Short, sweet and to the point. Dog issues

Our morkie riley is a monster. Since having Vivienne he’s just been one more thing I can’t handle. He is out of control with his barking. He attacks us when we leave, when we arrive, barks non-stop, he bites himself all day every day. Itches himself raw. It’s just awful. We tried 7 different bark collars and all of them just burnt his skin, talk about heart breaking! A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to try something new for free and review it, a new kind of collar called cujo control.  and it has changed our lives! It’s controlled by a remote. I can give him a tone to signal he’s earned a reward.  I can press a button and give a vibration as a warning to discourage bad behavior, and finally a “zap” button for when he needs a zap. But I control the zap level and it doesn’t just go on and on burning him like the others we tried previously. It even has smaller prongs (the first collar I’ve ever come across that has that)
I really can’t say enough awesome things about this collar.

You can find more about it here http://Go2Azon.com/g/B019X19L7O-DTC
I did receive this collar for free but this review and my opinions are entirely my own.

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I love making mistakes

I love making mistakes, in cooking and baking that is. In real life not so much….

In the kitchen, when I make a mistake and then figure out where I went wrong, it allows me to learn so much more than I would have learned had I done things right the first time. It allows me to learn about the ingredients, cause and effect relationships, how to make things better the next time, how to change the recipe going forward. How to develop it, bring out the best in it, control the worst and ultimately, eventually, arrive at something delicious and beautiful.  So why can’t I apply these same ideals in life?

In day to day life, I loathe mistakes, I demand perfection.  From myself and those around me. It’s non-negotiable. Why can’t I view those mistakes the same way? As a learning opportunity? I don’t know the answer.

Maybe it’s because so often in life we never really find the “why”, the reason. And often there is no fix. The kitchen provides so much control, even in chaos and mistakes, there is always an element of control. But when life, work, and people are in the mix, control goes out the window!

Just some morning thoughts to ponder. For eternity, lol.

Tranquility essential oil

So let me start by saying I was skeptical about the effectiveness of an essential oil for anxiety and stress. Don’t get me wrong, peppermint oil is my #1 go to for headaches, muscle aches, nausea and a host of other things. But somehow, I just wasn’t sure it could work for something like stress, because I have a lot of it. Since having Vivienne things haven’t gone as planned, and all day, every I am a ball of stress. And she is too.  She has sensory processing disorder and it effects every aspect of her sweet little life.  I try and do everything I can to help her cope with things but sometimes everything I do isn’t enough. Her occupational therapist had suggested I try essential oils, as they have proven to be very helpful for a lot of children with SPD. A few days later the opportunity came up to try and review this oil and I jumped on it. I am really glad I did.

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The first day I put it in the diffuser, and we all slept better than we had in a long time. I slept good, and baby girl actually went into a deep sleep, which she hadn’t been doing. I’ve now been using it in the diffuser every night and I honestly can’t say we are consistently sleeping better.

I also put it on the back of my neck, temples and behind my ears, and I do feel a “tranquility”. Today I put it on Vivienne when she started to have her morning meltdown and lo and behold. Her meltdown disappeared. It was magic.

Additionally I’ve been putting on her before bed to help bring her to a calmer place and it definitely has worked with that also. I do the same for myself and I too am also to come to a more restful place sooner.

The scent is divine, and even without all the benefits I would love it just for that lol. It smells like a beautiful spring day in an orange Grove with vanilla beans. Or as I like to call it, the scent of orange julius.  I’m not kidding.  It smells like an orange julius and that alone transports me to a simpler more peaceful time in life.

I absolutely love this essential oil, it’s amazing and I honestly don’t know how I will survive when I run out. I’ll have to order it myself lol.  You can order it here, on amazon.com http://www.amztk.com/anxiety-stress-relief-essential-oil I really can’t say enough good things about it!

She’s napping right now, that in itself is a miracle and speaks volumes of this oil!

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Disclosure, I received this oil for free to use and review with my honest opinion. I received no monetary  compensation and this review is my 100% honest opinion.

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Semi-homemade peanut sauce in 2 minutes

I love peanut sauce. Like, I really really love it. It’s so addicting, it’s the crack of food. Ok well of dressings. But since having little miss Vivienne, I have zero time and even less free hands. She is my focus 110% of the day, so I have had to find new ways to cook, shortcuts, time savers, etc. This is one of my favorite.  Obviously it isn’t the same as my legendary homemade peanut sauce, but it’s pretty darn good! A definite close 2nd. And you only need 2 ingredients.  There’s no high fructose corn syrup, no dyes, and its still quick and easy. I came up with this one day while craving lettuce wraps.

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Side note, I use these noodles for my wraps and salads. I cover them as directed with boiling hot water. But I let them sit 20 minutes as opposed to 10 like the package says.

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That’s the recipe right there in the picture.  No joke.
1 cup kraft Asian toasted sesame dressing. (Despite being a pre-made dressing it doesn’t have the HFCS so many dressings do.
1/4 Cup skippy all natural smooth peanut butter
Method: mix together with a fork or whisk. Adjust to your liking if you want more peanut taste add more peanut butter. If it’s too peanut buttery add more dressing, and volia! 

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I like to toss the noodles in it, and then use the rest as a drizzle on the wraps. I layer letuce, then dressing, then chicken, then noodles. Then eat. :)

This is a great alternative to the nasty peanut sauce that comes pre made in jars. Trust me, those are gross. It’s an excellent and delicious version that takes a mere fraction of the time it takes to make peanut sauce from scratch. You will find yourself making again and again

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Ps. This is something I came up with entirely on my own. Kraft dressing and kraft foods has nothing to do with this post and doesn’t even know I exist.:)

Mississippi Roast, I finally made it

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Yep, that’s exactly what it looks like
1 chuck roast
1 stick unsalted butter
1 package dry ranch dressing seasoning
1 package au jus mix
4 or 5 peppercinis

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Put it all in a crock pot and cook on low 7 to 8 hours. It goes great with noodles or potatoes.

