Yum Add to Flipboard Magazine.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

10 Things You Must Do to Pack up Your Home

10 Things You Must Do to Pack up Your Home
If you are about to move home, the following 10 things will help you to make sure it is a pleasant experience.

  1. Start early, even if you don’t have your moving date fixed yet.
  2. Get planning. You may not be much of a list writer and diary keeper, you will need to make an exception for moving home. And plan plenty of time for packing.
  3. Make an inventory of items in your home that you will actually move with you. This is also a perfect opportunity to start thinking about what to get rid of.
  4. Start to get rid of stuff. You need to decide what needs keeping because you will use it, what needs keeping because of sentimental value, what needs throwing away, what can go to charity, and what can be sold. Be very strict with yourself here. Do not, under any circumstances, plan to take anything with you that you don’t really have to.
  5. Write a plan for moving and packing. Make a schedule where you can see what can be packed when. If you’re moving in winter, for instance, you can already start packing all your summer stuff. Make sure you go over the plan regularly and that you update it as time goes on as well.
  6. Designate a space in your home where all your belongings can be collected. This will also give you a great visual clue of how far you have already come with your packing.
  7. Measure the volume of your belongings once they have all been packed into one location and get boxes together to fit all of this. This is also the latest point at which you can find moving and storage DC companies, although you should have started with that much earlier.
  8. Get packaging kits together. These usually include boxes, protective materials, tape, and labels. They will also tell you just how much weight each box can hold. Weight is far more important, because the box will break if you make it too heavy. Since heavy things are usually also the more expensive and breakable things, you should quickly understand why you shouldn’t over-pack them. Plus, you may find that your movers won’t agree to actually move your items if they are too heavy.
  9. Start packing. Come up with a system that it makes it very clear what is in each box and where it should go. This is also important in terms of unpacking, as you will need to unpack the items that you have to use straight away, such as your bedding, first.
  10. Labe each box clearly. A good tip is to give each room in your new house a color, and to use a label in that color so that you can immediately see what goes in which room. The label can then include details about the actual contents of the box. Do make sure you clearly indicate whether the box is particularly heavy as well, so that it can be properly lifted.
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Choosing the Right Organic Pillow

How can changing your pillow change the quality of your sleep and improve your ability to get through your day? Recent studies have shown that most Americans aren't getting enough sleep, leading to BILLIONS of dollars lost in productivity and an increased rate of work-related mortality.

How can changing your pillow change the quality of your sleep?

By making your bed as comfortable as possible, providing the proper support and ventilation, you can get deeper, longer lasting sleep. Fewer interruptions to your sleep cycle allow your body to regenerate as you sleep, so you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.

Allergy sufferers can also benefit from choosing the right materials in their bedding, as many pillows and mattress materials can collect and trap allergens.

So what is an organic pillow, and why should you make the switch?

Organic pillows are made from 100% natural fibers, with varying degrees of processing. The most common kinds are made of natural rubber latex, organic cotton, buckwheat, bamboo, and wool. Using organic materials prevents you from coming into contact with unwanted chemicals during your sleep. It's also eco-friendly.
sleeping well

Which organic pillow material should you choose?

Choosing the right pillow always comes down to two issues; support and ventilation. A thin or malleable pillow will leave you feeling frustrated and aching after spending the night trying to fluff or stack pillows to get the right support. A pillow that traps heat and insulates your head might feel wonderful in the winter, but will be a torture in the summer.

Bamboo

Bamboo pillows are both eco-friendly and comfortable. There are a great number of reasons why you should feel good about buying an organic bamboo pillow. Bamboo is a sustainable crop that grows without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. It grows quickly, like many kinds of grasses, and is a durable and versatile material. Bamboo is also a thermo-regulator, keeping an even heat exchange. Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, keeping dust mites away from your skin as you sleep.
While a great number of pillows claim to be hypoallergenic, it's important to note that there is no nationally recognized standard for the label. If you have allergies you should check the materials in your pillows for possible allergens and wash your pillows often. Be sure to dry them thoroughly to avoid unpleasant smells and the growth of fungus.

You have a large number of choices when it comes to choosing organic pillows. Wool and buckwheat pillows have long been the standard for natural, organic bedding. While the bamboo pillows are relatively new to western markets, it is safe to say they are an important addition for those seeking to improve their sleep and live a healthier lifestyle.

Natural rubber latex

If you are used to a contoured memory foam pillow, then this might be the best choice for you. Unlike memory foam, natural latex moves with you as you shift position. Like any rubber or latex item, there isn't much ventilation but dust mites and other allergens don't accumulate either. Natural rubber latex pillows have proven to be twice as durable as their memory foam and synthetic rubber counterparts.

