Last Minute Easter Ideas

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Ahhhhh! Can you believe that Easter is this Sunday? Man, where have I been? I’m telling you guys that time has just been slipping away from me so fast this past month or two. I’m still dealing with side effects and exhaustion from being so sick last month.

Here’s a couple of ideas from Katie over at Kids Can Cook Real Food that I found interesting:

How Do you Make an Easter Basket Without Junk?

No Mess, No Food Coloring Easter Egg Decorating

I have managed to throw together a quick shopping list for Easter dinner on Sunday and I think I will just try to do one giant Easter basket like I usually do for the kids. Hopefully we will get around to coloring some eggs this weekend too. I’d also love to attend a Sunrise Service but not sure if that will happen or not.

What plans does your family have?

Wishing you all a very blessed weekend!

 

Kids Cook Real Foods: 20 Recipes Kids can Make (that aren’t braindead easy)

This is a really interesting post on the Kids Cook Real Foods site that we have been using for part of our homeschool curriculum this year. We are absolutely loving this site and I think you will too so head on over and check them out by clicking on any of the affiliate links in this post or the links below:

20 Recipes Kids can Make (that aren’t braindead easy)

FREE Download: 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make

 

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The Gospel Centered Mom

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As many of you know I am always looking for devotionals and such for my morning quiet time. I need something that will inspire, motivate, and encourage me on my daily path. This book caught my eye when I was browsing a while back and I knew I just had to read it. It’s taken me a bit longer to get through it than I had planned but it was so well worth the time and I will definitely be keeping this on my bookshelf to read again. Continue reading The Gospel Centered Mom

101 Compliments To Really Make Someone’s Day Better

Did you know that January 24th is Compliment Day? I didn’t until here recently but now that I do I want to be prepared. These would really be good for any day of the year though and the smallest compliment can really turn a bad day around.  Continue reading 101 Compliments To Really Make Someone’s Day Better

No Bake Kool Aid Pie

This pie is so easy to make that the kids are always asking for it. You can experiment with the flavors to find your favorite.

No Bake Kool Aid Pie

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Whipped Topping
  • 1 packet unsweet Kool Aid mix (we really like the strawberry)
  • 1 – 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 graham cracker crust

Directions:

Mix the first three ingredients together and pour into the crust.

Chill 1-2 hours and Serve.

How We Make Our Small Kitchen Function Better

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Ok, I’m gonna make this intro as short and sweet as I can so that you can get to work right away on these easy ways to organize your kitchen and make it function better. I know that my kitchen is relatively small so it might not seem like I should have that much to do but it is the opposite. I have a lot of stuff crammed into my tiny kitchen where we cook at least 3 meals a day not counting snacks.

Continue reading How We Make Our Small Kitchen Function Better

How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

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Has the thought of homeschooling entered your mind? Maybe you’ve bounced the idea around but you just aren’t sure it is right for you and your family? I know I thought about it when my oldest kids were in school but at the time it just wouldn’t work for us. I thought it was going to be too difficult but I was wrong and I’ll share some of our favorite resources with you. You can read more about our homeschool journey here. Continue reading How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

10 Things To Do When It Feels Like Your World Is Falling Apart

I know we’ve all been there a time or two in our lives, if you haven’t then you should still keep reading so you can be prepared for when it does eventually happen to you. We get comfortable in our lives and everything seems like it is going along so well. We have a good job and our lives are stable. Our home life seems pretty good too and everyone seems happy for the most part. Then it happens. It turns our lives upside down and tears our world apart, at least that’s the way it feels at the moment. Continue reading 10 Things To Do When It Feels Like Your World Is Falling Apart

5 Resolutions – Using the Instant Pot to Achieve Them

5 Resolutions – Using the Instant Pot to Achieve Them:
Trying to eat better this year? How about budget better? This is a great list of 5 New Year’s resolutions and how the Instant Pot can help with them ALL: 5 Resolutions – Using the Instant Pot to Achieve Them
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The Nicer You Are The Happier You Are

Kids say the darndest things sometimes and I just don’t know where they come up with some of the things that come out of their little mouths. My five year old told me yesterday that ‘the nicer you are the happier you are’. I asked him where he had heard that and he said he learned it from one of his video lessons.

