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Beauty Box Five March 2015

The March 2015 Beauty Box 5 is here! (Affiliate links) Beauty box 5 is a beauty subscription box with 4-6 sample size (and sometimes full sized) beauty products like makeup and toiletries. It is $12 a month by the month, $10 a month with a 3-month subscription, or $8.25 a month with an annual subscription. Sometimes the value of the box can be six times what I pay for a ….

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2015

We had a week of unseasonably beautiful weather recently, which has led me to being stark raving mad for spring to really be here. It sort of is here. Almost. Time for March’s Ipsy Glam Bag! Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription where each month you receive a Glam Bag with around five samples focusing on makeup and sometimes nails or skin care. The cost is only $110 per year ….

Recycled Book Bead Jewelry {Plus A Giveaway!}

Are you a book lover? We are in our family, sometimes to our detriment when we don’t have the space for them. I worked in a library for several years, and it always saddened me when it was time to cull the stacks and remove the books with poor circulation statistics. Something about that DISCARD stamp on the binding made me feel like I was giving up on them. I ….

A Lucky Birthday & Delightful Treats {plus A Giveaway!}

My little boy turned five last week. I feel he has truly, finally left the toddler years. Since it felt like a more momentous birthday, I went all out with balloons, streamers, and treats. We made nachos, enchiladas, cupcakes, and crispy rice squares. As well as some other snacks.   The kids had a blast and we some how timed the sugar crash with bedtime. We’re old parenting pros now! *Sponsored ….

A Little Spring Cleaning Before the Spring Has Sprung

In our neck of the woods, the temps are still single digits, but for most of you, spring is here. Can you hear my jealousy?  Some people use this time of year for “spring cleaning”. I’m fairly certain what they really mean is the reorganization that comes with seasonal turnover. (I.e. exchanging winter clothes and gear for warmer weather items and putting away shovels in favor of rakes.) But hey, ….

Spicy Dijon Turkey Meatballs

Meatballs. I’ve been into meatballs lately. That almost sounds dirty. My husband loves it when I make turkey meatballs in bulk and keep them in the fridge for whatever occasion. They turn into a go-to protein for a quick breakfast, easy meatball sliders, salad toppers, or just a snack. The kids tend to like these as well. My low carb gluten free turkey meatballs are popular at home, so I ….

The Epic Battle with Toddler Tooth Brushing: Hello Oral Care

*Sponsored by Hello Products We are going through growing pains in our house. Not of the true, physical nature. Not pains in the way people describe needing a life reorganization. It is a period of growing pains, in that my older two kids are leaving toddlerhood. Lucky is turning five. Wyn just turned three. Gone are the days of life in the moment and carefree existence.  Now we have preschool, ….

Chocolate Oat Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chips

The chocolate cravings are killing me lately. Especially when you consider I still want to lose 10 last pounds of baby weight. it isn’t so much baby weight as chocolate weight at this point. Especially when you consider how much chocolate husband dropped in my lap during my pregnancies! Chocolate Oat Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chips 1 1/4 cup flour 3/4 cup cocoa powder 3/4 cup whole rolled oats (not ….

Cranberry Clementine Crumble

Cranberries are one of those fruits I kind of love and kind of hate. The flavor is so distinctive and tart, you cannot really feel neutral about them. I seem to to often have a half a bag of cranberries in my freezer, since any recipe I can think of never uses the whole bag. They sit in the back until I finally give them a second thought. They make ….