Products and Equipment – This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™ https://www.thismamacooks.com Healthy recipes & lifestyle tips for busy moms & their families Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:52:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 https://cdn.thismamacooks.com/images/2016/05/cropped-very-large-TMC-badge-512-3-32x32.jpg Products and Equipment – This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™ https://www.thismamacooks.com 32 32 How to Spring Clean with Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner– a Bona floor cleaner review https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/bona-hardwood-floor-cleaner-products.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/bona-hardwood-floor-cleaner-products.html#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:27:19 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=15641 How to spring clean with Bona hardwood floor cleaner – a Bona floor cleaner review

While I’m glad spring is here, I’m not happy about the mess it brings – hardwood floors covered in pollen, dirt and leaves. So when I was offered a chance to do a Bona hardwood floor cleaner review and a Bona hardwood floor mop review I was thrilled.

I was looking for a product that would help me clean up the mess ever time I take out my dog, Nellie. Not only do we track in dirt and leaves, but a yellow coating of pollen that makes my family’s eczema and hay fever worse.

I was sent a Bona hardwood floor cleaner kit. It contained Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner and Bona PowerPlus Deep Clean Pads to try out. Before I just used a vacuum cleaner to get up the dirt and wasn’t thrilled with the results. I could always feel the grit on the floor when I walked through the house barefoot and knew the vacuum cleaner wasn’t getting everything.

I had I read the Bona floor cleaner reviews on Amazon. Same with Bona hardwood floor mop reviews, which were especially good. It was time I found if using Bona products were the best way clean hardwood floors at my house!

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What you need to know about Bona hardwood floor care products

The Bona PowerPlus line of hardwood floor care products includes Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner and Bona PowerPlus Deep Clean Pads.

Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner is Bona’s most powerful and best hardwood floor cleaner yet. This line of Bona hardwood floor cleaners are specifically formulated for hardwood floors. Its hardwood floor safe surfactant loosens tough, heavy dirt build-up. Then peroxide penetrates for a deep clean with the oxygenated bubbling lifting away surface debris.

Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner is also GREENGUARD certified, which means it has low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. I like that since I have an asthmatic daughter and am concerned about her breathing in something that could trigger an episode.

How to spring clean with Bona hardwood floor cleaner – a Bona floor cleaner review

Bona PowerPlus Deep Clean Pads gently break apart and loosen tough dirt via the twisted nylon scrubbers while the dual zone pad absorbs and traps dirt. Bona floor cleaning pads have twice the absorbency of other microfiber pads.

Bona microfiber pads are a big money saver if you use a disposable wet sheet system to clean your hardwood floors. The Bona floor cleaner pads are machine washable, so after you clean your floors with Bona hardwood floor cleaners, just toss the pad in the washing machine.

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How to spring clean with Bona hardwood floor cleaner – a Bona floor cleaner review

I found Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Clean very easy to use. First, you vacuum or dust mop your hardwood floors to get up big debris, like leaves or grit. Then you spray the Bona hardwood floor cleaner over the immediate area you want to clean. Afterwards, you use use Bona floor cleaning pads, which are attached to a Bona Hardwood Floor Mop, to clean your hardwood floor.

I decided to tackle the entry way into my house first, knowing that this is where the pollen and dirt was the worst. I could see how dusty it was in certain light, too, since it’s been nearly two weeks since that area has been cleaned.

After doing a quick vacuum, I sprayed the area with the Bona hardwood floor cleaner and went over it twice with the Bona microfiber pads and mop.

How to spring clean with Bona hardwood floor cleaner – a Bona floor cleaner review

As you can see from the clean Bona floor pad versus the dirty one, not only is the entryway dirty, but it has a yellow tinge from all the pollen that the vacuum didn’t pick up.

Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Clean is gentle enough hardwood floor cleaner to use weekly. So I'll be using it frequently. Great job Bona!

Originally published on April 19, 2016. Updated with new pictures and information.

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Thermoelectric wine cooler review-NewAir AW-281E 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/thermoelectric-wine-cooler-review-newair-aw-281e-28-bottle-thermoelectric-wine-cooler.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/thermoelectric-wine-cooler-review-newair-aw-281e-28-bottle-thermoelectric-wine-cooler.html#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:27:12 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=7526 Looking for a thermoelectric wine cooler review? Check out the NewAir AW281E 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler.

If you’re looking for the best thermoelectric wine coolers, you should check out the NewAir AW-281E 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler. I was given this Newair thermoelectric wine cooler to review four years ago and it continues to work great!

