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Happy Valentine’s Day from Asher!

I hope you had a lovely week filled with sweets and sweeties!
I snapped these photos on Valentine’s Day while the big kids were at school
and I just couldn’t NOT share haha. Asher wanted to
wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day with his over the shoulder smolder.
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The top garland is from Target, the XOXO is from Walmart
and the red bottom garland is from Oriental Trading.
The Easel is from IKEA that we painted white.
The chair is part of our Dining Table set up, we grabbed the chairs off amazon!
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We are DEEP in the climbing on chairs and tables craziness.
The funniest thing is when he’s like an inch away from touching the floor with his feed…
but just hangs there.
I don’t let him go long, but he’s been figuring it out and getting brave.
TOO BRAVE.
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Asher is also fascinated with his belly button right now.
If you make eye contact with him, most likely he’ll lift his shirt up
and grin because he thinks it’s just so funny.
He also learned how to say tickle and tickles himself while saying it.
Ben just came over my shoulder and read what I just wrote…
“are you talking about me??”
bahahaha. oh geez.
Ben, my first Valentine, is still silly as ever.
We spoke on marriage at our Church on Valentine’s Day.
It was pretty fun doing ministry together!
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I feel like everyone is sick right now…we’ve had two down for the count
this past week but as of now, everyone is healthy!
Hoping for a nice no sickness weekend!
We have some fun things planned but one of them is some felt food crafting with the girls.
The girls and I have been giggling over the yummy things we need to add to their play kitchen!
Tacos are on the list! ;)
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you got some
smiles and giggles from our chubby Asher man.
We think he’s just scrumptious. :)

Mozzarella and Prosciutto Bruschetta

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Today I’m sharing an easy and delicious snack that you can whip up!
Mozzarella and Prosciutto Bruschetta. It’s perfectly salty and cheesy with a crunch!
We like making this snack to enjoy together as a couple after the kiddos go to bed.
Put on a favorite show and enjoy some adult time, talking about our kids. ;)
With just a few ingredients and minutes…you have something that’s almost too pretty to eat. almost. ;)
I know the usual go-to is popcorn…that’s our regular too!
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But, if you are looking for something a little more fun and yummy, try this out!
Having some friends over for a game night? This is the perfect
snack to put out for everyone to enjoy!
The ingredients are simple and as you are making this you’re
gonna feel like you are on a cooking show..…there’s just something fancy
feeling about chopping up fresh herbs and sprinkling them on top of things! ;)
The main ingredient of this dish is the CHEESE.

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Ohh fresh mozzarella… you’re my favorite!
We grab Galbani at our grocery store…they have a whole variety of ways you can purchase it.
I especially love the package of Medallions! They are the perfect size for bruschetta!
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INGREDIENTS:
Galbani Mozzarella Fresca – Medallions
Fresh bread of choice (I got a whole garlic clove bread! So yummy!)
Prosciutto
Tomato
Fresh Basil Leaves
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Just a few steps and you will be snacking!

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 450 and slice bread.
*TIP* Turn the bread upside down before you cut.
It will help keep them from falling apart and be pretty even slices!
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STEP TWO:
Layer the fresh mozzarella and prosciutto onto the bread.
Some people like to toast up their bread before but I hold off and do it while I melt the cheese!
I like to put my mozzarella onto the bread at an angle.
Then you can see all the deliciousness from under the prosciutto.
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I got excited today but you don’t want to put the basil on until after you get them all melty and delicious.
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STEP THREE:
Toast them in the oven at, 450 for 5 minutes!
While they are getting melty in the oven I typically slice up my fresh basil leaves.
The trick to getting the pretty strips is to take a leaf or two and roll it up, then slice!
When they come out of the oven, sprinkle and you’re done!
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STEP FOUR:
Enjoy the cheesy melty goodness!
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I feel like at- home dates are the only thing we can swing these days.
Life is so busy, but we still want to make time and effort for each other.
I love how this recipe feels special and jazzes up a normal hang out night.
Try making it for your next at-home date night!
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Looking for more fun recipes to try? Check out EasyHomeMeals.com
for lots of yummy snack ideas!

Making a Plan for Financial Success in 2017

This post is sponsored by Regions Bank.  

It’s the new year and many of us are thinking about how we can
go into 2017 with a smart game plan for financial success!
I feel like this year Ben and I have been really excited, hopeful and driven about reaching goals.
If you are feeling that way too, this post can be a great resource for you!
I teamed up with
Regions Bank to share their tips and tricks for creating a financial planning calendar and
a
long term financial playbook that will help set you up for success!
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This year we have been trying to help our kids realize that money doesn’t grow on trees.
We are saving and budgeting and I think it’s important for kids to understand
the why’s to when we say no to things they ask us to buy.
We want them to get treats or rewards but I think that they are old enough to be a part of that!
When they do certain chores that aren’t “you live here and will help” tasks… they earn coins!
They LOVE adding them to their piggy banks. Over the week, they end up earning two to three bucks tops.
We aren’t going crazy with allowance just yet. But we want them to understand money
and saving and making choices and it’s been a good learning experience.
They are putting two and two together…
hard work means coins and saving is hard but can really pay off in the end!
I’m proud of them!

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Here are some resources that we found very helpful!

Your Financial Planning Process Calendar: Save angst by scheduling monthly financial ‘to-dos

o January: Look back; look forward; check your withholding status at work

o February: Check your credit regularly; compile tax information

o March: Meet with your tax professional; get rid of old information

o April: Meet with your tax professional again

o May: Review your insurance plans; do some spring cleaning; check your credit

o June: Plan for the summer; go over your will, advanced directives for medical care and estate plans

o July: Tend to any home and car repair or maintenance issues

o August: Plan for back-to-school expenses, refocus your financial goals with a mid-year check in; check your credit

o September: Prepare your home for winter; plan for car repairs or purchases

o October: Make a holiday budget

o November: Give back; check your credit

o December: Create and stick to a holiday budget; make an extra mortgage payment and apply it to your principal

Create Your Long-Term Financial Playbook:
Like a football team that drives 80 yards
for a touchdown, reaching long-term financial
goals requires planning and perseverance.

o Set a game plan

o Focus on teamwork

o Stay flexible and mix things up

o Choose the right plays at the right time

o Prepare for blitzes

Thank you again to Regions Bank for sponsoring today’s post.
I hope that you found these resources helpful as you go into 2017 wanting to have a strong financial game plan!
We all have our families in mind and want good things for them.
No matter what financial situation you are in, it’s never too late to make a plan and reach those goals!

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