Real Simple Magazine $5 for a Year (and more book deals!!)

November 29th, 2016

Real Simple Magazine

I hope you guys got some incredible deals yesterday!  I tallied up how many books were downloaded yesterday and there were 175 digital books sold in a single day. I am pretty sure that is a record for this site! The two most downloaded books were The Two-Family House & The Magnolia Story. What great picks! Thank you for your purchases that help support this site.

I’m not normally a deal hunter, but there are just a couple of other sales that are still running right now that would make for some fantastic gifts.

Magazine Deal

Real Simple Magazine is offering subscriptions at just $5 for the whole year today! It remains one of my favorite magazines and would make a wonderful gift for someone you love!

If you missed out on yesterday’s book deals, I went back and checked what was still available and I’m sharing a few others today!

Kindle Deals

Book Deals Still Offered

Only a few expired their deep discounts so if you missed it yesterday, here is what is still available. Check the sale page for more great books!

THE WONDER, $3.99

THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE, $2.99

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, $2.99 (this is my TOP thriller I read this year!)

PRETTY GIRLS, $3.99

THE GOOD GIRL, $3.99 (I interviewed Mary Kubica and it is one of our most visited author interviews)

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, $3.99 (I got a rare opportunity to interview M.R. Carey about this incredible read)

YES, PLEASE, $3.99

THE MAGNOLIA STORY, $4.99

GAME OF THRONES (bucket list read) BOOK 1, $1.99

ORPHAN TRAIN, $1.99

THE AMERICAN HEIRESS (bucket list read), $2.99

TRULY MADLY GUILTY, $2.99

THE HUNGER GAMES, $2.99

DUMPLIN, (bucket list read), $2.99

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, $1.99 (read my interview with Jandy Nelson and hear why this book made my top ten last year!)

Other Great Book Deals (never miss a day of deals by joining our FB book club group!)

PRESENT OVER PERFECT, $4.99

FURIOUSLY HAPPY, $3.99

FALLING FREE, $2.99

THE HUSBAND’S SECRET, $4.99

SERENA, $1.99

BEYOND BELIEF, $1.99

DON’T YOU CRY, $2.99

THE ROUND HOUSE, $2.99

THE MUSE, $2.99

THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES, $2.99

APPETITE, $.99

THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER, $2.99

THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY, $1.99

SECRETS OF NANREATH HALL, $1.99

THE OUTLIERS, $1.99 (a solid YA read and you can read my author interview over here)

ESCAPE FROM ASYLUM, $1.99

ORPHAN #8, $1.99

BELONG TO ME, $1.99

A STEP TOWARD FALLING, $1.99

THE CROWN’S GAME, $2.99

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, $1.99 (a clean YA read for your teen!)

THE MAN FROM ST. PETERSBURG, $1.99

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A Few Other Good Buys

Half off on these Sorel Boots- they are gorgeous!!!! Here are some other pairs that are on sale with Cyber Monday extension.

Amazon Devices are still discounted!

Shutterfly is still honoring their Cyber Monday prices! 50% off plus 25% off EXTRA. Use coupon code CYBER25 (I ordered my cards using this deal and paid WAY less than last year!)

J. Crew Factory is still at 60% off and sale items are an additional 40% off with coupon code HAPPYSALE. (I ended up getting my kiddo’s holiday apparel this year from there and it was comparable to Target pricing!)

Amazon’s Cyber Week Deals Continues- check this page for updates

Samsung Wireless Charger, $19.99

Purchase 3 Movie DVD’s for just $13.99 (lots of great family options- a nice stocking stuffer!)

Back to the Future Box Set, $39.99

6-Quart Instant Pot is still offered at a great deal (I promise, it pays for itself in one week of awesome meals!)

Hoover Carpet Cleaner (65% off!!)

Buy one get one free on shoes

Exploding Kittens (NSFW)- please note this is the ADULT game not for your kiddos, $16.99

Epson Wireless Printer (save $40 today!)

Don’t forget to shop my 2016 MomAdvice Unique Holiday Gift Guide. I am sure that many of the items highlighted are on deep discounts today! Happy holiday shopping!

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Happy Cyber Monday, Bookworms! Up to 80% off Kindle Books!