When we were house shopping five years ago, I was enamored of the homes that had built-in wine coolers in their kitchens. We ended up buying a 20-year-old home with an outdated kitchen, so our house didn’t come with a refrigerated wine cooler. Instead, I started looking around for a countertop wine refrigerator.

The benefits and drawbacks of a thermoelectric wine cooler

By chance, I was offered a thermoelectric wine cooler to review – the NewAir AW-281E 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler. I had the perfect place to put it, my husband’s basement Man Cave. That’s because this 28 bottle wine refrigerator is a thermoelectric wine cooler. And this type of freestanding wine cooler can only produce temperatures about 20 degrees lower than the temperature outside the unit. Wine coolers with compressors don’t have this issue.

Also, thermoelectric wine coolers, since they don’t have compressors like many freestanding wine coolers or under-counter wine coolers, produce fewer vibrations. This means the sediments in the wine aren’t disturbed as much.

But that doesn’t mean thermoelectric coolers are silent. They still have internal fans that distribute the cold air within the cooler. Even so, they’re quieter than refrigerator wine coolers that have compressors.

A big plus is that this 28 bottle thermoelectric wine cooler consumes less energy and is cheaper to run than comparable wine coolers with compressors.

So, if you don’t mind keeping your wine in a basement room – and not your warm kitchen or dining room – a thermoelectric wine cooler like the NewAir AW-281E - 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler is a good choice for you.  

Looking for the best thermoelectric wine cooler? Check out my thermoelectric wine cooler review of the NewAir AW281E 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler.

Using the NewAir AW-281E 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler is easy!

Very easy to set up. A large box was delivered by UPS to our garage door. It was easy for my husband, Paul, to move our Newair thermoelectric wine cooler inside and unpack it in the Man Cave. He only had to attach the handle, plug it in and adjust the temperature. Make sure that you’re careful unpacking the 28 bottle wine refrigerator so you don’t scratch up the digital display panel. (There’s no protective plastic covering it.)

Large amount of storage. You can keep up to 28 bottles in the NewAir AW-281E - 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler assuming they’d all fit. Some of my wine bottles were fatter than others, so I had to adjust the shelves accordingly. I ended up losing four bottles worth of space, but then I really don’t need to have the cooler filled to the max.

Easy to use. You adjust the digital display panel to your optimum temperature and then never touch it again. White wine should be kept at 50 to 55 degrees F.

Easy access. The six pull-out chrome racks provide easy access to the wine.

Provides protection. If you store your wine cooler near a window, the double-paned door protects wine from UV rays. Not an issue for us since our thermoelectric wine cooler is kept in a room with no windows.

Attractive. I love the chrome and black design. It’s attractive enough to keep in the kitchen, wet bar or dining room. The NewAir AW-280E 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler in black is also available.

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Interior Lighting. The NewAir AW-281E - 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler has an internal LED lighting system that lets you review your collection without the extra heat created by an incandescent light.

The only minus I could see was that this freestanding wine cooler doesn’t have a lock. Some other thermoelectric wine coolers on the market have this feature, so that may be of concern to you. However, it’s not an issue for us because the Man Cave can be locked up from partying teenagers who should know better.

Originally published on February 20, 2013. Updated with new pictures and information.

Looking for the best thermoelectric wine cooler? Try the NewAir AW-281E 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler. It's a great freestanding wine cooler. Also works as a countertop wine cooler.
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Five ways to keep your dog entertained when you work from home https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/02/ways-keep-your-dog-entertained.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/02/ways-keep-your-dog-entertained.html#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=14065 Five ways to keep your dog entertained when you work from home

Do you work from home and wonder, “How can I keep my dog entertained all day?” Keeping your puppy entertained is important so she doesn’t misbehave out of boredom. Same with your adult or senior dogs, too.

I work at home  front of the computer with only my dog , Nellie, as my companion. Nellie’s a five-years-old, rescued beagle mix. She’s a low energy dog, and likes to snooze on her pillow in the sun. Nellie loves to go outside and dig for chipmunks in the garden and run in the woods, too.

So trying to keep my dog entertained is important to me. And I bet it is to you, too.

Here are five ways to keep your dog entertained while working from home

Take her to doggie daycare for the day.

If I’m very busy with work, running errands for hours, or the weather’s terrible and we can’t go out for a walk, I take Nellie to a local doggie daycare. I don’t like keeping her crated for hours if I’m not home. (Nellie has some separation anxiety, too.) Instead, I’d rather have her running around with the other doggies at one of the wonderful dog care facilities located nearby.

