April 24, 2014

Favorite Children's Authors Series {Mo Willems}

My husband and I had a rare quite evening at Target a few weekends ago, and while he was being very thorough on choosing a new shaver, I started roaming the book isles. 

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Since I haven't been a teacher for well over seven years, I feel a bit out of the children's book loop.  I used to know all of the new books that were out, and collected more than I probably needed.  I still try to keep my eye out for new books my boys would enjoy, but I'm not quite as current as I used to be.

Well, as always, thanks goodness for Target!  They had Mo Willems latest book (I didn't even know he had a new one out), The Pigeon Needs A Bath!  I had to pick it up and read the whole book right then and there.  The thing I love about Mo's books is that they make me laugh just as hard as my boys, and often times harder.  The pigeon is a crack up!  

My boys (and all of my first graders when I taught) first fell in love with Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus because it's so interactive.  The pigeon is trying to convince you, as the reader, to let him drive a bus that the bus driver specifically said the pigeon many not touch!  I can still hear my first graders yelling, "NO!" to the pigeon.


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From there Mo's followed up with several other Pigeon books such as:


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Favorite Children's Authors Series {Mo Willems} @ Blissful Roots
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Favorite Children's Authors Series {Mo Willems} @ Blissful Roots
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Favorite Children's Authors Series {Mo Willems} @ Blissful Roots
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I love them all!  These books are definitely worth adding to your home library, or keep your eye out for them when you're at your local library.  They're also really easy to read, and because they'll want you to read the pigeon books to them over and over again, young readers will be able to read these books independently before you know it.  I still remember my twins "reading" (even if it's memorized it counts as the early developmental stages of reading) this book to their baby brother when they were only three.  Priceless!
Mo Willems has other books, but the pigeon is by far my favorite!!

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April 23, 2014

Cheddar Ham Chowder

I know April isn't exactly soup season, but I've been meaning to post this soup recipe for a long, long time now, and I'm betting some of you have left over ham from Easter that needs used up.


Cheddar Ham Chowder @ Blissful Roots

I have a Taste of Home magazine with award-winning recipes, and that's where I found this cheddar ham chowder recipe.  The first time I tried this soup, I was a bit nervous because I hadn't made a lot of soups from scratch, but this one is cake!!  And the flavor is to die for!  Whenever I make it for family gatherings, it's gone in a flash, and I'm always passing the recipe along because of all the requests I get for it.

Cheddar Ham Chowder @ Blissful Roots

You can click here for the recipe.  It's really easy, plus the ingredients are ones you probably already have in your fridge right now.  And, if you not quite feeling the soup vibe this spring  then please pin it to use when the cooler weather rolls around.  I promise you're going to fall in love with it!

Cheddar Ham Chowder @ Blissful Roots

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April 22, 2014

Printable Teacher Appreciation Quote

I have a very special spot in my heart for teachers everywhere.  Not only do I appreciate all the teachers my boys have had, but having done what they do for five years of my life, (a five years I will always treasure) I truly understand what it takes to be a teacher.
Printable Teacher Appreciation Quote from Blissful Roots
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For those of you who are parents, think back to the day you brought your first baby home.  As wonderful and sweet as they are, they're work!  I remember my sister staying with us for a few days after my twins had come home, and by the second day she said, "this isn't quite as blissful as I thought it would be."  Amen!  You love them, they're wonderful, but until you're doing it every day on your own, you don't quite realize all the time, effort, and dedication that they require.

Well, teaching is pretty much the same.  You do send the kids home at the end of the day, and you have weekends, holidays, and a glorious summer vacation, but those days spent in the classroom require just about everything you have to give.  You have papers to grade, lesson plans to develop, test scores to keep you awake at night, parents to communicate with, professional developments to attend, classroom behavior to maintain, trouble on the playground to  deal with, and on and on.  Then teachers go home after a day of giving to their students, and have their own families to tend to as well.  Can you tell I respect these wonderful people?

Teacher appreciation week is May 5-10 this year, with teacher appreciation day on Tuesday, May 6.  I hope you will take the time to recognize your child's teacher and his/her efforts!  I know how appreciated it will be!

Here are two more of my teacher printables you can check out as well.


Printable Teacher Appreciation Quote from Blissful Roots
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April 21, 2014

Printable Grocery List & Menu Planner

I did a post a few months ago on navigating your grocery store ads.  I thought I'd leave my grocery store ad soap box there, but I decided I have more to share.  So, don't be surprised if you see a few more grocery ad/shopping posts in the future.
Printable Grocery List & Menu Planner @ Blissful Roots
I love grocery shopping.  I always have.  I love cooking for my family, and I love the thrill (yes, I call it a thrill!) of a good deal, so it's a win/win for me.  

I know there are plenty of you out there who don't love grocery shopping, you may even despise it.  I hope that maybe a few of the tips  I share here today will make your grocery shopping experience a bit more organized, budget- friendly, and maybe even enjoyable.

First, I use my grocery store ads (I have a navigating your grocery store ads post that you can check out).  I haven't always used them, but I've become totally dependent on them!  Like I stated in my earlier post, I feel totally lost when I enter the grocery store without knowing what's on sale.  I feel like a lost, wandering soul.  Knowing what the deals are will get you in and out of the store quickly without spending extra money!

