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Diono Radian RXT Carseat Giveaway Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:25:06 +0000 {Read More} ]]> dionoradain

Sponsored by Diono

Hosted by Conservamom

New Moms and Moms to be area always looking for the safest features for their little ones. From the best foods to the best schools there’s always a need to find superior products for our little ones.

One product that is a continuous leader in the car seat industry is Diono. Diono car seats, Convertible boosters, storage solutions, stroller and travel accessories consistently earn high ratings from industry experts and families worldwide. Their product designs combine safety, convenience and style.


The Radian®RXT Car Seats are designed with your child’s security and safety as top priorities. Premium materials and thoughtful safety features like a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, and a five-point harness put your mind at ease as your little one stays safe and sound. The reinforced adjustable head support provides additional side impact protection.


  • Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides for unmatched safety
  • Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5-45 lbs, forward-facing children from 20 – 80 lbs in a 5-point harness, then converts to a booster for children up to 120 lbs
  • Unique SuperLATCH system that makes installation easy
  • It also fits 3 across in most mid-size vehicles, folds flat for travel and is FAA certified
  • Booster mode from 50 – 120 lbs (40 to 57 inches)
  • NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident condition
  • Infant body support cushions and memory foam for added comfort
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  • Additional forward-facing recline position to accommodate different types of contoured vehicle seats, 12-position adjustable headrest, 5 shoulder and 3 buckle positions deliver a comfortable ride
  • Rear-facing tether capability
  • Additional set of harness pads included to use only when the child is over 65 lbs in the 5-point harness
  • Expandable sides and long seat bottom allow proper leg support
  • Low-sitting profile makes it easy for your child to board
  • Angled cup holder keeps a variety of drinks upright and within easy reach
  • Cover is machine washable (we do not recommend one with an agitator) and dryable
  • Rubber bottom grips for no-slip installation
  • 10 year life

Conservamom recently had the chance to review this car seat. Head over to her page and check it out!

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Monday’s Extraordinary Giveaway Linky Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:00:56 +0000 {Read More} ]]> Giveaway Linky Weekly Button

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Wyatt Lily Boutique Children’s Clothing Giveaway Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:50:19 +0000 {Read More} ]]> Wyatt Lily Giveaway Banner

Wyatt Lily one of New York City’s Premier Children’s boutique has unveiled their new Signature Line and it’s sure to turn heads wherever your little one goes.


The first phase is a gorgeous and royal collection of Tutus and Tutu dresses for the perfect princess in your life. With gorgeous designs, styles and colors this line will have your little princess. Wyatt Lily’s signature brand tutu dresses are adorable cotton dress with tulle tutu – for your most romantic little fashionista – can be paired with boots or sneakers for everyday wear, and sky’s the limit for playtime.

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They can be found at the Wyatt Lily store in New York or Online at Wyatt

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Wouldn’t your little fashionista love to have one of these gorgeous dresses?

Owner Rachel Uchitel’s proudest achievement is her daughter, Wyatt Lily, born in May of 2012. Rachel’s love of fashion collided with the need to dress her baby in practical, functional clothes. That, coupled with her desire to have more time with Wyatt, led her to create Wyatt Lily NYC. The store carries fun, whimsical fashion for boys and girls, ages newborn to 6 years old. Besides clothing, Wyatt Lily NYC carries a selection of specialty gifts, plush toys, clever books and monogrammed items.

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Do you love to dress your little one in trendy outfits? Check out the gorgeous outfits, accessories and more over at Wyatt Lily New York’s Premier Baby & kids’ Boutiques!

One lucky reader will have the opportunity to win a $75 Wyatt Lily Gift card to be used on their online store towards the Signature Line!
This giveaway is open to US & Canada and ends on 2/6. Good luck!


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Butter Nip Cake Shots Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:54:47 +0000 {Read More} ]]> If you’re entertaining and planning on a crowd, these boozy little cake shots will be a serious crowd pleaser. The cakes are enhanced with butterscotch and Irish Cream liqueurs, and iced with a coffee liqueur and espresso whipped frosting. Attractive and addictive, these little cakes will be the hit of the party!

Butter Nip Cake Shots

Butter Nip Cake Shots

Makes 9 dozen mini-cupcakes


  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch liqueur (like Buttershots Schnapps)
  • 1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur (like Baileys Irish Cream liqueur)
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Butter Nips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place paper liners in mini-muffin pans.
  3. In a large bowl, thoroughly cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the liqueurs and mix well.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each one. Beat well.
  6. Combine the cake flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  7. With mixer on low, add half of the flour mixture. When it is fully incorporated, add half of the milk. Repeat. Mix on medium until well combined.
  8. Fill the mini-cake cavities a little more than half full. Don’t overfill – the liqueur adds sugar to the mixture, and if the cupcakes spread on top they will be difficult to remove.
  9. Bake for 11-12 minutes. Test with a toothpick. Turn out on racks to cool.

Well-whipped cake batter

Whipped Espresso Frosting


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry espresso powder
  • 4 tablespoons coffee liqueur (like Kahlua)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  1. Cream together the butter, powdered sugar, and espresso powder.
  2. Add the coffee liqueur and beat well.
  3. On low speed, add the cream until combined. Turn speed up to med-high and beat for one minute. The frosting should look light and fluffy. Adjust to your preference by adding powdered sugar or cream.

