Orange Creamsicle Cake with Orange Zest Cream Cheese Frosting

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Serve this dreamy orange creamsicle cake with vanilla ice cream!  The fresh orange juice and zest in the cake and frosting give it the perfect amount of bright citrus flavor!
This cake almost didn't happen.  Between sick kids and feeling a little under the weather myself, this week completely slipped by and before I knew it, it was Thursday night and I realized that I had nothing, nothing, that I could share with you for this month's Year of Color theme of orange.  But my husband saved the day by running to the grocery store at 9pm last night and grabbing me some oranges and orange soda.  All so I could make this absolutely dreamy orange cake for you.  You're welcome. *wink*

October In Numbers

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Friends, October was one crazy busy month!  Sometimes I look back on these month in numbers posts and I'm shocked at how much happens in such a short period of time.  As I reflected on the month of October, I thought it would be fun to use single numbers to share just a few of the things that were a part of my month.  (Plus, I share a fun announcement that you may have missed!)

DIY Box Frame Sign

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Make this box frame sign for less than $1!  Totally customizable and perfect for any home and style.
Two days ago, I messaged my husband a picture and asked him how hard he thought it would be to make the frame pictured.  "Not hard," he told me.  "Good," I said.  "Can we make 5 of them tonight?"  And that's what's led to me spending pockets of time working on said frames over the last two days in between getting the kids to school, running errands, cleaning up the house and every other thing on my to-do list for the week.  But I absolutely love how they turned out!  Box frames are simple, classic and versatile.  Their clean lines make them perfect for framing both pictures, quotes and images.  They are modern and traditional.  Combine all this together and it's easy to see why they've become so popular in recent years.  With a little help from my husband, I was able to make five of them for less than $1 per frame!  As Christmas approaches, I'm always on the lookout for simple DIY gifts I can give family and friends and these box frame signs definitely fit the bill!

How To Make A Thankful Tree

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We started this tradition of a thankful tree three years ago and it's quickly become a family favorite!  I love reading what each of my kids are thankful for.
On November 1st, the Halloween decorations come down and in their place pop up fall and Thanksgiving decor.  One of my family's favorite decorations is a thankful tree that takes up a good portion of the wall in our family room.  It's giant.  I have to use a stool to reach the highest branches.  It takes a little bit of time to put together.  But we are going on our third year doing it and every year I love it even more.  My kids get excited when I tell them the thankful tree is going up and it warms my heart to see them so happy to share the things they are thankful for each day.  It's become one of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions and today I want to share with you how to make your own.

7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A Car

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These 7 questions were so helpful to ask ourselves when we were getting ready to buy our car!  Plus there are some other awesome tips for saving money on your purchase!
I never wanted to become a van mom.  Growing up we either had cars or SUVs but never a van.  After my husband and I got married, we went through a couple of cars that got us through college before purchasing our first used SUV about four years ago.  Our daughter was about 15 months old and when we got pregnant with our second child a couple of months later, we felt even better about our purchase.  Fast forward to last month when my husband started having problems with his car (the first car we bought nine years ago).  We knew we were going to be adding to our family (although no one else did) and had been discussing purchasing a new car to replace our SUV.  We just expected that we'd have a few more months before we needed to make a decision.

Deeds of Gratitude: A New Thanksgiving Tradition

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Deeds of Gratitude is a great way to teach your kids more about gratitude and create a new Thanksgiving tradition for your family!
When I was growing up, the dictionary was one of my best friends.  It wasn't because I loved looking up words and their meanings.  No, it was because whenever my mom used a word I didn't know and I said, "What does that mean?" that she would say, "Go look it up."  I had kind of a ridiculous vocabulary for an elementary student as a result and even got questioned by my teachers a few times because they thought my mom had written a paper or done my homework for me.  A desire to understand the meaning of different words has stuck with me throughout the years and as we approach Thanksgiving, I've been considering the difference between two words: thankful and grateful.

DIY Owlette and Cat Boy Masks (PJ Masks)

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"Bedtiiimme...is the right tiiimmme...to fight criiimme!"  If your kids are PJ Masks watchers like mine, you've probably heard this song more times than you can count.  And maybe your kids want to dress up like the characters from the show, complete with masks.  And maybe you don't want to spend $12 on a mask.  I try to keep things pretty simple when it comes to Halloween costumes for my kids and I like to DIY them when possible.  If you have a little time, a desire to save some money and the DIY spirit like I do, then you've come to the right place!