Friday, April 17, 2015

30 Minute Meal- Chicken with Herbs on Pasta

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Now that spring is here, it seems that our schedules have gotten busier, and the dinnertime crunch is on. Some days we don't come rolling in the house until 8pm! In order to fill up the bellies quickly so the kids can shower and get to bed at a decent time, I like to keep a recipe list of meals I can whip together in 30 minutes or less. This Chicken with Herbs on Pasta from Golden Blossom Honey is not only quick to toss together, but is filling and bursting with flavor too!

Chicken Herbs and Pasta

"Did you marinate the chicken?" my husband asked the first time we had this dish. Nope, it was just the perfect blend of herbs that brought the flavor to life! 


Ingredients

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
2/3 cup onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound chicken breasts, skinned and boned, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
16 ounces fettuccine, cooked according to package directions
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL RECIPE

Chicken Herbs & Pasta

You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.

If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!


What is your favorite 30 minute (or less) meal?

7 Fun Ways to Celebrate Spring in the Home

Springtime is one of those times of the year that everyone looks forward too. Spring brings with it all the signs of new life and new beginnings that people love to welcome into their lives. Every family, then, will want to find some way to celebrate the new season in their homes.

There are a lot of great ways to bring the new life of spring into the home. Families can enjoy fun activities that everyone will love to do every year. Here are seven fun ways to celebrate spring in the home.

Get inspired

There’s a lot of ways to find new inspiration for fun springtime activities. The best way is to just get outside and enjoy nature, but if that is not an option, watching a movie from http://www.directspecials.com/directv-internet.html is the next best option.

Make a new craft for the outdoor friends

Spring usually means the arrival of a lot of new creatures and animals that have been hiding away for the winter. Families can encourage the arrival of their new friends with some homemade feeders and traps for them. Bird feeders made of recycled materials are the most common option.

Get some indoor plants


There are so many new blooms and plants starting to grow outside, it seems impossible not to bring some of that new life into the home. Families can pot some of their favorite spring plants to bring some green into the home. Planting an herb garden is also a new trend that most home owners love.



Create a bright, new room décor scheme

Spring is the perfect time of year to redecorate any area of the home. Not only are there so many great, fun inspirations outside for new home décor, but the nice weather is perfect for opening the windows and painting a new color in any room of the home. Even some bright new throw pillows can liven up a dull space.

Make wall décor with new outdoor blooms

Flowers outside are not just fun to look at and smell when they are alive. Families can enjoy those flowers all year long by making some crafts with them after they are dried out. Simply drying the flowers and then pressing them into a frame can be a beautiful and elegant home décor item.


Spring clean the clutter in the home


Getting rid of old clutter is the best way to feel new and clear again in any home. Families may not enjoy the process of getting rid of their old, unused items, but they will feel immensely better when the process is over and they get to enjoy a new and clean home.

Create a new dinner recipe with spring produce


One of the things that many people look forward to when spring arrives is the availability of new, fresh spring produce. Families can stock up and create a new concoction that they can turninto a weekly family recipe for the entire season.

Image: http://pixabay.com/en/tulipa-tulip-flowers-spring-nature-366661/

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Laundry Room Reveal

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The big day is finally here! Today I am going to show you my laundry room makeover! Woot! Woot! My basement is split in two parts. You come down the stairs and through the door to the left is a nice, finished family room. You go to the right, and nice or finished would not describe how the laundry area used to look. It really was a catch all for seasonal decor, yard sale and thrift boxes, outgrown clothes and toys. It was just a hot mess. Here. Let me show you what it used to look like.


Now you can see why laundry always took so long. Who wants to spend time in that!? My husband wanted to turn it into something a little more useable and decided to kill two birds with one stone. We decided to turn it into a functional laundry room that could also be used as a craft area as well. After 2 1/2 very long months, it's finally done.

laundry room makeover

laundry room renovation

Pardon the funky shapes of the images. I used the panoramic mode on my phone to give you a more full picture of the finished results.

