Uncommon Designs http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com Creating Crafts and Home Decor Tue, 30 Jul 2019 02:49:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 5 Back to School Essentials for Teens http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/5-back-to-school-essentials-for-teens/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/5-back-to-school-essentials-for-teens/#respond Mon, 29 Jul 2019 22:13:28 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=25539 How are you guys? Seriously… how are y’all surviving this hot summer? We are doing okay over and welcoming the excitement that the school year brings. You might find me doing cartwheels just thinking about having a few hours back in my day, but my kids are not quite that giddy.  I’ve been hearing a lot of ugh… school, but these gals are always up

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How are you guys? Seriously… how are y’all surviving this hot summer? We are doing okay over and welcoming the excitement that the school year brings. You might find me doing cartwheels just thinking about having a few hours back in my day, but my kids are not quite that giddy.  I’ve been hearing a lot of ugh… school, but these gals are always up for some Back to School shopping.

Back to School Essentials for Teens

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When I asked them what school supplies they needed, they were actually insanely specific this year and I thought I’d pass along to you guys the inside scoop about what your teen might consider an absolute essential and where you can find them!

1. A new lunch bag.

According to my kiddos, a new lunch box each school year is essential. Apparently they stink to high heaven after you get a grade older.  I’m pretty sure that they last longer, but if it helps them get excited about packing those lunches, I’ll indulge. (Note to self: make sure they clean their lunchboxes regularly). Ann picked out the teal and La La was all about the black and white.

Scout Doggie Bag in Can you Beliz

Scout Doggie Bag in Can you Beliz

Scout Doggie Bag in Simply White

Scout Doggie Bag in Simply Divine

2. A Durable Backpack

Last year I purchased this North Face backpack for Ann and I could not be more pleased. It literally still looks new and she is not gentle with it. I can actually say that this one may last her entire high school career… that makes mama SO happy! It comes in loads of colors, too.

North Face Jester Backpack in Zinc Grey/ Surf Green

North Face Jester Backpack in Zinc Grey/ Surf Green

 

3. A Cute Planner

Have you ever heard of school supplies being called cute? Well… apparently a “cute” planner is a must when prepping for back to school. I love that they are excited about staying organized as their schedules begin to fill up. This Bloom Daily Planner has space for everything.

Bloom Daily Academic Calendar

4. Student ID Holder & Lanyard

After going through several broken and lost student Id’s, I succumbed to the fact that a nice student Id holder and lanyard can actually save headaches down the road. The inexpensive plastic ones that are supplied by the schools can get torn and left goodness knows where.  I’m pretty sure ours has been seen in several parts of the state as we had a time keeping up with them. The girls really like this Scout Id Holder and also the Vera Bradley Id Holders, too. It even has a zipped pocket. Just make sure you get a matching lanyard, too!

Scout Student Id Case

Scout Student Id Case in Simply Divine

 

Vera Bradley Zip Id Case and Lanyard

Vera Bradley Zip Id Case and Lanyard

 

5. AirPods Case Cover Keychain  or Earbud Storage

If your kids have AirPods that they are allowed to take to school, we recently found these awesome silicone AirPods Case Covers that have a handy carabiner attached. They slide right on top of the case and you can clip it to your ID case to keep up with them easily. If you have a set of wired earbuds, this case works great!

Silicone AirPods Case Cover

AirPods Silicone Case Cover

Earbuds Case

What is on your kids back to school wish list?

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Back to School Essentials for Teens

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Easy One Pot Greek Chicken Pasta http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/easy-one-pot-greek-chicken-pasta/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/easy-one-pot-greek-chicken-pasta/#respond Sun, 28 Jul 2019 10:00:00 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=24013 Today I am going to be sharing a super simple, but very delicious recipe for one pot Greek chicken. Y’all are going to love it, I just know it.  You know I only share recipes that are easy to make and those that  everyone in my family will eat, including picky kids! I love Greek food, so this one pan greek chicken pasta is perfection

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Today I am going to be sharing a super simple, but very delicious recipe for one pot Greek chicken. Y’all are going to love it, I just know it.  You know I only share recipes that are easy to make and those that  everyone in my family will eat, including picky kids!

