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go Now that the weather is getting colder, we are choosing to stay home and in the heat. We love snuggling up in our living room with our favorite healthy snacks and some comfy blankets.

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http://www.casasdecampo.com.co/essay-on-lowering-the-drinking-age-to-18/ We love popcorn at our house, and while we love popcorn with just butter and salt, we decided to be a little creative.

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http://innovative-emotors.com/help-writing-college-application-essay/ I decided it might add a little extra element of fun if we made our own tasty flavored popcorn. We used the Skinny Pop microwave popcorn and a number of spices and ingredients we already had on hand.

source link We definitely have a sweet tooth around here, so we used a little cocoa powder and some sugar free maple syrup. We were out of marshmallows, but would have added them for a “maple smores popcorn.” Still, our chocolate maple popcorn tasted like fall and it was wonderful.

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We added parmesan cheese and garlic salt to our popcorn. It tasted great, and we ate all of it!

Of course, if you’re not interested in making your own popcorn flavors, Skinny Pop makes popcorn cakes and mini popcorn cakes in three flavors: sharp cheddar, maple and brown sugar and white cheddar. They are fantastic and we eat them all the time.

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Even tiny snackers love the sweet maple brown sugar popcorn cakes.

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Get yourself some Skinny Pop popcorn, open your spice cabinet and get creative! Your kids will love it and you just might create your new favorite snack.

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Hearth & Hand: My Favorites From Chip and Joanna’s Target Line http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/hearth-hand-my-favorites-from-chip-and-joannas-target-line/ http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/hearth-hand-my-favorites-from-chip-and-joannas-target-line/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:00:49 +0000 http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/?p=6311 Good news, Fixer Upper fans. Joanna’s Style can now be ours, for an affordable price. If you haven’t been to Target to check out the new line from Joanna and Chip Gaines, you need to go RIGHT NOW!

While I love everything they currently offer, these are my current favorites.


Clockwise, from the left:

1. Galvanized large lantern, $32


2. Hearth and Hand Pillar Candles, $4- $16


3. Farmhouse stamped pepper jars, $6


4. Letters to Santa card box, $40


5. Christmas wreath, $35


6. Stoneware pitcher, $23


I want all of these, and more! I found out the inventory will vary by store, and change frequently. I can’t wait to see what else Hearth and Hand has in store for us.

What are your favorite Hearth and Hand pieces?

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Organizing kids’ spaces http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/organizing-kids-spaces/ http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/organizing-kids-spaces/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:00:24 +0000 http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/?p=6062 My oldest daughter loves clothes- she loves buying new clothes, but She also loves to change her clothes. Not surprisingly, this has led to some major messing up her dresser and her closet.

Emorie’s closet really needed some Jesus an exorcism some cleaning out. Actually I’m the one who needs Jesus- opening that closet makes me think bad thoughts.


And the dresser isn’t any better.


I finally got tired of it and decided to fix it. I started by removing anything extra, non fitting, or anything out-of-season from the closet. Then, I straightened what was left.



And suddenly, all of my mean thoughts have disappeared. Isn’t that way better?

And as for the dresser.  Some of the drawers didn’t need more than a minor straightening.


But for the ones that looked like a tornado had run through them, I took everything out of them and used my trusty drawer organizers.

When I was finished, it looked like this:


I know I’ll just be refixing the closet and drawers again soon, but in the meantime, this is so much better.

What small organizing project have you done lately?

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Make Something Monday: Free Thanksgiving Printables http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/make-something-monday-free-thanksgiving-printables/ http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/make-something-monday-free-thanksgiving-printables/#comments Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:00:11 +0000 http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/?p=6301 I hope you have had a wonderful week. I know some of you love typographical art as much as I do, so I wanted to make these Printables and share them with you.


Thanksgiving, thankfulness and joy have been on my mind a lot lately so I thought I’d create some Printables that embody those things with you all.


This one is based off a popular hymn we often sing at our church.


This one is easily my favorite of the three. I love simple things and this one is both simple and beautiful.


I like this one because it is simple and pretty, and while it’s still fall appropriate, it’s different from the traditional fall colors.

If you want to download these, right click on them and save them to your device. For best results, print no larger than 8×10.

Have a great week!

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The Psalms of Thanksgiving http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/the-psalms-of-thanksgiving/ http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/the-psalms-of-thanksgiving/#comments Sun, 12 Nov 2017 01:49:44 +0000 http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/?p=6228 I am slowly but surely returning to a regular blogging schedule, and I thought for this month’s “Scripture Sunday,” I would share some of the Psalms of Thanksgiving.

