Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Free King Size Candy Bar Valentine Wrapper


Get ready for Valentine's Day next month by giving your favorite lover a giant candy bar and wrapping it with this free Valentine printable.

Or, if you really want to impress the love of your life, you can get the entire Valentine Treat Printables collection in our shop:


Monday, December 16, 2013

Free Alphabet Banner

Today's printable is very simple, and super versatile. It's an Alphabet banner that includes upper and lower case letters AND numbers! Also, since it's black and white, it can go with just about any event! Don't forget, you can always dress it up and personalize the banner to fit your needs: try adding an accordian circle to the back for fun!

Click to download now! 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Are you ready for Christmas? I'm not. At all. And I just realized that I only have like, one more week without children to do any sort of shopping. I know it's not technically possible for things like this to sneak up on me, but they do.

At any rate, download these free printable Christmas gift tags now to cute-en up your presents!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Easy Holiday Snack: Chex Party Mix

Did you know that there are hundreds of Chex Party Mix recipes?  If you're craving something sweet, salty, or even gluten-free, Chex have got your back.

This is my personal favorite Chex Party Mix recipe for the holidays (and it only takes 15 minutes to throw together, which is just another great reason to love it):

Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Party Mix



You really MUST try this recipe for yourself.  It's so easy my 10 year old can make it by herself, and it takes like crunchy hot chocolate and coconut - yum.  And once you've made this, try their other recipes, because they look delicious!

(Recipe and photo courtesy of the Chex Party Mix website.)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Giveaway from Residence Hall Linens

We're participating in a BIG multi-blogger giveaway!  Check it out!

I'm about to reveal something about myself, Tara of Dandy Giveaway, to hundreds (okay thousands... since this is a multi blogger giveaway) of people at once. When I finally moved away from home for college I was in my sophomore year and the year was 1997. That means I graduated from high school only a few years past 15 years ago and makes me 5 years away from the big 4-0.
Whew. I'm glad I could get that off my chest and admit it all oh so quickly!

 Back when I went away to school there weren't many options for finding all the gear I needed for my dorm room/apartment room all in one place. I had only just recently acquired an email address and no one shopped online, because very few people had the internet! So that meant my mom and I went to store after store looking for the perfect bedding, bathroom accessories, and towels. It took FOREVER!

Kids of today have it soooo easy... Now they can find everything they need all in one stop. Online at Residence Hall Linens! This web store seriously has everything a college student needs so they can focus on the truly important things... like studying. :)

Here are just a few of the great looks: 383453_287129441375920_12215886_n   561774_286615438093987_1252681515_n    

So if you have a Senior in high school at your house or even one that's about to head off to heading off for winter semester then you now know to direct them to RHL. The linens are also always perfect for home use, too. ;) I'm so every excited to be working with these great blogs to bring you the following fantastically dandy prize! Cori's Cozy CornerIt's Just Me (an ordinary blog), It Mom, Leafy Not Beefy, Merlot Mommy, Me and My Handful, Better in Bulk, Chaos To Creativity, Ramblingstump, Living Through Motherhood, Fun Reviews And Giveaways, STL Motherhood, NYCitified, and Peonies & Poppyseeds!

And now for the giveaway...

One very lucky winner is going to receive a Student Starter Pack from Residence Hall Linens!


*Prize package is a $188 value and includes the following:
  • 2 extra-long fitted sheets
  • 2 extra-long flat sheets
  • 2 standard pillow cases
  • 1 extra-fluffy pillow
  • 1 extra-long reversible comforter
  • 1 extra-long quilted mattress pad
  • 2 all-cotton bath towels
  • 2 matching cotton hand towels
  • 2 matching cotton wash cloths
  • 1 extra-long thermal cotton blanket
  • 1 bedside buddy
*Winner's choice on color combination. (Enter on the Rafflecopter below the rules.) RULES: *This giveaway is open to US entries only. *Winner is subject to eligibility verification. *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of December 16th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. *This multi blogger giveaway was sponsored by Residence Hall Linens, but all opinions are strictly Tara's. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday Dotted Pin Hole Art Templates

My kids like to create art, but they get bored with all the same methods, so every Christmas we do pin hole pictures by taking a pushpin and some construction paper and start poking holes. 

But today, when I went looking online for new templates, I couldn't find anything super cute.  It's all the same old stuff (I think they're the same templates I used in second grade).  So I came up with some of my own!

You can get this one for free:

Just click THIS LINK to download.  After you've downloaded, print it on colored paper, and use a pushpin to make holes where ever there is a dot.  Then just flip your paper over to see your masterpiece!


You can get the whole set of 9 templates in our shop (it's totally worth it - they're way fun to do, and you can use them at a classroom holiday party too)!


75+ Weeknight Dinner Ideas

Guys, I have a confession to make.

I'm the totally annoying lady that knows what she's making for dinner every night for the next month.

I have a whole SYSTEM, you see, with menu cards, and grocery lists, and all that good stuff. What I've noticed over the years, though, is that my system doesn't work for everyone, and that’s okay! Your family is not my family, and what we like to eat might not be your thing. For example, before kids, I was all about the seafood. But now, I have a child with shellfish allergies. BOOM! New plan. Menu planning is an ever evolving art as your family grows and changes.

What IS helpful, is finding out what other families eat.

