New Year Inspiration and Goals + HM #166

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New Year Inspiration and Goals + HM #166

Happy New Year! I hope you all had wonderful holidays and are ready to get started with another fabulous year. Fresh starts, resolutions, goals, and organization are some of the things I think about at the beginning of each year. So, I am excited to share this little mini-roundup of New Year Inspiration and Goals.

This mini-roundup is just one piece of the all new Home Matters Linky Party Themed Roundups. Each week, we will have a different theme and you gain hop from blog-to-blog to see the complete roundup. Loads of inspiration and creativity waiting to be explored.

Let’s get inspired, ready, and organized for the New Year!

 

How To Setup Your Household Binder for the New Year from Marie @ Organized Marie

 

How To Create A Vision Board from Dee @ Morning Coffee With Dee

 

Setting Family Goals for the New Year from Joyce @ Childhood Beckons

 

15 Tips & Tricks to Organize Your Home from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Good Day Sunshine Printables And Gift Tags

You’ve heard the old Beatles song, Good Day Sunshine. You smile, you think of warm days and happy times. Get the inspired free printable decor and gift tags and share summer! #GoodDaySunshine

 

Good Day Sunshine

Free Printables and Gift Tags

 

When my kids were little, we used to do lots of singing in the car. One of our favorite songs was Good Day Sunshine. When summer comes along, I always think of this song with fond memories. I love summer. Gorgeous skies, great weather, ocean breezes, it all makes me happy, and I like to share that feeling with my family and friends.

Have a listen…

 

So, I thought I would create something special for you to celebrate the warm, happy feeling of summer inspired by that old carefree song. These printables come in two sizes — 4 x 6 inch and 5 x 7 inch — and are perfect for framing as home decor. I also designed some gift tags, which make it easy to share with family and friends. Add the gift tag to a bunch of flowers, a mason jar of goodies, baked goods, gift cards, or more.

This display looks gorgeous on our Mantel Makeover! We are thoroughly enjoying the summer sunshine in our living room.

Download the FREE Printables!

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Available in two sizes.

5 x 7 inch printable

4 x 6 inch  printable

 

Share the good days and the sunshine with a friend.

 

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Four tags per sheet.

Gift Tag Sheet

 

Isn’t this beautiful? It just makes me feel good inside. Print one up for yourself and put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. I have been humming, whistling, and singing this happy little tune since I first thought of this fun printable idea. Share Good Day Sunshine with your loved ones and friends.

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DIY Car Care & Basic Road Trip Kit

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DIY Car Care & Basic Road Trip Kit

Keeping You Rolling Down the Road

 

Car care is something we should always be mindful of, but with summer on the horizon that means busy schedules and road trips. You don’t want to find yourself stranded on the road waiting for a tow truck. Don’t fret, I have put together a DIY Preventative Maintenance Car Care and Basic Road Trip Kit Checklist that will keep you rolling down the road to your favorite destinations.

One of the most important things to know is, where to find information pertaining to your specific car or truck. The Owner’s Manual for your vehicle should be your first resource. If you do not have a manual, download it online from the vehicle manufacturer’s website, or order one on eBay.

Carry your Vehicle Owner’s Manual AND any Maintenance Records or Warranty Paperwork in your vehicle! These do you absolutely no good sitting at home when you are having a problem on the road.

HINT: Keep your records and paperwork in a folder. Cut the important information off filter boxes or other packaging, and tape them to the folder so you always know the Part Numbers for replacement. I keep my folder under the floor mat in the back of my truck.

 

Check Your Owner’s Manual For:

  • What Types of Fluids (type, weight, and volume) to use.
  • Explanation of Filler Cap Symbols.
  • What Types of Filters (type and size) to use.
  • The Maintenance Schedule – how often, mileage, or time.

 

Car Care – Preventative Maintenance:

Cursory Visual Check

  • Check for Drips or Fluid Leaks on the ground, under the vehicle and the hood.
  • Check that Windshield Wipers are in good condition – no splits, cracks, or tears.
  • Check that all Exterior Lights are in working order.
  • Check that all Interior Lights are in working order.

Fluids

  • DO NOT open a Hot Radiator!
  • Wear Gloves – Oils / Fluids can be hot.
  • Check / Change / Fill
    • Brake Fluid
    • Coolant
    • Engine Oil
    • Power Steering Fluid
    • Transmission Fluid
    • Windshield Wiper Fluid
    • Always start a road trip with fresh new fluids.

Filters

  • Oil Filter
  • Engine Air Filter
  • Cabin Air Filter
  • Replace according to the manual specifications, or more often for dusty or severe usage.