Adding contrast icing

Finishing Touches:

To add a dark swirl in the frosting, (optional) combine 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur, 2 teaspoons espresso powder, and enough powdered sugar to make a very soft icing, then drip it inside the piping bag before adding the Espresso Whipped Frosting to the bag.

Pipe icing onto the cool mini-cakes, and top with a chocolate-covered espresso bean if desired.

Butter Nip Cupcakes


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Monday’s Extraordinary Giveaway Linky Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:00:26 +0000 {Read More} ]]> Giveaway Linky Weekly Button

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Yoplait Light Banana Smoothie with Peanut Butter Drizzle Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:40:36 +0000 {Read More} ]]> Many thanks to Yoplait for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to create a snack hack with Yoplait Light!

Watching what I eat has been a long time struggle for me. It is a sad confession day when I tell you that I have been considered plus size since I was around eight years old. No matter how many diets I tried, I have never been able to achieve that perfectly thin body. So today I am cheering for healthy snacking and sharing one of my family favorites, the Banana Smoothie. It is simple to make and you can top it with anything from the peanut butter drizzle seen below to fresh strawberries for a tangy twist.

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It may have taken me nearly 10 years of misery to get to this point but about a year ago to this day I decided, I love me for me. Every since that moment my goal was no longer to be what magazines wanted me to be, but to be healthy for myself and my family. In the last year, I have slowly transformed my way of thinking from someone who would work 6+ hours online and then sit with my children to achieve those family moments to a mom that takes a break every 30 minutes or so to stretch, do some extra chores and even jog in place. One that spends time with my children outdoors or practicing taekwondo routines with them. These are simple practices that only take a little bit of time out of your day and add so much more to it. Even more so, I have become one that no longer thinks I have to force myself to starve to lose weight but simply by applying a routine of healthy snacking (like with Yoplait Light: 90 calories, 0% fat, 90 calories and 20+ flavors to choice from), regular meals and exercise. I feel full, happy and excited to continue my journey for a lifetime to come. You will never truly be able to change until you take that first step and I am glad to have a partner like Yoplait Light on my team.

Banana Smoothie


Banana Smoothie with Peanut Butter Drizzle

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 Ripe Banana

1 Yoplait Light Very Vanilla

4 ounces of non-fat milk

Peanut Butter Drizzle Ingredients:

1 tablespoon Creamy Peanut Butter

1 teaspoon Brown Sugar

Healthy Mid-day Snack Hacks Smoothie Instructions:

#1. Peel and slice banana into 1/2 inch pieces.

#2. Add Yoplait Light Very Vanilla, milk and banana to blender and mix. *I prefer mine a little chunky but this part is all up to you!

#3. Pour into glass and top with drizzle or fruit as desired.

Bananas Mixer

Peanut Butter Drizzle Instructions:

#1. Mix peanut butter and brown sugar in small bowl.

#2. Heat in microwave for 15 second intervals until you achieve a syrup consistency.

#3. Drizzle over the top and enjoy. Smoothie Boy

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$200 and a Day in the Kitchen: 20+ Delicious Meals Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:31:11 +0000 {Read More} ]]> ingredients

Recently, I started this whole journey of meal planning, and devoting some time to prepare and shop for a “menu” for the week for my family.  We were all sick of the old “open up the fridge and stare blankly only to discover that there were no fresh proteins, and eventually ending up resorting to pasta and sauce… AGAIN routine.”

Over the last few months I have been trying some new recipes and modifying them to find my family’s favorites, so that I can have a “go-to” list when doing my meal plans.  One day I had the bright idea to do the month rather than the week, and I set out to the grocery store list in hand.  I am going to warn you, that most of my recipes are going to be chicken based.  Reason #1 is that is typically what pleases everyone in my family, Reason#2 is because it is one of the only proteins I personally like to freeze, Reason #3 is that I wanted to keep things simple, and Reason #4 is because I can grab a 10 pound bag (or two) from the local butcher at an awesome price, so I will give you my favorite go to’s (with a few other odds and end mixed in) and you can use this as a base model, and either incorporate your own favorite recipes into your plan, or use alternate proteins on days you decide not to thaw one of your freezer meals.

When I know I am going to be meal prepping, I will usually take a trip to our local butcher on an off day (NOT a weekend) when I know I will not have to stand in a long line, and there are typically great bulk buy sales in the meat section.  I can get GREAT quality, farm raised chicken breasts for $2.72/lb (as opposed to the non-organic bulk price of $1.99/lb at our local Wegmans, which is still a great deal, but you really can taste the difference with good meat.)  This is my starting point.  If I am really ambitions, I will start to prep the meat now, otherwise, I will take my local grocery trip early on a weekend morning, so that I can be home and have my day in the kitchen, with all of my food out and not have to worry about putting everything away and getting it out again when I am ready to go to town.

Do yourself a favor, and START with a clean kitchen, clean counters, a clean freezer/fridge (you are going to be storing a TON of food for meals), an empty trash can, and an empty recycling can.  Spread out your foods, grab your freezer storage bags, a permanent marker, kitchen utensils, all of your pantry items*, and get to work!

