Lately my Journal Writing Tips and Entry Ideas List has been getting buckets of love on Pinterest. Thanks for the love everyone! I really do hope that my ideas help keep some positivity and happiness in your life. To try to help give you (and myself) reminders of the tips and ideas of what to write in your journal I created these printable bookmarks.
These bookmarks would be great to put in your Journal for those times that you want to write but feel negative, or stumped. Putting this bookmark in a journal would be a great gift idea to cheer someone up as well.
I have to brag- the pictures used in the backgrounds were all taken by me! I know that with my little point and shoot camera photography is mostly luck but I am so proud of the beauty I was able to capture! My last camping post and my Arizona Valentine’s are proof of that too 🙂
Feel free to print and share these bookmarks as much as you want! Thank you for doing so- I feel proud to have put together something people like! They turn out best being printed on cardstock or thicker paper, but you could be creative with them too!
I love dogs, but I especially love my puppy! She is a great companion to me, my son and my husband! She can be a pain in the rear, but I can’t imagine life without her now that we have her. Here’s a few reasons to remind you why we love our dogs!
1. Your dog is a forever companion to you- even if it gets uncomfortable when your 40lb or more puppy wants to be a lap dog!
2. Your puppy is a great companion and playmate for your children! The human children can never complain about not having anyone to play with.
3. A dog doesn’t talk back- quite the opposite from some of your other housemates!
4. A puppy is way easier to potty train than a human child! You may have dirty carpets for a little while, but not dirty carpets and dirty underwear.
5. Dogs are more than happy to clean up any dropped food for you, and sometimes other gross messes as well!
6. You will never have to let meat go to waste with a good pup around, meat as well as many other foods and food scraps.
7. A dog can help you stay more active and get outside more, even when you don’t want to. They are way more motivating than a personal trainer!
8. Dogs and their hair can encourage you to clean your floors more often- that’s better motivation than your mother-in-law coming to town.
9. You always have someone excited to see you, especially after a long day when you just want to sit down and put your feet up.
10. Your dog can keep you warm at night and any other time you want to cuddle!
11. Dogs help protect your home and your family, even if their bark is worse than their bite!
12. With a dog you always have some form of free entertainment- whether it is playing with them or watching them be goofy.
13. Dogs can help improve your immune system and your children’s immune system- getting sick less is one of my favorite reasons to have a dog!
We love this tuna casserole- it comes from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (aka. the Cooking Bible) originally but I have made quite a few changes to it over the years to try to get it perfectly creamy and delicious.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
6 Cups or a 1 Pound Bag of Egg Noodles
1/4 – 1/2 Cup Chopped Onion (Can use Dried)
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Mustard (1 t. if using dry mustard)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 Cups Milk
1-2 Cans of Tuna
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese (optional)
3 Tablespoons Butter
3 Slices Bread, torn into small crumbs
Cook and drain noodles. Melt butter in saucepan, and cook the onions in it for a few minutes.
Stir in flour, salt, mustard and pepper.
Add milk all at once; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Mix sauce with noodles, tuna, and cheese. Spread the mixture in a casserole dish.
Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter in the microwave and mix with bread crumbs, sprinkle it on the top of the casserole.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until bread topping is crisp and crunchy.
February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day. I really love my dog, Roxie but today I wanted to take the time to talk about my favorite Pet-Lover and the story of his business, The Safety Collar. My Uncle Glenn was the biggest pet-lover I will ever know. He loved his puppies so much; the story of his business shows how much he loves them.
This last summer The Safety Collar came onto the market. This collar was created by my Uncle Glenn after he and his puppy, Tasha experienced a tragedy.
My Uncle Glenn and Tasha were out at an empty parking lot trying to do some off-leash training before it was too dark. Distracted, Tasha ran off across the parking lot at the wrong moment. A lady cut across the empty parking lot at the same time as Tasha was running free. Seeing the car, Glenn chased Tasha, waving his hands in the air hoping to alert the lady driving of Tasha’s presence. Unfortunately he was unable to alert the driver, and she ran into Tasha.
Tasha did survive, she had to endure months and months of rehab to get her leg and hip back to a healthy working condition. Now she can run and play, along with Nikholai, Glenn’s older dog. She does still get hip pain and will sometimes start to limp after a long day.
