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Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover
~Thank you to Melitta for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~




If you’re like me, you can’t wait for fall weather to arrive. And not just because that means pumpkin spice everything, but because we will be able to warm up with hot coffee. Until then, we have to deal with the hot summer weather and if we want our coffee fix, an ice cold coffee will do the trick.

I’ve tried cold brew coffees for Keurig and when it comes down to it, it’s just piping hot coffee brewed over ice cubes, that melts said ice cubes, makes my coffee watery, and I end up with a luke warm cup of joe. It just doesn’t work for me.

I’ve also tried brewing extra coffee in a regular coffee pot and putting it in the fridge to cool for the next day. But by the next day the coffee has completely lost its oomph. Yea, that doesn’t work for me either.

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

So how do I get the perfect cup of cold brew coffee? One word – Melitta. Did you know that Melitta has a Pour-Over Cone that fits a single coffee mug, so you can get real fresh brewed coffee day in and day out? And guess what, it doesn’t just work for fresh hot coffee (although I can’t wait to try that when the weather cools down), but it works wonders for cold brewed coffee too.

Artisan Cold Brew with Melitta

  1. In a pitcher, add 2/3 cup of ground Melitta Coffee to 16 oz. of cold water. Mix well.
  2. Cover pitcher and chill for 4+ hours. Remove from refrigerator and stir vigorously.
  3. Place a Melitta Cone Filter in a Melitta Pour-Over Cone. Set cone atop a carafe or jar. Pour the stirred coffee/water mix into the filter. Wait for all liquid coffee to filter through and drip in carafe below. Repeat pour-over process until all mix is filtered. You now have Melitta Cold Brew Concentrate.
  4. Keep Cold Brew Concentrate covered and chilled for up to a week. Enjoy!

This is THE best way to enjoy a cup of cold brew coffee at home. I have had a cup almost every day since getting my new Melitta Pour-Over Coffee Brew Cone & Travel Mug, and used this process as inspiration. I did make a simple tweak though, and now I get the perfect iced coffee to-go anytime I want.

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

The simple change I made was rather than brewing 16 oz. at a time, which would logically yield 2 cups of coffee, I put 12 oz. of cold water into 2-3 mason jars at a time. The 12 oz. jars are perfect for filling up my travel mug.

Then I added 1/3 cup of Melitta ground coffee to each jar and let the jars sit in the fridge until I’m ready for a cup. Whether the water/coffee mixture sits overnight or maybe for a day or two, each cup is fresh and full of rich flavor.

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When I’m ready for a cup, I place a cone filter in the Pour-Over Cone, and filter my cold brewed coffee right into my mug. I add a little sugar before filtering the coffee and add my favorite creamer afterwards. Place a few ice cubes in and I’m ready to take on the day!

I have my coffee in hand, kids in tow, and the summer heat is not putting a damper on my day. This Melitta pour-over brewing process is absolutely the best and strongest cold brew coffee I’ve ever made at home!

Want to join me for a cup?

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Where’s your favorite place to enjoy an ice cold coffee?

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*Thank you to Melitta for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 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.


Crate Space = Easy Savings on Household Essentials

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery
~Thank you to Crate Space for providing a free box for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Allow me to introduce you to my newest way of saving time and money – Crate Space. Simply put, Crate Space is a way to get personal and household essentials delivered to my door within a matter of a day or two, and save on those essentials without clipping coupons and tracking down sales. Do you know how much time it takes me to coupon and match up sales?!

How does Crate Space work?

It is super easy, otherwise I probably wouldn’t bother. You know me, trying to make time wherever I can!

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery

Simply head over to Crate Space and add any 5 items on the website to your cart. No matter what their retail price is (which isn’t shown when shopping, by the way), you only pay $29.99 and shipping in the U.S. is absolutely free! Like I said earlier, no clipping coupons, no tracking down sales, and there’s no worry about tax or shipping prices. Just $29.99 and all 5 items are yours!

