Ramen Noodles Turned Delicious DIY Meals

cover photoFast, cheap, delicious, and quick! And you can use any kind of noodles you have on hand – fettuccine, spaghetti, ramen, anything!beef and ramenThe making of this meal is super quick — the meat gets cooked in the same skillet as the sauce and then the broccoli is cooked in.crunchy-ramen-noodle-salad-recipe-2This crunchy ramen noodle salad is a light and delicious addition to your summer gatherings. No cooking required and it’s ready in just 10 minutes.sausage ramenFor added color, flavor and crunch, stir 1/4 cup thin red pepper strips into cooked sausage in skillet along with the peas, garlic and onions. shrimpThis spicy shrimp ramen bowl is super simple to make and comes together in about 20 minutes. The fresh veggies and tender shrimp gives boring old ramen a burst of flavor and it amazingly delicious!teriyaki ramenThis recipe is a twist on favorite take-out flavors, turning budget-friendly packs of ramen into a quick and delicious pot of teriyaki noodles.
thai_chicken_ramen2.By adding Thai flavorings into this spicy thai chicken ramen, it is a great place for you to get started on all the yumminess you can create with a package of ramen!

 

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2017 teacher gift guide

Does your child’s teacher deserve bonus points for working with your little angel the past nine months?  Is the support staff at your school out of this world?  Is there a special someone that made your school year unforgettable?  Show how much you appreciate them with a little something that says thank you for a great year.  Shop all teacher gifts HERE.

teacher gifts

1. Is your teacher smart, stylish and silly?  Then these wise owl socks belong to her $8.95
 
2.  This mighty sweet magnet celebrates those teachers who are game changers $5.50
 
3.  Slip a gift card to her favorite spot in this little lovely zippered bag $5.95
 
4.  Nothing like the sweet smell of Jane Austen to bring a little peace to your nest $7.95
 
5.  An important message to remember all year long $26.95
 
6.  Let her know she is the bees knees with this sweet smelling lotion $10.95
 
7.  Thank your teacher for showing you all the possibilities  $7.95
 
8.  Let them know how much you appreciate them for lighting the path for your little one $15.95
 
9.  Your teacher can relax and reboot with with this lovely smelling shower burst $4.95
 
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Easy DIY Printables For Teacher Gifts

1Want to give a teacher a gift that is super easy and that you know the teacher will LOVE? With the end of the school year just a few short weeks away, we decided to help you find some easy and cute gift idea’s to give your child’s teachers!berriesJust print out one of these customizable tags and attach it to a simple gift like this darling berry bowl.chapstickWe love this lip balm card free printable. This cute card is easy to make by using cardstock, a little strip of washi tape and your favorite lip balm.good handsDon’t wait until the last minute to get your act together. Just snag this free printable, pick up a few lovely lotions or hand soaps, and you’ll be all set. growGrab a few cute pots and plant a little succulent in them. Add a little something extra with this free printable to make your gift even better! keyHere is a nice and practical gift that is sure to please any teacher…print it HERE.little somethingIf a little gift basket is more your style, how about filling a jar with a few of your favorite things and this cute tag?
 
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our mother’s day picks

all my heart handmade frameIf it wasn’t for this little lady, this May holiday wouldn’t be the same. It seems only appropriate to celebrate how she has filled my heart with loads of love and joy like only she can. $35.95

some see weeds others see wishes

When I am picking out a gift for Mothers Day I want it to be unique and thoughtful and this delightfully intricate wooden wall sign is just the thing! I know my mom will really appreciate the lovely threaded flower and the heartfelt saying on her special day. What a find! $39.95

sweet spoon rest

My mom will absolutely love this sweet spoon rest! It’s perfect because she drinks tea all the time and needs a place to rest her stirring spoon in between cups. Plus it’s super cute! $14.95

handmade happiness frame

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this frame would be perfect for Mom to put her favorite happy memory on display. Whether it be family, friends or her favorite pet, this pretty frame will display it perfectly either hanging or standing. $37.95

grammar snob mug

Perfect gift for any English nerds you know- in this case, my mom! Now she can have her coffee at work and teach her students at the same time. $13.95

worlds greatest mom

Great gift for the Mom who has everything and wants to know she is appreciated. $9.95

book lover candle

I love to read, and this candle makes reading aromatic as well. Its a super cute candle that has famous quotes from famous authors. I love this! $7.95

bees knees socks

These socks are perfect for my (future) mother-in-law! They’re just the spark of happy she needs while she’s out making her garden beautiful this mother’s day! $8.95

jewelry pouch holder

I purchased one of these and always find use for it. It keeps my jewelry tidy and tangle free. Mothers day is coming up and I have to get it for my Mom! I know it will be put to good use! $16.95

shine book

This book is a beautiful testament to all those moms out there that share their brightness and wisdom guiding us along the way of life. Here’s a couple of my favorite quotes in this book; “Your shine is not simply seen, it is felt” and “Sometimes, more sparkle is just the right thing.” What a lovely Mother’s Day gift that is sure to bring much brightness and sunshine to her special day! $15.95

flower nested bowls

I love these colorful condiment bowls for setting up snacks when guests come over. They are heavy duty plastic and make your table look so pretty! $15.95

happy box

I would love this for Mother’s Day ::hint hint:: this Summer I’m starting an exciting new chapter in my life and this would be a great way to write down all of the fun memories this year will bring! $20.95
 
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best mom ever!

