Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cookers aren't just for soups and stews.  Here's a Get It Done Tip with some great Spring recipes from Martha Stewart that you can make in your slow cooker. 

I have made the loaded slow cooker baked potatoes twice since the kids loved it so much.  In fact, I think I am going to make it again week after next it is so good.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Emergency Dinner

My plan was to have baked chicken and vegetables tonight, but last night (we finally picked up our new car!) and this morning got turned upside down. 

Get It Done Tip:  Always have as at least two emergency back-up plans for dinner each week in case your plans get turned upside down. 

For example, I always have boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs in the freezer so tossed that into the crockpot with a bottle of barbecue sauce.  When I get home all I have to do is shred the chicken with a fork and pile it on some bread for the kids and make a bag of frozen vegetables.  They love it and it couldn't be easier for an insanely busy day!

Will post a picture later.

Have a great day all!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dry Shampoo

Today's Get It Done Tip is from an old friend.  She had her first child a few months ago and just went back to work so is having fun figuring out how to juggle it all.

I asked if she has any tips to share and she told me about something called dry shampoo.  She uses this on occasion for two purposes - extending the time between shampoos and saving her hair color.  Here's what she had to say:

The product is called a dry shampoo. In my experience the most effective ones are aerosols. It's got 2 uses: 1 for extending the time needed between regular shampoos because it freshens and deodorizes the scalp while also absorbing sebum. So if you normally shampoo every other day you may be able to go for three or more days. Besides being a potential time saver in the shower a huge benefit is extending the life of you hair color. Water is the MAIN thing that removes hair color; not shampoos, conditioners or stylers. If you remove even one shampoo a week you can help the longevity of your hair color. 

A few keys to success: use on DRY hair or product will clump, section hair and spray in even lines very close to the scalp, rub into the scalp to help distribute and absorb the oils, brush through and for best results hit it with the blow dryer quickly. This product is not for everyone. People with very dark color may see some white residue (not attractive). They come in various levels of power - which will most likely not be indicated on the can. So keep trying if this product appeals to you but you don't like the first one you try. 

The other use for a dry shampoo is as a texturizing styler. You can spray it throughout the hair to help add volume and remove shine. If you want that "lived in" day after style you could use this to achieve. 
Here is one product and here is another one

Monday, April 14, 2014

FitDesk Excercise Bike

I have zero time to get to a gym, which is why I finally decided to invest in some equipment for my home.    My cousin recommended the FitDesk and it is today's Get It Done Tip because it is awesome!

It is so incredibly comfortable, plus I love the desk attached to it.  I put my laptop on it, play some pandora and can do some work which is a great distraction. 

An amazing machine for a multi-tasking working mom.  Highly recommend!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dinner Update

The husbands did a great job with dinner last night.  My friend and I sat outside watching our kids play while enjoying delicious appetizers including a dip called mushroom caviar that was really good.

Here is the rest of the dinner they made for us...
Green beans with shallots

Salad with a honey dressing

Roasted sweet and white potatoes

Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Herb-Garlic-Pepper Coating

For dessert - apple cider floats!

Today we had piano, I ran to Costco and then we went to a local Italian place - San Martino - for an early dinner. 
Hope everyone has a good week!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Insane, Fun Day Ahead

Went to the store at 7 AM for bananas so I could make 3 dark chocolate chip banana breads - 2 for a friend and 1 for the school bake sale.

My husband just took them all to baseball.  When he gets home I am visiting my friend in CT for lunch.

When I get home my other friend and I are taking the kids to Weezee which looks cool. The husbands will stay behind and plan to cook dinner for all of us.  I will report back on how it turns out!

Happy Saturday!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Asking for More Money at Work

My cousin sent through this interesting article from NPR for today's Get It Done Tip.  It talks about how women have a hard time negotiating salaries for themselves, but not for others.

The article provides the tip that "when you're negotiating a raise, think of the other people your salary is supporting so the negotiation doesn't seem like it's all about you".

This is great advice.  I remember a senior female once told me she would be stupid to not fight for her full earning potential so she could have enough money to provide opportunities and experiences to her children. 

Happy weekend all!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Epicurious' Six Apps to Help Reduce Food Waste

Found this great article from Epicurious with apps on how to reduce food waste and wanted to share as today's Get It Done Tip.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

One Dish Meal: Ground Beef Pot Pie

Love one dish meals. Get It Done Tip: Protein and vegetables all in one dish = easy weeknight meal.
My little people will hopefully enjoy tonight's Ground Beef Pot Pie

I had a pie crust leftover and wasn't in the mood to make a pie googled some dinner recipes using it.  This alongside a salad is a complete meal and couldn't have been easier to throw together.

This is a kid approved recipe!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Free Cone Day!

Get It Done Tip:  It's all about bribery!   Tell the kids to hurry about and get that homework done, clean up their messes and take them out to Ben & Jerry's for a free ice cream cone.  Between 12-8 today they are giving away free single scoop ice cream cones. Enjoy!