Sunday, October 19, 2014

Free Halloween Spell Book Printable

Free Halloween Spell Book Printable from
Hi guys!  I am so excited to finally be pulling out my Halloween decorations.  This is my favorite time of year! I was born in October so Halloween has always felt like “my” holiday.  I don’t do creepy or gory, though.  We’re more a vintage-y fun Halloween kinda’ family.  This year I decided to make an old, worn spell book with the cutest winking witch on it to add to my other decor so I picked up an old book at the thrift store and gave it a little makeover.  It came together really quickly and I am loving how cute it turned out!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Shine Anytime with Easy Dinner Solutions {and GIVEAWAY!}

Hi guys! This week is one of the greatest weeks I've seen in a while . . . FALL BREAK!! Since I started working at an elementary school, I really, REALLY appreciate having a little extra time to get stuff done around the house. We've all had to make some adjustments in the way we do things here lately. I used to be a hard-core night owl, but these days I'm lucky if I can stay awake later than my children. And, often, instead of cooking a big dinner on week nights I find myself stopping at the store {or -- *cringe* -- a drive-thru} on my way home from work to pick up something quick and easy. Hey, I'm pretty OK with making some minor adjustments, but the fast-food dinners were having a serious impact on my waistline. I was super excited to find delicious new Jimmy Dean Delights® frozen dinner entrees to make things easier!

Did you know Jimmy Dean was now making more than just yummy breakfast food? I had seen the commercials, but I'm always a little bit skeptical about frozen foods. The lunch and dinner options looked really good, but would they live up to my dinner standards? We like Jimmy Dean breakfast dishes, so I figured, "what the heck?!" You know what? They were pretty great!

I stopped by Fry's on my way home from work and picked up a few of the Jimmy Dean Delights options -- we are looking to cut a few calories after all! I knew the sandwiches would be a hit with my family so I grabbed several of those and a couple of the dinner bowls just so we could try a variety of flavors. Under 300 calories and packed with protein, these seemed like a perfect "quick and easy" dinner solution for my family.

Just throw a bag of salad and some fresh fruit into the cart too, and you have a great, well-rounded meal that will be ready in minutes. This dinner was a big hit at my house! The smoked ham and cheddar mini-sandwiches on pretzel buns were yummy -- soft chewy pretzel bread is a fave in our family.

I never would have guessed that they were frozen if I hadn't seen the box! Sydney really liked the Golden Roasted Turkey Bowl, full of turkey, veggies and gravy. It was like a pot-pie without the crust.

The overwhelming favorite of the evening were the Pulled Chicken mini-sandwiches! Sometimes store-bought barbeque is not my favorite. The flavor can be too strong or . . . tangy . . . or something. This sauce, however, was PERFECT. And the rolls were soft and fluffy -- like fresh from the bakery rolls. I was really pleasantly surprised.

These Jimmy Dean Delights sandwiches would even make great after-school snacks. I need to head back to Fry's and stock up on them! If you shop at Fry's like me, be sure to check out the $1/1 Jimmy Dean or Jimmy Dean Delights coupon HERE. If you shop elsewhere in the Kroger family, don't worry, there is a coupon for you too! Select your store from this link, then check out the frozen foods category:

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For more tips and tricks on how I #ShineAnytime, even though life gets super busy, visit my #ShineAnytime Pinterest board. To keep up with all that's new and awesome in the world of Jimmy Dean, find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and the web.

Have a great week, friends!


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger l Jimmy Dean via Burst Media . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Multi-Tasking Furniture

Hello friends! Remember back in June when I shared my beautiful new Sauder dining chairs with y'all? I am still loving them in my dining room, but today I want to show you how you can use your furniture pieces in different ways in order to make them really work for you. Whenever I buy something new for my home, I like to imagine several different ways I could use it so that I know it's a great purchase and I won't get tired of it. I am always tweaking our home decor here and there to keep it from getting stale, so my furniture has to "go with my flow" rather than fight it.

The obvious place to put my pretty blue X-back chairs is around the dining table, which works perfectly for us. I never realized how cramped my dining room felt until we took the giant old chairs out and replaced them with these new petite ones. Let me show you a couple of other ways that I might use these chairs around my house to solve some other decorating dilemmas.

Problem Area #1: The Non-Existent Entry Way

Our front door opens right up into the middle of our main living area -- the family room is to the left and the dining room and kitchen are to the right. There is really nothing that transitions you into the home. Knock on my door and your right in the thick of things! There is also nowhere to put our 'stuff" when we get home -- no logical place to stow backpacks, purses and extra shoes. So I have used my dining chairs here to create the sense of an entryway.

Placing a chair on either side of our big entertainment armoire gives us a place to sit down and put on our shoes before we leave the house and it breaks up the wide open space a little, making the entry feel a little more welcoming.

Having a couple of extra chairs right in the living room also comes in handy when we have guests. My kids pull them out all the time when they are playing video games with their friends. They are also convenient to pull into the dining room if we put the leaf in the table and need extra seating.

Problem Area #2: The Itty Bitty Master Bedroom

I've said it before, I'll say it again -- our house is tiny y'all! That means we really have to make stuff work for us. Years ago we found some fabulous bedroom furniture for our master bedroom -- it is big and chunky, sturdy and comfortable. And we barely have room for the big ol' bed and dresser in our space. I have always loved the idea of using chairs as side "tables' for a bed.

These chairs sit right next to the bed at the perfect height to hold all the bedside necessities without taking up a ton of space. They also don't have a lot of visual weight so they don't make the room look cluttered. I love that they don't hide the board and batten detail on the walls behind them.

They also work great as a place to sit and put on shoes in the morning or take them off at the end of the day.

If you invest in high-quality, versatile furniture pieces, they will keep working for you for years to come. Check out my Pinterest board to see more great furniture pieces that could be used in multiple ways.

Have a great weekend, guys!


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DIY Spell Book Tutorial on Craftaholics Anonymous!

Halloween Spell Book by My 3 Monsters on Craftaholics Anonymous
Hi guys!  I am super excited about the project I am sharing over at Craftaholics Anonymous this month.  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I love coming up with fun new decorations every year.  This year I took an old book from the thrift store and gave it a "magical" makeover.  Head over to Craftaholics Anonymous to get the free cover image printables and learn how to make your own.  

Happy Halloween Crafting!


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Going Solar with Sunrun

Hi guys!  Today we're going to talk about something a little out of the ordinary for me -- Solar Power.  {Hey, it's fun to mix things up once in a while to keep us all on our toes, right?}  We moved to Arizona nearly 13 years ago and it immediately felt like home.  But as much as we love it, the strength of the sun never ceases to amaze me.  I mean, really, you'd think I would get used to it -- they don't call it "the Valley of the Sun" for nothin'.  Moving here from California, I assumed everything would run on solar power.  Why would people not take full advantage of all that sunshine?  While there is a lot of solar power being used here, I was surprised that not one of the houses we looked at had solar panels.

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