SOLO STOVE FIRE PITS

No matter where you live, whether the temperature is hot or cold, your home should have a Solo Stove! There is so much you can do with the Solo Stove like cook or enjoy making s’mores with friends. They come in different sizes. I own the Yukon. In my opinion, bigger is better. Just keep in mind the bigger the stove the more wood you need to burn a fire.

Here are the three different fire pits! (Photo from http://www.solostove.com

I love how little smoke it lets off because of its double wall feature. It’s light weight and very easy to bring from one place to another. We received the solo stove in May 2021 and it still works just as if it was brand new!

To get yours now – use my code “samantha20” for $20 off now! Head to http://www.solostove.com

Italian Dinner

This post is sponsored by La Famiglia DelGrosso. The opinions and text are all mine.

La Famiglia DelGrosso is America’s oldest family-owned sauce maker. Each sauce provides a delicious and authentic flavor that completes any Italian dish, with whole plum tomatoes right from Italy! It also doesn’t have any added sugar, which is an added bonus for me. I love creating a family favorite dish using La Famiglia DelGrosso sauces. On tonight’s menu: Lasagna using La Familia DelGrosso Sunday Marinara

My guys and I sure do love pasta nights and we have it on the menu very often. I am a huge fan of keeping a dish like lasagna simple, so I opted for the Sunday Marinara variety. A fun fact about the brand: each of the different sauce recipes is created by a DelGrosso family member, which I think is so cool! Henry and William love the DelGrosso Sunday Marinara, my husband prefers the Tomato Basil Masterpiece, and I can’t get enough of the Fireworks Sauce (OH EM GEE – SOOOO GOOD!) The sauces are available at Publix – and there is a promotion valid in the Extra Savings flyer from 11/6 – 11/19

CHECK OUT THE SAUCES

o La Famiglia DelGrosso Sunday Marinara: A delicious classic combination of fresh garden tomatoes and herbs

o La Famiglia DelGrosso Tomato Basil Masterpiece: a sauce full of intense tomato and basil flavor

o La Famiglia DelGrosso Fireworks Sauce (my personal favorite): a delicious blend of tomatoes, zucchini and a bit of spice

o La Famiglia DelGrosso Alfredo Sauce (not featured)

o La Famiglia DelGrosso Puttanesca Sauce (not featured)

o La Famiglia DelGrosso Vodka Sauce (not featured)

o La Famiglia DelGrosso Pizza Sauce: the perfect sauce for homemade pizza night

DINNER IS SERVED

Ingredient

+ 6-8 sheets of lasagna (depends on depth of pan)

+ 1 Jar of La Famiglia DelGrosso Sunday Marinara

+ 3 cups ricotta cheese

+ 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

+ ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

+ 1 egg

+ 1 tablespoon olive oil

+ Salt and pepper

+ Fresh basil

Instructions:

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. 2. Cook lasagna noodles in salted boiled water according to packaging, then drain and rinse them in cold water. Try to keep the noodles from sticking.
  3. 3. Mix egg and ricotta cheese together in a bowl.
  4. 4. Using any pan of choice (my pan 4×12), layer sauce and noodles in an even layer. Spread ricotta and egg mixture with mozzarella. Continue to do this until all noodles are used.
  5. 5. Cover the lasagna with the pan top.
  6. 6. Bake for 30 minutes covered, then bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
  7. 7. Top with fresh basil and parmesan.
  8. 8. Pair with a delicious salad of choice (Caesar, Italian, house) and fresh bread! Enjoy.

This recipe is a family favorite. We like to keep it simple with the Sunday Marinara, but you can customize this recipe to please your family’s taste. Switching out the Sunday Marinara with any of the other DelGrosso sauces would be a delicious twist on this classic lasagna.

Family Style at Loews Miami

The family and I arrived at the Loews Miami, in Miami Beach ending our summer 2021. Of course the long drive of 45 minutes turned the two boys in a funky mood and Ben and I were ready for a much needed vacation. From the moment Ben drove up the driveway area of the hotel we found ourselves in paradise. The hotel entrance was beyond stunning and the kids ran over a huge fish tank, with endless fish and sea creatures. The family and I had the ultimate vacation experience in Miami Beach. 

COMPLIMENTARY PHOTO SESSION: When you stay at the Loews Miami, you and your family or party can book a 45 minute photo session. You take photos all over the hotel property and the beach! Felipe made the experience so easy, especially with the kids. The photos will be cherished forever.

