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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How To Keep Fresh Produce Fresh Longer?

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid.

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We love fresh fruit and veggies in this house, especially fresh berries.  My kids could literally eat a container of strawberries, blueberries or raspberries in one sitting.  This means that in order to satisfy their berry cravings I have to stock up on these favorites in bulk.  That being said, even though we go through our fresh produce relatively quickly there are times that the produce goes bad and we lose out enjoy those yummy treats.   That is so frustrating when that happens because our favorites, those berries, are very expensive!  

After way too many trips to the trash with mushy, moldy and yucky produce I am happy to share the secret to keeping fresh produce fresh longer!!

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We probably all have some of the Rubbermaid food storage containers in our cabinets that we mostly use for leftovers but now there is another type of Rubbermaid food storage container that you must add to your collect. Introducing the Rubbermaid® FreshWorks containers.  

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What is a Rubbermaid® FreshWorks container?

It’s a food storage container from Rubbermaid that keeps produce fresher longer with a patented FreshVentTM technology. The FreshVent regulates the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide to created the perfect environment so your produce stays nearly as fresh as the day it was harvested! The CrispTrayTM helps reduce moisture and spoilage by keeping the produce off of the the bottom of the container.  This system is really brilliant and I have certainly seen a difference in the "shelf life" of our fresh produce since using these containers.  

You can find FreshWorks in three sizes to hold all types of produce:

  • Small (2.5 Cups): Ideal for small berries.
  • Medium (6.3 Cups): Perfect for strawberries.
  • Large (17.3 Cups): Optimal for leafy greens.
We use the Large for our strawberries that we buy in bulk!  


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These food storage containers are very easy to use.  Simply keep the CrispTrayTM on the bottom of the containers and fill them up!  Once filled, secure the lid. The lid filter lasts a lifetime, no replacements needed.  Hello money saver!
These containers are super convenient too just like your other Rubbermaid containers, they are microwave safe and top shelf dishwasher safe, plus they are BPA-free. 

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My routine after going grocery shopping has changed a bit but in doing so, I know I am saving my family money and we are not wasting this beautiful fresh produce like we have before! The FreshVentTM technology keeps produce fresher up to 80%* longer than traditional produce packaging. Did you know that Americans waste $24 billion worth of produce every year, which is the equivalent of $192 per household.** That is plain craziness but I can totally see how that number would be correct because we have had plenty of produce go to waste. 


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When I get home from the store, I simply get out my Rubbermaid® FreshWorks containers, wash the produce and place the fresh, delicious fruit and veggies into the containers.  Now that they are washed and ready to eat we find ourselves reaching for those berries for any snack or meal plus they always taste super fresh!

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Keep your produce fresh longer, save money and stop wasting food!  This is a great container to add to your cabinet.  In fact, the next time you have to replace your Rubbermaid containers make sure the Rubbermaid® FreshWorks containers are apart of your container family from now on.  As the season changes to more and more fresh produce options I can see this system really helping us consume off the produce we grow ourselves as well as the produce we buy. 

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*Based on strawberries in FreshWorks containers vs. store packaging at day 21.
** Source: USDA 2014

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Creating Healthy Habits with TheraBreath for Kids!

Thank you to TheraBreath for Kids! and The Motherhood for sponsoring this blog post.

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As parents we have big jobs from the moment our children come into our families.  So many lessons to teach, habits to create, and memories to make.  Some of those lessons and habits are less loved by most.  One of those lessons that we have found to be one of the less loved habit is dental care.  Now, that being said; we know how important it really is to learn how to take care of your teeth at a young age.  

No one enjoys cavities, tooth aches, painful dental work or those crazy high dental bills which means the habit and lessons of learning out how to keep your teeth and gums nice and healthy is a must!

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Jude is almost seven and honestly it has taken a good 4 or so years for him to really learn how to brush his teeth and understand why we need to do it every day.  Thankfully, we are in a really good routine and we are seeing less and less resistance to the activity of brushing and flossing.  So, when I introduced him to TheraBreath for Kids! Oral Rinse he did freak out at first.  Mostly because that is Jude, change is hard for that guy!  But, now that he knows that the rinse is not scary or yucky he loves doing this after brushing his teeth.  

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What is TheraBreath for Kids! Oral Rinse?

  • Made with Organic Grapes
  • Made with Natural Non-Sugar Sweetener
  • Is Certified Gluten-Free
  • Includes NO Artificial colors and flavors
  • Providing the benefits of Fluoride and Xylitol without additives
  • Healthy mouth wash option for children 6 and older.


TheraBreath answered a lot of parents wishes when they created this rinse.  This rinse is perfect to use after brushing and flossing every day.  My son enjoys the flavor and is able to swish the rinse without his mouth burning...you know that mouth wash burn!!  Yikes!  TheraBreath for Kids! Oral Rinse gives parents a clear choice when it comes to anti-cavity oral rinse!  

For Jude TheraBreath is perfect.  I love that we have found a mouth rinse that will help him continue his healthy teeth habits!  No cavities please!!  

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Quick Tips For Healthy Oral Care Habits for Kids:


Set a timer:  I will always remember the little hourglass timer I had as a kid for my teeth brushing routines.  Now there are a ton of mobile apps you can implement for those timers.  Make sure kids learn that it is important to brush but brush for the correct amount of time as well!

