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Sweet Potato Curly Fries with the Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer

 

I am loving my new #Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer! It makes spiralizing fruits and veggies so simple and doesn't take much effort at all, unlike my hand-held twist/turn spiralizer. It's such a time saver! Just look at how easy it is to spiralize these sweet potatoes for sweet potato curly fries! #recipe

~Thank you to Brieftons for providing a Vertico Spiralizer for my review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

I am all about kitchen tools that make prep time quicker and easier, and that’s exactly what the Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer does. I’ve been craving sweet potato curly fries, but haven’t been in the mood to spiralize the sweet potatoes with my hand-held twist/turn spiralizer.

It’s so time consuming and takes too much effort. It’s not that I’m lazy, but simply that I have other things to do than spend all day on food prep. There already aren’t enough hours in the day and I’m making time for things that are more important than spiralizing sweet potatoes.

That’s why I was so excited when my Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer arrived. I knew I was going to satisfy my craving, while cutting the prep time way down! Out of the box, I gave everything a good wash, pieced it together (it was very easy) and got right to spiralizing.

 

As mentioned in the demo video, there are four settings to choose from. Setting one offers larger spirals, while setting four offers the thinnest spirals. For purposes of the sweet potato curly fries, setting three was just what I needed.

I am loving my new #Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer! It makes spiralizing fruits and veggies so simple and doesn't take much effort at all, unlike my hand-held twist/turn spiralizer. It's such a time saver! Just look at how easy it is to spiralize these sweet potatoes for sweet potato curly fries! #recipe

I love how quickly I was able to get all of the sweet potatoes spiralized. It literally took one to two minutes to do four potatoes versus up to 10 minutes with my hand-held twist/turn spiralizing tool.

With the Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer the size of the veggie doesn’t really matter, whereas for my hand-held tool, I would oftentimes have to cut the veggie down for it to fit. And of course that meant more work and a longer prep time. No thanks! I’d rather work smarter, not harder.

And when I’m done, cleanup is super easy too. I just toss it in the dishwasher!

Sooooo, about those curly fries!

I am loving my new #Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer! It makes spiralizing fruits and veggies so simple and doesn't take much effort at all, unlike my hand-held twist/turn spiralizer. It's such a time saver! Just look at how easy it is to spiralize these sweet potatoes for sweet potato curly fries! #recipeI am loving my new #Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer! It makes spiralizing fruits and veggies so simple and doesn't take much effort at all, unlike my hand-held twist/turn spiralizer. It's such a time saver! Just look at how easy it is to spiralize these sweet potatoes for sweet potato curly fries! #recipeI am loving my new #Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer! It makes spiralizing fruits and veggies so simple and doesn't take much effort at all, unlike my hand-held twist/turn spiralizer. It's such a time saver! Just look at how easy it is to spiralize these sweet potatoes for sweet potato curly fries! #recipe

5.0 from 5 reviews
Sweet Potato Curly Fries
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Serves: 4
 
Sweet Potato Curly Fries have never been easier to make! Garnish with green onions, ketchup, sour cream (my fav) or even your own special sauce, and it's a dish the whole family will love!
Ingredients
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1½ tsp. paprika
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400*.
  2. Spiralize the sweet potatoes and set aside.
  3. In a large Ziploc bag, combine the dry ingredients - paprika, salt, sugar, oregano and garlic powder.
  4. Lightly spray the potatoes with olive oil spray and place in the bag. Shake it up, coating the potatoes with the seasoning.
  5. Coat an oven safe, non-stick pan with a layer of olive oil spray and dump the contents of the bag on the pan. Spread the potatoes for even cooking.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Then flip potatoes over and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  7. Garnish and enjoy!

 

Need your own Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer? Head on over to Amazon and order one for $19.99! I promise you, it’s worth it!

Do you like to cook with spiralized veggies?

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*Thank you to Brieftons for providing me with the Vertico Spiralizer for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Salad Is on Our Springtime Menu

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

~Thank you to Cave Tools for providing me with the Quick Dry Salad Spinner for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

The weather is getting warmer and spring gardens are starting to pop up everywhere. What this means for my family is springtime salads! I love chopping up fresh lettuce and veggies, and putting together the perfect salad. From tomatoes, to cucumbers, onions, carrots, hard boiled eggs, bacon pieces, shredded cheese and avocado, a leafy salad is one of my favorites!

