Family Favorite Recipe: Pineapple Pretzel Fluff


Family Favorite Recipe: Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at our house without this amazing recipe floating around the table. I discovered it several years ago on Taste of Home and made it on a whim for an Easter dinner. It was by far one of the greatest successes in our family history!

Anytime we have a family celebration or holiday dinner it is a must have. So today I wanted to share it with you in hopes you find it just as treasured around your family table. I serve it as a “side” to a meal – but you could easily use it as a dessert too. 

It is NOT low-fat, nor can it be categorized in any way as healthy, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do! You can easily substitute gluten-free pretzels to make it a gluten-free dish.

Here’s how to make Pineapple Pretzel Fluff.


  • 1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple, drained well
  • 12 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. In a small bowl, combine the pretzels, butter, and ½ cup sugar. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 400° for 7 minutes. Cool. I tend to make this the day before and store it in an air-tight container.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until creamy. Fold in pineapple and whipped topping; chill until serving.
  4. Break pretzel mixture into small pieces; stir into pineapple mixture right before serving.

You can make everything the night before. It holds up well. Just don’t add the pretzels until right before serving it!

Do not worry about how you will store any leftovers, because there will not be any leftovers – take it from me and personal experience! I imagine one of my kids will request this at their wedding – it is that popular in our home.

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5 Mistakes That Will Bust Your Budget


5 Mistakes That Will Bust Your Budget

Last week my husband and I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with a group of ladies about our personal experience with family finances. We are by no means financial wizards, however we do have some lessons we have learned over the years which I feel have helped us manage our finances better (I shared some of my savings tips and ways to be financially frugal in this eBook). Financial issues is one of the major issues in a marriage and causes many to divorce, which is extremely disheartening.

We are not financial experts, nor do the things we choose to do necessarily match your desires, but I wanted to share with you our biggest mistakes we have made in the past.

Here are five of the mistakes we shared that will surely bust your budget.

#1: Not Paying God First

As a Christian, this is one of the acts of obedience we are asked to do. In the years when I was a single mom I did not tithe, or I gave very little. Once I remarried, this was an area that both my husband and I agreed on, yet – it is still hard to FIRST give that money away, even before you have paid anything else. I will tell you, through our act of obedience and trusting that God will provide, He has shown himself faithful time and time again. You will bless others and will be blessed when you choose to trust God.

#2: Not Paying Yourself

This is another area where I didn’t practice “saving” until later in my life. When you choose to purposefully put money aside to plan for a “rainy day” or for back up spending that you may need, it will set you up for success. I lived paycheck to paycheck for many years and. honestly, overspent and borrowed to pay bills. Not the way to live. Learning to save was critical to maturing in managing finances.

#3: Secret Spending

Do you ever buy something without letting your spouse know? Do you hide clothes or household purchases so you don’t have to answer questions, and then bring them out later? Perhaps you have a secret bank account or keep cash stashed away. These are all signs that there is not complete financial honesty with your spouse and that is a recipe for trouble.

I did this to a small extent for a few years, but as soon as both my husband and I were set to move forward, it was no more.

#4: No Personal Funny Money

“Married couples should budget for each person to have a little pocket money and the freedom to have fun.” – Dave Ramsey

No matter how you structure your budget, both you and your spouse need to have some discretionary money that you can choose to spend however you like. Both my husband and I have a set amount per month that we get to spend on our own. What is included in this for me? My monthly massage, any music I purchase, lunch with friends, any outside beverage/food purchases that are exclusively mine, books, activities that are on my own, and similar. My husband has the same and we are held accountable for staying within that budget.

#5: Not Planning Meals

This is a BIG budget buster. When you do not have dinner planned and it is 4:00 in the afternoon and have no idea what you’re putting on the table, you have a higher chance of going out to eat or picking up expensive take-out! Planning is key to keep within the budget.

I love this Organic Meal Plan with ingredients purchased from Costco (10 Meals for $100), from $5 Dinners. I will be sharing a blog post on it soon! I am all about slow cooker meals to save time and they’re also friendly on the budget.

Emeals is also a true-tested friend with me, where you can get weekly meal plans delivered right to your inbox with menus, recipes, and a shopping list. You can choose from over 50 meal plan options too – all for pennies a day. You can even try it for FREE for two weeks!

BONUS #6: No Common Goals

No matter what season of life you are in, it is a huge help to have some type of common goal for your financial health for your family. Whether it is striving to get a 6 months back up savings in place, saving for a family vacation, or paying off your mortgage – these type of goals are important to remember when there will be times you choose to not do certain activities or spend in certain areas because you remember your larger plan. I encourage you to sit down with your spouse and set some financial goals and begin working – small baby steps. It starts there!

If you missed this wonderful collection of eBooks, eCourses, and bonuses on Homemaking earlier this year – for TWO days only you can grab it again in this FLASH sale! I have loved my copy and if you are interested in getting your finances in order, there are several great resources, including a copy of my eBook, Becoming a Frugalista.

