Bach to Rock

A couple of weeks ago, our family got to attend the grand opening of the newest music school in the Lowcountry, Bach to Rock.  Although it’s located in the Belle Hall Shopping Center of Mt. Pleasant (which is a bit of a drive for us), we had an absolute blast exploring this musical hub for kids!The building is made up of a series of small rooms, used for individual and small group instrumental lessons.  During the grand opening, the kids loved playing on the keyboards and exploring the computer games that teach them about rhythm and notes.Jayna got a private guitar lesson, and I was really impressed that she learned two chords and how to properly hold the guitar in about 10 minutes.  She was perfectly happy strumming those two chords over, and over, and over again.  And she was so focused and serious while she was playing!Millie and I found a small practice room that some of the employees were jamming in.  It’s just one of the practice spaces they have available for students and small bands to use to rehearse.Across the front of the building (with glass windows for a sidewalk audience), is another full band space (room for keyboard, guitar, full drum set and vocals).  And to the girls’ delight, it’s also a recording studio.  So they took turns on vocals singing Taylor Swift and Moana while an overly patient employee recorded, and then played back, their songs.  They felt (and sounded!) like rock stars!!The maze of small practice rooms leads to a big room where Bach to Rock can allow for small concerts and classes for younger children.  They have a glee club and several toddler and preschool classes, in addition to birthday parties and camps.I loved that how in just an hour or so of being there, Lincoln was right at home behind the drums, Millie came out of her shell on vocals and Jayna became a recording artist! I can’t wait (fingers crossed!) for a closer location to open up so we can take advantage of all that Bach to Rock has to offer.  In the meantime, even if you aren’t local to the Mt. Pleasant, SC location, check out one of their other franchises!

Wanna hear Jayna’s playback of her song? Click the link below to watch the clip!

Jayna’s Recording Debut

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PBS Kids Halloween Shows

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Happy Halloween!  In addition to carving jack-o-lanterns, decorating our house and making our own costumes, we’ve been getting in the Halloween spirit around here.  And and easy way to do it was by watching some fun Halloween specials from PBS Kids.  With the girls both playing softball, we have practices 3 nights a week….so to avoid toddler-boredom {and lots of mosquito bites!}, I let Lincoln sit in the car during practice and watch PBS Kids.

He loved catching up on Calliou and Dinosaur Train this week.  The girls really enjoy the math problems that Pat+Cat have to solve, and all three of the kids enjoy decoding the words that make up the animals’ bodies in Word World.  And with mild Halloween themes and not-so-spooky stories, I was happy to have them unwind in the evenings with a {short} video, without having to worry about nightmares!PBS Kids Halloween Shows for Preschoolers @pbskids #ad #Halloween #preschoolers #PegCat #DinosaurTrain #WordWorld #Caillou #preschoolshowsCAILLOU: CAILLOU’S HALLOWEEN

Caillou: Caillou’s Halloween” features 13 stories including “Caillou Loves Halloween,” “Pumpkin Patch Kid,” and “Caillou’s Halloween Costume.” In “Caillou’s Halloween Costume,” Caillou and Rosie are trying to pick out costumes as Halloween quickly approaches – but Caillou can’t decide what he wants to be. With help from Mommy and Daddy, a furry blue monster costume is created for Caillou so he can join Leo, a cowboy, and Clementine, a bumblebee, for trick-or-treating! The SRP for this DVD is $6.99.PBS Kids Halloween Shows for Preschoolers @pbskids #ad #Halloween #preschoolers #PegCat #DinosaurTrain #WordWorld #Caillou #preschoolshows DINOSAUR TRAIN: BUDDY’S HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE

Join Buddy and his family and friends for some spooktastic adventures! The Pteranodon family visits a haunted roundhouse in Troodon Town where they meet a nocturnal mammal named Vlad Volaticotherium. The fun continues when the family goes to a pumpkin patch and learns about carving pumpkins from Larry Lambeosaurus. The four stories included on this DVD are “Night Train,” “Fossil Fred,” “Haunted Roundhouse,” and “Big Pond Pumpkin Patch.” The SRP for this DVD is $6.99.
PBS Kids Halloween Shows for Preschoolers @pbskids #ad #Halloween #preschoolers #PegCat #DinosaurTrain #WordWorld #Caillou #preschoolshows
PEG + CAT: A TOTALLY AWESOME HALLOWEEN

