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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I Love New School Supplies and I Love Office Max!

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

school supplies

Can you feel it? Can you smell it? Fall is in the air! That means one thing…..school has started. At my house we so excited to go school shopping for the clothing that makes a statement and let’s everyone know just who we are, and that doesn’t just stop at the clothes. We love to buy the coolest school supplies that help my kids succeed. The other day, we went to Office Depot and found so many fun things that we can use at home to stay organized and or in the classroom. I found items that I had never seen before! So fun!

I have a niece, that is a teacher, who gets so excited going to office supply stores and getting her supplies for her 5th grade class. It’s not uncommon to see her post on Instagram with her new finds.

 school organized

I have used Sharpies for years! I write all my girl’s after school activities, appointments, birthdays and school commitments on my calendar, to help us stay on top of things. You can use different Sharpie highlighters, for each child, to make it easy to give it a quick glimpse to see what child has activities on a certain day. I also use the permanent markers to label my girls school supplies with their names. There are so many kids that have the same supplies that this makes it so easy for the kiddos to look at the name and know it’s their binder.

school cup

I love teachers! I appreciate all the time and effort that they put into their job to help my child succeed! I have had the opportunity to see this close up because we have several teachers in our family. Cassie and Amber have both taught high school kids and I know how much they care for each and every child. I know there is a lot of you that love to show your appreciation, so I came up with a couple simple ideas that I did with things around my house and with my new finds!

You can take a mug from the Dollar store and make it personal with a design made with your Sharpie markers.After drawing your design, let sit for 48 hours, then place in the oven and turn the oven to 450 degrees and cook for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the mugs in the oven until the oven cools completely. They need to hand washed.

school highlighters

Decorate a can that can hold their pens, highlighters and pencils. Add a cute poem and in a small way you have given your child’s teacher a little love!

school window

I LOVE, LOVE this new find! Expo neon window markers are so fun. Write a note on your child’s teachers car window or on the classroom window. How can you not help but smile ? I think this could be such a fun tool for teacher’s to get their students excited about a new concept that their teaching. They could use their desks or windows to draw on. It comes off so easily but the colors are so vibrant. My 11 year old wants to draw all over my car windows!

sharpie shirt

Make a personal shirt for your teacher, just using your Sharpie markers! We have done this for birthdays, family reunions and even days that we just needed a fun project. Click on T- shirt to get the instructions.

If you’re just in need of new school supplies or if you want to just say “thank you”, Office Depot is having some awesome deals. You can save $5 off your purchase of $20 on a select Newell Rubbermaid brands. Also this week you can get Sharpie Clearview Highlighter 3 pack for $4, Papermate Clearpoint 2pk for $3 and a select Expo Chisel And Ultra Fine 4 pk for only $2.,while supplies last! Make sure to sign up for their rewards program! http://bit.ly/1unqFEW

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party # 22

lou lou girls linky party
Happy Labor Day!
Thank You! To everyone that shared their amazing projects last week! I’m always impressed, we had so many outstanding projects shared at this party! Please spread the word and if you have your own party and it’s not listed, please let us know and we would LOVE to add it! Now on to this week’s Party
  • Link up your furniture makeovers, DIY projects, home decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds and archive loves. We want to see whatever is inspiring you!
  • Grab a Lou Lou button or link back in some way!
  • We would love to have you follow along with us! We will be back every Tuesday with our favorites and yours with a brand new party!
  • We will PIN each and every post who join the party!
Most Viewed: Just a Touch of Crazy
how to use picmonkey
Cassie’s Favorite: Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog
stuffed pancakes
Jessica’s Favorite: Home. Made. Interest.
Amber’s Favorite: Mrs. Happy Homemaker
lemon pie milkshake
Kimberly’s Favorite: Something Sweet

Preserving Raspberries

School is officially back in session and I feel so busy. This labor day weekend has been so awesome! We've got to relax and see family and it's been great! Saturday we went to go visit Matt's grandparents and they are the best! They have these awesome raspberry bushes that continually grow raspberries until the end of October. We went and picked a bunch and ended up with two buckets full. Then we were told to take them home, which is good but what do you do with all those raspberries? Especially when Matt's grandma makes the best raspberry jam and gives us some of that too? We decided to freeze them and make raspberry cheesecake (recipe coming tomorrow)! 

Here's what to do when you have a boat load of raspberries. Individually spread them out on a cookie sheet and freeze them separately over night! 

Then put them in a ziplock plastic bag. Then they don't smash together! Perfect raspberries for days! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Gramzies- Your Personal Photo Printer!


I love Instagram! There is nothing better than taking a few minutes each day to look at the cool pictures that all your friends and family have taken through out the day! The pictures tell amazing stories about people’s every day lives to great accomplishments they have achieved. It has captured the imagination from the very young to the more experienced person.

Nothing thrills my 11 year old more than taking selfies, or pictures with her best girlies. It is so fun to look at the adventures she has been on through summer by skimming through her pictures, and seeing how much she has grown. Can you imagine how cool it would be to have a copy of all your Instagram pictures? It’s like having a scrapbook of your life in pictures! The best thing is that they will be delivered to your front door!

