Honey Dijon Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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I love to experiment with new recipes that I see online and tweak them a little here and there to best suit my family. I don’t like recipes that take a lot of time or a ton of pans because that means I’ll have to spend a long time in the kitchen cleaning after dinner. So, if you are like me, you’ll love this recipe. I cooked the chicken and brussels sprouts together on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil (I told you I was lazy when it comes to cleaning up), then prepared the long grain wild rice with quinoa on the stove. If your family doesn’t particularly love brussels sprouts you could substitute broccoli or fresh green beans.

This is a clean eating recipe that works great with the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge.

 

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Honey Dijon Chicken and Roasted Brussels Sprouts
 
Ingredients
  • 4 thin cut chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt or salt substitute
  • fresh brussels sprouts halved
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients (except chicken and brussel sprouts).
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Coat chicken breasts in ½ of the spice mixture.
  4. Toss brussel sprouts in 1 tablespoon olive oil (this olive oil is not listed in above ingredients).
  5. Place chicken on one side of cookie sheet and brussel sprouts on the other.
  6. Drizzle ½ of the left over spice mixture on brussel sprouts.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn over chicken and brussel sprouts.
  8. Baste chicken with the remaining spice mixture then continue to cook for 20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

How to Make Boot Trees: 3 Thrifty Options (Posterboard, Magazines, Paper Towel Rolls)

If you have boots you love and you don’t want them to get creased from flopping over in your closet – check out these DIY boot trees.

I love my boots – and I wear them whenever possible.  In cold weather they go great with jeans, leggings or tights – and in summer, I pair them with sundresses.   Although they’re always in rotation, they do spend a lot of time hanging out in my closet.  In order to keep them from sagging (which causes deep creases and eventually cracked leather) or lying on their sides and taking up the whole bottom of the closet – I make boot stands or “trees” to keep them upright.

Here are a few ways to make your own!

 

Posterboard:
Grab a posterboard and cut it in two halves.  Roll each piece into a slightly conical shape, with the widest part the size of the boot opening.  Don’t make the bottom too pointy – you want it about the diameter of your ankle in order to hold the ankle part of the boot upright.  Tape it together and trim off the excess.

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Sharing Life’s Special Moments

Disclosure: This post is underwritten by LifeStages. All content and opinions are my own.

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This past year we welcomed a new baby girl to our home. Since my big kids were 11 and 9 when she was born, I had forgotten all the milestones that occur the first year. Not that there aren’t milestones in my big kids lives, they just aren’t as frequent as a new baby. I felt like if I blinked I would miss something important. Now, “our baby” as the big kids call her is almost 14 months old and my big kids are 12 and 9. The past year feels like a complete blur. I’m so glad that I’ve documented with lots and lots of pictures.

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Here is one of my favorite milestone moments of 2015. Our baby girl’s first birthday with her smash cake.

LifeStages would love to share in your Milestone Moments with their photo contest. It’s so easy to share a memorable photo, plus there are prizes available!

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Life Stages makes sharing life’s special moments more fun and rewarding, all while providing insights, information, and inspiration to help your family plan for the future. Life Stages’s January photo contest theme is “Milestone Moments” of 2015

Submit a photo of your child showcasing their biggest accomplishment of the past year. Be creative sharing your milestone moments, which could include:

  • Welcoming a new arrival
  • Losing a first tooth
  • Learning to ride a bike
  • Entering high school
  • Getting a driver’s license
  • Anything in between!

Here’s the details:

  • Go here to enter.
  • Along with the entry, provide a caption that answers, “My child’s milestone moment of 2015 is…”
  • Upload your picture on Facebook. Vote and encourage your friends to vote. You can vote daily!
  • Contest ends 1/31/15 11:59 PM EST.

There are a total of three $100 cash prize winners. It’s super easy, enter as many photos you want. What are your favorite “Milestone Moments” of 2015?

Meaningful within Your Means: New Years Financial Goals #holidaymeans

 

This is a repost of Kasey’s 2015 New Years savings goals – it’s completely relevant to this year as well and I just wanted to repost for anyone who hadn’t seen it!

Anyone feeling the after the holidays financial hangover? I recently read that over 70% of ALL American’s live paycheck to paycheck. If this is true, then the holidays would definitely stretch most peoples finances. This year, we really took a simplistic view of the holidays and kept gift giving to a minimum. We mainly bought gifts for the kids. I would have loved to have spoiled my husband, but knew that it was more important for us to stick to minimum spending like we had agreed upon.

