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Bath and Body Works Fall Haul and Review

Fun things from Bath and Body Works

I’ve always loved Bath and Body Works, I think a majority of women do. Its addicting too, they send you coupons for a free item, and it makes a great gift for your close family members or yourself.

Because of my love of saving money, I have not shopped there in quite a while but I saw someone on YouTube get a haul and I thought it would be fun to try.

I was able to find everything I wanted online, and it was conveniently shipped to my front door……..No Mall Included!

Here is a link to my video review…

This haul included a few things for fall, a couple of old favorites and a few new things.

This haul featured 5 fall hand soaps for $20 including:

Pumpkin Cupcake– sweet smelling, vanilla sugar-esqe
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin– I liked this smell a lot, it was a very classic soap smell, you could smell cinnamon but it was not overpowering, it was very neutral to me.
Coconut Pumpkin Latte– heavy on the cinnamon/nutmeg smell. I’ve never had a pumpkin latte, but I imagine this is what it would smell like.
Pumpkin Cranberry Cider– cinnamon and cranberry smell, heavy fragrance but it dissipates quickly.
Pumpkin Berry Crumble- (least favorite) very heavy on the berry smell, like a blueberry pie

Three spa items including:

Lemon hand soap-creamy thick soap, actually smells like lemon, packaging is quite plain, but functional
2 silky shave creams– I love these so much! They are the best shaving cream I’ve ever tried, and I don’t think I have ever nicked myself when I use this. It leaves your skin feeling really soft afterward. REALLY soft.

5 bath/shower gels including:

Sweet peony-very light, floral, and fruity
Freesia– I had never tried this before, it smells like a real garden to me, very floral (somehow this one got cut out of the video)
Paris amour– this has always been one of my favorites, very feminine the description on the website says pink champagne, tulips, peach, sandalwood, vanilla, oh my!
Country apple-smells like a real apple, not like apple candy or a generic apple candle
Sensual amber-never tried this before either, but it ended up being one of my favorites. Has a definite orange fruity smell to it, and a soft musk smell.

I don’t want you to be scared when I say musk, I don’t mean it in a bad way. It is a deeper smell, and very feminine to me. Maybe its the sandalwood that makes it smell that way because Paris amour is similar. Think cozy and warm.

This was a fun haul and review, thanks for reading!

Learn To Cook

I believe all wives and mothers should learn to cook for their family.

Don’t worry, many of us have been there.

The disappointment of a tough roast. The horror of a burnt cookie.

Its easy to get down about those type of things when you are trying to do your best.

The fact is, unless you went to culinary school, you probably will have to invest time into learning how to cook. (Actually that’s what culinary school is-investing time and money.)

Once you improve your cooking skills, you will be confident enough to cook for special occasions- birthdays, holidays, anniversary’s, dates, or you can just cook comfort food because you want to.

This year for my birthday, I actually wanted to cook. I knew it would be cheaper and I knew it would taste better.

Here are a few tips for you to improve your cooking skills.

Start simple-

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Ways to Lower Your Holiday Stress

Are you looking for ways to lower your holiday stress this year?

For too many of us, the thought of the end of the year being here can be a stressful one. When we think of the holidays, often there are negative things that we think of. Money being tight, getting the right gifts for everyone, the stress of seeing all of our not so favorite relatives, having to be in two places at once, etc.

But if you think about it, these are all things that society tells us to do; it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are correct or the best things.

So what are some things we can do to make our lives simpler in this very hectic season? Continue reading

Orange Circle Studio Planner Review

Today I’m posting my review of an Orange Circle Studio Planner that I purchased on Amazon.

I have also made a video review and placed it on Youtube, you can check it out here.

Orange Circle Planner Review

Every mother needs to make to do lists and keep track of things on the calendar. I saw this planner on Amazon and I thought it would be a cute way to do it. I had never heard of Orange Circle Studio, but I thought it would be fun to try. Continue reading

The Price You Pay for Buying Things Cheaply

I love to save money. It’s a great feeling no matter what your budget is, to get items using discounts, deals, and coupons.

For a mom, you are helping your family out too by stretching that dollar out a little bit further.

It is easy though to get carried away with saving money and buying things cheaply.

There are some things it is not worth it to buy at a low price. Here are a few examples. Continue reading

Easy Salsa Meatloaf

Hey there! Its time for another recipe.

