10 Ways to Serve Pizza on New Years Eve

My family loves pizza! My kids would eat it at every meal if given the option, I mean really! Who doesn't like it!? On New Years Eve we usually stay home and eat something fantastic, play a few board games and listen to music with the kids. After they call it a night, Mr. Sweet Silly Sara and I may have a few drinks.

This year, we are going to make pizza with the kids because Roo really loves to help cook! I found 10 Ways to Serve Pizza on New Years Eve that are bound to be a hit with my family not only on the big night, but all year long! I hope you find a few you love too!


Taco Pizza
Crock Pot Pizza
Easy Mexican Pizza
Flaky Biscuit Pizza
Savory Blueberry Pizza
Honey Terrayaki Chicken Pizza
Pizza Dippers
Easy Pizza Casserole
Pizza Pasta Bake
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza


Which of these pizza recipes sounds best in your opinion? We love the Savory Blueberry Pizza and the Pizza Dippers are sure to be a hit with my kids! If you have a favorite pizza recipe, tell me about it in a comment!

My Life Flashed Before My Eyes, Via the Wardrobe I Could Never Let Go Of



Today was weird and more depressing than I care to admit. I have finally found the will to let go of an attic full of stuff. Clothes I will never wear again, 2 years worth of baby clothes and toys, weird things I forgot about, like an extra microwave. Jewelry I made as a hobby very briefly, books that weren't worthy of bookshelf space.






As we cleared out the attic today and I watched my life flash before my eyes via the wardrobe I could never let go of, it was sad. I don't know why but the clothes I held on to really got me down in the dumps. My mind keeps going back to a few articles of clothing I will never wear again. My black Ralph Lauren long sleeve that looked so cute with a pink Ralph Lauren cardigan. My cream colored NY&Co Cardigan. My Columbia hiking pants. Old t shirts from when I was a waitress.

Sigh.

My heart feels lighter now, this stuff is all going away. I always feel liberated when I part with the material things that hold me down. When I was carefree and younger I wouldn't own anything that I felt would own me in the end. I wanted to know I was free to leave at any time, to go anywhere, without the burden of possessions. Now, I have a house full of stuff holding me down.

Funny how that works out over time.

Getting my life and space in order is an ongoing goal of mine. I have been parting with old clothes, discarding old magazines, creating solutions to keep things orderly. The attic purge was a very big step!




An update on this 3 +year old post.

I have found that by finally saying "Goodbye..." to a pair of Coach pumps that I will never wear again thanks to a broken foot a while back is actually a really good thing. Letting go of this stuff gave me a chance to start over fresh, to adopt a new style. I am wearing new styles, trying new colors and I think I look better dressed than ever. Having old favorites stashed in the attic is like hanging on to the ghost of your fashion past.







Surviving The Diapering Stage

                              


Parenthood is not an easy task to undertake! There are so many late nights, early mornings, temper tantrums, unexpected messes and out of the blue happenings that even the most patient person may show signs of cracking under the pressure on any given day!

The Diapering Stage contains many challenges that can make parents want to cry after a long day/week/month. In all honesty, I think I cried every day for 6 months when Roo was in diapers. Now that Harper is in the diapering stage, I have discovered a few tips and tricks that have helped me to stay sane. I can't wait to share them with you!



  1. A good night's sleep is essential to the entire family! When we are exhausted and the kids are cranky, a full day of changing diapers can seem extremely daunting. If you are not at the sleeping through the night stage, make sure to take time to rest! 
  2. Eat a well-balanced diet. This is true for the entire family too! Trust me on this one... children cannot survive on Crackers alone! Nutritious foods for parents will fuel them for a full day of changing diapers! A well-balanced diet for children helps to keep the diapers surprises at a minimum. But, sorry parents, there will always be a few surprises in there!
  3. Invest in quality diapers for baby. Again, a lesson I learned along the way. We have tried every diaper on the market literally. The best advice I can give anyone is, buy the good diapers! We use Huggies Little Snugglers. These keep leaks in, keep baby fresh and dry and are gentle on sensitive baby skin. 
  4. When your little mover discovers how to remove a soiled diaper as soon as it is dirty {Argh! Yes this happens at the worst times, such as when a delivery is made to the house...} it might be time to pull out my super mom trick- put the diaper on BACKWARDS! This will stump your little sweetie for a few weeks and save you from some serious mess making!
Let me tell you a little more about Huggies Little Snugglers:


Comfy outer cover and quilted, flexible inner pad

Characters make changing time fun for your little one

Sizes: Newborn, 1, 2 and 3

Description

Proven leak protection

Get gentle care with the proven leakage protection of the HUGGIES® Leak Lock® System.
Added comfort for newborns

Newborn size has an umbilical cord cut-out, perfectly shaped to gently protect your little one's belly button as it heals .

