Pumpkin Treats

There are so many things to love about Fall.  1 being FOOD - 2 being PUMPKIN...
so I gathered some different Pumpkin recipe ideas.......these are sure to make you hungry!

YUMMY pumpkin Butter over @ Tidy Mom

Snickerdoodle & Pumpkin Cream Cheese Sandwiches @
The Stirring Place


Cool Ideas {1} ~~~~ Back to School

I still can't believe it's time for the kiddos to head back to school....this year is going to be a milestone for me & my 2 boys.  I'm going to have 2 graduates as my oldest will graduate High School and my youngest will graduate Middle School.  I'm already stocking up on kleenexes....It's hard to believe that they are both becoming independent and moving along with their life.  I love them both dearly and are very proud of who they both are becoming.  (wiping tears)

So as for some BACK TO SCHOOL ideas....here's some cute ones

Awesome...Back to School Party from Sweet Designs!!

FREE Printable over at Shindig Parties to Go


DG Flower Pot Makeover......

Almost a month ago I bought 2 Gerber Daisy's that were 50% off at one of our local nursery's...Danville Gardens in hopes to replant them into a colorful flower pot.  So a couple weeks ago Dollar General had their plastic flower pots 50% off which means I bought it for $2.50!  

On one of my many trips to Lowe's I had picked up this paint....

I don't know if your Lowe's store does this but ours will put returned paint and miss-tints under the paint counter at a HUGE discount. 
This particular can was a miss-tint...that was $14.49 and I picked it up for $5.00!!


SaveMore Deal......FREE Nail Shields

Here's a RED HOT deal from SaveMore....Get a FREE set of Nail Shields!  Here's how...you can get $12.00 to Fabulous Nails for decorative nail shields for just $6.00, and your purchase will ship free.  When you sign up with SaveMore throught this LINK they will give you a $10.00 credit which makes this deal FREE and you will still have a $4.00 credit in your account.    

Hurry this deal won't last long!!

Have a great weekend!


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Celeb Look For Less.........

Celebs and fashion is a part of my everyday...I love to see what they are doing and most importantly what they are wearing.  Don't you ever wonder where you could get that awesome dress that Jennifer Aniston was wearing or those awesome shoes that JLO is sporting.  Well I know for me I may like them but I wouldn't nor could afford them if I wanted to but there are more affordable ways to get the celeb look....so here are a few celebs with some great outfits....and I've given you the more afforable option.

First off here's Heidi Klum....love the tunic (dressy and comfy), who doesn't love a capri jean.  I like the polka-dot heels...the chevron pattern with the polka-dots really gives it a "hey look at me" look.

HEIDI KLUM photo | Heidi Klum

My afforable version

Chevron-Stripe Dolman Sleeve Tees

Simply Vera Vera Wang
Cuffed Denim Capris from Kohl's!
Retails for $48.00 BUT
on Sale right now for $21.99
Simply Vera Vera Wang Cuffed Denim Capris

Dream on Polka Dot Wedges from Ruche..the top is stretchy and you just
can't beat the comfort of a wedge!! 
Retails for $42.99
dream on polka dot wedges

That completes Heidi's outfit for a total of $89.92

Here's Eva Longoria dressing up a pair of skinny jeans.....

EVA LONGORIA photo | Eva Longoria

Worthington 3/4 Sleeve Peplum Jacket
from JcPenney...retails for $60.00
on sale right now for $39.99

Worthington® 3/4 Sleeve Peplum Jacket

Kut from the Kloth Skinny Stretch Jeans
(Magnificent Wash)...from Nordstrom
Retails for $74.50 and on sale right
now for $33.90

KUT from the Kloth Skinny Stretch Jeans (Magnificent Wash)

Chinese Laundy Hotness Nude Heels from

That completes Eva's look for only.....$132.89
Get out there and do some bargan shopping!!



This Old House

This weekend while drinking my morning coffee I read my new This Old House magazine.  I always seem to find inspiring articles and pics that help give me that push to get something done around the house.
THO was holding a House Remodel Contest and the winner was chosen along with many runner ups.  The winners story and the transformations they made are awesome!!

