Save This Buy That: Saving Money This Holiday Season

The holiday season has officially kicked off – cue our favorite time of the year! Despite it being one of our favorites, spending is at an all-time high. These next few months can potentially take a major toll on your bank account, but with these quick tips – we’ve got your wallet’s back!

Thanksgiving Leftovers
This Thanksgiving, it’s all about taking advantage of those inevitable leftovers. Give those boring turkey sandwiches an upgrade with these budget-friendly and yummy recipes:

Cranberry Turkey Quesadilla
45¢ per serving

1 wheat tortilla wrap
2 tbsp. cranberry sauce
Leftover turkey
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 tsp. balsamic dressing
Ground pepper

Lay wrap out flat. Spread the cranberry sauce over half the wrap and sprinkle ground pepper to taste. Add cheese on top of cranberry sauce.
Top with turkey. Drizzle the balsamic dressing over the turkey and fold the bare end of wrap over filling.
Bring a skillet to medium high. Add cooking spray or olive oil. Gently add the quesadilla to the skillet and let cook on each side for 2 minutes.

LeftoverPieThanksgiving Dinner Pies
59¢ per pie

2 refrigerated pie crusts
Create a fun combination from your leftovers: turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, etc.
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Use a cup to cut small circles from the pie crusts.
Layer a small amount of the ingredients on the crust (leave room on sides to seal crust). Top with second crust and seal edges with fork.
Poke top twice with fork and brush with egg.

Mashed Potatoes Puffs
13¢ per puff

2 cups mashed potatoes
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup minced chives
1/4 cup cooked bacon
Salt & pepper, to taste

Heat oven to 400°F and lightly grease a mini muffin pan.
Mix together potatoes, eggs, 3/4-cup cheese, chives, bacon, salt & pepper.
Place a spoonful of mixture in each muffin cup. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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DIY Chore Charts

Attention Parents! Do you often have a hard time convincing your kids that chores can be fun? If so, consider taking on one of our easy DIY chore charts to get your kiddos more involved!

  • chore-chartThis chore chart can simply be made out of cookie sheets, paint, ribbon tape and magnets!
  1. First, you will want to spray paint your cookie sheets (the more colorful, the better)! Next, you will want to divide your sheet into two sections with the ribbon tape – for a do and a done section.
  2. To complete the project, cut scrapbook paper in squares big enough to write each chore. Add your magnets and once a chore is complete tell your little ones to move it to the done section! Also, adding homemade reward coupons (for example: you pick the movie for movie night, dessert for dinner, etc.) to each chore is a great way to encourage your kids to get their chores done.
  • jarOr, go green by making a fun chore jar from recycled popsicle sticks! All you need is popsicle sticks, markers and a jar or can. This chore jar is perfect for a family with multiple children considering each child can have their own color. Once the chore is completed, having another mason jar for completed chores is a good motivator!

Have any other successful ideas for getting your little ones involved in helping around? If so please share them with us in the comments below!

Written by Kristi Hall

Non-Traditional “Pumpkin Pie” Recipe

We love this “non-traditional” Frozen Butter Pecan Pumpkin Pie recipe from! Give it a try and let us know what you think!

1 quart butter pecan ice cream, softened
1 (9 inch) store purchased Oreo pie crust
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
Dollop of whipped topping

Spread ice cream into the Oreo crust; freeze for 2 hours or until firm. In a small bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Fold in whipped cream. Spread over ice cream. Cover and freeze for 2 hours or until firm. Remove from the freezer 5-10 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with caramel ice cream topping and chocolate syrup. Add dollop of whipped cream. (May be frozen for up to 2 months.)

Here’s to a Chilly, Creative Weekend!

We are in for a chilly weekend, Bella girls!

If you are spending time indoors, use the opportunity to exercise your creativity!

ColorBook-Cover2Relax and reconnect with Color the Natural World by Zoe Keller. This beautifully hand-drawn coloring book explores the intricate worlds found in deserts, oceans, rain forests, and beyond. Colorists will meet a cast of characters that includes plants, animals, birds, and bugs and relish the mindfulness and joy that comes through creativity.

