Once A Month Meals!

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Have you ever prepared freezer meals for your family? It’s the process of preparing and cooking up a bunch of meals all at once and then freezing for a later time. It is really nice to have meals already prepared and ready to go when you are in a rush or the day has been crazy!

I’ve done freezer meal prep in the past for a few recipes. Usually, I just pick a few meals for either the crock pot or the oven and buy all the supplies to make them. Then I would spend the day making them all and sticking them in your freezer.  The mess and work all happens at one time and then done.

It does take some planning and it is work! But I think it can be really worth it. And you can add fun to it by inviting a friend to do it with you! I especially start thinking about this kind of prep right before a new baby arrives… since dinner time can be very unpredictable.

 

Recently I discovered a website called Once a Month Meals. They take this freezer prep/cooking idea to the max. I was instantly impressed by the organization and customization they provide.  I have signed up for meal planning help in the past and the only bummer I found in the ones I’ve tried is that you are kind of stuck with recipes your family doesn’t like.. no fun there!  With Once A Month Meals you can pick from their 6000+ recipes and substitute them into your plan And nothing else I have seen has been anywhere close to this! Read More

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What is this Instant Pot craze?

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A quick personal note: I have not been around on this blog much recently. It has made me sad to take a break but it was needed. Pregnancy + Holidays + sickness kind of got the best of me. But here we are on the other side and I’m excited to continue this blog journey in 2017. Also, we have all taken a little much-needed break from the Kitchen Remodel, but it is nearly finished. When it is, you’ll be sure to see the whole beautiful thing! I’m hoping to post a video so you can see it in all of its glory! for now if you want to catch up on what we have done you can head over here!

I hope you’ll stick with me and even share with friends! And I pray your 2017 has started with health and excitement for the future!

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Well, you’ve probably heard about the amazing Instant Pot! It seems to be all over the internet world. And for Christmas Ryan surprised me with one, so now I’ve joined the craziness and I have to admit, it is pretty fantastically amazing!

If you are like me, you’ve been hearing a lot about this kitchen appliance and kind of thinking everyone was a little obsessed and crazy about it. Like Come on, I’m sure it’s nice, but really?

 

Well, let me tell you…. Read More

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toys toys toys and how we organize the chaos

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boys and toysIf you have young kids then you know that toys can very easily take over your life!
Especially when birthdays and Christmas come around!! We love that our boys get fun new things and that they have family and friends that love on them! 🙂 But this lady quickly became overwhelmed by the mess!!

Since I know that we can’t be the only ones, I thought I’d share the method that has worked for us. It may not be what works for everyone but if you need to try something new, give it a shot!!

So, with so many toys we started with trying the fabric cubes in a bookcase idea… something similar to this.

I even made labels with pictures of the different kinds of toys. I like the idea that it would look cute, organized and still be accessible to the boys. This simply did not work for us. at all!

First of all , not all our toys fit in these cute little bins. labels were ripped off and toys still seemed to all be dumped, every. single. day. So, the chaos continued. (we now use this bookcase and bins for the boys clothes in their closet and it works really well for that!)

I will say that this method works for some people. especially if you have one child, who is still young and just now getting into toys.

So, we moved everything to big plastic tubs. This way our whole collections of trains, blocks, cars whatever will fit in the same tub and has a lid!!

Still, having them in the play room meant that there were days that every bin was emptied… even if we tried the idea ” you have to put away one before you get the other one out. ” thing.
bonus points to you if you monitor your kids play time that well! 🙂

Eventually what I decided to do seemed drastic, but it works so well for us!!

ALL of the tubs of toys found a place in the garage. Every one of them!!
The boys know that they get 1 or 2 tubs into the house at a time. When they are ready for something else, we pack them away and get another one from the garage! Usually it’s trains and cars that stay in the house but everyone once in a while William will remember a certain toy and will ask where it is, so we switch them out!

