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Fun DIY Projects with All-New Tai Pei Single Serving Frozen Dinners

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

**This post was sponsored by Tai Pei and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.**

For as much as Justin and I love to cook, there are many days that it just doesn’t happen. I have a down day physically and mentally, Justin gets home from work, kids are ornery, we have plans to go out quickly, the house is a mess and there aren’t any clean cookware or dishes, we are out of groceries, or we just plain don’t feel like cooking. One those days, we typically have frozen pizzas, waffles, or cereal…or….we spend money on take-out. BLECH. It gets real old real fast. But, we don’t like a lot of frozen dinners. We think they are gross and way overpriced. Enter…Tai Pei single serving Asian-inspired frozen dinners!

I grew up with Tai Pei frozen single serving dinners. My dad loves them and takes them to work with him all the time. In college, I’d get them all the time. I remember my first year married to Justin, they were always on sell for $2 or less. So, we’d grab them for work lunches too. It was so nice to have Chinese rather than a boring sandwich or hummus and veggies. They were also in iconic Chinese take-out boxes. But, now they’ve done some major upgrades.

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Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

Tai Pei’s All-New Flavors and Packaging

Tai Pei has totally revamped their entire product line. Instead of being in the Chinese take-out cartons, the frozen single serving dinners are now in durable, sturdy bowls. These are much easier to mircowave and eat out of. They don’t get as messy or goopy. Tai Pei has upgraded their recipes: they use all-natural, pure, real ingredients in each flavor. The best part is their new flavor-infused rice! Rather than have the goopy sauce melt onto the dish like the old style, the flavor and sauce is infused in the rice–I could eat just the rice by itself! The flavors really pop in your mouth now rather than tasting like day-old Chinese takeout.

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

It is cheaper for us to buy an individual bowl for Rhys, Justin, and I then it is to get us take-out. Plus, Rhys can’t finish a whole bowl, so Justin gets seconds! There are a wide variety of flavors: my two favorites are Broccoli and Beef and Orange Chicken. The Pork Fried Rice and Chicken Fried Rice are perfect options for little kids.

Rhys ate a large portion of his bowl and wanted bites of Justin’s and mine. Justine says, “It is a lot better than their previous ones.  It’s crisper and has fresher tasting meat and veggies. I’m excited to try others.  Tayler wouldn’t share hers with me.”

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

And since the dinners are now in bowls, they are very easy to clean. Just take a Clorox wipe and clean off the inside. Now you are able to reuse the bowls for DIY projects.

Pinhole Exposure Camera

Last week, I was invited to an event in Dallas with other influencers that was hosted by Tai Pei. We tried some of their flavors: poststickers, egg rolls, General Tso’s chicken (not super spicy–was able to handle it!), Broccoli and Beef, and Chicken Chow Mein. The special guest at the event was the super creative and artistic Rachel Rushing. This amazing girl taught us about old-fashioned (and modern DIY) pinhole exposure cameras. And, we were able to make our own!

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Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects! Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

Materials:

  • Tai Pei Single Serving Frozen Dinner Bowl
  • Black GAFF tape
  • soda can
  • resin photo paper
  • dark room exposure equipment

Directions:

  • Eat and enjoy your Tai Pei and soda
  • Clean out your Tai Pei bowl
  • Cover the entire outside (including lid separately) with black GAFF tape.
  • Cut a 1×1 inch hole in the front
  • Cut a small strip of the can and tape it on the inside of the hole
  • Poke a tiny hole in the middle–but don’t push it all the way through
  • Cut a 3×5 inch piece of resin photo paper in the dark
  • Place it in the bowl, close the lid, and cover up the hole
  • Set up the picture you want to take and place your “camera” in front of it
  • Unblock the hole and leave for 3-7 minutes depending on the size of the hole
  • Cover the hole back up and let it sit for about 5 minutes
  • Go into the dark room, and develop it. (This site has more specific directions)

I was super excited to try this project. As a historian, I love looking at old photographs, so I was thrilled I could do one myself! But, as soon as I got outside…my lid popped off and completely ruined my picture by over over exposing it to light!!!! =( =( =( But, it was still a fun experience to see the variations of everyone else’s.

