4-Ingredient Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

Posted 11-12-2017 at 03:56 PM by Jessica

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I’m not sure if there’s really a person out there than can turn away from a sugary donut. I’m really not sure it’s possible! Especially with how delicious these are.

They’re everything you want in a dessert: sugary, simple and scrumptious! (Yes, I did just find three words that started with an ‘S’, but they all fit perfectly!) Go ahead and give these donuts a try. You will be chowing down on them in only a matter of minutes!

Ingredients:

  • Any can of Biscuit Dough
  • Enough Vegetable Oil to fill pan 1-1/2 inches
  • Cinnamon and Sugar to roll the dough in after it’s done frying (you could also use powdered sugar)

Directions:

First, cut the biscuit dough into quarters.

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Turn the oil to med-high and place one bit of dough in to test if the oil is hot enough. The dough should fry up pretty quickly. Once you’d determined that the oil is hot enough, add as many dough bits as you can to the oil so that they are fully submerged.

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It should only take about two minutes before you need to stir them up and flip a few of them around. After that you should only have to let them fry for another minute until they turn a nice dark golden-brown.

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After they’ve been scooped from the oil, roll them in a cinnamon-sugar mix. If your mouth isn’t watering at this point, I think there may be something wrong. ;)

Bon Appetit!

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Moisturizing Oatmeal Sugar Scrub

Posted 11-10-2017 at 11:10 AM by Jessica

Body scrub of oatmeal, sugar, honey and oil, top view

I used to love to buy either salt or sugar scrubs to use in the shower. Quite frankly, though, nowadays sugar scrubs seem like quite a luxury. There are so many other things I’d rather buy than scrub for myself….

However, I’ve been dealing with dry skin lately, and have read over and over that exfoliating with a scrub and moisturizing with a good oil (like coconut oil) can make a big difference. It’ll at least feel great! So, I decided to make my own sugar scrub seeing as I already had all of the necessary ingredients handy!

For this sugar scrub you can use olive oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil. For sugar, you can use white or brown or a combination of the two. Then, you can add fun extras like oatmeal, vanilla extract or cinnamon to make it even yummier…I mean, better smelling ;)

Here’s how I made mine:

1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup dry oatmeal
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

That’s it. Mix it all up. Put it in a container you can seal. Then, enjoy!

Spice up your work desk, without breaking the bank!

Posted 11-9-2017 at 01:01 AM by Kat Weeks

Tired of the boring look that you see all day every day while working? SAME HERE! It’s so blah and it makes work not very fun to go to, am I right? Well lets change that! Here are some ways…

Change up the mouse pad! 

Things you’ll need:

  • fabric mod podge
  • fabric of your choice
  • round cork
  •  scissors
  • sponge brush
  • pen

Instructions:

  1. Get all your materials together and pull out the round cork. Once you have that place the fabric under it and trace around (lightly) the circle, and give an extra 2″ for overhang.
  2. Next, get to cutting. Make sure to follow the circle you drew to make sure it fits.
  3. Now that it’s in the same shape and size as the cork, get your mod podge and your sponge brush.
  4. Start spreading the mod podge all around the cork. * Not too much though *
  5. Then once it’s placed all over the top, turn over and cut the bottom off so it’s completely flat.
  6. Let dry over night!

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Click here to see the full tutorial!!

Easy DIY Fall Wreath

Posted 11-8-2017 at 04:28 PM by Jessica

I have wanted a nice fall wreath for a few years now. Two or three years ago, I bought a very inexpensive wreath that I have not loved. But, whenever I’ve looked at the ones I like best, I can never justify the price. And, when I have attempted to get them on clearance after Thanksgiving, I haven’t had much luck with the selection. All that to say that I have had visions of having a nice fall wreath for a number of years now. That’s what got me searching for either a good deal or a DIY project that I could actually do…and I found one!

Here’s what I did. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought natural grapevine wreath for $3.99.

Then, I bought some silk flowers in fall colors. There were less expensive ones. But, I loved the flowers I picked out. They were 50% off. So, I got them for just under $3 each.

That was it. I simply glued the silk flowers onto the wreath and within minutes, it was done! We love it!

 

Staying Calm When Nothing is Going Right

Posted 11-7-2017 at 03:27 PM by Jessica

Car Travel with Children

It’s one of those days. Everyone in the house is upset. Kids are crying, the dogs tracked mud through the kitchen, the husband can’t find his car keys… You are feeling the full effect of  “When it rains, it pours.” Mom is longing for a time when she made people happy and the world was quiet.

We have all been there and it’s not the Disney Land of parenthood. So how do we get through the gauntlet of tears without losing our own minds?

Remember You Tried

It’s so easy to forget that five minutes ago you were helping your kiddo with their homework, and all was okay with the world. Or that you took the dogs on a walk, or had just found a different lost item. Some days the storm is coming no matter what you do. You tried anyway and responded in love.

Find Humor

During the season of tantrums it’s difficult to find your funny bone, but when you do you can turn all those tears to laughter. Pretend to cry, too. Throw yourself on the floor. It often throws you children off guard and they begin to laugh themselves. When all else fails start a tickle war. You may not have a whole lot of time, but this could make the rest of your day easier for everyone to get through.

