with cranberries and walnuts.

 

  • Both new cereal offerings come packaged in box with a clear view window, which highlights all of the colorful and wholesome ingredients.

 

 

Kellogg’s Origins – Muesli

  • Kellogg’s Origins Muesliis packed with nutritious whole grains (rolled oats, wheat, rye, spelt, barley), fruits (raisins, apricots, cranberries, dates), nuts (cashews, almonds), and pumpkin seeds.

 

  • A European breakfast staple for over 100 years, muesli is versatile and can be eaten with milk or yogurt, soaked overnight in the refrigerator in water or fruit juice to soften, or served hot with water or milk. It can also be enjoyed as a light evening snack.

 

  • Kellogg’s Origins Muesli is available in two flavors: Apricot Cashew Raisin Coconut with Almonds and Raisin Apricot Cranberry with Pumpkin Seeds and comes in resealable pouches

 

 I was definitely curious to give the Muesli a try. I have heard that my aunts and cousins in Italy love it and have eaten it since they were children, so it only made sense that I would give it a try. I tried it and loved it. If I could describe it, I’d ay it would be like eating oatmeal. The only difference is that it’s delicious both cold or hot – and my is it filling! Now I don’t want you to just take my word for it. Kellogg’s is giving one of my lucky readers a chance to win a Kellogg’s Origin Gift Basket. In it will Include a 3 pack of Kellogg’s Origins, an adorably decorated mason jar – good for taking your Origins granola, cereal, or muesli with you while you’re on the go – and a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Kellog's-Origins-Giveaway-Feature If you don’t want to wait and see if you’re a winner, then you can pick up Kellogg’s Origins at Kroger, Meijer, Safeway, Hannaford and select Walmart locations.  They retail for $4.59 or 2 for $6! That a total save of $3.18! Woohoo! To win this gift basket please use the form below. Scroll down to read the full giveaway rules.

 

OFFICIAL RULES
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  1. HOW TO ENTER: The Kellogg’s Origins Blogger Giveaway (“Giveaway”) is an online-only Giveaway. Giveaway begins on 8:00:00 AM (ET) on 6/22/15 and ends at 12:00:00 PM (ET) on 6/28/15 (“Promotion Period”). To enter the Giveaway, go to Adventures of the Mommy Homemaker (“Blog Website”) during the Promotion Period and follow the online instructions to complete your entry. Entry into the Giveaway is free.
All entries become the property of Adventures of the Mommy Homemaker (“Sponsor”), will not be returned and may be shared with Kellogg Company for promotional purposes. Limit one (1) entry per person for the Giveaway – regardless of number of blogs visited. In the event of a dispute regarding entries, any entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry, provided that person meets all eligibility requirements set forth in these Official Rules. “Authorized Account Holder” means the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Entrants may not participate with multiple e-mail addresses, nor may entrants use any device or artifice to enter multiple times or as multiple entrants. Any entrant who attempts to enter with multiple e-mail addresses, under multiple identities or uses any other device or artifice to enter multiple times will be disqualified from participation in the Giveaway and all entries submitted by that entrant will be void. Only fully completed entries are eligible. Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for any change of mailing address, email address, and/or telephone number of entrants.
  1. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Employees of Adventures of the Mommy Homemaker, Kellogg Company, their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate.
  1. WINNER SELECTION: Winner will be selected in a random drawing using random.org no later than 6/29/15 from among all eligible entries received by the Sponsor or its designee, whose decisions are final and binding. Winner will be notified by email. In the event the Sponsor is unable to contact the winner within forty-eight (48) hours of first notification attempt, prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected.
  1. PRIZE/APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (ARV)/ODDS: One (1) Grand Prize – Winner will receive a Kellogg’s Origins Prize Pack consisting of: three (3) new Kellogg’s Origins products (one (1) of each of the following: cereal; granola; and mueslis); one (1) $50 Amazon Gift Card; and one (1) Mason Jar. Total ARV of prize $68.36. Gift card is subject to the terms and conditions associated with it use. Odds of winning depend on total number of eligible entries received. Unclaimed prize will not be awarded. All applicable federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. Limit one (1) prize per person for each Blogger Giveaway.
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  1. WINNER’S LIST: For name of winner, send an email to (pr@themammahomemaker.com) by 7/31/15 with the following included in the subject line: Kellogg’s Origins Blogger Giveaway – Winner’s List. Winner’s list to be available after 6/30/15
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Eating Healthy Even at a Cookout

