Wedding Bells are Ringing…

July 21, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

It is that time of year again: Wedding Season! Some people love it, others dread it. You may have one wedding to attend or quite a few-And the gifts can really start adding up. SharpMoms know that being creative and budget conscience is very important. You might be wondering what to get the bride-and-groom-to-be  if everything on their registry seems to be “fulfilled”. Here is a list of some simple ideas that will make for a unique wedding gift.

  1. Cha-ching!: If you know where the bride and groom will be honeymooning, SharpMoms suggests giving the gift of currency for the destination. For example, if they will be heading to Europe, give them some Euros to get their honeymoon spending acount started.
  2. Just for him: If you want to give the groom something special, how about and engraved flask or money clip.
  3. Picture Perfect: This is a gift that will be treasured by the newlyweds for sure! Have their wedding invitation framed-what a keepsake!
  4. A night out: Newlyweds often start out on a budget too, so why not give them a night out on the town. A restaurant gift card and movie tickets make for a perfect after-honeymoon-date-night!
  5. Subscriptions: Magazine subscriptions are the gifts that keep on giving. For the movie lovers, you could give a subscription to NetFlix, a SharpMoms personal favorite!

5 dollar dinners

July 9, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Meals In Minutes

With the economy the way it is going, and has been, many folks are looking for cheaper dinner alternatives, especially if you have a lot of mouths to feed! SharpMoms has a few $5 dinners that you and your family will be sure to love. Try them out and let us know what you think!

Do you have a $5 dinner or your own? Leave a comment and share it with the SharpMoms community!

Mexican Rice Casserole

What you need:

  1. 1 package ground beef (1-2 lbs.)
  2. 1 package taco seasoning
  3. 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  4. 2 cups rice
  5. 1 bar cheese, shredded- blocked cheese tends to be cheaper than pre-shredded or pre-cubed!
  6. 6 ears corn

Make it fast:

  1. Cook 2 cups rice according to package.
  2. Brown ground beef. Drain. Return to skillet, add 3/4 cup water, taco seasoning and tomato sauce. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Add ground beef to rice. Put into 9×13 baking dish. Top with shredded cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until cheese melts.
  5. Boil or grill ears of corn and serve on the side.

Pizza Wraps

What you need:

  1. 6 Tortillas
  2. 1/2 jar pizza sauce
  3. Pepperoni
  4. 1/2 Green Pepper, thinly sliced
  5. 2 cups shredded mozerella cheese

Make it fast:

  1. Preheat oven 350. Lay tortillas flat. Spread on pizza sauce. Layer 1-2 rows of pepperoni and sliced green peppers. Sprinkle with cheese, leaving room to roll.
  2. Roll up tortillas and place snugly into 8×8 dish. Cook about 10 minutes so cheese melts.

Southwestern Mac N Cheese

What you need:

  1. 8oz. package of elbow maccaroni
  2. 1 cup salsa
  3. 1 1/2 cups milk
  4. 1 15 0z can cream-style corn
  5. one can mexi-kernal corn with red and green peppers (Green Giant makes a corn variety similar to this)
  6. 8 oz cheddar cheese, cubed

Make it fast:

  1. Mix all ingredients except cheese in 12-inch nonstick skillet. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally; reduce heat.
  2. Cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until macaroni is tender.
  3. Stir in cheese until melted.

Preparing for a New Sibling

July 9, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

Having another baby is always exciting. There will be a lot to do and prepare as you wait on the arrival of your new bundle of joy. One thing you will need to do is break the news to the other child/children. If you child is younger, they may not fully understand the concept until your belly starts to grow and they can “see” their baby brother or sister. An older child will have a better grasp of time. You may relate the due date to a larger event, maybe saying the baby will be here around Christmas, in order to give your child a better sense of when the new baby will arrive.

How did you break the news to your child that a new baby was on the way? SharpMoms wants to know!

Simple Summer Salad

July 8, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Meals In Minutes

SharpMoms loves this recipe for a quick and easy summer salad. Why? Well, it is only 5 ingredients and can be whipped up to accompany your grilled filet, barbequed chicken or even a pasta dish.

What you need:

  1. 2 medium cucumbers
  2. 2-3 medium tomatos or one pack of grape tomatos
  3. 1 small onion (optional)
  4. 1 of each-red, yellow and green pepper
  5. Zesty Italian Dressing

Make it fast:

  1. Peel and slice cucumbers
  2. Dice remaining ingredients
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and add dressing to taste. Chill and Serve.

* For an added twist add a few green olives or diced pickles.

Got the Summertime Blues?

July 6, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

With all the Fourth of July hype over with, the fireworks blasted, and the hot dogs eaten, you may be left wondering what to do next. If you’ve got the summertime blues, SharpMoms has a cure! Check out our short list of sure to be fun ideas to keep you and your family busy!

1. Garden Party: What better way to take your mind off things than to start a flower or vegetable garden. Not only will you be able to enjoy the outdoors, but this is a great project for the kids to get involved with as well.

2. Throw a Party: If you’re feeling a little lonely, what better way to lift your spirits than a gathering with friends. Cut your work in half and throw a potluck celebration or stay busy preparing all the food and fun yourself.

3. Get Away: A little vacation may be in order. Start planning now so that you can make it to your desired destination before the kids are back in school. Can’t afford a vacation? SharpMoms has some great ideas for staycations.

4. Rain, rain, go away: Not sure what to do with your bored-out-of-their-mind kiddos when it is day 3 of indoors and rainy weather? SharpMoms like the idea of a rainy day craft box. Fill a bin, box or bag with all kinds of art supply goodies and let your children’s imaginations run wild!

Do you have a cure for summertime blues? We would love for you to share your ideas with us. Leave a comment!