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    Gluten-Free White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

    Looking for a delicious gluten-free cookie? Look no further than this white chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe which is sure to delight your taste buds!

    Oatmeal raisin cookies are some of my favorite cookies ever. I’m always trying to figure out new ways to make them and I tried someone’s white chocolate oatmeal cookie and I wanted to try and make some myself. And I did.

    I’m a self-professed cookie monster and connoisseur and I must say that this white chocolate chip cookie recipe came out soooooooo good that it’s not even funny. The best part was that I tried this recipe out when the kids weren’t here and I didn’t have to share them!!! I know, I’m terrible but whatever.

    This recipe calls for coconut flour making them gluten-free for my friends with allergies to wheat. It’s important to note that in order for these to truly be gluten-free, your oatmeal cannot be contaminated with wheat so just check your labels.

    White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

    A delicious and almost nutritious year round treat! 

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 35 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 2 sticks unsalted butter I used organic butter
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cup coconut flour
    • 3/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 2.5 cups old fashioned rolled oats
    • 1 cup white chocolate chips

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. 

    2. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugars on medium high until they're light and fluffy.

    3. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 

    4. Once the butter and sugar is fluffy, add the egg and the vanilla continuing to beat. 

    5. With the mixer on slow, gradually add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture until combined.

    6. Slowly add the oats in 1/2 cup increments. Make sure to scrape down the inside of the bowl with a spatula and mix on slow until combined. Add white chocolate chips. 

    7. Form the dough into 28 equal balls and arrange on the baking sheet. Leave lots of space in between them. Use your fingers to mash down the dough balls to be about 1/2" thick discs.

    8. Place cookie sheet on the middle rack and bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet. 

    9. Enjoy.

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    Looking for a delicious gluten-free cookie? Look no further than this white chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe which is sure to delight your taste buds!

    Sew What Do I Wear Valentine’s Day Edition

    Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Sew, what will you wear? I've created a comfy yet sexy outfit by my favorite pattern makers that make perfect patterns for plus size fashion.
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    Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is already right around the corner? When I was growing up, my dad was the best Valentine in the world–even while I was in college. He would send me these tins of popcorn in a personalized tin which was so big for me because I have a name you can’t find on key chains. Or he would send gift cards to places that he knew I would love like Barnes & Noble, MAC, Macy’s, etc.

    But since adulthood hit, aka when I became a mom, things have changed. Until meeting my husband, mini was my favorite Valentine. When the brought her to me like this, I burst into tears because she was so perfect. Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Sew, what will you wear? I've created a comfy yet sexy outfit by my favorite pattern makers that make perfect patterns for plus size fashion.And yes, I still have the hat and Valentine. Since then, my family has grown and so has my love for celebrating days devoted to love.

    Sew What Do I Wear: Valentine’s Day Edition

    Mama hasn’t been feeling so hot for awhile and we found out that I’ve been brewing a new little Valentine! So we’ll be playing it pretty low-key since my energy levels are off aka non-existent. Comfort is the name of the game right now but that doesn’t mean that I want to sacrifice being sexy! I mean, Beyonce said it best when she said “Keep it like how it was so he can never say how it used to be”. And honestly, I like looking pretty and feeling good for me!

    Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Sew, what will you wear? I've created a comfy yet sexy outfit by my favorite pattern makers that make perfect patterns for plus size fashion.

    Valentine’s Day M4M Mama Ava & P4P Peg Legs

    To make my Valentine’s Day outfit, I modified the Made for Mermaids Mama Ava a bit. This pattern comes with a scoop and v-neck options along with the typical sleeve lengths. I made the v-neck but made it lower cut and more off the shoulder. I made it with a curved hem and extended it by 2 inches. I wanted a longer tunic look. Ok, I really wanted a dress but I didn’t have enough material. I got this fabric from Hancock Fabrics as they were going out of business. I watched it literally for a year before buying and just knew it would be perfect for some kind of Valentine’s Day sweater.

    Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Sew, what will you wear? I've created a comfy yet sexy outfit by my favorite pattern makers that make perfect patterns for plus size fashion. Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Sew, what will you wear? I've created a comfy yet sexy outfit by my favorite pattern makers that make perfect patterns for plus size fashion. Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Sew, what will you wear? I've created a comfy yet sexy outfit by my favorite pattern makers that make perfect patterns for plus size fashion.

