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Tomato Cucumber Macaroni Salad


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Tomato Cucumber Macaroni Salad

Tomato Cucumber Macaroni Salad

Tomato Cucumber Macaroni Salad

Want a quick & healthy dish for a summer lunch? Try my Tomato Cucumber Macaroni Salad! It’s super simple, and a hit any time I make it. I made it the night before while I was making baked mac and cheese for supper, and let it chill overnight to marry the flavors better. It really did blend the tastes together even more strongly by morning.

Here’s how ya do it:

Boil two cups of macaroni noodles to al dente.

While the noodles are boiling, chop up two medium cucumbers and two medium tomatoes. Toss in a medium sized bowl with a bit of salt and pepper.

When ready, drain the noodles and rinse with cold water until they are cooled off. Dump in the bowl with the chopped veggies.

Pour in ranch dressing to taste and stir well. You can eat it then or chill overnight.

This would be good with sweet onions, shredded carrots, chopped olives, tuna or shredded chicken stirred in, as well. It’s a versatile sort of “dump salad”, and oodles of fun for the palate to play with a variety of ingredients. I love to use fresh veggies from my garden for light and refreshing lunches in the summer time, so it varies what I make according to what produce is on hand.

This would be great for packing in something like these World Kitchen Pyrex 6-Piece Food Plus Storage Set for lunches, if you have a cooler to carry or refrigeration available wherever you’re headed for work, school or play. Just pop one open on your lunch break and dig in! :)

What are some of your favorite lunches? What splendid summer veggies do you have an abundance of to gobble up?

Peace, smiles, and good vittles for all! ;)

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Whispers From Heaven

Mom, Nana and Me

Mom, Nana and Me

Have you ever had a time when you were struggling with life and worrying over something, and would just like a hug or some comfort? This morning I was not feeling well and was just really overwhelmed by everything I needed to do and discouraged with my growing limitations and discomforts of pregnancy. I didn’t even want to get out of bed, so I just grabbed my phone to look at what was new on Facebook for a few minutes. If you’re familiar with the feature they have where they show you memories from that same day in previous years, it’s one of my favorites. I came across this one from 2010, and it touched my heart in a way it needed this morning…

I found a little poem card my mom gave me sometime. It made me cry, but it is exactly what she felt alive & like a much-needed message from her now. It begins…

” Daughter, today and always, please know that I see you. I see the path that you’ve made that’s all your own. I see the many talents & gifts you have to share…

I see your brilliance, your enthusiasm, and how deeply you care and hurt sometimes. I see your hard earned wisdom, your soft pure innocence, your courage and compassion…

I see what a difference you make in this world, and I hope you know how very much I love you, and how proud I’ll always be to have a daughter as wonderful as you are.”

I am so blessed to have been raised by a mom who genuinely loved me & showed it each & every day of her life. I have no regrets in my relationship with her. We had our fusses at times & nobody’s perfect, but we communicated our feelings to each other while we still had time. Cherish every moment with your loved ones. Let them know what they mean to you. The impact of your relationships will live long after you are gone.


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Winning Wednesday!!!

Great Gobs of Giveaways

Great Gobs of Giveaways

We’re at it again, with a great list of giveaways to enter! Last week I won a contest for free hairspray! What have you won recently? :)

Try to win an awesome Babies R Us and Pampers prize pack! (Ends 5/26)

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Enter to win a Li’l Tankster ride on toy! (Ends 5/21)

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Try to win your choice of 3 Homeschool Bundles! (Ends 5/22)

http://www.buildyourbundle.net/promotions/giveaways/win-3-bundles/?lucky=6800

Two Winners of 4 Moringa Seedlings & 10 Seeds each. This one ends TODAY, so hurry!!!

http://frugalmamaandthesprout.com/2015/05/moringa.html

Try to win an Motivate Your Child Action Plan Book! (Ends 5/21)

http://makingitpaytostay.com/motivate-your-child-action-plan-book-review/

Enter to win a FREE Brain Chase Summer Learning Adventure Registration ($199)! (Ends 5/21)

http://my-little-poppies.com/brain-chase-fights-brain-drain-and-a-giveaway/

Try to win 4 Tickets to Menopause the Musical in Birmingham, AL! (Ends 6/7)

http://threefriendsandafork.blogspot.com/2015/05/menopause-musical.html?m=1

Everyone is a winner on this giveaway! You get a free download of the e-book “31 Days of Encouragement”!

http://thejenweaver.com/31-days-of-encouragement/

Enter to win $500 Paypal cash! Two winners! (Ends 6/15)

http://amidstthechaos.ca/2015/05/what-would-you-do-with-500/

Try to win an epic baby shower giveaway! (Ends 5/22)

http://mamasmiths.com/2015/05/epic-baby-shower-giveaway.html

Enter this giveaway of Gnarly Vegan products at two different places!

