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Homemade Chamomile Lavender Baby Wipes

earlier this year, with several baby showers imminent, I decided to do a (very scientific) Facebook survey of all my friends with kids in order to find out exactly what it was that made their lives easier in those first few weeks after welcoming a human cub into their world. The overwhelming top answer of meal delivery wasn’t that surprising, but the second most popular new-parent gift was: Baby Wipes. LOTS of them. so I decided to take to the kitchen and recipe test dozens of homemade, organic baby wipe recipes from Pinterest and elsewhere around the internets. I don’t think I’ll ever buy commercial wipes again, it was seriously that easy!

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The Truth About Pet Food + Wellness TruFood Review

Between scary pet food recalls and reports that the pet food industry is now charging up to 50 percent more for lower quality versions of human foods, it’s hard to know what to feed your beloved pets. Since we’re all about paying the grocer rather than the doctor, or in this case the veterinarian, the whippets and I took one for the team and tried out a new highly-rated organic dog food called Wellness TruFood for this review. Plus my top tips on how to find reliable ratings and research on other dog and cat food brand safety before forking over big bucks!

Drink Local: 14 Awesome American Wines for 4th of July

This 4th of July weekend, let’s celebrate the best hidden gems and big-deal American wine producers by drinking local, independent, small-batch wines or supporting a local winery in your home state. (Fact: No matter where in the US you live, there’s at least one winery in your state!) Not only will you probably save some major bucks, you’re also reducing your carbon footprint by choosing wines closer to home AND you’re contributing more back into your local economy with every dollar spent. Win, win, major win. ‘Merica!

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6 Copycat Chinese Takeout Recipes

Whether you or someone you love has food allergies, you just want to control the quality of ingredients in the things that you’re eating, or you want to shave some serious cheddar off your monthly food bills, here are 6 of my favorite, crave-worthy copycat Asian takeout recipes to make at home.

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Vintage Mikasa + Brunch Ideas

This year, I thought it would be really fun to poll my mom friends on Facebook and find out, in a very real and crowdsourced way, what mothers actually want for Mother’s Day. Find out what else they said in this pretty, thrifted Mother’s Day guide for Austin Goodwill I wrote this week, including some of my favorite Mother’s Day brunch ideas from the Shoestring archives!

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Spicy Watermelon Margaritas with Jalapeno Infused Tequila

Tonight, just like last year, Ginger and I will be some of the first to arrive at the La Condesa Street Party for Cinco de Mayo, which I now treat as the official kick-off to summer in Austin, and we will throw down like Pleepleus. Cheers with us from a far, tomorrow night or any time this summer, with these fun little recipes for watermelon agua fresca and jalapeno infused tequila, which together make a mean Spicy Watermelon Margarita. If you really want to turn up the heat, make some of my DIY sriracha salt and crush it up for the rim. Salud!

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Meatless Monday: Copycat Life Alive Bowls

Despite the fact that Austin is the capital of the world when it comes to delicious, healthy food, there’s one thing I can’t get here that I crave more than anything: Goddess Bowls from Life Alive. I miss them like whoa. There’s just something about that combo of freshly steamed veggies, brown rice, and ginger crack sauce that turned me into an addict, and even after turning over every juice bar in town, I still haven’t found a fix. That is, until I found this copycat recipe.

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My Mama’s Fried Potatoes

These potatoes were such a treat growing up, something that my mom made for us on special weekends and every New Year’s Day — a decadent little slice of down-home nostalgia that I hope you’ll try out for yourself. Together with my favorite egg & bacon cups, it’s a brunch that costs barely anything at all yet feels festive and fancy, my favorite combination!

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Perfect Gluten-Free Banana Bread (For Just Bucks)

By playing around with this classic Martha Stewart banana bread recipe and switching up the ratio of gluten-free flours, testing it about a half dozen times since the beginning of summer, I’m now pretty convinced this is the perfect gluten-free banana bread. And you can mix up the batter in less than the time it takes you to preheat the oven, for just a few bucks per loaf.