Quick & Easy Pan Fried Greek Potatoes

by Jennifer Wieland
Quick & Easy Pan Fried Greek Potatoes #SimplyPotatoes #AD #recipe
 

It’s not only a regular school night dinner rush. Nope! Holiday season has descended upon us now making already busy weeknight dinners that much more stressful. I personally, love having great products on hand at home that can help me out on time crunched nights to still get a great meal on the table without a lot of headache.  One of my favorite potato recipes is Greek potatoes. Simply Potatoes® helps me make a quicker version. With Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes I can quickly whip up my Pan Fried Greek Potatoes.

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Simply Potatoes brand products are one of my refrigerator staples. With everything from shredded, diced, wedged seasoned and mashed potatoes their products are always cutting my cook and prep time on weeknights. Since Simply Potatoes are simply made with always fresh, never frozen potatoes that go from farm, to fridge, to fork I can feel good about serving their products to my family.

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It’s easy to turn Simply Potatoes products into all of your favorite potato recipes. With all of the potato prep work done for you all you need is some simple flavor additions to make a tasty, variety of dishes. 

Quick & Easy Pan Fried Greek Potatoes #SimplyPotatoes #AD #recipe

My Pan Fried Greek Potatoes are packed full of flavor without all of the time and effort it would normally take to make Greek potatoes. 

Quick & Easy Pan Fried Greek Potatoes #SimplyPotatoes #AD #recipe

If you have 15-20 minutes and some basic ingredients you can serve these up as a quick side whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

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Pan Fried Greek Potatoes
Serves 4
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
18 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
18 min
151 calories
7 g
0 g
14 g
1 g
2 g
59 g
48 g
1 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
59g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151
Calories from Fat 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
21%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 48mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
2%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 Package of Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes with Onion
  2. 1/2 a Lemon, juiced
  3. 4 tbsp. Olive Oil
  4. 1/2 tbsp. Dried Oregano
  5. Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, salt & pepper.
  2. Pour the liquids into a 12" skillet and turn the heat to medium.
  3. Pour the entire package of Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes with Onion into the skillet.
  4. Stir to coat the potatoes with the liquid and cover with a lid.
  5. Stir/flip the potatoes every 3-4 minutes.
  6. Cook 12-15 minutes.
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Take Your Rooms from Meh to Marvelous with New Curtains

by Jennifer Wieland
Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse
Thank you to Eclipse™ for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

I have been slowly working my way through rooms in my house. Trying to update them from when we bought the house over fifteen years ago and I had no idea about decorating a house to my now favorite, mid-century modern style. My dining room in particular has been an eyesore made even worse by the fat that it’s the room you walk into when you walk in the front door. They have really made a huge difference in taking my stuck in a rut, meh, 90’s flashback dining room into something more modern and fitting with the look I’m ultimately going for in my home. 

 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Trying to Escape the 90’s

A few years ago I was on a kick, trying to brighten up the look of my house. I knew even then that something as simple as changing out your window coverings could do the trick, and boy, did I need something to do the trick! My dining room has one longer, regular width window and the other wall is almost entirely window. When we bought the house originally, it had come with vertical blinds on both of the windows. After years of use and probably too much abuse from kids they were rather haggard looking. They were also a dull, drab oatmeal color. (I know you are totally envisioning the utter dullness this look gave my dining room.) Pair that with your classes 90’s oak table and chairs and you get the idea, everything just sort of blended into each other. 

How did I cure this oatmeal and oak monstrosity you ask? Oh, I slapped up some yellow curtains. If I want to be precise they were citrine. The color looked beautiful in the package. I put them up one night and I liked them! The next morning? Ugh, not so much! You see, when you have giant windows, whitish walls and golden oak furniture and you put up thinner, yellow curtains it gave everything a yellow tint. I’m not a blackout curtains type of gal. I like to see some light but these were too much. I also was not happy that I could see all of the wood separating the panes in the large window. It cast weird shadows that just did even less for my dining room. 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Ding, Ding, We Have a Winner and It’s Blackout Curtains

I recently replaced my dining room chairs after two of my old ones bit the dust. I went with a classic church chair in charcoal grey. I still have my table but stay tuned because I am going to be building my very own dining room table soon. I’ve already ordered the hairpin legs for a total mid-century modern look. In the meantime I’m hiding the 90’s monstrosity with a table-cloth so it doesn’t detract from my gorgeous new curtains! 

