We have a Winner… for A Blogtastic Extravaganza!

I hope everyone enjoyed A.B.E. as much as I did!  I gained a lot of new readers and I hope you’ll stick around because there are plenty more giveaways coming up on the blog, including the “So Easy Doing Fluffy Laundry” event, starting Feb. 7th!

Now… on to the winner.  I had a whopping “1632” entries (including Extra Entries) into my giveaway.  WOW!  I realize that my prize package may not have been worth hundreds of dollars, but I worked hard to bring products into the package that are usable and will help you live a little green-er, in style!
Thanks to EVERYONE who entered, but there could be only one winner!

Congratulations to…

Katie M!
I’m emailing you now!
I hope she’s ecstatic to win these great products.
She has 48 hours to claim her prize before another winner is drawn.


Slumber Party

Family Slumber Party

When Sophia was about 4 weeks old, we transitioned her from our bed to her crib.  She did great.  We did… well, not so great. 

When I was pregnant, Rob and I both decided that we would not co-sleep.  We just felt that it was best for her and for our relationship as a married couple.  No one told me that when this little girl came home with us, that I wouldn’t be able to bear putting her in a room by herself and not staying in there!  So… we co-slept for 4 weeks. She started sleeping much better during the night and I was still getting no sleep.  That’s when we decided to transition her.

She seriously did so good.  We would lay in bed and say, “Maybe we should let her sleep with us just for tonight… Tonight?”  This happened almost nightly, but we still missed our baby so much, even though she was literally less than 30 feet away. 

During one of these conversations, we came up with a brilliant idea.  Once she was old enough, we would have monthly/bi-monthly slumber parties.  We would all sleep in our living room, watch movies, and eat popcorn.  We were so excited with our new idea for a family tradition and it actually helped us deal with the thoughts of her not co-sleeping anymore (that and the daytime naps that she took with us!).

So, yes, 7 1/2 months might be a bit early for a slumber party, normally, but we did it!  We had our first Family Slumber Party and it was so much fun!  Well, Sophie slept through half of the movie, definitely didn’t partake in the popcorn, but she snuggled me all night long!

Slumber Party

Slumber Party

I can’t wait until she’s old enough to really enjoy this activity!  I definitely think she needs a cutesy sleeping bag for these occasions too!

Wildtree Review

Remember my delicious dinner of Shrimp Scampi Pasta that I made the other night?  Well, I think I may have beat it last night!

Last night I made a scrumdiddlyumptious Chicken Stir Fry, with the help of Wildtree’s Kickin’ Asian Stir Fry Sauce!  Want to see how easy it was?  Sure you do!

I was cooking for the two of us, so I made just enough for dinner and leftovers for lunch.

I sliced 1 large onion and 1/2 green pepper.
I also sliced 2 chicken breasts into small slices (not pictured because, let’s face it, uncooked chicken looks disgusting!?  Your welcome.)

Heat your Grapeseed Oil (or EVOO) over Medium-High Heat.  Add chicken and cook until browned, be sure to season with salt & pepper.  Take your chicken out of the pan and add Onions and Peppers, lowering the heat to Medium.  I add salt & pepper and love to squeeze 1/2 lemon on my veggies when stir frying!

When the veggies are good, return your chicken back into the pan and toss.  Here’s the good part… I added 1/3 cup of the Kickin’ Asian Stir Fry Sauce, stir.  I also decided to be fancy (and lazy) and steam up some broccoli in the handy plastic packs, in the microwave.  I added the cooked broccoli to my stir fry and mixed well.

With a side of fried egg roll (yum!) and served over rice, this is one of my top 5 favorite meals, for real!  I normally despise leftovers (I know, not so very green), but I could not wait until lunch time to eat the rest of my stir fry!

Why I love this sauce:  It made a simple meal, seem so complex!  The sauce has a hint of sweet (but not too sweet) and a hint of spice that makes it the perfect balance.  I love that I can pronounce and KNOW every ingredient on the label.  Seriously, how many times can you say that.  Oh yeah, high fructose corn syrup or sugar of any kind… not in this sauce!