Combine Halloween excitement with mathematical fun and you’ve got “PEG + CAT: A TOTALLY AWESOME HALLOWEEN.” This DVD features four adventures, two of which are Halloween themed – “The Parade Problem” and “The Halloween Problem.” In “The Parade Problem,” kids will learn about sorting and estimating as they watch Peg and Cat clean up a park to ensure the nursery school’s Halloween parade takes place. The SRP for this DVD is $6.99. PBS Kids Halloween Shows for Preschoolers @pbskids #ad #Halloween #preschoolers #PegCat #DinosaurTrain #WordWorld #Caillou #preschoolshowsWORDWORLD: HALLOWEEN FUN

In the DVD “WORDWORLD: HALLOWEEN FUN,” join the WordFriends on adventures that demonstrate the connections between letters, sounds, words, and meaning. This DVD features five stories including “A Kooky Spooky Halloween” and “Sheep’s Halloween Costume.” In “A Kooky Spooky Halloween,” Pig is so worried about finishing his Halloween bags, because he’s missing the letter B, that he ends up sleepwalking. As he sleepwalks, collecting Bs along the way, everyone thinks he’s a ghost! The SRP for this DVD is $6.99.

Happy Halloween!

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Road Trip Bingo with Chick-fil-A

Well, it’s about that time in the summer where we pack up the kids and go on road trips!  All throughout the month of July we are in and out, with and without kids, beds full of company.  Just like every other family, we love traveling.  And since we started ’em young {they were each about 6 weeks old for their first road trips}, my kids are used to being the car for hours on end.  That being said, it doesn’t mean they don’t get bored.

So when Chick-fil-A came out with a Road Trip Bingo on their blog, I pounced on the opportunity to download the free printable  for our next trip.Free Printable Road Trip Bingo from Chick-fil-A #sponsored #ad #roadtrip #freeprintable #cfamoms #chickfilamoms #cfaone @ChickfilA

With four different versions to print, the whole family will be able to play.  And with my new Chick-fil-A One app, I’ll be able to order lunch ahead of time….and maybe a cookie for the winner!

Happy travels!

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CeraVe Five Minute Face Routine

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So, it’s not any secret that I have never been one to really fuss about my appearance or go to any great lengths to take care of my skin.  I’m more about function and comfort over style.  But now that I’m getting ready to hit the big 3-5, I’ve got to start buckling down on my skincare.  Buuuuuuut…..I also have three kids under 8 to get ready for school in the mornings, so I literally have maybe 5 minutes to get myself ready before someone is crying about sock seams or spilling cereal all over the kitchen.  So today I wanted to share with you my secret to a five minute face.This busy mom's five minute face routine to start the day off right! #CeraVeSkincare #ad #CollectiveBias #cbias #skincareNot only do I have some fine lines and wrinkles, but I also am prone to eczema and skin cancer runs in my family.  So, needless to say, I am big on lotion and sunscreen!

I did a little research and found out that your skin contains ceramides, which help your skin retain moisture {like a moisture barrier}.  As you get older, your ceramides start to break down and not retain as much moisture, causing dry or irritated skin. CeraVe helps replenish the vital ceramides healthy skin needs.  Rather than just moisturizing the surface of the skin, CeraVe products release their ingredients slowly.  So over the next 24 hours, your skin is getting hydrated, nourished, repaired and restored.

But best of all, my sensitive skin is loving that CeraVe is non-irritating, fragrance-free and most are non-comedogenic {doesn’t block your pores!}.This busy mom's five minute face routine to start the day off right! #CeraVeSkincare #ad #CollectiveBias #cbias #skincareAnd just for you, I’m gonna share my five minute face routine using a combination of CeraVe products and my own make-up.

