Amy Ellen discusses all aspects of family health. Currently I'm working on making our eating habits more healthful and have found great ideas and resources on her site. I must say that some of the ideas are impossible for our family to implement because of cost, but the general idea of being a mom and wife and keeping my home in a way that promotes health in our family I am totally on board with!
I also emailed her with a question and received a truly thoughtful and personal response. So nice!
I highly recommend Health Begins with Mom!
Peanut Butter Granola
3 cups oats
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
1/2 cup coconut
2 Tbls. sesame seeds
Cook in sauce pan until smooth:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 Tbls. light corn syrup (I use honey)
1/4 tsp. salt
Stir both mixes together. Spread onto a lightly greased pan (I use jelly roll). Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, stirring after 10 minutes. (Watch closely, mine was getting very dark at the end of 20 minutes).
Since we are in an apartment and don't have pool access I came up with this fun way for Baby Girl to splash around on a hot day:
1. Take a plastic storage bin and fill it with just enough water that it's not too heavy to carry outside.
2. Throw in a few toys.
3. Set it outside in the shade and put the baby in the tub!
We did this for a full hour!
She doesn't look too thrilled in the picture, so if you're not convinced that this is fun check out this video:
I know it looks very dangerous that she's standing up in this thing... I was holding on to it the whole time so she wouldn't knock it over!
For more fun and frugal tips head on over to Life as Mom.
Here's how it works:
You snap the pocket together.
The pocket sticks out so it catches everything (except for bits of rice and peas and noodles that fly through the air in odd directions).
Once finished you unsnap the bib to wipe it clean without having to dig in the pocket!
This certainly works for me. Check out We are THAT Family for more Works for Me tips!
P.S. I am not a fan of the pattern... they could have made this a little cuter especially since I really didn't like this movie.... but... this bib is so good I can overlook that!
1st stop- Post Office= Martha Stewart Living magazine, Parents magazine (both free subscriptions found online)
2nd stop- CVS= razor for Jon and tylenol (we MADE $0.60)
3rd stop- Staples= two (500 count) reams of printer paper, pretty pens (yay!), 2 rolls scotch tape, photo paper (after rebate we will have MADE $0.06)
What a blessing that with a little time and forethought we came away from our errands with more in our pocket than when we left home. And all for things we need or can use!
Many thanks to www.southernsavers.com and www.moneysavingmom.com for making me aware of such great deals!
Monday- soft tacos (with kit that was the penny item at Publix a while back) with taco meat (freezer), spanish rice (freezer)
Tuesday- $2 Moe's Burritos... Sorry... I think this a local thing :o(
Wednesday- Quesadillas with rice and beans(freezer) using up the leftovers from Monday (and yes I did check with my husband to make sure he was okay with Mexican three nights running... he was... he eats anything... I'm blessed)
Thursday- Homemade pizza (sauce in freezer) with peppers (freezer), onions, and fresh basil
Friday- Clean out the Fridge
Saturday- Broccoli Stir Fry (freezer) with rice and homemade bread (freezer)
Sunday- Jon has something with work... I'll probably have cereal :o)
Check out Organizing Junkie for more meal plans.
I thought about the things I use in my home on a daily basis and (after asking the bride-to-be a few subtle questions to see if this would suit) I decided to create a recipe binder for her like the one I use every day.
I used to use a recipe box and that was... a disaster. My binder however is a joy to use! I hope it is for her as well!
Here's what you'll need:
- LARGE 3-ring binder (I think this one is 2.5-3 inches?)
- at least a 50 pack of page protectors
- sticky tab inserts for your categories
- a piece of cardstock for each category
- coordinating scrapbook paper for outside of notebook
I used the scrapbook paper and odds and ends of scrapbooking supplies that I had to create the cover, spine and back of the book.
I typed up the various categories and put those in the tab inserts. Going in order I stuck the tab inserts at varied intervals along the TOP of a piece of cardstock. Then I put the cardstock in a page protector (it doesn't work to use regular tab dividers because they won't stick out past the page protectors!). Lastly I printed out my own copies of recipes and added those to the binder.
Here are a few other tips for the binders:
- you can use page protectors with photo slots to hold recipe cards that you don't want to throw away. In my binder I have several of these because they are in the handwriting of someone special or were given to me at a special occasion.
- tear out recipes from magazines and slide them in a page protector
- make sure you give the bride some extra card stock and tab dividers if they want to adjust the categories
- keep it clean and organized
- make it pretty, you (or the recipient) will be more likely to use something that looks nice!
Read more frugal tips at Life as MOM.
NO excessive laundry pile-up... wait that happens anyway...
LOTS of family time
LOTS of relaxing
LOTS of exploring where we live
This has got to be my new favorite thing!
We staycationed from last Friday through Tuesday and it was AMAZING! I have never felt so relaxed in my life! This is what we did/ didn't do:
1. Didn't put pressure on ourselves to "do." Friday we just vegged and didn't feel guilty as if we were missing out on a new experience or place to explore.
2. Did make our meals special. We went out to one nice dinner and cooked other foods that are special to us.
3. Didn't try to keep up with the house completely. While I kept up with laudry and dishes we didn't worry about vacumming or bathroom cleaning or dusting or the like. This was vacation after all!
4. Did do something fun each day! Saturday we had a family photo shoot (compliments of a friend who is starting a photography business). Sunday we went swimming. Monday we went swimming and blueberry picking. Tuesday we went on the lake with friends.
