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4 Tips for the Perfect Family Breakfast Life

The most important meal of the day – breakfast is all-too-often a rushed affair from the stove to the mouth. Seeing as it’s something you send your spouse off to work, and your children to school in their bellies, why not make it a delicious and wholesome family experience that starts everyone’s day off on a high. You’ll need to take a few steps, detailed below, to achieve the holy grail of family breakfasts, but once you get there, you’ll enjoy a grateful and well-nourished morning around a table with those you love and care for the most.


1) The Routine

In the whirlwind of getting everyone dressed, packed and out of the door, breakfast can take the backseat in morning preparations. What counts here in order to make breakfast the central event of every morning is a little discipline and a subtle adjustment to your preexisting routine. Getting everyone up that bit earlier with the promise of a fantastic breakfast you’ll find will not be a difficult ask – probably, though, the initial energy and inspiration will have to come from you, so your routine ought to be the first to change.


2) The Drinks

Just as in the commercials, what you’ll want most of all at the breakfast table is some healthy juices for the kids, and some energizing coffee for the adults. Where the former is concerned, buy in the most vitamin-rich juices that bolster children’s immune systems. When it comes to grinding the beans, Gene Moroz presents a wonderful and educational Coffee Blog that’ll hone in on that perfect balance of taste and buzz that the grown-ups are looking for from their morning coffee. It’s far cheaper to buy good coffee for the home than to buy cups of java out of the house, so make the investment and let the aroma tempt your spouse to the table!

3) The Food

No, this isn’t about the silver screen banquet of bacon, eggs, toast, sausages, cereals, fruit, pancakes and every feasible breakfast foodstuff under the sun, it’s about buying in variety and deliciousness across the week. Changing it up when it comes to the offerings at breakfast is the best way to encourage healthy eating. Though there are some delightful healthy recipes outlined here, never shy away from an indulgent treat of pancakes and chocolate once or twice a week when it’ll give your family the extra energy to hit the ground running.

4) The Family

Despite changing routines, ever-busier lives, buzzing smartphones and distracting TVs and tablets, eating meals with your family remains important for your whole dynamic. The breakfast table is a place to share and enjoy one another’s company before the day begins, and so bringing your family together to share in well-selected food and drink is the key to a perfect breakfast – no distractions, just your family enjoying a morning together before going their separate ways.


A good breakfast lays the ground for a revitalized and energized day, so why not follow these tips to creating your perfect family breakfast!

Check out more tips and tricks for your lifestyle here or join or Simple Living Group here!

Clear your Mind with Shining the Sink Methodology Get Organized / Home & Style / Household / Organizing


Clear your Mind with Shining the Sink Methodology
Clear Your Mind with Shining the Sink methodology!!

Living with 4 boys and a husband has its rewards and challenges. While I do not have to deal with the up and down emotions of a daughter, I do have to deal with the continuous reminders of cleaning their rooms, throwing their clothes down to be washed, cleaning the toilet after they use it, etc.

My 24 Hour Kitchen Cycle picture is my biggest pet peeve! My sink never stays clean. It absolutely drives me crazy….gets under my skin….puts a scoul on my face. If my kitchen sink and my counters and table are clean from dishes, food and crumbs… I am  happy camper. I can deal with some paper clutter as I am always shuffling things, but food and dishes are a no– no!!

Who else can relate?

I was never like this but over the years juggling work, kids, household items and just plain life, I have learned that the “Shining Your Sink” methodology really does clear your head and mind and encourages MOTIVATION to be able to move forward toward your priorities.

NOW how do I get the rest of my family there??? LOL– I have been known to put up signs:

Clear your Mind with Shining the Sink Methodology


I learned the Shining Your sink methodology through various classes and reading. If you are looking to get yourself into a more organized life and clear mindset, you may want to look into some of the classes and books I have read that have really helped me surge ahead in my life!! And its not just about having a clean sink but how to allow your mind to get to where you want to be in a much faster, less distracted path!

Make Today Matter Mini courses by Brook Noel

Make Today Matter Mini Classes

Make Today Matter Full Membership by Brook Noel

Make Today Matter Full Membership


Make over Your Mornings by Crystal Paine

Make Over Your Mornings


Make over Your Evenings by Crystal Paine Make Over Your Evenings

Sink Reflections book by the Fly Lady

See more Organizing tips here

10 Quick & Easy Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas with Santa Cruz Organic Cooking / Home & Style / Recipes / Reviews

This is a sponsored post for and Santa Cruz Organic. All opinions are mine.


