Free Printable Advent Calendar

December 1st, 2016

Free Printable Advent Calendar from MomAdvice.com

From our graphic designer, MJ at pars caeli

Advent calendars are just the cutest, right? That is–until you have to fill/create/arrange them! This year we’re going simple with our countdown to Christmas, and we want to make it easier for you, too, with a printable calendar. It’s an Advent Calendar needs just to be cut, folded, and glued. Fist bump. You can even have the kids create it.

The days leading up to Christmas are both magical and hectic! We have Christmas performances and charitable shopping, Santa’s gifting and work parties galore. I didn’t want our Advent countdown to be another process on the list so we put together something light and fun.

Free Printable Advent Calendar from MomAdvice.com

 

How about Christmas trivia?! We watch Jeopardy around our house (with three kids, twelve and under), and a countdown with trivia seemed like a natural way to learn more and to laugh together as we get nearer to the 25th.

We put together twenty-five trivial (some are pretty ridiculous) questions about Christmas traditions, songs, and movies for the whole family. In fact, this calendar would be great to put next to the coffee pot at work or as a runner across the dinner table. My kids have been talking about these questions more than I imagined (“what’s your favorite Christmas song?” and “remember that time we saw…”). Our holiday experiences can be easy entryways to new conversations and insights.

To create your calendar, you need:

Paper (we chose craft paper for the outside, but you can do all white, too)

Scissors

Tape

Glue stick

A straight edge or ruler

Our printable calendar

Free Printable Advent Calendar from MomAdvice.com

STEP ONE: Print out the numbers and trivia questions. Set the trivia questions aside for now. To cut your numbers, slice the page first vertically and then horizontally, creating four pieces. You’ll then cut those four piece vertically, to make equal-sized pieces of paper.

STEP TWO: Each number paper has light gray dotted lines to show where they should be folded. With a ruler or straight edge, fold crisply along that line as indicated in two places. Once you’ve made the folds, ben them the opposite direction to create a folded piece with the number on the front and a flap on the top.

STEP THREE: Take the trivia questions back out. Cut those along the dotted edges. Glue the questions into the inside of the numbered papers. These are not numbered so they can go in any day. We put ours in randomly.There’s a question for every day from December 1 through the 25.

Free Printable Advent Calendar from MomAdvice.com

STEP FOUR: Refold the bottom and then the top flap of the numbered rectangle over top of the trivia question (we don’t want anyone peeking until the right day!). You’ll want to seal the flap shut. You can do this with glue or tape. We opted to cut up some adhesive labels into tiny strips so that we could peel back the flaps without destroying the overall calendar.

Free Printable Advent Calendar from MomAdvice.com

That’s it! Attach the questions to a ribbon and hang on the side of your fridge. Or tape them to a pantry door in the shape of a tree! Or (super simple) keep calendar days in a bowl on your dinner table, and pull one out every day. You might find yourselves amazed by how many presents you’d get if you received all of them from the 12 Days of Christmas or laughing about what the word mistletoe really means!! (Oh, I’ve said too much. You have to wait to open that day!)

Happy Christmas countdown from our family to yours!! Wishing you a simply joyful holiday.

Xoxo,

MJ

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Scrappy Fabric Trees in Just 15 Minutes

December 1st, 2016

Scrappy Fabric Trees in Just 15 Minutes from MomAdvice.com

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

I love adding a few homemade touches to our home each year for the holidays and especially those items that can be repurposed in a variety of ways.  For example, one year for Valentine’s Day I made a festive tree from cupcake liners and it got lots of love during that season. Perhaps, a bit TOO MUCH love (ahem!) as they began to wilt and wrinkle.  The beauty in that project though,  and in today’s project,  is that the materials were pinned to the same styrofoam base which allows you the opportunity to reuse this same tree year after year in brand new ways.

I wanted to create some festive holiday fabric trees to fill an empty space in one of our corners so I created this easy 15-minute fabric tree that is so simple that you could have your kids even do it for a holiday craft.  I just know you are going to love these fabric trees as much as I do and I’m really loving the finishing touches on this one with a fabric pom-pom and a touch of shimmer on the edges.

How to Make a Scrappy Fabric Tree

Scrappy Fabric Trees in Just 15 Minutes 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)- this craft does not require a lot of fabric so even 1/4 yard should be plenty!

Small or Large Clover Pom Pom Maker (I used the large option for my trees)

Styrofoam Cones (any size!)

Straight Pins

Waverly Glitter Paint (in stores)

Paint Brush

Directions for Scrappy Fabric Trees

Scrappy Fabric Trees in Just 15 Minutes from MomAdvice.com

1. Begin by cutting into the long-side of your fabric by an inch or an inch and half. Once you have your cut, begin pulling the fabric with your own bare hands (ROAR!!! TAKE OUT THOSE HOLIDAY FRUSTRATIONS HERE AND IMPRESS YOUR KIDS WITH YOUR HULK STRENGTH!) and ripping it all the way down until this strip of fabric is completely separated from the fabric. If you have any loose strings (and you will!) pull them off the strip before beginning the next step.

