Frugal Foodie Mama

Monday, April 27, 2015

Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your Space {Book Review & Giveaway}

Do you do a major spring cleaning each year just to have it all end up cluttered & disorganized within a few months? Then you just may need to learn how to Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your Space...
Do you do a major spring cleaning each year just to have it all end up cluttered & disorganized within a few months? Then you just may need to learn how Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your Space. Get entered to win a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up!
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This happens to be my second year participating in the Spring De-Junk Challenge. When I heard that a second challenge was going to take place this year, I walked around and started to assess the areas of my home that I had tackled and organized during last year's challenge. What I found left me feeling pretty much disheartened. And why? Because almost every single area of my home that I had so meticulously organized and cleaned a year ago is all in the same sorry state (or even worse!) than before I had started the challenge in 2014.  I had to step back and ask myself why this had happened. Why had we not been able to keep those rooms and cabinets and shelves organized and de-cluttered? I found the answer to that question when I started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo...

$500 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway

Does your spring or summer wardrobe need a little sprucing up? Then be sure to get entered to win in the $500 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway...
Give that summer wardrobe an overhaul when you enter and win this $500 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway!
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It seems like spring just arrived, but we all know that summer will be here before we know it! :) Could your summertime wardrobe use a little sprucing up or maybe a complete overhaul? Just imagine how many bathing suits, cute summery dresses, sunnies, and sandals that $500 to spend at Nordstrom could buy you!  I am teaming up with a few of my blogger friends to bring you all another fabulous giveaway, and this time it is for a $500 Nordstrom gift card. I know- it seems like April has been chock full of giveaways over here at Frugal Foodie Mama. But I know you all are not complaining, right? ;)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Roasted Veggie Guacamole

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jose Ole. 
The opinions and text are all mine.
Roasted Veggie Guacamole- this fresh take on classic guacamole is packed with oven roasted veggies #FlavorYourFiesta
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I have a confession to make- I secretly look forward to Cinco de Mayo each year. I mean, it is pretty much a Mexican food lover's dream holiday, right? It isn't like I really need to have an excuse to eat chips & salsa and to shake up some margaritas... but there is just something so fun and festive about Cinco de Mayo.

Unless you plan on sitting around waiting for a table for an hour or more, forget about trying to eat out at your favorite Mexican restaurant on May 5th! It is tons more fun to plan your own tasty Mexican inspired menu at home.  This year I am making my family's Cinco de Mayo dinner simple and delicious with my easy recipe for Roasted Veggie Guacamole and a little help from the José Olé snacks I picked up in the freezer section of my local grocery store. ;) I grabbed the filling and satisfying José Olé Beef & Cheese Mini Tacos and some of their Mextremes Spicy Nacho Cheese Taquitos. Can it seriously get any more fun than tiny tacos, folks? 

You can Flavor your Fiesta in no time too this May 5th! Just start with this quick, fresh, & veggie packed guacamole, throw in your favorite José Olé snacks, add a little sour cream, a side of salsa, and a whole lot of smiles, and there you have it- the perfect family Cinco de Mayo dinner celebration...

Friday, April 24, 2015

Pizza Pierogi Casserole

You can customize this easy to make Pizza Pierogi Casserole with your favorite pizza toppings. It is perfect for a busy weeknight or to bring to a friend in need...
This easy to make Pizza Pierogi Casserole is perfect for a busy weeknight or to bring to a friend in need. Bonus- it freezes well!
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Whether you are a blogger or just follow blogs online (like this one), you may have heard us use the term blogging community here and there. Most of the time a blogging community is created and fostered so that we can help each other grow our blogs, bounce ideas off of each other, ask for blogging advice, and to share each other's work.  In the world of blogging, you can't "make it" without some other bloggers supporting you. And that is a fact, folks. ;)

And then there are times when blogging community comes to mean so much more to us. Like when one of our own is dealt a blow or setback in their personal lives. As bloggers, we come together to rally behind those in our community who have fallen on more difficult times even when we haven't met that blogger in person...
A little over a year ago, Ashley from CenterCutCook found out that their husband of 10 years has colon cancer just one week after learning that she was pregnant with their first child.  A joyous moment that they had been celebrating was soon clouded over with that very scary diagnosis. Their son Miles was born healthy and happy, and the family had reason to be hopeful and joyous. But not even two months after his birth, Ashley and her husband were dealt yet another gut-wrenching blow- Miles was going into kidney failure. Miles is currently in need of both a kidney and a liver transplant and receives hemodialysis 4 times per week, while his father is enduring bi-weekly chemotherapy treatments. I can't even fathom how strong Ashley has been and continues to have to be on a daily basis. While many of us bloggers in her "community" do not live close enough to be there to physically help her out, we are banding together online today to rally behind her, spread the word about their family, and to ask you all to help with their growing medical bills- even if you cannot donate much, every little bit helps and would be greatly appreciated by Ashley, Ryan, and Miles. 

