Lunchopolis

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Lunchopolis is a company founded by two moms that wanted to do their part to help find a way to decrease the 3.5 BILLION pounds of garbage produced by lunchbox garbage every year.   This garbage-free system allows you to pack a planet-friendly lunchbox for your kids, and help the world by decreasing the use of plastic bags, aluminum foil and water/juice bottles.   For websellers, visit the website.  Complete system starts at around $31.99, but just think of the money you will save on the disposables.   Important note for busy moms:  YES, it is dishwasher friendly! 

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Snack Trap

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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!

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Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes – Shrimp Tacos

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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
1 Lime
Sour Cream
Shredded Cheese
Hot Sauce or Salsa
1 bag of Corn Tortillas
1 x packet of Taco Seasoning
1 Ripe avocado
Canola Oil

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!)
 

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Guest Blog – Stock Up Now on Art Supplies

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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.”

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Guest Blog – Make-Up Must Have

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” 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

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