Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nuby Sure Grip Bowl (Review)

**Disclaimer: I'm a Nuby Mommy Blogger which means I am sent products from Nuby in exchange for a review on my blog. However, all opinions are my very own**  

I risk sounding super cliche here, but I have to say it--Nuby products seriously make our lives a little easier.


I always feel like they pay a little extra attention to details--like this bowl for example. The Nuby Sure Grip Bowl is shaped in a way that is perfect for Co's hands. Plus, with the gripper around the bowl it helps Co hold carry it (I'm brave now--remember about my worries of using a cup without a lid?) without it slipping and spilling.


The bowl is a different shape and more of an oval than a circle and I think this design helps fit their hands in a more natural position.


As always, the Nuby products are bright and colorful making it more fun for kids to use. Co quickly claimed this bowl to be his (we're working on the sharing thing) and he loves eating his cereal out of his red and blue bowl. 

If you're looking for a bowl that will be fun to use, easy to carry, and has details that you'll find convenient, then you need to get a Nuby Sure Grip Bowl!

You can find these at Amazon.com and BuyBabyDirect.com.

Nuby has a lot of other really cool products and you can find out more about them on Nuby's Facebook PageInstagramPinterest, and Twitter.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Southwestern Chicken Noodle Soup

It's September, so why not fix soup? I figure the more I pretend that South Texas is experiencing the fall season already then maybe the faster it will arrive. Is it logical? No. But is it fun to be in fall mode? YES.

So my first soup of September was Potato Soup and my second was Chicken Noodle Soup. I didn't want traditional Chicken Noodle so while I stared into my fridge looking for inspiration, I saw a red bell pepper and thought it would be fun to make it a Southwestern style soup.

Thus, Southwestern Chicken Noodle Soup was created.

Southwestern Chicken Noodle Soup
Source: Me


2 chicken breasts
12 cups of chicken broth
1 bag of egg noodles
Handful of baby carrots, sliced
5 stalks of celery, sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 onion diced
1 bag of frozen corn, thawed
1 cup of canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Rotel, drained
Salt, to taste
3 tbsp dry Ranch powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic salt
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp Mrs. Dash original blend
1 tbsp Mrs. Dash garlic and herb blend
Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a small sauce pan with a tbsp of oil over medium high heat. Season the chicken with salt and sear both sides of the chicken (about 2 minutes per side). Transfer to a baking dish and cook until cooked through (about 30 minutes). Once chicken has cooked through, cut up chicken into bite size pieces.

Meanwhile, heat another 2 tbsp of olive oil in a saucepan. Add the carrots, celery, red bell pepper, green bell pepper and onion and cook until the vegetables have softened. Add the corn and continually stir until corn is cooked through. Remove from heat and stir in the beans and Rotel.

Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large pot and add the vegetables, chicken, spices and noodles. Continue to boil until noodles are cooked through. Taste the soup and adjust salt as needed, just be careful because the ranch and broth add their own salt so you don't want an overly salty soup!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Treasure Find Tuesday


Image courtesy of Pong / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

BEAUTY

I don't have much time (or money!) for a real spa day. I came across this idea for some at home pampering and it looks like a wonderful idea!
DIY Tips For A Spa Day At Home


PARENTING

Huffington Post shares funny parenting tweets found on Twitter every week and I usually find them pretty relatable! Check them out and laugh along, because like I always say, "If you don't laugh, you'll cry."

Funniest Parenting Tweets

STYLE

Mint. Midi. Organza. These words make me drool and this skirt is no exception! I need this in my closet! If you're feeling generous or want to send a hey-it's-a-tuesday present, I'm a medium. Of course I'm only kidding.
JOA Midi Organza Skirt

HOME

We want to eventually replace our kitchen cabinets so I'm trying to hold off on this project but it's so wonderful I don't know if I will be able to! I don't know if I'd write in the measurements, but I would love to use them for hanging utensils. Check out this great way to utilize your cabinets!

Makeover For Kitchen Cabinets


RECIPES

I don't have a slow cooker right now but this recipe has me wanting to replace it! It looks like the perfect weeknight meal.
Southwest Crockpot Chicken

HEALTH

I really enjoy yoga and since I'm only a beginner I'm constantly looking for new routines. This before-bed routine suggests I'll get better sleep so I'm excited to give it a try!

