Mud Room In Garage

At my house my Laundry Room/Mud Room isn’t the biggest so I decided I wanted my hubby to build me a Mud Room outside in the garage. Where we live we get snow so, this was perfect and I don’t have to worry about my kids bringing in muddy/wet clothes and boots. Here is the before and after. I LOVE it!

Before just a plain space waiting to be wowed!

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He framed the bench out first, on the back we put white bead board. We now have a “locker” for each of us.

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Mud Room

 We added a basket for each kiddo to put gloves, hats and ear warmers etc. in there bins above their space.Mud room hooks

We added some cute hooks I found at Hobby Lobby for hanging up all our coats and jackets. Ta Da I LOVE it!

 

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken

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This was  a big hit at our house. The best part is it was super simple to make! This Parmesan Crusted Chicken is what you should make for dinner tonight. Here is how you make it.

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken

1 cup Best Foods Mayo

1/2 cup of cheese (Parmesan is the better choice but you can use Mexican blend as well)

Italian Bread crumbs

4 chicken breasts cut down the middle

Green onion to garnish

Bake at 425* for 25-30 mins

First you want to mix the Mayo and cheese together. Spread mixture all over the top of the chicken breasts in a 9×13 pan

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Sprinkle bread crumbs on top

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Bake at 425* for 25-30 mins

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My kids and husband cleaned their plates with this dish. So delicious! I will be adding this to my keep pile in my recipes for sure. Enjoy!

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Yard Sale Clothes Racks

I have a Yard Sale every Summer. I got tired of stringing rope on my garage to hang up clothes and using my husbands ladders. This year I wanted him to build me something for all my clothes I will be selling. I can’t stand it when you go to a yard sale and they just have all the clothes in big piles on the ground. No one likes having to dig through clothes. (I am guilty of this as well)  BUT NO MORE! My awesome hubby made me these yard sale clothes racks and I can’t WAIT to use them. As usual my handy man didn’t disappoint. 😉

First he made the 2×4’s 5 feet tall and all the 4 base pieces are all 18 inches long they are also 2×4’s

He just screwed the base pieces on the bottom to make a leg base for support.

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After both sides were made he drilled a hole in each post and he put a wood round rod through. I am having him make 3 of these 🙂 They are going to be easy to store as well. We will just take the rod out when we are not using them. I am so excited to have these!

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TA DA!! Yes I love them!

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Valentines Day Dinner Idea

Love day! We love Valentines Day at our house. We like to celebrate with the whole family as well as a couple on Valentines Day. Each year we have a Valentines Day dinner with our whole family. I try to keep most of the stuff red, pink or white. This is what we did this year.

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Appetizer- Bread with tomato paste sprinkled with garlic salt followed by goat cheese topped off with dill. Put under broiler for about 4 mins or until a little crispy and cheese is melted. It is so easy and simple but yet so delicious.

Side dishes-  Green salad with cucumbers cut out as hearts and cheese cut out as xo’s (CLICK HERE for cookie cutters I used) with a strawberry vinaigrette, strawberry banana jello.

Main dish- Spaghetti shaped on plates as a heart with sauce and sausage.

Drink- Raspberry Lemonade

Again this is something fun but it is simple as well and it makes for great memories each year with my kiddos. My kids also get a little chocolate Valentine we give them on their plates which they always look forward to.  You can do any version you like when it comes to this so have fun with it and enjoy ! 🙂

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Greek Pasta Salad

Greek pasta salad:

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We love this recipe at my house! So healthy and yummy at the same time!

Supplies you need:

  • 2 cups penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Rinse with cold water and drain well in a colander set in the sink.

Whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Set aside. Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, green and red peppers, cucumber, olives, and feta cheese in a large bowl. Pour vinaigrette over the pasta and mix together. Cover and chill for 3 hours before serving.

Serve to your family or guest! This is so Delish. We love it at my house. Enjoy

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Girls Night Out Ideas

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A happy mom is a good mom! So, I recently decided that I need to start planning to have a girls’ night once a month. Who doesn’t like Girls Night Out?!? I have compiled a list of things that I think are fun but yet frugal as well. Often it is fun enough to just invite the girls over, have a few snacks around, and talk with each other!