Wool and Buckwheat

If you like the feel of soft down pillows then wool might be an excellent substitute for you. The soft balls of wool act just like down feathers, providing the same light feeling and heat exchange. If you need more support, buckwheat can be added to give the pillow a firm core. The tiny hulls of buckwheat are wrapped in a wool casing for comfort. Wool pillows have also proven to be naturally flame resistant and repel dust mites.

Cotton

Be sure that you are buying an organic cotton pillow. Like apples, cotton is sprayed with more pesticides and chemical fertilizers than almost any other crop. If the objective is a sleep space free of harmful toxins, making sure your cotton pillows and sheets are organic is a must. Cotton pillows feel like cushions, with the firmness of the pillow depending on the stuffing.

PLA

Polylactide is a form of polyester made from plant matter instead of petroleum. It has all of the benefits of a polyester filling, without the troubling issues of petroleum based products. The pillows are often encased in organic cotton, however you will need to make sure you check the label before purchasing.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Apple, Strawberry, Banana Baby Food Waffles #CookingwithGerber

This is a sponsored conversation, however, the chit chat, opinions, and recipes are all my own!

Moms, baby cereal is a part of life during the early years of a child's life. We have all mixed it with fruit, spooned it into mouths and cleaned it out of hair! But, did you know that even after your child is past the baby cereal stage, there is a good reason to keep it in the pantry! Gerber brand cereal also makes for an awesome baking substitution and there are so many ways to use it to add a little something special to your recipes!

There are 4 varieties of Gerber baby Cereal available at Wal-Mart stores; Oatmeal Cereal, Oatmeal & Banana Cereal, Lil' Bits Strawberry and Banana and MultiGrain. which are great for different stages of feeding baby and introducing textures. 



I have been around the block of picky eating a few times now, my daughter will eat anything and everything, my son, however, is incredibly picky. His famous line is "That makes me weird..." when he is offered almost any kind of food. He will eat waffles, pancakes, chicken and potatoes... you can imagine how I worry about his nutritional needs! At the age of 6 he is growing and developing. He is active and plays sports, the mom in me needs to know he is getting some essential nutrients in his selective eating phase.

Last week I whipped up a fantastic and easy recipe with Gerber Oatmeal and Banana Baby Cereal and Gerber baby food {apple strawberry banana stage 2}. This was so easy to make and my son had NO CLUE I slipped some added goodness into one of his favorite foods.



If you are looking for a healthy recipe with added nutrients that is an awesome and hearty breakfast in its own, you are going to love my recipe for Apple, Strawberry, Banana Baby Food Waffles!



Ingredients
2 cups of all-purpose baking mix
1 cup of Gerber Oatmeal and Banana Baby Cereal
1 container of Gerber Apple strawberry Banana 2nd foods
2 1/2 to 2 2/3 cup of milk
1 banana sliced finely
1 egg

Directions
Add baking mix, Gerber baby cereal, egg and banana together, lightly stir to smash the banana.
Add the apple, strawberry, banana baby food to the mixture, stir lightly
Begin to gradually combine the milk and the waffle mix. When you reach the desired consistency, stir the batter well to smash up any larger chunks of banana.
Add to your waffle iron and cook until done.
Serve warm with syrup or sliced fruit.

My son really loved these fruity waffles. The fruit flavor was not overpowering which is awesome for parents of picky eaters! If your child likes fruit, you could reduce the milk by 6 ounces and add an additional container of baby fruit food.

How do you use Gerber Baby Food? Have you ever added it to a recipe? I would love to hear about your experiences with Gerber Cereal.

You guys, I want to inspire you to create a great recipe with Gerber Cereal!! Would a $50 prepaid credit card help inspire you to pick up a package of Gerber Cereal at Walmart and make a yummy recipe? If so, enter for your chance to win! This giveaway is not endorsed by facebook or any 3rd party applications or other social media channels! The sponsor will deliver the prize to the winner, who must be 18+ and live in the USA.




Monday, May 23, 2016

Adding Dreaminess With My Wonderful Walls

We moved 53 weeks ago. That is one year plus one week of time. In a way, it seems like it was not that long ago but then again... it feels like we have been here forever. Funny how that works out. The house is an old charmer for sure. It has its own quirks, conveniences, and irritations. Mostly, the place feels like home. Then we get to the master bedroom...

