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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #52 and Giveaway!!

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Welcome to Week #52 of

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party



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We are so excited to have so many amazing bloggers party with us.


Check out this weeks Featured linkups.


Thank you so much to all those who share your blog in our party.


Last week we had 477 awesome linkups!



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Easy Dessert Recipe: Bacon S’mores-The Classy Chapter

With three kids in our house, it’s pretty safe to say we have a busy life. I love putting a smile on my families face with a tasty dessert, but I don’t always have time to bake. I’m a sucker for an easy dessert recipe! Add in bacon and chocolate and I’m sold! While my kids love sweets, I’m more a savory person. The bacon in this recipe adds a nice hint of saltiness while still providing the sweetness you would expect from s’mores.



Organize with Style: Favorites-SWEET HAUTE


Start off the year right with projects to get you organized and streamlined. I really love these products that I am showing above. Most of these are things that you can make yourself or if you have the budget, buy it to create a space that is organized, productive, and serene.



Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe-Southern Krazed

I love casseroles simply for the reason you basically have your whole meal in one dish and they are easy to make. For a hearty supper this easy Chicken Noodle Casserole recipe fits the bill! With chicken, vegetables and cheese it makes for a delicious and filling meal that the whole family will love!
Chicken Noodle Casserole and this easy Mexican Chicken with Doritos are my favorite casseroles and I believe my family would agree! If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, it warms up easily in the microwave for a quick lunch the next day too!



I originally got this to use for something at my sons upcoming birthday party (which I am still doing, you will just have to wait and see :)) but really the possibilities are endless with this so I decided to use it for this months challenge. Then I can modify, paint, and re decorate after I am done using it for my sons birthday to fit whatever need.
Here it is before just boring and black before giving it some life!



Have you recovered from the holidays yet? Me either. Any resolutions that include eating healthier this year? Me too. Well, I’m being as good as possible. I ‘ve been cutting down on sweets and eating more fruits/veges. But that doesn’t mean I can’t make plans for the next holiday, right? I think these Strawberry Chocolate Chip cookies would be perfect for Valentine’s Day! They’re so pretty in pink! And they’re super easy to make. Just 4 ingredients. Strawberry cake mix, oil, eggs and chocolate chips.



DIY Photo Blocks {Easy Craft Tutorial}-Better in Bulk

I love finding simple crafts that add a personal touch to my home. The problem is that I have a tendency towards complete unoriginality when it comes to crafting. Give me a pattern or a template, and I do just fine. Ask me to come up with an idea? Probably won’t happen.
Luckily, my friend, Lisa, has an abundance of amazing craft ideas…and she loves to share her talents. This week, she’s got a tutorial for adorable DIY photo blocks.




One of the most requested games of my two youngest girls is still our Snowman Dice Game. Whenever we get ready to play it we have to figure it out again. I cannot remember which part is for the 1 and which part is for the 3. If I get it wrong then my girls are frustrated for a minute until they decide it is ok to do it a little different this time.


Loaded Potato Soup-The Kolb Corner

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I just LOVE creamy, hearty, soups. I especially love them in the winter, when it’s dreary and cold. That’s exactly what it’s been here in San Antonio for the past few days too. OK, so cold to me (and fellow southerners) is anything under 40–and it was 34 as I wrote this post. We even had some *gasp* freezing rain. Sorry to my readers further up North where it truly gets cold, but seriously, I needed this soup to warm up my body and soul.





I teamed up with FutureDerm to create a cruelty free, sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free and VEGAN hair masque! You want to use this about 5 days before you dye so that your hair is in great shape. I also use this hair masque every other time I wash my hair.




Stuffed Bell Pepper Eggs Boats: Whole30 Recipe
This Whole 30 compliant recipe is delicious and could pass for comfort food any day. It also has a few key ingredients that help combat allergies and inflammation. This is one of my favorite Whole 30 dishes because it contains organic bacon (my recipe here), eggs, bell peppers, Ghee (my recipe here), sweet potatoes, and mushrooms. You can always switch the veggies and spices out to the ones that you prefer.