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

Kindling Box

If you are camping this summer, bring a kindling starter box with you. Gather dry twigs from around your yard (or store small ranches from your old Christmas tree) and place in a Tai Pei bowl. But some dryer lint in it. Start a fire in the box and close the lid. Place the box in the fire pit or fire place. The whole box will eventually catch on fire with hot and strong flames.

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

Pinata Lights

Take strips of tissue paper and cut fringes into it. Tape it around the bowl with the fringes facing the opening. Poke a hole in the bottom of the bowl and string lights through them to create your own party pinata lights.

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

Plant Potters

Place a piece of a PCV pipe in the bowl and pour cement mix around it. After about 12-24 hours, take out the pipe. Let the cement harden for 3 days. Tear off the paper. Now, you have a plant potter. You can even paint and decorate it if you want.

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

Toy Holders

I don’t do many DIY projects with my son. I’m not creative with very young kids–there’s a reason I’m not an elementary school teacher. I have done one or two with him, but they weren’t big or very clean/sophisticated.

Rhys loves to use our wipe boxes in his imaginary play. He loves to put his toys in it and act as if they are trapped. Or, he’ll put random toys and random items from around the house in the wipe boxes and hide them. A lot of times, he keeps them open and the wipes dry out. We’ve told him many times they aren’t his. We’ve also tried designated one empty wipe box for him. But, it doesn’t work.

So, after we had Tai Pei for dinner and were left with four empty bowls, I knew exactly what to do with them. I gave them to Rhys. But, to make them more fun for him, we let him decorate them.

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Materials:

  • Tai Pei bowls
  • Markers
  • Paints
  • Disposable table cloth

Directions:

  • Clean out the Tai Pei Bowls
  • Set up the disposable table cloth and undress your young child
  • Set out all the decorative materials
  • Let your kid go wild
  • Let the Tai Pei bowls dry
  • Give them over to your child and let them have fun

It was actually Rhys’s first time ever using paints. He had a lot of fun using them, although he didn’t go as crazy with actual painting as I thought he would. He did want me to help decorate though.

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects! Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

I love this new packaging and delicious new flavors from Tai Pei. And, I want you to enjoy it too! So, here is a coupon for one their single serving dinner bowls! Since many stores are getting rid of the old inventory (the Chinese take-out boxes), make sure you use this store locator to find were the new bowls and flavors are near you!

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

DIY Winter Pine Ornament

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

I love creating my own ornaments. Thank you so much to my Mother-in-law who got me into making them every year for her annual DIY Christmas ornament exchange. This year, I decided I wanted a minimalist ornament and something that reminded me of Utah. Since we wont have any snow here in Texas, nor pines in a close proximity, I decided to make a winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Supplies:

24 plastic (or glass) clear ornaments

5-7 picks of frosted pine– similar to THIS product

1 bag of fake snow

3 spools of ribbon

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions:

  1. Cut off all the sprigs of frosted pine branch picks.
  2. Stuff the sprig into the top of the ornament.
  3. Funnel in some fake snow and then place the lid back on.
  4. Tie on some ribbon to make a cute bow.

See. It’s super easy! It seriously took me maybe thirty minutes to complete all two dozen!

Here are my previous ornament DIYs.

2015 “A Savior is Born” ornament

2014 Santa’s Lost Sleigh Bell ornament

2013 Christmas Song Lyrics ornament

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

DIY Wrapping Paper Roll Bead Run

Today is another round of What Would You Do…With a Pinterest Pin! I have wanted for a long time to make different games and activities for Rhys. So, one day, Rhys was being fussy because I wouldn’t let him watch TV and he wasn’t interested in his toys. I remembered something I had seen on Pinterest. I decided to unroll some wrapping paper and make Rhys a DIY wrapping paper roll bead run.

I initially made one for him last week. I was a little hasty so I could engage him in it as soon as possible.

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

Like I said, it was super hasty–it took me all of 15 minutes to make it. I even let Rhys decorate it with his colored pencils and stickers. He had so much fun playing with it, rolling beads down.

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

However, when I realized that this What Would You Do was coming up, I wanted to pay a little more attention to detail to make it a little more similar to the pinterest pin:

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So, I pulled out my mom’s arts and crafts supplies and started over. Here are the supplies and directions you will need for your own

DIY WRAPPING PAPER ROLL BEAD RUN

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

Supplies
1-2 rolls of wrapping paper
double sided tape
scissors
stapler
poster board
scrapbook paper
art supplies (paint, markers, crayons, stickers)

Directions

1) Let your child decorate the poster board. We used paints for Rhys–it was actually his first time painting and he loved it!

