Strawberry Yogurt Dip

Strawberry Yogurt Dip from SimplifiedSaving.com

If you’re looking for a recipe that’s perfect for a Super Bowl party or a Valentine’s Day treat, you’ll want to whip up this Strawberry Yogurt Dip.  It only has 3 ingredients and pairs perfectly with fruit, but is also delicious with pretzels and bagel chips!  If you have leftovers (not likely, but if you make a big enough batch, you might), it’s also quite tasty on a toasted bagel!

This recipe has just 3 ingredients and can be whipped up in  no time!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup Frozen Sliced Strawberries, thawed and drained (If you choose frozen strawberries without added sugar, you may want to add some sugar or sweetener to this recipe)
  • 1 cup Strawberry Yogurt
  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese

Here’s what you’ll want to do:

  • Whip together cream cheese and yogurt until well blended.Mix cream cheese and yogurt Strawberry Yogurt Dip SimplifiedSaving.com
  • Stir in strawberries until evenly distributed.Mixing Strawberry Yogurt Dip from SimplifiedSaving.com
  • Refrigerate til firm.
  • Serve with fresh fruit, pretzels, or bagel chips for dipping.
  • ENJOY!!!

Ultimate DIY Bundle $34.95 ($1200+ Value)

I love to craft and create, but I’ll be honest, it seems like there’s not enough time in the day to tackle all the fun projects I want to tackle.  And if I’m completely honest, I’m not a very good practical DIYer.  I’m great at making froofroo frilly fun projects for my own enjoyment, but things that are useful around the house tend to be outside my range of expertise.

Right now there is a great bundle of books and courses designed for the person who’d like to be more DIY savvy (like me) and it’s filled with step by step instructions and projects that will make you feel like a DIY rock star!

This ultimate bundle isn’t just for crafty folks though.  This is also for people who want to write or take better pictures or use an art journal.

Here’s what you’ll find in this bundle:

13 Photography, Scrapbooking, Writing & Art Journaling eBooks

22 Home Decor and Home Gardening eBooks

21 Crafts and Sewing eBooks

9 eCourses on All Things DIY

4 Bonuses Valued at $130+

Plus More…

You may be  looking at this list and thinking, that’s a whole lot of books and I don’t have time to read that many books.  Even if you only read a fraction of these books, you’ll get your money’s worth.  The bundle contains over $1200 of resources and you can get it for only $34.95.

I’m traveling this weekend, but I can’t wait til I have a chance to sit down and start going through the books and ecourses.  I’m really excited about some of the bonus classes as well!

I’m super excited about this bundle and I can’t wait to start going through the books. I know you’re going to love it too! Make sure to order it now because it’s only available for 2 more days!

Not ready to make the decision? That’s OK…click on the button below to learn more!

Retail Coupon Roundup {1/23/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Bealls - $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 1/27/2015)
Bonton – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 1/25/2015)
Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/28/2015)
Dress Barn – 20% Off Already Reduced Items 50% or More (exp: 1/25/2015)
Express - $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Justice - 40% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/2/2015)
Kohls - $10 Off $30 Baby Gear, Furniture, Apparel & Maternity Purchase (exp: 1/25/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 15% Off Regular & Sale Price Items (exp: 2/3/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/28/2015)
Yankee Candle – Buy 2 Large Jar, Tumbler or Vase Candles Get 1 Free (exp: 2/16/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {1/23/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Au Bon Pain - $1 Off $5 Purchase (exp: 2/2/2015)
Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak & Grilled Prawns Meal (exp: 2/12/2015)
Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Breakfast Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 1/31/2015)
Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Meal Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $2 Off Any Entree (exp: 1/31/2015)
Del Taco – Free Turkey Taco with Any Purchase (exp: 1/29/2015)
Dennys – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 1/25/2015)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sandwich Plate (exp: 1/28/2015)
Einstein Bros Bagels – 20% Off Any Purchase (exp: 2/4/2015)
Macaroni Grill – $10 for 2 Express Lunch Entrees (exp: 1/25/2015)
Maggianos – $5 Off Lighter Taker Menu (exp: 2/10/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 2/1/2015)
Quiznos – 99¢ Small Soup When You Buy Regular or Large Sub (exp: 1/28/2015)
Souplantation – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 1/28/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes - 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 1/28/2015)
Wendys - Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag (exp: 6/1/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Gameday Bacon Ranch Cheddar Dip

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip from SimplifiedSaving.com

 

The Super Bowl is less than 2 weeks away, so I thought I’d share this quick and easy Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip recipe.  This recipe is kid-friendly as kids not only love the taste, but they can whip it up on their own…it’s that easy!