I wanted curtains that had some pattern or details to them instead of just a solid color. I also wanted to get a longer curtain. I had 84″ panels up already but I had read that panels that drape the floor give a more dramatic look and I am nothing if not dramatic. I also wanted some teal, turquoise or grey in them. I spent days searching, trying to find the absolutely perfect Eclipse™ curtains. I was down to two styles. I liked both of them but there was just something missing. Then I hit the jackpot! I tried a few more sites online and came across some Eclipse Curtains that I knew were IT! The Benchley Thermaweave Blackout Curtain Panels from Eclipse™ were perfection!

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Once the arrived I knew I had made the right choice just looking at them in the packages. I was still hesitant though because i had thought that before only to have my bubble burst. I wanted to put them up right away but then the kids got sick (Thank you back-to-school cooties!) and then I’ve been battling not one, not two but three medical problems since the beginning of October. (Getting old really stinks sometimes!) A few days ago was the first time I could really move around for more than brief snippets of time, wasn’t at a doctor’s appointment or having tests run. I jumped at the chance to finally get these Eclipse™ curtains up. After everything that’s been going on I needed something to put a smile on my face. 

The New Eclipse™ Curtains Wowed My Crowd

I put the new Eclipse™ curtains up a few days ago and when I did I stood back and looked and smiled like an idiot. They make such a huge difference in the look of my dining room and what you see when you walk in through my front door. Even better, that giant wall of window which is an old, drafty original to the house is now less drafty! 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

As each of the kids and the husband came home that day I heard nothing but exclamations of, “Wow! along with how great the room looked and what a huge difference it made. These beautiful Benchley Eclipse™ curtains have made such a huge difference in the look of my dining room. They have also made an area of my house plagued with drafty, old windows warmer than it was before. 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

If you’d like to learn more about Eclipse™ products visit their website. There you’ll be able to learn about the different types of curtains, learn how to measure and find retailers. If you want inspiration to turn your rooms from meh to marvelous then be sure to follow Eclipse™ on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram

 

 

 


Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies

by Jennifer Wieland
Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia
Thanks to Steviva for providing products for today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Being diagnosed as Diabetic earlier this year has sent me into a bit of a tailspin. As someone who loves sweets and baking I’ve been sort of at a loss. Before my diagnosis, I had tried low carb and cutting sugar from my diet. I always struggled staying on those types of diets for a few reasons. First, I hate being told I can’t have something. Childish, maybe. No willpower or self-control, possibly. It’s just that once I see a huge list of things I can’t eat those seem to be the things I crave the most. Second, I’m a girl who LOVES baking! That also means I’m tasting and trying a lot of sweets when developing recipes or just plain old eating sweets with friends and family. I have never found sweeteners that I could use instead of sugar that didn’t leave a funky aftertaste in my mouth. That has all changed for me now though. Recently, I was contacted by Steviva, a company specializing in sugar-free sweetener options. I’m not going to lie. I was very skeptical because hello, gross aftertaste. Then I started using some of the products they sent me and sauces tasted right and sweet treats tasted like, well sweet treats. My new fall favorite recipe I can enjoy with the Steviva products is my Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

When looking at the products I received from Steviva I was reading each label. The Fructevia label boldly claimed it was excellent for cooking and baking. It even boasted a taste guarantee on the back. This had me intrigued. I decided to test the taste by making these Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies. While pumpkin spice is a bold flavor combination even it can’t hide nasty sweeteners. I have to say I was amazed at how well the Fructevia delivered on it’s taste! These blondie sand the frosting were sweet without being overly sugary and had no nasty aftertaste.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

To make these blondies I started out with fall favorites ingredients for the cookie bar base.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

The dough for these blondies is thick and sticky. It also doesn’t spread out like most doughs do. To get it nicely in the pan I sprayed a large offset spatula with baking spray to get it spread out in the pan.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

While the dough was baking I worked on the frosting.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

This frosting was a bit of challenge for me. Originally I had planned on doing an icing but in my first attempts at this recipe it did not turn out well. I then tested out this recipe for a more traditional frosting and it worked surprisingly well.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

I chilled the frosted blondies to get the frosting to set nicely. I was then able to cute them into squares and enjoy. 