Do you have a doggie daycare by your home? Ask around to friends and family. Or you can check with your vet or groomer for recommendations. Take a tour of the facility, find out the hours, and see if they have pick up or drop off service. Most are very reasonably priced for the occasional doggy play date.

If your dog gets along well with other dogs, he will probably love daycare. Nellie’s always very excited to go and loves all the people at her doggy daycare facility. She also has a special boyfriend at doggie daycare, Buster the basset hound.

Five ways to keep your dog entertained when you work from home

Take your dog for a walk.

Both of you need to go outside, take a break, and get some exercise! So get that leash, some poopy bags, and your phone. I love to put on a podcast, and take a walk up and down the block. Or should I say we walk, then Nellie sniffs every bush, tree, and leaf.

Let’s play with dog entertainment toys!

Dog entertainment toys are a big hit with most puppies and grown dogs. Keep a variety around the house. Find what kind of dog toys your pet loves – chew toys, stuffed animals, balls, squeaky toys, etc.

Nellie’s weird in that she doesn’t respond to dog entertainment toys all that much. Occasionally she’ll play with a ball or pick up a stuffed animal. That’s it. (She’s a rescued dog, so maybe she was never taught to like balls or toys.)

Instead, we buy large dental dog treats for Nellie that she likes to “bury” under the yoga mats in my office or in the couch between the cushions. She also likes to take dog chews and walk around with them sticking out of her mouth like a cigar. I call it her Winston Churchill look.

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Go outside and hang out with your dog.

If the weather’s nice and you have a lovely front or back yard or garden, go outside and enjoy it. If you don’t have a yard, find out where your local dog park is.

Nellie’s usually a good girl and stays in the front yard without going into our woods – most of the time. Sometimes, she’ll take off and visit her friend, Daisy, the dog next dog. Then I have to grab her leash and keep both dogs entertained for awhile.

Five ways to keep your dog entertained when you work from home. Play with dog entertainment toys. Or try an Orapup Dog Breath Brush session with Orapup Dog Breath Lickies Liquid.

Finally, hold an Orapup dog breath brush session!

Another way I like to entertain Nellie is by giving her an Orapup Dog Breath Brush session to improve her breath. It’s fun to do and most dogs love it, because Orapup Dog Breath Lickies liquid tastes like a treat.

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As you can see, Nellie loves the Lickies and is an enthusiastic Orapup Dog Breath Brush user. She’ll either lick the brush when we hold it or she’ll do it herself.

Five ways to keep your dog entertained when you work from home. Do an Orapup Dog Breath Brush session with Orapup Dog Breath Lickies Liquid.

While I’m really sensitive to smells, Nellie’s breath has never bothered me that much. After all she’s a a dog – it’s supposed to be bad! However, my kids complain about it all the time. (You should smell their breath! O.M.G.)

When I saw a Orapup commercial video for the Orapup Dog Breath Brush, I was fascinated. It made sense that the sources of bad breath in both humans and dogs is from bacteria on the tongue. That’s why you’re supposed to brush your tongue when you brush your teeth.

Not that anyone does brushes their tongues. Instead, we use fancy mouth washes! Since we can’t get dogs to gargle and swish, the inventors of Orapup made a large brush with soft, micro-pointed bristles that reach deep down in the crevices of the dog's tongue to remove stinky bacteria.

Five ways to keep your dog entertained when you work from home. Do an Orapup Dog Breath Brush session with Orapup Dog Breath Lickies Liquid.

To get your dog to lick the brush, you coat it with a little bit of Orapup Dog Breath Lickies liquid that contain natural enzymes that also have anti-plaque benefits for improved oral health.

However, using the Orapup Tongue Brush for dogs doesn’t take the place of brushing your dog’s teeth. Orapup just helps with their breath.

After your dog is done with her Orapup dog breath session, just rinse the Orapup Dog Breath Brush with warm water. You can also put it in the dishwasher.

Five ways to keep your dog entertained when you work from home. Do an Orapup Dog Breath Brush session with Orapup Dog Breath Lickies Liquid.

Photo credits: Nellie and Orapup pictures done by post author. All other dog photos are Adobe or GraphicStock photos.

Originally published May 26, 2015. Updated with new pictures and information.

Do you work from home and wonder, “How can I keep my dog entertained all day?” Keeping your puppy entertained is important so she doesn’t misbehave out of boredom. Same with your adult or senior dogs, too. Here are 5 ways to keep your dog entertained when you work from home. Tips include playing with dog entertainment toys. Or trying an Orapup Dog Breath Brush session with Orapup Dog Breath Lickies Liquid.
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Gluten Free Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Sauce https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/02/gluten-free-asian-meatballs-hoisin-sauce-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/02/gluten-free-asian-meatballs-hoisin-sauce-recipe.html#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:27:54 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=12256 Gluten Free Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Sauce

Do you love Asian food but never go out for it because you’re gluten free? Well, here’s a gluten free recipe for Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Sauce that’s so easy to make that you won’t mind staying home and cooking!

