Cheesy Ground Beef Bean Dip-Perfect Appetizer for the Holidays!

Need a tasty appetizer or dip for your Thanksgiving Feast, Holiday dinner, Labor Day Pool Party or just because it’s Monday ;) ?

This stuff is da bomb!

It’s super easy to make, doesn’t require a ton of ingredients and best of all…it has CHEESE (and lots of it) so you KNOW you can’t go wrong.

It also makes a TON of dip, so you won’t have to worry about running out.

I would bet that you could likely make this in the crockpot as well. If you try it in the crockpot, let me know in the comments how that goes for you!

You do not have to use the meat…you could totally omit the ground beef and it would still be fantastic. Or you could use shredded chicken or fajita meat instead. You could also add jalapenos if you know your family can handle a bit of a kick ;)

Likewise…you could make this dip MUCH cheaper by using homemade refried beans (recipe coming soon) and homemade taco seasoning.

Cheesy Ground Beef Bean Dip

adapted from AllRecipes

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cans of beans
  • 1 lb ground beef (cooked)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 8 oz block of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese mix


  1. Mix the sour cream, cream cheese and taco seasoning together.
  2. Add the 2 cans of beans and the cooked meat.
  3. Add 1 cup of each cheese and stir.
  4. Place in a casserole dish and top with remaning cheese
  5. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Serve with chips!

How to Organize Coupons: 3 Fool Proof Coupon Organization Methods

How To Organize Coupons

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In addition to How to Organize Coupons…be sure to check out my series on How To Use Coupons!

 How To Organize Coupons: 

There are many schools of thought on coupon organization. Some couponers believe that you have to keep every coupon until it’s expiration date without exception. Others advise just clipping the coupons for things  you know you’ll use and tossing the rest.

No matter what belief you end up subscribing too, you will eventually need to find some way to organize your coupons effectively. To be a strategic shopper, you need to hold onto your coupons until the right opportunity presents itself to really maximize it’s power. Over time, you’ll definitely realize that just throwing your coupons into your purse isn’t cutting it!

Here are 3 great ways to maybe organize your coupons (whatever works for you is what works best! Don’t feel boxed in by these ideas. Get creative!):

  1. The Coupon Binder: The coupon binder is for the hyper organized couponer. First you find a good sturdy binder (I like Case It) and you fill it with baseball card protectors (I like these). Then you can either separate it into sections alphabetically, by store aisle, by type, etc. Now, you’ll clip your coupons and place them in the appropriate spots. This is great for those who want to see what coupons they have at a glance at any given time. However, it can get time consuming! Clipping all the coupons and then fitting them into the baseball card slots is not quick work. This is the method I used to use, but I don’t anymore.

    My neglected binder

  2. The Coupon Box: This can be anything from a small recipe box to a huge photo box. You can either just throw all your coupons in, or use small dividers to keep things separated. These can get really heavy very fast! However, I’ve seen some that look really impressive.

    Not my thing!

  3. The Accordion File: This is my current system. I keep the entire insert and I just stick it in my file folder under the appropriate month! Yes it gets a bit heavy, but I do try and run through it on occasion to pull out pages of coupons that have expired or that I know I’ll have no use for. No clipping and all I have to do is look in my coupon database when making my grocery list, find the appropriate coupon insert in my file folder and clip it when I need it! From there, I have regular old white envelopes with the store name on the outside. I stick the appropriate coupons in each store envelope and off I go! I love this new system, and I’m not sure I’ll ever look back! You can purchase an accordion file like mine here.

    There we go…just right!

Do you know how to organize your coupons now? Did this spark an idea?

How do you organize your coupons?


Be sure to check out the ENTIRE Strategic Shopping Series today!

Monkey Bread Recipe – With A Surprise Stuffed Inside!

Monkey Bread Recipe

This easy monkey bread recipe is made with canned biscuits and other yummy ingredients. The best part is that there is a SURPRISE inside every bite! What is the surprise? This monkey bread is stuffed with cream cheese! Read the post for all of the details on how to make this super special monkey bread recipe! This recipe for Monkey Bread will KNOCK your socks off!

I remember the first time I had Monkey Bread. It tasted sooo good and I was so surprised to find out how easy it was to make!

