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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trunk or Treat


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Saturday was our ward's Trunk or Treat. We played, we ate pumpkin pie, and of course we went from car to car visiting and getting candy. In all the excitement though, I found it quite impossible to get pictures of my little munchkins. My Miss is a lot easier to coerce into picture taking. The hubbs and my Bubba, not as easy to persuade. Please tell me I am not the only one that is welcomed with a stink face every time I bring out that camera of mine. Anyone know a cure for the family picture taking stink face? If you do, please share the knowledge. The holidays are coming and I want family photos that are free from the wretched stink eye.

I was Minnie, Miss was a LalaLoospy Doll, Bubba was a Storm Trooper, and Hubby wore a festive zombie tuxedo shirt. As close to a costume as I will get with him:>

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Calling All Bloggers....

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Hi there Lovelies! November is fast approaching, which means Blissful and Domestic is looking for guest bloggers. I have a bunch of spots open for November and December. I am looking for holiday related posts. Recipes, crafts, decor ideas, thrifty living tips and tricks. All of these would be a great addition to Blissful and Domestic. Guest posting is a great way to get more exposure for your blog. Blissful and Domestic's readership continues to grow and I would love to have you all as my guest this holiday season.

Go HERE and submit your tutorial.
I can't wait to have you as a guest this holiday season!

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sunday Blog Hop # 23


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Happy Sunday All!  This hop is a place to mingle and meet new bloggy friends  Be sure to follow your host. Leave me a comment letting me know you did. I will absolutely return the favor :)



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Ready to hop?

There are just a few simple rules..
Grab a button and follow your host:)
(leave me a comment letting me know you did. I will follow you back)
 
 

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Sweat Pants & Red Velvet Pancakes.....

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 Sweat pants, red velvet pancakes, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, a sweet hubby who gave me my Christmas present early, and trunk or treat tonight. This is what a true Saturday is all about. So while I go off and continue my Saturday of pure laziness, I have a few pictures for you. My Bubba got Baptized last week. It was a beautiful day for him. He is my baby boy, although he would disagree with the term "baby". Shh...don't tell him :) He is our sweet hearted boy and we love him to pieces. I am so proud of him and his choice to be baptized. He is learning to truly let Christ into his heart and it is a glorious thing to watch. He is such an amazing example of compassion and love.

Have a wonderful day lovelies. Oh and for those just itching to know what my early Christmas present is...I got  a new laptop. My old one gave up working this past week. Boy was I surprised when Santa came a little early. What a sweet jolly man helping me out and having it sent via Amazon. I can not wait to edit pictures and come back next week with a bunch of recipes and tutorials. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can manage some blog time, during this lazy day.

Oh and to my sweet hubby who spent all day setting up my laptop to perfection. You are amazing and I love you forever and for always.

Hope you are able to be a little lazy today as well. I don't want to be the only one declaring a sweat pant day:)

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Feature Friday Linky Party #55

 

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Welcome lovelies! It is time for a little TGIF love! Lets link up all the awesome projects and such you've been working on. I can't wait to see!


The Rules:

Follow Blissful and Domestic and grab a button 



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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Today I am sharing another yummy fall recipe. It is for some truly scrumptious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. It is absolutely perfect for a cold, fall day. Pair it with some hot cocoa, a cuddle with your favorite man or munchkins, and you have a truly blissful morning. 

Want to make some for you and your sweet family?
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I adapted this recipe from one I found here.  

What You Need:

1 box of white cake mix
1 can of canned pumpkin puree (15 oz)
1/3 cup applesauce (I used cinnamon applesauce)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

** Do not follow the directions on the back of the cake mix. Follow the directions below**

Add the cake mix, pumpkin puree, and applesauce to a large mixing bowl. I used my Kitchen Aide. Blend well. Add chocolate chips. Mix again.The batter will be pretty dense. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Lightly spray each liner with cooking spray. Scoop batter into each muffin cup. Fill about 3/4 of the way. I was able to get about 14 muffins. Bake @ 350 for 18-22 minutes.




