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Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Sunday Side Dish: Sour Cream Potatoes


If you are having ham for Easter dinner this Sunday then you HAVE TO make these potatoes as a side dish, they are amazing!!!  Seriously love them! 

Sour Cream Potatoes


This is what you need:
32oz frozen hash browns
16 oz sour cream
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 onion
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
2 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups corn flakes
2 tbs butter, melted

1) Mix sour cream, 1/2 cup butter, onion, cheese and soup into bowl.
2) Add hashbrowns
3) Pour into greased 9x13 dish
4) Crush corn flakes and mix with 2 tbs butter. Sprinkle on top of potatoes.
5) Bake at 350 for 30 minutes



Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Knit Ruffle Pillow


I have a thing for pillows.  I love making pillows for every room!  They are so much fun and add so much color and personality to a room.  Here is one that I made for my master bedroom.  You can't go wrong with ruffles :)
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This is how I made it:
I took some grey knit fabric, cut it into strips that were 3/4” wide and ruffled them. 
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Using lots and lots of pins, I pinned the ruffles onto a piece of fabric that was 18x18”. 
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Then I sewed the ruffles onto the fabric. 
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I took two pieces of fabric and cut them 18x14 and 18x13 and overlapped them.  I placed them on top of the ruffles and then sewed up the sides. 
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Then I flipped the pillow case inside out.  And that’s it!
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I stuffed a little pillow in it and put it with my two gathered pillows on my bed. 
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Master of the Arts Paint Kits: Finger Paints #kidscraft

Disclosure: This product was provided to me by Horizon Group USA.  All opinions, content and ideas are 100% my own. 
Spring is a wonderful time of year.  The change of seasons is just great.  But at the same time it is really hard on people.  Especially kids.  My kids right now are going stir crazy because one day it can be super nice and they can get outside and play and let out energy.  And then the next day it could be super windy, snowing and freezing.  The drastic changes of temperatures are just hard on everyone.  Last week it was beautiful, this week no so much.  So I needed to give them something to do.  That's where these master of the arts kits came in handy. 
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At the end of April they will be available at Walmart for only $4.97 (or less) and there are a variety of them.  Today I let my kids play with the finger paints.  My daughter was so excited when I told her that we were going to finger paint, she asked about it all day long.  She said to me, "how many minutes until finger paint?".  All of my kids enjoyed it, even my oldest who is 9.  I just let them create.
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I told them to create something that reminds them of spring.  My son immediately drew a tornado (it's tornado season and he's been fascinated with them ever since we lived in Kansas). 
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My other son did a tornado too. 
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My daughter had a blast with the foam stamps that came in the kit. 
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They also had fun making their hand prints and made a butterfly.
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I think that every parents' first thought about finger paint is if it's washable.  I can tell you that it came off of hands, tables and the floor with out any problems.  I just used a wet wipe.  It comes out of clothes too.  My kids tested that out too :).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mom to Mom Diapers: Quality diapers at Safeway #MomToMomDiapers #ad

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mom to Mom.
Next week, my little baby is going to be one!!  It's is crazy how quick it has gone.  He is a VERY busy boy.  He is starting to act more like a toddler and not a baby anymore.  He is very active and mobile and with that it is very important to have him in a good diaper.  One that is comfortable but most important, one that will keep things in, even when he is all over the place. 
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The diapers are great!  They have things that really matter when it comes to diapers. After having 5 kids, I know a few things about diapers, I know what works and what doesn't. These diapers are hypoallergenic,  the inner liner has aloe and vitamin E, leak protection, fitted waist, fitted legs and are a great value.  All of those things are very important to me for my baby's diapers.  Another bonus is the super cute design!  Love the large number on there too.  I have my older kids help me and have them go and get a diaper for me.  I have several sizes (left over from my daughter) and when I tell them to get a size 3, they can clearly see the 3.  It's very legible and they can get me the right size (rather than me having to go get one myself). 
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Another feature that is a must with my active and busy boy is the fitted legs.  In the summer time, my kids live in their diapers or onesies.  Sometimes they have little hard poop and when they are on the go, they come out of the diaper!  Has that ever happened to you?  It's awful to walk around and find poop all over the house.  They fit right up against his legs and move with him, keeping it in. 
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The fit on the waist is another feature that is a must.  Blow outs always seem to come up the back.  Got to keep that pee and poop in!
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My favorite feature about the diaper was the front of it.  Do you see the part that is plaid in the front?  It's a strip that helps make the tabs stick to the diaper better.  All of my kids have gotten into the stage of taking off their diapers.  This helps keep the diaper on!  It's so great. 
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They even passed the test of no leaks at night time.  My baby is very comfy in them and they fit him very well.  They move with him as he is moving.  Plus the value of them in good and I love that I can get them at Safeway.  That's our closest store and it's nice that I can get quality diapers there without breaking the bank.  I figure in the past 9 years I have bought more than 20,000 diapers (that is 4 diapers per day for 3 years) and that is probably a really low number too because my boys did potty train until 3 1/2 years and we definitely go through more than 4 diapers on some days.  These diapers are a great price!  This box for the size 3 diapers makes it $.14 per diaper.  I just bought a big box of the name brand ones and they were $.20 per diaper.  That’s a huge difference, especially when you are buying thousands and thousands of them!
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As you can tell, my little guy likes them!
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fun Easter Projects {MMM #220 Block Party}

Hello everyone!!!  I am so excited that you are here today!  I hope that you all had a great weekend and that you got to enjoy some nice warm spring weather.  I love the warm weather, we were able to go explore around our house this weekend.  It's the first that we have been able to do it.  Last year I was pregnant or had a new born and this was the first nice weekend of spring.  We also was able to just go to a park and play.  For the first time in years, I got on a see saw (we had the whole family on it), did monkey bars and felt like a kid again.
 

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I've been busy making all sorts of Easter edible crafts
including Polka Dot Candy Eggs and Cocoa Krispies Easter Bunny Treats
 and I'm so excited to see what you have been creating for your own blogs this week
- Beth


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