Ways to Find Extra Time in the Day

I’m not the busiest person in the world BUT I do have a pretty hectic schedule between my regular “day” job, the blog, kids and all of their activities. Saving time on regular tasks is one of my favorite ways to find extra time in the day.  Let’s talk about my top 3 ways to save time.


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Slow Cooker Cuban Beef

I have such a love affair with my Crockpot. Once the weather starts to cool a little bit and I move away from grilling everything from burgers to fruit, I start using my slow cooker more and more. Mathlete isn’t always a huge fan of chicken cooked in the crockpot so I tend to stick to beef more often. This slow cooker Cuban beef is probably one of my favorite crockpot recipes to date. It is so full of flavor and ridiculously easy to make.

Crockpot Cuban beef is the BEST slow cooker recipe. So easy and so much flavor.

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Peanut Butter Oreo Truffles

Chocolate and peanut butter are one of the those combinations that I just can’t resist. We’ll blame my dad and his love for Reese’s for that one because it was instilledin my at a young age. To this day, I can’t think of many desserts I would choose over one that was a chocolate peanut butter something. So, when Oreo decided to release their Reese’s flavor, I knew I was in trouble. I also knew that I would have to use them to make peanut butter oreo truffles. You can thank for later ;)

The ultimate combination of peanut butter and chocolate! These are AH-MAZING and the BEST truffles I've ever had.

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Pinworthy Projects Link Party

Happy September!  Yep…September. A little scary, huh? I was at the craft store the other day and almost got hives seeing the Christmas items out already. It is so hard to think about that when it is still 90 degrees outside and I just finished a beach vacation.

Speaking of…in case you guys missed the amazing guest posts this past week while I was away, I wanted to give you a glimpse at what was shared {my two recipes are there too}


Top Row:
Washi Tape Magnets {guest Post} // Butternut Squash Risotta {Guest Post}

Middle Row:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Earrings {Guest Post} // Salt Water Taffy Champagne Cocktail {Guest Post} // Easy Fall Felt Hoop Art {Guest Post}

Bottom Row:
Pesto and Sun Dried Tomato Tuna Salad // Chicken Satay with Orange Jasmine Rice

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Pesto and Sun Dried Tomato Tuna Salad

Tuna salad is one of those great go to lunch ideas because it is full of protein to help you make it through the day and tastes great. It also makes the perfect after school snack when the kids come home complaining they are so hungry. I created this pesto and sun dried tomato tuna salad to change up my typical version and cut out a lot of the unhealthy items that typically go into a tuna salad. 

Tuna salad is the perfect lunch or after school snack option! Opt for this version which has zero mayo and is full of amazing flavor.

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Easy Fall Felt Hoop Art {Guest Post}

I love fall! After spending a week at the beach, I am looking forward to cooler temperatures and all things fall! Today’s guest post is all about getting ready for fall with a super fun craft: fall felt hoop art!


I’m so excited to be guest posting for Shannah! My name is Albion, but most people call me Abby and I blog at Albion Gould. I have four young daughters, so I enjoy projects that don’t take a lot of time or can be done in bits and pieces. In that vein, I’m sharing an easy fall felt hoop art craft with you today.

Easy Fall Felt Hoop Art

Fall is my favorite season and if I could live in a world where it’s fall year round, I would. I love seeing the leaves start to change colors and there’s nothing better than that fall wind with them swirling around. I tried to create hoop art to reflect that.

For this craft, you’ll need:

  • felt in fall colors
  • hoops
  • needle & thread
  • scissors/cutting machine/leaf templates

felt and hoops

Start by putting your base colors of felt in the hoops. Trim the excess felt.

felt in hoop

felt in hoops

felt in hoops

I used my Cricut Explore to cut out my leaves. I ironed on interfacing to the felt, loaded it into the Cricut, and cut out all the leaves I wanted.

iron on interfacing

iron interfacing

cut out leaves

When you have your pile of leaves, start arranging them how you want. I imagined a breeze coming from one direction and swooping them across the hoops. Once they’re placed where you want, stitch each leaf onto the hoop. I used two cross stitch stitches on each leaf.