Drive Belt (Fan Belt)

  • Check for Cracks or Fraying.
  • If damaged, have the belt replaced.

Tires / Wheels

  • Check the Air Pressure in each Tire – Don’t forget the AIR in the SPARE!
  • Check the Tire Tread on ALL tires. (Use a penny, place it in the tread with Lincoln’s head going downward. If the tread doesn’t reach to Lincoln’s head, the tire is worn out).
  • Check for any Damage (nails, bulges, etc.), in all tires including spare.
  • Check your Lug Nuts — be sure they are tight, but not overly torqued or rusted / corroded in place to where you cannot get them off.
  • Check that your Spare Tire Fits your car, especially if you bought the car used, or modified it in any way.
  • Make sure your Lug Wrench fits the size of your lug nuts (in case you have aftermarket rims on your vehicle).
  • Check that the jack is complete and in working order.

Lights

  • If you are hauling a trailer, make sure the trailer lights are hooked-up and working properly.
  • Be sure to check Headlamp Aim / Angle, especially if you are hauling a trailer. You may need to adjust the aim so you don’t blind other drivers.

Battery

  • Clean off any corrosion using a little baking soda and water and scrubbing with an old toothbrush. ( Be sure to wear old clothes, gloves, and eye protection. DO NOT get any battery acid or cleaner on you).
  • Make sure your battery cables are well connected.
  • If your battery is over 3-years-old, have a Load Test done on the battery to check the condition before heading out on your road trip. A lot of chain auto stores nationwide will do these test for free. No sense getting stranded.

 

Download this FREE Printable for your DIY Car Care!

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Here’s an example of easy Car Care that you can DIY:

 

Change your own FRAM Engine Air Filter

Changing your air filter is car maintenance so easy you will kick yourself if you’ve ever paid to have it done. It only takes one tool — a screwdriver that fits the screws on your Air Filter Box! Some vehicles may use clips instead of screws, a flat blade screwdriver will help pop these open. Plus, it only takes 5 minutes or less.

  1. Check the Owner’s Manual for the location of your Air Filter Box / Air Filter
  2. Be sure you have the correct size filter.
  3. Unscrew the lid on the air filter box, and remove lid.
  4. Remove old dirty air filter.
  5. Place new FRAM Extra Guard Engine Air Filter in the air filter box.
  6. Replace air filter box lid, and tighten screws.

 

You’re done! How simple is that? Don’t forget to recycle your old air filter. FRAM recommends changing your engine air filter annually or every 12,000 miles, but be sure to follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.

Clean engine air filters are important for your car or truck. Think of it as the first line of defense for improving air flow and preventing dust and dirt from entering your engine and causing damage. They can also increase acceleration, horsepower, and improve overall engine performance. An easy win in my book!

 

You can find FRAM Air Filters at Walmart (in stores or online). The Walmart website has a search function to find the proper FRAM air filter for your vehicle — just a few simple questions.

 

I found it super easy to choose my FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter, order it right there online, and then pick it up at my local store, when I went in for a regular shopping trip.

 

 

Basic Road Trip Kit:

Now that you have done your car care, there is another important thing to prepare for the road trip — a Basic Road Trip Kit. It’s better to be prepared than to waste your vacation away on the side of the road, or some place waiting for your transportation to be towed or fixed. I’ve created a FREE Printable Checklist for you to download. It will walk you through putting together your handy-dandy Basic Road Trip Kit.

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Check out this short video on How To Properly Use Jumper Cables.

 

A Few Other Helpful Hints:

  • Carry a Map in case your GPS goes out.
  • Have a Cell Phone Charger for your vehicle.
  • Be sure the Charging Port in your car has Power to it.
  • Have a Hide-A-Key, or have someone else in the traveling party carry an extra set of keys.
  • Insist on FRAM Air, Oil, Transmission, and Fuel Filters when servicing your car, truck, or boat. FRAM a name you can trust.

 

What ideas do you have for easy Car Care or Road Trips?

 

Have a great Road Trip!

 

 

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Peanut Butter Raspberry Smoothie Recipe

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Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich? The savory peanuts mixed with the sweet or tart fruitiness, oh yum, makes my mouth water. What is your favorite jam or jelly flavor? Mine has always been raspberry. So, in my efforts to eat better and smarter, I created a heavenly Peanut Butter Raspberry Smoothie Recipe that takes me back to my childhood and those delicious sandwiches that I crave.

Peanut Butter Raspberry Smoothie

A smarter, better for you recipe!

 

This recipe is so easy, and can be ready in mere minutes. Just pop a few simple ingredients into your Oster® Blend-N-Go® MyBlend® (perfect for making smoothies). You can just fill, blend & go! I love to whip this together for breakfast after my early morning walks with my latest audiobook–the combination makes for a perfect start to my day.

