Weight Watchers Peach Cobbler

This is an amazing recipe. I can’t believe that I came across it and how delicious it turned out to be. This is so incredibly low calorie that I could hardly believe it.
The best part about this recipe is how easy it is to put together.

Here is all you need (this recipe is from Pinterest)

2 lbs frozen peaches
1 box yellow cake mix
1 can diet Sprite or 7up

1. Spray Pam in 13×9 pan and spread all of frozen peaches.
2. Sprinkle dry cake mix over peaches.
3. Pour can of Sprite over cake mix.
4. Cover with foil and bake for 20 min. at 350 degrees.
5. Uncover and bake for 40 min.

Ta-Da it’s done!!!

Some tips from my experience. I used diet Sierra Mist. You could use any lemon lime diet soda you prefer. I also did not use frozen peaches. I happened to have some peaches that I had canned over the summer and decided to use them instead. Also, my grocery store sells a sugar free cake mix that would reduce the calories even more.
Make sure the soda covers all of the cake mix. That is how the cobbler browns.
This has been a life saver for my diet.With all the calories I have saved on dessert, I can treat myself some nights with a little vanilla frozen yogurt to go along with it.

 
This is right before the cobbler went into the oven. The problem is that it was eaten so quickly that the after photos are in the stomach of my entire family. They like to eat it as soon as it comes out of the oven. 

ENJOY!!!!

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Natural Toothache Remedy

I have had a horrible toothache for a couple of days now. There is nothing that I hate worse than a toothache. It just radiates through your entire head. Unfortunately I have a cavity that needs some work, but I cannot get into my dentist for a few weeks.
To be frank, this sucks. I could not believe it when they told me they could not get me in for an appointment for that long.
So when the pain flared back up today, I took to the internet.
I searched out some remedies for a toothache that I can do at home.
My first priority is managing the pain. I found an interesting pin on Pinterest. It said to use Vanilla Extract. I had never thought of that before, but it makes sense.

Simply take a cotton ball or swab and dip it into your vanilla extract. Then you rub it on the area with the toothache. I rubbed it around the tooth and gums. You could also leave your cotton ball soaked in the vanilla in your mouth for a few minutes.
This, of course, is only for temporary relief. The rubbing can ease some pain, but it mostly comes from the extract itself. The vanilla has a small concentration of alcohol and numbs the area. It also doesn’t hurt that the smell and taste are great.

I tried this and it relieved the pain for an hour or so. I had to repeat it a few times over the day but it was better than the pain.
I do want to say that you should make sure it is PURE VANILLA EXTRACT and not Imitation Vanilla Extract. Those are 2 different things.

 
I hope no one out there has a toothache, but if you do, give this a try! It worked better than I thought it would.
 
 
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Florida Georgia Line Concert!!

I have been in much need of a night out. It’s been a while since my husband and I have had a weekend alone.

My birthday is right around the corner. November 23rd to be exact and one of my favorite country acts right now was really close by. My husband decided to take me as part of my birthday weekend. We also invited some friends, another couple.

It was only about an hour and a half drive from our house, but we decided to make a night of it and get a hotel room. We went down Saturday morning and grabbed some lunch and went to some great stores. (They have a much better mall than we do!)
My husband was so gracious, he didn’t even complain once at me dragging him from store to store. We grabbed a few things before heading over and checking in at our hotel.
I just want to give a shout out to the hotel that we stayed at for a sec. This place was VERY cheap and I did not have high expectations. I just thought it would suffice for our purposes. I mean we only needed a place to change and sleep.
It was the Baymont Inn and Suites in Greenville SC. The room was clean, the bathroom set up really well and the bed was so comfy. Everyone at the front desk was friendly and helpful. It made the stay that much nicer. They even offer free continental breakfast which included biscuits, gravy, sausage, Danish, fruits, cereal, waffle makers etc.

After a light dinner we headed over to the concert.

                                      

It was a very long wait to get in because Ticketmaster went down, but after we were in, it was amazing. I didn’t sit down once while we were there. It was such great energy from everyone on stage and in the audience. The opening acts were Tyler Farr and Colt Ford, both did a really great job, but it was Florida Georgia Line that brought the house down.
They were amped from just winning 2 CMA’s and totally owned that stage. You wouldn’t even believe that they are just starting out. They are truly a great country duo and work well together. No one wanted this concert to end. Way to put on a show guys!