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

If you’re looking to cut calories, lower carb intake or cut sugar from your diet then Steviva has just the products for you. With Steviva’s large product list of sugar alternatives you will easily be able to find just what you need for any cooking, baking or drink making you may need to do. All of their products can be purchased easily online form their store. Right now my readers can also enjoy a 20% discount on their purchases with the code THANKYOU at checkout. If you’re new to sugar alternatives and need recipes, ideas and inspiration be sure to follow Steviva on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies
Serves 24
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197 calories
12 g
49 g
15 g
3 g
9 g
60 g
126 g
1 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
60g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197
Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
24%
Saturated Fat 9g
47%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 49mg
16%
Sodium 126mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
42%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
4%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Blondies
  1. 2 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour
  2. 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  3. 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  5. 1/2 c. Salted Butter, softened
  6. 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  7. 3/4 c. Fructevia
  8. 1 c. Pumpkin, canned
  9. 1 Egg
For the Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosting
  1. 1 c. Milk (I used whole milk.)
  2. 2 tbsp. All Purpose Flour
  3. 1/4 tsp. Corn Starch
  4. 1 c. Butter, softened
  5. 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  6. 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
For the Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Blondies
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9"x13" pan.
  2. Place the flour, baking soda, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice into a bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Cream together the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer.
  4. Add in the Fructevia and mix to combine.
  5. Mix in the canned pumpkin.
  6. Stir in the egg.
  7. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  8. In small batches mix in the dry ingredients until combined.
  9. Spread the dough into the prepared pan.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
For the Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosting
  1. Place the flour and cornstarch into a small saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat whisk the milk into the flour and corn starch.
  3. Heat until the mixture begins to boil while stirring.
  4. Lower the temperature some and continue whisking until the mixture thickens. It should be the consistency of paste.
  5. Pour the mixture into a bowl and let cool. You can cool it in the refrigerator for an hour or two if you don't want to wait but it must be completely cooled.
  6. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla on medium-high speed.
  7. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and then add in the cooled flour mixture.
  8. Beat on medium-high speed for 7-10 minutes. The longer you beat the mixture the creamier and fluffier it will become.
  9. Frost the cooled blondies.
Notes
  1. This dough is very thick and sticky. To spread it evenly in the pan you will want to use a greased spatula.
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Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

by Jennifer Wieland
Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders
Thank you for Steviva for providing products for today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I am one of those people that loves her slow cooker. It just makes life so much easier. It’s a great way to throw some ingredients together and forget about it until it’s time to eat. It’s also a great way to make huge amounts of food for parties, holidays or sporting events. Since I was diagnosed as diabetic I have been watching my sugar and carb intake, trying to get a handle on my wildly out of control blood sugar levels. It’s amazing once you start focusing on labels while shopping. You realize that sugar is in almost everything in some way, shape or form. Sauces and dressings are a huge culprit of this. You quickly learn that many things need to go or you need to look into alternatives. Alternatives like making your own with alternatives to sugar. That’s just what I did with these slow cooker, sugar-free, pulled sesame teriyaki chicken sliders. I created my own sesame teriyaki sauce and soy ginger dressing to create this delicious meal. 

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

To make both the teriyaki sauce and the soy ginger dressing I used a sugar alternative from the Steviva company as a replacement to honey. Steviva’s Nectevia Original blend is a great liquid sweetener that infuses organic blue agave nectar with premium 100% pure stevia extract. This combination creates a decadent, indulgent taste experience with only 1/4 the calories, carbs and sugars of regular agave, or table sugar.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

To get this recipe going I first made some sugar-free sesame teriyaki sauce.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

If you’ve never made your own teriyaki sauce it is unbelievably simple to do. It comes together in minutes and it’s also easy to customize with your own flavor choices. 

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

Sometimes I forget to put a meal together for the slow cooker first thing in the morning. This recipe is perfect for those times. Since you are using boneless, skinless chicken breasts they cook much faster than a large piece of meat. On high, this cooks in a couple of hours. 

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

Once the meat is fork tender you can take it out and shred it with two forks or use your stand mixer with the paddle attachment for some hands free shredding.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

Toss the meat back into the slow cooker with the teriyaki sauce and stir to get the meat nice and saucy. Lower the slow cooker to the keep warm setting and eat when ready.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

To make the sliders even more delicious I made a quick Asian slaw. It took only a few minutes to make a sugar-free ginger soy dressing. I once again used Steviva’s Nectevia Original in this recipe. I then tossed it with some coleslaw mix, shredded carrots, red pepper and green onion. 