Ok, if you are like me, you probably forgot to wash your face last night.  So you definitely  need to start off with the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser or the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, which will clean off all of yesterday’s dirt, oil and make-up.  I keep a soft washcloth that’s saturated in warm water at the ready, in order to speed up the rinsing process {and avoid the water drips all over the counter and sink!}This busy mom's five minute face routine to start the day off right! #CeraVeSkincare #ad #CollectiveBias #cbias #skincareNext, I use the CeraVe Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50 to moisturize and protect my face for the day. I let it soak in for a few minutes while I brush my teeth, use the  CeraVe Moisturizing Cream on the rest of my body, and get dressed.This busy mom's five minute face routine to start the day off right! #CeraVeSkincare #ad #CollectiveBias #cbias #skincareThen, for my {secret} last step, I mix a dollop of my liquid foundation/concealer with CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion.  So as I’m applying another lightweight sun protection, I’m also covering my face with foundation.  This also helps cut down on the amount of foundation that I use.  I like to go over my face quickly with my foundation brush as well, to make sure there are no streaks and everything is applied evenly.This busy mom's five minute face routine to start the day off right! #CeraVeSkincare #ad #CollectiveBias #cbias #skincareThen, mascara, lip gloss and go!  The whole “routine” takes me about 5 minutes, which includes dressing myself!  And I know that not only am I presentable for the day, but I’m also helping out my skin in the long term.

You can find CeraVe products at Walmart, who has these three items on Rollback until 5/9/2016…they are each only $9.97 until then!

  • CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
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The Hydrating Cleanser, Foaming Facial Cleanser, and AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion are on the face care aisle, and the Moisturizing Cream is located down the skin care aisle. The CeraVe sunscreen can be found on the sun care aisle.This busy mom's five minute face routine to start the day off right! #CeraVeSkincare #ad #CollectiveBias #cbias #skincare

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What’s your secret to a 5 minute face in the morning?

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Easter Decor from Goodwill

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Goodwill Stores.  I was compensated for the items in the post.  As always, opinions are my own.*

Easter baskets are tricky these days.  I see these pre-made shrink-wrapped towers in the grocery stores….full of tons of candy and plastic toys that the kids don’t care about {or need}. But in our house, we keep the Easter Bunny hoopla to a minimum.  The Easter Bunny only brings one basket for our family, and it’s typically filled with needed items, or things that get the kids excited for upcoming spring/summer events.  But this year, we decided to be even more thrifty and creative and get our Easter decor from Goodwill.How to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillWe are fortunate enough to have three Goodwill Stores in our town, but I hadn’t been inside of one in awhile.  But I had an open mind, looking for ideas for a themed Easter basket, or any other decor I could you to spring-ify my house.

First stop, the home decor section….they had shelves and shelves of baskets.  Some pretty, some not so pretty, but at all three stores had a huge selection available.  I was able to find a really big basket with a handle that would be perfect for filling up for my three kids.How to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillAnd I loved that Goodwill made it really easy to fill the baskets.  At all three stores had complete Easter displays featuring a combination of thrifted decor and brand new Easter grass, eggs, candy, stickers, egg dying kits, etc.How to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillHow to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillHow to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillSo now I just needed to find some themed items to complete my basket.  I loved how Goodwill had a separate rack for children’s Easter outfits.  It was super easy to put together a couple of matching outfits for the kids….looks like teal is in this year!How to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillWith the girls starting softball and ballet this spring, I also thought about doing a sports themed basket.  The abundance of cleats and helmets was crazy! How to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillMy other idea was a basket of family games.  The girls are finally old enough to understand and play by the rules, and I actually enjoy the few games we already play at the house.  I was amazed at Goodwill’s selection {and the quality} of games.  And yes, that is a karaoke machine on the bottom shelf!

P.S. See the numbers on the boxes?  Goodwill has sales throughout the week and reduces the prices on certain number by 50% off!  And, you can get double points on your Goodwill card on Wednesdays!How to shop for Easter Decor from Goodwill The other thing I was pleasantly surprised by was the amount of items on the racks that were brand new.  Including bathing suits!  I was able to find appropriate sizes {plus a sun hat for Linc} for the kiddos, and decided to make that my final choice for my themed basket.  So after my purchase…including the basket, grass and Easter eggs, I am pretty much ready for Easter!How to shop for Easter Decor from Goodwill

But, on my way out, a few things in the home decor area caught my eye.  I loaded up on a faux boxwood bush, a LOVE sign, and a cute little praying rabbit to complete my mantle.  I just love the way the whites and creams are accented with my DIY burlap bunting and the simple little cross that Jayna and I made years ago.How to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillAnd see the cute little nest of eggs?  I used a couple of the Easter eggs that I bought to create that little beauty….come back on Thursday to see the tutorial!  Didn’t my Easter decor from Goodwill turn out wonderfully?  You should go see what treasures you can find at your local Goodwill StoresPalmettos and Pigtails Signature

