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Category: Health & Home Hacks

Use Our Free Printable To Say “Thank You” To Our Mail Carriers, Package Delivery Friends, and Super Heroes This Holiday Season

Is any one else noticing just HOW MUCH mail we are sending this year?

Packages, online shopping, all of us trying to stay home, trying to stay safe, and trying to keep Christmas magical is making SO MUCH WORK for the postal companies.

I did notice Amazon creating an option to select less packages and combining deliveries, amen and hallelujah.

But we have friends that work in the post office industry, and they are on mandatory seven day work weeks until after Christmas. Their vehicles are overloaded and their routes are extended because they can’t even fit it all.

I realized that they are front lines essential workers, too.

So I decided to make this easy printable to put in my front porch flower pots. You can print it smaller and tuck it in as a card with a holiday gift, or print it full page for your porch.

Print, laminate, tape a ruler or yard stick to the back, stick it in your flower pots. Add it to a bin with snacks and drinks for them as they go.

In a world where we all need to see more kindness, this a simple and easy way to do that.

Just click the “Download” button that is next to the words “Postal Thanks Printable”

Enjoy!

Update: Here is what we did when we got home:

Here is the story behind it:

Tonight I told my eleven year old son that he could not play the Xbox after dinner.

It’s not that I wanted to be mean or rude or a bad mom, I just didn’t want him gaming on a screen right before bed (he has trouble sleeping sometimes), and I just wanted MORE out of tonight.

He didn’t complain at all when I told him “no,” but he seemed a little lost.

I showed him the printable I had made at work that day, and explained what I wanted to do for our postal workers. He lit up and jumped in.

While I changed into comfy clothes, he collected water bottles, granola bars, candy canes and Capri Suns.

Together, we taped and drew and collected and arranged.

Together, we chatted and assembled and loaded and rearranged.

Together, we problem solved and brainstormed ideas and troubleshooted the setup.

We even held an impromptu photo shoot together, complete with photo bomb.

As we finished our project for the night, I realized we won.

We won at life, we won at home, we won at all the important things.

None of the other stuff matters right now.

If you want to spread a little holiday cheer for our front lines delivery magic crew, here’s our printable sign we used.

Here’s hoping your days are merry and bright, and you spread kindness like confetti, every where you can.❤️


Get the Amazon version here:


Tricks to stay on plan when you’re on the road.

Women are smart, creative and hard working creatures. They love their families well and try to do the right thing. SO WHY IS IT SO BLESSED HARD TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES?!?!?

Years ago when Trim Healthy Mama first came out with their huge book of explanation and recipes, there was NOTHING you could buy at the store on plan. You had to make it ALL or STARVE.

No sprouted bread, no sugar free snacks that did not contain aspartame… basically, we had to walk up the hill both ways in the snow without boots on. Every day.

Thankfully, our stores are catching on and listening. You can pretty much get your sprouted bread every week through Grocery Pickup, hallelujah!

So enter the road trips that so easily beset us and sabotage our weight loss and health goals.

Sigh.

It’s taken a pandemic of closed gas stations and stay-at-home orders to push me to get my on-plan plan in gear, but bless God, we are getting there!

Here is a list of on plan foods to make your next trip (or your crazy Drive Through Sue necessary week) a little easier! Feel free to share your own ideas, tips and tricks, and I’ll gladly add them for all our mamas.

The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng.

Psalm 68:11 KJV

Ooh, and look what arrived just in time to add to my reading material for the drive!!!! (Insert all the praise hands…!)

Happy safe traveling, my friends!

Grocery Pickup Options to stay on plan:

  • Strawberries, washed and sliced
  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Celery, washed and cut and bagged
  • Carrots, washed and cut and bagged
  • Rice cakes
  • Rice crisps
  • Pork rinds
  • Blue corn chips
  • Lily’s chocolate bars
  • Coffee with cream and truvia or any other on plan sweetener
  • Case of water bottles. Add True Lemon lemonade packets if you like.

Baking some treats ahead of time always helps if you can. I got lucky this trip and had peanut butter chocolate bars in excess, so I’m cutting those up and bagging them now!