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

Let it hangout in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes for the veggies to really grab up all the flavor of the dressing.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

To give these sliders some heat I mixed mayonnaise and sriracha to make a sriracha mayo. You can easily make this as hot or as mild as you want. That bit of heat was a perfect pairing for the sweet and salty of the teriyaki and dressing.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

Once everything was loaded onto some small rolls it was time to eat. All of the textures and flavors made this dish not only eye-catching but delicious as well. 

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

If you’re looking to cut calories, lower carb intake or cut sugar from your diet then Steviva has just the products for you. With Steviva’s large product list of sugar alternatives you will easily be able to find just what you need for any cooking, baking or drink making you may need to do. All of their products can be purchased easily online form their store. Right now my readers can also enjoy a 20% discount on their purchases with the code THANKYOU at checkout. If you’re new to sugar alternatives and need recipes, ideas and inspiration be sure to follow Steviva on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 30 min
1133 calories
97 g
150 g
50 g
70 g
8 g
676 g
8623 g
34 g
0 g
39 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
676g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1133
Calories from Fat 439
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g
76%
Saturated Fat 8g
40%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 22g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 150mg
50%
Sodium 8623mg
359%
Total Carbohydrates 97g
32%
Dietary Fiber 6g
25%
Sugars 34g
Protein 70g
Vitamin A
82%
Vitamin C
98%
Calcium
30%
Iron
62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Sugar-Free Sesame Teriyaki Sauce
  1. 1/2 c. Recued Sodium Soy Sauce
  2. 1/2 c. Water
  3. 2 tbsp. Nectevia Original
  4. 4 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  5. 2 tbsp. Corn Starch
  6. 1 tbsp. Sesame Seeds
  7. 1/4 tsp. Ground Ginger
  8. 2 cloves Minced Garlic
  9. For the Sugar-Free Ginger Soy Dressing
  10. 1/4 c. Nectevia Original
  11. 1/4 c. Vegetable Oil
  12. 1/4 c. Rice Vinegar (I used unseasoned.)
  13. 1 tbsp. Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  14. 1 tsp. Sesame Oil
  15. 1/2 tsp. Sriracha Sauce
  16. 1/4 tsp. Ground Ginger
  17. 1 clove Minced Garlic
For the Asian Slaw
  1. 4 c. Bagged Coleslaw Blend
  2. 1 c. Shredded Carrots
  3. 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced into very thin 2" long pieces.
  4. 2 green onions, finely sliced
  5. 3/4 c. Sugar-Free Ginger Soy Dressing
For the Sriracha Mayonnaise
  1. 1 c. Mayonnaise
  2. 1-2 tbsp. Sriracha Sauce (Use more or less for your heat preference.)
For the Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders
  1. 2 lbs. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  2. 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  3. 1 - 11/4 c. Sugar-Free Sesame Teriyaki Sauce
  4. 2-3 tbsp. Water
  5. 12 Slider Buns or Dinner Rolls
  6. Asian Slaw
  7. Sriracha Mayonnaise
For the Sugar-Free Sesame Teriyaki Sauce
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together into a saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat until the edges start to bubble.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and continue to whisk until sauce thickens.
  4. If the sauce gets to thick add some water to thin out.
For the Sugar-Free Ginger Soy Dressing
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together to combine. You can also place all of the ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake to combine.
For the Asian Slaw
  1. Place the coleslaw mix, shredded carrots, red bell pepper and green onions into a large bowl. Pour the sugar-free ginger soy dressing onto the vegetables and toss to coat.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to let the veggies absorb all of the flavor from the dressing.
For the Sriracha Mayonnaise
  1. In a bowl stir together the mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce.
For the Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders
  1. Place the chicken in the slow cooker.
  2. Season the chicken with black pepper and top with the sugar-free sesame teriyaki sauce and water if needed.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3 hours or until starting to fall apart when picked up with fork or tongs.
  4. Remove only the chicken from the slow cooker.
  5. Shred the chicken with two forks or in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  6. Put the chicken back into the slow cooker with the sauce and stir to coat the meat.
  7. Lower the slow cooker to the warm setting.
  8. To assemble the sandwiches, slice rolls or open the slider buns and top each with some of the chicken and sauce. Next place some of the Asian slaw onto the meat. Spread the Sriracha mayonnaise onto the inside of the top of the bun. Place the top of the bun on the sandwich and enjoy.
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12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb Gift Ideas

by Jennifer Wieland
A Roundup of 12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb!

