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Amy’s Notebook 11.01.19

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Instant Pot Beef Stew source

Sign me up for a bowl of this Instant Pot Beef Stew.

Speaking of the Instant Pot, I could go for making a pot of this too.

Are you always short a stovetop burner for the holidays? Check out this smart hack to make the most of your current stovetop.

How to avoid the productivity trap.

A simple trick to make your bathroom look bigger. Why didn’t I think of this?

Are you a little Dolly obsessed like me? Check out this gathering of shows about Dolly Parton. Pretty excited to listen to that podcast.

How to recover (gracefully) from a nightmare day.

This is a love story that I can get behind.

I’m just obsessed with this show and this article explains why.

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup source

This creamy chicken noodle soup looks like a recipe I need to try for my next Soup Sunday.

Move over melatonin, there is a better mineral recommendation.

All of this made me so happy this month.

Totally bookmarking this list of the most helpful apps to download for my phone.

This sheet pan meal looks divine.

How fun is this idea for an autumn porch gathering.

15 things you could do instead of comparing yourself to others. Boy, do I need to work on that one!

Do you deal with intrusive thoughts? This post is so helpful.

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

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The Best Lunch Box Hacks

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

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Make kids love lunch time a little more and make your life easier with these easy hacks for packing lunches. From a fun sushi sandwich idea to a lunchbox and snack station set-up, these school lunch life hacks will make your mornings a little easier. Includes a free printable too!

 

 

Thank you to Rubbermaid LunchBlox® for sponsoring today’s post! 

Lunches can get a little boring in our house so today’s post will hopefully inspire you AND ME to make lunchtime more fun for our kids.

Over the years, I have found a few lunch box hacks that help save me time, money, and keep our family organized.

I am excited to show a few of those to you today and share our free printable to help your kids be part of the process for assisting with lunch creation.

Let’s get packing!

The best lunch box hacks from MomAdvice.com

best lunch hacks from MomAdvice.com

best lunch hacks from MomAdvice.com

Freeze Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches For The Week

My daughter’s favorite sandwich is the good ol’ PB&J.

Did you know that you can freeze your sandwiches for the week instead of making them daily?

If your child’s favorite is this sandwich too, simply spread peanut butter on both slices of bread to create a wall to prevent the jelly from making your bread soggy.

Smear your jelly on in the center of one slice of bread and then put the two slices together.

By creating an assembly line of sandwiches for your week you only dirty up the kitchen once.

This trick is so simple that your kids can do it!

Sushi sandwich lunch hacks from MomAdvice.com

Rethink Your Sandwich Styling

When sandwiches start to get a little boring, try making a sushi sandwich instead.

Dust off that rolling pin and roll your bread out flat to create the base for your sandwich sushi.

Add your child’s favorite meat and then their favorite string cheese combo. Roll it tight and slice in half.

For kids that aren’t as big of a fan of crusts or bread (I have one of those kids too!), this is a great way to get them to still eat a sandwich without investing in a pricier wrap option!

Oh, and it’s sneaky- they don’t even notice the crust!

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Get Organized With a Lunchbox Station

Few things have stood the test of time in our house when it comes to organization.

Let’s just say that we are a family with great ideas, but poor execution once those ideas are in place.

There is one thing though that has helped us a lot over the years and it is a lunchbox station in our pantry.

I used chalkboard labels to be able to switch our drawer categories as needed so this pantry can grow up with our kids culinary tastes.

The nice thing about having it set up this way is that kids can assist when making lunch preparations.

I also love that we are able to actually see and use the items in our pantry.

When loads of boxes are placed on shelves, they can often get lost in the shuffle.

Having this organized helps me to not purchase duplicate items and to actually use the things we purchase.

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Get Smart Lunch Packing Solutions

Our family had been using a lot of plastic baggies and disposable items to create our lunches, but I knew we could do better.

I have seen a lot of documentaries on waste and what we are doing to our planet and we talk about it a lot with our kids.

We knew improvements need to be made.

