10 Marvelous Kitchen Gadgets That Make Life Easier

I’m a little cray about kitchen gadgets right now.  More importantly, things that can save me time, energy and stress.  If I can spend a few dollars to cut down on the energy I spend on tedious things, I am in.

Here are my favorite accessories to keep around the kitchen.  What’s yours?

10 Marvelous Kitchen Gadgets

10 Marvelous Kitchen Gadgets

1.  Crock-Pot Liner Bags – Make slow cooker meals every day of the week and never once wash the pot.  I adore these.  They’re especially good when you are making really hard to clean things like cheese dip.

2.  GripEz Corn Cutter – The absolute easiest and quickest way to remove corn from the cob.

3.  Scoop and Release DropperBake cookies way faster by using this tool that scoops the dough and then releases to drop it onto the pan. You never have to scrape it off or use your hands.

4.  Cereal Dispenser -Keep your cereal fresher, longer.  This dispenser even makes it so kids can pour their own cereal.

5.  Can Strainer - I love this tool. This sits on top of your cans to strain the water out without dumping half of the food down the drain.

6.  Pot ClipPrevent messy drips on the counter by keeping your spoon attached to the pot.

7.  Microwave CoverProtect your microwave (so you don’t have to scrub it later) from food messes.  Not a lot of worse household chores worse than scraping old food out of the microwave.

8.  Clean Flip BBQ TrayYou carry the raw hamburgers out to the grill and then to bring the cooked meat back inside, you either have to wash it (time killer) or grab a new one (now you have two dishes to clean later).  This tray has two sides, one for on the way out and one for coming back in.

9.  Splatter ScreenKeep grease from splattering during cooking then use it as a colander as well!

10. Butter CutterKeep your butter fresh and perfectly sliced when you need it.

5 Things My Daughter Would Rather Do At The Pool Than Actually Swim

A few weeks ago we took our last visit to the pool for the year.  I took the kids to this same pool the weekend before and they were total angels.  Perfectly behaved.  Since it’s the closest pool to us we went again this weekend and although Brady was just as well behaved as he was the previous visit, Paityn was not.

Maybe the thrill of the pool had dissipated or maybe she was just feeling extra toddler-ish that day.  I’m not sure the reason, but playing in the pool was not on her list of things to do while at the pool.

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NatureBox & Printable Snack Labels

The one thing that I have the most difficulty with when trying to feed my family healthy food is snacking.  For me, keeping the main meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner healthy and wholesome isn’t very hard.  What is hard for us though, is finding things to munch on throughout the day that aren’t full of nasty ingredients.

I’ve been drooling over these natural snacks from NatureBox that come delivered right to your door for months now.  I finally got to try them and let me tell you, this service is amazing.

Healthy Snacking with Nature Box

Here’s how it works:

  • Each month you get 5 full-size snacks delivered to you for as low as $15.95 a month.
  • You can either pick all five snacks from their huge selection (over 100 snack options!) or be surprised each month.

Click here to get 50% off your first month’s NatureBox delivery! ($10 value) using promo code: SNACKTOSCHOOL

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Each snack contains wholesome ingredients – with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors.  Our favorites were the Blueberry Nom Noms, the Dark Cocoa Nom Noms and the Honey Dijon Pretzels.  They have lots of options for people with food allergies as well including a large variety of gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free and soy-free.

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6 Quick Preschool Conversation Starters

Coming up with conversation starters to engage with Brady after school doesn’t come easy.  Like most little ones, he draws a blank when I ask him things like, “What did you do today?”  I think because he does so much, he just can’t narrow in on one single thing.

I was getting nowhere with him and so as time has gone by my questions have evolved.  I’ve really tried to think of ways to ask him things that will remind him of something very specific so he can easily remember the answer.

I thought that some of you may be having the same issue as well so I wanted to share my preschool conversation starters with you.  I’d really love to hear if you have other ideas as well!

Preschool Conversation Starters

Preschool Conversation Starters

1.  Instead of asking how his day was, leaving him open to reply with a standard “fine” each time, I got more specific.  I decided to ask him, “Did you have a happy day or a sad day?”  You could also replace sad with mad.  I use sad because many times drop-off isn’t easy and he is upset about me leaving.

2.  Although many times he can’t tell me a specific name, asking him, “Who did you play with today?” usually sparks a description like “the girl” or “the kid with glasses”.

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