Hold Your Ground

If fighting is happening, make sure your kids know that they have to face the consequences of those actions. Enforce a quick time out and tell them that anger or sadness doesn’t buy rude or violent behavior. Then hold on until the storm blows itself out.

Some days are just no fun, but keep in mind that tomorrow can be the best day ever! You’ve got this!

Easy brownie in a cup recipe!

Posted 11-7-2017 at 12:55 AM by Kat Weeks

Countless times I’ve always had a craving for something sweet, and chocolate-y. But along with that craving is not wanting to make the entire pan of brownies! Annoying right? Well I have the perfect idea, called brownie-in-a-cup!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 microwave safe mug
  • 4 Tbs flour
  • 4 Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tbs cocoa
  • 2 Tbs canola oil
  • 2 Tbs water
  • 1/3 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in small bowl and mix together till smooth.
  2. Spray the mug with cooking spray so it doesn’t stick.
  3. Pour into the mug
  4. Microwave for 1 minute!!

Then WA-LA! You have your own personal treat that took under 5 minutes.

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Cutest DIY storage for kids toys!

Posted 11-6-2017 at 01:00 AM by Kat Weeks

We all have a dream on how we want our kids’ toy rooms to look like. Full on storage with labels and fully organized to the max! Unfortunately our kids think otherwise. They think it belongs all in one big tote! Looks like the comprise is going to be made..

Now we all know how annoying it is to have the kids toys just scattered all over the floors because the kids just believe that’s the place for them. This is a way to decorate the cluttered toy room, while adding more storage that the kids can understand! Click HERE to see the full article.

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DIY No-Scrub Jewelry Cleaner (Only 4 Ingredients Needed)

Posted 11-5-2017 at 07:16 PM by Jessica

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Sometimes I look down at my wedding ring and don’t recognize it thanks to how dull and dirty it has become. I am one of those people that never takes off her ring (because I am also one of those people that loses EVERYTHING) so it always gets dirty. Whether I’m baking cookies, applying lotions, or doing yard work, my ring takes a serious beating on a very frequent basis.

Heading to the jewelry store to get it professionally cleaned is a pain, and doesn’t happen very frequently. So I went out a bought a jewelry cleaner about a year ago, but was terrified when I read reviews on it stating that it stripped jewelry of its coating after time! This led me to research DIY jewelry cleaners that were made with less chemicals, and luckily I found the perfect solution!

All you need is…

  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • 1 tbs Dawn dish soap (this is my all time favorite dish soap)
  • 1 cup hot water

Mix the ingredients together, and let your jewelry soak for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then take the peices out and gently pat them dry. And that’s it! No scrubbing, no driving to your jeweler, and no expensive cleaners!

No Mixer Needed – Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Posted 11-3-2017 at 11:18 AM by Jessica

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I was recently looking through a notebook of my grandma’s favorite recipes when I saw a “no-mixer” chocolate chip cookie recipe. If you’re without a mixer, or simply want to do things the old-fashioned way, you’ve got to try this one out. It’s so simple and delicious I’m really not sure why I’ve ever made cookies any other way! Here we go…

You’ll need:

2½ cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup melted butter
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

First, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium sized bowl.

In a large bowl whisk the brown and white sugar until they’re incorporated and then add the melted butter and whisk really well. Add the eggs one at a time, and then the vanilla, whisking in between.

Add the dry ingredients to the sugary buttery egg mixture (yum), and stir them so they’re totally combined. Set that whisk aside; a spatula or large spoon will work best for this. Mix in the chocolate chips, and refrigerate for about 10 minutes. (If you’d like, scoop the dough into balls and then refrigerate them.)

While the dough is getting chilled preheat your oven to 375ºF.

If the dough hasn’t already been scooped into balls do that after it has chilled for 10 minutes, and bake for 10-12 minutes, watching them carefully until they turn golden brown. Let cool on baking sheet for about a minute, and then carefully transfer the cookies to a plate to finish cooling.

Enjoy!

Here’s how to save hundreds at Hobby Lobby!

Posted 11-2-2017 at 12:54 AM by Kat Weeks

Wanting to buy new things for the home and not wanting to spend hundreds while doing it? This is even a way you won’t need to do much!

Hobby Lobby hacks on ways to save:

  • Plan the shopping trips around the sale schedule.
  • Avoid paying the full price by looking on the website for coupons first.
  • There’s a 40% coupon online that states “one per person, per day.” So print off multiple coupons and have your kids in line with it.
  • Avoid shopping online though, prices are the same. *Unless free shipping. Then that saves you gas money!*
  • Twice a year they put their home accents on clearance, Don’t miss it!!
  • Use that 40% coupon instead of sale prices. *Only if it’s higher percentage.*
  • After the holiday seasons, sales go all the way down to 90% off.
  • 10-15% off on damaged items. (Can even fix them yourself and save money!)
  • Shop on Saturday nights when the sale prices overlap.

If you follow these rules, you can just see your wallet grow! Also, Tuesday and Wednesday are the least busy times to go. So get to shopping! Goodluck

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