My whole family loves hoisin sauce recipes like moo shu pork. Unfortunately, I have to avoid them because of all the gluten from the soy and hoisin sauces. So I knew I needed to come up with a safe hoisin sauce recipe that we all could enjoy.

Looking for an easy Asian meatball recipe? Click to get this Gluten Free Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Sauce!

How to make a gluten free hoisin sauce recipe

The problem with making a hoisin sauce from scratch is that you have to find miso paste. Most Asian markets and health food stores have it in stock. However, I recently found out that Kroger now carries their own house brand of hoisin sauce – and the ingredients seem to be gluten free. (It’s not certified as gluten free, however.)

I still make my own gluten free hoisin sauce, since I two containers of miso paste taking up room in my refrigerator. You may want to, too, since you can make hoisin sauce as sweet or spicy as you like it. For example, I usually use agave nectar, but you may want to use maple syrup or honey instead.

I serve Gluten Free Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Sauce on gluten free Thai rice noodles. You could try your gluten free turkey meatballs on gluten free vermicelli noodles or on rice with a side of stir fry veggies for a complete meal.

Don’t forget to serve them with plenty of gluten free hoisin sauce – the more the better!

Gluten Free Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Sauce. Makes a great Asian meatballs appetizer recipe.

Gluten Free Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Sauce aren’t just for dinner

This recipe would also make a terrific Asian meatball appetizer at your next party. Serve hoisin Asian meatballs to your guests with toothpicks or small bamboo skewers and some extra hoisin dipping sauce on the side. Or put four or five meatballs on bamboo skewers as a fun presentation!

Dish up some crunchy pea pods, carrot sticks, and slices of sweet peppers with these healthy Asian meatballs. It’ll make a colorful – and gluten free – party platter!

You'll love these hoisin glazed meatballs recipe - Gluten Free Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Sauce

Get your Kroger shopping done quickly with the Board to Table app!

Do you get your recipe inspiration from Pinterest like me? Then you must to check out Kroger’s new Board to Table iPhone app that’s currently in customer trial mode. Only a limited number of customers will be able to download it, so act now!

It’s an AMAZING app because it creates a grocery shopping list directly to your Kroger shopping app from a chosen Pinterest pin. Here’s how it works.

First, download the Board to Table to your iPhone. (You’ll also need to have the Kroger and Pinterest apps on your phone.)

Make sure to login to both the Board to Table and Kroger apps using your Kroger online login.

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The first time you use the app, it will load your pins in the background. If you have a lot of Pinterest pins, it might take a few minutes for all of them to load. Not to worry as you can still use it while it’s loading.

Now find a recipe pin you want to make on one of your Pinterest boards. (Or you can go into the Pinterest app, find a recipe, and pin it to one of your boards. Then go into Board to Table and find the board you pinned it to, then find the pinned recipe.)

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For this example, I’ve chosen My Best Gluten Free Brownies Ever recipe from my At This Mama Cooks! On a Diet Pinterest board.

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I tapped on the gluten free brownies pin to choose it. The app then gave me an option of marking it as “Tried and True” (a recipe you’ve already made) if I wished.

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The next step is to make Your Recipe List Summary. The first time you try the app, you’ll get all sorts of tips. Try the tips to learn how to use the features of the recipe list.

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Next you’re given the option of which shopping list to add the ingredients to. Love this feature because you may have an everyday day shopping list and special lists for parties or special events such as making cupcakes for the school bake sale.

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Finally, when you click on Continue, you’ll be taken to your Kroger shopping app. Just click on Lists to view the items from your Pinterest recipe in your Kroger shopping list.

Wasn’t that easy? No printing out recipes! No writing down lists! And you can combine it with cool features of the Kroger shopping app, like checking off items as you shop or finding coupons. What could be easier?

Download the Board to Table and Kroger phone apps. Then pin my Gluten Free Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Sauce recipe, and put this easy gluten free dinner recipe on your Kroger shopping list!

