St. Patrick’s Day Roundup

While searching for this week’s Site of Note, I came across so many cute things that I didn’t want to deny you the experience so without further ado I present to you…

St. Patrick’s Day 2014

Not Quite Susie Homemaker has a really cuteFree-St.-Patricks-Day-Printable

Free St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Printable


in the meantime,

Cocktails with Mom wowed us with her



and then we saw THIS!

Princess Hairstyles showed us how versatile hair can be

clover hairstyle

St. Patrick’s Day Hairstyles, Shamrock With Ribbon

Then there’s the food….

Really!  What would St. Patrick’s Day be without food?

Ever After in the Woods gave us some inspiration with her


Irish Soda Bread Recipe

and then Potato Candy, Y’all!! No potatoes needed.

The Neighborhood Moms made this!

IrishPotatoCandyIrish Potato Candy Recipe

Share the fun! Where are you finding your St. Patrick’s Day inspirations?  We’d love it if you’d share with us in the comments!


Sites Of Note: Living On a Dime

This week’s Site of Note is Living On A Dime. If you’ve been a reader for a while you already know about Tawra and Jill, but I thought they deserved to be spotlighted in this new feature as well.

Everything started when Tawra wrote her first cookbook originally called “Not Just Beans”. You can read more about how everything started, how cooking and living frugally helped Tawra pay of a mountain of debt while keeping her sanity during pregnancy bed-rest. The original book is still available but has been renamed Dining On a Dime. It’s a great resource that I highly recommend.

Even though Tawra freely admits that beans aren’t one of her favorites, they have quite a few yummy bean dishes on their site.

Glorified Beans and Franks

The one that caught my eye is the Glorified Beans and Franks. It’s quick, cheap and very kid-friendly.

A big Thank you to Tawra from Living On A Dime for creating such a wonderful frugal resource. Take a moment to check out their site and while you’re there, sign up for their free newsletter.

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Sites of Note: The Sunny Patch


ToniaThis week’s Site of Note is The Sunny Patch. Tonia runs the site and calls it her homeschooling journal. She started it in 2007 when her daughter was just 3 years old. Although raised in the States she now happily residing with my husband, daughter, beagle, and in-laws in Quebec!

She’s got a great How To post on creating jarred minced garlic.

How to Make Your Own Jarred Minced Garlic

jarred garlic

The ingredients are simple and it’s easy to put together.

She’s also got a

nice post about creating your own easy to cook breakfast sausage. Who needs store bought brands when you can put it together yourself?

Filling the Freezer: Breakfast Sausage

breakfast sausage  

Making your own quick breakfast sausage is such an easy thing to do! You don’t have to be concerned about fillers and hard-to-pronounce ingredients. And it’s versatile – just change a few seasonings and you have a different flavor.

A Big Thank You to Tonia for sharing her posts with us!    

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Sites of Note: Valentines, Too

This week I’d like to share 2 sites that have caught my eye.

One Busy WAHM

Natalie from OneBusyWAHM

Natalie has a weakness for all things calorific and to her baking is a passion.

At One Busy WAHM she shares the perils and perks of her life as a busy (and happy!) work-at-home mum. From juggling work with motherhood, to her latest diet and skinny jeans dreams.

Natalie is the (self-appointed) CEO of her household, sharing her favourite budget-friendly finds as well as all her latest tips, tricks and secrets for cooking up a family-friendly STORM in your kitchen.


Her Valentine Chocolate Heart Lollipops are an easy-to-make, kid friendly option to give to friends and teachers.


and they’re pretty to boot!


Family Pics-8 Family Pics-8aWe’ve also started following Beth & Brian from SimplyBudgeted

Brian is an Army veteran and stay-at-home dad who loves to cook and work with power tools!  He’s also a certified teacher but has currently taken up the reins of running the household while Beth works towards their dream of both working from home.

Beth’s love for baking perfectly complements Brian’s kitchen skills and they both work in their his and her gardens (his=vegetables, hers=flowers).

Brian’s degree in Finance and Beth’s in Computer Engineering make this duo perfectly suited to helping people figure out how to live on a budget making it feel like a luxury instead of a punishment.



Check out these yummy, good things:

Valentine’s Thin Mint Crackers

Valentines-Thin-Mint-CrackersThese are absolutely delicious even if you don’t like mint flavor- just omit that ingredient.

and something a little decadent for mom or bath time fun for the kiddos.

Valentine’s Bath Fizzies

Valentines-Bath-FizziesA sweet Valentine’s treat made with real Dixie Crystals Sugar!

Thank you to Natalie and Beth for creating some beautiful things from chocolate & sugar. Two of my favorite food groups.

And to Brian, a HUGE Thank You for your service to our country. Thank you for leaving the comforts of your home and family to volunteer to protect my freedom, my family and my friends from things that I will never fully understand.  It takes a special person to make the sacrifices that you’ve made.  The words Thank You will never be enough.

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Valentine’s Day Edition Sites Of Note: MomDot.Com




It’s a new year and I’ve been thinking about all the things that this year has in store for us so I thought it would be fun to start a new weekly series and share our favorite Sites of Note!

This first site I’d like to share with you is and its owner, Trisha Haas.


Trisha Haas  MomDot.comTrisha  has a talent for crafting.  And when I say talent I mean not only can she create beautiful things but she can document them in such a way that I can make something on a busy weeknight and not feel stressed about how it will turn out.

More about Trisha Haas:

MomDot™ is a mom blogging community that houses:

Main MomDot™  Blog
Mom Blogger Community Forums
Brandfluential: Bloggers and Brands connecting
Brandcation: Personalized Blogger Events
Blogging Planner

The goal of my parenting blog is to not only connect with readers via personal and parenting stories, but to assist newbie bloggers in information on how to start a blog, run contests, connect with Public Relations, and encourage community online. The momdot forums house some of the most influential and known bloggers in the ‘sphere and are interactive and friendly for blogs and PR alike.


She’s given herself a challenge to create 30 Days of Crafts for each and every Holiday so make sure you check in with her often.

Take a look at her “I” Spy a Valentine! (DIY Craft)

I Spy Valentine DIY Craft MomDot.comThis is one of her 30 Days of Valentine’s Day Crafts. Isn’t it gorgeous? Click the image for the DIY Tutorial

It’s pretty, easy to make and will likely keep a toddler busy for minutes at a time. 😉

I’ve been a fan of Trisha and MomDot for a while now and she’s more than just pretty crafts.

Here’s a non-alcoholic drink she’s created that is just perfect for Valentine’s day. Click on the image below to get to the recipe on her site.

Cran-Raspberry Spritzer Recipe: Valentines Day Drink!Cran-Raspberry Spritzer Recipe: Valentines Day Drink!

She uses raspberries in this recipe but mentions that strawberries could be easily used instead.

Thanks again to Trisha Haas of for being this week’s Site of Note and creating easy to follow DIY Crafting Tutorials!

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