Halloween Fashion

So recently, I started a small business making and selling shirts, decals, and more. I wanted to share some of my Halloween items that I’ve designed and listed. So check them out below.

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Firstly, we have the “I Vant to Suck Your Boob” vampire bodysuit. I love this one and made them for my babies. Breastfeeding and Halloween all in one. You can find this bodysuit HERE for $12.99.

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Then we have the “Shiver Me Timbers” pirate shirt, with a skull and crossbones. This is available both for kids and babies for $12.99. Find it HERE.

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Then I also have shirts for adults so the whole family can sport Halloween designs in October. This one is my favorite with the phrase, “Of Course I Can Drive a Stick” with a witch on a broomstick. This one is available in XS-XL for $15.99 for an additional charge for plus sizes. Fine it HERE.

So check out my shop for some fun Halloween items and let me know what you think!

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My New Venture

So recently, I’ve started putting my graphic design and art skills to use. I’ve opened an Etsy shop selling t-shirts and baby bodysuits as well as a variety of other products that I will add over time. I am also offering my graphic design services and when I’ve finished my marketing management degree, I will also begin offering marketing services. I have always loved working and feeling like I’m doing something productive, but I haven’t really worked since having my first son. I’ve done some odd jobs here and there, but nothing I really feel passionately about. So that’s where Chelly Belly Studios comes in.

I always get asked why I chose Chelly Belly for my business name. My grandma was one of my biggest cheerleaders growing up. She used to call me Chelly Belly. She passed away from cancer when I was a freshman in high school. The name Chelly Belly is a tribute to her and since it was also my nickname growing up, I felt like it was just a good fit for my business. One of my goals for my business is to offer more options for boys. Girls can certainly wear and use the items I make as well and I would be happy to make items custom for girls, but I specifically wanted to create more items geared towards boys.

So check out my shop! And feel free to make custom requests! My Etsy Shop

Instant Pot Kroger Marketplace Deal

So as a mom of four boys, dinner time can often be hectic. I’ve had to try and make one pot meals more and more, especially on nights/days when we have a lot going on. My crockpot gave out not long ago though so this has been more of a challenge. After hearing so many good things about the Instant Pot, I decided it was time to give it a try. It sounded too good to be true. Well, I can firmly say that it is now my absolute favorite cooking tool.

If you’re like me though, the thought of spending $100 on a small kitchen appliance is a lot to swallow. That’s part of the reason it’s taken me so long to purchase one. I ended up getting a FANTASTIC deal at Kroger Marketplace with their Clicklist pickup, but it’s still a good deal even if you don’t have both coupons. So here’s what I did.

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Kroger has the Instant Pot Lux on sale. The 8 qt. is $99.99, the 6 qt. is $79.99, and the 3 qt. is $59.99. Now, I will say that if you have a larger family like I do, I’d go with the 8 qt. A lot of people told me the 6 qt. would be good enough, and so far it has been, but I imagine we will have to upsize when my boys are older and all in activities. Even now we sometimes don’t have leftovers depending on what I’m making and leftovers are essential if I want to pack my husband a lunch. So if you have a large family, go with the 8 qt. You will need to load the coupons for this purchase onto your Kroger card. So head over to the Digital Coupons page and look for $10 off a Housewares Purchase coupon. So you may have also gotten an email if you are already a customer and haven’t used clicklist for $20 off of your clicklist pickup order of $50 or more. If you did, you can use this on top of the $10 off for a total of $30 in savings. I got the 6 qt. Instant Pot for $54.00 after tax. It is overpriced normally at Kroger compared to other retailers, but even on Amazon it’s $79.99 and rarely on sale. So even with just the $10.00 coupon, you are getting a better deal on it. So go check it out if you have a local Kroger Marketplace!

Carters and Osh Kosh Sale

Need some last minute Easter clothes? Well I think I did pretty well at Carters today and the sale is still going on. Everything in the store is at least 50% off (which is honestly the only time I shop there minus for jeans which are generally a doorbuster for a good price) and there is a coupon for an extra 25% off a purchase of $40 or more.

I love the clothes at Carters and Osh Kosh Bgosh, but the retail price is more than I’d ever consider spending with soon to be four kids. But thankfully, they often have sales that make the prices reasonable. Right now, you can pretty much everything 50% off and using the code “FORYOU” online will get you an extra 25% off a purchase of $40 or more. I snagged an entire outfit for the baby, shirts for my older boys, five pairs of shoes, and two packs of socks for $117. And that will also get me $10 in rewards to use next time I go in. That’s a pretty good deal in my book when you consider the usual price of shoes.

Now we are set for a while with shoes and my boys will look cute on Easter (which they don’t care about it, but it’s not for them). So check out their sale online and also take advantage of the 40% off already clearance items as well.

