Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mothers Day Sequel…

As you all so in my last post my Mother’s Day gifts! Well this is a sequel to that! Go HERE to see how to make the plates!
Here is the cookie recipe I made for both moms! And the finished product of the gift with a poem!
Praline Bars:
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1.3 cups packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup of butter plus 2.3 cup butter, divided
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 3.4 cups of chocolate chips
Step 1: Heat oven to 350
Step 2: In large bowl, stir together flour and 1 cup brown sugar; cut in 1/2 cup butter until fine crumbs form. Press mixture into baking pan; sprinkle with pecans.
Step 3:
In small saucepan, place remaining butter and sugar in the pot. cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Continue to stir for 30 seconds, until sugar dissolves; drizzle evenly over pecans and crust.
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Step 4:
Bake 18-22 minutes until topping is bubbly and golden; remove from oven. Immediately, sprinkle chocolate over top. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into Bars.
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Finished product with poem:
I added a tea bag and a poem to the bars/cookies!
Here is the tea poem and template I made:

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother’s Day Gifts!

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When did Mothers day get so expansive?  This year I am taking a step back and truly looking at the holiday! It is to celebrate mothers for all that they have done for us in our lives! Not to buy them some extravagant gift and to drop a phone call to wish them a happy day! So celebrate is what I plan to do!
I plan on having my mom and mother-in-law over for a BBQ! A night for them to not have to cook and to sit back and relax!
I have been pondering what to get them thou! We are on such a tight budget so I knew this was going to be hard! I have looked at all of your ideas and truly loved a lot of them! One of them being from my cousin-in-law over at Mine For The Making! She made a super cute dish for her foyer:
Check out her tutorial for her how to!
So I decided to make the moms something that they love… (desserts) on something homemade from me a plate!

Here is what you will need:
  • A dish ( I got it from the dollar store)
  • Black vinyl
  • Multi Purpose Sealer
Step 1: clean the dish..make sure there is no dust or dirt on it!
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Step 2: Print out the Vinyl words/letters etc!
I did “S” for my mother-in-laws last name and “K” for my moms last name. I then typed out a quote.. “Home is where the heart is…”. You can use whatever quote you’d like!
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Step 3: Place the glaze on top of the plates so that they can wash the dishes in the sink and not worry about taking the vinyl off!
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Step 4: Let dry for about an hour!
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Then place their favorite dessert on top! I am going to place the dessert in the clear wrapping paper on top so that they can see the plate too!
For my mom I am either going to do a praline cookie or a sugar cookie! For my mother-in-law I am going to make my famous peanut butter cookies!
I will attach a tag to the cookies with something that says “Mother’s hold their children’s hands for a while but their hearts forever!”
This was simple, easy and from the heart!


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Saturday, May 7, 2011


So we ALL love coupons and free stuff right?


Well I have been on a strict budget and really trying to be better about my spending! Here are some great deals for you!!


*Text SUMMER to 467467 to receive a free nail polish. This took about a million texts, so you should have free texting to do so!


*Text TIRE3 to 44567 for a free McGuiar’s tire gel.

Thanks, Deal Seeking Mom and Mojo Savings!


*Text PRUEBA to 59999. They’ll write back in Spanish asking your age. Put that in and they’ll write back asking your name and address. Enter that in, and you’ll get a free Gillette Fusion razor in 6-8 weeks.

(Thanks, Chi-Town Cheapskate!)


*As a teacher I LOVED this next one! On Amazon, you can download for FREE May’s Favorite Silly Songs for Kids (Amazon Exclusive).



*Free sample of Shout color catcher when you like them on Facebook.


Walgreens is offering a FREE 8×10 Collage Print!
This is through Saturday, May 7th!

Enter Code: FREECOLLAGE at checkout.
This does not include shipping/handling. But you can pick up in store!!

Thanks Frugal Invitation


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Friday, May 6, 2011

Relax and ENJOY your bedroom!

So I was laying in bed looking around my room and realizing what a mess it was! It was only making me more anxious instead of calming me down! Your bedroom should be your sanctuary! Instead mine was a place where “stuff” piled up! With electronics EVERYWHERE!

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Enjoy some PAMPERING! Take your over piled nightstand and draw and turn it into a clean, spa like area! Check out with I did!

First step remove all electronics and junk in the draw and on top of the nightstand!
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I have a plate with items for my nails: nail clippers, cuticle scissors, and nourishing cuticle pen (from ELF love this stuff!)! In another dish I have my lip balm, hand cream and hair ties! I also have a scented room spray *Pear Glace from Victoria Secret* and my hot/cold eye pad!
Make the bedside clean and neat! You can see what I did with mine!!

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I cleaned everything off the top and removed all electronics! I then picked some flowers from my lilac tree, put a candle on top, a well lit lamp and the book that I am currently reading (Barefoot, by Elin Hilderbrand)

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“Right before you go to bed, cozy up with a cup of herbal tea! As you sip, jot down three things you’re thankful for. It helps you end the day on a positive note.” (Better Homes & Garden, May 2011 issue)
LOVE this idea…I think it is very important to remember everything you are thankful for at the end of the day! The day really flies by and sometimes you need to take a step back and thank God for all the awesome things you have in your life!

Now onto tackling my bathroom!!

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