    Because I’m well endowed in the assets, I modified the Peg Legs to be higher waist by increasing the rise by 2 inches. That was the only modification that I made on these.

    Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Sew, what will you wear? I've created a comfy yet sexy outfit by my favorite pattern makers that make perfect patterns for plus size fashion. Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Sew, what will you wear? I've created a comfy yet sexy outfit by my favorite pattern makers that make perfect patterns for plus size fashion. Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Sew, what will you wear? I've created a comfy yet sexy outfit by my favorite pattern makers that make perfect patterns for plus size fashion. Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Sew, what will you wear? I've created a comfy yet sexy outfit by my favorite pattern makers that make perfect patterns for plus size fashion.

    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so be sure to get started on your outfits! Need some more inspiration? Check out some of the other participants in the blog hop!

    Pattern Testing: M4M Mama Cassie

    One of my favorite things about sewing is testing patterns–and then hacking said pattern that I tested. When I was selected to be a tester for my favorite pattern companies (Made for Mermaids/M4M and Patterns for Pirates/P4P) I was so.frickin.excited. As a plus-sized seamstress, trying to find patterns that were made with my curves in mind was near impossible. Sure, I could always just figure out the calculations on how to make them bigger but even that’s hard. And yes, I could always lose weight but let’s be real: that’s even harder! But my girls Megan and Judy always look out with these patterns that I always end up feeling beautiful in!

    Are you loving the off-the-shoulder trend? I do! Which is why I was so excited to test the M4M Mama Cassie! Check out the different options and my hack! Are you loving the off-the-shoulder trend? I do! Which is why I was so excited to test the M4M Mama Cassie! Check out the different options and my hack!

    The Mama Cassie

    One of the fashion trends I’m fully committed to this season is the off-the-shoulder look. I was previously hacking patterns to get the off-the-shoulder look that I wanted but when the call for testers went out for this pattern and the designer tagged me in it, I knew I had to be part of it. Mama Cassie was designed by Catherine Muzzatti–one of the designers for M4M and one my virtual sewing besties.

    Are you loving the off-the-shoulder trend? I do! Which is why I was so excited to test the M4M Mama Cassie! Check out the different options and my hack! Are you loving the off-the-shoulder trend? I do! Which is why I was so excited to test the M4M Mama Cassie! Check out the different options and my hack! Are you loving the off-the-shoulder trend? I do! Which is why I was so excited to test the M4M Mama Cassie! Check out the different options and my hack!

    The Options

    Mama Cassie comes with the off-the-shoulder and cold-shoulder options. I’ll be making one of the cold-shoulder options soon enough.

    Sleeves: Short, 3/4, and long–all hemmed.

    Length: Both straight and high-low versions of a maxi, mini, and peplum.

    I was assigned the short sleeve mini dress with the off-the-shoulder bodice (because Catherine is bae and knows my style!). I also did a high-low peplum and a crop top. Yes, chubby girls rock crop tops!

    Are you loving the off-the-shoulder trend? I do! Which is why I was so excited to test the M4M Mama Cassie! Check out the different options and my hack! Are you loving the off-the-shoulder trend? I do! Which is why I was so excited to test the M4M Mama Cassie! Check out the different options and my hack! Are you loving the off-the-shoulder trend? I do! Which is why I was so excited to test the M4M Mama Cassie! Check out the different options and my hack!

    My Mama Cassie Hack

    I’m a WAHM who lives for comfort, ease, coupled with style. When I saw this bodice I knew that I had to pair it with the P4P Mama Bear Joggers to create a jumper that I could both lounge in as well as look cute while out and about. Basically my goal in life is to always feel like I’m wearing PJ’s while looking like a million bucks. Based on my friends’ feedback on Facebook, I would say that I succeeded.

    Are you loving the off-the-shoulder trend? I do! Which is why I was so excited to test the M4M Mama Cassie! Check out the different options and my hack! Are you loving the off-the-shoulder trend? I do! Which is why I was so excited to test the M4M Mama Cassie! Check out the different options and my hack! Are you loving the off-the-shoulder trend? I do! Which is why I was so excited to test the M4M Mama Cassie! Check out the different options and my hack!

