Steal & Splurge

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Hello!  I have been so excited about the Show and Tell Tuesday link up with Andrea.  There are several ways I love to save our family money and would love to share a few with you.  First, I hardly ever pay full price for anything. EVER.  That includes groceries, clothing, makeup, if I purchase it at a store it’s on sale or I have a coupon, but there are a few things I will splurge on.

Grocery Store

When I go the the grocery store I buy a lot of store brand items, I think that they basically taste the same or close to it.  I also try to meal plan weekly or bi-weekly so that I am not at the grocery store as often, which means I’m not buying unnecessary items.

Children’s Clothing

I always buy my kids clothes and school uniforms out of season for the year coming up.  I just buy them one size bigger for the next year.  This saves us tons of money on their wardrobe.  I often pair the sales and clearance prices with coupons for even more savings.  If I am purchasing anything online for them I try to always use Ebates to get some extra $$ back.

Apps

I love getting $ back on my purchases.  As I just stated above I love to use Ebates any time I buy anything online.  I have saved/earned a lot from using them, especially at Christmas time.  I also like to use the grocery store apps like the Kroger app, Ibotta, Receipt Hog, etc.  Use these apps in addition to your coupons and grocery stores savings to save even more.

 Jeans

I will splurge on a comfortable pair of jeans, for myself, husband or children.  There’s nothing better than a comfy pair of jeans, they are always worth the splurge.

Shoes

Just like a comfy pair of jeans there’s nothing like a comfy pair of shoes.  It’s hard to find a nice pair of comfortable, cute shoes for a great price.  Shoes and jeans are worth the splurge!  I like to be comfortable 🙂

 




Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

With the Super Bowl right around the corner I thought I’d share my favorite appetizer for the big game, buffalo chicken dip.  This is my go to recipe for any get together that has appetizer type foods, especially the Super Bowl.  It is so easy to make and always a crowd pleaser.  It is my absolute favorite dish for the game.

I love this recipe because it’s not to hot or spicy compared to a lot of the buffalo chicken dip recipes I’ve tried.  It has the perfect amount of heat, at least for me;)  I don’t like for my mouth to be on fire while I’m trying to eat anything.  So, if you’re like that too then I think you will love this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded chicken (you can use canned)
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup Hot Sauce ( I like Franks Red Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce)
  • 3/4 cup mild cheddar cheese, plus additional 1/4 cup for top

Mix all ingredients together and put in 8×8 baking dish, top with more shredded cheddar cheese.  Place in preheated 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes.

Grab some tortilla chips and ENJOY!



Friday Favorites

It’s Friday and I am finally linking up with some great blogs for my favorites of the week today, so let’s get started 😉

ONE

I went to lunch yesterday with my husband and our little K.  It was a favorite for sure, anytime I get to do lunch with them it’s always good.  No pics though 🙁

TWO

Nashville is back on CMT.  Yay!!  I have loved this show since the beginning and I hated when they announced they were cancelling it.  I’m so glad that CMT picked it up.  It started last Thursday but I didn’t get to watch it until this week and it was so good.

THREE

Look what came this week!  I absolutely love Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel, it smells so good.  It was on sale last week online so I ordered some to last me for a while and I also got Peppermint Twist, it’s really good too.  I think they’re still on sale if you need some too.

The frugal sisters

FOUR

I have been reading The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines.  I highly recommend this book if you watch their show Fixer Upper, it’s so good!

Well, that’s it for me this week, have a happy Friday!! I’m ready for a long weekend with my loves.

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Friday Favorites

Five on Friday with Christina.

Oh Hey Friday with Karli and Amy.

HIgh Five for Friday with Katie, Tif and Della.

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Workin’ It Wednesdays

Today I’m linking up with Erika and Shay and sharing my New Year’s goal for Workin It Wednesdays!

I’m not really very good at keeping New Year’s resolutions but I think I will be able to keep these goals for 2017 to work towards each day.

First up, I want to make sure that each and every day I am starting it off the best way possible by reading God’s word.  I want to do this EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  I have been doing this for a little while now as soon as the kiddos are off to school I have my time to spend in God’s word.  That’s is the best time for me because I have no distractions during that part of the day.  I do want to find a good devotional to read too, so if you know of any let me know 🙂

I want more organization and less clutter in my home.  I want to go through my entire house top to bottom and organize and declutter it all.   When you have kids, and what a blessing they are, you accumulate a lot of stuff so their things will be most of the organization and decluttering. This will be a lot of work but it’s a goal I look forward to completing.

I want my family to become healthier in 2017.  I want us to be more active and eat healthier.  I try to fix meals that are healthy for our family of 4 but sometimes it’s hard, especially in the Winter when I really like to make comfort food.  The best way I know how to help our family become healthier is by meal planning.  I do 2 week meal plans and they work well for us, I usually stick to what I have planned out for each night.

