Wednesday, December 17, 2014

26 Healthy Soups You Must Make

Lately I've been living off soups. Why? First because of food poisoning and second winter is finally starting to roll into town. 

I hope snow will come before Christmas...this has been a strange season of wearing t-shirts. Last week we had weather in the low 70's! Say what??! Usually our town is buried in snow and ice. Even though I love warm weather...I'm dreaming of a white Christmas!


Now nothing says winter and Christmas like warm soup and artisan bread.  Omnomnomnom!
Skinny Soups

Below is a list of healthy, but oh-so delicious soups! Enjoy and let me know, which soups are your favorite!

Merry Christmas!

Categorized by Meats/Veggies

Chicken

  1. Skinny Buffalo Chicken Soup @The Cookie Rookie
  2. Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup@ Gimme Some Oven
  3. Healthy Chicken Kale Soup @Best Recipe Box
  4. Chicken Lime Avocado Soup @Cooking Classy
  5. Healthy Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup @ Organize Yourself Skinny
  6. Chipotle Chicken Tomato Soup @Katrina Runs For Food 
  7. Easy & Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup @Lauren's Latest
  8. Skinny Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili @+Six Sisters' Stuff 
  9. Skinny Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup @Laughing Spatula (Only 80 calories a cup! Now that's awesome!)
  10. Healthy Crock Pot Jalapeno Chicken Sweet Corn Soup @+Danielle Green 

Turkey

Veggie

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top 24 Kid Christmas Movies on Netflix

After a miserable weekend of food poisoning, I'm finally better! I haven't been that sick in years! Thank goodness for my sweetheart husband. You know it's true love when he holds your hair back, while you throw up for hours. ;) pha!

During those terrible three days I watched hours of Netflix. Seriously, what a cheap alternative for watching endless amounts of movies and t.v. shoes! Yay Netflix!


While sick I compiled a list of the best kid Christmas movies on Netflix! So take a look, make a batch of sugar cookies and watch a family friendly Christmas movie.


  1. Disney's Once Upon A Christmas
  2. Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas
  3. Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In At The House of Mickey Mouse
  4. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  5. The Swan Princess Christmas
  6. Alpha & Omega: A Howl-iday Adventure
  7. Kung Fu Panda Holiday
  8. In Search For Santa Paws
  9. Santa Paws II: The Santa Pups
  10. Santa Buddies
  11. My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas
  12. All I want for Christmas
  13. Caspers Haunted Christmas
  14. Happy Holidays From Madagascar
  15. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
  16. Mumfie's White Christmas
  17. Spike
  18. The Legend of The Frosty Snowman
  19. Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet
  20. Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
  21. Saving Santa
  22. Thomas & Friends: Santa's Little Engine
  23. Thomas & Friends: Merry Christmas Thomas
  24. Veggie Tales: St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving

Friday, December 12, 2014

Personalized "I Love You to the Moon and Back" Necklace Sale!


Don't miss this deal (SATURDAY ONLY 12/13/14)




Buy a personalized "I Love You to the Moon and Back" for that special someone today only for $26.99! Wish my little girl was older, so I could give her this necklace! Too adorable! What a great way to add a personal loving touch to your Christmas present! 

The necklace has a value of $52, which means you will save $25.01!! Woo-hoo!




Thursday, December 11, 2014

Liebster Award

Fabulous news! Recently, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Sarah-Ann from Faith Along the Way ! Thanks Sarah-Ann! Now you are probably wondering, well what is the Liebster Award? Liebster means sweetheart, darling and beloved person. The award is for new(ish) bloggers. 

As a part of accepting the award I had to nominate 11 of my favorite upcoming bloggers, who I must say are extremely talented. I also had to answer 11 questions... so here you go...