If you’ve never had Monkey Bread, the basic recipe for monkey bread is just biscuit dough with sugar and butter that is baked up into a sweet and fluffy breakfast dish (find more breakfast recipes here).

I was flipping through a new cookbook of mine recently and I saw this clever recipe for monkey bread that added a filling inside each biscuit and I knew I wanted to try it out.

Related: Cake Batter Pancakes

I’m calling it Monkey Bread Surprise!

This can be breakfast, or you can serve this for dessert!

Here’s what you’ll need for this ooey gooey recipe for Monkey Bread (with a Surprise!):

Recipe for Monkey Bread: An Easy Monkey Bread Recipe!

Adapted from Gooseberry Patch Big Book of Home Cooking

Recipe for Monkey Bread Ingredients:

  • 2 refrigerated biscuit cans (each with 10 biscuits)
  • 8 oz of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of butter

Recipe for Monkey Bread Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350. You’ll need a greased bundt pan for this dish, so go ahead and grease your bundt pan.

2. Mix together the 1/2 cup of white sugar and the 1 tbsp of cinnamon (from here on out this will be known as the “sugar mixture”)

3. Open up your biscuit cans and flatten each biscuit (I use the bottom of my half cup measuring cup for this!)

4. Place a 1/2 teaspoon of the sugar mixture on each biscuit.

5. Cut up the cream cheese into 20 cubes and place ONE cube on each biscuit.

6. Meanwhile, melt the butter and the brown sugar in a pan on the stove on low heat, stirring occasionally.

7. Fold the biscuit dough up over the cream cheese, being careful not to let the sugar mixture fall out. Roll these into balls. (so the cream cheese/sugar mixture will be inside of the ball)

8. Place half of the biscuits on the bottom of your greased bundt pan. Top with 1/2 of the sugar mixture and half of the butter/brown sugar mixture. Repeat this pattern for the other half of biscuits.

10. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

11. Take your Monkey Bread Surprise! out and let it sit on the counter for 5 minutes. Then flip it out onto a plate (if you’ve never done this, it’s easy. Take a plate wide enough to cover the entire opening of the bundt pan and place it on top of the open side of the bundt pan. Hold the plate firmly against the bundt pan and flip the whole thing over so the plate is on the bottom. Lift up the bundt pan and your Monkey Bread Surprise! will be on your plate!)

Dig in! Tell them it’s Monkey Bread, but watch how surprised they’ll be when they see the sweet creamy middle! Yum.

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School Morning Routine Hacks – Get Out the Door with a Smile (and On Time!)

School Morning Routine Hacks

Back to School is coming up soon and it’s time to start thinking about streamlining that school morning routine! Your routine (or lack thereof), can make or break your day! Learn how to create an organized back to school morning routine using these super simple and easy to implement school morning routine life hacks!


(Not ready for the back to school grind yet? Be sure to check out these fun summertime activities for elementary school students!)

Morning Routines. We all have them.

  • Pull the kids out of bed (or maybe they pull YOU out of bed).
  • Turn on the TV so you can get breakfast ready.
  • Scream for the kids to stop watching the TV and eat breakfast.
  • Scream for the kids to finish eating breakfast and find some clothes.
  • Scream for the kids to stop watching TV and find their shoes.
  • Walk out the door 20 minutes late with stressed out and frustrated kids and parents.

Sound familiar?

Thankfully, these morning routines are easily adaptable. With a few small school morning routine hacks, you can make your morning a well oiled machine that produces a happy family walking out the door ON TIME and with minimal fuss.

Here are some tips and hacks to make your school morning routine a bit less stressful: 

School Morning Routine Hack #1:

NO…Absolutely NO Screen Time

If your children are anything like mine, anything with a screen = impenetrable captivation. Let’s face it mom, you canNOT compete with Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, Skylanders OR Jessie. Don’t even try.

Sure your kids might fuss. Sure they might follow you around the first few days lamenting “…but, but, but what can I doooooooooooooo?“. Remember though, this is for the greater good. Over time though, you won’t have to wage war for their attention and mornings will automagically (it’s a word. Well my 6 year old says it is) go smoother.

School Morning Routine Hack #2:

Wake up EARLY(IER) 

I know, I know. You already feel like you wake up at the crack of dawn. If you are scrounging for time though, you aren’t getting up early enough. If you are rubbing your eyes while shuffling kids out the door, you aren’t getting up early enough.

