Still can’t get enough of pumpkin? Well how about some delicious pumpkin bread for the holiday season. This Vanilla Pumpkin Bread Recipe is not only delicious but it looks great too, perfect for the festive season. If there’s such thing as Christmas pumpkin bread, then this recipe is it! I make several of this to give to friends and I also some ready for a quick breakfast or snack to munch on.Continue reading
In the last couple of weeks, we have found out that my husband is gluten intolerant. I have been scrambling to make breakfasts that I can cook ahead of time and freeze. I have to come up with meals that my kids and my husband will both like and they have to be easy. They have to be something I can make ahead of time. I headed into Walmart to buy some ingredients for what I hoped would be a special breakfast meal idea. I decided that a pumpkin waffle with yogurt sauce would be the perfect remedy. I will say my children loved the Yogurt dipping sauce so much that they asked me to put the rest in their lunch box with apple slices. This recipe was so successful in my home that I am sharing it with you.Continue reading
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bissell and Best Buy, but all opinions expressed here are mine.
Being frugal with money in today’s economy has become a must-have, but what about being frugal with our time. When I was single, it seemed there was always enough time, and this continued even after I got married and have kids. With our busy schedule of school, sports, and other extracurricular activities, time seemed to disappear slowly, I feel like the day really wasn’t 24 hours long. Since you can’t buy hours to add on to your day, I had to look for other ways to save time. When I looked around for easy ways to organize and be frugal with my time I realized that I should start with our home and since I want a clean house and it takes time to clean our whole house, it’s essential to have a cleaning schedule.
Here are my ways to make cleaning less time consuming and stressful.
1. My first order of business was to make my children aware of their responsibilities
This included making their beds, changing their sheets, putting their dirty clothes in the hamper, putting their clean clothes away, cleaning their rooms (which includes dusting, vacuuming, and every day messes), putting their dirty dishes away, and packing their lunches for school. In order to teach them responsibility of pet ownership, they also have to pitch in and help with our dog.
2. Next, I informed my husband that he had to take ownership of our household chores. He loves doing the laundry, so that’s his territory. He is also in charge of steam cleaning and vacuuming the house.
To get the job done thoroughly and faster, we need the right cleaning tools to help us. Since we have kids and a dog, it’s a must that our cleaning equipment of choice is powerful but at the same time safe for our floors. Right now, our choice is the new BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max which is available at Best Buy.
With this super cleaning tool, we can vacuum and wash our floors at the same time with cordless freedom.
We super love this machine because of its cool features. With multi-surface cleaning, BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is safe and effective for use on any floor such as tile, sealed wood floors, laminate, linoleum, rubber floor mats, pressed wood floors, and more. It even refreshes area rugs.
It has a 36V lithium-ion battery, which depends on your mode, and usage can usually last up to 30 minutes of cordless cleaning power. It also saves time and energy with no bags to buy or replace.
It also features a self-cleaning cycle that helps maintain the machine’s cleaning performance with its Two-Tank Technology that keeps clean water and formula separate from dirty water and dry debris.
If you have pets like us, you will love its improved edge cleaning feature because it quickly picks up pet hair that gathers along baseboards and in corners of your home.
It even has Wi-Fi connected capabilities, so you can connect it to the BISSELL app, which will provide helpful alerts, maintenance tracking, and usage tips.
I love companies who give back just like BISSELL. Buy BISSELL®, Save Pets. BISSELL will donate $10 to BISSELL Pet Foundation® for each CrossWave® Cordless Max purchase upon activation. Just visit BISSELL.com/pets to register your device & BISSELL will make the donation.
We super love the BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max and we highly recommend it. Get it now at Best Buy!
3. Last thing in my agenda of streamlining our cleaning schedule is to make a calendar with all my chores listed for each day.
This would make it easier to get motivated to clean since I knew it would take 30 minutes or less a day. To figure out what needed to be on the calendar, I made a list of everything that needed to be done (even if it was only once a month). Then I went thru and wrote next to each thing how often I wanted to do it. I decided not to bite off more than I knew what possible. I figured if I got the inkling to do it more frequently then I could.
Once I knew how often I needed to figure out what day would be best for each. I tried not to put to much on one day and opted to leave Sunday empty and Saturday with very little so we could enjoy family time without feeling like we had a lot to do at home. I created a calendar in Microsoft Word and got to typing and this is the finished result. For the things I need to do daily I listed them in one of the blank boxes on the calendar and the same with the monthly chores. We cross the things off once they are done so the other family members know what needs to be done. I did it month specific so I would have a handy calendar on my fridge as well but you could make a generic calendar with just the days of the week and follow it on an every other schedule if that is how you have it scheduled out.