Here is a list of a bunch of easy, frugal Girls Night Out ideas…

 Spa Treatments

  • Do each others fingernails and toenails with cute nail art ( I like these CLICK HERE  CLICK HERE)
  • Put on face masks and put cucumbers on your eyes sit back and relax
  • Try Makeovers on each other with tutorials you have found on You Tube
  • Experiment with hairstyles on each other
  • Go to a pedicure place and relax while you all get a pedicure (sometimes Cosmetology schools have great deals under $15)
  • Make sugar or body scrubs
  • Play the game where you are blindfolded while you do makeovers for a more fun and goofy time.
  • Go out for a Massage – every Mom needs one of these at least once a year ( Message Envy only charge $35 for an hour, not bad)
  • Hit the makeup counter at a department store and get your makeup done for free

FOOD:

  • Have a Fondue Party everyone bring something to share
  • Get a group together and cook a bunch of freezer ready meals (each person in charge of one meal for everyone that attends)
  • Have a recipe swap
  • Pot luck dinner
  • Gingerbread contest
  • Cook off challenge- have a blindfold test to see who’s wins
  • Smoothie making party
  • Bring a new recipe you always wanted to try on Pinterest to share with everyone
  • Make gifts in a jar
  • Make your own pizzas
  • Go to a restaurant for an appetizer or dessert
  • Have a progressive dinner at each others houses or at different Restaurants

Just Hanging Out:

  • Watch a Chick Flick and have popcorn
  • Sit around and talk with a bunch of junk food
  • Play cards
  • Play some board games
  • Have a my favorite things party
  • Have a clothing swap
  • White elephant swap
  • Homemade gift exchange
  • Go out for frozen yogurt
  • Treat yourselves to a gourmet cupcake
  • Go to a movie
  • Go Bowling
  • Try a fitness class together at the local rec. center
  • Mini Golf
  • Of course last but not least go shopping! Retail therapy is always fun with your girls even if you just window shop.

Games:

Crafts:

  • Make a wood sign with a cute vinyl saying
  • Make headbands or clips for your daughters hair
  • Make greeting cards or thank you cards
  • Make jewelry
  • Scrap-booking night
  • Make homemade cleaners
  • Make homemade food items
  • Sewing party

This is just to scratch the surface of ideas on some fun girls nights. I would love to hear some of your ideas as well that I haven’t come up with. Comment some of yours to share with everyone. Enjoy!

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Ditch the Wax & Tinkle Instead!

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Oh my GOODNESS this is my new favorite thing ever right now! Do you Tinkle? Why did I not know about these sooner. Do you wax your face, lip or eyebrows?? Ditch the wax and Tinkle instead! I am a Cosmetologist and I have waxed people over and over and no matter how many times you get waxed it always still hurts EVERY time.  I have waxed my eyebrows and upper lip for years. But I will not be going back to waxing them ever again because I have discovered these awesome little tools.

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I have only used it on my upper lip and eyebrows since Christmas of 2015 to make sure I would like the results. I do have some peach fuzz by my temples I am going to “Tinkle” soon. I have NEVER had my upper lip or eyebrows grow back darker or stubbly AT ALL. I seriously LOVE these and the best part is there is NO PAIN like there is with waxing! When you wax you are pulling out the whole hair root so you can have it grow back a little different  texture then before you waxed. With these you are just scrapping the surface so there is no change in texture at all.  I’ve never nicked my skin with a Tinkle nor do I experience any discomfort while shaving or after shaving.  This is a must-DO NOT SHAVE YOUR FACE WITH A REGULAR RAZOR.  Trust me. The blade on a regular razor is made completely different then the Tinkle blades.

Here’s What You Need To Know:

  • Only shave your face after you’ve cleansed your skin.
  • If you are sensitive or very dry, apply a thin layer of moisturizer or coconut oil before you shave your face.
  • Always use tiny downward movements. Keep your skin taunt in the area you will be working on.
  • Don’t shave your forehead-You probably don’t need to and it’s hard.
  • You can shave your sideburns and cheeks and upper and lower lip.
  • Not only will you remove hair, you will also remove dead skin!!  Yippee!
  • Always use a toner and moisturize afterwards.
  • I shave about 2x a month but you could shave weekly if needed.
  • Hair will not grow back stubbly or dark.  First off, it’s impossible to grow back darker and this razor is so gentle that it doesn’t chop the hair off like a normal razor would so it grows back soft!  I’ve never had stubble.
  • Your skin will feel smoother and your makeup will go on and look smoother as well!

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So if you want to ditch the wax and Tinkle instead like me  CLICK HERE to buy some, they are on sale and under $7.00 for a pack of them! They will last awhile I am still using the same one I got for Christmas and it isn’t dull yet.

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