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Maintain a Clean Home Printable Cleaning Schedule

I really don’t like cleaning. I think few people do. The problem with that is that I LOVE having a clean house. I can’t concentrate if my house isn’t clean. I’m a better mother, wife,  and worker when I have a clean home. I used to clean my house every Saturday, but now that I’m 9 months pregnant and my feet swell up like balloons if I stand too long…I’ve resorted to a cleaning schedule. This Printable Cleaning Schedule is great for maintaining a clean home!

Maintain a Clean Home Printable Cleaning Schedule

We moved into our home almost 2 years ago, and while it’s not perfect…I love it. It’s the perfect size, has a lot of storage and it’s just pretty! Since moving here, you could say I’m a little anal…(wonder where I got that from, MOM!) I have some house rules, along with my cleaning schedule that help me out:

  1. NO eating on the carpet – the bedrooms have carpet, and I do not under any circumstances allow food in there
  2. NO shoes in the house – I have tile through most of the house, but I still don’t let anyone wear shoes unless it’s the day before I mop
  3. COASTERS – I think this is self-explanatory
  4. No playing with decor – I have a 3 year old…this constantly has to be enforced
  5. Wash hands after eating

I sound like a drill sergeant, right? Rest assured, I have very happy children that are messy and play outside a lot. Some day they’ll be really considerate when visiting other homes :) Also, my husband and I abide by the rules so we set an example (my husband is almost as anal as I am…almost).

Maintain a Clean Home Printable Cleaning Schedule

I created my printable for my home, but I think it will work for most people…if not, I created blank designs so you can write up your own schedule! I’m the most forgetful person in the world, so it really helps to make a list and check things off. Plus, I feel really accomplished.

Download the free printable, then leave a comment letting me know how you like it!

Just remember, this is a guideline…once you start a schedule, you won’t have to do the daily tasks every day and give yourself a break once in a while…no one is perfect!

I think any mother of small children can agree that our floors are constantly dirty…CONSTANTLY! I’ve had to relax a little bit in that department because I would go insane otherwise. I vacuum the kitchen almost daily (it should be daily, but who has time for that??) I  love the new Eureka SuctionSeal 2.0 vacuum. You can find it at Walmart on rollback for only $129! I really love the way it cleans my carpet and rugs. The suction seal is great for tile floors since it doesn’t scatter debris around.

Maintain a Clean Home Printable Cleaning Schedule

What do you do to keep your home clean?

Maintain a Clean Home Printable Cleaning Schedule

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Party Size No Bake S’mores Cheesecakes

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Party Size No Bake S'mores Cheesecakes

Planning parties can be stressful…trust me, I KNOW! I not only have to make sure the party looks perfect for guests, but it also has to look perfect for pictures for my blog. Some days I want to pull my hair out…but I usually just lay around the day after the party because I like having hair. Since I’ve been doing this for almost 3 years, I’ve come up with some cheats to make fabulous parties with great food on a budget while keeping things as stress-free as possible. These Party Size No Bake S’mores Cheesecakes look like I labored over them for hours…but in reality, they were done in less than 30 minutes. I know, right???!!! One of my favorite cheats EVER!

Party Size No Bake S'mores Cheesecakes

I used to think that every party had to have cupcakes, a cake, cake pops, cookies, etc. I’ve thrown parties like that and they’re fabulous…but not exactly practical. I’m a very practical person, and while I like the way all those sweets look on a dessert table, it is just too much for me sometimes. Especially during the holidays. These cheesecakes are so adorable, unique, easy to make and TO DIE FOR delicious!

Party Size No Bake S’mores Cheesecakes

Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients

    For the Crust
  • 1 package graham crackers
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 5 Tbs. butter, melted
  • For the Filling
  • 1 8 oz. package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1 7 oz. jar Jet Puffed marshmallow cream
  • 2 1/2 c. Cool Whip
  • For the Toppings
  • Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Chocolate Syrup

Instructions

    For the Crust
  1. Place graham crackers in a resealable plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin (or I use a meat mallot) until crumbs are very fine.
  2. Add crumbs to a bowl and add sugar. Mix until combined, then add butter.
  3. Place about 1 Tbs. into the bottom of 24 small cups, then place in freezer for a few minutes.
  4. For the Filling
  5. While crust is in the freezer, combine cream cheese, cool whip and marshmallow cream in a mixer.
  6. Mix on high until combined, then transfer to a piping bag or plastic bag.
  7. Pipe 1 to 2 Tbs. of filling into the mini cups.
  8. Place in refrigerator until it's almost time for your party.
  9. Toppings
  10. Right before serving, top with about 1 Tbs. mini chocolate chips, then layer with marshmallows and chocolate syrup.
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It may be that I’m 36 weeks pregnant, but these are one of the most fabulous things I have put in my mouth. Everything just WORKS and they’re less messy than a S’mores. My kids managed to eat them without getting any chocolate on their faces, so I count that as a win.