Santa Cruz Organic

Lets face it. We all want meals and snacks to be healthy, quick, easy, cost efficient and to taste great! I must say that Santa Cruz Organic has really come to the party with their new products that I was able to pick up them up at Target!

Having 4 boys eating at all different times due to college and work schedules, having items on hand they can grab and go, whip up themselves or heat up is a must in our house!

Out of the 3 Santa Cruz products I purchased, I must say the Blackberry Pomegranate Fruit Spread was my favorite!


Breakfast Ideas:

  1. Toast and Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter Dark Roast Creamy
  2. Toast and Santa Cruz Organic Blackberry Pomegranate Fruit Spread
  3. Protein Shake with Scoop Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter Dark Roast Creamy
  4. Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Toast w/Santa Cruz Org Blackberry Pomegranate Fruit Spread and Santa Cruz Organic Apple Sauce Cup

Santa Cruz Fruit Spread



Lunch Ideas:

  1. Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter Dark Roast Creamy & Santa Cruz Organic Blackberry Pomegranate Fruit Spread Sandwich with Chicken Noodle Soupsanta cruz organic
  2. Santa Cruz Organic Apple Sauce Cup, Celery and Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter Dark Roast Creamy
  3. Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter Dark Roast Creamy and M&Ms Sandwich– a kids favorite!Santa Cruz Peanut Butter



  1. Santa Cruz Organic Apple Sauce Cup with bits of Granola Santa Cruz applesauce
  2. Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter Dark Roast Creamy and Banana Smoothie
  3. Celery with Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter Dark Roast Creamy


Make sure to try all of the Santa Cruz products:

Santa Cruz Org Pnutbtr Dk Rst Creamy 16oz
Santa Cruz Organic Fruit Spread Mango 9.5 oz
Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter Dark Roasted Crunchy 16oz
Santa Cruz Org Blackberry Pom Fruit Spread 9.5 oz
Santa Cruz OG Strawberry Fruit Spread 9.5oz
Santa Cruz Org. Seedless Raspberry 9.5 oz.
Santa Cruz Organic Apple Sauce 4 oz
Santa Cruz Org AppleSauce 23 oz
Santa Cruz Organic Apple Sauce 23 oz Jar
Santa Cruz Organic Cinnamon Apple Sauce 4 oz


Make sure to try all of the Santa Cruz products, available at your local Target! And from now until 2/24, you’ll get 25% off with Cartwheel.

See more recipe ideas here!

3 Home Remodel Projects for Every Budget Decorating / Do It Yourself / For The Home / Home & Style / Money Tips / Ways To Save Money

Home Remodel Projects

3 Home Remodel Projects for Every Budget

If you’re a new homeowner, have a fixer-upper or are just looking to modernize your old home, remodeling your home inside and out is not only going to improve your home’s livability but also add value!

Here are three home improvement projects for any budget that will help you get the most bang for your buck:


One of the most frequently used rooms in your home is probably your bathroom, for obvious reasons. Bathroom remodels have been proven to increase your home’s resale value and can provide you with up to an 80 percent return on investment. Even if you aren’t planning to sell your home anytime soon, a bathroom remodel can provide safety, comfort, and improved aesthetics for your home.

Before you start on your bathroom remodel project, you’ll need to take a couple things into consideration like what your goals are for your bathroom and how much your bathroom remodel cost will be. If you’re on a budget, you can implement more cost-friendly remodeling techniques like maybe only doing a minor bathroom remodel vs. a full bathroom remodel or simply giving your bathroom a coat of paint on the walls or cabinets. You can remodel your bathroom the way you envision and still stick to your budget. Once you take these factors into consideration, you’ll be able to transform your bathroom from drab to fab.

Living Room Update

Another great way to invest in your home is to upgrade your living room. If you’re on a tight budget you may want to opt in for adding small accessories or pops of color instead of completely remodeling your living room. But whether your living room is outdated or just needs a little sprucing up, the following are ways you can give your living room a face lift:
• Install or refinish your hardwood flooring
• Select an accent wall to paint
• Replace or reupholster your furniture
• Add new light fixtures like table or floor lamps
• Accessorize with accent pillows on your couch
• Hang some cool pieces of art or picture frames

Just like an room in your home, you’ll need to decide if you want a colorful living space or maybe settle for some warmer tones. Choosing the right style for your living room is key since it’s the one common area that you and your guests will see the most.