I would also like to start reading more this year.  I never have loved reading books but I think I would enjoy it now.  I am currently reading Chip & Joanna Gaines book The Magnolia Story.  If you like their show you will love their book.  I’m almost finished with it and need something else to read, suggestions??

I think these goals are all attainable and I look forward to doing each one of them every day!  I’m excited and looking forward to what 2017 holds.

 

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December Box

December box TFS
It’s almost December and I am ready to celebrate Christmas as long as I can. Check out this cute December Box, it’s like the Christmas Eve boxes only you get to enjoy everything the whole month of December.  Every year I buy my girls matching pj’s for the Christmas season, we watch Christmas movies as much as possible, drink hot chocolate and have some popcorn of course, because what’s a good movie without popcorn, right?



I like to give the kiddos their Christmas pj’s, movies, books, etc., at the very beginning of December, or right after Thanksgiving- or that night ;0)

December box TFS

I want them, and myself too, to enjoy their Christmas goodies the entire month of December.  I want to wash their Christmas pj’s 5 times a week, read that book every night and watch Christmas movies as much as possible because once Christmas is over, it’s just not the same. Since we love to be in the Christmas spirit all month we start as soon as we can.

Put your Christmas pajamas, a movie, good book, hot chocolate, popcorn and whatever else you may want in your box 🙂



 

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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

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My kids love pancakes! It’s one thing I know they will want to eat for breakfast just about any time.  I decided I would change things up a bit for them and make some apple cinnamon pancakes.  Well, they were a hit.  My little K thought they were the best 🙂



Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbs butter, melted and cool
  •  1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 medium- large tart apple diced

In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar.  Dice a medium to large tart apple, I used honeycrisp.  Add milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla; mix until smooth.  Fold in diced apples.  Batter will be thick.

Heat a frying pan or griddle with some cooking spray over medium heat.  Pour 1/3 cup of batter into pan, spread batter out some.  Let cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until it starts to brown nicely.  Best served warm, with or without maple syrup.

Makes 5 large pancakes.



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Oreo Truffles

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Today I am sharing one of my very favorite desserts to make at Christmas, OREO truffles. I know most people have probably tried these already, but if you haven’t you NEED to make these, soon! They are quite simple to make and only require 3 ingredients. Every time I take these somewhere they vanish almost immediately.




Ingredients:

  • 1 package Oreo cookies
  • 1 8oz pack of softened cream cheese
  • 24 oz of white chocolate chips or one pack of almond bark

oreo truffles

First, you want to finely crush your cookies.  I finely crushed mine in a food processor but you can use a large ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin.  Crush the cookies as they are, do not remove the creme centers.

Beat your softened cream cheese with a mixer, then slowly add your crushed cookies 1 cup at a time.

Once the cookies and cream cheese are mixed together well, form 1 inch balls and place on wax paper.  I used aluminum foil since I didn’t have wax paper, it worked pretty well.  You should have about 50 Oreo truffles once you’re finished.  Place them in the freezer for 20-30 min.

I used about 1 3/4 bags of white chocolate chips.  Melt your chocolate OR almond bark in the microwave or on your stove-top with a double-boiler per the instructions on the package.  *Be careful to not burn the white chocolate if you’re using the microwave.  Once the chocolate is melted take your Oreo balls out of the freezer and dip in the chocolate, then place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

Store your truffles in the refrigerator in an air tight container since the contain cream cheese.

 



DIY Ruler Growth Chart

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I have been wanting to get a growth chart for my girls for some time now.  I figured I would get one of them that was made from heavy weight paper, but I never seemed to find one that I liked well enough to buy.  Then, my husband said he seen a wooden ruler growth chart that we could make.  Once I seen how cute they are we had to have one.




You only need a few supplies:

  • 1 prefinished pine board- 1″ x 6″ x 6 feet
  • Stain of your choice
  • Old rag for application of stain
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Vinyl numbers and tick marks
  • Polyurethane
  • Screws or other type of hanger to place on wall
  • Tack cloth– optional

We had most of the items needed on hand already except for the board and the vinyl.  The 1″ x 6″ x 6 foot board only cost $11.88 and we purchased the vinyl numbers and tick marks as a kit, you can purchase the vinyl kit from Amazon, Etsy or Ebay for about $14.

To start off you will want to lightly sand your board.  If you purchase a prefinished it is already smooth so it doesn’t need a lot.  After sanding you will want to make sure that all the dust particles are off the board before applying your stain.  The optional tack cloth works well to remove the dust, but is not a necessity.

Apply the stain to the board with an old lint free rag.  Make sure to apply the stain in the same direction as the grain of wood is going.  You may want to use more than one coat of stain depending how dark you would like your board to be.  Allow the stain to dry completely and lightly sand and remove dust between each coat of stain.