We believe it’s important to celebrate the women in our lives who make this world a brighter place so we asked our firefly fans to let us know why they have the BEST MOM EVER.

 

We loved hearing these stories about moms who shine bright for their daughters everyday.  We hope they enjoy a little shopping spree on us so they feel extra special this Mother’s Day!

 

Thanks for sharing your stories with us daughters…

McKenzie Campbell

Anyone can say they have the best mom ever because everyone thinks they do. And there are lots of great moms out there. However, I’m confident there is no one who rocks quite like my mom, Teresa Campbell. A fearless single mom who raised me by herself, she taught me I can do anything I set my mind to.

 

Currently, I am a grad student in Women’s and Gender Studies, and I continue to learn about the social and economic struggles that single women face. It blows my mind that my mom was able to raise me with such grace, considering the system that she had to work within. Her selflessness is what continues to allow me to succeed in grad school – financially and emotionally. I can’t think of anyone else I would want to win a shopping spree for – I couldn’t even tell you the last thing she did for herself. She loves Catching Fireflies and always makes sure to stop during a weekend in Ann Arbor. Thanks for both teaching me I can change the world, and crazy enough to believe I can actually do that, Mom. I love you.

Karen Schelberg

My mom, and new grandma as of November 17, 2016, is a fabulous mom and one of my best friends. She is and has always been there for me, through all of life’s changes and transitions. From moving away to college, then resettling in Chicago, and eventually settling in to a life in Michigan, my mom has traveled to every place I’ve lived to visit and support me. Many people say I’m turning into her, and I couldn’t be more honored.

 

In the summer of 2015, my husband, Mom, and Dad took our first international trip together, to Prague, Vienna, and Salzburg. The picture attached is from the Sound of Music tour, which my mom and I spent an afternooon doing together. It is one of our favorite movies, and to share this experience with her was a highlight of the trip, which happened to be the same year that I turned 30 and she turned 60.

 

In October of that same year, I found out I was pregnant, with her first grandchild. The weekend we were planning to travel to Ohio to visit my family and share the news, I had a miscarriage. I had to call my mom and tell her why we weren’t coming home, and without even asking, she drove up to Michigan to be with me. A few months later, I became pregnant again, and in November 2016, I gave birth to my daughter and her first granddaughter, Lucy. When I called her at 8:30 pm on a Wednesday to tell her we were heading to the hospital, she made the drive up to Michigan, arriving early the next morning, just a few short hours before giving birth. To have her here meant the world to me.

 

I love watching the love she has for Lucy, and this has caused me to reflect on our amazing mother/daughter relationship. This relationship of love, trust, laughter, and wonderful times spent together is what I strive for in a relationship with my daughter. My mother exemplifies the type of mother I want to be, and to have that as an example, I am forever grateful.

Rebecca Ruggerio

My mom is seriously THE best.  When she found out she was having me she had to give up all of her incredible dreams just to take care of me and I will always love her for that.  Even though she had to change everything for me she’s sure that there is nothing she would rather be than just being my mom.  I love her so much she’s so caring, funny, and totes adorbs.  She always pushes me to be my best self and show kindness through my actions everyday, I love her for that.

 

Amanda Molaroni

Growing up, my mom made a lot of sacrifices to take care of us. She went without our whole childhood, so that we had the things we needed. She didn’t buy herself things, or get her hair done, etc. Now that I am grown, my mom has become my best friend. She lives in Florida now but we talk all of the time, and when we get to see each other it’s like no time has passed. She is the only one who can still give me the giggles. She now takes care of my grandpa and has once again put herself on the back burner to ensure he’s safe and has company, etc. She is an extremely hard worker, and she cares about others more than herself. I miss her everyday and love her more than she’ll know!

Shira Kramer

My mom is literally the best mom ever, my whole family attests to it! She helps out each one of us with each of our stuff. One of my brothers has preemie twins, and besides being a great grandma who was really there for them from pregnancy, NICU, and more, when they had to go back to the hospital this week, my mom volunteered to go, even though it meant sleeping on a hard chair and getting dressed in the bathroom for work.