Unfortunately, I’ve had my fair share of salads that didn’t quite taste right, but when I experience that off beat taste I know exactly what the problem is. The lettuce wasn’t rinsed before the salad was put together. Personally, I like to chop up a fresh head of lettuce for my salads, but did you know that even if you purchase pre-chopped lettuce or salad mixes that you should still rinse it? You really should!

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

This brings me to the newest addition to our arsenal of kitchen products, the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. Until now, I have always rinsed lettuce either before chopping it up or by simply placing it in a colander after it’s chopped and rinsing in the sink, while the water drains through the colander holes.

The problem with this is that many times the salad ends up a bit watery and it’s simply because a lot of the water gets trapped between the lettuce pieces. The Quick Dry Salad Spinner helps to eliminate that watery effect in the simplest way. In fact, it’s so simple that lettuce rinsing has become one of my 5 year old son’s kitchen duties.

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

Notable Features:

  • Works on fruits, veggies, berries, peppers, pasta, leafy greens and more.
  • Vented lid for easy rinsing.
  • Holds more than 3 quarts of veggies.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Lifetime satisfaction guarantee.

While the salad spinner allows you to spin and rinse the lettuce directly from the bowl and pour the excess water out the vented lid, I wanted to show you just how much of a difference the salad spinner makes versus my usual way of rinsing in a colander.

So I had my son use the spinner’s colander to rinse the salad in the sink as I usually would and then give it a few good shakes to get rid of any excess water. At this point I would normally start putting my salad together. Instead we put the Quick Dry Salad Spinner to work.

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner


After a few goods spins, this is the amount of excess water the Quick Dry Salad Spinner was able to extract. This would have normally ended up in my salad! And that’s not even all of it. My son gave the lettuce a second go round in the salad spinner and extracted even more excess water.

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

I think it’s pretty clear that we will never make another salad without putting the lettuce through a few spins in our Quick Dry Salad Spinner. Want to do the same with your springtime salads?

Save on a Quick Dry Salad Spinner!

The Quick Dry Salad Spinner is available for purchase directly from Cave Tools and also at Amazon. When purchasing from Cave Tools, use promo code SALAD15 and you’ll save 15% off the regular price of $14.99. This makes the salad spinner just $12.75! 

Or if you’re like me and have some Amazon credits saved up (or you’re just so excited to get it and want to use your free 2-day Prime shipping), head over to Amazon and get one for $19.99.

Oh, and did I mention you can serve the salad right from the salad spinner’s serving bowl? It’s a pretty cool all-in-one kitchen tool!

What is your favorite springtime salad?

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*Thank you to Cave Tools for providing me with the Quick Dry Salad Spinner and helping me keep my salads clean and tasty. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Chrislie Has a Scent for Every Mood

This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils

~This post is sponsored by Chrislie and contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

Over the past two years I’ve started using essential oils more and more. From simply giving my home a nice aroma, to helping my kids breathe easier when they’re sick or helping to promote relaxation before bed, I’ve become fairly acquainted with basic essential oils.

While essential oils can be used on the body or in the bathtub, I typically go the diffuser route. And when the kids are sick and need some clean air or a little help clearing their noses, I put a few drops in their humidifier.

This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils

I recently got the chance to check out the Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie and to date it is my favorite set. Most essential oil sets I’ve tried have what I consider basic oils like lavender, orange, eucalyptus, tea tree and others. What’s so great about the Chrislie 9-Piece Set is that it includes a lot of oils I’ve never used.

  • Bergamot
  • Jasmine
  • Cassia
  • Peppermint
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Frankincense
  • Clary Sage

This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils

The past few weeks I’ve been rotating these oils in my diffuser and I’m really enjoying a lot of them. My favorite is Frankincense. It reminds me of sugar cookies! Frankincense is known for relieving stress (which we all need) and negative emotions, and is also associated with boosting the immune system. With the weather here changing from snow last week to warmer days in the 60’s this week, the whole family needs a little immune system boost.

