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7 Cute Valentine's Ideas

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. It's one of those low key days where you can pick a couple fun and special things to do, without going completely overboard. If you're looking for some cute Valentine's ideas and ways that you can celebrate with your children and family, here are some of our favorite things to do to celebrate Valentine's day. 

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7 Cute Valentine's Ideas

Valentine's Muddy Buddies:

These Valentine's Muddy Buddies have been a go-to treat in our home for several years now. You basically make a traditional muddy buddies recipe and then toss in some strawberry cake mix, and some Valentine's mm's to make one super festive treat!

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Valentine's Canvas Decor:

I made this little wall art several years ago when we lived in Georgia and it's such a fun little piece to bring out during the Valentine's Season. All you do is paint some black stripes and hot glue some buttons for a heart, and you have a super cute piece for Valentine's Day. 

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Love Bug Valentine's:

These Valentine's cards are super easy to make, and you can get everything you need at the dollar store. This would be a super fun Valentine's Day card for boys to bring to school!

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Valentine's Pom Pom Pillow:

This Valentine's Day Pillow DIY is super easy to put together! Simply get a pillow form at the craft store and some Valentine's colored pom poms, and hot glue them to the pillow in the shape of a heart. This can come together in about 15 minutes and is super cute! 

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Preschool Valentine's Party:

I love throwing parties for my kids and their friends. It makes up for the fact that we don't really do birthday parties at our house. Mostly everything you need for this party can be gathered from the dollar store and it makes for a fun preschool Valentine's play date! 

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$20 Valentine's Dress:

If you're looking for a little something to wear for a Valentine's Date night, this $20 dress from Amazon is a perfect option to snag. It's the perfect color of pink, and has a flatter silhouette for most body types!

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Easy Valentine's Wall Decor:

This wall decor is probably one of my favorite things we've ever done in any of our homes. Simply cut out some paper hearts, get a little pom pom garland, and a large Valentine's printable and you're good to go! 

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Best French Toast Casserole

The best french toast casserole comes together with just seven simple ingredients and is the perfect meal to enjoy on a holiday morning.

Last Christmas Derek and I were planning on having cinnamon rolls for breakfast when we realized we didn't have enough flour. At the last minute we decided to make French Toast Casserole and this recipe did not disappoint. If you're looking for the best french toast casserole recipe, continue reading for the best tips and tricks!

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The Best French Toast Casserole:

We've tried a couple different French Toast Casserole recipes in the past but some of them can just be too sweet and not incredibly satisfying. I think the fact that this french toast casserole recipe only has 1/2 cup of sugar in the crumb topping is what makes it the best french toast casserole. It's not too sweet and doesn't feel overwhelming when you use syrup or another sweet topping. 

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How to Make The Best French Toast Casserole:

To make the best french toast casserole all you need to do is mix together all the wet ingredients for your batter. Tear apart your bread into bite size pieces, and toss them into a greased 9x13 pan. Pour the batter on top, along with your prepared crumb topping. Bake your french toast casserole in the oven for about 40 minutes, and then enjoy with your family!

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Which Bread to Use for The Best French Toast Casserole:

You can use any type of bread that you have on hand. We've even used a loaf of sandwich bread in the past. A nice loaf of bread from the bakery section of the grocery store is preferred. You could us a loaf of Italian, sourdough, Challa, etc... I prefer sourdough just because it gives a nice contrast to this otherwise very sweet dish. 


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The Best French Toast Casserole

The Best French Toast Casserole

The best french toast casserole comes together with just seven simple ingredients and is the perfect meal to enjoy on a holiday morning.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 55 Min

Ingredients

French Toast Batter
  • 10 cups Bread, cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 8 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups Milk
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
Crumb Topping
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350º. While your oven is warming up, whisk your eggs, milk, and cinnamon together. Cube your bread into 1 inch pieces. Toss your bread cubes in with your egg mixture, and then pour into a greased 9x13 casserole dish.
  2. Pulse the topping ingredients together in a food processor until it resembles a coarse pea-size consistency, and then sprinkle over the top of your casserole.
  3. Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes, or until set. Serve with fresh fruit, berries, whipped cream, syrup, etc...

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Christmas Menu Plan

If you're looking for and easy Christmas Menu Plan to get you through Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Breakfast, and Christmas Dinner, this menu will keep things easy and delicious.