Conventional entry: http://www.thehealthyfitfoodie.com/birthday-gnarly-giveaway/

Instagram only: https://instagram.com/p/2qqQhYGJeP/

Try to win a neat journaling kit! (Ends 5/24)

http://www.chasedbyhope.com/bible-journaling-giveaway/

This Doterra essential oils set giveaway also has quite a few great tips for diy recipes to use to clean your home more naturally, so it’s another contest where everyone wins, in a way! (Ends 5/25)

http://joyinmykitchen.com/replace-toxic-products-easy-diy-recipes-for-cleaning-products-essential-oils/

Any bloggers or small businesses with current family friendly giveaways are welcome to post links to one or two of those giveaways with a brief description in the comments section. If you have an upcoming giveaway you would like to be featured, please contact me via my Facebook page with details. This will continue to be a weekly feature here on Penny Pinching Peach if there is consistent interest, so give a shout if you enjoy these lists and let me know if you entered any contests! Oh, and definitely come back and let me know if you win something, please!!!


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The Bird & Elephant Shop Review

Moustache Camo Bib

Moustache Camo Bib

I was given a gift card to The Bird & Elephant Etsy store as a prize in an amazing contest I won awhile back. I was excited looking through the shop, because she has a wide assortment of gorgeous prints and reasonable prices for custom products. She makes a variety of adorable items, such as reversible custom bibs, wooden teething rings, soft blocks to play with, burp cloths and more!  I wound up using my gift card on a whole slew of bibs, since that’s something I actually need even for a third child. I also got a masculine- yet oh-so-cute– moustache camo bandana style bib for my toddler.Bouquet of Bibs

Not only are these reversible bibs adorable, available in multiple sizes & shapes, and come in a large selection of awesome custom prints and colors, but they are a great quality! Even my husband- who is not easily impressed- was surprised at how well made these bibs were. Our little guy loves his bandana bib, and looks pretty doggone handsome in it, too! I’m really looking forward to putting our newest addition in her bibs and seeing how adorable she’ll look while keeping clean!

Which pattern is your favorite? I think the butterflies and the moustache camo are my personal loves, but I have a hard time choosing. They’re just all so vibrant! :)

Click the link below to shop for the cutiepies in your life! :)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thebirdandelephant


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Ramen Noodle Crust Pizza

Ramen Crust Pizza

Ramen Crust Pizza

Yep, you saw that right! Ramen Noodle Crust Pizza it is! I have been trying to cook from the pantry a lot, and happened to have ramen noodles and pizza topping ingredients galore, so I made this concoction. It was quite a hit with my kiddos, and a super simple cheap weeknight meal! :)

All I did for the “crust” was boil a pack of Ramen noodles while preheating the oven to 400 degrees, then mixed it with 4 eggs, a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and some garlic powder. (If my husband had been home, I’d have doubled that.) I spread it on an oiled baking sheet.

The toppings were just the typical stuff I would put on a pizza. Tomato sauce with seasoning to taste, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, lots of spinach and onion. I baked it for about 10 minutes, and it was ready to slice and serve. It wasn’t quite as sturdy as regular pizza crust, so we ate it with forks. It was really quick and tasty, though! :)

Anyone else have weird- but delicious- uses for Ramen noodles?


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Winning Wednesday is Baaaaack!!

Great Gobs of Giveaways

Great Gobs of Giveaways

I’ve been extraordinarily busy the past couple of weeks, so maybe some of you have noticed the absence of my Winning Wednesday posts. It’s back today! Let me know if you’ve missed it. :) I have some great low entry giveaways to share this week, so your odds of winning something are really high if you do all of these entries!!

Enter to win a $200 Visa gift card!! (Ends 5/16)

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Try to win one of 10 amazing Backyard BBQ prizes!! (Ends 5/16)

http://giveawaytools.com/giveaway.php?sk=2102151933

Enter to win a Clip ‘N’ Band Hairband! (Ends 5/16)

http://joyfulfamilylife.blogspot.com/2015/05/clipn-band-review-and-giveaway.html

Try to win a $20 gift code, plus free shipping and 5% off at Sticker Kid! (Ends 5/27)

http://www.tinkerinme.com/life/mothers-day-giveaway-making-parents-life-easier-with-stickers

Enter to win a complete journaling kit! (Ends 5/24)

http://www.chasedbyhope.com/bible-journaling-giveaway/

Try to win the book The Fringe Hours! (Ends 5/21)

http://womenwithintention.com/the-fringe-hours-a-giveaway/

Enter to win Rusk W8Less Plus Hairspray! (Ends 5/17)

http://www.thetrophywifestyle.com/the-blog-life/rusk-w8less-plus-hairspray-giveaway

Try to win a $300 prize pack! (Ends 5/18)

http://mamasmiths.com/2015/05/fabulous-spring-giveaway.html

Enter to win a BeliBea nursing bra! (If you don’t need it, I’ll take it! LOL) (Ends 5/15)

http://www.nannytomommy.com/2015/05/new-mommy-mothers-day-giveaway-ends-515.html

Try to win a $20 Target gift card! (Ends 5/15)

http://momthemagnificent.com/mothers-day-giveaway-hop/

Enter to win two sheets of Jamberry nail wraps! (Ends 5/30)

http://www.southernmomloves.com/2015/05/get-gorgeous-win-2-sheets-of-jamberry.html