Gluten Free Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Sauce

Gluten Free Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Sauce

Based on Hoisin Glazed Meatballs from Join Us, Pull up a Chair

Ingredients

For the Gluten Free Asian Meatballs:

  • 4 tablespoons Simple Truth Organic Tamari Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Stevia or Monk Fruit in the Raw
  • 2 tablespoons Corn starch
  • 8 scallions (green onions) 4 minced plus 4 more, thinly sliced for a garnish
  • 1 (8 ounce) can drained, finely chopped water chestnuts
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • Simple Truth Organic Canola Cooking Spray
  • 1 cup Kroger Hoisin Sauce or homemade gluten free hoisin sauce (see recipe below)

For the Homemade Gluten Free Hoisin Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/2 cup red miso paste
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

Directions

For the Gluten Free Asian Meatballs:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 to 3 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the tamari sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, red pepper flakes, and sugar substitute. Stir in the corn starch until smooth.
  3. Stir in the 4 minced scallions and chopped water chestnuts, then add the ground turkey. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Using a tablespoon sized ice cream scoop, drop the turkey mixture in rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Lightly coat the meatballs with cooking spray and transfer to the oven.
  6. Bake until the meatballs are completely cooked through, approximately 15-20 minutes until they start to turn gold and brown on the edges.
  7. While the meatballs are cooking, make the hoisin sauce.
  8. Add the cooked hot meatballs to the hoisin sauce. (You may need to do this in batches.) Gently stir to coat.
  9. Serve meatballs over gluten free Thai rice noodles or rice. Sprinkle the remaining sliced scallions over the top.

For the Homemade Gluten Free Hoisin Sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and Chinese five-spice powder. Stir and cook for 15-20 seconds, until fragrant.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir miso paste until it dissolves and the sauce is smooth.
  3. Turn heat up to medium high. Stirring constantly, bring to a slow boil, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the hoisin sauce has thickened. Remove from heat.
Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: Serves 8. Makes approximately 70 meatballs and 1 cup of gluten free hoisin sauce
  • Serving size: 8-9 meatballs per person
If you're looking for an Asian meatballs appetizer recipe or hoisin glazed meatballs, click to get this Gluten Free Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Sauce recipe. These easy Asian meatballs are great for weeknight dinners or as a party appetizer recipe.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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Get big savings with a FREE 90-Day BJ’s Wholesale Club Membership https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/12/bjs-wholesale-membership-drive.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/12/bjs-wholesale-membership-drive.html#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:44:27 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=17706 BJ’s Wholesale Club Membership Drive: Click to get a FREE 90 day membership and save!

Are you a BJ’s member? If not, the holidays are a great time to take advantage of BJ’s Wholesale Club Membership Drive. That’s because you can save up to 25% off grocery store prices every day. Plus, BJ’s has terrific prices on holiday gifts like toys, technology, holiday décor, gift baskets, housewares, and more!

Why I love BJ’s Wholesale Club

When I moved to Georgia, I was excited to learn that BJ’s Wholesale Club was nearby. I heard good things about the store from friends, and wasn’t disappointed when I first shopped there.

I like that BJ’s has a great selection of my favorite brands in bulk like Udi’s Gluten Free at terrific prices. They also have a high quality house brand called Wellsley Farms. I love the frozen fruit and vegetables and stock up whenever I go to BJs.

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Here’s one of my favorite savings: BJ’s sells my husband’s favorite Chobani yogurt at only 81 cents a cup! It’s never that cheap at the grocery store, even when Chobani is on sale.

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I especially love that BJ’s sells in smaller sizes, too, unlike the other warehouse clubs. They have a Hallmark card section, magazines, kitchen gadgets, cool shopping bags – you name it – in individual sizes. (For example, you’re only buying one card, not a box of them.) I also like that you can buy an individual spatula or scissor, and not a huge set that most of us don’t need.

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Click here to download an exclusive, limited-time coupon for a 90-day free trial at BJ’s Wholesale Club!

Save on holiday entertaining with BJ’s Wholesale Club

Are you worried about the cost of throwing a holiday party this year? A recent BJ’s survey found that 67% of moms were stressed about the amount of money they’ll spend on food this holiday season. Not only do you get up to 25% off grocery store prices, but BJ’s also has an under $100 party menu.

Also, if you download your FREE 90-day membership, you can save on ready-made platters, too.

Save on holiday entertaining with BJ’s Wholesale Club

What I love about buying food at BJ’s for snacking and entertaining is their selection. I found everything from meringue cookies to dried figs. Of course, I had to buy something from BJ’s amazing cheese case.

Save on holiday entertaining with BJ’s Wholesale Club

BJ’s also has a lovely deli where you can order freshly sliced deli meat in whatever amount you want. Waste not want not! Their deli offers the convenience you get at the grocery store with the terrific prices you only find at a membership warehouse store. (Check out the party platter pictures behind the deli counter. Yum!)

