Descendants Activity Sheets

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The new Disney Descendants DVD was released recently.

Meet the next generation of villains in Disney’s DESCENDANTS!

Imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost, home of the most infamous villains who ever lived, the kids of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella De Vil have never ventured off the island… until now.

Sent to idyllic Auradon to attend prep school alongside the children of beloved Disney heroes, these villainous kids must execute a plan that helps their evil parents achieve “world domination” once again!

Will Maleficent’s daughter and the other rebel teens follow in their rotten parents’ footsteps or will they choose to embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

You can pick up a copy of the Descendants DVD from Amazon and enjoy these FREE Descendants Activity Sheets!



5 Labor Day Car Repair Mistakes

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This weekend, more than 35 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home, with many  heading off on a road trip even though their car is not in tip-top shape.

What can you do to make sure that your family’s road trip is as safe as possible?  How can you avoid getting overcharged for the preventative work that your car really needs?

The car repair experts at RepairPal — a nationwide network of certified, pre-screened repair shops on a mission to help you find a fair price for quality work — have come up with “The RepairPal Guide to Your Safest Labor Day Road Trip”:

1.  Do a Road Trip Check-up
Because unexpected breakdowns are usually much more costly than preventative work, get your vehicle inspected by a shop you trust before you hit the road.

2.  Don’t Gamble
Because walking into the first shop that you find on Google is like rolling the dice, do your homework by searching for a shop with certified technicians.

3.  Know the Magic Number
Research average repair prices before visiting the shop and note any prices much higher or lower than the average (which may signal low quality parts or potential overbilling).

4.  Think Ahead
Because a poorly-executed repair could leave you coming back weeks later, always choose a shop that offers an excellent warranty in case anything goes wrong.

5.  Don’t Trust all Reviews
While review sites like Yelp and Foursquare are great for finding a good burger, fake reviews and unknowledgeable customers make these types of sites unsuitable to select an auto shop.

As a free resource, RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops nationwide, provides data on the average cost of each repair, and offers trusted customer reviews — eliminating the need to shop around.

American Girl Doll Sets $79 (Full Size)

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CaptureThere is an American Girl Sale happening right now with dolls priced at just $79!


*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: The American Girl website is getting slammed.  It will take some patience to get through.

Just use the American Girl Coupon Code AG9TODAY  to see what’s available today while supplies last only.


Shop early for the best selection.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

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Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frap

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

I don’t know about you, but I have a weakness for all the pumpkin recipes once the first signs of fall become clear to me.

Last week was chilly and all I could think of was one of these yummy treats.

This recipe makes about 2 medium size drinks.

pumpkin spice cap ingredients


1 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream (Strong coffee for Coffee based drink)
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 to 1/2 cup simple syrup – or to taste* (recipe below)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or All Spice
1 to 2 cups crushed ice
Redi Whip (Homemade Whipped Cream)
Pumpkin pie spice for garnish

Simple Syrup Recipe

In a medium saucepan combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Heat on medium until sugar is dissolved.


pumpkin spice iced cap

Pour the first 5 ingredients into a blender.

Mix on medium until thoroughly combined.

pumpkin pie iced cap

Add ice and blend until the frappuccino is smooth and without chunks of ice.

Pumpkin Pie Iced cappuchino


Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

You might also be interested in some of my other recent recipe posts.

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Gift Basket Ideas for Any Occassion

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Gift Basket Ideas

Do-it-Yourself gift baskets make for great creative gifts for many occasions!

Here are a few ideas to create your own gift baskets:

Movie Date Night

Create a movie night in a basket gift that is perfect to give to newlyweds for a pre-planned date night. Include in the basket your favorite romantic comedy, a box of popcorn, theater size candy and bottled sodas. For less than $10 you can give a newlywed couple everything they need for a great movie date at home.

Pregnancy Survival Kit

For an expecting mother, put together a basket of things that will help make her pregnancy more comfortable and enjoyable. Include items such as cocoa butter belly cream to reduce stretch marks, ginger peach tea for morning sickness, chocolate bars for late night cravings and a book of funny and uplifting pregnancy advice such as The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy.

Hostess with the Mostest

Put together a gift basket full of great kitchen gadgets and items. Some items that you could include are a cute apron, a rolling pin, a monogrammed bamboo cutting board, silicone or wooden cooking utensils and a cookbook. This would make a great and creative gift for a housewarming party, a wedding shower or just a birthday gift for the cooking lover in your life.

DIY Spa Day

Create a bundle of spa type items that would make a great bridal shower gift or birthday gift. Include in this basket your favorite facial mask, bath beads and salts, a gel eye mask, bubble bath and even a homemade CD with your favorite chill out music to play for a relaxing evening.

Heat Up the Romance

For a lingerie party, you can include a couple extras with your racy undergarments. Add to your gift a couple of candles, massage oils, a home made CD of romantic songs and even a book with tips to heat up the bedroom. This would make a great gift for a lingerie party or just to give to your best girlfriend before her wedding.

Handy Man or Woman

For the DIY-er in your life, a gift basket of tools and other DIY necessities is a great creative present! Include in this gift items such as a drill, a set of basic hand tools, picture hanging kits, a tool belt and even a DIY book or magazine subscription. This would be a great gift bundle for a house warming party or for a groom’s Honey Do shower gift.

Gourmet Foodie

Have someone in your life that loves gourmet foods? Shop around for interesting and eclectic food items to put together as one gift. Look for infused cooking oils and vinegars, interesting salts and spices, and even ethnic or rare snacks and foods. A good place for look for these types of items is in stores such as Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. These styles of baskets would make great gifts for many different occasions.

Wine Sommelier

For the wine lover or expert in your life, put together a basket specific for that hobby. Include in the basket things such as a good quality corkscrew, the latest wine aerating gadget, a set of personalized wine glasses and even a bottle of nice local wine. This gift basket would be a great hostess or house warming gift. Or just a gift for any occasion for anyone who loves wine.

College Essentials

If you have a child or loved one heading off to college, create a gift basket of college essentials. You could include in the basket things such as school supplies, nice sheets for their dorm room, or a new backpack. A great gift for college students is gift cards to local restaurants. Google search the area they will be attending college to find the restaurant chains in that area and purchase a variety of gift cards for them. Free food is a starving student’s favorite gift.

These are just a few ideas of creative gift baskets and bundles that can be put together for great gifts.

These baskets and items can range in price from really inexpensive to as much as your budget will allow.

What are some of your favorite ideas for gift basket items?

Homemade Vapor Shower Disks

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Homemade Vapor Shower Disks

Homemade Vapor Shower Disks

In my ongoing attempt at removing the chemicals from my home over the last couple years, I learned that so many of the things we used to use before we knew better are filled with toxic junk.

It is so easy to make your own homemade vapor shower disks that I will never return to store bought kind again!


2 cups baking soda
½ cup water (more or less – your goal is to mix until you make a paste)
1 tablespoon of corn starch
Lavender Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil


In Process 1
In a small bowl mix baking soda and slowly mix in water until it becomes just a tad more liquid than a paste.

Add cornstarch.

In process 2

Pour into your desired molds.

I prefer silicone molds like these because it is easier to remove them without breaking them.

In Process 4

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, allow to cool and remove from pan.

Add 5 drops of Lavender and Eucalyptus onto each disk and allow the oils to soak in.

Store in mason jars or a plastic container.

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To use simply drop one into the bottom of your shower when needed and allow the vapors to steam out.

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: I only use Young Living Essential Oils because they are so much more than just aromatic perfume grade oils. When looking for all natural ways to keep my family above the wellness line, I wouldn’t trust anything buy high quality therapeutic grade essential oils.