This is one of the products we can’t live without. After having WAY too many “clean up on aisle 7’s”, I had HAD it with the spilled snacks phenomenon. Then one day I was at my girlfriend’s house and her little one was cruising around snacking on some O’s out of what I found out was called the Snack Trap! I went home that very day, got online and ordered several. It is brilliant. Their chubby little fingers can get in to get the snacks, but if dropped, thrown or otherwise, the snacks stay IN. The snap over lid and stay fresh lid make it easy to snap right over the slotted one, so you can throw it in your purse, diaper bag, stroller, etc. and they don’t accidentally spill out. The stay fresh lid is air tight so you can store your snacks in there and keep them fresh. By far one of the most used products we own to make life just a little easier!
Tuesday July 15, 2008see more by jen
Friday July 11, 2008see more by jen
1 lb of large shrimp (the frozen bag from Trader Joe’s are yummy and EASY)
Small tin of diced green chilies
Head of lettuce
1 White Onion
Hot Sauce or Salsa
1 bag of Corn Tortillas
1 x packet of Taco Seasoning
1 Ripe avocado
1. Sauté the shrimp in a skillet with a small amount of olive oil, when cooked add in the tin of diced green chilies
2. Add about 1/2 the packet of the seasoning mix
3. Take the head of lettuce and cut in half and then cut the lettuce into really thin slivers
4. Cut the onion into thin slices also
5. Cut the limes into small wedges
6. In another skillet heat about a cup of canola oil until very hot. You can test if it is ready by putting the edge of a tortilla into the oil. If it immediately bubbles, you are good to go.
7. Take a corn tortilla and place into the hot oil. It will start bubbling. Then take some kitchen tongs and fold it in half and cook until it starts to get a little bit brown and crispy looking (you can do two tortillas at a time). In a colander put some paper towels and as each tortilla is ready stand them up in the colander to drain.
8. When they are done, take a tortilla shell and in the bottom place a layer of shrimp, then a layer of cheese, then lettuce, then onion, then sliced avocado and a dollop of sour cream and a drizzle of hot sauce or salsa and add some salt, pepper and a squeeze of lime.
9. Serve with Mexican rice and beans if desired (oh, yeah, and a margarita too!)
Thursday July 10, 2008see more by jen
Here is an awesome tip from Sarah, a savvy mom with lots of ideas on how to save money.
“Pancakes with fresh fruit and big cups of coffee are some of our favorite ways to spend summer Sundays. Just as families find their summer rhythm, school supply lists come out and major retailers run circulars in Sunday papers advertising serious Back-to-School sales. Rather than letting this phenomenon act as a dud in an otherwise smashing series of summer fireworks, consider using those sales with the ENTIRE calendar year in mind. Think about the squeals your kids will emit when they pull out brand new markers or crayons from their stockings come December. Do you donate to holiday charities? Pull together an art station for several kids for pennies and you will save yourself time and money come the holiday season. Or, plan an Easter Art Show with your brood. Buy all the art supplies this month and stash them away until Easter. On Easter morning, have the baskets ready and ask the kids to create masterpieces while you hide eggs. Throughout the year, you will use many of the supplies available for major discounts this month. Look around, make a list, and stock up. You will save yourself time and money.”
Monday July 7, 2008see more by jen
” I’m obsessed with the Laura Mercier under eye secret concealer and the secret brightening powder because it works wonders on the dark circles under my eyes. It makes me look like I have actually had a full nights sleep when in fact it’s been a good three years since I have, it’s one of my make-up must haves!”
– Sally, Costa Mesa
Sunday July 6, 2008see more by jen
“Legacies live forever, they just get littler” or so states Jolie, a self-professed Michael Stars fanatic for many years now. This is what she writes….
Michael Stars launched Mikey Stars on 5/10 at The Americana at Brand (that Rick Caruso marriage between The Grove and Main Street USA). I haven’t seen it yet (Americana or the shirts), but if the tees at all resemble Big Brother Michael Stars, brace yourself for an addiction in the making. Mikey Stars…as if your didn’t twinkle enough already…
Jolie, Beverly Hills