November 28th, 2016

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Oh, it’s a good day to be a bookworm! Amazon is offering over 400 books at up to 85% off today!  If you want to browse around, here is the landing page for all of the deals.

To save you some time hunting, here are my favorite picks from today’s sale!

BEFORE THE FALL, $3.99
THE WONDER (on my reading bucket list for winter!), $3.99
WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, $2.99
THE TWO FAMILY HOUSE, $2.99
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, $2.99
PRETTY GIRLS, $3.99
THE GOOD GIRL, $3.99
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, $3.99
YES, PLEASE, $3.99
THE MAGNOLIA STORY (haven’t read yet, but great ratings!), $4.99
THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK (also on my bucket list), $1.99
GAME OF THRONES (bucket list read) BOOK 1, $1.99
ORPHAN TRAIN, $1.99
THE AMERICAN HEIRESS (bucket list read), $2.99
TRULY MADLY GUILTY, $2.99
THE HUNGER GAMES, $2.99
THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS (bucket list read), $1.99
DUMPLIN, (bucket list read), $2.99

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, $1.99

Don’t forget to use Promo Code HOLIDAYBOOK to get $10 off a $25 book purchase on Amazon today! Stumped for book choices? Check here!

My Top Picks for Cyber Monday!

As far as Cyber Monday deals go- there is some GOOD STUFF happening today!

These are a few of my favorite picks for shopping!

Family Board Games are on sale & you get an extra 15% off on your entire purchase today at Target
Aromatherapy Diffuser, $28.99
50% off sweaters, shoes, & cold weather accessories at AE along with half-off deals at Aerie
Hunter Boots at Nordstrom, huge discounts
Additional 20% off at Macy’s today
Kindle, $49.99
Blendtec Blender, $237.99
Instant Pot, $49!!!!!
UGG Boots up to 50% off
Samsung Tablet, $149.98
Samsung 65″ Smart TV, $999
Kindle Paperwhite, $99.99
Kitchen Aid Mixer, $189
Black & Decker Cordless Drills $34.99
Roku Streaming Stick $34.99
Sonos Speaker, $149
40% off Sitewide on Crocs
If you are traveling, huge discounts today through Travelocity- 50% off a wide selection of hotel bookings, with an additional 17% off orders over $300
45% off your orders at Lands’ End today (good time to stock up on outerwear for the fam!)
Deepest discounts today at the Levi’s Store

Extra 30% off sale items at Anthropologie using code STACKS

Kindle Deals

Don’t forget to shop my 2016 MomAdvice Unique Holiday Gift Guide. I am sure that many of the items highlighted are on deep discounts today! Happy holiday shopping!

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2016 MomAdvice Unique Holiday Gift Guide

November 25th, 2016

MomAdvice Unique Holiday Gift Guide

Each year I look forward to sharing a few unique gifts to add to your holiday wish list.  If you haven’t caught our It’s the 3 Little Things or our brand new Small-Budget Crushes features, you should tune in weekly to find weekly recommendations of great stuff to enjoy and share throughout the year. Today’s list includes a few I have shared before and LOTS of new things that I think you will love. My promise to you is that I only share gifts that I believe will add value to your home and life, not more items to junk it up.

There are gifts at all price points so I hope you find a few gift ideas that will inspire you for the giving season!

I am dividing this year’s list into categories for your holiday shopping! I can’t wait to hear what you think of this year’s selections!

For Her

 

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book of the month club membership (get or give a gift!)

Heated Throw

heated throw

Children's Drawing Necklace

children’s drawing necklace

DIY Cinema Lightbox

diy cinema lightbox

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

amazon kindle paperwhite (on sale for $99.99 today!!)- pair with a Scribd membership!!

Custom Kindle Book Covers

custom kindle book covers (loads of options!!)

 

Personalized Portrait Pendant

personalized portrait pendant

Canon Rebel T5 with Lens canon rebel t5 with 18-55mm lens, today only $350 SAVINGS!)

ugg slippers

ugg slippers (this style is on sale today for $63.91! check all ugg deals here)

monogram mousepad

monogram mousepad

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foldable exercise bike

Pioneer Woman Tea Organizer

tea organizer

Library Card iPhone Case library card iphone case

Sorel Boots

sorel boots (on sale today for just $108.71- pay attention on recommended sizing!!)

