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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Top 10 Thanksgiving Snacks and Treats


Good Morning! Today, I wanted to share a few fun Thanksgiving snacks and treats with you guys. Some of these are so cute and creative. 
3. Thanksgiving Snack Mix (I love the little containers they made to put them in)
5. Thankgiving Mix -with- Printable (I think these are so cute!)
7. Turkey Fruit Platter
8. Thanksgiving Cider!
9. Orange Kids Pumpkin Snack *HEALTHY*
Maybe you'll have time to whip one of these out and bring it to your family Thanksgiving.  If you do, let me know how they turn out - I'd love to hear about it! We will be taking a short Thanksgiving break to spend time with family and friends Thursday and Friday. We'll see you back here on Tuesday! Feel free to browse around for other fun recipes, treats, and projects!
We will be linking this post up HERE!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Weekend happenings + FREE Christmas Card List Printable!

Hey guys! Happy Thanksgiving week (that's a thing, right?) Well, if not..it is now! I love Thanksgiving! We had a pretty busy weekend. My sister and nephew came over to visit for a few days. Adeline had SO much fun with her cousin! As you can see here...
While they were here, my sister took our Christmas card pictures. Addie was over due for a nap, so we didn't have too many shots to choose from, but we did get a few good ones! Here is one of my favorites of Adeline...
We got to go to a family early Thanksgiving dinner party. It was a lot of fun and the food was SO delcious! I started putting up Christmas decorations this weekend, too. Some may say it's too early, but really there are only about 30 days til Christmas! I can't believe it. 
If you're planning the family Thanksgiving dinner this year, don't forget to print out our FREE Thanksgiving Meal Plan Printable! Today, I have a FREE Christmas Card List Printable. I ordered our Christmas cards and made this printable to keep track of who we're sending cards to, their addresses, and if I've completed their card. It's great for staying organized.
You can print this out by downloading the document HERE!
Click here to see other great FREE PRINTABLES!
I hope you guys enjoy your week - I'll be back on Wednesday with some quick and fun Thanksgiving snacks and treats! 
Linking up to these parties HERE!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Inexpensive Christmas Gifts: 7 Gifts Under $10

Hey all! I'm back with another Christmas gifts post. I thought I'd put together some options that you can buy, but are under 10 dollars. Not everyone wants to make gifts, and I think this is the way to go if you're tight on money.

First is a gift I actually received one year from a neighbor. I thought it was a really great idea! 

You can get these hand soaps from Bath & Body Works for 3 bucks a pop if you buy 5 of them. And you could pair it with a cute holiday inspired kitchen towel. This one is from Ikea.

Do you have a beauty lover  in you family? If so this might be the perfect gift.
This is a really cute makeup set from Elf. It has eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, lip color, and some eyeliner. I've had good experiences with Elf products in the past, and I think this might be fun to just mess around with. Elf actually has a lot more holiday sets out this year, at varying prices.

Anyone who loves tea?
Here are some tea sampler sets from World Market. There is a set of white tea, black tea, and chai tea.

Also, at World Market...
This super cute owl utensil holder. They also have a matching cookie jar, and spoon rest.

Ikea has some cute blankets that are always pretty inexpensive.
These fleece ones come in red, green, and gray. They're kind of festive without being obnoxious.

I always think plants are a good idea, too.
This little set of cacti is already assembled. Plus, they're easy to care for. You could also buy individual succulents and pick out little pots to put them in. 

I have some of these glasses and I love them. I think they would be a really great gift.

This was a fun post to come up with. While I was searching around, I found some really great stuff I might end up getting my family this year. 

I hope you all are doing well. It's getting pretty cold around here, and our trees are losing all of their leaves. I'm not quite ready for the winter yet, but it seems ready to be here. 

Talk to you all soon,
You can see the places we link up by visiting our link party directory.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Top 10 Thrift Store Redo's

Hey guys! I hope your week is going well. I'm sure most of you are buys planning for Thanksgiving and fun family time. I know I am so excited to spend time with family AND eat some delicious food!!
Today I pulled together 10 great Thrift Store redo's. Enjoy :)
Top 10 Thrift Store Redo's Roundup at OrchardGirls.blogspot.com
Top 10 Thrift Store Redo's Roundup at OrchardGirls.blogspot.com
 Love this China Hutch Redo - I love how they painted the blue background
Top 10 Thrift Store Redo's Roundup at OrchardGirls.blogspot.com
 They made this Chair Redo look SO easy, I for one, always see chairs at goodwill. This would be a fun project to do!
Top 10 Thrift Store Redo's Roundup at OrchardGirls.blogspot.com
 This is so creative, I haven't seen anything like it before. Clock Redo!
Top 10 Thrift Store Redo's Roundup at OrchardGirls.blogspot.com
 I love how they turned this simple dresser into a trendy new look!
Top 10 Thrift Store Redo's Roundup at OrchardGirls.blogspot.com
 Fun lamp redo!
Top 10 Thrift Store Redo's Roundup at OrchardGirls.blogspot.com
 This is a fun and easy Rounded Glass bowl Redo using a map!
Top 10 Thrift Store Redo's Roundup at OrchardGirls.blogspot.com
 I love Kenzie's Mason Jar candle holders. Easy, Cheap and cute!
Top 10 Thrift Store Redo's Roundup at OrchardGirls.blogspot.com
 These thrift store plates look great as decorative chalkboards!
Top 10 Thrift Store Redo's Roundup at OrchardGirls.blogspot.com
 I've always wanted to buy a trunk from a thrift store- this is a great way to make it over!
Top 10 Thrift Store Redo's Roundup at OrchardGirls.blogspot.com
Window panes are everywhere - this Mirrored window pane is great decorative piece for your home!

