30+ Gifts That Will Have Her Seeing Stars

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Galaxy hair, galaxy suckers, galaxy leggings.... it is no secret that chicks like me are seeing stars!
Lucky for you, if you want to buy me, or a special girl on your nice list, an out of this world cool gift, I have compiled a list of a gift ideas that will leave everyone seeing stars!

Galaxy Print Leggings

Galaxy Dress

Galaxy Hoodie

Galaxy Sneakers



Meteorite Wall Clings

Galaxy Shower Curtain

Nebula Plasma Ball



Rotating Galaxy Night Light

Star Projector

Galaxy Pillowcases

Galaxy Sheet Set

Galaxy Quilt

Galaxy Throw





Galaxy Lollipops

Astronaut Ice Cream

Galaxy Chocolate

Planet Pops



Nebula Cell Phone Stand and Grip

Galaxy Mousepad

Space Shuttle in Perpetual Motion

3d Solar System



Galaxy Printed Duct Tape

Galaxy Gift Wrap

Galaxy Fanny Pack





Space Inspired Bracelet

Galaxy Earrings

Nasa Photo Nebula Necklace

Nebula Pendant




Geek Sparkle Nebula Make Up

Galaxy Chic Make Up Kit



Which of these ideas is your favorite? I am crazy for all of them!

25+ Magical Gift Ideas for Harry Potter Fans

This post is chocked full of affiliate links, but these are awesome gift ideas!

So, whatcha getting the Harry Potter fan in your life this Christmas? Sure, you could buy a book? But come on you guys! There are so many amazing options out there, that finding a gift that will blow your special potterhead's mind is going to be easier than ever!




Harry Potter Socks
Gryffindor Tie
Harry Potter Umbrella {I Solemnly Swear...}
Hogwart's Beanie

Color Morphing Mug
Reusable Drinking Cup
Harry Potter Cake Pan

Doormat
Gryffindors Crest Throw
Gryffindor Banner
Harry Potter Room Mates

Quidditch Set
Hogwarts Stamp and Seal Set
Harry Potter's Wand
Harry Potter's Remote Control Wand

9 Harry Potter Charm Necklaces
Funko Mini Harry Potter Mystery Figure
Personalized Diploma

Harry Potter Christmas Ornament
Harry Potter Goodie Basket
Harry Potter Wallet
Slytherin Hooded Bathrobe

Harry Potter Coloring Book
Harry Potter's Magical Creatures Coloring Book
Magic Notepad with Wand
Hogwart's Bookmark Set

Trivial Pursuit: The Harry Potter Edition
Clue The Harry Potter edition
Harry Potter Chess Set


Which of these gifts are your favorite? I think that Chess set is incredible! The bathrobe is pretty fantastic too!

25 Awesome Gift Ideas for Walking Dead Fans


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If you have a walking dead fan on your shopping list, you are in the right spot. I have found 25 Awesome gifts that they will love to receive! From apparel to fabric by the yard, this list has something for everyone!

I think these are pretty fun ideas. I am loving the zombie slippers! I know a few guys who would adore the Zombie Apocolypse Survival Kit. No matter which gift you choose, your going to make someone really happy!





Clothes






For Him




For Her


Walking Dead Charm Bracelet




For the Home








For Fun










Which of these gift ideas do you think the Walking Dead fan on your list will love the most? I would love to hear if you have an idea for an unforgettable gift idea for the fans in my life!












Eco Chic Holiday Gifts for Her

Santa Claus is coming to town, but this year, why not save him a little work and pick up a few environmentally friendly gifts for the special eco chick on your shopping list.

Promotional consideration was given to the sponsors who sent products and this guide may include affiliate links.



If she likes to garden and or cook, you can't go wrong with a gift from Back to the Roots. They offer unique gifts that are good for the environment, and the human body too! This year I am loving the Mushroom Farm which allows you to grow fresh oyster mushrooms from a box and the garden in a can options.



If she likes to cook, she is going to love these Bamboo Utensils. They are stylish, durable and verstile.



Urban Market Bags offers a convenient and stylish reusable bag system she will love to use for all of her daily needs. These bags are washable and really durable. I love that the set contains 3 bags, which is perfect for a trip to the market!



This book stand will come in handy the next time she is trying a new recipe! She will love referencing her cookbook on such a chic addition to the kitchen.


