Rustic Spring Wreath

Hello everybody! I am back after taking some time off blogging. It has been crazy here with business and great things happening to our family. But I am glad I am back. I have been spring cleaning our house, organizing and doing some projects. It has been really cold here in the Midwest, so we have been inside a lot even though it seems like Spring is slowly coming. I had to do something to get the house in spring mode since I pretty much never decorate for Spring. So in my last trip to Walmart I found these in the craft/floral section:

I immediately thought something like this:

So I got my glue gun and went to work…it is pretty much self-explanatory: I cut the flowers and hot glued them into the wreath. Easy!

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Italian Wedding Soup

This is by far my favorite kind of soup! I made my own lighter and healthier version by adding more vegetables and homemade turkey meatballs. I always use reduced sodium broth so I can control the amount of salt in a dish. For this recipe, I used the “Fit and Active” brand from Aldi’s. I also love this dish because it is simple and it can be cooked in one pot! My family of 5 ate for one night (my husband and I had seconds) and we still have left over for lunches!
Ingredients:
For the meatballs
  • 1 container of lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup italian seasoned breadcrumbs (if the meatballs still are hard to mold you can always use more breadcrumbs)
  • 2 TBSP grated parmesan
  • splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • olive oil for sauteing
Combine all ingredients, do not overmix. Using a teaspoon of meat mixture, shape into a ball. Sautee in EVOO but do not cook through . This makes them super tasty!
For the Soup:
  • 3 containers of reduced sodium, no MSG chicken broth (I use the ones that have a lid so if there are any that is left I keep in the fridge)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/2 onion, cut
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, cut
  • 1 can of rinsed cannellini beans
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp of italian seasoning
  • 1 cup pf baby spinach
  • 1 cup of acini di pepe pasta
In the same pot that you cooked the meatballs, set them aside in paper towels. Add a little bit more of EVOO and add all the veggies. Cook until onions become translucent. Add the broth and get to a boil. Reduce heat and add pasta. Cook for about 10 minutes and add the meatballs and beans to finish cooking. Add salt, pepper and italian seasoning. Add the spinach until it wilts. Serve with crusty bread and you got a yummy, healthy meal!

This is the only reason I like cold weather!

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4 Year-Old Frozen Party

My little princess turned 4, and of course she wanted a Frozen party. Last year she had a Rapunzel party, so I wonder what princess will come next 😉 I am ok with that, having two older boys I am quite enjoying this stage in my daughter’s life where we can do all these things together.
I researched for about two months in all the things for the party. My daughter picked the cake and most of the decorations. I really enjoyed when I was setting up the decor for the party, her face lit up and she felt so excited. It was worth it…all the work and time spent in making her day special.
I wanted something simple, and we also wanted it to be in the early afternoon since where we live October can be quite cold at times. And yes, it turned out to be a cold day!
The decorations
The food buffet:
I took advantage of some Christmas ornaments I had and some lights. The snowflakes are from the Dollar Tree! 

 The boys and dad made a streamer garland so it would be easier the hang the snowflakes. I got them on amazon and hang them with Christmas ornaments hooks.

For the table, It had a simple Dollar Tree tablecloth and some fabric I got from Walmart leftover from my daughter’s Elsa dress that I am making for her…(coming up soon….)
The plates and the napkins are from Party City, and the straws are from Hobby Lobby. The foam cups from the Dollar Tree

 I created a garland of balloons by inserting thread with a sewing needle. Pretty easy. The balloons are from Target, clearance section!

 Of course you cannot have a Frozen party without Olaf…The favors were simply a ziploc bag with three big marshmallows, a candy corn, two stick pretzels, three chocolate chips and two mini chips for Olaf’s eyes. I printed the “Do you want to build a snowman” from HERE

We had a welcome sign at the entrance, and yes, I misspelled it…LOL!

 For the dining room decor, I made a tassel tissue garland and the paper rosettes. The “Keep Calm and Let it Go” was printed from HERE

 The number “4” can be printed from HERE

 On this table we had crowns for the girls and antlers for the boys to decorate. I got some foam board from Walmart and I made the crowns and antlers using THIS template.

They had tattoos and  gems to decorate them.

