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Stuffed Green Peppers

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Stuffed Peppers

I have been trying to meal plan every week. I got tired of staring blankly at my pantry trying to figure out what to make for dinner. I am always trying to think of different recipes

This week I made Stuffed Green Peppers, you can make these a lot of different ways. I just winged it and made them last night and thought you might want the recipe so you can make them too.

Here is the recipe

Stuffed Green Peppers
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • Knorr Spanish Rice (5.6 oz packet
  • 8 green peppers
  • 2 cans Tomato sauce (8 oz can)
  • taco blend cheese
Instructions
  1. I boiled the green peppers for 15 minutes. Then cut the top off and scooped out the seeds. I browned that hamburger and drained the grease. I then combined the hamburger and rice in a large bowl and then added ½ the can of tomato sauce and mixed that all together. I then stuffed the green peppers with the mixture and poured the other half of tomato sauce. The last thing I did was sprinkle the cheese on top of each stuffed green peppers.
  2. Bake them at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. Everything is cooked so you just need to warm everything back up and melt the cheese.
  3. Note: I only made 4 stuffed peppers because that is how many family members there are. I had plenty of mixture left to make four more so that is why I adjusted the recipe to 2 cans of tomato sauce

You could easily make this night before and then when you get home from work throw them in the oven. I thought this recipe was delicious.

January Stitch Fix #stitchfix

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I was so excited to get my January Stitch Fix, it is like getting a Christmas present in the mail. Let me tell you a little bit about Stitch Fix if you haven’t heard about it. Stitch Fix is a subscription box that send you clothing and accessories. You fill out a style profile and can also create a Pinterest board with inspiration and items you like so your stylist knows what you like. You can link your Pinterest board to your profile. There is a $20 styling fee but if you purchase anything the $20 goes toward your purchase. If you purchase all of the items you get 25% discount.

Oh my gosh I absolutely loved this month’s box so much I am keeping everything. The stylist nailed my style this time.

January Stitch Fix

My first outfit includes Liverpool Colleen Straight Leg Jean ($78) and Loveappella Nelli Knit Top ($34). The jeans fit like a dream as usual. They always send amazing jeans.

Liverpool jeans &Loveappella

Next shirt which I had pinned to my Pinterest board so I love it. 41 Hawthorn Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse($58)

41 Hawthorn

Oh I love this next one another one I had pinned on my Pinterest board. Market & Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan($68). You can wear it how I have it or unzip and wear it as an open cardigan

Market & Spruce

The last one is Market & Spruce Abrielle Color Block Sweater ($58) When I tried this on the first time I got lipstick on it so I had to wash it and had no one here to take a picture so this is the best I could do.

Market & Spruce Sweater

Here is they style cards which are so nice to give you some ideas on how to style the items you received.

Market & Spruce Sweater

If you want to try out Stitch Fix you can do so here.

If you would like to see what I have got in my other Stitch Fix boxes

December Stitch Fix

November Stitch Fix

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5 Common Financial Emergencies That Can Appear Without Warning

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Many people have developed a financial plan that will allow them to cover their monthly expenses and save for retirement. However, many of these plans may not cover those unexpected financial disasters that can put you into an emergency. Besides setting aside money into an emergency fund, there are often things that you can do to avoid common financial emergencies. Here are some of the top financial emergencies and what you can do about them.

Job Loss
If you lose your job without warning, it can be devastating to your income and your savings. Overcoming this obstacle may require you to have a savings fund to keep your household going during the interim between jobs. You can protect yourself from a long period of unemployment by staying in the loop in your industry; if you’ve already done some networking recently, then you may already have a contact who can get you your next interview. Keeping your skills up to date is another important part of protecting yourself against a lay-off; look for continuing education in your area.

Divorce
Divorce can sometimes sneak up on you and cause not only the loss of your spouse’s income, but also loss of some of your assets in the divorce trial. The best way to protect yourself in this instance is to hire a good divorce lawyer that can get you the best settlement possible.

