Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall theme Pre Writing Sheets ( Free Printable)

    If you are starting to introduce writing skills to your child, it s best to learn pre-writing skills. Start with these FREE and simple pre-writing worksheets. You can print the  tracing sheets on a card stock and laminate so you can use it again.

Grab the worksheets HERE.

If you are looking for a great  and affordable laminator , check out Amazon Basics Thermal Laminator , it is only less than $25.00

You can also always use sheet protectors!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Butternut Squash Noodle Soup with Tofu

  I have shared before that our 3 yr old girl had declared strike on veggies. My hubby is not a big fan of anything squash . That is why, I secretly had a happy dance moment when I got them to eat these Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.  Though I did warn my hubs that I was serving butternut squash for dinner, I told him to give the squash a chance. He did and he was such a trooper ( always!). Surprisingly , they loved it. Every sip they had of this hearty and delicious butternut squash noodle soup.. I was feeling triumphant deep inside.  Hail to the B --- Butternut Squash!


2 cups  Homemade veggie stock ( store-bought is fine)
3 cups butternut squash soup, without a nut or dairy base.
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soy sauce
2 bundles of rice noodles from the package
1/2 cup medium soft tofu, rinsed and cubed
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 tsp Sambal Oelek
1 tsp toasted sesame oil


I used, Trader Joe's Organic Butternut Squash Soup for this recipe. In a large pot, combine the soup and the broth. You can always use store bought vegetable broth but if you want lesser sodium it is very easy to make it at home.

Add in the salt & soy sauce. Mix well and bring to a light boil ( if you see "gentle bubbles" )

Meanwhile,  cut the tofu into cubes.

Cook the rice noodles according to package instructions. 

Remove the soup from heat once it reached it's boiling stage. Pour  the hot soup into a bowl , add noodles ( maybe a handful), depends on how much you want. Add in the tofu and cover for about 5 minutes. 

 Add 1/2 tsp of sambal oelek into the bowl, More if you want it spicier.  Finish it up with sliced green onions and sesame oil on top.

Serve immediately. So good and it will definitely warm you up.

The best part of having this for dinner , is that I get to be fancy. I get to use my chopsticks. Yeah..that's enough fancy for me.

You can always add fresh veggies with the soup. You can add a handful of  spinach or sprouts.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

8 Ways You Can Help Your Child's School

 It does take a village to raise a child . It takes a lot of people , processes , training and team work to make a great school. From the principal to school administrators and all the way to the teachers-- they all do their best to provide your child the best education, healthy and safe place to learn and to inspire the love of learning.

The school will thrive best if parents will get involved. There are ways on how parents can step up and get involved in simple but great ways. Here are 8 ways you can help  your child's school.

1. Schoola

  You can donate gently used kids and women’s clothing by mail from home with free shipping, or participate in a school-wide clothing drive - either allows them to clean out their closet for the benefit of their school.
  If you’re considering other fundraising ideas, look no further! book a school-wide clothing drive online today. Any school in the contiguous United States can participate.

2. Box Tops

    I am sure most of you do this already, but for those who don't.. Collect and clip the box tops labels that you can find on hundreds of products. Send the collected box tops to your school, each box top is worth .10 cents each. Imagine how much it can raise if all are diligent in collecting box tops! Every collection adds up!

     By signing up for a free account online ( easy sign up) , you can earn more ebox tops and enter for a chance to win more! Coupons will also be delivered monthly into your inbox. To learn more how it works and how the school gets the cash , read here.

3. Labels for Education

Similar to box tops, just clip and earn free stuff for your school.  Clip and save the UPc's of participating products. Give your collected UPC's to your school coordinator for Labels for Education. Your school will earn educational resources. Again, if all of the students or school will support, this will add up quick!

To become a Labels for Education COORDINATOR, sign up here.
To see a merchandise catalog, on what your school can earn , see here.
To earn bonus opportunities, see here.

4. Shoparoo

           Download the app shoparoo on your phone. Shop like you always do, snap a picture of your receipts  from any store, big or small, that sells grocery items to earn Roo Points (cash donations) for your school. Whether you’re shopping at a super center, dollar store, or local convenience store - it doesn’t matter where you shop or what items you buy - Shoparoo will make a cash donation for every receipt! Submit up to 20 grocery receipts within a rolling 7 day period.

        For non grocery items :Snap pictures of your receipts from any restaurant or other retailer (that doesn’t sell grocery items) to earn entries for your school into Shoparoo’s $1,000 monthly sweepstakes and $15,000 yearly sweepstakes! Each receipt counts as an entry into both monthly and yearly sweepstakes, so spread the word at your school - the more receipts you submit, the greater your school’s chance is of winning. Submit up to 50 non-grocery receipts within a rolling 7 day period.

For more info, see here.

5.  TARGET red card school rewards program

   Designate your school at Every time you use your REDcard at Target stores or online , Target will donate 1% of your purchases to the eligible K12 school of your choice. Funds can be used for anything that your school may need!

For more info, see here.

6. Get involved in PTO.

    We all live busy lives but there are ways to get involved or support your school's PTO. You can:

  • volunteer  your time to help out during school events (book fairs, or any monthly fundraising events and activity.
  • donate  food items or help out during Teacher Appreciation Day.
  • attend a monthly PTO meeting
  • help your child sell the fundraiser items.
 7. Volunteer in your Child's class.

