Friday, February 27, 2015

Super Easy Dinner: Mexican Ranch Chicken Soup

Here is one of my families favorite diners.  It is super easy to make and everyone eats it!  It is my go-to meal for when I bring a meal to someone, and they always ask for the recipe.  It is also gluten free- bonus!   We like to eat it with corn/tortilla chips to dip.  It is a hearty soup so it will fill you up! 

Here is what you need: 
2 cups Milk
1 cup ranch dressing (not the powder mix)
1 8oz package cream cheese
1 can sweet corn or 1 cup frozen
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 can tomatoes and green chilies
1 can white chicken shredded

Combine all ingredients into a large pot.  Cook over medium heat until cream cheese is melted.  Serve with Chips.  

You can also cook it in the crockpot on low for 3-6 hours and High for 2-4 hours.  

I made a free printable of the recipe.  I like to include it when I bring a meal to someone.  It also has some nutrition information on it.  You can just right click and download the image.  I made 1 large one and one that has 4 to a page. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fairy Tale and Super Hero dress-up round up! {#StreamTeam}

Thank you to Netflix for sponsoring this post! 
My kids have been loving to play dress up lately.  Their play times go in phases - some times it's playing with blocks/legos, some times it is coloring or doing puzzles, now it is dressing up and pretending to be in a fairy tale or super hero story.  
So I have a round up for you with super easy dress-up DIY's! 

For Girls: 

For Boys: 

We love having Netflix and the fact that there are no commericals is the best!  Our favorite shows to watch this month are:

The new Netflix Original Series: Ever After High:
I have to say that this is a pretty cute show.  It is about the kids of our fairy tale heroes... Apple White is the daughter of Snow White, Ashlyn Ella  is the daughter of Cinderella, Sparrow Hood is the son of Robin Hood and so on.  There is some clever writing in this one! 

My son loves the new Richie Rich (Another Netflix Original Series)

It is an updated version of the one that was out when I was a kid and it is pretty cute too. 

*Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream team.  However all opinions are 100% honest! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Let's talk about Taxes! are you in the know?

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Are you ready to make taxes your cup of tea? 

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

10 reasons why you should have a weekly date night

Jeannine has written a great post on 10 reason why she has a weekly date night (and you should too)!  Since it is February and Valentines day is coming up this is a great reminder for us all!  It is so important to keep our relationship with our spouse a top priority!  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Totally Easy Stuffed Dog House DIY! {#streamteam}

Thank you to Netflix for sponsoring this post! 
My kids are dog lovers.  They love it when we see a dog when we are out and about.  My 1.5 year old L-O-V-E-S puppies.  When we went trick-or-treating for Halloween, he did not even care about the candy, he was looking for a puppy at the door.  But with three young kids, I don't have time for a real dog, so stuffed puppies is what we get at our house.  
My kids love to play with their stuffed puppies, they take them on walks, carry them around, feed them.  So, it was time for them to have their own home.  

This so simple, anyone can do it! 
1. Gather supplies: Gift bag, scrape cardboard, markers, tape (Washi and clear) and scissors.
2. Cut out a dog house door shape out of the side of the bag.
3. To give the bag structure,  cut out 3 rectangles the size of the bottom of the bag. One is for the bottom of the bag and 2 are for the sides. 

4. Use your door shape you cut out from the bag as a template on one of the cardboard pieces (this will go on the door side)
5. Tape the cardboard pieces to the bag, one on the bottom and on on each side.  If needed you can trim the side pieces shorter to fit your bag.  You want to be able to still close the bag with the cardboard sides in it. 
6. Use tape to secure the cardboard door.  I used my clear tape first and then covered with the washi tape for a more decorative look. 
7. Using your tape and markers decorate the sides of the house. 
8. Add a name plate at the door.
9. Tape the top closed.
Add your puppy and you are set! 

My kids also love to watch shows about dogs and animals!  We love having Netflix since their are no commercials and it is easy to stream on any device! 

Here are some of our favorites this month: 
4. Annie*

*This was one of my favorite movies growing up and it was SO FUN to watch it again with my kids!  

*Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream team.  However all opinions are 100% honest! 

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