 

5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Raspberry Smoothie

Dannon Oikos Vanilla Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt, Milk, Jif Peanut Powder, Fresh or frozen Raspberries, and Ice. Add Honey if desired for a little sweetness.

 

 

5 from 1 reviews
Peanut Butter Raspberry Smoothie Recipe
 
Prep time
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This smoothie makes a perfect breakfast or snack for those wanting to eat better and smarter. Great after a morning walk.
from:
Type: Breakfast, Snack
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup - Fresh or frozen Raspberries
  • 3 Tablespoons - Jif Peanut Powder
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz.) - Dannon Oikos Vanilla Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt
  • 1/8 cup - Milk
  • Ice - to desired thickness
  • 1 Teaspoon - Honey (optional)
Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients in blender
  2. Pulse until well blended
  3. Top with Fresh Raspberries
  4. Drizzle with Honey
3.5.3208

 

Jif Peanut Powder gives you the great taste of peanuts with 85% less fat than peanut butter. I love that you have complete control over the sugar content, since there is NO Sugar Added. Not only is the peanut powder great for a smoothie, but you can also use it for baking, making sauces, dressings, and more. Let your imagination run wild. Packed with 15 grams of protein, Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt is Possibly the perfect protein snack!

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You can find these great products at your local Walmart store, or online at www.walmart.com.

 

Join me in making smarter choices for a better you. Get some exercise–walk with me, share your audiobooks, and indulge in a delicious, protein packed smoothie.

 

Do you have any favorite Smoothie Recipes to share?

 

 

 

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Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem

Easter is a joyous celebration for Christians around the world, and in this happy remembrance I wanted to share a special little treat with you today, the Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem.

Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem

An Easy DIY Sweet Treat

 

This  DIY project is perfect for handing out a special little Easter treat. Think, school treats, party favors, and more, plus it is super easy. You just need to gather a few things and devote a minimal amount of time.

 

 

Here’s what you need:

  • Container (bag, box, or jar)
  • Jelly Beans
  • Printable Poem
  • Paper and / or Cardstock
  • Glue Stick
  • Ribbon or Stapler

 

This is how you put them together:

You can use bags, jars, or even cute boxes for these treats.

 

Cutting and Trimming the Paper and Cardstock:

  • Print off your Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem printable
  • Cut out the poem (I used decorative scissors).
  • Using a paper cutter, cut the cardstock in half vertically.
  • Take each vertical piece, and cut in half horizontially. (This will be the size you use for bags).
  • If making tags for jars or boxes, you can cut each piece in half again.

 

For Bags:

  • Trim cardstock with decorative scissors (if desired). Make sure the cardstock is longer than the poem so you have room to fold it to fit over the bag.
  • Glue the poem to the cardstock (again, leaving blank space at the top of the cardstock).
  • Fill bag with jelly beans (be sure all colors mentioned in the poem are present).
  • Fold the top of the cardstock to fit over bag.
  • Staple  cardstock to the bag.

 

For Jars or Boxes:

  • Trim the cardstock with decorative scissors (if desired).
  • Glue the poem to the cardstock.
  • Punch a hole in the corner of the tag.
  • Run ribbons through the hole.
  • Fill the jar or box with jelly beans (be sure all colors mentioned in the poem are present).
  • Tie the tag to the box or jar.

 

 

Here is your FREE Printable:

Click HERE to Download Printable!

Share the joy of Easter with a sweet little treat!

Do you have any fun ideas for Easter?

 

 

 

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Recipe Card Organization and Free Download

Michelle James stops in to bring us a great project for the New Year… Recipe Card Organization! Put some order in your kitchen.

 

Recipe Card Organization and Free Download

Hi! I am so happy to be back on Life With Lorelai today. I am getting ready for a huge pantry organization re-vamp at my house, and part of that includes the recipes that are everywhere! I am not talking about the books, but the single recipes that people give me–they are just thrown in a pile in the pantry. Then, when I go to look for a particular recipe, I have to dig for a long time to find it; unless, I get lucky and it has fallen on the floor or something.

I finally decided to do something about it!

Recipe Card Organization

 

I had purchased an organizational file/drawer at a garage sale this past summer for .50¢, I think. I had actually given it to my husband, but I decided I needed it and asked him if I could have it back. I am terrible that way.

It was pretty dirty and awful!

I gave it a good bath and took it straight out to the garage for some paint. We had some green and some white spray paint so that is what I chose. These colors match nicely with my kitchen, and I am hoping to bring some of the same colors into the pantry as I organize.

