Ad: Tailgate Recipe: Hot Wings and Goat Cheese Dip

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We had hot wings and goat cheese dip this weekend to kick off football season.

My husband is an absolute spoiled football fan.

It's all my fault. It started when I decided to find ways to connect with him through his hobbies. I started by trying to learn more about football. While I did learn a lot about football, I didn't fall in love with the sport.

While preparing for my football lesson each weekend, I'd plan a home gate spread we could enjoy during the game and that's where our football menu plan began.
Every weekend during football season when a team my husband likes is playing, I make tailgate food (or home gate since we're watching from home.)

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DIY Ground Level Deck Update

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I think my husband and I are bonafide weekend warriors now. 

In the last year we've spent just about every weekend working on some type of do it yourself project.
These days we're working on building a ground level deck under our two-story deck. 
We did a whole lot of Googling before we started and are using a mix of techniques to build our deck.

To start we're building a simple ladder frame. The hardest part of this project is that the ground here is slopped to ensure water runs away from the property properly.

It was a little tough getting the frame level, but we did it. 

We did run into some snafus like, assembling the entire frame, only to realize that although the wood is treated it's still not intended for ground contact.

Yeah...I read that as I was cutting the last piece of wood to create to the frame.

Instead of adding posts to raise the deck above the ground, we simply covered the ground below the deck with landscaping fabric.

Once we got the frame back in place, we created a rock perimeter around the deck to keep deter snakes and small animals from burroghing under the deck.

The entire project cost us about $250 including lumber and rocks. 

It took us about four weekends to complete the project and we are absolutely in love with this lower deck. The next step is to furnish it and create a comfortable outdoor living space.
Because this is pressure treated wood we won't paint it right away. It will need about six months to dry out and expand. After that, we'll paint both decks white.

In the meantime, we'll work on styling and decorating the deck. I'll share our progress in a few days.

10 Drool Worthy Cookie Recipes

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I love a good cookie recipe and with the weather cooling off here soon, I'll be baking a lot more. 

One of the first things I want to bake are some cookies. My kids take lunch to school and fresh homemade cookies in their lunch boxes says, "love".

So I scoured the web for some ideas and I narrowed my choices down to the ten that were the most drool worthy. My choices are based on texture and ingredients. I included a combination of crunchy, soft, chewy, oo-ey and gooey

Here's the cookies that made my list of the top 10 drool worth cookie recipes.

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

White Chocolate Raspberry

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Big Chocolate Chip Cookie

Mickey Mouse Chocolate Chip Cookie

Oreo Surprise Cookies

Turtle Cookies

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies

Scottish Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Didn't I tell you they were drool worthy? 

And just in case you need a kid friendly meal idea, here's an after school snack my kids just love.

5 Tips that will motivate you to do the dishes

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When's the last time you took joy in doing the dishes or buying dishwasher detergent? For me it was just this morning.

I like to find ways to enjoy the everyday task that need to be done around the house especially in my kitchen. One task that never ends is dishwashing so instead of dreading it, I thought of some simple ways to get motivated. 

Below are 5 Tips that will motivate you to do the dishes and actually look forward to it. 

1. Set a limit on the number of everyday dishes you keep in your cabinet. I have one dinner plate, one salad plate, one bowl, three cups and three utensils per person in our home. We have other dishes for whenever guest comes over, but limiting the everyday dishes, cuts down on a sink full of dishes and the constant running of the dishwasher. 

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6 Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Day

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Can you tell I'm inspired by things that sparkle?

Whether on my clothes, nails or in my decor, I love to add sparkle

A large part of my day is spent at the gym and in my home office, but my days never get boring. I'm the type who will find creative ways to inspire myself.

Drink Sparkling Beverages in a Sparkly Cup
(tips #1 & #2)

One of the things that inspires me is sparkly stuff. Even when I sip Limeade made using the Canada Dry Sparkling Water, it has to be in a sparkly cup.
Use Sparkly Organizers at Your Desk (tip #3)

A regular container on my desk to hold markers, pens and flowers is no different. With a little bling, they become so much more luxurious. 

To add sparkle to plan decor simply pick up a roll of Bling on a Roll and adhere with a hot glue gun

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