Instant Pot

instant pot (my FAVORITE household gadget- on sale today for $68.95!!!)

Tom's Tassel Booties

toms tassel booties (on sale today with nordstrom!! most comfortable shoes I own!)

 

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flannel drawstring pants

single initial clay necklace

single initial clay necklace

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hunter boots (on sale today for $112.50!!!- don’t forget boot socks on sale today for just $37.50. check all hunter deals here)

northface-wind-resistant-jacket

northface wind resistant jacket- marked down to just $71.50 today!!! Check all northface deals here.)

For Him

Bike Taxidermy

bike taxidermy

Work Meeting Mug

work meeting mug

Bicycle Repair Kit

bicycle repair kits

flannel-lined-gloves

flannel lined gloves

bar-tool-set

bleeker ball tool set

Personalized Pocket Beard Comb personalized pocket beard comb

Leather Laptop Messenger Bag

leather messenger bag

Amazon Fire Stick

amazon fire stick (on sale today for $29.99!!)

Standing Laptop Desk

standing laptop desk

Ribbed Cardigan Sweater

ribbed cardigan sweater

 

For the Kids (All Ages)

Giant Steve Coloring Poster

giant minecraft coloring poster

Just Dance 2017 just dance 2017

Amazon Kindle Fire

amazon kindle fire (on sale today for $33.33!!)

Reverse Charades

reverse charades

Personalized Bar Necklace

personalized bar necklace

Personalized Trophy Rack

personalized trophy rack (lots of different sports options)

Picturesque Planning 2017 Coloring Calendar

picturesque planning 2017 coloring calendar

Instamax Mini

instamax mini

Personalized Book Stamp

personalized book stamp

Really Bad Art Board Game

really bad art board game

Beanbag Chair

beanbag chairs (many colors and prints!!)

Weaving Looming Kit

mini weaving looming kit (with classes on Craftsy for learning!)

Spy Gear Video Walkie Talkies

spy gear video walkie talkies

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wireless bluetooth headphones

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knitted animal tails

Razor Scooter

razor scooter

canvas superstorage lapdesk

canvas superstorage lapdesk

Suspicion Board Game

suspicion board game

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big fat notebooks series (for middle school kiddos!)

 

Unique Gift Offerings For Everyone

National Parks Explorers Guide

national parks explorers guide

Vintage Camper Bird House

vintage camper bird house

Teacher Gifts

personalized-starbucks-cup

personalized starbucks cups

Grammar Pillow

grammar pillow

Teacher Print

teacher print

One Big Gift

Many families opt for a single gift for the whole family so I did want to provide a few great options for a fun family gift.

sk8swing

Sk8Swing

joola outdoor ping pong table

outdoor ping pong table

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Xbox One S Bundle

Choose Your Own Adventure

choose your own family adventure

MomAdvice Unique Holiday Gift Guide

Happy holidays!

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Spinach and Turkey Bacon Skillet Dish

November 21st, 2016

Spinach and Turkey Bacon Skillet Dish from MomAdvice.com This post is sponsored by Honeysuckle White. All thoughts and opinions are my own! 

“I could eat breakfast for every meal,” is a common phrase spoken in our house. For us, breakfast is a feast that should be enjoyed anytime of the day and a sweet luxury when indulged in at our favorite restaurants. Simple ingredients like eggs, potatoes, and bacon all feel elevated though when combined into an elegant skillet dish and these are dishes I choose most often when we go out for a family brunch.

Why do I feel I have to go out to eat to enjoy a skillet dish?

Well, I don’t feel that way anymore!

There is no need to spend a fortune dining out when you can enjoy this breakfast treat at home! Today’s recipe is created in partnership with with Honeysuckle White as we put their delicious Smoked Turkey Bacon to work in this beautiful Spinach & Turkey Bacon Skillet Dish. Thanks to their commitment to keep their products affordable for their consumers, all while retaining the highest quality meats, this entire skillet dish will cost you less than one meal out.

Spinach and Turkey Bacon Skillet Dish from MomAdvice.com

One of the reasons I really love these skillet dishes is that this can be a great way to put leftover ingredients to work in your kitchen. Thanksgiving season, as we have discovered, is when our fridge is loaded with odds and ends that need to be used. Last night’s roasted potatoes, for example, can be used as the base in your skillet. Odds and ends from your produce drawer, like mushrooms or spinach, can be woven into your potato base. Goat, parmesan, cheddar, or blue cheese can also be added for a creamy element.

