Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday Highlights 11.27.15

Hello Black Friday!

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family and survived the holiday shopping craziness if that's your thing. I am getting ready to head out to the stores myself. It's the perfect excuse to hang out with my dear friend Anna and get in some much needed girl time, so let's make this weeks Friday picks short and sweet.

{ONE} Blog Highlights

This weeks I shared...
An amazing, change your life Twice Baked Potato Casserole recipe.

A fun way to make 3D art.

Our Christmas Bucket List Printable.

The girls Thankful Lists from November 2015.

A Happy Thanksgiving wish!

{TWO} Christmas Tree photos

This years mission is to nail the holiday photos including the Christmas tree ones. I started playing the other morning even though it needed to be darker.

Do you have any Christmas tree photo tips?

{THREE} Funny Family

So we snapped a few family photos yesterday and the kids wanted a silly photo so....

I think it would make a pretty amazing Christmas card.
P.S. Look at me so trendy in my flannel, booties and skinny jeans #raremoment

{FOUR} Black Friday Craziness

Did you Black Friday shop?

What's the best deal you scored?

{FIVE} Holiday Link-Ups

There are just about a jillion awesome holiday link-ups going on, including this one next week!

Sweet Turtle Soup

For another link-up that I am especially excited about be sure to check back here on Monday! 

Friday Linkup Parties
To see where I am linking up check out my link-up tab.

Have a great weekend!
We will see you back here soon.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! {2015}

It's Thanksgiving Day so I don't want to write much. But I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving. 

I am so thankful for each and every one of you. 
I hope you have a wonderful day full of family, fun and pie!

I'll be back tomorrow for my Friday Highlights!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Their Thankful Lists

At the beginning of the month I shared about our thankful tree.
Every day this month I have asked the girls what they are thankful for. Some days have been easy others harder. I have wanted to challenge them to be thoughtful with what they choose. There is a big difference in liking something and truly being thankful for it, so I often ask them why they are thankful for what they chose.

Our little tree went from an empty stick, to overflowing with words of thanks.
Today I wanted to share the girls lists with you.

We have SO much to be thankful for.

Tell me one thing you're thankful for?!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday Talk: Christmas Bucket List {Printable}

So my favorite part of each season has to be our bucket lists. They keep us on track and give us something to look forward too. Plus I am one of those who LOVES to cross things off a list.

This year I did something a little different with our list.
I made it printable!

So just in case you don't have time to make your own list, or you really like this one you can print ours off and call it your own.

Print yours here!

Now it's your turn to link up this week.
Grab the button from my side bar and join the fun.

Beth - Our Pretty Little Girls ~ Michelle - Grammie Time
Keri - Living In This Season  ~ Christina - Waltzing In Beauty
Lauren - Simply Free ~  Becky - BYBMG
Jess and Katie - Sweet Little Ones ~ Whitney - Polka Dotty Place
Laura - Life Is Beautiful ~ Elizabeth - All Kinds Of Things
Sarah - Abiding In Grace ~ Stephanie - Wife Mommy Me
Emily - Morning Motivated Mom

Bringing Art to Life with IDO3D!

Marissa and I had so much fun creating with IDO3D, who hired me to try out their product and share it with you, my readers. All opinions are my own.

Art should be fun, exciting and interactive.

As a home school mom I am always on the look out for great products that that allow us to create in new and exciting ways. I was so excited to learn about IDO3D. It is the perfect combination of art, science, engineering and creativity. A chance for kids to make their very own unique 3D creations. 

I love when we can learn so much from one simple project. 

From the moment the box arrived, Marissa could not wait to get started.

She grabbed the guidebook and started flipping through the projects. It was full of a large variety of project ideas in a variety of skill levels. The perfect guide and inspiration to get you started. She quickly found a pair of glasses and was ready create.

Step one was to trace the pattern with the pen onto the plastic sheet.
The adjustable precise tip made this easy and fast.

With the tracing completed we moved onto the next step, using the special light to transform her art.

After a few minutes of using the light our glasses were cured enough to assemble. We used the special pens and the light to "weld" the glasses together.

After a bit more curing in the sun our project was complete and ready to wear.
She was so proud of her creation.

And just like that, she was hooked.
She wasted no time getting started on another creation.

IDO3D was the perfect new twist that made her art real and brought it to life.

You can check out IDO3D on Facebook, buy this kit on Amazon or check out the IDO3D Amazon Store where you will find this and many other amazing project kits. 

IDO3D, is a great addition to any kids Christmas list!

What have you been creating lately?

