How to Date your Husband ~ Giveaway too!

I recently read a joke on my phone that made me laugh out loud in public. The joke went something like this:

Isn’t this the truth though? After several years of marriage things change and you somehow look at each other differently. I can remember the days when love was exciting! Do you remember these little love notes back in the day?
What ever happened to flirting between married couples? I can remember the butterfly feeling I would get just by receiving one of these little notes in my locker. It wasn’t anything expensive, but it was the thought behind the gift. Just knowing that someone was thinking about me made my love swoon and my day so much brighter. So why don’t we do this anymore? When did showing someone you loved them equal spending money on them?
 Here are a few things you can do to spice up the romance in your relationship without breaking the bank.
  1. Write a love note – With the use of email, text messages and cell phones people are loosing the old fashioned art of writing. Taking time to sit down and write out your feeling can help your loved one know how you feel and intensify your relationship. 

  2. Prepare a meal – Do you know your loved ones favorite food or meal? Make it for them and let them know you made it because they love it.
  3. Go on a date – After 7 years of marriage my husband and I sometimes forget to spend time with each other. We see each other every day, but do not really spend time together. Go out just the two of you. Take a walk in the park, go sledding.  Remember its the time shared that counts.  
  4. Hold hands – Its as simple as reaching for his hand when you are walking or riding in the car.  
  5. Tell each other what you love about them  
  6. Be happy – The mood you bring into your home has a direct effect on the other family members moods. Happiness breads more happiness.  
  7. Encourage each other to have hobbies and share in their joys. 
This week I am going to leave you with the challenge of finding ways to show love. Have a great idea? Share it with us!
Raising Dick and Jane is going to help one lucky reader jump start their flirting with a free BIC multi color pen to help you start writing love notes and a $25 gift certificate to Ruggles Green for a date night.


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LOVE <3 Dick and Jane
 
Disclosure: I was provided with a free BIC 4 color pen from Smiley360 to review and giveaway. I was not paid for my post or opinion. Ruggles Green is in no way associated with this post.

FREEBIES ~ 2 Free 8×10 Photographs from Shutterfly

Are you a fan of Shutterfly? I sure am! I regularly use their company to print photos, create photo books and neat personalized gifts.  If you noticed my Instagram photo yesterday of my yummy hot chocolate, the mug personalized with Dick and Jane’s photos came from Shutterfly.
 
 
If you are a fan of Shutterfly then be sure to make it official by “like”-ing their facebook book and in return they will give you 2 FREE 8×10 photo prints! Awesome right?
 
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Wordless Wednesday Linky ~ Balloons to Heaven

This Wednesday I am still wordless from what happened last Friday. I have decided to share a photo of a product that I bought this week to help donate to the SHES fund for the families of those lost at Shady Hook Elementary School.  I have also included a link to the product if you too would like to purchase this download and help support the cause. I have framed my print and am giving it as a gift to my daughter kindergarten teacher.
 
This printable is inspired by the recent events in CT. The balloons represent each sweet person that was lost. There is a faint hand reaching from the clouds grabbing the balloon.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to the SHES Support Fund by the United Way.
– Laynie and Belle
 
 
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Getting Active – Getting Back in Shape!

Lately I have noticed that my once trim body is now starting to look like I’m wearing an inner tube around my waist.  You know, that horrid muffin top that forms when you wear jeans that are just a bit too tight.  I believe that if I continue down this road, my once baggy jeans are going to be un-zipable and I do not want to go buy a whole new wardrobe because I’m too fat to wear what I have.  If I’m going to buy a new wardrobe its going to be for much better reasons.

