DIY – Above The Fireplace Family Tree #DIY #crafts

Adding a special element to your home is important. It makes your home yours and makes guests feel cozy when they are there visiting. A well decorated home can help reduce stress levels and make you feel at ease when you are having a bad day. A fireplace is a great addition to your home for several reasons. One being that in a working fireplace it adds heat which saves you money since you use less of your furnace. Another reason a fireplace is a great thing to have is it adds a sense of style to your home. The above the fireplace area is a great place to feature family photos, such as this family tree idea.

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To create this family tree project all you need is this wall decal kit Removable Wall Decor Decal Sticker (Tree Vine Sticker)for $5.83 shipped free. *Note that this item is shipped from China and can take up to two months to get. I order from these people a lot and at most I have had to wait 3 weeks but just know it can take that long to get. [Read more...]

Rue21 Plus Sizes Coming to Some Stores and Online in November 2014 #backtoschool #winterfashion


Great news for teens and moms alike. Rue has been working hard on getting into the plus size market for teens. This means your teen will have another stylish pick amongst the slim pickings for the plus size body.  This is exciting news for many teens who suffer from poor body image due to being a plus size teenager with poor wardrobe choices. It used to be that cute stylish plus sizes were non existent but now companies are starting pay more attention to what the plus size market has to offer.

I don’t have a plus size teen but I wear extended sizes myself and have found that many of these types of stores that cater to the teen ages offer plus sizes that work for my body type. I have always liked Rue’s style so I am looking forward to November and hoping to see what the brand has to offer me.


adidas Stan Smith are Now Customizable! #backtoschool

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Back to school is already here for many and quickly approaching for the Pacific Northwest. Basically what that means for me is I have about a month to prepare. There is school supplies, clothes and shoes that need to be purchased.


I found out recently that adidas Stan Smith are Now Customizable! These are best selling adidas shoes of all time, the adidas Stan Smith defines the word ‘icon’. But even after over 40 years of market domination, it has been missing something. You.

Introducing the adidas mi Stan Smith, a legend now available for customization. I know my kids in general have been asking for shoes that they can customized according to their individual style. So this is an exciting announcement for us.

Fun Family Friendly Fall Activities

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Fall is just around the corner and there are so many family friendly fall activities that you and your family can enjoy this year. Once the heat of summer ends and the crisp fall weather rolls in it’s nice to be able to head outdoors with the family for a little bonding time without worrying about the heat! Enjoy this list of great family friendly fall activities with your kids and don’t forget to laugh!

  • Pumpkin Patch – With the bright colored pumpkins and farm atmosphere the pumpkin patch can be a great way to spend a fall afternoon. Often times they will have tractor rides, activity areas, kid’s crafts and even a gift shop making this the perfect candidate for a fun family fall activity for any age. With all the beautiful colors I guarantee you will be able to get some fabulous photos to share with your friends and family!
  • Scavenger Hunt – Taking a walk in the cool brisk air is a great time all by itself but why not create more fun by taking off on a scavenger hunt with your family. A scavenger hunt can be pretty simple to put together and can be a real bonding experience. There is just something great about working together to complete a fun game. There are so many things you can look for on a scavenger hunt in the fall. Try finding different colored leaves, an acorn, pine cone, caterpillar, birds nest……. the list can go on and on. You can either work together to complete it or have a little family challenge and see who can be the first to finish.
  • Movie Night Outside – The movie theater can be so high priced so why not have your own at home in the nice fresh fall air! Carry the smallest TV that you have at your house into the backyard and set up a movie theater. All you need is a few blankets, cold drinks and a big bowl of popcorn and your movie night will be complete! You may want to do this one a few times so that each child can pick the movie for the night.
  • Make Leaf Rubbings – With so many sizes, shapes and beautiful colors of leaves in the fall, leaf rubbings make a perfect fall craft. Head outside with some paper and crayons (the crayons will need to have the paper torn off of them) and have your kids pick out some different colored leaves. They will need to place the leaves on a flat surface and place the paper on top of it. Use the side of the crayon to gently rub back and forth over the leaf until it makes an impression on the paper.
  • Build a Campfire – There are plenty of family friendly fall activities to do that involve a campfire!! Just think about cooking a fabulous steak over an open fire, relaxing by the fire, and the sweet smell of smore’s while telling stories from your childhood to your children. Sounds great doesn’t it? There are so many great memories of my childhood around a campfire and I want to make sure my children have the same great memories!
  • Go on a Hayride – There is just something great about riding around on a wagon being pulled by a truck or farm equipment that just screams fun! You can even make a small hayride at home using your lawn mower and a small wagon. All you need is a little hay or straw and some imagination. You can make it scary or relaxing depending on the age of your children and what kind of fun you want to have. Warm apple cider is a wonderful drink to serve after the hayride is over and it’s time to warm up a bit.
  • Create a Thankful Tree – Fall is a great time to think about what you are thankful for. Find a small branch outside that has fallen from a tree. Find some way to keep it in an upright position…. play-dough works as a great base or you could stick it in a mason jar. Cut orange, yellow, brown and red shaped leaves out of construction paper and spend a few hours figuring out what you and your family are thankful for. Write all your ideas on the leaves and attach them to the tree making your own “thankful tree”. This is especially great to do around Thanksgiving time.
  • Jump in a Big Pile of Leaves – One of my families favorite fall activities is to jump into a big pile of leaves!! Everyone spends some time raking the leaves up into a big giant pile (they have to be raked up after all so we might as well make it fun) and take someone’s hand, run and JUMP!!! The only way to truly enjoy this activity is to get down and dirty with the leaves. If they aren’t sticking to every part of your body including your hair you are just not having enough fun!!


