Hello all!  I will be back Monday, but today I wanted to let one of my favorite bloggers introduce herself.  Meet Filiz!

 

 

Why Hello There! I’m Filiz, and I blog over at Light & Sweet. A little bit about the blog – – Light & Sweet is a lifestyle blog where I share my adventures in DIY, Cooking, Style, Beauty and … well… life! I chose the name Light & Sweet because I like to keep things fun and lighthearted.
Here are snip-its of whats going on over at L&S:

DIY Teacup Candles
DIY Picture Frame Earring Holder
Avocado Basil Pesto
Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Seeing as Kristin has been so sweet to host me on her blog, and I don’t usually get too personal, I thought “What the heck, I’ll tell you more about me!” So here it goes, a few random facts:

1. First and most frequently asked, my name, Filiz. It is a common Turkish name meaning “sprout”. But it seems to be most commonly associated with Filiz Akin, who was one of the famous actresses in the history of Turkish cinema.

2. I absolutely could not live without hot sauce! I am the poster child for Frank’s RedHot’s slogan “I put that *$%# on everything”

3. I have recently developed an obsession with Restaurant Impossible. Yes, I know it is soo predictable and repetitive, but I love the reveals on opening night!

4. I am afraid of cockroaches and needles. Yeah yeah… so is everyone, but seriously I freak out, cry and even pass out at the sight of either.

5. I am a huge fan of The Price is Right (I’m watching it right now)! I know that makes me about 90 years old, but I am totally cool with that.

Anyway, stop on by Light & Sweet sometime and say hello! I’d love to meet you!

Happy Monday! Today, Chelsea from Little Lessons in a Big City is here to share a recipe that I know HJ would love…

hello all – I’m chelsea from little lessons in a big city. and I’m here to entertain distract you while kristin is on vacation. I thought the best way to achieve that would be to create something sweet, chocolaty, and fall-inspired.

cozy peanut butter popcorn // LLinaBC.com

If you can’t be on vacation, you should at least be cuddled up on the couch. possibly watching a movie. and definitely snacking on some cozy peanut butter popcorn. because it screams comfort & fall. [in addition to being delicious].

did I mention it’s simple to make?

cozy peanut butter popcorn // LLinaBC.com

all you need is:

• 8 cups of popcorn.

• 1/2 cup honey.

• 1/2 cup granulated sugar.

• 3/4 cup peanut butter.

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

• 3 squares almond bark [I used white, and added food coloring to turn it orange].

• 1 cup mini peanut butter cups.

cozy peanut butter popcorn // LLinaBC.com

in a small saucepan combine honey + sugar. bring to a boil. reduce heat & simmer for two minutes.

cozy peanut butter popcorn // LLinaBC.com

remove from heat. add peanut butter + vanilla.

cozy peanut butter popcorn // LLinaBC.com

drizzle over popcorn. and stir to combine.

cozy peanut butter popcorn // LLinaBC.com

create a double boil to melt almond bark.

cozy peanut butter popcorn // LLinaBC.com

add red + yellow food coloring to create a fall-appropriate orange color.

cozy peanut butter popcorn // LLinaBC.com

spread popcorn on a cookie sheet topped with parchment paper.

cozy peanut butter popcorn // LLinaBC.com

drizzle orange almond bark. and let cool.

cozy peanut butter popcorn // LLinaBC.com

toss with mini peanut butter cups. and you have yourself a delectable fall treat. perfect for a cozy movie night, in front of a warm fire.

cozy peanut butter popcorn // LLinaBC.com

enjoy!!!

