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The Pocket Sous Chef “Da Vinci’s Guide To Cooking For 1+1,” written by Your Life After 25 blogazine founder Da Vinci, is a cookbook that promotes falling in love with cooking again!
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Da Vinci wanted to write an easy to follow cookbook that was jam packed with a variety of recipes as well as useful tips and guides. The Pocket Sous Chef has over 60 recipes that all feature an image. In addition, readers will find an accessory list, shopping tips, conversion charts and more.
The Pocket Sous Chef was written with small families, singles, newlyweds/couples, students and busy professionals in mind. No longer will you need to slave over a hot stove just to make one meal for yourself or smaller portions of food.
The Pocket Sous Chef would make the perfect gift for the holidays, bridal showers, Valentine’s day, or any other occasion for a fellow foodie or home cook.
To launch the site and give you the opportunity to pre-order a SIGNED copy of The Pocket Sous Chef, we’re giving THREE lucky fans a chance to WIN a “The Pocket Sous Chef Prize Pack.”
And because we appreciate all your love and support, everyone who signs up for our monthly newsletter during the giveaway period will receive a FREE $5 coupon for www.PocketSousChef.com. You can use it for the cookbook, one of our fabulous limited edition aprons, or our sassy wine glasses – the choice is yours!
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About The Author
Da Vinci is a lifestyle blogger and author who works to “Entertain – Educate – Empower” her audience. With her desire to help people and passion for food Da Vinci hopes to enrich the lives of her fellow home cooks while letting everyone know you can cook and be fabulous. For more information, please visit www.pocketsouschef..com or www.yourlifeafter25.com. Follow Da Vinci on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram @PocketSousChef.
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The Pocket Sous Chef Launch Giveaway
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20 DIY Fall Decor Crafts

Decorating your home is one of the best parts about a holiday and these 20 DIY Fall Decor Crafts will have you decked out for fall in no time!


20 DIY Fall Decor Crafts


Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The leaves changing, the yummy foods and smells, the cooler temps and the fact that it means the holidays aren’t too far off just all signal a happy feeling and time for me. I also LOVE the decor options! There are so many different ways that you can decorate your home for fall and a lot of them are super cheap! These diy fall decor crafts prove it! Take a look and I’m more than certain you’ll find something that you just have to make for your own home! There are some really super creative ideas!


DIY Glitter Glam Pumpkins


DIY Glitter Glam Pumpkins from The Thinking Closet

Easy Fall Candle Centerpiece

Easy Fall Candle Centerpiece from Albion Gould

Repurposed Fence Post Autumn Porch Decor

Repurposed Fence Post Autumn Porch Decor from The Frugal Mom Eh!