Get up at LEAST 30 minutes before the kids. Grab yourself a cup of coffee (this bulletproof coffee will really get you going for the day!), or a cup of tea, or a tall glass of ice water. Whatever gets you going in the morning. Take a shower. Just sit and read your Bible/stare out the window/do your yoga practice. Just WAKE UP.

When those kiddos run down the stairs you’ll be ready for them.

School Morning Routine Hack #3:

Do as MUCH as you can the NIGHT before (or on Sunday!)

Baths, clothes picked out, shoes and accessories picked out, be sure homework is DONE, bags by the door, lunches packed, paperwork signed, supplies replenished, extracurricular stuff washed/prepped/bagged, etc etc etc.

Basically you want your job to be feeding them (find some tasty ideas for breakfast here!) and getting them dressed and out the door in the morning. That’s it (and trust me…that’s plenty).

School Morning Routine Hack #4:

Set TIME goals so you know early on if you are running behind

Kids wake up at 7? Need to be out the door by 8?

Set up time goals.

You know the kids can eat breakfast in 20 minutes.

Plan for breakfast to be over by 7:20. If it’s 7:30 and they are  still lingering, you are running late.

Dressed by 7:40.

The GREAT thing about doing this, is that you can work some padding into your mornings. Time to snuggle, chat, and enjoy each other. Sending everyone off to school with happy and full hearts.

NOTE: Don’t leave TOO much padding. Then they get “bored”.

School Morning Routine Hack #5:

 Be calm

Screaming helps no one. Sure you’ll lose your cool sometimes. Try to make the morning routine as fun/calm/peaceful as possible. It will start everyone’s day off right.

Do you have any tips for how to ease the morning rush? Comment below!


How To Sew A Ruffle Dress – A Quick 3 Tier Ruffle Dress Tutorial For A Little Girl

How To Sew A Ruffle Dress

Check out this free tutorial for how to sew a ruffle dress! No pattern necessary. This ruffle dress tutorial is a great beginning sewing project. Make one for every holiday! Just change up the fabric colors/patterns.

How To Sew A Ruffle Dress

Learning how to sew was not an easy thing for me to do. I had to accept that I was going to fail…often.

I had to come to terms with my seam ripper and I had to start small and work my way up.

Once it clicked though, it was magic!

Related: Applique Tutorial

Now I love to sew all kinds of things, but my true passion is sewing dresses and skirts for my little girl. I sure hope my son doesn’t feel deprived (but he is well stocked in cool pajama pants), but something about making girly boutique clothing makes me giddy!

This dress is no exception.

It’s not a straightforward pattern, it’s kind of a mish mash of two or three of my favorite patterns, but it’s super easy for even a beginner to tackle if they are willing to have the patience to tough it out.

Related: How To Sew Pants: Basic Wide Leg Pants Tutorial | Basic Sewing

Here are the skills needed (beyond basic sewing skills) to sew a ruffle dress:

  • Ability to ruffle (I use the good ol’ “pull the bobbin thread” form of ruffling. I have also used the method in this video:
  • You must know how to hem…this is pretty basic, but you’d be surprised how many struggle with hemming. (NOTE: You could just leave the bottom of the dress unhemmed if your like the serged look.)

That’s it!


  • The top to your dress: This dress has an empire waistline. You can either grab a shirt (I don’t recommend a knit fabric…but if you feel comfortable working with knit, go for it) and cut it (Put the shirt on your child, an empire waistline is just below their chest area. Mark where you want the dress to begin and add a half inch seam allowance. Cut along the line.) OR you can use another pattern top that you like. I used the Simply Sweet Top pattern from Carla C on It has adorable ruffled straps and because they are elasticized, this dress can eventually become an empire waisted shirt to wear with jeans when Lizzie gets older!
  • Thread
  • Fabric for skirt of dress. I recommend easy to sew cotton novelty fabrics.
  • Sewing Machine
  • Serger (this is my serger) is optional, but once you learn to sew and want to sew a lot…you’ll want one!
  • Pins or clips (clips are awesome!)
  • Iron and Ironing Board

Directions for how to sew a ruffle dress:

1. First you need to figure out what size ruffles you will need. To do this, you’ll need to measure your child. Since this dress is empire waisted, you’ll measure just below your child’s chest. Measure from below chest (where you intend the shirt to stop and the skirt to start) to where you want the skirt to hit. I chose knee length.