61o2oN8JNFL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_You should also give Creative Painting and Beyond a try! Learn how to create beautiful and whimsical artwork with this vibrant book packed with creative tips, exercises, and engaging step-by-step projects. From canvas artwork and illustrated stationery to temporary tattoos and gilded accessories, crafters will enjoy a variety of simple, fun and colorful projects that make creative painting approachable for artists of all skill levels. Visit for more information.

Roasted With Love: Bean Box


It’s what powers us through the day and keeps us moving during the cold winter months. Every coffee lover knows there is a difference between freshly ground coffee beans and the stuff that comes in a can from the grocery store. If you have an option to choose better quality, you choose it EVERY TIME.

We understand the importance of your morning brew, and that’s why we recommend Bean Box.

This monthly subscription service ships coffee beans to your door within 48 hours of their roast time, eliminating the risk for spoiled, bitter coffee. They are partnered with Seattle’s top-rated and award-winning independent roasters and offer a variety of flavors.

hero-gift-035bff8d2215dab85bb56b9f7c35bcb9You can choose between light, medium, and dark roasts. The more adventurous can explore their blends, simple origin beans, those best on ice, and those best for espressos. Don’t worry, decaf lovers, they offer options for you as well!

This would also make an excellent holiday gift (hint, hint to those out there who LOVE your Bella girls)! Visit for more information on pricing and the options available.

Gift Idea: The Wine Bible

Wine Bible_COV 20.inddThe Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil draws readers in with a simple fact, an acknowledgement of the relaxation and elegance that awaits a wine lover when they enjoy a wine tasting or pour a glass at the end of the day.

She says, “I love wine because it is one of the last true things. In a world digitized to distraction, a world where you can’t get out of your pajamas without your cell phone, wine remains utterly primary. Unrushed. The silent music of nature.”

MacNeil then introduces readers to the basics of wine by answering questions like, “What makes great wine great?”, “Are some wine glasses better than others?”, and “Does wine really need to breathe?” Then she dives into the fundamentals–vineyards and varietals, climate and terroir, the nine attributes of a wine’s greatness–all the while layering on tips, informative asides, anecdotes, definitions, photographs, maps, labels, and recommended bottles.

Readers will learn not only how to match wine with food, but also the mood of an occasion. They will learn the history behind the world’s most captivating beverage including the reason behind Champagne’s bubbles and the place the Greeks called, “the land of wine.”

This is a great book to have on hand for your next party or to give as a hostess gift during the holidays.

Love Your Melon

Some of the most important people in this world are those that go out of their way to help children in need. That’s why we want to recognize the amazing team at Love Your Melon.

Brian_Zach_Superheroes_1280x500_900pxFounded by two friends, Zach and Brian, Love Your Melon has been on a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer since October 22, 2012. It was founded on the simple concept of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America. They also sell hats, shirts, and accessories committing fifty percent of net proceeds on every Love Your Melon product sold to the Pinky Swear Foundation and CureSearch.

“On December 18, 2012, we got to go to our first hospital donation event and it was then that we knew how cool this idea was. Seeing the smiles on the kids faces that day was incredible so we kept making the hats,” says co-founder, Zach.

To date, more than 2,500 college students from over 225 different schools across the nation have signed on as ambassadors to sell and donate hats. This includes a group of students at Virginia Tech.

You can help too! Visit for more information or to purchase a hat, shirt, or accessory of your own. Portions of the proceeds from your purchase will go to help cancer research initiatives and provide immediate support for families impacted by childhood cancer.

Healthy Eating: Thug Kitchen Party Grub!

‘Tis the season for holiday parties! While you are planning your Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations, consider incorporating recipes from Thug Kitchen Party Grub into your menu.

Chefs Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway began blogging their healthy plant-based recipes in 2012 and released their first book last year. After teaching readers how to cook healthy and affordable dishes for themselves, they decided to release a new cookbook that would allow their fans to share their healthy eating habits with friends and family.

Thug Kitchen Party Grub contains over 100 new recipes for any occasion. Don’t let the “healthy” aspect deter you–your guests will be complimenting your culinary skills long after the party is over.
However, fair warning: it does contain strong language. Personally, we think that just adds to the charm.