Wow! Time is flying by and I’m already to week 5 of my “Photo a Day” series. Enjoy!
Thai food is one of mine and my boyfriend’s favorites. We order it all the time and each time we do, I think to myself I need to figure out how to incorporate the bold and vibrant Thai flavors into dishes at home. And that’s exactly what I’ve done with this Thai Curry Lime Shrimp.
I cannot even begin to tell you how amazingly delicious it is. The curry offers up some heat and the lime adds a little sweetness. The two flavors are perfect compliments to each other. And it’s just like summer – a little hot and spicy, but sweet all the same!
If you’re wondering about the Thai Green Curry Sauce, it can be purchased at Aldi. At least, that’s where I get it. I don’t know if it’s available in other stores, but if it’s not and you don’t have an Aldi near you, the sauce can easily be substituted with a different curry sauce or maybe even try a sweet chili sauce.
When you try the recipe, come back and let me know what you think! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Schools out, warm weather has arrived, and it’s time to start having tons of summer fun! The first official day of summer is just two days away, June 21st. There’s no delaying the fun at this point, and why would you want to?
If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained, indoors and outdoors, this year’s Summer Fun Guide has something (and probably more than one thing) you’ll love. And remember, you don’t always have to leave the house to have fun!
Is traveling part of your summer fun plans? Keeping the kids occupied can be tricky on long road trips or plane rides, but with the help of some Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear, the trip will be a little less stressful for everyone. Visit the giveaway and enter to win a pair!
Who doesn’t love bubbles? Summer fun will always be poppin’ with a Paw Patrol Bubble Blower from Little Kids! It’s minimal mess with maximum bubble blowing power. And no skills are required so it even great for the little ones.
H2O Go! is a super fun way to keep the kids active and cool at the same time. Get them outdoors, away from the screen and enjoying summer the way it was meant to be enjoyed!
From Spin Master, The Wobbly Worm Game is great for ages 3+ and can be played on any hard, flat surface. Kids try to toss and hoop the worm as he wiggles and wobbles uncontrollably, creating tons of giggles from them. It’s the perfect game for those rainy summer days!
Each with a different personality and style, Shibajuku Girls are the perfect companion for your little fashionista. Click through to find out more and determine which Shibajuku Girl is a great fit for the fashionista in your life!
If you’re going to have fun this summer, you have to make sure the kids have the right clothes because it’s going to be HOT. Shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, sandals and swimsuits are all must-have items. Check out Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie & Jack for all of your kids’ summer fashion thread needs. I’m talking cute AND affordable!
If you really want to have a banging summer, the new Blast Box game from Zing is what you need. Use simple strategy to hammer nails into a box and avoid popping the unseen balloons underneath. Who will be the last one with a balloon in the Blast Box?
Parents, this one is for you too. What would a Summer Fun Guide be without one of my all-time favorite games – Scoop Ball? I played this all the time in grade school and it’s just an all-around fun game, so go ahead and share some of your childhood fun with your kids!
Not only are toys, games and experiences great for summer, but reading can be just as much fun. This is especially true when you receive new books and stories each month, tailored for the age of your child. That’s exactly what The Story Box offers!
Take the fun outside and go for a spin on the Banzai Spin Out Water Slide. It’s a fun and easy way to catch some rays (and vitamin D), cool off and beat the summer heat.
Mom and dad, I’ve got you covered too. If you’re heading outdoors for summer fun, you’ll want to protect your eyes. The sunglasses selection and service at Ottica is top notch. It’s truly function and fashion all in one.
With all the summer fun you’ll be having, there’s a good chance you aren’t going to want to go grocery shopping, or even have the time to. But don’t worry! Sign up for Sun Basket and you can have healthy, easy to cook meals delivered right to your door.
If there’s one thing you take away from this week’s “Photo a Day” pictures, it should be that we have a lived in home. Cleaning is not a top priority and I know I’m not the only one. I’m just not afraid to show it, haha! A few of this week’s photos show just how messy our home gets sometimes, but the kids are happy and that’s what matters. Enjoy!
Last week I took my family strawberry picking for the first time. It was a great way to get everyone out of the house and enjoy a little family time together. It was a simple outing, but the kids had a lot of fun picking their own fresh strawberries. And though my son doesn’t eat them (because of the picky eater he is), even he enjoyed it.
We arrived at Farms View Roadstand sometime in the afternoon. Luckily, it was a really nice day out with temperatures in the high 60’s, the perfect day for strawberry picking. The staff kindly gave us the rundown and directed us to the strawberry plants out in the field. Then we were off!
I had no intention of picking and buying as many strawberries as we did, but once we saw them and got to work, we had a box full in no time. We bought just over 2.5 lbs. of strawberries!
When we buy strawberries from the store, about half of the package typically goes bad before we get around to eating them, so I had no idea what we were going to do with all of these. But we’ve had no problem this past week going through the 2.5 lbs. we picked from the farm.
