My WAHM Plan

Weekly Chore Prompt- Deep clean your Spatulas

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Welcome to September readers! I know for most us in the United States it still feels like the dog days of summer; but I’m ready to jump back into my regular blog schedule now that the kids are back in school. With September comes a lot of prepping for fall fun and holidays, so it’s the perfect time for me to welcome back my weekly chore prompt.


This week’s chore is a pretty easy one in both time and effort, but be warned- you may get grossed out by what I’m about to show you. 

You may think your spatulas are clean once you run them through the dishwasher, or hand- wash them, I know I did until recently when I was washing a spatula by hand and noticed I was able to pull the top from the handle.

Clean spatulas: My WAHM Plan


When I got it off, this is what I saw.

Dirty Spatulas: My WAHM Plan

Gross right?

Can you imagine cooking with that? No, of course you can’t and neither could I! I grabbed up all the spatulas I’d been using and started pulling the tops off. Some weren’t as bad as others, but none of them were spotless. Time to clean them!

How to deep Clean Spatulas

Soaking spatulas in vinegar water to clean My WAHM Plan

  • Gather Spatulas
  • In large bowl or dishpan, mix one cup water and a half cup white vinegar
  • Pull tops off spatulas and place both dirty sections in water/vinegar solution
  • Soak for 30 minutes

  • Once they're done soaking, make sure the hole in the spatula top is clean as well. If running under warm water doesn’t dislodge remaining grime, take a bamboo skewer or butter knife, wrap a paper towel around the end and gently wipe around the hole until clean. Be careful not to stretch the hole or the handle may not stay secure.
  • Rinse both parts of spatulas again
  • Allow to air dry

Deep Clean Spatulas ready to use My WAHM Plan


Once your spatula parts are completely dry, reassemble and store as usual. Now you have deep clean spatulas just in time for fall baking and cooking. 

To keep your spatulas clean in the future, be sure to hand wash them after each use and take the top off to clean. If you don’t hand wash your spatulas, simply use my soaking method at least once a week and you’ll never have gross spatulas again.


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Protect your home from pests with #LearnWithOrkin + A Giveaway!

Friday, August 28, 2015

You know I love sharing giveaways on Fridays, and this week I've got a great Back to school Mom on the go Prize pack courtesy of Orkin, today's post and giveaway sponsor. I will receive the same cool prize pack as listed in the giveaway below, however all opinions are my own.


Class is back in session!


Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring lots Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests. Orkin is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home during this busy time of year. This fun, interactive quiz will help you learn how to keep pests out of your home. Just click on the Pest Prevention Pop Quiz below to get started. 




While I will admit I did pretty well on the quiz, there was preventative measures I'm going to work on in the late summer so my home will be as unwelcoming as possible when the cold weather gets here. It will be here before we know it, so Orkin says now is the time to take action to protect our homes! 


I love how Orkin knows that we moms are on the go more than ever and wants to make sure you’re all set when driving the kids to soccer practice, racing to make it to school on time and just maybe getting a minute for yourself! I invite you to learn more about Orkin by visiting their website or following them on Twitter and if you are still bugged by pesky mosquito's, you might want to check out Orkin's Bite Back at Mosquito's on their YouTube channel. 


Win It!

Back to school Mom on the go prize pack on My WAHM Plan

The Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack includes:
One (1) Silver USB Portable Charger – We know you’re on the go from sun up to sun down and you can’t afford not to be accessible. This emergency charger is small, sleek and can help your phone keep up with your busy lifestyle!
One (1) Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug w/ lid - Your car isn’t the only thing that needs fueling up in the morning … this stainless steel travel mug is a great way to ensure your morning coffee is always within arm’s reach.
One (1) Orkin “Protect Your Home” PDF Checklist - This handy checklist from the experts at Orkin will help you think like a pest in order to help protect your home from pests.

Terms:
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Back to school outfits for Moms

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

School has been in session here for two and half weeks and the long, hot August days feel never ending. I was sharing with my daughters how I wished I could pull together some more "back to school" outfits for myself quickly.  That's when my stylish teen daughter Melissa, set to work on Polyvore curating some lovely sets for me. She did such a great job, I asked her to make her collection available for my readers.  

By Melissa Kinsman:

When the kids go back to school, it can be stressful for everyone. This year, moms should shop for their back-to-school wardrobes, too! We have put together some super-cute and functional outfits we think you will love!