One thing that I bet you not to sacrifice  though is the salty addition of the bacon for a perfect finishing touch on your dish.

Turkey bacon is a great way to get that salty addition, but with 50% less fat in your dish, giving you all the flavor without all the guilt.

If you are gluten-free, you’ll be happy to know that this bacon is a gluten-free product. It also contains no added hormones or steroids and no growth-promoting hormones. They even let you virtually meet the farmers on their products so you can get to know exactly where your meat is coming from.

Spinach and Turkey Bacon Skillet Dish from MomAdvice.com

One of my favorite food combos is spinach and sun-dried tomatoes and I thought the addition of these would compliment this dish perfectly. To save time, look for bags of already julienned sun-dried tomatoes to save you some chopping time in the kitchen.

To save even more time on this dish, I’ve discovered that my Instant Pot is an incredible gift for making quick work of cooking potatoes for the week. Simply add a cup of water to the bottom of the pot, pierce your potatoes (I put in as many as I can fit!), lock the lid, and cook on manual pressure for 10 minutes. I then quick release the pressure and dice up the potatoes for our dishes or  make delicious baked potatoes out of them by finishing them in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 450 degrees, slathered in olive oil and rolled in kosher salt!

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can still make quicker work by starting those potatoes in the microwave, a technique that we have used often in our house. Once again, just prick the potatoes and then microwave on high for five minutes. Give them a few minutes to cool, and then you can start chopping them into cubes for your skillet.

I hope this dish inspires you to create your own skillet dish in the kitchen and, perhaps, put a few of those delicious Thanksgiving leftovers to work in a skillet of your own.

For more great turkey inspiration, be sure to check out my Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Turkey that I also created this month!

 

Spinach and Turkey Bacon Skillet Dish from MomAdvice.com

Spinach and Turkey Bacon Skillet Dish
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Serve this healthy skillet dish packed with veggies and protein for your next brunch with any combination of odds and ends in your refrigerator. This recipe is a gluten-free crowd pleaser!
Ingredients
  • 2 russet potatoes, scrubbed (skin left on)
  • 3 slices Honeysuckle White Smoked Turkey Bacon
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • Freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Prick potato in several spots in a fork; microwave on High for 4 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then chop into ½-inch cubes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon over medium-high heat in a skillet until crisp (following directions on packaging for timing). Remove the bacon from the skillet, but leave the bacon drippings in the pan. Add oil, diced potatoes, and sun-dried tomatoes and cook, stirring frequently, until the potatoes are browned, about 5 minutes. Add spinach; stir to combine and just wilt, about 1 minute. Season with salt.
  3. Make 4 wells in the center of the hash and crack one egg into each well. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the eggs are partially set, 2 to 3 minutes. Cover with a lid and cook until the eggs whites are completely set, 1 to 2 minutes. Chop the bacon and sprinkle on top. Garnish with a generous grinding of pepper.

This post is sponsored by Honeysuckle White. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

 

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Small-Budget Crushes 11.20.16

November 20th, 2016

Son of a Nutcracker Sweater

son of a nutcracker sweater

Little People Big Dreams Book

little people big dreams book

Eiffel Tower Scissors

eiffel tower scissors

emily & meritt hanging toiletry casse

the emily & meritt hanging toiletry case

Wood Chess Board

wood chess board

Bike Repair Kit

bike repair kit

Golden Elephant Bookends

golden elephant bookends

Milestone Photo Prop

milestone photo prop (months & years!!)

Snow Bunny Pillow

snow bunny pillow

Sea Captain Embroidery Kit

sea captain embroidery kit

library-neck-ties

library neckties Polka Dotted Puffer Vest

polka dotted puffer vest

Faux Fur Stocking

faux fur stocking

Divers Art Print

divers art print

pride and prejudice coloring book

pride & prejudice coloring book

 

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It’s the 3 Little Things: Boutique Workouts At Home, Netflix Binges, and Foldable Kitchen Islands

November 18th, 2016

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I had always dreamed of living in a big house and when we purchased our home, I knew that this would be the stepping stone we would need to get us to where we REALLY belonged. Thirteen years ago, my plans and life were laid out so very differently than they are now.

