Control the Clutter with Drop Zones

January 6, 2015

(Family Features) After returning home from a long day at work, a weekend soccer tournament or an all-day shopping excursion, it’s natural to want to drop everything and relax. However, literally dropping everything can cause a tremendous amount of clutter in the home, leading to stress, misplaced items and wasted time. To eliminate the clutter […]

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December Empties

January 5, 2015
December Empties
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Sunday Stash and Standouts

January 4, 2015
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Finish 6 by Christmas FINAL

January 2, 2015
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I finally finished my first project pan!

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Books Read in 2014

December 31, 2014
the kite runner

My goal this year was to read 30 books. 1. The Kite Runner 2. The Book Thief 3. The Chaperone 4. Warm Bodies 5. Spider Bones 6. The Making of Nebraska Brown – Review 7. Reconstructing Amelia – Review 8. Here and Again – Review 9. The Never Never Sisters – Review 10. Fallen Beauty […]

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December 30, 2014
chilis cinnamon apples

This was a great year for Dishwater Dreams and I thank you for coming by as often as you do to check out what is going on in my little world! These are the top 10 reader favorites from the blog this year. #10 – Chili’s Cinnamon Apples recipe #9 Movie Review – The Lego […]

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Wantable Accessories Box, December 2014

December 22, 2014

This is the first Wantable Accessories box I have been disappointed in. Products in the box: Brooke Ring, $18 These stackable rings are nice. They almost fit my ring finger. I would wear them without the gold. Claire Bracelet $14 This is the only item in the box I love. It fits well and I […]

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Sunday Stash and Standouts plus a FAIL

December 21, 2014
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Birchbox Man, December 2014

December 18, 2014

Wow this month’s Birchbox Man smelled good! Products in the box: Coolife Le Premier Parfum, Retail Value $175, Sample Value $17.50 This smells wonderful. It is very strong though. A little goes a long way. Ryan and I both love this scent. But wow is it expensive! Nice Laundry Socks, Retail Value $49 for 6 […]

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Ipsy Glam Bag December 2014

December 17, 2014
ipsy glam bag December 2014

This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag was disappointing. Every time I get a disappointing bag the next month is amazing though. So I’m looking forward to January. Products in the bag: Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry, Retail Value $29, Sample Value $2.90 I am excited to try this product, but it is unlikely that I […]

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Enjoy High Quality, Low Stress Dinners at Home

December 16, 2014

<img id=”mainimage” src=””/><p>(Family Features) With today’s busy schedules, it’s not always easy finding time to shop for ingredients, prepare and serve a homemade meal. Fortunately, you don’t need to sacrifice quality, taste or variety to find&nbsp;convenient and delicious dinner solutions to enjoy.&nbsp;</p> <p>Keep reading for ideas on how to create a delectable dinner without any […]

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Sweet & Smoky Roast Chicken

December 11, 2014
sweet and smoky roast chicken

From Chef Matt Gordon Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 75 minutes Servings: 4-6   Chicken brine: 1/3       cup kosher salt 1/4       cup granulated sugar 1/4       cup brown sugar 4          sprigs fresh thyme 8          cloves garlic 1          tablespoon peppercorns 1          lemon, sliced 1          whole chicken (2.5-4 pounds), […]

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Easy-to-Make Italian Meals

December 10, 2014

(Family Features) In an effort to squeeze in valuable time together, more families are zooming past the drive-thru and heading home to the table for simpler, satisfying and more wholesome dinners. Busy schedules can make dinnertime a challenge for many families. With sports practices, dance rehearsals and after-school activities galore, many parents are doing well […]

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Take the Stress out of Holiday Shopping

December 4, 2014
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Between your regular daily activities and all the parties and family obligations, the days leading up to Christmas seem to fly by at a frenetic pace. And somehow in all that, you still have to find time to get your holiday shopping done. These tips and techniques can help relieve stress and keep you on […]

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Tree-ific Holiday Treats with Kids

December 2, 2014

Trim the Tree Cupcakes (Family Features) For many adults, the holidays are transformed by the chance to experience the wonders of the season through the eyes of children. There’s no better way to elicit a merry twinkle all around than by creating festive holiday treats together in the kitchen. Getting kids involved in holiday baking […]

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Finish 6 By Christmas Update

December 1, 2014
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November Empties

November 28, 2014
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Cheerios Christmas Trees

November 25, 2014
Cheerios Christmas Trees

Prep time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes Servings: 18 6          cups Honey Nut Cheerios cereal 6          tablespoons butter or margarine 4 1/2    cups miniature marshmallows Betty Crocker green gel food color Betty Crocker red cinnamon decors or sliced gumdrops   Line cookie sheet with waxed paper.   Pour cereal […]

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Favorite Makeup Brushes

November 24, 2014
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Wantable Accessories Box November 2014

November 21, 2014

The Wantable Accessories box is one of my favorite subscription boxes! Products in the box: Clarissa Earrings, $16 Tracey Bracelet $14 Sara Earrings $14 Janey Necklace $24 The Wantable Accessories subscription costs $36 a month or $40 for a one time box. This box was worth $68. Check out Wantable here.

