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April 09, 2014

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April 08, 2014

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March 09, 2014

Easy Peanut Butter & Jelly Donuts!

I am a lover of the Food Network Channel.  I love shows like Diners Drive-ins & Dives and "The best thing I ever Made"  Well the other day, as I was flipping through the channels while I had all of ten minutes to myself, I caught the show "The Best Thing I ever Ate" came on.  

It. Was. The. Sweets. Episode! 

Yes, I have a sweet tooth. I felt compelled to watch the show in its entirety.  It was my duty.  

That was when I saw this...

Peanut Butter & Jelly Donuts!

Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are one of those foods that I often forget just how good they really are, that is, until I bite into one, and I am magically transported to a simpler time. A time were my biggest worry was who I was going to sit with at the lunch table.   

So after some thinking, I came up with my own little version that was incredibly easy to make.

In a deep frying pan, heat oil on low.  Open a package of Grands Biscuits.  Yes, You read that correctly, grands biscuits!  The trick is to cook these slowly, if you do this too quickly, you'll end up with a crunchy outside, and a still raw center.  

Once fried, and completely cooled, the next step is to get some jelly into the center of your donuts.  I used a pastry bag with a long tip and gently squeezed roughly 2 tablespoons of jelly into each one.  

Now for the peanut butter glaze.  I made mine a little on the thicker side, so there would be a descent amount of peanut butter on the top.  This glaze will harden when it sets, provided you make it on the thinner side.  

Here's what you'll need:

3 TBSP of Peanut butter, crunchy or creamy, your preference.
(4 TBSP if you want it thicker)
1 cup of Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
6 TBSP milk ( I used Whole Milk)

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, (large enough to dip the tops of each donut.) until smooth.  Dip your donuts into the peanut butter mixture, and enjoy!

Warning:  These are incredibly delicious, and super easy to make.... Don't say I didn't warn you when you're making them on a weekly basis!

February 13, 2014

Super 16 Party.... On A Budget!

So the secret is finally out of the bag!  My daughters recently turned 16, and for about the last 6 months I have been planning a super Sweet 16 for them.  I can't believe it, that we actually pulled it off, without either of them knowing!  

For the last 6 months, they honestly thought they were helping to do things for a friends wedding!  We had a budget, and I knew that the budget HAD to be stuck to!  I knew that I wanted it to be elegant, and look expensive, just not have that expensive price tag!  

After we found a place to hold the venue, (at a discounted rate of course) I had to order invitations.  Invitations can get pricey.  So I stalked the Groupon site for weeks, until they had a Vistaprint deal.  I scored $70.00 worth of product for just $17.00.  I also knew that I would need response cards, and just by luck I found 100 response cards on clearance at my local iParty store for just $1.57 a package, down from $4.99 a package.  

Next, I wanted a jaw dropping centerpiece...

Of course, I was obsessed with finding ideas on Pinterest.  Looking to rent centerpieces, like these that we made would have completely blown the budget. So I began to try and hunt down ostrich feathers.  I ran into 1 big problem.  Each feather would have cost around $2.50 each!  I needed like 300 feathers!  I began researching these feathers everywhere, when I found a lot of 300 purple feathers on Ebay!  cost, just $62.00  granted they were not the 20 inch feathers I was originally looking for, these were just 10 inches in length.  however, when you realize that the tops would still be large, I figured they would work just fine, and as you can see they did!   The vases we used are called Eiffel Tower vases and are approx. 24 inches tall.  These can be found at just about every craft store.  My problem, was they were $10 a piece.  So I made multiple trips to my local AC Moore, and uses a 40% off coupon for each one.  cost just $6.00 each!   We also managed to drop in 2 LED lights into each vase on strings to light the base of them up!  

Because buffet dinners are cheaper than sit down meals, we planned on buffet style.  This way I could also enlist some family and friends help with making some dishes!  

Because the tables would look a little bare to me, and it was indeed a birthday party, I wanted the tables to have that finished look.  Normal favor boxes are always so small, and I wanted a "Wow" favor, that looked like gifts.  The problem with that was, I knew these would probably take a good chunk out of my budget.  4 inch squared craft boxes would cost me approx. 79¢ for each box.  Times that by 100, and now you're talking about $80 just for the boxes!  That's not even including the candy for the inside!  So I would have to research again online.  That's when I cam across a fabulous online store called Bags and Bows online.    I would need to purchase 100 boxes, which was fine, seeing as that's exactly how many I needed, but instead of paying $80 I paid just $15.95!  That's another savings of $64.  