What changed?

Honestly, my own thinking about what we could make work in our space.

Only one shower?

Let’s put a corner to work in our half bath.

Always wanted a fireplace?

I’ll just make a little addition to a corner in our office.

More recently it was the desire to have a kitchen island that would require a complete renovation of our kitchen to make work. Guess who found a foldable island this week that can be brought out when needed (see below)? This girl! Sometimes small spaces require us to think outside of the box.

The real blessing of this smaller home came into fruition when my own health took a turn. My body doesn’t have the capacity it used to and this year, I realized I owed God a big thank you.

This home is just right for our needs and just right for my life.

Here are three other things that are making me awfully happy this week!

Exerpuetic Magnetic Stationary Bike

Boutique Workouts at Home

I have a membership to a local yoga studio, but I have been missing cardio a lot in my life. One type of exercise my doctor had suggested would be good for me would be biking because it would be low-impact and still give me that cardio high I had been after.

I gave a spinning class a try at a local gym and knew that I really loved it, but the reality of carrying two gym memberships and making time to use them both was making me a little anxious. There was just no way to do this with working full-time and the kid juggle.

Exerpuetic Foldable Stationary Bike

I actually found that purchasing a stationary bike was about the equivalent of a three month membership and being able to do this at home allows me to workout AND work on my own schedule rather than wasting my time at the gym. After reading a ton of reviews, I got the Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike and we were amazed at how awesome this turned out to be for its price. Our home is small so we appreciated that this bike wouldn’t intrude too much on our living room space and it would be a little quieter way to workout rather than pounding on that treadmill in the mornings. It is well-built, quiet, and does a really great job for what I was looking for in an at-home workout.

The real problem for me though was getting in a proper workout without a proper trainer. Honestly, I need guidance or I’m lazy.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cyclecast-indoor-cycling-workout/id999390082?mt=8

YOU GUYS! I found the BEST trainer app for my phone and now I am KILLING it in this little corner of our house.

Once you purchase a stationary bike, you can get the CycleCast app and have a fresh workout each week for $9.99 a month. Basically, it costs less than a single class at our gym and I have a whole month of classes with a variety of instructors every single week.

CycleCast App

With this app, you can pick the duration of your workouts and you can select an instructor whose music taste fits with your own.  Once the workout starts, you have guided training throughout to help push you to burn calories and increase your distance. The first workout I did, I burned over 500 calories and clocked in over ten miles on my stationary bike.

Actual conversations I had with my imaginary trainer…

ME: I can’t do it anymore. My legs are burning and I’m tired.

JONATHAN: I’m going to put on a little Turn Down for What to see if you can push yourself more.

ME: You got me. I’ll keep riding. I do love some Turn Down for What….you’re the best, Jonathan! 

Each week the instructors add a new workout so you don’t get bored or have to do the same thing twice. The music is awesome and the price is just right for a cheapskate!

The first month membership is free so you have 30-days to try it out. I can’t recommend it enough and I’m very excited about how I’ve been able to squeeze this into my week in a realistic way. I also love that my husband can use this in the winter and get some cardio in as well. We both need it in these long winter months.

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Foldable Kitchen Island

A kitchen island has been a dream of mine, but my small kitchen would need a complete overhaul to make it happen. I started researching to see if there were any portable kitchen islands that would work and ran across these Origami Kitchen Carts and told my husband that I thought this would make the perfect solution for our kitchen.

As you can see it’s a metal cart that comes in a variety of colors and the entire top is solid wood. It comes almost fully assembled (you only need to attach the casters) and it is easy to pop up or put down as needed. Not only does it make a great kitchen island, but it could be a makeshift bar cart, can be used for your outdoor entertaining, or a as a grilling station set-up next to the grill. Since I do a ton of food photography for our site, it’s actually the perfect solution for prepping and pulling into a well-lit corner for photos.

This folds into a very reasonable size too so it can be put away when it is not needed.

I know I’ve talked about the Honey extension for your computer on this list, but download that before purchasing. Honey will find a coupon code for you and, if you are lucky like me, it brings the cost of this baby down to just $80!  They also offer these on Amazon, but purchasing through HSN makes more sense if you have a coupon code going for you or you want some fun colors! It was my first purchase with them and I was pleasantly surprised at the quick shipping and the way it was packed.

