Easy Apple Sauce Recipe

Easy Homemade Applesauce with Only Three Ingredients 

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Easy Apple Sauce Recipe

Homemade applesauce is truly is one of the easiest and most delicious snacks you can make from scratch, and it doesn’t take much time at all. You can use apple sauce in many different ways, even as a substitute for certain ingredients. It is also very healthy, adding shine to your hair, a slimmer waist, and a feeling of contentment.

The following recipe is very easy to follow and uses basic, minimal ingredients. It is practical no fail. It also doesn't contain any sugar as the apples used already had enough sweetness. If you use a more less sweet tasting apple you may need a little sugar.


4 medium sized apples
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Peel, core, and either chop or chunk apples.
2. Place apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon in a saucepan and combine.
3. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, or until apples are soft.
4. Mash with a fork or whisk until desired smoothness is reached. You can also blend the mixture if you want a more puree result.
5. Serve. Try adding applesauce to the following foods as a condiment: oatmeal, pancakes, or yogurt.

Easy Apple Sauce Recipe

Have you ever tried making your own applesauce?

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Epic: The leading eBook subscription service for kids

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As you may know, if you're not raising natural bookworms, getting kids to read can be a major challenge. Sometimes kids only have certain interests at a time. For instance, at the moment my two boys both enjoy any stories about animals. It is not always easy finding specific book when out shopping. It can even be a challenge online, at times. This is where Epic! comes in.

Epic!, for those of you who don't know, is this amazing digital library for kids 12 and under. It's basically a Netflix for kids' books. You can read it on your computer or laptop as well as any mobile device so it's perfect for long car rides, reading aloud at home and vacations, too! Even if you just need some ME time ;)

Plus, teachers love Epic! too. In fact, Epic! is being used in 70% of U.S. elementary schools! So you know it's a resource that's actually working!

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Indoor Family Fall Activities

10 Indoor Fall Activities to Enjoy as a Family

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Indoor Family Fall Activities

There are days throughout the entire year where you cannot go outside due to bad weather. Fall season is no exception. As the cold begins to move in families tend to spend more time inside than outside.These days can be quite dull, especially if you have children. Children want to be outside playing and having fun everyday. So what can you do as a parent when you have children stuck inside for an entire day.

1. Pancake breakfast with a variety of toppings to pick from. Before whipping up your pancakes lay out a variety of toppings such as fresh cream, yogurt, and jam. You can also slice up some bananas, strawberries, or peaches. Don't forget to include the traditional maple syrup, honey, and butter.

2. Have a fall themed scavenger hunt. This one can be prepared during a previous day when the weather is nice outside. Collect some items such as acorns, different colored leaves, sticks, small rocks, feathers and place them around the home. Give out a list and everyone collect the items.

3. Bowl. Empty plastic water or soda bottles and a tennis ball are all you need. If you cannot get the bottles to stand well upright just add a little water in each one.

4. Build. Using any materials such as cardboard boxes, pieces of wood, or empty containers work together in building a project.

5. Have an indoor picnic lunch. Choose Foods and drinks that you would normally take on an outdoor picnic. Spread a blanket and enjoy a simple meal together.

6. Decorate your home. Make a fall banner, a door wreath, change the table centrepiece to represent the fall season. Using items such as acorns, dried leaves, fake pumpkins, and candles will make your home feel more warm for the season.

7. Bake some sugar cookies and allow everyone to help decorate. Using food coloring mix up some fall colors for icing.

8. Create a family tree. For each family member draw a fall colored leaf. Use this time to talk with your children about family and ancestors.

9. Donate goods. Take a good look throughout your home including the pantry and bedroom closets. Remove anything that is no longer any use and donate it to various organizations

10. Watch a fall theme movie together. Some great classics include Charlotte's Webb, Babe, and Open Season. Don't forget to make some popcorn and serve with hot chocolate and marshmallows.

Indoor Family Fall Activities

What kinds of indoor activities does your family enjoy during the fall  season?

CustomInk's Be Good Campaign

CustomInk's Be Good to Each Other Campaign

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On August 30, 2016, CustomInk kicked off its sixth annual Be Good to Each Other bullying prevention campaign. The campaign unites and encourages people of all ages to take a stand against bullying by promoting kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Now through October 31, CustomInk will donate profits from the sales of bullying prevention t-shirts to benefit PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center in its efforts to engage, educate, and unite communities nationwide.

CustomInk has partnered with a roster of prominent celebrities ranging from actors to athletes to design limited edition t-shirts as part of the campaign. Influencers were encouraged to use the word, "Be" to create their own inspirational message to be featured on a shirt. Phrases include "Be Unique" (Charlie Puth, platinum Recording Artist), and "Be an Includer, Not an Excluder" (Lizzy Greene, Actress).