Here it is after being painted. It looks much better, right?

The size was very different for pre-made recipe cards. There were some cards that came with it so I used these for a size template to create my own.

They are 7 1/8 x 3 ¼ .

I put three on a page and printed 10 pages to start.

Then, I decided to create a 4 x 6 that is a more general size to fit in photo books to use as a recipe holder, or a photo/shoe box that you can decorate and use as a recipe holder.

You can download the free file with both sizes at the end of this post.

Once I had my cards done, I wanted some divider pages. I used some scrapbook paper and cut it to the same size as my cards. Then, I cut some 2 ¾ x 1 ¼ size pieces with a coordinating paper. I folded them in half lengthwise and wrote the categories I wanted: Main Dish, Sides, Salads and Desserts.   I used an adhesive tape runner to attach them to the divider cards.

The last thing I did was print the word “Recipes” onto a piece of the same cardstock that I used for the divider cards, and cut it to fit into the front of the drawer handle.

I am really happy with the way it turned out! What do you think? Do you have a system for your recipes?

Don’t forget to click on the link at the bottom and download the files. Enjoy!

Download Recipe Cards Here

 

 

 

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Blog Planner – Get Organized!

Blog Planner – Get Organized!

Using this Universal Planner

 

I finally got sick of all the pieces of paper and scraps of this and that I had hanging around for my blog. I was creating so much work for myself by not keeping track of certain things and then having to search post-to-post, through comments, etc. to find what I needed. I was in special need of a way to keep track of what post I linked-up at what party, and if any of my posts were lucky enough to be featured. It was time for my little blog to take the leap and have a Blog Planner.

So, I researched blog planners and ideas, and finally devised some forms of my own. I wanted a Universal Blog Planner that I could use from year-to-year. It also needed to be adjustable in size according to my needs.

I know not every system works for everyone, so I have put together individual sheets, as well as some that are combined. You can mix and match ’til your hearts content. Pick and choose what works for you.

This FREE Printable Blog Planner includes:

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A Universal Calendar:

Fill in your own Calendar dates. This feature allows the calendar to be used from year-to-year with just a press of the print button. No need to search and download another one next year.

Monthly and Weekly Views:

The Monthly View has a Weekly Overview, To Do List, Blog Maintenance, and Notes.

 

The Weekly View has a Daily Overview and Notes.

Idea Bubbles and Post Production:

Idea Bubbles give you areas to scratch out your thoughts while putting in place key elements for your post such as, Idea, SEO (key word), Link To, Categories, Tags, Affiliate, Needs, and Other. It also features areas for Related Posts, Title, and Notes.

 

The Post Production sheet allows you to keep track of where you are on the construction of your post. Post Title; URL; whether or not there is an Affiliate or Giveaway with this post; Post Written–Edited–Scheduled; Pictures Taken/Found–Edited–Graphics Made; Needs/Props gathered; Other, and when the post is finished and ready for a Published Date.

Link Party Log, Social Media Tracker, and Monthly Tracker–Featured Post/Linky Party Listing:

The Linky Party Log lets you keep track of to what parties you have a specific post linked. It has space for the date you linked, the party, and if the post was featured.

 

Sometimes you get called away in the middle of promoting your post on social media. With this Social Media Tracker, you will be able to track specific posts to exactly which venues you have promoted and where to pick up again. The form is ready for all the main social medias, email promo, and other. You have a place for marking the post as affiliate or giveaway. It helps make sure you get the public coverage you need.

 

The Monthly Tracker Featured Posts / Link Party Listings is a great resource to see where you promoted the blog in general during the month, and what posts got featured during that time. It has space for Date, Post Title, and Link Party. Over time it will help you see what is working and what is not, so you can maximize your efforts. This form is going to be a huge help to me with my new monthly feature of Gratitude, Promise & Memories.

Combined Form: Production, Social Media & Linkies

If you would rather have a form where you can keep track of everything for one post on one form, this is it. The Production, Social Media & Linkies form combines the features of the single forms so you can see it all on one page.

All of these forms have a semi-transparent background to give them a little color, but leave it light enough for easy writing.

No matter how large or small your blog is, this Blog Planner is adaptable for you. Get a binder and some tabs and print up what you need, as you need it.

The Blog Planner comes in FOUR STYLES. Choose one, choose all, or mix and match.

I hope you will find this Blog Planner helpful and easy to use. If you have any suggestions for other planner pages or needs, let me know. Download, have fun, be flexible, plan, and get organized! Don’t forget to share this Blog Planner with all your blogger friends.

Have you ever used a blog planner?

Do you find Blog Planners helpful?

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