Start here and let me know your thoughts. I hope this makes it just a little easier to help you stay on plan as you go out on the road again. Enjoy, my friends!!!


And taking it easy on yourself.

It can be so hard to jump on board the THM bandwagon. It’s a new way of thinking, a new way of grocery shopping, and a new way of cooking and baking. It can all seem so new, new, new that it’s too overwhelming and you give up before you even start.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Trim Healthy Mama is made up of common sense principles. If you’re a believer, there are even biblical presets you can learn about and implement. It’s truly incredible.

One of the greatest ways I’ve found to help myself implement some healthy changes in my life is to put them in plain sight.

The Trimmy Coffee is a super easy way to get yourself some much needed nutrients alongside your caffeine boost for the day.

But who in the heavens wants to fumble around for all the ingredients BEFORE that first cup of coffee?!

SOLUTION: Put the ingredients in plain sight.

Now, I have very limited kitchen counter space for the number of people in my home, so that real estate is PRECIOUS to me. And with four boys ages 7-15, fragile items are not a viable option. But a girls gotta have SOME sparkle and shine in her home…!

Enter my jars.

Two were leftover from a canister set from years past, probably a TJ Maxx find that survived soccer balls and cleats and everything in between.

Two more were from the Walmart home and kitchen canning section. The shadowed brown glass went perfectly with my orange ones, and so I started filling those babies to my hearts’ content.

I used simple ribbon and tags so I would not confuse my collagen and protein powder.

I kept the measuring scoops inside each jar because #dollartreesavessanity.

And once I added my favorite base from my mom (remember the girl-sparkle-shine comments above?), I was ready to barista my way to healthy.

Since the MCT Oil is pretty-but-not-so-pretty, I usually store it in the drawer below with my truvia. But you get the drift.

You will be A LOT more inclined to use your new, scary, life-changing ingredients if they are right in front of you at the ready.

Just try it. One day at a time, one change at a time.

And that Trimmy will thank you. Or is it, your body will thank you for that Trimmy?


And how they can make YOUR life easier, too!

I have no problem sharing with the world that my two most frequent stops in my week are to Walmart and Dollar Tree. Truly, they make my life easier, simpler and less stressful. Granted, I’ve been visiting both stores for years, but there’s no reason I can’t share with you what I love to make YOUR life a little easier, too!

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS!!!!

There is no better way to start your holiday shopping than with the Dollar Tree. Seriously, craft supplies, clear ornaments, wrapping paper, shirt boxes and garland galore make this a no-brainer for this mama. Where else can you get a three pack of gift boxes for $1?! They even carry Hallmark wrapping paper and specialty overstock… all for $1 apiece. My favorite find is this year’s holiday village… 27 pieces for $13! Even if I let my kids play with it and add it to our train set, I won’t even care if they break something. (That’s the wonder of Dollar Tree… 😉 ). Click the photo below to go straight to the village on their site!

CRAFT SUPPLIES!!!!!

As I mentioned with the holiday decorations, the craft supplies in the store alone are worth making this your first stop before you start a new project. You can pretty much guarantee foam balls, florals of every color, metal wreath bases and colored stones and rocks year round.

My favorite find this year has been the yarn. Five star reviews, ship to store for free, and endless color options make this the easiest start to holiday gifts and crafting ever! Click the photo below to go straight to their yarn selection!

To See More Dollare Tree Hacks I Have Learned, Check These Links Out:


Click to download any of these prints to keep wherever you need to be reminded of God’s Word

To learn more about the Tools we use to help fight anxiety and panic, watch our video here:

To read our post on how these verses came about and our testimony of our foster baby (finally!!!) sleeping through the night, click here.


Such a cute and fun craft here!

Making crafts can quickly turn into a nightmare if you have too little time and too much stress.

Use our simple guide here to get these super cute Reese’s pieces Congratulations Boxes to turn out great in no time!

What You’ll Need:

-Candy Boxes

-Printing Paper

-Colored Cardstock

-Scissors

-Glue or Tape

-Ribbon

Directions:

Buy as many boxes of candy as you need.

Use our printable to get quick and easy results. (There are 5 on one page.) Print as many as you need and cut to size.

Click here if you need the printable again.

