8.19.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#276)

Elise doesn't pack lunch for Pre School but I pack her lunch to eat as soon as she gets home and I am really hoping to expand my offerings this year.

Tip #276

Your kids will think that you are a rock star when you use these awesome lunch ideas (I wouldn't mind eating them myself!) from Rock the Lunchbox.

You can get coupons for top lunchbox brands like Annie's and Honest Kids here.

8.14.2014

Cheddar Squash Biscuits

You know in the movie "Doc Hollywood," how Michael J. Fox gets paid with a pig? Well, in the summer church members pay us in produce. OK, we don't really work for veggies, but we sure do get a ton of fresh produce from the green thumbs in our congregation.

Some we freeze, some we can, others I try to sneak into bread and cake so that the Rev will eat it. He knew that squash was in these Yellow Squash Cheddar Biscuits so he wasn't having any of it, but they were really tasty. The squash is almost undetectable, but it makes the biscuits very moist. Elise hasn't figured out hidden veggies yet, so there is hope for at least one of them.....

8.12.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#275)

I loathe Walmart...too spread out, they move stuff too frequently...but they do have good prices.

Tip #275

Use Walmart's online Savings Catcher to save even more.

Within a week of your visit, enter the code on your receipt and Walmart will compare prices on the items that you bought with printed sales flyers from stores in your area. If they find a lower price, you get the difference on a Walmart gift card.

I just tried it for the first time and I'm waiting on a comparison report, so I'll let you know how it works. It's worth a try anyways...

8.11.2014

Not Just For Cupcakes...

I had the privilege of helping my Sunday School class host a wedding reception for a class member this past weekend. The bride was super flexible and told us her color was lavender and to do whatever we wanted. She painted mason jars in 2 shades of purple to use as centerpieces for the guest tables, and that was our starting point. I love centerpieces, so I signed up to tackle that. I used her jars with bunches of baby's breath and lavender stock, flanked by smaller jars with purple glass gems and floating tealights, for the guest tables.

 
I wanted to continue with the mason jars theme for the main food table centerpiece. I used a cupcake stand that I already had (it holds 23 cupcakes), some small votive holders, and $20 worth of flowers from Trader Joe's to create it. I placed the jars, they were the smallest size of mason jar, 4oz, I believe, in the stand on the bottom tier. Then I alternated those same jars with votive holders for the next tier, since those holders are a bit closer together, and votive holders on the top 2 tiers. I added water and then just randomly placed flowers until I had something I was pleased with.  I have no idea why I have never thought to use the cupcake stand this way!
 
 
Congratulations to the happy couple!


8.05.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#274)

I love washi tape and I love school supplies...

Tip #274

Use washi tape to spice up boring dollar store school supplies.

This idea from Lia Griffith is awesome! I will be jazzing up some notebooks and pencils for my new office this weekend for sure!

8.04.2014

Smarter, Not Harder

Have I ever told you how much I love school supplies? New pens, a blank planner, and cutesy desk accessories all make my little heart go pitter patter. The school year is like the unofficial do over time of the year. Didn't keep your resolutions in January? Start fresh when school starts. I love the newness of it all.

And if one of those resolutions was to save money and work smarter, not harder, I have help for you! You're not still buying your college textbooks at the campus bookstore, are you? Um, why? Don't you know that CampusBookRentals has major perks when you rent your books from them? Perks like saving 40-90% off of bookstore prices, free shipping both ways, the ability to highlight in the textbooks, flexible renting periods and a donation to Operation Smile with each textbook rented. Check out this video to see how it works:



Now, if you are one of those people who starts the semester looking forward to the end of the semester, you might be more interested in how you can use RentBack to get the most out of those books destined to gather dust. Check out this video to see how it works:



OK, now before you scamper off to rent all of this semester's books at ridiculously low prices at CampusBookRentals, tell me, are you a fellow school supply junkie?

7.15.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#273)

Was I the only one that did not know this?

Tip #273

I picked up this tip last week when using a recipe for Super Laundry Sauce. The recipe called for you to screw a mason jar onto your blender blade and I was like, what?