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There will be sauce/gravy/juice, whatever you want to call it. There will be lots, have no fear!

It really is delicious. Make it enjoy. 

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How to clean inside your oven door, it’s easier than you think!

How to clean inside your oven door, it’s easier than you think!

Ok here goes, I’m airing my, um, eh hem, dirty door. … A disclaimer, this mess is NOT from me, I repeat I did NOT create this filth, but I sure did clean it!

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When we bought our house back in June I was APPALLED by the oven door, I’m talking straight up sickened! BUT, with unpacking, painting and getting everything in order; then going into labor 16 days after closing…. needless to say, the door didn’t get cleaned. Every day it was like nails on a chalkboard to my eyes, inside that oven door was a dark black abyss of grossness. Finally one Saturday morning I decided,  crying baby or not that door was getting done!
It was remarkably easy, which was great because I expected it to be rather hard. Here’s the lowdown.
You need:
A screwdriver or torque screwdriver.
Some powdered “Bar Keepers Friend”, it is the cheapest and hands down BEST cleaner on the market. I use it on everything!
A sponge
Dish gloves
A “cleaning toothbrush” or q tips  (for the cracks and crevices )
And some rags and a bowl of your sink for a the constant sponge rinsing.

To start:
Look at the top corner inside the door and you will see this:

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That is what is holding your door together. Unscrew it using a torque bit or screwdriver, which ever bit your screw requires. Have a chair or stool handy to rest the door on once you take the screws out. If your screw is stripped you can take a pair of pliers and grip the outside of the screw and unscrew it that way.

Open the door and rest it on the stool, the inside of the door will stay up while the outside rests on the glass. Gross isn’t it?  Again, I did NOT make this grossness!

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Take your sponge, get it good and soaked, and wipe everything over to make it wet (I did one door at a time)

Then cover it all with Bar Keepers Friend

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As you can see I started with a scrub brush but then found the sponge worked better. Things are about to get really messy!

From there is was hard to stop and take pics, but I’ll show you some highlights. These were the qtip and cleaning toothbrush areas. To get in there I had to really work those small spots, and they needed it!

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While scrubbing continually rinse your sponge, wipe the door down with the towel, rinse the towel, add more “Bar Keepers Friend”, scrub more, etc. Just keep repeating till that bad boy is clean! This took just two rounds, but your oven could take more or less.

And here is the after:

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Pretty amazing isn’t it?

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I chose to also clean all the side of the door with windex before closing it up. Just to make sure it was perfectly clear. Anddddd ta da!!!!

Look at her. She’s a beauty!! I might not even hold it against her that she’s electric!!😉

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A practically brand new oven door for less than 2 bucks and some elbow grease? Yes please!

And there you have it.
Unscrew
Rest on a chair
Scrub it all down with Bar Keepers Friend
Rinse
Scrub and rinse again if needed
Windex
Rescue
And you’re set!

If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Never hang a crooked picture again! The easiest way ever to hang things on the wall!

Never hang a crooked picture again! The easiest way ever to hang things on the wall!

Never hang a crooked picture again!

We’ve all done it, struggled to hang pictures on the wall.  Tried to get all the holes and hangers to match up with the back of the piece to be hung on the wall. It never works out well;  at least it never did, until now. I remember seeing on pinterest a while back, something about making a copy of the back of the picture on a scanner, and I thought  “wow, that’s perfect! !!” Then I realized that most of the items I was having issues with were far larger than the scanner…..  and then it hit me…… MASKING tape!!! How did I never think of this before? Well, it works, and it’s super easy. All you need it masking tape, a sharpie and your hanging supplies. Seriously, that’s it. Step 1: turn the object to be hung over, and flip hangers into the hanging position. Never hang a crooked picture again!! Step 2: Apply masking tape in a straight line from one hanger to the other. Sticky side down. never hang a crooked picture again! Step 3: make a mark with the sharpie at the point in the hanger that will be resting on the nail (or whatever you will be hanging from) never hang a crooked picture again! Step 4: Remove the tape and apply to the wall where you want to hang your piece. After applying take a few steps back and take a look. Is it level,  is it where you want it? Even take the piece and line it up with the tape, does it look like you want it to? I moved mine several times, that is the great thing about the tape, you can move it without committing to holes in the wall! never hang a crooked picture again! never hang a crooked picture again! Step 5: position nails or hangers with the dots on the tape and hammer away! never hang a crooked picture again! never hang a crooked picture again!

Notice how for these hangers, the nail is actually above the tape BUT the point that catches the piece on the wall is at the mark on the tape, and that is what you want! If using nails, just hammer them right into the mark on the tape. The tape will pull up with the hammered in, have no fear. Step 6: Pull the tape off the wall and perfectly hang your piece! Seriously, it’s that easy, and it takes less than 5 minutes. In actually took longer to write all this than it took to hang it all, lol. never hang a crooked picture again! never hang a crooked picture again!

Side note: See the pictures below. If the hangers on your object are not level with each other, are uneven, misplaced,  whatever he case may be. You need to do the taping step just a tad different. Rather than putting the tape sticky side down on thw object you would like to hang, put it sticky side up. This will make it exactly on the wall how it is on the back of your piece,  mirroring the hangers exact unevenness on the correct sides. never hang a crooked picture again! never hang a crooked picture again!