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BJ’s Wholesale Club has wonderful gifts at amazing prices for everyone on your list. Their exclusive Top 10 Toys list will satisfy every child on your shopping list, from character toys, to plush friends and interactive play. My kids are too old for toys, but I found awesome stocking stuffers for them like Lindor chocolate candies and EOS lip balm.

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You may want to treat yourself to a few goodies too, like I did – fuzzy socks, Mario Batali’s Big American Cookbook. I also stocked up on my favorite Arm & Hammer toothpaste. Finally, somewhere that sells it in bulk!

Here’s more of what I purchased on my last BJ’s trip –  some things for me like gluten free Freschetta pizza and gluten free Barilla pasta, by husband’s favorite Kraft salad dressing, a veggie platter for my son’s wrestling meet, reusable shopping bags, organic sugar for baking, holiday gifts, and a couple of flats of Diet Coke and Coke Zero.

Get a BJ’s Wholesale Club Free Trial Membership and save more this holiday season

Finally, did you know that most BJ’s clubs have a gas station? Well, until January 1, BJ’s Members will receive 5 cents off per gallon when filling up their tank. If that doesn’t get you to download a limited-time coupon for a 90-day free trial at BJ’s Wholesale Club, I don’t know what will!

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Giving back with the AARP® Credit Card from Chase https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/11/giving-back.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/11/giving-back.html#comments Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:50:22 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=16919 Giving back with the AARP® Credit Card from Chase

How do you give back to your community? Once I became a mom, volunteering and giving back to my community was very important. Not only did I want to set an example for my kids, but I wanted to make my community better.

One of the biggest ways I gave back was spending a couple of years opening a charter school in Colorado. Not only was I a founding member, but I served on the board for a couple of years – practically a fulltime job!

Even when I wasn’t serving on the board, I made sure to donate my time at the school, like volunteering in the classroom, participating in the school’s book fair and can drive with the local food bank, and helping to collect winter coats for families in need.

Now that we’re no longer in Colorado, I still give back by helping at the concession stand at the high school football games to raise money for the marching band with my husband, Paul. It feels great to give back. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other parents at your child’s school.

My kids are starting to donate their time, too. Soon my daughter, Lucie, and I will be volunteering at the local animal shelter. She’s required to do five hours of community service for one of her academic honor

clubs. I’m going along since the animal shelter requires a parent to be there if a teen is volunteering. Not a problem as I feel I should be paying them to be allowed to play with the dogs and puppies. I just hope I don’t want to adopt them all!

How do you give back? We'll be giving back by volunteering at our local animal shelter.

Now that I’m working full time, it’s often easier to donate money or items like food for teacher appreciation days, or prizes for the high school fundraising raffle. There’s only so much time in the day, after all.

I’m sure you’d love to volunteer more if it wasn’t for time constraints. One way you can give back is dining out with the AARP Credit Card from Chase.

That’s right! By charging your meal, you can help Chase donate $0.10 to the AARP Foundation for every restaurant purchase – up to a total of $1.1 million. As of September 2016, Chase donated $1,066,079!

How you can give back with the AARP Credit Card from Chase

You see, Chase and the AARP Foundation are working together to fight hunger. That’s because over 10 million Americans aged 50+ are affected by hunger. Shocking, right?

That’s why I also give back by letting my readers know about great programs like this. Even better, not only would you be helping Chase reach their $1.1 million goal to help the hungry when you go out to eat, but you get awesome cash back rewards with the AARP Credit Card from Chase.

Get cash back rewards on dining out with AARP Credit Card from Chase

The AARP Credit Card from Chase gives you 3% Cash Back rewards on restaurants and gas. It also gives you 1% Cash Back rewards on all other purchases. There’s no annual fee and you get $100 Bonus Cash Back after you spend $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.

Your cash back rewards are given either as a statement credit or a direct deposit into a savings or checking account. You can also redeem your rewards for gift cards and travel. All my credit cards are cash back but they only give me statement credit. While that’s nice, I like the direct deposit feature of the AARP Credit Card from Chase since you can use your cash back reward for something special like a vacation trip.

To learn more about Chase and AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger visit their website. You can also connect with the Drive to End Hunger on Facebook.