I found this recipe for salsa meatloaf because my some of my in-laws like to watch the 12pm news. I think their favorite part of it is the Mr. Food Segment. I don’t know how long Mr. Food has been doing that, but its been a long time.

Every once in a while, they will see something that looks really good. So they asked me to look up the recipe, and since they don’t cook much anymore, I figured that I would make it for them.

I slightly modified the recipe, but here is the original link in case you are interested Secret Ingredient Meatloaf

Easy Salsa Meatloaf

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 egg
1 cup chunky salsa
1 cup coarsely crushed tortilla chips
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin

Preheat oven to 350. Mix ground beef, egg, salsa, tortilla chips, 1/2 cup cheese, and spices well. Put into loaf form using a bread pan or 9×13 pan.

Bake 55-60 till internal temp is 160 degrees. Sprinkle remaining cheese over meatloaf, bake additional 2 minutes till cheese is melted.

Take out of the oven and let cool 5-10 minutes.

This meatloaf recipe is very easy and tasty. If you have taco seasoning, you could easily use that as a substitute for the chili powder and cumin.

8 Reasons To Love Fall

Sometimes the change in seasons can have an effect on your mood. Everyone has a favorite season (or two).

Just in case you are feeling down about summer being over, here are some things to look forward to in fall.

Leaves changing color/beauty– In some regions of the USA, there is a magnificent display of color every year. Orange, yellow, and red make a brief appearance on the leaves before they all come falling to the ground.

Sports– are you ready for some football? Whether it’s your child playing or your favorite college or NFL team, it’s fun to watch a game for a few hours. Throw in a meal and that makes it even better!

Cozy fabrics-hoodie weather, flannel, blankets. Sweaters and your favorite pair of jeans. Do I have to say more?

Great temperature-60-70 degree days, perfect for a hooded sweatshirt or light jacket. You no longer have to worry about the oppressive humidity like you do in the summer.

Last chance to do outdoor chores– This is the time of year that you remember all the chores you mean to do over the summer and weren’t able too. Like cleaning the gutters or the back porch.

Some of my favorite memories are of raking leaves with my kids. Raking for me, jumping in the pile for them!

Sales on summer things– those cute swimsuits and sandals that you didn’t need will all be on clearance soon. Great reason to stock up for next year.

Great season for get-togethers, indoors or outdoors– I love the smell of a cookout and campfire. Fall is the perfect season to have a get-together outdoors or inside. It won’t be too hot around the fire or picnic table, but also it isn’t too stuffy inside either. You can open your windows or even your screen door for a nice breeze.

Corn mazes and pumpkin picking/carving– Another one of my favorite memories with my kids has always been pumpkin carving and corn mazes. We haven’t carved a pumpkin for a couple of years. Now that they are older, they would probably enjoy a pumpkin carving kit.

Whatever you end up doing this fall, I hope you and your family have fun.

 

Simple Beef and Vegetable Dish

I really love to make simple, easy, home cooked meals. My family loves it too.

The great thing is whenever someone in your family has an allergy or special diet preference, its easy to substitute whatever you need.

For a long time my husband and I ate low-carb, high protein. The end result was that he lost weight, but I lost too much weight.

For the past year now, I have been trying to gain weight, (how many people have you ever heard say that?) but I don’t want to sabotage my husbands efforts of trying to be fit.

Now I try to balance out low carb meals with more home-style “regular” meals.

Tonight I made this low carb beef and vegetable dish for dinner. It doesn’t look pretty, but it is very easy and very tasty.

This original recipe I found was located here: http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/creamy_beef_veg_casserole.html

(That is a great website to find all kinds of low carb meals.)

Beef and Vegetable Dish

1.5 lb. ground beef, cooked
1 16 ounce package of frozen veggies (I used winter blend)
1/2 cup mayo
1 cup cheese (I used mozzarella)
seasoning (I used garlic and onion powder)

After you cook the ground beef so that it is no longer pink, then add in the mayo, cheese and seasoning. Mix well.
Get out a 9 x 13 baking dish, and lay the frozen vegetables in it, then put your beef and cheese mixture on top of it and mix slightly.
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes till it is bubbly hot.

I have used frozen broccoli, cheddar cheese, and dry onion soup mix with good results too.

As you can see, this recipe can be adapted to suit your needs, and it takes less then an hour to get on the table.