    The Hack

    I should have taken pictures but I didn’t–I’ll keep this in mind next time. But it was super easy. I constructed both the Mama Cassie and the Mama Bear Joggers as instructed (ok, not really… I normally freestyle it based on what I feel like doing but following the directions totally works!). Oh, it’s important to note that due to my “lovely lady humps” in the back, I did add 2″ to the rise in the back. And then I attached the waistbands in the same way I would have if the pants were a skirt. I did have to ease the waistband of the bodice so that it could stretch and fit the waistband of the pants. And then boom! It was done!

    Are you loving the off-the-shoulder trend? I do! Which is why I was so excited to test the M4M Mama Cassie! Check out the different options and my hack!

    Creating Comfort In A New Space

    Creating comfort for both kids and adults can be difficult but Brentwood Home offered a great solution. Oh, did I mention giveaway too?

    I love our new home and we’re almost completely settled. One of the things that I wanted to do differently was in how we created spaces that were both kid and adult friendly. I felt like our living room was constantly overrun with toys even though the kids had their own space and stepping on some random figurine in the middle of the night was not how I wanted my life to end.

    Creating Multiple Spaces of Comfort

    Everyone in our house loves to read so I wanted to have multiple reading nooks–especially now that I’m homeschooling. When I was growing up, one of my favorite spaces to read was on my beloved bean bag. I would toss a blanket over the scratchy exterior and just read for hours. As a mom, I always had dreams of my kids being readers so when Brentwood Home wanted to partner and I saw their lounger, I knew that my girls would fall in love. Next to one of our many bookshelves, we have this lounger where, yes, long hours of reading do actually take place.

    Creating comfort for both kids and adults can be difficult but Brentwood Home offered a great solution. Oh, did I mention giveaway too?

    Not that I don’t love the lounger, but mama is a little too big for it so I created a reading space in our room too. My mom found this beautiful chair for $20 and gifted it to us. It’s super comfy and I love drifting away in whatever new book I’m reading.

    Pillows Matter Too

    With abc becoming a big girl and wanting her bed set up like that of everyone else’s, I realized that as much as the proper pillow matters for me, it matters for them too. At two and a half, her little personality is quite developed and as much as she loves to cuddle with a PillowPet, they just make her too hot in the middle of the night. This pillow came with the lounger and she loves it. It’s the perfect size and weight for her and she doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night sweaty.

    Creating comfort for both kids and adults can be difficult but Brentwood Home offered a great solution. Oh, did I mention giveaway too?

    Toy Placement

    I think that what got us messed up in the old place was that we put ALL of the toys in the downstairs play area. This time we have them split up–all the fun toys are in their room and the developmental/supervision required toys are downstairs. Not that they don’t just <insert sarcasm> loooooove their developmental toys, these are often the ones that have the most pieces that could lead to my life flashing before my eyes if I step on one. Making sure that they clean up properly before moving on to the next activity has been key here.

    Creating comfort for both kids and adults can be difficult but Brentwood Home offered a great solution. Oh, did I mention giveaway too?

    Did I mention a giveaway?

    I love this lounger and pillow set so much I’m gifting it to one lucky reader! Enter pillow so that you can win!

    Creating comfort for both kids and adults can be difficult but Brentwood Home offered a great solution. Oh, did I mention giveaway too?
    Kids Lounger

    3 Safe DIY Drain-Cleaning Solutions

    Want to keep your drains clean and clear without the chemicals? Check out these 3 easy DIY natural drain-cleaning solutions.

    Cleaning drains doesn’t require a lot of effort, though it does require maintenance. It’s important to have regular upkeep to lower the frequency of common drain problems such as clogs, drain fly infestations, sink odors, etc. Many homeowners like using drain-cleaning solutions as part of their maintenance regimen.

    Some people use chemical-based solutions which can be dangerous–especially around pets and kids. A number of commercial drain cleaners have high concentration of chemicals and acids; which don’t bode well for your health and plumbing system. There are alternate cleaning solutions that you can totally create on your own and they’re safe to use.

    Please keep in mind that these mixtures are for general drain maintenance and aren’t effective in dealing with massive clogs. You should use plumbing tools such as cable augers and plungers for unclogging drains.

