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What’s the Correct Way To Handle a Divorce?

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No-one that walks down the aisle assumes that they’re going to one day sign divorce papers, but that’s just what happens to a significant number of married couples. While the divorce rates are lower now than what they were in the past, we’re still far from living in the land of happily ever after. Divorce is stressful, it can affect self-esteem, and it can disrupt your life much more than you’d like it to. While it will never be a painless experience, there are things you can do to make things easier. We take a look at some tried and tested methods below.

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Go Easy On Yourself

First thing’s first: you have to go easy on yourself. No-one wants to be in this position, but there’s no reason to overboard, and start blaming yourself for the entire falling out. You never know what life is going to throw at you — this is just one of those things that didn’t work out. You’re going to need an inch of confidence to handle all the tasks involved in rebuilding your life, and that surely won’t be helped by beating yourself up. Have some compassion for yourself!

Talk To Others

Heartbreak is oh so cruel. It can really feel like the end of the world, no-one else understands, we’ll never be happy again, and so on. If we’re left to our own devices, then it’s these kinds of thoughts that can become predominant; we’re in a negative feedback loop, which only makes the thoughts seem more convincing. In actual fact, it’s not the end of the world, and future happiness does exist. But don’t take our word for it — just speak to everyone else who has experienced heartbreak through divorce. They’ll be there to provide a little bit of perspective on the situation. 

Work with the Professionals

You’ll be a whirlwind of emotions when you’re going through a divorce; they’re just part of the package. Alas, at the same time, you’ll be dealing with logistical and practical matters, and with these issues, there’s little room for emotion. The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to handle these matters yourself. There are professionals that can help you with the divorce papers, fighting for your child custody rights, handling taxes and finances, and so on. Entrust them with the tasks, and you can focus on yourself.

Handle Stress

It’s no secret that divorce is stressful, and that sucks. But, we do have some secret weapons up our sleeve. In an age when more people than ever are feeling stressed, we understand a lot about how to keep the symptoms at bay. Going for a run, meditation, and yoga are all excellent stress-busters, as is getting together with friends and simply laughing for a couple of hours. 

Stay Positive

Finally, remember to stay positive! Things might seem bad now, but they’ll get better in time: they always do. And you’ll find that the good times come back quicker when you’re acting and thinking positive. 

12 Ghoulish Snacks for Halloween

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Fun food for Halloween is here! Your friends and family will love these 12 ghoulish snacks for Halloween!

Ghoulish Halloween Snacks

These snacks might look a little creepy, but trust me when I tell you the scariest part about this collection is how yummy these recipes are!

From a ghostly pizza to spooky pudding cups that are hauntingly good. This collection of 12 Ghoulish Snacks for Halloween has something for everyone!

Ghoulish Snacks for Halloween

Ghostly Guacamole by In the Playroom

Whipped Cream Ghosts by She Saved

Haunted Halloween Pizza by Cherished Bliss

Ghostly Fruits by Mom Endeavors

Ghost Bananas by Sweet Silly Sara

Halloween Rolls by Creations by Kara

Ghostly Sandwich by Mom Endeavors

Pop Tart Ghost Pops by This Silly Girl’s Life

Milano Ghost Cookies by Dollar Store Crafts

Ghost Rice Krispie Treats by Who Needs a Cape

Pudding Cup Ghosts and Ghouls by Craving Some Creativity

Ghosts on a Boat by Thirty Something Super Mom

12 Stir Fry Recipes You Will Want To Try

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Stir Fry is one of our favorite meals! It is easy, economical and there are so many delicious ways to make it! I have found 12 yummy varieties that I can’t wait to serve my family and I know you are going to like a few of these recipes too!

 

Honey Sriracha Sweet & Spicy Stir Fry
Korean BBQ Stir Fry
Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry
Honey Garlic Shrimp
Pork & Broccoli Stir Fry
Zucchini Tofu Stir Fry
Pineapple & Cashew 
Tilapia Stir Fry
Cashew Chicken Stir Fry
10 Minute Spicy Shrimp 
Jalapeno Chicken Stir Fry
Chicken Ramean Stir Fry

Which of these Stir Fry Recipes will you try first? I think the Jalapeno Chicken or the Pineapple Cashew both sound fantastic!

8 Unforgettable Cakes to Make for the 4th of July

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What are you making for the potlucks and BBQs that pop up around the 4th of July? Here are 8 awesome ideas!

8 Unforgettable Cakes to Make for july 4th

The 4th of July is such a fun holiday! It is the prime time of summer, the days surrounding it are filled with food, family, fireworks and fun!  This year I plan to take a special sweet along to the festivities and I found 8 awesome ideas for a patriotic dessert for a crowd!

