Friday Finds Linky Party #8

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Thank you for sharing your best projects on last week’s linky party! All your projects were awesome. Check out what we’ve picked out to feature – and don’t forget to link up on this week’s party! Have fun!Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds

DIY Rustic Wood Table Runner from Blooming Homestead
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Candy Cane Soap from Gluesticks Blog
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 

Square Knot Bracelets from Curly Made
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Faux Aqua Agate Leather Cuff from Delineate Your Dwelling
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Classic Apple Crisp from My Name is Snickerdoodle
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Painted Burlap Stocking from Gluesticks Blog

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DIY Cranberry Monogram from Atkinson Drive
Now don’t forget to link up to this blog so you can be featured in next week’s link party! Also, don’t forget to follow our Pinterest Board and social media channels to see if we feature your posts!


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Stress-Free Holiday Tips and Table Decor Ideas

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Stress Free Holiday Tips and Table Decor Ideas

I’m going to be honest with you…I’m a pretty stressed out person. The main reason I get stressed is because I don’t plan ahead and I’m rushing to get things done. I don’t really have that option now since I’m 32 weeks pregnant. I would say it has curbed my OCD a little, but mostly, it’s just made me more organized…which is kind of great! Instead of “nesting,” I’m coming up with party ideas. It’s weird how our bodies work! These Stress-Free Holiday Tips and Table Decor should give you a little inspiration and will help make your holidays a lot more enjoyable!

Stress Free Holiday Tips and Table Decor Ideas

Tip #1 WRITE IT DOWN

First off…the best way to stay stress free is to write things down! I have driven myself crazy trying to remember details and then I kick myself when I forget something. I’m really forgetful, so writing things down is an absolute MUST for me.

Stress Free Holiday Tips and Table Decor Ideas

Download my Free Holiday Checklist HERE, then leave a comment telling me how you like them!

Tip #2 PLAN AHEAD

Have more people than beds? Make a floor plan where everyone will stay. Want to serve something new? Try out new recipes BEFORE the occasion so you know what you’re doing. Write out a time frame for the food you need to cook, then plan what you can make ahead of time and what needs to be made that day. Try to plan ahead as many items as you can so you can actually enjoy being around family and friends.

Stress Free Holiday Tips and Table Decor Ideas

Tip #3 MINIMIZE YOUR SHOPPING AGENDA

What I mean is, try to do all your shopping in as few stores as possible. When I do holiday shopping, I buy most of my items at bulk stores, like Sam’s Club. I love Sam’s Club because of the large portion sizes on food, they have great produce, and I also buy my card stock to make my printables.

Stress Free Holiday Tips and Table Decor Ideas

Tip #4 STAY IN YOUR BUDGET

If inviting the whole family is not in your budget…DON’T DO IT! Or at least have everyone help with the cost of the meal. Use the decor you already have, or collect it over time. I always have an arsenal of party decorations, but that’s my job. Not everyone has that option! That’s why I have included my free printables (available in different colors to match more holidays!)

Download my Free Holiday Printables HEREthen leave a comment telling me how you like them!

Stress Free Holiday Tips and Table Decor Ideas

Tip #5 HAVE FUN!

This is something that I forget to do when I plan a party. I’m so busy worrying about the details, I’m too tired to enjoy my company when it’s over. Your guests will appreciate what you do no matter what…so give yourself a break and join in on the fun! You’ll remember the fun times more than you’ll remember if the straw flags were straight ;)

Stress Free Holiday Tips and Table Decor Ideas

Find more holiday tips on the Healthy Living Made Simple app by Sam’s Club. It’s available on the iPhone and iPad! Also read this article on Stress Management for De-stressing during the holidays!

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Baby Room Progress

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Baby Room Progress

I am 33 weeks along…and while I am grateful for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. I’m done. I’m so so so done with being pregnant. My husband said, “Only 7 weeks to go!” and I almost cried. Call it pregnancy hormones, the fact that I can’t sleep or reach my toes, or even SEE my toes…either way…I’m looking forward to carrying this baby in my arms instead of strapped to my belly. Just remind me of this when I’m changing poopy diapers…I will gladly change dozens of poopy diapers a day. GLADLY, I tell you!

