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5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen

by Jennifer Wieland
5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen
  

Let’s face it, life is busy! Whether you are a busy parent, a single person enjoying adulthood on their own or a retiree enjoying your golden years life never stops to let you catch up. That’s one of the reasons that I love finding great hacks that can make life easier. Little things that can take the stress out of everyday life or just make something work better than it ever has for you before. Life hacks can be a lifesaver in your daily routine. One of my favorite life hack tools? It’s the classic kitchen staple, plastic wrap.

5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen

5 Must Know Kitchen Plastic Wrap Hacks

Plastic wrap is a staple in most kitchens but it can be used for so much more than just wrapping up leftovers.

  1. Keep Bananas Yellow Longer – Sometimes we go through bananas in our house in what seems like the blink of an eye. Other times, not so much. After to many bunches of bananas that went black before we got to eat them I learned the simple trick of wrapping the stems in plastic wrap. The plastic wrap helps contain ethylene gas, which bananas produce naturally while they ripen. The plastic wrap helps to contain that pesky ethylene gas so it doesn’t spread to other parts of the fruit, which is what makes the bananas ripen faster.5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen
  2. Keep the Burn at Bay – Ice cream should be nice and cold not covered in burns. Well, not covered in freezer burn that is. Keep your favorite summer cold treats like ice cream, gelato, sorbet and sherbet from getting freezer burn. Simply, drape a sheet of plastic wrap over the cold treat before you recover with the lid to the container.5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen
  3. Don’t Let Splatters Get the Drop on You – Keep your phone or tablet protected while working on that recipe you’ve been dying to try. Simply wrap your device in a sheet of plastic wrap to avoid and splatters or drips hitting your screen while you are double checking ingredients and cook times.5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen
  4. Get That Sticky Stuff Unstuck – Like saving those glass jars and reusing them? Hate the huge hassle of trying to get those labels off? You can easily remove those pesky labels from glass jars. All you need to do is wet the label with soap and water, wrap it in plastic wrap for a few minutes and let it sit for a few minutes. Then all you need to do is remove the plastic wrap and wipe it clean.5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen
  5. Skip the Flour Shower – Love baking sweet treats? Hate taking a flour shower or having your countertops covered in flour or powdered sugar? Simply wrap a sheet of plastic wrap around the top of your mixing bowl to keep your ingredients where they should be.5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen

How to Be a Plastic Wrap Hack Star 

I know plastic wrap is great but just thinking about tearing some of it off of the roll to try these kitchen life hacks stresses me out. We all know that tearing off a sheet of plastic wrap from the roll can turn into an over clingy mess! well, at least, it used to. That’s all in the past now. I’d like to introduce you to Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap. It has a built-in slide cutter to ensure a clean cut, every time. The innovative starter edge™ makes it easy to find the start of the roll. Even better, each roll is automatically held in place to keep it in the package like it should be during dispensing. Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap is the true kitchen life hack you need in your home.  5 Must Know Plastic Wrap Hacks for Your Kitchen

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You can learn even more about Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap and all the other great products from Reynolds KITCHENS® on their website. There you can also get some more great tips, find delicious recipes and print off valuable coupons for your next shopping trip. 

 

 

 


Show Your #Peepsonality to Your PEEPS® This Easter

by Jennifer Wieland

Confession time! 

I’m a junkie! That’s right I have a major weakness for all things PEEPS®. I don’t mean just at Easter time either. In fact, last year on a trip I was able to visit one of the two PEEPS & COMPANY® stores. I squealed, gasped, oohed and aahed over all the items you could buy that were covered with the iconic PEEPS® bunny! (He’s my favorite!) I went a little nuts in the PEEPS & COMPANY® store and stocked up with goodies to pair with those yummy, iconic marshmallow treats we’re all familiar with this Easter. I was able to get some shirts, golfing items, bracelets, luggage tags, cups and a ton of other items to make this Easter even more PEEPS®-tacular!

I’m planning to pair all of my cool PEEPS & COMPANY® store finds with the classic PEEPS® chicks and bunnies in their classic spring colors. I’m also planning to add in some of the fun, festive and delicious new flavors like Sour Cherry, Party Cake and fruit flavors dipped in chocolate. 