xo,

chelsea at LLinaBC.com

You can follow Chelsea on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Hello everyone!
I am on vacation, but didn’t want to leave everyone without a few posts.  Some of my favorite bloggy friends have offered to post in the meantime, and I think you will enjoy getting to know them.  Today, is a cute etsy store, perfect for little girls, and Monday is a yummy recipe!  Enjoy!
Also, the lovely Kari is offering a discount code to her cute shop (code at the bottom of the post)…
Hey Yall!  I am Kari from Pink Cow Mootique!  A few months ago, I stumbled across the Wifessionals blog and her Cara Box Exchange program!  This sounded amazing, so I joined.  Well, it has been nothing short of amazing!  I have met some really great ‘friends’ through this ordeal.  If you like to receive adorable boxes filled with goodies (for you!!!!), then head over there and sign up!  Its so much fun!
My latest friend is Kristin, here at Slice of Mudpie!  Unfortunately, we live quite a few states away, but she seems so down to Earth and ‘likeable’!  I am sure we would be friends in real life! :)  Plus, that little HJ she has is quite a charmer!
So, Kristin asked me to do a guest post and I feel very honored to be here!  She told me to write about anything.  Well, that is a big open ocean, if you ask me and I have so many ideas, yet no ideas…if that makes any sense!!??!
So, I am just going to talk about me and our handmade shop!
I am married and have 2 1/2 year old twin girls!  (twins are amazing…that could be a whole post in itself)…When my girls were born, my mother in law started sewing and crocheting.  She made us so much stuff and everyone kept saying we should open an etsy shop.  So, we did.  Since opening, we have revisited our goals several times and we currently have quite a big bow stash going.  We have sold a lot local, and are working on marketing to the internet world.  We also have a lot of items in the works and cannot wait to reveal those very soon!
So, how did we come up with the name Pink Cow Mootique?  When my girls were itty bitty (gosh, those were the days…), they somehow ‘took to’ these pink lovey cows.  They have stuck with them ever since.  CANNOT go without them.  They both are obsessed.  So much, that we had to search Amazon (they were baby shower gifts) to find more.  We currently have about 12 between all the houses the girls will be at!!  Sitting around one day trying to think up names, we were holding the girls and one of us mentioned how special the cows were….the rest is history!!
Starting up a handmade business is slow.  I have done a lot of research and we are working out the kinks as we go.  It is my dream to have a successful handmade business and I love how social media has really allowed hand makers to ‘step up their game’.  It is so much fun learning all about it.
A special thanks to Kristin for allowing me to post today!!  I sure hope you stay around and get to know me and my shop a little better!
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How cute is her store?  And her twins?!?!  Also, Kari is offering all Slice of Mudpie readers a discount.  Just enter the code “mudpie”.  The code is good through October 24th!

Hello lovely readers!  HJ is currently under the weather, and threw an epic tantrum at Target last night.  The reason?  There was a girl on the box of medicine I picked up.  He didn’t want GIRL medicine.  Unfortunately, there were no “boy” choices.

Also, I applied to win a contest with Stitch Fix, and would love if you could GO HERE and vote for me!  I only need around 70 votes to take the lead :).

I have struggled to find the best work-out routine since having a child.  Today, Merrie is sharing a few tips she has!

 

Hi there A Slice of Mudpie readers! This is Merrie from The Skinny Student! I am a junior in college studying Speech-Language Pathology. I started my blog a little over a month ago as a way to track my fitness progress as a loose the Freshman 15. At The Skinny Student you can find workouts, healthy living tips and view my progress!

Today I will be sharing my 5 tips on how to work out with a little one. Now, I may not be a mother myself but I have certainly had plenty of practice in the field. With eight nieces and nephews and an 8-year-old brother (my family is a little crazy), I have my hands full with kids a lot of the time. I also know how hard it can be to get a good workout in while you have a crazy kid running around. So, instead of trying to workout by your lonesome with a crazy tyke running around, workout WITH them instead.
1) Get those legs moving– Go out on a walk or run with your kiddo! For an added bonus, make it a race! “Whoever finishes this lap last is a rotten egg!”(works every time!) If your kid is anything like my brother, they are always wanting to be grown up. An added novelty that will get them really excited about walking and feel more grown up is to get them on a treadmill! Since this is a grown up machine, I put him on a walking speed (around 3.0) and if he wants a challenge I may bump up the incline to .5 or 1.0.
2) Play some sports– Getting outdoors and playing some baseball, soccer, or volleyball can be a fantastic workout for the whole family!
3) Weights– Now you may be thinking I’m crazy with this workout here. But, once again my brother was wanting so badly to be a grown up and workout with weights that I finally broke down and let him. I gave him the two-pound weights and we went through a few reps of basic arm movements (like bicep curl and lateral raise). Although this was a harder workout for him, he loved it!
4) Release your inner child– Do not underestimate how good kiddie toys and games can be good for a workout! Grab a few jump ropes and hula hoops and you and your kid will have a great workout! Again, you can make this challenge. Whoever can hula hoop the longest or can jump rope the longest wins! You’ll be surprised of how hard of a workout this can be!
5) Stretching– After a great workout with your little one, don’t forget to teach them the importance of stretching their muscles afterwards!