2. Next you need to determine how much fabric you’ll need. I used the ruffle measurements from the Tiered Twirl Dress on

You can either use ruffle measurements from another pattern, OR you can use this handy dandy ruffle calculator here! Where it asks for waist measurement, you’ll want to put the measurement you took from right below the chest. For length you’ll want to put the measurement you took for how long you want the dress to be. For tiers, I have 3 tiers to my skirt, so I would put 3.

{Something to keep in mind: Ruffles actually give you a LOT of grace. As long as the fabric you are ruffling is at least double the length of the fabric you are attaching it to, it will work.}

Rule of thumb: 2 x’s the fabric you’ll have a slight ruffle; 3 times or more and you’ll have a fuller ruffle. The dress I made for my daughter has a very full ruffle and a VERY flouncy twirly skirt!)

3. The first rule in sewing is that you begin with WASHED and DRIED fabric that has been IRONED. Wash your fabric as you intend to wash the garment. Do not skip ironing! I used some fun cotton prints for this dress. I found them on sale at JoAnn’s. It’s novelty fabric, but since it’s a little girl’s dress I’m not super concerned with heavy duty garment fabric.

4. Now you’ll want to cut your ruffle pieces. If your fabric isn’t long enough to cut the lengths you need, no problem you can just sew multiple lengths together.

Just be sure to add at least 1/4 or 1/2 inch to the length to allow for a seam allowance. I love to use this awesome tool to cut my fabric along with ripping the fabric by hand (don’t attempt if you aren’t confident):

Love this tool

5. I serged both sides of each ruffle piece. This keeps the fabric from unraveling in the dryer. If you don’t own a serger (I own this one from Brother, it’s affordable and a total time saver. LOVE it!), you can just try using your machines zig zag stich. Just make sure it catches the side of the fabric.

6. I start at the bottom and work my way up. Because I like to hem things FLAT, before I even make my first ruffle, I go ahead and add a half inch hem to the bottom tier. I just press the bottom of the bottom tier up 1/2 inch and top stitch.

My hem. So much easier to work with when FLAT!

7. Next you are going to sew your bottom tier to your middle tier. Mark the middle of both pieces with a pin or a washable marker.

Related: Quick and Affordable DIY Coasters

Ruffles. They are in almost everything I make so I try to do them as painlessly as possible!

8. Now I sew a straight line across the top of my bottom tier (the side opposite the hem) about 1/4 inch from the edge. I make sure my tension is very low and my stitch length is long.

I do NOT back stitch.

When I take the fabric from the machine, I gently start pulling on the thread that came up through the bobbin. It should pull pretty easily. You’ll notice ruffles form.

Continue to pull on the bobbin thread a bit from each side until your bottom tier is the same size as your middle tier and your ruffles are uniform.

9. Pin your bottom tier to your middle tier carefully with RIGHT SIDES of fabric facing each other. Go ahead and fix the tension and stitch length on your machine to a normal straight stitch.

With a 1/2 inch seam, sew the two pieces together. (After you have the two pieces sewn together, you can remove the stitches you made to make the ruffles. Either pull them out gently or tug on them until the strings break.)

Now you can press the seam UP and top stitch the tiers together.

You can’t see it here, but the green is unruffled and the white is ruffled to fit the green. I pin them together before I sew them together.
Top stitching

10. Repeat this exact process (steps 7-9) to join the middle tier to the top tier.

Sewing sides of skirt together.

11. Now that you have all three tiers joined, you are ready to sew up the side. Join the raw edges of the skirt with right sides facing together. With a 1/2 inch seam, sew the two sides together (I serge the edges at this point as well). Now your skirt is formed.

12. Now you’ll need to get your dress top. Go ahead and grab it or make it according to pattern directions.

13. Mark the middle of the skirt AND the top on the back and front with a pin or washable marker.

14. You’ll want to repeat steps 8-9 to join the top tier and the dress top.  (I tend to turn the skirt inside out and set the top inside of the skirt to make sure I have right sides facing)

15. You are DONE!

This is my princess in her Ruffled Tier Dress for her Christmas party!