If you’re a PEEPS & COMPANY® fan like me don’t forget that these colorful marshmallow treats make a great addition to all of your holiday baking too. Why stop there though? You can also created these colorful, festive, edible cuties into some fun holiday crafts too. For recipe and craft inspiration you just need to head over to the PEEPS® website

Don’t worry if marshmallow isn’t your thing. PEEPS & COMPANY® has you covered with their other brands that are classic favorites like MIKE AND IKE®, HOT TAMALES®, and GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS® to fill your Easter baskets with.

PEEPS & COMPANY® knows my love of all things PEEPS® related and were kind enough to share a discount for my readers to use at the PEEPS & COMPANY® online store! Just enter the code EASTER18 for a 20% discount at checkout. You can find all your favorite or hard to find PEEPS & COMPANY® favorites along with adorable gifts like the PEEP-on-a-Perch gift set or the new PEEPS® In Pajamas bedtime story. 

 

 

 


Entenmann’s® Little Bites® – Five Reasons You Need Them This Holiday

by Jennifer Wieland
Entenmann’s® Little Bites® - Five Reasons You Need Them This Holiday #AD #LoveLittleBites
Thanks to Entenmann’s® Little Bites® for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Holiday season is in full effect now. That means parents all over are doing their daily routines with the added bonuses of holiday shopping, family gatherings, gift wrapping, holiday decorating and loads and loads of other festive things that go along with the season. With all of that hectic scheduling and planned chaos why not make your life a little easier where you can with Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. These tasty little treats will definitely make your holiday season a little easier and lot less messy.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® - Five Reasons You Need Them This Holiday #AD #LoveLittleBites

Five Reasons You Need Entenmann’s® Little Bites® This Holiday

  1. Keeping kid and adult tummies full on long car rides – With all of the travel to visit family and friends during the holidays it’s important to make the long car rides bearable for everyone in the vehicle. However, you don’t want your car seats to be a crumb and food debris mess. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® in their convenient pouches make for a perfect treat for long car rides.
  2. Make holiday shopping with the kids a little less stressful – Entenmann’s® Little Bites® in their convenient pouches are easy to toss into a diaper bag or purse. While you’re trying to browse and find the best deals you can avert whining kids with their favorite flavor of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins. 
  3. Keep rumbling tummies at bay while sledding – Sledding is a cold weather staple but all that trudging up a hill lugging a sled behind you can be exhausting for kids. Pair that with the cold and kids get hungry pretty fast. A thermos full of hot cocoa and Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins in a variety of flavors make the perfect way to refuel. 
  4. Perfect for class parties – Before school lets out for the holiday break many kids have class parties. While those parties can be tons of fun for the kids, parents often see them as a sack full of candy that comes home in their kid’s backpack. Be that parent that sends a different option. With all of the flavor varieties available every kid in class can pick their favorite. 
  5. Give Santa a cookie break – The jolly man loves his cookies as we all know but he’s usually only able to take a few bites before he has to be on his way to the next house. This year, skip the cookies and leave him a few pouches of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® in the special, limited edition flavor Butter Cookie Muffins. He’ll have all the flavor of his favorite cookies but he’ll be able to grab them and go. Being able to munch on a snack while he circles the globe that is less than 200 calories per pouch and contains no high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat will keep him ho-ho-ho-ing all night. 

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® - Five Reasons You Need Them This Holiday #AD #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.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® - Five Reasons You Need Them This Holiday #AD #LoveLittleBites

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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.

 

 

 

 


5 Reasons Fruit Shoot is a Must for Keeping Kids Hydrated

by Jennifer Wieland
5 Reasons Fruit Shoot is a Must for Keeping Kids Hydrated #ItsMyThing


I’m sure I’m not the only mom who’s summers are a flutter of constant activity. I plan things to do almost every single day to insure the kids get out of the house and off of the electronics. I want them to be unplugged as much as possible and enjoying all that sunshine, beautiful blue skies and gorgeous weather while they can. Back-to-school has a way of sneaking up on us quickly each year. All that go-go action and time outside in the sun means I need to keep the kids hydrated. In our house Fruit Shoot is an absolute must for keeping the kids hydrated during all of our summertime fun!