Before Bed Yoga

FOR THE KIDS

This cool DIY Shape Sorter looks like a simple project and huge money saver!
DIY Shape Sorter

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Desserts, Snacks, and a Shrimp and Noodle Salad

Yes, summer is wrapping up, we can feel it in the air so check out some fun end-of-summer desserts you need to try before the fall actually arrives. I shared my Red Berry Float Recipe but I also have a few other fun ideas you need to try!



And if you're not quite ready to start braising, roasting, and anything that requires the stove and oven to be on for long periods of time then check out this Shrimp and Noodle Salad recipe that will keep your kitchen cool and bellies equally happy!





Friday, September 5, 2014

California Trip: Part 4

We were really excited to take the boys to Legoland while we were visiting California.


I was personally intrigued by  all of the statues and miniature cities that were built with Legos. It was amazing! Someone (or really some people) had to build all of those and that's just crazy.






It's definitely targeted towards younger kids and if Co would've been just one year older he would have been able to get on most of the rides. But even still, he got to ride quite a few rides, get a Legoland Driver's License, mine for gold, play on the splash pad, win a stuffed duck, and make a dozen other memories. Patch even had a little fun playing in the toddler area, getting loves, and walking around with us! This day was all about the boys. 





There was a Star Wars display and Tyler was one happy guy. Seriously, as soon as we entered that part of the park Tyler was gone. It was fun to watch him enjoy it so much and even though I'm not a huge fan (shhh, don't hate me!) I still thought it was neat.


I'm so glad we were able to go to Legoland and I know it's probably something I'd revisit, especially once the boys could get on every ride.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Shrimp Creole


In my mind I've decided it's fall. It's September and it was windy today so in my South Texas world that means fall is here. Ignore that it was still 95 degrees, I sweated like a crazy person, and the humidity made it awful just to walk across a parking lot. There was wind, it was greyish, our trees were blowing around so in my home we were in full fall swing. 

That means soups, roasted veggies, casseroles, comfort food in this kitchen. Turn the stoves back on (sorry, you might still sweat) because autumn is upon us. 

Shrimp creole is a wonderful fall night dish and I've made it quite a few times since we've been married. I used to have a food blog back in the day and a simple point and shoot camera. This recipe was on that old blog and when I referenced it I couldn't stop laughing at the picture. If I was brave enough I would post it here, but I'm not that confident. Let's just say it looked like Pace Salsa on top of something white that looked nothing like rice. Now the current picture isn't the best, but there was a huge improvement. But you know what hasn't changed? The recipe. Because why fix something that already tastes wonderful?

If you're like me and feeling fall, then this dish is a must on your upcoming menu!

Shrimp Creole
Source: It's been so long I have no idea. 

Olive Oil
6 stalks of celery, diced
2 Green Bell Peppers, diced
1 Yellow Onion, diced
28 oz of diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
2 tsp hot sauce of your choice, plus some for serving
2 tsp Parsley
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp paprika 
2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp pepper
Salt to taste
About 30 peeled and deveined shrimp
White Rice, cooked (used for serving so you can prepare as much as you’d like)

Use a large saucepan and heat about 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. 
Add the celery, green bell peppers, and onions and cooked until soft.
Ad the tomatoes, chicken broth, hot sauce and spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until cooked through (approximately 4 minutes). 

Serve over white rice and spice it up with more hot sauce if needed. 


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nuby Flip It Top Gator Grip ((Review))

**Disclaimer: I'm a Nuby Mommy Blogger which means I am sent products from Nuby in exchange for a review on my blog. However, all opinions are my very own**  


I'm not sure if you remember how much we loved the Nuby Gator Grip Pop Up Sipper, but we adored it! It was the perfect size, cool color, and easy to travel with. But sadly, we had an incident with the dishwasher and the cup (FYI, don't put this cup on the bottom rack of the dishwasher) and Co no longer had a Gator Grip cup. 

When I saw that there was a Gator Grip cup with a straw option I knew we had to give it a try. Why do I love straw cups? Because both of the boys can use them so it's nice to have a cup that works for both children. 

Look at Patch, trying to steal Co's cup!
Plus, the straw flips down so there isn't leaking so you know in a mom book that's a selling point. I do love the gator grip so my three year old's hands can keep a firm grip on the cup. And the fact that it's narrow means it fits into my diaper bag easily. 

Co was so excited to have a new cup and I was happy that it's a perfect fit for us. 


The gator cups have a cool design that most toddlers will love. 

If you want to pick a set up you can find them at www.amazon.com, www.buybabydirect.com, Target and WalMart. 

Nuby has a lot of other really cool products and you can find out more about them on Nuby's Facebook PageInstagramPinterest, and Twitter.