No Bake Energy Bites

Protein snack, energy ball, back to school snack, no bake, easy kid recipe, protein ball

There is something about this time of year that I love. I’m not in school anymore, and I don’t have kids yet, so I don’t know why I love back to school time, but I do! The end of summer is never fun, but it’s like everyone hits the restart button. All the kids get new clothes and new school supplies, everyone is excited about new classes and new friends. And the school year really starts out strong for everyone. I continue this tradition, even without the school part! Okay, I might not get new school supplies anymore, or new clothes for that matter! But I do get this extra motivation to step up my game! These no bake every bites and the perfect amount of protein and sweet to get your kids (or husband) through the day! I put these in my husband’s lunch and the loves them!! Since it’s protein, it keeps him full between meals, and I just don’t tell him there’s oatmeal in them!! He just thinks they’re candy! They are also super easy to make! And they are no-bake, which is even

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How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Yard sale, signs, garage sale, how to make money

Summer is in full swing! That means no school, camping, swimming, fire pits, and garage sales!! Growing up I remember having an annual garage sale. My grandparents would come over and bring their unwanted items to combine with ours. My parents would get up early to set things up and by the time I woke up things were pretty much ready to go. I would go with my dad to help set up the signs on the street corners, and my grandpa would go make a donut run for breakfast. My little brother and I would set up a lemonade stand and sit at the end of the driveway. It all seemed so easy!! I will be the first to tell you… it is easy! It does however, take a lot of time and effort. I’ve never had a garage sale for myself before, but I figured we would have enough crap to get rid of since my husband and I have lived in our house now for almost 2 years. I wanted to see how successful I could be at having a garage sale.

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Recirculating Fountain

DIY water feature, recirculating fountain, landscaping, waterfall

Recently I was walking through our local hardware store and came across some fountains. I think fountains are so cool!… But not the ones you can buy at a store. Most fountains you find at the store are just so stinkin cheesey looking… And not to mention the giant price tag on them! I just knew I could figure out a way to make a much cooler recirculating fountain without the price tag. But I really didn’t know where to begin.

I spent a good couple hours walking around our local Menards coming up with ideas. I would pick things up and set them back down and walk around some more. (The employees at Menards thought I was crazy). The same employees kept coming up to me and asking if I needed help. They’re like, “are you suuurrrrre you don’t need help?” I kept saying, “No, I don’t know what I’m looking for!” And I had items in my cart from sections all over the store. I just looked like a crazy lady. Anyway, after a couple hours of walking around and thinking (and a couple more trips back later) I finally figured it out!

Supplies:

-Storage container

-Flower pot

-Brackets

-Chicken wire/screen

-Submersible pump

-Fountain tubing

-PVC pipe

-Black Spray Paint

-5 gallon bucket

-Fountain Head (optional)

-Decorative rock

 

The first step is getting your flower pot

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Pantry Organization

Pantry, organization, spring cleaning

I think anyone that has been to my house would say that I keep a pretty clean house. I keep my bathrooms clean, counters wiped, floors vacuumed, all that good stuff. But there is one place in my house that I cannot seem to keep clean… The pantry. Granted, I really have never tried to keep this clean. There are general areas to the pantry. All the cans are together, the bread is together, baking stuff together, etc. But it’s all just thrown in there in piles. I’m really the only one who every goes in the pantry, so it’s not like it’s hurting anyone. My husband has peeked in the pantry a couple of times, and maybe my mom a time or two, but other than that I’m the only one who cooks at my house so I’m the only one in the pantry on a daily basis. I’m also the only one who grocery shops, so I’m the only one who puts groceries away. So when I finally got frustrated enough to do something about the pantry mess my husband did not understand. Nonetheless, I had to get on this pantry organization immediately.

First, you need to see the before picture of this epic disaster. Yes, this is the messiest place in my house and for some reason I’m posting it on the internet…

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DISASTER PANTRY!

I decided to start by getting a can holder to hold most of my cans. It works much like a beverage dispenser that you can put in your refrigerator, it has a slight tilt so the next can rolls down when you take one out. This worked perfectly! And it also freed up a whole corner of the pantry! Not to mention it just looks way cleaner.

The next step was to organize all the snacky foods;

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Magic Kingdom

magic kingdom, disney world, cinderella castle, fireworks

I have gone over everything you need to know before going to Disney World, where to stay in Disney World, and how to get around Disney, and taking advantage of things like FastPass and the Photographers. If you didn’t see those tips, head over to my other Disney posts! Now I’ll let you in on the inside scoop of everything you need to know about my favorite part… the Magic Kingdom! My husband thought I was absolutely crazy when I said I wanted to spend 4 whole days in the Magic Kingdom on our trip to Disney. He told me we would be so bored and we would have to leave and buy tickets to other parks. I assured him we would have fun each day in the Magic Kingdom. I am not kidding there is so much to do here that after 4 days of just the Magic Kingdom there were things we had not even done in there yet!


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Magic Kingdom is much like Disneyland where it’s sectioned off, except Magic Kingdom is much bigger. You start in Main Street, USA which is perfectly positioned by

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