Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tips and Tricks Link Party #34

We have another link party going on!!  Take a look at the picks from last week and then jump in the party and link up your own!  Can't wait to see all of them!

Kathleen & Heather - Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Krysta - KrystaSteen.com

Heather - Stringtown Home

Jessica - My Life By Jess

 Features from Last Week's Party:

The Most Clicked Link from Last Week's Party - Autumn's Warm Glow, from Penny's Vintage Home

CoHosts' Picks:

Kathleen & Heather's Pick - Cheesy Beef Enchilada Recipe, from Melissa Kaylene

Gabby's Pick - The Ultimate Pumpkin Recipe Roundup, from Dreaming of Leaving

Jessica's Pick - No Sew Fabric Pumpkins, from The Coconut Head's Survival Guide

Krysta's Pick - Top 8 Adorable Halloween Treats, from Dreaming of Leaving

Heather's Pick - Living Room Refresh, from Karen's Up on the Hill

Stringtown Home

Stringtown Home

Friday, September 18, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Small signs of fall are slowly creeping in as we near the end of September.  (Please disregard those 90+ degree days.)

In honor of the upcoming season, here's a fall-flavored, healthy smoothie recipe for you to enjoy.

What you'll need:

2 scoops Vanilla Shaklee Life Protein
8 oz non-fat milk (non-fat soy can also be used)
2 T canned pumpkin
1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
Dash of vanilla
Dash of cinnamon

Mix ingredients in a blender until fully blended and enjoy!

*24 g protein; 8 g fiber; 35 g carbohydrates; 3 g fat

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tips & Tricks Link Party #33

It's that time again, friends!  Things are really turning toward fall around here and the party is no different.  Glad you could join us this week!

1) Kathleen & Heather - Fearlessly Creative Mammas

2) Karissa - A Fresh Start

3) Krysta - KrystaSteen.com

4) Heather - Stringtown Home

6) Jessica - My Life By Jess

PicMonkey Collage
Here's a quick recap of last week's party.

Most Clicked:

Harvest Home Tour from Fearlessly Creative Mammas


Kathleen and Heather: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Krysta Steen

Gabby: Caramel Apple Crisp Pie from Angels Homestead

Krysta: Pumpkin Spiced Muffins from Eat Drink and Save Money

Heather: Fall Home Tour from Lilac Drive Designs

Jessica: How to Make a Burlap Wreath from Logan Can

Now it's your turn to link up and share your latest project, recipe, tip, or anything else you want!  Can't wait to see what shows up this week!

Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tips & Tricks Link Party #32

Welcome back to another Tips & Tricks Link Party!  So glad you're joining us.

Tips & Tricks is a collaboration with a few other bloggers, and every link is pinned to Pinterest for more exposure! You can link up any family friendly post you like!  Please click and comment on at least 2 other pins - you will make a blogger's day!

1)  Kathleen & Heather - Fearlessly Creative Mammas
2)  Karissa - A Fresh Start
3)  Krysta - KrystaSteen.com
4)  Heather - Stringtown Home
5)  Gabby - Not Too Shabby Gabby
6)  Jessica - My Life By Jess

Here's a quick recap on what was happening last week.

Most Clicked:

Candy Corn Bath Pouf from Crafty Journal

Hostess Favorites:

1) Kathleen & Heather - Chocolate Cream Cheese Croissants from All She Cooks
2) Karissa - Candy Corn Bath Pouf from Crafty Journal
3) Krysta - Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from Urban Girl Bakes
4) Heather - DIY Cotton Candy Costume from Suburban Wife, City Life
5) Gabby - A Year of Blogging from MommyZoid
6) Jessica - Blueberry Chia Jam from Best of Long Island and Central Florida

***If you were featured, don't forget to grab a button & brag a little bit! (wink, wink!)***

Stringtown Home

Now, it's time to get your post linked up and join the party!  And, if you're linking up to this week's party, be sure to grab a party button, below!  The more people know about the party, the more people will come.... a growing party?!  That's a good thing!

Stringtown Home

An InLinkz Link-up

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Easy Way to Bag Rose Bush Clippings

Fall is just around the corner. I can feel it .... even though it's been above 90 degrees so far all this week. So the temperature hasn't cooled off much yet, it's still the beginning of September. Getting a head start on the outside clean up work seems appropriate, so I hit the front flowerbeds. (Either that or I'm just looking for something different than cleaning another bathroom... again!)

The flower beds have really gotted out of hand this summer. Both Knockout rose bushes I have LOVE where they are and grow like crazy. Big bonus since they fill the space and give us color all summer long. Downside?  It's always a challenge getting all the clippings in the yard bags and ready for trash day pickup. Those thorns hurt, friends!

Yesterday I had an 'aha' moment! 

Here's what I did:

Take one yard waste bag and open it up with some scissors. 

Lay it out close to where the clippings will be cut.

Start piling up the clippings within the bounds of the bag. 

Now you can roll one edge over the thorn filled clippings and really squish it all down. 

This step can be done several times until you feel like you have as much in the bag as possible.  The layers of paper the bag is made of helped add some much needed protection from thorns.

Next and final step will more than likely require an assistant. 

Gather up your nicely rolled up full bundle of stickery clippings and slide it into another (intact) yard waste bag. It was a little tricky getting it all tucked in and started- kinda like getting tights on a toddler.  But, once started, the rest of it just slides right in. 

No one to help lend a hand? Have some twine on hand and tie the bundle at both ends. This would hold it all together. Then lay it on the ground and work the second bag around one end and up the bundle of clippings. 

Try it out and let me know how it works for you! 
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