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Who likes finding easy and healthy dinner ideas that the whole family will eat? Seems like the impossible task doesn’t it? Sometimes it is. I have a fun and healthy recipe for you today that your whole family will eat. You can make this any night of the week as it is a quick meal to put together. I think it is the perfect dinner for Valentine’s day because of the red sauce used for dipping, but I know we will eat this many, many dinners this year.

I love finding healthy dinner recipes that the whole family will eat. This dinner is so easy and delicious and everyone in my family gobbled it up! Yay!

You guys, this has to be the worlds easiest dinner! It was so stinkin’ easy to make and everyone at our house loved it! Of course they didn’t eat all the veggies, but they did pretty good and that is what matters to me.

I saw an idea similar to this in a magazine(affiliate link), but I wanted to make it a bit more healthy and tweak it to be things that I knew my family would eat. When I saw it in the magazine(Italian Fondue), I knew it was going to be our Valentine’s Day dinner because what seems more like a Valentine’s dinner than fondue?

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I don’t know about you, but I love decorating and creating fun ideas for Valentine’s Day. The colors are so fun and where I live the winter is cold and often dreary. Adding some Valentine’s cuteness around the house makes me feel like spring just may come and we may see the sun again. Is it like that for you?


I have wanted to make this garland for a couple of years now and for one reason or another, I just haven’t. I think I was waiting to get the idea of adding the cute little buttons, which came to me this year.

I made felt hearts like this a few years ago when I made this cute Valentine’s wreath and had planned to make this garland at that time as well. Two years later, I got it done!

Now, I’ve got the tutorial to show you how to make your own felt and button Valentine’s garland. Oh and by the way, this cost me less than $7 to make! How is that for some cute cheapness? Love that! View full post »

  • Jessa - January 23, 2015 - 6:36 pm

    This is so sweet KC! I’m loving all your Valentine’s goodness!ReplyCancel

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I’m on a mission this Valentine’s Day. I want to do things for my family that make the day special and I don’t want to spend a lot of time or money. It is actually easy to create a special day that doesn’t take a lot of time or money. It just takes a little bit of thought and planning.

Simple and healthy Valentine

I showed you my idea for a fun afternoon snack for Valentine’s Day already. Today, I wanted to come up with a little something fun for Mr. T and I. Most likely we will spend a little time together after the kids go to bed. Since, I mentioned in the healthy snack post that I’m working to take of a few extra pounds, I want to enjoy what I come up with for our adult time, but I also don’t want to over-indulge.

I’ve got some fun and simple ideas that would be easy to give your own spin or to re-create yourself. Let me show you.  View full post »

  • Lolly Jane - January 20, 2015 - 11:02 am

    What a fun Valentine’s for two idea!

  • Rachel Willis - January 20, 2015 - 4:06 pm

    I could totally eat this for dinner! I love enjoying wine with appetizers, especially when the wine is lower in calories!ReplyCancel

Are you guys ready to talk about Valentine’s Day? It is less than a month away. I’m looking forward to some fun Valentine’s crafts and ideas that I will be sharing with you this year. I wanted to start with a cute wreath or wall art idea that I came up with this year and which Offray sent me the ribbon to complete as well as sponsored this post.

I just love Valentine

So one of the fun perks of my job, is that sometimes I get to try things out before they are even available to purchase yet! That was the case when Offray sent me this beautiful photo realistic rose ribbon. I knew as soon as I saw it, that it would be perfect for Valentine’s day. They sent it to me back in December, so I had to be patient and wait to share it with you.:-)

I really wanted to make a heart-shaped wreath with it, but I couldn’t find any heart-shaped forms at the craft store. I went with the initial of our last name, C. Might seem a little strange for Valentine’s Day, but I think it is really pretty and am really happy with the way it turned out.

It was a surprisingly simple wreath to make. Just a little bit of time, some patience with wrapping ribbon and hot glue and you will have a pretty wreath. I think ours is going to go on my Valentine’s mantel this year. Let me show you how to make your own Valentine wreath or wall art with this gorgeous ribbon.  View full post »

  • Vanessa - January 17, 2015 - 11:00 am

    This is gorgeous and I absolutely adore that ribbon!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - January 18, 2015 - 5:18 pm

      Thank you! The ribbon is really gorgeous… it made it easy to make a pretty wreath.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Willis - January 21, 2015 - 4:08 pm

    I love how easy this is to make!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Swanson Miller - January 23, 2015 - 1:54 pm

    Fabulous! Makes a great statement on the wall and would look great in a vignette!ReplyCancel

I’m always looking for healthy snacks. That dumb afternoon snack seems to get me every time…even with our snack jar, which has lately been completely bare. I wanted to plan ahead this year so I could share some Valentine’s day ideas with you too. I wanted to come up with a simple yet healthy snack for Valentine’s day. It needed to be quick and something the whole family would enjoy…meaning me as well. I came up with a delicious idea that I’m sharing with you today.ILast year I manage to gain a few pounds that I am working to take off. I am not going to deprive myself, rather I’m going to look for healthy options or lower calorie and healthy options that will still satisfy me and my kids. So far, so good as I’ve lost almost 5 pounds. Yay!