Wow! I am amazed at the things they pick up sometimes and this time I am so glad that it was a good lesson. We all had a quick little discussion about whether or not that statement was true as Caitlyn (10 going on 30) insisted it couldn’t possibly be correct.

She later changed her mind after realizing that the old advice ‘Do unto others as you would have others do unto you’ was probably the reasoning behind her brother’s remark. We also discussed ways to be kind to one another and how we would want to be treated in certain situations.

All in all it was a very good, but impromptu, lesson in character.

What have your kids said lately that has surprised you?

Getting Organized: Bill Organization Spreadsheet

If getting organized while saving time and money are on your New Year’s Resolution List then these printables are for you.

We all hate paying bills, right? But that is something that has to be done. A few years ago I came up with a spreadsheet to keep me organized and keep me from forgetting what has been paid and what needed to be paid. I definitely don’t need late fees piling up or missed payments affecting my credit. Continue reading Getting Organized: Bill Organization Spreadsheet

New Stitch Fix Promo!

I don’t know about you all but this week has been a bit crazy here even the weather is crazy. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on 2017 and setting my goals for 2018. One of those is to improve my appearance and one of the easiest ways is with my clothes. If you saw one of my previous post you were able to see my 1st box from Stitch Fix . I was so happy and I am looking forward to my next box. Then I saw some exciting news in my email this morning!

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My 1st Stitch Fix Box

Hey you guys! You’ve got to try this! @StitchFix delivers stylist-picked clothes to you w/ free shipping & returns. I am so excited as I just received my first Stitch Fix box and I am so in love. These were clothes that I definitely wouldn’t have picked out for myself but I love the way they look and they are all so comfortable. This was a Christmas gift I got for myself.

It was so easy to get it, I signed in and filled out my style profile. Then my stylist, Jenaha, picked out my outfits which were then sent right to my house for me to try on and decide what I wanted to keep. I decided to keep it all but if I hadn’t they sent a postage paid envelope to mail back the unwanted items.

You can take a peek at what all I got in this little video and if you want to give them a try you can use this link here. (Yes, I do get a little kickback if you order from this link here.)

 

It’s so nice to do something for myself every now and then. The fact that they offer Free Shipping and Returns is also a plus.

Happy New Year’s!

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Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions Yet?

Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions Yet? I haven’t, well I have a few things in mind but I haven’t actually sat down and put pen to paper or anything like that. I want to be more organized… some people laugh when I say that as they think I am already really organized… this recent move still has been in a tizzy. I’d also like to lose a little weight like many of us. Most importantly I just want to be a better mother, friend, and person in 2018 than I was in 2017. Hmmm… not too much to ask is it? Continue reading Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions Yet?

Homeschool days making dinner crunched?

Homeschool days making dinner crunched?

Having dinner ready to go whenever we’re ready to eat is such a lifesaver on busy weeknights when we head out to activities. Now my *kids* are taking charge of dinner from start to finish. Before we start school, they start the slow cooker. Check out the videos from Kids Cook Real Food that we are using here.

Top 10 Blog Posts From 2017

Wow! I can’t believe this year is almost over and as I look back on the year I really can’t believe how many posts I’ve written even with a couple of months off. Here is a list of the top ten posts from 2017:

  1. Pantry Challenge Week
  2. One Year Anniversary
  3. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
  4. Blogger Recognition Award
  5. Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole
  6. Groundhog Day
  7. Thank You!
  8. Baked Potatoes In A Crockpot
  9. Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters aka Reindeer Poop
  10. My First Shopping Trip At Aldi!

A very interesting combination for sure!

Thank you all for being there and supporting me through the year… I know next year is going to be even better!

Happy Blogging!

Precious Moments Sale!

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I know that many of you have been so super busy and may not have had a chance to check out the Precious Moments website that I linked to in our post last week but seriously you need to go check them out right now!

Their After Christmas Sale just started today and it includes almost all of their Christmas items with the exception of most of the Nativity Sets. This is a special sale so you don’t need a coupon code of any sort.

Some of these items are up to 90% off! Here are a few examples of sale items: Continue reading Precious Moments Sale!

Our First Christmas Decoration For The Little House On The Pond!

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I don’t know about you all but this Christmas has not went as planned here in the little house on the pond. We did manage to get a tree up but it hasn’t been decorated yet… and how many days ’til Christmas? I’m afraid to check.