How do you give back? One easy way is to use your AARP Credit Card from Chase. Not only do you get 3% cash back rewards when you dine out, but you’ll be helping Chase raise $1.1 million to feed the hungry. Click to find out how! #sponsored #AARPChaseCreditCard #EndHunger

I am participating in a VIN campaign. This is a sponsored post by AARP Credit Card from Chase. The content and opinions expressed below are my own. I am in no way affiliated with AARP Credit Card from Chase and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

 

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Remodeling? Learn why you should consider the Frigidaire Professional Collection https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/11/remodeling-kitchen-frigidaire-professional-collection.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/11/remodeling-kitchen-frigidaire-professional-collection.html#respond Sun, 06 Nov 2016 19:40:51 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=17535 Remodeling? Learn why you should consider the Frigidaire Professional Collection

Are you upgrading or remodeling your kitchen? Well, you should consider installing professional appliances in your kitchen. Why? First, top quality, professional appliances adds value to your home. This is an important consideration if you will be moving soon or even in a few years if your current kitchen appliances are outdated.

Professional kitchen appliances also work better than lower end appliances since they have more functionality and features. They’re also built to stand the wear and tear of a pro kitchen, so should do even better in a home setting.

Finally, if you love to cook, why not treat yourself to better appliances with out going way over a reasonable budget? That’s why you should check out the Frigidaire Professional Collection.

Remodeling? Learn why you should consider the Frigidaire Professional Collection

Why Frigidaire Professional?

Frigidaire is a name you can trust. I had a Frigidaire dishwasher, stove, and microwave in my old home and miss those appliances very much. Unfortunately, when I moved and did a partial remodel of my new kitchen (we purchased a new stove top, refrigerator, and dishwasher) Frigidaire appliances didn’t fit. Boy, was I mad.

However, if I was starting from scratch, I would consider going with the Frigidaire Professional Collection. Here’s why:

  1. The entire collection is gorgeous.
  2. All of Frigidaire Professional stainless steel appliances features Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel, a blessing if you spend all your time wiping down the fridge. (I do, which is why my current not-Frigidaire refrigerator drives me crazy.)
  3. The Frigidaire Professional Collection goes with any style of kitchen décor – traditional, retro or modern. 
  4. The Professional Collection has everything you need to complete your kitchen remodel  – ovens (wall or freestanding), stove tops, freestanding stove top/oven combos, range hoods, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, and even small appliances like toasters and slow cookers .

Read how The Makerista and Chris Loves Julia upgraded their kitchen appliances with the Frigidaire Professional Collection.

Remodeling? Learn why you should consider the Frigidaire Professional Collection

Frigidaire Professional Wall Ovens

Do you have a wall oven? I have a 20+ year old wall oven that cooks rather unevenly. I’d love to replace it, which is why I’m eyeing both the Frigidaire Professional 30” Double Electric Wall Oven and the Frigidaire Professional 30'' Single Electric Wall Oven.

Both wall ovens have PowerPlus® No Preheat, so your dishes are ready to cook in minutes! They also have PowerPlus™ Convection Bake and Roast, so meals are cooked quickly so that dinner gets to the table faster.

Frigidaire Professional 30'' Single Electric Wall Oven

You can also set and monitor dish temperature with the PowerPlus™ Temperature Probe that’s built right in. No having to deal with a stand alone meat thermometer anymore!

There’s also a timer that you can set for both ovens when cooking dishes simultaneously. Love this, because I have to use my phone’s timer and the microwave timer – until I have something cooking in the microwave, too.

Induction vs. Gas Cooktop? You can have either with Frigidaire Professional!

I have an induction stove top and love it. (You can read more about induction cooktops in my 5 things you need to know about induction cooktops article.) The Frigidaire Professional 30” Induction Cooktop has four burners. But if you have room, you may want to look into the Frigidaire Professional 36” Induction Cooktop, which has five burners. (My induction stove top has five burners – and there are times I use them all!)

Both induction stove tops have PowerPlus™ Induction Technology, which boils water in less than two minutes so you can shave time off of cooking dinner everyday. The  PowerPlus™ Induction Cooktop offers the the speed, control, and consistency of gas, without requiring the converting of your kitchen from electric to gas. Induction stove tops are also easier to clean (in my opinion) than a gas cooktop.

 Frigidaire Professional 30” Induction Cooktop

The induction cooktop’s SpacePro™ Bridge Element allows you to cook two separate dishes at once, or combine elements for large pots or griddle-use. (Wish my induction stove top had this!) The cooktop adapts to the size of the pan whether it’s a small pot, a large frying pan, or a big pancake griddle.

If you’re more of a traditionalist and want to stick with gas, check out the Frigidaire Professional 36'' Gas Cooktop with Griddle. It’s PowerPlus™ Burner delivers a strong performance, every time with 18,200 BTU. (Professional stoves often have higher BTU ratings that lower end gas stove tops.)