GIVEAWAY!! Dracula: Ballet with a Bite

*I received free promotional items in exchange for writing this post*

This is my favorite month of the year.  Not only is it my birthday this week, but I also love all things spooky.  So I can’t wait to combine the two with a special date night for Dave and I to celebrate my birthday and the spookiest month of the year!  We are always looking for something new to do together…but I wasn’t sure if he’d be into the ballet.  So when the South Carolina Ballet contacted me about their October production of Dracula: Ballet with a Bite, I thought it would be the perfect show to introduce Dave to ballet!

The South Carolina Ballet Presents...Dracula: Ballet with a Bite! GIVEAWAY

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I thought maybe a date night is just what you might need too!  So quick!  Enter my giveaway for a couple of tickets to the October 24th production of Dracula: Ballet with a Bite!

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The undead dance into the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center when Count Dracula and his legions of vampire mistresses take the stage in Dracula: Ballet with a Bite, performed by the South Carolina Ballet October 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

The South Carolina Ballet Presents...Dracula: Ballet with a Bite! GIVEAWAY

Be transported back to 1897 Transylvania in Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel Dracula. Prepare to be spell bound as the Master of Seduction along with his troupe of vampiresses seduce Lucy into their sensual world of the undead.

The South Carolina Ballet Presents...Dracula: Ballet with a Bite! GIVEAWAY

Let Dracula become your favorite Halloween classic with transforming costumes, blood curdling lighting and sound effects. Whether you are a dance fanatic or new to the dance world, Executive and Artistic Director William Starrett has created a work that can be embraced by all audiences. Get ready to meet the Master of Seduction, Count Dracula, and a fresh set of vampire maidens.

The South Carolina Ballet Presents...Dracula: Ballet with a Bite! GIVEAWAY

South Carolina Ballet presents Dracula: Ballet with A Bite at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center (5001 Coliseum Drive PAC, North Charleston, SC 29418) on October 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com or by calling (843)-529-5000. Tickets range from $27-57 with $5 off tickets of $37 and up for senior citizens, military and students with a valid ID.

The South Carolina Ballet Presents...Dracula: Ballet with a Bite! GIVEAWAY

South Carolina Ballet, an enterprise of, Columbia City Ballet’s mission is to offer South Carolina and Southeastern audiences the highest quality ballet. We in South Carolina can proudly claim one of the strongest and most versatile ballet companies in the Southeast. Since the Columbia City Ballet’s founding in 1961, it has integrated the world of dance within the community as the largest performing arts organization in the state of South Carolina

The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday night, so enter as many times as you can this week and share with your friends!

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4 Must Have Items to Avoid Meltdowns at Disney

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How to Avoid Toddler Meltdowns at Disney-4 Items you MUST HAVE #CollectiveBias #OneStopShopForBaby #ad

Now that we’ve done Disney with a toddler three times, I consider myself a semi-expert in knowing what to pack to keep baby happy during those long, hot days at the parks.

And after a recent trip to Babies”R”Us for diapers, I realized that it’s really a one-stop-shop for all of the must haves for traveling with baby!  Really, there are just 4 things that you must take with you to avoid meltdowns at Disney:

How to Avoid Toddler Meltdowns at Disney-4 Items you MUST HAVE #CollectiveBias #OneStopShopForBaby #ad#1.  A stroller.  Yes, I know you can rent one in the park {for ~$15 a day}.  But have you actually seen those plastic buckets they expect your kids to be comfy in?  Not to mention that you have to leave the Disney strollers in the park {and lug baby and gear through the parking lot without it!}. Nah….bring your own, or rent one in Orlando to be delivered to your hotel {a whopping ~$60 for a week for a DOUBLE!}.  And splurge for the jogger, for crying out loud!  Maybe you’ll be inspired {like us!} after having the treat of pushing a jogger for a week, to go ahead and purchase your own!