Now anyone can customize their own bullying prevention t-shirts! If you are planning to run your own bullying prevention event, CustomInk has a wide variety of customizable templates  so that you can create custom t-shirts for your school, club, or community group.

To see more, head on over to CustomInk's Be Good Campaign!

Clever Uses for Old Newspapers

20 Reasons to Keep Old Newspapers

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Clever Uses for Old Newspapers

Newspapers are known to pile up quickly. While they are recyclable you might want to hang on to some. Newspapers are very absorbent material making them very useful to have around the home. In fact using them around the home can save you money as they work well as an alternative to more expensive cleaning materials.

Here are some clever ways to use old newspapers around your home.

1. Disposable tablecloth. If you are eating messy foods such as lobster or watermelon, simply place food over lined newspaper. Once you have finished eating toss it away with the scraps.

2. Strain greasy foods. Line a plate and place fried foods such as potatoes to soak up excess cooking oil.

3. Ripen tomatoes. Individually wrap green tomatoes in pieces of newspaper, layer them in a box and put a lid on top. They will ripen up to a lovely red color. This also works with bananas, mangoes, and avacodoes.

4. Keep the produce drawer dry. Prevent rotting fruits or vegetables and foul-smelling produce drawers in the fridge by lining the drawers with newspaper. The paper will absorb any excess moisture. Once a week, toss the old paper and line the drawer with a fresh sheet.

5. Eliminate odors from the fridge. Spray a few sheets of newspaper with water, crumple them into balls and then tuck them into corners and drawers overnight to soak up bad smells. To prevent odors in the future, line your fridge drawers with newspaper and replace once a week.

6. Deodorize food containers. Stuff a balled up piece of newspaper inside, close the lid and leave overnight.

7. Clean windows. Using newspaper to clean windows works better than a cloth for preventing streaks. For even better results, use a vinegar and water solution instead of a chemical cleaner.

8. Clean up spills. Save some money on paper towels. The newspaper absorbs just as much.

9. Clean your oven. Don’t waste paper towels on cleaning up any residue in your oven. Instead wipe it up with a few sheets of moistened, crumpled paper.

10. Protect surfaces. Place some newspaper over tables and carpets while your little ones are painting.

11. DIY pinata. Using balloons as a form, cover with strips of newspaper dipped in a thin mixture of flour and water. Allow to harden. Insert a pin to pop the balloon. Make a small hole and decorate your form. Then fill with candy and treats.

12. Packing material. Newspaper is a great substitute for bubble wrap. To pack a box with fragile contents, first wrap the items individually. Place them in the box, separated by crumpled paper.

13. Help your shoes and handbags retain their shape by stuffing loosely wadded newspapers in them. This will also absorb bad odors making them a cheap deodorizing agent.

14. Dry wet shoes or boots. Stick crumpled newspaper in the shoes overnight and let it draw out the moisture.

15. Clean the barbecue. Turn off the barbecue and allow it to cool a little. Soak newspaper in water, lay the sheets over the warm barbecue grill, close the lid and leave for an hour or two. Then simply remove the paper and wipe the grill clean.

16. Germinate seeds for your garden. Spread seeds between damp sheets of newspaper.

17. Kill weeds. If weeds are a problem in your garden, cover the flower beds with newspaper and soak them with water. Then cover the paper with compost or mulch. Eventually the paper will smother the weeds, and the organic matter will help your garden flourish.

18. Add to a compost. Newspaper works well in balancing out the vegetables in your compost pile and also helps get the carbon/nitrogen mixture just right.

19. Animal bedding. Instead of purchasing expensive over-the-counter animal bedding for your hamsters, guinea pigs, or rabbits, just cut up newspaper. It’s safe and nontoxic, plus it’s inexpensive.

20. Kindling. Save newspaper to help you easily start a fire in a fireplace. You can also roll them up tightly and tie them up, making a fire log out of the newspaper.

Clever Uses for Old Newspapers

Do you keep your old newspapers for other uses?

Mixbook Holiday Calendars and Cards

Mixbook Has a Great Selection of Holiday Calendars and Cards 

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Mixbook Holiday Calendars and Cards

Yesterday was the first day of Fall, and yet another reminder that 2016 is flying by. Before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us and we will get countless reminders to connect with family and friends to give updates from the past year. Get a head start on the hustle and bustle and let Mixbook help you create beautiful holiday cards to share with your loved ones.

With so much to do and so many people to see, don’t let a project like this slow you down. Use the Mixbook's Quick Card Editor to whiz through the process in under 10 minutes! Choose from thousands of professionally designed card themes then personalize it to your heart's content. Alternatively, start from scratch and choose from beautifully rounded trim edges, countless background designs, and matching address labels for the DIY custom card you’ve been imagining.