Fall Mantle Decor

Fall Mantle Decor from The Grant Life

DIY Sweater Pumpkins

DIY Sweater Pumpkins from Crafts ‘N Coffee

DIY Candy Corn Bowl

DIY Candy Corn Bowl from illistyle

DIY Patchwork Pumpkins Toddler Craft

DIY Patchwork Pumpkins from The Nerd’s Wife

DIY Painted Burlap Flower Fall Wreath

DIY Painted Burlap Flower Fall Wreath from Busy Being Jennifer

DIY Fall Tile Sign

DIY Fall Tile Sign from Architecture of a Mom

DIY Fall Burlap Flower Wreath

DIY Fall Burlap Flower Wreath from Second Chance to Dream

Whimsical Candy Corn Painted Pumpkin

Whimsical Candy Corn Pumpkin from Family Frugal Fun

DIY Fall Bunting Wreath

DIY Fall Bunting Wreath from Architecture of a Mom

DIY Fall Table Runner

DIY Fall Table Runner from Simply {Darr}ling

DIY Framed Burlap Pumpkin

DIY Framed Burlap Pumpkin from Hi! It’s Jilly

DIY Fabric Acorns

DIY Fabric Acorns from Crafts ‘N Coffee

DIY Silver Gilded Acorns

DIY Silver Gilded Acorns from Architecture of a Mom

DIY Dryer Duct Pumpkins

DIY Dryer Duct Pumpkins from Simply {Darr}ling

Canning Jar Lid Pumpkin Craft

Canning Jar Lid Pumpkin Craft from About Family Crafts

DIY Fall Stenciled Welcome Mat

DIY Fall Stenciled Welcome Mat from Practically Functional

DIY Painted Fall Jar Vases

DIY Painted Fall Jar Vases from Crafts by Amanda

4 Tips for Surviving Divorce

Divorce can be devastating. These 4 Tips for Surviving Divorce won't take the hurt away, but will help you make it through.



I don’t think that anyone goes into a marriage expecting a divorce. Unfortunately, it is a fact of life these days that divorce happens. Whether its one person that wants it or both, it can be hurtful, damaging and yes, sometimes that pain and hurt can last. I should know. Tom is my 4th husband. YES. I said FOURTH. Long story short, I made some very stupid mistakes early on in my adult life and as a result I’ve been thorough it more times than I ever should have been. Divorce is one of those things that if you let it…it can and will destroy you without even introducing itself and it will never look back at the damage it has caused.

Here’s a tip though…you 100% absolutely WILL make it through this. I know it doesn’t seem like you will. I know that it might seem like your world has ended. I know that the pain is blinding and the wounds are deep. I promise you though…

You will be okay.

1. Step Back from it All – I realize that going through a divorce is one of those events in life where the very last thing that you want to do is step back. If you’re going to make it through this intact though…you need to do it. Take a month, week, weekend or even just a day to yourself and forget about it. Yes. I know. I’ve been there. The last thing you want to do is forget about it. I know how hard it is to walk away…but hear me out.

Right now there’s a really good chance that you’re hurting…and angry…and bitter…and a whole slew of other emotions and if you’re anything like me? You want to last out.

You can’t. It isn’t fair and I know it but lashing out isn’t going to do anything except make a bad situation worse. Especially if you have children.

Take the time away and go get your head on straight. Whether you blame your soon to be ex or they blame you or you’re both admitting fault, it doesn’t matter. Time away from the situation lets you get your heart and head in the same spot. It allows you to pick yourself up off of the ground, dust yourself off and to hold your head high again.

No one said that you can’t hurt. By all means, embrace the emotions and the pain, but take the time to learn how to deal with those emotions and that pain in a healthy way.


2. Get a Lawyer –  Mr. or Mrs. Soon to be Ex may be acting like the nicest person in your life right now, but take it from my own experience…you will need and want a lawyer. Aside from the legal stuffs like papers, negotiating and all of those wonderful things, your lawyer will serve to protect your or your children’s interests. Divorce can bring out the worst in people and the last thing that you want to happen is to be taken advantage of or hurt even more by someone you once trusted. Get a lawyer and protect yourself. If it turns out you didn’t need one? Great. Most of the time though? It doesn’t turn out that way.

3. Find a hobby – One of the worst things that I remember about my divorces (well the bad ones anyhow) was not being able to shut off the feelings because I was sitting around doing basically nothing all day when I wasn’t working. Once I took up a hobby though, things got better. I wasn’t sitting and dwelling on how bad I felt or where I went wrong or anything like that. I was able to quietly sort though things without being focused on them 100% of the time. Throwing yourself into a hobby is a good way to let your mind work without overworking your emotions. Our brains are funny things and even when we don’t realize it, we’re processing information. Use that to your advantage and find something to occupy your time. Gardening, crochet, couponing, working out, your kidlets and cooking are all great ideas.


4. Finally, Take a Look Around You – We’re all human. When we’re hurt or when we feel attacked, we have this annoying little habit of zoning in solely on ourselves and forgetting those around us. It can be easy to forget that even though we lost one person in our lives, that we’re still surrounded by others that love and care for us. Take a look around and remind yourself, daily if needed, of the people that surround you. Those people, your friends and family, that have been there over the years, are your support system. Lean on them. Let them hold you when you need held up and let them knock you down when you need it. They will help keep you grounded and if you let them, they will help you heal from the pain.