Eating Healthy Even at a Cookout

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUBBA Burger for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have a friend who recently started eating a more vegetarian diet. He was diagnosed with a health condition and part of the treatment is to make sure he is eating as many fruits and veggies as he can and staying away from red meat. It kind of hit him hard since he is a meat and potato, pass the steak, and I’ll have a burger kind of guy. And while he has been trying really hard to eat the way he should, he is finding it hard to stay within his healthy eating lifestyle. Especially when everyone around him is having cookout food, like burgers and hot dogs.

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Finding Your Me Moment During Summer

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One of the things I hear most from other moms is that how crazy things get in the summer. The kids are home all day; there are added activities and time spend going on vacation. The house seems to get messier with the kids home; there is more grocery shopping. For most moms, as much as they love the extra time with the kids and not having to deal with school responsibilities, it can be extremely hard to get in any of those “me moments”.

The best way I have found to find some me time during the summer is to either incorporate it in something that is keeping the kids entertained already, where they won’t miss me being involved in the first place. For us, the best way to get a break from the kids is when I am taking them to the pool. And making a poolside survival bag helps me not mind taking them to the pool.

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How to Plan a Vacation on a Budget

How to Plan a Vacation on a Budget

If you want to get out and about with the family, but you’re on a budget, I’ve put together a guide for how to plan a vacation without going broke. It’s important to know how to plan a vacation with the least expense possible if you want to take a trip without breaking the bank.

How to Plan a Vacation on a Budget

How to Plan a Vacation – Budgeting Tips

If you want to know how to plan a vacation without paying out the nose, it’s important to think about how you can save money. Here are a few ways you can save money while taking a vacation.

Drive or Fly?

When you destination is close enough, driving is cheaper than flying. Of course, you’ll have to pay for gas, but gas is still cheaper than tickets, bag check fees, and the like. Flying is great, don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t drive cross-country, but I would drive if it was only a few hundred miles.

Book in Advance

If you know you’re headed to a destination that requires you to fly, book your flight early. The earlier you book, the cheaper it will be, generally speaking.

Take Snacks

Want to know how to plan a vacation and save some money? Take snacks! Taking your own food is a great way to save money. Rather than stopping at a restaurant for every meal, take along your own food supplies. Sandwich items, snacks, trail mix, or whatever your family may love is far cheaper than stopping at a restaurant to eat three times a day.

Choose Hotels Wisely

Most likely, you know what route you’ll be taking if you’re driving, and you definitely know where you’re headed if you’re flying. So plan ahead for your accommodations. Research hotels along the way, and schedule check ins with a hotel that is both affordable and that also has a free breakfast. This covers you on two fronts: a great hotel rate and a free breakfast. It’s a great way to save if you’re thinking about how to plan a vacation on a budget.

Use Apps

There are a variety of apps out there that can help you save money on your vacation. These apps can help you with everything from finding a hotel to the best gas prices on the road if you’re flying.

  • GasBuddy: GasBuddy is a great app when traveling. It looks for the cheapest gas prices in an area and gives you the scoop on where to get it.
  • Hotel Tonight: Hotel Tonight helps you get last minute deals on hotel rooms. So if for some reason you were delayed or you weren’t able to get your hotel ducks in a row, this can be a great resource to get a good deal at the last second.
  • Hotels.com: This is an app that will help you find a great hotel at a great price. This is key if you want to know how to plan a vacation on a budget, because hotels can be a costly travel expense.