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Twice Baked Potato Casserole {Recipe}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayWithChobani #CollectiveBias

The holiday season is upon us and that means the return of all of our favorite holiday foods, like mashed potatoes. Recently I was thinking about some different ways I could bring new life to my mashed potatoes. Russ is just not a fan of simple, plain potatoes and I can't say that I blame him. After some thinking I came up with what I thought was the perfect plan and headed to the store in search of a few ingredients.

I went to my local Wal-mart, I always seem to find exactly what I am looking for there and this trip was no different. I grabbed a container of Chobani® Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt and a few other ingredients before heading back home. 

I knew Chobani® was exactly what I was looking for. It is a great high protein, low fat option and an excellent substitute for sour cream, mayonnaise or oils making a healthier version of your favorite recipes. I am always looking for ways to sneak more protein into our diet. Chobani® plain has 44% of the daily value of protein and is made with only natural ingredients. Replacing other ingredients with Chobani® is a simple way that I can make a healthier choice for our family.

What I found was the perfect ingredient for this Twice Baked Potato Casserole 

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Twice Baked Potato Casserole
A simple potato side dish featuring Chobani® Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt

  • 6 Russet Potatoes
  • 1 Cup (plus extra for garnish) Chobani® Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 8 Strips Cooked Bacon (crumbled)
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups (divided) Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup (divided) Green onions (sliced)
1) Wash potatoes, wrap in foil and bake in 350 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours.

2) Let the potatoes cool about 15 minutes. Peel, chop and set aside.

3) Mix or mash the potatoes, butter, yogurt, salt & pepper. Adding in 1/2 cup of the milk then continuing to add until the potatoes have reached the desired thickness & creaminess.

4) Stir in 1/3 cup of the green onions and 1/2 cup of the cheese.

5) Spray either 8 ramekins, or a 7x11 (2 quart) pan and scoop the potato mixture into the baking dish(es).

6) Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

7) Remove from the oven, sprinkle with remaining cheese & bacon then continue baking for 5 additional minutes.

8) Garnish with yogurt and green onions before serving.

Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 8 servings

The creaminess and flavor of Chobani® yogurt was exactly what I needed to bring our potatoes to the next level. The ways you can use this natural ingredient yogurt to transform your recipes are endless.

For more inspiration on ways you can use Chobani® in your kitchen, check out the Made With Chobani® website.

How would you use Chobani® yogurt to transform a recipe?

Need some inspiration?
Check out these Chobani® recipes!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Highlights 11.20.15

Hello Friday!
 After a whole entire week of sneezing, sniffing, nose blowing and coughing, I am SO thankful that Friday is finally here, again. Last weekend was spoiled by a cold and I am hoping and praying that this weekend we all stay healthy and can enjoy relaxing and getting ready for all of the holiday fun.
Now, onto this weeks Friday five! 

{ONE} Blog Highlights

This week on the blog I shared...
A fun giveaway that has sadly already ended.

About our life, Currently

My December Photo Checklist.
A fun free printable I made to help you capture all the must have Christmas pictures.

A fun get well care package idea.
Because getting sick stinks. 

{TWO} Christmas Craziness

It has begun!
On Wednesday night Russ helped me get the Christmas decorations out of the attic and we are in full blown Christmas decorating mode around here.

 I have the sweetest helpers and boy are they SO helpful.

I can't wait to share all of our decorations with you, but more on that another day.

{THREE} Top Pin

My most pinned, pin on Pinterest happens to be one from my very own blog.
 I put together a super easy camera strap tutorial almost a year ago and everyone seems to love it.

Typically I don't link back to old posts like this. But, I thought with the holidays coming it would make an excellent gift idea. So, I hope someone finds this bit of randomness useful!

{FOUR} I Only Have Pies For You

Okay I know that ^ was a terrible pun, but I just had too.

Anyone else?!

On Thanksgiving I usually make a pie or two to take to Russ' parents house and then some years we eat more pie at my parents house. Because we all know that you can not just eat one piece of pie on Thanksgiving.

The question is does it really matter what kind of pie?
I am thinking I just might have to make that coconut cream pie I have been wanting to make all month.
I suppose I could make a pumpkin too. 

What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner?

{FIVE} Thanksgiving Break

Speaking of Thanksgiving...

That's right, we did!
After co-op today we are officially on Thanksgiving break.
I have been looking forward to this day since August 10th, aka the first day of school #truth.

Friday Linkup Parties
To see where I am linking up check out my link-up tab.

Have a great weekend!
We will see you back here soon.

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