Thursday, November 27, 2014

Filling a Christmas stocking for "Neighbors Helping Neighbors"

This was actually not through the Salvation Army, but through Loudoun County's Holiday Coalition, "Neighbors Helping Neighbors."  I had filled a stocking just like this years ago from the Salvation Army and just thought that's what these were for.  Michael's school was participating in this and gave each child the stocking and a list of ideas on what to fill it up with.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hand and Feet Turkey Prints

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I've always been about decorating the house for the different holidays, but Thanksgiving is one of the holidays I don't have a lot of decorations for.  Last year we made turkey decorations for the family and I wanted to try and make something different.  I've been wanting to do hand and feet prints with Michael for the past few years, but he has hated getting paint on his hands.  This year he was excited to get paint on his hands and feet (thank you preschool)!

Amazing what you learn when you crunch the numbers - still under budget! Meal Plan and Grocery Trip for Nov. 21st - 27th

This past weekend we didn't get to do our shopping on Friday like I had planned.  We ended up doing it after church on Sunday.  Since it was so late in the day, Michael actually fell asleep in the car.  I ended up staying in the car with

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

When your 3 year old asks to go to church...

You GO to church!

Two Saturdays ago, Michael had asked both Jon and I if we could go to church the next morning.  We were shocked that a) he knew the next day was Sunday and b) he knew you went to church on Sunday.  Jon and I both grew up

Mini Pumpkin Pies

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Today was Michael's Thanksgiving party at school and I was so excited when the sign up sheet was set out last week to see that yes, pumpkin pie was on it and that no one had signed up for it.  Ever since Michael started school, I've been pinning on Pinterest different cool things to do for his class parties (Yeah, I'm probably going to be that mom the other mom's will probably hate).  The mini pumpkin pie was one of them.  I found this off of the blog called makes and takes.  She said that she was able to make 12 mini pies, but I was able to make 16 (only needed 13).  Here's what you'll need:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Corn Pudding

Here's a rather simple and delicious side dish to add to any holiday meal, corn pudding.  As long as I can remember, my mom has made this with every holiday meal she's made.  This year, Jon's family decided to do Thanksgiving the weekend before and his mom had asked me to make this side dish.  Because of the size of family we now are, I decided to double the recipe.  Here's what you'll need for the regular recipe:

Halloween 2014

A little late on posting about how we spent our Halloween this year, but better late than never.  I love the fact that Michael is starting to understand how fun Halloween is.  I mean, it's always been fun all the other years, but this year he seemed to have so much more fun.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Trunk-or-Treat - Toy Story Style

Toy Story trunk-or-treat theme that is simple to make and is enjoyed by children of all ages,
Since Michael has started preschool we are experiencing a lot of new things that we've never done.  One of those things is trunk-or-treat.  We've heard about them and our nephews participated in one every year at their daycare, but had never participated in one ourselves.  Being the creative, cool parents that we are (or in our minds we think we are), we wanted to create something the kids would like.  Michael loves Toy Story and we had the main characters of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie so why not make my trunk into a scene from the movie!

Half way through the month and still under budget! - Meal Plans and Grocery Trip for Nov. 14th - 20th

So, we are back on track with getting our shopping at least started on Friday and finished early on Saturday.  I forgot how much I love shopping on Friday.  So much nicer and easier than what it has been the past couple of weekends. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Baby's First Christmas Gift Ideas

some gift ideas of what to give a baby for the first Christmas,
The below list is a good majority of the toys that Michael received for his first Christmas back in 2011.  He was 6 months old which made it a little easier to shop for.  Just within the last three years, there's even more toys out there for any baby between newborn and a year old.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Operation Christmas Child 2014 - packing a 10 - 14 year old boy box

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This is my third year making boxes for Operation Christmas Child, but I have never done a box for a 10 - 14 year old boy.  I've read that this age group, the boys especially, is the group with the least boxes made.  I will admit, not ever being a teenage boy it was rather hard to figure out what to purchase and make sure it would fit the box. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On a roll yet again! Meal Plans and Grocery Trip for Nov. 7th - 13th

Time to start planning what we're going to have for dinner.  We did somewhat good with staying on plan last week.  Here's the list for this week:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ghost-o-Lanterns 2.0

easy and simple outside Halloween decorations made out of recycled gallon jugs,
Last year we made these ghost-o-lanterns and they were a big hit with all who came to our house trick-or-treating.  To see what they looked like last year, click here.

Operation Christmas Child 2014 - packing a 10 - 14 year old girl box

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I always try to do one boy and one girl for Operation Christmas Child, but have never done a box for the older group.  I've read that this group is the least group that boxes are made for.  I guess it's because it's a little harder to find stuff that will fit in the box.  To learn more about our other boxes and packing them, click here.  As with Michael's box, I wasn't able to fit everything in.  Here's what I tried to pack:

Friday, November 7, 2014

Operation Christmas Child 2014 - packing a 2 - 4 year old boy box

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Last year we started to do an Operation Christmas Child box for a boy in the age group that Michael is in.  (For more about us packing our boxes this year, click here.)  I try to have Michael as involved as possible in picking out items for this box.  Unfortunately, I was not able to fit everything that we purchased.  Here's what's in the top picture:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Halloween Ghosts

simple and easy ghost for outside Halloween decorations,
Since we have a tree in our front yard, we wanted to try and have some of our Halloween decorations hanging from it.  One of our neighbors down the street had these awesome ghosts that also lit up at night hanging from their tree.  I looked everywhere for them, but had no luck in finding them.  I decided that I would have to forget about our ghosts lighting up and just make some on my own.

Operation Christmas Child 2014

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It's that time of year again, but if you're like me you've been planning throughout the year.  Michael and I have been doing some of our last minute shopping to finalize our three boxes.  Not too late to start one.  The national collection week for the Operation Christmas Child boxes is November 17th - 24th.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pumpkin Carving 2014

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Growing up I only remember one time having a carved pumpkin for Halloween.  For Jon, it was something his family did every year.  Since it was something that Jon loved to do with his family, we've been carving pumpkins for the past six years.

Whole month of staying under budget is a great thing! - Meal Plans and Grocery Trip for Oct. 31st - Nov. 6th

With last Friday being Halloween, we ended up starting our grocery trip on Sunday and Michael & I finished it on Monday.  I came up with the meal plan on Sunday morning while Jon was working on his car.  Here's the plan that I came up with:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Really liking staying under budget - Meal Plans and Grocery Trip for October 24th - 30th

Even though the week of Halloween is long gone, I still wanted to write about our meals we had planned for that week and what our grocery trip was like.  Here's what was planned:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fun Family Halloween Activity

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I know this is late and I had all intentions of writing about this weeks ago.  How about something fun to plan to do with the family next October.  We bought these 3D foam structure kits at Michaels and had so much fun putting them together.  I actually went to Michaels today and all Halloween items are on sale 80% off!  I bought two more kits for less than half the cost of one!  I'm set for next year.

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