Over the last several years we've come to really enjoy spending our holidays at home with just our own little family. The kids get to enjoy their gifts in their home, and play with them to their heart's content, without any other major pressures. We've come to really love these nice quiet, no-stress holidays.  Last year we started the tradition of having a big Christmas Eve dinner, and then another larger dinner on Christmas. We also have cinnamon rolls and fruit on Christmas morning when we're done with gifts and everything else. If you need a little inspiration for your holiday meals, this is what our family is doing this year. 

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Christmas Eve Dinner Menu:

Lobster Tail and Steak: I don't have a real recipe for this. I'm planning on cooking the lobster in the oven and the steak on our indoor grill. We do lobster because it's something we would never have any other time of the year, and it's something nice to splurge on for Christmas Eve. 

Corn on the Cobb

Mac n Cheese: I just make this on the stove. Boil some pasta, add some butter, milk, and a handful of cheese, and the kids think I'm the greatest person ever. 

Broccoli: roasted in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes with oil, salt, and pepper. 

Potatoes: roasted in the oven with the broccoli. 

Banana Cream Pie: We just bought this in the frozen section of Walmart. Pie is a part of our Christmas Eve Tradition as well! 

Christmas Breakfast Menu:

Cinnamon Rolls: This is our holiday tradition forever and always. We usually switch up which recipe is our favorite every so often. This year we're planning on using the recipe from The Griffiths Cookbook. We'll also serve with lots of fresh fruit.

Christmas Dinner Menu:

Ham: This is such a classic Christmas dinner. We're planning on making this crock pot version from Six Sister's Stuff. 

Rolls: Recipe also from The Griffiths Cookbook

Funeral Potatoes: This is a classic dish in Derek's family, and we're also going to be making a recipe from Six Sister's Stuff.

Carrots: Chop, boil for 7 minutes, toss with butter, and serve. So easy, and one of the kid's favorites. 

Kale Salad Kit: Super easy and just picked up from Walmart. We love the Kale and Cranberry one in our house!

What are you having for your holiday meals this year? I'd love to know in the comments below!

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Our Christmas Home Tour 2019

I love decorating my house all year long, but fall and Christmas time are by far my favorite seasons to decorate for. There's just something about that last four months of the year right? Sadly when we moved this summer, an entire box of our Christmas decorations went missing. It wasn't an issue of me forgetting that I purged something in an act of minimalism, but real family keepsakes that we can't get back. It was so sad. 

We wound up replacing and getting a few new things this season as a result, and I love how everything turned out and looks, but it's so sad to think some things that we've had since Derek and I got married we'll never get back. 

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The first new things we purchased this year were a new tree, star topper, and tree skirt. Our old star and tree skirt were among the things to go missing, and are some of the things I'm the most sad about losing. We'd had them since our very first married Christmas. This buffalo plaid skirt though is beautiful, and I love the look of it! It was only $14 from Walmart! The wooden star from Amazon is perfect too! 

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Our Christmas garland that we hung on our fireplace in years past was among the missing as well. We replaced it with this one from Target and put it on our TV stand. Everyone is going to be happy when Christmas is over and the TV remote works better. The wood trees on each side of the tree are new as well. The countdown to Christmas is a Target Dollar Spot find from several years ago. We keep it out all year long and switch the holidays. It was probably the best $3 decor I've ever bought. 

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I am so glad that we did not lose our stockings! We bought these the year Kinsley was born, and at the time, it was such a huge investment for us, but I'm so glad we splurged because they're just perfect and will last us our entire lives! I wish I could link to where I bought them, but it was an obscure website five years ago that I'm sure I'll never find again. The stocking holders are old from Target, and the pinecones are new from Walmart this year. 

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I bought a couple new pillow covers for the couch on Amazon for pretty cheap, and love how well they pair with the black plaid we already had!

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Luckily all our pieces for the kitchen table survived the move. This is the same setup we had in our old house and I really love it. I think a centerpiece and placemats help a lot to make a room look put together! 

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We did get a couple new pieces for the kitchen, a room I've never decorated previously. I got the tin house and silent night sign from the Target Dollar Spot, and I love our Mrs Meyers Peppermint candle too! 

Is your house all decorated for Christmas? Do you decorate all the rooms in your home, or just a couple? I'd love to know in the comments below! Hopefully next year if we don't lose any decorations, we can start branching towards bathrooms and other fun spots in the house. 