How to Plan a Vacation on a Budget – It’s Easy

If you want to know how to plan a vacation on a budget, it’s as easy as doing a little homework. Budgeting is all about planning ahead and cutting costs wherever possible, and it’s actually pretty easy to do that with vacationing. So if you want to know how to plan a vacation on a budget, just follow these tips, and you’ll have a strong foundation for savings.

 

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Avenger Pinwheel Cookies

Avenger Pinwheel Cookies

Avengers: Age Of Ultron is hot right now and everyone is talking about how it’s the most epic movie of the year. Have you been to see it yet? Even if you haven’t, I have a fun treat that is inspired by the Avengers! These Avengers Pinwheels that are inspired by Thor will delight kids and adults as part of an Avengers themed get together.

Avenger Pinwheel Cookies

Even though these cookies are colored red and black for Thor, you could make other themed pinwheel cookies for the rest of the Avengers:

Hulk – Green and Purple

Ironman – Red and Blue

Black Widow – Red and Black

Captain America – Red , White and Blue

Avengers – Red and Grey

The possibilities with a simplistic cookie are endless.

This recipe is super simple and the kids will love being able to make them with you. Who knows where the possibilities and conversation in the kitchen will take you!

Thor‘s” Pinwheel Cookies

Pinwheel Cookie Recipe:

5 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 C unsalted butter
2 C sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Black and Burgundy gel food coloring

Pinwheel Cookie Directions:

– Cream the soft margarine with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
-Add all 4 eggs at one time…Continue to mix.
-Add the vanilla.. Continue mixing.
-Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together.
-Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
-Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
-Divide the batter in half.
-Place batter in two separate bowls.
-In bowl #1 add the Black gel food coloring. Using your hands work the black color throughout the entire ball of batter. Make sure all of the batter is colored black.
-In bowl #2 add the Burgundy gel food coloring. Using your hands work the burgundy color throughout the entire ball of batter. Making sure all of the batter is colored burgundy.
-Remove each of the balls of colored batter from their bowls and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
-Refrigerate for at least one hour.
-After the hour remove from the refrigerator.
-Select your main color which will be the outside roll of the pinwheel.
-Flour 2 cutting boards and rolling pin.
-Taking the primary color for your pinwheel cookies, toss some flour on it.
-Using your flour coated rolling pin.. roll out the batter leaving it on the flour coated cutting board.
-Taking your secondary colored batter, toss some flour on it, using  the floured rolling pin roll out the batter.
-Using a metal spatula to lift out that rolled out batter.
-Lay that batter on the top of your primary batter.
-Using the rolling pin roll the two together… Cut away any extra batter.
-Roll the combined chilled  batter into one log.
-Wrap the log with plastic wrap closing each of the ends.
-Place the freezer for about an hour.
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
-Take out of the freezer, removing the plastic wrap, cutting the batter into 2 inch pieces, keeping the shape of a circle.
-Place the cut slices on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
-Bake at 325 degrees for 13 minutes.
-Cool.

Avenger Pinwheel Cookies

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Turkey, Avocado, BLTs

Turkey, Avocado, BLTs

This post is sponsored by Arnold® Healthfull® Bread. I received a gift card and coupons to help complete this post. All thoughts are my own.

 

Sandwiches in my house are a staple. There is nothing better than a good sandwich. It is great on a cold day as a great comfort meal. And it is great as a light meal on a hot day. Sandwiches are great for lunch or in a hurry at dinner time. So in my house, sandwiches are a staple.

The only problem with sandwiches is that I have been trying to stay away from processed white bread and my kids turn their noses up at whole wheat bread. They think it tastes like card board. I love who wheat bread because I know there is some actual nutrition going on when I am eating it. But I don’t want my whole wheat bread to taste like card board either, and least face it, there are some brands that really taste awful.

That is why I like to use Arnold® Healthfull® Bread. This bread features 100 percent whole grain flour, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and just 80 calories. It isn’t cut thick like some whole wheat breads and is still has a fluffy texture that the kids can enjoy. Arnold® Healthfull® Bread is the first whole what bread my kids will eat that does not come with a bunch of complaints.