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WHAT MAKES THE LOEWS MIAMI POOL PERFECT FOR FAMILIES? There are many areas you can choose from to set up your family for the day. We made sure to take time on the chairs and enjoyed drinks and food pool side! There are plenty of shaded spots and umbrellas for sunny spots. The pool entrance is 0 and that is the best for babies and toddlers. The shooting water was so fun for the boys, they ran back and forth for the longest time! If you don’t bring pool toys, there is the perfect shop you can have your kids pick out something. Also if you forget or lose sunglasses (I lost mine) you can purchase sunglasses at the shop for an amazing price ($20!)

WHO SHOULD BOOK A CABANA AT THE LOEWS MIAMI? If you are looking for an area that is air conditioned, private, and personable than you must book. When you are out all day at the pool and beach, having a private bathroom with a shower, doesn’t beat it! Your booking includes a lounge chairs, beach chairs, two story area, and so much more. For booking click HERE.

BREAKFAST AREAS: You have two choices on property, grab and go or sit down. We experienced both and I highly recommend both. At the grab and go you must get the homemade pop-tarts, OH EM GOODNESS!!! Then at the sit down there is a buffet or menu option. We choose the buffet because kids eat free with the adult fee and there was everything on menu (minus eggs benedict) which was just perfect for our family!

WHY CHOOSE AN OCEAN VIEW ROOM? Why not, do you want any other view than the beautiful ocean? No, its beyond perfect. We had two beds and a crib, plus a balcony. It fit our family just right.

If you are heading to Miami Beach, family or not – check out the Loews Miami. There are options for everyone and endless fun! Click HERE to book your next stay or check out more details from the hotels website.

Photo Credit: Focal Point Experience

Perfect Danone Oikos Blended Nonfat Greek Yogurt at Publix

This post is sponsored by Oikos Greek Yogurt. All thoughts and opinions are my own. AD

This is such a busy time of year. A time that I get excited for, but also need to find something easy for me to eat! I am getting the boys ready to go back to school, I myself am getting ready to go back to school, and I am still maintaining all that goes on in the home. And on top of all that is going on, there are still activities and sports. It truly never ends with a full house. I do love it all and it’s my favorite time of year. I absolutely love the beginning of the school year.

There is no better way to get my breakfast, snack or lunch needs taken care of than with the help of Oikos Greek yogurt. I am obsessed with Oikos new Oikos Blended Nonfat Greek Yogurt! It is made with creamy, fresh milk sourced only from family-owned farms. With flavors like Vanilla, Strawberry, Blueberry, Cherry and Plain there is a flavor for everyone. Each fruit flavor is packed with 50% more real fruit chunks than previous Oikos Greek Yogurt.

So why do I love the New Oikos Blended Nonfat Greek Yogurt – Well they believe the best ingredients make the best yogurt and I totally agree. They are non-GMO Project Verified yogurt. Made with fresh, creamy, cool milk. From family owned farms. Not too sour. Not too sweet. Simple. Good. Joy. That is a total win for me! Let me break down my favorite three below!

Blended Greek Yogurt Oikos – THIS IS ANYTHING BUT PLAIN! I mean that. The flavor is perfect to eat just on its own, but feel free to add granola or fruit. Since it is mango season, my go-to fruit is mangos, so I have been placing them in my Oikos plain yogurt. IT IS SO GOOD!

I cannot say “VANILLA” too loud in my house. My boys come running for the Oikos Vanilla bean yogurt. Truthfully, I need to hide them because they will eat the four back in one to two days. The vanilla makes me think of dessert and it is just perfect.

LOADED WITH REAL STRAWBERRY – Oh yes, it is sure is! This cup of goodness is just perfect as it is. I love that I don’t have to worry about added fruit and can grab this on the go for break, lunch or snack.

I just love to grab an Oikos Blended Nonfat Greek Yogurt whenever I am in my busy seasons, like now! I just grab it out of my fridge, pack it in my bag and that’s it! It is super easy and quick. To be honest, you don’t even need a spoon if you have a fork. IT IS THAT PERFECT. You can keep it simple or add whatever toppings you would like. Ultimately my favorite is adding fresh mangos to the Blended Greek Plain Yogurt. It’s seriously amazing and it really does help start my day or give me a much-needed pick me up during the day.