 

Patriotic Pound Cake
Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Cake
American Flag Surprise Cake
Watermelon Cake
Strawberry Poke Cake
Red, White and Blue Fruit Cake
Strawberry Jello Cake
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Poke Cake

15 Things for the Classroom on the 100th Day of School

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Are your kiddos counting down until the 100th day of school? Mine are of course! It means they are 100 days smarter; and oh so close to the end of the year and all the fun that summer will bring! I have gathered 15 fun-tastic things on Amazon that are going to be perfect for sending to school to keep the kids excited and to add to the celebration!

I am a participant in the amazon affiliate program. If you click a link and buy one of these items I will earn a small commission at no cost to you.

100th Day of School Wristbands
Whirling “100” Decorations
100 Days of School Paper Crowns
100 Days Paper Glasses
Glitter Boppers for the 100th Day of School
100 Days Smarter Badges
100 Days of School Dot Marker Sheets
100 Days Smarter Stickers
100th Day of School Pencils
100th Day of School Pete the Cat Bulletin Board Accessories
100 Days Ribbon Badges
100th Day of School Activity Kit
100th Day of School Dog Tag Necklaces
100th Day Headbands
100th Day of School Erasers

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10 Valentine Wall Arts to Print

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This year, instead of spending a fortune on decorations for Valentine’s Day, why not save some cash and print your own wall art at home to add a festive and pretty touch to your home?

I have gathered 10 of my favorite options for FREE printable art to share with you! I can’t wait to hear which one is your favorite and where you displayed your printable wall art!

Bee Mine Printable Art
Gold Foil Printable Love Sign
Valentine Word Art Printable
Love Is Printable Art
Valentine’s Day Ombre Art Printable
Love Art
ABC Love Art
Subway Art Printables
Love Word Art
Valentine’s Art Gallery Printables

 

Aren’t these incredibly cute? I am loving the Subway Art Printables myself. Which one is your favorite?

6 Pillow Projects to Throw Yourself Into

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I can’t ever get enough pillows! I would have a million on our bed if my husband was down with that! A few weeks ago I found these fantastic packages of fabric for pillow making in Toy Story theme. Of course, I sewed up a few for the kids, who were amazed!

I had so much fun creating a few pillows that I couldn’t stop there! I found 6 pillow projects to throw myself into and I can’t wait to share these with you! I hope these ideas inspire you to explore the notion of updating your space with a thrifty pillow project!

 

DIY Pin-Tucked Pillow
Pop of Color Pillows
Patriotic Pillow
Easy Throw Pillows
Red, White and Blue Envelope Pillows
DIY Floor Pillows

 

These ideas are fantastic. They are simple enough for a beginner for the most part and they are all functional. I really love the DIY Floor Pillows! These would be great at our house. The Pop of Color Pillows are also pretty terrific. Which of these floor pillow projects do you think you will make first? I would love to hear about it in a comment!

5 Ways to Let Them Get Their Hands Dirty

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Kids need a chance to get dirt on their hands! We found 5 awesome ways to encourage them to do just that!

 

 

We love to encourage our children to get outside and to get dirty! We love them to see them playing, exploring and experiencing the world around them!  Our 6 year old son is not one to go out and get dirty. He fusses about the slightest bit of dirt. We often joke that he never had a chance to get dirty when he was an only child. I wouldn’t have dreamed of it. Our 2 year old however; that child resembles Pig Pen from the Peanuts most of the time. She can find a way to get dirty in the most sterile of environments. No joke.

While Harp will literally smell dirt, rub it on her neck and in her hair and dive into it with delight, Rolfie is not as eager to experience life with dirty hands. That inspired me to find some fun ways for kids to learn and play with dirt, just for him!

 

Mobile Mud Kitchen
Soda Bottle Fairy Gardens
Magnetic Mud Experiment
Outdoor Obstacle Course
Hands on Nature Stem Experiments

 

Which of these ideas do you think your kids would have the most fun with? I would love to hear from you in a comment!

How to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

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The health of your baby largely depends upon how well you take care of yourself. Making healthy changes before you get pregnant increases your chances of delivering a healthy baby. The following interventions will help you prepare your body for your upcoming pregnancy.

See Your Physician

Visiting your doctor before you get pregnant may help prevent problems with your pregnancy and delivery. Even if you do not have health problems and believe you are prepared for your pregnancy, your physician can take steps ahead of time to ensure that you are prepared.