Back to school outfits for Moms


Outfit one:

Where we live, school starts in August, and it’s very hot.  So, shorts are a great way to keep cool. These Bermuda shorts are the perfect length for moms. Yellow is a great summer color and the lace adds a very sophisticated and grown up feel to the shirt. These Wedged sandals are super cute and grown up. Every mom needs a big purse, and this black, leather one will hold everything you need.

Outfit two:

Jeans rolled up as Capri's are a great way to use jeans in every season. Keds are a preppy tennis shoe alternative. The Solid tank gives you lots of opportunity to dress up with a fun jacket, or (like we did) add some bling! A nude tote adds elegance to a casual-chic outfit. If these colors are too dark for you, jeans go great with any color, you could wear a bright color and go light on accessories or you can add a patterned scarf to the dark tank top.


Outfit 3:

A soft denim, drawstring skirt gives you the comfy feel of sweats, rising just above knee length it’s very appropriate for a school event. The baby doll top is a great cut for any body type. While being a bit shapeless it doesn’t appear boxy on anyone and it can hide a muffin top. We loved this one because it’s supper affordable and comes with your super cute bling! The flats add a really cute touch, but a nice nude wedge or strappy sandal would look really good too! We loved this tote it added a nice beachy feel to the outfit!


If you'd like to learn more about the items in my sets, please visit me on Polyvore and follow my Mom, Linda there too!


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Which outfit would you like to wear "Back to School" and why? Can you guess my favorite?

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A yummy after school snack your kids will cheer for #Cheeriosfunflavors #sponsored

Monday, August 17, 2015

I can still remember it like it was yesterday- the diaper bag and my purse never left home without a fresh supply of Original Cheerios when my girls were little ones. Fast forward a decade and I’m still serving up Cheerios for snack time.  I don’t put them in my purse as often as I used too, but Cheerios are still a favorite part of snacking here. My kids cheer and thank me when greeted with this yummy after school Cheerios Trail Mix snack.  







My WAHM Plan: Cheerios for after school snacking #giveaway


Cheerios have always been more than just breakfast food here at our house. From mid- morning snacks, to night time noshing, Cheerios add just the right amount of crunch without being overly sweet or salty. We prefer Original and lightly Frosted Cheerios for our snacking, but Cheerios comes in more yummy flavors like:
  • Honey Nut
  • Banana Nut
  • Multi-Grain
  • Multi-Grain Peanut Butter
  • Apple Cinnamon 

My daughters almost picked Banana nut flavor on out last trip to Publix because Cheerios are on sale right now as BOGO’s. Who doesn’t love a good sale on a household staple like Cheerios? The sale runs August 13 through September 2, so you have lots of time to stock up like we did. Once I told them I’d make my Cheerios Trail Mix, in the Frosted and Original boxes went in the cart. 



Cheerios Trail Mix Recipe:
Makes 3 cups.


Cheerios Trail Mix recipe on MyWAHMPlan.com


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Original Cheerios
  • 1 cup Frosted Cheerios
  • 1 cup Mountain trail mix. (Mine has raisins, peanuts, almonds, cashews and chocolate). Feel free to raid your pantry for trail mix items and add your kid’s favorites.
  • 1 gallon zipper close baggie


Directions:

In zipper baggie, pour in Cheerios then Mountain Trail mix, or one cup of your own ingredients like raisins and nuts. Close bag and gently mix all ingredients. Pour into a medium sized serving bowl and set on the table for after school munching!
The great thing about this trail mix snack as it can double as a breakfast cereal or to go breakfast in a bag if you are running late! 

Cheerios Trail Mix recipe on MyWAHMPlan.com

Looks good doesn’t it? It really is so quick and easy to whip this up and have it waiting for your kids after school.

Does your family love Cheerios too? I invite you to head on over to Cheerios.com for more tasty recipes and to learn more about the Cheerios products. Be sure to download or print out your BOGO coupons so you can stock up while shopping at Publix too.

If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you must know how much I love working with Publix on their campaigns, especially food ones because they want to help us save on brands we know and trust, like Cheerios. I appreciate both companies as my sponsor of today’s post and this giveaway!


Win It!

One lucky reader will receive a $10.00 PayPal transfer! I hope that you’ll shop and save on Cheerios at Publix with your winnings, but if you don’t have a local Publix store, perhaps you’ll buy a box of Cheerios anyway.

