Scholastic Book Club Orders – $1 Books

Scholastic Book Orders - $1 Deals

It is that time of year again! School has been back in session for a few weeks and the anticipated book flyer for Scholastic Book Clubs showed up in our backpacks this week. We absolutely love scouring over all the images and books in these flyers. I wish I could get them every book in there. That is just not possible and I’m sure others feel the same way. Did you know that every flyer has a book offered for only $1.00? And that you don’t have to just order from your child’s flyer? (more…)

Menu Monday – Freezer Challenge Week 1

Weekly Meal Plan with the intention of stocking the freezer with leftovers.Week One of the freezer challenge for Menu Monday is off to a good start! If you are curious about this challenge, it is inspired by my last post Stock Your Freezer the Easy Way. The basic concept is to choose two to three recipes to include in your meal plan for the week that will have leftovers that can be frozen. This is great if you have family members who do not like leftovers. Put the leftovers in the freezer and then pull them out a few weeks later. Heat them in the oven or on the stove and they won’t even realize they are eating leftovers! πŸ˜‰ I’ll be doing this for six weeks and I would love for you to join me. (more…)

Stock Your Freezer the Easy Way!

Stock your freezer the easy way by using freezable leftovers.I love having meals prepared in my freezer but I’ve never been able to set aside hours at a time to do freezer meals. For me, the easiest way to stock the freezer is to freeze leftovers. This works for me because I am already preparing a meal anyway and have all the ingredients out that I need. Sometimes the recipe I am making is already large enough to have leftovers. This is usually the case for a lot of casserole dishes. Sometimes I add a few extra filler ingredients in to make it go farther. This works really well with soups. Sometimes I will just double the recipe. That is usually the route I take with baked goods. (more…)

Simple Steps to Organizing Years of Photos

Simple Ways to Organize Years of Photos for Scrapbookers

In March, I decided to start challenging myself to scrapbook a little each month. I had just signed up with Close to My Heart and thought I would try their Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kits. This has been such a great experience and I have completed so many layouts. The only problem I ran into was how much time I was wasting searching for the right pictures. I had pictures everywhere! They were in 4 or 5 different organizers, Shutterfly envelopes, and plastic boxes. (more…)

Back to School Favorites from Trader Joe’s

Great snacks for school With back to school on the horizon, it is time to start thinking about school lunches and snacks again. I have to admit,Β packing lunches is not one of my favorite things. I wish I was more into it. There are so many great ideas out there especially on Pinterest.

We usually make a run to Trader Joe’s to stock up on some of our back to school favorites. Now that I am shopping at ALDI, this may change a little for us in the months to come. I love to have convenient snacks available to throw into their backpacks. (more…)

Circle Painting – Easy Craft for All Ages

Circle Painting is an easy craft for all ages

I am a huge fan of Instagram! I should have known that I would be. I am obsessed with pictures. Not only do I love looking at all the pictures, I love getting all the great ideas! There are a few accounts that I follow that do weekly challenges. One of my absolute favorites is called Smocks On. This group is all about getting crafty with your kids. They want to see the parents getting involved in the projects as well. A couple of weeks ago the challenge was to do art with shapes. I immediately thought of this circle painting project that I had been wanting to do. (more…)