Kasey here, my kids and I made this mouth watering Mississippi Mud Cake today for my husband for Father’s Day. It’s completely from scratch, but so easy to make. In fact, my 7 and 10 year old could almost make it by themselves, with a little help from mom of course. It’s a perfect last minute dessert for your favorite chocolate lover. We decided to eat a little piece tonight since my hubby came in from working in the yard and saw what we were cooking. I think it was the first time my kids had ever had Mississippi Mud Cake before, they said it was the best cake ever and that the frosting tasted like fudge!continue reading…
We finally have a name for our baby girl. She’ll be Elliana Joy (we will probably call her Ellie). Elliana means “my God has answered.” We prayed for restoration and redemption in our lives, and God answered our prayers. Each time we say her name will be a reminder and another “stone of remembrance.” We choose Joy for her middle name because during our darkest days we held tight to Psalm 126:5 – Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.
Our little caboose will always be a reminder of the faithfulness of God to our family.
Halloween Costumes on a Budget
Jamie here! As Halloween draws near – it’s time to start thinking about costumes. I have 4 boys who always want to be a popular superhero or cartoon character – never something easy like…. a mummy. (Hello? Stockpile of Toilet Paper all ready to go!)
But store bought outfits can be over-the-top expensive, starting around $20 and some going upwards of $50-$100… If you want to stay within your budget while still coming up with something your kids will love – it’s going to take some creativity and a little research. Here are some of my favorite ways to do Halloween Costumes on a budget:
Check local consignment sales, Yard Sales, Craigs List, Ebay and more to find gently used costumes for sale. Thrift Stores put out all their costumes in September and you’ll find princess dresses, capes, clone troopers and tons more – but they go quickly so get there now!
See our post of 13 Thrift Store Shopping Tips!
Be like Sandra-Dee and make it “Semi-Homemade”:
One of my favorite ways to save on Halloween Costumes is to head to the thrift store and check out their selection. Or wander around and look for inspiration. The costumes will likelly be a little tattered or outdated – but they’ll make a good Starting Point!
Let’s say you find a black graduation gown – thats’all you need for a cape for Batman, Vampires and all sorts of other characters. Maybe they have an old brown jumpsuit that looks pretty non-descript and may have once been Scooby Doo. You can easily turn this into a bear, a lion, a puppy dog,etc…. Just get out your hot glue gun and add things to it to bring it to life. The point is – at least with this method, you don’t have to start from scratch and you’ll only spend a few dollars!
Homemade Costume Ideas:
If you’re really going to go gung-ho and have decided to make your own Halloween Costume – then make sure you read my post chock-full of Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas! Find a list of DIY Kids Costume, DIY Group Costumes, and DIY Last-Minute Costumes.
Buy AFTER Halloween:
I know – this may not solve your problem this year, but take your kids to the store with you after Halloween, when costumes are up to 75% OFF, and let them pick out what they’d like for next year. It’s true – they may change their minds by next year – but at that point you can present them with the following choices a) Last years store-bought costume or b) a Toilet Paper Mummy.
There are actually deals going on all year on costumes and dress-up clothes, if you know where to look. Luckily – we do! And we’ll do all the looking for you – just sign up to get your Free Newsletter HERE.
Shop Online Specials:
Check Amazon, Daily Deal Sites and more for big markdowns. I’ve found great deals on Zulily,
For instance – right now on Amazon, there are several deals on Frozen Dresses. you can pick up this DC Comics Boys Costume Trunk with (3) Super-Hero Costumes! *I have this at my house – and my boys play dress up with it all the time – it’s great!
We’d love to hear your ideas too – how do you get costumes without breaking the bank?
This pregnancy is flying by so fast! It’s been a while, so I thought I would update you. I guess when you are busy with three other kids you don’t have time to think about it too much. Overall, I haven’t had any real issues. I passed my one-hour glucose test. I’ve moved to bi-weekly appointments, and since I’m in the “high risk” category, my doctor is alternating a non-stress test one week and an ultrasound the next until 32 weeks then I switch to weekly appointments.
I’m officially due on December 19th. However, I’ve got blood clotting issues which make it more dangerous for me to go forty full weeks. If I don’t go into labor on my own before, my doctor will induce me at 39 weeks. In my previous pregnancies I went into labor on my own at 37 weeks with my first, 36 weeks with my second, and then had to be induced with my third.
I’m still sick a couple of days a week even taking Diclegis 3 times a day, but it’s not as bad as it was. I’m not sure what bothers me more, feeling yucky or having a rib flare. Since my uterus is tilted back, I carry my babies high. As a result in every single pregnancy, I have had a rib fare, which is inflammation of the rib/s and one or more ribs are out of their proper positioning. Even so, I am thankful for every single moment that I get to carry this miracle of life. The uncomfortable part of pregnancy is fleeting, and it is so worth every single second.
Looking for a cute Fall treat? Just wanted to remind you about this easy one!
Jamie here! Fall is in the air and everything’s coming up Pumpkin… even rice krispie treats! I was in charge of the classroom snack this week, so over the weekend I tested out this cute idea for Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins. They turned out to be super-adorable (and super-easy!) Here’s how to make these Rice-Krispie Treat Pumpkins:
Wondering how to choose the right Instant Pot?
You’re not alone! In fact, one of the most-asked questions within the Instant Pot facebook group is “Which Instant Pot should I buy?”
There are 4 main models to choose from – ranging from the 6 qt every-day workhorse to the more adventurous cook’s bluetooth-enabled model.
I love Zulily – they have some great sales on ADORABLE stuff – join here if you haven’t yet!
If you love TOMS but have been waiting around for a good sale – this is it! Hurry over to Zulily today where select styles of TOMS shoes are available for up to 40% OFF!
PLUS if you check out with MasterPass you can get $15 off a $50 purchase and FREE Shipping 🙂 Women’s TOMS start at $24.99 – $29.99 and there are TONS of cute styles for FALL!
Check out the Women’s, Men’s and Kids section to find all the cutest styles – sizes will go FAST, as they do every time this sale comes around – so don’t delay!
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Several weeks ago after I saw a couple of friends post online that they had shopped online for groceries, I decided to give it a try. I was hesitant at first because, with ADD, I thought it would be a nightmare trying to think about everything I needed to add to an online cart. At the same time with very long days homeschooling my big kids, I did not enjoy spending so much time at the grocery store on Sunday afternoons after church. I figured I could try it once, and if it didn’t work out, then no harm was done. Plus, I found a $10 off my first order code, which made it even more appealing. I was a little surprised to discover that I loved the experience and I saved quite a bit of money. I’ve been shopping online now for the past seven weeks and waited to write a blog post so I could give you a comprehensive review over several weeks. I’ve included steps below on how to get started and my week by week review along with pictures from our first experience. continue reading…
I love this super bright and colorful knives set and have one very similar.It’s a great way to keep your knives separate during food prep to avoid cross contamination. This particular set is the #1 best seller on Amazon and is less than $13 shipped!
Planning an outdoorsy weekend sometime soon? Check to see if you can make use of one of these 16 National Park Free days!
Jamie here! On these dates, you can get FREE admission to any National Park Service sites that normally charge fees – including fairly expensive stuff like tours of Mammoth Cave in Kentucky (one of our FAVORITES). Mammoth Cave would normally run about $50 – $60 for our family to take a tour, so we plan AROUND days like this.continue reading…