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Homemade Hot Pockets for Breakfast!

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If you’re looking for a unique breakfast idea that you can make ahead of time, then be sure to try these freezer-friendly homemade hot pockets!

{Psst! If you’re looking for other easy breakfast ideas, check out these quick and healthy Back to School Breakfast Recipes — perfect for busy weekday mornings! Also, if you love individual freezer meals, be sure to try these Easy Individual Mini Lasagnas and these Easy Individual Chicken Pot Pies!}

Homemade Breakfast Hot Pockets

Recipe Post by my sister, Olivia

Convenience of Individual Freezer Meals

I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of coming up with freezer-friendly recipes that can be reheated in a snap! Although I love preparing a fresh meal, the convenience of being able to pull something from the freezer at a moment’s notice can be a lifesaver!

Growing up, I liked to spoil my brothers by filling the freezer with healthy snacks, breads, and personal-sized main dishes just for them.  They loved being able to grab something before work, before school, or whenever hungry; and I loved the opportunity to come up with new recipes!

Now that I am married, I find individual freezer meals even more beneficial – especially for breakfast! It is so nice to be able to have a hearty breakfast on the table for my husband in less than five minutes.

Homemade Hot Pockets for Busy Mornings

I was super excited to recently come up with a new freezer-friendly breakfast recipe — these homemade hot pockets!

Breakfast pockets are the perfect solution for busy mornings, because they literally take just a few minutes to warm up in the microwave and can be eaten on the go.

Also, I love how versatile this recipe is. For instance, I often leave out the cheese (my husband is dairy-free), add extras to the filling (chopped spinach, sliced olives, green chiles, bacon, etc.), and use tortillas in place of the dough (like breakfast burritos). It can easily be adjusted to your liking!

These homemade hot pockets are best served with salsa or your favorite hot sauce. Scroll down to get the printable recipe!

homemade breakfast hot pockets ingredients

filling in a mixing bowl

loading up homemade hot pockets

breakfast pockets ready for the oven

plated breakfast hot pockets

Homemade Breakfast Hot Pockets on a plate

hot pocket from the freezer in foil

More Breakfast Ideas:

If you’re looking for even more breakfast ideas, try one of these!

Let us know if you try these homemade hot pockets! Also, what are some of your favorite breakfast recipes?

How to Make Your First $100 From Blogging {free class}

Are you a new blogger or a longtime blogger who still hasn’t figured out how to really make money from blogging? You don’t want to miss my new brand-new class on How to Make Your First $100 From Blogging. Best of all, it’s FREE!

In this free class, you’ll learn:

  • 5 tried and true ways YOU can make money from your blog today
  • The #1 mistake most bloggers make that keeps them from earning an income
  • My secrets for building a 7-figure blog on a shoestring budget
  • Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to ask me your burning questions about monetizing a blog

Go here to sign up for one of the two times I’m teaching it on Saturday or the one time I’m teaching it on Monday. The class will be about 50 minutes long and then I’ll allow 30 minutes extra at the end to answer your questions live.

By the way, on these classes, I’ll also be unveiling my brand-new course, Monetize Your Blog: A Beginner’s Guide to a Profitable Blog. You’ll be one of the first ones to have the opportunity to sign up for it!

P.S. If you can’t make it to the live class, still go ahead and sign up because I’ll be sending you a replay of the class once it’s finished.

Our HUGE announcement!!

On today’s episode of the podcast, we get to announce the biggest surprise of our lives: I’M PREGNANT!!!!!!

The fertility specialist said we weren’t even a candidate for IVF, but y’all, our God is bigger than a specialist’s diagnosis or multiple tests that said it would never, ever be a possibility.

When we got the devastating new last year that we would never be able to conceive again — even with a lot of fertility help — we decided to grieve and find closure and then let the dream of expanding our family through pregnancy die. Instead, we felt God leading us to foster and we spent all summer working towards getting licensed.

Two days after we finished all the foster care licensing requirements, we found out we were expecting (through a crazy set of circumstances!)

It was the most hilarious and humbling gift from God ever. To say we were in complete shock would be an understatement.

I never thought I’d get to carry another life inside of me. Every day is a gift. The morning, noon, and night sickness is a gift. And instead of wanting to just get the first trimester over with, I’m seeking to savor each day as best as is possible.

If you want all the details on how we found out (I thought I was going through early menopause!) or how we told the kids, be sure to tune in to today’s episode of The Crystal Paine Show.