Wetness Indicator

Wetness indicator helps you know quickly as wet diaper indicator will changing colors when wet.
Comfort for baby

Diaper has softness inside and out, with a breathable, comfy outer cover and quilted, flexible inner pad. Specially shaped to gently fit little legs — even when they haven’t uncurled yet.
Adorable Designs

New soft graphics with Winnie the Pooh and friends. These delightful characters make changing time fun for your little one. The charismatic cartoons help your little one stay comfortable and excited about diapering and potty training.

Only Huggies® diapers have a stretchy SnugFit Waistband to help our diapers stay in place like no other diaper. The unique contoured shape provides a comfortable fit and stays in place as babies move and play.
Now even more absorbent with new and improved LEAK LOCK®—the protection and security you both need between changes.

DryTouch® liner
Part of the new Moving Baby System*, the new DryTouch® liner absorbs on contact, so your baby stays dry throughout all of their little adventures.


We always grab out Huggies Little Snugglers at Sam's Club.  The best benefits of being a Sam’s Club member include free shipping on Diapers/Wipes, Club Pick up and Subscription! 

What advice would you give a parent in the diapering stage for survival? We can't wait to hear from you.

Getting it Done with the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14

Thanks to my friends at Acer for inspiring today's post with a sample!

As a stay at home mom by day and a work from home business owner by night, I rely on a great computer to help me stay in touch with friends, family and clients. I use my laptop as a communication tool, a source of entertainment and to my laptop provides the platform for my livelihood. 

Recently, I hooked up with the people at Acer to try out the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14. I had not used the Windows operating system in many years, so I was more than intrigued to see the computer in action. Let me tell you a little more about  The Aspire One Cloudbook 14. It features a 14-inch HD display, Intel Celeron processor and 32GB of internal storage.  It also provides up to 14 hours of battery life and weighs just 3.5 pounds and runs Windows 10.
The computer display was the first thing that caught my eye. I love generous size of the screen. It is perfect for streaming Netflix. It is incredible for me to use when I am working on a design or editing images. The clarity of the screen is fantastic. Really fantastic!

The best feature? The one I cannot get enough of? Cortana! Yes, the  The Aspire One Cloudbook 14 allows you to talk to Cortana with the click of the mouse! This is awesome, amazing, fun and completely stole my heart.

If you are not familiar with Cortana, she is like the other notorious assistant but so much better! Cortana on my Cloudbook makes the experience of using the device incredible. She will answer questions, open files, look things up online for you and so much more.

While the Cloudbook features all of these great things like an HD display, Cortana and Windows 10, there is one thing it does not feature... and that is a hefty price tag! Retailing for $199 at Walmart, this is a great option for school, work or fun! It makes a great first computer for your middle school students. It is also a great option for someone like me, that relies on a great computer for many parts of life.

I found the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook to be user-friendly. It is my go to computer for traveling and for using with my Silhouette portrait as well as for working and watching streaming videos. If you are looking for a great computer at an affordable price, I recommend this one. I have been very happy with my Acer One Cloudbook with Cortana and I think you will be too! I am getting things done with my Acer Aspire One Cloudbook! Connect with Acer to learn more.

Christmas Tree Inspired Snacks

We have been having tons of fun with all things Christmas Trees! We are decorating ours daily... you know how it is when you have little ones! We are drawing trees, decorating paper ones with stickers and reading books about Christmas trees too! {Biggest Christmas Tree Ever!}

With all of the buzz in my house about Christmas Trees, I thought I should find a few snack ideas for the kids to keep the fun of the beautiful Christmas tree going for them! I found 4 ideas for sweet treats that would make them very happy. Let's be honest. We are friends here. These are sweet so I am down as well!





