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8 Things that I’m Loving Right Now (June)

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Here are the things I’m loving this month…..

1.  I’m a sucker for yummy beverages, but unfortunately most good drinks are pretty heavy on the sugar.  I first heard about stevia through a blogging friend several years ago, and while I loved that it was zero calories, I was a bit skeptical.  Plus it was pretty pricy!

But last year I finally broke down and used an Amazon gift card that I earned through Swagbucks to by some.  And guess what….I love it!  I primarily use it in my beverages and while it does taste a tad different, most times I don’t notice it.  If I do mind the taste too much in something, I’ll use some regular sugar and sub stevia for the rest and then I don’t notice it at all, but I get to enjoy not sipping all the calories!

I know there are lots of different stevia brands, but I’ve only ever tried the NOW brand powder and that’s what I love.  I’ve heard that most other brands aren’t nearly as good.

2.  This Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake is a.m.a.z.i.n.g!  It’s so incredibly moist and well, just delicious.   I made a few change:  I used 1 c. whole wheat flour and 1 ½ c. white flour, used 1 c. white sugar and 1/2 c. brown sugar. I also baked it in a 9×13 (because I don’t have a bundt pan) at the same temp but only for 45 min.  The glaze is really good but you could easily skip it (and the calories) and it would still be very tasty!

3.  Love this reminder (it’s actually a free printable!)….I’m never going to be a perfect mom but I can do lots of things to be a good one!

4.  Trying to simplify life and pare down your wardrobe?  I came across this simple tip that makes it super easy to see just what clothes you actually wear and which ones never get use.  Pretty nice, right?

 

5.  We eat a lot of fresh veggies and fruit in the summer and I love, love, love my Tupperware FridgeSmarts!  They keep produce nice for so much longer than just a regular container.  I often have lettuce in one for several weeks without it getting nasty.  And I had fresh picked strawberries in one for over a week and they were still as nice as the day I put them in there!  I know mine have paid for themselves just because I throw a lot less produce out due to it spoiling.

6.  I was just realizing again lately how much I love having a wireless printer.  I was up on our third floor printing something from my husband’s laptop and remembered how I used to have to run down to the 1st floor, plug in the computer to the printer, print my document and then have to run up to the 3rd floor again to put the laptop away.  The convenience of our wireless printer has been worth every single penny!  And I highly recommend the one we have: Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex.

7.  Just today I planted some flowers in pots and used this helpful tip.  It was an easy fix to a problem that had long bothered me!

8.  And finally, I loved this practical list of 25 ways to choose joy when you are struggling.  Sometimes when we are having a rotten day, we just need to take a step back and refocus!   (And I know the image is not anything that looks like it relates to the list but since there was no image that really fit, I just chose the blogger’s header image.)

What are you loving right now?  Which of these were your favorite?

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8 Things that I’m Loving Right Now (April 2014)

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Here are the things I’m loving this month…..

1.  I love this Ball Mason jar free printable from Redfly Creations!  She put it in a white frame and used it in her laundry room and I just think it looks lovely!  I’m trying to decide if I could pull it off in my kitchen.

2.  I’m starting to dig around in the dirt again and am so grateful for this handy little Fuller Hand & Nail Brush.   It’s seriously a must-have if you at all garden.  The small brush side is perfect for scrubbing the dirt out from underneath your nails and the bigger side is nice for scrubbing your hands clean.

3.  These tips on giving food as a gift  are excellent.  So good to remember if you are taking someone a meal!

4.  A friend recommended these Honey Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and so I gave them a try recently.  We loved them!  They really aren’t that sweet and I thought they were just a fun, different way to enjoy sweet potatoes.

5.  Getting ready to spring clean?  How about getting the kids involved?  Here are 6 Fun Ways to Make Spring Cleaning a Family Affair.

6.  This Conair Sound Machine has been a lifesaver for me!  It’s perfect for putting in the baby’s room to kind of tune out the noise the rest of us make and help her get a good nap.  We also have one in the kid’s room and it’s especially awesome during the summer months when we have the windows open and the neighbors are out back partying making noise.  This machine makes just enough white noise to block that out and allow the kids to sleep.

7. This app just looks like fun.  I can’t try for the life of me, but I could at least take pictures and then make them look like a painting?  Sound easier at any rate!

8.  And for a laugh, you really need to read this.

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8 Things That I’m Loving Right Now (March 2014)

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

When I see something I really like or when I use something I really love, I often find myself thinking, “I wish I could tell my blog readers about this!”   And sometimes I can because it fits with the money-saving theme of this blog.  Or I’ll post it on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Google + and those of you that follow me there might see it.  But sometimes, well, I just can’t find a way to work the wonderful thing that I like into a post.  Or I post it on social media and get frustrated because only a small amount of you actually will see it.

And so I had this idea of doing a Things I Love Right Now post where I share all sorts of things that I’m currently enjoying.  Some of them are frugal type of things but some of them are not.  But all of them will hopefully inspire you in some way.  At least that is the goal!

So here are 8 things that I’ve enjoyed lately!

Ps.  I’d love to know if you enjoy a post like this. 

1. Loving this free printable from Lindsay Letters!  I think it would be cute inexpensive decor for a little girl’s room.  Or really, any girl’s room!

2. I was scrubbing dishes elsewhere recently and was wishing they had one of these Progressive Pan Scraper.  I realized then just how much I use mine!  It truly is the bomb for scraping off food and isn’t as abrasive as a Stainless Steel Sponge.  (Although I love my stainless steal sponges too!  And the Fuller Brush brand are awesome and last practically forever.  Seriously!)

3. I’ve been having fun trying some new drinks this winter and this Homemade Chai Tea Latte (with dairy-free option) has become a favorite.  I add a bit more sweetener just cause I prefer it that way and I often add a bit of coffee too to create my variation of a “dirty chai”.

4. Decorating is not something that comes easily for me but I love getting inspiration from others who are gifted in this area.  And when I saw this freshly decorated boys room in gray and red I was inspired.  In fact, it made me want to tackle some decorating that desperately needs to happen around here.  I’m currently scheming a shopping trip to hopefully make it happen!

5. The last couple of months I’ve been very grateful for this Complete Book of Farmyard Tales from Usborne books.  It was a favorite with my son and now is giving my 2 yr. old daughter lots of entertainment too.  She’s a very busy little girl so any book that can keep her attention that much gets awards from me!

6. This free snow boot idea cracked me up when I saw it.  Pretty creative I’d say!  I know that we are pretty much done with winter for the year, but just in case you don’t have boots and need some anytime soon…

7.  If you have no self-control, then don’t make this Buffalo Chicken Dip.  It’s absolutely addictive!  And if you follow my tip of keeping cooked chicken in your freezer, it’s a cinch to throw together too!

8.  I was super inspired by this post with 5 tips on how a young couple paid off their house in a short amount of time.  If you need a kick in the seat of the pants to get on track (or stay on track) financially, you’ll want to read this!

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Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Just wishing you and yours a very Merry CHRISTmas!

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It’s #ParentsGifts Week- get gift ideas!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I’m so excited to be participating in Parents Gifts Week!  This week, December 9 to December 13, I’ll be joining Amanda Kingloff of Everyday Fun and Melanie Blodgett from You Are My Fave to bring you a bunch of great ideas for stocking stuffers, kids’ presents, homemade gifts and more.  We’ll be pinning our favorite crafty and unique (and for my part, inexpensive) gift ideas to the Parents pinterest board.   Get in on the conversation and share your ideas (or borrow someone else’s) using #ParentsGifts on Twitter and Pinterest.

And while you’re over at Pinterest, feel free to check out my Pinterest boards too!

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