Grab some colored construction paper or cardstock, using any colors you like for your project and your kids.

Lay one box of candy on the colored paper you chose and draw a line around the entire edge. This will give you a cutting line that will match your box perfectly.

Take your cut printable words and glue or tape them to your cut colored cardstock.

Grab some nearby ribbon and tie the paper on to the back of the candy box.

Repeat for as many kids as you have and need.

That’s it! You have a Super Cute, Fun and Easy Crast with Big Impact to Celebrate their Special Day!

Thanks for coming along with me!


How to organize your life, starting with your kids.


Remember the post I did about organizing my kids suitcases for our future trips? Well, I kept going. And going. And going.

Because every mama knows, when you stay home with your kids you have to have order or you cannot function. I don’t care if you have one baby or nine different ages all through your home, order brings peace and order brings happiness.

No, order looks different in every house and every family, but we all crave the same thing. No confusion, no miscommunication, always working towards that goal.

Once I did the suitcases, I went ahead and started color coding the sleeping bags. Tim actually suggested it on our way home from our last camping trip, so I just took that as a green light to go on Amazon and find coordinating colors for each suitcase I had just finished painting.

By the time I was finished shopping, every child had a sleeping bag matching their suitcase heading on their way to my front porch.

A few days later, Tim tried to take the kids hiking and each child spent a good 15 to 20 minutes looking for their water bottle to take with them.

Those 15 to 20 minutes of shenanigans and searching and whining and complaining and tears and accusations and weeping and gnashing of teeth made me want to fix the next level problem: coordinating water bottles.

Once they left the house that morning, I got to it and me and Amazon had a good old fashion click party. Using the same colors from the suitcases and the sleeping bags, I ordered a water bottle and every color for each child.

Kymber’s pink one was actually cheaper and more quickly available on Walmart Grocery Pick Up, so I got to play with hers first.


I am not a label baby in the least, but I have to say that I love the Contigo water bottles. You can get them at Walmart super cheap, or Sam’s Club in a super value triple pack sometimes, or Amazon had some great colors as well. I went ahead and ordered the right colors for all my kids and just waited for them to come in.

I took the plain pink water bottle and just measured with a scrap piece of paper how big I wanted her name sticker to be.

I typed the text with her name on my Cricut Maker and used a scrap piece of vinyl that I had sitting there in my stash. This particular one was 6 1/2” x 2 1/2”. The font was “Hello” and I just welded it together for the best cut possible.

It is outdoor premium vinyl so they claim it will even last in the dishwasher, but I just tell the kids to hand wash each one to try to get them to last the longest.


I cannot tell you how excited I am to watch my whole vision come together: a suitcase with a sleeping bag with a water bottle for each child, all color-coded, all personalized, and all responsibility getting doled out to each person who wants to go on our next family adventure.

I don’t know how long it will last, but I have to believe that it will help. I know the kids were so excited to hear about their new things coming in, and knowing each color belongs to each child really keeps the bickering to a minimum.

Until they figure out how to blame each other for taking and hiding each other’s water bottles…😉


If you need cases of masks delivered to you, this is the place to be!


If finding disposable face masks is a problem, Dollar Tree has the solution: you can order CASES of masks online and have them shipped to your home or place of business.


These are three layer disposable masks, and sold now for fifty cents each, in cases of 200. Each order is limited to 3 cases, which is 600 masks total, but you could always have a friend or someone else in your business, group or church order some as well.


Click the photos to take you directly to my link to purchase your masks today. I may make a small commission off your purchase but it will never cost you more to order through here! Share with friends and family who may need large quantities of masks, as supplies are limited.

I hope this helps some of you solve the mask shortage problem we seem to have from time to time.

I never could have imagined writing a post like this, but here we are!

Looking forward to brighter days…

Tara

Click here to go straight to ordering your masks.

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And why you will want to use them, too.

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In a day and age when identities are stolen by the thousands, it can be hard to know who to trust.

I decided to try a check company online to find a great deal in the safest way possible.

Checks Unlimited has a great affiliate program, which means that if you order through my links for them online, I receive a commission for that order at no additional cost to you.

I went through the process as a customer myself so I could tell you what it’s like.