Christmas Tree Brownies decorated with Buttercream Frosting
Healthy Christmas Tree Snack
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Christmas Tree Brownies


I think my son Roo would most like the Christmas Tree Cupcakes. He loves icing! Harper and I would love the brownies, they both sound and look great! 

Do you have a favorite Christmas tree inspired snack? I would love to hear about it!

The Nice List: The Complete Series of The Wonder Years

I received a review copy of this product to facilitate this post.


Do you have ever have a TV and Chill Night at your house? I am totally not embarrassed to admit, this is what my husband and I do once the kids are in bed more often than not. We take turns on what we watch. One night a week, we catch up with the show we both watch, one night a week we watch a movie, one night we watch his choice. One night a week, my favorite night of the week; is all about my favorite series from childhood, The Wonder Years.




It is funny, but as a kid, I had the biggest crush on Kevin Arnold {Fred Savage}. Now that I am a mom, I have more of a crush on his dad, the grumpy Jack Arnold. My husband and I laugh about this often, because I lovingly joke that Mr. Arnold is as grumpy as my hubby and it must be familiarity!


Now, you know my secret. I am a Wonder Years Addict, who has crushed on both son and father. Imagine my delight when I got the complete series of my longtime fave on dvd! Yeah, rock on! This means I have my hour of her choice tv planned out for like 6 months!


This is one of the coolest complete series out there. The packaging alone makes it something you want to buy! It comes in a little replica locker like the one Kevin Arnold used. The dvds come in 2 fantastic binder style cases, just like Kevin used in the show! The fun doesn't stop there. The locker includes awesome magnets and the famed Yearbook!



When I opened the locker I literally squealed with delight! This is the PERFECT gift for anyone that loves old tv shows! It offers 6 seasons worth of one of the best television shows ever made in my humble opinion. Watching takes me back to when life was a lot simpler, friendships were solid, and television shows had a point to them!



If you need a great gift for a Wonder Years fan on your Nice List, you cannot go wrong with this complete series! To learn more or purchase connect with


Give the Gift of Less Stress

There are a few people on my shopping list that could use a little less stress and a chance to relax and have some fun too! While a holiday in the sun might take care of those needs, my budget wouldn't allow for me to give the gift of a cruise or tropical getaway. Luckily, there is still a great gift that I can give to the people on my Nice List that need a break!

In fact, there are 11 options for this gift that are sure to delight the recipients of my gifts! Let me tell you a little more about adult coloring books and the 11 that are topping my gifts to give list in 2015.


Tangled Treasures Coloring Book by Jane Monk - The soothing flow of tangling plus the meditative action of coloring makes this book a treat.


100 Things to Draw with a Triangle by Sarah Walsh - Think of all the possibilities! Stars, snowflakes, trees, gifts and more! Doodle your way to holiday spirit with Sara Walsh (Just Add Color: Circus, Day of the Dead, Carnival).


Doodling for Tree Huggers and Nature Lovers by Gemma Correll - Doodling is for everyone, and we mean everyone! Know a nature lover? This sassy draw-in journal is great for those who get creative in the great wide open.


Change Your Life One Doodle at a Time by Salli S. Swindell - Change is excitement. Change is surprise. Change is progress. Change is the thrill that comes from something new. Making small changes through this doodle journal can help you become happier and more confident. 


Color Me Stress-Free Color Me Calm by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter - These books examine the benefits of putting pencil (or crayon, marker, and ink) to paper and offers adults an opportunity to channel their anxiety into satisfying, creative accomplishment. 


Portable Color Me Calm / Portable Color Me Happy by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter - The international bestselling series now in a smaller, portable package. Bring it with you on a plane when travelling for the holidays. Makes a perfect small gift for any night and fits right inside a stocking!


20 Ways to Draw a Star by Studio SSS - This motivational practice book provides a new take on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing. Take a step-back and think about all the different ways to draw something. Open your mind to the possibilities and differences in everyday objects. Get out your favorite drawing tool, and remember, there are not just 20 Ways to Draw a Star!


Doodling for Bookworms by Gemma Correll - Of course you know someone who loves to unwind by the fire, relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book. Jumpstart the creativity of your favorite book nerd and give them this great activity book filled with Shakespeare, George Orwell, and Jane Austen.