We ended our night at Denny’s at 1:30 in the morning with a very understanding waitress. We were all laughing and talking loudly. We couldn’t help ourselves. We left the concert excited and not ready for the night to end.

We had SO much fun over the weekend that my ribs literally hurt from laughing so much.
It was a great early birthday present! Thanks to my hubby and friends for making it a great weekend and Florida Georgia Line for making it one to remember!!!

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Nabi Jr Review

So as promised I am going to give you all a review of the Nabi Jr tablet.

Nabi Jr- $99.00

Nabi Jr Nick Jr Edition- $139.00

We have been on the market for a tablet for a while. Our 3 year old has been wanting one and I thought it would be a good investment for educational purposes. I understand that nothing can replace that one on one time with me, learning and reading, but this does come in at a good second.

We went back and forth and had originally planned on getting the VTech Innotab 3s. We found it for $99.00. When I started reading reviews of kids tablets I found that she would not grow as well with a tablet like the Innotab. Basically it’s just a really great tech toy.  I was looking for something that would grow with her as she ages.

Kaitlyn continued to see the Nabi commercial on Nick Jr and asked for it every time. So I looked into it. When I saw the price was comparable to the Innotab 3s and that it was an actual android tablet, I was hooked.

This is the perfect size for her hands and durable so far. She has pitched a fit with it in her hand and it took a dive across her bedroom. So it did survive a 3 year olds temper tantrum. It has the rubber bumper around the edges for protection. There are two versions out right now. The Nabi Jr and Nabi Jr Nick Jr edition. We decided to buy her the Nick Jr edition, which is slightly more expensive at $139.99, but has more features.

Here are some tech specs for you

Nabi Jr.
5 inch screen
7 inches wide
4.5 inches tall
Rubberized grip (Red-Nabi Jr) (Orange- Nick Jr edition)
Android (4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) or (4.1 Jelly Bean)
4GB Memory-Nabi Jr or 16 GB Memory- Nick Jr edition
MicroSD card slot for additional memory
720p swivel camera
800×480 screen resolution

Both come with over 30 preloaded apps. It includes a camera app, chores app, photo gallery, learning apps, wings challenge and many more. My daughter loves the matching app and the puzzle app. She could play for hours if I would let her. So of the apps are a little too challenging for her right now, but there is plenty she can play with. Another feature is being able to pick your skill level. I have taught her to choose the 1 star level. On the Nick Jr edition, it comes preloaded with her FAVORITE cartoon characters like Team Umizoomi and Dora. She can play preloaded games, read books or watch videos of her favorite characters.

Once she is burned out on all of the preloaded apps (if that ever happens) we can download apps from the app zone. I have found many of them for free, but most run about $.99.  You can shop by age or by category.

I really recommend this product for anyone in the market for a tablet for younger children. Even my 10 year old wants to play it sometimes, but my daughter is very picky about her Nabi. She refuses to let anyone else mess with it. She even keeps it in a shoe box beside her bed at night! (She thinks no one can find it there.)
She has already learned so much from this tablet and I am very excited about it. I feel like we still have yet to explore all of the features of this product.

If you are interested in reading information from Nabi, click here to visit their website.

Disclosure: I was not paid or given any products for this post. I simply loved the product and wanted to give a review from one parent to another!

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How To Add Quotes or Song Lyrics to Your Pictures

I love Pinterest. Everyone around me knows this about me. I could probably sit all day and still not be bored by it. One of my favorites is finding DIY projects for the home. I want to decorate and have a beautiful home, but I definitely do not want to pay a lot of money for it.

I saw a pin once on Pinterest that I loved. It was a photo of a couple surrounded by lyrics of a song. So, I pinned it and moved on and said I would come back to it later. Today I clicked on it and it took me to a website that no longer existed. WHAT!?

I was so excited about ordering one of these photos with my kids. So, it got me to thinking. Why couldn’t I just do it myself?

It didn’t turn out exactly the same, but it is still super cute and quick.

This is the photo I started with…

I decided to add a quote from The Little Mermaid, one of my favorite Disney movies!

I visited a site called picmonkey.com, which is a free photo editing site. It turned out really cute for a quick little project. I love it and I am adding it to my wall of photos of the kids. Tomorrow I will find a good quote or lyrics for Devon and try one for him.

