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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rotisserie Blackened Chicken Parmesan Pasta In Under 30 Minutes!

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rotisserie Chicken parmesan in under 30 minutes

School for my boys has officially begun! Gone are the lazy carefree days of summer. We are now moving on to our regular chaotic life, which with 4 boys is never dull. With all the activities, I’m often asked how we manage to eat wholesome meals. When do I actually have time to prepare them? This is a legitimate question, since it can take over an hour to pick 4 boys up from 4 different schools. By the time I am done, we are preparing for that night’s homework, practices, games or other events. On a week night, I need meals that are effortless, less than 30 minutes, are limited in their number of ingredients and most importantly— that all 4 boys will eat. This recipe fits all that criteria and I’m sure your family will enjoy it as much as mine. The secret is a rotisserie chicken. It makes meal prep so much easier! I'm sure you're like me, very busy, and you need ideas like these to make dinner in a Snap!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Travel Tips For Packing Luggage

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 Travel Tips Packing Hacks. My travel tips for packing luggage using travel packing bags, luggage choices, and gadgets for your electronics. Don't leave home without reading this post!
 


 One of the most common questions I am asked is, “How do you pack light?”. After many trips, I’ve mastered the art of packing for what works for me. I use several tips and tools and have come up with the following travel tips for packing luggage. When I first started out, I told myself I didn’t need the gadgets, but the truth is, they make all the difference! From storing clothes, to storing toiletries, to making sure to save room for purchases, I’m good to go. I hope you enjoy and utilize my travel tips and packing hacks!

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Inspiring and Uplifting Stationary For Teen Girls

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     This is a more personal post than usual for me, but this is something that has been on my heart for the last few weeks and I decided to share it with you all. Many of you followed me on my adventures across Europe last spring via instagram and my #Hoff2SeeTheWorld hashtag. Part of our journey was visiting some dear relatives in England. We spent a week visiting and catching up with our loved ones. It was truly a special time. When we booked our trip, we went knowing it was probably the last time we’d see one of our favorite relatives, a spunky lady we love, who will be turning 99 next year. But life throws us curve balls sometimes, and it turns out trip ended up with us saying goodbye to another loved one without realizing it at all. Less than 4 months later, in a blink of an eye, my thoughtful and adventurous cousin passed away very unexpectedly. She was young and full of life, vibrant, cheerful, compassionate and simply amazing in our eyes. She was a mother of 3 young children, all who adored her, and rightly so.

     We’ve spent the last few weeks trying to wrap the news around in our heads, and it’s just unimaginable. To have someone so fully alive be gone the next moment is just to hard to describe. Our thoughts have gone to her sweet young teen girls, and her precocious little boy. They were very close to their mother and I know they are feeling the pain deeply. I can remember being that young, and dealing with death is hard at that age. Honestly, just being a teen girl is hard enough! I’ve been wanting to send some small gifts to the girls, to let them know how loved they are, and how much we are thinking about them everyday. But what? When I saw the Sadie Robertson Live Original Line from Day Spring at Hobby Lobby, I knew instantly that this was it.

     You might have seen my sneak peek on Instagram the other day:



     The journal is just perfect. The pages are full of scriptures that will uplift,  and give the girls ideas of what to journal. I hope they find it easy to write their thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears in it. Journaling is very therapeutic, and I hope they will be able to use them as a creative outlet.

a diary is a place to write your hopes, your fears, your dreams. Sadie Robertson Live Original Line from Day Spring is a perfect gift for teen girls.

This Journal Belongs To a person loved very much - Day Spring Diary for a teenage girl.
 
     The next item I found made me smile. I mean—check out the cute cover! I totally want to frame that!

Just Be Yourself Sticky Note Portfolio

    This is actually a sticky note portfolio. It features lots of different designs. Some with art, and some with scripture. I hope the girls find these cheerful notes all over the place, and that each one brings them a smile.

Think happy Be happy Sticky notes

    The last item, are these darling Scripture Shareables. I’m sending these in hopes that they will pass them onto friends, loved ones, classmates, or even strangers. I love the “There’s no one else on Earth like you” quote on each one. So very true!

There s no one else like you scripture sharables

     I think all of the items in the Sadie Robertson Live Original Line from Day Spring are absolutely adorable, and uplifting. I love that Sadie isn’t too much older than my sweet cousins. She has such a sweet grace about her, that I think any young girl could appreciate that. I can’t imagine the hurt of losing their mother, but I really hope that sending these cute items will brighten there day. Remember how new notebooks and cute stationary could brighten up your day as a teen?

Washi Tape Wrapped Present With Bible Verse

     Here is the package all wrapped up and ready to go. I have a few more items to stash in the box (can’t leave their adorable little brother out!), and off to England this goes.

My beautiful cousin will be so missed. She was truly a beautiful person, inside and out.

Sometimes there really are no words. Just lots of prayers, and lots of faith.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

How to personalize a camp foot locker with vinyl

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Decorate A Camp Locker in under an hour. Easy DIY lesson on how to decorate a summer camp locker / trunk. Custom Trunks are all the rage and your little one with adore it. Less than 1 hour from start to finish! Uses a Cricut cutting machine and vinyl. #camp #locker #cricut #vinyl #craft #DIY

    Last summer, one of my friends came to me and asked me to decorate her daughter’s camp locker. I was thrilled to do this for her! I worked at a summer camp during my college years and adored my time there. A lot of kiddos are headed to sports camps, church camps, teen camps, and all kinds of other summer camps (my oldest attends math camp). Most of the sleep away camps request that children bring foot lockers to store their clothes and other items. They make fabulous impromptu seats and can store a lot. But who wants to have the standard, blah, boring foot locker? My friend purchased this foot locker from Walmart:
Wheeled Storage Trunk - Walmart.com

Storage foot locker trunk for summer camps.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer Activities for Dogs

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Easy summer activities to get the energy out of your dogs during the summer heat. From water toys to bubbles, we offer simple ideas. Along with activities we discuss Purina Beyond Grain Free Dog Food and why we chose to have it be the fuel for our dogs. #PetsLoveBeyond #CollectiveBias #AD #dogs #pets #summertime
 
      Summertime can be a hard time for our furry pets. Texas summers are really hard. There are days were the weather just won’t allow us to walk our doggies. No one wants to see pavement burn their pet’s paws. Maybe your dogs are like our 2 Boston’s and still have energy. Our dogs look forward to spending time outdoors, so we’ve had to adjust our schedule to reflect the Texas heat. I’d love to share how we channel their energy in our back yard. By splitting these activities throughout the day, we are able to get the same effect as walking our dogs. To keep my dog's energy up while playing, we feed them Purina® Beyond® Grain Free Dog Food.

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