You guys, this is horrible to admit on some level, but the master bedroom was completely ignored. Like, people may use this room... but I can't be certain as it is like... empty! Like I mentioned above, the house has quirks and conveniences, but it also has one massive inconvenience. The stairs twist in 2 spots, this makes taking basically anything up the stairs impossible. On moving day, we realized that getting our mattress up the stairs and twisted to go around the corners was quite a feat. Nothing else was going to go up there... my bedroom furniture was destined to sit in the shed.

Life moves fast... so fast. Finally, one cold winter day I walked in that room and said "Are we college kids, forced to sleep on the floor?! Why have we never dealt with this bedroom situation!?"

The project began, some artwork was brought in, a small dresser was purchased. A bed in a box type of contraption was purchased and brought in. It was starting to look like an actual bedroom. But, it really lacked something.

This is where My Wonderful Walls comes into my story.

I didn't want to do anything permanent to the room, as I am trying to convince my family that my daughter should trade rooms with my husband and I. But, I really wanted to add something to the room while we are using it. My Wonderful Walls happens to offer an impressive selection of decals for your walls that are perfect for what I wanted to do.

The hardest part about adding to my wall decor with this company was this... How do you decide when there are so many cute, fun and gorgeous options?! Really! I finally made use of my best gal pal and ran my favorites by her. We both seemed to have fun with the selection process.

In the end, I decided on a constellation scene, Scorpio and the Blue Ridge. It was absolutely perfect for adding a dreamy touch to a bedroom! The decal arrived quickly and securely shipped in a sturdy tube {this is so important as I have ordered a decal from another site in the past that arrived folded and unusable as it never flattened out properly...} I unrolled it, oohed and ahhed and hopped on to the next moment in this busy life.

This is what it looked like on the site.



A few moments later, my husband asked me to have a look. I couldn't believe he already had it up! It looks fantastic in our bedroom and would look great in a living room, maybe behind a sofa as well! My son suggested putting one on a ceiling too!

Mr. Sweet Silly Sara informed me that the decal was incredibly easy to apply to the wall and that it was practically effortless because of the shape and size of the decal.  {We got the large size.}

This is what it looks like on a wall in my home.



Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better experience with this company. They make great products to bring  new life to any space. Many years ago we featured a canvas print over here and it is still looking fabulous on the wall of my sons room! I know that this decal will be a part of the atmosphere of our bedroom for many years to come. It is so peaceful and pretty I can't imagine anyone ever wanting to take it down. However, should you change your mind about a decal from My wonderful Walls, rest assured these can be removed without damaging the wall, and with little effort.

If you want to add some awesome to your walls, you will not want to miss this giveaway! My Wonderful Walls has graciously offered to give one incredibly lucky reader a $100 gift certificate to the site! This giveaway is not endorsed or affiliated with facebook or any social media site or application. The prize is to be delivered from the sponsor. The giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older.



a Rafflecopter giveaway
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Super Smoothie Recipe For Male Reproductive Health with Proxeed plus



When the time feels right to try for a baby, the days of it falling onto the woman's shoulders exclusively are long gone! Research shows that the lifestyle and habits of a man make an impact on his reproductive health. It truly does take two to tango! Male factor is responsible for up to 50% of couples who are experiencing infertility.

Prepping for a new addition means making healthier choices; avoiding stresses, taking an active interest in your physical health, and eating healthier foods are obvious choices. But, what about taking vitamins and supplements? Proxeed plus makes a great option for the man in your life to prepare his body for his important role in conception.

Proxeed plus is a complete carnitine-based formula for male fertility that targets multiple sperm functions, including morphology, motility, concentration, count and linear projection.

Proxeed plus contains an antioxidant complex and key nutrients needed for developing sperm.

Proxeed plus is a simple way to support male reproductive health and sperm quality by providing key nutrients for developing sperm.

Proxeed plus is a great supplement for your guy when the time is right for a baby. It is mixed into a beverage for consumption. This makes it easy to take on the go! I have created a Super Healthy Smoothie for Your Guy to try with Proxeed plus!


This recipe is easy to prepare and my husband really loved it.

Ingredients:
4 ounces of fresh pineapple, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon, mixed
4 ounces of ice
2 ounces of apple juice
2 ounces of strawberry yogurt
1 packet of Proxeed plus

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a magic bullet blender, blend for about 15 seconds until smooth. Serve immediately.

You can save $10 on your order of Proxeed plus today with coupon code PREP.




Proxeed plus is a complete carnitine-based formula for male fertility that targets multiple sperm functions, including morphology, motility, concentration, count and linear projection. For more information, visit www.proxeedplus.com

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received a Magic Bullet Mini Blender and two boxes of Proxeed plus for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Zesty Pickle Dip and a Giveaway!