Your physician will examine you, review both your personal and family history of diseases and make sure that you are up-to-date on your vaccinations. Your doctor may also order blood tests such as those used to detect diabetes, anemia, and kidney disease.

Your doctor may also ask you about your personal use of medications, dietary supplements, and herbal remedies that you might be taking, as some of them can affect your unborn baby. Preexisting medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma should also be managed before becoming pregnant.

Getting Alcohol Detox Treatment Before Pregnancy

Consuming alcohol during your pregnancy, especially during the first three months of your pregnancy, known as the first trimester, can lead to birth defects and fetal alcohol syndrome.

If you have a problem with alcohol, participating in an alcohol detox treatment program before getting pregnant will help ensure that your body recovers from alcohol’s negative effects so that your baby is not harmed. Even in small amounts, alcohol can hurt the health of your developing fetus.

Stop Smoking

Smoking impairs circulation, and if you don’t quit before getting pregnant, your baby will be exposed to toxic chemicals and carcinogens. If you’re are unable to quit smoking on your own, talk to your doctor.

There are a number of effective treatment options that can help you quit smoking, such as nicotine replacement patches, flavored chewing gum, and even prescription medications that help blunt your urge to smoke. If you do not want to use nicotine replacement products, consider joining a smoking cessation support group, or talk to your doctor about cognitive behavioral therapy.

Eat Well

A balanced diet will help prepare your body for pregnancy. Reduce your consumption of caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and junk food. In addition, consuming more fruits, grains, dairy products, and vegetables will help ensure optimal health before getting pregnant. In addition, limit your consumption of fish because it contains mercury. Consuming large amounts of fish may raise the risk of birth defects.

Exercise

You will experience a wide variety of bodily changes during your pregnancy and labor. Pre-pregnancy exercising will help your body adjust to all of these changes. Exercising helps keep your blood pressure and weight under control, and it also helps reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke.

If you already exercise before pregnancy, your doctor may recommend that you continue with your current exercise routine throughout the better part of your pregnancy.
To learn more about how to prepare your body for pregnancy, talk to your physician and nutritionist, and make sure you get treatment for your alcohol addiction.

The Make Ahead Kitchen by Annalise Thomas/Cookbook Review

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I am always looking for new recipes, especially with the kids being home for the summer. I am running out of ideas on what to make each day, normally we have quick breakfasts because we are all running around trying to all get ready for the day. I do enjoy more laid back days where I have more time to try new recipes and that is why I was excited to get a chance to review The Make Ahead Kitchen cookbook by Annalise Thomas.
make ahead kitchen

It is full of 75 slow cooker, freezer and prepared meals for the busy lifestyle.

Some of the meals are freezer meals and some you can prep a few days in advance. The book is broken down into 7 different categories:

breakfast

soups & salads

appetizer & snacks & sides

main dishes

cookies & bars

desserts

drinks

There are so many recipes I want to try I thought I would tell you about some of them that I can’t wait to make.

Overnight Baked Maple Pecan French Toast

Peanut Butter & Jelly Puffs- I am sure my kids will love these and not many ingredients needed to make them.

Cashew Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole

Easy Baked Mac & Cheese

Best Fudgy from Scratch Brownies- there is also a gluten free dairy free version for brownies

Butterscotch Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Blondies- I made these and they were amazingly good.

Butterscotch Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Blondies

Pineapple Cocconut Crumble Bars

Salted Caramel Frosted Dark Chocolate Brownies

Rhubarb Custard Cake

Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

I have been making a lot of smoothies lately and can’t wait to try the not so green smoothie recipe.

You can purchase The Make Ahead Kitchen by Annalise Thomas on Amazon-these are the prices currently-paperback $19.35 kindle version $9.99.

I really like this cookbook and can’t wait to make even more of these great recipes. I can tell it is going to be a summer full of baking.

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Menu Planning

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I have really been getting into meal planning, so I don’t go crazy at 5pm trying to figure out what to make or just staring at my pantry trying to put ingredients together to make dinner. Meal Planning also saves you money because you don’t have a tendency to go out to eat because you already have your menu planned out. Plus it helps you create an easy grocery list.

When I create my grocery list I usually write it out by aisle, most of the stores are setup similarly. You can get your grocery shopping done faster and won’t forget items and have to go back later.

I do my meal planning on Sunday night because I go grocery shopping on Monday mornings. The first thing I do is look through my cupboards and pantry and figure out what we already have and what meals I could make out of those items. Then I look through my Pinterest boards for ideas. I just recently alphabetized my boards so I can find them easier.