Liebster Award

Brittany @ Mommy's Lost Her Marbles

Nicole @ Family Table Treasures
Sara @Pieces of Influence
Leigh @ Your Teacher's Lounge
Chrystal @Curious Crafter
Gemma @ Life As Mommy of 2
Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate
Holly @ McCall Manor
Rachel @ The Dessert Chronicles
Stephanie @Sharing A to Z
Amy @Home Remedies RX


1. Write 3 words that describe your personality.
Caring, fun and dedicated

2. How did you choose your blog name?
My husband and I met in Disneyland during high school. Long story short we fell happily in love. The blog is a reminder of our love story and how to help mothers achieve everything Before The Clock Strikes Midnight. ;)

3. What subject did you dread in high school?
I despised my biotech high school class, which is ironic because in college I excelled in Microbiology! ha

4. When do you find time to write?
When the baby naps (which is rare and short-lived).

5. What did you want to be when you grew up?
My childhood dream was to become a Marine Biologist and/ or a Fashion Designer. I know those careers are polar opposites, but I loved both ideas. Clearly I didn't go down those career paths, but I still love trips to the beach and brand new shoes! ;)

6. Do you prefer city or country living? Why?
I love the country! To me life feels less hustle-and-bustle. After schooling our family hopes to move to the country and maybe have a cow or two ;) Farms present the opportunity to teach children how to work hard (at least that's what my Dad told me). 

7. What's your favorite quote and/or Bible verse and why?
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  -John 14:27 Great reminder that He will ALWAYS comfort and embrace your aching and burdened heart. 

8. What's a goal you want to conquer in the next year? (It doesn't have to be blogging related.)
To learn more deeply how to put my trust in God. I plan to grow faith in Him to feel even more at peace. 

9. What is your favorite way to unwind and release stress?
Shopping and talking long walks!

10. Do you have another talent besides writing that you love?
I wish I had a larger kitchen because I love cooking!  Trying and inventing new recipes has been a fun hobby. 

11. What are three things on your bucket list?
1.Get married to my sweetheart - Check!
2.Travel across Southern Europe. 
3.Volunteer to help eliminate world-wide problems (women rights violations, lack of literacy, AIDS, and or other abuse against human rights.) 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Top 20 Netflix Christmas Movies


A favorite Holiday tradition of mine was watching Christmas specials on ABC while Mom made Swedish Ginger cookies. Omnomnomnom! Maybe i'll post the recipe for Swedish Ginger Cookies! 

Anyways, I loved watching the Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman and my favorite Home Alone during the Christmas season! 

Nothing says Christmas quite like Home Alone! 

Funny Christmas Decor


Now onto the list of the best family-friendly Christmas movies 



Make sure to grab a blanket some hot cocoa and something to munch on before watching! Oh and Happy Holidays!


  1. White Christmas - Truly a Christmas classic :)
  2. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  3. Christmas With The Kranks -Pha....funny, simply hilarious!
  4. Holiday In Handcuffs - Cheesy, but fun!
  5. Christmas Town
  6. One Magic Christmas
  7. 12 Dates of Christmas
  8. Christmas On Salvation Street
  9. A Country Christmas
  10. A Christmas Kiss
  11. Mistle-tones
  12. Journey To The Christmas Star
  13. Snowglobe
  14. Snow 2: Brain Freeze
  15. 12 Christmas Wishes For My Dog
  16. Small Town Santa
  17. Christmas Angel
  18. 12 Dogs of Christmas
  19. The Heart of Christmas
  20. Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger

Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Printable

One of my favorite Christmas movies of all time is Home Alone! What a classic!! Not only is the movie family-friendly, but it's also freaking hilarious. 

Nothing says Christmas quite like Home Alone! Here is my all time favorite scene from the Second Home Alone movie.

                                


Haha! Isn't that clip hilarious. 

I created a Home Alone inspired printable that is completely FREE! Woo-Hoo! So feel free to download this printable and enjoy the Christmas season!


What is your favorite Christmas movie?


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Free Christmas Thank You Cards


Hurry over to Tiny Prints and order 10 free Christmas thank you cards. Make sure to add 10 thank you cards that cost $.89 each and go to checkout.

Codes to use:
TPH9A15 
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You will not need to enter credit card information! Currently there is no expiration date posted for this deal so hurry over to save on Christmas thank you cards! 

Free Christmas Cards



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas Wood Block Set Giveaway

Today I spent the day and I mean the ENTIRE day getting ready for Thanksgiving. Even though I had planned to craft for an hour, that never happened! How I wish I had more time to craft, read a good book and learn a new skill. Seriously, at the end of the day I'm so thankful to finally sit on a comfy couch and write. 

Thank goodness for companies who make affordable and crafty decor! When I buy decor instead of spending extra time crafting I have the opportunity to sleep, while the baby naps! Ahhh I never knew how good naps could be until having a baby! ha :) 

Cheval Crafts is a relatively new and upbeat Etsy store. Using wood, sanding techniques and adorable holiday paper the shop owner creates fun holiday decor! My Christmas favorites are the...