You only need 4 ingredients and it can be made in less than 5 minutes (you’ll want to let it chill in the fridge for an hour or so before serving for best results).

Here’s what you’ll need:

INGREDIENTS

  • 16 oz Sour Cream
  • 1 packet Ranch Dip
  • 6 strips precooked microwavable Bacon
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese

DIRECTIONS

  • Chop bacon strips into 1/4″ squares
  • Mix together sour cream and ranch mix until well blended.
  • Add bacon and cheese and mix well.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

I told you it was quick and easy!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {1/16/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Au Bon Pain – $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak & Grilled Prawns Meal (exp: 2/12/2015)
Blimpie - Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)
Corner Bakery - $3 Off Corner Combo (exp: 1/23/2015)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $2 Off Any Entree (exp: 1/31/2015)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sandwich Plate (exp: 1/28/2015)
Huddle House - Free Waffle with $5 Meal Purchase (exp: 2/15/2015)
Jacks – $1.99 Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit + More (exp: 2/8/2015)
Macaroni Grill – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Express Lunch Entree (exp: 1/18/2015)
Maggianos – $5 Off Lighter Taker Menu (exp: 2/10/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 1/31/2015)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 2/1/2015)
OCharleys – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/18/2015)
Old Country Buffet - $8.99 Dinner & Dessert When You Buy 1 Drink + More Coupons (exp: 2/22/2015)
Papa Murphys - $5 Large Pepperoni, Cheese or Sausage Pizza (exp: 1/31/2015)
Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 1/21/2015)
Smashburger - Free Side with Any Entree Purchase (exp: 1/18/2015)
Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 1/18/2015)
Souplantation – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 1/21/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes - $29.99 Family Combo Including Beverages (exp: 1/21/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {1/16/15}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!  I’m really excited about the White House Black Market coupon since it’s my favorite store AND I have a gift card!!!

Ace Hardware – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Ace Hardware Air Filter (exp: 1/31/2015)
Aeropostale – $10 Off $40 Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Bloomingdales – 20% Off Select Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 1/19/2015)
Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/21/2015)
Dress Barn – 20% Off Already Reduced Items 50% or More (exp: 1/25/2015)
Express – $25 Off Every $75 Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Kohls – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 20% Off Regular, Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 1/21/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/21/2015)
Rue 21 – $10 Off $30, $20 Off $50 or $30 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015)
Ulta - $3.50 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 1/24/2015)
White House Black Market – $20 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 1/20/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Heart to Home Women’s Conference with the Ladies of Duck Dynasty February 6-7 #H2hconf15

Disclosure: I am blessed to be a Family Christian Blogger and as such, I have the opportunity to share cool things with you! In exchange for this post (which I would have written without compensation because I’m really excited about it), I received the opportunity to watch the webcast of this conference. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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As a busy wife and mom, one of the ways I am most refreshed is by gathering with other Christian women who share my heart.  I absolutely love to encourage other women and I love to be encouraged by other women.  Whether I’m speaking at an event or just attending an event, I leave refreshed and empowered to do what God has called me to do and to not grow weary in this.  If you’re a mom, you know exactly how sweet it is when another mom speaks truth to you and encourages you that you’re making a difference and you’re impacting your family for eternity!

If all this sounds amazing, you’ll want to join the women from all over the country who are heading to Monroe, LA for a conference that will do all of these things…encourage, refresh, and speak truth.  The conference I’m referring to is the Heart to Home Women’s Conference led by the Women of Duck Commander and author Dr. Joneal Kirby.  Not only will you hear from these fabulous women, but you’ll also be blessed to hear from guest speakers like Mary Beth Chapman, wife of Steven Curtis Chapman and Mia Robertson, daughter of Jase and Missy Robertson.  There’s even going to be a special appearance by Jace Robertson.

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This is one conference I would absolutely LOVE to be a part of.  I actually went online and checked out airfare costs, but unfortunately, it’s not in the budget and is more than I have saved up of blow money!  For those of you who, like me, are disappointed that they won’t be able to attend, I have good news.  They are also offering a chance for you to watch the Heart to Home Conference via simulcast for only $59 for an individual.  Your church can even host a simulcast event!  How cool is that?

I’m sad I won’t be attending as the relationships that are formed at these conferences are often lifechanging, but I’m glad I’ll be watching via simulcast.

If you’d like more information or if you’d like to register, please visit the Heart to Home Conference website.

For more info and encouragement, be sure to follow the Heart to Home Conference on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook,  and Pinterest.

