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Creating Habits - Free Printable + a Smoothie Recipe!!

This post is sponsored by Hiland Dairy, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


How many of you have new years resolutions? How many of you have stick with your resolutions?

A few weeks ago I found myself planning all of the changes I wanted to make for the new year. I wanted to eat more fruits and veggies, drink more water, start and stick with an exercise routine, create and stick with a cleaning routine, and so many more.

However, when January 1st rolled around I was so overwhelmed that I didn't really know where to start. After some brainstorming, I realized that if I tried making all these changes at once then I would just set myself up for failure. That's when I came up with this printable to keep track of all the habits I want to create this year. This printable allows me to slowly implement new habits or break old habits throughout the year. And I made it available to you so you can track your own habits too and set yourself up for a successful year.

On the far left side of the page there is a column to write the initial of the month you want to begin the habit. There are a few ways to use the printable. You can do one habit monthly like shown in the example below. You can skip lines and continue a single habit for 60 days, 90 days, or more. You can also do multiple habits in a month. Feel free to test it out and find what works best for you. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for the link to the free printable)


The first habit I wanted to create this year was to incorporate more fruit into my diet. I try to eat at least one serving of fruit as soon as I wake up. My favorite way to eat fruit is in a fruit smoothie. One thing I love about smoothies is that I can use a variety of fruits to create a variety of different flavors. When making smoothies I always use frozen fruit and mix with Hiland's 1% milk. Using the frozen fruit mixed with milk or creates a thick creamy texture that I absolutely love.


This banana, peanut butter, and coco smoothie is one of my kids's favorite. There really is no recipe I just toss all the ingredients in, then add more until it taste good. I start with 2 frozen bananas and add a small spoonful of coco and a heaping spoonful of peanut butter. I pour in about a half cup to a cup of Hiland's 1% milk and add more as I mix until it is the consistency I want. (Note: This makes enough for me and my two girls. If you are making this for yourself I would use one small banana)



Here are a few of my other favorites smoothie combinations include:
  1. Orange juice, frozen banana, and Hiland's  1% milk
  2. Frozen mixed berries, frozen bananas, and Hiland's  1% milk
  3. Frozen banana, honey, and Hiland's  1% milk


Hiland dairy has a variety of products (their cottage cheese, and Greek yogurt are my favorite!) that can be purchased at your local grocery store. They have been delivering farm-fresh dairy products to customers throughout the Midwest since 1938 and this year they want to help you start your new year off right. Get Healthy with Hiland and sign up for their email series where each week you'll receive great tips, delicious recipes, and money-saving coupons.


I'm always looking for more smoothie combinations. Please share your favorite in the comments below.



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7 Brilliant Ways to Organize With PVC Pipe

Need some inexpensive organizing ideas? These brilliant organizers are cheap, easy to make, and can be painted to match your home decor.


Laundry Bin


Shoe Organizer (no source) 





Gift Wrap Wrangler 


Toy Organizer 


Stuffed Animal Storage (no source) 




Rotating Craft Caddy 


Industrial Shelves


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7 Best Peanut Butter Recipes Ever

I'm sure I'm not the only one who eats peanut butter with a spoon straight out of the jar! If you love peanut butter as much as I do then you are in for a real treat. I'm sharing 7 tasty peanut butter recipes to satisfy your cravings.



 
 Soft Peanut Butter Cookies (Recipe)


 Homemade Peanut Butter Cups (Recipe)




 Quick and Easy, 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge (Recipe)


 Peanut Butter Brownies (Recipe)


 Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies (Recipe)




No Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake (Recipe)


5 Minute Homemade Peanut Butter (Recipe)



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14 Simple Hacks That Will Make Your Home Amazing

Check out these simple hacks to transform your home from drab to fab.



Pour your shower supplies into pretty bottles that match your bathroom decor. (source)


Cover your laundry baskets in rope. Leave the rope as-is or use paint to add a decorative pattern. (source)




Cover up your ugly wire shelves with plywood. (source)


Transfer your pantry items to decorative glass containers. (no source found)


Hide the kids toys in plain sight with a diy window seat storage bench. (source)


Store kids toys in bins under a table then make a no saw curtain from fabric scraps to hide the bins. (source)


Hide your cords inside a decorative box. (no source found)




Add mini frames to your light switches and paint them to match. (source)


Transform your ugly, outdated cabinets with yard sticks and a coat of paint. (source)


Add corbel under your cabinets to give your backsplash a more finished look. (no source found)


Update your vent covers with a coat of spray paint. (source)


Give those closet doors a makeover with trim and paint. (source)


Transform your blinds into beautiful roman shades. (source)



Update your Ikea cubbies into a beautiful entertainment center. (source)


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Free Holiday Cleaning Printable And A Giveaway!!



Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Family get-togethers, carolers, snow ball fights, and don't forget the smell of fresh pine needles and hot coco filling the air. However, with all the joys of Christmas there are also many messes. If your hosting a holiday get-together, the added stress of cleaning your home and keeping it clean throughout the holidays can quickly become a nightmare.


This year I've joined with BLACK+DECKER to bring you some smart cleaning tips, a free 10 day cleaning printable, and a giveaway!





This 10 day cleaning printable will get your house in tip top shape before your guests arrive. There are extra spaces in each section to add your own cleaning items, as well as two extra boxes at the bottom for any other areas in your home that may need cleaned.

While getting the house prepared for guests can be a pain, the real challenge comes in keeping the house clean after the guest arrive. Below are my two top tips to keeping a clean home with guests, as well as links to my favorite products that get the job done.




Spot Vacuum - Pine needles, crumbs, pet hair, and dirt will build up quickly in a house full of people. However, trying to maneuver a huge vacuum around your guests can isn't that easy. Purchasing a small cordless vacuum such as this SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum from BLACK+DECKER can be a life saver. I love that I can easily pop off the hand held vacuum for small messes or leave it attached to the stick vacuum to easily clean up larger messes. I also don't have to worry about guests tripping over the cord while it's out. The compacted size is perfect for tucking in the coat closet so it's within easy reach (If you want your own SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to enter the giveaway!!)


Clean Up Spills Quickly - Spills left unattended can quickly turn into a sticky mess. Keep paper towels within easy reach for quick clean up. For an even easier solution check out this Compact Cordless Lithium Hand Vacuum also from BLACK+DECKER. This compact hand vacuum can clean up dry and wet messes. When your done, just empty and rinse. 

GIVEAWAY


BLACK+DECKER is giving away a SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum to 20 lucky fans. 

Here's how to enter:
  1. Head on over to check out the SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum
  2. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know what qualities you like about the SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum. (Be sure to leave your e-mail address within the comment so that BLACK+DECKER can contact you if you win.)


The fine print: 
  1. There are a few blogs participating in this event. At the close of the event ( December 29, 2016) BLACK+DECKER will be choosing 20 lucky fans of participating blogs to receive a free SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum.
  2. You must be 18 or older to enter.
  3. You must live within the US.

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