DIY Water Balloon Flip-Flops

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Dollar Tree has a summer collection of colorful flip-flop that would be perfect for this DIY!  Does anyone wear anything but flip-flops in the Summer? We spend so much time at the pool, or out playing in the sprinkler in our backyard that flip-flops are our regular attire. For a crafting project, I thought it would be fun for my daughter and I to decorate a pair of flip-flops. What better place to go shopping than Dollar Tree, where we can take advantage of their incredible already low prices during their Summer Fun flip-flop frenzy?

Flip-Flop Frenzy Details:

  • Flip-flops are available in solid colors (blue, black, pink, lime, turquoise, yellow, purple, and orange), as well as colorful patterns and styles. Colors and styles vary by store.
  • Flip-flops are available in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes.
  • Also check out colorful Summer Fun housewares, party supplies, and toys.

After seeing so many different fun flip-flop crafts on Pinterest, my daughter and I settled on water balloon flip-flops. I’m not super-duper crafty, so I wanted to make sure we didn’t bite off more than we could chew.

Water balloon flip-flops are fun, easy and inexpensive to make. I’ve included the supply list and details below.

What you need:

  • flip-flops
  • 1 to 2 packs of water balloons

You’ll want to begin on one end of the flip-flop. First, gently stretch the balloon, then tie tightly in a double knot. Alternating the direction of each balloon, continue until the straps are covered. Make sure to tie balloons closely together. You can follow a color pattern or change it up, depending on your preference.

You’ll have lots and lots of water balloons left over for fun summer water balloon fights. You could probably get away with one pack, however I went ahead and grabbed two just in case. Even so, I ran out of green balloons quickly. My kids are already planning a water balloon fight this afternoon after they finish their school work.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dollar Tree via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups Recipe {Perfect for Easter Ham leftovers!}

Disclosure: I wrote this post will participating in a campaign as a Good Cook Kitchen Expert, on behalf of Good Cook and received Good Cook kitchen products to facilitate a review. All views and and opinions regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed by the company prior to posting.
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Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups Recipe

Note: This yummy recipe is reposted from a previous date :)

We usually travel every Thanksgiving, so I don’t typically have any leftovers. However, I LOVE my mama’s baked ham so much I asked if she would send some home with us. Like most, my kids and hubby aren’t typically excited about eating leftovers.

I have found that if I prepare a dish that is totally different than the original, sometimes they don’t even realize we are having leftovers. So, instead of traditional dishes with leftover ham, I made ham and egg breakfast cups for breakfast. An easy meal, packed with protein!

You’ll need:

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Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JustAddRotel #CollectiveBias

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Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite recipes. From guacamole to pot roast sliders, adding a can of RO*TEL makes a traditional game day recipe into something extraordinary. Click here to print a Walmart coupon where you buy 3 cans of RO*TEL, you will get 1 can free!

Hurry, this coupon expires on April 6th and is only while supplies last!

Be sure to look for RO*TEL in either the Pasta or Hispanic aisle in Walmart!

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This RO*TEL coupon deal ends April 6th (while supplies last) so download and use it today!

Burlington Stores Spring Shopping Spree

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I don’t know about you, but I love buying new clothes. Since I just had a baby 4 months ago, I haven’t quite gotten back into my clothes so I needed to pick up a couple of new tops for Spring. When I was approached by Burlington Stores to highlight 2015 ladies Spring fashion trends I was super excited! Not only could I pick up a couple of new pieces for my Spring wardrobe, but with Burlington’s fabulous prices (up to 65% off of retail price) I’d get more bang for my money!

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After church on Sunday, my hubby, 3 kids, and I loaded up to head to Burlington stores. Shopping with three kids is always an adventure, but it’s the season of life I’m in right now that I’m fully embracing. Thankfully, everyone cooperated and we were in and out of the store in record time. Nothing can make you shop faster than a hungry 4 month old baby.

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Specifically, I was looking for some of the 2015 ladies spring fashion trends -prints, florals, boho, white with a pop of color, color block, blush. I found four tops that I loved along with a floral scarf. The retail price for all the items was $252, but Burlimgton’s price was only $102.95. That’s a savings of 59%! WOW!! My favorite top is the gray tunic with floral scarf. I love the material, how it fits, and the pop of color that the scarf adds.

I wish I could take you on a shopping trip with me, but since that’s impossible I created a virtual shopping video so I could show you what I found. I apologize in advance for all the wind noise at the beginning of the video, it was so windy here in Tennessee yesterday. Plus, my local Burlington store was so packed full of shoppers we had to video in the baby section. Shout out to my amazing kiddos who were so good while mommy shopped and made the video!

Did you know that Burlington is committed to educating women about the importance of their heart health through their annual Red Dress Event in partnership with the national non-profit, WomenHeart, as heart disease is the leading cause of death in women.

  • Customers can donate $1 or more at checkout to support women’s heart health through March 31st
  • And for every dress purchased throughout the campaign, Burlington will donate $1, up to $25,000 to support WomenHeart whose mission is to educate and support women living with heart disease.

