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Monday, December 28, 2015

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!
Sunday, December 27, 2015

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.







Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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.
Monday, December 21, 2015

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.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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!
Sunday, December 13, 2015

Wondering how to keep your health in check always?



Sometimes, it’s not all about how fit you are. Sometimes all that will matter is whether you are healthy or not. For as long as you are healthy, you will always be fit. It will be in your capacity to ensure that you are fit. Your health is what you should care about at all times. It is what you should always work towards to ensure that you are in good condition.
When it comes to your health, it is important that you pay keen attention to your body. In as much as some of the signs and symptoms may not be clear enough, it is important to always be in the know. You need to learn how to read the signs and know how to respond to different reactions by your body. You need to take good care of yourself.
You cannot ignore or rather overlook your health condition yet still hope to keep your health in check. One comes with the other. In case you have been wondering just how to keep your health in check, here are some of the ways through which you can ensure your health is always in check:
Practice hygiene
Sometimes all it takes for one to develop an illness is a dirty environment. Sometimes you just need to clean up your room and ensure what you eat is clean enough. This may sound so basic but it will do you good; keep your hands clean. Maintaining good hygiene is crucial for both medical and social reasons. I mean, who would want to sit with someone who is all stinky?
Aside from health, maintaining good hygiene will also have an impact on how people will view you; the picture that you will be putting across for people to see.
Regular checkups with the doctors
Most people consider this a waste of money. For you, count it as a wise step; it gets you a step closer to perfect health. It is only with the doctor that you will get to know what you are ailing from. Sometimes, you may be suffering from a certain disease that you may not know about.
You must have heard of different cases whereby someone passes on then later on it is discovered that the person was suffering from a certain illness. You can avoid such situations by going for regular checkups at the doctor’s place. You need not be ailing from anything; it is just good to be sure. Awareness and cure should be the driving force for you to go for regular checkups.
Make yourself happy
Sometimes it’s not all about what people think; it’s not all about pleasing other people. Sometimes you just need to focus on yourself and do what makes you happy. Some illnesses crop out of one’s owns will. It could be that you are stressing yourself or worrying too much, which should not be the case.
You need to ensure that you lead a happy life as well and save yourself the hospital troubles.
BIO
Hillary Miles is a 31-year-old gentleman who is a health and fitness fanatic. She says that awareness and cure is one of the ways through which you can ensure good health. Hillary is also an artist so during her free time, you will find her painting.

Military Spouses; Secure Your Financial Future Today

During the recent election cycle, there’s been a lot of talk about veterans, their families, and how they’re treated by the government and the Veteran’s Administration once they get home from combat and try to get on with their civilian lives. It’s good that the plight of military veterans has finally made the news because military families are suffering. There might be many health and retirement benefits that come with being in the army, navy, airforce, or marines, but there are also a lot of problems, especially for female spouses left at home. According to a study by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, more than 90 percent of wives said that they were either underemployed at home, or they were overqualified for the jobs that they were doing. What’s more, once veterans get home, thanks to a life in the military, they earn 38 percent less than their civilian counterparts in regular jobs.


According to Michael J Meese, the chief operating officer of American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association, a charitable organization that offers financial and insurance services to military personnel, many civilians find it difficult to understand some of the difficulties facing the families of veterans. Many people think that because military families get a steady government paycheck every month that they are financially secure. But in reality, with so much time in the field, many military families don’t get the chance to think about how to best spend their money. Most veterans are away from traditional sources of financial advice, like other family members, for extended periods of time, Meese says, and this means that they don’t always have the help of families to decide what is worth buying and what isn’t.


Then there’s the problem of having to move all the time. It is difficult for spouses of military personnel to develop their own amazing careers because life attached to the military is so demanding. Spouses regularly have to move close to military bases where there aren’t always opportunities for gainful employment. According to data from the Institute for Veterans study, even spouses with PhDs found it hard to find work, with employment in that category running at a whopping 16 percent.


It’s worth pointing out that once one spouse is deployed in operations, it’s up to the other to manage all the finances by themselves, including making all the necessary payments on time. Often, this responsibility falls to the wife, who has to suddenly work out how to manage a massive boost in their monthly income. The responsibility of running the home, including looking after the kids, falls on the spouse who is left at home.


In the past, this stress, as well as the fact that one spouse is always on active duty, has led to a spate of military bankruptcies. But thanks to modern financial support and better information, this sort of thing is a lot less common.


Be Financially Smart


Part of being financially smart is creating a budget building credit when installment loans online present themselves, and saving for the future. It’s a good idea to be skeptical when you see offers that are too good to be true, like offers things like mortgages, car repayments deals, and credit cards. And it’s worthwhile keeping tabs on exactly how your stress levels are affecting your spending habits. You don’t want to become dependent on retail therapy.


Build Up A Rainy Day Fund


Young military families tend to suffer most when they find themselves living on the edge, always relying on the next paycheck to meet their financial obligations. One way to make life a little less stressful and to achieve financial security is to build up a rainy day fund, a fund that you can use when some major expense you didn’t expect pops up. Random expenses, like buying a new refrigerator, traveling across the country or responding to a family emergency come up a lot more than you would expect. Military families only need to save around 1/12th of their monthly incomes for three years, according to the Huffington Post, to build up enough savings to fill a 6-month emergency fund.