Buy It:  You can buy a 12 oz bottle of Kickin’ Asian Stir Fry Sauce for $10.00, from Wildtree with Amanda.  I would assume that 1 bottle will make at least 4-5 stir fry dinners for my family!  Don’t forget about the Scampi Blend I shared with you yesterday either.  It’s available in a 4.5 oz jar for $12.00 or a large 12 oz jar for $20.00.

A.B.E. – *Sponsor Spotlight* – Skoy Cloths

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If you read any blogs at all, you’ve probably came across a review of Skoy Eco-friendly Cleaning Cloths.  They are popping up everywhere and let me tell you why… They are a fabulous alternative to paper towels!

I’ll be honest with you.  Since my choice to cloth diaper my daughter, I’ve been taking baby steps to make my family green-er.  One of my hardest steps has definitely been “quitting” paper towels.  They are just so easy and convenient on that little roll above my sink.  Since finding Skoy cloths, it truthfully has become easier for me to reach for them instead.

Why do I love Skoy?

  • They are convenient because of their size.  I was skeptical at first.  They look a bit, small, in the pictures, but truthfully their size makes them easier accessible as I can keep them in a kitchen drawer or sitting on the counter (easier to grab!) without them taking up so much room.
  • They are ABSORBENT!  They suck water, dirt, beef juices (don’t ask!) right up!
  • They are easy to clean.  Throw them in your dishwasher (yes, dishwasher) with your dishes!  On the site, Skoy also suggests you can pop them in the microwave, but make sure they are damp first, for 1-2 minutes to kill germs/bacteria.
  • Skoy suggests that 1 Skoy cloth will save around 15 paper towel rolls per household!  That is definitely a green-er option!

Skoy Cloths can be bought on Amazon , priced at only $6.99 for a 4-pack.  And you are in luck, the lovely people of Skoy have offered a 4 pack of Skoy cloths, in the flower print, to my “Living Green” package for A.B.E, with a retail value of $6.99.

As Organic As You Can Get – Preparing Organic Carrots

Prepping Organic Carrots for Homemade Baby Food

Sophia is eating food.  Not baby food, but food food.  It’s a good thing I prepared for this…

Last Spring, while I was 7 months pregnant, I planted carrot seeds indoors in our seed starting tray.  What was I doing on my due date?  Weeding the garden, of course!  Seriously, Miss Sophia was perfectly happy and fine in my belly and I wanted to make sure her carrots were weed free!

Fast forward to a few weeks later, it was time to pull the carrots!

Since Sophia was only a couple months old, she wasn’t quite ready to eat her organic carrots yet, so I researched online about how to freeze them.  My first intentions were to can them (another thing I really started to pick up on this Summer), but I can with a water bath, which is not recommended for any type of veggies that aren’t acidic.

Organic Carrots

Preparing Organic Carrots

  1. Wash the carrots.
  2. Peel and trim the ends.  Cut into smaller pieces.Organic Carrots
  3. Blanch the carrots:  Put carrots into boiling water for no longer than 5 minutes.  After, put them immediately into ice water to stop the cooking process.  Rule of thumb:  However long you boiled the carrots, leave them in the ice water for the same amount of time!
  4. Drain thoroughly.
  5. Bag your carrots.  I don’t own a vacuum sealer, so the best way for me to get as much air out as possible is to zip up the bag and put a straw down one side.  Suck all the air out and you have your own vacuum sealed bag… seriously!

Organic Carrots

I had enough carrots for 3 Quart size bags and then I double bagged in a Gallon Freezer bag to keep them from getting freezer burnt.  There is just something so special about planting a tiny seed and seeing this much come from it and knowing that you grew your own veggies!  I hope I never lose the amazement and satisfaction I feel every time I pick/pull/eat a vegetable or fruit that we’ve grown ourselves!

Prepping Organic Carrots for Homemade Baby Food

A few weeks ago, I took out my first bag of carrots.  I boiled them, pureed them in my food processor, and was so excited for Sophia to have her first bite of our carrots!  How did she react?  With love, admiration, and appreciation?  NO WAY!  She gagged, coughed, and turned her nose up to my hard work!

Sooo… I was quite disappointed with that reaction.  When I took the second bag out of the freezer the other night, I decided to cook them and keep them chopped, since she is enjoying self-feeding her puffs so much.  Guess what?!

Baby eating Organic Carrots

She LOVED them!