My most recent divorce was by far my hardest. I didn’t want to split and I fought it tooth and nail (something that I now realize actually caused more damage to the relationship than had I just left well enough alone). I can honestly sit here and tell you that I do not know where I would be had it not been for my friends and family who picked me up…even when I didn’t deserve it. You may not have a huge support system, but I can guarantee you that if you’re willing to take the time? You’ll find someone who will let you lean for a while.



The 2014 Hot Toy List Is Out!

The 2014 Hot Toy List has been released! Are your kids asking for any of the ones listed?


2014 Hot Toy List

Each year, Toys R Us puts out the hot toy list for that year. It includes 50 of the toys they expect to be the hottest toys on the market for the upcoming holidays. Guess what? The 2014 hot toy list was just released yesterday! It includes TMNT toys, Doc McStuffins, LeapFrog, Disney’s Frozen and more! These are the toys that they expect to be pretty hard to find once folks really gear up for their holiday shopping so if they’re on your lists this year, you may want to start watching for the deals now.


Take a look –> 2014 Hot Toy List

Huggies Diapers Only $1.99 Per Pack! Stock Up Now!

Huggies coupons and Rite Aid Coupon Deal


Huggies Coupons and Rite Aid Coupon Deal


This is the kind of deal that makes me go all “HOLY BUCKETS!” when I see it and then makes me run over here, log in and start typing away. If you have a Rite Aid nearby and a tiny one in diapers, be SURE to run over this week because you can pick up Huggies diapers for only $1.99 per pack net price! That is a KILLER deal on diapers, especially name brand ones! Through Sunday, when you buy $20.00 in Huggies products, you’ll get back and $8.00 +UP Reward, but when you buy (5) packages of diapers, you’ll ALSO get a $10.00 coupon good on your next Huggies purchase. Toss in a few coupons and you have a final price of just $1.99 per pack!

I don’t honestly know that I have EVER seen diapers this cheap!


Buy (5) Huggies Diapers – $9.49 each, Rite Aid Price
Use (2) $3/1 Huggies Diapers Coupons found HERE  AND
Use (2) $1.50/1 Huggies Snug & Dry Diaper coupon found HERE   AND
Use (1) $1.50/1 Huggies Little Movers Coupons found HERE AND
Use $1/1 Huggies Diapers Rite Aid Video Value Coupon found HERE
Pay $35.95 OOP
Get Back  (2) $8 +Ups  Rewards AND
Get $10.00 off Your Next Huggies Purchase
Final Price: $9.95 wyb (5) or just $1.99 per pack after coupons and rewards!!



Thanks For The Mommas!


FREE 60 Day Membership to BJ’s Wholesale Club! (No credit card required)

Free 60 Day Trial Membership to Bj's Wholesale Club!


FREE 60 Day Membership to BJ’s Wholesale Club

Do you live near a BJ’s Wholesale Club? If so, pop over to their website and you can sign up for a FREE 60 Day Trial Membership! You’ll enjoy all of the club benefits for 60 days with no charge (and no credit card required as far as I can tell)! The free membership is limited to (1) per household and for some reason is not available at the Chambersburg, PA location. You don’t even need to run for this one because it doesn’t expire until December 31, 2014!

Wholesale clubs can be a GREAT way to save money when you don’t feel like or don’t have the time to coupon!


Sign up —> FREE 60 Day Membership to BJ’s Wholesale Club



Thanks Mojo Savings!

Silk Almond Milk Only $1.76 After New High Value Coupon!

Print your Silk Pure Almond Coupon to save $1.00 and pay just $1.76 each!


Silk Almond Milk Printable Coupon + Walmart Coupon Deal


Did you see the new $1.00 off 1 Silk Almond Milk coupon? It makes for a really great deal at Walmart! The half gallons runs just $2.76 at my store meaning that after the coupon they’ll be just $1.76 each! That is an awesome price for almond milk! Its usually sooo expensive!