Party Size No Bake S'mores Cheesecakes

I had most of the items at home already…because pregnancy. Seriously…who keeps a year supply of cream cheese in their fridge? I do…I do that. You can find all these fun ingredients at Walmart. For more holiday party food inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website. It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more!

Party Size No Bake S'mores Cheesecakes

These are great because you can make them the day before. I usually cut out all my printables the week before the party, make the food at least a day before, then clean my house the day of the party. That way, I’m not trying to do everything at once. Planning ahead is THE best way to keep your party stress-free! Having free printables doesn’t hurt either…

Party Size No Bake S'mores Cheesecakes

Download my FREE Printables HERE, then leave a comment letting me know how much you like them!

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Creative Gift Wrapping with FREE Gift Tags

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Creative Gift Wrapping with FREE Gift Tags

I love wrapping presents…always have. My mom was never a big fan, so I gladly wrapped all the presents growing up (except mine, of course!) With Pinterest, I feel like gift wrapping has elevated to a whole new level! This gift wrapping tutorial is still Pinterest-worthy, but still inexpensive and easy to recreate!

Creative Gift Wrapping with FREE Gift Tags

I wanted to start another Christmas tradition with my kids, and I loved this book and snowflake set from Hallmark. I’m going to have them read the book on Christmas Eve, then the Find Me Santa Snowflake stays lit for four hours when you press it for 30 seconds…it’s so Santa can find our house ;)

Creative Gift Wrapping with FREE Gift Tags

If you’ve been following along, you know that I’m obsessed with craft paper…so I pretty much squealed when I saw this snowflake wrapping paper at Walmart…I’m in LOVE with this wrapping paper! To recreate my gift wrapping, you’ll need:

Creative Gift Wrapping with FREE Gift Tags

  1. First, download the printables and unzip the file (if you have a PC).
  2. Print off the Snowflake file, then cut them out with the Silhouette.
  3. Cut out the other file using the Silhouette onto Chipboard (I provided PDF files, as well…it’s just a little harder to cut them out by hand because of the scallops).
  4. Glue the tag to the chipboard, then tie ribbon to the tag.
  5. Next, wrap your present with snowflake wrapping paper.
  6. Wrap tulle around the present twice, then tape.
  7. Cut out a strip of the tissue paper, then fold the edges in. Wrap around the present and tape.
  8. Tie another piece of tulle around the present.
  9. Tie the gift tag to the knot of the tulle, then tie the gift tag to it.
  10. Add a couple more pieces of tulle, tying them in a knot, then cut off the ends so they’re all even.

Creative Gift Wrapping with FREE Gift Tags

You can find the Once Upon a Northpole Christmas with a Find Me Santa Snowflake, along with other >Hallmark Northpole Gifts at Walmart. I found a whole aisle of fun gifts in the Christmas section.

Creative Gift Wrapping with FREE Gift Tags

Also, check out the card and gift wrap section for the wrapping paper and tulle. These items are based on Hallmark’s new >Christmas movie on sale now!

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Friday Finds Linky Party #10

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Hi everyone, we had such a great time at last week’s Friday Finds Linky Party! Such great holiday inspiration you guys whipped up. Check out our featured posts and enter your new creations below. Don’t forget to share the love and visit a few of the other links. You’re going to love the amazing tutorials, I promise!

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Beaded Yarn Tree and Ball by Tinsel + Trim
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
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Olaf Cake by Amy’s Confectionery Adventures

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DIY Peppermint Soap by A Pumpkin and a Princess
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Chicken Tortilla Soup from A Pumpkin and a Princess
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
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Balsam Fir Sachet by Tinsel + Trim
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Merry Little Christmas Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling

Post your favorite link from this week to have a chance to be featured in our post next week or to get pinned to our Friday Finds Pinterest Board!


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Guardians of the Galaxy FREE Movie Night Printables

We recently started a tradition in our family where we spread a blanket on the floor, give the kids some popcorn and watch a movie. They LOVE doing this. It’s really fun for everyone and it’s an activity where I can sit down and RELAX! I, of course, had to get the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie and create some FREE Movie night printables.