Samples were provided to inspire this recipe.

This Zesty Pickle Dip recipe combines cream cheese goodness and a kick of mouthwatering pickle flavor into one easy to make and even easier to eat dip! Serving alongside John Wm. Macy's Sesame Gruyere Cheese Crisp is the perfect choice for this addictive dip!


My family is busy as the school year comes to a close. My husband is wrapping up the year and busier than ever as students return their books and devices. My son has games, practices, lessons and parties to attend. My daughter and I are trying to get ready for having the guys home with us for a few months, taking in the sunshine and spending extra time at the park. In the afternoon before the rush to a game or practice begins, we all need a snack to hold us over until dinner time!

Last week I surveyed my refrigerator and pulled out 2 simple ingredients to make one unforgettable dip. If you like creamy dips or pickles you have to try this. There is so delicious no one will believe it took you less than one minutes time to prepare!

I served Zesty Pickle Dip with John Wm Macy's Sesame Gruyere Cheese Crisps for an incredible flavor. It took the yum of the dip to a new level of bliss with the perfect crispy crunch! It was devoured in an instant. I honestly had to grab a small dish and run away to snap a few shots. My bunch liked this dip that much!






print recipe

Zesty Pickle Dip
A creamy dip with lots of pickle flavor!
Ingredients
  • 6 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons zesty pickle relish
Instructions
Combine softened cream cheese and pickle relish.
With a fork, mix the 2 ingredients together for about 30 seconds or until well blended.Serve with crackers, chips or bread.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time:




a Rafflecopter giveaway
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

10 Spring Flower Crafts for Kids

My kids love flowers. They are almost too stinking cute! They can't resist a dandelion, and whenever we take a walk, Roo will pick flowers for his little sister {aww! gush!} to her delight! I can't help but smile a little whenever his Dad brings me a daffodil or something pretty he saw and had to pick to bring me. He usually only brings one flower to me, and he always tells our son "Someday you will like a girl and that girl will likely love flowers, and so you will give them to her to see her smile..." 

I thought it would be fun to hang onto the beauty of spring just a little longer and celebrate the flowers that have brought so many smiles to my family by making some spring flower crafts with the kids! I found 10 pretty as a posey-crafts to make with my kids and I think  your kids will love them too!




Which of these spring flower crafts do you want to make with your kids first? I love the Handprint Flower Pot Craft! It is so cute and would make a sweet keepsake project! 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Bauli's Pandoro Skewer With Chocolate Fondue Recipe {Mother's Day Brunch Idea}

Hey guys! I know the perfect way to indulge your mom on Mother's Day with a dish that is elegant and decadent! My friends at Bauli sent this recipe to me and I had to share it with you. As a mother, when I say this is the perfect dish for the day, you can trust me!


Bauli's Pandoro Skewer With Chocolate Fondue



Ingredients
  • Bauli's IL PANDORO DI VERONA All Natural
  • 1 cup fresh cream
  • 1 cup dark chocolate
  • 1 1/4 cup white chocolate
Directions
Step 1
In a saucepan, add the 1 cup fresh cream and bring it to a boil.
Step 2
In the meantime cut up the 2 cups of dark chocolate and put it in a bowl. Do the same with the 1 1/4 cups of white chocolate and place it in another bowl.
Step 3
Once the cream is boiling, pour it on the top of chocolates (half goes on the dark chocolate and half goes on the white one).
Step 4
Let it seat for 30 seconds and then you can mix all together.
Step 5
Cut two slices of Panettone about 1cm thick, horizontally, eliminating the darker edges. Cut the slices into diced pieces about 1.5cmx1.5cm.
Step 6
Place these slices in the oven for 5-7 minutes until they get golden and crusty.
Step 7
Extract the cake from the oven, let it cool slightly and then stick the diced pieces on the skewers.
Step 8
Serve accompanied by the two hot fondues.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Hungry Girl's Sweet & Spicy Tuna Tacos with Starkist

This conversation has been sponsored however all opinions are my own.


Hey guys! I have a recipe to share with you from my friends at Starkist that is perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations and Taco Tuesday year round! This is an easy peasy recipe that promises to be as delicious as it looks!

This recipe calls for corn taco shells, but I think it would also be awesome with soft tortilla shells. I am considering living on the wild side and making fish nachos as a spin on this one!