The holidays are right around the corner. That means my pocketbook is going to be stretched thin. I have a ton of immediate family to buy for and then there’s extended family, friends, co-workers, yada, yada, yada. You get the idea. Money gets tight quickly. I do try to buy gifts when I can throughout the year but that final push the last month or two can really hit hard. I like having gifts that I can make and give out. First of all, I think they are more thoughtful and secondly, you can find some inexpensive ones to make. Bath bombs are all the rage with girls, teens and women. So being able to make some as gifts or stocking stuffers is a perfect go-to DIY gift idea.

A Roundup of 12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb!

12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb

These bath bombs are just the DIY gift you need. This list has the perfect DIY bath bombs whether you have skin issues, a cold, want to unwind from the day or just want some that look pretty and smell good. These bath bombs also has you covered for DIY gifts for everything from Christmas, to Valentine’s Day, to Mother’s Day, birthdays and even get well soon gifts.

1. Orange Bath Bombs
2. Lavender Bath Bombs
3. Heart Bath Bombs
4. Peppermint Bath Bombs
5. Fizzy Bath Bombs
6. Eucalyptus Bath Bombs
7. Belle’s Bath Bomb
8. Galaxy Bath Bombs
9. Chlorine Blasting Bath Bombs
10. Cupcake Bath Bombs
11. Mason Jar Bath Bombs
12. Unicorn Bath Bombs

Packaging up these bath bombs as gift is simple, easy and inexpensive. All you need to do is place them in cellophane bags and finish a label and some decorative ribbons If you want a more polished idea add them to a mason jar and finish it off with a top and side label, a pretty bow and a tag with instructions. 

 

 

 


5 Easy Steps to be More Eco-Friendly

by Jennifer Wieland
5 easy steps to be more eco-friendly in your daily life.

Try These Eco-Friendly Tips Today

With all the buzz about the current state of our planet, people often feel helpless and discouraged, thinking there’s nothing they can do to help. However, being eco-friendly is easiest than one may think. There are many small things you can do each day to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the number of greenhouse gases that are released into the environment.

5 easy steps to be more eco-friendly in your daily life.

Rethink Your Commute

Did you know that if you cut back on how often you use your car, even by a small amount, you could reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by thousands of pounds a year? That may not seem like a lot when thinking globally, but if more people were conscious about how often they used their cars, we could cut our emissions back drastically. Instead of taking your car to the store, walk or ride a bike. Not only is it better or the environment, but it’s also better for your health. For those longer commutes, such as your daily commute to work, find a carpool buddy and take turns driving or take advantage of public transportation by using your local bus or metro system. When you do use your car, make sure you keep it in good working condition by keeping the tires properly inflated and balanced, which can increase your fuel economy and reduce the number of trips you make to the gas station for a fuel up.

Be Energy Aware at Home

Consider your energy use around the house. Do you and your family tend to leave lights, computers, or television sets on when you’re not in the room? When you leave town for a trip, do you leave all your appliances plugged in? Doing so not only raises your monthly energy bills, but it also increases your carbon footprint and can hurt the environment. Certain appliances, such as washers and dryers, microwaves, televisions, and toasters are considered vampire appliances because they suck energy from your outlets even when they aren’t on. Take a few minutes to turn off appliances when you’re not using them and unplug them when you’ll be away for an extended period of time. Check your light bulbs to see if they’re energy efficient or if you could make them more eco-friendly by upgrading to compact fluorescent light bulbs, which not only last longer, but also use less energy.

Watch Your Water Usage

It may not seem like a big deal to leave the faucet on while you’re brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or scrubbing your sink, but it can make a huge difference. Letting the water run can waste hundreds of gallons of water a day, so try to remember to turn off your faucet when it’s not needed and take shower showers, which can be huge water wasters. Another thing you can do to be more mindful of your water usage is to drink from a reusable water bottle, which cuts back on the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills. You can also opt to wash your clothes in cold water (and skip the dryer), which can drastically reduce the amount of energy output from your household. You may even want to get your community involved by sharing water-saving tips, particularly in the warmer months, which can be dry. Some communities have seen an investment into their water usage on a larger scale, thanks to the Cadiz Water Project, which takes advantage of using our groundwater to help protect the environment.

Shop Local, or Online

Years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to make a day out of loading up the family vehicle and taking a day trip to neighboring towns to go shopping. However, with the number of SUVs on the road, those day trips can actually be harmful to the environment. Instead, shop local whenever you can, which reduces the number of emissions you put into the atmosphere, and helps your local economy by supporting small businesses. If you’re looking for something you can’t find in your neighborhood, get what you need online, which almost always takes up less energy than driving from store to store in search of what you need. You may also want to consider buying things used rather than new whenever possible. Doing this cuts back on the number of usable items that end up in our landfills and can save you money over buying brand new.

