Lift and Find Toddler Game – Pin It or Forget It?

This toddler lift and find game offers a way to recycle wipes containers while providing a fun and educational game for your little one.  The only real challenge with this project is peeling off the wipes lids, but once that effort is over the rest is easy peasy. I used one of the free printables of shapes for this game, but I love that I can create my own games as well based on what we learning. I’m looking forward to using this game and having it grow with us! 

Pin: Toddler Lift and Find Game
Project Time: 20 minutes
Project Cost: Less than $1
Pin it or forget it? Pin it!

Quick and Easy Money Gift Idea

Since our nieces and nephews became teenagers, we’ve opted to give them cash as gifts so that they can shop for the items they want. While I’m not against putting money in a card as a gift, it’s a lot more fun to give money in a creative way so every Christmas we try to think of a new way to gift the money. Our nieces and nephews always seem to enjoy seeing what we’ve planned for the year as well.

This year, I grabbed some holiday Pez dispensers from the craft store. I rolled the money as tightly as possible and wrapped it in a plastic sandwich bag (so that they could still use the dispensers for candy later without the ick of money germs). Simple and sweet, but fun!

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

 

I have second time failure syndrome when it comes to cooking. More often than not, the first time I make a recipe its great. Then, for some reason that I cannot figure out, the second time that I try to make the recipe something goes wrong. I burn it, it tastes funny – something will go wrong. However this recipe is one that I think has made it past the second time. It is one of the few I feel like I can make with a bit of confidence at this point.

My mom shared this crock pot recipe to me several years ago but I never got around to trying it other than at her house when she made it. She mentioned it again after Mudpie came and I decided to give it a try. It’s quickly become one of my favorites. Prep is so easy that when baby girl was tiny I did it all she was still sleeping in the morning. She slept in our living room which is adjacent to the kitchen so this was no small feat. The ingredients are perfect pantry staples that can be used for other dishes if I decide to. This also means that I usually have the ingredients on hand. And,  of course,  it’s a lovely crock pot recipe which means I don’t have to check on it too often. There’s nothing pretty to look at in this recipe. It’s not too pretty before it cooks and it’s really not too pretty after it cooks. But trust me, it is delicious. It’s also super easy to double this recipe with practically no extra work. Leftovers are a wonderful thing. 
 
Easy Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can Flaky Biscuits (8 biscuit size)
  2. 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  3. 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  4. 2 soup cans full of water
  5. 4 teaspoons all purpose flour
  6. 2 teaspoons chicken bullion granules
  7. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. - Cut your biscuits into sections. I find cutting them into 6 sections each works best for me.
  2. - Dump the other ingredients into your crockpot and stir.
  3. - Place the biscuit sections on top of the other ingredients. Gently stir them in.
  4. - Cook on low for 4-6 hours. If you are home during cooking time, it is great if you can check about halfway through and gently stir. Don't worry if you can't though, it will still turn out great.
  5. - Dish up and enjoy!
Notes
  1. A great addition to this dish is corn. I use frozen corn and add it to the dish about 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
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Unravelling Your Yarn Stash With Evernote

Any fiber arts lover knows the call of the yarn aisle.  Given that it’s nearly impossible to pass up those beautiful skeins, it’s important to find a way to know just what you have in your stash! In this class you will learn how to quickly inventory your yarn stash with photos and details in Evernote.. for free!

Your yarn stash will be searchable and available to you, no matter where you are thanks to the magic of their mobile app. Never again will you be questioning just what shade and dye lot you needed to complete the project you have on your needles. Not only will you save time (to spend on your next project!), you’ll also save money (to spend growing your stash!). Join this class today and we’ll have your yarn stash organized in no time!  

If you’re not familiar, Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes on everything from business to graphic design to fashion – it’s the Netflix of learning. I’ve learned a lot from the courses I’ve joined on Skillshare and I’m excited to become a teacher there.

By using my special link below not only will you be able to enroll in my class, but you’ll also gain access to all other classes on Skillshare for just 99 cents! For three months, you can join any classes that you are interested in, all for less than a dollar.