If you are a total newbie to sewing, I can’t recommend the projects over at enough. The patterns are easy to understand, come in PDF format so you can use them over and over again, and are so much easier than tissue paper patterns!

Let me know if you make this dress! I’d love to see your adaptation. Just be sure to link back if you post this on your blog. :)

Related: How to Start a Money Making Blog

This is not a paid post. The links are affiliate links so I might make a few pennies if you buy, but really I just have a GREAT desire for people to learn how to sew and this post was not made with compensation of any kind in mind at all!

Yummy in the Tummy Apple “Cupcake” Muffins

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**THIS is a repost of a popular recipe I posted a year or so ago. Enjoy!***

This morning, I knew the moment I woke up that I had made a mistake.

A big mistake.

I remembered the previous night, we went to go get Noah a much needed haircut. I grabbed my keys, Colin grabbed his keys and we rushed out the door (in the D-A-R-K…at 6:00 PM…this time change is going to take some getting used to) and headed on our way. Now, since we were driving in the same vehicle, there was hardly a good reason for BOTH of us to have our keys, so I dropped my keys into the center console.

USUALLY, I drop my keys in my purse. My purse always comes inside with me. The center console? It’s kind of like socks and the dryer. Objects go in, but often don’t come back out.

As the kids hopped on me and jostled me awake this morning with their excited, “Mommy, we’re going to school today!” and “Mommy, I can’t wait to play with my friends!“. It dawned on me.

I never grabbed my keys out of the center console. The car was definitely locked. I remembered Colin double checking that it was locked.

Colin had my spare key…at work.

We weren’t going anywhere today.

As I told my children they’d be stuck with me all day (sheesh, you’d think I told them that we were bypassing Christmas this year), they showered me with Mama Guilt (my kids are good at that. Are yours?).

I knew a morning of cold cereal and/or toast wasn’t going to cut it for breakfast, so I decided to bake them something. I have an overabundance of apples right now, so I decided to try out these Apple Muffins. Now I have posted an Apple Muffin recipe here on FFF in the past, but it required more applesauce then I had on hand and to be honest, I wanted a fluffier muffin (okay and a better picture).

So without further ado…here is the recipe for Apple “Cupcake” Muffins (oh…real quick. We call them “cupcakes” because our kids don’t eat muffins. I’m not sure what it is about that word they don’t like, but call it a muffin and they won’t take a bite. Call it a cupcake and they are all over it!)

Apple “Cupcake” Muffins

(adapted from the Southern Plate Cookbook)


  • 1 1/4 cup self rising flour (make your own by adding 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples (any kind will do)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Prepare your muffin tray by adding in your cupcake liners.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon & nutmeg together in a bowl.
  3. Beat your eggs and then add your apples, applesauce, oil and water and stir together until incorporated.
  4. Slowly add your flour mixture to your wet mixture and stir until just moistened.
  5. Start spooning your batter into the cupcake liners. Mine were filled just about to the top. They do puff up a bit, but mine didn’t spill over at all.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes. The tops should be slightly brown
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

The kids adored their cupcakes. They each ate 2! I ate one and thought it was pretty filling with the oats added in. Next time I think I’ll make them with all wheat flour and I’ll also add in some flax. This seems like a pretty versatile/quick & easy recipe!

20 Things to Do When You Just Want To Shop

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Earlier today, I got a bit want-y. You see, I have been more interested in decorating our home here lately and I found myself browsing on Amazon. I quickly moved on from there to all the DIY blogs (the kind I really like are the ones where they build beds and really complicated bookcases), and before I knew it I was about to check out online at JoAnn’s before I took a step back.

Wait a second, was this a planned expense? Or am I making an impulse purchase?

