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About Kara @ Simplistically Sassy

I am a mother of 6 kids, 7 years apart. I love to craft, crochet and keep sane blogging. I try to keep things real on my blog. I also love being a mom and having a great time!

Spring Break Giveaway!

April 5, 2016

When do your kids have Spring Break?  

My kids get to have this entire week off, and in celebration we are having a  Spring Break GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited you guys.  Have you heard of Catching Fireflies?  They are such a fun store full of things that will make you smile, make you laugh, make you want to try new things!  I just love them.  Here are a few things you can find on their website.

Catching Fireflies is offering all of YOU an amazing discount!  Use the code SASSY to get 20% off!!

They have some adorable uncommon gifts.

Catching Fireflies Giveaway

Here are com funny magnets that they have.  I love these.

Catching Fireflies Giveaway

Here is what you get in your package!  So much love.  Treats are always welcome in any package I get, lol.  It also came with an adorable magnet and a cute little card with a discount code on the back for my next purchase.  

Catching Fireflies Giveaway

Here are all the things I couldn’t not buy!  You guys!  Do you see that BROWNIE chap stick!  I was so excited.

The kids have no idea about the Spirograph yet.  I’ll be busting it out this week for Spring break!  I love all these things.  

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Are you ready to win a gift certificate to Catching Fireflies?!?  Enter below.  May the odds ever be in your favor.

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Easy weeknight dinner

March 21, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #STOUFFERSGOODNESS #CollectiveBias

Do you have a specific day that drive you insane?!?  That one day in the week that is so busy you have to prep yourself the night before for all that is coming.  STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

You know you’ve got to get dinner on the table at some point, and you don’t have a lot of time to make something, but you still want your family to eat a good meal.

You guys, Wednesday are my CRAZY day.  My husband is going to grad school right now, and he leave for work at 7:30 AM and is back at 11:00 PM.  That’s a REALLY long day with 6 kids.  Plus my kids have early out day that day, and it’s our church activity night for my 2 oldest, and I have church meetings every other Wednesday evening after my kids are in bed – so I feel obligated to clean my house.  It’s a little stressful, and sometimes dinner is lacking in a MAJOR way.STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

While I was doing my regular shopping at Walmart I decided to grab some STOUFFER’S® Mac & Cheese (LOVED seeing that it has no preservatives and REAL cheddar!).  With 8 people (well, 7 on Wednesday nights), I had to get the family size.  We love STOUFFER’S® but hadn’t tried the Mac & Cheese before.  I knew I wanted to combine it with my sister-in-laws incredibly easy Mini Meatloaves.STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

Next time you’re having a crazy night run to Walmart (I know you’ve got one close by), and pick up some STOUFFER’S® Mac & Cheese (this is a great deal to buy two family size or bigger 28 oz., earn $2.00), one pound ground beef, and dry stuffing mix, and you’ll be set for a crazy easy dinner!STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

Mini Meatloaf
Serves 7
Easy weeknight dinner, and perfect for little hands, and little mouths. Pair with STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Ground Beef
  2. 1 bag dried stuffing mix
  3. 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined completely.
  4. Divide evenly into sprayed muffin tin.
  5. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until crisp and cooked through.
  6. Serve with desired toppings.
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I love that this is made with love just like you’d make it.  My kids gobbled this right up (in fact my youngest was asking to eat while I was taking pictures.).STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

Dinner time is one of the most important times of the day our house.  It’s so nice to gather around the goodness of STOUFFER’S® – I always know we’re in a win win situation with STOUFFER’S®.STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

Take your busiest weeknight this week, and enjoy a simple weeknight meal with STOUFFER’S®!

3 Family Easter Traditions

March 8, 2016

Do you have some favorite Easter Traditions?  3 Family Easter Traditions

Are there certain family Easter traditions you and your kids look forward to every year?  As time goes on, I find myself and my husband making more of an effort to bring Christ into Easter.  

I’m so excited to share this amazing #hallelujah video.

We make more of an effort to make sure the Easter Bunny isn’t the focus.  The Easter Bunny actually comes on Saturday at our house.  The gifts left in the basket do have lots of fun candy – but the gift is always pointing to Christ.

I am so excited to share 3 Family Easter Traditions you can start this year that help bring your family closer to Christ.

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How Can My Home Can Be a Holy Place?

March 3, 2016

Organize yourselves; prepared every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God. – Doctrine & Covenants 88:119

How can my home be a holy place printable by simplistically sassy

Is your house anything like mine?  

The door open and closes (or stays open) off and on all afternoon as kids come in and out, and back in.  Feet running by me taking them to their destination with big plans in mind.  Laughter filling the air as siblings play, or yelling as they fight.  

How can my home be a holy place when there is a varying within families of relationships?

 There is a varying of attitudes, experiences, and personalities.  There always seems to be the underlying gift of love though.  No matter what happens, the love is there.  The desire to protect and watch over each other.  Sometimes that good desired is out weighted by the unrighteous desires of our hearts though.

What can we are parents do to bring that good in?  How can my home be a holy place when somedays there is so much contention?  We have to set that example, and we have to be acting the way we want to see our kids acting.  We should strive to be their best example.  

I recently read  book entitled My Home Can Be a Holy Place, by Kristen M. Oaks.How Can My Home Be a Holy Place? By Simplistically Sassy

I loved it!  It was such an easy reminder of the small things that can make a difference.  It was a perfect book to enjoy for a Family Home Evening lesson with the kids.  We took this to heart, and included the points talked about in the book, and used them in Family Counsel to create a Family Mission Statement.