I wanted to do something quick, easy and healthy for our snack on Valentine’s Day. I just don’t have the time to do something elaborate…I’m sure you know exactly what I mean. Yet I also want to do something to help make the day special. Let me show you what I came up with so you can do the same thing or something similar at your home.  View full post »

  • Jamie@southmainmuse - January 14, 2015 - 7:10 am

    I love Gouda. And pistachios. A protein snack satisfies me much longer. Think I’ll pick some up when at the store.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - January 15, 2015 - 3:31 pm

      Glad I could give you a yummy idea! I agree that protein satisfies for longer…that is always good. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Anderson - January 16, 2015 - 10:47 am

    I am addicted to pistachios – love them! This is such a cute idea.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - January 16, 2015 - 4:11 pm

      Thanks! I’m with you on the pistachio addiction. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Willis - January 21, 2015 - 3:46 pm

    Love the bottle wrappers!ReplyCancel

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Do you love pom poms? I’m pretty sure I’m addicted! They are so cute and can add some fun and cuteness to most anything….like the DIY I have for you today. Just buy a throw and spend a little time to give your throw some cuteness with pom poms! It is a fun and cute home decor project that just make me smile as I snuggle under the throw on these cold winter nights.

Love this adorable DIY Pom Pom Throw for my home decor! Just take a store bought throw and add some pizzazz with this little DIY project.

I had originally planned to make and show you this pom pom throw during the Christmas season because I thought it would add a fun touch to our holiday decorations. The holiday season just got too busy and I decided rather than kill myself to bring you another post, I needed to take a break. That was a great choice for me.

I still really wanted to make this pom pom throw because, like I said, I LOVE pom poms. I decided it works great for my home decor throughout the winter. I also think it adds a fun touch to the living room that, since I selected a red and cream color throw, we can say is Valentine’s day. Especially once I have decorated for Valentine’s Day.;-)  View full post »

In 2013 and 2014 I made DIY Apothecary jars. Throughout those years, I showed you all kinds of ideas for each season and/or holiday to use the jars for decorating ideas. I totally meant to put them all together into one post for you and got busy and never did it. As a Happy New Year present to you and to me (because this makes for a quick and easy post for me to put together), I decided to finally put them all together for you. Yay!

Love these Decorating Ideas of using DIY Apothecary jars throughout the whole year for every season and holiday. Great ideas!

I don’t know about you, but I love decorating ideas that allow me to make little seasonal changes around my house. It is fun to me to change things up every so often. I get a bit bored keeping things the same. When I made the apothecary jars, I knew I would have fun filling them for each season and/or holiday. I sure did! I shared my fun with you along the way and now I’ve put them all together in one post to make it easy for you to reference for your own decorating ideas. View full post »

  • Lynne Gill - January 9, 2015 - 1:47 pm

    How lovely! I particularly love the Spring and Easter colour ways.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Graber - January 9, 2015 - 2:30 pm

    I love these! very clever, no matter what the kids think!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Graber - January 9, 2015 - 2:30 pm

    I love these! very clever, no matter what the kids think!!!ReplyCancel

Normally I am quite the organized person, however the end of last year was just overwhelming. There is no way to sugar coat it. It got too busy and things pretty much spiraled out of control. I know my family did not appreciate my stress level and my snippiness. Being a very organized person by nature, it stresses me out when things get disorganized. I’m also a visual person, so when it gets cluttered and things get too busy, for me, it is like I can’t see through the forest to see the tree in front of me that needs to be dealt with. It gets overwhelming quickly. I wish that didn’t happen for me because I know so many people who can just see right where they need to go or what they need to do even in the chaos. I admire them.

Love all these great ideas to organize my house and my life. Can

I know that I need to take some time to get things back in order around my house. It will just help me feel better. I know not everyone is like this and I know that it is a constant battle to stay organized whether you are a naturally organized person or someone who struggles, especially when you have children in your house. You know what I mean, right?:-)

Today, I’ve put together over 20 great ways that both of us can work to get organized in 2015. A lot of them are ideas I’ve written about in the past. They are ideas that I need to go back to and touch up those areas or come up with a new fresh start because I didn’t keep up with them. The other half of these ideas are new inspiration for both of us. Some ways to add some new organization to your house and life.
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  • Lauren - January 7, 2015 - 3:30 pm

    That washi tape calendar is genius!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne Gill - January 8, 2015 - 2:36 am

    Oh dear, you sussed me! I LOVE organisation tools. I LOVE storage, baskets. boxes, systems, you name it – I have read about it, watched the video, bought the boxes…heck yes I’ve even got in there and CLEARED UP! but, there’s the rub, I just can’t maintain this pristine condition.

    If you ever read my blog, I frequently bemoan the state of my sewing room, and the condition of ‘piles’ which holds sway in our cottage. It stresses me, but so much sometimes I am overwhelmed by the situation and so do nothing about it.

    HOWEVER! my one resolution for this year is to decluttere – in a non-stressful way of course. So your post is very timely. Thankyou, some great ideas here.

    OH! My SECOND resolution? Not to write such rambling comments!
    Cheerio, from the Other Side of The Pond!

    • KC Coake - January 8, 2015 - 8:56 pm

      Glad you liked the ideas! Hope you are able to use a few of them. I know I have managed to use a few and feel much better and more organized heading into this year. Love it!ReplyCancel

Hi everybody! Welcome to 2015! I wanted to start the year off by taking a look back at 2014. I had a fantastic year with the blog. The blog grew and grew and grew some more. In fact it more than doubled in the size of followers as well as income. I’m super happy with that!

You all had some posts that you really loved and I wanted to put the top ten of those posts into one post. I thought you might enjoy seeing them all in one place.

Love all these great posts! All the best post from the blog The Real Thing with the Coake Family in 2014. It includes recipes, organization ideas, crafts, sewing, gift ideas and some DIY. Love!

I’ll start with the 10th most popular post and work up to the number one most viewed post here at The Real Thing with the Coake Family.

Enjoy and Thank you all for helping to make this blog the success that it has become! Here’s to a great 2015! View full post »