Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Top 7 Round Up: Last Minute Valentine's Day Fun with Children




Here we are, days before Valentine's Day, and I've completely lost track of time. I know I can't be the only one! So here is a great round up of nice, easy, children friendly Valentine's Day crafts and recipes. I hope you enjoy! 

 Free Printable Valentine's Day Matching Game
1. Valentine's Day Matching Game - Via Practical Mommy 
It's so simple, you just print off these adorable sheets on a printer, using normal paper (or even some card stock if you want them to last longer!) and then have a fun match game with your children. We love playing this, so I imagine they would love it with little birds too! For other great ideas for Valentine's Day, you should look at what else she has, there is a wealth of simple and fun V-Day ideas for everyone.

Valentine Bird Feeder Hearts DIY

2. Heart Shaped Bird Feeders - Via Thrifty Jinxy
These are a great way for kids to get messy, but still create something functional. My son loves birds, so this is a great way for him to be able to see them more, and learn a bit, too! This should set overnight, so be sure to remember that while making it! 


melted crayon art valentines
3. Do It Yourself Melted Crayon Art - Via Gym Craft Laundry
These are a fun way to use up older / too small crayons. I plan to use the crayons we have received in gift bags from birthday parties. They're smaller and perfect for something like this!

Valentine's Day White Chocolate Bark Bites

4. Valentine's Day White Chocolate Bark Bites - Via No. 2 Pencil
This craft is great for when you have a little extra time to go to the store and get things, and you want to have something that really wows people. These are so pretty, and only take a few minutes to prepare. You can also change what you put in them to make them fit different holidays. 


easy hand pie recipe feature

5. Easy Valentine Hand Pies - Via Nerdy Mamma
This is the absolute definition of easy. You aren't crafting these things from scratch, you're using things you already have at home, such as SLICED BREAD and PRESERVES. It's so simple, yet the finished product is so pretty!


Date Night Jar --- Create a date night jar to add some excitement to your relationship! Bottom of the post has a list of date night ideas, ranging from expensive trips to free stay-at-home dates. || via diybudgetgirl.com #date #night #jar #ideas #easy #quick #crafts #valentinesday #valentine

6. Date Night Jar - Via DIY Budget Girl
I love this idea, so I'm going to tweak it for things with my children instead of my husband. As a stay at home mommy, we need to "spice things up" to keep our every day life from being too boring and tedious! But there are a lot of great ideas if you wanted to do this for your spouse too. ;)


Strawberry Rolls 14

7. Strawberry Roll - Via Megs Everyday Indulgence
Look at those. JUST LOOK AT THEM. I think anyone who can make these, should. How beautiful and fun! I can't wait to make them! I'm going to wake up early and get them all baked and ready for my sweet little children to engulf upon waking up. YUM!

I hope you love what you see! Let me know if you make any of them, I'd love to see! 






Sunday, January 31, 2016

Menu Plan Monday (2/1/2016)



Hey! Happy Monday!

I decided to start blogging out my meal plans for the week again, since I'm getting back in the swing after the crazy holidays. I can't wait for this week's Salisbury Steak! We have a great recipe we found recently. Hopefully I can share it with you next week!

This week:
Monday: Sloppy Joe's using turkey instead of beef
Tuesday: Basil Garlic Pork Chops
Wednesday: Salisbury Steak with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Slow Cooker Lettuce Cups with Mango Salsa
Saturday: One Pan Lemon Herb Salmon and Zucchini
Sunday: Quinoa Mac and Cheese



I link up over at Org Junkie!



Friday, September 25, 2015

Influenster Wellness VoxBox!

This post main contain affiliate links that will benefit this blog if you click on them. 

Recently, I received a VoxBox from Influenster with several FULL SIZE products meant to aid in enjoying me time. These are great products that helped me feel pampered! Here are the products:


This is so much stuff! I was surprised that they were all full sized and usable products. These are products that I wouldn't normally use, also. I'm more of a super crunchy one myself. These are primarily main stream products that I usually avoid. But I figure why not, eh?

Let's talk about each product I received in exchange for my review, shall we?


I want to talk about my favorite product first, the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer. It's pretty awkward moisturizing your skin when your body is still wet, and not dried off at all. But after I toweled off, I loved the way my skin felt! I feel better now than I have in quiet some time. I think being pregnant and breastfeeding for so long took a toll on my poor skin. But I feel like this has brought it back to almost as good as it was when I was all young and supple skinned. LOL


My second favorite product, which I do not have a selfie with, showing my love, is the Olay Active Botanicals Gel Cleanser. I love how this makes my face feel. It has a great lather, and smells very clean. I felt great using this product, and it was fun to use! I would recommend it!