Oh and yes, we’re still moving forward with foster care (we found out two days after our home study was finished!) and I’m due April 30th — the same due date I had with Silas almost 11 years ago!!

Note: I know that many of you are struggling through the pain of infertility right now. My heart’s desire is that by me sharing this, it would in no way cause additional pain for you but would give you a glimmer of hope. God is still in the miracle-working business and He can do anything.

At the same time, please know that my heart has hurt for you as I thought about announcing our news today. You are seen. You are not forgotten. And I would be honored to pray for you — just send me a message or leave a comment and I’ll pray for you by name.

In This Episode: 

[00:25] We have some HUGE news for you! It’s complete and unexpected miracle!

[02:53] Details on why going through infertility testing and procedures helped us realize the miracle we had in our three children.

[03:27] We found out two days after finishing our foster care home study (the last portion required to get licensed).

[04:30] I was feeling super anxious and irritable and stressed about the home study, which seemed out of character for me.

[05:27] All the details on the crazy way we ended up finding out and why I thought I was going through early menopause!

[11:00] My heart goes out to all the women who are struggling with infertility. My hope is that this announcement gives you hope not sadness.

[12:51] Want to know how the kids took the news? 

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player we’ll include in the show notes of each episode. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

12 Ways to Get Cheap Photo Prints

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Looking for the best online photo printing deals? If you love to order prints online but hate paying full price, check out these tips for getting cheap photo prints!

{Looking for all the latest photo deals? Go HERE.}

Get Cheap Photo Prints

Reader Kara wrote in with this great question:

“Hello, I was wondering what is the least expensive way to print pictures? I used to wait until Shutterfly did their free prints deals but last time I did that it seemed that their shipping fees had gone up. Any other suggestions?”

How to Get Cheap Photo Prints

I know many of you are probably like Kara and on the hunt for the best online photo printing deals!

So I decided to take this question to the readers on our Facebook page to see what their best tips were (thank you to those of you who commented!). They came up with a lot of great suggestions, but these were the top companies!

Before you go to order prints online, be sure to check out these tips for getting cheap photo prints:

1. Shutterfly

While shipping costs have gone up slightly over the years, Shutterfly is still a go-to option for cheap photo prints because of the amount of coupon codes they offer on a regular basis.

In fact, Shutterfly regularly offers free print deals to new and established customers. New customers receive 50 free prints and select free products when they sign up. Shutterfly also has prepaid print plans that can give you photos for just 9 cents each.

Shutterfly Photo Prints

To keep shipping costs lower, try ordering 95 prints when a free print deal is going on. The shipping fees can be up to $4 less by simply decreasing your order by a few prints.

Or, consider doing in-store pickup instead. During the checkout process, click the “1-Hour Pick Up Available” link under eligible 4×6 prints to search for your preferred local Target, Walmart, or CVS store by zip code.

2. Snapfish

Snapfish offers standard 4×6 prints starting at 9 cents each, plus shipping. They regularly offer free and discounted print deals to new and established customers. New customers receive 100 4×6 prints when they join.

Sometimes they even offer deals where you can get FREE prints with FREE shipping!

If you choose to pick up your prints in-store from participating CVS or Walgreens stores, you can see the cost difference on the order screen. For instance, you can get up to 49 prints from CVS at 29 cents each. If you get 50 or more prints, the price goes down to 19 cents apiece. It might end up being cheaper to choose this option instead of paying for the 9 cent prints plus shipping.

The Snapfish App gives you 100 free prints each month for the first year you sign up with the app. You only have to pay for shipping and one reader reported her shipping was only $2.95. Shipping costs may vary according to where you live. You can edit photos within the app and see how they will print.

3. Amazon Prime Photos

An easy and budget-friendly way to order prints online is Amazon Photos — where they offer 4×6 prints for 9 cents each with free shipping.

Members receive 5 GB of storage free but after that, you’ll need to choose a digital storage plan. If you’re a Prime member, you get unlimited storage for free!

They do occasionally offer free prints.

Note: If you’re not a Prime member, you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial!

Free Prints App

4. FreePrints App

Another great way to save when you order prints online is to use the FreePrints app!

Customers receive 85 free 4×6 prints per month and only need to pay for shipping. You can get up to 1000 free prints in a year! If you need more than 85 prints, you can pay for those.