There are tons of articles out there that you can find on meal planning with printables that will help meal planning even easier.

You can also look at the sales flyers for the week and see what is on sale and do your menu according to what is on sale. So if chicken is on sale this week, you can stock up on chicken and make a couple of meals with chicken this week.

My friend Angie over at Angie’s Angle has several meal planning posts that will help you out.

Ease of Grocery Shopping List with Meal Planning

How to Meal Plan Part 1

How to Meal Plan Part 2

Here are some great Menu Planning Printables and posts that I think are great resources

Free Menu Planning printable

Easy Way to Meal Plan for a year with free printables

Meal Planning Made Easy

I have a Meal Planning Pinterest Board you can look at for more ideas or inspiration.

Do you meal plan if so what tips do you have to make meal planning easier?

 

 

 

 

March 2016 Stitch Fix #stitchfix

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It is that time again Stitch Fix time!!!

I am always so excited when I get my Stitch Fix box. This month I asked them to send me leggings and a crossbody bag. So I was extra excited for this box to see what else they sent me.

If you don’t know what Stitch Fix it is a subscription box and they send you apparel and accessories. If you keep all 5 items you get a 25% discount off of your order. There is a $25 styling fee that goes towards whatever you purchase. If you want to find out even more about Stitch Fix you can read my first Stitch Fix post.

Are you ready to see what I got ok here we go

Crossbody Bag

 

 

Shiraleah Jesse Crossbody Bag $48. I returned this only because two weekends ago I purchased a crossbody bag.

Chambrai shirt and leggings

 

Rune Porter Legging $38. I kept these they were super comfortable and I can wear them with so much.

Chambrai Ramsdell Button Down Top $58. I just don’t like denim shirts and it was pricey. I returned it.

 

Loveappella top

Loveappella Almond Double Layer Contrast Tee Knit Top $54. I liked this shirt but this is way too much for a top. I returned it.

vneck top

Laila Jayde Bali V-Neck Top $44. This shirt was soft but it was clingy. I retuned it.

Stitch Fix detail

style cards

If you want to see my other Stitch Fix posts you can check them out here. If you want to try out Stitch Fix for yourself you can do so here

What do you think I should have kept?

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February Stitch Fix #stitchfix

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I am always so excited to get my Stitch Fix it is like getting a present in the mail. Stitch Fix is a subscription box that you can monthly, bi-monthly, etc it contains apparel and accessories. You can read more about Stitch Fix here.

I got my Stitch Fix on Saturday. I would like to know your thoughts on what I received in this month’s Stitch Fix.

 

Loveappella Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt in Navy $64. I was not a fan of this because of the funnel neck. It was comfy but just not my style. Returned

Loveappella Funnel Neck Sweater

 

Lemon Tart Kienna Patch Detail Pullover Sweater $68. I really don’t like stripes and especially didn’t like the patches. Returned

Lemon Tart Patch Detail Sweater

41 Hawthorn Presley Colorblock Button-Back Sweater in Coral $68. I don’t like the colorblock on this sweater. It was also weird to have the buttons on the back. Returned

41Hawthorn Colorbloack Sweater

 

Market& Spruce Bernadette Lace Overlay Raglan Top $58. I didn’t like the lace overlay on the shirt. Returned

Market Spruce Lace Overlay Top

41 Hawthorn Queensland Dolman Jersey Top in teal green. I really like this color I kept it so I wouldn’t lose the $20 styling fee. They already sent me a dolman top awhile back that I kept. Dolman tops are not my favorite.

41Hawthorn Dolman Top

Here are the style cards that give you ideas on how to style the clothes

February style cards

If you want to see some of my past Stitch Fix boxes you can see them below

November Stitch Fix

December Stitch Fix

January Stitch Fix

What do you think I should have kept?

 

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Spreads Recipe

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My favorite cooking show is Pioneer Woman, I love the weekends they have back to back episodes if I am not going to be home I record it. This last weekend she had a recipe called Spreads.

Spreads

You can go here to get the recipe. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/spreads-my-brothers-favorite-cookie/

The fun part about this recipe there are so many variations you can do. On the show she made three different kinds. She made one with sprinkles, m &m’s and other candies and then drizzled caramel all over it, and the last one was smores . You just crush up some graham crackers and throw that on there with some marshmallows.

I can’t wait to try the smores version. I made this recipe yesterday the kids were home for a snow day, my son wanted it with just M&M’s on it. It was really good.

I am actually watching another episode of Pioneer Woman as I am typing up this post. I have a Pioneer Woman board on Pinterest. Check it out here for more Pioneer Woman recipes.