This definitely will come in handy for holiday food prep and our many gatherings in our home.

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The Crown

I needed an escape this week and I found a breathtaking one in The Crown on Netflix. I had been waiting with bated breath for the show and asked my hubby if he might want to give this show a shot this week. Although he isn’t into period pieces the way that I am, we are both absolutely stunned by the incredible acting, costuming, sets, and stories of the Royal family in this series.

First of all, if you aren’t familiar with what it’s about, this  story  focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Her father’s untimely death leaves her in a position of authority and it is a mixed blessing for Elizabeth and her family.

As a fun fact, this is Netflix’s most expensive series and they are anticipating at least six seasons of this show so it is one you can get fully committed to for awhile. They are, in fact, already shooting the second season.

If you haven’t tuned into The Crown yet, make this part of your weekend agenda. I promise you will not be disappointed!

Loving: Today’s highlights include how Christmas feels when you have a cat, a PSA for Hufflepuffs, Thanksgiving amidst a heated political climate, me when I’m listening to A Tribe Called Quest, some amazing dancing, and Enter Sandman with classroom instruments.

If you want to laugh at something a little less PC, this subway prank with book covers made me LOL repeatedly. It’s juvenile and sometimes you just need that!

Reading: My book club meets up today so I have been working through this book. It has been a good mystery exploring a missing person’s case. I would say if you enjoyed What She Knew or All the Missing Girls, this would be a good book for you!

Laughing: If Ross Geller had an IG account- so funny and loving the comments from his family below the pics. If you are a Friends fan, you will appreciate this one!!

Date night

Thankful: For a semi-annual date night with my husband this week. We shared a beer and talked our way through our feelings on politics. Blessed to be in a partnership with someone who shares many of my same views on politics and the world. It’s good to talk it through, if you can, with someone you love, respect, and trust. I got to do that this weekend and it was some good stuff for both of us!

Happy Fri-yay!

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Amy’s Notebook 11.16.16

November 16th, 2016

Snowball Wreath  source: the happy housie

How adorable is this snowball wreath for the holidays?

Maybe success doesn’t always feel like it looks from the outside. I often doubt my own success on anything so this resonated with me a lot.

I love the idea of starting a cookbook club to help me getting out of my cooking ruts!

10 pieces, 15 outfits. I love this capsule inspiration.

If you need a little inspiration for your Thanksgiving feast, I have a slow cooker Thanksgiving turkey this year and how to make almost your entire feast ahead this year! It’s not too late!

Here are also some tips for having a Chill-giving (totally a thing!).

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source: diethood

This honey garlic lemon chicken with potatoes looks like a delicious sheet pan dinner to try.

I’m reading this book for my book club this week and really enjoying it!

Here are 9 fall outfit ideas to inspire your autumn wardrobe.

If you are still processing the election, Design Mom asked readers about who they voted for and I enjoyed reading through the answers with my morning coffee. My husband and I had a lot to talk about after reading this respectful comment thread. Cup of Jo shares a few things you can do now that the election is over and I couldn’t agree more with this list. Lastly, Tsh shares tips on three things she does when she is discouraged and sad. You can also read my own thoughts on the election, if you haven’t caught that post yet- I was honored to have my piece shared in our church newsletter last week.

Who is excited about this potential new service from Amazon? Crazy!

This slow cooker cacciatore looks divine!!

Organizing Sunglasses

source: graceful order (image),  apartment therapy (article)

How to get large collections of items into an organized order. I’m going to try a few of these in my house!

I want to try this pumpkin risotto recipe. Get ready, Instant Pot!

Madly in love with this idea for hanging photos on your Christmas tree (and all those colors)!

12 perfect wines for Thanksgiving- noted!

If you want to get a jump start, here are some tips for freezing that pumpkin pie this year!

This was your top purchase from our site this week- what a great gift to share for the holidays!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

DIY Ottoman Serving Tray

November 14th, 2016

DIY Ottoman Serving Tray from MomAdvice.com

This post was created in partnership with Waverly Inspirations. Thank you for supporting the companies that support our site! 

