Friday, September 28, 2012

The cleaner that just doesn't stop!!

Hey! Hope everyone is having an amazing week! Did you do anything exciting this week? I have felt like I was just running and running the past few weeks but this week was much better for me, I think I am finally getting into my school year groove! I love a schedule and so do my kids actually. We are all much happier knowing what is going on thru the week.

But that is for another post, today I have to tell you about my magic cleaner again! Yes the same stuff I told you about on my oven has been put to the test again and knocked out the mess too.

Last night I made dinner in the crock pot, and it was amazing! (again another post soon to come!) But do you guys get that burnt on mess on the bottom of your crock pot too? Please tell me you do! I am a very clean person and I don't want to be the only one!

But after I took out the inside of the pot to wash it, that mess was starring me in the face!

So I got out my Scour Off and went to work on in.

It took about 5 minutes before I was left with this...

Yep that's right I said 5!! To take it from this, to this!

I don't really know why I am so stunned when my Shaklee products work so great, maybe it because I have never found anything that does work so good! 5 Minutes and I was back playing games and having time with my family! Not cleaning up my mess from dinner, I am able to get other things done around the house when I don't have to take as much time doing the cleaning and my house is CLEAN not just wiped off but CLEAN!!

So I hope you have a great weekend and we will see you back here soon! Do you have plans for the weekend? We are going to the apple orchard and probably baking something with those apples!

Thanks for stopping! Have a great Friday!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shaklee Webinar

Tonight at 9pm central time we are having a webinar for you to learn more about Shaklee! This is a great webinar and you will learn a lot.

Register here:

 I learn so much every time I watch it! 

It is a great company with great earning potential and you can do it all from your home! No worries about leaving your kids or missing their events. You work Shaklee around your schedule! Believe me if I can, you can! 

Contact me if you have any questions.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Lasagna Roll Ups

My family LOVES lasagna! However we are also like everyone else and will eat a ton of lasagna because we don't know (or don't want to know) were to stop for a serving size! So I saw this recipe on Pinterest  for Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups and thought that would be great to easily know a serving size! So here is how I currently make them I modified the recipe a bit as when I made them the 1st time they were a little bland for our taste. If you click on the link above you can go to the original recipe.  I put the tips I have found while making this in ( ) below.


  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 1/2 of a 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and completely drained
  • 15 oz fat free ricotta cheese/ Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 32 oz tomato sauce
  • 9 tbsp (about 3 oz) part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp Basil
  • 2 tsp Oregano

The way I make them is to preheat the oven to 350 degrees,  take 9 lasagna noodles, boil them until they are the correct consistency for your taste, drain and let cool a bit.

While those are boiling you can get some of the other things ready to go. In a bowl combine spinach (although the original recipe calls for the entire 15oz package of spinach, that was a little much for our family, that is why I only use about 1/2 the package), ricotta (I used Cottage Cheese as that was what I had on hand and my kids don't like ricotta), Parmesan (we use real Parmesan cheese not the grated stuff), egg, salt and pepper, Basil, Oregano (you could also use just the Italian seasoning if you have that on hand) mix together until well combined.

Then I took my tomato sauce pored it into a bowl and added  a smidge more of the seasonings. just for some added flavor. Then take about 1 cup of the sauce and poor into your 9x13 baking dish, cover the bottom of the dish, this will help the noodles not to stick to the dish.

On a piece of was paper lay out your 9 noodles, and evenly distribute the cheese mixture. I used a 1/3 measuring cup and came out just perfect with the amount of mixture!


 Spread evenly over entire noodle.

Then roll up the noodles and place in the baking dish. 

Then poor the remaining sauce over noodles I did it in a line down the middle of each row of noodles.

 Then spread your shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the noodles and sauce.

Then cover with tin foil

and bake about 40 mins. or until cheese is melted.

Now the fun part...ENJOY!!

There ya go, super easy, and lasagna without being the really heavy saucy lasagna.

I hope you like this version! Have a great Friday!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chalk painted cabinets

 So I am sure everyone has either heard or seen all the great things you can do with Chalkboard paint. This is a really simple way to use it to write down those items you use up but don't necessarily need to go to the store right now and get. (but if you are like me and if I don't write it down I will forget it!) So I painted the inside of my pantry doors with it and now if someone uses the last of lets say peanut butter, they write it down and then when I am going to the store or making the grocery list for the week I know to get peanut butter. So far it works great for our family.

I took my pantry door from boring and not useful to helpful!

I will give you the steps with pics to show anyone that this can be done by anyone. Believe me I am not the most crafty person alive (NOT AT ALL), so if I can do this by myself anyone can do this!

First you will need to gather the supplies needed for the project, you will need:
1. Door
2. Chalk board paint
3. Paint brush
4. Painters tape

So once you have all your supplies you will need to pick your door inside, unless you want the outside, now that I think about it, the outside of a door might be cute.

But in any event I chose the inside of both sides of my pantry doors as you can see here

Then I took some painters tape and just taped off the part I wanted to paint so I didn't get paint all over the rest of the door.

 I just used blue painters tape, that's what I had on hand, you could use whatever kind of painters tape you chose (blue, green,etc).

 Then take you paint, and brush

 and paint away. I painted in a downward motion, starting at the top and when down, seems to show less lines that way. (personal preference).

Here is the door after the 1st coat,

 You will definitely need to do at least 2 coats of paint, I think I did 3 actually just to be safe.

Here is after the 2nd coat,

Let dry between coats completely just so you know how it looks. If after your 2nd coat has dried to are sure there are no light spots take the tape off and you are done!