 

Easy Gluten Free Coffee Cake Muffins

Gluten Free Coffee Cake Muffins SimplifiedSaving.com

Our family eats the same thing for breakfast every single weekday!  We eat eggs and green smoothies.  The only real variation is what we put in the smoothies.

I’ve been looking for a quick, easy and fun recipe to make on weekend morning and after a few tries, I think I hit the ball out of the park with these Gluten Free Coffee Cake Muffins.

These were super easy since I used Aldi’s Live G Free Baking Mix.  {If you haven’t tried Aldi’s Gluten Free line of products, you’re seriously missing out.  They are seriously delicious and affordable.}  To make this recipe even easier, I used my Babycakes Cupcake Maker and these muffins only took 6 minutes to bake.  If you don’t have a cupcake maker, you could use a muffin pan and bake them in your oven at 350 degrees.

Ingredients

For the muffins:

2 1/2 cups Live G Free Baking Mix (or other Gluten Free Baking Mix)

1/2 cup butter softened

1/4 cup butter melted

1 large egg

1/8 cup brown sugar

For the topping:

1/2 cup butter melted

3 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon (You can use more, but some people in my family aren’t big cinnamon fans)

Directions:

1. Mix all muffin ingredients in a mixing bowl until soft dough forms.  (I used my KitchenAid, but you could mix it by hand as well).

2.  In a separate bowl, mix your topping ingredients together.

3.  Spray your cupcake maker with cooking spray.

4.  Place spoonfuls of dough in your cupcake maker and then make a small indentation in the top for your topping.

Gluten Free Coffee Cake Muffins in Cupcake Maker

5.  Add a spoonful of topping mixture into the indentation you made.

Gluten Free Coffee Cake Muffins from SimplifiedSaving.com

 

6. Let your muffins cook for 6 minutes.  They will be a golden brown color when they’re finished. {I know they’re not the most beautiful muffins, but what they lack in looks, they make up for in taste and convenience.}

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7.  Let cool slightly and then enjoy with a big glass of milk!

There you have it…from your pantry to your table in under 15 minutes.

 

 

Motivated Moms Chore Planner Sale

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I am NOT a naturally organized person.  I can also be scatterbrained at times.  I rely on lists to help me get things done…especially things I don’t enjoy doing.  One of the biggest game changers for me in the getting things done department is the Motivated Moms Chore Planner.  This chore planner is a daily to-do list of things you need to get done around your house on a daily basis (dishes, feeding your pets, taking your vitamins and medication) along with things assigned to specific days (cleaning out a closet, washing your hairbrush, etc).  You can even choose to go with a planner that has a daily Bible reading included in it.  The planners come in black and white or color.  You can choose which you purchase.

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I’ve been using the Motivated Moms Chore Planner since 2011.  Last year I switched to the Motivated Moms app and although I loved it (and will keep using it since I have everything I need to do personally listed on it), it didn’t have the same impact that the paper planner had in getting things done around the house.

A few years ago, I printed off my whole planner and then took it to my local office supply store (I can’t remember if it was Office Depot or Staples) and had them bind it for me.  It cost less than $4, but made such a difference in productivity.  If you want your family to chip in, mark each task with the 1st letter of that person’s name.  If you named your kids all names that start with the same first letter, you’ll have to write out their whole name (or assign them a number).  :)

From now through January 10th, you can get $2 off each ebook when you use code $AVING.  These ebooks regularly sell for $8, but when you use code $AVING, they’re only $6.  It’s a super sweet deal!

Click here to check them out!

 

Meet Mark Batterson: A FREE Event for Pastors

Disclosure: I am a Family Christian Blogger and as such, often blog about events and items associated with Family Christian in exchange for product or gift certificates.

Meet Mark Batterson

While we were in New Hampshire over Christmas break, my mom had breakfast with a friend and came home with this book.  It’s a quick and easy read and we all read it.  My mom’s friend also recommended that she read “The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears” by Mark Batterson.  My mom ordered a copy of the book and also downloaded it to her Kindle so she could read it right away.  Knowing that my schedule is insane and that my reading time is limited, I ordered the audiobook.  And once I’m finished with it, I’m going to order The Grave Robber: How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible.   Quite frankly, after a few seemingly impossible years, I’m excited about this book!

I’d love to meet Mark Batterson and to sit down and talk to him.  If you’re a pastor who lives near Manassas, VA, you have the opportunity to do just that. (I’m so jealous)

On Wednesday, January 14th at 8:30, Mark Batterson will be meeting with pastors in Manassas, VA.  It’s a FREE event and Chick-fil-A breakfast will be served.  Talk about a win-win…free yummy breakfast from Chick-fil-A and a chance to meet Mark Batterson!

