Thousands of free books for the little ones

Posted 08-31-2017 at 12:09 AM by Kat Weeks

With this school year coming up books are needed for the kids to get their practicing in with reading. Here is a website that helps you find thousands of books and activities for your kids.

Even if you don’t have kids in school this is a way for kids to keep their brain working when it seems like they have a break. It’s even enjoyable for them too! It’s fun and helpful.

Children with tablets PC sitting on wooden floor at home. Top view. Education, gaming, learning, technology, friendship, school concept

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Start your very own garden

Posted 08-30-2017 at 03:25 PM by Kat Weeks

Gardening tools and flowers on the terrace in the garden

Love the feeling of satisfaction and completing something new? Because I know I for sure do. Especially getting the reward from it as well. Well this is how you can make that all possible.

Starting a garden can be hard, especially for those who don’t have the green thumb. But once you get it started, it’s hard to quit. Gardening does involve getting a little dirty and playing in the soil. At the end of the day, the work you put in will only result in how well the garden turns out.

  1. The first step is to ask yourself “Why do I want a garden?” This is because once you realize what you want to do, then you’ll make sure to keep at it. Just a reminder, at the beginning some pests will come, that is totally normal. It is also normal to be discouraged. It’ll be hard, especially those with “black thumbs.”
  2. The second step will to be set goals. Remember that those goals need to be realistic and reachable. Although you’ve already had the reason of WHY you want a garden, this is going to help with when the garden will be started.
  3. Plan. Plan. Plan. Nothing will work if you do not know how well those plants grow, and how long it takes to grow. So, prioritize.
  4. Once you have planned when you will do it, figure out where each of those plants will go. Some plants need specifications on how much sun each will need, and how much water needed.
  5. Lastly, enjoy your garden! And the results to come after it.

WARNING: MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR UTILITY LINES ARE SO WHEN YOU’RE DIGGING, YOU DON’T ACCIDENTALLY HIT SOMETHING.

6 Activities to Do Before Summer Officially Ends

Posted 08-30-2017 at 12:38 PM by Jessica

Happy kids swimming underwater in pool

Sure, school is already in full-swing, but we have until the 22nd of September before we officially have to kiss the summer season goodbye. So in order to make the most out of our last few weeks of this glorious season, before the Pumpkin Spice Lattes take over and the weather gets chilly, here is a list of fun end-of-summer-bucketlist activities!

1.Go swimming.

Most pools will be closing by Labor Day, so be sure to get a swimming session or two in before you’re limited to just indoor pools.

2. Host a BBQ.

Invite friends and family over to eat yummy summer favorites. A menu with corn on the cob, fruit salad and burgers is perfect!

3. Have a picinic.

Sure, fall picnics are fun, too. But take advantage of the warm weather while it lasts and take some food to the park!

4. Watch a movie outdoors.

Whether that means simply taking your laptop outside, or renting a projector to watch a movie on a hanging white sheet or side of the house!

5. Make popsicles.

I’ve posted quite a few popsicle recipes lately, and not to toot my own horn or anything, but they’re pretty darn tasty! Give them a try before everything turns pumpkin-flavored!

6. Get outside!

If you live somewhere with mountains, go on a nature hike searching for waterfalls. Or, simply go for a walk around a lake or through the fields. Just get outside and get some exercise while soaking up some vitamin D!

Secrets to getting FREE things from Amazon!

Posted 08-30-2017 at 12:42 AM by Kat Weeks

Who loves free things? I know I do. From books, music, to gift cards this is the best of the best! Amazon offers so many of MP3 singles, listen away without spending a dime!

You can also get free credits by choosing “No-Rush Shipping.” They use it as an incentive, so by choosing it you get free credit to use towards Amazon digital products.

Free Kindle books/videos are given out daily. Click here to see hundreds of free books. Even if you DON’T, that’s right I said don’t, have a kindle. Just download the kindle app on almost any device.

Even though Amazon prime is not free, the perks to having it are the fact that you get free movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video!

For all you students out there, you can get a free $5 Credit for Amazon Student every time you refer a student. *Free 6 month Amazon Student Trial*

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DIY Fall Decor

Posted 08-30-2017 at 12:06 AM by Kat Weeks

With fall just around the corner you need to get a head start on all the newest decoration trends. Now my favorite decorations are those that I do myself. It gives me the opportunity to personalize it, and meet the needs that I’m looking for.

Click here to see how you can do this yourself! mason

This here is VERY stylish and simple to make. If you use real cinnamon sticks on top of the pumpkin it can also work as air freshener.

 

Delicious Lemon Garlic Pasta

Posted 08-29-2017 at 06:08 PM by Jessica

Spaghetti

I LOVE all things lemon and pasta, so when I came across this recipe that combined two of my favorite things, I was overjoyed. I’m also rather impatient and would much rather spend my time eating my food than making it. Most of the time though, when you want something specific like lemon garlic pasta, you just have to make it yourself. This is why this is the perfect recipe for anyone who is a beginner at cooking, or just doesn’t have a lot of time. It is SUPER simple, only took me about 15-20 minutes to make, and it turns out very delicious as well!

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 box angel hair or kind of pasta you like
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups baby spinach or other choice of vegetables
  • ⅓ cup parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Boil a large pot of water, then add salt and pasta. Cook pasta to al dente (usually around 12 minutes), and make sure to save ¼ cup of pasta water before draining.
  2. In a large pan, warm the olive oil over medium heat, then add garlic and lemon zest. After one minute, add in the Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper then cook for another minute. (Don’t be like me and burn the seasoning, which I didn’t even know was possible….)
  3. Add butter and melt it, then add vegetables, pasta, pasta water, and lemon juice. After a bit, add in the parmesan and stir.
  4. If you want, add any type of meat to get some protein as well.
  5. Enjoy!

