Saturday, March 16, 2013

Heading to the Park with Hubby!

What a gorgeous day to take a walk to the park with my hubby!

We took it all in from a bench, talking, laughing and enjoying a wonderful Saturday afternoon.

Something Sweet from My Sweetie! Dairy Queen Sundae

It was warm last night so my husband stopped by Dairy Queen! I really loved my sweet surprise!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Kelly's Korners Show Us Your Life: Favorite Vacation Spots

Kelly's Korners Show Us Your Life topic is Favorite Vacation Spots! While we actually lived in San Diego for 12 years it was still like being on vacation due to the amazing sites, weather, events and things to do every weekend!

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Embarcadero Marina Park, San Diego

Now that we live in Las Vegas, we would love to head back to San Diego for a summer vacation someday soon. (to cool off from the hot temps)

Here's just a few of our favorite San Diego spots, photos courtesy of Pinterest!

Old Town, San Diego is a beautiful area. You can see and tour historical buildings, enjoy lunch at your choice of restaurants, shop and entertainment!

Old Town Mexican Cafe has the best homemade tortillas! We always took out-of-town guests there!

One of our family favorite places is Balboa Park. It's full of museums, gardens, restaurants, shopping, theaters and so much more! We used to spend every Sunday at the park, walking and unwinding before starting our week! There are so many weekend activities and things to see that it's possible to hang out there all day!

When Marcus was little he loved taking a tour of the San Diego Natural History Museum. The museum features traveling exhibits and a 3-D Dolby theater. It's a hit with kids of all ages.

You may want to consider purchasing a Park Pass if you want to get the best price for entry fees for the museums and gardens. check the website for details!

The Harbor House Restaurant, Seaport Village, was where we celebrated our 5th year anniversary dinner. I would love to have a romantic dinner there on our visit!

Seaport Village is a waterfront shopping and dining complex adjacent to San Diego Bay. It's car-free, lots of windy walking paths and gorgeous views!

This statue has since been removed. Thanks Along A Widowed Road for the update!

5 Minutes for Mom Pin It Friday: Touches of Spring in the Home

I know some of you are still dealing with cold temperatures but in Vegas we've been experiencing mid to high 80's. The trees are blooming, butterflies are being spotted lingering amongst colorful flowers and I've been itching to browse Home Depot garden section again!

In the meantime, we can enjoy adding touches of spring inside thanks to Pinterest!

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Smart & Final Ambiance Coffee Taste Good !

I attended a Smart & Final twitter party, last month, where the topic was their Ambiance brand of coffee and teas. I didn't win a prize but I did come from the party interested in giving Ambiance coffee a try.

A couple of weeks, I purchased a pound of Ambiance French Vanilla Coffee from Smart & Final, $5.99. After finishing off our supply of Green Mountain Roasters, we opened the bag!

Well, the hubby and I finally got around to brewing a few pots. And you know what? It's not a bad cup of coffee. It's smooth, not bitter and just the right amount of vanilla!

Cravebox: A Monthly Product Delivery Service

Have you jumped on the Cravebox bandwagon yet? It's a monthly product delivery service that are built up around a theme, that introduces you to new products and services.

Unlike most monthly product delivery programs, you select amongst the theme box and the quantity. There's no automatic shipments. There's a nominal charge, $10-15, which includes shipping.

As you can see, the box comes beautifully wrapped with lots of goodies. I selected the Cooking Light box.

note to self: grab the Trident gum before Marcus sees it!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"The Problem With Young Women Today Is They Don't Cook"!

Okay, now that I have your attention with the title, let me give you some background to why I'm writing this post. While I was enjoying my bus ride home yesterday a man boarded the bus with an Outback Steakhouse bag of food! Yummy! Once he sat down, he was asked, by a fellow passenger, "What's for dinner"? He mentioned the contents and than followed up with, "You know what's wrong with young women today"? "They don't cook"!

That was the beginning of an all-male heated conversation of the lack of culinary skills amongst women, who's responsible for teaching them and the high cost of eating take out 7 days a week. I decided to not partake but just to listen and learn!

One man mentioned that he spends around $300 a week for take out. Another said that he would cook meals but he's too tired when he gets home from working 2 jobs. Than they started talking about their mother's cooking! The common consensuses was that women just don't cook anymore!

When I got to my stop, started my walk home I thought about what I had heard. As parents, do we have a responsibility to teach our daughters and sons how to prepare meals? Yes, I'm including our sons because despite what the men said I do believe that part of raising our sons should include household management skills.

My husband and I thought it was important that Marcus learn independent living skills. So we explained to him how to shop, prep and cook meals as he grew up. He even took cooking lessons that were offered through his home school group, as well as taking a class at a cooking school. He's now known for his amazing pot roast and horseradish sauce!

In my case, I still remember, in 9th grade Home Economics, making scrambled eggs for a cooking final and getting an "A"! Years later, I picked up some shopping and cooking tips while working in a family style restaurant. I started to collect cookbooks, watched cooking programs on PBS and asked home cooks for help.

When I got married I was so busy with working full time, taking care of the house and Marcus and didn't feel cooking a meal was that important. One day my husband came home, threw his coat on the couch and said, "When my dad came home my mom had a home cooked meal on the table"! Wow! I felt like I got hit with cold water on my face! And when I shared this news with a friend she informed me that I should cook for my husband. (no support there) So I rolled up my sleeves and started cooking on the weekends.

And guess what?! I discovered that I really enjoyed cooking for my family! And these days of wanting to eat more healthy and save money I make most of our meals from scratch. When my husband shares that fact with his co-workers they bombard him with questions and admiration. And I feel good that he appreciates that I do!

Wednesday Dinner: Pot Roast

I wasn't feeling that great after my outing yesterday so it's pot roast for dinner tonight! I totally love my crock pot right now!

Using Zote Soap to Wash Laundry!

the bar that I bought last year!

I started using Zote soap, as a stain remover, after reading about it's cleaning powers in an eHow article last year.

I immediately purchased a bar, at Big Lots. When I got home I tried it on my husband's dirty work shirts. It did a wonderful job at removing grease stains and ring-around-the collar!

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So when Marcus informed me that we had run out of laundry detergent I decided I wouldn't have him buy a bottle of detergent. Instead I put the Zote bar to work! With the washer machine filling up with water, I added less a few tablespoons of grated Zote to the wash. Added some Borax, clothes and began the cycle.

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The clothes not only are clean, we're saving money!

I'm definitely sold on using Zote for cleaning our laundry!

5 Minutes for Mom Wordless Wednesday! March 13, 2013

today's breakfast!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pinterest~Easter Egg Trees

Am I the only one who didn't realize that Easter falls on March 31 this year? Oh my gosh! That was quick!

So, lets dust off our glue guns, pull out our crafting supplies and head to Pinterest for decorating inspiration.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Menu Plan Monday ~ March 11, 2013

Dine Without Whine - A Family Friendly Weekly Menu Plan

If you're looking for help with creating a menu plan I would recommend Dine Without Whine. It was extremely helpful to me when I got started!

Thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday!

meatball sandwiches

supreme pizza

grilled chicken with tomato salsa, salad

roasted chicken with oven fries, corn on the cob

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The History Channel: The Bible

Did you have an opportunity to watch The Bible, part 1, on The History Channel, last Sunday?

Deep Cleaning: The Kitchen Floor

Once a month I use a combination of hot water, baking soda and dish liquid to clean the kitchen floor. It's labor intensive due to after the initial mopping I need to re-mop with clean water till the mop rinses clean.

Just take a look at that dirty water! I can't believe our floors were that filthy!

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