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Boxycharm November 2014

November 20, 2014
MicaBeauty Eye Primer

This was my first Boxycharm and I am in LOVE! Products in the box: MicaBeauty Eye Primer, Full Size, Retail Value $44.95 This is a cream eye primer with a neutral beige color. I really like the texture and it was so easy to apply. OFRA Cosmetics Pressed Blush in Paradise Pink, Full Size, Retail […]

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4 Tips to Help Busy Moms Make it Through Thanksgiving

November 19, 2014

As most busy moms know all too well, putting aside daily work and home responsibilities to clean and decorate the house and then shop for the turkey and trimmings for Thanksgiving is a feat, if not impossible. Instead, Moms’ already-full to do lists overflow with tasks in anticipation of the in-law arrival and 20-pound bird […]

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Birchbox November 2014

November 18, 2014
Birchbox November 2014

I was pleased with this month’s Birchbox. Products in the box: amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, Retail Value $21, Sample value $6.75 So far this is the only dry shampoo I have tried that I like. It did put a bit of a white cast in my hair but it brushed out easily. It has […]

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Madam Glam Nail Polish Review

November 12, 2014
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Get 30% off at Madam Glam – Use this link and the code YT30OFF

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The Various Reasons Behind Home Remodeling

November 7, 2014

Have you ever considered remodeling your house but you are hesitant to do so? If you are still confused, then you must be enlightened with the right reasons to reconstruct a house. Before contacting your trusted home remodeling contractor, take a quick review on these listed rationales for undergoing home remodeling. For Eco- Friendly Purposes […]

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Five Tips to Help Busy Families Be Unstoppable

November 6, 2014

(Family Features) When the whole family is on the go, it’s important to try to maximize time spent together as much as possible. Olympic gold medal figure skater and mom of two Kristi Yamaguchi knows how to be unstoppable –  both on and off the ice – and has developed some tips to help balance […]

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Kid-Friendly Snacks to Nourish Mind and Tummy

November 4, 2014

(Family Features) Parents don’t often encourage their children to play with their food. However, when snack time offers the opportunity to nourish both the body and the mind, that’s a treat any parent would be glad to serve their little ones. Learning and snacking together Invite the kids into the kitchen and take snack time […]

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7 Ways to Monitor Your Kids

November 3, 2014
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You pay the cost to be the boss, so you deserve the right to know what your children are doing when their hands are tapping away at the screens of their favorite electronic devices. But there’s only one problem: he or she may using these gadgets when you’re not around and you may not have […]

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October Favorites

October 31, 2014
October Favorites

I can not believe it is the end of October already! This year is just flying by!

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New Twist on Classic Campfire S’mores

October 30, 2014

Roasting marshmallows around the campfire with friends and family is a popular pastime. Luckily, the classic combination of chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker can be enjoyed in so many ways – whether you’re fireside or stuck inside!   Try giving the sticky-sweet summer favorite a modern twist by using DOVE Dark Chocolate. As the No. […]

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October Empties

October 29, 2014
October Empties

Let’s talk trash!

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Look & Feel Younger: Adopt These 5 Healthy Habits

October 25, 2014

Motherhood can really do a number on your self image. From the frequent night wakings to dealing with body issues, it’s all too easy to lose that youthful resolve you used to have. Thankfully, with a little perspective and a lot of intention, there are some simple habits you can adopt right now to start […]

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Finish 6 By Christmas Update

October 24, 2014
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Gluten-Free Brookies

October 23, 2014

Gluten-Free Brookies (Family Features) The end of summer marks the beginning of the busy back-to-school season. From PTA meetings and fundraisers to team parties, there are lots of gatherings that require delicious baked goods. To make sure everyone who attends can enjoy the treats, try the gluten-free Brookie. It’s a creative combination of two favorites: […]

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Lip Monthly October 2014

October 22, 2014
Starlooks Lip Sugar

Lip Monthly is a fairly new subscription service that focuses on lip products. Products in the box: Starlooks Lip Sugar, Retail Value $2 I don’t see the flavor I seemed to have gotten on their website.  The website lists only vanilla, but the one I received is a brown sugar. It smells just like brown […]

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You Nailed It: Tips for perfectly pretty nails

October 21, 2014

(Family Features) Nails have become the ultimate form of self-expression in beauty. From classic French manicures and gel finishes to elaborate designs and bold neons, nails reflect your own unique style. This season, make sure your tips are healthy and perfectly polished to enhance your overall appearance. Polish Your Look Whether you want a pop […]

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