Author Archives: Roni the Savvy Housewife

About Roni the Savvy Housewife

I am a lover of Christ (John 3:16), wife, momma of three, daughter, sister, coupon clipper, self proclaimed fashionista, natural hair enthusiast, thift store fanatic, bargain hunter who is enjoying this journey called life to the fullest!

Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies

I love sweets!!! I mean, I am the true definition of a junk food junkie! So when I discovered these Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies, I couldn’t wait to whip up a batch…

Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies

I really can’t take any credit for this recipe! A few months ago the hubs and I were volunteering at a local church and during lunch he tried these Cookie Brownies. He said that were so yummy! And the lady that made them was kind enough to share the easy recipe with me, so I’m passing it on!

Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies

What you’ll need:

  • 2 (12 count) muffin pans
  • Cupcake liners
  • Non-stick Baking Spray (or cooking spray)
  • Brownie Mix
  • Oreo Cookies (or cookies of your choice that will fit into a muffin pan)
  • *Optional* Nutella (or Peanut Butter)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil

Easy steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Place cupcake liners in the muffin pans, lightly spray each one with a non-stick baking spray and place one cookie inside each one. Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies
  3. This next step is completely optional and here is where you can get creative…I added about half a teaspoon of Nutella to the center of each cookie. But you could add peanut butter, a Hershey’s Kiss, a caramel bite…the possibilities are endless! I only did this to 12 of the Oreo Cookie Brownies since the kids don’t care too much for Nutella. Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies
  4. Mix brownie mix according to the directions on the box. I used the “cake like” instructions which calls for an extra egg. And I substituted milk for the water.
  5. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full. Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies
  6. Bake approximately 20 minutes
  7. Remove the Oreo Cookies Brownies from the muffin pan and let them cool completely.

My boys loved the Oreo Cookie Brownies and can’t wait for me to make more. The hubs even took some to work and his coworkers enjoyed them too. I just loved the fact that they were super easy to make and that you can play around with the recipe…next time I plan on adding icing per my oldest son’s request and maybe even a caramel bite instead of the Nutella.

My favorite way to enjoy the Oreo Cookie Brownies!

My favorite way to enjoy the Oreo Cookie Brownies!

Will you be making these Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies? What will you add in the center? What is your favorite dessert?

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Easy Monogrammed Pumpkin

Pumpkins are a must during this time of year! And as soon as October hit I was on a hunt for the perfect one.

Monogrammed Pumpkin

While out last week shopping at a few craft stores with the hubs (yep, I convinced him to go with me), we stumbled across these really cute craft pumpkins at Michael’s. Initially I wasn’t feeling the whole fake pumpkin idea, especially since ALDI had real ones for just $2.99. But the hubs made a good point…I could pay just $8 (plus an additional 25% off) for a fake one, decorate it however I want and keep it for years to come. So, needless to say I ended up getting one and I immediately knew that I wanted a monogrammed pumpkin!

So after searching Pinterest for ideas, I came up with this really easy (and I do mean easy) monogrammed pumpkin DIY…

Easy Monogrammed Pumpkin

Materials needed:

  • Craft pumpkin of your choice
  • Glitter craft paper (I found a sheet at Hobby Lobby for $1.99)
  • E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
  • Printed letter (or you can freehand it if you choose)
  • Scissors
  • Various wired ribbon (I used three different ones)
  • Hot glue gun (CAUTION: the warning label stated that the craft pumpkin was flammable so use at your risk.)

I searched online for the perfect G but you could just as easily use Microsoft Word or freehand the letter of your choice. I then placed the print out of the glitter paper and cut it out. Finally I glued it on using the E600 adhesive.

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Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures on how to create the bow, but it is really easy to do, trust me. I used my hot glue gun to attach the bow and other wired ribbon to the craft pumpkin stem.

Easy Mongrammed Pumkin DIY

What do you think, this DIY was super easy right? Do you decorate your home for Fall? What do you love most about the Fall season?

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Free Beauty Events October 2014

I am a huge fan of freebies, deals and giveaways…don’t believe me just check my Instagram! And one of my favorite go-to sites to check for beauty freebies and giveaways is FreeBeautyEvents.com. Yep, the name says it all!

Free Beauty Events

On their site you can enter your zip code to find beauty events like makeovers, gifts with purchase, and sampling events happening at various local beauty retailers, salons and spas. I love checking out the events in my area, especially at the local drug stores. It’s a great way to snag samples of new products and coupons for future purchases. In addition to event listings, FreeBeautyEvents.com also features a blog on product reviews and monthly contest.