I have a quick and easy hair tutorial for you today! I’ve been loving this simple and easy boho braid for my days where I just don’t feel like washing my hair. As someone who is NOT good at braids, it’s easy enough to manage without it taking waaaay longer than it needs to (ya feel me?). I typically do this on wavy/curled hair to add to the “boho” look (as you can see below), but it can be done on straight hair as well. It’s quick, easy, and perfect for anyone with minimal time! Enjoy!



Oh Boy! What If I Had Given Birth to a Girl?-Being A Wordsmith
When I was pregnant 7+ years ago, I experienced all of the fears that first time mothers have. But the best piece of advice I received was “the baby will show you what to do”. I did not learn The Deuce’s gender prior to his birth. Hubby and I wanted to keep that a mystery. However I had no doubt that it would be a boy. I just felt it deep down. And I’ll never forget Hubby’s reaction when he laid eyes on him first: “You were right!




Are you worried about your excess weight?
Are you planning to lose weight or build muscle this year?
Then, hiring a personal trainer might be the right step for you. A good trainer will help you set a goal for your weight loss or fitness program and help you do your workouts properly.





How to survive when the power goes out....-The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl

I am not a prepper or a survivalist, but that being said, I do have first hand personal experience on this topic. You see, last winter our area lost power for 10 days over Christmas. And it was COLD, below zero kind of weather. The kind of cold that can kill. The weather was so bad, we couldn't go anywhere (like a hotel that had a backup generator or a family member's home hours away.) So what do you do?? How do you survive when the power goes out? Being prepared just in case, takes a lot of stress out of the situation!



Coffee Table Makeover: Wood Plank Table Top (Ikea Hack)-This Crazy Thing Called Life

I hope you had a great weekend! We spent ours finishing up our coffee table and end tables. I LOVE the way they turned out and I'm so excited to share them with you today!
We got our coffee table and end tables from Ikea about four years ago. They were cheap, and they did their job, but the lack/laminate finish was starting to chip and bubble. I didn't really want to spend a lot of money on new tables, and I had seen some great makeovers where people added wood planks to their tables. I really liked the way those looked, totally my style. When Melanie from Making It In The Mitten shared her coffee table makeover, I convinced my husband we should do the same to ours. 




PMS Survival Kit-The Crafty Side Of Sarcasm

It’s that lovely time of the month again. It rolls around about the same time every month. If your like me you just want to run & hide, not for your sake but for others. Ya see, around this time every month I turn into [que the music] (DUNNUUNUHH!) a bitch. I know it’s hard to believe but I just can’t help it. My hormones are in an uproar and it seems the only thing that can calm the beast are blueberry muffins and chocolate.



Red Lentil Soup with Chicken and Turnips-Pink When

I’m so pleased to meet all of you! I was absolutely thrilled when Jen asked me to join the contributor team, and I’m super excited to share all of the scrumptious recipes I have hiding up my sleeve. The first recipe to come out of the old vault: this red lentil soup with chicken and turnips

Don’t be afraid. It’s delicious. I promise.





Peach Quesadillas {Perfect Game Day Appetizers}-Better in Bulk

Whether you’re hosting a big game day party this weekend, heading over to a friend’s house to watch some football, or simply staying at home and laying low, I’ve got the perfect appetizer or snack to share. I had a blast testing out several varieties of peach quesadillas – and by testing, I mean cooking and photographing and then eating a ton.




BLUEBERRY COBBLER-Bunny's Warm Oven

In the midst of snow flying this morning and a zero degree temperature this evening, I needed a reminder that Spring is but a couple of months away. The glorious flavors of blueberry and lemon can indeed be enjoyed in the winter as a warm blueberry cobbler with creamy melting ice cream.





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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #51 and Giveaway!!

Hello Everyone,





Welcome to week #51 of

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party


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We are so excited to have so many amazing bloggers party with us.

Check out this weeks Featured linkups.

Thank you so much to all those who share your blog in our party.
Last week we had 463 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!



Your link will appear on the blogs of
     Lemons and Laughs   
          Kreative Corner      
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This weeks 
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I am excited about my collab post with Amber from Daydreaming Beauty today! After Amber sent me some nail pins to look at, we decided to show off our own versions of the ombre dotted nail! This was easy to do and SUPER cute. I got so many compliments from strangers when I had this on!




