A Little Face Lift

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About a year ago I made this cute little table for my son. It was something I stumbled upon while browsing some website. Ya know, the one where you pin things and hope to get around to making the things you’ve pinned. Which in my case rarely happens. Which is also why I started a board called “Done. Yep, I created it,” to help motivate me to make the cute things I pin.

Okay, let me get back on track here. We recently got new sofas for our living room and it turns out that the sofas and the table are too close in color, making things feel a little blah. So I decided to change it up. This table is something my son loves and uses everyday, which means it was due for a little makeover.

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With three coats of black chalkboard paint and two cans of metallic silver spray paint, this table is sporting a more mature and functional look. Having the chalkboard will be a big help when we work on letters, numbers, and shapes. Plus, it is always fun to add some detail to his cute train set.

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A Healthier Option

One of our favorite fast food places to eat is Chick-fil-A. Not only because of their great food but because they are kid friendly and very clean. Since we are trying to cut out a lot of fast food from our diet and also trying to pinch some pennies, we have decided to limit our visits to a few times a month vs. once a week or so. I know, I have a terrible addiction to this place.

Anyways, I decided to try out a baked chicken nugget recipe I found on Pinterest. Now, these aren’t nearly as greasy, delicious as the no. 5, but they are still pretty tasty. They are super simple to make and knowing that I am eating fewer calories is an added bonus.

Here is what you need:

Chicken breast, bread crumbs (I used Italian), parmesan cheese, olive oil, olive oil cooking spray, and salt and pepper.
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Cut chicken into bite size cubes and then coat with olive oil. I used about 1 tablespoon for 1 extra-large chicken breast. I’d say as long as your chicken pieces get coated with oil, you are good.

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Mix together the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and some salt and pepper. I am an eyeball-it kind of person. One who just dumps things together without any sort of measurements and that is what I did here. So I guess I’d say do a half cup bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons of parm cheese and a dash of salt and pepper.

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Dip each chicken piece into the bread crumb mixture and then set on greased baking sheet.

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Once all the nuggets are ready to bake, spray them with olive oil cooking spray. Bake at 425 degrees, 8 minutes on one side and then 5 on the other.

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Dip them in your favorite sauce and enjoy!
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My little food critic approved of these baked nuggets and that is what matters most.

Thank You Pinterest

There is this little website that I like to search through called Pinterest. Ever heard of it? Oh wait, who am I kidding. The whole world knows about this site. Anyways, there are so many recipes, DIY projects, organization ideas and fashion tips that I have pinned and plan on trying out. Today I decided to make another pin a reality. It was super easy and cost me $2.

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Here’s what you do: Go to Target’s dollar section. Grab as many cardboard magazine holders you think you will need. Purchase. Take home. Assemble. Fill with foil, baggies, parchment paper, and so on. Set in pantry or cabinet. Then step back and enjoy some simple organization that took you 2 minutes and 2 bucks.

One pin down, many more to go.