The holidays are upon us and with that means lots of entertaining. I frequently host large holiday and family meals, but our home lacks the space to always seat everyone at the same table. I thought a DIY was in order to transform a neglected ottoman in our home into an additional table for our guests. This DIY Ottoman Serving Tray craft is easy to do and a great way to make the most of one of those storage ottomans that many of us have in our home. Sandwiched between two chairs, guests have a place to prop their drinks or the ottoman can be placed in front of a guest like a television tray would.

Table for one or two? Right this way!

How to Make a DIY Ottoman Serving Tray

DIY Ottoman Serving Tray from MomAdvice.com

Supplies Needed (all of these supplies can be found at Walmart!)

2 kinds of Waverly Inspirations Fabric in coordinating fabrics (I used the 100% cotton duck fabric available at the store)- measure your ottoman to get the correct amount of fabric

Upholstery Stapler

Upholstery Staples

Hot Glue Gun

Hot Glue Sticks

Scissors

10x13 Diploma Frame

Waverly Chalk Paint

Paint Brush

1 1/2 Waverly Ribbon (I needed 3 yards, but it will depend upon your ottoman sizing)

2 drawer pulls

Note- Please ignore the Command Strips- that didn’t work out so well! Always an experiment- ha!

Directions for DIY Ottoman Serving Tray

DIY Ottoman Serving Tray from MomAdvice.com DIY Ottoman Serving Tray from MomAdvice.com DIY Ottoman Serving Tray from MomAdvice.com

Just a few weeks after purchasing this ottoman, my daughter came to tell me that she had found the perfect “fairy wand holder,” in our living room. Proudly, she showed a wand standing straight to attention in the top of our brand new ottoman.

It became a regular joke when buying furniture, after that moment, to ask the salespeople things like, “Do you have any insurance to protect this couch if your child STABS IT? I mean, just takes something and plunges it through?!”

Oh, the fear and bewilderment in their eyes.

They clearly do not have children and we have learned, moving forward, that furniture insurance is worth its weight in gold.

Now that my daughter is ten, I’m both 1) embarassed that I have thought of repairing this for ten years, but did not do anything and 2) a little misty-eyed covering up our fairy wand days. They grow up so fast!

There are ottomans now that can be bought with a built-in tray, but what if you already bought one and want to make the most of it? This DIY is for you!

DIY Ottoman Serving Tray from MomAdvice.com

1. Begin by removing any hardware on the bottom of the top of your ottoman and any buttons from the top. Using this as a guide, cut a piece of fabric, making sure to give room around each side for covering and stapling.

DIY Ottoman Serving Tray from MomAdvice.com

2. Folding under the raw edge of the fabric, begin stapling the fabric down the two shorter sides. Two words- PULL TIGHT. You want a nice smooth surface and no loose fabric. Folding the corners like a package, repeat the process on the two longer sides.

DIY Ottoman Serving Tray from MomAdvice.com

3. Remove the glass and any materials inside the diploma frame. We are using this type of frame because it is very lightweight and has no hardware on the back. Using a paint brush, paint the entire frame in chalk paint and let dry. Repeat with one more additional coat.

DIY Ottoman Serving Tray from MomAdvice.com

4. To give the ottoman a clean finish, grab your ribbon and outline the bottom of the stapled fabric, folding down the raw edges with a dab of glue, and hot gluing this ribbon all the way down the four sides. This helps cover up the majority of the bottom when the tray is mounted on top.

5. Using the paper from inside your frame as a guide, cut your second fabric to size and then tuck inside the frame.

6. Hot glue drawer handles on the top of the frame to finish.

DIY Ottoman Serving Tray from MomAdvice.com

DIY Ottoman Serving Tray from MomAdvice.com

How cute is that? The perfect tabletop for your guests! Store the tray on the inside of the storage ottoman and place the top back on as you usually would. With this small addition it’s like you have a brand new table!

Do you want more craft inspiration from Waverly? Try these!

DIY No-Sew Reversible Chair Cushions

Fabric Wreath & Matching Garland

Fabric Bulletin Board Tutorial

Painting Pumpkins With Acrylic Paints

DIY No-Sew Hand Warmers

This post was created in partnership with Waverly Inspirations. Thank you for supporting the companies that support our site! 