Don’t you want to go shopping after seeing these deals? Click here to locate a Burlington store near you.

Burlington Stores sponsored this blog post.  The opinions and text are all mine.

Saving for a SUNNY DAY #mysunnyday

Most of us have heard the importance of saving for a “rainy day.” We’ve always been intentional with our money.I am so thankful for our “rainy day” savings as a couple of years ago when my husband experienced three layoffs within five years. Having gone through that, we KNOW the importance of saving for those “rainy day,” or in our case “rainy years.” There will always be unexpected expenses. For me, having money in savings means peace of mind. It’s important to us to reestablish our savings as we slowly get back on our feet and recover from those years. Our goal is to have a 6 month emergency fund in our savings account. In order for us to accomplish this, we have to be intentional to put money in our savings account. [Read more...]

Barissimo Premium Coffee at ALDI and a Giveaway!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ALDI. All opinions are my own. You can read my full disclosure here.

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Since many of you are fans of premium coffee, I wanted to let you know about ALDI’s new premium coffee line. Recently, ALDI rolled out their new Barissimo premium coffee. A number of Beaumont Coffee products will transition to the new Barissimo brand in early 2015 but the product taste and pricing remain the same. The line features nine bagged and single serve coffee items, along with additional seasonal and Special Buy items that will be available for a limited time.

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From the looks of this picture, the new Barissimo brand is very popular at my local ALDI.

The following items are now sold under the Barissimo brand: 
  • Ready-to-drink Iced Coffees (French Vanilla, Mocha and Coffee) – $1.19
  • Whole Bean Coffee (Morning Roast and Donut Store) – $3.99
  • Fair Trade Coffee (Medium and Dark Roast) – $3.99
  • Donut Store Ground Coffee – $3.99
  • 12 oz. Bag Coffee (Breakfast Blend, House Blend, and French Roast) – $3.99
  • Assorted Flavored Coffee (French Vanilla and Hazelnut) – $4.99
  • Flavored Coffee Cups (French Vanilla and Hazelnut) – $4.79
  • Regular Roast Coffee Cups (Breakfast and Donut) – $4.79
  • Specialty Roast Coffee Cups (Fair Trade Colombian and Dark Roast) – $4.79
 
Prices based on retails on 1/7/2015. Prices subject to change and may vary by store location. Click here to find an ALDI store closest to you! 

ENTER TO WIN a three-month’s supply of Barissimo coffee and a $25 ALDI gift certificate. 

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Donate a Coat at Burlington Stores to Help those in Need #CoatNotes

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I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but it’s really cold here in East Tennessee. In fact, schools were delayed this morning a couple of hours because of the bitter cold (that we aren’t used to). As I was laying in my warm bed this morning cuddled up with my little ones under covers I couldn’t help but think about how blessed we are. Although, my kids might get cold running from the house to the car or from the car into church, homeschool group, etc they will be bundled up in a coat, hat, and gloves. They might feel a little cold, but they won’t be freezing. As hard as it is for me to comprehend, many kids won’t have a coat today or this winter for that matter.

This reality hit me really hard at an outreach program at our church a couple of years ago. We set up a toy store at Christmas with brand new toys for families who wouldn’t be able to otherwise pick out toys for their children. I knew that many people couldn’t afford toys for their kids for Christmas but I wasn’t prepared to see kids with short sleeve shirts and sandals on their feet literally freezing in the middle of winter. Knowing my kids always have a winter coat, and sometimes more than one, it broke my heart.

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So, when I was contacted by Burlington stores about their 8th annual Warm Coats for Warm Hearts Coat Drive I couldn’t wait to participate. Sadly, 45 million Americans live in poverty and with temperatures dipping well below freezing, the need for warmth and coats is a must!

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This past weekend, my family and I rounded up our extra coats that no longer fit and made a trip to Burlington Stores to donate. Since most of us have extra coats lying around, I wanted to encourage you to do the same. As a thank you, Burlington Stores is offering 10% off your entire purchase for each coat donated. Plus, each coat donated helps local families in need. When you donate your coats, make sure to snap a picture and upload it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #CoatNotes. By doing so, your story could appear on ABC’s Good Morning America. To locate a store in your area click here.

Donate a gently-worn coat at your nearby Burlington to help those locally in need. And when you do, receive Burlington’s thanks – 10% off your entire purchase.

Burlington, a national off-price retailer offering style for less with up to 65 percent off department store prices every day, continues to help local communities stay warm with their annual Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive. Donated coats stay locally within each store community and are given to those most in need. With each coat donation, customers receive 10% off their entire purchase as Burlington’s thank you. A great way to give back and save money at the same time! Visit the Coat Drive site to learn more and where you can donate by 1/19/2015.