Unravelling Your Yarn Stash with Evernote

Crochet Towel Ring

CroWe almost always keep a towel of some kind on our stove handle. Since our kitchen is on the smaller side (that is  – about an arm-span wide) it’s handy to have a towel directly behind you to dry your hands on after washing them. I love my knit hanging towels and my crochet topped hanging towels, but we also have a drawer full of kitchen towels begging to be used as well. I decided to give a crochet towel ring a try to make use of these towels too.
 
I tried a couple of different patterns before landing on the one I eventually used. Some people include a shower ring, which I understand but was not something I wanted for my towel ring.  Fabi’s pattern was easy to follow and created just what I needed, a small ring for my stove. I’m very happy with the results!

Pinspired: Ikea Bookshelves

Pinspired Ikea BookshelvesI’ve always been a huge reader (thanks Dad and Mom for reading to me so much as kid and supplying my book habit!) and I feel like my love of reading helped me in so many ways throughout my life. It’s important to me that books an essential part of Little One’s upbringing and I want to make sure she always has books at her fingertips (or at Mommy and Daddy’s fingertips until she’s old enough to enjoy them on her own).  Our small rooms don’t accommodate large bookshelves easily, so when I saw this pin, I thought it was a brilliant idea!
 
Project Time: 1 hour or so
Project Cost: approx $5/shelf
Pin it or forget it? Pin it!
 
One of Little One’s aunties (who also purchased the spice racks for us on an Ikea trip) redid my former dresser and chest as her baby shower gift, so we didn’t want to mount the bookshelves directly to the beautiful piece. We decided to make a corner of her room for her books, near the glider where we will likely sit and read to her.
 
We found some great little paint samples at Lowe’s and picked one up in a bright green to compliment her room colors. I can’t take an credit for the implementation of this project, Hubby did it all from painting, putting them together, and mounting them to the wall. We did have issues mounting them to the wall due to the type of hanging areas on the back of the spice rack, but otherwise I’m really happy with how they turned out! The hold her books well and add a nice little pop of color to the corner area. There’s no way we would have had room for a bookcase right now, so this was a wonderful solution.

How to Get Free Gift Cards (Legitimately!)

How I Get Free Gift Cards
I’m always a bit suspicious when people say they get things free on the internet. It’s a good caution to have, as most “get things free” offers online aren’t legit. However, I’ve personally earned over $100 worth of gift cards since starting these programs in November. I know $100 in 6 months isn’t going to get anyone rich, but it’s great to have a little extra spending money now that I stay at home. You can earn free gift cards too by participating in the programs below. 
 
Swagbucks – Swagbucks was the first program like this that I started in November. It only took me a week to gain my first gift card (which was a $5 gift card for Facebook that was set aside as a Christmas gift for a family member). You earn points on Swagbucks through a variety of activities like watching videos, participating in surveys, printing and using coupons, playing games, and visiting websites. Companies pay Swagbucks to get their advertisements in front of you and get your opinions. Swagbucks in turn pays you for participating. It’s a win win win situation if you ask me! Since earning that original Facebook gift card, the majority of other gift cards I’ve ordered have been Amazon gift cards. I love that Amazon’s an option since I do at least 50 percent of my shopping there now that we have a little one. 
 
Bing Rewards – I found out about Bing rewards through an ad on Swagbucks. Originally I used Bing rewards to gain Swagbuck gift cards, but they recently changed the redemption values and you can get an equivalent Amazon gift card for fewer points so I’ve switched to those. You get Bing rewards primarily from doing searches through the Bing search engine. You can gain up to 15 points per day (1 point for every 2 searches) for every search done on your browser and up to 10 points per day (1 point for every 2 searches) for every search done on your mobile device. At 25 points a day, you can get a $5 Amazon gift card in just 19 days with Bing Rewards. 
 
What would you do with free gift cards from Swagbucks or Bing Rewards? Share in the comments below!