Terms:

No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form.  My WAHM Plan is responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel.

Good luck!


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Celebrate National Cheesecake Month with Fiber One #giveaway!

Last month, my family and I had an opportunity to try the amazingly good Fiber One Cheesecake bars for the first time and it was love at first bite. So when I was asked it if I would like to share the news about Fiber One’s National Cheesecake month celebration, including an edible cheesecake billboard in Grand Central Station and host my own giveaway, I happily said yes! I did receive complimentary boxes of Fiber One Cheesecake bars as a thank you for my time, but all opinions are my own. 

 Fiber One Strawberry Cheesecake Bar #giveaway on MyWAHMPlan.com!


About Fiber One Cheesecake Bars:

Fiber One Cheesecake Bars come in two tasty flavors- Salted Caramel and Strawberry. Each bar has layers of graham crackers and cheesecake topped with either Salted Caramel or yummy strawberry.


MyWAHMPlan: Fiber One Cheesecake bar giveaway


Why you’ll Love them:

Each yummy bar has 150 calories, 6 grams of fat and 5 grams of fiber. That’s 20% of daily fiber value and they are made with real cream cheese. If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your healthy eating plan, pick up a box of these Fiber One Cheesecake bars and you too can satisfy your #Cheesecakeinstincts anytime at home, or on the go!


Celebrate National Cheesecake Month with Fiber One!

My WAHM Plan: Fiber One Salted Caramel Cheesecake bar giveaway


To celebrate the launch of this new product, Fiber One is celebrating now through August! If you are in New York, head over to Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station to sample these guilt-free Fiber One treats! You can also join in the fun on Facebook by entering Fiber One’s sweepstakes! All month, you can enter for a chance to win weekly prizes including new Fiber One Cheesecake Bars, cash prizes and a grand prize winner will be chosen at the end of August. Full rules and entry form are available by visiting  Facebook.com/FiberOne. 


Win It!

Speaking of winning, thanks to the generosity of Fiber One, one lucky My WAHM Plan reader will win 10 boxes of Fiber One Cheesecake Bars! Flavors chosen at random by Fiber One. 

Terms:

No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form.  My WAHM Plan is  not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel.

Good Luck!

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Disclosure:

My thanks to Fiber One for providing a sample products in exchange for this review and post with giveaway. I received no monetary compensation. I’m disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


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The One By Kiera Cass Book Review

Friday, August 14, 2015


By Tera Kinsman

Hi, guys!  Today, I’m reviewing The One by Kiera Cass, the sequel to The Selection and The Elite. If you’d like to read the other reviews for the books in The Selection Series, click here for The Selection and here for The Elite. 

The One by Kiera Cass
Courtesy of Harper Collins 

Book Summary From Publisher:

35 girls entered the Selection. Only 1 can win.

The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

My Summary and Thoughts:

America Singer is one of the five girls left in the Selection. The Selection is nearing its end. And to America, it should have been over ages ago. She is in love with Prince Maxon, and he has made it clear that he loved her from the beginning.

But not everyone is ready for America and Maxon to choose each other. Maxon’s father, King Clarkson, detests America. Manipulative and cruel, he does all he can to force America out of the competition. Nor are her fellow Elite ready to concede defeat. And there’s still Aspen. America has recognized that she no longer loves him, but she hasn’t found the words to tell him. While she doesn’t want to marry him, like they had planned back in Carolina, she can’t imagine a life without him in it, and she’s terrified of losing him.

America and Maxon both make unlikely alliances, and find friends in people they never would have thought they could trust. But will it be enough to protect them from the threat of the rebels and those who refuse to see them together? Can America hold on to the beautiful future she sees ahead of her? Or will she lose it all?

YOU GUYS, THIS BOOK. My mom, sister, and I all read it like our lives depended on it. Which, as our fellow fangirls or boys understand, it kinda did.

The One had the perfect balance of happiness and sadness. There were scenes with Maxon and America that were so cute, I could die.

But it had its fair share of heartbreaking scenes as well. America, as well as Maxon, Aspen, and her family lose and gain so much. Everyone in IllĂ©a is touched by the war. (I can’t say much more, because of spoilers, of course.)