Baby Room Progress

I have to keep my busy somehow…so my project lately has been the new nursery. We have been working on it on weekends and it’s coming together fabulously! My husband painted an amazing feature wall (coming soon…I don’t want to reveal it QUITE yet), we’ve gathered all the supplies we need. I need to finish up some artwork and I’m in the process of getting all the bedding ordered. I’m feeling really prepared and that’s not a feeling I usually have.

Baby Room Progress

We made this changing table when I was expecting my oldest and this thing is SOLID! My husband said if we ever had a natural disaster, he’s hiding out in this thing. It weighs a ton and has been through 4 moves. It’s awesome. We only had to paint it and re-finish the top to match the crib. I’ve got it stocked up with baby clothes (ALL hand me downs…YES!!!), baby blankets and of course, diaper products. We’re all set with our Pampers diapers, wipes and a cool new Diaper Genie! Pampers and I go way back (well…5 years back, anyway). I was looking though all my pictures from the hospital and wouldn’t you know…the very first pictures I have of my baby, she’s in her pampers!

Baby Room Progress

Ignore the fact that my baby that had literally never seen the sun in her life is more tan than I am. I love this picture. I love her wild, black hair and her little pot belly and teeny nose. I was (and still am) completely in love with this girl. And here’s one of my baby boy…for good measure! And yes, my kids have a ton of hair when they’re born!

Baby Room Progress

It’s been 4 years since my last newborn, but I remember all the gory details. Nights that last forever, feedings every 2 hours and hundreds upon hundreds of diapers! If you’re a new mom or a newly expetctant mom…you’ve been warned, but it will all be okay (and worht it)! Pampers can help you out a little.

Pampers Stool Color Chart English-1

I know, poo is gross, but it’s not quite as gross when it’s your own kid’s poo. Keep this chart in mind to make sure you’re baby is regular and keep using Pampers to keep diaper rash at bay!

Baby Wipes Fact Sheet FINAL

Make sure you go to Pampers.com to enter the Mommy Memory Match sweepstakes and win awesome prizes! The grand prize willer will get six months of FREE diapers and wipes (can you imagine the savings??) You can enter daily to win one month of free diapers and wipes or t-shirts INSTANTLY!! It ends January 31, so you have a lot of opportunities to win those daily prizes.

Check out pampers on Twitter and Facebook for more new mommy tips!

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Friday Finds Linky Party #7

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Thanks so much for sharing your AWESOME projects last week! Check out our top picks, then scroll down to enter your links for this week’s linky party!

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

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Camp Bedroom Reveal from Dear Emmeline

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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Apple Almond Cranberry Quick Bread from Honey and Birch

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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Metalic Christmas Tree Stocking Hangers from Atkinson Drive

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Yarn Wrapped Christmas Tree from Twelve O Eight

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Falling Star Advent Calendar from Atkinson Drive

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

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One Good Deed A Day from Delineate Your Dwelling

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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Pecan Pie Bars from Gluesticks Blog

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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A Frame Chalkboard from Liz on Call

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Cranberry Apple Raspberry Jello

Cranberry Raspberry Apple Jello - a new twist on a classic Thanksgiving side!

I have probably mentioned before, but my mom is an amazing cook (in fact, she has her own company in her small town and business is booming…but more on that later!) I always looked forward to Thanksgiving because it really was a feast. She cooks for days and we eat for days. It’s the best! One of the things I look forward to all year is her cranberry sauce and cranberry jello. I pretty much have a little turkey with my cranberry sauce because I love it so much! This Cranberry Apple Raspberry Jello is a new spin on one of her recipes and it’s the perfect side for Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Raspberry Apple Jello - a new twist on a classic Thanksgiving side!

It’s a little extra work than regular cranberry sauce, but worth it! Especially if you’re planning a small dinner like my Easy Turkey Foil Dinners. Homemade cranberry sauce is actually extremely easy to make and I don’t know why I don’t make it more often (maybe because my husband and kids don’t like cranberries and I end up eating the whole bowl…but that should really be more of a reason to make it).