This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils

Aside from liking the oils themselves, the bottles they come in are unique. Each bottle has a snap top, which helps prevent spills. All other essential oils I own have an open top so as soon as I unscrew the lid, it’s free game. I’ve even found myself opening my Chrislie essential oils and immediately trying to get a few drops out because I’m so used to the bottles being open.

But I like the snap top feature on these. If my kids ever get ahold of them I know they won’t make a mess and even I won’t accidentally spill any (ya know, not that I’ve ever done that or anything, haha).

This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils

The Chrislie Essential Oils 9-Piece Set retails for $46.99, but I have a special promo code for my readers! You can save 70% by using promo code 9PCOILSET, making the set just $16.99! This is a steal!

Even if you don’t use essential oils yourself, but may know someone who does, this set would make a great gift. The packaging is beautiful and perfect for gift giving!

What is your favorite essential oil?

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*This post is sponsored by Chrislie and contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Cooking with Red Copper

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper
~Thank you to Marketing Maven for providing me with a Red Copper Square Dance Pan for review.~

I’ve finally found the pan of my dreams! Ha, sounds pretty funny, right? But I’m not kidding. I’ve been through quite a few “non-stick” and “non-scratch” pans that ultimately prove to be quite the opposite. After multiple uses, EVERYTHING starts sticking even after prepping with non-stick spray, and there are nicks and scratches all over them. What a waste of money!

When we moved, I tossed out all of said pans so we could start anew. One of the new pans we got is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead and so far it’s been THE best pan I’ve ever owned.

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

Features:

  • Aluminum base heats evenly with no hot spots.
  • Cook on stovetop and in oven (safe up to 500* F).
  • 9.5” x 9.5” x 1.75” square dimension.
  • Smooth anti-stick and anti-scratch ceramic surface.
  • Riveted stay-cool handle.
  • Easy clean up and dishwasher safe.

Normally when I get a new pan, I immediately toss out all the packaging and give it a good wash before using. This time around, I did something different – I. Read. The. Directions. Who the heck ever reads directions for a pan? Why do pans even have directions? If you’re buying one, I assume you know how to use it. But ya know what, I actually learned something!

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

Before using the Red Copper Square Dance Pan, it is suggested that you season it. Season it? What the heck does that mean? Like when you season chicken? No, totally not the same thing.

Seasoning the Red Copper Pan consists of coating the interior with a small amount of vegetable oil and placing it in the oven at 300* F for 20 minutes. I’m starting to wonder if this is where I went wrong with all of those other pans that ended up in the trash. Oops!

After that it has been nothing but easy cooking with Red Copper. I’ve used it just about every day since getting it. I’ve made breakfasts of bacon, eggs and pancakes, of which I fit four pancakes in the pan at once. You can’t do that with a round pan. I’ve used it to make fried chicken and my new favorite dish – cooked cabbage (I’m totally addicted to cabbage these days).

All the while, nothing has stuck to the pan and no metal utensils have scratched the pan. On top of that, cleanup has been as easy as wiping it clean with a paper towel.

Take a look at this video of my cabbage dish in the works. I didn’t use any non-stick spray and threw the chopped bacon in the Red Copper pan with no prep to the pan at all. Not once did anything stick. (Sorry about the slight movement in the video. I couldn’t find my tripod for stabilization and was too hungry to search for it.)

 

When I was done cooking (and eating), you could see remnants of bacon grease sitting atop the pan. And even though I was totally eating out of the pan while waiting for the rest of dinner to finish, there are absolutely no scratch marks from my fork. What I didn’t eat out of the pan, easily glided right onto my plate. Then all I did to clean the pan was rinse with dish soap and hot water, and wipe it down. Easy peasy!

So non-stick the food dances right off!

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

Ready to get cooking with Red Copper? The Red Copper Square Dance Pan is available online at BulbHead.com for $19.99. Red Copper even offers a lifetime replacement guarantee. So if you treat your Red Copper pan well, but at some point it doesn’t deliver, you can get a replacement and get right back to cooking.

What will you cook with Red Copper?

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*Thank you to Marketing Maven for providing me with a Red Copper Square Dance Pan and helping me cook effortlessly again. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Canvas Factory, Taking Photo Displays to a New Level + Giveaway

Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory

~ Thank you to Canvas Factory for providing a sample for review. ~

Since our move, the walls in the kids’ room have been pretty bare. The room looks and feels so empty, aside from their furniture, so much so that I can even hear myself echoing occasionally. I decided it was definitely time to do something about this.