    3 Natural Drain-Cleaning Solutions

    1.Baking Soda And Vinegar

    Want to keep your drains clean and clear without the chemicals? Check out these 3 easy DIY natural drain-cleaning solutions. Ingredients

    *2 Cups of Baking Soda

    *1 Cup of White Vinegar

    *4 Cups of Boiling Water

    How to apply

    1. Pour a cup of baking soda directly down the drain hole.
    1. The next step is to pour 2 cups of boiling water. Baking soda and hot water is a good combination for removing grease and oils that have attached to the drain pipeline. Wait for 5 minutes before proceeding with the next step.
    1. After the designated waiting period; it’s time to pour the other cup of baking soda into the drain. This time, mix the baking soda with the cup of vinegar. You need to place a stopper into the drain hole and allow the solution to work. There will be a foaming reaction which is perfectly normal. This also means the mixture is taking effect. If you feel like you still need to apply the solution then do so.

    Want to keep your drains clean and clear without the chemicals? Check out these 3 easy DIY natural drain-cleaning solutions.

    2. Citrus fruits or extracts

    This solution is for those who have garbage disposals installed on their drains. It’s pretty straightforward so you don’t have to worry about mixing concoctions. For garbage disposal maintenance; you can use the solution discussed earlier.

    Ingredients

    *Citrus fruit peels (lemon, orange, or grapefruit) or fruit extracts

    Application:

    1. Cut your chosen fruit into small peels. Don’t attempt to place large fruit sizes into the garbage disposal since this will only lead to clogging.
    1. After you have prepared the small fruit slices, throw them to the disposal blades so that it will be grinded. The fruits will release a sweet fragrance that will eliminate the odour and keep the drain smelling fresh.
    1. If you plan on using extracts; then all you have to do is pour the liquid down the drain.

    3. Vinegar, Salt, and Borax Solution

    Want to keep your drains clean and clear without the chemicals? Check out these 3 easy DIY natural drain-cleaning solutions. Ingredients

    *1/4 Cup of Borax

    *1/4 Cup of Salt

    *1/2 Cup of Vinegar

    Applying the solution:

    1. Mix all the ingredients in a suitable container that can hold the entirety of the mixture.
    1. Simply pour the mixed solution into the drain. This can be used for clearing small clogs in the drains just like the baking soda mixture earlier.

    Do you DIY your cleaners? What’s your favorite concoction?

    Katie Jones is a writer and editor for Dr.Drip Pty Ltd. She is always excited and dedicated in creating informative blogs regarding home improvement, DIY plumbing, house maintenance, etc.

    **Photos courtesy of iStock.

    5 Ways To {Not} Make Moving A Drag

    Moving is the literally the worst. But it doesn't have to be. Here are 5 ways to make sure that your next move is as smooth as possible.

    I’ve never met someone who liked moving and you aren’t meeting one today. Moving sucks–majorly. There’s no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. This was my first time moving my entire family of 4 and it was a great learning experience on both what to do and what not to do. Because I care, I’m sharing the 5 things I learned on how to make moving {somewhat} pleasant.

    5 Ways To {Not} Make Moving A Drag

    1. Create a feasible timeline.

      Yes, feasible. Have my husband tell it, we can just pack up a family of 4 in a week and be moved and settled. Reality provided a different lesson though. This one week timeline has worked for me in the past. And I emphasize the ME. As in when I was moving just myself–not my family with kids all around me and working non-stop. What does a a feasible moving timeline look like? Give yourself 1-2 days per room for packing.

    2. Downsize before you pack.

      Seems obvious enough, right? Unless you’re on that 1 week timeline and you’re just at the point of throwing stuff into bags so that you’re moved out before your lease is up! But in this 1-2 days of packing per room, start out with getting rid of things you haven’t used in the last 6 months. Yes, 6 months, not 1 year. I get it. Things are seasonal and we can justify all the reasons in the world why something should be kept but don’t. **Pro-tip: if you’re bad at this, invite a friend over who’s good at it. It’ll hurt but feel good in the end. 