I am going to include the recipes I use, any modifications that I personally make to them, what I break down for the week vs. freeze-for-later, and MY pantry list.  When you are making your shopping list, check your pantry, and mark off YOUR pantry list, as it may be different for you than me.

Here are the recipes you will have for the month when you are finished:


My Pantry List:

  • GOOD quality freezer bags, LOTS of them
  • Aluminum bake pans (I typically buy a large quantity at BJ’s and always have on hand.)
  • Glad Press and Seal wrap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • Canned Corn Kernels
  • Canned Black Beans
  • Brown Rice
  • Canned broth (chicken and vegetable)
  • Flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Soy Sauce
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Minced Garlic (jar)
  • Ginger (tube)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Honey
  • Rolled Oats
  • Panko bread crumbs (whole wheat)
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Spices
    • Oregano
    • Thyme (dried)
    • Cumin
    • Onion Powder
    • Chili Powder
    • Garlic Powder
    • Salt/Pepper
    • Ranch Seasoning (large container not packets)
    • Paprika
    • Red Pepper Flakes
    • Nutmeg
    • Cinnamon
    • Taco seasoning

***Always grab all of your pantry items before you go to the store to see if you are running low before sitting down to attack a large number of recipes, there is nothing like going through the whole process to find out you are 3T short on soy or rice vinegar and having to make another trip to the store in the midst of your crazy cooking/prepping day!

Shopping List:

  • MEATS:

    • Chicken, base how many chicken breasts you need on how many you need to feed.  For instance, if a recipe calls for 4-5 breasts, I typically use 3 for our household.  If you have older children who eat more, or tend to need more for a meal for your family, simply modify your amount per bag/recipe.  Also, consider how large the breasts are, sometimes I end up getting very large breasts when I buy a bulk bag, I can cut them in half.  (I used 22 for the above to feed two adults for all meals, and one toddler who eats a little chicken himself.)
    • Sausage, either hot, mild, pork, turkey, whatever your pleasure.  I prefer turkey sausage, mild.  18 links for the above, but again, more or less depending on how many you are feeding)
    • Shrimp or Salmon for Scampi
    • Frozen tortellini-2 16-20 oz bags, depending on what your store sells.  Cheese, beef, whatever your pleasure :)
    • Frozen veggies for pot pie, I use carrots and peas, but you can add whatever you like
    • Onion/pepper mix if you do not want to chop fresh for the sausage and peppers recipe
    • 1 orange
    • 3-4 lemons
    • 2 limes
    • 1 bag of Meyers Lemons
    • 4c blueberries (fresh and/or frozen)
    • fresh tomatoes if you want to brighten up scampi)
    • small piece of ginger root (unless you keep fresh in a tube like I do)
    • one head of garlic (unless you keep a jar of minced)
    • 1 bunch green onion
    • 1 bag of white onions
    • 4 shallots
    • 2-6 red bell peppers (depending on if you use fresh or frozen for sausage and peppers recipe)
    • 1 bag fresh spinach
  • DAIRY:
    • 4 packages cream cheese
    • 1c shredded Asiago cheese
    • 1/4c parmesan
    • 1/2c grated romano
    • 6c shredded cheddar
    • 6c shredded mozzarella
    • large tub of ricotta
    • 2c heavy cream
    • 4 sticks unsalted butter
    • 1 tube refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
    • 1 tube artisan whole grain pizza dough
  • CANNED GOODS (if not in pantry):
    • 4 cans black beans
    • 4 cans corn
    • 8 cans diced tomato (you can do plain, Italian style, or sometimes I do the Roasted Garlic and Onion as well)
    • Broth, you can often substitute chicken/vegetable.  I typically use one large can of reduced sodium chicken and one or two small cans.
    • Salsa (2 cups)
    • Taco seasoning
  • PASTA:
    • 2 boxes whole grain (or Super Pasta-Wegman’s brand) elbow macaroni
    • 2 boxes ziti or penne
    • 2 boxes linguini (or pasta of choice for scampi)
  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Cheap Chardonnay (we have great $6 bottles at Wegmans)
  • Buffalo chicken sauce, I LOOOOOOVE Sweet Baby Rays!
  • ***ANYTHING ELSE on my pantry list that you do not have on hand***

Helpful Kitchen Tools to have out:

  • Mandolin
  • Two cutting boards (one for meat, and one for veggies)
  • Two sets of measuring cups/spoons
  • Juicer
  • Zester
  • Glass nesting bowls

Now that you’ve done the hard part, that is deciding which recipes to do, checking your list for what you already have, and then getting the shopping done, you are ready to get started!!

Like I said earlier, and I can’t stress this enough… Start with a clean kitchen, an empty trash can, and an empty recycling can.  If it so moves you, put on your favorite music and get yourself in the mood!  Make sure you are in comfy clothes that you don’t mind some splatter on, or wear an apron, and have on some comfy sturdy shoes too, you are going to be on your feet for a while.  (I always have a glass of wine on hand too, because #1, you won’t use it all in the cooking, and #2, you are doing all of the hard work, you deserve it!)

