Fun Ideas For a Tractor Themed Birthday Party

Fun Ideas For a Tractor Themed Birthday Party

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If your little one has a birthday that falls in the fall, a great theme for them would be a Tractor Themed Birthday Party! Fall is filled with all things outdoors. Pumpkin patches, farming, ect. So what better way to celebrate the fall season than with a Tractor themed birthday party right!? Of course, it doesn’t have to be fall to enjoy a tractor themed birthday party, but you know what I mean, ha! We recently attended one of these fun birthday parties and I thought I would share some of the awesome ideas the host had! Let’s check them out! [Read more…]

Easy Tips To Get Organized For The New Year

Easy Tips To Get Organized For The New Year

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Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015! Can you guys believe that a brand new year is upon us? It seems like 2014 flew by! As I sit in my office (hm, my Livingroom) I look around and suddenly get inspiration for my 2015 goal. You might have already guessed it considering the title of this article right? I need to get organized like no one’s business! One of my favorite ways to stay motivated to see a goal through is to right them down and share them with others in hopes of keeping myself on track and helping anyone else that might want to join me. So with that in mind let’s check out some of the best easy tips to get organized in the New Year that I have found!  [Read more…]

Homemade Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Homemade Christmas gift baskets have always been a favorite Christmas gift of mine whether I am on the giving or the receiving end of the gift. What I really love about homemade Christmas gift baskets is the thought that goes along with them. You aren’t just buying anything, wrapping it and dropping it under the tree. You are putting real consideration into it and thinking of things that make the recipient happy, things that fit their personality or their hobbies. Then once you have your idea you can pack that gift basket full of goodies! If you need some help coming up with homemade Christmas gift basket ideas for someone on your gift list then I have some tips for you. [Read more…]

10 DIY Ornaments to make for your Christmas Tree

10 DIY Ornaments to make for your Christmas Tree

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Christmas time is here, can you guys believe it!? I am getting out all of my decorations on Friday and plan on spending the day putting the up while sipping on hot chocolate and jamming out to some Christmas songs. My favorite part of decorating for Christmas and putting up the tree! Every year my family and I make a new ornament for our tree so we can remember that particular year. It’s one of my daughters favorite traditions so we usually let her pick out the ornament we are going to make each year. So with that in mind I thought I would share with you some of the best DIY ornaments that we found from across the web while searching for the perfect ornament for our family. Perhaps your family perfect DIY ornament is right here on this list! Lets check them out: [Read more…]

The Best Christmas Tea ever!

Christmas Tea Recipe

Everyone knows that Southern food just can’t be matched…and drinks are no exception.  I had this
Christmas tea a few years ago, at our small-town bank during a Holiday party, and I was willing to do anything for the recipe. It’s that good. Turns out, it’s from a hometown cookbook that’s just about as old as the town itself. So, if you’re  looking for an autumn tea or Christmas tea recipe, you’ve found it. Look no further. Close all those other recipes you’ve got open, cause this is the one you want to go with.

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Christmas Tea Recipe Ingredients:

2 Cinnamon sticks
2 TBSP WHOLE cloves
3 Cups sugar (Haven’t made it with Splenda, but I’m sure you could!)
1 qt. boiling water
1 qt. strong tea (REALLY REALLY STRONG)
Juice of 3 lemons (Or lemon juice)
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
3 quarts boiling water (You can sub some of this for apple cider!)

Directions:

Bring 1 qt water (or cider) to a boil, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and sugar.  Boil for 5 minutes, then strain out spices.   Add tea and remaining ingredients.  Serve hot or cold!
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After making this a few times, it’s always best the next day. It’s great fresh, of course, but it’s even better after sitting overnight in the fridge. You can drink this hot or cold. The cinnamon and cloves mesh so well with the tea flavor — and the citrus notes are just the perfect finish. I promise you, if you make this, you will be asked for this Christmas tea recipe, if not crowned the king or queen of the party!

Apple Bread

 

Enjoy with this easy caramel Apple monkey bread or while you are making cookies.

Easy sugar cookies recipe

While I am drinking my Christmas tea. I am working on my under $5 gift idea

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 What will you do while drinking your Christmas tea?