Prices start at just $0.69. Act fast and take advantage of a BOGO card & calendar deal exclusive to affiliates. Mix and match calendars and cards to get the equal or lesser value item free with the code FALLBOGO.

Here is a preview of some of the calendars and cards to choose from:





Which one is your favorite holiday calendar or card?

Health Benefits of Figs

15 Reasons Why You Should Eat Figs

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Health Benefits of Figs

Figs are nutritious, tasty, and one of the sweetest fruits you can include in a healthy eating plan. They can vary in size, shape and color and have wrinkled and leathery skin. They are a bit different from most fruits, although they are members of the mulberry family. These fruits have a chewy texture that isn't juicy like you might expect when you bite into a piece of fruit.

Fresh figs wither and perish quickly, so it's important to eat them within a day or two of purchasing them. You will find them in season between June and September, although you might be able to find certain varieties later into the fall. It is best to choose those that are plump and free from bruises. Don't wash them until just prior to eating them. Add chopped, fresh figs to oatmeal or yogurt or stuff fresh figs with goat cheese and nuts for a tasty snack.

1. Boost the immune system. Figs contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals including B vitamins,  vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron. They are very rich in antioxidants which support immune health.

2. Strengthen bones. As compared to other fruits, figs are highest in calcium making them an excellent fruit to eat to make sure your bones are healthy and strong.

3. Help regulate blood pressure. Figs are packed with potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure and hypertension. 

4. Reduce cholesterol. The soluble fiber found in figs called Pectin helps in reducing blood cholesterol.

5. Help digestion. This fruit is high in soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps stabilize and lower blood sugar levels and helps with digestion. 

6. Prevent anemia. Figs are very high in iron, the mineral that helps create red blood cells and prevent anemia.

7. Help throat pain. Figs comprise a high amount of mucilage, which assists in healing sore throat. The soothing nature of figs and its natural juices assist in relieving stress and pain on the vocal chords.

8. Fight constipation. Due to its laxative effect, consuming this fruit can be very helpful for treating chronic constipation.

10. Prevent or treat acne. Mash one up and apply to troubled spots. The fruit's high water content acts as an excellent skin cleanser.

11. Alternative to dairy products. Because this fruit is rich in calcium it is an excellent alternative for the therapeutic treatment of people who are allergic to dairy products.

12. Prevent cancer. Figs are high in antioxidants and can stop free radicals from damaging cells, which can prevent certain types of cancer from forming.

13. Lose weight. Because they contain a great source of dietary fiber, they can work wonders for those who want to lose weight.

14. Treat insomnia. Its high content of Tryptophan, induces good sleep and helps the body to relax.

15. Slow down the aging process. Figs contain a good amount of antioxidants which is effective to protect the skin from free radical damage. It slows the ageing effect and improves skin health.

Health Benefits of Figs

Do you eat figs regularly?

Benefits of Becoming a Cricut Affiliate

Benefits of Joining the Cricut Affiliate Program 

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Do you have a website or blog and would like to earn money? Does your site focus on crafting, fashion, or do it yourself projects? Then you may want to join the Cricut Affiliate Program. Cricut appeals to everyone from scrapbookers to members of the maker movement. Our users are super-creative and ready to DIY everything from cards to home décor to fashion. Sound like a good match for your own audience? Keep reading. 

Cricut offers Cricut® machines, 50,000+ images to cut, and project supplies ranging from cardstock to iron-on film—plus inspiration, ideas, and a creative community! Cricut® makes the new Cricut Explore™ design-and-cut system! The Cricut Explore™ system blends an electronic cutting machine with Cricut Design Space™, the free online design software, to help you make polished DIY projects. Create by using the hundreds of ready-to-make projects, the 50,000+ images from the Cricut® library or by uploading your own images. The Cricut Explore™ machine lets anyone create amazing DIY projects. With world-leading technology, we make it easy for novices and professionals alike to make something they can feel proud of.

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Celebrate Fall with Tea Collection

Celebrate Fall with Tea: All-New Styles for Boys and Girls

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Oh, fall. We think you might be our favorite season. The changing leaves, the kids are back in their routine and sweaters and long pants come out of hibernation. Here at Tea, we’re preparing for the cooler weather with the arrival of our Newest Fall Styles.

Before designing this collection, our designers trekked the mountains and forests of Japan, immersing themselves in nature. Outdoorsy and rugged, our new arrivals are designed to keep up with all your little citizen’s fall adventures. You are going to fall in love with all the new styles!

Girl: Starting at $29.50, one of Tea’s most popular silhouettes, the wrap-neck dress, is back for fall with one-of-a-kind prints inspired by the natural beauty of Japan. 

