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Fort Benning, GA, United States
I'm an army wife, working mom of 2 kids, and a dancer for fun! My husband Tim works the at the combatives school here on fort benning. I work for MWR at Outdoor Recreation as their admin assistant...I absolutely LOVE my job I couldn't have found anything better! My daughter, Kennedie, was born in January of 04 and our son, Cale, was born June of 09 - that's right they are 5 and a half years apart! Kennedie is VERY involved in dancing. Cale is well on his way to become a fighter - daddy is already working on his punching and kicking techniques! This blog started out as a recipe sharing venture but now it's going to turn into a more "granola" way to live. Cheap recipes more homemade recipes and repurposing things. I'm a crafter at heart so i'm going to throw some of that in their too!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lets Be Honest....

 
Ok so I'm just going to be honest!  I REALLY want to be apart of the silhouette design team.  I was given information that they are "hiring" for their design team and I had to link some of my posts using my Cameo in my submission e-mail.  If there was a way to get my friends and family to "vote me in" I would totally be begging.  But the only way in is the showcase your work.  So I'm doing just that in this post, because I haven't previously shared this amazing machines potential for using the files you can purchase for $.99!!!!
 
 
First up our laundry room door sign!
 I orginally did this as a joke for my husband, he is a grumpy guy in the morning.  You see this on our front door when you walk out every morning!  Aren't these files great!  Ready to cut all you have to do is size them to your liking!
 Now before you laugh at my saying MISSING an important line, isn't it great for a military family who moves all the time?  I bought the plexi glass at Home Depot (seriously my favorite store!) for under $10.  Used command picture hanging strips to attach it to the wall and now I'm able to move it to our next house without having to peel it off the wall and loose all that hard work!
 
(Saying should go wash your hands AND SAY YOUR PRAYERS because Jesus and germs are everywhere!)
 Another great $.99 find!
 I've always wanted to vinyl our small chest deep freezer.  But it's lived in the garage until this house, so I never saw the need.  I wanted to put demask images all over it and I probably will at some point, but this works for now!  Excuse the mess on top!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Organzing on the cheap!

My son has started to move up in his life with more toys, with little pieces.  I needed a better way to organize his do dad's but he is limited on space (unlike his sister who seems to have gotten the massive room again! One day Cale I promise you will have the big room!)  So DUH!  Put some shelving in his room like I have in almost all other rooms!  This shelving is pretty inexpensive, with my military discount at Home Depot I was able to get this for under $40.  I'm sure if you got naked wood and had them cut it into shelves, sanded in painted it, it could be cheaper.  But I don't have time for all that.  Each of the Rubbermaid brand shelves are already painted and will be EASY to clean.  I don't know if you can tell in the picture but I also quickly spray painted the brackets that hold up the shelves for a little pop of color.
Boy loves his transformers.  NOW they have a place for their own.  Complete with an Autobot logo done in vinyl.  (traced an image I found on Google images)
You know how match box cars and Lego's seem to find the bottom of your feet in the middle of the night in most houses?  In our house it's these little super hero squad dudes! OUCH they hurt.  They now have a home, labeled and all!
 He was so excited they were all in one place!
 Of course I used my Cameo to print and cut this label (I saved an image I liked off Google images, added a circle to cut around it) then I laminated that circle, punched a hole with my crop-a-dile big bite, then added a grommet for stability.
 Honestly I would have stopped there for the day, but I didn't want to waste a WHOLE sheet of laminating film, so I added a few things to my daughters drawers.  Which I've been wanting to do for a while anyway.  I typed out what was in each drawer, paint bucket filled it, offset by .17, turned off the cut lines on the word so it would ONLY cut on the offset, and print and cut that bad boy!
(ok so my daughters light in her room isn't working for some reason, and maintenance hasn't come and figured out why yet, sorry for the LAME pictures on this one!)
 My fun little circle claps would work on her knobs.  I didn't have any cute ribbon near (lets face it I was being lazy and it was HOT upstairs this afternoon and the ribbon was ALL THE WAY downstairs :) ) so I improvised and used hair elastics!  Works for me!
 Cute little grommets and hair tie attachments!
 Just a close up!
 They turned out so cute I had to get a better angle in better light!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Avacado Eggs

I've been looking for new ways to send my husband to work with breakfast.  (He can't really eat before we works out!)  I found this recipe on pintrest (imagine that) and since I know he loves avacado's, I knew he would dig this breakfast!
 
First you start out by cutting your avacado in half and taking the seed out.  Scrape out enough avacado for an egg to fit.  I don't know that I originally got big enough avacado's because it didn't seem like there was enough avacado left to make it worth the while.  So you'll notice that some of my egg spilled out.  Which is fine for us I just scraped it off the bottom of the dish and set it on top of them when I put them in containers for the lunch box.
 
Bake them at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes (mine had to go a little longer because the yokes were still runny).  You'll notice that I sprinkled on "bacon bacon" seasoning from Tastefully simple.  But I'm sure you can sprinkle on regular bacon bits if you're into that sort of thing! :)
 My husband said they were great!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Got into the bow business!

I did it I took the plunge and started making bows!  I sold my first 7 (to one lady I might add) this week, and got several orders for more!  I'm going to be updating the facebook page with this information, so if this intrigues you stay tuned!
 I've been having so much fun going back into my childhood craft memories with these shrinky dink bow centers.  My daughter wants a my little pony bow for EACH pony their is!  Pinky Pie is next!

 This is one of my favorites!

Friday, July 12, 2013

I love SALES!

