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Friday, February 10, 2017

20 Things - Valentine's Goodies For The Whole Family

It's that time of year again.  That time when parents are asked to send items for Valentine's Day Party's and/or your child needs 25 Valentine's Cards for classmates, you need a cute snack and you want to surprise your SO with a little something.  Here are 20 fun and easy ideas.

My son's teacher asked all the parents to send a bag of candy, novelties or individually-wrapped food items for their party.  These look like fun items to send.

1.  Applesauce cups:  Over on Craftaholics Anonymous, Linda shares these adorable labels to add to applesauce cups.  Cute AND healthy.

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2.  Matchbox cars:  Hello, Wonderful designed these cute car valentines with a free printable.

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3.  Pencils:  Over on The Homes I Have Made you will find everything you need to make our own.

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4.  Animals:  home is what you make it has such a cute idea to attach toy animals to business cards.

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5.  Crazy straws:  Who doesn't love crazy straws?  Ginger Snap Crafts has the cute printable.

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Do you want to make fun, festive and tasty treats for Valentine's Day?  Try out these.

6.  Valentine's S'mores Snack Mix:  Kimberly at A Night Owl always delivers on awesome ideas.

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7.  Mini Heart Pizzas:  Alli at Cupcake Diaries has the most wonderful recipes.  These mini pizzas are perfect for Valentine's night.

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8.  Heart quesadillas:  These are super cute and full of cheesy goodness. Smart School House is behind this goodness.

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9.  French toast churro bites:  Sign me up!  Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts has a winner here.

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10.  Cupid floats:  Moms Need to Know came up with a simple, but scrumptious strawberry float.

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Perhaps you are looking for crafts for the kiddos.  These look like fun.

11.  Washi tape heart suncatcher:  This craft from Kids Craft Room is quick, easy and pretty.

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12.  Love catchers:  These are so original and a fun spin on dream catchers. Meri Cherry is on to something.

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13.  Heart rocks:  No Time For Flash Cards made these cute painted rocks.  You could leave them around your neighborhood.

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14.  Love paintings:  Simple and eye-catching way to have your kids create art.  Brought to you by Inner Child Fun.

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15.  Stamping hearts:    Happy Hooligans used toilet paper rolls to make this cute stamping art.

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Now some Valentine's fun for the adults.

16.  Strawberry mimosas:  Baking Beauty invented this lovely concoction.

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17.  Movie night!  Such an awesome set up created by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen.

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18.  Treat box:  by Unknown.  If you know who created this, please let me know.


19.  Heart-shaped bacon:  Oh my goodness, just give me a pile of these and I'll be good.  The DIY Lighthouse will show you how.

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20.  Etsy gifts under $30:  This list has tons of lovely items for anyone on your Valentine list.  (Sorry about the bad pic.)

I hope you find the perfect Valentine for your sweetheart and kiddo!  Happy Valentine's Day!💗

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What We Ate - January 2017

I have been so unmotivated this past month.  As always I started off excited to eat and cook healthier meals.  I made meal plans, grocery lists, etc.  I fell down on the job.  However!  I somehow lost 9 pounds.  Woo hoo!

So, there's not much to share.  The recipes for the meals are included.

Chicken Thighs and Rice with Black Beans and Cilantro

 This was SO good.  We love cilantro and the chicken thighs were moist and flavorful.  The rice was to die for.  I will be making this again.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

 Fried Egg, Cheddar, Olives and Venison Steak

Vegetable Soup with Ground Beef
 This soup doesn't really have a recipe.  I just use whatever's on hand in the pantry or leftovers from the fridge.  I use leftover pasta meat sauce as a base.  I add chicken stock, veggies, a sauteed onion and whatever spices I'm in the mood for.  It is SO good and no one would ever know you started with last night's spaghetti sauce.

Shrimp and Asparagus Stir Fry
This was so simple and was under 300 calories, not including the rice.  It had a kick due to the red pepper flakes and the asparagus was crisp tender, mmm mmm good!

Chicken and Dumplings
Not a great picture, but oh so good.  I always cut my dumplings too big and they puff up huge, lol. They always cook down though.

Did you cook much in January?  What were your favorite meals?  Share in the comments.  I'm always looking for new recipes.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

January 2017 In Review

Wow!  I can't believe how quickly January passed by.  If this is an indicator of how quick the rest of the year will go, my goodness, just slow down.  This past Christmas was the best it's been in a while.  If my brother and his family had made it, it would have been perfect.  He's in the Navy and they are in Maryland at the moment.

I'm still waiting for my disability claim to be decided.  Who knows when we will get our court hearing.  Hopefully soon.  Meanwhile I am mostly cooped up in the house with the occasional shopping trip or excursion with my sister.  I can't work until the claim is settled so money is pretty much nonexistent.  I'm learning a lot about allowing myself to rely on others.  It's hard.  But this is just a season and seasons always change.

Jaxon, my seven year old, continues to barely eat.  I worry about it most days.  He finally grew tired of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and that was his staple.  He won't eat fruit, most veggies and meat or starches.  He drinks lots of milk and tea every once in a while.  He loves plain rice and spaghetti.  Ramen noodles are his friend.  Bacon, eggs and ham, he'll eat.  Those items are pretty much what he eats All.The.Time.  Throw in green beans, broccoli, crackers and chocolate and that is it.  He will be the death of me.  I have instituted the rule of tasting a new food every day.  We miss a day here and there.  So far it has not really changed his eating habits.  I'm hoping it will broaden his tastes eventually. 😢

I'm really trying to get myself more organized.  I'm hoping to get back to writing on the blog more. What would you like to see?  Let me know.  I would love to have help with ideas or topics.

Well, finally, here are some pictures from this month:

I hope you all had a wonderful January!  Hold tight, I have a feeling 2017 is going to be quite a ride.

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