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Healthy Cookies

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A healthy cookie who even knew that was possible! Two ripe bananas, oatmeal and chocolate chips. OMG, these really ARE healthy and so simple! The cookies are best right out of the oven, they are chewy and soft – just how I like my cookies.

I’m anxiously awaiting my next batch of bananas to get super ripe so I can make them again. Next time I’m going to add walnuts and see how they turn out. Get creative, maybe raisins? craisins? almonds?

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Ingredients:

2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup of uncooked quick oats*
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray.

More Bridal Shower Ideas

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Earlier this month, I made some DIY centerpieces and decorations for my cousin’s pink and gold bridal shower that turned out so super cute and are also budget-friendly (yay!). There will be more photos to come after the bridal shower but here are a couple of the ideas I have made so far. Above, painted pink and gold initials with a sparkly gold heart.

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DIY Ideas:
– Sparkly gold painted mason jars with pink ribbon filled with fresh flowers
– Chalkboard with welcome sign
– napkin wraps + a gold chevron paper table runner
DIY tissue tassel chair backs & garlands
– Plastic champagne flutes decked out with gold bases, pink rhinestones, & personalized party straws

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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This morning I woke and left the house before Jake… so that when he woke up he would find tons of post-its of all the reasons why I love him left all over the the mirror!

Do you guys have any fun plans for Valentine’s Day? I’m most definitely eating as many chocolates as my heart desires. i can’t wait! We are planning on heading down South to hang out with my cousin, ordering pizza & playing games.

Oh and P.S J.crew is having a huge in store + online sale this weekend with an extra 40-50% off final sale styles using code: WEEKENDMUST (through monday…)

Valentine’s Day Inspired

Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s never been just about being in a relationship, but rather a special day to spoil those that I love. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, sweet little gestures go a long way. You don’t have to go over the top, just do something meaningful and thoughtful.  Last year I did 14 Days of Valentine’s Day!  for Jake and thought I would share this easy and affordable gift idea with you all.

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What an amazing weekend we had celebrating my Grandma’s 80th birthday! We had way too much fun losing our money on the slot machines in Anderson, eating enormous cupcakes and laughing at dinner. I am so blessed to have an amazing Grandma and feel so fortunate to be able to celebrate another birthday with her!

Below are my grandparents who met over 60 years ago and stayed in love all their lives. Cheers to her 80th!

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Bridal Shower Garland

A few sparkling tassels add a festive touch to any type of party you’re throwing. I am so excited for my cousin Whitney’s bridal shower in April that I have already started crafting for it! See below how to make your own tissue paper tassel garland.

Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 sheet of 20” x 20” or 20” x 24” tissue paper (variety of colors)
  • scissors
  • ribbon or cord

Cut Fringe

First, fold one sheet of tissue paper in half width-wise, then fold it over twice length-wise. With your scissors, cut strips of fringe about 1/4″ wide along the unfolded short edge of your folded tissue, leaving about 2″ of uncut tissue at the folded edge. Cut strips towards the fold to create fringe.

Once all strips are cut, unfold the tissue and cut in half so you have 2 sheets with fringe (to make 2 tassels).

Twist Tassels

Unfold tissue paper. Begin rolling tightly down the middle crease. Continue rolling, fold in half and then twist to create a loop for hanging.

Create More Tassels and Finish Garland

Repeat to create additional tassels in various colors. Hang from thin cord or ribbon.

How is it already February? One of my goals in the New Year was to read more books and I have yet to pick one up. I simply just haven’t found the time to sit down and read.

The last book I read cover to cover…besides the Hunger Game Series was Liane Moriarty, The Husband’s Secret. I am going to make it my goal to pick up a book this week and finish it!

I have listed my top books I want to read below and I would love if you could share yours, too! Of course it doesn’t have to be ten, but would love to hear what you’re currently reading or what’s also on your list.

Happy Reading! Xo.

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Frugal February

How to eat for 200 dollars a month

This month we are challenging ourselves to eat for under $200 a month. Step one is to establish a food budget suitable for you. On average most people don’t keep track of their food expenses and that can make it difficult to make changes or measure progress. Just doing this simple task may be where you need to start to improve your spending habits. Eating healthy and saving money on food starts by deciding to cook most of your meals at home. If you want to save money and calories, don’t eat out and get your butt in a grocery store!

Include meals that will “stretch” expensive food items such as casseroles, stir-frys, chili, soups and spaghetti. Typically, eating less meat or using meat as an accent will be less expensive and often healthier. Simple meals can still be nutritious! We have decided to make soup on Saturday that we will be able to take for lunches and eat as leftovers throughout the work week.

Consider shopping at discount stores or national chains we ended up buying all of our items from Aldi and our meat from Kroger. There chains tend to have lower prices and good selections of store brands. Sometimes you can also save by shopping at warehouse stores (Sams, Costco) where you get items in bulk that will last you awhile.

I started by making a monthly meal plan of what we would eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire month of February. I tried picking items that only require 2-3 ingredients and items that can be ate as leftovers.

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I chose eggs, cereal, overnight oats and breakfast casserole for our breakfast items. They are cheap, quick, and easy to make.

Breakfast recipes: Overnight Oats & Breakfast Casserole

For lunch we will be having soups, salads, jambalaya and a day for leftovers. We may have to go to the store throughout the month for lettuce since this is the one item that may not last an entire month.

Meal prepping lunch tutorial HERE!

Dinner Recipes: Greek Yogurt Chicken, White Chicken Chili,  tacos, Zuppa, tuna melts, Grilled cheese, paninis,  Homemade pizza (every Friday) , Stir Fry, Taco Soup, Jalepeno Popper Chicken, boneless wings, wedges, and a pantry purge day where we get creative and come up with a meal from what we have already in our pantry.