You just need ideas! Some simple inspiration! Sometimes, you just need a reminder of what types of meals you COULD be eating. I personally have pulled out my menu, and thought to myself, “Oh yeah, I forgot we like to eat that!”. So that’s all we’re doing today. I’m going to share some of the dinners that I like to make for my family. I’ll even include what I do for the side dish! (But sometimes there is no side dish. That’s just how it goes folks.)


  • 7 layer Burritos
  • Shredded Beef Tacos
  • Chicken Mole Tacos
  • Pollo Fundido
  • Chicken Tortilla soup
  • Enchiladas (TONS of variations here!)
  • Bean and cheese quesadilla
  • Fajita’s
  • Fajita quesadilla
  • Nachos Supreme
*standard sides are beans, rice, salad, and fresh salsa, mmmm.


  • Stir fry (my all time favorite stand by. most of the time, it’s strictly veggies too!)
  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • Orange Chicken
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Moo Shu Pork
  • Teriyaki Salmon with asparagus
* standard sides are rice, noodles, and egg rolls


  • Spaghetti and Meatballs (meatballs are not mandatory) with green salad
  • Lasagna
  • Chicken Cacciatore
  • Pizza (lots of variations here too. My favorite is spinach and feta or fresh tomatoes, husband likes ham and pineapple, kids like pepperoni and veggies. Served with celery and carrot sticks.)
  • Fettuccini Alfredo
  • Fettuccini with Pesto
  • Roasted red pepper and clam pasta bake
  • Green bean and bacon pasta toss
  • Ravioli and green beans
  • Calzones
  • Herbed chicken with tomato balsamic vinagrette
* I think green beans taste great with anything Italian.


  • Hamburgers
  • Hot dogs (go crazy with the toppings)
  • BBQ Ribs
  • Kabobs
  • Lemon Pepper Salmon with baked potato and wilted spinach


  • Enchilada casserole
  • Mexican lasagna (this one is fun!)
  • Thanksgiving Casserole (stuffing, chicken or turkey, peas, and gravy. Serve with cranberry sauce)

Breakfast for Dinner:

  • Pancakes
  • Crepes
  • Frittata
  • Quiche
  • Waffles
  • Potato Surprise (It’s like a hash. potatoes, onions, peppers, veggies, then add an egg at the end and scramble it up. It’s a surprise because the ingredients are ever changing.)
  • Cherry cheese blintz
  • French Toast
  • Omelets
* breakfasts usually include whatever fruit I happen to have, and sometimes bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs and hash browns.

Classics and Comforts:

  • Roasted chicken with root vegetables
  • Meatloaf and mashed potatoes plus a green vegetable
  • Macaroni and cheese (Try new variations! Right now, we’re big into jalapeno and bacon mac&cheese)
  • Beef Stroganoff and peas
  • Chili and cornbread (I make chili a hundred different ways. no recipe. just throw it in the crock pot and let it go)
  • Ghoulash with green beans
  • Grilled cheese and Tomato Soup
  • Pork Chops with applesauce, peas, and stuffing
  • Chicken and dumplings
  • Shepherds Pie
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Pot roast with carrots and potatoes
  • Honey glazed ham

Family Favorites:

  • Chinese Sundaes aka Hawaiian Haystacks (Bonus: use the leftovers to do a veggie stir fry the next day. Also, we add maraschino cherries to top our sundaes off. It sounds weird, but it’s delicious)
  • Baked Potato Bar
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Submarine Sandwich (I get a french roll, and make one giant sandwich, then cut it into smaller pieces)
  • Chicken Wings
  • Indian Fry Bread
  • BLT’s with four bean salad
  • Reuben sandwich with fries and a pickle
  • Fish and Chips
  • Black bean and corn salad
  • Pulled BBQ Pork sandwiches


  • Posse Stew
  • Taco Soup
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Clam Chowder
  • Baked potato soup
  • Cabbage stew
  • Hamburger soup
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • French onion soup
  • Broccoli Cheese Soup


Emergency Dinners - because sometimes, it's that kind of day

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
  • Cheese Crisp
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal.... from a box. with milk. no judging. 
  • Corn Dogs
  • Cold Sandwich (tuna, ham, turkey, veggies, whatever.) 
  • Ramen 
  • Leftovers
  • The Drive Thru 

Now tell me: what do YOU eat for dinner?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Attention - this is news.

So we said we had news.  And it's clear we haven't been working too hard on new posts these days.  So here it is, here's our news:


Except here's some other news - LIFE IS NUTS.  So basically, we wanted to have this done months ago, but, you know, that darn life, and all of it's life-i-ness.

So the shop doesn't have much in it right now.  BUT IT WILL.  Changes will just be made more slowly than quickly.

In the shop, you will (eventually) find:

• Awesome Party Printables (you know how we do)

• Cute Digital Clip Art

• Fun Early Learning Printables

• Super Nifty Party Supplies (like actual real products that you can buy and have shipped to you!)

"So what does this mean for the blog?" you ask.

"Will you still have free stuff?" you ponder.

And the answer is WE WILL STILL HAVE WAY COOL FREE STUFF ON THE BLOG.  Because free stuff is fun.

And once we get everything running smoothly we'll actually get back to posting crafts and free printables (and new stuff in our shop) on a regular basis - wouldn't that be shocking?

So pretty please keep coming back - we have big plans, and you won't want to miss it!