    3. Have enough boxes.

      I’m not the person that goes to Walmart and grabs their extra boxes. You never know what’s been in those boxes and I don’t want the things that I value and made it through the de-cluttering process put in a sketchy box that held only God-knows what. No thanks. I will reuse all my Amazon Prime boxes and other boxes that I received. Otherwise, I order them from Uline. They have pretty great deals on their boxes.

    4. Have a packing party.

      No one likes moving but your friends WILL help you pack–especially if there’s a promise of wine, thank you pot-luck or something after. If you aren’t a good cook, stick to the wine or beer or water since no one turns down any of those!

    5. Hire movers.

      Family and some friends will help–begrudgingly though. The actual move itself is terrible. All the picking up heavy stuff and walking and then dropping it only to have to do it again is my ultimate nemesis in life. Don’t ask your friends. Hire someone. Grab a Groupon. Look on a trusted website for a referral. Worried about things breaking? Move those yourself.

    Moving is the literally the worst. But it doesn't have to be. Here are 5 ways to make sure that your next move is as smooth as possible.

    Moving Pro-tips:

    • Make sure that someone is taking care of your kids. There’s nothing worst than tripping over minions as you’re trying to be efficient.
    • Clean AFTER everything is all moved out. Don’t feel like cleaning? Have someone do it for you.
    • Schedule a move out inspection prior to the actual move out so they can give you tips on things that need to be done so you can get your deposit back.
    • Overlap your new place and old one for about a week so you don’t feel rushed or overwhelmed.
    • Label all your boxes for ease of unpacking.

    What moving tips would you add?

    How To Sew Your Fall/Winter Wardrobe

    Baby it’s cold outside! Ok, maybe not entirely but that’s why now is the time to get your Fall and Winter wardrobe together. Since becoming a fabric addict this past year, I’ve charged myself with sewing—not buying—my Fall/Winter wardrobe.

    I’ve expressed before that this is truly my favorite season. You get to layer, where sweaters, hide things you don’t want people to see WHILE looking amazing doing it–riding boots, socks, cardigans and more! If you’re like me and you plan on sewing your wardrobe, there some staples that I think you need.

    Sew Your Fall/Winter Wardrobe

    Now let me preface this by saying that I’m a lazy seamstress. By lazy, I mean that I generally don’t have time to sew projects that are more than 2 hours so all these pieces can be made in 2 hours or less—closer to 1 hour.

    As the temperature begins dropping it's time to dress warmer! Sew your fall/winter wardrobe with these awesome patterns and be ready! #WinterIsComing!

    Patterns

    Grandpa Cardi by Patterns for Pirates

    I just made this on here and love it. My husband requested that I make him one once Judy and her crew create the pattern! We’ll see if I can draft my own in the meantime.

    As the temperature begins dropping it's time to dress warmer! Sew your fall/winter wardrobe with these awesome patterns and be ready! #WinterIsComing!

    Relaxed Raglan by Patterns for Pirates

    This is perfect pattern to create a thin, off the shoulder super stylish raglan, sweatshirt with or without the add-ons of a hood and kangaroo pockets, and more. This is the perfect base pattern and the possibilities really are endless. Check out the hashtag #P4PRaglanWeek for inspiration.

    As the temperature begins dropping it's time to dress warmer! Sew your fall/winter wardrobe with these awesome patterns and be ready! #WinterIsComing!

    I’ve used the Add-on pack to make this into a cross-over hoodie.

    Slim-Fit Raglan by Patterns for Pirates

    If you’re looking for a slimmer cut raglan this one is perfect. This is great to use with a thermal fabric or thin knit.

    S.O.S Pants by Patterns for Pirates

    Want to make your own jeggings? This pattern is perfect for doing so! As soon as I find some stretch denim I like, I’m whipping these babies up.

    Summer Kimono by Patterns for Pirates

    Ok, I know it says summer BUT can you picture this in a nice, soft sweater? I can and will be working on one this weekend. So.fricking.excited.

    As the temperature begins dropping it's time to dress warmer! Sew your fall/winter wardrobe with these awesome patterns and be ready! #WinterIsComing!

    This was made with liverpool.

    Timeless Tunic by Patterns for Pirates

    I was a tester for this pattern and LOVED it. I haven’t made anymore since then but only because I ran out of elastic and keep forgetting to buy some!

    timeless-tunic

    Neenah by Seamwork Patterns

    Love a turtleneck sweater dress? Here you go! The best part is that if you want to make this summer friendly, just remove the sleeves!