We love pumpkin around my house. You will find us enjoying perfectly pumpkin waffles, pumpkin spice cake, and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. We also enjoy fall by making a thankful tree with the littles and by having a fall countdown. We truly enjoy the changing of the seasons over here.

Have a fabulous day! I will see you later for
 the feature friday linky party.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"Hosting Holiday Visitors With the Perfect Guest room

 Hi there lovelies! Fall is approaching, and in most areas of the states, is in full swing. The holidays are beginning and with that brings visitors. Whether your visitors are staying a night or longer, I am sure you are all looking for ways to spruce up and make your home an inviting place for guests. Today I have a guest post from Amber Sanchez via SocialMonster.org
 She is sharing a few frugal tips on how to make your guest room perfect for holiday visitors.
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When you have guests coming for the holidays, you want them to feel welcome and at home. This holiday, set up your guest room to be warm and festive to give your guests a magical experience you're sure to get a thank-you card for, and do it without breaking the bank.
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Festive Bedding

To capture some holiday spirit, do the bed with festive blankets and pillows. Some of the seasonal bedding collections at www.Macys.com are fun, festive, wintery and reasonably priced while still being elegant and stylish. Use a bed set that you would use in any room of the house, don't make it too busy. You don't want it to look like Santa Claus threw up on the bed. To save on costs, look at some of the bed sets you already have and see if you can mix and match to create a wintery feel in the room. You can also check out your local thrift stores. They usually wait to put out seasonal stuff, which means you can find great bedding and decor for a stellar price! Colors like dark green, cranberry, silver, gold and white can be combined to look festive. Sticking with some winter colors with holiday themes will help your guests relax.

Sitting Area


Every guest room should have a place for your visitors to sit and relax. No matter how big the room is, you can arrange a sitting area as a nice touch they are sure to notice and appreciate. Using holiday decorative pillows or a throw will make the area inviting. You can design and assemble your own holiday pillows for cheap by visiting a craft store and picking up some materials and supplies. Your guests will appreciate a private lounging area to unwind in the evening or have a morning cup of coffee. You don't have to use an all-new furniture set, either. Use pieces from your living room that you don't use as often or get some comfy chairs from a second-hand store. When in doubt, remember that comfort usually trumps style.

Enough Pillows and Blankets

Every person sleeps differently and has different comfort levels. Keep this in mind when supplying your guest room. Put plenty of pillows on the bed of different sizes and firmness so they can choose the one that is most comfortable to them. Even if your house feels warm enough to you, your guest might require extra blankets or a space heater during these cold winter months. Keep some spare blankets and place for a space heater or fan in the room, so they can adjust to their preferred sleeping environment. You can find standing fans at places like Walmart or Sam's Club for a decent price. Having blankets and fans for your guests, if they feel too hot or cold, can save you from high heating bills and hassle if you're trying to adjust the temperature to be perfect their entire visit.

Decorate

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When decorating your guest room for the holidays, don't go overboard. You want your guests to feel festive while they are away from home, but too much can be distracting and keep them from feeling restful. Instead of decorating the guest room to look like a red and green Christmas museum, decorate in deep red or a dark purple and accent with gold and silver. Give the room a wintery feel without being too holiday-themed so you can have visitors stay all season long and save on decorations. Another tip if you have a lot of guests that come to visit throughout the year is to use neutral colors and use winter accents, that way you can easily change the room's theme as the seasons change without having to buy new things every couple of months.

Personalize

If your guests are family or close friends, think about what they like or any special needs they have. Taking that extra step to accommodate them will show them how happy you are to have them and the effort you put in. Place pictures or memories you have with them in the room as an extra touch. Decorating with personal items is thoughtful and saves your money. Lastly, don't be afraid to ask your guests what they need from you before they come. Clear communication about what is expected of your guests and you as a host will ensure their visit to be smooth and enjoyable this holiday season.