I needed to go to hobby lobby for some black removable vinyl and was EXCITED to see that they were having an 80% off clearance on select furniture pieces.  I had been eyeing something for our downstairs that was about $50 last time I saw!  Unfortunatly someone beat me to that piece but my daughter and I found this great pink side table.  Her room is pink and brown.  I got a $169.99 table for THIRTY FOUR DOLLARS!!!!
 It took us 3 days to get my daughters room organized.  But this included going through EVERY piece of clothing, trying on most every pair of pant, short, dress and shoe that she had had for a while.  We also cleaned out her dance wear and had her try on leotards.
 
This is the spot that was intended for the new night stand.  As you can tell my daughter loves to create "art" and decorate her room.
 My daughter and her new night stand.

 I of course couldn't leave this plain!  I got the cameo running and cut out her favorite my little pony character (twilight sparkle for those who don't know!) and applied it to the corner.
 She is obsessed with sleeping masks.  I believe that she has more but I'm sure she "cleaned them up" and some are hiding. Now they have a cozy home.
 Finished area!  Complete with her lovey baby kitty.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Easy weeknight meal!

Pardon my horrible iPhone picture - but I didn't want to eat it before documenting it!  This was a pretty easy meal and didn't cost very much either.  This was a "hmm what can I throw together quickly and make a meal" dish.  No recipe so no real measurements!
 
I used a pound of ground turkey and cooked in the skillet.
I buy my broccoli fresh, cut it, and freezer bag it till I need it.  So in this recipe I used one of those bags that was normally a dinner serving for our family of 4. I added the broccoli frozen to the skillet and placed a lid on it to steam it (opening and stirring every couple of minutes)
In the mean time I'm boiling the water and cooking the macaroni.  Once the macaroni and broccoli is done, I add all three of those in a bowl together.  I toss in one container of Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese cooking sauces - this one was the garlic one.  Mix it all together and serve.  I think start to finish it took me about 20 minutes!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Summer Chore Charts

So my job has me working weird hours.  I currently have two shifts 530 am-0900 am and then again from 2:30 pm -5:00 pm - so I have a friend watching her during those hours and I'll pick her up and she will be with me from the inbetween time (which when she is at school is when I get most of the household chores done).  I don't want her to sit around and watch TV that whole time (which is honestly what she would prefer).  I have been trying to come up with things that she can do to help and to keep her busy and her mind not turning to mush!  In the process of trying to come up with some more idea's to put on her chore list (that I'm creating) I found this cool sight that has several pre-made character charts where all you have to do is type in what chore you would like them to complete.  If they had a character either of my children liked I would totally be using this chart as well!  Here is the link that you can follow if you are wanting to partake in this FREE chart!

http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/chorecharts4-10.htm

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Pantry organization

So my husband is gone on a trip right now so I thought I would fill up the time I usually spend with him organizaing things in our house that get overlooked, I started with the pantry.
This when we first signed for the house was just a closet, that top shelf was all that was in there.  My husband had the AWESOME idea of adding shelving.  I love the system that we chose because it can move houses with us, and we can move shelves up and down if we need to, to fit future needs.
 
Here is the before
 
 Here is the after, I was ableto move some things into a cabinet that wasn't full, and put like items together.
 
 I LOVE these new bins I found at target, they were $7.99 but well worth that price, they will last a while and they make me happy when I open that pantry door!
 We love jell-o in our house so I have SOME of our stash (yes there are about 30 boxes more in another location because I hit a sale with some coupons and stocked up!) that is easily accessible in this CUTE bin!  I haven't been able to do any labeling yet but it will be labeled accordingly!


Monday, May 20, 2013

It's produce season again!

 I LOVE when the produce is finally in season, it means HUGE savings.  So to offset costs in the winter I STOCK UP in the summer and freeze.  Creates a little more work in the summer but I'm ok with that because in the winter we are usually more busy with activities and if things are already pre-portioned I can just drop in the steamer and get dinner on the table quicker!
 
One thing I learned from my last post about using the foodsaver, is to NOT put broccoli in the foodsaver.  I cut up a dinners portion and put in a freezer bag and be done with it.
I also started canning our spaghetti sauce.  I added mushrooms, cilantro and onions to the mix that I purchased.  My husband is the only one that really eats the sauce so, I made smaller jars for his portion so we don't waste a whole big jar like we normally do of the jars from the grocery store.
I also recommend cutting up mushrooms and freezing.  These are the ball freezer jars (plastic) that are meant to be put in the freezer or the fridge.  I'm able to just drop them in our meal frozen and they cook up nicely.  I have also done this with onions.  I have a jar of each of these in the fridge, use them first and then go onto the frozen stuff.  Works out GREAT in our kitchen!

Friday, May 10, 2013

I LOVE these pouches.  I have about 20 of them between the "little green pouch" and the yummi pouches. (www.littlegreenpouch.com and www.yummipouch.com )  My family loves bringing these along any trip to snack on, and because you don't need utensils they are perfect for the car, tournaments where you sit in a gym/auditorium for HOURS (oh wait you don't do that?  Must just be our family, hehehe), and great for lunches.
First off I was making pineapple puree for my son who LOVES pineapple, but lets face it he is coming up on 4 and pineapple chunks leave him STICKY and anything in his surrounding area sticky.  I filled those pouches up and had not enough left for a full pouch.  I left it in my Pampered Chef Food processor that I love so dearly, and added handfulls of blueberries, black berries, and cut up some strawberries. 
Processed it up- 
(I love this food processor because i'm able to take out the blade and it leaves you with a bowl that is EASY to pour, scoop, or spoon out of.  Wereas a traditional food processor has a HUGE whole in the middle where the blade sits and you have to be careful when you are trying to get the food out of the bowl.
This little guy I got from Kitchen Collection for under $5.  TOTALLY WORTH it if you are going to invest in the pouches.  Makes filling SO much easier.
Then just fill it up.  Take a dry erase marker and notate what is on the inside.  Zip it up and store in the fridge!