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Happy Halloween and Store Bought Cookie Hack!

 Happy Halloween!
I love Halloween.
Not because of the gore or scariness...but just because I love dressing up!
I'll really use any excuse to dress up fun!
My husband and I met on Halloween night 1999.
I was going to go dancing at the LDS institute at the U of U with 3 of my friends.
We got all ready to go and one of my friends, Sheri, said that she invited her older brother to come too, because he just broke up with his girlfriend.  It was love at first sight.
Although, we didn't dance that night and didn't start dating for a couple more months.
However, we got married the next June.
That's me on the far left side and my future husband in the center!
Good memories about Halloween.
Since I love dressing up so much, perhaps it's rubbed off onto my food.
I love "dressing up" store bought cookies.
Most of the work is already done.
 I just pick up a box of store bought cookies.
They are fine as is...but I like to just add some chocolate drizzle for a fancy look.
Plus I like chocolate and nothing goes better with peanut butter cookies than chocolate.
 I just laid the cookies out on a baking sheet with a mat.
These silicone mats are so easy to clean up.
 Melt some chocolate wafers and drizzle them over the top.
I just drizzle it with a spoon.  You could use a piping bag, but that is just one more thing to clean.
And I like the globs of chocolate.
 Then let the chocolate set back up and they are ready to serve!

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1THE Water Filter System Review!

1THE Water Filter System Review!
I was lucky enough to get to review this Mineral Pro Water Filter System!
I received this for free in exchange for this review

We have a water filter in our basement and it is wonderful, but it has a tank and is
 constantly running out of water.  We decided to get a new one to put upstairs in our kitchen
 and wanted a tankless system so we have water on demand! 
 They have 2 varieties of filter systems, either Mineral Pro or UF Pro Set. 
 I received the Mineral Pro.
There are 3 canisters for filtration, plus the attachments, hose and hook ups.
We drilled a hole right through our countertop...
And put everything together underneath the sink.
Until we tried to attach the shut off valve and
Ah, so we ran to the box hardware store to find adapters...we thought we had it figured out...but no.
We had to go back to the store and try again...still no.
So we gave up for a day.
Next day we went to a Plumbers specialty store and they helped us find the pieces that would make
our filter work.  It was an additional $15.
The valve that comes with the package is 1/2 inch threaded ends...our sink had 3/8 inch.
So checking that will save your husband (or yourself) a headache.
We got it all installed!
Then we let the water run for about 5 minutes to get the filters working and the charcoal discharged.
The water comes out milky white because of all the air bubbles!
It just takes seconds for the bubbles to dissipate.
Then it's crystal clear and delicious!
We did a side by side comparison of the tap water and the filtered
water and the filter is so much better! 
After the set up process we are really happy about it!

Check out our Kitchen remodel that we did this year.
We love it!
Here's the before:

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Making Memories while Moving with U-Pack!

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The content and opinions expressed below are that of Doodlecraft.

 Making Memories while Moving!
Our world changed in 2011 when my husband joined the military.  We were apart from him for a full year.  We missed him so much.  In February 2012, we got the go ahead to move across country to join him!  I was a mother of 3 kids, the youngest being 3.  I knew I needed help getting our stuff moved, because there was no way I could drive a truck myself...let alone with kids!

I had a wonderful friend recommend U-Pack to me.  They have used them for multiple moves (they were military too) and had so much good to say about them!  They had checked/called/contacted every moving company known to man, and U-Pack (or ABF) was the BEST price in the industry!
U-Pack is brilliant!  They bring you an entire empty trailer to your house and leave it there for 3 days.  During that time, you pack it up and fill it as much as you need.  (If you need additional trailers, they can do that too!)
Then they will pick it up, weigh it, measure it and only charge you for the amount of space that you used!  They drive it to your destination!  Or, if you don't know where you are moving yet, they can hold it for a monthly fee until you are ready for it.
They have lots of options and resources to help your moving go smoothly.  They have packing boxes, ReloCubes for smaller moves, and more.  You can get a quote online with no obligation...and you can also schedule your trailer online too!  They make it so easy.  There's a great way to estimate how much room you'll need, and I found it was pretty accurate.  We were right on what we expected to pay (or under) with each of our moves and it was very affordable.

 Our trailer arrived in the morning and we decided it would just be fun to play in for a little while.
Like tree poses, running and such.

 Including a picnic lunch of popcorn and noodles.  This time in the trailer helped the kids with the transition of moving.  They knew we were going to put all our things in it and see it at our new house!

 We had a big moving party and had lots of helpers load in all my boxes.

 I had some help fitting everything in as tightly as possible.  I used ropes and ratchets to cinch everything down and keep it from shifting during transit.  Then we closed up the bulk heads.  The bulkheads don't hold everything in place, they are just to separate my goods from anything else they might ship at the same time.
The next day, I called U-Pack and let them know that the trailer was loaded and ready to go.
They came and picked it up right on schedule.  I gave them the address to deliver it to.
Then I packed up my carry on bags and set off across country...on the train!

 When we arrived across the country we were thrilled to reunite with dad!  We had one night of minimalist supplies...and then our trailer arrived the next morning!
We unloaded it all into our garage and called U-Pack to let them know it was ready to pick up!
Our trailer weighed 10,000 pounds!
They made the trip so easy for me.  I never could have driven a moving truck with a 3 year old.  It was so nice to just pack it and turn it over to them to deliver at the new address.

 A year later, we were re-stationed and had to move again.  I did not even hesitate.  I called U-Pack and let them know we were moving again.  They brought a trailer, we loaded it and off it went to the Southern states!  This time our trailer weighed 12,000 pounds!

 We drove to our new house and had the trailer delivered!  It was fun to unpack our stuff into a new place.  But the way of military life is never stationary...2 years later we were packing up again for our last move back home.  I had 3 yard sales and we got rid of a lot of stuff.

Packing up boxes again.
We called U-Pack and got all set for them to drop off a trailer.  They were amazing and worked out a great deal for us, since we had used them before.  We loaded up the trailer for the last journey, back across the country.  Our trailer weighed under 8,000 pounds.  Wow, we got rid of 2 tons since last move!

 They made it so easy for us to move an entire home 3 times in just 3 years.  U-Pack was so simple and convenient that instead of causing stress and chaos and damaged goods...we were able to enjoy our transition.  In the 3 moves only 2 items broke...due to my bad packaging.  A cake plate and a mason jar.  Pretty good considering!  I loved just being able to pack it up and forget it!  I love being the one to do all the packing and loading and then the unloading.  That way I can make sure it is packed well and organized so it is easier to unpack.

 Pack up here and unload there!  Such a great service!undefined
Then we just get to enjoy a really fabulous road trip!  It was so much fun to see the entire country side and not worry about anything else.
I absolutely loved my experiences with U-Pack and would recommend them to anyone who is moving.

And for simpler moves, there's another great option!
ReloCubes!  Smaller size trailers that are easy to fill and relocate! undefined  You pack it and they move it.  Genius!
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