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Amy’s Notebook 12.26.13

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

mustard from scratch

Source: Food 52

 

I’m thinking the new year should include learning to make mustard from scratch - and customizing it with flavors like chipotle or local honey.

This slow cooker sausage, hash brown and cheddar breakfast casserole that you prep the night before would make such a perfect New Year’s breakfast!

Yum – I’m eyeing these mini muffin frittatas as a fun addition for an appetizer party.

How about a new year’s resolution to not get locked out of the car again by making a simple magnetic key hider case? Not that I’ve ever done that.

I’m loving this list of some of the best reads for kids from 2013!

I’m thinking a lot of us may be needing 10 cold-day ideas to keep kids busy over the next few months!

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I hope you enjoyed this special after-Christmas edition of the Notebook! A collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and a few ideas to help you ring in the new year. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 12.18.13

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Snowman in a jar

Source: The Connection We Share

 

Aren’t these snowman-in-a-jar playdough kits absolutely adorable? So easy to make and put together, they’d make a great stocking stuffer to be played with all winter long.

I’m in love with these awesome diy star wire ornaments that look way more complicated than they really are. I can see these used so many ways: as ornaments, hanging from a chandelier, as gift toppers…the list goes on!

If you’re looking for a special, heirloom-worthy gift for a little girl check out this sweet diy dollhouse tutorial. This is the type of gift that will be passed down through the generations.

Easy microwave caramels? Sounds just about perfect for our simplified holiday this year!

Do you love eggnog? Here’s a great recipe to make your own eggnog and control the sweetness, spices and type of milk used. Perfect.

Using a yummy jelly-chili sauce glaze on baby carrots? Genius!

 

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January MomAdvice Book Club Selection: The Paris Architect (GIVEAWAY!)

Friday, December 13th, 2013

I am so excited to be getting our first book club selection off the ground and have chosen, “The Paris Architect,” by Charles Belfoure as this month’s selection.

You know when you read a book and you can’t stop talking about it? That book was this book for me this month. The story is set in 1942 in Paris and tells the story of a gifted architect named Lucien Bernard. In a time of true economic strife and rations in the city, Lucien is commissioned to design secret hiding places in homes to hide wealthy Jews to prevent them from being taken by the Nazis. Although, Lucien is no way supportive of assisting the Jews, he is very hungry for money and if he can design these spaces, he is also given other jobs that can help him continue leading a rather comfortable life.

The problem is… by assisting the Jewish people he is risking his own life. The other problem is… what if he actually starts to care?

This book will be graphic in nature. There is violence, language, and sexuality. This will not be an easy topic. This is a book you will want to talk about. This will be a book you will remember.

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Charles Belfoure is a debut novelist and is an architect by profession, which is why this book is so beautiful in detail and thought. He runs his own blog called The Wicked Architect. I know you will want to become a fan after you read this one!

Charles has graciously offered two of our readers the chance to win his book. He has also offered to answer your questions, which I could not be more excited about! 

To enter to win a copy of, “The Paris Architect,” please enter via the Rafflecopter widget below!  

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Our book club discussion for this novel will take place on January 28th. I will try to collect your questions for the author before that though via our Facebook group! Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed and connect with me on GoodReads too!

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Welcome to the MomAdvice Book Club

Friday, December 13th, 2013

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I’m so excited to be launching the much-anticipated (for me, anyway!) MomAdvice Book Club for our readers. This has been something that we have been talking about through our Facebook community as an opportunity to bring my favorite readers together with great book selections that we can share about and discuss.

Here is what you need to know about this book club!

There Will Be Monthly Selections

Each month I will select a book that we can read together starting this January. I will do my best to give you one month’s advance notice of the next selection to give you plenty of time to purchase, borrow, or download the monthly selection. If I am at all able to get books for you or give them away, I promise to do that.

This Won’t Be Your Average Book Club

For the most part, I am going to try to stay off the path of those bestselling books that have already been heard of and have probably already been read by you. My hope is to highlight those hidden gems of books that you may not have heard of before and embrace debut novelists. The purpose in this is really twofold. By selecting a novel that a first-time novelist is trying to promote or finding books you may not have heard of before, I am hoping that many of these authors will more willing to collaborate with us by providing books and/or participating in a book club discussion with our readers. The second reason is, I truly love finding these types of books to share with you and as an author myself, appreciate promoting someone who is just beginning their career!

I will always read the selection before selecting it because I really want to be assured that I am not wasting your precious reading time. I will be honest with you about the topic-matter. There will be tough books and there will be light books. I will be honest if I feel a novel is graphic in nature, but I will not censor books from making the cut if there are scenes in it like that. I want to pick books that I believe will stick with you and sometimes those scenes will be in there (as they are in this month’s selection). If it isn’t your cup of tea, you can always avoid those types of books.

You Can Always Connect With Me on GoodReads

If your goal is to read more books this year, I highly recommend joining the GoodReads community. I use the app and site daily when deciding what books to read and finding new books to add to my to-be-read pile! You can find me over here and thanks to my author profile, you can also find my blog and stay up to date with what is happening with the site!

When & How Will We Discuss the Books?

The announcement for the books will be made by or before the first of the month. Once the selection has been made, you will have (at least) three weeks to read it. The book discussions will be on the last Tuesday of every month. One week before, should we have an author participating in a discussion, we will ask for reader questions to submit to them. The timeline is tentatively based on if that author can return the questions in that time frame. It is best to join our Facebook community and our newsletter list (new newsletter coming soon!!) to stay up to date on what is happening! Be sure if you sign up for our newsletter that you check your email box for the confirmation link to click through to make sure you are signed up!  Following the conclusion of the discussion, the next book will be announced so you can get your selection.