Start by having all of your recipes printed out or written out, and lay them on the counter next to your freezer bags.  Label all of your freezer bags with your meals, today’s date, and add any instructions on the bag for when you thaw and are ready to cook.  This way you don’t have to look in your freezer to see when something was originally frozen or search for your recipe to see how long it needs to cook.


Measure out the nuts you will need for the recipes.  Place these in smaller sandwich bags and label so they don’t get eaten by others in the house.  If you are lucky enough to have a bulk nut section in your grocery store, you can get exactly what you need for the recipes, however in our house, we snack often on cashews and peanuts, so it is not always a bad thing to buy extra.

Now comes Hunter’s favorite part…. smashing the peanuts for the Thai Chicken!


Next, I prefer to chop all of my veggies, and portion out all of my spices and sauces into nesting bowls.  This is the step that if you keep until the end, could stop you and cause you to want to take a break, so if you get the tedious stuff out of the way now, it will set you up for success and easy sauce making later :)  Even if you don’t portion out the T of juice, etc, zest all the citrus, squeeze them all into separate bowls and peel and dic those onions now and you will thank yourself later!  THIS is where I love having a mandolin… and if you have not heard me say it before, do yourself a favor and invest in one.  You can thank me later!

Preheat your oven now because you are going to need it soon to bake off 4-5 chicken breasts for your Chicken Pot Pie and Buffalo Mac and Cheese and Buffalo Chicken Pizza recipes.

While the oven is preheating, start my LEAST favorite task of cleaning up the chicken.  I always trim each breast and get the fat off.  I like to get this all out of the way now, and after I have trimmed the vegetables, and on a separate cutting board that is dishwasher safe.  After you have trimmed all of the chicken, take 2-3 breasts and cut into 1/2 inch cubes for the Orange Chicken recipe, throw in its ziplock bag and stick in the fridge.

When your oven is preheated, take 4-5 of the chicken breasts that are trimmed, and place them in a pyrex to bake for 25-30 minutes, or until juices run clear.


Since your bags are all labeled, you can also put the proper amount of chicken breasts into each bag now, or you can keep the chicken in a container in the fridge until you are ready.  I suggest the latter if it is your first time or you think you will have lots of interruptions, so the chicken is not sitting out on the counter long.

Set two large pots of water on the stove to boil, one for your macaroni for the Buffalo Mac and Cheese, and one for ziti for your baked ziti.

Also, set a pan to medium-high heat with 1-2T of canola oil or olive oil to sear your chicken for the Cashew Chicken.  When the oil is heated, coat 4-5 chicken breasts (or however many you are using for 2 recipes of the Cashew Chicken) in a flour mixture with a dash of salt and pepper, shake off excess, and place in pan for 2 minutes each side. Then set these pieces on a plate to cool before placing in the bag for that recipe.

Your water should be at a boil now, salt the water before adding your macaroni for two recipes of the Buffalo Mac and Cheese, and ziti for two Baked Ziti casseroles.  Because you are boiling a large quantity of pasta, make sure you stir the pasta well as it comes back to a boil, or you will end up with a lump of half done pasta at the end.  Boil both pastas to al dente.  (If you water is not yet at a boil, simply start the other steps until it is.)

While your pasta is boiling away, use the pan that you seared the chicken in a few minutes ago, if you need to add a little more oil, and again on medium-high heat, add your sausage or turkey sausage.  For this batch, I used links, so I added the whole link to the pan (I prefer to cook the links and then slice), but if you are using ground sausage for the tortellini, you can also add this to the pan.  If you are using a combination for the recipes, do the links first, then the ground at the end, or use a separate pan.  When cooked through, set on a plate to cool, or slice and then cool.

The hard part is done!!  All of the meat is organized and what needs to be cooked/seared is finished.

If your pasta is done now, drain the pasta in a colander and run under cold water so that it stops cooking.  If you skip this step, your pasta will be overcooked and it still needs to bake.

Now you can start the fun part, adding the ingredients to each bag for each recipe!  Measure out your already chopped veggies, spices, etc, and add to each bag.  For those recipes that call for sauces to be mixed, grab a couple of your nesting bowls and start measuring ingredients into the bowls and then add the sauce to the bag.  (Part of the reason I suggest two sets of measuring cups/spoons is that you will be using lots of different ingredients, wet and dry, so in order to keep you from having to constantly wash and dry your utensils, I find this to be easiest.)  **I prefer to start with the Orange Chicken sauce, so that I can add the appropriate amount to the bag of cubed chicken to marinate while I finish all of the other stuff.  The longer this chicken sits in the amazing sauce, the better it turns out in the end!

It’s amazing how good you feel as you start to complete the bags and push the air out to seal them shut, making your pile for the freezer. Your counters start to clear, and you realize how far a days worth of work is going and how much sanity it will save you on the nights you use a meal and don’t have to do this all every day.


Once all of your freezer bags are done, you can then assemble the bake pans with your macaroni and ziti.