When you check out, just so you know you’re getting a good deal, Crate Space calculates how much you’re saving based on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of each product you’re ordering. At this point, you see each items retail price.

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery

What products does Crate Space offer?

Crate Space has a wide variety of essentials, from household and cleaning products, to bath and body, skin care, everyday health, and even essentials for kids. Baby wipes, anyone?

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery

Why is Crate Space better than its competitors?

Amazon: First and foremost there are no membership fees or third-party sellers like with Amazon. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Amazon Prime! But with Crate Space, shipping to the U.S. is always free and I don’t have to pay $99/yr for it to be free.

Jet: Jet has dynamic pricing, meaning prices change from time to time based on demand for a given product. With Crate Space, the pricing NEVER changes.

Boxed: You have to spend $49 with Boxed to get free shipping and the site only offers huge sizes, sometimes making storage an issue at home. Crate Space? I’ve said it already and I’ll say it again – $29.99 plus free shipping! No questions asked.

And last, but not least, Crate Space stocks only the products people really want and in the sizes that are most popular. Have you ever gone to Amazon for paper towels, just to find there’s 25 types/sizes of the same brand? Who has time to look through all of that? I’m trying to make more time in my life for the things that really matter, and that does not include shopping for paper towels. With Crate Space, I can pick the product and keep it moving.

How did I do with my Crate Space box?

Let’s take a closer look at the Crate Space box I just ordered. All 5 products I ordered are ones that I’m currently in need of, or I know I will be soon. I ordered shaving cream (summer’s not quite over yet, so my beary hairy legs have to wait a couple more months), face wash, deodorant (yea, summer again), dishwasher tabs, and batteries (with the upcoming holidays and kids toys, we’ll go through these in no time).

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery

The retail cost of these 5 products is $47.95 plus whatever I would pay in taxes. But with Crate Space I’d pay only $29.99, saving me 38%, and I received my box within 2 days! I’d call that a win. And I didn’t have to clip coupons or shop around for sales.

With it being back to school time, I’m sure there are plenty of things we all need to stock up on. To make it easy, on the Crate Space homepage, there are packages already built. You simply have to click “Add All” and you’re ready for checkout just like that! Sending a child to college? Just think, Crate Space is a perfect way to send them a care package.

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery

What will you put in your first Crate Space box?

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*Thank you to Crate Space for providing a free box for review. My opinions are still 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.

Naturally & Easily Repel Ants Indoors

Naturally & Easily Repel Ants Indoors

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Friday morning I woke up to find an army (or two) of ants swarming my living room side table. They were all over my computer, all over the table top, climbing up and down the table leg, marching into my kids toy room, just coming and going as they please right from under the corner of the door frame.

My son had left out some uneaten pizza the night before. *insert a hard eye roll*

Naturally & Easily Repel Ants IndoorsNeedless to say, I freaked the heck out. I tried wiping them up with a dish rag, but that just made the problem worse. Now they were all over my kitchen sick. Agh! I put my shoes on and was ready to walk out the door to go get something for ants, but I stopped in my tracks.

I don’t know why I remember this, but when I was younger and my brother was a toddler, he got into some ant gel or some kind of product my mom had set on a window seal. He stuck his finger in it and proceeded to put it in his mouth. Ya know, like kids are supposed to do. Well, he ended up being taken to the hospital.

This memory is what stopped me from just jolting out the door to find the nearest ant killer I could. Ant products can be very toxic and I didn’t want my kids to unknowingly get into something that could harm them. I mean, these ants were right where we hang out every day so there’s no doubt one of my kids would touch something they shouldn’t be.

I decided to take a moment to do a little online research and I’m so glad I did. I found a completely natural way to rid my home of these pesky, pizza loving ants. The best part? I already had what I needed at home (Yay for saving money!) and IT WORKED!




Naturally & Easily Repel Ants Indoors

So what is this secret ant repellant that’s natural and easy? Peppermint and tea tree oil.