Let me fill you in a little bit about my body size. Just last year I was a size 2 and weighed only about 115 pounds.. . well come to find out my body was deteriorating and I was not healthy. My body weight was falling fast and I was fearful that I was dying, yet I had no idea why.  So after much testing it turned out that I was vitamin C deficient. After the doctors put me on a vitamin supplement my weight increased by 30 pounds in about 3 weeks. It has steadily increased since to where I am now. (Which I have no idea because I am refusing to weigh myself). While I am happy to be healthy again, I am not happy about all the weight I’m gaining. I would say that my “normal” weight is about a size 6/8 and 135 pounds. This is the weight I have been most of my adult life and this is what I would like to get back to.
I am not the kind of person to just sit and complain. If something bothers me I am going to take action! So to loose this extra weight I have decided to join a gym and get back to being fit. Since I enjoy sharing my life with all of you, I will be posting my progress on my blog and hopefully you will all join me in my getting active initiative. To help you get moving, Raising Dick and Jane and Old Navy are giving one reader a FREE Active top and a FREE Active bottom!! Hurry though, this contest ends in only 24 hours! Sign up to win using the rafflecopter below.
Old Navy also helped me to jump start my goal with a free Active outfit. During my trip to Old Navy I started by grabbing several outfits to try on. There were so many options that caught my eye.  I was surprised to find out that Old Navy has an amazing work out wardrobe selection. I was a bit concerned at first because all of the options looked so tight fitting, and tight is not what I am going for right now. But after trying the items on,  I found that I actually looked good in them and not fat! The fit was actually slimming if you can believe it.  I am super happy with my choices and ready to hit the gym. Thank you Old Navy!

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Winner will recieve a coupon in the mail for a FREE active top and bottom from Old Navy. Coupon will be mailed immediately after address confirmation is recieved from winner and MUST be used by December 27th.

Disclosure: I was provided with a coupon for a free top and bottom from Old Navy in return for my review of their product.

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Home Gardening Help from the book Backyard Gardening

Two years ago I dug up a large section of my backyard to plant a garden.  I wanted to produce fresh food for my family that is free from GMOS, pesticides, and would also help save our family money so we could eat better. That year, I ended up pregnant and my garden fell to shambles. I did not have the energy to tend to it as it needed. The spiders and bugs took over the plants to such an extreme that I was scared to go near the garden. Some plants wouldn’t take root and died off. Overall it was just a disaster.  So last year I attempted to do a smaller container garden that I could easily tend to with my two young children, and it worked out pretty well. However the yield was not great enough to feed my family, only to occasionally supplement a meal.  So this year I am going to try the large garden again, but I am not going into it uneducated!

I have recently started reading the book Backyard Farming in hopes to gain the knowledge about farming that I have never been taught and definitely does not come naturally to me.  I was both excited and astounded by the knowledge this book packs. It covers everything you would need to know to start a garden such as how to  check the soil to see if it is good growing soil. If you find that it is not  good soil the book shows you how to naturally change the balance to produce greater yields and allow your plants to survive. The book also covers tips and tricks on how to keep the pests at bay naturally in your garden so it doesn’t get taken over by bugs like mine did.  I also learned more about the plants I wanted to grow and how to preserve my bounty to feed my family through non growing times, such as winter in Michigan. The book also opened my eyes to new gardening options that I have not yet tried, such as raising chickens!

 
Since reading this book my excitement to get started on my new garden has risen.  I just cannot wait to get out into my backyard and start growing!  I have already began drawing a diagram with help from the Backyard Farming book and deciding where I am going to start digging in the spring. This is a photo of my backyard now. Just wait until spring and I will show you what this is going to become!
 
 
As you can see I have a large space in my yard that is unused. I also have this great fence which I have learned from the book is an excellent spot to grow vegetables vertically! (Yes, it shows you how to do this too!)
 
I hope that you will follow along with me as I turn this ordinary backyard into a healthy go-to grocery store right outside my back door. Can you feel my excitement??
Here is even more to be excited about! Since this book is being newly released there are a lot of opportunities to get involved and get free items.

Ways to gain free bonuses:

Want to buy this book and join me in a gardening adventure this spring?
 