Best ways to start the morning right

Posted 08-27-2017 at 12:17 AM by Kat Weeks

alarm clock having a good day in morning.

If we are anything alike then we will both agree that mornings are very hard. Hitting snooze about 2 to 3 times…. maybe 4 is the normal and typical thing to do. But after that is something that can impact the rest of your day BIG-TIME

  1. Once you wake up, get a cup of coffee. Make that cup of coffee be your motivation to get up. Or if you don’t like coffee, drink some ice cold water.
  2. Go work out. Yes, yes I know, we all hate waking up but now trying to add working out on top of it? Impossible to comprehend, but possible to do. Working out in the morning is the best way to get your day started. Don’t forget to stretch! 
  3. Come back and shower all that hard-work and sweat off.
  4. After that, go watch the news, maybe jump on your social media sites and get all caught up, or maybe even jump onto your favorite blog site *wink wink*
  5. Make yourself some breakfast. Healthy of course! This is the most important meal of the day if you haven’t heard.
  6. Quick tidy up. Although it doesn’t seem important at this time, or even necessary, it’ll surely make cleaning up later a lot easier.
  7. Now is the makeup, hair, packing of bags, all things necessary for your busy big day ahead of you.

Now good luck and go concur the day!

 

Beauty and the Beast “Grey Stuff” Cupcakes

Posted 08-25-2017 at 10:38 AM by Jessica

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What is the “grey stuff?”

Well if you are a Beauty and the Beast fan, there is a scene from the song ‘Be Our Guest’ where they say “Try the grey stuff it’s delicious, don’t believe me ask the dishes!” Trust me it is definitely delicious! After trying this at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World I decided I would see if there was a recipe so I could make it myself! Not only is there a very simple recipe, it is also very delicious. ;) This recipe is just for the grey stuff but to start it off bake some of your favorite cupcakes (works best with red velvet or chocolate) and get ready to frost them!

Ingredients

  1. 1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  2. 1 ½ cups of Milk
  3. 3-4 Cups whipped heavy cream
  4. 15 Oreos
  5. 3 Tbs Instant Chocolate pudding mix.
  6. 2 Tsp Vanilla
  7. Edible Pearl sprinkles

Directions

  • To start it off mix the entire contents of vanilla pudding mix, 3 Tbs chocolate pudding, 1 tsp Vanilla, and milk in a large bowl with a whisk. Next put the bowl into the fridge and let cool for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Next place the oreos into a food processor or blender and blend until they are finely blended into crumbs. (You can always use a ziploc bag and rolling pin as well).
  • Now it is time to take the pudding from the fridge and mix the oreo crumbs into it very well.
  • Lastly fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture and put back in the fridge for about an hour.
  • Serve over your cupcakes and enjoy the very delicious grey stuff! You will not regret it!

Seven Inexpensive & Creative Wedding Gift Ideas

Posted 08-25-2017 at 09:47 AM by Jessica

Elegant gift box

Sick of giving Crock Pots to the couple at every wedding you attend? Or simply want to find some less-expensive gift ideas? There are plenty of thoughtful gifts that you can give that won’t break the bank, but won’t seem cheap either!

Here are 7 inexpensive and creative wedding gift ideas…

Bottle of Champagne ~ $25
This is a classic. You could even include a couple of glasses you found at a thrift store, or on sale!

Board Games ~ $15-$50
Depending on the type you buy and whether you buy just one or multiple, the price can vary. I can tell you that if I’d gotten a board game for a wedding gift, I would’ve been thrilled! Sure, the plates and bowls and towels are great, but Monopoly is even better!

Gift Card ~ $25-$30
That is the perfect amount for a nice dinner at a not-so-expensive restaurant (think Chili’s or Olive Garden). The couple will love that they have an excuse to go on a date, especially since they’re probably exhausted from wedding planning!

Netflix or Hulu Subscription ~ $5-$25/month
Set the lucky couple up with a couple months of Netflix, and you’ll likely become their favorite person.

Activity Voucher ~ $10-$40
See a great deal on an activity you think the couple would love? Snag it and print out the voucher, and wrap that up as the gift! Date nights can get hard, so having something already paid for can be a huge help! (Extra points if you offer to babysit if they have children.)

Personalized Christmas Ornament ~ $5-$25
Whether you buy frame ornaments that you add a photo in, or personalize one online, this is a very thoughtful gift that the couple will love! Note that if you end up buying one of these in the spring or summer, it will be even cheaper!

Meal Delivery Service Subscription ~ $25-$60
There are lots of meal delivery services out there. You know, the companies that send you the exact ingreditnes you need along with the instructions for the meal? Most of them offer some sweet deals for new sign-ups, so you could send a super thoughtful gift for cheap!

Yummy + Super Easy Orange Julius Recipe

Posted 08-23-2017 at 11:37 AM by Jessica

orange julius recipe

I love me an Orange Julius. The frothy citrus drink has been one of my favorites since I was a little kid – there’s just something about the creamy citrus-y mix that is SO delicious! But to buy one each time I head to the mall would get really expensive, so I reserved them only for extra-special treats, until I realized I could make my own!

The ingredients you need are likely all in your pantry and fridge right now, so you honestly don’t have to leave your house to treat yourself to a yummy Orange Julius! Plus, there’s no prep-work. You simply measure and pour the ingredients into your blender and viola! You have a cool and creamy (and relatively healthy) treat in no time!

Here’s what you need…

1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Cup Milk (use whole milk for a creamier drink)
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Ice

Here’s how to make it…

Combine ingredients in your blender and, you guessed it, BLEND! Then, pour into glasses and serve! Just note that you’ll see some separation after is has been sitting out for a little while, so give it a nice stir right before serving. ENJOY!