If she is always on the go, and seems to tote a lot of things with her, this adorable zippered tote from ThirtyOne Gifts. I love the size, durability and numerous ways to make this tote a bag that is as unique as the chick on your Christmas list! 


If you are making her a gift or goody basket filled with eco-friendly sweets and treats, a pretty and reusable package with show her just how much you care! I love these options from ThirtyOne.


This paper ornament kit makes a fantastic way to bring festive flair to her Christmas tree year after year!


What are you getting the eco-chick on your shopping list this year?


Best Dinner Rolls Recipe

There is nothing like homemade bread. This recipe is simple but yields big flavorful results!




Baking bread is my passion. I do it often and lose myself in the process, letting my stress melt away as I work the dough. It is a magical process for me.

I make bread all the time, but I have never shared this with you guys. Why is that? I have no idea! So today I want to share my best dinner roll recipe with you. It also makes lovely loaves of fresh white bread.

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 stick of real butter, softened
1/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
2 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
1 cup of warm milk
1 egg
1 teaspoons of butter flavored crisco 
2 tablespoons of melted butter



Directions
Take a large mixing bowl, 'grease' it with Crisco and set it aside.
Add warm milk, sugar and yeast to a medium size mixing bowl. Stir it up and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.
Add butter, egg, salt and 1 cup of flour to the milk mixture, stir to break up butter and egg.
When those ingredients are incorporated add remaining flour.
As the mixture begins to form dough begin mixing with your hands, let that turn to kneading.
Knead the dough for about 3 minutes or until it is soft and pliable in your hands.



Transfer the dough to the greased mixing bowl and allow it to rise for about 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
You can tell the dough is ready when you press a finger into it and the dough rises to fill in the indentation.



Next, liberally butter the loaf pan or baking dish you are going to bake in.
Split the dough into handful size portions for dinner rolls or 2 large rounds for a loaves allow to rest and rise a second time for about an hour.

Brush tops of rolls or loaves with melted butter and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. The tops will be a lovely golden color when the bread is done.



Don't miss my slow cooker dinner roll recipe.

If you have a favorite bread recipe please share it with me!

Taking the Smell Out of the Holidays

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The holidays are here! I mean, they are really here you guys! This is such an exciting time of year. The food, the family and all of the fun, but there is one thing about the holidays, things can get kinda stinky. It is a good thing that Fabreeze is here to spread holiday cheer while freshening things up!

In the spirit of the holidays, Fabreeze has brought back the hit song, #12Stinks of Christmas to spread cheer and smiles!

Doug E. Fresh, “The World’s Greatest Entertainer,” and social media sensation @ItsDougThePug kicked it old school and released the second installment of Febreze’s “The #12Stinks of Christmas.” Don't miss this rendition of a fun holiday song!

What is your favorite smell from the holiday season? For me it is freshly baked cookies! What about your least favorite smell? It is of course, the smells that happen after someone over indulges on those same cookies!

There is nothing better than family at the holidays, weird smells included. This year, have a smile with your smelly relatives and check out the video for the #12stinks of Christmas today for a good laugh!





'Tis the Season for Portraits!

This conversation is a part of a sponsored partnerships between Sweet Silly Sara and Portrait Innovations, all opinions are my own.

‘Tis the Season for Portraits!

Last week my family decided to do something different, something that our family has overlooked every single year. Family portraits! I think in this age of smartphones, we take so many photos that posing for professional portraits is something that many families, like mine, doesn't consider as often as we should.

We headed to our local Portrait Innovations studio and put on our biggest smiles. Unsure of what to expect, I took a go with the flow attitude and let our friendly photographer work her magic, and magic she did! Both of my kids had a ton of fun smiling for the camera!

We had such a good experience that I have to share this info with you guys, because these offers are so sweet, you may have a toothache from smiling over them!




  Free $25 gift mug or ornament with 42 Portrait Package for only $14.99 – ends November 20

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This 42 Holiday Portrait Package is only $14.99 (Regularly $24.99), plus a free gift of your choice (Regularly $25).



Choose between an 11oz Mug or Holiday Ornament, yours free!

Our Portrait Package includes 1-10x13 Wall Portrait, 2-8x10s, 4-5x7s, 4-3x5s, 16-2x3s, plus, 5-5x7 Greeting Cards and 10 Gift Tags.

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Portrait Innovations specializes in giving customers a customized portrait studio experience with creative options for beautiful, professional portaits and personalized photo gifts and keepsakes.