All the candy I purchased, I waited until drug stores had cash back deals, like CVS for instance had buy $30 of candy, receive $10 back in ExtraCare Bucks.  I also didn't want to just tie a simple Thank You on the boxes.  Instead, I found some beautiful online quotes that I would print out on sticker paper, and apply them to the inside lid of each box.  (People could not stop talking about these!)

With the favor boxes being 4 inches, they really made the tables look beautiful:

Small White paper doilies acted like place settings, and everyone's silverware were wrapped in a napkin to complete the look.  

I managed to work out a few deals with local artists, like trading computer work for a 3 tiered cake.  

And am doing more computer work in exchange for the entertainment!  

Which the girls got their chance to work the DJ booth!  I'm a huge fan of the Barter system, especially when budgets are involved!  

While everyone was waiting for the girls to arrive, I wanted to keep people busy, so after spending about 2 weeks thinking of what to put out,  I decided on a cheese and fruit table:

Cutting celery and carrots, and standing them up in a small triffle bowl added another dimension to the table.

By placing all the cheeses at different heights adding depth to the table, it looked more expensive than it really was.  All the strawberries and cantaloupes were casually placed on the table itself, instead of on trays, I saved money buying and cutting the cheese myself, even though I had 11 different cheeses!  

I also didn't want people having to ask what kind of cheese was there, so I printed out the names of the cheeses, and glued them to wooden coffee sticks for each mound of cheese, really creating a finished look.  

Another easy idea that everyone loved were the dinner tags at the buffet table.  I printed out these and used an edging craft tool that I had to create the decorative edging, and glued them to a colored card stock paper.  With so many people dealing with allergies these days, I listed the ingredients that was in each dish.  Making it easier for everyone.  (Not to mention, avoiding anyone having an allergic reaction!) 

The card box was a favorite of mine.  I used left over Christmas boxes, lined them with black fabric and decorated accordingly!  

Although it was a tremendous amount of work, and research, considering the hundreds of dollars that I saved, it was well worth it all!  

January 05, 2014

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January 04, 2014

101 Lessons & Advice for my Daughters.. (Read them, Print them, Live them!)

When I first found out that we were pregnant, and expecting our first babies, I will admit that although I first prayed that you would be healthy,  I also prayed that my twin babies would be girls.  

"Oh please let me have twin girls."  "Twin girls would just be the best!"  

And, God gave me twin girls!  

Even though I may jokingly say, "What was I thinking when I prayed for girls!?"  I love, love, LOVE the fact that I was blessed with both of you.  

Every dress.  Every Shriek of "OH MY GOD! A Spider!!!"  Every tear.  Every broken heart.  Every girl moment.  

Every.  Single.  Moment.  I am thankful for you both.  

With your 16th birthday literally right around the corner, I have been thinking.  A lot.  I have been thinking about when you girls were born, when you were learning to walk and talk.  I have been thinking about all the milestones that have passed, and even still all the milestones you still have to go.  

So this year, I wanted to give you something in which wasn't bought.  Something that you carry with you.  Always.  This list will be printed out for each of you.  I want you to keep it with you, where ever you go, so when you need to, you can pull it out, and read them over and over.  

101 Lessons for my Daughters

1. Take every opportunity to travel.  

2. There is no such thing as too far to travel for a great hamburger.

3.  Make time for road trips.

4.  Get lost on purpose.  

5.  Breathe deeply, at least once every day.

6.  Write out a bucket list, and keep it in your pocket.  Add to it often, and make sure to check items off when you have done them! 

7.  Dream big.  Even the "too big" dreams sometimes come to fruition. It just may take a little more hard work. 

8. Learn to sew.

9.  Learn the basic general maintenance of car care. 

10.  Learn to cook.

11.  Learn to eat out by yourself. 

12.  Learn to go to the movie theater by yourself. 

13.  Learn a second language, and use it often.

14.  Learn to iron.  ( As you may have guessed it, this one came from your father!)

15.  Learn the art of persuasion.

16.  Learn the difference between a lie and a fib.

17.  Learn to laugh at yourself.

18.  Learn to invest your money.  Your goal should be to have your money work for you, not the other way around. 

19.  Learn to meditate, and do it often. 

20.  Learn how to be patient.

21.  Never underestimate a good long hot shower.  

22.  Learn that life does in fact have "Do-Overs".  While you can't "do-over" everything, just remember that you can "do-over" career choices, boyfriend choices, lipstick choices, etc.  