Tangled Gardens Coloring Book by Jane Monk - If the s
now and cold stress you out, cozy up to Jane Monk's Tangled Gardens. Use your brightest pigments to create a warm and inviting garden while you wait for spring to return.


These books are great. Not only are they tons of fun to color in for grown ups, but they give kids a break too. No more sharing coloring books with parents! {Yes! I make Rolf and Harp share their coloring books and crayons!} I love to relax and let imagination run free. 

I am gifting adult coloring books to my mother, my sister and my husband this year. I know my husband is going to love the Doodling for Bookworms book. My mother will love the Tangled Gardens Adult Coloring Book and my sister needs a 100 Things to Draw with a Triangle book!

Who on your Nice List will you gift an adult coloring book to?

Happy National French Toast Day

Thanks to my pals at Post for sharing this recipe!

Happy National French Toast Day!
To celebrate this day in flavorful style, I have a great recipe that is filled with nutritious ingredients like Post Great Grains cereal that you won't want to miss!


Ingredients
3 eggs
1 cup fat-free milk
1-1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
8 slices challah bread, 1/2 inch thick
2 oz. bittersweet baking chocolate, finely chopped
1 large banana, sliced
2 cups sliced strawberries

Directions
1.    Preheat oven to 350°F.
2.    Beat eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt in large shallow dish with wire whisk until well blended; set aside. Place cereal in resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Crush cereal with rolling pin. Dip both sides of the bread slices in egg mixture; place on clean work surface. Sprinkle evenly with chocolate; top with bananas. Dip both sides of remaining 4 bread slices in remaining egg mixture; place over bananas to make four sandwiches. Press together gently. Coat both sides of sandwiches with cereal crumbs; press crumbs firmly into sandwiches to secure.
3.    Place on baking sheet.
4.    Bake 20 to 25 min. or until lightly browned. Cut diagonally in half. Serve with the strawberries.

Tips and Suggestions
Substitute: Prepare as directed, using semi-sweet baking chocolate.

Creamy Avocado Pear Banana Smoothie with #PSYUM

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.

My daughter is kind of a hit or miss girl when it comes to eating her veggies. At the age of 2 Harper has been discovering what she likes and she doesn't like. Right now, she doesn't like her veggies all that much.

We got to try 4 flavors from Pure Spoon, a great new baby food product, and this inspired me to get creative and get my girlie to eat her veggies, without even knowing she was doing so!

Pure Spoon sent me:

Spinach, Pear, & Banana

Sweet Potato & Apples

Creamy Avocado & Pears

Carrots & Zucchini

Pure Spoon offers 9 flavors in reclosable 4-ounce containers. I love that these are freezable and the containers are durable enough to withstand freezing. Pure Spoon is of the first-to-market, cool temperature, high-pressure pasteurized, organic baby food and purees. In a matter of days you will be able to order this yummy pureed food online for your baby, or for dinner time short cuts.

Like I said Miss Thang is particular about what she wants to eat these days. But there is something she can't resist! A smoothie!

Harper really loved this Creamy Avocado Pear Banana Smoothie. It is easy to make and packed full of goodness that little ones need to grow strong!


Ingredients:
1-  4 ounce container of Pure Spoon Creamy Avocado Pear Pureed food
1 medium Banana
1 teaspoon of honey
2 ice cubes
2 tablespoons of greek yogurt
2 tablespoons of milk

Blend all ingredients until the ice is smooth. Pour into a glass (or a sippy cup) and enjoy!

While we are nearly completely off of baby food, I think I will continue to purchase this product because it makes it easy to add a healthy ingredient or two into smoothies and I don't have to worry about fresh produce going to waste.

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10 Must Try Pumpkin Pie Recipes

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the pie! I can't get enough pumpkin pie! I like how almost every pumpkin pie you sample tastes a little different from the last, but I love when I get to try a pumpkin pie with a twist or a spin to make it unique! If you feel the same about pumpkin pie as I do you won't want to miss these 10 Must Try Pumpkin Pie Recipes!