When thinking about what the perfect décor for their walls would be, I remembered I had a beautiful canvas print of my son in his Halloween costume a couple of years ago. I had it on display in our living room at our previous home, but really don’t have anywhere in our new living room to put it. Rather than keeping it hidden in storage, I thought it would be perfect to display over my son’s bed on his side of the room.

Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory

But that still left me questioning what to do with my daughter’s side of the room and then it hit me. It would be perfect to get a photo of her in the same sized canvas print! I immediately thought of Canvas Factory, as this is where my son’s canvas print came from and I just love the quality of it. Not to mention, the ease of designing and ordering one.

In just 5 easy steps, my daughter’s canvas print was ready to go!

Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory

  1. Choose a canvas size. The 16 x 20 print is Canvas Factory’s most popular canvas size and the same size I chose. I like that it’s larger than a typical photo frame, but not so large that it’s obnoxious. It’s definitely a great size to be the focal point or center of a wall/photo display.
  2. Upload a photo. This is probably the hardest part of the whole process. With tons of photos to choose from and wanting prints of so many of them, I chose a great photo of my daughter from her first birthday. Would you believe this was actually a photo taken with my phone? I couldn’t believe how clear and vibrant the canvas turned out after the photo was enlarged so much!
  3. Choose a wrap style. There are three wrap styles to choose from. One is a Gallery wrap, which is simply continuing to wrap the photo around the edges. Another style is a Colored Wrap, in which the outer edges are a solid color. And the third style is a Mirror Wrap, which is the one I chose. This is simply taking the outer portion of the photo that shows on the front of the canvas and mirroring it just enough to fill the edges.
  4. Add any coloring affects or text. I decided to skip this part of the customization process, but you can add color effects like tinging the photo with various colors, or brightening and sharpening the photo, adding text and more.
  5. Checkout. The last step is just completing your order and waiting for your canvas print to arrive.

Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactoryNeed some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory

Aside from the great quality of the prints from Canvas Factory, they are always having a sale of some sort so there’s no paying full price for anything! Right now they’re offering 70% off storewide and when I visited the site I was able to sign up for email notifications (so I’ll always know when these awesome sales are happening) and got a promo code for $10 off! I can’t promise the same will happen for everybody, but you won’t know unless you visit Canvas Factory!

Now would be the perfect time to get those family holiday photos printed on a canvas because these deals combined make a 16 x 20 size canvas print just $28.70! AND, I have the chance for you to win one! Just enter using the giveaway form below!

Where will you display your Canvas Factory canvas print?

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 This giveaway is a partnership with Canvas Factory. It is open to US and Canada Residents, ages 18+ and ends on January 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*Thank you to Canvas Factory for providing a 16 x 20 canvas print for my review and inspiring me to finally decorate my kids’ room.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

“Welcome to the Uber Life” + Giveaway

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill
~Thank you to KNG International for providing a free sample for my review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. Opinions are 100% my own.~

You know what I hate? Going to the refrigerator and finding that what I was looking forward to eating or drinking is gone. At this point, living in a house of four, I feel like it’s just a fact of life. 

But I’m not so sure I’m ready to accept that. And thanks to the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge from Uber Appliance, I don’t have to.  It’s compact size and ease of use allows me to keep those special treats hidden in my bedroom, away from the rest of the family. Well, at least the kids. My boyfriend is still questionable, but if anything ever goes missing I know exactly who to blame.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge Features:

  • Interior dimensions – 8.5″ x 5.75″ x 5.25″
  • Exterior dimensions – 11″ x 7.25″ x 10″
  • 4L personal fridge holds up to 6 cans.
  • Solid-state thermo-electric cooling system.
  • Both heating and cooling options.
  • Plugs into 12V car charger or in-home outlet.
  • Removable shelf.
  • Self-locking recessed door handle.
  • Available in a retro red or silver color.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill "Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Aside from the compact size of the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge, I love that it can be used for both cooling or heating. This makes it a great accessory for camping or even keeping your lunch warm at the office. I can only imagine all the things I would have used this mini fridge for, when I had my own cubicle at work. Mothers can even use it for storing pumped breast milk.