Photogprahers at each studio have been trained in the newest posing and shooting techniques and work with newborns, children, families, graduates, religious milestones and large groups. 

When gazing back through old photo albums, do you cringe every time you get to the classic family Christmas photo? You are not alone! Terrible and awkward pictures can be a result of tons of factors, including inexperienced photographers, camera malfuncations, and kids who refuse to sit still for more than a moment. 

This holiday season, preserve memorable moments in the best way with Portrait Innovations! • Find your closet Portrait Innovations studio, visit http://www.portraitinnovations.com/Find-aStudio. 

I will be back again to share more info about our experience at Portrait Innovations! If you have had a photo session with Portrait Innovations I would love to hear more about it in a comment!


Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls and a Giveaway

This conversation was sponsored but the recipe is from me to you, no strings attached, because I know you will love it!

This slow cooker dinner roll recipe is perfect for when the craving for bread hits but you are short on time.


I love to bake bread. It is one of those things that relaxes me and returns me to a simpler life, the aromas that come from my kitchen as the bread transforms from simple ingredients takes me back in time to my childhood, on Sunday mornings when my grandfather would bake fresh bread.

I had never baked in a slow cooker before so when Hamilton Beach offered to send me their awesome Professional Sous Vide and Slow Cooker I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Something different, something simple, something anyone could make without fail.

Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls! This recipe also works well for oven baked bread.


Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls

3 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 stick of real butter, softened
1/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
2 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
1 cup of warm milk
1 egg
1 teaspoons of butter flavored crisco

Take a large mixing bowl, 'grease' it with Crisco and set it aside.

Add warm milk, sugar and yeast to a medium size mixing bowl. Stir it up and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.
Add butter, egg, salt and 1 cup of flour to the milk mixture, stir to break up butter and egg.
When those ingredients are incorporated add remaining flour.
As the mixture begins to form dough begin mixing with your hands, let that turn to kneading.
Knead the dough for about 3 minutes or until it is soft and pliable in your hands.

Transfer the dough to the greased mixing bowl and allow it to rise for about 30 minutes.



For the next step, I turned to my Hamilton Beach Professional Sous Vide and Slow Cooker, as it was cold in my drafty old house and you need a warm environment to successfully raise bread.



I liberally rubbed butter on the sides of the slow cooker pan, next I tore off handfuls of dough and formed it into balls, lining the slow cooker with the balls, spaced about 1/4 apart.
I turned my slow cooker on low for a 4-hour setting.
This allowed my dinner rolls adequate time to rise, then bake.



My rolls came out nicely. They had a delicious golden brown crust but they were as soft as cotton inside and out. The appearance isn't quite as gorgeous as traditional oven baked rolls, as it seems they didn't get as puffy, but the flavor is just as great.



This is a great way to bake bread when you have a busy day planned, or when your oven is tied up. If you happen to not have an oven, you will be so thankful to have this easy and delicious slow cooker dinner roll recipe for the next time a bread craving hits you!

I am crazy about the Hamilton Beach Professional Sous Vide and Slow Cooker, let me tell you what I like about it.

It holds 6 quarts, so it is perfect for cooking for a crowd, it does double duty on cooking capabilities, acting as both a sweet slow cooker and a sous vide cooker, which is a wonderful way to cook with water. It is easy to use, easy to clean and it has a timer! That is so nice!

This slow cooker makes a great gift option this holiday season and is available at Target for about $130.


I have been so happy with my Hamilton Beach that I want to give one to you guys! This giveaway will end on 11/30 and is open to US residents aged 18 and older.

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Sweet Savings Opportunity with #GEFuelPerks16

This conversation has been sponsored, but as always I only share the good stuff I know you want to learn about!

The holidays are creeping closer every day. There are cookies to bake, trees to decorate and cards to sign and send. It doesn't end there, don't forget the countless trips to the grocery store and all of the gifts that need to be planned, purchased and presented to the special people in our lives! It sounds.... expensive doesn't it?

No worries, I am going to give you an idea that will save you time, energy, and best of all CASH! 

Gift cards are maybe the best option for those hard to buy for people on your list because they can buy whatever they like with a gift card! If you dash into Giant Eagle now thru 12/7, you can rack up some awesome fuel perks and take care of some holiday shopping!



For every $50 in gift cards you purchase at Giant Eagle, you will earn a reward of 20 cents per gallon off of your gasoline purchases!  Think about this, making shopping easier, saving time and bringing the cost of gas down all from one trip to the store?! Count me in.

