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Monday, September 22, 2014

No guilt pumpkin oat chocolate cookies

Over the weekend I decided to try to make some pumpkin cookies. My son loves sweets so I wanted to make these a little healthier so he could enjoy them and I wouldn't feel so guilty for giving him something like a cookie. I found this wonderful recipe on Pinterest and adapted it. The original recipe can be found on Cooking Classy

I substituted (1/2cup) agave nectar for the white sugar and (1 cup) applesauce for the butter. The cookies came out very spongy and delicious!!

Pumpkin-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Yield: About 4 dozen


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (substituted 1 cup unsweetened applesauce)
  • 1 1/3 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar (substituted 1/2 cup Agave nectar)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for 30 seconds, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy (occasionally stop and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl throughout entire mixing process). Blend in egg then blend in vanilla extract and pumpkin puree. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Mix in chocolate chips and pecans (if you want some chocolate to show through set some aside to press into tops before baking). Let batter rest 5 - 10 minutes (this just gives the oats some time to absorb the liquids so batter isn't so sticky and cookies don't spread so much).
  • Scoop dough out 2 Tbsp at a time (I used a 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop, which I recommend using for evenly shaped cookies and fill it heaping), and drop onto Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 12 - 14 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we are enjoying them!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Prayers for a special someone

My little guy attends preschool twice a week and those 6 hours a week are usually filled with runs to the grocery store, a workout at the gym, coffee with a friend or cleaning. They tend to go by so quickly, as I'm trying to get as much done as possible. See, my little guy loves my attention so when we are at home it's usually, "your turn momma" as he gives me a car to roll to him. He loves to play, play and play with me so I don't get much done around the house. 

Today I had planned to spend most of the three hours cleaning my house. At first I put the radio on and then realized that I needed to make a call while I had some peace and quiet. After the call, my thoughts started going and I forgot to turn the music back on. I started to pray for our family In TX, for my husband and for my little guy, then my prayer changed to a prayer for my son and his future love. 

I started thinking about the girl that would one day steal his heart. I wondered if she's been born yet or if she's simply a twinkle in her parents eyes. I thought, will she ever know how close he is to me? How much he needs me and my constant attention? Will he tell her that he breastfed past 2 and slept best when I had my arm under him?... Probably not. I started praying for her and her family.  My wish is that her parents are teaching her of Gods love, as I am teaching my little guy. 

I know that one day my son will grow up, he will sleep in his own room (without his mommy beside him), he will go off to college, and be the man that God intends for him to be. Right now it seems like so far away but just as these two years have raced by so will many many more years. So today as he naps beside me I will cherish the closeness, the love and the happiness and treasure the bond that I have with my son. 

I will also stay in prayer for his love and her family, for I know that God has already chosen her and chosen their paths. I pray that I'm able to instill Gods love in my sons heart so that he may grow up to be a Godly man and radiate Gods love through his actions.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Kids Academy Giveaway

Kid's Academy is all about helping children learn verbal, writing and math skills in an easy and fun manner. Apps such as 123 Tracing and Bingo ABC have been top-50 educational apps in the App Store, and Kid’s Academy has also brought the well-known stories and nursery rhymes The Three Little Pigs and Five Little Monkeys to life with interactive apps. The simple interfaces of the apps allow children to take the reins and play on their own, but the sing-a-longs and other activities are perfect for parent or teacher engagement, as well. Research has shown that singing along with nursery rhymes has cognitive and physical benefits for children. Not only are children learning new words and the context in which to use them, but strengthening tongue and mouth muscles at an early age will help with pronunciation skills.

Kids Academy is hosting an awesome giveaway!  Head over, download the app, and write a review in the App Store.  At the end of August, Kids Academy will randomly choose 2 lucky winners who will each win a $100 Amazon gift card!  Sweet!