So, here's what we did. After ripping out the ugly wood wall in the back, we stacked the washer and dryer for more useable space. We had to completely frame in the entire room, which took A LOT of wood! Added insulation, then the drywall went up. Ceilings went up and lighting went in. Next we laid ceramic floor tile, followed by cabinet installation.

laundry room makeover

What took a lot of time was the cabinet and door painting! Even though we used our Wagner Paint Sprayer it still took several days to get all the cabinets and doors painted. You can't see from this photo, but under cabinet lighting was also installed. We ended up going with a bronze finish for cabinet and door hardware.

laundry room remodel
I still need to lay down a strip to separate the carpet from the grout, so I'm not fully done, I suppose :)
We found some white and black glass back splash tiles on clearance at Lowe's ($6 for a 12x12 sheet!) so instead of going with just one wall, we put them on two. We went cheap with the counter tops and used a dark colored laminate. It was a color battle, split evenly between the family. Green or purple? Since I'm the one who will be looking at it the most, I won with the purple. I wanted it to have a little touch of girly to it, and green just doesn't say girly to me.


To keep floor space free, we installed a StowAway In-Wall Ironing Board, which is pretty nifty, because there's extra shelving inside to keep more laundry essentials! A metal clothes hanging rod was a much better fit than the rigged up clothes line we had before. To hide the ugly water heater and softener, we added a lightweight folding door.

laundry room makeover

Behind door #3, we still have an ugly 10 x 10 foot space to stack holiday totes and such, but at least it's hidden from view :) I'll be moving my desk against the blank wall, hanging up some photos, putting down a few rugs, and then calling it a day.

When it's just the 2 of us doing all the work, it was a long drawn out process, and I am taking a break from the home improvement scene for a bit. Jason didn't get the memo and has already jumped into his next project. Rebuilding the deck. Good luck with that, buddy. You'll get no help from the wife there!

So, what do you think of my laundry room makeover? Wanna come over and wash a load or two?


Dial Is Now Available For Baby & Kids! #Dial #PurexInsiders

 *Disclosure- The Dial® brand provided me with a samples of  the Dial products mentioned to facilitate this review. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.


As a mom, and a Dial fan, I was happy to hear that Dial has add 2 new products to their already fabulous product line, and this time it's just for babies and kids! For 67 years, the Dial brand has offered us personal care products for clean, healthy skin. But now they want to announce the entry into taking care of babies' personal care needs with their new Dial Baby Body and Hair Wash!

Dial Baby Body Wash

Developed with pediatric dermatologist, it gently removes environmental dirt for a head to toe clean. Here's what I love about Dial Baby Body and Hair wash. It's:

Hypoallergenic
Has No added parabens
Has No atrificial dyes
Is pH balanced

It's also fragrance free, so it's perfect for sensitive skin!

In addition to the baby wash, Dial also has a new foaming hand wash just for kids! Allison was thrilled with the new Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash and couldn't wait to start using it!

Dial Foaming Hand WashDial Kids Foaming Hand Wash


It was also developed with pediatric dermatologists and makes hand washing fun for all ages! The formula is gentle on hands and kids' skin, keeping it soft and clean. It has a great foaming later, but what really drew Allison to the wash was the scent. After rinsing it off once, she went back and washed her hands again, just to smell it some more! It is available in Watery Melon fragrance.

My family is thrilled with the addition of these two new Dial products! They really encourage healthy hygiene habits in children!

If you would like to learn more about Dial Baby and Dial Kids, or any of the other fantastic body products from the Dial® brand, be sure to visit their website. To stay up to date on new products and promotions, be sure to follow along with Dial on Facebook and Twitter. Follow along on social media with the official hashtags  #BabyBody&HairWash #KidsFoamingHandWash.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

The Many Benefits of Tea Tree Oil #EETEATREEOIL

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my policy tab for more information. 


I've been dabbling in essential oils for a few years, and absolutely love the health benefits they offer. Now, some of them I like to keep on hand simply because I like the way they smell, but there are others that are an absolute must for me to keep stocked at all times because of their healing properties. Tea Tree Oil is one of those that are a must have for me.

There are hundreds of ways you can use tea tree oil for at home remedies, but I am going to share with you a few ways that I use it regularly.

Acne- When I feel a blemish coming on, I soak a cotton ball with water, add 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil, and dab it on. Most often, the blemish never surfaces. If it already has surfaced the skin, I use the same method and it's usually gone within a day or two.

Dandruff- Tea Tree Oil is great for treating dandruff. Just mix 2 drops of oil per ounce of shampoo, rub into hair, let sit for 3 to 4 minutes, then rinse. If burning occurs, rinse immediately.