Medical Expenses
If you don’t have the proper medical insurance coverage, a medical emergency can be the source of a lot of financial stress. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do in case of this kind of emergency. Short-term medical insurance may help you to get some coverage at the last minute. You may also want to consider a healthcare credit card; these will have lower interest rates on approved medical expenses. The bar for getting a medical credit card may also be lower in the case of a true medical emergency. Finally, you may need to speak with the health care provider directly to create a health care payment plan if you are in a financial crisis.

Property Damage
Property damage can be a major expense, and it can result from natural disasters and theft. Hopefully, you have a comprehensive home insurance plan to take care of most of the expenses. If you do need to pay for some repairs out of pocket, consider independent repair people who may be able to offer you lower rates for the work.

Identity Theft
Finally, identity theft can be a great source of financial strain. Although you may be able to recover the money through your bank’s fraud policy, the temporary loss of cash flow may cause other financial errors with your monthly payments. You can try to work with your BB&T bank account on a temporary loan or raise your credit card limits temporarily to cover the losses.

The methods for dealing with each financial emergency may be different, but there are common tasks that can help you prepare for them. Setting aside money is one, and getting proper insurance coverage is another. Think about the risks that are most likely to happen to you and try to build safeguards into your life; this way, you can avoid some of these emergency financial situations.

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who focuses on personal finance and other money matters. She currently writes for Checkworks.com, a leading supplier of personal and business checks.

Disclosure: This is a “sponsored post.” The person who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to post it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

December Stitch Fix Review #stitchfix

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I love shopping for clothes and having a variety of clothing to choose from. Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone would shop for you and send you a box full of clothing and accessories. Well your in luck because Stitch Fix does just that for you.

If you want to read more about Stitch Fix checkout my last Stitch Fix post for more details.

I am always so excited to get my monthly Stitch Fix box this month was no different. Checkout what I got in my December Stitch Fix.

 

 

Olive & Oak Alvin Striped long sleeve sweater $68

Stitch Fix sweater

Keep or return: It was very comfortable but I just don’t think I look good in stripes so I returned this sweater. Plus the price was way too high.

 

Pixley Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan $48

Stitch Fix cardigan

Keep or return: I just didn’t like this and knew I would never wear it

 

Kut from the Kloth Jonathan Skinny Corduroy pants $48 and

Skies are Blue Meskie Open Back Blouse  $54

Stitch Fix Dec

Keep or return: I decided to return these because they were too long and I didn’t care for the color. I also returned the blouse because I didn’t like the print.

 

Romolo Genevieve Stacked Chevron Pendant Necklace $28

Stitch Fix necklace

Keep or return: I am definitely keeping this, I had it pinned on my clothing board so I was so excited to get it.

 

If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself you can do so here.

 

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link.

 

 

Organizing with shoe organizers

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I am always trying to organize my house and find ways to keep it more organized. There are articles/posts all over the internet with ideas. But I wanted to share with you how I keep somewhat organized in my house.

My go to product is using shoe organizers all over the house. I have them all over my house to corral stuff and keep it where I can easily access them.

My favorite way to use it is to store gloves, hats, scarfs, etc. I keep all of my kid’s stuff on the bottom rows so they can reach their own stuff and I put my husband and my stuff on the top rows.

mittens & scarfs

I have a hallway closet and I store travel size items and other small health & beauty products.

travel size

There is another one on the back of the master bathroom door I store extra hair products, razors and anything else that I use in the bathroom that will fit in the pockets of the organizer

beauty products

The last one I have is in my kitchen in the pantry. I keep the kid’s snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks, etc) in the lower rows so the kids can grab stuff out that they want, on the top rows I keep some of my snacks.

snacks

What products do you use to keep your house organized?

Sliding in the Snow

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It is already starting to get cold here in Iowa, actually this week there is a chance for snow. I love the look of snow it is so pretty, however I don’t like driving in snow.  But there is so much fun stuff to do in the snow and in the winter.

My son’s favorite part of winter is sledding, he has so much fun. I love having hot cocoa especially after sledding to warm you right up. My daughter loves to make snowflakes.

So I was really excited when I got to read Sliding in the Snow by Melissa Dymock and write a review. This book is so much fun it has so many great activities to do in the snow.

Sliding in the Snow

The book starts out talking about safety in the snow (before you go outside,checklist of what you should have to go outside, and more.