Basement Conversion

If you’re looking to add even more value to your home, then it’s time to clean out that old basement (or attic) and turn it into something you can use! Converting your basement into a livable space will give you more useable square footage and increase your resale value down the road. You’ll have to first think about insulation and flooring, and then proceed with your project. Your basement should match the rest of your house as far as color schemes and decor. Perhaps you want to turn your basement into a spare bedroom, office or den, “man cave,” or second living room. A complete basement remodel might be pricey but it’s ROI can make it worth it.
Now that you have a better idea of your vision and budget for your home, you’ll be able to remodel with ease. Investing in your home now will improve habitability for the present and increase value for the future.



5 Car Safety Tips you need to know for Driving in Snow Home & Style / Reviews

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5 Car Safety Tips You Need to Know for Driving in Snow

5 Car Safety Tips for driving in Snow

When you live in Buffalo, NY where we get large amounts of snow, you need to be prepared and plan ahead to make sure your car is safe for the winter ahead. Its also a good idea to have items in your car for your own winter safety should you get stranded in a storm.

Here’s a list of things you can do right now to prepare your car and make sure it runs smoothly during the cold, snow and icy months.

Winter Car Safety Kit

Keep these items in your car during the winter in case of an emergency is a must. I have had family and friends be stranded on the thruway overnight in a Buffalo Snow Storm. Not having these items could be a risk to your life all because of not being prepared!

Ice scraper
First aid kit
Extra hats, gloves, coat
Rock salt (in case you get stuck in the snow)
Jumper Cables
Road flares
Phone charger
Small Shovel

Check your Tire Tread, Tire Pressure & Rotate Your Tires

There is nothing worse in the winter than having bald tires. In order to get through unplowed roads like the above picture, you need to make sure your tire tread is enough to give you traction in the snow. Some areas are worse for snow than others, so you may even want to buy special Snow Tires to ensure your safety on the road. If your tire tread is adequate, then make sure to have your tires rotated to give you the best traction. Throughout the winter, also check your tire pressure to ensure better traction and avoid blowouts while driving in already dangerous conditions.

Get a Safety Check

Take your car into a car repair shop and have a safety check performed. This will ensure everything is in good working order before the snow begnis to fly. You can find out more about car safety checks at and you can also research other vehicles there to make sure you have the RIGHT car for the winter conditions in your area.

Install New Wipers and keep your Washer Fluid filled

Invest in good wiper blades for the winter as they will take a beating in the cold, icy conditions in Buffalo. You need to have a clear windshield during snowy conditions, so also make sure you keep your Washer Fluid filled

Keep your Gas Tank Full

Last year, I was stuck in traffic during a storm for 5 1/2 hours. I only had 1/4 tank of gas and was almost near running out, when I was finally able to get off an exit to get to a gas station and fill up. It was the scariest situation I have ever been in when driving in the winter. The sun had been shining all day and roads were clear when all of a sudden 2 feet of snow was coming down so I was competely caught off guard to make sure my tank was full. I will always make sure I have more than a 3/4 tank of gas now in the winter time!




**HURRY** Today Only – Young Living Essential Oils Sale!! Retail Value $300 for $135 plus tax/shipping- ends midnight 10/31 Deals / Health Tips / Holiday Gift Ideas / Home & Style / Online Deals / Young Living Essential Oils

Essential Oils Sale

Make sure to take advantage of this Young Living Essential Oils Sale NOW!!

Ok gang– here is how you can save even more money to live a healthier lifestyle and improved wellness AND on a budget!! We have a 1 day Young Living Essential Oils Sale!! For those of you interested in Essential Oils please do not buy the ones in the grocery store or randomly online. Young Living Oils have a Seed to Seal certification so there is no contamination from the time the plant is planted to the time it comes to you sealed in a bottle!

Right now you can get 11 bottles of oils for net cost of $135 plus tax and shipping plus FREE diffuser and NingXia Red samples!! Read more about using essential oils here!

