Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Witch {Kid Craft}


Halloween Witch {Kid Craft}

Happy Wednesday readers! Can you believe Halloween is a little over a week away? Crazy, right? Well - if you are looking for a quick and easy Halloween themed craft to do with the kids today - you are in luck! Today I'm sharing a kid friendly craft that is in honor of the wicked "Witch." With just a paper plate, tissue paper and cardstock, you too can pull together this easy witchy craft in no time. I even put some handprints in ours {I just love including that little aspect in our crafts} and of course, the rest of the supplies are relatively inexpensive too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Potato Salad w/Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage {Potluck Recipe}


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hillshire Brands and Safeway. I am a part of the Mom It Forward Network. All opinions and ideas are my own. #BringHillshireHome

Potato Salad w/Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage {Potluck Recipe}

With October coming to a close soon, it will slowly become the season of lots of snow, wind and potlucks in our neck of the woods.  Yes - potlucks. You see, since the military is our family away from our home, potlucks are our excuse to get together with "family." Between Thanksgiving and Christmas there are a TON of scheduled potlucks and office parties in our future - which means lots of cooking/baking for me. But I honestly can't complain because I love the food and fellowship that comes out of it all.

The one thing I have to be cautious with when it comes to what we contribute to these potlucks, is if it needs to be heated up. Since these gatherings are usually hosted in facilities with little to no kitchens - food that doesn't need to be cooked on the spot or warmed up is ideal. One of my favorite recipes to make and take to a potluck is Potato Salad w/ Smoke Sausage. It's PERFECT because I can make a large amount in no time, it's doesn't need to be reheated to be served and of course - it's simply delicious. Plus with the added protein from the Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage {our personal favorite} it's like an entire meal in one bowl!

DIY Pumpkin Frame {Crafts}


I received free products from DecoArt in exchange for a spotlight/craft tutorial on the blog. However, I only recommend & share things I truly love and believe in on my blog. These DIY Pumpkin Frames are great for the upcoming holiday season and the DecoArt paints make them absolutely perfect!


I probably sound like a broken record by now - but I seriously love this time of year. Fall is when I really get in the spirit of things and full-on decorate our house. Since I already have a country theme going on, the fall/pumpkin look really fits in. And I must confess - I like decorating for fall MORE than I do for Christmas. {GASP!} I guess I just love the "warm" colors and rustic look more....

Recently I decided I needed to add some new frames to our fall decor. Since I love displaying our family pictures in our living room & those dollar frames from Michaels are in endless supply - these DIY Pumpkin Frames were instantly born. With a few swipes of paint and hot glue - I was able to make some one-of-a-kind frames that are a great addition to our home for years to come. Did I mention they are super simple {even for the novice} and make for great gifts too?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Slow Cooker Beef & Bean Stew {Recipe}


Slow Cooker Beef & Bean Stew {Recipe}

Now that my little man is officially in preschool - my days have gotten just a "little" more busy. Between adding some car rides, errands and a little cleaning - I feel like my mornings go way too fast. It's taking some time to get use to, but I'm swinging with the punches. One of the many ways I'm taking advantage of our fast-paced mornings {and my free time when Lil Man is in school} is by setting the slow cooker. This way I don't have to worry about dinner when that creeps up on me. Cause let's face it - if the morning goes fast, the rest of the day does too...right?

One of my favorite meals to make during the week {besides the Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken Stew I shared the other day} is Beef & Bean Soup. It doesn't have a fancy name or look extra pretty - but it hits the spot on those cold fall nights. It's super simple to pull together and has everything you need in one dish. Just the way we like it around here!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Coffee Filter Pumpkin {Kid Craft}


Coffee Filter Pumpkin {Kid Craft}

Happy Sunday my friends! Keeping with the season - today I'm sharing a kid friendly fall craft with you all. All it is a single coffee filter turned into a cute little pumpkin. It's super simple, great for all ages {especially the youngsters} and makes for great decorations too. You can also easily add some jack o' lantern features to give it a Halloween feel!