Next up is this new brand that I've heard of before. It's called Attitude, and it looks like it is specific to Target stores (as well as their online retailers). Their products promote being carcinogen free, which is on point with my line of thinking. So for that, I love it! The shampoo smells GREAT! I feel like it gave a lot of life to my hair. The dishwashing liquid is green apple and basil scented. It's a unique and awesome scent that is really growing on me. ATTITUDE has a great deal going on! Right now you can get 40% off of your first order on ATTITUDEliving.com using the code FIRSTFREE40.




There was also Colgate (a well known brand) mouthwash. This mouthwash is unique because it is alcohol free, and tastes great!




Lastly, is this pain reliever that I didn't get a chance to try, but it looks convenient! I haven't been in any pain this month, so I haven't had the opportunity to try it. What a lucky month for me, right??




I received all of these products in exchange for my review of them, but all opinions are my own!







Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I'm Sick of Researching Vacuum Cleaners


As a military family, we are told to move a lot. We pack up our entire lives, clothes, food, washer and dryers, vacuums, everything. Then we drive them to where ever we are told to live. We have moved five times in five years, to three different states. It's an exhausting process that requires SO MUCH PAPERWORK, and a lot of organization and time. We spend hours filling out paperwork and reviewing leases to be sure we get everything in place so we don't get overcharged or forget anything. Then of course there is the cleaning. Oh my gosh, the cleaning. 

We spend a few days cleaning at each place before leaving or moving in. I think we are so good at keeping up with housework until it's moving time. Then I realize I should have been much more thorough. Dog hair finds a way into every nook and cranny of my house. Almost every time we move I have to get a new vacuum. Looking back, I've wasted a lot of money on vacuum cleaners. The poor things take a huge beating every move, and never seem to work as well again. I have found vacuums usually take quite the beating in the moving truck because we can't seem to keep them from rolling around or toppling over, as well as where we are and where we go. I have tried changing filters and replacing parts, but I can not ever seem to make them work as well again. We almost always end up purchasing another system to ensure our future house can stay clean.  

For the last five years, after a move, I'd cycle through reviews of vacuums, spending hours searching for helpful advice about what is the best product out there. I don't like to look at the five star reviews, because often they are just "this is great, thanks!" or the person hadn't had any issues with the vacuum cleaner yet. I like the one stars because they show the problems.  I have to sift through hundreds of "not what I was looking for" one star reviews, wishing there were a better way to find what I was looking for. You know the Amazon reviews, where someone says "Mine arrived broken, I couldn't return it because I had thrown away the box before I realized it was broken", or they didn't like the customer service of the Sears they bought it at in Albuquerque. Those are unhelpful reviews, and it's time consuming and very tedious to sift through them to find great information about why someone doesn't like a product, or what to avoid when buying a new one. 





I finally found what I was looking for, and now I'm sharing it. This site will help you with finding a decent vacuum fit to whatever you need. There are also some great reviews that I'd love to share with you. The first being the guide to the best vacuums of 2015. There is advice for cordless car vacuums that you can look at. My personal favorite for my needs is the advice about getting a vacuum that can withstand owning pets. I've had to clean my vacuum every time I clean because of the amount of dog hair that gets stuck in the bristles. I would love to find a vacuum where that is not necessary. New content is added often, so for your next move, you'll have something new to try. The Household Appliance Judge site has an excellent selection of appliance reviews for those who move a lot, or those who move once. OR if you are in the market for a new appliance at all. Stop sifting through hundreds of pointless reviews, and use a great wealth of knowledge!  

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sunsella Mighty Pops!


Do you make ice pops at home? No? Is it because you don't have the awesome silicone molds to make them? What if you could get them for a decent price?? 



I don't think I can say enough good things about this product. I love that they're easy to use, and brightly colored without a weird print. I love that they're soft. I love that my one year old can use these, and my three year old can use these. I love that they're easy to clean and easy to fill! I don't have the extra stand to fill them, I put them in a cup to hold them while I filled them up, and then put the cup in the freezer with them so they didn't get stuck. 

We made a delicious banana ice cream smoothie pop for the babies in these. It's just a smushed up banana, some cocoa, honey, and milk. Then bam! Freeze and you're done! The kids love them a lot, and I don't have to clean up nasty stains from red food dye in ice pops. My children also tend to cut their little mouths on the plastic from the store bought ice pops. So this is a great way to avoid all of that stuff I don't like and have more of what I do like. Which is yummy food and no pain! One last thing I love! On the bottom there, you can see in the second picture, there is about an inch of space to hold the bottom without freezing your little fingers off. Who wouldn't love that?



Another tip I've found: When your ice pop is frozen into your mold, just run it under warm water for a few seconds, and it will come right out! :) 

I received this product in exchange for my honest review.