Have you seen the Rubbermaid LunchBlox® products?

I hate to sound like an infomercial, but seriously these are so smartly designed!

Everything snaps and fits together into one piece, including the ice pack to make putting together and pulling out your lunch a streamlined process.

I’m absolutely hooked.

Today I’m showing off their Sandwich Kits and that you can find over at Target.

To prevent you from my experience of walking in forty different aisles to find these, I’ll share an awesome little tip I have discovered on their site.

Rubbermaid Sandwich Kits

 

If you type in your store on the Target website it will pull up the exact aisle you can find these in at your store AND how many are available.

If your store doesn’t have them, you can save yourself a trip and order a set (or 4 like me!!) to be delivered to your doorstep.

After discovering the exact aisle, I found them over in the grocery section by the other food storage options!

 

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best lunch box hacks from MomAdvice.com

 

 

best lunch hacks from MomAdvice.com

 

 

lunch hacks from MomAdvice.com

Don’t feel like you have to be limited to just sandwiches on the bottom.

I have found this is a perfect place for packing a delicious meat, cheese, and cracker combo or it would even be the perfect spot for a salad.  

Did I mention these are actually microwave, dishwasher, AND freezer safe? Yup. They also happen to be BPA free.

These containers aren’t just for kids though.

I can’t imagine a better way to get healthy snacks in throughout the day then this system.

Keeping fueled is just as important for adults as it is for kids.

 

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If packing a lunchbox to carry to work as an adult feels a little weird, I’ve got good news.

They also make these really cool Rubbermaid Fasten+Go™ Sandwich Kits that are just like this system with a lid and removable strap for one-handed carrying.

Welcome to the grown-up lunchbox system!

Winning!

I picked up two of these for my husband & I and am so excited to get back to better lunches this year.

We need it as much as our kiddos.

Lucky for you, there is a Cartwheel offer to save your family some money on the Rubbermaid LunchBlox® and the Rubbermaid Fasten+Go™ products! Yay! Here are some deals you can score right now!

20% Off Rubbermaid Fasten+Go™ All Items (deal available through August 13th)

5% Off Rubbermaid LunchBlox® Sandwich Kit (deal available through August 13th), 5%- //cartwheel.target.com/offer/69011

Note: this coupon will go live on August 28th! Don’t miss it…

20% off Rubbermaid LunchBlox® (available on 08/28 through 09/03)

 

 

Lunch box helper printable from MomAdvice.com

DOWNLOAD THE FREE LUNCHBOX HELPER PRINTABLE!

 

I hope you enjoyed these ways to make lunch easy and fun again!

I hope you also enjoy our free Lunchbox Helper sheet and be sure to read this fantastic post on how you can get your kids involved in helping take the hassle out of lunch preparations!

Thank you to Rubbermaid LunchBlox® for sponsoring today’s post! 

 

Best Lunch Box Hacks from MomAdvice.com

 

Don’t miss these other great ideas from MomAdvice.com:

 

DIY Snack Station

 

 

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DIY Lunchbox Creation Station

 

 

Back to School Meal Prep Ideas

 

 

DIY Homework Study Station

 

 

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Small-Budget Crushes 08.31.19

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

So many fun finds this weekend! xoxo

true crime welcome mat true crime/glass of wine/bed by nine welcome mat

cropped cardi (two colors)

book nerd bag book nerd bag

bedshelfie bedshelfie

funnel neck coat

cat sweater

v-neck tee (so many fun colors!)

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leopard tie top

best life graphic tee

 


Harry Potter Water Bottle harry potter water bottle

insulated lunch bag

wake me for meals pillow wake me for meals pillow

ponte joggers

you're doing it wrong you’re doing it wrong (hahaha!)

diy knit kit diy knit kit (boy, do I want to do this!!)

mirrored sunglasses mirrored sunglasses

positivity notebook

karissa bootie

karissa bootie

galaxy girl embroidery galaxy girl embroidery pattern

convertible apron convertible apron (so impressed with this 2-in-1 design)

Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links!! 

