Monthly Archives: November 2016

10 Dollar Store Christmas Decorations

We’re all trying to save money around the holidays…and just because you’re trying to save a little green doesn’t mean you can’t bring the magic of the season into your home!

I mean, let’s face it…if my bank account were a person, it would have a serious nutrient deficiency.  IT NEEDS MORE GREENS, AM I RIGHT?!  But with these clever and creative dollar store Christmas decorations, you can create a magical Christmas wonderland in your home without spending a cent (or at least spending very few of them!).

So keep the greens in the bank.  This year, make your own magical Christmas decorations with materials you most likely have in your craft storage bin already!

Pinterest Top 10:  Dollar Store Christmas Decorations

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 Fa La La La La Embroidery Hoop Mantel Decor
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Rudolph the Glitter Reindeer
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JOY Sign
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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
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Christmas Sweater Pillows
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DIY Sparkle Branches
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Merry and Bright Wall Art
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Paper Christmas Lights
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Cookie Cutter Wreath
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Spoon Trees
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Want to see more of my favorite Christmas ideas?  Check out my Pinterest board, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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Doing the Best We Can

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9 Fabulous French Toast Recipes

It’s National French Toast Day…and it’s time to step up our French toast game.

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A delicious breakfast staple usually made with stale bread, eggs, and a mixture of sweet spices, French toast is a satisfying and filling meal that kids and adults have loved for years.  Topped with everything from a simple dusting of confectioners’ sugar to swirls of Nutella and peanut butter, this breakfast dish has been through the ringer in terms of upgrades and revisions.

But lucky for you, I’ve gathered 9 of the best-tasting French toast recipes that you can make right now!  Topped, stuffed, and served with all kinds of tasty ingredients, these easy and tasty French toast recipes are sure to bring even the laziest of family members to the kitchen table every time!

9 Fabulous French Toast Recipes

French Toast Sausage Roll Ups
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Best Ever Peanut Butter Banana French Toast
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French Toast Waffle Sticks
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Cinnamon French Toast Muffins
JUSTATASTE.COM

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Blueberry French Toast Casserole
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Funfetti French Toast Muffins
DELICIOUSLYSPRINKLED.COM

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Raspberry Baked French Toast
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Coconut Crusted French Toast
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Bacon Maple French Toast
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A Monster Calls Book Review

We all have monsters that haunt us.  They can come to us in our dreams or they can take a physical form, traveling into our bodies and filling us with darkness.  Some live in the dark, damp places in our bedroom, while others sit greedily in our guts, only so eager to awake during times of intimate weakness.

Over time we come to expect our monsters to visit us.  The night before an interview, the moment the phone rings at an unexpected hour, the second we finally drift off to sleep…there they sit – waiting to pounce.  But sometimes we get a monster that is unexpected, one that is there to help us see things clearly, understand a difficult situation, or even accept what we can’t change.  When Conor is visited by one such unexpected monster in the small novel, A Monster Calls, he begins a journey that will change his life forever.

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Conor was getting used to the scary monster that plagued his nightmares.  The darkness, the screaming, the wind…this monster brought with it everything Conor was afraid of and everything he was scared to admit to himself.  It haunted him and tortured him with truths he didn’t want to acknowledge and ultimatums he didn’t want to face.  But this monster only came at night…only visited him in his dreams.  He knew he could wake up and the monster would be gone.

But when Conor is visited by different monster, one that’s ancient and wild, one that comes and goes on free will and one that visits Conor during all hours of the day and night, well that one has one goal in mind.  He’s not there to scare Conor, rather to take something from him…perhaps the most dangerous thing of all…for the monster is seeking the truth.

The truth of what, you ask?  Well, you’re just going to have to read the book and find out!  A small yet significant novella, A Monster Calls is a beautiful and heartbreaking story about love, loss, and acceptance.  With amazing illustrations and elegant prose that will pull at your heartstrings, this book is a powerful and sobering look into the things that scare humankind most of all.

I’m gonna be honest for a second…It’s gonna make you cry…probably a lot.  For some it may be cathartic.  For others, it may make you call family and friends you haven’t talked to in a while, just to tell them you love them.  It might even open your eyes a little and help you better understand something you couldn’t understand before.  It’s a short read, easily finished in a day or so, and one that will haunt you, like a monster, for the rest of your life.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Toy Story Perler Bead Coasters

So for the last few days, we’ve been celebrating the release of one of my favorite movies, Toy Story.  And today I’m so excited to share this project with you!

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Made with Perler Beads (those little beads you used to play with when you were a kid…remember?  They go on the grid and then you burned yourself ironing them?  Yup!  Those beads!), these coasters are made to look like a couple of my favorite Toy Story characters.

This pack of 6 coasters contains one each of Woody, Buzz, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, Jessie, and a three-eyed alien.  Aren’t they just the cutest?  I think Buzz is probably my favorite!

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You can add a felt backing to these so they won’t scratch up the tabletop.  That part is optional, but I think the backing helps give these a completed look.

Want to make your own set?  Well, you’re in luck!  I’ve included a printable chart with the patterns to make all of these coasters, as well as how many beads you’ll need in each color.  If you want to change up the colors, go right ahead!  Just save the Excel sheet to your computer and edit away.

Toy Story Perler Bead Coasters

Materials:

  • Printable Toy Story Coaster Patterns
  • Perler Bead Large Peg Board
  • Perler Beads (amounts of each color are on the Excel sheet)
  • Parchment Paper or Masking Tape
  • Iron

 

Instructions:

  1. Following the printable patterns, arrange your design on your Peg Board.  You’ll do one coaster at a time.  There should be one bead on each peg…just follow the pattern, it’s super easy!  If you’re having trouble getting the beads on the board because you have chubby fingers like me, a tweezers works really well.
  2. Once your design is complete, cover your design with parchment paper.  If you buy a Perler Bead set, it may also come with ironing paper.
  3. Set your iron to the hottest setting and start going over your design with the iron.  Make circular motions, always moving your iron, until the beads have melted and molded together.  For a sturdy piece, keep ironing until all the bead holes close.  This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes or so.  Just keep moving the iron and eventually all the beads will melt.  Once all the beads are melted, place your piece under  a heavy book to keep it nice and flat (do not remove the parchment paper or peg board…just place the book right on the parchment paper-covered coaster).  Once cool, remove the parchment paper and cover the back with felt, if desired.

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To Infinity and Beyond!

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