Raspberry Apple Cranberry Sauce Jello

Ingredients

    For the Cranberry Raspberry Sauce
  • 1 12 oz. package fresh cranberries
  • 1 c. fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/4 c. water
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar
  • For the jello
  • 1 pkg. raspberry jello
  • 1 pkg. cranberry jello
  • 2 c. boiling water
  • 3 c. ice
  • For the toppings
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 c. choped pecans

Instructions

    For the Cranberry Raspberry Sauce
  1. Bring water and sugar to boil. Cook until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add raspberries and cranberries.
  3. Bring water to boil again, the turn down to medium heat.
  4. Cook raspberries and cranberries until most of the cranberries "pop."
  5. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  6. For the Jello
  7. Boil water, then add to jello mixtures in a medium bowl.
  8. Whisk for about 2 minutes, until jello is completely dissolved.
  9. Add ice cubes and stir until ice is melted.
  10. Add the jello to the sauce, then add apples and pecans.
  11. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours. Stir every so often so the ingredients don't sink to the bottom.
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Cranberry Raspberry Apple Jello - a new twist on a classic Thanksgiving side!

The amazing thing about this recipe is that is can also double as a dessert. It doesn’t weigh you down, but it’s still sweet and delicious! It can also count as a salad…because fruit…okay, I’m stretching a little there.

Cranberry Raspberry Apple Jello - a new twist on a classic Thanksgiving side!

This makes a gigantic bowl…so plan on serving a lot of people! Or if you’re like me and 7 months pregnant, eat it all in 3 days…because that’s totally acceptable.

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Easy Turkey Foil Dinners

Easy Turkey Foil Dinners- a great alternative to a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner!

By Thanksgiving, I’ll be 32 weeks pregnant. Cooking a full Thanksgiving Dinner is NOT in the cards this year. My poor swollen feet will not stand for it. I’ve been wracking my brain for dinner ideas that are easy and delicious…and these Easy Turkey Foil Dinners are just that. Seriously…SO good!!! They’re packed with flavor, the Turkey is super moist and the best part? EASY EASY EASY!!!

Easy Turkey Foil Dinners- a great alternative to a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner!

Instead of spending days cooking, these took me about 30 minutes to prep and I only had to wait 20 minutes for them to cook on the grill. I served them over wild rice…it was the PERFECT combo.

Easy Turkey Foil Dinners- a great alternative to a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner!

Easy Turkey Foil Dinners

Ingredients

  • 2 Turkey Breasts
  • 10-15 fingerling potatoes
  • 6 purple potatoes
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • Amount of seasonings for each dinner
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp herbs de province
  • 1 sprig fresh rosmary

Instructions

  1. First, boil potatoes until they are just soft (about 3-4 minutes).
  2. Cut up potatoes, mushrooms and julienne the carrots.
  3. Slice turkey breast (see picture for how thin).
  4. Distribute ingredients onto 4-6 sheets of foil.
  5. Shape foil like a bowl, then add seasonings for each dinner.
  6. Place another sheet of foil on top of the dinner, then seal it so the seasonings will not leak.
  7. Place on grill on medium low heat for about 20 minutes (flip once or twice during that time).
  8. Take off the grill, let cool for a couple minutes, then serve over wild rice.
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Easy Turkey Foil Dinners- a great alternative to a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner!

Sometimes turkey breast is hard to find, so if you can’t find it, try ground turkey instead. You’ll just need to mix some salt and pepper into the meat and cook it for a little less time. You can also add whatever ingredients you like…green beans, onion (ew for me…but maybe good for you??), bell peppers…whatever you like!

Easy Turkey Foil Dinners- a great alternative to a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner!

 

I think moms do a lot all the year round…maybe this year give yourself a break??

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Stay Healthy Printable Medicine Tracker

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Stay Healthy with my FREE Medicine Tracker Printable

I haven’t felt like myself since January. I was sick from January to May on and off again and I’ve been pregnant since May, so yeah…it’s been a rough year physically. I am NOT going to let that happen again in 2015 and with a new baby coming in January, I will have to be really diligent. I created this Stay Healthy Printable Medicine Tracker to keep my medications organized. No more searching through containers for the medicine I need! I just fill out the form and refill when I am getting low.

Stay Healthy with my FREE Medicine Tracker Printable

This printable is very simple, so it should be easy to update. Just fill it out when you purchase new medication, put the use so people in your house know what each medication is for and fill out the amount you have. I just taped mine to a cute storage container with washi tape. Because we all know washi tape makes everything better.

Download the FREE Medicine Tracker HERE, then leave a comment letting me know how you like it!

