20 Reasons to Shop at Aldi

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For the longest time, I was a grocery snob. I loved Costco (and still do!) and bought a lot of name-brand food thinking the quality was superior. Which, in some cases, it is. But my husband, the frugal man that he is, suggested maybe I start shopping at Aldi more to see if we could cut our grocery budget down. I hesitated, as I’ve tried shopping there in the past and couldn’t always find everything I needed. But after this past year, I can now say that I’m a loyal Aldi customer! Here are some of the main reasons I shop there:

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White Chocolate Banana Bread

My neighborhood had a garage sale a few weekends ago. I was so excited to find four of these tiny little loaf pans for 25 cents each. They totally remind me of my childhood, snacking on my own mini loaf of banana bread after school.

I’ve decided to ignore the fact that my husband hates bananas and taunt him with the delicious smell of baked bread, only to leave him wanting. Hey, it’s not my fault I buy bananas faster than the kids can snack on them (ok, maybe it is since I do the shopping).

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Fourth of July Banner

When we moved into our house last year, my husband and I agreed on one essential thing: the TV would go above the fireplace. Really, there was no other logical place for it to go. But now that I’m a little more ambitious with decorating, I’m realizing how limited I am when it comes to decorating the mantle. That darn TV takes up so much wall space! My saving grace is a banner. It’s the one decoration I can change out often and adds a lot of color to the room.

Last summer I made this simple Fourth of July banner. Here is the template I used from Landee See, Landee Do. Don’t stress if you don’t have time to make this before the holiday. I actually made mine right after the Fourth last year since all the paper was on clearance at the craft stores! The template has two different sizes of pennants. Just trace and cut and arrange however you like. I punched holes in the corners and strung it up with some red baker’s twine. Easy peasy!

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Fourth of July Fashion

I love the Fourth of July. What could be better? It’s a holiday full of great food, fireworks and an excuse to wear red, white and blue. Here are a few outfits I put together for the Fourth. You don’t have to be all matchy-matchy or wear a flag tee to be patriotic. Red and blue accessories can make an ordinary outfit pop. Wear something fun and comfortable, and look good at the same time!

Outfit # 1 – Red seersucker skirt, lacy navy tee, a bright red bracelet, white t-strap sandals and a polka dot purse.

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Front Yard Update

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I mentioned on my Instagram last week that I’d be sharing our front yard update soon. As promised, here it is! My husband Jimmy deserves most of the credit for this transformation. He’s such a hard worker and enjoys yard work way more than I do. Growing up, he helped his mom a lot in the garden. Since I’m a novice gardener. I’m grateful to be passing along their knowledge to you guys!

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Strawberry Freezer Jam

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I’m constantly amazed with what a social butterfly my three-year-old is. This week we went strawberry picking, and as soon as we got into the field, she started chatting with everyone else there. She was introducing herself to some lady a few rows over who happened to be named Mary Jane. Addie’s eyes got big as she asked, “When you were little did you have some little shoes that you gave to me?” Ha! She had everyone laughing. I swear, I can’t tell her any secrets because she remembers everything.

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Snickerdoodles with Snickers pieces

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Growing up, whenever my mom would make snickerdoodles, she would always put pieces of Snickers in them. It was so ingrained in my head that I remember eating snickerdoodles at a friend’s house as a kid and being like, “Wait, these aren’t snickerdoodles! Where are the Snickers pieces?” Because, duh! It’s part of the cookie’s name!

So here is our family’s recipe for Snickerdoodles, with gooey pieces of Snickers inside of course! It’s simple and doesn’t require any chilling. You can cut this recipe in half if you only want to make about 2 dozen cookies, or make the full recipe and freeze some for later!

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Sail Away Free Printable on Reasons to Skip the Housework

Homemade Bomb Pops

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When I think of my childhood days, I remember playing “night games” until long after the sun went down, catching fireflies, swimming at the pool and eating popsicles delivered by the ice cream man. One of my favorite popsicles is still the bomb pop. I love the patriotic colors and the combination of flavors – cherry, lime and blue raspberry. They are the perfect summer treat!

These easy homemade bomb pops are a great way to cool down on a hot summer day and celebrate the Fourth of July! I have 8 little popsicle molds, so we made these in a few batches and were enjoying these for days.

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Knob Topped Mason Jars

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In high school (and even into college), my sister would always joke that our mom was my personal shopper. She would often bring home clothes for me, have me try them on and return what I didn’t like. I hated shopping at the time, so this worked great for me and my busy schedule. Eventually I finally started shopping for myself, but to this day I always trust my mom’s opinion on clothes, crafts and cooking.

This craft was one that my mom saw on an episode of the Nate Berkus Show. Don’t even get us started on what a tragedy it was that his show is no longer on the air. Anyway, the guest made a few of these knob-topped mason jars. My mom told me about it and I found a tutorial online that I’ve since lost track of. Fortunately, it’s a pretty simple tutorial, so I’ve put together my version for you. Nate’s guest left his lids unpainted for a more natural look (and just sanded down any writing that was on there), but I like mine spray painted silver or black. You could also use a bright pink or aqua spray paint that would add a nice pop of color in a kid’s bedroom.

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