Cherry Cheesecake Dip – Fun Family Valentines Day Dessert

I love making Valentines Day just a little bit out of the ordinary for my kids.  Things like a special packed lunch at school, heart shaped doughnuts for breakfast, an afterschool scarvenger hunt or a special dessert are just a few of the things that I have done to make their Valentine’s day special.  It doesn’t take a lot of extra time, or money to make their day exciting.  Here is a great recipe that is perfect for any get together where you need to feed a crowd, or a special after dinner treat for your family that is made with love.  We will be enjoying this on Valentine’s day as a special treat.   It is super simple, fast, tasty, and festive topped with red cherry pie filling that your family is sure to love.

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Recycle Kid’s Outgrown Clothes Into Play Pillows

Ever catch your child running around in a way too tight shirt that you know they dug out of the “too small” bin in the basement?  They promptly tell you that the shirt fits just fine even though their belly is sticking out, and they can bearly fit their arms into the sleeves.  You know those favorite shirts that they just can’t seem to get enough of!  Here is a way that I have discovered to make those favorite shirts last just a little bit longer.  Instead of packing them away or donating the kid’s favorite outgrown clothes I love to make them into little pillows that they can use for play.  They are perfect for dolly cribs or for their favorite stuffed animals to use in their beds.  They get to see their favorite shirt everyday and play with it too.

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Easy Valentines Day Fudge That Is Fun For Kids – Brazilian Brigadeiros

Here is a simple fudge recipe that your kids will adore!  In just a few easy steps with a few common ingredients you have a chocolaty treat that is fit for any special occasion!  These Brazilian Brigadeiros are fun and easy to make with the kiddos and are totally tempting all covered in colorful sprinkles.  They are very common in Brazil at kid’s parties and festivities that involve children.  Try these covered in heart shaped sprinkles for a Valentines Day treat, or anytime you need a kid friendly dessert!  They are as fun to make as they are to eat!  make them for a special snack time treat at school or party to celebrate just about anything.

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Whooo’s Been Good? – Fun Kid’s Reward System

I think every mother wants to positively reinforce their children’s good behavior.  If you are like me, when you see bad behavior it is something you automatically “hone in on” – to correct it instantly.  Positive behaviors, on the other hand, often don’t get the same amount of attention.  We expect  our children to do certain things and act a certain way, and that is our job as parents to teach them.  Here is a great way to make a big deal out of good, positive behaviors and kind actions that your children choose to do on their own!  “Whooo’s been good” is a little surprise jar that we have in our house for when I catch the kids doing something unexpected and totally awesome!

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Budget Kitchen Island Makeover

As I mentioned in my last post I wanted to go into a little more detail on how I wallpapered, painted and then distressed our kitchen island.  I am going to guess that the total cost to change up our kitchen island was less than $6.oo.  I used paint colors that we had left over from other projects and less than half of a roll of paintable bead board wallpaper.  This is a great option if you have a kitchen island that doesn’t get a lot of abuse and needs a makeover – it looks pretty and the price is certainly right!  You can read all about my budget kitchen makeover here, but here is the skinny on the kitchen island itself.  A simple paint glaze I used added a great distressed finish to add a ton of character to our kitchen.

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Kitchen Backsplash Using Beadboard Wallpaper- Transform Your Home On A Budget

Today I am bringing you a super budget friendly way to completely transform your kitchen for about $12.00.  Need an inexpensive, quick fix for a so-so kitchen?  Well here it is.  Textured, paintable wallpaper turns a drab back splash from boring to polished in just a few easy steps.  No power tools, no expensive supplies, and no contractor bills.  Plus this is an easy way to change things up without a permanent damage to the walls that would be expensive to remove and replace like tile back splashes.  This stay at home mom did it all on her own after bedtime while her kids were fast asleep and you can do it too.

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Lemon Gumdrop Cookie Recipe

These simple lemon gumdrop cookies are easy to make and are a staple in our house, especially during the holidays.  They are not a particularly festive holiday cookie, but my family loves them so we make them as a special treat throughout the year and during the holidays too.  Everyone loves their light lemony flavor and they are perfect to make and share.  A boxed lemon cake mix and a few other simple ingredients are all you need to make a batch that the whole family will love.  Even though my mouth won’t be meeting any of these cookies in the next few weeks, I hope yours do, because you will love them.

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Happy New Year – Welcome to 2013

Happy New Year to you all!  I certainly hope that each and everyone of you had a safe and happy holiday season!  I thoroughly enjoyed my break from blogland and dove into my family with every ounce of my being.  Our break began with 2 snow days from school before winter break was supposed to start and inches and inches of fluffy white snow!  I found myself hunkered in with my kids enjoying nothing more than staying in my jammies, playing games, drinking hot cocoa, and forgetting about everything but them.  It was pure magic each and every day as we anticipated and enjoyed one family function after another.

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