5. Didn't spend a lot of money. Our dinner out was with an 80% off Restaurant.com gift card. Swimming was free. Blueberry picking cost but works into our food budget.
6. Did enjoy just being together. While Baby Girl was sleeping we watched some movies, read out loud to each other and just enjoyed the calm and quiet.
And now I don't feel like I need a vacation from vacation!!
For other money saving tips check out Frugal Fridays over at Life as Mom.
Here's this week's plan:
Monday- Steak quesadillas (using leftover london broil) and apples with peanut butter
Tuesday- BBQ chicken pizza and carrot sticks with ranch dressing
Wednesday- Eggs, sausage and grits
Thursday- Omlettes and muffins
Friday- Sunday- out of town for the 4th!
Is that lame to have two breakfast nights in a row?!? This was completely intentional as we don't want to have any leftovers hanging around over the long weekend and breakfast for dinner is one of the easiest ways to ensure that! It helps that we both really enjoy breakfast dinners :o) And hopefully is a great reminder that it doesn't always have to be fancy!
1. Buy a towel and washcloth (TJ Maxx and Ross have nice thick ones much cheaper than Wal-Mart or Target in my opinion).
2. Choose some sort of decoration. If it's a print towel this wouldn't be totally necessary. You could do a strip of grosgrain across the hood or, like I did, applique a strip of fabric across the hood and then applique initials on the back.
3. Sew! This is going to have to come in a separate post with pictures... I tried to type it out and it doesn't make much sense to me unless you can see it! If you're desperate leave me a message and we can have a quick lesson!
The thing I really love about this as a gift is that it can be used for a long time! Baby Girl isn't even a year and has already outgrown her baby towels. This will last her for years!
Sadly... Blogger is (yet again) making my pictures flip! GRRRRR!!! I wanted you to see the adorable dalmatian print monogram on the back of this fire engine red hoodie!
Sorry for the odd angle!
All bows are attached to 1 and 3/4 inch alligator clips and are partially lined with ribbon which helps the bows stay in your little girl's hair. All ends are sealed to prevent fraying.
Please contact me at teamwylie (at) gmail (dot) com to place an order! Shipping is usually $1.00 per order.
Green and Rainbow are the Classic Bow- $2.50 each
Lavender is the Looped Bow style- $2.50 each
Black Polka Dot and Aqua and Pink Strip are other examples of the Classic Bow.
Hot Pink Ladybug Bow- $3.50
Dragonfly/Butterlfy Bow- $3.50
Flat Ribbon Clip- $2.00
Custom Creative Bow/Clip- price varies
If you have a particular dress or outfit you wish to match and want something truly unique I would be happy to create something. This clip is made of dusty pink leather and an off-white rosette.
Please contact me at teamwylie (at) gmail (dot) com to place an order!
If you need more proof:
For more Frugal Friday tips check out Life as Mom!
Monday- BBQ sandwiches (BBQ and buns from freezer), au gratin potatoes (mix from the Sav Mor sale)
Tuesday- Stir fry with london broil meat (from freezer) over rice
Wednesday- Black beans and rice and homemade bread (I think I have more cans of black beans than I will ever be able to cook in my pantry!)
Thursday- Refrigerator Magic
Friday- Our to dinner to celebrate my little sister's college graduation!
Saturday and Sunday- Out of town
Check out Organizing Junkie for more meal plans that are way more helpful than this and actually include recipes... maybe I'll get to that one of these days!
Because Katey, the writer, has a toddler, most of the ideas are for this age. This is perfect for me since Baby Girl is fast approaching toddlerdom! I have saved almost all of her ideas to use in the not to distant future.
I really appreciate that the ideas are so simple and can usually be done with things you already have around the house. Katey also does a great job of posting regularly (I have no idea how she keeps coming up with this stuff!)
Here are a few ideas I can't wait to try:
Magnetic Flower Arranging
Magnet Letter Game
Pickle Jar Lanterns (this isn't a toddler thing but I love it!)
I highly recommend browsing her site for more fun ideas.
- My aunt gave me this recipe and it has become a staple in our meal planning. Jon absolutely loves it... and so do I! Most of the ingredients are things you probably already have on hand.
- 1 pkg. (6 oz.) chicken flavored stuffing mix
- 2 can tuna, drained and flaked
- 1 cup shredded cheddar (I usually cut this back a tad)
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/3 cup mayo
- 2 Tbls. sweet relish
- 3/4 cup water
Mix all. Cover and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes. Using about 1/3 cup of mixture make into patties. Fry on a skillet over medium heat (spray pan with cooking spray! as they easily stick). Cook about 3 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.
A few thoughts:
- You can also use chicken for this recipe (my mom made this and used one chicken breast to make the recipe)
- This mix up great in a stand mixer and that is much less messy. Otherwise it is helpful to mix with your hands.
- Since the mix has to sit in the fridge for at least 10 minutes this means you can easily mix all this up early in the day when it is convenient and let it set in the fridge until time to cook them up at dinner. Very handy.
- All of these ingredients can be found at Aldi (that makes it an A+ recipe in my book!)
It's possible to go all out for Easter baskets. I remember a friend in high school who got a new pair of (name brand) jeans for Easter one year. I was jealous. Now I'm just confused... I mean seriously... even if you roll them up real tight jeans can't even fit in an Easter basket!