Recycle

Recycling seems like an obvious tip, but many people only think of recycling as throwing old cans and bottles into green bins or reuse. However, there are a number of things you can do to recycle that can help the environment. Rather than throwing out old totes, use them as grocery bags, which cuts back on the number of plastic that our grocery stores hand out. Recycle old food by making it into compost. Composting produces valuable nutrients our soil needs and can be used as garden fertilizer. We have a responsibility to take care of our planet so it’s a healthy place for our children and grandchildren to grow up. These easy tips are a few ways you can get started in making a difference today for the world tomorrow.

 

 

 


Seasonably Cute DIY Fall Button Tree

by Jennifer Wieland
Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree #DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

Fall has definitely arrived. The temperatures are finally cooling off. It’s getting dark earlier and earlier. The leaves are changing colors and falling to create a colorful blanket over the ground. With the arrival of fall always comes great opportunities to decorate your home in the warm rich colors of the season.  If your anything like me though you want to be able to decorate on a budget and your kids want to help. That’s what makes this DIY fall button tree perfect! It’s inexpensive, your kids can do it and each one will be completely different. 

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree #DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

One of the really great things about this craft project is that it can easily be made with items that many of us already have on hand at home. That makes this a great project for the kids to do on a day off school or a rainy afternoon.

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree#DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

Materials

Template 
8″ x 10″ picture frame
Hot glue
Buttons in various sizes and colors – I use Favorite Findings Buttons

Instructions

Using your printer, print out the template on card stock and cut to 8″ x 10″.

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree #DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

Place your printed and cut template on a flat, protected surface.

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree#DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

Pick out and arrange the buttons to your liking. Use as many or as few as you like. You can even layer the buttons on each other.

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree#DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

Using a hot glue gun, glue buttons onto the tree template. 

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree#DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

When finished, take apart your frame and place the tree in front of the glass. Put the frame back together and you’re all set to enjoy!

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree#DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

This is a very pretty fall decorating idea and can easily be done in under 30 minutes. A grouping of them on the wall each with different buttons and button patterns would be beautiful. 

 

Do you like to change out decorations in your home based on the holiday or season?

 

 

 


The 5 Best First Time Car Buying Tips

by Jennifer Wieland
The 5 Best First Time Car Buying Tips #CarsCom
This is a sponsored post by Cars.com. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

The 5 Best First Time Car Buying Tips #CarsCom

Car buying can be a scary prospect. I know every time I have to start the hunt I cringe a little. The reason? It’s a big purchase and can greatly affect your life. My oldest son is 24 and just recently bought his first car. I did share with him the 5 best first time car buying tips to make the whole process a lot easier and less overwhelming.

The 5 Best First Time Car Buying Tips  #CarsCom

Do Your Homework Before You Head Out

My son was just going to head out and just randomly roam around dealerships to look at cars. I told him not to waste his time with all that. Look online at Cars.com and research what’s available at what dealerships. Then you can contact the dealerships online too in order to verify that the car you actually want is in fact still available. Doing his research online really helped. He was so sure he wanted a brand new Honda or Toyota Sedan. In the end, he went a totally different route with what he bought after he did his research.

Know What You Can Afford

My son, like most college graduates has student loan debt. He makes good money and lives at home with us to pay his loans from school down faster. With all that though I still wanted him to know that most experts suggest your total car budget (payment, insurance, gasoline & maintenance) don’t total more than 15-25% of your gross income. You don’t want to end up car poor. My son had to take into account that while he was taking on a payment and picking up paying for his own insurance for the first time. He also needed to realize that a newer car would get him MUCH better gas mileage than his old car did and wouldn’t need the frequent repairs that had been hitting his wallet.

Know What You Have to Spend 

Walking into a dealership with a pre-approval from a bank makes car shopping SO much easier! I told my son to contact his bank and credit card companies to get pre-approved for a car loan. Walking in to a dealership with a number in your head makes the process easier. There’s no guessing at numbers or hoping you can get what you want. My son had no credit cards after graduation and had waited to open some. That meant he didn’t have as much credit history built up as some kids his age might have had. He was pre-approved for a decent amount $15,000 from one of his credit card banks. That’s not a bad amount but that a new car was out of the question and he then had to look at his other options. In the end he was able to find a car he loved and the paperwork took no time at all since he already had a bank approval.