One of our favorite sandwiches is a Turkey Avocado BLT. The Arnold® Healthfull® Bread holds up great to the loaded ingredients of this sandwich and adds great flavor.

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Make A Garden Bird Bath- Flower Pot Crafts

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We love birds. We love to search out bird sanctuaries to look for birds to watch. We have bird houses around the yard and lots of bird feeders. Since I have always loved making things to decorate the yard, and I really love flower pot crafts, I decided to make a bird bath as a flower pot craft.

Especially after making the topsy turvy flower pots recently, I wanted to make something for the birds that would kind of go with my theme of flower pots. This flower pot bird bath came together in no time and was extremely easy to do.

DIY bird bath flower post crafts garden crafts

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China’s 3 Least Tourist Friendly Cities

China's 3 Least Tourist Friendly Cities

China’s 3 Least Tourist Friendly Cities

In 2013 Conde Nast Traveler magazine issued their annual readers’ choice survey. Both Shenzhen and Guangzhou made the list as the world’s unfriendliest cities (in the 14th and 11th position respectively). A year later the same survey conducted by the same publication ranked Beijing as the 6th unfriendliest city in the world. Conde Nast Traveler’s annual survey is hardly a scientific study. Not to mention the fact that the term “unfriendly” can be interpreted in any number of ways. We investigate all three destinations and highlight some of the sights worth seeing.

 

Shenzhen, China

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Situated on the border with Hong Kong Shenzhen was a relatively small fishing and farming community just a few decades ago. But in 1979 it was declared China’s first Special Economic Zone. Today it has the population of 7 million and according to the 2010 survey conducted by Forbes its population density is 5th highest in the world.

 

Shenzhen might not be on the international travellers’ radar but it is a popular destination for the domestic tourists. The main lure for the many Chinese tourists are a number of amusement parks located in the city (Window of the World, Splendid China & Chinese Folk Culture Village or Happy Valley Theme Park to name a few). Shenzhen also boasts the title of one of the greenest cities in China with many parks scattered all over the city (some of the parks include Fairy Lake Botanical Gardens, the Lianhua Mountain Park and Wutong Mountain National Park – a destination popular with the hikers). In Shenzhen you can also hit the beach, treat yourself to a relaxing treatment at one of the city’s many (and affordable) spas or do a spot of shopping.

 

Guangzhou, China

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Guangzhou is the third largest city in China and the capital of the Guangdong Province with the population of 11 million residents. The city itself was founded in 214 BC and it is a wonderful mix of old and new. In Guangzhou you can explore any number of historical sights, museums and other landmarks and then shop for any goods imaginable. Do your best not to balk at the vast difference in price compared to the goods you can get at home. Guangzhou is the birthplace of the Cantonese cooking and also boasts the title of having the highest number of restaurants per capita. Whether it is dim sum, Siu Mei or White Cut Chicken – you are bound to leave Guangzhou a few pounds heavier than on arrival.

 

Beijing, China

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Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, the country’s second biggest city and home to 21.5 million people. This sprawling metropolis boasts magnificent sights such as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. An hour outside of Beijing you will find the Great Wall of China (it might not be visible from the Moon, but it is a sight that should be included on any itinerary). Haggle in the markets (it is expected), pop into one of the many restaurants scattered all over the city or enjoy some of the local street food while out and about. Bear in mind that pollution is a big problem in Beijing and on the days when the dust storms hit you should wear a surgical mask if you want to protect your respiratory system.

If you plan to visit China visa is required (if you plan to visit Hong Kong or Macao, it is not required to apply for a visa). For travel to China visas are valid for 3 months. Passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your visa application and it should have at least 2 blank pages.

Upon arrival to China it is required for all foreign nationals to register with the nearest Public Security Bureau within 24 hours. If you are staying at a hotel the process is completed by the hotel staff on check-in.

As of January 1st 2014 UK residents who are in transit and travel via Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang and Dalian airports to a third country can enter China visa free under the 72-hour visa waiver program. Do enquire at your nearest Chinese embassy on what kind of visa you will need to apply for.

 

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