The event will be at the Family Christian Store in Manassas, VA.  The address is 10404 Portsmouth Road, Manassas, VA 20109-8032.  You will need to RSVP.

To find more info about the event or to RSVP, click here!

 

Thrive: My #OneWord for 2015

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I used to set grand resolutions every single year.  They weren’t usually things I intended to do.  They were usually more like things I should do.  The list always included exercising more, reading through the Bible in 1 year, losing weight and other things along those lines.  I discovered something interesting a few years ago.  I need goals, but setting them on January 1st didn’t work well for me.  For the last few years, I’ve been setting goals on my birthday.  It’s typically a long list of things I want to accomplish that are very specific and measurable.  While my goals list is for my birthday year, I also really like to pick one word for my calendar year.

For the past 3+ years, our family has been in survival mode.  We took in a girl from Afhanistan 2 weeks before Christmas.  I had 6 months of debililatating vertigo during which I gained almost 100 pounds.  We got legal custody of the twins 4 days before Christmas.  The kids have gone to multiple schools and all 4 kids are currently in 4 different schools.  We’ve lived in 3 different houses.  With the adoption related issues and everything else we’ve dealt with, we’ve done what we can to keep our heads above water and our family safe and somewhat sane.

While I know that the last few years have been necessary, they haven’t always been fun.  As we head into the year, I’m ready to say goodbye to survival mode and I’m ready to thrive.  {Sidenote: I’m reading Say Goodbye to Survival Mode again and it’s even better the 2nd time around}

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This is my year to grow and develop successfully.  The year where I will flourish and succeed!

I’m excited to see what this year will bring and I’m excited to rise above whatever circumstances I find myself in and to thrive!

Do you have a word for the year? Do you have goals you’ve set for the year?  Please leave me a comment!

101 Resources for Your Best Year Ever

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101 Resources for Your Best Year Yet

Every year, millions of people around the world set goals and unfortunately, many of them never reach those goals!  Often they lack the right tools!  I’ve put together a list of resources to help you reach each and every one of your goals!    I’ve divided this list up to include a variety of different resolutions (or areas of opportunity).

Time Management Resources

Mom’s Family Calendar (Wall Calendar) – This is a wall calendar that allows you to place all your family’s schedules on one calendar.

Tell Your Time: How To Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free is an ebook outlining a straightforward, step-by-step approach to controlling your schedule and making sure the important things don’t fall through the cracks. It’s short and to the point.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life – This isn’t a time management resource as much as it is a life management resource.  This was extremely helpful for me in setting my priorities which definitely helped with time management!  I can’t say enough good things about this book!

ListPlanIt! – With ListPlanIt you’ll have unlimited access to lists of all kinds! So that planning your day, your next meal, vacation or birthday party is a breeze.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – This book will help you better manage your time and your possessions.

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time – This is a quick and easy read with lots of practical advice on getting more done in less time!

The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands – If you have a packed and crazy schedule, you need to read this book!

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity

The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play

Money Saving Resources

365 Day Savings Challenge Printable – Save $667.95 this year starting with just 1 penny!

52 Week Money Challenge Printable – Save $1378 this year! Start by putting $1 in the bank!

Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover - This was instrumental in helping our family get out of debt!

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University – This really helped us get our finances in order!

Financial Tools – These tools are awesome and include a drop and drag budgeting tool as well as a debt calculator and a mortgage calculator!  This is what we’re currently using for our budget!

The Money Saving Mom’s Budget – This is a great book with lots of practical tips for getting your finances in order.

Grocery University – Are you tired of spending too much on groceries? This audio course is the easy way to learn to save money with coupons!

Slaying the Debt Dragon: How One Family Conquered Their Money Monster and Found an Inspired Happily Ever After – This awesome book is my friend Cherie’s story of how she and her family paid off debt!  It’s practical, funny, and inspiring…just like Cherie is!

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! – I really wish I would have read this book 15 years ago!

Couponing for the Rest of Us: The Not So Extreme Guide to Saving More – My super funny friend Kasey has written a great guide to couponing.  This is a book for people who want to save money, but don’t have crazy amounts of time to devote to it.