5 Reasons Fruit Shoot is a Must for Keeping Kids Hydrated #ItsMyThing

5 Reasons Fruit Shoot is a Must for Keeping Kids Hydrated 

  1. The resealable cap allows children more independence and lets Fruit Shoot® go with you all day. I don’t have to worry about drinks spilling in the car or our pool bag. No bugs are also getting in with the resealable cap.
  2. The bottle is designed for on-the-go and is durable enough to withstand adventure. Whether we are on a nature hike, or the kids are hopping out of the pool for a quick drink the child size sports bottle design is meant to fit little hands perfectly.
  3. Pouches aren’t great for saving if unfinished but Fruit Shoot® is perfect for popping in the fridge for later consumption.
  4. Pouch or box drinks tend to shoot up through the straw if the kids grab them quickly and with a little too much force. Straws can also get lost easily. I’m sure we’ve all come across a pouch or box missing its straw.
  5. Fruit Shoot® has options I can get behind as a parent. The flavor options are favorites among my kids and I like that I can get sugar-free varieties as well as varieties made with real sugar, not corn syrup.

5 Reasons Fruit Shoot is a Must for Keeping Kids Hydrated #ItsMyThing

Fruit Shoot® is produced by Robinsons. Robinsons has been a trusted company in the U.K. for more than a century. Now they are sharing their goal to make both parents and kids happy with parents and kids in the U.S. To find out where to buy Fruit Shoot® or more about the flavors head over HERE.

 

 

 

 

 


Sunning, Running, Funning Family Activities with Froot Shoot®

by Jennifer Wieland
5 Reasons Fruit Shoot is a Must for Keeping Kids Hydrated #ItsMyThing


 Living in the Chicago suburbs my family craves the arrival of spring and summer every single year! When the sunshine creeps out from behind the grey of a Chicago winter and you spot grass below slush are heaven! You want to throw caution to the wind and run outside for some outdoor family activities. Feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin is enough to bring out smiles in the whole family.

Sunning, Running, Funning Family Activities with Froot Shoot®

#ItsMyThing – How My Kids Find Happy

Those first few days of sun also bring about sign ups for all of the spring and summer sports leagues, summer camps, pool pass memberships along with the need to break out bikes, scooters, bubbles, chalk and other outdoor must have items to entertain the kids. Ellie is active with swimming and soccer. Jackson is all about baseball and Cub Scouts while Luke enjoys competing in Special Olympics and computer programming. All those activities keep my kids very active and always on the go. Most importantly, it keeps them active and cuts down time on video games and electronics.

Sunning, Running, Funning Family Activities with Froot Shoot®

My life quickly becomes nothing more than a taxi service and I’m left running kids from practice to practice, game to game and event to event. Keeping kids hydrated while on the go and during practices, games and play is a must. With a no-mess, on-the-go format, Fruit Shoot® can be at your kid’s side to give them the freedom to do their thing’and parents can feel good about giving it to them. Fruit Shoot® is made with no artificial flavors, real fruit juice, no high fructose corn syrup, and offers great options like varieties made with real sugar, as well as no sugar added. All of this definitely puts Fruit Shoot® ahead of the competition but what really sold me was the durable, resealable bottle. I can’t tell you how happy I am now that I no longer have spilled juice boxes and pouches left in my minivan or sports gear bags!

Sunning, Running, Funning Family Activities with Froot Shoot®

Fruit Shoot® comes in seven flavors, including the new Fruit Punch. Fruit Shoot® has already been a very popular juice drink for kids in the U.K. since 2000. Froot Shoot® is a proven favorite in the U.K. with two bottles of Fruit Shoot® sold every second! Now Fruit Shoot® is sharing the love and great taste with U.S. families!

Sunning, Running, Funning Family Activities with Froot Shoot®

Fruit Shoot® Wants Kids to Find Their Thing!

Fruit Shoot® wants to encourage all kids to find their thing and celebrate it! Whether its sports, arts, tech or anything else that clicks for a kid and takes them to their happy place! You can join them and learn more about their #ItsMyThing campaign on the Froot Shoot® WEBSITE. You can also head HERE to locate stores in your area that carry this great, family friendly drink option!