Hungry Girl's Sweet & Spicy Tuna Tacos





Ingredients:
  • 2 (2.6 oz.) Pouches - Tuna Creations® Sweet & Spicy
  • 14 cup salsa
  • 4 corn taco shells (flat-bottomed shells, if available)
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 14 cup diced onion
  • 14 cup diced tomato
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
Directions:
  • In a medium bowl, mix Tuna Creations® and salsa.
  • Evenly fill shells with lettuce, Tuna Creations® mixture, onion, tomato, and cilantro. Yum!!

I love how quickly this comes together for a healthy dinner option that tastes amazing!  My husband is a big fish taco fan; now that I have this Starkist inspired recipe I will definitely be making them for dinner more often. 

This is another dinner that you can make for a family for under $7. It would pair well with Spanish or Mexican Rice or a nice fruit salad.

How often do you have fish tacos? I would love to hear about your favorite recipe if you have one to share!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy National Truffle Day! #sweeteningtheworld

Did you guys know that today is a VERY special day? May 2nd is  National Truffle Day!! In honor of this holiday to be treasured, I have teamed up with one of my favorite chocolate companies ever to bring you guys the sweetest giveaway!

First, let me tell you a little more about why I am head over hooves for Hagensborg Chocolates:



Hagensborg is working with Variety Club Children’s Charity for kids with disabilities in the Province of Burnaby BC, which is helping to Sweeten the World for a bunch of sweet kids!  They use ethical sustainable ingredients and have gone fair trade and organic for most of their chocolates! They are working on going 100%  fair trade and organic. This makes my heart super happy!  Hagensborg chocolates are gluten free, kosher, non gmo, single origin. This company is operated by a team of hard working Chocolate Princesses that definitely sweeten the world with their gush worthy treats and adorable truffle pigs!



The Chocolate Princesses and Sweet Silly Sara want to know how you are #sweeteningtheworld and how you are celebrating this delicious National Truffle Day! To be entered to win a scrumptious prize pack of Hagensborg Chocolates, check out the rafflecopter form below. Please note this giveaway has been sponsored by Hagensborg and is not in any way, shape of form associated with facebook or any other social media platforms or third party applications.

Stay tuned to get the scoop from me on which are my favorite Hagensborg chocolates and to check out an amazing recipe we are developing together!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

This Guide Will Help You To make The Most of Your Time In Costa Rica

If you’re traveling to Costa Rica in the near future, you’re going to want to make sure you make the most of your time there. This post aims to give you a few useful tips so that you can have one of the most unique and amazing experiences imaginable. Enjoy!


Start Being More Positive
If you have an upcoming trip to Costa Rica, one of the best things you’ll do is start being more positive right away. Why? Well aside from the fact you have an incredible experience coming up, Costa Rica is one of the happiest places in the world. Some even consider it to be the happiest! The people are super friendly and will smile at you, so be prepared to smile back. The happiness is usually infectious.


Consider Volunteering
Costa Rica is one of the most incredible places to volunteer. Not only will you become close to members of the community, you’ll be able to make a real difference. You just can’t beat that feeling! Volunteer in Costa Rica if you want to have a go at tree planting, help endangered red monkeys, or teach English. If you want more, there’s too much to name here. You can even head over and then decide once you’ve arrived.


Book A Beach Or Tree House
If you have the cash and want to enjoy a day or two pf pure luxury, book a tree or beach house. You will overlook the jungle, or some other spot of gorgeous scenery. It’s not something you forget in a hurry! You can enjoy a luxurious space, and plenty of privacy too. That is apart from the visitors you’ll get from time to time. Monkeys turning up unannounced!


6873800332_b3dc92e7f7_z.jpg


Use Public Transport
Make sure you use public transport here. It is much more affordable and run fairly regularly, so you can get to where you want to go quickly. It’s better to have an experienced local taking you where you want to go. Plus, the last thing you want to do is drive when you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself!


Shop At Local Markets
Check out the local markets for unique finds and fresh food. Cook with your fresh local produce at home if you do rent somewhere nice and private.


Make Sure You Don’t Miss The National Parks
There are 32 national parks in total. Here, you can enjoy wildlife, sloths bats, butterflies and more. There are even falcons, tropical land crabs, and racoons.


Spend Some Time Relaxing on The Beach
There are a number of incredible beaches in Costa Rica, and many things you can do on them. You could catch a tan, play frisbee, ride a horse, read a book, watch the sunset, or take a surf lesson at one of the amazing surf schools. Maybe you could pick up a new skill while you’re here.


Don’t Stress
Don’t stress here. Don’t try to cram too much in. Simply go with the flow and enjoy yourself. Costa Rica is all about staying happy and relaxed!