Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Homemade Hand Mask

As a mother, we won't like to see our hands dried and full of blisters. We have to take care of ourselves and our beauty, therefore :
  • When doing the dishes or cleaning always wear gloves
  • Dry your hands well after every wash
  • Try applying a hand cream at least 3 times a day; I personally use Neutrogena Hand cream.
  • And last but not least apply this hand mask three times a week, before going to bed:
    1. Mix one teaspoon yogurt and one teaspoon olive oil and rub onto your hands.
    2. Wear plastic bags and keep your hands warm for about 10 minutes.
    3. If it's not too hot, you can wear above the plastic gloves wool mittens to keep your hands warm which will allow the skin to absorb the mask.
    4. Wash your hands with lukewarm water and dry them well.
    5. Apply a hand cream.
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Petit Four

Petit Four

It is so cool that from one dough, one recipe, you can make all these appetizing shapes and more, isn't it? My kids love those cookies, they love taking them to school to show off what mommy could do :D! I prefer them having those cookies- even though I use one drop of food colorant for the pink ones- than having junk food or ready made cookies.


  • 300 g white flour or for the chocolate dough 270 g white flour, 30 g cocoa powder
  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g confectioner's sugar or powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp of any liquor of your choice or just plain water


  1. Using the dough kneader, add the chopped butter and the sugar. 
  2. Once combined, add the flour and liquor.
  3. Knead the dough on the working table
  4. Refrigerate it for 15 minutes before working with it.
  5. You can make different shapes, get creative!
  6. Bake it in a preheated oven (150 degrees Celsius) for 15 minutes. 
  7. After you bake them you can dip them in chocolate or spread some jam on them. Your choice!

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Fusilli Pesto Salad

After I put my kids to bed, I was watching Everybody Loves Raymond and felt in the mood for something lite and quick so I opened my fridge and found some fusilli pesto left overs, I threw some more ingredients and made this delicious salad. Try it and tell me if you will like it. Personally, I enjoyed it so much while watching "The cult" have you seen it? It is a very funny episode, the first from the season 7. Let's make our salad, shall we?


5 Romain Lettuce Leaves
Fusilli Pesto Left over
1 cup corn kernels
1 grated carrot
1 roughly diced tomato
1 tbsp grated Parmesan


Toss all the ingredients together and choose a dressing of your choice. I chose the sauce maison because I wanted something lite tonight. Check out this dressing page and choose the one you like

Mustardy Orange Dressing

Sauce Maison

6 Dressings Salad

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

6 Tips To Help Your Child Sleep Better

sleeping child

Read those easy tips to help your child sleep better at night

1- Cut watching T.V. at least 2 hours before going to bed to reduce any tension some cartoons or movies may cause him and this might drive him into having lots of nightmare especially if he is a kid with wide imagination.

2- Encourage your child to practice some relaxing activities 2 hours before sleeping- it could be coloring, drawing, crafting, a puzzle or a board game. No video games or computer games before going to bed.

3- Prepare dinner, if possible, 2 hours before going to bed. Your child will have enough time to digest and always try to prepare something light and healthy. You could make a use of some of our healthy recipes. Sleeping on a full stomach is not the right option for a good night sleep.

4- Bed time story is one of the best relaxing methods for a child to sleep well. Start this habit from an early age, I started since my babies were 2 months old. Reading has many benefits as in increasing the child's IQ, creativity and reading abilities and more importantly it will help him relax before going to bed. Try to pick a pleasant story that is far from action stories like Spiderman and Superman since some of the characters could stress your child at night and drive him into having some nightmares.

5- Classical Music is known to be very relaxing. Mozart could be an excellent choice and please always play the real symphony not those commercialized  "Baby Mozart "CDs. What will help your child relax and have better musical knowledge is listening to a real orchestra and real instruments. 

6- Try to wear him out during the day by encouraging him to play outside so he could empty that entire child's energy. Basketball, Football or any kind of sports could do the trick!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

5 Best Summer Family Fun Crafts

Have Fun trying those 5 best summer crafts I looked up for you. It's true I create crafts myself but I like appreciating the work of others as well and what's better than sharing their work on my blog.