When we got home, I decided to bake us up some Strawberry Streusel Squares and boy were they delicious. They were gone by the next day!
This recipe only used up a small portion of the strawberries we had picked, so I had plenty left to make a second batch of Strawberry Streusel Squares. As for the rest of them, we’ve just been snacking on fresh strawberries all week. I can’t wait until we go strawberry picking again!
It’s that time again – my “Photo a Day” series for this week. Enjoy this peek into my family’s lives this past week. And guess what?! I got daddy this time!
What is outdoor summer fun without bubbles? My kids absolutely LOVE bubbles and could go through a whole bottle in one day. And I’m not talking about spilling the bottle, although the little one is good at that. It’s even fun for me to see the enjoyment in their faces when playing with bubbles.
But let’s be honest, bubble fun can get pretty messy and smaller kids typically have a harder time blowing bubbles themselves. That’s what makes the PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower from Little Kids perfect for my two kiddos. Minimal spill, minimal mess, no trouble blowing bubbles, and no bubble wands in the mouth!
Little Kids recently sent us a Marshall Action Bubble Blower to play with and the kids love it, as do I. It’s so easy to use, even for my one year old daughter. After set-up (adding a few batteries and bubble liquid to the reservoir) it’s as simple as pulling Marshall’s head back and watching the bubbles flow from his mouth. He’s barking bubbles!
And boy do they flow! It’s a constant stream of bubble fun. I really love the Marshall Action Bubble Blower, especially for my littlest one because she always has a hard time blowing bubbles with a wand.
She either blows too hard, doesn’t blow hard enough, puts her mouth on the wand or the wand in her mouth, and at some point spills the whole bottle of bubble liquid. It’s truly a waste of money to give her a bottle of bubbles with a wand.
Our Marshall Action Bubble Blower takes most of the mess and all of the bubble blowing skills out of the equation so she can join in on the bubble blowing fun. She hasn’t quite learned the concept of turning Marshall around so that the bubbles don’t blow directly in her face, but she’ll figure it out eventually. I think she likes the bubbles in her face to be honest, haha.
My son sometimes has the same bubble woes as my daughter, but since he’s a little older he understands the basic skills needed for blowing bubbles with a wand and understands not to spill the bubble liquid. But he’d still rather have fun with Marshall. He loves to run around with Marshall in the air barking bubbles and when he stops to look back, there’s a massive stream of bubbles behind him to go back and pop.
As for the sticky bubble mess, Marshall needs to stay in an upright position. Both of my kids would tilt him forward or backward at times, and when tilted sometimes the bubble liquid spills out of the mouth. So there’s still a little mess, but compared to my daughter dumping out a whole bottle of bubbles or even my son spilling bubbles when dipping a wand, I’ll take this any day. I just needed to wipe their hands a little when they were done playing and also wipe off Marshall before putting him away.
Aside from the sheer fact that the Marshall Action Bubble Blower is fun and easy to use, another pro is that the PAW Patrol character is one my kids are familiar with. They both love watching PAW Patrol.
Little Kids also has a Chase Action Bubble Blower and to get his bubbles flowing, simply push the medallion on his collar. Still easy to use and tons of bubble fun!
We took Marshall to the local park on this particular day and even the other kids joined in on the bubble popping fun! I’m sure the other parents are mad at me for bringing Marshall along because now every kid at the park that day wants one. But summer is all about having fun and bubbles are classic fun!
Plus, these bubbles toys are ones that will last and won’t get lost. I can’t even begin to count the number of bubble wands my kids have lost over the past few years. And they really aren’t that expensive either. The Marshall Action Bubble Blower is just $14.99 on Amazon, and Chase is even cheaper than that at $11.27 (don’t forget Amazon prices change all the time)!
Well, the truth is, unlike most people I do actually like doing laundry (minus putting it away), but I’m certainly not addicted to it. I’d definitely rather spend my time doing something else and I only do our laundry when it needs to be done. That’s it.
Lately, I’ve been noticing the laundry pile starts to smell after just a few days. I think a lot of it has to do with wet dish rags and bath towels piling up, and getting that musty, moldy, mildew smell. And it’s even hard to get rid of those smells after a regular cycle through the wash. That is, until I started using EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer.
EnviroKlenz offers a variety of home products that eliminate odors and chemicals in your everyday life – laundry and linens, air space, home surfaces and more. As the name suggests, EnviroKlenz products are safe, non-toxic, eco-friendly, and fragrance free. The products are completely safe for those who have sensitivities to certain smells and rather than adding additional fragrances, the products eliminate the source of the unwanted odor.
I first tried EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer in my regular laundry. Everything from under garments, to pants and tees, kitchen linens and bathroom towels. I don’t think our laundry has ever smelt and felt so fresh. And I say it smelled fresh, but what I mean by that is all odors had been eliminated. No body odors, no perfumes, no musty and moldy smells, nothing but odor free clothes and linens.