New Isn’t Your Only Option

New cars are great and that new car smell is awesome! Buying a brand new car though is not the only option that’s out there for car shoppers though. You can get a really good, budget friendly, low mileage used car. The advantages of a used car is that the cost is way less. It also means you may be able to get more bells and whistles than you could afford on a new car. You may only be able to afford a base model car if you buy new. If you opt for the same car that’s got low miles and is a year or two older you may be able to get an upgraded model. Think leather seats over cloth. The other options is leasing. With a lease you get the brand new car that your basically renting on average for 24-36 months. The payments are generally lower than if you bought the same car. The other nice thing with a lease is that maintenance is usually included which reduces your out-of-pocket expenses.

Try It Before You Buy It

Once you’ve done all of your homework and think you know what you want it’s time for the real fun to begin. Head out to the dealerships that have the cars you’ve settled on. Take the cars for a test drive. You may find once you test drive a car that it’s not at all what you wanted. You may not find you like the dashboard layout. The ceiling height may not suit you. It can be all sorts of things. My son was so set on a sedan. He found after his initial search and test drives that he didn’t want a sedan at all.  

Buying your first car or any car is a huge step. It effects your budget, your family and can even change your life. Knowing how to make the process go more smoothly can take all the stress sand anxiety out of the car buying process.

So What Did My Son Buy?

My son was able to buy his very first car and he loves it! In the end the idea of new went out the window. Along with that he also bypassed his idea of a Toyota or Honda Sedan. He instead ended up with a 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan. The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV. The one he purchased only had 21,000 miles on it and came with the remainder of the warranty.

The 5 Best First Time Car Buying Tips #CarsCom Now that he has this safe and awesome new car, I can have him do all sorts of things like run his younger siblings around for me or my sister can have him come babysit his godson. To make sure his siblings and godson are safe in his car. I’m going to have him learn all about car seat installation since this week is Car Seat Safety Week.

 

 

 


5 Reasons Entenmann’s Little Bites is a School Lunch Must

by Jennifer Wieland
5 Reasons Entenmann’s Little Bites is a School Lunch Must in My House #LoveLittleBites
Today’s post is sponsored by Entenmann’s Little Bites. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

<SIGH> Every year I have these grandiose plans in my head for how this school year is going to be it! This school year will be the year that I FINALLY become that mom who has it all together. You know the mom I’m talking about. The one who is showered, dressed and ready for the day before she even has to wake kids up. That mom that neatly packs a week’s worth of lunches for the kids and has them all labeled and ready to go in the refrigerator on Sunday night. That wondrous mother who has her children so organized that they have their clothes laid out for the week, their homework ALWAYS done and backpacks at the ready. Sadly though, that’s just not me. No, I’m the mom who rolls out of bed and scrambles to wipe the sleep from her eyes while rousing the kiddos from their slumber. That is usually followed up by whining, crying and occasionally faking sick from children to avoid school. I consider the week a success if I had one day of not running around, yelling and ranting like a loon and all the kids made the bus each morning without forgetting anything. Luckily for me, Entenmann’s Little Bites helps me give the kids a school snack they love and that’s quick, easy and convenient for me to toss into their lunch boxes. 

5 Reasons Entenmann’s Little Bites is a School Lunch Must in My House #LoveLittleBites

5 Reasons Entenmann’s Little Bites is a School Lunch Must in My House

  1. Entenmann’s Little Bites come in convenient pre-portioned pouches that make for the perfect lunchbox staple or easy afterschool snack. The muffin varieties also make an ideal grab-and-go breakfast when kids are running late to the bus. 
  2. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® come in more than 10 varieties of yummy baked snacks that are ideal for today’s families and their on-the-go needs. They have a flavor for every snacking personality including Crumb Cake, Blueberry, Fudge Brownie, Strawberry Yogurt and limited edition flavors like Pumpkin.
  3. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® have the great taste kids and adults love! While giving you the label happiness you want for your family. Little Bites® contain no high fructose corn syrup. They’re made with real ingredients like blueberries, bananas and strawberries. Plus they are even certified Kosher.
  4. Most varieties of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® are less than 200 calories per pouch and contain zero grams of trans fat per serving.
  5. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® is a proud recycling supporter. In fact, they are currently holding a recycling contest.

