Wordless Wednesday- Snow Day

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Getting a true snow day in middle Tennessee is rare. Getting a full week of ice and snow is rarer still. Here are some pretty captures from the weekend when our ice and sleet finally turned to beautiful snow. 

Snow nature, birds, birdbaths, winter scene, serene





snow, birds, Cardinal, winter scene, serene





snow, winter scene, shed, peaceful,




Please share in comments: How much snow has your neighborhood gotten this winter?


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Keep track of important business papers with Smead folders

Monday, February 23, 2015

My thanks to Smead, via Shoplet.com, for providing me with free products to facilitate today’s post. All opinions and love of organization are my own. 

If I had a penny for every invoice, bill, receipt or work-related piece of paper I touch in a day, I could buy myself a tall latte at least twice a week with zero budget guilt. As the chief important-paperwork-wrangler for my family’s small businesses, I know the importance of having a workable filing system in place. Notice I say “workable”. What’s workable for me may not be workable for you, so if you find yourself drowning in paperwork, now is the perfect time to research different filing and organizing systems. 


Smead SuperTab file folders MyWAHMPlan.com
Smead SuperTab folders


No matter what filing and organizing system you choose, you will need to purchase some file folders. During my 15+ years of being a work-at-home mom, I have come to rely on Smead folders. They are practically indestructible. You can easily tear off old labels to re-purpose these folders, or if you are like my husband who doesn’t like labels, you can white out the label area and write new information as needed.

Writing all the important information on a little label area used to be a pain, but Smead has provided a simple solution- Smead SuperTab file Folders! These folders give you a 90% larger label/writing area and will still fit in all file drawers! They hold up to 6 letters easily without crumpling them, too. The pink beauties, shown above, will be used by yours truly for my blog/writing business. 


Smead 3-in-1 SuperTab file folders #homeoffice #filing #wahm
Smead 3-in-1 SuperTab folders


The new Smead 3-in-1 SuperTab folders are in a word, genius! These are perfect for my husband’s cabinet/carpentry business where he has multiple pieces of paperwork per job with him often. He can easily store CAD drawings, job project lists, receipts, paint swatches, and client/architect/designer notes in this huge, 12-letter-size folder. The best part of this SuperTab folder is the Lockit flap at the top that keeps papers secure. Now my husband can walk around job sites and conduct business without fear of dropping important papers.


Smead 12 pocket stadium file #organizer #small business
Smead 12 pocket Stadium File Organizer


This brings me to the last Smead product I had the privilege of reviewing.  The Stadium File Organizer. This beauty of a portable filing cabinet is going in my husband’s shop, where he can keep important paperwork on hand as jobs progress. Since it can hold over 900 sheets in the 12-tiered pockets, we’ll be able to transfer papers from his 3-in-1 folders to the Stadium folders as certain aspects of the job are complete. This will be the holding station until each job is completely done and I make a permanent file for that client.


Thanks to Smead’s newest file folders and organizer, my husband and I will be better able to keep a handle on our complex filing system, which will improve our productivity.  That’s a small business win in our book.

I invite you to learn more about Smead products by using the links provided for each above. Be sure to visit Shoplet.com to learn more about their home and office supplies as well.


Please share in comments: How often do you use file folders in your home office? Would you like me to do a more in-depth tutorial on home office organization? Please let me know in comments!


Disclosure: My thanks to Smead and Shoplet.com for providing the products mentioned above to facilitate my review.Opinions are 100% my own. No monetary compensation was given. I’m disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Tips on hosting an Epic tween birthday party #Disneyside

Friday, February 20, 2015

On a recent mild Saturday afternoon, a group of happy tweens arrived at our home to help my daughter celebrate her 12th birthday.  They were full of energy and giggles right from the start!