23.  Don't stay in a bad job.  I'm not saying don't work, I know we all need money, we have all had those horrible jobs that we would rather forget about, what I am saying is there is no rule that says you have to stay in a bad job.  Do something, and make a change.  Get out there and network.  

24.  Before you want to post something on one of your dozens of different social media accounts.  Ask yourself this question... "Would my grandmother be horrified, embarrassed, or shocked if I posted this?"   I, of all people, know that even though times have changed, and it is a completely different world from what it was 50 years ago... Your grandparents era had the best morals, hands down, and that never changes!  

25.  Always say "I love you" to those you love. 

26.  Make the time for friends and family.  You never know when you're going to lose someone you love, and you'll be able to smile when you say, "I'm glad I took the time".  

27.  Make time for yourself.  It will do wonders for your ego as well as for your health.

28.  Never wait too long to apologize.  While we're at it.  Learn that there is 3 parts to a sincere apology.   Randy Pausch wrote the book "The Last Lecture", and taught me the proper way to apologize, and it truly speaks volumes.  First, "What I did was wrong", Secondly, "I feel badly I hurt you", and lastly, "How do I make you feel better."  

29.  Be sincere.  In everything you say or do.  

30.  Remember that what you put out in the world, will come back to you ten fold.  "What goes around, comes around." 

31.  Start traditions when your own children are young.

32.  Carry on traditions we did with you, with your own children.  

33.  Perform in public at least once in your life. 

34.  Overcome the fear of public speaking.  I swear I think we are all born with this fear, some just learn to overcome that fear quickly, and still others never overcome it.  Be one of the people that overcome it quickly.

35.  Love with your whole heart.  Your.  Whole.  heart.  You'll know you did when you can forgive an unforgiving act.  

36.  Sing loudly. 

37.  Exercise every week.  

38.  Never neglect your eyes.  You only get a single pair, and those are meant to last you a lifetime.  

39.  While we're at it, Never neglect your teeth,  You get 2 sets of those, but your 16 now, and you're down to your last set.  

40.  Don't buy meaningless gifts.  Always put thought into whatever it is you give.  Whether you bought or made something by hand, if you put thought into it, the recipient will surely appreciate it.  

41.  Plant a garden.  Even if you live in an apartment, I'm sure you'll have windows where you'll be able to grow something.  There comes great satisfaction when you can grow your own food. 

42.  Listen to that inner voice when it tells you something is amiss, or just not right.  

43.  Eat for your health.  Don't eat when your upset or bored.  Practice good habits now, and they'll stay with you a lifetime.  

44.  Be thankful.  

45.  Always send thank you notes via "snail mail" for gifts received, or even for gestures made especially when it really meant something to you.  

46.  Remember to always say "Thank you".  

47.  Remember to always wash the makeup off your face every night.  

48.  Remember to wear sunblock.  You'll be glad you did when your 70, and still have the skin of a 40 year old.  Tanning is highly overrated.  

49.  Remember that perspective is everything.  Everything you say or do has the ability to be taken out of context.  It's all in one's own perspective.  

50.  Never ask a question with a statement.  Again, this goes with #49, as it's a surefire way for it to be taken out of context. 

51.  Experience a play at least once in your life. 

52.  Volunteer to help the elderly.  

53.  Rescue a pet.  But make sure you have the room and time for a pet first.  

54.  Learn your words.  Always remember that there is a classy way and a trashy way to say something.  Don't be trashy.  

55.  Speak your mind.  Don't let things on your mind stay bottled up.  

56.  Whether or not you have children, don't ever judge another woman's parenting choices.  Parenting is probably the hardest job there is, and for the most part, we are all just trying to do the best job we can with what we have.  Remember what may be right for one family, isn't necessarily right for another. 

57.  Learn the difference in being vulnerable and being a pushover.  Vulnerability is not a bad thing.  Only when we are vulnerable are we able to see strength. 

