Epson LabelWorks
Blog DIY + Decor

HUGE Back-to-School & Crafter Contest! Win An Epson LabelWorks™ Printable Ribbon Kit! $70 Value!

Hello, Moms & Crafters! I’m super excited to tell you about the Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit, and I’m even more excited to give one away to you guys! The fun and easy-to-use LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit from Epson brings crafting to a whole new level! Just look at all these adorable examples of craft projects you can make with Epson LabelWorks! You can print personalized satin ribbons for crafts, scrapbooks, decorations, gifts and more! I love that the ribbon printer prints on both dark and light colors with amazing…

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15 Healthy Snacks For Kids
Recipes

15 Healthy Snacks For Kids + BOOK GIVEAWAY! woo hoo!

Be sure to comment at the end for your chance to win a signed copy of “Generation Stressed: Play-Based Tools To Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety” by Michele Kambolis. It’s the perfect book for busy parents and teachers! (THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED) Are you finding yourself stressed out with the morning routine, breakfast, daycare runs, summer sports, play dates, gymnastics….and the list goes on?! It can make your head spin. And you know what? Chances are if YOU’RE stressed out, your kids are feeling it tenfold. In fact, as Michele…

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Homemade-Dog-Food-Recipe
MONEY SAVING MEALS Recipes

Healthy Home-Made Dog Food Recipe

As you know, I’m a busy mom to 3 lovely boys. What you may not know is that I actually have FIVE boys, counting our canine companions. Just like I enjoy making healthy and budget-friendly meals for all of us on two legs, I also make homemade, healthy (and inexpensive) food for our dogs. While our Brittany Spaniel-Lab mix, Tinsley, has an iron stomach and can eat just about anything, our older Shih-Tzu, Louie, is a very finicky eater with lots of tummy trouble. We’ve noticed a drastic improvement in…

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magic opener
Recipes

Cool Kitchen Gadget For The Whole Family: The Magic Opener Extreme

Every so often, I’m blessed with the opportunity to review some really great products for some really great entrepreneurs & companies. When I find interesting products that I believe in, that are useful in my own life, and that I feel would be a good fit in yours, I love to pass them onto my readers! Recently this happened when the makers of Magic Opener Extreme generously sent me a sample of their “magic” bottle opener to review. This easy-to-use opener allows you to open soda cans, pet food and…

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kid-president
Blog Faith + Family

Kid President Tells Parents What Kids REALLY Want This Summer!

Summer is half over (sad thought, eh?) What do you and your family have to show for it? Lots of insta-memories, cute profile pics, lots of “likes,” and fun-sounding Tweets? Well, Kid President Robby Novak has a message for us parents who are tethered to our devices: Put down your smart phone and start living IRL! That’s right. What kids REALLY want from us this summer is our undivided attention. A WHOLE-vacation, if you will. Time together where we are 100% present and undistracted by work, TV, and social media.…

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Special-Needs-Children-Therapy
Blog Faith + Family

Sticks & Stones Can Break Our Bones, And Words Can Also Hurt Us: A Note To Adults Who Know Better

I don’t usually make blog posts like this that come straight from the heart. Which got me thinking, I’d really like to start being more candid with you guys. It feels good. Will anyone read it? Who knows. Still feels good. For a moment, I need to take a break from blogging about food and frugality, and talk about how annoyed I am today, and exactly what’s erking me. I’m mad at adults who should know better. In the past few weeks, I’ve heard adults throw around the terms, in…

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Spicy Lentil Tacos
MONEY SAVING MEALS Recipes

Fit & Frugal Spicy Lentil Taco Recipe

We absolutely love lentils in our family! It all started last year when my oldest decided to become Vegan (for like one whole month!) Lentils were an absolute staple during that time, and have remained a healthy favorite and meat alternative for us! We use lentils in place of meat on sandwiches, salads, tacos, wraps, in soups, in stuffed green peppers, and so much more! Lately we’ve been loving lentil tacos. To make these yummy Spicy Lentil Tacos, I prepare my usual lentils (below), and then I season with cumin,…

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Shrimp With Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans
MONEY SAVING MEALS Recipes

Fit & Frugal Shrimp With Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans

On the journey into healthier eating, I decided to mix it up a little bit with my freezer meals. While I love love LOVE all the casseroles and hearty meals I gravitate towards, I really needed to lighten things up a bit. It does not get any easier than this meal. I basically just dump everything into the pan and freeze! …after all, freezer meals are all about convenience, right? For us, I just season the dish liberally and lightly drizzle with olive oil. You, however, may want to add…

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Recipes

3 Reasons To Use Your Slow Cooker This Summer + Crockpot Hacks & Tips

I know we typically think of Fall & Winter when we think about our crockpots. However, just because it’s summer, doesn’t mean it’s not a good time to use your slow cooker! In fact, it’s the BEST time to use it! Here are 3 great reasons why: 1. Summer is just about the busiest time of the year, with kid’s activities, sports, and vacations…who has time to cook?? Meals made in the slow cooker are effortless when you’re on the go! 2. Who wants to heat up the kitchen even…

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Lemon Scallion Chicken & Vegetable Kabobs
MONEY SAVING MEALS Recipes

Fit & Frugal Lemon Scallion Chicken & Vegetable Kabobs Recipe

I love grilling! I love it so much that I’ve even been known to fire up the grill in the middle of a snow storm. One of the things we most frequently grill here at the Brink casa is chicken. It’s delicious, it’s healthy, and quite frankly, it’s cheap! Even better than JUST chicken are kabobs. I love kabobs because, by adding veggies, you stretch your meat dollar so much farther. They also offer perfect portion control! Here’s a yummy & healthy chicken kabob recipe I received from the people…

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