Stay Healthy with my FREE Medicine Tracker Printable

 

I made sure to fill mine with Emergen-C to keep from getting sick and Chapstick because it’s winter and my skin is so dry! Since I’m pregnant, there are a lot of medications that I can’t take, but my husband can still use items like Advil and Thermacare for aches and pains (I can’t tell you how much I miss things like that during pregnancy!)  You can buy these items at Walgreens now for a discounted price using their in store coupons! You can find the coupon booklet at the front of your local Walgreens. In mine, they labeled each item that you could find in the coupon book, so it made my shopping way easier!

Stay Healthy with my FREE Medicine Tracker Printable

I’m definitely feeling more organized and prepared this year! What do you plan on doing to keep your family healthy in the winter months?

Stay Healthy with my FREE Medicine Tracker Printable

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Friday Finds Linky Party #7

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Hey Everyone! We are so thankful you are here. We hope you find some inspiration for this Thanksgiving season! Here are our favorites from last week’s party.

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

Pineapple Pumpkin by Delineate Your Dwelling

 

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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts by Gluesticks

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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Caramel Apple Mason Jars by Shaken Together Life

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

DIY Fruit Crate Shelves by Dear Emmeline

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Stay Sharp Succulent Picture by Delineate Your Dwelling

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

Grandpa Bob’s Apple Cinnamon Nut Bread by Gluesticks

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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Potato Boats by Blooming Homestead

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Metallic Painted Pinecones by Blooming Homestead

 

Now on to this week! Make sure you link back to this blog so you can be featured next week and follow our Pinterest Board and social media channels to see if we feature your posts!


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Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Banana Angel Food Bites

As I’m getting further along in this pregnancy, I’m getting lazier. Which is a problem since I’m OCD. I still love creating and making things look pretty, just as long as there is not TOO much work involved. These Reese’s Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Banana Angel Food Bites are not only delicious…they’re ridiculously easy. I mean really, insanely, ridiculously easy. You only need 3 ingredients to make these…plus, I can’t get over how pretty they are!

Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Banana Angel Food Bites

Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Banana Angel Food Bites

Ingredients

  • Angel food cake
  • Reese's Spreads
  • Sliced Bananas

Instructions

  1. Cut the cake in 1.5" cubes.
  2. Spread chocolate on top.
  3. Add sliced bananas on top of that.
  4. Use toothpicks or cake pop sticks to keep it in place.
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Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Banana Angel Food Bites

I topped them off with my free printable flags and put them in these cute boxes I found at Walmart. I added some washi tape to the front of the boxes just to add a little extra cuteness!

Download the FREE Printables here (then leave a comment letting me know how you liked them!)

Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Banana Angel Food Bites

You can find Reese’s Spreads at Walmart near all the peanut butter and other spreads. This is SOOOOO good and tastes amazing with fruit! It’s the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate…I’m personally partial to the peanut butter, chocolate, banana combination ;) You can go to your local Walmart to try out the spread with apples from November 13-16!

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Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Sundae

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Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Swirl Sundae

Had enough pumpkin recipes this year? Yeah, me neither. One of my very favorite treats is pumpkin ice cream and I’m taking it up a notch with this Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Swirl Sundae. It’s decadent, flavorful, and my new favorite dessert!

Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Swirl Sundae

The best part about this recipe is that you don’t have to make the ice cream. I used Dreyer’s Slow Churned Pumpkin Patch ice cream. It is light and fluffy and tastes like homemade! You can find it at Walmart along with other slow churned flavors. I also used Libby’s Pumpkin Puree to mix into the sundae to give it even more pumpkin flavor. Check out Nestle’s Flavorful Moments for more yummy ideas!

Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Swirl Sundae

Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Sundae

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp melted butter
  • 1/4 c chopped pecans
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 c Libby's Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Tbs. caramel syrup
  • Dreyer's Pumpkin Patch Slow Churned Ice Cream

Instructions

  1. Mix melted butter, pecans and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Add it to the pumpkin puree, then add caramel syrup.
  3. Layer pumpkin ice cream, puree mixture and caramel until your bowl is full!
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Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Swirl Sundae

It is still hot here in Arizona. I’m also 30 weeks pregnant, so I’m ridiculously uncomfortable. It’s a lot easier for me to make a pumpkin sundae than a pumpkin pie at this point. I get to cool off instead of heating up the oven. It’s heavenly, really!

Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Swirl Sundae

What kind of pumpkin treats are you creating this year? If it involves ice cream, can I come?

 

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