Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles

Flower Power

More often than not, this is the conversation that Alea and I have when we're getting ready in the morning.

Alea: Mommy? Can I have a braid in my hair today?
Mom: An Anna braid or an Elsa braid?


I'm not the greatest at doing hair, but simple "Anna braids" I can do!




Cute clothes, sweet giggles, hair-doing and nail-painting. Just a few of the things that make it so much fun to have a girl! Yep, I think I'll keep her!

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Crock-Pot Loaded Potato Soup + Labels for Education #labels4edu #cbias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Labels4Edu #CollectiveBias

Growing up I remember always peeling the labels off of our Campbell's soup cans and collecting them in a plastic baggie for me to bring to school when we filled the baggie. I always felt a sense of pride bringing in those labels knowing that they would go towards helping my school buy additional things for our classrooms and help make it a better place for everyone. And that's just what the Campbell's Labels for Education do.

We use enough Campbell's Tomato and Chicken Noodle soup to help Alea's school as it is, but did you know that you can earn points for your school on even more products now? And you don't even have to bring in labels anymore! (You can still bring in labels to your child's school, though, if that's what you prefer!) You can use frequent shopper card from participating retailers that you can just scan to collect points that will automatically go towards the school of your choice.

It's pretty nifty when making meals for your family and purchasing participating products is all you need to do to help your child's school, don't you think? Like with this Crock-Pot Loaded Potato Soup for example!



Ingredients:

001. 4 slices bacon, cooked + crumbled
002. 1 large onion, chopped
003. 4 cans Campbells Condensed Cream of Potato Soup (10 3/4oz)
004. 4 soup cans of milk
005. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
006. 2 large potatoes, peeled cut into 1/2” pieces
007. 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
008. 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
009. Ground black pepper


Recipe:

001. Stir bacon, onion soup, milk, black pepper, potatoes and 1/4 cup of chives into slow cooker.
002. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until potatoes are tender.
003. Add the cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with remaining chives.
004. Load it up with a dollop of sour cream, extra cheddar cheese, extra chives and extra bacon bits. Because bacon.




I'll be perfectly honest with you, though. Cory totally rolled my eyes when I told him this was on the menu on a day that was 88 degrees, but I couldn't help myself. Soup is and always will be my comfort food no matter the temperature outside. I mean, there's nothing wrong with cooling down the house a little to enjoy a nice hot cup of soup, right? And if you're silly like Cory and don't like soup in the summer time, be sure to save this recipe for the cooler fall and winter months. You won't regret it!

Labels for Education is currently holding an exciting sweepstakes where you can enter your school of choice into the Labels for Education Sweepstakes. 1,000 schools will each win $1,000! Now that's a fun way to start out the school year, right? Don't forget to grab your Campbell's coupons when you head out to the store to grab the ingredients for this recipe!

Do you participate in Labels for Education?
What's your favorite kind of comfort food?



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Wedding Photo DIY with Canon PIXMA


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Canon PIXMA via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

When we first started planning our wedding, I put a lot of my time and energy into how I wanted the decor. I wanted a more rustic wedding and a rustic theme and I wanted to give off a handmade vibe. I wanted as many things as possible to be handmade by us, not only because I love the look, but also because it would save us money and being on a tight budget-- that was especially important!

I thought it would be especially fun to utilize the beautiful engagement photos we had taken by our friend and wedding photographer from Landon Michael Photography as well as some family photos we've taken throughout the years to use as decor for our wedding. Our venue, Norskedalen Heritage Center, in Coon Valley, WI has the most beautiful fire place and I knew that we'd be able to create a fun, homey vibe with photos on the mantel. And thus began the creation of these fun, rustic photo frames and I have to admit, I absolutely love how they turned out! They make the perfect wedding decor and also the best home decor as well!




Materials Needed:

001. Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer
002. Photo Plus Paper Glossy II
003. Twine
004. Mini clothespins
005. Large photo frames with no glass

Instructions:

001. Print out photos.
002. Cut out enough twine to tie around the frame. Leave 1"-2" of twine for a more rustic look.
003. Attach photos using mini clothespins across the twine.

It's really that simple and the results are just too adorable to deny!


To make this even easier, I used the PIXMA Cloud Application. This is an app that you can download directly onto your phone for free and it syncs with your Canon PIXMA photo printer. The ease of use with this app is just amazing to me. You can even print pictures directly from your social media platforms like Facebook from Twitter and even from your photo storage sites like Dropbox and Picasa! With this app you're able to print your photos wirelessly from any room in the house! It's fabulous! I actually printed the photos I needed for these frames from my bed before I went to sleep and they were downstairs waiting for me in the morning when I was ready to get crafting after my morning coffee.





See? Just check out that mantel in action! It added that special, family touch to the fireplace mantel right behind our head table. I love it and I love that we'll be able to reuse these in our home!

What's your favorite photo craft?