2. Take this strip and pin it along the bottom edge of the cone to cover the styrofoam core.

3. With the remainder of your fabric strip, begin cutting notches into it, as evenly as possible, as I have shown above in the picture. Do this down the entire length of your fabric.

4. Starting at the very bottom, and layering over that first layer we laid, begin wrapping the tree, cutting once it has met the other side, and pinning into place.

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4. Continue doing this layering over each layer to cover those pins and also staggering the pieces so that each layer has a little leaf peeking through. Do this until you get to almost the top of the tree. You may need to cut and repeat this process again if you have run out of material to work with. REPEAT HULK MOVES.

5. Once you get close to the top of tree, rip another strip of fabric and use that to cover the top of the tree as I have shown you in the picture. You want to criss-cross the material so that you don’t have any of that styrofoam cone showing. Now wrap more of your layers over that to disguise the pins and to continue the ruffling on the tree.

6. In your other fabric, tear a 1/2″ strip just as you did with the tree, but this time we are going to be making a pom-pom out of it. If you have not used the Clover Pom-Pom Maker before you are going to love it. It’s very easy to use and I have a great step-by-step tutorial if you are new to pom-pom making. When making this, take care to not wrap numerous times or get the material so thick that you are unable to cut it. Just a nice even layer down each side should work. Cut the pom pom out and then use another fabric strip to tie it tight to secure.

Scrappy Fabric Trees in Just 15 Minutes from MomAdvice.com

7. Pin your pom-pm to the top and check to see if you need one more layer underneath to complete the tree. I liked adding just one more ruffle to finish.

8. Using your Waverly glitter paint and a tiny paintbrush, dip the paintbrush in the glitter paint and paint just the edges of the torn fabric on the pom-pom and on the tree to add a finishing shimmer.

Scrappy Fabric Trees in Just 15 Minutes from MomAdvice.com

Scrappy Fabric Trees in Just 15 Minutes from MomAdvice.com

Why make one when you can make three?

I’m in love!

The best part is that you can switch these materials out with the seasons and make this same object look different from season to season. Who knows? You just might see these out again around Valentine’s Day with a brand new look on the site!

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

DIY Ottoman Serving Tray

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

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Amy’s Notebook 11.30.16

November 30th, 2016

Organized Camera Gear Drawer

source: i heart organizing

This post is really inspiring me to get my camera equipment organized.

I did not know a lot behind the Fixer Upper success and found this to be a great read on entrepreneurship.

Old sweaters get a fun new purpose in holiday stockings- I love a good upcycle!

12 DIY gifts people will actually want. You can find some other great ideas over here too!

Listening to complaining is as bad as secondhand smoke for your health. I am really inspired by this complaining challenge.

Put leftover turkey and cranberry sauce to work in these delicious melts!

8 things all successful women do on Sundays.

Chicken, Sausage, & Sprouts One-Pot Meal

source: serious eats

I can’t wait to make this one-pot wonder for a family meal. It looks divine!

I was so excited to pick up this book today from my library. He has always been such a solid author for me- fingers crossed it’s a good one!

I haven’t jumped on the Gilmore Girls train yet, but fans will appreciate this analysis of the Gilmore Girls food.

This printable holiday to-do list is a good one to track everything floating around in your head in the middle of the night (or is that just me?).

Pretty and functional ways to style a bedside table. Love all of these smart solutions for wee spaces.

Brussels Sprouts and Breadcrumb Spaghetti? Um, yes please! I’d love to adapt this to gluten-free! This a great way to repurpose leftovers too.

How to DIY Oprah’s Favorite Things! I was so excited to see two of my projects featured in this incredible round-up!

Minimalist Holiday Decorating

source: my scandinavian home

I love this list of minimalist holiday decorating ideas- just think of how little you will have to put away after Christmas too!

My parents ordered this for me for Christmas and I’m so excited about trying a new craft this year!

This is great advice on choosing wardrobe essentials especially if your new year goal is to simplify that closet!

When your plate is full- what a good reminder about our choices during this busy season.

I love all these fall trends that are happening right now. They all feel very doable!

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

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

exerpuetic-folding-stationary-bike-review

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!)

 

flannel-drawstring-pants

flannel drawstring pants

single initial clay necklace

single initial clay necklace

hunter-boots

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

soundPEATS-wireless-bluetooth-headphones-review

wireless bluetooth headphones

knitted-animal-tails

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.

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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.

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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

 

Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links that help our site! Thank you for supporting me! xoxo 

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!

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