First of all, because I needed to order a new set of checks, I decided to get a four pack in a sale bundle so I wouldn’t have to order again for quite some time. So many things have gone digital, but we still need paper checks for a few things, and it adds up and becomes a hassle when you have to keep ordering more, never mind the information exposure that happens every time that you can’t remember the last company you used.

Checks Unlimited guarantees their commitment to information safety and protection.

There are tons of options to choose from, and places to edit and add your information, and check it and re-check it.

I chose a simple design because I just wanted to get it done, and also I needed something simple in our life at that point.

I loved that I got an email confirmation right away.

The checks came very quickly and I loved the bonus coupons and things they tucked in.


All the checks were printed super clearly and in a really pretty way. I was glad for what I chose, and I appreciated all the boxes that came to store the boxes I wasn’t ready to use yet.

Checks Unlimited still sends me deals and sales on their latest designs and packages. They are not spammy or overwhelming, and the deals really can’t be beat. I stay connected as both a customer and affiliate, because there are always great opportunities to update our needs as they come.

If you’re looking for a safe and easy way to order your next batch of checks for home or business, you can rest easy knowing that Checks Unlimited has got you covered.

Happy ordering!

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Disclaimer: any of the clickthroughs you find on my pages are links to products that I have used and love and trust. I may make a small commission on anything you purchase on the other side of the link, so please know it will go to fund my crazy projects, wild ideas and writing habits. It will not cost anything extra for you. Thank you for your love and support!


A Love/Hate Ode to the gigantic fruit of summer.

Am I the only person in the world that loves to spoil my kids with watermelon…

But I absolutely, positively hate cutting the watermelon?!

It is so big, it takes up all the room in the refrigerator until you go to eat it. And of course you need to have it chilled before you eat it.

Total conflict.

So you have to time it with the space in your fridge and the grocery store pick up and when you plan on eating it.

Super frustrating.

Then the manpower to slice the entire thing.

Exhausting.

Then the sticky sweet drip all over the kitchen counter, all over my hands and the knife handle, somehow leaking under the cutting board, even onto the floor so I hear the dog licking the floor forever.

Disgusting.

Then a container to fit it in, secretly hoping the kids will inhale the spare, awkward pieces before I feel guilty about the waste.

Super annoying.

So here I stand, pajamas still on, hot mess hair, make up from the night before…

Sticky and sweet and trying to love my kids well.

All with a gigantic fruit that says party, fun, summer, pool, sun, laughter and memories.

Is this a thing, or did I just make it a thing?

Is there a certain way to slice a watermelon that makes life better?

Asking for a friend.

I had a few friends suggest these watermelon-cutting solutions just in case you feel anything like me and want to stop the insanity. I will be trying these myself and reporting back to my Team Watermelon Crew.

  1. Straight up Sally Sue Cutting Technique: You just want to learn how to do it the good old fashioned way. The way Gram would have done it, barefoot and quick-witted in the kitchen with just her muli purpose magical kitchen knife. Well, here you go. https://www.delish.com/cooking/a21973640/how-to-cut-watermelon/?fbclid=IwAR2xsq8O9QQ7UI8Omj_fE_Jj_8VBbVLvqOl8LR9bCb6RSGnG69mPhdN1aEg

2. Drive Through Sue: For the sake of sanity, you just buy it at the store already cut up and packaged, ready to eat instantly. Done and done.

3. Easy Ally and Guilt Free Gertrude make watermelon balls using a melon baller scoop and calling it done. This is an awesome way to get it done while sparing insanity, ESPECIALLY if you have Littles in your home.

4. Adventurous Annie over here made me so excited to try this new gadget: a watermelon slicer!!! I never even knew this existed!!! I will be reporting the results back to you, I am so stoked to try it. It looks like such little food waste, and so safe that even the kids could do it… stay tuned for this one… it is ON THE WAY!!!!

Disclaimer: any of the clickthroughs you find on my pages are links to products that I have used and love and trust. I may make a small commission on anything you purchase on the other side of the link, so please know it will go to fund my crazy projects, wild ideas and writing habits. It will not cost anything extra for you. Thank you for your love and support!