Healthy Eating Resources (Meal Planning Resources, Cooking Resources, and Recipe Resources}

Aldi $150 Meal Plan

Aldi Crockpot Meal Plan

Aldi Gluten-Free Meal Plan

Costco Meal Plans

Sam’s Club Meal Plans

Gluten Free Meal Plans and eBooks

Freezer Cooking Guide

Once a Month Cooking Family Favorites

From Your Freezer to Your Family: Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes for Every Season

100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love

It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

Easy Homemade: Homemade Pantry Staples for the Busy Modern Family 

Work Resources {Resources for Finding a New Job, Creating a New Job, or Being Better at Your Current Job}

Quitter

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters

EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness – This book has practical application for every area of your life!  I’m so thankful my friend Jenni shared it with me.  It has been extremely helpful in my life!

How to Have Your Cake and Eat it, Too – How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too is for every mom who’s ever wondered if it’s possible to pursue her own passions while investing in her family and managing a home.

48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal

Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes

The 4 Hour Workweek

Marriage Resources

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage DVDs – This is one of the best marriage series we even went through.  Mark Gungor is absolutely hilarious!!!

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Love and Respect DVDs

Love and Respect Book

The Meaning of Marriage

What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

The Power of a Praying Wife

Sweethearts for a Lifetime

The Good Wife’s Guide: Embracing Your Role as a Help Meet

Parenting Resources

Grace Based Parenting

Shepherding Your Child’s Heart

Instructing a Child’s Heart

Raising Kids for True Greatness

Parenting the Wholehearted Child

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

Smart Kids, Smart Money: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

Praying Circles Around Your Children

Spiritual Growth Resources

Bible in 90 DaysThis has been one of the best things I’ve ever done!  I’ve now read through the Bible in 90 Days multiple times, in multiple versions and formats.  It’s helped me make connections I’ve never made before and has given me a better understanding of the Bible.

Bible Study Fellowship – When I asked my friends for recommendations, this was the most recommended resource!  Everyone who had gone through BSF had great things to say about it.

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears – This is what I’m currently listening to from Audible.  I’m excited to get further into this book!

The Dig for Kids: Luke Vol. 1 –  Looking for a family devotional that will keep your kids engaged while they dig into God’s Word?  This is one that kids will love while learning timeless truths!

Jesus Calling

Heritage Builders: Family Night Tool Chest – This is a series of books that covers a variety of topics.

Printable Scripture Cards for Moms – These cards are beautiful and are perfect for tucking in your wallet, taping to your dashboard, or putting on the fridge.  I have found that when I have scripture constantly in front of me, I have an easier time keeping my focus and as an added benefit, I often memorize the verses that I have put up around me!

The Keys to Spiritual Growth: Unlocking the Riches of God

Blogging Resources

Elite Blog Academy – I am so excited about this course and have just started to work my way through it!

31 Days to Build a Better Blog – This features daily assignments and is great for growing your blog!

ProBloggers Guide to Your First Week of Blogging – If you’re a new blogger, this is a must read!  I really wish this had been around when I started blogging.  It could have saved me so much time, money, and stress!  Plus, I would have started out with a plan!

How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul – This book is a must read for any blogger who is looking to monetize their site.

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Income – Another great read for monetizing your blog!

Professional Blogging for Dummies

From Idea to Ebook: An Online Course to Make It Happen – If you have something you’d like to share, this is the course to help you make it happen!

Blog Planner 2015

Natural Health Resources

Young Living Essential Oils – These have literally been a game changer for our family!  We’ve replaced most of the over-the-counter drugs in our house and now use oils instead!  When our kids have a tummy ache, a bump, a bite, a cut or most any other malady, they come to us asking for an oil!  It’s awesome to know that we’re improving their health naturally!  If you’re thinking about using oils, I’d love to talk to you!

Household Management Resources  {Cleaning & Decluttering Resources}

28 Days to Hope for Your Home – If you’re super messy, this book is for you!

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You can also buy 28 Days to Hope for Your Home and Drowning in Clutter together to save money!  Right now the set is priced at just $5!!!  It’s soooo worth it!

Motivated Moms Printable Checklists – This has revolutionized my life.  It gives you a list of daily household tasks to complete and you can choose to include daily Scripture reading if you like.

Motivated Moms iPhone/iPad App – This is the NEW Apple app version of the popular e-book that thousands use each year to manage their homes and contains the same tasks as the printable version.

Motivated Moms Android App – This is the NEW Android app version of the popular e-book that thousands use each year to manage their homes and contains the same tasks as the printable version.

Life Your Way Printables Home Management NotebookI loved the Home Management Notebook that I decided to get the Complete Printables Download pack!  It’s full of awesomeness and it costs less than what you’d pay for 2 coffees at Starbucks!