The hostess ready to greet her guests #Disneyside #celebration


The birthday “Princess” was ready to greet her guests and make them feel welcome. For twenty minutes, we met girls and parents and exchanged pleasantries as one should. All went according to plan. That would be the last time I could say that with any real confidence! The great thing about tweens is their spontaneity!  So my first tip to hosting an epic tween birthday party is: Plan to not follow your plan exactly.


Show your #Disneyside #celebration MyWAHMPlan.com
My next tip is to pick a theme that has a lot of wiggle room. While my daughter liked the “idea” of a Disney Villain style party, she didn’t want it to be over the top with decorations.  We went with simple purple, green, gray and black pieces and accessories. The clear favorite was the villain banner! Hello Ursula, Maleficent and Darth Vader!


#Disneyside Villain themed #party banner


After the girls had played outside for a while they came in ready for a snack. We had lots of on hand, but before I could get a photo to share- these girls descended upon the table with an appetite only a tween boy could rival! Which leads me to my next tween party tip: don’t take too many photos and never snap a picture of a girl with her mouth full of food! So, not cool Mom!

#Disneyside #party snack time MyWAHMPlan.com


After the girls hung out listening to music and taking selfies (yes, the irony isn’t lost on me) they went totally off plan and asked to do hair, nails and makeup instead of the crafts and games we had planned. Tip number 3: Roll with it, when at all possible. 


Here's my girls take on Maleficent nails.  We used black, green and purple nail polish- but you could use whatever darker colors you have on hand. I think they turned out nice!

#Maleficent style nails #Disneyside #Villains


Want to create your own Maleficent Villain style nails? Here’s a quick tutorial for you to follow.

Maleficent inspired nail art #Disneyside


After dinner, which included lots of pizza and veggies, the girls were ready to be frightened by playing flashlight tag! Living out in the country like we do, Mother Nature provided us with a very dark and mysterious landscape, perfect to frighten and amaze city dwellers! Maleficent would approve!


girls playing flashlight tag #Disneyside #tween party fun!


While down at our pond, these girls got themselves so scared, they ran back to the house and got us parents involved! It was a perfect, crisp, clear night on our land for flashlight tag. Even with all the flood lights on there was much screaming and laughter.


The hubby and myself have fun playing flashlight tag #Disneyside

I must confess- this older Princess had a lot of fun outside with her Prince.


Tip number 4: Let your tweens explore and push the boundaries just a bit. Their party is the perfect time to allow ghost stories and playing outside after dark (weather permitting) as long as you establish safety guidelines first. Parents, even if you don’t want to be seen- stay close where you can hear and see the kids. 


Later that evening, the girls decided to get to the games and crafts part of our party plan. The clear favorite was the jar painting craft!

Girls just want to have fun! #Disneyside craft time

They laughed and talked and joked and ate and laughed some more until it was movie time.

I cleaned up the happy mess as best I could and left the living room to them. Which leads me to tip number 5: let your child host, but set ground rules before guests arrive. Chat with your son or daughter about snacks and drinks allowed, which movies are approved for watching and what time the party must wind down so kids can go to sleep if you are hosting a sleepover party like we did.


As I was preparing breakfast the next morning, the girls naturally gravitated back to the craft area to finish up their jars before pick up time arrived. That's when I knew this craft project was a winner

morning craft time #Disneyside MyWAHMPlan.com


Even though this was a bit of a messy endeavor, I think all the jars turned out as pretty and as individual as the girls who painted them.


painted keepsake jar #Disneyside party craft


My last tip on throwing an epic tween birthday party, one in which your child and their friends tell you how much fun they had and how Epic! the party was. It's simple- sprinkle your party liberally with laughter and a healthy dose of pixie dust style patience and you too can pull off a great tween party!


Pixie Dust for goodie bags #Disneyside



Disney wants you to show your #Disneyside by being happy and sharing what you love about Disney! Showing your Disneyside will look different for every family and that’s what makes life fun.


#Disneyside #birthday party fun


If you’d like to throw your own #Disneyside at home celebration, head on over to DisneySide Celebrations and check out all the amazing themes, tips, activities and recipes they have. I'm betting you'll be able to pull of an epic party too!