You’re ready to hang your hoops! We have a corner that never got decorated properly, so we use it for seasonal decorations. I had some extra leaves and let the girls stick them on the wall with some painter’s tape (kids and stickers, right?!).

fall felt hoop art

I hope you enjoyed this easy fall felt hoop art craft! I’d love for you to come over and check out some of my other recent projects, like my Felt Fascinator, Coffee Love Mug, and Fall Candle Centerpiece.

Thanks so much for having me, Shannah!

Chicken Satay with Orange Jasmine Rice

I love creating new recipes and sharing them with readers. I am really excited to have partnered with Success® Rice on this recipe. As always, even though this content is sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own and I only feature products I personally use.

So, school started this week. So did gymnastics, play classes for my youngest and just about every other activity you can possible cram into a week. That puts time at a premium and makes going out to eat look really attractive when it is 5pm and I have no idea what to make for dinner. One thing I know is always a hit in our house is stir fry and rice so threw together some chicken satay with orange jasmine rice the other night.

Chicken Satay with Orange Jasmine Rice - The Perfect Weeknight Meal

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Earrings {Guest Post}

There are a few bloggers that I am lucky enough to have met in person and develop a friendship with. We may live crazy far away from each other but we chat online and keep up with each other. Kim is one of those bloggers. In person, she is awesome and I am always so impressed by her projects online. These chocolate chip cookie earrings are no exception. They make ME want to go and make a pair…oh, and maybe eat a cookie!

seven thirty three blog

Hi everyone! My name is Kim and I blog over at seven thirty three. I love to share kids crafts, free printables, party ideas and more. 

My 5 year old daughter wants to get her ears pierced SO bad… but she is too afraid. She has literally sat in the chair three times now. She makes it to the part where they go to add the little purple dot to her ear and she bolts. Seriously. Jumps OUT of the chair and runs. She received a pair of Christmas clip-on earrings two Christmas’ ago and keeps asking if I can make her a pair. I finally decided after her last bolt from the chair that I would go ahead and make her some. I picked up the clips at Joann’s – though I was a bit bummed that they didn’t have a smaller option.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Earrings

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Saltwater Taffy Champagne Cocktail {Guest Post}

Hey guys – So, you know what I needed after vacation…another vacation to recover! Seriously…taking two kids to the beach for a week is hard work ;) Good thing Kelley is here to share her saltwater taffy champagne cocktail to help me ease back into the real world.

Hey, it’s Kelley from Eat Drink Eat (dot com)! I’m so excited to be sharing one of my favorite cocktails with the Just Us Four readers.

Kelley EAT DRINK EAT (dot com)

HI! I blog all things food, drinks and parties at www.EatDrinkEat.com. I love balancing tasty treats from my husbands Southern side with the healthy Californian in me. And it really is 5 o’clock somewhere!

This is a super festive drink that for some reason reminds me of fizzy saltwater taffy. My friend Gina made a similar cocktail for our holiday cocktail party last year and I made this one with just a little twist. It’s perfect for any type of party you are having.

The best champagne cocktail that tastes list saltwater taffy from EatDrinkEat.com

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Butternut Squash Risotto {Guest Post}

Wow…the first of September is here! It is still pretty hot here but that hasn’t kept me from dreaming of fall. Today’s recipe for butternut squash risotto definitely has me ready for a good pair of jeans and some fall temps.


Hi everyone! My name is Angela and I’m excited to share a recipe today on Just us four. At my blog, Handmade in the Heartland, I share recipes, craft and DIY projects, parenting tips, home decor ideas, lots of dessert recipes and the occasional fashion post. I’d love for you to pop over and see my blog.


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