Going through the scare of seeing his dog hit, even when she was able to survive was traumatizing. Glenn didn’t want anyone else to ever have to go through an experience like that (or one with a less-happy ending) and he was inspired to create The Safety Collar.
He didn’t start off wanting to make an invention, Glenn started off by shopping. He was looking for a collar that provided the most possible visibility and one that he could leave on his dogs all the time so that they would be safe anytime they went out. He found collars that would help light up, but most didn’t have the quality and strength it would take to truly illuminate his dogs. Glenn went through tons of research and many revisions before he created today’s version of The Safety Collar.
My dog wears her collar all the time. We love it. It’s such a durable collar that she can wear it all the time. It’s water resistant- so I can even keep it on her in the bath. It’s a good time to wash the collar too, any dirt comes off with water and a tiny bit of soap.
Here in Arizona, the summers are so hot that the only real time to play outside is when it’s getting dark out. I love that my dog has her collar on because she usually is right next to my son so I can see him too. The collars are bright enough to light up anything near them as well as them- when walking I can see the ground illuminated beneath us. It’s nice to know that any passers-by would be able to see my dog as well as me.
The light-sensor mode is an awesome feature as well. It’s perfect for when I’m doing stuff around the house and going in and out because Roxie follows me everywhere. We don’t have to waste battery power when there is enough light to see her, whether its inside the house or when we stop somewhere well-lit on our walks.
The battery power is great for something that shines so brightly. It will last atleast 6-8 hours when it’s on constantly, but as I have been bringing them to different Farmer’s Markets and shows lately they have proven to last much longer. Yesterday I was at a Farmer’s Market for 9 hours and many of the collars were still charged up after I packed everything up and brought them home. I had to unpack and turn everything off.
If you would like to look into The Safety Collar more, please head over to the website, http://thesafetycollar.com. From there you will be able to place an order for any size and color that you would like! Getting a Safety Collar to help keep your pets seen is a great way to show your dog that you love them, especially for National Love Your Pet Day on February 20th! The Safety Collar is also on Amazon.com. If you have bought a collar I would love your review on Amazon!
For the week of National Love Your Pet Day we are having a giveaway. The winner will be able to receive The Ultra Safety Collar in a size and color of their choice. The giveaway will go until Monday February 24th 2014. Use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter the giveaway!
My husband came up with Chili Cheese Dog Casserole a couple years ago but when I made it for him just recently he had forgotten all about it! This is my favorite easy dinner to make after making a huge batch of chili– it seems new and different but it’s a great way to use the leftovers. If you don’t have leftover chili, canned chili works well too!
15 Minute Supper: Chili Cheese Dog Casserole
4 Cups Chili
3 Cups Hash browns
3 Hot Dogs (Sliced)
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese
First cook the hashbrowns and sliced hot dogs.
Set 1/2 Cup Cheese to the side, and mix all of the other ingredients together in a pot on the stove, until the cheese is melted and everything is warm.
Top each serving with the cheese you set aside in the beginning.
When I made this the last time I left out the hot dogs because I made our Sausage Link Chili– and the sausage was too much like hot dogs so they didn’t need to be added.
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This Green Chile Chicken Soup is so delicious you will be licking your bowl clean- literally! Calling it a soup is a new thing for us though- we got the recipe from our friend and we have always called it “Green Chile Chicken Stuff” and we would either eat it in a tortilla like a burrito or out of a bowl as a soup. I like eating it as a soup the best, sometimes I would even dip tortillas in it as well.
Green Chile Chicken Soup
5 Large Chicken Breasts
1 tsp Garlic Salt
1 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/4 Cup Diced Onions (Optional)
1 Large Can of Green Enchilada Sauce
1 Large Can of Diced Green Chiles
2 Cups (2 Boxes) of Cream Cheese
4 Cups (2 16oz Tubs) of Sour Cream
Season the chicken with the garlic, onion powder and pepper. Put the chicken and the onions in the slow cooker on high for about 3 hours or until the chicken is cooked.
After the chicken is cooked, shred it. Add the remaining ingredients to the crockpot and mix them well. Let cook a couple hours until everything is heated thoroughly or longer.
I made this Fire Extinguisher Holder for our Jeep last August. Just recently I had to make a second one as a gift for my dad- a little late for Christmas but that’s what happens when you have the ultimate lazy excuse. It was pretty simple and easy to make, and the materials were much cheaper than the ones that are available online.