I love Greek food, so this one pan greek chicken pasta is perfection for us!

Easy One Pan Greek Chicken Pasta Recipe... perfect for busy families and great for weeknight meals and for busy families. See the full recipe at http://uncommondesignsonline.com/ #GreekRecipes #WeeknightMeals #EasyDinnersOne Pot Greek Chicken Pasta

Easy One Pan Greek Chicken Pasta Recipe... perfect for busy families and great for weeknight meals and for busy families. See the full recipe at http://uncommondesignsonline.com/ #GreekRecipes #WeeknightMeals #EasyDinners

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 pound Barilla® rotini or fusilli pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 4 teaspoons fresh juice and more zest for serving
  • Kosher Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/2 by 2 1/2-inch strips
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill, plus more for serving

Easy One Pan Greek Chicken Pasta Recipe... perfect for busy families and great for weeknight meals and for busy families. See the full recipe at http://uncommondesignsonline.com/ #GreekRecipes #WeeknightMeals #EasyDinners

Directions:

1. Combine broth, Barilla® pasta, oil, lemon zest, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 cup water in a large skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, 9 minutes.

2. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper, add to skillet. Continue to cook, stirring until pasta is al dente and chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes more.

3. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice and dill. Serve immediately topped with more lemon zest and dill, and add a generous drizzle of oil.

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My family gobbled up this recipe for one pot greek chicken and gave me two thumbs up. Between cheer, church, work and a closet/attic detox, I was so glad to find a good recipe that I can start and finish in about 30 minutes.

 

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Pressure Cooker Peach Cobbler http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/pressure-cooker-peach-cobbler/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/pressure-cooker-peach-cobbler/#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:21:20 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=25454 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyCrockPotSummer #CrockPotRecipes #CollectiveBias It is the thick of summer and that means one thing at our house… fresh peaches are in season! We love a simple peach cobbler with our summer dinners, but time has been in short supply these days. Today, I’m going to show off my

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It is the thick of summer and that means one thing at our house… fresh peaches are in season! We love a simple peach cobbler with our summer dinners, but time has been in short supply these days. Today, I’m going to show off my new secret weapon in the kitchen… my new Crock-Pot® Express 8-Quart Pressure Cooker and how I use it to whip up our favorite recipe for peach cobbler. Dinner with dessert gets on the table fast with my new cooker and I don’t even have to turn on the oven.

Y’all know I love a good cooking short cut and this beauty that I picked up at my local Target is really cutting down my cooking time. Crock-Pot® being a leader in one-pot cooking was the best choice for me on the kitchen appliance aisle. Crock-Pot® products make it easy for us to eat well and serve to the masses, even when we don’t have the time. It is the perfect solution for any occasion.

The Crock-Pot® 8-Quart Express Crock Pressure Cooker can quickly cook meals up to 70% faster than traditional cooking and has enough capacity to serve nutritious, home-cooked meals for large families or parties of ten people or more. Thanks to convenient one-touch settings for various pressure-cooked meals, you can choose to eat sooner, or you can use the slow cook setting to come back later to a delicious, hot meal. This appliance can  also steam, brown, sauté, simmer, boil, or you can use the Manual Pressure setting, all of these glorious bells and whistles may cooking in one pot a breeze!

 

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Let’s get to this delicious recipe! You only need a few ingredients: fresh peaches, butter, a box white cake mix and the Crock-Pot® 8-Quart Express Crock Pressure Cooker.

I used round baking dishes and followed the instructions for the cooker to make this recipe.