Another favorite feature is that the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge can be used by plugging it into a 12V car charger. That means you can take it on the go! Take it camping or on long road trips and eliminate the need for a messy ice chest.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Uses:

  • Office/cubicle
  • Bedroom
  • Dorm room
  • Camping
  • Road trip
  • Vacation/hotel stay
  • Garage
  • Picnic

Want your own Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge? There are many different retailers who have it available. You can shop directly from Uber Appliance, but even shop retail sites like Amazon, Walmart, Sears, Overstock, Newegg, Wayfair and even Groupon (price varies by location).

I even have a chance for you to win one! KNG International is giving one lucky reader their very own Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge! Simply enter using the giveaway form below.

Welcome to the Uber Life

What will you use the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge for?

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"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Sponsored by: KNG International and Uber Appliance

Hosted by: Making Time

Co-hosts: Babbles and Tantrums

This giveaway is a partnership with KNG International. It is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on January 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Home & Kitchen

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Home & Kitchen

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Clothespin Magnets by One More Sunshine$9.00 

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

These cute and decorative clothespin magnets by One More Sunshine are great for displaying holiday cards around the home, holding kids’ artwork or the grocery list on the fridge, or even to clip reminders around the workplace. The uses are endless!


Clongs by Dreamfarm$19.99+

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Click-lock sit up tongs = Clongs, which feature a soft tip with a wavy waffle design and flat tip, great for picking up even the smallest foods. The bent handle design keeps the tips from touching the counter top when resting, preventing messes and icky germ transfer to your food. And the click-lock system helps make closure and storage a cinch.Toss your tongs and claim some clongs!


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This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Save your elbow grease for another day because Grab Green has holiday cleanup taken care of. Their all-natural, non-toxic cleaning ingredients take the effort out of any and all cleanup scenarios. Not to mention the product scents are heavenly!


 Mr. Coffee 4 Cup Coffeemaker – $16.00

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

While it’s name leads you to believe you’re getting 4 cups of coffee, this coffeemaker brews up 2 large cups, making it perfect for personal home or office use.


 Faux Fur Throw Blanket – $27.99+

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

These vibrant and stylish faux fur blankets are perfect for cuddling on the couch and having a Netflix binge.


Sun Washed/Distressed Family Picture Frame – $13.29

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Picture frames are an all-time classic gift for absolutely anyone. The sun washed/distressed design of this 4×6 picture frame is one that will fit in with the decor of almost any home.


 KitchenAid Stand Mixer – $186.00

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Even if you’re not a master baker, a KitchenAid Stand Mixer is a great tool to have around. With all the holiday baking that goes on, it’s sure to get tons of use around the holidays.


Aromatherapy Top 6 Essential Oils Sample Set – $18.95

This and many other household items hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Essential oils have become quite the rage. They help with so many things ranging from relaxation with a little lavender, to easing stuffy noses with a little eucalyptus. Everyone has at least one essential oil they could use on a regular basis and this sample set includes the top 6 essential oils that provide for great everyday uses.

Would anyone on your holiday shopping list enjoy one of these?

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may be compensated for your purchase. I did receive some of these items for review throughout the year, but others are items I have personally bought or would like to buy. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brands. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Getting Holiday Clean is Easy with Grab Green + Giveaway #GiftIdea

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

~ Thank you to Grab Green for providing product for my review. Opinions are 100% my own.~

If you’re hosting a gathering this holiday season, it’s not just the decorations, food and table settings you have to worry about. You also have to think ahead to the cleanup. And nobody likes the cleanup – NOBODY! But with the help of Grab Green, you can save your elbow grease for another day.

Grab Green carries some of my kitchen and laundry favorites, from dishwashing pods to hand soap, all purpose cleaner, laundry detergent pods and so much more. As much as I want to keep them all to myself, their products make daily and seasonal cleaning a breeze, so I just have to share. And on top of their effectiveness, Grab Green only offers products with natural and non-toxic ingredients.

Both our products and formulas are non-toxic: No phthalates, solvents, ammonia, phosphates, fillers, optical brighteners, masking agents or dyes. EVER!

