1 Package Stuffing Mix (chicken flavor)
1 1/4 Cups Water
6-7 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Halves
4 C Broccoli Florets (I use the frozen broccoli)
1 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
6-7 T Ranch dressing (drizzle to your liking)
Oven at 400º
1. Spray large sheet of heavy-duty foil with oil and place in 9x13 pan
2. Place chicken breasts in bottom of pan
3. Top chicken with broccoli, bacon, cheese
4. Combine stuffing mix and water and add to the top evenly
5. Drizzle with ranch dressing over the top
6. Cover with foil, bring up sides and seal.
7. Bake 30-60 minutes (depends on the size of chicken breasts. 45 minutes and mine is usually done.) Around 45 minutes I take off the foil and let it bake a bit longer because I like the dressing to really melt in and for the stuffing to be a little crunchy on top.
I don't know about you, but making meals during the week gets hard at times. Life gets busy, and 20 minutes before supper time there are days when I just plain don't know what to make. Maybe it's a mix of lack of organization, or simply the busy life of a mom/parent. Whichever it is, I'm hoping to get into a better routine of meal planning and have joined a small freezer meal group in my area to get me started.
If you've experienced this, I would love any tips/advice you may have with freezer meals! Also, I'm polling the interest of my readers to see who would like to see freezer meal recipes posted on my blog, or maybe even a linky where others could post their freezer meals too? I love to share recipes, and love to find and learn about great ones too - so this is something that has been on my mind for a while. Let me know your thoughts!
Have a great Thursday!
**The product for this review was provided by Shari's Berries. However, all opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
Whether I'm shopping for mother's day, or a birthday gift...I want to find things that are unique and personal. As a mom of three little ones, the easiest way to shop for gifts like this is online. Thankfully, Shari's Berries offers a great selection of gift ideas for any occasion and makes it easy every time!
With gift ideas for all occasions, Shari's Berries is known for their large selection of delicious and unforgettable gifts, always arranged and presented carefully and lovingly. Whether you're shopping for birthday gifts, baby shower gifts, or maybe a "just because gift"... Shari's Berries has you covered and even ships nationwide!
I have browsed and shopped Shari's Berries in the past, and have always been impressed with the large selection of products offered. With everything from Mother's Day gift baskets to dipped berries...there's truly something for everyone.
When asked if I'd like to review something from Shari's Berries, I was thrilled and the timing couldn't have been more perfect! The following week we had plans to go to a birthday get together for my brother and I knew Shari's Berries would have the perfect gift! I was right.
Browsing through the birthday gifts, I found many that I knew he would be thrilled with. However, the one that stuck out to me most was the 7-piece Happy Birthday Surprise Cookie Bouquet!
I was also pleased with how quickly the item shipped. I was able to choose which day I wanted it to arrive, and it came right on time. YAY!
When the cookie bouquet arrived, I will admit I was a little nervous that the cookies might be broken. Afterall, cookies aren't the easiest thing to mail. As I opened the box, any anxieties I had were put to rest. The cookie bouquet was wrapped wonderfully, and all of the cookies looked fantastic!! Not only were they wrapped very well so as not to get broken, but also so that they would stay fresh too.
I was so excited to take the Happy Birthday Cookie Bouquet to my brother's birthday party. He was very surprised and loved the personalized gift idea. Best of all, the cookies were large and very yummy. There were enough for him to share with the rest of us which was a lot of fun! The kids especially liked them. :)
Overall we were really happy with the Happy Birthday Surprise Cookie Bouquet from Shari's Berries. What a great way to send a birthday wish. Each cookie was well packaged, not to mentioned beautifully and colorfully frosted. We will definitely be turning to Shari's Berries again in the future!
Buy It: You can purchase the Happy Birthday Surprise Cookie Bouquet for $39 at Shari's Berries.
Coupons: There are also a number of Shari's Berries Coupons you can use too!
Before this month, I was not familiar with the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program, however...I think it is fantastic! My community is very important to me, especially as a parent with little ones who will grow up here. I want to see every aspect of my community thrive and remain beautiful for them, and for us! That is why I'm so passionate about the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program and spreading the word.
The State Farm Neighborhood Assist program is entering its second year of community betterment. This program seeks to improve communities through 3 types of initiatives: community development, education, and safety. After many weeks of consideration, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board has compiled the top 200 causes to have the chance to win a $25,000 grant to fund their program. Those 200 will now be voted on by the public to select the top 40 winners!
Our town is a place we spend time with family, watch our kids grow, etc. And although I love where we live, our neighbors and our community, I think there are always ways we can make things better. Knowing my children are going to grow up here, I feel invested in always wanting to make our community a better place. Whether it's a deserted playground, an abandoned warehouse, or something else...I believe those of us in our community can get together to ensure that our children can enjoy and appreciate their hometown for years to come.
I am always looking for ways to participate in community betterment projects and am sure through the years many will present themselves. As I said, we have a wonderful town that we live in, but there are always ways to improve it. As a parent and former teacher, I like to see special attention being given to our education program...making sure it's the very best for our little ones. There are also things like building a playground out where we live that I'd love to see at some point. We are considered "in-town", but live on the outskirts which means we are a ways from playground in town. Having one in our neighborhood would give children a safe and fun place to play!