Quick & Easy Lasagne

So I absolutely love lasagne. What I don’t like is how time consuming it can be if you want to make everything from scratch and use noodles you have to boil. When I worked at a pizza shop years ago, we also made this awesome lasagne that was quick and easy and can be customized to your liking. The trick is to use oven ready lasagne noodles. My favorite are Barilla oven ready noodles. I used Kroger brand because they were on sale, but I’ll probably stick with Barilla in the future because three per layer fits perfectly in my 9″x13″ inch casserole dish. So I’ll give you the instructions as if you were using Barilla noodles.

INGREDIENTS

  • Barilla Oven Ready Lasagne Noodles (also available gluten free in some stores)
  • One jar of your choice of pasta sauce
  • 32 oz of assorted cheese (I used mozzarella, an Italian cheese blend, and Parmesan)
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Italian Seasonings

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400F.
  2. Take a 9″x13″ casserole dish and spread a thin layer of pasta sauce on the bottom. If you are going to make the lasagne with vegetables and/or meat, cook them now and mix them into the remaining sauce. Take three Barilla noodles and spread an even layer of ricotta on each. Sprinkle with Italian seasonings. Spread an even layer of pasta sauce over the ricotta. This will be slightly uneven if you used meat and/or veggies, but that’s okay. Top the layer with your chosen cheeses.
  3. Repeat step 2 for the second layer.
  4. For the third layer, skip the ricotta cheese step. Pour the remaining sauce over the top and spread it evenly and then top with cheese. I usually sprinkle a little more of Italian seasoning on the very top. You can make this with more layers, but you may need more sauce and cheese.
  5. Cover the casserole dish with foil. Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Uncover for the last few minutes to let the cheese brown a little on top.

When it’s done, cut and serve with whatever sides you want. We usually just do simple with some garlic bread and a salad. The great thing about lasagne is that you can personalize it however you want. You can use homemade sauce or store bought. You can use tomato sauce or Alfredo. You can add Italian sausage, ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken. You can add some spinach, onions, bell pepper, or any other veggies you think might taste good in lasagne. So play around with it. It’s hard to go wrong with lasagne.

Motherhood Maternity Sale

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Motherhood Maternity is having a great sale right now on maternity and nursing clothes. All clearance clothing is an additional 40% off, which adds up to some really awesome savings. I’ve been eyeballing a maxi skirt that is only $11.98 after discounts. They have t-shirts for nearly $8, jeans, I saw a couple swimsuits as well.

I always say I’m not going to buy more maternity clothes each pregnancy, but inevitably, I’ve worn out some of my favorite pieces over the years and considering most of my clothes get worn long after my kids are born, that doesn’t help. But I also can’t stomach the idea of paying full price for comfortable clothes. Lots of women wear their husband’s shirts and what not, but my husband is thinner than I am, so that’s not ever going to happen. So I need something comfy but that doesn’t make me feel frumpy when I have to run errands or volunteer at my kid’s schools.

This deal has been my savior every pregnancy. They also usually have their nursing bras buy 3 get 1 free as well which isn’t a GREAT deal, but it works when I’m in a pinch. If you aren’t in immediate need, sometimes they have nursing bras on clearance which is a better deal in my experience. Target has also started carrying nursing bra, although I haven’t tried them yet. They are generally cheaper though, so I probably should give them a try, I just haven’t been able to find my size in stores and I don’t like buying bras online.

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They actually just had the same sale not long ago and I managed to score a pair of jeans, two tank tops, and a summery cardigan for around $30. So go to your local store if you have one nearby or just shop online and snag some good maternity/nursing deals while the sale is going on.

 

Target Kid’s Clothing Sale

Target has become one of my favorite places for clothes for my boys. It’s so hard to find clothes that are different from the standard sports clothes and jeans and button ups that most stores carry while also being affordable for the average family. I got an email today about the Target Cartwheel app having a deal on kids and toddler clothing and shoes for 20% off. So of course I had to go check it out.

Firstly, their Easter stuff in the toddler/baby section is absolutely adorable this year. I ended up not getting anything right then, but I’m seriously considering going back. The romper on the mannequin was $9.99, so only $8.00 after the deal. But even more awesome is that they have their summer clothes out. In the toddler section, they had shorts for as low as $5. So only $4 a pair after 20% off. Even better, the Cat & Jack line guarantees their clothes for a year if you keep your receipt. Anyone with rough children knows that can be a lifesaver. They also had graphic T-shirt’s for as low as $4.50 in the toddler section, so only $3.60 for some cute T-shirt’s with this deal. And even better, I just looked online and they have two packs of the $5 shorts for $9.50 and then an extra 20% off. So you can shop online and get an even better deal!

In the boys section, they had relaxed fit jeans for $8.99 and most of the other Cat & Jack jeans were $12.99. And I can say these have held up great for us. All of the Cat & Jack clothes are great for my skinny kids as well, which isn’t always the case with kids clothes. Most of their shorts and sweatpants have functional drawstrings which is amazing for the price considering up until recently I couldn’t find ANY shorts or sweats with a functional drawstring. So go stock up on clothes at Target and share your haul!