The durable, continuous cast-iron grates allow you to slide a variety of heavy pots and pans across burners – ideal if you do a lot of canning or use big, heavy pots for stock or soups.

 Frigidaire Professional 36'' Gas Cooktop with Griddle

Get more information on the the Frigidaire Professional Collection

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Are you remodeling? Learn out why you should upgrade your kitchen appliances with the Frigidaire Professional Collection.
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It’s easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle with Sundown Naturals® gummy vitamins https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/10/healthy-lifestyle-sundown-naturals-gummy-vitamins.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/10/healthy-lifestyle-sundown-naturals-gummy-vitamins.html#respond Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:55:54 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=16887 It’s easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle with Sundown Naturals® gummy vitamins

I was compensated by Sundown Naturals® and Pollinate Media Group for this post as part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sundown Naturals® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #GoodnessGiveaway #sharethegoodness http://my-disclosur.es/OBstV

I’m a huge believer in probiotics for digestive health. Since I have a whey sensitivity issue, I can’t get probiotics in my diet naturally by eating yogurt. (It gives me a tummy ache!) Unfortunately, I haven’t been good about taking a daily probiotic either since it can be a hassle.

Until recently, probiotics were expensive and not convenient to buy since you could only find them at the health food store. Also, you had to keep probiotics in the refrigerator. Since probiotics only came in powder or liquid form, it was a total pain to take a due to all that dose measuring.

And forget about taking a probiotic if you were traveling! Even if you had a refrigerator in your room, it was so inconvenient to order a cold food item you could add the probiotic powder or liquid to, like a smoothie.

Learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle with Sundown Naturals® gummy vitamins

Taking probiotics is easy with Sundown Naturals® Probiotic Gummies

Luckily, there are now shelf stable probiotics that don’t need to be refrigerated and are sold where you normally shop. One of my new favorites is Sundown Naturals® Probiotic Gummies, which is sold at Walmart.

Sundown Naturals® Probiotic Gummies provide friendly bacteria for the digestive system with over 2 billion live cultures per serving at time of manufacture. They feature a special probiotic strain called Unique IS-2™ that is naturally found in the intestinal microflora and surrounds itself with protective layers to increase viability.

Since these probiotics come in gummy vitamins form, they’re a convenient and delicious way to get your daily probiotics. They come in natural pineapple, raspberry and orange flavors and you can take them without food or water.

I keep my Sundown Naturals® Probiotic Gummies right next to my computer where I can’t miss seeing them first thing in the morning. You could keep them in your purse or backpack, or in your work desk drawer so you take your probiotics first thing, too!

Make probiotic gummies part of your healthy lifestyle by placing them next to your work computer. It’s easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle with Sundown Naturals® gummy vitamins

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with Sundown Naturals® gummies

Probiotic Gummies are an adult vitamin product from Sundown Naturals® Vitamins, one of my favorite supplement brands since they’re reasonably priced and conveniently available at Walmart. Besides probiotic gummies, they also make the following gummy vitamins:

  • Biotin
  • Calcium
  • Co Q-10
  • Cranberry
  • Fiber
  • Fish Oil
  • Melatonin
  • Multivitamins
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D

Like all of Sundown Naturals® products, their gummy vitamins are 100% gluten/wheat free, have no artificial flavors, and are dairy/lactose free◊. (Many probiotics are NOT dairy free, which is a problem for us with lactose or whey sensitivities.) In addition, Sundown Naturals® gummy vitamins are non-GMO and contain no artificial sweeteners, no soy, no yeast, and no fish.

Remember to take your probiotic gummies first thing in the morning. It’s easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle with Sundown Naturals® gummy vitamins!

Want to know what Sundown Naturals® gummy vitamins are for you? Take the Gummy Match Quiz to find out!

Learn more about the benefits of gummy vitamins on the Sundown Naturals® Website. You can also connect with Sundown Naturals® on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Enter the Goodness Giveaway Sweepstakes today! Head into Walmart and purchase at least 1 Sundown Naturals® vitamin product for a chance to win weekly prize packages and a grand prize! Every week, one winner will be selected to  choose from 1 of 4 prize packs – Yogi Pack, Fitness Pack, Foodie Pack, or a $100 Walmart Gift Card. Simply upload a picture of your receipt here and you are entered for a chance to win some incredible prizes now through 11/1!

Place your probiotic gummies next to the coffee pot so you take them with breakfast. It’s easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle with Sundown Naturals® gummy vitamins

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. ◊Applies to all products manufactured after 5/1/15. Please check back of label as manufacture dates may vary.

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