{FREE Printable} Menu Planner

May 22, 2015

How to make your own menu planner!
I created this weekly menu planner because I've been using another planner that I made and it's just too much work to fish through all of the cards to find my meal of the day. I am far more likely to write a list.

You can laminate this and then write on it (and erase) as needed, or you can put this in a frame and write on the glass with a dry erase marker. Easy stuff. Check out the amazing frame that I found for mine!


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Cheap Business or Blog Advertising

May 20, 2015

An affordable way to advertise your blog or business on your vehicle.I've been trying to advertise my blog better and I wanted to gain a better following for local people, as I occasionally like to cover local events.

Problem? I have got a small blog and I don't have all this advertising income to invest in promoting my blovg. I think I've definitely spent more each year for the past three years than I've had coming in. I hope that changes soon.

In the meantime I've been trying to find free or cheap ways to advertise my blog. I ended up purchasing a bumper sticker that I designed, and I found this great business card dispenser that attaches to the back of my car. AWESOME way to advertise and it was super cheap. So far I'm happy with the quality.

Indoor Gardening with LED Grow Lights

May 19, 2015

Indoor Gardening with LED Grow Lights from Grow Hobby
LED bulbs! I love them... they're more eco friendly and while expensive initially, they last forever. Yay for no changing bulbs. We've actually been working towards converting all the bulbs in our home to LED. They've been kind on our electric bill.

So when I had the opportunity to try out an LED Grow Light from GrowHobby for this blog review, I couldn't resist. I've been wanting one so I could keep (and start) some plants indoors. We get some natural light in our house, but I never felt like it was quite enough to rely on by itself.

I have this window in my kitchen that's the only window in my house that is out of reach of my children who love, love, love to "help." It's where I've been attempting to grow some various herbs or flowers, but there's not a lot of room on there for plants and for some reason plants die up there. It drives me nuts and I've been LONGING for a place to keep some herbs indoors (particularly basil).

How to Make a Distressed Children's Art Display {or purchase at our MOPS Yard Sale in Catonsville, Maryland}

May 18, 2015

How to distress wood to create a children's art display!I participate in a MOPS group in Maryland which has been a lot of fun with twice monthly meetings that include childcare for our children during that time. While we each pay a fee for the semester, we try to raise money in other ways to help provide additional funds for craft supplies, babysitting, speakers, etc.

Right now we're hosting a yard sale in Catonsville, Maryland as a fundraiser so come check out our yard sale! I'll have my art displays available for purchase and all proceeds go to our group.

Date: June 13, 2015
Time: 8am-Noon
Rain Date: June 27, 2015
Location: The Church of the Good Shepherd, 736 Edmonson Ave, Catonsville, Maryland

There will be crafts for sale, snacks/drinks, as well as your typical yard sale items. 

Easy Photo Backdrop Organization

May 13, 2015

Storing your fabric photo backdrops without getting wrinkles.A while back I purchased a light box with some backdrops from Amazon and I had the WORST time getting wrinkles out of the backdrops... I didn't want to go through that again so I decided to figure out a way to hang them up that would make it easier for me to access the backdrops without all the hard work of ironing them out.

This trick worked perfectly for me and I had all the items on hand. Also, it makes it easier for me to steam the wrinkles out if needed.

{Taste Test Tuesday} Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches

May 12, 2015

I've been trying to post weekly on Tuesdays about various recipes that we have tried and enjoyed. I don't always get to it, but you're in luck today.

This week, I decided to try Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches. Click on the link below to see the recipe and instructions.

Bell'alimento: Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches 

I didn't make any alterations to this recipe, but I think next time I'd try it without dipping the sandwiches in the egg mixture. I'd like to see how it tastes with just your typical grilled cheese sandwich approach.  I'd also love to try it with pesto.

The key with this recipe is to make sure that you spread your basil evenly. The basil really adds a lot of flavor and I didn't spread mine out well and ended up with some bland bites. It might be worth trying with dried basil as well.

How to Sew a Yoga Bolster

May 11, 2015

How to sew a custom yoga bolster.
I've been wanting to purchase a yoga bolster because I've done some really relaxing poses in yoga class using one for support and I wanted to imitate them at home. But eh... expensive. I was so excited to suddenly realize- SURPRISE!- that I could make them. Of course- fabric. Oiy!

This is actually a REALLY easy project and I used all sorts of scrap fabric and upcycled clothing to stuff it. I usually like to use fiberfil for the insides of pillows or pillow forms, but yoga bolsters are really much more firm. I tried using scraps inside my oldest son's floor pillow and it's firm just like a yoga bolster so I figured it would be a perfect use for extra scraps AND it'd have the firm quality that I wanted.