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Corned Beef – Do you buy Point Cut or Flat Cut?

Corned Beef: Point Cut or Flat Cut?

Choosing Corned Beef Cuts

My mother-in-law was visiting this weekend and I decided to make our St. Patrick’s day feast a bit early. She is Irish and I thought it would be fun to have the traditional Corned Beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage while she was here. While shopping for the corned beef it became apparent that I had not done my research. There are two cuts of corned beef; point and flat cut. The point cut is cheaper. Not knowing what to get, I purchased both! We needed two anyways with the crowd we had.

I made the point cut in the crockpot. I just added the seasoning packet and let it cook all day. About half way through cooking, I added the cabbage. The flat cut was placed in a roaster pan with potato chunks, carrots, the seasoning packet and water. I roasted it at 300 degrees for 6 hours.

The taste test

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How to Lose Weight by Drinking More Water

Tips on how to lose weight by drinking more water.

Does Drinking Water to Lose Weight Works?

Last year when I gave up soda and sugary beverages, I started the Drinking Water to Lose Weight method. Many people have asked over that time how I did it and what was my secret. There isn’t any secret  it is simply understanding how Drinking Water to Lose Weight. It doesn’t require money, fancy equipment, or a lot of time just simple changes in what you are doing. Keep reading below for  simple tips and take advantage of our FREE Printable to help you keep track of the water you drink.

How to lose weight with water
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November 22, 2019

Stress Free Party Planning Tips

Blog: This conversation is sponsored by Dawn and Cascade at Sam’s Club. Opinions are my own.Social posts: #ad

I love entertaining at home. Some may think I’m crazy, but I do enjoy planning for a party. Preparing the menu, thinking of games to play, and planning the entertainment for my guests excites me. I think it’s because growing up, my mom always had guests at home whether they are relatives, church friends, book club members or work friends. She even encourages us to invite friends over for our birthday parties or even for a simple pajama party. It’s nothing extravagant but the thing that made those parties special is that no matter how simple it is, she made sure it’s well planned and memorable for all of us.

Being a mom now, I want my kids to experience what I experienced growing up. I want them to have the joy of having lots of memories with us, with family and with friends, that’s why I’m known not to pass on hosting a party. I want our home to be filled with laughter and fond memories of a good company of people we love. But I do understand why hosting a party can be a scary task for some. Without proper planning, it can be a daunting task filled with stress.

That is why we are sharing our party tips because we want you to not only throw the perfect party but to enjoy throwing it. The holiday season is almost in full swing, so take this opportunity to invite friends and family over and create those memories that will last a lifetime.

Stress-Free Party Planning Tips

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November 10, 2019

Great Ideas for Christmas Stocking Presents

Ideas for Christmas Stocking Presents

It’s holiday season once again and that means it’s time to prepare Christmas stocking presents for our family and friends. I love filling my loved ones stockings with fun and useful small gifts that I know they will love that’s why I made a list. I hope you’ll like my great ideas for stocking stuffers that are awesome and affordable.

Ideas for Christmas Stocking Presents

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November 1, 2019

Easy Ways to Organize Your Cleaning Schedule

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bissell and Best Buy, but all opinions expressed here are mine.

Being frugal with money in today’s economy has become a must-have, but what about being frugal with our time. When I was single, it seemed there was always enough time, and this continued even after I got married and have kids. With our busy schedule of school, sports, and other extracurricular activities, time seemed to disappear slowly, I feel like the day really wasn’t 24 hours long. Since you can’t buy hours to add on to your day, I had to look for other ways to save time. When I looked around for easy ways to organize and be frugal with my time I realized that I should start with our home and since I want a clean house and it takes time to clean our whole house, it’s essential to have a cleaning schedule.

Here are my ways to make cleaning less time consuming and stressful.

1. My first order of business was to make my children aware of their responsibilities

This included making their beds, changing their sheets, putting their dirty clothes in the hamper, putting their clean clothes away, cleaning their rooms (which includes dusting, vacuuming, and every day messes), putting their dirty dishes away, and packing their lunches for school. In order to teach them responsibility of pet ownership, they also have to pitch in and help with our dog.