We will try different ways of meeting up (please leave a comment below if you have a preference). Some questions may be asked on our Facebook page, we might try a Google hangout, or perhaps some other avenues of virtual meet-ups. For this first one, we will keep it simple here on the blog! 

MomAdvice Monthly Selections (updated monthly with an affiliate link)

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January- The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure (announced HERE and book club discussion HERE)

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

February- A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (announced HERE and book club discussion HERE)

A White Wind Blew by James Markert

March- A White Wind Blew by James Markert (announced HERE and book club discussion HERE)

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April- The Bear by Claire Cameron (announced HERE)

Love With a Chance of Drowning

Summer Selection- Love With a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

 

If you have any questions at all, please leave them below! Happy Reading Friends!

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Amy’s Notebook 12.11.13

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Baked-Salmon-Cakes-with-Avocado-Dip

Source: Skinny Taste

I love batch cooking, and this recipe for baking salmon cake appetizers for a party is just genius!

I think making a bird seed cake with our kids for our little feathered friends might just become a new post-holiday tradition.

As if Thai coconut chicken soup didn’t sound wonderful enough on a cold winter’s night, being able to cook it in the slow cooker is even better!

Here’s a fringed burlap Christmas tree tutorial that’s as easy as it is adorable.

Since you all know how I feel about reading, you’re probably not surprised that I’m crushing on a few of these amazing christmas trees made from books!

Finally, I’m absolutely inspired by these great tips for families on celebrating St. Nicholas – the real Santa Claus.

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Amy’s Notebook 12.04.13

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

glitter-dipped mug

Source: White House Black Shutters

 

Not only is this glitter-dipped mug adorable and easy to make, it’s also dishwasher safe. Wouldn’t this make a fun gift?

I’m absolutely loving this diy corner gallery wall – and the fact that the tutorial shares how to create it without nail holes is just icing on the cake!

These sweet & simple pdf-downloadable holiday embroidery patterns would be a great introduction for kids to learn embroidery. I’m seeing grandparent gifts, aren’t you?

Looking for new holiday treats to make? Here’s 40 yummy-looking recipes, any of which will make fantastic gifts.

Mmmm, minced chicken with thai basil? Yes. Please.

SO excited to try this recipe for fruit and nut bars (copycat KIND bars) – they seriously look like the real thing!

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Amy’s Notebook 11.27.13

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Cranberry-Margaritas

Source: Gimme Some Oven

 

Ahh, easy cranberry margaritas – just in time for any holiday celebration!

This one pot paleo curry chicken stir fry looks so good – and good for you – I’m thinking it even might be great using leftover turkey, don’t you?

I’d love to send my loved ones home with leftover pie in boxes decorated with these adorable free printable labels for Thanksgiving.

These awesome etched wooden spoons would make a fantastic gift and would even be great paired with my paint-dipped wooden spoons, too!

I’m totally loving the clean look of this merry and bright holiday wall art.

Finally, I’m so happy to find a diy car upholstery cleaner for our, um, slightly dirty car seats.

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Amy’s Notebook 11.20.13

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Butter-Dinner-Rolls

Source: Dine and Dish

 

I’m definitely adding these lovely buttery dinner rolls to my bread machine recipe list- yum!

This honey pecan pie looks like it will make a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving dinner (and since I prepped most of our Thanksgiving feast in advance, I may have time to make it to go along with my fancied-up store-bought pies!).

There are so many great ideas for eating healthfully on a budget from this real food on a food stamp budget series – whether you’re receiving food stamps or just trying to lower your food bill.

Here’s a great diy tutorial on how to make solid lotion bars - I think they are a wonderful natural alternative to store lotions and would make sweet gifts for the ladies on your list.

I’m in love with this beautiful monogrammed jumbo tote bag – I can think of so many things I could use this for!

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Amy’s Notebook 11.13.13

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

felt ornament

Source: Eighteen 25

 

Aren’t these felt ornaments completely adorable? Made with basic supplies and lots of felt circles, I think these ornaments would make such a fun addition to any Christmas tree.

I’m loving these tips for creating budget Thanksgiving decorations!

You’ll definitely want to check out these cool examples if you’ve ever thought of turning your child’s closet into a reading nook (I know have!).

All I can say about this gluten free pumpkin bread pudding is: amazing.

My kids would flip over this oreo peppermint bark – yum.

I’ve just got to make this salmon with apple cherry chutney soon – drool.

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Amy’s Notebook 11.06.13

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

girls room reading corner

Source: Apartment Therapy

 

A simple line drawn roof + adorable felt window = easy & sweet reading corner. I love this!

Such a simple, yet striking, color pallet in this living-room-to-office makeover – plus some great diy storage ideas!

A cute and easy thanksgiving decoration, this PB Kids-inspired Thanksgiving Paper Garland also helps remind us what the holiday is all about.

Looking for different ways to serve brussels sprouts – and not just for Thanksgiving? This article with 11 ways to eat brussels sprouts should do the trick.

Ooo, butternut squash and black bean enchiladas sound like such a unique and flavorful combo, and perfect for fall!

Goodness – cinnamon chipotle twice-baked sweet potatoes? Um, sign me up!

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