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I wish I could find the original source for the photo above: it’s taken at one of my favorite places, and truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

According to various commentaries I have read, the verse refers to entering a public place of worship and being able to worship God with a Thankful heart. David is the likely writer of this song of Thanksgiving.

It is believed that this verse has to do with being thankful for the opportunity to worship God openly and publicly. In our modern day society, there are many civilizations and nations which do not allow the public worship or even the public profession of Christian faith.

I am thankful to be able to worship my God in public without fear.

 

 

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Simplified Saturday: Fitting fitness into your schedule  http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/simplified-saturday-fitting-fitness-into-your-schedule/ http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/simplified-saturday-fitting-fitness-into-your-schedule/#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:15:41 +0000 http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/?p=6063
Gyms are popping up everywhere, but joining a gym can be costly. In addition to the cost, you also must find time to go to the gym. If you live in the country like I do, you definitely don’t have time to drive to a gym, work out, and drive home. 

I’ve always been an active person, and interested in staying fit. Motherhood hasn’t changed the fact that I am interested in staying healthy and fit, but it has thrown a wrench in my ability to find time for health and fitness. 

I have tried a number of DVDs and even YouTube workouts, but I’ve often found that there aren’t many resources available for working Mother’s with busy schedules and small children. I also don’t want to take time I already don’t have to drive to a gym, leave my children in a child care room with someone I don’t know, and work out. 

I also know that several of us are already beginning to think about those New Years Resolutions, so I wanted to share this fantastic new resource I’ve discovered. 

I recently started using an app called Aaptiv, where you can not only customize your own workouts, but you can also choose from ready made training plans. 


There are so many different workouts available, in different levels of difficulty. You can choose short workouts, or longer workouts- whatever works best for your schedule. 


You can even choose from a variety of personal trainers, based on their training style and personality.


You can even choose your music.

I like Aaptiv because I can look at all the available plans and plan my workouts ahead of time to suit my schedule for the week. I can also use the app on my phone, or log in on the computer, meaning that my workouts go with me wherever I go. 

I thought the Aaptiv maternity initiative was great, too. I am not expecting, nor planning to be, but I wish I’d had this when I was expecting my daughters. I had a hard time finding workouts that I felt were safe for me, that weren’t “pregnancy yoga,”  and I didn’t think there was a lot of information out there for expectant mothers interested in staying fit. If you’re interested in checking out Aaptiv’s maternity initiative, visit their site.

The Aaptiv app itself is free to download, but costs $9.99 per month. Sign up today and use the code “BURPEES” to receive a free 30-day trial. 

Head on over to the iTunes Store or Google Play Store and download Aaptiv today. You’ll be glad you did. 

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Our new, grown up master bedroom http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/our-new-grown-up-master-bedroom/ http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/our-new-grown-up-master-bedroom/#respond Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:40:24 +0000 http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/?p=6092
Our old master bedroom furniture was mine from when I was in college. 


It was good furniture and it has held up well. It has survived many moves. There was nothing wrong with it, but it was time for an upgrade. 

Our week ended with an empty bedroom (we pretended we were camping).


Our living room was definitely not empty.


That’s all our old furniture, which found a new home with my mother.

We bought this lovely captain’s bed set, since our closets are small and we needed the extra storage.



We love our new, more mature furniture. We did run into one snafu, though. A captain’s bed sits up high, so a lower profile mattress is the way to go. The first mattress we bought was way too thick and we needed a ladder to get in our bed. We exchanged it for a smaller one and are now much happier. 

We are almost done with this room now. We just need to get a chair, paint, and get a new light fixture. 


What new furniture purchases have you made recently?
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A kid’s birthday party; on the fly! http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/a-kids-birthday-party-on-the-fly/ http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/a-kids-birthday-party-on-the-fly/#respond Tue, 07 Nov 2017 23:56:05 +0000 http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/?p=6093 My ideal weekend is spent with a cup of coffee and a good book.

This week, my sweet youngest daughter turned two.

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We had planned to have her party at the church months ago, but due to a death in the church, we had to change the location. That’s understandable; things happen, and certainly a funeral takes precedence over a child’s birthday party.

We quickly made arrangements to move the party to another church across town, only for someone to realize the fellowship hall there was also unavailable. We ended up having to downsize those invited to just family, and move the party to our house.

And you know something? It turned out better than I thought.

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I had less than 24 hours to clean my house and take it from “fall farmhouse” to “Minnie Mouse is ready to party.”

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But with lots of help from both my moms, we did it!

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We had to decide on the fly which decorations to use, which ones to take back to the store, and which ones we could put up in a short amount of time.