58.  Don't let fear make your decisions.  Fear will prevent you from reaching those goals you set for yourself.

59.  Don't let material items define your happiness. 

60.  Know your surroundings at all times. 

61.  Learn to lose with dignity. 

62.  Read, and don't ever stop reading.  

63.  Don't be afraid to fail.  

64.  Don't keep people waiting.  Their time is just as important as yours, remember that, respect that.  

65.  Always look for the positive in everyone. 

66.  Make it a point to try something new every year.  Whether it's Salsa dancing or skydiving, you never know when you just may find a new passion. 

67.  Make it a point to try new foods often. 

68.  Listen to the stories of your elders.  

69.  Don't pierce your body or stretch your earlobes.  

70.  If you ever think about getting a tattoo follow these two pieces of advice.  a.) Draw it yourself.  b.) sleep on it for a month before getting it.

71.  Don't hold onto grudges.  

72.  Don't be too self absorbed.  

73.  Stand up for yourself.  

74.  Make a stranger smile. 

75.  Every once and a while, make someones day and pay for their coffee when you're in the drivethru.

76.  Don't wish your days away. 

77.  Enjoy the present day.  

78.  Don't dwell on the past.  You'll miss today. 

79.  Try hard.  You may not succeed, but at least you'll have the satisfaction in knowing that you gave it 110%.

80.  Listen to your parents advice.  Our advice comes from our mistakes.  You don't have to take our advice, but at the very least, listen to it.  

81.  See your favorite musician in person.

82.  Don't let society, and trends define you.  

83.  Never stay in a bad relationship.

84.  Find that person that treasures and respects you.  

85.  Be confident, not cocky.

86.  Don't ever change because someone else wants you to, Change because you want to. 

87.  Take lots of photos.

88.  Make sure you get in those photos too. 

89.  Don't miss this small moments that happen. 

90.  Realize that sometimes the grand moments come beautifully wrapped in small moments.  

91.  Remember that the secret to staying young is being able to see the wonder in everything. 

92.  Don't spend money you don't have.  

93.  Don't go crazy with credit cards.  Have only one, and use it for emergencies. 

94.  Always put at least 15% of your paycheck into your savings.  

95.  Don't let birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays pass by without acknowledging them, whether they're yours or someone else's.

96.  Adventure happens in your attempts.  Attempt as much as you can.  

97.  Be the best "you".  Don't try to be that person down the street.  Don't try and be like the newest celebrity, just be you. 

98.  Don't ever stop picking up pennies on the sidewalk.  

99.  Write a book, or an article.  It's a huge ego booster to see your name in print.  

100.  Create your own story.  Don't let someone else do it for you.  

101.  Live your life following this Mantra:  "I'm glad I did" instead of saying, "I wish I had".

January 01, 2014

1800PetMeds is More Than Pet meds!

Those that know me, know I have these two guys...

and this guy....

They are all bigger than your average dogs and cats....  Otter, the biggest, weighing in at just over 200 pounds, then there's Flounder weighing in at 180 pounds, and finally Lucca the cat, coming in at just about 16 pounds.  

Yes we do big in our house.  

I love when big companies use their resources to help communities across the US and 
when 1800PetMeds approached me to work with them, I did a little research, and then jumped at the chance!  

What I wasn't aware of, was the amount of donations that 1800PetMeds make on a monthly basis.   They are so much more than just pet medications.  Toys, food, dishes, grooming tools, and that's just the tip of the iceberg, and in every order, they place a treat for your four legged loved one, a nice big dog cookie, or a bag of catnip!  

All returned items (except prescribed medications), products opened for photography, scratch-n- dent, overstock items, samples from other companies, and discontinued items, go into their donations stock room.  Did you read that.... Donations Stock Room!  

 Items, like beds, ramps, gates,  steps, crates, cages, collars, combs, shampoos, treats, toys, and
non-prescription flea and tick preventatives like Frontline, Advantix, Flea4x, are sent to rescues and shelters all over the United States.  With an estimated 6 to 8 million animals entering shelters across the US annually, the items that 1800PetMeds donates, is a huge help to these shelters.  

So when you place an order with 1800Petmeds, you're helping to provide more help.  

My boys couldn't wait for me to open the box when it arrived just a few days after I place an order.

I had to keep taking away they toys just so I could snap a quick photo before they began playing with them.

oh and those dog treats they place inside every order?  Well if they have chipped or broken ones, those get donated too!  At the end of each month they have around 20 to 30 thirty pound boxes of treats that are donated to shelters, and police training locations.  

**Sponsored Post.  All opinions are 100% mine and are not influenced by any compensation that I have received.**  

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