How to Avoid Toddler Meltdowns at Disney-4 Items you MUST HAVE #CollectiveBias #OneStopShopForBaby #ad

#2. A stroller fan.  Get one that has the soft blades, or a good blade cage to keep those little curious fingers safe.  The air circulation inside the stroller will keep baby infinitely happier on those hot, sweaty days.  And you can always “borrow” it for yourself since it’s easy to clip onto various stroller surfaces, like the stroller handle.  Don’t forget to bring a small screwdriver and extra batteries!How to Avoid Toddler Meltdowns at Disney-4 Items you MUST HAVE #CollectiveBias #OneStopShopForBaby #ad#3.  A sippy cup/bottle leash.  These simple little straps are genius and absolutely one of the must haves for traveling with baby.  They attach easily to the stroller {or high chair, or carseat}, and then velcro around sippy cups, snack traps, lovies, etc.  It’s a great way to ensure that nothing is lost over the side of the stroller while you are trying to snap the perfect picture of your big kids high-fiving Mickey Mouse.  How to Avoid Toddler Meltdowns at Disney-4 Items you MUST HAVE #CollectiveBias #OneStopShopForBaby #ad#4.  Huggies Little Movers Diapers.  I know every mom has their diaper allegiances.  We are a Huggies family…always have been, and love that we can get ours quickly at Babies”R”Us {see photo above}.  And with the new Little Movers being the driest feeling diaper ever {and the Leak Lock protecting Baby for 12 hours}, this is for sure, another one of my must haves for traveling with Baby.  Disney does a great job with their air-conditioned and quiet Baby Centers, complete with a Disney movie and high chairs for multi-tasking with the older kids.  But let’s be honest, most of us aren’t willing to trek all the way to a baby center multiple times a day….which means that the new Huggies Little Movers’ ability to absorb on contact is essential for being able to enjoy multiple hours of Disney fun without stopping for a diaper change.

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And, if you’ll just let me brag on my boy for just a minute….we are almost walking.  Like, SO close. Like, by the time I publish this, he may be off!  Lincoln has officially turned into a toddler over the course of our vacation.  He climbs all over everything {from piles of pillows, to strollers, to luggage carts!} and crawls faster than I can chase him.  And now that he can walk plow across the room, he thinks he is HOT STUFF.  So after spending a day at the Disney Parks, then feeding him vacation food and getting him riled up down at the pool….I was naive enough to think I could actually get him settled down in his pajamas and ready for bed.  It was like herding cats. Don’t believe me?  I documented it for his future wife:

As you can see…our little guy is very active!  And you can see why the New Little Movers Diapers from Huggies are essential to all the rolling around….the elastic area around the legs keep everything “contained” while we have fun!

To find out more about Huggies’ New Little Movers Diapers, follow Huggies’ Facebook page or follow Huggies on Twitter.  Wanna try them out for yourself?  Here’s a coupon for ya…how will you play in your Huggies Little Movers?

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5 Non-Candy Themed Easter Basket Ideas

Our Easter basket tradition is simple….after a winter full of candy corn, candy canes and chocolates, we ask the Easter Bunny to lay off the sweets as much as possible, and focus on the impending summer!  Don’t get me wrong, there are still a few Jelly Bellies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs at the bottom of the basket, hidden under Biodegradable Easter Grass and summertime goodies!  But don’t tell the kids….



New bathing suits arrive each year in the Easter baskets.  New flip flops, sunglasses and hats too.  And if there is room, sunscreen and pool toys!  I love the simplicity of this tradition….easy, cheap and stuff they actually need! {For more info on any of the pictured items, click on the photo}

                   

Back when Millie was a baby, I thought I could be supermom and make handmade items for the kids’ basket.  I sewed weighted bunnies for Bunny Rabbit Bowling, and a taggie toy for baby Millie.  I’m not sure where I found the time to make all that stuff, but I’m over it now!  Bathing suits, it is!

So the bathing suit theme works for now, but I’ve been thinking about some other non-candy themed Easter basket ideas for the future.

               

You know me…I am all about some educational games!  I had the original Hot Dots in my classroom back when I taught.  The kids loved using the magic stick to chose their answers, since it talked and played music if they got the answer right!  I’m thinking the girls would LOVE this princess version!  And did you know that Shrinky Dinks are back in style?  Me neither, but it’s AWESOME.  I found some that you can make into jewelry too.  And last weekend my living room was transformed into a pillow and blanket fort.  The kids {including Dave} were dismayed when I dismantled it…I needed my coffee table, and pillows, and kitchen chairs back!  So I’m thinking that a Flexi-Fort is what they need…the sticks bend, so they can create all sorts of nooks and crannies.  And best of all….they can do it themselves, in the playroom!