Once the stain has dried sand the board again if you like, but not too much.

After the board is stained and dry you will need mark with a pencil every inch mark.  This is where you will apply the vinyl tick marks.

ruler growth chart

Vinyl is very easy to work with and when you purchase your vinyl kit it should come with instructions for how to use it.  You will peel the backing off first, leaving you with the transfer paper that is sticky on the side you are going to place down on your board. The vinyl we purchased was already measured out for you in 1 inch increments, it makes applying the vinyl fast and simple.  Line the vinyl tick marks up with your pencil marks where your 1 inch marks are.  Have a credit card handy and rub over the transfer paper to get the vinyl to stick to the board.  If a piece of vinyl is crooked, it is easy to peel off and reapply.  Just be careful, you don’t want it to tear.

diy growth chart

Once all of you vinyl tick marks and numbers are where they need to be it will be time to apply a coat of polyurethane.

ruler growth chart



We chose to use screws to hang our board to the wall, we put 3 black screws through the board into a stud in the wall.  I didn’t want to take any chances of it falling, although it probably wouldn’t.  I like the way it looks with the screws we chose, they were black so they matched the vinyl numbers.  You may use a sawtooth hanger or other method of hanging your growth chart if preferred.

diy ruler chart

A couple things I would like to mention:

  • As you can tell we placed our board at the top of our baseboard, make sure to get the correct measurements of your baseboard if you do this too.  You want your board to start where you want it to be off the floor. Our board started at 3 inches because that is how tall our baseboard is.  **Most vinyl directions will have you start at 8 inches, so your board would be 8 inches off the floor.
  • Our vinyl kit went to 6 1/2 feet.  Our ruler ended at 6 feet but we did not use the 6 because it would not look right, we would have needed a longer board since we started ours at 3 inches off the floor instead of 8 inches as the vinyl kit recommended.

This was an easy project and didn’t take much time at all AND I just LOVE the end result.  My only wish is that we would have made one sooner!

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Italian Sausage Ravioli

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Ravioli is a dish that is super easy to make but tastes delicious.  It’s one of my quick go to meals for busy after school nights.  It only takes a few ingredients and you can change it up and use hamburger instead of sausage or go completely meatless.




Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 large jar of sauce
  • 1 bag of frozen cheese ravioli
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown your sausage in a pan, then drain the fat.  Add sausage to your pasta sauce, mix. Put a layer of the pasta sauce mixture on the bottom of your 9×13 dish, then a layer of your frozen ravioli, repeat again.  Top your second layer of frozen ravioli with sauce and then 2 cups of cheese.

cheese ravioli

Cover dish with aluminium foil and bake for 40 minutes.  Uncover and continue baking for approximately 15 additional minutes, or until cheese is starting to brown. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

cheese ravioli

Enjoy!

What’s Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday

It’s time for What’s Up Wednesday with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer.  I always want to link up but it seems like I always have something going on that I can’t, but not today!

What were eating…

Black Bean Chicken Tacos

These are so yummy! The black beans make it so filling.  This dish is now on my favorites list.

taco bowls

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I made a double batch last month and froze the extras.  I’m getting ready to make some to freeze for a mini-vacation we have planned in a couple weeks.  They’re great for a quick and easy breakfast on the go.

chocolate banana muffins

Vegetable Beef Soup

I tried this vegetable beef soup from the CincyShopper.com and it was yummy!  I just did not add the beans because I don’t like beans all that much.

What we’ve been up to…

Well, now that school is back in full swing we have been getting used to our routine.  It was rough for the kiddos getting up for school early the first couple of weeks, but now it’s getting better.

What I’m dreading…

Dentist appointment next month.  Ugh….I really hate going to the dentist, but I guess it’s worth it 😉

What I’m excited about…

 I’m excited for Fall weather!  I’m ready to wear leggings and boots and flannels.  Anyone else with me?

What I’m watching/reading…

The Blacklist is back on!!  I love this show, as I have probably mentioned that before 🙂

I also watched This Is Us, I really like this show so far.  Everyone compares it to Parenthood, which I’ve never watched, so I may have to see if it’s on Netflix.

What I’m listening to…

Not much really.

What I’m wearing…

I am getting as much use out of my flip flops as possible before it gets too cold.

What I’m doing this weekend…

Not sure yet.  Just hoping to spend some quality time with my family.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

We have a mini-vacation planned with my mom and sister.  I am looking so forward to it!  It’s been years since I’ve been on vacation with them, like before I had children.  Can’t wait to make more memories with them!

What else is new…

I made this sign for my sister.  It has a favorite verse on it, Song of Solomon 3:4.  I love how it turned out!  It was quite simple to make, I’m hoping to have a How To post on it soon.

DIY Wood Art

So that’s about it for us this time around.  Can’t wait to read what’s going on with everyone else linking up!

 

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