Hamilton Beach Rice Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe Plus a Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe
Thank you to Hamilton Beach for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

Just a handful of weeks ago I couldn’t wait for the kids to be back in school! I had been counting down the days until I had some peace and quiet around the house to get work done and to just have some quiet me time. Now though activities are kicking in as well as homework for the kids and the tons of travel I have done in the last five weeks with the family (Hello, three out of five weeks of living in close quarters.) and I just have been struggling to get back into the school year routine. That means I have been on the hunt to find things to make dinner time easier on me because scrambling for a good breakfast, ordering in or picking up carry out is just cutting way to into the budget and causing too much stress. As a Hamilton Beach ambassador I was so happy to receive the Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in stainless steel. It’s been a lifesaver for breakfast and dinner! One of the favorite things I’ve been making is my Rice Cooker Mexican Rice recipe.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel

Prior to this I have never owned a rice cooker but I had been looking to buy one. I had no idea what I had been missing out on!  The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker is so unbelievably versatile a good rice cooker could be. The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker allows me to have hot cereals ready for breakfast when the family gets up. I’m also able to make a variety of rice, pasta and grains. What truly sets this rice cooker apart though is that it comes with a steamer basket. So while your cooking your rice, pasta or grains you can also steam vegetables, seafood and chicken. To take this rice and hot cereal cooker to the next level Hamilton Beach made sure to include both a delay start and warmer feature.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel

The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker frees up time for you. The rice cooker does all of the work for you to make meals a hit all while freeing you up to be able to pack lunches in the morning, help with homework after school or run kids around to activities and sports.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe

My family loves Mexican food! We have it 1-2 times a week usually and one of my favorite sides to go with it is Mexican rice.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe

It’s flavorful and packed with colorful veggies that add some extra nutrition for the family. It also makes a phenomenal base for rice bowls.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe

Slow Cooker Mexican Rice
Serves 6
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414 calories
85 g
4 g
2 g
11 g
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304 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
304g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 414
Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 614mg
26%
Total Carbohydrates 85g
28%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 5g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
45%
Vitamin C
68%
Calcium
5%
Iron
8%
* 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. 3 c. of long grain white rice
  2. 3 - 4 c. chicken stock or broth
  3. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1 tbsp. garlic paste
  6. 3/4 c. red bell pepper. diced
  7. 3/4 c. green bell pepper, diced
  8. 1/2 c. celery, diced
  9. 1/2 c. carrot, diced
  10. 1/2 c. Spanish onion, diced
  11. 1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain your measured rice in the rice strainer/steamer basket.
  2. Pour rice into the pot of the rice cooker.
  3. Pour in enough chicken broth/stock to reach the mark for 3 cups of liquid.
  4. Stir in the pepper, salt and garlic paste.
  5. In the steamer basket of your rice cooker place all of the veggies and place over the rice pot.
  6. Close the lid of the rice cooker and turn the rice cooker on and press the white rice button.
  7. Allow the rice to cook through the white rice cycle.
  8. Once done pour the veggies from the steam basket into the rice pot and stir together.
  9. transfer the Mexican rice to a serving bowl and sprinkle the cilantro on top and serve.
Notes
  1. If you can't find a Spanish onion use a yellow onion instead.
  2. If you do not have garlic paste on hand use minced or pressed garlic.
  3. If you would like to substitute brown rice you can. Just use the brown rice settings and adjust liquid if needed according to your manual.
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Malt-O-Meal® Cereals Makes School Mornings Tasty, Easy, Affordable

by Jennifer Wieland
Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family! #RealValueRealDelicious


 

School mornings are rough for many of us. Whether you are a stay-at-home, work-at-home or work outside of the house parent it’s difficult getting the entire family up, moving and out the door with different personalities at play. That’s why I love grabbing Malt-O-Meal® cereals. Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family!

Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family! #RealValueRealDelicious

My oldest son and I are usually the first ones up in the morning. He is trying to get up and ready and out the door for work while I am trying to roll the other kids and my husband up out of bed. Sounds easy enough but we have learning centers in my area and that means we have staggered start times for the schools. My 12 year-old has to be up first for his bus at 7:05. So once he’s dressed he gets a bowl of his favorite Malt-O-Meal® cereal to start eating while I go and wake up my 7 year-old. Her bus arrives at 7:33. As she comes down for breakfast and my 12 year-old is leaving for the bus I’m left dashing back upstairs to wake my 9 year-old and husband. My 9 year-old has a bus that comes at 7:54 and my husband has to be dropped off at the train station a half mile from us by 7:50. To say our mornings are a long, drawn-out affair is an understatement!