This has brought a ton of peace to our play room! It’s so much easier to clean up when everything goes into the same tub! And I realized the boys weren’t even able to really play when they had so many toys surrounding them!
Also, right before Christmas I will put EVERYTHING in the garage so they can really enjoy the new things they get! And both our boys birthdays are soon after Christmas so we’ll probably spend a few months just exploring our presents! 🙂

I hope this helps if you haven’t found what works for your house!

 

I would love something like this for in the garage (as of now they are just stacked up on the side) but maybe some day 😉  (for now it will stay on the forever growing honey do-list)

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Chef Essentials – Oven liners

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Cleaning the oven…. yeah that chore is certainly one of my very least favorite household tasks! But, now that I have an awesome new oven I knew I needed to find something that can help with keeping it beautiful!

 

I found these handy liners on Amazon!

I wanted something to help with keeping our new oven clean and I have to say that I like the way these look and fit. Plus clean up is soooo much easier this way!

 

The bottom one fit exactly. And the one I wanted on the rack just needed a trim, I also cut a little bit more into where the handle on the rack is! These were easy to trip with just scissors!

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oven liners

This company also has a cool roll out dish drying rack, It is now on my ever growing Amazon wish list 🙂

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Father’s Day is this Sunday!

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Ahhh!

Father’s Day is this Sunday but don’t panic… we’ve got the internet on our side! 🙂

With Amazon Prime we can still get some amazing gifts in plenty of time for Dad’s big day! And spoil the men in our lives properly!

Check out some awesome gift ideas I’ve found

There are lots of deals under $100. here’s a whole page on just that

http://amzn.to/24LOgj5

There’s a coupon for $20 off any $100 purchase of Dewalt tools for the Handy man in your life…
http://amzn.to/1PXgh5K

use it on deals like these:

 

If your budget isn’t quite that big, don’t worry, mine isnt’ either! There are still some great deals in the tool department.

 

there are lots of items to browse through!

Have more of a techy man?

 

Umm, for the record (because my handsome husband reads my blog, thanks babe!) these links don’t actually show what I’m ordering for Father’s Day, just some general ideas for everyone! 😉  hehe

If you are looking for something specific, leave a comment and I can help you look for it!

Oh and don’t forget Target.com and Walmart.com are still great options with their order online, pick up in store features!

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For the Love of Target shopping…..

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Do you love shopping at Target?

It’s a great place to shop for so many things! And even if you don’t want to deal with couponing and stock piling.. you can still get some great deals!

 

The easiest way to get a deal EVERY time you shop is with the Target RED Card.  (either Debit or Credit) The Redcard gives you 5% off everything you buy in store or online. AND if you are shopping online at Target.com you will get free shipping every time you pay with your card! Plus you get an extra 30 days for returns on your purchases!

 

And did you know you don’t have to go into the store to open up a gift registry? You can create and add items to a gift registry on your computer or tablet or phone.. whatever you want!?! Pretty exciting!

                       

 

Check out these clearance savings!

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Preparing for summer vacations?

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It’s vacation season!! yay!

We haven’t done much vacationing as a family yet so there are some items we just need to invest in for this and  future trips..Just in case you need to upgrade some traveling “necessities” here’s a fun handy list!

sleeping bags (or I guess their new name is “slumber bags”? weird)

Suite case organization?? yes please!

 

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I just think those are so awesome!

For the kids suitcases I decided to try this idea… and I’m kind of in love with this plan!!

kids suitcase

Each bag has a shirt, pants, and either a diaper or undies (depending on child) for the day!

kids luggage

 

then because we are talking about the children there is an “extras” bag for each.

packing the kids

 

I am really excited to try this on our next trip, I really think it will eliminate some of the unorganized frustration of living out of a suitcase for a few days! AND a big plus will be if anyone wants to help me get boys dressed during the day it will be easy for anyone to find what they need! 🙂

need suite cases? Amazon has some great options!

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These pinterest ideas for organization are Ah-mazing!!

