Ultimate DIY Bundle-Make It Yours

We’re excited to share the Ultimate DIY E-bundle with you!  Whether you’re new to DIY or a regular DIY’er, this is for you!
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It’s one complete package of eBooks and eCourses dedicated to your DIY & crafting needs! The Ultimate DIY Bundle is your instant go-to library for a whole range of practical, satisfying and fun ways to decorate, repair and create.  The bundle is huge and includes:
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DIY-scrapbooking
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DIY-sewing
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and even E-courses!
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For more information and/or to purchase your copy of the Ultimate DIY Bundle, click here.  We’re excited to see what you create!  Get your DIY on!
*Disclosure: This post is sponsored and includes affiliate links.  Please read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

 

Momma Told Me {Link Party}

Welcome to the Momma Told Me Link Party! We’re so glad you’re here! We’re well into January and we have DIY on our minds! It looks like a lot of our linkups have DIY on the brain too!  Yes! We like the way our readers think!

Momma Told Me HeaderIf you’re interested in DIY or are already a DIY’er, you might want to check out the E-reources in the Ultimate DIY Bundle!  Now, onto our features!

Our first feature is The Robin’s Nest Designs Bread Box Upcycle.  This is such a cute, fun project and we’re in love with the color!

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Our second feature this week is Mason Jar Canisters from the Honeycomb Home.  Mason jar projects are hot right now and these could be tailored to whatever your decor is.  We love these and the addition of the tiny chalkboards really personalizes them!

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Now it’s your turn to join our link party! Do you have a recipe, a DIY, craft, a helpful hint? If so, share it with us! We want to see it!

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Liz’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

My good friend Liz, makes ‘THE’ dip.  She makes it for every get together, because we beg her for it.  It’s so yummy and is perfect for the big game, a barbecue or game night.  This is a perfect recipe for the guys for poker night or a sleepover for the kids.  Everyone loves it!  I hope you love it as much as I do!

Liz's Buffalo Chicken Dip

 

5.0 from 3 reviews
Liz's Buffalo Chicken Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Frank's Hot Sauce
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 chicken breasts cooked and shredded OR 1 can chunked chicken breast, 12 ounces
  • 2 eight ounce packages cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix chicken with liquid ingredients and half of cheddar cheese.
  3. In a 9" x 13" pan, cube cream cheese and disperse in pan.
  4. Sprinkle half of the cheddar cheese over the cream cheese.
  5. Pour liquid mixture over cream cheese mixture in pan.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
  7. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and back another 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Cool slightly and serve.

 

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I Cut the Cord and I Like It

I can barely remember my world without cable. I have vivid memories of sneaking in some TV time before school, when Michael Jackson’s Thriller video came out in 1982 and I was 5 (please don’t do the math). It was like nothing I had ever seen before. Eventually, cable just became another “necessity.” It was just always there, like air.

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Flash forward to adulthood. When we were broke college students, we still had cable. Our splurges would include a visit to the local taco stand on a Friday night and binge watching old school Iron Chef….on cable. Even then, we couldn’t afford it, but cable was one of the necessities.

In today’s society, it seems that the common water cooler talk is about what happened on television the night before. With the advent of DVR’s we can cram even more television in because we can fast forward through commercial. Genius! Or is it?

I began to question television a lot, when my young daughter would recite commercials, once asking me if I had ever had a knee replacement, because there was a lawsuit and I COULD be owed money. What?

And then there’s the bill; the wonderful bill that always seemed to creep higher and higher even when the service was less and less. We didn’t even have all of the bells and whistles; none of the fancy channels. We were plain Jane, low-end cable. Finally my bill came and it had once again gone up and I was done. I called the cable company and cancelled. I didn’t have a plan. Were we just going to do without television? Would we stream? I didn’t know but I knew I wasn’t paying the bill ever again.

What we ended up doing, was streaming with a Roku streaming device. We only use it on one of our televisions. The other television has Wii hooked up and we have Amazon Prime that we watch there as well as HuluPlus. But out of all of this, I’ve found that I don’t even really miss it. There are a couple of shows that I loved, but one is ending so I’m not really missing out on anything there. We also have a set of rabbit ears, complete with tin foil on the tips. This gets us the local channels. I like to watch the news and some occasional football, but that’s about it. The only thing we’ve missed that’s been a bummer was the college football national championships, but we listened on the radio, which leads me to my new love.

I discovered that  I love listening to podcasts. I love sound. I always have some sort of sound on. I thrive on music so it shocked me a little that I absolutely love podcasts. I love the background music. I love the voices of the people talking. I love imagining what the people in the podcasts might look like. I love everything about them. They actually make me think rather than everything just being presented in Technicolor in front of me. imagination! What a concept!

My husband is on the podcast bandwagon as well. It’s funny because he will listen to the same things I listen to and question them or assume something completely different than what I was inferring from it. It’s our “water cooler talk.”

If you haven’t listened to podcasting, try it. The first thing I listened to was a podcast called Serial. You’ve probably heard of it.  I didn’t find out about it until the last episode had aired and then I binge listened to it.

