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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Be guest ready in minutes with Angel Soft®️

#AD How to make your bathroom guest-ready in a matter of minutes with @angelsoft Mega Rolls from @Walmart!! Look, you can have a messy house and have guests...after all, you live there! But, I'm a firm believer that you must have a clean bathroom! If I visit someone's home and there are toys, or homework, or piles of whatever, I don't even flinch...but I notice a dirty bathroom. I'm here to share with you my tips for tidying up the bathroom in minutes! First, give the mirrors + counters a quick wipe down. Next, make sure your toilet is clean...give it a scrub and a wipe the seats. Then, make sure it smells good...light a candle, spray it, oil it, whatever...give it a good smell. After that, put out fresh towels and make sure there is soap. Finally, make sure you have freshly stocked toilet paper! It would be very embarrassing for your guest to be caught without any toilet paper! 

I'm loving the N E W Angel Soft® Mega Rolls, the thickest ever from Angel Soft®. Angel Soft®️ Is my go-to toilet paper for many reasons...With 425+ sheets, Angel Soft Mega roll gives you more of the value you already love + I know it can handle the job when nature calls! It's sure to leave your guest feeling well taken care of! Did you know that 1 mega roll equals four 121 sheets regular rolls?? It's the trusted quality and value of Angel Soft® in a MEGA size.

Be sure to pick up your Angel Soft® Mega Rolls from Walmart today! Why, Walmart? It's a one-stop shop with everything I need and friendly workers + you gotta love that curbside pickup. #angelsoft @angelsoft @walmart

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Crispiest Chicken EVER with Argo® Corn Starch

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Crispy Chicken Parmesan!

This is my entire family's favorite meal! We use any excuse to celebrate with Crispy Chicken Parmesan. Got a good grade? Let's celebrate with Crispy Chicken Parm! Earned a blue ribbon? Crispy Chicken Parmesan! Woke up and got out of bed? you got it...Crispy Chicken Parm. I'm kidding. sort of.
What makes this chicken so crispy??

I'm going to tell you the secret ingredient!!

Drum roll pleaaaaaassssseeeeee…..

My secret ingredient is Argo® Corn Starch!!! 

I think we can all agree the secret ingredient is arguably the most important ingredient! It's what sets the recipe apart and makes it successful. Argo® Corn Starch helps give you the crispiest chicken with an airy texture. Argo® Corn Starch for cooking crispy chicken? I'm sure you've used corn starch for soups, gravies, DIY side walk chalk, baking (the glue that holds desserts together) and more! But have you ever used it for frying + baking chicken?? It's a total GAME CHANGER!!! Why Argo® Corn Starch? Because, it is the leading corn starch brand with over 100 years of quality and trust over multiple generations. I also, appreciate that Argo® Corn Starch is gluten free

Now that you know that the secret ingredient on to the recipe!

You'll need:
1 1/2 cups Argo® Corn Starch

1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp. salt + pepper + dried parsley + dried oregano 5-7 cloves of chopped garlic ( less if garlic isn't your thing) 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella 6 eggs + 1/4 cup half + half (milk is fine too) 4 pounded out chicken breast
1lb of pasta of choice 1 jar of marinara ( homemade sauce is good too!)

Be sure to pound out the chicken first!

Dip chicken into Argo® Corn Starch + flour mixture, THEN into the egg mixture, THEN back into the Argo® Corn Starch + flour mixture again.

Once chicken is breaded. Fry the chicken in oil over medium high heat for 7 minutes on each side. Be sure to check the temperature with a meat thermometer as some stove tops cook differently.

OPTIONAL: You can top the chicken with more mozzarella.

Sometimes we make sauce from scratch and other times we use our favorite jarred marinara. This is totally up to you which direction you go in.

Serve with warm bread and a fresh salad! Then sit back and serve up the Crispiest Chicken Parmesan cooked with Argo ® corn Starchwhich offers audibly crunchy and beautifully browned exterior while sealing in the juices of the chicken to your family or guest! 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Power Up with Duracell Batteries! Plus, dog days of summer tips!

This story was produced in partnership with Duracell. All opinions are mine alone. #DuracellOptimumBrandPartner

*Delivers extra life or extra power, vs. Coppertop AA/AAA in a wide range of devices.

NEW Duracell Optimum batteries have helped me with the dog days of summer!

We've hit that time of year where we've already been on vacation, the weather is too hot and humid to be outside for long periods, my kiddos only want to swim for a little bit at a time, we've played all our games and then some, so I have to get creative!