Thanks for joining us today! Want to share a photo of your garden with the other readers? Submit your photos to be featured in the Reader Gallery to Raisingdickandjane@yahoo.com
 
<3 Dick and Jane
Disclosure: I was provided with a book to review free of charge with hopes that I would post about it on my blog. All opinions in this post are my own.

Wordless Wednesday – Just Cant Help Myself

This week we are kicking off our new “Wordless Wednesday” to go with our new Instagram Blog Feature. If you have not done so yet, please join us on Instagram and stay up to date on all of the funny, cute and inspiring things I encounter on a daily basis. Each Wednesday I will choose my favorite photo posted during that week and share it on my blog. You can also join the fun by adding your favorite photo to the Wordless Wednesday linky below.
 
This weeks photo is titled:
 
Some Days I Just Cant Help Myself
(other mothers should be able to relate to this one)
 
 
 
Join in the fun by adding your Wordless Wednesday photo to the linky below. 
 
To enter:
  1. Add your info to the linky box
  2. Leave a comment on this blog
  3. Copy the following link and add the linky to your blog (optional)
 
 

Very Veggie Quesadillas

 
So what are you planning on having for lunch today? This is always a tough decision around my house.  I get tired of sandwiches every day, but do not want to spend the time to create a big meal. So every once in awhile, I will make this dish.  I learned how to prepare this meal from a chef that I met while working as an event planner. (You may not have known that about me). He made me lunch one day while I was meeting with clients in the facility in which he worked. After the meal I headed back into the kitchen and begged for a tutorial. So, now I have decided to share this tasty, easy and healthy meal with you!
The recipe is easily changed depending on what you have on hand.  I sometimes switch up the ingredients with what is in season, so just use what you like.
 
Ingredients
(Mix and Match to your tastes)
 
My favorite veggies to include:
Zucchini
Summer Squash
Leek
Carrots
 
8″ Tortilla Shells
Mexican Blend shredded cheese
Sour Cream (optional)
olive oil
  1. Begin by adding 1 TBS of oil to a saute pan on med high heat. 
  2. Chop your veggies into small slices and add to oil.
  3. Saute until veggies are slightly brown and tender.  You do not want to over cook your veggies
  4. Remove cooked veggies from heat, set aside
  5. Add one tortilla shell to your pan and top with a handful of cheese and sauteed veggies.
  6. Top with a second tortilla
  7. Once the bottom tortilla has browned, flip and heat the opposite side
  8. Remove from heat and enjoy with a dollop of sour cream.
Tip: To wash your leek, chop the white end up until the green starts. Discard the green leaves.  Place the white slices into a bowl full of water. Separate the rings of the leek and allow to soak for approx. 2 minutes.  The dirt will fall to the bottom of the bowl and the clean leek can be scooped out and dried on a towel to use.

My kids enjoy this meal as well. Its a great all around healthy lunch.
 
Bon Appetit!
<3 Dick and Jane

 

DIY No Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

In case you missed my announcement on facebook. This week I was honored by being asked to write a craft tutorial for The Blogger Connection blog. The topic I wrote about popped into my head as I was browsing the holiday decorations with Dick at Target.  I came across a few tree skirts that were not exactly my taste and outrageously priced. So as you will see, I came up with a way to make my own which involves no sewing. This way, all of my readers can enjoy today’s fun craft.

Please enjoy my craft tutorial below, but also please hop on over to the Blogger Connection blog and leave a comment letting them know that you enjoyed having me as a guest blogger.

Thanks a bunch and enjoy!

This Christmas will mark my eighth holiday in my own home as a wife and mother.  I would say that I am mainly responsible for decorating the inside of the house, while my husband takes care of the outside. So why. . . why have I never owned nor used a tree skirt. . in eight years? I don’t really know why.  It probably has something to do with the price of them.  I would consider myself a frugal person.  Not a tightwad, but frugal.  If I really want something than I will buy it, BUT if I can make it then of course I am going to save the money. So this year as we set up our Christmas tree I decided that it was indeed time for me to get working on a tree skirt for our tree. 