Pressure Cooker Peach Cobbler

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • Half of a 15.25 box white cake mix

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the cake mix and softened butter. I used a fork to make sure the butter was spread evenly throughout the cake mix. It should be crumbly.
  2. Place the peaches into the baking dish and add the cake mixture over the top.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and lower into the cooker.
  4. Add water to the bottom of the pressure cooker and lock the lid.
  5. Cook for 15-20 minutes on the dessert setting. (see manual for instructions)
  6. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Cilantro Lime Carnitas Rice Bowls http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/cilantro-lime-carnitas-rice-bowls/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/cilantro-lime-carnitas-rice-bowls/#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 05:00:08 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=25435 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MinuteRightNow #CollectiveBias This has been one crazy summer, but we’ve finally found our groove. We tend to go in four different directions during the evening, so we’ve been gathering for a quick family lunch when we can.  I’ve found a really great recipe that the entire family will

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This has been one crazy summer, but we’ve finally found our groove. We tend to go in four different directions during the evening, so we’ve been gathering for a quick family lunch when we can.  I’ve found a really great recipe that the entire family will devour…Carnitas Bowls with Minute® Ready to Serve Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice . I love treating my family to really good food that is packed with popular flavor, free of preservatives and smells heavenly with the aromatic Jasmine Rice.

Minute® Ready to Serve rice is good to go anytime, anywhere. I found Minute® Ready to Serve Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice at my local Walmart

The rice is vegan and it is great for a quick lunch, a healthy idea for a snack or an easy side dish for dinner. Minute® Ready to Serve rice is available in three NEW flavors, all available in 7 oz. larger single cups – Minute® Ready to Serve Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice, Minute® Ready to Serve Southwest Pinto Beans with White Rice and Vegetables, and Minute® Ready to Serve Garlic & Olive Oil Jasmine Rice. Minute® Ready to Serve rice is perfect for those with busy, on-the-go lifestyles & those who need a quick, but delicious dinner.

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This is one of the quickest meals that I’ve put together in a while. The rice heats in only 90 seconds in the microwave and smells heavenly when it comes out. 

It only takes a handful of ingredients like the Minute® Ready to Serve Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice, prepared pulled pork, black beans and a few tasty garnishes. 

The taste is so fresh and so delicious! 

Cilantro Lime Carnitas Rice Bowl

Serves 2

  • 1 Cup Minute® Ready to Serve Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice
  • 1 Cup black beans, drained
  • 1 Cup prepared pulled pork
  • garnish: sour cream, fresh cilantro, lime

Heat the pulled pork according to the packaged instructions. Drain the can of black beans. Microwave the Minute® Ready to Serve Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice for 90 seconds. Throw it all in a bowl and top with your choice of garnish. I used a dollop of sour cream, some fresh limes and cilantro. 

If you are looking for a little extra goodness, add veggies, proteins or your favorite sauces. Mix it up and make it yours! Treat yourself to good food fast with Minute® Ready to Serve rice. You will love it!

 

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10 Minutes for Saving my Summer Sanity http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/10-minutes-for-saving-my-summer-sanity/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/10-minutes-for-saving-my-summer-sanity/#respond Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:12:52 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=25432 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CommunityCoffee #BeYourBoldest #CollectiveBias Summer is in absolute full swing at our house and if I’m honest… it takes a bit of getting used to for me. I don’t know if it is because the kids are older and stay up later or if it is because I work

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Summer is in absolute full swing at our house and if I’m honest… it takes a bit of getting used to for me. I don’t know if it is because the kids are older and stay up later or if it is because I work from home, but I struggle with feeling a little worn out and not getting enough time to myself. Every morning this summer, I’ve decided to take the first ten minutes of the day just for myself. Just me, a steaming cup of coffee and my journal. For ten minutes, I don’t have to plan, don’t have to be Uber, I don’t have to work. I’ve really been amazed at how great I feel after just saving a tiny slice of my day just for myself! Now the other thing… lack of rest. Whoever coined the term “lazy days of Summer” must not have had kids or a job. It is crazy town around these parts. I love it, but this mama is worn out from late nights and early mornings. I need a hot , bold cup of coffee. I need Community® coffee with 2x caffeine and I can get it fast with their single-serve cups.

Here are a few of my favorite Community® Coffee 2x Caffeine blends in their Single-Serve Cups:

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Community® coffee is celebrating 100 years of making rich, smooth coffee. This family-owned and operated American company is so committed to providing quality to its consumers. With double the caffeine, this dark roast combines rich, caramelized flavor with an extra boost of coffee extract will help you get you through your day. Made from only 100% select Arabica coffee beans.