Teaching Kids to Clean

Printable Housekeeping Checklists in eBook form

Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule

Sink Reflections – This is the popular book by Marla Cilley aka The Flylady

31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way – 31 Days to Clean is about the “why” and the vision and the heart for taking care of your domain. Each day you will be encouraged with some thoughts and ideas on the heart of cleaning, and then you will put those ideas to action.

Cleaning Around the Seasons: Deep Cleaning on Your Schedule

Training Your Kids in Home Economics

Throw Out 50 Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life

Speed Cleaning

Resources to Help You Look Your Best 

From Frumps to Pumps – Your one month motivotional to getting dressed and staying that way

Beauty by God: Inside Out Secrets for Every Woman

Super Young Skin – Give us a year…we’ll take off ten!

Resources to Help You Lose Weight and Get in Shape

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food – This book was quite convicting!  It made me really look at why I eat!

Plexus  – These products have not only been responsible for me getting off of all my prescription pain pills, but I’ve also lost 35 pounds since I’ve started using the products!

Trim Healthy Mama – This book is full of great tips for a balanced way of eating!  The book is huge and full of recipes that are great for families.

T-Tapp – I love T-Tapp!  It’s a low impact workout that doesn’t bother my lupus and it’s done wonders for my back over the years!

Focus T25

P90X3

21 Day Fix – The infomercial for this plays frequently at 5:30 am while I’m at the gym and I really want to try it!

Insanity – This is seriously one of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done, but I started seeing results within days of starting.  Unfortunately, I never got to finish thanks to a bout of debilitating vertigo that lasted over 6 months and caused me to gain 100 pounds!

PiYo – This is another program I’d love to try!  It’s low impact and I think it would be perfect for helping me shape up without aggravating my lupus!

Fitbit Flex or Fitbit Charge:  I have the Fitbit Flex and love it although I’m seriously considering upgrading to the Fitbit Charge because of the extra features.

I’d love to hear what your goals are for the New Year!  Leave me a comment!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle Only $29.97 ($1140 Value)

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

Look back on 2014. What would you say was the best decision you made?

January 1st will be here in less than 48 hours and with it comes your chance to change your life…seriously!  Have you started setting goals? Do you know what you hope to accomplish?

What would be the best thing you could accomplish in 2015?  Is your answer focused on one of these 3 areas…health, family or career?

Most likely, it is! And guess what? Of the 3 things, there is one that is the most important — your health. It is what allows you do everything else that you do. Without good health, you would fail everywhere else.

Through midnight tonight, you can purchase the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.  This bundle is a COMPLETE Healthy Living Library!  You’ll learn how to heal your family with natural remedies, lose weight and have more energy, learn how to use essential oils, learn to grow your own organics and save money with DIY recipes.  The bundle features over $875 of books, $145 in eCourses, and $140 in bonuses!  And it’s only $29.97 for the pdf version and $39.97 for the eReader/Kindle version.  I bought this bundle last year and it has been extremely good for my family and our health!

Here are just a few of the books that are included:

DIY Natural Remedies (reg. $12.99)

The Nourished Metabolism (reg. $30.00)

The Eczema Cure (reg. $29.95)

7 Day Real Food Winter Challenge (reg. $19)

Making Organic Food Affordable (reg. $18)

You can find a full list of what’s included here!

These books and courses have the potential to radically change your life for the better!  Even if you only plan on reading a few of them, this will save you a lot of money!

Check out details about the Healthy Living Bundle Here!

Trust me — it will be the one of the best decisions you make for the new year!

Find Gifts for Everyone On Your List at Gordmans

Disclosure: I received Gordman’s gift cards in order to facilitate this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Gordmans Your 1 Stop Holiday Shop

This has been a strange holiday season for me.  After a super fun Thanksgiving with a large part of our family, we headed to Tennessee to take our oldest daughter to school.  She’s studying cosmetology at The Paul Mitchell School in Knoxville.  When we got home, I slipped in our garage and threw my back out.  I’ve literally been in bed on pain killers since then…with the exception of my trips to various doctors for MRIs, X-rays, and injections.

When I’m not on pain killers, I can usually last 2 hours before I need to be back in bed.  I knew that I needed to finish up my Christmas shopping, but the mall was out of the question.  Too many stores, too many people, too much walking!

Thankfully, I was able to find something for everyone on my list at Gordmans.  Gordmans carries brand name men’s, women’s, juniors, and children’s apparel in addition to accessories, home decor, toys, and specialty gift items.

Gordmans had gifts prominently placed so that I didn’t have to hunt long and hard to find great gift ideas!