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Small-Budget Crushes 11.13.16

November 13th, 2016

Origami Kitchen Cart

origami kitchen cart (many colors- this is the one I got) PS- FOLDS FLAT FOR STORAGE!!

holiday-sack

holiday sack

Home Is Where the La Croix Is

a la croix welcome

Camel Cape

camel cape Feminist With a To-Do List

feminist with a to-do list pin

Tassel Earrings

tassel earrings

Fit & Flare Dress

fit & flare dress

Rolling Pin

rolling pin

Faux Fur Scarf

faux fur scarf

Leather Laptop Messenger Bag

leather laptop messenger bag

Dip Dyed Stools

dip dyed stools

Cuddle Weather Pillow

cuddle weather pillow

Silver Cat Stitch Markers

Silver Cat Stitch Markers Kit

necklace

single initial clay necklace

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I Hope You Brought a Second Piece of Luggage

November 11th, 2016

America

Our son is preparing for high school this year and, in our district, that means choosing a field of interest he might want to explore at college and selecting what option might fit his needs best. It was quite the process because it was really important to us that we pick the right thing for him. We went to hours and hours of meetings, we poured over the information that was sent home and spent lots of time talking to parents about how it all worked and their experience with the school. After all that time vested this year, we were relieved to find a school that would fit his needs perfectly. We can’t wait for this next chapter with him!

For me, the election season was like that. I never go into voting lightly and this year, I believe, was my most informed voter decision that I had ever made. I took unbiased quizzes to try to figure out what issues aligned with me most, I watched each of the debates, I spent hours reading articles from both sides of the coin, and I talked endlessly with my husband about what we were looking for in this presidential election. I was very vested when I placed my vote, as I know many of you were, and the person that I thought would do a good job did not win.

I expected what I saw on social media, but it’s been an awful scroll from both sides.

I hope you will humor me for a moment and envision the voting process a little differently than maybe the way you did before. I want you to imagine that when each person went to vote they carried behind them their luggage of issues. Maybe you came with an overnight sack of a couple of things that were important to you and placed your vote or you just had a week’s worth of stuff that was easier to roll and to manage while you were voting.

Others though were backing up moving vans of issues and trying to haul that in with them when they voted. That van was loaded, heavy, and packed to the brim.

When we got home, maybe your overnight bag was easy to unpack and you felt good about the outcome of the day. Even if it didn’t go your way, you felt good about unpacking and moving on to the next chapter.   You went about making your coffee, feeling good, and you gazed out your window and saw your neighbor with all this stuff just strewn all over the lawn.

It was a mess over there.

They looked overwhelmed and they were just sitting in the middle of it looking bewildered at how they were ever going to put all this crap away.

What is your knee jerk reaction to this view?

Do you roll your eyes and tell them to declutter? You laugh and head to your computer to make a hilarious meme on hoarding- your friends are going to LOVE this!

Do you head into the house and message them a helpful article that outlines why they should have hired a moving service? They should have known this was going to happen. You always saw it coming and had shared with them lots of articles before they moved about outsourcing this. I guess they did not read them.

Do you yell out the window, “Get up and put it away! You look emotional and you need to get over it and make your lawn look like mine!”

Do you put your coffee down, get your coat on, and tell them you want to help? You’re overwhelmed with their mess, but you know it might lighten the load if you did something. You know you are good at praying, listening, and organizing. You know they are hurting and and you are good at many of these things. You can’t do the unpacking, but wouldn’t it be nice to tell them that you are their friend.

What I worry about is that some of us may have forgotten a second piece of luggage in baggage claim. It was the bag with the empathy in it that helps you see your neighbor with love. Some people unpacked those bags and used them, but I fear that others of us forgot them. That second piece of luggage was really important for both sides to be able to work together. That second piece was the key to helping unpack the first one.

I’ll admit, this family still has some stuff on their lawn so I apologize for the view. We are hoping the view will change, but we haven’t gotten everything put away yet. We will get there, but we are trying to distribute that second piece of luggage to our friends while still unpacking our own. It wasn’t a moving truck size, but it wasn’t an overnight bag.

The silver lining to this story is that I know that we ALL want this country to succeed and this is the common theme that I am choosing to focus on.  I love our people and our country. I am praying that the transition is a good and hopeful one. We need it!

If you are feeling in the dumps right now, I hope that this will be an enjoyable scroll as I highlight the good in the world.

Good In Action