The best part of creating a Family Mission statement was that the kids were SO involved in it all.  

We wanted them to have input, after all, they’re a huge part of this family too.  Part of our mission statement implements the ideas from My Home Can Be a Holy Place.  So, how can my home be a holy place?  Love.  Teach.  Be patient.  Listen.

I wanted to share what we created with you.  So, if you have hard times in your family getting along, finding peace, or remembering the Savior, you can hang this in your home as a reminder of how you’d like your house to be. 

What do you create a holy home?

How to Resist Snacking

February 23, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiveExtraGetExtra #Target #CollectiveBias

Hey friends! Are you ready to learn how to resist snacking?

How to resist Snacking

I find that resisting snacking is SO HARD!  The kids seem to always want a snack, and even if I’m not hungry, I’m looking.  Or the kids are finally all in bed, and all I want to do is watch TV and have a snack.  Just some peace and quiet and some good food that the kids don’t even know exists in the house.  We all have that stash right?

Today I’ve got a 3 tips that will help you resist snacking, and help in your weight loss.  

#1: CHEW GUM!  Seriously you guys!  This WORKS!  The kids and I went to Target the other day (I don’t live super close to my Target, so when I go it’s like a dream of perfection.  Don’t you just love Target?  So much perfection in one little red store.) and as I was checking out I found this (plus here is an awesome coupon through Target Cartwheel for the new Extra® 35-stick pack):  Extra Gum

Do you SEE THAT?  No?  Let me get closer. Extra Gum

Now do you see why I’m so excited?  Friends, I go through 4-6 sticks of gum in ONE DAY sometimes.  Those times when I’m not actually hungry, but when I’m board and my mouth just thinks it needs to chew on something, I grab a stick of gum.  Extra® Gum Spearmint has THIRTY-FIVE sticks of gum. This makes my heart (and my mouth ) crazy happy.  Most gum packs come with far less than that.  

I have to share one other things I’m loving about this gum.  Extra gum in the car

It doesn’t just come in a cardboard package.  It has this durable recycled plastic that holds the gum.  Hooray!!!

I throw my gum in my purse, and keep it in the car, and in the pantry.  Seriously, I honestly do.  It’s everywhere (clearly I’m always munchy).  The thing I HATE is pulling my gum out only to find that cracker crumbs have make their way into the wrapper of my gum, which was laying around in my bag because having 6 kids means that they are always grabbing and searching for the gum too.  Or whatever else they can find.  I hate when my gum package is open, and spilling.  THIS IS AWESOME!  It clicks closed, and I know my gum is safe and sound, and crumb free.

PS – There is so much of this gum, it’s easy to give a little.  Sometimes I hate sharing those last few pieces, but when there are SO many pieces it’s easy to share for sure.

#2: DRINK WATER FIRST:  Alright, so when you’ve recently eaten, and you’re feeling munchy, or you feel like you’re hungry, make sure to drink a big glass of water.  Wait about 15 minutes to see if you’re ready hungry, or just feeling like you want to chew on something.  

Drink water

If you’re not really feeling that hungry, and still want something to do with your mouth, just grab a stick of gum.  I leave a package always in my pantry so when I’m grazing, I can see it easily, and just be reminded that I may not need food.  Loving that this Extra® Gum Spearmint 35-stick package just stands up nicely.

Extra Gum

#3: WHEN YOU EAT, EAT CLEAN!  If you’re going to eat something then make sure it’s good for you.  Good snacks always involve protein and can have a carb or a fat too.  It’s something that will fill you up and something that will get you to the next meal without having an in-between meal or something that you’ll regret eating.

Simple Snack

What do you think of the new Extra® 35-stick pack?  Are you excited to try it out?Extra-Spearmint-Gum

How to Lose Weight Forever

February 20, 2016

Hey Friends!  Are you ready for this?!

In February of 2014, my youngest was 18 months old, and she was sleeping through the night.  I had no excuses any more.  

I was done.  I was DONE!!  

I was done feeling tired, and weak, and I was DONE feeling blah all the time.  I wanted to look in the mirror and see how I KNEW I actually was.  I wanted to be proud of myself.  I wanted to love what and who I saw.  

Simplistically Sassy Before and After

 

I knew that I had to find myself.  I knew that if I could be who I wanted to be on the outside, I would be able to be the true me on the outside.  I KNEW that.

I could FEEL that in myself.  

I saw my friends blog post about how she’d lost weight over the last year learning various habits, and eating REAL normal food that was at the grocery store.  That was a HUGE thing for me.  If I was going to go through a program, I NEEDED to shop at the grocery store.  I didn’t want to order food from the company, and I didn’t want to have that be an extra cost.  I have SEVEN other people to feed.  I wasn’t just going to change my lifestyle, it was going to be a family affair, at least to an extent.

When I first signed up to work with John through his Bod-E-Volv program, I was stoked.  One of the best lessons I learned from John was that it was going to take dedication, work, and it was NOT going to just be a downward slope on the scale.  

You guys, it was HARD.  It was SO HARD!!

It still is hard!  But it’s been 1000% worth every moment, every up and down, and every new habit I’ve had to learn.  I still have a little ways to go, but that’s totally okay.  Know why?  Because I”m still trying.

Here are the 5 things that I did for over a year to lose body FAT (not just weight, but get rid of FAT), and to keep it off.  Anyone can do these things.  Any mother, wife, women, man, husband – we can all do these things!  Just remember that it’s HARD though.  

You have to DEDICATE yourself to YOU.  

You have to be willing to make time for yourself, and it’s hard.  It’s so so so worth it though.

Click here to get my 5 tips to losing weight forever!