Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weeknight Cube Steak With Gravy

Most people who know me know that I love cooking as much as I can from scratch. Sometimes though, like today, I had to give myself a little pass. It has been a horribly busy week with no relief in sight. Cooking is usually my way to de-stress and wind down but the thought of cooking this week just made me feel more exhausted. On nights like these, I can still offer my family some delicious comfort food, but in a way that makes my evenings a little bit easier. Growing up my Mom had four kids to feed on a single-parent's budget. She was never able to serve us the choice cuts of beef (in fact, I really can't ever remember a night where we actually ate "real steak") but every once in a while, she would treat us to a cube steak dinner and it was one of my favorites. Tonight I decided to treat my family to their own cube steak dinner with a recipe I cooked up that included some great ways to cheat and still get that home-cooked flavor!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lucy's Lab Book Series Brings Science To Life

All of the kids in our house recently started the "Book It!" program and it's now off to the races to see who can read the most chapter books and earn themselves some Pizza Hut! My Science-loving daughter, Eva never has to be encouraged to do extra reading and when I heard about the new Lucy's Lab series from Skyhorse Publishing (who sent me the books pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review), I knew there would be no doubt she would enjoy these books. If you have a Science-loving kid of your own, you won't want to miss these delightful and humorous new books that open up a window into the fascinating world of Science!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Give Your Bed A Makeover With Berkshire Blanket

Our weather has started to change here in West Virginia from hot, sticky temperatures to cool breezy nights. It's always sometime during the month of October that I drag out all those plastic totes, one after another, from the basement and complete that seasonal task of changing over all our Spring and Summer clothes to Fall and Winter. This year, along with changing out my daughter Eva's clothes, I decided it was time for her bed to have a little seasonal makeover of it's own! For all my blanket and bedding needs, there's no other company that I turn to other than Berkshire Blanket. They were excited for the opportunity to share a twin set of the bedding pictured above, at no cost to facilitate this review, and I'm excited that I get to share how you can give your own bed a makeover with Berkshire Blanket!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

My Canning Romance...And How Easy It Is To Get Started!

As a little girl I remember watching my aunts can. They would sit around snapping beans, peeling fruit, and talking about life together as they worked. I've always admired them. I respected the way they cared for their families and always got the sense that, to them, canning wasn't a chore, it was truly a labor of love. Preserving food was a way to save some extra money and to forego runs to the grocery stores in the cold winter months. Why eat produce from a store when their families could enjoy fresh summer peaches all year long! I recently made the transition from full-time out of the house working Mom, to full-time in the house working Mom (and homeschool teacher to my youngest three). I decided this was the perfect time to let go of my fears (I always had it in my head that canning was a difficult process) and to embrace a way of food preservation that dates all the way back to the 1800's. It was time to learn canning; and it turned out to be so much easier than I expected! Fresh Preserving sent me the canning products pictured above, at no cost to facilitate this review, and not only am I going to share with you how you can begin canning fresh food in your own home, but I'm teaming up with The Fresh Preserving Store and Thrifty Nifty Mommy to giveaway a Fresh Preserving Kit as well!

Farmer's Market Salsa

I love getting my hands on fresh ingredients! When I am able to buy from our local farmer's market - that's even better! The kids and I now make a trip to our local farmer's market a weekly part of our regular grocery shopping. With all of the summer tomatoes and peppers I decided it was time for my daughter, Eva, and I to set apart an afternoon for some salsa making.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Graco Modes 3 Lite LX Click Connect Stroller Travel System

Disclosure: I received the item pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review. 

 When I was waiting to welcome my first little one to the family, the number one need item on my needs list was a travel system. Not only did I want an infant carseat, but I wanted a product that allowed me to snap the carseat directly into the stroller, but also transitioned for me to use the stroller alone as my child grew. Back then, I turned to Graco to meet all of my carseat/stroller needs, at a budget I could afford, and it's a company I'd still choose again. Today I've got a closer look at one of their highest rated travel systems, the Graco Modes 3 Lite LX Click Connect Stroller Travel System!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Easy STEM Activities For Kids

Now that we are a homeschooling family, I'm always searching for activities to make learning and discovery fun and captivating. I concentrate on finding supplemental materials that allow my kids to set down the books and use their hands for one-on-one interaction with Science and Technology. Whenever I'm stumped on where to discover new material, I always turn to Discover With Dr. Cool, who provided me the products pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review! This educational company supplies an endless amount of options in STEM activities that will make any kid fall in love with Science!