Here is what you get in your Young Living Premium starter kit:

-Free Diffuser
-Lavender 5-ml (calmness, minor burns, stress relief, insomnia)
-Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml (congestion, head/neck tension, nausea, on tongue for fresh breath)
-Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml (add daily to your water to help detox your system, air freshener, calming)
-Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml (promotes wellness, boosts all other oils blended with)
-Frankincense 5-ml (smooth appearance of healthy looking skin, massage)
-Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml (boost overall immunity, ingest, diffuse, topically)
-Purification® 5-ml (cuts, scrapes, removed odors from the air when diffused)
-R.C.™ 5-ml (blend of 3 types Eucylptus oils, allergy and sinus support)
-DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml (upset stomach, aids digestion)
-PanAway® 5-ml (sore muscles, stimulate your senses)
-Stress Away™ 5-ml (stress, anxiousness, calming)
-AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
-10 Sample Packets
-10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
-10 Love It? Share It! Sample/To Go Oil Bottles
-2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
-Product Guide and Product Price List
-Essential Oil Magazine
-Essential Edge
-Member Resources

PLUS access to our Facebook Group where thousands of others are sharing ideas and uses for an overall better wellness routine and lifestyle!!

Total Value = $300
You Pay: $160 – That’s Huge Savings!
PLUS I send you a $25 amazon or Paypal EGift Card once registered!!

Remember the best part: once you’ve purchased the kit, you automatically become a wholesale member which entitles you to 24% off all future purchases from Young Living! There are NO monthly minimums or fees. Plus the Young Living line has Vitality line of oils that can be ingested for a superior wellness routine!

How To Get Started

1) Click HERE to order your Premium Starter Kit so you can start using essential oils

2) Select “Sign up as: Young Living Wholesale Member” – which will allow you to purchase the Premium Starter Kit – otherwise you will be paying full retail prices. You are NOT obligated to make any further purchases after this. Wholesale membership simply allows you to buy the Premium Starter Kit at a huge discount rather than retail. 

3) Be sure the “sponsor ID” and “enroller id” say 2029850 (so that I can send you your free $25 Amazon/Paypal giftcard AND link to our essential oils learning group!)

4) Select your Premium Kit order with either the Dew Drop or Home diffuser which is included in the $160 premium kit. You can also order larger diffusers here for an extra charge if you would like

5) Optional: sign up for Essential Rewards (ER). When you join ER, you’ll start accumulating rewards points for everything you buy monthly, which can be used to get free products on future orders. There’s no need to join right away. You can purchase your Starter Pack first and join the ER club later if you prefer. This is another way to get 10-20% additional savings once you are comfortable choosing new oils for your collection

6) Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact information.

7) Create a password and PIN. This will allow you to log in to your account and order any future oils.

8) Commission processing: If you would like to become a distributor of Young Living, enter your social security number. If you are not interested, choose individual without social security number.

9) Agree to the Terms & Conditions.

10) CONFIRM YOUR ORDER- make sure to do this final step!!

11) Look for a welcome email from me (denise.caggiano.oils (at) within 24 hours. This will be a welcome email with a link to our Faithful Oils Facebook group with 1000’s of other members sharing how they use oils and for what AND to let you know I will be sending out your FREE $25 Gift Card for registering!

 Gift Card Sale ends Oct 31st at Midnight!!

Want to learn more? We will be posting ideas for using Essential Oils so make sure to sign up for our Essential Oil Newsletter here

(if you already subscribe to our daily newsletter for deals the Oil Uses will be included there also but I know some only want the oil info not the deals )

*HOT DEAL* Today Only- Sheet Sets only $14.79 -$18.79!! More than 20 colors–Get yours now! Daily Deals / Deals / For The Home / Holiday Gift Ideas / Home & Style / Online Deals


Check out this great deal on sheet sets for only $14.79-$18.79!!

These prices are less than Ollies!! $18.79 is a steal for King size sheets and there are over 20 differetn colors and patterns to choose from! Zulily has great deals like these everyday so make sure to get yours here!

sheet sets

Update your bedroom décor in fresh style with this microfiber four-piece sheet set boasting a modern design. The neutral hue easily meshes with existing décor.

Includes flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillowcases (twin sizes include one pillowcase)
Fits mattresses up to 16” deep
100% polyester microfiber
Machine wash; tumble dry

buy this deal here

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40% off Hobby Lobby Coupon…online or in store plus 40% off Halloween & 50% off Home! Deals / Decorating / For The Home / Home & Style / Online Deals

hobby lobby coupon

Here is a great Hobby Lobby coupon for 40% off a REGULAR PRICED ITEM!

