Free Printable Lunch Notes for the Kids

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We are about 3 months into the new school year and I’m already tired of making lunches. Okay. I’m not really tired of making them, but sometimes I just want to pack a quick uncomplicated lunch in the morning. I want more time with my coffee and to hang out with the kids. Foster Farms Bold Bites are tasty and ready-to-eat cooked chicken breast bites. They are individually packaged so all I have to do is pop them into my daughter’s lunch. Partnered with some fruits and veg this is a lunch I feel good about sending to school with my kid AND I only spent about 2 minutes prepping it. It’s a win!

With her quick meal made I have time to add a note for her to find at lunch. I feel like I barely see my oldest daughter during the week with school and all her activities, so I like to add something extra to her lunches. I can wish her good luck on a spelling test or make her laugh with a silly pun. It’s my little way to let her know that I’m thinking about her.

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Kid’s Gift Idea: DIY Hand-painted Galaxy Ornaments

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It’s fun to craft with kids, but it can also be messy! I swear there’s always some splash of paint or wet handprint that finds it’s way onto my clothes or furniture. These days I never start a kids project without preparing for the mess ahead of time. With a pack of Kleenex® Wet Wipes nearby I can easily clean up those messy fingers and faces before there’s a disaster. Especially when crafting with my youngest. She likes to run off laughing with paint all over her hands. These wipes are thick, soft and contain no harsh chemicals. They are perfect for everyday use on the hands and face. They’re made for doers and anyone that’s not afraid to get their hands dirty.

Today I’m sharing a Kid’s Gift Idea: DIY Hand-painted Galaxy Ornaments. My 3rd grader and her best friend helped me make these cute ornaments this past weekend. They plan on giving these as gifts this holiday. I had so much fun with them. A galaxy can be a crazy swirl of colors and I think the girls did a great job. Their ornaments are beautiful. Even my youngest helped make an ornament.

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How to Make Latte Art with Free Downloadable Stencils + Two Frothing Milk Methods

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My husband and I love our pour-over coffee each morning. It’s the best way to start our day. On the weekdays we are extremely busy getting kids ready for the day, so we drink straight black coffee. When the weekend hits we like to take the time to get more creative with our caffeinated sips by adding flavors and frothy milks.

Our current favorite tools to craft the perfect coffee are the OXO Brew Adjustable Temperature Pour-Over Kettle and OXO Brew Glass Pour-Over Set. The kettle’s handle and body are optimized for effortless pouring and the precise-pour gooseneck spout provides ultimate control, which is great since you have to pour slowly a few times over 3 minutes. The pour-over coffee maker is hand-blown with a borosilicate glass dripper. It can brew directly into a mug or up to four servings into the glass pitcher. It’s a great way to make our coffee each morning. No matter how you like your brew, OXO has tools that simplify the brewing process and deliver both a better cup and a better experience.

Today I’m sharing how to make a great cup of coffee with frothed milk and a cinnamon stencil. Below you will find a couple of free files to download and use to create your own coffee latte stencils. These stencils can be cut by hand or by machine. I really suggest cutting the more complicated images with an electronic cutting machine (unless you have some crazy talent with cutting out small designs by hand).

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Sweet and Spooky Cinnamon Chips for Halloween

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When I was little some of my favorite treats were made with cinnamon and sugar. It’s right up there with chocolate. The best treats my mom baked were these cinnamon bites made from extra pie crust during the holidays. Since I don’t make pie everyday I decided to use flour tortillas for my Sweet and Spooky Cinnamon Chips. For this treat I used Monk Fruit In The Raw® instead of sugar for the sweetener and it’s just as good. This dessert is ideal for those looking to cut added sugars and it’s also recommended to those seeking sugar substitutes.

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My DIY Outdoor Sofa Hack – For Those Scared of Building Furniture from Scratch

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My DIY Outdoor Sofa Hack, For Those Scared of Building Furniture from Scratch, is for anyone that wants build a large outdoor seating area with minimal building skills. Don’t stress about building a stunning outdoor piece from scratch when you can use a seating set that’s already cut and ready for you to transform.

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The Ultimate Grilled Cheese and Ham Sandwich with Savory Pickle and Cheese Spread

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Hello. It’s Mike, Chelsey’s husband, and I’ve been asked to share my ultimate grilled cheese and ham sandwich with savory pickle and cheese spread with you. Why? Because I am the chef in the family and Chelsey thought you guys would enjoy my recipe.

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My Colorful Small Space Backyard Makeover Plan – with Before Photos

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My Colorful Small Space Backyard Makeover Plan – with Before Photos

I’ve been a little quiet here on the blog because my husband and I have been BUSY. For the past two months we have been slowly prepping our backyard for a makeover! I’ve teamed up with Lowe’s to furnish and build up this space. The great thing about shopping at Lowe’s for our backyard makeover is the great value I found so this project wouldn’t break the bank!

A little background on this project: we bought this house WAY back in 2007 and we had big plans to transform this almost 100-year-old home into a space that fit our style. Well, life happened. We got married. We had a daughter… and then another daughter! Our big makeover plans had to sit on the back burner while we focused on our crazy little family. Fast forward to today I now have an 8-year-old and a 2-year-old. Our home weighs in at a small 950 square feet, so it can feel a bit tight as our kids get older and take up more space. We have finally decided to get serious with fixing up that backyard. Making over this space will feel like we’ve added another room to our home.

What is our backyard makeover plan?

My Colorful Small Space Backyard Makeover Plan

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