Please share in comments: What is your favorite Disney Villain character and why?


Disclosure: My thanks to Disneyside for providing us with a box of Villain worthy goodies to use how we chose to show our Disneyside. No compensation was given or wanted. We are happy to show our Disneyside as often as possible.

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Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe Plus #PublixVivaItalia Savings & Giveaway! #spon

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Thanks to Viva Italia Days at Publix: Hunt’s Tomatoes, Progresso™ Brand Products, Kraft Parmesan Cheese, Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Breads, Betty Crocker™ Cookies for sponsoring today's discussion. All opinions and love of cooking are my own.

How many times has this happened to you? You’ve forgotten to lay out the chicken for dinner, again - or worse, you remembered to defrost the meat, but your kids veto what you’ve got planned for dinner. There’s an uprising over “another” stir fry; like you’ve been trying to feed them this for days on end. 

What’s a mom to do? Raid the pantry, of course!

#PublixVivaItalia raid the pantry dinner


This recipe was inspired by the notion of always having a plan B dinner on hand for those nights when life throws you a curve-ball. Thanks to Publix, it’s super easy to plan ahead and make this tasty recipe! Your family won’t believe you got this meal on the table in under an hour! 




Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake #recipe on MyWAHMPlan.com


Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake – serves 8


Ingredients:

1 – 18 oz. can Progresso Creamy Mushroom Soup
1- 14.5 oz. can Hunts Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes w/ Garlic
2- 10 oz. can Chicken Breast Meat in water
1 box Rigatoni or pasta of your choice, raid your pantry!
1 cup Kraft 6 cheese Italian blend shredded cheese
3/4 cup Kraft shredded Parmesan cheese
2- tablespoons Canola or other cooking oil (for casserole dish and pasta water)
¼ cup water (I use pasta water)
Salt, pepper Italian style dried herbs to taste.


Directions:

Boil pasta to al dente as per box directions. About nine minutes.
Preheat oven to 350° F
Grease casserole dish.
Using a spider or slotted spoon, pull al dente pasta from water and spread evenly in casserole dish.
Add salt, pepper and Italian style dried herbs to pasta.
Add ¼ cup pasta water.
Mix in seasonings.
Next, add all canned ingredients starting with creamy mushroom soup, then tomatoes, then chicken and mix.
Add the Kraft 6 cheese Italian blend shredded cheese, and lightly fold in to casserole.
Top with Kraft Parmesan cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.


Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake dinner MyWAHMPlan.com
Dinner is served!

Serve with a garden salad and Pillsbury French bread loaf, which can be cooked at the same oven temperature as the Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake. Serve Betty Crocker Double Chocolate Chunk cookies for dessert, if time allows you to bake them ahead of time.  Enjoy!


More easy recipe inspiration:



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Update your bathroom easily with new faucets & fixtures from Danze #sponsored

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


I was so excited when I was selected by Makobi Scribe to write a post and receive a free bathroom product from Danze.  All opinions and love of home improvement are my own.

Beautiful, updated shower from Danze.com

Since buying our 90’s ranch style home in rural middle Tennessee, I have dreamed of updating the bathrooms! Sure, we’d love to gut them and bring in all new products from floor to ceiling and we will get to that one day- but for now, the quickest and most affordable way to update our baths is with new faucets and fixtures. 


Our master bathroom is in need of a new shower head and I found one I love at Danze.comSince all our fixtures and faucets are in brushed Nickel, I was immediately drawn to the Sunflower 6 inch round single function shower head in brushed Nickel. It's available in Chrome and oil brushed Bronze as well. Maybe it was the name that drew me to this shower head since I’m an avid gardener, or maybe it was simply my love of clean lines and functionality.