Make Salary Increases Work For Long Term Goals


With a spouse as a serving member of the military, you’re entitled to benefit from annual cost-of-living increases as well as increased pay for long service and promotions. But this extra money shouldn’t go towards funding a lavish lifestyle  - at least, not yet. Instead, it should be put into achieving your long term goals. It’s worth discussing with your partner, therefore, exactly what those long-term goals are. It could be things like buying your own home, paying for college tuition or leaving the military and starting a career in some other field. If you put at least half of all the raises that you get into long-term savings, then you’ll reach your financial goals rapidly.


Protect Your Family For Less With Military Associations


Newspapers and magazines devote a lot of page space to stories about how dangerous it is to work in the construction or the manufacturing sector. But they regularly neglect to talk about how dangerous it is to work in the military too. Because work in the military is so dangerous, it’s a good idea to get life cover from organizations like the Servicemembers Group Life Insurance. Currently, this pays out $400,000, and the Death Gratuity pays an additional $100,000.


For some families, however, this might not be enough. So it’s worth checking with tools, like life insurance calculators, to see whether you are in need of additional coverage. Some non-profit organizations do provide extra cover for families that are concerned.


Make Use Of “Special Pay”


The military knows that its troops take enormous risks, every day that they are on active operations. So it’s only right that the army compensates soldiers for the time when the put their lives on the line to protect their country. Combat zone pay, as well as certain tax exemptions, can help build up the extra funds needed to establish your financial security and boost your long-term savings. Extra pay can also help with moving expenses, especially when you want the family to be near to where you’re working if you’re overseas. Also, look for opportunities to sell unwanted stuff for extra cash and live with relatives rent-free while your other half is out on active duty,


Look For Savings Around The House


Once a spouse is on active duty, it’s the job of the other to make sure that costs at home are kept to a minimum. One good idea is to get a phone contract that you can pause while they are away and resume when they return. Another idea is to sell the second car, while they’re not using it. You can also do things like move into a smaller house, as well as find an apartment with lower rent while there aren’t so many people at home.


Find Support


Life for military spouses can be tough emotionally, never knowing what might happen to the person you love in a combat zone. The good news is that there is not plenty of free support on offer through the internet. Things like Spouse Link, Veterans United, and this website are great resources for those who need support.


It’s also possible to get financial support through the US Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program, where you can make use of their career advice, as well as child care resources.


Find A Transition Career


Thanks to the internet and the incredible development of communication technologies over recent years, getting a career that allows you to travel all over the globe has never been easier. Military spouses are finding opportunities in things like virtual assistant services, copywriting, web development and a host of other transferable skills.


Recently, Michelle Obama launched her Joining Forces initiative, designed to help boost military spouse employment. The goal of the project is to make it easier for wives to find jobs in a range of high paying industries so that they can boost their personal incomes while staying mobile while their husbands are out in the field. At the moment, the initiative is focusing on areas such as health, education, medicine, and information technology. It’s also looking into skills that are ideal for jobs where spouses can telecommute to work, doing their jobs over the internet in their own time. There are now a bunch of job boards available that list flexible jobs, including sites like FlexJobs.


Take Advantage Of Resources



Finally, it’s worth pointing out that there are a bunch of financial resources available to military personnel. Every military service in the country has its own “Relief Society” - an organization that provides financial assistance to those who are in need. If you are on a military base, you should also be able to find a counselor trained in dealing with problems that military families often face, like staying out of debt. Then there’s also the Department of Defense Military OneSource, which is a resource that helps military families plan their tax affairs.

Use Tungsten Rings over Gold Rings for Intact Shine and Polish


The unique selling point of Tungsten as a metal is its extreme hardness, and that is the reason that the same metal is in use in jewelry. The factors that make tungsten so popular are its high durability and scratch resistance. If you were selecting gold for jewelry all through the years, then now you will have to give it a thought again. You will have to think if you still want to go for gold or think of giving tungsten a chance.
The downside of gold rings
Gold rings have two main downsides. The first one is the high price. But if you keep that aside, for the time being, the next downside would be the malleability of gold. Many people would say that gold is easy to cut and resize which makes it easy to design. But on the other hand, the metal being really soft, you cannot expect it to stay intact in shape and scratch-less for life.
Being practical, you are not going to keep your hands off the work just because you are wearing a gold ring, and you have to protect the polish of the ring. You would still continue with your professional and household work. Therefore, you cannot help but continue to expose the ring every minute to many frictions, abrasions, rubbing, and motions. These may bring on numerous scratches on the ring surface.And heavy pressures may de-shape the ring in just a second. Now at this point let’s see what the tungsten made ring promises.
Why choose tungsten rings?
Rings found at TungstenRings.com are made of high-quality tungsten. Also, Tungsten Carbide chemically is scratch resistant to the fullest. They can retain their shine through life, and would not lose their shape under pressure like gold does. In fact, the interesting fact about tungsten is that it is almost 10 times tougher than 18 karat gold. Normally jewelry of gold is made from hallmark gold, which is of 22 karats, and even softer than the 18 karat gold. This means gold made rings are way too soft than tungsten rings, and cannot retain shape for life, however, careful you are with it unless you keep it box packed.
With a tungsten ring, the shine would be intact and polish would stay the same year after year without showing any scratches.The polish of the gold ring would get dull in just a few months with daily use. Normally, a wedding band is worn on the ring finger, and the hand is always used. Therefore, there are many chances that the ring would get through frictions every now and then. To help keep the ring shining and gorgeous always and that too at less than half the cost of gold, you may choose tungsten.
Author Bio:Shane Adams, the author has been involved in the making of Tungsten jewelry and rings for years, and is associated with TungstenRings.com. He has an eye for detailing and authenticity of the best quality tungsten rings and jewelry. He can be contacted for more information on tungsten jewelry and their prices and sources to buy.