What great family friendly fall activities do you enjoy at your house?


Back to School Printable Coupons, Discount Coupon Codes, Free Coupons and More

We are just starting our back to school shopping in the Pacific Northwest and cannot wait for the kids to go back to school. I have compiled a list of school supply coupons for now, but will be adding discount coupon codes and free coupons for clothing, supplies and anything else I can find having to do with stocking up for school. My goal is to get this done as cheap as possible and want to share whatever I find with you!
Make sure to check back often because I will be updating this list a lot throughout the school year. I will delete any expired coupons and replace with the new ones.
School Supply List Coupons
Breakfast Coupons
Packed Lunch & After-School Snack Coupons
Quick & Easy Dinner Coupons
Mom Survival Coupons
Promotional Codes
Don’t miss out on 30% off at Simply Be with promo code 6633. Shop here
At Bath & BodyWorks Use pomo code APPLEORCHARD  and get a free gift with purchase. Plus $ shipping on orders over $20. Shop there website now

How to Shop for Trendy Back to School Clothes Without Blowing Big Bucks

This year back to school shopping is going to be hot. There are lots of trends going on right now that your kids will want to get in on. It might be tempting to buy clothes for all weather but since trends don’t last very long you might want to buy one season at a time. Here are some tips to effectively buy back to school clothes and stay trendy without overspending.

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  • There is no need to purchase all your kids school clothes before school starts. Chances are your kids are going to change their minds on what they like once they get to school and see what the other students are wearing. This is especially true for teens who are highly impressionable and want to fit in with their friends. Definitely wait a month or two after school starts to buy everything your teen wants or needs.
  • Start off with just the basics – socks, underwear and shoes are the first things to go on sale because stores want to get you in so you add extras. Their way of getting your attention is through inexpensive things like socks so stock up when the sales are the best which is August through September.
  • Take advantage of coupons and store deals.  A lot of times you can stack a sale with a coupon. For example Aeropostale has money off coupons all the time during back to school season. Other stores like Old Navy and Hollister Co have great sales such as $19 jeans and 50% off items. You can also sometimes find freebie coupons. Coupons like $10 off a $10 purchase are great for scoring free items. So look for those!
  • This may sound crazy but if you know how to sew you are one of the lucky ones. A lot of the trends this year are easy to make yourself, such as the maxi skirt and jogger pants you see teens walking around in. And when kids are still in elementary school it is CHEAP to create unique looks at home since a pair of pants takes a yard of less for these little guys. Definitely check your local fabric shop for pattern sales; this time of year there are tons and leggins are one of the easiest things to make. Also during garage sale season you will find fabrics in interesting patterns for dirt cheap. Snatch them up.

With careful planning you don’t have to spend a lot this year on school clothes for your kids. Stick to a monthly budget and don’t go over it for any reason. There will be more sales.


Growing Different Types of Peas in Your Garden

Growing peas in your home vegetable garden is easy and a great way to add fresh vegetables to your daily diet. Most gardeners become familiar with a single type of pea and don’t try anything different because they are unsure or unaware of how to grow them. There are several different types of peas that you can grow in your garden, some of which you might never have eaten yourself.

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Expand the variety in your garden and diet this year with these different types of peas.



Edamame is a popular Asian pea that is growing in popularity in gardens and dishes every day. Also known as the Asian soybean, edamame is packed with nutrition and flavor and can be added to so many different types of dishes. Edamame is a great addition to the garden, growing when your cool season peas are done growing because they are strict warm weather vegetables. Add the peas to organic rich soil that is well drained and allow them plenty of space to spread out. [Read more...]

Review of Sandgrens Norwegian Clogs #summerbeauty #backtoschool

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Have you ever wondered what the perfect shoe would look like. How comfortable it would feel. What it’s material would be. Would it be a sandal, a heel, maybe a boot? Women search high and low for perfect shoes. And, in case the guys aren’t following…there CAN be more then one perfect pair.  How else would we be able to match our shoes to our outfits?

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ELF – Take 50% off BestSellers Collection Thru 8/4 #backtoschool

Back to school shopping starts now! Don’t miss out on this great deal to stock up on some much needed essentials. Take 50% off our B-Day Bestsellers collection at! This offer is valid through 8/4 on orders of $25 or more with code BDAY50. Shop now! Your teen will thank you for this collection.

50% over 100 birthday favorites. Lots of goodies to choose from like brush sets, pallets and lots more. Here is a screen shot of some of the items I am finding.