My daughter thought that our tree wearing a skirt was the funniest thing she had ever heard and could not imagine what this would look like. “Will the skirt cover up the ornaments that I made” she worryingly asked me.
I headed off to my craft room and pulled out a few fabrics that matched my living room decor.  I am obsessed with fabric and sewing, so I just happened to have all the supplies on hand.

Supplies (Amazon #affiliate links)
Premier Prints Ozborne Twill Girly Blue Fabric (54″ x 54″)
3 Inches Wide Burlap fabric craft Ribbon on Spool – 10 yards
Glue Gun
hot glue sticks
scissors

  1. Begin by folding your main fabric into quarters, then again into a triangle.
  2. Find the corner that has no open corners and cut the corner off about 1″ inward.
  3. Now cut from your top triangle point curved downward to create a megaphone shaped fabric (see illustrations)
  4. Open your folded fabric up half way and cut down one side crease to create an opening to place your skirt around your tree.
  5. Open the skirt the rest of the way. It should resemble a tree skirt already.
  6. Now we will begin adding the ruffles to your tree skirt. Begin by cutting your ruffle fabric into 2″ wide strips.  The length does not matter, but the longer the better.
  7. Use your glue gun and place a bead of glue about 1.5″ from the edge of your skirt.
  8. Start gluing ruffle fabric to the skirt, pinching the fabric along the way to create a ruffle.
  9. Continue all the way around.
  10. Repeat to create two rows, or more if you’d like.

That’s it! I dressed our tree in its new skirt as Jane remarked how lovely it was and she would now like a matching skirt too please.  So back to the craft room I go. . .
Merry Christmas!
<3 Dick and Jane

Crepes – My new FAV food (Recipe)

 
 
I don’t know if you remember, but last month when my husband took me to Chelsea,MI for my birthday we stayed in the cutest little bed and breakfast. Well, during the breakfast part of our stay we were served crepes.  This was my first experience having a crepe (Yes, I know. . 30 years with no crepe. .sounds nuts doesn’t it?) and I fell instantly in love with them.  How could you not? The ones I had were filled with yogurt and fruits for breakfast eating.  So naturally as soon as I returned home from my trip I found a way to make them for myself!
Here is my take on home made crepes.  It is a pretty easy recipe once you get the hang of flipping those buggars in the pan. I must admit that several crepes were just eaten in a big pile instead of a pretty little roll because I could not get them to flip properly.  But, as always, practice makes perfect!

       Ingredients:

  • Yogurt – I used plain with mandarin oranges and chocolate yogurt with strawberries, but you can be creative.
  •  
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 c butter, melted
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • dash of salt
  1. First, add all of the ingredients except the flour and yogurt into a bowl. (butter, sugar, milk, water, vanilla, salt)
  2.  
  3. Mix ingredients using a hand mixer on high until well blended.  Slowly add in flour until incorporated.
  4.  
  5. Place the mixture into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to chill.
  6.  
  7. Once you remove the mixture from the fridge blend for another minute using your handheld mixer.
  8.  
  9. Prepare your 8″ skillet pan by adding 1/2 tsp. butter and heating to med. high.
  10.  
  11. Pour a thin layer of batter in the skillet and allow to slightly brown, then flip and cook the opposite side.

 
TIP: You will know when they are ready to flip because the edges will easily lift up.
 
    7. Fill with yogurt and fruit, roll and enjoy!
 
 
Boy, did my kids devour these. . they even asked for seconds. So if you need help getting some fruits and yogurt into your kids diets, give this a try.  I am also planning to prepare these for Christmas breakfast at our house with the in laws.  Lets see if I can impress my in laws with my fancy new recipe.  . lol.
As always, we love your feedback! Let us know what you are preparing for Christmas breakfast this year. Links, photos, recipes are appreciated. We may even try it out and feature it on our blog.
 
 
Enjoy!
<3 Dick and Jane

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