It gets even better you guys, if you use your credit card to purchase your gift cards, you are double dipping into sweet savings.

To find a Giant Eagle store near you so that you can dip into these sweet savings on gasoline and gift cards like Sears, Toys R Us, Visa, Fandango and more, you can visit this handy dandy store locator link.

I am going to stock up on gift cards this year simply to take advantage of that gasoline savings opportunity! What about you?

If you are feeling lucky, we have a great giveaway to share with you! 

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Easy DIY Puzzles for Preschoolers

We love puzzles, but it seems like my kids lose a lot of the pieces in a short amount of time. When I learned about making our own puzzles a while ago, we were hooked. If a piece gets lost it is not an issue as we can make a whole new puzzle for pennies!

This is such an easy project you are going to wonder why you have never made these with your kids before!  It requires basic supplies and only a few moments of time to create. There is no prep time to speak of, and best of all your kids can make these on their own!


All you need to make puzzles are:
Clear tape
Classic Washable Markers
Craft Sticks


First, tape the craft sticks together.



Then draw a design on the opposite side.


Color in the background.


Peel the tape off of the back and scatter the sticks. And there you have an Easy Puzzle for toddlers and preschoolers. If you have older children, you might want to check out my idea for an easy DIY photo puzzle

These make a great gift idea for anyone wanting to give a sweet gift for a little one on a tight budget.


5 Secrets of Money Saving Superstars


So, you want to start saving money in earnest? While there are many tips and tricks out there, none of them will work without the right mindset. And while some people believe that those who are frugal are born that way, I disagree. Everyone has the capability to be more sensible with money - and today I’m going to reveal some of the secret habits and skills you need. Let’s dive in straight away.

See everything as a challenge, not a chore

Let’s face it, when you aren’t used to saving money wherever possible, it can feel like a drag. It’s just plain old hard work. You feel like you are missing out on things, rather than benefitting your life. But it’s an easy mindset to get out of - if you give it time. Instead of being disappointed you missed out on a takeout meal, be pleased that you have an extra $30 in your pocket. See money-saving as a challenge, and start rewarding yourself for getting products for less.


Always have a goal

It’s much easier to save money when you have goals. Whether it’s a reward or just a financial achievement - clearing a debt, for instance - the goals will drive you forward. When you are just starting out, never just save money just for the sake of it. You will find you start lacking enthusiasm very quickly, and will soon get back to your bad old ways.

Be more organized

If your finances are a mess, it can be hard to pinpoint where you are going wrong - or right. Money saving superstars know exactly where they need to look to make checks and find money saving tools. Take coupons, for example. When you are scouring the web for deals and cutting out coupons from every paper and magazine you come across, things are gonna get unwieldy. As The Fortunate Investor points out, it is essential that you develop your organization skills if you want to stay on top of your finances.


Be ruthless

Weigh up everything that you are spending money on and audit yourself regularly. Look for subscriptions that you don’t use anymore and cancel them. Speak to your utility providers - including your TV and Internet -and tell them you are going to leave. Be thrifty while out shopping for groceries, and create meal plans around the ingredients that are on offer. And, ask yourself whether it’s worth your money every time you open your wallet or purse.

Be creative

Finally, money savers are fantastically creative. They come up with amazing - and fun  - ways of spending time without spending money. Not only that but you will find that you are educating yourself a lot more. What’s better for the brain? A trip to one of your state’s free museums and an afternoon spent in a library? Or a day watching I Love Lucy repeats on cable?



Are you a money saving superstar? If so, feel free to leave some tips in the comments section - we would all love to hear from you!  

One App to Help You Raise a Mindful Child

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Mindfulness is a lot easier said than done.

Mindfulness is all about living in the moment, in the here and now. About not dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future. It’s about being aware and conscious - whether that’s of the scenery passing by in the car, or the impact that your actions can have on others at any given moment.

Kids are usually known for being pretty mindful. They are better at living in the present moment, and truly soaking up experiences for everything they’re worth.

But, something stands in the way of that…

Technology.



While of course technology is amazing and can open the world to kids in miraculous ways, they put a bit of a wedge between children and their environments, friends, parents, and even boredom. Technology is the hand that leads kids away from moments of boredom - moments that could be spent reflecting, thinking, observing - into worlds of virtual distraction.

For parents, protecting this natural mindfulness is important, and one of the best ways you can do that is by setting healthy limits on device use.

