Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sunset Magazine's Speedy Chicken Posole

If you enjoy posole but don't care to much about the process of making it from scratch, then you are going to love this recipe.  I came across this recipe a few years ago while reading Sunset Magazine and immediately knew this one was going to be a keeper.  I've made it many times since and it's always a hit with my family.  What I love about this recipe is that it's fairly easy to make yet the taste is not compromised.  I hope you give this one a try!  If you make it, I would love to hear your thoughts.  

Happy Cooking!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Target Beauty Haul!

Micah and I went to Target earlier this week to purchase some beauty essentials that I was running low on.  Target is currently having a great promotion on beauty products where you get a $10 gift card for every $40 you spend on beauty products.  The gift card can be applied towards your next purchase.  Having said that, I quickly made my list and with baby in tow, drove over to Target and took advantage of this great deal.  In addition to this, I also used their Cartwheel app to get additional discounts on some of these products, and I also paid using my Target card which saved me an additional 5%.  Because, I mean, every little helps when you are on a budget.  :)  I'm far from being a participant on Extreme Couponing but I do quite well in the world of "smaller savings".

Happy Shopping!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Dr. Seuss Party Decor on a Budget!

Micah's first birthday is exactly one week away, and in honor of his upcoming birthday, I thought it would be fun to share the party decor I have managed to buy/make over the last few months.  Around the month of February we decided to go with a Dr. Seuss theme party for his first birthday.  We had a very small budget for his party, and I really wasn't sure if I was going to be able to pull this off.  A lot of times parties can get extremely expensive when a specific theme is involved.  Thankfully, by God's intervention, we scored some wonderful deals at Target, The Dollar Store, and Michael's.  

Pinterest was my go-to place for ideas and inspiration.  Most of his party decor is diy, and I can confidently say I truly enjoyed every single project.  Here is what we have for Micah's first birthday party.  

I really wanted to have a chalkboard info chart at his party.  However, the cost of a digital copy plus printing was not part of our budget.  So the next best thing was to make my own using my diy chalkboard and some Dr. Seuss paper cutouts.  I did have to buy a chalk pen but that was under $2.00 at Michaels.  Plus, I've wanted a chalk pen for a long time, so it's a win-win. 

I wanted a personalized banner and this was my idea of an inexpensive one.  The banner paper is from Michael's and the happy birthday sign is from the Dollar Store.  I simply cut the letters and taped them to the banner paper and voila!  

We needed white pom poms at his party and these were easy and so inexpensive to make.

The paper arrows was is an idea I found on Pinterest.  Super easy and cheap!

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for the centerpieces.  Most of my ideas were going to cost me a bit more than what I had budgeted, so I thought of this idea and I really like it.  We are going to fill these vases with red vines.  The vases are from the Dollar Store and the Dr. Seuss hats are from Michaels.  These hats were on major clearance, I'm sure I paid less than $1.00 for a pack.  I simply used double sided tape to hold these in place.

I purchased a pack of Dr. Seuss book poster cards at Michael's for under $2.00.  I glued them to cedar wood shims which I had left over from my bookcase project, and used a can of white spray paint I had in our garage.  These will be used in the front yard.  

I wanted this quote displayed somewhere at the party.  I found an idea very similar to this on Pinterest.  I used what I had on hand to recreate it, and I really like how this turned out.

We will be using his Dr. Seuss books he received as a Christmas gift as party decor because why not, right?

We bought this Happy Birthday To You book and plan to have guests sign it.  The dry erase board is from Target's Dollar Spot.  This is another idea from Pinterest.  I love the simplicity of this project and the meaning behind it.  Micah will treasure this for many years to come.

I wanted blue pom poms but this specific color was tricky to find. So, I paid the money and purchased them from Party City along with these super cute labels.

Here are some miscellaneous items that will make it to the party.  I found the erasers and bookmarks at Target in their Dollar Spot.  I plan to incorporate them as party decor, but I don't know exactly how I'm going to use them just yet.  My sister makes delicious cookies which we will be giving away as party favors.  The cookies will be bagged and a small thank you  card will be attached to each bag.  

That's all we have at the moment.  I also purchased blue, white, and red balloons because every party needs to have lots of balloons.  Also, our cousin is excellent at knitting and she is making us some Dr. Seuss goodies which I can't wait to see!  I hope to have pictures of the party sometime next week, so keep your eyes peeled for that.  

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Micah's Nursery Tour!

Micah's nursery has to be my most favorite room in our home.  My husband and I had so much fun decorating his nursery while awaiting his arrival.  We have many wonderful memories that I hope to share with him one day.  In the meantime, I get to share my love for decorating with all of you and that includes his nursery.  

If you didn't see my previous post where I talked about his first nursery, then you can real all about it here.  We still have the same furniture but it's a different layout, and due to the fact that we own our home, we were able to paint the walls in his room to personalize it a bit more.  Overall, I am very happy with the way everything turned out.  This is the one room in our home that will be constantly changing and that makes me happy and sad all at the same time.

What is your favorite room in your house, the one you are most proud of?  

Thank you for reading!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Makeup Organization on a Budget!

During the past year and a half I have been graciously embracing the "minimalism" mind set.  I've never been one to shop in excess but even for someone like myself, I slowly began to notice how we were accumulating items we no longer loved only to keep them just in case we changed our minds later.  Has this happened to you?  This idea was carried onto my makeup collection, especially after making many hasty purchases based on Youtube video reviews, blog recommendations, and the likes. After all was said and done, I ended up with a stash of makeup that was no longer used (some never worn) and simply taking up precious space in our home.  A few days ago I decided it was time to reclaim some of our space and clear that clutter! 

After downsizing my makeup to only what I truly love and use on a regular basis, I reorganized my makeup in a way that makes getting ready in the morning a breeze.  The second best part about the whole process is having an organization system that was literally cents on the dollar.  I purchased a white piece of foam board from The Dollar Store for $0.69 and made my own drawer dividers.  It was so easy to put this system together.  All I did was measure, cut, and hot glue the pieces together. I can't wait to implement this system in other areas of our home.  I seriously love having a decluttered and organized home.

Do you have any tips for keeping your home free of clutter?  

Thank you for reading!