Today I want to focus on holiday cleanup because all those family gatherings are here and there’s no turning back. Just think of all the dirty plates, silverware, pots, pans and even linens and laundry. Yeap, laundry too. If you have family staying over at your house, you’re going to have double the laundry. Ugh!

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

The easiest part of holiday cleanup is throwing all the dishes in the dishwasher, but sometimes standard dishwasher tabs just don’t get the whole job done. I’ve had many occasions when emptying my dishwasher, where I come across some dishes that weren’t clean. There was either some type of residue or even leftover food stuck to the dishes.

That’s not the case with Grab Green’s dishwashing pods. They always leave a film-free finish and streak-free shine. Oh, and the pods come in different scents, too (or fragrance free). The red pear with magnolia is my favorite! I’ve been using this scent regularly and when I open the dishwasher after running a load, the smell is amazing. Even my dish cabinet has a hint of a fruity/floral scent.

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

And those stubborn pots and pans that have the baked on and caked on mess? Grab Green Cookware & Bakeware Cleaning Pods take care of those! This is actually the first time I’ve used these, but after just one use I instantly knew we’d be best friends.

Simply place one pod in the messy dish (or pot, or pan), add hot water and swish it around to release the pod’s cleaning power. Then just let it sit for 5-10 minutes and wipe it clean. It really is that easy!

The Cookware & Bakeware Cleaning Pods come in a tangerine with lemongrass scent and as soon as the water hits that pod, it’s like an explosion of tangerine. When I used one earlier this week, my kitchen smelled amazing for hours afterward.

If you want to try these, I have a special giveaway for you at the bottom of the post. Just keep scrolling! Trust me, these are a total game changer when it comes to cleanup so you’ll definitely want to try them, especially with all the baking I know you have going on!

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen

As for taking care of the linens from the holiday gathering – napkins, placemats, tablecloths, dish towels, dish rags, oven mits, etc. (bet you didn’t realize there were so many linens to wash, huh?) – and all that laundry you now have to do for your in-home guests, you’ll want to use Grab Green’s new Stoneworks Laundry Detergent.

I’ve tried other Grab Green laundry detergents in the past so I couldn’t wait to try the new Stoneworks line, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I tried the Olive Leaf scent because it’s noted as fresh and fruity, which is right up my alley. Who knew anything associated with olives could smell so good?

And hands down, this is one of the most effective laundry detergent pods I’ve ever used. We have kids, so ketchup is king of condiments around here and that means ketchup stains on everything. After a week of my kids clothing sitting with ketchup stains, Stoneworks Laundry Detergent took out every single one, even without any pre-treatment. That alone says a lot, in my opinion. I’ve actually tossed shirts in the trash because I couldn’t get the ketchup stains out.

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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So, what more do I need to say? Grab Green makes holiday cleanup a complete breeze! These products would be great gifts for the host or hostess of your holiday gathering, so order today. I won’t blame you if you sneak a few extra products in there for yourself, either, whether you’re the one hosting or not!

Dishwashing Detergent Pods:  24 ct. ($8.00) / 60 ct. ($16.50) / 132 ct. ($39.00)

Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods: 15 ct. ($5.00)

Stoneworks Laundry Detergent: 50 ct. ($12.99)

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below, where 1 lucky Making Time reader will win a 15 count package of  Tangerine with Lemongrass scented Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods!

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Enter to win a 15 count pack of Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods from @grabgreen! Not only will the cleaner pods lift baked on and caked on messes, but the tangerine with lemongrass scent gives off an amazing aroma. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide #giveaway

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on December 23, 2016 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*Thank you to Grab Green for providing these cleaning products and inspiring me to keep cleanup effortless. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

My Dream Winter Bedroom is Just a Few Clicks Away

Luxor Linens can provide the luxury, comfort and warmth I need to stay cozy this winter season, without losing my bedroom’s dream winter style. #LuxorLinens #ad

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Whether I’m having a rough day, feeling under the weather, or just simply want to sit back and relax, the first place I turn to is my bed. And it’s not just times when I need some rest, but as a family we love crawling into bed and having a movie night from time to time. No matter what, my bed is a safe haven and should feel as such.