Here are a couple more fun activities in Sliding in the Snow

  • make a snowflake
  • snow words(crossword)
  • ice ribbons
  • winter olympics (luge, hockey, and more)
  • and even more fun activities

In the end of the book there are some Winter Recipes

  • brownie in a mug
  • popcorn over the fire
  • homemade hot cocoa
  • snow ice cream
  • snow candy

I made the homemade hot cocoa recipe. Oh my it is so good. I can’t wait to make the brownie in a mug and all of the other recipes.

My family is going to have so much this winter doing all of the activities out of Sliding in the Snow. You can purchase your own copy on Amazon for $7.99 or on Kindle for $4.99. Order it here.

Disclosure: I received the above book in exchange for a review.  I only recommend products that I use and believe my readers will like.. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

November Stitch Fix Review #stitchfix

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I have never done a post on Stitch Fix before but this is my 7th Stitch Fix box. It is like Christmas when I get my Stitch Fix. I love shopping especially for clothes, I get unique clothes from Stitch Fix that I wouldn’t find in any of the stores I shop in.

Stitch Fix

First let me tell you a little bit about Stitch Fix.  The first thing you do is fill out a personal style profile so they know what your style is, how much you want to spend, and what type of clothes and accessories you like. You then choose the date you want your box shipped and you can also choose the frequency you want. (ex every 2-3 weeks, every month, every month, or every 3 months) Once you get your box you have 3  days to decide what you want to keep. They provide you a a pre-paid bag to send back the items you don’t want.

You can also create a Pinterest Board and pin styles that you like and add the link into your style profile. This will help your stylist know what pieces you want and like. Here is a link to mine so you can see an example . Clothing Pinterest Board.

You will get an email before your shipment asking you if you want to add a note for your stylist. You can add anything you want such as I only want shirts this month or you can tell them specific items you want such as any of the items I received.

There is a styling fee of $20 however that goes towards your purchase if you keep anything. If you keep all five items you will get a 25% discount.

So now for the fun part you get to see all of the lovely pieces I got in my November Stitch Fix. They have it all packaged nicely.

Stitch Fix

The first thing I opened was the jacket I received

Stitch Fix

This jacket is called Sutton Faux Leather Trim Quilted Jacket and the price is $88.00. I do like this jacket I am just not sure how much I would wear it,

Here comes the next one actually two things

Stitch Fix

 

I am wearing Liverpool Loren Bootcut Jeans and they are priced at $78 and Loveapella Morgan Knit Raglan Top and it is priced at $54. I really like this shirt I had this shirt pinned on my board.

The next shirt is

Stitch Fix

This shirt is Laila Jade Wilson Cowl Neck Knit Top priced at $58. This shirt is a little sheer so I had to put on a black tank top underneath it. I don’t have any cowl neck shirts but I really like it and I had it pinned to my board.

and now the last one

Stitch Fix

 

This one is 41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan priced at $48. This cardigan is so comfy and I love the color.

This post was hard to do for me I don’t like pictures of me. But at least you get to see what the clothes look like on.

I am still not sure on what I am keeping. If I keep everything it would be $224.50 which is just way too much to spend and that is even with the 25% discount and $20 stylist credit.

If you would like to try Stitch Fix you can sign up here.

What do you think I should keep and what should I send back? Please also let me know if you like these kind of posts.

 

Disclosure: This post does include referral links.

 

How I stay on top of household chores

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how to stay on top of chores

We had a great summer, going swimming at the pool almost everyday. This school year my daughter started Kindergarten and my son is now in 3rd grade. So both of the kids are in school all day. My goal is to get more organized and stay on top of all of the house and school stuff.

I thought I would tell you things I have been doing to be more organized and have a more streamlined home.

1. laundry- I do a load of laundry everyday from start to finish and put all of the clothes away. It takes less than a minute to put a load of laundry in the wash.

2. mail- I recently read an article that says you should only touch paperwork/mail one time. When you get the mail go through it the same day, recycle what can be recycled, trash anything that is trash and can’t be recycled. If it is a bill pay it right away if you can. I pay all of my bills online so if I do get a bill I go online and set up the payment that day.