I also like This American Life, whose producer, Sarah Koenig, did Serial. Every episode has a different theme so it’s always different.  I enjoy RadioLab as well. There are podcasts on virtually any topic. I like to cruise the top 100 podcast chart on Stitcher and find new ones.

So we’ll probably never have cable ever again. For us, it’s a waste of money and honestly, I don’t miss it one bit. I’d rather envision what’s happening in my head than having it force fed to me visually.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m listening to a podcast.

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Momma Told Me {Link Party}

Welcome to the Momma Told Me Link Party!  We’re so glad you’re here!  We had some great linkups at the party this past week.  When we think of January, we think de-cluttering, white sales and a focus on health.

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With that, we have our first feature from Elizabeth at Just Sayin’.  This is a great post called, “How to Get Your Whites White Again.”  Want to know the best part about this?  We tested it and it works!  The kiddos’ socks are white again!  Yes!

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Our second feature is Need Help Getting Organized?  Check Out My Top 5 Organizational Apps from At Home With Jen.  There are some awesome tips here for organization and we’re loving the idea of a recipe organizer.  Who knew?!

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Now it’s your turn to join our link party! Do you have a recipe, a DIY, craft, a helpful hint? If so, share it with us! We want to see it!

The rules are simple.

Please follow The Evolution of Mom on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

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  • Please link up to your post, not your main blog.
  • Your link must be made or created by you!
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  • Links will be posted in random order. The following week, we will feature a few of our favorites! As an added bonus, we’ll re-pin all of the entries.
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A Parents’ Guide to Kid Money

Let me just start by saying…I am new at this. For as long as I can remember, my kids have had savings accounts. No biggie, just a $5 weekly deposit that goes directly from our account to each of theirs. They’ve never used it. They know it exists only by the fact that the quarterly statements come with their names on them. What kid doesn’t love mail? To my knowledge, they really had no idea that those statements were actually a summary of their childhood ‘earnings’. As parents, we’ve just always made sure they had what they need. Sure, they get money for report cards (and sometimes birthdays, from relatives), but we’ve always left the spending of that up to them. So why, you might ask, would I be surprised that they always want to spend it? Maybe because we’ve never given them any clue that there’s anything else to do with it?! Facepalm.

My oldest son is rounding the corner on eleven years old. I cringe every time he gets a little bit of cash.

                “Nerf gun, woohooo!”

Never fails. I counted not long ago, and I think we have twelve Nerf guns floating around this house. For you math fans, that’s an average of two per person, including myself and our three year old daughter. The spoils of the occasional pocket full of cash! It only recently (as in this afternoon) dawned on me why he (okay, they…his little brothers are equally spendy) might be so irresponsible with money. They only see it being spent! We’re not irresponsible people. We do the ‘right’ things with most of our money. Investments, savings, donations, the works. But we have it set up, very conveniently, to go to the appropriate places upon delivery of each paycheck. In the chaos of a four child household, we rarely deign to discuss anything that might need our full, undivided, attention until all the little people are fast asleep. So they just don’t see it.

I don’t know about you, but I have a little panic attack at the thought that my children might grow up ill prepared to handle their money. I worry that they’ll deal with the struggles of being broke and in debt. I know that as twenty somethings, many of us do, but worse, I worry that they won’t know how to course correct in those situations. Or they won’t know beforehand that those situations aren’t necessarily inevitable.

So it’s time for a little course correction of my own. We started by discussing all the things one can do with his or her money. We discussed the risks involved in each choice, and then asked the kids to find  a way to invest half of their recent report card money. To my surprise, they were very excited about the idea! Together, we researched different types of investments, and weighed the risks for each. In the end, they’ve decided to purchase stock, which I think is a win/win for them. If the stock grows, they’ll have more money to manage down the road. If it fails, they’ll learn firsthand the risks of the stock market, and adjust accordingly next time. Above all, they’ll learn that spending is not the only option they have, which I love. Even more, I appreciate that they’ll learn a valuable lesson in taking responsibility for one’s choices.

How this managed to escape my consciousness for eleven years, I’m not at all sure. But I’m game for changes, and I know the kids are too. We’ll learn as we go, and we’ll make mistakes, I’m sure… But we will never go back to a time when they don’t know that they have several excellent alternatives to spending their money. I fully intend to raise financially savvy, responsible young people, and I think today’s conversation has opened the door to that possibility.

The takeaway here? Let’s recap:

  • Let your kids see your financial dealings, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  • Talk to them about their options, especially about alternatives to spending.
  • Allow them to make their own educated choices, within reason.
  • Discuss consequences for each choice.
  • Be patient. They will fail now and again, and so will you. This is an excellent opportunity to teach handling wins and losses with grace.

If you haven’t already, I highly encourage you to talk with your kids about managing finances. At 10, 9, and 5, mine picked up the (age appropriate) basics surprisingly quickly, and were (are) genuinely excited to learn. It’s never too early to start raising responsible adults with good ‘cents’! For even more tips on how to talk to your kids about money, check out Money As You Grow.

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