Author: Mara Dobyns

How To Make Ocean Discovery Bottles

Discovery Bottles are intended to calm your child and reduce feelings of hurt, anger, and sadness. It is in no way a replacement for talking to your child about his or her feelings but can be a good calming method before discussion. It’s also good for rainy days, car rides, or just spending quality time creating something with your little one. So, with so many options out there why choose this Suspended Ocean Discovery Bottle? Simple, it’s easy to make and so much fun to explore! Even as an adult I find this homemade toy hard to put down....

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Cinnamon Apple Muffin Recipe

By Mara Dobyns Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar 2 Eggs 1 Cup Oil or Applesauce for a healthier version 1 Tablespoon Vanilla 2 Cups Flour 1 Cup Oatmeal 1 Pinch of Salt 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon 3 Cups Peeled, Cored, and Diced or Shredded Apples (Around 3-4 deepening on size) A Handful of extra Brown sugar for Topping Instructions: Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, spray, and line your muffin pan. Step 2: Using a hand mixer cream the sugar, eggs, oil or applesauce, and vanilla together. Set aside and in a...

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Blueberry Banana Muffins

By Mara Dobyns This sweet breakfast treat is just what you’ve been looking for to kick start your day into action. It has a classic and flavorful banana muffin taste to it with bursting, juicy blueberries to give it that something extra. I could seriously eat these every day. Now let’s go to it. Ingredients: 3-4 ripe bananas 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/3 cup butter melted and cooled 1 cup flour 1/2 cup oatmeal oats 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 pinch of salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries rinsed or...

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Interview with a Wedding Planner

Planning The Wedding Of Your Dreams With The Help You’ve Been Looking For -Special Thanks to Veronica and Delphine, owners of The 530 Bride for sharing their knowledge.   Congratulations! You’re engaged and over the moon about planning one of the most important days of your life, the start of your future with the person you love the most and let’s be honest, it’s a bit overwhelming. Where do you start, and how do you avoid the stress when you already have a lot on your plate? That’s where a wedding planner comes in. You want everything perfect, every...

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Camping At Lake Britton

By Mara Dobyns Gordie: “Do you think I’m weird?” Chris: “Definitely.” Gordie: “No man, seriously. Am I weird?” Chris: “Yeah, but so what? Everybody’s weird.” This quote from the movie “Stand By Me” makes me think me of the Doctor Seuss quote, “those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.” It’s exactly the kind of accepting and relaxed atmosphere I crave and appreciate anywhere but especially when I’m camping. Recently some friends of ours invited us to go camp and enjoy Lake Britton. We jumped at the chance and set a date that worked for all of us. It would be my family’s first camping trip of...

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