Remember the chicken you baked that has now cooled off on the plate? Shred 2 breasts (or 3 if you used 5 total) and cube 2.  Place the cubed chicken in a sandwich ziplock or small tupperware and place in fridge. This will be used for the Chicken Pot Pie, which is one of this week’s recipes, not a freezer recipe.  Add the shredded chicken to a bowl, toss with your favorite wing sauce (I LOOOOOVE Sweet Baby Ray’s) and add the appropriate amount to each Buffalo Mac and Cheese pan, spreading out over the elbow macaroni.  Even though the recipe calls for a specific amount, you can add more or less depending on how hot you want it.  Take the extra and place in a sandwich ziplock or small tupperware as this will be for the Buffalo Chicken Pizza, which is also one of this week’s meals.


buffalo chicken macaroni

Now mix your ziti cheese mixture in a large bowl, and layer your ziti, sauce, cheese mixture in layers in the two bake pans for your ziti.

In a saucepan, finish the Buffalo Mac and Cheese recipe by cooking the cheese sauce, and add that to both Buffalo Mac and Cheese trays, top both with Panko bread crumbs,  and cover all four bake trays with press and seal first, then aluminum foil if you are freezing.  If you are not freezing, just the press and seal should be sufficient.  OR, you can bake and then freeze… but I prefer the first method..

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At this point you should only have two things left!  Scampi sauce and the Blueberry Lemon Oatmeal bake!

I usually tackle the scampi first (because it is usually the meal for that night).  Take the sauce all the way through to where you add the butter. BEFORE adding the butter, and separate the sauce in half.  Take one half and pour into an ice cube tray, making sure to get the shallots and garlic that tend to sit at the bottom and make sure there are some of those goodies in each cube.  You will be freezing this for easy scampi later, and all you will need to do when you reheat these cubes is add butter to the pan as it heats and your sauce will be complete!  Finish off the other half now if you are eating the meal tonight, if not, take the other half and put in a container in the fridge for tomorrow night’s dinner, and do the same thing where you add the butter to the pan as it heats.


Now last but not least (and if you are exhausted at this point, this CAN be assembled the next morning, but you have to then wait for it to bake to eat it!) assemble the Blueberry Oatmeal bake.


Whew!!  It was a long day, but it was worth it!!

Your meals for the week:

  • Blueberry Lemon Oatmeal bake for breakfast
  • Scampi (salmon, shrimp, just pasta, whatever your pleasure!)
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Buffalo Chicken Pizza
  • Pick two others, we usually do a Buffalo Mac and a Tortellini

Your freezer meals…. Everything Else!!

chxpot pizza

I am always adding new favorite recipes, and plan on doing a WHOLE 30 soon, so I will be experimenting with new recipes that will fit the strict rules of that plan, and I will have the others on hand to please my family ;)  All in, I spent about 2 hours between making my list for shopping, and my trip to the grocery store.  My list broken down into sections helps cut down shop time drastically, and our local Wegman’s has a shopping list app that tells you exactly what aisle everything is in so if you can’t find something you don’t need to wander aimlessly.  I spent about 8 hours in the kitchen, but part of that is also because I forgot that my husband was going to be gone all day the day that I had set aside for my prep, and in addition there were contractors working on our house, so between the kids, the dogs, and the workers, I had more interruptions that I normally would have.

Happy New Year and happy meal planning!!

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Creamy Shrimp Scampi
  • ¼ c cornstarch
  • 1 lb bag of frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 4 T shallots, chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • ½ c Chardonnay
  • 1 c chicken broth, divided
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • ½ c butter
  • ½ c grated Romano cheese, divided
  • grape or cherry tomatoes for color
  1. Rinse and pat dry shrimp, making sure they are dry
  2. Place shrimp and cornstarch in a ziplock bag and shake to coat, or you can individually roll shrimp in cornstarch on a plate, shaking off excess
  3. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat, when oil is hot, place shrimp in oil and cook approx 2 min per side, until pink, turning only once.
  4. Place shrimp on a plate lined with paper towel
  5. Add the garlic and shallots to the pan and stir constantly, so not to burn them, until soft and fragrant. Add the wine, ½ of chicken broth, and lemon juice, and deglaze the pan.
  6. Cook until wine is reduced, about 10 minutes.
  7. Add remaining broth, and heavy cream, and cook another 5-10 minutes.
  8. Add butter, stir until butter is melted.
  9. Add shrimp back to pan and cook 1-2 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle ¼ c Romano cheese into sauce, and stir.
  11. Serve over linguini or other pasta, sprinkle with remaining cheese, garnish with tomatoes and enjoy!
  12. **You can modify with salmon or chicken as well


5.0 from 4 reviews
Shredded Buffalo Chicken Ranch Pizza
Recipe type: Pizza
Serves: 4 servings
  • Refrigerated Artisan whole grain pizza crust
  • Ranch dressing
  • 1c mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ¼c asiago cheese, shredded
  • ¾c cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • Sweet Baby Rays Buffalo Wing sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Prebake pizza dough for 8 minutes, before adding ingredients
  3. Spread ranch dressing as “sauce”
  4. Spread shredded chicken tossed with wing sauce over pizza
  5. Top with mixture of mozzarella and cheddar cheese
  6. Sprinkle with Asiago
  7. Drizzle some extra wing sauce over pizza
  8. Return to oven and bake for another 6 minutes, or until cheese is bubble and edges golden brown
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Why We Support Best Buy Education Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:36:38 +0000 {Read More} ]]> Choosing the right supplies for your classroom can be a difficult and costly process especially if you don’t get off to the right start. You can essentially cost the district or even yourself needless dollars in technology that is out of date or even completely unnecessary. This is one of the top reasons we suggest seeking out a education technology partner like Best Buy Education to help make this process as smooth and rewarding as possible.

