Valentine’s Day fun with Princess (Preschool)

For the week of Valentine’s Day, I decided to take it easy with Princess and just have fun doing a few preschool Valentine’s Day activities. We read lots of books and did some fun crafts and learning activities. She really enjoyed all the things that we did and it was a lot of fun for me also. A few times, the older kids even joined in!



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My Favorite Cookbooks

For as long as I can remember I have always loved looking at cookbooks. I have collected so many over the years. I remember my mom’s great big orange Betty Crocker cookbook. I spent hours looking at it. Then when I was about 16, I asked for a cookbook for Christmas and my mom got me the latest version of Betty Crocker. I loved that thing! I bet I drove my family nuts trying different recipes, but I have always loved to cook and trying new recipes always excites me!

Here is my current cookbook collection:

It seems like we almost don’t need cookbooks much anymore, since you can just type in what you’re looking for and have it at your finger tips in a minute. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest, but I feel like something is lost in that because when we’re looking though a cookbook, we may come across a recipe that we weren’t looking for and those can end up being a hidden treasure!   

So I thought I would share with you a list of my most favorite cookbooks of all time.

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #3: Buying Generic vs. Name Brand


Dollars & Sense Tip #3 is all about how we can save money by buying generic instead of name brand items. For a long time, Jason and I always felt like we had to buy name brand when shopping. It seems like after we had kids and were living on one income, we realized that we were spending a lot more on food and other items than we really needed to.

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Dollars and Sense, Tip #2: Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day


For my Dollars & Sense Tip #2, I thought I would focus on Valentine’s Day, since the holiday is coming up soon. Everyone associates this day with lots of flowers, candy, etc. and those things can be very expensive. Jason and I have never spent a lot of money on Valentine’s Day gifts, but we always enjoy celebrating in our own way.

Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank:

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