Sunday, April 5, 2015

Living free and clear with sensitive skin

Spring has arrived with a splash!!!

In our house we stay away from artificial dyes, perfumes and harsh chemicals in the kitchen, but when it came to the laundry I found the options were limited until came across all free clear’s full range of free clear products so our family can continue to live free of sensitive-skin issues and a huge bonus, it gets out tough stains. 

This week alone we managed to cover ourselves in mud, chocolate ice cream, homemade spaghetti sauce, ketchup, barbecue sauce and the most dreaded stain yellow mustard! My desperation seemed to set in as quickly as the stains.

If you have family members with sensitive skin, you already know how important it is to use detergent that is gentle but still gets out those tough stains, all free clear is the #1 recommended detergent brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for sensitive skin. It's tough on stains yet gentle enough for the whole family. Plus, it's safe for use in standard and HE machines. It rinses clean and has a gentle, hypoallergenic formula. Powerful Clean. Gentle on Skin.

all free clear is also 100% hypoallergenic. 

Yep, that's yellow mustard on MY FAVORITE white shirt, guess you're never to old to make a mess! 

Add in April showers and 10 feet of melted snow, there can be only one word to describe our backyard....MUDPIT 

I'm going to be using a lot of all free clear with oxi with four kids.

When it rains it pours hours and hours of fun!!! 

 Today’s post is sponsored by all free clear, but my love for the brand is all my own!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cheese stuffed Breakfast Boule Recipe and giveaway

Let me just start of by saying we are a house of cheese lovers and I do not say that lightly. My youngest actually dreams about cheese and has been known to sleep walk to the fridge to get herself some cheese. A few years ago I almost purchased a cheese farm so to say we love cheese is an understatement. It's at every meal from cheese pancakes for breakfast to cheese rollups for lunch, homemade cheese crackers for a snack and dinner is always sprinkled with the freshly grated yumminess. 

The holidays are a time to reconnect with family and friends, and often that means opening up your home to out-of-towners and I happen to be that guest. Over the Thanksgiving holiday I ended up staying with several different friends and my contribution the breakfast table was an easy to make addition rustic breakfast boule stuffed with Arla Dofino cheese and olives. So simple and delicious, its gone within minutes!

Cheese Stuffed Breakfast Boule:

1 fresh boule bread
Arla Dofino cheese (we used gouda and havarti)
1/2 stick melted butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 egg (used for egg wash)
pitted black olives pieces, diced tomato or green peppers (optional)

Slice the bread both ways but be sure not to cut all the way to the bottom, you'll want the boule loaf to hold together. Next stuff with cut pieces or gouda and havarti or your favorite kind of cheese. Then you can add in olives or diced tomatoes or even green peppers if you's like. Drizzle in the melted butter and heavy cream, then final brush on the egg wash and wrap in foil.

 Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes

serve warm

Goes great with scrambled eggs and breakfast sausage!!

Dill Havarti is my all time favorite cheese, I enjoy eating it simply sliced. But Arla Dofino brand of cheese includes a delicious range of family-friendly cheese types such as Havarti, Gouda, Edam, Muenster and Fontina and if you're conceded over what your cheese is made with like me, it's good to know that Arla Dofino cheese is free of added hormones and preservatives, and crafted with quality, natural ingredients in an environmentally friendly way. 

Arla cheeses have been traditionally crafted in Wisconsin for more than 100 years and found in your local grocer's deli section.

Arla Dofino is offering $1.00 off any Arla Dofino product (via Checkout 51). 

To redeem:
1. Visit the campaign landing page and click on the “Offer” section
2. Follow the steps to redeem

Make sure to share this great offer with your audiences and encourage them to use the $1.00 off offer to purchase Arla and test out your delicious cheesy breakfast recipe.

Now it's giveaway time!!

 Featuring a Happy Havarti Holidays Breakfast prize pack from Arla Dofino. The prize pack is a $60 value and will include: 

- Crate & Barrel mixing bowl
- Anthropologie whisk
- Crate & Barrel cheese grater
- A coupon for one free Arla Dofino product
- Set of Arla Dofino recipe cards 

To qualify to win the prize pack, you must: 
1. Visit the Happy Havarti Holidays Breakfast Prize Pack Giveaway Pinterest Landing Page and follow the brand
2. Go to the Happy Havarti Holidays board and select their favorite breakfast recipe 
3. Copy the recipe link and paste it in the comments section of this blog explaining why you picked it

Share your favorite Arla Dofino breakfast recipes across social channels as well using #HavartiHolidays.

On December 16th at midnight I will select a winner from the comments section of this post , they will receive the Happy Havarti Holidays breakfast prize pack.

 Arla will then ship the prize directly to the winner. 

Please note, the Happy Havarti Holidays Breakfast Prize Pack Giveaway Page takes you to the Arla Dofino Pinterest Page.

Thank you to Arla Dofino for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try their naturally delicious cheese! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello Bunny!