You can learn more about State Farm Neighborhood Assist on their website and in the video below. You can also vote for your favorite programs via their Facebook tab. You are able to vote 10 times per day for any combination of causes.
**I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of State Farm and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
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As a mom of three little ones, I am a fan of Johnson & Johnson and their products for families. That's why I was excited to learn about their new initiative, Donate a Photo.
For those who follow my Twitter and Facebook pages, you may have seen me posting about a fun twitter party I helped co-host with The Motherhood and Johnson & Johnson! We talked about the new app, Donate a Photo which helps to turn photos into a way to do good. For every photo shared through the app, J&J will donate $1* to a cause that people care about. All donations are measured in actions:
- Keep America Beautiful: One photo helps restore a community park
- Save the Children: One photo helps a newborn get medicine to thrive
- Safe Kids: One photo protects seven children from a preventable sports injury
I also love Johnson & Johnson's Healthy Essentials initiative which offers coupons and other tools to help families stock up on the products they depend on and use every day. I would encourage you to head over to HealthyEssentials.com and register to save on J&J products. The new coupons went live on April 7th!
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*Johnson & Johnson has curated a list of trusted causes, and you can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. Each cause will appear in the app until it reaches its goal, or the donation period ends. If the goal isn't reached, the cause will still get a minimum donation.
I love unique toys for kids. I love classic ones too like blocks, balls or musical instruments, but I also love seeing some of the unique and creative toys as well. Especially if they incorporate music and movement, my child is usually very interested.
Bright Starts has created an array of baby products and toys that guarantee a good time for babies AND their parents. The Having A Ball Count 'n Roll Buggie is the newest to the Having A Ball Collection and is a fun way to reinforce those 1-2-3 counting lessons as well as keep your child entertained long enough for to get a few things done or to enjoy some interactive time with them.
If I could make any changes to the toy, the one thing would be that I would include three adjustable time settings like Easy, Medium, Difficult so that the amount of time before the bug starts rolling again could be changed as my child's skills and speed improve. However, my son still seemed to enjoy the toy.
Overall, I was very happy with the value and entertainment this toy provided.
**This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Bright Starts. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.
SMART TUBE® TECHNOLOGY is a new technology that makes it possible for you to now use every last drop of liquid in Clorox spray bottles. This includes Clorox® Clean Up®, Tilex® and Formula 409® products. How great is that?! When I learned there would be no more tilting, shaking and frustration, I was sold and really excited to learn we were going to receive for review. The SMART TUBE® TECHNOLOGY can be found in the following products in all scents and sizes:
This post is brought to you by Clorox and The Motherhood. I've been compensated for my time, however all opinions are my own.
Have you ever been cleaning your home, only to find that you've come to the very last bit of cleaner? It can be rather frustrating, especially when you're having to tilt, tip and unscrew the container try to get to the bottom fo the bottle of spray cleaner. Thankfully, The Clorox Company has found a solution! They have announced the addition of SMART TUBE® TECHNOLOGY.
• Clorox® Clean-Up®
• Clorox® Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
• Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach Foamer
• Clorox® Bleach Gel
• Clorox® Kitchen
• Formula 409® (Original, Lemon, Stone & Steel, Glass & Surface, Carpet/Pet)
• Tilex® (Bathroom Cleaner, Mold & Mildew Remover, Mildew Root Penetrator™)
• Clorox® Antihongos
• Clorox® Desengrasantes
We just recently got the Clorox products for review, and although we haven't gotten to the bottom of any of them yet...I can say that I love how these products clean.
I also appreciate that when the time comes when we get to the bottom of the bottle, that there's the new SMART TUBE® TECHNOLOGY! This built-in tube reaches all the way to the bottom of the bottles making it possible to now be able to use every last drop with no frustration. YAY! I'm thrilled, because as a busy mom I'm always looking for ways to make cleaning a little bit easier.
Speaking of easier, these spray bottles equipped with SMART TUBE® TECHNOLOGY also feature a new, more durable trigger that provides better coverage and control...making it easier to dispense the liquid with less effort.
I'm really happy to hear that Clorox (a trusted company that has committed themselves to providing a better cleaning experience for many years), has made it their goal to improve one of their key cleaning tools...spray bottles! I think this is going to be a feature appreciated by many Clorox cleaner users, including me!
Coupon: Clorox just launched a new coupon on their SprayEveryDrop.com site. When you watch the quick video about the spray bottle's "makeover" you get a $1 coupon. If you share the video on Facebook or Twitter, you get a $1.50 coupon!
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Unlike his sister who has always shown a preference for letters, words and reading...Kaden is my child who loves math! He enjoys counting, sorting, etc. I like to find activities, games and toys that encourage his love for learning which is why I was excited when introduced to a new toy from HABA!
I enjoy learning about new products from HABA, and when I was introduced to the First Fun with Quantities Pegging Game it was no different. I knew this would be something Kaden (and my other two children) would really enjoy and couldn't have been more thrilled to learn we were going to have the opportunity to review it.
