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Showing posts from December, 2013

Make the best of it, New Years Nails!

My digital camera is about 6 years old :o So I can't take outdoor pics with all the snow around because it just looks like a huge flash of light and nothing more. I also cannot take a photo without moving and changing the light and settings about 50 times. So what do I do? I make the best of it. I did my nails really cute for the New Year and struggled for about 20 mins to get this picture for you. They are gold and say 2014 in charcoal then covered in sparkles. I used a toothpick to write 2014 and they look super cute. Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year !

Leftover Cereal Pancakes and Snowless Snowman Contest!

Leftover Cereal Pancakes: 1/2 cup flour 1 cup leftover cereal 3 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp sugar 1 1/4 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla 1 egg 3 tbsp melted butter I have a hard time getting my kids to eat as healthy as I would like them to, by making my pancakes with the addition of whole wheat cereal I have kicking around I can sneak in some additional nutrients and use up those pesky leftover bits of cereal that aren't quite enough for a full bowl.  Directions In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar then add ground up leftover cereal. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg, vanilla and melted butter; mix until smooth. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot. You can add fruit to these as an added  Brooke r

12 Days of Christmas Swap Reveal!

  I had an amazing time with this super fun swap! I looooove Christmas! My partner Steph is one fantastic person and has two simply amazing blogs for you to check out. One is A Time for Seasons and the other is The Consignment Sale Queen! Both containing such amazing articles and helpful information! Steph really took the time to make my swap a special one and she did such an awesome job! Each gift came with its own label which was in the context of the classic 12 Days of Christmas Story. Here is what I received in no particular order:  1. A 10.00 Mcdonalds gift Card 2. Wooden Instruments  3. Chocolate Peppermint cookie mix 4. Tree Decoration craft kit   5. Thomas and Friends Christmas movie 6. Peppermint Tea 7. Christmas Window Clings 8. Notepad, Pencils, and a cute pen and sticky note set    9. Hot Chocolate 10. Milano cookies, Goldfish crackers, and Pirouline Cookies 11. Cute framed Santa photo tree decoration 12. Wooden "HO HO HO&

Last Minute Christmas Gift/Craft!

I love those Christmas crackers you can buy in the stores but every time I buy them I am sadly disappointed in what is inside. A paper hat, a piece of paper with a joke on it, and usually a tattoo or small toy that is just useless. So I thought it would be sweet if they came filled with everyone's favorite candy and small toys they would actually appreciate like erasers, silly bands, and small accessories for Littlest Pet Shops and Furreal Friends.  So I made my own using toilet paper rolls and wrapping paper. I filled them all with caramels, gum, tootsie rolls, and those small toys I mentioned. They look just as nice as the ones from the store but I know they will be enjoyed a lot more. It cost me absolutely nothing and it is going to make some seriously happy faces! I also tried my hand at making neat little place markers for our cutlery at the dinner table and they turned out really cute. Once again I used some toilet paper rolls and just covered them in pla

The Best Brownies in the World!

This recipe is for chocoholics around the world. It is absolutely hands down the best and most chocolatey brownie recipe I have ever tasted. I found a simple recipe online and completely changed it to create my very own "Funky Fudgey Brownies". Enjoy! You will need: 1 cup margarine 2 cups white sugar 4 eggs 2 tsp vanilla 1 cup cocoa powder 1 cup flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 cup chocolate chips 2 cups of mini marshmallows chocolate frosting prepared or this recipe: Frosting: 2 tbsp margarine melted 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup icing sugar 1/2 cup cocoa around 1/4 cup milk, the frosting needs to be thin enough to drizzle over top but thick enough to set.  Add more icing sugar or cocoa if its too thin and more milk if its too thick. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan or use parchment paper. Add margarine to a large mixing bowl and stir in sugar, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and chocolate chips. Stir i

Our Favorite Christmas Movies!

I love watching Christmas movies. I wait all year to sit with my kids, drink hot chocolate, and watch movies. Here are a few of my favorites that you may have seen and I bet there is one or two you haven't. They are all amazing! This is one of my fave grown up Christmas shows for sure.It is about a couple who struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day. There is some vulgar language and scenes you deff do not want lil ones to see. But really a hilarious movie. Charlie Brown's Christmas is a classic and it is lovely. My kids are still a little young to get the message within the movie but it is a very nice holiday feature for all ages. Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. Elf is hilarious! It is perfect for all ages as well and has a great story line. There is just enough mild adult content to keep the grown ups wanting more and just childish enough that i

Copy-Kids DVD Review + Giveaway!

I got a chance to review this neat DVD called Copy-Kids. It is all about kids eating fruits and vegetables and of course we all know how kids tend to copy other kids or do the monkey see monkey do thing. Well this is no different. My kids watched the DVD and they really enjoyed it, they love watching other kids their age and to see them eat the veggies actually made my super picky eater want to try them. What is Copy-Kids? A joy-filled video and an innovative tool for parents who want to get children to enjoy eating fruits and vegetables. Copy-Kids is a media company producing video that encourages positive habits in young children, by watching and copying other kids. Copy-Kids unique content — DVD, online and TV — helps parents get their children hooked on healthy and positive habits. Produced for children aged 6 months to 5 years, Copy-Kids innovative video is fun and compelling for both children and parents. Copy-Kids launched in January 2012 with our first DVD

Mock Gingerbread House!

Brrrrrrr! It is cold and snowy here. We are in the minus teens and it is not outside weather. So instead I need to find a way to keep the kids from climbing up the walls. I really like putting those gingerbread houses together that you get from the grocery store, but after they sit for a while they don't taste good so its just a decoration that costs around 15-20 dollars. Hmmm isn't the fun part decorating it? Well then why not build a little cardboard gingerbread house? So that's what I did I took a box and my hot glue gun and got to work. I built the structure and then let my kids decorate it.  It cost me absolutely nothing because I had a ton of candy stashed from Halloween and I gotta say it looks pretty similar to what a regular gingerbread house would have looked like.

Santa's Choice!

I have to admit it I am horrible at saving money. I am learning still, I do pretty good at budgeting and spending my money where it needs to be spent but when I put 100 dollars in my savings I end up using it for things like food, meds, school stuff, etc. So my savings is pretty much not doing what its supposed to do. Now the reason I bring this up is because around this time of year money can get tight and surprisingly I have over 700 dollars worth of groceries coming into the house at the same time. How is that possible? Santa's Choice! Santa's Choice is a program in which you pay monthly/weekly/biweekly installments towards giant Christmas hampers or awesome products that you normally wouldn't be able to afford around the holiday season. This is absolutely one of the best things I have ever done for my family around the holidays. Not only am a paying for a huge amount of delicious brand name food for the holidays but I am also avoiding the dreadful gr