2. Write a short honest review on the iTunes App Store. If you have already reviewed this app, simply update your review and you will be entered!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Target $5 off of $15

Today I went to use the $5 off of $15 on personal items. Here's what I purchased 

2- spray Vaseline lotions ($6.49 each)
3- wet n wild nail polish (.94 each)
1- right guard deodorant ($3.34)
Total:  $19.14 (plus tax)

Here are the coupons I used: 
$5 off of $15 found in target ad or text CARE to 827438)
1- Buy 1 get one free Vaseline spray coupon (red plum 7/13)
3- $1 off a Wet n wild product
1- $2 target coupon (can be printed from target website or text SAVINGS1 to 827438)
1- $1.50 off right guard product (red Plum 7/13)

For a total of $2.22 bought this:

I hope you find a great deal too!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Easy Father's Day project

Yesterday my little guy and I worked on a Father's Day gift. I usually try to make a keepsake for my hubby for his special day. The first year I did a shutterfly book that was very easy to put together and best of all it was free!! Last year it was a framed picture of father and son. This year I found some great wooden boxes on clearance at target. I bought it without really knowing what I was going to do with it but for $2.48 I knew I could make something really nice with it at some point.

My little guys hands were to big for the box so I knew I had to use his fingerprints. So I searched on Pinterest for "finger print Father's Day art." Lots of great ideas popped up but I loved the tree idea the most. I had some acrylic outdoor paint left over from another project so I used food coloring to dye it two shades of green and used a brown sharpie to make the trunk.

My little guy was insisting on painting his whole hand & even his foot so I had to work fast! Plus the paint with food coloring was probably not the best idea because it stained his hands but I didn't want to go buy more supplies so we made it work.  

I'm adding a picture inside and lining the bottom with felt so hubby can use it to keep his wedding ring inside the box. I think it turned out pretty nice.
I added three hearts at the bottom and wrote "I love you poppa" on the sides of the box using a silver sharpie. 

I really liked the box, I need to go by the clearance section again and see if they have any more left. I want one too!! :)

I hope you are enjoying making a crafty project for the special dad I your life. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Try good2grow juice w/coupon

I've seen these cute bottles around but could never bring myself to spend a whopping $2.49 on one juice bottle. A couple of days ago I came across a coupon for a free 6 pack refill when you buy 1 good 2 grow juice bottle. I did some research and decided it was a great time to try this juice. It has no added sugar, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives & no GMO. 

Here's the link to the nutrition info for apple juice:

I bought the juice with the Thomas spout which was a veggie blend juice which has less sugar than the apple juice and it was very good. They have tons of different characters to choose from. The best part is that the spout is spill proof!!

You keep the spout part, clean and reuse with the 6 pack refills. 

To get your coupon you can go to the Good 2 grow Facebook page
or go directly to Common Kindness

You will need to set up a login and then you can print your coupons. My local grocery store (Safeway) had an electronic coupon that I loaded onto my card so check your store e coupons to see if your store has one too. 

I paid about $2.50 for the 1 juice bottle and received the 6 pack of refill bottles for free. They are super convenient for picnic lunches or school lunches and did I mention that they are spill proof!! And did I mention that my little guy LOVED the veggie blend juice!! I need to go back and get more juice with my printed coupons!!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Part 2: Targets $10 of $50

So last night I stayed up again to redo my grocery list and organize myself for another target run. I decided to get beef for our hamburger BBQ this weekend. That was the majority part of my purchase. I then figured out from my grocery list what I could get from target. I found myself gravitating to buying stuff I didn't need or would never use so I had to stay focused so it would make sense for my needs. 

I was really having a hard time wrapping my head around paying targets high prices for meats but I convinced myself that the target $10 coupon would bring the actual price down by a lot per lb so that's how I decided to look at this trip. 

One thing I have been doing is having an alternate list of a few items I can buy in case other things from my list are out of stock or not on sale for the price I expected. 

I had seen a list by Moms By Heart that had Zevia priced out to $3.33 but I didn't know if my target had it at that price so that was a big maybe for my list. Luckily it was on sale 3 for $10 and I had $2 off coupons so I bought this soda which normally retails for $5.99 a six pack for $1.33 a six pack. 

When I got to target I was surprised to find lots of packages of beef with $3 off coupons!! This made the beef cheaper than I could have gotten it at other grocery stores where it was on sale!! Whew that was such a relief and great surprise. That allowed me to pick up some yummy clearance items that were not on my list. 

So here is what I bought. 
I also used my $10 gift cards from yesterday so out of pocket I paid $31.66 in cash.

I think this was another great shopping run!!

I didn't have as many coupons this time but those $3 coupons on the meat made up for it!!

Happy couponing!!