Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bostons, Scooters, & Unicorns ~ Wordless Wednesday

Now that school is back in session, we've noticed the evenings getting both shorter and slightly cooler.  The temps have been cool enough that the dog and I can actually walk and not feel like we're going to pass out!

One night a couple of weeks ago, I decided to take my girls to the park.  I needed some exercise, Remmy needed a walk and Gracie really needed to burn off some energy.  Walking gets boring for Gracie, so as a surprise, I packed up her scooter and helmet.  Isn't that unicorn helmet fabulous?  I wish they had stuff like that when I was a kid!

About 3/4 of the way around the park, Remmy needed a break.  Just enough heat to make her need a short break.  Either that or she was enjoying the soccer game that was going on in the field!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thrifty Thursday ~ Mason Jar Thrift Store Find

A couple of weeks ago, Grace's aunt and I took her to the movies to the most adorable, little movie theater a few towns over.

On the way home, we decided to pop in and browse at a little thrift shop.  I'm so glad we did!

I scored this unopened case of jelly jars for super cheap!  The price sticker was marked at $5, but the shop was having a 20% off sale that day on everything in the store!

The box was a little damaged.
A dent here and some water damage there, so I almost passed them up.

But seeing how inexpensive they were, I figured if there were a few broken jars in there, I'd still work out to be a deal for the remaining jars.

So for $4 and some change for sales tax, I really couldn't leave them there.  Could I?

In the end, it turned out that all the jars and lids were in perfect condition!

Now, don't get too excited...I have not taken up making my own jelly and jams.  At least not yet.

I might - and I mean a very slight might - attempt some homemade apple sauce when we pick apples this year.

Most likely, I will use them for storing bulk spices or small leftover portions.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Back To School 2016 ~ Wordless Wednesday

I know this is supposed to be a "wordless" post, but I after a two year silence here Under the Big Oak Tree, I'm not feeling like I want to be wordless anymore!

Those that followed my blog in the past will be shocked to see how much Grace has grown since I've posted last.  Here's one of the last posts where I featured a photo of Grace, to give you an idea of how much she's grown!  I'll fill in the blanks a bit as I get into posting more often, but for now, I'd like to share some photos from Back to School.

Although, the photos above have an Under the Big Oak Tree watermark, I cannot take credit for these fabulous photos.  These wonderful images of Grace are used with permission from Kristen of KDW Photography, a local photographer and dear friend.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I'm Back...with a Menu Plan!

Hello, friends!

Have you missed me?  I know it's been a long time since I've last posted.  Probably about two years. In that time, Gracie has gone through Kindergarten and First Grade and we are currently starting our second week of Second Grade.  OH MY!  Did I just say that?  SECOND GRADE???  Wow!

Another new development since I've last been here, is I started working.  I found myself the most perfect (for me) part-time job, with a great boss and fabulous hours!  I'm sure I will share more about that in another post.  Yes, I plan on posting regularly again.  Mainly, because this blog helped keep me on my toes and I've realized that my life became a mess without the blog.

So, I'm back....and what better way to kick off being back than with a Menu Plan!


Dinner with Friends

We celebrated Labor Day with friends.
I picked up some yummy desserts
on the way to their house
for a BBQ.


Grilled Chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable

Grilled chicken is one of our favorite go-to foods.
Joe usually grills a big, family pack of chicken breasts
in the beginning of the week.
Leftovers serve up easily on days when meals
don't always go as planned.  


Chili over rice

It's been a while since we've had chili.
I don't even remember if I made it at all last winter.
I've decided this week, I'll try a new recipe
found via Pinterest.


Fend For Yourself Night

I'm going to the gym tonight.  
No, I'm not bragging.  
Just putting it here in writing to keep me accountable.  
I'll most likely grab some of the leftover grilled chicken.
On nights like this, Joe will usually make an omelet 
or a bowl of oatmeal.  


Porcupine Meatballs 

This is a recipe we enjoy,
but not one I use very often.
Maybe because it's not really a
quick-cooking meal.
The flavors of this dish,
make the one hour simmering time
so very worth it!


Leftover Night

Chili dogs are on the menu for tonight.
Quick and easy, perfect for fitting into whatever
plans we have for a busy weekend!


Easy Beef Barley Soup

As you know, I love soup!
This is one of my favorite recipes!
So simple and delicious!  

Well, that's all for this post!  I'll be back soon with more posts, new recipes, and lots of Wordless Wednesday photos!  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Stock Up and Save on your favorite P&G Products at Walmart (Plus a Walmart Gift Card Giveaway)

This is a sponsored post.  The Walmart Gift Cards and information have been provided by P&G.  All opinions in this post are honest and my own.  

We love P&G products!  As a kid, I remember my Mom buying P&G items and as a mom myself, I am continuing the family loyalty to the brands I grew up using!

Tide is my absolute favorite P&G product, while Joe's favorite is Bounty.  So, when we found out about Walmart's Stock Up and Save event for P&G products (during the month of April), I made sure to stock up on those items. You can never have too much laundry detergent or paper towels, especially with kids in the house!

Summer is almost here and soon we'll be spending most of our days outside playing.  Grace has a knack for getting dirty anywhere, so I will be thankful that I am stocked up on my favorite laundry detergent to get her clothes their cleanest!

In addition to picking up my usual Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent in the original scent (love it!), I also grabbed a bottle of Tide Simply Clean & Fresh Liquid Laundry Detergent.  It's priced lower than the original, so I figured since it's a brand I trust, it's worth giving a try!

As I said, Grace really manages to get dirty and make messes.  So, paper towels are always a must-have in our home.  I'll admit, in a pinch we've given other paper towels a try.  Whether it's been another name brand or just a store brand, but none ever come close to Bounty for getting the job done.  Aside from being the best at absorbing messy spills, I love that Bounty has Select-A-Size rolls! No more using full-size sheets for smaller messes!

As you can see in the photo above, Joe didn't waste any time opening up the package of Bounty!  He likes to keep a couple rolls in his truck at all times!

P&G products available during the Stock Up and Save Event at Walmart are:

  • Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent 
  • Tide Simply Clean and Fresh Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Charmin Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong Toilet Paper 
  • Bounty Mega Roll Select-A-Size Paper Towels
  • Luvs Super Absorbent Diapers 
  • Pampers Swaddlers Huge Pack
  • Tampax Pearl Plastic, Super Absorbency
  • Always Ultra Thin Long Super Unscented Pads
  • Always Discreet Maximum Underwear
  • Always Discreet Moderate Regular Length Pads
The nice people at P&G not only provided me with a gift card so that I could stock up on their products, they are also allowing me to give away a $25 Walmart gift card to one lucky reader so that they can purchase some of their favorite P&G products!  Isn't that so awesome?!  

Entering is easy using the rafflecopter form below.  We just ask that entrants are 18 years or older and a resident of the United States.  Giveaway winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.   

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