Simple Ideas for Keeping Family Finances Afloat

Simple Ideas for Keeping Family Finances Afloat   Your family’s finances may vary from year to year, depending on how much income you earn and what stage of life your family is in. Young couples just starting out have different expenses than those who are having children, and couples with older children have a different budget than those facing an empty nest. No matter what stage of life your family is in, there are a few constants that all families experience. Money comes in, money goes out, and some money gets socked away or invested. Whether you are looking for some basic ideas to get started, or need to overhaul your budget, this article will give you a few simple tips to set you on the path to healthy family finances. Spend Less You may have heard it a dozen times already, but the best way to save money is to spend less. The good news is that your family doesn’t have to go without essentials or extras if you spend your money wisely. Here’s a short list of ways to … [Read more...]

Delicious Baking Without Milk or Eggs

Delicious Baking Without Milk or Eggs   Everyone loves succulent brownies and gooey chocolate chip cookies dipped in a glass of milk. If you made the commitment to reduce animal fats in your diet, you might think these delectable treats are consigned to yesteryear, but you will be happy to know that you need not give up brownies, cookies, or even creamy cheesecake just because you decided to refrain from consuming dairy products and eggs to improve your health. It’s never been easier to eat healthy deliciously without feeling deprived because there are many products on the market that mimic the texture and flavor of eggs and dairy.   Making Replacements Your grandmother most likely used dairy and egg replacements in her baking, but these were mainly put together in a pinch when the recipe was halfway made, and it was impossible to run to the store for more eggs and the ration of milk delivered by the milkman had already been consumed. If your grandmother was short of … [Read more...]

The Adventures of Rooney Cruz – Esther The Belle of Patience

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way. The Adventures of Rooney Cruz - Esther The Belle of Patience   I love my two girls and I want to give them the best chance possible in life. I know that I am not the only Mother who feels that way about her children. It can be hard at times to know if we are doing the right thing as moms, if we are teaching them enough. Luckily we have so many resources available to us. One of my favorite ways to help teach my daughters about life lessons is through books. We are big on reading in my home. I always had a love of books and I want to make sure to pass that on to my little ones. Recently I was sent a copy of the book The Adventures of Rooney Cruz Ester The Belle of Patience. This is a great read not only because it teaches the kids about patience but also because it brings (my favorite) Bible story of Esther to life. Esther is a … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Cookie Cups! Perfect Summer Treat!

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Ice Cream Cookie Cups! Perfect Summer Treat!  We have been having record breaking heat here in Colorado. I know to some of you it is not hot but to us it's killer! We have been hitting 102 degree's already and it's only June! With summer heat comes the kids constantly begging for ice cream, popsicles and anything they can get their hands on that is COLD. Recently it was too hot outside for them to play so we decided to turn our love for ice cream up a notch and make these super easy cookie cups.   Aside from the ice cream I think that the kids have been living in the water this summer. My daughter has spent every single day for the past two weeks in the kiddie pool or running through the sprinklers. I'm glad that she is getting off the couch and getting outside. It is wonderful to hear the laughter of the neighborhood children as they all splash and play outside together. How have your and/or your kids been keeping cool this summer? As for me I have been trying to hike … [Read more...]

30 Picnic Favorites!

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30 Picnic Favorites!   Reese’s Peanut Butter Fudge 9 Layered Summer Salad Bacon Broccoli Salad Layered Strawberry Shortcake Easiest Healthy Granola Bars   Greek Yogurt Tangerine Coleslaw Italian Chopped Salad Patriotic Firecracker Fruit Kabobs Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad Sweet Potato Salad With Pineapple Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Strawberry Glazed Strawberry Bread Roasted Potato Salad Avocado Corn Salad Cocoa Muddy Buddies Spinach Feta Pasta Salad Chocolate Strawberry Heart Shaped Pie Glitter Grapes Homemade Coleslaw Taco Salad CORN ON THE COB…LOADED Southwestern Bacon And Cheese Pasta LOADED BAKED POTATO SALAD S’more Brownies Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad Bacon Lovers Potato Salad Oreo Cookie Cupcakes Almond Joy Brownies Lemon Glazed Lemon Bread Chocolate Chip Banana Bread … [Read more...]