I never really knew how much I loved my bed until we started this recent move. I’ve gone from being comfortable and restful in my own bed, to a semi-comfortable hotel bed, to now sleeping on an air mattress until our belongings arrive on Monday. I now dream of the moment I can lay in my bed again.

This also has me thinking about what my dream winter bedroom consists of. We’ve moved from FL to the NJ area and the weather is obviously a big change. This will be the first true winter I’ve had in 10+ years so I need the perfect winter bedroom to bring me all the comforts I need during the cold season.

I’m already headed in the right direction with having a king size bed. I love all the room we have (at least when the kids aren’t taking over), but my linens could use some major upgrading. With everything my bed does for me and my family, we deserve to feel like royalty when laying in it. And when I want luxury bedding, I turn to Luxor Linens.

Just recently I was browsing the Luxor Linens website and pieced together my perfect winter bed, complete with two sheet sets (because sometimes a little change is nice), a duvet cover and an extra blanket.

I love the clean and sleek look of the colors white, grey and blue, and on top of that they remind me of winter and the beautiful scenery of snow I’ll soon be enjoying. It’s like bringing the outdoors in without the chilling feel. And I think starting with a color scheme was a good idea, otherwise I would have had a hard time choosing my pieces because Luxor Linens has tons of great pieces.

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The first thing I picked out was a sheet set. In keeping with the color scheme I wanted, my first pick was the Camelot Luxury Bamboo Sheet Set in the color white. There’s just something simple and elegant about white sheets, and I know how soft bamboo linens are so I can only imagine how soft these sheets will be.

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To continue my perfect winter bedroom vision, I moved on to a duvet cover. The Camelot Luxury Bamboo Collection actually has quite a few coordinating pieces, one of which is duvet covers. So that’s what I chose, a Camelot Luxury Bamboo Duvet Cover in the color grey. It keeps with the simple style of the sheets and I know it’s going to look amazing and feel even better.

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And then to top off my look, I decided to also choose an additional blanket. Even though I’m bringing winter into my bedroom, I do want to stay warm. I chose the Moderno Luxury Blanket in white check. It looks to almost have a hint of blue in it, so it’s perfect not only because it fits my color scheme, but the light texture and 100% organic cotton is perfect for layering and keeping me warm.

I can picture it now – clean and crisp white sheets, a classic grey duvet cover and the white check blanket folded and at the ready at the end of the bed. What could possibly top this off? Leave it to Luxor Linens to have the perfect addition – monogramming!

Luxor Linens can provide the luxury, comfort and warmth I need to stay cozy this winter season, without losing my bedroom’s dream winter style. #LuxorLinens #ad Luxor Linens can provide the luxury, comfort and warmth I need to stay cozy this winter season, without losing my bedroom’s dream winter style. #LuxorLinens #ad

It just so happens that the Camelot Luxury Bamboo Collection can all be monogrammed, from the pillow cases to the duvet covers. Talk about feeling like royalty! I think monogramming the grey duvet cover with navy blue lettering would be a perfect finishing touch for my winter bedroom.

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But remember I told you I actually chose two sheet sets? My second choice of sheet set was the Anina Striped 1000 Thread Count Cotton Soft Sheets in navy blue. Much different in color than the white sheet set, the navy blue will create a cool and serene nighttime winter feel in my bedroom and still works perfectly as an alternate with the duvet cover and blanket.

Not only do I love the navy color, but the stripe design adds some dimension to the overall look I’m going for and even matches the navy monogramming on the duvet cover. Did I mention this particular sheet set is part of Luxor Linens “Best Buy” (clearance) section? It’s a total score! Doesn’t get any better than getting luxury at a discount, right?

What does your dream winter bedroom look like?

Hopefully I’ve inspired you to piece together your own dream winter bedroom style and it’s just as comfy and luxurious as my own. And what if I told you Luxor Linens was willing to help you achieve that dream look? They totally are!

Simply partake in our Facebook discussion and tell us what your favorite Luxor Linens sheet set is, and you could win 30% off your entire purchase! Once you’ve taken part in the discussion come back here and enter below so your entry counts.