Here’s how you do it…

There are tons of parental control applications out there, but not many of them truly focus on time limitations and teaching kids healthy device habits.

OurPact is one amazing parental control app that encourages parents to work with their kids to develop healthy device habits. It works like this:

Parents sign up for a FREE account at www.ourpact.com or in the iOS App Store. Then, you pair the child devices you want to manage to your account (pairing only takes a couple minutes and is super straight-forward) and then manage your child’s devices remotely!

With OurPact, management is possible through automated schedules or at-a-touch blocking. A couple examples of use:

Block access for one hour for a distraction-free family dinner.
Set up a schedule to block device access every night at bedtime until the morning.
Make sure social media and messaging apps don’t divert attention during homework
time.
Block access ‘Until I Say So’ to encourage your child to do their chores.

OurPact has a family contract they encourage parents to sign with their kids to involve them in the process and hold them accountable to the agreements made. Before signing up for the app, they encourage you to discuss the rules and sign the contract with your child, so that they feel involved in the process, and not as though the limitations are being imposed upon them.

To encourage your child to be more mindful, set aside times of the day that OurPact limits access and encourage your child to just be. Who knows, before long you might want to have your device managed too! ;)

Chocolate Cherry Floats

You guys, summer might be over, but that is no reason to stop indulging in delicious things like ice cream floats! I have a recipe for a Chocolate Cherry Float that is so good that even on the coldest fall day, it will appeal to your tastebuds!

I love to serve ice cream floats to friends and family. They are easy to make and while it seems like a pretty simple thing, an ice cream float can be as complex and creative as you desire. The combinations for yum are endless.

In this Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Float recipe, you will find I went with basic ingredients you might already have in the kitchen. If you have them, get ready to dash in and make one of these!



You will need:

Dr. Pepper
Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate Syrup
Maraschino Cherries



Begin by drizzling chocolate syrup around the inner rim of your glass so that it dribbles down the sides.



Next, add 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream into the glass



Top with Dr. Pepper.



Drop a cherry in and drizzle with chocolate syrup.


This is completely delicious. If you like chocolate and cherry, this is one easy yet delicious float recipe you won't want to miss.
You might also enjoy this Lazy Affogato Recipe.



Struggling With Cooking? Follow These Steps To Get It Right

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Cooking great food for the family is one of the real pleasures in life. There’s nothing better than hearing everybody appreciate a meal you’ve made. In truth, there’s no secret to cooking. There’s no magic way to make yourself a whizz in the kitchen. There are, however, a few things you can do to ensure your food is as good as it can be.


KIT THE KITCHEN

A good set of kitchen essentials is a sure way to better food. It’s worth spending the money and stocking up. Good quality kitchen bits will last you for years and will make your life so much easier. If you skimp on this, it’ll show in your food. Make sure you’ve got bowls, utensils and frying pans. If you click here, you might find something suitable for you! A good set of saucepans is another must. Don’t buy cheap pans that will end up causing a cooking disaster! Shop for pans that suit your needs.

GOOD RECIPES

Recipes are the answer to any kitchen success. Some people like to improvise in the kitchen, and a lot of the time it works. If you want to ensure your meal is a success, though, it’s worth following a recipe. Look out for recipes from chefs you know and trust. Stocking up on a few staple cookbooks is also a great idea. If you've had a few successful meals from one book, you know you can always turn back to it. There’s also something lovely about being able to hand recipes down to kids. After you’ve tried things once or twice, you can always tweak the recipe to suit your family’s tastes. If you struggle to find cookbooks you like, take a look at recipes online. This will save you money and give you more choice. Click here for a great site full of recipes for you to try!


QUALITY INGREDIENTS

The quality of the food you’re putting into your meals will make a huge difference in how things turn out. Getting quality ingredients from retailers you trust will make all the difference. Shopping locally is always best, especially when it comes to fresh foods. Fruit and veg that are home grown near by are going to be a lot tastier than anything manufactured in a factory!


PUT LOVE INTO THE FOOD


Lastly, consider the amount of love you put into a meal. It may seem strange to say that care makes food taste better, but it does! A rushed meal will never taste as good as one you’ve taken your time over. Put effort into every meal you make. You and your family will soon notice the difference. It can be hard making the time to cook. It’s worth preplanning. Instead of rushing a meal, why not make it in advance when you have time? Preparing a weekly menu can be a great help here. Know what meals you plan to cook so you get on top of them whenever you get the chance.