#Sunflower shower head from Danze.com


The Sunflower sounds like a perfect match for us because it offers easy to clean jets to prevent mineral build-up (a huge plus in our hard water area), and a Brass ball joint for easy and smooth angle adjustment of shower head, which comes in very handy when you are shorter than your tall husband! It’s an affordable option that will last a long time because of its metal construction too. 


I’m excited to give this shower head a try and have my eye on their Cape Anne  bathroom faucet set too. 

Cape Anne faucet set from Danze.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

If you are in need of a bathroom update, I suggest starting with your bathroom faucets and fixtures. I invite you to learn more about Danze, a leading brand in fine kitchen and bath products for home improvement. 


Visit their website; check out their products and get inspired guides on their website and Pinterest to help you plan and dream.





Please share in comments: What is your favorite bathroom faucet and fixture finish? Chrome, Brushed Nickel or oil rubbed Bronze?

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Simple snow day craft projects for kids & gift card giveaway #FCbloggers

Monday, February 16, 2015

Thank you to Family Christian for sponsoring today’s review and giveaway. All opinions and love of crafting are my own.

Rain, sleet, snow, ice.  Four words nobody wants to hear, but much of the south has been hit by a winter storm the likes of which we haven’t seen in many years. And those words are still in our weather outlook for at least 24 hours.  Thankfully, we had ample notice of our impending snow days, so we stocked up on necessities.  One of the necessities for this work-at-home mom is craft supplies! Nothing keeps my girls happy and engaged more than a new bunch of craft supplies.


Thank you card #craft #paper #stamps #pens


We’d had the opportunity to shop at FamilyChristian.com a couple of weeks ago and I’d made a point of putting up the order for just such an occasion, and I’m really glad I did. Like me, you might think of Family Christian book stores for Christian based books, like the newest Max Lucado book, Before Amen (which I highly recommend), or their awesome selection of Willow Tree figurines; but their craft section shouldn’t be missed! 

 Bright Card stock MyWAHMPlan.com



My youngest recently celebrated her birthday, so she decided to make personalized thank-you cards with the cool card stock and stamp set she got from our online shopping trip.

The great thing about the card stock we chose, besides its vibrant color choices, is the way the pad form keeps the sheets inside from getting damaged. Plus, the edge around the top cover shows the assortment of colors for you to easily find the color family you want. The texture of the card stock has a woven linen look, which makes it perfect for cards.


Princess stamp set MyWAHMPlan.com


After my daughter chose her paper, she got out all the stamps and pencils from this awesome princess stamping set from Melissa & Doug and set to work making her own unique thank-you cards. 


stamping craft time MyWAHMPlan.com



I love how each one turned out a bit different and how much fun my birthday girl had making her own cards. Clean-up and storage was a breeze, because all the stamps and pencils fit right back in their wooden tray. 

sew cute owl kit MyWAHMPlan.com



My oldest daughter had picked out an owl sewing craft kit that is beyond cute! The Sew Cute kit includes everything you need to make two fun and easy owl projects!  She set to work by familiarizing herself with all the supplies provided in her kit. 


owl craft kit supplies MyWAHMPlan.com


This is an easy and fun craft she can do in an afternoon. I think she’s going to give one of the cute owl friends to one of her friends for an upcoming birthday gift too. 

I love how our snow day craft projects not only made my girls’ day happy, but how they will be spreading that happiness to their friends as well. That’s the great thing about doing crafts and D.I.Y. projects; you usually wind up sharing that love with others. 


How about I share some crafting love with you by giving you a chance to win a $10.00 gift certificate to shop at FamilyChristian.com


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Color of the month February 2015 Sunset Pink

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Oh February, how I want to love you.  You are positively filled with celebration days: National Freedom Day (2/1), Groundhog Day (2/2), Valentine's Day (2/14), Mardi Gras (2/17) Chinese New Year (2/19). 

 All of these days fill my mind with vivid colors just thinking about how I might decorate to celebrate the day- but it's not enough. I want to look out my window and see a colorful landscape, but dear February, you just can't manage that.  