 

Happy Monday!

This weekend, I woke up to HJ snuggled against me and cracking up.  He was laughing so hard in his sleep, that it woke me up.  I laid there watching him while he slept, with a huge smile across his face.  When he finally woke up, he told me about his silly dream where a guy put a bucket on a dog’s tail and the tail was wagging back and forth.  It makes me happy that he has silly dreams :).

Today, instead of me guest posting, I have my own guest poster here! Shaye, from Simply Shaye, is sharing some great ideas to help save money this summer.

 

Summer provides more opportunities to have good times with family and friends.  The hectic pace of the year usually slows down a bit, and holidays are more relaxed.  Make the most of time for vacations and outdoor activities by following a few tips that can help to save you money you can utilize for making summer memories.

Make Money On Your Clutter 

Clutter accumulates magically by itself, much like the proverbial wire coat hangers.  Items you once used daily suddenly become useless as children grow, hobbies change and new products are purchased.  Take a weekend to go through closets, garage and basement and collect the clothing, appliances, sports equipment and other items you no longer use.  These objects are taking up precious storage space and are like money in the bank if you can find a good buyer.  Get out your digital camera, take a picture and decide a fair price for the item.  Post it on Craigslist or EBay.  Many objects you think are useless can turn out to be someone else’s precious find.  These sales can help to earn extra money for vacations, summer programs and other uses.  IT garage sales are popular in your area, you can hold one of your own.

Limit Your Air Conditioning

Summer can bring searing temperatures.  If your home doesn’t have many shade trees around to prevent the structure from heating up, you are likely to run up an outrageous electric bill over the warm months.  If you have full-house air-conditioning, install a programmable thermostat to allow temperatures to rise when no one is at home and lower them before everyone arrives for the evening.  Lower the air-conditioner, find out where the cross breezes are in your house and put a fan at each end of the breeze “tunnel” to keep cooling air flowing throughout the day.  Make sure windows and doors are securely caulked so that cool air doesn’t escape.

Seek Out “Free Admission” Days

Many communities have attractions that offer “free admission” on certain days f the week.  These may include museums, amusement parks, zoos and other venues.  Many of these attractions offer additional days during the summer when children are out of school and need diversions to occupy them.  Many communities also offer special family rates on transportation during the summer to make your excursion even more economical.  Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it at a nearby park to enjoy a low-cost family day of fun.

Board a Dog

If you’re an animal lover, you can augment your vacation fund by opening your home for boarding a pet during someone’s vacation.  Many people find commercial kennels and boarding facilities unacceptable for their dog.   The animal may have separation anxiety or health problems that make traditional boarding unacceptable. When you do dog boarding you can enjoy the presence of a “guest pet” in your home while making extra money for summer activities.

There are a few ways to save money and make money this summer. You might find that you enjoy your summer vacation more this year. That’s because it’s comforting to know that you didn’t need to raid your bank account to fund your trip!

Shaye is a single mom that has a passion for family, budgeting, healthy living, fitness, and travel. She loves finding new ways to cook healthier and stay fit, all while doing it on a budget. She has a beautiful son and one eccentric dog, but wouldn’t have it any other way.. Follow her blog athttp://simplyshaye.wordpress.com!