Here are a few pics

OUTSIDE of home.....here's the BEFORE
Orlando colonial home front yard before renovation


Front yard of the Orlando colonial home

You can't help but love this bright and cheery kitchen
Orlando colonial home kitchen

The original board and batten doors just help keep the character of the house

Master bedroom door of this Orlando colonial home

Be sure to head over and take a TOUR of the home.


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Belated 4th of July

Hope eveyone had a great 4th of July....I had a great 4 day weekend and having a hard time getting back in the swing of things.  My youngest (he's 13) a few weeks ago made the State of Illinois soccer team and left Tuesday for Kansas to try out for the Regional team and will not be back until Saturday.  This has been a little tough for me (he seems to be doing better) because he hasn't ever been away from home like this before.  So far so good though and so proud of him and his accomplishments!!  My oldest (he's 17) left today for an all day concert that's about an hour and a  half away and I have been a nervous wreck....this parenting thing keeps getting harder and harder. 

Well so back to the holiday weekend....on Saturday we were invited to a party at a friends house and I wanted to make up a few goodies for the kids...found these cute printables for water bottles over @ Tweedle Dee Designs and here is what I did:

I used the water bottle labels and put them around the jars that I picked up @ the Dollar Store and while @ the Dollar Store I picked up licorice and cut and wrapped the labels around a few pieces of licorice to make it look like firecrackers.  I found the printable pinwheels over @ Disney Family Fun....they were a lot of fun to make and the kids loved them!!

Hope you all had a fun and safe holiday.......



Baby Withdraws

I have personally been going through baby withrdraws lately...and it's a little scary.  My oldest son will be turning 18 in November and my youngest just turned 13....my oldest of course has become very independent and is starting to take on a life of his own.  My youngest is just growing up way too fast and personally I just DON'T like it!  I have been going back and forth about having another baby...not sure that is in the cards for me but after browsing the internet I came across this crib and fell in LOVE with the whole collection!!

Hudson Collection in Licorice

This is the Hudson Collection and is by BONAVITA

Hudson Collection

Simple lines, elegant style, the Hudson Collection╩╝s graceful proportions harmonize with a wide range of individual tastes. Urban contemporary, country cottage, traditional or transitional, the Hudson Collection with its classic finishes and stunning looks is the perfect collection to express the perfect style—yours.

Graceful, clean and simple, this six piece collection includes the Classic Crib, the Lifestyle Crib®, 5 drawer dresser, combo, nightstand, and hutch for additional storage space on the combo. In addition, every item in the collection is available in a Classic White, Classic Cherry, Chocolate or a Licorice finish.

If a baby is in your definate future be sure to check out BONAVITA'S website....you can click on the Where to Buy tab and search for a retailer near you.

I'll still be here pondering over my baby thoughts!!



Friday's Favorite Things - Linking Up {2)


Bev said...
I follow you on google. I love something sweet like a pina colada or daiquiris. That looks really good right now because it is so hot here.

Well we've made it to Friday.....hopefully the weather holds up this weekend so that I can enjoy some
 sunshine along with a 
(which happens to be my FRIDAY's FAVORITE THING)!!

I enjoy having a Margarita....but reagular Margarita's have a TON of sugar and we all know that sugar
just goes straight to the hips.
So while at Wal Mart last summer and looking for a Margarita Mix I came across this.....

Margarita Lite Mix


Master of Mixes Margarita Lite uses authentic margarita ingredients for a taste so great, you won't miss the calories!

Master of Mixes Margarita Lite offers a 90% reduction in calories when compared to traditional margarita mix (140 calories per 4 oz. serving vs. 10 calories)

Premium lemon and lime juice is the sole source of the few calories present in Master of mixes Margarita Lite

Now health conscious consumers can balance calories while still enjoying their favorite summer cocktail!

You do have to add your own TEQUILA..which is nice...because if it's been one of those days you can add a little more...  :)

So here is a Friday evening for me......

GIVEAWAY:  I'm going to give away one bottle of this delicious MARGARITA MIX!!