 

Personally though, when I had my miscarriage late last year and was waiting for my D and C, I started having contractions. Even though it was 2 AM in Michigan and my mom had to get up early for work the next morning, she stayed on the phone with me and taught me the Lamaze breathing and helped me get through that rough patch. I am so grateful to my mom and I know she’s been through a lot the past few months. I know this gift card would just make her day, month, and year.

Katie Cavanagh

I am a PhD student at the University of Michigan, which is sometimes really hard.  Every day when I walk home from my lab, I call my mom.  She listens to everything I did that day and is always willing to meet me in my success, anxiety, frustration, or any other emotion.  She does this after spending the whole day teaching middle school students.  She does all that while enduring the long-term effects of an extremely severe concussion from the fall of 2013.

 

Besides answering phone calls, there are a million tiny reasons why my mom is the best mom ever.  She has probably sent me every cat card that has ever been printed.  She likes every photo I’m tagged in.  She literally wears pink every single Wednesday and always humors my own quirkiness.  She gave me a love of libraries and kitchens.  She taught me the privilege of obtaining an education and the value of deepening my faith.  My mom is my favorite person, and I think she’s the best mom ever.

Make Pretty Paper Flowers for Mother’s Day

title picDIY flowers are a great way for kids to create a colorful and memorable Mother’s Day gift with low-cost craft supplies and just a little bit of time. Show her how much you love her with a handmade flowers by trying one of our fun & easy crafts for Mother’s Day! egg-cont-flowersBefore you throw away your empty egg cartons, consider saving them too make egg carton flowers in a vase. If you happen to be looking for a fun k-cup craft, you can recycle them into vases!flower-potThe kids will have a blast making these picture flowers out of cupcake papers. A fun, simple mother’s day craft that is all kinds of HAPPY.hand-foot-flowersThis hand and foot print flower craft that’s complete with a vase is perfect for anyone planning on making mom smile, maybe even cry a little on Mother’s Day.pipe-cleaner-flowersA lot of  the items for these cute little pots came from the Dollar Tree: pots, paper shred, pipe cleaners, and popsicle sticks, making it super affordable to make.pt-flowersWho would have thought that paper towels could look this LOVELY!tissue-paper-flowersHere’s an easy peasy 3D tissue paper flower craft that’s great for little hands to practice their cutting and threading skills.
 
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2017 grandma gift guide

Grandmothers may have perfected the art of spoiling grandkids, but now it’s her turn to get something special.
 

Grandmas with Young Grandkids

gifts for grandma

1.  They grow up so fast… gather up all the grandkids for a photo to freeze this special moment to remember forever $35.95
 
2.  Sweet and simple… this mug says it all $14.95
 
3.  Customize a stylish typography print featuring all the grandkids $24.95
 
4.  TGIF (just in case she needed to be reminded) $8.95
 
5.  Always keep those cuties close by in this handmade photo holder $13.95
 
6.  Ask grandma to create an invaluable keepsake you will treasure for generations  $14.95
 

Little Finds to Surprise

gifts for grandma

1.  Keep grandma’s hands warm with this unique handmade mug $21.95
 
2.  Help grandma moisturize her delicate skin the natural way with Naked Bee lotion $10.95
 
3.  This wildflower flour sack towel is pretty and practical… just like grandma $10.95
 
4.  Add this lovely glow in the dark garden stake to a pretty pot of flowers $9.95
 
5.  Just in case grandma needs a reminder $14.95
 
6.  Splurge on some sweet smelling handmade soap $6.95
 
7.  Bright and cheery bowls are always fun additions to your mix of dishes $6.95
 
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Quiche Recipes That You’ll Want To Eat Everyday

collageWith asparagus, spinach, tomatoes and more fresh ingredients, these top-rated quiche recipes are great for family breakfasts, brunches and dinners.sweet pot crustShredded sweet potatoes are a great alternative to the calorie heavy pie crust in this Spinach, Bacon, Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust. They add a touch of sweetness to this savory and hearty quiche!mush asparRoasted Asparagus and Mushroom Quiche just screams “spring.” With fresh asparagus in the grocery store now why not pair it with some mushrooms, shallots, and thyme, and for added flavor, roast them all first!cowboy quicheThis particular quiche just has some very simple, basic ingredients, so that even the pickiest eaters will enjoy it.  No mushrooms or peppers or anything in this baby.  Just bacon, cheese, eggs, and caramelized onions.spin artichThis savory quiche pie made with eggs and almond milk makes weekend brunches a lightened up breakfast breeze.eggs bennyEggs Benedict Quiche with easy blender hollandaise is a great way to get all the flavors of Eggs Benedict for a crowd without all the work!farmers marketAs the Farmer’s Market starts filling up with spring vegetables, plants, flowers and herbs, keep this delicious quiche in mind…use whatever is fresh & available and everyone will love your Farmer’s Market Quiche!caprese florThis Caprese Florentine Quiche is going to be the perfect dish for a family brunch. Hashbrown crust, need we say more! 😉