5 Reasons Entenmann’s Little Bites is a School Lunch Must in My House #LoveLittleBites

How to Enter the Entenmann’s Little Bites Back To School Recycling Contest

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® has partnered with TerraCycle, an international recycling company that turns waste into plastic that can be used for other products. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® is running a contest that encourages participants to send in their pouches in celebration of the back to school season until October 31, 2017.

There are two ways for individuals, schools and organizations to participate:

  1. There is a collection contest to send in the most Entenmann’s® Little Bites® pouches. 
  2. Schools and organizations can design, build and create a unique collection receptacle for the Entenmann’s® Little Bites® pouches

Entenmann’s® & TerraCycle will provide tiered prizing for winners

The Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Pouch Recycling Program is open to any individual, school or organization interested in reducing local landfill waste. To learn more about the Entenmann’s® Little Bites ® Pouch Recycling Program, please visit: http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/entenmanns-little-bites-pouch-brigade

5 Reasons Entenmann’s Little Bites is a School Lunch Must in My House #LoveLittleBites

For more information and to stay in the know on all the latest flavors, coupons and contests, be sure to check out the Entenmann’s Little Bites website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram. If you want to see some fun DIY ideas on how to turn these little treats and other Entenmann’s products into fun and festive edibles be sure to check out the Entenmann’s YouTube channel.

 

 

 


Keeping Busy Moms Fueled with Dannon Yogurt Drinks

by Jennifer Wieland
Keeping Busy Moms Fueled with Dannon® Yogurt Drinks, Light & Fit and Oikos nonfat yogurt drinks. #DannonAtWM
 

I get it! In this day and age every one is busy. Whether you’re a kid with school, sports and activities, a single adult trying to make life happen or a busy parent trying to juggle home, work and family. As a mom there are days when I feel like I’m going non-stop from before sunup until well after I’ve tucked the last kid in for the night. I’ve also found as I get older it gets harder and harder to keep my energy levels up to maximum in order to get everything I need to get finished done in one day. Now that I’m also Diabetic I have to watch my body and understand it more than ever. One of my favorite new go-to ways to refuel or snack on the go while keeping to healthy options is with Dannon Light & Fit and Dannon Oikos Nonfat Yogurt Drinks.

Keeping Busy Moms Fueled with Dannon® Yogurt Drinks, Light & Fit and Oikos nonfat yogurt drinks. #DannonAtWM

Dannon® Light & Fit® Nonfat Yogurt Drink 4 pack 

Keeping Busy Moms Fueled with Dannon® Yogurt Drinks, Light & Fit and Oikos nonfat yogurt drinks. #DannonAtWM

My days start out all kinds of crazy! We have learning centers here and each one starts at a different time. Buses are coming all morning long and each one of my kids has a different wakeup and get out the door time. Throw in an adult son and husband heading to work at different times and trying to make sure everyone is fed, has lunches packed and is out the door on time doe snot leave me much time to grab breakfast to get my day started right. Being able to drink a Dannon® Light & Fit® Yogurt Drink helps me to get the nutrition I need while making it through a three-hour window of getting folks up, ready and out the door at my house.  For balanced nutrition on-the-go, Dannon® Light & Fit® Nonfat Yogurt Drinks are a smart choice. They help me shake up my routine with delicious favorite fruit flavors. They come in a convenient 7 fl. oz. bottle and are a nonfat yogurt drink with 9 grams of protein, 90 calories, 0 added sugar, and 0% fat. 

Dannon® Oikos® Nonfat Yogurt Drink 4 pack 

Keeping Busy Moms Fueled with Dannon® Yogurt Drinks, Light & Fit and Oikos nonfat yogurt drinks. #DannonAtWM

With my diagnosis of Diabetes and numerous other health problems hitting the gym is a must for me. I love the convenience of refrigerated Dannon® Oikos® Nonfat Yogurt Drinks. I can throw two into an insulated pouch and an ice pack for a great protein boost before and after working out. With 10 grams of protein, 0 added sugar, 4 grams of fiber, calcium, vitamin D and live and active yogurt cultures in each 7 fl oz bottle this is a post workout powerhouse! 

Keeping Busy Moms Fueled with Dannon® Yogurt Drinks, Light & Fit and Oikos nonfat yogurt drinks. #DannonAtWM

Dannon® Light &  Fit® and Oikos® Yogurt Drink 4 Packs are available at Walmart. The Light & Fit® 4 packs come in 5 different flavors and the Oikos® 4 packs come in 4 flavors. Both are great ways to keep you fueled on the go during your busy days.

 

 

 

 


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