3. school paperwork-with 2 kids in school they bring home a lot of paperwork, I have them pile all of their paperwork on the counter when I have time that day I look at everything and if anything needs to be signed and returned I make sure I do that before I go to bed and sign it and put it back in their folders.

4. vacuum- I have a dog and a cat so I vacuum every other day. My husband is allergic to pet dander so I have to keep on vacuuming.

5. cleaning bathrooms- this is my absolute least favorite thing to do. We have three full bathrooms and 1 1/2 bath. I have been having my son clean his bathroom because it so disgusting. But I do clean the other bathrooms. I try to clean them once a week to stay on top of cleaning otherwise they get pretty disgusting.

6. dishes-If I am making a big meal I will try to fill up the sink and do dishes as I am cooking. During the week I usually make quick meals and after dinner I load the dishwasher or hand wash the dishes. It is so nice to wake up to a clean kitchen.

I would love to hear ways that you stay on top on household chores?

 

8 Ways to Serve Apples with Dinner

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Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Finally a relief from the heat and it is the season for all things apple! If you are planning a trip to the orchard soon, you won’t want to miss these 8 Ways to Serve Apples With Dinner. I am sure a few of these recipes are going to make your tummy rumble!

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Maple Glazed Pecan Apple Parmesan Pizza
Apple Mushroom Curry
Apple Quesadillas
Beer Battered Apple Rings
Chicken Salad with Apple Pico De Gallo
Bacon Apple Cheese Bread
Brie Apple and Arugula Quesadillas
Cheddar, Apple, Onion and Bacon Pizza

I think the Bacon Apple Cheese Bread sounds amazing as do the Apple Quesadillas! Which of these 8 Ways to Serve Apples With Dinner do you want to try first? If you have a favorite way to serve apples with dinner leave me a comment about it!

Decorate for Fall

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I am so glad that September is here! I can finally start decorating for Fall! I found 8 fantastic ideas for creating my own decor that I can’t wait to share with you. I have a feeling this round up is going to inspire you to create something gorgeous to add to your fall decor!

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Glittered Fall Leaves

White and Silver Fall Wood Blocks

Pool Noodle Fall Wreath

No Sew Pumpkin Garland



DIY Fall Leaf Bowl

Soda Bottle Pumpkins

Fall Centerpiece 

Metallic Fall Sign

I think I am going to make a DIY Leaf Bowl with the kids first! Which of these fantastic fall decor ideas do you think you will create first? I can’t wait to hear from you!

3 Steps to a More Organized Laundry Room (guest post)

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Does it feel like your laundry room has been hit by a tornado? Everything is all over the place and you struggle to access the items you need? Do you often trip on things? Well, you are not alone. Laundry rooms seem to be the most crowded rooms in the home. But just because they are notorious for being messy doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. With a few magic tricks and steps you can tame the mess.

Check out these three simple and easy steps by Main Cleaners London to make your laundry room more organized.

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1. Define the purpose of the room.

Does the room serve only as a laundry room or does it have any other purposes, such as a mudroom or storage room? Is the space big or small? Can it accommodate all associated laundry supplies and stuff? Answer all these questions to determine the purpose of your laundry room. Decide whether you are going to use it only as a laundry room or not. Then follow the next steps.

2. Make a list of the contents.

What is currently being stored in your laundry room? What else should be stored there? Here are a few of the most common things to include in your laundry room:

  • Utility – flashlight, matches, candles, splitters, extension cords, batteries, light bulbs.

  • Cleaning garbage can, rags, cleaning supplies and solutions, cloths, shoe polish, paper towels, rubber gloves, etc.

  • Laundry – iron and ironing boards, spot remover, dryer sheets, laundry detergent and soap, drying racks, washer, bleach, clothes steamer, laundry baskets, hamper

  • Mudroom – gardening supplies, outerwear, scarves, hats, gloves, jackets, coats, sweaters, boots and shoes, hangers, items you don’t use frequently, keys, etc.

3. Divide your laundry room into sections.

And the next step is to organize all the things mentioned above. Divide your laundry room into zones and store similar items together.