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No matter if you are a homeschooling parent with a dedicated classroom, private school classroom professor or even a public school teacher, Best Buy Education can assist you with selecting the right technology products for you and your students. Think about it this way: as the years go by, technology advances continue to grow and you can find the gadgets you bought today are in need of an upgrade within a matter of months. Wouldn’t you want someone with the knowledge of a changing market on your side? Someone who was aware of new products were emerging and even when the current ones would be at a better deal? Or how about a partner to help you make decisions that are good for your classroom and not some generalized online suggestions that may or may not be for you?

It really makes no difference if you are looking to simply add a tablet to the classroom or fully fit one from start to finish. There is a big difference in good tech and great tech, and you should always be smart in your choices no matter how big or small. Keep in mind, that what you buy effects the level of educational ability you are able to provide to those that you are teaching now and in the future. Of course, you want to provide the best chance possible.

More about Best Buy Education:

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Best Buy Education
Your Education Technology Partner

Everyone’s familiar with Best Buy stores, but did you know Best Buy has a direct channel division dedicated to providing end-to-end learning solutions for K-12 Education? We’ll transform your classroom with the right advice, technology, service and support.

We make it easier than ever to give students the tech tools they need to succeed. Our dedicated Account Managers will consult with you, offer knowledgeable, unbiased advice and guide you to the product and service solutions that best meet your needs and budget. Whether you are rolling out new devices in the classroom, launching a BYOD initiative, or upgrading the technology throughout your school, we can provide the products, support and protection you need.

If you plan on attending FETC in Orlando, January 20-23, be sure to stop by the Best Buy Education Booth #131. We’ll be featuring daily demos and guest speakers from Google, MakerBot, EdTeach, Amplified IT and Ergotron, and we’ll be happy to speak with you about your school’s technology needs and answer any questions you may have.

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We’ll help you build the right solution for your school

• Knowledgeable Advice
A dedicated Education Account Manager will consult with you, provide unbiased advice and guide you to the right solutions for your school. You’ll have one point of contact and get the personal attention you need every step of the way.

• The Latest Devices
Partner with Best Buy to outfit your classrooms and offices with the latest education technology from top manufacturers you trust.
– Chromebooks, laptops, tablets, touch screen displays, printers, charging carts, advanced A/V

• Expert Service
Our team of professionals will assess your technology needs and provide all the services you require, including installation, asset tagging, device management and more.

• Professional Support
From pre-sales engineering to post-sales support and training, we’ll help you manage your technology and protect your investment.
– Geek Squad® Support, Geek Squad Protection, training and professional development

We’ll help you choose the right platform for your classroom

• Chromebooks and Chrome management
• Android devices
• Windows-based solutions
• BYOD made easy

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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Mighty Leaf Sweet Selections Giveaway Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:09:35 +0000 {Read More} ]]> Mighty Leaf is a tea company that was created by married couple Gary Shinner and Jill Portman in San Francisco in 1996. They create tea products that are high quality and innovative. Their handcrafted tea blends are made from globally sourced ingredients. Mighty Leaf created their silken Tea Pouches and filled them with whole tea leaves, herbs and fruit that are too big to be put in a regular tea bags. I recently was given the chance to try the Mighty Leaf Sweet Selections Gift Sampler and the TeaTop Brew Travel Mug and now I want to take a moment to share my experience with you.

Mighty Leaf Sweet Selections Gift Sampler

The Mighty Leaf Sweet Selections Gift Sampler includes 15 Tea Pouches each of Orange Dulce, Vanilla Bean and Bombay Chai and comes bundled with a pretty ribbon. Mighty Leaf Teas include different blends of black tea, green tea and herbal tea. I love that the Tea Pouches are see through and you can see the tea leaves and different ingredients in each one. Mighty Leaf’s silken Tea Pouches are really cool and not like the tea bags that you buy in the store. You can see the quality of the silken pouch and the ingredients within it. I have to admit that I am usually a boring tea drinker, tending to stick to a few basic tea flavors, but I was really looking forward to trying new, different flavors.

I started with the Orange Dulce. It’s a blend of Ceylon and China black teas with notes of bergamot, orange, vanilla and jasmine blossoms. It smells amazing and I was actually able to smell and distinguish between the different flavor notes, thats how fragrant this tea was. The flavor is rich and full bodied and it’s a darker tea. It’s delicious with a little bit of milk or cream when it’s hot and I also enjoyed it as an iced tea. The next flavor I tried was the Bombay Chai. I will be honest, I tried a few store bought Chai teas in the past and I really didn’t like them at all so I really didn’t think I would like this one but I gave it a try anyway. I’m really glad I did, too. The Bombay Chai is made with Indian black tea and a blend of spices. I could smell cinnamon, cloves and orange when I brewed a cup. It was like being at an Indian spice market and it smelled nothing like the Chai teas that I previously tried. The taste was smooth, rich, slightly spicy and delicious. I added a bit of honey and it was perfection.