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My Favorite Gifts I'm Gifting This Year

I am historically an awful gift giver. Buying gifts really stresses me out, and I hate guessing what I think people will like or want. This year though I feel like I got some really awesome gifts that people are going to love, and that are going to be well used. I had to ask myself questions like, what does this person enjoy? What are big moments coming up in their life? Do they have major needs? Is there something that they'd want, or a higher end version of something they currently have? I think asking myself these questions really helped me get to some of these gifts, and I can't wait for these people to open them at Christmas! 

Brown Dress Shoes: Derek has been needing new work shoes for months now, and I'm so happy that I finally pulled the trigger and got these. They're currently on sale from $60, so now is a good time to buy! 

Apple Air Pods: This is Derek's other big gift this year. He hates me borrowing his headphones and I have no desire to use air pods, so this will be a great way for him to have something that is HIS that I have no desire in stealing from him every time I want to go on a run. 

College Cookbook: If you have someone going away to college, this cookbook is all five ingredient meals that are all made from whole foods. It doesn't give any diet advice or anything like that, which I really love, and also teaches basic cooking skills. 

Hot Wheels Super Garage: This is Kyle's big gift this year and I'm so excited to see his face when he opens it. It's going to be one of those big magical Christmas moments. 

30 Piece Kitchen Utensil Kit: If you know someone moving out, this is awesome since it has measuring cups and spoons, and all the cooking utensils someone could need! 

Popcorn Kit: Know someone who loves fun food gifts? This popcorn kit has three different types of popcorn kernels and seasonings that will be a blast at your next movie night! 

Yarn Baller: Have someone who likes working with yarn? This yarn baller could be an awesome gift. I love indulging in people's hobbies and getting them things they'll love!

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Family Stocking Stuffers 2019

Stocking stuffers are always a fine balance for me. I want to find things that my kids are going to like and think they're fun, without bringing in a bunch of dollar store items that are going to end up in the trash can, or wind up making a cluttered mess somewhere in my home.

When I was buying stuffing stockers this year I thought, "what are my kids actually, really, going to use. Derek's tradition in his family are mini boxes of cereal. These twistable crayons are my all time favorite. Kinsley always gets socks from the Target dollar spot because they're the best for her leg braces. I got some snacks I knew Derek would like, and things I knew I wouldn't hate in my home, and for once, I feel like I really nailed the Christmas stockings! Also it's not lost on me that none of this stuff matters and isn't the point of Christmas, but it's nice to purchase consumables I know our family will use. 


What are you putting in your kid's stockings this year? I'd love to know in the comments below!


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10 Christmas Traditions We Love

The best part about having a young family is deciding what traditions you're going to do each holiday. Over the last seven years Derek and I have had fun meshing his family traditions with mine, and it's made for some pretty great Christmases in my opinion. It also means you get to make up random traditions that never happened in either of your families, which is pretty great too!


Christmas Pajamas- Derek's family does Christmas pajamas every year on Christmas Eve, and my family opens one random present every year on Christmas Eve... so we decided to do Christmas pajamas as the Christmas Eve gift! Some years we get matching ones for the kids, some years they each get their own, but it's something that I look forward to every year. 

A New Christmas Tree Ornament- Ornaments can get pretty expensive so we have some red and silver bulbs we purchased years ago, but then each year we get one new ornament. That paired with some family members gifting us a new ornament each year, we're slowly building a great collection. 

Neighbor Gifts- My family never did neighbor gifts growing up, but it's something that Derek's family does each year. I'm planning on making a huge batch of three ingredient fudge and storing it in containers in the fridge so that it's already to go when people stop at our house to drop off treats they've made. 

Cinnamon Rolls-  Growing up my family had cinnamon rolls for breakfast every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter... Derek hasn't hated this tradition one bit.

Limited Gifts for the Kids- Growing up I remember being super greedy and selfish about Christmas gifts (or is that every kid?) we've been implementing the something to wear, something to read, something they want, and something they need over the last few years and it's been going really well, and totally simplifies the Christmas gifts. 

The Pickle Ornament- When I was in high school my family and I found out we had Swedish heritage that we didn't know about, when we found out that one of my best friends was actually my cousin. They gifted our family a pickle ornament which was one of their holiday traditions, and we've been doing it ever since. You hide the pickle in the tree, and whoever finds it first gets an extra gift. This could be a bag of candy, a fast food gift card, something small and simple! 