Organize your laundry zone. Needless to say, your laundry zone should take up a large part of the room. Find a place for a hamper, washer and drying racks. Use collapsible dryer racks to save space. Additionally, you can attach a hotel clothesline to the wall so you can dry more clothes.

Group your cleaning supplies. By keeping your cleaning solutions and supplies in one place, you will be able to see if you are running short of a particular item so you can replace it before it runs out. This will also keep you from spending extra on supplies you don’t need. Be sure to label all your cleaners. Determine which products you use on the daily and place infrequently used products on higher shelves. Make your all-purpose cleaners accessible and easy to see. Put furniture polish, wood polish and window cleaners at the back of the shelf. Think about helpful tools that will keep your items more organized such as storage containers, rotating caddies, bags shelves, etc.

Create an ironing zone. You need to determine a place for your ironing board. If you don’t have enough space for it, buy a pull-down ironing board and attach it to a wall or a door. This will save space.

Organize mudroom zone. Rather than mixing all family members’ stuff in the same place, use baskets or other storage containers to organize everybody’s personal possessions. Use labels with your family members’ names so that each one of you knows where to store their items. If you have small kids, make sure to put their baskets in an easy-to-reach place.

And that’s how you can effectively organize your laundry room. Keep it simple.

Edna Thomson is the author of this post.

 

Strawberry Roundup

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I love strawberries so much and they are still in season. So why not make some of these great recipes.

19 Strawberry Recipes FINAL

 

Healthy Strawberry Breakfast Sundaes
The Best Strawberry Smoothie
Strawberry Sweet Rolls
Easy Strawberry Smoothies
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothies

Strawberry Refrigerator Cake
Strawberry Jello Cake
Extra Fruity Strawberry Jam Tarts
Strawberry Banana Bundt Cake
Strawberry Poke Cake
Strawberry Shortcake Napoleons
Strawberry Cookie Pie

Strawberry Granola Frozen Yogurt Bites
Strawberry Banana Creamsicles 
Strawberry Yogurt Creamy Popsicles
Frozen Strawberry Dessert
Strawberry Slushies

8 Organization Projects

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I am always looking for ways to organize my family, my home and my life! I am so much happier when my space is orderly and everything is in it’s place. I started looking for some of the best simple yet effective organizing ideas on Pinterest and created a great list for you to check out if getting organized is on your list of things to do once school starts!

organization

$10 Linen Closet Make Over
Organizing a Small Closet
Car Organization
Organize Your Cords
An Organized Fridge
Laundry Station Organization
Cheat Sheet for Keeping a Clean Home
Kitchen Cabinet Organization

If you have an organizing tip to share I would love for you to leave me a comment!
Do you have an area in your home that really needs some attention?

Recipes for Homemade Cleaning Products

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It seems like my family spends a lot of money on cleaning products. After my last shopping trip to stock up on all of the products I need to keep my home tidy I started thinking about how many chemicals are in these products and how much money I could save while keeping my family healthy if I tried to make my own cleaning supplies.

I found some great homemade cleaning supply recipes that I can’t wait to share with you- I wonder which recipe you will try first!

cleaning supplies

Bacteria Buster Counter Top Spray

DIY Lemon Lime Dusting Spray

DIY Dishwasher Tabs

Homemade Toilet Fizzies

Homemade Dryer Sheets

All Natural Carpet Refresher

Easy Homemade Tile and Grout Cleaner

Which of these DIY recipes for cleaning supplies do you think you would like to try first? Do you have a favorite cleaning supply recipe to share? I can’t wait to hear from you!

DIY Toy Projects

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My kids love to play, and they love to create too! What could be a better combination for a fun afternoon than taking on a DIY toy project as a family? I found 6 fun ideas for hands on fun with DIY toys that I think my kids would love, and I have a feeling your would too!  Some of these ideas are super simple and you probably have the ingredients on hand, in the event that you feel inspired to get busy creating after checking out this list!

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DIY Toys

Silly Putty Borax

DIY Bubble Wand

Wooden Toy Boat

Paper Rockets

Mini Super Hero Shield 

Crazy Magnetic Hair Styling Toy

Have you ever made a toy before? Which of these DIY toys do you think your kids would have the most fun with? I would love to hear from you in a comment!