Today was the first day back to school for us! That means we are back to packing lunches every day. Surprisingly, I have never put a lunch box note in Gavin’s lunch in the 3 years that he has been going to elementary school. I have pinned a lot of printable ones from Pinterest and still have never followed through. (more…)
Taco Soup is not a new concept. Most of us have made it or at least tasted it. This meal is a life saver for me on a busy day. It takes no time to throw it all in the crock pot in the morning! With fall coming up, this will be on our menu plan a lot. (more…)
The end of summer is closing in on us! Fortunately, we have done almost everything on our summer bucket list. One of our items was to make nature crafts. I have been wanting to do this bird feeder project for a few weeks now but just hadn’t gotten the supplies. It is so super easy and the kids had a blast making them! (more…)
With back to school on the horizon, it is time to start thinking about school lunches and snacks again. I have to admit, 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…)
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…)
As I mentioned before, I am not great at personal budgeting. I’m not sure what I was thinking. We came up with a number for a monthly budget on groceries and I guess I just thought it would magically happen. I sat down last weekend and added up all my grocery charges and realized I had already gone over by about $50! How did that happen? With a little over a week left in the month, I wasn’t sure what to do. We could cover it but I really wanted to stick as close to the budget as possible. (more…)
How is it really already that time again? Time for buying back packs, markers, folders, paper, lunchboxes, etc. Back to School can be stressful when you are trying to find the best deals on all these items. Last week before we checked out Aldi’s, we decided to pop into Dollar Tree to scope out the best items for back to school!
Not all items are the best price or best quality at Dollar Tree.You really have to watch for prices related to quantity and brand. I always buy my markers and crayons at Target or Wal-Mart during Back to School sales when they have Crayola or Rose Art marked down. (more…)
I stopped working three weeks ago. I really thought I would have more time to get myself organized and be more on top of my scrapbooking. Boy, was I wrong!!! I have been busier than ever! I keep finding so many fun things to go and do with the kids. Maybe once summer is over, I will buckle down and get some things done. For now I am just going to enjoy making the memories! 🙂 (more…)
We have had an ALDI grocery store for at least a couple of years now. I have several friends who love it and have recommended different products to me. They have also told me about the great deals you can find there. I finally decided to make a visit there over the weekend. The weekend may not have been the best time to do this. Although, it was either go on the weekend or go with an unpredictable three year old.
I knew before going that I would need to bring my own bags and that I would need a quarter for a grocery cart. In case you have never been, you do get the quarter back once you return the cart. These are a couple of things they do differently to keep prices lower. (more…)
Have you ever tried making your own granola cereal? It is so easy and tastes way better than the store bought variety! I’ve made a few different recipes before but decided I wanted to try making a nut-free version. Some of the schools and camps around here do not allow snacks or lunches containing nuts.
I decided to use oats, Cheerios, puffed rice and sunflower seeds. You could always add in dried fruit or coconut flakes as well. (more…)