How? With batteries! One of my favorite life/mom hacks is to take out my kiddos' toys that have been "dead" for a while and put new batteries inside them! I swear it's almost like Christmas morning! This is an affordable and fun way to entertain them and encourage imagination play!

*Delivers extra life or extra power, vs. Coppertop AA/AAA in a wide range of devices.

One of my little girls' favorite pastimes is to play veterinarian! They love to put on their little dress up coats, grab their stethoscopes and bandages, and even fill up baggies with water to use as IVs.

Duracell is the #1 trusted brand! With the ability to deliver extra life* in some devices or extra power* in other devices, vs. Coppertop AA/AAA batteries, I choose Duracell Optimum because I know these batteries are  going to last in some of my kids’ favorite toys! I won't need to be wasting resources and time with having to change out batteries.  

Another fun reason we choose to play "vet" is because my little veterinarians can perform surgeries!!!

I give them tiny screwdrivers and (with assistance) they open up (perform surgery) on their play puppies and change out the batteries!

*Delivers extra life or extra power, vs. Coppertop AA/AAA in a wide range of devices.

They even have a nurse station where each puppy or kitty can recover! And let me tell you, we have a lot of recovering animals on surgery day!

How are you getting creative during the dog days of summer?

Mom tip: Don't pull out all your toys in one day! Start with a vet day. The next day, take out fresh batteries for inside a reading pen with books. The following day, put them in electronic games, and so on! If you put new batteries in all the toys at once, they will all get played with in that one day. Pace yourself.

Be sure to head to your local CVS today to pick up NEW Duracell Optimum batteries! These batteries are available in AA and AAA in pack sizes of 4, 6, and 12!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Carando® Fresh Italian-Style Meatball Sliders

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyCarandoMeal​ #CollectiveBias

Are you looking for an easy and delicious meal!? Look no further! These meatball sliders are one of my family's favorite meals! These are so simple to make. They can also be made ahead of time and thrown in the oven for a quick heat up on a busy night.
For this recipe you'll need a few simple ingredients:

I love Carando® Fresh Italian-Style Meatballs for so many reasons! 

My family enjoyed the robust flavors. These flavors allow me to create authentic Italian Style meals, while saving time!

Their products are high quality and use classic Italian ingredients!

Carando is a fresh meatball, not frozen!!

Carando has a heritage of delivering high-quality, classic Italian meats. When you're starting from something better,  you're setting the foundation for a fantastic meal!

That was most definitely the case for these meatball sliders! 

Now onto the recipe!

Step 1: Cook the meatballs. I choose to cook mine in a good old fashion skillet. Baking would working quite nicely as would cooking these delicious meatballs in a slow cooker. Once meatballs are cooked, set them aside.

Step 2: Remove a portion of the bead tops, just enough to make room for the meatball.

Step 3: Melt butter and brush the rolls.

Step 4: Mix together a few of your favorite spices...I used garlic salt, pepper, dried basil, and dried parsley. Then sprinkle the herbs over the melded butter on the rolls.

Step 5: With a spoon ladle a heap of marinara sauce on the rolls...not too much...just enough to help the rolls not dry out.

Step 6: Add one meatball to each roll, then top with another spoonful of marinara sauce.

Step 7: Top all the rolls with cheese.

Step 8: Bake or Broil until the cheese is bubbly or melted. 

That's it! Dinner in no time! 

Would you make these??

Be sure to head to your local grocery store, I shopped Hy-vee, to pick up your Carando® Fresh Italian-Style Meatballs (available in Abruzzese, Sicilian, & Mozzarella Rustica) today!

Friday, August 23, 2019

I Am Loved with Helzberg Diamonds

This post is sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Great relationships are made to be shared! In 1967 Barnett Helzberg Jr. proposed to Shirley Bush the love he felt launched a thought that everyone should feel like this which inspired Helzberg's famous I Am Loved button! 

What makes you feel loved!!? 

To me, love is truly, found in the little things. Love is a VERB! It's something you do! It's eating the over rip bananas because you know your spouse loves the under rip ones, it's getting up early to curl hair even though all you really want is to sleep 15.more.minutes! It's agreeing to have your picture taken in a field of sunflowers even though the field is home to 1.2 million bees because you know your mom really wants you to do so. It's fretting and praying over a sick child in the middle of the night, it's doing the dishes so they don't have to, it's bring home bags of ice instead of flowers. It's  doing car pool pick up instead of having your kids ride the bus...even though that means you'll spend over and hour in your car...because you know that's when the good conversation happens!