Gordmans Candy and Cookie Gifts

I have a major sweet tooth, so I was immediately drawn to these candy and cookie gifts. They’re perfect for teachers, coworkers, or that friend with the obvious sweet tooth. My mouth literally watered as I looked over these gifts (and my stomach growled as I posted this picture).  I’d be over the moon excited to find that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cast Iron Skillet under my tree!  Not only do I love Reese’s, but I also adore cast iron skillets!

I next headed toward’s the men’s gifts.  The guys in my life are the hardest to shop for.  I never know what to get my dad, my hubby and my brother!

Gordman's Gifts for Men

Gordmans had a great selection of gifts for guys!  They had a display of “food related” gifts and a display of more randome gifts.  The food related display had some Hillshire Farms gifts for men, some different collections of hot sauce, and some gifts for the guy who loves to grill!

Gordmans Godiva & Coffee Drinks

They also had a great display of gifts that would make perfect host/hostess gifts!  Who wouldn’t want to receive a Godiva gift basket?

Gordmans Frozen Pictures

They also had tons of home decor items!  They had fun Frozen inspired wall art for the kids in your life!

Gordmans Make Today Ridiculously Amazing Sign

They also had inspiration wall art like this picture!  If I’d been shopping for myself, this picture would have most likely ended up in my cart!  I love the colors and the sentiment!

I was also able to find tons of cute clothes in the Juniors department that were perfect for my daughters!  I even found some fun leggings for myself!

Regardless of what you need this holiday season (or even if you’re looking for a great place to spend your after Christmas money), Gordmans is your one stop shop!

 

Get a Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Best Buy Camera Deals

Are you thinking about buying a camera to capture your holiday memories?  Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories.

Three years ago at Christmastime, a young girl from Afghanistan moved in with us.  She was in the US seeking political asylum and she needed a place to stay.  Since it was just a two weeks before Christmas and since I knew nothing about her til she moved in, I was scrambling for something to buy her for Christmas.  After talking with her extensively over the next week, I found out that she LOVED photography and really wanted a good camera.  We ended up getting her a Canon DSLR and I was absolutely amazed at the quality of the photos she took.  She had a great eye and the pictures were breathtaking. {Her photos are now regularly featured on the homepage of the college she’s attending.}

After seeing the quality of her photos, I decided to start saving for a DSLR.  I had just enough money to buy one the next Christmas and then we ended up having the twins move in with us and I spent my camera fund on their adoption. Over the last few years, the time hasn’t been right (or the money hasn’t been around) for me to buy a camera.  I’m thrilled to announce that it’s time to finally start a new camera fund for me!  Woohoo!  I have my eye on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i.

Canon Holiday Image

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs around. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun.  It gives you exceptional image quality along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.

The video caliber is Hollywood quality.  You can capture all your family’s special moments in full HD video. Plus the camera offers continuous autofocus while taking HD video.

The camera also features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.  The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.  They make it easy to focus on what you most love…those your capturing in your pictures!

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If you’re thinking about purchasing a DSLR, you’ll definitely want to check out this one!

 

Easy Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks

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I love football season! I’m actually watching the Eagles play the Redskins as I type this up! {Go Eagles!}

If you’re looking for a great snack during football season, these Easy Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks are the perfect blend of spicy, cheesy, warm, and gooey!  Plus, they’re made from refrigerated pizza crust, so it can be made quickly!  The best part is that you can adjust the amount of cheese and spices to suit your tastebuds!

Easy Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks Ingredients
INGREDIENTS

1 can Refrigerated Pizza Crust
1 tbsp softened Butter
1 tbsp Minced Garlic
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese (or more if you like it extra cheesy)
1 tbsp Parmesan Cheese
1 tbsp Basil

 

DIRECTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 425.

2.  Line Pizza pan with parchment paper.

3.  Unroll pizza dough and stretch to fit prepared pan.

Pizza crust and butter mixture

4.  Mix together softened butter and garlic to make a spread.

5.  Spread butter mixture to completely cover pizza dough.

6.  Mix together softened butter and garlic to make a spread.

7.  Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly over dough.

8.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese evenly over dough.

9.  Sprinkle basil evenly over dough.

10. Using pizza cutter cut into 6 strips and then down the middle.

Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks Before Baking

11. Bake for 10 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.

12. Cut again along previous cuts to separate.

Enjoy!

Great Holiday Gift Ideas from Best Buy

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Great Holiday Gift Ideas from Best Buy

I have a technology loving family!  We all love our electronics, but we don’t all love the same ones!  Thankfully, Best Buy has something for everyone on my list!

My 3 youngest kids love video games!  They’d play for hours if I let them, but I’m one of those mean moms who limits screen time!