Lovin’ My Portable Stereo Turntable

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** I was sent this product for the purpose of this review. However my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way. Lovin' My Portable Stereo Turntable   A few months ago my daughter and I were shopping at an antique store. I remember coming around a corner and seeing some records to which my daughter immoderately asked "What the heck are these Mom? They look like big CD's." I was honestly surprised that she did not know what they were. She is 11 years old! I grew up with a turntable in my room and listened to records all the time. I guess I took that for granted and just expected her to know lol. I explained to her what they were and we ended up searching around the antique store until finding a turntable. I showed her how it would work and such...she was so curious and amazed. Fast forward a few weeks and I got a surprising email asking me if  I would be interested in reviewing..guess what...a turntable! YAY! I of course said yes and immediately went down town … [Read more...]

Great Deal on Pennzoil @ walmart.com

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DotComDIY #CollectiveBias  Great Deal on Pennzoil @ walmart.com     As most of you know my husband is a shop supervisor at a mechanic shop. I also grew up with a mechanic Dad. With that being said I have always known the importance of keeping my vehicles up to date and the best they can be! In today's busy world, there is little time to make a trip to the store. Why fight the crowds? Save time and money by fulfilling your DIY oil needs on Walmart.com. Their amazing selection of items, including exclusive specialty automotive items, can be found just a click away. On Walmart.com you can find many Pennzoil Platinum products currently on rollback (for a limited time), including Pennzoil Full Synthetic and Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage. Based on your car's needs and the number of miles, one of these two oils is right for you. Platinum Synthetic: With … [Read more...]

Rice Krispies Ties

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Rice Krispies Ties Fathers Day is in just a few more days! Are you still on the lookout for something great for the kids to make? These Rice Krispies ties are perfect and oh so fun!       Ok so honestly Fathers Day is sneaking up fast. I also have my brothers wedding just 3 days before Fathers Day and all of my focus has been on that here recently. I don't want my husband to feel like an after thought because he is so much more to me then that...so I need to get on the ball and figure out a way to make his day just as special as he is.   This recipe will yield 6 large Father's Day Rice Krispies tie bars from a 9x9 pan: INGREDIENTS 1 cup (2 sticks) butter Two 10 oz. bags of marshmallows 10 cups Rice Krispies cereal 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) 3 large white Airheads candies 6 large Airheads candies in various colors DIRECTIONS 1.   Spray a 9x9 pan with a non-stick coating spray and set aside. 2.   In a large sauce pan, … [Read more...]

Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors Movie Review

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors Movie Review I am so happy to say that I grew up with Dolly Parton's music. I can still hear my Momma's voice singing Coat of Many Colors which is one of her favorite songs. I also remember my Mom telling me a story when I was little about how it was my Grandmothers dream in life to do Dolly Parton's nails. Just thought you all would like to know those interesting little tid bits! :) Recently I was able to review Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors Movie. I must say that I was thrilled when it arrived because I was able to watch it on T.V. and could not wait to see it again! I loved this movie and the look into her life when she was younger. It is also refreshing to be able to watch something so uplifting, refreshing and wholesome. I love that Dolly's faith and family shined through in this movie and … [Read more...]

Rice Krispies Golf Ball Treats!

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Rice Krispies Golf Ball Treats! I am excited for Fathers Day this year. Not only is my little brother getting married that week but for the first time in a long, long time all of my brothers and I will be with our Dad. To make it even more special I will also be able to spend it with my husband and two daughters! We are going to have a blast in Salt Lake City together and plan on going to Lagoon which is my husband and daughters favorite place next to Disneyland! I am blessed to have an amazing Dad. I can remember doing so many fun and wonderful things with him. One of which was golfing. He started this hobby when I was finishing up high school. It was fun to be able to hit the green with my Dad and spend that time bonding. I have not been able to golf with him in several years as I moved away from home  8 years ago and just have not made the time to go golfing since..but these treats really make me want to make the time to do it again and I can't wait. This recipe … [Read more...]

