Graham Cookies

As a parent, it is always a struggle between finding foods my kids will eat, and my desire to have them eat healthy foods. Lately as I have noticed that effects sugar have on my 4 year old, I’ve been working hard to find healthy foods that I can make. And that he will still enjoy haha. One recipe I recently found that everyone loved, is home made graham crackers! These are very easy to do and delicious!

INGREDIENTS:graham cookies

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or flour of choice
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, cold
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a blender combine the ingredients.
  3. Next put in the chilled butter.
  4. Scoop the mixture onto a piece of wax paper, with another sheet onto and roll out with a rolling pin or cup
  5. Roll dough out and use cookie cutters to make shapes or a cup just for circles.
  6. Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

 

To Freeze, simply cut the cookies into shapes and then place them onto a baking sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then you can place them in a plastic bag and you can freeze them for up to 3 months. When you are ready to bake them, just cook them with an additional 1-2 minutes of bake time added on and keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.

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Dana

For A Love Of Jewelry

oopicsBefore having children, I was the QUEEN of accessories. I’m talking at least 5 different pairs of earnings for each color possible, and of course necklaces, bracelets, rings, purses etc to match everything. My friends use to joke and say they need to go shop at “Dana’s Closet” whenever they needed an outfit for a fun event. I might have had a small obsession with shopping haha. Once my oldest son was born, I traded those necklaces for burp clothes. The long dangling earrings were replaced with pearl studs. The fancy purses in all different colors were packed away in place of one diaper bag. It was a whole new world and I loved it!!!! I didn’t miss the accessories as having a babies arms around my neck were far more precious!

unnamed (2)Five years later, and now 3 kids, I still wear very few accessories. I learned the hard way that getting your earrings yanked out is not a fun experience haha. Especially since my youngest who is 8 months LOVES pulling on my hair and ears all the time. But I still enjoy having a few pieces of jewelry so when I was approached by one of my friends to try out her bracelets from Origami Owl, I was overjoyed at the opportunity!!!! Bracelets are one item I have found I can get away with and actually they serve a double purpose as they can keep kids entertained too haha!!!

The first thing that impressed me about Origami Owl was how cute all their packaging was! It arrived in adorable little boxes and each piece was separate so I could choose what to use and when. For those who aren’t familiar with Origami Owl, they are a company that has locket based items such as necklaces and bracelets, but they have also expanded and have other great jewelry items! What I love is you can design your own locket and fill it with things special to you. Such as your kids birthstones, or your favorite sports or hobbies. The lockets can be used as a necklace or a bracelet too!origami-owl

I got the bracelet myself and love it! My friend Liane also sent me a second option, which is great too! I love the wrap bracelet, how fun and stylish it is, and that I have more than one option with how to use it!! I can also get more charms and change them out whenever I want. How cool is that?!?! This is perfect for Moms like myself who love jewelry, but needs items that are kids friendly. Another thought I had is these are GREAT for grandparents too! How fun for a grandmother to get a necklace or bracelet with all her kids birthstones in it! I know I have searched for items like that before and they are hard to find. Especially to find ones that are cute like this and where birthstones can be added as the family grows!Core-Collection-Bracelets-origami-owl

If you are a jewelry lover, I highly suggest giving these cute products a look! Liane is wonderful to chat with and she has a lot of opportunities to help you earn free jewelry, or get started in this business!!! Jewelry is one of those items that people are always going to like, and the compensation plan for this company is very generous! Here are the things I thought were awesome about this companies business plan:

*You earn 30-50% commission on product sales (that’s a high commission which is AWESOME!)

*You get paid weekly on FridaysPicture2

*You can host parties online

*You can do events

*You can do home parties (see all these great options?!?!)

*Leaders earn 4%-15% of their team sales (that’s a good bonus!)

*Company is open in United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico

*You can earn your own free products

*Children at the age of 12 can join with their parents. This right here is something I have never seen before and such a fabulous idea! I know when I was a child, I was big into being a business owner and earning money, but there are so few options!! With these, the kids partner with their parent and can make money by creating jewelry!!

These products are not only gorgeous and so much fun, but this is a great way for us busy Moms to make an extra dollar! Please check out Lianes page and let her know if you have any questions. She is so wonderful and VERY helpful! Thanks Liane for these wonderful bracelets and for introducing me to Origami Owl!

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Dana

GIVEAWAY!

When this new website launched, I asked if anyone would be willing to help me with a giveaway, and I have to say I am utterly overwhelmed at the response I received. So many kind women who have supported my blog and facebook page stepped up to help me celebrate this new and improved website!!! Thank you to each and everyone of you and please take a moment and go check out all their great websites below!

 

Lets kick off this AMAZING giveaway!!! We have not one, but THREE prize packs that are going to be given away! Here is how to enter! Click on the box that says “subscribe to newsletter” and make sure to confirm your subscription! That is how the winners will be announced. AND YOU ARE ENTERED!!! Now that you have entered the giveaway, take a moment and go to our facebook page Work From Home Moms so you can like us and our sponsors on Facebook! Don’t forget to visit all the fabulous website of our AMAZING sponsors!

