Friday, February 28, 2014

Crab Stuffed Avocado- Feature of the Day





I have two avocados on my counter right now, and  I am not sure what I want  to do with them.  I think I am going to try this Crab Stuffed Avocado recipe by The Seasoned Mom.  Not only does it look really good, but it is healthy too!  In addition to this stuffed avocado recipe, Blair has many other delicious  recipes to check out over own her blog.  Be sure to stop over and  check them out. Thank you so much for linking up to Dare to Share Blair! 
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Chicken Tortilla Soup - Feature of the Day





Today is a soup kind of day. It is very cold where I live, as we are currently in Polar Vortex #4. I am sending my kids to school on a day when it is barely above zero. We also have a busy schedule today, so a bowl of Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup by Optimistic Mommy, would not only warm our bellies, it would be convenient too.  In her recipe she shares a great tip on how  to use Chick-Fil-A chicken.  Being in the north, I unfortunately do not have access to one of their stores, but it sure looks good. Be sure to check out Optimistic Mommy for the full recipe. Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to Share Courtney! 





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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lego Movie Party Photo Props






Are you ready for some more LEGO Movie Fun?  You can pretend to be your favorite character with LEGO Movie Photo Props.  There are so many fun characters in this movie, that the possible props to choose from are endless.  

LEGO Movie Photo Props

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Polka Dot Bars - Feature of the Day


I don't know about you, but I crave chocolate quite frequently.  When I saw the chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips by Peanut Life Adventures, I knew I wanted to know more about them.  Her family gives the thumbs up for those cookies, including her mother-in-law. You can see the full recipe for her Polka Dot Bars here.   Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to Share  Danielle.  

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St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold



St. Patrick's Day will be here before we know it.  I thought I would share one of my favorite St. Patrick's Day crafts from a few years ago, that will hopefully give you the  luck of the Irish.  I am going to show you how you can make your very own Pot of Gold.

St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft

It is actually not that difficult to make, but sure is a lot of fun.  I recycled a cauldron from Halloween, and picked up a few items from the dollar store.  You can see the full tutorial for this craft on this post  here.
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Dare to Share #99

Wow, can this really be party #99!  
Where did the time go? 

It is once again Friday night, so you know what that means.. 
It's time to Dare to Share! 




Whew...  did you survive the week?    

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Homemade Pretzel Bites - Feature of the Day


Have you ever tried to make your own pretzels?  I have not tried, but I have thought about it.   The girls over at Lou Lou Girls shared a great recipe on how to make your own pretzel bites that would be great for almost any kind of party. Also being homemade, they would also be a healthier version to store bought options with a lot of added ingredients.  You can see the full recipe on how to make this great party treat over at the Lou Lou Girls here.  Thanks so much for linking up this great recipe to Dare to Share!


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Homemade Pizza Buns





I took one look at the Pizza Buns posted by Jenn's Random Scraps, and knew that this was a recipe my family would love.   I bet my soon to be 15 year old son would want to eat several at one sitting.   I may just have to give him the recipe to get him back in the kitchen.  You can see more of her post, including a recipe for Jenn's homemade pizza sauce on her blog Jenn's Random Scraps here.    Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to Share Jenn!  
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

LEGO Movie Party Bags




One thing fun about LEGO parties, is you can turn just about everything into a LEGO including party bags. I am going to show you how easy it is to make your own Lego Movie party bags. 

make your own LEGO movie party bags



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Packing Tape Roll Heart Vase - Feature of the Day




Did you see this extremely cool vase made out of a packaging tape roll by Wesens-Art on this week's Dare to Share?  I think this is such an original idea. I never would have pictured using a tape roll for a vase. Sometimes really great ideas come when you think outside of the box. If you would like to see how to make a Packaging Tape Heart Vase of your own, be sure to stop by Wesen's-Art  here.  Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to Share!




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Monday, February 17, 2014

The LEGO Movie Party Ideas

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Have you had the chance to see the new LEGO movie yet? We saw it opening weekend and LOVED it.  There was a lot of storyline for both kids and adults, with many laugh out loud moments. 

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Dare to Share #98

It's Valentine's Day Friday, and you know what that means
It's time to Dare to Share!  




What a week we had!! 

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Chocolate Cherry Fudge




Well the day is here.  It's Valentine's Day.  Are you still thinking of what to give to your sweetie?  Early last  month, on my contributor post on Your Modern Family, I shared this recipe for my favorite fudge. I thought it would make a great fudge to give as a gift for Valentine's Day.  It is easy to put together, and you would still be able to make it before you celebrate tonight.  

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Valentine's Day Tablescape - Feature of the Day


Are you going out to dinner, or staying home and  making dinner for your Valentine?  Kathe from Kathe with an E  has a passion for tablescapes on a budget, and has many great ideas on how to make the table colorful and fun. This week on Dare to Share,  she shared her Valentine's Day tablescape.  While you might not have the same dishes or accessories,  her post gives inspiration on how to set your own Valentine's Day Table.  You can see the full post over on her blog Kathe with an E here.  Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to Share Kathe! 
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Conversation Heart Gift Box - Feature of the Day


It's hard to believe that Valentine's Day is just a couple of days away. Wasn't it just New Years Day a couple of days ago??   If you are giving a small gift, and would like a fun way to present it, then Crystal from Make it Easy Crafts has an idea for you.   She shared how to make your own custom conversation heart gift boxes.  I like that they are fun and colorful, and you can customize them with your favorite sayings.  These boxes would be great to fill with candy, and then to give as gifts.  You can see Crystal's full tutorial on her blog Make it Easy Crafts here.  Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to Share Crystal! 