Decorating Sugar Cookies- Everyone has to do this at least once per holiday season right?

Wrapping Paper- I'm pretty sure my OCD self just made this one up a couple years ago, but I like buying one wrapping paper per person. This is super helpful for kids who can't read their names on packages yet, and it's just a good way to know whose gifts are whose on Christmas morning. I love getting a bunch of different prints and making it fun for everyone! 

Opening Gifts One at a Time- growing up we each had our pile and tore through them all in 5 seconds and then Christmas was over. Derek's family opens each present one at a time so we can all see what everyone got and it makes the Christmas morning last longer. I think this is a fun and less chaotic way to do Christmas morning. 

Read Luke 2 on Christmas Eve- In middle school I remember suggesting to my family that we should read the Christmas story in the bible. My mom thought it was a great idea and we all got in the living room to do it and then we all realized that none of us knew where it was in the bible... Therefore it was A for effort but never happened. Luckily after taking the New Testament at BYU I know where it is and we've been reading it the last three years!

Lobster Tail and Pie Night: This is something we started last year in 2018 and I love it so much. We spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in our house, and then go see Derek's family Christmas evening for dinner. We started having a big dinner on Christmas Eve last year, and buy Lobster Tail since it's something we'd never eat any other time of year. That paired with some fun pies from Village Inn (because #lazy), and it's a dinner I look forward to all year! 

What fun traditions do you do with your family?

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4 Ways To Prep For The Holidays

This post is sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. 

With the holiday season at our fingertips, people are buzzing around trying to get their homes ready for the busy weeks ahead. While we're not hosting any big holiday dinners this year, or out of town guests, there will surely be people that pop in unexpectedly for a visit here and there. Also in a season where some many things are coming into our home, there are a few things I like to do before the holidays get here to help our family be ready for any experience that comes our way. 


Keep the Kitchen Stocked with Food For Guests:
A majority of Derek and I's friends either grew up in Utah, or have family here in Utah that keep them coming back to visit during the holiday season, even if they don't currently live here. This means we often get surprise visits from friends, or very little notice as to when people are going to be in town to stop by. I love having easy to prepare foods on hands so that I can whip up a little snack tray in no time at all. 

One of my favorite seasonal items on a snack tray are Wonderful Pistachios. Wonderful Pistachios Roasted and Salted and Roasted No Salt varieties are must have items in our house because they're NON-GMO project verified, gluten free, and vegan with no added oil! They're a snack that most guest love eating without question, and is a fun treat I love to have on hand during the holidays!



Other fun additions to our snack trays that we like are a variety of meats, fruits, cheeses, crackers, dips, and berries! We just keep a variety of things on hand to fit everyones preferences! 

Pick A Family Service Project Before Things Get Too Busy:
We love to do a family service project each year during the holiday season. It looks different every year depending on what we can do. One year we donated Christmas to a family at church, another year we ding-dong-ditched Thanksgivings dinners, another year we donated toiletries to hurricane victims, you can be as creative as you'd like! 


I also love to take this time of year to support brands that are also giving back in their own unique ways! This season, Wonderful Pistachios, will be donating $.10/unit for Wonderful Pistachios Roasted & Salted and Wonderful Pistachios Roasted No Salt sold at Walmart up to $100k. The donations will benefit Toys for Tots, and the collection period will run from November 1 – December 24, 2019. So be sure to snag a few bags for stocking stuffers, holiday gatherings, and your boss at work to help them meet this goal! 

Declutter Your Home:
This is the time of year where so many things are coming into our homes, that we want to do what we can to keep the mess at bay! I love taking the time to quickly go through my entire home with a couple garbage bags, and get rid of the things we don't need! One bag is for stuff that is trash, and another bag for donations. You can go through your entire house quicker than you think, and once your home is in order, hosting guests and finding places for Christmas gifts will be so much less stressful! 


Be Mindful With Your Time:
Sometimes I feel this pressure to attend every party, to go to every community event, and to be everything for all the people in my life. I don't want to look back on the holidays when my children are grown and remember how stressful and busy they were. I want to look back and remember the intentional, joyful time I shared being present with my family. So while it's amazing to have a fun holiday season, carve out some time that is just for you and your family as well. This could easily be done by sitting on the couch, watching a movie, and enjoying a bowl of Wonderful Pistachios. 