The last flavor to try in the Sweet Selections Gift Sampler was Vanilla Bean. I love, love, love anything vanilla so I saved it for last. Its a blend of black teas and Madagascar vanilla. The sweet aroma of vanilla filled the air as I brewed my cup and it was fragrant and lovely. I added a bit of sugar and cream and it was one of the most heavenly tastes I have ever tasted in my entire life. It satisfied my sweet tooth and I even skipped dessert that evening, instead having another cup of Mighty Leaf Vanilla Bean. These teas are all delicious and I will continue to enjoy each of them. I normally have coffee in the morning, but any of these teas would be a great option instead. The flavors and quality go above and beyond any store bought tea I have tried and you can see why as soon as you open the first box.

TeaTop Brew Mug

I have a mug that I use for coffee and tea that I stick in the microwave to reheat when it gets cold. I do this several times with every cup I drink because I’m always doing something and by the time I get back to my cup, the coffee or tea is ice cold. I used the TeaTop Brew Travel Mug to brew my Mighty Leaf teas and it was so great not to have to reheat the tea 6 times before I drank it all. It kept my tea nice and hot for a few hours. What I really love about the TeaTop Brew Travel Mug is that the Tea Pouch doesn’t sit in the tea while you drink it. The brew time is noted on each tea tag, so after that amount of time has passed you pull up on the tea tag and it raises the Tea Pouch into a domed area at the top of the mug. It doesn’t touch the already brewed tea so you will never drink over brewed tea again. I love the shape of the mug which makes it comfortable to hold and it stays cool to the touch. It’s also stainless steel and looks very sleek. I will continue to use the Tea Top Brew Travel Mug every day now that I have it.

Mighty Leaf tea is delicious, full of flavor and high quality. Their delectable blends of green tea, black tea and herbal tea offer something for everyone regardless of flavor preference. I highly recommend Mighty Leaf teas and products. Tea is their passion and that’s evident with every sip. I promise, you will not be disappointed!

Mighty Leaf Giveaway

One lucky winner will each receive a Mighty Leaf Sweet Selections Gift Sampler and TeaTop Brew Mug.

Giveaway ends January 22nd at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.

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Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment to the winner. This sweepstakes is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at

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Sesame Street Wood 29-Piece Train Set Review Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:41:54 +0000 {Read More} ]]> All of my kids loved trains. My older ones all asked for a train set at some point growing up and now my youngest has been asking about getting one. I can remember many instances of attempting to put together train tracks and train cars that wouldn’t stay on the tracks. I wanted to be sure that I was getting a strong, quality train set that actually worked and wouldn’t end up being a frustrating waste of time and money.

I was recently offered the opportunity to try the Sesame Street Train Set. Since Fisher Price and Sesame Street are and have always been trusted household names, I was more than happy to accept the opportunity. I anticipated a well made, quality toy crafted from classic wooden parts that would provide my child with countless hours of imaginative play. My little one anticipated the arrival of Elmo and friends. Let’s say that neither of us was disappointed.

Sesame Street Wood 29-Piece Train Set

The all natural wood train set is made for kids ages three to six and contains 29 pieces that include a bridge, a figure eight track, four wood train cars that have magnetic connections at each end, Elmo, Abby Caddaby, Oscar the Grouch, Mr. Hooper’s Store and other accessories like trees and a street sign. The track is over three feet long and a foot wide. I was highly impressed by the quality and the look of this train set. My little one was overjoyed and super excited.

As soon as the box was open, my little one begged me to put it together. We took out the pieces and got started. First I noticed the quality of the wood and how good everything looked. I couldn’t find even one imperfection. The second thing I noticed was that it was so easy to put together, my kid didn’t even really need my help. The pieces easily attach together and my little one had no trouble putting the laying out the pieces and setting up the track and train. We placed the trees and sign along the tracks and it was time to play.

Fisher-Price Sesame Street Wood 29-Piece Train Set

Sesame Street has been a big part of each of kid’s lives so my child couldn’t have been happier playing with Elmo, Abby and Oscar, visiting Mr. Hooper’s Store and pretending to ride all around Sesame Street; my kid was nothing but giggles and smiles. This set is perfect for any Sesame Street fan; boy or girl, and would make a great gift for any child three and up. My older ones even stopped to play with my youngest for a little while, because it’s a train set and none of them could resist and just walk past it, lol. I’ll admit, I had a ball playing with the train set along with my child.

We have always bought Fisher Price toys and other products because we have grown to trust the brand over the years. I was very happy with everything about the Fisher Price Wood Sesame Street 29 Piece Train Set. It’s one of those toys that allow your child to use their imagination while playing and will last for years. It’s well made, durable and easy to assemble. Your child will play with this toy for hours and hours if you let them and will come up with all different scenarios while they play. This is a wonderful toy for any young child and I highly recommend it.