*HOT* New Coupons for May 2016!

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*HOT* New Coupons for May 2016! Don't forget to print your coupons before heading out on your shopping trips this week!  COUPONS.COM $0.75 off One Silk Cashewmilk Half Gallon $0.60 off TWO Lipton Recipe Secrets $1.00 off one Hummus and one BUSH Garbanzo $1.00 off any ONE (1) package of Hefty Trash Bags $5.00 off Any ONE (1) Vichy Product Buy one Friskies Cat Concoctions get one free MySavings.com Coupons CPC International Delight - $0.40 Off Simply Pure Creamer Coupon Colgate - Toothpaste $1 at Walgreens with Coupon Target - Coupon for $2 Off $10 Fresh Grocery Purchase NYC - $0.51 Cosmetics at Target with Coupons! REDPLUM BUY ONE GET ONE FREE Buy ONE (1) 5.5oz can of Purina® Friskies® Cat Concoctions Wet Cat Food, get ONE (1) FREE (up to $0.60) SAVING STAR Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Bananas at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 5/16/2016.Save … [Read more...]

Up To 70% off My Publisher Photo books!

 Up To 70% off My Publisher Photo books!     Graduation is just around the corner. If you are still on the lookout for a great gift or if you are like me and have 100's of photos just sitting around on your computer then you will want to take advantage of the great deal going  on at My Publisher. Right now when you buy in bulk you can score up to 70% off My Publisher photo books. Start now and save up to 70% off photo books when you order 20 or more! Make your own photo book, and see your images in our expert quality and craftsmanship that's been leading the industry for over 20 years Promotion details: 50% off: 3-9 books 60% off: 10-19 books 70% off: 20 books … [Read more...]

Free Graze.com Snack Box!

** This post may contain affiliate links   Free Graze.com Snack Box! Each graze box is made up of perfectly portioned snacks customized for each individual based on taste preferences and dietary requirements. Available as a weekly or bi-weekly delivery nationwide to your office or home. Several different box options that showcase our assortment of 100+ snacks including the Variety Box, Sharing Box, Calorie Count Box, Sugar Count Box, and more. Sign up now and get your first box Free! … [Read more...]

Great Deal on Ortho Animal B Gon!

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OrthoProtects #CollectiveBias. Great Deal on Ortho Animal B Gon! Do you love your yard, but hate seeing your hard work get eaten up by garden pests? Maybe you are planning your garden and want to keep the rabbits, groundhogs, squirrels and other small animals from eating all your carrots and nibbling on your tomatoes. Ortho® Animal B Gon® Animal Repellent has a great no stink formula product that uses essential oils and delivers long lasting, rain resistant performance. These essential oils provide an effective way to keep small animals away from your lawn and garden. What smells nice to people actually confuses animals with a "wrong" scent, so they'll go somewhere else to find a place to eat. Whether you choose the Granules or the Spray, you can rest easy knowing that Ortho® Animal B Gon® Animal Repellent is safe for people, pets and plants. How does it … [Read more...]

8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids

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** I was sent a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids Great read on this rainy day #ontheblog #parentingishard #great read A photo posted by Krista (@mrs.krista.w) on Apr 15, 2016 at 8:42am PDT Recently I received a copy of 8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids. As most of you know I currently have a "tween" as she calls herself. She is just starting into the folded arms, eye rolls and back talking. It is driving me and her father insane. Sometimes it is easy to lose our temper. Especially with someone who is testing out her boundaries and just coming into her own as a pre-teen. Because of a few difficult things we have had going on with our daughter I knew that this book was for me. Honestly I did not even make it through the first chapter before I was crying. This book was filled with words that I needed to read and I honestly feel like it was … [Read more...]