Make it Fun:  Jeremy has always sung this silly song with Jude and Teagan when they brush their teeth, even now that Jude is brushing on his own we sing the song when he brushes.  Just makes the routine fun with a bit of silly memories on the side!

Flavors for the Kids:  I cannot tell you how many tubes of unused children's toothpaste we have in our house right now.  It took a lot of trials to find the flavor and texture that both kids could handle - so high maintenance these kids!  Now that we are introduced to TheraBreath Kids I know how important it is to have a flavor that the kids enjoy and can handle. The great grape flavor is perfect for kids and Jude can swish that rinse as directed with no issues!

Fun Tooth Brushes:  Kids LOVE picking out new tooth brushes.  We allow them to do this once a month.  It keeps them interested and committed to that healthy habit!

Sticker Charts:  Jude is a bit old for a sticker chart but we do use a reward system for Teagan when it comes to teeth brushing.  She does love when her chart is full and she can pick out a prize from the box. 

Family Fun:  Make oral care a family affair!  Allow your kids to see your teeth routines.  Make sure you are involved in your children's ongoing teeth brushing and mouth rinsing even if they can do it on their own.  

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What are your tips to making sure your children create healthy habits for their dental care?

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Rosemary & Lavender Reed Diffuser #DIY

I have used essential oils for a few DIY projects like "Monster Be Gone Spray", Natural Floor Cleaner, Bug Repellent, Salt Scrub and Spider Spray.  All of these creations have been great additions to our household uses but now that we are branching out to more essential oil use I decide to try the diffuser tutorial. 


Rosemary & Lavender Reed Diffuser


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This DIY project is so easy and I love it.  Keep in mind, you can substitute either scents for your own favorite combos.  

Materials Needed:

Glass bottle - any shape or size
Reeds - I used bamboo skewers cut in half
1 TBSP rubbing alcohol or vodka
Essential oils of your choice - 25 drops total
Carrier Oil - I used sweet almond oil, you could use baby oil or safflower oil


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Directions:

1.  In a mixing bowl or measuring cup combine carrier oil with the vodka/alcohol and stir gently.  


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2.  Add 25 drops of essential oil to the mixture.  I added 15 lavender and 10 rosemary to my diffuser.  


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3.  Carefully pour the mixture into glass bottle. 


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4.  Place reeds into oil.  Let the reeds get saturated with the oils and then flip the "dry" side back into oil.  


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5. You will want to rotate which ends are in the scent solution about once a week.

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We set our Reed Diffuser in our kitchen and it is the best aroma.  This simple project has become one of my favorite.  We can switch up our scents whenever we need to which is great!  


What essential oil combinations would you create for a reed diffuser?

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Unforgettable the Movie - When Love Ends Madness Begins

Disclosure:  I was provided free screening tickets in exchange for my honestly review of this new release. 


Last week my best friend and I got the opportunity to attend a pre-screening of a new movie coming to theaters this weekend.  The movie is called Unforgettable.  This thriller has a twist perfect for those like like a good chic flick.  Now, we are both scaredy cats so honestly we were a bit freaked out to be attending a thriller but I am so glad we went.  The screening event was a ton of fun but the movie was really great too.   


The screening event we attended was totally the ultimate Girls Night Out, which we both really needed.  There was manicures with red nail polish, chair massages, drinks and comfortable reclining seats for the movie.  

Our Thoughts:
While some of this story line was super predictable we were both really on the edge of our seats waiting to see what happened next.  I felt myself wanting to yell at the screen to LISTEN to Julia.  And both my BFF and I saw the everyday truth that even when a woman knows they are being attacked or set up, they are often put in a corner, thought to be crazy and told they are over-reacting.  No wonder so many assault victims do not come forward to authorities!  AH!  Society!  

I would mark this movie as a must see for the ladies.  Not sure that my husband would enjoy it. 



Unforgettable the Movie:

Warner Bros. Pictures' dramatic thriller "Unforgettable" is the first film in the director's chair for veteran producer Denise Di Novi ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Focus").

Katherine Heigl ("27 Dresses," "Knocked Up"), Rosario Dawson (the "Sin City" films) and Geoff Stults (TV's "The Odd Couple"), star in the film. "Unforgettable" marks a reunion for Heigl and Di Novi, who previously collaborated on "Life as We Know It."

The main cast also includes young actress Isabella Rice ("True Blood"), Simon Kassianides (TV's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), Whitney Cummings ("The Wedding Ringer"), Robert Wisdom (TV's "Ballers") and film and television star Cheryl Ladd.

The film is produced by Di Novi, Alison Greenspan ("If I Stay") and Ravi Mehta ("Grudge Match"), with Lynn Harris serving as executive producer. The film was written by Christina Hodson.

Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)-not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa's jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia's dream into her ultimate nightmare.

The behind-the-scenes creative team is led by multiple Oscar-nominated director of photography Caleb Deschanel ("The Right Stuff," "The Natural"), production designer Nelson Coates ("Flight"), editor Frédéric Thoraval ("Taken"), and costume designer Marian Toy (HBO's "Ballers"). The music is composed by Toby Chu.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Di Novi Pictures Production, "Unforgettable." Opening April 21, 2017, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This film has been rated R for sexual content, violence, some language, and brief partial nudity.

 

Stay social with Unforgettable the Movie:

Unforgettable on Facebook 
Unforgettable Website 
Unforgettable on Instagram 
Unforgettable on Twitter 


Will you be adding this new release to your next Girls Night Out?

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