Here's How I Use My Ads
1.  I pick up my ads from the post office on Wednesdays
2.  Wednesday nights I usually go through my ads.  This honestly takes minutes, (click here to see why) and it's a bit exciting (I'm crazy, I know) to flip through the pages and see what the amazing deals are for the week.
3.  I shop three ads, so I make a list for each store (see printable below).  I use a pencil with my lists because after one store's list is complete, I may find the next store has better prices on the same items I want, so I take them off the first store's list, and move them over to the next.  Sometimes an item gets moved from one store to the next, to the last.  It pays to shop around (in your ads)!
4.  Once my lists are complete for each store, I add to my 'other' list (see below again).  Items on my 'other' list are things that I know we're out of, but weren't in the ads, or anything else I might need for a recipe that week.
5.  Then I make my menu for the week.  My menu is made based on what's on sale.  If I find a great deal on chicken, then we're going to have a few chicken dishes that week.  It's strawberry season, and there are tons of great deals on them lately, so we have a lot of strawberry dishes (in fruit salads, fresh, in desserts, in smoothies, on cereal and yogurt, etc…).

So, here's a little grocery store shopping list/menu I've made up.  I love a cute list (it makes me want to use it when it's cute) just as much as I love a good deal, so the two of them are the perfect combination.

Printable Grocery List & Menu Planner @ Blissful Roots
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The three lines in the left column are where you can write the name/s of the stores you shop.  I left the store names off so you can add your own stores, but I would put Days, Ridley's, and Smith's.  Then under each store I put the items from the ads I want to buy.  Under the 'Other' box in the right column I put a list of other grocery items I need that weren't in the ads.  Finally, under the 'Menu' box in the right column I make my menu for the week. 

This format works for me, and you can give it a try to see if it helps you.  If not, use it as a starting point, adjust it, and make up something that does work for you.

One more tip on grocery store ads.  Make sure you know the days of the store sales.  Two of my grocery stores have the same sale dates (new ads begin on Wednesdays), but the other store I shop doesn't.  Be careful not to miss a fantastic deal just because you missed the date.  I've done it before, and it's totally frustrating!

Well, I hope some of these tips help you out in your grocery shopping and menu planning endeavors.  At least maybe you have some food for thought now, and you can come up with a system that works for you.

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April 18, 2014

Peter Cottontail's Tail {DIY Pom Poms}

I find myself buying yarn often in hopes of making lots of pom poms, but truth be told, I've really only made one set of them in my entire life.  They turned out just how I'd wanted, and they were really easy to make.  I'm not sure why I don't make them more often.


Peter Cottontail's Tail {DIY Pom Poms} @ Blissful Roots

A few winters ago, I shared some winter ornaments I'd made for my white January tree.  As I was putting them away this year, it hit me that the white pom poms I'd hung on the tree would make the perfect tail for Peter this Easter.   So when I was getting out my Easter decor, I went back to my winter tote, pulled one of the pom poms out,  fluffed it up a bit, trimmed it down, and hot glued it to a bunny silhouette (click here for the one I used). 


Peter Cottontail's Tail {DIY Pom Poms} @ Blissful Roots

You can click here for my DIY winter ornament post.  I have several ornaments, but the pom poms I made and used for the cottontail were made using Bernat Boa yarn in Dove, and I followed this Martha Stewart video: How To Make Mini Yarn Pom Poms.  Really simple! 

The bunny silhouette I used came from Matthew Mead.  He actually used a white carnation for the tail, and I love that look as well.  Check out his entire white Easter collection on Pinterest here.  So, so gorgeous!!

Holiday with Matthew Mead

Holiday with Matthew Mead

Holiday with Matthew Mead

So, what are your Easter plans?  An egg hunt or two, family time,  enjoying the beauties of spring, and lots of candy?  That's what we'll be up to.  Enjoy this special holiday!


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April 17, 2014

Kids Pinterest Board

Summer vacation will be here before we know it!  I start getting really excited for it this time of year, but often times a month into the summer I feel like I'm out of ideas to keep my boys entertained and out of trouble. 

Follow Brooke @ blissfulroots.com's board Kids on Pinterest.

So, today I share my Kids Pinterest Board with you so you can start following, or pinning whatever activities look like they might save your sanity this summer.  There really are so many fun things to do with your kids!  Not to say you have to jam every minute of summer vacation with some earth-shattering activity, but having a resource to turn to, and an plan can make all the difference! 

What are your favorite summer activities? 

On, and you can check out all 105 of my Pinterest boards here.
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April 16, 2014

Four Bean Salad

 Once this warmer weather settles in, we can't wait to get the grill cleaned up and ready to go for the season.  I love grilling because it's so easy, but I often exhaust my same four or five grilling side dishes in a few weeks, and then I start repeating.  Which isn't always bad, but something new is always appreciated.

Four Bean Salad @ Blissful Roots

Well, I now have a sixth side dish to add to my repertoire.
Last time we were together, my sister was raving about a bean salad recipe she'd had at my grandma's house.  She wanted to make it as soon as possible, and because we cook when we're together, we had a batch whipped up in no time.  Let me tell you, it was amazing!  I've only have a bean salad a few times in  my life, but never remember loving them.  This one, I do!  It's amazingly fresh, and I  find myself craving it!  

It's a simple recipe.  You just need to make it the night before serving so it can marinate. 


Four Bean Salad @ Blissful Roots
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Now you also have a fantastic side dish to add to your repertoire for all your summer barbecues.  I promise it'll be a crowd-pleaser!

Four Bean Salad @ Blissful Roots

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