Shipping starts at $1.99 and is never more than $9.99 no matter how many prints you order. There’s also a FreePrints Photobooks app, which will give you one free photo book per month.

There are no subscriptions and no commitments.

5. Walmart

Walmart offers 9 cent 4×6 prints for home delivery, plus shipping. If you do the 1-Hour Rollback option in the store, it’s 25 cents per print for 74 photos or less and then 15 cents apiece for 75 photos or more. They offer free shipping on orders over $25.

6. Adoramapix

Readers really loved Adoramapix’s photo quality, especially for photo albums. Their 4×6 photos are currently 29 cents each and economy shipping is $5.95. (See their price list.) They also offer a full range of photo sizes, so they’re a great option if you need a non-standard print.

order prints online with Adoramapix photo printing

You can sign up for special deals on their website. And if you’re a new customer, you can get 15% off your first order with coupon code Pixnew15 at checkout.

They also have an app for Apple products.

7. Mpix

People who prioritize photo quality will also want to take a look at Mpix, a service even photographers recommend! Readers are impressed with the quality, as well as the care they take in packaging your products. Their 4×6 prints are 29 cents each. Economy shipping is $3.95.

They have a Reward Program where you can earn points towards discounts and special offers with every purchase you make. You can earn 100 points just for signing up for a Mpix account. When you reach 500 points, you’ll get free shipping or a $5 coupon.

8. Costco

A lot of readers said Costco was a great inexpensive option for photo prints.

If you do a mail order and have them shipped to the warehouse, you’ll pay as low as 9 cents for 4×6 prints. And shipping is free if you opt for standard delivery.

If you want to do in-house warehouse pick-up, you’ll pay 17 cents each for the first 99 4×6 prints or 14 cents each for 100 or more prints.

order prints online with Sam's Club Photo

9. Sam’s Club

At Sam’s Club, 4×6 photos are 10 cents each for 1 Hour Photo. They are 8 cents each if shipped to your home.

They regularly offer special deals and you can upload your photos on their app. New customers get 50 free prints when they sign up for an account.

10. Walgreens

Walgreens offers your first 74 4×6 prints for 33 cents each. If you order 75 or more, you’ll pay 23 cents each. The price is the same for in-store pickup or mail delivery. Standard shipping costs start at $0.99 and go up to $5.89.

Many readers report they’ll place their order through the app or website and pick it up at the store an hour later or at their convenience instead of having it shipped. The Walgreens app allows you to print the photo directly from your phone.

Customers can also sign up to receive special deals by email. And Walgreens regularly sends out free print and coupon deals to make their print prices even better. (You can also earn Balance Rewards points!)

One reader went so far as to say she’s saved more money than she’s spent on prints at Walgreens!

11. CVS

As a competitor of Walgreens, they have a very similar pricing structure.

The first 74 4×6 prints from Walgreens are 33 cents each and 75 or more prints are just 23 cents each.

order prints online with Groovebook Photos

12. Groovebook

Groovebook is a unique option that lets you create a 4×6 “photo book” with between 40-100 pictures each month. The photo are perforated, so you can tear and share them just like regular photo prints.

Subscriptions cost $3.99 per month — so it’s like paying just under $0.04 per print! You can get your first Groovebook for FREE with code MYFREEBOOK at checkout.

If you have fewer than 100 photos that month, they’ll fill the rest of the book with duplicates. The app seamlessly integrates with the photos on your phone and is available for iPhone and Android.

I’ve heard from a lot of people who use and love Groovebook!

Bonus Tip: You might also try your locally owned photography shop, because they typically offer coupons and have some of the best quality around! While this will vary by location, it’s definitely an option to look into!

Do you order prints online? What are your best suggestions for getting cheap photo prints and finding the best online photo printing deals?

Brigette’s $80 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

My older sister, Brigette, shares her shopping trips and menu plans every week! You can go HERE to see all of her weekly menu plans and you can go HERE to read all about her family!