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Monday’s Extraordinary Giveaway Linky Mon, 12 Jan 2015 01:00:56 +0000 {Read More} ]]> Giveaway Linky Weekly Button

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Happy Heart Day Jar Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:44:40 +0000 {Read More} ]]> Sixlets Happy Heart Day

Happy Heart Day Sixlets Valentine’s Jar

1 package of pink Sixlets
1 package of white Sixlets
Printable gift tags (click here for full size printable pdf doc)
4 or 8 oz mason jars
Double sided tape

Sixlets Jar Craft

#1. Wash and dry the jars.
#2. Once the jars are completely dry, pour the pink and white Sixlets into the jar filling all the way to the top.
#3. Close and seal with the lid.
#4. Use the double sided tape to attach the gift tag to the top of the jar lid.

Sixlets Printable 700

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DIY Glitter Slime with Valentine’s Day Printable Tue, 06 Jan 2015 20:48:42 +0000 {Read More} ]]> Glitter Slime Valentines Pin

DIY Glitter Slime

perfect for Valentine’s Day

Glitter Slime Materials


I'm All Gooey For You Label1 Elmer’s Glitter Glue (any color)

1 Cup of Water

1 tsp Borax

1 Tb Water

Printable Gift Tags (full size for Avery labels click here)

8 oz Mason Jars

Double Sided Tape (or Glue Stick)

Slime Process 1


#1. Mix 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of Borax together in a bowl.

Slime Process 2

#2. In a separate bowl, empty the entire glitter glue container.

Slime Process 3

#3. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the glitter glue and mix together to create a more flexible glue.


#4. Pour the Borax mixture into the glue mixture bowl.

#5. Use hands to combine the glue and borax mixture together


#6. Remove slime from water soon after the slime takes form and finish mixing in hands.


* If you leave the slime in the water too long, it will harden. If that happens, put on a happy face, roll it into a ball and let dry. You instantly have a sticky ball to throw around the room.

DIY Glitter Slime

Creating A Glitter Slime Jar:

#1. Wash and dry the jars.

#2. Once the jars are completely dry, place glitter slime into the jar.

#3. Close and seal with the lid.

#4. Print and cut out the gift tag.

#5. Use the double sided tape or a glue stick to attach the printable gift tag to the top of the jars lid.

* Wash all containers and hands thoroughly with soap and water after use.

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Racinne Anti Aging Stocking Stuffers Review & Beauty Lover’s Giveaway Mon, 05 Jan 2015 21:05:42 +0000 {Read More} ]]> As a teen, I was considered lucky to have really clear skin. I didn’t suffer with breakouts or blemishes and of course I took it for granted. I didn’t have much of a skin care routine and I pretty much got by with the basics. As I got older, I slowly realized the importance of taking good care of my skin but I didn’t know where to start. I have found a few products here and there that I like but nothing that I have loved. I enjoy trying new products but so far I haven’t found the skin care products for me and let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger, so I need to find some anti-aging skin care products that work for me.

Racinne Anti Aging Stocking Stuffers Review

That’s why I was so excited when I had the opportunity to try the Racinne Anti Aging Stocking Stuffers pack. This pack includes trial sizes of Raccine’s Anti-Aging Serum, Face Mask and Neck Emulsion and is made for women 35 years and older or just anyone who is focused on anti-aging in their skin care routine. Since the Ultimate Youth Power Serum and The Neck Emulsion are designed to be used twice a day I decided to start the morning after receiving them and apply them in the morning and at bedtime each day.

The Ultimate Youth Power Serum is made to refine your skin’s texture, minimize pores, reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, firm, tone, increase elasticity and make your complexion glow. I began using it and I was pleasantly surprised at the texture of the serum. It’s light, silky and goes on smoothly. It absorbs very easily and doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. I don’t like anything that feels tacky or sticky and once I applied it, I didn’t feel it at all.

Neck Emulsion

The Neck Emulsion is also used in the morning and at bedtime and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the neck in just 4 weeks. I know my neck area definitely needs some improvement and since I began using this my skin feels and looks tighter and more firm. It also was lightweight and not sticky at all. It applied very smoothly and like the Power Serum it absorbed into my skin so quickly and easily.

The Ultimate Youth Power Mask contains acetyl hexapeptide-8 which is supposed to improve the texture of skin and reduce  the look of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. It also moisturizes, firms the skin and prevents skin damage from dryness. I have been using it once or twice a week when i get to have a DIY “Spa Day” and my skin looks and feels really nice and soft. I love how it feels when I put it on and get to relax for 15 minutes before I rinse it off. My face feels clean, fresh and firm without feeling overly dry or tight.

Racinne Anti Aging Stocking Stuffers

Edwin Tseng, the CEO of Racinne, believes that beauty does not belong only to the rich or the famous; it belongs to everyone. When he founded Racinne, it was with the intent to empower people to have healthier relationships with their skin. I think this is a wonderful message to spread and Racinne products are perfect to help give people that feeling of power. I was surprised at how well they worked and that I have actually found a line of products that I really love. In the few weeks I have been using them, my skin has showed numerous improvements. I both see and feel the difference and based off the compliments I have been receiving, others see it also. I definitely suggest that you head on over to the Racinne website and check out the Anti-Aging Stocking Stuffers.

Three lucky winners will each receive either the Hydra Perfection Kit, Skin Brightening Set or Anti Aging Holiday Stuffer.

Giveaway ends January 6h at 11:59pm, open to Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.


Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment to the winner. This sweepstakes is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at

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