Malt-O-Meal® cereals make school mornings tasty, easy and affordable for the family! #RealValueRealDelicious

Malt-O-Meal® cereals are a life saver for our family! Malt-O-Meal® makes 34 different varieties of cereal! With that many varieties each of my family members can always find just what they want at a price I love. My oldest has been a fan of the Cinnamon Toasters for a long time now. For me, Malt-O-Meal® keeps my shopping budget on track with great prices! Pair that with this valuable coupon and you can’t beat the price! My other reason for loving Malt-O-Meal® is that with their resealable bags there’s never any waste. This ensures that each and every time we are rushing around on busy mornings that my family is getting a fresh bowl of cereal. No stale stuff for my group!

 

 

 


Eight Great Pre-Wedding Health Tips

by Jennifer Wieland
Eight great ways to say "I do" to a healthier you! #Wedding #Preperation

 

Pre-Wedding Health Tips

If you’re about to get married or you’re playing a big role in your loved ones’ wedding, slimming down might be on your to do list. Here are some tips to help you get ready for the big day.

Eight great ways to say "I do" to a healthier you! #Wedding #Preperation
 

Start Well In Advance

If you’d like to lose 10 pounds or more, that weight will take more than a few weeks to come off. It’s not realistic to have a goal to drop 30 pounds in two months, so start as far in advance as you can. Slow, steady weight loss is your best option for staying sane and keeping the weight off for the long run. Fad diets might work to quickly drop a few pounds, but you’re likely to feel miserable and gain all the weight back as soon as you stop dieting. For sustainable weight loss, start changing your habits several months before the wedding.
 

Drink Water Before Each Meal

The trick to glowing skin and a healthy digestive system is hydration. It can be hard to get the recommended eight glasses of water per day, so consider purchasing a “timer bottle.” This type of water bottle is marked with each hour of the day to remind you to pause every so often to take a sip. You should aim for at least two liters of water intake per day. Try drinking 500 mL of water upon waking to rev up your metabolism, and also drink a glass of water before each meal. This will help you feel full and prevent overeating.
 

Find Healthy Alternatives

When you’re preparing for a wedding, high fat foods like mayonnaise and salad dressing should be avoided. However, if a salad is only tolerable with a big dose of dressing, there’s no need to give up what you love. Hampton Creek offers a line of sustainably produced, guilt-free eggless mayo and salad dressing, so you can still enjoy added flavor on salads and sandwiches.
 

Snack on Vitamin C-Rich Foods

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times in your life. Combined with long hours at work, your immune system can quickly tank if you don’t take care of yourself. To keep your immune system working to the best of its ability, snack on foods rich in Vitamin C, like strawberries. For even more Vitamin C and other nutrients, you can make a green smoothie for breakfast a few times a week to give you the energy you need to get you through the potentially stressful months to come.
 

Cut Down on Sugary Drinks

If you love going to your favorite coffee shop for a sugary concoction every morning, now is the perfect time to start cutting down. Drinking your calories is one of the most common ways of getting excess calories that your body doesn’t need, and too much sugar is also unhealthy. Alcoholic beverages are a big source of sugar, so try to cut down on these as well. Sugary drinks like cocktails can leave you feeling bloated, so especially in the weeks leading up to the wedding, stick to water or sugar-free tea.
 

Get Plenty of Omega 3s

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential in giving your skin a healthy glow. Two to three times per week, incorporate fish like salmon and tilapia into your meal plans. Some fish, like swordfish and mackerel, are high in mercury. It’s best to avoid those types of fish.
 

Get Your Rest

Don’t let wedding planning consume your life. Although this is likely to be an exciting and stressful time, try not to let planning every single detail take priority over important matters like adequate sleep. Wedding planning takes a lot of time and energy, but you should prioritize self-care and not get too caught up in the details.

Eight great ways to say "I do" to a healthier you! #Wedding #Preperation
 

Conclusion

Preparing for a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. It can simultaneously be the happiest time of your life, and the most stress inducing. If you’d like to start changing your habits to shed a few pounds before the big day, make sure to drink enough water, stock up on vitamin rich foods like berries and salmon, and seek out healthy alternatives to high fat foods. Remember to set realistic, reachable goals so you aren’t tempted to try a fad diet in order to quickly drop the weight. No matter what, prioritize your beauty sleep and try to enjoy the experience instead of getting overwhelmed.
  
  

 

 


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