This month FreeBeautyEvents.com is hosting an October Beauty Basket Giveaway which features a basket full of beauty products and cosmetics worth over $150! The Contest runs from 10/1/2014 to 10/31/2014, winners will be chosen on 11/1/2014 and notified by 11/15/2014. To enter  like the Free Beauty Events Facebook page and click the tab Monthly Contest. You can also enter directly on the Free Beauty Events site.

Connect with Free Beauty Events….

I received a free product in exchange for this post. As always all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Dusting Myself Off…

Clearly, I’ve been gone too long…my last real post was back in January.

If at First You Don’t Succeed…

Sad, I know. And I could give excuse on top of excuse for my blogging absence but I’ll save all of that for yet another day. After days, weeks and finally months of putting off writing because I thought it would be impossible to bounce back after such a long break, I decided to just go for it…

And here I am!

I’ve learned that “it’s harder to catch up, than it is to keep up!” Something my dad would always say to me back in the day when I was in school and I would put off studying or homework assignments. So yep, this awful habit of procrastination has haunted since I was a younger and apparently it’s a trait that I may have passed on to my children (which is a topic for another day).

So instead of what I call “selling you dreams” by rattling off my a list of personal goals and blog teasers for the upcoming months, I’ll just say that I’ve decided to just “dust myself off and try again…”

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If at First You Don’t Succeed…

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It’s January 31, 2014, so that means we’ve made it through the first month of the New Year!

I’ve already experienced a few bumps in the road in these past 31 days. But I count in all joy and that’s why I wanted to share this post with y’all today.

Now I know a lot people find making resolutions pointless. But I think subconsciously we all make mental notes at the beginning of the year on how we want to improve ourselves and ways to make our life better. We create vision boards, set goals, hit the gym more often, begin saving money daily/weekly (y’all know about the money savings challenges out there) and even try eating right…I know I’m not the only one! But somewhere after January 1st all of our wishful thinking melts away just like the snow in Springtime, probably even faster than that.

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It says ALL things!

“They” say around only 8% of the people who set resolutions actually achieve them. How discouraging right? But that doesn’t have to be the case, we can be in that 8%! We can achieve all the things we set out to accomplish this year…we really can! Here’s what I plan to do to help me succeed this year…

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What you think has so much power! And if I doubt myself there’s no need anyone else trying to motivate me, right? Change begins within!

Eliminate and avoid the negative people!

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I saw this on Instagram the other day and it’s so necessary. There will always be naysayers no matter what it is you’re trying to do and those people have no room in my life. I want to surround myself only with those who want to succeed in their own lives and those around them.

Don’t quit!

20140130-154539.jpgI know that I won’t be motivated or filled with inspiration everyday but I have to remind myself why I started in the first place.

I know it’s all easier said then done, but I’m really determined to make this year different. So far I’ve been doing pretty good with most of my goals and resolutions for the year. I will admit there are some that I’m really struggling to maintain. But everyday is new day to do better! So remember *singing in  my Aaliyah voice*, “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again…”

How are staying focused this year? What motivates you to set/accomplish your goals?

Free Beauty Events: January – March 2014

Y’all know I love freebies and giveaways, right! And if you’ve been following the blog for a while then you know how much I love sharing about Free Beauty Events!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted about them, so just in case I’ll refresh your memory about Free Beauty Events…

Free Beauty Events

Each month Free Beauty Events post a listing of all the free events, like makeovers, gifts with purchase, spa open houses and sampling events happening at various local beauty retailers, spas and salons across the US. Finding what events may be happening in your area is easy! All you do is enter your zip code over on Free Beauty Events and viola! A list of FREE events in your area will appear.

And if you host free events similar to the ones found on their site you can have you event featured on the there too. And it’s FREE! Just submit a form with your contact info and details of the event. Again viola! Both processes are super easy and did I mention that they were FREE!

But the icing on the cake for me is that Free Beauty Events also gives it’s readers a chance to win prizes each quarter. Check out what they are giving away the first quarter of 2014…

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This quarter Free Beauty Events will be giving away 5 prizes! So that means you have not 1 but 5 chances of winning (the odds are in your favor)! Each prize will consist of Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara in Extreme Black, COVERGIRL Blast Flipstick, and Minx Essence of Beauty Forever Paris Fine Fragrance Body Mist. The contest runs from 1/1/2014 to 3/31/2014, winners will be chosen on 4/1/2014 and notified by 4/15/2014. To enter, all you have to do is go to Free Beauty Events and supply your name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip.

Connect with Free Beauty Events….

Have you checked out Free Beauty Events before? Will you be attending any beauty/fashion events soon? What’s your current favorite beauty product?