Freebies!

What could be better than a freebie? Ok, being able to eat anything you want without gaining an ounce (although that’s kind of a freebie, too)…I stumbled across the Walmart freebies years ago, and have gotten so many great things from them (mini rolls of TP for when you end up in a stall with no paper and don’t realize it until your already pants down-perfect!), but with the birth of my most recent child, the wonder of this site got away from me. I have since regained most of my mental clarity (most) and re-discovered the freebie section on the Walmart website. Not only do they update their freebies often, but they also have some pretty decent coupons. You can click here to join in on these fab savings!!

Until next time…XOXO!

Revamped Bulletin Board

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I don’t think it’s a new discovery that a laundry room is so hard to make “pretty.” I’ve seen pictures of gorgeous laundry rooms, but sometimes you just have to deal with what you’ve got…and my laundry room leaves a lot to be desired!

One of the things I have in my laundry room is an old bulletin board (from high school) that I use to hang receipts and take-out menus…not a novel idea, but it works for me! So I decided to do my best to make this dull corkboard into something a little more appealing.
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I started by buying a yard of material that coordinated with my wall colors, which are a light grey-ish.

Then, I glued the fabric to the front side of the corkboard so that it folded behind the board tightly.
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The last simple step was to punch brass tacks along the wooden frame of the corkboard.
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Super simple and it turned out gorgeous!!! It really helps to brighten up that small little laundry room (even if no one but me sees it!!)!
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Until next time…XOXO!!

Easter Centerpieces

While perusing the internet, specifically my personal addiction, Pinterest (yes, I’m obsessed!), I have come across so many adorable versions of the peep easter centerpiece. I compiled several pictures for you, for inspiration (please let me know if you are familiar with the originator so I may give them credit). The first one is my copycat creation! Happy Easter!
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Until next time…XOXO!!

What to do with those wine corks?

If you’re a wine drinker like me…and a crafter…you feel guilty just tossing the old wine corks. So the question is: What can you do with used wine corks? If you look online you can find tons of ideas from wreaths to bath mats (tried that one and it was a disaster!!) to decorative cork boards. I didn’t need any of those other items, so I thought I could do something simple AND practical!

As a parent of 3 small children, I am bombarded with artwork, letters from school, report cards, and the like. Where does all this go? The refrigerator, of course! Wine Cork Magnets!! The perfect idea! What else would you hang kids’ artwork with…(cough)??

It was super simple and took no time at all. I just needed to find a knife sharp enough to cut the cork in half lengthwise. Once that was done, I cut a small piece of magnet to fit across the cork. Some super glue…and that’s all she wrote! How cute and easy!!
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Until next time…XOXO!!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Muffins

March 13 129I have made this recipe so many times and in so many different combinations! Recently, I have seen it all over Pinterest, so I thought I’d post my version!

All you need is 3 ingredients!! Hey, I can DREAM I’m Martha Stewart, but I sure don’t have the time to put in as much effort as she does…let’s be real! All you need is 1 can of pumpkin, 1 box of spice cake mix (or any flavor you want-this is where the various combinations come in!), and half to 1 cup milk chocolate chips. Mix all ingredients together and back at 325 for 15-20 minutes! Simple as that!! They are super healthy for you too, with all that fiber from the pumpkin. March 13 135

Enjoy!!

Until next time…XOXO!

Fun T-shirt Scarf!

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I saw this idea on Pinterest, and like so many other WONDERFUL ideas, I wanted to try it. It was super easy, but I honestly don’t know if I would ever actually wear it in public for fear of someone thinking the shirt I was wearing had accidentally been attacked by the airport escalator…

Moving along!

It was quite simple. I started by taking an old t-shirt and cutting the arms and collar off.

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Then I began to cut half inch strips about halfway up the remaining material. After I cut the strips completely around the material I pulled each strip to give it a smoother and more rugged appearance…that sounds so contradictory…it makes sense, I promise!

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Then you’re DONE! Easy as that! Like I said, however, it looked so much more HIP on the Pinterest model. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. I think if you have that “style” it can really be an effective accessory! Let me know if it works for you!

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Until next time…XOXO!!!

Sometimes We Forget…

Amidst the mudslinging and and attacks thrown at citizens from all directions via television ads, phone calls, and flyers, we often forget the big picture when it comes to electing the President of the United States, or any elected official, for that matter. Voting is a privilege denied to many, particularly women, and we should embrace our ability to participate in such a powerful event. Regardless of your reasons for selecting a candidate, stand by your informed decision and be proud that you are an American and are blessed with the right to have an opinion of your own.

Red Velvet Cake Cookies

Who doesn’t love cake? And cookies? When we can combine the two into a hybrid invention, what could be better? This recipe could be adapted into many different flavors. Really, any cake flavor that you can buy in a box. How easy!!

Ingredients:

Cookies-

1 box of red velvet cake mix

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 Tbs. flour

Icing-

4 oz. softened cream cheese

2 tbs. softened butter

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp.  milk

2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Begin by mixing the dry cake mix, eggs, oil, and flour in large mixing bowl until combined. Spoon the mix in 1-2 inch balls onto baking sheet (use either a baking mat or lined cookie sheet). Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes or until the cookies have a crackled look on top. Let cool.

While cookies are cooling, cream the cream cheese and butter in a bowl. Add in the milk and vanilla. Then, slowly mix in the powdered sugar. If the mix is a little runny, add in more powdered sugar until you reach desired consistency. Let sit.

Once cookies have cooled, drizzle icing on top of cookies. To make it easier, put icing in a ziploc bag and cut a small hole in the bottom corner, creating an easy way to dispense the icing onto the cookie. Let the cookies sit for a while to enable icing to harden slightly.

Serve and enjoy!

Until next time…XOXO!

Chicken Potato Skillet

My husband decided to have a garden this year after a relatively successful run last year. The kicker is this garden is HUGE! More than double the size of the garden he tended last summer. Needless to say, we have tons of veggies and I have desparately been trying to uncover new recipes that allow me to use the produce and are unique. A girl can only eat so much sauteed zuchinni and squash…boring…(snore). So, I was searching through some sites and found a recipe for a Chicken Potato Skillet. I adapted it to our tastes (or really my hubby’s since he’s waaaaayyyy pickier than I am!) and it turned out pretty well!

Ingredients:

3-4 slices of bacon

3-4 red potatoes, peeled and cubed

3 chicken breasts, diced

Shredded cheddar and mozzerella cheese

One dieced green pepper

One diced onion

One clove garlic, chopped

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Cajun seasoning (or season of choice)

 

Directions:

Begin by cooking bacon either in the oven or microwave, let sit. Next, place the cubed potatoes in a pot and boil until soft. While the potatoes are boiling, saute the chicken until cooked through. When chicken is almost done cooking, add the green pepper, onion, and garlic to the pan.

Continue to cook until veggies are soft and chicken is completely cooked. Then add the drained, cooked potatoes to the pan.

Mix together and add salt, pepper and cajun seasoning to taste. Once the seasoning is added, top the chicken mixture with the shredded cheese and crumbled bacon. Allow the cheese to melt and serve hot.

You can also garnish with sour cream and green onions! Yummo!

Until next time…XOXO!