What you can manage and do provide most beautifully is glorious sunrises and sunsets. It was a toss up which I'd pick for this months color, but in the end, the sunsets won.


Here's a photo of a resent sunset in my neck of the woods.


February #sunset pink


And here's my Pinterest board for this month. I hope you like it! 




If you have a sunset photo you'd like me to see, or other pins (family friendly) that boast a sunset pink vibe, let me know in comments and I'll add it to my board.

Stay Warm! 


Please share in comments: Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets and why?


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Hallmark wants to help us #PutYourHeartToPaper this Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


I love giving and receiving cards for the big holidays and celebrations of life and Valentine’s Day is an important one to me.  When Hallmark asked its bloggers if they’d like to receive some complimentary Valentine’s Day cards to review and share our thoughts, I had my virtual hand way up high in the air! My thanks to Hallmark for sponsoring today's post.  All thoughts and love of love are all my own. 


#Hallmark Valentine's Day cards MyWAHMPlan.com


As another Valentine’s Day draws near, I was drawn to the stack of cards I’ve saved from my husband over the course of our 22 year marriage. Countless ones are from Hallmark, so it comes as no surprise that from now until the very last minute on February 14th, Hallmark cards are jumping off store shelves and with very good reason. They speak to us. They help us say what we want to say to all the special people in our lives.


#Hallmark puppy butt! card MyWAHMPlan.com


When I saw this card from Hallmark’s Shoebox collection, I immediately though this would be perfect for my daughter who loves puppies! After reading the sentiment inside the card- I thought, this would also be perfect for any single friends or family in your life because it isn’t about “coupledom” or happily ever after.  It’s just a card that’s funny and says, Hey, I’m thinking about you today.



#Hallmark Beetle Valentine's Day Card MyWAHMPlan.com


Next, I fell in LOVE with the wonderfully artistic and colorful cards by Mirna K. Stubbs for Hallmark’s Studio Ink collection.  If you had asked me about putting a couple of Beetles on a Valentine’s Day card for adults, I would have looked at you like you were crazy talking, but this card works! It’s simple, yet beautiful. It makes me think of far off destinations full of color and promise.  I could see somebody receiving this card and putting it up on their bulletin board, or in a frame to treasure. As a matter of fact, I’m giving this one to my oldest daughter because I saw her positive reaction to it. 



#Hallmark Valentine's Day card collection #MyWAHMPlan.com

While looking through the rest of the collection Hallmark sent me, I would think “Oh, this one is perfect for my husband!” Then, I read another and then another and honestly, there were 3 beautiful cards from different Hallmark collections and artists including Sarah Jessica Parker that I could give my husband and it would be perfect!



Hallmark #PutYourHearttoPaper MyWAHMPlan.com


Hallmark wants to help all of us find the right card and find the right words to express how we feel about those most important to us; to #PutYourHeartToPaper. That’s why they have set up an awesome site full of inspirational ideas on how we can fully express ourselves. There are even some tips for writing a love-letter!  Can you imagine receiving a hand written love letter? Be still my heart. 


The site even have a series of videos that Hallmark shot with six couples (they’re really awesome) that will touch your heart. These couples were asked how they would express their love without using the word love. Their answers are so heartfelt; you may get teary eyed like I did. You will come away feeling hopeful that love can conquer all. As a wife of some 22 years, I was drawn to Bob and Kim’s story. They have been married for 56 years! What an amazing testimony to marriage and life really.  Told you I love love. 


Watch their video:






I invite you to visit the new  Hallmark holiday today site and get inspired to share all the love that’s in your heart this Valentine’s Day.  Ten head on over to Hallmark.com and shop their Valentine's Day card selection. You can personalize it, purchase it online and Hallmark will mail it for you! There's plenty of gifts to choose from as well. 



No matter how you celebrate Valentine's day, remember to lead with kindness, shine your light, and let love live in your heart.

From all of us to all of you: Happy Valentine's Day!




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