All you need to do is:
  • Follow my blog and leave a comment about your favorite drink (doesn't have to have alcohol in it) (1 entry and mandatory)
  • Like on Facebook and leave a comment! (1 entry)
  • Share this giveaway on your Facebook (1 entry)
  • Link up a favorite...see below for description (2 entries)
Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry

Link it up:
Please link up a favorite of yours...it could be...
  • Something you've made
  • A favorite you've blogged about (could be about anything)
  • A favorite giveaway
  • A favorite store or Etsy Store
  • Just link up any favorite of yours
  • GIVEAWAY and LINK UP will end on June 21st @ 4:00pm CST.

Have a wonderful weekend.....and don't drink too many Margaritas!!   heeeheee


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Father's Day Ideas {2}

Lots of great ideas out there.  Here are a few more.....




Sugar Bee Crafts

I LOVE these cute homemade card ideas.....these made me smile!

Momma Did It

Who doesn't love FREE Printables...especially CUTE ones

Shindig Parties To Go

Best Daddy Ever Beans

The Letter 4

FREE Printable: Father's Day Room Service

seven thirty three




Friday's Favorite Things - Linking Up {1}

This is my first post on
Friday's Favorite Things!!
Every Friday I'm going to blog about something that is a favorite of mine.

My favorite that I'm sharing with you today is....(drum roll)

Stacy's Pita Chips are my new favorite chip!! 
These are baked NOT FRIED with 0g trans fat and 0mg cholesterol and taste oh so good!!

I LOVE the texture, I LOVE the crispiness, I LOVE the taste

They come in the following flavors:
Simply Naked
Parmesan Garlic & Herb (my favorite)
Multi grain
Cinnamon & Sugar
Italian Harvest
Garden Veggie Medley

These are great alone or with a dip...click HERE for recipes.

I get mine @ Wal Mart....if you haven't seen them at your store you can purchase them online here: 
Stacy's Pita Chips and also they are 20% off right now!!

Head to your supermarket or buy a bag online today....you are missing out if you have not tried these!

Leave me a comment if you've tried Stacy's Pita chips and let me know what you think.

On my Friday's Favorite Things I would love for everyone to link up about a favorite thing of yours that you have blogged about.  Whether it's food, clothing, a craft, etc! 
This is my first linking up and I'm using just the link not a thumbnail...only because I want to make sure I know what I'm doing before spending the money on it.  Be patient with me and hopefully next week I will be using the thumbnail pics.
Once you've linked up...please grab my button and post on your blog letting everyone know that you linked up here....THANKS.

Have a wonderful weekend.


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Bargain Find {1}

This past Memorial Day weekend my sons were in a soccer tourney in Chicago.......

This is my oldest (blue uniform).....


This is my youngest (needs a haircut)....

We had a great time despite the rain on Saturday which pushed back some games by 5 hours and some to be postponed until the next day....SO that meant mom got some shopping in.  :)

While at the Woodfield Mall I went into a store called Fans Edge and in their clearance area I found this...

My son is a Chicago Cubs fan and this Big Bobblehead was broken from the base.  I thought with a little super glue and some color touch up....how can I beat it.  This retails for $19.99 and was marked down to $4.95. 

So around the shoe area it needed some permanent black marker......

and then some super glue to attach it back to the base and here he is all back to good......

This is going to make a great birthday present for my soon to be teenager

I just love a bargain...he's back in the box and ready to be wrapped.

Have you found any good bargains lately??  If so please share.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!



Father's Day Ideas {1}

Father's Day is gonna be here before you know it.  Sunday June 19th to be exact.  Have you started thinking about what you are going to get or do for that special dad in your life?   Growing up without a father I never got into Father's day it was just another day to me until I had children.  However now that my husband and I are divorced (not a bad thing...we get along better now than we ever did) well I don't go all out like I used to but still get him something for the boys to give him just as he does for me on Mother's Day.  So I've been looking around for some ideas and here is what I've came across so far.....warning....they are pretty cute!

Golf Wreath......FORE!

Necktie Cookie on a Stick....loving the colors!

Build Dad a Firepit!

Movie Party Bucket

Homespun With Love

Make dad the perfect burger on the grill....How to tips

Singing With Birds

Make Dad a shirt pillow of his favorite team


Hope that helps give you some ideas for that special guy. 

Have a great Monday....ummm I mean Tuesday! :)


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