The kids don’t seem to mind that the tree isn’t decorated as Nanny J let us borrow her fiber optic tree and it is so pretty! They also know that Olivia has wrapped some gifts to place under there as well. Momma hasn’t wrapped a single gift, yet, but I do plan to wrap some later today.  Continue reading Our First Christmas Decoration For The Little House On The Pond!

Fixin’ to Eat: Southern Cooking for the Southern at Heart by Katie Moseman

I love cookbooks and when I was given the opportunity to review this one, Fixin’ to Eat: Southern Cooking for the Southern at Heart by Katie Moseman, I was ecstatic!

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This is a great cookbook filled with different twists on old recipes and then some new recipes that I’ve never heard of like Coca Cola Salad.
Many of these recipes seem very easy to make and I can see my kids learning to make recipes like Cream Cheese and Pimento Stuffed Celery in the kitchen.
There are also some great tips included in the book as well like how to pair wines with certain dishes. I am definitely going to try out the recipe for the Self-Crust Coconut Pie which sounds AMAZING!
All in all this is a great collection of southern recipes and I would highly recommend this book to anyone!

Continue reading Fixin’ to Eat: Southern Cooking for the Southern at Heart by Katie Moseman

FREEBIE: Cozi Online Calendar

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I’m excited to tell everyone that I am now an affiliate for Cozi which is an online calendar that I have been using for years! The great thing is that you can sign up FREE and when I say FREE it is FREE. I’ve used it for many years, FREE, and it has helped me keep my family organized and running smoothly! GO check it out!

 

Gift Ideas

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Kids Cook Real Food makes an awesome Christmas gift, and many grandmas are doing it already!! (We have printable gift certificates for them btw.) Continue reading Gift Ideas

DIY: Quick Counter Top Update

Check out what I did this weekend! Like and subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already done so!

Soaked Apple Cinnamon or Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal Recipe (A Make-Ahead Breakfast)

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Soaked Apple Cinnamon or Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal Recipe (A Make-Ahead Breakfast):

What’s your Christmas morning like?

a. Run around like crazy making a special breakfast
b. Break out the cereal
c. Put a make-ahead breakfast in the oven and enjoy family time + a special meal Continue reading Soaked Apple Cinnamon or Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal Recipe (A Make-Ahead Breakfast)

The Big Barn Dance

We had an awesome time Saturday at The Big Barn Dance. Please check out our video on Youtube and give us a thumbs up!

 

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Updated Shopping Links!

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I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve added some new links on the Affiliate Disclaimer & Links tab just in time for Christmas. Are you still looking for a unique gift for someone special? Why don’t you check out some of these sites below or check out the Affiliate Disclaimer & Links tab for a complete list of companies I am currently working with.   Continue reading Updated Shopping Links!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Have you heard of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library? It is a free ‘book gifting’ program that is available to any child, from birth until they start school, no matter what the family’s income is. Continue reading Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

iPhone Emergency SOS Feature

Hey did you know this trick? I just saw it on Facebook and had to give it a try. Continue reading iPhone Emergency SOS Feature

Community and Cops Christmas Fundraiser

I came across this on my Facebook feed this morning. As many of you may remember my family had the opportunity to meet Officer Bobby White, aka the Basketball Cop, last year. Then in September our local square dance clubs held a toy collection for the Basketball Cop. We were then able to present the gifts to Officers Bobby White and Becki Holcomb in October.

Not only do they help organizations here in our own communities and state they also help others all across the United States. Currently the Basketball Cop Foundation is hosting a fundraiser for the Community and Cops Christmas in Jacksonville,AR: Continue reading Community and Cops Christmas Fundraiser

Square Dancing: Fall Festival Carnival Dance

Today we attended the NEFSARDA Fall Festival Carnival Dance at Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beaches. There was a wonderful turnout and lots of lively dancing. I’m still a bit dizzy from all the whirling and twirling we did! Continue reading Square Dancing: Fall Festival Carnival Dance

Stop The Itch Cream

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I know we are almost to the middle of November and it seems like mosquito bites should be over with for a bit, but not here in Florida. This past weekend was the beginning of hunting season and I spent most of my time out in the woods.

I had forgotten to take along the bug spray but it was quite chilly so I didn’t buy any on the way either. That was a big mistake!

