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!
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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
This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
I think moms do a lot all the year round…maybe this year give yourself a break??
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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.
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.
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!
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?
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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!
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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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!
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!
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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!
What kind of pumpkin treats are you creating this year? If it involves ice cream, can I come?