I hope you enjoyed these thirfty redo's. I always love seeing what other people pull off from someone else's "junk". It's amazing the treasure you can find for so cheap! Makes me want to go thrifting, right now! :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WWEW: Bell Pepper & Ranch Wrap

Welcome back to What We Eat Wednesday! As I was prepping for a small road trip, I decided I needed to make some sandwiches for our dinner. For some reason a sandwich just didn't sound good, so I decided to whip up some wraps.

In college, I went through a period of time where I ate a wrap everyday for lunch. I was trying to be healthy, well, healthier than Little Caesar's pizza or Taco Bell. Since I was also dirt poor, I made them with the same few ingredients. So, here is a variation of the wraps I ate (and became very sick of for a long time).

Ingredients:
-1 flour tortilla, warmed in the microwave with a wet paper towel
- about 1 Tbs ranch dressing
-4 pieces of ham or turkey lunch meat
-a handful of lettuce leaves, not chopped but not huge
-a handful of sliced bell pepper
-salt & pepper to taste

I layer it like this:
Tortilla, some ranch, meat, lettuce, bell peppers, a bit more ranch down the middle, salt & pepper
Now, just roll it on up as tight as you can, and cut it down the middle. Enjoy!
These are such easy and inexpensive lunches. They're really fulfilling too, more so than a plain ol' sandwich. There are two other wraps I made quite a bit, too. 

1. Cream cheese, turkey lunchmeat, lettuce, and cucumber. I also really like this with feta cheese.
2. If I felt fancy, I'd buy a can of cranberry sauce and make a cream cheese, turkey, lettuce, and cranberry wrap.

I hope you all are having a great week. I'm actually out of town this week, as my Dad is having open heart surgery. Please, keep him in your prayers as he is recovering now. 

Talk to you all again soon,


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

48 Questions Tag! - Kayla


I wanted to join in on the fun and do this 48 Questions Tag that Kenzie did a few weeks ago! I always enjoy reading other bloggers "about me" sections so this is something a little bit different. If you want to know even more you can read our "About Us" section. If you missed Kenzie's 48 Questions you can see that HERE! Enjoy :)
1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:00am
2. How do you like your steak? Medium-Well
3. Last movie you saw in the cinema? uhm...I had to ask Daniel about this one, it had been a while, but it was Wolverine!
4. What is your favorite TV show? currently - Nashville and Parenthood
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Anywhere close to family
6. What did you have for breakfast? I'm going to have a bowl of cereal most likely!
7. What is you favorite food? Oh man, chicken alfredo pizza from olive garden OR Crab!!
8. Foods you dislike? two that come to mind are olives and cottage cheese 
9. Favorite place to eat? Olive Garden
10. Favorite dressing? Ranch
11. What kind of vehicle for you drive? Toyota Corolla
12. What are your favorite clothes? cute yet comfy
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? I'd love to go to Australia someday
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Half Full
15. Where would you want to retire? Same as Kenzie - not really staying in one place, but traveling around would be fun!
16. Favorite time of the day? evening
17. Where were you born? I'm a Michigander
18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Seahawks Football, duh!
19. What is your favorite fragrance? Hmmm, usually citrusy scents
20. What is your favorite face cream? I put some on every morning, i forgot what its called though....
21. Favorite baby/kids products? hmmm - Well, I don't know about me but Addie is loving her board books!
22. People watcher? Most definitely
23. Are you a morning or night person? usually a night person, but I can be a morning person if I'm excited about something that day :) 
24. Do you have any pets? Not currently
25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? nothing new - well, I guess if you don't already know - I am pregnant! You can see my first pregnancy update HERE!
26. What did you want to be when you were little? a ballerina or an astronaut  
27. What is your favorite memory? As it is starting to get cold, I very fondly remember our family girls cruise to The Bahamas. It was lovely!
28. Are you a cat or dog person? Dog
29. Are you married? Sure thing!
30. Always wear your seat belt? Always.
31. Been in a car accident? Unfortunately, a few. One in Michigan when I was a kid (we were sandwiched between two cars at a stop light) and another one in North Carolina. 
32. Any pet peeves? Sure...people not using their blinkers is one.
33. Favorite pizza toppings? chicken and cheese, lots of cheese.
34. Favorite flower? daisy
35. Favorite ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip or cookie dough
36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Mcdonalds or Taco Time
37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Nada.
38. From whom did you get your last e-mail? Grandma
39. Which store would you choose to max our your credit card? Oh man, maybe Target or Tj Maxx - but we don't actually own any credit cards.
40. Do anything spontaneous lately? I've found it's a bit harder to be spontaneous with a little one.
41. Do you drive the speed limit? almost all the time
42. Broccoli? Sure.
43. What was your favorite vacation? Our cruise to the Bahamas
44. Last person went out to dinner with? Daniel and Adeline
45. What are you listening to right now? Daniel playing Call of Duty: Ghosts. Oye.
46. What is your favorite color? Teal
47. How many tattoos do you have? None, I had thought about getting one for a while, but decided not to. Happy about that now.
48. Coffee drinker? Not at all, more of a pop drinker :)
Here is a link to Kenzie's answers, be sure to check that out, too! Kenzie's Answers

Feel free to answer these questions yourself and post about it - let us know if you do, so we can come read your answers!
Have a great day,

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