The BEST Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

  
These guys are so simple and delicious, they are the reason me and my hubby buy a pumpkin to carve! 

Recipe: 

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • 1 TBS melted butter
  • 1 splash worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Rinse the seeds to remove all the pulp ( I do this in a strainer and then pick out the pulp), then dump in a towel and pat dry then lay out on a patchment lined baking sheet over night to dry (DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP they have to dry out to get that crunch and not be slimy, this is also how you get all your flavor to really soak in).

Next day melt your butter and add the other 3 ingredients stirring to combine. Add the seeds to the bowl containing the melted butter and seasonings and toss them till they are all coated. Pour out on the parchment lined baking sheet and spread out. Bake at 325 for 24 mins stirring every 12 mins. Cool on paper towels on a wire rack and then store in an air tight container. Enjoy!!

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The 10 Best Easy Baby DIY

  Hi Everybody!

On Todays HomeBase Podcast episode I shared my list of DIY stuff for babies! This list is amazing for two reasons: one being I use all of these items so I can vouch for their success! And secondly they are all SUPER EASY! I don’t know about you all but some DIYs get a little overwhelming and not really practical with a busy mamma schedule, but not this list! And if you don’t believe me then you should come check us out over on Periscope @homebasepodcast where I will be sharing videos and answering questions for all of these DIYs down below here! Also you can listen to this weeks podcast episode on iTunes or wherever you listen to your podcasts, unless………”shudder”……you aren’t listening to podcasts, which in that case you are seriously missing out! But listen to this weeks episode to hear me walk you guys through how to do these amazing DIYs. So lets get on to the list!

Easy Baby DIYs:

1. Gripe Water – http://mymerrymessylife.com/2013/07/homemade-gripe-water-for-colic-in-babies.htmlAll Natural Homemade Gripe Water for Colic in Babies

2. Homemade Puffs – http://kanganrue.com/2015/02/03/diypuffs/

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3. Infant Pancakes – http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/babycerealpancakes.htm

Baby cereal pancakes....so i can use up the million boxes of rice cereal I have in the pantry!

4. Cheerio Necklacehttp://www.raisingmissmatilda.com/2014/03/mom-tip-keeping-kids-occupied-while-you.html

Cherrios necklace: entertainment and a snack

5. Sensory Bottles, Jars, and Rattles – I go into more detail about how to make these and different ideas for them in this weeks episode so go to the post before this one to take a listen!

Baby sensory bottles! Trial size baby shampoo bottles filled with glitter, water, food coloring and then hot glued shut. Sooo cute!

6. Egg Carton – There are countless things you can do with egg cartons! My 8 month old just enjoys playing with it as is…….I don’t think you can get an easier DIY! But here are a few other great ideas for egg carton usage.

Recycle your egg cartons by using them to hold paint while your kiddos are crafting.Pirate Ship Craft - Egg Carton Craft this actually stays together pretty good looks good on my mantel but did not over do stickers only a pirate symbol on sailStarting seeds in eggshells

7. Diaper Cream and Baby Wipes – http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/08112015-easy-eco-friendly-baby-toiletries-for-crunchy-mamas/

Little Miss Perfectionist: DIY Natural diaper cream.

8. Squishy Bagshttp://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2012/07/fun-with-sensory-bags.html

I filled a clear ziplock bag with one bottle of clear hair gel which I also purchased from The Dollar Tree, and then tossed in Rosie's light table letters. Rosie loves being asked to find letters. She will squish the contents around until she is able to locate the letter asked, and then quickly asks for me to give her another.

9. Edible Paint (that tastes good!) – http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/04/scented-homemade-edible-paint.html

Scented Edible No-Cook Fingerpaint Recipe for Babies and Toddlers from Fun at Home with Kids

10. Nursing Cover / Infinity Scarf – http://www.babble.com/style/diy-infinity-scarf-that-doubles-as-a-nursing-cover/

DIY Infinity Scarf (That Doubles as a Nursing Cover)

So there you go guys! I could have added so many more but I wanted to try and keep it to a realistic number, plus these are THE BEST OF THE BEST!

I want to say thank you to these blogs that have provided my inspiration today. Hopefully a few of you out there are inspired to go DO IT YOURSELF! It doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming to be amazing and fun! The only thing that I talked about on the podcast that is not listed here is my Applesauce Recipe which you can go watch me make here: http://www.katch.me/homebasepodcast. Also I wanted to list the Twitter handles of the lovely ladies that provided todays pictures and links so you can all go follow them and see what other amazing posts they got: @MerryMessyLife @kanganrue @itsmomtastic @GrowJewelRose @FunatHomeKids @BabbleEditors @BabyCenter @lenyak123

Alright everyone have a great week and go create something!

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Sleep Deprived? Get Energized!

  
On this weeks HomeBase Pidcast episode, I shared with you all that I am suffering from some sleep deprivation (that’s what happens when you have a 7 month old that is going through sleep training.) So what did I do? Compiled a list of tips of course! Then I shared them with all of you! Below is the written out list, but for more details just listen to this weeks fabulous episode! 

How To Get Energized!

1. Drink Tea! – if you are breastfeeding and trying to avoid some caffeine, tea is a great way to get a little boost without the large caffeine splurge! If you’re pregnant be sure to avoid green tea. 

2. Snack – eat a healthy snack for a little pop of protein that will keep you going! Here are some great suggestions: Avocado, Nuts, Hard Boiled Eggs, and Fresh Fruit.

3. Diffuse Essential Oils – some great oils to diffuse in your house that are guaranteed to give you a little pep in your step are Lime (my favorite), Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, and Tangerine. 

4. Exercise – this is a sure fire way to get a energy boost! I love getting 10-20 minutes of exercise a day either while my baby is napping or in his bouncer. My favorite way to exercise is running in place on my rebounder, which easily folds up and slides under my couch! 

5. Nap While Your Kids are Napping! – this may not be how you want to spend your “free” time but trust me if you’re trying to catch up on some lost sleep, this is the best way!