The greatest benefit from the chore calendar was my husband and kids are pitching in more. It seemed that once they saw it in black and white and knew what needed to be done he didn’t mind doing it.
This Printable will help you stay organized while spring cleaning your living room!
Also check out our Tips to Save on Home Repairs
I often think about what I want my kids to remember about me. What do I want them to learn from me? I go back to a couple of things. The first thing is I want them to learn is to work hard and live your best dreams. I want them to be open to new experiences and people. I want them to dive into life even if you do not know what is at the bottom. Curiosity is something that should be explored and teased out like knots in your hair with a concentration and determination until every last strand is freed.
Where did my curiosity lead me this summer? It led me to a town just outside of Atlanta. Why? I was at a travel conference and we were able to pick a location we wanted to visit so we could write about them and I chose Gwinnett County Georgia.
Why would one choose Gwinnett when faced with larger more familiar destinations? Seriously, What is there to do in Gwinnett County Georgia?
We discover the Best Restaurants in Gwinnett County Georgia and the amazing places, check out below.Continue reading
Disclaimer: “This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AMP AGENCY. The opinions and text are mine alone.”
If you’re like me, Cyber Monday and free shipping help me keep my sanity during the holiday hustle at retail shops. The thought of battling the masses is mind numbing, especially when you can stay at home, have items shipped to your door and still save money! Saving and sanity, sounds too good to be true, right? Well, I recently learned that if I’d have kept that humbug attitude, I would’ve missed out some great savings and some free relaxation! Turns out my trip to Walmart was worth it in more ways than one!
First things first, when I shop at a retail store I’m efficient and frugal. To me, buying in bulk saves me from unneeded trips to the store and helps keep a little holiday jingle in my pocket. Not to mention, preparing for the influx of family makes buying in bulk a necessity! So, I ventured out to tackle my shopping needs when what to my wondering eyes should appear but an awesome opportunity to save money, buy in bulk and be rewarded with some free, relaxing entertainment!
I got my A&W®, 7UP®, Canada Dry®, Sunkist®, Sun Drop®, RC Cola®, Squirt® at my local Walmart for only $1.00! Buying in bulk and saving money, yep, can check that off the list! But wait, there’s more! By buying in bulk and purchasing at least (10) 2- liters or (5) 0.5L 6packs, I received a $5 movie credit at VUDU. This VUDU offer was so simple, just take a picture of your receipt with the qualifying purchases, create an account at VUDU by going here and submit the photo for a $5 credit! Easy peasy!
Then again, it wouldn’t be the season if there wasn’t some Grinchy intervention. It seems inevitable that my shopping list always excludes the one pertinent ingredient for my favorite cupcakes. This is the way to save the day. Did you know the A&W® Root Beer can save the day and create a fantastic treat for you and yours this holiday season? All that you need to do is pour your cake mix in a bowl and pour in the 1 1/2 cups of A&W® Root Beer. I suggest combining the ingredients until well blended. Then add them into a lined cupcake tin and bake according to the directions of your cake mix package.
1 1/2 cup of A&W root beer
1 box of your favorite cake mix
If you want to make your cupcakes a little more festive you will need:
Red Can Pieces
Eye candy or white icing and black icing
1) Ice your cupcakes
2) Apply the circular wafer near the bottom of the cupcake
3) Use a dab of icing to secure the red candy to the circular wafer (As a nose)
4) Place the pretzels on the iced cupcake at the top one on each side
5) Finalize the cupcake with the eyes
Voila! Festive cupcake for a great treat!
This holiday season leave the gray hair and the hustle to the jolly old elf himself. Head to your local Walmart and stock up on A&W®, 7UP®, Canada Dry®, Sunkist®, SUN DROP® , RC Cola® and Squirt®, make some creative treats and cherish the spirit of the season by bundling up by the fireplace with those you hold dear for a relaxing movie! Merry Christmas to all!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AMP Agency. The opinions and text are all mine.
Have some fun this Halloween with a Woopsie Witch of your own! She’s easy to make, especially if you buy pre-made boots. With the exception of the stockings, you probably have everything you need to make her, around your house. I bought some cute witch boots at a craft store that was having a big Fall sale so I assumed they were on sale (Halloween is Fall, right?!). So I get home and realize that I paid full price for them ($20) and the store was an hour away. Being the thrifty (aka cheap) person I am, I opted to take a few hours and make the boots myself. I’ll include the entire step-by-step for my fellow frugal friends but if you find some boots that you’d rather use, this craft will take no time at all. Continue reading