Boy: Made for outdoor exploration, our all new Patch Pocket Joggers are fun, comfy and ready for all day play. At $35, this style features reinforced knees, a pull on waistband and deep pockets for storing found treasures.

Baby Girl: Our most-loved rompers are back in super comfy 100% cotton. The prints and patterns feature kimono-inspired and scenic prints in beautiful colors. 

Baby Boy: It’s all about the graphics for baby boy. The most adorable animals adorn our tees and sweatshirts. Be on the lookout for special details like embroidery and reverse appliques that make these pieces even more amazing.

There are many more styles, colors, outfit peices, and complete sets to choose from. Shop Tea's New Fall Styles now!

Common Cloth Diapering Mistakes

14 Common Cloth Diapering Mistakes and What to do Instead 

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Common Cloth Diapering Mistakes

If you are using cloth diapers, you know that it involves a little more work as compared to using disposables. You have to be willing to commit time and effort if you want it to work. You also have to be ready to face problems caused by mistakes you may make. Here are some common mistakes cloth diapering parents make and how you can prevent them.

1. Not changing the baby frequently enough. Cloth diapers must be changed as soon as they become wet. If not, leakage and diaper rash can occur.

2. Not buying enough cloth diapers. You will need at least 36 diapers, especially in the first months as baby will be urinating often.

3. Not buying the proper size diapers. They will not fit properly and you will most likely need larger sized covers to fit over the huge diapers. A huge problem with this is that putting your baby in oversized diapers can cause leaks.

4. Putting microfiber against your baby's skin. Microfiber is used for diaper inserts because it absorbs liquid so well. Unfortunately, microfiber doesn’t discriminate between pee and the moisture in your baby’s skin. Microfiber should never be placed next to your baby’s bare skin. It is meant to be placed inside the pocket!

5. Not rinsing stool off diapers. The easiest and most effective way to rinse diapers is by using a diaper sprayer. They are inexpensive and a good investment for anyone who cloth diapers. Rinsing diapers well after usage helps to prevent stains as well as protect your washing machine from harm.

6. Putting natural oils in the diaper pail. Using precious tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, or aromatherapy oils for this purpose is wasting earth's natural resources, wasting your money, ineffective and even damaging for diapers. Oil residue on diapers will cause them to be water-repellent instead of absorbent.

7. Using laundry detergents that damage diaper fabric or baby's skin. Many detergents now include enzymes, dyes, perfumes, bleach, and other chemicals that actually damage the diapers, remain in the fabric, and can cause diaper rashes. Instead, use only natural laundry detergents

8. Using bleach. Bleach eats away the fabric and leaves a residue. This residue can lead to rashes.

9. Using liquid fabric softener or dryer sheets. It leaves a residue in the fabric which eventually causes the diapers to be water-repellent. The scent and other chemicals in fabric softener also cause diaper rash. Add half a cup of white vinegar in the final rinse as a natural fabric softener.

10. Not washing diapers frequently enough. You won't have enough dry diapers on hand, and won't be able to change baby as soon as he gets wet. Diapers that sit in the diaper pail for more than a day or two will start to smell, take longer to come clean, and harder to remove stains. Ammonia builds up so the laundered diapers will have a weird smell when baby wets, and your baby may get diaper rash.

11. Washing diapers in cold water. To clean organic matter, you need to wash them using hot water. If you are washing by hand, make sure to use plenty of water and really scrub into them so all the contents are removed.

12. Not using enough water in the wash cycle. If diapers are not rinsed well there is a chance that detergent will build up overtime. This residue can cause the diapers to leak and may also irritate your baby's skin.

13. Not drying diapers properly. Air drying is the best way to dry cloth diapers. The best way is to hang them on a clothesline outside. If this is not an option for you then you can also use a laundry rack inside the house. If you do have to use the dryer, make sure to remove them as soon as they are dry.

14. Using diaper creams that are white, thick, and pasty.  There are diaper creams that are safer to use with cloth diapers but those thick, white, pasty diaper creams are no good for cloth diapers. They will coat the fabric and will not wash off of your diapers.

If you cloth diaper I hope this has been helpful and will help you in avoiding mistakes.

Enter To Win An Amazon Echo

Enter To Win An Amazon Echo From Just Free Stuff

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During the month of September you can enter to win am Amazon Echo from Just Free Stuff. This is a super easy giveaway that does not require you to sign up for any services in order to enter. The only requirements is that you have to be a resident of Canada or the United States and have a valid email address. Once you enter your email address you will be sent a confirmation email that you will have to click in order for your entry to be final.

 An Amazon Echo:
- Plays all your music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and more 
– Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio 
– Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control 
– Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition 
– Answers questions, reads audiobooks, the news, traffic and weather, and more 
– Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible devices 
– Always getting smarter and adding new features 

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