We've been super busy and preoccupied lately with bunnies!!! We are in love with our family of lop ears, so stop by their Instagram account HELLOBUN_NY and be prepared for a heavy dose of adorable!

Our first love Bunny crossed the rainbow bridge on November 10th, there is an empty spot in our hearts, he had an incredible spirit and the most playful personality so glad to have had him in our lives.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Tips for A Smart Home this Winter

I can't believe summer is over and our central air turned on only 5 times!! Yay, for saving $$ but I'm not adjusted yet to the extreme change in climate from the gulf coast and if this winter is anything like the last one, I might just be packing our bags and heading south with the geese. 

The conversations have already shifted to talk about the cold and looming winter months. Have you turned on the heat yet? Stocked up on firewood? Pulled out the winter blankets? Wonder if it will be snowing by Halloween again? 

I'm not ready for this! Heavy coats, shoveling snow, bone chilling cold and the endless sea of complaining voices... I'm cold, turn the heat up.

In our house I have control over the thermostat and I'm a checker, no turning it up without me noticing. We never leave the house or go to bed without turning the thermostat down and shutting off the lights. 

Saving energy is a must in our household. Just the other day my girls asked what I put in their lamp. I was slightly confused to what they were asking, I replied "a light bulb". There response was nothing short of comical, "Oh, like the kind you see in cartoons".  We've switch most of our lightbulbs over to CFL's and LED's, it never occurred to me that my kids would recognize a 60 watt incandescent light, the kind most of us grew up with.

                      Liberty Building                                                                                 Electric Tower

This week I took the kids to the top of Buffalo's City Hall to see the view, breathtaking! 
What a beautiful city, it was one of the first electrified cities in the United States, thanks to the mighty Niagara. 
Buffalo's waterfront is lined wind turbines and the city was chosen to have the first Solar powered neighborhood. 

Today there's so many options now for saving energy in our homes and in our cities.

Here are some easy energy saving tips for a Smart Home we've done around ours:

1. Your living room typically has multiple active light sources available. Make sure your lighting is energy efficient by switching traditional bulbs to CFLs or LEDs.

2. Replace your old, inefficient appliances with new, efficient, Energy Star® appliances. Old appliances tend to run inefficiently.

3. Replace the showerhead in your bathroom(s) with low flow showerheads.  These showerheads regulate the flow of water, assuring you a more efficient shower. Turning down the hot water tank helps to, better yet get a tankless we did!

4. Installing light dimmers can save cut your electricity use 40% over time and make your lightbulbs last 20 times longer.

5. Planting trees in optimal spots on your property will provide shade during the warmer months making your system work less hard to cool your home down. Living in the south for 19 years taught me the value of a shade tree.

6. Even when your appliances are turned off, they are still using electricity. Use smart power strips to combat energy vampires. This one I'm big on making sure nothings plugged in that we aren't using.

7. Add more insulation in the attic, I prefer the recycled denim or newspaper, filled to an R30 rating.

8. Ceiling fans help to circulate air in both winter and summer months.

9. Smart thermostat is another great option in your home (this one is on my to do list).

Our favorite 52"ceiling fan (found at Home Depot)

 Direct Energy most recently partnered with Nest, to bring customers the Nest Learning Thermostat. So for those of you shopping for energy in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Illinois, from Direct Energy, you now have the opportunity to sign up for an energy plan and get a free Nest Learning Thermostat at no cost (a $249 value!).It’s just one of the ways we’re hoping to make your home smarter and more convenient. 

Even better Direct Energy is hosting a sweepstakes where 5 lucky winners will have the chance to win Nest Learning Thermostats! 

To enter the sweepstakes, click to visit the campaign landing page and simply fill out the entry form. How easy is that? 

The giveaway will take place from Wednesday, October 1st to Wednesday, October 22nd. Winners will be selected in Mid-November.

Click here for Nest Learning Mobile link.

Thank you to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s post.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kicking it up!!!

We finally found that a sport they can all participate, better yet stick with! 
I feel like they've tried them all; soccer, tennis, ballet, swim, chess and golf, (baseball's next year).

So when Saturday came it was a big day for my three littlest ones. Their first belt testing!!

100 crunches
50 pushups
100 jumping jacks
dozens of kicks and pushes

It was almost as much fun seeing the looks on the parents and grandparents as the kids counted 10, 20, 30, ...100 crunches. I think all our stomachs were hurting just watching.

Modesty, Courtesy, Integrity, Self-Control, Perseverance, Indomitable Spirit...and a smile.

They've been working hard for the past 3 months, 2-5 times a week, collecting stripes and now it's official, 
we have 3 yellow belts in our house! or what mine refer to as the bumble belt, once they get a couple black stripes on it.

All five of us take karate, but belt achievement is slower in the adult classes. 
There's no shame, Luna and I look good in our white.

It makes me proud to see all their hard work and perseverance give them such a sense of accomplishment, 
as they proudly tie their yellows for class each week.

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