If you have a Publix near you – the next time you are going – make sure to pick up these amazing yogurts by Oikos. Especially the new Oikos Blended Nonfat Greek Yogurt. You will be very happy you did and make it your own or keep it the way it is.

PUBLIX DIGITAL COUPON ALERT – WHEN YOU ARE IN PUBLIX MAKE SURE TO UTILIZE THE DIGITAL COUPON TO TRY THE NEW OIKOS BLENDED NONFAT GREEK YOGURT PRODUCT FOR YOURSELF!

RUGS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

What type of rule do you live by: No shoes or shoes in the house? Our family likes to take off our shoes when we walk into the house through our mudroom. However, when we have guests over we never ask them to take off their shoes. I truly can understand someone asking me, but I have never been asked to take mine off in someone’s house. As you can see we have light rugs in the boys rooms and their bathroom. I want to keep these rugs as clean as possible. That means NO EATING in their rooms either. HOWEVER, as a mom of boys and just in general as a mom, I need to keep these rugs in the best condition. Since these are “Shag” rugs, I believe this is very helpful for the boys, especially in the bathroom. Shag rugs are a good addition to a bathroom as it absorbs water easily and aesthetically pleasing. However, it also needs to be deep clean regularly to prevent mold and bacteria growth, especially if you will place it in a damp environment. I am truly obsessed with these gorgeous rugs in both Henry and William’s rooms and their bathroom. I hope you love them as much as I do. Stay tuned for more updates in the boys rooms in the next few days!! #markandday

Williams Rooms
Henrys Room
The Boys Bathroom
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Naturally It’s Clean

Naturally because it formulas are powered by plant based enzymes!

As a mom I find it more helpful when I include the boys to clean. I choose a day when the weather is rainy or just too hot to go outside. It is the perfect time to ask the boys “do you want to help mom clean” and surprisingly Henry always says “YES”. That is because he wants to do the spraying and I am all for him using the sprays from Naturally It’s Clean. All of their products are safe for children and that is a huge win for me. Overall Naturally It’s Clean products are non-toxic to people, pets and the environment. They do not release harmful gases of any kind. They’re non-toxic, non-caustic, and safe for human, animal, and plant life.

Here are the products I currently are using:

Laundry Stain Remover: Laundry Stain Remover breakdown stubborn food, grass, blood, grease and oil stains. Use: Mix 8 capfuls with 24oz of water, shake, spray dry surface, soak, scrub & rinse. Repeat if necessary.

Multi-Surface Cleaner: MY FAVORITE, as I use this for everything. It works on any surface and I don’t have to worry if I am using the wrong spray. Use on walls, floors, granite surfaces, cabinets, and Furniture. Use: Mix 8 capfuls with 24oz of water, shake, spray, soak, wipe or scrub.

Carpet: Ernie sometimes has accidents and this spray breaks down difficult pet stains and foods! USE: Spray the spot, let stand for 10 minutes, blot and lightly scrub with dry towel or soft brush. Repeat until clean, then blot to dry.

Floors: Cleans and deodorizes all hard surface floors including hardwood, laminate, ceramic tile, marble and all natural stone, vinyl, cork, bamboo, linoleum, concrete, epoxy, terrazzo, and brick. MIXING — One ounce per gallon. Each 24 ounce bottle of concentrate makes 24 gallons of ready-to-use Floor cleaner. Use — Mix 4 capfuls (1 oz.) with 1 gallon water in a bucket, clean with mop (well wrung out for hardwood), no rinsing needed.

Mildew: Use on plants and even animals!! I use this on our plants. USE: Spray, let stand for 5 minutes, scrub with a sponge or brush, repeat until clean, rinse with clean water.

Toilet: Well we all know how toilets get and this stuff works! USE: Flip the spout open (hook fingernail under raised ridge near top of spout and pull upward), invert bottle over bowl, squirt an even coating around the bowl, scrub with toilet brush, flush to rinse. Try an abrasive pad on stubborn stains.

Check out Naturally It’s Clean products here. They are available on AMAZON!

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HighKey’s Costco Florida Launch

Are you in Florida? Are you a Costco member? Well listen up because HighKey Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies now being sold in Costco stores across Florida!!! These mini cookies are a favorite in our house because they are so delicious and the perfect snack Low in Carb. They are also KETO friendly, but you sure do not need to be Keto to enjoy these.