 

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packing list/outfit planner

 

 

I just love lists!! These help me keep all my thoughts in one place as I think about all the things each person needs!

And this probably goes without saying but I’ll say it anyways 🙂 It’s always a good idea to check local weather at your destination before you pack!

 

And if you don’t have a vacation planned yet, Don’t forget about Groupon Getaways!


Groupon Getaways

Whatever you do this summer, wherever you go, I hope you stay safe, have fun, and make memories!

 

Yay for summer family time!

 

 

 

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Boy Mom!

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I want to tell you all about a company I am super excited about!!!

Check out this tank my hubby bought me this week??

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I had been hinting about these shirts I saw advertised on Facebook for a little while and I am so glad he noticed! 🙂

I am super impressed by the quality of this tank… the fit is nice, the material is soooo soft and I might have to wear it every day this summer!!!!

 

I immediately jumped on their site to see what else they have and discovered that Boymom designs is a really cool company and there are so many things on my “wish list” now!

Also, I found out I can be affiliated with them here on Love and Scribbles! Yay!

 

They gave me a coupon code for 60% off and I just couldn’t wait to share it with you!!

(Just enter code: 2a4 at checkout)

 

Check out the story behind the Momma who started boymom designs….

http://www.boymomdesigns.com/story.html

I feel like she gets me and this world I live in 🙂

 

I mean look at all this stuff???

 

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There is even a line for Grandmothers!

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decor, accessories, hats etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for all of you wonderful Girl Mommas there are some cute things for you too! 🙂

 

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Just enter Coupon Code: 2a4

and you’ll get 60% off!!!

http://boymom.mybigcommerce.com/

Oh there is even a pretty rad Dad shirt for sale on the website… Father’s Day IS coming soon after all!

I cannot wait to order a few more things! I hope you will come back and let me know what you order for yourselves!! Send me a pic when you get it too!! 🙂

 

*Boymom is a registered trademark and cannot be reproduced.

 

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Shop Rotita

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Rotita is one of those stores you see advertised on facebook and google. You know, I never know what to think about those kind of shops but they had some cute things so I took a chance….

 

I bought a bathing suite for this summer since I need one that actually fits 😉 and not quite ready to invest in an expensive one just yet since I’m still “shrinking”

 

It has arrived.. first of all you must know that this comes from china and so shipping can take a while, so be patient!

Second, be sure to measure yourself and not just guess your size when ordering through sites like these because they are foreign sizes most of the time….

The material is definitely not super high-grade, but of course I knew that I was getting a $24.00 suite not one that costs $150.00. So I wasn’t surprised… still it is good enough, pretty cute and I am happy with my purchase! I think it fits well and I hope to order some of the other cute things I’ve seen on their site soon!

They have lots of summer dresses, cover ups and things that look really fun!

Check it out

swimwear

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Mother’s day shopping

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Mother’s Day is May 8th. That’s this Sunday!!!

 

If you haven’t found the perfect gift for your Mom (and don’t forget your wife) Don’t panic!! Here are a few places that you can shop online and still get a gift in time for Sunday!

 

Amazon has so many great gift ideas and with Prime many things can be here in just 2 days shipping!

Click this link for $10.00 off an Amazon Fire!!

If that’s not quite right, don’t worry! Here are some really great suggestions for every Mom……..

Another great option is Groupon!

Shop Gifts up to 30% off during Groupon’s 12 Days of Goods Sale!

You can look for goods (shipping time may be an issue here) or how about her favorite restaurant or a voucher for a spa day? For the adventurous Mom Groupon can help you plan a great day!! Go to a cooking class with Mom or Send her on a little vaca…. So many ideas!

 

$10 off $25 for new customers while using promo code (WELCOME)

 

And we can’t forget Target.com and Walmart.com are still available for Mother’s Day with their convenient pick up in store option!

Shop Walmart.com here!

 Target.com here!

 

Whatever you get for the Ladies in your life, just remember to package it with love and appreciation for all that they do!

 

 

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