We found a game trail and decided to check it out. Not long down the trail I was attacked by mosquitoes and bitten several times near my right eye. Ughhh…. that really hurt. Not too mention it was quite ugly and itchy.

Continue reading Stop The Itch Cream

New Cook Book Release: 31+ Breakfast Ideas And Recipes

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Hey ya’ll! I happy to announce that I finished another cookbook that I had been working on. It will soon be available on Amazon in an ebook version and a paperback version. I’ll update this post with the links as soon as it is up on the site!  Continue reading New Cook Book Release: 31+ Breakfast Ideas And Recipes

Life Update 9/16/2017

Hey y’all! We are still here ….  a lot has happened since my last post and I do apologize for not keeping in touch with everyone. A big ‘Thank You’ to those who have messaged me via Facebook, Twitter, and/or email to check on us. I have not been able to check emails, messages, or respond to everyone as our internet has not been working properly. Continue reading Life Update 9/16/2017

Check this out!

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We just published our first ebook for Kirby’s Korner Blog. It is a cookbook with a few recipes found on the blog as well as some recipes from my recipe box.

Click here for a preview of our book or click here ($4.99 value) for a chance to win a free copy. Continue reading Check this out!

Yearning For Simpler Times

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Last night I dreamed we had moved. It wasn’t a fancy house, in fact it was a bit run down and a lot smaller than where we live now. It needed a lot of cleaning and a bit of work but we loved it. It was a fresh start from all the stress and chaos we have right now at this moment. Continue reading Yearning For Simpler Times

Family Outing: Jacksonville Zoo 6/10/2017

Well a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that we had a special outing planned. Unfortunately we did not get to go the weekend we planned to go because of the weather. We did go this past weekend and it was so much fun!

As you can imagine trying to take a many kids as we did (we took 7 kids, ages 4-14) can be a bit daunting but we managed. One of my sisters was also able to join us which helped out alot. Continue reading Family Outing: Jacksonville Zoo 6/10/2017

Silver Fox Squares: April 2018 Newsletter

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Daily Deals: March 30, 2018

Here is a quick list of some of the fun freebies I’ve found recently! Please remember that we do not send out any samples from our site and that you must complete and meet all requirements for each individual company before samples or products will be sent out. Offers may expire at any time.

Scroll down the page to find all of the deals.

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Free samples of Jalapeno & Garlic sauce

FREE Emergency Food Supply Sample Continue reading Daily Deals: March 30, 2018

Pi Day Party With Numbers Alive

As many of you may know this past Wednesday was ‘Pi Day’ as the date 3-14 represents Pi (3.14). We celebrated here at house with a Pi Party… lol… we had everyone bring their favorite pie, some people brought pizza pies, and we just had a great time. Our Party was a Featured Party opportunity from Tryazon. There were 249 similar parties taking
place last week here in the United States. Continue reading Pi Day Party With Numbers Alive

Product Review: Instant Peel Exfoliant by Earthen Skin Care

Has this winter weather done a number on your skin like it has mine? My face has been dry and rough and it needed a little bit of pampering. Well the kind folks at Earthen Skin Care sent me a free sample of their Instant Peel Exfoliant product and let me tell you that it did make a difference. My rough, dry, dull skin was immediately transformed and now it feels soft and silky smooth, not to mention that it has a nice glow to it as well.  Continue reading Product Review: Instant Peel Exfoliant by Earthen Skin Care

Life Update: February 2018

Hey you guys! I know I’ve been a little bit scarce lately and I do apologize. I had a lot of great posts that I was working on for this month but things don’t always go as planned… that’s how life works, isn’t it?

Sometimes unexpected things can bring great joy and at other times they can bring us pain and sorrow. Sometimes our plans get changed because we aren’t following the plan God has laid out for us and He needs to redirect us. Whatever the reason for my delays I have had plenty of time to sit and reflect this past week. Continue reading Life Update: February 2018

Reserve Your Spot!

Hey there,

I hear the virtual seats are filling up for the live online event about raising healthy eaters with Katie Kimball of the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse!

She’s a former elementary teacher and mom of 4 who knows her way around healthy food and has the neatest ways to explain basic skills to kids. She is sharing her secrets with us this month, the same ones that have helped over 6,000 families eat healthier food — and I wanted to make sure you saw the opportunity!

* Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7PM Eastern (4PM Pacific)

* Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 10PM Eastern (7PM Pacific)

* Saturday, March 3, at 4PM Eastern (1PM Pacific)

RESERVE YOUR SPOT! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

I’ll be soaking it all in too because no matter how much time I spend with my kids, there’s always something more to learn (or something I’ve forgotten in my poor full brain)! Hope to see you in the chat!

Even if you can’t make it live, I’d totally sign up because you can get the replay. (Efficiency at its finest – watch it at 1.5 speed! Ha!)

One big reason to come live: you get access to her full-length knife skills class for ALL ages 2-teen. It’s changed the way some families do dinner in just 10 minutes!

I am so determined that my kids know how to cook – the real stuff, not just boxes – so that they’re independent and healthy adults (and, truth be told, to get a little help in the next 5-10 years around the house too!).

Are you with me?

REGISTER NOW https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

Here’s to always improving,

Susie

PS – Don’t worry, you can just sit back and watch, so you can totally be doing other things and no one will tell you to look at the speaker. 😉 Get your spot now  so you don’t miss out! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

Quick Reminder: Free Healthy Food Tips For Kids

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So, if your email inbox is half as crazy as mine, you miiiiiiight have missed my blog post a few days ago about a free live online event that will change dinnertime in your house in a big way. I don’t want you to miss it though so here it goes again!

I’m excited to be connected with Katie Kimball, the “kitchen whisperer” who has taught thousands of families how to cook and tens of thousands of kids to (gulp) use sharp knives safely (including ours). Apparently, her kids actually stay at the table all throughout dinner most of the time – and she’s willing to share her strategies with us! 😉

These secrets will make dinner with your kids sound better than a hangnail, and you can expect more veggies to be going down the hatch than ever before. #itcouldhappen #evenpickyeaterscanchange

It’s kicking off soon – the first event is TOMORROW, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 1PM EASTERN (10AM PACIFIC), so take 20 secs and register now:

YES! RESERVE MY SPOT! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

You definitely should plan to make it LIVE because you get a special gift just for coming (a 10-minute cooking lesson for kids!!!)

If that time doesn’t work for you, you can also catch it on:

* Tuesday, Feb. 27th, at 7PM Eastern (4PM Pacific) OR 10PM Eastern (7PM Pacific)

or

* Saturday, March 3rd, at 4PM Eastern (1PM Pacific)

Here’s a bit of what you’ll learn:

  • 7 Proven Strategies to Make Family Mealtimes Peaceful (even if you have picky eaters)
  • 3 Choices to Give Your Kids That Will Make Healthy Food a Reality in Your House — but They Still Think They’re in Control
  • 2 Way-too-common Ways Parents Sabotage Dinner Without Even Realizing it
  • The Snacktime Rule that will be your new best friend
  • The Biggest Mistake Parents Make when inviting their kids into the kitchen…and how to avoid it.
  • How to Make the Clean Plate Club Totally Unnecessary
  • How to Teach Kids to Use Sharp (or dull!) Knives Safely
  • Plus WHEN YOU ATTEND LIVE, you’ll get access to a free video teaching kids to use knives safely — for children of ANY age. Be ready for your kids to exceed your expectations!

If you’re already registered, awesome! Really try to make it live to get that knife class for your kids, but no matter what, you’ll get the replay, so you can register without checking the calendar and still feel good about it:

REGISTER HERE https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

We all put a lot of time and effort into being good parents, and training our kids in life skills and mealtime manners is part of it – but it can be hard to know just where to start. I often feel like just giving up on getting everyone to eat what I fix without asking for something different.

So whether you feel just like me or the polar opposite, unless your kids are already competing for the healthiest eater award, you can probably use some encouragement and fresh ideas for meal times (and kitchen prep).

I’m looking forward to hearing what Katie has to say!

See you there,

Susie

PS – The live event is totally free and all online. Expect no more than an hour with as much actionable info as possible packed in to respect your valuable time as a parent!! Don’t miss it! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

Freebie Alert: A Disney Princess Valentine For All of Your Friends

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Look what I just found! And it’s free! Grab yours here but hurry because I don’t know how long this will be available.

Continue reading Freebie Alert: A Disney Princess Valentine For All of Your Friends

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