Smore Cookie Bars

These smore cookie bars are the most delicious melt in your mouth treat.  The best part is that you don't have to wait to go camping to enjoy the combination of ooey marshmallows, melted chocolate and graham crackers.  Even better these smore cookie bars come in a compact form that is  so easy to eat that all you have to worry about is figuring out how to share all this goodness before you unknowingly eat half the pan on your own. Umhm. 

DIY St Patrick's Day Decor

Today I am sharing two cute diy St. Patrick's Day decor ideas. They are easy to do and can be made with only a few materials and not a lot of money.

I got the inspiration for this project when I visited a Habitat for Humanity Restore.  It is a place where you can buy tools, used furniture and other home items at a discounted rate.  All the proceeds of the sales go to helping build homes in the community and support the Habitat for Humanity projects.

Mint and Lavender Teen Bedroom Makeover

For my daughter's birthday she wanted to redo her room. We had a  budget of $125 to bring her teen bedroom dreams to life. Our starting point was a mint lavender theme with touches of gold added in.

The walls were already painted lavender so we didn't need to spend any money on paint, but we did spend some time retouching some of the spots using leftover paint from when we painted it before.

 

Young Living Essential Oil Starter Kit

For the month of February I can't help but think that one way I show love is to support the health of my loved ones. Last year about this time I made up my mind to show myself and my family more love by making a really concentrated effort to get rid of chemicals. I started with the Theives Household cleaning kit (read about it here) and soon after bought the Young Living essential oils starter kit.

Mystery Dinner

Today I am sharing an easy and fun mystery dinner activity that you can do with your kids, friends for a party or any time you need a simple and fun activity. I have always loved celebrating holidays and throwing parties, but as a busy mom sometimes it all becomes too much and it's not so fun anymore.

This mystery dinner idea is how I am celebrating Valentine's Day this year with my kids all while keeping my stress level low and the fun, memory making times high.

Youtube Exercise Channels to Follow

Youtube exercise channels should be ALL the rage.  I have been exercising at home for years. I used to walk on a treadmill or work out with DVD's, but I finally transitioned over subscribing to the free Youtube exercise channels and I've never looked back. It's so convenient to pull up one of my favorite workout channels and to find a video based on my mood, goals and time.

 

Youtube exercise channels

Banana Buttermilk Muffins

These banana buttermilk muffins are SO tasty. They are different than typical banana muffin recipes because I make them with whole grain flour. We make these muffins all the time.  One day my nieces and nephew were over when I made them and they had a taste. Every time I saw them after that they asked me if I had any of my banana buttermilk muffins. They are really that good!

Lemon Brownies

These lemon brownies add a bit of sunshine to any day. I know most people prefer lemon treats in the spring and summer, but I actually like them best in the winter when I need to engage my senses with bright smells, tastes and color. These lemon brownies check all those boxes for me.

Another thing I like about this recipe is that you can make them with whole white wheat flour (like I do) OR you can make them with all purpose flour if that is more your thing. I will share instructions for what to do with both types of flour as well as what you can do to tone down the lemon flavor.

Valentine's Class Gift Ideas- No Food Required

I love Valentine's Day (and most any holidays that give me a reason to celebrate). What I don't love is the load of candy my kids bring home from their class Valentine's party.  Many years I have found different ways to give the kids a treat that isn't loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. This year I went a step further and created printables for some really good Valentine's class gift ideas that involve NO FOOD at all!