       If you can, any time you can give to your child's class to help out is beneficial. If this is not possible, communicate with the teacher and see how you can help out from home ( such as material preparation). And if both are still not possible, try to donate some materials that your child's' class may need  such as wipes, stickers or incentives, sanitizers ,art materials. 

8. Donate books

     Do not forget your school's library. Donate books or any educational resources!

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Yogurt Curry Marinated Chicken

  I  don't think you can ever go wrong with chicken. Aside from being a frugal staple, you can make countless recipe with a single whole chicken. I am certain that you will love these Yogurt Curry marinated chicken. Aside from the easy prep, your house will smell really good while cooking these! What I love about this recipe is that you can grill it outside or just broil it.  See HERE for more chicken ( and budget friendly) recipes.


4 leg quarters
1 cup non fat greek yogurt
1/3 cup powdered onion
3 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper


Whisk the Greek yogurt, powdered onion, salt, pepper and curry powder in a bowl.

Whisk until well combined.

Spread the marinade into your leg quarters. Be generous, spread into the creases too.

Refrigerate for 4 hrs.

Broil or grill until cook through.

Simple , easy and tasty! Serve with brown rice or orzo pasta.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

15 Amazing and Cute DIY Halloween Costumes ( Kids Edition)

Halloween is less than two months away! Do you have a costume yet?  There are lots and lots of awesome and creative homemade Halloween costumes out there..If you are like me Pinterest is my number one source for inspiration. If you have a creative bug, check out these 15 Amazing and Cute DIY Halloween Costumes.

1. DIY Minion Costume from Craftaholics Anonymous

 2. Chicken Costume from Living the Swell Life.

3. Penguin from Make it and Love it.

4. Cabbage Patch Doll from Costume Works

5. Gumball Machine from A Casarella

6. Monarch Butterfly Wing from Buggy and Buddy

7. "Airing out Laundry Costume" from Coolest Homemade Costume

9. Clark Kent from Geek Tyrant

10. Thing 1 and Thing 2 from A Bountiful Love

11. Dart Vader from The Nesting Spot

12. Yoda from The Nesting Spot

13. DIY Ursula Costume from A Bountiful Love

14. DIY Ariel Costume from A Bountiful Love

15. DIY Headless Costume from Nature for Kids

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CAPTIVE - Review and Book Giveaway

Do you remember Ashley Smith? Does anyone remember her story from Atlanta in 2005? Ashley Smith made headlines around the world when she was held hostage in her apartment overnight by an escaped killer,she ends up reading portions of the book, THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE to him and it saved her life! This very touching and inspirational  story is now being made into a movie. Movie releases in theaters on September 18th!

 CAPTIVE, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives.  When Brian Nichols - on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son - takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life.  While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.

How about you? What is your purpose?

Ashley, despite all of the darkness and difficulties she endured in her own life, she found her purpose. She declared God's abundance of grace and redemption.

I vividly remember a guest pastor sharing his thoughts on the quote " God will not give you problems that you can not handle". The pastor said, the truth is, God will give things that sometimes seems like we can't handle, or will often send us on a road less traveled.

Why? Because God wants us to know that we can lean on Him. He will deliver us.  He did deliver Ashley that day.

As for me, I may not  yet truly know my purpose.. but for sure I find my purpose in :

Serving the Lord, giving glory to His name in any way that I can.. by loving on my family, my husband and our girls. .reaching out to others , to ones who needs to know our Savior and how great our God is.

I am happy to offer a  free copy of the book, Captive.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

ENTER TO WIN THE BOOK, CAPTIVE by Ashley Smith with Stacy Mattingly.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


Monday, September 14, 2015

Salmon Cakes

  The hubby is not really a huge fan of fish. I can eat fish everyday but I really do not like the "fried fish" smell that it can leave in your house. This very simple and yet tasty and healthy salmon patty, surprisingly doesn't smell that awful. Maybe because of the creole seasoning and the veggies.

  Even though my husband can live without eating fish, I must say that he  loved this recipe! If I haven't told you yet, I have a very good relationship with Sriracha Sauce. I just love that sauce. Make these patties with Mayo Sriracha Sauce..and I promise you that it is goodness in every bite.


1 lb  fresh salmon or one 7.5 oz of canned salmon
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 egg
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 cup to 1 cup breadcrumbs ( use homemade wholewheat breadcrumbs)
olive oil for frying
1 tsp creole seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

water and lemon ( if poaching)

1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
1/2 cup mayo


If using fresh salmon, remove the skin and poach your salmon first.

Using a fork, flake your poached salmon. If using a canned salmon, remove any skin , drain and flake the salmon.

Add the spicy brown mustard.

If using homemade breadcrumbs , using a food processor blend about 4-6 pcs. of whole wheat bread.

Mix the vegetables, seasonings, crumbs and the salmon together.

Shape the salmon mixture into patties. Heat oil and fry the patties for about 6 minutes or until browned.

 For the mayo sriracha sauce, mix a tablespoon ( or more) of Sriracha Sauce to a 1/2 cup of mayo.

Whisk until well incorporated.

Serve the  delicious salmon patties with  the mayo sriracha sauce and mixed green salad!

You can also serve it with tartar sauce.

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