My online research brought me to understand that when an ant finds food, it lets off pheromones or a scent so that other ants can follow its path to the food. Well, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is exactly what happened with the uneaten pizza. I wish I had taken a picture so you could see just how many ants there were and they were sticking pretty tightly to a single path. Ugh! I’m itchy just thinking about it.

I read that peppermint and tea tree oil blocks the pheromones, causing the ants to lose their way. So, what do I have to lose? It’s natural, sounds pretty easy to try, I have the oils already. Why not give it a go? I decided to use both oils to see how well they would work. I used peppermint around the kitchen sink, and tea tree oil around the toy room and the side table.

Naturally & Easily Repel Ants Indoors

I simply placed a few drops off oil on a cotton pad and wiped the inside and outside rim of the sink. And for the toy room, I wiped the perimeter of the room, the door frame, and then the side table right outside the door. And just to be on the safe side, I left a clean cotton pad with a few drops on the back of the sink and in the corner of the room.

I immediately noticed a difference. There were no more ants coming and going from under the door frame, which is where they were originating from. There were a few stragglers that had wandered into the middle of the room, but aside from that we were officially ant free.

It’s now five days later and I still haven’t seen an ant even peep from under the door frame. Seeing is believing and I am a firm believer that peppermint and tea tree oil is the best natural way to repeal ants indoors. And if you’re kids touch the cotton pads, the oils aren’t going to harm them.

Natural? Check!

Easy? Check!

Safe? Check!

Effective? Check!

And another perk is your home will smell pretty nice, too. Peppermint and tea tree oil for the win!

Have you ever tried this method for repelling ants?

*I am not an expert in pest control and this method is simply I found to work in my home. If you have a serious infestation, please call a professional. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

FoamCorePrint.com is the Affordable Way to Display Your Photos {Giveaway}

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~This post is sponsored by FoamCorePrint.com. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~




When it comes to home decor, I love to display family photos throughout my home. We have photos up in just about every room. From traditional picture frames and photos, to canvas prints, and now we’ve added a few Gator Board Prints.

I was recently looking for something to add some love to my kids room. I’ve been trying to make their room more lively lately, so when looking for prints to display I thought it would be perfect to get some Gator Board Prints of the two of them.

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I call it the Sibling Love Series and I’ve placed them in a small and awkward space of their room, the wall area just outside their closet. It was white and boring, but with the addition of their new Gator Board Prints, that space is now adorned with their sibling love.

Gator Board is a type of foam board that offers a more sturdy solution to traditional foam board printing. Just to give you an idea, traditional foam board can easily bend, dent, and is generally a lot more fragile. So you could say Gator Board is the tough, protective big brother to it’s baby sister, foam board.

Gator Board comes with an all black border and back, which I love because it gives a shadow type of effect, and it’s super lightweight. So if you ever find yourself moving to a new place, Gator Board Prints definitely won’t weigh down a moving box like traditional picture frames will.

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FoamCorePrint.com is the Affordable Way to Display Your Photos #gatorboard #foamboard #FoamCorePrint

You could say one of the downsides of Gator Board is that there’s nothing on the back to hang it with, but personally I actually prefer this. The back of the print is completely flat and this allows me to use the double sided sticky Command strips to stick them to the wall. You get that floating effect and there’s no damage done to either the Gator Board or the wall.

It’s perfect for us since we currently rent, but even if you own your home, the less damage you do, the better, right? I mean, what if you decide to change things up one day and move your prints to a different room, or a different place in the same room? I would hate to be left with a nail or hole in the wall.

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Printing on foam board is THE most affordable way I’ve found to display my favorite photos and images, while keeping the quality of the photo. And my favorite place to order them from is FoamCorePrint.com.

Price depends on the size you want, but Gator Board Prints from FoamCorePrint.com start at just $0.15 per piece! If you’re looking to do a nice small collage, or even grow a display into something large and eye catching, it really doesn’t get more affordable.