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Dana

Save $400 Off Your Grocery Bills

saving moneyWhen extra money is needed, my first suggestion is to always look at your budget and see where you can make cuts. My family was living paycheck to paycheck and we had a strong desire to pay off all our debt, but with no extra money that was hard to do. A detailed look into my budget showed me my family of 5 was spending over $1000 a month on food. Eating out, snacks, extras, desserts….all those goodies were adding up, and adding up very fast. So I decided to make some cuts. Ok, BIG cuts to be honest, and get our grocery bill down to $400-$500 a month.

 

Is it doable?? YES! I have been sticking to this new plan for over 8 months now and have saved tons of money, and in fact I wrote the whole plan out to help others do the same!! ((you can read more about that at the end plus how to get it for 50% off!)) The hardest part for me is I am a healthy eater, so I needed foods that were cheap, but also healthy for my family. That took some researching, trial and error, and finding bargains. But it worked and we are now able to put at least $400 a month into our savings!

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Here are a few of my top tips for eating on a budget, and scroll down to the bottom for a list of cheap, easy recipes!

 

TIPS:

*Plan out your meals for the week. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! If you know what you are going to eat, you will be less likely to spend money eating out

*Make your own snacks. I make all my kids snacks except pretzels. I do homemade cheese crackers, graham crackers, yogurt, muffins, bread….pretty much everything can be made from home for cheaper and a LOT healthier

*PLAN PLAN PLAN: I promise this is the number one tip for staying on track

*Make two nights a week a “veggie night”. Meat is pricey and you can get just as much protein from veggies, but for cheaper.

*Make a grocery list and stick with it! If its not on the list, and you don’t need it, then don’t buy it!

*Go with frozen or canned fruits and veggies. Cheaper!!

*Buy from stores like Aldis, Save A Lot, Costco, or Sams. Make sure to compare prices though as items aren’t always cheaper.

*Buy discount items in bulk and freeze! When I see meat or cheese on sale, I buy a lot and stick it in the freezer.

*PLAN! Keep snacks in your bag so you aren’t tempted to go through a drive thru

*Coupon! But make sure you have your meals planned out before looking for coupons. Otherwise you end up spending more by buying things you didn’t need that were on sale.

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*Grilled Cheese

*Cheese Quesadilla

*Veggie Quesadilla

*Soups (chicken and rice, vegetable beef, broccoli and cheese, etc)

*Veggie Spaghetti Sauce

*Chili

*Rice and Beans

*Chicken or Tuna Salad Wraps

*Tacos

*Casseroles (chicken, broccoli, rice and cheese is my favorite!)

*Potato “Bar” Night

*Breakfast for dinner

*Homemade pizza

 

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Dana

10 Awesome Perks To Working From Home

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1) FLEXIBLE HOURS! This is key for me as my kids are 4, 3 and 8 months. I’m able to work when I want such as nap times or when they are in bed. I have had to cut back since my youngest was born, but thanks to working at home for awhile, It hasn’t affected my income!

2) Working Everywhere! Sometimes I answer emails while at the park, or in the grocery parking lot while waiting for my kids to wake up, or most common: in the backyard while my kiddos play! Its great to take my work with me and allows me much more flexibility.

3) Never miss the milestones of my kids growing up! Lets face it, time passes by quickly and being a work from home mom, I’m able to help with our income AND make sure I never miss a moment of my kids growing up. It’s the best of both worlds!!!

4) Taking Off When I Want and Need too. With 3 kids, I love that I can take off from work to go have a fun day at the park, the museum, or when someone is sick! I never have to worry about a boss getting mad or missing too many days. Because Im the BOSS and that’s priceless!

5) PJ’s And Coffee! I don’t have to rush around in the morning. I can enjoy my coffee and stay in PJ’s all day if it suits me! In fact, my work wardrobe is whatever I want it to be! (that saves money too!)

6) Less Stress For My Husband! With me being at home with the kids, my husband doesn’t have to worry about taking off if someone is sick or about running errands and doing chores on his days off from work. Being a work from home Mom allows me to help him more so he can enjoy time with the family when he is off. With me working, we also have a larger income and are able to do more fun activities, pay off debt, and put money away for our kids college funds.

7) I’m In Control!! Being in control is super important with kids. No only am I able to be the one teaching them how to act, treat others, and to have manners, Im also in control of my home. I don’t need someone else to come in and cook or clean, Im around all day and can do it when I have the time!

8) Family First! This is HUGE for me as I never want my kids to miss out on something. With me being home, I’m able to devote time to them FIRST and everything else last. The dishes and laundry can wait, spending time with my kids is most important.

1922359_10152741781254576_5496341979720602245_n9) No Stress!! I don’t worry about making my boss mad, being late to work, having to take time off, missing out on my kids activities, or not being around for my kids. Working from home lets me have less stress and more joy!

10) More Time and Money! Losing my income was tough, but being home with my kids all day is worth it. Finding that I can make that same income from home, with fewer hours is the best of both worlds. I still bring in a full time income. But on average I work 2-3hrs a day. And I work when my kids are asleep most the time so they never miss out on spending time with me!

 

Learn how you can work with ME!

Dana