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

2) As you let the paint dry, cut up the wrapping paper roll into different sized tubes. Use the double sided tape and wrap them up in the scrapbook paper.

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

3) You will need to cut slit in either the edges or in the middle so that you can staple it into the poster board. You will have to test as you go–beads and marbles can go really fast, so you will have to test to see if they can go from tube to tube and not run off the course.

4) Let your toddlers have fun!

 

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

DIY “A Savior Is Born” Ornament

For some reason, this scripture has popped out at me many times the past few months whenever I thought about Christmas:

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

I love the different names of Christ. And, the fact that Child and Son is emphasized in the scriptures. Because of that, I decided I wanted to involve Rhys in the ornaments. I know this is his second Christmas, but since he is a toddler, it will hopefully mean something to him. So, for this year’s Morrell DIY ornament exchange, I created these “A Savior is Born” ornaments.

DIY "A Savior is Born" ornament based off Isaiah 9:6. A perfect ornament to make with a toddler.

Supplies

24 felt trees
1 can of puffy paint
1 paint sponge
24 sparkly star stickers
1 ball of thin twine
1 permanent marker
hole punch
at least one toddler =)
(I forgot to take a picture of the supplies!!)

Steps

1) Paint your toddler’s hand with the white puffy paint on the sponge brush.

2) Press your toddler’s hand onto the tree.

3) Let them dry.

(I forgot to take pictures of the rest of the steps…I’m awesome this year, huh?)
4) Punch a hole in the top corner.

5) Write the scripture from Isaiah 9:6 (or any Christmas scripture) in permanent marker, in your best handwriting.
6) Put the star sticker on the top of the tree.

7) Cut some twine and tie it in the hole.

 

What is your favorite Advent scripture?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

October 2015 Goals | Homemaking Skills

Holy cow, September went by too quickly! But, I was able to enjoy ushering in fall with decorations, candle scents, a trip to the Farmer’s Market, and some rain!

Last month’s goal was to Work From Home. Here is how I did.

Sub Goals:
Find a sell-from-home job and learn all there is about it
I haven’t done this yet…I see that most starter packs a bit on the pricey end, and I’m not ready to pay some to get some just yet.
Find work-at-home freelancing or transcription jobs
This is where I rocked it! I have 1 continual tutoring job, helping a senior with SAT and her English and history classes for the entire school year! Hello Black Friday deals on iPhone 6! I’ve also signed up and applied to about 5 other free lancing and transcription sites. I’m waiting on approval for a few and still need to take the transcription test for a few.
Join blogging campaign sites and participate in campaigns and join affiliate sites and learn all there is to it.
I joined US Family Guide Moms Connect program which allows me free tickets to different local activities or museums, etc. in exchange for a review on the blog. I know there is a lot of debate about whether or not bloggers should be paid in addition to free products, but I am just fine with free products! Other than that, I haven’t joined any affiliate sites yet. What are your favorite campaign groups or affiliates to work with for smaller bloggers?
Learn more about couponing and money-saving skills
I haven’t done couponing just yet, but we are currently working on different money-saving strategies, especially with grocery shopping. I also joined swagbucks for a few extra $$.

October 2015 Monthly Goal: Improve Homemaking Skills

October–Improve My Homemaking Skills
The house is organized, we have a routine set down, I’m getting to work on WAHM stuff, I’m learning more with my camera, my blog is growing and I’m on top of my game, and the holiday seasons are coming quickly. So, I want to take this month to do all I can to prepare for them, so that I can get ahead of the curve for December (and have a lot of posts to share for the Christmas season).

Sub Goals:

– Finish and mail off my ornaments for the Morrell Ornament Exchange
– Bake some fall treats
– Decorate for Halloween
– Redo picture wall in the living room
– Make a new recipe a week
– Make sure the house is clean and a treat set out for when Justin gets home every weekday
– Create at least three DIY activities for Rhys
– Actually use and update a family calendar/planner
 

What are your goals for this month?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.