Just brewing one pod will have you feeling renewed and energized and ready to enjoy your summer days to the fullest.

The delicious, bold and delightful flavor is just what I need to power through one more swim meet, cheer practice, sleepover, cookout, bible school, ride to a friend’s house… you get the idea! Click here to learn more and to find where you can purchase this delicious coffee near you. 

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Grilled Cilantro Lime Corn on the Cob http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/grilled-cilantro-lime-corn-on-the-cob/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/grilled-cilantro-lime-corn-on-the-cob/#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2019 02:22:00 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=25398 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MarinadesWithMazola #MakeItWithHeart #CollectiveBias I’m pretty sure my oven and I have broken up for the summer, because I have been a grilling fool! Today, I’m sharing a lightened up grilled corn on the cob recipe that is full of flavor. I’m skipping the butter today and using Mazola® Corn

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I’m pretty sure my oven and I have broken up for the summer, because I have been a grilling fool! Today, I’m sharing a lightened up grilled corn on the cob recipe that is full of flavor. I’m skipping the butter today and using Mazola® Corn Oil, swapping out my packaged seasoning for fresh herbs like chopped cilantro and cracked black pepper. A clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see Mazola.comI am also swapping out sea salt instead of table salt and some lime wedges. This is so much better for us than our normal slather it with butter and sugar corn on the cob.

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With its neutral taste, Mazola Corn oil is an all purpose oil that is perfect for all types of cooking. It is a cholesterol free cooking oil that is a great heart-healthy choice that you can be proud to use and serve to your family. With Mazola’s smoke point higher than most cooking oils at 450°​F, it is a great choice for grilling up a full-flavored meal. Text MAZOLA to 79495 between 6/20/19 – 9/26/19 to receive $1.00 back on your purchase of Mazola 40oz Corn Oil! Limit 1 rebate per household. PayPal account required. By texting, you expressly consent to receive multiple automated text messages on this offer. Consent not required as a condition of purchase. Message & data rates apply. Text HELP or STOP to 79495 at any time. Full terms: http://cbi.as/a38tw.

Gather up all you need to grill a quick side of Cilantro Lime Corn on the Cob! Packed with flavor, this is going to be a new family favorite recipe!

Cilantro Lime Corn on the Cob 

Ingredients:

  • Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 5 ears of fresh corn, shucked
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Fresh Lime Wedges

Instructions: 

  1. Pre-heat grill to medium high.
  2. Brush a light layer of Mazola® Corn Oil on top of the kernels of each ear of corn.
  3. Grill for 10-15 minutes. Turning occasionally.
  4. Remove from grill and squeeze fresh lime over the corn.
  5. Season to your preference with the salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
  6. Sprinkle with finely chopped cilantro.

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Anthro Knock-off Basket for Summer http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/anthro-knock-off-basket-for-summer/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/anthro-knock-off-basket-for-summer/#respond Wed, 05 Jun 2019 11:35:27 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=25421 I love just about anything from Anthropologie. It is almost always a little boho, a little classic and a lot beautiful. Sometimes the price tag is also a little steep. Today, a few friends and I are gong to show you how to makeover their Sunstream Basket for only a fraction of the cost. I have a few potted plants on my porch that needed

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I love just about anything from Anthropologie. It is almost always a little boho, a little classic and a lot beautiful. Sometimes the price tag is also a little steep.

Today, a few friends and I are gong to show you how to makeover their Sunstream Basket for only a fraction of the cost.

I have a few potted plants on my porch that needed a fancier place to rest and this was perfect for the challenge. I picked up this beautiful basket from my local Hobby Lobby.

I also grabbed some white poly dropline cording. This is what I would used to give my basket some stripes.

I tied the cording to the bottom of the basket and began weaving it along the crevices of the basket until I reached the top.

It isn’t a mirror image, but it added so much life to my porch!

The striped detail gave the basket so much more depth.

Kitty has also adopted this little vignette as her area of the porch, She sure has good taste!

Check out the other ladies and their version of a DIY Anthro Basket!

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