Amy’s Notebook 05.15.19

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

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How delicious do these garlic butter shrimp zoodles look for a weeknight meal?

Look at this smart solution for hanging heavy art. I can’t wait to try it!

Oh, pretty darn pumped for the next season of this show.

This was a really fascinating read!

The best 2-player board games. We are addicted to this one right now.

A healthier approach to summer drinking this year. This had some great advice!

I’ve got this in my earbuds this week. It’s REALLY good!

Also, just finished this book and can’t rave enough. #bookhangovertime

I am in the thick of it and it is HARD. (*language, folks!*)

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How to make perfectly grilled salmon– so many good tips in this post.

A trick for making weekends feel longer. I love this tip.

How an Asian mom says I love you. This was beautiful!

This was a funny read! I’m not a fan either!

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Turn plastic cups into adorable dancer dolls with this tutorial.

Got this gorgeous jumpsuit as a treat to myself for summer. The copper color is UNREAL gorgeous!

This had me rolling! Seriously, these are getting a little TOO targeted.

10 ways to waste less at the grocery store– love these strategies to reduce food waste.

20 recipes every cook should know. I think this would be a fun summer project to work through this list.

I have been hearing a lot about seed cycling lately. Have you tried it?

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

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Small-Budget Crushes 02.15.19

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Somewhere between sweater and shopping for swimsuits season. I see you, Spring Breakers!

flutter-sleeve top (so many fun colors!)

pom-pom wrap scarf

stair riser stickers

swiss dot dress

plant lady pots

backless loafers

open-front heavyweight sweater (several cute colors)

the one where i’m irish tee

typography art

shapes statement earrings

leopard bow tie slides

thermal poncho hoodie

ruth baby ginsburg bibs

pleated pull-on skirt

travel wrap (several hues)

wood tracing alphabet board

textured straw hat

one piece swimsuit (what a steal!)

moroccan pouf

ties swimsuit

Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links!! xoxoxo

Amy’s Notebook 01.17.19

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

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These sheets look adorable with a simple addition of trim?

How to build a capsule wardrobe (and not break the bank).

This was such a wonderful reminder about teaching boundaries to your kids.

I love these strategies for reducing your digital clutter.

The weight I carry– so beautiful and honest.

12 ways to style leggings.

I’m not the only one who has caught the decluttering bug.

I couldn’t love this show more (or this character).

For the record, this is the lowest price I’ve seen on these.

I thought a lot about this piece a lot and related to many elements of the burnout myself. It’s a compelling one!

7 tips for eating more plant-forward this year.

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This diy patchwork rug is adorable and made from simple carpet samples. So smart!

I always get excited to see Laura’s recommendations for best fiction.

Speaking of books, this is in my stack this week.

I love this list of practical personal finance resolutions.

I want to try this simple gluten-free bread recipe this month.

This was your top purchase this month (and MY favorite Christmas gift). Well played!!

Looking for fresh recipes to meal prep? This post has some really yummy ideas!

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I cannot wait to try this Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken recipe.

7 ways to actually keep those resolutions.

I want to try this dairy-free cheese sauce recipe this month.

Have trouble falling asleep? This is a clever solution.

Now this is a a smart interpretation for this dish.

An effective and totally free way to clean your rugs. So smart!

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3-ingredient Trader Joe’s dinner ideas. A few of these are quite genius!

Along those same lines, here are 15 5-ingredient dinner ideas too.

How to wear dresses when it is cold out. I swear by these– you will thank me!

6 podcasts to get hooked on this winter. Sign me up!

These beautiful wedding images made me cry.