Pumpkin Yogurt Pie
Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie
Mini Pumpkin Pie with Sugar Cookie Crust
Sweet Potato Pumpkin Kiwi Pie Parfaits
Pumpkin Pocket Pastry
Low Carb Mini Pumpkin Pies
Pumpkin Pie Squares
An Amazing Pumpkin Pie
No Bake Pumpkin Pie
Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Which of these 10 Must Try Pumpkin Pie Recipes do you want to try first? I think I will make the Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie! I love the combination of chocolate and pumpkin. Do you have a favorite pumpkin pie recipe? I would love to hear about it!

Itsy Bitsy Spider Craft

Tonight we took a walk to storytime at the library. My son really enjoys this ritual. He loves the walk {that is my boy! I love to walk too!} while Harp likes the ride in her stroller. The fresh air and exercise helps my kids to behave during storytime too and fall asleep a bit easier that night too. Win. Win.

Tonight they made a really cute craft that I had to get involved in and photograph to share with you.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider House

You will need one full sheet of colored paper 
one 4x6 inch square of paper in another color
one triangle in another color (to make a roof)
2 2x2 inch squares of paper that are the same color.
One 2x2 inch square of paper in another color
One 1x3 inch strip of black paper
One Straw
One spider ring
2 strips of tape
Glue Stick




First Glue your 4x6 inch square of paper onto the full sheet.





Then glue on the triangle for the roof, and the 2 squares of paper that are the same color for windows.

Next add your door and your chimney.

Tape your straw to the side of the house on the bottom.
Slide the spider ring onto the straw from the untaped top.
Tape the top of the straw.




You can sing the itsy bitsy spider song with your kids, and have them move the spider up the spout! How cute right?

The one in process as pictured above was made by my 2-year-old daughter and I. The one below was made by my 5 year old. We all had fun with this craft! It was creeptacular crafting that can be created by a variety of ages.



Very Berry Oat Muffins

My friends at Juicy Juice shared a recipe with me that I think is perfect for Fall! I couldn't resist sharing it with my Muffin loving fans!
Why stop at just one type of berry in your muffin? This wholesome morning staple gets a double dose of berry flavor and natural sweetness from frozen mixed berries and Berry Juicy Juice® 100% juice.


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries, unthawed, any large strawberries halved or quartered
1 cup Berry Juicy Juice® 100% juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 500°F. Grease a standard-size muffin tin.
Whisk together flour, oats, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Add frozen berries, and toss with dry ingredients until well-coated (this helps prevent the berries sinking to the bottom of the tin as they bake).
Beat together Berry Juicy Juice® 100% juice, oil and eggs in a small mixing bowl until frothy.
Pour wet ingredients into dry, and use a whisk to mix just until combined, being careful not to smash the berries. Some lumps in the batter are okay.
Fill cups of muffin tin 3/4 full, and place in oven. Immediately reduce oven temperature to 400°F. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean (berry juice is fine, but there should be no raw batter clinging to the toothpick).
Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks to finish cooling.
Makes 12 muffins

Fancy Fresh Fruit Dessert

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something I get a peanut! 


Dessert. It is what dreams are made of. Both the sweet ones and the sweat-inducing ones. You know the dream that you eat dessert until you turn into a giant eclair? Well, maybe I am the only one that has that dream {proof of my foodie status, and testament to my love of dessert.}


I decided to whip up something awesome, sweet and a nearly perfect treat using fresh fruit as my main ingredient. I had purchased a 10-pound box of beautiful Dole bananas for a steal at $2.45. I couldn't stand to see them go to waste!

This is the Ultimate Healthy Dessert. It offers just a touch of cream and a drizzle of chocolate, but not enough to blow a diet or induce guilt in your heart after noshing on something so fantastic.




Time: 5 minutes
Serves 2 to 4 depending.

Ingredients needed: 
1 navel orange
1 kiwi
1-2 Strawberries
2 -4 maraschino cherries
2- 4 banana
Chocolate that has been melted to drizzle {or cheat like I did and use Hersheys Syrup!}
cocoa powder or cinnamon
whipped cream (2- 4 dollops)

First step:
Decide how hungry you are! Are you going to eat 2 bananas?


Next, slice your oranges into 1-1/2 inch thick slices, leaving the peel on.
Slice your kiwi into one inch thick slices then gently cut the peel off.
Slice strawberries in half.
Peel bananas; you can slice in half if you wish

Place the bananas on the plates. Arrange your oranges and kiwi on the back side of the bananas.
Ghirardelli Chocolate over the fruit in a pleasing design.

