25 twine crafts and tutorials




This isn’t the first time I’ve shared my love of twine. And I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last. Today’s crafty compilation revisits one of my favorite mediums for packaging, card-making and all-purpose crafting–twine!

using twine to make a footstool

anderson & grant


the effortless chic


domestically blissful

Twine Wrapped Photo Frame Title

twinkle & twine


eryn with a y


fresh crush


sewlicious home decor


the anastasia co

snowman candy bars



heart handmade uk


the casual craftlete


the pretty bee




the sweetest occasion 


lia griffith


confetti pop

mod podged canvas



my sister’s suitcase


weekday carnival

diy ice cream cone garland (7)

the happy flammily


ciao mama


the paper curator


crafting fingers

Al Fresco Dinnerware Packet Duo

the gunny sack


art actually


mediterranean orzo salad {a recipe}

mediterranean orzo salad


We all have foods that our husbands/significant others request us to make. When this orzo salad made that list, I  knew it was a keeper. My husband has nothing against pasta or salads in general, it just isn’t usually his first choice.

orzo salad

This one, though, made the cut, and for very good reason. It’s creamy, tangy, and full of yummy mediterranean flavors. It’s easy to make, and gets even better after a day or so in the fridge.

orzo salad


  • 12 oz. orzo-cooked
  • 2 roma tomatoes-chopped
  • 1/2 english cucumber
  • 1/4 c. red onion-chopped
  • 1/4 c. kalamata olives-chopped
  • handful parsley-chopped
  • 1/2 c. crumbled feta
  • OPA Feta-Dill Greek Yogurt Dressing
  • 1 lemon-juiced
  • salt & pepper

Let orzo cool, add to a large bowl, and add in all of your chopped ingredients. Try to dice all ingredients finely, and try to get them all about the same size. This takes a few minutes, but is well worth your effort :)

orzo salad


Add in your juiced lemon, salt, pepper, and your Greek Yogurt Feta Dill Dressing. If you can’t find this exact one, no worries. There are lots of mediterranean-style greek yogurt dressings out there, I just love the combination of feta and dill in this one.


pasta salad


Mix together, check for seasonings, and refrigerate. After you pull from the refrigerator, you will probably need to taste and adjust seasonings…refrigeration can often “dull” flavors a bit, and you may need to adjust accordingly.

Serve by itself or over a bed of lettuce (we used romaine, but red or green leaf lettuce would work well, too).

pasta salad



organizing snacks to encourage independence

As a mom of a two-year-old and a six-year-old, one of my main parenting goals is to encourage independence in my little ones. I try to set up our routines and surroundings so that my kids can have a hand in making choices, which helps instill confidence and strengthen their ability to make decisions. I do this in many ways (if you’re a parent, I’m sure you do, too), including giving them (small) household responsibilities, and allowing them to “help” as often as I can (even if it makes the task take just a little bit longer).

independent snack drawer

Recently, I wanted to help encourage their independence when it came to choosing and retrieving snacks. It feels like they are constantly coming to me asking for a snack, which requires me not only to stop what I’m doing, but to debate with them over the merits vs. desireability of various snack options.

To help achieve this goal and encourage a bit more independence, I set up a drawer in our pantry and a bin in our refrigerator, both filled with healthy snack items, to encourage my kids to be independent in choosing their own snacks.

encouraging healthy eating

In our pantry, making sure to choose a drawer they can easily reach, I filled clear bins with multi-grain bars, crackers, applesauce, apples, dried fruit (raisins, cranberries and mango), and, my newest find, Jif™ Peanut Butter Granola Bars. Filled with 7-8 grams of protein per bar, these granola bars take things up a notch by combining Jif® Peanut Butter with chewy granola.

encouraging independent eaters

They come in three flavors: Creamy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Peanut Butter, and Peanut Butter Chocolate, and are the perfect grab-and-go snack for my little ones.

encouraging healthy eating

In our refrigerator, I cleared out our fruit bin, and filled it with some of our favorite, healthy snacks, including cheese, yogurt, grapes, and carrot sticks. It took a few minutes to prep and organize, but it saves me so much time in the long run now that my kids can grab a snack on their own. Even better? They love having their choice of snack options, and debates over what they can choose are a thing of the past. They know they can choose anything from the bins, which makes them happy (which, in turn, makes ME very happy).

This small change has made a world of difference in our household, which prompts me to ask, what do YOU do to encourage independence in your little ones? I’d love to know!

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