9 smart uses for expired food.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Please note, there are affiliate links in this post- thank you! xoxo

 

Small-Budget Crushes 01.04.18

Friday, January 4th, 2019

new year, new you!! get it, girl!

wooden keyboard rack

faux fur scarf

floral pressure cooker wrap

wire storage baskets (take extra 10% off with coupon code HOME)

reusable bowl covers

happiness planner

1-ply paperless paper towels

teddy coat

jute yoga mat

criss cross sweatshirt

reusable grocery bags

hot yoga mug

cork yoga mat

soma water bottle

rainbow hopscotch rug

five minute by intelligent change journal

sweater knit joggers

happy mail greeting card organizer

six cube organizers (take an extra 10% off with coupon code HOME)

facial rounds

racerback performance tanks (several gorgeous hues!)

prepd pack

bodyboss foldable gym

cotton tote grocery bags

patterned cushion covers

wall entry hook

weekly eats planner

Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links!! xoxoxo

Small-Budget Crushes 09.20.18

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

I’ll take one of each please! xoxo

boyfriend cardi (several colors)

tiled mugs (gorgeous and only $10!)

woven booties

long denim shirt

solar system necklace

windproof fleece pants (several colors)

faux poncho

moto leggings

anorak jacket (several colors- what a steal!)

it’s ok throw

striped poncho avocado costume

eyeglasses tie clip simple crossbody (three colors)- use coupon code HEARTEYES for 25% off!!

monstera earrings

shoes off witches welcome mat

plaid shirt (two patterns)

knit jeggings (loads of colors and killer reviews)

hocus pocus tee

pile lined sweatpants

chunky cowl

Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links!! xoxoxo

Small-Budget Crushes 09.05.18

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

crushes give me all the fall vibes!

perfect black dress perfect black dress

a bunch of cats in here a bunch of cats up in here

leaf ring dish plant lover ring dish

pumpkin spice welcome pumpkin spice welcome

bar back sweater bar back sweater (two colors)

wall calendar wall calendar

bow booties bow booties

oval mirror oval mirror

ruffled midi dress ruffled midi dress

bow back sweater bow back sweater

no prob llama no prob llama

slouchy tote bag slouchy tote bag

moto jeggings moto jeggings (loads of shades)

merry witches merry witches print

fall pillows fall pillows

long tee long tee

personal planner personal planner

circular skirt circular skirt (several hues)

wedge cover-up wedge cardigan (several hues)

newborn shorts newborn shorts

patterned cushion covers patterned cushion covers (several hues)

golden girls mug golden girls mug

crewneck sweatshirt crewneck sweatshirt (so many colors!!)

bengal print skirt bengal print skirt (SO affordable and versatile)

leaf pie roller tropical pie roller

buffalo check throw buffalo checked throw

tablet stand tablet stand

pajama set pajama set

firebird firebird print

Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links!! xoxoxo

 

Small-Budget Crushes 04.24.18

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

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This week’s faves! xoxo

adopted a plant shirt adopt a plant shirt

Kerryn Footbed Sandals kerryn footbed sandals (use coupon code SHOES for 20% off!!)

ruffle sleeve top ruffle sleeve top (on sale AND additional 30% off with coupon code GOSHOP)

one line a day journal one line a day journal

embroidered top embroidered top (several shades)

princess and the pea print princess and the pea print

bonus mom candle #bonusmom candle (great Mother’s Day gift!)

brushed fleece wrap brushed fleece wrap

eat well, travel often tea towel eat well travel often tea towel

back-away back away slowly please

ruffled hem midi dress ruffled hem midi dress- several colors

dream bathroom print dream bathroom print

dance bracelet dance bracelet (LOVE!!)

leaf supply book leaf supply book (perfect to pair with a plant for your mama!)

off the shoulder stripes off the shoulder stripes (additional 40% off- no coupon code needed)

cassidy apron cassidy apron

relaxed chambray shirt relaxed chambray shirt (30% off- no coupon code needed)

for what it's worth for what it’s worth quote

twist front sweatshirt sweatshirt with a twist-two colors (on sale AND additional 30% off with coupon code GOSHOP)

linen cushion covers linen cushion covers

white tee perfect tee (under $10 and tons of colors)

woven slide sandals woven slide sandals (use coupon code SHOES for 20% off!!)

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