                        

My kids literally have hundreds of books….but they just love to read!  One of my absolute favorites is The Day the Crayons Quit {grievance letters from each color crayon to a little boy! Super funny!}.  I’m thinking Jayna would love this Magic Treehouse Book, since she loves chapter books and is halfway through her soccer season too.  And Dear Zoo is another classic board book that teaches animal concepts with cute, interactive flaps.  Lincoln loves to “read” with me and is very hands on…so a flap book would be perfect for him.

                  

And if all else fails, jump on the Frozen bandwagon, right?  My girls love, love, love this movie {who doesn’t?!}.  I, personally, am not a fan of branded “stuff”…but I do have a few exceptions.  I’m fine with princesses being plastered on underwear if it keeps them dry {“don’t pee pee on Elsa!!”}.  Is it weird for the Easter Bunny to bring undies?!?!  I also found some classic board games {Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, etc.} that got the Disney treatment and look way more fun to play now!  And I don’t mind non-traditional toys and activities being branded if it’s subtle.  I love these rollerblades because they are in the Frozen colors, but don’t have Elsa’s face all over them.  They’ll be able to grow with my kids for a long time after the Frozen craze has melted away.

What non-candy stuff ends up in your Easter Baskets?  Leave a comment…I’d love to have more ideas!

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Those Girls and their (Zulily) Dresses

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My girls LOVE dresses.  They can’t get enough.  And the twirlier the better!

I literally have to have a daily discussion about whether they are able to wear a dress to school or not {depending on weather, PE class, etc.}.  And since our dresses get shared with my three God-daughters up in Maryland after my girls grow out of them, I’m looking for quality materials at a very affordable price.

Zulily Dress Sale: Under $10

So lucky for me, this week zulily.com is featuring a huge selection of infant, toddler, and girl’s dresses. The best part is…they’re all $10 or less! {My kind of sale!}.

I love zulily.  They have a great variety of items each day, and most are very affordable.  But this sale takes the cake…I’m stocking up for spring!

To shop all zulily dresses in this event, click here >> Girls Dresses Under $10 – Sale Ends 1/30

Happy Shopping!

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Budget Friendly Recipes: Smoky Chili for a Wintery Day!

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Smoky Chili: A Budget Friendly Recipe from eMeals

I’m not sure where you live, but I live in the South.  I’ve lived here for about 10 years now, purposefully moving here from the North.  To get away from the cold.  Yet today’s high here in South Carolina was 32. Degrees.  As in, that was the warmest it got.  Not cool.  {Freezing!!}

So I thought I’d share with you one of our family’s favorite recipes.  It’s the Smoky Chili from eMeals.  The liquid smoke that’s added last is what really makes it comforting to me…reminds me of campfires!

1½ lb ground beef
½ (9.6-oz) pkg ground pork sausage
1 cup chopped onion
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1½ cups homemade chicken broth
2 (15-oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (15.5-oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
½ (15-oz) can corn, drained
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp liquid smoke

Cook ground beef, sausage, onion and bell pepper in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until meat is browned and crumbly; drain. Stir in broth and all remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
 

Feel free to play around with the ingredients to customize it for your household.  For example, we use ground turkey and omit the sausage.  I also add a can of undrained chili beans…it thickens the chili up and adds a little more kick!

This recipe is also on eMeals’ new “Budget Friendly Meal Plans .”  This is a brand new option that combines weekly sale prices with stock items from your pantry that allows your family to stay on budget while still eating delicious and easy meals.  We just switched our plan over to the Budget Friendly Recipes, and are spending an average of $85 a week for 7 dinners!  It’s the prefect way to help keep our financial resolutions, as well as stay healthier by eating at home.  And I keep it all organized by using my Meal Planning Worksheet.  Head over to the eMeals page and check out ALL of their meal plans!  If you wanted to get started right away with a 2 week trial of Budget Friendly Recipes, go to http://emeals.com/lp/budget/, and click “Try Us” at the top right hand side of the page.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and keep warm!

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