Amber Sanchez Amber is a freelance blogger who writes about travel, especially to Europe. Her first trip was a backpack and train adventure through Vienna, Prague and Budapest right out of college. She visits a new city every summer.


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Thanks Ana! Those are some marvellous tips. I always try to remember that I do not need to go out and spend a bundle. By adding a few homey touches here and there, I can create a welcoming atmosphere for my family and friends. I am excited for this time of year. It is my favorite! I hope your all enjoying this fall season as well. Have a wonderful day lovelies.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Skeleton Scavenger hunt + FREE PRINTABLE

Hello Readers! This is Kirstylee over from Moms Have Questions Too. I am so excited to be guest posting at Blissful and Domestic today because this blog is awesome! Today I will be sharing a fun Halloween scavenger hunt with printable clues. In this scavenger hunt your children will be looking for the different parts of Ted the Skeleton. They will find a different part (leg, body, hand, etc.) in each hiding place along with a clue to find the next part. Once Ted’s skeleton is completed, he has promised a prize. You'll want to start by downloading the printable skeleton and clues and cutting out the pieces. Note that the clues have a picture of the hiding place on the side of them. If you have young children who will not be able to guess the hiding place from the written clues, then keep the pictures on the clues. If you have older children who can guess the hiding place from the written clues, then cut the pictures off when you are cutting out the clues. Skeleton Scavenger Hunt 
 Now, on to the hunt. Start by gluing Ted’s head to a piece of construction paper. His skeleton is bigger than a piece of construction paper, so you might want the head to hang off the paper just a little. Have the beginning paper that explains the hunt next to the construction paper or glued onto the construction paper. Halloween Skeleton Scavenger Hunt Ted Head 
 When I did this with my two sons, Little Bear (4) and Smiley Man (1), I just happened to be going into the kitchen to “get a drink of water” when I suddenly “found” a piece of paper on the table with a skeleton head on it. I brought them in and said, “Hey guys, look at this paper I just found on the table. What do you think it is? Let’s read it.” My boys loved the mystery behind the surprise. After you read the beginning paragraph, either hand them the first clue or have it hidden underneath the paper. Read the clue and go and find the skeleton part that is hidden. We put the skeleton part and the next clue in an envelope and put them in the hiding place. When Cassidy, the photographer for Moms Have Questions Too, photographed this activity, she had the clue and the skeleton part taped to or sitting on the hiding place.
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Your kids will probably get so excited about finding the clues that they will jump up and down when they discover the next one. Halloween Skeleton Scavenger Hunt Finding Clue on the Cupboard 
Each time we found a skeleton part, we went back to the kitchen table, glued the part onto the skeleton, and then read the next clue. I made sure to put the parts in order from top to bottom (body, arm, arm, hand, hand, leg, leg, foot, foot) so that it would be easy to glue together as we went. Halloween Skeleton Scavenger Hunt Holding Finished Skeleton 
 When we got to the last hiding place (we did the washing machine last), the envelope only had a skeleton part, not another clue. Make sure that you don’t lead to this skeleton part in the middle of the hunt or you won’t have a clue leading to the other pieces. ;) At the last hiding place, we looked in the envelope and started going back to the kitchen to glue the part to the rest of the skeleton. I asked Little Bear where our prize was since Ted had promised us a prize when we completed his skeleton. Little Bear didn’t know, but we decided to put Ted’s last piece on and then we might find the prize. So, we went into the kitchen and glued the last piece on, then when we turned around (thanks to some sneaky work on my husband’s part) some delicious owl brownies were waiting for us on the counter. Halloween Skeleton Scavenger Hunt Excited about the Prize Owl Brownies 
You can find instructions to make these brownies on Moms Have Questions Too My kids were seriously amazed with how Ted got the prize to them and ate them up happily. They loved this scavenger hunt and now are asking me if we can do another one! If you are looking for more Halloween crafts and activities check out the Halloween Craft page on Moms Have Questions Too. Halloween Skeleton Scavenger Hunt Enjoying the Prize Owl Brownies
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