 

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2017 mom’s day gift guide

We believe moms should be celebrated everyday but since there is only just one official Mother’s Day we’ve got some sweet ways to show your appreciation.
 

moms who have everything

mom who has everything

1.  Make sure mom finds time to do the things that bring her joy $12.95
 
2.  Spruce up her spring wardrobe with a stylish scarf $24.95
 
3.  Find her favorite coffee or tea and pair it with this gorgeous glossy tumbler $24.95
 
4.  Let this beautiful banner welcome all who step inside your home $13.95
 
5.  Silliness and shenanigans are always important in crafting a happy home $26.95
 
6.  Spoil her with some sweet smelling handmade soap $6.95
 
7.  The littles grow up so fast, capture one of your favorite moments in this handmade frame $35.95
 

sentimental moms

meaningful gifts for mom

1.  Your mom will melt after reading all the little things you love about her in this keepsake book $10.95
 
2.  Thank your mom for making your home a happy place for your family $27.95
 
3.  Keep your favorite prints in plain sight by turning them into cute coasters $18.95
 
4.  Capture a memorable moment of you and your mom for this fabulous handmade frame $14.95
 
5.  What mom’s heart wouldn’t smile if she received this sweet magnet from her daughter? $5.50
 
6.  Print a pic of mom’s favorite people and place it in this sweet magnet clip $7.95
 

moms who like to laugh

funny gifts for mom

1.  Even though your kids may think they are the boss of you, these silly socks speak the truth $9.95
 
2.  If your family is a bit crazy… you are in good company $13.95
 
3. Decipher your kid’s texts to you with some help from this fun book $9.99
 
4.  Funny hand sanitzer… useful and lighthearted! $5.95
 
5.   Any mom who moonlights as a taxi driver needs this magnet $5
 
6.  Are you guilty of making your mom mad?  Give her one of these funny dammit dolls to help vent her frustration $13.95
 
7.  The best multi-taskers we know are mothers!  $6.95
 

moms with littles

gifts for moms with little ones

1.  The perfect journal for moms who have kids that keep them laughing with their silly sayings $14.95
 
2.  This sweet sign is a good reminder all year long that you mom rocks $9.95
 
3.  Let your mom know she is the tops with this hip handmade frame $29.95
 
4.  Give mom a break from the craziness with this relaxing aromatherapy experience $4.95
 
5.  Trust me… your mom will never tire of hearing that she is amazing $12.95
 
6.  Sweet and simple… this mug says it all $14.95
 

queen of the kitchen

moms who love to cook

1.  Dress up your dinner table with these bright and beautiful felt trivets $14.95 – $19.95
 
2.  No need to sweat your ice cream turning into soup with this way cool bowl $21.95
 
3.  We believe anytime is a good time to make cupcakes $59.95
 
4.  If you have had things explode in the microwave and left it for mom to clean up… you need to buy one of these angry mama cleaners and make it sparkle for mom $10.95
 
5.  Splice, dice and remember you are the one with the knife $11.95
 
6.  This fabulous fish doubles as a vase and wonderful water pitcher that gurgles as you pour $38.95
 

new moms

gifts for new moms

1.  This magnet celebrates how something so small can remind us how big love is $5.50
 
2.  Capture one of mom’s favorite family moments in this handmade photo block $12.95
 
3.  Having kids that cry is inevitable, being able to laugh about it is a choice $15
 
4.  It all goes by so fast – keep special memories alive with this wonderful journal $16.95
 
5.  Read this never ending book with your little one to let them know how much they are loved $16.99
 
6.  Create a book that will be treasured as an heirloom by writing your little one a letter each year  $25.95
 
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Easy-Peasy Sweet Bread Recipes

4-26-collageQuick sweet bread loaves are easy to make, easy to freeze and easy to serve with just about any meal. Try our favorite recipes with a twist that you’ll want to make over and over! cinnamon cake breadThese fast and easy cinnamon rolls that require no yeast. They are quick and easy compared to traditional cinnamon rolls that require a lot of patience while waiting for the dough to rise.coffee cake bananaThis classic banana bread recipe is topped with a sweet crumb topping making it a cross between a quick bread and coffee cake!cranberry cream cheeseThis loaf is perfectly moist, sweet and tart, and is the perfect thing to make when you’ve got friends or family coming over, or for when you just need a little pick-me-up to start or end your day. hummingbird breadA twist on a Southern classic. How does soft and moist banana bread with a half-cup of crushed pineapple sound? Thought so.lemon zucchiniTopped with a sweet lemony glaze, this sweet bread is a great way to sneak in extra veggies and the BEST way to wake up! strawberry lemonThis easy to make loaf cake is loaded with lemon flavor thanks to fresh juice and zest. It will be the highlight of your day!

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