Burlington Stores sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

Meaningful within Your Means #holidaymeans


The holidays can take a lot out of us and in the midst of all that joyful hustle and bustle, we can end up overspending. That’s why Suntrust Bank want to help us be meaningful within our means. Any bank can talk to us about just money. They want to turn the conversation to a different currency and ask us to think differently this year. It’s about depositing hope, instead of checks. And withdrawing stress, instead of cash. It’s about indulging in the currency of kindness and giving more than we receive.

Because the things that mean the most to you, are well within your means.

Now that I am grown and have children of my own I often reflect on childhood memories during the holidays. Interesting enough, none of my memories necessarily include gifts. Instead, holiday traditions come to the forefront of my mind.. Since we don’t live close to either one of our families, we’ve incorporated traditions from both of our families as well as created new ones of our own.

One of my favorite traditions is my mom’s homemade Christmas breakfast. When I lived at home, she made the same breakfast every Christmas morning. After we opened up our presents with my immediate family both sets of grandparents would come over and we would all share breakfast together. I always loved having my entire extended family together sharing a meal together while making memories. It was also my absolute favorite breakfast. Now that I have my own family, I prepare the same breakfast on Christmas morning. Even though our families don’t live close enough to join us, I always think of them while enjoying breakfast with my family.

One thing I have learned, if I’m not careful I can make a holiday meant for joy and peace to instead to be stressful all in the name of creating traditions for my families. In fact, I’ve been on a mission the past couple of years to simplify our holiday. With the added stresses of finances, traveling to see family, gift buying, and everything else that goes into the holiday season it’s so easy to get off track. As adults we spend A LOT of time trying to recreate those feelings and memories we had as children. While we may succeed, we also tend to create a lot of stress while money is just sucked right out of us. Meaningful within Your Means is a challenge to try or do something differently this year so that we can avoid a case of the “overs-” and create lasting meaningful memories of the holidays.

There are 3 “areas” of this challenge. Try and do something from each area.

1. YOU – no one’s holiday is going to be enjoyable if you are not able to enjoy it yourself. You need to make time for yourself daily/weekly.

Examples:
a. Liberate – Skip that ritual that stresses you out!…newsletter style holiday cards, baking 50 dozen cookies, Griswold style Christmas lights…)
b. Let go of perfectionism.
c. While you may have an iron clad budget, do you have a holiday budget? Use the holiday planning guide to make sure you have accounted for all those expenses that sneak up through the holiday season…going to 6 holiday parties can get expensive! What is the going rate for a sitter these days? Going away? Need to board a dog or get a pet sitter? $$$
d. Manage expectations early on – this is one that can have the biggest impact to your budget. Gift giving…everyone, draw names, nothing…you need to soon so that everyone is on board

2. TOGETHER – Being with family and friends is what the holidays are all about.

Examples:
a. Do something together as a family every week in Dec – something FREE. Drive around and look at lights, hot chocolate and holiday specials night, look for community activities to participate in, family tacky sweater day…
b. In lieu of gifts, you and your friends do something together as a group. Potluck at someone’s house, reservations at that great new restaurant everyone has been wanting to try.

3. GIVE – there are many opportunities to give during the holidays. This is also a great time to teach children the importance of giving. This is something that also makes a great TOGETHER activity, giving your time to volunteer as a family.

Examples:
a. Instead of gifts, make a donation to a charity that is important to you. You can make one large one in honor of all your friends and family or divide up into groups (family, different circles of friends –work, neighborhood, college etc) and make smaller donations to a few groups
b. Ask your church or a church in your community if they know of any families that need a little “extra” this season and put together a care package for them to be delivered anonymously.


My daughter and I volunteering at the “Magi Project.”

Personally, I am accepting the Meaningful within our Means challenge for my family. With a brand new baby this year, I’ve got to be intentional, otherwise I’ll end up stressed. I’ve included my personal commitments below:

YOU – It’s all about simplification for me this year. I’m not stressing about mailing out the perfect Christmas card to friends and family. Honestly, the added expense is just not in our budget this year. It’s smarter to stick to our budget and be intentional in all of our commitments to reduce stress. (Here’s a link to a holiday budget planning spreadsheet to help ensure you stay within your means!) We will have a brand new baby this year, I can easily let go of perfectionism. I just want to create meaningful memories with my family.

TOGETHER - Since neither of our families live close by I want to be intentional to get together with friends during the holidays to celebrate the season. I’m committed to keeping it simple, and not creating added stress with fancy meals. With our families, I’d like to focus on creating memories and experiences together as a family instead of focusing on gift giving.

GIVING – Giving is my favorite part of the Christmas season. We always incorporate giving with our children. We also volunteer time at our church to help with benevolence ministries. I am committed to continuing this tradition with our family.

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. They want to help you reduce holiday stress through tools, advice, and inspiration that encourages you to make your holidays meaningful by spending within your means and focusing on meaningful experiences.

To get started visit suntrust.com/holiday

Meaningful spending made easy with a budgeting tool to help you make a plan and stay on track with your holiday spending. Download here.

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