Guardians of the Galaxy FREE Movie Night Printables

You guys…I’m so excited about these printables! It’s been a while since I’ve worked with gradients and 3-D looking printables (because it takes A LOT of time), but I’m so glad I did. My family loved these! I love these…they’ll make your movie night extra fun and you get them for FREE! Click on the link below, unzip the files (if you have a PC). Cut them out with scissors or with your Silhouette Cameo, fold the flaps, then glue in place.

Download the free printables HERE (and leave a comment letting me know how you like them!)

Guardians of the Galaxy FREE Movie Night Printables

I like making it as “movie-like” as possible, so I’ve included popcorn boxes, movie trays, soda wrappers and candy pillow boxes. The cupcake toppers and wrappers are just an added bonus in case you want to throw a movie night party! I like the movie trays because the kids can carefully carry everything from the kitchen to the living room…it’s a lot less mess for mom t0 clean up!

Guardians of the Galaxy FREE Movie Night Printables

I bought Guardians of the Galaxy in the Blu-Ray/DVD/HD combo pack and a Starlord mask and Nerf Gun set at Walmart. You can find the toy display in the middle of the aisles and the movie in the entertainment section.  The Guardians of the Galaxy DVD set includes exclusive Character O-sleeve and exclusive music zinepack and a 64 page magazine with cast and crew interviews, exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and trivia PLUS a custom “cassette” laptop decal.

Guardians of the Galaxy FREE Movie Night Printables

They have so many fun toys, but my son went crazy over the mask! He was not going to leave the store without it.

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I probably won’t have time to do this for EVERY movie night, but it’s really fun to do this once in a while! Lucky for you, when I do it again, you’ll get the printables already made :)

Guardians of the Galaxy FREE Movie Night Printables

What do you like to do for family movie night?

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Green Chile Tamales Holiday Party Recipes

My favorite thing about the holidays is the food. I grew up in New Mexico, so we had the traditional New Mexican Christmas meal every Christmas Eve. We would eat pinto beans with green chile and cheese, pisole, and my favorite part…the tamales! I LOVE tamales, but I am picky and the only place I like them is in New Mexico. So if I get a craving, I need to make them. As much as I love the red pork tamales most people make, green chile chicken tamales are my favorite! They take a bit of time to put together, but they’re so worth it! Since it’s easier to make a bunch in one sitting, these are perfect to add to your stash of Holiday Party Recipes.

Green Chile Tamales Holiday Party Recipes

Green Chile Chicken Tamales Holiday Party Recipes

Ingredients

    For the Chicken
  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • 1 c. green salsa
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the maza mixture
  • 4 c. maza (found in the flour or Mexican food aisle)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1 lb. lard
  • For the tamales
  • Corn husks (at least 1 dozen)
  • cheddar cheese
  • diced green chile
  • Green Pepper Tabasco Sauce

Instructions

  1. Add chicken, salsa, broth and salt and pepper to a crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours.
  2. Once chicken is done, shred with two forks and set aside.
  3. While chicken is cooking, place corn husks in warm water and let soak for a couple of hours.
  4. Combine maza, salt and baking powder in a large bowl, then add the chicken broth.
  5. Add lard and mix with your hands until it is all mixed together.
  6. TIP: To see if there is enough lard, place a piece of the mixture in a glass of water...if it floats, it's the right consistency.
  7. Dry off corn husks, then spread maza on one (or two if they are small) like the picture above.
  8. Add chicken, green chile, cheese, and a couple drops of Tabasco Sauce.
  9. Fold the corn husks in at the sides, then at the bottom and wrap until secure, then fold the flap at the top.
  10. To make sure the tamale is secure, you can also tie it up with pieces of the corn husk like below.
  11. Steam them for about 45 minutes to an hour. You can tell when they're done by the
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As New Mexicans are scared to death of not having enough food, we usually at least quadruple this recipe. You think I’m joking? I didn’t even make up this meme:

Green Chile Tamales Holiday Party Recipes

Seriously, though…these are delicious and I guarantee you’ll want leftovers. They also freeze great, so you can have some on New Year’s!

Green Chile Tamales Holiday Party Recipes

We also have plenty of spicy sauces for our feasts. I kid you not, my high school cafeteria had Tabasco sauce on every table. We put it on EVERYTHING! I think we would have bankrupted the school if we knew about the Green Pepper Sauce. It’s wonderful! You can find Tabasco’s new flavors at most stores in the condiments aisle. I found mine at Walmart. Also try the original and Chipotle sauces!

Green Chile Tamales Holiday Party Recipes

I won’t be able to go home for Christmas this year…and I’ll be 38 weeks pregnant, but I’ll still be making my tamales for Christmas Eve…it wouldn’t be Christmas without them!