    Manila by Seamwork Patterns

    Love rocking leggings? Do it with a little flair. I love the details around the ankles on these and they go perfectly with the Pumpkin Spice Dolman from Patterns for Pirates.

    Who else is here for the plus-size model? Photo Cred Seamworks.com

    Who else is here for the plus-size model? Photo Cred Seamworks.com

    Pumpkin Spice by Patterns for Pirates

    A fall/winter staple—truly. This dolman is perfect.

    Megan Romper by Made for Mermaids

    This comes with both shorts and pants options and has a wrap top—flattering on everyone. If you make the shorts, these can be paired with booties and tights for a fall/winter wardrobe staple.

    Mama Chloe Skirt & Maxi by Made for Mermaids

    Maxi skirts are great for all seasons!

    Fabric for Fall/Winter Pieces

    All sweater knits are NOT created equally!

    As the temperature begins dropping it's time to dress warmer! Sew your fall/winter wardrobe with these awesome patterns and be ready! #WinterIsComing!

    When creating pieces for the cooler seasons, you naturally want some warmer fabrics. My personal faves are Liverpool, scuba knit, ponte, double brushed poly, and French terry for non-sweater choices. If you need something that’s more stable for sweaters, dresses, or warm cardi’s, look for a quality double knit that still has some stretch to it.

    Did I miss any quality Fall/Winter Wardrobe patterns? What’s your fave?

    Things They Don’t Tell You About Potty Training

    I've never potty trained in 3 days or less so I never expected that. What I didn't expect was to run out of toilet paper like we do!
    This post was sponsored by Charmin as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

    “Babe! Where is all the toilet paper!?!? We CANNOT possibly be out of toilet paper again!” I sneak a roll of toilet paper to abc and tell her to bring it to daddy where he’s hollering at me from the downstairs bathroom. This bathroom is our potty training bathroom where abc and I have spent hours on end with this whole teaching to use the potty ordeal. And yes, I say ordeal. I have two girls and neither have potty trained in the 3 days or less.

    It never fails that our downstairs half bathroom is out of toilet paper regardless of how well stocked we keep it. These kids go through toilet paper like, well, toilet paper! But honestly, I can’t blame them. The toilet paper that we use is so soft and just feels better than other leading brands that it’s no wonder they use it all!

    The Truth About Potty Training

    I had to learn this when I was in the trenches with mini—potty training is about training the adult. For us it’s natural to just walk to the bathroom when we feel the sensation to relieve ourselves but teaching our kids how to respond to that means that we actually have to pay attention to this ourselves. Another thing that we automatically do is unroll the appropriate amount of toilet paper needed for whatever business we’re taking care of.

    I've never potty trained in 3 days or less so I never expected that. What I didn't expect was to run out of toilet paper like we do!

    Now kids? They will unroll the entire roll of toilet paper just to wipe for number 1. As adults, we know that they don’t need that much but again, they have to be taught. Abc is in the “I do it” phase of life where she wants to unroll her toilet paper and wipe. We’re also working on shapes together so I made this nifty little chart that we have on the wall in the bathroom so that my husband will no longer be searching for the rolls of toilet paper that are literally down the drain:

    The Toilet Paper Usage Tutorial

    I've never potty trained in 3 days or less so I never expected that. What I didn't expect was to run out of toilet paper like we do!

    I've never potty trained in 3 days or less so I never expected that. What I didn't expect was to run out of toilet paper like we do!

    Charmin Essentials

    We took the Swap My Roll Challenge and fell in love. Outside of having the cutest bear commercials, Charmin has a really great product here. My husband was surprised when I decided to switch but toilet paper doesn’t affect men the way that it does women. There’s nothing worst that toilet paper that gets stuck in places that it’s not supposed to while you’re promising your 3rd born child just to purchase it. With a house full of women (little ones included) having a toilet paper that worked well both on our bodies and budgets was important to me.

    I've never potty trained in 3 days or less so I never expected that. What I didn't expect was to run out of toilet paper like we do!

    Are you ready to make the switch? Check out more information on what Charmin has to offer here!

