My Messy House

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I have an Angry Birds balloon that has been floating throughout my house for over a week now. I have thought about knifing it, and getting it over with because this damn thing refuses to give up. If I didn’t pay $9 for it, I probably would’ve told my son the bird flew away to find the others, but instead I stare up at it blankly thinking “Why did I pay $9 for this?”. That is until my 3 year old asks me to leap 5 feet into the air and grab it with my fingertips so that he can give it a big hug and run around holding it. It’s at that moment that I remember why I don’t mind having a hovering bird in my living room and occasionally getting sucked into the kitchen fan.

It’s my house. It’s a mess. Filled with toys, and small little parts…

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Disney Movie Club Review – Is it worth it?

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To join or not to join? That is the question!

You wouldn’t know this, but I actually wrote this blog backwards. That’s right, I started at the end, and ended up here. Well, actually, I wrote this in the middle… OK, too confusing. The point is, the stuff at the bottom is REALLY important and a huge part of this review, which is why I technically started with it to make sure I included it, so make sure to read it!

I’m sure you’ve seen the banner ads for Disney Movie Club, or saw the sponsored link on Facebook or somewhere similar, and then thought to yourself that it’s too good to be true. It has to be…. but is it though?

From reading the comments of angry mothers or grandparents on the sponsored post or consumer affairs complaints, you’d think that…

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Candy Easter Baskets Tutorial

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These Candy Easter baskets are a cute addition to any Easter decor, or they can be the main basket if you add additional boxes of candy to make it larger.
I went to the dollar store to pick up the boxes of movie theater boxes candy, they were each $1 and the laffy taffy ropes, which I used 2 of each basket, were only 25 cents each. I chose Sweet Tarts, Mike & Ike, Jolly Rancher gummies (this box is a tad bit bigger), and Nerds. The cost totalled just under $5 to make each of the baskets and with 4 boxes, the measurements of the inside is about 6×4″.

The process of making the basket is simple. Here are the steps broken down.

1. Grab any card board box that you have, just writing doesn’t matter. Line up the candy boxes in the form in which you plan on…

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$250 CASH Rainy Day Giveaway!!!!

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Beat the rainy day blues by entering to win during the $250 For A Rainy Day cash giveaway where you have the option of choosing between $250 PayPal Cash OR an Amazon E-Gift Card! This event was organized by The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island and sponsored by the awesome bloggers, authors, and Etsy shop owners listed below!

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Steak Gorgonzola -Copycat Olive Garden Recipe

I have a thing for cooking.  It’s like a challenge to me, and I’m in it to win it. I love making recipes that I’ve found online and giving them my own twist to perfect it,  like this Steak Gorgonzola that is a copycat Olive Garden recipe.

Funny thing is,  I’ve never even had it at Olive Garden although it’s one of my favorite places! My mom however,  gets this every time she’s there so I knew it had to be good.

Now that I’ve tried my own version,  I have it say,  IT IS GREAT!

Here is the recipe i used, let me know if you try this and if it tastes like Olive Garden’s version!

 

What you need:

1 pack Gorgonzola Cheese

2 Strip Steaks cut into cubes (or buy already cubed)

1/2 box Fettuccini Noodles

1 jar Alfredo sauce (I used Bertolli)

Balsamic Glaze (I use Cento brand) for serving

1cup Fresh Spinach leaves

1/2 cup Fresh Green Onions

Lemon Juice (half fresh Lemon or bottle lemon squeeze – a few squirts)

Italian Dressing (for marinade)

1 tablespoon Butter

Fresh Rosemary (chopped)

 Directions:

Take the Italian Dressing, lemon and chopped rosemary and marinate the steak cubes for one hour. After an hour…

Add Alfredo into a small pot with 3 tablespoons of the gorgonzola cheese (a little goes a long way!)  Simmer  on medium heat until the cheese is melted in and it starts to bubble up.  Then add spinach and chopped green onions. Keep on slow simmer, careful not to burn.

Add water to a pot, follow box Fettuccini directions.

In a pan,  start butter frying,  and add steak with some Italian Dressing on it getting into pan, but not all and leave cubes long enough to brown nicely on each side.  As the butter,  steak juice, and Italian Dressing that was on the steak starts to blend together as the steak cooks,  it’ll turn clear.  Once steak is cooked to your liking, toss it in all of the juices and set aside.

Once noodles are done,  strain and toss with gorgonzola Alfredo sauce.

Plate steak on top, drizzle with balsamic glsze, garnish with some crumbled gorgonzola, and fresh chopped parsley (also sun dried tomatoes which I didn’t have on hand).

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Enjoy! 😊

Gifts that do good with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF)

During my visit to the NY Toy Fair this year, I came across the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) booth and I was amazed at what they’re doing yo help families with special needs children all over.

They have many “gifts and that do good” to choose from like storybooks, stuffed animals, and joke books for kids written by kids. Even more fun is that your child can “donate” their own joke to possibly be featured in a future issue of ‘Little Book, Big Laughs”.

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The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family’s commercial health insurance plan.

Families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child), and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

UHCCF was founded in 1999. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded 13,000 grants valued at $35M to children and their families across the United States. UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group employees.

Philosophy

The Foundation embraces and supports the concept of facilitating access to health-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health insurance plan. The Foundation provides financial assistance toward the family’s share of the cost of medical services.

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2017 NY Baby Show – Ticket Giveaway!!

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The 2017 New York Baby Show, on May 20 & 21 at Pier 94 in NYC will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country!

We didn’t get to attend last year unfortunately, but the year before, I had a blast. My kids were all behaved, so I think that helped a bit 😀.

You can expect to see a ton of vendors, amazing deals on baby/child products, and sneak peaks of items new to market… check out my previous year review of the NY Baby Show.

Now in its 7th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood. 

I am giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show. I have just 10 tickets (family or individual) to give away, first come first serve. Family tickets cover up to 2 adults and 4 children per ticket!

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If you did not score a FREE ticket, make sure to use my 50% off code good on any ticket!

Normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual.

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