I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but groceries prices keep inching up and up. 
It seems like every few months I do a double-take on a item that’s gone up 10 cents. All of those dimes add up.


Making your own homemade Nutella is much easier than you think and it tastes just as heavenly as the store bought version. Fill a pretty mason jar or other similar jar with a batch and it makes a lovely handmade hostess gift. Tuck some in a basket alongside some pretty towels and other kitchen gear for a housewarming gift. Need a teacher gift? Add a personalized coffee mug and a box of cocoa to a basket for breakfasts on the run. 



This past weekend, I co-hosted a Beach Themed Baby Shower for my sweet friend. She’s having a girl and has named her Coraline. The baby’s room is all beach themed so I decided that needed to be the theme for her shower. The colors were coral and shades of teal.




It is here, it is official, the ball has dropped and it is 2015! Happy New Year, it’s the second day of 2015. I wonder how many times I will write 2014 before it sinks in With the arrival of the new year many will be sharing their list of resolutions, goals and inspired self-improvements. I rarely have a list of resolutions when a new year arrives. That doesn’t mean I am not resolute when it comes to goals and improvements.




An elderly woman in our town was walking along the icy sidewalk on a busy street when she tripped. Numerous cars drove by. People walked by. But no one stopped to help. Apparently no one could take the time from their hectic day to rescue a woman with bad injuries from a fall on the ice.
We live in a world where the “me-first” mentality is evermore evident with each passing day.




Hello lovely friends, Do you remember my Oreo Surprise Cupcakes with Cookies and Cream Frosting? Then how about another yummy cupcake recipe for all of you?.It’s not a secret that I love cupcakes, and if you think about it, who doesn’t??? LOL. I’ve made these delicious Reese’s Peanut butter Chips Cupcakes with White Chocolate Chips Frosting that turned out really good, my brother had like 3 in one sitting! Hope you like them too!




A Day In The Life Of A Single Working Mom With Twins!-Domain of the Mad Mommy

A Day in The Life: themadmommy.com
Have you ever wondered what happens during the day for someone else?
Wondered what it would be like to spend a day in their shoes?
Now is your chance!
Welcome to A Day In The Life, a new series that shows you what a day is like for someone else! To take a walk in their shoes, so to speak.



Today I wanted to share with you my picks for the Best Cruelty Free Makeup for $5 or less. If you’re shopping for cruelty free budget beauty items, you may not know the best places to look. Never fear! You can find some great buys at Ulta, the drugstore, or online (my personal favorite place to shop!).




Here is a delicious appetizer for your Superbowl Party that uses another game day favorite in the base-beer! This Bacon Beer Cheese Dip will go quick off your party table. Use your favorite ale, lager, or light beer to create a flavor you will love and your guests will be begging for more of!




DIY Tinted Mason Jars-Simply {Darr}ling

I wanted to try out a few different colors and since I have a huge collection of mason jars for canning I had some to spare. I had both matte and gloss Mod Podge so I decided to try both and see if they had any difference in the results (they didn’t).



My husband and sons love anything that involves the combination of meat, cheese and bread and in the winter it just seems like we are running around so much during the week with basketball practices, Variety Show practice, Brownie meetings, etc. This is one of my go-to recipes for a busy weeknight or when we want something “snacky” (it’s a word!) to watch the game!



Besides the bathroom, the kitchen is one of those areas of the house that tends to get messy very quickly. If you are anything like me, just making a snack can leave a mess, especially if that snack is made by a child. On top of the messes and crumbs, there is the task of trying to keep everything organized and out of the complete chaos zone. To help you stay on top of it all, here are 7 Organized Kitchen Ideas or Kitchen Hacks as we love to call them!


Dark Chocolate Cherry-Craisin Oatmeal Cookies-Cherishing A Sweet Life

Now while one of my resolutions is to eat healthier, thinking I'll add oatmeal to the list of things I would try, (since I am not a huge fan of oatmeal cookies), my husband Loves, loves, loves Oatmeal cookies! As much as I love baking cookies, oatmeal cookies, as you guessed are not my favorites, but I love my husband, so when I do make oatmeal cookies, I make sure to put lots of chocolate in them. 