    P.S. To participate in the TP Swap, simply Tweet your TP swap out request to @Charmin using the hashtag #CharminEssentials and #Promotion, and Charmin will send you a free roll.

    Do You Need Help With Back To School Organization?

    Back to school is hectic enough for both parents and children. Durable and easy-to-use labels can add an air of ease to your life! And they're cute!
    Please welcome Joy Billings to TCM! You guys know I’m a huge fan of organization and I invited her to share some tips on how to use Labeley to make back to school a breeze!

    The beginning of school is not such a popular time for kids. Though a lot of children love school, it’s a bit hard getting back to school routine after the freedom of summer vacation and playing all day long. But even more than kids, it’s the parents who would rather skip this part of the year altogether. Not only does back to school mean digging deeper into the family pocket for school supplies, it also comes with organizational stress, because lots of things need to be taken care of before a child starts or goes back to school.

    In these situations, parents welcome all the help they can get. Since we live in the digital time, it’s not uncommon that the most beneficial tips and help come from the Internet. And one such “aid” or helpful tool that you can find on the Internet is Labeley, a free kids labels maker, that lets users create unique and visually appealing stickers for all kinds of back-to-school situations. Though it initially might seem that an app can’t really be of that much help, just continue reading.

    Why Labels Are Important in Getting Kids Ready for School

    Though they seem like a minor thing, stickers applied to school books, notebooks, backpacks, sports uniforms, sports shoes, lunch boxes and mugs can really help prevent all kinds of problems once the school starts.

    Back to school is hectic enough for both parents and children. Durable and easy-to-use labels can add an air of ease to your life! And they're cute!

    1) By labeling the notebooks with your kid’s name and appropriate titles of the subjects that the notebooks are for, you’ll cut down on your or your child’s time every time books and notebooks need to be placed in the backpack for the next day.

    2) It’s not such a rare occurrence that children come home from school with someone else’s belongings. For example, they come back with someone else’s sports shoes or pencil case or book. Labels with your child’s name can prevent this from happening.

    3) If your child is allergic to peanuts, milk or any other ingredient, it’s wise to place that information on a label and apply it to your kid’s lunchbox, mug or even clothes. That way teachers and other kids will be warned about potential threats of giving the wrong food to your child.

    Back to school is hectic enough for both parents and children. Durable and easy-to-use labels can add an air of ease to your life! And they're cute!

    Need More Help with Organization? Stickers Can Help!

    The previous examples showed just some of the issues that can be avoided with labels. But stickers can also be helpful in the days that precede the first week of school. That is precisely when you’ll need help the most. You’ll want to do stuff in advance, prepare your children’s clothes for the first few weeks, maybe even cook a few meals for the freezer, so that your children will have cooked meals on those hectic first days, in case you have too much work.

    Once you wash and iron the clothes, you can put them in separate bins and label the bins by category (underwear, shirts, pants, sports uniform, socks, etc.). Similarly, when you have extra time, you can cook more food and then place it in smaller containers, labeling each container with information what’s inside, or maybe label it by days: “September 1 lunch”, “September 2 lunch”, etc.

    Finally, your kids will need to clear away toys and objects that they won’t be using so much after the school starts. Let them create their own labels for toy bins, so that they can easily find what they’re looking for when they need to. If you have more than one child, it’s definitely a good idea to label toys by ownership, so there wouldn’t be any fights over which toy is whose.

    Back to school is hectic enough for both parents and children. Durable and easy-to-use labels can add an air of ease to your life! And they're cute!

    How to Use Labeley to Create Unique Stickers

    Using Labeley is really easy, and you can make creating labels a family activity. Just go to labeley.com, click on the Start Designing button, and then select the Kids category.

    1) A selection of shapes will appear on the right. Choose the one you like.
    2) Then click on the Border, Background and Graphic and again choose your preferred design elements.

    Back to school is hectic enough for both parents and children. Durable and easy-to-use labels can add an air of ease to your life! And they're cute!
    3) Go to Text, click on Create Text, and then play with text and font options to get just the right information on your label.
    4) If you want to completely personalize your label and make it unique, click on the Upload option and upload any photo you want from your computer. It can be your child’s photo, an image of his or her favorite animal, celebrity, sports team, etc.