- Children practice counting, sorting, color recognition, and more!
- Perfect for ages 3 years and up
- Contents include 5 boards, 15 pegs, 1 die, and instructions
We've used the instructions to play this game, but have also found that it's a lot of fun to make up our own games as well. Since this game deals with counting and colors there are so many uses and ways to play. It's been perfect for my 5 year old and 3 year old, and even my 1 year old enjoys placing the pegs in the holes (great for hand/eye coordination).
Buy It: The First Fun with Quantities Pegging Game for $22.
maternity clothes. I got a bunch of very worn hand-me-downs and bought one shirt and one pair of jeans that lasted me almost until the very end. Mostly, I wore my pre-pregnancy clothes until I couldn't squeeze into them anymore.
I didn't see the point in throwing away money on clothes that would only fit me for a short amount of time, especially when I was already stressed out about all the other baby essentials I was going to have to buy. I'm big on planning ahead so instead of maternity clothes I was already buying a pack 'n play.
However, next time around I plan on doing things a little differently. After going through it once, I see the benefit of having cute clothes that fit my changing body well. Throughout most of my pregnancy I was pretty uncomfortable and on top of that I felt like my non-maternity clothes hugged my body in strange ways and felt awkward. It's not good to feel awkward when you're pregnant, you want to feel confident and strong.
Pink Blush Maternity is a company that understands the way moms and moms-to-be think about these things so they've developed a line of trendy and affordable maternity clothing. They sell basic tees along with tunics, blouses and everything from cardigans with trendy prints to cute skirts and vibrant dresses. They also offer a wide variety of styles using unique fabrics at a great price.
I chose to try the Aqua Tribal Print Maternity Blouse because I thought it would be something I could wear now without being pregnant, as well as when I am. I loved the fun, trendy tribal print and the spring colors.
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**I received the Pink Blush Maternity blouse to facilitate this review, however all opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
I try to do whatever I can to keep my kids healthy and when they're not feeling well, get them feeling better as quickly as possible. When it comes to runny noses, I've found that it is important to keep the nasal cavity clear. That's why I was excited when introduced to The Baby-Vac Nasal Aspirator!
As a mom who has really only ever used the traditional bulb syringe aspirators when my kids have a runny nose, I was thrilled to learn we were going to have the opportunity to review a Baby-Vac Nasal Aspirator. I have not ever thought the bulbs helped much, and was excited to see if this was as effective in removing mucus as it claims to be.
When the product arrived, I was happy to see that it was packaged in a small and durable box, something I can easily keep it in when not in use. Anything to help me stay more organized and keep things in their place is much appreciated!
design that actually self-adjusts and controls the suction strength. As the website states, It sucks with the help of the vacuum cleaner, but not with its strength. I even held it to my skin to see just how much suction there was and found it to be extremely gentle.
Caysen was a little hesitant the first time, but to my surprise he really didn't mind me using the Baby-Vac Aspirator on him after a couple of times of getting used to it. In fact, I think he could tell that it was helping him feel better, because with each time I use it he seems more and more comfortable. My other two children have used it as well with great results. I love that it does an excellent job extracting mucus, while still being gentle.
The Baby-Vac Nasal Aspirator has been a blessing to our family with all the runny noses we've been facing. It has helped our kids who were suffering from blocked nasal passages to get some relief. I am surprised I had never heard of this amazing device before, as it's something I would have definitely used from the time each of my kids were babies. It seems to be very effective, and when used properly, it's safe and gentle as well. I am amazed just how well it works and definitely feel the benefits of using the Baby-Vac make it a mommy must-have for sure!
Baby-Vac Store. You can also find a combo pack there that includes a brush and saline spray as well!
Coupon Code: If you order in the month of April, use coupon code: 0405OFF and receive an additional 5% off AND free shipping!
Last month I shared with you that Kolcraft partnered with MLB and added a great line of baby gear items. With family appeal and a large base of avid fans, Major League Baseball juvenile products allow parents to share the allegiance to their favorite team with their children. Kolcraft now offers these baby gear items bearing the logos of the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. Additional teams will be added each season too!
I am a big fan of Kolcraft and their high quality products, so I was thrilled to learn they were expanding their line. For those who are new here here's a little bit about Kolcraft...
With everything from strollers to cribs, mattresses and more...it's a great place for parents to shop! Kolcraft began in 1946 when Leo Koltun made playpen pads out of cotton batting and oilcloth covers for post World War II babies. Over the years the company has grown and expanded to include a variety of products that help make the lives of parents with little ones easier! Known for their innovative and high quality baby products, as well as service that can't be beat....it's no wonder parents continue to turn to them time and time again.
here. We still love the quality, convenient and lightweight design, and of course the fun and unique theme of the stroller. It's one we keep in the car wherever we go and have already gotten a lot of use out of. Whether you have one child or five, an umbrella stroller is a must-have item in my opinion! That's why I was thrilled to learn Kolcraft wanted to offer one for a giveaway in tandem with Opening Day at baseball parks across the USA!
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