Super Simple Coleslaw Recipe

Super Simple Coleslaw Recipe

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It’s officially coleslaw season again!  As summer approaches, our dinner menus begin to change.  This is the time of year when my husband starts grilling and I simply have to prepare side dishes.  For me, it’s a bonus because I have a recipe box filled with summer sides, including fresh salads and vegetables.  After a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is put together a whole meal.

Our local farmer’s market just opened and, with all the fresh vegetables available, our family’s dinner side dishes no longer consist of frozen vegetables.  We’ll be enjoying zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage, radishes, green beans, bell peppers, peas, cucumbers, and asparagus fresh from the farm.

This family favorite simple coleslaw recipe is one which I adapted from my days of following The Flylady.  Instead of chopped cabbage and carrots, the recipes calls for these ingredients to be shredded.  My family is not fond of sweet coleslaw so this coleslaw, which is more on the tangy side, pleases everyone.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Toll House Cookie Skillet Recipe

Toll House Cookie Skillet

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I am the first to admit that I love a good cookie. What is better than one cookie? How about a Toll House Skillet Cookie?

The truth behind my love of this recipe is that I love the idea of baking cookies. However, once I make a sheet or two, I am over it. Once I’ve mixed up the batter, I don’t want to be getting up every ten minutes to take cookies out of the oven and fill up the cookie sheets again. That’s why I decided try a cookie skillet instead of individual cookies.

After seeing the idea on Pinterest, I decided it was worth a try. I loaded the next batch of cookie batter into a skilled and baked it until done. This is favorite new way to bake cookies. [Read more…]

Spring Break Getaway Bahamas Cruise

Spring Break Getaway Bahamas Cruise

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We only have two more Spring Breaks to take a vacation as a family.  This year we will Cruise the Bahamas for Spring Break!  Our teenage daughter’s only request is that this Spring Break trip must include sun and fun.  Well, this year we plan to deliver just that.  Planning a vacation for the three of us takes more than a little bit of coordination and planning. With the travel dates set well in advance by the school system, all we need to do is arrange for time off that week.

First Things First:  Cruise or Resort?

The first step was to contact our travel agent to let him know when we wanted to get away, where we wanted to go (South!), and how much we planned to budget for the trip.  We have a personal relationship with our travel agent and he was able to quickly come up with three options.  As much as we wanted to travel out of the country, the Mexican beach resort option was immediately dismissed because it required us to obtain passports.  I know we eventually need to apply for passports but it’s just not in the budget right now.  That left us with two options:  a beach resort in Puerto Rico or a cruise to the Bahamas. [Read more…]

Free Disney Bucks Printable

Free Disney Bucks Printable

Free Disney Bucks Printable

Who needs Disney tips?  I know I did. I wanted to make sure I got the most out of my money and my child had the best experience. We have 7 tips for getting the most out of Disney for your money. I also wanted it to be a learning experience for us all. We compiled our best tips in our Disney Tips post. We even reviewed Pandora at Disney World.

The next step is to have your children feel like they are part of the experience and teach them responsibility.  That is why we came up with Disney bucks for my fellow Disney lovers.

I wanted to think of a way to set a budget for my daughter and to help her earn her own money to spend while we are there. I am not a fan of a free for all during vacations, so I make sure my daughter knows how much it costs to go, and how hard we work to go. So she loves being able to “work” for her own spending money, and it helps us from overspending as well. That’s why we came up with Disney Bucks!  [Read more…]

7 Reasons To Visit Disney World In The Fall

7 Reasons To Visit Disney World In The Fall

Disney World in the fall

You guys, I just returned from the most magical, amazing, perfect, and wonderful vacation my family and I have EVER been on! Now, we have been to Disney World a few times before, but never during the fall. Now I’m not sure if we could ever go back during any other time! (Ok well…maybe Christmas time next..lol). It was SO different than the last time we went which happened to be during Memorial Day weekend. Which, never again by the way. We are lucky that we live in an area that gets a week ling fall break so that we were able to go. For anyone that is considering going to Disney World in the Fall I have 7 reasons why you are making a great decisions. And if you have never considered going to Disney World in the fall keep reading to find out why you should! [Read more…]