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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Frappe's Freedom

How we caught our mouse that escaped

We had quite an ordeal at our house the last couple of days.  I am happy to say, we had a happy ending.   You can read the full story on my other blog, Surviving the Crazy Life.  This will also explain why I have not had a chance to work on Lego party ideas this week.   I think that with all the trouble with animals we have had in recent weeks, I definitely  picked a fitting title for my other blog.  :) 




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Monday, February 10, 2014

Chocolate Syrup Fudge Cake - Feature of the Day


After the last 24 hours I have had, I could definitely use some chocolate.   You may have read on my Facebook Page that my daughter had one of her mice jump out of her hands last night. (not Lucky the baby)  Frappe (a.k.a. mama mouse) has been on the loose since late yesterday afternoon.  We almost  caught her several times, but she would slip away at the last second.  We set up a live trap last night before bed, and hoped we would see her this morning.  No such luck.  Kara thought she saw her earlier today, but we have seen seen her since.   We are still on the search though, especially since we have three cats! 

Now back to that chocolate.   I don't know about you, but when I am stressed,  a bit of chocolate hits the spot.  I think this Chocolate Syrup Fudge Cake from The Velvet Moon Baker amazing, and wish I had a bit piece of it right now. You can see how Tash made this yummy looking cake on The Velvet Moon Baker blog here.  Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to Share Tash! 



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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Dare to Share #97

It's Friday night, and you know what time means. 
It's time to Dare to Share! 


How was your week?  


I know I am beginning to sound like a broken record.  We had more snow and super cold temperatures where I live this week. On Wednesday, the snow was my nemesis, and it almost won.  My car was stuck in a snow bank for 3 hours, I had to walk through knee deep snow to get to my daughter, and the snow plow took out our garbage can. I wrote about that lovely day on my other blog Surviving the Crazy Life


Earlier in the week I shared a post about one of my favorite things to do..  shopping..  Did you know there are several Shopping Apps that Pay You to Shop.  They really do! I have earned over $100 using these apps. 


With the winter Olympics starting this week, I thought it would be a good time for a flashback post on How to Make Your Own Olympic Medals


Today my latest my latest post on Joyful Home and Life went live.  I shared how to make Cinnamon Sugar Valentine Crackers


Did you have a chance to see the fabulous Features of the Day this week..   First up was these Clay Pot Snowmen by Peanut Life Adventures


I really want to try these Strawberry Chocolate Chip cookies by Robyn's View


and if you want to feed your kids an alternative to more sweets, Laughing and Losing It shared a Healthy Valentine Snack. 

Now it is time for this week's party.  You can pretty much link up anything that you would like to share.  You are not required to follow me to link up, but I would sure love it if you would. If you would like to make sure not to miss a post, consider signing up to follow by email.   If you are chosen as a Dare to Share Feature of the Day you post will be shared on the blog. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and G+  

Now Link Up and HAVE FUN! 













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Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Healthy Valentine's Day Snack


When you think of Valentine's Day, you almost immediately think of chocolate or some other type of sweet.  Christina from Laughing and Losing It shared a great idea for a healthy Valentine's Day snack that you would feel good about serving to your family.  Everything is more fun when cut into shapes.  You can see Christina's full post on Laughing and Losing it on her blog here.  Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to Share  Christina! 




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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Homemade Olympic Medals


With the Olympics starting tomorrow, I thought it might be a good time to reshare a post I shared  during the summer Olympics in 2012.   We had a lot of fun making our own Olympic medals using items we found at the dollar store. This would be a lot of fun for kids as they may want to have their own Olympic games.  You can see the full post at this link, Making Your Own Olympic Medals

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies




I love the taste of strawberry and chocolate. When I saw these Strawberry Chocolate Chip Valentine Cookies by Robyn of Robyn's View, I knew I had to find out more.  They are relatively easy to make with only had handful of ingredients. The pink color makes them a perfect gift for family and friends.  You can see Robyn's recipe to make some of your own at her blog Robyn's View here.  Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to Share Robyn! 


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Monday, February 3, 2014

Shopping Apps that Pay You to Shop

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People ask me all the time how I save money on groceries.  I share with them how I match sale ads with coupons, but I also share another secret.  I tell them how I use shopping apps that pay me to shop!  Yes, I really said, pay me to shop. 


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Clay Pot Snowman Craft


Even though I am very tired of snow this winter, and I never tired of cute snowmen crafts. This sweet snowman was made by Danielle of Peanut Life Adventures.  They are not that difficult to make, so this would be a great craft for older kids.  You can read more about the Clay Pot Snowman Craft and Peanut Life Adventures here.  Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to Share  Danielle! 
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