Now, that it’s the new year and the holidays are behind us did you make any new years resolutions or goals concerning your finances? We have determined that this is the year we will get our finances under control. Several years ago, my family experienced 3 corporate layoffs over a 5 year time period. As a result, we have just been in survival mode the past couple of years. Now, that it feels like the fog has finally cleared and life has settled down we are ready to get back on track. Before the layoffs, we were very intentional about our savings. In fact, had it not been for the years we spent saving, getting out of debt and creating an emergency fund the layoffs would have been absolutely detrimental. I don’t like the current state of our finances right now. It felt so much better when we had an emergency savings in place. So, this year is all about getting our feet back under us. It’s time to get out of the debt we accumulated in the midst of job losses. Thankfully, we were able to keep it to a minimum but it will feel so much better when we are debt free again except our mortgage. And, we are going to start saving again.

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Here are our financial goals this year:

  1. Get out of debt completely (except our mortgage) – write down all of our debt in order from highest to lowest and begin tackling the lowest debt first. Schedule a yard sale first quarter of 2014 and use proceeds towards debt.
  2. Create a savings plan to establish an emergency fund- Put 10% of money that we received as Christmas gifts in our savings account. Put 5% of each paycheck in our savings account.

Since the overall theme for our life this year is to simplify, I’ve kept our financial goals simple. Having two goals will help us stay focused on exactly where we allocate our money. I’ve also included action steps or a plan, otherwise I’ve only created a wish list.

How did we come up with our goals? We thought about what was currently in our life that we wanted to eliminate. Debt stresses me out. Not having an emergency savings account stresses me out. What about you? If you could change anything about your finances (within reason) what would it be? Now, what steps would help move you forward?

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A fun way to help lead you in the right direction to better money habits in 2015 is this money personality quiz. With your quiz results you will have the opportunity to explore content that is relevant to your results. Use this information as inspiration and motivation as you plan your resolutions. My results are in the image above. It actually made me feel more confident about reaching our goals. Yes! I can stay the course and I am a disciplined problem solver.

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well being. They help you get organized, make a plan, and stay on track so you can get and stay in control of your finances. When you are confident about your money, you can save for your goals and splurge knowingly on what matters most to you.

What is your money personality? Find out here

To find advice, tips, tools and motivation to start your new year click here

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

Bath & Body Works: 75% OFF Semi-Annual Sale + NEW Coupons!

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UPDATE: We have a couple new codes to share with you to make for even BETTER deals!

Just a heads up – Christmas day has come and gone and that means it’s time for the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual sale!  That means you can snag some of your favorites for up to 75% OFF your favorite lotions and potions.  Here are a couple codes, if you’re shopping online:

  • F152111 for $10 off $40 Order
  • BBWDEC25 for FREE Shipping on a $25 Order
  • GIFT20 for 20% off 

Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale Highlights:

* $3.50 Select Body Lotion & Shower Gels (Reg $12.50)
* $3 Foaming Hand Soap
* 3-Wick Candles $12.50 
* Up to 75% Off Select Items

Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours as we Celebrate the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Today is a day for family, friends, and for celebrating the birth of our Savior.  We are going to enjoy the peace from our Savior, savor moments of excitement with our children, and celebrate the significance of today.  We wish you and yours a Blessed and Merry Christmas.

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Amazon Gift Cards for Christmas (Instant Delivery via Email, Facebook, or Printout!)

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Tomorrow’s Christmas!

If you haven’t finished shopping for everyone on your list – don’t worry!  You can still pick up an Amazon Gift Card and either Email it, Post it to Facebook, Print it Out, or send it in a personalized video!

 

If you have an extra day to wait – get an Amazon Gift Card with FREE 1-Day Shipping.  Plus – each Amazon Giftcard comes with a FREE super-cute holiday tin, several styles to choose from!

 

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Emailed giftcards are cute too – you can choose the design and what it will say.  I especially think my husband might be better off just getting me a giftcard like the one that admits I’m a better shopper and I should probably just go buy myself a gift ;)  That man has a knack for buying everything at full price…

However you do it – at least you know it’s something they won’t have to take back.  There’s something on Amazon for EVERYONE.

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Making Christmas Eve Special with Nativity Scenes, Bible Stories

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.


Tomorrow is Christmas Eve – and many of us finally sit down and call it quits with shopping, planning, decorating and the general craziness that surrounds such an essentially sacred, peaceful day.  Christmas Eve is a good time to transition (if you haven’t already) to focusing your family on the birth of the Christ child!

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