Here is my finished door...

 It was seriously just that simple! Honestly if I can do this, anyone can do this!! I did mention before that I did it by myself, well that's not entirely true I did have 2 helper for this project, this cutie came to inspect the work...

What a good looking little foreman!

So there ya go folks, simple way to keep track of whats in your pantry. By the way the cost for this project was $0 for me, I had the brush, the painters tape and the chalk board paint from previous projects. Chalk board paint I swear lasts forever, we have done at least 3 projects with our can and it is still more than 1/2 full.

Did you do any projects this weekend? I would love to hear about them.

Hope you enjoyed this one and we will talk to you tomorrow! Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mighty cleaner!!

HI everyone! So yesterday I got home and had a package waiting for me! From Shaklee of course! I had ordered the Scour off paste and let me tell you this stuff was awesome!!! I cleaned my stove and oven and am so happy with the way it turned out!! (as you can tell will all the exclamation points)

So first off, friends meet Scour off...

Isn't it cute! Ok so the 1st thing I did was to try it out on my stove top. I had burnt on something on the top and have not been able to get it off! 

Here is a before and after, you can see the burnt on crap on the left and the clean shinny after using Scour Off!! I LOVE THAT!!!!!! Our kitchen is the 1st thing you see when you come in our house so I like that to be as clean as can be most of the time. 

Then I moved on to the oven door, I was amazed at how easily it cleaned the junk off there,


Here is a before and after of part of my oven door, again before on the left and after on the right. 

 Here is a close up of the before you can see the junk on the door better, kinda gross! Sorry for the reflection again, but the sun shines into the kitchen and there was reflection any direction I tried to shoot it. 

 And here is a whole door shot of an after. I swear it litterally took only about 3 mins to get the dirty door clean (not including the window)! 

Then I started the window, can I just say oven windows are the worst!!  But you can see in the above pic a I had cleaned 1/2 the window with the same Scour Off and half was not, Pretty big difference, if you ask this gal!

 Here is another one 1/2 was through the window (again sorry for the reflection of me!) I love that this paste even got off the black splattered burnt on spots! Yes it does take some (quite a bit) of elbow grease for the window but I totally think it was worth it!!

So obviously all that is left is the inside of the oven, in my excitement over the window I forgot to take a before of the inside of the oven so just picture the window and the door all over the oven,OK? Thanks!

(I will try to get better at taking before pics, I just get so happy!)

But here is the inside of the oven when I was done...

Not bad huh? I was very happy with the end result.

I will be tackling the grout lines in our kitchen next and will post about those soon.

So yes it does take some elbow grease but the paste made it A LOT easier! I have tried other cleaners and the self cleaning operation on the oven and both of them I hate! I hate the cleaners because they stink and make me sick to my stomach and give me a head ache, the self cleaning operation is just horrible to smell, and it takes so long! I hate having my kids around either of those. The Sour Off paste is are ya ready for this, made of cherry pits!! That's right folks I just cleaned my oven and stove with cherry pits! And it smells good too! At least I liked it.

So do you clean your oven and stove? Is it a pain in the butt? You can click on any of the Scour off's in this post and it will take you to my website for you to get your own Cherry pit cleaning goodness! You can always try the products if you are not happy with the way they clean Shaklee has a 100% money back guarantee! So there is really no risk!

Have a great Wednesday see you soon!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunday with us

So Sunday, my girls and myself participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Walk for a Cure. This is a great cause as many are out there. It was a great walk to do with the family and kids. It was only about 2 miles and you did it at your own pace.

Our team raised over $1200.00 for continuing research!! Thats a lot of money for 5 families! We were very proud! You can donate to this cause at anytime by clicking this link.

This is a very close to our heart cause as last March my BFF's 2 year old at the time was in the hospital very sick when they found out she was diabetic! It was a very scary few days but obviously it go a lot better after they found out what the problem was. It is still an ongoing always there thought for them I am sure but Nikki takes it like no one else I know could! She is an amazing mom and I am so proud to say she is my BFF!

Here are a few pics of my girls and I before the walk.

I love Madi's expression here like why are you taking my picture? I just woke up! 

 And this is me and my oldest! She is the best big sister we could have ever asked for to the younger ones! She is such a huge help and the most caring little girl I know! I love you Isabel!!

Hope you all had a great weekend, did you do anything exciting?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

School days

So my babies started school today! Well 2 of my babies anyway. They were both so excited to start and this mama was excited for them to start too! Now I still got a bit emotional today. Realizing they are growing up way too fast! I swear it was just last year that this girl started kindergarten!!

But today she started get ready for this...the 5th grade!!!!! Can you believe it? I can't!!

And then this little one that I remember bringing home from the hospital, well going to the hospital for that matter like it was just yesterday and now he is starting kindergarten!!

But they were ready like I said before, and I was ready. Not necessarily for them to be gone all day (yes i work full time but i have been able to bring these 2 with me a lot since i work for my parents and work at their house) but more just to get back into a routine! I must say I love a routine! I love knowing what is going on each day, I love having a to do list and being able to cross things off!

So as the kids go back to school and we return to life with some order all be it crazy order it's still some sort or order, I am cherishing those days of having them with me and spending the time I have been able to spend with them!

Here is another shot I took before they walked into school, look at those faces, are they not 2 of the cutest kids ever!!

I hope you all have been able to send your kids off to school with great mornings! I will be posting more about our morning routine later.

Have a great Tuesday!!!