More decorations from Party City.
The Food
 We did a hot chocolate buffet, so the kids could play outside and then warm up with a yummy cup of hot chocolate. We also had punch for those that do not like hot drinks. I found this cheeseballs at Walmart and they were perfect!

We also had rice krispies, white cheddar cheese crackers, pretzels, chex mix, cookies, powder sugar little doughnuts, and toppings for the hot chocolate which included whipped cream, chocolate chips, marshmallows and Yorks.

I decided to make an individual cake for her, and put an ornament snowflake on top. The kids got to decorate their own cupcakes with blue frosting and sprinkles.

The punch was made from 4 packets of Kool Aid plus a bottle of 7 Up
It is all in the details…
The games
We had snowball toss, pin the nose on Olaf, bubbles, and snowman bowling. At the end we had a pinata.

 For the pinata we always use a simple gift bag…we had the experience before that the kids could not break the pinata because the cardboard was so hard to break! So for the little ones this is perfect!

She had a great time even though she got five stitches in her forehead two days before her party!
For her hair I did a messy side braid and hot glued snowflake buttons on hairpins..
She had lots of fun! The clean up wasn’t very fun but to see my daughter’s happiness made everything worth it! 
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Frugal Halloween Costumes

Since Halloween is tomorrow and this post is about saving money on costumes, “Frugal Friday” will be on a Wednesday this time…Halloween is tomorrow! Yeah! I LOVE it! In Spanish we call it “Noche de Brujas” (Witch’s Night). In my Church, we do the Trunk or Treat usually the Saturday before Halloween. This year, my husband and I decided to be Mary Poppins and Bert. We used clothes we already had, except the hat, of course!

 The hat I found at the Goodwill, then I bought a fake plant there too for .49, cut the flowers and hot glued them to the hat. The white shirt is from the Salvation Army, $2.99. The gloves are from the Goodwill, $1.99. I already had the skirt and the red ribbons from another outfit. The shoes are from Old Navy (from last year). For Bert, he pretty much had everything, I just cut an old shirt for his handkerchief. The hat is from Target, clearance section, $7.50.

 The Darth Vader costume is from the Goodwill (brand new) $9.99. The Rapunzel dress is from my daughter’s birthday party. My oldest son does not like store bought costumes. Since I could not find an overall, I bought suspenders at the Goodwill, $1.99, a yellow shirt at the Salvation Army, $1.99 and a Nike yellow hat for $1.99. I then bought black pipe cleaner at Walmart for $.99, wiggly eyes for I think a dollar and preserve tin lids for $3. I already had the black ribbon and the vinyl for the “Gru.” I cut white paper the size of the lid, hot glued it on the inside, then glued the wiggly eyes. Glued the ribbon on the sides and hot glued the lids to the hat. On the back, I attached the black ribbons with Velcro. I cut and hot glued the pipe cleaners to the hat for the Minion’s hair. Using my Silhouette Portrait I cut the “G” on vinyl. My son hates jeans so he did not want to wear them and he chose to wear these blue pants. I attached the suspenders to give it the “overall” effect.
 

We hope you have a very fun Halloween!!

Easiest Lollipops!

My kids were getting a little bored and we needed something to do on that gray, rainy day. I saw this on Pinterest and I knew I had to give it a try: Jolly Ranchers Lollipops!! (from Miss Information Blog)

All you need is:
Candies, sticks (we did not have lollipop sticks and used craft sticks), aluminum foil, cooking spray.
First, preheat the oven to 200 degrees, I made the mistake to burn the candy first on a really hot oven! Put aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and spray it with a little bit of cooking spray.
Take pieces of candy and align them as you like.

Bake for about 4 minutes, please turn the oven light on and watch them carefully. While they are still melted, insert the lollipop stick into the candy. Let cool.

Ta da!

The kiddos approve!

Fun Catapults

My kids adore this! It is so simple, cheap and fun… just our kind of activity!
Materials:

  • Craft sticks
  • Rubber bands
  • Marshmallows and other stuff to throw (different weights, we used cotton balls and little toys)
First, arrange together 8 craft sticks and tie each end with a rubber band.

Second, put together two more craft sticks and tie up only one end.

Then it is pretty much self explanatory…

After this step make sure you tie up the center in a cross for security.

The kids have a blast competing who reaches the furthest.