According to Wikipedia, “the name bonbon (or bon-bons) refers to any of several types of sweets, especially small candies en-robed in chocolate.
“The first reports of bonbons come from the 17th century, when they were made at the French royal court. Their name arose from infantile reduplication of the word bon, meaning ‘good’.”
But not only do these taste good, but they are actually good for you!




DIY Shower Steam Disks to Alleviate Congestion-ABC Creative Learning ~ Blog


I’ve been wanting to share this post with you all for a while now, especially with cold season. Many of you know that I am a essential oils fanatic! I absolutely love them and they work amazing for my family. The best thing about essential oils is that they are natural and you can do so much with them, like DIY Shower Steam Disks to Alleviate Congestion.





After indulging a bit too much over the holidays, I'm taking a break from sweets and focusing on savory dishes this week. While I experiment significantly with desserts, I maintain a more limited repertoire when it comes to savory recipes. During the week we tend to get stuck in a culinary rut of a few standby dishes. There are plenty of dishes we enjoy cooking (hibachi and bourbon ancho chili pork chops are among are favorite), but most of them require a significant amount of time and energy. It's difficult to find dishes that are flavorful, but simple enough to cook after a tiring day of work.



I have a one word for 2015 and a verse to pray over my family. You can read about those here. I decided I am going to try two other things this year, as if my calendar is not already full with substitute teaching, keeping my grandson on Fridays and another grandson due in less than four weeks, and leading on-line Bible studies which you can join here.




Although we tend to associate Strawberry recipes with the summer months, you will want this recipe for year round occasions. My husband makes this fabulous Strawberry cake with Strawberry Butter Cream frosting for our family. It is the most requested cake in our family.



Every so often, I get asked if it’s really possible to make money blogging. And then I’m asked to explain how I monetized my blog. I’ll get to that second question, but the short answer to the first one is: yes.
The long answer is: yes, but it’s not fast, not easy, and not always reliable.
You can make money blogging. But you had better love it (write about your passions), because you’re going to do it for free for a very long time before it starts paying off.




Pasta with 30-minute Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs #MeatballMasters-Better in Bulk

I made a delicious and easy dinner using Johnsonville® Meatballs as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. And my family’s…because they like to be vocal and opinionated whenever food is involved. #MeatballMasters
Sometimes cooking for a family of seven is not an easy task. Sometimes, like this past week with the holidays and the flu that’s been going around, I just need a few easy meals that I can fall back on. One of my family’s stand-by meals for those nights that no one wants to think about what to cook is spaghetti and meatballs – it’s an easy Italian dinner that tastes great but doesn’t take all night to prepare.


My Family - Free Pack-A Teachable Year

This is a Print and Go Vocabulary Pack to use along with your Family Unit. It includes 20 worksheets to review and consolidate the new vocabulary words. It that can be used at school or home. Children can cut and paste, match pictures and words, fill in the blanks, color by the code, trace the words, associate pictures and beginning sounds, count the letters, sort and match family members.



Creamy Ham Casserole-With A Blast

Next time you are looking for a different kind of Mac and Cheese recipe, do try this Creamy Ham Casserole ! It is a scrumptious dish and my only regret is waiting this long before I tried the recipe which I have pinned months ago already. 
I adapted the recipe quite a bit, as I wanted to use ingredients which I had on hand and also had some leftovers of, but taste wise it should not have that a big impact on the original dish.




Very Vanilla Cupcakes-The Culinary Mama

Sometimes simple is best and a beautifully decorated vanilla cupcake is always classic. Vanilla buttercream is so fun, its versatile and easy to colour so its fantastic for themed cakes or for that extra bit of glamour.
I think they look lovely with the plain white icing also.


How to Transform Time With Your Family-Uplifting Love

Now that the holidays are over for this year I've been reflecting on holiday traditions and practices and how they relate to families and marriages. What are some of the things that I've observed? 



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16 times the opportunity to make new bloggy friends and to share your wonderful blog and discover others too. Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, crafts, decorating, fashion, makeup, health and fitness, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly.

Please visit some other bloggers and make some new friends and say hello to old friends..
  • Please leave me a comment , I love to hear from you.
  • Please Link to your family friendly post 
  • I'd love for you to grab my party button for your blog party site but it's totally optional
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  • Please do not add links to shops or selling websites (they will be deleted from the party)
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