The ending was perfect, and I just want to hug Kiera Cass for making me so happy. But I want to know more! I wish the epilogue had been fifty pages longer, because the stories of these characters are clearly not done. That’s why I’m so, so, so, so excited to read The Heir, the fourth book in the series. A collection of all the novellas that are also part of the Selection series is going to be released in October 2016. (If you want, though, you can read them all separately now.) And, sometime in the winter of 2016, we get the fifth book! So, there will definitely be more Selection fangirling in our future.  Will we ever really stop?

Comments! There’s actually one more reason to freak out that I didn’t mention - there’s going to be a movie adaptation of The Selection! So, do you have any ideas for who should be cast in the upcoming movie? Let me know in the comments below!

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Bring back Taco Tuesday and delight your family! #summerfiesta #ad

Monday, August 10, 2015

By August, our family meal plans have fizzled and we all are getting a bit bored with the same dinner fare. That’s why last week, I decided to go old school and serve up tasty tacos on, you guessed it! Tuesday- much to the delight of my family! If your summer dinner routine has hit a snag, maybe it’s time to bring back Taco Tuesday and delight your family too.




Bring back Taco Tuesday #summerfiesta


I wanted to keep dinner a surprise, so I headed to Publix by myself with the intention of buying the ingredients for good old fashioned beef and bean tacos. That’s when I noticed the Stand ‘n Stuff Taco shells dinner kit right beside their refried beans and green chilies that I normally buy. I knew these stand-alone shells would be a big hit with my girls, so in the cart they went, along with some avocados for guacamole.



 My WAHM Plan: Avocados from Mexico make tasty guacamole

As soon as I got home, I started making some guacamole with these beautiful avocados. I’m fortunate that my family loves the taste of this fruit! Of course we aren’t alone- did you know that Americans eat 1.4 billion pounds of guacamole a year?! Yeah, I was pretty blown away by that number myself.


I keep my guacamole recipe really simple and easy to follow by using ingredients and spices I have on hand like ground garlic, cumin, Adobo and fresh squeezed lime juice. I’ve found it I stick to this recipe, the guacamole will get gobbled up and used for more than just chip dipping,  We spread it on sandwiches, dip our carrots and peppers and more.


My WAHM Plan: freshly made Guacamole


Avocados do ripen really quickly, so I used all 5 of mine in this batch of guacamole. If your family won’t eat that much, you can store uncut avocados in the frig for a few days, or slice them and squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice on them to keep the avocado from browning. If you’d like to see some recipes for guacamole and other avocado dishes, just head on over to Avocados from MexicoMy guacamole tasted perfect with some Blue Corn tortilla chips I had on hand, so I set it in the frig to chill and got started on my stand’n stuff tacos.


My WAHM Plan: Taco Tuesday stand n stuff tacos

With the Old El Paso dinner kit that has shells, meat seasonings and taco sauce, my Taco Tuesday dinner was done in a flash. Besides cheese and sour cream, I make sure I serve tacos with lots of veggies- romaine lettuce, black olives, tomatoes, peppers, and more guacamole to help them be a bit healthier. 

When my family came to the dinner table, they couldn’t have been more surprised and delighted that I was serving tacos on Tuesday again. And the crunchy, easy to use stand n stuff shells were a huge hit!


My WAHM Plan: serve up a plate of crunchy tacos for dinner


If tacos aren’t your thing, you can find lots of quick and easy dinner recipes like Grilled Fajita Boats over at Old El Paso. They sound just as yummy as my tacos and I’m sure will be just as welcome at your next #summerfiesta dinner. 

Save!

From now, through the 19th, you can save on all Old El Paso products by shopping with Publix. Just upload, or print out the coupons at readysetsave.com to your loyalty card.


Win It:

My thanks to Old El Paso and Publix for sponsoring this $10 PayPal cash transfer giveaway! Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Color of the Month- August 2015- Red

Happy August dear readers! The hottest days of summer are upon us and we are all feeling, hot, hot hot! After picking another just right red hot chili pepper off the vine, I was inspired to choose Red as the color of the month. 
My WAHM Plan: Red hot chili peppers off the vine #gardening
I hope you like my August color of the month Pinterest board! I'd love it if you would stop by and follow me there. Leave a comment with your user name, and I will follow you back!
Follow Linda A.'s board Color of the Month- August 2015- Red on Pinterest.

Please share in comments: What's the closest thing to you that's red? For me its the bindings on cookbooks to my left! 

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