Try to win a big Dreft Baby Prize Package! (Ends5/17)

http://www.nannytomommy.com/2015/05/the-wonderfully-messy-journey-of.html

Any bloggers or small businesses with current family friendly giveaways are welcome to post links to one or two of those giveaways with a brief description in the comments section. If you have an upcoming giveaway you would like to be featured, please contact me via my Facebook page with details. This will continue to be a weekly feature here on Penny Pinching Peach if there is consistent interest, so give a shout if you enjoy these lists and let me know if you entered any contests! Oh, and definitely come back and let me know if you win something, please!!!


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Preventing Stretch Marks

29 Weeks

29 Weeks

Anyone else have some crazy pregnancy phobias? Tell me I’m not alone! I had a huge fear with my first pregnancy, and I’m sharing with y’all how I managed to prevent that fear from coming true.

Let me start by saying I’m not a medical professional or a scientist, nor am I being compensated to review the products mentioned (unless you are nice enough to use my affiliate links to order through and help a mama out a bit). I’m just a mom with my own experiences to share in hopes that it will help someone else. I know that they say there is nothing you can do to avoid or treat them. I’m also aware that they say it’s all genetics. Who knows? They may be right. I don’t think that is entirely true, based on my aforementioned experiences, but I’ll get to that. There, now that I have that out of the way, I can share my trick for a smooth mommy tummy… ;)

Something many women seriously dread is stretch marks. With my first pregnancy, I was absolutely horrified at the thought of getting stretch marks. I started out my journey into motherhood with defined abs and zero stretch marks, and wanted to at least keep the latter part of that statement true. While I know many women have them, and are still beautiful, it was just a phobia of mine, and something I’d rather avoid if I could even now. Lucky for me, I had heard from my stretch mark free Mom and Nana about how they helped their tummies appear unscathed!

From the moment each of them found out that they were pregnant, they lathered their bellies down with oil every day. They mentioned coconut oil, vitamin E and olive oil, varied, as well as cocoa butter layered over it. They did this religiously throughout pregnancy, increasing the frequency as their tummies got fuller and their skin grew tighter. Since they both had beautiful skin of completely different types (Nana’s skin is quite dry, while my mom’s was like her dad’s & very oily), I thought there was a good chance of their regimen working for me, since I fall somewhere in between on the skin type scale. My biggest concern was that it might not work for me because they were both in their teens and very early 20s during their pregnancies, while I brought my first child home from the hospital on my 28th birthday. I was concerned that my skin might not have the same resilience theirs did.

I’ve been pregnant four times (once ended in an early miscarriage). Each time, I started immediately oiling my as-yet-unchanged pregnant belly with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil — 5.1 fl oz
. This is a little embarassing to admit, but the first pregnancy I neglected to start oiling my breasts until they were swelling and itchy, since noone warned me about that, and got some mild stretch marks on them. This is where I was convinced that the oil works! I still have zero stretch marks on my stomach or sides over six months into this pregnancy, which I ALWAYS oiled. You can see that from the current belly pictures I took to prove it. Excuse the selfies. I don’t have a photographer on staff here. :) (The bruise is because I’m a klutzy pregnant woman and never seem to adjust to having a tummy blown up like a hot air ballooon. LOL) Those mild ones came up on my breasts before I realized I should be oiling them, too. Time and the continued use of the oils throughout pregnancy and the first several months of breastfeeding each time seems to have faded them to nearly undetectable, though. You’ll just have to take my word on that one. Modesty prevents me from sharing proof of that one! ;)

29 Weeks

29 Weeks

I can’t say enough good things about this Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil — 5.1 fl oz
! I’m not sure if other methods work as well as this has worked for me, since I’m not messing with the tried and true. Before my belly starts to noticeably swell, but starts to itch or feel dry, I layer on some cocoa butter or the Palmer’s Skin Therapy Lotion, 7 fl oz
for extra moisture and protection.

Will this work for you? Honestly, I don’t know. It isn’t likely to hurt, and is sure to relieve the dryness and itchiness that comes along with pregnant skin. I have definitely had positive results. I don’t know if the genetics thing is part of it, since my mom and my nana don’t have stretch marks, or if it’s to be credited to the skin care regimen we’ve all used, or a little bit of both.

If you choose to try the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil — 5.1 fl oz
and Palmer’s Skin Therapy Lotion, 7 fl oz
, or your alternative product, don’t forget to get ALL of the stretch mark prone areas. Breasts, stomach, sides, hips and upper thighs are especially prone to stretch marks, and you’re safer to not neglect those areas while caring for your pregnant skin.

Does anyone else have any tried and true tricks for preventing or treating stretch marks?
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