Green Chile Tamales Holiday Party Recipes

What are your Christmas food traditions?

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Friday Finds Linky Party #9

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Yay for another round of Friday Finds!! Sorry for being a day late! Life happens sometimes! We had a blast looking over your wonderful projects and creations! We’ve rounded up our favorites below. Check them out and then link up to this week’s party!

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Fun Cookie Decorating Kit Gift Idea by Blooming Homestead.
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Adorable hot chocolate chalkboard printable from Twelve O Eight.
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Festive Holiday Font Collection by Delineate Your Dwelling.

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Cutest Dollar Store Deer Snow Globe Ornament by Pitter and Glink.
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Heavenly Cinnamon Rosemary Foot Soak by Shaken Together.
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Yummy English Toffee recipe from Gluesticks.
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes recipe by Creations by Kara

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DIY Gold Crystal Cluster Necklace
Its time to link up and SHOW OFF your hard work! We’d love to see all kinds of different projects, recipes, DIY’s, printables, kid crafts, etc!

Post your favorite link from this week to have a chance to be featured in our post next week or to get pinned to our Friday Finds Pinterest Board!


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Coconut Almond Fudge and Hawaiian Christmas Gift Printable

There is pretty much no chance that I’ll see snow this winter. I’m in Arizona and this baby is coming any time after Chrismtas, so I’m grounded here until then. I’m not complaining too much because I enjoy the warmer weather. Whether you’re experiencing a white Christmas or a Hawaiian Christmas, try this Coconut Almond Fudge made with Planters Cocoa Almonds and download my Hawaiian Christmas Gift Printable!

Coconut Almond Fudge and Hawaiian Christmas Gift Printable

I always create Christmas song printables, and Mele Kalikimaka is one of my favorites! This pairs perfectly with the Hawaiian flavors of this fudge recipe and makes a beautiful gift for neighbors and teachers!

Download my FREE Printables here (and leave a comment letting me know how you like them!)

Coconut Almond Fudge and Hawaiian Christmas Gift Printable

Coconut Almond Fudge and Hawaiian Christmas Gift Printable

Ingredients

    Chocolate Almond Layer
  • 1 12 oz bag milk chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1/4 c. chopped Planters Cocoa Almonds
  • Coconut Layer
  • 1 12 oz bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. shredded sweetened coconut

Instructions

    Chocolate Almond Layer
  1. Add milk chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter in a pan and cook on medium heat until chocolate chips are melted.
  2. Stir in cocoa almonds, then pour into a lightly greased 9"x9" pan.
  3. Coconut Layer
  4. Melt white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter in a pan on medium heat.
  5. Stir in vanilla and shredded coconut, then pour over the top of the chocolate layer.
  6. Top with extra almonds and coconut, then let set over night.
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Coconut Almond Fudge and Hawaiian Christmas Gift Printable

You can find >Planters Cocoa Almonds and other nutty flavors at Walmart. You’ll find these displays and have your pick of their fun flavors! Also, download the >Blippar App and find recipes, take a selfie with Mr. Peanut and get some holiday tips! See >this video for instructions! It’s a fun app for kids to play with and I love the holiday tips and recipes (of course!)

Coconut Almond Fudge and Hawaiian Christmas Gift Printable

For more recipe inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website!

Coconut Almond Fudge and Hawaiian Christmas Gift Printable

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FREE Christmas Printables!

I’ve been super busy this month getting ready for baby I sometimes feel like my other baby (my blog) gets a little neglected! I wanted to post all the free printables I’ve been making for my contributor posts so they’ll all be in one place. I’m so excited for the next couple weeks…it will be ALL Christmas posts! Woohoo!

Letters to Santa Picture Display Printables

Print out these cute Letter to Santa printables so you can display them for Santa! Check them out on I Heart Nap Time.

Smore Love for Christmas Printable Gift Tags

Send out this cute and easy S’mores gift! You can find it at Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke.

Christmas Song Ornaments

I’m in love with these Christmas song ornaments that I made for Craftaholics Anonymous! I used my Silhouette to create these and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!

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OREO Hot Chocolate Cookie Balls

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OREO Hot Chocolate Cookie Balls

If I could indulge in only one weakness for the rest of my life, it would probably be OREOs. I LOVE them. These OREO Hot Chocolate Cookie Balls are simply amazing and they require no baking…which is always a plus for me. Granted, I’m not the greatest at making them look perfect…but believe me when I say they taste spectacular! I just added some cake pop sticks (for easy dipping) and some washi tape and they look super festive. These would be the perfect dessert for a party!

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