The product itself is an odorless, milky white substance that’s sort of thick and foamy. The directions are to add 1/4 cup (small load) or 1/2 cup (large load) after letting the washing machine fill partially with water, and before loading clothes in the machine.
Unfortunately, I have a digital washing machine and have to load the clothes in order for the machine to properly sense the amount of water needed for the load. So I put the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer in the oxi section of the detergent tray and didn’t have a problem.
Then as I was putting my kids’ clothes away in their room, I realized the room itself didn’t smell as clean as it could. My kids are only ages 5 and 1, so where the heck the odor even came from, I have no idea. Maybe it was just from everyday use. I decided to try EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer on their bedroom rugs considering the amount of traffic they get.
You guys!!! I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a difference it made and the product didn’t alter or damage the color of the rugs or anything. I walk in and it’s like a whole ‘nother room. Simply washing their rugs with EnviroKlenz made the whole room feel and smell lighter.
And I didn’t stop there. I took it a step further and washed the blankets they were using. I’m now at the point where I’m going through my home and literally washing everything that can go in the washing machine.
Hmm, I guess I can see why my boyfriend thinks I’m addicted to doing the laundry.
We’ve lived in our apartment for seven months now and have never taken the opportunity to wash the shower curtain or the living room curtains, so that’s been done too. I’m telling you, the whole place feels and smells lighter now. Just imagine how musty these linens were before from all the in and out, the use they’re getting and the everyday smells that come through our home. They’re soaking it all up and I never realized how much they needed to be washed, all the way down to eliminating the odors I got so used to.
So, anyone else want to join me in this laundry “addiction?” Get your EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer right from the EnviroKlenz website today!
Pet accidents and odors? Potty training accidents? Musty clothes or linens in the closet? Pulling out clean sheets from the closet and finding they smell musty is the worst! Cigarette smoke? Perfumes? Sweaty sports smells? Everyday odors?
Phew, this week flew by! It’s already time for week 2 of my “Photo a Day” series. Enjoy this peek into our lives from the past week!
Once again, daddy snuck through the week without a feature photo.
Since the weather has warmed up, we’ve been getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine so much more. And whether we’re playing at the park, going for a walk, or enjoying city views, I always have sunglasses on.
Can I just tell you how much I love sunglasses? I wear them year-round. Suns out? Sunglasses on! Snow on the ground? Sunglasses on! Leaves starting to fall off the trees? Sunglasses on! Not only do they protect my eyes and keep color in focus, but they are one of my favorite accessories. I feel more put together (even if I’m really not) when I wear sunglasses.
There’s a good chance my sunglasses obsession is getting out of control, but I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. In fact, I recently got the opportunity to check out Ottica.com and get a new designer pair!
Right from the start I knew I’d be able to find an amazing new pair of sunglasses. Ottica offers sunglasses for both men and women, and has a variety of brands, sizes, styles, colors and materials. Brands include Ray-Ban, Versace, Coach, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Carolina Lemke and Burberry, and there are 113 pairs of women’s sunglasses to choose from, alone!
How did I find my perfect pair? Well, it was hard mostly because I wanted to get every single pair, but I eventually narrowed it down by trying them on. You’re probably like, trying them on? How did you try on sunglasses if you’re ordering online?
It just so happens that Ottica has a feature where I can upload a photo of myself and virtually try on different frames. How cool is that?! Here are a couple of pairs I “tried on.”
Once I found my perfect pair, which was a pair of blue tortoise Michael Kors sunglasses, I simply added them to my cart and checked out. I first tried paying my balance via PayPal, but it wouldn’t process for some reason. After switching to a credit card payment, my order went through just fine, though.
If you require a prescription, Ottica has you covered too. It’s still the same process, with a few extra added steps. I personally don’t need glasses, so I didn’t have to go through those few extra steps, but it looks pretty easy to do.
Pick your frames, choose what type of lenses you need, upload your prescription and voila! And Ottica not only offers sunglasses, but you can also get your everyday prescription glasses too.
After making my purchase, I received email updates every step of the way. From a purchase confirmation, to notification of when my sunglasses were sent to production, to notification of when the production process was complete, I was received updates about it all. And before I knew it, my sunglasses had arrived in the mail!
Now all that’s left is for me to enjoy my new sunglasses and explore the concrete jungle this summer!
Spring is in full swing and summer will officially be here in just a few short weeks, so if you need a new pair of sunglasses, head over to Ottica.com. I promise you’ll find the perfect pair to protect your eyes this summer and still stay fashionable.
Shipping is free, returns are free and if you require prescription lenses, you can get 50% off your first pair by joining the Ottica Club (just click the brown banner at the top of the site that says “Get 50% off all lenses.”)