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We hope this note finds you well as we celebrate this joyous season of Christmas.

While you are here check out my most popular post. See you in 2013!

 

p.s. We ordered our Christmas cards from Shutterfly – they were 50% off (we ordered the first weekend in December) and had free shipping! I’ve ordered a lot of things from them and always been happy. We got “stationary” cards this year and had our letter printed on the back! Remember to check retailmenot.com for coupon codes before ordering anything online!

p.p.s It’s hard to get a picture of all 4 of us smiling! Do you have your pictures professionally taken? We don’t, but I think it would be fun to do one day! Leave a comment – who is your favorite family photographer?

Looking for deals? I just heard about Save1.com. They provide coupons and special offers from thousands of stores.  Each time a coupon or offer is used, they provide a meal to a child in need. Neat concept! So far they have provided 102,119 meals and counting. (updated 6/2013)

Mom Blog to Money Blog

How to make money blogging getSNAZZY.com tipjunkie.com mom blog to money blog workshop

I just signed up for Mom Blog to Money Blog presented by Laurie Turk of tipjunkie.com.  (Great early Christmas present) I’ve followed her blog for several years – awesome.

I didn’t start blogging for the money, but hey, if I can make some extra money while staying home with the kiddos that’s even better! Tomorrow will be my first day of the workshop.

Laurie makes over $10,000 a month from Google Adsense with Tip Junkie.com. Last month (before I started the workshop) I made $86 and I was ecstatic. I’m looking forward to learning some of her tips and growing that $86!  I’ll keep you posted! You can sign up too – BRING HOME THE BACON IN 31 DAYS OR LESS! Thanks to Laura of I’m an Organizing Junkie for telling me about this workshop! She has already completed the course. Read about her experience here.

Access the workshop at your leisure to receive:

  • 30 days of teaching. The ebook component breaks down this overwhelming task with easy-to-understand explanations, step-by-step instructions on how to complete each task, as well as a daily assignment.
  • 16 Checklists and Printables to keep the processes simple, help organize the process, and make sure you don’t skip a step. {wink}
  • 17 How-To Videos to show you how.  No more guessing if you did it right! Each video has “screen share” technology so you feel like you are sitting down with Laurie at your computer {via the video} as she walks you through each process.

What will I learn?

How to set your blog up for success from top to bottom. Including how to brand, make money, create community, and generate traffic through the different zones of your blog.

27 different ways to make money with your blog.  Laurie also gives her “anatomy of a blog post” formula with a template that makes SEO look like a piece of cake.

Easy ways to increase your traffic automatically and turn your blog into passive income. This way you can become known for what you make, say, or do… not for what you blog.

Simple strategies that allow other people to promote your blog easily and for free. If you’d like 100+ FREE assistants… this is a must-read chapter for you!

You’re not alone. How to create a blogging alliance {tribe}, a blog community, successful Linky Party and even Social Media conference tips to make the most of your time online.

Tricks of the Trade.  You’ll learn time saving tools and energy management techniques so you can focus on what you’re good at. You’ll also learn how to protect your online property, posts, RSS feed, and photos.

How to set up your Blog as a Business. I know you’ve heard this over and over again, but here you’ll get hands-on information on how to work with brands, invoice clients, contracts and agreements, rate sheets, campaign tracking, and FTC guidelines you need to know.

You’ll also dive into some scary “dude tech” like Webmaster tools. But, don’t worry, Laurie’s got your back with step-by-step videos with screen-capture so you can press “pause” anytime if you need.

You should join me on this adventure!

p.s. While you are here checkout my most popular post ever.

 

Recipe for Success!

‘Gold Key $’  designed by Martí Guixé

Felt Paper Dolls – Quiet Activity for Kids

Felt “Paper” Dolls are a great DIY quiet activity for toddlers and older kids. I made these as Christmas gifts last year. Felt dolls are fun like paper dolls but a lot sturdier! I made a boy and a girl version.

Felt Paper Dolls - EASY DIY Quiet Activity for Kids {Free Printable} getSNAZZY.com

 

Supplies – Felt (different colors/patterns), scissors, pattern, freezer paper & iron (optional), small box or bag to store final project.

1. Download & Print Pattern for Doll & Clothes
Free Printable Pattern – download PDF here.
2. Trace Pattern & Cut Out Shapes
Freezer Paper Trick: Trace your pattern onto freezer paper and iron it shiny side down onto your felt. Then cut out both layers (pattern & felt) at the same time. Peel off the freezer paper and you have a perfectly shaped felt piece! TIP: Use SHARP fabric scissors. If you don’t have freezer paper just use regular paper and pin the pattern onto the felt and cut out the shape.
3. Create & Decorate
Felt sticks to felt, so the clothes will stick to the doll. I glued a few extra decorations to personalize the shirts (for example I added a butterfly to the pink shirt, a dinosaur for the boy, etc.)
4. Display / Store
I put the finished project in a snap lid box with a picture book of some of the outfit possibilities. I took pictures of outfits and put them in a small photo album, looks like a mini clothing catalog. Be creative! Other Display ideas – Use a Picture Frame – take the glass out and replace with a piece of felt or use an easel to create a display board. You can also just include a rectangle piece of felt that’s slightly bigger than the doll. The table works fine too, you don’t need a special display. Be creative and enjoy!