If you have a gamer in your life, you’ll want to check out the Xbox One.

Xbox One

Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. They have the best exclusive titles (Halo, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15 (I need to get this ordered for my family), Skylanders) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level.

In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.

My 16 year old daughter LOVES music!  It’s constantly blasting from her phone, her iPod or whatever radio/stereo she can find.

If you have a music lover on your list, check out these great gifts from JBL.

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The JBL Charge 2 would make a great family gift!  Not only does it have twin passive radiators for deep bass, but it also has a massive 6000mAh battery.  There’s also a hands-free conference speakerphone.  The best feature in my opinion is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.  It’s perfect for a party…or keeping harmony in a household! :)

The JBL Flip 2 is a great gift for someone who wants to be able to take their calls and listen to music from a portable speaker.  Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.

I don’t know of anybody who wouldn’t benefit from a good pair of headphones.  The JBL Reflect Earbud headphones have a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet.  They have a sweat proof ergonomic design.  The best benefit of theJBL Reflect is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.  I feel like I constantly have to wrestle my cables into submission!

My 19 year old just moved to Knoxville to go to school.  It’s a new town and she needs to be able to get around easily!  That’s why she needs a navigation system!

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Best Buy is a great destination for a Navigation System.  They carry TomTom and Garmin systems that feature  bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates.  Plus they come with lane assist, lifetime traffic and map updates.  They’ve totally come a long way since I bought my first TomTom 10 years ago.  They now even have voice recognition technology.

Both the Garmin 52LM  and theGarmin 2597LMT have a 5.0” display, maps of 49 U.S. states and lifetime map updates. They display speed limit (soooo important) and accurate arrival time.  You can get spoken turn-by-turn directions so it’s easy to find addresses and lots of other points of interest.

The TomTom Go 50s offers lifetime TomTom traffic for the life of your device.  You also get lifetime maps for the US, Canada and Mexico.  They now offer 3D maps with makes it easy to see stunning details of landmarks and building.

What are you waiting for?  Head to Best Buy to take care of all your gifts for your tech loving family!

 

 

Hickory Farms: Tradition of Giving Back

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I loved the traditions our family had growing up…and I love the traditions I’m creating with my own family.  Traditions matter because they allow us to look forward to our future while remembering our past.  I love reminiscing about past holidays and sharing the stories and picture with my kids.  {I’m pretty sure the teens just like looking at the pictures so they can mock my big hair, but they listen anyway.}

Hickory Farms is also big on tradition!  For more than 60 years Hickory Farms has been providing holiday shoppers with options that are delicious and that make beautifully presented gifts!

Hickory Farms offers a variety of specialty foods and holiday food gifts that are perfect for any budget and for everyone on your list this year.   Quality, freshness and value are key traits of Hickory Farms’ holiday treats and gifts…and it shows!

This year Hickory Farms is proud to introduce its first ever Signature Chocolate Collection. The 1lb chocolate assortment offers the true taste of American confectionary craftsmanship. Each piece is cooked in small batches using the finest ingredients and paired with premium milk or dark chocolate. Maybe we’ll add the Signature Chocolate Collection to our family traditions this year!

Hickory Farms also has a tradition of giving back!  Hickory Farms is proud to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Share Our Strength is the leading non-profit organization working to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.  So far, the combined support of Hickory Farms and its customers have raised more than 3.3 million to help  provide funding for summer meal programs, emergency food assistance, nutrition education, holiday charitable giving, and long-term solutions for families in need.

Hickory Farms has 5 products that they offer free shipping to military APO and FPO addresses, including the “Festive Cheese Sampler” gift basket and “Beef Hearty Hickory” basket.

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.

It’s Not Too Late to Send Cards Thanks to Tiny Prints

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Good news procrastinators!  You can still send amazing Christmas cards and get them to your favorite people by Christmas Eve. {This is great news for me since I’ve been flat on my back with a disc injury and haven’t even thought about cards!}

Just because you (and I) waited until the last minute doesn’t mean you’re stuck with cheesy cards from the store. Send something in style.

And if you use Tiny Prints, you can save $10 on their super rush shipping. Your cards will be delivered by Christmas Eve if you live in the lower 48 states.

Here’s how it works:

1. Go to Tiny Prints and choose from their selection of holiday cards. Personalize the cards with your pictures and text.

2. Use the code SALE30SW to save 25% on all orders and 30% on orders of $99+.

3. Stack the code SRSAVE10 if your order is more than $100 and you’ll save $10 on their super rush shipping. You’ll get the cards within two business days (if you are in the lower 48 states).