1- Paper Plate Porthole by Amanda Formaro

paper plate porthole craft
Paper Plate Porthole Craft

What you'll need:

  • 2 paper plates
  • Silver craft paint
  • 8 pieces of ring shaped cereal
  • Fish-shaped crackers
  • Silk plant leaves
  • Sea shells
  • Sand
  • White craft glue
  • Blue cellophane
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
Learn More on How to Make this Craft

2- Embossed Foil Sun Craft

embossed foil sun craft
What You'll Need:

Heavy duty aluminum foil
Elmer’s® Craft Bond™ Tacky Glue
Elmer’s® 3D™ Washable Paint Pens – glitter colors
Metallic chenille stems
Construction paper
Jute twine
8” diameter STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: disc
Oil pastel crayon-black
Paper towels
Optional: decorative scissors and crimper

Click here for printables, patterns and Templates

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3- Sandscape


What You'll Need:

• Printed Boarder and Background Template*
• Construction paper
• Sandwich-size zip-lock baggie
• Glue
• Sand
• Measuring spoons
• Small macaroni shells
• White paint and brush
• Food coloring

Learn More on How to make this Craft

4- Ocean Flower Pot Craft

ocean flower pot craft
Ocean Flower Pot Craft

What You'll Need:
  • Small clay pot
  • Light blue, light brown, green, red and purple paint
  • White glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sand
  • Paint brushes
  • Dyed pasta shells
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5- Beach Door Hanger Craft

beach door hanger
Beach Door Hanger Craft

What You'll Need:
  • Wooden rectangle - sold at any craft store
  • Unpainted wooden palm tree and crab - sold at any craft store
  • White glue that dries clear (elmers will work fine)
  • 2 disposable foam paint brushes
  • Glitter
  • Sand
  • Paint - red, white, black, green, blue, brown and tan
  • Small seashells
  • String and tape
  • Regular paint brushes
  • Hot glue gun and glue (adults only)
Learn More about How to Make this Craft 

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Vegetarian Spinach Stew: Illustrated Recipe

Nutrition Fact: 
This green lead is This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Niacin, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese. 1 cup of cooked spinach contains 377% Vitamin A, 29% Vitamin C, Calcium 24%, Iron 36%.

  • 400 g Frozen Spinach
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil


Preheat a pot, prepare your cutting board and a sharp kitchen knife.

Start chopping the garlic

Now, finely chop the onions.

Add 2 tbsp of Olive Oil to the preheated pot.

Add the garlics and the onions, and keep stirring, on a Medium heat, 
for about 3 minutes or until golden.

Meanwhile, roughly dice the tomatoes. The tomatoes are high in nutrients 
so I love adding them to my recipes. If you like you could also 
add some sprigs of chopped fresh cilantro.

When the onions and garlics are golden add the tomatoes and stir
for about 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are half way cooked.

Now add 5 cups of water.

Add black pepper, salt and lemon juice and bring to a boil.

 When the water boils add the frozen spinach to the pot, keep cooking
on a medium heat until it starts boiling again then reduce the
heat to Low.

Keep cooking for 10 minutes or until the spinach is well cooked
and have a darker green color.
If you wish you could make it a soup by adding 2 extra
cups of water, 1 diced potato head and 1/4 cup of lentils.
Bon Appétit!

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Family Fun Crafts: Funny Cup Faces

funny cup faces

If you're low on supplies then this is the perfect craft for you. Take your child to the back yard and let her pick up some leaves and flowers, get some shells you have saved from your last trip to the beach and you have yourself those funny cups!

Supplies Needed

  1. Plastic Cups
  2. Flowers and Leaves
  3. Sea Shells
  4. Googly Eyes or a black marker
  5. Red construction paper for the mouth
  6. Optional: BBQ Wooden Stick 
  7. Glue


Decorate your cups with these accessories and once you are finished glue a stick so you can use it as a puppet! Enjoy!


  • Crafting allows you to spend some quality time with your kid as long as it will teach him to discipline his gestures and be creative.
  • Let your child decorate his cup the way he wants, just help him with the glue if he is under 4 so he won't get very messy.

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Monday, August 06, 2012

Weekly Menu (2)

family eating together

To help you with your daily cooking, How To Be Super Mom decided to post weekly menus.

Weekly Menu

Tuesday (Vegetarian) : Vegetarian Artichoke Stew with Sautéed Spaghetti

Wednesday (Chicken): Chicken Parmesan, Vegetable Sauté 

Thursday: Left Overs Day *

Friday (Vegetarian) : Tomato Soup, Super Mom Salad, Double Cheese Baked Potatoes


* Let Thursday be a cooking free day, take a break from that kitchen and serve Left Overs.

P.S : All the recipes corresponding to the dishes mentioned in the menu will be posted on How To Be Super Mom. If you don't find the recipe you are looking for be sure that it will be added soon.

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