Sometimes it is really hard to tell. We can psyche ourselves up into thinking that something is a need rather than a want pretty quickly! When it is unclear to me, I tend to walk away for a bit. Here are some diversion techniques I use when I just want to shop:

  1. Get off the computer if online shopping is what is making you antsy!
  2. Leave the mall or store if you are feeling tempted. Chances are the item will still be there if you go back later!
  3. Paint your nails.
  4. Play a game with your kids.
  5. Go bake something.
  6. Go de-clutter something.
  7. Go clean something.
  8. Add 20 items in your house to your donate pile.
  9. Run non shopping errands (bill paying is a GREAT diversion from shopping!).
  10. Call a supportive friend.
  11. Open up your favorite photo editing program and start editing pictures.
  12. Watch a movie.
  13. Exercise
  14. Take a bath
  15. Balance your checkbook.
  16. Go read a book.
  17. Get online and start stumbling
  18. Write a pen and paper letter to a loved one.
  19. Set a timer and just walk away for a set amount of time.
  20. Write out a pro and con list (doesn’t even have to be about what you want to buy)

It all boils down to just distracting yourself. The truth is, that even the most frugal minded of us can have moments of weakness. Retail therapy is not just for the materialistic!

Next time you are feeling want-y…try a diversion technique rather than giving into temptation.

Your wallet will thank you!

It’s Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?

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I love where I live. We’re 45 minutes from the beach, 45 minutes from the city and we have a mall down the street in one direction and an awesome park down the street in the other direction.

However, living so close to the coast can be a bit terrifying during hurricane season! 

When Tropical Storm Allison blew through Texas in 2001, my entire townhome was flooded and I lost everything.

Thankfully I was very young (19) and when I say I lost EVERYTHING…I mean mainly the hand me downs I left my parents house with and a few keepsakes.

It was a major setback though and I can’t even imagine if it were to happen to me now as an adult with a family and a home filled with treasures and memories.

It’s mainly just “stuff” and as long as my husband and kids were safe, I know we could make it through anything. This doesn’t mean we are unprepared though!

Here are some ways we stay prepared during Hurricane Season:

1. First and foremost, we keep up with the tropics! Tropical Storm Allison caught me COMPLETELY off guard. Now, if you know the path that Tropical Storm Allison took you would likely be shaking your head at me right now! Tropical Storm Allison came inland and battered us with rain. I was fine that time. Than it DOUBLED BACK and that is when I was flash flooded and forced to evacuate my home. Truthfully, I didn’t even know that first pass through was more than just a bad rainstorm! If I had known and been paying attention, I might have been able to save some of the keepsakes I lost by placing them up high.

2. We stockpile can goods and bottled water year round. We always have plenty of bleach, batteries and food on hand in case of emergency. After Hurricane Ike, we had to line up outside a grocery store desperate for milk and food. We now keep powdered milk on hand at all times and we could likely last a good week on food that does not need to be heated or cooled in an emergency.

3. We know our evacuation routes! We had to evacuate and spent 13 hours in the car for Hurricane Rita. Now that hurricane did little to no damage to our area, but when our city says you need to go, they mean it. In order to facilitate ORDERLY evacuations you should know what zone you are in AHEAD of time and leave when you are told.

4. We have our important documents and info where we can grab them and go. Sometimes items get left out and I always get so paranoid! We have a folder that can be quickly taken in an emergency situation that contains our proof of identity, insurance and other important identifying information.

If you need to build a stockpile, but you are hurting for money check out my full series on how to use coupons. Don’t be caught off guard by an emergency!

I was pregnant with my daughter when Hurricane Ike came through town. We evacuated (and I’m so thankful since a tree DID fall on our roof and where our cars were typically parked!) and everyone was safe, but sometimes the aftermath of the storm is messier than the storm itself! Be sure you are prepared to do without normal services (including cell phones, water, gas, food delivery, etc) for at LEAST a week after an emergency.  I remember my son crying in the heat and a neighbor coming by with a bottle of precious milk she had been able to keep cool using an ice chest. We were so thankful!

Do you have any tips on hurricane preparedness? 

Teacher Christmas Gift: Useful Utility Box Filled w/ Goodies and Essentials!

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My sister in law recently sent me these pictures of an ADORABLE Teacher Christmas Gift she made for my nephew’s teachers!

She was inspired by a photo she saw on Pinterest, that came from this tutorial on Eighteen 25.

Isn’t this adorable?

Here’s her price breakdown:

  • Boxes $4 each
  • Misc items to fill boxes: ~$10 (she made multiple boxes and the $10 covered all supplies for all boxes)

That’s a $14 gift filled with useful items INSIDE a reusable, useful container!

I can’t think of a teacher that wouldn’t love such a thoughtful gift!

Thanks Christina for the pictures and the idea!


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