I decided to pass on the table cloth back drop, the tissue paper flower balls, and the large number of streamers I’d originally wanted.

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Luckily, the food had already been planned and made well in advance. The cake had already been purchased and picked up as well.

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My father-in-law makes the best chicken nuggets and puts together great fruit and veggie trays. He did an awesome job for Aubrey’s party,  too.

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Central Bakery in Asheboro did her super cute cake. It sustained a little damage on the drive over, but not too bad. Plus, it still tasted great! DSC_0944.jpg

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The birthday girl certainly approved.

In the end, a great time was had by all…even if things didn’t go as originally planned.

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I learned a few take away lessons from this:

  1. sometimes things happen and you think you can’t work around them, but you can.
  2. And even though you don’t think you can, you can adapt and perhaps make something better than what you’d originally planned.
  3. Nothing has to be perfect, and if it isn’t, chances are good that you’ll be the only one to notice.
  4. Have fun and roll with the punches. You may have to change some plans but if you make it fun, it will all work out in the end.
  5. Plan ahead as much as you can, but there still will be things you can’t control. 

Use this downloadable, free checklist to make your party plans run more smoothly. Just right click on the picture, save to your device and print. 


I hope you have an amazing day.

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Happy second birthday, Aubrey! http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/happy-second-birthday-aubrey/ http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/happy-second-birthday-aubrey/#respond Mon, 06 Nov 2017 02:20:04 +0000 http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/?p=6065 Today, this beautiful, wild but exuberant little cherub turns two.


Two years and nine months ago, we were excited and nervous to learn we were expecting again after a heartbreaking loss. I knew she was a girl before the ultrasound revealed her gender. 


Her playful spirit and her contagious laughter keep us entertained. 


She’s stubborn but sweet, cute but wild and she never stops talking. She loves baby dolls, Veggie Tales, animals and dancing.


She also loves her sister, even though she has a funny way of showing it sometimes. 


Happy birthday, sweet girl. 


We are so thankful God chose us to be your family. 

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Happy Halloween: Keep your favorite canine safe during Halloween http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/happy-halloween-keep-your-favorite-canine-safe-during-halloween/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:35:11 +0000 http://www.organizedandsimplified.com/?p=5975  

Trick or treating is a long-enjoyed past time among American families, but there are often safety concerns. While most of us think about keeping our children safe during Halloween, we don’t realize that there are also many Halloween-related hazards that might affect our pets.

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  1. First and foremost, keep your pup-kin safe from traffic and roads

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Here are Bear’s two favorite trick or treaters. He loves to follow them where ever they want to go, so we grabbed his leash when we left the yard. This kept him close by and away from any busy roadways. Also, use a reflective leash and make sure your dog is wearing an ID tag and reflective collar.

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2. Watch that candy!

While there are many dog-safe treats you can share with your pup, there are some you should avoid. Chocolate may actually be fatal.  Chocolate may contain theobromine and sugar free versions may contain xylitol; both of these chemicals are hazardous to dogs and can cause death. Apples are safe for dogs as long as the core has been removed.

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3. Make sure your dog’s costume fits well

We tried to dress up our Lab mix as a rabbit. The blurry, bunny-eared yellow streak in the picture above is what happened as a result. If your dog is more cooperative than ours and will let you dress him or her up, there are a few costume safety measures you’ll need to take.

If your pup’s costume isn’t comfortable to him, choose something else, or nothing at all. Make sure your pup can breathe well and isn’t too hot in the costume. Avoid dying your dog’s hair or dressing him or her in masks, as they can restrict your pet’s breathing and sight. Also, make sure the costume doesn’t have small pieces your pet could chew and then choke.

We didn’t want to torture our poor fellow, so we let him enjoy his Halloween costume free.

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4.  For the safety of your trick-or-treaters, don’t leave your pet unattended near a door or entrance.

Constant visitors and the doorbell ringing can stress out your pet. Plus, children who are not used to animals may not know how to treat them. If you’re leaving your pet at home while you participate in Halloween festivities elsewhere, make sure your pet has plenty of food, water, and toys until your return.

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5. Keep your pet safe when choosing Halloween decor

Make sure your cords and electrical plugs are safely tucked away, and that any fake spiderwebs or plastic props be kept out of your dog’s reach. It is more safe to use battery operated candles and lanterns rather than real flames (this is true for kids as well). Also, you should avoid glow sticks, as the liquid they contain is toxic to dogs.

Our friends at PuppySpot provided this handy infographic to help us remember how to keep our “pup-kins’ safe this Halloween.

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Have fun and enjoy your Halloween!

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