  • "Better Not Pout" - Adorable! I love the Christmas design. 
  • "Silent Night "- Perfect for anyone who is a fan of the movie Frozen. 
  • "Merry Christmas" - The candy cane style design is fabulous and is the perfect welcome sign! 
Make sure to check out Cheval Crafts for your Christmas decor needs! 

Now onto the giveaway! One lucky person will win the Better Not Pout Wood Block Set. You can enter below. Don't forget to read the terms and conditions.



Best wishes to all who enter!

Terms & Conditions: 

The winner will receive (1) Better Not Pout Wood Block Set from the Etsy Shop Cheval Crafts.  Anyone wanting to enter must live in the United States and at least 18 years old. Refer to the giveaway for details on the opening and closing dates. The winner is chosen randomly and will be announced two days after the giveaway closes. The winner has 48 hours to respond or the prize will be given to another person.




I was not compensated. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Beautiful Fused Glass Christmas Tree Tray Giveaway

Today I'm extremely excited to announce another fantastic Christmas Decor Giveaway! Ten36Designs has generously donated a lovely handmade Fused Glass Christmas Tree Tray, which normally retails for $30.00. 



The festive red dish is 6x6 and has a hunter green tree in the center with gold and silver sparkles. I love the simplicity of the dish. My other favorite item from Ten36Designs is the Snowflake Fused Glass Tray


SAVE MONEY ON FUSED GLASS

Of course I love good deals, so here are a couple tips for saving big bucks on Fused Glass. Between 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on November 28th, 2014 (Black Friday) Ten36Designs is offering 40% off everything in their Etsy store! Use the coupon code BLKFRDY14! 


Now back to the details of the giveaway! One person will win a beautiful Fused Glass Christmas Tree Tray from Ten36Designs. You can enter the giveaway below. Don't forget to read the terms and conditions. 

Best wishes to all who enter!

Terms & Conditions: 

One winner will receive (1) Fused Glass Christmas Tree Tray from the Etsy Shop Ten36Designs.  Anyone wanting to enter must live in the United States and be at least 18 years old. Refer to the giveaway for details on the opening and closing dates. The winner is chosen randomly and announced two days after the giveaway closes. The winner has 48 hours to respond or their prize will be given to another person.



I was not compensated to write this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Make sure to check out the adorable snowman decor giveaway



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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chalkboard Style Christmas Printable Giveaway


My house is finally starting to have the Christmas feel. The tree is decorated, but my little girl will probably take off the ornaments by tonight.  I cannot believe she can almost walk! Ah! How does life go by so quickly? Last year we brought home our little munchkin from the hospital. Now she is talking, giggling and oh so tall! 

Decorating for Christmas has taken a new form this year. No more decor in reaching distance from the baby. Seriously, she would probably try and eat anything shiny and bright! ha! That is why my new favorite kind of decor can be hung on the walls. This keeps the baby safe and the house in Christmas spirits! It's a win-win situation. ;)

One of my favorites for Christmas wall decor is from Ransbury Decor. They have an adorable "Let it Snow" printable. Besides the printable being adorable, the best part is the price! For only $2.00 anyone can download and print this adorable Christmas design! I love affordable decor, which leaves more money towards buying Christmas gifts. :) Thank goodness!




Another great printable to get into the Christmas season is the festive Merry Christmas Tree Printable. How adorable! I love the simplicity of the design. Cute! Again the price tag is $2.00 for a download. So affordable!





If your baby is turning one soon make sure to check out this customized first birthday milestone sign

Now onto the giveaway! One person will win the "Let it Snow" printable and another person will win the "Merry Christmas Tree" printable. You can enter the giveaway below. Don't forget to read the terms and conditions. 


Best wishes to all who enter!

Terms & Conditions: 

One winner will receive (1) Let it Snow Printable from the Etsy Shop Ransbury Decor. Another winner will receive (1) Merry Christmas Tree Printable from the Etsy Shop Ransbury Decor.  Anyone wanting to enter must live in the United States and at least 18 years old. Refer to the giveaway for details on the opening and closing dates. The winners are chosen randomly and announced two days after the giveaway closes. The winners have 48 hours to respond or their prize will be given to another person.



I was not compensated to write this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Make sure to check out the adorable snowman decor giveaway


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