I found a site that is ready to help you accomplish this great feat! It’s Gramzies.

What is Gramzies?

gramzies is your personal Instagram photo printer. Like an assistant to grab your Instagram posts print them out, and deliver them to you each month. You take the pictures and post your favorites to Instagram. gramzies takes care of the rest.


How Does It Work?

Tell us where to send your Instagram photos. Like your home or office or even a friend (a real human friend).
Select an option:
Select Prints Based on Likes.
Select Prints Based on Recent Pics
Give Instagram permission to share your photos with
gramzies for printing. gramzies grabs 10 photos from your account each month.
Do you like to take control?
Tag any of your photos with #
gramzies and it goes to the top of the priority list
Unlimited Control?
An ultimate option will print every photo you tag with #
gramzies, all at once.

You will receive 10 Instagram pictures a month for only $4.99!


We take so much time taking the perfect shot, it would be a shame to lose all those precious moments. What a priceless gift you can give yourself each and every month.

Cucumber and Noodle Salad

cucumber and noodle salad
It’s that time of year when our gardens our bustling with yummy veggies. Nothing beats fresh veggies from the garden! The flavor is off the charts and you realize that the produce that you have been buying at the store just can’t match up. So, when you have a recipe that you can use your bounties, its’ a success! You are going to fall in love with this salad. It is so full of fresh and delightful flavors, your mouth will think it died and went to heaven.
10 ounces spaghetti noodles
1 to 2 cucumbers
6 Tablespoons soy sauce
4 1/2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
3 Tablespoons sesame oil
3 Tablespoons peanut butter
1 Tablespoon molasses
1 cup bacon, chopped
3 to 4 cups salad greens
1/2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
  • Cook the noodles according to the package. Drain, rinse well with cool water, and set aside.
  • Cut cucumbers into 1/2 inch pieces. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, oil, peanut butter, and molasses. Set aside.
  • Crisp up your bacon in a skillet. Drain on paper towels and chop up your bacon.
  • Add the drained noodles to the peanut butter sauce, tossing to coat, then add bacon and about 1/2 of the cucumbers.
  • Line bowls with salad greens and add the pasta. Top with remaining cucumbers and sprinkle with peanuts.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sanpete Chicken (A delicious Marinade for Turkey or Chicken)


One of my best friends, Bonnie, is from Sanpete County here in Utah. This is her mom’s recipe and it is delicious! You see, they have a TON of turkey farms in Sanpete and this marinade is meant to go with turkey (hence the name SANPETE). It’s delicious with chicken too, and even though it’s probably blaspheme to call it Sanpete Chicken, instead of Sanpete Turkey, that’s what we’re calling it today!

I went to Snow College my first year out of high school and I remembered having some delicious barbequed Sanpete Turkey at a church party, and as Momma Kim would say, “If Jessica remembers it, it must be good because she doesn’t remember anything!”

So, it obviously made an impression on me, and I think it will be a recipe that you use over and over again too.

Sanpete Chicken (or Turkey)

4 cups of Squirt

1 cup of Soy Sauce

1 cup of Vegetable Oil

1 T. of Horseradish, the coarse kind, not mixed with mayo

1 T. of Garlic Powder

2 lbs. of Chicken Tenders

Directions: Combine Squirt, soy sauce, vegetable oil, horseradish, and garlic powder in a large bowl and whisk together. Add chicken or turkey and let it marinate overnight. Barbeque and serve!

Jessica Smile

Friday, August 29, 2014

Coconut Lime Bars


They might appear to be lemon bars, but I assure you, they are not. I just don’t like using food coloring, so these Coconut Lime Bars are yellow! I knew you’d be cool with that.

I’ve been using Organic Coconut Oil to replace vegetable oil and shortening for a while now, and I love the extra flavor and health benefits it has. Now don’t go crazy and think that these are healthy now that they have coconut oil. They are just a little bit more tasty and less processed. They are still full of sugar though, and are perfect for a tasty treat.

Coconut Lime Bars


3/4 cup of butter

3/4 cup of Coconut OIl

2 1/4 cups of flour

1/2 cup of powdered sugar


4 eggs

2 cups of sugar

6 T of Lime juice

1 t. Lime zest

4 T. flour

1 t. baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put butter and coconut oil in mixer bowl and beat until softened and combined. Add flour and powdered sugar and mix on low-speed until just combined. Spread dough evenly in a 9x13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until the corners are light golden brown. Remove from oven and pour filling on top of crust.

In a small mixing bowl, mix together eggs, sugar, lime juice, lime zest, flour, and baking powder with a wire whisk or on low-speed of a mixer for just a few minutes. It is important not to mix a lot of air into the filling. Pour on top of partially baked crust and bake for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and dust with powdered sugar. Cut into small bars. Makes 18-24 squares.

Chewy and gooey and oh so yum!

Jessica Smile