As for my Sibling Love Series, I love the idea of over the years adding more brother/sister photos to the display. I’ll continue with the same size and maybe once a year go through all of my photos and choose three more to add to it. And when the kids are older, it will be fun to have this Sibling Love Series of Gator Board Prints to look back on.

What is your favorite thing about Gator Board Prints?

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*This post is sponsored by FoamCorePrint.com. As always, my opinions are still 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.

Cave Tools Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack

Need a way to organize your grilling tools? Hang your bath towels or bathrobes? Organize your garden or workshop tools? Or in my case, organize your kids jackets? This Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack from Cave Tools is the perfect solution to all of these! #CaveTools #organize #grillingtools #jacketrack #hangingrack

~Thank you to Cave Tools for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase.~

I consider myself an organized person. Everything has it’s place, even if it’s in the junk drawer. But since moving I’ve been struggling with the kids jackets. Up until now they have either been laid across the tops of their dressers, tossed on their beds, or thrown in the floor and I can’t take it anymore.

Thankfully, Cave Tools has swept in to save this organizational chaos. Now, when I think about Cave Tools, I always envision summer cookouts and BBQs because many of their products are based around grilling. The same can be said for their Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack, but this product in particular is more multipurpose than just holding grilling tools.

The Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack can be used indoors or outdoors, and measures 14.25″ by 2″, so it’s perfect for all kinds of things. I’m personally using it in my kids room as a solution to their jackets laying everywhere. But in addition to this and housing grilling tools, it could also used be in the bathroom for hanging towels and bathrobes, in the garage for hanging your garden or workshop tools, in the kitchen for hanging pots and pans, and just about anywhere else to hang anything you can imagine.

Need a way to organize your grilling tools? Hang your bath towels or bathrobes? Organize your garden or workshop tools? Or in my case, organize your kids jackets? This Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack from Cave Tools is the perfect solution to all of these! #CaveTools #organize #grillingtools #jacketrack #hangingrack

When my hook rack arrived and I opened it, I was surprised at all that was included. It actually comes with everything you’ll need – the rack itself, a screwdriver (wow!), and obviously the small screws and pieces too. It was the little added touch of including a screwdriver that made it special to me. I already have a screwdriver that I could use, but it’s still nice to know Cave Tools thought about everything just in case.

Need a way to organize your grilling tools? Hang your bath towels or bathrobes? Organize your garden or workshop tools? Or in my case, organize your kids jackets? This Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack from Cave Tools is the perfect solution to all of these! #CaveTools #organize #grillingtools #jacketrack #hangingrack

We are currently renting, so we’re trying to avoid putting holes in the wall when possible. To prevent more holes in the wall, I decided to use velcro command strips to hang the rack and the back of the hook rack is completely flat, so it worked out perfectly.

I placed the hook rack at just the right height for my 5 y/o son and there hasn’t been a jacket laid on a dresser, tossed on the bed, or thrown in the floor since. And I love that it’s an easy way to add a more homey touch to their room.

Save on a Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack

Do you have a need for one or two of these Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack’s? It’s available for purchase directly from Cave Tools and also at Amazon. When purchasing from Cave Tools, use promo code HOOKRACK15 and you’ll save 15% off the regular price of $14.99. This makes the hook rack just $12.75! 

Or if you’re like me and have some Amazon credits saved up (or you’re just so eager to put it to use and want to use your free 2-day Prime shipping), head over to Amazon and get one for $17.99.

How would you use a Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack?

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*Thank you to Cave Tools for providing me with a Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack and helping me organize my kids jackets. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Eliminating Unwanted Odors is Safe and Easy with EnviroKlenz

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination
~This is a sponsored post on behalf of EnviroKlenz. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission for your purchase.~




My boyfriend recently told me I was addicted to doing laundry. Addicted to laundry? Oh, please. Nobody likes doing laundry, right?

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.

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination

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.

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination

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.

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination

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.

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination
Why do my kids have so many blankets out?

 

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!

How will you use EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer?

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?

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*This is a sponsored post on behalf of EnviroKlenz. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission on your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

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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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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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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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.