2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.28

1 64-oz carton 1% Milk – $0.70

2 64-oz cartons Whole Milk – $1.40

1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.79

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.55

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.65

2 pgs Broccoli Crowns – $1.90

2 pgs Frozen Riced Cauliflower – $3.78

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $2.09

2 cans Green Beans – $0.76

1 pkg Zucchini – $1.17

1 pkg Mini Cucumbers – $1.99

2 pkgs Baby Carrots – $1.70

1 bag Green Grapes ($0.89/lb) – $2.30

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.49

1 3-lb bag Gala Apples – $3.19

1 Cauliflower – $2.09

1 bunch Bananas – $1.09

1 24-oz carton Lowfat Cottage Cheese – $1.45

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.99

1 8-oz pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.79

1 16-oz bag Shredded Mozzarella – $2.19

2 16-oz bags Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $4.38

1 32-oz Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt – $3.45

4 individual-sized cartons Pumpkin Spice Yogurt – $3.13

1 can Whipped Topping – $2.65

1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.65

1 pkg Pumpkin Spice Coffee – $3.79

1 pkg Taco Seasoning – $0.29

1 jar Spaghetti Sauce – $0.85

1 canister Quick Oats – $2.29

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.85

1 pkg Plain Rice Cakes – $1.19

1 bag Nacho Cheese Chips – $0.75

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.65

3 dozen Eggs – $2.34

1 pkg (3.24lbs)  85/15 Ground Beef, reduced – $6.30

Grocery Total for the Week: $80.90

Weekly Menu Plan


Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Cereal, Oatmeal, Fruit, Yogurt/Cottage Cheese, Smoothies, Fried/Scrambled/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Toast


Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter and Honey, Apples, Carrots, Cheese Sticks x 2

Deli Meat/Sliced Cheese Sandwiches, Grapes/Bananas, Cucumbers x 2

Leftovers x 3


Taco Salad, Cauliflower Fried Rice (I don’t use an actual recipe, but something similar to this)

Hubby Lovin’ Chicken (recipe from “Trim Healthy Table” cookbook), Roasted Broccoli, Perfect Baked Potatoes

Hamburgers, Baked French Fries, Grilled Zucchini

Spaghetti Carbonara (I had this on my menu plan for last week, but we didn’t end up needing it as we had more leftovers than I had planned on), Crusty French Bread, Tossed Salad

Coffee Pot Roast (using venison roast in a slow cooker – I don’t have an Insta Pot yet! ;))), Green Beans, Cooked Carrots, Bread Machine Buttery Rolls

Chicken Pot Pie, Tossed Salad, Grapes


Gretchen’s $47 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan for 5


1 Half & Half – $1.55

4 lbs Sugar – $1.73

1 bag Navel Oranges – $2.19

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 dozen Eggs – $0.58

2 Cantaloupe – $0.99 each

1 lb Butter – $2.89

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.99

1 bag Brown Sugar – $1.29

1 bag Plums – $0.99

1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.79

1 pkg Thin Wheat Crackers – $0.99

1 bag Oyster Crackers – $0.79

1 bag Peaches – $2.19

1 pasta Sauce – $0.85

1 bag Corn Chips – $0.79

1 pkg Bagels – $1.49

1 can Pumpkin – $0.79

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 can Pineapple Chunks – $0.89

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.69

2 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $0.95 each

1 box Fruit Squeezies – $1.49

Total: $32.78


1 bag Frozen Chicken Breasts – $6.99 (Aldi was out of this so I had to buy it at Dillons.)

3 Totino’s Frozen Pizzas – $1 each, used $1/3 e-coupon – $0.67 each after coupon

2 cans Bush’s Beans – $1 each, used 2 $1/1 Checkout 51 rebates – Free after rebate

1 box Halo Top Pops – $4.99, used $1.50/1 e-coupon AND $1.50 Ibotta rebate AND $1.50 Kroger cash back rebate – $0.49 after coupon and rebates

1 box Zataran Rice – $1.29, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $0.79 after coupon

1 dozen Eggs – $0.59

2 Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $1.59 each, used $2.09/2 e-coupon – $0.54 each after coupon

1 gallon Milk – $1.59 (Aldi was also out of milk!)

2 Cucumbers – $0.50 each

Total after coupons and rebates: $14.53

Total for both stores: $47.31

Menu Plan for This Week


Cereal, Oatmeal, Bagels, Eggs, Fruit


Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Tossed Salad Bar, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit, Frozen Pizza, Cheese Quesadillas, Leftovers


French Toast, Eggs

Chicken & Rice with Pineapple

Grilled Chicken, Biscuits, Steamed Broccoli

Bean Quesadillas, Chips, Fruit Salad

Date Night (The kids will eat mac & cheese.)

Spaghetti, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Fruit Salad

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Tossed Salad