Felt Paper Dolls - EASY DIY Quiet Activity for Kids {Free Printable} getSNAZZY.comFelt Paper Dolls - EASY DIY Quiet Activity for Kids {Free Printable} getSNAZZY.com

Great DIY gift idea for 2.5 years old and up.

Other ideas- make a “costume” box to dress up your felt doll for holidays. Create scenes out of felt – we built a house and learned about basic shapes too. We made a snowman and Christmas tree out of felt too.

Downloads are free, but I’d love if you would leave a comment! What are your favorite quiet time activities? Are you making any gifts this Christmas?  What do you make out of felt? Follow me on Pinterest too!

I linked up with I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Craft-o-Maniac, Homemaker on a DimeDIY Showoff, Alderberry Hill, Project Inspire.

DIY Halloween Costumes

Part of the fun of Halloween is the hunt for costumes! We always made / put together our Halloween costumes. I even inherited the big box of costumes pieces from my parents when I got married.

Here are a few past DIY costumes:

The Milkman and a 50′s Housewife (scandalous, yes, I know)
Essentials: carton of milk, milk man patch (we ironed one on a white shirt), white pants, bow tie 50′s Housewife: vintage style dress (thrift store), apron, pearls, cleaning gloves, milk mustache (white toothpaste) and of course a baby bump #maternity #halloween #costume

The milkman and 50s housewife - DIY halloween costume @getSNAZZY

Hawaiian Punch & Dr. Pepper
Dress for a luau with grass skirt and leis, add boxing gloves and carry a jug of Hawaiian Punch! My hubby was Dr. Pepper (He wore scrubs and pinned plastic chili peppers to his stethoscope and made an ID badge that said Dr. Pepper) I can’t find a picture of both of us!

DIY Halloween Costume- Hawaiian PUNCH @getSNAZZY

Last year we weren’t as creative… our son was less than 2 months old, so it was a little crazy! Scarecrow- pin patches onto overalls, add some raffia and a straw hat, baby wore monster pjs, I had a witch hat and all black clothes, hubby was a Zombie Marathoner – just wear running clothes and paint your face. Happy Halloween!

DIY Halloween Costumes - Zombie Runner, Witch, Monster, Scarecrow @getSNAZZY

What are your Halloween costumes this year? Or all time favorites?

 

Welcome BuzzFeed readers! My Hawaiian Punch costume was featured here - 26 Hilariously Clever Halloween Costumes (Punny Halloween Costumes).

Follow me on Pinterest for more ideas!

And while you are here, check out my most popular post ever.

Happy Halloween!

Meal List: Menu Planning with Choices

It’s the last week of Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp. A big thanks to Sharon from Momof6 for the motivation and great tips on menu planning (and everything else!)

Ah, menu planning. I have tried and failed several times. So, what’s the problem? I was making it too complicated and not planning ahead. I am not a chef, I am a mom that wants to save money and time while making healthy meals for my family.

Meal Planning Theme Nights

I’m taking Sharon’s suggestion and making theme nights. Here are our themes for meal planning!

Menu List Meal Planning Theme Nights getSNAZZY
Monday – Mexican Tuesday- Italian Wednesday – Easy Thursday -Slow Cooker Friday – Favorites Weekend – Open (We usually have leftovers for lunch)

 

Menu List with Choices

I get stuck in a rut and we eat the same boring meals all the time. Not anymore, here’s my menu list with choices! Click here to download a PDF of my Menu List: Meal Planning with Choices. We will follow the theme night and reference this list of meal ideas. Each Sunday at our family meeting we will pick choices for the week and add them to the dry erase menu board in our kitchen command center. Then I’ll make my shopping list using Grocery iQ. No excuse for not cooking at home, I will have the ingredients and a plan BEFORE 5 o’clock.

 

Master Meal Plan List - Meal Planning with Choices - Menu List - getSNAZZY

Click here to download a PDF of my Menu List: Meal Planning with Choices

* Select Main Ingredient (Meat, Seafood, Vegetarian) 1. Select Cuisine or Meat Choice as starting point 2. Pick Sauce / Seasoning 3. Select Cooking Method and Find Recipe (I have a binder of favorites) 4. Pick Sides * All the combinations won’t work, but experiment and try something new!
{Plan, Prepare, Eat, Enjoy!}

 

p.s. What menu planning system do you use? What are your “go-to” meals?

 

Downloads are free, but I would love it if you’d leave me a comment! Follow me on Pinterest too :)

Thanks for joining me on my 4 week journey: Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp.

Click each week to see my progress!

{Intro} Get Your Life Organized Boot Camp
{Week 1 } Set Up Some Stations!
{Week 2 } Establish Routines
{Week 3} Getting the Most Out of Your Calendar!
{Week 4} Menu Planning

 

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