If Ashley lived closer to me, I would want to help whenever and wherever I could. Even if it was to just bring her a simple casserole so she wouldn't have to worry about making or picking up dinner that day.  My go-to would be this hearty and comforting Pizza Pierogi Casserole I am sharing with you all today. This casserole is perfect for a busy weeknight or take to a friend or family member in need. You can even personalize it by adding their favorite pizza toppings..

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Getting the Kitchen Organized with Core Home {& A Giveaway!}

A big thank you to my friends at Core Home for providing me with my new favorite kitchen organization finds to share with you all today...
Check out my new favorite kitchen organization finds from Core Home, & get entered to win a kitchen organization prize package for yourself. #ad
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I think by now you all know that I happen to be a pretty loyal fan of Core Home. Their knives are my go-to every time I am cooking. Their bamboo cutting boards and pastry boards are not only beautiful, but also stand up to all the chopping and dough rolling that I dish out.  And just about everything that they make is bright and colorful! I love the pop of color that Core products give my kitchen. :)
Recently I was contacted by Core to give some of their kitchen organization products a go, and I was totally game.  With the 2nd Annual Spring De-Junk Challenge starting next week & spring cleaning on my mind, I knew my kitchen needed a little sprucing up and reorganizing.  

The ceramic utensil holder that I received from Core Home the first time that I had worked with them had been becoming increasingly overcrowded with wooden spoons, spatulas, whisks, knives, and everything else in between...

Monday, April 20, 2015

The 2nd Annual Spring De-Junk Challenge & Giveaway

Ready to tackle that annual spring cleaning, but need a little motivation to get started? Join us in this year's Spring De-Junk Challenge & Giveaway, & you could win a $210 Amazon gift card...
Ready to tackle that annual spring cleaning, but need a little motivation to get started? Join us in this year's Spring De-Junk Challenge & Giveaway & you could win a $210 Amazon gift card.
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Some of you all may remember when I participated in the Spring De-Junk Challenge with Heidi of One Creative Mommy last year. There had been several areas of my home then that I just didn't have the motivation to tackle, but the challenge gave me the little kick in the booty that I needed to finally get in there and get things done. :) Well, guess what? Most of those once tidied areas are sadly back to the state that they were in pre-challenge last year... and in some cases, they look even worse. One of the kitchen drawers and my coffee mugs are all that is still tidy and organized from all my hard work last year. Boo. The problem for me seems to be stuff. Stuff that we keep accumulating either by choice or because they are given to us. Stuff that keeps piling up. Stuff that we are not getting rid of even though we haven't touched it in a year or more. Stuff that we keep moving and shuffling around in an attempt to store or organize them more neatly. And the last that I checked, our house hasn't been growing to accommodate all of this new stuff and old stuff. Can anyone else relate here??

Well, I have a new weapon in my de-junking arsenal this year, and I cannot wait to share that all with you next week. ;) Stay tuned.  But in the meantime, check out all the 2015 Spring De-Junk Challenge and Giveaway info below! Will you join us next week in de-cluttering, de-junking, and organizing our homes and lives? 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Two Reasons You Need to Plan a Visit to Weston, West Virginia

If you ever needed a reason to plan a road trip to Weston, West Virginia, then I have two for you- the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum & Lambert's Vintage Wines...
Wine lovers, history buffs, photogs, and ghost hunters can all agree on one thing- the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum & Lambert's Vintage Wines are both worth the road trip to Weston, West Virginia.
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I know when most people think "road trip", the small town of Weston, West Virginia probably doesn't even cross their minds. Unless you happen to be into ghost hunting and paranormal activity, you may have never even heard of the infamous now closed mental hospital there. And you may be hard pressed to find the handcrafted wines that the quaint Lambert's Vintage Wines produces at a wine shop or liquor store near you. But scores of weddings, events, and celebrations are booked at that local owned winery tucked away at the end of a gravel road from visitors across the country each year. So much so that Lambert's is already booking weddings and events into 2016!

On a rare all day date with my husband and my sister and her fiance, we decided to head 45 minutes south down I-79 to Weston for the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum's opening day of the year. Ghost hunts and tours are offered all year round per reservation, but the asylum opens to the general public for tours in April of each year.  The asylum offers two types of tours to the general public- historic/heritage tours and paranormal tours/ghost hunts.  Since this was our first time visiting the asylum and my husband and I happen to be history buffs, we all decided on the 90 minute historic tour.  Plus, we wanted to take advantage of the special deal being offered only to West Virginia residents with a photo ID just during the month of April- $10 off the the 4 floor historic tour. ;)