    When you’re happy with your creation, click on the Save Label to save it in Labeley account that you can create, or you can simply save the screenshot of your label as a PNG image on your computer, and then print it on your home printer (on an appropriate, self-adhesive material).

    Have fun using Labeley with your kids, and hopefully it will help you avoid all sorts of mix-ups at school once the new school year begins.

    How To Rock Your Bullet Journal {Like A Boss}

    As a self-proclaimed planner addict I couldn't find a planner that fit all the roles I play in my life. Until I found the bullet journal.

    I’m a planner addict. And I mean this in the unhealthiest of ways since I was buying multiple planners to meet different needs that I had. As a mother, wife, business owner trying to balance just being me as well, a pre-made planner was basically useless. Which is why I fell in love with bullet journaling.

    I started using it in April of 2016 and am almost done with this planner that I’m using. I’m already itching to get my next journal.

    Bullet Journal Tools

    So what do you need to get started, right?

    supplies

    The Notebook: Most “official” bullet journalers use the Leuchtturm1917 Notebook Dotted (this is what I’ll be ordering shortly). Why this one right? The grid formed with the dots makes balancing the basics of bullet journaling (BuJo) with doodles and other designs easier. The quality of the pages in this notebook also prevent bleeding from most felt pens.

    The Pens: Speaking of pens, these are hot topics as well. Fine point pens are generally what are sought after since writing in essentially college-ruled paper requires a finer tip. The Stabilo fine tip pens are popular as are the Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens. You want something that dries fast, doesn’t bleed through, and won’t smudge.

    Ruler: This mini ruler is my fave. It’s small enough to fit in my pouch and gives me all the straight, neat lines I need

    Color Pencils: If you aren’t into color or doodling, these really aren’t necessary.

    Markers: More color dimension.

    Washi Tape: The more the merrier. People use these to help differentiate between the pages, design and organize pages as well.

    Stickers: These can make organizing your pages easier

    Bookmarker: For ease of finding your page.

    The Set-Up

    If you’re into the super official set up of your pages, check out the original bullet journaler’s post on it.

    Full Disclosure: That’s not how I set this one up. It didn’t make sense for me/work with my goals of my BuJo. Here is my intro page, which is about as basic as you can get:

    intro

    bills

    Because this is my first BuJo and I was still figuring things out, I missed a lot of useful pages at the beginning that I could have used. But I honestly don’t miss any of it now that I’m 3/4th’s of the way done with the pages. I had intended upon putting my annual goals at the beginning as a reminder but never got around to it.

    I mainly focus on my monthly and weekly set ups.

    As a self-proclaimed planner addict I couldn't find a planner that fit all the roles I play in my life. Until I found the bullet journal.

    Monthly Set Up

    There are a couple of things that I set up every month after learning what works for me through trial and error.

    I like to have a 1-page month at a glance, 2-page calendar style month, budget set up, monthly meal plan along with shopping list, and a master monthly “To-Do” list. My “To-Do” list is broken down by category of Business, Personal, Home, and Marriage. And then at the end of the month, I like to do a wrap up to celebrate my successes for the month and see what I need to work on still. I’ve recently added a weight tracker/mileage log too.

    month-at-a-glance

    monthly-1

    monthly-2

    august

    monthly-wrap-up

    meals-and-menu

    Weekly Set Up

    This is something that changes often for me because my needs weekly change. But something that I love is being able to set it up in such a way that I can see what I need to do for all my roles in my life. I work for myself and underneath that umbrella I have client work, site work, and more. In my personal life I take care of my home, my girls, my husband and myself. I’m a believer that balance in life is attained of the week—not the day—and this helps me achieve this.

    monthly-and-weekly-to-do

    momlife-vs-mompreneur-life

    weekly-and-daily

    weekly-1

    BuJo Resources

    When I tell you that there are so.many.resources out there for the budding BuJo junkie I mean it!!

    My favorites here:

    Boho Berry – she rocks in the most serious way

    Bullet Journal – the originals

    BuzzFeed – yes, Buzzfeed has even covered it

    Bullet Journal Junkies on FB

    Instagram Hashtags: #bujo #bulletjournal #planneraddict #bulletjournaladdict #weeklyspread (these are just my faves)

    writing

    Do you love planning? What does your system consist of?

    aaronica sig