Lice Preventative- Fill a spray bottle with water, then add 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil. Spritz over hair in the morning and allow to dry. Lice are repelled because they don't like oily hair or the scent of tea tree oil.

Clear Congestion- When I am suffering a cold, or the season changes bring on sinus pressure, I'll run a warm bath and add in a few drops of tea tree oil, then soak for 15 to 20 minute. I'll also add a few drops to my humidifier. It's great for opening up the nasal passageways.

Bug Bites- During the summer months, we are always pulling out the tea tree oil for those pesky bug bites. It's great for easing the itch from the pesky critters. Just soak a cotton ball in water, add 2 drops of tea tree oil, then dab onto affected area.

Disinfecting Cleaning Spray- Since my pets are allergic to a lot of the chemicals in commercial cleaners, I try to always make my own cleaning products. I add 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil and 2 cups of water to a spray bottle. Spray over surfaces, let sit for several minutes, then wipe away with a clean rag.

Tea tree oil is also great for athletes foot, calluses and corns, cold sores, ingrown hairs, mold and mildew, nail fungus, skin tags, ringworm, healing scrapes and cuts, and warts.

I really like to use Australian Tea Tree Oil by Emmi's Essentials.

Tea Tree Oil

Emmi's Essentials Tea Tree Oil is sourced from Australia (100% pure tea tree oil steam distilled from leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree native to Australia), and bottled here in the U.S. To me, tea tree oil isn't the most pleasantly scented of all the essential oils. It has a medicinal scent that can be a bit overpowering if you aren't used to it, but the scent does fade after several minutes. When I first received my order from Amazon, I was a little miffed that it didn't come with a dropper, but once I opened the lid, I saw it had a built-in eurodropper that dispenses one drop of oil at a time, so there was no need for an additional dropper.


Emmi's Essentials sends out a free Tea Tree Essential Oils guide with your purchase, detailing the many benefits of tea tree oil and has recipes for your own diy health and beauty and cleaning products. They also offer a "love it or your money back" guarantee. If you are fully satisfied, there's a no catch money back guarantee.

Emmi's Essentials Tea Tree Oil is available to purchase for $19.99 for a 2 ounce bottle on Amazon.

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Our First Summer Vacation Activity Is Planned! Cedar Point, Here We Come! #iheartCP

*Disclosure- This is not a sponsored post. However, I am sharing the information in conjunction with my continued blogger partnership with Cedar Point.


Since we just came back from a pretty big trip last fall, this summer we have decided to stick with a few mini getaways that are within driving distance of our home. Sticking with yearly tradition, it's no surprise that our first planned summer vacation includes a trip to Cedar Point. Even though Cedar Point's official opening day is the 9th of May, we'll be heading over in early June.

My family gets so excited for our annual trips each year, but this year we are extra excited by 2 new additions to the park. The first is getting to experience the newly renovated Hotel Breakers.

Hotel Breakers

The 2015 Season will mark the debut of the newly-renovated Hotel Breakers. After undergoing a 2 year transformation, the hotel offers a new exterior, classic interior finishes, and newly-furnished  and remodeled rooms, which offer new furniture, bedding and decor, LCD TV's, as well as many other amenities.

Hotel Breakers

Other amenities include two pools and Jacuzzis, access to the Cedar Point Beach and Boardwalk, a gift shop, arcade, exercise room, three restaurants, Early Entry (access to some of the biggest rides and coasters before the park opens to the general public), discounted Cedar Point admission tickets, complimentary Wi-Fi and the comfort and convenience of staying right next to the rides and roller coasters of Cedar Point. Reservations for the 2015 season can be placed now online at cedarpoint.com/hotelbreakers or by phone at (419) 627-2106.
As awesome as our hotel stay sounds, we are itching to get into the world's best amusement park to experience the newest ride- The Rougarou! This season is bringing us the first floorless coaster at Cedar Point. For 2 minutes and 15 seconds, riders will be zipped around at 60 miles per hour, with dives reaching 137 feet! This is definitely a ride thrill seekers can't pass up! 
Rougarou
Be sure to swing back around in early June to see what my family thinks of the new Hotel Breakers and Rougarou! 

Are you taking any mini trips this summer? Will you be taking your family to Cedar Point?


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