I try not to go into Hobby Lobby very often because I always see so many things I want to buy!! Every week they have great sales and they even have printable coupons and online coupon codes to get a percent of a regular priced item! These coupons are perfect if you need something for a project such as fabric or other supplies that rarely go on sale.

You can print your 40% off coupon here for use in store or enter coupon code 651o5 when shopping on line here


hobby lobby 50% off home

Make sure to checkout the 50% off home sale for items you need or want!! There are some adorable things to get 🙂


hobby lobby 40% halloween

And there is still time for Halloween deals!! Save 40% now through Oct 28th for those last minute items you need.

Make sure to remmber you can only use the 40% off Hobby Lobby Coupon on regular priced items!!

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How to make Poo Pourri Spray for less than $3 bottle!!! Do It Yourself / Home & Style / Young Living Essential Oils

DIY Poo Pourri Spray

Who wants to know how to make Poo Pourri Spray for less than $3 bottle?

The new rave I have seen so many people buying is Poo Pourri Spray! My job to help you save money is to come up with comparable alternatives. I cannot bring myself to spend $5-$8 a bottle of VIPoo spray BUT I live with 5 males….need I say more??!!! LOL. So I decided to use my Essential Oils and make my own 4 oz bottle that sits in our bathroom which is what is in the picture above. Most people seem to want a 2 oz bottle so my price comparison is based on a purse size 2 oz bottle.

Average amount of drops per Young Living Essential Oils is 5ml bottle is approx 85 drops

5ml Lavender Wholesale $23.50 bottle= $.27 per drop
5ml Grapefruit Wholesale $7.50 bottle= $.09 per drop


2 oz Glass Spray bottles

How to make your own:

2 oz  Glass Bottles= $1 bottle (buy in bulk and make perfume, air freshener sprays and much more!!)
4 drops Lavender Essential Oils = $1.08
4 drops Grapefruit Essential Oils = $.36
1 tsp Unscented Witch Hazel (you can also use Vodka or Alcohol) = $.50
Fill rest with filtered water (or distilled water but will have additional cost)= $0
Final Cost per 2 oz bottle = $2.94

You can also add any other blends of oils such as Lemon, Peppermint or Orange Oil depending on your preferences!


Compare this too the ViPoo Spray cost bottle from $4.70-$8 per bottle!! Thats more than 50% savings!!!


Learn how to save money by buying your own personal essential oils at distributor cost in our Using Essential Oils post here or you can sign up yourself right here to buy retail or begin buying at distributor cost! Feel free to comment or email me with any questions at!

Essential Oils

Want to learn more? We will be posting ideas for using Essential Oils so make sure to sign up for our Essential Oil Newsletter here

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How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by Life!  Sign up NOW for FREE Webinar…limited availability!! Get Organized / Get Organized / Home & Style / Organizing / Resources / Topics

How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by Life

Sign up NOW for this FREE Webinar…How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by Life!!

I think in todays society, we all want to learn how to stop feeling overwhelmed by life! The days just go by in the blink of an eye and sometimes when we look back, nothing stands out but the tasks and obligations, and the joys of life are overtaken by everyday responsibilities.

In this webinar, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Crystal Paine will teach you her top 3 proven strategies to reduce (and eliminate!) the feeling of overwhelm in your life. And guess what …it is FREE!!!

You’ll be inspired by her story and encouraged with her practical tips and advice as she shares her personal experiences and how she’s successfully overcome her own struggles with feeling overwhelmed with life.

As a wife, mom of three, and successful business owner, Crystal understands the day-to-day frustrations that come with everyday responsibilities and how difficult it can be to live life with direction and passion day by day.

Join Crystal by reserving your spot in one of her upcoming LIVE webinars here and learn how you, too, can overcome the struggle of overwhelm and live life with more passion, direction, and joy!

How to Stop feeling Overwhelmed

In the LIVE webinar, Crystal will be sharing:

1) 4-step process for deciding what to say yes to & what to say no to
2) The most important question you can ask if you want more calm & less chaos in your life
3) #1 trick to get more done every single day
4)  Plus, she will be hosting a LIVE Q&A at the end of the class to answer your burning questions!



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