Silk Pure Almond, half gallon – $2.76, Walmart Regular Price
Use $1/1 Silk Almond Milk coupon found HERE (sign up and play game to get the coupon)
Final Price: $1.76 each after the coupon!


Free Dove Body Wash Sample!

Request your Free Dove Body Wash Sample!


Free Dove Body Wash Sample


Head over to Walmart.com and you can request a FREE Dove body wash sample! You’ll have to watch a short video to get to the form, but it only takes about 30 seconds for it to play. I love when we get samples like this! They make traveling so much easier! If you want it though, I would hurry. These types of samples tend to go out of stock pretty quickly.


Request yours —> Free Dove Body Wash Sample


Buy One Get One Free Starbucks!

Starbucks is offering Buy One Get One Free Coffee for their fall flavors!


Buy One Get One Free Starbucks


Oh my, I’m in Heaven! We don’t have a Starbucks in our little town, but the next town over does! Can you guess where I am headed later? I have a $5.00 Starbucks gift card that I got from iBotta that is burning a hole in my jeans as of right now!

September 17 – 21, head to your nearest Starbucks and you can grab their Fall Flavors on sale Buy One Get One Free! Uh Starbucks Discounts? WHOO HOO! The flavors included are Pumpkin Spice Latte, Salted Caramel Mocha and Salted Caramel Mocha. I think I’ll go for a Pumpkin Spice Latte!


To see the full details of the promotion, you can head over to the Starbucks Facebook page and as always with restaurant freebies. Be sure to call your local location before you go to make certain they’re participating.



5 Frugal Fall Date Night Ideas

Autumn is a great time for date nights that don't break your budget! Check out these 5 Frugal Fall Date Night Ideas and go spend some time with your sweetheart!


5 Frugal Fall Date Night Ideas


I just love this time of year. The weather is cooler, the leaves are stunning and there is so much to do! Fall is one of those seasons that you could find something fun to do every weekend and still have things left on your list! Plus? The food can be pretty awesome too! Date night is so very important to any relationship, but a lot of us tend to push it off because it isn’t in the budget. I know that my hubby and I have a bad habit of doing that. That’s where this list comes in! None of us have to break our budgets to spend time with our better halves! These 5 frugal fall date night ideas are just a start, but they’re a great start!


1. Visit a Festival – Fall is a great time to visit a festival or fair. A lot of towns will wait until the weather cools down to host the smaller festivals. Spend a day just walking through looking at exhibits, booths and whatnot with your loved one. Just be sure you don’t spend money that you don’t have.

2. Take a Walk - Find the local walking trails in your community and take a walk! With the leaves changing colors, you’ll get to enjoy each others company while you enjoy the beauty of the nature around you. The best part about it is that you’ll be spending quality time together totally free!

3. Make Jack-O-lanterns together - Almost everyone lives near some place where they can pick their own pumpkin! Head down to the local farmers market together, to the nearest U-Pick farm or whereever and pick out a pumpkin for each of you. Typically this will cost you less than $12.00 for 2 pumpkins. Once you’ve got the perfect pumpkin, decorate them together and showcase them in front of your home.

4. Attend a local football game – If you or your partner are sports fans, you can usually attend the local high school football games super cheap! Even if you don’t have kids at the high school, it can still be loads of fun to cheer for your hometown team! Admission to games vary by district, but usually they’re around $5.00 per person. Be sure to account for snack money if you’re going to want to buy snacks while you’re there.

5. Have a bonfire – Sitting around a fire pit with your sweetheart is both romantic and cheap! If you have access to land, you can simply dig a small hole and use rocks to ring it for your fire pit. If not, you can usually rent a camping spot from the local state parks for around $15 a night since it is an “off” season. You don’t have to camp out if you don’t want to (although the tent just means you’re snuggled together for the night). Just sitting around the fire and maybe making smores would be fun enough!


See? You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time with your honey! What fun (and frugal!)  things do you and your partner like to do during fall for dates?