September 12, 2014

Upcycled $ Store Planner

I love the dollar store, and I love calendars.  This is the time of year that you'll start seeing 2015 calendars and planners popping up in stores.  I know it may seem like 2015 is a ways off, but snag the calendars you can find now while the supplies are plentiful.

Upcycled $ Store Planner @ Blissful Roots

I buy multiple calendars and planners for each year, so when you can score ones from the dollar store, then you don't break the bank.  And if they're not quite what you're looking for, buy them anyway!  It's amazing how you can transform many of them.

Upcycled $ Store Planner @ Blissful Roots

This is what the planner looked like that I found at Dollar Tree.  Not terrible, but a little juvenile for my taste.  It came in a clear plastic cover, so I was able to take it out of the cover, take off this bright polka dot cover, and add my own.  I used Nob Hill "Framed"paper from My Mind's Eye (from their Market Street collection).  It wasn't quite big enough to fit the size of the original cover, but I just cut a bit extra and added it on to the back.

Then I added a bit of glue down the spin of the planner and attached my new cover in place of the old one.  The planner will slide back into the plastic when you're done, so the plastic will help keep the new cover in place as well.
Upcycled $ Store Planner @ Blissful Roots

After that came the embellishments.  The paper was so pretty that I didn't need to add much, but enough to personalize it.


I added a black 'b' sticker for my name, and then cut 2015 out of my Cricut (you could use stickers, or even write it on) in black card stock and added it to the cover as well.  Such a difference for such little effort!


Upcycled $ Store Planner @ Blissful Roots

You could also embellish the inside month pages (they're a bit plain) if you're crazy like me.  I added a new label to October and a few bats as well.  Do as much, or as little as you'd like. 

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September 11, 2014

Apples Are The Perfect Treat {Printable}

My husband thinks I'm crazy, and a lot of you out there would probably agree with him, but I love Barney!  My twins grew up watching him, and my four-year-old will still watch him once in awhile.  And actually, they won't admit it, but my twins can easily get caught up in an episode every now and then.

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I like Barney for a lot of educational and social reasons, but it's the seasonal shows that I really love (surprise!).   I found Barney's Halloween Party at Target years ago when my twins were young.  It was only $5, so I thought, why not?  Well, we have definitely gotten our $5 worth.  We've watched this DVD every year at our house for over five years.  I love to get it out each fall, and my boys really do love it too, they just won't admit it!

Anyway, there's a part of the movie when the kids and Barney visit a farm for items for their school carnival.  They talk about apples, and they do this cute little apple song/chant.  I've always liked it, and one year I was crazy enough to write down the words to it.  It's kind of fast, so I had to rewind, rewind, and rewind  to get it all.  I want to get it all typed up at some point, but for now, the first few lines will do.  

And if you're not into cutesy Barney song lyrics, then I have a chalkboard apple printable that might fit your style better.
Chalkboard Apples Printable

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September 10, 2014

Caramel Apple Pie Cake

I have the best mom in the world!  She is wonderful for so many reasons, but her love of helping others (especially her kids) is amazing!  


Caramel Apple Pie Cake @ Blissful Roots


She's probably the biggest fan of my blog, and I know she worries about me keeping up with it.  And since she doesn't want me to stop blogging anytime soon (it is a great connection when we're a bit far apart), she's always giving me recipe ideas to help me out.  Last time she came to visit she brought a notebook with several fall recipes, and the groceries to go with them so I could easily make them.  See!  She's the BEST!

I keep thinking I've made every apple-related recipe on the Earth, but she proved me wrong.  She left two apple recipes, and I'd never made either.  So, today I have the caramel apple pie cake to share, and next week I'll share the other recipe she left (apple butterscotch bars!).


Caramel Apple Pie Cake @ Blissful Roots
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This cake comes together so, so quickly.   I didn't pour the caramel sauce over the cake after it baked, I just poured it on each individual piece of cake as I served it.  I knew we'd had leftovers, and I wanted to cake to keep a bit better, so that's why I left the caramel off the entire cake.  But go ahead and try it!  I'm sure it's delicious, moist, and it probably would keep just fine.

Caramel Apple Pie Cake @ Blissful Roots

So, if you're in need of a quick apple dessert any time soon, give this cake a try.  It was a big crowd-pleaser with my family (in-laws included) the other night.

And here's another delicious, favorite apple recipe I make every fall.  Homemade pear applesauce.  Pears have been amazing here in Utah these past few weeks, and they add an amazing flavor to the already delicious applesauce!


Caramel Apple Pie Cake @ Blissful Roots
Homemade Pear Applesauce
What are your favorite apple recipes?

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September 9, 2014

5 ABC Activities for Your Pre-Preschooler {@ Or So She Says}

It's so strange for me to have all my boys in some form of school away from home this year.  Well, at least for about 6 more weeks.  Then I'll have a tiny one at home with me, but he won't be in need of any alphabet practice just yet.

5 ABC Activities for Your Pre-Preschooler from Blissful Roots

I thought before I put some of our favorite ABC learning activities away for awhile, it would be fun to share them with you.  I know kids as young as 2 can start preschool these days, but we've only ever done one year with our boys.  The former teacher in me loves doing simple activities as home to prepare them for the schooling they'll receive, and I promise your kids will LOVE these! 

I'm over at Or So She Says today with 5 simple alphabet activities you can do with your  pre-preschooler at home.  I used some of these when I taught, and some are ones I've discovered as a mom.  So, come and visit me for all 5 activities, supplies, and how-to (click here for my entire post).

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September 8, 2014

How To Use Free Fall Leaf Images in PicMonkey {@twelveOeight}

I didn't get this posted on Friday like I should have, but come on over and visit me at twelveOeight for a tutorial on how to use some gorgeous fall leaf images in PicMonkey.

How To Use Free Fall Leaf Images in PicMonkey from Blissful Roots

All the leaf images I share in the tutorial are FREE!  You can adjust the size and color of each leaf to customize your autumn projects.  These would make the perfect banner, gallery wall project, or I though place cards would be fun as well.  Endless possibilities!

 Stop by and check out the tutorial here

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September 3, 2014

Harvest Applesauce Muffins

We just finished up another Swiss Days here in Midway last weekend, and my mom and sister usually make the trip for one of the two days.

Harvest Applesauce Muffins @ Blissful Roots

My mom doesn't ever know how to come empty-handed!  She brought some muffins this last time that she'd recently made.  These are great for using up zucchini and carrots you probably have ready to harvest in your garden, and they have applesauce in them, so they're perfect for September!
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Simple recipe with delicious, healthy results!  I love when I can get some vegetables in for breakfast (something I don't do very often).

Harvest Applesauce Muffins @ Blissful Roots

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September 2, 2014

Printable September Calendar

I've talked about my love of calendars before, so today I'm sharing a free printable September calendar with you.  I don't think I can ever have enough calendars.  I keep them everywhere!  I hope you enjoy it! 
Free Printable September Calendar @ Blissful Roots
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