 Add a dollop of whipped cream to each banana. 
Top with a cherry on the whipped cream, add a strawberry slice into the mix too!
The final step depends on your preferences. You can lightly sprinkle cocoa powder around the plate of the dessert or you can use cinnamon!

This really is the ultimate desert. It is based on fresh fruit, it offers just enough chocolate and cream to sweeten the deal, and as you can see it is gorgeous when completed.

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Star Wars Fans- All Budgets

This post does contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase I get a peanut in exchange.

For your Star Wars fans, I have rounded up some of the best gift ideas to bring the force into the holiday season!

Under $10

2 Pack Silicone Mold Ice Cube Tray Ball For Star Wars Lovers or Party Theme

Gum Toothbrush Star Wars Flash Light,color may vary

Rubies Star Wars Darth Vader Cape and Mask Set

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Star Wars Yoda Figure

Crayola Limited Edition Crayon, Star Wars Darth Vader Toy (64 Count)

Fascinations 251 Star Wars Millennium Falcon Metal Earth 3D Metal Model Kit


Under $20

Vandor 99561 Star Wars Darth Vader 18 oz Oval Ceramic Mug, Black

Star Wars Mens Casual Crew Socks 2 Pair Pack Darth Vader Storm Trooper Black/Red

Star Wars Darth Vader Apron

Thermos 12 Ounce Funtainer Bottle, R2D2

CoverGirl Star Wars Limited Edition Colorlicious Lipstick, Red No. 30, 0.12 Ounce

Playskool Mr. Potato Head Star Wars: Darth Tater Toy

Rubies Star Wars Luke Skywalker Lightsaber


Under $50

Monopoly Game Star Wars

Jedi Dressing Gowns - Star Wars Bath Robes

Star Wars The Force Awakens 3.75-Inch Figure Troop Builder 6-Pack [Amazon Exclusive]

1 X Exclusive Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set - Limited Edition

Star Wars Science - Death Star Planetarium

Lucas Film Star Wars Sheet Set, Full

Engraved Wooden Music Box Star Wars Theme





Over $100



A Food Allergy Friendly Halloween






Did you know that it is estimated that 1 in 13 children has a food allergy? This Halloween season there are ways you can provide safe treats for all kids and let the families know that you are an allergy friendly stop along the route on Halloween night! I have some allergy-friendly candy and non-food ideas to share with you to keep kids safe from allergic reactions this year.

First, paint a pumpkin teal to place on your porch or in your front yard. This will signal that you are allergy friendly. You can google the Teal Pumpkin Project to find printable materials you can use to alert families you have non-food items available as well, should you chose to go that route.

There are a number of allergy friendly candies on the market, from special brands to your average drugstore finds. This list is only a guide, please be sure to check the ingredients on any products you do purchase with the intention of being allergy friendly.

Airheads
Smarties
Gummy candies and fruit snacks
Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Products like Dots
Pixie Stix
Skittles
Ring Pops, Dum Dums and most lollipops
Jolly Ranchers

There are many affordable ways to offer trick or treaters a non food treat. Some things you can hand out include bookmarks, pencils, stickers, plastic Halloween rings or bracelets. The options are vast at party supply stores or even dollar stores for little trinkets that kids with food allergies will appreciate.

If you are offering both allergy free and regular candy, please be sure to keep them in separate containers to avoid potential contamination. This year there are many ways you can help keep Halloween safe and fun for all kids. Don’t forget to paint a pumpkin teal and stock up on  candies that everyone can enjoy as well as a few non food items for severe cases of food allergy.

A Revolutionary Way to Help Stop Bladder Leaks!




Oh guys. Here we are again.... and I am sharing some more real life stuff with you. Today I want to share with you A Revolutionary Way to Help Stop Bladder Leaks!

Ladies, it happens to the best of us. We are out with friends, we are having a good time, and then it happens. We laugh, cough, sneeze or move in a way that gives us a little Oops....

After I had my second child, I had a major change in my body that led to me being guarded in my personality... Stress Urinary Incontinence. Yes, I was peeing myself more than I ever thought I could. I lived in fear that I might laugh and make a tinkle.

Thank goodness there are alternatives to always wearing a bulky pad, never cracking a smile again or having surgery, such as the Poise Impressa Sizing Kit.