2. Next, I informed my husband that he had to take ownership of our household chores. He loves doing the laundry, so that’s his territory. He is also in charge of steam cleaning and vacuuming the house.

To get the job done thoroughly and faster, we need the right cleaning tools to help us. Since we have kids and a dog, it’s a must that our cleaning equipment of choice is powerful but at the same time safe for our floors. Right now, our choice is the new BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max which is available at Best Buy.

BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max
BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max

With this super cleaning tool, we can vacuum and wash our floors at the same time with cordless freedom.

We super love this machine because of its cool features. With multi-surface cleaning, BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is safe and effective for use on any floor such as tile, sealed wood floors, laminate, linoleum, rubber floor mats, pressed wood floors, and more. It even refreshes area rugs.

It has a 36V lithium-ion battery, which depends on your mode, and usage can usually last up to 30 minutes of cordless cleaning power. It also saves time and energy with no bags to buy or replace. 

It also features a self-cleaning cycle that helps maintain the machine’s cleaning performance with its Two-Tank Technology that keeps clean water and formula separate from dirty water and dry debris.

If you have pets like us, you will love its improved edge cleaning feature because it quickly picks up pet hair that gathers along baseboards and in corners of your home.  

It even has Wi-Fi connected capabilities, so you can connect it to the BISSELL app, which will provide helpful alerts, maintenance tracking, and usage tips.

BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max

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We super love the BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max and we highly recommend it. Get it now at Best Buy!

3. Last thing in my agenda of streamlining our cleaning schedule is to make a calendar with all my chores listed for each day.

This would make it easier to get motivated to clean since I knew it would take 30 minutes or less a day. To figure out what needed to be on the calendar, I made a list of everything that needed to be done (even if it was only once a month). Then I went thru and wrote next to each thing how often I wanted to do it. I decided not to bite off more than I knew what possible. I figured if I got the inkling to do it more frequently then I could.

Once I knew how often I needed to figure out what day would be best for each. I tried not to put to much on one day and opted to leave Sunday empty and Saturday with very little so we could enjoy family time without feeling like we had a lot to do at home. I created a calendar in Microsoft Word and got to typing and this is the finished result. For the things I need to do daily I listed them in one of the blank boxes on the calendar and the same with the monthly chores. We cross the things off once they are done so the other family members know what needs to be done. I did it month specific so I would have a handy calendar on my fridge as well but you could make a generic calendar with just the days of the week and follow it on an every other schedule if that is how you have it scheduled out.

The greatest benefit from the chore calendar was my husband and kids are pitching in more. It seemed that once they saw it in black and white and knew what needed to be done he didn’t mind doing it.

Here is my Free Printable House Cleaning Checklist

Click HERE for your FREE Printable

This Printable will help you stay organized while spring cleaning your living room!

We also have Free Printable Chore Charts: 10 ideas for School Age Kid Chores and 10 ideas for Toddler Chores + Free Printable Chore Charts

Also check out our Tips to Save on Home Repairs

October 10, 2019

Take the Pledge and Be a Mental Health Advocate #OnOurSleeves

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Nationwide Children’s Hospital #OnOurSleeves campaign, all opinions expressed here are mine.

It's World Mental Health Day. Take the Pledge and Be a Mental Health Advocate #OnOurSleeves

Today, I was under a table trying not to hit my head. I was using a soft voice and trying to find the right words. I was searching for a story that might connect with the child who was beside me, rocking back and forth. I was whispering about a time I was also scared. The one where I also cried, and a friend saw me.

I offered to hold a hand, and the hand extended for mine with our fingers barely touching at first, and then he fully gave me his hand. I knew my story was helping. I knew I was reaching him like a metal ladder that was thrown out of a window of a house on fire. I was thankful to be holding that hand, the one that was shaking like a leaf in the gust of a fall wind.

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