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Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Snacks: Mad Scientist Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Halloween Snacks: Mad Scientist Spinach Artichoke Dip #SpookySnacks #Shop

The mad scientist has been spending many hours toiling and brewing up many concoctions and conducting experiments with Halloween coming very soon.  However, the one thing that this mad scientist loves to create are Halloween snacks - namely a special dip for Wheat Thins.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Silent Sunday: October

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Recipe: Smoked Sausage Penne Pasta

This post has been compensation by Hillshire Brands via Mom It Forward.  However, all opinions are mine.

Emma is crazy excited for Halloween.  She is going to be Alice in Wonderland and she keeps peeking at her costume every day.  It makes me giggle how she keeps holding it up to herself and seeing how she looks.  Do you remember doing that as a kid? I do.  Since I'm not supermom, she has a store bought costume but it's all good.  This is the first time in awhile that she is getting to dress up for Halloween and her excitement makes me smile.  She's earned it.

I found an awesome recipe using smoked sausage that was an absolutely winner! I purchased Hillshire Farm Beef Smoked Sausage from Safeway (dude, there's a sweet ecoupon available at Safeway.  Just go here and find the valuable coupons for Hillshire products in J4U.) and made this amazing one pot Smoked Sausage Penne Pasta adapted via America's Test Kitchen The Best Simple Recipes cookbook which I found out about thanks to Kevin & Amanda's blog.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Operation Declutter has commenced

It has been said that clutter is the sign of a cluttered mind.  I think there is definitely some truth to that.

When I have a million things going on in my head- ideas, dreams, deep thoughts, etc. - nothing gets done and I tend to put things in all kinds of odd places and it builds up.

I have not had a calm mind in quite some time but my mind has started to calm and the clarity and focus has started to return.  I don't know about you but when I am overwhelmed by clutter, I don't want to do a single thing.  I don't want to go to the park, the zoo, or anywhere.  I'd rather just sit and watch something on Netflix, go online or read a book.  In other words, I want to ignore it.

I have decided to begin "Operation Declutter".

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We are Falling for the Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans

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Falling for the Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans #Fall4Phones #Shop

I have been working extremely hard to achieve very specific goals in my life and there's nothing more exciting than starting to see some of the payoff.  One of my goals was to bring down some of my month-to-month expenses and one of the biggest money drains has been my cell phone bill.  I paid a lot of money for good cell phone service but it's ridiculous to spend $100 a month (that's WITH a corporate discount of 23%) for the same quality of services that I can get with Walmart's lowest priced unlimited plan for $34.88 a month.   So needless to say- I am so excited to be a Walmart Family Mobile ambassador and finally cut my ties with my contract plan (I was up for renewal this month and opted to discontinue my six year relationship with my old plan). I am saving $60 a month just by this change.  One little change that will get me closer to my goals of being rid of debt.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkin Days at Tolmachoff Farms

disclaimer: I was provided with free admission to facilitate this review but regardless, my opinions are my own.

One of the things that I do love about living in Phoenix is that we are so close to everything.  Want to go to the mountains and see snow for the winter? Drive a few hours north.  Want to go to Rocky Point, Mexico? Drive a few hours south! Want to go to California- westward ho! We are also very fortunate in that we have many local businesses that provide the community with farm local produce, eateries, events and products.  One of those local businesses is a family farm, Tolmachoff Farms.  They offer many seasonal events that are a lot of fun.