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This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on November 6, 2016 at 11:59 pm est. Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.
*This post contains affiliate links in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. I did not receive any product in exchange for this post. Opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Toss Your Tongs & Claim Some Clongs #GiftIdea

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

~ Thank you to Dreamfarm for providing product for my  review. Opinions are 100% my own.~

Have you ever been cooking and thought of a cool gadget, or even just a tweak to an existing product, that would make your cooking experience so much more efficient and effective? No matter how wild you think that idea is, there’s a good chance you’re not the only one thinking about it.

In fact, Dreamfarm turns some of those ideas into a reality. I own a few different Dreamfarm products and they definitely get the most use out of everything I have to choose from in my kitchen. One such product from Dreamfarm are the Clongs.

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Clongs are a unique kitchen utensil in that they (1) have a few different uses, (2) have a design that allows them to sit off the counter or stove top, and (3) implement a click-lock system.

Using Clongs

Clongs have a V-shape just like tongs and can be used for grasping literally anything, just as tongs are. In my experience, most people use tongs for salads, but I use them for all kinds of stuff, and my Clongs for so much more.

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Just a few days ago I was cooking stuffed peppers and Clongs were the perfect tool for grasping the peppers. The tips are made of silicone, so unlike metal tongs, they provide a much more gentle approach to grasping. In the case of my stuffed peppers, after boiling them for a bit they become fairly soft and brittle, so the gentle touch of Clongs helps prevent tears.

The silicone tip is also good because they’re scratch resistant. I can’t tell you how many non-stick pots and pans I’ve ruined from using metal kitchen utensils.

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Aside from the silicone material of the tip, the tip design itself is something to note. The wavy waffle design makes Clongs great for serving all kinds of foods, and the flat tip makes picking up smaller foods a cinch. When I was making my stuffed peppers, I even used them to stir the rice and actually stuff the peppers.

So as far as use goes, Clongs are a great tool and are the only kitchen utensil I need to use to get my stuffed peppers from the stove to the table.

Unique Bend Design

One of my favorite features of Clongs is the bend design of the handles. When sitting Clongs on the counter or stove top, the curve in the handle keeps the tip off the actual surface. This prevents counter and stove tops from getting dirty and also keeps any germs off the tip.

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The bend design also comes in handy to prop Clongs on the side of a pan. This means no more worrying about propped utensils sliding down the pan and splattering food all over the stove top.

Click-Lock System

Of course, I saved the best feature for last. Clongs have a click-lock system that makes it super easy to open and close, lock and unlock them with just one hand. Just like a clicky pen, the push of a click button on the end unlocks the Clongs. To close them, it’s the same thing. Just hold the handles together and push the click button. Easy peasy!

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

This is definitely time saving and much easier compared to tongs that require slipping a metal piece into position to lock and unlock. It’s such a pesky piece and quite frankly, I had removed the one that was on my metal tongs. I just left them in the open position all the time.

And I’m not going to lie. When I took my Clongs out of the box, I sat there and continuously pushed the click button to open and close them. It’s just as addicting as sitting at a desk and clicking a pen. I absolutely love this feature when cooking because I can open/close the Clongs with one hand, freeing up my other hand to hold the pan or do something else.

As soon as I experienced how much of a difference Clongs made in the kitchen and how easy they were to use, I immediately tossed my metal tongs!

Where do Clongs get their name?

Have you figured out where the name Clongs comes from? It’s simple >> click-lock sit up tongs = Clongs!

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Buy them now!

Do you know someone who is always in the kitchen? Someone who loves cooking? Someone who entertains a lot? Someone who wishes there were more practical kitchen utensils? Heck, even if you want some Clongs for yourself because I mean, who wouldn’t want some?! Clongs are a great gift idea for any one of these people! Just visit Dreamfarm and get your order in before the holiday rush.

9″ (shown in red) – $19.99

12″ (shown in black) – $24.99

Plus, when you place an order of $50+ you’ll get FREE shipping! Spend $100+ and you’ll also get a FREE set of Levoons! I’m not going to tell you what those are so you can check them out for yourself, but trust me – if you just glance at all of the products Dreamfarm has to offer, you’ll want them all and spending $50 or $100 will be a breeze! Making time for Dreamfarm is easy and once you get your first product, you’ll love them just as much as I do!

Will you toss your tongs and claim some Clongs?

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*Thank you to Dreamfarm for providing a 9″ and 12″ Clongs, and inspiring me to get creative in the kitchen.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.