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Our Kid's Christmas Wishlist 2019

Our kids are at such fun ages where they know what Christmas is, both from a spiritual aspect, and from the more commercial aspect as well. While we will be taking the time throughout December to teach our children the true meaning of Christmas, we really do enjoy seeing how happy and grateful they are for the things they receive as well. Today I'm sharing a mixture of things that are on the kid's Christmas lists this year, a couple small items we bought them, and what we likely will and will not be getting them. Hopefully this will spark some ideas of things you can get your own kids as well! 



Small Items for Both Kids:
Boogie Board Drawing Tablets: My sister-in-law has had these for her kids for years and always raves about them! We've seen really great deals for them this year, and finally went ahead and got one for each of the kids. These will slide into their stockings and will be awesome for church on Sundays! 

Personalized Baby Sharks: I can't find a link for these anymore because we bought them on a daily deal site, but our kids have been obsessed with the baby shark song this year, and so we thought little baby plush skarks with their names on them would be super cute. I've linked you to one that sings, our's don't. Sorry in advance. 

Gifts From Grandma:
Frozen Anna and Sven Set: My mom wanted to get some fun toys for the kids this year and she works 6 hours a week at Kohl's (I'm convinced mostly for the discount haha!) so she was able to get some great deals on things for the kids. Kinsley LOVES Frozen, and so I knew she would love this Anna and Sven set!

Star Wars Legos: Kyle loves anything and everything Lego and Star Wars, so this Lego set is going to be really well received. This should hopefully kill some time during out 16 day winter break! 

The Big Gifts of 2019:
Peppa Pig Deluxe Kitchen: I found this at Ross for $60 and I knew Kinsley would LOVE it! She's obsessed with all things Peppa, and this will be great for her to work on standing too! 

Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage: Kyle has talked about this toy non-stop for weeks! He loves watching youtube videos of other kids sending cars and such down this Hot Wheels track and so I know he will be super excited to get it this year! It's supposed to be $85ish on Black Friday, and so I'm hoping I can get online fast and snag one! 

Shriner's Wish List:
Since Kinsley gets 99% of her treatments at Shriner's Hospital, they invited us to go to the north pole with them this year, and they told us to give them a list of two toys per kid between $20-40. I think they're going to pick one toy off of each kid's list to get them, and they will be given their gift by Santa at the "North Pole". Also, going to the North Pole involves us driving to the SLC airport where they put us on a plane with the kids, drive us up and down the runway a few times, and take us to a decorated terminal. Our kids are going to believe in Santa until they're 30 after this. 

Elsa's Ice Palace by Little People: Another Frozen gem for our Frozen obsessed girl. She would love playing with this for hours!  

Large Bumblebee Transformer: Kyle has been wanting one of these large transformers for years... maybe the North Pole will finally be his moment! 

Baby With Crib: Kinsley watches youtube videos all the time of people playing with baby dolls and is always asking for one of her own. She specifically wants a baby with a crib, so this will be right up her alley! 

A Smaller Hot Wheels Track:  Kyle is obviously Hot Wheels obsessed right now... so we asked for any hot wheels track for him for this Shriner's project. I'm sure he'll absolutely love anything and everything! 

Something to Read: 
Amelia Bedelia: I want to start reading chapter books with Kinsley before bed, and I think these Amelia Bedelia books will be a good thing to get her started on! 

Magic Tree House: You guys should know by now, Kyle is Magic Tree House obsessed. He has most of the books, but we're going to get him the 21-24 box set he doesn't own yet! FYI there are going to be two new Magic Tree House books in 2020 and we're so excited! 

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The Kitchen Appliance Holiday Gift Guide

Next week is Black Friday, which is also an awesome time to add some fun new appliances for your kitchen since these items are always on sale after Thanksgiving. When Derek and I first got married we had too many kitchen appliances, and most of them we never used. A quesadilla maker, a rice cooker, a really awful blender that never blended anything. So when we did our first cross country move, I purged most of them, and then over the years have slowly rebuilt to the things that we really love, and use on a weekly basis. Some of these are old and have stood the test of time in our home, and some our new, that I really love! 

Keurig Mini: We actually just bought this, but I love it so much and use it everyday! We bought some dark chocolate k-cups, and this reusable k-cup pod on amazon which you can fill with tea, cocoa, cacao, or coffee, and it totally saves the environment too! It's on sale on amazon right now, for $57 which is the cheapest I've seen!