This is how it turned out…

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Sugar Rush

It has been a crazy couple of weeks since I posted last. I do have a post coming up on a review of the Nabi Jr so anyone with kids stayed tuned for that. Today though I wanted to catch up on the last couple of weeks in life.
Like I said, it’s been a little crazy. I feel like I am running around like a crazy person

Kaitlyn has started a dance class and going strong for about 6 weeks now. It is a trip to watch her. She is having SO much fun in this class full of girls and they all have big personalities and sometimes clash. It’s hilarious. Kaitlyn is very much a mother hen and wants to make sure she gets her sticker at the end of class so she “bosses” and tries to keep everyone on track. I have explained that she is not the teacher, but she gets in there and can’t seem to help herself. But by the end of class she is the very one running around to the music trying to “tag” the other girls rather than “creating shapes and movements” like the teacher says. What can you do? It’s a room full of 3-4 year olds. It’s hard to tame them at that age.

 
 
Devon turned  on the 26th! Oh my, how time goes. He definitely should not be that old. He is creeping up on teen years that I am NOT ready to handle yet. I guess though it’s like everything else in parenting, you just take it as it comes and deal with one thing at a time. He didn’t ask for much, surprisingly, just some things for his Xbox.
 
 
I decided to chop my hair off in an asymmetrical cut AND get Kaitlyn’s first haircut in a salon. Granted, I have done her trims at home so it’s not technically her first cut, but it is the first time she had it done in a salon. She did really well and it turned out super cute. Side note: to anyone considering going short on their own hair, I highly suggest the cut I got. It is versatile and so easy to style.
 
 
Lots of fun this week. The whole point of this post was to fill in the last week and post some Halloween pics and stories, but as I am writing this post, life calls again and I have to go. It will only get more busy with the holidays around the corner. I will post some of the Halloween pics for Wordless Wednesday. Have fun everyone and enjoy your lives! We only live once so make it count.
 

 
 

 
 
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The Cutest Kid Contest

I love having a little girl. I love dolling her up as much as she will let me. I entered her into the Cutest Kid contest at www.thecutekid.com. I love this contest and I entered her last year as well. You can enter your cute little pumpkins too. Just visit their website and upload your photo.
While your there visit Kaitlyn’s photo and enter a vote for her!!!!

Click here to visit the website and place your votes for the cutest kid.

Here is the photo I entered…

 
 
 
 
I may be a little biased, but I think she is just adorable!!!!
 

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Beauty of the Mountains

We live in an incredibly beautiful area. It stuns me sometimes when I realize how beautiful it can be. I just drive by it everyday without taking the time to notice.

It’s fall in Western North Carolina and the leaves are changing color and the air is cooling.
Now I am a summer fan. I love everything hot and sunny, surrounded by water. But this weekend was just so perfect that I couldn’t help but to appreciate my surroundings.

We were kid free for the weekend and decided we needed to get outside in the beautiful weather.
We took a hike in Dupont Forest and found ourselves around the best of nature.

                                                          This is Triple Falls

                                                      

 
My husband climbed to the top of Triple Falls (not recommended) and took this photo with his phone.

                                      

Here I am in front of Hooker Falls
 


All of this is located only a 10 minute drive and then a few minutes hike away from our home.

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Looking Glass Waterfall

My kids love the water. Anything that has to do with water, they are game for.
On Sunday after supper the whole crew was bored. My husband had worked overtime all weekend and my son had been gone until Sunday afternoon.
We ate the burgers my husband had grilled and sat around in the living room for a bit. You could tell everyone was a little anxious. Like we all wanted to spend time together, but watching TV wasn’t going to cut it.
My husband, who worked 72 hours this week, jumps up from the recliner and says “Everyone get some shoes on and lets go.”
So we did just that.
15 minutes later we found ourselves outside of Pisgah National Forest eating a banana split at a little ice cream shop. The kids loved it of course, but they were not ready to go home.
They wanted to swim. My motherly instinct kicked in right away

“Uh, it’s only 68 degrees out here and that river is freezing. There will be no swimming this evening.”

“Ah, mom, come on.” whined my little kiddos.

My husband, of course, to the rescue again suggests a trip to the waterfall. It will appease both myself and the kids. They get to be close to the water, but not in it.

I forgot my phone in the car and did not feel like climbing the steps to go get it, so the only photo I have of our little excursion was from my hubby’s phone. (Forgive the weird eyes)

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