Designed for the temporary management of Stress Urinary Incontinence, Poise Impressa Bladder Supports do not absorb leaks — they help prevent them.

Stopping leaks starts with the Impressa Sizing Kit. Impressa comes in three different sizes, and the Sizing Kit helps you find your most effective and comfortable internal fit. Each kit includes six bladder supports (two of each size), along with a $4 coupon toward a 10-count Single-Size Pack of Impressa.

After you've found your perfect fit with the Impressa Sizing Kit, it's time to purchase a Single-Size Pack. Each includes 10 bladder supports in your size — and you can use Impressa for up to 8 hours every day to help stop leaks before they happen.

Guys, start with the $2.00 off coupon for the Poise* Impressa* Sizing Kit to help find the most effective and comfortable internal fit. After you have found their perfect fit, you can then download a $2.00 off coupon for 1 Poise* Impressa* Bladder Supports 10 Count Base Pack.

The Poise Impressa Bladder Supports are the solution to bladder leakage. I can now let my smile shine and my laughter out without letting a leak become an embarrassament.

How We Afford the Holidays Without Credit Card Debit

When I talk to my friends and family about the holidays, the subject of budgeting and credit card debit comes up. No one can ever believe me when I tell them we accumulate 0 credit card debit for holidays and I never spend more than $50 on gifts.

I have had people say things like "That is a flat out lie Sara. The gift you gave us last year cost at least $30!"
They always want to know how I can decorate, gift and give without spending more than $50 out of my own pocket. Today I am going to share the low down with you too.

First, being a family that lives on a budget, events such as back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthdays are always on my mind! Creative ways to accumulate funds or gifts is a year round project.

I do a variety of things online to add to my kitty.

If I see a great item on clearance I will buy it, but only if I have the extra cash on hand. I don't buy on my debit card or credit card.

At the end of each season I buy the goods I need next year on clearance. I use my stash of gift cards to do this. I buy wrapping paper when it is down to 50 cents a roll or less. Same with bows, gift tags, bags and etc. Seasonal trinkets are also great to get when they get marked down to 80-90% off. I get stocking stuffers for 20 cents and stash them for the next year. Or I might buy Easter coloring books for 10 cents and stash them too.

Inbox Dollars I spend about 25 minutes a week reading emails, playing games, watching videos and more. I have cashed out several times. It is pretty easy money and you get a $5 sign up just for joining!

I shop Zuilly. I shop here because it is easy to earn credits and they have such super deals. I get really low priced deals here through out the year and add to my "Gift Box".

I use the WalMart Savings Catcher App. I scan each receipt I get from WalMart and accumulate savings on products. I wait to 'cash out' until there is something I need to buy for a holiday.

I have the Shutterfly app, so I watch out for special offers, free prints and more. Photo gifts are always a hit. If you are not using Shutterfly sign up here for FREE Prints!!

I of course watch amazon for deals. I save money on everything! I do tasks on m turk to earn money too. I don't have much time for this, but I would estimate I spend about 30 minutes a week turking and making some spare change on easy tasks.

As a blogger, if I participate in a campaign that pays via a gift card, I save it.

That is how I can afford to celebrate all of the major holidays without dipping into our budget for any extra expenses. I limit us to about $50 for last minute things like batteries.

 How does your family afford the holidays?


Gourmet Homemade Oreo Marshmallows

It was one of those days, the cupboards were growing bleak, the need to grocery shop was strong, but the interest wasn't there. I knew I could put it off another day. {Face it, shopping with two young children is not fun!}

After whipping up an easy peasy dinner, I knew that dessert was in order too. I had 3 ingredients on hand and this little bit of yum is what I came up with!





To make Oreo Marshmallows you will need:
White Chocolate
Oreos
Marshmallows

First melt your white chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 25 seconds or so until it is smooth.
Crush Oreos, place in a bowl.
Dip your marshmallow into the melted chocolate, immediately dip it into crushed Oreos. 
Set aside for about 25 minutes until the chocolate has set.
Enjoy!


My family loved these! They were soft, sweet and had bits of crunch thanks to the chunks or Oreo cookies. This was an incredibly easy treat to make with a gourmet flavor perfect for kids of all ages!

Do you love gourmet marshmallows? Have you ever made something like this at home?