Kitchen Aid Blender: I was in a test group for this new blender from KitchenAid, and it is amazing! It's better than the Ninja that I had several years ago, and many people in the test group with me said it was better than their Blendtec's and half the price! I can't say enough good things, we love it! 

Crock Pot: Derek and I have had this Crock Pot since we got married and it is still going strong! We use it a few times a month, and every time we do, I'm so glad we have it! 

Instant Pot: We actually don't have an Instant Pot, but I am wanting to get one! I love these pretty Pioneer Woman ones from Walmart, and have it on my Christmas List!  

Pancake Griddle: We used to have a small pancake griddle that we didn't love, and was super gunky, so we got rid of it. We upgraded a couple years ago to this 26in long one, and we love it so much. We can make 6-8 pancakes at once, and breakfast goes so much faster. 

George Forman Grill: I bought this for a blog project a couple years ago, and we've used it so much. Again, we have the bigger version as opposed to the traditional mini one, and it is so nice to be able to get all the food cooked at once, instead of in batches!

Waffle Iron: Derek had a really nice waffle iron before the two of us got married, but it had gotten really gross and hard to clean and so we replaced it with this smaller, more basic one, and I really love it. It cooks the waffle and gets the job done, and outside of that, I don't think I can ask for more. 

Hand Mixer: During one of our moves we had to pay were pound of things we were moving and so we sold our large KitchenAid Stand Mixer with the intention of repurchasing when we got there, and then we never did. I replaced it with this hand mixer and have never really had the desire to get a stand mixer after. I actually really love making my bread by hand, and this mixer can do everything else that I'd need it for. 

Cuisinart Food Processor: Our old food processor broke over the summer and my mom bought me this for Christmas this year. We haven't used it yet, but I'm really excited. This has a 4 cup base, and chops, grinds, and purees. 

Toaster: Derek and I went through five years of marriage without a toaster. Yes, five years. Now that we have this super basic one, it seems like such a luxury to not have to toast bread in our oven anymore.

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DIY Princess Carriage Wheelchair Boxtume with Amazon

This post is sponsored by Amazon Prime, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

One thing that I've wanted to do with Kinsley since we got her first wheelchair was to make her a sweet Boxtume, or a costume made from a box. I've seen so many amazing wheelchair costumes over the years, and figured I could easily make one out of some Amazon smile boxes and some craft supplies we had around our home. 


The busier life gets for us, the more I look for simple ways to get things done. I feel like I always have a million Amazon smile boxes hanging out around our garage from all the things I'm ordering from Prime with fast, free shipping, and figured Halloween was the perfect time to put all those boxes to good use. 


Kinsley wanted to be a princess for Halloween this year and decided that I could jazz up her wheelchair with a sweet Carriage Boxtume! This was seriously so easy to put together, and took no time at all! The best part was that everything attached easily to the wheelchair without any straps, tape, or glue, which means that I don't have to worry about potentially ruining her chair, and everything snaps on and off in about one minute flat! 


Supplies:
4 Large Amazon smile boxes
Blue Paint
White Paint
Foam Brushes
Purple Marker
Pink Ribbon
White Bows



Directions:
Start by taking a wheel off of your wheelchair and sitting it on a box. Trace the inside circle of the wheel and then cut out the circle. Use the circle you just cut out to trace and cut another circle. These two pieces should easily pop right into the wheels when you're done cutting. 



Next you need to cut a large half circle carriage shape. I just freehanded this and then cut out a big window in the middle of it. Then, I took the shape I just cut out, and traced it to make another carriage window on the other side of the chair the same size as the first.



Once I cute everything out, I painted all of the pieces. Again, I did all of this free hand. I painted the lines on the wheels white, and then once the white paint was dried, I went ahead and painted the blue triangle pieces next. I then painted the big carriage pieces with dark blue paint. 


Once the paint was dried I took a purple marker and drew some loop de loop shapes all the way down the white lines and connected everything with a big circle in the middle of the wheels. 

I took some big white bows and tied them to the top and two sides of the carriage pieces, and then wove some big pink tulle through the bows to match her princess dress.


Once everything was done I simply wedged the carriage pieces down into her seat, and popped the wheel pieces into place, and I was finished!

What fun Boxtumes are you going to make this year with your Amazon smile boxes? I’d love to hear in the comments below!


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