Best snack when pool or beachside!

Here are some KEY points for HighKey Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies:

Gluten Free – Zero gluten or gluten containing ingredients.

No Added Sugar – No cane sugar or corn syrup

3g Protein

For my Keto Readers:

12g Total Carbs – 2g Dietary Fiber – 9g Erythritol = 1g KETO CERTIFIED NET CARBS* Per Serving

Now head to Costco and grab these goodies! They are our go-to in the house as a snack and always on the go. Who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie? Also HighKey has more flavors, but Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies are now being sold in Costco stores across Florida.

For more information head to HighKeys website: https://highkey.com/

EASTER IS COMING! EASTER IS COMING!

William and Henrys baskets for Easter 2021.

I am so excited to see the boys faces on Easter. I think it is important to give something little and a fun basket to the kids. As they are younger, you can even reuse the baskets. They will not remember for a while! I love to place books for the holiday in the basket, that can be used for the following year. The books from Zonderkidz are inspired by imagination and innovation. They are perfect for ages 12 and under. If your family is looking for more great gift ideas from The Berenstain Bears brand, check out their store on Amazon by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/BerenstainBearsGifts

This is the perfect story that describes the real meaning of Easter. Easter is not just about candy and egg hunts, but this story explains the true meaning of Jesus and how he was resurrected! Perfect to listen as a child or read as an early reader.
Do you go to Church? This story explains the bears going to church on Easter. It has a fun treasure hunt included in this story too. Its a fun book to listen as a kid or read as an early reader.
Who loves puzzles, fun, activities, STICKERS?? This is the perfect book and my favorite. The boys are going to love opening this book because they will be able to do the activities, color, and play with the stickers. THIS IS MY FAVORITE!!!
Who loves to cook for the holidays? This book provides holiday recipes for all the holidays. From just making popcorn fun, to smoothies, cookies, sloppy joe’s AND SO MUCH MORE. If you have a kiddo who loves to cook, this is the book for them no matter the age.
Do you remember your very first Easter? Mine wasn’t too long ago as I did not grow up celebrating Christian holidays, but I do remember Henrys first Easter three years ago. This book is the perfect way to understand a family of bears and the way they celebrate Easter. Great for kids ages 4-8.

What’s your JEAN style?

I have a hard time shopping for jeans, but I do think I found the perfect company to shop for jeans now. i&j denim jeans are a new jean company and I am loving their jeans. They have two kinds on the market right now called Pandora (boyfriend style) and Candela (skinny style). They build the brand on the belief that everyone deserves to feel beautiful while being an absolute boss. 

In my opinion they are affordable, comfortable, and beautifully-fit. I can see myself wearing these jeans during the days on the go in flats with the kids at the park or just on a grocery run. Then I can see myself wearing them for nights out with wedges and heels. I am wearing size 28 in both jean style and I cannot figure out which one I love more. I LOVE THEM BOTH FOR DIFFERENT REASONS! The skinny jeans fit perfectly on my legs and have a style of “wow these are nice jeans” and I do think the Pandora jeans runs a little on the bigger size, but it is very comfortable and fitting. I feel very confident in these jeans and believe in this company for the reasons they started.

Right now for their start of their amazing company, they have an amazing promotion going on: Now through 3/22 in which customers receive 50% off their second pair of jeans – this equates to 2 pairs for roughly $200 (not including tax). 

Candela – (Skinny i&j denim jeans)
Pandora – (Boyfriend i&j denim jeans)

Will Yoobi My Valentine?

If you are looking for the best stationary for kids and who am I kidding, adults alike, than Yoobi is for you. The best part of their company is for every Yoobi item purchased, they will donate a school supply item to a child in need right here in the U.S. A company that give back, has a heart of gold. We are huge fans of Yoobi products. As a mom and educator I cannot get enough of each and every of their stationary product they have. For valentines day there is nothing better than receiving supplies for your kids and Yoobi has got you covered. Check out all the fun goodies that can be given alone or better yet together in a basket!

Have you ever seen Yoobi products? Check some out below that are perfect goodies for Valentines day.

16 Piece Heart Activity Set

Mini Gel Pens

Spiral Notebook, College Ruled – Aqua Grid Heart

Mini Ballpoint Pen with 10 Clickable Pens

So remember this – When You Buy — Yoobi Gives.

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