From Real Simple, "Many detachable blender blade assemblies screw right onto a regular mouth Mason jar. Don't fill it by more than half, though, and as with any regular blender, avoid very hot liquids." 

Basically a poor man's Magic Bullet...you are welcome...now go make me a smoothie, or a milkshake, ooh, how about some salsa?

7.10.2014

White & Gold Geometric Necklace

A few wooden geometric beads, some white and gold paint, add chain and you have a fresh summer necklace. You could swap the chain for some colored thread, or suede cord, even T-shirt yarn, for different looks. And as a bonus, the beads came in a set of 25, so plenty more to paint in other colors and make more necklaces!

Beads sold here.

Do you do any summer crafting?

7.09.2014

You Have To Make This!

I have to apologize in advance to Jill because she is working like a beast to get birthday bikini ready (and she will absolutely make her goal!)...so Jill, I still love you the most, but stop reading...everybody else? Go make It's Always Autumn's S'mores Pizza now! It is that ding dang good. We savored it along with perfect weather, dinner on the grill, berry picking, great friends, and fireworks on the 4th.


And because I know you need something to get you over this hump day, here are a few pics of my little firecracker on the 4th!


7.08.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#272)

As we gear up for potty training around here, we are also beginning to teach proper hand washing technique.

Tip #272

Waste not, want not and it's never too early to teach children to conserve. We'll be putting this tip to use to avoid wasting soap!

From Kids Activities Blog, "Limit soap by twisting rubber bands around the pump nozzle.  When the kids push the pump they can only get a small dollop of soap, the perfect amount for small hands."

7.03.2014

While She Naps...


I'm working on sewing summer clothes for her, planning her 2nd birthday party (read losing brain cells to Pinterest), turning this Mexico souvenir T-shirt into a romper for a sweet baby boy, painting beads for a geometric necklace, creating faux Scrabble art, and catching up (read printing and sorting through 6 months worth of photos, mementos, and journal notes) on my Project Life scrapbook for 2014.

Do you have any extra down time in the summer? How do you spend it?

7.01.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#271)

Did you know that more pets are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year?

Tip #271

Take precautions to keep your pets safe and enjoy the holiday!

The Lazy Pit Bull shares some great tips to ensure that your pet enjoys the 4th festivities as much as you. Have fun and stay safe!

6.30.2014

It's Finally Here...

summer vacation! I have never been so excited to see a school year come to an end. 

Learning a new operating system this year, full of kinks and setbacks, has made me feel like a hamster in a wheel...spinning, spinning, spinning but never getting anywhere. The bomb that they dropped on me last week with the news that I am being moved from my 2 small elementary schools to a larger middle school was just about enough to send me over the edge. 

I know nothing about middle school scheduling and my dream of starting the year feeling like I had a little better understanding of the system is now gone, knowing it will be a whole new world on August 1st.....so until then, fun with my girl, extra time with the Rev and no school talk! Bring on Elise's Summer Bucket List - there is fun to be had and memories to make!

6.24.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#270)

Are your kids already bored with summer?

Tip #270

From Dave Ramsey, "Why travel 1,000 miles away for fun and relaxation when there's stuff to do right around the corner? Be proactive about finding free activities around your town."


"Not all of them will be highly publicized, but with a little investigation, you could find the hidden gem that could be the highlight of your summer. A town nearby possibly has free outdoor movie nights, museum days, greenways, libraries, festivals and so much more. Invite the neighbors or your group of friends along as well." Other great summer money saving tips from Dave Ramsey here.

6.23.2014

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

We changed our format for the Cake Slice Bakers this month so that we have the option of choosing from 4 cakes to bake. You all know that I picked chocolate! I baked up this quick and easy Sour Cream Chocolate Cake from Carole Walter's Great Cakes for Father's Day. while the cake was a tad bit dry, the Sour Cream frosting was to die for! It bakes in a 9x13 pan so not many points for presentation but it would be a super easy portable bake for any social gathering.