1″ Velcro – 2 feet of Looped Velcro, 15 inches of Hooked Velcro
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1. First cut your canvas fabric. There will be a 12″x12″ square and a circle that should be close to 12″ around. Use a cup, lid or similar object that measures close to 12′ around as a template.
2. Cut three straps of webbing to 25″ each. Use a flame (from a candle, match or lighter) to melt the edges so they don’t fray.
3. Cut the velcro pieces. There will be three strips of the looped velcro, they should be 8″ each. There will also be three strips of the hooked velcro and they will be 5″ each.
4. Next you will start sewing the straps.First will be the hooked velcro, once piece will be sewn onto an end of each piece of webbing. Right next to it will be the looped velcro on each strap.
5. After all the velcro is sewn on, make sure you velcro them closed so that they don’t stick to anything while you are working. After that is done you can sew the opposite end of the straps (not the side with the velcro) onto the triglides.
6. Next press and hem an edge of the square canvas, it will now be the top.
7. Now you can sew the straps to the canvas. Make sure you sew them on about 4 inches down the webbing, away from the triglides.
8. Now you can sew the side seam for your fire extinguisher holder. Move the straps out of the way (and pin them if necessary) and pin the sides together, with the inside of your fire extinguisher holder facing out. Sew the seam and use a zig zag stitch if you don’t have a serger to keep the canvas from fraying.
9. After the side seam is sewn you will need to sew on the bottom piece. Once again, make sure you move your straps out of the way before sewing. Pin the canvas circle to the bottom of your holder. Sew it on using the zig zag stitch as well.
After the sides and bottom are sewn on everything is done! In my finished product pictures I wrapped the straps tightly and tucked them behind the fire extinguisher, but really they are loose and have plenty of length until you strap them to your roll bar.
My husband loves eating snack wraps from a certain fast food place, but oftentimes they are small and two of them is just a snack- and a pricey snack at that! Sometimes I make him homemade snack wraps but I don’t like to call them snack wraps, because mine are bigger and much more filling! Instead, we call them Chicken Ranch Lunch Wraps.
Chicken Ranch Lunch Wraps
Chicken Nuggets or Breaded Chicken Patties (Cooked and Cooled)
Put a large spoonful of ranch on the tortilla, spread it around so that every bite will have some ranch in it.
Lay out your lettuce so that it covers the ranch, and lay the chicken down.
Sprinkle with cheese, then wrap. Hold wrap together with a toothpick if needed.
A couple of these snack wraps make a great lunch- it’s tasty enough that my husband won’t go out and buy something instead! If I can make him great lunches at home it saves us alot of money on going out to eat, plus it’s a tiny bit healthier than what you would buy at a restaurant.
Yesterday when I went grocery shopping I had alot of ambition for cooking this week. I went home and prepared what I could for this week’s lunches, and wrote up this week’s meal plan. Hopefully because it’s pretty easy (and written down!) I can stick to it. Do you use a meal plan and actually stick to it?
Breakfasts are always a “Choose Your Own” and “Make Your Own” except on some of my husband’s days off. They are always easy easy to make, especially because I make Frozen breakfasts ahead of time. Ideas for Make Ahead Breakfasts are Here.
Breakfast Choices: Waffles, Pancakes, Cereal, Muffins and Pop Tarts
Sometimes when I go grocery shopping I have alot of ambition. Today was one of those days. I bought alot of stuff that needs to be cooked and prepared, and lately I haven’t had the energy to cook and prepare anything.
I did come home and get things ready for a few of my husband’s lunches. I put all of his snacks into bags, and tied them with bright pink ribbon for Valentine’s Day! Hopefully he doesn’t have to eat lunch in front of his co-workers any time soon!
I also quickly put together some homemade lunchables. I almost bought lunchables because I was craving them, and I was thinking they would be a good idea for my husband’s lunch but I also thought about how I would eat 3 or more of them.
These lunchables took almost no time at all to put together, and they are bigger portions than store bought lunchables. They are small still and really would only be a snack, but these plus the other snacks I put in his lunch is enough to tide him over until dinner time.
Thick Lunch Meat
Plastic to wrap meat in
Slice the lunch meat into cracker size portions. Wrap it in plastic wrap to keep the moisture from ruining the crackers.
Add the plastic wrapped lunch meat to the plastic bag along with a couple slices of cheese and half a sleeve of crackers.