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I Answer the Big Question…


I Answer the Big Question...

There are a couple things I wanted to share with you today – one was how much I appreciate when I receive comments on the blog and how impactful your emails are when you tell me how something I’ve shared has made a difference to you.

The other part is about the 2016 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner – and well – you’ll just have to watch!Click over to the blog to check it out!

Reduce Stress and Be Healthier


Reduce Stress and Be Healthier, Happier, and More Productive

I took some time over the weekend and watched the incredible series, “The Truth About Cancer, A Global Quest”. You can find more information on it at their Facebook page if you like. The information is very empowering and amazing.

One of the key takeaways I got was that stress plays an incredible role – not only in our daily health and wellness – but with BIG issues like cancer.

Stress that is not handled and controlled will take a physical, as well as a mental, toll on your body and affect relationships. This is serious stuff. I have been aware of this information for my basic wellness, but it really struck me while watching some of the material about cancer and its prevention. I need to step up my game on how I handle my to-do list, my emotional health, and my relationships. 

So how should you do it? I could come up with a huge list, but let’s start simple. In the life of a busy mom, there are certainly key components to our day – so here are a few to start with:

Write It Out, Schedule It Out

It is best to write down everything that seems to be overwhelming. You will find a things-to-do list much easier to manage than having errands all crumpled up in your head. Writing down the tasks, and putting a specific schedule and time to do them, helps anyone manage activities one chunk at a time. Crossing out an activity that has already been accomplished is very rewarding and could actually help you feel more relaxed when doing the other tasks at hand. I love crossing things off – LOVE IT! Precisely why I created the Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner – I want to check off that box.

One At a Time Works

Focus and put all your attention specifically on one task at one time. It does not help to feel panicky about the other undone or to-do tasks. Thinking about them only adds unnecessary stress and could even hamper in doing the task you are attempting to accomplish at present. I am not a very good multi-tasker – but in certain situations like listening to a podcast while cooking or driving, yeah I can do that!

Relax and Take It Slow

At least, try not to expend too much energy on activities that are currently not priorities. This is in order for your energy to be not easily expended on the tasks that are not that important, at least for now. I like to arrange my tasks in order of importance – this is critical for me to not get sidetracked with things that are not top priorities for the day.

Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

You need not do everything all at once, and you need not do everything on your own. Ask for help, get help, or pay for help. When there is a feeling of being overwhelmed that is cropping up, if you can budget it, hire someone to mow the lawn or get a sitter for your children. The feeling of being pressed to finish something on time will somehow be eliminated if tasks are delegated. It takes a load off unnecessary worry and anxiety. Moreover, it is easier checking up on how things are, than worrying yourself sick doing everything on your own, all at once.

Celebrate (Even the Mundane)

Acknowledging your accomplishments, no matter how big or small, is an effort that is necessary before getting on to the next tasks and activities. If completing a certain number of tasks allows you time for a break and a cup of tea – take it! Enjoy and celebrate. It reduces stress and could even make you happier in doing the next task.

Relax. Take some of the pressure off yourself and take a deep breath. Your health depends on it. You will find yourself healthier, happier, and a lot more productive.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Room Spray


DIY Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

Creating a cozy fall home has several elements. One key aspect of a warm and cozy home is the aroma someone smells when they walk in the front door. I love diffusing my fall scents – like Cinnamon Bark, Orange, Nutmeg, and Clove – but what about if you don’t have a diffuser?

No worries – because I have you covered!

You can easily mix up a batch of room spray that is ALL-NATURAL and will leave your home smelling great instead of like chemicals. No nasty side effects lingering and, in fact, it’s a smell that you would “die for” not “die from”.

I invited a few friends over the other night and we made several essential oil recipes, (all with only Young Living Essential Oils – the only brand for my family) with this Pumpkin Spice Room Spray being one of them. Everyone got to have fun together and go home with some goodies that smelled amazing!

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

Pumpkin Spice Room Spray Recipe

  1. Select your bottle. I used these aluminum spray bottles, which were the perfect size. 
  2. Fill your 4 oz bottle up 3/4 of the way full with water.
  3. Add 12 drops of Clove Essential Oil.
  4. Add 12 drop of Orange Essential Oil.
  5. Add 4 drops of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil.
  6. Add this adorable label I found over at MomOffTrack, tie a ribbon, and you are all set!

My friend also brought this yummy Pumpkin Bread that she made into muffins. They were a big hit! Download the PDF here for this recipe.

Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Essential Oils

Did you have any idea that you could help your home smell yummy with essential oils AND use them in your cooking as well? Cinnamon Bark is one of my favorites for fall – such a wonderful aroma.

If you are ready to dive into essential oils, you can find out more HERE! I am offering some FREE bonuses when you enroll with me and purchase a Premium Starter Kit. You will love the community we have, sharing information resources and more to help you get started with your best foot forward.